- In Animal Farm, there are homoerotic vibes from the relationship between Boxer and Benjamin. Ben is described as being "fond" of Boxer, the two live in the same stable, and the only time Ben actually does something is when Boxer was sent to the slaughterhouse. Also, after Boxer dies, Ben becomes depressed. Because YOU wouldn't if your best friend was shipped off to be turned into glue by a totalitarian regime?
- Fans love the subtext in the Animorphs series:
- Team clown Marco frequently refers to best friend Jake with affectionate pet names, and on one occasion explains that he doesn't keep any secrets from Jake, as "that's the basis of a good marriage: openness, honesty."
- Since the other four characters are official couples, fans like to Pair the Spares Ax and Marco. It helps that they're actually a damn good team, especially when it comes to computer hacking.
Marco: May we join you?
Rich Lady: There's only one chair.
Marco: It's okay, we're very good friends. (yanks Ax down to sit on his lap)
- Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced, Miss Hinchcliffe and Miss Murgatroyd. So much subtext it's practically a Lampshade Hanging - the shared home, the butch/femme dynamic, Miss Hinchcliffe's "utter devastation" when Miss Murgatroyd is murdered, et cetera. Considering that gay-friendly works were still getting banned for indecency up to the late 1970s, the fact that Christie managed to publish a story with not one but two sympathetic lesbian characters in 1950s Britain is mind-boggling. The 2000s television series with Geraldine McEwan dropped the 'sub' entirely and made them a canon couple.
- Agatha Christie example: There was subtext between Miss Cook and Miss Barrow, Miss Marple's bodyguards in "Nemesis".
- Anne of Green Gables:
- Anne Shirley often refers to Diana Berry as her "bosom friend". At some point in the story, Anne is crying - because she dreads the day that Diana will leave her for a man, and get married. 13-year-old Anne tells Marilla that she and Diana are considering pledging to never marry and live together as old maids, and in later books, Rachel Lynde moves in with Marilla after her husband dies, and they raise kids together.
- There is a possible homoerotic interpretation of the relationship between Kayerts and Carlier in Joseph Conrad's An Outpost of Progress.
- E.M. Forster. Being a real life Straight Gay, his novels were full of homoerotic subtext: A Passage to India is certainly on a level with Brideshead Revisited. And as for Maurice...Maurice is about the eponymous character's search for Mr. Right! Pretty damn groundbreaking, seeing as it was written maybe a decade or two after the turn of the century... or it would have been, if publication hadn't been postponed until after his death in the '70s. Forster was all about needling the stuffy types, but he wasn't suicidal. Especially depressing because the overt gay content wasn't what made the book unpublishable, it was the fact that the book has a happy ending, thus making it "incitement to crime" at the time. If Maurice had hung himself it might have been okay.
- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Stephen/Cranly. During a nighttime walk in which they discuss feelings, we get such gems as:
Cranly seized his arm and steered him round so as to head back...he laughed almost slily and pressed Stephen's arm with an elder's affection.
—Cunning indeed! he said. Is it you? You poor poet, you!
—And you made me confess to you, Stephen said, thrilled by his touch, as I have confessed to you so many other things, have I not?
—Yes, my child, Cranly said, still gaily.
Cranly, grave now, slowed his pace and said:
—Alone...you know what that word means? Not only to be separate...but to have not even one friend.
—I will take the risk, said Stephen.
— And not to have any one person, Cranly said, who would be more than a friend, more even than the noblest and truest friend a man ever had.
His words seemed to have struck some deep chord in his own nature. Had he spoken of himself, of himself as he was or wished to be? Stephen watched his face for some moments in silence. A cold sadness was there. He had spoken of himself, of his own loneliness which he feared.
—Of whom are you speaking? Stephen asked at length.
Cranly did not answer.
- Arthur: Between Buster and Arthur. Arthur and the Brain. Buster and the Brain. Sue Ellen and Fern. Muffy and Francine. D.W. and Emily. D.W. and Nadine.
