LGBT Fanbase

Interviewer: How does it feel to have a huge gay fan base?
Joey: Really, me? Wow, I don’t even know any huge gay people.

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 (plus the ubiquitous Rule 34), but occasionally also in Het Is Ew, 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 
  • The protagonist of Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou is a large, bulky fellow who strikes well with bara fans, even if he is a jerk.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • The series has attracted a large fanbase interested in the side character of Hanji, as 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, although Word of God states that she's female.
    • There's Reiner, whose ambiguous sexuality intrigues a lot of Yaoi Fangirls, and especially Ymir for being confirmed to be a lesbian and in love with Krista, which caused Yuri Fans to come flocking to the series in droves.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Black Butler features rampant Ho Yay between many of the bishonen cast members, as well as Les Yay between the females. It has quite the fanbase.
  • 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.
  • Bokura no Hentai for all the same reasons that Wandering Son does. One of the characters is a barely pubescent trans girl who's taken seriously, another is a gay crossdresser, and an important character is a bi Wholesome Crossdresser (who later quits but is still flamboyant and campy). The series as a whole has a theme about puberty, sexuality, and growing up.
  • Kumatetsu, of The Boy and the Beast, has gathered a couple amount of fanboys from the Furry Fandom, considering he is a muscled Petting Zoo Person who is also a badass.
  • CLAMP's works have attracted many LGBT fans (as well as many genderqueer fans, due to several of their works having characters with No Biological Sex), perhaps due to their themes of "love has no boundaries" and Everyone Is Bi, which are not usually questioned in-universe.
  • 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.
  • Dai No Dai Bouken: Crocodine, baby!
  • Digimon: Especially Leomon, WereGarurumon, Exveemon, or WarGreymon.
  • 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 Freeza, mostly for his tail and prehensile feet.
  • 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.
  • The Fate/stay night franchise attracts viewers of all genders and sexualities, no doubt thanks to multiple canonically queer characters and overabundance of Ho Yay and Les Yay. Attractive character designs that are almost infamous for invoking Stupid Sexy Flanders no matter your sexual orientation certainly doesn't hurt either.
  • 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.
  • Gangsta attracted a following thanks to the main characters designs. There's also a fair share of Ho Yay in it.
  • Tengen Toppa 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.
  • Hellsing: There's a huge amount of fanart depicting the Major and Schrodinger.
    • Father Anderson has an impressive bara following.
    • Amusingly, Major and Schrodinger are respectively a Waffen-SS Sturmbannfuhrer and a Hitlerjugend Kameradschaftsfuhrer and Alexander Anderson is The Fundamentalist Knight Templar, all being rampant homophobes.
  • Hunter × Hunter, especially the 2011 anime, has attracted a LGBT fanbase due to the high amount of Ho Yay between Gon and Killua. Killua's younger sibling Alluka is also very strongly implied to be a trans girl.
  • Izetta The Last Witch gained a lot of attention from the Les Yay promotional material between the two female leads Izetta and Finé. After the series began airing, the relationship between Izetta and Finé quickly became one of the strongest points of the series, and anyone who is a fan of the series are many supporters for them to become a couple.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is like a LGBT fanbase's assortment for different audiences:
    • The first three parts 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. And 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.
  • Kara no Kyoukai is popular with queer fans for roughly the same reasons as another work by the same writer, in addition to having the exploration of gender identity and (to a lesser extent) sexual orientation as recurring themes throughout the story.
  • Kill la Kill has a noticeable amount of lgbt fans.
    • The amount of Les Yay floating around and the possibility that Mako and Ryuko begin dating fuels the fire.
    • Bara fans kiss the floor in which Gamagoori and Tsumugu step. The art is not shy about their voluptuous muscles and, just like everybody, spend a lot of time in the minimun amount of clothing possible.
  • The Love Live! franchise is primarily aimed at a male audience, but it's also gained a lot of lesbian and bisexual female fans (especially in the west) thanks to all the Les Yay between the characters and the pretty outfits they wear in Love Live! School Idol Festival.
  • Lyrical Nanoha, especially Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S, 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.
  • Nabari no Ou, unsurprisingly, has a disproportionate percentage of LGBT fans.
  • Naruto:
    • Asuma Sarutobi is a popular icon amongst bara fans, with hundreds of Fan-Art and doujinshi dedicated to him.
