It’s blunt but it’s true: Something about lesbians just intrigues the male mind immensely. The idea of two women being together just appeals so well and so many guys get into it. It’s thus pushed how so many TV shows have fandoms dedicated to putting their female characters together. Rizzoli & Isles, Once Upon a Time, Glee and more besides, fans love to play the “make them a couple” game. However, there does seem to be a push in media now to actually give fans what they want with some very hot characters made into real couples. It’s gone from just small TV shows to even big movies like the acclaimed Carol hooking up Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. True, there has been a troubling aspect of characters to meet harsh ends (see the doomed lovers Nora and Mary Louise on The Vampire Diaries) but the fact they at least try is a step further than has been done in the past.
Some pairings are obvious and long-lasting while others don’t last as long. However, there are still plenty of amazingly hot ladies who have hooked up in movies, TV, books, even comics and in many ways, they’re positive relationships to inspire. The list includes cops, crooks, warriors, teens, spies and more yet they all share a great bond and some stunning sexiness. Here are the 15 hottest fictional lesbian couples and we can only hope that grows more as time goes on.
SPOILER warning for some series and films.
15 Emily and Paige - Pretty Little Liars
A major part of the first season of the ABC Family/Freeform hit was Emily (Shay Mitchell) coming to realize she had feelings for Maya (Bianca Lawson), a hot student and they had a few steamy nights. Maya was murdered, Emily naturally rocked and soon clashing with Paige (Lindsey Shaw), a rival on their swim team. In a heated argument, Paige revealed the real reason she was getting in Shay’s face by kissing her in the rain. They were soon connecting for some hot hookups from Halloween to skinny-dipping and a tale set in a 1940’s noir setting featuring a stunningly shot love scene. They would break up before the “time jump” set five years in the future but the way they worked out makes you hope they reunite as this pairing was yet another reason the show is such a social media success.
14 Lucy and Amy - DEBS
This cult comedy focuses on a group of high school girls who are actually a highly elite operatives who go into the field dressed in sexy schoolgirl outfits. That alone would get attention but then you throw in how they’re targeting a wanted arms dealer called Lucy played by the always sexy Jordanna Brewster. Amy (Sara Foster) is sent in to take out Amy but soon is taken with her, the two going out on dates and soon having a hot hook-up…that’s spoiled by the arrival of a DEBS squad assuming Amy was kidnapped. Foster and Brewster just click wonderfully, very sexy together but also heart and the film mixes a climatic shootout with them sharing a dance at a prom and going off together. While the movie wasn’t a hit at the time, its fantastic relationship has given it a following as hot lady spies always make for a great time and better together.
13 Piper and Alex - Orange Is The New Black
When you do a “women in prison” show, it’s inevitable you include some girl-on-girl action. Yet it was still amazing how Netflix’s hit pushed up front the incredibly hot relationship between Piper (Taylor Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon). Flashbacks show how they got together with the brunette, glasses-wearing Alex showing a sardonic side to the more innocent Piper that makes their sex scenes from the shower to the bedroom shine. It’s thanks to Alex that Piper ends up in jail and their encounters behind bars even hotter thanks to how both damaged souls mix well. The second season faltered with Prepon gone and thus when she returned to jail in season three, they wasted no time having her and Piper engaging in a fight that turned into a hot sex session in the laundry room. With season 4 coming, you can only imagine how things are going to get wilder as bars can’t contain the sexiness these two bring.
12 Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer - DC Comics
In 2007, DC Comics made a big splash with the announcement that they were reviving the old character of Batwoman as a lesbian. Kate Kane was an heiress and former soldier pushed out of the Army for refusing to abide by “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Inspired by Batman to become a crimefighter, she had an on-off relationship with Renee Montoya. The “New 52” had Batwoman on her own and soon Kate was set up with Maggie Sawyer, a single mom and out cop and it wasn’t long before they were hooking up in scenes that skirted the Comics Code on several occasions. We naturally had the drama of Sawyer trying to bust Batwoman, not grasping it was her love and a big move had Kate coming to her in costume and revealing her identity by asking Maggie to marry her. Unfortunately, in one of their worst moves of recent years, DC decided that heroes shouldn’t marry and then had the two broken up after Kate was turned into a vampire (comics, folks.) It left a more than sour taste in folks’ mouths given how this was a great pair and more than hot to see the redhead and the blonde hooking up on the page.
