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Oberyn: You did like boys? Before?
Varys: [shakes head]
Oberyn: Really? Girls? Hmm. I hope you won't be offended when I say I never would have guessed.
Varys: Not at all. But I was never interested in girls, either.
Oberyn: What then?
Varys: Nothing.
Oberyn: Everybody is interested in something.
Varys: Not me.
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In fiction, you encounter tropes such as Everyone Is Gay, No Bisexuals, Everyone Is Bi, Anything That Moves, or even Extreme Omnisexual. You hear Silly Love Songs about Intercourse with You, and see Love Dodecahedrons, Kiss Kiss Slapping, Slap Slap Kissing, and oodles of Shipping. Well, This Is Not That Trope.

What you less often see are characters who are of an age or situation to get sexually attracted — but aren't.

It is difficult to showcase a lack of something, so it is understandable that this orientation is often ignored, especially in works with No Hugging, No Kissing. However, this also leads to the common assumption that everyone is interested in sex. This can lead to awkward feelings for the asexual audience.

Asexuality is something of a Cassandra Truth. Both in-universe and out, fans and fellow characters alike will often dismiss their sexual orientation as a side-effect of depression, mental sickness, Hollywood Autism, low hormone levels, abuse, immaturity, or even just plain old sour grapes.note  This criticism will not stop until they've succeeded in getting them to bed someone so they can live a "normal" life at last. They may also be Mistaken for Gay—especially if gayness is not expected to be expressed.

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In Real Life, asexuals don't feel sexual attraction, but they can usually still feel romantic attraction; many are comfortable with cuddling and kissing to express their feelings, and may be part of a Chastity Couple. Not feeling romantic attraction to another person is not the same thing — that would be aromanticism, which operates on a completely different scale from sexual orientation.

Note also that not feeling sexual attraction does not automatically equal a disgust for or aversion to sex. They may read about it. They may write about it. They may draw it. In fact, because sex is such a non-issue for them, they can get pretty hard-core without even blushing. Sex doesn't have to be disgusting, in fact they may actually enjoy it, but their reasons for having it don't include finding someone sexually attractive.

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Not to be confused with being genderless, nor with biological asexuality which means that an organism does not reproduce sexually. See Truly Single Parent for characters who reproduce asexually.

Many asexuals consider asexuality to be a spectrum, with "gray sexuality"/"gray asexuality" and "demisexuality"note  residing somewhere between "fully" asexual (never feel sexual attraction) and "fully" allosexualnote . This trope is the direct opposite of Extreme Omnisexual, and frequently a victim of the belief that Good People Have Good Sex and Sex Equals Love. See also Chaste Hero — who might be asexual — and Celibate Hero, who usually isn't, but doesn't date all the same. A possible cause of Married to the Job. Meanwhile, someone in Holy Orders or a similar career might take a Vow of Celibacy and voluntarily adopt an asexual lifestyle, regardless of whatever their innate sexual feelings might be.

This should not be confused with lacking sex appeal, where the person in question is not deemed sexually attractive by others. Likewise, some characters may be just too afraid of sex to actually seek it out. Some characters are afraid or uncomfortable with sex because of sexual abuse. This is not asexuality.

Note: Only include someone if they are explicitly asexual. They don't have to use the word asexual, but it needs to be pretty apparent. No Alternative Character Interpretation. Also remember that while they overlap frequently in fiction, asexuality and having No Social Skills are not the same thing. Finally, this shouldn't be confused with characters who physically Cannot Have Sex Ever - such characters may or may not still have sexual desires and/or romantic feelings, regardless of whether they can express them.

Super-Trope to Romantic Asexual.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • The author of Beelzebub has said in an interview that he can't see Oga ever being in a relationship, and that the only contact he enjoys is punching other boys. This matches up with Oga's in canon behavior where he either scoffs at romance, pretends to be clueless, or actively runs away from it.
  • Bloom Into You: Maki flat out admits that he has never felt any sort of attraction towards anyone and a flashback reveals that he finds the idea of being in a romantic relationship unappealing. Nonetheless, he's completely satisfied seeing other people's relationships, viewing them as stage plays with him as an audience member.
  • Lloyd Asplund, of Code Geass, resident Mad Scientist, proposes to Milly Ashford within moments of meeting her, but because he wants her family's Knightmare Frame designs. His assistant Cecile later explains that Lloyd doesn't even give a second thought to matters of the flesh.
  • Kusuo Saiki from The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. goes to great lengths to avoid being in a relationship, and is even immune to Teruhashi's charms.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Piccolo does not seem to understand the concept of romance, referring to it as "mushy stuff". Could be an extension of his role of The Stoic, but as a member of a hermaphroditic alien race who can biologically reproduce asexually, it's possible that a lack of interest in relationships is a trait that all Namekians share.
    • Word of God has also stated that Tien has no interest in romance.
  • Anri Sonohara of Durarara!! is a somewhat twisted example. She herself suggests she's merely incapable of discerning her own feelings towards others, and a very strong point is made that she's the way she is due to psychological trauma and subsequent dissociation.
  • Major Klaus Heinz von dem Eberbach of From Eroica with Love seems to fit this trope. Men are met with (sometimes violent) rage, and women give him the creeps.
  • Kars from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is asexual, having a fondness for only nature. Upon evolving into the Ultimate Life Form, his asexuality is also taken to new heights where it's explicitly stated that for Kars, "SEX = USELESS".
  • The titular character of Kusuriya no Hitorigoto, Maomao, has shown no interest in anybody romantically or sexually. While she has expressed aesthetic appreciation of her leading man, Jinshi, there have been no overt signs of romantic/sexual attraction. Additionally, when probed about children, Maomao replied she had a scientific curiosity in the birthing process, though no overt desire to do any of the raising.
  • The secretary from Maou no Hisho completely lacks any of sex drive of her own, as demonstrated when she's placed under the effects of a lust spell and she only ends up showing interest in having other people reproduce.
  • Medaka from Medaka Box is in-universe suspected after she turns out to be immune to love inducement.
  • Naozumi Sudo from Naru Taru is an Übermensch who explicitly states that human sexuality is of no concern to him.
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece is possibly asexual, as he was not influenced by Hancock's powers. The mangaka explained that he is "interested but not entranced" when alone with Hancock, while he reacts much more strongly to nudity when with Usopp. Oda explained it to the younger fans by saying that Luffy is only attracted to adventure (and possibly food). It's also worth keeping in mind that Eiichiro Oda has explicitly stated that there will be absolutely no romance in One Piece because "boys aren't interested in romance" so it's not surprising that Luffy takes no interest in girls.
  • Count D from Pet Shop of Horrors is asexual in both the biological sense and the socio-psychological one. Due to being one of the last surviving members of a highly advanced race of supernatural beings that reproduce asexually to give rise to offspring that are identical to them in every way, D has no physical need for sex. Being quite attractive, he is pursued by both women and men (some of whom make their intentions glaringly obvious); but he treats all of them with indifference and sometimes outright cruelty, should they become too aggressive for his liking.
  • In Shimanami Tasogare, "Someone" is revealed near the end to be asexual. She's fine with living a quiet single life while helping out other people from sexual minorities through her club. Also, she may or may not have supernatural powers.
  • In an extra chapter from the Scum's Wish sequel, Mito comes out to Ayumi as asexual.
  • Ryou Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh! could certainly qualify. In the guide/databook that was released for the series (funnily enough called the Gospel of Truth), Kazuki Takahashi said that Bakura "is more interested in games than girls" which is why he shows no interest (and even dismay) at the fangirls that fawn over him at school. Since we never see him show any interest in or attraction to boys either, saying he's asexual is a safe bet.

