Oh, God, how did you get away? Gay Perry:
I shot him with a small revolver I keep near my balls. Homophobes never check the balls.
With the fading tradition of portraying gay people as effeminate, weak or perverted
, and with some young people using the word "gay" as if it meant "incompetent" or "stupid", it still requires some skill to successfully make a character Badass
while at the same time have the character directly or indirectly engage in same-sex romance. If done well, the contrast between the negative stereotypes and the awesomeness of the character can enhance the character(s) and/or the plot.
Note that gay romance or
a gay/bi identity is enough for this trope - it doesn't have to be both.
The audience can be expected to regard a romance between two individuals of different genders as simply a romance, yet regarding a romance between two individuals of the same gender as a gay
romance rather than just a romance. However, unless the work is about homophobia, don't expect the characters to encounter any homophobes raining on their parade. Except maybe a stray Straw Loser
or two who likely ends up getting their ass kicked by the Badass Gay
character. However, don't be surprised if they get suspiciously similarly discriminated against for some unrelated and maybe unearthly
reason. Author Appeal
or Author Tract
may be involved.
May overlap with Manly Gay
, Agent Peacock
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- Fire Emblem (no connection to the video games) from the series Tiger & Bunny. Appears to be just a Camp Gay character, but is a superhero and a successful CEO who dabbles in various business affairs for fun. He can get very serious when needed, though he rarely ever is. His costume even looks like a cross between Batman's and Gatchaman's.
- General Blue from Dragon Ball. He may be a homosexual, but he's immensely powerful enough to defeat Kuririn and take on Goku. He even survived a massive cave in on the bottom of the ocean with seemingly no injuries. His homosexuality helps in some sense because Bulma tried to sexually distract him, and while he does momentarily lose his focus it's more out of annoyance from thinking she was a guy.
- Shinobu Sensui from YuYu Hakusho. He's a villain, and he has a lot of issues, but he's also a martial-arts prodigy born with a very strong spiritual sense and the World's Strongest Man death.
- Sailor Moon:
- The series has a pair of badass lesbians in Sailors Uranus and Neptune. Utterly ruthless in their mission, willing to sacrifice individuals to save the world, and are shown to be entirely refined. It's little wonder that they're always fan favorites.
- From the first arc of The Nineties anime, Kunzite. One of the most competent and dangerous villains of any arc, and the only one who wasn't a Big Bad to go down fighting against the Sailor Senshi instead of accepting redemption or being shot in the back by an ally or superior. His lover Zoisite is far less badass, however.
- Another lesbian example, Setsuna and Tsukuyomi in Mahou Sensei Negima!.
- While Leeron from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann may be incredibly Camp Gay and not a direct fighter, he is still the main mechanic for the show's Humongous Mecha and one of the first to embrace Kamina's philosophy.
- Fushigi Yuugi's Nuriko swoons over Hotohori (and later on, Miaka) and is a Wholesome Crossdresser...but has super strength and kicks some major ass. Right up to the end. Tomo may also count as a villainous example.
- Bon Clay, Ivankov, and his followers from One Piece are probably among the gayest characters yet they seem kick a whole ton of ass.
- Air Gear has Yasuyoshi Sano, otherwise known as "Aeon Clock" who fights on par with King-level Storm Riders despite not having any form of Regalia.
- No. 6 has Nezumi. He's in a relationship with Shion. That's not hidden, although it isn't often discussed, and rather nicely threaded in with the plot. He also plays a woman on stage, though that's not uncommon for the setting. He's also a total Badass. No one doubts his badassery. Meanwhile, Shion himself shows insane amounts of determination and rather harrowing moments of Beware the Nice Ones when it comes to defending Nezumi. He throws coffee in Rikiga's face for even suggesting Nezumi try prostituting himself to earn money; he nearly throttles a man trying to kill Nezumi later on, and shoots a guard dead at near point blank range for injuring Nezumi. Shion may be stuck in Nezumi's shadow for a lot of the Badass moments of the series, but he's still got more than his fair share — especially in the original novels.
- Juri Arisugawa from Revolutionary Girl Utena is a closeted lesbian and quite possibly the best duellist in the show. She's the only one whom Utena never truly outfought, as her defeat came about through either divine intervention (first duel) or Juri disqualifying herself (second duel). The same series also has quite a few badass bisexuals, particularly Utena herself.
