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Homosexual characters are romantically and/or sexually attracted to the same gender. If you want to be less formal, you can call them "gay" or "lesbian" or, y'know, just use their names.

There's a severe shortage of good homosexual characters in fiction, so people who write fanfiction often write a straight character as gay. This can be done well or done badly; and while it's technically an AU, it's usually just called slash, which refers specifically to same-sex romance and is usually the reason someone would write a canonically straight character as gay or bi.

Lots of characters don't have a mentioned sexual orientation; so, just as long as they're kept IC, the writer can take his pick.

List of Gay, Lesbian, & Bi Characters in Fiction[]

There aren't nearly enough of 'em, but some authors have realized that they don't have to be limited to straight characters and guy/girl pairings.


  • Dumbledore - Harry Potter (gay)
  • Vanyel Ashkevron and Firesong k'Treva (gay) - Valdemar
  • Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell (gay), and Oberyn Martell (bisexual) - A Song of Ice and Fire
  • Daja Kisubo, Rizuka fa Dalach, Lark (lesbians), and Rosethorn (bisexual) - the Circle of Magic and Circle Opens quartets and sequels
  • Lestat de Lioncourt, Armand, Nicolas de Lenfent, David Talbot, and Louis de Pointe du Lac (bisexuals) - The Vampire Chronicles
  • Nico di Angelo, Will Solace (gay), Apollo (bi, possibly pansexual), Magnus Chase (possibly bisexual) - Percy Jackson and the Olympians/ Heroes of Olympus/Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
  • Baron Vladimir Harkonnen (gay) - Dune
  • Magnus Bane (pansexual) and Alec Lightwood (gay), Helen Blackthorn and Aline Penhallow (lesbians) - The Mortal Instruments
  • Lucy Westenra (lesbian in most adaptations) - Dracula
  • Assorted dragonriders, particularly male green- and blueriders (gay or bi) - Dragonriders of Pern
  • The eponymous dad (bisexual), Frank (gay) - Daddy's Roommate
  • Wei Wuxian (bisexual) and Lan Wangji (gay) - Mo Dao Zu Shi

TV & Movies[]

Arrow/Flash Shared Universe[]

  • Curtis Holt and Paul (gay)
  • David Singh and Rob (gay)
  • Hartley Rathaway (gay)
  • Nyssa al Ghul (lesbian)
  • Sara Lance (bisexual)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel[]

  • Andrew Wells (bisexual)
  • Buffy Summers (bisexual, leaning straight)
  • Willow Rosenberg and Tara Maclay (lesbians)

Doctor Who/Torchwood[]

  • The Doctor (pansexual; describes this as the norm for Time Lords)
  • Canton Everett Delaware III (gay)
  • Jack Harkness (pansexual, described as "omnisexual")
  • John Hart (pan/omnisexual)
  • Toshiko Sato (bisexual)
  • Ianto Jones (bisexual)


Western Animated Shows[]

  • Korra and Asami Sato (bisexual) - Legend of Korra
  • Lexington (gay) - Gargoyles
  • Marceline and Princess Bubblegum (bisexual) - Adventure Time
  • Stewie Griffin and Jasper (gay) - Family Guy
  • Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland (gay) - Gravity Falls
  • Luna Loud (bisexual), Sam Sharp (lesbian), and Howard and Harold McBride (gay)- The Loud House
  • Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon (initially friends but later made lesbians), Lofty and Holiday (lesbians) - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Nigel Ratburn and Patrick (gay) - Arthur
  • Waylon Smithers (gay), Patty Bouvier (lesbian) - The Simpsons

Anime & Manga[]

Sailor Moon[]

  • Michiru Kaioh/Sailor Neptune (lesbian)
  • Haruka Tenoh/Sailor Uranus (lesbian)
  • Kunzite/Malachite (gay)

Neon Genesis Evangelion[]

  • Kaworu Nagisa (gay)
  • Shinji Ikari (bisexual)


