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->'''Vince's father''': Must be a wonderful life, Hazel, all those boys. Never short of a joke, tremendous wit, all of them... always smiling, always laughing...\\
'''Hazel''': Yes, and they make such good pets.
-->--''Series/QueerAsFolk''

The Gay Best Friend exists mostly to add variety, funny mannerisms and cheap laughs to an otherwise all-straight story. He may get some serious friendship plot points due to closeness to the FagHag. It's entirely possible for him to have many of the same issues: a single gay guy with exclusively female friends that he might use as an emotional stand-in for a romantic relationship, either out of isolation (common in high school and older works) or simply being unlucky in love.

The GBF may talk about sex a lot, but is [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay seldom depicted as having any]], because too many viewers would find that [[ValuesDissonance disturbing]]. Either he has no love life to speak of (which never seems to bother him), or it's [[ButNotTooGay forever offscreen]], only discussed with the heroine over brunch at some pretentious cafe.

As modern society grows increasingly comfortable with homosexuality, fiction is slowly seeing more well-rounded gay supporting characters [[note]]Don't hold your breath for gay ''main'' characters in mainstream media; they're still having trouble coming up with main heroes who aren't ''white''[[/note]] with onscreen love lives, whose sexuality is incidental to the character. It would be nice to say this trope has gone into [[DiscreditedTrope Discredited territory]], but we've still got a ways to go.

There are some ''very'' UnfortunateImplications with this trope, [[AllTheGoodMenAreGay such as that women can't have a meaningful friendship with straight men without it inevitably leading to intercourse]], or that gay men are good for [[ButNotTooGay comic relief and supporting roles]], but have no place being TheHero, let alone an ''ActionHero'', unless the show is in the MinorityShowGhetto. And even then, they're only good for slice-of-life or relationships shows, not for any other genre. Plus, exploring their love life would immediately bring about the wrath of fuming MoralGuardians.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Harley from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}: Advanced Generation'' (the May years).
* Bob, Saiga's neighbor and friend (who openly crushes on Saiga) from ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''.
* Lussuria from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', whose flamboyant-ness is played for laughs. Though it starts getting [[SarcasmMode ever so slightly]] disturbing when he's hitting on jail bait, ''and'' is insinuated to have necrophiliac tendencies as well.
* Averted by Seiji Kisaragi, Mikako's ''gay'' friend in ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari''. He's an extremely {{bishonen}} aspiring hairdresser and former fashion student with a rather flamboyant appearance, but he's portrayed as mature, talented and determined and is of great importance as an older brother/mentor figure for Mikako. What's best is [[spoiler:he's not even ''gay'', [[BiTheWay he's bisexual]].]]
* ''Manga/PetshopOfHorrors'' has a literal version of this trope. Wong, a rare mythical Tao Tieh (Tou Tetsu, goat-demon), tries to seduce D in order to make a meal out of him. D immediately sees through Wong's human disguise and decides to make the demon his pet. "Tetsu-chan" spends the rest of the series lounging around the petshop and providing much of the series' comic relief.
* Fire Emblem aka Nathan of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Fortunately, he's also a total badass and TeamMom of the heroes. Also a variation in that he's biologically male and tends to call himself "one of the girls", and WordOfGod states that Nathan considers himself to be "gender-free" and in the 6th drama cd files a request to [[HangingJudge Yuri Petrov]] for a gender-neutral locker room for himself.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ComicBook/ScottPilgrim's gay best friend and roommate, [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Wallace Wells]]. (Also applies to TheFilmOfTheBook.) Subverted in that his (very active) sex life clearly exists, though it doesn't get much attention due to Wallace's fairly small role in the series.
** Ironically, Scott is more like Wallace's pet heterosexual, since Wallace is the only one paying the bills. However, they're best friends, and Wallace occasionally cracks jokes about him being Scott's sugar-daddy.
* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/KickAss'', as [[AlphaBitch stuck up]] Katie will only associate with Dave because she thinks nerdy, unpopular Dave is gay (a fact that Dave has shamelessly exploited in order to be allowed to hang out with the woman he loves). When she finds out, she has her boyfriend savagely beat him and then sends him sexually explicit photos to torment him with the fact that she'd never be romantically involved with him. The movie removes this aspect of the story and [[PragmaticAdaptation and completely changes the dynamic of this plot point.]] Katie doesn't acknowledge Dave's existence until hearing a rumor that he's gay and befriends him, with Dave very reluctantly going along with the lie. When she finds out the truth and Dave's crush on her, she is mad at him for lying to her about his sexuality but tells him that she likes him too and becomes his girlfriend.
* David in ''StrangersInParadise'' is the heterosexual pet of Katchoo.


