Today we take a look at 21 fictional characters born under the Cancer zodiac sign. Cancers are born between June 21 and July 22.
Cancers are maternal, nurturing, and highly intuitive. They have a great memory and pay attention to detail. They are also very loyal and protective of their loved ones.
Cancer is a water sign, and these folks are highly emotional. They can be moody, but they are also compassionate, caring, and nurturing. Cancers are family-oriented and often put the needs of others above their own.
Cancers are known for their strong intuition and gut feelings. They often just know things, without really knowing how they know. This can make them appear psychic to others. Cancers are also very in tune with the emotions of those around them.
While Cancer is often considered a negative sign in astrology, these folks are pretty optimistic. They just prefer to keep their feelings to themselves. Cancer is also one of the most loyal signs of the zodiac. When they love, they love deeply and completely. They will do anything for their family and friends.
Unhealthy personality traits of a Cancer mean they can be moody, clingy, and insecure. They can also be overly sensitive and take things too personally. When Cancer is stressed, they may become withdrawn and isolate themselves from others.
From Jay Gatsby, who did everything he could to win over Daisy, to Lexi Howard, who observes all her chaotic friends and family, Cancer is a complex sign, but ultimately they are kind, caring, and loving people. They just need to remember to take care of themselves, too.
Elena Gilbert from The Vampire Diaries (June 22, 1992)
Elena Gilbert perfectly embodies her Cancer zodiac sign. She is loyal, emotional, and compassionate. Cancers are often very protective of their loved ones. This is definitely Elena Gilbert. She is incredibly selfless. She always puts her family and friends above her own needs. She even died for her them! The sign of Cancer is the crab, they have a hard outer shell but they are soft on the inside. When Elena turned into a vampire, she tried to turn off her emotions because she couldn’t bear the pain she felt after hurting people. But she eventually realized that wasn’t living. So she turned them back on and learned to control her actions!
Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby (1890)
Jay Gatsby is most likely a Cancer. Cancers are known for their loyalty and Gatsby is the perfect example of this. He was loyal to his love, Daisy. Gatsby did everything he could to win her back. He threw lavish parties, hoping she would come. He changed his entire life, just for her. When Daisy left him, Gatsby was heartbroken. He never stopped loving her and he never stopped trying to win her back. Cancers are also known for their emotional nature. Gatsby was incredibly emotional. His love for Daisy was all-consuming. He was willing to do anything for her, no matter the cost.
Peyton Sawyer from One Tree Hill (July 12, 1988)
Peyton Sawyer is a Cancer. Cancers are notoriously moody and have a tendency to be introverted. This definitely applies to Peyton. When she’s unhappy she likes to spend time by herself listening to music and drawing. Peyton is incredibly independent and strong. She has been through a lot in her life. From losing two moms to a stalker pretending to be her brother, Peyton has come out stronger because of it. Cancers are romantic people, so it’s good that Peyton found her soulmate, Lucas!
Steve Roger, AKA Captain America from The Avengers (July 4, 1918)
Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America, is a Cancer. Born in early July, he perfectly embodies his zodiac sign. Cancers are known for their patriotism and Captain America is the perfect example of this. He is fiercely loyal to his country and he is always ready to fight for it. Cancers are known for being stubborn and, whilst they feel emotions deeply, they can struggle to show these. Captain America often bottles up his emotions, which can lead to him lashing out. His punch bags are a good outlet for his pent-up emotions. Cancers are also known for their nurturing nature and Captain America definitely has this. He takes care of his team and he is always looking out for them.
Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad (July 20, 1990)
Harley Quinn is a Cancer. Cancers are known for their emotional nature. Harley Quinn is the perfect example of this. She is incredibly emotional and impulsive. She often acts without thinking, which gets her into a lot of trouble. She is also fiercely loyal to the Joker, no matter how much he mistreats her. Cancers are also known for their nurturing nature. Harley Quinn can be nurturing. She takes care of the Joker, even when he doesn’t deserve it. She also takes care of her pet hyenas, Bud and Lou. Even though they are dangerous, she loves them anyway.
Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones (284 AC)
Daenerys Targaryen is most likely a Cancer. Cancers are known for their strong intuition. Daenerys has used her intuition many times throughout her life. She saw a vision of the iron throne covered in snow but she never touched the throne. This vision came true. It was Daenerys that cause the destruction of the throne, However, it wasn’t her who sat on it. Daenerys is also a great strategist. She was able to take down the slave master’s city by using their own slaves against them. She gathered her army which not only took a great understanding of people but also a unique leadership style.
