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Someone is mostly straight or gay, with one exception.

A romantic rationalization that removes (or tries to remove) potential squick from a non-standard attraction (Brother–Sister Incest, Mayfly–December Romance, homosexual for an otherwise heterosexual character or vice versa, etc.) often uses this phrase. Since the character (usually) acknowledges the unusualness of the potential pairing, the writer gets to assure the audience they shouldn't have a problem with it either and to minimize the deviation from canon characterization. If they don't feel like explicitly naming themselves, this might be one outcome or implication of the Bisexual Love Triangle.

The examples presented here can often be placed in three categories:

  • Sole Exception: The character in question has a one-off attraction to that person that transcends their sexual preference, based on mutual compatibility or otherwise emotional attraction.
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  • Even the Gays/Straights Want Them: The target of attraction is presented as being physically attractive enough to transcend the sexual preferences of people, not just the attracted character.
  • Closet Key: The exception gradually becomes the rule for that character (this not being a subversion as such as the trope applies at the beginning of the relationship and is seen as responsible for the gradual reveal of the character's sexuality/gradual transition of their gender preference. Examples of this should go on Closet Key.

This is often an implicit assumption in some works that pairs characters that are generally portrayed as heterosexual (or homosexual — and/or related). When it's made explicit, it's usually referred to as "We're Not Gay We Just Love Each Other" (WNGWJLEO) in ficdom, where it's often criticized for its homophobia (and that loving your own gender goes against the very possibility of you being straight. As such, it's now an almost thoroughly Discredited Trope in Slash Fic).

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Since it often preludes a first kiss or actual sex, it's extremely common with "pure" characters who the writers are otherwise hesitant to show having an explicit interest in sexuality.

This trope can be diametrically opposed to No Bisexuals, which assumes that a given character can only be either heterosexual or homosexual with no exceptions; or cut down in the middle 50/50 in terms of attraction.

A likely requirement for any non-bisexual person in a relationship with someone who then experiences a Gender Bender. Or the main character of a Dating Sim. In the case of a homosexual pairing, it can result in a limited form of Last Het Romance if the relationship sticks.

In settings resembling Real Life, this trope is only about heterosexuality and homosexuality. In fantasy and Sci-Fi settings, it can also be about variables that don't exist in real life, such as a person only being attracted to elves but making an exception for one very special human.

Compare Single-Target Sexuality, Even the Guys Want Him, Even the Girls Want Her, Stupid Sexy Flanders. May overlap with Screw Yourself. Compare and contrast Situational Sexuality, Ambiguously Bi, Gay Romantic Phase, Jumping the Gender Barrier, Especially Zoidberg.


