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Dennis Hensley: The book is extremely explicit and in some places very homoerotic. Has that been toned down?
Dana Delany: Yeah, it's very much a heterosexual island. It's too bad because Anne Rice has a great homosexual following, but I think Garry Marshall is aiming for a Middle-American audience. There are two things I think about this: in movies, I think, people only want one lover—they want the hero and they want the heroine. They get confused otherwise, even though that's reality.
Movieline interview for Exit to Eden.
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Elements of a character changing when a work is adapted from one medium to another is an extremely common occurrence. Nice Guys might turn into Jerkasses, platonic friends might become love interests, an ally might become an enemy, etc.

One of the most controversial ways of changing a character (much like a Race Lift, and for similar reasons) is to alter their sexuality. This could mean making a homosexual character straight, giving a sex life to someone described as asexual, putting aromantic characters into romantic relationships, making a straight person gay or bisexual, or any combination or variation of the above. It's debatable whether establishing a gay orientation for a character with a previously unknown sexuality counts — presumably, "I'll just tell the missus I'll be home late tonight" would slide right by for a minor male character whose marriage wasn't established in the source material, but would raise eyebrows for a woman.

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Sometimes a form of Bowdlerization, when the change is made to appease Moral Guardians or to avoid controversy. Compare Hide Your Lesbians and Promoted to Love Interest. Not to be confused with Situational Sexuality. Sub-trope to Adaptational Diversity.

Note: If a character (most importantly if s/he is based on a Real Life person) is merely speculated to have a certain sexuality and a depiction does not follow that, it does not count as this trope, even if said speculation has been generally accepted as fact through Pop-Cultural Osmosis.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Classi9: In real life, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s homosexuality is a known fact. It has been considered one of his reasons behind his semi-permanent depressive disorder, and his brother, who was also gay, discussed it in his biography. In the manga, he is bisexual, or possibly pansexual, as he doesn’t care about someone’s gender so long as they are weak enough to be attractive to him.
  • While Lyrical Nanoha is legendary for the Homoerotic Subtext between Nanoha and Fate, Nanoha was originally in a relationship with Chrono back in the Lyrical Toy Box fandisc for Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • In the manga, Kunzite and Zoisite's sexuality was never addressed but there is a piece of artwork Naoko Takeuchi made whilst hashing out plot points that were eventually dropped that shows Zoisite and Sailor Mercury and Kunzite and Sailor Venus embracing. In the anime however, Kunzite and Zoisite are Yaoi Guys (and in the DiC dub "Zoycite" is a woman). Also Fisheye was never into guys in the manga, again showing romantic interest in Sailor Mercury, but chased men in the anime and once more became female in The '90s English dub.
    • The Cloverway English dub of the original anime did this to Haruka (Amara) and Michuru (Michelle). In the Japanese version and later dubs they are unrelated and an Official Couple. The dub changed them so that they're cousins. In combination with that, the dub edited a scene so Michelle mentions her first kiss was with a boy named Brad and Amara also mentions being attracted to boys. Michuru is Ambiguously Bi but her kissing a boy was nowhere in the Japanese version. The dub, however, accidentally made the cousins come off as gay or bisexual anyway (though with a Kissing Cousins slant) because their scenes together are still heavily romantic even with dialogue changes.
  • Prince of Stride: Alternative: Takeru Fujiwara was a straight bachelor in the visual novel the anime is based on. In the anime, he has been changed to gay, with no romantic interest in the heroine, and is instead heavily implied to have feelings for Riku... As well as any man with attractive and muscular legs.
  • Juri Arisugawa of Revolutionary Girl Utena has a different sexuality in every continuity:
    • In the anime series, she's a closeted lesbian who is secretly in love with her childhood frenemy Shiori Takatsuki,
    • In the manga, she's straight and in love with Touga Kiryuu except in that version, she actually has a torch for Ruka and just sees Touga as a stand-in in Ruka's absence; incidentally, Shiori doesn't even exist in the manga. Part of the reason for this seems to be that Juri in the manga is a combination of Juri from the anime and Nanami (who is in love with Touga and a Clingy Jealous Girl much like manga!Juri). In interviews, Chiho Saito said that since the manga was shorter, she wanted to keep the story as focused on Utena as possible, so she decided Juri's love triangle couldn't be as separate from the main character as it was in the anime. The After the Revolution manga epilogue Saito did 20 years later reversed this decision to an extent, showing a now-adult Juri in a relationship with Shiori.
    • In Adolescence of Utena, Juri is once again in love with Shiori, but also appears to be hitting on Miki at one point.
    • In the movie-manga and Light Novels, Juri's sexuality has never been specified.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew's Minto was clearly into Zakuro, but she also showed attraction to a couple of guys. When making Mew Mew Power, the translators for 4Kids Entertainment realized that there was no way they could write around the lesbian subtext between the two characters, and apparently decided that having Corina be gay would raise fewer eyebrows than having her be bisexual. So while they toned down Corina's romantic feelings toward Renee where they could, they excised any hint that she might have feelings for anyone else, most notably in a scene where the Mew Mews were imagining their ideal man; Mint's imaginary boyfriend was replaced with an image of Renee.
  • My-HiME. In the anime, Natsuki repeatedly states that she has no interest in or time or romance, and her close friend Shizuru believes that her feelings for Natsuki are unrequited. That said, Shizuru is Natsuki's most important person, and there are some indications that Natsuki may return her feelings. In the manga, however, Natsuki's most important person is Yuuichi, thereby creating a Love Triangle with Mai and suggesting that Natsuki is heterosexual in this continuity.
  • Baki the Grappler: Kureha, in the subs, was obsessed with body building. Kureha in the anime dub, however, is obsessed with body building and beautiful men. The dub also changes the scene Kureha has with Baki after Doppo's loss from Kureha talking about how life and death are natural for a doctor to Kureha going on about how cute Baki is, and gives every line out of his mouth huge amounts of innuendo from then onward.
  • Gankutsuou is a rare example that takes this trope in both directions. In the novel, Eugénie Danglars is a lesbian who runs away with her piano instructor while Franz is simply a good friend of Albert. In the anime, both characters are in love with Albert.

