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The real mystery in this movie is which character is Sherlock's real love interest.


Compare examples of Ho Yay in other media.

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  • 1776 has several bits, most notably the Staircase scene where Jefferson pins Adams to the banister. You know what, just watch the song. Go to 5:55, and tell me what it looks like Jefferson's about to do. Then go back to 4:56 and actually listen to the lyrics that lead up to it.
  • The recent 21 Jump Street film. Is. Rife. With. It. Mostly it's Tatum on Hill, but Hill does get pretty slashy with Tatum too. The result is it's only more hilarious to watch!
  • Twenty Eight Days Later. Pretty tame ho yay vibes with West, but there's a scene in question where one of the soldiers (the name of whom is escaping me) is gloating over what he's going to do to Selena -- and it very, very creepily feels like he's also threatening Jim.
    • The hints between Jim and Major West were intentional, at least according to the director's DVD Commentary.
  • 300 is full of this, but it's at much greater levels in the original comic. In both film and comic, a Persian messenger turns up to Sparta and demands the Spartans give up, mentioning that the Athenians hadn't yet submitted to Xerxes. In both versions, Leonidas calls the Athenians 'boy lovers'; in the movie, his wife is present, but in the comic book he's surrounded entirely by men. In history, Athenians and Spartans often ribbed each other like this (though it's questionable as to whether the actual Spartan form of pederasty was chaste or sexual). Think quarreling brothers (which adds a whole 'nother subtext now...) This was addressed in the letters page of the original run. A reader pointed out that there's plenty of evidence of homosexual activity among the Spartans. Frank Miller responded that there was also evidence that they lied about it and he stood by his dialogue. (Incidentally, according to The Other Wiki, said "reader" was Alan Moore.)
  • Ben Wade and Dan Evans in the 2007 remake of Three Ten to Yuma. A movie in which a criminal decides to help the man who's trying to put him in jail because he quite likes him. Note that he makes that decision after spending several hours locked up with him in a bridal suite. And that most people agree that the end makes little sense unless you accept Ben Wade/Dan Evans as canon. If that wasn't enough, the movie also strongly hints that Charlie Prince has an unrequited crush on Ben Wade.
    • Not just strongly hints - the movie pretty much makes Charlie Prince canonically gay for his Boss (or just plain gay, for that matter -- "Charlie Princess"?). It's made especially obvious from the annoyed look he gave to the girl Ben Wade was picking up, his emotional "I'll wait for you," and the betrayed look of shock he made when he saw that Ben decided to go along with Dan and jump off the roof.
    • Not to mention the fact that Wade mentions his love for green eyes a handful of times in the beginning of the film. Charlie Prince (and Ben Foster) has the prettiest pair of green eyes...
  • Nine is rather thick with Ho Yay, much of it being the result of 5 being veeery physical with the other characters.

"I knew you'd come."

      • Hell, one of 5's first lines in the movie is "If 2 were here, he would have done a better job."
      • And his completely breaking down after 2 was killed.
      • The artbook states that they share a "special bond". What the hell are we supposed to think!?
      • Not forgetting that brief bit where 5 finds 2 alive and well and begins to speak to him right before being interrupted by the Cat Beast. What he says is rather ambiguous, but it certainly sounds an awful lot like a partial "My love!"
      • Oh, also this: "This was the first thing we built together." Father-son-relationship, yeah right.
      • It helps too that the movie made a special point of shoulder touching among the cast, but only 5 and 2 (and 9 and 7, being the het. couple) touched hands (or at least had focal scenes on the hand touching).
    • 5 and 9 got really close, really fast. 5 never. Stops. Touching him.
    • Also, putting this out there: 1 and .8?This. Not to mention, when they walk off together not a moment later, 8's arm is still around 1's shoulders.)
    • And on that note, what about 6 and 8? 8 gives off a Bully with a crush vibe, while 6 just doesn't get it.
    • You really have to wonder about this when you consider that Shane Acker is apparently an anime fan. (Yes, not all anime is shonen-ai, but it makes you wonder...).
    • 9 is the only one who talks to 6, and almost all of 6's lines (aside from saying "Sound!" into a gramophone) were to 9.
    • The inventor was narcissistic?
  • Across the Universe. Oh yes. For all the intentional Les Yay (hoorah for Prudence!) there's heaps of unintentional Max/Jude. That, and the alternative is pairing the main character with Evan Rachel Wood at her least appealing... it's the combined effect of all the best-friend-y musical numbers, Max's Ivy League hospitality, them running off to New York together, them sharing an apartment- and the fact that Sadie is obviously making the wrong assumptions as they do so. Not to mention Jude being sulky and depressed- in a best friend-y sort of way- when Max gets drafted, and all the best friend glomping when Jude comes back. If you view the whole movie as a love story between Max and Jude, with Lucy as the unfortunate sisterly mediator, it becomes a lot cuter.
    • Not helped by the fact that on set, the two actors appear to be comfortable giving each other piggy back rides. D'aww.
    • In "With A Little Help From My Friends", well... um, there's not much you can say. It doesn't help that for all the verses like "What do you see when you turn out the light?"/"Can't tell ya, but I know it's mine", they're both grinning like loons. And though Max is certainly a would-be Casanova in behaviour, he's only actually cohabiting with Jude.
    • It seems like it had to be intentional when Jude says, "I love the bugger," considering that "buggery" was originally used to refer to anal sex.
  • Aladdin: Some of the Genie's actions towards Aladdin could be considered flirtatious. But then again he's a very playful genie.

"Oh, Al. I'm gettin' kinda fond of you, kid. Not that I wanna pick out curtains or anything."

    • Genie tricks Al into kissing him during Friend Like Me and later forcefully smooches him.
    • The scene where Genie mistakes Pete for Aladdin.
  • Tim Burton's adaption of Alice in Wonderland has Alice and the White Queen. They do seem rather close...
    • Also, the Red Queen bemoans that her sister can make anyone (man or woman) love her.
    • The Red Queen seemed mighty fond of Alice there for awhile...
  • Alien Resurrection: Ripley and Cal. After spending the previous three movies interacting exclusively with males and a surrogate child, Ripley wastes no time in becoming very chummy and touchy very quickly with the cute little android girl whom she first meets when Cal attempts to kill her, while Cal goes from wanting her as dead as the rest of the aliens to letting Ripley stick her fingers inside of her (not like that, perverts) and confiding her deepest feelings and fears about not being human.
  • Ron Burgundy in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has Champ wrapped around his finger. In one scene Champ says the following to Ron:

Champ Kind: The bottom line is you've been spending a lot of time with this lady, Ron. You're a member of the Channel Four News Team.
Ron Burgundy: That's a given.
Champ Kind: We need you. Hell, I need you. I'm a mess without you. I miss you so damn much! I miss being with you. I miss being *near* you. I miss your laugh!
[laugh's playfully and pulls on Ron's sleeve]
Champ Kind: I miss your scent.
[Composes himself, becomes serious]
Champ Kind: I miss your musk... When this all gets sorted out, I think you and me should get an apartment together!
Brian Fantana: Take it easy, Champ. Why don't you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while.

  • Anchors Aweigh has quite a bit of this. Clarence and Joe are rather touchy-feely and are quick to gush about each other to Aunt Susie. Given, Joe's trying to set Clarence up with Susie, but still. One gets the feeling that if this movie were made today, the two sailors would probably have ended up with each other. Or there's this interpretation.
  • One word again: Anonymous.
    • Older gay men came out in a time when there was very little (if any) material--in any medium--which didn't portray homosexuals as criminal, sick, or pitiable degenerates, ultimately doomed. Even post-Stonewall, it took awhile for positive portrayals to make their way to the Young Adult section (where they're still favored targets of would-be censors). So you took your scraps where you could find them. In a sufficiently barren environment, Lord of the Flies was (at least, in certain aspects) compelling.
  • Another Country constantly tramples the fine line between subtext and text; seriously, the only two women to appear onscreen are a reporter in the framing device and a character's mother. The rest of the narrative is pure, unadulterated Ho Yay, being centered upon a 1930's boys' school where covert gay affairs are popping up like wildfires (to the dismay of the Absurdly Powerful Student Council), and the central character is as openly gay as a person could be at that time. The least homoerotic relationship onscreen is between the main character and his straight best friend, but that is only by virtue of them not being canon lovers; the pair still drips Ho Yay by any other standard. And it's awesome.
  • Appaloosa (2008): Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch might as well be married to each other. At least twice Everett said he was "with" Virgil. The book has even more subtext coming from Everett.
    • Even better, when Ali makes a move on Everett, he shoots her down, saying that the two of them can't be together, because they're "both with Virgil". ...'kay.
  • Arthur Christmas: Phillip the elf certainly has some (unreciprocated) feelings for Steve.

Steve: (after the lights go out) Phillip, let go of my hand please.

  • The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford: Ford's "admiration" of James often borders on sexual tension.
  • The A-Team, considering that other than explosions, it mainly consisted of hot guys clutching each other while sniping about the female love interest.
  • The Avengers, in addition to teasing Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, threw the fangirls a big old curveball with Tony Stark/Bruce Banner. There's also Agent Coulson admitting he watched Steve sleep...
  • Enjoy Roger Ebert's review of Bad Boys:

"There are also a lot of curious interludes in which Lawrence and Smith do verbal riffs, interrupting each other, stream of consciousness, finishing each other's sentences or not bothering to complete thoughts at all, to show a kind of easy familiarity, I guess... (and) why is Lawrence's apartment filled with photographs of Smith? Is Lawrence gay? Is Smith his boyfriend?"

  • Barbie and the Diamond Castle: The whole movie is about the power of Barbie and Teresa's friendship. They live together alone in a cottage in the woods, and in the end choose to keep this lifestyle instead of being princesses in a literal Diamond Castle. The handsome twins that should be their love interests never get any further than comic relief, as the girls are completely indifferent to them.
  • Quite a subtle example in Barton Fink, also involving John Turturro. The only real suggestion for much of the film comes when Charlie shows him some wrestling moves. However, toward the end, when the police believe he was an accomplice to Charlie's murders, they suggest that the pair may have had a sexual relationship - which Barton denies by clarifying that they 'wrestled together'. An odd example - very few people in the audience would suggest there was much Ho Yay there, but characters in the film do.
  • Coop and Remer from Baseketball have this, especially in this scene. Being played by notable Heterosexual Life Partners and partners in crime Trey Parker and Matt Stone helps. (They even share a trope page!)
  • This might belong in the Western Animation section, but... Lumiere and Cogsworth. Naturally, there are fanfics.
    • Gaston and Lefou (the short sidekick who thinks he's so great), all the way!
    • Seriously. Watch this.
    • It should be noted that in most stage versions of the show, Gaston and Lefou have an Accidental Kiss during the song "Belle". lolhoyay
  • Bend It Like Beckham. There are no het or gen fics in that fandom, just the Les Yay.
    • In the original script, apparently, it wasn't subtext. Just text.
  • Ben-Hur, where it's intentional, at least in part. Gore Vidal (script rewrite) and William Wyler (director) told Stephen Boyd to play Messalah as if he and Hur had been lovers, but didn't tell Charleton Heston, fearing he'd refuse to play it. Seriously.
  • Every Women In Prison movie, of which a good example is Black Mama White Mama.
    • That scene even inspired me to make this video. It's a little NSFW, but it collects pretty much all of the Ho Yay in the movies.
  • Blades of Glory is pretty much built around Ho Yay, though it goes with the territory of having a male-male figure-skating pair.
  • Blazing Saddles. Oh, dear sweet Bakazaru, Blazing Saddles. Bart/Jim OTP.