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  • This is the origin of the term "GAR", originally a misspelling of "GAY (for X)".
    • GAR originated on 4chan's board. A poster was describing his feelings towards the Fate/stay night character Archer, and mistyped "gay" as "gar". In fact, Archer is the main embodiment of GAR with lots of straight guys on the board proclaiming that they are GAR for Archer. Another character that is hugely popular in this respect and has been for around 30 years now ever since his first appearance is Char Aznable from the Mobile Suit Gundam series.
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Momiji normally only prefers to massage girls. After falling in love with Rentarou, she decides that his body is just as pleasant to work on as a girl's, making him the sole exception to her rule.
  • Adekan: Wakabayashi says he considers himself straight but admits he has made Shiro his imaginary sex slave, naked and complete with collar. Several other guys feel this way toward Shiro as well. In particular, Kojiro and Shiro are implied to feel this way towards each other given the amount of Ho Yay they throw around while simultaneously liking woman and denying being gay.
  • In Aquarion Evol, after Mix is captured she's both brainwashed by the enemy and also Gender Bent into a male (because the enemy planet has an effect that causes all life on it to be male). In the final episodes she's finally saved and gets her memories back, thanks to Andy, who was starting to develop feelings for her that she didn't quite believe prior to this, but it looks like they can't reverse the changes to her body. Andy says he'll still love her anyway, even if she's going to remain male forever, which convinces her his feelings are genuine. Though it turns out to be unnecessary in the end because they do in fact manage to return her to normal.
  • In Attack on Titan, while Armin is disguised as a woman, he is kidnapped and molested by one of his captors. When the kidnappers are defeated and find out Armin is a boy, his tormentor taunts him by saying Armin is so pretty that even though he is straight, he wants to have sex with him until Jean gags him.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: Suzu had a budding Childhood Friend Romance with Matsuri, and after he is turned female, Suzu is surprised to find she's also attracted to his current form. However, Suzu is uncomfortable being attracted to another girl even in this circumstance, so she decides to bury her feelings and focus on changing Matsuri back. Though in the meantime, she's not above indulging in the closeness Matsuri will allow as her "girl friend". Ironically, Matsuri doesn't catch on, and assumes he really can't be anything more than her friend unless he changes back. Later on, Suzu at least tells herself she'd love Matsuri, even if he started seeing himself as a girl and didn't want to change back. She just finds Matsuri much more attractive as a guy. Eventually, Suzu is completely fine with dating, marrying, and even aggressively propositioning Matsuri when they're both female, it's only Matsuri that wants to wait until he changes back. In the Series Fauxnale, Suzu realizes that she's fallen in love with Matsuri as a girl.
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts: Akihisa Yoshii thinks that homosexuality is wrong, but is openly infatuated with his effeminate classmate Hideyoshi (which includes buying fanservicey pictures of him and getting a nosebleed from seeing him topless). How Akihisa reconciles this varies by version: In the light novels, he's acknowledged Hideyoshi as male, but elects to mostly treat him as if he was female. In the anime, Akihisa flat-out tells himself that Hideyoshi is a girl and ignores all evidence and protests to the contrary.
  • Kanbaru of Bakemonogatari is a self-proclaimed lesbian with a crush on Hitagi. However, she also once told Koyomi that if he didn't already have Hitagi she'd totally date him. She once did Attempted Rape on him as well. How much of this is sincere and how much of this is her trolling him is up to the viewer.
  • Berserk:
    • Guts is of the apparently-asexual variety. Due to being raped as a child, he Hates Being Touched, but eventually, Casca is able to change his mind as applies to her. In some translations, he even invokes the trope name word-for-word.
    • Guts's relationship with Griffith (during the Golden Age arc, anyway) is also somewhat open to interpretation. He's far closer to Griffith than anyone else (barring Casca), male or female. And there was that whole scene where he stumbled on Griffith bathing...
  • Betrayal Knows My Name:
    • Tsubaki flirts with Yuki and fawns over him saying she Does Not Like Men and considers girls to be cuter. However, she says Yuki is the exception. It helps that she knows Yuki was a girl in his past life.
    • Luka was originally together with Yuki back when he was a female and now that he's been reincarnated as a male he seems to still hold intense feelings for him.
    • Sairi claims that he's not into boys. However, he does admit that he has always loved Yuki when he was a female, and still does now that he is a male.
  • Similar to the above, Hinako from Bitter Virgin, traumatised by years of sexual abuse, she only ever allows Daisuke to get close to her, as he doesn't think of her "as a woman". At least, that's what she thinks.
  • Lau from Black Butler is a Handsome Lech who mainly has Ran Mao around as eye-candy and to sit on his lap but appears to be If It's You, It's Okay towards Ciel if his occasional attempts at flirting with him are of any indication.
  • Riko Hakozaki from Bloom Into You is currently in a relationship with Miyako Kodama, despite claiming she doesn't have much interest in women otherwise.
  • This is played straight and subverted in Boku no Futatsu no Tsubasa where two people are okay with Mako-chan's hermaphrodite status while one other says they're okay with it but when it came down to the sex they couldn't do it.
  • Bokura no Hentai:
    • Subverted with Osamu "Parou" Tamura, who has feelings for an upperclassman at his school but the object of his affection isn't attracted to other boys. Parou begins dressing up as a girl to please him but the boy only uses him for sex, doesn't want to be seen with him, and is generally abusive.
    • Played straight with Mai. Marika is the only male she doesn't dislike because she is so feminine. She doesn't know it but Marika is secretly trans. When Marika begins living as a girl, Mai still likes her. Marika is straight though so she doesn't have a chance.
  • The Daihasei Festival arc in A Certain Scientific Railgun implies Kuroko's obsession with Mikoto comes despite having no other interests in girls. With her memories removed of Mikoto, Kuroko doesn't even seem interested in her at all at first. After interacting with her again, and having physical contact, she starts feeling attracted to her again, but can't figure out why because she insists that her tastes don't run that way.
  • Destiny of the Shrine Maiden: Himeko more or less says this literally to Chikane near the end of the anime. Could also be a case of Single-Target Sexuality.
  • D.Gray-Man:
    • This is probably Kanda's attitude towards Alma Karma after he learns the truth about him.
    • Also, Cyril clearly likes the ladies but he is also obsessed with Tyki and even flirts with him a couple of times.
  • Doushitemo Furetakunai: Deconstructed. Shima is a gay man recently out of an abusive relationship with a guy that hated the fact he was gay and took it out on him. Already in a bad state of mind, he starts a relationship with his boss, Togawa, who up until that point was only attracted to women and even after being with Shima, his attraction to men is limited to him. Due to this tense situation, Shima convinces himself that Togawa is not really attracted to him and is just experimenting with a man before eventually dumping him. Reconstructed in the end, when Shima decides that even if Togawa is to someday leave him and go back to only dating women, he still wants to be with him, and the two start a steady Long-Distance Relationship.
  • Zigzagged with Ryo in FAKE, the one you'd expect to fit this trope, as he starts the series insisting that he's straight, as opposed to Dee's open declarations of bisexuality. By the end, though, Ryo thinks of himself as a gay guy even though he has loved at least one girl in the past.
  • Kento of Future Lovers, before meeting Akira, had his heart set on starting a family with a housewife. In fact, this is one of the main reasons Akira is initially reluctant to pursue a relationship with Kento because he fears that Kento will eventually leave him for a woman who can actually give him a family, but Kento repeatedly assures him that he'll be happy so long as Akira is with him.
  • Gate has Tuka Luna Marceau, a High Elf who is canonically a lesbian, but is attracted to Youji Itami, the JSDF soldier who saved her life. Itami is the only male she is attracted to.
  • Hiro says something along these lines to Shuichi near the beginning of Gravitation, although it doesn't go anywhere because Hiro's the Unlucky Childhood Friend.
  • Uttered at the end of .hack//SIGN, the novel ".hack//ZERO" indicates that Tsukasa and Subaru do in fact date.
    • And apparently living together in .hack//LINK manga, 10 years later. Tsukasa tells Tokkio that "he" might just go home in the middle of their adventure, so she can be with Subaru. This line was, btw, dropped in the "official" translation.
  • ½ Prince: Gui's side story reveals that he feels this way about Prince.
  • Iwaki Kyousuke and Katou Youji of Haru wo Daiteita love each other and no other guys.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Kotetsu is given a lecture by Nagi after finding out the cute girl he met is Hayate in drag, after which he's fine lusting after Hayate regardless. Hayate is not happy about it.
    • Luca believes Hayate is a girl because he's been cross-dressed in every encounter with her yet. She also states that she'd already have fallen for him if he were a guy, suggesting she's open to a relationship even if she doesn't find out.
  • Chizuru from the Hen manga has never been in love in her life, using her body mostly to gain favors from men. She also views having sex with girls as icky — until she falls head-over-heels for innocent, cute Yamada, which turns her world upside down on several levels. After a reality check, Chizuru decides to pursue her love interest with abandon. Poor Yamada never knew what hit her.
    • And it's made explicitly clear that Yamada is the only girl who makes her feel that way. Her attempts to imagine sleeping with other girls do nothing but squick her out.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: Sweden could be interpreted as either making an exception for Finland or "Finn-sexual".
  • Yuuto Kiba from High School Dx D is this to and somewhat returned to by Issei, although this is all just implied by the almost harem genre of this and Issei not realizing how much he gets the girls, and Even the Guys Want Him.
  • Honto Yajuu: When pansexual Aki expresses (very unfounded) concern that his boyfriend will leave him for a high schooler, Tomoharu insists that he has no cause to worry because he doesn't like men. When Aki point out that Tomoharu is dating him, he responds with, "well, that's because you're special." Aki seems happy with this response.
  • I'm In Love With the Villainess: Averted and discussed. This trope may be popular in stories, but the characters personally believe that anyone with this attitude is a closeted bisexual — after all, without matching sexual orientations, a relationship just can't really work.
  • In Jormungand, this is Valmet's attitude towards her boss, Koko. In fact, Valmet has a huge (mostly one-sided) crush on Koko, although Koko keeps it (mostly) professional (much to Valmet's chagrin).
  • Miyagi in Junjou Romantica is in his thirties, and has apparently been rather straight all his life. That is… until Shinobu shows up. Then he's suddenly gay.
  • In the CLAMP manga Legal Drug Rikuo literally said this to Kazuhaya in chapter 14 of the continuation series Drug & Drop.
  • Love Mode's Shakashita Izumi'a feelings for Takamiya.
  • Love Stage!!: Stated word for word by Izumi. Ryouma develops feelings for Izumi even after finding out Izumi's true gender. Also, there were a couple of thugs that tried to assault Izumi when they found out he was a very good looking boy, with them considering making an exception for Izumi.
  • Used in a series of one-shots in a Yuri anthology called Mermaid Line, when her boyfriend decides to transition into a girl. Ayumi even says she never thought a girl was cute before.
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!: Once Alan realizes his feelings for Katarina, he approaches Mary about possibly breaking off their engagement since he doesn't consider it fair to Mary. Mary turns down the offer however because while she also clearly has feelings for Katarina, she still considers Alan the best choice of fiancee for herself if she's not able to win her over.
  • An odd case in the My-Otome manga: Erstin is in love with Nina, and spazzes out whenever she even gets close to a man. Later in the series, she falls for a second girl, Mashiro (whom she initially disliked for monopolizing Nina's attention)… only to discover that "Mashiro" isn't that kind of woman. A few panels of Ers freaking out over Mashiro occurs, but she decides pretty quickly that she's willing to at least try to work past that whole 'male' thing.
    • The same goes for Nagi! in the same series, he doesn't care when he discovers the truth. No, really.
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU: Hachiman is generally heterosexual despite not having the guts or motivation to do anything; however, he can't stop himself from leaning a little around Totsuka. Of course, few guys can, since Totsuka's the cutest girl in the school (or would be if he was a girl).
  • Nana Komatsu of NANA is implied to be this for Nana Osaki. She has a very Homoerotic Subtext ridden relationship with her but is otherwise straight.
  • In Natsume's Book of Friends, the almost-certainly lesbian Hinoe hates guys. The only problem is that one of these pesky guys, Takashi Natsume, inconveniently looks almost exactly like her long-dead (female) crush Reiko Natsume, and it's making her uncomfortable. She eventually deals with it by simply ignoring the fact that Takashi's male, which is quite easy for her to do since youkai generally have little sense of gender.
  • In Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Setsuna admits that she finds Negi cute and is attracted to his teenage form. However, she makes it clear at the same time that mild attraction is as far as it goes. She's strongly implied to be a lesbian and is paired off with Konoka while expressing some attraction towards her best friend Asuna. Nodoka is firmly in the Negi camp but her subconscious says that she wants to share him with her best friend, Yue. The sequel reveals that Yue also feels the same way.
  • No Bra presents a variation of the trope, where Masato is — while swimming in wangst — having massive hots for Yuki, who is a vivid cross-dresser who fools anyone into believing him to be a girl... and a pretty hot one to boot.
    • Said crossdresser is probably an example himself. He's in love with "Maa-kun", his childhood buddy who he's liked and thought was Masato. Turns out his friend was a Bifauxnen and is another character. Yuki does say he doesn't like men too, so he probably has a Single-Target Sexuality.
    • This is probably more of a subversion than anything as Yuki seems to be more of pre-op MtF transexual than anything, rather than a crossdresser, and is specifically stated to "have the heart of a girl."
  • Given an unusual twist in Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!, when the main characters Mahiro and Nyarko undergo a "Freaky Friday" Flip. Cuuko, who has an obsessive lesbian crush on Nyarko, immediately tries to molest Mahiro; when he protests "This may be her body, but it's still my mind!", Cuuko responds "Just Nyarko's body is fine by me." Later on the trope is played straighter, when Cuuko ends up developing feelings for Mahiro because he's such a Nice Guy; when he questions this, she responds that she's totally fine with the three of them getting married, and wants to bear Nyarko's child while Mahiro bears hers.
  • Fujou from Oddman 11 explicitly says that she's not a lesbian and that her relationship with Setsu, as one-sided as it is, is a special case. While we never see her interacting with men, she must consider herself heterosexual, since it's been stated that every female oddman has dated (or is dating) The One Guy, and doesn't relate to Kirara when she says she's bi.
  • Okane ga Nai: Neither Kanou nor Ayase were attracted to males before hooking up. As of Chapter 37, it's made pretty clear that both Ayase and Kanou have the whole "If it's you it's okay" thing going for each other. However, EVERY straight guy in the series feels this way about Ayase.
  • A non-romantic example in Orange Marmalade when Si-Hoo says he doesn't "bend that way" but says that he'll make an exception for Jae-min just so he'll "have him". Jae-min then tries to punch him in the face.
  • A inversion in Ouran High School Host Club: Haruhi's bisexual father Ryouji/Ranka renounced his heterosexual side after his wife's death. To him, It's Not Okay If It's Not Her.
  • In Penguin Revolution, this seems to be more or less Yuzuru Narazaki's approach to his feelings for Yukari, given that at the time of his Love Epiphany he still thinks she's a guy and doesn't find out otherwise until three manga volumes later.
  • It's very strongly hinted — but just short of explicit — that Leon feels this way about Count D in Petshop Of Horrors. For Count D, Leon would be the only human he could maybe possibly ever feel attracted to. It's... problematic.
  • Pretty much the law of the land when it comes to Po-Ju's works both in and out-universe (hence the meme "Po-Ju made me gay,") but Nebula is a special case as a Fat and Skinny duo of bullies initially seem like they're going to shake down and/or beat up Harry Potteresque nerd in hot pants only to make him strip naked, reveal the lubricating butt-plug he's been keistering all day then have sex with him while they lampshade their frustration at liking him the whole time and decide to hang around him more afterwards as to "not appear suspicious."
  • Possibly some of the guys from Princess Princess, who get all excited (to the point of ridiculousness) about the "princesses" ...even knowing that they're really guys dressed up in cute girly outfits.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: Juri Arisugawa is by all accounts a lesbian or at least has very strong feelings for a particular girl, but is shown flirting with and teasing the male Miki Kaoru. (Who, admittedly, is quite small and incredibly effeminate.)
  • Kazuhiro from Sazanami Cherry confesses his affections to a girl he's seen on the bus several times. After he asks Ren out formally, he is accepted however Ren reveals that he's a boy. Kazuhiro doesn't really mind.
  • In Sekirei, Mutsu states that he would have preferred being Winged by a "pretty lady", but readily accepts that the Ashikabi that called him is male. This doesn't stop others from teasing him, and their relationship remains somewhat ambiguous at the moment. Minato and Homura also have shades of this, with both unable to admit their feelings but accepting their bond, never the less.
  • Played for Laughs in the first chapter of Shuukan Shounen Hachi: Saru is shocked by the fact Miké is a guy... but he still asks him his contact anyway, much to the latter's annoyance.
  • The second part of the Silver Diamond manga implies this is how Rakan feels about Chigusa.
  • In Sweet Blue Flowers, this may be the reason why Akira decides to try dating Fumi.
  • Mutsuki of Tokyo Ghoul initially was depicted as a trans man with no interest in anything sexual (owing to his traumatic past which is implied to include sexual abuse from his father and Torso later on) and thinks sexual attention from men is disgusting. But he has feelings for Sasaki/Kaneki another man and decides he must be "embarrassingly female" to have these feelings but finds them hard to ignore especially as he realizes his feelings as a result of jealousy at seeing Touka and Sasaki interacting.
  • To Love Ru: Momo ignores all the guys who hit on her at school and only looks at Rito. Even when he temporarily changes sex, Momo is no less eager to get all over him, even claiming she could teach him how to better make love to women that way.
  • In The Tyrant Falls in Love, Souichi is a complete and utter homophobe. And yet, somehow, Morinaga gets him into bed quite a number of times. At one point, Souichi even says he only does it with Morinaga because it's him.
  • In Under Grand Hotel Norman mentions at one point "I'm not interested in men. Except him (Swordfish), that is..."
  • In ...Virgin Love, Daigo's pickup line to Kaoru is basically: "I like women, but you're gorgeous. My place or yours?"
  • Wandering Son:
    • Nitori can best be described as a lesbian stuck inside a boy's body but a girl named Chiba has had an attraction to her since elementary school. Chiba apparently has Single-Target Sexuality, since though she'd prefer if Nitori was a boy she doesn't mind much if she becomes a girl.
    • Nitori's former girlfriend Anna dated Nitori, under the impression she was a masculine boy who likes cross-dressing. They eventually break up after Nitori goes to school in a Sailor Fuku and wig, though Anna obviously still likes her to the point where they get back together quickly. The series ends with Anna and Nitori have been dating again for several years now. Anna says she's fine with being considered a lesbian if she's with Nitori.
    • Nitori displays no concrete interest in boys except for her trans boy best friend Takatsuki, who she states she sees as a boy even when stuck in feminine attire. She had a crush on Takatsuki in elementary and it ruined their friendship with Saori (who became very jealous of Takatsuki) for years.
  • Xing Bairong of Witch Hunter fits this profile as of a recent character bio page, in which he is described as being interested in "sexy girls with hot bodies" and disliking "guys, with the strange exception of Tasha Godspell".
  • Both Tetsuo and Amano in Yuureitou. Amano at first feels attracted to Tetsuo as a woman, but he eventually comes to completely accept him and love him for who he is. Taichi even states he doesn't want to be with a Tetsuo who has given up on being a man. Tetsuo identifies as a straight man while being biologically female and comes to fall for Amano after spending time with him and being accepted as being a man by Amano.
  • Zetsuai 1989: Before he met Izumi, Kouji was a womanizer, and even after they get together he maintains that he's still heterosexual, just madly in love with Izumi. (In fact, he claims that thinking of other men makes him feel sick.)
  • In HEN: Suzuki and Satō, a straight young man becomes besotted with another guy, Yūki Sato, and is convinced his bishōnen love is a girl trapped in a boy's body.
  • In ½ Prince Gui falls in love with Prince, Feng Lan's male avatar in a game world that doesn't usually allow Cross Players. In a slight subversion, he just rolls with the idea that he might be gay and declares that he'll love Prince no matter what sort of person 'he' is in real life.
  • Upon Sou's and Mashiro's first meeting in After School Nightmare Sou thinks of Mashiro as a cute girl — despite Mashiro's act as a normal man. Sou is, however, not troubled by his attraction to Mashiro. Of course, Mashiro is not necessarily a man nor a woman.

