Top 11 Canonically Bisexual TV Characters
It was Bisexual Visibility Day a couple days ago. Technically I’m bit late with this post, but I have decided that it’s bisexual visibility weekend. This may not seem like the most important date on the LGBTQ+ calendar when compared to Pride Month or LGBTQ+ history month, bisexuals are still frequently erased both in our real life experiences and in the media. Many bisexual celebraties, like Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, have been called gay or straight after their deaths, despite having been openly bisexual in life. Also people still sometimes think that bisexuals become monosexual when they become committed to monogamous relationship with a binary person. Studies have also shown that bisexuals frequently feel alienated by both straight people and the LGBTQ+ community. So clearly visibility is still very important for us. In honor of celebrating bisexual visibility, watching some bisexual television characters this weekend. Here are my favorite mostly canonically (because what is cannon anyway?) bisexual characters.
1. Luz Noceda from The Owl House
Luz Noceda is the protagnist of The Owl House. She is fifteen-years-old when she goes through a portal into the demon realm, where she meets a witch named, Eda, also known as The Owl Lady. Luz manages to convince Eda to take her own as a witch’s apprentice despite the fact that Luz is human, and thus should not be able to do magic. Luz is clearly attracted to a young man in one the first episodes, but later she ends up having a girlfriend, who started out as her rival at witch school. It was confirmed by an Owl House writer who is openly bisexual that Luz was intended to be canonically bisexual.
Luz is one the first canonically queer protagonists in a Disney show, among Loki who is also canonically bisexual. Notably however, The Owl House is not just available on a streaming service like Loki, and it is a show intended for children. This is an important milestone because queerphobes often argue that LGBTQ+ characters have no place in children’s media, despite the fact that children can be LGBTQ+. Luz is also Latina and there is generally less representation of LGBTQ+ characters of color than white ones especially in a protagonist role.
Also, Luz is an incredibly relatable character. She is a fangirl/nerd who grew up reading fantasy books about witches, which seem reminiscent of Harry Potter, my childhood obsession. Also, her social awkwardness is adorable. Just because we have more game, doesn’t mean we know how to flirt. I can see myself in her, and I think I would have been better adjusted to me my own bisexuality had I grown up seeing a character like her. Still, even as a adult I enjoy watching The Owl House. You can watch The Owl House on Disney+ and Disney channel.
2. Lucifer Morningstar, Mazikeen, and Eve from Lucifer
Okay, I know this is multiple characters but you can’t make a bisexual choose! And there are really too many canonically bisexual characters in Lucifer to choose from. It’s like the writers just decided to throw mononormativity out the window and good on them!
Firstly, the protagonist, Lucifer, for whom the show is named, is canonically bisexual. I know that at first glance this may not seem like the best represention, but from the get go Lucifer isn’t the real bad guy. Instead, he is the main character, who is sympathetic on many levels. His bisexuality may seem like just another one of his vices, but that is not the case. It is clear that his work partner and life partner, Chloe, supports his sexuality. As a dectective for the LAPD, Chloe represents all things lawful and provides a sort of moral compass on the show. Also, I appreciated how Lucifer’s bisexuality was implied several times, but the writers didn’t end it there. They made sure to have Lucifer officially confirm and discuss his bisexuality with Chloe himself.
Secondly, Lucifer’s right hand demon woman, Maze, is also canonically bisexual. She has slept with Lucifer and many other men, but like Luz and Eretria, she does end up having a girlfriend. Her girlfriend, Eve, mother of all humanity, is also bisexual. Eve has also slept with Lucifer. Again, Maze’s existence as a bisexual demon may not seem the most politically correct. But Eve is also bisexual, and she is human. They do all seem the follow the sexy hedonistic bisexual trope, but you know what, I don’t hate it. You can watch Lucifer on Netflix. I haven’t finished watching Part 2 of Season 5 yet, but I have started it and there is an episode involving drag queens so that’s fun.
3. Loki from Loki
I guess I’m going off an L name theme right now. I can’t help it, given my own name. I did a whole article on Loki, so I won’t bother to go too in depth. But I’ve always had a soft spot for the character, who is also genderfluid. First off, he’s played by the very attractive Tom Holland. Secondly, it’s impossible not to charmed by his wit and mischief. Also, he becomes very sympathic in the show Loki on Disney+. He cemented his bisexuality by saying that he has dated both princesses and princes. In fact, I think he is our first queer Disney prince.
