Yesterday saw the annual recognition of Bisexual+ Visibility Day, which means it’s time to also celebrate the bisexual+ characters in genre TV. We’ve gathered a semi-exhaustive list of 66 bisexual, pansexual, queer, sexually fluid, and other non-monosexual identified characters. They’ve made us laugh, made us cry, brought us hope, and infuriated us.
Bisexual+ erasure is a massive issue and problematic portrayals abound, but to do better, we have to examine where we’ve come from—the good, the bad, and the cringingly problematic.
(We’ve grouped characters from the same series together when possible.)
Capheus Onyango, Sun Bak, Nomi Marks, Kala Dandekar, Riley Blue, Wolfgang Bogdanow, Lito Rodríguez, and Will Gorski (Sense8)
A cluster of eight Sensates who are psychically connected can travel to one another by sharing their bodies and minds. They sometimes enjoy having passionate orgies while utilizing their abilities and their physical bodies.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 12: “Amor Vincit Omnia”
Captain Jack Harkness, Toshiko Sato, Ianto Jones, Owen Harper, Captain John Hart, Clara Oswald, River Song, and the Doctor (The Whoniverse)
The Whoniverse, which includes Doctor Who and Torchwood, is filled with queer and pansexual characters, which is only natural for shows that explore the outer reaches of human existence throughout both time and space. As for humans, pretty much everyone in the 51st century is pansexual and a few key characters originate from that time including River Song and Captain Jack Harkness, two of the sexiest characters in existence.
Recommended viewing: Doctor Who, Season 1, Episode 12: “Bad Wolf”
Bo Dennis, Tamsin, Vex, and Mark (Lost Girl)
Lost Girl follows Bo Dennis, a bisexual succubus slash demi-goddess, and her merry band of friends as they fight the evils that plague the human and Fae worlds. The entire show is a meditation on bisexuality, belonging, and choosing your family. Despite some problematic moments, the entire series should be considered required bisexual viewing.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 7: "La Fae Époque"
Sara Lance, John Constantine, and Grace Choi (Arrowverse)
Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning each have featured or currently feature bisexual characters who are out and proud. Sara Lance is easily the face of bisexuality within the Arrowverse, and John Constantine and Grace Choi have promising futures in their respective shows. With so many straightwashed superhero depictions out there (I’m looking at you, MCU), it’s refreshing to see bisexual heroes take center stage.
Recommended viewing: Legends of Tomorrow, Season 3, Episode 10: “Daddy Darhkest”
Pam De Beaufort, Tara Thornton, Sophie-Anne Leclerq, and Eric Northman (True Blood)
A handful of vampires in True Blood are ageless, sexy, and bisexual, but the love between Pam De Beaufort and Tara Thornton has got to be the most endearing bisexual connection.
Recommended viewing: Season 5, Episode 12: “Save Yourself”
Quentin Coldwater, Eliot Waugh, and Margo Hanson (The Magicians)
The Magicians is all about sexuality. Well, and magic. So no wonder three of the main students in the Physical Kids crew are bisexual and enjoy a lovely threesome one night. We love you, Quentin, Eliot, and Margo!
Recommended viewing: Season 3, Episode 5: “A Life in the Day”
Jackson Whittemore, Caitlin, and Brett (Teen Wolf)
Teen Wolf can be summarized best by the lyrics to “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock: “Boys becoming men, men becoming wolves.”
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 4: “Abomination”
Oberyn Martell, Ellaria Sand, and Yara Greyjoy (Game of Thrones)
I don’t know if there is a more bisexual quotation than “When it comes to love… I don’t choose sides.” RIP Oberyn Martell, you problematic prince. And when Yara Greyjoy tells Daenerys Targaryen she’s “up for anything,” I’m pretty sure every queer woman in the world swooned.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 3: “Breaker of Chains”
Korra and Asami Sato (Legends of Korra)
Korra is the most recent incarnation of the Avatar, the only one who can bend all four elements. When Korra moves to Republic City to join a pro-bending league she meets a group of new friends including her future (and also bisexual) girlfriend, Asami Sato.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 13: “Last Stand”
Sarah Manning and Delphine Cormier (Orphan Black)
Being an illegal clone doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your sexuality and being a human doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself falling in love with a clone. Orphan Black brings another level of queerness to the screen.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 7: “The Antisocialism of Sex”
Xena and Gabrielle (Xena: Warrior Princess)
If you don’t know about the romance between Xena and Gabrielle, lived out almost entirely in subtext, I feel very sad for you. Their romance and friendship are intoxicating.