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  • Blue Is the Warmest Color:
    • This could be said of Clémentine and Emma's relationship, at least initially, as Emma is the only woman Clémentine is ever with.
    • Clémentine also cheats with a man, and that's possibly also this, or simply her being bisexual.
  • In Buffy Season 8, Buffy (who has been consistently shown to be heterosexual, having several boyfriends over the course of the series) sleeps with Satsu, a lesbian Slayer. Joss has said this is less about Buffy coming out as gay or bisexual (because she still considers herself straight), but that she's "experimenting" and that it was a logical step for her. Indeed, in the comic itself, it's treated less as romantic, more as Buffy just wanting to be with someone who loves her. Which makes her either a woobie or a jerkass depending on how you feel about how she treated Satsu afterward.
  • For a very brief while, it seemed Trickster was headed this way with Piper in Countdown to Final Crisis, alas Deadshot kills Trickster as he's protecting Piper.
  • Michael from Enigma falls for the titular masked man.
  • Averted actually for Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy. Despite what the page image shows, the two have always been depicted as bisexual. That said the trope does come into play with Ivy, who is a Misanthrope Supreme and, while having a soft spot for children, she genuinely only cares for Harley and even mentions if she ever retires from crime, it'd be with her. Though by this point the two aren't in a relationship and only time will tell if it will go anywhere. Granted, Ivy still plays it straight somewhat as she is openly attracted to Batman and considers him one of the men worthy of her equal attention rather than using them as food for her plants or to deal with her issues.
  • Maggie from Love and Rockets describes herself like this, which in some of the early stories irritated her on-again, off-again lesbian girlfriend Hopey. Although in one of the later stories, when she plants a "Take That!" Kiss on Vivian, Vivian gets into it for a few seconds before punching her. A grinning Maggie's aside response: "Still got it".
  • The 1980s Marvel comic New Mutants has Danielle Moonstar: jealous of the attention paid to other girls by boys she likes, exhibitionistic in front of boys, admiring of the male physique and in love with her best girlfriend Rahne Sinclair.
  • Francine and Katchoo from Strangers in Paradise are probably the only couple on this page where both characters felt that it is "okay if it is you." Katchoo is actually very difficult to classify, since she is very clear that she is not interested in men, but simultaneously asserts that she is not gay. Most of the series establishes that she is, and forever will be, only interested in Francine… except that, when she learns that David is dying and he has loved her for years, she reciprocates and joins him in bed to have a child together and also to wait out his remaining days, even though it is clear that Francine is still the only true target of her affections. Francine is the more obvious and iconic example of the trope. She is in love with Katchoo but struggles with the sexual aspect for most of the series, and she is boy-crazy and states openly in a mental monologue that she has never been confused about her sexuality before Katchoo. She never shows attraction to any other female through the entire run of the series, but ultimately comes to the realization that — male or female — Katchoo is the only person for her.
  • In the comicbook, The Runaways, Karolina Dean's feelings for Nico Minoru were hinted at throughout volume 1, culminating with Karolina sheepishly blushing when Nico says she has sworn off boys in vol. 1 #18. Once they found out their parents were super villains and went on the run, Karolina is shown to dislike Nico's relationship with Alex. However, Karolina's feelings were not explicitly expressed until vol. 2 #7 when Karolina startles Nico with an attempted kiss. Nico had not shown romantic feelings for Karolina previously and turns Karolina down, saying that she prefers boys and wants time alone. However, when Karolina decides to travel to her home planet Majesdane with Xavin, Nico is distraught and seems to react the strongest to Karolina's departure despite not showing many signs of romantic feelings or even a close friendship during the course of the series. Nico was very upset by her departure and tried to use a spell to bring her back, but was stopped by Gert. While Karolina was away, Nico kept her bracelet, holding it when praying. When Karolina later returned to Earth, Nico asks her where she attempted to kiss her to prove that she wasn't an imposter. Nico was also disappointed to see Xavin still with Karolina despite their marriage not taking place. Xavin later took the form of Nico to see if Karolina still had feelings for her, which lead to her confessing she was still in love with Nico. Despite this, Karolina remained staunch in her devotion to Xavin until he chose to take Karolina's place as a prisoners of the Majesdanians. Chase stops Nico from casting a spell to bring Karolina back to Earth, and later catches Nico strewing Karolina's clothes about her floor for remembrance's sake. After Karolina returns, Nico becomes overjoyed and hugs her, saying that she felt "all alone" with Karolina gone. Their friendship is an occasionally strained one, due to Nico's ambiguous feelings towards Karolina and strong dislike of Karolina's fiance, Xavin.

