All 214 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.


Franky Doyle, Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980)

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


Sharon Gilmour, Prisoner: Cell Block H (1980)

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


Karen O’Malley, Casualty (1987)

Cause of death: Head Injury


Cecília, Vale Tudo (1988)

Cause of death: Car Accident


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.”


Talia Winters, Babylon 5 (1995)

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


Beth Jordache, Brookside (1995)

Cause of death: Genetic heart condition, died in prison


Susan Ross, Seinfeld (1996)

Cause of death: Toxic envelope glue


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

Cause of death: Stabbed herself


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

Cause of death: Caught thieving and hanged


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.


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


Sonia Besirky, Lindenstraße (1998)

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


Leila and Rafaela, Torre de Babel (1998)

Cause of death: Explosion in a shopping mall


Susanne Teubner, Hinter Gittern (1999)

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


Shaz Wiley, Bad Girls (2000)

Cause of death: Bomb, died in resulting fire


Laura Hall, Shortland Street (2000)

Cause of death: Heart attack


Diamond, Dark Angel (2001)

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


Xena, Xena the Warrior Princess (2001)

Cause of death: Beheaded


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


Frankie Stone, All My Children (2001)

Cause of death: Murder Mystery!


Bridgit, 24 (2001)

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


Tara Maclay, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2002)

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


Kelly Hurst, Family Affairs (2002)

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


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


Tina Greer, Smallville (2003)

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


Sandy Lopez, E.R. (2004)

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


Al Mackenzie, Bad Girls (2004)

Cause of death: Poisoned


Hanna Novak, Verbotene Liebe (2004)

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


Ines Führbringer, Hinter Gittern (2004)

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


Thelma Bates, Hex (2004)

Cause of death: Murdered by a demon


Flora, Deadwood (2004)

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


Brenda Castillo, Charmed (2004)

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


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


Servilla, Rome (2005)

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


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


Helena Cain, Battlestar Galactica (2006)

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


Manuela Wellmann, Hinter Gittern (2006)

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


Maya Robertson, Hex (2006)

Cause of death: Hit by a car


Natalie, Bad Girls (2006)

Cause of death: Bludgeoned to death with a brick


Gina Inviere/#6, Battlestar Galactica (2006)

Cause of death: Set off a nuclear weapon


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

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


Van, Dante’s Cove (2006)

Cause of Death: Killed by the Shadows

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


Jay Copeland, Shortland Street (2007)

Cause of death: Strangled by the Ferndale strangler


Lily Baker, Supernatural (2007)

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


Toshiko Sato, Torchwood (2008)

Cause of death: Shot


Nicole Wallace, Law and Order: Criminal Intent (2008)

Cause of Death: Killed by another serial killer. (Wallace was a recurring character on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, appearing in 6 episodes.)

Franzi Reuter, Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten (2008)

Cause of death: Gas explosion


Snoop, The Wire (2008)

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


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


Olivia Lord, Nip/Tuck (2009)

Cause of death: Cardiac arrest during plastic surgery


Jenny Schecter, The L Word (2009)

Cause of death: Murdered by Ilene Chaiken


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.


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.


Silvia Castro León, Los hombres de Paco (2010)

Cause of death: Shot by gangsters directly after her wedding


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


Amy Tyler, Sons of Anarchy (2010)

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


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


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.


Marissa Tasker, All My Children (2011)

Cause of death: Shot by her jealous ex-husband


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.


Susan Grant, Private Practice (2011)

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


Bizzy Forbes, Private Practice (2011)

Cause of death: Suicide after her wife died


Queen Sophie Ann Leclerq, True Blood (2011)

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


Gaia, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)

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


Angela Darmody & Louise Bryant, Boardwalk Empire (2011)

Cause of death: Shot by a mobster


Freya Wilson, Doctors (2012)

Cause of death: Saved a man from a housefire


Nadia, Lost Girl (2012)

Cause of death: Stabbed while violently possessed


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


Cat MacKenzie, Lip Service (2012)

Cause of Death: Hit by a car


Charlie, Home & Away (2012)

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


Wendy, American Horror Story: Asylum (2012)

Cause of death: Murdered by serial killer Bloodyface


Lucretia, Spartacus: Vengeance (2012)

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


Maya St. Germain, Pretty Little Liars (2012)

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


Nora Gainesborough, True Blood (2013)

Cause of true death: Hep-V


Beate, Bron/Broen (2013)

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


Natalie, Siberia (2013)

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


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


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


Naomi Campbell, Skins (2013)

Cause of Death: Cancer


Cristina, Tierra de Lobos (2013)

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


Alisha, The Walking Dead (2013)

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


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.


