Interviewer: How does it feel to have a huge gay fan base?
Sometimes a work resonates really strongly with the LGBT community, to the point of developing a definitive LGBT demographic.
The reason for this is not always known. Maybe it's intentional Fanservice
, maybe it's merely unintentional Fetish Fuel
, or maybe just relatable Character Development
of an Audience Surrogate
(whether intentional or not). Not all LGBT Fanbases
are unintentional; quite a bit revolves around canon gay or bi characters or relationships. It could be "acceptable" Homoerotic Subtext
by creators who are otherwise straight, as with Samurai Jack
. It could even have started unintentionally but later have been made official
to please the acknowledged fans
, as famously happened with Xena: Warrior Princess
Whatever the case, this trope is for when a work appeals to the gay community as well as the mainstream world.
A LGBT fanbase tends to manifest itself not just in Fan-Art
and Fan Fiction
(not to mention the ubiquitous Rule 34
), but occasionally also in Broken Base
, Unpleasable Fanbase
or Internet Backdraft
. Ho Yay
can be considered a subtrope of LGBT Fanbase
when the fans are gay, but Yaoi Fangirls
and Yuri Fans
do that too. Whichever way you put it, the fans are here, and the fans are queer.
When editing examples, keep in mind that a LGBT fanbase doesn't have to be unintentional
(compare Periphery Demographic
). Also, Ho Yay
by gay fans should go in that article, unless there's more that the gay fanbase especially likes besides just the Ho Yay.
The following works have developed a definite LGBT Fanbase:
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Anime and Manga
- Azumanga Daioh: Kaorin and Sakaki come to mind for obvious reasons, despite the former being essentially demoted to extra later on in the show. Although people tend to pair Yukari and Nyamo together a lot and certain cast members like Osaka have a cult following...
- Bleach: Sajin Komamura. A big anthro wolf. Don't let his appearance terrify you, he's actually one of the nicest guys in Soul Society. Most erotic art of him seems to be M/M. Since he's pretty shy, he works well as a bottom.
- Dai No Dai Bouken: Crocodine, baby!
- Digimon: Especially Leomon, Were Garurumon Exveemon or War Greymon.
- Dragon Ball Z:
- The series is prone to bara LGBT Fanbase, being an anime about giant muscle-bound men and filled with bromance. It's just oozing testosterone. Nappa is the most common candidate, being giant dumb beefcake. Since Goku is naive as a brick, many fantasize that they could lure him to bed with the promise of candy.
- The Furry Fandom LGBT Fanbase seems fond of Giran. On a similar note, many Furries are also a fan of Frieza, mostly for his tail and prehensile feet.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Darius and Heinkel (together or individually) have an immense gay following. Much of the cast consists of muscular men and shirtless scenes abound for the main character.
- Heymans Breda is often beefed up in fanart, as well.
- Envy, being the androgynous male he is.
- The 2003 anime is considered very gay and has a lot of gay fans. Between Alfons and Ed, Edward's lack of caring for his several potential female love interests, Roy and Riza not being quite as obviously romantic (most famously Roy ditching Riza in The Movie to hang with the Elrics and him sinking into a depression when Ed 'dies'), the Elric brothers being obsessed with each other, and Roy's bond with Edward there's no surprise. Winry and Sheska have a nice amount of bonding as well.
- Asuma Sarutobi from Naruto is a popular icon amongst bara fans, with hundreds of Fan-Art and doujinshi dedicated to him.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion with Kaworu.
- Pretty Cure Providing LGBT fanbases Since 2004!
- Wild Knights Gulkeeva. Every male knight, practically without exception. They are very Stripperiffic.
- Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh: Asuka's got both fangirls and fanboys (who are otherwise straight) in the fandom.
- Eyeshield 21 makes for great bara material. The series already has plenty of muscular men, lots of tackling, and more ass shots then you can count.
- Hellsing: There's a huge amount of fanart depicting the Major and Schrodinger.
- Father Anderson has an impressive bara following.
- Gurren Lagann. If Kamina doesn't sell any gay viewer on it, post-Time Skip Simon will, and then there's also the massive amounts of Homoerotic Subtext between them.
- Nabari No Ou, unsurprisingly, has a disproportionate percentage of LGBT fans.
- Code Geass, for its many Ambiguously Gay characters, Camp, and Ho Yay, has been the subject of much queer analysis and appreciation. The creators often tease it in some of the Fanservice material. Lelouch, regardless of how you read his sexual preferences, is a fabulous, fierce badass.
- In Axis Powers Hetalia, Turkey and Grandpa Rome have humongous amounts of gay/bi male fans. Turkey's is so impressive that on Pixiv, there's more erotic art of him than France. Australia and Cuba, while mostly ignored by the majority of the fandom, have also made an impression on gay/bi fanboys.
- Germany himself is a poster man for Hetalia Bara Fandom.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is like a LGBT fanbase's assortment for different audiences:
- Parts 1-3 of the story mainly feature musclebound, stylish men with heaps of Ho Yay involved.
- Parts 4-5 keep the style and bromance aspects intact but adds younger, feminine men to the mix.
- Part 6 genderflips the situation and features mainly strong, masculine women in a prison setting attracting a lot of Les Yay from the fans. Doesn't help that the character in love with the main protagonist was originally intended to be female.
- Part 7 brings back the Ho Yay with the bromance between the two Bishōnen protagonists, as well as a bit of canon Les Yay with the bisexual character Scarlet Valentine.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica has a lot of lesbian and bi/pansexual female fans. Not surprising, as it was ranked the best yuri anime by Biglobe, despite not actually being yuri.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena is popular for Anthy/Utena, and for its deconstruction of gender roles, queer subtext all around, and coming-of-age (coming out?) story.
- Sailor Moon: Various heroes and villains alike span the full LGBT spectrum, quite possibly including Sailor Moon herself. The Nineties anime in particular is notable for introducing a gender-bending version of the Sailor Starlights. Sailor Moon Crystal follows suit, with dispelling fears of not following the manga as closely as they said they would by having Usagi go gaga over girls.
