Bury Your Gays

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"It's not always the way it is in plays. Not all faggots bump themselves off at the end of the story!"
Michael, The Boys in the Band

Often, especially in older works (to the extent that they are found in older works, of course), gay characters just aren't allowed happy endings. Even if they do end up having some kind of relationship, at least one half of the couple, often the one who was more aggressive in pursuing a relationship, thus "perverting" the other one, has to die at the end. Of course, it can also happen to gay characters who aren't in relationships, particularly if they're Psycho Lesbians or Depraved Homosexuals.

Nowadays, when opinions on sexuality have shifted somewhat, this justification will often be attempted via Too Good for This Sinful Earth. Sometimes it's because the Magical Queer has died in a Heroic Sacrifice so that the straights may live. "See, we didn't kill them off as a punishment or to avoid having them together, it was to point out how humankind isn't worthy!" Naturally, this is subject to Alternative Character Interpretation.

Also known as Dead Lesbian Syndrome. This trope can also be seen as a head-on collision between Sex Is Evil and All Gays Are Promiscuous.

See also Romantic Two-Girl Friendship and Bait-and-Switch Lesbians for the nicer way to let the ship down. If the characters' relationship is obscured, it drastically increases their chance of survival. (Note from the names of all three that they're most common for female couples. If you're a man, you're basically screwed.)

Sometimes gay characters die in fiction because in fiction sometimes people die (this is particularly true of soldiers at war, where Sitch Sexuality and Anyone Can Die are both common tropes); this isn't an if-then correlation, and it's not always meant to "teach us something" or indicative of some prejudice on the part of the creator.

Additionally, the problem isn't merely that gay characters are killed off: the problem is the tendency that gay characters are killed off in a story full of mostly straight characters, or when the characters are killed off because they are gay.

The trope does, however, have substantially less impact in a Cast Full of Gay or a cast equal in LGBT characters and straight characters.

Can be seen as Truth in Television in some cases, as gay and lesbian people are at a substantially higher risk for suicide and assault. The fact that AIDS hit the gay male community most prominently provided potent fresh fuel for this long running trope (which, like many things about the eighties, still has an effect on more recent works).

Period fiction also needs to take into account the lack of understanding of gay characters, whereby depicting the death or murder of homosexuals may not reflect the views of the author but the social dynamics of the setting. However, again, there were gay people throughout history who survived and lived full lives, and it is possible to tell those stories rather than working on the assumption that tragedy is the only narrative option. Defaulting to the reasoning of Truth in Television provides some justification, but does not necessarily negate this trope.

The revival of this trope in 2015/16 (especially with regards to things that happened in reality), particularly for female queer characters, sparked a lot of outrage and a pledge to encourage show-runners' reconsideration if planning to implement the trope.

See also: Gayngst, Hide Your Lesbians.

