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Ambiguously Bi
So there's this person (whom we will call Bobnote ) who seems to flirt with everyone. Maybe he has a suspiciously large number of Stupid Sexy Flanders moments; or maybe he just doesn't care about the sheer amount of Ho Yay that he seems to have. They might not say so, and their sexuality might not even become an issue, but there is a decent chance that they might be bisexual.

NOTE: If a character has Ho Yay with their Heterosexual Life Partner and no one else it's not this trope; nor is it this trope if they get shipped with every other character. In regards to the "suspiciously large Stupid Sexy Flanders moments" if an otherwise heterosexual character repeatedly mentions that they think one particular character of the same sex is attractive it's not this trope, and is more likely If It's You, It's Okay. If they say something along the lines of "I'd tap that" or makes a pass at several other people of the same sex it's probably this trope.

Compare/Contrast Ambiguously Gay, Bi the Way, and Depraved Bisexual.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Angel Beats!, Hinata often tells Otonashi he likes him (it's used as a joke, maybe). Later, he tells Yui he likes her and would marry her if they met when they were still alive.
  • Rosiel of Angel Sanctuary. No Sense of Personal Space in a Cast Full of Pretty Boys? Yes. Combine with the outfits and dilute with No Sex Allowed In Heaven? Oh yes.
  • A few characters in Axis Powers Hetalia are this. Most of the rest are Ambiguously Gay or outright bisexual.
  • Graham Spectre from Baccano! tends to come off like this. His utterly massive man-crush on Ladd Russo, his complete disregard for the personal space for pretty much every male he comes in contact with, offhand comments about other men's attractiveness ("Firo, or whatever his name was… Who could have expected such a cute face to ever be capable of such horrifying cruelty?"), and then there's that thing he seems to have for Jacuzzi ("Should I let this woman go in deference to you locking up my heart?"), which peaks when he waltzes up to Jacuzzi entirely unprovoked and declares "I like you", while cocking his head as if he were about to kiss him before telling him he has free access to his warehouse and wandering off. But he also expresses some interest in Chane, claims that he likes older woman, and he supposedly has a thing for his own sister. He's a total nut, so who knows.
  • Suruga of Bakemonogatari. Despite declaring herself a lesbian, she seems to have a number of lewd ideas involving Koyomi.
  • Griffith of Berserk, at least before the Eclipse where he probably doesn't concern himself with sexuality or romance anymore. Even though we know that Griffith screwed Princess Charlotte just to make himself feel better after Guts left, he might very well have had some unrequited feelings for both Guts and Casca, judging from the fact that a) he was a complete Yandere when it came to Guts, through and through, b) before activating his crimson behelit a la Despair Event Horizon, Griffith did have a vision of he and Casca sharing a quiet, peaceful life together, child and all and to top it off, c) he gave Guts and Casca the Kubrick Stare when it was evident that they had become a couple.
  • Black Butler
    • Viscount Druitt takes a liking to the maid Hannah and plenty of pretty ladies, but also appears to flirt with Ciel both when he's Disguised in Drag and when he's dressed normally as a boy.
    • Sebastian did have sex with Matilda and it is heavily implied that he did the same with Beast, and also has a ton of Ho Yay with Ciel and other males.
  • Anime/Gankutsuou
    • Albert has a romantic relationship with Eugenie, and it's heavily implied that they get married at the end of the series, but he also has a LOT of Ho Yay with the Count, to the point that the only reason he qualifies for this trope and not outright Bi the Way is because it's never confirmed that he's in love with the Count.
    • Milly Ashford from Code Geass is hinted to have feelings for both Shirley and Lelouch.
  • Death Note
    • Strong hints abound that Touta Matsuda is this, if not just outright gay - though he does seem attracted to Light's sister Sayu in the second half of the series. He is known to be quite "fond" of Light, following him in a manner that could easily be indicative of a crush. His actions near the end as he shoots Light and screams at him almost look like the reaction of a lover learning the truth about his significant other. And then there's his throwing an arm around a blushing male coworker...
    • Sayu, whose interest seems to be primarily in women; she happily flips through the Porn Stash she finds in her brother's room, states that Misa is "her type", and says she has no interest in dating men. However, she also mentions having a crush on a male celebrity.
    • L is definitely sexually attracted to Misa (even though he says he finds her annoying), but he has enough Ho Yay/Foe Romance Subtext with Light to power a small village. L also has No Social Skills, so his tendency to stare creepily at/obsess over men and women might just be him being weird.
  • Lavi of D.Gray-Man. He goes nuts whenever he sees a pretty girl but he also seemingly has considerable Ho Yay towards Allen and Kanda.
  • D.N.Angel: Satoshi Hiwatari. It's hinted that he may have feelings for Risa. In the anime, it is also hinted that Satoshi may have romantic feelings for Daisuke. When this is brought up, he doesn't openly confess to anything, though he never denies the accusations either. If anything, he encourages the idea, which has led to the source of much confusion regarding his motives. It has even been stated outright by Dark that Daisuke is the one who causes Satoshi to turn into Krad. Krad himself has also hinted at Satoshi possibly wanting more than a friendship from Daisuke at least once in the anime, and more than twice in the manga. In any case, he at least wants to be close to Daisuke despite the danger of Krad to both of them.
  • Fruits Basket
    • Ayame is in love with Mine Kuramae but has no trouble flirting with Shigure (though for the most part it isn't serious and it's treated as an inside joke by both of them). Apparently, when he was Student Council President he claimed that if needed, he'd give himself to both men and women alike.
  • Hinako of Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun. On the one hand she seems to like, whether jokingly or not, to flirt with and harass Shungo but also appears to like to Skinship Grope Mayu (whether or not its out of genuine interest or because Mayu is a succubus is never made clear).
  • Ippo Makunouchi of Hajime No Ippo. He's got a quite sweet crush on Kumi Mashiba and she more or less reciprocates, but his attitude towards his very handsome rival Ichiro Miyata is so tinted with Ho Yay that his friends don't hesitate to say he's "gay for Miyata". And there's his also very good-looking Russian friend Volg, too...