Bart: Well, Jim, since you are my guest and I am your host, what's your pleasure? What do you like to do?
Jim: Oh, I don't know. Play chess... [licks his lips] Screw...

    • Also, they ride off into the sunset together! Granted, it was in a car (a limo, maybe? It's been a while), but still! And they started off on a horse!
  • Blue Velvet: Frank Booth is, after all, a Depraved Bisexual who takes the hero out, covers his mouth with lipstick and kisses him while calling him pretty (the original, four hours long, script also implied pretty heavily that he raped him). And after all that, when he's chasing him to the woman's apartment, he threatens him with rape again and is still calling him pretty. Depraved, squicky Ho Yay but still very much there.
  • Mina and Lucy in Bram Stokers Dracula (1992), culminating with a rain-soaked makeout scene.
    • Face it -- the original NOVEL of Literaturela was built on this trope. But the films have strangely only elaborated on the female ho yay -- drat and blast!
  • Radio and Lampy from The Brave Little Toaster, particularly in the number City of Light. This screencap says it all.
    • Oh god. I see it. MY CHILDHOOD. This explains so much...
    • Radio was a boy?!
    • Depending on whether you think Toaster is a boy or not, this can be applied to him and Blanky.
      • "So, what's this thing with you and the blanket?" Mm-hm.
  • Bridesmaids hints at Annie/Lillian.
  • The two main characters of Bride Wars...soooo much. Especially when they were shown together as children. Considering the first line of the trailer (paraphrased) is "The story I'm thinking of involves a bride and a bride?" It's hard to read that part as anything else.
  • Is it possible to have Ho Yay between two characters who technically never meet? If so, then the old musical Brigadoon managed it. Come on, you know the formula: Jeff, the more cynical of the pair of outsiders, is not only uninterested in the girl that takes him back to her home, but actively disgusted by her attentions. Harry, Brigadoon native, hates life and wants to leave Brigadoon. If either one had been female, you know the script would have found a way to let Harry leave with Jeff.
    • Any fans of Sherlock BBC who slash Mycroft Holmes and D.I. Lestrade will agree that it's completely possible. They never appear together on screen once.

Lestrade (to Sherlock, Mycroft's brother): I don't just do everything your brother tells me... *takes large drink of beer*

  • The entire cast of Bring It On (2000). Among other things, one male character claims to "speak fag fluently" and two female friends are referred to as "dykeadelic".
    • Not to mention the main characters. it was easy to forget that the brother was the primary love interest.
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. At the end, when they take out their guns and Butch can't load his, Sundance reaches over and takes it out of his lap.
  • Canone Inverso - Making Love is an Italian movie about a genius violinist, Jeno, pursuing his female love interest Sophie, a pianist. A wonderful love story, no doubt - except that a lot more attention is paid to an extremely close friendship Jeno forms with another violinist David in a music college in Prague; no need to repeat the old jokes about boys in boarding schools, because this movie cheerfully commits all of them, even the common showers.
    • The Ho Yay is unbelievable, which really isn't surprising for an European movie. There's a scene when the whole class of boys plays jazz improvisations together and when a professor walks in, they start shouting that they're making love. Then there's a scene where Sophie makes a speech about love for music, saying that you love something when you realize that you cannot live without it anymore; Jeno says: "She's talking about us," meaning Sophie and himself, and David says, visibly puzzled: "But she doesn't know we're friends!"
    • When David, a wealthy boy, invites Jeno to his home, the two discover that they're actually half-brothers, adding some incestuous taste to the already rampant Ho Yay. David breaks their friendship out of jealousy for Jeno's better violin skills, but later in the movie, we learn that while Jeno, who was Jewish, died in a concentration camp because he wouldn't be parted from also Jewish Sophie, David, consumed with guilt, spent the rest of his life mourning for Jeno, actually travelling around under Jeno's name, playing Jeno's old violin and searching for Jeno's and Sophie's lost daughter.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger: Steve Rogers and Howard Stark seem a little... too close to each other, moreso Stark towards Rogers. Just look at how Stark looks at Rogers before the injection! There's tons of devotion between Steve and Bucky as well.
  • Rick Blaine and Captain Renault. Seriously. Don't tell me you don't see it. It's totally there.
    • It's even lampshaded in this Dinosaur Comics strip.
    • "If I were a woman, and I were not around, I should be in love with Rick." Mm-hmm.
  • Kratt/Le Chiffre in Casino Royale (Kratt's his henchman, the bald one. Mostly on the entirely overscrutinised basis of the occasional look, Kratt's status as henchman... henchperson... and the fact that if Bond got to have someone good looking come over and kiss him on the cheek, it seemed like something parallel was being set up for Le Chiffre's when Kratt walked up behind him at the table. Way to distract an entire table of poker players, Mads. That, and Le Chiffre's girlfriend sucks. And really, he doesn't care much about her either, judging by his lack of alarm at her impending dehanditation.
  • Center Stage has two straight male ballet dancers (!) who are competing romantically for the female lead, but they give each other an awful lot of lingering glares and do a lot of symbolic dick-measuring in rehearsal studio and onstage. Arguably Foe Yay, although they don't outright fight.
  • Charlie Bartlett is full of this between main character Charlie and friend Murphy, and later in in the film between Charlie, again, and principal Nathan Gardner (who is also the father of Charlie's girlfriend).
  • Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan's characters in Cherrybomb. They are best friends, to the point where they get possessive of each other and jealous of people who threaten their friendship. They're also quite...tactile with each other. There's a bit of fondling, and a couple of moments where they get right up in each others faces and seem about to kiss. And they wear matching lock and key necklaces, the symbolism of which is dubious. Plus one of them keeps suggesting that they engage in a threesome (albeit with a female as the third party, but still...)
  • There's a bit of this vibe between Velma and Roxie at the end of Chicago.
  • The film of Chocolat lays the Les Yay on thick between Josephine and Vianne. Whether this was intentional or merely the effect of Juliette Binoche wandering around is hard to tell.
  • Granted Cocktail took place in The Eighties, but there's still a lot of Ho Yay between Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown. Perhaps it's the sensei-student relationship or the lingering looks Cruise shoots his costar.
  • Cold Mountain: Ada Munroe and Ruby have a very close, intimate friendship, to the point where Ruby seems visibly upset by the main character Inman's return to Ada, fearing that Ada will drop all their plans for building a happy farm in exchange for a life with Inman. While the fact that both Ada and Ruby have male sweethearts defuses this a little, it's still got plenty of fuel for subtext.
  • Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, and Zach Galifianakis show a surprising amount of communal nudity in The Comedians of Comedy: The Movie. Just sayin'...
  • Commando. In fact, most of Arnold Schwarzenegger's action career. Or most 80s action movies, regardless of the star. If it was made in the Reagan years, it's pretty much guaranteed to feature a large, sweaty, muscular man taking off his shirt, waving around an enormous phallic symbol, and then wrestling another large, sweaty, muscular man.
  • The Covenant. "How about I make you my wee-otch?"
    • Chase kisses Caleb during the fight scene in Sarah's room. At some point it has to stop being Ho Yay and become canon. (Besides, Caleb and Pogue were totally hooking up all over the place. And possibly/probably the other boys, too. The movie producers did make the serious artistic decision to have them be swimmers so they could all be wet and mostly naked together.)
  • In one scene in Cursed 2005 Bo the wrestler comes out of the closet to Jimmy because he has a crush on him due to his "unnatural sexual allure".
  • True, The Dark Knight Saga had a lot of Joker-on-Batman Foe Yay. But... jeez, Bruce, can't you stop staring at your ex's boyfriend for five seconds? We know Harvey Dent is good looking and all, but really. He's constantly trying to impress him, too.
    • Not to mention the whole, "we're under attack! Must grab Harvey and drag him off into the closet!" panic move Bruce does. Actually just the whole fact that Bruce/Batman treats Harvey more like a damsel in distress than he does his own female love interest.
    • Really, you could pick any two guys from that and have justification for some of this. Joker/anybody and everybody is obvious, from him telling Batman "You complete me" to dressing up as a nurse and almost seducing Dent (to the side of chaos, yes, but it's still seduction dammit!), but there's obvious Batsy/Dent, Batboy/Gordon, and Cricket Bat/Alfred going on.
    • Joker/Harvey. Likewise with the "seduction".
    • It gets better. One of the people who auditioned for Batman was Jake "Jack Twist" Gyllenhaal. Yeah.
    • And this movie also had Maggie Gyllenhaal. Which prompted many a round of giggles from certain fangirls.
    • And lest we forget: Heath Ledger played the Joker.
    • While Christopher Nolan more or less skewered the mythology worse than Joel Schumacher, this actually has roots in canon. Frank goddamn Miller first suggested back in the '80s (and many later writers would emulate) that the reason The Joker kept coming back into the goddamn Batman's life and taking all the abuse he does, is because he's in love with Batman.
    • Not to mention Bruce throws everything away to save Harvey's IMAGE, when he didn't seem too torn up about Rachel's death.
    • What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Slash fiction happens!
  • The Da Vinci Code: Collet insists on waiting for Fache to get to a crime scene before taking action. Stupid, but loyal. At one point, he flat-out tells Fache that there are other people on the case, and Fache needs to stop figuratively choking them. When Fache loses it and beats up a witness/suspect, Collet, in his usual good-humour, makes it clear that Fache had better start talking. Fache explains that a bishop had broken his vows to tell Fache that Langdon had confessed to being the killer and that he basically feels he's letting down both God and the bishop by not catching Langdon. A very personal confession on his part. Collet casually says that he'll bribe the beat-up man into silence and that Fache can continue going after Langdon. Unethical to the extreme, but if it was anyone but Fache, Collet probably wouldn't have done it.
  • The Ho Yay made Dead Again miles more enjoyable. For one thing, it deals with themes of past lives, including one scenario where the hero and heroine of the film are revealed to have been married in a past life as well- with the genders reversed, making the Dogged Nice Guy the damsel in distress. There's a scene in the very beginning where a supposed big secret that could solve the central murder case turns out just to be the one guy acting like he's whispering something but instead kissing and evidently LICKING the other guy's ear before leaving death row to be executed.
  • In Dead Man On Campus, even the other characters noticed it.
  • Dead Poets Society: I mean, "I'm being chased by Walt Whitman?" Come on. (For those not in the know, Whitman was a poet widely recognized for his homosexuality. Now spot the Double Entendre.)
    • At least one critic has pointed out that it's much more likely that a teenage boy would kill himself because he couldn't come out to his parents than because he couldn't follow his dream of being an actor.
  • Kim and Zoe in Death Proof:

Kim: You crack my back, you give me foot massages, and after a shower, you put moisturizer on my butt.
Zoe: Deal.

