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"I was driving over the speed limit on the Taconic Parkway when a state trooper stopped me. He recognized me from television; gave me a warning instead of a summons; then asked, 'That guy in Suddenly, Last Summer; he was a queer wasn't he?' I said yes, and had it not been for the all-powerful Roman Catholic Legion of Decency, the audience would have been let in on the secret."
Gore Vidal, Palimpsest
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When Word of God explains that a character was actually LGBTQ outside of the series, choosing to keep them Ambiguously Gay (at most) in the actual story.

This may be because of Media Watchdogs, local laws preventing stories with gay characters from being sold, or fear of backlash. It can also be due to Conservation of Detail. On the other hand, most readers will assume a character is heterosexual when their orientation isn't developed in text. Thus, this may be a publicity appeal to a gay audience while not upsetting that part of the audience who feels uneasy about this. Or it could just be one big publicity stunt.

To LGBT fans and allies, it can come off as a cop-out: Saying "Oh, guess what? Bob, whom we never hinted about in the slightest? Totally gay!" after the series is safely over is not an adequate substitute for having the courage to actually include LGBT characters. Others, however, don't really mind since it allows the character to be seen for more than just their LGBT status, and avoids stereotypical portrayals or the character being defined by being LGBT and nothing more. It also works well for a series that isn't focused on romance of any kind.

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A Relationship Reveal is often another way to out an ambiguously gay character. See also Homoerotic Subtext.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Attack on Titan: Ymir was announced as gay and in love with her friend Krista on the official site, and according to producer George Wada Krista is in love with Ymir as well. That being said, as of Chapter 107, Ymir was Killed Offscreen and Krista/Historia is pregnant with someone's baby.
  • CLAMP suggested Kamui from X1999 having strong feelings for Fuma in the series' second half but that was left ambiguous.
  • In an interview with Hayao Miyazaki in the book The Art of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Tokuma Shoten, 1996), Miyazaki casually mentions that the villain of The Castle of Cagliostro was "..absolutely a homosexual. But there was no need to show that so [he] didn't."
  • For Yuu Watase, creator of Fushigi Yuugi, the problem isn't that any of the series' characters might have been attracted to a person of the same sex. It's narrowing it down to which ones.
    Arrow: The discussion suddenly turned yaoi.
    Crowd: Yeah!! Yaaaay!
    Watase: I heard there was a Tasuki x Nuriko one, but I want to read a Tasuki x Tamahome.
    Arrow: What in the world was I saying...
    But the truth was I really wanted to see a Nakago x Tamahome fic...but I couldn't say that.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: Word of God says that Sweden is gay, but only for Finland.
  • According to the My-HiME artbooks, Shizuru's love for Natsuki is eventually reciprocated:
    "Ultimately when the Battle had concluded, Natsuki again spoke affectionately to Shizuru who was graduating. Before one is aware, happiness will visit these two..."
Their future incarnations in the Spiritual Successor, My-Otome, are pretty clearly a couple, but it's only stated outright in the Drama CDs released after the series ended.
  • While some other members of the Lyrical Nanoha production crew are infamously dodgy about the subject, according to an interview with director Masaki Tsuzuki (the creator of the Nanoha franchise) and the voice actresses of Fate and Nanoha, they are indeed lesbians, at least in the series' primary continuity. In this article, the two VAs mention that in 10 years since A's, Nanoha will be a housewife for Fate. The original writer, Tsuzuki, also says Vivio "frequently keeps in contact with Fate-mama, as often as contacting the father who works away from home, with a communication tool." Nana Mizuki ups the ante by creating a schedule of Nanoha and Fate's daily routine and she notes that Nanoha and Fate spend time alone with each other every night from 22:00 to 1:00.
  • According to creator Kenichi Sonoda, Rally Vincent of Gunsmith Cats is a celibate lesbian.
  • The creator of YuYu Hakusho, Yoshihiro Togashi, has stated that Sensui and Itsuki are a gay male couple. He experiences as much backlash as he does because the only open affection shown is on Itsuki's part.
  • Both subverted and applied in the superhero show Tiger & Bunny: For all the Ho Yay between the two main characters, the show's creator has stated that any relationship between them is up to the individual fan to decide. On the other hand, the show also features an openly gay black superhero, Fire Emblem, who is confirmed as being agender.
  • While probably obvious given the historical support for it, Gen Urobuchi confirmed that Fate/Zero's Rider — aka Alexander the Great — is bisexual (and would have attempted to bed Sola-Ui and Kayneth if he were summoned by them as they'd intended).
  • The Garden of Sinners: Nasu commented that the first thing Touko Aozaki does upon getting into a new backup body is hunt for pretty girls, confirming earlier implications that she's bisexual.
  • Black Butler creator Yana Toboso has confirmed that Grell Sutcliff is a transgender woman, rather than the effeminate gay man that fans originally perceived her as.
  • Pokémon:
    • The flamboyant Chansey owner in Pokémon Fashion Flash has been confirmed to be gay.
    • Subverted with James. His voice actor from the English dub, in which Dub Text brought the idea up in the first place, says he just doesn't know for sure and doesn't want to use gay stereotypes as evidence.
  • Yuki Yuna is a Hero: Mimori Togo was confirmed in a character booklet to hold deeply romantic feelings for Yuna, confirming most fans' suspicions about her end of their Pseudo-Romantic Friendship.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Homura Akemi is "probably" in love with Madoka according to writer Gen Urobuchi, although he clarified that it's based on a deeply platonic ideal rather than sexual desire.
