Nolan Ross — our favorite billionaire computer hacker in ABC’s drama series Revenge — has taken us through the emotional wringer. At first he came off as a cold villain ready to thwart the protagonist’s vendetta. But then he gradually became her ally, willing to hack any phone or computer on her behalf. Finally, he ended up walking her down the aisle at the end of season three. Now he’s our favorite character and one of the most nuanced bisexual roles on TV.
With his appearance, it’s official — bisexuals have become TV’s favorite utility characters.
While some television shows such as Game of Thrones have portrayed bisexual men as masters of manipulation, others such as Holyoaks can’t seem to acknowledge a character’s obvious bisexual behavior at all. It’s not uncommon for programs to highlight bisexual men as extreme sicko psychopaths — such as T-Bag the pedophile rapist on Prison Break and Kris Keller on Oz whose pastimes include rape, murder and torture. Sometimes an apparent bisexual is revealed to actually be a confused gay man, such as Blain on Glee.
No matter how positive the bi community finds the limited number of bi male characters sprinkled across the television world, TV has at least given us a few really very interesting bi men.
Here’s a look at the eight most intriguing among them and why these characters — flaws and all — are so captivating.