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    Comic Books 
  • Archie Comics: Jughead has dabbled in the occasional flirt, but always returns to his one true love: food. As of 2016, he explicitly identifies as asexual in the reboot comics, and writer Chip Zdarsky has confirmed that he considers Jughead to always have been asexual even if past writers didn't have a word for it yet. Zdarsky's successor Ryan North is also writing Jughead as asexual.
  • Daken: Despite being infamous as a Depraved Bisexual, Daken is this according to Word of God. He only uses sex as a tool to manipulate others.
  • The title character of Devi is asexual... part of the time.
  • The Joker tends to be portrayed as completely uninterested in sex, only caring about his "jokes" and schemes. While he is willing to partake in sex, he only ever does as part of an Evil Plan, manipulation, or because he wants to make a sick joke about it. For example, the self-titled graphic novel has him rape a woman named Shelly, the wife of one of his henchmen and the book's POV character, Jonny Frost, as a fucked up way of making things "even" between the two after Frost withheld the fact he had a meeting with Two-Face.
  • Judge Dredd is functionally asexual and aromantic. He's a Celibate Hero who is never even implied to experience feelings of attraction to anybody.
  • Misfit City: Naomi Franquiz has stated in an interview that Dot is this.
  • No Hero: Joshua realizes he is asexual by the end. His adopted father used to kill people and fuck the wounds, which repressed Joshua of his own penis; the FX7 turning your body depending on your personality made him fully asexual and also castrated him.
  • Lance, a modern version of Sir Lancelot from The Once and Future Queen, is asexual.
  • Princeless Raven The Pirate Princess: Jayla Cooke, a member of Raven's crew, is canonically asexual.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Max openly states that he doesn't like girls. He doesn't seem to show any interest in guys either. At one point he even said that he views a sex drive as nothing more than a nuisance distracting him from his most favorite of things… violence. In one of the video games, a time-traveling incident ends up reversing this and turning him into a Casanova Wannabe, but he's soon back to normal.
  • First in Secret Six, then in The Movement, Tremor (Roshanna Chatterji) is asexual.
  • Sex Criminals: Alix can only orgasm by flying. As in they orgasm/gets the thrill of orgasming through base jumping.
  • Valhalla: Loki expresses his lack of interest repeatedly throughout the series. The only times that he tries to seduce someone or expresses his love for someone it's a matter of blatant lies as he is really after something else altogether, be it winning a bet or avoiding getting beaten to a pulp by the other gods for his misdeeds.
  • Rorschach in Watchmen shows no interest in sex, even seeming repulsed by it.
  • The Wicked + The Divine: Dionysus is not a fighter or a lover; he's a dancer. When talking to Cass about it, he mentions that he thought she might be ace as well, somewhat to her irritation, considering it's apparently the most common pantheon-related gossip about her. In her case, the truth is something else entirely.
  • Demise is one of the few characters in Wild Cards not remotely interested in sex. He was like this even before he acquired his death powers.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Artemis (the goddess, not the Amazon) is the goddess of virgins and doesn't experience sexual attraction nor is interested in it. This was done away with in the New 52 which gave her an incestuous crush on her brother, but that version of the character is later revealed to have been a fake.

    Comic Strips 
  • Zonker in Doonesbury has consistently been portrayed as avoiding romantic or physical attachments to the opposite sex like the plague. He had one sustained platonic dating relationship with a woman who, in one strip, humorously demonstrated to Mike and J.J. how even her most blatant and obvious "come on" lines flew over Zonker's head and didn't even register. ("It's like dating an elf!")

    Fan Works 
  • The fanfic Ace of Hearts focuses on Keima Katsuragi coming to realise he is heteroromantic but asexual.
  • The Tumblr ask blog Ask Ben Solo depicts Ben as being asexual. (Bonus: the posts about his asexuality are tagged with "ace in space.")
  • Brainbent: Dave. It wasn't caused by his unfortunately sexualised upbringing (his brother had sex where Dave could and did walk in on him and left heaps of sex toys around the place) but it probably isn't helping the issues which were caused by it.
  • In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, all Psyches are forced to be asexual, since the Psyche Master handles all reproduction of the Psyches.
  • In Fall Back - 1940, Tom Riddle is strongly implied to be this.
  • Gundam Storm: Athene and her fellow supersoldiers are asexual and have had their reproductive capabilities removed as part of their "modifications". Shane eventually realises that he is in love with Athene, but is convinced she can never love him back because of this.
  • Hivefled: Eridan is repulsed-asexual and so terrified of having a cull-worthy abnormality that he slept with anyone who looked at him and convinced himself that the disgust and stress he felt was normal.
  • Quicksand in The Last Brony: Kingdom Hearts With a Black Sora is asexual and proud of it, being extremely critical of "the sexuals" and thinking them disgusting, violent, discriminatory, etc. It's mostly just bigoted garbage, but occasionally he'll make an argument that gives pause.
  • Cinder Fall from RWBY is described as asexual by the author of the series The Makings of Team CRME. In My Name Is Cinder, she starts showing disinterest in pursuing a relationship and denounces wanting love. When Salem offers her intimacy for Cinder's sake, Cinder states that it isn't really for her, even when she tries returning those affections. CRME shows that despite her asexuality, she has no problem using her physical attractiveness to manipulate people. She regularly has sex with Emerald to keep her devoted to Cinder and will engage in PDA with her. When Roman refuses to keep working with the White Fang, she offers to have sex with him to convince him to keep working with them. However, she still has no interest in it. The tags for CRME even describe Cinder as asexual.
  • In Total Drama series Monster Chronicles Cedric regularly proclaims himself as this, also being a rather prudish version of this trope, due to regularly showing disgust at romantic or sexual situations.
  • In Naruto Veangance Revelaitons, Sasuke is portrayed as asexual. While this would not normally stand out given how he appears to be close to this status in canon (one of the few things about his character the fic gets right), the author, who is of the belief that teenagers should have sex as early and often as possible, makes a special point of using him to bash asexual people.
  • Nightblade: Nick/Rythin is asexual. He doesn't make that big a deal about his orientation, aside from rejecting a love confession while he's still uncertain about it.
  • The Pokémon Reset Bloodlines incarnation of Sabrina is asexual, as she explains to the Emissary.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • In the Shining Armor arc, Dima says he feels nothing for any gender or species.
    • In the Finale arc, Nightmare Mirror says she has no libido. This means she can secretly bodyguard Cadence and Shining Armor's honeymoon night and keep from being distracted. She claims that watching them make love is no different from watching them play checkers.
  • Oobleck in Ruby and Nora, to a hilarious degree.
  • Ruby is asexual in the RWBY rewrite RWBY: Scars. Her romantic orientation isn't mentioned, but she does start dating Penny after she asks Ruby to the dance.
  • Jason Shepard from Sailor Moon: Legends of Lightstorm used to be straight, but became asexual at some point during his long life.
  • Skyhold Academy Yearbook has original characters Rory and Jim, two best friends and students at the eponymous school. Jim is asexual; Rory is demisexual, eventually getting into a relationship with Krem (much to her own astonishment).
  • Verde from Team LVDR admits this about themselves a few times.
  • A Thing of Vikings:
  • The Touch Of Green Fire: Shego refers to Drakken as likely asexual when Kim questions whether she's dating him. Drakken is only into his schemes and technology while Shego is a lesbian.
  • Weight of the World: Coco bluntly flirts with and compliments America but he shows no interest in her. In a conversation after Jaune breaks into the bathroom, while America is in a state of undress, America blandly informs him that he is Asexual and not interested. America is not sexually attracted to other people and shows no interest in sex or romantic relationships in general. He would rather spend time doing other things like hanging out with his family and friends, eat food, play video games, and be a hero.
  • A Wild Badfic Appeared! Commentaries:
    • Mega Man/Rock is all but stated to be asexual, and also incapable of feeling romantic attraction, due to being a Robot Kid programmed with the mentality of a 10-year-old. And according to statements made out-of-commentary, this is Erika's headcanon for Sonic the Hedgehog as well.
    • Later-joiners Samus Aran and Ike are also depicted as such; the former states in-story that she's asexual, something she has to explain to Blue Oak when he is confused by the concept, while the latter, taking his canonical Chaste Hero-ness to its logical extreme, is depicted to not even know what sex is. Note, this guy is a 21-year-old veteran of two wars who otherwise looks and acts like an over-30-year-old, but he has just as much comprehension on the subject as the above-mentioned robot with the mentality of a literal child, if not less.
  • In Zistopia, word of God described Big Bad Nancy Goetz as a "self-serving asexual".

