All 160 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died

People die. Characters die. This is perhaps life’s most unfortunate fact: that people will die and leave the rest of us behind. It’s incredibly rare that any dramatic television series lasting over three seasons will never kill a main or recurring character, and all those deaths have driven a stake through the heart of fandom: Joyce on Buffy, Lady Sybil on Downton Abby, Charlie on Lost, Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, Jen on Dawson’s Creek, Nate on Six Feet Under — but when the person who dies is a lesbian or bisexual character, queer fandom takes it pretty hard.

The history of lesbian representation on television is rocky — in the beginning, we seemed exclusively relegated to roles that saw us getting killed/attacked or doing the killing/attacking. And until the last five or so years, lesbian and bisexual characters seemed entirely unable to date an actual woman or stay alive for more than three episodes, let alone an entire run, of a show. Gay and lesbian characters are so often murdered on television that we have our very own trope: Bury Your Gays. We comprise such a teeny-tiny fraction of characters on television to begin with that killing us off so haphazardly feels especially cruel.

Not every death listed below was wholly uncalled for. In many genres, like soap operas and shows about vampires, zombies, criminals, or games of thrones, characters are killed on the reg. That’s a different trope — Anyone Can Die. Furthermore, shows composed entirely of queer characters will inevitably kill one. But regardless, they still add to the body count weighing down our history of misrepresentation.

And, due to the recent untimely death of Lexa on The 100, this week seemed like a good one to count down everybody we have lost over the years.

This list contains every television death of an OPENLY lesbian or bisexual or queer female character on a television show. With a handful of exceptions, these are all characters who appeared for more than one episode. The exceptions were deemed exceptional because something about the characterization still fits in with the Bury Your Gays trope. Victims-of-the-week from crime procedurals (Law & Order, Cold Case, CSI, Criminal Minds or older shows) or patients-of-the-week from hospital dramas (Chicago Hope, E.R.), aren’t on this list, as that is an entirely different kind of list, but recurring characters from those shows are on this list. Nor is subtext on this list, because we’re not gonna give Xena showrunners Queer Character Credit for a character they refused to make openly queer when she was really so obviously queer. You know? [ETA: Okay, I’ve added Xena after doing further research and because if one more commenter takes up space on this thread — a thread I’m using to find more characters to add, and also to engage with thoughtful/funny readers who have opinions and feelings — to tell me that I “forgot” Xena without reading this introduction, I will become the 200th dead lesbian and the cause of death will be “Walked off a cliff with a commenter in her arms. Murder-suicide.” But Xena will be the one and only inclusion based on subtext.] Also, although I’ve done tons of research, I haven’t personally seen all of these shows, so mistakes may very well exist, and feel free to politely inform me of them in the comments, or tell me about characters I may have missed — it’s especially helpful if you can tell me the cause of death and the year.

Unsure if this needs to be said but… SPOILER ALERT.


Every Regular or Recurring Lesbian or Bisexual Female Character Killed On Television

Julie, Executive Suite (1976)

Cause of death: Hit by a car. Her love interest had just walked into traffic after realizing her lesbianism and Julie was chasing her.

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Franky Doyle, Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980)

Cause of death: Shot by a police officer after escaping from prison

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Sharon Gilmour, Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980)

Cause of death: Pushed down the stairs by a corrections officer

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Karen O’Malley, Casualty (1987)

Cause of death: Head Injury

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Cecília, Vale Tudo (1988)

Cause of death: Car Accident

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Cicely, Northern Exposure (1992)

Cause of death: Shot by a gunman employed by the town’s evil overlord who doesn’t want to let the lesbians change his town. The shot was intended for her girlfriend Roslyn, but Cicely, who was already sick, blocked the bullet and died in Roslyn’s arms, thus magically healing the town’s long-simmering feuds and leading them to re-name the town “Cicely.”

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Talia Winters, Babylon 5 (1995)

Cause of death: Activated a sleeper personality that wiped out her actual personality, effectively killing her

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Beth Jordache, Brookside (1995)

Cause of death: Genetic heart condition, died in prison

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Susan Ross, Seinfeld (1996)

Cause of death: Toxic envelope glue

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Naomi “Tracy” Richards, Band of Gold (1996)

Cause of death: Stabbed herself

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Lucy, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders (1996)

Cause of death: Caught thieving and hanged

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Kathy, NYPD Blue (1997)

Cause of death: Shot by a hit man hired by her girlfriend Abby’s ex, who wanted to get rid of Kathy so she could get back together with Abby. Abby was pregnant at the time.

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Sondra Westwood, Pacific Drive (1997)

Cause of death: Murdered by a serial killer

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Jadzia Dax, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1998)

Cause of death: Blasted by an alien-possessed alien

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Sonia Besirky, Lindenstraße (1998)

Cause of death: Drug overdose from medication given to her by her ex-lover’s husband

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Leila and Rafaela, Torre de Babel (1998)

Cause of death: Explosion in a shopping mall

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Susanne Teubner, Hinter Gittern (1999)

Cause of death: Shot during a bank robbery (she was a customer)

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Shaz Wiley, Bad Girls (2000)

Cause of death: Bomb, died in resulting fire

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Laura Hall, Shortland Street (2000)

Cause of death: Heart attack

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Diamond, Dark Angel (2001)

Cause of death: Used as a lab rat for research that killed her

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Xena, Xena the Warrior Princess (2001)

Cause of death: Beheaded

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Beate “Bea” Hansen, Hinter Gittern (2001)

Cause of death: Injuries from an explosion

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Jule Neumann, Hinter Gittern (2001)

Cause of death: Suicide

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Frankie Stone, All My Children (2001)

Cause of death: Murder Mystery!

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Bridgit, 24 (2001)

Cause of death: Shot by a man in front of her girlfriend

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Tara Maclay, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002)

Cause of death: Shot in the heart by a stray bullet

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Kelly Hurst, Family Affairs (2002)

Cause of death: Pushed down the stairs by her lover’s husband

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Megan Hartnoll, At Home With The Braithwaites (2003)

Cause of death: Electrocuted in the bathtub

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Juliet Becker, The Bill (2003)

Cause of death: Stabbed

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Tina Greer, Smallville (2003)

Cause of death: Impaled through the chest on a large piece of wood during a fight with a male character

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Sandy Lopez, E.R. (2004)

Cause of death: Injuries sustained from fighting a fire in an abandoned warehouse

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Al Mackenzie, Bad Girls (2004)

Cause of death: Poisoned

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Hanna Novak, Verbotene Liebe (2004)

Cause of death: Stroke, died in her girlfriend’s arms

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Ines Führbringer, Hinter Gittern (2004)

Cause of death: Throat slit, died in girlfriend’s arms

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Thelma Bates, Hex (2004)

Cause of death: Murdered by a demon

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Flora, Deadwood (2004)

Cause of death: Beaten by a man who then forced a woman to shoot her with his gun

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Brenda Castillo, Charmed (2004)

Cause of death: Stabbed with a cursed blade by a man, causing her to rapidly age and then die

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Tosha, The Wire (2004)

Cause of death: Shot during a heist gone wrong

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Marissa Cooper, The O.C. (2005)

Cause of death: Car crash after being driven off the road by her drunk ex-boyfriend

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Servilla, Rome (2005)

Cause of death: Stabs herself in front of her rival house, inhabited by the mother of her lover

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Dusty, Queer As Folk (2005)

Cause of death: At a benefit at a gay club when a bomb went off

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Dana Fairbanks, The L Word (2006)

Cause of death: Breast cancer

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Helena Cain, Battlestar Galactica (2006)

Cause of death: Shot by her ex-lady-lover

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Manuela Wellmann, Hinter Gittern (2006)

Cause of death: Stabbed, died in girlfriend’s arms

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Maya Robertson, Hex (2006)

Cause of death: Hit by a car

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Natalie, Bad Girls (2006)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned to death with a brick

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Gina Inviere/#6, Battlestar Galactica (2006)

Cause of death: Set off a nuclear weapon

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Eve Jacobson/Zoe McAllister, Home & Away (2006)

Cause of death: Inside a building when it was blown up

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Van, Dante’s Cove (2006)

Cause of Death: Killed by the Shadows
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Angie Morton, Stritctly Confidential (2006)

Cause of death: Suicide. Jumped off a building.