- Bobby Margo from Macross Frontier. Acts extremely Camp Gay outside of combat, but when shit hits the fan, he does a 180 and takes his job as the Macross Quarter's helmsman seriously.
- Kamatari Honjo from Rurouni Kenshin. Despite looking like a girl in both face and bodyframe he can fight very well with a giant scythe/flail as if it was nothing, and shows and extreme and serious devotion to his master, Shishio Makoto.
- Margot Knight and Malga Naruze in Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon. Working together they can take down a God of War which is generally considered impossible by anything other than another God of War or a battleship.
- Dee and Ryo from FAKE have always been badass detectives in the series. But its not until the sequel where they've officially become a couple and Ryo has gotten over his gayngst that the trope finally sticks. Though in Dee's case, he'd be more Badass Bi.
- Ymir from Attack on Titan is established to be a lesbian, and has the combat prowess sufficient to earn a place among the top 10 graduates in her military class. However, she intentionally slacked off to give her Love Interest a shot at a top score, and rarely shows her true skill unless it's to protect Krista. She's also a Titan Shifter, with speed and agility sufficient to make other Shifters wary of her. The second-ranked graduate, Reiner Braun, may be one as well. He has a tendency to make conflicting statements about his sexuality, but the highly-insightful Ymir states they're both "uninterested in the opposite sex" and he agrees with this assessment.
- Aru Akise from Future Diary. While he claims he isn't gay, he has definite romantic feelings for Yukiteru going as far as kissing him shortly before dying, and he's a Badass Normal who can outsmart half the major cast.
- Shinobu Oomiya from Kin-iro Mosaic. She's a flamboyant lesbian and she's proud of it. Her main interest is getting blonde haired girls and she'll always use every chance she has to try to get them, sometimes using pretty cool methods like ninja skills.
- Grelle Sutcliff from Black Butler is an insane and flamboyant reaper who wields a death scythe in the form of a chainsaw and is one-half of Jack The Ripper. She can be at times a ruthless and bloodthirsty character (to the point where her favorite color is red for the sole reason of it being the color of blood) that will kill off her own allies once she loses interest in them, with a crazed grin on her face and feeling no remorse afterwards whatsoever. Though much of fandom continues to insist she's a gay man, Word of God has indicated that she is a trans woman, and her relationship with Madame Red qualifies her as bisexual.
- Shizuru Fujino from Mai-HiME spends most of the series lying low and hiding her HiME status, but when she lets loose when her crush Natsuki is in danger she absolutely destroys Nao in their fight and obliterates the First District during her Sanity Slippage Roaring Rampage of Revenge. Also of note is that Natsuki technically never outfights her and Shizuru seems to have the upper hand during most of their battle, only stopping with Natsuki gets her into a Cooldown Hug and has her CHILD kill both of them (they got better). Natsuki herself qualifies as a Badass Biker Dual Wielding small pistols, and the artbooks confirm she gets together with Shizuru after the series.
- The alternate universe sequel series Mai-Otome is far less ambiguous about Shizuru and Natsuki being a couple, and the two of them combined make up two of the five Columns and some of the strongest Otome in the series.
- O.D. in Gatchaman Crowds is so incredibly Camp Gay he seems like a comic-relief character, but he's actually the most powerful Gatchaman by far. He rarely, if ever, fights because he'd probably end up destroying the world.
- Miku Kohinata from Senki Zesshou Symphogear G after gaining her own Symphogear Shenshou Jing and being brainwashed. The reason she can link with it is her love for Hibiki.
- Despite the frequent instances of Les Yay, there are only a few confirmed lesbians in the cast of Queen's Blade. This being a World of Badass, they fit right here. Echnida, in particular, has a lesbian relationship in her backstory with Irma, who herself qualifies, and Irma hates her because they broke up rather acrimoniously. Echidna is powerful enough that three days of training with her makes Leina strong enough to take out her nigh-unstoppable sister.
- Mina Hazuki from Darker Than Black is able to fight the protagonist Hei to a standstill three times and has a distinct preference for women, something that makes the fact that her renumeration for using her powers is to French kiss men annoy her greatly. On one occasion she tries to get "rid of the taste" by rinsing her mouth with vodka and kissing a women right afterwards.