    Films — Animation 
  • Sawada from Tekkonkinkreet states his lack of interest in women, and has commented "I'm frigid" and "never had an orgasm".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (the TV movie sequel to Lawrence of Arabia) T.E. Lawrence (who despite some homoerotic passages in his writing always insisted he never had sex voluntarily with anyone in his life) first refuses a beautiful woman that has come to seduce him, saying with a despairing laugh that he literally CAN'T do what she wants from him (not even for the direly needed political favor she could do him in return). Then in a scene shortly after that, he also refuses the more subtle advances of a male friend of his and talks disparagingly about sex in general. Despite this, he seems to have a rather intense emotional bond with prince Feisal and the movie uses a few tropes of classic romantic movies between them (like lighting the other's cigarette), implying a homoromantic orientation. There is some implication that Lawrence's behaviour is the result of trauma, but the movie thankfully doesn't make any mention of the fact that the real T.E. Lawrence was raped as well.
  • The Hangover: Alan is asexual, according to Word of God. He gets married in the third film, but this doesn't contradict him being asexual, as asexual and aromantic are two different things.
  • The Living Wake: Although he never comments on it himself, Mills, according to his best friend K. Roth, "abhors sex", and unlike K. Roth, expresses absolutely zero interest in sex or even romance. (Unless his Tragic Bromance with K. Roth counts.) While Mills' obvious discomfort with K. Roth having sex with a prostitute while Mills is still standing right there is understandable and would be a reasonable reaction from anyone of any orientation, the fact that he reacts to nudity in general in the same way one might react to watching paint dry does lend credence to the idea. And if anyone would know what Mills' "deal" is, it's K. Roth.
  • The Dutch drama Love Life (also known as Stricken) has a serial womanizer named Stijn as its lead. Stijn narrates the film, and when introducing his best friend, Frank, notes that Frank's libido is exactly the opposite to his: "He's not interested in fucking. It exists."
  • Mysterious Skin: Brian Lackey shows no interest in sex or romance, and seems repulsed when a female character abruptly tries to kiss, touch and undress him. Another character describes his "vibe" as "kinda weirdly asexual." His memories of the childhood sexual abuse possibly responsible for this are strongly repressed until the end of the movie, as he believes he was abducted by aliens and not sexually abused.
  • In Perfume, the Villain Protagonist is obsessed with the scents of nubile virgins, though he has no sexual interest in them, or anyone else. He hires a prostitute solely for the purpose of an experiment to capture her scent.
  • Herbert West from Re-Animator scoffs at the sex drives of his fellow scientists (he even tells Dan in the second film to not "let the little head rule the big head"), and actor Creator/Jeffrey Combs explicitly describes him as asexual in an interview in the 1996 book "Shockmasters".