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Rae Thomas, Passions (2007)

Cause of death: Stabbed

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Jay Copeland, Shortland Street (2007)

Cause of death: Strangled by the Ferndale strangler

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Lily Baker, Supernatural (2007)

Cause of death: Attacked and hung on a windmill by a demon

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Toshiko Sato, Torchwood (2008)

Cause of death: Shot

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Franzi Reuter, Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten (2008)

Cause of death: Gas explosion

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Snoop, The Wire (2008)

Cause of death: Shot by a new dealer, who correctly believed she was about to shoot him

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Sarah Barnes, Hollyoaks (2009)

Cause of death: Skydiving accident, instigated by her ex who tampered with the parachute thinking it was Sarah’s activity partner’s parachute

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Olivia Lord, Nip/Tuck (2009)

Cause of death: Cardiac arrest during plastic surgery

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Jenny Schecter, The L Word (2009)

Cause of death: Murdered by Ilene Chaiken

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D’Anna Biers/Number Three, Battlestar Galactica (2009)

Cause of death: Decided she’d rather stay behind on the toxic wasteland that once was Earth with her ancestors than inevitably be killed by Cavil in the cold darkness of outer space.

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Doctor Marina Ranieri del Colle, Terapia D’Urgenza (2009)

Cause of death: Shot by the mother of a baby who had died despite Marina’s care. Died in her girlfriend’s arms.

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Silvia Castro León, Los hombres de Paco (2010)

Cause of death: Shot by gangsters directly after her wedding

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Isabella Kortenaer, Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden (2010)

Cause of death: Infection from slipping on the bathroom floor
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Dahlia, Legend of the Seeker (2010)

Cause of death: Confessed

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Amy Tyler, Sons of Anarchy (2010)

Cause of death: Shot in the neck by her girlfriend, who wanted to frame her for murder

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Sophia, Skins (2010)

Cause of death: Suicide. Jumped to her death in a dance club after buying MDMA from the girl she was obsessed with

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June Stahl, Sons of Anarchy (2010)

Cause of death: Shot in the back of the head

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HG Wells, Warehouse 13 (2011) (Resurrected in 2012)

Cause of death: Sacrificed herself to keep the rest of the Warehouse crew (especially Myka) from getting blown to smithereens.

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Marissa Tasker, All My Children (2011)

Cause of death: Shot by her jealous ex-husband

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Patty O’Farrell and Veronica Cortes, La Reina del Sur (2011)

Cause of death: Patty drives off a cliff with Veronica in the passenger seat — Veronica dies, but Patty doesn’t, so after waking up in the hospital, she kills herself.

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Susan Grant, Private Practice (2011)

Cause of death: Septic shock following cancer treatment, collapsed at her wedding

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Bizzy Forbes, Private Practice (2011)

Cause of death: Suicide after her wife died

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Queen Sophie Ann Leclerq, True Blood (2011)

Cause of death: Wooden bullet shot by American Vampire League snipers

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Gaia, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

Cause of death: Head bashed in by a man she rejected

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Angela Darmody & Louise Bryant, Boardwalk Empire (2011)

Cause of death: Shot by a mobster

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Freya Wilson, Doctors (2012)

Cause of death: Saved a man from a housefire

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Nadia, Lost Girl (2012)

Cause of death: Stabbed while violently possessed

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Laure,Les Revenants (2012)

Cause of death: Disappeared along with a group of other police officers, assumed died while fighting the horde, precise cause unknown

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Cat MacKenzie, Lip Service (2012)

Cause of Death: Hit by a car

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Charlie, Home & Away (2012)

Cause of death: Life support shut off after a shooting left her unable to breathe on her own

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Wendy, American Horror Story: Asylum (2012)

Cause of death: Murdered by serial killer Bloodyface

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Lucretia, Spartacus: Vengeance (2012)

Cause of death: Murder-suicide, walked off a cliff with a baby in her arms

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Maya St. Germain, Pretty Little Liars (2012)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned by her ex-boyfriend/stalker

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Nora Gainesborough, True Blood (2013)

Cause of true death: Hep-V

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Beate, Bron/Broen (2013)

Cause of death: Accidentally via poisoned needle at her girlfriend’s hospital bed

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Natalie, Siberia (2013)

Cause of death: Unknown. Found dead in the woods.

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Annie, Siberia (2013)

Cause of death: Gunshot woundannie


Helen Bartlett, Scott & Bailey (2013)

Cause of death: Slit her wrists

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Clementine Chasseur, Hemlock Grove (2013)

Cause of death: Eaten by a Upir after being kidnapped, beaten and caged

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Nan Flanagan, True Blood (2013)

Cause of true death: Staked by Bill Compton

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Saxa, Spartacus (2013)

Cause of death: Sword attack during battle

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Shana Fring, Pretty Little Liars (2013)

Cause of death: Fell off a stage after being hit in the head with a gun

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Naomi Campbell, Skins (2013)

Cause of Death: Cancer

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Cristina, Tierra de Lobos (2013)

Cause of death: Head injury sustained during a scuffle with a jealous man who was going to shoot her

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Alisha, The Walking Dead (2013)

Cause of death: Shot by a 12-year-old girl

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Emily, Teen Wolf (2013)

Cause of death: Was about to have sex with her girlfriend in a tent when she was kidnapped by a swarm of cockroaches, tied to a tree, bludgeoned over the head, strangled and then had her throat slit (ancient druidic “triple death”) as the first virgin sacrifice of an evil druidess who was attempting, through ritual sacrifices, to amass sufficient power to get her revenge against the evil uber-Alpha Werewolf who had massacred her friends and horribly disfigured her.

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Alice Calvert, Under the Dome (2013)

Cause of death: Heart attack suffered from low blood sugar (she was a diabetic) after delivering another character’s baby

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Bullet, The Killing (2013)

Cause of death: Murdered by serial killer

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Tricia, Orange is the New Black (2013)

Cause of death: Drug overdose

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Lucy & Alice, American Horror Story: Freakshow (2014)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned with an axe by a puppet controlled by Lucy’s husband, Chester, who was suffering from PTSD and upset they won’t have a threesome with him

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Jana Murphy, The Following (2014)

Cause of Death: Suicide

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Uriel, Dominion (2014)

Cause of Death: Air strike

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Lucy Westenra, Dracula (2014)

Cause of death: Killed (turned into a vampire) by Dracula for betraying her ex-best-friend by sleeping with her fiancé

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Ana and Teresa, Amar en Tiempos Revueltos (2014)

Cause of death: Originally given a happy ending in 2012. The show was sold to another network and came back as “Amar es Para Siempre,” and viewers then learned that Ana and their son died in a fire, and Teresa died in the hospital as a result of injuries from the fire.

