"I was driving over the speed limit on the Taconic Parkway when a state trooper stopped me. He recognized me from television; gave me a warning instead of a summons; then asked, 'That guy in Suddenly, Last Summer; he was a queer wasn't he?' I said yes, and had it not been for the all-powerful Roman Catholic Legion of Decency, the audience would have been let in on the secret."When Word of God explains that a character was actually LGBTQ outside of the series, choosing to keep them Ambiguously Gay (at most) in the actual story. This may be because of Media Watchdogs, local laws preventing stories with gay characters from being sold, or fear of backlash. It can also be due to Conservation Of Detail. On the other hand, most readers will assume a character is heterosexual when their orientation isn't developed in text. Thus, this may be a publicity appeal to a gay audience while not upsetting that part of the audience who feels uneasy about this. Or it could just be one big publicity stunt. To LGBT fans and allies, it can come off as a cop-out: Saying "Oh, guess what? Bob, whom we never hinted about in the slightest? Totally gay!" after the series is safely over is not an adequate substitute for having the courage to actually include LGBT characters. Others however don't really mind since it allows the character to be seen for more than just their LGBT status, and avoids stereotypical portrayals or the character being defined by being LGBT and nothing more. It also works well for a series that isn't focused on romance of any kind. There is an inversion of this trope, Word of Straight, mainly associated with Queer Media works. This is where a character whose orientation is undefined, under-defined or assumed to be gay, is revealed by the creator to actually be straight. A Relationship Reveal is often another way to out an ambiguously gay character. Contrast Suddenly Sexuality. See also Homoerotic Subtext.
— Gore Vidal, Palimpsest
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- Attack on Titan: Ymir was announced as gay and in love with her friend Krista on the official site, and according to producer George Wada Krista is in love with Ymir as well.
- CLAMP suggested Kamui from X1999 having strong feelings for Fuma in the series' second half but that was left ambiguous.
- For Yuu Watase, creator of Fushigi Yuugi, the problem isn't that any of the series' characters might have been attracted to a person of the same sex. It's narrowing it down to which ones.
Arrow: The discussion suddenly turned yaoi.
Crowd: Yeah!! Yaaaay!
Watase: I heard there was a Tasuki x Nuriko one, but I want to read a Tasuki x Tamahome.
Arrow: What in the world was I saying...
But the truth was I really wanted to see a Nakago x Tamahome fic... but I couldn't say that.
- Axis Powers Hetalia: Word of God says that Sweden is gay, but only for Finland.
- According to the Mai Hime artbooks, Shizuru's love for Natsuki is eventually reciprocated:
"Ultimately when the Battle had concluded, Natsuki again spoke affectionately to Shizuru who was graduating. Before one is aware, happiness will visit these two..."
- Their future incarnations in the Spiritual Successor, Mai-Otome, are pretty clearly a couple, but it's only stated outright in the Drama CDs released after the series ended.
- While some other members of the Lyrical Nanoha production crew are infamously dodgy about the subject, according to an interview with director Masaki Tsuzuki (the creator of the Nanoha franchise) and the voice actresses of Fate and Nanoha, they are indeed lesbians. In this article,◊ the two VA's mention that in 10 years since A's, Nanoha will be a housewife for Fate. The original writer, Tsuzuki, also says Vivio "frequently keeps in contact with Fate-mama, as often as contacting the father who works away from home, with a communication tool."
- Apparently, Alejandro Corner from Gundam 00, according to this scene from the Special Edition. Lounging around an hotel room with his long hair down and wearing only a bathrobe gives a clue. Having his Right-Hand Hottie pop in, in white boxers and a midriff-baring top gives another. Inserting a flashback in which Alejandro kisses Ribbon on the cheek and hugs him during a conversation gives the most imminent one. Those scenes also made it clear that Ribbons didn't return Alejandro's affections. As much, he used himself as a Honey Trap to get in Alejandro's good side and use him in his plans. Confusingly, Word of God says that Innovades like Ribbons are genderless, even if they look more masculine or feminine (the sole exception being Anew Returner).
- According to creator Kenichi Sonoda, Rally Vincent of Gunsmith Cats is a celibate lesbian.
- YuYu Hakusho: Sensui's Straight Gay with Itsuki by Word of God.
- Both subverted and applied in the superhero show Tiger & Bunny: For all the Ho Yay between the two main characters, the show's creator has stated that any relationship between them is up to the individual fan to decide. On the other hand, the show also features an openly gay black superhero, Fire Emblem, who is confirmed as being agender.
- While probably obvious given the historical support for it, Gen Urobuchi confirmed that Fate/Zero's Rider - aka Alexander the Great - is bisexual (and would have attempted to bed Sola-Ui and Kayneth if he were summoned by them like they'd intended).
- Kara no Kyoukai: Nasu commented that the first thing Touko Aozaki does upon getting into a new backup body is hunt for pretty girls, confirming earlier implications that she's bisexual.
- Black Butler creator Yana Toboso has confirmed that Grell Sutcliff is transgender, rather than an effeminate gay man. Hasn't stopped fans from insisting that Grell is a gay man.
- Mimori Togo from Yuki Yuna Is a Hero is confirmed to be gay and in love with her best friend Yuna, or at the very least she is Yunasexual. Not that anybody was surprised.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura Akemi is "probably" in love with Madoka according to writer Gen Urobuchi, although he clarified that it's based on a deeply platonic ideal rather than sexual desire.
Interviewer: Why did you choose to portray a homosexual love?
Urobuchi: I don't think it is that special - a really strong friendship turns into a love-like relationship without the sexual attraction, in their case.
- Revolutionary Girl Utena:
- Chiho Saito (the mangaka and one of the writers) has said that people should consider Utena and Anthy to be like a married couple. This becomes especially noteworthy when you consider that Saito had originally been against the idea of Anthy/Utena being a romantic couple.
- Shiori is hinted to be secretly in love with Juri, though she's in heavy denial over it for a number of reasons. This was ultimately confirmed by Ikuhara in one of the booklets that came with Right Stuf's re-release of the series.
- Seraph of the End:
- Kimizuki is seemingly confirmed gay in the official fanbook .
- Yuu and Mika are Badass Gay, and indeed Mika confirms in chapter 53 that he has feelings for Yuu that have not lessened in any way even though he's now a vampire (vampires are only into blood). It wasn't hard to tell with their Ho Yay and complete focus on one another, especially in the anime/games. Mika's voice actor, mentioned in an interview as Mika being tsundere for Yuu, also states "To Mikaela, Yuuichirou is his reason for life. He’s his everything." Also the show’s producer, Kentaro Hattori, compared Mika and Yuu to Romeo and Juliet, saying that, “Just like Romeo and Juliet, Yuu and Mika have been torn apart.”   The creator of the series has also stated Mika as being "The one who suddenly died, the wife!" at the end of volume 1. The series's creator has stated that Mika's attachment to Yuu is stronger than his attachment to blood . Mika is already known to be an exception to many of the established vampiric traits, such as being able to shed tears and to refuse to drink human blood. As a result, the fanbook brings his nature into question: "Hyakuya Mikaela... can it truly be said he's a 'vampire'?"
- Tokyo Ghoul: In Pash Magazine, his biography states that Tsukiyama "loves Kaneki above all other things".
