Bisexual Comic Book Characters You Should Know About

Bisexual characters in comic books

Love is Love (Image: IDW Publishing)

While there’s still a lot of progress that needs to be made when it comes to LGBTQIA+ representation in comic books, there are stories out there that feature bisexual characters. So, let’s go over them!

Of course, there are (very likely) going to be bisexual characters in comic books I don’t know about. So please feel free to share the characters I’ve missed in the comments section below. Also, with bisexuality existing on a spectrum, certain characters on this list are likely to fall under the term pansexual, too.

Let’s begin with bisexual characters in DC Comics!

John Constantine

Bisexual comic book characters John Constatine

Constantine: The Hellblazer Issue 7 (Image: DC Comics)

John Constantine is definitely a controversial character when it comes to pinning down his sexuality. He debuted back in 1985 and since then has attracted a passionate fandom. His bisexuality was first mentioned in 1992. Brian Azzarello’s Ashes & Dust in the City of Angels showed him having relationships with men as well. However, most writers didn’t do anything with the announcement. His ambiguous sexuality was also used as a reason for the live-action adaptation to not mention Constantine being queer. But things have fortunately changed for the better across the board.

Constantine has been openly shown being in romantic relationships with other men in his comic book stories. The live-action adaptation in the Arrowverse has followed suit.

Catwoman

Bisexual characters in comics Selina Catwoman

Catwoman Issue 39 (DC Comics) – Take note, Selina is out of costume in this panel.

Selina Kyle has always been one of those characters who was the perfect candidate for being queer. I mean, the moment I was introduced to her (during Batman: The Animated Series), I just knew she wasn’t all straight. However, while she debuted back in 1940, her bisexual nature wasn’t confirmed until 2015’s Catwoman Issue 39.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy (Image: DC Comics)

Harleen Quinzel debuted in 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series and has become one of the most famous DC Comics characters. Her flirtatious interactions with Poison Ivy, during the animated series, didn’t go unnoticed. Their relationship then trickled into comics. The two are currently starring in the Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy miniseries.

Poison Ivy

Pamela Isley is one of Batman’s oldest foes. She’s a pop culture icon and it’s great to know that she’s bisexual. While her romantic interactions with Quinn were always obvious, her bisexuality was confirmed in 2015. Also, Poison Ivy and Quinn married each other during the Injustice 2 storyline.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Diana Prince bisexual

Wonder Woman in “Love is Love” (Image: IDW Publishing)

Similar to Constantine, Diana Prince is another controversial character when it comes to her sexuality. She debuted in 1941 and is one of DC Comics Golden Trio (alongside Batman and Superman). Debating Diana’s sexuality has never made sense to me, but there are still certain people who refuse to believe she’s anything but straight. Anyway, Wonder Woman comic book writer Greg Rucka shared his thoughts on Diana being bisexual during an interview in 2016. And quite frankly, if you still think Diana’s straight, then I can’t help you.

Jericho

Deathstroke queer comic books

Deathstroke Issue 6 (Image: DC Comics)

Debuting in 1984, Jericho (Joseph William Wilson) was created as a queer character, but Marv Wolfman and George Pérez decided not to go all the way with it back then. Their concern dealt with not wanting to make an artistic and effeminate-looking character gay and play a role in supporting stereotypes. However, Jericho’s bisexuality was finally confirmed in 2015. Having said that, there are certain fans who believe him to be gay (as originally intended).

Jeanette

Jeanette comic book

Secret Six Issue 3 (Image: DC Comics)

Created by Gail Simone and Nicola Scott, Jeannette debuted in 2009’s Secret Six issue 3 comic book. According to creator Gail Simone, “Jeannette was so busy doing Deadshot all the time, people forgot she’s bi!”

gail simone jeanette dc comics

Image: Twitter @GailSimone

Over at Marvel Comics, we have a good roster of bisexual characters (we still need more, though)!

Daken

Iceman Daken comics

Uncanny X-Men: Winter’s End (Image: Marvel Comics)

First appearing in 2007, Wolverine’s son is bisexual and he isn’t against using it to his advantage to get whatever and whomever he wants. Paired with his mutation to manipulate pheromones, it’s very tough to say no to Daken’s advances. He put Iceman in a whole lot of trouble during Bobby’s solo series.

Mystique

Destiny and Mystique

Mystique and Destiny in House of X Issue 2 (Image: Marvel Comics)

I’ve talked about Mystique before. She first appeared in 1978 and has been a thorn in the X-Men’s side for decades. She identifies as bisexual and has been in a very loving relationship with the future-seeing mutant named Destiny.

Prodigy

Prodigy bisexual characters in comics

Prodigy and Hulkling in Young Avengers Issue 9 (Image: Marvel Comics)

David Alleyne entered the Marvel Comics Universe in 2003. His bisexuality was revealed when he kissed Hulkling during the 2013 Young Avengers comic book run.

Loki

 

Loki Agent of Asgard

Loki: Agent of Asgard (Image: Marvel Comics)

I mean, we all know Marvel’s God of Mischief is everything other than straight. Al Ewing’s Loki: Agent of Asgard (2014) explored the character’s bisexuality and fluid gender identity.

Shatterstar

Shatterstar Rictor

Shatterstar Issue 5 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Gaveedra-Seven made his debut in 1991. Shatterstar’s sexuality has been a wild ride. It’s as if writers can’t seem to decide what to do with his sexual orientation. However, a majority of fans believe him to be bisexual. He shares a very strong romantic bond with Rictor that can reach across the universe.

Of course, bisexual characters exist in comics books published by other companies.

Korra

Legend of Korra Turf Wars

Korra and Asami in “The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars” Issue 1 (Image: Dark Horse Books)

Korra did a whole lot as far as positive queer representation in an animated series (targeted at kids) is concerned. Her journey as a bisexual lead has garnered a lot of praise. While the animated series didn’t explore her relationship with Asami, it’s being developed in the ongoing Legend of Korra comic book series.

Asami

Just like Korra, Asami will continue to be known whenever someone will talk about queer representation in content for children. Again, if you guys haven’t picked up the comic book series, please do. It’s great.

Homelander

The Boys Herogasm

Herogasm Issue 1 (Image: Dynamite Entertainment)

With Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys being very successful, I had to mention Homelander in this list even though I’m a bit conflicted about him. The comic book series debuted in 2006. I’m going to try and keep spoilers to a minimum when talking about Homelander (because of the current live-action streaming series).

Basically, he’s a superpowered villain that’s thought as a hero around the world. Homelander has no qualms about sexually assaulting others (regardless of gender). During Herogasm he’s shown making another male superhero sleep with him by promising a position in the main team as a reward. While I appreciate well-written queer characters, I also think we need interesting queer villains. That’s why, even though I’m still conflicted, I decided to add Homelander to the list. Let’s see if the live-action series talks about Homelander’s sexuality as the story progresses.

As mentioned, please feel free to let us know about other bisexual characters in comic books.

Do you have any favorites?

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.


-

Read our policies before commenting.
Do not copy our content in whole to other websites. Linkbacks are encouraged.
Copyright © The Geekiary