6 Canonically Bisexual Characters Currently Gracing Your Television Screen

It’s Pride month, and for me, that usually means I celebrate my identity with lots of rainbow, glitter, and mooning over Lena Headey in Imagine Me & You. Okay, maybe not the glitter, because it’s messy, but definitely rainbows and Lena Headey. In fact, it was movies like that one and Kissing Jessica Stein that helped me figure some things out. Of course, it took me a lot longer than that to figure out I was the B in LGBT. I will not speak for anyone else, but this is why representation is important to me: being able to see someone like me onscreen really pushed me toward learning about and accepting my sexuality.

So in support of pride, representation, and just some delish eye candy, here are a few characters known to enjoy the company of both men and women.

Eretria, The Shannara Chronicles

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Shannara on MTV

Eretria (Ivana Baquero) is a charming, rogue that seems to be destined to end up in the pages of a romance novel–either as feisty woman won over by a nobleman or as the dashing rake who rescues the princess in distress. Truth be told, I’d read both of those books, because I adore Eretria. And Ivana Baquero, who is the newest love of my life.

Sarah Manning, Orphan Black

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I’m not sure I can say anything about Sarah Manning’s casual bisexual reveal that my beloved Jay Jaqobis hasn’t already said in her post last week about queer summer television. Although, I suppose I could add in a f**k yeah.

Clarke, The 100

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My first experience with The 100 was at WonderCon 2016, which was, unfortunately, only a short while after Clarke’s (Eliza Taylor) female love interest, Lexa, met a tragic, and controversial, death. The controversy (and the Mutineer) piqued my interest in the show, and a Netflix binge will commence in 3, 2, 1…

Annalise Keating, HTGAWM

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Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is a compelling character not only because of her many, many secrets, but also because she is multi-faceted and fits no stereotype. So when it was revealed in the beginning of season 2 that her prior lover was none other than Famke Janssen? I swooned and then I cheered.

Ethan Chandler, Penny Dreadful

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Okay, so we all kinda knew that Dorian Gray was gonna be bi or pansexual in the supernatural British series Penny Dreadful. More surprising (and delightful, let’s be honest) is that Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), the hot cowboy werewolf, also plays for both teams. Let the gif above speak volumes about my interest in the show.

**Spoilers ahead for Supernatural**

Chuck Shurley, Supernatural 

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Although we do not know when (or if) Chuck Shurley, AKA God, will be back in the Winchesters’ lives, the episode “Don’t Call Me Shurley” is one that had queer SPN fans happy dancing when God oh so casually mentions that he’s had girlfriends and boyfriends. In a show steeped in western Christian mythology, that’s probably the most powerful kind of representation we can have since, you know, Christians believe that humanity was created in God’s image. 

Rainbows, glitter, and love,

The Collectress

Did I miss your fav bi character? Send me a recommendation in the comments or on Twitter. I need new binge-watching material. 

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8 thoughts

  1. Yes, Crowley from Superatural, is clearly bi/omnisexual. He loves to kiss men for sealing his cross roads deals, had a Summer of Love with Demon Dean and proclaimed to Sam, “Dean Winchester completes me.” He had a brief spell as a woman, who was offered an orgy with two men and one woman (11×01, if my memory serves) which he (as a she) participated in gleefully before murdering them all. Female!Crowley was awesome by the way!

    I would also make a case for Castiel from Supernatural, in as far as his type of angel wasn’t supposed to have emotions, and certainly no preferences or sexual interests, he quickly finds out in Season 4 that he has all of the above. He’s clearly written and portrayed to have a preference for Dean, and several other Angels and Archangels have commented on that it is well known Castiel is in love with Dean. It’s never acknowledged by Dean, but sometimes by Cas, so the viewer is led to believe Cas had special feelings for Dean.

    Now we can all sit and argue over whether Castiel’s feelings are sexual, whether he has any kind of sexuality at all (he has slept with 2 women on the show, canonically, one of which we saw the love scene, one of which was implied), and some might argue he is asexual, but has emotional attachements, where his number one human is still Dean Winchester.

    So it’s probably best not to bring Cas up in this context. Or the notion that if Dean had been a woman or Cas had been a woman, the will-they-won’t-they romance would’ve been bouncing off the screen for the past 7 seasons. 😉

    1. I agree about Crowley; he’s definitely bi/pan/omnisexual. I probably could have included multiple SPN characters in this list, but variety is the spice of life (and I have a big soft spot for Rob Benedict).

      As for Cas–I’m an unrepentant Destiel shipper and if I had a list of characters whose subtext confirms their sexuality, Castiel would be at the top of it. Personally, I think of Cas as a panromantic demisexual, but the canon has done little to confirm that for me. I wish I could have included him on this list, but alas! As hard as it was, I limited myself to a few characters who have demonstrated onscreen their attraction for both sexes. Perhaps I will create another list of characters that should have come out seasons ago…
      -TC

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