- Sweden from Axis Powers Hetalia is described by some of Himaruya's old notes as homosexual, "homosexual for Finland" to be a little more specific. In canon, he literally walks across the frozen sea between Sweden and Denmark, and won that particular war because of it.
- The retconned Alan Scott/Green Lantern (formerly straight and married to two different women with two kids in the original universe, now openly gay in the re-imagined parallel universe) for DC's New 52 Earth 2 JSA probably counts. Ironically, by making Alan Scott gay, they had to erase his equally gay and equally badass son from existence, and James Robinson even said he made Alan gay because Obsidian (Alan's son) was retgonned due to the New 52 and he felt bad that a gay character had been lost.
- Bitchy Butch is one in her daydreams.
- Scott Pilgrim
- Wallace Wells. Bacon
- Roxie Richter is no pushover, either.
- The Authority has Midnighter. Who is gay. And quite badass:
Let me make this situation clear for you. I know what special abilities you have. I can see the enhancements. I can detect the increased electrical activity in your brain. I know what moves you're preparing to make. I've fought our fight already, in my head, in a million different ways. I can hit you without you even seeing me. I'm what soldiers dream of growing into. I'm what children see when they first imagine what death is like. I'm the Midnighter. Your Move.
- His husband/love interest Apollo is quite badass as well.
- Rotor the Walrus from Sonic the Hedgehog is gay. Rather notoriously, Sega ordered the creators to keep his sexuality low-key.
- Rictor and Shatterstar from X-Factor, both of whom can kick plenty of ass with or without powers. While Shatterstar doesn't seem to think of love in terms of gender, Rictor recently came out as gay and not bi, as previously assumed (he had been in on-panel relationships with women, but apparently never found them fulfilling).
- The current Batwoman was ousted from the military after being caught in a relationship with a fellow female cadet. She fights shapeshifting animal henchmen with only her average strength and wits and has survived being stabbed in the chest.
- Wiccan and Hulkling from the Young Avengers. Both are undeniably badass with one being a reality-warping mutant and the other a shape-shifter alien hybrid. They also happen to be in a happy relationship with each other and will do unspeakable things to anyone that tries to hurt the other.
- And from Volume 2 of the series, Miss America Chavez. She punches holes in the universe and is even more of a badass than Hulking and Wiccan.
- X Treme X Men volume 2, an Exiles-esque book starring X-Men from alternate realities, has Governor-General Howlett and his boyfriend...who happens to be a certain estranged son of Zeus.
- Before Watchmen, has Silhouette; determined young defender of children and the vulnerable. Captain Metropolis and Hooded Justice also count, the former ex-military who organized the team, the latter a large man who once threw a statue through a window at some armed crooks and charged in after it.
- The Corinthian, in the creepiest possible way.
- Doom Patrol has the villain Monsieur Mallah, who is both gay and a badass communist revolutionary gorilla.
- The Walking Dead has the creator's favorite, Paul "Jesus" Monroe, who's not too shabby at unarmed combat, being an escape artist, and having a rocking beard.
- ''The Ultimate Marvel version of Spider-Woman has come out of the closet as a lesbian with an interest in "natural redheads" and "Jewish girls", which isn't all that surprising considering she is a gender-swapped clone of Peter Parker and has all of his memories.
- Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, being bisexual in the main universe and married to a woman in the alternate universe of Spider-Girl.
- In the parody film Stripperland, the badass Tallahassee parodied character, Frisco, is revealed to be gay.
- In the film version of Watchmen (but not the comic), the lesbian "Silhouette" was arguably the coolest of the first generation of superheroes. In both versions, the homophobia against her from other superheroes is used as a narrative tool to portray the superhero subculture as being morally bankrupt.
- "Gay" Perry in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a very tough Private Detective. In one scene, it turns out he's hidden a gun in his crotch, because if he's frisked by a man who knows he's gay it's the best hiding spot. When Perry uses it, Harry experiences a moment of confusion about whether there was a gun in there or it was "a gay thing".
- The Mad Max series sprinkles gay subtext in both heroes and villains.
- In Mad Max, the police captain is an enormous mustacheoed man named Fifi who wears his police leathers with a particularly "leatherman" look. The villainous biker gang are often shown dancing with each other. Toecutter also has several very homoerotic exchanges with the gang's twink, Johnny the Boy.