    • The nature of Sasuke and Naruto's relationship has garndered speculation among fans even after the epilogue where it was revealed Sakura married Sasuke and Hinata married Naruto and is shown in a lot of official art and well as fan art.
    • Sasuke and Naruto by themselves also get a ton of fans among both genders as well as fanart probably due to both being Mr. Fanservice bait.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion with Kaworu, the only person to tell Shinji he is loved.
  • Mai-HiME and its followups, in no small part because of the lesbian fanservice that gradually increases upon each season.
  • Maria-sama ga Miteru unsurprisingly has a lot of lesbian fans considering it's the most famous Yuri Genre anime.
  • My Love Story!! is about a tall, muscular gonk of a boy who falls for a cute girl. Takeo's design is borderline bara-esque and Yamato has more than a few lines cooing over his muscular physique and full lips. Even in-series Takeo caused this reaction when he began working at a gay cafe. There are also many fans who see his best friend as asexual.
  • 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.
  • One Piece, while the subject of romance isn't touched upon in the actual series, has its share of shipping, especially between the crew of True Companions. In particular, Nami is often believed to be Ambiguously Bi given her interactions with many female characters.
  • Pokémon, with its Loads and Loads of Characters, has its fair share. For instance, Dawn and her friendship/rivalry with tomboy Zoey makes for a popular yuri ship.
  • Pretty Cure Providing LGBT fanbases Since 2004!
  • 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.
  • 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 '90s 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.
  • Because of the cast full of ripped pretty boys, Saint Seiya has a huge male gay fanbase. There is also some Ho Yay subtext and very effeminate characters as well.
  • Seraph of the End: With its pretty male characters and female characters who are known to get a lot of Ho Yay with each other, the series has quite the fanbase. It has several implied lgbt characters as well.
  • Shounen Note attracts both a lgbt fanbase and a music loving fanbase. It has several canonically lgbt characters and several implied ones. This is unsurprising as it's written by the same genderqueer mangaka who made Nabari no Ou.
  • Sound! Euphonium very quickly garnered one to the point where it is essentially a honorary Yuri Genre series. It's a band anime with heavy Les Yay between Kumiko and Reina, and some other characters but mostly Kumiko and Reina.
  • Tokyo Ghoul has managed to develop a strong following among LGBT fans, thanks to a cast of attractive characters prone to Ho Yay or Les Yay, and several canon LGBT characters. The series includes the bisexual (or possibly pansexual) Tsukiyama, homosexual Drag Queen Nico, and leaves a rather ambiguous situation concerning Juuzou's gender identity. The sequel has earned considerable praise for revealing Tooru Mutsuki to be a transgender man, portraying him in a respectful and accurate fashion.
  • The Wandering Son fanbase is full of transgender people as the series heavily revolves around realistic interpretations of trans people, specifically trans children.
  • Wild Knights Gulkeeva: Every male knight, practically without exception. They are very Stripperiffic.
  • Yuki Yuna Is a Hero is another Magical Girl Warrior series that has attracted a lgbt fandom. What with literally having no named male characters, the Les Yay between the characters, and the fact Togo is canonically in love with Yuna it has attracted quite a lot of queer fans.
  • Yuri!!! on Ice has a huge fanbase composed of the queer community in general, but particularly gay and bisexual men, for portraying a healthy normalized relationship between the two male leads, as Yuri and Victor become the Official Couple as of episode 7, a first in mainstream and sports anime.
  • Yuureitou has a lot of transgender fans as one of the two main characters, Tetsuo, is a well-written and handsome trans man. There are also many gay and bisexual men in it. Tetsuo ends up the Official Couple with Amano, who is the protagonist and is male.
  • Zettai Muteki Raijin-Oh: Asuka's got both fangirls and fanboys (who are otherwise straight) in the fandom.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • As with the cartoon, Jem and the Holograms has a large LGBT following. Thus far three queer characters are major characters: Kimber, Stormer (who is also Kimber's girlfriend), and Blaze (who is a gay trans woman). The series keeps the same campy, fun nature of the cartoon for a newer audience.
  • 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 Ho Yay moments with Cable, or his Omnisexuality.
  • Scott Pilgrim has one. Every major character - with the exclusion of Young Neil - has had some sort of gay or homoerotic experience, including the protagonist himself. There's also a lot of Male/Male and Female/Female fanart, a pleasure shared by yaoi fangirls and yuri fanboys equally.
