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  • Many of the examples in the Amaranthine Saga are complicated by different cultural norms between Amaranthine, Reavers, and normal humans. Some of the most obvious examples in the series are:
    • Suzuu Ferust and Akira Hajime: From the first book, they are noted to be constant companions, roommates who sleep on the floor together (albeit Suzuu usually in birdform), and Suzuu is frequently touching Akira. After seeing a picture of the two of them, Gingko suggests to Tsumiko (Akira's sister) that they are a couple, which she brushes off, partly because they are both young teens at that point. Having said that, Suzuu basically treats Tsumiko as his sister-in-law when they finally meet, and Argent, although highly possessive in regards to potential rivals, easily accepts this. By the second book, when Akira is a senior in high school, Akira has been officially accepted as part of Suzuu's family and Suzuu starts to obsess over the inevitability of Akira's death and an old legend that might grant him immortality. Akira makes a joke about Suzuu getting him pregnant (in context, it's non-sexual). The term used to describe their relationship is "nestmate" which is similar to, but not identical to, the "bondmate" used by canonical couples (and the avian couples in Book Three don't disclose which term they use for their relationships), and conflicting dialogue throughout the series casts either a platonic or romantic light on their relationship, ultimately leaving it unclear whether
      • Akira and Suzuu are in a reciprocal gay relationship
      • Suzuu is in love with Akira, but Akira sees their relationship platonically
      • Suzuu and Akira are both into each other, but Akira does not understand Amaranthine culture enough to signal his reciprocation of Suzuu's feelings
      • Akira and Suzuu are supposed to be very good friends
    • Similarly, Joe/Jiro Reaverson in Tamiko and the Two Janitors: While Kip is canonically gay, the close connection between him and Joe is never given any of the same confirmations of status that similar couples, such as Tsumiko and Argent, or Kimiko and Eloquence got, despite sharing some similar beats. All of the scenes that signal attraction between the two could be explained away as indicating comfort between the two or by the platonic, but Intimate Healing-coded "tending" magic.
    • The shop-boys in Tamiko and the Two Janitors that explicitly harass male customers and trying to make them put on various ensembles to become beautiful. However, avian clans are shown to be flamboyant throughout the series without it necessarily affecting their sexuality, with Cyril Sunfletch being explicitly Mistaken for Gay
  • Gafinilan and Mertil. In the Animorphs series, they either have a very close and important friendship or the most well-written romance in the whole series. We don't get definitive evidence either way.
  • Sir and Charles in A Series of Unfortunate Events:
    • Charles is described as Sir’s partner when first introduced, and while the children think he means business partner, he is never actually seen doing anything for the business. Sir explains they split 50/50, yet he does not get a say in business decisions. His role is a domestic one, similar to a housewife. He cooks and cleans for him, and Sir builds him a library. (in villainous fashion, with no money for books) It is implied he’s actually his romantic partner and the children purely mixed up the terms domestic partner and business partner.
    • Later on, when they both appear again in The Penultimate Peril, their relationship is even more directly queer. They are sharing a hotel room (in matching pyjamas, no less!) They are also seen together in a sauna where Sir makes an almost sexual innuendo towards him, saying that he “likes the smell of hot wood.” Both of them in a sauna together could be a reference to the connections saunas and gay culture at the time, with gay bathhouses being used as a safe space to engage with each-other romantically.
    • When they are last seen together, before their implied death they are seen holding each others hands to stay together.
    • In the companion book The Beatrice Letters, there’s a part of a letter that might be referring to their relationship, as the initials are the same:
Beatrice: I will love you until C. realizes S. is not worthy of his love.
  • Archer's Goon: Torquil. Has a great love for theatrical outfits (eyeliner included), shopping, and disco dancers. This trope is even more true for the TV miniseries.
  • In the Aunt Dimity series, Grant and Charles aren't mentioned as gay, but they show all the signs. Their careers are in the art world, specifically in restoration, framing, and appraisals. On first moving to their cottage in Finch, they compete in the village flower show and win. They have a pair of small pet dogs named for artists. They're just as much the Gossipy Hens as any of their neighbours; they share a table with Lori at Sally Pyne's cafe to watch Amelia move into her cottage. The morning after their cottage is broken into in Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch, Charles is prostrate on a chaise and fortifying himself with alcohol, and Grant offers a drink to Lori before preparing one for himself.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club:
    • Kristy Thomas. She loves sports, dislikes girly accoutrements such as dresses and makeup, and all her strongest emotional attachments are to female friends. She showed much less interest in boys than the other main characters and, despite having an on-off boyfriend (Bart), was never as serious about him as the other girls were about their boyfriends — then ultimately dumped him when she decided that something didn't feel right about the relationship. The Nostalgia Chick pointed out in her review of the 1995 movie that it features what can only be described as a Longing Look between Kristy and Claudia.