- A Separate Peace is a classic example. It has even been banned from some school libraries because the Ho Yay is so blatant.
- The book especially pushed that Gene was gay, specifically how he spent a couple of sentences describing Brinker's excellent rear. And keep in mind he remembers it pretty well years since he last saw him.
- Gene talks about how he either finds or puts deadliness in "things that attracted me, ... anything I wanted, anything I loved". Finny, for example.
Gene: (about Phineas) I threw my hip against his, catching him by surprise, and he was instantly down, definitely pleased. This was why he liked me so much. When I jumped on top of him, he couldn't ask for anything better.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: The series is awash in Ho Yay.
- Brienne's obsessive "loyalty" towards Catelyn. Consider that Brienne's slavish devotion was previously displayed to Renly, who she was canonically in love with.
- Tyrion and Bronn always seemed fairly *ahem* close.
- What was up with Tyrion taking off his gloves to caress Jon's face, back then at The Wall?
- Sansa and Margarey Tyrell seemed to be heading that way before Sansa left.
- As for Jon, Pyp, Grenn, and Sam, whoo... There's just so much sexuality and sexual tension in general that it oozes over in ways Martin perhaps didn't intend. Sam has the hots for Jon. Abandoning your religion for a guy who didn't (knowingly) do much more than save your butt from getting whacked by practice swords a couple times? Yup.
- Robb clearly admired Theon and refused to believe that he would ever betray him. As for Theon, well, read the chapter in A Clash of Kings where he goes back to visit his father. Balon claims Theon has become "womanly" and Starks have made Theon into one of them. There are more things tying Robb and Theon together than make sense.
- From the newer batch of Night's Watch recruits the one Jon seems to notice the most is definitely Satin, a male prostitute. The word "pretty" is used multiple times. He's also the one who gets picked to help Jon get around, since his leg is hurt. And he's the only other person there when Ygritte dies, which could with some effort be seen as significant in terms of his previous love interest giving way to a new one. In A Dance with Dragons Jon names him his steward, and one person implies he thinks they're together.
- Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark. They're certainly not shy about saying they love each other and Ned certainly spends a lot of time reminiscing over how handsome, muscular (his exact thoughts are "muscled like a maiden's fantasy"), and generally awesome Robert was. Ned also goes to great lengths mentioning how Robert's younger brother looks the way Ned remembers him, using words like handsome.
- Lampshaded by Jaime Lannister, while mockingly reminding Catelyn about the time Ned was unfaithful to her and fathered Jon Snow; he contrasts Ned's lack of loyalty to her with his total devotion to Robert, and finishes off his speech by sneering that Ned was "never unfaithful to him, was he?"
- The TV series also lampshades it; when Robert gets angry and orders Ned to leave, Cersei sarcastically says "I'm sorry your marriage to Ned Stark didn't work out, you seemed so good together." Robert is so miserable he doesn't even have the heart to get angry with her.
- Jon Connington certainly seems to have felt something more than friendship or brotherhood for Rhaegar Targaryen; he refers to him as his "Silver Prince" several times and ends up raising Rhaegar's son in secret. In fact, his entire purpose for living at this point is seeing his dead friend's son reclaim the Iron Throne. This one has been confirmed by Word of Gay. As has Renly and Loras Tyrell.
- Jaime Lannister and Ilyn Payne. All those late-night practice sessions.
- Payne is also the one person apart from Cersei or Tyrion to whom Jaime is willing to talk about his feelings. Yes, he is only so open because Payne is mute and illiterate and so cannot pass on his secrets, and Jaime is basically using him more like a Companion Cube than someone to actually talk to, but the fact remains that Payne now knows Jaime more intimately than anyone else.
- Stannis Baratheon's true queen is Davos, it is known. (In addition to black hair and blue eyes, it seems ho yay runs strong in this family.)
- A Tale of Two Cities. We get occasional glints of Charles Darnay/Sydney Carton (making the Love Triangle angle that much more complicated, as well as being borderline Screw Yourself) and even Madame Defarge and The Vengeance having some French Revolution-yay.
