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- 1977: The Comic
- Robyn has a fling with the policewoman who originally was sent out to arrest her. Robyn is seen duly "arrested" with one wrist cuffed to the bed-head. She also has UST with bandmate Lorraine and kisses her once.
- How far can a man, temporarily trapped in a female body, be said to be lesbian if he/she takes two girls to bed? Bud/Budette fails to devote much angst to this intriguing philosophical conundrum and beds the two girls anyway.
- 8-Bit Theater
- Fighter and Black Mage. Fighter is endlessly devoted to Black Mage, following him across the planet and willing to oppose and/or attempt to kill anything that threatens him, behaviour which can't be entirely explained by his naivety (especially considering the rampant hints he's practicing Obfuscating Stupidity), while all of Black Mage's extremely rare Pet the Dog moments have either White Mage or Fighter as the focus, the former of whom he sexually propositions regularly. At the end of the comic, Black Mage and Fighter are the only Light Warriors who don't split up.
- There was a hilarious bit where Black Belt faced a tentacle monster, was convinced he saw a penis, and then protested to White Mage throughout the next strip that he wasn't gay; he only thought he saw THAT, not that he's obsessed with phallic imagery or anything.
- Red Mage and Dragoon are Sects Buddies.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
- The last two panels of this page are somewhat... suggestive. Likely on purpose.
- This page with the good doctor and Chuck Goodrich. Hastings lampshades it in the alttext.
- Alone in a Crowd
- Hope and Faith. Hope states that she and Faith were "perfect for each other", though she likely meant it in an innocently friendly way, since they're young. She's the only person Faith's age who is accepting of her cat ears and likes to touch them (to Faith's bemusement). Though Faith doesn't mind Hope's company she isn't entirely comfortable around her due to not being used to having a friend. When it was revealed Hope's parents abandoned her and Faith's sister Sara decided to invite her for a "sleepover" (planning to find a family-member to take in Hope), Faith was none-too-amused, but seemed to warm up to the idea. Later Hope was able to use none-too-subtle reverse-psychology to convince Faith into letting her sleep in Faith's bed instead of in a sleeping-bag on the floor. After Hope fell asleep, Faith's thoughts were as follows:
Faith: [thinking] So here I am at my first sleepover. Man this is awkward! I barely know this girl and I'm sharing a bed with her. * sigh* I'll never get to sleep.
- In a very, very, VERY Squicky manner, when Faith's aunt Desirae hugged Hope due to the young girl being absolutely adorable and very huggable, the following um... exchange occurred once the hug was over:
Hope: Your chest is really comfortable.
Desirae: I get that a lot.
- Hope once again showed a, err, interest in Desirae's chest in the one-hundredth-comic of the series, in which the characters broke the Fourth Wall to celebrate. Unfortunately, they had no ideas; Desirae then spoke with "I could always show them my boobs!". After a bit of arguing over what to do, Faith interrupted and said they should all just reflect on what they have already accomplished. After a beat:
Marty (being a... fan of Desirae): I'm still for Desirae's boobs.
Hope: Me, too.
- Pheobe Bradley, a girl whose sexuality was often left ambiguous and played around with. She had a lot of very close moments with her good friend Ceilidh, which eventually culminated into a Last Minute Hookup in the text-based epilogue posted after a long hiatus.
- In the comic's old days, guest artists often came in to make little "joke comics" and other such things. One such guest artist drew up the Love Dodecahedron consisting of every teenaged main character in the series, and then made a little strip of the characters' reactions. Joe, the (arguably) lead male of the strips then said, "I think he forgot about the pink line between me and Alan." Pink lines in the dodecahedron symbolized "possible attraction to," with red lines as "definitely attracted to," and brown lines for "absolutely can't stand."
- Despite the opposite-gender partnerships flying back and forth during the plot of Bittersweet Candy Bowl, there's a tiny hint of this between Mike and Paulo. Played with during the summer arc, when they're forced to share a room. And a bed. Yeah.
- Captain SNES
- Ryan and Alex.... Just Ryan and Alex, what with what he did twice in the presence of Ryan. Even the cat agrees.