    • Abby Stevenson, who is also tomboyish and develops a very close friendship with Kristy late in the book series, may also fall into this category.
    • In the spin-off California Diaries series, Ducky counts as this trope. He has no romantic interest in his female friends and all but explicitly tells Sunny that he can't date her because she is a girl. In his last appearance in the series, he's seen buying a number of books by openly gay authors. A writer confirmed to a fan on Twitter that Ducky is gay; but the novels leave it open-ended.
  • Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle has Sir Isaac Newton.
  • Higgins from The Bloody Jack series although it's not so much ambiguous as heavily implied. Also, Mam'selle Claudelle day Bourbon in the second book. Her actions around Jacky are a bit suspect.
  • In Bravely (a sequel novel to Brave), Merida shows little to no interest in any of the men and admits to being intimidated by them, is heavily implied to be in love with Leezie, becomes noticeably disappointed when she finds out that Leezie is getting married, and gets noticeably excited when she enters a room full of women at one point. This gets thrown off, however, when she falls in love with the masculine-presenting Feradach. That said, he is a shapeshifting entity and she states that she doesn't love the male form he presents himself in front of her, but the genderless being of air he truly is, once again making her exact sexuality ambiguous.
  • A romantic relationship between two men (Sebastian and Charles) plays fairly prominently into the plot of Brideshead Revisited, but because the book was published in 1945, the "true" nature of this relationship is never explicitly stated.
  • In Bumped, Harmony's husband from her failed Arranged Marriage, Ram, is implied to be gay. They were placed with each other because they both had issues (she ran away from her first marriage).
  • William Marsh in Darkness Visible. How ambiguous it is depends on whether or not the reader picks up on late-Victorian gay traits or not. For example: smoking thin white cigarettes, dressing flamboyantly and (implicitly) hanging about with Oscar Wilde...
  • Discworld
    • The novel Unseen Academicals has Pepe. On the one hand he's very camp in his role as a fashionista. On the other hand, he's not like that at all when he isn't working. On the third hand, his "real" characterisation edges slightly towards Macho Camp. On yet another hand, he may be in relationship with someone who identifies as female, but on one more hand still she happens to have a huge beard and come from a culture where gender isn't considered important and many women identify as male. On the final hand, Word of God says "He's probably as gay as a tree full of monkeys, but you can never tell. Fandom has a few of them; they've reached a sexual equilibrium and you just don't ask questions."
    • Dwarfs in general . Until recently all Dwarfs looked, acted and identified as male regardless of biological sex, and it's noted that Dwarf courtship mostly revolves around determining what sex the other one is, however no-one ever explicitly states that Dwarf marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman. In The Truth, two seemingly male Dwarfs are engaged and it's never revealed which (if any) of them is female, similarly Carrot (a human raised by Dwarfs) mentions that he isn't sure if his adoptive mother was female or not and since they had no biological children it's possible his parents were a gay couple.
  • Oreg from Dragon Bones has impeccable manners, taste in clothes and "feminine" hobbies. He is also very close to Ward, although that's in part due to the dark magic that eternally enslaves him to the wearer of a ring, which Ward happens to have inherited from his father.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe:
    • The Doctor in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Blue Angel. (It may be important to note it's in an Alternate Universe where he's a slightly abnormal human.) He's something of a Supreme Chef, and certainly a very dedicated cook (he panics about having overcooked the potatoes). He redecorates his house to relieve stress and listens to Bette Davis soundtracks. And Freud might find the fact that he's a Momma's Boy to be rather significant. His Heterosexual Life Partner, finding him outside in the snow fussing over the garden, puts his arm around his waist to lead him inside. Most interestingly, in the parts taking place in the normal continuity, he's referred to as a "fussy old confirmed bachelor", which is basically a euphemistic way of saying Camp Gay. The Other Wiki says this was a bit controversial, and Paul Magrs, the openly gay author of this book and some of the more idiosyncratic Doctor Who novels, has stated that he writes the Doctor as a middle-aged celibate gay man.
