The portrayal of bisexuality in the media reflects societal attitudes towards bisexuality.

Film Edit

Title Release Year Bisexual Characters Notes
9 Songs2004 Lisa
Alexander2004Alexander the Great Bisexuality presented as a social norm.
All Over Me1997
Anatomy of Hell2004"The Man"Sexuality is fluid and symbolic
Art School Confidential2006 Audrey
Auto Focus2002John Carpenter
Basic Instinct1992Catherine Tramell Tramell portrayed as insatiable, untrustworthy and homicidal
Bedrooms and Hallways1998
Bi the Way2008VariousDocumentary on bisexuality in the US.
Les Biches1968
Borstal Boy2000Sexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic.
Brokeback Mountain2005Jack, EnnisSexuality of both characters portrayed as fluid, though movie was primarily thought of as 'gay'.
Butley1974 Butley Butley portrayed as an uncommitted, emotional failure.
Cabaret1972 Brian, Max
Chasing Amy1997Alyssa JonesSexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic.
Crash (1996 film)1996James, Helen, Vaughan
The Color Purple1985Celie and Shug AveryBisexuality portrayed as a simple fact with no value judgments.
Confusion of Genders2000Alain Bauman
C.R.A.Z.Y.2005ZacharySexuality portrayed as fluid.
Dark Blue Almost Black2007Israel
Death in Venice1971AschenbachAschenbach is portrayed as a homosexual cripple and failure.
De-Lovely2004Cole PorterSexuality portrayed as fluid
Dodgeball2004Kate VeatchWhile some male characters try to date her, others believe that she is a lesbian. Turns out to be bisexual, and gets together with main male character.
Dog Day Afternoon1975SonnySonny is portrayed realistically as a true bisexual.
The Dying Gaul2005Jeffrey
Don't Tell Anyone1998
Face to Face1976Bisexuality is portrayed as a symbol.
Femme Fatale2002
The Fox1967
French Twist1995LoliSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Frida2002Frida KahloSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Go Fish1994DariaDaria has sex with a man and on her way home is challenged by a "jury," who question whether a woman who has sex with a man can call herself a lesbian. She contrasts how a gay man who has sex with a woman is characterized as being "bored, drunk [or] lonely" but if a lesbian has sex with a man "her whole life choice becomes suspect."
Goldfinger1964 Pussy GaloreSee notes under her character in literature.
Goldfish Memory2003VariousSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Grande École2004Paul, MécirSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Grindhouse2007 Dr. Dakota Block
Henry & June1990Anaïs Nin, June MillerSexuality portrayed as fluid.
High Art1998Syd
The History Boys2006DakinPortrayed as aware and unconfused, in opposition to his homosexual contemporaries.
The Hunger1983Miriam, SarahSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Imagine Me & You2005RachelSexuality portrayed as fluid.
In extremis2000Thomas, VincentSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Kinsey2004Alfred KinseySexuality portrayed as fluid.
Kissing Jessica Stein2001Helen, JessicaSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Les temps qui changent2004Sami
The Libertine2005John Wilmot
Love Songs2007Ismael, Alice, JulieSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Midnight Express1978Controversial, film replaces consensual affair between prisoners with a fictionalized rape.
My Own Private Idaho1991Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Manhattan1979JillWent from bisexual to lesbian after being married to Isaac.
Nowhere1997Dark, Mel
The Pillow Book (film)1996Jerome
Portrait of a Marriage1990Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicolson Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Puccini for Beginners2006Grace, Allegra, SamanthaSexuality portrayed as fluid.
The Raspberry Reich2004VariousBisexuality is believed to be a necessary part of the 'revolution'.
Race You to the Bottom2005Nathan, MaggieSexuality portrayed as fluid.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show1975Dr. Frank N. Furter, Rocky, Magenta, Columbia, Brad, Janet, Eddie Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
The Royal Tenenbaums2002Margot
Rent2005MaureenMaureen fits many negative stereotypes of bisexuality, as she is bad with commitment and has a talent for driving her lovers insane.
Savage Nights1992
The Sex Monster1999Laura
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills1989
School of Flesh1998Quentin
Saturday Night at the Baths1974
Score1972All charactersSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Shortbus2006SofiaSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Sobreviviré (I Will Survive)1999Iñaqui
Something for Everyone1970
Stage Beauty2004Kynaston, Villiars
Sunday Bloody Sunday1971Bob Elkin Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Relax...It's Just Sex1997
Teorema1968The Visitor, Paolo Symbol, sexuality portrayed as fluid with no value judgments.
Three of Hearts1993Ellen
Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family2004Sam, StevenDocumentary about a bigamous marriage.
Torch Song Trilogy1988Ed
Transamerica2005Toby[1][2]Kevin Sexuality portrayed as fluid; pansexuality suggested
Velvet Goldmine1998Brian Slade, MandySexuality portrayed as fluid.
The War Widow1976Amy Portrayed as bisexual, but seen as a lesbian.
Water Drops on Burning Rocks2000Leopold, FranzSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Women in Love1969
Wild Side2004DjamelSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Ya lyublyu tebya (You I Love)2004TimofeiSexuality portrayed as fluid.
Y tu mamá también2001Tenoch, JulioSexuality portrayed as fluid but sometimes socially problematic.