- Project K: Gora's writer Blue tweeted that Tatara and Mikoto had a "special relationship" that was kept a secret because otherwise it would be considered "unmanly" in their gang.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Araki has said in an interview (look under Eureka 2007) that Dio could go for either men or women. He also confirmed Squalo and Tiziano are gay, and a couple.
- Although the character was portrayed as a "womanizer" in the sixties comics, Stan Lee has said that he thought of "Pinky" Pinkerton, the British member of Sgt. Fury's Howling Commandos and a David Niven Expy, as gay.
- Believe it or not, Wolverine. He was originally written as bisexual.
- The vain Sunstreaker from the Dreamwave Transformers comics was apparently written as being gay, although (this being a comic aimed at teen fanboys) it was never going to be used in the story itself. Oddly enough, the Ambiguously Gay Tracks was not intended to be gay. What made this a Squick for many TF fans was that the writers pointed to the bio they wrote for Sunstreaker in More Than Meets The Eye. Read without this information, it makes Sunstreaker sound like a vicious assassin who can't switch off when he's around his allies. The Word of Gay turns it into a description of a creepy Depraved Homosexual.
- Invisible Kid, from the "Reboot" continuity of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Element Lad in the Oneboot was the inverse of this trope— his switch-hitting was an Ascended Fanon after years of rampant fan speculation based entirely (at first) on his pink costume. Fan speculation probably dates back to the 1975 APA article by Jim Shooter where he says that Element Lad might be gay.
- Shooter would later repeat this in the 1990's Valiant Comics title Harbinger. Peter Stancheck was gay according to Shooter. Although it had never come up in the series, Shooter has said it would have. Especially peculiar as Peter had used his Telepathy to make a girl fall in love with him, making this a very much after the fact revelation.
- Deadpool faces this controversy. The writer for the current solo series, Gerry Duggan has openly stated that Deadpool is pansexual, then adds that he sees Deadpool as "Ready & willing to do anything with a pulse." Then he mentions tweeting and keeping people up to date on Deadpool's "omnisexual exploits." Original co-creator, Fabian Niceiza states Deadpool's sexuality changes with his brain, mentioning that due to the constant erratic state his mind is in, Deadpool is, or likes whatever his brain tells him he does in that particular moment, then that moment passes. Despite these statements by two different writers, many fans doubt the sincerity of them because Deadpool has only ever been shown with women.
- There's definitely a lot of subtext in Cable & Deadpool. For that matter there's a lot of text. There's also a popular rumor that Fabian Necieza (who wrote 48 out of the 50 issues) referred to it as a romance story, but no actual proof was ever given to it. Nicieza, though, was asked in an interview once who would he rather have as a roommate, Cable or Deadpool. His answer? Cable, because Deadpool would try to spoon him.
- Also, Deadpool's feelings toward Spider-Man seem more than platonic. Spider-Man was on his top five free pass list that his wife signed. There's variant covers depicted him trying to kiss Spider-Man. At one point, Spider-Man was rocking his black suit, and in a more merciless mood, and Deadpool replies that he's terrified and turned-on by Spider-Man. Then the final chapter, Spider-Man hugs Deadpool swearing to repay him for a sacrifice made for him. Deadpool ruins the moment with a sexual comment, then it's hinted he also got too excited during the hug.
- Creator Max Allan Collins had always said that one of the regular cast of Ms. Tree was gay. It was several years before it was finally revealed in story that it was Mr. Hand.
- Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog:
- Rotor Walrus, according to former head writer Ken Penders. In the "Mobius: X Years Later" story he wrote, Rotor is frequently seen with another scientist echidna named Cobar, who was intended to be his life partner. However, his successor, Ian Flynn, declined to follow up on this, saying he considered it non-canon due to it having essentially no backing in the comic itself, as well as the fact Ken Penders didn't state this until after he had left the comic. On the other hand, nothing in Ian Flynn's run on the comic has contradicted it, either.
- When the comic was ultimately cancelled, Ian Flynn revealed there was majorly heavy subtext towards two Freedom Fighters in this way - Princess Sally Acorn and Nicole the Holo-Lynx. This can be seen in the Sonic Universe storyline "Spark of Life" with Sally asking Big his opinion on Nicole and smiling warmly at his kind-hearted reply, the flashback to Nicole's first appearance as a hologram, telling Sally she wished to see the stars the same way she did and Sally's impassioned What the Hell, Hero? to Dr. Ellidy.
- Gail Simone has done this a few times.
- She's said that she considers Black Canary of Birds of Prey bisexual. She famously wanted to include a line where Canary called herself "75% heterosexual" but due to script confusion and placeholder dialog the line became "heterosexual to the bone" against her wishes. And the version of Canary in the TV adaptation Arrow, while not the same character as in the comics, is explicitly bisexual.
- She's also stated that there's a bisexual man in the Secret Six. She later revealed on Tumblr that it's Catman, and the next time she used him in a book she planned to make it explicit, since the story arc where she planned to reveal it got Cut Short by the DC relaunch and the cancellation of the book. She even compared this to Dumbledore and how she felt bad about revealing it outside the series, though it wasn't actually her choice. She made good on this promise when the book was relaunched and the first issue shows him on a date with both a man and a woman at the same time.
- Paul Dini confirmed that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in Batman are in an on-again off-again relationship. Given the sheer omnipresence of their Les Yay in every appearance this was hardly necessary, of course. This became Ascended Fanon in the final arc of Gotham City Sirens, where Ivy finally acknowledged that she has feelings for Harley. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, writers of Harley's New 52 series, reaffirmed that Harley and Ivy are in a relationship, describing them as girlfriends who aren't hung up on monogamy.
- Greg Rucka has confirmed that the sexual tension many readers saw between Carrie Stetko and Lily Sharpe in Whiteout was intentional.
- Several writers have said that they consider Wonder Woman to be bisexual, though it's never been explicitly stated in a story. In fact, her sexuality is usually treated as an Elephant in the Living Room, for she lived on an island with no men for most of her life.
- Triumph from the Justice League was supposed to be a closeted gay man, but Christopher Priest was unable to make it canon because he could never find an appropriate storyline to deal with the subject matter. This led to subsequent writers giving him female love interests, and later, an illegitimate son.
- Don McGregor has said that Taku, a supporting character from his Black Panther run, was gay. He was unable to make this explicit thanks to the more conservative atmosphere of the 70's (though the subtext is definitely there in Taku's interactions with Venomm), but has since confirmed it in interviews.
- Jonathan Hickman revealed in an interview that Stonewall from Secret Warriors was gay. Oddly, the name wasn't intended as a reference — Hickman's said he was unaware that the name Stonewall carried any significance in the LGBT community.
- James Roberts, writer of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, has confirmed in interviews that Prowl is attracted to Chromedome and implied that the two may have been in a relationship once. This makes a lot of Prowl's behavior seem less like that of a resentful old friend and more like that of a jilted lover who can't let go.
- Titans writer Devin Grayson has said she considered Roy Harper's daughter Lian to be a lesbian, and that had she gotten to grow up, Roy would've walked her down the aisle at her wedding.
- Marvel writer Al Ewing confirmed what The Mighty Thor fans always suspected: Loki is canonically bisexual and at least the young one is also genderqueer (this occasionally causes some pronoun confusion on this very wiki, as editors of Ewing's Loki series tend to refer to young Loki as they (Gender-Neutral Writing purposes and also because that Loki tends to not be one of anything) while others go with previous Loki's he).
