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Notice the hand? So have all the shippers.

Muscular men in skintight spandex grappling other muscular men in skintight spandex? Scantily-clad women who can't keep their hands off each other? Foes fanatically obsessed with each other is one trope, but it's never all antagonistic. Perhaps Wertham was right! Compare examples of Ho Yay in other media.


  • As the foremost Plucky Comic Relief/Heterosexual Life-Partners/big ol' Woobies of The DCU, Booster Gold and the (late) Blue Beetle see a lot of m/m shipping. One word: Boostle.
    • From Formerly Known as the Justice League Issue 6:
      Beetle: Get a grip, Booster. You're acting like some jilted lover.
    • This exchange from JLI Spectacular #1:
      Beetle: That's what I like about you, Gold—you're a man after my own heart!
      Booster: And that's just about all I'm after.
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    • Ted (Blue Beetle II) gets a bit with Dan Garrett (Blue Beetle I), too, although it's all in flashbacks or posthumous. When Ted explains how he came to take over the Blue Beetle mantle, he flashes back to Dan's final moments, during which we see Dan caress Ted's face while making him promise to fight in his place. Later, when the stress of the job gets to Ted, he talks to and caresses his photo of Dan.
    • Some Ho Yay can be spotted when Ted goes out drinking with Firestorm.
    • As of Generation Lost, Max Lord seems to have gotten in on this. His fight with Booster reads so much like an abusive, jealous ex that fandom's started making cracks about how his killing Ted was really just so he could have Booster all to himself.
      • In Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Max Lord kept tabs on Booster like he did with all other superheroes. Unlike the other superheroes however, the file on Booster Gold has a picture of him in a speedo.
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    • And in Booster Gold v2, he went back in time to hang out with Ted again, and the slashy comments were everywhere. They're even mistaken for lovers at one point, by someone who's only heard them talk for like a minute, and Booster compares them to an old married couple.
  • Captain America and Bucky. Cap almost constantly mourned Bucky when he was brought out of the ice; he had to be snapped out of it with an intervention. And there was an Elseworld where Namor woke Cap and the only word he could say was "Bucky." After Bucky came back following the Winter Soldier series, this was dialled up significantly, which, combined with Steve's similar dynamic with Falcon (who, out of respect for Steve, sought out and befriended Bucky, becoming his closest male friend besides Steve), lead to a weird three-way situation where all three men would regularly engage in Ho Yay shenenigans with either one of the other.
  • Captain America and Iron Man get this a lot too.
    • The entirety of Civil War: The Confession reads like a horrifically bad break-up between Cap and Tony Stark. Once you get to the point where Tony's sobbing over Cap's corpse and saying, "It wasn't worth it", it's practically undeniable.
      • As mentioned in the list of slashy moments, there's even a point in Civil War where Moon Knight tells Cap that he and Tony should just get a room and leave the rest of the heroing community out of their spat.
      • It gets even more blatant by the end of "Fallen Son" because it culminates with Tony with telling the dead Cap "I miss your battle cry".
      • To top of all this off, Rogers and Stark are married on Earth-3490 (in which Stark was born as a woman). The featured image of the couple has Cap and Natasha "Iron Woman" Stark kissing on their wedding day, in full costume.
      • It was only a matter of time before someone photoshopped Tony's signature beard (no, not Pepper) over said image.
    • For that matter, the fans who ship Captain America and Iron Man together have a list of one hundred and counting Ho Yay moments between the two. Most look like nothing more than the actions of two teammates and good friends, but several, including dramatic mouth-to-mouth and especially one that is just as (arguably) bad as the Superman/Batman example above, make it fairly difficult to see the two as Just Friends.
    • And now, thanks to Dark Reign: Fantastic Four, we have, as one commentator put it: "So they're basically saying that Tony and Steve aren't gay, but if they had the opportunity to have it be heterosexual, they'd totally get together." Subtle, Marvel. Really.
    • And that's without mentioning the time Tony's armour became sentient and started acting like an abusive boyfriend, refusing to let him see his friends and current Love Interest, demanding that Tony get inside it, and eventually taking him to an island and torturing him...where Tony's memories of Steve helped him keep fighting.
    • Read the end of Avengers Prime and try to say that it doesn't sound like that scene in romantic comedies where the guy admits what a jerk he's been and praises the girl to the high heavens so they can be together. Just look at Tony's face when Steve hugs him!
      • Tony: "I'm not half as good at — at anything as I am when I'm doing it next to you." He sounds like he's proposing!
      • Doesn't hurt that Alan Davis has drawn the group surrounding the hug as if they're all thinking "Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other!"