Literature Edit

Title Author Release Date Bisexual Characters Notes
Advise and ConsentAllen DruryJuly 11, 1959Brigham AndersonAnderson, a married senator, has a homosexual affair.
American GodsNeil GaimanJune 19, 2001 Sam
American PsychoBret Easton Ellis1991Paul Denton, Sean Bateman
Ancient EveningsNorman Mailer1983
Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of AmbivalenceRebecca Walker2007
Belle de Jour: diary of a London call girlAnonymous (Belle de Jour)2006Belle (Anonymous)Published blog [1]
BlondeJoyce Carol Oates2000Cass, EddieCass and Eddie are manipulative. Marlon Brando also appears, but his bisexuality is not made apparent.
Breakfast on PlutoPatrick McCabe1998Pussy
Bye-ByeJane Ransom1997Rosie
The City and the PillarGore Vidal1948Bisexuality is portrayed as the most "natural" human state.
Claudine NovelsColette, under the name of her husband, Willy1900, 1901, 1903
The Color PurpleAlice Walker1982
The CorrectionsJonathan FranzenSeptember 2001
Cry to HeavenAnne Rice1982
The DispossessedUrsula K. Le Guin1974
Drawing BloodPoppy Z. Brite1993ZackZack is portrayed as promiscuous, but able to commit.
Dusty Answer
The Fifth Sacred ThingStarhawk1993
The FoxD. H. Lawrence1923
The Front RunnerPatricia Nell Warren1974Harlan Brown, Vince MattiHarlan is portrayed as homosexual, but he was formerly married to a woman; Vince identifies as gay, but still sleeps with women.
GoldfingerIan Fleming1959Pussy Galore Portrayed as a lesbian until she falls in love with James Bond.
Giovanni's RoomJames Baldwin1956DavidPortrayed as vacillating, weak, and neurotic; Giovanni is portrayed as the villain and a killer.
GlamoramaBret Easton Ellis1998Victor WardWhile outwardly homophobic refers to his past identification as bi and is easily seduced by Bobby Hughes. Sean Bateman from Rules also reappears.
How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theatre
The HungerWhitley Strieber1981Sarah, MiriamSexuality portrayed as fluid.
"His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood"Poppy Z. Brite1993
The InformersBret Easton Ellis1994Bruce, Graham, Martin, Bryan Metro, Danny, Biff, various others. Various characters are casually bisexual, one of many shared features which serves to make these Los Angeleans almost entirely indistinct from one another.
Just As I Am: A NovelE. Lynn Harris1995
The Left Hand of DarknessUrsula K. Le Guin1969
The Last of the WineMary Renault1956
Less Than ZeroBret Easton Ellis1985Clay
The Lost Language of CranesDavid Leavitt1986
Lost SoulsPoppy Z. Brite1992Zillah, NothingZillah is portrayed as sexually driven; Nothing is portrayed as young, lonely, and loving).
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon
The Metaphysical Touch
Milk and Cookies
The Mysteries of PittsburghMichael ChabonApril 1988
The Neanderthal ParallaxRobert J. Sawyer2002, 2003All NeanderthalsNeanderthals are all bisexual in the parallel universe.
Orlando: A BiographyVirginia Woolf1928
The PassionJeanette Winterson1987
The Persian BoyMary Renault1972Alexander
Portrait of a MarriageNigel Nicolson1973Vita Sackville-West, Harold NicolsonBased on the true story of Vita and Harold Nicolson, a bisexual couple.
Primal TearsKelpie Wilson2005Sage is a half human, half bonobo.
The Rules of AttractionBret Easton Ellis1987Paul, Sean, VictorLauren Hynde has relationships with three bisexual men: the flamboyant Paul Denton, the unstable Sean Bateman and the vacuous Victor Johnson. Clay from Less Than Zero also appears.
The Sea Change
Son of a WitchGregory Maguire2005
Stranger in a Strange LandRobert A. Heinlein1961Valentine Michael Smith Smith is raised on Mars, a planet without gender.
Time Enough for LoveRobert A. HeinleinJune 1973Bisexuality is portrayed as the norm.
Two for One--a novel about having choices
The Vesuvius Club/The Devil in AmberMark Gatiss2004/2006Lucifer Box
While England Sleeps
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the WestGregory Maguire1995
Women in LoveD. H. Lawrence1920
Woman on the Edge of TimeMarge Piercy1976 Luciente, Jackrabbit, others In the Utopian future of Mattapoisett, people freely pick partners based on interpersonal compatibility above all other factors.
Young in One Another's Arms