- In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics there is a lot of subtext between Dracula and Xander but nothing is ever stated outright. When asked about the nature of their relationship, author Christos Gage (who wrote a Dracula/Xander-heavy arc) said he personally believes Dracula indeed harbors some romantic feelings for Xander.
- in Albedo: Erma Felna EDF, Toki Zha, the best friend of the titular Erma Felna, is gay for her, by words of her creator Steven A. Gallacci in 2016. Keep in mind Toki being a lesbian was a joke in the fandom since the 80's due of her being a Lovable Sex Maniac, albeit by Word of God, she was this since the very beginning.
- In the extensive Alternate Universe Fic series Roommates, Bowser Koopa, Jr.'s nerdy brother Iggy Koopa is known to have a girlfriend, but also seems remarkably comfortable with gay topics (even where Rule 34 is involved). When Junior came out of the closet and revealed that Jojo had been his boyfriend, Iggy even affectionately asked which one of them was on top during sex. The Roommates session writer, TreIII, revealed separately that Iggy is straight.
- The Nuptialverse: According to DarthLink22, Applejack is gay, Rarity, Fluttershy and Cadence are bisexual, and Pinkie Pie is asexual.
- The Bridge: Tarbtano mentioned in a blog that at least one of the Mane Six is a lesbian or bisexual, but added that it's not important and won't really be brought up in the story.
- Pokémon Reset Bloodlines mentioned in a AN that Melissa, the character of the day who beat Gary in the canonical Indigo League, is a Transwoman. Given the minorness of the character in the story overall, exploring this in story would have been rather random.
Films — Animation
- In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Gobber remarks during an argument between Stoick and his wife Valka "This is why I never married. This, and one other reason." It was originally a Throw It In! moment by Gobber's voice actor, but was eventually backed up by the film's openly gay director Dean DeBlois.
- Frozen: Writer and co-director Jennifer Lee said that it's best left unsaid when asked Elsa's orientation.
- Zootopia: Jared Bush, co-producer of the film, confirmed via Twitter that Pronk Oryx-Antlerson (whom he voiced) is in fact married to Bucky Oryx-Antlerson. This makes this film the first mainstream Disney Movie to acknowledge the existance of a gay couple.
Films — Live-Action
- Gore Vidal intended Messala in Ben-Hur (1959) to be Ben-Hur's former lover, and explained this to the actor playing Messala, but deliberately did not tell Charlton Heston (who played Ben Hur), since Heston would not have been receptive to the idea. It was also an example of Enforced Method Acting: one wants to renew the relationship while the other pretends it didn't happen. By not telling Heston, they basically tricked him into performing as a character uncomfortable with the other man by making the actor uncomfortable dealing with the other actor.
- Ghostbusters (2016) cast the openly gay Kate McKinnon as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann, and when asked about it in an interview the director subtly confirmed that the character was also a lesbian and implied that they may have had studio issues with portraying it more openly. It's pretty obvious in the film itself, though, as she's introduced hitting on Dr. Erin Gilbert and spends the majority of her interactions flirting with her (and to a lesser extent the other Ghostbusters). A deleted scene has Holtzmann proudly declare that she and Erin are dating, and when Erin denies it, she's visibly disappointed.
- Director Louis Leterrier has openly admitted that he intended the protagonist of The Transporter to be gay. Of course, when the franchise was handed over to another director, Jason Statham instantly started making out with girls. This was dropped when Cory Yuen took over as director for part 1, because he gets it on with the girl in that movie, too.
- The Turning Point: according to the writer, Arthur Laurents, director Herb Ross axed everything indicating Wayne's bisexuality and Michael being gay. Laurents responded by putting all of the material into the novelization.
- The theatre version of High School Musical confirmed what everyone knew: Ryan is gay.
- Lieutenant Hawke, a supporting character in Star Trek: First Contact is revealed to be gay in the book Rogue by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels. Though he does get his own book later on, this fits because there's no hint of his sexual orientation during the movie, or any reference to the fact that he's married to a male Trill. Part of the reason the novel made him gay was that there were plans to make him the first mentioned gay character in Star Trek, but those plans were scrapped early in production.
- Sulu in Star Trek Beyond. He has a husband and a daughter, but his appearance with them onscreen is only seconds long and his interaction with his husband is so chaste that the nature of their relationship could easily be interpreted as brothers. That he is gay is more a case of it having been stated outside of the film.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Tim Curry always said that Dr. Frank N. Furter was pansexual, though the movie does make it obvious that he's bi. Some of the draft scripts for unmade sequels would have said that Brad and Dr. Scott turned gay shortly after the first movie.
- Florence Foster Jenkins: Simon Helberg confirmed he played Cosmé McMoon, the titular character's pianist, as gay and researched pre-World War II gay life while preparing for the role. There is no indication of the character's sexuality in the film other than Helberg's slightly effeminate portrayal, and little is known of McMoon's real life sexuality other than he never married nor had children.
- The Haunting (1963): Theodora was clearly marked as a gay character except it was never stated. When later asked about it, both Director Robert Wise and her actress was perfectly clear that she was a lesbian, and the only reason it was left unsaid was because it was made in 1963.
[Theo and Nell had been arguing over Nell's growing crush on Dr. Markway]
Theo You poor stupid innocent.
Nell: I'd rather be innocent than like you!
Theo: Meaning what?
Nell: [scoffs] Now who's being stupid and innocent? You know perfectly well what I mean.
Theo: Is this another one of your crazy hallucinations?
Nell: I'm not crazy!
Theo: Crazy like a loon! You expect me to believe you're sane and the rest of the world is mad?
Nell: Why not? The world is full of inconsistencies. Unnatural things, "Nature's mistakes", they're called... you, for instance!
[Theo recoils in shock, is about to say something when they are interrupted.]
- Jennifer's Body: Megan Fox revealed in a later interview that she played the title character as a closeted lesbian.
- Robert Carlyle believes that his Begbie character in Trainspotting is secretly gay and in love with Renton because he can't understand why else a man who hates drugs would hang around with an addict and follow him to London and also because he doesn't beat or kill the woman he gets off with who turns out to be a man.
- George Clooney has claimed that he deliberately played Batman to be gay in Batman & Robin.
- Tessa Thompson says that she played Valkyrie as a bisexual woman in Thor: Ragnarok, and that she considered the female warrior who sacrificed her life to save her in a flashback to be Valkyrie's lover. A scene showing a woman leaving Valkyrie's bedroom on Sakaar (implying they'd had sex) was shot, but ultimately cut from the film.
- Harry Potter has Albus Dumbledore. Rowling revealed he was gay after the end of the series note , and as a result of a fan asking her if he'd ever found love himself. He kept out of romantic relationships and such because he once fell for a man and neglected his family, resulting in horrible consequences and the death of his sister (and that's not even getting into the fact that said man was Gellert Grindelwald, who would go on to become the equivalent of Wizard Hitler, as the previous Dark Lord before Voldemort). Essentially, Dumbledore is gay, but a Celibate Hero. Justified trope: UK law at the time (Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986) prevented any books containing gay characters from being included in school libraries. Yes, really. During a scriptwriting meeting for one of the Harry Potter films, she handed back a script page in which Dumbledore spoke about a girl he "knew" once with a note saying "He's gay!"