- Lyrical Nanoha, especially Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, is popular amongst lesbian and bisexual anime fans for depicting what's essentially a happy, successful, lesbian couple that then becomes a happy, successful family unit, something that's exceedingly rare even in yuri anime and manga (which tends to end after the courting stage). In fact, Okazu, a blog by Yuricon founder Erica Friedman that focuses on Yuri for the LGBT demographic, listed it as her number 1 yuri anime of 2007.
- Attack on Titan has attracted a large fanbase interested in the side character of Hanji, due to the fact that the gender-neutral wording used to describe the character, as well as a comment made by the author indicate that they might be genderqueer. Kodansha, the company responsible for the English version of the manga, was given special instruction to keep neutral.
- Nanaba too, a character drawn with a mix of features the mangaka uses to signify a character's gender, and who's also referred to in a neutral manner.
- A straighter example can be seen not only with Reiner, whose ambiguous sexuality intrigues a lot of Yaoi Fangirls, but especially with Ymir being confirmed to be a lesbian and in love with Krista, which caused Yuri Fans to come flocking to the series in droves.
- The Wandering Son fanbase is full of transgender people due to the fact the series heavily revolves around realistic interpretations of trans people, specifically trans children.
- Noir attracted a sizable lesbian fanbase due to the ambiguous relationship between the two female leads, and a much less subtle lesbian attraction shown later in the series. Bee Train's next two series in their "Girls With Guns" trilogy, Madlax and El Cazador de la Bruja, attracted similar if not as large groups for the same reasons.
- Mai Hi ME and its followups, in no small part because of the lesbian fanservice that gradually increases upon each season.
- One Stormy Night due to the fact the movie has many parallels between Gabu's and Mei's Interspecies Friendship and a same-gender romance.
- Because of the cast full of ripped pretty boys, Saint Seiya Has a huge male gay fanbase. There is also some Ho Yay subtexts and very effeminate characters as well.
- Bokura no Hentai for all the same reasons that Hourou Musuko is. One of the characters is a barely pubescent trans girl who's taken seriously and another is a gay Wholesome Crossdresser. The series as a whole has a theme about puberty, sexuality, and growing up.
- Princess Jellyfish does well with young women, teen girls, gay men, trans people, and crossdressers of any sexuality. The main male character is a fashionable, androgynous guy who crossdresses because he likes the clothing.
- The protagonist of Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou is a large, bulky fellow who strikes well with bara fanse even if he is a jerk.
- Associated Student Bodies. Back in the 1990s, this was the first significantly successful gay Furry Comic. So much so, that later Furry Comics are a significant improvement if they can avert predictable comparisons to being "ASB with X". Though groundbreaking at the time, it has not aged well compared to newer even more successful gay Furry Comics, and new fanart seldom appears anymore. Nevertheless, considering how influential it has been, reading ASB is still something of a gay furry comics reading rite of passage.
- Astérix has plenty of scenes where Asterix and Obelix embrace, while several of the male characters such as Fulliautomatix are bare-chested and heavily muscular. The athletes in Asterix at the Olympic Games are practically Spartan Adonises in their depiction.
- Blacksad. Holy shit.
- Heathen City Maranatha.
- X-Men has drawn gay parallels since day one. As a result, it has the highest number of queer members and supporting characters of a mainstream comic book franchise: Northstar, Mystique, Destiny, Karma, Anole, Rictor, Shatterstar, Daken, Bling, Greymalkin and Prodigy.
- Most male X-Men are sufficiently buff to have a significant amount of Bara Genre-style fanart of them. While Wolverine is far and away the most popular subject of this, as mentioned below, Cable, Colossus, Beast and Cyclops get quite a bit as well, and even the more lithely-built ones like Gambit, Angel, and Iceman get their share of bara-styled fanworks.
- Many of the characters mentioned above have a fair deal of slash fiction written about them as well.
- Due to strong women being traditionally praised by the gay community, several female X-Men have huge GLBT followings as well. Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue, and Shadowcat in particular stand out the most in this regard.
- Young Avengers, thanks to canon couple Hulking and Wiccan. Though they aren't the only ones. After all, who could resist Tommy in that skin tight suit of his? Or Patriot.
- At one point, the team actually had more LGBT characters than straight ones.
- Deadpool is starting to gain one of these. Probably due to his (almost) canon homosexual relationship with Cable, or his Omnisexuality.
- Spider-Man has a large gay fandom, especially when paired with Venom.
- Justice League International put Booster Gold and Blue Beetle in this category. They squabbled a lot, as one might imagine in a series Played for Laughs.
- Most of Gail Simone's comics, but especially Birds of Prey and Secret Six, the latter especially due to the presence of several canonically queer characters and their relationships.
- 300. Blatant LGBT Fanbase bait.
- If watching 300 doesn't make you long for mansex, you're missing the point entirely.
- The film reviewer from The Advocate called it "the most homoerotic and the most homophobic movie of the year."
- This is especially amusing considering that Leonidas derides the Athenians as "boy lovers" in the film, even though pederasty was quite common in Sparta at the time.
- All About Eve
- Mommie Dearest
- Sherlock Holmes. Holmes and Watson. Most prevalent in the 2009 film where the homoerotic angle was purposefully pushed.
Jude Law [Watson]: I knew enough about Sherlock Holmes to know that there was a lot of unchartered material. I knew [Downey's casting] was going to be something exciting, and therefore the project was going to be something exciting. And as soon as I met him, we got on very well - which is a good sign - and we both agreed that we wanted to really make this a piece about the relationship between Watson and Holmes.
Robert Downey, Jr.. [Holmes]:
I think the word bromance is so passe. We are two men who happen to be roommates who wrestle a lot and share a bed.
- Sunset Boulevard
- The Women
- The Wizard of Oz
- Judy Garland in general, really. It was a Running Gag throughout the 90s that crossdressers loved impersonating her.
- Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
- Calamity Jane, which has some Les Yay between the main female characters. The song "Secret Love" has been interpreted by modern viewers as Jane realizing her love for Katie rather than Bill. This was discussed in The Celluloid Closet.
- The Birdcage, as well as the play it's based on, La Cage aux Folles, natch.