Comic books Edit

Title Bisexual Characters Notes
The AuthoritySwift, Jenny SparksProminent gay superheroes Apollo and Midnighter also feature.
Batman Poison IvyViolent supervillain.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season EightBuffy SummersOtherwise heterosexual Buffy Summers sleeps with Satsu*
Captain Marvel Marlo Chandler, Moondragon
Doom Patrol Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Hellblazer John ConstantineSexuality portrayed as trivial aspect of character.
Justice League Icemaiden
The League of Extraordinary GentlemenJekyll/Hyde
Lost Girls
Marvel 1602Werner
OutsidersGrace ChoiLong list of sexual conquests.
Secret Six Knockout Violent supervillain.
Spider-Man Electro, Black Cat Electro is a violent supervillain
Black Cat is a one-time love interest of Spider-Man.
Starman Mikaal Tomas Mikaal belongs to an alien race where sexuality is indiscriminate.
Strangers in ParadiseFrancine, Casey
Supergirl Blithe Sexuality portrayed as fluid but socially problematic.
Thunderbolts Andreas von Strucker, Skein Violent supervillains
Outed during separate runs.
X-Factor Jamie Madrox, Rictor Jamie's duplications occasionally exhibit alternative sexual desires.
Rictor enjoys keeping his sexual orientation somewhat vague.
X-Men Mystique, Destiny As originally intended by Chris Claremont, a committed couple.
Violent supervillains.
X-Statix / X-Force Doop Doop is a sentient, nonhumanoid Cold War lab experiment.

Internet/Web TV Edit

Title Bisexual Characters Notes
A Rose By Any Other Name Rose Rose is a lesbian woman falls in love with a straight man and discovers she is bisexual, dealing with the often negative reactions of her friends; while her straight boyfriend deals with the confused reactions of his friends.