    • And then there are scenes like this, where Cap literally comes riding on horseback dressed in shining armor and wielding a sword to rescue a (naked!) Tony from medieval ogres, and Tony stands there dreamy-eyed while Steve stands in front of him brandishing a sword and looking for all the world like he's protecting Tony's virtue from would-be rapists. And then he carries Tony off on his horse. Most blatant Knight and Damsel metaphor ever.
    Steve: Hop on.
    Tony: There's got to be another horse running around here somewhere.
    Steve: Hop on! Let's go.
    Tony: *climbs up on the horse* Any excuse to get me to hold you.
    Steve: You see right through me.
  • Really, Captain America has this with most men he meets and befriends. Frequent ally D-Man actually invited Steve to shower with him when they first met after a workout, which Steve accepted. Years later, D-Man would be revealed as gay, which...really isn't surprising when you take those early scenes into account, alongside D-Man's noted lack of female love interests.
  • Another popular companion for Steve is Hawkeye. After the two became friends, they'd regularly be seen working out together, would grin like schoolgirls any time they saw one-another, and generally depicted as really close. Though Steve has many companions he's extremely close to, until the resurgence of Bucky, Hawkeye was the go-to for Steve's most loyal companion when Iron Man wasn't an option.
    • During Hawkeye's first solo-miniseries, what's essentially four issues of Clint courting his future wife, Mockingbird, is interrupted by them randomly running into an out-of-costume Captain America. Though Clint claims that the tension is because he's concerned that Bobbi might find Steve more attractive than him, his behaviour actually comes off more like a man who's just bumped into his ex.
    • During Busiek's first arc, the Avengers are transformed into figures in a fantasy setting, with Steve being the only one to retain his actual memories. The first person he seeks out is Hawkeye, who only needs to gaze into Steve's eyes for a second before his true identity and memories resurface. When thanking Steve for seeking him out first, Steve happily responds that he was the obvious choice, a statement that comes off as mildly flirtly.
    • At one point, when Steve became dissilusioned with the Avengers after a disagreement on killing, Hawkeye follows him out, takes him to a bar to cheer him up, and when he's still glum, suggests they just form their own team together. It wasn't intended as such, but it does end up coming off as if Clint is trying to get Steve to run away with him.
    • During the conflict between the Thunderbolts and the Avengers, Clint is conflicted due to having been a long-time member of the latter, but having trained the former and helped them become the heroes they are now. The focal point of the conflict, however, ends up being Clint's inability to decide between Karla, his ex-girlfriend with whom he was in love with, and Steve. Though Steve was confident that he'd choose him, he's shown to be hurt when Clint instead chooses Karla, and the two act like a recently broken up couple at the end.
    • Its notable that Clint also has frequent problems butting heads with other close male friends of Cap. Though his conflict with Falcon was more due to Henry Peter Gyrich's interference, his rivalry with Bucky is, largely, based on jealousy over his closeness with Steve. When he finds out about Bucky being alive and becoming the new Captain America, he angrily confronts him in a manner not unlike a jealous lover, he picks an argument with him over how he was the 'first choice' of Steve's replacement, and later takes the opportunity to embarrass Bucky in front of Steve, ostensibly just to show him up in front of their mutual friend. The pair did patch things up (in fact, they had their own share of these moments briefly), but only did so for Steve's sake, and would later have a similar falling out over their mutual relationship with Black Widow (Bucky's long-time girlfriend and the love of his life, whom Clint had recently had a fling with during an emotional moment in both their lives).
  • Speaking of Hawkeyes, Kate Bishop was very... impressed with Whitney Frost AKA Madame Masque's physique in the Matt Fraction run's annual. She even apologizes for acting goony.
  • From the Flare page "On the Trail of the Tigress":
    Donnah: You say you love me, but I'm beginning to wonder if you really do. Certainly your feelings for me are far removed from the feelings I have for you.
    Terri: You're a lesbian, Donnah. I'm not.
  • Piper and Trickster in the DCU, especially during the trainwreck that was Countdown to Final Crisis. Piper is canon-gay, but Trickster isn't. Having them chained together, and Trickster constantly asserting his non-homosexuality (but never asserting his heterosexuality) makes the entire storyline seem like Trickster dealing with his sexuality. Until he dies in the most Ho Yay scene of all. Piper then spends the rest of Countdown going mad with grief.
  • Piper of course has this with his good pal Wally West, The Flash, with whom he turned away from crime for. Besides his wife Linda, Wally's closest companion is often depicted as being Piper, who in-turn became such good friends with Linda that the three often come across as a polygamous couple. When Piper was arrested for an assassination attempt, Wally became laser-focused on proving his innocence and finding the ones responsible, dedication he only showed normally when Linda was in danger.