    Interviewer: Why did you choose to portray a homosexual love?
    Urobuchi: I don't think it is that special — a really strong friendship turns into a love-like relationship without the sexual attraction, in their case.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena:
    • Chiho Saito (the mangaka and one of the writers) has said that people should consider Utena and Anthy to be like a married couple. This becomes especially noteworthy when you consider that Saito had originally been against the idea of Anthy/Utena being a romantic couple.
    • Shiori is hinted to be secretly in love with Juri, though she's in heavy denial over it for a number of reasons. This was ultimately confirmed by Ikuhara in one of the booklets that came with Right Stuf's re-release of the series.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: In Pash Magazine, his biography states that Tsukiyama "loves Kaneki above all other things".
  • Project K: Gora's writer Blue tweeted that Tatara and Mikoto had a "special relationship" that was kept a secret because otherwise it would be considered "unmanly" in their gang.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Araki has said in an interview (look under Eureka 2007) that Dio could go for either men or women. He also confirmed Squalo and Tiziano are gay, and a couple.
  • Resident Evil: Vendetta has Nadia being confirmed to be a lesbian by Fukami Makoto, one of the writers for the movie, in the movie's commentary. Makoto says that he wrote a backstory for Nadia along with saying that she has a partner living in San Francisco.
  • Fairy Tail: In a tweet addressing the Ship-to-Ship Combat surrounding Natsu, Mashima said that he didn't care if fans shipped him with Lucy, Lisanna, or Gray. This indicates that he may think of Natsu as bisexual.
  • Saki: While she didn't clarify any specific examples, Ritz stated in a blog post that not only are "more than half" of the characters lesbians (with about 20% of them being bisexual), but that they are also the children of lesbian couples who conceived them through iPS technology. She also clarified that same-sex marriage is legal in the Saki universe.
  • Great Pretender: While the show makes no effort to hide the fact that Laurent flirts with both men and women, it never actually refers to him as bisexual. The show's creator confirmed in an interview, however, that Laurent is indeed bi, and that he deliberately wanted the audience to wonder what Laurent's true feelings for Makoto are.

    Comic Books 
  • Although the character was portrayed as a "womanizer" in the sixties comics, and would later be given a granddaughter in S.H.I.E.L.D., Stan Lee has said that he thought of "Pinky" Pinkerton, the British member of Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, and a David Niven Expy, as gay.
  • Believe it or not, Wolverine. Chris Claremont has said he thought of Logan as being bisexual. He also said he wanted Mystique and Destiny to be a couple, although that one became official once Marvel felt able to do it.
  • The vain Sunstreaker from the Dreamwave Transformers comics was apparently written as being gay, although (this being a comic aimed at teen fanboys) it was never going to be used in the story itself. Oddly enough, the Ambiguously Gay Tracks was not intended to be gay. What made this a Squick for many TF fans was that the writers pointed to the bio they wrote for Sunstreaker in More Than Meets The Eye. Read without this information, it makes Sunstreaker sound like a vicious assassin who can't switch off when he's around his allies. The Word of Gay turns it into a description of a creepy Depraved Homosexual.
  • Invisible Kid, from the "Reboot" continuity of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Element Lad in the Oneboot was the inverse of this trope — his switch-hitting was an Ascended Fanon after years of rampant fan speculation based entirely (at first) on his pink costume. Fan speculation probably dates back to the 1975 APA article by Jim Shooter where he says that Element Lad might be gay.
  • Shooter would later repeat this in the 1990's Valiant Comics title Harbinger. Peter Stancheck was gay according to Shooter. Although it had never come up in the series, Shooter has said it would have. Especially peculiar as Peter had used his Telepathy to make a girl fall in love with him, making this a very much after the fact revelation.
  • According to David Anthony Kraft, Scorpio (Nick Fury's younger brother Jake) from The Defenders was intended to be a closeted gay man. There were little hints in the issues, such as Scorpio being a fan of Judy Garland and making a comment about a last chance to be "normal."
  • Deadpool faces this controversy. The writer for one of his solo series, Gerry Duggan, has openly stated that Deadpool is pansexual, then adds that he sees Deadpool as "Ready & willing to do anything with a pulse." Then he mentions tweeting and keeping people up to date on Deadpool's "omnisexual exploits." Original co-creator Fabian Nicieza states Deadpool's sexuality changes with his brain, mentioning that due to the constant erratic state his mind is in, Deadpool is, or likes whatever his brain tells him he does in that particular moment, then that moment passes. Despite these statements by two different writers, many fans doubt the sincerity of them because Deadpool has only ever been shown with women.
    • There's definitely a lot of subtext in Cable & Deadpool. For that matter, there's a lot of text. There's also a popular rumor that Fabian Nicieza (who wrote 48 out of the 50 issues) referred to it as a romance story, but no actual proof was ever given to it. Nicieza, though, was asked in an interview once who would he rather have as a roommate, Cable or Deadpool. His answer? Cable, because Deadpool would try to spoon him.
    • Also, Deadpool's feelings toward Spider-Man seem more than platonic. Spider-Man was on his top five free pass list that his wife signed. There are variant covers depicted him trying to kiss Spider-Man. At one point, Spider-Man was rocking his black suit, and in a more merciless mood, and Deadpool replies that he's terrified and turned-on by Spider-Man. Then the final chapter, Spider-Man hugs Deadpool swearing to repay him for a sacrifice made for him. Deadpool ruins the moment with a sexual comment, then it's hinted he also got too excited during the hug.