  • Haruhi Suzumiya
    • Itsuki Koizumi seems to like invading the main male character's personal space a little too much in the anime, and in the novels especially he makes it quite clear that he trusts and likes Kyon. He claims to act the way he does because Haruhi expects it and would make it real if he didn't, which would be a plausible explanation if he actually did do so while Haruhi is watching. In the 4th novel his alternate universe self admits to having a crush on Haruhi, but this isn't brought up in the main storyline - although many of his actions and words towards Haruhi, especially his constant claiming of being "the expert of her heart" imply some secret affection for her. Whatever the case may be, Itsuki's bond with Kyon could be seen as a fumbled attempt at a bromance or an actual romance slowly developing.
    • Haruhi Suzumiya herself. She makes it very clear right from the start that she doesn't care about the gender of the one she is with, as long as he or she is not an ordinary human being. She doesn't seem to have been dating girls though, but perhaps that was simply because only guys confessed to her. Kyon is the only person she's shown any real interest in, but also likes to Skinship Grope Mikuru (whether its out of genuine interest or not remains to be seen).
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
    • Gokudera has considerable Ho Yay towards Tsuna (though its not clear if its really love or just Undying Loyalty). He also blushed and had a nosebleed upon seeing Lal Mirch (a beautiful woman) naked.
    • Mukuro, who has subtext with Tsuna, Hibari, and Chrome.
  • In Kyo Kara Maoh:
    • Sara flirts with everyone and both the girls and the guys want him.
    • Conrad is implied pretty heavily as having been in love with Julia when she was alive, but he also has a lot of homoerotic subtext with both Yuuri and Josak. Doesn't help that Yuuri is Julia reincarnated.
  • Love Hina: Kaolla Su is among those attracted to Keitaro, but she also stole Shinobu's first kiss.
  • Sheryl Nome of Macross Frontier, definitely into guys, takes a seemingly random interest in Ranka when they first meet (and stares at her QUITE a bit), and makes an off-hand remark about Nanase's voluptuousness (which Nanase then calls her out to stop staring at her with those "lecherous eyes"). She also has a habit of creating multiple holographic versions of herself on stage in the movies, which she uses to french kiss herself; the second movie takes this one step further with the holographic Other-Sheryl appearing to be a guy. And the one guy she has an interest in suffers from Dude Looks Like a Lady.
  • Vincent of Pandora Hearts. He seems to like Ada but he also is obsessed with and loves his older brother Gil. What kind of love is up for debate.
  • Yuujirou of Princess Princess is shown to have an interest in girls but may or may not also have feelings for Tooru.
  • A lot of characters in Revolutionary Girl Utena are Ambiguously Bi like Utena herself, Wakaba, and Akio as well as others.
  • In Rosario + Vampire, young Yukari announces to her classmates that she's fallen in love with both Moka and Tsukune, but it's not clear if she herself fully understands the implications of that statement.
  • Minto from Tokyo Mew Mew has a hero-worship for Zakuro that definitely verges into Les Yay at times (she even confesses her love at one point, though in context it's ambiguous what kind of love she was talking about), but also shows interest in guys and when Ichigo asked the other Mews what they considered attractive, she pictured a male dancer.
  • Betrayal Knows My Name has Luka. He was Yuki's lover when Yuki was a girl but now also seems to still have feelings for Yuki now that he's been reincarnated as a boy.
  • The Familiar of Zero
    • Julio is canonically in love with Louise, but may or may not also have an interest in her boyfriend Saito as shown when he tells Saito whether jokingly or not that he loves him and wants to kiss him as well as Louise. His supposed attraction to Saito is only mentioned twice though.
    • Kirche is very fond of both Saito and Colbert, and she seems to like Louise and Tabitha as well.
  • Shinji Ikari of Neon Genesis Evangelion is shown to be attracted to both Rei and Asuka, and has Unresolved Sexual Tension with his guardian Misato, but also has much Ho Yay with Kaworu and became closer to him than he did anyone else. His sexuality is never definitively stated, though given that this is Evangelion "screwed up" is always an option.
  • Fate from Mahou Sensei Negima! is heavily implied to have been in love with Luna's older sister, and then later outright states that he has a crush on Negi.
  • Sumire from Venus Versus Virus has a very intense bond with her friend Lucia, who is later confirmed in the manga to be in love with her, but also has a very important male love interest. The manga's end is rather ambiguous whether Sumire likes Lucia back or whether it's a one-sided love affair.
  • Several characters Hourou Musuko. Nitori seems predominantly attracted to girls but has been stated to have a crush on her male friend at one point, though considering the events surrounding it may have been her being confused. Momoko has a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with her best friend but has been teased for liking a former male classmate.
  • Minamo from Azumanga Daioh. She has a rather Les Yay filled relationship with her friend Yukari, and Yukari mentions a love letter in the past (the manga confirms they went to an all-girls school, so unless she fell for a male teacher or a boy outside of school it's probable she gave a girl the letter). Still she talks about dating men and has been implied to have had sex with them.
  • Most likely Jeremy and definitely Ian from A Cruel God Reigns, although theirs may be more a case of If It's You, It's Okay. Also hinted at with Jeremy's roommate William.
  • Reiner Braun, from Attack on Titan. He claims to be gay in one conversation, but has also been known to express the desire to marry Krista whenever she's kind to him, and has stated his intentions to protect her. He's also shown to be suffering from identity problems, and is also a spy and confirmed liar, further complicating the issue. As such, it's unclear whether he's genuinely gay, bisexual, or just messing with everyone.
  • Several of the boys in Big Windup. Several of them have expressed very explicit interest in girls but they have a lot Hoyay.
  • Sayaka Miki of Puella Magi Madoka Magica explicitly has a crush on her childhood friend Kyosuke Kamijou. However, there is a bit of subtext pairing her with Kyoko Sakura. While in the main series proper it seems one-sided on Kyoko's part, there has been a fair amount of Ship Tease in Spin-Off material (including some confirmation that the staff ships it) that suggests at least a possibility of reciprocation. And with the release of Rebellion, the two are living in the same house, hold hands, fight together, and enjoy teasing each other.