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Claire Bennet, Heroes Reborn (2014)

Cause of death: Died in childbirth from cardiac arrest from a traumatic seizure

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Victoria Hand, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2014)

Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head

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Isabelle Hartley, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (2014)

Cause of death: Car accident, SUV was flipped by the Absorbing Man

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Catriona, Doctors (2014)

Cause of death: Suicide after being attacked in a hate crime

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Nadia Petrova, The Vampire Diaries (2014)

Cause of death: Werewolf venom

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Reyna Flores, Matador (2014)

Cause of death: Shot

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Tara Thornton, True Blood (2014)

Cause of death: Took a bullet for her best friend (2009). Was then made vampire. Meets the true death while attempting to protect her mother from an H-Vamp. (2014)

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Leslie Elizabeth Shay, Chicago Fire (2014)

Cause of death: Pipe collapse while fighting a fire

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Kenya Rosewater, Defiance (2014)

Cause of death: Poisoned by her lover

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Sara Lance, Arrow (2014) (Resurrected in 2015)

Cause of death: Three arrows to the chest, causing her to fall off a building

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Rose, Crossbones (2014)

Cause of death: Throat slit by her girlfriend

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Rachel Posner, House of Cards (2015)

Cause of death: Ran over by a man with an obsessive crush on her

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Elise Beaupré, Unité 9 (2015)

Cause of death: Cancer

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Tituba, Salem (2015)

Cause of death: Man sent a flock of crows after her to peck out her eyes and leave her for dead

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Jenna Dickerson, Supernatural (2015)

Cause of death: Neck broken by a man while she was possessed by a demon baby

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Kate, Last Tango in Halfiax (2015)

Cause of death: Hit by a car

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Natacha Rambova, American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Cause of death: Shot

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Destiny Rumaneck, Hemlock Grove (2015)

Cause of death: Hit her head on a glass coffee table during a violent confrontation with a man who then broke her neck.

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Adele, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015)

Cause of death: Throat slit by Lizzie Borden

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Connie Ward, Home Fires (2015)

Cause of death: On a ship sunk by German U-Boats.

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Denise/Simone, Felizes Para Sempre? (2015)

Cause of death: Shot in the head

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Wendy Ross-Hogarth, Jessica Jones (2015)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned with a vase, fell and hit her head on a glass coffee table, was psychologically controlled by an evil man at the time

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Samantha Krueger, Ascension (2015)

Cause of death: Shot in the head

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Delphine, Orphan Black (2015) (Resurrected in 2016)

Cause of death: Shot in the gut in a parking garage* (*might not actually be dead, we won’t know for sure until Season Four)

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Maddie Heath, Coronation Street (2015)

Cause of death: Building yard explosion, died in hospital
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Lillian Moss, Murdoch Mysteries (2015)

Cause of death: Shot by her ex-lover’s husband

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Tamsin, Lost Girl (2015)

Cause of death: Died while birthing a child conceived from rape

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Carolyn Hill, Under the Dome (2015)

Cause of death: Crushed to death in a collapsing tunnel

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Sam, Scream Queens (2015)

Cause of death: Suffocated by a serial killer in a red devil mask

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Sophia Varma, Blindspot (2015)

Cause of death: Asked her girlfriend to run away with her and then killed herself

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Sally, American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Cause of death: Pushed out a window

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Charlie, Supernatural (2015)

Cause of death: Stabbed by a Neo-Nazi who then dumped her body in a bathtub

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Rachael Murray, Scream (2015)

Cause of death: Thrown off a balcony by Ghostface, snapping her neck

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The Countess, American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Cause of death: Shot and then decapitated

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Ruby Haswell, Emmerdale (2015)

Cause of death: Helicopter Crash

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Zora, The Shannara Chronciles (2016)

Cause of death: Throat slit

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Rose, Jane the Virgin (2016) (Resurrected in 2016)

Cause of death: Strangled by the crime lord Mutter.

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Carla, Code Black (2016)

Cause of death: Cancer, shortly after giving birth

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Julie Mao, The Expanse (2016)

Cause of death: Infected by an alien pathogen

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Ash, Janet King (2016)

Cause of death: Shot, between seasons

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Lexa, The 100 (2016)

Cause of death: Shot in the stomach by a stray bullet

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Kira, The Magicians (2016)

Cause of Death: Paralyzed and kept alive in a vegetative state, she enables the spiritual growth of a white woman in another realm and then asks the white woman to kill her in real life, which she does.

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Denise, The Walking Dead (2016)

Cause of Death: Shot in the eye with a crossbow bolt by a man while she was in the middle of a sentence

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Nora and Mary Louise, The Vampire Diaries (2016)

Cause of Death: Suicide. They destroyed a magic sword together to prevent Nora from being forever trapped in it, knowing that destroying the sword would kill them both. They chose death rather than having to be apart with Nora trapped in the sword.

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Mimi Whiteman, Empire (2016)

Cause of Death: Poisoned by her wife, who was cheating on her and wanted her to hurry up and die of cancer

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Camilla, Empire (2016)

Cause of Death: Poisoned by her wife’s former business partner after poisoning her wife

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Cara Thomas, Marcella (2016)

Cause of Death: Hit and then run over by a car
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Pamela Clayborne, Saints & Sinners (2016)

Cause of Death: Shot by an intruder who was associated with the man her husband falsely accused her of having an affair with (she was actually having an affair with a woman).

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Felicity, The Catch (2016)

Cause of Death: Shot by a man she slept with after giving him information on his con artist sister, who she was also sexually involved with.

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Bridey, The Family (2016)

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Mayfair, Blindspot (2016)

Cause of Death: Shot in the back

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Root, Person of Interest (2016)

Cause of Death: Saving a man from a sniper’s bullet

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Poussey Washington, Orange is the New Black (2016)

Cause of death: Strangled by a Correctional Officer following the violent interruption of a peaceful protest of the Captain of the Correctional Officers

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      The Six in question was Gina, who worked as a network analyst on Pegasus until she was discovered to be a Cylon. And also was intimately involved with Cain.

      Can I say that I just about fainted when Michelle Forbes showed up on Orphan Black? She has One Of Those Voices, the kind that slays me every time.

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      She was shot by a Six, Gina Inviere. It’s revealed through flashbacks (in Razor, I think?) that the two had been lovers before Cain discovered Gina was a Cylon.

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      The 6 that killed her was her lover before the Cylon attack and until they discovered she was a Cylon. Their romance was a small plot in the Razor movie/super long episode.

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      That Six (Gina Inviere) was her lover. The beginning of their romance was shown on the movie “Battlestar Galactica, Razor”. That’s why, when her treason was discovered, she was so brutal allowing the constant rape and torture of that Six.

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      That Six, Gina, was in a relationship with Cain. It was in the episode about the Pegasus, the Razor. I don’t know if this was a special episode that wasn’t shown with the original television showings or not, though. Gaeta was in a relationship with both an Eight and Hoshi, but you wouldn’t know that unless you saw the webisodes.

      Anyway, the Razor is on BSG on Netflix.

