In honor of Pride Month, Pure Fandom is celebrating ten of the best bisexual characters to grace our screens in the last ten years. Happy Pride Month to all and thank you for these amazing characters being unashamedly themselves!
Clarke Griffin (played by Eliza Taylor)
Now we all have heard of Clarke Griffin, mother to Madi, Bellamy Blake’s best friend (and love of his life), lover of Lexa, daughter to Abby, savior of the world…You know, everything we wish we could be. Alongside her amazing leadership skills and ability to make all the tough decisions to save her people, Clarke loves who she wants to love, no matter the gender.
Clarke Griffin has a onscreen romantic history with men and women, and she’s the lead character on the show. Clarke’s one of the first bisexual protagonists we’ve seen, and she’s an amazing example for what we want to see more of in the future.
Michael Guerin (played by Michael Vlamis)
When the CW announced that they were rebooting Roswell, there was a lot of worry that they wouldn’t be able to make a show as good as the original, much less better. We will have to wait and see if season two continues on this trend, but season one of Roswell, New Mexico impressed with new and altered storylines.
The show feels fully aware of its modern setting, exploring topics like immigration, through Liz’s family as well as the alien metaphor, and different sexualities. Alex Maines is now gay (he was heterosexual in the original series), and Michael Guerin is bisexual. He has a relationship with both Alex and Maria DeLuca throughout the first season, and doesn’t hide his attraction to both sexes.
Rosa Diaz (played by Stephanie Beatriz)
Around the same time that Rosa Diaz came out as bisexual on Brooklyn 99, the actress portraying her, Stephanie Beatriz, came out as bisexual herself. It was a monumental moment in both cases, and though she already was a role model for a lot of people, Beatriz and her character grew to inspire more with that brave representation.
Rosa Diaz now has a new girlfriend on the show named Jocelyn (played by queer icon Cameron Esposito), and they recently got their first onscreen kiss!
Bo Dennis (played by Anna Silk)
If you’ve missed out on Lost Girl, the show from SyFy (originally Showcase in Canada) about a succubus named Bo who helps solve crimes and save other supernatural beings, then you should really catch up. Being a succubus, and therefore dependent on sexual energy to live, it makes perfect sense for Bo to be bisexual.
The show embraces that part of her character, and fully explores it through her relationships with Dyson, Lauren, and Tamsin. Bo Dennis is a smart, charming, and resilient woman who draws people to her not just through her sexual abilities, but through her honest and fearless nature, and she’s a wonderful example of good bisexual representation.
Captain James Flint (played by Toby Stephens)
Captain James Flint from Black Sails is a lead bisexual male character, a true rarity in television or film. The show slowly sets up the reveal of his past relationships with men, after he is seen having an affair with a woman, Miranda. Going forward, the show then deals with his personal journey surrounding his love for this one man, honestly portraying both his sexuality and the troubles he faces overcoming his own shame.
Along with James Flint, Black Sails features an abundance of queer characters, like Max, by Jessica Parker Kennedy, who you might’ve seen recently in The Flash. This show is groundbreaking for queer representation on television, and honestly, if the phrase “queer pirates” doesn’t convince you to watch, then I don’t know what will.
Ilana Wexler (played by Ilana Glazer)
Through Broad City, the amazing, modern comedy created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, about two crazy best friends living in NYC, a lot of people have finally seen themselves represented. Ilana Wexler, the character played by Glazer, has inspired many to be unashamed of their sexuality, and follow their dreams and desires no matter what.
The show doesn’t make Ilana’s sexuality a big thing. She doesn’t have a plot line about coming out as bisexual, she just is. For Ilana, her sexuality, and her relationships with both men and women, are just a natural part of her life, so Broad City makes it a natural part of the show as well.
This show demonstrates that this kind of easy, simple representation of LGBTQ+ characters isn’t hard, and there are no excuses for other shows not doing the same.
Darryl Whitefeather (played by Pete Gardner)
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the Emmy-winning show created by Rachel Bloom, has left a beautiful legacy or getting representation right. With songs called “Let’s Generalize About Men” and “The Miracle of Birth,” the show was unafraid of talking about the tough topics, and was able to address things like mental health and gender stereotypes in a meaningful yet comedic way.
By the end of the show, there were at least three outright bisexual characters, including the awesome Darryl Whitefeather. He professes his newfound discovery of attraction to both sexes with a song, entitled “Gettin’ Bi,” which everyone should listen to.
Sara Lance & John Constantine (played by Caity Lotz and Matt Ryan)
Here’s a two for one, since I couldn’t resist. Sara Lance has been the best character on Legends of Tomorrow since the beginning, seducing and fighting her way through time. She’s had a tough history, but thanks to her time serving as a Legend, she’s made a lot more friends, and even found love.
Then the show added a new character, John Constantine. Matt Ryan reprises his role from Constantine the television show, which ran for one season in 2014. While that show didn’t really embrace his sexuality, Constantine’s bisexuality is a key part of his character in the comic series, and Legends of Tomorrow is unafraid to show that on screen.
When he joins the show, Constantine and Sara have a short tryst on a mission, marking an amazing moment where two bisexual characters are romantically linked on screen, something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Most recently, John Constantine was with another character, Desmond, but they broke up after some drama in Hell, and Sara Lance is currently in monogamous relationship with Ava Sharpe.
Magnus Bane (played by Harry Shum Jr.)
There isn’t a lot that needs to be said to explain how awesome Magnus Bane is. The warlock from the Shadowhunters tv series (based off The Mortal Instruments book series) is powerful and caring. He’s very open about his sexuality, as says in the books, “I think of myself as a freewheeling bisexual.”
When he meets shadowhunter Alec Lightwood, he becomes a supportive friend, yet is clearly interested in more. Magnus then helps Alec through coming to terms with his homosexuality and being unashamed of it, while Alec helps Magnus learn to better love himself too.
Magnus and Alec’s love is at the heart of the show, and though Shadowhunters is now over, we will always be thankful for seeing this great character played so beautifully by Harry Shum Jr.
Toni Topaz (played by Vanessa Morgan)
Toni Topaz from Riverdale is the smart, badass Southside Serpent who doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. And that includes her sexuality. Toni is openly bisexual, and while at first we only see her hookup with Jughead (boring…), she soon meets fan favorite Cheryl Blossom, and the rest is history.
Toni helps Cheryl accept her homosexuality and they fall in love. Though they have their ups and downs (who wouldn’t in a town like Riverdale), they are probably the strongest relationship on the show, and fans love them together. With Toni, Riverdale didn’t push her bisexuality to the side, instead showing her with a man and a woman within the first few seasons of the show, and at the same time, she’s a complex character with her own storyline outside of that.
Seriously, Toni Topaz doesn’t have time for your bisexual stereotypes. She loves and supports her girlfriend and helps all her friends stay out of danger. What more could you ask for?
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