The 18 Best Lesbian Knifeplay Scenes in TV History

Whether Killing Eves Eve and Villanelle want to end each other’s lives literally by way of murder or just end each other, like, sexually is a complicated question because the answer is both and yet neither. What Villanelle and Eve have for each other is, in turns but also sometimes all at once, seductive and dangerous. Their knifeplay has birthed many a fanfic, and I should know, because I read them as if they were cute lil bedtime stories.

But while Eve and Villanelle may have recently popularized and perfected the art of seductive-scary knifeplay on television, they certainly did not invent it. Here are 18 other times gay knifeplay graced our televisions.


Villanelle with a knife in Eve’s kitchen (Killing Eve)

Wow, just wow. This image really is Killing Eve in a nutshell.

Eve stabs Villanelle (Killing Eve)

Remember when we all thought Eve and Villanelle were going to have lesbian sex? But then instead, Eve STABBED her? In any case, as season two shows, Villanelle thinks Eve stabbed her because she loves her…

Tamsin pulls a circular blade out of nowhere on Bo (Lost Girl)

“You are more alive than anyone I have ever met.”

Nancy Botwin and Celia Hodes in Nancy’s kitchen (Weeds)

Okay, I’m going to need everyone with a Netflix subscription to go watch this scene right now. It happens in season three, episode 12, about three minutes into the episode. (If you don’t have Netflix, you can watch the scene here, but the quality is not great and trust me this is something you want to experience in HD!!!) Watch the scene three times. The first time, listen to Celia’s breathing. The second time, focus on Nancy’s hands. The third time, focus on Celia’s hands. The HAND ACTING that is happening in this scene is incredible and undeniably sexual. This is a sex scene, and you cannot convince me otherwise.

Faith uses her new knife on Willow (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Faith and her knife have almost as much chemistry as Faith and Buffy do.

Faith pushes Buffy against a wall (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

“If you’re a screamer, feel free.”

Stahma poisons Kenya (Defiance)

Yes, technically poison is not a knife. But spiritually, this counts as knifeplay.

Root and Shaw and the iron that sparked a million fics (Person Of Interest)

Oh yes, another entry on this list that does not technically involve a knife. We’re not even halfway through here and we are spiraling out of control, but did you expect anything less?

Clarke holds a knife to Lexa’s throat (The 100)

I’M SORRY!!!!!!

Fen hurls a dagger at Margo (The Magicians)

Dagger-throwing is a commonly practiced form of lesbian foreplay.

Linda Cardellini just loving knives (A Simple Favor)

I know this is not a TV show, but clearly this list is playing it fast and loose with its own guidelines. I called Linda Cardellini’s character in A Simple Favor a Knives Lesbian in my review of the film, and I stand behind it. She collects knives; she paints knives; Blake Lively ruined her life. Knives Lesbian.

Helena Cain and her folding knife (Battlestar Galactica)

This knife passed from Helena to Kendra Shaw to Starbuck, which is both beautiful and gay.

Mona brought pie (PLL: The Perfectionists)

She! Brought! Pie!

Xena confiscates Gabrielle’s “breast knife” (Xena: Warrior Princess)

Gabrielle’s ACTUAL response to this? “It’s not like your breasts aren’t dangerous enough.”

Xena and Callisto’s fight (Xena: Warrior Princess)

This was a body-swapping arc, and body-swapping is gay.

Emperor Georgiou and Michael Burnham in the Mirror Universe (Star Trek: Discovery)

Michelle Yeoh’s top energy on Star Trek: Discovery is… too… powerful.

Rory and Paris’ fencing fight (Gilmore Girls)

In all seriousness, this is one of the greatest television scenes of all time.

Dylan pulls out a knife literally during sex with Helena (The L Word)

Somehow, this is like the most chill thing that happens in the series finale.

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a Brooklyn-based writer, television critic, and comedian who spends most of her time over-analyzing queer subtext on television, singing "Take Me Or Leave Me" in public places, and assembling cheese platters. She has a cat named after Piper Halliwell from Charmed, and her go-to karaoke song is "Everywhere" by Michelle Branch. Her writing can also be found at The A.V. Club and The Hollywood Reporter, and she wrote the webseries Sidetrack. You can catch her screaming in all-caps about Kalinda Sharma, Jennifer Lopez, and oysters on Twitter and Instagram.

Kayla has written 171 articles for us.

51 Comments

  1. as the owner of several Fun Knives, several more Practical Knives, and a couple swords just for giggles, I feel very seen

    also fen’s love affair with knives and her sojourn to benihana are the honorary #19 on this list

  2. Wait.
    Do we have more knife play than dance scenes on TV?
    And just how many people in the comments do own swords?
    I mean..we all knew about lesbians and cats, but..
    I’m saying this as someone who took down her decorative weapons collection because it was scaring people.

    • yes i am absolutely gonna need a roll call for who all owns/owned swords in these comments!!!! i did not own a sword, but i did own a foil because i briefly took fencing lessons in high school

    • I had friends in high school who would refuse to sleep in my room when we had movie night sleepovers because my walls and shelves were literally covered/decorated with weapons. I suppose that should have been a glaring indicator that maybe I had a problem….

    • I think I recall conversing with you about my demonic looking sword gifted to me with a scabbard and belts. Since then I got 2 foam swords as wedding favors from the funniest wedding I’ve ever been too.
      One is the classic She-Ra Sword the other is in the style of a Viking sword.

      Still have my trusty box cutter and faux chinese letter opener, but I lost my multi tool 🙁

      I feel my Bacchus swag (light up mardi gras throws) doesn’t count because they wouldn’t even survive a fight choreography session and the big one its pommel is so impractical. Way too big for such a short handle.

  3. Wait but how is the BtVS season 3 finale not on here, where Buffy “gives back” Faith’s knife? Thinking about it now, they actually have like the exact same pair of scenes as Killing Eve! Meeker one pinned against a wall by the unhinged one, later ends up stabbing her in the gut.

    • Not enough hand action, but honorable mention is acceptable as she was avenging her lesbian lover and the gonadal fortitude of taking on a Hellgod is stuff legends are made of…and someone stop me before I wax poetic about how Aphrodite is a powerful merciless goddess who makes love to the god of war.

  4. Mmmmmmm yesssss this is my happy place.
    I was that kid who checked out one of those glorious full color DK Books on weaponry enough times from the middle school library some people got concerned.

  5. I love this article and this is absolutely the content I want to see, HOWEVER I am shocked and appalled that the “Death by a Thousand Cuts” scene from Jessica Jones, season 1 episode 10 didn’t make this list.

  6. Kayla, just for the record, I do laugh at loud at least once during every damn one of your articles. Today’s winner: “Somehow, this is like the most chill thing that happens in the series finale.”

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