  • 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.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, due to having a Transformer confirmed as in a homosexual (for a borderline-One-Gender Race definition) relationship with a fellow Transformer, Chromedome and Rewind, both of them from Generation 1 and their relationship was a major plot for the comic and their development. The large amount of Ho Yay between the unconfirmed Transformers are just a bonus.
  • LGBT women love Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy together. Their (already plentiful) subtext was amped up during New 52.

    Films - Animation 
  • Arashi No Yoru Ni has many parallels between Gabu's and Mei's Interspecies Friendship and a same-gender romance.
  • Frozen:
    • A lot of people view Elsa, with her powers and people's reaction to them, as a metaphor for being gay (or rarer asexual), and she's become quite a bit of a LGBT icon. Also, she's voiced by Idina Menzel, who was the original Elphaba from Wicked, and who already had quite the lesbian-related fanbase herself. Even ignoring her powers Elsa is very attractive which has caught many female fans eyes. Her relationship with her sister Anna factors in too.
    • Kristoff tends to get overshadowed by the females but has his fair share of both female and male fans. He's a big, sweet Gentle Giant after all.
    • Oaken has developed a LGBT fandom due to many fans believing the family in the spa are his partner and their kids.
  • 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." There are also some lgbt people who think she is lesbian, especially since you can view her Implied Love Interest as only being a friend instead.
  • Robin Hood: Specifically the Sheriff of Nottingham in the 1973 Disney animated feature.
  • Disney's Tarzan: Admit it, you saw it coming from miles away.
  • When Marnie Was There is a film about two girls who develop a very close friendship with lots of hand-holding, physical affection, and cute dancing. Nevermind that Marnie is Anna's Dead All Along grandparent, it still has a large LGBT fanbase
  • Wreck-It Ralph: There is a lot of fans who ship Ralph with Zangief.
  • Zootopia: The male characters get shipped with each other a lot, these include Benjamin Clawhauser, Chief Bogo, Mayor Lionheart (each for the Bara Genre fans), Nick Wilde, Finnick, and the wolves Gary and Harry. And of course Gazelle's tiger dancers.

    Films - Live Action 
  • 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.
  • Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
  • Xanadu
  • 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.
  • The X-Men films for reasons similar to the comic book as well as the involvement of gay actor Ian McKellen. The recent public coming out of Ellen Page also helped boost LGBT interest in the latest installment X-Men: Days of Future Past, even though her character was Demoted to Extra.
  • Some of Dario Argento's films have a pretty strong LGBT following due to their Gender Bender imagery and colorful visual style.
  • The Terminator franchise in general got quite a strong lesbian fanbase, due almost entirely to Linda Hamilton's powerful performance and muscular, androgynous appearance in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which made her something of a sex symbol for Butch Lesbians and women who appreciate them.

    Literature and Mythology 
  • The The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Gender doesn't matter much to vampires.
  • Most of Classical mythology — especially Hellenic mythology — falls under this.
    • Sexual relations between men note  or similar 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.
  • Fittingly Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus which bring Greek myths into the modern day gained a LGBT following after fan-favourite Nico came out as gay. (A totally unprecedented move for a series that started out aimed at middle schoolers.)
  • The Trials Of Apollo increased the LGBT+ presence quite noticeably, and subsequently, the fandom. Not only does Nico have a boyfriend, but the title character, Apollo, was unabashedly bisexual in the myths and remains so here, listing both Daphne and Hyacinthus as his two great loves and revealing that Kayla, a background character, is his daughter with another man.
  • The Bible:
  • 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.
  • Land of Oz: The whole Ozian canon may be Trope Codifier or Most Triumphant Example. 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. JudyGarland's portrayal of Dorothy Gale in the 1939 film adds to the appeal ("friend of Dorothy" being an archaic slang term for a gay person, particularly a gay male), to the point where one of several theories on origin of the Pride Flag cite "Over the Rainbow" as inspiration. Add Gregory Maguire's Wicked novels, which have explicit same-sex and polyamorous relationships as well as Elphaba herself being possibly intersex.
  • Les Misérables has a substantial gay fanbase thanks to the relationship between Enjolras and Grantaire

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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 revival 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 meant that gay viewers didn't have the characters' heterosexuality rammed down their throats, and also made the Doctor into something of a symbol in the Asexual community. It doesn't hurt that most eras of the show were 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 two of the creators being gay, several gay actors, and handling of gay story lines, has quite the gay fanbase. In particular, Brittany and Santana's relationship went from background Les Yay 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. Plus 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.