    • As noted with Nightwing, Dick and Wally are also frequently shown to be closer than brothers, something that was played up after Wally returned to reality after Rebirth. In fact, Wally and Dick's relationship has become Wally's closest bond, thanks to the world's memory of Wally being missing.
  • Explicit in Nexus, where Sundra had a fling with Jil. Kind of makes you wonder just how close Sundra and Ursula were once upon a time.
    • In Nexus #102, Ursula demands that Sundra leave Horatio so that the two of them, Ursula and Sundra, that is, can raise Sundra and Horatio's newborn son Harry together. Ursula also says to Sundra "But I loved you...I"
  • In Supreme Power, Mark Milton (Hyperion) and half the male cast members, most notably Blur and Doc Spectrum. His first battle with Spectrum is a BDSM-laden spectacle, complete with Mark begging him to hit him.
  • Marvel's The Incredible Hercules features the titular muscular shirtless god Public Domain Character traveling around with teenager Amadeus Cho. The innate Ho Yay was lampshaded by the Amazons in issue #121, who kidnapped Cho upon mistaking him for Herc's eromenos. A shocked Cho replies "I've read those internet postings too, and take it from the source, it's total bull!" followed soon by a defensive "The technical term is 'adventuring companions.'" Pages here and here.
  • In the Prince of Power mini, one villain taunts Cho by saying "Heard someone killed your boyfriend." Cho doesn't bother responding.
    • Said mini also features one character (Delphyne, the same one appearing in the above-linked scenes) openly state that she believes Cho cares about Hercules above all others.
  • During Hercules's funeral Hercules's various... lady-companions get up to talk about... laying with him. Snowbird says that there are more in the crowd who should join them. Northstar, an openly gay superhero, immediately makes an excuse to leave, much to Namor's surprise.
  • It's occasionally suggested Cho reminds Herc of Iolaus. Greek myth is pretty clear about the relationship between Hercules and Iolaus...
  • In one issue, as Cho and Herc are going into Hades for Zeus, Cho gets in trouble for counting cards while gambling and is being manhandled by security. Herc gets severely over protective and almost brawls the security guards away from Cho.
  • During the "Secret Invasion" arc, Hercules outright flirts with some of the male gods that appear. His bisexuality is just taken as a given at this point without Word of God.
  • And then there was Avengers Academy #29, where a naked Herc asks which one of the "strapping young lads" would like to help him recreate the first Olympics...
  • Green Arrow and Green Lantern Hal Jordan, in spades. They went on a cross-country trip to see the "real" America: DC's sliding timescale would put that at no more than ten years ago, so what they were looking for in 1998 is a mystery, aside from, perhaps, condoms.
    • Also, Green Arrow and the Flash (Barry Allen) once had an epic jealous blowout over which of them was Hal's real BFF (masquerading as an ideological clash...what a flimsy excuse...)
    • Fellow Green Lanterns Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner have bucket loads of Ho Yay too.
  • After Oracle formed the Girl Power team Birds of Prey, she and Black Canary built up something that can only be called a long-distance lesbian relationship. At one point when Oracle was dating Nightwing, he was showering at her place, and Black Canary assumed it was her showering. So, of course, she saw no problem at all with barging in on her.
    • It helps that the definitive writer of the series, Gail Simone, encourages fans to write femme-Slash Fic about them. And some femme-Slash Fic about Huntress and Black Canary and Slash Fic about Huntress and Oracle.
    • It wasn't just Gail Simone who did it. Chuck Dixon, the series' original writer, could pack quite a bit of this trope into the two characters even before they met face to face. The letter columns were filled with fan theories that this was Canary rebounding after her relationship with Green Arrow. Printing images like this (when they actually met for the first time) helped.
    • It wasn't just between Oracle and Canary: when Spy Smasher, a.k.a. Katarina Armstrong, showed up as an antagonist to the Birds, it turned out that she and Barbara had history. It does help explain the bitterness between Oracle and Spy Smasher in the present if they were once lovers who went through a bad breakup.
  • An issue of Fantastic Four showed Johnny Storm sleeping in his bedroom, which is adorned with Spider-Man merchandise. In particular, he's cuddling a Spider-Man doll.
    • Then there was the time Johnny and Spidey became roommates. Johnny cooked Peter breakfast wearing nothing but boxers and a frilly apron, and generally acts like a jealous housewife.
    • In Dark Wolverine, Daken snidely implies that Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, has feelings for his old pal, Johnny Storm. Ben's enraged response suggests that Daken hit a raw nerve.