  • Creator Max Allan Collins had always said that one of the regular cast of Ms. Tree was gay. It was several years before it was finally revealed in-story that it was Mr. Hand.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • Rotor Walrus, according to former head writer Ken Penders. In the "Mobius: X Years Later" story he wrote, Rotor is frequently seen with another scientist echidna named Cobar, who was intended to be his life partner. However, his successor, Ian Flynn, declined to follow up on this, saying he considered it non-canon due to it having essentially no backing in the comic itself, as well as the fact Ken Penders didn't state this until after he had left the comic. On the other hand, nothing in Ian Flynn's run on the comic has contradicted it, either.
    • When the comic was ultimately cancelled, Ian Flynn revealed there was majorly heavy subtext towards two Freedom Fighters in this way — Princess Sally Acorn and Nicole the Holo-Lynx. This can be seen in the Sonic Universe storyline "Spark of Life" with Sally asking Big his opinion on Nicole and smiling warmly at his kind-hearted reply, the flashback to Nicole's first appearance as a hologram, telling Sally she wished to see the stars the same way she did and Sally's impassioned What the Hell, Hero? to Dr. Ellidy. However, Flynn would walk back on this in his podcast.
  • Gail Simone has done this a few times.
    • She's said that she considers Black Canary of Birds of Prey bisexual. She famously wanted to include a line where Canary called herself "75% heterosexual" but due to script confusion and placeholder dialog the line became "heterosexual to the bone" against her wishes. And the version of Canary in the TV adaptation Arrow, while not the same character as in the comics, is explicitly bisexual.
    • She's also stated that there's a bisexual man in the Secret Six. She later revealed on Tumblr that it's Catman, and the next time she used him in a book she planned to make it explicit, since the story arc where she planned to reveal it got Cut Short by the DC relaunch and the cancellation of the book. She even compared this to Dumbledore and how she felt bad about revealing it outside the series, though it wasn't actually her choice. She made good on this promise when the book was relaunched and the first issue shows him on a date with both a man and a woman at the same time.
  • Paul Dini confirmed that Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in Batman are in an on-again-off-again relationship. Given the sheer omnipresence of their Les Yay in every appearance, this was hardly necessary, of course. This became Ascended Fanon in the final arc of Gotham City Sirens, where Ivy finally acknowledged that she has feelings for Harley. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, writers of Harley's New 52 series, reaffirmed that Harley and Ivy are in a relationship, describing them as girlfriends who aren't hung up on monogamy.
  • Depending on the Writer, The Joker. See the relationship between Batman and the Joker in the New 52. Artist Greg Capullo says in an interview with the website Comic Book Resources (29th April 2015):
    "In "Death of the Family," using Scott's [the writer's] words, we had a love story –- Joker loves Batman."
  • Greg Rucka has confirmed that the sexual tension many readers saw between Carrie Stetko and Lily Sharpe in Whiteout was intentional.
  • Several writers have said that they consider Wonder Woman to be bisexual, though it's never been explicitly stated in a story. In fact, her sexuality is usually treated as an Elephant in the Living Room, for she lived on an island with no men for most of her life. Made canon as of DC Rebirth.
  • Triumph from the Justice League was supposed to be a closeted gay man, but Christopher Priest was unable to make it canon because he could never find an appropriate storyline to deal with the subject matter. Though Priest managed to drop a few subtle hints (such as Triumph "jokingly" calling The Ray cute), subsequent writers give him female love interests, and later, an illegitimate son.
  • Don McGregor has said that Taku, a supporting character from his Black Panther run, was gay. He was unable to make this explicit thanks to the more conservative atmosphere of the '70s (though the subtext is definitely there in Taku's interactions with Venomm) but has since confirmed it in interviews. This finally became canon in 2022, when they returned in a Marvel's Voices story as a married couple.
  • Jonathan Hickman revealed in an interview that Stonewall from Secret Warriors was gay. Oddly, the name wasn't intended as a reference — Hickman's said he was unaware that the name Stonewall carried any significance in the LGBT community.
  • James Roberts, writer of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, has confirmed in interviews that Prowl is attracted to Chromedome and implied that the two may have been in a relationship once. This makes a lot of Prowl's behavior seem less like that of a resentful old friend and more like that of a jilted lover who can't let go.
  • Titans writer Devin Grayson has said she considered Roy Harper's daughter Lian to be a lesbian, and that had she gotten to grow up, Roy would've walked her down the aisle at her wedding.
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard writer Al Ewing stated what The Mighty Thor fans always suspected: Loki is bisexual and at least the young one is also genderqueer (this occasionally causes some pronoun confusion on this very wiki, as editors of Ewing's Loki series tend to refer to young Loki as they (Gender-Neutral Writing purposes and also because that Loki tends to not be one of anything) while others go with previous Loki's he). A 2022 Marvel's Voices story reconfirms this and introduces several of Loki's male exes.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics there is a lot of subtext between Dracula and Xander but nothing is ever stated outright. When asked about the nature of their relationship, author Christos Gage (who wrote a Dracula/Xander-heavy arc) said he personally believes Dracula indeed harbors some romantic feelings for Xander.
  • in Albedo: Erma Felna EDF, Toki Zha, the best friend of the titular Erma Felna, is gay for her, by words of her creator Steven A. Gallacci in 2016. Keep in mind Toki being a lesbian was a joke in the fandom since the '80s due to her being a Lovable Sex Maniac, albeit by Word of God, she was this since the very beginning.