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[[folder: Film ]]

* Stephen Stucker as "Johnny" in the ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' movies. Though most of the humor is from his CloudCuckooLander personality.
* Simon from ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this character type: [[spoiler:essentially what happens when the PetHomosexual has a HeroicBSOD and [[TheDogBitesBack starts biting back]]. ]]
* Though Creator/{{Disney}} is [[ExecutiveMeddling still too conservative]] to let him be anything but AmbiguouslyGay, Ryan Evans of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' is still [[FlamboyantGay pretty flaming]], and his spotlight-hogging twin sister's treatment definitely qualifies him for this trope. He even says in the second movie, mid-CharacterDevelopment, "I know everyone thinks of me as Sharpay's poodle."
** Then again, by ''HSM'' standards he's undoubtedly one of the better-developed characters (if not ''the best'').
* The female lead's best friend in the film ''MustLoveDogs''.
* Dan in ''Over Her Dead Body''. [[spoiler:Subversion; he's not actually gay. Ashley assumed he was, and he went with it to stay close to her. She treated him like a PetHomosexual for years, though.]]
* Damien in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
* ''Film/LAStory'' is a rare example of a straight male lead with a ''Lesbian'' Best Friend (technically her orientation is never mentioned but it is clear which way she swings). In an interesting and revealing contrast to the standard PetHomosexual, Ariel's sex life is never discussed on screen but she is shown living with a partner.
* Hollywood Montrose from the ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'' movies is a particularly cartoonish (and yet, somehow sort of awesome) example.
* The Nia Vardalos movie ''I Hate Valentine's Day'' features two gay friends of the main character whose personalities extend solely to the fact that they are gay. And no, they don't get any sex.
* Flame from ''Soul Plane''.
%%* Subverted in a short film in which two women go to a gym and train with two CampGay guys... but it turns out they're both straight and are only acting that way to get close to the women. DoubleSubverted when it turns out ''one'' of the guys actually ''is'' gay and is just trying to get close to the other guy. ''Triple'' subverted when it turns out the two women are lesbians.
* Gabriel from ''The People I've Slept With''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''TheHouseOfNight'': Damien in the early books. After Jack arrives, he shares this role with this boyfriend. Jack is annoyingly stereotyped.
* Lord Akeldama is Alexia's GayBestFriend in the ''Alexia Tarabotti'' series, but while his sex life ''is'' off-screen and implied only, there is far more to his character than the typical GayBestFriend.
* Patrick from ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Mr Humphries from ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' However, the show milks all the humor it can from "[[AmbiguouslyGay Is he or isn't he]]" - he definitely ''[[CampGay acts]]'' like it, but mentions dating women more than once. The actor has said that he was a bit of a [[MommasBoy mummy's boy]].
* Gil Chesterton from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' is a similar character, taken further than Mr. Humphries is. The quirk is later cut entirely at one point when the previously-oblivious Gil finds out about his reputation and angrily declares himself to be a happily married man.
** But on one of the occasions Frasier is MistakenForGay, Gil is there to welcome him out of the closet. His [[TheGhost unseen]] wife is often referred to in a manner that strongly suggests she's a [[TheBeard beard]].
** The plot of that episode was kicked off by Frasier entering a [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay bar]], trying to confront Roz's new boyfriend, who he thought he'd seen walk in. Gil can be seen trying to discreetly enter the same bar during the episode's ending credits.
* Lukewarm from ''Series/{{Porridge}}''.
* Averted in ''Series/AlloAllo''. While Lieutenant Gruber's attraction to men (and specifically Rene) is occasionally played for laughs, he's still a developed and reasonably respected character.
* Jack from ''Series/WillAndGrace'' is treated as Karen's PetHomosexual.
** Arguably inverted with [[NameAndName the two title characters.]] Despite [[LauncherOfAThousandShips driving most of the romantic plot lines]], scatter-brained, HollywoodDateless, ThisLoserIsYou FagHag Grace is frequently Will's Pet Heterosexual.
* Marc St. James from ''UglyBetty'' is Wilhelmina Slater's PetHomosexual - to such an extent that she once turned to him and cried "Fly, my pretty! Fly!"
** But inverted with Hugo Lombardi from the original ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', whose constant moodiness prompted that few people wanted to deal with him, and in fact he treats his elderly secretary Ines as ''his'' mascot, for better and for worse.
** The second and third seasons [[CharacterDevelopment developed Marc's personal life]] a bit beyond Wilhelmina as well.
* John, the secretary on ''Series/NYPDBlue'' (At least, by the end of the show, Sipowicz started referring to him as "John", instead of "Gay John".)