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    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics:
  • The DCU:
    • The all-new version of Alan Scott (the original Golden Age Green Lantern and very much Married With Children in the old continuity) revealed as being in a same-sex relationship on the all-new Earth 2. Word of God says that this was to make up for the fact that his son Obsidian, who was homosexual, was erased from continuity due to the age-down making Scott too young to have adult children. When the original Golden Age version of Alan Scott returned to the DC Universe (alongside his children Jade and Obsidian) following DC Rebirth and Doomsday Clock, a Flashback story set in the 1940s implied that Alan was a closeted gay man. This was eventually confirmed in Infinite Frontier #0. Jimmy, Alan's friend who died back in his origin story, was Retconned into having been his secret lover.
    • The National Comics (New 52-era outside continuity books) version of Rose & Thorn is Ambiguously Bi (it's hinted that Rose's Superpowered Alter Ego tried to seduce her best friend, Mel).
    • The Multiversity:
      • On Earth-36, The Flash and Green Lantern are a gay couple known as Red Racer and Flashlight.
      • The Ray of Earth-10 is gay, in keeping with the theme of each of Earth-10's Freedom Fighters representing different groups who were persecuted by the Nazis.
    • Originally, Maxima was an adult Stalker with a Crush And Test Tube who was obsessed with bedding Superman and other powerful men. Post-Flashpoint story Crucible turns her into a closeted teenage lesbian with a schoolgirl crush on Supergirl.
    • In Pre-Flashpoint comics, the last time we saw DEO Agent Cameron Chase, she was in a relationship with a guy called Dylan and expecting his child. In Supergirl (Rebirth) she's dating Dr. Shay Vertitas.
    • Pre-Flashpoint Captain Stingaree was a closeted gay man in a relationship with the Cavalier. His closeted status was even used to blackmail him into acting as an informant and implied to be part of why he's the family's "black sheep", a core component of his character. In the New 52, he's straight and married with children.
    • In DC Comics Bombshells, a number of characters who are either straight or Ambiguously Bi in the mainstream DC universe are depicted as unambiguously lesbian or bi. For example, Big Barda and Kimiyo Hoshi are lovers, Wonder Woman is unambiguously bisexual, Lois Lane is dating Supergirl, and Mera is strongly implied to have had a past sexual thing with Diana.
    • In the DC Rebirth relaunch, Aqualad II (Jackson Hyde/Kaldur'ahm) is gay. Then again, this might be a subversion, as he was a Canon Immigrant from the Young Justice cartoon and all Greg Weisman said on the subject was he wasn't straight. At the time Rebirth started, all he had in a love interest was a relationship with Tula that ended with her falling in love with Garth while he was away, along with some Ship Teasing in Brightest Day that suggested the comic version of Aqualad had an attraction to Lorena Marquez/Aquagirl II. The 2019 revival of Young Justice would indeed see Kaldur with a boyfriend, and Word of God is that he's polysexual.
    • Natasha Irons, the niece of Steel, exclusively had male love interests in the pre-Flashpoint continuity. When she finally made her post-reboot debut in the DC Rebirth Superwoman series, she's established as having had a girlfriend in the past, and later shown to be in a relationship with Traci 13.
      • Traci herself went from dating Jaime Reyes pre-Flashpoint to dating Natasha afterward.
    • The DC Rebirth relaunch of Deathstroke establishes that Jericho from the Teen Titans is pansexual, and has a rather fluid view on sexuality in general. In fact, he was originally planned to be gay when Marv Wolfman and George Perez was developing the character.
    • Ray Terrill, aka the Ray, is gay in DC Rebirth, as compared to his pre-Flashpoint counterpart, who used to have a thing with Black Canary.
    • Gotham Central had Batman: The Animated Series Canon Immigrant Renee Montoya come out as a lesbian. However, the Series Bible for B: TAS had her join the GCPD after her husband died. (Though the bible's canonicity is debatable, as Renee's entry also states that she opposed Batman's vigilante activities, while in the series she supported them, in contrast to her partner Harvey Bullock).
    • Wonder Woman (Rebirth):
      • Barbara Anne Minerva, post-Crisis, was attracted to men and most recently had shown an attraction to Hunter Zolomon (Zoom, the second Reverse-Flash). Here, she's attracted to women, although it's not clear what her sexuality is.
      • Wonder Woman's friend Etta Candy is also strongly implied to be a lesbian, complete with some light Ship Teasing with the aforementioned Barbara. Etta was exclusively depicted as straight prior to this, and even ended up marrying Steve Trevor in the post-Crisis continuity. This also seems to be true of the alternate universe version of Etta from Grant Morrison's Wonder Woman: Earth One graphic novels, who is very intrigued to learn about Themyscira.
        Etta: So let me get this straight. You're from a paradise island of science fiction lesbians? With a side of bondage? Honey, I'll drink to that! Woo woo!
    • In the pre-Crisis continuity, the Justice League of America supporting character Dale Gunn was Ship Teased with both Vixen and Zatanna, and was even briefly in a Love Triangle with them. In the New 52 Vibe series, Dale is instead shown to have a husband named Casey.
    • In his original appearance, Mikaal Tomas, the Starman of 1976, was portrayed as motivated by his lost love Lyssa Jurndaal, and not shown to have any other romantic interests. When he reappeared in James Robinson's Starman, he was bisexual.
    • The pre-Flashpoint version of Nightwing villain Stallion had an ex-wife and objectified women. The post-Flashpoint version is reformed, and works in a gay bar. However, it's also suggested that when he was a villian he was extremely closeted, so the above characterisation may still stand as Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?.
    • In Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed Steve Trevor (traditionally a straight man) is here Steve and Trevor, a married gay couple.
  • Marvel Universe:
  • IDW:
    • Transformers have historically tended to be straight. IDW generally has not bought into this, with multiple characters who lacked any romantic partners in Generation 1 material developing romantic entanglements, often with a robot of the same gender: Cyclonus with Tailgate, Chromedome with Rewind (and, apparently, Prowl), Blast Off with Onslaught, you get the idea.
      • Arcee had a relationship with Springer in the Legends comic and the third season of the cartoon, an explicit crush on Hot Rod in the movie, and dated Chromedome in The Headmasters; in The Transformers: Robots in Disguise, she hooks up with fellow female Transformer Aileron, while in the 2019 series, she's in a relationship with Greenlight.
      • Knock Out was Ambiguously Gay in Transformers: Prime, but it's never stated explicitly, or indeed implied by more than a quick sequence of Knock Out checking out Optimus Prime's altmode. The Transformers: Windblade and The Transformers: Till All Are One had no, aheh, truck with the word "ambiguously", and a 'bot with the same design as his best war buddy in Prime is explicitly his husband.
      • Ratchet is unattached in the G1 cartoon, mentions a girlfriend in Transformers Animated, and gets robo-married to fellow male robot Drift in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. Although to be fair, he could hypothetically be bi in all three.
      • The 2019 series Valentine's Day special pairs Blast Off with Cosmos.
    • Jem and the Holograms:
      • The IDW reboot makes Kimber and Stormer from Jem a couple. Kimber in the cartoons was known for having many male love interests. Stormer's sexuality was never hinted at, though. The two were heavy on the Les Yay in "The Bands Break Up" episode but nothing was ever confirmed.
      • Aja is bisexual. In the original cartoon, her only shown love interest was her boyfriend.
  • Other
    • George Fayne was straight and had at least two male love interests in the original Nancy Drew novels. In the 2018 comic book series, George is instead an out lesbian and in a relationship with a girl named Danica.
    • In the Kieron Gillen version of Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Cannon is Amicable Exes with Tabu Singh. Neither character was shown to be interested in men in previous incarnations.

