Word of Gay

I am shocked and offended! That should be spelled Hogwarts'!

I was driving over the speed limit on the Taconic Parkway when a state trooper stopped me. He recognized me from televsion; 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.
Gore Vidal, Palimpsest

When Word of God explains that a character's sexuality was actually gay or bisexual outside of the series, choosing to keep them Ambiguously Gay (or even less so) in the actual story.

This may be because of Media Watchdogs or fear of backlash. It can also be due to Conservation Of Detail. On the other hand, heteronormativity states you have to mention a character is gay to establish it if the story is vague. 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 often 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. For extra frustration on the part of these people, expect this to happen frequently to characters who are dead by the series' end. Because of this, the creator will probably be labelled a Rule-Abiding Rebel.

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 homosexual character. Contrast Suddenly Sexuality. See also Homoerotic Subtext.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Ymir from Attack on Titan was announced as gay and in love with her friend Christa on the official site, and according to producer George Wada Christa is gay as well, thus the two were in a romantic relationship.
  • CLAMP suggested Kamui from X/1999 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.
  • Luke's relationship with Blake in Zoids: Fuzors was hinting this throughout the series, and they had a lot of amusing moments such as Luke telling Blake that he "wanted to show him something" while opening up his shirt. An interview with Luke's Japanese voice actor confirmed that Luke was indeed gay and attracted to Blake; however, whether the attraction was mutual is another matter.
  • 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 VAs 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."
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: Word of God says that Sweden is gay.
  • 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.
  • 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, pretty much 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 inminent 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.
  • Gankutsuou: Franz's voice actor affirmed in a DVD bonus that Franz is in love with Albert.
  • Code Geass: Rolo's voice actor Takahiro Mizushima has absolutely no doubt that Rolo is in love with Lelouch, as he explicitly mentions in more than one of his interviews about the character.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Sensui's Straight Gay with Itsuki by Word of God.
  • Sailor Moon's creator, Naoko Takeuchi confirmed that Haruka and Michiru are indeed lovers, though the series did show subtext in this regard with lines directly implying that the two of them do indeed do 'the deed'.
  • 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.
  • The flamboyant Chansey owner in Pokémon Fashion Flash has been confirmed to be gay.
  • Mimori from Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de aru is confirmed to be gay and in love with her best friend Yuuna.

    Fan Fiction 
  • 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 actually not just straight, but completely straight — he has no latent same-sex leanings whatsoever that could make him in any way uncomfortable with gay people, so he can talk about it frankly in perfect personal comfort. It is actually modern LGBT common wisdom that arrow-straight people are usually the most comfortable around gay people (compare Daniel Radcliffe), and that most Heteronormative Crusaders are Armored Closet Gay/Bi and irritably expending greater effort suppressing or hiding same-sex tendencies (compare the large number of high-profile right-wing gay sex scandals).
  • The Nuptialverse: According to DarthLink22, Applejack is gay, Rarity, Fluttershy and Cadence are bisexual, and Pinkie Pie is asexual.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rotor Walrus in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic, 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.
  • Gail Simone has done this a few times.
    • She's said that she considers Black Canary of Birds of Prey bisexual, just non practicing at the moment (and currently being freshly divorced from Green Arrow). 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.
  • 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 80's, but has since confirmed it in interviews.
  • 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. Writer Gerry Duggan claimed that he considers Deadpool "Ready & willing to do anything anything with a pulse".
  • 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.
  • Marvel writer Al Ewing confirmed what The Mighty Thor fans always suspected: Loki is canonically bisexual.

  • Plato from Rebel Without a Cause.
  • Gore Vidal intended Messala in Ben Hur 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.
  • Machine Gun Joe from the Death Race remake. He does refer to his "unique hobbies", though. And he's the only one to get a male navigator (all the other competitors get good looking women. It's stated that this is due to his brutal treatment of his navigators, but that might not be the only reason.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow is bisexual, at least according to Johnny Depp himself. But this is a conflict between the actor and the writers. There is the part in the second movie where Elizabeth is disguised as a boy and he is confused when he mistakes her line "I'm looking for the man I love"note  for a guy using pick up line on him (though Jack may have been put off by the "love" part, not the part where it was said by a boy).
  • 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's homosexuality. Laurents responded by putting all of the material into the novelization.
  • The theatre version High School Musical confirmed what everyone knew, Ryan is gay.
  • Martin Landau stated in interviews that he portrayed Leonard, Vandamm's henchman in North By Northwest, as a closeted homosexual who was secretly jealous of Eve Kendall's relationship with his employer. In the scene where he revealed to Vandamm that Eve was secretly working for the Feds, he commented, "Call it my woman's intuition if you will..."
  • Lieutenant Hawke, a supporting character in Star Trek: First Contact (who, true to the trope, dies in movie) is revealed to be gay in the book Rogue by Micahel 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.
  • 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.