    • In the Doctor Who New Adventures Milestone Celebration Happy Endings, we're told that Mike Yates, formerly of UNIT, is living with a man named Tom (possibly Tommy from "Planet of Spiders"?) and he chats in Polari with some definitely gay characters (Alexander from Human Nature and an Earth Reptile version of Julian and Sandy). Nothing more is said about this.
    • In the New Series Adventures novel Plague City, Bill Potts meets two older woman sharing lodgings in 17th century Edinburgh, and tries to explain she's travelling with two men but isn't romantically involved with them, by saying she's the same as them. Betsy asks what she means by that, and she cautiously replies "I'm in no hurry to get married", which they accept. We don't learn much more about their relationship, but they certainly act Like an Old Married Couple.
  • In Elliott & Win, Paul is convinced Elliott is gay because of his confirmed bachelor status, his fashion sense, and his interest in art, cooking, and opera. Win never learns for sure if he is, and eventually he decides that Elliott's sexual orientation is none of his business.
  • Zil Sperry. In the Gone series, whenever he gets a Character Focus chapter, a lot of it is him admiring Lance and his looks. It's popular Fanon that he is gay but we'll never find out as he's dead as of Plague. Howard as well but following in the footsteps of Zil we'll never know since he's dead as of Fear.
  • Aziraphale of Good Omens, being an angel, after all, is an exceptionally gentle soul who enjoys the arts, never curses, has soft, manicured hands, and calls his demonic counterpart "dear." It's stated that one of the three first impressions people typically get from him is that he is very gay. In reality, he's more asexual.
  • Alfred Prunesquallor from Gormenghast. His description describes him as having "an undamaged brain", unlike pretty much everyone else in Gormeghast.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Gilderoy Lockhart, a character rivaling Liberace in flamboyance, with periwinkle robes and his own line of hair care products. Of course it's most likely he's not gay or straight, but a narcissexual.
    • Colin Creevey. A popular fan theory is that Colin had a crush on Harry, due to the frequent comparisons between him and Ginny in the second book. In fact there's a rich history of boy-on-boy crushes at British boarding schools in both literature and real life, and this book goes into great detail on the matter as pertains to the lead-up to the First World War.
    • Part of the reason Tonks was so heavily a victim of Die for Our Ship-type harassment was that a lot of people saw Remus Lupin as this. While he's hardly flamboyant or camp, he's a social outcast, his strongest onscreen bond is with fellow bachelor Sirius Black (and the two are mentioned to have lived together at points), and he has a condition that Rowling has suggested to be an AIDS analogy. Even his actor thought it was the case.
    • While Dumbledore is gay, it's unclear if Grindelwald ever reciprocated and if he’s gay too. He dies telling Voldemort that he doesn't want Dumbledore's tomb to be desecrated but it could be interpreted as either just being respectful of him out of remorse in his old age or as genuine romantic affection.
  • Theodora from The Haunting of Hill House lives with a female "friend," and seems to be very attracted to Eleanor. It's implied that Eleanor returns her feelings, though it may be because she's starved for affection.
  • The Hellfire Club by Peter Straub has the villain Serial Killer, Dick Dart, who exhibits a bunch of Camp Gay tendencies. He speaks rather effeminately, has the best fashion sense of all the characters in the book, and is big on makeup. In fact, one moment slightly hinted that he was jealous of women, and quite possibly even wanted to be one. The only thing is... he's only shown to rape women, and claims that he "adores" them.
  • Will Solace from The Heroes of Olympus. His bickering with Nico di Angelo comes across as Belligerent Sexual Tension in the last book, though it's left ambiguous as to whether it went anywhere. Nico, however, is decidedly less ambiguous and it's very clear that he develops a crush on Will by the end of the book. The ambiguity ends in the follow-up The Trials of Apollo series, wherein Will and Nico are an official couple, which Will's father Apollo approves of (and is a bit jealous of).
  • InCryptid: Artie's pheromones only work on people attracted to men. James doesn't show any effects at first, but when he comes into contact with Artie's blood (and then licks it), the attraction to Artie is strong enough to break a cuckoo's mind control over him. Afterwards he couldn't look at Artie and had to go take a cold shower and some aconite (though he was still strong enough to recognize that it was affecting him). Seanan later confirmed that James is gay.