  • Amy and Tekno from Sonic the Comic will end up together, according to Word of Dante. The main writer Nigel Kitching and one of the main artists Nigel Dobbyn worked on a Distant Finale called Exit:Sonic for the Fan Sequel Sonic the Comic – Online!. In the future, Tekno and Amy will be raising a son named Johnny together.
  • Paul Allor explains in a Tumblr post that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW) character Sally Pride's last name isn't just a play on the word for a group of lions. Whether future writers will make this a part of her character remains to be seen.
  • Marjorie Liu confirmed that she wrote Iceman as closeted in her run of Astonishing X-Men. Scott Lobdell also confirmed that he wrote Iceman with closeted themes and subtext in his run of Uncanny X-Men. Both of their respective runs took place before it was revealed that the character is gay.
  • Archie Comics: Since the series' inception, Jughead had always been portrayed as the Straight Man counterpart to Archie's Love Makes You Crazy-style heterosexual hijinx, up to and including being far more interested in food than in girls and actively avoiding any attempt by ladies to pair up with him. As the years went on, this characterisation came to be scrutinised in many different ways: was Jughead a misogynist for 'not liking women'? Or was he gay, or even asexual? Even after the introduction of the franchise's first officially gay character in Kevin, Jughead remained ambiguous. In the 2015 revival, it was finally confirmed in text: Jughead is uninterested in romantic relationships because he is asexual, and while it's not stated explicitly, he also very clearly considers himself aromantic as well.

    Fan Works 
  • In the extensive Alternate Universe Fic series Roommates, Bowser Koopa, Jr.'s nerdy brother Iggy Koopa is known to have a girlfriend, but also seems remarkably comfortable with gay topics (even where Rule 34 is involved). When Junior came out of the closet and revealed that Jojo had been his boyfriend, Iggy even affectionately asked which one of them was on top during sex. The Roommates session writer, TreIII, revealed separately that Iggy is straight.
  • The Nuptialverse: According to DarthLink22, Applejack is gay, Rarity, Fluttershy and Cadence are bisexual, and Pinkie Pie is asexual.
  • The Bridge: Tarbtano mentioned in a blog that at least one of the Mane Six is a lesbian or bisexual, but added that it's not important and won't really be brought up in the story.
  • Nihonverse Pocketville: Corgipon has confirmed Eva to be aromantic asexual, and has stated that the reason why she and Daichi got married despite both of them barely showing romantic feelings for each other is because they both love the ceremony and that they want to be best friends forever.
  • Pocketville Lost Diamonds:
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines mentioned in a AN that Melissa, the character of the day who beat Gary in Pokémon's canonical Indigo League, is a trans woman. Given the minorness of the character in the story overall, exploring this in-story would have been rather random. note 
  • TheNamelessDoll:
    • The description to Mercy says that Odette is a biromantic asexual, while Marina is bisexual.
    • In Illuminated, Jane is pansexual and Amelia is lesbian.
    • Anya in To Belong was confirmed as lesbian before it was mentioned in-series.
  • The author of The Supermen has stated on Tumblr that Wesker is bi and was in a relationship with William Birkin. So far this has never been mentioned in the story (partly because Will has been dead for over ten years at the time it's set) but apparently it will be relevant later.
  • When asked if the Scarlet Lady version of Chloé was gay, creator zoe-oneesama said that she was "Money-Power-Fame-sexual"; that is, gender doesn't matter to her as long as the person is rich and famous. She also confirmed that Chloé would have pursued Kagami for this reason had Marinette not befriended her first.
  • The co-author (Green Phantom Queen) for Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus revealed in an AN that Specter is gay and crushes on Ryoken with a later chapter revealing that he's specifically demiromantic (he can't pursue a romantic relationship with someone unless he's had an emotional attachment to them beforehand).
  • The co-authors for The Pokémon Squad confirmed that most of the cast is either gay or bisexual, with the Author Avatars being the exceptions to the rule (RM is Camp Straight, but that's it).
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    Films — Animation 
  • In Coraline, According to Gaiman himself, Miss April Spink and Miss Miriam Forcible are a couple.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Gobber remarks during an argument between Stoick and his wife Valka "This is why I never married. This, and one other reason." It was originally a Throw It In moment by Gobber's voice actor but was eventually backed up by the film's openly gay director Dean DeBlois
  • Downplayed example in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse when co-director Peter Ramsey was asked about the popular fan theory that the film's Aunt May and Dr. Olivia Octavius are ex-lovers, since their mainstream-comic counterparts dated for a time, and in the film Aunt May immediately recognises Dr. Octopus and calls her "Liv" when she turns up to attack the assembled Spider-People at May's house. His response was that "there's a universe where that is true", but he didn't confirm that it was the film's main one.
  • Turning Red: Priya is confirmed to be bisexual after the theaters release. A scene in the birthday party, she is seen dancing with a goth girl.
  • Zootopia: Jared Bush, co-producer of the film, confirmed via Twitter that Pronk Oryx-Antlerson (whom he voiced) is in fact married to Bucky Oryx-Antlerson. This makes this film the first Disney movie to acknowledge the existence of a gay couple. Even before the tweet, it is heavily implied in the movie, due to the fact that they share a last name but are different species.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Gore Vidal intended Messala in 1959's Ben-Hur to be Judah Ben-Hur's former lover, and explained this to Stephen Boyd (Messala), but deliberately did not tell Charlton Heston (Judah), since Heston would not have been receptive to the idea. It was also an example of Enforced Method Acting: one wants to renew the relationship while the other pretends it didn't happen. By not telling Heston, they basically tricked him into performing as a character uncomfortable with the other man by making the actor uncomfortable dealing with the other actor.
