When it comes to representation of sexuality on TV you usually get a dose of the two ends of the spectrum: straight or gay. But what about the people who fall in the middle? Bisexuality is often ignored on television in favor of a more "black and white" narrative, but let's be real — sexuality is anything but black and white! There is so much nuance to how people fall in love and who they fall in love with! These bisexual TV characters bring representation to an oft-overlooked group of people. If television wants to be inclusive it needs to be inclusive of everyone — LGBT & Q!
There are so many bisexual TV characters making television a more accepting place. More than you even think! No longer is it taboo to create characters who act like real people and have complex relationships. Some people don't fall neatly into a box, preferring to blur the lines and explore. These bisexual TV characters push the limits of sexuality on television and normalize something that is totally natural!
Sure, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) hasn't exactly come out on the show. But she's exhibited all the signs and an actor on the show confirmed that she was "super bisexual"! While we know she loves men, she hasn't been shy about loving women also! Throughout the series, we've seen Eleanor aggressively flirt with Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and refer to her beauty constantly. That's not just for laughs — she has confirmed she's legit into Tahani! The amazing thing is that her bisexuality has never been formally "announced" because it's just there, a part of Eleanor that doesn't define her but exists naturally. It's not some remarkable trait that needs to be defined. It's who she is!
Yara (Gemma Whelan) is one of the few females in the Iron Islands but she's arguably the most badass. She does what her brother cannot and commands ships and armies to follow her lead. Plus, she has swagger for days. But the part we love about her the most is her fluid sexuality. She is down for anything, anytime, anywhere. It doesn't matter if it's a man or woman — or both! Yara is completely open to embracing whatever she's feeling at one time. In a show where everyone is so concerned with politics and war, Yara is just out here having fun and living her best life. Considering the amount of sex the people of Westeros are having, we wouldn't be surprised if there were more queer TV characters floating around on Game of Thrones!
Gob (a.k.a George Arthur Bluth, Jr.) is known for his womanizing ways. So, it was a bit of a surprise to the audience (and to Will Arnett/Gob himself) when he began a relationship with a man. He initially attempts to seduce Tony Wonder (Ben Stiller) as a way to sabotage his magic career, but they end up developing real feelings for each other. They even sleep together! Sure, they're tricked into it. But their relationship was heading that way due to the deepening of their feelings for each other. While the relationship is played for laughs, it does depict something that's incredibly true to life. Many people don't realize their fluid sexuality until they find that they have feelings for someone of a gender different than what they've always preferred. Sometimes life takes you by surprise!
Dealing with curiosity and questions about your sexuality as a teen can be scary. It's hard to feel like you're different from everyone else. That's why Brittany (Heather Morris) is such an important portrayal of teen bisexuality. She is 100% unashamed of her sexuality. She freely admits that she likes boys and girls and has serious relationships with both throughout the series. It's refreshing to see a teen who is assured in who she is and shows the world that you don't need to be afraid to be yourself. It can be so hard to navigate high school with judgy teens and hormones raging. But Brittany provides hope that embracing who you are will always be the right choice!
Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) is a bisexual woman of color represented on TV, which we so rarely see portrayed. This kind of representation is so rare that it has to be cherished! The badass lawyer knows her sexuality inside and out and not only embraces it but uses it often to get what she wants. If a man can do it, why can't a woman?! Another character on the show has even remarked that many people know their sexuality... and then they meet Kalinda. She's confident, sexy, and in tune with her body in a way that women aren't usually allowed to be on television. Kalinda is fearless AF and one of our fave bisexual TV characters.
How do we know Pam (Amber Nash) is bisexual? Well, she's had sex with all of her co-workers — male and female. Plus, she's super open about being down for whatever, whenever, with whoever. Not only is she a bisexual TV character, but she's a plus-size female character that is sexually bold, has a rich life outside of work, and proves constantly how fearless she is. When the series begins, it's easy to paint Pam as a stereotypical "promiscuous fat girl," as if she's acting outrageously to be liked. But, no, that's just who she is! Her bisexuality isn't some trope to get attention. It's one of the many facets of Pam Poovey!
The reveal that Annalise (Viola Davis) had a previous relationship with a woman could have been just that: a reveal. But, instead, the show took care with the storyline and developed Annalise's bisexuality. It's easy to think that on a show like this (one completely centered on drama), a bisexuality storyline would just be used as a plot twist. Instead of its purpose being solely for shock-factor, it was a new facet of the lawyer's personality and new insight into her life before the show began. Her previous relationship is brought into the present day and viewers are introduced to more sides of Annalise than they had ever seen before. Not only does her bisexuality round out her character, but it brings out to best in her — a vulnerable, softer side to a woman who had been portrayed as so guarded the entire series.
Elizabeth (Lady Gaga) is basically the most seductive woman on the planet in the American Horror Story universe. She's open for all types of interactions and doesn't hide the fact that her sexuality is multifaceted. Will (Cheyenne Jacksons), on the other hand, is sure he's gay. Despite some type of sexual encounter with a woman that bears him his child, he's pretty assured that he's a gay man. Until he meets the Countess. She seduces him pretty easily and soon the two are wed, opening Will's eyes to the flexibility in his sexuality. Sure, it's a supernatural story. But the two are still portraying bisexual TV characters who challenge the norm!
Paige (Lauren Collins) is the stereotypical popular mean girl when we first meet her. She's presented as the "Queen Bee" but we quickly learn there is much more to her than that. Though she primarily dates men, the viewers eventually learn that there is much more to her sexuality than meets the eye. She begins to explore herself when she meets Alex (Deanna Casaluce). The two become friends while working together and gradually develop feelings towards one another, culminating in a relationship. Dating someone of the same gender was new for both of them and showed a true-to-life exploration of the messiness and complexities associated with burgeoning bisexuality.