  • Machine-Gun Joe from Death Race is "one angry homo", but the Hoyay really shows up at the end when Joe and Jenson escape the prison and run away to Mexico together to raise Jenson's daughter. Not to mention Joe even has a cutesy nickame for him: "Igor".
  • The Deer Hunter, with Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken. Almost certainly intentional, too.
  • Die Another Day, and it wasn't just the Shipping Goggles--there's fic out there. Villains on the whole don't get... close with one another. It cuts down on the villainy factor.
    • James Bond already did the foe-on-foe-yay bit with Mister Wint and Mister Kidd in Diamonds Are Forever.
    • Likewise in GoldenEye when Alec is trying to seduce Natalia on the train, and he says "James and I shared everything...Absolutely everything..."?
  • Lampshaded, like a lot of things, in Dirty Work:

Mitch: Okay, you go back to doing something vaguely homoerotic!

  • There's a scene in the Keira Knightley film The Duchess where the title character, Georgianna, Duchess of Devonshire, is talking with her friend Lady Elizabeth (Bess) Foster, about Charles Grey; Bess insists that Grey loves her, and tells her that sex can be pleasurable (Georgianna's husband being a cold, unloving man), and then proceeds to 'help' her imagine Grey by undoing her robe and kissing her back as Grey would do. What makes the scene particularly weird is that Bess later becomes the Duke's lover.
    • It's entirely possible that the historical Georgiana and Bess were lovers, if not probable.
      • It certainly casts their relationship in an... interesting light, as Bess gave birth to a number of children by the Duke (half-siblings of Georgiana's children)... which only seemed to make their bond even stronger.
  • Ethan and Peter in Due Date have a bit of this, especially the scene at the hospital where Ethan caresses Peter's face.
  • The Eagle, which has literally maybe five minutes in which a woman is even on screen. This movie lives and breathes this trope. It actually has the line, "Put your weight on him, slave!" Referring to helping fix an injury, but even so.
    • And then there's that delightful scene where it looks like Esca is going to kiss Marcus. That is, he puts his hand ond Marcus' face, his gaze goes all intense and he leans closer and closer. And then, of course tears himself away in all due haste.
  • Eastern Promises -- it's very nearly canon, but either way, Kirill sure looks like he's a wee bit Kolya-sexual. It's pretty damn hard to find fanfic for the film that's not Slash Fic, which is a sign of just how damn overwhelming the ho yay vibes are... and how much fangirls like Viggo Mortensen.
    • Word of God confirms Kirill is deeply in the closet and in love with Nikolai. So yeah, not reading too much into it.
  • For the first Evil Dead film, there's surprisingly many ho yay moments between Ash and Scott. Scotty. Whichever. It doesn't help that Ash is almost woobified by all the hell he's put through (and all the fake blood he's bathed in), and that they gaze into one another's eyes quite a bit in between fending off their horrible possessed womenfolk.
  • In The Expendables, when Dolph Lundgren's character is asked why he is betraying Sylvester Stallone's character, he answers "Lover's quarrel." When he is dying, and Stallone asks him who hired him, he insists that he come closer so that he can whisper the answer in his ear.


  • The film Feds features two females who are training to become FBI agents. Dewitt and Zuckerman, the characters, develop a very close friendship that borders on les yay. When clothes shopping, Zuckerman says Dewitt has "great legs" and Dewitt leaves a date pissed when he talks bad about Zuckerman. Not to mention the constant physical affection the two show towards each other (hugs, arms draped over each other's shoulders, amongst other things).
  • Pips and Zak from Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.

Pips: Why don't you come with me and the boys? We'll show you real Ferngully wildlife!

  • Tyler Durden and the protagonist in Fight Club. It turns out that they're the same person, but that doesn't reduce all the Ho Yay. The narrator bathes in front of him.
    • Apparently, the Ho Yay was intentional. The director wanted the audience to be made uncomfortable by the subtext so they wouldn't anticipate the Twist Ending.
    • This is especially interesting because the author of the book upon which the movie was based is himself gay, but Fight Club the book doesn't have anywhere near the Ho Yay as the movie. Apart from when he talks about how he's in love with Tyler, maybe.
  • In Flatliners, the Nelson/Dave/Rachel love triangle holds far less weight than the Nelson/Dave Ho Yay. This even goes so far as having Dave smash the window of his army truck to rescue Nelson, when he could have easily just untied the canvas at the back of the truck.
  • The Fox and the Hound (film), really. The entire story played like a tragic Childhood Romeo/Juliet plot! And they really seem to enjoy...er...playing... [dead link]
  • Freddy and Jason in Freddy vs. Jason, the fight in the boiler room, where Freddy is moving a floating Jason with his crotch (I'm not kidding). Then after Jason is defeated that time, Freddy leans very close to him, it's to take off his mask, but still.
  • This bit from The Frisco Kid:

Avram: We are doing this to keep warm, aren't we?
Tommy: Uh-huh.
Avram: In that case, you can put your arms around me.
Tommy: Come here, darling.

  • Idgie and Ruth of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe are much closer to each other than to any man. Idgie in particular is extremely devoted to Ruth, and Ruth outright says that the reason she left her (abusive) husband with Idgie was because she loved her. Apparently in the original book they were lovers.
    • No that was true. They left it ambiguous in the film, but they director did mention that the food fight they have was a metaphor if you know what I mean.
  • Funny Games has this out the wazoo. You can't have your main antagonists be basically Leopold and Loeb ONLY BADASS AND TOTALLY SOCIOPATHIC!(tm) and not have there be glimpses of unfortunate-yay. (It helps that... dude, it's got Michael Pitt. And whoever wrote the page brief for the film, the fact that there's no better name for one of the characters than basically "the dominant one" is very revealing.)
  • The relationship between Vincent and Eugene in Gattaca sometimes edges into Ho Yay territory. Especially after Vincent meets Irene.
    • Vincent carries Eugene a few times throughout the movie, due to Eugene's handicap. At one point, Eugene gets drunk, pulls Vincent close to his face by grabbing his tie, and says he's proud of Vincent. Not to mention the lock of hair he leaves Vincent at the end..
    • Lampshaded by Peter of Family Guy in "Hell Comes to Quahog." Peter protests a Superstore USA (a Walmart Fictional Counterpart) and shouts, "We're here, we're queer, get used to it! Gattaca! Gattaca!" instead of the actual chant "Attica!" from Dog Day Afternoon.
  • Ginger Snaps has the titular Ginger and her sister Brigitte.
  • Ghost, Les Yay. At the end, it's really Oda Mae that Molly is kissing, though the audience sees the ghost of Sam. It was a bit squicky until Sam's face was shown.
  • Ghostbusters 2. Watch Egon's face after "Do" "Ray" "Egon". Now I need to rewatch the whole thing...
    • And then there's the scene where Egon and Ray have figured out that the mood slime reacts if they yell at it. After Ray has yelled at it for a couple of minutes to demonstrate the effect to Winston and Peter, Peter asks him something like, "Is this what you two do here after I go home at night?" The way Ray smirks and nods in answer to that has some definite, ah, implications.
  • Am I the only one who came out of G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra shipping Cobra/Destro?
  • A lot of bad movies have this because badly written and acted friendship tends to come off as flirting. So same-sex friendships tend to turn into Ho Yay. And you see a lot of it on Mystery Science Theater 3000. In particular, Girl In Lover's Lane comes to mind. The male protagonists seemed more genuinely into each other than into their respective "love interests".
  • In The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, when Tuco is naked and Blondie is talking to him, Blondie suggestively fondles the end of a bedpost.
    • Plus, there's Tuco's whole extended overly attentive sadistic torturing of Blondie in the desert, like, you know, whipping him and making him crawl and....pant pant...
    • Tuco tenderly touching Blondie's blistered lips while standing by his bedside, while talking about how they're the same and all alone in the world.
  • Gossip featured subtext between Travis and Derrick Webb, mostly in the form of what looked like a one-sided crush on Travis's part. Of course, considering Derrick Webb was being portrayed by James Marsden, can you really blame him?
  • The musical number "Greased Lightning" from the musical Grease. Asides from the lyrics, which are (ironically) about how much female tail the male singers expect to get due to the sexiness of the eponymous car, it is made of homoeroticism. Pick something, anything about the number at random and it fits.
  • The Great Race, the relationship between Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) and his faithful henchman Max Meen (Peter Falk). Max's devotion to the Professor is unmistakable, although the Professor obviously doesn't appreciate him. Poor Max.
  • The Green Hornet: Britt and Kato are Belligerent Hetero Life Partners with a side of Digging Yourself Deeper on Britt's part: "He's not...my man, he's my...we're platonic male friends."
  • Green Street Hooligans has this between the Harvard good boy Matt and the football gang member Pete. They start off with a fight and reluctance to be together (Pete needs to be paid, Matt needs a place to stay) but Pete soon takes a keen interest in Matt after he sees him fighting alongside the gang. Pete and Matt become friends so fast the gang members are shocked:

Bovver: [Pete and Matt walk into the pub] Jesus, you two attatched at the fucking hip or what?
Pete Dunham: Leave it out Bov, it's getting old.
Bovver: Nah, I'm starting to wonder about you two. I mean if I didn't know any better I'd say you was a couple of gay boys.

      • When Matt is outcast from GSE because he is accused of writing about them as an insider due to his Journalism degree, Pete risks his friends, reputation and place in GSE to defend Matt.
  • Ron and Nick in The Dilemma.
  • Hancock was full of subtext between Ray and Hancock, the hated hero whose image Ray tries to clean up. Besides the complete devotion and faith Ray has to Hancock and Hancock's trust in Ray, there is the bedroom scene (Doesn't help that Ray is pretty much drunk, and Hancock helps him get into bed) and At the end, Hancock somehow gets Ray's All-Heart logo on the 'moon' for him.

Hancock: Better take [your shoes] off.
Ray: OK, but that's all you're getting off of me.