    Literature 
  • The first Red Adept in the Apprentice Adept series. Several fans misconstrued her as a Psycho Lesbian, due to her misandry (and general misanthropy, come to think of it), but Word of God said no, she wasn't interested in any gender.
  • Yuri from Baker Thief by Claudie Arsenault is autochorissexual, an orientation on the asexual spectrum defined as a disconnection between oneself and a sexual target/object of arousal; may involve sexual fantasies, or arousal in response to erotica or pornography, but lacking any desire to be a participant in the sexual activities therein. Yuri is also aromantic.
  • Demons in the Bartimaeus Trilogy are asexual but certainly are aware that humans are not often asexual. They use this to their advantage as much as they possibly can, distracting or disturbing the magicians who summon them with various attractive forms that may or may not match the spirit's actual gender (insofar as they have one). Bartimaeus remarks at one point in The Ring of Solomon that his repertoire of forms is pretty well nothing but horrible monsters and pretty girls.
  • Chameleon Moon features several characters on the asexual spectrum. Annie, Lisette, and Wren are all aromantic asexual, Rowan and Zilch are biromantic asexual, Regan is biromantic demisexual, and Jenny is demiromantic gray-asexual.
  • Happy from Chaos Squad identifies as asexual.
  • Circle of Magic: Sandry fa Toren from has been confirmed to be asexual and "guards herself carefully" via Word of God.
  • Council Wars: Rachael Ghorbani likens her own asexuality to being color-blind or tone-deaf. She simply doesn't understand the attraction of sex and finds the physical implications revolting.
  • In the Culture novels, you have every variation of sexuality possible, including asexuality, present in the Culture citizens.
  • In Part & Parcel, from the Cut and Run series, there's a rather heartwarming moment where Digger figures out he's asexual. Kelly brings up this possibility when Digger confesses he doesn't like sex and Digger admits he hadn't known there was a word for it before.
    • In that same scene Kelly himself confesses that he thinks he's demisexual. After a couple of books of wondering what his attraction to Nick means and being unsure of labels it seems he's done some research.
  • Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut: The protagonist Rudy Waltz calls himself a "neuter". He has no interest in sex, and nobody even notices him, even though he'd be handsome if he took care of himself. He fantasizes about organizing a pride march for asexuals like himself.
  • Robert Merle's novel Death Is My Trade, based on the autobiography of Rudolf Höss, the commander of the Auschwitz concentration camp, portrays the protagonist (called Rudolf Lang in the book) this way. He gains more pleasure from polishing his boots than sex. He gets married and has children, but only because he feels that it's his duty towards his country.
  • The eponymous heroine of the The Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy receives several propositions from fellow soldiers in her mercenary company, but turns them all down, explaining that she's never been interested in sex. Near the end of the book, this plays a part when she allows herself to be raped and tortured in order to buy the freedom of the rightful king. The rape fails to have any effect on her psyche, becoming just another form of pain she has to endure. The fallout from that incident turns into a Moment of Awesome as her loyalty is rewarded.
  • Dexter: Dexter Morgan is uninterested in sex but willing enough to keep his wife, Rita, convinced that he's a normal man.
  • Eight Worlds: Asexuality is complicated by something most authors don't consider: In a clothing-optional society with Easy Sex Change "none of the above" is always an option, so judging someone's orientation from their configuration is pretty much impossible. Boss Tweed, the antagonist of The Opiuchi Hotline is asexual and believes that it gives him an advantage in the rough-and-tumble world of Lunar politics. He also wears fake genitals just to head off this sort of reputation.
  • Nancy Whitman from Every Heart a Doorway is asexual. She originally thought that was what drew her into the underworld, but soon found out that the dead are just as lusty as the living.
  • The Fire's Stone by Tanya Huff features Chandra, who is aromantic asexual.
  • Red Grant from From Russia with Love is classified as asexual in his file. The film version references this by having Grant Ignore The Fanservice.
  • Kevin, from the book Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey, is asexual.
  • Harry Potter:
    • J. K. Rowling said in an interview that Charlie Weasley is asexual, being more interested in dragons than in men or women.
    • She has also confirmed that Voldemort is asexual and aromantic, having never loved anything but power and no-one but himself. He has sex with Bellatrix in The Cursed Child but this is solely to produce an heir.
  • Alix Cage Tolvaj is confirmed by the second book of the Heroics series to be asexual.
  • How to be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune is a Queer Romance novel about a man named Gustavo who meets an asexual stoner named Casey.
  • Imperial Radch: Breq is the last surviving Wetware Body of a spaceship AI; although she appreciates some human pleasures, sex and romance are definitely not among them. It's uncommon but unremarkable in the Free-Love Future setting, and she's happy to form strong friendships with the soldiers under her command.
  • Jacob's Ladder Trilogy:
    • Sir Perceval, the heroine, is canonically asexual. Although the word she uses most is celibate, Perceval at one point also uses asexed when she is explaining to Rien why she's not interested in her. Or anyone else, for that matter.
    • Later in the same trilogy it's mentioned that in this regard Perceval is a lot like her aunt Cynric the Sorceress.
  • Sue Brighthead from Jude the Obscure. She finds the idea of sex so repulsive that she starts making excuses not to share a bed with her husband Phillotson, and he finally agrees to let her sleep in a separate bedroom.
  • Les Misérables: Enjolras is specifically stated to have no interest in women, and his mistress is his country. While it's possible he could be a Badass Gay, it's stated after Mabeuf's death that Enjolras had never so much as kissed anyone before, so he's a Celibate Hero regardless of his orientation.
  • The main character Alice in Let's Talk About Love is biromantic asexual.
  • The Old Kingdom: Clariel is a clear cut example. She outright says multiple times she has no interest in boys, girls, or marriage and can barely comprehend other youths her age who can think of nothing else. She's even tried sex a couple of times but really couldn't find the appeal.
  • Nick Pardoner from The Pardoner's Tale is asexual. It's never flat-out stated in the novella, but it's heavily implied.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Artemis is pretty clearly asexual and aromantic. Her Hunters, on the other hand, zigzag around the trope. For example, Zoë Nightshade is probably asexual and aromantic as well, but definitely not all Hunters are—Thalia and Annabeth were offered a place, even though we know both of them liked Luke. As long as they swear off romantic and sexual relationships, their actual orientation doesn't seem to matter.
  • Perfect Rhythm by Jae is about a pop-star named Leo who goes back to her home town and falls for a nurse named Holly, who is asexual.
  • The Posterchildren:
    • We find out at the end of the first book that one of the main characters, Mal Underwood, is gray-asexual heteroromantic.
    • In the following short stories, The Timely Tales, introduce Ramon Benavente, who is a sex-repulsed aromantic asexual man.
  • Hymie Levy from The Power of One: implied when the narrator notes that, in contrast to himself, "Hymie on the other hand seemed to sail through puberty like a bloody eunuch." Later confirmed in the sequel Tandia.
  • Protector of the Small: The main heroine Keladry of Mindelan has no interest in romantic or sexual relationships, and was confirmed by Tamora Pierce to be aromantic asexual.
  • Tori in Rebecca J. Anderson's Quicksilver has a scene where she comes out as asexual.
  • RCN: Adele Mundy has "never been interested in mating rituals in either the abstract or the particular," and views the sexual obsession of most of the human race with bemused detachment.
  • Mathew from Rose of the Prophet can feel love for both men and women, but never experiences sexual desire for any of them. This is something the people of Akhran find difficult to understand.
  • In Sheridan Hay's The Secret of Lost Things, the character Oscar is stated to have no romantic or sexual interest in anyone of any gender—unfortunately for the heroine, who's in love with him.
  • Sherlock Holmes is directly stated to have no interest at all in romance or sex in Arthur Conan Doyle's original series of novels and short stories. Despite this, many copycats, derived works, and even official adaptations try to make this aspect of his personality questionable, in order to appeal to a wider audience and introduce more drama into the equation. In most of the mainstream derived works, Irene Adler becomes Holmes's love interest. In the original story, however, this was never so. In fact, Holmes and Adler only ever meet once, and only very briefly. He hardly ever mentions her again in any other story either, mostly in passing as someone who beat him. While it's true he was interested in her, he seems more fascinated with her unusual intelligence than sympathetic or romantic. Presumably, because while she was not the first to outsmart him, she was the first woman to do so and in the Victorian era, women were not believed to be capable.
    It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position.
  • Puritanical swashbuckler Solomon Kane expressly stated multiple times that he has neither the time nor the motivation to pursue or desire anything romantically or sexually. He needs only his trusty blade and wrongs to right!
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Aerys I, who died about 77 years before this story, apparently never consummated his marriage with his wife. It was said, "Aerys would sooner bring a book to his bed rather than his wife." Unfortunately, this was especially problematic as it meant people were losing their faith in the monarchy during a time when the realm was under serious threat from Aerys' cousins, the Blackfyres, who considered their claim to the throne better. Aerys' lack of children meant when he died the Iron Throne passed to his brother Maekar, who had fathered six children.
  • In one of the Spaceforce novels, a character from the elaborately custom-driven Crystal Spires and Togas Taysan Empire is revealed to be asexual, along with the surprising fact that this sexuality is considered taboo in their society. To the extent the young man is blackmailed and Driven to Suicide over it.
  • Stranger: Mia struggles with thinking she's broken because she doesn't feel sexual attraction and wonders if she will, or can, fall in love. She finds that she can only feel romantic and sexual attraction alike when she forms a strong emotional bond, though the word "demisexuality" is never outright mentioned in the book.
  • April from Stranger And Stranger mentions dating a boy and liking him a lot, but feeling incredibly uncomfortable when he got aroused and dumping him as a result. She also gets uncomfortable when people talk about sex/use sex-related language around her.
  • In Tales of Kolmar, the mage Vilkas, is flat-out uninterested in everyone, once thinking that he probably should sleep with his attractive best friend just to make her happy, but being relieved when she interprets his lack of reaction to being touched as rejection and pulls away.
  • According to "Tale of Ragnar's Sons" (13th century), Viking warlord Ivar the Boneless "had no children, because of the way he was: with no lust or love".
  • Lily Briscoe from Virginia Wolfe's To the Lighthouse is described as asexual by Margaret Drabble in the introduction to the Oxford University Press edition.
  • Natalie Orscott from The Tropic of Serpents, the second book in the A Memoir By Lady Trent series, is written as asexual, although due to the historic setting, doesn't use that particular word for it.
  • Victor Vale from V. E. Schwab's The Villains Series is asexual.
  • In Void City, when questioned about his sexuality by Eric, the vampire Ebon Winter states that he is asexual. He finds even the implication that he experiences sexual desire to be grossly insulting.
  • In Wander the eponymous heroine is asexual, at one point claiming that she doesn't understand sex, and during her platonic Anguished Declaration of Love to Dagger tells him that she never wants to be anyone's girlfriend. Later confirmed via Word of God.
  • While no character in the Warchild Series states their sexuality, Jos's narrative makes it very clear he despises sex. Evan even states that his ability to ask about another character's girlfriend is a sign he's improving in his outlook.
  • Warrior Cats: Vicky has stated that Mousefur is asexual. She's one of the only, if not the only, she-cats who never had a mate and never wanted one.
  • Jenny Fields from The World According to Garp is an asexual nurse who is repulsed by sex.
  • Tattletale from Worm is functionally asexual — her powers give her an information overload during sex, so she can't get any enjoyment from it. As of the sequel, she admits that she was using her power as an excuse, and she is asexual. Accord, also a thinker, is this as well.
  • In the short story "You Can't Be Too Careful" by Ruth Rendell, Della Galway is asexual — "no spark of sexual feeling had ever troubled her."