- Bass thinks that Vegeta and Green are going in this direction.
- In The Cobra Days, there are a lot of little moments between the Fear and... everyone else. Fans of the comic adopted Fear/Fury and Fear/Sorrow as pet pairings, and the writer obliged by doing official artwork of both pairings. In her finale Ustreem session, she revealed that she liked to ship Fear/Sorrow as a Crack Pairing.
- In College Roomies From Hell, Roger walks in on a number of apparent Ho Yay moments between Mike and Dave. Mike has kissed Dave, and there's an arc where they pretended to be dating.
- BLU Scout in Cuanta Vida seemed much more upset that BLU Spy wasn't gay than the whole "developing an escape plan with members of the RED team" business. Seems Spy might not be the only one spending a lot of time in closets. ( Confirmed!)
- A few of the earliest Dinosaur Comics revolved around the sexual tension between T-Rex and Utahraptor.
- The Dreamer: Alan/Nathan. Especially when they fought. And don't tell me you can't see Knowlton/Alan or even Alan/Hamilton!
- This page of Drowtales is rife with Kiel and Naal Les Yay. There are also plenty of pretty blatant hints towards Quain'tana and Ash'waren's involvement with each other, as well as subtler hints between Ariel and Faen. And of course there's the absolutely confirmed relationship between Mel and Shadnya.
- El Goonish Shive
- There are frequent jokes about Tedd and Elliot (both quite straight... we think) having some Unresolved Sexual Tension between them. The author himself supports Tedd/Elliot shipping, and has drawn them kissing at least once. Some of the filler has shown Tedd's female counterpart in the EGS:NP continuity, Tess, dating Elliot. Word of God states that in every alternate universe where they are able to do so, Elliot and Tedd are a couple. In an arc starting toward the end of 2013, Elliot has an erotic dream of himself and a morphed-to-female-before-his-eyes Tedd; of course, he conveniently forgets who he was dreaming about when he woke up.
- Elliot's "sister" Ellen and Tedd's cousin Nanase have, well, passed this stage.
- Tedd's girlfriend Grace, due to her poor grasp on human intimacy and I-can't-believe-it's-not-bisexuality, has had her share of Ho Yay moments with Elliot's girlfriend Sarah and a few more with Ellen. In at least one alternate universe, Grace hooked up with Sarah due to Tedd being off the market.
- Rhoda and Diane - hugs, normal, loking deeply into each other's eyes, OK, Diane calling Rhoda cute...hang on a second!
- Elliot made friends with the very effeminate Noah after some hijinks leads to a friendly yet awkward lunch — a lunch that looked a lot like a date due to Noah's posing. Only exacerbated in the page following the lunch with Ellen saying lines like "You're seeing him again on Tuesday?" and Noah's almost swooning expression.
- In Erfworld, there's a strong Les Yay overtone to Wanda's More Than Mind Control of Jillian. As Wanda describes it, "She won't fight for someone she hates. Nor harm someone she loves... But above all else, she will not harm me."
- Fishbones has some, and it's lampshaded by one of them.
- Even though Everyone Is Bi in Friendly Hostility, Arath has had a few of these, despite insisting that he's straight.
- Girl Genius
- Agatha and Zeetha definitely have something going on. (For example: "We are kolee-dok-zumil. I know you.")
- There's some definite Foe Yay between Gil and Tarvek. They're Childhood Friends turned rivals, due to a misunderstanding and Tarvek at least still keeps secrets that he felt would ruin Gil's life. And he'll kill Gil if Gil dies, so there's that.
- For most of a story arc, they've been alternating attempting to throttle one another and brilliant teamwork that saves both their lives. Looks like they might be heading for a Wolfenbach-Storm King-Heterodyne triple alliance (hehheh) to forge a new Pax Transylvania.
- In this page one of Agatha's beaus Tarvek states that he is about to 'senselessly pound' the other. The second beau sarcastically replies 'Ho, Yeah. Merry Christmas to Me.'
- Girls with Slingshots
- Some had assumed Jamie was openly bisexual until this series.
- Clarisse evidently considers Hazel/Thea inevitable despite Hazel's cranky insistence to the contrary.