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


Bullet, The Killing (2013)

Cause of death: Murdered by serial killer


Tricia, Orange is the New Black (2013)

Cause of death: Drug overdose


Texas Longford, Hollyoaks (2013)

Cause of Death: Shoved out a window on her wedding day by her husband.

Tina Patterson, Boss (2013)

Cause of Death: Murdered by order of Chicago’s mayor in order to destroy her girlfriend’s campaign.

Collen Donaghy, 30 Rock (2013)

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


Jana Murphy, The Following (2014)

Cause of Death: Suicide


Uriel, Dominion (2014)

Cause of Death: Air strike


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


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.


Claire Bennet, Heroes Reborn (2014)

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


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

Cause of death: Gunshot wound to the head


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

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


Catriona, Doctors (2014)

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


Nadia Petrova, The Vampire Diaries (2014)

Cause of death: Werewolf venom


Reyna Flores, Matador (2014)

Cause of death: Shot


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)


Leslie Elizabeth Shay, Chicago Fire (2014)

Cause of death: Pipe collapse while fighting a fire


Kenya Rosewater, Defiance (2014)

Cause of death: Poisoned by her lover


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

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


Rose, Crossbones (2014)

Cause of death: Throat slit by her girlfriend


Rachel Posner, House of Cards (2015)

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


Elise Beaupré, Unité 9 (2015)

Cause of death: Cancer


Tituba, Salem (2015)

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


Jenna Dickerson, Supernatural (2015)

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


Kate, Last Tango in Halfiax (2015)

Cause of death: Hit by a car


Natacha Rambova, American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Cause of death: Shot


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.


Adele, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (2015)

Cause of death: Throat slit by Lizzie Borden


Connie Ward, Home Fires (2015)

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


Denise/Simone, Felizes Para Sempre? (2015)

Cause of death: Shot in the head


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


Samantha Krueger, Ascension (2015)

Cause of death: Shot in the head


Maddie Heath, Coronation Street (2015)

Cause of death: Building yard explosion, died in hospital

Lillian Moss, Murdoch Mysteries (2015)

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


Tamsin, Lost Girl (2015)

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


Carolyn Hill, Under the Dome (2015)

Cause of death: Crushed to death in a collapsing tunnel


Vivian, Mistresses (2015)

Cause of Death: Cancer


Sam, Scream Queens (2015)

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


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


Charlie, Supernatural (2015)

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


Rachael Murray, Scream (2015)

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


The Countess, American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Cause of death: Shot and then decapitated


Ruby Haswell, Emmerdale (2015)

Cause of death: Helicopter Crash


Zora, The Shannara Chronciles (2016)

Cause of death: Throat slit


Rose/Sin Rostro, Jane the Virgin (2016) (Resurrected in 2016, Killed Again in 2019)

Cause of death: Strangled by the crime lord Mutter.


Carla, Code Black (2016)

Cause of death: Cancer, shortly after giving birth


Julie Mao, The Expanse (2016)

Cause of death: Infected by an alien pathogen


Ash, Janet King (2016)

Cause of death: Shot, between seasons


Lexa, The 100 (2016)

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


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


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.


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


Camilla, Empire (2016)

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


Cara Thomas, Marcella (2016)

Cause of Death: Hit and then run over by a car

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).


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.


Bridey, The Family (2016)

Cause of Death: Stabbed


Mayfair, Blindspot (2016)

Cause of Death: Shot in the back

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Karen Kim, Mistresses (2016)

Cause of Death: Fell off her balcony trying to save her suicidal nanny

Root, Person of Interest (2016)

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


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


Bea Smith, Wentworth (2016)

Cause of Death: Deliberately stabbed with a screwdriver in order to ensure a terrible person remained in prison. Sacrificed herself and died the tragic hero.


Molly Ryan, Guilt (2016)

Cause of Death: Girlfriend hired somebody to kill her rather than have to witness her being involved with somebody else.


Roz Walters, Guilt (2016)

Cause of Death: Attacked by the roommate of her ex-lover after it was revealed that Roz had killed said ex-lover to avoid having to see her loving somebody else.