    Live-Action TV 
  • Misty Day from American Horror Story was confirmed through Word of God to be asexual.
  • Andy Hallett, the actor who played Lorne on Angel, was quoted as saying that while it was never officially established, the character was probably asexual.
  • Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory was initially depicted as an awkward nerd who was the only one of his friends Not Distracted by the Sexy when it came to the cute new neighbor Penny. By the second season Penny outright asks the other guys what his "deal" was and they say as far as they can tell he has no deal. He does appreciate attention and has acquired a couple genius groupies, but has zero interest in sexuality. He eventually met Amy Farrah Fowler, a Distaff Counterpart, and they become a couple despite sex being off the table. In the eighth season Penny asks him if he will ever be intimate with Amy, and he admits it's possible. Amy, in fact, ends up being a Single-Target Sexuality for Sheldon, and even when they start being intimate it is literally a yearly tradition.
  • Kevin in The Black Donnellys. He's the only brother who does not seem interested in sex of any kind, and a random old dude in the neighborhood, when seeing him with Jenny, gives odds that she's not his girlfriend because he's never seen "a more asexual kid in his life" than Kevin.
  • Brass Eye: "Well, throughout tonight's program, we've had a naked asexual man up a stick, watching some pornography. Have you reached any conclusions?" *Asexual man shakes his head.* "Well, I hope that's been of some help."
  • In Doctor Who:
    • This comes and goes with different incarnations of the Doctor. In the classic series, he usually showed no interest in that sort of thing, with Four explicitly unable to recognize female beauty. The Seventh Doctor, in the audios, makes it relatively explicit that he, for example, has absolutely no capacity for attraction, while with other Doctors, their sexuality is more ambiguous. The movie and revival have generally depicted the Doctor as at the very least romantically interested in women with explicit Love Interests like Rose Tyler and River Song, although it seems that he never went beyond kissing with either of them. The Eighth Doctor kisses Grace Holloway in the movie and kisses most of his companions, as well as several implicit relationships with men in the extended universe. Overall, the Doctor, in the new series and expanded universe, throws out references to various relationships he has had with people of several genders, but rarely, if ever, shows attraction (River Song, despite being married to him, claims he has no idea if she's attractive or not), which makes it entirely possible he's asexual, just open to romantic relationships.
    • The Master, despite moments of Ho Yay with the Doctor, generally came across as asexual in the classic series, although he was willing to charm people into helping him if necessary. In the revival, to highlight his contrast with the Chaste Hero Doctor, the "Harold Saxon" incarnation was portrayed as something of a sexual predator and an Ambiguous Depraved Bisexual. Missy claimed to also be above sexuality, despite begin completely obsessed with the Doctor and borderline sexually assaulting him on their first meeting.
  • Emmerdale: Liv Flaherty came out as asexual, spoke openly about it, with both her family and friends and they're doing a storyline where she's going to go into a romantic relationship where she explains to the boy she's dating that she's asexual.
  • Faking It: Brad identifies as asexual when everyone's labeling themselves in one episode.
  • According to Word of God, Father Noel Furlong (better known as the character played by Graham Norton) in Father Ted is asexual.
  • Game of Thrones: Varys tells Oberyn he's asexual, and always has been, even before he got castrated. He abhors what desire can lead to because so many people scheme for power only to fail because of sexual desires.

  • The Professor from Gilligan's Island is uninterested in sex or romance, and more than once has been oblivious to the charms of the two attractive female fellow castaways. In one episode he admits to Ginger that he never had a romantic interest in anyone.
  • Rose from The Golden Girls never thought about sex before she was married. When her husband wanted to have sex for the first time, she didn't really understand sexual desire.
  • Michael in The Good Place has repeatedly expressed disgust at the idea of sex or kissing, at one point adding that he cannot gauge human attractiveness.
  • Huge: Poppy comes out as asexual to George.
  • Karadoc from the French series Kaamelott. Though (reluctantly) willing to put his body on the line for the "usual filthy things" in order to have children, he readily admits he is not interested in that kind of flesh—be it male or female. The mere concept of "Roman kiss" makes him want to puke.
  • In Robin Hood, Sam Troughton once stated that he envisioned his character Much as being asexual, presumably heteroromantic based on his Love Interests.
  • Shadowhunters: Raphael expresses a long-standing disinterest in sex to Isabelle after they get involved. He also states that he hasn't felt like this in a long time, which could mean he's gray-aromantic, unlike in book canon, where he was aromantic, leading to some Adaptational Romantic Orientation.
  • Shortland Street, a New Zealand hospital drama with an entire arc devoted to Gerald becoming a self-identified asexual and how it affects his relationship with his girlfriend Morgan. The killer is when Gerald mercifully ends the relationship, and Morgan becomes enamored of another asexual man.
  • Sirens (US): Voo Doo is openly asexual. The main character has a conversation with her about her sexuality and accepts it as a valid identity. The show continues to have a couple of discussions about her asexuality and what that means.
  • Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation is portrayed as having no sexual desire, possibly due to him being an android. He participates in sex and attempts a romantic relationship, but this is portrayed as only done to accommodate requests or for the experience rather than a personal drive to do so.
  • Kerry from the mockumentary This Country is asexual.
  • The Tick (2001): While the cartoon series skirts the issue, the live action series sharply juxtaposes the title character against the others as the only one completely free of sexual tension. The Tick's obliviousness to its presence in the people around him causes his sidekick, Arthur, at one point to deliver a tirade, and follow up his outburst with "No offense intended"; The Tick's response is "None comprehended". The actor, Patrick Warburton, who played The Tick, in an interview, said of his character "he doesn't seem to be sexually... motivated". However, according to the comic, he has an ex-wife named Cloris. Decades later the details were revealed: Cloris was also a Cloud Cuckoo Lander like the Tick. They met at a costume party and Cloris was convinced that the Tick was just a guy named "Nick" and the two of them got married on a whim. The divorce happened because Cloris, weeks later, couldn't understand why "Nick" refused to take off his costume or become physically intimate with her.
  • The Walking Dead: Robert Kirkman described Daryl as "somewhat asexual." However, he was at the time unaware of asexual people and only meant that Daryl was not a sexual person. He added that he would not entirely rule out the possibility of Daryl being asexual.

    Music 
  • Will Jay's 2017 song Never Been In Love became extremely popular among aromantic and asexual communities online.
  • Victoria Wood's song "Pam" is about a woman who "couldn't give a beggar on the whole sex front," despite the best efforts of various lovers (of both genders).
  • Moses Sumney dedicated his whole debut studio album, Aromanticism, to "seeking to interrogate the idea that romance is normative and necessary".