    • Sam & Cat has a moderate following, with the relationship between the eponymous duo.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • 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.), the series 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.
    • Her immediate successor, Casey Novak, is Ambiguously Bi, no on-screen love intrest, and a lot of Les Yay with Olivia as well. Casey/Alex is also a decently popular pairing in the fandom, despite appearing in only one episode together.
  • 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.
  • The L Word, which takes place in West LA (dubbed in-universe Lesboland), harvested a devout following among lesbian viewers.
  • 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. And it made Slash Fic a thing (Kirk/Spock, anyone?). Star Trek: Discovery will also have the first LGBT character in the franchise.
    • 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 even nonbinary. Her actress, Terry Ferrell, believes she was definitely pansexual.
  • Supernatural unexpectedly managed to gather not just a huge female fanbase, but also a huge queer female fanbase; while many of those involved in the show's very extensive Slash Fic fanbase are straight, a decent proportion are bi or even gay, many of which genuinely saw representation of themselves in Dean and his relationship with Castiel. This caused some conflict later when the Dean/Castiel subtext was heavily increased, but then the writers insisted that the characters were always intended to be straight, leading to some arguing that the show took advantage of queer viewers who were expecting some canonisation of the subtext.
    • Cas in particular has a massive LGBT fanbase, owing as much to his canonical lack of gender and his "utter indifference to sexual orientation" as to his buckets of Ho Yay with Dean. His asexual fanbase is particularly large—and endorsed by his actor.
  • 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:
    • The series has this, 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."
    • 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.
    • Co-stars Katie McGrath and Angel Coulby both appear to ship both Arthur/Merlin and Morgana/Gwen, at least going by the DVD commentary.
    • Katie McGrath also has a lovely bit on the final episode commentary with one of the show main writers, Julian Murphy, in which she says she does not believe they added a certain line/scene and he replies saying that it was to be expected when 'the man he loves' is dying.
  • 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. However, the writers responded to the criticism by pairing Red Riding Hood and Dorothy Gale. Dorothy is an epic example of this fanbase in her own right - see Literature
  • 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, RuPaul's 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, plus 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 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. The show also gave the Marvel Cinematic Universe its first explicitly gay character with Inhuman Joey Gutierrez. Plus the whole Inhuman story arc that was introduced in Season 2 is really starting to resonate with LGBT viewers since all struggles faced by the Inhumans in the show can be applied to gay people in Real Life. 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.
  • South of Nowhere, has grown a large cult following among lesbian and bisexual women, of all ages. Especially notable for being one of the first youth-orientated American shows with a gay female protagonist, as well as featuring several other gay and bisexual main characters.
  • Person of Interest has gained one of these for the extremely flirtatious relationship between Root and Shaw. Escalated to the point where a "Shut Up" Kiss was seen in season four, confirmed by actress Sarah Shahi to be a gift for the shippers...before Shaw went down in a hail of bullets. Or did she?
  • The Colbert Report has a strong LGBT fanbase, so much so that Colbert once won's Man of the Year award (as well as several other awards from LGBT groups). It helps that one of Colbert's past roles was Chuck Noblet, an instance of a sympathetic gay man in a time when such characters were still very rare.
  • Arrow has a reoccurring bisexual character and a minor lesbian character. Several of its actors have a pre-existing gay fanbase (either because they're gay and/or because of previous work e.g. John Barrowman from Doctor Who and Torchwood, Colton Haynes from Teen Wolf, Stephen Amell from Dante's Cove and Hung, Brandon Routh and several actors from Spartacus.
  • The100 has quickly become a staple on gay&lesbian-friendly social-media, thanks to it's Badass Gay Commander Lexa, bisexual heroine and overall just the show's funky, mercurial and anti-establishment vibe.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia grew a supportive LGBT fanbase, thanks to it's gay-friendly cast and it's many gay and bisexual guest characters (as well as the increasingly not-so-Ambiguously Gay Mac).
  • Sense8: Considering the two canon LGBT characters, the pansexual orgies the main characters "sensates" (who are all confirmed to be pansexual) find themselves in, the strong, recurring theme of fluid sexuality, the presence of an openly transgender actress and directors, and the prominent coverage of the show on queer websites like The Advocateand, this was practically unavoidable.