- Gene and Finny from A Separate Peace. The author was widely regarded to be closeted, and did not acknowledge the same gender romance in the story till he was in old age.
- Reggie Hodfaster from Lovesick was reportedly in love with his very straight best friend, Monti. However, this is hinted at early on and doesn't surprise many.
- Given that many of Tamora Pierce's works were edited down to children's literature from more adult versions (or have changed over the course of the series in order to cater to a slightly older readership), there's quite a lot of this.
- Lalasa in Protector of the Small was a lesbian, but Pierce didn't think it was important enough to put into the books. There is quite a bit of subtext around her and her "friend" Tian, though.
- In the original drafts of Song of the Lioness, Thom and Roger had a more explicitly sexual relationship. The subtext is still there in the final version, though, what with the living together and dangerous codependency.
- In Pierce's Circle books, Lark and Rosethorn were revealed late in the series to be lovers. Daja came out in The Will of the Empress; this makes sense, since in the early books, she was nine. And she herself was discovering it for the first time in The Will of the Empress.
- Online, Pierce actually wrote about experiences she had with a number of fans that caused her to move away from Word Of Gay and really push herself and her publisher to put more obviously LBGTQ characters in her stories. They were so moved and thankful for her occasional lines and sub-text about these characters that she felt obligated to put more emphasis on topic.
- While Okha the trans woman from Bloodhound is referred to with male pronouns in the story, Pierce has also clarified several times that she should be referred to with female pronouns, and the use of male pronouns for her is Deliberate Values Dissonance.
- Feral from Soon I Will Be Invincible.
- In His Dark Materials, it's briefly mentioned that there is a small minority of people whose daemons are the same gender as themselves, but no explanation is given for it. When a fan asked Philip Pullman if it meant those people were gay, Pullman replied that he hadn't thought about it, but he liked that reasoning. It does raise some questions about bisexuals, however. Maybe their daemons can be either sex?
- Tom and Carl, the two local Advisory Senior wizards from Young Wizards. They share a house but other than that could be mistaken for Heterosexual Life-Partners. In fact, Nita thinks to herself at one point that they're 'just buddies' when worrying whether a partnership has to be romantic in nature, so it doesn't seem to be well known in universe either. This is probably due to them being expies of the two major characters from her significantly less popular Door Into... series, in which the characters were explicitly. The series author apparently confirmed this to a private audience but later took it back saying that Tom and Carl were based on two close friends of hers who were both straight and that she doesn't want to disclose Tom and Carl's orientation for the sake of her friends privacy.
- The author of Wicked has said that he purposely hinted on "something" involving Galinda and Elphaba. What this "something" is, he said he "doesn't know". The musical adaptation is more clean cut about this, with many actors saying that this was a romance play and it even being said that some of the songs were based off cliche love lyrics. Gregory eventually said directly that Glinda and Elphaba had a love affair.
- According to George R. R. Martin, Jon Connington's feelings for Rhaegar Targaryen were a little more than just brotherly.
- A fan interview with the authors of Havemercy has revealed the airman Luvander to be gay — and most of the airmen are gay or bisexual.
- California Diaries has Ducky, who at best is Ambiguously Gay throughout the series (he shows no interest in dating girls, his female friends are all thirteen years old and platonic, and at one point he borrows a bunch of books by famous LGBT authors) but ghost-writer Peter Lerangis confirmed in response to a fan on Twitter that Ducky was gay.
- Even though Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves is about gay people there still manages to be a character fitting this trope. Holger is never said to be gay though there are some things that hint at it. Author Jonas Gardell has confirmed that he is a closeted gay and essentially represents what Rasmus' life would have been if he hadn't dared to come out as gay.
- Word of Weber is that Admiral Mark Sarnow, for whom Honor Harrington served as flag captain in The Short Victorious War, is gay and married. The character being rather busy at the time dealing with the rapidly-developing Havenite war, this doesn't show up in the narrativenote . He apparently also enjoys needlepoint, when he isn't busy with the more traditional Manticoran practice of throwing scads of missiles at his kingdom's enemies.
- Averted with Murky of the Origami Yoda series. He was bullied because some kids thought he was gay, and naturally, people asked author Tom Angleberger if he was actually gay. Angleberger said that he didn't know, because Murky probably wouldn't figure out his sexual orientation until high school, and he was only in middle school.
- Neil Gaiman stated on his blog that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible from Coraline are in fact a couple.
- Robin Stevens, author of the Wells and Wong mysteries, has stated that there is some level of romantic tension between Daisy and Hazel (despite both being canonically attracted to boys) because their relationship is based on that of Holmes and Watson.
- Rachel "Kata Cthonia" Alexander stated on Tumblr that in Receiver of Many, most of the Gods are bisexual, Athena is Asexual, and Artemis is ace/aromantic (the as-of-yet unseen Hestia is ace/aro as well). Hades, Persephone, Hephaestus, and Hera are demisexual.
- Warrior Cats:
- Michael Grant has stated on twitter that Marco from Animorphs is bisexual.
- Derek Landy has said that most mages in Skulduggery Pleasant are bisexual and quoted "There IS no straight when you're 400 years old". Has also said that the series protagonist, Valkyrie Cain is predominantly straight but might be open to experimenting.
- Though it was rarely played with on the show, Xena: Warrior Princess stars Xena and Gabrielle were at one point Common Law married according to creator Rob Tapert, however his opinion flip-flops. Lucy Lawless has stated clearly in interviews that Xena and Gabrielle were indeed a romantic couple at the end of the series. Many lesbian fans have also noted that there were a large number of lesbian in-jokes throughout the series....
- Alicia Vega, minor (dead) Stargate Atlantis character, and a male supporting character (they will not say who). The series was originally supposed to hint at Vega's sexuality on-screen, and the relevant scenes were even filmed and can be found on the DVD, but most of her scenes were deleted from her introductory episode for pacing reasons, getting rid of not just the hints at her sexuality, but most of her characterization in general.
- Popular creator Ryan Murphy said that his plans for the third season would have included Sam realizing she was gay. Of course looking at what else he's done, this is no surprise to anyone.
- Gaeta and Hoshi friends om Battlestar Galactica. They were only outed in second-hand webisodes shot after the series. Ron Moore has also said that all the Cylons were bisexual, although only the female ones showed it on-screen.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- Robert Hewitt Wolfe has stated that he wrote Garak to be attracted to Bashir, and according to Andrew Robinson, Garak's bisexual, and he played him with an (obvious, really ) unrequited attraction to Bashir.
- Some of the show creators had said they originally intended to make Geordi gay on Next Generation, but backed down from it. This may explain why he consistently had little luck with women; some of the earlier Expanded Universe novels are also dripping with Ho Yay. (In A Call to Darkness, when Geordi is ordered off duty to relax, he heads to the holodeck and activates his program of Ancient Greece, and spends a lot of time walking around holding Homer's hand and talking in rather intimate fashion.)