    Myths & Religion 
  • Jesus' teachings in the Gospels about those resurrected will "neither marry nor be given in marriage, but will be like the angels in heaven", possibly indicating that resurrected believers would not only be unable to reproduce, but will also not even have the desire for sexual intercourse. This is sometimes used by Bible students to argue the case that the "sons of God" in Genesis chapter 6 could not be angels, but rather be the children of Seth's lineage marrying those of Cain's lineage (the "daughters of men"). It could also be a reference to the idea that each and every angel was created as a unique act of creation by God. So likewise those who are worthy of resurrection will also each be a unique act of (re)creation by God. The arrangement of marriage was given to Adam and Eve and their descendants. These recreated humans are not really Adam's descendants in the biological sense as they were given life directly by God, not through Adam.
  • According to Catholics and Orthodox Christians, Jesus' mother, the Virgin Mary, was a perpetual virgin despite being married to St. Joseph. Protestants, however, generally assume that she remained a virgin until Jesus' birth but then was allowed to have normal marital relations. Of particular note here is the verse that mentions Jesus having "brothers" and "sisters"; Protestants take this literally, while the others interpret them as stepsiblings or other relatives.
  • Paul of Tarsus was also asexual apparently, given that in one of his letters he wishes that all people were like he was, lacking sexual desire, and lauding the arrangement after the resurrection laid out above. He recognized the reality of things, however, and said that if people could not control their sexual desires it was best that they married. Second best to celibacy, mind you.
  • Classical Mythology:
    • Artemis, goddess of hunting and patron of virgin girls, Does Not Like Men and thus asked her father, Zeus, to let her remain a virgin; her followers, mostly female, are likewise chaste. One legend says that Artemis fell in love with Orion and was considering abandoning her vow, which is why her twin brother, Apollo, arranged his death.
    • Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, just seems disinterested; unlike the above, there aren't even any myths where she considers romance.
    • Hestia, goddess of the hearth, is described as having no interest in "Aphrodite's works". When Apollo and Poseidon both tried to marry her, she instead swore an Intrinsic Vow to remain a maiden, for which Zeus granted her the honor of receiving the first offering at every mortal household sacrifice.
  • In “How Culhwch Won Olwen”, an early Welsh legend about King Arthur, Culhwch gets cursed by his stepmother to never be able to love a woman until he gets Olwen, daughter of Ysbaddaden Bencawr.

    Roleplay 
  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Abby has been described as not having interest in anyone, and probably never will, putting her somewhere on the ace spectrum.
    • A member of Nadine's gang, Tamasin, is asexual but not aromantic. She desires a sex-free relationship with an honest, supportive partner, hence her crush on local Nice Guy Ciro.
  • Several over the past seasons of Survival of the Fittest: Kristey Burrowell, Adrian Staib, Remi Pierce, and Aston Bennett are all the most notable examples.

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech
    • Clan warriors either live by this or indulge in sexuality as a hobby. For them a proper warrior is a Trueborn warrior who is artificially grown in an iron womb; they mostly consider sex as a mere pastime thing, and romantic relationships mean little to them. For them, a regular Freeborn is worth less than a Trueborn who are only fit for civilian roles, or filling out the lower ranks of their armies at best.
    • In the novels, Clan members from the same "sibko roster"—implied to be brothers and sisters, although technically related only by growing up in the same "batch"—do have non-reproductive sex as routine bonding. The first human mercenary Phelan Kell captured in battle against the Clans falls in love with a Clanwoman, and is horrified to discover that she is sleeping with his most vitriolic rival Vlad Ward, on both the sibling-squick angle as well as the cheating angle. Anastasius Focht tries objecting that the Clans' culture has diverged for hundreds of years from that of the rest of humanity and, somehow, that this makes it fine.
  • The Argent Adept from Sentinels of the Multiverse. Originally, this was just the nature of the comics of his era. Nowadays, it's been established that he is indeed both asexual and aromantic.

    Theatre 
  • Freddie Trumper/The American from Chess is more interested in chess than sex, according to "One Night in Bangkok"
    Get Thai-ed, you're talking to a tourist
    Whose every move's among the purest
    I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine!
  • In the Mrs Hawking play series, titular character Victoria Hawking is, according to Word of God, an aromantic asexual.

    Video Games 
  • Maya from Borderlands 2 has been confirmed to be asexual (this appears to be her own sexual preference, rather than something common to Sirens in general since Lilith spent most of the second game pining after Roland). When she's asked about having a special someone in the "Mad Moxxi and the Wedding Day Massacre" DLC, she mentions "There was once an older man. He's dead now, of course.", presumably referring to one of the monks who raised her (it isn't clear if this means she isn't aromantic, or if she was just referencing a familial relationship).
  • Daud from Dishonored franchise. A book mentioning that Daud never expressed any interest in sex can be found in sequel during The Grand Palace mission.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Shale is repulsed by the very idea of sex, with its exchange of bodily fluids, which is played out in a conversation with Zevran if you have them both in an active party. Zevran being the horny fellow that he is, has a hard time contemplating the idea of anyone not being interested, and thinks Shale is in denial.
    • While the romances aren't obligatory, and thus all three protagonists can be portrayed this way, The Inquisitor can actually be played as being asexual but not aromantic, depending on who they romance. While many of the romances are very obviously sexual in nature—Sera and The Iron Bull in particular—there are romances that subvert that and can, therefore, be interpreted as non-sexual relationships, for players who would prefer this. No sex scenes are depicted with Josephine or Solas (leading some people to believe that they could be asexual as well), and when propositioned by Dorian, there is the option to insist that things are going too fast and the Inquisitor would prefer to romantically commit himself to Dorian first. Fem!Hawke can also be played like this if she romances Sebastian Vael, due to him being a Chaste Hero; however, all of the Warden's romances and the rest of Hawke's all make it very clear that their relationships are sexual as well as romantic.
    • The Warden can be played as asexual with Zevran if you turn down his offer of a "massage" by saying you're not sure. In fact, if the Warden romances Zevran but marries Alistair, the game remembers whether or not the Warden and Zevran have had sex and gives one of two possible conversations based on that.
  • Terra from Final Fantasy VI claims that she can't feel love. She later does find love, but, notably, it's love for her adopted children rather than romantic love, and romantically she stays completely unattached.
  • Lukas in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia tells Python in their DLC support that he feels like he's incapable of feeling love or passion for another person, he watches Clive and Mathilda treat each other affectionately and doesn't understand it, and confesses that it often makes him feel broken. Python reassures him that he's fine as he is and that marriage isn't for everyone.
  • The creator of .flow stated in a tweet that Sabitsuki is asexual.
  • Guenevere can be played as an aromantic asexual, with no interest in any of the available love interests, or cultivate a romance with any (or all) of them while still identifying in asexual terms, and remain a Chastity Couple if she so chooses.
  • Hitman:
    • Agent 47 is normally portrayed to be asexual, though there are some good reasons—number one, he is a clone engineered to be the perfect killer, and two—he has almost no social interactions with anyone at all except for Diana. Of note is a scene in the first game in which 47 rescues a Chinese prostitute from a brothel in Hong Kong. When thanking him, she kisses him goodbye—to which he actually recoils in disgust.
    • In the film, however, he is not so much grossed out by sex as he is simply disinterested. When the Hooker with a Heart of Gold tries making time with 47 at one point, he calmly sticks her in the neck with a sedative and quietly returns to his business.
  • The salarians in Mass Effect are an entire species of asexuals. They have no comprehension of romantic love, sexual attraction or even the biological impulses (ie: arousal). Sexuality is not hormone-based and is strictly for reproduction; they negotiate contracts around it and attaining a good contract is a high priority for males, but this is out of familial and social duty. Salarians also reproduce by laying eggs, some of which are fertilized afterwards by the males (males hatch from unfertilized eggs, females hatched from fertilized ones). A sex drive isn't really needed when there's most likely not even a female in the room at the time. Despite this, some salarians are still affected by the asari (who are implied to have the power to induce If It's You, It's Okay in anyone regardless of their sexual orientation within their own species); one of them is profoundly affected by watching Thane Krios; and Mordin, who gets hit on constantly and assumes Shepard is doing the same, lets them down gently by saying that if he wanted to try human, he'd try Shepard (regardless of whether Shepard is a man or a woman). A very memorable overheard conversation between a salarian and his asari daughter does show that they can form long-term deeper bonds, but asari reproduction doesn't need to involve sex. Further evidence of their capacity for affection can be found in Mass Effect 3, in which several salarian extras on the Citadel can be seen visibly comforting a few human women and asari.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Psycho Mantis, who expresses a general disdain of sexuality. And, being a mind reader, is somewhat disgusted to find how often people think of it. Played with and Flanderized in The Last Days of FOXHOUND, where Mantis is not only disgusted by sexuality but females as a whole (going so far as to vigorously scrub any area a woman touches with a special soap).
  • Implied to be the case with the protagonist, J.J. in The Missing: J.J Macfield and the Island of Memories. During a post-game conversation, F.K. asks if she has anyone special in her life. She admits herself that she's not sure if her feelings for Emily are romantic in nature. But she does think that Emily is her closest friend, and because she has such a close friendship, she doesn't feel the need for any other romantic relationships.
  • Teagan from Uncommon Time. It's heavily implied early on when Alto comments that she's "just not interested" in visiting brothels, and is explicitly confirmed at the end of the game when Alto forces her to out herself to avoid getting roped into another one of Meirin's brothel parties. She takes it to the extreme, too; she seems upset even by the idea of other people having sex, which has led to conflict between her and her brother Tristan, who is a prostitute.
  • According to Word of God, Tuck from The Wizard Sniffer is asexual.

