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18th Jan '17 11:28:58 AM Bebop
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** TropeNamer. In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Bobby Drake's parents find out that he's a mutant and have pretty much exactly this reaction. Complete with his mother asking him if hes tried...'' '''''not''''' ''being a mutant?. The filmmakers consulted Creator/{{Ian McKellen}} for the scene due to his experience being gay during much less forgiving times. Many viewers consider it {{narm}}, but this is likely the ''point,'' as many a homosexual who have endured the 'real' version of the line have likely wondered how close family could seriously ask such an ignorant question. This pops up a second time. When Nightcrawler asks Mystique why she doesn't use her shapeshifting powers to blend in with normal humans, she replies, "Because we shouldn't have to."

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** TropeNamer. In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Bobby Drake's parents find out that he's a mutant and have pretty much exactly this reaction. Complete with his mother asking him if if hes tried..."tried...'' '''''not''''' ''being a mutant?. mutant?" The filmmakers consulted Creator/{{Ian McKellen}} for the scene due to his experience being gay during much less forgiving times. Many viewers consider it {{narm}}, but this is likely the ''point,'' as many a homosexual who have endured the 'real' version of the line have likely wondered how close family could seriously ask such an ignorant question. This pops up a second time. When Nightcrawler asks Mystique why she doesn't use her shapeshifting powers to blend in with normal humans, she replies, "Because we shouldn't have to."
9th Jan '17 12:45:48 PM Gregzilla
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-->-- '''Madeline Drake''' (to '''Bobby Drake'''), ''Film/X2XMenUnited''

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-->-- '''Madeline Drake''' (to '''Bobby Drake'''), '''[[ComicBook/{{Iceman}} Bobby Drake]]'''), ''Film/X2XMenUnited''
9th Jan '17 12:45:21 PM Gregzilla
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** TropeNamer. In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Bobby Drake's parents find out that he's a mutant and have pretty much exactly this reaction. Complete with his mother asking him if hes tried...'' '''''not''''' ''being a mutant?. The filmmakers consulted Creator/{{Ian McKellen}} for the scene due to his experience being gay during much less forgiving times. Many viewers consider it {{narm}}, but this is likely the ''point,'' as many a homosexual who have endured the 'real' version of the line have likely wondered how close family could seriously ask such an ignorant question.
*** This pops up a second time. When Nightcrawler asks Mystique why she doesn't use her shapeshifting powers to blend in with normal humans, she replies, "Because we shouldn't have to."
** Similarly to the ''X2'' example above, prequel ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' has been confirmed by WordOfGod to [[http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2011/06/06/236993/x-men-first-class-gay-rights-and-the-intelligence-community/ also include gay-rights themes too.]]
*** The LGBT metaphor is admittedly [[{{Anvilicious}} less subtle]]. Charles and Erik look like average humans and can completely [[PassFail pass for 'normal']], but have still strongly affected their lives. Raven, on the other hand, can pass for "normal" at the cost of it being very exhausting and undermines her self-confidence, making her somewhat of a metaphor for a transgender person. [[spoiler:Raven's comparison is even blatantly explained through a conversation with Erik -- she doesn't have to perfectly "pass" as a non-mutant woman to be beautiful and have worth.]]

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** TropeNamer. In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Bobby Drake's parents find out that he's a mutant and have pretty much exactly this reaction. Complete with his mother asking him if hes tried...'' '''''not''''' ''being a mutant?. The filmmakers consulted Creator/{{Ian McKellen}} for the scene due to his experience being gay during much less forgiving times. Many viewers consider it {{narm}}, but this is likely the ''point,'' as many a homosexual who have endured the 'real' version of the line have likely wondered how close family could seriously ask such an ignorant question.
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question. This pops up a second time. When Nightcrawler asks Mystique why she doesn't use her shapeshifting powers to blend in with normal humans, she replies, "Because we shouldn't have to."
** Similarly to the ''X2'' example above, prequel ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' has been confirmed by WordOfGod to [[http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2011/06/06/236993/x-men-first-class-gay-rights-and-the-intelligence-community/ also include gay-rights themes too.]]
*** The
an LGBT metaphor metaphor, which is admittedly [[{{Anvilicious}} less subtle]]. Charles and Erik look like average humans and can completely [[PassFail pass for 'normal']], but have still strongly affected their lives. Raven, on the other hand, can pass for "normal" at the cost of it being very exhausting and undermines her self-confidence, making her somewhat of a metaphor for a transgender person. [[spoiler:Raven's comparison is even blatantly explained through a conversation with Erik -- she doesn't have to perfectly "pass" as a non-mutant woman to be beautiful and have worth.]]
2nd Jan '17 3:40:16 PM WitchesAndRayGuns
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* In the "Nice Girls" series of vampire romances by Molly Harper, we get this played out pretty much verbatim once the lead character's newly undead status is discovered by her parents. Jane Jameson's mother actually asks if she has tried not being a vampire, and constantly brings her pot pies in the hopes that if she just tries to eat solid food... As the series progresses, Jane's mother joins the "Friends and Family of the Undead" self-help group and gets a "vampire pride" bumper sticker. I have no idea whether Ms Harper was aiming for any form of allegory with this and the books play it all mainly for laughs, but the parallels are obvious.
14th Nov '16 8:16:29 PM Vilui
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''[[spoiler: ''Next'']] when heroes face the fact that a charming prankster they traveled with is millenia-old and extremely powerful [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Mazoku]]. [[LoveFreak Amelia]], [[LordErrorProne of course]], immediately and [[GenkiGirl passionately]] exhorted to "become a real human". Even ''[[IdiotHero Gourry]]'' saw just how grotesque this was.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''[[spoiler: ''Next'']] when heroes face the fact that a charming prankster they traveled with is millenia-old millennia-old and extremely powerful [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Mazoku]]. [[LoveFreak Amelia]], [[LordErrorProne of course]], immediately and [[GenkiGirl passionately]] exhorted to "become a real human". Even ''[[IdiotHero Gourry]]'' saw just how grotesque this was.
5th Nov '16 11:55:06 AM nombretomado
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** Parodied in [=ItsJustSomeRandomGuy=]'s Youtube series ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'':