- When Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek: TOS) was asked about the Ho Yay between Kirk and Spock, he admitted "there is certainly some of that." And then there's the infamous, "We certainly believe the affection was sufficient for [a physical relationship], if that were the particular style of the 23rd century," which most slashers are convinced settles the matter altogether. There's also an analysis of the infamous footnote in the novelization of the first movie that suggests that you could in fact go either way on this. In an inversion, George Takei (who is gay) specifically said that Hikaru Sulu is not, in response to many fans who assumed that because Takei was, that necessarily his character was also. Sulu also canonically has a wife and daughter, though the former has never been introduced. In Star Trek Beyond, Sulu is depicted as gay, but others, including Takei himself, derided the decision, thinking it would have been better to create a completely new gay character.
- Another from Star Trek is Q. Both Ronald Moore, one of the writers for the show, and John de Lancie, the actor who played Q, thought he was in love with Picard. Of course because Q is an Energy Being he doesn't actually have a natural physical form governed by flesh and bone, or even gender for that matter, making Q more of a gender neutral being rather than a strict "he". In one instance, when observing how weak and sentimental Picard's romance with his girlfriend Vash had made him act, Q lampshades that he probably would have done better to have appeared to Picard as a female when they first met in order to take advantage of him. Additionally the Star Trek: Voyager episode "The Q and the Grey", shows Q ready to "mate" with Captain Janeway, and it is also revealed that Q has a girlfriend (another Q, of course) who disapproves of Q's advances on Janeway. However, both the lady Q and "our" Q make it a point that their relationship is not physical, because the Q are above sex as flesh and bone mortals know it (Energy Being creatures wouldn't mate with bodies after all). And gender, for that matter; it's stated that the apparent form of each Q is a matter of "lower" species and their perceptions, implying that Q's "girlfriend" is rendered as a girl to act as symbolism for a jealous lover. Amusingly, in a radio program where Q meets Spock the issue of Q's sexuality is brought up when Spock is perplexed by the alien's quirky and campy personality traits, in which Spock implies through his dialogue that Q might be gay. Q notes off hand, in response to Spock asking him if he's "coming out", that he's bi-special: a person who is attracted to more than one species; in his particular case that would be an attraction to humans (Picard and/or Janeway) and other Qs (the aforementioned Q girlfriend).
- In discussing the Dumbledore issue on his online journal, author Neil Gaiman once mentioned in passing that "Neverwhere has two gay characters who are Out, as far as the book is concerned, and one major character who is gay but it isn't mentioned, simply because that character was one of many people in that book who don't have any sexual or romantic entanglements during the story." He hasn't actually named the characters, but an educated guess would suggest Hunter and Lady Serpentine as the two outed characters. (The hinted Les Yay between them is something that both of them look back on fondly.) The one whose sexuality doesn't affect the story is any fanfic writer's guess but is likely the Marquis De Carabas, largely because he bears a striking character resemblance to the Cluracan from Gaiman's The Sandman, who is also gay. And because he's flamboyantly fabulous.
- Doctor Who:
- The writer of "Survival" complained that her intended lesbian subtext between Ace and Karra was lost in the broadcast version (though some fans will aver that the Les Yay is still visible if you look). By that point, several stories (including "The Curse of Fenric", written by the character's creator) had explicitly depicted Ace showing romantic interest in male characters, making this more "word of bi".
- Ricky and Jake in "Rise of the Cybermen"/"Age of Steel", as revealed by RTD in Doctor Who Confidential. The deleted scene showing this is included in the DVD box set.
- Steven Moffat has said that River is bi. For years, her attraction to women was never mentioned in-universe; even by the time of her intended final appearance all the fandom had was Word of God. This being Doctor Who though, she eventually came back at an earlier point in her timeline, and finally talked about having had female partners.
- The sexuality of the Doctor is still a topic of much debate, with the two main interpretations being that she's either bisexual/pansexual or asexual. Evidence for both views can be found in-universe, with Doctors from the Eighth onward happily kissing their companions regardless of gender while generally staying away from more intimate entanglements. Steven Moffat finally took it upon himself to say on twitter that the Doctor doesn't understand the human concepts of gay and straight on a personal level. Since the character's development is ongoing to the point of being pretty much eternal, this discourse eventually did make its way into the series with the Doctor explaining that his entire species is genderfluid and has wildly different ideas of male/female dynamics than humans do.
- Zigzagged with Clara Oswald in her final series. Twice it is hinted that Clara has had off-screen romance with Jane Austen, both times explicit enough to state that Clara is bisexual, but these are spoken as throwaway lines. In interviews, actress Jenna Coleman has been the one to say if Clara is bisexual, but also hangs onto the fact that it is also up to audience interpretation.
- According to the audio commentary for The Sarah Jane Adventures' story "Death of the Doctor" (included on the special edition DVD of Doctor Who serial "The Green Death"), Luke Smith would've been revealed to be gay had the series continued.
- In Torchwood, Word of God states that all of the original regular characters were bisexual. All of them showed evidence of this apart from Gwen. She did once have a same-sex encounter, but that was under the influence of an alien, and as such she is (currently) Word of Gay.
- According to Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller one of the shows characters was gay. He later revealed that it was The Coroner who always let them in to see the body, and he has a crush on Emerson.
- In Jonathan Creek, Maddie's publisher Barry was gay, at least according to David Renwick. However, since his entire purpose in the story was to be someone Maddie could rant about Jonathan to, it never got mentioned. (There was one scene in Season Two in which Maddie would say "Who wants to go out with a mindless copulating machine who just wants to get at you with his seed drill?" and they would both get rather thoughtful, but it got cut for time). There is a probable hint at this in the series 1 episode The Reconstituted Corpse where Maddy is talking to Barry on the phone and finishes the call by saying "Love to Jason".
- Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews, creators of The Fast Show, have stated that the popular characters Ted & Ralph are both gay; Ralph is GAY gay, Ted is a more repressed gay.
- Right-Wing Militia Fanatic Mike from Spaced was confirmed to be gay in the DVD commentary. Considering the Ho Yay -laden advances he makes toward best friend Tim, everyone seems to be perfectly fine with it.
- In Babylon 5:
- Another Neil Gaiman example: he has confirmed that the Les Yay many fans saw between Lochley and the ghost of Zoe, her friend during her "junkie teenage hooker" period, in "Day of the Dead" was intentional.
- JMS has confirmed Talia and Ivanova were sleeping together in the early seasons; it was meant to be more overt but they couldn't get it past the executives.
- Gus and Max in Breaking Bad. Their relationship is open for interpretation, but creator Vince Gilligan has stated that he thinks they were lovers.
- In Heroes there's Zach. But they didn't make it known to the actor until after he had been cast and his management was not happy about it, so the storyline never came to fruition, and he disappeared a few episodes afterwards anyway, due to the actor being cast in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The episode in particular is the one who stated the actor and his management had a problem with it. Statements from the actor, and his previous and later roles - notably on Backstrom - have proven he did not.
- In Chris Lilley's Angry Boys Gran lives her very tall co-worker Penny. The Special Edition DVD and Blu-Ray sets for the show include more than two hours of Gran extras that easily remedy the series' ambiguity about their relationship. In one such scene Gran mentions that she "read(s) in bed at night and keeps Penny awake."
- Rawls in The Wire was hinted to be gay several times (most overtly when he's briefly seen in the background during a scene set in a gay bar, looking off-duty and very comfortable) but David Simon explicitly confirmed it in an interview.