  • Eragon from Inheritance Cycle comes off as this, though his obsession with an unattainable elf girl indicates that he's straight. Despite this, he travels and becomes EXTREMELY close to his half-brother Murtagh, and starts getting vengeful and sulky when Murtagh turns out to think he's an annoying little twerp. Additionally he never notices Arya's sexual characteristics (read: breasts)note , but he spends a lot of time ogling his master's muscles, "port-red lips" and long, flowing hair, and starts staring intently at the guy's "hairless groin" during a naked bath scene. He also ogles the "hard and lean" muscles of his crippled ex-nemesis, and even drops his pants (but not underwear) in front of his cousin to show a very intimately-placed bruise. Oh yeah, and he spends a lot of time fondling, rubbing and stroking wooden staffs, swords, and other fun phallic weapons.
  • Lola Rose: Steve and Andy, Jayni's upstairs neighbors, are hinted to be a couple. They have lived together for some time, Nikki gets annoyed that they're being too 'friendly' with her new boyfriend and at one point they come downstairs wearing short dressing gowns, with the implication that they're not wearing anything underneath and shoved the dressing gowns on quickly to investigate a disturbance.
  • Les Misérables has Enjolras. He is described as looking very feminine, is compared to a number of mythological figures who were in same-sex relationships, and is part of a minor but fairly Homoerotic Subtext-tastic relationship arc with Grantaire (who is less ambiguous), culminating in the two of them holding hands as they die.
  • The Maltese Falcon.
    • Gutman, Wilmer and Cairo are all supposed to be varying shades of homosexual. Also Hammett's use of the word "gunsel" later in the book. From chapter four:
    The girl returned with an engraved card — Mr. Joel Cairo.
    "This guy is queer", she said.
    "In with him, then, darling", said Spade.
    • Effie Perine: Her face is repeatedly described as "boyish" and she seems to have a crush on O'Shaughnessy.
  • A file on Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun mentions he might be gay, judging by the fact that he uses a big gun, and that he can't whistle. However, it is mentioned that the latter example is just a myth.
  • The Merlin Trilogy: Ulfin is described as "self-contained in the manner of men who know they must live their lives out alone, or as the companions of other men", which is in some way related to his childhood slavery and sexual abuse. It's not clear if this means homosexuality or asexuality.
  • Ilke from Phenomena is either this or Ambiguously Bi, her Ship Tease with Jolsah is mostly from his side. Yet does it seem that she Likes Older Women by her weird over-attraction to mothers, and a slightly Pseudo-Romantic Friendship with Millian that sorta resembles Korra and Asami's the way it was in the beginning, expect in that Millian is in love with Azur, and they (Millian and Azur) become a couple, if it'll last is yet to be seen. Hisj has shown some interest in a Wife Husbandry way only to be told by her that she doesn't belong to anyone. According to Word of God is she not asexual either, but her type is someone as powerful as herself, and her being one of the most powerful characters in the series will it not be an easy task. And with Norwegian sharing words for both girlfriend and boyfriend, kjæreste (word he used for partner), meaning 'dearest', does it stand as ambiguous.
  • All three members of the main trio in The Picture of Dorian Gray have shades of this or Ambiguously Bi, but it is most significant in Basil Hallward. Whereas Harry is married and Dorian has female lovers, Basil never pursues a relationship with a woman, and it is indicated rather strongly that he is in love with Dorian. He considers his friend to be the model of physical perfection, takes him as the muse for all his art, and compares him to a number of mythological and historical figures known for their involvement in same-sex relationships. (As mentioned in the Les Misérables example above, this was a popular method of implying homosexuality in the days when outright discussion on the subject was frowned upon or forbidden.) Though tame by today's standards, the book was widely criticized as immoral when it was published.
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Professor Aronnax. He never mentions women (in fact, there's barely any mention of women at all in the book) and is clearly smitten with Captain Nemo, calling him a magnificent specimen and becoming so infatuated with him he delays his group's intended escape by several months in favour of exploring the sea with Nemo. It's commonly accepted that Aronnax had Stockholm Syndrome towards Captain Nemo, which is only broken when Aronnax witnesses Nemo committing unforgivable atrocities. The ambiguity comes in the actual intent of these compliments. While Nemo had a dead wife and child, he clearly views Aronnax as a Morality Chain, and when Aronnax tries to convince him not to attack a civilian ship he has a Villainous Breakdown and Heel Realization and tries to commit suicide by driving the Nautilus into the Maelstrom.