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      Her and Gina were together when the colonies were nuked. When Cain realized that Gina was a Cylon and she had been sleeping with the enemy, she locked her up, let her be tortured and raped repeatedly. When Gina got free she shot and killed Cain. I think it’s more explained in Razor. If I’m not mistaken it was a movie that came out in between season 3 and 4 and explored two timelines, one from the start of the series meeting up with a few episodes from S2 I think.

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      There was an episode where it showed what happened to the Pegasus in the months following the Cylon attack, During this time there was in fact a ‘6’ on board referred to as Gina. Helena and Gina developed a relationship that is subtly shown…when it was discovered Gina was a cylon Helena locked her in a cell allowing her to be tortured and abused, probably out of spite, Gina is the traumatized ‘6’ that Gayus later helps, she subsequently gets freed during when there was a near mutiny and shoots Helena, This same ‘6’, Gina, goes onto get her hands on a nuke and destroys a civilian ship 😀 #battlestarnerd!!

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      Some of these are really reaching. I seem to recall a romantic relationship between Cain and the Six (who is also listed here) was implied, but that’s all it was.

      D’anna Biers, when did we see her being into girls? Or Snoop from The Wire? Or Claire Bennet? Is my memory really that rusty?

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        The relationship between Cain and Gina was not implied, it was a small plot line to be sure, but it was definitely there in Razor. Their relationship was used to explain why Cain became so ruthless, why she let her men do those horrible things to Gina and why Gina said what she did before she pulled the trigger.

        D’anna Biers/3 had a relationship with both Caprica Six and Baltar when Baltar was captive on the Basestar after New Caprica.

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        Regaring Claire Bennet, in the actual Heroes-show we never got an answer regarding whether she was bi/fluid or not. Gretchen kissed her, but when she later asked Claire whether she felt something Claire replied that she didn’t know. And within the Heroes show, the possibility of a romance between them were never brought up again, they just stayed roommates and close friends.

        In an eBook called “Save the Cheerleader, Destroy the World” that are supposed to sum up the events between Heroes and Heroes Reborn for Claire, this is what the Heroes-wiki says about Claire and Gretchen: “On December 14, 2010, a picture of Gretchen and Claire at Arlington University appears on the cover of a magazine with the title “Indestructible Girl in Love Nest with Co-Ed”. Overwhelmed and humiliated, Gretchen sends Claire a text saying that she never wants to see her again. Claire sends her around 30 texts begging her to reply, but she does not. Claire finally gives up trying to contact Gretchen sometime in April 2011.”

        So apparantly, they actually did become a couple after Heroes the show ended, but don’t ask me why Gretchen got so angry over that becoming public, since Gretchen on the show most certainly wasn’t closeted.

        And then Claire is presumed dead in Heroes Reborn, although there were some theories that she wasn’t dead at all, but just that her father were lead to believe that she was. However, since Heroes Reborn is cancelled, those theories are obsolete by now.

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      This is broken down into 3 separate scenes.. (1) Cain has regular meetings with Gina Inviere (aka Six), a civilian contractor working for the Colonial Ministry of Defense. The two eventually become “romantically involved”. (2) Then Cain is deeply stung by Inviere’s betrayal, her feelings toward her erstwhile “lover” turned into hatred and scorn. (3) Cain returns to her quarters and is surprised to find Gina Inviere (Six) who escaped her cell,waiting for her. After a tense confrontation, Gina (Six) kills Cain with a shot to the head.

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      This is broken down into 3 separate scenes.. (1) Cain has regular meetings with Gina Inviere (aka Six), a civilian contractor working for the Colonial Ministry of Defense. The two eventually become “romantically involved”. (2) Then Cain is deeply stung by Inviere’s betrayal, her feelings toward her erstwhile “lover” turned into hatred and scorn. (3) Cain returns to her quarters and is surprised to find Gina Inviere (Six) who escaped her cell,waiting for her. After a tense confrontation, Gina (Six) kills Cain with a shot to the head.

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      Yes, exactly! A lot of these shows were doing our community a disservice even before they killed the bi & lesbian characters off–and I’d love to see that quantified too.

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      I’ve been seen Delphine on all these lists but I *refuse* to believe she actually belongs. Spoiler alert kind of, since you’ve already been spoiled: the survivable gut-shot happens in the waning moments of the S3 finale and we have NOT seen a body or confirmed she’s dead. I am holding out hope Fawcett and Mason are having their giggle and actually subverting the trope and she survives.

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      My condolences–I was spoiled for that particular item before it happened too, and I HATE being spoiled for that show. (Though if you love the character I do think the episode is well-worth watching for her arc.)

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    thank you for this. autostraddle and afterellen have been my fave go to sites for all things queer media and life….stuff. i felt so betrayed after reading afterellen’s recap to see them try to justify this bogus storyline of the 100 and then double down and have the show runner try to fix his mess on their site. you’re now my only source for queer content and i’d like you to know how much i cherish this site.

    i would also like to cheer the 100 fandom, their response has gotten a lot of notice and i hope that anybody hoping to write/ produce queer characters will have taken this message to heart. we are a fierce minority and we can fuck yo shit up

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      My feelings exactly.

      You know, that AE’s recap was a huge disappointment, but then they decide to add that piece of crap podcast?!!! I was raging mad. You say that there wasn’t any queerbaiting? That we should be happy because we still have Clarke? Are you kidding me?

      The only good thing about this, and the thing that made me happy, is that you couldn’t find a positive comment on that podcast.

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        all i remember thinking is, whose interests are you serving right now? the only queer people ive seen defend the show are people who benefit from being close to the show runner and such pandering to harm being committed against ones own community, i have no time for it

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          The response from the feminist internet in general other than autostraddle has been extremely disappointing.

          I couldn’t believe it when I read the AE article. I just felt so betrayed by it. The other day the mary sue also ran an article defending the shit show. Almost no major sites seem to get it.

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      Yeah, I feel you. Afterellen and autostraddle are my lesbian media guide and I always look up to it. But I’m pretty devastated that afterellen kinda try to justify it in a way. It sucks that I feel like they were holding back with what they truly feels. I don’t even know if this makes sense.

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      Xena is a lesbian icon, it is a show that pushed a lot of boundaries in TV… saying that their relationship was not canon is like ignoring 90% of the show. Specially with heavy maintext episodes like the Nordic trilogy or even the final that it’s like their big coming out party regardless of Xena’s death.

      Cast, writers and directors confirmed their relationship. It was a show that ended on 2001 and that did the best they could with the boundaries they had, they even had planned a big Musical Sappho episode with a kiss between Xena and Gabrielle that never saw the light…

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        Oh, yes, she IS a lesbian icon and I treasure the episodes you mentioned. And they hired Melissa Good as a writer, after all 🙂 I honestly think, too, that TBTB did the best they could back tuen, but I would still consider it subtext, albeit on the heavy site of it. Perhaps “not canon” wasn’t worded very well (no native speaker here).

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    Wow. And this is just the women. And just TV. I’m struck by the violent manner of death for so many of these characters. I really want to dig deeper here and compare this with the deaths of straight characters. I wonder if variables like ‘time after romantic revelation/encounter’ or ‘manner of death’ would further highlight the poor treatment of LGBT characters.

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      Especially since Lexa was strikingly similar to Tara – they’d both JUST had sex for the first time/first time after a break with their love interest and were hit by a bullet meant for someone else.