  • Teen Wolf has developed an extremely large LGBTQ fan following. The cast is full of absolutely gorgeous men who frequently strut around without shirts on—and they just keep adding more of those guys every season! The show also has plenty of bisexual characters, and doesn't make a big deal out of gay, lesbian, or bisexual relationships—the characters simply accept that same-sex love exists without commenting on it or calling it weird. On a more serious note, the show's central relationship is between Scott McCall and "Stiles" Stilinski, who, though straight, openly admit their love for one another and have had several touching moments expressing their affection in a queer-friendly way; as a result, they're not even the most popular slash couple in the fanbase (that honor goes to Stiles and older man Derek Hale, or Sterek). There's also the overall theme of the formation of a "pack" as a metaphor for non-traditional family models; for instance, after Scott transforms freshman Liam into a werewolf, their relationship essentially becomes that of a single teenage father and his confused son.
  • Hannibal has developed one primarily for the fans of one sided Foe Yay Hannibal had towards Will Graham before it eventually became mutual.

  • 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 (guest of honor at the 1994 Sydney Gay Mardi Gras), Robyn, Dolly Parton, Marina & the Diamonds, Lana Del Rey, Tegan & Sara, Beyoncé, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand. Of special note is Britney Spears. When her mainstream success started to wane, leading to her very public Creator Breakdown, she managed to successfully revive her career by appealing to gay men with uptempo dance music and hip-hop collaborations. The song "Work Bitch" in particular is dedicated to her gay fanbase.
    • Gloria Gaynors Song I Will Survive is also said to be this
  • AC/DC, due to what the term means in the gay community, had a large gay following, which the band embraced.
  • ABBA. This is sometimes said about their entire music without any specific reason given but some songs have more implications to LGB(?TQ?) topics. This gets quite obvious when the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus made a whole Abba Show.
    • Is it a coincidence that Dancing Queen, a song about admiring a woman for dancing does at least have one word in common with a Drag Queen, a man note  impersonating a woman as a role, maybe in showbuisiness as admired for performing or acting? And if it was, is it a coincidence that the Gay Men's Choruses covers (like this) usually avert The Cover Changes the Gender for this song?
    • Gimme Gimme Gimme (A man after midnight) leads to quite great Ho Yay when coverd by a male voice without changing the lyrics (like this)
    • Does your mother know is written as a song about a teenage girl/ young woman going out dancing/ partying and who might be too young for that. The original lyrics adressing a girl with both male and female vocals are arranged that way. However, the main chorus line "Does your mother know that you're out?" is very easy to be interpreted as coming out of the ''closet''. It's amazing how obvious this becomes when just the adressed person's gender is flipped (like in the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus cover version).
    • On and On and On is quite obviously about partying but also has a quite political allusion that fits the situation of queer people as being prosecuted and discriminated against. ("I was at a party and this fella said to me:/ Something bad is happening, I'm sure you do agree/ People care for nothing no respect for human rights/ Evil times are coming, we are in for darker nights")
  • 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 '10s, 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).
  • Marilyn Manson, due to a combination of the entire band bucking gender norms entirely, and Manson and Twiggy being unable to keep their hands off each other, have a lot of bisexual fans. You'll find more support for Manson and Twiggy getting together than you'll ever find for any of Manson's relationships with women, and the fact that the fandom doesn't hate Twiggy's wife Laney can likely be tied to her being both adorable and bisexual herself, and the fact that the Manson/Twiggy stuff hasn't toned down at all since they got married. Manson and Twiggy make out on stage, Twiggy has given him oral sex on stage before, and they're often in public being extremely adorable. That said, Twiggy's not the only guy Manson's shipped with in the fandom. Johnny Depp is also a popular one, due to Manson and Depp being just as physical as Manson is with Twiggy. And then there's the time John 5 gave Manson a rimjob on stage and said it tasted good. Half the Manson fanart you'll find is adorable gay coupling. Manson and Twiggy even have a couple name: Maniggy.
  • Brazilian singer Marina Lima cover of the song "Mesmo que Seja Eu", originally composed and sung by a man, Erasmo Carlos. The verses "Você 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).
  • Studio Killers is an animated band, like Gorillaz, where the lead singer is a bisexual Big Beautiful Woman named "Cherry". Their Signature Song "Jenny" is about a woman pining for her best friend. The band has quite a few LGBTQ fans.