- The writers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have confirmed that they intended to portray Victoria Hand and Isabelle Hartley as ex-lovers, like their comic book counterparts, until they realised the Unfortunate Implications associated with introducing just two LGBT characters into a two-dozen-strong cast and then killing them both off almost immediately, and without them ever actually appearing in the same episode, let alone the same scene. The fandom has generally treated this as confirmed Word Of Gay all the same.
- Prime Suspect: In March 2015, Helen Mirren was asked what Jane Tennison would be doing now. Mirren replied "She's a lesbian, living with an very attractive female partner."
- In the commentary for the Angel episode "A Hole in the World", Joss Whedon confirms that Angel and Spike had at least one sexual encounter with each other back in the days of the Whirlwind. ("Do you think they never? Come on.") Technically more "Word of One Night Stand", but still confirmed.
- The Wachowski sisters declared that all of the main characters from Sense8 are pansexual.
- Sophie Turner, of Game of Thrones, has stated that Sansa Stark "swings both ways" and had a crush on Margaery.
- Richard Carpenter, creator of Robin of Sherwood, stated in a DVD interview that original Merry Men Tom the Fletcher and Dickon were a gay couple.
- After nine years, Sarah Hyland stated her Modern Family character Haley is bi.
- Hercules Grytpype-Thynne of The Goon Show. It was never mentioned on air because being gay was illegal in Britain in the 1950s, although Peter Sellers often played him as very camp. He was 'outed' in the official biography in the first volume of Goon Show Scripts, c.1972
- In the musical Hamilton, during the song "My shot", Alexander Hamilton tells new friend John Laurens "Laurens, I like you a lot". Creator Lin Manuel Miranda (who also plays Alexander), confirmed that this line was supposed to imply that Laurens and Hamilton were in fact more than friends. Historians have speculated to this effect, especially using a letter that could easily be viewed as a love letter 
- Jeff's roommate Tony in EarthBound. The game's subtext makes it fairly clear that Tony has a one-sided crush on Jeff, besides.
- Metal Gear: Kojima confirmed that Revolver Ocelot had feelings for Big Boss. Note that we say "confirmed" because the subtext was so blatant that most people had already made the not at all difficult leap. The part where Ocelot spends the rest of his life after meeting Big Boss working to fulfill his ultimate plan of destroying the Patriots, going so far as to brainwash himself and eventually die to achieve that goal was a bit of a tip-off, really. This wasn't unexpected as everyone is gay for Big Boss.
- Kevin Smith from killer7 had a male lover according to the companion book Hand in killer7.
- Dragon Age
- Writer David Gaider stated that Wade, of the best smiths in the game, is in a relationship with his shop manager, Herren. Considering Wade's extremely campy behavior outside of his career choice and the ridiculous amount of Belligerent Sexual Tension in the dialogue between the two, it didn't come as an immense surprise. He later said the same about Seamus Dumar in Dragon Age II. Like Wade and Herren, his relationship with Ashaad left this unsurprising.
- Anders and Karl Dragon Age II were confirmed to have been lovers, regardless of whether you played as a male or female Hawke. (In-game, he only mentions the relationship to a male Hawke who expresses interest, leading many players to believe he was only gay/bisexual when in a romance with male Hawke.)
- On a darker note, it has also been confirmed that Fenris' former master, Danarius, used Fenris as a sex slave as well as his super-powered bodyguard.
- Dorian from Dragon Age: Inquisition was revealed by the game developers to be the first fully gay playable character in the game, making him not just the first gay playable character in the series but made the game itself be the first Broward game to feature a playable gay character. His sexuality was reveled months before the game was released.
- Mass Effect: Andromeda: Jaal, a playable alien character was revealed by developers to be bisexual. Originally when the game was released, he was only available as a romance option for the female main character but through fan reviews and comments on how to make the game better, developers decided to make Jaal an available romance option for both the male and female Ryder. They officially made him bisexual through update patch 1.08, revealing his sexuality through the patch details on what patch 1.08 was updating. Because of this, its also considered to be a case of Ascended Fanon.
- The SaGa Frontier book Essence explains that Rastaban and Ildon are gay lovers.
- Ace Attorney: Janet Hsu, a member of the localization team, confirmed in a blog post that Jean Armstrong is gay, though this isn't really a surprise to anyone considering how he acts.
- Venom from Guilty Gear is officially declared as so—in a drama CD, not in the games. The games' story modes heavily imply his devotion for Zato is actual love, but never say it outright.
- Dr. Fetus, Big Bad of Super Meat Boy, has been stated to be gay via Twitter, but is deep in the closet, hence why he acts like a Middle Schooler on his own Twitter account.
- When doing the English dub for Persona 4, the voice actor for Kanji Tatsumi was basically told by Atlus that his character was gay. Despite that, in-game, the English dub is ambiguous over whether or not he really is. The original creators have said that his sexuality was kept deliberately ambiguous in order to accommodate Rule of Funny.
- Interviews with the makers of NieR confirmed that Emil is gay and sweet on the title character.
- PaRappa the Rapper: Hairdresser Octopus was confirmed to be "openly gay and proud of it".
- Star Trek Online: Commander Samuel Winters, first officer of the USS Enterprise-F, was stated to be gay in his bio in Star Trek Magazine (written by one of Cryptic's devs).
- Axton of Borderlands 2 was originally meant to only use flirtatious lines with female characters, but in-game will flirt with both male and female characters. Eventually, Gearbox decided to confirm that he is indeed bisexual. Similarly, they also confirmed Sir Hammerlock as gay while in-game he only makes a brief mention to a former boyfriend of his. The same was done with Mr. Torgue after a line greeting any player character by saying they are very attractive.
- Walter and Matthew of The Walking Dead were confirmed by Telltale staff on their forums to be lovers. In the game itself it was displayed rather vaguely with the other characters calling them "friends". Walter does call Matthew his "partner" at one point, but this wasn't enough to convince some players, a lot of whom insisted they were just "good friends" before being corrected.
- Mori, the producer of BlazBlue explained in an interview that Makoto Nanaya was born of aborted attempts to write Tsubaki Yayoi as a lesbian. It was little surprise given how much Homoerotic Subtext she has with the other female characters.
- After years of fan speculation, the producers of BioShock confirmed that Sander Cohen is canonically considered to be gay.
- In Mortal Kombat X, Kung Jin has some rather telling dialogue when talking to Raiden in his flashback. Word of God confirmed that this conversation indeed meant that Kung Jin was canonically gay.
- This tweet from one of the Team Fortress 2 writers is an attempt to confirm Miss Pauling to be a lesbian (rather awkwardly, and in the face of other writers who clearly didn't agree with him). Compounding this issue is that Jay said it in response to fan informing him that they didn't want to see Pauling with anyone, because "she's mine," making it unclear if it was a serious confirmation or simply a joking retort to the fan. Even more, others have accused Pinkerton of only saying Pauling was gay to cement Scout (whom Pauling had been previously implied to be shipped with in "Expiration Date") as the game's resident Butt-Monkey, which comes with the Unfortunate Implication of Miss Pauling's sexuality being reduced to the punchline of a joke rather than a serious attempt at putting forth an LGBT-representative character in the cast.
- The developers of RuneScape confirmed that Zanik's relationship with the player is intended to be potentially romantic, making her effectively bisexual.
