Jerrod Carmichael
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DC's Legends of Tomorrow Just Introduced TV's First Ace Superhero

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Warning! This post contains spoilers for the latest episode of Legends of Tomorrow, “The Fixed Point.”

Throughout its run on the CW, Legends of Tomorrow has introduced queer character after queer character. And now, the show has broken new ground by introducing the first asexual superhero on TV.

In the latest episode, “The Fixed Point,” two of the Legends – a group of misfit heroes and anti-heroes from throughout time – Zari and Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz were given some down time to connect. When they’re sitting at a bar, Zari suggests they play a “smash, marry, kill” to pass the time.

When Zari lists several of the other Legends members for Spooner to choose from, she shyly admits that she isn’t into any of them. After another round of not choosing anyone, Zari asks her what type of people she’s into.

“I don’t really get those types of feelings for anyone,” Spooner replied. “Maybe it’s one of those things those mushroom-aliens messed up about me, huh?” she jokes.

“Hey, no no no, what you’re describing is totally normal,” Zari assures her. “It just means maybe you’re ace.” When Spooner gives her a confused look, she explains further. “Asexual. People who identify as ace have little or no interest in sex, but many of them still want to be in relationships.”

“Wow, uh, I guess that makes me ace,” Spooner relaxes. “Omg, did you just come out to me,” Zari excitedly asked. “I guess I just did,” Spooner smiles back, thankful that someone finally gets her, and that there’s a word to describe how she feels.

It’s a really great coming-out moment and one that many queer people, especially with identities like asexual that are often more ignored, will relate to. For so many people, you don’t even know that there are words to describe you, or even other people who feel the same way.

Other queer members of the team have included Sarah Lance and her partner Ava Sharpe, bisexual occult detective John Constantine, Leonard Snart (Captain Cold), and Gary Green. Spooner has the ability to sense and communicate with aliens. 

Asexual representation is still hugely overlooked, with only a few ace characters on TV. Other examples include Todd Chavez on BoJack Horseman, and the vampire Raphael on Shadowhunters.

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