As a Death Trope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Hagino from Blue Drop. When they finally confess their feelings for each other, Hagino dies in a Senseless Sacrifice.
  • The one explicitly lesbian character - Psycho Lesbian Liang Qi - in Canaan is killed off. In contrast at least Canaan and Maria are heavily implied to love each other however live perfectly fine.
  • In Devilman Lady, when Jun's best friend/girlfriend Kazumi dies. This likely arose out of the changes from the Devilman Lady manga, where Asuka was Jun's lover. Also, Jun was older in the manga, being a schoolteacher instead of a model.
    • Compare the original Devilman, the ending of which had the hero Akira die at the hands of Ryo Asuka as a direct result of Foe Yay.
  • Probably parodied in episode 16 ("Take Back Love!") of Excel Saga, where both Ropponmatsus fall in love with Hyatt and Excel, respectively, and are destroyed by the end of the episode. They get better, but they don't like them anymore because they're no longer programmed to love the first person they see.
  • Franz d'Epinay, who was secretly and tragically in love with Albert de Morcerf in Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, sacrifices his life to save Albert's and to deliver what is ultimately the fatal blow to the Count.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 has Tieria, whose "love" interest, Lockon Stratos, was killed before anything could develop. Tieria himself later dies... and then his mind not only survives, but it's uploaded into the super-computer VEDA.
    • Also, in Special Edition 1, a very lightly hinted gay relationship is made explicit between Alejandro and Ribbons, who turn out to be the Big Bad of season 1 and 2 respectively. More exactly, Ribbons was a male Honey Trap and pretended to care for Alejandro, who was rather smitten with him... and then he kills him and takes over.
  • Honey Crush had a different take on this: the lesbian main character is killed off in the first chapter but brought back as a ghost and not precluded from still getting a happy ending, though she does go to Heaven in the final chapter after confessing to Kyouko, so it's still a Bittersweet Ending.
  • All lesbian main characters in ICEof which there are quite a few — meet their demise in one way or another.
  • Dangan Ronpa 3 features the franchise's first canon gay character: Juzo Sakakura. While he is initially hated by pretty much everyone, the extent of how much he suffered physically(impaled twice, once even by the man he was in love with, brainwashed by candies, hit by a Macross Missile Massacre, again, twice and chopped off his own hand) and emotionally(spent his life with a man he could never confess his feelings to, was blackmailed and emotionally tortured by the Big Bad, let the man be happy with the girl he loved, who was one of his best friends, only to find out the girl was Evil All Along ultimately finding out that everything he did was for nothing, since the game is unwinnable) was so awful that he became a Jerkass Woobie. He dies in the penultimate episode of Side:Future, bleeding out while making a Heroic Sacrifice that lets the other survivors leave the game. Adding insult to injury, he dedicates the last minutes of his life to the man he loves, who is running to try to ask for his forgiveness and try to save him, only to get there a few seconds after Juzo already died, thinking he was hated and abandoned.
    • Juzo's case is actually a Double Subversion. He was stabbed and left to bleed out in Side:Future Episode 9, and the audience is left to think he died, and revealed to be gay in Side:Despair Episode 10, which takes place a few years before Side:Future. Then, in Side:Future Episode 11, it turns out he did survive the stab wound and pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment, only to bleed out by the end of the episode.
  • In Kannazuki no Miko Himeko and Chikane confess their love to each other. Chikane dies and gets erased from existence. Then, come The Stinger epilogue, Chikane subverts this trope, having kept her promise of not letting even the gods stop her from returning to Himeko. In the manga version, however, they get reincarnated — as sisters, in reference to the Japanese legend that says Star-Crossed Lovers get reincarnated as twins.
  • The ultimate fate of Gilbert in Kaze to Ki no Uta.
  • Narrowly averted in Lupin III: Angel Tactics. The "Bloody Angels" are a women's supremacy organization competing against Lupin and his gang. Out of the named characters in the organization, Bisexual Bifauxnen Lady Joe is the only one who survives. The (implied lesbian) women who died were clearly killed by the Protagonists in Self-Defense.
  • In Mai-HiME, Shizuru and Natsuki die at the end of their fight with each other, as a result of Natsuki using an attack that destroys both their Childs, killing each other, as they are each other's Most Important People. Subverted in that not only are they the last Himes to die, but they and everyone else get resurrected in the next episode.
  • Maya in Maya's Funeral Procession burns herself to death minutes after learning that her love interest Reina is really her half-sister. Reina marries a man not long afterwards.
  • Mimi and Sheshe of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch are killed in the second arc by their own employer. It's much worse for them in the manga, where they're eaten alive without warning, than in the anime, where their life force is simply absorbed after they rebel.
  • Subverted in The Miko's Words and the Witch's Incantations: after setting up the standard yuri Downer Ending, with Tsumugi having to die right after learning about love, the plot does a twist, wherein Letty goes and flips off the local god, risking her life to become a deity herself — all for Tsumugi's sake.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Kaworu chooses to die because he loves Shinji. Of course, all the relationships in Evangelion end badly, so Shinji and Kaworu's relationship is not unique here. It is unique in that Shinji has to kill him. Essentially the same thing happens in Rebuild of Evangelion, although Shinji only indirectly kills Kaworu.
  • Rei Asaka/"Hana no Saint-Juste" in Oniisama e..., although in depends on which adaptation you are following: In the anime she dies suddenly in an accident just when it's beginning to look as though she and her love interest Nanako are getting a happy ending; in the manga, it's suicide after her other "love interest", her half-sister Fukiko, gives her a cruel "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Simone in Shiroi Heya no Futari is stabbed by a jealousy-crazed male admirer. Her love interest Resine swears off romance for the rest of her life.
  • Depraved Homosexual Lain Brody in the manga Under Grand Hotel is shot to death in the first volume. Also subverted: the main character and his male lover escape life imprisonment and end up living on a tropical paradise.
  • Clari from Violinist of Hameln (while the infatuation is only implied), he harbored a crush on Lute for most of his life, ending in said Love Interest dying twice.
  • Manga/X1999 has this at the core of the story. Kamui's mother Tohru and Fuuma and Kotori's mother Saya were lesbian lovers, but in order to save Tohru's life Saya and her Romantic Runner-Up Kyougo Monou agreed to get married, in order to take Tohru's place and "give birth" to the holy sword (read: explode into a bunch of bloody pieces). Tohru survived, but she took off with her son Kamui because she felt too guilty for this; later, she died by bursting into flames to protect Kamui or more exactly, by becoming a Human Sacrifice of sorts, burning herself up to slow the global warming.
  • Uzume from Sekirei. The only female Sekirei to have a female partner, and is also in love with said partner. She's killed a few episode after we discover this.
  • Legend of the Blue Wolves:
    • Poor Leonard. By Jonathan's hand, no less.
    • A less sympathetic version is implied to be Captain Continental who was supposedly killed by Leonard after he cut his penis off as revenge for him raping Jonathan.
  • The main character from Claudine is a female-to-male transsexual. He takes his own life when it's all but stated that the Love Triangle between himself, his girlfriend Sirene and his brother Andre is not tipping towards him.
  • A transgender variant pops up in one chapter of He Said "I'm A Girl". Yuki makes a comment on how one of her friends was killed by her boyfriend after learning she was trans. Subverted years later in Wandering Son, where it's revealed Yuki lied and the woman is alive.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel's Freedom Ring defied nearly all the gay stereotypes... other than the one about being allowed to live happily. Killed off within a month of Marvel E.I.C Joe Quesada touting him as the company's top gay hero. Word of God is that Freedom Ring "was always planned as an inexperienced hero who would get beaten up constantly and probably die. I wanted to comment on the fact that most superheroes get their powers and are okay at it... and that's not how life works. During working on the book, I was also noticing that most gay characters... are all about being gay. Straight characters are well-rounded characters who like chicks. So I wanted to do a well-rounded character who just happened to like dudes. Then I decided to combine the two ideas." Oops. Robert Kirkman did apologize when he realized he had effectively killed off 20% of Marvel's gay male characters.
  • Moondragon's death in Marvel's Annihilation: Conquest series. Considering how many characters died in the series, what makes Moondragon's treatment notable was the sheer brutality of it. In Annihilation, Thanos kidnaps her, uses her as a hostage, rips her ear off, and presents the ear to her lover Phyla. She survives that series, but in Conquest she finds herself permanently turned into a dragon before ultimately dying in a Heroic Sacrifice to protect Phyla. In a cruel twist, Moondragon later gets resurrected, just in time for Phyla to get Killed Off for Real during The Thanos Imperative. What makes it particularly annoying is that with Thanos, Star-Lord, Drax and now Nova all having been brought back, Phyla's death is the only one that's stuck.
  • In Salvation Run: Monsieur Mallah and the Brain, a talking gorilla with a gun and a French accent and an immobile brain in a little chamber thing that allows him to talk. Mallah got into a fight with Gorilla Grodd after the latter was offended at the suggestion that they're at all similar. Despite being armed, Mallah lost, and was beaten to death with The Brain, who likewise expired. And that was the second time they died: the first was being blown to smithereens the instant they confessed their love for each other.
  • Marvel's The Order axed some superfluous characters in the first issue, but one of the two main characters to die by the end of the series was the lesbian Mulholland Black. That said, she was also the youngest and the most innocent, her gang history aside.
  • In Matt Wagner's Grendel series, bad-ass bodyguard and fighter Susan Veraghen is portrayed as a lesbian. Her first lover abandons her. Her next lover is killed. Her next lover abandons her and then is killed. Veraghan herself lives to a ripe old age, but becomes True Companions with the male Grendel Prime, which is implied to be too intense a non-sexual relationship for her to fall in romantic love again.
  • Knockout, one of the bad guys in DC's fantastic Secret Six died essentially offscreen between the first mini-series and the ongoing comic. Her lover Scandal Savage is left devastated although thankfully not insane or any more evil than before. Knockout was a "New God" and killed off with the rest in the Final Crisis arc, so it gets a pass as her death didn't come off like such an afterthought within the confines of someone else's comic book or because of her lesbian relationship, and the writer, Gail Simone, was not happy that the character had to die. It also helps that in the finale of Secret Six they go to Hell and get Knockout back.
  • Terry Moore's various series often deal with human sexuality in a mature and intelligent fashion, exploring what might force a person to reassess their self-identification and what impact societal pressures and expectations have on human desires, but when Echo needs to show its villain beginning to lose his grasp on his sanity and begin to break down he kills his boyfriend to keep him from leaving.
  • After writer Peter David brought Rictor and Shatterstar together, many people guessed that he'd kill one or both of them off, to which he responded that he was aware of this trope and would purposefully avoid it.
  • It's suggested that John Reddear from The Tamakis' Skim was in love with another boy from his Catholic school and is part of the reason he committed suicide at the start of the story.
  • This is used in the original Watchmen comic to deconstruct ideas about homosexuality in Golden Age comics. A lesbian superhero, Silhouette, is outed and thrown out of her group, then murdered alongside her lover. The killer was punishing them for their sexual orientation, but it was more that, had she retained her identity and the support of her teammates, she would have been safe. In an interview, Silk Spectre comments that two of the other superheroes (heavily implied to be Captain Metropolis and Hooded Justice) were understood by their teammates to be homosexual and nobody cared so long as they stayed in the closet and weren't caught.