  • The Half of It: Among the other gay characters in the story, the briefly seen "Math Class Girl" who compliments Ellie after her talent show performance is confirmed as "a bit baby-dykish.". This was mostly made to show that Ellie could have found her tribe and been happy if she was willing to reach out to people around her.
  • Ghostbusters (2016) cast the openly gay Kate McKinnon as Dr. Jillian Holtzmann, and when asked about it in an interview the director subtly confirmed that the character was also a lesbian and implied that they may have had studio issues with portraying it more openly. It's pretty obvious in the film itself, though, as she's introduced hitting on Dr. Erin Gilbert and spends the majority of her interactions flirting with her (and to a lesser extent the other Ghostbusters). A deleted scene has Holtzmann proudly declare that she and Erin are dating, and when Erin denies it, she's visibly disappointed.
  • Director Louis Leterrier has openly admitted that he intended the protagonist of The Transporter to be gay. Of course, when the franchise was handed over to another director, Jason Statham instantly started making out with girls. This was dropped when Cory Yuen took over as director for part 1, because he gets it on with the girl in that movie, too.
  • The Turning Point: According to the writer, Arthur Laurents, director Herb Ross axed everything indicating Wayne's bisexuality and Michael being gay. Laurents responded by putting all of the material into the novelization.
  • The theatre version of High School Musical confirmed what everyone knew: Ryan Evans is gay. Ryan's actor revealed that he wanted it to be confirmed in the films as well, but the Moral Guardians shut him down. In 2020, director Kenny Ortega revealed that Ryan was “probably going to come out in college”.
  • Lieutenant Hawke, a supporting character in Star Trek: First Contact is revealed to be gay in the book Rogue by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels. Though he does get his own book later on, this fits because there's no hint of his sexual orientation during the movie or any reference to the fact that he's married to a male Trill. Part of the reason the novel made him gay was that there were plans to make him the first mentioned gay character in Star Trek, but those plans were scrapped early in production.
  • Sulu in Star Trek Beyond, as a tribute to his original actor George Takeinote . He has a husband and a daughter, but his appearance with them onscreen is only seconds long and his interaction with his husband is so chaste that the nature of their relationship could easily be interpreted as brothers, and it isn't explicitly stated that they're married in dialogue. His sexual orientation is really only confirmed in publicity for the film.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Tim Curry always said that Dr. Frank N. Furter was pansexual, though the movie does make it obvious that he's bi. Some of the draft scripts for unmade sequels would have said that Brad and Dr. Scott turned gay shortly after the first movie.
  • Florence Foster Jenkins: Simon Helberg confirmed he played Cosmé McMoon, the titular character's pianist, as gay and researched pre-World War II gay life while preparing for the role. There is no indication of the character's sexuality in the film other than Helberg's slightly effeminate portrayal, and little is known of McMoon's real-life sexuality other than he never married nor had children.
  • The Haunting (1963): Theodora was clearly marked as a gay character except it was never stated. When later asked about it, both Director Robert Wise and her actress Claire Bloom were perfectly clear that she was a lesbian, and the only reason it was left unsaid was that it was made in 1963.
    [Theo and Nell had been arguing over Nell's growing crush on Dr. Markway]
    Theo You poor stupid innocent.
    Nell: I'd rather be innocent than like you!
    Theo: Meaning what?
    Nell: [scoffs] Now who's being stupid and innocent? You know perfectly well what I mean.
    Theo: Is this another one of your crazy hallucinations?
    Nell: I'm not crazy!
    Theo: Crazy like a loon! You expect me to believe you're sane and the rest of the world is mad?
    Nell: Why not? The world is full of inconsistencies. Unnatural things, "Nature's mistakes", they're called... you, for instance!
    [Theo recoils in shock, is about to say something when they are interrupted.]
  • Jennifer's Body: Megan Fox revealed in a later interview that she played the title character as a closeted lesbian. In the film itself, Jennifer's relationship with the Final Girl Needy is portrayed as filled with Homoerotic Subtext (including a very lengthy make-out session), but how much of this is Jennifer and how much is her Demonic Possession is never spelled out.
  • According to Elliot Page in an interview, his character Juno as well as most of the other characters he's portrayed in films turned out to be lesbians.
  • In Whip It, Ari Graynor said she played her character Eva Destruction as a lesbian seductress.
  • Robert Carlyle believes that his Begbie character in Trainspotting is secretly gay and in love with Renton because he can't understand why else a man who hates drugs would hang around with an addict and follow him to London and also because he doesn't beat or kill the woman he gets off with who turns out to be a man.
  • George Clooney has claimed that he deliberately played Batman to be gay in Batman & Robin.
  • Tessa Thompson says that she played Valkyrie as a bisexual woman in Thor: Ragnarok, and that she considered the female warrior who sacrificed her life to save her in a flashback to be Valkyrie's lover. A scene showing a woman leaving Valkyrie's bedroom on Sakaar (implying they'd had sex) was shot but ultimately cut from the film.
  • Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan said within days of the film opening that Lando Calrissian is pansexual. Funnily, Billy Dee Williams reached a similar conclusion in 2013, where he suggested that Lando was wearing Han's clothes in a scene of Return of the Jedi because he'd put them on in the dark after a one-night stand.
  • Charlie Day confirmed in several interviews that he played Newt in Pacific Rim as being in love with fellow scientist Hermann.
