6 Asexual Characters That Have Changed TV (PHOTOS)

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Raphael Santiago (David Castro), Shadowhunters

In the 2017 episode “By the Light of Dawn,” Raphael revealed to Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) that he’s not sexually attracted to anyone, male or female.

Conleth Hill as Lord Varys in Game of Thrones
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Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), Game of Thrones

In Season 4 of the HBO hit, Lord Varys explained that he’s never had desires for men or women.


Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul), BoJack Horseman

In a third season episode of the Netflix series, Todd hinted at his asexuality. He later confirmed his truth in Season 4.

Kelly O'Sullivan as Valentina 'Voodoo' Dunacci in Sirens

Valentina “Voodoo” Dunacci (Kelly O’Sullivan), Sirens

In the short-lived USA comedy—it only had two seasons—Voodoo was openly asexual.


Brad (Sidney Franklin), Faking It

MTV’s series about best friends who fake being lesbians was sure to include the entire spectrum of sexuality. So it’s no surprise that Brad’s asexuality was included in the mix.

Rue McClanahan and Betty White on Golden Girls

Rose (Betty White), Golden Girls

The group of spunky senior citizens was always discussing different hot topics, one of which was Rose’s distaste for sex. She claimed to never have had any sexual desires, despite being married to a man for years.

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Representation is finally becoming a focus in Hollywood, and with that comes a slew of more diverse characters in the areas of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

One area of sexuality that is more increasingly addressed is asexuality—the lack of sexual attraction or desire towards another person, regardless of gender. In fact, asexuality on TV goes as far back as the ’80s with a certain Golden Girls favorite, and it continues on-screen today in shows like Game of Thrones and Shadowhunters.

Click through our gallery above for six TV characters who have openly embraced their asexual inclinations.