4. Eretria from Shannara
During Etretria’s first appearence, she seduces and robs the protagonist, Will Omsford. This isn’t the most promising characterization of a canonically bisexual character, but she does end befriending Will. She has a tragic backstory to make sympathetic, and she ended up being my favorite character on the show. (Although I am biased, pun intended, in the favor of bisexual characaters.) But I also respect Eretria for being an absolute badass. She is the epitomy of “cute as heck and will break your neck.” Fans ended up shipping her hard with Will’s girlfriend, Amberlee after a flirtateous bathing scene, but ultimately she ends up with Princess Lyra and they make a super cute couple. You can watch Shannara on Netflix.
5. Eve Polastri and Villanelle from Killing Eve
I just finished watching the lastest season of Killing Eve and boy howdy did I have some mixed feelings about Eve and Villanelle’s relationship. I didn’t expect the characters to be so overtly bisexual. Villanelle is fully canonically bisexual, canonically sleeping with and having relationships with both men and women.
Eve, however, claims to be straight but her work partner who is openly bisexual suggests that she is attracted to Villanelle, the assassin that they are hunting down. She shoots idea down, for many reasons, in part because she has a husband. But her attraction to Eve is concept repeatedly supported on the show, even by Eve eventually admitting it to her other work partner, and to Villanelle herself. Yay, another bisexual Eve!
Eve and Villanelle’s relationship with each other though does seem incredibly toxic, since they have both canonically hurt each other, and both seem to have psychopathic tendencies. Which makes it seem like the writers are coding bisexuals as psychopathic in general, another problematic stereotype. Still, they did have an undeniable chemistry and watching the two of them together was very entertaining.
Also, there’s something about the spy genre that’s incredibly queer (see D.E.B.S. to get more sapphic spy drama). I think it’s the fact that spies often have to hid their identity and occupation, even from their loved ones. I’m interested to see where the Killing Eve plot will go with this concept. You can watch Killing Eve on Hulu.
6. Vignette Stonemoss from Carnival Row
People really have been sleeping on Carnival Row. It’s a fantasy show set in steampunk England (it’s called the Burg but it’s definitely English inspired) about a bisexual libarian fairy, named Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delavigne), who had to flee her fairy homeland, Tir Na Nog, as a refugee, while her love interest, Rycroft Philostrat (Orlando Bloom), a human detective, is investigating the deaths of fairies in the Burg. They really gave me everything I could ever want with this show.
I already loved Cara Delavigne after her performance in Papertowns. She’s also openly bisexual and has dyspraxia (a fine motor skills disorder that I also have). I will say I am now less sure about supporting after she wore an outfit that said “peg the patriarchy” on it without crediting the creator of the phrase, a queer woman of color named Luna Matatas. Vignette has canonically had both female and male lovers. Also, Cara and Orlando make one fine looking couple, so they’re great eye candy for bisexual viewers. You can watch Carnival Row on Amazon Prime Video.
7. Magnus Bane from Shadowhunters
The Shadhowhunter Chronicle books are full of bisexuals, but in the show there was one canon bisexual in particular that we all know and love, Magnus Bane, High Warlock of Brooklyn. One thing I appreciated about the Shadowhunters show is that focused more on Magnus Bane his relationship with his boyfriend and later husband, Alec than most of the books did.
Magnus Bane who is known for his parties and flamboyant fashion sense is definitely a stereotypical queer male character, but he’s also an incredibly fun character. And he does has more to him than just parties for his cat’s party and facial glitter. Also, he provides some much needed representation for bisexual Asians. You can watch Shadowhunters on Hulu.
8. Daryl Whitefeather and Valencia Perez from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
This coming-out musical number was one the most iconic (or shall I say bi-conic) moments in bisexual representation, complete with bi lighting, the saxophone and the dispelling of problematic myths about bisexuals, this song has watered my crops and cleared my skin. I actually watched this video clip before watching the actual show because it was posted on Tumblr. But I loved it so much that it helped convince me to watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, that, and hearing that it was a feminist show. It also doesn’t hurt that the protagonist is Jewish and mentally ill, which also reflects the identity of writer and producer, Rachel Bloom.
I will admit when I first saw Daryl on the show, he was not my favorite. He decorates his law office with Native American memorabilia because he’s one-eighth Chippewa. But one-eighth seems like a small enough amount for this to come off as appropriative. Also, he makes a comment about Jews that was a tad bit problematic. But he turns it around later on the show by clearing his office of the Native American stuff, and being a great friend to Rebecca, the protagonist. Also, he loves his daughter a lot.
Daryl also comes a realization that he is bisexual, later in life, upon realizing his returned attraction to White Josh, whom he ends up dating. He has also recently divorced his wife, but that divorce was not due to any lack of attraction to her. He decides to come out to his office, and well ,that coming out ends up being this fabulous musical number. I like to at listen to the song, and maybe even watch the video, every time that I am celebrating bisexual pride, namely during Pride Month, Bisexual Health Month, and Bi Visibility Day.