  • Dumbledore from Harry Potter. Rowling retconned him into being 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. Essentially, Dumbledore is gay, but a Celibate Hero. This is also why Dumbledore isn't a case of Bury Your Gays: he died not as a direct result of being gay, but to help his proteges. A more private outing occurred before this - 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!" Several critics doubted that Dumbledore's sexuality was canon, relating to the Death of the Author concept. Author John Scalzi wrote a defense of Rowling's decision in response to a critic.
  • Gene and Finny from A Separate Peace. The author was widely regarded to be closeted, and did not acknowledge the homosexual 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. 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 lovers.
  • 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.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events has Sir and Charles, in a very downplayed example. In The Miserable Mill, we are led to believe that they are simply business partners with an extremely lopsided distribution of power, with Charles being too meek to put his foot down to the more domineering Sir's cruel actions. They show up again in The Penultimate Peril, and the conversation the Baudelaires overhear is a lot more tender, as I recall with Charles timidly telling Sir that he cares about him, and trying to get Sir to reciprocate. When the hotel burns down, they're holding hands "so they don't lose each other in the blinding smoke". Then this (paraphrased) line from one of Lemony Snicket's love letters in The Beatrice Letters seals the deal: "I will love [Beatrice] until C realizes that S is unworthy of his love."
  • 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 homosexual 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. It never shows up, because there was quite enough to be going on with regarding the epic space battles he was busy commanding.
  • 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.

    Live Action TV 
  • 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.
  • 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 relevent scenes were even filmed and can be found on the DVD's, 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 he's done, this is no surprise to anyone.
  • Gaeta and Hoshi from 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.
  • Hugh Laurie famously said he can easily see House getting it on with Cuddy, Cameron or Wilson. He also agreed with an interviewer who called Wilson "the other love of [House's] life". In addition, Katie Jacobs, executive producer of ''House', once implied it too.
  • According to Andrew Robinson, he played his Star Trek: Deep Space Nine character Garak as bisexual. He certainly seemed interested in Bashir, though there doesn't seem to have been reciprocation.
    • Robert Hewitt Wolfe has stated that he wrote Garak to be attracted to Bashir, but Bashir never realized this.
    • Earlier, 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.)
    • Dominic Keating said about Star Trek: Enterprise character Malcolm Reed: "God knows I played him gay!" No one's quite sure whether or not he's joking. However, Malcolm is easily the most-slashed character of the series in fandom. According to an interview, apparently B&B called him up and said "by the way...we're going to make your character bisexual." According to Keating himself, he thought it over, then went "Fuckit, I've played gays before" (And how!) and went for it. Executive backpedaling ensued, and they claimed it was "a joke" (Hence the excruciating "I'm straight, totally straight, totally not at all gay!" episode "Shuttlepod One". He's also claimed that when playing Evil Malcolm in "Through a Mirror Darkly": "I just made him gayer and evil."
  • 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.
  • 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 charcters. (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 resemblence 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, and that the Doctor doesn't understand concepts like "gay" and "straight". The Doctor has been flirty with male companions for years now, and was quite explicitly bisexual in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels and the (now definitely non-canon) Scream of the Shalka series... but Moffat's statement on Twitter has finally made it canon.
    • In Jack's introductory episode, there was a scene in which the Doctor explained to Rose how people from the future tend to be more fluid in matters of love. So he clearly understands the ways humans define sexuality, even if he doesn't follow them. And in "Rose", Nine picks up a gossip mag, looks at the cover and says "They'll never work. He's gay and she's an alien."
  • 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". This could be Barry's partner.
  • 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:
    • Emperor Cartagia. Series creator J. Michael Straczynski once asked actor Wortham Krimmer to tone down the emperor's fey behavior, to which Krimmer responded, "Well, Joe, he's bisexual, don't you know." When JMS gave an "oh really" sort of reply, Krimmer said, "Absolutely. He's the emperor. He can f--- anyone he wants."
    • 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.
  • 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 we have 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 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 a post series interview, Kamen Rider Decade character Daiki Kaito (AKA Kamen Rider Diend) was outed by his actor.
  • 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.
  • During season 10 of Supernatural, a writer confirmed over twitter that Dean was never intended to be anything other than straight, Jossing to the slash ficcers' and LGBT Fanbase's interpretations that he was bi. Needless to say, neither contingent was happy. They also confirmed Castiel as straight.
  • 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."