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      Agreed–the violence is really striking. It might be about general media violence growing along with the inclusion of bi and lesbian characters in recent years, but I think it’s mostly about cultural misogyny; TV loves to dramatize over-the-top violence against women.

      I also would love to see the timing of romantic encounters and other factors (like whether the death was primarily about the character who died, or about its effect on another queer female character, or about its effect on a straight man) charted!

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    I was kind of hoping you’d do this, lest I had to research it all for myself and drive myself into misery, as I kind of want to build a memorial to them and then tour it round TV station headquarters like “Do you realise what the fuck you are adding to by doing this” I’ve been thinking about it since Lexa got Maclayed.
    So thanks for doing the hard work again Autostraddle.

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    I will never, ever, ever forgive True Blood for killing Tara off BEFORE THE OPENING CREDITS of their final season and not even letting Pam mourn her death!!!

    The systematic de-gaying of that show (Tara + Killing off Queen Sophie, Naan, Nora, having Pam spend her last season searching for Eric- leaving her progeny unprotected and ultimately leading to her aforementioned untimely death) alwaaaaays bothered me.

    But, tied to their unceremonious abuse of the “bury your gays” trope, I’ll never forgive True Blood to the erosion of Lafayette over the years. Turning this wonderfully strong, vulnerable, dark and complicated, black, femme black gay man who was unlike anything seen on tv and reducing him to a sassy “gay bestie” stereotype for Sookie was heartbreaking and unwatchable.

    Lafayette and Tara were best friends and cousins and each other’s port in a storm during their abusive childhoods and complicated adulthoods. Lafayette was out for as long as we knew him, but when Tara came out at the start of season 4 and Lafayette was their to love her, accept her, and yes- tease her just a little bit- man, it was beauty.

    Given that there is a small amount of queer representation on tv, want to imagine how much smaller queer of color representation is? Want to imagine how much smaller black queer representation is?? Want to imagine how much smaller healthy depictions of black queer kinship is???????

    In a land of vampires, Tara and Lafayette were f*uckkng unicorns. What True Blood did to them was a sin.

    (Sorry, this article took me back to my rage place. Ignore me, Carry on!!)

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      Seconded. “True Blood” really did turn to shit in the last couple of series, particularly in its treatment of of queer characters/characters of colour. That final season was unwatchable.

      That said, I was startled when, after watching first series, I attempted to read the (terrible) books. I found that both Tara and Lafayette are teeny, tiny bit parts, with Lafayette basically consisting of one line of sass, a description of his nail varnish, and getting killed off by the end of book one. So in a sense, I suppose we were lucky the show runners were marginally more progressive than the author!

      I’m also glad Tosh got a look in on this list. Her death is always overshadowed by the horrible mess “Torchwood” made of killing off Ianto, the second he was in a functioning relationship. That’s another show I will never forgive.

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    Also, thinking about Tara Thorton, Maya St Germain, and Shana Costumeshop, along with the black lesbian from “Under the Dome”, which I never watched– are there any black queer women who make it to being alive at the end of the show (or at least the end of their show arc)???

    I’m not being snarky, I’m honestly curious. I’m racking my brain and can’t think of any. Right now it feels like if you are black woman who enjoys sex with women, you’ve got a 100% death sentence…

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    So out of 65 deaths listed here, gunshot wounds seem to be the leading cause of death among LBT women (17 total; 18 if you include Tara’s human death; 18,5 if you include Sara Lance who was shot with arrows, 19 if you include Cristina from Tierra de Lobos, who died trying to avoid being shot). Gun control people. It’s a thing.

    The second leading cause of dead is car related (3 of them intentional, 3 accidental), stab wounds take the 3rd place (5, including Nan Flanagan’s staking) and 4th leading cause of death is being bludgeoned.

    Unrealistically, no lesbian died because of over-processing or U-Hauling incidents. I call bullshit.

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      YEP YEP! They both had reoccurring arcs, which should qualify them for this list. And they were over 50/60 years old, late in life lesbians, which is rarity.

      And I was just about to congratulate Shonda on, despite her other faults, never falling into the “bury your gays” trope. 🙁

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        I never made the connection at the time with Private Practice but looking at it now, holy shit. And trying to think if Shondaland has done this in any other place….I have a sick feeling that Oliver might get killed off on HTGAWM but I feel like Callie and Arizona will always remain living. That was the strangest few sentences I have ever written.

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          I tend to give Shonda a liiiiittle more leeway because it feels like she at least kills off straight and queer characters at roughly the same pace, overall (what even? you know you’re talking about soap operas when…)

          That said, Private Practice is my least favorite Shonda show (except for Off the Map) – it felt so obnoxiously straight sometimes and often Political Issue of the week which was kinda cool and kind of annoying.

          Also, I always wanted Addison to be a lesbian. I loved Kate Walsh so much and she got so watered down on PP as opposed to Grey’s where she was this great mix of ice queen and person I’d want to be besties with and also make-out with.

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            The one thing I did really love about PP was Amy…she will forever be my favourite Shonda character and I really, really wish with all my heart that she will discover she is bisexual

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      Really feel this comment. I was so thrilled and honestly shocked by the lesbian couple making it out alive on that show. The lesbians so rarely survive, let alone a couple!

      As for explaining S3, I wish I could. It took me three watches of the first half of S3 before I felt like I was following anything and I’m still not sure I actually understand it. Good luck!

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    For Hex, you’ve mish-mashed both of the murdered lesbians – the picture and cause of death is for Thelma Bates, who dies in the first episode.

    Maya Robertson is hit by a vehicle and killed later on in the series.

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    Also, in Brookside there was another lesbian death: Shelley started out as a perfectly reasonable character that started going out with Lindsay Corkhill (one of the main characters). Shelley duly went batshit crazy, tried to instigate a weird love triangle with Lindsay’s mum, then started a fire in which she died.

    I will attempt to find evidence of this beyond my own infallible lesbian death memory.

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      I am starting to suspect that my lesbian death memory may be fallible after all, because I can’t find any evidence that Shelley actually died! (she deffo had a total personality transplant to psycho-dom though).

      I may have to re-evaluate everything about my own cognitive functions, and life itself.

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          Thank you Riese, that provides me with some comfort, as I feared I was to become the first lesbian to die from futile googling.

          I finally tracked down Shelley’s last appearance, and she left in a taxi, not a hearse. I am going to embark on a long period of personal reflection over this mistake.

          Some mitigating circumstances: it was 15 years ago, Brookside had a lot of fires, and I had a lot of alcohol.

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    Oh no, now I know that Charlie in Home & Away died. I only watched the Joey & Charlie parts until Joey ran away after Charlie cheated on her with a guy (if I remember correctly). My headcanon of course was that they found each other again and were happy ever after. Damn it.

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      yeah I had no idea…unless I actually do remember 0_0…the thing with home and away is once you get reminded of one thing it all comes flooding back

      really it was joey “running off on a boat” that “killed” the lesbian storyline (or the attempt at one) if I recall charlie never actually seemed all that into the whole thing (or if she was she was really really angsty about it) I’m actually surprised they didn’t kill Joey since that would have been more in line with the running theme here

      Charlie died well and truly after her “lesbian phase” was buried..its a shame because Charlie was the one and only home and away character I actually liked

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        Now I remember the “running off on a boat” too, what a sad scene. At least Joey didn’t die, you’re right. The pulled a “lesbian disappears in the parking lot” (stems from Erica leaving Grey’s Anatomy I think).
        In my opinion Charlie was just really angsty about being with a woman and in the end her fear killed the relationship. Somehow I liked their storyline anyway (up until the cheating), it was kinda sweet and touching.