    Fan Works 
  • Although both straight, both Harry and Ron in A Very Potter Musical show overwhelming love for Zefron. Lord Voldemort also misses his *cough* bromance with Quirrel after he gets back together with Bellatrix. Despite trying to get both him and Quirrel laid earlier on in the musical.
  • "Primary Gain," an AU Code Geass Slash Fic, has a seemingly straight Suzaku fall for Lelouch (who is gay). Suzaku is very, very confused as to how this could have happened, but his recent girlfriend (Kallen) seems to be a highly amused Yaoi Fangirl about the whole situation. It doesn't help that a lot of other characters assume they are lovers, while Suzaku is weakly insisting, "But I like girls…"
  • Presumably any slash fic based on two obviously hetero in-universe characters is built on this trope.
    • This is how Slash Fic started, with Star Trek fans deciding that, as far as the rampantly heterosexual Captain Kirk was concerned, If It's Spock Its Okay.
  • Advice and Trust:
    • Although Rei likes men and she cares about Shinji, she eventually also falls in love with Asuka due to the strong and enduring bond the three of them shape.
    • It was a "blink and you'll miss it" moment, but a scene hints Asuka's feelings towards Rei have become almost as strong as her love towards Shinji. Asuka tells: "I don't need anyone else but him, not even… Kaji." Word Of God brought her little hesitation to attention, hinting she was about to say a different name.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Asuka and Rei are mostly heterosexual and they like the same boy (Shinji) but they also fall in love with each other.
  • Evangelion 303: Kaworu is homosexual but he fell in love with Rei (a woman). Shinji points out Kaworu simply loves her for who she is, and "gender" is irrelevant to him.
  • A Mark Of Appeal: Joyous Release's overcharged cutie mark talent makes her a trotting Type 2 example of this. Any sapient being who spends more than a few seconds in her presence is consumed with near-overwhelming sexual desire for her, regardless of species, marital status, or (normal) sexuality.
  • My Immortal: Enoby and Dracko is an love!!! Andf lovew for them is okayy.
    • Actually it's stated that almost each main character is bisexual, hence this trope is averted. Although Ebony later denies that she and Willow have Les Yay because that would be "gay".
  • In the Haruhi Suzumiya fanfic Kyon: Big Damn Hero Mikuru Asahina (big) claims not being into paedophilia just before kissing Kyon.
  • Sirius Black, in the Harry Potter fandom, often describes himself as a "lycanthrosexual", as the only guy he's interested in is Remus.
  • In the Assassin's Creed II fandom, this is one of the most commonly used explanations for pairing confirmed skirt-chaser Ezio Auditore da Firenze with canonically gay Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Fanfics taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe usually don't omit Bucky's canonical success with women. Nevertheless, they usually write Steve as Bucky's one and only true love.
  • The Sherlock fanfic The Heart In The Whole is made of this trope — the normally asexual Sherlock Holmes begins a sexual relationship with John Watson, but still freaks out at the idea of anyone else touching him.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series spin-off fic Marik & Bakura Go To Censored Town, Marik is completely straight except with Bakura. Whether this fic counts as part of the abridged canon is unclear, though, nor is it clear if he's being entirely truthful in that.
    Marik: I mean, you know that I'm only gay for you! I'm very comfortable with my gayness where you're concerned. But as far as anyone else goes, totally hetero!
  • Most Ranma ½ fanfiction with the "Ranma gets modelocked as a girl forever" plot use this trope in regards to Ranma and Akane. In reality, though, both are strictly straight. Neither like the idea of doing anything even remotely sexual while he's a girl.
    Akane: [thinking he's going to kiss her] Wait, Ranma. People are watching, you know! And we're both girls! You can't, you can't!
    Ranma: [walks past her] You've got a dirty mind!
It's also implied by his thoughts in the chapter "Stand Up, Ranma!" that one of the reasons why Ranma wants to be back to his old self again is because he wouldn't be able to really be with Akane otherwise.
Ranma: Akane... it will be soon... I will be a man again, soon.
  • A lot of fic deals with Dean Winchester's obnoxiously obvious hetness by declaring that, like the Spock example above, If It's Cas It's OK. (Castiel doesn't have to worry about it, because being an angel he doesn't technically have gender, even though his primary vessel is male.)
    • Many of these fics subvert this trope, though, by heavily implying or outright stating that Dean's really a closeted bisexual who's been attracted to men in the past (like Dr. Sexy or Aaron Bass) but staunchly repressed it due to his father's extremely heteronormative views and consequently tries to treat his feelings for Castiel as this because it's easier for him to think of Castiel as just a one-off exception rather than an indicator that his overall sexuality may not be what he thought it was. A good example of this kind of portrayal is Dean's List where Dean makes a list of men he'd go gay for that he initially seems to be doing just for fun until it's revealed that he's really doing it as a stepping stone to admitting to himself and Sam that he may be genuinely into men, Cas included.
  • In most M*A*S*H slash fic (yes, it does exist)if it's Hawkeye it's okay for Trapper/BJ/insert-male-character-here. Hawkeye himself is a subversion as fandom has decided he's Anything That Moves and reads him in the series as Ambiguously Bi.
  • A funny subversion offered by a third, observing party: The Fullmetal Alchemist fanfic Skeletons by Maiden Of The Moon (to be found on fanfiction.net) has Elricest in a double serving. Once the classic Ed/Al and then again Edward's well, actually Al's, biologically grandsons, Edward and Al(exander). When Alex freaks out on the possibility to have an incest fetish his younger sister Rosalie (yaoi fangirl and somewhat an expy of Winry) prompts to snog him and at his clear disgust gleefully exclaims that apparently, it is NOT an incest fetish. He just happens to be in love with a boy that happens to be his brother.
  • The Death Note fandom has decided, as far as the otherwise asexual Light Yagami is concerned, if it's L it's okay. Overlaps often with Single-Target Sexuality for both guys.
  • In A Cure for Love Light is a bit traumatized when he realizes he is attracted to L. L rationalizes it for him this way:
    Light: I am sorry though. Really. I think I was confused.
    L: You were confused?
    Light: Hmm.
    L: But you're not anymore.
    Light: No. Well, a little. Mostly embarrassed and... maybe I should see a psychiatrist?
    L: Do I really have that effect?
    Light: No!
    L: Look, we'll forget about it. These things happen, I'm sure. I've read accounts of soldiers in the Belgian Congo being taken unaware by... waking up in the night and hormones and bad things.
    Light: You have? Soldiers in the Belgian Congo?
    L: They're very manly.
    Light: They must be.
    L: And the Spartans. Remember the Spartans.
  • With a good amount of Naruto Slash Fic Naruto will be otherwise straight except when he's around Sasuke as well as Sasuke for Naruto.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts Slash Fic Kiss and I Will Surrender by Fifi McFu, Sora and Roxas are like this for each other.
  • The Thor fandom has decided that, for Thor's point of view, If It's Loki It's Okay.
  • The werewolf Victor in Luminosity intentionally went looking for his imprint to “cure” himself of being gay, since male wolves can only imprint on females because the point of imprinting is to reproduce and pass on werewolf genetics. It worked.
  • In A Growing Affection, this trope is how Hana Inuzuka describes her relationship with Shizune.
    Hana: I've always found other women attractive, and not just in an aesthetic way. But I generally prefer men. I like the way they smell, and there is nothing like a long, hard… bicep to hold onto on a cold night. But there was something about Shizune; she and I just clicked."
  • This happens to Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in multiple permutations of the fandom, be it Doyle's stories, the movie series, or the BBC series. Holmes may be asexual, and Watson may love women, but that doesn't matter when it comes to the two of them.
  • Princesses Luna and Twilight in The Shadow Wars continuity are both normally heterosexual. Their Sole Exceptions being where each other are concerned.
  • In later chapters of the NCIS fic Shards To a Whole, happily married couples Tim and Abby McGee and Jimmy and Breena Palmer begin exploring their shared attraction for each other, ultimately bonding into a long-term polyamorous four-person relationship. Abby identifies herself as bisexual, while Tim, Jimmy and Breena identify as straight, with a healthy dose of this trope, combined with a little Girl on Girl and/or Guy-on-Guy Is Hot (as of 8/1/2015, Tim and Jimmy have not gone any further than kissing, and the primary standing rule of their four-person marriage is that no one pressures anyone into doing anything they are not comfortable with).
  • Nami is only interested in women in A Different First Crewmember with a single exception: Luffy. She's implied to have multiple girlfriends before but Luffy is the only man she has any romantic or sexual feelings for. Of course, this results in some hilarity when Sanji tries flirting with her, only for Nami to largely ignore him.
  • Due to the pressure on Purebloods to get married and have children, the gay ones in Tom Riddle's Schooldays had better pick spouses like this.
  • In No Chance for Fate, Ami Mizuno is a strictly heterosexual girl. She gets quite the surprise when falling in love with Ranma Saotome, that she also starts to appreciate his female form. To Ami's relief, it turns out that her heart and mind concluded that Ranma is Ranma, regardless of gender, and thus her attraction to both of his forms without her heterosexual orientation being changed at all. She still doesn't react to other girls at all. Both of them make peace with this fact and due to circumstances even make love as girls and admit they did enjoy it.
  • There are two instances in Persona EG.
    • Pinkie and Twilight for each other when Flash, Pinkie, and Twilight enter a three-way relationship. Though Pinkie is a little more bisexual.
    • Rainbow Dash ends up crushing on Principal Celestia. This ends up becoming a plot point when Eris posts on Canterbook as Rainbow asking Celestia out, which is something no one outside the dorm should know, giving Flash the final clue he needed to determine Eris' identity.
  • Several Zootopia WildeHopps fics take this approach with Judy and Nick: Judy isn't into foxes as a rule, and Nick isn't attracted to rabbits, except when it's each other.
  • The RWBY Loops has Yang and Blake, who start dating after the expansion where Adam cuts off Yang's arm shakes them both up. Interestingly, while they do agree they fall under the "sole exception" version at the time, much later conversations have them acknowledge they might have been closeted bisexuals beforehand (but by that point they're in a committed relationship, so the point's moot).
  • In Here In My Arms, all the girls are quite clear that they're not bisexual, they're just in love with each other along with Tsukune.
  • Master's Way has Ukyo eventually decide that it doesn't matter if Ranma is a boy or a girl; they're still her Ranchan, and she wants them regardless.
  • A Year Without Rin and it's companion stories "A Year Without GUMI" and "I'm Her Best Friend and She's In Love With Me" Vocaloid GUMI feels this way towards Rin.
  • In Lost in Camelot, while Bo is an established bisexual and Merlin is simply straight, Morgana has to spend a day analysing her feelings after Bo proposes that she join Bo and Merlin's pre-existing relationship. However, Morgana had previously mused that Bo would be the perfect suitor if she had been born a man, and after their 'relationship' begins, while Morgana makes it clear she is uncomfortable taking things with Bo too far, the fact that she is willing to kiss Bo and share moments of closeness with her says a lot about Morgana's feelings considering the standards of the time. Although Morgana briefly contemplates breaking it off as she has trouble being physically affectionate with Bo, she overcomes this issue after Bo is briefly captured by Hengist, and by the time Morgause comes to Camelot Morgana is willing to assure Bo that the succubus is the only woman she will ever love.
  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Stargate SG-1 crossover "Fine Lines" opens with the revelation that Tara was Ascended after her death, and subsequently formed a strong bond with Daniel after he Ascended. When Dawn expresses surprise at her becoming so attached to a man, Tara explains that gender was basically irrelevant among the Ascended and Tara was drawn to Daniel's pure soul, forming such a strong bond with him that she chooses to stay with Daniel after returning to human form herself.
  • Suggested in the Hanna fic “When You Get Older”, as Hanna reunites with Sophie to do more research into her past, and Sophie eventually realises that she has feelings for Hanna. At one point Sophie explicitly states that she’s not gay when another person asked if she’s involved with Hanna, but the person who asked the question points out that there’s a difference between her being involved with Hanna and being gay. Sophie later privately acknowledges that she has glanced at other girls in the past, but affirms to herself that Hanna is the only one she really wants.
  • Discussed in the Pokémon fanfic Northern Lights and Ocean Dreams; Dawn spends some time during her first night in a triad with Ash and Misty trying to figure out which way this applies to her — does she like men with Misty the exception or like women with Ash the exception? — but despite remembering a brief kiss with Zoey, Dawn soon concludes that it isn't important so long as she's with the people she loves.
  • In re:Bound (RWBY), Qrow is straight but Taiyang is his one exception. The two had a past relationship.
  • Both Harley and Barbara are this to each other in the DCAU fic Psalm of the Lark. Neither are attracted to women besides each other.
  • In Control, Yukari isn't into women. She's just into one specific woman: her best friend Minamo.
  • This is subverted in The Healer's Touch. Kim initially insists that she isn't lesbian and that she is only attracted to Shego, but Shego understands that it isn't true. She struggled with her sexuality years ago, so she knows that a common step in realizing you're gay is to try and insist that you're straight and only like one specific person.
  • In the Gunsmith Cats epic, Chasing The Dragon a series of traumatic events leave Rally Vincent depressed. Her best friend May Hopkins helps her breakout of the depresson by having sex with her. Afterwards, Rally makes it clear to May that she is into men, but allowed her to be an exception and compliments May on how good at love making she is.
  • In Recoil Andrea notes that Taylor is the straightest girl she has ever met. Despite this the two of them develop a loving relationship based on emotional rather than sexual intimacy.
  • The M-rated Suspenders-verse series by Evilhumour mentions at one point that Prince Dusk Shine's older sister, Gleaming Shield, is ninety-five percent attracted to mares. The only stallion who does anything for her is Bolero, the male form that her wife Cadance sometimes assumes.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, the author assumes that either Trip is asexual or into girls, but will make an exception with Ash Ketchum as he confesses his love to the Pallet Town Trainer.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Happy Feet Two, male sea krill Will and Bill have this dynamic in their Ho Yay filledfriendship as Will is willing to have a family with his best friend Bill despite both of them being straight and males but Will doesn't care. Bill compromises but tells him "no hanky panky".
  • In Open Season 2, an Inverted example in the second film as when McSquizzy disguises himself as a little female dog along with Gizelle, a doberman named Rico becomes smitten with him and remains in love, even after he finds out that McSquizzy is a squirrel. It is not until he reveals that he is a guy that Rico drops the romance.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Adam (2019): Gillian tells Adam she's never dated a trans guy (he's actually cis) but is open to the idea, and starts a relationship with him. She realizes she's bisexual, not a lesbian, after this.
  • The Assignment (2016): After Frank's unwilling sex reassignment surgery, his girlfriend Johnnie has no problem continuing their relationship, suggesting either this or that she's bi, since she likes him in female form too.
  • One of the more bizarre examples of this trope comes in Being John Malkovich when Maxine, who shows no other signs of being interested in women, tells Lotte that she's absolutely smitten with her and loves having sex with her... but only when Lotte is inhabiting (the male) John Malkovich's body. By the end of the film, though, she's apparently decided that she's fine being with Lotte even in her original female body.
  • This is arguably the nature of Ennis and Jack's love in Brokeback Mountain, or at least of Ennis's feelings for Jack, rather than either of them being outright gay or bisexual. Their exact sexualities are both ambiguous, though.
  • The Cakemaker: Thomas, a gay man, meets the widow of a man he was having an affair with; eventually, they develop a sexual and emotional bond.
  • Subverted in Chasing Amy. Alyssa falls in love with Holden despite initially insisting that she's a lesbian who can't love him back, but it turns out that she's slept with other men in the past and knew that she liked men too but publicly identified as a lesbian because it carried less stigma than being bisexual. Holden, who liked the idea that he had "converted" a lesbian, is not happy when he learns that he wasn't a special exception to her after all and his inability to accept this ends up destroying their relationship.
  • Woof in Hair comments that he wouldn't kick Mick Jagger out of bed, but he's not homosexual.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: In a deleted scene, Zia reveals she is a lesbian but comments she would be willing to have sex with Owen because he is so badass, despite the thought grossing her out a little.
  • Lammbock: Stefan for Mehmet Scholl, a (former) German soccer player.
  • Hinted at heavily but never outright stated in Mamma Mia!. Harry notes that Donna is "the first woman [he] ever loved", and adds that she was also the last woman he ever loved, punctuating the statement by smiling at a man in the crowd.
  • Mannen som elsket Yngve (The Man who Loved Yngve) — the otherwise heterosexual, and fully girlfriend-equipped, Jarle Klepp falls in love with his new male high school classmate Yngve, much to his confusion.
  • Strongly separated from sex in My Own Private Idaho: Mike and Scott are male prostitutes, both treating sex with men as nothing but a business arrangement — except when it comes to each other. Mike loves Scott to the point of wanting to make love with him, and Scott, who is homophobic about any contact between men that can't be explained away by money or teen rebellion, makes an exception for Mike just the once.
  • Plan B has Bruno and Pablo, who have both been involved with only women before, fall in love with each other much to their confusion. Pablo does initially claim that he was once with a guy, but admits later on that he was lying and tells Bruno after a failed attempt to have sex with him that he's confused about his feelings for him because he doesn't even like guys. Similarly, Bruno responds to a friend's query if he likes guys now by saying that he can't even explain how things between him and Pablo turned out this way and says something similar to Pablo ("I don't know how this happened. I couldn't avoid it.") when he confesses his feelings to him.
  • Played for laughs at the end of Some Like It Hot. Jerry, who's spent most of the film Disguised in Drag, tells Osgood who's become infatuated with his female persona that he's actually a man, but Osgood (who's clearly depicted as too besotted to think rationally or fully comprehend what Jerry's trying to tell him) responds with a blithe, "Well, nobody's perfect!" making this trope (arguably) Older Than Television.
  • In True Romance, Clarence has a monologue centered around rationalizing the idea that he would have sex with Elvis Presley if given the opportunity. It's written by Quentin Tarantino, naturally. Also, in the movie, Elvis is some sort of Spirit Advisor to Clarence, but no, they don't have sex.
  • Velvet Buzzsaw: Gay art dealer Morf breaks up with his live-in boyfriend as he has an affair with a woman. While he is never explicitly labeled as gay, actor Jake Gyllenhaal describes the relationship as "a gay man going straight for a woman" because they have similar tastes and are equally vapid.
  • In Vicky Cristina Barcelona, it's possible to see Christina's romance with Maria Elena as an example of this, since when she's asked if she's bisexual, she doesn't say yes.
  • King Marchand in Victor/Victoria falls in love with the title character while thinking that she's a man. Eventually:
    King: I don't care if you are a man. [kisses her]
    Victoria: I'm not a man.
    King: I still don't care.
Seriously undercut here by the fact that in the film (unlike in the musical adapted from it) King has prior to this made a point to spy on Victoria in the bathroom and thus settle the matter to his own satisfaction.
  • Ace and Tobio in Wild Zero.
  • Subverted tragically in Y tu mamá también: the two lead characters have been enjoying a Heterosexual Life Partnership brimming with Ho Yay, but when it turns physical one night (as part of their sexual initiation by an older woman), their relationship ends up destroyed.
  • In Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th, after Boner finally accomplishes his quest to lose his virginity, the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue reveals that the big breasted nurse who helped by jumping his bones is a post-op transsexual; Boner doesn't care.