- According to Blizzard, at least one of the characters in Overwatch is gay. It wasn't stated who at first, but then it was revealed in the comic "Reflections" Tracer has a girlfriend.
- An interesting case in the Sly Cooper franchise. There are reports floating around that the original idea was for Murray to be bisexual, although this got downplayed when nobody got it. By the time he Took a Level in Badass and became "The Murray" for the second game, he was Ambiguously Gay at most, but the developers and voice actor seem to have held on to his original sexuality behind the scenes, mentioning in at least one interview that his comical-looking stealth-animations in the second game were due to "Sly envy", and playing a non-canon heist involving a bag of spiced nuts for all the cringe-comedy it could take.
- In Battleborn, Jythri a.k.a Randy Varnell provided some massive lore dump at the Battleborn Discord server. Among the info, he revealed the sexual orientation of certain characters. Shayne is gay. Reyna is Bi but doesn't talk about her sexual orientation at all, much to Ghalt's chagrin. She really doesn't have time for that anyway as she like Ghalt is too caught up in work. Mellka is still exploring as she's had a multi-year anger agenda to tick off first. Additionally when asked if any of the gendered/biological characters are asexual, Randy replied with "Hmm. Kelvin sorta?"
- Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors: Through his twitter, the author confirmed stated about Santa that "he might be able to love both men and women".
- Ava's Demon zig-zags this trope, revealing in-comic that Odin's sister has a girlfriend, while Gil is presented as Ambiguously Gay with the author confirming his orientation, and Ava is as yet a matter of Word Of Bi.
- The author of Megatokyo infamously said one of the regular characters (without saying which) was gay. Just who has sparked enough debate to become a Running Gag on the forums. The most popular theory says that it's Sayuri.
- Same with General Protection Fault, although not going quite as far.
- There's been hardly any debate at all since T Campbell said two of the new AEGIS recruits in Fans!! were bisexual. This is probably because there's no shortage of gay and bisexual characters in the rest of the cast. It's also his word that outed Guth, after a half-joking comment followed by an off-panel discussion.
- In a conversation about the Depraved Bisexual trope, T Campbell talked about how it wasn't necessarily bad, especially if "played against non-depraved bisexuals or non-depraved people with bisexual leanings, like Penny and Aggie." The fans, naturally, pounced, although T didn't feel like he was revealing anything new (at a point where Penny was barely in denial, but a case could still be made for Aggie being straight).
- In reply to fan's confusion, Darqx declared that the drug dealer Izm is bisexual. However, his best friend A.E.D hasn't been touched on. Except for when she said that if he dated anyone, it would be Izm.
- From A Day of Lucy, The creator said this in one of the comments about Natalie.
- Subverted in Las Lindas. Despite the vast amount of subtext, SoulKat has stated that Tootsie is not gay, and in fact merely wishes Alejandra were a man. SK has also stated that there has never been, nor will there ever be, any gay characters in the comic. In the bonus comics on site, however, several if not all of the characters are now gay/bisexual, though this is expressly stated to be fanservice and not canon.
- Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has Ples, whom Tessa has stated to be gay, though it's never come up. Him being old enough to be most of the other characters' dad and insane besides.
- Homestuck: It's established in the comic that bisexuality is the norm for trolls; however, Andrew Hussie stated in a Formspring post that the troll Kanaya is actually a lesbian. This fact is unlikely to come up explicitly in the comic since trolls place no social importance on sexual orientation and don't even have a word for it.
- Mingham Smith, the user who writes The Scumthorpe Files, has confirmed several characters to be non-heterosexual:
- Nikki Danton is bisexual.
- Davina Midwhich is Ambiguously Gay so far, but with no confirmed label (aside from being "definitely not heterosexual").
- Gary Scumthorpe is gay.
- Mingham later put up a picture of a new female classmate with no canon personality or name. The fans named her Abigail and almost immediately began Shipping her with Lolita Scumthorpe. Mingham responded by announcing that Abigail would be "a lesbian by popular demand", playing this trope straight. However, he quickly used Word of Straight to claim he can't pair Lolita and Abigail in canon due to Lolita's boy crazy ways making her one of the most clearly heterosexual characters of the cast.
- The Order of the Stick: Downplayed with Bandana. Though the author included a moment in the story where she mentioned an ex-girlfriend, he had to confirm on the forums that she was a lesbian rather than bisexual.
- The creators of Star Power intentionally left most of the character's sexual orientation revelations as this, under the idea of developing them as characters first.
- Word of God from David Willis was that he hasn't changed the sexuality of any characters between the Walkyverse and Dumbing of Age. He later confirmed that this does indeed mean Walkyverse!Danny is bi, he just took even longer to realise it.
- Although Raimi makes snarky allusions to it, the only confirmation of Benjamin Palmer of Broken Saints being a gay pedophile is in the DVD Commentary, by writer Brooke Burgess. Also, Raimi himself is implied to be bisexual (or of "ambiguous sexuality") in another commentary track by Burgess.
- When Geoff Ramsey, one of the makers of Red vs. Blue and voice actor of Grif, was listing some of the things the casual fan would not know about Grif in a podcast, he finished with 'And he's secretly in love with Simmons.' He then added that it was probably obvious anyway.
- Cecil of Welcome to Night Vale is certainly queer, considering that he announces his massive crush on the very male Carlos the Scientist in the first episode, but the series' creators still took the time to explicitly confirm that he does identify as gay. So does Carlos the Scientist, and they eventually become the show's Official Couple... without any in-universe discussion of their sexuality. Cecil confirms he is gay in episode 108, but Night Vale doesn't care about sexuality.
- A fair amount of Doug Walker's To Boldly Flee commentary is confirming that One True Pairing Zod/Terl was intentionally written as a married couple. He's also stated for the record that Donnie/Yo/Egoraptor in Demo Reel was a genuine Love Triangle and not just a queerbait joke.
- The Adventure Zone:
- This was the case for a while when Justin McElroy originally said that his character, Taako, was gay, but that he didn't feel comfortable making it explicitly canon, as the characters are often farcical and he didn't want to accidentally make Taako into an offensive stereotype. However, this began to change with episode 50, which saw Taako going on a date with Kravitz, a (male) Grim Reaper with whom he'd had light Ship Tease in an earlier arc, and his sexuality has continued to receive quiet nods within canon since then.
- Sloane and Hurley, two major characters from the "Petals to the Metal" arc, were confirmed to be a romantic couple despite it not being explicit within canon. The podcast has since moved away from this method of writing LGBT characters and has begun including more unambiguously canon representation.
- Lexington from Gargoyles. Greg Weisman is on record as saying that not acknowledging Lexington was gay on the show did feel like a cop-out, but that there was absolutely no way in hell that he would have been able to get away with outing a character on a Disney cartoon show. He's also said that all the Third Race are omnisexual, and Fox is bi.
- Paul Dini has gone on record that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, within the DCAU, have a same-sex relationship going on (presumably when The Joker isn't around). This was never part of the animated series itself (as it aired in a kids' time slot), but it was hinted at when they did the Sexy Shirt Switch thing and hid out in places with only one bed when not out committing crimes. There was more hinting in a comic book◊ set in the same Verse. The sheer amount of subtext hinting to this crossed the line in the comic and became just plain text.