- Gunnerkrigg Court
- Annie and Kat: They are very close, would go through hell for the other, and have a huge amount of symbolism crafted around their relationship. When they have a row in chapter Chapter 32, the being that brings them back together just happens to be a licensed couples' therapist, and now they're building a sentient robot together, by growing it from a seed. Tom has remained silent on where this is going, other than to clarify that, no, Annie and Kat were not kissing back in Ch 6.
- Chapter 34, in the midst of sinking Annie/Jack, has a very awkward moment between Kat and Paz, and sneaks in an Annie/Kat Ship Tease at the end. Most tellingly is Tom's strange response to Kat's "me neither" line (in response to Paz thinking she's a lesbian).
- Eight chapters later, turns out that Paz has a crush on Kat, and confesses this to her. They start going out.
- Kat's attraction to Birds has been a Running Gag since Chapter 13. However when considering that "Bird" is a common British slang word for ladies, one wonders whether or not this was a sneaky case of foreshadowing.
- Zimmy and Gamma: A much stronger case can be made for these two, the author's commentary refers to Gamma as "The only thing Zimmy could ever give a damn about", and even other characters acknowledge it. However, Tom has also said that they're not a couple "in the way you're thinking" on his Formspring, which he later clarified meant that they were together romantically, but not sexually.
- Ysengrin and Coyote: Tom confirms that Y loves Coyote very much. It's unclear if Coyote reciprocates.
- The two forest fairy girls are very touchy-feely with each other, although it's more of a dysfunctional friendship. It could be just because they're fairies.
- Shadow 2 and Robot. Shadow has shown visible sadness whenever Robot mentions his "angel", Kat, and is clearly very uncomfortable with his protectiveness of her. (Although that might have something to do with the fact that is was bordering on stalking for a while there.) In chapter 35, after the two of them are severely injured, Robot fully realizes his feelings for his friend.
Robot: Oh, Shadow... Why didn't I realize it before? I love my good friend Shadow.
- Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name
- Conrad and Doc Worth. Doc taunts Conrad, Conrad punches Doc, Doc grows "keen on" Conrad... Heightened quite a bit in the February mini comic, where Doc Worth sees Conrad at a cafe and visibly decides to tease him for a while, ending with him slicing his palm and giving Conrad (a vampire) a shot of blood for his espresso. Conrad drinks it. Promptly made even more obvious where Doc Worth wakes up, incredibly grouchy and hungover in his office, and one of the first things he immediately asks Hanna is the whereabouts of 'Count Fagula'. Cue brand new nickname for Conrad, for one thing.
- Hanna and everyone, essentially, but especially Hanna/Zombie. Both get really upset when the other one's in danger, they live together, and Zombie apparently makes him breakfast.
- Heartcore. Volaster/Royce, which is not only canon but also how Volaster's successor Carval came into being. Then there's Ame/Ryo, which the author loves teasing.
- Keychain of Creation: Between Secret and Marena, at points.
- Kobayashi the Discount Ninja and Radd's Evil Twin Gnarl from Kid Radd happen to be standing on the same bridge, complaining about Radd, when they notice each other. They have a fantasy sequence of co-operating to bring down their common nemesis, but the fantasy starts moving into rather different waters, at which point:
- Las Lindas
- Alejandra Coldthorn and Tootsie Roswell. It's heavily implied, both through the comic and Word of God (via the comic's forums), that Tootsie (Alej's longtime assistant and confidant) is gay for Alej, even if the feeling isn't mutual. She has a way of calming Alej down when she gets angry — to keep hugging her until Alej says the safeword (which is "milkduds"; it's meant to refer to the snack, but Alej is a cow-like creature, so take it as you will).
- This image of cast members Randal and Miles; on the forums for the comic, it's a running joke that Randal is gay, and this April Fools' strip was done to acknowledge the joke (and offer a little fanservice for those what wanted some).
- The Last Days of FOXHOUND
- Last Res0rt
- Some wonder if Least I Could Do's management is trying to reel in more female readers, with these.