  • Alan from The Hangover is Ho Yay personified.
    • And his Beard.
  • In Hanna, Hanna and Sophie. They kiss. Combine that with the failed kiss from earlier and Sophie's, "I think I'd like to be a lesbian" speech, and, well...
  • Poppy and her roommate/best friend Zoe in Happy-Go-Lucky. Oh so much. Another character even thinks that they're in a relationship, although Poppy might just be letting him think that. It's a bit unclear.
  • Hard Core Logo. Canadian punk-rock mockumentary focused in large part on the troubled, intense relationship between the lead singer and the guitarist of the titular band; the former's obsession with the latter (an excruciatingly gorgeous and slightly fey Callum Keith Rennie) is blatantly romantic and possessive. Not to mention the allegations by another bandmember that a semiconsensual sexual encounter between the two might have been responsible for the band's breakup...
    • And then there's the rumors about what might have been going on between the actors during filming. Suffice to say, it was apparently a very stressful, very mindfucky, very Method-acted shoot.
  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Snape accuses Sirius and Lupin of "quarreling like an old married couple".
    • In the fourth movie Cedric flirtatiously tries to persuade Harry to have a bath, this takes place on that bridge where Harry had a talk with Lupin (it's been mentioned before, it's a very romantic place). Also Ron obsesses about Viktor Krum and is very angry when he goes to the Yule Ball with Hermione.
    • The first Deathly Hallows film is basically one big celebratory OT3 comprised of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and the Ho Yay between Ron and Harry is subsequently deliciously thick.
  • In Heavy Metal 2000: When the two robed alien handmaidens are helping Julie undress for her bath, they grope her a few times. Julie doesn't seem to mind.
  • Hellboy II: Red and Abe. 'Nough said.
    • "Because I caaaan't smiiiile without yoooooou..."
    • And Abe/Krauss.
  • Tiffany and Kirsty in Hellraiser also seemed to be a bit more then friends.
  • Hercules features Pain and Panic. Nude S&M demons with a somewhat homoerotic relationship.
  • High School Musical 2: The school's Ambiguously Gay theater king is challenged to a baseball game by the school's Jock With A Heart Of Gold. They sing a song in which said jock proclaims loudly about how macho he is, and the line "show you how I swing" is sung. The jock asks "I'm not saying I'm going do it it, but if I did, what would have me do?", the other one smirks to himself, and the scene ends. The next time they appear, they're wearing each other's clothes. And yes, this was shown on the Disney Channel.
    • Also note that in the shirt switch scene, they appear to be eating hot dogs.
    • Word of God says Ryan has a crush on female lead Gabriella, but their scenes together make her look more like his Fag Hag.
    • In the stage versions, Ryan is explicitly gay, but his flamingosity is pushed from Flamboyant Gay to Camp Gay as a result.
    • In all the High School Musicals Chad is so thirsting for a Troy Sandwich.
      • Until High School Musical 3, where Troy gets his own stalker, in the shape of Rocket-Man. Who would've provided a handy substitute for the real Troy, for Chad, Ryan or anybody else (understandbly) lusting after someone played by Zac Efron.
    • This is the real reason Kelsi puts up with Sharpay. Or the real reason Sharpay considers herself Gabriella's rival?
  • There's one scene where Hitch is showing Albert how to kiss and pretends to be Allegra, and has him practice a good night kiss scenario. Romantic music even plays during the scene.
  • Hook: Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins were allegedly playing Captain Hook and Smee like a gay couple. It shows.
  • Can pretty much be summed up with Horror Movies with Cracked's List of 5 Most Unintentionally Gay Horror Movies.
  • The relationship between Nicholas Angel and Danny in Hot Fuzz. (According to the director there was originally another main character, a female love interest of Angel's. When the character was cut between drafts of the script, her lines - and the peace lily plotline - were simply given to Danny instead.)
    • It's further exploited at the DVD gag reel, which finishes with Ho Yay shots of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
    • Word of God says it was deliberate, or is at least very conscious of it - and even approving.

"Me and @simonpegg once wrote some Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction. It was called HOT FUZZ...(applause)"
"@simonpegg I too am deeply flattered by the slashers. I say all power to handstitched homoerotica."
"I cannot say how much we all enjoyed writing these. You slash fiction writers are having way too much fun."

  • Ice Age - With Sid being the cause of a lot of it. Not to mention Buck and Rudy. And let's not forget the 'interesting' scene in the plant between Manny and Diego...
  • In The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Anton and Tony, so... much. There's so much tension it's unbearable.
  • Hoo boy, Eames and his "darling" Arthur in Inception live and breathe this. Especially on Eames's part.
    • There's also a teensy bit of this between Cobb and Fischer during the bathroom scene.
      • Here is where you can find a list of all the scenes in which Arthur/Eames is supposedly present.
    • Saito/Cobb.

"I'll come back and we'll be young men together again."

  • Blatantly portrayed in Infamous, with a twisted relationship complete with steamy kiss between Truman Capote (Toby Jones) and Perry Smith (Daniel Craig. Yes, James Bond). More subtle in the other Truman Capote biopic, Capote, but still present. Capote's real-life relationship with Perry Smith, one of two murderers he interviewed and corresponded with for five years while writing In Cold Blood has been the subject of much speculation for decades. Some of Capote's friends alleged that he'd been in love with Smith, and their letters to one another definitely come across as romantic. We do know that Capote bribed guards to allow him and Smith to be in a cell alone together, that Capote was unable to watch Smith hanged, and that Smith left him all his belongings after his death. At least Capote is confirmed to be homosexual in real life.
  • Interview with the Vampire. The sexual tension between Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. This is made over 9000 times funnier by the fact that Tom Cruise had no idea they were canon lovers. AT ALL.
    • There was also serious chemistry between Lestat and one of the servant boys he picks out to kill. The young man clearly has different ideas as to why Lestat's taking him outside for privacy, only reinforced when the vampire gives his face a loving caress. Tom Cruise had to read something into the subtext there.
    • Just to add to the Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt gayfest, it's probably pretty damn intentional that Lestat and Louis' vampires-playing-house routine mirrors a really bad marriage, right down to the "if we have a kid together, he'll never be able to leave me!" deal.
    • There's also some serious tension between Louis and Armand. So much so that even Claudia calls them on it.

Claudia: You would leave me for Armand if he beckoned you!
Louis: Never.
Claudia - "He wants you as you want him. He's been waiting for you."

    • My God! This scene with Louis and Armand isn't subtext, it's text. Plain bold text. Armand clearly wants Louis, and Louis admits his offer tempts him. Then the almost kiss, the caress, the "You want me to quicken you once more." Come on guys, come on.
  • James Bond. How about when Goldfinger's lesbian pilot says to five beautiful busty blondes: "You'll get your final briefing tonight." No wonder she's called Pussy Galore!
  • Let's not forget the original Jaws, where Quint and Hooper practically strip off and snuggle up to compare scars, then drink to their legs. Yeah, even Brodie seemed to pick up on something... though that didn't stop him from joining the cuddle puddle for a singalong.
  • Jeepers Creepers 2 is the epitome of this trope. Director Victor Salva stops at nothing to show the football team members, who are 16, taking their shirts off. In almost every scene. It doesn't help that they make plenty of dick jokes, argue about who is gayer, and there's a particular scene where the boys lay in top of the bus shirtless together, sun tanning. This made audiences uncomfortable, not due to the ho yay, but the fact that the characters are 16, mainly because many know that Salva is a convicted pedophile and child molester, having been arrested for videotaping himself having oral sex with Nathan Forrest Winters, the underage star of his film Clownhouse.
    • Critics made plenty of note of this. Says Ebert in his review:

"Despite Scott's homophobia, the movie has a healthy interest in the male physique, and it's amazing how many of the guys walk around bare-chested. The critic John Fallon writes 'at a certain point, I thought I was watching soft gay erotica,' and observes that when four of the guys go outside to pee, they line up shoulder to shoulder, which strikes him as unlikely since they are in a very large field. True in another movie, but in a film where the Creeper is likely to swoop down at any second and carry someone away, I would pick the tallest guy and stand next to him, on the theory that lightning will strike the tree and not you."

  • Jennifer's Body. It's an erotic thriller starring Megan FOX...what do you expect?
  • Baloo and Bagheera. There's the whole scolding-mother carefree-father thing being played, the long and emotional eulogy Bagheera gives Baloo when the bear "dies" to protect Mowgli, and come on. Baggy outright asks the guy if he would marry a panther!
    • And the ending was pretty gay , even with Mowgli going to the village to chase a girl. Baloo states girls are nothing but trouble, and he and Bagheera go strolling back into the jungle (with their arms around each other) singing the last song. So no, you're not weird for picking up on the implications behind their relationship.
    • Canonized in a Finnish theatrical adaptation of Jungle Book.
    • In Soviet cartoons, Bagheera is female.
    • After a very 'special' run of a Jungle Book adaptation, Bagheera and Shere Khan had loads of this. Ooh, the Foe Yay in spades, and the taunting and Bagheera being all stoic... Plus they had a fight-scene, and Shere Khan only half-mockingly reminiscing about what a terror Bagheera used to be. Honestly, it came off like they'd just gotten out of a really bad breakup. And to top it off? Shere Khan had an inexplicable (yet totally hot) Southern accent, and Bagheera had a growly voice a la Dinobot. It was disturbing, yet...
    • Jungle Cubs has Shere Khan/Bagheera in Shouta form. My first slash pairing, I am both proud and ashamed to admit.
  • The third Jurassic Park film, between Alan and Billy. Unfortunately, that would entail watching Jurassic Park III.
  • Just Friends: Samantha kisses Darla on the lips and at one point says that she "likes girls".


  • It's hard not to see Ho Yay between Aman and Rohit in the Bollywood movie Kal Ho Naa Ho. Close friends? Check. Strangely touchy-feely? Check. Mistaken for Gay? Check... In one of the musical numbers, they find themselves without female dance partners, look at each other, shrug and dance with each other - a very camp gay interior designer sees them and starts clapping excitedly, looking overjoyed. The fact that Aman and Rohit are both in love with the very pretty Naina and that she loves them both very much just makes the movie feel like one big ad for menage a trois.
  • Foreign Film: Kamikaze Girls had a ridiculous amount of random parts where people can go, 'wow, that's very les yay!'
  • The 1970's killer vehicle film Killdozer is rife with this sort of thing. To begin with, it's a bunch of manly construction workers on an island with no women. Dutch is a bit... attached to Mack, and when Mack bites it Dutch descends into alcoholic nutsville and talks about how he and Mack used to go swimming together. Kelly and Dennis' relationship to one another seems like bitter exes, giving a new perspective on the scene where Dennis breaks his ankle while running and has to be helped by Kelly, filling a role normally reserved for a female love interest.
  • In an early, lesser-known (but very suspenseful) Alfred Hitchcock film called The Lady Vanishes a bunch of people are staying together at an inn in central Europe. There's a pair of middle-aged English gentlemen who seem to be very close friends; the hotel is overbooked, so the two men end up sleeping in the maid's room. At one point, when the maid storms in and starts to change, they look away without any interest whatsoever. Later, we see them sitting in bed--one isn't wearing a shirt and the other isn't wearing pants! They may just be Heterosexual Life Partners, but the subtext was pretty damning.
    • The characters were named Charters and Caldicott and they were so popular in the movie that they appeared in other British thrillers like Night Train To Munich.
  • Lawrence and Ali in Lawrence of Arabia.
    • Very much intended. To quote David Lean's obituary: "As to the suggestion that the film was pervasively homoerotic, [David Lean] said: 'Yes. Of course it is. Throughout. Lawrence was very, if not entirely, homosexual. We thought we were being very daring at the time: Lawrence and Omar [Sharif, who played Ali] , Lawrence and the Arab boys.'"
  • Legion has Michael and Gabriel. It seriously seemed like they were going to kiss near the end of their fight scene.
  • The body-surfing space vampire in Lifeforce occupies the mental hospital boss played by Patrick Stewart, and while interrogating her/him the astronaut protagonist (who's obsessed with her) is irresistibly drawn close for a (just averted) fatal kiss (with the image swopping between the alien's female form and the male body she's occupying).
  • In Like Minds (Murderous Intent in America) the main characters could make out in any scene without interrupting the flow of the movie. And then there's anything Nigel ever says to Alex, or should we say Jaaaack. "We will be united!"
  • Lilo and Stitch:. Jumba and Pleakley are the typical "two very different guys stuck together" plot, until you realize that Pleakley enjoys his disguise a little too much. And then we get the series, which has them: living and rooming together, pretending to be married for their disguise, wearing themed couple costumes for Halloween even when no one has to see them together. Pleakley dresses in a Casablanca outfit when Jumba leaves on a plane, and tries to recreate a "painful Earth parting scene." He wrings his hands and spends the entire night trying to contact a kidnapped Jumba. He calls Jumba "my hero!" when Jumba rescues him in kind. And Jumba never complains. Not even when Pleakley puts him in a wedding dress and tries to create a legally binding sham marriage to shut up his nagging mom, in what plays like a Coming Out Story - especially as Pleakley looked way more uncomfortable with the girl he'd tried to do this with in the other half of the episode.
    • Then there's the finale movie where they're separated but totally miss each other - with Jumba "accidentally" calling Pleakley to come see his latest invention, Pleakley keeping a picture of Jumba on his desk, and all of it culminating with a phone conversation: "Don't you miss your 'Aunt Pleakley'? I'm wearing the wig..."
  • Ursula and Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid. What with her calling Ariel things like "my child", "angelfish", "my dear sweet child", "sweet cakes", "poor little princess", and "my sweet". As well as telling her if she can't get Prince Eric to kiss her on the third day, then as a consequence, she'll "belong to me"/"will be mine". Not to mention her tendency to invade Ariel's personal space.
    • Also at one point in the 'Poor Unfortunate Souls' song; she moves her tentacle across Ariel's chest, with Ariel having to push it off.
  • Little Shop of Horrors. Audrey II is very personal with Seymour, even going so far as to slide one of his vines up Seymour's shirt in "Feed Me".
  • Four words this time: Lord of the Flies.
  • Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings. The third film was practically nothing but this whenever the two of them were on screen.
    • Practically canon: in the closing narration, Frodo tells Sam that "you can't always be torn in two", over scenes of Sam returning to his wife and children. With the strong implication that Sam would always betorn between Frodo and his wife.
    • Frodo and Sam, Merry and Pippin, Gimli and Legolas, Aragorn and Legolas, Aragorn and Boromir, Boromir and Frodo... No woman could ever be as important to those guys as they are to each other.
    • And when you put all of them together....
    • Heck, Gimli and Legolas had, at the very least, an epic Heterosexual Life Partnership going on in the books. Ho Yay is a Subjective Trope, and it's not much of a stretch.
    • Haldir and Aragorn, anyone? They seem to hug an awful lot...Or maybe that was just once.
    • Merry and Pippin. Seriously, as if their tearful separation in Return of the King isn't enough, their reunion after the Battle of Minas Tirith? With Pippin tearfully cradling Merry and then covering him with his cloak? My goodness. Just check out the dialogue:

Merry: I knew...you'd find me.
Pippin: Yes.
Merry: Are you...going to leave me?
Pippin: No, Merry. I'm going to look after you.

      • And neither of them ever had another love interest, either.
      • Hell, the Ho Yay wasn't just off screen. Dominic Monahan and Billy Boyd were constantly hanging out, and, in a gag, pretended to be literally comparing their penises in a trailer. With their pants down.
  • Cougar and Jensen in The Losers (2010).
  • Three more words: The Lost Boys.
  • Some people have said they see Ho Yay between Alex and Marty in Madagascar but it's eclipsed by the sheer Flamboyant Gay behaviour of King Julien, including a scene where everyone's dancing and he leaps into Maurice's arms. In Real Life, lemur troops are led by a female; it's not a case of You Fail Zoology Forever because Julien is enough of a queen.
    • There's a scene in Madagascar 2 where Julien is giving Melman romantic advice while climbing all over his head and stroking it repeatedly. Ironically, Mort, who really, really likes Julien, is the one person he really can't stand.
    • Even less subtle at the beginning when Julien dresses up a a girl and yells: "Who's attracted to me?!" to the troop. Everyone cheers.
  • Mean Girls. Cross reference with Lindsay Lohan's relationship from 2008 onward.
    • Some of Cady's comments about obsessing over Regina qualify.
    • Gretchen too, as her obsessive desire to please Regina certainly qualifies.
    • And let's not forget that the entire plot is driven by Janis's Foe Yay-tastic obsession with getting revenge on former BFF Regina.
  • Megamind has a lot of Foe Yay with his long-time nemesis Metroman; Megamind more or less based his life around those formative years acting as Metroboy's rival, and his hilarious but depressing lack of interest after Metroman's 'death' - and his eager enthusiasm to re-create that dynamic, to the point of creating Titan - also points to a reliance on and missing of Metroman's presence in his life.
  • Midnight Cowboy. Seriously. The book is even more (overtly!) gay than the film could ever be.
    • I recall reading an article, I think in Vanity Fair, that mentioned that Voight and Hoffman asked Schlesinger if their characters were "fags." Apparently the answer was yes.
      • Quite the contrary. As an openly gay director, Schlesinger stated that part of his intention with Midnight Cowboy was to show that two men could be friends without being homoerotic. This is in addition to the various interpretations of Joe being a closet-case. Though the movie has plenty of hoyay, Rizzo and Joe are specifically formed against that.
  • In Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Ethan very soulfully and intensely looking at Brandt during a conversation about secrets: "You tell me yours, and I'll tell you mine." The fact that Tom Cruise is no stranger to Ho Yay...

Brandt: Next time, I get to seduce the rich guy.

    • It's not just Ethan that he has subtext with. There's this slashtastic quote directed at Benji after he asked why his codename is Pluto.

Brandt: Well I think Uranus is available.

    • There is also the scene at the Burj when Ethan is climbing back down the outside of the hotel and ends up hanging from the open window, Brandt holding onto his leg. Let's just say that he isn't exactly shy about climbing all over Brandt to get back to safety.
  • Moon Child:
    • Moon Child is one long piece of Ho Yay after the smiley scene. Sho's reaction to Kei's suggestion that they "spend time apart" was identical to the reaction of a lover told "Let's break up."
    • Then there's Kei's nightmare scene, which looks a lot more like a different kind of dream.
    • Not to mention the look on Kei's face when Sho's arm is covered in blood from a bullet that grazed his shoulder. It looks like a combination of lust and hunger.
    • And of course the head-kissing scene; Sho's hollow-ness after Kei left him; their reunion, his desperate pleading with Kei to come save him, that worked even though Kei wanted to die; the scene where Sho is dying and Kei is screaming at him not to leave him; and their conversation about "being selfish."
    • When Yi-Che is on her death-bed, Kei refuses to turn her into a vampire because he says he does not want to condemn anyone to life as a monster like him...but when faced with Sho's imminent death, he cannot face the prospect of living without Sho, and immediately turns him into a vampire to save him. Sho later admits that he is glad Yi-Che was never made into a vampire with them.
    • Then there's the final scene where Sho and Kei sit in their car together, watching the ocean over a rather romantic-looking cliff, as they sing a sweet farewell to each other while they prepare for death.
    • Worth noting that Gackt and Hyde actually are close friends, and both of them classify their music as 'visual kei', a genre where probably 90% of the aesthetic is basically made of this trope, often live and on stage. If Moon Child is not invoking this deliberately, I'll eat my hat.
      • Then there's Gackt's infamous declaration that if Hyde were a woman, he would have fallen in love with him. Gackt even wrote in his autobiography that he contemplated kissing Hyde while he slept during filming for this movie.
  • The sexual tension between Naomi Watts and Laura Harring in Mulholland Drive. It turns canon.
  • Murder by Numbers. The whole film is basically pure Ho Yay. The so-called 'love interest' that the main characters are supposed to be fighting over? Comes across as little more than a beard for the both of them.
    • Wait, there's a way to watch that movie and not see that? The only fans of that film were a). in it for the teenage psychos and ho yay, or b). in it for the Leopold and Loeb references and ho yay. High points include Richard's jealous bedroom freak-out and the way our Charming Antagonists seem far too comfortable in each other's personal space. The whole business with Lisa just looks like Richie's seriously, seriously compensating -- he's such an over-the-top cad, if only to compensate for his metrosexual fashion sense. But wow -- talk about Slap Slap Kiss.
    • Somewhat more disturbing, in retrospect, if you take into account potential future Prison Rape for poor Justin. Who is now stuck in the big house alone and without Richie. Ergh.
    • The abandoned cabin in the woods where they meet in secret because their friendship is forbidden to talk about their hopes and dreams, come up with plans, and drink a lot of absinthe and do drugs totally isn't Make-Out Point. We swear. (Also, the photographic composite of Justin's and Richie's faces just looks like a prediction of what their kids would look like.)
  • My Blue Heaven: The two male leads troublemaker Vincent "Vinnie" Antonelli and FBI agent Barney Coopersmith show this in one scene in the form of this exchange after Barney saves Vinnie from gangsters.

Vinnie: You saved my life.
Barney: You saved mine.


Two confirmed bachelors in their late fifties whose idea of a good time is to dress up Audrey Hepburn in fabulous Edith Head outfits? Oh, they were gay my friend. They were gaaay.

    • The movie itself said it even better.

Higgins: "Pickering and I are at it from morning till night. It fills our whole lives. Teaching Eliza, talking to Eliza, listening to Eliza, dressing Eliza."
Higgins' Mother: "You're a pretty pair of babies, playing with your live doll."

    • There is a scene where Higgins imagines Eliza's new dress and uses Pickering as stand-in. He touches his hips, breast and shoulders while he imagines new details for the dress and ends up giving him an appreciative look once he is done.
    • Discussing Eliza's options once the bet is over, Higgins has this little insight:

"You might marry, you know. You see Eliza, all men are not confirmed old bachelors like me and the Colonel."

    • And lets not forget Higgins' little song titled "Why can't a woman be more like a man?", in which he continually uses Pickering as an example: "Would you be hurt if I took out another fellow?"
    • And then we have the fact that Eliza/Higgins is easily the most chaste love story in all films. It takes until the last song for Higgins to even realize that he even likes Eliza, and then at the last scene she just appears, The End. No big finish kiss or anything. It could easily end with Eliza marrying Freddie while becoming Higgins and Pickerings BFF and with Pickering and Higgins bookending it in their library chatting about language once again.
    • In fact, that's just about how Shaw's Pygmalion (on which My Fair Lady is based) ends, with Eliza off to marry Freddie.
  • Newsies. The subplot with Sarah was inserted purely to hide the Ho Yay between David and Jack Kelly. It didn't work.
    • Jack and David even have a balcony scene, in which Davey invites Jack to stay the night!
    • If Jack Kelly randomly pelvic-thrusting couldn't turn David gay, nothing could. He's like Bridget: watching him? WILL make you gay. No exceptions.
    • Spot prodding David between the legs with his pimp-stick.
    • The opening number... just... the opening number. Complete with two newsies sprawled on top of each other and at least twenty men apparently bathing together.
    • That stuff about Jack's parents? Bullshit. Snyder just wanted Jack out of the boarding house to put an end to the epic Newsie-orgies going down every night.
  • Night at the Museum, between Jedidiah and Octavius. (Yes, the Roman Emperor Octavius. And a cowboy.) Featuring the line "I ain't quittin' you!"
    • Yes, the "quittin' you" line is said by the cowboy.
    • The sequel is better. No, they weren't really going to kiss, but yeah...
    • It didn't help when the sand in the hourglass was suffocating Jedidiah, and he was trying to tell Octavius about how their relationship progressed "from enemies to friends and some stuff that will make you cry." Subtle.

Steve Coogan (who plays Octavious): There was a certain kind of subtext, what those of a discerning view might read as a subtle homoerotic subtext. If those people read that into it I certainly wouldn't argue with it... Yes, Octavius has a certain fascination with Jedediah because, of course, he wouldn't meet people as irreverent as that in the world of the Roman Empire, I think people were a bit more formal in their behaviour, so that slightly gauche, throwaway attitude that goes with being a cowboy fascinates Octavius, and he finds it quite alluring.