    Literature 
  • In many versions of from Arthurian Literature, this defines Lancelot's relationship with Guinevere, as he is never at all attracted to anyone else.
  • In Maureen Johnson's The Bermudez Triangle, Avery has a HUGE one of these for Mel, as she is straight. She says something about it being just Mel, and that she was only gay for her because Mel needed someone to help her realize that she was les.
  • According to Word of God, Butch of the Black Dagger Brotherhood is 'V-sexual', even though both he and Vishous are in committed relationships with women by the end of their respective books.
    • Judging by many scenes from Lover Revealed, the feelings are mutual.
    • That one was made pretty clear even without Word of God, though, especially in their novels, but hinted from the beginning of their relationship.
  • Orson Scott Card:
    • In the Homecoming Saga, you have Shedemei and Zdorab. When Shedemei becomes (unintentionally) ostracized from the rest of the women in their little refugee group due to her being the only one childless (she and Zdorab aren't what the others would call "a real couple", though they were emotionally as close as any of the rest), Zdorab agrees to try for a child with her, for her sake. They end up with two.
    • Songmaster, meanwhile, has Josif and Kyaren — Josif self-describes as a gay-leaning bisexual. With a 6% attraction to sheep. Expect to see a lot of things like this in Card's work.
  • Ceilie and Shug Avery in The Color Purple. Hinted at with one painfully awkward kiss in the movie. Stated outright in the book.
  • In J. Courtney Sullivan's Commencement, this is how Bree sees her relationship with girlfriend Lara. It's left up to the reader to decide, of course, whether she's right or whether her parents' disapproval is coloring her acceptance of her sexuality. Most of her friends seem to think it's the latter, but we never see her with another woman in the book, so who knows?
  • In Dog Warrior Atticus Steele believes himself to be heterosexual for most of his life, but his love for his male roommate and later partner Hikaru Takahasi is strong enough to overcome that when Ru expresses an interest, and the two are a firm couple.
  • Subverted in the Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser books: The two titular heroes are actually a bit mystified at the fact that they haven't gotten curious about one another that way.
  • In M.E. Kerr's "Hello," I Lied, Lang, a closeted gay teen who has a secret boyfriend, finds himself falling in love with his female friend Hugette to his surprise. It doesn't end well; when Hugette finds out that he's attracted to her, she freaks out and accuses him of having lied to her about being gay (as none of the characters in the book ever think about bisexuality as a possibility).
  • Played with in Hometown. Kara is a lesbian, but experiments with her friend Jason. While they care deeply for each other and the liaison goes well, it only confirms to Kara that she's 100% gay.
  • Stephen King's The Long Walk has the characters talking about being gay for each other.
  • Giles De'Ath in Love and Death on Long Island says he was completely heterosexual before he fell for Teen Idol Ronnie Bostock in middle age, even though his upbringing in British boys' schools gave him plenty of opportunities to do otherwise. Generally, he doesn't seem to subscribe to modern concepts of sexual identity however; it's a much bigger blow to his self-image that he's fallen for a bad artist than for a male one. (The film version leaves this whole issue a lot more ambiguous.)
  • In The Pardoner's Tale Nick identifies as Asexual but (almost grudgingly) falls for Alex.
  • In Penryn and the End of Days, even though she understandably hates angels, Penryn starts to feel attracted to Raffe.
  • A Sole Exception example occurs in the Phryne Fisher novel Murder and Mendelssohn. Doctor John Wilson is homosexual, but due to shared experience and mutual compatibility, he falls into bed with Phryne both during the Great War and later when they meet up again in Melbourne. Phryne later renounces any claim to him so he can be with his true love.
  • This comes out in a painfully awkward conversation between main characters in Pocket in the Sea, in which the main character has to convince his best friend, who has a deep, lifelong crush on him, that it really is a case of "If it's you, it's ok." The otherwise straight main character goes so far as to negate the possibility of a future wife, something he had previously insisted on allowing.
  • In Pretty Little Liars Emily is rather shocked when she finds herself falling for Isaac, the frontman of a Christian band when she has only been attracted to girls before (or since).
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Pretty much every character who is attracted to males feels this for China Sorrows. This is because she magically makes people who look at her fall in love with her, regardless of their gender. This eventually wears off of most characters as they interact with her more, but she is still considered to be extremely beautiful.
  • In Paul Auster's Sunset Park, Miles Heller's old friend Bing Nathan feels like this with Miles. Unsure about his own sexuality he even tries out sex with another guy but comes to the conclusion that the male body provides "no comfort" to him. He pushes Miles in the corner of the Stupid Sexy Flanders in this citation: "He was not the only one who felt this way. As far back as he can remember, Miles seemed (...) to possess some magnetic, animal force that changed the atmosphere whenever he walked into a room." This is verified by the way the other Sunset Park squatters react to Miles.
  • Alluded to in The Talisman by Peter Straub and Stephen King. Jack Sawyer has the ability to "flip" between Earth and a parallel world, and the more time he spends in the other world, the more attractive he becomes to people in the real world when he returns. To the point that a man that picks him up while hitch-hiking thinks about sexually molesting him without being quite sure why, so he drops him off at a truck stop much earlier than he intended.
  • In Anne McCaffrey's last Talents book, The Tower And The Hive, Laria and her Gay Best Friend and second-in-command Kincaid start doing it. The explanation (Handwaving?) of why they hooked up in the first place: they were both lonely and their Mrdini companions "pushed" them towards mutual comfort. They become a full-fledged couple later on (and Laria becomes pregnant).
  • In Harry Turtledove's World War series, "Mutt" Daniels is trying to romance a nurse named Lucille, who lets him know in no uncertain terms that she's not interested in men. Mutt understands what she means but can't seem to let it go. Eventually, he asks if she's ever been with a man. She replies no but implies that she may make an exception for Mutt. A minute later she's killed in an artillery barrage.
  • A Year Straight: Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Lesbian Beauty Queen is about the lesbian character, who once got elected Miss Lez, falling for her yoga teacher.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 30 Rock:
    • Frank falls head over heels for the office's hot, young coffee guy. After much exploration, including an unsatisfying dance at a gay club, Frank realizes he's only "gay for Jamie". In that same episode, Liz tells Frank that ".. you can't be gay for just one person. Unless you're a lady and you meet Ellen."
    • When Jack shows a picture of his girlfriend Elisa (played by Salma Hayek) to the actor who plays the generalissimo, he exclaims "I am super gay and I would totally switch for her".
    • At one point, Liz herself seemed a bit attracted to Elisa.
      Elisa: I have a terrible secret. Please don't ask me what it is.
      Liz: I don't want to know what it is! [pause] Are you a man?
      Elisa: ...really, Lemon? You want to see me naked?
      Liz: Kind of.
    • Jenna has frequently hinted that she'd be open to a lesbian relationship with Liz. She says "I'd totally hit that" while looking at Liz in a pair of very flattering jeans, she's aroused watching adult film actresses playing the two of them kiss, and when Liz tells her "We don't need men", Jenna replies "Yeah, let's go lez".
      Jenna: Jack, if it would help the show, I would be willing to "go country".
      Liz: "Go country"? What does that mean?
      Jenna: It's a totally legitimate career move, Liz. The best way for a lady to get heat in this industry is to either record a country album (locks eye contact with Liz) or have a lesbian relationship.
      Jack: Uh, we'll start with "going country".
  • Inverted for laughs in one Alas Smith and Jones dialogue, where Griff basically tells Mel "it would only be disgusting if it was with you".
  • Arrow. All of the on-screen romances of Felicity Smoak are with men, but she admits to being into Sara Lance flirting with her.
    Felicity: I was wondering if you were secretly flirting with me all those times you said I was cute.
    Sara: (flirty look) Why, are you into it?
    Felicity: Of course — it's you. (they hug)
  • In Black Sails, Word of God has identified Captain James Flint as gay, and his relationship with Miranda an example of the trope.
  • Russell T Davies, writer of the above Torchwood example, had earlier written a series called Bob and Rose about a gay man who realizes he's in love with a woman and their struggle to make a relationship work. (Davies has always been vocal against the idea of 'monosexuality'.)
    • The example from Torchwood has to do with a one-off line that the character of Ianto says to a friend: "it's not men, it's just him [Captain Jack Harkness, the star of the series]". But Ianto is a workaholic nerd, so this line should be taken with a grain of salt (and indeed, Ianto's friend doesn't really buy it). It's just as likely he was bi all along, and simply hadn't thought that carefully about his sexuality. If this trope actually is in effect, then it's partially justified because Captain Jack Harkness comes from the future where humans apparently have different pheromones. Essentially everything with a nose wants to boink him and Jack never says no. Jack's love affairs tend to be horrendously shallow almost to the point of being creepy, but that is decidedly not the case with Ianto. They have a deep platonic and emotional connection, which Jack explicitly says he's never had with anyone else: he suspects that Ianto is his true love. The rest of the team pretty much concurs and makes a point not to interfere in the relationship (to Ianto's relief and Jack's consternation).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In a slight variation on this trope, "Crush" includes this line from Harmony to Spike: "No threesomes unless it's boy, boy, girl. Or Charlize Theron."
    • After Willow decided she was strictly lesbian, she still had feelings for Oz, so this trope probably applies late in Season 4.
    • Played for Laughs in "Him". A guy named R.J. has a magic jacket that makes any woman who sees him wearing it fall in love with him. This includes Willow.
    Buffy: Willow, you're a gay woman. And he — isn't!
    Willow: This isn't about his physical presence! It's about his heart!
    Anya: His physical presence has a penis!
    Willow: I can work around it!
    • If Willow had succeeded with her plan later in the episode, to turn RJ into a woman to get around this for herself, it would have turned RJ into an example of this for every straight woman in town who would still be irresistibly attracted to "her".
  • In Coronation Street, Maria finds herself falling for her gay friend Marcus. After she tells him, Marcus surprises himself by realizing he is both emotionally and sexually attracted to her, and they begin a relationship. Marcus continues to see himself as gay and is resentful toward his parents when they suddenly contact him again after decades of rejection for being gay. After a year or so together, Marcus is drawn into an affair with another man, with heartbroken Maria walking in on them in true soap fashion.
  • Paige and Alex in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Paige identifies as straight, with Alex as her one exception, while dating Paige helped Alex realize she was a lesbian.
  • Mike Rowe once got an email from a male fan who wrote: "I am secure in my heterosexuality, and I have to say Damn I've got a man-crush on Mike Rowe".
  • Emmerdale's Debbie and Jasmine seem to fall into this category. Their friendship twice turned into a romantic relationship and they were practically portrayed as each other's soul mates, yet neither of them ever showed an interest in any other girl and both slept with several male characters. Debbie remained on the show for a number of years after her emotional breakup with Jasmine (also Jasmine's exit storyline), but only once was their relationship mentioned — when she and several other women in her family talked about their romantic feelings for other women after another relative came out as gay. They essentially treating the feelings as a phase.
  • Feel Good: George says if she broke up with Mae she'd probably date only guys again. She's never been attracted to women (or AFAB people, since Mae turns out to be nonbinary) except her. George doesn't want to tell anyone about their relationship, increasingly annoying Mae, until at last she spills this accidentally in the hospital while doped up.
  • In The First Shop of Coffee Prince, Han Kyul initially believes that Eun Chan is a guy and angsts over having fallen in love with (who he thinks is) another man but decides that Eun Chan's gender doesn't matter to him. As he tells Eun Chan, "I like you. Whether you're a man or an alien... I don't care anymore."
  • Kalinda on The Good Wife turns everyone's head.
    Cary: I know a lot of people who weren’t anything until they met Kalinda.
  • In Hannibal, this applies to both of the main characters. It's emphasized throughout the series that Hannibal is a narcissist who isn't capable of loving anyone or thing besides himself. However, it's revealed in Season 3 that Will is the one exception to this rule and unlike every other partner Hannibal is connected to, Will is the only one he loves or even remotely cares about. And in the series finale, it's also confirmed that Will (who is otherwise straight) reciprocates Hannibal's romantic feelings.
  • Hollyoaks, Craig Dean is straight, he just loves John Paul.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Lily has a crush on Robin. When Lily is having second thoughts about getting married, she tells Robin about all the things she wanted to do before marriage but never got the chance — like taking up painting professionally, traveling, or having a lesbian "experiment". Robin's answer to this is to plant a girl-on-girl kiss on Lily's lips, which is accepted with a smile. Lily is, quite frankly, even gayer than Willow. Up to and including trying to get her husband into a threesome with Robin and in the same episode starts tearing off her clothes after kissing her.
    Lily: Robin Scherbatsky is many things: friend; confidant; occasional guest star in some confusing dreams that remind me a woman's sexuality is a moving target…
    • In "The Three Day Rule," Marshall and Barney both admit that they're kinda gay for Ted. And by "admit that" we mean "repeatedly attempt to engage Ted in sexting (posing as a woman he just met) and get into a fight about which of them would be more sexually compatible with Ted before realizing what they're saying."
  • Killing Eve: It's left a bit up-in-the-air whether Eve is into Villanelle like that, but a couple of characters certainly think she is, and the creator has described the two women's first meeting as a Love at First Sight scenario. If her obsession with Villanelle is indeed sexual or romantic, it appears Eve's preference is "men, or Villanelle," since when Bill asks her if she's bisexual, she says she's never really been into women like that.
  • In an episode of My Hero George's shapely arranged bride comes to Earth. Mrs. Raven declares "I'm straight, and even I fancy her!"
  • On The Jerry Springer Show After the reveal that their lover is transgender, some will still continue with the relationship, while others will break up.
    • Such being the case with a man named Gucci and his transgender lover Coco who proposed to her on live TV even after the discovery that she was born a man and transitioned later in life. Gucci also insists to Jerry Springer and the audience that he "isn't gay now" but he still loves Coco and wants to be with her.
    • An online relationship is taken into real life, when the completely predictable occurs; she reveals she's a transgender female who was born male, and admits this to the man who's been pursuing her interest. However, instead of storming out or being disgusted, the guy's response is "I'll try anything once", before kissing her.
  • In the The King of Queens episode "The Mild Bunch", a lipstick lesbian and a gay man meet and inexplicably hook up behind their "dates" Danny and Spence's backs, citing that they met an an Out parade and have a "special relationship" with each other. Much to Spence and Danny's confusion.
  • Lovecraft Country: Ruby returns Christina's attraction while the latter is in female form, implying this (or maybe she's bisexual).
  • The latest season of Nip/Tuck features an interesting variation on this trope. Liz Cruz, who up to this point has been a committed lesbian, discovers she's sexually attracted to her male boss Christian (but not any other guys).
  • On New Girl, there is a character names Sadie who is a lesbian. When she's pregnant, however, she became attracted to Schmidt after hearing him describe his foreplay techniques. Sadie finds herself turned on by their sexually driven conversation, admitting weakly, "It's the baby hormones. They are not as gay as me."
  • In Now Apocalypse, party-attending Ulysses meets a variation of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl — quirky, adorable, and gay-conquering. When he tells her he's gay, she grabs his aroused crotch to show him just how interested he actually is. After their frantic encounter, we are not only told that she's slept with lots of gay men, but that he's the best ever, as he goes down on her. They're about to start up again when he has to leave. Never let it be said that Araki doesn't enjoy reminding us of how much some super special gay men love the ladies (see Kaboom).
  • Michael Scott on The Office has this for Ryan Howard. It seems to start in The Dundies when he gives Ryan the "Hottest in the Office" Award (complete with a pat on the butt) and grows throughout season two. Other notable examples would be when Michael says he'd have sex with Ryan during a game of "Who would you do?" in The Fire, and in the cold open of The Carpet when Michael stares salaciously at Ryan while he's filling in for Pam at reception. In The Deposition, it is revealed that Michael even writes about Ryan in his diary.
  • Orange Is the New Black: Morello for Nicky. Morello is entirely heterosexual prior to her incarceration, and after Nicky is sent to maximum security in season 3, she begins corresponding via snail-mail with men in the outside world in order to fill the void, and adds these male pen-pals to her visitation list, rather than attempting to find a new girlfriend within the prison. She even breaks down and cries in front of one of her male visitors and tells him that the one girl she cared about got sent away.
  • Orphan Black has Delphine, who explicitly states she's never been with a woman before and is surprised about her attraction to Cosima. Though, she does mention the possibility of bisexuality, so Cosima might have just been her Closet Key and she hasn't yet dated other women.
  • Bongo in Red Dwarf episode Dimension Jump: "I've been happily married for 35 years. It's just, a chap like you can turn a guy's head." Of course, that 'chap' was Ace Rimmer. What a guy!
  • Subverted in Scrubs, Carla claims to be attracted to the incredibly hot female drug rep Julie, and suggests to Turk that she may be open to them having a threesome with her. She admits to JD she just says that to give Turk a fun fantasy, but then notices Turk talking to Julie and pointing at her. Julie waves at Carla who nervously waves back, and JD tells her "You can't give a guy that kind of opening".
  • Some fans of Rizzoli & Isles feel that the main characters have this kind of relationship with each other; they are portrayed as heterosexual in every depicted romantic relationship they have in the show, but many fans feel that the chemistry between them is so intense that Jane and Maura would be gay for each other only.
  • Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler seem to have this attitude towards one another: the former is otherwise married to his work and the latter is a lesbian. Additionally, Irene seems convinced that adamantly heterosexual John Watson feels this way about Sherlock.
    John: Who the hell knows about Sherlock Holmes, but for the record, if anyone out there still cares — I'm not actually gay.
    Irene Adler: Well, I am. Look at us both.
  • In Slings & Arrows, gay actor Patrick is cast as Romeo opposite straight actor Sarah as Juliet, and to begin with they have zero chemistry, not helped by director Darren Nichols' bizarre decision to stage the play as a highly stylised chess match in which none of the actors look at each other. As rehearsals go on, the two start to bond out of their shared unhappiness with the production, and they start running scenes in private so that they can get a sense of what it would be like to do the play with feeling. Sure enough, such is the Power of Shakespeare that pretty soon they're tearing each other's clothes off.note 
  • South of Nowhere: Rare heterosexual example: Ashley is outspoken about "Not believing in labels" but is only shown being attracted to girls. And her on and off again boyfriend Aiden. Although he questions her dedication to him: "You only want me around when you want to be straight!" She denies it, conveniently forgetting that she still has a picture of her ex-girlfriend on her dresser.
  • A Running Gag on SportsNation is that Colin Cowherd has a crush on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Occasionally, when Cowherd talks about Brady, a clip of him saying "I love Tom Brady" will pop up on-screen.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
In "Profit and Lace", Quark is forced to do a gender-swap and pose as a female. Every male Ferengi he encounters (even his own family) comments on what a lovely female he makes, to the point where the Nagus (who knows he's really Quark) can't keep his hands off him and a prominent businessman is completely smitten with him (even after being told Quark is really male).
  • Sugar of Sugar Rush only likes men as a general rule and will sleep with most of them without a second thought, but eventually ends up sleeping with her best friend Kim (who is gay, and whose powerful crush on Sugar drives the plot of the first season). It only happens once, and afterwards, Kim eventually gets over Sugar. However, there are several hints that Sugar does genuinely fall in love with Kim following this incident, as evidenced by her jealousy over Kim's new girlfriend, Saint, and her behaviour in the series finale.
  • In Supergirl (2015), Alex Danvers, a lesbian, said she was slightly attracted to Superman. (Of course, it's Superman, there's pretty much only one type of person who doesn't find him attractive, and that's "people named Lex Luthor.")
  • Keelie in Ted Lasso is generally straight but she is also openly attracted to Rebecca.
  • According to Torchwood: Children of Earth, Ianto Jones isn't really gay. Jack is just specialnote . Although, later on Clem can smell the queerness of him, so whether he's being honest to his sister may be left up in the air, especially as it's later established that he lied to his teammates about his family.
    • The novels have him making out with a man. While he's in a woman's body.
  • In Two and a Half Men Alan, who is straight, once admitted that he finds George Clooney sexually attractive. (The gay man he was speaking to informed him "Clooney doesn't count".)
    • In Season 11, Jenny Harper picks up a girl in a bar that isn't a lesbian without revealing that she herself is a lesbian. Walden even calls it the "lesbian zombie" virus.
  • In Weird City, Burt and Stu are two heretofore heterosexual men who are paired together in a dating service. Assuming it was a mistake, they try to get their money back, but find themselves drawn to each other and fall into bed, leading to a relationship and finally marriage. They are then told that the results actually were a mistake, but ultimately still choose to be together. Somewhat averted as Burt learns that the dating service's ideal partner for him was still a man.
  • Will & Grace:
    • Although never explicitly shown, Karen and Jack seem to have this type of relationship. Although Jack is a gay man (and one who frequently states his disgust at heterosexuality) it is implied that he and Karen frequently engage in sexual activity with one another.
    Jack: I don't know, Karen.
    Karen: I'll let you make out with me in the elevator.
    Jack: Okay!
    Donna: Have a drink with me?
    Janet: Sure, but I'm straight.
    Donna: Are you?
    Janet: Yes.
    Donna: Are you?
    Janet: Yes.
    Donna: Are you?
    [Beat.]
    Janet: ...You tell me.
  • In One Day at a Time (2017), EMT Mac Ferrero is so hot, even Elena, a lesbian, acknowledges how hot he is.