- Cloud Atlas has a pretty sizable LGBT fanbase due to the relationship between Robert Frobisher and Rufus Sixsmith. For example, if one types in the film's name in Tumblr, about half of the results will involve posts revolving around their relationship. It is also popular with transgender viewers due to the numerous Cross Cast Roles and the involvement of transgender producer, writer, and director Lana Wachowski.
- A lot of people view Elsa from Frozen, with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a metaphor for being gay, and she's become a bit of a LGBT icon. It doesn't help the fact she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from Wicked, and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself.
- The X-Men films for reasons similar to the comic book as well as the involvement of gay actor Ian McKellen.
Literature and Mythology
- The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Gender doesn't matter much to vampires.
- Most of Classical mythology — especially Hellenic mythology — falls under this. Homosexual relations were widely accepted and practiced in Ancient Greece, and tolerated in Rome. As a result, vast swathes of Ancient Greek mythological figures have serious Ho Yay going on, and on top of that, many have explicit romantic relationships with the same-sex. Furthermore, most of the Gods were bisexual. Things were toned down in Roman times (the original Narcissus myth had him spurning a male suitor) but a lot still lingered on. Greek mythology has subsequently inspired a lot of homoerotic art, such as this painting◊ of Apollo cradling Hyacinth.
- Poseidon and Nerites. They mutually fell in love (that's huge by Greek Mythology standards) and even had a son together (a son who went on to become the God of Reciprocated Love). Unfortunately, things didn't end well for them, after Helios (or Aphrodite in some versions) turned Nerites into a shellfish because he was jealous.
- The Bible, namely the story of David and Jonathan. Though David had no fewer than eight wives, he was said to have loved Jonathan with a passion above all other people. The Ho Yay of this relationship has been acknowledged and celebrated in art at least since the Middle Ages (and likely earlier as well).
- Ruth and Naomi have some significance in the lesbian community as well.
- Older Than Dirt: The Epic of Gilgamesh and its lasting appeal. Gilgamesh and Enkidu and all their abundant naked Ho Yay. It seems naked gay guys have been falling in love and "wrestling" for many millions of years, regardless of their species. And for as long as beings have been socially acknowledging, there have been those that have found it heartwarming and emotionally uplifting.
- Nearly any mythological hero or Worthy Opponent in a world of ambiguous or blatantly homoerotic sexuality. Heracles, the Minotaur, Zephyrus and Hyacinth, Cú Chulainn, Beowulf...
- The novel Carrie by Stephen King, along with its film adaptations. It's very easy to read Carrie's powers as a metaphor for homosexuality, and the plot as a Coming-Out Story Gone Horribly Wrong. Carrie is a shy, sweet girl who's bullied mercilessly by her classmates, she has a trait that makes her different (not evil, just different), and when she reveals this trait to her fanatically Christian mother (whose preferred method of punishing her is locking her in a prayer closet), her mother claims that she's been tempted by Satan and later tries to murder her. Finally embracing this trait results in tragedy and ultimately gets the girl killed — and in some versions, she kills herself.
- The Land of Oz novel The Marvelous Land Of Oz concerns a boy named Tip who seeks Princess Ozma, the rightful ruler of Oz. Tip later finds out that he is Ozma, who was transformed into a boy by a witch when she was young. The novel ends with Ozma being restored to her original gender, a happy ending that resonates with many transgender readers. There is also a healthy helping of Les Yay between Ozma and Dorothy in later books.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Particularly revolving around Willow and Tara's canon relationship, but the fans also leap upon the (occasionally intentional) Ho Yay between other characters. Joss Whedon has explicitly stated that relationships on the show are "BYO Subtext." The LOGO channel also frequently reruns the show.
- Degrassi The Next Generation. Marco's storyline is blatant LGBT Fanbase bait.
- There's also the relationship between Alex and Paige (who is either bisexual or considers Alex an exception.) The later seasons have Riley coming to terms with his homosexuality.
- Adam brought in many transgender fans.
- Doctor Who. As of 2012, the Doctor is snogging guys just for fun (an element that got introduced in the novels in the late 90's).
- Doctor Who had attracted a large LGBT fanbase during the original series as well, as Show Runner Russell T Davies had repeatedly referenced on his previous show Queer as Folk ("Oh my God, you've got Genesis of the Daleks!"). This is commonly ascribed to the show's long-time No Hugging, No Kissing policy, which made the Doctor one of the few TV protagonists whose heterosexuality wasn't rammed down the audience's throat. And the fact that it was about a clever, snarky, flamboyantly-dressed hero who defeated bullying authoritarians with guile rather than violence.
- In the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels, Scream of the Shalka, it's entirely deliberate.
- The Doctor Who Spin-Off Torchwood has a strong LGBT fanbase due to having an unapologetically Extreme Omnisexual as its star and several gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters.
- Blake's 7. All the way. It was one of the first major slash fandoms and from the late Nineties onwards, new fans have mostly trickled in because of the slash. The main fan-run Blake's 7 convention, Redemption, regularly features slash panels. This makes the somewhat homophobic, anti-slash copyright owners rather uneasy.
- Glee, with its gay creator, several gay actors, and handling of gay story lines, has quite the gay fanbase.
- Brittany and Santana's relationship went from background LesYay to throwaway joke to full story arc due in no small part to the LGBT Fanbase Brittana attracted.
- House does this with House and Wilson, and sometimes to a lesser degree with House and his male team members. This probably started off accidental, but by the fourth season it was obvious the writers were running with it.
- In the 6th season they raised the tease to high art, complete with an episode where Wilson "proposes" to House as part of a ploy to keep him from sleeping with their new neighbor.
- The Dan Schneider stable of shows include, iCarly, Victorious and Drake & Josh all managed to pick up an ongoing LGBT fanbase.
- iCarly because of Sam's ambiguously lesbian, probably bisexual, tendencies, the Les Yay between Carly and Sam, and that any plot involving Carly, Sam and a third female, turns into a Love Triangle, or at least looks like UST, such as the Missy/Sam Foe Yay example, and the Carly/Shelby one.
- Not to mention the guest star who kissed another girl on the lips.