Sarah Harvey, Pretty Little Liars (2016)

Cause of Death: Unknown — found dead in a hotel bathtub


Julia, The Exorcist (2016)

Cause of Death: Car accident, directly after confessing her feelings to her friend, who was driving.


Helen, Masters of Sex (2016)

Cause of Death: Died in childbirth. Following her death, her parents took the baby she’d been planning to raise with her partner, Betty.

Gina, Shut Eye (2016)

Cause of Death: Murdered off-screen


Zoë Vaughn, Scream (2016)

Cause of Death: Drowned

Susan, Van Helsing (2016)

Cause of Death: Strangled


Monica Gallagher, Shameless (2016)

Cause of death: Massive cerebral hemmorrhage

Eleanor Guthrie, Black Sails (2017)

Cause of death: Stabbed to death by a Spanish solider.

Mia Rochland, Rogue (2017)

Cause of Death: Betrayed by her girlfriend, who shoots her in the back so a cop can kill her.

Bill Potts, Doctor Who (2017)

Cause of Death: Shot by a Cyberman then turned into sentient oil

Joan Ferguson, Wentworth (2017)

Cause of Death: Buried alive (hopefully)

Barbara Kean, Gotham (2017) – RESURRECTED

Cause of Death: Electrocuted, then resurrected

Jukebox, Power (2017)

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Ivy Mayfair-Richards, American Horror Story: Cult (2017)

Cause of Death: Poisoned by her wife

Renée, Slasher (2017)

Cause of Death: Run over by a snowmobile

Talvinder, Slasher (2017)

Cause of Death: Killed by her friends

Susan, Slasher (2017)

Cause of Death: Neck broken & eyes gouged out

Winter Anderson, American Horror Story: Cult (2017)

Cause of Death: Strangled by her brother for doing a thing she didn’t actually do

Bebe Babbitt, American Horror Story: Cult (2017)

Cause of Death: Shot in the back by another woman when she was about to kill the male cult leader that really needs to be killed because he is destroying lives.

Emily “A&W” Blake, Prison Break (2017)

Cause of Death: Neck broken by serial killer / rapist

Nadia Fiero, Counterpart (2018)

Cause of Death: Murdered by government agents who were going after her because her (also gay) counterpart, Baldwin, is a wanted assassin.

Karen Williams, Star (2018)

Cause of Death: Ded in a house fire after a mutual love proclamation with her girlfriend and best friend, Simone Davis. Karen was in the house at Simone’s suggestion. She was running away, and Simone offered her protection in her home.

Mason, The Arrangement (2018)

Cause of Death: On the same day that her annual lover, Deann, declares that she wants to figure out how to build a real, more-than-annual relationship with her, she dies. I’m not sure how yet because I got so upset I had to turn off the television as soon as it was confirmed that she was dead.

Kit, The Handmaid’s Tale (2018)

Cause of Death: Toxic working conditions in the colonies

Nadia, Killing Eve (2018)

Cause of Death: Murdered by her ex in prison

Anna, Killing Eve (2018)

Cause of Death: Shoots herself

Odette Johnson, The Handmaid’s Tale (2018)

Cause of Death: Killed during the war

Maureen Kukudio, Orange is the New Black (2018)

Cause of Death: Died during a prison riot, prior to which she was forced to engage in hand-to-hand combat with another inmate, resulting in severe facial injuries that were infected due to inadequate medical care.

Drago, Wentworth (2018)

Cause of death: Killed in a fight club match after telling her opponent that she had killed her sister

Sarah Tan, Condor (2018)

Cause of Death: Died in the attack on the IEP’s office that killed all her colleagues.

Alisha Granderson, The Last Ship (2018)

Cause of Death: Alisha’s girlfriend turned out to be pulling a long con and soon after Alisha realized the truth, her girlfriend stabbed her in the midst of a struggle.

Bracka, The Purge (2018)

Cause of Death: Shot after entering the home of the wealthy cis straight white man she’d been paid to assassinate.

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Peach Salinger, You (2018)

Cause of Death: Shot by her best friend’s boyfriend who did not appreciate the competition for his attention, because he is a creepy stalker.