    Music 
  • There is a band called Gay for Johnny Depp.
  • Of Montreal has a song called "Tim, I Wish You Were Born A Girl".
  • "Wayne Gretzky" by Goldfinger.
  • Comes up practically verbatim in "Let's Be Honest" by Vocaloid group Project Overdoze, in which Miku and Luka each internally contemplate their romantic feelings for each other and whether they feel comfortable with the idea of having their Will They or Won't They?-style relationship become fully realized.
    Let's be honest, let's be honest
    I really wanna feel that way
    Let's be honest, let's be honest
    Well if it's you I guess I could be gay
  • "Dude Looks Like a Lady" by Aerosmith. Sure it's about a Wholesome Crossdresser, but it still fits. The implicitly straight falls for a "girl" at a bar and takes her backstage. There he discovers the truth right before "consummating" the relationship and decides to go through with it anyway because, well, he is pretty damn hot.
  • "Lola" written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks. Almost.
  • Belle and Sebastian's "Seeing Other People" is all about this trope, although at least one of its two characters is severely self-deluded. "We lay on the bed there/Kissing just for practice..."
  • The Magnetic Fields' "Andrew in Drag" is narrated by a straight man reminiscing about the time his (also straight) friend Andrew did drag for fun, and realizing that Andrew in drag is, in fact, the only woman he's ever truly loved; over the course of the song, the title is rhymed with "A pity she does not exist/A shame he's not a fag" and "There is no hope of love for me/From here on I'll go stag". Of course, the irony here is that the song is written and sung by the openly gay Stephin Merritt.

    Podcasts 
  • One Rooster Teeth podcast told about how a drunk Gavin Free told a very sober Monty Oum that "he's usually isn't into guys" but, "if he had a boner for him, it was really trying."

    Pro Wrestling 

    Roleplay 
  • We Are Our Avatars
    • The normally straight Daniel is attracted to Oryx.
    • Shane falls in love with Demon Asagi, but Shane's a homosexual. Like Xavin, Demon!Asagi bent his/her gender to accommodate for Shane.
  • The Mad Scientist Wars has two somewhat unique examples of this. One is Xerox, who is now married to Jess 'The Chimera' — a shapeshifter. Regardless of whether she's shifted to a boy or whatever he's cool. The other is Cool Old Guy (s) Dr. Viktor and Dr. Io, who may both be this for each other...

    Theatre 
  • Invoked in Lanford Wilson's monologue play A Poster of the Cosmos.
  • Depending on the production of Cabaret, this can be Cliff's relationship with Sally.
  • Prince Kaguya: San tells Kaguya it "doesn't matter" to him if he is a man or a woman.