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: of all the citizens of Halloweentown, the Mayor seems the most worried when Jack goes missing -- and it doesn't look like just as a professional or as a friend, either. Also, there's really no reason why, when he decided to show, Jack had to announce his presence to Oogie Boogie looking like he's trying to seduce him.
  • Nowhere Boy- the film about the childhood and teenage experiences of John Lennon- has this between John and Paul in spades. 'course, John and Paul always had it, everywhere.
  • Ocean's Eleven. Rusty and Danny take Heterosexual Life Partners Up to Eleven. The Oprah-watching scene in the third movie, oh my lord...
  • Once Upon a Time in the West: Cheyenne and Harmonica. Cheyenne idly toys with Harmonica's gun (no, not that one) while gazing at him during their first meeting. Both of them are also strongly drawn to each other throughout the movie, and both of them even manage to ignore/resist/turn down the advances of Jill (the gorgeous redhead who is attracted to both of them) to go Riding Into the Sunset together at the end. And then, Cheyenne dies. But Harmonica keeps his body.
  • The bad guy in Onmyoji provides a lot of this: Doson murmurs and smiles at Seimei almost flirtatiously whenever they meet, and says "I'll be watching you" right before he commits suicide. He also strokes Seimei's face and throat while he asks him to rule the world with him. Seimei doesn't seem even remotely interested (possibly because he has pretty shikigami at home).
    • Doson also tries to convince Prince Sawara to spend eternity with him, instead of with Sawara's girlfriend. He gets downright hysterical at the idea of the prince leaving. This guy is a big lump of Foe Yay and Ho Yay.
    • One can't bring up Onmyoji without mentioning the relationship between Seimei and Hiromasa. Hiromasa is pretty clearly Seimei's only human friend, and the movies are full of scenes of them talking about love, exchanging long looks, and following each other into certain death. (In the second movie, Hiromasa's absence even makes Seimei lonely enough that he creates a shikigami-Hiromasa to, um, play dress-up with.)
  • The Other Guys. Will Ferrell's acting like he's got a raging crush on Mark Wahlberg. In the tradition of all bromance movies, Hoitz and Gamble sometimes take the 'buddy' aspect of 'buddy cop movie' to the extreme. "I missed you."
    • Come on, who gets anyone a gift "just because I was thinking of you" without being at least a little romantically inclined towards them?
    • There's a little reciprocation near the end. "Okay, fine, I missed you too."
  • The Outlaw was most notorious at the time of its release for its emphasis on Jane Russell's breasts, but modern viewers are often struck more by a perceived homosexual love triangle in the movie between Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and Doc Holliday. Garrett appears furious that the handsome young Billy has come between him and Doc, and Rio (Russell) seems more a symbol of dominance between Doc and Billy than a beautiful woman that any man would want. They focus a lot more on each other than they do on her.


  • Plenty of Ho Yay in The Pact (pretty much the only reason anyone's ever watched the movie), where the superfluous plot about a teenage assassin sent to kill a fellow prep school student in the Witness Protection scheme is largely ignored in favour of soft-focus pretty boys wrestling, going swimming, and dressing up as women.
  • The Paper Chase: Ford's "Wanna get drunk?" invitation to Hart may be ambiguous, but the latent acrimony between Bell and O'Connor reeks of a failed affair.
  • Paul: Graeme and Clive.
  • How about Pee-wee's Big Adventure for some examples of this in a kids' movie? The character of Mickey (who, let's not forget, is an ex-con and so has spent an AWFUL LOT of time in an all-male environment) rather pointedly tells Pee-Wee, "I like you, kid. I like you a LOT." And the bikers in the bar when they gleefully threaten to tattoo Pee-Wee's body before they kill him...
  • The 2003 version of Peter Pan did make some viewers leave the theater with some rather obfuscating pictures involving Hook and Peter in their head.
  • Pineapple Express is full of three-way ho yay between Dale, Saul and Red.
  • Pintel and Ragetti from Pirates of the Caribbean have an extremely close relationship and often support each other. Add this to the fact that pirates and sailors in general aren't known for their exclusive heterosexuality and the possibility of them being more then Heterosexual Life Partners is pretty clear. When interviewed, director Gore Verbinski described them as an 'old married couple', while their actors claim they are uncle and nephew. Since neither version is canon, either interpretation is possible... or both, if you're into that sort of thing.
    • Also Jack Sparrow and Will Turner, more so in the first one than the other two.
      • Upon their first meeting- while fighting, no less- Jack questions Will's sexuality. Now take into account the suggestive "not all treasure is silver and gold, mate", and Jack GIVING A HEART to Will... Elizabeth who?
    • Also Jack Sparrow and Cutler Beckett. "Each left our marks on the other" indeed.

Jack: (about his compass) It points to what you want most, and this not the Brethren Court, is it?
Beckett: Then what is?
Jack: (grinning) Me!

      • Of course, he adds the word "dead" right after, but still.
    • Also Jack Sparrow and Barbossa, who seem to almost flirt with each other at some points.
    • Definitely Jack and Norrington (known as "Sparrington" in fandom); they clearly have some sort of stern teacher/naughty schoolboy thing going on. And in the first movie, Jack gets rather touchy and close to him at several points.
    • And we're not sure what sex the goat was, but there was something going on there too.
      • The goat would have been female- goats were taken on board ship to supply fresh milk, pre-refrigeration. It would make no sense for it to be male, unless the Pearls have exceeded even their usual level of dunderheadedness.
    • To summarize, Jack Sparrow + anything male = this trope.
    • Also, at a fan event including some of the cast and crew, the actors were asked about the relationship between Pintel and Ragetti, and their explanation was peppered with screenwriter Ted Elliot yelling, "Gay!" Johnny Depp has also suggested that Jack is of a * ahem* resourceful orientation.
  • Point Break has too much subtext to list...
  • Porky's begins with the male cast naked with a prostitute.
  • Predator. After Blain is killed by the alien, Mac's reaction is more from someone that's lost a lover than a fellow soldier and friend. Seriously. The Ho Yay has to be seen to be believed...
  • The Prestige. Mostly Foe Yay, with a side of fangirl squee.
  • The Princess Bride has Count Rugen (the guy who killed Inigo's father) and Prince Humperdink. In loads. Especially the scene outside of the secret passage tree to the torture chamber when the Count is getting ready to torture Westley.

Count Rugen: Ah. Are you coming down into the pit? Wesley's got his strength back. I'm starting him on the machine tonight.
Prince Humperdinck: [sincerely] Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I've got my country's 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I'm swamped.
Count Rugen: [also sincere, with a worried look] Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, then you haven't got anything.

    • And Inigo and Fezzik are so adorably married. Their rhyming game! And the way they smile at each other! And when Fezzik takes care of Inigo after his epic bender! They're basically two halves of one useful, adult person. There's the Huge Guy Skinny Guy thing, but let's just not think too hard about that. It's not that they're doing it, it's that they're Heterosexual Life Partners to a mind-boggling degree.
  • Carter and Rosie of the Disney Channel original movie Princess Protection Program had plenty of "Oh, just kiss already!" moments, including a scene on a bench swing by a lake (belching notwithstanding.)
  • The Producers. Seriously, just... The Producers.
    • To elaborate: The song "Till Him", during the courtroom scene, gives us lyrics from Leo such as 'My existence bordered on the tragic/always timid never took a chance/then I felt his magic/and my heart began to dance.' Seriously, if this were between a guy and a girl, it would have been the romantic love song. As it is, it's pretty romantic already.
    • Not to mention how damn touchy-feely Max and Leo are. Constantly touching each other's shoulders, arms, hands, faces...
    • Or the time when they were fighting over the tax books and end up on top of each other on the ground. Roger, their director walks in, sees this, and says, "Now that's what I call celebrating."
    • The above examples are from the 2005 remake of the movie. While the original doesn't have a pseudo-love song, it's pretty full of Ho Yay, depending on how you interpret certain scenes:
      • Like when Leo apologized to Max about calling him 'Fat fat fat' while caressing Max's coat lapel. And then Max looks like he's about to kiss him. Seriously. See for yourself at 1:37.
      • The original movie (with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder) has the scene where Leo becomes hysterical when he thinks Max is going to jump on him. The dancing in that scene is quite homoerotic.
  • Pulp Fiction. Jules and Vincent. "Don't gimme that look, I can feel your look."
  • Queen Christina starred rumored bisexual Greta Garbo as the titular queen of Sweden, who frequently dressed like a man, never married, and was also rumored to be bisexual or a lesbian. With a set-up like that you'd expect it to have some Ho Yay, and you'd be right to. The real Christina is suspected to have had a love affair with Ebba Sparre, one of her ladies, and there's pretty much no other way to interpret their relationship in the movie. They kiss several times, and when Christina discovers that Ebba wants to marry a man she flies into a rage. Then when Christina is mistaken for a man at an out-of-the-way inn, a serving wench makes it very clear she's available. And the other way around, the Spanish ambassador Antonio certainly seems interested in "him," and agrees to sleep in the same bed with the "young man" before finding out he's a she.
  • The Quick and the Dead: Gene Hackman and Russell Crowe. Yes, as a matter of fact, it is kind of icky.

"I always wanted to fight you, Cort. Ever since the first time I saw you. It's just this... itch that I had to scratch."