- Victorious, again, the Les Yay is piled on from the start, with the Foe Yay style UST relationship between Jade and Tori, and Cat's crush apparent on Jade.
- Drake & Josh picked up the slash fans, with the damn near canon relationship between the titular step-brothers.
- Back when Alex Cabot was still on the show (pick a season, any season. She's the ADA for five out of eleven of them, even after she died.), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit had a reputation for having a large lesbian fanbase, due to the blatant Les Yay between Alex and Olivia, which Executive Producer Neal Baer not only acknowledged, but deliberately strung along.
- Stephanie March (Alex) said that she thinks Alex/Olivia is entirely possible - they may even have been together, a la the Grissoms, for a long while. Which is spectacular.
- Neighbours, specifically with regard to Libby and Steph, who have a substantial lesbian following.
- Power Rangers S.P.D., specifically Doggie Cruger, who became an instant Bara Genre icon.
- His counterpart from SPD's source material, Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger, is submissive (and VERY muscular) in almost every erotic pic of him (even if it's straight!)
- Queer as Folk due to taking place in Manchester's gay village and having several gay main characters.
- Rizzoli & Isles has this in spades. Which is unsurprising, considering it's a pair of Heterosexual Life-Partners played by Abbie Carmichael and Kate Todd.
- Skins positively exploded with this during Maxxie from the first generation for the gay men, as well as Naomi and Emily's relationship for lesbians. With the introduction of the third generation, Franky and Mini's relationship got this fan support as well.
- Star Trek, which was conceived as taking place in a time when all humanity had overcome all its internal prejudices. It's had plenty of homoeroticism, strong characters and is about a group of peace-loving space scientists overcoming all manners of danger through unity and with a shared, near-unbreakable sense of morality. Not to mention it made Slash Fic a thing.
- Although Star Trek is notable for Ho Yay to the point of inspiring the first Slash Fic, the fact that there are no canonically gay or bi characters in the series has led to complaints.
- Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine could be construed as averting this. However, the nature of the Trill as a joined species leaves this open to interpretation. In the episode "Rejoined" Jadzia contemplates entering into a lesbian relationship with a lover from one of her past lives. This is seen as a taboo in Trill society, while nobody ever mentions having a problem with same-sex relationships. The subtext is still undeniably there.
- Jadzia is a big old ball of ambiguous coding. She has been male and female, and had relationships with both men and women. This can often make her seem non-heterosexual and gender queer.
- Supernatural. This even happens in-series when a prophet turns his visions of the Winchesters' lives into a series of books. Our heroes are horrified to discover people are writing Slash Fic of them, and a later episode involves them going to an actual Supernatural convention and meeting a gay couple who cosplay as them. This is despite the fact that they are brothers, and each sleeps with quite a few women.
- True Blood. The creator is gay, so there is plenty of homoerotic fanservice.
- Xena: Warrior Princess. Xena and Gabrielle weren't lovers at first, but by the end of the series due to the huge LGBT fanbase they were declared to be soulmates, destined to hook up in every single lifetime, and every incarnation, forever. In fact, their future selves were married. And even clones made from the DNA of their Ancient Greek incarnations hooked up the very day that they became sentient. Even their own mysteriously similar-looking ancestors hook up. And for some reason, Joxer is always with them.
- Merlin, with its central relationship being that of Arthur and Merlin (both played by young men in this version), and the fact that the actors Colin Morgan and Bradley James are Heterosexual Life-Partners. However, there has been some Creator Backlash to this, with one of the head writers claiming that: "we don't pander to that lot."
- And yet, in the very first episode they have the Dragon say "A half cannot truly hate that which makes it whole." Which is about as unsubtle as you can get on the subject of their relationship.
- Not to mention, co-stars Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby both appear to ship both Arthur/Merlin and Morgana/Gwen, at least going by the DVD commentary.
- Pretty Little Liars, a show aimed at teenagers, is ridiculously popular among adult lesbian and bisexual women thanks to lesbian main character Emily Fields.
- The Secret Circle had a decent lesbian following. Though none of the girls are known to be gay, the close friendships between Cassie and Diana, and Faye and Melissa definitely fuel things. Plus there's also the Foe Yay between Faye with both Cassie and Diana. Les Yay ship teasing is not only played up in the show ("I would do anything for my best friend"), but also by the cast & creator on Twitter ("Fayana was here").
- The After Elton website has a section dedicated to live-action dramas (especially Soap Operas) like this called "Gays Of Our Lives".
- Anthony D. Langford also started uploading parts of soaps on YouTube that focused on male relationships. For example, uploading the Luke and Reid parts of As the World Turns.
- Once Upon a Time: The large amount of Les Yay (possibly inevitable in a show with as many major female characters as this one has) probably contributes a lot. However, recent seasons have received some backlash as female characters in popular femslash pairings have since been given male love interests, prompting accusations of queerbaiting.
- The Catherine Tate Show has an In-Universe example of a female pop star who had many gay fans.
- Project Runway, unsurprisingly since it has one of the highest percentages of LGBT contestants on television, what with it being about fashion designers.
- Similarly, Ru Pauls Drag Race, seeing as the cast is entirely Drag Queens, guest stars include many LGBT celebrities as judges and it airs on LOGO. It's also one of the most diverse shows in terms of race and has featured several trans* contestants.
- The Golden Girls huge gay following (and LGBT channel LOGO plays weekly marathons of the series) probably because the show was very gay-conscious even at a time when it wasn't acceptable. Besides Coco in the pilot, there are entire episodes dealing with AIDS, crossdressing, gay marriage, coming out, accepting gay family members, and one that addressed non-family members trying to see their loved ones in the hospital.
- Lost Girl due to the protagonist Bo being an example of a positively portrayed bisexual and the respect with which her relationship with Lauren Lewis is treated.
- Aside from having one of its main characters as a producer of Musical Theater, The Nanny is quite taken with the gay community, the show itself having a few positive gay one-off characters, not to mention the Ho Yay relationship between Maxwell and Niles and the Les Yay relationship triangle between Fran, Val, and C.C.