    • One Universe away from 616 Jack Storm and Reed Richards are a married couple.
  • In the Ultimate Universe, Johnny Storm ends up once dating Jessica Drew, then the Ultimate Spider-Woman (now the new Ultimate Black Widow), who in this world is a clone of Peter Parker, including memories and personality, but in a female body. The original Peter is pretty horrified by this.
    • In All-New Ultimates #4, a group of superheroines goes to the beach and their conversation turns to their respective romantic histories. Jessica talks about how her being Peter Parker's clone affects her and that, apparently as a consequence of this, what feels right to her is "Haha, yeah, girls. Natural redheads in particular." Ultimate Kitty Pryde, who used to be Peter Parker's girlfriend but was sidelined when he got back together with redhead Mary Jane Watson, reacts with a sarcastic: "Great!", to which Jessica responds: "I kinda have a thing for Jewish girls, too." Eight issues later, in the final issue of the series, Jessica admits to Kitty that she has a "big, fat crush" on her and apologizes for making her feel awkward. Kitty however takes it in her stride and says it was awesome of Jessica to admit her attraction to her. However, Jessica then jokingly suggests they make out.
  • There was some Les Yay between Gwen and MJ in Amazing Spider-Man — even during their catfights over Peter. An exchange between them at one point goes like this:
    Gwen: Come along, little one! Gwen will buy you a movie mag to keep you cultural till Pete's on his feet again!
    MJ: But, it's like tragic to waste all those dreamy discs!
    Gwen: If it's music you want, bunny, we can grab a kazoo on the way!
  • The Juggernaut and Black Tom were cellmates in prison for a while, and were partners ("in crime") for a really long time after getting out. Any time Black Tom got hurt, the Juggernaut would literally cry. The Juggernaut, bitch. And there's been naked cuddles. And of course, after he slept with an alternate universe's She-Hulk, he commented, "Sometimes it's just better with women."
  • Jennifer Morgan and Power Girl in later issues of the original series of The Warlord where they spent a large amount of time in each other's company and were often seen reclining together in Stripperiffic outfits in an attitude that was positively post-coital. In Power Girl's last appearance in the series, they reflect on how close they've become:
    Power Girl: It's almost a miracle, how close we've grown, isn't it, Jen?
    Jennifer Morgan: Yes, like sisters.
  • Zig-zags in the interaction between Phat and Vivisector in X-Force and X-Statix. After some flirty interactions, they begin dating - which turns out to be a fake relationship for media attention. This helps them both realize they really are gay, but not attracted to each other.
  • Aside from the apparent dates between Captain America and Iron Man, the Marvel Adventures: Avengers series pulled off some Les Yay between Storm and Giant-Girl when Hatemonger's emotion-influencing device went haywire. The two went from yelling their heads off and attacking each other to an embrace and talking about how jealous they were of each other. Spider-Man even mutters "Maybe... they're gonna..." to himself as the other Avengers watch.
  • Empowered delivers Les Yay in abundance. Empowered is a Deconstruction of fetishes, but that hasn't stopped her from being either suggested with the other two main females, or even getting molested by one female kidnapper. As for Ho Yay... it's shown, in-universe, that Emp is a Yaoi Fangirl who reads a lot of doujinshi and fanfic. She even slashes her teammates.
    • Emp is a self-described "three drink bisexual," and the two other main females include Ninjette, who is confirmed as having had at least one sexual experience with another woman, and Sistah Spooky, who is canonically bisexual. The Caged Demonwolf enjoys this set up immensely.
      • The Les Yay between Emp and 'Jette is particularly worth mentioning for both frequency and blatancy. Ninjette describes Empowered as "hotness incarnate" at one point, that's fairly low-key compared to some of the things that happen later, such as them taking a bath together.
  • Secret Six has a ton of examples: Catman and Deadshot spend time doing things like threatening to kill each other, wrestling with each other, cooking for each other, getting naked together... This one is another Gail Simone series, of course.
    • Since Deadshot and Jeanette began sort-of dating, she and Catman have twice sided against each other. Both times Deadshot picked Catman over his actual girlfriend.
    • Plus having an actual lesbian on the team in the form of Scandal Savage. Her relationships with Knockout and Liana are canon; her relationship with Jeanette is more subtext.
      • Simone has confirmed that Jeanette is bisexual and it's got to be said that she and Scandal are VERY close...they're also both immortal and have a long history with one another. She's also confirmed one of the male members of the Six (Catman) is Bi too.
    • And Ragdoll, a guy who's every word drips Depraved Bisexual, although he's doesn't actually have ... equipment. He does love Parademon so much he keeps his stuffed body in his bedroom, though.