- In The Road Warrior, the Badass Biker Wex wears assless chaps and always rides with a pretty young boy on his bike, whom Lord Humongous refers to as Wex's "loved one." When the boy gets killed, Wex becomes highly emotional and goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- In Wagons East, John C. McGinley plays a Camp Gay pioneer who is also revealed to be a gunslinger.
- Hunter from Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. Everybody in London Below agrees that she's the queen of badassery; just mentioning her name gets her instant respect.
- In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book of the Harry Potter, we finally get Dumbledore's backstory. It details how his friendship and rivalry with Gellert Grindelwald made him the Badass Mentor he has been throughout the series. However, it's so subtle most people (besides the obvious) never thought about it until we got a Word of Gay.
- In The Vampire Chronicles, one of the strongest vampires from all of time, due to his encounters with different prominent vampires, and a total badass is Lestat. Even tough he was a total badass gay (or Bi, maybe) before becoming a vampire gaining the title of "wolf killer", it's afterwards that he becomes a rich, respected and well known vampire.
- In Homer's "The Illiad", Achilles's desire to enter battle (after a period of being in his tent) with Hector is ignited when Hector kills Achilles's male lover Patroclus.
- In Prinsessan Kristalla, the titular Princess Crystallia and her girlfriend have several badass moments, like when they save the dragon from all the Knight Templar "heroes".
- In the final novel of the Slave World series, two female protagonists have to go on a daring rescue mission behind enemy lines - infiltrating the timeline they once belonged to, as England is on the edge of getting psychopaths as their new rulers and the cold war between the timelines threatens to erupt into a full scale war between the worlds. The queen trust these women with this mission not only because of their well known intelligence and skill, but also because of the one thing that make her certain that they will never betray England at this crucial point in history: Their undying devotion to Lady Isobel and Lady Abigail respectively.
- Augustus of the Tour of the Merrimack series. A Patterner cyborg, he possesses both incredible physical strength and Awesomeness by Analysis abilities.
- J. R. Ward loves this trope- in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Blaylock is the prime example, but there are several other gay/bi characters that are still dagger-wielding vampire warriors capable of kicking all kinds of ass.
- Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series has some gay, lesbian, and bi Herald characters, and as Heralds they're required to be badass, psychic soldier-rangers. Herald-Mage Vanyel was especially badass, being one of very, very few people to achieve the huge power of a mage adept, and almost single-handedly holding off an entire army that attacked his country. He was also pyrokinetic, telepathic, empathic, telekinetic, and clairvoyant, a skilled swordsman, an important advisor to the king, and able to predict the future.
- The Steel Remains by Richard Morgan has a number of Badass Gay characters, but the standouts are definitely Ringil and Seethlaw.
- Dekka from Gone is a lesbian example, and, as of Fear, Edilio qualifies as well.
- CnaiŘr urs Ski÷tha from R. Scott Bakker's Second Apocalypse. He is an unparalleled murderer, strategist, and tactician, as well as being one of the only characters that can resist Kellhus' manipulation and eventual domination.
- Michael Flynn's In the Country of the Blind has Jeremy Collingwood. Starting out as an ineffectual Camp Gay, he Takes a Level in Badass as the story progresses and successfully holds his own against the Ancient Conspiracy ( more than one) shaping the course of history.
- The Parasol Protectorate. Bisexual werewolf Professor Lyall is sleek and foxlike in wolf form, but still a good enough fighter to fend off much larger opponents and hold the title of Woolsey Pack Beta for centuries. His packmate and lover Biffy adapts to being a werewolf with surprising speed, even managing the Anubis form exclusive to Alphas by accident. Madame LeFaux is a crossdressing lesbian example capable of building Humongous Mecha, and Lord Akeldama can pull this off when necessary. Alessandro Tarabotti also counts, posthumously.
- Rafael from Gives Light.
- Tess and Lydia AND Mason and Nev from the NightshadeTrilogy, though everyone in that trilogy is badass.
- Troopers Grifen and Magot from the Ciaphas Cain novels. Being a Battle Couple is a great part of what got them out of a Necron tomb alive.