- Faking It has both an LGBT Fanbase and an LGBT Hatedom (the latter mostly for believing the show is either queer-baiting, implying that one can choose to turn being gay on and off like a light switch, or implying that being gay is a path to popularity rather than bullying). The Fanbase ships Karma and Amy, despite their relationship being a ruse...at least at first.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., mostly due to the addition of Agent Victoria Hand, who is a lesbian in the comics, as a recurring character. This would make her the first LGBT character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Same-sex pairings amongst the main characters are also popular and the fandom even has their own hastag: #superqueeros.
- Orange Is The New Black has a strong LGBT fanbase due to its multiple LGBT characters and a transgender character played by a transgender actress.
- Female pop musicians (tragic personal lives optional) with gay followings have nearly become a cliche, to the point where said musicians often comment on it and occasionally come out themselves. Examples include Lady Gaga (the most famous case, and a bisexual herself), Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Robyn, Dolly Parton, Marina And The Diamonds, Tegan And Sara, Beyoncé, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand.
- AC/DC, due to what the term means in the gay community, had a large gay following, which the band embraced.
- Judas Priest, because of Rob Halford being out as gay.
- X Japan, both in Japan and later the west, for a variety of reasons, including quite a lot of onstage Ho Yay, the rose motifs (gay men in Japan are described as "the rose tribe" so...), lyrics embracing gay sex and love ballads that weren't "man to woman" but could be "anyone to anyone," Toshi and Yoshiki and by extension the band being some of the first most outspoken celebrity HIV/AIDS activists in Japan, that nearly all of the band members are attractive to gay or bisexual men in one way or another (Yoshiki being a princess and often fitting The Twink / "neko" image at points yet subverting and inverting it wildly and hide's absolute androgyny on one side, with Toshi being Hell-Bent for Leather and dominant, Taiji being a Badass Biker, and Pata being The Stoic and Hell-Bent for Leather, and all except hide frequently showing off just how much they averted the "Asians are tiny in all ways" stereotype), and many, many other reasons. As of The New Tens, two band members are relatively out about their own bisexuality (Yoshiki is more quiet, but has made public statements about a late band member being his soulmate, whereas Pata has even released official yaoi-themed fan art) with a third either being Ambiguously Gay or the best actor at playing a gay man ever (Toshi, with his love for leather, the Samurai and Bear aesthetics, his songs "Crystal Piano no Kimi," "Hoshizora no Neptune," and "Pride of Man," and who has even earned a bit of Bara Genre fandom as of late because he matches the "bara" aesthetic so well.) It could be argued the only unquestionably heterosexual man in the band is Heath, and even he draws a lot of Yaoi Fangirl attention, usually being paired with Yoshiki or Pata in Slash Fic, as well as once being propositioned at a party by a male singer from another band.
- The White Stripes cover of "Jolene". Jack White didn't change the gender of the song (originally sung by Dolly Parton, a woman), so the song becomes about a relationship between a gay man and his bisexual lover in which the latter is going to leave him for a woman. Unsurprisingly this song earned them a huge amount of controversy, but won them a great deal of gay fans in the process.
- Curiously, that was not the first time "Jolene" were presented in a male voice, with the lyrics performed intact. In early 80's, the band The Sisters Of Mercy used to present "Jolene" in the shows, sung in the deep baritone voice of Andrew Eldritch. From this time, also, is another Sisters of Mercy cover, also in the same Eldritch's voice: Abba's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" (sporting the verse "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! A man after midnight!" also without any kind of gender change).
- Brazilian singer Marina Lima cover of the song "Mesmo que Seja Eu", originally composed and sung by a man, Erasmo Carlos. The verses "Vocę precisa de um homem pra chamar de seu/Mesmo que esse homem seja eu" (in english: "You need a man to cal yours/Even if this man just be me") sung on a female voice immediatly drawed attention of the Brazilian lesbian community. Is recognized nowdays as a sort of hymn of the brazilian lesbians living in prisional environments (due to the context of the lyrics as a whole: about loneliness, shattered dreams and bad companies).
- Swedish wartime diva Zarah Leander was embraced by gay men in Germany, thanks to songs like “Kann die Liebe sünde sein,” with definite subtext coded in the lyrics from her gay male songwriters.
- Dolly Parton has quite the gay fanbase, and has participated in quite a bit of LGBT activism and held events at Dollywood. Then there was the time she entered a Dolly Parton look a like contest anonymously with a bunch of Drag Queens (and lost).
- The Village People: The stereotypical masculine characters, particularly the leather-clad biker character with a horseshoe mustache, have become widespread pop culture icons associated with gay culture and Y.M.C.A. has become something of an anthem of the LGBT community.
- BioWare is very aware that there is a large portion of their fanbase that are not heterosexual males. They have incurred a certain amount of fame (or infamy) for their gay and bisexual characters, and Gay Option romance sidequests, enough to generate controversey over Mass Effect not having a gay male option until the third game (a Male Shepherd/Kaiden romance was Dummied Out in the first game). They even managed to sneak the first openly gay character into the Star Wars Expanded Universe, over the objection of LucasArts. When some idiot objected to the idea that a male character could hit on his male character, lead writer David Gaider fired back with this:
David Gaider: The romances in the game are not for "the straight male gamer". They're for everyone. We have a lot of fans, many of whom are neither straight nor male, and they deserve no less attention....And if there is any doubt why such an opinion might be met with hostility, it has to do with privilege. You can write it off as "political correctness" if you wish, but the truth is that privilege always lies with the majority. They're so used to being catered to that they see the lack of catering as an imbalance. They don't see anything wrong with having things set up to suit them, what's everyone's fuss all about? That's the way it should be, any everyone else should be used to not getting what they want...And the person who says that the only way to please them is to restrict options for others is, if you ask me, the one who deserves it least. And that's my opinion, expressed as politely as possible.
- Ace Attorney. This behavior is encouraged by the absolutely massive kink meme. As for Apollo Justice series? Go for BL.
- One of the characters is Dick Gumshoe, a buff, scruffy, battered puppy of a man who is in desperate need of some love. The fans deliver, though they aren't particularly kind to him.
- Phoenix Wright is probably 3/4th way in this fandom.