Recommended viewing: Season 3, Episode 13: “One Against An Army”
Waverly Earp and Rosita Bustillos (Wynonna Earp)
Waverly Earp is one half of the queer glory that is WayHaught and Rosita Bustillos is a super genius and Revenant. When the two enjoy some champagne and a kiss in a hot tub, Wynonna Earp reaches peak bisexual.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 9: “Forever Mine Nevermind”
Eretria and Lyria (The Shannara Chronicles)
Eretria and Lyria are a ridiculously cute couple and the fact that they’re both bisexual makes them all the cuter.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 4: “Dweller”
Joanna Beauchamp and Isis Zurka (Witches of East End)
Joanna Beauchamp and Isis Zurka prove “bisexual witch” is redundant.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 5: “Boogie Nights”
Toni Topaz and Cheryl Blossom (Riverdale)
As a cheerleader and a Southside Serpent, Toni Topaz is pretty much the best possible match for poor little rich girl-turned-badass queen, Cheryl Blossom.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 15: “There Will Be Blood”
Rose Quartz (Steven Universe)
A powerful alien, rebel warrior, and war criminal, Rose Quartz sets into motion the events of Steven Universe.
Recommended viewing: Season 1, Episode 48: “Story for Steven”
Magnus Bane (Shadowhunters)
Magnus Bane has had centuries to become a remarkably powerful warlock, a true bisexual icon.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 6: “Iron Sisters”
Clarke Griffin (The 100)
Clarke Griffin has saved the world many times despite the cost to herself and others. Honestly, the woman deserves a break.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 13: “Praimfaya”
Felix Gaeta (Battlestar Galactica)
During the absolute death march that is the course of events in Battlestar Galactica, Felix Gaeta tries to be faithful and dutiful, despite the circumstances.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 13: “The Oath”
Inara Serra (Firefly)
As a companion, Inara gets to choose her own clients. And sometimes, she likes to choose sexy older women.
Recommended viewing: Season 1, Episode 6: “Our Mrs. Reynolds”
Nico Minoru (Marvel’s Runaways)
Nico Minoru is a powerful teenage witch on the run from her supervillain parents with her friends and cutie pie love interest, Karolina Dean.
Recommended viewing: Season 1, Episode 9: “Doomsday”
A sexually fluid alien named Chiana, a Nebari, is unusually independent and unusually gray.
Recommended viewing: Season 3, Episode 9: “Losing Time”
Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty)
Being the smartest man in the world seems to come with some fairly interesting sexual appetites.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 3: “Auto Erotic Assimilation”
Susan Ivanova (Babylon 5)
Being first officer of a space station isn’t an easy job, but Susan Ivanova still finds time for extremely tragic love.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 19: “Between the Darkness and the Light”
Barbara Kean (Gotham)
Barbara Kean’s tastes tend toward the iconic, having dated the likes of Renee Montoya, James Gordon, and Tabitha Galavan/Tigress. She’s not exactly a great representation of bisexual folks, but she has some rather impressive moments.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 8: “Pinewood”
Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
He might get adorably awkward around people he finds attractive, but Shinji Ikari sure knows how to pick ‘em.
Recommended viewing: Episode 24: "The Final Messenger"
Claire Bennet (Heroes)
The biggest thing in Claire Bennet’s life was once being a high school cheerleader. But then she finds out she’s nearly invulnerable and sets off on a hero’s journey.
Recommended viewing: Season 1, Episode 17: “Company Man”
Jadzia Dax (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
As a Trill, Jadzia Dax is comprised of a host, Jadzia, and a symbiont, Dax. Given that Jadzia has the combined memories of herself and every other host Dax has joined with, there’s literally no way for her not to be attracted to and hold memories of having been in relationships with multiple genders.
Recommended viewing: Season 4, Episode 6: “Rejoined”
Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer)
I guess even the literal devil is bisexual.
Recommended viewing: Season 2, Episode 11: “Stewardess Interruptus”
Chuck Shurley/Carver Edlund/God (Supernatural)
God, too, it seems.
Recommended viewing: Season 11, Episode 20: “Don’t Call Me Shurley”