Lila Stanton, The Purge (2018)

Cause of Death: Stabbed by her ex-girlfriend because she was about to kill her ex-girlfriend’s husband

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CeCe, Grey’s Anatomy (2019)

Cause of Death: Complications due to kidney failure and congestive heart failure

Rana Habeeb, Coronation Street (2019)

Cause of Death: Roof collapse the day after her wedding

Tara, The Walking Dead (2019)

Cause of Death: Decapitated by The Whisperers

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Mr. Kaplan, The Blacklist (2019)

Cause of Death: Jumped off a bridge

Rose/Sin Rostro, Jane the Virgin (2019)

Cause of Death: Pushed down a building shaft by her on-again/off-again girlfriend Luisa, then impaled by a set piece and set on fire.

Arlene Branch, Claws (2019)

Cause of Death: Throat slashed by a mob boss.

Daddy, Orange is the New Black (2019)

Cause of Death: Drug overdose

Charlotte Wells, Harlots (2019)

Cause of Death: Knocked over a railing and dashed to her death

Sky Garibaldi, Grand Hotel (2019)

Cause of Death: Murdered by a co-worker to protect a secret about the rich family they both worked for.

Jade, Why Women Kill (2019)

Cause of Death: Stabbed by ex-girlfriend Taylor in self defense, shortly after Jade stabbed her ex-boyfriend, who is Taylor’s husband.

Joy Wilkes, Castle Rock (2019)

Cause of Death: Murdered by her sister

Jamilah Olsen, Black Lightning (2020)

Cause of Death: Shot to death while reporting the news.

Bel, Boca a Boca (2020)

Cause of Death: Deadly virus

Carlota Senillosa, Cable Girls (2020)

Cause of Death: Shot by National forces while attempting to distract them to protect soldiers. Assumed killed in a group with all the other Cable Girls at the series finale.

Dani, The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

Cause of Death: Claimed fully by the lady in the lake


Swanee Caps, Fargo (2020)

Cause of Death: Shot

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  1. Just been binge watching “Call the Midwife” series 4 while I recover from surgery. The gorgeous Patsy Mount finds her true love, a Welsh district nurse named Delia, they move in, have one happy night together-and then the object of Patsy’s desire is hit by a car on the way to work. So that’s the end of that then.
    Its all very well that we are being acknowledged but how about some happy endings- or even middles- for lesbians every now and then?
    Lets hear it for the end of the narrative of the tragic homosexual.

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    Y’all it is really f’ed up that you redacted Poussey’s name from this listing. I get that people are pissed about spoilers but I know I don’t have to tell you that there is an entire #SayHerName campaign for the deaths of black women in real life and Poussey Washington being reduced to a [SPOILER ALERT] while everyone else on this list gets their name AND their photo is in direct opposition to everything that I think Autostraddle stands for as a community. Please, really, consider changing how you list Poussey because right now, this feels really disrespectful, to say the least.

    To those concerned about spoilers, how about you don’t look at an article specifically meant to list dead characters on shows that you watch???

    • The specific problem was that people update this list REALLY FAST, and her name was up here like six hours after the season dropped on Netflix. If people are going to do that, I honestly don’t mind! as long as they put a buffer sentence first so that their name doesn’t show up in the comment bar on the homepage.

      Yes, we live in the age of the internet, and things are going to be spoiled. But giving us a little bit of time to watch the episodes and/or just providing a buffer sentence is common courtesy.

      I think some people (like me) felt pretty strongly about this particular spoiler too because it’s such an upsetting death anyway. It was just such a bummer to be excited about the new season of the show and just be getting home from work, without time to even watch the first EPISODE, and idly opening AS’s homepage, only to be blindsided with Poussey’s name in the sidebar.

    • To quote Tumblr’s @decaheda: ‘a black lesbian died in a horrible, racist way. if you’re more upset about being spoiled than THAT, you need to reevaluate your priorities and check your privilege’

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  4. Hi
    In episode 15 season 2 of Elementary [Spoiler] Nell Solange a queer woman is the centre of a murder investigation. Although she’s not a recurring character, she is seen in flashbacks of the episode and her relationship with another woman (her suspected killer) is explored. I’m sorry if this doesn’t suit your list. Have a great day!

  5. Just adding my voice to the call for Justine from Penny Dreadful to be added to the list. She was trying to start a revolution against men but had her neck broken by Dorian Gray.

    • I fucking check this list every single week before watching that show and yet my hopes were still sky high that this was going to end well. I know the entire point of the series is basically Bea doesn’t get nice things, but what the fuck. Seriously. UGHHHH.

  6. I’m catching up on Zoo season 1. In episode 4 two random lesbian scientists in Antarctica freeze to death because bats block their solar panels. Wendy is one of them, I’m not sure if the other is named. They went there to try and save their marriage.