  • Tome from The Daughter of Twenty Faces. The finale hints that she may have something going on with a male detective character, but a much earlier episode seemed to insinuate that she's attracted to women as well. After hearing Tome say that she used to play flirty games with other girls when she was a teen, Chiko and Shunka even wonder aloud what that means.

    Comics 
  • Hercules was implied to have had relations with a large number of women and Northstar. A Running Gag is Amadeus Cho repeatedly denying that he has the same relationship with Herc as Iolaus did. In the X-Treme X-Men alternate universe, he's explicitly shown to be in a relationship with Wolverine, making both characters a little less ambiguous.
  • Deadpool. Plenty of attraction to girls, but also flirts with guys constantly, and his canon attraction with Cable. He has the "faintly hysterical overreaction to being called gay" thing down pretty well, too, and the less said about the crossdressing the better. Cable himself could fit this trope; he comes from a gender-ambiguous future and so may not recognize present-day sexual norms anyway, and people frequently comment on his unlikely affection for Deadpool. Word of God recently described Deadpool as 'omnisexual', making the 'ambiguously' part somewhat less ambiguous.
  • Wonder Woman, with more or less subtlety Depending on the Writer.
  • Black Canary, especially under Gail Simone's pen. At one point she was going to quip that she was "75% heterosexual" thus making her Bi the Way, but placeholder dialog confusion turned it into "heterosexual to the bone". And when she believes she's going to have to fight a Duel to the Death she tells Huntress to tell both Barbara and Oliver Queen, her ex-husband, that she loves them. In that order. To say nothing of this.
  • Barbara herself in several media. The main consensus is she's at least attracted to men (at least we know she likes Dick... Wait, let us rephrase that...)but the comic-verse has her having a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship with the likewise Ambiguously Bi Dinah and the DCAU has implications of her and Supergirl.

    Films — Animated 
  • LeFou of Beauty and the Beast is a little too into Gaston, but was also drooling over the Bimbettes a split second before they "accidentally" sprayed him with water.
  • The title character of Megamind. Yes, he did end up with Roxanne, but he exhibited almost as much emotion and heartbreak towards Metro Man. His criminally tight spandex suit, fascination with leather, and guy-liner just make him more ambiguous.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jay of The View Askewniverse enthusiastically hits on women, but when accused in Dogma by Rufus of fantasizing about other men while masturbating, his response is "Dude, not all the time!" Later, when waking up suddenly, he babbles "I didn't come in you, Pete, I swear!" Wikipedia lists most of the many times he and Bob do something ambiguous. Word of God is that Jay is most likely bi, though onscreen evidence suggests that he's severely closeted.
  • Janis Ian in Mean Girls is definitely ambiguously bi.
  • Jack Sparrow of Pirates of the Caribbean. He's shown on screen to be interested in woman and Johnny Depp (the actor who plays him) has said that he's bisexual, and has considerable Ho Yay/Foe Romance Subtext with other male characters.
  • Morse in Alien³. When the prisoners all find out that Ripley has crashed on their prison planet, Morse declares that he has taken a vow of celibacy "...and that includes women." Later in the Assembly Cut of the film, Morse is finally persuaded to let Golic out of his restraints when Golic says to him "I love you, Morse."
  • Karen from The Children's Hour. The movie centers around her and her best friend Martha who is later revealed to be gay and in love with her. Karen's engaged to a man, though her relationship with Martha is full of subtext; even people in-story think they're too close, no thanks to a child's Malicious Slander. It's possible she was Bisexual but it's never stated.
  • James Bond villain Silva in Skyfall who aggressively flirted with both Severine and Bond.
    • An argument could also be made for Bond himself. While he's tied to a chair and Silva is suggestively touching him, the following exchange happens.
    Silva: Well...first time for everything, yes?
    Bond: What makes you think this is my first time?

    Literature 
  • Eragon from Inheritance Cycle comes off as this. Despite his obsession with an unattainable elf girl, he travels and becomes EXTREMELY close to his half-brother Murtagh, and starts getting vengeful and sulky when Murtagh turns out to think he's an annoying little twerp. Additionally he never notices Arya's sexual characteristics (read: breasts)note , but he spends a lot of time ogling his master's muscles, "port-red lips" and long, flowing hair, and starts staring intently at the guy's "hairless groin" during a naked bath scene. He also ogles the "hard and lean" muscles of his crippled ex-nemesis, and even drops his pants (but not underwear) in front of his cousin to show a very intimately-placed bruise.
  • In The Long Walk, McVries seems to care about Garraty in a way that extends beyond friendship. He's also mentioned to have had a girlfriend.
  • In Erica Jong's Fear of Flying, it's easy to make a case for Adrian's bisexuality. While he's deeply enamoured with Isadora's body and mind, he also hints at an attraction to her husband Bennett at times, up to stroking Bennett's back after Bennett and Isadora have sex in front of him.
  • Aiden from Of Fear and Faith, who flirts with literally every woman he meets but also admits to using his considerable charms on men to get what he wants and he seems to flirt with his male friend Tel on occasion.
  • Rinaldi of A Farewell to Arms talks about sleeping with women constantly, but he is also very affectionate towards Frederic, trying to kiss him on several occasions. He calls Frederic "baby" and appears slightly flamboyant, though this may be Deliberate Values Dissonance being used to contrast him against his American friend.

    Live Action TV 
  • From Arrow Sin is this in-universe, as when Thea is helping her get ready for a fake date, Thea says she'll help Sin get her man-or woman. Sin herself has never said much on the subject one way or another.
  • In one episode of Father Ted Father Jack Hackett, a foul-mouthed, skirt-chasing horndog, climbs naked into bed with Bishop Brennan(albeit while sleepwalking) and even after waking up and realizing where he is, remains in bed with him.
  • Hawkeye Pierce from Mash has flirted with everybody except for Sherman Potter. Admittedly, he was just doing it to be a Jerk Ass half the time, but there are ways of doing that that don't make people question your sexual preferences.
  • Supernatural
    • Crowley, Bobby and Gabriel all show signs of swinging both ways. Castiel himself has expressed that he is "indifferent" to sexual orientation.