- Atlas Shrugged: Hank Rearden and Francisco D'Anconia. Besides being a convenient case of Pair the Spares, they describe each other as "The only man I've ever loved" at least once.
- Older Than Feudalism: Iamblichus's Babyloniaca or Tales of Babylon introduces the Egyptian Princess Berenice, who's supposed to be lesbian (or, at least Really Gets Around) and has a close, intimate friendship with Mesopotamia, another female character. In the end, when Berenice becomes queen she's reunited with Mesopotamia and is hinted that she married her.
- Baby Sitters Club: Lesbian subtext is a popular topic of discussion among fans. Some would also argue that Jeff Schafer has quite a bit of "chemistry" with Mallory's triplet brothers, particularly Byron.
- The Baroque Cycle: Isaac and Daniel, Isaac and Fatio, Isaac and anyone he doesn't hate; William of Orange and his pretty pages. Also, Fatio jealously suspects this of Daniel and Leibniz with respect to Isaac. (And Eliza/ Liselotte is practically text, albeit text delivered by an Unreliable Narrator.)
- Eliza explicitly states that she and the other harem slaves used to practice on each other, and on another occasion, she states that while she's not attracted to girls, she has no objections to seducing one if it becomes necessary.
- Jonathan Stroud's The Bartimaeus Trilogy: We've got Bartimaeus, a demon who is millennia old who still wears the form of Ptolemy, his master, 'someone he had once loved,' two thousand years later. He and Ptolemy also shared a room, and Bartimaeus was more than prepared to die for him. On top of that, there's Nathaniel, his new master, sacrificing himself to save Barty, and their conversations scream 'workaholic husband and neglected wife,' especially in the third book.
- A more explicit (and much, much creepier) version exists in the new prequel between Khaba and Ammet. They've worked together for years, Ammet says that he's come to love Khaba, there's a scene where he keeps stroking the magician's neck, Ammet tries to destroy Bartimaeus for ruining Khaba's reputation with Solomon, and Khaba comments at one point that Ammet should know he doesn't mind a little pain.
- There's also the 'his pleasures are my pleasures' speech said by Ammet when professing this care for his master to Bartimaeus.
- It's a kid's/young adult's book series, but all those Bartlett books by Odo Hirsch. Basically Bartlett and Jacques Le Grand are explorers and Heterosexual Life-Partners who seem to understand each other on a VERY deep level, and never seem to have any interest in women at all. Even the 13 year old boy they go around with seems to be more into women than they are.
- You don't need to be a Yaoi Fangirl to pick up on the homoerotic subtext in Herman Melville's novels, especially Billy Budd. Read up on Melville's infatuation with Nathaniel Hawthorne sometime...
- In medieval French poetry, in Marie de France's lai "Bisclavret", when the eponymous werewolf is finally able to turn back into a human, thanks to the timely assistance of the king
The king ran to hug him tight;
He kissed him a hundred times that day.
When he catches his breath, he hands
Him back all his fiefs and lands,
And more presents than I will say.
- ...note also that Bisclavret is lying on the king's bed at this point.
- The Black Coats: Written by Paul Féval between 1863 and 1875.
- Echalot and Simolor are raising Saladin together.
- The pseudo-Paternal affection The Colonol pretend to show various fellow Habits Noirs could also be interpreted this way. In fact the only Female on the High Council is perhaps the one he's the least Touchy Feely with.
- In the novel Bloodline, Mina is pretty much a walking cloud of subtext. And Quincey's attempts to make his brother his friend, and his attempts to awaken the latent bloodlust in him, seem distinctly... vibey.
- The Bloody Jack series has quite a bit of tension between Jacky and Clarissa in book two which becomes Foe Yay in the 5th book In the Belly of the Bloodhound when taking advantage of a diversion to look for possible escape routes they hear someone coming, and Jacky grabs Clarissa and plants a passionate kiss on her in a Fake-Out Make-Out scenario and Clarissa seems to like it. Jacky even notes that she's "been kissed by worse."