  • Raffles has clothes horse/cricket player/master thief A.J. Raffles. He's handsome, lives with his roommate and partner in crime (Bunny), with who he has been very affectionate and flirtatious with, and to top it off, was made with the model of an outed gay of the time. Sure, he had a female love interest and had gone on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge when she died, but his confession afterward comes with the connotations of he'd be willing to do the same for Bunny. Bunny, for his part, is completely starry-eyed concerning Raffles, and often states that the latter occupies all his thoughts.
  • A discussed trope in REAMDE. Zola notes that two of the terrorists who are holding her hostage are either a gay couple or have the closest platonic friendship she's ever seen. She wonders if they have sex when they go to bed together, but never finds out, and the question is left unresolved.
  • Redwall has this cropping up multiple times with numerous characters. Some of the most obvious examples include Clogg's reaction to Ballaw, who appears to be intentionally flirting with him ("D'you hear wot he called me? Sweet Cloggo. Ain't that 'andsome!"), Craklyn and Piknim's Pseudo-Romantic Friendship vibe, Sunflash writing poetry to Skarlath, and Ruddle and Folrig living alone in a cave together and taking every opportunity to wrestle/hug both each other and Sunflash.
  • The Reluctant King: The king of Iraz has quite effeminate mannerisms and is so overly kind to Jorian that the latter has to ask Karadur if the monarch actually swings that way. Apparently not, since he had numerous wives and one of the perks of being the king of Iraz is to have monthly encounters with the high priestess and is more interested in eating than sex (he might, however, be bi).
  • Tom Ripley in Ripliad. In The Talented Mr. Ripley, he claims not to know whether he likes men or women, and jokingly says that he's going to give up both. In the same book, his obsession with another young man seems borderline sexual, although he ultimately becomes disillusioned with him and kills him to get his money. In later books, Tom is married to a woman, but his sexual attraction to her seems minimal at best. They sleep in separate beds and rarely make love, and he seems to treat her more as a trophy wife than an object of love. In The Boy Who Followed Ripley, he's clearly attracted to the 16-year-old "boy" of the title, but nothing ever comes of it. He rescues the "boy" from kidnappers while dressed in drag, but he seems more amused by this than sexually thrilled. Tom ultimately has little interest in sex of any kind, although he's clearly attracted to other men occasionally.
  • Most of the Greek class in The Secret History is this more or less. Francis is definitely gay, and Charles is bi. The rest are a more ambiguous. The main character, Richard Papen, is very prone to Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? while still complimenting the rest of the guys' appearance and almost sleeping with a man. Henry mentions very casually that he did have sex with both Charles and Francis during the bacchanal, and is sometimes suspected of having a Lover and Beloved thing with their professor Julian. Upon first meeting him, Richard thinks Bunny is am Armoured Closet Gay, although he later changes his mind on this.
  • Grandpa Larry and Grandpa Wayne in the Secret Series. They live together, bicker Like an Old Married Couple, and are both considered the "grandfathers" of heroine Cass. It's never outright stated that they're a couple, but it's heavily implied.
  • A Separate Peace:
    • Gene Forrester certainly applies. He describes Finny's body, talking about how he moved like a panther. He also talked about Brinker's butt for an entire page. And Finny definitely loves Gene, and he has a few effeminate qualities.
    • Lets not leave Finny out of this. In one scene he watches Gene undress and when Gene is wearing nothing but his undershirt he says:
    Finny: You should have worn that all day, just that. That has real taste
  • In J. R. R. Tolkien 's The Silmarillion, Elven cousins Maedhros and Fingon. While Tolkien never implicitly states they were gay, he lets us very much understand it is the situation. The situation is thrice tragical as homosexual relations are frowned upon among the Elves, they are cousins, and their fathers Fëanor and Fingolfin aren't exactly in the best relationship.
  • The Sissy Duckling is often seen as a gay allegory due to the protagonist. Elmer is a flamboyant, effeminate duckling who gets called a "sissy" by others.
  • Legend has it that Lord Firefoot from Tailchaser's Song once came across a beautiful neutered tomcat named Windflower, who he flirted with under the belief he was a girl. They don't talk much but Windflower seems to flirt with Firefoot.
  • James of Touch (2017) is somewhere between this and Armored Closet Gay, with other characters attempting to address it with him and being vehemently shot down. Justified in that his recent experiences with molestation have made his sexuality harder for him to process.