    • In Before Watchmen: Minutemen, Hooded Justice was killed by accident because the killer thought he was a ruthless child-murderer as the Comedian had framed him as one.
  • In Blue Is the Warmest Color, Clementine dies at the end.
  • In Empowered, Mind*@%! dies; while her erstwhile girlfriend Sistah Spooky blew up her superheroic careernote  in a suicidal plan to rescue or ransom her from Hell.
  • Subverted in Birds of Prey, where one of the later arcs looked like it was playing this straight, seemingly killing off both Savant and Creote, two of the Birds' allies who were both in love with each other but hadn't gotten around to saying it. It turns out to be part of a plan to corner Oracle as Savant, who's suffering constant mental agony, plans to commit suicide and force her to watch. Creote had promised to help him die to put an end to his mental issues, but Oracle's able to convince them both to live. It's somewhat notable as this drew ire from the LGBT community, who had previously held the writer, Gail Simone, to Creator Worship levels, and the amount of backlash she got as a result of angry fans who didn't wait until the story had wrapped up lead to her leaving previous community sites she heavily contributed to.
  • In a similar subversion, there was the Civil War: Runaways/Young Avengers team-up, where the Warden of the Cube has the brainwashed Noh-Var sent to bring in the Runaways. Being a super-powerful Kree Super Soldier, he's able to take down most of the team, and starts the fight by attacking Xavin, Karolina, Wiccan, and Hulkling first and disabling each of them in a single hit, snapping Xavin's neck in doing so and seemingly killing them, while their body and the other three are taken to the Cube to be tortured. This gets kinda iffy, however, as Karolina is a lesbian, Xavin is her lover who's gender fluid (though during the story was taking the form of male), and Wiccan and Hulkling are one of Marvel's most prominent gay couples. While they all make it out alive, we are treated to a disturbing scene of Wiccan being forced to watch Teddy get cut up and vivisected while unable to do anything to stop it.
  • Victoria Hand gets a bridge dropped on her in the last story of vol. 2 in New Avengers.
  • Zig-Zagged In Transformers: More than Meets the Eye. As there's a disproportionate number of male-identifying to female-identifying Cybertronians and homosexual relationships are technically the norm, the Issue that most affirm's Chromedome's relationship with Rewind is the one where he deals with his lover's death, where we also find out his previous Conjunx Endurae (at least three) also died. Rewind eventually returns due to quantum superposition from an earlier Teleporter Accident, though this in turn meant that everyone else who's had sexual tension with a same-gender 'bot (bar Getaway) also briefly died...
  • Sunfire, an alternate version of Mariko Yashida and member of Exiles, is lesbian and dead in issue #37.
  • In Circles, the only character who dies is Paulie and he dies from HIV. His husband Douglas was devastated but soon he was comforted by everyone else. While everyone else was alive and had an Earn Your Happy Ending, at least Doug had a Bittersweet Ending.
  • In Runaways (2015), bisexual Pixie is killed off in the second issue. Her ex-girlfriend Jubilee survives, however, and winds up dating Sanna Strand.
  • Played with in Mark Millar's last arc on The Authority, which opens with the apparent deaths of openly-gay Apollo and Midnighter, but they both turn out to be alive. However, both the lesbian Rush and bisexual Teuton from the fake Authority end up being brutally killed by Midnighter during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • In an aversion, Alpha Flight writer Bill Mantlo had wanted to have Northstar die of AIDS in a Very Special Issue, but the idea was vetoed by editor Andy Mangels. Mangels explained his decision by saying he thought killing off Marvel's only gay superhero at the time by giving him AIDS was rife with Unfortunate Implications.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Lost and Delirious is all about this trope. Central characters Paulie and Tory carry on a secret romantic relationship, which is effectively destroyed when Tory's sister finds out about their relationship, and Tory panics, breaks off the relationship, and tells her sister that Paulie raped her. The remainder of the film is all about Paulie's mental state deteriorating, which culminates in Paulie stabbing Tory's new boyfriend before throwing herself off of a roof, ending her own life.
  • Nine Dead Gay Guys: All there in the title. The two protagonists, one straight and one gay, live.
  • Beyond the Valley of the Dolls in some way subverted this trope. Though the lesbian couple in the film were not the only ones to die in the show, their fate was specifically mentioned in the sarcastic voice-over ending as not being based around the fact that their relationship was in any way evil. Of course, they also weren't the only people to die, just the only ones for whom it wasn't supposed to be a consequence or punishment of their wrongdoing according to that monologue.
  • There's a montage in the documentary The Celluloid Closet (a history of homosexual depictions in film up through the early 1990s) of a litany of gay/lesbian characters either dying or being Depraved Homosexuals or (most often) both.
  • In The Fox lesbian Jill is killed and her girlfriend runs off with a man.
  • Jack from Four Brothers, maybe. In a deleted scene, his older brother Bobby joked about him being gay. Bobby went as low as making fun of his tongue ring.
  • In Prey for Rock & Roll, Faith, the one half of the prominent lesbian couple in that movie, is hit by a car and killed when two punks try to take her guitar.
  • In Girl House all three of the gay characters are killed off brutally.
  • In Ikari (Rage), Naoto dies alone in a park from complications with his heart.
  • Happened to Mrs. Danvers in the Hitchcock film Rebecca, though this wasn't the case in the original book.
  • Land of the Dead features an incredibly gratuitous scene, even considering some of what happens in the rest of the film, where two women are passionately making out until one of them is pulled through the wall by a bunch of zombies.
  • Subverted in the 1931 film Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform), which ends with a lesbian teenager's class mates preventing her suicide. The original stage play, Gestern und heute by Christa Winsloe, ends less happily, thus fitting the trope. Interestingly, in the real life incident Winsloe based the story on, the girl did jump, but survived.
  • The 1919 German film Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others) used this trope to deliberate effect. It was genuinely trying to educate the public about the senseless persecution of gays and included real life sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld giving a lecture that homosexuality was completely natural. That said, the main character still gets thrown out of school, loses all of his clients, is blackmailed and eventually commits suicide.
  • A Single Man: George's partner of sixteen years dies in a car accident eight months before the start of the film. By the end of the story, George himself dies due to a heart-attack, right after an epiphany which stopped him from committing suicide out of unsustainable grief. He was so busy preparing for his death that day that he forgot to take the heart medicine keeping him alive.
  • Ode To Billy Joe: Many people remember the sixties hit song "Ode To Billy Joe," about a young man who kills himself by jumping off the Tallahatchee Bridge, for reasons unknown. What few people remember is that in 1976, Hollywood decided to make a movie of the song that would explain exactly why Billy Joe jumped. Turns out it was the gayngst.
  • Braveheart has the prince's male lover being murdered by King Edward by throwing said lover out a tall window right in front of the prince. In real life, Gaveston was Prince Edward's favorite, but it's not known with certainty that they were lovers. Gaveston was eventually captured and executed, but not the same way, and it had more to do with Edward's favoritism than explicitly with homosexuality.
  • In the fantasy-horror Warlock, the main character's gay roommate is killed off quite early and in brutal fashion by the Warlock.
  • "Boy" Barrett's suicide in Victim (1961) It's the guy who's more open about his sexuality who has to die. In a common working of the trope, he dies to protect the man he loves: knowing he'll be questioned by police, he hangs himself in his prison cell to avoid revealing a distinguished lawyer's involvement with him.
  • In Nous étions un seul homme (We Were One Man), a German soldier on the run in occupied France and a French peasant he meets fall in love. The soldier is caught. The peasant, who's a little crazy, shoots him and, carrying the body, gets into a hole in the ground where he puts dead things so they can grow again.
  • Le temps qui reste (Time to Leave) is about a promiscuous, selfish gay fashion photographer dying of cancer.
  • In Gerard Blain's Les Amis, about an intergenerational gay relationship, the older man is killed in a car crash. Blain, however, maintained that he dies not because of his homosexuality but because it's his destiny.
  • Right at the end of L.I.E., pederast Big John is shot dead by a jealous boyfriend who thinks he's been replaced by a younger model.
  • In Smukke Dreng (Pretty Boy), a 13-year-old boy has a relationship with an astronomy professor who kicks him out when the professor's girlfriend comes home. The boy ends up semi-accidentally killing the man by throwing a rock at his head, sending him on a long fall.
  • Subverted in Trevor. 13-year-old Trevor attempts suicide over his homosexuality but recovers in hospital, where he meets a cute, friendly candy-striper, Jack, who offers him tickets to a Diana Ross concert. Trevor decides to live — at least "until tomorrow" — and dances up the path to his house.
  • In the documentary The Lavender Lens: 100 Years of Celluloid Queers, there's a very striking montage towards the end of gay accidental death, murder and suicide scenes from various films, set to 'Another One Bites the Dust'. The film ends with a Bugs Bunny clip in which Bugs is suspected dead but revives and runs off wearing a tutu.
  • Martineau in Another Country gets caught during some guy-on-guy action and a few minutes later (in the film) he offs himself. In a church, of all places.
  • In Bent, it is a movie about two gay men in a concentration camp during the holocaust. Use your imagination.
  • Cruising is also a serial killer stalking New York City's gay leather subculture, and Al Pacino going undercover to stop this. In contrast to the acres of dead sexually active perverts, Al's neighbor, Ted, is offered up as a contrast — he has a steady boyfriend and hates the idea of cruising. And he dies, too.
  • The titular funeral in Four Weddings and a Funeral is for one half of a gay couple. The eulogy delivered gets the main character thinking about love and marriage, setting up the climax. (The other half of the gay couple survives and eventually finds someone new.)
  • Your Highness gets extra special mention for Boremont, who reveals his love for Fabious, as Fabious is stabbing him.
  • Naomi Watts' Character Diana Selwyn/Betty Elms in Mulholland Dr..
  • More so in the film than in the book Cloud Atlas: Both the gay/bisexual characters do not make it to the end of their respective stories, while almost everyone else gets a happy ending (with the exception of the Sonmi storyline). In the book, the endings are somewhat more ambiguous, but it still counts.
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: Graham dies almost immediately after he locates his long-lost lover.
  • Colonel Redl. The protagonist (an Austrian intelligence officer) is both gay and compromised as a spy, so he's Driven to Suicide by his superiors. Since Redl was a real person, this one's at least Truth in Television.
  • Senator Brig Anderson in Advise & Consent, another one Driven to Suicide.
  • Narrowly averted in "Save Me", when Lester attempts to bleed himself to death in the bathtub at Genesis House, but is found by Mark and rushed to the hospital. Also hinted at with Gayle's son Randy, who dies before the story begins, prompting her to get involved in ex-gay ministries.
  • In "Horns", two male police officers are revealed to secretly harbor feelings for each other. During the end sequence of the movie, one of them gets his face blown off with a shotgun.
  • The Damned takes this Up to Eleven by showing the Nazi SA having a gay orgy, only to be massacred en masse by the SS the next morning.
  • Partners (1982) subverts the trope when cop and walking gay stereotype Kerwin goes undercover with a straight partner investigating a serial killer targeting gay men, seemingly makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save said straight partner. Kerwin lives, making him one of the few queer characters to make it out of a film of that era alive.
  • Deathtrap kills both of its gay characters off-stage, then kills them again (by proxy) on-stage as characters in the play-within-the-film stolen by the sole surviving straight character.
  • Independence Day:
    • Possibly, with Harvey Fierstein's character dying; the character is never confirmed as gay, but acts like a pretty stereotypical gay guy. Harvey's gay in real life.
    • Also in the sequel, Dr. Isaacs dies but his partner survives.

