Sailor Moon codified many of the tropes for the Magical Girl
genre, including the trend of subtext that magical girls are lesbiansnote
- Zoisite and Kunzite are Yaoi Guys in the anime.
- There's one scene in the anime where Usagi day dreamed that she was kissing Motoki and comes back to reality.......only to realize that she was just about to kiss Makoto. Meeeep.
- In regards to Ho Yay, the R movie had a male alien named Fiore who made friends with Mamoru mainly because of how kind Mamoru was to him when they were kids, which involved Mamoru giving him a rose and Fiore promising to return with the most beautiful flowers he could find. He expressed jealousy towards Usagi upon finding out that she's Mamoru's girlfriend and even tried to kill her due to being possessed by a flower that magnified his hate against humanity. And to cap it off, Usagi was genuinely concerned that Mamoru might feel romantically abouy Fiore, and the other senshi seemed to think that was possible as well. For his own part, Mamoru was clearly dedicated to staying with Usagi, but there are indications for viewers, that he might have felt that way, when they were kids. For example, after he remembers their goodbye, he finds himself staring at forget-me-nots, and then Usagi tells him that forget-me-nots also symbolise true love. It might be worth noting that this movie was directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara, who's well-known for putting gay subtext and text in pretty much everything he does.
- Also, there was one episode of Makoto thinking that Haruka's so absolutely cool. she wanted to become astrong, independent girl like her. Her friends mistake her for dating Haruka.
- In the anime, Haruka flirts with a lot of girls, including Usagi and a hotel maid who appears to reciprocate (or at least be flustered). In the latter case, Michiru walked in the room when Haruka was putting the moves on said maid and seemingly acts jealous. Hilarity Ensues.
- Because of her flirtatious nature and Even the Girls Want Her, Haruka has Les Yay with pretty much every girl she runs across who isn't an enemy. The inner senshi are, except in episodes where it's actually a plot point, pretty open about their girl-crushes on Haruka.
- Rei's Not a Date with Maya Touno, a one-shot girl. The other Inners were almost completely sure that they were girlfriends.
- There was also one of the victims of the day in the Super S series: Yoshiki Usai, who was heavily implied to be gay and in some sort of relationship with his assistant. Fish-Eye targets him and doesn't bother to pretend to be a woman this time.
- Not to mention, the English dub turned Yoshiki Usai and his assistant into brothers and considering that they have previously tried (and failed) to cover up Michiru and Haruka's relationship by making them into cousins...
- Seiya certainly crushed on Usagi, whether as a Gender Bender or Sweet Polly Oliver. You could also argue Les Yay for the hints of Taiki/Ami and Yaten/Minako because Seiya, Taiki, and Yaten really are women, even if they were given gender-bending abilities in the anime.
- Sailor Lead Crow and Sailor Aluminum Siren are villains in the last season, Sailor Stars, who have a very good degree of Les Yay. They act like a Slap-Slap-Kiss couple and eventually, when Aluminum Siren dies Lead Crow is extremely heartbroken.
- Not to mention that Sailor Lead Crow spends much of her remaining screen time mourning Sailor Aluminum Siren's death and saying things like "Siren loved amusement parks.". Plus she tearfully apologizes to Siren just before she dies by being sucked into a black hole.
- Hotaru/Chibi-Usa. The Stars manga includes a scene of them holding hands; when Usagi points this out, Hotaru basically says 'Don't you hold hands with Mamoru?'
- Which, for some, leads to the logical conclusion of Mistress Nine/Black Lady, despite the fact that, technically, they never meet.
- This quote from the manga: "It's strange, isn't it? We're both girls, but it must have been fate that we met". When you consider fate and destiny and the role they played in Usagi and Mamoru's relationship, this is a Big Deal.
- In the manga Sailor Cosmos kissed Sailor Moon. Sailor Cosmos is, according to Sailor Ceres, "the ultimate future form of Sailor Moon", and certainly bears an uncanny resemblance to Usagi... which can be interpreted as either Usagi's future self, a future reincarnation of Usagi, or a distant descendant of Usagi who inherited her mantle as Sailor Moon.
- In the manga, Usagi thinks of Ami as "cute" on making her acquaintance in Act 2, while in Sailor Moon Crystal's Act 2, there's a bit of Luminescent Blush as she does it, with Ami also blushing profusely when Usagi effusively hugs her, and again shortly after, when Usagi tells her that she's cuter when she smiles, while obliviously using the -chan honorific.
- In Crystal, Usagi's first meeting with Rei must be seen to be believed. Crystal takes after the manga to the point of sometimes being word-for-word, but somehow it managed to make the manga introduction more lesbian. In the manga, Usagi is distracted by Rei's beauty and follows her home. When she gets the "Evil spirit, begone" treatment, she forgives her easily because she can't imagine staying mad at someone so beautiful. Can we top that? Boy howdy, we can. Major spoilers for episode three: Ami's going to cram school. Invites an initially uninterested Usagi to tag along, saying "you can see a beautiful girl on the bus around this time." She gets excited for that and it's what gets her to get on. When Ami points out Rei, Usagi gasps, blushes, and we see Rei through her eyes - it's all glossy and the background is full of roses. Cut back to Usagi. Her eyes are now little hearts. "So... beautiful..." she says. She stares at her until Ami tells her that it's rude; Usagi doesn't even seem to be aware that Ami is speaking at all. What snaps her out of her out of her heart-eyed trance? Rei preparing to get off the bus. Usagi immediately says "I'm getting off here!" and runs after, leaving Ami confused. There's just no way to make that platonic.
- Also, Usagi's crush on Motoki is absent. Mamoru is in fact the only male she shows romantic interest in, after saying Ami is cute, and then undergoing whole scene of Rei meeting above, and getting heart eyes over her again once near the end of that episode. We're reaching the point of Haruka and Michiru; in a franchise not opposed to having canon homosexuality, the evidence says Crystal's Usagi is definately bisexual.