Petra (Yael Grobglas) is the type of character you love to hate. She can be loathsome, but she's also layered in ways that make you eager to understand her and always interested in what she's going to do. So, when she meets a woman who changes everything she thinks she knows about herself, it's fascinating. This is one of the bisexual TV characters that we honestly didn't see coming but are so here for. Jane Ramos (Rosario Dawson) is assigned to work on the case surrounding the murder of Petra's sister, but she really just ends up exploring Petra! The two can't deny their attraction to one another and ultimately take things to the next level. Petra being giddy and excited as she realizes this new part of herself is how self-exploration of sexuality should always be! While the two have next-level drama (everything does on this show), watching Petra explore her identity has been a treat.
One of the most magical things about Ilana (Ilana Glazer) is how unapologetically she lives. She loves herself beyond measure and has one of the most absurd personalities on TV. She's basically the coolest. Another amazing thing about her: she treats her sexuality like it's no big deal. The "reveal" that she was bisexual wasn't a reveal at all. It's just a natural part of her and when she hooks up with a woman it's treated as something the audience should have already known was possible; There's no big moment, no full storyline about her sexuality, it's just a bisexual woman living her life without explanation. It's the way all bisexual TV characters should be presented!
The reveal that Jackson (Colton Hayes) is bisexual is kind of a big shock. During the first few seasons, Jackson has a girlfriend and a macho attitude that screams "straight, white dude." When he returns to the show after a few seasons away, he's in a relationship with a man and happier than ever. While Jackson was originally presented as a pompous, jock jerk, he proved that a little growing up can do wonders. He matured exponentially and began to explore parts of himself he would never have acknowledged in high school. The revelation that he's bisexual is a distinct type of representation for those who bypass expectations and embrace their true self.
Delphine (Evelyne Brochu) is a strong example of someone who is open to new possibilities. When we initially meet her, she has just ended a relationship with a man, is cavorting with another one, and gives no inclination that she's ever been interested in the same sex. But, her relationship with Cosmina (Tatiana Maslany) changes everything. The two begin as schoolmates and professional associates until their relationship develops into much more. While she has never had a sexual encounter with a woman before, she acknowledges, as a scientist, that sexuality is a spectrum and is completely open to new possibilities. Her love of Cosmina's mind and personality attract her and the fact that she happens to be a woman is an afterthought. Delphine follows her emotions and resists boxing in her sexuality.
Clarke (Eliza Taylor) has a lot on her plate, so she's not totally focused on romance. She's part of an experimental group tasked with seeing if life on earth is hospitable after humanity left the planet decades before. So, yeah, not exactly the best situation for ~falling in love~. But, somehow, she manages to find a few love interests during her tumultuous time on earth. Both men and women! The great thing is that it's never spelled out for us that Clarke is bisexual. She's attracted to who she's attracted to and that's just it. She's a fierce warrior, a true leader, and one of our fave bisexual TV characters!
Sometimes all it takes is one special person to show how blurred the lines of sexuality can be. Kat (Aisha Dee) is 100% straight. Or, at least, she thinks she is when the show begins. But when Adena (Nikohl Boosheri) comes into her life, her thoughts about life and love completely change. She finds herself attracted to a woman for the first time and they eventually explore a relationship. The show gives an unfiltered look at how messy, awkward, and complicated it can be to explore your sexuality. Kat doesn't know the "right" way to do this stuff but knows how she feels. A whole new world is opened for Kat and, instead of being scared of the possibilities, she embraces it. Kat is one of the bisexual TV characters that is depicted realistically. Falling in love with anyone is crazy, but when it's with someone you never expected it's earth-shattering. The show navigates Kat's journey expertly while never skipping over the messy parts.
Sara (Caity Lotz) is the definition of a character glow up. Her introduction on Arrow mostly centers on her being a girl who stole her sister's boyfriend. But, as the series progresses, Sara is shown to be so much more. She goes from spoiled rich girl to biggest badass in the world and it's one of our fave TV transformations. Her development also includes the expansion of her sexuality. We know she loves men already (you know, the whole stealing her sister's boyfriend thing) but her relationship with a woman comes as a shock. But it makes sense! She is headstrong, passionate, and full of emotion. It seems natural that she would make decisions based off of feelings and not arbitrary boundaries. Lotz has said that her character loves a person for who they are, regardless of gender. We think that's beautiful!
Willow (Alyson Hannigan) will always be one of our favorite bisexual TV characters because she was one of the first. Her relationship with a woman following a breakup with a man ushered in a new era for representation on television. The relationship challenged the common trope of "coming out" stories on television by just being about their love. Willow's sexuality wasn't the story, her romance with the new woman in her life was. The series also didn't diminish the relationships she had had with men in the past now that she was with a woman. They were still important and vital to her personality, despite the fact that she was exploring something new. The real lesson here: it's easy to fall in love with anyone, man or woman, when you're making *literal* magic with them!
Rosa (Stephanie Beatriz) is one of the most closed-off characters on TV. As a female cop, she's used to being underestimated, so she always exudes a tough demeanor. So when she opens up about her bisexuality, it's a huge moment. Even more so because this is a character on a sitcom, a genre not generally known for serious conversations about sexuality. Rosa's bisexuality is a means for this private woman to get closer to those around her and reach out for support since her parents are not totally accepting. The reaction of her parents and Rosa's complex relationship with them after is so true-to-life it almost hurts. Coming out as anything other than "straight" can be difficult and lead to divisions with loved ones. Every type of representation is important, even when it's not pretty!