    Literature 
  • In Armada, Shin and Milo are some of the first casualties of the alien invasion. They die just a few hours after consummating their relationship, while trying to help the other heroes get away
  • In The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, the handsome young male lover of Arthur Geiger, Carol Lundgren, is perceived as a Sissy Villain by the Private Detective Philip Marlowe, who decisively beats Carol in a scuffle before arresting him. Arthur Geiger dies and Carol gets locked away for homicide, leaving both characters fairly well buried.
  • In Half World by Hiromi Goto, Ms. Wei's lover Nora Stein was killed in a burglary before the book begins. Ms. Wei is almost Driven to Suicide but decides not to jump in front of a car because she doesn't want to cause the driver trouble.
  • The Mina Davis books Hungover and Handcuffed and Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend are kind of an odd case; in the first one, it seems like Lucy is a victim of this, but the sequel and Word of God establish a Cast Full of Gay, and dead (implicitly) straight characters dramatically outnumber dead LGBT characters, especially in proportion to the number of both in the books.
  • James Baldwin's feel bad classic, Giovanni's Room is a stunning example. The novel is narrated by a sexually confused young man who is counting the hours before his lover is executed.
  • In The Children's Hour Martha kills herself.
  • Partially subverted in China Miéville's Iron Council: Cutter, who is gay, is one of the few characters to survive but his on-off boyfriend Judah is shot in one of the final scenes.
  • In Ken Follett's "Winter of the World", book two of The Century Trilogy, Chuck Dewar, who is gay, is killed at the battle of Guadalcanal.
  • For all of the death and destruction that happens in Warhammer 40,000, this trope is oddly enough subverted during the Ciaphas Cain novels. Magot and Grifen, the lesbian couple, are pretty much hinted at being the only actual couple with names to survive long enough to see retirement aside from Cain and Amberley. Indeed, it is their relationship that's the main reason that they make it away from the Necrons without a major mental breakdown, which actually impresses Cain a bit, saying that he wishes there were more soldiers like them in the Imperial Guard.
  • Similar to the 40k example, Jame and her spouse Cathie in the first Alien vs. Predator novel are among the few characters to make it to the end, some of the only named ones, and are actually among the nicest and most sympathetic characters in it. Their relationship is a bit more subtle in the comics though.
  • C.J.L. Almquist's The Queen's Tiara, which is set in Sweden in 1792, has Tintomara, who pretty much personifies Attractive Bent-Gender. Two sisters and their respective suitors fall in love with her, the men thinking she's a woman, the girls convinced that she's male (at least initially). The men fight a Duel to the Death over her, the sisters go insane, and Tintomara herself is eventually killed for her refusal to pick a gender role and stick with it.
  • In Clive Barker's Imajica, a fantasy novel by British horror author Clive Barker (published in 1991), a subplot introduces an openly gay male couple who are friends of the Christ-like protagonist Gentle. One of the gay men, Taylor Briggs, dies of AIDS near the beginning of the story, while his partner Clem survives and goes on to help the protagonist. It is mentioned in passing that both men were in a lot of open relationships during the 1970s and "slept around" a lot, back before HIV became public knowledge; but only Taylor, the party animal, contracted HIV while his partner was plain lucky and never did, something for which Clem feels Survivor Guilt. Subverted Trope in that both men had been lovers for a long time and their love and relationship are depicted in a very positive light. Later on, Taylor returns as a ghost and reunites with Clem. At the end of the story, after the Reconciliation of all five realms, when all the souls of the dead of Earth and the other four Dominions are free to travel on to... somewhere else, before he departs Taylor asks his lover not to forget him but to go on with his life.
  • In The Golden Compass there is Balthamos's death, six other characters on the protagonists' side had died in the series, most of them fairly major characters. Note that angels are made of Dust, the sentient particle; a common theme of the third book is that dead people's souls reunite with their loved ones, daemons or other people, once their Dust particles spread across the universes, after getting out of the underworld for humans of course. Having this in consideration, maybe Balthamos and Baruch had a happy ending after all. The Angels in this universe have no sex and thus not really gay, introducing an interesting twist.
  • Subverted in Mary Renault's The Charioteer - the main character believes Ralph is about to commit suicide, but manages to interfere in time, resulting in a relatively happy ending. Considering the book was published in 1953, when homosexuality was still illegal in the UK, this came as a genuine surprise.
  • The Front Runner, while being one of the first modern novels to treat gays as people, still follows this trope.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray, in which the two main characters (Basil Hallward and Dorian Grey) are heavily implied to be gay or bisexual, ends up with two of them dead, one murdered by the other. The other later effectively committed suicide. This may be a reflection of the difficulties of being a gay man in Victorian England, though (Wilde himself eventually died in poverty after being imprisoned for "gross obscenity", i.e. having sex with men).
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman, in which the gay protagonist demonstrates his new-found bravery by accepting a suicide mission to pass a message to political revolutionaries.
  • Margaret in Affinity intends to take her life at the end of the story. The TV adaptation explicitly shows her jumping into the Thames.
  • The Book of Lost Things features the knight Roland, who is trying to find out what happened to his lost lover, Raphael. He is, of course, dead. Roland ends up dying as well, once he finds out what happened.
  • In Fritz Peters's Finistère Michel drowns at the end, probably intending to die though this is only hinted at. When the book was published — in the early '50s — the tragic-conclusion trope was still de rigueur.
  • Carol Plum-Ucci's What Happened to Lani Garver is built around this trope, although it's justified in that one of the major themes of the book is to bring attention to homophobic hate crimes. Also, it's strongly implied that Lani is actually an angel, which may change things a bit.
  • Perry Moore wrote his young adult novel Hero as a response to the use of this trope in superhero comics. There are several gay characters and several characters who die, but no overlap.
  • Subverted in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The gay character Carlo survives a horrific campaign in Albania while the heterosexual man whom Carlo secretly loves dies in his arms. Carlo is later killed in the Cephallonia massacre, but (as with the real-life historical event) every single one of the other Italian soldiers dies with him except the Captain.
  • A particularly grotesque version of this in Orson Scott Card's Song Master:
    • Josif, who is bisexual, marries female Kyaren; they have a happy marriage except he warns her that he's attracted to the inhumanly gorgeous male protagonist, Ansset. She tells him that that's fine, she doesn't mind if he sleeps with Ansset; but he still continues to worry about it. Ansset and Josif do end up getting together. Unfortunately, treatments Ansset received as a boy soprano, to delay puberty, cause a weird chemical reaction, making sex intolerantly painful. Josif is hunted down and castrated as punishment for "raping" Ansset. Josif then dies. His wife remarries the next day and in the epilogue is said to be much happier in this more peaceful relationship.
  • Hal Duncan's The Book of All Hours duology has the gay character Thomas "Puck" Messenger get murdered early on in the first book, leaving behind his lover Jack... and dies again and again across the multiverse, to the point that one version of Puck and Jack find a tomb full of hundreds if not thousands of dead versions of Puck. Puck's treatment is a harsh criticism of this trope from Duncan (as well as upon real-world anti-gay violence, specifically the murder of Matthew Shepard), who is very outspoken about gay rights, and several versions of Jack manage to save their Pucks in the end.
  • A plot point in Darkship Thieves. Max kept his orientation a secret, so his identity thief doesn't realize he's given himself away by ignoring the lover, Nat. Still, the book ends with one gay man dead and the other consumed by his need for revenge.
  • Teenaged Harold's heroic death in The Garden God (1905). He dies saving his friend/lover's life; it's implied that this wipes out the 'sin' of his previous homosexual acts.
  • Der Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice) (1912). Aschenbach expires on the beach, gazing at Tadzio.
  • Alexandre's suicide in Les amitiés particulières (Special Friendships) (1943) after being cruelly separated from his boyfriend by hypocritically-moralising priests.
  • Ashley's suicide over his homosexuality in Lord Dismiss Us (1967).
  • Pippa (of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy) dies at the end of the first book, leading to her gradually turning into a monster in the realms before she is Killed Off for Real in the third book. However, the trope is subverted, as the series does not shine a negative light on homosexual relationships, and the reader only finds out she and Felicity were in love after Pippa dies the first time.
  • Played with in the House of Night series, which portrays gay relationships positively (if unrealistically/stereotypically). Jack is killed by Neferet as a sacrifice to Darkness, since he is a "pure" soul. While this is completely against the homosexuality = sin mentality of many of the other examples of this trope, it still prevents Jack and his boyfriend Damien from getting a happy ending.
  • Rosemary Sutcliff wrote historical novels stuffed full of homeoeroticism but had only three explicitly gay characters. All three are minor.
    • Two of them, in Sword at Sunset, are heroic warriors whose love inspires them to greater heroism. However, one of them dies nobly in battle, whereat the other feels suicidal and ends up dying too, saving everybody's life in the process. Mind you, this was published in 1963.
    • In The Flowers of Adonis (1969), the otherwise heterosexual Arcadius falls in love with fellow soldier, who immediately dies off-screen between that scene and the next.
  • 10-year-old Serge's suicide in Quand mourut Jonathan (When Jonathan Died). Serge's mother decides to keep him away from his adult lover, Jonathan. Serge runs away to go to Jonathan, but on the way realizes he'll never make it and jumps in front of a car.
  • 13-year-old Manuela's suicide in Das Kind Manuela after being punished for declaring her love for a female teacher and told she can't see the teacher again. In the film, Mädchen in Uniform, she's rescued while preparing to kill herself.
  • In Ursula Zilinsky's Middle Ground, Johannes von Svestrom's lover Gabriel is killed in a burning tank and Svestrom acquires a death wish, which only ends up winning him a lot of medals for bravery in combat. Svestrom intends shooting himself until he meets and loves Tyl von Pankow, Gabriel's nephew. The end of the book is ostensibly happy, with Tyl going to Svestrom, but you never see him arrive and he's been told that he has a 'short life-line' on his palm.
  • In Tout contre Léo (Close to Leo), Leo is very young, gay and dying of AIDS. The book is told from the point of view of his little brother Marcel.
  • In the Left Behind book series, closet lesbian and Straw Feminist Verna Zee gets killed by the Wrath Of The Lamb earthquake in the book Nicolae. In the prequel novels, the Antichrist villain Nicolae Carpathia has his two biological fathers, who were both gay, killed off.
  • In Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, the lesbian Raina dies from a magical plague in Richard's arms while her lover is trying to find a way to save her. They have time to say they love each other before she dies.
  • Truth in Television with Someone Else's War. The LRA hates Muslims and homosexuals and will kill both indiscriminately.
  • In Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar, Esther's friend Joan is gay, or at least bisexual. That plus various other life stresses lead to her coming to the same hospital as Esther. She later hangs herself. But Esther describes other lesbians, like the famous woman poet at her college, who are "weird," but doing all right.
  • In Ian Fleming's novel Goldfinger, a woman who falls in love with Pussy Galore is contemptuously killed off near the end of the book.
  • Given that it's about AIDS in the gay population in the eighties, Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves features this trope.
  • In The Last Werewolf, Harley, Jake's gay familiar, is Stuffed into the Fridge very early on. However, it's worth noting that Everyone Is Bi unless explicitly proven otherwise, and the trilogy's bisexual characters have a better survival rate. Bury Your Monosexuals, perhaps?
  • Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter's The Long Earth: The end of Book 1 ends with nuclear fallout rendering the city of Datum Madison uninhabitable. Book 2 picks up ten years later, and Monica Jansson, the series's only openly gay character, is dying of radiation poisoning. Possibly Justified in that she exceeded the amount of time she was supposed to spend working Search and Rescue, but it's implied that so did Joshua and Sally, neither of whom are shown suffering any ill effects.
  • Both parodied and subverted in Patrick Senecal's much Darker and Edgier version of Alice in Wonderland, Aliss. Bone and Chair, the novel's stand-ins for the Mad Hatter and the March Hare, are a long-established gay couple who also serve as The Dragon to the Red Queen. They're alive and well at novel's end, but are responsible for killing off several other characters along the way. If they appear on your doorstep, then it's likely you who are about to be buried.
  • In Insurgent, Lynn comes out of the closet after being fatally wounded.
  • In Beth Revis's A Million Suns, Elder's second and third in command are implied to be lovers. One gets murdered with Phylus patches and the other gets sucked into space.
  • The Handmaid's Tale:
    • Or rather "leave your gays hanging on the gibbet as a warning to others." "Gender treachery" in Gilead is punishable by death, along with many other "crimes."
    • Jezebels -some of who are lesbian- are prostitutes for Commanders and their friends and are sent to the Colonies once their usefulness for sex is over, as the Unwomennote .
  • Downplayed in Coda. Scope is killed at the end of the book, but it was by one of the Corp.
  • In Ken Follett's World War II thriller Jackdaws, three members of the eponymous Ragtag Bunch of Misfits are homosexual; they all die, two incredibly stupidly. Of the three heterosexual members (four, counting Paul), only one dies.
  • In Under a Graveyard Sky, a gay cop is introduced, given some backstory and then killed by the Synthetic Plague. What happens to his husband is unrevealed but considering he's in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse, his chances aren't good.
  • In Christian Nation, Sanjay, who is portrayed as gay, is killed in a televised stoning. Also a gay Buddhist monk immolates himself during a public protest, and a gay married couple is executed during a wedding. The bombing of the Castro (a gay neighborhood in San Francisco) during the Civil War, which the Fox News successor channel known as "the F3" and evangelical leaders celebrated as being "divine justice", ended up turning America into a pariah in the eyes of the world.
  • In Robert Anton Wilson's The Historical Illuminatus II - The Widow's Son, Edward Babcock lives through Hell at Eton when the School launches a witch-hunt to find and detect actively gay pupils. Wilson describes a Gestapo-like interrogation of all pupils who are called, one by one, in front of a panel of teachers and urged to confess to the cardinal and disgusting sin of sodomy, so that they can repent and their souls may be saved before God. Knowing to confess to being gay means expulsion, disgrace, and lifelong ostracism, Babcock bluffs and lies his way out of it, although he is both frightened and intimidated. After the first flush of elation at having successfully lied to his teachers, he is pulled up cold by the appalling realization his lover is yet to be questioned. As the boys are being called in by alphabetical order, he realizes Geoffrey Wildeblood will have a long agonizing wait... eventually he discovers Geoffrey has fled the school and has killed himself, rather than face shame and disgrace.
  • Ghoul: Jack Ohm's bomb targets are a gay bath house and an HIV support group.
  • In The Traitor Baru Cormorant, the protagonist Baru's lover Tain Hu is executed in the final scene, with Baru choosing not to save her so as not to imperil her standing with the empire she serves.
  • Subverted in The Goblin Emperor: a gay man confesses that his actions led to the death of his lover. He himself survives. Mentioned in dialogue is a lesbian goblin pirate who apparently enjoys perfect health at the end of the novel. Then there is also a rapist of 15 year old boys, who is killed while attempting to commit a different crime, but it is debatable whether he can be considered gay; perhaps he's just an opportunistic child rapist.