    Fan Works 
  • Boiling Isles And Beyond: While Luz and Amity are still their confirmed sexualities, the author has also confirmed and/or changed the sexualities of other characters. Eda and Skara are Bi, King and Lilith are gay, Gus and Hooty are Asexual and Willow is Pan.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a bit infamous for its use of No Bisexuals with Willow, who is "gay" despite having canonically shown interest in several male characters. It's fairly common for fanfics to change this, even if Willow is going to be paired with another woman.
    • Btvs: Seasons Rewrite: In canon, Tara was gay. Here, she's straight and ends up with Spike of all people. Willow also remains straight and with Oz.
    • In the Fine Lines series- which serves as a crossover with Stargate SG-1- Tara is revealed to have Ascended after her death and has fallen in love with Daniel Jackson; this prompts some surprise from her old friends in the Scooby Gang, but Tara observes that gender didn't mean much to the Ascended in their natural states, with her bond with Daniel focused on her perception of his soul.
  • Overwatch fics often portray Lena Oxton aka Tracer as a Bisexual woman rather than a Lesbian as in Canon.
  • Advice and Trust: While they are canonically straight, Asuka is a case of If It's You, It's Okay towards Rei and Rei herself is bisexual in this story. Shinji and Asuka being frightened of their inability to have a successful three-way relationship is the only reason for which Rei hasn't hooked up with both of them. There's also Kaworu Nagisa being Ambiguously Bi in this story while being Ambiguously Gay in-canon.
  • Cassandra Cain in the Angel of the Bat fics is stated to be pansexual via Word of God (though the word is never used in-story). In the comics continuity, she is consistently portrayed as either straight or too mentally and sociologically stunted to understand sexuality. Her struggle to live as her truest self, both as queer-identifying and a recent convert to Catholicism, is a recurring theme.
  • Very common in the Worm/NCIS/NCIS: New Orleans/Silicon Valley/Hannibal/Thoroughbreds/Veep/White Collar/NCIS: Los Angeles/Evil (2019)/Fargo crossover fanfic Worm: Artifice.
    • In canon Taylor Hebert is straight, here she is gay.
    • In canon Lisa Wilbourn/Tattletale is asexual, here she is bisexual.
    • In canon there's no indication what Lustrum's sexual orientation was, here she is confirmed to be gay.
    • In canon Madison Clements showed no signs of being interested in girls, here she does.
    • In canon Jeanne/Citrine is straight, here she only shows interest in other women.
    • In canon there is no indication what either Emily/Spitfire or Elle/Labyrinths sexual orientations are, here they are both attracted to women.
    • In canon Tammy/Rune showed no signs of being interested in girls, here she is.
    • In canon Victoria Dallon/Glory Girl is straight, here she is bisexual.
    • In canon Max Anders/Kaiser is straight, here he is bisexual.
    • In canon Brad Meadows/Hookwolf showed no signs of being interested in men, here he is.
    • In canon Hannah/Miss Militia never showed any interest in women, here she does.
    • In canon Kayden Anders/Purity is straight, here she is bisexual.
    • In canon there's no evidence that any of The Travelers are LGBTQ+, here most of them are.
      NathanAllenBaker: For shipping purposes, I'm portraying all of the Travelers except Trickster as generally queer, and that except for Noelle and Trickster, they've all slept together at some point. Luke prefers guys, Cody leans towards the middle of the Kinsey scale, Jess also prefers men. Oliver prefers women, while Sundancer's interest in women is mostly limited to Jess, Noelle and certain celebrities.
    • In canon Emma showed no signs of being interested in girls, here she's in a sexual relationship with clones of Brian and Sophia.
    • In canon Dennis/Clockblocker showed no signs of being anything other than straight, here he is bisexual.
    • In canon Ashley Stillons/Damsel of Distress/Swansong is straight, here she is bisexual.
  • A beacon in the dark: In the original, there are tiny hints of Todoroki's sexuality, with his Implied Love Interest being Yaoyorozu. Here, he is openly attracted to Midoriya. Similarly, Midoriya shows attraction to Todoroki, while he previously only shows interest in women.
  • In Marvel Cinematic Universe canon, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, and Bucky Barnes are all implied to be straight, or (in the case of Sam) their sexuality or love life is given no attention in-story. In Bucky Barnes Gets His Groove Back & Other International Incidents, Sam is stated to be gay, and was in a sexual relationship with Riley prior to the latter's death. Steve and Barnes are self-proclaimed "queers" (which in their time referred to anyone who wasn't cisgender hetero-exclusive), and they were in a poly arrangement with Peggy back in the day. Steve and Sam have also both had (undeclared and unrequited) crushes on each other.
  • Cat Tales: In the 2002 story Trick or Treat, Bruce asks about the villain Cavalier. Selina replies that he retired from crime, moved to Vegas and is now doing voiceovers for local radio. When Bruce is surprised that he "went straight", Selina's response is "Not exactly", then reveals that he's living with a blackjack dealer named Stan. Humorously, a 2006 issue of Justice League of America later revealed that Cavalier was canonically gay.
  • Children of Remnant: Yang, Velvet, Emerald, Qrow, and Clover, are all confirmed to be gay (Cinder is heavily implied to be gay but it's not outright confirmed), while Taiyang and Neopolitan are bisexual.
  • The Chronicles of Karai Getting Her Shit Together:
    • Both Karai and Leo are bisexual.
    • In canon, Shinigami reciprocates Mikey's harmless flirting. Here she is a lesbian, asking Karai if Leo has a sister.
    • In canon, Casey Jones routinely fights Donatello for April's affections. Word of Gay confirms here that he is "gay in denial", spending a lot of his time with Raphael in a bromance and complaining an awful about his handsome classmate.
    • In canon, Mikey has only ever shown interest with girls like Shinigami and Renet. Word of Gay says this Mikey is pansexual.
  • In Codex Equus, Golden Scepter, an antediluvian Alicorn Emperor, is portrayed as bisexual whereas his character inspiration, the Emperor of Mankind, was a Truly Single Parent who created the Primarchs by himself using advanced science and technology. Both Written Word's entry and comments reveal that because the Alicorns lived in a Free-Love Future, Golden Scepter took in both mares and stallions as romantic partners at some point in his life, and was a genuinely good lover who gave all his partners the love and respect they deserved. However, he regretted his more "dishonest" actions, and ultimately chose to settle down with a mortal wife and have nineteen Semi-Divine sons, all who were based on the Primarchs, because he wanted to distance himself from his people's mistakes and flaws.
  • The Desert Storm:
    • In canon, Obi-Wan Kenobi was straight. Here, Ben (Obi-Wan's future self) is revealed to be bisexual during the Zodiac arc, where it's mentioned that during his exile, he slept with Bail as a form of Sex for Solace and would have slept with Breha as well.
    • Sian Jeisel is revealed to be a lesbian in Tarot where she’s developed a crush on her fellow Padawan Bultar Swan, whereas her sexual orientation was never made clear in Legends.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In canon, Twilight only ever shows attraction to a teenage boy. By the end of the series, she, Moondancer and Trixie are all together. Likewise, the epilogue reveals that Rarity, who's only expressed interest in stallions before, is dating both her friend Coco Pommel, who's admitted to being attracted to her, and a stallion named Gem Polisher.
  • In Earth 717 continuity, Electro is gay, with his boyfriend Henry breaking up with him shortly before his transformation.
  • The Fall of Lord Frieza: Tien, confirmed asexual in canon, is straight and in a relationship with Launch.
  • In Fate/stay night, Saber has shown only attracted to Shirou Emiya, and in life only married a woman out of duty for her kingdom. In Fate Stay Night Heirs, she is summoned by Rin Tohsaka instead of Shirou, leading the two falling in love.
  • In Far Cry 4, Amita gets some Ship Tease with Ajay Ghale, at least before he brings her to power and she undergoes a Face–Heel Turn. In the Elseworld fic ''A Far Cry from Home'', she's depicted as Straight Gay, and has a Meet Cute with Jess Black from Far Cry 5, who also qualifies as this since Jess doesn't get any Ship Tease moments in her game's canon.
  • Crossover Arrowverse fanfiction Flip a Coin has Mon-El. Given the ambiguous wording when he's talking about people he's slept with as well as his mentioned attraction to both Superman and Supergirl, Mon-El is apparently bisexual.
  • In Life Is Strange, Max was bisexual, having a history of being attracted to Warren and "skater bros" while also developing something with Chloe. In Fur And Photography, she is more into women, turning down Warren because she "doesn't swing that way" and is more open about her attraction to Chloe.
  • In Golden Threads Tie Us, Severa and Lucina are in a relationship in spite of both girls being straight in Fire Emblem Awakening canon.
  • Harbinger (Finmonster) (Danny Phantom, ParaNorman):
    • Jazz likes girls in this verse.
    • Ember also apparently likes girls, while her canon counterpart was dating Skulker.
  • Bulma is portrayed as bisexual in the Alternate Universe Fic Hindsight. She has a slow-burning romance with Vegeta, but she also likes women and has no problems being in a quasi-romantic relationship with Lady Unus (Android 18's name in this fic).
  • In canon, Integra was asexual and remained a virgin her whole life. In Honey and Vinegar, she's married and had multiple children.