  • 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 Japanese idol group AKB48 has a pretty sizable lesbian fanbase (obviously because they're all female). The lesbian website Gachirezu even had a poll once asking its users which member of the group was their favorite (for the record, Sayaka Akimoto was the top choice).
  • 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.
  • Maroon 5 is well aware of their LGBT fanbase, especially lead singer Adam Levine, who willingly lets himself be a Mr. Fanservice to their legion of bisexual and gay male fans.
  • Surprisingly enough, Iron Maiden have a sizeable LGBT fanbase. While there's no definite known reason, a few pointers including definitely the seemingly endless Ho Yay between Bruce and Janick, Janick himself (hardly surprising given his extremely flamboyant stage presence and being the Long-Haired Pretty Boy, Dave Murray's beautiful moonface (just as many guys dug him in the 80s as girls), and a lot of their lyrics, including but not limited to "Tailgunner" (often misconstrued as a gay sex anthem), and "Blood Brothers", whose lyrics became especially relevant in the wake of the gay marraige ruling in 2016.

  • The Children's Hour is about two women being accused of being in a relationship in the early 20th century. Despite its notoriously depressing ending the play, and especially the 60s movie, are a hit with queer women. Several Fix Fic's exist for the ending.
  • Wicked has outrageously good musical numbers, a strong emphasis on female relationships, attractive leads, and is based on The Wizard of Oz (which already has a LGBT fanbase). It has many LGBT fans as a result. Gelphie is canon per Word of Gay in the books and musical, and it shows. It's common to joke that the girls mistook their budding attraction for "loathing".

    Video Games 
  • 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 controversy 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 titular character Bayonetta has become something of an ironic gay icon, largely because of her campiness and how her hypersexuality and delightfully bitchy attitude makes her almost feel like a Drag Queen sometimes, and that's without even mentioning the Les Yay shipping between her and Jeanne. The appeal of Bayonetta to gay gamers is discussed here.
  • 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.
  • The Dangan Ronpa series has a large queer fanbase due to several characters who act in gender-defying ways (including a Wholesome Crossdresser) 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 a married man).
  • Final Fantasy VII:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • The game 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. 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!
  • The Amalj'aa race in Final Fantasy XIV also gained quite a bit of popularity. The Amalj'aa are huge and beefy lizardmen that don't wear any form of clothing except for what looks like a makeshift tribal jockstrap. After an update was released that allowed players to do quests for the Amalj'aa, the lizarmen's popularity rose even further.
  • 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. Also, in Skyward Sword the Big Bad Ghirahim is a "fabulous" villain who gets Foe Yay with Link and has inspired a lot of fan works pairing him and Link, though he is stated to be genderless. Then there's the queer analysis the games get especially in regards to Link with his pretty boy looks and shipping moments with other male characters.
  • Super Mario Bros.: Mario himself to a degree, but far outshadowed 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:
    • 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.
    • Solid Snake and Otacon live together and raise a child together, and are closer than any two characters in the franchise. Subsequently, they're the biggest couple in fandom.
    • Vamp's relationship with Raiden gets a lot of focus. He flirts with and gets uncomfortably close to Raiden all throughout MGS 2. Their encounter in 4 drops any pretense of subtlety, with a scene that's more erotic than some actual sex scenes, including Vamp licking Raiden's thick white artificial blood off of his crotch-knives, and a session of grappling and groaning that involves Raiden penetrating Vamp with his sword (the non-metaphorical one).
  • 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.
  • Overwatch:
    • The game gathered fans of bara, particularly to Hanzo and McCree, who make up the Fan-Preferred Couple for those of that circle. Soldier: 76, Reaper and Genji also have gay fans. Roadhog gets his fair share of attention too considering his status as a Big Beautiful Man.
    • Zarya, a burly Russian woman got many lesbian fans. Bara fans also liked her, though obviously not in the same way as with the male characters. Tracer was canonically confirmed to be a lesbian in the Reflections comic, but even before that had a sizable group who had the hots for her. Widowmaker, Mercy and Symmetra have their own share of lesbian fans too, but for different reasons as they are definitely the "femme" to Zarya and Tracer's "butch."