- A Song of Ice and Fire has Ser Loras Tyrell, the Knight of Flowers. He's one of the best fighters in the kingdom, having bested both Ser Jaime "Kingslayer" Lannister and Ser Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane in jousts. While he isn't the best fighter in the Seven Kingdoms, he's probably in the top ten.
- It's also rumored that Oberyn "The Red Viper" Martell, one of the most badass characters in the series, was bisexual.
- There's also Jon Connington, commander of the Golden Company, who was in love with Prince Rhaegar and in ADWD leads the taking of a castle with almost no casualties. This is extremely rare in the setting.
- Goran Beviin, gay Mandalorian mercenary in the Star Wars Legacy of the Force novels. So tough that he can teach Jaina Solo, a Jedi Knight, a thing or two about fighting.
- In Andrei Belyanin's novel The Redheaded Knight, a Medieval knight is sent by a witch's curse to modern-day Russia, where he meets a teenage girl and her Camp Gay best friend. When told from the perspective of the Big Bad, she references a prophecy that the knight, his lady, and a "fearless warrior" will bring ruin to her evil kingdom. She's not sure how the gay guy is supposed to be this "fearless warrior". Then the trio starts time traveling. One of the places they end up is a World War II battlefield, where an artillery crew is attacked by the witch's black riders (her sons). The gay friend suddenly jumps into a patriotic fervor and commands the crew to open fire on the black riders. His inspiring words allow them to drive off the immortal foe.
- Alec and Seregil from the Nightrunner series are both bi, and both incredibly badass.
- Richard St. Vier in Swordspoint. He's universally acknowledged as the greatest swordsman in the city, and his exploits are enough to have made him a living legend.
- Robert B. Parker's sons were both gay, and he included several characters like this in his novels. Teddy Sapp from the Spenser series is an ex-Airborne weightlifter and nightclub bouncer with a black belt in karate, and on par with both Spenser and Hawk for sheer badass potential, backing them up in fights a few times. Similarly Lee Farrell is a member of the Boston Police Department who helps Spenser out and can hold his own in a fight. Spike from the Sunny Randall series is similarly badass and capable of scaring the crap out of anyone who might want to try something simply by standing quietly in the corner.
- In The Heroes of Olympus, Nico di Angelo is one of the most powerful demigods in the world. In The House of Hades it is revealed that he is (or was, at least) in love with Percy Jackson, who is very much in love with his girlfriend.
- Felix Harrowgate, from The Doctrine Of Labyrinths, is the most powerful wizard in the country of Marathat and possibly on the entire continent. He stays pretty busy: not only does he spend a lot of time seducing men, calling everyone "darling," and fussing about his clothes, but he also kills the then Big Bad and burns out an insane Magitek robot just by thinking really hard about destroying them. Even after a council of wizards binds his magic, he still saves the country of Corambis from an ancient engine of destruction that might have killed everyone within hundreds of miles.
- Glory in the Thunder as a consequence of Cast Full of Gay, particularly Ismyrn and Solornel.
- Louis and Angel from John Connolly's Charlie Parker Series of supernatural detective novels. Having semi-retired from their former careers as assassin and burglar, respectively, they usually appear as the Big Damn Heroes whenever Parker is in need of back-up, and are occasionally shown to have a nice sideline in scaring the hell out of any homophobic types who attempt to cause them trouble.
- Stew, Novak's right hand man in Undead on Arrival, is gay, married, kills zombies by the boatload with a machete, and is probably the person most capable of leading Devon.
- Cut & Run an M/M crime romance series by Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux has FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett, who are both bi and both undeniable badasses.
- Marian Alston in Island in the Sea of Time is a katana-wielding lesbian Coast Guard officer. And she is fucking awesome. Her lover Swindapa might also qualify.
- Falyse in Marcus Pitcaithly's The Realm Of Albion has become the King's main bodyguard by being pretty much unbeatable. And is gay.
- In The Volstovic Cycle, we have Royston, who is quite capable of blowing shit up at will and is a war veteran. Luvander, one of the airmen, has been pointed out by the authors to be gay, in a job which entailed flying a damn metal dragon and fucking shit up, and while nowadays content with running a hat shop, has no qualms about storming a heavily guarded underground prison to get an old comrade out.
- Maria and Andrea Jackson Orange form a lesbian Battle Couple in Dino Attack RPG.