  • If you squint at the relationship between Mindy and Rose in the obscure David Cronenberg film Rabid. Mindy is determined to take care of her, seems to have stripped her naked when she was feeling ill, suggests she take a nice hot bath... For Rose's part she was violently against Mindy being her next victim, even when she didn't think it was lethal.
  • Don't forget about the 1999 black comedy Ravenous that is about cannibals in the 1840s out in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. The entire plot is basically Ives' attempt to persuade main character Boyd into embracing being a cannibal and joining his side in his plan to get a reliable food source. According to director Antonia Bird's commentary, her original ending for the movie was the camera zooming out of the barn from Ives and Boyd's dead bodies as if following their souls as they flew off together into the ether. She was forced to change it when people claimed it was "too romantic" of an ending. She didn't think it was romantic at all.
    • Also on her commentary, she claimed Robert Carlyle stated the plot was "the romance between Ives and Boyd." Antonia follows this up with her stating that he was most likely joking.
    • In Robert Carlyle's commentary, he proves her wrong about him joking by every so often mentioning the relationship between the two main characters. One scene has him going "just kiss him all ready!" to Boyd as he's dying in a bear trap with Ives and explaining that Ives is having a mini-orgasm over smelling Boyd's blood.
    • Hell, there's Ho Yay and/or Foe Yay between Ives and all of the characters. Being a cannibal, he uses the many food double entendres to good use, one scene having Boyd asking Ives if he ate the only female member of settlers Ives traveled with and him responding with "well, now that you mention it..." and giggling.
    • And the "he's licking me!" scene where one member of the rescue party has his wound licked by Ives. It happens in a dark tent, so the audience first believes he's licking something else...
    • There's also the relationship between Privates Toffler and Reich that have Reich being very protective of him and even hunting down Ives after Toffler's been murdered and partially eaten by him.
  • Re-Animator is a goldmine of slightly awkward ho yay between West and Dan. It helps that West is Crazy Awesome, and he's dragging Dan along with him -- and there's a certain possessiveness about how he drapes a blanket over Dan's shoulders, holds him briefly, and tells him he's going into shock. And how they end up Heterosexual Life Partners...
  • Stark and Plato, Rebel Without a Cause. At least one source actually backs this up, as seen in the documentary The Celluloid Closet, where they all but say that Plato was the gay friend who had to die. Keep in mind that Sal Mineo had a crush on James Dean during filming, so some of that vibe could be the actor's feelings showing through...
    • Many sources claim and/or provide evidence that this was intentional, with some going so far as to say that the Jim/Plato/Judy relationship was meant to be a poly-esque non-traditional family. Plato's character definitely had subtext - see the autographed photo of actor Alan Ladd pinned up adoringly in Plato's locker. Even the AMC filmsite references Plato as a gay character, that "hints at the possibility that he is seeking out Dean's character because he rejects fake machismo."
    • In fact, an on screen kiss between Jim and Plato was originally planned, but of course this is 1955 we're talking about. The head of Warner studios said in writing that a kiss was unacceptable and off the table.
    • Allegedly, Dean instructed Mineo: "Look at me the way I look at Natalie [Wood, who played Judy]." The director also apparently told him to look at Dean as though he was what he wanted most in the world; Mineo said he thought of his driver's license, being unable to acknowledge his crush on Dean to himself until later.
  • In Red Riding Hood, Valerie has quite a lot of Les Yay with most of the other females, particularly Roxanne and Prudence. In one scene her male love interest, Peter, is dancing suggestively with another girl. Valerie drags Prudence over there and tries to make him jealous by dancing with her the same way Peter was dancing with the other girl. Also, it could be argued that Peter and Henry have more chemistry with each other than either do with Valerie.
  • Marni and Blind Mag from Repo! The Genetic Opera. Virtually inseparable and best friends for nearly their entire lives (with Marni apparently being Mag's 'everything'). While Marni is mentioned several in songs sung by her husband and ex-fiance, she only ever actually physically appears in one Mag sings. The subtext is so heavy, it has become a standard in audience participation to yell out 'two lovers' in Mag's flashback scene with Marni (in reference to flashback scenes with Marni's other two love interests, which begin in such a way). Word of God has said that their relationship is open to interpretation.
  • Definitely something going on between characters Freddy Newendyke, "Mr. Orange," and Larry Dimick, "Mr. White," in Quentin Tarantino's 1990 film Reservoir Dogs. It is actually impossible to to cite specific examples; the entire movie is one colossal homoerotic overtone. The script: [1] (some-what inconsistent with the movie as Tarantino enjoys last-minute changes, apparently. The important [read: gay] bits are intact, though. Note: the scenes in the "INT. OFFICE" weren't actually filmed, so it isn't official canon. Still gay though, definitely. NOT TO MENTION the whole weird Nice Guy Eddie calling his father "Daddy" in front of everybody, at almost every opportunity to do so.
    • There's undeniable subtext between Nice Guy Eddie and 'Toothpick' Vic Vega, from bro-hugs, cheek kisses and an all out throw-down on the floor of Daddy's office. Don't forget the "You'd keep me for yourself," line Eddie throws Vic's way, and the ever-classic "Did you see that, Daddy? Guy got me on the floor, tried to fuck me!")
    • Don't forget Mr. Orange having a fake wedding ring he puts on as part of his 'cool, macho dude' costume. And Orange's wince while the guys discuss the pain of being fucked by a big dick in the beginning scene.
    • Why exactly does White think it's necessary to unbutton Orange's fly while he's bleeding to death from a bullet in the stomach?
  • Revenge of the Sith skirted the edge of both Ho Yay and Foe Yay with Anakin and Obi-Wan; Senator Palpatine also showed somewhat disturbing levels of interest in young Anakin since he was nine years old (yeah, yeah, Dark Side potential, but many fans felt like Palpy was being played as if he were a pedophile, as if he weren't evil enough).
    • Read the novelization. Stover is only writing the Anakin/Padmé because he has to.
    • And speaking of Star Wars, go re-watch Qui-Gon's death scene...
  • The Laurence Olivier version of Richard III was rife with Richard/Buckingham Ho Yay. Example: Witness Richard's mannerisms during the "My other self, my counsel's consistory/ My oracle, my prophet!--my dear cousin," scene. Could that little elbow nudge and light emphasis on 'dear' be anything but flirtatious? And the scene right after Richard was declared King, when he makes Buckingham get down on his knees to kiss Richard's hand- the dom/sub Ho Yay was pretty well unmistakable.
  • Rigoletto has Hans and Mr Ribaldi.
  • Road House: Patrick Swayze/everyone. Everyone.
  • Road To Bali has an alarming amount of Ho Yay between Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Remarkably, they are tricked into marrying each other through a double Bride and Switch.
  • The entirety of Road to El Dorado, which is understandable as the two protagonists, Miguel and Tulio, were a couple in the original script.
    • They even had little pet-names for each other, which never made it into the final version of the film. However, apparently there are special DVDs which keep the pet-names in the subtitles!
  • In Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Prince John and the Sheriff of Rottingham have this all over the place, including the Sheriff sitting next to Prince John at the royal fair, the Sheriff barging in on the Prince in the middle of his royal bath, and let's not leave out how often they hold hands...
  • The Rocky series has Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. Watch them run in slow motion and frolick on the beach in Rocky III. Just check out the amount of touching and not letting go that goes on between the two when Rocky wins a foot race against him.
  • In The Roommate one interpretation of Rebecca's character is her being a Psycho Lesbian for Sara.
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Rope!. It's clearly intentional, as the film was based on the story of Leopold and Loeb, as mentioned above, but due to the Hays Code, their relationship had to be portrayed in coded language and imagery. Although there really should be no other way to interpret the opening scene in the film, where the two share a cigarette in seeming post-orgasmic bliss after murdering their friend. Eventually turns into Ho Yay, though.
    • Allegedly the original script contained references to Cadell's having had an affair with one of the two while in school.
  • Nomi and Crystal in Showgirls. Quick tip fellas: If your girlfriends idea of a night on the town is taking you to a strip club, her being completely mesmerized by the entertainment and then spends an ungodly amount of money in order to watch while she gives you a lap-dance, it is time to recognize yourself for what you are.
  • Right at the end of Shrek, during Shrek and Fiona's wedding, the (undeniably male) wolf from Little Red Riding Hood is seen cuddling a knight.
  • The Shower Scene in Sixteen Candles was full of Les Yay. Even though Samantha and her friend are discussing Carolyn's relationship with Jake Ryan, the boy Samantha is in love with, Carolyn has no idea that the two are watching her, and the expression on Samantha's face just screams she wants Carolyn instead.
  • Another John Hughes one. Maybe I am the only one, but in Pretty in Pink there's Steff and Blane, particular Steff towards Blane. Maybe it's because James Spader oozes sex whatever he does, but if you remove the convenient scene at the beginning of the movie when Steff is rejected by Andie, it looks like Steff is trying to get Blane away from Andie out of jealousy of him. Then there an interesting scene at Steff's house where both are talking and Steff is wearing an open shirt and sends Blane to take a shower at the end of their conversation, and even gives him an ultimatum: her or him (his friendship, but still). And finally the last scene together, where if you mute the whole thing, it looks like a breakup scene, with everything including Blane rejecting Steff's touch and Steff being all puppy-eyed at the end.
  • Matthew Fox and Nestor Carbonell in Smokin Aces. Nestor Carbonell gets really homoerotic with Matthew Fox as he dies.
  • The Social Network has plenty of Mark/Ed.
  • In Soylent Green, there's Thorn and Roth.
  • No mention of the Stanley Kubrick film Spartacus? The most explicit is the bath scene between Crassus and his slave, Antoninus, where Crassus clearly attempts to seduce Antoninus, which prompts the poor slave to run away and join Spartacus. Plus, there is lots of Antoninus/Spartacus [[spoiler:before they are forced to fight to the death.
  • Even more three words: Stand by Me.
  • Kirk and Spock is the granddaddy of all Slash Fic, but in the new Star Trek Nero and Ayel have some major villainous vibes.
    • The new film's Kirk and Spock have some moments, too. Lampshaded by Older Spock commenting on how deep and meaningful his friendship was Kirk was, how important it was, how it changed him forever...
    • What about Kirk and McCoy in the new film? Ohhhhhhhh boy.

Kirk: I gotta go study.
Bones: Study my ass.

  • If the subtext in Street Fighter isn't that Vega is in love with Sagat, I will be amazed.
  • Another Disney Channel Original Movie example: Stuck in the Suburbs has buckets of Les Yay. For a start, the female lead starts ignoring her old (good) Girl Posse when an exciting new girl shows up. She and said new girl embark on an adventure with a male popstar and neither show any real desire to be with him beyond generic school girl crushes and the female lead is even upset when she accidentally breaks him up with his girlfriend. Neither girl ends up with a love interest at the end of the movie and at one point they have a tiff but make up.
    • And the very typical of romance movies 'sad break up' music interlude where they're both sad and broken up without the other?
    • Not only is there 'sad break up' music, but there are several montages of the two girls together and a couple of fervent embraces complete with a moment that felt like an almost kiss in one of them.
  • Sucker Punch: Has ALOT of this. Mostly to show how close the girls are and how they need each other.
    • The scene between Amber and Blondie where Blondie explains to Amber how to seduce the Mayor.
    • Not to mention Amber and Blondie are paired up in almost every group scene and even die together.
    • It's much more subtle, but it is there in abundance with Baby Doll and Rocket.
    • Baby Doll and Sweet Pea shared quite a lot of meaningful looks.
    • In Baby Doll's fantasies, she imagines all the girls in sexy clothing.
    • Rocket is very hands on with all the girls, especially Babydoll and Blondie.
    • "I don't bite (too hard)" is said outright by Rocket.
  • Another example can be observed in the science fiction movie Sunshine (which is directed by the very same director as Twenty Eight Days Later) between Capa and Mace, not only but the most obviously during their final scene. Danny Boyle, again, said it was intended to be a pretty homoerotic moment.
  • One Word: Superbad.
  • If you have no idea what's coming up, the first conversation between Judge Turpin and teenaged Anthony in the 2007 film version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street makes Turpin (fairly intentionally) sound like he's hitting on him. Hard. Not even in a good way, more of the 'I've got candy in my van' kind of way. And then it goes somewhere else entirely, to mixed amounts of relief and woobiefication. Also, due to the amount of body contact necessarily in giving someone a serious shave (and naturally, slitting a throat) all the scenes with Turpin and Todd himself could easily be recut for totally non-existent subtext.
    • All of "Pretty Women" has an awfully homoerotic vibe, what with the way Sweeney and Turpin are all singing together while Sweeney rubs his hands around Turpin's face, neck, and shoulders. Very strong Ho Yay vibe, despite the song's subject matter.
    • Don't forget the part where Turpin mentions "the catamites of Greece." Look it up.
    • He basically calls Anthony a slut.
    • When he says 'everything you've ever dreamed of doing with a woman' it apparently goes right over his head that out of the four he's named, only three are actually women.
    • Never mind the expression on the Beadle's face as he throws Anthony into the street. "Next time, it'll be your pretty little brains all over the pavement." And the way he wields his cane... Plus, near the end, Sweeney totally flirts Beadle into that chair.
    • The Beadle's face during "Poor Thing", when Turpin is on the street attempting to woo Lucy with flowers, makes it look like he's envious of the attention Lucy is getting from the judge. And when Turpin tells him he plans on marrying Johanna, the Beadle looks shocked and then...extremely disappointed. Hell, there's a number of moments between those two that suggests the Beadle holds more than respect for Judge Turpin.
  • Sweet Smell of Success. Listen to the dialog carefully - it seems that Sidney was Hunsecker's boy toy for a while, and Hunsecker has blackballed him because he's a jilted lover. What to make of this line:

JJ: You see that grin? That's the, uh, that's the charming street-urchin face. It's part of his helpless act. He throws himself upon your mercy. He's got a half-dozen faces for the ladies. But the one I like, the really cute one, is the quick, dependable chap - nothing he won't do for you in a pinch.