  • ElfQuest features the ever ambiguous Cutter and Skywise. Then again, it's official Word of God that all elves are bisexual. It's also Word of God that Cutter and Skywise are the respective Author Avatars of the creators. Who are a married couple. Yeah.
    • The degree to which each elf is willing to exercise that bisexuality does vary greatly, from the practically exclusive heterosexuality of Strongbow to the almost exclusive homosexuality of his son, Dart. There are also variations, such as Skywise seemingly being mostly heterosexual but being happy to have sex with Cutter.
  • This trope might be the real reason Spider-Man prefers to work alone.
    • Yeah, but that didn't stop Norman Osborn from piling on the insinuation about him and Harry in "American Son."
    Norman: "Just accept it and come clean... about Harry and your obsession with him."
    Norman: "Would it loosen your tongue to know that Harry sold you out for a woman?"
    • And finally, outright
    Norman: "Do you love my son?"
    • Spider-Man does get quite a bit of Ho Yay — just most of it is Foe Yay flavored.
    • Norman Osborn's default interaction with anybody seems to be creepy sexual tension. A notable example is him watching Namor shower. Also, if his early relationship with Peter Parker was supposed to be paternal, it was the sort of paternal that gets you arrested.
      • Heck, he even had this with Trapster, a minor Spidey/Fantastic Four villain. Of course the twist there was that Spidey was disguised as new supervillain Dusk, whom Trapster took under his wing in the hopes that they could kill Spidey together.
    • At one point the Chameleon outright says "I love you, Peter."
  • The idea of Les Yay between She-Hulk and Wasp has been played for Fanservice and laughs at least once. Back during her fourth wall-breaking days, Jen ends up reviewing potential new creative teams for her comic, all of which actually did pages for the issue, intentionally poking fun at their usual work. Of note for this trope was Adam Hughes (AKA: "He of Cheesecake Art"), whose submission had Janet going into combat naked because the clothes she'd been wearing that day hadn't been particle-treated, and Jen appears to enjoy the view before rushing off to join in the upcoming fight as well.
    • Jen's friendship with the Skrull Jazinda had some pretty strong undertones as well, to the point where Jazinda, captured and about to be dissected by the government, is almost certainly about to say "I always loved you" when her connection gets cut. This is Peter David again, so, not that surprising.
      • Not to mention that PAD had fun with She-Hulk and Thundra... Jazinda jokes that She-Hulk and she met through an inter-galactic lesbian dating service and Thundra expresses disappointment when She-Hulk denies this. And of course, Thundra is the leader of a society in the future where women have enslaved most of the male population, so besides sex slaves options for partnership are somewhat limited. Given her background, it's somewhat surprising her Les Yay hasn't been played up more but then, she started out as more of a straw feminist than anything.
      • Hell, Jazinda canonically has the hots for half of this pairing is already in place.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police. Being Heterosexual Life-Partners doesn't help them enough, there's plenty of subtext in every media. They usually play along when it's played for laughs, but they usually show aversion to the idea when it's suggested.
  • In one Superman comic, when Mon-El was subbing for him, he talks with a restaurant owner who seems really excited about going off for a bite with him. Turns out it's Matter-Eater Lad in disguise, and he was just excited about eating. The fangirls were crushed.
  • Lara Croft has some moments, especially when Sara Perezzi shows up for the Witchblade crossover. Chief among them Lara going after an evil blob thing because it made 'her' Sara cry, Sara declaring about three times that she 'loves/loved' Lara, and we're about good to go. This dovetails neatly with the subtext in the rebooted game series.
  • It's short, but there is a small moment in Frozen: Breaking Boundaries where Anna saves her Canon Foreigner friend Mari from being swept away by an ice floe, and they share this look. Oh Anna, you just get Les Yay with every girl you meet, don't you?
  • Jill Trent, Science Sleuth: The titular heroine and her gal pal Daisy are clearly Heterosexual Life-Partners in this obscure Golden Age feature. But there are lots of Les Yay cues, particularly by 1940s standards. No sign that they're relatives, nor that either girl is married. And unusually for comic book features of the day, there aren't even hints of a token boyfriend for Jill. The Les Yay is made explicit in the gender-bent Remix Comic version, Jill Trent: She-Sir Science Sleuth.
  • Nico and Karolina of Runaways. Karolina nurses a crush on Nico for the first 25-or-so issues before trying to kiss her. Nico is shocked but doesn't exactly deny that she might be interested - it has more to do with the fact that her first two love interests turned out to be manipulating the entire team. Of course, before either of them have five minutes to talk about it, it turns out that Karolina has an Arranged Marriage to a Super Skrull that not even she knew about, and it may be the only way to stop an interplanetary war. It's the Marvel Universe, go figure. They've still had Ship Tease moments ever since K and Xavin came back, and now that Xavin's been Put on a Bus, Karolina and Nico are finally a couple.