Ann Perkins from Parks and Recreation (July 20, 1976)
Ann Perkins from Parks and Recs is a Cancer. Cancers are known for their nurturing nature. Ann Perkins is the perfect example of this. She is a nurse and she takes care of people for a living. She is also a great friend. When Leslie Knope was going through a tough time, Ann was there for her. She was always ready to lend a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on. Ann is also fiercely loyal. When Leslie was going up against a corrupt city councilman, Ann stood by her, even though she knew she could get into trouble.
Dobby from Harry Potter (July 27)
Dobby the house-elf is a Cancer. Cancers are known for being loyal and dedicated. Dobby is fiercely loyal to Harry Potter and his friends. He risked his own safety to help them on numerous occasions. Dobby saved Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Malfoy Manor. Bellatrix Lestrange killed Dobby but Dobby was so selfless he died happy knowing they were safe and he was in the company of friends. Cancers can also be quite intuitive. Dobby often knows things that he shouldn’t, like when Harry is in danger. He knew bad things were going to happen at Hogwarts and he wanted to protect Harry, even though he didn’t know him. Dobby is a perfect example of how important it is for Cancers to follow their heart. Dobby’s good deeds to Harry were recognized and he became a free house-elf which is something he deeply desired.
Lexi Howard from Euphoria (Unknown)
Lexi Howard embodies the Cancer zodiac sign. She is protective of her friends and family, even when they don’t deserve it, which is typical of Cancers. Rue and Cassie often walk all over Lexi and use her when they need her but she is always loyal to them. Cancers are also incredibly intuitive people. This sums up Lexi. She has watched and observed everyone around her and turned their lives into a play. She understood everyone instinctively. She also had a great understanding of human emotions and people are instantly drawn to Lexi and her nurturing nature. She is always quick to see the truth, even when it’s not what she wants to see, like when Rue was using drugs again.
Anna from Frozen (June 21)
Born on July 21, Anna is a Gemini-Cancer cusp. We feel Anna is definitely more of a Cancer than a Gemini! Cancers are known for their emotional nature. Anna is the perfect example of this. She is incredibly emotional and impulsive. Her loyalty is unrivaled and she is always ready to fight for those she loves, even if it means putting herself in danger. She was willing to risk everything to save her sister, Elsa. She also takes care of Olaf. She built him a snowman bodyguard to keep him safe, and she always takes the time to spend with him and make sure he’s happy.
Troy Bolton from High School Musical (July 22, 1990)
Troy Bolton is a Cancer. Cancer people often have a strong need to please others. They are sensitive to the feelings of those around them, which makes them good at understanding and catering to the needs of others. However, this can also lead to a tendency to put others’ needs before their own. Troy Bolton is a prime example of this. He used to live his life for others. He was a star athlete and student, which put a lot of pressure on him to succeed. However, Troy’s true passion was singing. This caused a lot of conflict in his life because he felt like he had to choose between what he loved and what was expected of him. However, Troy eventually followed his heart and found success as a singer.
Gellert Grindelwald from Fantastic Beasts (1883)
Gellert Grindelwald is an evil Cancer zodiac sign. Cancers are known for being ambitious and driven. Grindelwald is definitely ambitious. He was willing to use any means necessary to achieve his goals of pure-blood dominance, even if it meant hurting innocent people. He is one of the most powerful wizards of all time. He is also incredibly intelligent and he always has a plan. Cancers can also be quite emotional and Grindelwald is driven by his emotions. However, his emotions are also what makes him such a powerful wizard. He was dangerous because he was willing to do whatever it took to achieve his goals. Grindelwald used his emotions to manipulate people and get them to do his bidding. However, in the end, his emotions were his downfall.
Galadriel from Lord of the Rings (1362)
Galadriel from Lord of the Rings embodies the Cancer zodiac sign. Cancers are nurturing and caring. Galadriel is the perfect example of this. She is always looking out for the safety of others, including the Fellowship, even if it means putting herself in danger. Galadriel is also very wise. As a First Age elf, she has been around for centuries and has seen many things. Her wisdom is greatly respected by all. Cancers are known for their strong intuition. Galadriel’s intuition is spot on. She had a vision of the future and saw that Frodo would be the one to destroy the Ring. She could also communicate with Gandalf through the mind.
Schmidt from New Girl (July 17)
Schmidt from New Girl is a Cancer. Cancers are known for being loyal friends and Schmidt is a great friend to Nick, Winston, and Jess. Cancers can also be quite emotional. Schmidt definitely falls into this category. He is often seen crying or getting upset over things that don’t seem like a big deal to others. However, Schmidt is usually able to laugh at himself and his emotional outbursts. This is one of the things that makes him such a lovable character. Cancer can be quite clingy. Schmidt definitely demands a lot of attention in the loft, especially when he has a crisis. Cancers often find success when they follow their heart and their passion, just like Schmidt did with Cece.
Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl (July 14, 1991)
Serena van der Woodsen is a Cancer. Cancers are also known for their nurturing nature. Serena is always taking care of her loved ones, even when they don’t deserve it. She was there for Blair when she was going through a tough time with her Dad and Chuck, even though Blair had been horrible to her. Serena is always quick to forgive Blair’s scheming. Cancers can also be quite sensitive and emotional. Serena definitely falls into this category. She is often impulsive and she follows her heart, even when it gets her into trouble. As a Cancer, Serena is a hopeless romantic who falls hard and often. No matter how many times she gets knocked down, she keeps believing in love, and she finally gets her happy ending.
Anita Lesnicki, AKA Needy from Jennifer’s Body (Unknown)
Needy from Jennifer’s Body is a Cancer. Her intuition is apparent throughout the film. For example, she knew exactly where to find Jennifer and Chip after they went missing. She also had a feeling that something was going to happen to Jennifer before she was possessed by the demon. Cancers are also known for being loyal and dedicated. Needy stuck by Jennifer even after she became a demon. She didn’t want to kill her best friend but she knew she had to in order to save everyone else, including her boyfriend, Chip. In the end, Needy was the one who destroyed Jennifer.
Spongebob Squarepants from Spongebob Squarepants (July 14, 1986)
Spongebob Squarepants is a Cancer. Cancers are known for their loyalty and Spongebob is the perfect example of this. His loyalty to Patrick Star is unrivaled. He is always there for Patrick, even when Patrick doesn’t deserve it. Spongebob is also protective of Mr. Krabs. He would do anything for Mr. Krabs, even if it means putting himself in danger. There are times when those around him take advantage of his dim-witted personality and big heart. Cancers are known for being sensitive souls and emotional. Spongebob definitely falls into this category. He is a bit of a drama queen and he doesn’t realize it but he’s a bit of a crier. Spongebob is a Cancer through and through.
Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars (July 22, 1994)
Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars is a Cancer zodiac. Family means everything to a Cancer, and when Aria’s family was shattered, she was incredibly shaken up. Cancers are also hopeless romantics who often follow their hearts instead of their heads. This can definitely be said for Aria. She met Ezra and was head over heels for him pretty quickly, even though he was her teacher and she knew it was wrong. She followed her feelings and it got her into a lot of trouble. Aria is the most emotional of all the liars and she feels things deeply. She is quite private about these feelings though and takes them to her journal.
Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls (July 17, 1988)
Gretchen Wieners is a Cancer. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, even when they don’t deserve it. Gretchen was loyal to Regina George, even when Regina was continually mean to her and took advantage of her. Gretchen was also often overly sensitive, which is typical of people born under this zodiac sign. She eventually cracked with the helped of Cady and went into full meltdown mode. Cancers can be very clingy and dependent on others. This perfectly sums up Gretchen. She was reliant on external validation to feel good about herself and even when The Plastics fell apart, she found a new group of girls to run to.
Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy (June 25, 1969)
Miranda Bailey is a Cancer. Cancers, like a crab, can be quite tough on the outside, and they are not afraid to stand up for themselves. This is Miranda Bailey. She is a tough cookie. She doesn’t take any crap from anyone, and she is always quick to put people in their place. However, underneath that tough exterior, Miranda Bailey is a big softie. She is a loving wife and mother. She is also a very compassionate doctor who always puts her patients first.
Nina Sayers, AKA The Swan Queen from Black Swan (Unknown)
Nina Sayers, The Swan Queen, is a Cancer. She is a beautiful and graceful dancer but she is also very emotionally fragile. Nina is very protective of her art and she doesn’t want anyone to get too close to her. She is afraid of being hurt. Cancers are known for their intuition and Nina definitely has this quality. She often knows things that she shouldn’t, like when Lily was going to be hurt. She was also able to see the Black Swan inside of Lily. This is what led her to her downfall. Nina is a perfect example of how Cancers need to be careful of who they let into their lives. They need to be sure that the people they let in are going to be good for them, otherwise, they will get hurt.
Fictional Cancer characters and the zodiac signs of other characters
Cancer is the zodiac sign that belongs to the Water element of astrology, along with Scorpio and Pisces. You can check our post about 21 fictional Scorpio characters or 21 fictional Pisces characters to learn more about the other Water zodiac signs.