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          joey was also really cute :/

          I think they canned it because of the controversy at the time? I mean you can’t really expect much from something like Home and Away but from what I remember it was a bit of a “how not to write a gay story-line”

          like characters making joeys gayness “a thing” and Charlie being so angsty over it it was almost as if it wasn’t fully consensual. That said though it would be interesting to watch again with the perspective I have now as opposed to how I felt at the time (I would have been in highschool and very homophobic/closeted)

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    Pedantic infighting about whether or not Xena was a canonical lesbian is like having a slap fight about whether or not a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable while locusts swarm around and try to destroy all the produce. WE’RE FIGHTING THE LOCUSTS.

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        I feel like the point might be that their sexuality gets them killed, and the emphasis with Lucy on the show is definitely on her feelings for Mina. They didn’t have to make her bisexual, but they did, and she was killed.

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    76? Oh lawd give me strength not to try to write Killed Off Queer Ladies cover of an annoying stage musical song that’s a con man’s pitch to swindle a town.

    I came here to say Charlie is not just a Dead Lesbian she’s also an example of what I call Murdocking. Killing off a perfectly sweet nice character that happens to be in the life of white male hero character simply to up the Angst-o-Meter, not to develop the story.
    He’s not deep in the man pain and you worry the actual plot is just too slow for our tiny minds? Kill someone nice. He’ll be sad, we’ll sad it’s all good now.

    No, no it is not because we see you and your lazy writing. We see it.

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      It’s called Fridging! There was comic book where a woman was killed and shoved in a fridge to move the man’s story forward. It’s a whole other crushing trope.

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        No.
        Fridging is for love interests and people very close to the hero and requires a certain degree of brutality and intent by the villainous forces in the hero’s life. Also leads to much angsted revenge plot

        Murdocking is friends, associated, periphery and for angst that just adds to man pain and no plot. Even a dumb over done revenge plot.

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            Charlie from Supernatural

            Cause of the character Matt Murdock.

            Because people nice or sweet in his periphery get killed off or something to make him sad an awful lot.
            Plenty of fridging too, but dude is constantly being given the sads by stuff happening to people around him.

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        **FUCKED UP WARNING**
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        It was Alexandra DeWitt girlfriend of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner. She was killed by the villain Major Force and her body forcibly crammed into the fridge of their shared domicile for Kyle to find.

        It was just one example in a trend at the time of brutalising female secondary characters for shock value, sexual exploitation and to create a revenge plot for a male primary character.
        In couple cases exploitatively brutalising a female main character for an “emotional impactful and brave” arc that would be forgotten and not touch upon ever again.

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      I totally agree. I’m so pissed at the show for sacrificing Charlie on the altar of Dean’s angst.

      Also, I really thought they would not kill her as she’s the only recurring female character the fans didn’t hate. Her lesbianism being a big reason. She did not pose a threat to the Winchester brothers threesome playing out in their minds.

      So mad at TPTB for killing my Charlie!

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    Man, this is painful to see. Also I’ve been watching Hemlock Grove (only finished the first season so far) and in the first episode a girl gets killed by a beast and near the end there’s this woman(forgot her name) who died after being skinned alive, both were lesbians I believe.

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    Man, this is painful to see. Also I’ve been watching Hemlock Grove (only finished the first season so far) and in the first episode a girl gets killed by a beast and near the end there’s this woman(forgot her name) who died after being skinned alive, both were lesbians.

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    …is it bad to say I don’t believe Delphine Cormier is dead? The showrunner teased in a Comiccon about someone being able to survive being shot through their liver if they got medical attention…

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        Showrunner interview:

        Variety: “Can you definitively confirm that Delphine is dead, or is there still hope?

        Fawcett: I would love to say yes or no, but this is “Orphan Black” and I don’t want to say one way or the other … We wanted to leave it in a hanging cliffhanger, so is she dead? Is she alive? I want the audience asking those questions.”

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    Would be worth it to mention Nadia Petrova from The Vampire Diaries (2014, death by werewolf venom) as it is an other prominent CW show and was shown having sex with an other woman and a man early in the season. Earlier on there was also Isobel Flemming (2011) played by Mia Kirshner more subtly hinted as bi (she was shown having compelled a male and female stripper, the latter of which was shown with bite marks on her thighs) and she committed suicide by exposing herself to sunlight.

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        from what i’ve heard she only had sex with rebekah in order to rob her? is there any other evidence of her queerness? sorry to be a stickler! it’s just that the value of the list dilutes if we include everybody who has kissed a girl even if they aren’t considered a queer/bi/lez character by the showrunners.

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          Well one could argue she was sleeping with both Matt and Rebekah for it, but in that case she wouldn’t have needed to interact with Rebekah at all in the capacity she did. The scene focused on Rebekah and Nadia as opposed to focusing on Matt. I’m not sure it dilutes the list – it only underlines the point of how narrow and limited our representation is, and how most of the time it ends in shock/tragedy (when it doesn’t go with the whole ‘bi girl redeems herself by getting with a guy’ route). I also feel personally it’s quite relevant given the CW’s particular body count in this mess.

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        HAHAHA the first gif oh my god… the smugness and the way she checks her out. Thanks for finding those I couldn’t remember the exact episodes featuring Isobel’s gay… Nadia’s is obviously fresher in my mind. They have the petrova fire (and gay). Also is it me or does Mia Kirshner have a really specific niche/typecast? She’s basically typecast as the queer girl who dies.

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    I REMEMBERED ANOTHER ONE !

    In At Home with the Braithwaites, Megan, the married woman who lived next door had an affair with Virginia, eldest daughter of the main family and generally excellent TV lesbian. I seem to recall they had a Bollywood-themed wedding ceremony (before gay marriage was legal) before spiralling into gin-soaked post-nuptial hell and eventual breakup. Shortly aftwards Megan is accidentally electrocuted in the bath when some appliance (maybe a TV?) falls in the water!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_Home_with_the_Braithwaites#Megan_Hartnoll

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    Lillian was a recurring character in the Canadian show Murdoch Mysteries and was shot dead early this season by the husband of her ex-lover.

    Dixie’s recurring lover Karen died after a head injury in the UK show Casualty.

    This list is nowhere complete and there’s plenty of characters missing.

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    Wow, that’s a long list.

    Since last week’s The 100, I have been thinking about queer female characters that died on German TV shows. I came up with these:

    – Sonia Besirsky, Lindenstraße (1998): drug overdose, probably killed by the husband of her former lover

    – Hanna Novak, Verbotene Liebe (2004): dies from a stroke in the arms of her girlfriend Carla von Lahnstein

    – Franzi Reuter, Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten (2008): dies in a gas explosion

    At the moment, there are barely any queer female characters on German TV shows, but at least there haven’t been any casualties lately.

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    Seeing Agents Hand and Hartley from SHIELD on this list is bitterly ironic, cause the showrunners specifically said that one of the reasons they erased both character’s queer sexualities from the show is because they didn’t want to become known as the show with two dead lesbians. Yeah, fuck that show.