11 Spencer and Ashley - South of Nowhere
This popular teen series at first followed a formula as Spencer (Gabrielle Christian) moves with her family from Ohio to Los Angeles, tackling issues of drug use, bullying and other TV tropes. However, things sparked when Spencer began a friendship with Ashley (Mandy Musgrave), an heiress with a rebellious attitude. The two become friends and soon blossom into one of the more realistic teen romances (straight or gay) ever seen. It didn’t shy away from the bad stuff; when Ashley’s mother catches the two making out, she literally throws Spencer out by her hair and tries to send her daughter to a “deprogramming” camp. Thankfully, Ashley’s father was more supportive but the drama caused a breakup. However, the series finale had the girls reuniting and deciding to stick together in college and a special webisode aftermath showed them married five years in the future with a child on the way. While both were very attractive, it was the realistic way they handled the romance that made this pairing such a winner for fans and the show remaining a popular one among young people of both genders.
10 Callie and Arizona - Grey’s Anatomy
Entering in the second season of the ABC smash hit, Callie (Sara Ramirez) was a feisty and full-figured surgeon getting into a relationship with George but divorcing when he cheated on her. Soon, she began bonding with Arizona (Jessica Capshaw), a kid’s doctor, the two soon getting together. This got Callie basically disowned from her family but sticking with Arizona, the two gelling as a terrific unit with sexy times amid the medical drama. To say they’ve had challenges is an understatement as Callie got pregnant and then Arizona lost her leg in a plane crash with her feelings of inadequacy driving her to an affair with another doctor. This ended the marriage although the two remain friends and still a spark between them at times so no matter how each move on, fans remember them as one of the best lesbian couples in prime time and providing an already sexy series with some very steamy times.
9 Nikki and Nora: The N&N Files
Long before Rizzoli & Isles came along, producer Nancylee Myatt conceived the pilot of a TV show in 2004 focusing on a pair of cops in New Orleans. Nikki (Liz Vassey) and Nora (Christina Cox) were shown in the usual partner banter, talking the job and such, seeming close friends. However, midway through, the show revealed they were actually lesbian lovers and out about it. It was a daring idea, probably too much for 2004 network TV and so it was passed over. However, the pilot leaked online to gather a massive fan following with viewers loving the two brunettes together and their nice heat.
Proving good things come to those who wait, in 2014 Myatt, Vassey and Cox reunited to revive the show as a web series, the two characters still together and working as private eyes in New Orleans. The actresses wonderfully sell them as a long-term couple while looking terrific in tank tops and jeans, the occasional bath together and tough on the crime-solving as well. Their passion for each other is matched only by the one fans have for them which earned them new life.
8 Brittany and Santana - Glee
At first Naya Rivera and Heather Morris were minor characters on the Fox show. Santana was the bitchy and manipulative cheerleader scheming to get guys in bed while Brittany was the dumb as a post blonde providing laugh lines. When Santana dismissed Quinn and Puck dating as “sex is not dating,” Brittany added “If it was, Santana and I would be dating.” Both the characters and audience did a double take as soon the duo were shown making out in bed and other places, the bizarre mix of the feisty Latina and the goofy blonde winning, especially in cheerleader outfits. It was an up and down relationship, both trying guys and issues like Santana’s grandmother disowning her when she came out and when Morris became pregnant in real life, Brittany was written out as an idiot savant accepted to MIT. Thankfully, the final season had them reuniting and getting married, the actresses bonding so well and speaks volumes that there’s was probably the most well-rounded and successful relationship of the entire series.
7 Nan and Kitty - Tipping the Velvet
Sarah Walter’s best-selling novel was a groundbreaker in erotic storytelling, focusing on showcasing how the Victorian era was a haven for sexual adventures. In 2002, the BBC adapted it for a terrific mini-series with Nan (Rachel Stirling) traveling to London and soon falling for Kitty (Keeley Hawes), a male impersonator. The two gel wonderfully in the corsets but better out of them, making love in only hats and Nan nervous but Kitty pushing her to be more open about herself. They have a few tough times but still amazing seeing how they get together in this more reserved time period and while Nan chooses another woman in the end, it’s the power of her relationship with Kitty that makes her a better woman and highlighting a story that proves the British can be so hot under that cool exterior.