    • Pretty much every demon or angel can be seen as at least ambiguously bi, given their predilection for genderswapping their meatsuits/vessels. Take Meg when she possessed Sam and went after Jo, or Lucifer appearing in both male and female forms to essentially seduce his vessels. Although the entire concept of gender is pretty ambiguous for angels especially, making the question of sexuality even more confusing.
    • Some in fandom has long suspected it of Dean Winchester due to shippy moments between Castiel and Benny Lafitte, and his love for Dr. Sexy. Writer Ben Edlund and producer Phil Sgriccia even joked about Dean potentially settling down with Aaron (a gay character who hit on Dean in the episode Everybody Hates Hitler) in the season 8 DVD, though actor Jensen Ackles has has stated Dean is a "manly heterosexual guy". Both Castiel and Dean have been stated by Word of God to be heterosexual, but if anyone thinks that'll put an end to the debate we have a nice bridge to sell you.
    • Sam Winchester could also be seen as this, as overlooked as it is. He's never been shown to correct someone for thinking he's gay unless it's to tell them that Dean is his brother, not his boyfriend, and two out of three times, his crossroads demons—entities used to make deals with humans in exchange for their soul, sealed with a kiss—manifested as men, which Sam didn't seem surprised by (though Dean, who was present the second time this happened, was surprised and even asked why the demon wasn't one of the hot females that he kept gettingnote ).
  • Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf is very interested in whether or not he's attractive to gay guys, and asks both Scott and Danny whether they find him attractive, which become a Running Gag by the second season. After Sheriff Stilinski finds him at a gay bar, Stiles tells his dad that he "could be [gay]", and his dad's only argument is that Stiles can't be gay because his fashion sense is so awful. And that doesn't even begin to cover all of the Ho Yay moments Stiles has with Derek Hale. This seems to have slipped into Bi the Way with Season 3, in which Stiles, while planning to lose his virginity in order to be safe from what he believes to be a rash of virgin sacrifices, is completely willing to do so with Danny after the latter offers to help him out; the only problem is that Danny wasn't serious about the offer (and Stiles seems disappointed after realizing this).
    • Made all the more obvious in the Season 3B episode "Illuminated", when an explicitly bisexual character asks him about his preferences:
    Stiles: I thought you liked girls?
    Caitlin: I do like girls. Do you?
    Stiles: Absolutely.
    Caitlin: Great!
    Stiles: So you also like boys?
    Caitlin: Absolutely. Do you?
    Stiles: [stares thoughtfully into the distance and doesn't answer]
  • Amy Farra Fowler from The Big Bang Theory makes constant remarks about how sexy her (female) bestie Penny is, but still vies for the affections of men and Sheldon.
  • Karen Walker on Will and Grace. Married to men several times, has had many male partners, but That Other Wiki has a whole section about her sexuality.
  • Psych
    • There's little doubt that Shawn likes the ladies, but he's also really quite cool about flirting with/trying it on with the guys as well:
    Shawn: This is a great plan. Callum McAllister deserves to be commended.
    Gus: (sarcastic) Maybe you should date him too.
    Shawn: (confident) Maybe I will.
    • Lassiter also shows some signs of ambivalent bisexuality. E.g. there's an episode where he ducks to avoid a woman in the police department because he made out with her at a picnic. Several seconds later he ducks again, when a different person passes.
    Shawn: That's a dude!
    Gus: (deadpan) Must have been some picnic.
  • The title character of House is attracted to Cuddy and has had sex with female prostitutes, but also has a lot of Ho Yay with other males, including jokingly(?) hitting on Chase numerous times and plenty of maybe-romantic moments with Heterosexual Life Partner Wilson. His actor Hugh Laurie has agreed with the statement that Wilson is "the other love of [House's] life."
  • Penelope Taynt of The Amanda Show. She's utterly obsessed with Amanda and once had a thing with a guy who was just as obsessed with Amanda as she was.
  • DS James Hathaway of Lewis. His only two love interests have been women, plus one transwoman. However, he has some ambiguous background regarding reasons for leaving his training for a priesthood, he gives homophobic advice to his gay friend, which would ultimately lead to his suicide and when asked by Lewis whether or not he is gay, he does not give a clear answer.
    Lewis: Are you gay?
    Hathaway: What's that mean?
    Lewis: You know what that means
    Hathaway: What, that there's boys and girls and a nice neat straight line down the middle, and gay's if you like shoes and musicals and straight's if you read Loaded and eat Yorkie bars?
  • Both Xena and Gabrielle from Xena: Warrior Princess are infamous for this. Their 'relationship' and the subtext behind it, despite all of the relationships with men they both had (and the former's continual Foe Romance Subtext with Ares), is still one of the best remembered things about the show, even by people who haven't seen it. Word of God flip flops around, but at one time it stated the characters were common-law married. Lampshaded in the Season 6 episode "You are There", when a modern day reporter (Long Story) asks Xena and Gabrielle about the 'nature' of their 'relationship'. Just as the Warrior Princess and her long time side kick were about to answer, the reporters cameras cut out.
    Nigel: It's dead?! The battery?! This is the world's greatest story and you're telling me the battery is dead?! I don't believe this! Oh, man!
  • NCIS
    • Ziva, although it's also been suggested that she drops these hints just to torture Tony.
    • CGIS Agent Borin as well: In "Oil and Water", she and Tony are chasing a suspect, which she KOs with a left-handed swing of an oar. Her explanation is...interesting.
    Borin: College softball.
    Tony: Southpaw?
    Borin: I swung both ways.
  • In Shake It Up not only do the two leads Ce Ce and Rocky have a ton of Les Yay but in one episode when Rocky is asked why she's going to a dance with a particular boy she says that the only two people tall enough to dance with her when she's in heels is that boy and the Captain of the girls basketball team then she looks upset and says "and she didn't ask me."
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Faith routinely has sex with guys, though if her treatment of Xander is any indication she never has any emotional or romantic feelings for them, and has huge Les yay/Foe yay with Buffy, and occasionally Willow. Her having a crush on Buffy is seemingly confirmed by the First as the Mayor in season 7, and her actress Eliza Dushku said that she always thought that Faith definitely had something for Buffy. In season 8 Faith herself denies this though, but it isn't like this would be the first time Faith has lied about something personal.