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** Parodied in [=ItsJustSomeRandomGuy=]'s Youtube series ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'':''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'':
4th Oct '16 9:48:35 AM Theriocephalus
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** Another really good one for it is ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' (''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'') or ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' (''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''). Although they're technically born as a werewolf (or other Changing Breed/Fera), they don't awaken to their true nature until a dramatic, life-changing event that usually happens no earlier than puberty.
*** Although in that case, lycanthropy seems to be more related to [[PubertySuperpower puberty itself]], especially considering the whole monthly-cycle connection (for further exploration of this theme, see ''Film/GingerSnaps'').

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** Another really good one for it This is also found in ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' (''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'') or and ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' (''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''). Although they're technically born as a werewolf (or other Changing Breed/Fera), they don't awaken to their true nature until a dramatic, life-changing event that usually happens no earlier than puberty.
*** Although in that case,
puberty. That said, lycanthropy seems to be more just as related to [[PubertySuperpower puberty itself]], especially considering the whole monthly-cycle connection (for further exploration of this theme, see ''Film/GingerSnaps'').



** ''TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial'' uses this trope heavily, associating Beasts with numerous marginalized groups. In the draft given to kickstarter backers, the UnfortunateImplications (and the fan reaction to them) were intense enough that the developers decided to revise it before the final publication.



* TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial uses this trope heavily, associating Beasts with numerous marginalized groups. In the draft given to kickstarter backers, the UnfortunateImplications (and the fan reaction to them) were intense enough that the developers decided to revise it before the final publication.
4th Jul '16 6:20:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* The live-action series ''TheTick'' had an episode of this trope, centered around Arthur coming out as a superhero to his mom and sister. Tick is referred to as Arthur's "Partner" and "Special friend". In one scene the mom and sister, upon first entering the restaurant Arthur and Tick frequent, notice a superhero leaving and ask, "Is this one of '''those''' kind of places?"

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* The live-action series ''TheTick'' ''Series/TheTick'' had an episode of this trope, centered around Arthur coming out as a superhero to his mom and sister. Tick is referred to as Arthur's "Partner" and "Special friend". In one scene the mom and sister, upon first entering the restaurant Arthur and Tick frequent, notice a superhero leaving and ask, "Is this one of '''those''' kind of places?"
19th Jun '16 5:33:11 AM Doug86
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* ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, to the point of extreme LampshadeHanging, where people (like SpiderMan) in some issues get gays and mutants confused. Mutants who can pass for human are sometimes referred to being "in the closet". The biggest group of people rallying against mutants are ''[[AcceptableTargets evil conservative Christians]]'', who think their existence is a sin against God. There have been numerous attempts to "cure" mutants, as well as to kill them off as "abominations". Basically, after the racial civil rights of the 60s and 70s cooled down, the franchise was adapted to mirror the gay rights struggle, which it actually fits better in many respects (since mutants can be born to anyone, don't become [[PubertySuperpower different until puberty]] and you [[CampGay can]] [[ButchLesbian sometimes]] tell their condition by looking at them, but [[StraightGay not]] [[LipstickLesbian always.]]).

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* ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, ComicBook/XMen, to the point of extreme LampshadeHanging, where people (like SpiderMan) ComicBook/SpiderMan) in some issues get gays and mutants confused. Mutants who can pass for human are sometimes referred to being "in the closet". The biggest group of people rallying against mutants are ''[[AcceptableTargets evil conservative Christians]]'', who think their existence is a sin against God. There have been numerous attempts to "cure" mutants, as well as to kill them off as "abominations". Basically, after the racial civil rights of the 60s and 70s cooled down, the franchise was adapted to mirror the gay rights struggle, which it actually fits better in many respects (since mutants can be born to anyone, don't become [[PubertySuperpower different until puberty]] and you [[CampGay can]] [[ButchLesbian sometimes]] tell their condition by looking at them, but [[StraightGay not]] [[LipstickLesbian always.]]).
10th Jun '16 1:29:49 PM nighttrainfm
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* Something-verted in ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', in which Billy's parents overhear him and Teddy having an argument about which of them has to tell their parents something first. They actually are a couple, but that ''specific'' conversation was about them secretly being superheroes.

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* Something-verted in ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'', in which Billy's parents overhear him and Teddy having an argument about which of them has to tell their parents something first. They assure the boys they already know and unreservedly welcome Teddy to the family. Thing is, they actually are a couple, but that ''specific'' conversation was about them secretly being superheroes.
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