6 Lexa and Clarke - The 100
When you create a backlash more massive than any show has seen in years, you know something is a big deal. The CW sci-fi series was already winning over critics and audiences with its gritty storyline and Clarke (Eliza Taylor) connecting as a powerful leader willing to kill her own boyfriend to maintain peace. When they introduced Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey), the leader of a tribe of “Grounders,” humans who survived the nuclear war a century before and a powerful warrior. It didn’t take long for fans to imagine them together but then the show did it themselves with Clarke and Lexa sharing a hot as hell kiss and clearly feelings for each other. That was thrown when Lexa had to betray Clarke to save their people and Debnam-Carey being cast in Fear the Walking Dead cut down on her screen time. They reunited for the current season with Lexa showing her warrior skills and aiding Clarke being accepted and the two finally got together for a fantastic love scene. Sadly, Lexa’s crazed aide tried to kill Clarke and Lexa caught the bullet instead to die in her arms. Fans are naturally livid over this but it still pushes the storyline and this pairing deserves to be remembered for the good and not just the bad.
5 Willow and Tara - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
When Willow (Alyson Hannigan) gets a glimpse of her leather-clad vampire double from another universe, she remarks “I think I’m kinda gay.” As it turns out, that was the case as in season four, having broken up with boyfriend Oz, Willow meets Tara (Amber Benson), a stuttering student who, like Willow, is a witch. The heat is clear between them and proven when Willow chooses Tara over Oz and Benson gets sexier as it goes on. They lean on each other for support, their love growing but hitting a hard patch when Willow gets addicted to magic use. They reunite only for Tara to catch a fatal bullet and Willow go on a rampage afterward. Fans hated that as they’d come to love Tara as much as Willow did and her loss was felt. Yet when they were together, it was truly magical and groundbreaking and a key part of the mythos of the series.
4 Shane and Carmen - The L Word
Practically any pairing from Showtime’s long-running lesbian drama could qualify to be sure but this was something else. Shane (Katherine Moennig) was the rough and tumble makeup artist who made it a lifestyle of bedding practically any woman in her path without hassle. Carmen (Sarah Shahi) was a DJ nervous about coming out (for good reason given her family) and she and Shane having a few good one-night stands. Their relationship grew tighter as the two women showed off in some hot love scenes and were eventually engaged. Sadly, it ended with Shane realizing she was going to cheat eventually and thus left Carmen at the altar with Shahi leaving the show. Still, they were a fantastic twosome to watch and probably the sexiest pair on a show packed with them, which says a lot.
3 Bo and Lauren - Lost Girl
The cult Canadian series focused on Bo (Anna Silk), a succubus who absorbs the chi of people and gets into some very sexy times. Silk was a knockout with his dark hair, nice chest, affinity for leather and getting it on with men and women alike. She had lovers in werewolf Dyson and the hot blonde Valkyrie Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) but Lauren (Zoie Palmer) was something else. A human doctor, she at first approached Bo as something to study but they were soon bedding together before long and Lauren showed her own very hot side handling this sexual creature. Their encounters could be some of the steamiest ever seen, Canadian TV being a bit more lax than the States to push the sexiness and the chemistry between them terrific. They had ups and downs, some breakups but the series finale got them to literally drive off into the sunset together and reward fans with the payoff they wanted for a show that loved to bring the hot lady times.
2 Corky and Violet - Bound
Before The Matrix, the Wachowskis got their big break with this thrilling 1996 crime drama. Corky (Gina Gershon) is an ex-con who’s gotten work as the super for a building. Violet (Jennifer Tilly) is the moll for a mobster (Joe Pantoliano) and when they meet in an elevator, it’s lust at first sight. Within the first 15 minutes, the two are in bed together in what remains one of the most sensual, thrilling girl-on-girl scenes ever committed to film. They soon hook up for a plot to rip off Violet’s boyfriend for mob money which quickly gets out of hand. The steamy encounters of Gershon and Tilly set the screen on fire, the two gelling so well and pulling off this wild scheme. The movie remains a beloved hit with the lesbian fandom but straight guys can also enjoy this wild pair going at it with amazing heat.
1 Xena and Gabrielle - Xena: Warrior Princess
The obvious choice. The show could tease it a lot in the early going and even try to give each a male love but it was clear from the start that the chemistry between Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor was unbeatable. The warrior atoning for her dark past and the goofy bard seemed an odd match yet balanced each other out with some smarts and good banter. Gabrielle would get a makeover to become more of a warrior and sexier in her own way while Xena remained a master fighter on her own.
Their love for each other was clear in various antics, from bathing together, brawling and putting their lives on the line for each other and would basically just come right out and say it several times. The actresses were up front on how it was for real and although not as openly shown as much as fans wanted, the producers acknowledge it was canon. It all worked thanks to Lawless and O’Connor as the rumored reboot will have a hard time replicating that success for a pairing that paved the way for so many lesbian showings on television and ignited an entire fanbase.