    • And then there's Molly and Klara, who are seldom ever seen apart. The way Molly frets over Klara when she gets seriously injured and the way Klara usually defers to Molly's whims (and instinctively moves to protect Molly from a Sentinel during their visit to Avengers Academy) suggests that they might be more than friends, even if neither one is quite of shipping age.
  • Main characters Andréa and Elwood (both anthropomorphic ferrets) in the French series Les Lumières de l'Amalou. Sure, Elwood crushes hard on Orane (a human-like "Transparent"), but the amount of Ho Yay between Andréa and his sidekick can be quite staggering. Their third scene overall has them waking up naked in the same bed, and the rest of the story often involves them bickering like an old couple.
    Andréa: (lecturing a guard while wearing only a towel).
    Elwood: Andréa! Sir! You... dropped your towel...
  • Nova and Peter of Annihilation.
    Nova: What would I do without you?
    Peter: Die alone?
    Nova: Did not need to hear that.
    • A little later on, when Nova decides to go on what is essentially a suicide mission to take out Annihilus:
      Peter: Did you really think I'd let you run off and get yourself killed without my being there to tell you "I told you so?"
  • In the DCU Tim Drake finds himself the victim of this trope often. Sometimes with Bart Allen, aka Impulse, but usually with Kon-El/Conner Kent, aka Superboy.
  • Some readers of Steelgrip Starkey and the All-Purpose Power Tool think the entire series is swimming in homoerotic innuendo. After all, it is about two muscular life-partners who go around welding tools while half-dressed...
  • It was a running theme with the Marvel character Starfox (real name Eros). Technically, his powers aren't supposed to be sexual, but they're always described with words like "caress" and "tickle," ambiguous drawings. Some notable examples include: Captain America, Triton, and male-coded robots.
  • Mark Gruenwald and Carmine Infantino's run on the original Spider-Woman series was hilariously loaded with Les Yay, with Jessica Drew repeatedly bemoaning her boyfriend's inability to understand that Spider-Woman is a part of her identity (a part which, incidentally, comes with a costume with two upside-down triangles on it...) Similarly, she abandons him twice in one issue to go chasing after Gypsy Moth (who was later outed as bisexual), and after GM is injured (by Jessica Drew's moronic boyfriend, no less), Spider-Woman carries the girl off to recover and lets her go, even though she terrorized partygoers (albeit hilariously pretentious ones), saying that she has more in common with the strange insect-costumed women than with them. The issue ends with Drew coldly refusing to apologize to her boyfriend for blasting him in the face to prevent him from harming Gypsy Moth. Later, after the obligatory "couples therapy via supervillain kidnapping" arc, more Les Yay arrives with the introduction of Lindsay McCabe, who is somehow immune to Jessica Drew's hostility-inducing pheremones, and the arrival of Nekra, a supervillainess determined to kill Spider-Woman because the pheremones cause her to feel "alien" affection for SW. After a culminating fight in which Nekra's hate-fueled powers crap out and SW accidentally puts her in a coma, the arc ends with poor Jessica Drew getting dumped. After a bizarre mini-arc where SW battles a creepy "waxman", she's bailed out of a humilating therapy session by Lindsay, who insists that Jessica stay at her place till she gets her head together. Immediately after that, all the loose ends and subplots from the Gruenwald/Infantino run are abruptly settled in an issue where Jessica Drew is fired from her job AND evicted from her house, leaving her free to move in with Lindsay. One can only wonder if Gruenwald realized that his run on the series could be interpreted as a thinly-veiled story about a woman coming to grips with her sexuality...
  • In both Witchblade and The Darkness, being the host of the Angelus force comes with a cool suit, the power of flight, a nifty spear, and a small army of similarly-dressed angel minions who are often creepily obsessed with you. On top of that, the current host, Danielle Baptiste, spent several issues of both Witchblade and her own short-lived solo book trying to figure out if she was actually romantically interested in her friend Finch. As of current issues, Dani has gone ahead and started a romantic relationship with Finch, although the series has hinted that the Angelus itself may actually be bisexual, which may have influenced Dani's decision.
  • Daken and everyone, but most notably Bullseye, Johnny Storm, Gambit, and even his own father, Wolverine.