    Visual Novels 
  • Alvin in Backstage Pass, confesses to Sian that he really likes her and thinks she's attractive but doesn't feel any of the feelings associated with arousal. They decide to explore their relationship further from that point.
  • According to Word of God, Diya from Butterfly Soup is demisexual.
  • Rantaro Amami in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony displays a large lack of romantic or sexual interest in any character and has the sole platonic Love Hotel scene. Considering the Love Key turns Shuichi in the ideal partner of whoever goes to the hotel with him, and for Rantaro's the two just talk as if the former is his little brother, it's possible that Rantaro doesn't really have any interest in anyone that way as opposed to Tsumugi's theory he was gay.
  • Zeph Hernandez from The Elementalists is aromantic-asexual, and comes out to the player character as aro-ace in the second chapter. He explains that he has no interest in other people romantically or sexually, only "friendically".
    • The Elementalists is also the first book in the Choices: Stories You Play app that allows the player character to be explicitly aromantic. During character customization, the player is asked their gender preference for love interests, and there is an option given for the character to not be interested in romance. One of your dialogue choices during Zeph's coming-out scene also lets the player state that they feel the same way toward sex and romance as he does.
  • John Lapin from Havenfall Is for Lovers. He says that he "[doesn't] really...do that" when JD makes a joke about being happy to finally not be "the only horny one" in town.
  • Love & Legends: After having been confirmed by Word of God earlier, it is stated in-universe in Iseul's season 7 that Imohn Idreis is aromantic and asexual.
  • Suggested with Virginia in Magical Diary — she repeatedly insists she's not interested that way in anyone, male or female. Even if you manage to enter into a romantic relationship with her (which isn't easy), at the end it comes out that she'd really rather just cuddle.
  • Lady Avalie from Seven Kingdoms: The Princess Problem is aromantic and asexual, according to Word of God.