  • In Lady Fairy, after Marinette convinces Tomoe to allow her daughter more freedom, Kagami ends up developing a crush on her.
  • In My Hero Academia, Izuku has only ever expressed interest in girls and Kaminari is usually portrayed lusting after the other female students alongside Mineta Played for Laughs. In Jade Lightning, Izuku/Mikumo and Kaminari start dating after the Sports Festival.
  • In Kara of Rokyn: Zora Vil-Lar, a character who is straight in DC canon, is depicted as lesbian in a relationship with a woman.
  • Make a Man Out of You:
    • Shang is explicitly bisexual instead of Ambiguously Bi.
    • Instead of being a straight woman, Ping is a queer man.
  • In-canon, Marinette and Kagami are both rivals for Adrien's affections. In Marigami Stories, they wind up dating each other when Kagami is the only one who sees Lila for the liar that she is without abandoning her like the rest of her classmates. In-fact, Kagami offhandedly calls Adrien a fool for not recognizing and reciprocating Marinette's affections.
  • Mon Arc-en-Ciel: While Nathaniel's sexuality is never expressly mentioned in the source material, the closest we are given is his interest in Marinette. In this story, it is implied that he unknowingly reciprocates Marc's feelings for him.
  • New Tamaran:
    • All female characters are bisexual, along with Aqualad and Speedy.
    • Amazons, Tamaraneans and Atlanteans are also said to all be bisexual.
  • In Kim Possible, Kim was straight and only ever had crushes on boys. In Nothing Is Impossible, she's bisexual and states that she's dated plenty of boys and girls in the past.
  • In Jem, Danse only has male love interests. Our Time Is Now and its sequel has her as a closeted lesbian who is in a Secret Relationship with Video. She did try dating a man, Stefan from the episode "Heartland, Homeland", once but it didn't work out. Danse didn't feel attracted to him and, when Video confronted her about it, Danse ran back to her girlfriend.
  • In the Persona 5 Adult Confidant AU, Ann is in a steady relationship with Shiho. While the pair were just as close (albeit not romantically) in the original game, Ann was also available for Joker to romance.
    • It is common in Persona 5 fanworks in general to pair Ann with Shiho (if she's not with Joker or Ryuji), even though their relationship in canon is never implied to be anything but friendship.
    • This trope caused a lot of trouble for the authoress of the Persona 5 and Miraculous Ladybug crossover Raise Your Voice Against Liars as the entirety of the Japanese Phantom Thieves were moved all across the sexuality spectrum (Ann, as an example, was made into an Asexual-Homoromantic), which caused a lot of backlash and toxic homophobic reviews that the authoress promptly shelved the Fanfiction Dot Net version and instead migrated it on to Archive of Our Own where she has more control over the reviews allowed.
  • In Peta Parker, MJ still has the same relationship with Peta despite her being a girl, even eventually calling herself her girlfriend. The same trope can apply to Peter's love interest from Homecoming Liz, the story implying that the events of Homecoming were the same (minus Peta being a girl and her secret identity remaining a secret to Tony and Happy Hogan).
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Sabrina is shown to be asexual while no canon works have portrayed her this way. Also, it is suggested that Annie and Oakley have an attraction to girls, while in canon there were no hints of this whatsoever.
  • While the character of Billy Cranston in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo had numerous one-off love interests, the Darker and Edgier parody film Power/Rangers (Bootleg Universe) reveals that Billy is an openly gay arms dealer while Tommy is investigating his death. Rocky lampshades this during his interrogation with Kimberly, saying that "it's unlikely you fucked him too." This may also be a reference to Billy's actor David Yost, who is gay in real life.
  • The Power Rangers Zeo fic "Memory Lapse" reveals that Aisha Campbell, the previous Yellow Ranger, was dating her old friend Shawna; this causes Tanya, the new Yellow Ranger, a few problems, as the circumstances of her joining the team mean that Shawna initially remembers dating Tanya rather than Aisha, and Tanya not only has no memory of Shawna but is completely straight.
  • Principal Celestia Hunts the Undead: Canonically, none of the girls' sexuality is confirmed. Here though, Canterlot High's Applejack is gay.
  • In Raindancer, Izuku is heavily implied to be either gay or bisexual, given his flustered reaction and Luminescent Blush in response to seeing Eijirou's new look and commenting on Hanta's form-fitting Hero Costume. Itsuka is portrayed in a similar manner, blushing and sputtering when Mina starts calling her by her first name when she mistakes the conversation for a Love Confession. Eijirou is also blushing when he sees Izuku's surprised reaction to his Expository Hairstyle Change.
  • In Recovery, Weiss is lesbian and her brief interest in Neptune was a cover.
  • In Rip Her to Shreds, Regina is a closeted lesbian and Janis is also queer. In canon, both are implied to be straight.
  • The Robin And The Hood: Jason is gay, while Bart Allen is Anything That Moves because he grew up in the 30th century, while Tim is demi-sexual.
  • Almost EVERYONE in Ruby and Nora.
  • RWBY: Scars:
    • Weiss is explicitly lesbian. In RWBY canon. the only person she's been depicted attracted to has been a boy named Neptune (here, he's Sun's boyfriend).
    • It's implied that Yang's mother Raven is a lesbian. She had a one-night stand with a friend and ended up pregnant with Yang. In canon, Raven is only shown to be attracted to Taiyang, but in RWBY: Scars she actually liked Summer instead.
    • Blake is bisexual instead of Ambiguously Bi; Yang is explicitly bisexual instead of Ambiguously Bi.
  • The Secret Life of Punzie: Rapunzel is only shown interested in men in Tangled. Here Rapunzel is a lesbian.
  • An issue of Sonic the Comic – Online! set in the future has Tekno and Amy raising a kid together (with Sonic as his godfather). It's technically not stated that they're raising him as a couple, but there's no reason to think otherwise in the context. This suggests that they're both bisexual. As it was written by one of the official writers of Sonic the Comic, it also likely counts as a Word of Gay for the original comic. In game canon, Amy has a Single-Target Sexuality for Sonic.
  • So the Trauma is a oneshot that asks What If? Kim Possible was lesbian instead of straight.
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, both Marinette and Kagami are both rivals for Adrien's affections. In Spotless, it eventually led to the two of them getting together instead.
  • Tales of the Monkey Queen: Goku, Chichi, and Mai are bisexual, Suno's a lesbian, and Future Trunks is gay with Future Gohan implied to be as well (Gohan in the current timeline initially thought he was bisexual but later came out as straight).
  • Penny in Team LVDR is openly gay while no such romantic interest in women was mentioned in canon.
  • A Thing of Vikings not only shows Astrid go beyond her Single-Target Sexuality of the show to the point that she falls in love with her and Hiccup's female concubine Wulfhild, but also sees Merida- of Brave- fall in love with Cami of the Bog Burglars, whereas in canon she was at least briefly attracted to a man.
  • In To Belong, Dimitri tries to flirt with Anya but she tells him that she isn't into men (and even if she wasn't, she still wouldn't be interested in a thief like him). Word of God has confirmed she's lesbian.
  • In Total Drama fanfic series Unbreakable Red Silken Thread
    • Jasmine and Sammy are lesbians in a relationship.
    • Heather is bisexual and openly comfortable with it.
    • Lindsay is a situational case, not truly bisexual as much as she enjoys having sex with those she loves regardless of gender.
  • We Can Be Heroes! (Steven Universe): In canon, Lapis doesn't really have a properly defined sexuality, aside from Ship Tease with Peridot and thematic parallels to an abusive relationship between her and Jasper. In this fic however, she's explicitly bisexual and really seems to like muscular dragon aliens, as shown by a dream where she's literally drooling over scantily-clad Dragonians of both genders while lounging at a beach.
  • In Whitehall University, Mary Boleyn and Elizabeth Blount, who both married men in Real Life, fall in love with one another.
  • In White Magnolia, Pink Chrysanthemum, in addition to Mulan being born a man named Ping, he's also gay. Same goes for Shang, who has fallen in love with since he first saw Ping perform as a nándànnote  at his hometown's theater. The Emperor noticed the attraction between them and approves of their relationship, revealing that he himself was once in love with a man, but had to marry his bride to continue the lineage of the royal family.
  • Wolf Spider: In canon both Taylor and Rachel are straight. Here they are bisexual and gay respectively.
  • While none of The Octonauts have confirmed sexualities, Junior Officers offers some of this.
    • Tweak is a lesbian and has a girlfriend.
    • Shellington is bisexual; in school, he crushed on a boy named Glenn, but ultimately he ends up with Deborah.
  • SV Wishes: Whereas Shen Yuan of canon was deep in the closet, in denial of his sexuality and his romantic feelings and firmly believed himself straight. Here Shen Yuan has already realized his homosexuality, not that it helps him.
  • In Kill la Kill canon, Ryuko and Mako are both Ambiguously Bi. In Natural Selection, both are established as lesbians and are a couple.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Rei falls for newest female pilot Keiko Nagara, despite being canonically straight.
  • Sixes And Sevens combines this with Canon Character All Along. Emily Gower is set up to become Jacqueline Falsworth, and is introduced as being in a relationship with fellow British Intelligence officer Edith.