  • The Red Lantern Bleez, and the Star Sapphire Fatality. Of all the New Guardians, they seem very much the closest, and during Red Lanterns Fatality tries HARD to convert Bleez, to get her to swap the power of rage to the power of love. Bleez has issues with love, and Fatality obviously didn't know that removing the red ring would kill Bleez instantly, but the moment was very much there. Fatality is also one of the only beings whom Bleez has willingly shown her face to (Bleez wears a mask).
    • It's aided by the fact that Bleez, before her torture by Sinestro Corps members, was considered very beautiful, but turned down her suitors. More than one person can equate that to her being a lesbian.
  • Almost from the beginning of its run, DC's Demon Knights series has been dropping not-so-subtle hints that Exoristos fancies the Shining Knight; for anyone who was still confused, Ex pretty much spelled it out when she declared that the sight of Sir Ystin putting down a giant wolf was "arousing". However, Ystin's situation is... complicated. They do end up going off on an adventure together when Ystin decides to resume the search for the Holy Grail.
  • Throughout League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's run, it's been hinted at that Mina Murray is at least bisexual. This started as far back as issue 2 of volume 1, when Cootes comments to the effect that Mina would have been an ideal pupil for her over-sexed school. By the time Century 1969 came out, it was pretty much a given, with Mina seducing Julia Gallion. And the final volume, Century 2009, makes it pretty explicit that Mina and Orlando are more than just casual sex partners.
  • Gen¹³ has Rainmaker who is totally into Fairchild.
  • Tintin's relationship with Captain Haddock gives many readers this impression. Neither character shows any interest in women throughout the series (Haddock actively prefers to avoid the company of women, and states this repeatedly), and as soon as Haddock is restored to Marlinspike Manor, Tintin immediately moves in with him, and lives there thereafter.
  • Franco-Belgian Comics La Patrouille des Castors (The Beaver Patrol) is full of this. The series is about 5 teenage boy scouts having various adventures from solving crimes to foiling political schemes. The 5 spend all their time together, from eating, sleeping in a tent to saving each others. Women and girls are practically absent, especially early in the series (although they did ran into a group of girl scouts once). This is taken Up to Eleven in Passport pour le néant (Passport to oblivion) where they spend the majority of the story in speedos and Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Black Widow and Mockingbird have had a lot of this whenever the two team up or interact for a certain amount of time (which is sadly too little). Their first thoughts upon meeting for the first time were, quite literally, 'she's pretty!', before embarking on an adventure together that they both enjoyed. Years later, when Mockingbird was transformed into a Communist sleeper agent thanks to a cybernetic STI she got from Widow (thanks to Widow's past relations with Hawkeye, Mockingbird's husband), Widow has to administer a cure, which essentially has her wrestle Bobbi down and make out with her (because the cure is in Widow's saliva), resulting in Mockingbird looking like she's having an orgasm before passing out. Later in the story, after spending a short while making sure Mockingbird was OK, Widow went after some other people infected where it was revealed that a Tap on the Head would also work (meaning she chose to kiss Bobbi), and at the end, Natasha's boyfriend Bucky Barnes mentions he checked on Hawkeye and Mockingbird to see if they were OK, with Bobbi apparently telling him to tell her to 'call if you're still curious'.
    • Both women also have something minor with Spider-Woman as well, with Bobbi at first being annoyed that Jess had hooked up with her now-ex-husband Hawkeye but later ended up working with closely, while Natasha and Jess develop a Romantic Two Girlfriendship after the latter joins the Secret Avengers (a fact that, really, makes the fact Bobbi left the team just before Jess joined all the more sad).
  • In DC's New 52 the friendship between Power Girl and Huntress, AKA Helena Wayne, daughter of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Catwoman/Selina Kyle from Earth 2, is full of Les Yay.
  • Let's not forget about Warlock's...unusually intimate A Boy and His Robot relationship with Doug Ramsey. How intimate, you ask? Well, so intimate that they fuse their bodies together, Warlock refers to Doug as "selfsoulfriend", and at its most suggestive, even features the line "I love you and you are breaking my heart."
    • In one of the alternate worlds seen in Exiles, Warlock accidentally started a cyborg-zombie apocalypse when he merged with Ramsey in an effort to save the boy from the Legacy Virus, which resulted in the virus mutating so that it caused everyone infected with it to become a cyborg zombie. The narration explicitly states that Warlock nearly wiped out humanity because he loved Ramsey and couldn't bear to face life without him.
  • Convergence:
    • In Convergence: Batgirl, Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain are shown to be living together. Stephanie also refers to Cassandra as "honey", paying a little fanservice to the popular ship.