    Live-Action TV 

  • Ally McBeal had a Very Special Episode guest-starring Wilson Cruz from My So-Called Life as an Attractive Bent-Gender Magical Prostitute, who died at the end of the episode.

  • In the original book and movie of The Andromeda Strain, Dr. Hall is straight and lives. In the 2008 miniseries adaptation, he is replaced by Major Keane, who is gay and dies.
  • On As the World Turns, Reid (one half of the show's gay couple) died after his car was hit by a train and his heart is going to be used to save someone else. To add insult to injury, with Luke (Reid's boyfriend) heartbroken and Noah (Luke's ex) rejected, the show's three gay characters as essentially the only ones without a happy ending. Reid also died before he and Luke could consummate their relationship.
  • Black Mirror provides a unique subversion in which the female couple, Yorkie and Kelly both die but their deaths make it that they achieve immortality through their minds being uploaded into a virtual world and they get to live together for eternity as a married couple.
  • Babylon 5, which rather unsubtly implies a certain sapphic essence to the relationship between Talia and Susan, doesn't really go all the way to acknowledging that they sleep together until the episode in which Talia's personality is wiped, which is called "death". But had the actress playing Talia not left the show, Kosh had plans to make it better.
  • Battlestar Galactica:
    • Gaeta was revealed as bisexual, and he had a very unfortunate experience with a Cylon that ended up pushing him over the edge into a full-blown insurrection against Adama and his proposed Alliance with a dissident element of the Cylons. For his part in the attempted coup, he was executed. All in the span of four episodes. Although in this case the Cylon relationship was heterosexual and his homosexual relationship was the nice one. It is also worth noting that his relationship with Hoshi was only revealed in a webisode, and not mentioned in the show proper.
    • Hoshi, on the other hand, not only survived but was made Admiral during Adama's suicide mission of rescuing Hera.
    • Admiral Cain's death. According to the DVD Commentary for "Pegasus" this was not intentional. When Michelle Forbes read the line "She ate at our table..." she gave it an extra personal touch that the producers decided to build on in "Razor", making it a retroactive example of this trope.
  • The Bill. Lance Powell, murdered. Juliet Becker, murdered. Luke Ashton, large scale-heartbreak. Gemma Osbourne, suffers GBH. Thankfully, Paul Marquess has gone...
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Larry, the only confirmed gay man ever on the show, was killed in the battle against The Mayor in "Graduation Day".
    • Tara, Willow's long time girlfriend, was shot and killed by Warren Mears. Word of God is that Tara's death was solely a consequence of her being Willow's Love Interest - had Oz still been around, he would have died in her place. There were plans to bring Tara back in Season Seven, but they fell through, as Amber Benson was unavailable.
  • In Boardwalk Empire, the only LGBT regular character is Angela, Jimmy Darmody's bisexual — though lesbian-leaning — wife. She and her lover are mistakenly killed by Manny Horvitz, who'd intended to kill Jimmy and is surprised to find who Angela's partner is.
  • Bramwell: Frederick, who was initially the Wholesome Crossdresser, gets hit by a carriage, gets his throat torn open with a smashed bottle by a drunken Thrift patient, gets sent away to a religious institution and then dies of infection. The religious institution seems to subvert its own trope somewhat with the master being portrayed, if not truly sympathetically, then certainly as permitting a last reconciliation between Frederick and Charles Sheldon without intruding on their private grief. The master delivers a powerful sermon on forgiveness, which is a powerful bit of writing in its own right and averts the straw fundamentalist stereotype quite significantly.
  • Cold Case:
    • In the episode "Forever Blue", the cop who calls him and his partner 'the lucky ones', tells his father that he is a man, and all but admits that he's in love with said partner is the one who's killed. Meanwhile, his partner, who in present day still insists until near the end of the episode that he isn't gay (and to add insult to death, claims his partner also wasn't 'like that') is the one who lives. He lived because he broke things off the night they were supposed to go patrolling together.
    • The season one episode, "A Time to Hate", features the fatal beating of a college baseball star outside a underground club after a raid. And then there's the heartbreaking ending scene...
    • In "Best Friends", a butch lesbian dies and her girlfriend lives after they try to commit suicide by driving off a bridge, while being chased by her homophobic brother.
  • Dark Angel. Original Cindy's one serious girlfriend onscreen, Diamond, dies of being used as a disease lab rat. At least she took her murderer with her. Original Cindy herself survived, however.
  • Dirty Sexy Money killed off its transsexual character Carmelita, who was played by real life transexual Candis Cayne. Making it even worse was that the show had just been canceled, giving the impression that they just had to get that death in before it was over. Viewers had had their eyes on the show right from the start as well, as in the pilot episode Cayne's voice was digitally lowered an octave. Word of God explained that Cayne is so convincing as a woman that they were afraid the audience wouldn't get that the character used to be a man.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Subverted by Madame Vastra, a Victorian-era katana-wielding Silurian detective and her wife/maid/fellow swordfighter/investigator Jenny, who have so far survived both episodes they appear in with nary a scratch or emotional trauma.
    • It comes close in the Series 7 finale, where Jenny dies twice in the same episode, leaving Vastra stricken with grief. She gets better...
    • In the episode "Midnight", Sky Silvestry, the only character in the episode confirmed to be gay, is possessed and eventually killed.
    • During Series 9 hints are dropped that Clara Oswald might be bisexual. Although this is never actually confirmed directly, the second episode to include a reference, "Face the Raven", has Clara Killed Off for Real soon after, although, this being Doctor Who, the trope is actually inverted two episodes later in "Hell Bent" when she is not only revived, she is made immortal, though she must still face her established death at some point in her extended life.
  • Downton Abbey subverts this. Originally Thomas, the only gay character as well as the Designated Villain of the series, was supposed to die at the end of season one. However, the producers were so impressed by Rob James-Collier's acting that they decided to keep his character for the rest of the series. A later season has him trying to cure his "gayness" with shock therapy and drugs, resulting in him nearly dying. The doctor then simply tells him that there is no cure for what he is and he should simply accept it. But the closest he came to a love interest who was even hinted at having a potential to reciprocate was a blinded soldier during WWI, who subsequently commits suicide.
    • Bertie Pelham has a cousin who's strongly implied to be gay. Bertie describes him to Edith as more arty than outdoorsy and says he doesn't care about marrying for love and spends his time painting young men in Tangiers. And he ends up dead.
  • The pair of Victorian homosexuals are dead by episode three of 2013's Dracula as a direct result of Greyson's blackmail.
  • Another British soap, Emmerdale had Aaron and Jackson. Aaron was a violent thug, who got worse when he realized, and hated the fact that, he was gay. Eventually, he settled down with Jackson, who could tame him. They were happy, accepted. Then Jackson became paraplegic and begged Aaron to help him die until he agreed.
  • Nicely subverted in FlashForward (2009). The episode in which Janis is confirmed to be a lesbian ends with her lying alone in the street, bleeding out from a bullet to the stomach. In the next episode, she gets to a hospital and is saved.
  • Foyle's War:
    • In one episode, Foyle lets the handsome young gay pilot in love with Foyle's son, Andrew, atone for his crime (his "girlfriend"'s death) by dying heroically in battle.
    • In another episode, the Victim of the Week supposedly committed suicide over a breakup with his girlfriend. Discovering the victim "didn't fancy girls" is an early hint at the lie.
  • Game of Thrones though justified by the Anyone Can Die nature of the show and their deaths being important plot points. The show has killed off all three of its gay/bisexual male characters Renly Baratheon (season 2), his lover Loras Tyrell (season 6), and Oberyn Martell (season 4). Loras's sister Margaery who died with him can also count since the character has hinted at being with women in the past. Though the show has other characters that are ambiguously gay/bi and there are Oberyn's former wife Ellaria Sand and Theon's sister Yara Greyjoy who were both shown being with female prostitutes.
  • Grey's Anatomy is not immune. But when it comes to the lesbian main characters, the show hasn't killed any of them. They put two of them on a bus, they got the third one in an almost fatal accident, but nobody has died yet.
  • Hemlock Grove has at least two.
    • The very first person to die is a teenage girl who is on her way to a liaison with her (female) teacher (and this is the only thing known for sure about her character.)
    • Viewers are then introduced to Clementine Chasseur, first seen in bed with one woman and later having an affair with another (though it's at least not her sole characterization.) Chasseur is captured, tortured, and killed by Olivia and her right-hand man.
    • The third and final season sees the deaths of Destiny who had sex with Clementine in season 1 and Johann who was revealed to be gay in the final season. Through pretty much the whole cast is dead at the end except for Peter and Shelly.
  • Hex:
    • The show managed to subvert this somewhat. The first episode introduced Thelma, the main character's lesbian best friend. Then it had a demon murder her. Cut to her funeral, at which the priest is talking about how Thelma was very much her own individual and saying it was this individuality which left her isolated and led to her tragic death... at which point Thelma's ghost walks up beside the main character and says: "God, they're loving this. Don't be a dyke or you'll end up topping yourself." Thelma then goes on to be one of only two of the original cast to be left after the show's Kill 'em All ending.
    • Two more lesbian ghost characters turn up. Peggy, who has been long dead, and Maya, who was killed by the villain to provide Thelma with a girlfriend, thus giving him a hold on her. Admittedly, when you already have one lesbian ghost, who else is she going to get physical with? But then Maya proceeds to get even deader at the hands of the heroine.
    • Male gay character Tom ends up dying at the hands of the man he fancies, within an episode of him being identified as gay for the first time.
  • British soap opera Hollyoaks:
    • The show later had a one-week series, the same but Darker and Edgier. It concluded with the death of Sarah Barnes after her psychotic girlfriend mistakenly slashed her parachute instead of Zoe's.
    • Hollyoaks also featured the death of Kieran, the gay priest, but averted this trope nicely when John-Paul and Craig went off into the sunset together, both fully comfortable with their sexuality and their relationship. It should also be noted that Hollyoaks features character deaths quite frequently, and that the majority of the gay or bisexual characters on the show remain alive and well.
  • In Glue, this is the fate of Cal, whose murder jumpstarts the plot. His boyfriend survives, but barely.
  • The Spanish soap opera Los Hombres de Paco recently wed one of its most popular pairs, lesbian couple Pepa and Silvia, in one the biggest and most hyped weddings of the year. All went well and the wedding was lovely — and then Silvia was shot when gangsters besieged the reception. Unable to get medical help for hours (and still in her Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress) she slowly and painfully bled to death on the floor as Pepa held her and told her she loved her.
  • General Arcadius dies saving the life of the title character in the first episode of Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire after finding the love of his life and his true nature in prison. However his lover has become a series regular.
  • The Lexx episode "Nook" had Brother Trager admit that he was in love with Stanley. This is on a planet populated by all men, but he's the only one who specifically states an attraction. He is later killed in an attempt to frame the crew for murder.
  • Lost was said to be adding a gay character. In season 4, this was revealed to be Tom, who by that time was already dead.
  • NCIS had one late series edition, Agent Dorneget, who comes out to McGee. Not a full season later, Dorneget tries to save a group people from a chain of Bouncing Bettys. He doesn't make it.
  • Subverted in Person of Interest. The episode's Big Bad tries to get the POI to commit murder by threatening to kill her wife. Reese and Fusco successfully extract the wife.
  • There are a few rare instances in Agatha Christie's Poirot:
    • In Hallowe'en Party, we learn that Beatrice White and Elizabeth Whittaker were lesbian lovers, but once their relationship was found out, Beatrice drowned herself, leaving Mrs. Whittaker heartbroken and alone.
  • There have been a total of 9 deaths on Pretty Little Liars, two of whom were gay, Maya St. Germain and Shana Fling. They are survived by a few other gay characters, including main character Emily.
  • Steve from Reaper. Somewhat subverted by the fact that his boyfriend, Tony, is the only survivor after the Devil killed all the other demons. Steve is also redeemed and goes to Heaven as an angel. And provides an example for more demons who want to (attempt to) be good.
  • Averted in Slasher when Robin is attacked by the Executioner but survives. Immediately fulfilled when later that same episode his husband Justin is poisoned and dies.
  • Vito Spatafore in The Sopranos is beaten to death for being gay. Justified in that the Mob is hardly a bastion of cultural liberalism, especially not on the subject of homosexuality. The show also portrays Tony (Who is portrayed as a sympathetic character) as being accepting of homosexuality, at least compared to his friends, while the two most homophobic are either very unsympathetic (Paulie) or devoid of redeeming traits (Phil Leotardo).
  • Stargate-verse: Captain Alicia Vega was supposed to be the first canonically gay character in the Stargate-verse, which had a respectable reputation in real life for the diversity of its cast and characters, but had yet to feature an out character. She was introduced in the first episode of season five of Stargate Atlantis and was heralded as a new recurring character, but almost all her scenes from her introductory episode were deleted for pacing reasons, including the scene where her sexuality was hinted. The producers then decided her character did not fit the series as well as they liked, and she was killed in her second appearance.
  • In a complete (deliberate?) inversion of the trope, Strip Mall's series finale "Tammi Takes a Dive" features every main character bumped off except the lesbian couple.
  • Supergirl has Maggie, a lesbian character, get shot and for a brief time it is suggested she might die, but the trope is ultimately subverted when she recovers and the near death results in her entering a relationship with Alex, who she previously rejected. This episode was made at the height of the controversy regarding this trope.
  • Todd and the Book of Pure Evil kills off a gay character in the fourth episode (though he had used the Book of Pure Evil, which doesn't end well for anyone). Somewhat subverted in that, at the time, that character was the only straight one.
  • A major occurrence in Brazilian soap opera Torre de Babel was a shopping mall explosion. Said explosion was also used for the author to kill characters the audience wasn't liking, including a lesbian couple.
  • Veronica Mars does this in the second season as it is revealed that Beaver engineered the bus crash because two characters established to be gay were going to reveal that Woody had molested them when they were in a little league baseball team, and that he had done the same thing to Beaver, and Beaver didn't want people to think he was gay.
  • There has been only one confirmed lesbian couple in Charmed. In a show set in San Francisco, no less. Not only are they very minor characters, one of them naturally gets killed.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand:
    • By the seventh episode, all three gay characters have either been killed or have killed themselves. A fourth gay character was introduced the very next episode, although he wasn't revealed to be gay until season two.
    • Considering how the slave rebellion ended historically, inverted spectacularly in War of the Damned as Agron and Nasir are the only main ex-slaves left standing.
  • The Tudors:
    • Played with with George Boleyn and Mark Smeaton. Only one other person even knows that they are gay, and they are actually executed for an (alleged) heterosexual sex act.
    • Played straight with William Compton and Thomas Tallis, however. Tallis originally rejected Compton's advances but eventually gave in. Compton then died of "sweating sickness" in the episode after they had consummated the relationship.
  • A potentially justified example in RTE's restaurant drama Raw and gay character Pavel. Krystof Hádek declined to return for the fifth series partway through filming for the fourth leaving writers with little time to find a resolution for the show's sole gay couple while still retaining the other half as a character. Having only just found stability in their relationship, it would have seemed odd for the pair to suddenly implode with no real build-up, so killing Pavel was the only viable solution.
  • An episode of Strong Medicine had Lu being annoyed by her bickering neighbors. The fact that they're a lesbian couple is initially mentioned handedly and seems to be of no importance, until one of them turns up dead. This being a Lifetime series, the instant the investigating officer learns that the two women were lovers, he arrests the other woman for murder with absolutely zero evidence to support this, then refuses to investigate the case any further, insisting that he has the guilty person in custody and muttering something about "crazy lesbians".
  • For a series that has been praised for its portrayal and inclusion of gay characters and themes, True Blood does fall victim to this trope.
    • While the majority of the series's vampires are Ambiguously Gay or flamingly bisexual, the only strictly gay vampire, Eddie Fournier, was kidnapped and staked to death by Jason's psycho girlfriend.
    • Sophie-Anne Leclerq is shot on Bill's orders, at a point that there were still relatively few character deaths, and much earlier than her book counterpart.
    • Tara was killed twice, notable because we know she was LGBT before becoming a vampire, unlike the the majority of characters whose sexuality seems to be part of their supernatural being.
    • And then there was Lafayette's boyfriend Jesus. Their romance was surprisingly genuine, but apart from a few kisses and laying in bed together they weren't shown "in action" like most in-series couples. And then Lafayette was possessed by a psycho witch and was forced to stab Jesus to death.
    • Averted when the show kept Lafayette alive when the book actually killed him and his body would have been found at the beginning of season two it the show was accurate to the book. He is still alive at the end of the series.
  • The Body of the Week in the Vegas episode "Masquerade" was one half of a lesbian couple, though it didn't have anything to do with her death.
  • The L Word:
    • Jenny Schecter ends the last season with her suicide/accident/possible suspected homicide off of her hotel balcony.
    • The L Word also had Dana, but the deaths are aversions because of the fact that almost every character on the show was gay or bisexual.
  • In In The Flesh, the main character Kerian's love interest Rick gets killed twice, once coming back as a zombie and then getting Killed Off for Real in the final episode. Both his deaths are basically plot devices to cause Kerian Gayngst.