- Miles Edgeworth does tend to get the brunt of it, though, between his frilly attire, lack of interest in his masses of female admirers and constant Ho Yay with Phoenix Wright.
- Godot/Diego Armando's fandom is also not scarce. If you don't see him paired up with Mia, there are abundant fanarts and fictions that paired him with Phoenix.
- Battletoads. This now-obscure 1990s video game franchise used a Paper-Thin Disguise Excuse Plot about saving a girl to unleash one of the single most homoerotic video games in existence. For some reason, in particular, Big Blag the Lightning Bruiser Leather Man has a LGBT quotient as potent as Bowser, except not nearly as well known. All this from the same game that gave us The Dark Queen.
- The Breath of Fire series, which almost seemed to be a foregone conclusion considering it was already very popular in the Furry Fandom. The greatest LGBT Fanbase seems to go to Garr and Rei from Breath of Fire III and to Cray from Breath of Fire IV.
- Dangan Ronpa and its sequel has a large queer fanbase due to several characters who act in gender-defying ways (including a Wholesome Crossdresser who many fans interpret as Transgender) and a decent amount of Ho Yay and Les Yay.
- FEDA. Ain MacDougal and Arby Hcszeool have both become Stripperiffic Bara Genre icons.
- Final Fantasy IV. Golbez has been showing up more often in bara, thanks to the sequel The After Years revealing that Golbez is a tall, dark, and handsome muscle-bound hunk with flowing white hair like his brother underneath the armor.
- Final Fantasy VI. Sabin René Figaro occasionally shows up in Bara Genre. Cyan Garamonde would also seem like a good candidate, but LGBT Fanbase of him is surprisingly scarce(which may related to him being married man).
- Cid Highwind, the gruff, constantly swearing airship pilot from Final Fantasy VII, is often depicted as full-fledged beefcake in Bara Genre fanworks these days. This may be due to his appearance in Advent Children being rather brawnier than in the game.
- Final Fantasy X, mostly Kimahri, Wakka, Auron, and Jecht.
- Final Fantasy XI. The muscled-out Stripperiffic Galka are a One-Gender Race, confirmed all male by Word of God. Figure out the implications yourself. Needless to say, there is a lot of gay-appealing fanart of these guys.
- The Galkas lived on an island by themselves for hundreds, if not thousands of years before they migrated to the mainland of Vana'diel. Think about that for a moment, you are either going to have nightmares or pleasant dreams from that one.
- Also the Mithra for the yuri crowd.
- Similarly, the Stripperiffic Femme Fatale Viera in Final Fantasy XII and related continuity. If they aren't a full-on One-Gender Race, they seem to be at least a one gender society, as there are no male Viera anywhere in evidence in their village, or referred to even in passing. As their culture is also very different from the local human societies, it creates a lot of speculation.
- Word of God does state that Viera are a completely sex segregated society - females live in one village, males in another, and they only communicate with each other when required.
- In a similar vein, the Bangaa race from the same game and the Final Fantasy Tactics spin offs. The Bangaa are mostly displayed as muscled lizardmen that are either jerks, brutes, or have a lot of muscle to throw around in a fight, but many people in the fandom tend to view them as hunky beefcakes, especially in Final Fantasy XII where the majority of the Bangaa are modeled with a vest and no shirt or just plain shirtless. The Bangaa are quite popular in the Furry Fandom.
- Basch, and occasionally Gabranth as well, get beefed up in bara-style art of them. Balthier, too, every once in a while, but he's more of a Bishōnen.
- Final Fantasy XIII seems to have quite the yuri-inclined fandom...Probably due to all the blatant Les Yay between Fang and Vanille. At one point, Fang actually looks up Vanille's skirt to check her L'Cie mark, though, and also says she would tear down the sky for her. Oh, and the skirt-lifting happened immediately after a rather close hug, during which Vanille's hand is on Fang's breast.
- If the developers had gone with their original plan for Fang to be a male character, and nothing else about the final product were different, no one would be arguing that Fang and Vanille were anything BUT a couple.
- Snow himself is getting this treatment from the Bara Genre crowd. He even gets paired with honorable King of Bara, Chris Redfield!
- Gadot is fairly popular, as well, thanks to his muscular physique and his chest-baring er, "outfit" (if you can call it that).
- The Behemoths of the Final Fantasy series have become fairly popular to anthropomorphize as muscled male studs. Most examples are Rule 34, and very decidedly Not Safe for Work. The fact that they have become increasingly anthropomorphized in appearance in later Final Fantasy games has only accelerated this. Here's a (relatively) worksafe example.
- Special mention must go to the Narasimha from Final Fantasy XIII-2. Built like a brick house, wears a pair of woefully inadequate shorts and nothing else, and you can recruit one!
- Gears of War. All the main leads are so very, very buff and manly that it invites LGBT Fanbase.
- Opinions may differ on Knack's gameplay, but there's no denying that Doctor Vargas is one heck of a DILF! And Ryder's quite baralicious, too!
- The Legend of Zelda. There's something about Ganondorf that makes him quite the LGBT bait. In addition, the hero Link was voted hottest video game character by the LGBT magazine "Out." (He's also been known to inspire Stupid Sexy Flanders moments in straight male fans.)
- Mario. Mario himself to a degree, but far outshadowered by Bowser. A big hairy strong guy wearing spikes and leather and nothing else? Bowser oozes testosterone, and attracts tons of testosterone-y fans. Though both Mario and Bowser are portrayed as straight in a struggle over Peach, Foe Yay inevitably ensues.
- Metal Gear. Damn. Though all the guys want Big Boss, there's a significant gay fandom for Solid Snake.
- It's the source of a fair amount of LGBT Fanbase, which is perhaps not surprising, since Solid Snake and Big Boss are both handsome, muscular military men who get involved in a lot of Ho Yay. It's basically what Wolverine is to Westerners.
- Morenatsu. A Dating Sim always intended for a gay audience, but has spawned viral Memetic Mutation of fanart by countless different artists. People in the Furry Fandom are more likely to see lots of its fanart before ever finding out that it is actually a game.
- Red Earth. Leo, duh.
