SPOILER WARNING: Minor spoilers were unavoidable while discussing some of the properties below.
Bisexuality Visibility Day is here, and it’s time to celebrate some of the most lovable bisexual characters in science fiction and fantasy!
Bisexual folks are one of the oft-forgotten and frequently dismissed members of the LGBTQ community. According to the annual media report released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Where We Are on TV, depictions of bisexual characters in TV series are on the rise, but bisexuals are often portrayed using harmful stereotypes. Thankfully, that’s not always the case. Here are a handful of the best depictions of bisexual folks in TV (and other media).
Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley)
Tara, Sookie Stackhouse’s best friend in True Blood, was a sort of average human for most of the story, albeit a totally badass survivor of abuse. In the series, the world changes forever when vampires come out of the casket due to the creation of synthetic blood. Tara despises vampires and basically spends four seasons trying to keep Sookie and herself out of mortal danger. Most of her partners we see on screen are men, but after she becomes a cage-fighter (what any reasonable person would do in her situation), she dates another female fighter.
When she is fatally wounded by accident (by someone who is trying to kill Sookie, of course), her friends beg a vampire, Pamela Swynford De Beaufort, another bisexual vixen, to turn her before it’s too late. Thus, Tara the vampire is born. She imprints on her maker, who becomes her lover. The couple is a double vampire, double bisexual love fest that is delightful to watch.
Of note is the fact that many of the vampires in the show are bisexual, including main hottie Eric Northman. Some speculate that given the lengths of their lives, the vampires in True Blood find human notions of sexuality laughably simple.
What’s to love: Tara is a strong-as-hell survivor of abuse before she’s turned into a vampire. Once she’s rocking fangs, she is stronger and quicker than other vampires her age, even using her abilities to save her lover, Pam, from vampire zealots. She’s brave, badass, and bisexual.
John Constantine (Matt Ryan)
Constantine is a foul-mouthed, quick with a punch or a one-liner, British demon hunter/exorcist in the DC comics universe. Friend of the Swamp Thing and general doer of some good-ish deeds, Constantine is more and less out, depending on the depiction. An anti-hero, Constantine packs one of the most unique toolboxes of dark magic powers.
The eponymous TV show ran for one season, and in it, a sanitized version of Constantine gets about his usual business (if in a much less gruff way). Other depictions of Constantine, most notably the movie featuring Keanu Reeves, also straight-wash the character, but in the 2015 comic book arc, Constantine: The Hellblazer, he is comfortable with his sexuality. In fact, we see our favorite demon-destroying loud mouth reminisce on old sexy-times with Blythe, a female demon with some sketchy powers, and date Oliver, an average dude with two daughters and a thing for blond Brits.
What’s to love: Constantine is just so damn relatable. He hates himself (don’t we all?) and wants only to protect the people he cares for from the dumpster fire that is his life. He is largely unsuccessful in this pursuit, and that’s part of why we love him.
Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor)
In The 100, the world has been destroyed by nukes and humanity survives on an amalgamation of space stations called the Ark. When the leaders realize the Ark is running out of air, they send 100 juvenile offenders to see if the planet is now livable (rational). What proceeds is a Lord of the Flies meets Mean Girls, except no one is laughing because SURPRISE, people survived nuclear holocaust on earth (they’re called Grounders). Turns out, they aren’t much happy with the Sky People, and the hits just keep on coming for Clarke and her crew.
At first, Clarke falls for a boy from the original 100 named Finn, who she later has to kill because he killed a bunch of Grounders. In the aftermath of this loss, and in the midst of a war brewing, Clarke kisses Lexa, political rival and child-ruler of the Grounders. Their sexual tension is ongoing, until they have sex, and then… someone dies (hint: it’s not Clarke). Earlier in the show, we also see a hair-dyed Clarke, post committing genocide, sleep with a female Grounder who runs a trading post.
What’s to love: Clarke thrives in a post-apocalyptic world where most children are chewed up and spit out. She defends her people fearlessly, even at the cost of her soul. Despite her teenage tantrums, she is a powerful, decisive character who loves with her whole heart. D’aw.
Sara Lance (Caity Lotz)
Frequently dead Sara Lance is a highly skilled assassin-turned-superhero vigilante-turned-time-traveling captain of an impossible ship. Sara is an average college student, sleeping with her sister’s boyfriend, Oliver Queen. That all ends when the two are doing the nasty on a yacht that sinks. Sara eventually makes her way into the ranks of the League of Assassins and serves them faithfully until a human-made earthquake rocks her home. She returns to check on her family and encounters her old lover, Oliver, who is now the Green Arrow, a vigilante playboy.
Sara’s lover from the League of Assassins, Nyssa al Ghul, tracks her down and they exchange a passionate kiss in front of Oliver. Nyssa leaves, and Sara and Oliver start at it again. Then they stop, and shortly thereafter, Sara dies.
Yes. Sara dies. But, don’t worry. A magical hot tub owned by the League of Assassins brings a feral Sara back to life. She is eventually healed and recruited to travel through time with a bunch of other has-beens (though most of them haven’t been dead) to fight an ageless bad guy in the spinoff show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. As she travels through time, Sara heats things up with a male teammate, a closeted female nurse, the queen of Austria, and Guinevere of Lance-A-Lot fame.
What’s to love: Sara fights with grace in a ridiculous outfit. She is openly bisexual, frequently pursuing female characters. Moreover, only when Sara rises to captain of the ship (and the show) does her time-traveling team actually start to come together. She commands with grace, humor, and a very sexy pout.
Bo Dennis (Anna Silk)
Bo is an ass-kicking succubus in Lost Girl. She lives in a present much like ours, except there are magical beings, called the Fae (well, and a boat-load of other mythological things) who rule everything behind the curtain. Bo has spent her life accidentally killing people she sleeps with (because, duh, that’s how a succubus feeds), when she runs afoul of the cops, who turn out to be undercover Fae. One of the cops, Dyson, is really a shapeshifting Fae that Bo ends up dating on and off. He introduces her to the Fae, and she meets human doctor, Lauren, who Bo also ends up dating on and off.
Probably the most sexuality-bending episode of Lost Girl takes place in Season 4: “La Fae Époque.” Bo’s current lover, Dyson, is being charged with committing treason and murder in 1899, because Dyson is really old. To find Dyson’s alibi, Bo goes into his memories and relives that fateful day. Things get really weird when Bo’s subconscious projects familiar faces onto people in Dyson’s memory. Bo herself walks around as Dyson, while her ex-girlfriend shows up in the role of Dyson’s memory-time love interest. Trust me. You want to see this episode. It’s mind-bending bisexual fun.
What’s to love: Bo is the definition of a bisexual hero. She is the strongest character in the show, by far, defying all expectations. She fights the literal devil (Hades) and loves both her former (and sometimes current) lovers without equivocation. Her sexuality feeds her powers and some would argue her superpower is her bisexuality. All hail the queen!
Waverly Earp (Dominique Provost-Chalkley)
Waverly Earp from Wynonna Earp gets an honorable mention because the audience doesn’t know what her sexuality is. She used to date a man, but when she meets Officer Haught (it works, trust me), she realizes she just might have a queer bone in her body. The two go on to date and are basically the cutest couple ever. They navigate homophobia and sexism together, becoming an essential part of the team led by Wynonna, heir to the Earp Curse. Whether or not Waverly is bisexual, she’s worth celebrating as a young woman coming out in a small town while also fighting demons.