  • In Skins Fire, a kind of "epilogue" to Effy, Naomi, and Emily's story from Skins series three and four, Naomi is mercilessly killed off.
  • Siberia manages to have the only two main characters who die both also be the only two non-straight characters. Natalie disappears (and is later confirmed dead) only an episode after it is revealed she might be bisexual, and willing to give a relationship with Annie a chance. And then Annie gets shot in the last episode of the first season.
  • In the third season of AMC's The Killing, Holder befriends a homeless lesbian teenager named Bullet, who knew the victim in the latest case that Holder and Linden are investigating, and who is in love with another girl, Lyric. After Lyric seems to return Bullet's affections and then suddenly disappears, Bullet tells Holder that she thinks Lyric was kidnapped by the same person that Linden is looking for, but it turns out that Lyric simply went back to her boyfriend, and an angry Holder tells Bullet never to bother him again. Shortly after, Bullet is kidnapped by the actual perp, and Holder finds her body in the trunk of a car.
  • Zig-zagged. in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The Jadzia lifetime of the genderfluid, pansexual Dax comes to an end, but the Dax symbiote lives on, with all of Jadzia's memories inside it. Elim Garak, who is heavily implied to be bisexual, gets out of the series relatively unscathed and is still going strong in the novels, although executives ensured his relationship with Bashir never got beyond subtext.
  • In Season 3 of House of Cards, Michael Corrigan commits suicide after Frank and Claire Underwood try to strong-arm him into renouncing his principles. Rachel Posner is tracked down and murdered by Doug Stamper using information he cons out of her ex-girlfriend.
  • Subverted in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Victoria Hand dies in season 1, and Isabelle Hartley dies in the first episode of season 2. The pair dated in the comics, but the showrunners decided not to explicitly reveal them to be gay here because of the Unfortunate Implications of killing them both off, making it essentially a case of Hide Your Lesbians.
    • However, a later episode featured a flashback to the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Hartley mentions having checked in on Hand, referring to her as "Vicki".
    • Joey "Melty Joe" Gutierrez is (thus far) a subversion: his death has been teased on at least two occasions but has been avoided both times.
  • Another Period puts a comic (and wildly convoluted) spin on the trope. Turn-of-the-century debutantes Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt are both married. Both of their husbands are not only flagrantly gay, but having an affair with each other. At one point, the sisters concoct a scheme to lose said husbands: they will be paid several million dollars to disappear, be declared legally dead, and allow the sisters to remarry. The husbands "disappear" only as far as the guest house, then accidentally show up during their own funeral.
  • BBC Last Tango in Halifax had Kate run over the day after she married Caroline, one of the main characters
  • Delphine from Orphan Black gets shot in the gut at the very end of the third season, and is presumed dead by all parties including her on-off girlfriend Cosima. Then it's subverted when it turns out she survived the shot and was taken away.
  • The Vampire Diaries has had exactly four homosexual characters throughout the series and all of them were killed off.
    • Luke also a gay man and a witch in Seasons 5 and 6 dies when he merges with his sociopath brother Kai also a Heroic Sacrifice because he merges with Kai to save Jo from having to merge with him and also to save his twin sister Liv who he was going to be forced to merge with to prevent Kai from merging with anybody and if he merged with her she would have been the one who died.
    • Season 7 had the members of theVampire/Witch Hybrids known as The Heretics, Mary Louise and Nora who kill themselves in a fiery car crash while escaping from a vampire hunter to destroy the weapon that she uses to trap the souls of vampires and because Nora was dying from a magical illness Mary decides she would rather them die together than spend the rest of their lives running and they didn't want to live without each other.
    • Caroline's dad Bill Forbes, who was initially vilified for leaving her mother to be with a man and is later revealed to be a vampire hunter when he returns to town when he finds out that Caroline is a vampire. He later dies twice, the second time because of refusing to become a vampire.
  • Spin off series The Originals had the characters of Josh who was a vampire and werewolf Aiden. Aiden was promptly killed off towards the end of Season 2 to cause an uproar in the supernatural politics of New Orleans. So at least it averts Stuffed In The Fridge.
  • In The 100, Lexa is accidentally killed by a bullet meant for her love interest, Clarke a short time after they reconciled and consummated their relationship. Fans did not take it well. Her death is subverted when she returns in the finale as an A.I apart of the A.L.I.E 2.0 chip/The Flame and enters The City Of Light to help Clarke defeat A.L.I.E and she is given a climatic send off when she charges against A.L.I.E's army so that Clarke can get to the kill switch to shut off A.L.I.E.
    • Subverted with Miller and Bryan a male gay couple who both survive the season, and this is in spite of a very Tempting Fate exchange before the climactic battle.
    • Clarke herself is an aversion because of the plot armor she has as the main lead character and Niylah (who Clarke had a one night stand with) is also an aversion as she is Put on a Bus in her final appearance in season 3.
  • Penny Dreadful Subverts this somewhat as it has at least three LGBT characters,
    • Transgender woman Angelique is poisoned by her lover Dorian Mother Fuckin Grey.
    • Then you have "closeted" gay man Sir Ferdinand Lyle (who is also Jewish ) and is still alive, though he is only a supporting character.
    • Mina and Vanness also have some heavy Les Yay going on and as Mina is a Lesbian Vampire at the time, you can guess how that ended.
  • Quantico went into its winter break with the death of its sole gay recurring character, Elias, who is blackmailed into helping the Big Bad carry out an attack and then chooses to leap out a window to his death rather than be arrested. When the show came back, Alex's new superior, Hannah Wyland, was revealed to be in a relationship with another woman. So far, she's still alive.
  • In Blindspot, Bethany Mayfair was revealed to be a lesbian, but the same episode also reveals that the reason she's not very public about this is because her former girlfriend was deeply involved in the Daylight program and killed herself after fearing it would be exposed.
    • It later turns out that Mayfair's ex is still alive; she faked her death to flee the country. Bethany is not pleased when she finds out.
    • Played straight with Mayfair's new girlfriend, who is brutally murdered.
    • Mayfair herself dies when while confronting Jane about betraying the team she is shot in the back by Oscar, though justified as her death leads to Jane turning against Oscar and lead to the team finding out that Jane was a mole. The writers themselves have stated that in the light of the bury your gays trope controversy they would have made adjustments to her death but it was too late to do so.
  • Subverted in Misfits where the heroes quite literally try to Bury their Gay. Greg, the most recent probation worker, comes on to Finn due to an unfortunate misunderstanding when Finn tried to obliquely confess to him about having superpowers, whereupon Finn panics and pushes him off a ledge. As per tradition, they go to bury him at the underpass, but it turns out he wasn't dead after all. Greg ends up being the only one of the show's probation workers who doesn't die.
  • In The Walking Dead, Alisha (season 4) is shot in the head by Lizzie and Denise Cloyd (season 6) was hit by a stray arrow and both were girlfriends/love interests of Tara Chambler.
    • Though justified by the fact that all the characters live in a Crapsack World were Anyone Can Die with no exceptions to even children and the elderly. Also straight couples haven't had it easy either with one or both members of a couple either end up dying or their happiness being short lived when things inevitably go wrong, so generally no couple on the show has gotten an happy ending or stays happy.
    • Tara herself is still alive along with Aaron and his boyfriend Eric and Tara was also Promoted To Opening Credits in season 7.
  • The spin off/prequel to The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead in it's second season revealed that new main character Victor Strand is in a relationship with a man named Thomas Abigail and is sailing to his home, but when he and the group get there Thomas is revealed to have gotten bit and he eventually dies and Strand shoots him in the head to make sure he doesn't turn.
  • Averted in Orange Is the New Black due to the cast being equal in bisexuals and lesbians as the show takes place in a women's prison and justified as the deaths show how dangerous prison can be.
    • Poussey Washington, is accidentally killed by a guard during a peaceful protest and during the season had just entered into a relationship with Soso and her death was the result of the guard never getting proper training and the other guards' mistreatment of the prisoners.
    • Tricia Miller died from a drug overdose and her drug addiction was from the depression of her girlfriend being released from prison.
    • Generally Poussey and Tricia where the only gay characters killed off on the show with the only other deaths being of straight characters and the other lesbian/bisexual characters fates have mostly been to get sent to Maximum Security Prison or get sent to the SHU, but eventually they usually get sent back to Litchfield or their fates are left unknown.