  7. New addition. Spoilers spoilers spoilers not that anybody will give a hoot about it but let’s keep the name/show out of the sidebar comment thing. Some more fluff, fluff for spoilers, spoilers spoilers. Ok I think we’re good now.

    Pretty Little Liars offed Shower Harvey (murder, found dead in a bathtub by a maid). Bonus points because they may have un-offed a creepy straight man in the same episode.

  8. I don’t think Julie Mao died. I think she becomes something else. About Talia Winter from Babylon 5, the actress wanted to leave. But, MS let an open door in case she would come back: Kosh had performed a full backup of Talia’s mind in season 1. But the actress never came back. It’s really sad.

  9. New addition, and it doesn’t make any sense. Possibly a second new addition depending on what your Lily Kane rule is.

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    Terrible Freeform drama Guilt finally screwed us over in its finale. Apparently the dead-all-along girl was secretly dating Sketchy Lesbian DJ Roz and pissed her off, so Roz got Main Girl’s boyfriend to kill dead-all-along. After Main Girl, who apparently didn’t notice her two roommates being In Lesbians together, finds out, she bashes Roz’s skull in. Roz, let’s note, had an actual girlfriend when dead-all-along was found dead at the start of the show. This does not make any sense. Anyway, one more dead lesbian, the dead-all-along girl was bi, and one of them was secretly psycho too.

  10. You need to update this article with Sarah Lance’s resurrection. She was brought back to life by using the Lazarus pit and Constantine helped bring her soul back from the afterlife. The character is a regular on Legends of Tomorrow now

  11. 13 from House MD deserves an honourable mention, despite the lack of on screen death (she actually lives long enough to be at the funeral for House in the finale), but they spent a lot of screen time on her sexuality and impending death – she’s bi, and becomes promiscuous / risk taking after getting diagnosed with Huntington’s. Her mother and brother had it and died, and she left the show/job to go off and be with her gf for as long as she can before she dies. It’s deathbaiting, rather than queerbaiting? def queer, maybe dead this week? maybe next? I definitely took it personally how much they threatened to kill her, even if she did survive til end of show she was given a terminal diagnosis, worsening symptoms and a lot of impending death narrative.

  12. Make that 163. Mr Kaplan was shot by Raymond Reddington on The Blacklist this week for betraying him, even though she was actually trying to help him and protect the lives of another woman and a baby girl.

  13. add to the list, Zoe Vaughn from MTV Scream (2016). Confirmed bisexual, made out with both Noah and Audrey at a party, and eventually trapped in a coffin and drowned by the killer (Kieran, a known hater of sapphic girls, killed two wlw and tried to kill two more)

  14. It’s been a long time since I last came back to this site so I didn’t see that some commenters wanted a spoiler warning/not to post before 24 hours after a character dies. If I spoiled anyone, I’m so sorry.

  15. Tricia (orange is the new black) was encouraged to overdose by one of the prison guards, kinda a suicide/murder at the same time.

    Also, were Victoria Hand and Isabelle Hartley gay??? (with regards just to the show and not the comics) I know Isabelle was only there for one/two episodes, Hand was only around for half a season, but I don’t remember there being ANY development behind their characters beyond how they contributed to the story. I mean, correct me if I’m wrong, but in the show up to this point, I’m pretty sure we’ve only had one gay character, and he was a guy.

    • It was mentioned somewhere in the comments that Victoria and Isabelle were not revealed as gay on the show because the writers knew they were going to kill them. Therefore it was felt that they needed to be included because is was a case of both Hide Your Gays and Bury Your Gays.

      • I think they had planned to keep Hartley around for much longer (and hopefully would have revealed that she was queer), but had to come up with a quick backup plan when Lucy Lawless had to back out due to pregnancy. It’s entirely possible that I’m remembering all of this wrong, though.

  16. Hm, while I think it’s awesome we get to contribute to this fight against Bury Your Gays by providing the actual facts for statistics etc. I think maaaaaybe when need to come up with some spoiler shield protocol for making comments/reporting to this post.

    Cause while the title “All ### Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters on TV, And How They Died” is clear indicator of YO SPOILERS AHEAD it doesn’t negate seeing the comment in Latest Comments panel and getting spoiled from that.