    Video Games 
  • The Full Body version of Catherine has an option for Vincent to ditch the love triangle he's stuck in and romance newcomer Rin instead. However, he makes that decision only after he accidentally finds out Rin actually male. After some introspection, Vincent realizes that being with Rin makes him happy, because he feels he can be himself around him. He also realizes that gender doesn't matter to him, and even outs himself as bisexual to his friends. While this isn't too unusual, Rin's True Ending certainly is. Rin is actually a member of a race of shapeshifting Angelic Aliens, and merely his human form is an androgynous male. His real form is a cute little pink blob with a glowing antennae, so there might not even be a word that accurately describes what gender Rin truly is. By that point, however, Vincent is long past caring, and practically says this trope verbatim.
    • Toby and Erica's relationship could be this as well. In Catherine, Toby is Squicked out when he discovers that his girlfriend Erica is transgender and she used to be known as "Eric" back in high school and Toby bemoans that he wants his V-card back. However, in Full Body, it's revealed that they're still dating despite Erica's transgender revelation — the revelation in Rin's route actually shows Toby relaxing even more about the idea, and talking happily about how Erica painted his nails as a couple's activity.
  • Adell from Disgaea 2 makes it known that he's a fan of neither demons nor women (both a result of a past trauma relating to a Succubus). He makes an exception to both cases for Rozalin.
  • Fenris of Dragon Age II could be considered an example of this, if romanced by a mage Hawke. Despite having a deep (albeit justified) hatred of magic, and an aversion to physical contact (once again, justified), he is willing to put this aside in order to be with Hawke. If Mage Hawke sides with mages in the final battle, despite his fear and hatred of magic in general Fenris helps Hawke without a second thought to support the one he loves.
  • Sera invokes this in Dragon Age: Inquisition if she's dating an Elven Inquisitor. Due to elves being so skinny and her many issues with elven culture and the Dalish, she admits that she doesn't usually go for other elves. She makes an exception for an Elven Inquisitor she doesn't find "too elfy." However, she continues to make bitter remarks about other elves and the Dalish (even though Lavellan is Dalish) and disapproves even when the Inquisitor helps other elves (even city elves), making it clear that she likes you only as long as you act as non-elven as possible. After visiting a major elven ruin she makes some very nasty remarks about the elven religion and history being fake and worthless, and expects Lavellan to agree with her. If you refuse to agree, she dumps you.
  • Playedfor Laughs by The Phantom of the Opera in Fate/Grand Order during the Almost Weekly Santa Alter event, in which he laments having to spend Christmas in the company of solely men, only to come on to the canonically male protagonist in his next set of lines.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a handful of characters who are mostly straight with a single gay option.
    • Lindhart is the gender reversed example, with only straight romance options, with the exception of a male protagonist.
    • While Dorothea is canonically bisexual, having many female love interests she can pursue (including a female Byleth), she is the only female love interest for Petra.
  • Guilty Gear's Bridget, famously.
  • Mass Effect has several variants:
    • The turian Garrus Vakarian becomes a romance option in Mass Effect 2 for female Shepards. He notes that he doesn't have a "human fetish"; he just really digs Shepard. And is seriously confused about how their relationship works.
    • The One-Gender Race asari seem to provoke this reaction from pretty much everyone. Sha'ira, the asari "Consort" from the first game, appears to be wildly popular with both male and even some female humans, and there are at least hints that it's not limited to her. For example, one of the "background" characters you overhear in the third game is a female marine whose male compatriots are a little weirded out by her desire to join them on a "boys' night" watching hot asari dancers.note  Another background character is a human female cheating on her husband with an asari. In the second game, you can see a human, a turian, and a salarian on the salarian's bachelor party. They are watching an asari exotic dancer and the salarian is explaining how his species is asexual and marriage is more like a business contract...but finds him slowly being Distracted by the Sexy.
    • If you talk to Mordin, the salarian doctor/scientist a lot, sometimes he thinks you are trying to woo him (if you're not romancing anyone else on the ship). He tells Shepard that he's not interested, because the salarian sex drive is generally dormant outside specified mating periods. However, he remarks in the same breath that if he would ever get it on with a human, said human would be Shepard, regardless of gender. Furthermore, asari are apparently capable of awakening a salarian's dormant sex drive.
    • On the human side (and a more relatable/traditional example) we have the Male!Shepard / Kaidan romance with dialogue that indicates this is out of the norm for both of them. This is probably used to justify why a Male!Shepard can't romance Kaidan in the first game even though Fem!Shepard can.
    • Let's just say that Shepard is this for pretty much everyone. S/he's basically a human asari, and could probably romance a Reaper with minimal effort if s/he wanted to.
  • Possibly Kaz and Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker dating missions.
    • That said, Big Boss's superpower seems to be being the personification of Even the Guys Want Him if Revolver Ocelot's application of Gaussian Girl every time he lays eyes on BB is of any indication. Kaz probably fell victim to it as well.
  • In Persona 3 Portable, Ryoji tells the Female Protagonist that he'd probably like her even if she were a boy. Makes the Ho Yay between him and the Male Protagonist make a lot more sense. Can also be famously invoked by the player character (of either gender and either preference).
  • Subverted in Persona 4, the Ambiguously Bi Kanji instantly crushes on the male-presenting Naoto, which, coupled with his 'unmasculine' interests, flares up Kanji's insecurity that he might be attracted to men. But even after Naoto reveals herself to be female, he still remains attracted to her.
  • In Saints Row IV, all romance options are available to both genders, even when the love interest in question has shown absolutely zero attraction to that gender before, implying that this trope is in effect. Invoked with Pierce, who says that he "usually doesn't swing that way" before accepting… regardless of the player's gender.
    • It's implied on several occasions that Pierce is both bisexual and absolutely terrified of The Boss. So it's possible that his normal orientation is just whatever The Boss isn't (though that doesn't explain why the Boss themself would be his sole exception). Another interpretation is that he normally doesn't swing any way at all and the Boss is his sole exception to that (recall that in Saint's Row 2, his immediate reaction to seeing a stripper was to say she had nice shoes).
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole: The Raisins Girls' Charm ability works even on straight girls, gay boys, and asexuals. The New Kid can also use the Charm ability on any enemy regardless of gender or orientation.
  • Almost every bachelor/bachelorette in Stardew Valley follows this if you romance them since they're all available regardless of the farmer's gender. The one exception is Leah, whose ex Kel will be mentioned and eventually show up, being the same gender as the farmer. In other words, if you're male, Leah will be heterosexual, whereas if you're female, she will be homosexual, and always have been that.
  • Played with (maybe?) in Super Robot Wars: Original Generation: Excellen Browning makes an off-hand comment on making an exception for Viletta Vadim. While Excellen is definitely straight, considering the kind of person she is and how the fandom actively portrays her, it's possible she isn't invoking this for laughs.

    Visual Novels 
  • Played relatively straight in don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story, when friendless loner Nolan reciprocates the advances of camp gay classmate Akira on the grounds that having someone that interested in him romantically makes him warm and fuzzy inside. As they gradually segue into a standard couple, whether this is a case of Sole Exception or Closet Key for Nolan is left an open question.
  • The title character of Haruhi Suzumiya faces much controversy in the fandom regarding her sexuality, even though she spells it out in the first episode: "I don't care if it's a boy or a girl!" Being Haruhi, her main point was that she doesn't care about gender because she's a space-aliens-and-supernatural-beings-sexual. Kyon is probably a normal human, and Mikuru is not, but as far as Haruhi knows they're both muggles; yet she behaves like a tsundere towards Kyon and a Clingy Jealous Girl towards Mikuru.
  • Tenko Chabashira, the Ultimate Aikido Master from Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, is a possible case. Her misandry is one of her most identifiable traits. However, she seems more willing to tolerate boys a bit more when they take up Neo-Aikido, a martial arts she developed with the head priest of a temple her parents sent her to (and that head priest would become her master). In her Love Suite Event, Tenko directly tells Shuichi that he has defeated her in a Neo-Aikido sparring match, and is free to do whatever he wants to her because of this. She then admits that she challenged Shuichi to the sparring match because she is in love with him, suggesting that Tenko may have a heavily repressed romantic attraction to boys. This makes sense since her misandry does not stem from any actual trauma (like Mahiru's attitude towards boys did), but rather from gullibility on her part; her master, a male, is suggested to be joking around when he told her that a boy touching her weakens her moves, as does being too excited for Valentine's Day and Christmas and eating more than three sweets a day, and Tenko took all this at face value.
  • Kara no Shoujo: Mizuhara admits to herself early on that she's in love with Toko, but doesn't want to mention it because neither of them is a lesbian and thus the relationship has no real chance.
  • At one point in Little Busters!, Riki, who as the protagonist of a Bishoujo Game is definitely into girls, admits to having feelings for Kyousuke but denies it outwardly. When Kyousuke says something that seems to indicate he has feelings for Riki too, he is shocked:
    Riki: Mutual love?! What should I do…? Kyousuke likes me too… we're both guys, but it's Kyousuke, so...
  • The "Only You" ending of School Days's Cross Days expansion. When Makoto Itou learns that the beautiful "Yuu" is none other than a cross-dressed Yuuki Ashikaga, Yuuki tries to run away, only for Makoto to stop him:
    Yuuki: I'm a boy! You know that now! So why...
    Makoto: (embraces Yuuki from behind) I know but... I still love you.
  • In Steins;Gate Daru takes a look at Ruka in drag and states "Balls or not man, I would so hit that."
  • In Yearning: A Gay Story's secret ending, the straight Adam falls for the male protagonist despite being unable to think of himself as gay or bi and not being turned on by any of the gay porn Carlos showed him as an experiment.

    Web Animation 
  • Said nearly word for word by Ruby when she tries kissing Weiss in a RWBY manga story where she's desperate to find a boyfriend. Weiss pushes her away.
  • Red of Overly Sarcastic Productions summarizes Artemis' romance with Orion:
    "The point is, Artemis' primary defining feature is no boyfriends ever, except for that one time."