    Film — Animation 

    Film — Live Action 
  • Atomic Blonde: The protagonist's heterosexual affair with a male French agent in the graphic novel is turned into a same-sex romance in the film.
  • Barbarella: The Black Queen in the comic books is a Psycho Lesbian who only shows interest in getting it on with Barbarella and ignores Pygar. She was changed to a Depraved Bisexual for the movie, still showing interest in Barbarella but also Pygar, even having dreams about him, which suggests she prefers him to Barbarella. Barbarella is not adverse to female attention herself in the comics, but she's clearly not interested in the Black Queen in the film. She's also openly promiscuous, but in the film has to be coaxed into sex (though is quite eager once she experiences it for the first time). This is Played for Laughs, however.
  • Confirmed for Gaston's comic relief sidekick LeFou by Word of Saint Paul in the Live-Action Adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (2017). Josh Gad even admitted to being proud of playing the first openly gay Disney character. How "open" he comes across is up to viewer interpretation in the actual movie.
  • The unnamed gay protagonist of Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (whom Holly calls by her brother's name, 'Fred') becomes the film's straight love interest Paul. They also eliminated all signs of Holly's bisexuality. Famously referenced in Seinfeld, when George's attempt to bluff through a book club meeting, having only seen the film, fails spectacularly when his girlfriend has to tell him, "George... Fred's gay."
  • Truman Capote's unmade script for the The Great Gatsby would've had Nick as a closeted homosexual and Jordan as a vindictive lesbian.
  • In the novel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Rebecca Gillies was a passive-aggressive Alpha Bitch who was setting her claws on Mark Darcy. In the film version, she was changed to a nice Brainy Brunette with a crush on Bridget.
  • Cabaret: Christopher Isherwood's autobiographical collection of short stories Goodbye to Berlin never hides the fact that the protagonist was gay, but when they adapted it into the film they turned the main character bisexual, had him hook up with the cabaret singer Sally, and had them being the official couple for the majority of the play, with a token mention of his attraction to men at the beginning and the end of their relationship. This apparently pissed off Isherwood to the point that he wrote Christopher and his Kind in an effort to (pardon the pun) set the record straight. This book was given a movie adaptation in 2011, starring Matt Smith. Watching the two movies back-to-back is actually a really good case-study of the LGBT movement's progress in the last forty years.
  • In Tennessee Williams' 1955 play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Brick's friend Skipper killed himself after drunkenly confessing his love, and Brick's own feelings are rather violently conflicted and ambiguous. The 1958 film strips out this aspect, which some critics have suggested leaves the central conflict of Brick's character somewhat muddled.
  • The documentary The Celluloid Closet was supposed to feature a sequence detailing Biopics where the subject was known to be gay or bisexual but was nevertheless portrayed as straight. It was cut due to rights issues. Some of the films meant to be featured were:
    • The Agony and the Ecstasy: Charlton Heston denied the film rights because he insisted that his portrayal of the famous sculptor Michaelangelo as straight was historically accurate.
    • Alexander the Great, starring Richard Burton. Despite popular belief, no ancient sources state Alexander had homosexual relationships or that his relationship with Hephaestion was sexual. The only person specifically mentioned as Alex's eromenos was Bagoas, a eunuch who had been Darius' courtesan and "was afterwards loved by Alexander" according to historian Quintus Curtius.note  It is possible he was bisexual as he seems to have married Roxana out of love but other than Greek culture at the time there is nothing to say he was. Due to this, the documentary would have been operating on popular belief.
    • Hans Christian Andersen, starring Danny Kaye (the filmmakers were denied the rights to this because the studio mistakenly thought the documentary would claim that Kaye was gay, rather than Andersen).
    • Night and Day, starring Cary Grant as a straight Cole Porter.
  • The first film adaptation of the play The Children's Hour, These Three, changed the story of two teachers having their lives ruined due to rumors that they are having a lesbian affair to rumors that one of them slept with the others' fiance. This is because The Hays Code outlawed even the slightest hint of homosexuality. Even the title had to be changed (to These Three) because the stage play was so well known as a work that dealt with lesbianism. There were other changes as well such as Martha not being Driven to Suicide.
  • The Color Purple did not include the lesbian relationships detailed in the book. In the book, Celie explicitly has a crush on Shug and they eventually have a (brief) relationship, however, in the movie, this is mostly reduced to subtext.
  • Ron Woodroof, the straight homophobic protagonist of Dallas Buyers Club, was likely bisexual in real life.
  • The film Emmanuelle portrays the titular character's mentor, Mario, as ostensibly straight. In the original novel, upon which the movie was based, Mario was bisexual, with a strong inclination towards other men.
  • Fried Green Tomatoes portrayed the relationship between Ruth and Idgie (which is quite clearly a lesbian union in the book) as friends, with strong implications of romance.
  • Get Carter: Peter the Dutchman is a misogynistic homosexual in the book.
  • The Handmaiden: In the Fingersmith novel Gentleman was gay, and his interest in Maud was entirely monetary. His movie equivalent Fujiwara has an overwhelming desire for Hideko.
  • The Robert Wise version of The Haunting (1963) has an Ambiguously Gay/Ambiguously Bi female character. The Haunting (1999) makes the same character openly bisexual. In the 2018 Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House the same character is introduced as checking out a girl at a bar, her utterly ignoring the guys who checks her out, and her and the girl ending up in bed. So full circle one guesses.
  • It: Chapter Two reveals that Richie is gay, and has been in love with Eddie since they were children.
  • This shows up from time to time in the James Bond franchise:
    • The film version of From Russia with Love eliminates Rosa Klebb's scene from the book of outright trying to seduce Tatiana. In the movie Klebb plays uncomfortably with Tatiana's hair while talking of "a labor of love".
    • Pussy Galore's lesbianism is downplayed in the film version of Goldfinger, where she merely tells Bond she is "immune" to his charms. Tilly was also a lesbian in the book and in love with Pussy, but is depicted as purely heterosexual in the film.
  • The film adaptation of David Gerrold's autobiographical novel Martian Child had the openly gay Gerrold played as straight by John Cusack, giving him Amanda Peet to flirt with.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: In Norse Mythology, Loki is an Extreme Omnisexual who Really Gets Around and fathered (and mothered) several children, but his movie counterpart was not involved in a romantic/sexual relationship on screen and is childless.
  • Willy Rumson, the antagonist of One Fat Summer was shown to have two girls in his gang he would readily hit on, as well as making a pass at Michelle Mark's (mostly to get under Pete Marino's skin). In the movie adaptation Measure Of A Man, however, while he still makes passes at a few of the female characters, the climax of the movie has Bobby discover Willy on a secluded section of beach having a quiet moment with his boyfriend.
  • The biopic Killer Nurse depicted serial killer Charles Cullen as a necrophiliac, despite there being absolutely no evidence he was one in real life.
  • In the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Harding was as heavily implied to be gay as was possible in 1960s literature, depicted as effeminate and forced into the asylum for unnamed sexual acts, and getting a long speech about the ridiculousness of the society that condemned him. In the movie, however, he's reduced to a background character who gets at most three lines, which might not count as this trope if not for the fact that his appearance is totally different—and far more masculine—as well. Book readers usually don't even recognize him until the nurse uses his name.
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (both the film and the book) portray George Boleyn as gay. In real life, he was a notorious womanizer due to his shrew of a wife. In the book, he is having an affair with a male courtier while in the film it is mostly subtext, his wife challenging him about why he never sleeps with her.
  • In Power Rangers (2017), Trini the Yellow Ranger is hinted to have been in a relationship with another girl, and the movie's creators have said that she's at a point where she's questioning her sexuality. It is confirmed that she's not straight, at least.
  • Supposedly, the producers wanted to remove all homosexual allusions from the film adaptation of Queen of the Damned, so Louis (Lestat's long-suffering fledgling) wasn't included in the movie despite playing a fairly pivotal role in the book, and Lestat was given a female love interest in Jesse (who showed absolutely no interest in him in the book).
  • In Rope (the original play) Brandon, Philip, and Rupert were explicitly gay. In Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation (which was made in 1948) it was reduced to subtext between Brandon and Rupert with Brandon also referring to a past relationship with Janet implying he's possibly bisexual.
  • Saving Mr. Banks makes no mention of P.L. Travers's girlfriend even though the two were living together when Travers wrote the first Mary Poppins book.
  • In Star Trek Beyond, Sulu is shown as a gay man in homage to Sulu's original actor George Takei, who is openly gay in real life. However, some people, including Takei himself, thought it would've been better if they'd created a brand new character who was LGBTQ.note 
  • In the movie of A Streetcar Named Desire, Blanche's story about her ex-husband's suicide changes from homosexuality (as in the play by Tennessee Williams) to "weakness".
  • In the film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Peter Gulliam is portrayed as gay, and though he was never said to be explicitly straight in the novel it's never elaborated on. Not that it makes much of a difference in either since his sexuality is relevant for all of six seconds. Word of God for the movie is that they made him gay because the idea of him being closeted fit in well with the themes of secrecy and concealment throughout the entire story.
  • The Tomie films portray the title villain as a Depraved Bisexual who has several Schoolgirl Lesbian lovers. This is in sharp contrast to the manga, where Tomie outright hated other girls, and was very contemptuous and territorial around them.
  • In the original graphic novel for Alena, the title character is bisexual; she has a romantic encounter with Josefin but later falls for Fabian, a boy. In the movie, Fabian is now Fabienne and Alena falls for her instead. There is no indication of any interest in boys in the film.
  • Thirteen Women: In the film, Hazel Cousins is a married woman who kills her husband and goes to prison. In the original book, Hazel is a virgin who remains so simply because she is considered too beautiful; men are either too intimidated to approach her, assume she is married or engaged or believes that she will break their heart. Hazel eventually becomes a lesbian after she is seduced by the wife of the doctor treating her for tuberculosis. Hazel starves herself to death in a sanitarium while suffering the heartache of having been abandoned by her lover Martha.
  • Director, Danny Boyle and actor, Robert Carlyle both say they consider Begbie from Trainspotting to be an Armored Closet Gay. Something Irvine Welsh didn't intend when writing the book.
  • V for Vendetta: In the book, Gordon is straight and he has a relationship with Evey. Here, he's gay and hides himself through having pretty young women like her over to his house, as the regime persecutes gays. Possibly this was done to match up with Stephen Fry's orientation, along with lending more drama.
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman: Molina is gay here, not straight like the book had it.
  • With a Kiss I Die: Juliet is portrayed as heterosexual in the original play. Here, she's bisexual.
  • In The Count of Monte Cristo, Eugenie Danglars is a lesbian who runs away with her lover Louise d'Armilly. In the Soviet film adaptation The Prisoner of Château d'If, she is straight and elopes with bandit chief Luigi Vampa instead.