Television Edit

Title Bisexual Characters Notes
24 Mandy A terrorist.
All My Children Lena Kundera, Maggie Stone Lena was the first recurring bisexual character in daytime television. Maggie was sexually confused throughout most of her time on the show. Dated and had sex with several men before committing herself to Bianca Montgomery and identifying as a lesbian.
Babylon 5 Susan Ivanova Her sexuality is not explicit, but heavily implied.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series) Number Six, D'Anna Biers (also known as Number Three) Number Three, Number Six and Gaius Baltar have a triangle relationship in Season 3.
Bob and Rose Bob Identifies as gay, though finds the only female he's attracted to is Rose.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel Willow Rosenberg; possibly Angel, Spike, Andrew Willow identifies exclusively as a lesbian. Joss Whedon confirms the possibility of Angel and Spike as a one-night stand (and compares them to Apollo and Midnighter). Andrew is frequently hinted to being gay, but his self-identification is not explicit.
CasanovaGiacomo CasanovaTries to sleep with a man, only to discover she's a woman and sleep with her anyway.
CouplingJaneClaims to have slept with fifteen women, but seems to be pretending for the attention.
Dark Angel
Degrassi: The Next GenerationPaige MichalchukPaige has dated many guys, and one lesbian. She started to question her sexality when she became attracted to her female friend Alex.
Desperate HousewivesAndrew Van de KampSociopath - However shows reform in the fourth season. Hinted at a sexual attraction to women, but identifies as gay.
Dirt Leo Spiller, Julia Mallory, Leo possibly in denial of homosexuality; Julia "only when stoned".
Doctor Who Captain Jack Harkness From the 51st century when pansexuality is the norm.
Drawn Together Foxxy Love, Captain Hero Foxxy is openly bisexual with a preference for men; Captain Hero comically displays sexual attraction to most things, but is secretive about his romantic attraction to men
EllenEllenIn terms of behavior only. Closeted lesbian for first three seasons.
FarscapeChiana Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Family Guy Lois Griffin, possibly Stewie Griffin
Firefly Inara Takes a female client in the episode "War Stories" and mentions having done so in the past occasionally.
Footballers' WivesConrad Gates
Hannibal Alana Bloom, Hannibal Lecter, Possibly Will Graham Alana Bloom is romantically interested in Will Graham in season 1, has a relationship with Hannibal Lecter in season 2, and marries Margot Verger in season 3. Hannibal Lecter has a relationship with Alana Bloom in season 2, and is confirmed to be in love with Will Graham in season 3, and has been referred to by the creator as "omnisexual." Will Graham has multiple female romantic/sexual interests, and, while he has been described by the creator as "Heterosexual," it was also confirmed that he has some sort of romantic feelings towards Hannibal Lecter, and, in addition, the creator said, in reference to the relationship between Hannibal and Will, that some relationships cause people to "question the lines of their sexuality," which implies that Will could have sexual feelings for Hannibal, though not men in general.
Hollyoaks Craig Dean, Kris Fisher Craig is depicted as straight until he starts an affair with best friend John Paul McQueen, who is gay. Kris is a self-identified bisexual cross-dresser and has had affairs with both genders, through primarily females.
House (TV series) "Thirteen"
The L WordAlice Pieszecki, Jenny Schecter, Phyllis Kroll Sexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic. Often shown as a phase.
L.A. LawC.J. LambFirst kiss between women on a prime time television series and first regular bisexual character on a prime time TV.
Law & OrderEpisodes "Castoff" and "Obsession" both feature psychotic bisexuals
Law & Order: Criminal IntentNicole WallaceArch-nemesis of Detective Robert Goren. Appears in episodes "Anti-Thesis", "A Person of Interest", "Great Barrier", amd "Grow". Referred to in episodes "Pas de Deux", "Slither", and "Renewal".
The Midnight Caller episode "After it Happened"/1988 - spreading AIDS from the Gay community to straight women.
Nip/Tuck Quentin Costa, probably Julia McNamara and Kimber Henry, possibly Christian Troy and Matt McNamara
The O.C. Alex Kelly, Marissa Cooper
One Tree HillAnna TaggaroFirst recurring bisexual character of color on television.
Oz Chris Keller, Tobias Beecher Keller homicidal sociopath; Beecher previously married but falls in love and engages in sexual relationship with Keller.
Queer as Folk (US) Hunter, Lindsay Sexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic.
The Real World: DCEmily SchrommBisexual woman in reality tv show.
The Real World: DCMike ManningBisexual man in reality tv show.
The Real World: SydneyShauvon TorresBisexual woman in reality tv show.
This LifeFerdy
Roseanne Nancy Bartlett, Beverly Harris
Secret Diary of a Call GirlBelle/Hannah
Sex and the City Samantha Jones
The Staircase MurdersMichael Peterson
A Shot At Love With Tila TequilaTila TequilaBisexual themed reality dating show.
ScrubsThe ToddIn "My Lucky Charm" he begins to hit on men, stating 'The Todd appreciates hot, regardless of gender'.
Six Feet UnderRussel, Keith Charles,Billy ChenowithRussel is confused; Keith is primarily gay; Billy is primarily straight.
Skins Naomi Campbell, Tony Stonem, Cassie Naomi is discovering whether she is gay or bisexual. She sleeps with a male and has a relationship with a female. Tony is shown as primarily straight but makes a pass at a male. Cassie has a brief fling with a female.
South of NowhereAshley Davies Displayed a romantic/sexual attraction to ex-boyfriend Aiden Dennison on more than one occasion, but often identifies as a lesbian.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys and Ezri Dax in alternate universe Jadzia's relationships with females portrayed as related to previous existence as a male, alternate-universe Kira portrayed as a hedonistic tyrant.
Sugar RushSugar, Saint
Torchwood Captain Jack, Toshiko, Ianto, Captain John. All main characters sexualities intended to remain fluid. Other characters Gwen and Owen's sexualities remain ambiguous. Jack and John embody pansexuality to varying degrees, whereas Ianto and Tosh more realistically depict 21st century bisexuals.
Will & Grace Karen Walker
Xena Xena, GabriellePossibly lovers; implied from middle of the series to its end. Hints that Xena may have been sexually intimate with two women before Gabrielle are also present.


