Laerte Coutinho, known mainly as simply Laerte, is a Brazilian cartoonist and screenwriter, known for creating comic strips such as Piratas do Tietê.
She was part of the Brazilian underground comics scene of the 1980s. Together with Angeli and Glauco she drew the collaborative comic strip Los Três Amigos. She has done work for publications such as Balão, O Pasquim, and Chiclete com Banana magazines, and draws regularly for Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. Since the mid 2000s, her strips have become more "philosophical" and less humor-focused, relying less on recurring characters.
She is a transgender woman.