  17. I was going to ask if anime characters should be added to the list, then mention Ten’no Haruka/Sailor Uranus and Kaio Michiru/Sailor Neptune of Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon, except that while they were killed off by the main villain of SailorStars (5th season), so were all of the other Sailor Senshi except the main character, Sailor Moon (including her boyfriend, Chiba Mamoru/Tuxedo Kamen) and resurrected once again, as I mentioned above, and it wasn’t because they were lesbians, it was because they were heroes fighting against the final villain of the series.

    Still, if anime and manga characters do count, IMHO they should only be added if they were killed off because of being lesbian/bisexual rather than for another reason (as above).

    Also, I really hate Rick Berman (executive producer of the different Star Trek series post-Roddenberry) partly because of his allowing Jadzia Dax to be killed off after her actor, Terry Farrell, decided to leave the series, but also because rape survivor Tasha Yar (played by Denise Crosby) suffered the same fate in ST:TNG for basically the same reason (Crosby wanted out of her contract too). So, if a female actor quits, that’s reason to pointlessly and needlessly kill off her character as well? Sexism, much?

  18. *Westworld Spoilers*

    Elsie Hughes from Westworld could be the newest name to this list. She was shown to be sexually attracted to a female host (a scene that went literally nowhere after this), and was shown being strangled to death in episode 10. We don’t know for sure yet though.

    That kissing scene just seems so bloody pointless if she is dead now, like they inserted it with the intention of taking it further, changed their minds and decided she would die in ep 10, but never edited the kissing scene out.

  19. Okay, just my opinion, but I don’t think Kelly and Yorkie should be on this list. I mean, yes, technically they did die. But their consciousnesses are still alive and well, and it was definitely a decision to choose to live, rather than actually die by having your mind die along with your body. They have a happy ending together!

    But, if you MUST keep them on the list, Yorkie didn’t die from the car crash. That happened when she was a teen. Cause of death would be doctor-assisted suicide (although I still contend that they shouldn’t count as dead). Thank you so much!

      • Recurring characters just don’t exist in Black Mirror, it’s an aspect of the show’s structure. If you look at the IMDb page you’ll find that the most episodes any character has been in is three (over three seasons). Whether they should be on the list due to thr connotations of their deaths is another question entirely; I don’t feel that it’s right to omit them just because their deaths were “good”, as that leaves us open them some really finicky and subjective slicing and dicing. For example (Person of Interest spoilers) many POI fans felt that Root’s death shouldn’t be classed as a BYG because it came well after the relationship was established and was part of a larger narrative arc about transcendence. Imo we have to go “all or nothing” with this kind of list.

    • Any queer woman whose death (of her physical body) I have to witness counts as trauma to me and therefore goes on the list! Even if gays transcend (POI, the LOO, Black Mirror…) or are un-buried (Jane the Virgin, Orphan Black…) they should still of on the list because we still had the upset of having to watch it happen and the message is still sent: a violent end is destined for people like you. The rest is just semantics.

  20. (*Spoiler Alert* for Scream I guess)

    I’m not sure if she would count or if anyone has mentioned her yet, but Rachel Murray from Scream: The TV Series. She is dating a main character Audrey in Season 1 episode 1 and episode 2, then is murdered in episode 2.

  21. I know pretty much no one watched this show, but Taxi Brooklyn (it ran for like 12 episodes back in 2014) had an ADA named May Winters who stalked Chyler Leigh’s character, kidnapped her, killed a bunch of people “for her,” and then killed herself because she was so in love with her… literally her last words were “Why won’t you love me, Caitlyn?” So yeah that was lovely

  22. Well this is one of the most depressing articles I have read in a while. It’s nice to know that the LGBT community has a lot of shows that they can really get behind. It makes me really appropriate and love the shows that actually let their gay characters live and have happy endings since they are so rare. The only show that I forgive is Xena because she went out in a blaze, sacrificing herself to save thousands of souls. And I know that her and Gabrielle will be together in the next life. The rest of the shows are just crap.

  23. In the article about the killing off of lesbian characters, the author used Joyce from Buffy the Vampire Slayer as the first example…. which is incorrect…. Joyce is Buffy’s mother. TARA was Willow’s girlfriend who was killed. A slip up that probably should be changed… especially as it’s the first example. Did anyone else notice this?


    • Hi! Joyce is listed as an example of a non-queer character who is killed off; she’s listed along with the likes of Ned Stark and a host of other straight people.

      The full sentence reads “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.”