    Web Comics 
  • A variant appears in The 10 Doctors. Romana ends up comatose in a hospital where Grace Holloway is working. When Grace realises that Romana has two hearts, she deduces that she is a Time Lady and assumes that she is the Doctor regenerated into a female body. After some brief soul searching, she decides that she has feelings for the Doctor whether he's a man or a woman, and kisses Romana just as she wakes up. When they sort everything out, they're both deeply embarrassed.
  • Used to the point of ridiculousness in the otherwise excellent Arcana, where two of uke Holden's semes love interests, Sloane and Dominic, both claim to be straight, and his former seme lover, Vincent, is only gay as a side effect of his vampirism.Justified in that Holden was imbued with a portion of Arcana's power as a child, the effects of which caused everyone he met to be attracted to him. Also, Vincent didn't turn gay as a result of his vampirism: he was just mentally taken over by Adonis.
  • In Boy Meets Boy, Cy is heterosexual except for his infatuation with his best friend Skids. This was confirmed by K. Sandra Fuhr
  • In Buttsmithy (formerly called Alfie), two of the caravan guards are a duo named Lydia and Marco. Both are attractive, both are competent, both are long term best buds, and both just love the ladies. At one point during a threesome with another female, Lydia decides to see what's so great about Marco's male parts. After an extremely and mutually satisfying experience, Lydia gazes into his eyes, and... slaps him upside the head and laughs, just to diffuse the tension. Lydia is not very good at dealing with emotions; it takes her the rest of the chapter (and watching Marco risk his life and realizing how much he means to her) for her to accept that she's in love with her best friend.
  • A bit of a theme in T. Campbell's comics, especially the women — Liz for Trent Reznor, Teri for Tatanya, Belinda for Liz, Penny for Aggie, Stan for Rich, Meighan for Tim, and Rumy for Ally. According to Word of God, none of these characters (except possibly Stan and now definitely Penny) are bisexual, so there's no need to go there.
  • In DARA Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary this becomes quite central to the story's plot with Erika, an out and proud lesbian, falling in love with a man and having a sexual identity crisis about it. She eventually decides that it doesn't matter and settles for calling herself "queer".
  • El Goonish Shive
    • Susan, who is heavily implied to be asexual and definitely has a heavy aversion to physical contact, develops a confusing crush on her friend Elliot. Note that Susan actually is asexual — or at least, can't imagine herself having sex at all — but is not aromantic. When Diane asks her why she'd never gone on a date, Susan thinks about the subject hard, apparently for the first time in her life; she realizes she finds both Elliot and Catalina attractive, at the very least (they being the two people who she thought about first), and even finds thinking about the two of them 'doing things' to be a turn-on, but gets violently disturbed trying to imagine herself engaged in such acts.
    Susan: (thinking) Sexy Elliot? Good. Sexy. Sexy Catalina? Still pretty good… Huh… Sexy Elliot AND Catalina? YES. ME doing "things" with either or both of them? NOPE.
  • Keti from Footloose for An Calibairne… maybe. She's certainly bothered by being attracted to a girl, but the "creatrices" will rebuke any attempt to label her, and no one else in the strip is surprised.
  • There is an interesting subversion in Friendly Hostility. Collin claims many times he's asexual (he genuinely seems to hate people and can be downright misogynistic at times) and he just likes Fox but later he just realizes he's gay.
  • Grrl Power has succubus Dabbler neutralizing supervillain Jabberwocky with a magic kiss — which also made her obsessed with Dabbler and led to her being restrained in a cell until the spell wore off. As of strip #910 they're still dating, even though Jabberwocky insists she's straight. This probably has something to do with Dabbler being the best kisser on Planet Earth.
  • Possibly Jake English from Homestuck. Despite otherwise seeming to show interest exclusively in women, he decides to give dating his gay best friend a shot.
    • Defied with Dirk's feelings towards Roxy, he does care about her (platonically), and in fact he says he wishes he could reciprocate her feelings, because he can see how much anguish her unrequited crush is causing her, but it just isn't in him to fall in love with a woman.
  • In the now-defunct pornographic webcomic Karabound, the eponymous Kara is a nominally straight woman and sexual submissive who ends up in a BDSM relationship with her female best friend Lexi. It seems that her attraction to Lexi is less to do with gender, and more with having a willing and trustworthy domme. Lexi herself is implied to be a lesbian or bisexual (she had previously experimented with other women) with Kara acting as her Closet Key.
  • In Kill Six Billion Demons, Allison starts out with a boyfriend, and when the devil girl Cio kisses her later, she tells her she's not into women. The fact that Cio isn't a human also gives her pause. Flash forward one year, and Allison and Cio are in a relationship, or at least sleeping together.
  • A running gag in Least I Could Do is that Rayne, the ultimate womanizer, has a long-running crush on Aragorn.
    • Also, a long-running gag on the relationship between Rayne and Noel states that the two, while unabashedly straight, are borderline gay for only each other.
      Noel: Kate asked me if you were my soul mate.
      Rayne: And what'd you tell her?
      Noel: The truth. That yes, you were. And that I was only with her instead of you because she has girl parts.
      Rayne: Sometimes I forget if we're gay or not.
    • Rayne has had other gay encounters, likely meaning he's bisexual.
  • Discussed in Magical Boy: Max, a gay transgender man, laments that his crush, the nice and cute Student Council President Tobi, is probably straight. His best friend Jen suggests that maybe he'll make an exception for Max, but Max isn't keen on the idea since he doesn't want Tobi to see him as a woman. Ultimately Averted, as when Max musters the courage to ask Tobi on a date in the final issue, Tobi does apologetically turn him down and confirm that he is straight.
  • Magick Chicks:
  • Played with in Ménage à 3, though there, characters may be in denial about their bisexual impulses (which are widespread in the comic):
    • DiDi, whose sex appeal verges on the supernatural, seems to induce this in many women. Early on, the straight Sandra seeks to have an affair with her, though that ends badly. Then Sonya (see below) is drawn magnetically to her breasts. Then Peggy, who Experimented in College but who prefers men, very willingly offers DiDi Pity Sex, because with her that's no sacrifice. Later, when Kiley gives her an example of a hypothetical romantic proposition, DiDi is overwhelmed and proposes sex; Kiley accepts, though she hadn't shown any interest in women before.
    • Conversely and ironically, DiDi herself, while sometimes unsure of her own sexuality, mostly pursues men. However, following that incident with Kiley, she decides that she's found the love of her life — and hence that she is now, for practical purposes, a lesbian.
    • After the expert seductress Zii gets the not-very-bright Sonya into bed, the latter spends a lot of time declaring that she's "not a lesbian" (including when Sonya is eating Zii out), but also that her heart belongs to Zii. However, it's obvious to anyone who knows what the words mean that she's functionally bisexual, with Zii as her Closet Key. (She barely seems to have heard of the word herself; when she's reminded of it, she does acknowledge that it might suit her.) How she adjusts her self-image when she starts having sex with other women is unclear (though given that the first other woman in question is her arch-enemy Yuki, there's plenty of scope for weird denial).
    • Back when Angel and Zii were friends, Zii believed that Angel was strictly into women, and she tends to be clear on stuff like that — but then it turned out that Angel was (and still is) obsessed with Jerzy. (Strip #862, March 13, 2014, NSFW.) Ironically, Jerzy says at that point that they were never a couple and their one night together was a mistake (though things get a little bit complicated in that respect in the spinoff comic Sticky Dilly Buns).
  • Several examples in Misfile:
    • Ash is a boy who has suffered a long-term Gender Bender and hates being in a woman's body. Emily is the only person (other than Rumisiel, the angel who accidentally caused this situation) who is aware of Ash's true nature, and she is the only person Ash feels comfortable being intimate (physically or otherwise) with.
      Ash: (to Emily) Whoa, whoa, whoa! Wearing a girly bathing suit in front of you is one thing, but I don't want anyone else there. Especially not guys…
    • The more straight example is Emily's feelings for Ash. The fans were debating for a while whether Emily was either gay or bisexual and possibly in denial about it, but then Emily made the nature of her feelings clear in no uncertain terms.
    • Later on, Missi, who has spent nearly every comic since her introduction pining for Ash, admits that she doesn't even like girls... other than Ash.
  • My Husband Was Actually a Woman: Wafuko is straight but she makes an exception for her cis wife.
  • Agent 300 from Humon's series Niels has two of these. The first one being the title character Niels (whom he flirts with often and even has erotic dreams about early on). The second one being his current boyfriend, although he denies being a true bisexual considering his love for women, the only meaningful relationship he's been in during the series' run is with agent 250.
  • In 1/0, the author made Terra, the sole female character of the cast, a lesbian to prevent any romantic relationships from forming between characters. This didn't stop Terra from falling in love with Zadok and agonizing over whether she's 'allowed' to love him without breaking her established identity.
  • Beth and Trixie in Original Life, at the end of the pornfolio comic they agree that they're not lesbians, and Trixie suggests they do it with one of her sort-of-boyfriends next time.
  • In Pixie Trix Comix, Julian initially identifies as entirely gay. But then he finds himself attracted to Kiley, and they soon begin a satisfactory sexual relationship. This is explained as not so much her being his one exception, as him having a specific typeslim, blonde, and a bit androgynous — which usually draws him to men, but which she also fits.
  • In Scandinavia and the World, Norway seems relatively straight, but it goes out of the way with Denmark, where Norway doesn't mind having sex or being groped by him. There's also his cousin Jan Mayhen.
  • Robin of Shortpacked! described herself as "Straight. With an exception."note  The readers knew this wasn't true, as her first girl-crush was on Amber. Later in the series Robin describes herself as "generally kinda undefinably queer."
  • In SwordCat Princess, Erica displays no romantic or sexual interest in any of the female cast — with the exception of Kathryn, with whom she flirts (musing on Kathryn's "mannish" hands ruining the fantasy end of things for her). They later share a lesbian kiss (and a lesbian much, much more).
  • In TwoKinds, Natani is effectively transgender, having a masculine mentality/self-image of himself due to needing part of his brother's soul patched onto his. Since his brother is a heterosexual male, in his mind, Natani is the same; even though his body suffers reproductive heats that give him strong urges to mate with males, he finds the idea gross on a conscious level. At the same time, though, he has fallen very strongly for fellow adventurer Keith, who is biologically and mentally male. This is giving Natani strong conflicting urges towards him. He seems to be having an easier time of things after reconnecting with a 100% female piece of his soul cut off after his initial injury. Since then, he's more at peace with his female body and urges (and his attraction to Keith).
  • Xing of Witch Hunter is a total ladies man, he is constantly hitting on them, flirting, chasing and taking his shirt off around them. He hates men, actively avoids them and all around wants nothing to do with them... Except for the male lead Tasha Godspell, who he is constantly hitting on and declaring his love for. Even Xing's close servant and bodyguard admits she has no clue what goes through Xing's head about Tasha.
  • Lucas' feelings for Cadugan in Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic seem to fit this trope. It's possible Lucas is bisexual and is only discovering this now as his long-running Slap-Slap-Kiss with Cadugan finally reached its happy conclusion. But he still seems to be attracted to women otherwise. As he tells his father's ghost, "You want to know if I like boys. I don't know. I like that boy. Though I am still interested in women."

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  • OC created by Ming-GID on Deviantart, Culbert Cuthbert is a gay man but he is genuinely in love with and sexually attracted to his girlfriend Kathryn Kline. They loves to engage in bondage together.
  • The Saga of Tuck mostly averts this. Travis is attracted to Valerie, but it's revealed that he thinks she's a transsexual, either post-op or on her way, which would make him straight but unprejudiced (as he knows.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Sara, alias Carmilla, is probably a subversion of this. She only has one male member of her "harem", but that was actually rather unwilling. He tried to rape her... she prevented it by saying 'Okay'. (She'd be a 6 on the Kinsey scale.)
    • Carmilla may not count, since she's basically a demon of lust, and is changing from 'human het male' to 'hot demon babe with lust aura who is still uncomfortable about dating guys' to whatever she'll be in a few centuries.
    • Gateway, AKA Molly. Molly, before meeting Chou, never thought of girls in a romantic way and isn't attracted to girls, apart from Chou.
    • Subversion: Sizzle agreed to help the newly-transformed Jobe work out some of her frustration in exchange for genetically-engineered breasts which would never sag. Unfortunately for poor Darcy, it turns out that sex with Drow is addictive...
    • Zig-zagged a bit with Stronghold and Mega-Girl. When Marty reveals that her apparently gorgeous body is actually a PK shell, and shows Steve her real, still-mostly-male form... he shrugs and says that he loves her anyway. This was a tremendous relief to Megs, of course, but Steve points out that just because he's from Georgia doesn't mean he's prejudiced, and the fact that she was a girl on the inside (and that she would be physically female in a few years) was more important than what her body was like now.
  • Yusketeer members Yusiko and Yukito seem to have this relationship, he has said he would go heterosexual for her.
    "But he told me I WAS SPECIAL!"

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  • In Archer, Ray may be Camp Gay but he's still absolutely willing to sleep with Lana because, as he puts it, "Nobody's that gay."
    • There's also one-shot character Lucas Troy, a friend of Archer's who got his training with ISIS (not that one) only to start working for ODIN instead. Archer still considers Troy a close friend, but Troy has Single-Target Sexuality towards Archer, outright saying that he's not gay for other men when Archer finally confronts him about it. This becomes much Harsher in Hindsight and not at all funny when, at the end of the episode, Lucas makes a Deathbed Confession that once, after a night of hard partying, Archer passed out and Troy raped him.
  • Such a gag ends the 1944 Looney Tunes short I Got Plenty of Mutton: A wolf, having disguised himself as a sexy sheep in order to distract a ram from guarding his flock, finds himself being pursued (a la Pepe le Pew) for most of the cartoon. Finally, the wolf tears his costume off: "I'm a wolf!" The ram's leering response: "So am I!"
  • At least suggested in Futurama for Amy Wong; when she dated Bender, Amy told her parents that she was just in a happy relationship that happened to be robosexual, and rejected the idea that she would be interested in a wine-pouring robot just because it was a robot.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Originally, Smithers. One of the creators referred to him at one point as "Burnsasexual." Thanks to Flanderization, newer episodes depict him as all-out gay, sometimes with camp tendencies. It is implied that he was dating John (from "Homer's Phobia") at some point.
    Burns: Nonsense! Dogs are idiots. Think about it, Smithers: if I came into your house and started sniffing at your crotch and slobbering all over your face, what would you say?
    Smithers: [Beat] If you did it, Sir?
    • Patty Bouvier is a lesbian, but just like her twin Selma, she's got a crush on Angus MacGyvernote , and by extension the actor who plays him, Richard Dean Anderson. Patty also briefly dated Principal Seymour Skinner, but seeing as that was all the way back in Season 2, that can be chalked up to Early Installment Weirdness.

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