    Webcomics 
  • In A-gnosis' comics on Greek myth, Athena is asexual and biromantic. Her lack of a sex drive concerns her at first, but Aphrodite — who, as the main Love Goddess, would know — reassures her that nothing's wrong with her.
  • Rae from Always Human is asexual and uninterested in romance. She shows a bit of anxiety when first coming out to Sunati as a teenager, but is immediately accepted.
  • In Awful Hospital:
    • Dr. Phage is a Shipper on Deck for all of the other hospital employees but has no sexual or romantic inclinations himself. Although he's a Mega Microbe, other such beings have been seen in romantic relationships, suggesting that his asexuality is his personal identity.
    • The protagonist Fern is asexual and not the relationship type.
  • Jin from Bastard!! appears to be somewhere on the asexuality spectrum, which confuses him when he gets his first crush since the feeling is foreign to him.
    Jin: I don't really know… about girls… Like, romantic feelings, or sexual desire. I don't really feel those things.
  • Leonardo van Ostrand from Clockwork is confirmed by Word of God to be asexual, though it hasn't come up in the story itself.
  • Dame Daffodil: a Tumblr post by the comic's creator confirms that Anselmo Flores is asexual.
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures: After years of fan speculation, Abel finally stated that the closest thing he had to a sexual orientation was "not interested".
  • In Deities both Time and Chaos are asexual.
  • Dinosaur Comics: Word of God has said of Utahraptor that he usually writes him as gay, but occasionally asexual, too. He has also made a couple of comics about the orientation.
  • In DNA, the character Jay is asexual and wears a black ring, an oft-used symbol for asexuality.
  • The creator of The Dreamer has stated that Samuel Warren is asexual.
  • Carla Rutten of Dumbing of Age is an asexual homoromantic trans woman.
  • In El Goonish Shive:
    • Almost half of greater chimerae are "nonsexual", as descendants of androgynous aliens. Ellen alternate's crush in "second life" dreams happened to be one of these. Doesn't stop her from pressuring him into sleeping with her. Some have accused Alternate Ellen of hiding behind Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male. Ellen herself seemed pretty disturbed about the implications when she related the story.
    • For a long time it was assumed that Susan was asexual, but she eventually admitted she does feel attraction to men... she just views it as "hormones being hormones" and doesn't act on it. More recently, she’s been reevaluating that assessment, as the idea of doing "things" with either boys OR girls grosses her out, but she realizes that she can find things attractive about either gender, especially when imagining Elliot and Catalina kissing. It’s looking more and more like that she’s somewhere on the ace spectrum and probably sex-repulsed, possibly leaning towards demi-romantic, given that the aforementioned pair she finds sexy when thinking about them kissing are both individuals that she knows well.
  • Initially ambiguously implied and later confirmed of Erin in Girls with Slingshots; her romance with Jamie is stated to be more about cuddling than sex. A later storyline returns to this topic when Jamie suffers from sexual frustration, putting a strain on their relationship. This eventually gets resolved by their deciding to have a semi-open relationship, leading to a new wrinkle with Santa 2013.
  • Despite some popular ships featuring the character in fanon, Harold Gloom from Gloomverse has been confirmed to be aromantic asexual.
  • Grey is...: Black is asexual- since childhood he's claimed to have no interest in girls. He does, however, intend to be a dad, his plan is for White to marry a girl and give him the kids.
  • The main character in Heartless, a webcomic about vampires in Victorian London, is asexual.
  • Heroes of Thantopolis: Cyrus is explicitly stated to be asexual (as part of an Asexuals Awareness piece).
  • In The Hues, protagonist Samhita identifies herself as such, though whether she's also aromantic hasn't been explicitly stated.
  • Ignition Zero:
    • Robbie is a homoromantic asexual.
    • Orson is revealed to be asexual when a woman tries to seduce him.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: According to Princess Voluptua (notably, this seems to leave them open to developing romantic feelings for aliens, based on personality rather than physical attraction).
  • Grey from Inhuman is described by the author as asexual.
  • Jenny Haniver: Nick, Holly, and Heath are all asexual. Additionally, Evan is demisexual.
  • Ace from Kimchi Cuddles is asexual and biromantic.
    Marco: Sexual and romantic relationships aren't mutually exclusive, are they?
    Ace: People often use those words interchangeably, but yes there's a big difference!
    Marco: I've never experienced them separately before. It's kind of like realizing that strawberry ice cream is made up of separate INGREDIENTS, and then tasting strawberries by themselves for the FIRST TIME EVER!
  • Mordecai from Lackadaisy is either asexual or celibate, according to his creator. During a forum Q&A here, Tracy Butler explained that, "Whether it's simply his natural state of being or it's self-imposed, his ‘present’ existence is asexual."
  • In The Law of Purple, Sabre is aromantic, and Kitty is aromantic asexual.
  • Gina in Leftover Soup is demisexual, she doesn't understand how anyone can be attracted to someone they don't know, though apparently the people currently trying to set her up with Jamie haven't heard of that term. And due to her religious beliefs she holds asexuality as an ideal.
  • MAG-ISA: Claudita is obsessed with Eman but not in a sexual way...
  • Rune, Jae, and Mahieu of Magience are all canonically asexual.
  • Featured in Muertitos.
  • In one Q&A of No End, the characters answer the question what kind of person they'd date. Jenn doesn't answer, but instead has a question mark over her head. Back when the comic was still hosted on tapastic, a commenter pointed that out and suspected her to be asexual, and the authors confirmed it in their reply.
  • Karl from Not Quite Daily Comic professes to "have about the sex drive of a pebble. A really small pebble."
  • Jerome from Otherworldly, who even has a coffee mug with the ace pride flag! Lacey has also been stated by Word of God to be demisexual/demiromantic, but it hasn't come up yet in-comic.
  • Pilot: The main protagonist Pilot is aromantic asexual, as are Pops and Night. Vangel is asexual as well, but is still questioning his romantic orientation.
  • Rain has a few asexual characters:
  • All of the main cast in Rock and Riot are LGBTQA+, with several identifying as asexual or demisexual.
  • Ellipsis in the Webcomic Saturnalia is asexual, although she prefers calling herself a nonsexual. "I don't like using the word 'asexual'… It makes me sound like a sea-sponge or a lizard of some sort."
  • Shades of A (NSFW) is the story of Anwar, an openly asexual man, building a romantic relationship with Chris, a guy who's active in the local kink community.
  • Madina and Kim from Sharp Zero are asexual, and Elliot is demisexual.
  • Ultra Car from Shortpacked! was always nauseated by human mating, and remains asexual even after switching from a talking car to a Robot Girl. Her human alternate universe version, Carla from Dumbing of Age, is also asexual.
  • Catharine in Sister Claire is asexual, but not aromantic, accounting for her relationship with Oscar. She does not feel sexual desire which gets brought up a few times. It's made clear that while the two of them have had sex as part of their relationship it's solely because she wants to make Oscar feel good and gets pleasure from that rather than the physical aspect of it. Both authors identify as Gray Aces so know from personal experience how asexuality can be a spectrum.
  • In Slightly Damned, when the author was asked if there were any asexual characters in the comic they responded that Rhea possibly is demiromantic asexual, Sakido and Tsavo are aromantic asexual, and Cliff possibly is panromantic asexual.
  • Asexuality is discussed briefly in Sticky Dilly Buns as a possible explanation for Andy's failure to respond to Ruby's increasingly blatant hints.
  • Laurence in String Theory identifies as asexual, which costs him an eye when he snubs the daughter of his Corrupt Corporate Executive boss.
  • Darrel Grey in Superego is confirmed to be asexual.
    Grey: My people live 2,000 years. If we were as instinctively preoccupied with that as you fecund little critters, our numbers would flood the sky. That doesn't mean we don't get lonely. I love Hibachi very dearly in every sense that matters.
  • Fiona from Supernormal Step is an aromantic asexual.
  • Messenger Lynn from TwoKinds got his job specifically because of this.
  • Under the Aegis has Nen and Shiloh as biromantic and aromantic asexuals respectively. In the case of the former it's only hinted at, while with the latter it's far more explicit - but both have been confirmed by the author.
  • Daniel, the protagonist of [un]Divine, shows no interest in Esther despite how hot her human form is and how sexy she sometimes dresses. The creator has explicitly stated that he's on the asexual spectrum, and the cast page even describes him as "queer gray ace". Some mocking comments from his boss imply that he's Mistaken for Gay because of this.
  • Juni in Unity (as well as the cartoonist).
  • Val and Isaac: Isaac was confirmed to be ace after it initially being hinted at.
  • Jack O'Malley in Widdershins is asexual, very definitely just friends with Heinrich Wolfe, and apathetic to the whole romance thing. Even an Anthropomorphic Personification of Lust immediately realizes it won't get anywhere with him.
    Jack: I never got this. Ye can face down a flippin' demon an' everybody goes "Yeah but who d'ye want to kiss?"
  • Richard Dark from Xenospora is said to be this in his character profile.

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  • Sai from the web serial novel Arrow and Ace is asexual, while Jake is aromantic. Together, they are the titular aro and ace.
  • Kate Davis from Enlightenment, a prequel to On The Edge Of Eureka, is asexual.
  • Boxxy, a mimic and protagonist of Everybody Loves Large Chests. One of the characters even lampshades it.
    All that potential for lewdness, perversity and all around carnal depravity - wasted on a creature with absolutely no sex drive.
    Butch: So, do you... like girls?
    Chapel: I don't like anybody, man!
  • Ranai ta-n Iwunen from the web serial Iwunen Interstellar Investigations is demisexual.
  • Masego from the web serial novel A Practical Guide To Evil is uninterested in sex, saying he has loads of more interesting things to do.
  • The Host from Sex House claims to be this, although he may have just said it because Alex was coming onto him particularly strongly.
  • Hestia in Thalia's Musings. Artemis as well, but she's secretly in love with Athena.
  • Chris Elman from the web serial novel Ward. He mentions that he doesn't think he'll ever be interested in a romantic or sexual relationship.
  • Several characters of the Whateley Universe stories
  • Taylor from Ze Zombie identifies as asexual.

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    Western Animation 
  • Bojack Horseman: Todd comes out to his high-school sweetheart, Emily, in a diner during the Season Three finale. He tells her "I'm not gay. I mean, I don't think I am, but… I don't think I'm straight, either. I don't know what I am. I think I might be nothing." She accepts the fact. At the start of season 4, this is explored further as he accepts his newfound sexuality and even starts going to an asexual group meeting. The show also breaks down the divide between being asexual and aromantic, with members of the group revealing their relationship status ("We had a nautical-themed wedding!"). He also starts dating an axolotl named Yolanda who is also asexual. Though they break up in Season 5 after realizing they have nothing in common.
  • Gargoyles: According to Greg Weisman, Owen Burnett is asexual, while his alter-ego Puck is bi.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants's creator Stephen Hillenburg said he considers his characters almost asexual when asked if SpongeBob and Patrick were gay. Sponges can reproduce by budding and Stephen Hillenburg is a marine biologist, so he was probably playing on the dual meaning of the term.note  The fact that sponges can reproduce by budding was actually mentioned in one episode, and SpongeBob produced several "babies" on the spot. This was simply a throwaway joke, though. .
  • Rhina the Riddled, a past queen of Mewni in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, had no inclination towards anyone and thought romance was boring. She had to cast a spell on herself to fall in love with her future king. Unfortunately for her, her husband turned out to be an abusive monster.


Alternative Title(s): Asexual, Sex Is Boring

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