Elphaba & GlindaElphaba and Glinda have a considerable amount of Ho Yay in the books. Word of God has said "something" was going on between them in a romantic sense, but he never clarified on it after that.
- This is subtle but definitely intentional in the original novel; by the end, Maguire's done all but come out and say that Glinda's been in love with Elphie ever since their schooldays. Whether Elphie ever felt anything reciprocal is extremely open for debate, since none of their scenes together are from her POV. It's possibly one sided from Glinda's side as Elphaba spends the last forth of the novel pining over the death of Fiyero and explicitly tells Nanny that she sees Glinda as a traitor and mentions that she preferred Ama Clutch's character over Glinda's simpering attitude. The only mention of 'love' from Elphaba's side is Nanny mentioning that Elphaba was once devoted to her friendship with Glinda.
- Glinda never had a romance with Fiyero in the books, although she does mention that she was fond of him, and it's explicitly stated she married her husband for money and that she never had sex with him. When you put this together with her relationship with Elphaba, it comes that she's supposed to be gay.
- Their parting could almost pass as a Now or Never Kiss, although people are known to platonically kiss each other goodbye when they know that they are not going to see them again. It's also noted that Elphaba doesn't cry over their parting like Glinda does.
"You'll be all right," Elphaba said, "now you're a seasoned traveler. This is just the return leg of a voyage you already know." She put her face against Glinda's and kissed her. "Hold out, if you can," she murmured, and kissed her again. "Hold out, my sweet."
The driver clucked the reins, and pitched a cry to leave. Glinda craned her head to see Elphaba drift back into the crowds. For all her singularity of complexion, it was astounding how quickly she became camouflaged in the ragamuffin variety of street life in the Emerald City. Or maybe it was foolish tears blurring Glinda's vision. Elphaba hadn't cried, of course. Her head had turned away quickly as she stepped down, not to hide her tears but to soften the fact of their absence. But the sting, to Glinda, was real.
- The Les Yay extends to the sequel book, where Glinda still seems very upset over Elphaba's death. When Liir, Elphaba's son, brings her Elphaba's cape she refers to her as "My Elphie".
Crope & Tibbet
- Crope and Tibbet are always hanging around each other, seem really affectionate and just come across as...well gay. Tibbet has sex with a male tiger and dies of an unspecified disease and Crope winds up in the theater establishment.
Rain & Tip
- Rain has some when it's revealed that her semi-romantic interest Tip is actually Ozma Tippetarius.