- Living With Insanity
- This moment, and apparently there was supposed to be one here but it's probably nothing. Although, ever since Paul was turned into a bishie, he's been drawing himself naked a lot more often, so who knows?
- This strip on Scott Kurtz and newspaper cartoonist Ted Rall.
- Richard and Cale in Looking for Group. Cale glomps Richard at one point, and a later strip has Richard carrying Cale bridal style. And don't forget about fwoosh.
- Manly Guys Doing Manly Things
- Mayonaka Densha
- There are many hints that Jack's feelings for Tom might go a little bit beyond friendship, especially given that Jack is a complete mysogynist. Which Hatsune will not shy away from mercilessly teasing him about.
"I'm sorry, I couldn't sleep over the sound of all this homoeroticism"
- Ping and Miho, in spite of Mr. Gallagher's statement that only one female character, Sayuri, is attracted to other females. Come on, Ping went crazy when she thought that Miho was in danger. Twice. Despite her dark and manipulative personality, Miho's done surprisingly kind things for Ping, like take her out to eat multiple times, take her to a bath house, bought her underwear, and it's hinted that Miho knows that Ping is anatomically correct.
- For a supposedly straight girl, Miho has a lot of this. Her former best friend Junko acts like an embittered ex-lover towards her, and later, people have been seeing this between Miho and Yuki.
- Back when she started her online relationship with Piro she briefly thought that he was actually a girl.
- Ménage à 3, what with constantly skirting the line with Everyone Is Bi.
- Zii can't seem to stop hitting on DiDi, to the point where she convinces DiDi that she's a lesbian. Zii masturbates in one scene watching all-male pornography while calling DiDi's name.
- Sonya and Yuki both lust madly after Zii. And Yuki once thinks that Didi is in love with her and acts flattered and says she thinks Didi is "hot". She also hugs Didi while blushing and putting her face into her breasts while naked.
- Sandra and DiDi once enter a relationship and DiDi kisses Sandra. They go as far as to try to have sex with each other only to conclude that they're "two naked straight girls with poor boundary issues."
- Aparently Zii is well known to several female strippers in the city.
- Camp Gay and Wholesome Crossdresser Dillion is trying his best to get in Gary's pants. It's so blatant that both Dillon and Zii seem to have trouble understanding that Gary is completely straight and has no interest in men. Dillon even seems to think he and Gary are in a relationship.
- In Misfile, Ash and Emily are clearly attracted to each other. Given that Ash is a guy turned into a girl, this means that every emotional moment between the two of them is simultaneously Les Yay and not. Though there's nothing in this moment that could be construed as anything other than Les Yay.
- Monsterful has Topaz Gem and Samantha Thing, two 19 years old sexy Monsters, with Topaz taking a "dominant" role in their relationship as seen on this page for example. However it's stated that they're just very close friends, and Topaz just loves to play with Samantha in that way.
- As perpetually bickering buddies from the opposite ends of the political scale, Sam and Alistair from Newshounds have had some moments.
- Niels is filled with outed bisexuals, but of note is Agent 300, who had a lot of ambiguous interaction with other men but needed a Closet Key to realize his own bisexuality.
- Noblesse is filled to the brim with androgynous men who like to remind each other that they are hot. Potential (one-sided) ships include, but are not limited to, Frankenstein/Rai (most obvious & consistent), Regis/Rai, & M-24/M-21, Previous Lord/Rai.
- The Order of the Stick
- Out There: Miriam and Sherry often coyly joke about a mutual attraction, but sometimes act jealous of each other in a way that lends credence to the theory that the attraction might be real. Some of the characters have speculated that they may have had some sort of relationship in the past; even Miriam's mom assumed that at one point they were dating.
- Penny and Aggie: Sara was convinced there was something between Penny and Aggie, and between Stan and Jack, before she came out herself. Penny, however, has been seen either fantasizing about a future life with Aggie or in a possible future life with Aggie, and has had erotic dreams about her. Aggie, who rejected the idea of lesbianism purely due to what bitches girls can be, has been seen to get "tingles" after having her face in Karen's breasts... and Karen thought Aggie was openly lesbian for more than a year after reading too much into a comment about not needing to attract boys. And now Aggie is, at the very least, not especially hiding her interest in girls. They eventually began dating. Then there's Penny and Sara being cast as the Mackers, and the nasty rumors Charlotte spread. And while there's nothing outside Sara's head between Stan and Jack, Stan and Rich are quite another story, to the point that even Penny's alluded to it... and Stan didn't bother to argue. And it's hard not to read something into Stan's "loud and clear" message "for men and ladies," or his flirting with Fred at one of the popsicle parties.