    Literature 
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe:
    • Some of the Missing Adventures portray the Doctor (mainly shown as asexual in the classic series) as bisexual or omnisexual. For instance, the First Doctor Missing Adventure "The Plotters" involves a sequence where the First Doctor gripes about the outrageously gay King James I's interest in his crossdressed female companion over him, acting jealous and complaining that on his home planet "I had been considered quite a looker". The "Shada" novelization also gives the Fourth Doctor a few lines that allude to him having an interest in men, such as saying the villain is trying to kill "[Clare and] all the other lovely girls. And all the lovely boys".
    • The original pitch for rejected book Campaign would have made Ian bisexual through placing him in a romance with Alexander the Great—the pitch document even specifies that "his feelings about bisexuality could provide a good forum for modern viewpoints, seen through a Sixties mentality". The book that eventually got written is so far removed from the original pitch that these elements were excised except as backstory, with the only remaining parts being Alexander calling Ian 'my beloved', and a scene where Ian talks to Susan about how beautiful he found Alexander, saying that he got drunk with him and 'gave him my all'. Both of these happen fairly early on in the story when it's still possible it could be purely historical and are soon abandoned once it goes into a metafictional Jigsaw Puzzle Plot—possibly even subverting this trope as it turns out the more important relationship Ian had on Alexander's campaign was with a Persian Queen who seduced him, while the Alexander relationship is firmly restricted to innuendo and Susan being Shipper on Deck. (Ian does get involved in a married relationship with another version of himself in the Great Fire of London, though this is influenced by Law Of Narrative Causality and it probably isn't gay if it's with yourself.)
    • The Target novelisation of "The Power of the Daleks" goes out of its way to give Lesterson, who in the serial was Married to the Job and seems to display a mild sexual fascination with the Daleks if anything, a crush on Janley that he tries to ignore. It seems to be mostly there so Janley's beauty can be described through Lesterson's internal monologue.
    • The Target novelisation of "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" makes Professor Whitaker into a giggling Sissy Villain implied very heavily to be gay (such as gushing over how when he masters time travel he will collect Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward from history to keep to himself, and saying admiring things about the physique of the tied-up Doctor). His onscreen portrayal was not at all like this.
    • The novelization of "Shada" also gives Named by the Adaptation Victim of the Week David an internal monologue where he thinks about going to a gay club and worries that being a Cilla Black fan is a bit stereotypical. Part of the reason he gives the Villain of the Week a lift is because he finds him attractive.
  • In the Tomoe Gozen Saga Jessica Amanda Salmonson re-imagines the title character as a lesbian.
  • In-unverse in the Hercule Poirot novel Mrs. McGinty's Dead: Ariadne Oliver says her fictional detective Sven Hjerson "never cared for women", while the writer of the stage adaptation has given him UST with a female character, insisting "But you can't have him a pansy, darling. Not for this sort of play."