  24. Then as a personal opinion, villains shouldn’t be on this list. Because your basically saying that they should have been exempt from death despite commiting evil deeds, just because their LGBT females. If you want more female villains, even some that just so happen to be gay or bi, you have to accept that they will die as that is usually what happens to villains.

    • Eleanor’s death was kind of inevitable. This show is quite violent & they killed off some straight white main characters (Vane, Miranda), so I’m not sure she even counts as a “Bury the gays” example.

      Black sails did *SPOILER ALERT* UNbury a gay man (Thomas) and reunite him with Flint, it’s a true miracle.

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  26. Thank you so much for this! So upsetting and considering how few Lesbians are shown, can’t help but think it’s a media message.

    About Dana from The L Word, though, she actually died from from heart failure from “treatment”/chemo for breast cancer. I watched closely since it was very courageous of them to show that. There is intense pressure to believe the doctors.

    My best friend has survived three separate cancers, the first two very rare and extremely invasive (clear cell adenocarcinoma of the uterus and neuroendocrine colon cancer), and the last one was a more regular breast cancer, with surgery and herbs and other alternatives methods — NOT going vegan or juicing or an expensive clinic. She also has refused all scans, including mammograms since they cause so much cancer. We try to get the word out with so many women dying soon after suffering through “treatment.” There are other options but we are not given informed consent.

  27. so Delphine is definitely alive, but also, I mean technically Kelly and yorkie are dead, but the whole point of the story was them being euthanized and finding each other in the afterlife, and it was the only bm ep with a happy ending. I guess I don’t really get why they’re on the list since they weren’t really killed off, and it was in no way violent or unfair

  28. SPOILERS for the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale:

    Should add Martha 6715-301, Ofglen’s (Alexis Bledel’s character’s) girlfriend who is hanged for “gender treachery” in episode 3.

    Someone might mention Moira, but given what happens to her in the book and the character who reports her death (someone represented as being mentally unstable), I don’t think she should count yet.

  29. I just started watching Zoo on Netflix. Season 1 episode 4: the very first LGBT+ couple introduced is a lesbian couple, who freeze to death by the end pf the episode. Their names were Margaret and Wendy and they were trying at a second chance in their marriage.
    Not only are we not represented as a main or recurring character, but we’re still not allowed to have happy endings.

  30. You can remove Bill Potts from Doctor Who from the list – not only does she never actually die (she’s turned into a Cyberman/cyborg sure, but she entirely retains her sense of self), but less than an episode passes before her space girlfriend saves her from even being a cyborg.

    She’s due to show up in the next episode too.

    • Disagree. She was shot incredibly graphically by this show’s standards for a companion, had a number of scenes showing how physically ruined her body was… she managed to get a “sentient water/oil” whatever afterlife with her (imo) creepy crush Heather & a “virtual” temporary reunion with the Doctor, but she was

      Still. Killed. In a really upsetting and literally dehumanising way that is out of the norm for companions on this show.

      I absolutely think that she was the “I’ve got another year to run this show, people think I’m so sexist/racist, okay let’s pull out all the minority stops on this one-series character before finishing her off. Then she can have a static constrained afterlife.” The end he gives for all the women who get too confident, but Bill’s death was so much nastier, so much more graphic, than his white women he involved romantically with the Doctor.

      Bill’s tragic end was also alluded to in a recent episode by the Doctor in a rage as something so awful, so terrible, it was motivating her to do something awful and terrible herself to avoid it happening to anyone else again.

  31. I want to profoundly and most sincerely thank you on creating this list and keeping it refresshed and updated throughout the years. Thank you! Now thanks to you I will spare myself of all the heartbreak I already encountered many times trying to follow our brave lgbt characters who always for some reason end uo dead…

    there can be a book written also about all the obstacles our beloved characters go through durong their existence in the shows and movies before they are killed off, like Hollywood and the rest of the world wants to send the message “It is ok for ys to give you the lesbian abd bi characters to attract the audience, but our message is it is not ok to be lgbt!” And it pisses me off. Also it is ok to film straight sex but when it comes to gay sex scenes, lets keep it as modest as possible and rare… So many messages thrown our way that from their point of view its not ok we exist. Makes me mad!

    Once more many thanks your way and know that your effort is appreciated!

  32. Ya bitch because you want representation.
    Then ya bitch about the representation.

    Not every lesbian is courageous/brave.

    Some of them just get stabbed in the neck and dumped in the river. 🤷‍♂️

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