    • Buffy herself. She was definitely in love with Angel and Riley (and whatever she had with Spike), but her legendary Les Yay/Foe Romance Subtext with Faith was hardly one-sided, her and Willow have all the signs of a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship, season 5 kept drawing parallels between her and Dawn and Willow and Tara, and in season 8 she has sex with fellow slayer Satsu. And then in Season 9 she thinks she slept with Willow after a night of partying, but didn't. This ambiguity is likely due to the Buffyverse having No Bisexuals.
    • In the first three seasons this was the case for both Willow and Xander, having explicit crushes and relationships with people of the opposite gender, but also creating lots of subtext and various (intentional and unintentional) homoerotic comments. Then Willow came out as a lesbian and Xander... became even more ambiguous, especially when Spike was involved.
    • The group of Darla, Angelus, Drusilla and Spike were implied to be in a sort-of poly relationship on top of the usual Darla/Angelus and Drusilla/Spike couples, and are shown to be very affectionate (in their own way) with each other and plenty of others regardless of gender. Vampires in general are implied to be bisexual, but these four were the only ones that got more than a comment or two towards it.
  • Sam in iCarly. She seems to like guys but almost none get ever last past one episode, including the one in "iMake Sam Girlier" that such a big deal was made over. That episode also seemed to lampshade Sam's Butch Lesbian behaviors. Also, she and Carly have a lot of Les Yay. There is also speculation that Carly's brother Spencer might be bi, because of the episode where he was wearing a dress and dancing with cute guys saying, "I think I like it."
  • Tori Vega of Victorious. She had a few (one-episode) boyfriends or love interests and expressed attraction to a recurring male character, though notably had less romantic motivation than many leading ladies in her genre; despite this, she had significant amounts of Les Yay with Jade and Cat, and has commented on the good looks of both aforementioned girls as well as Carly in the crossover and a few minor or background female characters. She also performs several duets with a male character in which she addresses the subject as female, and even sings lead on the cast cover of I Want You Back without changing the female pronouns. However, her few solo love songs are either unspecific in their subject matter or use male pronouns.
  • Spartacus Vengeance
    • Saxa, who sleeps with several of the male fighters. After she and Mira win a fight, she gives Mira a celebratory kiss on the lips. In Wrath of the Gods Saxa is quiet clearly shown to be Bi. The first sex scene is her having a foursome with Gannicus, and she later gropes another woman's breast while making out with her.
    • Possibly Mira herself, who while surprised by the above kiss, is not overly displeased. Her status as a (former) Beautiful Slave Girl, means she may have previously slept with women, though she obviously wouldn't have had any choice in the matter.
  • Gob on Arrested Development has a few moments in the first 3 seasons - including hitting on Gary the intern (and getting Gary to sit on his lap) and mistaking a middle-aged married couple for escorts but being prepared to have sex with both of them anyway. In season 4 he has sex with Tony Wonder, and Michael's reaction implies he was aware Gob wasn't completely straight ("I knew it! I always knew it!")
  • JP on Fresh Meat. Although he's shown having a healthy interest in women, he also experimented in public school with his male best friend. He angsts about what it means when he finds out that his friend is gay. Later on he gets a little too much into kissing Kingsley on a dare.
  • A third of the female cast of Pretty Little Liars, but most notably Alison Dilaurentis. Her affairs with older men serve as the motive for many suspects in the show's universe, and she was shown to be popular with boys her own age as well. She also had a private, unofficial relationship with the then-closeted Emily, though her attraction was implied to be disingenuous— even still, she assures Emily that she favors her above all others. Alison's extreme protectiveness over the three girls is evident, but her manipulation regarding Emily seems solely focused on keeping her from coming out and connecting with other queer women. She goes so far as to extort Paige, a later love interest for Emily, and delays their relationship by several years, though Alison likely intended to prevent it entirely. Additionally, she led Spencer in a romantic slow-dance with the casual handwave that it was only "practice" for dancing with boys, the same excuse she gave for kissing Emily, and it's heavily implied Alison would tease and flirt with all the girls under the guise of "practice."
  • Warehouse 13 has H.G. Wells. In one episode she states that "Many of my lovers have been men" and has vast amounts of Les Yay with Myka, including the time she snuck Myka and herself into a lab in a police station by implying that she was trying to "impress her". She also had a child, made out with Pete, and has a boyfriend.
  • Bernard Black from Black Books. He's dated women, but in the second episode he states he used to think he was gay, but stopped identifying as such because he didn't want to feel like he had to act camp, so he's probably this and under the impression that there are No Bisexuals and has never heard of Straight Gay.
  • Chiana in Farscape. She is never clearly stated to have slept with a woman, but she flirts with everyone at some point, including several female regulars. The most explicit it gets is when the gang encountered a shapechanging Emotion Eater monster that could permanently remove emotions from people after provoking them. It ate Chiana's libido (don't worry, she got better). While disguised as a humanoid woman.

     Stand-Up Comedy 
  • Louis C.K., in one of his routines, mentions that he saw a beautiful couple; a beautiful woman together with a beautiful man. He then says that he doesn't care that the man is beautiful and that he'd be willing to suck his dick.
    "I'm 41, maybe I'll do the second half gay. It remains an option. There's gotta be something to it, because those people are having a good time: they have parades!"
    • When referring to men who perform oral sex on other men, rather than being repelled by it, he defends it as being one of the gutsiest things a man can do.

    Video Games 
  • Pete Kowalski and Vance Medici of Bully.
  • In .hack//G.U. we have Endrance.
  • One possible interpretation of Kanji Tatsumi of Persona 4. His Shadow aside, he has a crush on Naoto Shirogane throughout the course of the game - thing is, Naoto is thought to be male at first, yet when it's found out that she's female, Kanji's crush still remains. In fact, he's relieved to discover that Naoto was a girl the entire time. He also displays a small crush on Chihiro Fushimi, but at the same time, there's...something that seemingly goes beyond friendship in his Social Link with the male protagonist.