  • Viggo Mortensen said he played Tex Sawyer Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III as gay.
  • Ryan Reynolds has said that he considers his Deadpool to be pansexual, like the comics version.
  • Charlie's Angels (2019): Elizabeth Banks has confirmed Sabina's gay. She and Kristen Stewart felt it was important to show, as Stewart previously had been told not to be too "public" about being bisexual for her career (however, it was still only an implied sexuality).
  • Director Todd Phillips has said that Alan from The Hangover is asexual though he ends up getting married in the third movie.
  • In 2009, Molly Ringwald told Time Out that Jon Cryer's character Duckie in Pretty in Pink was gay.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter has Albus Dumbledore. J. K. Rowling revealed he was gay after the end of the series, and as a result of a fan asking her if he'd ever found love himself. He kept out of romantic relationships and such because he once fell for a man and neglected his family, resulting in horrible consequences and the death of his sister (and that's not even getting into the fact that said man was Gellert Grindelwald, who would go on to become the equivalent of Wizard Hitler, as the previous Dark Lord before Voldemort). Essentially, Dumbledore is gay, but a Celibate Hero. During a scriptwriting meeting for one of the Harry Potter films, she handed back a script page in which Dumbledore spoke about a girl he "knew" once with a note saying "He's gay!" Enforced for books prior to the sixth: before it was repealed in 2003 (2000 in Scotland), the notorious homophobic law Section 2A to the Local Government Act 1986 (popularly known as "clause 28") forbade local authorities from "promoting homosexuality", which in practice was interpreted as banning any books containing sympathetic gay characters from state school libraries.
  • Shallan from The Stormlight Archive has been confirmed bisexual by the author, and Renarin Kholin has been confirmed to have feelings for fellow Bridge Four member R'lain.
  • Gene and Finny from A Separate Peace. The author was widely regarded to be closeted and did not acknowledge the same-gender romance in the story until he was in old age.
  • Reggie Hodfaster from Lovesick was reportedly in love with his very straight best friend, Monti. However, this is hinted at early on and doesn't surprise many.
  • Theo in The Haunting of Hill House is as ambiguously gay as her film counterpart, if not more so. Among other things, the book goes out of its way to avoid clarifying the gender of her lover back in the city, to the point that the omission itself speaks volumes. However, author Shirley Jackson's copious notes during her writing process state Theo was definitely a lesbian, but that Jackson deliberately kept the matter uncertain to give Theo's interactions with Eleanor more tension, since the reader would never know if there was an element of sexual pursuit.
  • Given that many of Tamora Pierce's works were edited down to children's literature from more adult versions (or have changed over the course of the series in order to cater to a slightly older readership), there's quite a lot of this.
    • Lalasa in Protector of the Small was a lesbian, but Pierce didn't think it was important enough to put into the books. There is quite a bit of subtext around her and her "friend" Tian, though.
    • In the original drafts of Song of the Lioness, Thom and Roger had a more explicitly sexual relationship. The subtext is still there in the final version, though, what with the living together and dangerous codependency.
    • In Pierce's Circle books, Lark and Rosethorn were revealed late in the series to be lovers. Daja came out in The Will of the Empress; this makes sense since, in the early books, she was nine. And she herself was discovering it for the first time in The Will of the Empress.
    • Online, Pierce actually wrote about experiences she had with a number of fans that caused her to move away from Word Of Gay and really push herself and her publisher to put more obviously LBGTQ characters in her stories. They were so moved and thankful for her occasional lines and sub-text about these characters that she felt obligated to put more emphasis on the topic.
    • While Okha the trans woman from Bloodhound is referred to with male pronouns in the story, Pierce has also clarified several times that she should be referred to with female pronouns, and the use of male pronouns for her is Deliberate Values Dissonance.
    • Alanna from Song of the Lioness has been confirmed as genderfluid on Twitter.
  • Author, Austin Grossman says Feral from Soon I Will Be Invincible is gay. There was a cut subplot about how a Beast Man with animal desires struggles to find love in a world populated by regular humans.
  • In His Dark Materials, it's briefly mentioned that there is a small minority of people whose daemons are the same gender as themselves, but no explanation is given for it. When a fan asked Philip Pullman if it meant those people were gay, Pullman replied that he hadn't thought about it, but he liked that reasoning. It does raise some questions about bisexuals, however. Maybe their daemons can be either sex?
  • Tom and Carl, the two local Advisory Senior wizards from Young Wizards. It was confirmed as of this blog post, where Duane reveals that they (the real-life Tom and Carl) were indeed a gay couple, but for the sake of their privacy and careers it was kept quiet, with her only confirming it following the real-life Tom's death. She left it ambiguous though as to whether their fictional namesakes will ever follow suit.
  • The Camp Half-Blood Series:
    • A variant appears in The Heroes of Olympus, in which the character in question is explicitly LGBT+, but their sexuality isn't stated in-story. Nico di Angelo is revealed to have a crush on Percy Jackson and eventually gets a boyfriend in Will Solace. According to Rick Riordan, Nico is only attracted to men.
    • Riordan said on Twitter that he wrote Reyna Ramírez-Arellano to be a romantic asexual.
  • The author of The Wicked Years has said that he purposely hinted on "something" involving Galinda and Elphaba. What this "something" is, he said he "doesn't know". The musical adaptation is more clean cut about this, with many actors saying that this was a romance play and it even being said that some of the songs were based off cliche love lyrics. Gregory eventually said directly that Glinda and Elphaba had a love affair.