- More than a few Exalted have homosexual or bisexual leanings, including Ledaal Kes, Iron Siaka, Ma-Ha-Suchi and the Scarlet Empress, among many others. In no way does this detract from their ability to kick your ass across Creation.
- It's implied that many Exalted, as they get older, will tend to "experiment" with their sexuality, simply because the same old thing gets boring after a few centuries.
- Dragon-Blooded are especially prone to dalliances with the same sex, regardless of their sexuality, because a) their Exaltation increases their libido to ensure that new generations of Dragon-Blooded will be born, and b) same-sex relationships don't carry the danger of a Surprise Pregnancy.
- It also helps that the Realm is Exceptionally Tolerant of homosexuality, compared to many Real Life societies (and even many societies within their own world). The only caveat is that you must provide an heir once you're married, regardless of whether you enjoy heterosexual sex.
- Aberrant has the Queer Nova Alliance, a group of LGBT Novas. While a good chunk of them are entertainers, there are a few active combat Novas amongst the group, including founders "Ironskin" Andy Vance and Jake "The Dragon" Korelli (who are husbands, to boot). And then there's the big antagonist of the line, Divis Mal, a Magneto figure who preaches that Novas have transcended humanity and all its moral constraints... and who is utterly devoted to his lover, Jeremiah Scripture.
- Countess Thesia Jadvige of Ilmenstein in The Dark Eye is an Amazonian Beauty (with a side order of Boisterous Bruiser), one of the most renowned warriors on the continent and generally regarded as a one-woman army whether on the battlefield or in a drunken brawl. She's also in a happy long-term relationship with another woman, something that isn't generally accepted in her rather conservative homeland. It's a testament to her Badass status that nobody would ever dare to comment negatively on her relationship if there's any chance she could hear about it.
- In Crooks!, one of the few sourcebooks released for Mutants & Masterminds before they officially adopted Freedom City as their official setting, one of the presented villains is the Toreador, an openly gay man... and also a Badass Normal Agent Peacock who serves as a superhuman-killing assassin for The Illuminati wielding only a cape made of Unobtainium as his weapon of choice.
- Leliana, of Dragon Age. We really ought to invent a Badass French Person trope just for her. For many reasons.
- Zevran, as well, though he is a bit depraved, he's still pretty badass.
- And a female Warden romancing Leliana, or a male Warden romancing Zevran.
- Dragon Age II went above and beyond with this. Anders and Merril are both very powerful mages. Fenris is a strong warrior who's lyrium tattoos let him phase through things, including his enemies. Isabella just likes duels. And of course they're all outdone by an appropriate gender Hawke romancing any of them.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has Dorian, a Tevinter mage, and Sera, an elven archer, who are both options for the appropriate gender Inquisitor (who also counts if played as such). They are joined by the Iron Bull, who can be romanced by a male and female Inquisitor. Happens with several N.P.C. characters in Inquisition as well, most notably Krem, a transgender man and Iron Bull's lieutenant.
- While this is never stated in canon, the PokÚmon fan community often holds that Dugtrio are homosexual trios of Diglett. (This is particularly implied in Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, where all three of Diglett's parents are referred to as male.) Dugtrio is also a decently strong battler, with very high speed for a Ground-type.
- The asari of Mass Effect. All women, all omnisexual, all powerful biotics. Even the dancers can kill people with their brains and their commandos are acknowledged as the deadliest opponents in the galaxy in a one-on-one fight.
- Worthy of mention: Liara, barely a hundred years old but already a more powerful biotic than most Matriarchs. If you mess with Shepard, you will die. Your friends will die. Your allies will die. Everything you ever built will be torn down. And nobody will ever remember your name. Also, if you don't pay her back she will flay you alive. With her mind.
- Samara. She manages to pull off her red catsuit at nine hundred years old, uses biotics to crush cars, and she's a Justicar to boot.
- Aria T'Loak. A thousand year old crime boss who runs the galaxy's most notorious Wretched Hive. Omnisexual like all asari, but a certain scene near the end of her Day in the Limelight makes it clear she prefers other women.
- Aria's ex is no slouch either. Nyreen is the first female turian seen in the games, a skilled soldier, and a biotic to boot.
- And of course, FemShep romancing Liara, Kelly or Samantha qualifies as well.