- Jacky and Amy in book two. It's worth noting that they both became very close very quickly. In book two Jacky and the "lady of the night" prostitute Mam'selle Claudelle de Bour-bon had a lot of Les Yay, from Mam'selle's side anyway.
- Cheng Shih towards Jacky in the eighth book the Wake of the Lorelei Lee.
- Brave New World: Helmholtz thinks at one point that Bernard's focus on himself upsets him because he likes Bernard, Bernard later becomes viciously jealous when Helmholtz finds a kindred spirit in John. To top it all off, Helmholtz persuades Bernard to join him in exile to a distant island at the end. Bernard's eager desire to date women might have lessened these implications, if it couldn't easily be written off as part of a general desire to fit in with society.
- Brideshead Revisited has quite a few fans convinced that Charles and Sebastian had it going on. Even the other characters pick up on the Ho Yay between Charles and Sebastian. At one point, Sebastian's stepmother draws Charles aside and says,
"I know of these romantic friendships. I think they are very good if they do not go on too long."
- Though the subtext pretty much became text in a later conversation with Julia after she and Charles begin their affair:
Julia: You loved him, didn't you?
Charles: Oh, yes. He was the frontrunner.
- Mainland Chinese novels don't have a reputation for Ho Yay, but Career of Flowing Blood: Li Si and the Qin Empire is incredibly blatant.
But Li Si did not immediately approach the dais. Li Si said: “My king’s heart is generous and benevolent, that you did not hold the least bit of suspicion in your heart when you first saw me, and allowed me to approach you. But I do not dare fail to clearly show my intentions before speaking. I have only a heart that loves my ruler, without a trace of ill will." After speaking, Li Si slowly took off his clothes until he was naked, to show he was not armed.
Ying Zheng, King of Qin, could not have ever cleared the scene from his heart if he’d tried. To gain his trust, a man daring to bare his body, calmly standing before him against a background of white snow and red plum blossoms, eyes filled with genuine, hot tears, unmoving in the icy wind.
Ying Zheng, unused to looking at naked men, smiled delicately, and said: “Sir, dress yourself again, and come forth to speak!"
Li Si’s expression did not change as he put his clothes back on, garment by garment. He knew that, by his extraordinary gesture, he had moved Ying Zheng, the king of Qin.
- Also, this is historical fiction. Ying Zheng is the eventual First Emperor, and Li Si is his future Chancellor.
- The infamous passage in The Catcher in the Rye in which Mr. Antolini strokes the forehead of a sleeping Holden. Even Holden himself is rather disturbed, fleeing Mr. Antolini's house right afterwards.
- Antolini's inquiries about Holden's girlfriends and the fact that he calls Holden "handsome" as he wishes him goodnight could be read as flirtatious advances as well.
- There's a part in How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater where Ed references this passage from The Catcher in the Rye as part of a drunken ploy to get his drama teacher to sleep with him. It doesn't work.
- Carl Luce, who was said to be always grabbing guys' butts, and somehow seemed to know if anyone was gay. He was most likely a case of Anything That Moves.
- A rare example of Les Yay in the books of Michael Moorcock is The Champion of Garathorm, Ilian feels 'something' towards Yisselda of Brass, much to her own surprise. Downplayed because, at that moment, Ilian is functioning on the borrowed lifeforce of Dorian Hawkmoon, who is Yisselda's husband.
- For a book starring conservative Jews, Chaim Potok's The Chosen sure has a lot of this.
- For example: Reuven describes the twelve-year-old blind Gentile kid Bobby as the most 'beautiful' boy he'd ever seen. Then Bobby's dad comes in, and he thinks about where Bobby gets his good looks. Oh, and females are all but invisible. Sure, he says he dates on Saturdays, but clearly no girlfriend has emerged.
- The apparent elephant in the room being all the Ho Yay between Danny and Reuven. ESPECIALLY in the movie.
- The City of Dreaming Books: Homuncolossus and Optimus Yarnspinner. They get very close, very quickly, sometimes bordering on Ho Yay.