- Penny Arcade
- Questionable Content
- Dora (who is self-admittedly bisexual, while spending most of the strip in a monogamous relationship with a man, and making occasional reference to "ex-boyfriends" as a group and only mentioning brief flings with women) occasionally has these moments, particularly here, here and here. See also here and here.
- The Hannelore/Marigold (Hanigold?) subtext, which Jeph has addressed and denied.
- Taisei is an enthusiastic and always happy guy with No Sense of Personal Space, who has a very close relationship with the main character, Jiro: They have been best friends since middle school, and they are practially inseparable, go shopping together and share an apartment. And Taisei stalks Jiro's dates because he can't stop worrying that Jiro might get hurt. This comic, if you block out the punchline, is very suggestive.
- Taisei's meeting with Yuudai, where Taisei isn't discouraged at all when Yuudai behaves like a total Jerkass when he tries to find out Yuudais first name just after meeting him and enthusiastically tries every first name he knows, making Yuudai blush. And after Taisei pulls him into a brohug of sorts, Yuudai freaks out like he was being touched inappropriately. It's so blatant that Yuudai asks Taro if Taisei is gay. Well, he is gay. He is one big ball of happiness that even Yuudai can't resist. It doesn't help that Yuudai behaves like a massive Tsundere at times.
- This trope seems to be in effect whenever Yuudai and Taisei are alone: Taro leaves to spy on Jiro in disguise and Taisei and Yuudai find themselves alone, waiting for him. Then Taisei is exceptionally nice to Yuudai, making him compliments. Yuudai doesn't believe him at first, and when he finds out he is actually genuine with his kindness, he blushes heavily.
- Plenty to go around in Scandinavia and the World, but mainly between the Norwegian siblings and the Danish siblings. Sweden also has plenty of Transparent Closet interactions with his friends before finally getting a boyfriend.
- Sequential Art
- Despite that they are just friends, there's the occasional scene in Shadowgirls between Lin-Lin and Becka that just, um...
- For someone who was apparently straight, Robin from Shortpacked! sure left her fingerprints on a lot of Les Yay moments and tried to set up a lot of male Ho Yay ones. A classic example. Then she came out as "straight with an exception", even though her inner monologue shows she had at least one other girlcrush (Amber) besides Leslie.
- Lust and Pride/Fortune from The Sins... well, what do you expect from an Anthropomorphic Personification of Lust (who's only had sex with two people, one of whom we know, but still...).
- Sister Claire
- Claire and Gabrielle are seen in a The Graduate tribute pose, Gabrielle persistently calls Claire "sweetie", blatantly flirts with her (though granted that's how she acts around everyone) and at one point, thanks to Gabrielle's unfamiliarity with mortal idiom:
"Now, let's have a girl-on-girl talk."
- Rosalie and Marie are heavily implied to be in some sort of relationship. Their Twin Telepathy (which they need to hide from the other Sisters because it's considered banned magic) being an obvious allegory for homosexuality is only the start.
- Big-time between Vinnie and Rabbit from Skins. They argue Like an Old Married Couple and Rabbit often bites Vinnie when sparring. Considering Rabbit is a Smoke who find blood an aphrodisiac, that in itself is suggestive. In a flashback scene, after a teenage Vinnie wins a fight by ripping out his opponent's throat, he shoots a hot glance over his shoulder at Rabbit to see if he’s watching.
- Slightly Damned: Rhea. Oh Rhea. She makes a joke trying to avert this in one comic where she's sharing the same bed with Kieri, and then is... passionately... kissed by Eve the fairy. On the male side, Darius had a crush on Kieri's uncle, and it was implied that Cliff and Duster may have kissed once.