Title Artist Notes
"Bicoastal"Peter Allen
"John, I'm Only Dancing"David Bowie
"Sexuality"Billy Bragg
"My Wife Left Me For My Girlfriend"The Bellamy Brothers
"The Middle"Edie Carey
"Bisexual Girl"Coyote Shivers
"Bye Bisexual Boy"Das Pop
"If It Isn't Her"Ani DiFranco
"In or Out"Ani DiFranco
"Shameless"Ani DiFranco
"I Like Dick and Jane"Laya Fisher
"My Boyfriend's Back"Monica Grant
"Coming Clean" Green Day About Billie Joe's own sexuality.[2]
"This Door Swings Both Ways"Herman's Hermits
"Bisexual Military"Hypnotic Clambake
"Hey Mister, She Was My Baby Last NightCandye Kane
"Sneakin' In The Back Door"The Late Bloomers
"Bi" Living Colour
"Softcore" of Montreal
"Which Way Do You Go?"Paxton
"I Kissed a Girl"Katy Perry
"Nancy Boy" Placebo
"Sissy Blues"Ma Rainey
"My Bride"Robin Renee
"I Do Both Jay and Jane"La Rissa
"The Last Word"Tom Robinson
"More Lives Than One"Tom Robinson
"I Kissed a Girl"Jill Sobule
"Double Your Chances"STA-PREST
"I Like It Both Ways"Supernaut
"I Spent My Last $10 on Birth Contol and Beer"Two Nice Girls
"Pink Triangle" Weezer everyone's a little queer
"Sissy Man Blues"Josh White
"Kiss That Boy"Leah Zicari
"i u she"Peaches
"Girls / Girls / Boys" Panic! at the Disco

Theatre Edit

Title Character Notes
Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story[3]Alfred Kinsey
Diagnosis: Jew Pain[4]Michael Feldman Stand up comedy show about Feldman's life.
Gemini Francis Treated sympathetically, seen in positive light.
Hair[5]Claude, Berger, various
The History Boys Dakin Self-aware, complacent, unconfused
Rent Maureen Unable to commit.
Rocky Horror ShowVarious portrayals
The Shadow Box Brian Bisexuality simple fact.
Torch Song TrilogyEd
The Vagina Monologues"The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy"

Video gamesEdit

Title Character Notes
Mass EffectCommander Shepard (Female), Liara T'Soni, Sha'iraIf the player creates a female character, they can pursue a romantic relationship with either a human male, Kaiden Alenko, or asari female, Liara T'Soni. Liara however, claims that asari be mono-gendered, but all are refered to, and probably are sexually female. Shepard of either gender can also have a sexual encounter with the Asari Consort, Sha'ira.
BullyJimmy HopkinsKissing various characters, male or female, regains health; homosexual content is optional.
Darkstalkers Lilith Aensland and Morrigan AenslandBoth succubi
FablePotentially anyIf the player does not marry and have sex with female characters, the personality status screen will label the character as gay. Otherwise, the player will be labeled as bisexual.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of LibertyVampA villain; according to dialogue within the game, "Vamp" is considered slang for bisexual.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake EaterColonel VolginA villain.
Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh[6]Curtis CraigFirst game to establish playable character as bisexual.
MorrowindCrassius CurioNon player character, attempts to seduce players of either sex.
The SimsAllAll characters can potentially fall in love with either gender, however Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and DS versions appear to have removed any same-sex 'romance' interactions.
Fallout 2Miria and DavinA player character can marry either of them, regardless of sex.
Vampire: The Masquerade - BloodlinesTherese and Jeanette Voerman; variousThe player can choose the sex of his character and seduce characters regardless of the sex chosen. The character Jeanette/Therese Voerman (the characters have a split personality and are therefore actually the same character) is apparently explicitly bisexual.

See alsoEdit

References Edit


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