  • Akise Aru (gay) and Mao Nonosaka (lesbian) - Mirai Nikki
  • Cuuko (bisexual, leaning lesbian) and Hasta (bisexual, leaning gay) - Nyarko-San
  • Draco (lesbian), Lilith (lesbian), and Suu (bisexual... maybe) - Monster Musume
  • Fate Testarossa and Nanoha Takamachi (lesbian) - Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
  • France (pansexual), Sweden (gay), South Italy, Russia (probably bisexual) - Axis Powers Hetalia
  • Haruhi Suzumiya (bisexual) - The Melencholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Homura Akemi and Madoka Kaname (lesbian) - Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  • Itsuki (gay) - Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Jakotsu (gay) - Inuyasha
  • Either Kagami Hiiragi or Konata Izumi (unclear; the manga-ka has stated that one of the two values the other as more than a friend) - Lucky Star
  • Kaori (lesbian) - Azumanga Daioh
  • Motoko Kusanagi (gay) - Ghost in the Shell
  • Reiner Braun (gay) and Ymir (lesbian) - Attack on Titan
  • Tomoko Kuroki (ambiguously bisexual; she may just be desperate) - Watamote
  • Paul Stamets and Hugh Colber (both gay), Jett Reno (lesbian), mirror universe Stamets (pansexual) - Star Trek: Discovery
  • All Trills (bisexual)- Star Trek: the Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Mirror universe Kira (bisexual) - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Video & PC Games[]

  • Zevran (bisexual), Leliana (bisexual), Anders (bisexual/gay, depending on the gender of the player character), Fenris (bisexual), Isabella (bisexual), Merrill (bisexual), Dorian Pavus (gay), Sera (lesbian), Iron Bull (bisexual), Josephine Montilyet (bisexual) - Dragon Age series. (The third game also introduces Cremisius "Krem" Aclassi, a trans-man.)
  • Steve Cortez (gay), Samantha Traynor (lesbian), Kaidan Alenko (bisexual), Kelly Chambers (bisexual), Diana Allers (bisexual) - Mass Effect series. (Note that Liara T'Soni doesn't technically count as being anywhere on the LGBT spectrum, given that her species is monogendered.)
  • Juhani (lesbian) - Knights of the Old Republic
  • Heather (lesbian) - Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
  • Leonardo DaVinci (not the real, historical one) (gay) - Assassin's Creed II
  • Arcade Gannon (gay) and Veronica Santangelo (lesbian) - Fallout: New Vegas
  • Sims in The Sims and any of its sequels can be played as gay, bi, or straight; in TS2 and TS3, they show a preference for the same or opposite gender depending on previous romantic interactions.
  • In the game Fable and its two sequels, the player character can be played as gay, straight, or bisexual.
  • Kanji Tatsumi (gay/questioning), Jun Kurosu (gay), Tatsuya Suo (bisexual) - Persona series
  • Marcus the Paladin (bisexual) - World of Warcraft
  • The protagonist in the online game Life: the Game is bisexual; he mainly dates women and marries a woman, but he has also dated Zoidberg from Futurama.

Webcomics & Graphic Novels[]

  • Wallace Wells (gay), Ramona Flowers (bisexual), Kim Pine (bisexual), Knives Chau (bisexual), and Roxanne Richter (lesbian) - Scott Pilgrim series
  • Kanaya Maryam (lesbian), other trolls (pansexual), Dirk Strider (gay) - Homestuck
  • Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn (bisexual) - DC Comics
  • John Constantine (bisexual) - DC Comics
  • Wiccan (gay) - Marvel Comics
  • Ellen Dunkel (bisexual), Nanase Kitsune (lesbian), Justin Tolkiberry (gay) and Lisa (lesbian) - El Goonish Shive
  • Dora Bianchi (bisexual) and Tai (lesbian) - Questionable Content
  • Dillon, Jerzy (gay), Zii, Senna, Yuki, Matt, Amber, Chanelle, and Sonya (all bisexual) - Ménage à 3 and spinoffs
  • Marena (pansexual) - Keychain of Creation
  • Haley Starshine and Sabine (bisexual), Bandana (lesbian) - The Order of the Stick


  • Almost everyone in Rent.
  • Glinda and Elphaba (bisexual) - Wicked
  • Merisiel Sylvari, Ileosa Arabasti, Pazuzu (bisexual), Kyra, Anevia and Irabeth Tirablade, (lesbian; Anevia is also MtF transsexual), Dagon, Lamashtu, Nocticula, Socothbenoth (pansexual), sundry others - Pathfinder Chronicles
  • Rod and Ricky (both probably gay) - Avenue Q

Gay, Lesbian, & Bi Agents[]

PPCers often don't limit themselves to straight characters, either.

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