- Torg and Riff from Sluggy Freelance. There's a (much rarer) Les Yay moment for Zoë and Gwynn. And though it almost certainly wasn't intentional, the fact that a guest artist had to put the words "NOT MY GIRLFRIEND" below her roommate says something... Lampshaded in this comic.
- In Something Positive, between Davan and Jason, Peejee and Aubrey, Peejee and Vanessa. For all three of these the author has made specific asides to point out that no, they're not going to happen. Also, Kestrel mistook Nancy's attempts to steal her panties on a trip to Provincetown for an attempt to win her over - her past experiences with Angela and, to a lesser degree, Kim probably didn't help. Then there was Mike - in the words of his therapist: "Well, Mike, while there's nothing wrong with accidentally catching your brother masturbating to gay porn, the fact that you've snuck back seven more times to see it makes you what we in the psychiatry field refer to as 'fucked up'." And Mr Sanderson greets Davan with a hug:
"I thought I'd never be able to do this again!"
"You know, the hug is uncomfortable enough without the orifice-tightening insinuation that it's taken place before without my knowledge."
- Vincent and Roland from Spiky-Haired Dragon, Worthless Knight have these moments.
- Spinnerette, especially after Mecha Maid's confession to Spinnerette. See the comic's TV Tropes page for more details.
- A little bit in String Theory, like this.
- Matt and Terinu spent half their lives as the abused slaves of a pirate warlord, with only each other to turn to for emotional and physical comfort. The math ain't that hard.
- The dialogue in the explanation segment towards the end of the storyline in Suicide for Hire where Hunter defends homosexuality by holding a fundamentalist protest group at gunpoint has some undertones of Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? along with his given reasons. (Said reasons are that he's offended by seeing people misuse the faith he was raised in, and that he can't stand than the idea of the "Religious Wrong" - his words - being allowed to have their own way in running society at large.) Some may say the truth of his statements may be proved by the way he reacts to the waiter in the next section, but the waiter's behaviour comes under the heading of sexual harassment, which anyone would react badly to. Then there's this strip. And this one.
- Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet
- Ja Wangnan lists his Dude Looks Like a Lady and good friend Nia Nya as "My beloved Nia~♥♥" on his contacts for what amounts to a cellphone in the world of Tower of God.
- Winters In Lavelle: Rio and Xan. Xan is outright rough and unfriendly with everybody but Rio, who he dotes over in his own, brusque way. The two even have their own secret whistle call to find each other in the woods. (When the comic originally debuted, there were banner ads (featuring those two characters) on y!gallery. Due to the nature of that site, some people were mislead about the characters' relationship.)
- The Wotch: Cheer!
- Alex and Lita. Starts with Lita putting a ticket in Alex's tin for the "Win A Date With A Cheerleader" raffle, continues with her making an outfit for Alex to wear on said date, and only takes off from there. With Sleep Cute! And soon after, Lita immediately deduces the dream she is in isn't hers when she notices Alex is "wearing way too many clothes".
- Karen and Sarah. It is as blatant. "We can both be princesses! Or knights! Or princess knights! I'll be Lady Sir Vande Hoef, and you can be Sir Lady West!"
- Sandra and Crystal from Zebra Girl. In Sam's universe, where he's the alternate of Sandra, he's in a relationship with Crystal's counterpart; he's quite confused when she gets a boyfriend.
- Peridot from Cucumber Quest appears at first to have a one-sided rivalry with Almond. In the comic it's become rather clear that this is masking something else, as Peridot constantly becomes flustered and blushes a lot in Almond's presence. Amped up to eleven in the author's tumblr bonus comics. Almond for her part swoons over a female TV heroine, complete with twinkling love hearts.
- Skin Horse:
- This between Tip and Konstantin forms the whole basis of the "And All the Lovely Ladies" arc, which starts here, and culminates here.
- Immediately after the resolution of the "Once And Future" arc, Unity (in Dr Lee's body) and Tigerlily Jones kiss (which is rather sweet). The next strip not only breaks the Fourth Wall to lampshade the Fanservice but also calls back to "And All The Lovely Ladies".