- Also, as of Mass Effect 3, a Male Shepard romancing Kaidan Alenko or Steve Cortez.
- Kaidan Alenko is a marine with over a decade of experience and over a dozen special commendations, and is one of the strongest human biotics. He actually became more badass, to the point of outranking Shepard and becoming the second human Spectre, alongside the confirmation of his bisexuality.
- Steve Cortez is an exceptional pilot who can give Joker a run for his money, and in Leviathan and Citadel he picks up an assault rifle and fights alongside Shepard's squad.
- And the first case BioWare put out of the closet: Juhani. Jedi Guardian (built for fighting). So hand a Cat Girl a lightsaber and enough Force Powers to knock you across a room with a temper that's kept in check mostly by the Jedi Code. Sweet lady, but don't piss her off.
- All of the canonically non-heterosexual characters in Metal Gear (Ocelot, Volgin, Scott Dolph and Vamp) qualify to some degree.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, the "Confirmed Bachelor" and "Cherchez La Femme" perks turn the male and female Courier into this. Curiously enough since both perks give a 10% damage bonus against enemies of the same gender as the Courier and the overwhelming majority of human enemies in the game are male, this means that the game encourages players who choose a male PC to make him gay for Min-Maxing purposes.
- Veronica is a lesbian, and she's quite comfortable in power armor and tends to punch things so hard they explode.
- Christine, all but stated to be Veronica's ex-girlfriend in the Dead Money expansion, is no Shrinking Violet either.
- Arcade Gannon is also homosexual and is proficient in Energy weapons. Depending on how you complete his quest, he may even suit up in his father's old Power Armor to join in on the battle of Hoover Dam.
- Makoto in Enchanted Arms. At the beginning he is pretty camp gay. But when he reappears as the mysterious man he has changed... A lot. He still crushes on Toya though.
- Heather in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn is a confident, competent rogue who joins the party only because she has eyes for Nephenee.
- Thanks to the support system of later games, if viewed the right way anybody could be this. However, standouts from Gay males would include Lucius and Raven, Lagault and Ike. Almost nobody thinks Soren is straight so (he is at least, very Ikesexual).
- Venom from Guilty Gear has been confirmed gay and is very capable of kicking ass with his billiards cue.
- Makoto Nanaya of BlazBlue was an established badass before Toshimichi Mori confirmed she wasn't hetero. note
- Plutia from Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is merely ambiguously lesbian with a slight sadist streak under her kind and scatterbrained personality. Make her activate Hard Drive Divinity, however, and very lesbian (if not omnisexual) Iris Heart will beat and abuse you until you beg for death.
- Kanji Tatsumi's sexuality in Persona 4 was left deliberately ambiguous (despite what his voice actor says,) making him Badass Ambiguously Gay.
- Joachim Valentine of Shadow Hearts: Covenant is very much Macho Camp along with being a vampire, a pro-wrestler, and a super hero. He is the party's heaviest hitter by a wide margin outside of Yuri's endgame fusions, and even then he's not far behind. He's at his most powerful when wearing a rather flamboyant butterfly mask.
- Coming back to BioWare, Jade Empire has Sky, a dashing rogue with impressive sword skills on a mission to avenge his daughter's death, and Silk Fox, a mysterious ninja-like woman (and Rebellious Princess) who attacks the player upon their first meeting. Both are romanceable by either gender. Particularly of note are the Closed Fist endings: Sky and the male player co-rule the empire with an iron fist; Silk Fox/Sun Lian and the female player do the same (as well as in the Open Palm ending, but in a more benevolent fashion), and it's implied that they take turns donning the Silk Fox costume to terrorize their enemies.
- Capcom outed Zangief years ago. It really shouldn't have been a surprise considering that one of his most damaging attacks involved shoving your face in his crotch.
- Bill, from The Last of Us. The Left Behind DLC shows that Ellie and Riley are gay too. Ellie, in a moment where her desire to kiss Riley overshadowed her desire to not risk their friendship, kissed Riley and then apologised. Rileys answer was to smile and ask "For what?
- Kanaya Maryam of Homestuck, by way of Word of Gay. She wields a lipstick chainsaw. Her brightest moment: Taking out two enemies who had killed two people each (herself among them) - one by kicking him in the bone bulge off a cliff, leading to a temporary case of Never Found the Body, and the other by sawing him in half.