- In the book Clockwork Heart, Lars and Kyle. Although it's arguable whether or not it even counts as subtext or just plain text. The titular Clockwork Heart program matches the two of them up as the pair most likely to have a successful marriage out of the five engineers (granted, it wasn't working entirely correctly that the time, but it wasn't complete broken, either.) The engineers had agreed that whoever the machine picked would go out on a date. Lars is indignant, and refuses. Kyle just promises to take him somewhere nice. Later, when Kyle is kidnapped, Lars freaks the hell out and is entirely focused on saving him. Kyle is also implied to be gay by Alistair, who, after hearing the results of Clockwork Heart, mentions that he had 'guessed about Kyle'. Isobel and Taya also appear to be shipping them.
- Invidia Aquitaine spends most of the last two books of Codex Alera working as The Dragon for the Vord Queen. This involves wearing absolutely skin-tight armor at all times, having "cute" little tea parties, trying to explain human culture and emotions, particularly love, and being her only confidante. Her Imperial Bugginess also seems to trust and respect her despite heaps of evidence that this is a bad idea, and isn't even bothered when Invidia inevitably attempts to turn on her, still offering to reward her if she switches back (it's just what Invidia does, she says). And the Vord Queen never really got the hang of clothing, so while Invidia is in her painted-on clothes, she's naked. We may well have a one-sided crush here.
- There's bucket loads of Ho Yay between Damien Vryce and Gerald Tarrant in Celia Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy. The overwhelming amount of Unresolved Sexual Tension is almost painful to read.
- Rather evident in the first meeting of Franz and the Count in The Count of Monte Cristo.
- Far more blatant in the relationship between Eugenie Danglars and Louise d'Armilly. It was almost as canon as Dumas could afford to get in a nineteenth century novel. Eugenie is hostile towards the idea of marrying any man, and her and Louise's life plan is to live together as artists forever. In her very first scene, while everybody is fixated on the Count, she only has eyes for the Count's date. Eugenie has a penchant for cross-dressing (the novel describes her as being used to it). The Count, at one point, compares her to Sappho and after the two of them flee France (which is heavily subtexted as eloping - Eugenie describes it as 'le rapt', which is a word for kidnapping with specifically sexual overtones, and Louise responds that it's not like Eugenie needed to use force), they are caught in a hotel room sleeping in one bed together, even though their room had two beds.
- There's this little bit about Valentine and Haydee at the end:
The Count: You then love Haidee?
Valentine: Oh, yes, with all my soul.
- Alex Cross and his best friend Sampson in James Patterson's Cross novels could be just BFF... if it weren't for the free embracing and kissing the two engage in as a greeting. Sampson is always referring to Cross as "lover" and "dear".
- Aeriel/Erin in The Dark Angel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce. Erin is pissed off at Irrylath for not treating his wife Aeriel properly; Aeriel tries to defend him by pointing out that due to bizarre circumstances, she and Irrylath haven't had a lot of time together to get properly acquainted. Erin responds by saying "I have known you far less time than he, and already I love you well." (The subtext deepens when you consider that part of the way Irrylath neglects Aeriel is by not having sex with her.) The ending of The Pearl of the Soul of the World clinches it when Aeriel has to leave Irrylath behind so she can concentrate on rebuilding the world, but Erin goes with her, saying she can't stand to be parted from her. In this final scene, the two embrace and call each other "my darkness" and "my light".
- There's some between Chloe, from the Darkest Powers series, and every main girl. Mostly between her and Liz, though.
- There is definite Ho Yay between Will and Bran of The Dark Is Rising series. At the very least, they're strongly implied to be soulmates of a sort. Not to mention that they're essentially a next-generation Merlin and Arthur - devotion and life partnership ahoy? Although the ending does put a crimp in the possibility of any future relationship, the subtext over the course of the canon is still very much there.
- Darkness Visible has rather a lot of Ho Yay between the main characters, Lewis and Marsh. And between Lewis and his valet George, if you want to read it that way. The first pairing is hardly surprising, given that William Marsh is not-very-ambiguously gay. He is implied to have been one of Oscar Wilde's boys, and got thrown out of Cambridge for writing a pamphlet in his defense.