    • In Convergence: The Question, there's a rather similar situation between Renee Montoya and Helena Bertinelli, who are also living together, and talk to one another like a married couple. In the second issue, Batwoman gets angry at Huntress because she thinks she is sleeping with her ex. Huntress' reply ("I'm what? Hey now!") indicates that she still had not known, up until that moment, that Question was gay.
  • Dr. Eggman and Dr. Wily in Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog/Mega Man: Worlds Collide, especially on some of the "EFF: Evil Friends Forever" variant covers. One such cover shows both mad scientists riding a tandem bicycle and sharing drinks. At one point in the comic proper, Eggman even acts like a jealous girlfriend when he learns of Wily's history with Dr. Light: his attempting to dispose of the good doctor could be the act of a bitter Yandere trying to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Lampshaded in Ultimate Fantastic Four when Ben and Reed go to face Thanos:
    Oh, this is just pathetic. This laconic, heroic, tragicomic— garbage!!! Walking off to certain death with your heads held high! You might as well hold hands, because that's how homoerotic it is!
  • Deadpool: Putting aside the massive amounts of Homoerotic Subtext between Deadpool and Cable in Cable & Deadpool, there's plenty more where that came from.
    • Bullseye hero-worships Deadpool to the point where it starts smelling rather Ho Yay-ish in Dark Reign, going so far as to imagine Deadpool as something of his savior from the teachers and kids he hated in school. He cried when they said goodbye! Heck, back in Joe Kelly's run, he mentioned he liked Deadpool because he made him laugh. He's probably the nearest thing he has to a friend... when they aren't trying to kill each other. Which Deadpool usually doesn't take seriously. Really!
    • Steve looked like he was going to blush when he was going to sit in Deadpool's lap.
  • Moon Knight and his pilot Frenchie in spades, with a recent retelling of his origin even presenting their first meeting as if Frenchie was trying to pick Marc up at a bar. In this case its intentional, as Frenchie is in fact gay and was in love with Marc, but Marc, being straight and too focused on his work, didn't notice. When the two reconnected after Frenchie moved on, their relationship is depicted as being highly sour, not unlike two exes after a bitter break-up.
  • Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman certainly qualify. In the first story they appear in together, Avengers Annual #10, Carol’s powers and memories are stolen, and she is left to fall to her death over the Golden Gate Bridge until Spider-Woman swoops in to the stranger’s rescue — a courageous hero come to save a Damsel in Distress. For the rest of the issue, Jess is very protective of Carol and is determined to figure out how to help her recover. In the decades since, Jess and Carol have remained “best friends”, often playfully teasing each other or bickering Like an Old Married Couple during their team-ups. When Jessica gets pregnant and has a baby who she names Gerry, Carol adores him as well. Gerry pretty much Has Two Mommies.
  • Sonic the Comic: Executive Meddling led to Amy's teasing crush on Sonic being phased out and Amy instead becoming a more tomboyish character. She was paired up with The Smart Guy Tekno and eventually the two were given a series of spinoff strips where they went on adventures together. This led to a lot of Les Yay, including Tekno's line "Amy, you're a treasure". In the Fan Sequel Sonic the Comic – Online!, they were upgraded to Official Couple status by Word of Dante. The Distant Finale, Exit: Sonic, was written by the original head writer Nigel Kitching and reveals that Amy will one day settle down with Tekno.
  • There are generous helpings of Les Yay among Rulah, Jungle Goddess and her suspiciously-pale native maidens. Said maidens being the subjects of peril, hairdressing, abduction, experiments, and much hugging when rescued.
  • Wonder Man, of The Avengers and Beast, of The Avengers and X-Men. When Wonder Man comes back from the dead yet again in the pages of the Busiek/Perez Avengers, Beast shows up (with a bouquet of roses!) and gives him a big tackle, then a sloppy kiss on the lips.
    • In an issue of Marvel's Alternate Universe comic Exiles, the team's Alterna-Beast chose not to return to his own universe because, with his lover Wonder Man dead, there was nothing there for him.
  • Starfire is a very affectionate person by nature and has a very different cultural attitude in regards to sexuality and personal space. As a result, her interactions with some female characters can put her in this trope.
    • Special mention goes to her relationships with Stella Gomez and Atlee in her solo series by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.
    • In Issue 9 Atlee has to help Stella adjust to Strata's atmosphere by blowing air into her lungs. It basically looks like a kiss.
    • Her first meeting with Jessica Cruz in Justice League Odyssey was framed very flirtatiously. It helps that Jessica is Ambiguously Bi.
    • Her relationship with Donna Troy has elements of this trope as well, especially in Perez/Wolfman years of Teen Titans. There was also the time Kory went as far as attacking Superman when his malfunctioning Superman robot killed Donna.


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