    • Speaking of the protagonist, while there is no Gay Option, there are numerous chances for him to express interest in the guys of the group. In Golden, he can even try to hit on a middle-aged police officer!
    • Chie and Yukiko. It's possible for the main character to date either one (or both) of them, but their relationship with each other is dripping with lesbian subtext, to the point that it even forms the basis for their shadows.
  • Estelle of Tales of Vesperia has a pretty obvious Bodyguard Crush on Yuri, although she also has way, way too much Ship Tease with Rita for it simply to be called "subtext". While Vesperia is pretty platonic on the whole, some of their moments blur that line. They also get an in-universe Portmanteau Couple Name.
  • Jude from Tales of Xillia, to the point where it's brought up by the characters. When he's discussing Milla's human form, Milla mentions she could have chosen a male body, and Jude says that that "wouldn't bother him." When Alvin asks him if he swings both ways, he doesn't exactly deny it - and on top of that, he and Alvin have a smattering of very touchy-feely Ho Yay moments between them. In fact, Alvin could probably qualify for this too, as he's the instigator of most of those touchy-feely moments but also once had a relationship with Presa.
  • Fire Emblem
    • Lucia of Fire Emblem Tellius is extremely close to Elincia, yet she also has Belligerent Sexual Tension with Bastian.
    • Legault from Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword occasionally makes remarks that could lead to certain assumptions being made about him in his conversations with Lloyd, Matthew, and Heath... but then again, he makes similar remarks to Isadora.
    • Florina, who is afraid of men, yet lived with Lyn for a time on the Sacaean plains, and tells Lyn "Oh, I do so love you!". She can also marry Hector if she gets an 'A' level support with him.
    • Ike shows all the female allies he has with the same level of professionalism as the other men in his troop, regardless of how much they obviously like him. And in his ending, he may be accompanied by one of two guys to quest for other civilizations. A character in Awakening implies that he is Ike's descendant, though in what way is made ambiguous, as a wife is never mentioned. His sister can marry and possibly bear collateral descendants, but all we know for sure is that the subject WILL cause an Internet Backdraft.
    • Kjelle of Awakening can only marry male characters, but the sheer amount of Les Yay between her and Severa almost removes the ambiguity. And then in a DLC episode Kjelle accidentally takes a truth serum and practially spews a love confession. Severa herself is obsessed with making Kjelle a Proper Lady instead of the The Lad Ette, but keeps getting distracted by Kjelle's abs.
  • BlazBlue has Jin Kisaragi, whose speech patterns grow very disturbing in a Does This Remind You of Anything? kind of way whenever he gets the chance to talk to his dear 'niisan'. It's established in Continuum Shift though that there is something between him and Tsubaki, but that doesn't stop the Ho Yay moments with Ragna.
  • In the third Rayman game, Globox was depicted very... strangely, to say the least. In one boss fight, he shouts "Hey! Get your hands off of MY Rayman!"; if he's punched during gameplay one of the things he says is "I'm a lover, not a fighter!"; and near the beginning he hugs Rayman so closely and tightly that another character is compelled to ask "Hey, you got room for a third?". That's not even covering his dream about pregnancy and maternal attitude towards the main villain... And yet if plot points of the game and previous interpretations of the character are anything to go by, he is quite clearly attracted to other females of his species.
  • Harvest Moon: DS Cute
    • All of the "Special Girls". They can become just as smitten with you when you're playing as a girl as they did when you were playing as Pete. The Japanese version has a gay marriage system for them under the guise of a "Best Friends" system. Everyone calls you "best friends" but you have the exact same dialogue as in the boy version, you can have a child with them, and you go through the same courting rituals (Heart Events and all).
    • The Goddess is this even without the Best Friend System. She and the Witch Princess are both available love interests to the male hero but have a Foe Romance Subtext filled relationship. The Goddess' notorious antipathy toward you when she's your wife doesn't help.
    • The Mineral Town girls. They are very friendly with the main character after you befriend them and even have moments with NPCs. Similarly, but less apparent and extreme, their ancestors in "More Friends of Mineral Town".
  • Luigi from Super Mario Bros. is campy and shows attraction to Prince Peasley. Still he's the Implied Love Interest to Daisy and has shown attraction to several female characters in varying continuities
  • Final Fantasy XIII
    • Vanille and especially Fang; while they get the majority of their shipping with each other, Vanille gets significant shipping with Hope - to the point of appearing upset when he makes her think he likes her, only to reveal he was joking - and Fang receives several moments with Snow (despite him having a canon love interest in Serah) and Lightning (in a flirty Battle Couple, Slap-Slap-Kiss, sense) before, and even after, she is reunited with Vanille.
    • Lightning could also fall into this, given that she receives about an equal amount of shipping moments with Fang and Hope and has no canon love interest.
  • Lynn from Summon Night flirts with protagonist whether they're a boy or a girl, though it's rather ambiguous if it's teasing or not. Aera reacts to Lynn wanting to kiss her rather suspiciously but has Ship Tease with boys.
  • Custom female characters in Soul Calibur 5 with the "Femme Fatale" voice option. Their dialogue consists of a lot of flirtatious quotes, which they'll use whatever the gender of their opponent.

    Visual Novels 
  • Saber of Fate/stay night has her main relationship with the male Shirou, but she also doesn't mind Rin getting involved, and in the end of the Unlimited Blade Work ending actually becomes part of Rin's harem along with Shirou. In Fate/Zero her relationship with Irisviel is more than a little eyebrow-raising, though it never appears to go past the Courtly Love level. And that's before remembering that Saber is actually King Arthur, and as we all know the legend states s/he married Guinevere, and though it's specifically referred to as a Sexless Marriage that was only done so Saber's gender wouldn't be questioned the two of them seem to have had some affection for each other, though as another nod to the original legend Guinevere was ultimately in love with Lancelot and we all know how that worked out.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
    • Rena takes home anyone regardless of their gender, age, or species.
    • Shion has a considerable amount of Incest Subtext with her twin sister Mion, despite having a canon male love interest in Satoshi.
    • Rika and Satoko have a considerably Les Yay filled relationship but there are implications that Rika is attracted to Keiichi, and arguably Akasaka.