Also, as you can see, fans have made “I’m Gettin’ Bi” videos for other bisexual characters, which shows how truly biconic this is. (Also, there’s another canonically bi character at the end of the song but she’s not that major of a character.)
Valenica is also not the most likeable character upon her first appearance. She is Josh Chan’s girlfriend (not to be confused with White Josh) and she’s pretty mean to Rebecca. To be fair though, Rebecca is actively trying to steal her boyfriend. Still, she seems to have issues with being nice to other women in general, showing her internalized misogyny. But eventually, Valenica and Rebecca do become friends. Valenicia and Josh break up. Then, she becomes a wedding planner, and ends up meeting her girlfriend through that. Also, with Valencia we have another canonically bisexual Latina character, yay! You can watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on Netflix.
9. Quentin Coldwater and Margo Hanson from The Magicians
I’m not saying The Magicians had the best bisexual character because the writer’s really did him dirty in the end. But I am saying that I love Quentin Coldwater, and he is canonically bisexual. Despite how there was moment when on the show when a character called Quentin “heterosexual”, he has canonically been in relationships with both men and women. He even lived with a whole life in a relationship with another man, raising a kid with him. Heterosexual behavior? I think not. Still, I have to credit the show with making him canonically bisexual because the book series did not.
I also think part of what makes Quentin so loveable is that is played by Jason Ralph, who just has great puppydog eyes. He’s also openly queer in real life. You can’t help but feel for him. I mean really feel it, every time that he is struggling with depression or some major plot conflict. Also, I loved both his relationship with Alice and Eliot. He’s got the range, darling. Also, I love that he likes Taylor Swift because honestly, same.
But Quentin is not the only canonically bisexual character in The Magicians. His friend, and yes, one time lover, Margo is implied to be bisexual with a one off line about liking “multiple kinds of foods”. But the show also makes sure to highlight this in her flirtationships with both men and women. I will admit that Margo wasn’t always my favorite character because she can be a bit mean, but ultimately she does love her friends deeply so she earned my respect. Also, like Eretria, she manages to balance being an absolute baddie with having great fashion sense. She has more than earned her title as a bicon. You can watch The Magicians on Netflix.
10. Kat Edison from The Bold Type
Another show that I watched for feminist reasons, The Bold Type also gave us bisexual representation in the form of Kat Edison. Although I love characters like Lucifer who are already aware of their bisexuality and proud of it, we don’t just come out of the womb waving a bi flag. All of us still have to come to a realization about our sexuality and studies have shown that bisexuals frequently come to that realization later in life than monosexual people. After, all since we are attracted to the opposite sex, many bisexuals just assume that they are straight. Any of those feelings that might be a little gayer can be repressed, until they can’t.
This is the experience that Kat has, repeatedly saying that she is “hetero” until her attraction to a woman that she’s interviewing for her fashion magazine career, becomes indeniable. She does end up dating that woman, who is named Idina. I actually came out after watching this show, although it wasn’t the only piece of media that influenced me to make that decision. I realized that maybe it wasn’t healthy to repeatedly insist that you’re hetero, when you know deep down that isn’t the case.
Also, Kat is canonically bi-racial, half Black and White, and Idina is Middle-Eastern and Muslim. So they make for some good queer interracial relationship represention. You can watch The Bold Type on Hulu.
11. Klaus and Vanya Hargreeves from The Umbrella Academy
I wanted to make this have 10 characters for the nice, round number, but there a simply too many great canonically bisexual characters on television these days! Klaus and Vanya Hargreeves, regardless of our their sexuality, are my favorite Hargreeves siblings, other than Five. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) is just such a funny character with his endless chaotic energy. He shows a gender non-conforming approach from the get go by “borrowing” his sister, Allison’s skirt without asking permission. Finally, an accurate representation on siblinghood in the media! He also has a darker more angsty side, since his superpower is the ability to see ghosts, so he’s the only one who can see his the ghost of his brother, Ben. Klaus has a boyfriend, named Dave, during Season 1, and during Season 2 he mentions having sex with women.
Vanya (Elliot Page) is the only character among her siblings who doesn’t have superpowers. It’s easy to feel sorry for her because of how often she is excluded due to being “normal.” She also plays the violin, an instrument that I attempted to play in elementary school orchestra, so it was easy for me to relate to her. But later on the show she is revealed to be a more complex character. Also, she’s played by Elliot Page, openly transmasculine actor, whom I already had a thing for after seeing him in Juno. Vanya also has gender nonconforming energy, probably because she is played by Elliot, and exclusively wears button down shirts. During Season 1, Vanya has a boyfriend, Leonard, but during Season 2 she ends up having a girlfriend, Sissy.
Well, I could wax poetic about bisexual characters for longer, but I think I’ve exhausted my list, so happy viewing!