  • 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. The fanbase is large enough that as of Fire Emblem Fates the series now has CANON same-sex S-Rank (aka marriage) partners. However, it's strictly reserved for the PC and each gender is limited to only one option. The most popular fan-patch for the game is the "Fire Emblem Fates gay marriage hack" which vastly expands the chose of same-sex love interests.
  • 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:
    • Sonic 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 anyone.
  • Splatoon has one for nothing within the game itself. People just really like inklings and shipping inklings with each other (and occasionally Octolings).
  • Star Fox:
  • 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; most of them are male, but there are female yuri fans in the mix as well. ZUN seems to be aware of this and has actually admitted that he likes the idea of his characters paired together, though he doesn't participate in shipping himself since he considers the characters he creates to be like his kids.
  • 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. There's also the large amounts of gay fanart of Wo W Tauren, Orcs, Dwarves, Pandaren, and even the occasional Draenei. From all the fanart alone, one would believe that everybody has lots of man orgies.
  • 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:
    • 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:
    • The series 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, Archie, Tabitha, Byron, Drayden, Marshal, and Alder.
    • Elesa is a fashionable Ambiguously Bi woman who has a lot of female fans.
  • 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.
  • Undertale:
    • Asgore, a really huge goat guy, is the King of all monsters with a pair of massive horns, manly facial hair, and wears armor that would suggest you should stay away from him. Despite his imposing figure, he's an absolute dork, a sweet guy, and is loved by everyone under his rule. Thanks to Asgore's positive personality traits, he gained quite a following in the Furry Fandom with many fans drawing him as either a Big Beautiful Man, a massive Hunk, or both.
    • The game on the whole has gotten a few appreciative nods from LGBT fans, for reasons including the commitment to keeping an Ambiguous Gender for the protagonist and the presence of two happy same-sex Official Couples (one between two miniboss monsters in a mostly silly scene, the other between two members of the main cast).

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  • Homestuck features an entire race of Everyone Is Bi trolls. Because of this (as well as a lot of Ho Yay and fairly thoughtful treatment of queerness altogether) it has become rather popular among LGBT people. Kanaya is especially popular. Among the humans, Dirk is gay (though he doesn't identify with the term), Jake is bisexual or pansexual, Rose is in a relationship with the aforementioned Kanaya (though whether she's a lesbian or bi/pan is ambiguous), and Dave is bi/pan. The only ones confirmed to not be gay are John and (offhandedly) Jane, and there's some evidence towards the former being asexual, and the latter having a Single-Target Sexuality - for her best friend Jake, and Ron Swanson.
  • Their Story is a Chinese webcomic about two girls who fall in love. It's terribly adorkable and LGBT people love it.
  • 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.
  • Wuffle has one as a decent portion of its fandom, partly because of its artist's other works and the main character.

    Web Original 
  • 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.
    • In terms of his shows, Demo Reel, with the cast of attractive men (and one badass lady played by an hilarious model) who constantly participated in bromance, was the one most loved by his queer audience.
  • 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 This originated from assumptions fans made about the personalities of the four heroines during the show's original four advertising trailers. While the show proved the assumptions wrong, interviews revealed the creators do want LGBT characters, but the teens will develop self-awareness slowly and realistically. Confirmed creator support boosted fan interest, making it a very prominent part of the fandom.
  • Carmilla the Series has a large LGBT following on the internet, due to the implications that none of the characters are hetereosexual, Carmilla herself, a smart nonbinary character and most of the actors and production team being LGBT themselves. It helps that the original story is a famous example of classic LGBT-related literature.
  • Game Grumps quickly gained a following of LGBT fans, helped by the copious amounts of Ho Yay the various Grumps use in any episode. No really, pick any episode with Arin and count how many times he talks about penetrating an asshole, most often Dan's or Jon's.
    Jon: Wow, we're close to the microphone now!
    Arin: (suggestively) Oh my god. Take it.
    Jon: So, next time on Game Grumps, we-
    Arin: Take it, Jon.
    Jon: Take what?
    Arin: Take it.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • 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.
  • Unsurprisingly, San Francisco's major league sports teams—the Giants, the 49ers, and the Golden State Warriors—all acknowledge their GLBT fans in various ways, such as annual Pride Nights and anti-bullying efforts.
  • 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. note  Her daughter, Liza Minnelli, has become one as well.
  • Tammy Faye Messner, one of the few prominent Christian televangelists to support LGBT rights.

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