  • According to George R. R. Martin, Jon Connington's feelings for Rhaegar Targaryen from A Song of Ice and Fire were a little more than just brotherly.
  • A fan interview with the authors of Havemercy has revealed the airman Luvander to be gay — and most of the airmen are gay or bisexual.
  • California Diaries has Ducky, who at best is Ambiguously Gay throughout the series (he shows no interest in dating girls, his female friends are all thirteen years old and platonic, and at one point he borrows a bunch of books by famous LGBT authors) but ghost-writer Peter Lerangis confirmed in response to a fan on Twitter that Ducky was gay.
  • Even though Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves is about gay people there still manages to be a character fitting this trope. Holger is never said to be gay though there are some things that hint at it. Author Jonas Gardell has confirmed that he is a closeted gay and essentially represents what Rasmus' life would have been if he hadn't dared to come out as gay.
  • Word of Weber is that Admiral Mark Sarnow, for whom Honor Harrington served as flag captain in The Short Victorious War, is gay and married. The character being rather busy at the time dealing with the rapidly-developing Havenite war, this doesn't show up in the narrativenote . He apparently also enjoys needlepoint, when he isn't busy with the more traditional Manticoran practice of throwing scads of missiles at his kingdom's enemies.
  • Averted with Murky of the Origami Yoda series. He was bullied because some kids thought he was gay, and naturally, people asked author Tom Angleberger if he was actually gay. Angleberger said that he didn't know, because Murky probably wouldn't figure out his sexual orientation until high school, and he was only in middle school.
  • Neil Gaiman stated on his blog that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible from Coraline are in fact a couple.
  • Robin Stevens, author of the Wells and Wong mysteries, has stated that there is some level of romantic tension between Daisy and Hazel (despite both being canonically attracted to boys) because their relationship is based on that of Holmes and Watson.
  • Rachel "Kata Cthonia" Alexander stated on Tumblr that in Receiver of Many, most of the Gods are bisexual, Athena is Asexual, and Artemis is ace/aromantic (the as-of-yet unseen Hestia is ace/aro as well). Hades, Persephone, Hephaestus, and Hera are demisexual.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • According to Vicky, Ravenpaw and Barley are a committed couple.
    • According to Vicky, Mousefur is asexual.
    • According to both Vicky and Kate, Firestar's father Jake and Talltail were in love. According to the publisher though they are Good Friends.
    • According to Vicky, Littlecloud “wasn’t into she-cats”, which implies that he was either gay or ace.
    • Supposedly according to one of the authors, Leafpool had a crush on Mothwing when they were younger.
  • Michael Grant has stated on twitter that Marco from Animorphs is bisexual.
  • Derek Landy has said that most mages in Skulduggery Pleasant are bisexual and quoted "There IS no straight when you're 400 years old". Has also said that the series protagonist, Valkyrie Cain is predominantly straight but might be open to experimenting. These are confirmed In-Universe in the revived Phase 2 series with Valkyrie having having a girlfriend and it being mentioned that mages usually start to experiment after a few centuries.
  • Tonker and Lofty were confirmed to be a couple in Monstrous Regiment. It was blazingly obvious in the source material, but the viewpoint character (who actually realized they were together before she realized they were both women) was completely unable to process the concept and chose not to acknowledge it.
  • While the subtext between them is about as subtle as an air horn, Thirteen Rising (the final book in The Zodiac Series) never explicitly states that Ophiuchus and Aquarius were lovers. Their relationship was confirmed by the author having reblogged a few Tumblr posts shipping the two.

    Toys 
  • Monster High creator Garrett Sander confirmed that numerous characters were meant to be LGBTQ+ (often hinted at in their diaries) and supported various other LGBTQ+ interpretations; this included Clawdeen Wolf (lesbian), Finnegan Wake (pansexual), Neighthan Rot (unconfirmed, suspected to be bi/pan), Kieran Valentine (gay and struggling with internalized homophobia), Kiyomi Haunterly (lesbian), Kala Mer'ri (bi/pan), and Gilda Goldstag (trans).

    Radio 
  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne of The Goon Show. It was never mentioned on air because being gay was illegal in Britain in the 1950s, although Peter Sellers often played him as very camp. He was "outed" in the official biography in the first volume of Goon Show Scripts, c. 1972.

    Theater 
  • In the musical Hamilton, during the song "My shot", Alexander Hamilton tells new friend John Laurens "Laurens, I like you a lot". Creator Lin Manuel Miranda (who also plays Alexander), confirmed that this line was supposed to imply that Laurens and Hamilton were in fact more than friends. Historians have speculated to this effect, especially using letters that could easily be viewed as romantic. [1]
  • Be More Chill writer, Joe Tracz confirmed that the removal of Michael's girlfriend from the book and other references to him liking girls in the musical was intentional.

    Web Animation 

    Webcomics 
  • Ava's Demon zig-zags this trope, revealing in-comic that Odin's sister has a girlfriend, while Gil is presented as Ambiguously Gay with the author confirming his orientation, and Ava is as yet a matter of Word Of Bi.
  • The author of Megatokyo infamously said one of the regular characters (without saying which) was gay. Just who has sparked enough debate to become a Running Gag on the forums. The most popular theory says that it's Sayuri.
  • Same with General Protection Fault, although not going quite as far.
  • There's been hardly any debate at all since T Campbell said two of the new AEGIS recruits in Fans!! were bisexual. This is probably because there's no shortage of gay and bisexual characters in the rest of the cast. It's also his word that outed Guth, after a half-joking comment followed by an off-panel discussion.