    Live Action TV 
  • Clarke Griffin from The 100 is straight in the books, but bisexual in the TV series.
  • The 2015 BBC miniseries adaptation of And Then There Were None added heavy implications that Emily Brent was attracted to her maid Beatrice which gave her additional incentive to spurn Beatrice when she became pregnant and also made William Blore's victim a gay man with some subtext that Blore himself might be an Armoured Closet Gay.
  • Anne with an E's version of Aunt Josephine is a lesbian who was in a longtime relationship with a woman named Gertrude.
  • Arrowverse:
    • Arrow:
      • Nyssa al Ghul (Nyssa Raatko in the original comics) is a lesbian. More significantly, she was in a relationship with Sara, the first Black Canary. This would indicate that Canary is likely either bi or pansexual in the show, though the creators avoided putting an exact label on her sexual orientation. In the original comics, Black Canary is generally depicted as heterosexual and the longtime lover of Green Arrow, though longtime writer Gail Simone has stated she considers Canary to be bisexual, even if it's never been made canon. (Although, strictly, the Canary who was in a relationship with Nyssa isn't the series's version of Black Canary from the comics, but her sister.)
      • Curtis Holt (Michael Holt/Mr. Terrific in the comics) is gay, with a husband. In the comics, Michael's primary motivation as a hero was the death of his wife and their unborn child.
      • Played with by Adrian Chase, who is still straight, but is made a Composite Character with Prometheus, who seduced a male superhero.
    • In the Legends of Tomorrow episode "Camelot/3000", Queen Guinevere regards King Arthur as a good friend and has The Big Damn Kiss with Sara Lance.
    • During the crossover event Crisis on Earth-X the Earth-X version of Leonard Snart is in a relationship with Ray Terrill. In the comics, Leonard Snart has been shown to be heterosexual.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club (2020): Dawn's father only dates and marries women in the book series, while he's gay in the adaptation and has a male partner after his divorce. Apparently he and his ex-wife Sharon knew for a while but were too co-dependent on each other to do anything about it at first.
  • The Boys (2019):
    • At first it's left unclear if Queen Maeve is a closeted lesbian or bisexual as she dated Homelander (in terms of him, it was to keep her public image acceptable) and dated a civilian woman before, even though she is only involved with men in the comic. Homelander outs her as a lesbian in Season 2, on national TV no less (she's actually bisexual, but Vought's PR team just sticks with "lesbian" as it's "easier").
    • Popclaw is a closeted lesbian in the comics, but straight (or at least only shown having sex with men) in the show.
  • Cursed: Morgana is portrayed as only having relationships with men in other stories. Here, her only portrayed relationship was with another woman.
  • Doom Patrol (2019): Prior to becoming Negative Man, Larry Trainor was a closeted gay man, and was having an extramarital affair with one of his fellow airmen at the military base where he was stationed. In the comics he was straight.
  • The 2013 Dracula TV show reimagined Lucy as a lesbian with a secret crush on her best friend Mina.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In the books, Daenerys occasionally has sex with her handmaid Irri as a kind of stress relief (indicating that she's bisexual since she also enjoyed having sex with Drogo), but in the show, she's discomforted when she gets a little too into Doreah's tutoring on lovemaking in "The Kingsroad".
    • In the novels, Xaro Xhoan Daxos is noted to only have eyes for his pretty slave boys, even when Daenerys is around. In the show, he has no such preference, was caught with Doreah, and a deleted scene shows him with a female lover.
    • The Tyrells are much more liberal about sexuality in the show. In the books, the Reach is the heartland of both chivalry and the Faith, both of which put a premium on chastity and heterosexuality.
      • In addition to playing The Vamp rather than the Princess Classic, Margaery offers to let Loras help consummate her marriage, implies she's experimented widely herself and strolls right into her brother's chambers during one of his trysts, none of which is even implied in the novels.
      • Likewise, Olenna declares openly that Highgarden doesn't view "a discreet bit of buggery" as a scandal and even teases Tywin that he might just be Armored Closet Gay.
    • In the books, Ramsay's relationship with the first Reek, and his subsequent torture of Theon to turn him into a Replacement Goldfish for Reek, is full of homosexual undercurrents and Ramsay shows no interest in women and is thoroughly incapable of attracting any woman into a consensual relationship, with Ramsay and his men preferring to rape and torture with abandon. In the show, the homosexual undertones with Theon/Reek are downplayed (though still very much present) and he consensually attracts Monster Fangirls who share in his sadism until he tires of them, and the only person he explicitly rapes is Sansa Stark on her wedding night.
    • The show entirely side-steps the (unconfirmed) hints from the novels that Brynden Tully might be gay or asexual.
    • Although she is quite kinky, Asha Greyjoy takes only male lovers in the books and has a monogamous relationship with a man named Qarl. Her TV counterpart Yara is only seen with female lovers, and is more or less confirmed to be bisexual when she states that she has "a boy or girl in every port."
  • Chuck Bass of Gossip Girl is a Depraved Bisexual in the books, but is straight The Casanova in the TV series.
  • Gotham:
    • James Gordon's fiancee, Barbara Kean, is reimagined as a bisexual woman who used to date Renee Montoya.
    • The Penguin has romantic feelings for the Riddler, and thus seems to be gay (as he isn't shown being into women), like his actor.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Ofglen is a lesbian here, and was in a same-sex marriage. Her sexuality is not mentioned in the book at all.
  • Hanna: The movie hinted at Hanna being a lesbian, rejecting a boy but kissing Sophie later on. In the series, Hanna and Sophie are vying for a boy's attention.
  • High Fidelity: Rob in the series, along with being female, is bisexual, while both the previous incarnations were straight.
  • Francis Urquhart from the original House Of Cards is heterosexual, while his Transatlantic Equivalent, Frank Underwood, is bisexual.
  • The The Irregulars a show that is based on side characters from the Sherlock Holmes book series, features a gay Dr Watson.
  • Jeryn Hogarth is a straight male in the comics, but in the Jessica Jones live-action show, Hogarth is Gender Flipped into a lesbian woman.
  • Amanda from Lost in Austen gets Trapped in Book Land, specifically in Pride and Prejudice. Miss Caroline Bingley is a closeted lesbian in this version. (True, there are some Les Yay moments in the book when Caroline gushes about how perfect Miss Darcy is, but it's done mostly for Mr. Darcy's benefit.) Her coming out to Amanda was triggered by Amanda's 'Sorry, I'm Gay' gambit on Bingley who found her refreshing and was hitting on her, but she shipped Bingley/Jane which is consistent with Jane Austen's pairing. Amanda wonders what Miss Austen would have thought and whether she had any idea who she had created in Caroline Bingley.
  • The NBC sitcom Love, Sidney made waves when it was first announced, as it would be the first major television show to feature an openly gay main character. However, the show later faced criticism from the gay community because aside from some very subtle Sub Text, Sidney's sexuality was never mentioned outside of the pilot (a TV movie based on a short story by Marilyn Cantor Baker).
  • The Magicians has main character, Quentin Coldwater, as mostly straight but Ambiguously Bi. The Magicians (2016) TV series makes him bisexual unambiguously.
  • ITV's Poirot (1989) and Marple (2004) make some of the exclusively straight cast members gay, for example in Five Little Pigs, The Body in the Library and Cards on the Table (in the last one it was done to at least three characters). In A Murder Is Announced, a subtle lesbian subtext in the original novel is made much more explicit.
  • Once Upon a Time:
    • Once Upon A Time reimagines Mulan as a bisexual woman who is in love with Aurora.
    • The show's vision of Red Riding Hood was also revealed to be bisexual after she formed a relationship with Dorothy Gale.
  • In Pretty Little Liars, Emily Fields went from bisexual in the books to a lesbian in the television series.
  • The ITV adaptation of Christopher Brookmyre's Quite Ugly One Morning turned gay police officer Jenny Dalziel into the (male) main character's love interest—an odd and unnecessary move, considering his actual love interest from the book wasn't even Adapted Out (though her role was significantly reduced).
  • Riverdale:
    • Moose in Archie Comics has never been presented as anything but straight. In Riverdale he is sleeping with Kevin behind his girlfriend's back and hiding his bisexuality due to being an athlete.
    • Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz have only ever been interested in boys in the comics-here they're interested in each other.
  • In the books Roswell High and the first TV adaptation Roswell, everyone is straight. In the 2019 readaptation Roswell, New Mexico, Michael and Isobel are bisexual and Alex is gay.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017): "The Penultimate Peril" reveals that Jerome Squalor is bisexual, and that Babs from Heimlich Hospital is in love with a woman (implied to be Mrs. Bass from Prufrock Prep). In the books, neither Jerome nor Mrs. Bass showed any evidence of same-sex attraction, and Babs's sexuality was never specified (not that it's important, as the books imply that she was killed by Count Olaf without the Baudelaires even getting to meet her properly).
  • Eretria is bisexual in The Shannara Chronicles, flirting with Amberle at one point, and having a past relationship with a Canon Foreigner villainess. She previously had (satisfying) sex with Wil. In the books there was no hint of her being anything but straight.
  • Irene Adler, who is straight in the original Sherlock Holmes canon, is a self-professed lesbian in Sherlock, though she does suffer from If It's You, It's OK where Sherlock is concerned.
  • In the TV adaptation of She's Gotta Have It, Nola Darling is changed from straight to pansexual, and one of her many lovers is a woman.
  • Honorable mention: prior to Starz taking on co-production duties, the UK series Torchwood was farmed around to the Fox network. It was reported in the media that had a Fox series been made, the pansexual character of Captain Jack Harkness would have likely been rendered straight for the series. Not surprisingly, the Fox deal fell through and soon after not only did cable network Starz get the rights, but the subsequent season ramped the sexuality (and the gay aspects of Jack's character) Up to Eleven.
  • In 13 Reasons Why, Tony, Ryan, Courtney, and Alex are all gaynote . The Adaptation Expansion of the series caused this since in the book very few details were provided about them, whereas the TV series gives all of them backstories.
  • In order to illustrate how good Blackadder's lawyer is, Blackadder Goes Forth makes a spirited attempt at convincing us Oscar Wilde was the most heterosexual man in Britain.
  • Hooded Justice was speculated to be gay in the original Watchmen comic. In The HBO series, about the only thing Hollis Mason's In-Universe speculation got right was HJ being romantically involved with Captain Metropolis — only that was an extramarital affair, as the HBO version of Hooded Justice, Will Reeves, was also married to a woman at the time who he seems to feel attraction for, indicating he's bi rather than gay.
  • Perry Mason (2020): Della is portrayed as a closeted lesbian here, who secretly has a girlfriend. In the original books and later, she is shown having significant sexual tension with Perry.
  • Brave New World: The series implies most if not all New Londoners are bisexuals, given their orgies show people pairing up without regard to genders, plus Lenina's interactions with her friend Frannie and Bernard's comments, while the book has them as strictly heterosexual libertines. As he begins to enjoy himself more and more in New London, John is shown hooking up with a few men despite being heterosexual in the book, although admittedly some of them have masks on their face, implying a level of discomfort.
  • M*A*S*H: Richard Hornberger complained at length about the TV version of Hawkeye being Anything That Moves.
  • Wonder Woman (1975): The lesbian Carolyn Hamilton turns out to be an adaptation of Nubia, who had showed no romantic interest in women whatsoever in the comics.
  • The Shannara Chronicles: Eretria in the books only shows attraction to men. Here, she's bisexual, and also seems to prefer women.