    I’m also wondering how many of these characters were killed because the actresses who portrayed them got better jobs and the showrunners basically went “welp!” (Lip Service, The 100, etc)

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    Given that more than half of the entries on this list were in last five years, could be reasonably argued that lesbian and bisexual characters aren’t necessary dying with greater frequency, but than we just have more openly gay and bisexual character on TV in general. While it still possible that percentage wise they may be more likely than (presumably) strait to be treated as expendable, it stand to reason that the more of you truly exist in fiction-the more of you are bound to die in fiction too.
    So maybe in morbid way…this could be consider a partial sign of progress over time? That doesn’t give writers on automatic out for killing a popular charter of course or even a poorly written killing of an unpopular character. It’s just hard to say now if gay and bi characters are still more likely to bit a bad end than strait ones. Especially since the growth of networks have made the number of reoccurring characters so much larger, even while most of them are still written as straight.

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      As you seem confident enough to cast aspersions on the shared experience of a group of 200+ commenters that say the exact opposite, you shouldn’t have any problems providing 90+ examples of living/happy queer women in TV. Annnnd Go:

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        I’m not prejudging the experience of anyone else. At not point did I mention any other commentators. All I did was offer a speculative question as to what these figures might tell us about how much visibility has gotten better or worse over time. Although I do notice there should been a question mark at the end my first sentence, so maybe there is some confusion there.

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            Also, I’m not actually trying to be aggressive. If you really do know better than most here, a list showing proof of your theory would be very much welcomed right now.

            So if you can provide a list, please do.

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            I honestly don’t what I wrote that led you to think I want to be consider “the only voice of reason and logic,” I’m not so delusional that I would consider myself the final voice on anything. I have no theory. It was all speculation about things good and bad.

            There are far more gay and bi character on TV now than there were ten twenty etc. years ago. Along with a long of other groups are still marginalized and stereotyped. In shows where a lot of characters are bound to die anyone (crime and horror) in-particular, there are bound to be more cases where at least some of these characters are gay.

            I never said that number of gay and bi character dying WEREN’T disproportionally high. I said maybe percentage wide they gotten higher or maybe they’ve gotten lower and admitted it’s hard to tell. That’s why I said that the…”growth of networks have made the number of reoccurring characters so much larger, even while most of them are still written as straight.”

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          FYI I agree that there should be more stories with gay/bi/trans characters in leading roles living to the end of a series and more same-sex couples with happy endings. However, as Riese pointed out not ever death listed here can be considered wholly on called for. The most offensive about the Bury the Gays trope is that the gay characters are treated as “expendable,” with deaths occurring for gratuitous reasons. I’d be very interest to know how many of these characters (if any) could be said to have died heroically.

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            Again with the extraneous explanations. We know all of this already.

            I am past the point of caring why they die, I just care that they keep dying.

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      I actually wouldn’t necessarily say that lesbian and bisexual and queer characters are dying at a greater frequency than they have been in the past. I think the ratio of lgbtq characters killed to lgbtq characters that exist has remained the same over time… and that ratio has always been way too damn high! it’s uncanny.

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      To be fair to Mike, this occurred to me (a lesbian who is thoroughly frustrated on a personal level by All The Dead WLW) too – not a working theory or an opposition, just a pondering. I wondered whether the % of WLW character dying had remained the same but the number increased because there’s more of us on telly. I wondered whether the % might even have gone DOWN but there’d been a real terms increase because of improved representation. I also wondered if, with the increased representation, the % might even have gone UP due to the fact that yes, writers are inserting more WLW, but then they haven’t a clue what to DO with them, particularly once they’re happily loved-up, and they’re actually now even more disproportionately likely to kill them.

      All of these things occurred to me. Mike could’ve phrased his comment more carefully given his position as a dude in lezspace, but reading over it I don’t think he meant to be a voice of authority. He was just struck by a thought that I know I’ve been wondering about, on and off, since this article was published. I don’t have any answers either but I don’t think the question is offensive in and of itself…

      (PS: I am usually the one crucifying mansplainers; I stg)

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    Kate’s death in Last Tango In Halifax made me so angry. As did the whole planned pregnancy by sex with a man thing. That programme did all the other storylines really well and theirs really badly.

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      Yeah, me too. That couple had such storyline potential, but Kate was “not integral” to the plot. She was much more than a plot device, especially to older lesbians viewers. . So proud of the leskru’s activism. They are schooling the rest of us in who it make an impact: over $30,000 raised for Trevor!

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      That was the lesbian death which finally tipped me over the edge to say – enough.

      Sally Wainwright has three kills to her name on this list: Kate, Helen Bartlett in Scott & Bailey, and Megan Hartnoll in At home with the Braithwaites. Is that a record for one person?

      Also – what about unlucky in love Sophie Webster’s girlfriend Maddie Heath? There’s an explosion in a building yard as she’s passing. She dies a couple of days later from her injuries.

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      Clara is canon bisexual, as is River Song, they should both be on this list.

      There’s a longstanding tendency in the gay/lesbian community to require much more proof of bisexuality than of being lesbian/gay… which is a lot like the way straight people want way more proof a character is a lesbian than that she’s straight.

      It goes right along with phrasing like “gay or *at least* bisexual” to make us seem like… in our community’s eyes, we barely count.

      Please, everybody, hold bi characters to the same burden of proof. If you would have read Clara, for example, as queer for all her Jane Austen innuendo if she HADN’T had a boyfriend, read her as bi now.

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        Yeah, this. I 100% read Clara as bisexual, and the text of the show supports it (she mentions kissing and loving Jane Austen, seems pretty clear to me). But if they’re sticking with their “no subtext rule” with a broad definition of subtext (which is weird, considering Talia is on here) then River should at least “count.” She mentions having a wife.

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    Thankyou, Riese, for doing all the hard work for us and putting this list together! Seeing quite a few of these dredged up some painful TV memories (Pepsi! Why??). It helps put this past week in context. It’s not a nice list, but important, nonetheless.

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    I hate to be a stickler but Marissa from All My Children was played by Sarah Glendening not the girl you have in the picture. Yes the girl in the picture (Brittany Allen) DID play Marissa but she wasn’t the Marissa that was part of the MINX pairing.

    Personally I was a huge BAM fan (I actually went to events for them) and I only shipped Eden Riegel’s Bianca with Liz Hendrickson’s Maggie. I also became a huge MINX fan because it was now Christine Lind’s Bianca with Sarah Glendening’s Marissa. I basically considered them 2 separate couples not the same character (Bianca) with different women.

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    There are some days when I wonder why I watch Supernatural, and some days when I wonder when I’m going to outright hatewatch it. Killing Charlie felt like one of the biggest fuck yous from that show. She was only in a couple eps this current season, but there was also a cute queer cop lady that was killed off after her soul was sucked out.

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    you know when i first saw that you had updated the article i jokingly thought, watch this get to a hundred. we’re at bloody 85 and i didnt think it was actually possible for it to be this high. guess what? i have another queer casualty, from a Brazilian show called happily ever after? felizes para sempre? ( a freakin question mark should be all you need to know about how it ends.) anyway, denise/simone is shot and killed. denise and marilla were amazing together. ive included a link in case anyone is interested

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      was river song actually written as bi, though, or just said to be bi on twitter? i hesitate to include characters that were essentially queerbaiting, because i don’t think they fit in as examples of this trend

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        River Song is bi on the show, she mentioned in the last Christmas episode that she had been married to a woman (Something about her 2nd wife).