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    Theater 
  • Sexual exploration and awakening are key themes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Frank N. Furter is the most brazenly sexual and overtly gay character in the cast. Though several characters die throughout the story, it is his death that forms the climax of the show. He is also a murderer, kidnapper and seducer (albeit a hugely charismatic one), so the Depraved Homosexual trope comes into play here too.
  • This seems to be a favorite trope of Tennessee Williams, much of the anguish motivating the protagonists of his two most famous plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof revolves around gay men who commit suicide.
  • The Boys in the Band. Michael both lampshades and inverts the Trope.
    Michael: It's not always the way it is in plays. Not all faggots bump themselves off at the end of the story!
  • Subverted in Angels in America. Although deaths of Prior and Belize's friends are mentioned, the only one of the gay characters to die is Roy Cohn, the malicious, heartless bastard of a closet queen who refuses to think of himself as gay.
  • Subverted in Spring Awakening. Hänschen and Ernst don't appear again after their kiss, which is a pretty good fate, since saying the lives of the heterosexual characters (well, those who are left alive) suck would be an understatement..
  • In RENT, the only character who dies is Angel, a gay male drag queen or trans woman. Mimi, the straight female drug addict, comes close, and likely dies soon after the play ends, but still makes it to the final curtain. The message implied was that Angel was Too Good for This Sinful Earth. A subversion is that the lesbian couple pretty much gets a happier ending than anyone else.
  • The Laramie Project is based off of the real life murder of Matthew Shepard, and the town's reaction to the news. Shepard was beaten and tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, by two men who suspected he was gay (which he was).
  • Parodied to the hilt by Lashings of Ginger Beer in their version of Buffy: The Musical:
    It's true and also sad
    that dykes in mainstream film
    we end up either dead or mad...
  • In The Children's Hour, two schoolteachers, Martha and Karen, have their lives and reputations irrevocably shattered after one of their beastly students spreads a rumor that they are lesbian lovers. After a bitter confrontation with the student's grandmother, and even after the women lose their court case for slander, the big twist is that Martha really did have those feelings for Karen, but never knew how to articulate them until they were spoken by someone else. Karen is accepting of her friend, and suggests they move away and start a new life together. In both the 1960 film and theatre version of the story, Martha kills herself before the night is through. The 1930s film adaptation These Three averts this as Martha is straight and doesn't attempt suicide.
  • Christopher Marlowe's Edward II (1592). The explicitly gay title character and his boyfriend both meet a nasty end. Mind you, so do lots of other people.
  • The Normal Heart, a 1985 play about the dawn of the AIDS epidemic in the gay community in the early '80s. Painfully Truth in Television; it is an essentially autobiographical account of Larry Kramer's founding of the Gay Men's Health Crisis and, later, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). The main character, Ned Weeks, is essentially Kramer; his "great, true love" Felix dies of AIDS at the end of the play, as do several other main characters and hundreds offscreen. The play's raw fury at the government's and the rest of the world's refusal to help — even as the death toll exceeded that of the American Civil War — when the play debuted in '85 is in part credited with bringing national attention to the crisis for the first time.
  • The Lost Girls inverts this trope with its lesbian couple, who are the only surviving camp counselors by the play's end.

    Video Games 
  • In the Japanese Mai-HiME computer game, if you as the main character choose to date Natsuki Kuga, her best friend Shizuru Fujino is so hurt that she kills herself.
  • Sorta subverted but not really in Phantasmagoria 2. Trevor is the last out of four characters to be murdered, and specifically because Curtis loved him the most. However, he also dies right after admitting that he loves Curtis and right before they can kiss. The female love interest survives, apparently remembering that she was, in fact, a character in the game after disappearing from the last half of it or so.
  • Subverted in the Shadow Hearts series, where straight couples kick the bucket with astonishing regularity while gay characters fulfill their romantic relationships.
  • In Star Control 2, practically the only named character to die is Depraved Omnisexual Admiral ZEX.
    • Also applies to the Androsynth race from the original Star Control. Yes, the entire species.
  • The Dragonborn expansion of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim introduces an NPC gay couple. They are dead by the time you get to Solstheim.
  • Inverted in Tales of the Abyss. Camp Gay Dist is the only one of the villains who survives.
  • The Metal Gear Solid series on top of Ho Yay has four non-hetero men. Scott Dolph, bisexual (and black), dies after the prologue in MGS2. Volgin the Big Bad of MGS3, Depraved Bisexual, dies at the end. Raikov, Volgin's lover, can be killed off with no consequences to the story. Then finally there's Vamp who is also a Depraved Bisexual and survives 2, dies in 4.
    • Portable Ops confirms Raikov's survival... well, as long as you rescue him, that is. If you don't, it's fair to assume this happens. Either way, just as in MGS3, it's up to the player to decide his fate.
    • Ocelot is a borderline example: his insane devotion to Big Boss is what gets him killed in the end.
  • In Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror, Mara and Elsa are revealed to be a lesbian couple, and are subsequently killed.
  • In Deadly Premonition, Thomas suffers a rather gruesome death after flipping out and going all Depraved Homosexual (thereby forcing the player to fight him).
  • In The Orion Conspiracy, Devlin discovers that his dead son Danny was gay. Devlin was surprised, because he and Danny had been so distant from each other that Devlin simply did not have a clue. He also finds out that Kaufmann is gay and that he was Danny's boyfriend. Kaufmann and Devlin get into a shouting match, because Kaufmann thinks Devlin disapproves of the relationship. Devlin, on his part, feels that he would not have held that against Danny. Sadly, Kaufmann is found dead and disemboweled shortly afterwards. Devlin finds out later that Captain Shannon killed Danny and Kaufmann. Why? Because Shannon blames Devlin for the death of Shannon's wife, and so he murdered Danny for revenge. Shannon killed Kaufmann to frame Devlin. Naturally, Shannon is planning to kill Devlin. Despite this reasoning, Danny and Kaufmann are the first characters confirmed dead, and they were both gay, so the trope still stands.
  • Played with in Rift: In the Defiant start zone, you're informed that the rebellious bahmi princess Uriel Chuluun was killed in the razing of Meridian. However, it's not until you go back in time to when she's still alive (and thus, actually avert the Bad Future in which she dies) that she's able to meet (and, it would seem, fall for) Kira. Later, you have to save her from herself when she almost goes over to a death cult and almost gets herself killed in the process.
  • Despite Mass Effect 3's generally positive treatment of homosexuality, it still managed to play this trope straight in Lt. Steve Cortez's backstory. His husband was one of the victims of the Collector attacks on human colonies in Mass Effect 2, and poor Cortez was listening over comms as he was taken. His character arc involves Shepard helping him overcome his grief.
    • Additionally, part of his character arc is that he takes dangerous risks as a pilot because he's depressed at the loss of his husband. If you don't resolve his character arc, he does this during the final battle and falls victim to this trope himself. If you complete his arc, he survives.
    • In one of the third game's downloadable expansions, Omega, female turian Nyreen Kandros is introduced as a past love interest of Aria T'Loak. Lingering feelings on both side are depicted, but ultimately Nyreen gets to sacrifice herself to save some civilians and fuel Aria's anger.
    • Mass Effect 2 has Nef, who naturally dies a horrible death as a result of her attraction to Morinth.
  • In the sixth Leisure Suit Larry, the Gay Option results in a Nonstandard Game Over. (Not that the result seemed rather bad, compared to most things that cause game over in these games.)
  • Although not explicitly stated to be gay, Eli Wilkerson from State of Decay is one half of an implied male-on-male couple. After your first encounter with him he catches the Black Fever out of nowhere and dies.
  • In the alpha version of Katawa Shoujo Misha falls into a depression and kills herself by standing in front of a car. The alpha is incomplete, as many of the arcs were vastly rewritten and it was accidentally leaked, but there's no apparent way to stop this. She dies in both the bad and good endings.
  • Life Is Strange, features the death of Chloe Price in one of two distinct endings. The first sees the player allowing her to die in order for the world to become balanced again, the other keeping her alive but destroying the rest of the town instead.
    • It should be noted that of the two endings, Chloe and the main character specifically only ever share a romantic kiss in the ending where Chloe dies. Although Word of God states that the two are romantic no matter what — they just ran out of budget and time to do everything they wanted with the "Chloe Lives" ending.
  • The DLC campaign "Left Behind" in The Last of Us reveals that Ellie's relationship with her best friend, Riley, weren't actually Just Friends and that Ellie and Riley were both bitten and infected when Ellie snuck out of the military academy to go out with Riley. It's implied that Riley eventually succumbed to the infection and turned, while Ellie became immune and never turned.
  • The Grand Theft Auto IV expansion pack "The Ballad of Gay Tony" revolves around the titular character Tony, a gay man and club owner. During the first part of the story, Tony's boyfriend Evan Moss is killed during a diamond deal gone wrong.
  • In Fallout 4's prologue, the player character's lesbian neighbors don't make it into Vault 111 and are nuked.

    Web Animation 
  • There are three homosexual characters in Tactical Noobs, all of whom die horribly within seconds of being introduced. The first blasts himself with a rocket launcher. The second two are flame-throwered by someone who disagrees with their choice to vote Barack Obama for president.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Discussed at After Elton, a gay entertainment site here.

    Western Animation 
  • Surprisingly subverted in Superman: The Animated Series (That is, if you managed to notice it at all), especially since this is a show that is not afraid to say "die". Maggie Sawyer is blown out of her car during an attack by Intergang, and the next shot has her badly burned and motionless beneath a crushing pile of rubble, without moving her eyes or her fingers. Dan Turpin even calls the attackers "murderers" as he screams at them, so everything seems to be indicating that she is really dead... except she is alive, and she returns later on in this and future episodes. In fact, her recovery is the first (and only) appearance of her girlfriend in the series... and Turpin is later Killed Off for Real. Thus making it an outright inversion.
  • Weirdly enough, inverted in Superjail! — a gay couple is one of the few characters to survive every episode.
  • Young Justice did this in a roundabout way. Queen Bee is responsible for the death of Marie Logan, Beast Boy's mother. Queen Bee has the power to use pheromones to control "most men and some women". The comic book tie-in reveals that Queen Bee used her powers on Marie to make her commit suicide. So whatever Marie was, she wasn't straight.

Alternative Title(s): Bring Out Your Gay Dead, Dead Lesbian Syndrome

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