  • In a conversation about the Depraved Bisexual trope, T Campbell talked about how it wasn't necessarily bad, especially if "played against non-depraved bisexuals or non-depraved people with bisexual leanings, like Penny and Aggie." The fans, naturally, pounced, although T didn't feel like he was revealing anything new (at a point where Penny was barely in denial, but a case could still be made for Aggie being straight).
  • In reply to fan's confusion, Darqx, author of Hedone High, declared that the drug dealer Izm is bisexual. However, his best friend A.E.D hasn't been touched on. Except for when she said that if he dated anyone, it would be Izm.
  • From A Day of Lucy, The creator said this in one of the comments about Natalie.
  • Subverted in Las Lindas. Despite the vast amount of subtext, SoulKat has stated that Tootsie is not gay, and in fact, merely wishes Alejandra were a man. SK has also stated that there has never been, nor will there ever be, any gay characters in the comic. In the bonus comics on site, however, several if not all of the characters are now gay/bisexual, though this is expressly stated to be fanservice and not canon.
  • Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has Ples, whom Tessa has stated to be gay, though it's never come up. Him being old enough to be most of the other characters' dad and insane besides.
  • In Homestuck, basically Everyone Is Bi, so a few characters (Kanaya, specifically) were confirmed to be exclusively gay this way. Andrew Hussie would subsequently confirm that Sollux is trans.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Downplayed with Bandana. Though the author included a moment in the story where she mentioned an ex-girlfriend, he had to confirm on the forums that she was a lesbian rather than bisexual.
    • Vaarsuvius was implied to be genderqueer within Book 5's author commentary, but then it was solidly confirmed during Rich Burlew's first Patreon Q&A. He added V would never actually identify that way because Elves don't really have gender categories anyway.
  • The creators of Star Power intentionally left most of the character's sexual orientation revelations like this, under the idea of developing them as characters first.
  • Word of God from David Willis was that he hasn't changed the sexuality of any characters between the Walkyverse and Dumbing of Age. He later confirmed that this does indeed mean Walkyverse's Danny is bi, he just took even longer to realise it.
  • For Pride Month, 2018, Sleepless Domain author Mary Cagle tweeted artwork of her LGBTQ characters with their relevant Pride flags. Transgender for Zoe, Gay Pride for Team Melty, and Pansexual for Outrageous Lime. Zoe had already been confirmed shortly before this art was posted while Melty Flame and Melty Frost were Sickeningly Sweethearts from moment one. Outrageous Lime, however, has only been seen or mentioned a few times, with only two related to her sexuality. The first was surprise that she had a boyfriend ("As in a boy boy?") and, on first seeing Heartful Punch and Undine together, remarking "So that was your type", prompting HP to hastily try and change the subject while Lime brushes it off because "she has a guy now".
  • Yokoka's Quest: The monthly wallpaper for Pride Month 2020 features Yokoka with a bisexual pride wristband, Grace (who had already mentioned her sexuality in the comic already) with an asexual pride wristband, Mao with a gay pride pin, and Copycat with an intersex pride flag wristband (the Cast page lists him as "androgynous"). The background has a prominent rainbow for good measure.

    Web Original 
  • James Toranaga of Touch (2017) has been explicitly confirmed to be gay by the author. It is unlikely, however, that his sexuality will be kept ambiguous for very long in-story, as the work spends a lot of its time dealing with the ways in which James' experience of molestation complicates the feelings he has towards his developing orientation.
  • Although Raimi makes snarky allusions to it, the only confirmation of Benjamin Palmer of Broken Saints being a gay pedophile is in the DVD Commentary, by writer Brooke Burgess. Also, Raimi himself is implied to be bisexual (or of "ambiguous sexuality") in another commentary track by Burgess.
  • When Geoff Ramsey, one of the makers of Red vs. Blue and voice actor of Grif, was listing some of the things the casual fan would not know about Grif in a podcast, he finished with 'And he's secretly in love with Simmons.' He then added that it was probably obvious anyway.
  • Cecil of Welcome to Night Vale is certainly queer, considering that he announces his massive crush on the very male Carlos the Scientist in the first episode, but the series' creators still took the time to explicitly confirm that he does identify as gay. So does Carlos the Scientist, and they eventually become the show's Official Couple... without any in-universe discussion of their sexuality. Cecil confirms he is gay in episode 108, but Night Vale doesn't care about sexuality.
  • A fair amount of Doug Walker's To Boldly Flee commentary is confirming that One True Pairing Zod/Terl was intentionally written as a married couple. He's also stated for the record that Donnie/Yo/Egoraptor in Demo Reel was a genuine Love Triangle and not just a queerbait joke.
  • The Adventure Zone:
    • This was the case for a while when Justin McElroy originally said that his character, Taako, was gay, but that he didn't feel comfortable making it explicitly canon, as the characters are often farcical and he didn't want to accidentally make Taako into an offensive stereotype. However, this began to change with episode 50, which saw Taako going on a date with Kravitz, a (male) Grim Reaper with whom he'd had light Ship Tease in an earlier arc, and his sexuality has continued to receive quiet nods within canon since then.
    • Sloane and Hurley, two major characters from the "Petals to the Metal" arc, were confirmed to be a romantic couple despite it not being explicit within canon. The podcast has since moved away from this method of writing LGBT characters and has begun including more unambiguously canon representation.

Alternative Title(s): Word Of Straight

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