The author of Good Omens, Neil Gaiman clarified that the two main characters of his book Crowley and Aziraphale are not males, rather he mentioned them as a ‘Fallen Angel’ and a ‘Retired Angel’ respectively.
The Gender of the Two Main Characters
Gaiman is the author of several well-known books, many of which have been adapted for the big and small screen. In 2019, Gaiman assisted in the development of a television adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s novel named Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.
The writer came to Twitter to clarify some of the fans’ doubts concerning the gender of Crowley and Aziraphale. According to the writer, Angels and demons do not have a specified gender or sex unless they make a special effort to attain it, making their gender-related discussion a perception distinct from that of humans.
With a few significant exceptions such as when Crowley appears as a Nanny and when Aziraphale cohabitates Madam Tracy’s body, both Crowley and Aziraphale, the major protagonists of the show, are generally masculine throughout the show.
Despite their looks, neither of the two characters are identified as a man as said by the author, however, the fact is not stated in the Amazon-based series.
The Possibility of the Characters Being Gender-fluid
Many viewers of the show have interpreted that Crowley is gender flexible. The viewers came to this conclusion after the statement of the author and occasionally unclear gender presentation by Crowley in different parts of the show.
A gender flexible or gender-fluid person is someone who does not want to identify themselves as a specific gender. Gaiman reaffirmed that neither of the two characters is identified as a man when he was asked about it on Twitter, although his statement did provide fans with new information.
Different Non-binary Characters
As vocal as Gaiman is about the topic, it is not a surprise that gender non-confirming individuals abound in Good Omens, even though ethereal entities do not specify their gender in the same manner that humans do.
For example, throughout the story, Pollution, who is one of the four horsemen, utilizes them as pronouns. Many of the angels defy gender-based stereotypes such as Archangels Uriel and Michael played by the amazing actors Gloria Obianyo and Doon Mackichan respectively.
The two have typically masculine names and pronouns but are represented by two female actors. This has allowed the audience to concentrate more on the performance of the two actors rather than their genders, which has been the case mostly.
Gaiman’s Support for the LGBTQ+ Community
The LGBTQ+ community is a group of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, LGBT organizations, and subcultures that are united by a common culture and social movement. The community has been on the rise and has been growing since the last decade as more and more people become aware of the gender distinctions and join the community.
Gaiman has been a very vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ community which is quite clear in his writings. He is widely acclaimed for his openness on the topic and thus it is not a surprise that the show is very queer-friendly.
While Gaiman may not have given the answers and explanations that the fans were looking for, he has surely given way too much room for the development of his characters. His comments have provided additional insight into the perspectives of the characters.
The second season of the show is currently in production and the fans may get a better look at how Crowley and Aziraphale’s status as fallen and retired angels affects the storyline of the individuals as well as the series.
The author has very smartly dodged the question and answered it in a way that opens a lot of doors of opportunity. Let us wait for the second season for more clarity and more and more episodes full of thrill and excitement.