- D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths describes Odin first seeing Loki, who is specifically described as much more handsome and graceful than most giants as well as possessing the ability to shapeshift into a girl, "and Odin was so taken with him that he asked him to be his blood brother." ... blood brother. Right.
- Rather obscure, but the narrator Emil Sinclair in Herman Hesse's Demian waxes poetic about the title character. Became pretty bizarre, though, when Sinclair ended up falling for Demian's mother (who's said to look a lot like her son).
- And the protagonist kisses Demian ON THE LIPS, granted, to give to his mother, but seriously...
- In Dexter, the titular character sure does seem to have the hots for the ice truck killer. At numerous points Dexter compares himself to a schoolgirl, and the killer to a buff football team captain. He also keeps saying how playful and teasing the killer is, while generally ignoring Rita.
- Dante and Virgil in The Divine Comedy.
- Modern day readers, and perhaps a few during the time of Dracula's publishing, found the eponymous Vampire's reaction towards the brides' attempt at seducing Jonathan reading rather like a jealous fit from a man intending to keep Mr. Harker all to himself rather then keeping his Evil Plan from being unraveled. Jonathan's squick at being so possessively treated make it seem like he's a touch worried about the Vampire's attraction to him. There's also hand kissing and walking arm in arm. Dracula's response to catching Jonathan trying to write secret letters home are also very interesting. He barely even reacts to the letter he wrote to his boss and even laughingly offers to go ahead and mail it. But he absolutely explodes with rage over his letter to his fiancee Mina, calling it "a vile thing, an outrage upon friendship and hospitality!" before burning it. Make of that what you will.
- Uh, that's because the letter to Mina is in shorthand and dear old Drac can't read it. He knows the one to the boss is harmless, but suspects that the one to Mina contains the truth about how Jonathan is basically a prisoner terrified for his life. Escape attempts make Dracula angry!
- Also, in a non-Foe Yay vein, the almost-all-male team that develops later in the book is pretty much emotionally polyamorous, if not sexually— and everybody is awfully concerned about how everyone else is holding up. Van Helsing gives Dr. Seward a speech about how much he loves Arthur and Jonathan (and Seward, of course) along with Lucy and Mina.
- There's actually serious scholarly argument over whether Stoker intended to portray Dracula as a Depraved Bisexual. Almost all the critics agree, however, that he was deliberately given predatory, heterosexual Foe Yay with Mina and Lucy, and that the female vampires had the same predatory attitude towards everyone in sight. (Stoker was writing at a time of social and sexual liberation, and heavily opposed said liberation, so it's not surprising his villains are Evil Is Sexy personified. A lot of scholars take the entire book as an Anvilicious appeal for traditional values.) There's even a theory that Stoker himself was bisexual. He was Henry Irving's personal assistant and had an enormous crush on him; the reason why he created Dracula in the first place was as a vehicle for his muse. Perhaps he saw himself as Jonathan Harker...
- Modern history's first known "dirty letter" is from Bram Stoker to Walt Whitman. Bram Stoker was either gay or bisexual.
- There's also a bit of Les Yay between Lucy and Mina... like them sleeping in the same bed, snuggling together when Mina believes she may never see Jonathan again, Mina caring for Lucy dearly especially during her sleepwalking episodes...
- Ho Yay can be applied to many vampiric relationships in literature. Many scholars view the act of vampirism in novels as a metaphor for sex. Think about it, vampires use their long, hard fangs to penetrate the skin of their victims and suck out their life's essence. Pick any male vampire with a male victim or female vampire with a female victim from fiction and there's your Ho Yay.
- Dragonlance: Raistlin and Dalamar. It's practically text: The ever-possessive Raistlin brands Dalamar with the imprint of his fingers. Dalamar talks about how his shalafi "has sucked him dry" - okay, so he's allegedly speaking about his soul, but still... And moments before jumping into bed with Kitiara, Dalamar ponders how much she reminds him of Raistlin.