    • Later, JJ says this to Sidney:

JJ: I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic.

      • Of course, then there's the way JJ incestuously protects his sister...
  • Tank Girl. Tank Girl and Jet Girl meet in prison (Women in Prison). Tank Girl regularly seems to be flirting with Jet Girl, and even kisses her at one point to convince a guard that they're lovers so he'll leave Jet Girl alone. Tank Girl also tells Jet Girl jokes to try to make her laugh.
  • Wartime Ho Yay: In the WWII film The Thin Red Line, Pvt. Witt (Jim Caviezel) and Sgt. Welsh (Sean Penn) seem to have a bond that goes above and beyond a commander and his soldier:

Welsh: You still believing in the beautiful light, are you? How do you do that? You're a magician to me.
Witt: I still see a spark in you.
(Earlier in the same scene) Witt: You care about me, don't you, sarge? I always felt like you did. Why do you always make yourself out like a rock? One day I can come up and talk to you and the next day it's like we never even met.

    • And one of the last lines of the movie, where Welsh can only be talking to Witt after Witt died.:

Welsh: If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack. A glance from your eyes, and my life will be yours.

  • Third Star has James (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) slashing it up with absolutely everything and everyone. Miles often behaves like his ex, while Davy actually lives with James and his parents and couldn't possibly care more for James if he was in love with him, which he pretty much is anyway. One scene shows him helping James get dressed, while the ending sees him holding James in his arms twice, once when he's merely unconscious and once when he's already dead, staring off into the distance, completely heartbroken.
  • This Is Spinal Tap. Look at Nigel's expression of disgust whenever David's Yoko-Ono-esque girlfriend Jeanette shows up. Or at him watching David all the time. Or at him saying they're closer than brothers. Yeah... somebody has unrequited love here.
  • The Tinker Bell Movie has an odd moment between Tink and Silvermist. Tink the stranger has just fallen out of nowhere onto her rump, and Silvermist's reaction is to lean in, stroke Tink's nose, and coo, "Easy now... easy... Silvermist's got ya..."
  • Julie Taymor's film version of Titus Andronicus gives Chiron and Demetrius some extremely inappropriate posing with each other. The fact that they're brothers who gangrape Titus' daughter (their step-aunt-by-marriage) doesn't help.
  • It was a very small part, but in the movie Tombstone, side-character Billy Breckenridge (the little guy with the glasses, played by Jason Priestley) was pretty seriously crushing on Mr. Fabian (the pretty-boy actor played by Billy Zane).
  • The movie Top Gun, memorable for the commanding officer's Catch Phrase "I'm gonna have somebody's butt for this!" and variants.

Wolfman: This gives me a hard-on.
Hollywood: Don't tease me.


Conan O'Brien: Now, this is the first movie where you've played gay, isn't it?
Val Kilmer: Well, not counting Top Gun.

  • The looks from Agent Simmons' balding sidekick in the 2007 Transformers movie, not to mention the childish repetition of Simmons' declarations. Michael Bay even said in the director's commentary John Turturro (Simmons' actor) improvised stuff about questioning his sexuality.
    • The Sam/Bumblebee stuff. 'Bee is technically genderless, but the Transformers are all assigned gender-specific pronouns, probably as a humanizing gesture. Also: "I'm not gonna leave you!"
    • And in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen there is so much Ho Yay going on between Agent Simmons and Sam's friend, Leo, that they possibly had more chemistry (or at least the same amount) as Sam and Mikaela.
    • Also, as of Revenge of the Fallen, Megatron and Starscream appear to be up to their old tricks. "Starscream, I'm home!"
    • Yet another from Revenge of the Fallen, listen to what Megatron had to say as he pinned Sam down to a table mid-movie:

Megatron: Yeah! Yes! Yes! It feels good to grab your flesh!

  • Mike Ribble and Tino Orsini in the 1956 film Trapeze. Words don't do justice to the looks they throw at each other.
  • The Troll Hunter: Maybe a little between Thomas and Hans, particularly when Hans is fixing his wound.
  • In Tron, Flynn and RAM have a remarkably long staring-into-each-other's-eyes moment while RAM is dying. After RAM channeled the last of his energy into Flynn as the latter knelt worriedly next to him.
    • There's also some Flynn/Tron, from the original movie (comrades in arms, literally when Flynn re-channels a laser beam and Tron carries him before/after Flynn passes out), the Tron: Betrayal comics (trusted ally, Tron's unswerving belief in and protection of Flynn), and Tron: Legacy (snaps out of being Rinzler at a critical moment, colors flash back as Tron/Rinzler sinks).
    • Flynn/CLU 2.0 from Betrayal and Legacy. CLU's behavior is staked somewhere at the intersection of a Knight Templar "Well Done, Son" Guy (as 'the son'), Foe Yay, and a strange version of Clingy Jealous Girl / The Unfavorite (especially notable in the Betrayal comic, re: the ISOs).
  • Noelle and Abby in The Truth About Cats and Dogs.

Abby: If I was a guy, I think women would like, line up to go out with me. I'm smart. I have a good sense of humor. I make a great living.
Noelle: I'd fuck you.
Abby: Thank you, honey. I know you would.

  • Twilight is already covered under the literature section, but Edward's flashback to Carlisle turning him into a vampire has Edward making an honest-to-god orgasm face. Complete with creepy rape vibes.
    • It doesn't help that in the film, Carlisle's actor apparently went with the phrase "You're sexy" to get the appropriate freaked-out reaction from Edward's actor. Meta ho-yay?
    • The third movie? The writers (and actors) all seemed to be shipping Edward/Jacob.


  • The final fight scene in Undefeatable. A rare non-ninja Godfrey Ho movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxkr4wS7XqY
  • In John Carpenter's Vampires, Valek seems very interested in caressing Jack Crow and purring his name. Jack, already extremely homophobic, goes off on a long rant about 'pole smoking fashion victims' and Valek doesn't really bother to deny it.
  • In Van Helsing, there's Dracula/Van Helsing. The count really seems a hell of a lot more eager to seduce Van Helsing than to kill him. What with the first-name usage and the hints about how close they used to be. It's even evident in the damn videogame!
  • Every single movie Kevin Smith ever set in "The View Askewniverse" features the Comedy Duo of Jay and Silent Bob who are Heterosexual Life Partners who seem to be on the cusp of becoming a full-fledged homosexual relationship. It was only used as a plot point in Chasing Amy, though it was lampshaded heavily in Clerks 2.
    • In An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder, Kevin kind of lampshades this. Talking about his wife's Playboy shoot, he at one point, totally an Ass Pull, suggests she dresses like Jay and he dresses like Silent Bob:

Kevin: My wife dissected that for about half an hour. "I think you have some unresolved issues with your friend, Kevin!"


Jay: Yo man, tell me something about me.
Rufus: You masturbate more than anyone on the planet.
Jay: Aw fuck, everyone knows that. Tell me something nobody knows.
Rufus: When you do it, you're thinking about guys.
Jay: Dude, not all the time.

      • Ditto Banky. Hell, Banky and Hooper seem to end up together, if the end of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is to be believed (they've got their arms around each other as they walk out of the movie theater).
  • The entire first half of 'The Visitor'. Every interaction between the Professor and Tarek, particularly when a semi-nude Tarek teaches the Prof how to beat the drum between his legs. mmmm, manlove.
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader definitely has some Caspian/Edmund vibes. They tend to stare at each other far too often, they enjoy...ahem...crossing blades, they share a meaningful confession before the final battle, and their parting at the end of the movie has an emotional hug (whereas Caspian's hug with Lucy is far less important and in the background).
  • The Rorschach/Nite Owl bromance in Watchmen seemed to be given more emotional weight than the het romance. Yeah, this is Rorschach, but still.
    • Also, absolutely any moment featuring Adrian Veidt. They totally played up that "possibly homosexual" thing. While Ozzy certainly had his moments in the comic, the whole thing was cranked to 11 in The Movie. He had moments with Nite Owl, Manhattan, and even Rorschach. He always seemed to look like he was checking the other guys out...
    • The bit in the opening montage where Ozymandius is at a photoshoot with The Village People might have been a slight hint, and the fact that he has a folder labelled 'BOYS' on his computer.
    • And gets kinda handsy with a smiling David Bowie. No, really?
    • Several not-so-subliminal pink triangles appear in scenes that feature Ozymandius/Veidt.
    • Someone else thought so too... (NSFW)
  • Nikolai Rodchenko and Raymond Greenwood from White Nights. They dance together. They argue and give each other those 'Come do me' glances. At one point, it looks as if they're about to have a proper fight, but it ends in a hug. The end of the movie is even more packed with Ho Yay; Raymond, upon being reunited with his wife (played by young and ridiculously charming Isabella Rossellini!) and Nikolai, hugs his wife for about two seconds - and then goes and gives Nikolai a proper, long embrace. The movie ends with the scene of the two of them gazing at each other and smiling. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Nikolai is played by Mikhail freaking Baryshnikov.
  • Wings (1927) features one of the earliest examples of a man-on-man kiss on the lips, at the end.
    • The girl in the triangle was never pursued by either. Rather, the title cards pretty much spell it out:

"You - you know there is nothing in the world that means so much to me as your friendship"
"I knew it - - all the time - - "

  • Withnail and I with even non-slashers believing that Withnail is in love with Marwood. Marwood, in return, has affection for Withnail, treating him like a small child and looks as if the goodbye is causing him extreme amounts of pain.
  • Oh, dear lord, Charles and Erik in X-Men: First Class. Deep heart-to-heart talks, chess games, intimate mind-linking, Erik cradling Charles's injured body and trying to kill the person responsible, the list goes on.
    • Worthy mention: the sheer number of times these two cry for each other.
    • "It is a little bit of a mini-tragedy that him and Magneto don't, you know, have sex and become married and become best friends." This is coming from James Mc Avoy, one of the ACTORS.
    • In a deleted scene, Charles projects Erik in drag (yes, you read that correctly) and remarks, "You've never looked more beautiful, darling."
    • Even better is the "It's good isn't it?" just before. Technically he's talking about his telepathy, but really Charles, you seem a bit too pleased with yourself.
    • Surprised the beach scene hasn't been mentioned. There's a video combining the visuals with the audio of another notably homoerotic duo: the Master's death in the Doctor Who episode "Last of the Time Lords". It works eerily well.
    • In the truck where Charles mentally renders the soldiers invisible, Erik's hand is on the inside of his thigh. Yes, really.
    • Darwin and Alex (Havoc) have their little moments. There is a scene where Darwin places his hand on Alex's stomach, and just a few seconds before Darwin dies, who does he reach out to? Alex.
    • On the villainous side, Azazel and Riptide. Their pairing is just as popular as Azazel/Mystique.
    • The Xavier/Erik Ho Yay is almost made explicit in the last scene where Erik explains to Emma Frost that he sought her out to fill a hole in his life left by losing Xavier.
    • Hank and Alex is a pretty popular pairing in the fandom, too.