- Richie from the animated version of Static Shock was based partially on the gay character Rick Stone from the comics. When asked, Dwayne McDuffie said that the two are separate characters, but both gay. Apparently Richie's over the top lewdness was meant to be a clue, but the timeslot didn't allow for that particular character arc.
- Family Guy:
- Seth MacFarlane finally said this regarding Stewie. Not that there wasn't a lot of hinting before hand. They were going to do an episode where an out teenage Stewie uses a time-machine to team up with baby Stewie in order to keep Leviticus being written, but decided it'd be funnier to keep him confused. In one episode, he still fell in love with a girl, to which Seth confirmed in another interview with Conan O'Brien that Stewie likes a little of both.
- Bruce, a character who appeared on the same show, was stated to be gay, according to Seth through an LGBT website called The Backlot. Bruce was hinted throughout to be gay as he once stated that he wanted to marry his friend Jeffrey, a bit character who turned out to be his boyfriend.
- According to Derrick J. Wyatt, Transformers Animated character Tracks is canonically gay. However, the Allspark Almanac contradicts this as it states that Tracks has a crush on Botanica.
- John Kricfalusi has confirmed Ren and Stimpy to be a gay couple in a magazine interview from 1997. Made canon in-series in Adult Party Cartoon.
- Mr. Simmons in Hey Arnold!, in addition to being played by openly gay actor Dan Butler, had this confirmed in a chat with creator Craig Bartlett. His partner was present (but unidentified, though subtle hints were dropped) at the Thanksgiving table in the Thanksgiving episode.
- Knockout from Transformers Prime is gay according to the creators, but the way they worded their explanation was so unintentionally offensive it could, as TFWiki.net put it, "cause an awkward silence in the Void." Not that they had not dropped a lot of hints beforehand.
- Adventure Time:
- The Ghost Gladiators from the episode "Morituri te Salutamus" were revealed to be gay by the lead character designer after the episode featuring them already aired. Which makes sense considering all the Ho Yay.
- Kate Leth draws the Lady Lemongrabs as a couple. In the Fionna and Cake comic book, their relationship is only suggested through (admittedly obvious) subtext. Outside of the issue, though, Leth repeatedly draws the Lady Lemongrabs in obvious romantic scenarios.
- Olivia Olson, the voice of Marceline, revealed that someone on the crew told her Marceline and Princess Bubblegum used to date. She explained that while the team does what they can with sub-text, they're not legally allowed to be explicit due to the show airing in countries where homosexuality is illegal.
- Gung Ho, a minor-role aircraft technician from the original G.I. Joe series, according to former series writer Buzz Dixon. As if his clothes didn't tip you off.
- Maggie Sawyer from Superman: The Animated Series, as she is in the comics. Even though the creators knew they could never get away with stating it on the show they managed to slip in a scene where she's visited by her female partner in the hospital.
- Young Justice:
- Greg Weisman confirmed that Marie Logan, Beast Boy's mom, was a lesbian or bisexual. In the tie-in comic, it was revealed that Queen Bee used her pheromone powers, described by Batman as being able to control "most men and some women" on Marie to make her commit suicide. When asked if she was lesbian or bisexual, he answered "Yes." The questioning comes from the fact that he also confirmed that Garfield Logan is her biological son, but "Logan" is her maiden name in this 'verse. In the comics, it's her married name.
- Weisman responded to someone on Twitter expressing disappointment that Kaldur was straight with "You sure?"
- The camp skeleton in SuperTed was confirmed as gay by creator Mike Young, thirty years after its original run.
- The Legend of Korra:
- The relationship between Korra and Asami was made official in the last episode of the show, albeit ambiguously, so the creators had to write blog posts to confirm it as romantic rather than platonic as well as directly stating that they were both bisexual. The ambiguity here is questionable because most of the fandom, including people who did not previously ship the characters, considered the relationship canon before the confirmations had been posted.. The comics that take place after the series move their relationship beyond this trope by making it an explicit part of the text.
- Both Kya and Aiwei were stated to be in the LGBT+ group by the creators, though the specifics of what they identify as weren't revealed. It was revealed in The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars that the former is a lesbian.
- Time Squad: In a Talkin Toons With Rob Paulsen podcast featuring a conversation between Rob Paulsen and Mark Hamill, the voice actors for Tuddrussel and Larry 3000 respectively, Paulsen and Hamill heavily imply in the podcast that Larry is gay. They both crack numerous jokes towards Larry about how "there was no ambiguity to his sexual orientation". Paulsen has also made references to Larry's sexuality in other podcasts before and after this one. However, there is no word about whether Tuddrussel is in a relationship with Larry as the huge amounts of Ho Yay that occurred between Larry and Tuddrussel was never mentioned or brought up in the podcast. The show itself made heavy implications about Larry's orientation so the podcast was basically showing that Larry's implied gayness was not wishful thinking by viewers.
- Steven Universe:
- A storyboard artist confirmed that Ruby and Sapphire's relationship is in fact a romantic one. This was eventually explicitly stated in the show itself, but not in every dub.
- This tweet confirms that Pearl's feelings for Rose were more than platonic.
- Raven M. Molisee, a storyboard artist on the show, confirmed that Mr. Smiley is gay.
- Rebecca Sugar, the shows creator admitted in a comic-con convention that the six gems that make up the fusion Fluorite are in an all female polyamorous relationship.
- According to Greg Weisman, Irma is gay (or possibly bisexual) in the animated version of Witch. At a convention he mentioned that he felt that one of the girls might be a lesbian. Someone asked if it was Irma which caused him to reply "How did you know it was Irma?"
- According to Pablo Hidalgo, Cassie and Ione from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Lightsaber Lost" were written as a lesbian couple. In hindsight, there were some pretty big hints.
- The creators of The Ridonculous Race have stated that fashion vlogger Tom and ice dancer Jacques are gay, but there is only circumstantial evidence in the show.
- Futurama: According to executive producer Bill Odenkirk on the show's season 3 DVD commentary, all of Robot Santa's elves, who are neptunians horribly mistreated by Robot Santa are all gay. He said this in response to why all the elves are holding hands all the the time with others of the same sex as seen in the episode "A Tale Of Two Santas". Their sexual orientation was hinted in universe by Fry through his comment on the elves "breezy short shorts".
- Rick and Morty: Rick Sanchez has been confirmed to be pansexual by creator Justin Roiland. However it's downplayed in Rick's case as his pansexuality was revealed on screen in the episode "Auto Erotic Assimilation".
- Gravity Falls: During a fundraising livestream, hosted by creator Alex Hirsch and Dana Terrace, Hirsch confirmed that Deputy Durland and Sheriff Blubs are a gay couple. This came as no surprise, as the last episode of the series (and every interaction between them) strongly implied they were a couple anyway.
- Star vs. the Forces of Evil: One of the storyboard artists described characters Rhombulus and Lekmet as "Two live in boyfriends with communication issues" on Tumblr. The same storyboard artist also claimed that the entire cast is bisexual but this was probably a joke made in response to another storyboard artist claiming that they have no say in writing the characters' sexual orientations.
- WordGirl: The show's associate producers said on her Tumblr profile that TJ and Johnson are in a relationship by the time the series ended.
- Christy Marx has said that if Jem hadn't been Cut Short, she would have liked to have added LGBT characters into it. She mentioned that Rapture was one of the candidates.