    Webcomics 
  • El Goonish Shive has a couple of characters like this.
    • Noah is the first. He is well aware of this.
    Noah: You are surprised I have a girlfriend?
    Elliot: I ASSUMED NOTHING!
    Noah: (grinning) Of course not.
    • Ashley too. She was attracted to Elliot just from watching him on his show with Susan and became even more interested in him upon learning he can turn into a female. Her sexuality was even discussed between Elliot and Tedd but they aren't sure either.
  • Homestuck
    • Dirk. He has a relationship with another boy and implies his "orientation" made a relationship with a girl impossible, but calls the label of "gay" outdated.
    • On the other hand, Jake is very probably bi, but there's enough ambiguity about his relationship with Dirk that it's not impossible he's really straight.
    • Also, Caliborn. He is clearly interested in 'the bitches', but also has quite a bit of (very one-sided) Villainous Crush Dirk, to the point of drawing fanart of the two of them being 'more than friendly' together. (This being Caliborn, it's impossible to tell what he actually drew, though.)
    • Rose confesses her love to and kisses Kanaya (and is often interpreted as having been flirting with Meenah shortly before), but is also fond of certain masculine literary figures and implies that she and Dave treated one another differently before they found out they were brother and sister.
  • Ménage à 3 does this a lot: Didi, Sandra, Sonya and Gary (all supposedly straight), as well as Yuki (supposedly a lesbian) all doubt whether they might be bisexual at some point. Didi and Sandra even go as far as to try and have lesbian sex with each other, only to conclude that they're really 'two naked straight girls with poor boundary issues'. For Sonya, the question is still in the air, while Zii believes that "Yuki is not a lesbian, she just doesn't like penises" due to a childhood trauma from the work left lying around the home by her father, a manga-artist who became famous as "The Tentacle King".
  • Belkar of The Order of the Stick kissed the gender-ambiguous Vaarsuvius during a New Year's party and seems to love hitting on Roy, especially when Roy is temporarily turned into a woman and Belkar hits on "her" knowing full well who it really is.
  • Captain Tyr from Skins. He likes a female soldier named Jordan but seems a little too enthusiastic when it comes to arresting the Pretty Boy male vampire, Rabbit [1] (who by the way is openly in love with Tyr.) In fact, the entire piece looks like a gay musical version of The Bodyguard.
  • Kat of Gunnerkrigg Court had a crush on Alistair and Eglamore, might have something going on with Annie, and is currently dating Paz. It's entirely probable that she's still discovering her sexuality, but bisexual seems the most likely.

    Western Animation 
  • Both Shego and the title character of Kim Possible are Ambiguously Bi. They show considerable amounts of Foe Romance Subtext and Les Yay toward each other, one episode has their 'friendship' overshadowing Kim and her own boyfriend's relationship (his reaction doesn't help either), and they have had either male love interests or show attraction to men.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
    • Double D was shown to go all Love Makes You Dumb over Nazz like most of the other boys in the neighborhood, and some scenes between Double D and Eddy in The Movie just scream Unresolved Sexual Tension. (Plus Eddy's brother thought Double Dee was a girl and came to the conclusion that he was Eddy's "girlfriend".) In "Key to My Ed" Ed is dancing around, grabs Eddy and slams him into Double D, the two catching each other in a dancing position; Double Dee's only remark is a smirk and, "What? No flowers?". Also, his only complaint of Ed trying to kiss him under the mistletoe was that someone might be watching.
    • Jimmy was already Ambiguously Gay to begin with and appears to exhibit gay tendencies towards other guys but has a crush on Sarah.
  • The Simpsons
    • Homer is Happily Married (most of the time) to Marge, but he's hugged and kissed Ned and filmed him naked in the shower, on several occasions commented how attractive another man was, and is the Trope Namer for Stupid Sexy Flanders. He's been kissed by another man on two separate occasions, and while clearly surprised didn't react negatively either. In one episode Homer and Chief Wiggum develop a friendship that verges on Ho Yay at times and in the episode "Donnie Fatso", Homer teams up with the FBI to infiltrate the mob, and becomes incredibly close to Fat Tony. True, the constant touching, hugging, and kisses on the cheek could be Hand Waved by Tony being an Italian gentleman, but when Tony dies of a heart attack during a sting, Homer mourns like he just lost the love of his life. He also flirts hopelessly with a "sensitive but rugged" manatee lover, completely failing to understand why Marge isn't in love with him.
    • Lisa had a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship in one episode and according to "Holidays of Future Passed" (which probably isn't canon) Lisa had several girlfriends in college before marrying Milhouse.
    • Bart has had crushes on quite a few girls, but has also admitted to being "a little attracted to Milhouse" (this may have been to annoy Homer, but the trope is called Ambiguously Bi), got very jealous when Milhouse got a girlfriend, was willing to pose as Ralph Wiggum's date to attend the Krusty Anniversary Special ("You don't want to know how far I'll go!"), and one episode, in which he temporarily becomes best friends with Nelson, ends with a Brokeback Mountain parody.
    • Abe enjoys dreaming of being the Queen of the Old West (and marrying two gunslingers at the same time), and when he transforms into a woman after being off his meds, he is pretty excited about Jasper's interest in him. Plus he's president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance for some reason.
    • Ralph Wiggum once referred Bart as his boyfriend, and upon seeing Bart naked in the movie said "I like men now!". Another time he hugs Comic Book Guy and says he will never let go. He also has interest in Lisa.
  • Family Guy
    • Peter is married to Lois and has shown attraction to females. In the episode where Peter starts hanging out with Bill Clinton the two hit it off right away, but Peter spends so much time with the guy that he ends up damaging his relationship with Lois. By the end of the episode both of them have been physically seduced by Clinton, the last scene being a shot of Peter laying next to Clinton in bed, and Peter states: "Boy you are good. You are really good." In another episode, Peter and Quagmire are just about to have sex in order to convince a prostitute that Quagmire is gay. They stop at the last minute, and Quagmire admits he's not gay, but Peter adds "Well I'm something, because I've been at full sail this whole time."
    • Meg likes boys, but is also hinted to have a Psycho Lesbian attraction to Connie.
