By now most people are probably familiar with it Paw Patrol. Yes, it’s a children’s television show, but any adult who regularly interacts with children has heard of or seen the famous puppeteers. It’s impossible to miss them; They can be found on shirts, beach towels, pajamas and, most importantly, at the top of the streaming charts. However, what we’ve never seen in the franchise’s history is a single non-binary character. Well, at least for now.
Paw Patrol Recently, history was made when the spin-off of the animated series, Rubble & crew, aired the 17th episode of the first season, titled “The Crew Builds an Observatory.” The first section of the episode featured a non-binary character, the first in the entire franchise since then Paw Patrol First aired in 2013. It was about time.
However, anyone who saw the episode may have missed this important detail, as it’s impossible to tell from a character’s design alone that they’re non-binary, and their pronouns weren’t mentioned. However, one of the series’ writers, Lindz Amer, made sure to celebrate the occasion on social media and confirm the character’s identity. With that in mind, let’s get to know the new addition to the show.
Who is the non-binary character in Rubble & crew?
The first non-binary character in Paw Patrol The universe is called a river. You are a teenager who recently moved with his family to the still-growing town of Builder Cove. Unfortunately, not much more is known about the character at the moment, but they clearly have a knack for skateboarding and love taking photos.
River is voiced by Chinese-Canadian star Cihang Ma, who is also a non-binary person. Unfortunately, since River only recently joined the franchise, they are not involved Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie. If this were the case, it would represent an even bigger win for non-binary representation in children’s media, especially considering the film will be part of the next “Barbenheimer,” which is shaping up to be a box office success. Granted, it almost certainly won’t be anywhere near the same level as Barbie – that seems impossible at the moment – but going to the theater for a double feature is always fun. Plus, children’s films always make money.
That being said, we hope to see more of River in the future of the franchise. And while they’re at it, Paw Patrol Writers could use this moment to bring more LGBTQ+ characters into the mix. I’m just saying it.