- Fire Emblem has a small but growing fanbase, rooted in the same-sex supports, courtesy of loads and loads of Ho Yay. The most prominent examples include Lucius and Raven's supports from Blazing Sword, Joshua and Gerik from Sacred Stones, and most of the male children from the future (and Severa and Kjelle) from Awakening.
- Chris Redfield of Resident Evil has become a pretty huge presence in Bara Genre fanart due to his Rated M for Manly makeover in Resident Evil 5. It's intensified in Resident Evil: Revelations with his unlockable outfit
- Shining Wind. Rouen sees a lot of Kemono Bara Genre fanart.
- Norman Jayden and Carter Blake from Heavy Rain are paired together in the fandom more than Ethan and Madison, who at least have an optional sex scene.
- Sonic the Hedgehog and Shadow get this treatment a lot thanks to the fact that: a. they have fur b. in the furry circles, they're both considered attractive, and c. they have a massive amount of Foe Yay between them.
- Sonadow is definitely a Furry Fangirl favorite, even if little between them in the games is romantic in any way.
- Meanwhile, the Sonic / Tails pairing has had a strong following since the beginning. Though Tails tends to be paired with just about anyone.
- Star Fox. In Japan, the most common fan-pairing is Fox with Falco, in both tame romance and in Rule 34. (Even Fox and Krystal are not paired as often overall.) Other popular LGBT pairings include Fox with Wolf, James with Peppy, Wolf with Leon, or Wolf with Leon and Panther. In the West, all the above also are paired to some degree, but have long been utterly eclipsed in popularity by non-LGBT pairing of Fox with Krystal. Krystal hasn't had quite the popularity in Japan she's had in the West, and even the writers have been increasingly unkind to her.
- Star Ocean: Till the End of Time. Adray Lasbard is a Walking Shirtless Scene Badass Grandpa with sex appeal. There is Bara Genre, yes there is.
- Touhou. With a predominately female cast (there have been exactly six male characters out of over a hundred in the entire series—of those six, only three are even remotely human—of those three, only one is alive), the Touhou fanbase is a breeding ground for happy yuri fans. ZUN seems to be aware of this and has actually admitted that he likes the idea of his characters paired together, although he hasn't said which pairings he likes (although Marisa and Alice are hinted at in canon). Most of the Touhou fans are male by the way.
- Wild ARMs 2 had tall, dark and hunky Gentle Giant / Mighty Glacier Brad Evans, who was sweetly devoted to his war buddy Billy Pilder. While debate continues over whether they were actually intended to be gay, their Tear Jerker Ho Yay has made Brad a video game Straight Gay icon. Brad and Billy might have been Heterosexual Life-Partners, if not for there being zero demonstration of their heterosexuality and all evidence to the contrary.
- World of Warcraft. Asric and Jadaar, Koltira and Thassarian, and Quae and Kinelory are the most obvious ones that come to mind.
- Street Fighter gets a lot of love from Bara Genre fans. Heterosexual Life-Partners Ken and Ryu get the most fan works, but there's also plenty rule #34 of Zangief. You can expect to find bara-style art of almost any male character, given that most of them are muscular and often shirtless.
- Blanka gets quite a lot, too.
- Not surprising with Urien, given that he already looks an oiled-up bodybuilder in a white bikini in the games.
- Abel and El Fuerte when Street Fighter IV was released. One of Akuma's alternate costumes had him wear nothing except a fundoshi, a rope belt, and some torn cloth.
- Tekken, in the same vein as Street Fighter. Any series with lots of half-naked muscular men fighting each other is bound to have lots of homoerotic fanart. The later series added customizable outfits for the characters. For male characters, this often allowed them to fight shirtless or in wrestling singlets and trunks.
- The pairings of Kazuya/Lee and Jin/Hwaorang respectively are quite popular for their Foe Yay. Likewise, bara art featuring King and Marduk (and occasionally Armor King as well) became popular after the fifth game.
- Mortal Kombat, at least the early installments, is a giant Walking Shirtless Scene source for several male fighters. And thanks to the movie, Johnny Cage and Goro have a nicely developed Foe Yay potential that wouldn't have existed otherwise.
- Team Fortress 2 anyone? The all-male cast has lead to a variety of shipping opportunities, a surprising chunk of which involve the 40 or 50-something Medic and the bulky Heavy.
- Soul Series gives us Rock who is much beloved in the Bara community.
- Pokémon has plenty of bara style art, of both human characters and Pokémon. Machop's evolutionary line is by far the most popular choice. Popular human characters include Lt. Surge, Bruno, Giovanni, Koga, Chuck, Brawly, Byron, Drayden, Marshal, and Alder.
- All the main characters from the Punch-Out!! franchise to varying extents. For whatever reason King Hippo seems especially popular, even more so than the Camp Disco Kid or Mountain Man Bear Hugger.
- Carpe Diem.
- Last Res0rt.
- Penny and Aggie.
- Roommates 2009
- Vinci and Arty is a Furry Webcomic about a canonically gay couplenote living together, and as such gets a fair bit of interest from the LGBT portion of the Furry Fandom.
- Homestuck features an entire race of Everyone Is Bi trolls. Because of this (as well as a lot of Ho Yay, at least one canonically queer human character, and thoughtful treatment of queerness altogether) it has become rather popular among LGBT people. Kanaya is especially popular. Other queers include: Dirk is gay, Jake is bisexual or pansexual, and Rose is in a relationship with the aforementioned Kanaya (though whether she's a lesbian or bi/pan is fairly ambiguous, she's definitely queer). The only ones confirmed to not be gay are John and (offhandedly) Jane, and there's some evidence towards the former being asexual.
- Doug Walker is more than happy to flirt with his male fans, indulge them in the occasional marriage proposals or brag about them finding his Suburban Knights Panty Shot hot. His getting married to his long-term girlfriend has not lessened this fanservice. All this is why the excessive amounts of Critic!Reboot homophobic humor is getting complained about so much.