    Podcasts 
  • Criss Angel and David Blaine are presumably straight in real life, but in the fiction of Interstitial Actual Play the two of them are ex-boyfriends. By the end, they're clarified as gay and bisexual respectively.

    Theater 
  • For the stage adaptation of High School Musical, Ryan was made gay. In the film he is Ambiguously Bi at most, being very flamboyant and fitting many gay stereotypes yet falling for a female character.
  • A Very Potter Musical has the Sorting Hat (which is a hat, but voiced by a man) in love with the Scarf of Sexual Preference (again: an object, but voiced as male). Scarfy declares Harry to be metrosexual and Ron to be bi-curious.
  • Mozart's first true opera, Apollo et Hyacinthus is based on a myth involving a gay love triangle (Apollo and Zephirus are both in love with Hyacinthus). Rufinus Widl, the librettist who adapted the myth for Mozart, didn't think this would go over well with an eighteenth-century audience, so in his adaptation Apollo and Zephirus are both in love with Melia, Hyacinthus' sister, while Apollo's just best friends with Hyacinthus.
  • In the Reduced Shakespeare Company's Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged), which blends characters from all the Bard's works, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and Kate from The Taming of the Shrew end up together. When Richard III has his hump temporarily cured by magic and becomes Richard II, he becomes gay (a reference to claims about the earlier Richard by Thomas Walshingham) and starts a relationship with John Falstaff.
  • Some productions of Cabaret make the Emcee bisexual, with one of the women he has a threesome with during the "Two Ladies" number being a man in drag instead. Some go as far as implying he will eventually die in the concentration camps for his sexuality.
  • Glinda in the The Wicked Years books is Ambiguously Gay. She's married to an older man but it was for the money and they have a Sexless Marriage. She doesn't show any particular interest in boys, instead having a Single-Target Sexuality towards Elphaba. The Wicked musical changed her to Ambiguously Bi as they kept the Homoerotic Subtext with Elphaba but added in a Love Triangle with Fiyero.
  • Uncle Fester is usually depicted as being straight but The Addams Family stage musical has him saying that he has no specific sexuality before declaring his love for the moon.
  • The writer of Be More Chill admits he removed any reference to Michael's girlfriend from the book to make him Ambiguously Gay for Jeremy. In addition, Rich is now bisexual and Brooke and Jenna end up together at the end. None of this happens in the book.
  • Otho was implied to be gay in the original Beetlejuice movie and this was still the case in the Beetlejuice musical, but one scrapped song from an earlier draft, "I am Very Good at Running Cults" had Otho brag about bedding a lot of women. In addition, Beetlejuice showed no attraction towards anything but women in the original movie but appears to be very interested in both of the Maitlands in the musical, and the actor has stated that he plays the character as pansexual.

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  • In Arthur, King of Time and Space, Sir Kay (noted for his boorish behavior towards women in the original stories) is in a relationship with Bedivere in the contemporary and space arcs (in the baseline arc, he's still noted for his boorish behavior towards women, explaining in one Fourth Wall Breaking strip "Yeah, like we're going to be openly gay in the Middle Ages. We probably don't even realize ourselves.") And contemporary and space Tristram is still in the canonical relationship with Isolde... only Tristram's female.
  • Learning with Manga! FGO: Official materials for Fate/Grand Order state that Mash Kyrielight's feelings for the female protagonist/Gudako are meant to be platonic, compared to how she canonically has a crush on the male protagonist/Gudao. Learning with Manga instead has Mash and Gudako portrayed as sexually-involved girlfriends with Gudako molesting both Mash and Olga being the only thing keeping them from being an Official Couple, and even then Mash averts Single-Target Sexuality by getting aroused by Olga (while in a Paper-Thin Disguise of Gudako, but Mash later insists that she keep wearing it) and a VR version of herself.
  • Whereas Rosalina's sexuality was never alluded to in the Super Mario Bros. games. The sequel to The 3 Little Princesses depicts her as being Ambiguously Gay as she falls for Daisy's classic form and is shown to have plastered several pictures of her on her wall at the end.

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  • Can You Spare a Quarter?: In the Nifty version Graham is homosexual and that means it will be more difficult for him to obtain the guardianship for Jamie. In the newer ASSTR/PZA version his sexual orientation is never mentioned.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged Zarbon is so camp that he can't seem to say three words without using some sort of Double Entendre but it is later revealed that he has a steady girlfriend, making him simply Camp Straight. That being said nobody believes it as talked about during Freeza's rant in Episode 21.
    Freeza: ...the latter of whom spent 400 credits making long-distance calls to his "girlfriend", WHO I AM CONVINCED IS NAMED "CHUCK"!
  • Naruto: The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Show gives Naruto a very unambiguous love for Sasuke.
    Naruto: Love me, you sexy ninja bastard!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series states or implies that many characters are gay, including Yami and Joey. Yami Bakura has openly stated he is gay, while Marik and Bakura have both denied it - which may be true for Bakura, but definitely not Marik. Duke Devlin, a ladies man in the show, is pretty much omnisexual here. Averted, surprisingly, with Pegasus, played straight with Croquet. Also, Kaiba is dragon-sexual.
    Kaiba: A Blue-Eyes White Dragon-train? I have the weirdest boner right now...
  • NicoB's Let's Play of Ace Attorney ups sexuality of several characters.
    • Phoenix is straight in the games, in the LP he and Egdeworth are referred to as gay lovers. His canon relationship with Iris is present, although spiced up a bit, making him bi.
    • The Judge is straight and Happily Married in the games. Here he's lover of Nagito Komaeda from Danganronpa (don't ask).

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  • Dubbed By Strangers dubs of Animal Mechanicals change Komodo and Sasquatch from friends to boyfriends.
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a Setting Update of Pride and Prejudice. Colonel Fitzwilliam in the book likes Elizabeth a lot and flirts with her, which might make Mr. Darcy a bit jealous. Fitz Williams in this vlog version is gay, and he and Lizzie become great friends. The authors did lots of changes for this adaptation (set in the modern-day USA, they had very diverse cast with Age Lifts and Race Lifts). Word of God claims that they didn't want to involve Fitz in any romantic plot lines and therefore decided to give him a boyfriend. It worked.
  • In Lovely Little Losers, a loose modernized adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, two of the main male characters are a gay man and a bisexual man, and theirs is the main romance of the story. It probably goes without saying that that was not the case in the 16th-century play.

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