        Clara Oswald is bi on the show as well and technically dead, but just removed from time at the moment of her death.

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        yeah i feel that. i actually don’t recall – i only watched the episodes when amy pond was on because, actually, she is my root – and if river canonically did anything gay it was after i stopped watching out of spite. so she may well have been a queerbait character, and unworthy of this list

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      Jenny died and was brought back twice in the same episode, The name of the Doctor, and it was fucking brutal watching Vastra break down. So yeah Jenny died, but then undied because Doctor Who. I feel like if Thelma from Hex counts, Jenny counts because Thelma then spent 2 seasons as a ghost and even got a ghost girlfriend.

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      Thankfully yes! Jenny did die, but then they went back and fixed it, so it doesn’t really count. River Song died the first time we met her, and we have seen her lots since because of timelines and things. As a side note – Jenny and Vastra should have their own spin off. Love them so much!

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      Vastra and Jenny are still alive, well in the 19th century so they are probably dead by now but not in the show.
      As for River, she died in her first episode, before she was known as bisexual, and she’s kept coming back since so I don’t know if that should be on the list really.

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      She was engaged to George Costanza and was licking the defective envelopes for their wedding invitations. how can she be considered openly gay if she was engaged to a man?

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    This list would be more interesting if someone could compile and compare all of these deaths with two additional lists: A) how many lesbian and bi characters are still currently alive on series or survived full run of a TV series, and B) how many heterosexual characters have been killed off of series.

    That would be interesting to me. Maybe only to me; I like quantitative analysis.

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      I think it would be extremely hard(well time consuming) to compile a list of heterosexual characters who have been killed considering that hetero characters have always made up the overwhelming majority of tv characters and there are a shitload of tv shows, past and present, to sift through.

      It’s much easier to make up of a list of lesbian and bi characters(dead or alive) when they only account for like less than one percent of tv representation. Even less in previous years.

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        yeah, exactly!

        i mean y’all know there is nothing i love more than analyzing data, counting things, and making lists and graphs of those things, but oh man there have been thousands of tv shows!

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          The list of dead heterosexual characters seems pretty impossible, haha. A list of lesbian/bisexual women that have survived the full run of a tv show (so no currently airing shows would be on the list) would be a lot easier to do, I think.

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      That would be beyond time consuming. I mean taking just Buffy, for example you’d have a good 100 that were killed off alone. But I suppose that also depends on who you include…

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    I am comfortable with Skins Fire never existing, so Naomi is alive and well in my mind.

    I know she was loathed by the fandom, but I really liked Cat from Lip Service. The show went off into an entirely differently direction, one that I didn’t appreciate. So I think the showrunners made a mistake killing her off.

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    I know this has been answered before and it may seem abit silly for some people that we are arguing over whether Xena counts as canon or not, but her death in particular has affected me the most out of all the lesbians and bi women I’ve seen killed in fiction and I’m sure I’m not the only one whose been affected deeply by her being pointlessly killed off.

    It just seems wrong to not recognize this fact and the pain it has caused women like me over something as small as not giving the showrunners credit for a show older than most of the things on this list which limits what they even could do. I think the number of people pointing out how they feel Xena missing from the list enough for her to be put on it.

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    I may be just slightly wrong about this as well but I believe that Gaia was actually murdered by Lucretia who was Batiatus’ wife. Gaia knew one of Lucretia’s deepest secrets and threatened to reveal it causing Lucretia to murder her.

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      Gaia was killed by Tullius. He was causing trouble at a party held by Lucretia and Gaia tried to seduce him both to help Lucretia and to hopefully get Tullius interested enough in her to consider marrying her, but instead he kills her in order to essentially send a message to Lucretia and Batiatus.

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    Here is a (likely incomplete) list of LGBTQ characters in TV and radio. It might be worth cross-referencing this list to see if there are any names we’re missing.

    I’m trying to find out if local Asian media has snuck in queer characters solely to kill them off for the purposes of making a point about how homosexuality is an evil sin. I know there’s been at least one case in theater but that’s all I recall.

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      Oh don’t worry I have already gone through that entire list backwards and forwards. That’s where I started — that Wikipedia list, and four other wikipedia lists organized by show (one of dramas, one of soaps, one of situation comedies, and another of tv episodes), and the tvtropes bury your gays. That was my first step. 🙂 I have those lists bookmarked.

      Actually what’s been super interesting to me is that I did sort of assume those Wikipedia lists were fairly comprehensive — and it turns out that they definitely aren’t, if the additions offered in the comments today are any indication. I mean I literally clicked and went through the bio of every queer female character listed.

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      OK, so from a cursory look, from the ones I could find that have LGBTQ women characters…they all LIVE HAPPILY.

      The Big F and Yudh both from India have pretty stable queer women relationships. Daughters of Club Bilitis from Korea features THREE multi-generational lesbian relationships and they all live happily ever after. I’ve yet to find one that involves trauma, let alone death.

      @_@

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    Emily (TEEN WOLF) wasn’t mauled by an Alpha Werewolf. She was pretty much attacked by a shit ton of bugs as the SECOND virgin sacrifice for the Darach.

    Plus, we don’t know if Delphine is actually dead so she shouldn’t be on the list

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    Not be a jerk but I’m dyslexic and I have managed to read the title that says “All ## Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died” to come away with the information that the list is about TV characters, lesbian AND bisexual characters.
    NOT all LB characters in live action or JUST lesbians.

    Are you neurotypicals just very confident and never double check anything when you read before responding to something?
    I’m not suppose to do better than y’all at this kinda stuff that bitch from elementary school said so.
    I mean I always be glad to make her wrong, but what…what is this thing with failing at reading comprehension?

    Explain this to me.
    I am confused and not for the first time about this comprehension fail in neurotypicals.

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    The Lizzie Borden Chronicles has Adele (Kimberly-Sue Murray) in 3 episodes. She appears to be bisexual at least, kissing Lizzie in one of the episodes. Lizzie locks her in a coffin, later pulls her out and slits her throat to frame her for a murder.

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    Some more on AHS – in Freak Show there is a woman who is involved with Neil Patrick Harris but also with a woman and then he kills either one or both of them.
    In Hotel, I think Angela Bassett’s character dies too (at least, in the way that the countess does). And Sarah Paulson’s character Sally is the dead the whole time (we see her death in a flashback) and she is revealed to be queer eventually.

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    I can’t you forgot one of the most iconic characters in TV history, Xena Warrior Princess, who was definitely bisexual if not gay. I am really disappointed by this gross omission.

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      “Nor is subtext or queerbaiting on this list, because we’re not gonna give Xena showrunners Queer Character Credit for a character they refused to make openly queer when she was really so obviously queer.”

      It’s from the intro paragraph.

      Did you read the paragraph at all?

      Not trying to be mean, just curious.

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          Yes but wording of the poster’s sentence suggests she was not disputing whether it was more than subtext or not, but that she had not read the reason for the Riese’s omission of Xena from the list.

          “Forgot” does not imply a disagreement with Riese’s reason, it implies the poster was unaware of the reason.

          I am not on the subject of more than subtext or not in Xena the Warrior Princess
          I am on about the subject of reading comprehension and whether or not people choose not to read paragraphs when they are an introduction to a more quickly consumable work like a list.

          Is this clear?