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Is Your Favorite Male TV Character One Of These 8 Bisexuals?

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.


  • Thomas Leavitt

    I think part of the problem bisexuals (and bi/poly folk, to an even greater degree) face in our media depictions is that we undermine tropes used to create “narrative tension”… if Craig Dean isn’t “conflicted” by having to “choose” between heterosexual and homosexual, between girlfriend and boyfriend, then the authors have to construct another, less neatly packaged source of conflict to generate empathy and interest in the audience. In other words: we are the victim of intellectual and artistic laziness.

    Because, of course, it is impossible to love more than one person at a time, and if you are attracted to one type of person, you can’t be attracted to another, right?

    Note: these tropes could be used, and subverted, as a means of illuminating the c struggle to embrace bisexuality and polyamory in a society hostile to both… but that would make for great drama, and we wouldn’t want that, right?

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  • Lynnette PurpleRain McFadzen

    Bring me anything written by Harrrie..they rock for the bi community!

  • Right-on,Thomas! I agree; in fact the plot in my novel, “Love, Sex, and Understanding the Universe,” uses conflict in exactly the way you suggest here, by showing the very real conflicts of being bisexual in an unaccepting society.

  • looks like i’ve got some tv to watch!

  • Amy Hanna

    Of course, they have to be all the shows I never watch in the first place. OF COURSE. lol

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