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Updated on Jul 20, 2020. Posted on Jun 13, 2020

21 TV Characters Who Made People Realize They're Queer

We turned the TV on and something just *clicked.*

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which characters from TV shows helped them realize they were queer. Here are the fab results.

1. Brooke Davis from One Tree Hill

The WB/The CW

"I was watching with my best friend and she had the biggest crush on Lucas, and she guessed I would have a crush on Nathan. But it was actually Brooke who reeled me in and awakened me!"

gazelti7

2. Dana Scully from The X-Files

FOX

"She made me realize I was a full blown lesbian. Gillian Anderson’s voice is honestly so hot. And, Scully’s suits just did it for me."

itsezra

3. Shego from Kim Possible

Disney

"Anyone else? I see so many "Kim Possible made me gay" things, but I mean let’s be honest: Shego can get it."

loxloxal

4. Betty Cooper from Riverdale

The CW

"Specifically the Breakfast Club homage episode where she plays the younger version of her mom. Something about her punk outfit made me realize, 'Holy shit, I like girls.'"

soap6101

5. Piper and Alex from Orange is the New Black

Netflix

"They made me realize I was definitely not straight. Even though their relationship had some rough patches, their chemistry was a revelation for me."

lydiagminton4

6. Faith from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The WB/UPN

"Other characters caused me to have a passing thought about maybe being gay, but after seeing Faith, there was no question about it anymore." —dharmabum1515

7. Shaw and Root from Person of Interest

CBS

"Two badass women who helped me realize that I'm bi."

lightheart16

8. Sara Lance from Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow

The CW

"I love her so much! She's fiercely independent and passionate about the people she loves. She seems so real, and the way she supports her friends reminds me of my own friends. And her relationship with Ava is so realistic (well, as realistic as time travel and demons can be). They have ups and downs, but at the end of the day, they love each other and would do anything for each other. She's a super smart badass. We stan a loyal queen!"

tigresssss13

9. Marco Del Rossi from Degrassi: The Next Generation

Sony/Entertainment One

"His coming out episodes really hit home. It portrayed the fear and uncertainty of it all. How scary it is and also how raw and unearthing. He finds true love in friends and in himself but also faced many obstacles."

zageguy

10. Regina Mills from Once Upon A Time

Jack Rowand / ABC

"I thought I just liked her killer outfits, but I was actually in love!"

emilymorgany

11. Marissa Cooper from The O.C.

FOX

"I loved how easily she started dating girls. Most queer stories up to that point were full of gay panic and huge coming-out arcs, but she never once questioned why she wanted to date a girl and treated it like any other relationship she'd had."

okaykaylyn

12. Moze from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide

Nickelodeon

"She was so smart, and incredibly pretty. I always thought she should have dated Suzie Crabgrass, when in fact, it was just me I wanted her to date."

ekoleary

13. Emily Fields from Pretty Little Liars

Freeform

"She was dealing with coming to terms with her sexuality on the show and it made me realize that I felt the same way. Plus, Shay Mitchell is super hot."

aribuckley14

14. Cassidy from Being Erica

CBC

"The episode where Erica questions her sexuality and ends up kissing Cassidy made me so so anxious because I knew exactly how she felt. I was from a conservative Christian family, attending a conservative Christian school, and I was terrified to admit to myself that I was bi. I kept having to stop the episode because I was so stressed out, but then I’d go back and watch it again. I finally came out to myself a few years later, but that episode was a definite turning moment."

travilkedung

15. Santana from Glee

FOX

"Seeing her development with Brittany made me FEEL SO MANY THINGS."

onabreakwewere

16. Princess Bubblegum from Adventure Time

Cartoon Network

"I used to be OBSESSED with Adventure Time as a kid, partly because I liked watching the adventures Finn and Jake went on, but mainly because I had a HUGE crush on Princess Bubblegum. Her awesome, loving relationship with Marceline made me realize that I was bi?!"

lunalovegoodisincredible

17. Willow and Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The WB/UPN

"I loved that they showed Willow struggle to discover who she was. It felt familiar and hit close to home. I finally felt seen. I know it may sound stupid to some, but being from a very small, rural, conservative town, this was the first time I had ever seen a lesbian relationship really fleshed out and not demonized or put in place for comedic effect. Watching that portrayal helped me accept my feelings and know that I could be happy and have all the same romantic experiences as anybody else."

eell

18. Detective Nicole Haught from Wynonna Earp

Syfy

"She is a badass lesbian who is so unapologetically herself and she doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She walks right into the bar and hits on Waverly with no fear. She taught me to be proud of who I am, and that I should never change who I am for someone else."

fallon7

19. Effy from Skins (UK)

All3Media

"I had my Queer Awakening™ watching Skins (UK). I watched it freshman year of high school and fell in love with Effy."

melinathefangirl

20. Rosa Diaz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine

FOX / NBC

"She made me realize I was bi. I had an inkling I liked other women, but my jaw nearly hit the floor the first time I saw her on TV! Her coming out story was absolutely amazing!"

hannahwaters

21. And Morgana from Merlin

BBC One

"When she wore that red ball gown in Season One????? Yes, please."

gthething

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