- The Dresden Files has Harry and Thomas (it helps that The Dresden Files has an entire folder all to itself on the Memetic Sex God page, most of which is taken up by Harry and Thomas). Of course, Thomas is an incubus so you can hardly blame Harry for 'looking' at him every now and then. Gets a bit weird in Blood Rites when Harry finds out Thomas is his half-brother. "Half-Bro Yay?"
- This also comes across as Fridge Logic. Thomas's family control each other through sex so though he is disgusted by what his father does, he's more or less accepted it and incest is (relatively) normal to him. Harry not so much.
- Harry and Thomas have even been Mistaken for Gay a few times. The memorable incidence in White Night coming to mind.
- There's this gem in the third book:
Thomas (in the flesh): "Quit gawking and do something. I'll put on an afternoon theater for you later, if you want to watch that bad." Harry blushes.
- In fairness, he's turning up the incubus mojo big time, and when that happens Even the Guys Want Him. Plus, Harry is right next to Thomas, in a very confined space....and he's snogging an attractive woman.
- Also, on one occasion, Harry describes Thomas as "the lost Greek god of body cologne."
- Notably, this has also been Played for Drama — remember, Thomas is an incubus, so some of Harry's allies are worried that Thomas is feeding from him. He isn't, but the most they can do is just say that and hope they're believed because revealing the much more valuable secret behind it is something they really don't want to do.
- Long after their first meeting, Harry seems to spend a lot of time describing how ruggedly handsome Marcone is, especially his pretty eyes.
- Harry also has a habit of checking out the muscles of other men. In Summer Knight, he pauses — while being shot at — to check out the muscles and body of Billy the Werewolf, who's naked. And in Small Favor, Harry wakes up after nearly drowning and immediately focuses on the pecs of Michael Carpenter and Sanya, two Knights of the Cross.
- In The Enemy series, the second book (The Dead) we have two best friends: Ed, and Jack. When Jack is dying at his home, ed lies in bed with him. Not subtl Charlie Higson, not subtle at all.
- The English Patient. Most obviously when the title character regains consciousness in the Bedouin camp and watches a boy performing some sort of ritual dance.
- Enola Holmes is awfully close to her friend, Lady Cecily, and Nancy Springer continues Arthur Conan Doyle's tradition of Sherlock Holmes and his brother Mycroft disdaining the attentions of the fairer sex.
- Older Than Dirt, and proof that some things never change: In The Epic of Gilgamesh, literally the Oldest One in the Book, there is considerable sexual tension between Gilgamesh and his best "buddy" Enkidu — something which is clearly acknowledged by the scribe who wrote of the story, with clever word plays hinting at Enkidu's homoerotic charm. In a slightly less subtle moment, Gilgamesh dreams about having sex with Enkidu as an axe, which he "loves like a woman". Notably, both characters have a previously established heterosexual identity.
- Escape from Furnace has it in spades. The fact that the series revolves around one all male prison probably helps. Donovan, being Alex' cellmate, gets most of it:
Then (I) suddenly noticed that Donovan was stripping out of his overalls.
“Is there something you’re not telling me?” I asked, a little concerned by the boy standing before me in his prison-issue underpants.
“Well, you know when I said I loved you . . .”
- Zee, who quickly becomes Alex' best friend (and is named "Alex' girlfriend" because of that), has a share of his moments as well:
"Does my bum look big in this?" I asked, giving Zee a clumsy twirl.
"Your everything looks big in that."
- More notable than the abundant Ho Yay between Alex and his friends, though, is the Foe Yay between him and the prison warden. Warden Cross has sat with him in bed, caressed his hair, held him by his chin and said he wouldn't allow Alex to die, because Death couldn't take what belonged to him. Multiple times through the books Alex confesses he might end up giving himself in to Cross, but what makes him truly afraid is the fact that sometimes he enjoys the idea. Of course, in book, this just means Alex is afraid of becoming the warden's mindless slave, but… That doesn't sound good either.