- There's also Dirk, aka the B2 counterpart of Bro Strider, who is arguably the best (and certainly the fastest human) physical fighter in the comic. Both sides of this trope are probably best encapsulated in the autoresponder's description of how he would confess to Jake:
TT: If it's me going through with this, hypothetically,
TT: I'm not dropping some limp wristed shucks buster on his ass, and praying to the horse gods of irony for reciprocation.
There will be no rocking back and forth on pigeon-toed feet, while my face flushes
with the blood of a thousand timid bishies
I will not hold one tentative hand behind my head like a flustered asshole from an Asian cartoon, nor will an oversized bead of sweat
overlap ludicrously with my visage.
TT: If it's me, I'm going all out.
TT: Oceans will rise. Cities will fall. Volcanoes will erupt.
TT: What I'm saying is, it's going to be a scene, and bystanders need to brace themselves.
- Reinforced by his astounding awesomeness in [S] Dirk: Synchronize and [S] Dirk: Unite. Turns out he was right about literally everything. Including the volcano.
- And then Rose Lalonde also qualifies, since while her exact orientation (as in whether she's lesbian, since she flat out kisses Kanaya, or bisexual, since she has playfully flirted with boys) hasn't been determined, but she's very, very badass herself. Maybe it runs in the family, since her genetic father through weird time and universe shenanigans is the aforementioned Dirk.
- Justin from El Goonish Shive may seem pretty tame in his day-to-day interactions, but you don't want to provoke him.
- Cwynhild of Cwynhild's Loom is a cyborg Super Soldier who is openly lesbian. She typically dresses more like the male characters in the comic, and she has a bad habit of letting pretty girls talk her into doing things she probably shouldn't.
- Gabry and Liam both from This Is the Worst Idea You've Ever Had!. Keeping the streets clean from asshole vampires by night, running an antique bookstore (that sells coffee!) by day...
- Adharia Kuvoe of Last Res0rt and her consort, Sedja. We should note that they already have a running body count on the show.
- Greir, a bounty hunter with a penchant for violence.
- There's also Kronar, son of man.
- Count Tethik from The Challenges of Zona
- Szark Sturtz from Dominic Deegan is well known for getting a good Double Entendre or two when he pulls off badass moves.
- It's Walky!: Beef smashes through several agents, and shrugs off gunfire, Daisy steps up, and unloads her entire clip directly into his forehead, piercing his thick skin and killing him. Though the trauma of killing her teammate makes her useless for the rest of the fight.
- ┼land from Scandinavia and the World is one of only two people (or three if you count sister Finland) who can put Finland in his place and who terrifies Russia.
- In another Humon comic, Agent 250. He's a battle-scarred vet in his late-forties who complains about being reassigned to a desk job after a shrapnel bomb shredded his knee. This just about sums up his badass.
- Guilded Age has Harky, the troll chieftain who goes toe-to-toe with the entire party of heroes at once early in the story and who also has an Interspecies Romance going on with another of the World's Rebellion generals.
- Captain Falcon from There Will Be Brawl.
- Mille Chanteau of Ilivais X is incredibly strong-willed, consistently enthusiastic (unless X is screwing with her temperament), superbly hammy, and head-over-heels for Iriana. While she is interested in men as well, the story undeniably is focused on their relationship. Similarly, Iriana, while nowhere near as tough and optimistic, at least TRIES to make people think she's a cold-blooded badass, and while she tends to fail, she does have her moments.
- Shadowhunter Peril might as well be called a World Of Badass Gay. There are so many characters who can kick some serious ass and yet are attracted to the same sex.
- Etzel, Umbra, Nicholas, Kyle, Valentine, the Architect, Ethan, Veronica, Kitty, Jack, Oblivion.
- Diamanda Hagan: "Doctor Doom is a pussy"
- This Cracked video is a fake trailer for a Quentin Tarantino revenge fantasy about a gay man who goes on a homicidal rampage a la Kill Bill to avenge his dead husband, who was killed by a Heteronormative Crusader on their wedding day.
- Todd from Where The Bears Are.
- Epic Rap Battlesof History has Albus Dumbledore, Freddy Mercury, and Ellen DeGeneres dropping awesome rhymes and even using their sexual orientations in their lyrics as attacks.