Today is the first day after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell! As a small salute to this day, I decided to create this top 5 list. Which characters made the cut?
5. Arguably, most of the Time and Space Administration Bureau in StrikerS. No one's really canon, but holy smokes, so much subtext. Nothing nothing nothing will convince me that Nanoha and Fate aren't an item. I'm not invested in Subaru x Teana, but they add extra slashability to the series for anyone who wants it. After Nanoha and Fate, Signum is the one who I
most want to be gay am most convinced is gay. Anyway...lots of cool, subtext-heavy women in military uniform = should be listed here.
As a bonus, Nanoha and Fate in wedding dresses.
3. 90% of the Meisters in Mai Otome: When your country's military might depends on super-powered women who must be willing to never have sex with men...yup. It would be shocking if Mai Otome didn't make this list.
And yay! I found a decent Chie x Aoi pic.
1. Haruka and Michiru: They are senshi, after all. For being completely unambiguous and the best characters on this list, Haruka and Michiru easily come out on top.
Is there anyone else who you think deserves to be on this list?
Next day update: As Erin pointed out in the comments, Rose of Versailles' Oscar deserves an Honorable Mention for being a trailblazing heroine in a trailblazing series. Vive a la Oscar!
Update 2: This is meant to be an anime-only list, but as Erica pointed out via Twitter, Kurogane Pukapukatai would be a shoo-in if manga were included.
Update 3: I've only seen random bits of Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex on Adult Swim (I keep meaning to watch it properly, but haven't yet), but Major Kusanagi seems like a cool character and fellow Tweeter bystrouska mentioned that she has some subtext.
Update 4: The subtext in Rimelda's obsession with Madlax makes them that much more fun to watch. A hat-tip to Sheldor for reminding me that Bee Train's girls with guns trilogy does have a character who I can add to this list.
Update 5: As commenter µ points out, Blue Drop's invading all-lesbian alien race, the Arume, includes a number of characters who fit this list.