  • Michael from The Traitor Game. He forms an extremely close friendship with Francis (who, for his part, is Straight Gay) and seems to notice all sorts of details about his hair, hands, eyes, etc. He never shows any interest in girls, though that could be because the story takes place in a boys' school. Word of God says that Michael and Francis would probably end up together, but it's unknown whether he is gay, bisexual, or thinks If It's You, It's Okay.
  • Twilight:
    • Aro, a more subtle example, who is very cheerful and constantly talks in a feminine manner. He certainly seems to like both his 'dear friend' Carlisle and Carlisle's adoptive son Edward...
      • And then he was played by Michael Sheen in the movies.
    Noah Antwiller: It's like [the Volturis] spend all of their afterlife being as fruitily gay as possible.
    • Carlisle is more than a little of this. He's an extremely well-dressed (look at that coordinated shirt and tie in the hospital scene! That extremely sexy shade of blue!) has an immaculately clean and artistically decorated house, loves to cook (if only because, as a vampire, he doesn't get to very often) and has a lot of "foster kids" but none of his own. He's also a ridiculously pale, ridiculously blond Bishōnen. The wife proves nothing. He's also just a few years older than his "children" are supposed to be. You cannot tell me that if you saw him and Edward in a public place together your first thought would be that they were father and son. In fact, when Eddie's mom told him to save him, Carlisle changed Edward with the intentions of the two of them being companions. The flashback in the movie where he turns Edward is ridiculously full of subtext. In the books Edward mentions Carlisle spent a lot of time in Italy a few centuries back, where he hung out with a load of male vampires who were models for works of art. He left after he got sick of them trying to "convert him to their lifestyle" — it wasn't just blood Edward meant.
    • There's also Kafrina and Senna of the Amazon coven, who are "like two limbs of one organism."
    • The two Romanian vampires in the fourth book were obviously meant to be a couple. It was a legitimate surprise when know...
    • Depending on who you ask Alice could be perceived this way.
  • Maz, from the series Violent Blue, could be applied to this. It's revealed in the end of the series that he is a man, by his female fiance (who gets a sex change before they get married.)
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Ravenpaw and Barley, They spend basically all of their time together, sleep cuddled together, and one of the authors has stated (paraphrased) that "they don't want any she-cats bossing them around." Ravenpaw initially refuses to ascend to StarClan because he can't be with Barley (who is a barncat, nof a Clan cat).They're confirmed as item by Word of Gay.
    • The biggest ones in this series are Tallstar and Jake (with Jake being Ambiguously Bi because he had two she-cats for mates). Jake and Tallstar seem to be in love without ever coming out and saying it. Tallstar himself is also uninterested in Reena. In this case, the authors do just about everything they can (short of actually outing the characters) to say that the two were together.
    • According to Vicky, the medicine cat Littlecloud “wasn’t into she-cats”. This implies he's either gay or ace.
  • Both the main protagonist and Reese in What I Was by Meg Rosoff. Reese is borderline obsessed with the narrator, who, in turn, is borderline obsessed with Finn and speaks of him very romantically throughout the story. At one point, Reese is described as "choosing to agree with the unambiguously heterosexual majority" out of fear, which could mean that he's in a Transparent Closet of sorts.
  • Wicked: Glinda is a popular Dude Magnet but isn't interested in any men in the novel except for a vague, passing interest in Fiyero and an ambiguous scene where she thinks about sex with a man. She instead has a close with Elphaba (with Word of God being that she loved her romantically). From what is seen, Glinda has stronger feelings for Elphaba than the other way around, as she's the one that cries when they depart and in the sequel book she is still distraught about "her Elphie" even years later. Glinda is in a relationship with a man but it's for money, not romance, and is a Sexless Marriage.
  • Young Wizards has Tom and Carl. They are senior wizards who happen to live together and own a few dogs and koi fish, but other than that, there wasn't anything else that put their sexuality into question. The author of the series later allegedly performed a Flip-Flop of God on Tom and Carl's sexuality with her allegedly stating to a private audience that Tom and Carl were gay but later took all that back, saying that Tom and Carl were actually inspirations of two close friends of hers, who were both actually straight. On the 6th of September 2018, after the death of both close friends, she confirmed publicly they were gay, much like the two they based on, and that she had kept quiet due to her friends requesting she deny their relationship due to fears their sexuality being public would negatively affect them.