My Favorite Crime and Mystery Solving Bi Characters

3/7/2018

There is something so relaxing about settling into the couch, with snacks on deck, and the dial set to murder. Fake murder, that is. Faux death, extraterrestrial mayhem, marginally trouble-making prank contests; these bi characters have seen it all. And probably solved it, too.

Angela Montenegro, Bones

Long before ex-girlfriend Roxie came back onto the scene, I loved Angela Montenegro. I’m so glad we got twelve seasons of this bi character. She could never pass up an adventure, of which she had plenty to spare, while solving cases at the fictional Jeffersonian Institute. We saw Ms. Montenegro through loves, likes, accidental marriages, and one very on-purpose one. We had to say goodbye to her when Bones wrapped in 2017, but we’ll always have Fiji (and streaming!).

Rich Dotcom, Blindspot

Rich Dotcom was supposed to be a flash in the pan. But, of course, that is just not his style. In true Rich Dotcom fashion, the character went from a single Season One episode, to recurring by Season Three. His smarts are out, his wit is quick, and his parachutes are plentiful. Which is lucky for his art restorer/forger (ex)boyfriend. Rich Dotcom takes many roles in relation to the Jane Doe team, not least of which is comic relief. This bi character and his love of matchmaking are just a couple of my favorite things about this show.

Captain Jack Harkness, Torchwood

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more on-the-nose romantic moment than the evening Captain Jack sweeps himself off his feet. Of course, his namesake isn’t the only person Harkness romances–his affairs span decades, genders, and species. Jack captains the Torchwood Institute team, keeping extraterrestrials off the streets (or at least off the grid). Torchwood is also home to other bi characters, including Ianto Jones. Jones’s early heartbreak serves as another of the series’ standout episodes. The Doctor Who spinoff may be joined by another bi lead in the family soon–there’s been speculation that the first woman Doctor is bi.

 Annalise Keating, How To Get Away With Murder

Legal professor Annalise Keating makes her case as one of the few bi leads on television. Some might say she is the cause of more mysteries than crimes being solved, but any argument against her spot on this list would be indefensible. The show’s early treatment of a bi man was troubling, but Professor Keating’s bisexuality has thusfar been treated as an integral facet, not a regrettable phase.

Stella Gibson, The Fall

Both before and after The X Files, bi actor Gillian Anderson brought the brilliant DSI Stella Gibson to life. “The most feminist show on television” is not an easy feat for a show about a serial killer, but The Fall’s first season earned just that title from The Atlantic’s Amy Sullivan, in no small part due to the bi lead Anderson so deftly and gently portrayed. Come for the feminism and Irish accents, stay for the sexual tension with Archie Panjabi.

Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife

Which brings us to Panjabi’s other queer character, The Good Wife’s Kalinda Sharma. The bi investigator’s leather jackets, and penchant for saving the day at the last moment, kept viewers tuning in until Panjabi crossed the pond for the BBC drama.

Rosa Diaz, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Speaking of leather jackets, this list would not be complete without its newest addition. When Rosa Diaz strode onto our screens in 2013 we knew her as a badass straight away. Little did we know how far away she was from straightness. Her 2018 coming out was written with the input of bi actor Stephanie Beatriz. It was thrilling and familiar and frustrating and sad and hopeful, and reminds us what a blessing made-family can be.

Are you trying to solve the mystery of why your favorite bi character didn’t make the list? Don’t you worry! We’ll be talking SciFi and Fantasy Bi’s like Sara Lance, and Drama Bi’s like Nova Bordelon, real soon.

 

SB Swartz
SB Swartz is an author covering inclusive wellness, queer family, and reflections of our world as seen on tv. As a contributing writer for bi.org, SB created the Step Bi Step series for bi parents and originated the This Bi Life series showcasing bi community stories.

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