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  • The Joker of Batman fame. Since Harley's transition from the DCAU into canon comics, the writers have been seemingly trying to tear them apart and made it into a one-sided relationship on her part. Harley & Ivy both think that The Joker only has eyes for Batman. Joker has often professed affection towards Batman (complete with moments of desperate attention-needing) and has made some awkward comments about Robin's shorts and shaving habits. He seems to have quite a flirtatious love/hate thing for Lex Luthor as well. The Joker is also very keen on his appearance and once said he didn't want to see Batman until his nails were finished drying (though the polish was poisonous when the red and green polishes tocuhed). He also took off his pants in front of Onomatopoeia and told him that he "bottoms from the top". As counter-evidence, The Killing Joke showed the not-yet Joker's pregnant wife saying that he was "good in bed", but the entire segment falls into his Multiple-Choice Past. In Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth Joker slaps Batman on the butt and continually hits on him throughout the comic. The pages are lined with homoerotic content and an unnatural level of sexual tension. (Arkham is non-canon, though its status as one of the iconic Joker portrayals means it can't be discounted because of that.) Various Batman media have run with this. Batman (1989) shows that Jack Napier, the man who became the Joker, had more than a casual interest in art and was very keen on his appearance. In The Dark Knight, the Joker disguises himself as a white-skirted nurse to blow up a hospital and, in his last meeting with Batman, looks forward to many future encounters with him and tells him: "You complete me." Batman: Mask of the Phantasm has him bat his eyelashes when he sees his old mob boss for the first time in years.
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  • Batman himself borders on Ambiguously Gay or Ambiguously Bi at times. Some writers make the Batman/Joker Foe Yay go both ways (as if it wasn't disturbing enough) and portray Batman as having some bizarre obsession with the Joker, and it's notoriously easy to read into his relationship with Robin, or the fact that he's never had a stable female love interest. Frank Miller has suggested Batman is simply sublimating his sexual urges into crime fighting, joking "He'd be a lot healthier if he was gay".
  • Gil Thorp: Lini Verde, a flashy-dressing Glee fan who's also a clinch player for the basketball team. Despite the large number of signs, his sexual orientation hasn't been stated. The storyline involves a website that calls him unpleasant names, but the exact nature of those names is unrevealed (probably a good idea for all sorts of reasons.) When one character suggests wearing pink to support him, she gets the response "This is about bullying, not ... pinkness!"
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  • It's Grim Up North London: Jez and Quin in the Private Eye comic strip. Maybe they're a stereotyped gay couple; maybe they're an equally stereotyped pair of upper-middle-class artistic types, who happen to share a flat.
  • The Marvel Comics supervillain Man-Killer from Thunderbolts was... actually not that ambiguous, but the comics spent years not actually stating it directly. Aside from her name, her stereotypically butch appearance, and her firm rejection of any men who showed any interest in her, there's this little exchange from when she decided to try being a good guy.
    Cyclone: One more goes to the other side...
    Man-Killer: I was born on that side, Frenchie.
    Cyclone: I meant — oh, never mind.
  • Watchmen:
    • Adrian Veidt, of course. The movie version fits the trope fairly well, the book a bit less so.
    Rorschach: He is pampered and decadent, betraying even his own shallow, liberal affectations. Possibly homosexual? Must remember to investigate further.
    • Rorschach: The "holding a handshake too long" scene that demonstrates Nite Owl II's sexual tension for Silk Spectre II is mirrored later with confirmed bachelor Rorschach doing the exact same thing to Nite Owl II. Plus he has mommy-issues and possibly idolizes his dad.
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  • Wonder Woman: Some of the Amazons are Ambiguously Bi; the rest are Ambiguously Gay. Post-Crisis, it is revealed that most residents of Themyscira are the immortal reincarnations of women who were wronged or abused by men and are all (mostly) misandric as a result, giving them a Freudian Excuse for avoiding men.
  • The title character of Yoko Tsuno never appears to have a boyfriend, but she eagerly bonds with cute young women throughout the series, which makes quite a few fans wonder about her sexual orientation. In later albums the author tries to couple her with her best friend Vic, even though they don't even have a fraction of the chemistry Yoko has with some of the other girls — especially Ingrid.
  • Cacofonix from Asterix. He is the only male villager to have neither a wife nor occasional love interests, he plays up to stereotypes of camp, self-declared artists, and in Asterix and the Secret Weapon, while living in the forest with the rest of the village men in an all-male society, there are love letters pinned to his tree.
  • An intentional use of this trope is in Alan Moore's Providence, showing how this trope was used in the era of the Closet. Robert Black, whenever he meets another man he suspects to be gay, uses contemporary slang and oblique references to suss out the other's preference, such as the wearing of a green tie. Though the minute he sees Tom Malone, he comes close to giving himself away. Dr. North heavily implies his sexuality when flirting with Black, recognizing him as a man "familiar with Greenwich".
  • In Project Superpowers, it's strongly hinted that The Woman In Red and Lady Satan are a couple. Red even openly states that she's not usually attracted to men.
  • Spider-Man villain Mysterio is sort of this. In the mainstream comics he's rarely, if ever, shown any interest in women and has had a few hints over the years (plus the Spidey standard of occasional Foe Yay). Some novels dropped the ambiguously part and made him explicitly gay; said novels are dubiously canon at best but pretty much everyone out-of-universe assumes he's gay at this point, even if the comics have yet to actually say it.
  • Clash from Jem and the Holograms is a huge fangirl of the all-girls band The Misfits and is their groupie. She also has a very close friendship with Blaze (who is canonically gay), however it's hard to tell if it's supposed to be platonic or intentionally romantic.
  • Hannibal King in Marvel Comics The Tomb of Dracula and Nightstalkers series'. With the exception of his brief but awkward relationship with Tatiana Stiles, all of his other relationships with women have been platonic. His most significant relationship is his Bromance with Blade. A lot of his dialogue in Nightstalkers was camp and over the top. He was also the most Wangsty of the Nightstalker trio. He and Blade fight and argue a lot in the Nightstalkers comic, but not in the same way he fought with Frank Drake in Tomb. Unlike Blade and Frank's former contempt for each other, Blade's bickering with Hannibal comes off as Belligerent Sexual Tension. Even Johnny Blaze notices something when he points out something strange about a vampire hunter and a vampire are hanging out together. He also had a fabulous Victorian style costume. In the final pages of the Nightstalkers comic when it is thought that he dies fighting Varnae, his last words are: "Frank, The very camp live action depiction by Ryan Reynolds must have picked up on something in the comics, or it could have just been Reynolds channeling Van Wilder.
    • Blade at one time had Saffron Caulder as his woman but she vanished after The '70s. He also seems to like leather outfits a whole lot.
  • Honey Badger, X-23's clone sister, warns Jean Grey in X-Men: Red #2 about unexplored feelings she had for a girl she saw on a bus when the latter is creating a psychic link for an upcoming mission. As Gabby is (biologically, thanks to being rapid-aged) thirteen, she's right at the age when children begin to develop their sexual identities, so the ambiguity is as much on her part as it is the story itself. The ambiguity is furthered by the future version of Gabby seen in the "Old Woman Laura" arc of All-New Wolverine, who is married to someone named "Taylor."


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