Hikari, Matrix, and I ran over the Ironeye is gay
subplot and expanded it a bit. This obviously needs approval from Cody for some bits. The non-backstory events will take place in Season 1, maybe Season 2.
It all begins in the backstory. Since Ironeye is fits the Straight Gay
trope, it's not immediately apparent to his teammates what his sexual preferences are. The first time Kara hugs Ironeye: "Don't think I want to date you or anything—you're too young for me." *
"Well, you're too female for me." "Oh."
The others don't find out so explicitly. Ironeye ends up spending quite
a bit of time with one of the townies on the team's normal circuit, tipping off Cody, Murky, and arks to what's going on—Matrix is too oblivious to notice.
Jump ahead to Season 1. The team gets to where Ironeye's "friend" is on their normal circuit, and the audience gets to see what the characters have already seen. The nature of it all leaves things ambiguous—it could just be a friend. Meanwhile, Cody has gotten a bit upset about Ironeye giving so much attention to someone so pathetic as Hikari, so he comes up with a plan to split the two of them apart: he tells Hikari that Ironeye is gay, correctly guessing that Hikari will misinterpret Ironeye's attention.
The next time Ironeye shows an interest in what Hikari is up to, Hikari tries to let Ironeye down gently and tactfully. For someone with social skills like Hikari's, this means a lot of stumbling over words and not saying anything meaningful. After an awkward minute or two of conversation, Ironeye figures out what's going on, reveals that he is, in fact, gay, but doesn't have his eyes on Hikari. "I like you, kid, but not in that way." (softly) "Not you..."
Some short time later *
, the team is on a mission trying to steal information from a wealthy person (perhaps a fictite) during a fancy party. Ironeye and Matrix have to pull a Fake-Out Make-Out
to keep their cover, leaving Matrix a bit disgusted, Ironeye a bit disappointed, and Murky rather amused. After the mission, when Murky's telling the others what happened and the kiss comes up, Matrix makes a comment about the quality of Ironeye's acting. "I wasn't entirely acting." Cue Matrix figuring out that Ironeye is gay. When Matrix notices that no one else is acting surprised and asks how they all knew, someone else asks Matrix if he thought Ironeye was hanging out so long with his "friend" for the stimulating conversation. Before Matrix can answer, Ironeye interjects. "Well that was a big part of it..." At someone's inquisitive eyebrow, he grins and adds, "not the only part, of course." Ironeye and Matrix talk; Ironeye apologizes and reveals that he's quite aware that the two of them fooling around was just for the lulz and that he'll stop if it makes Matrix uncomfortable. Matrix says that he's cool with them doing it again in the future, but he never does become entirely ok with it (not that he tells Ironeye).
Very early in Season 2 (or perhaps in the closing minutes of Season 1), Ironeye and his boyfriend breakup (seen from afar—the bf really barely qualifies as a minor character) because Ironeye and the rest of the team will soon be gallivanting around the world. The issue never really comes up again, as Ironeye is too busy dealing with his personal demons (and, lets face it, the increasingly complicated plot) to be bothered with things like sex and romance. Throughout the rest of the plot, the role of Ironeye's love interest is filled by Kara, The Not-Love Interest
I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be than me.