- Tangentially related to Doug Walker, above, fellow internet reviewers Linkara and Spoony have a not-inconsiderable LGBT fanbase, particularly Linkara. While his works are enjoyable by any demographic, he does have a fair number of non-heterosexual fans. Some of this may have to do with his personality as much as the show he produces and the characters he plays—he is openly feminist as well as very supportive of LGBT rights. Spoony plays a little more to Ho Yay in some of his collaborations with Linkara ("You are giving the slash ficcers material!"), obviously aware of what some fans are seeing.
- Welcome to Night Vale has a pretty large queer following, considering its only featured canon couple is a gay couple.
- RWBY has a mostly female cast and a predominantly male fanbase, as well as a queer female fanbase in Tumblr.
- Biker Mice from Mars. Shirtless, muscular anthropomorphic mice who ride motorcycles and are fond of wrestling one another? Yes.
- Gargoyles. Goliath, Brooklyn and Broadway are all LGBT Fanbase favorites, and to a lesser extent even Hudson is featured. But Lexington, the only actual Word of Gay character, is too much of The Twink for the Bara Genre crowd.
- Goof Troop. Oh Pete, you sexy beast. Rule 34 of him (sometimes even paired with PJ) occasionally pops up.
- Jem and the Holograms has a large gay male fanbase. So much so that Out Magazine did an interview with Jem's voice actress about it.
- Kim Possible. Most Fan Fic Writers Are Girls, almost all Kim Possible Fan Fic is about a lesbian relationship between Kim and Shego, so some girls must be working out some issues for one of the two.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is already known for its large adult male fanbase (Fan Nicknamed "bronies"). But there is a particular LGBT fanbase for Big Macintosh. Rule 34 of him is also abundant, including as a Petting Zoo Person and even Race Lifted as a human male.
- There is also a small but fervent cluster of trans fans who headcanon certain ponies as trans. Rainbow Dash or Scootaloo as FTM, and Fluttershy or Rarity as MTF, are particularly popular.
- The Ren & Stimpy Show, later aided by Word of Gay.
- Road Rovers. Exile and his "weird boy" Blitz. Hunter seemed oddly disinterested in the flirtatious Colleen, for some odd reason.
- Robin Hood. Specifically the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1973 Disney animated feature.
- Samurai Jack. How can he not, when he spends half the show nearly naked (and one episode fully naked)?
- SpongeBob SquarePants, to the point where extreme conservative religious figures occasionally condemned it as part of "the homosexual agenda".
- SWAT Kats. Fans had no trouble picking up the Ho Yay between the two main characters, even with them both being clearly interested in the opposite sex.
- Disney's Tarzan. Admit it, you saw it coming from miles away.
- Mulan has quite the following among young trans men (especially on Tumblr) who grew up wanting to be Ping and saw themselves in both "Reflection" and "I'll Make A Man Out Of You."
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Especially Bebop and Rocksteady. And more controversially, the Turtles among themselves. This is also helped along with various incidents along the way that were borderline Ho Yay.
- The Venture Bros.:
- Wild West COW Boys Of Moo Mesa. More manly anthropomorphic characters, in the form of three Cowboys.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) gets this a lot. Considering Prince Adam is soft-spoken, likes to cook, and wears pink and lavender with furry underpants over his tights, and he transforms into a muscular barbarian when he 'holds his sword aloft'. She-Ra: Princess of Power tends to attract a lot of this as well. Just look at Bo.
- Daria has run on LOGO. Granted, many fans tend to see Les Yay in Daria and Jane's relationship, but every major character is canonically straight. Daria's repeated struggles with everyone who kept trying to change her just for the convenience of easily grouping her together with the other kids resonated with many Gay fans.
- Adventure Time:
- Marceline/Bubblegum had quite a bit of fanart. But thanks to the "What Was Missing" episode and the Recap video, the pairing has garnered a huge following with lots of fanart. Natasha Allegri, the show's character designer, made suggestive art of the two as well. They even starred in a six issue comic book series together. "Sky Witch" then tease the two like "What Was Missing" did, only about a hundred times more.
- Transgender and genderqueer fans have gravitated towards BMO due to the character's gender ambiguity.
- A very large percentage of the Drawn Together fandom is LGBT, mostly due to Everyone Is Bi and the surprisingly positive portrayal of the token gay character.
- Batman: The Animated Series had Harley and Ivy as two very close 'best friends', confirmed by Word of Gay to be on-and-off. It's since become rare to talk of either without each other and they've gained a large LGBT fanbase.
- Bluto from Popeye is adored by Bara Genre fans.
- Many job occupations have earned the LGBT Fanbase of gay men everywhere, especially the manliest, most rugged and hottest-looking careers. Sometimes the Hot Men At Work don't have to be from modern times, but can be from occupations Older Than Dirt. Certain careers have since been glamorized in LGBT Fanbase because of either a famous gay person or a person who otherwise achieved gay icon status — for example, divers, after the fame of gay American diver Greg Louganis. Anderson Cooper appears to have also done the same for newscasting.
- Various famous people past and present have developed significant gay admiration today, and often believed to have been gay or bi. Examples that are either straight or of unclear sexuality include:
- This tends to happen with medieval Arabic and Persian poetry, since in order not to ruin a woman's honour, Islamic poets often wrote odes to beautiful young boys. And in mystical Sufi poetry, God was seen as a distant, teasing beloved, also male—the poems were about agape but presented through eros. Historians and translators often throw apoplectic fits when gay readers dare love poets like Rumi because of the m/m symbolism.
- There are a number of straight male athletes who have large gay followings, to which they respond with varying degrees of warmth; some, like rugby star Ben Cohen, go so far as to pose for nude pictures and market them to their male fans.
- Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen) has quite a few gay fans. He has lampshaded this in interviews, but has said that he really loves his gay fanbase.
- The WNBA has a healthy LGBT fanbase, and has embraced it over the years. Most teams hold annual Pride Nights, mixers, or both. Not all players are welcoming.
- The Golden State Warriors (the NBA team in San Francisco) hosts an annual Pride Night. The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team does the same as well.
- Judy Garland had a large LGBT fanbase. In fact, it's believed that her song "Over the Rainbow" is what inspired the LGBT movement's Rainbow Flag.
- Tammy Faye Messner, one of the few prominent Christian televangelists to support LGBT rights.