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne of The Goon Show. It was never mentioned on air because homosexuality 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

    Video Games 
  • 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 pretty much 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.
  • The SaGa Frontier book Essence explains that Rastaban and Ildon are gay lovers.
  • Supposedly there's an interview somewhere with the writers of the Ace Attorney series stating that Miles Edgeworth just isn't interested in women but finds Phoenix Wright to look rather nice. This is backed up in canon by the fact that Edgeworth finds his Chick Magnet qualities somewhere between confusing and disturbing and the massive amounts of Foe Yay-turned-Ho Yay he shares with Phoenix. This article touches on it, and the translated text is from one of the Gyakuten Saiban guides.
  • 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 homosexual via Twitter, but is deep in the closet, hence why he acts like a Middle Schooler on his own Twitter account.
  • The creator of Persona 2 admitted that his preferred pairing for the game was Tatsuya and Jun, and it had been his intention, had he had sole control of the script, that would have been the canon pairing from the get go.
  • Grand Chase's Ronan and Lass, while still ambiguously hinted, are apparently seeing more and more canon because of 'Word of God' sending out an art piece depicting them in a questionably innocent yet highly slashable position.
  • 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 has Hairdresser Octopus confirmed to be "openly gay and proud of it".
  • Radiation said on his site that the NO! NO! NO! boss in The Halloween Hack was Dr. Andonuts' repressed homosexuality.
  • Feng, roommate of playable character Cerebella in Skullgirls, has been semi-confirmed as a lesbian.
  • 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.

  • 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 homosexual 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: Troll society falls under Everyone Is Bi, so there was some question as to whether Kanaya, with her exclusively female romantic interests, could be described as "lesbian". The author addressed this in his (now defunct) formspring, stating that trolls don't have a concept of or terminology for sexual orientation but there are some who fit the human definition of monosexuality.
    "But then, homosexuality in a society where bisexuality is the norm is kind of a different thing. Rather than being a swapped preference, it is a more exacting preference. Somewhat like a fetish for a particular gender."
    "Not that any of this changes how we view Kanaya. From a human perspective, she's an unmistakably gay character."
  • 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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Lexington from Gargoyles. Greg Wiesman 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.
  • Nathan Lane, the voice of Timon, once referred to Timon and Pumbaa as "Disney's first gay couple."
  • 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 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.
  • Seth MacFarlane finally said this regarding Stewie in Family Guy. 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.
  • According to Derrick J. Wyatt, Transformers Animated character Tracks is canonically gay.
  • 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 cause an awkward silence in the Void. Not that they had not dropped a lot of hints beforehand. The problems are depicted here by the author of Shortpacked!. For added awkwardness, the character listening is a gay Transformers fan.
  • 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.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Principal Willoughby.
  • Gung Ho, a minor-role aircraft technician from the original G.I. Joe series, according to former series writer Buzz Dixon.
  • Time Squad: Mark Hamill and Rob Paulsen on the Talkin' Toons podcast heavily imply that the Larry 3000 is, in fact, gay. There are a few things unique about this: (1) Dave Wasson (Time Squad's show creator, writer, and director) hasn't come forward to confirm or deny, and (2) It wasn't much of a secret as the show progressed and Larry's effeminate mannerisms got exaggerated.
  • 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.
  • Greg Weisman confirmed that Marie Logan, Beast Boy's mom in Young Justice, 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 also 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:
  • There was talk of making Courtney confess to Ginger, only to be shut down but having come to terms with her sexuality, at the end of As Told by Ginger. The uppers at Nickeldeon declined the decision.

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Word Of Straight