    • Lois is married to Peter but has hinted to have had lesbian experiences in the past.
  • Courtney Gripling of As Told by Ginger. She canonically likes boys but is also hinted to have Les Yay towards Ginger, at the very least she's quite fond of her.
  • The title characters of Tom and Jerry are sometimes shown to be after girls or have girlfriends, but also have a considerable amount of Foe Romance Subtext/Ho Yay with each other.
  • Slade of Teen Titans based a lot of uncomfortable subtext he has with Robin, Terra, and Raven.
  • Ren Hoek as depicted in Ren and Stimpy: Adult Cartoon Party. He clearly loves the ladies and will try to grab a woman's breast at any given opportunity; yet at the same time he appears in a homosexual relationship with Stimpy, with whom he already shared an Ambiguously Gay relationship with in the original. He of course denies that he loves Stimpy and insists that they're friends.
  • The title character of Sponge Bob Square Pants is said to be asexual by the creator, but he still is implied to have a crush on both Sandy and Squidward.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • Azula has tons of Les Yay with Ty Lee and Mai and she freaks out after they betray her but she also has subtext with her brother as well trying (and failing) to seduce a guy at a party, and she generates Foe Romance Subtext with everyone regardless of gender.
    • Ty Lee seems to show an interest in Sokka, but also seems to show an interest in Azula. On Ember Island, she prefers Azula's company to the company of several attractive boys who really like her. She also tells Azula that she's the smartest, prettiest, most perfect girl in the world. More than once.
  • Piper of Storm Hawks exhibits obvious attractions to males, but also not-as-obvious attractions to females, along with her extensive Foe Romance Subtext with Cyclonis.
  • The mother/wife from the Ralph Bakshi short Malcom and Melvin. When Malcom played his horn, she burst in and said "I'm in love with the person playing that music", implying that her reaction would've been the same if it was a woman playing the music and not a man (well, flea).
  • The Fairly OddParents
    • As mentioned in the Ambiguously Gay page, Juandissimo. His entire role revolves around him having an unrequited love for Wanda but The Exciting Middle Part has a scene where he and Cupid act like a couple on a date.
    • Most male characters who aren't just Ambiguously Gay give off this vibe from time to time. Timmy's Dad, Adam West, Chester, AJ, Cosmo and even Timmy himself all have conspicuous Ho Yay moments, despite also showing attraction to the ladies.
  • Gil from Johnny Test occasionally has an attraction for girls but seems much more interested in Johnny.
  • Cartman from South Park. He's obsessed with Kyle, hates girls, and has made out with a cutout of Justin Timberlake while dressed as Britney Spears. Despite this he has had a crush on Wendy, had an attraction to a female substitute teacher once, and confessed he likes a girl named Patty Nelson.
  • Young Justice
    • Queen Bee, according to Batman, can control "most men and some women", and gets curiously intimate with both Garfield and Megan within minutes.
    • Garfield Logan (aka Beast Boy)'s mother Marie Logan, though it's only by reading between the lines that it becomes obvious. Between the first and second season she was killed by Queen Bee, who as stated above uses her powers to control people who are attracted to women, so whatever Marie was she wasn't 100% straight. Greg Weisman responded when asked if Marie was a lesbian or bisexual with "Yes" when asked.
  • Lil' George from Lil Bush. He has a huge crush on Lil' Laura, but he's also had two incredibly flirtatious friendships with Lil' Tony Blair and Lil' Zac Efron. And he has a man crush on Aquaman.
  • Superjail!
    • The Warden is attracted mainly to women (unrequited love for Alice, for example), but is also shown to be obsessed with Lord Stingray and Jared. (Although he was rather Squicked out by the latter's dream where they were making out.) And both obsessions come off as rather creepy, especially with the former.
      • Although considering that he wasn't the least bit phased when Alice exposed her genitals in the second season finale, he's probably more Ambiguously Pan.
    • Alice, on the other hand, is usually shown as being attracted to men but wound up sleeping with the Mistress at the end of "Stingstress". She quips afterwards that she had "forgotten how needy women can be".
      • Then this would make the Mistress, who's normally attracted to men, also Ambiguously Bi.
    • While Jared is obviously attracted to women (including his own Distaff Counterpart Cherice), there was one episode back in the first season where he had a dream that he and Warden had switched places. And they proceeded to make out.
  • Archer
    • Woodhouse had an obvious, Ho Yay-laden crush on his WWI squadmate Reggie Thistleton, but also finds Malory "drop-dead sexy".
    • Cheryl used to date Dr. Krieger and has never been in a relationship with a woman, but gets off to being strangled and beaten, regardless of who's doing it, and may have flirted with Lana in Season 4.
      • She also seriously dug the Queen Kong vibe that Pam gave off after the latter got high on cocaine and carried her off as a hostage.
  • Adventure Time
    • Marceline the Vampire Queen. We know from "Memory of a Memory" that she used to be in relationship with a Bastard Boyfriend, but it has also been heavily implied in "What Was Missing" and "Sky Witch" that she and Princess Bubblegum were very close once and that she still retains feelings for PB. The Adventure Time staff has refused to comment on her sexual orientation, but lines like this one from "I Remember You" certainly don't eliminate suspicion:
    Ice King: I'll even split the fans with you! I'll get the princesses, and you'll get... whatever it is you're into.
    • Finn the Human had a long time Precocious Crush on Bubblegum and a relationship with Flame Princess, but is either bisexual or very comfortable in his sexuality. In "The Hard Easy" he saves a cursed frog prince by kissing him, something that the prince says "few guys would do", and Finn nonchalantly shrugs off kissing a man because he's "comfortable with himself like that". In "Davey" he makes a secret identity for himself and goes out to dinner with a guy, then leaves his hero life behind to build a shack and live with his date. He hints that he has "repressed emotional feelings" for Cinnamon Bun, has kissed (on the cheek, granted) and cuddled Ice King, and admits to watching Jake sleep.
  • Bob from Bob's Burgers. He's referred to himself as "Mostly straight", admitted the handsome deli guy who thought he was gay was out of his league, and only objected to a jab about marrying a guy with the condition that he wouldn't take his last name.


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