* Arguably, Andrew Wells in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* This seems to be the entire cornerstone of ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
** Kurt reads as a possible deconstruction of this trope. He seems like GBFF material because he loves fashion and shopping, but he's a total loner in early seasons and even pushes Mercedes away when she treats him like a boyfriend stand-in. He's not cheerful or particularly supportive half the time, and more time is spent on his relationships, romantic or otherwise, than on most of the other non-Rachel characters put together. He gives really bad advice, often out of spite, and he's not exactly celibate anymore. So if he's supposed to be a gay best friend, he's a really bad one.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' had two. Stanford Blatch was Carrie's from the start and Charlotte later got Anthony, who first appeared as the wedding planner for her ill-fated first marriage but stuck around for the rest of the series. Stanford subverted the trope towards the end of the series by gaining a hot boyfriend, though the boyfriend was nowhere to be seen in the feature film.
** They were shown meeting up at a New Year's Eve party (Anthony appeared to be expecting Stanford) and kissing at midnight. Still, those two characters (who'd hated each other throughout the series) are just slammed together in the feature as the ''only gay men in NYC'' that can be paired together? [[spoiler:And then they're married in the second movie]].
* Gabby in ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''.
* Original Cindy in ''Series/DarkAngel''--talks about sex, never has any. Except in the episode where we meet her first girlfriend.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' - the moment Carla and Elliot assume that the [[AnythingThatMoves Todd]] is gay, they want to make him their [[PetHomosexual 'gay best friend']]... until he starts groping them.
* Ashley's friend Griffin on ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''. [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay He takes great care to mention that he's gay in every single scene he's in]] (often multiple times!), but doesn't really have...well, any other characteristics. We know nothing else about him. And he's only shown with a love interest once in passing - in contrast to the other characters, whose [[LoveDodecahedron tangled]] [[DatingDoSiDo romantic]] [[NoGoingSteady lives]] are the focus of every episode.
* Marco on ''[[Series/{{Degrassi}} Degrassi: TheNextGeneration]]''. To be fair, he has male friends, and is introduced to them, but his male friends always have a certain [[HoYay subtext]] to them, that his female friends don't because he's gay. But in many episodes, he's seen hanging with Paige, Ellie, and Alex. A true DistaffCounterpart is Alex, who is introduced as hanging out in a mostly-male circle.
* ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' had Barry, one of Tiffany's best friends.
* Sasan on Tori Spelling's semi-autobiographical sitcom ''So Notorious''. The real person that the character is based off of is one of her closest friends since childhood and serves as her business and assets manager.
* Maldwyn Novello Pughe in the 1978 BBC Wales comedy "Grand Slam". He's a camp gay among a group of largely salt-of-the earth heterosexual rugby fans who travel to Paris to see Wales play France. Although this is played for laughs to an extent, he's definitely "one of the gang" and accepted for who he is without being patronised. He's subjected to some good-natured teasing but no more than anyone else, proves he can give as good as he gets, and the viewer is left in no doubt that anyone who messed with him would have the rest of the guys to deal with too.
* Rather bitterly deconstructed on ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', with a self-declared FagHag character who appears in a few sketches. She blithely describes her gay friends in this manner, while they - usually played by the openly-gay Creator/MarkGatiss - roll their eyes and try to sneak away while she's not looking.
** The stage show takes this a step further, with a purely dramatic scene of Gatiss's character breaking up with his boyfriend over an infidelity, before the FagHag shows up to talk about how [[AllGaysArePromiscuous gay men can all sleep with each other with no consequences]]. Gatiss snaps, delivering a pretty excellent [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speech]].

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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Patton Oswalt has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvCwY7EwMx4 bit]] on his ''Finest Hour'' CD where he recalls being asked to read for [[ClicheStorm a factory-produced rom com]] that had one of these. He decided to read the part as if he was the dumbest PetHomosexual ever, constantly suggesting the wrong advice for his straight female friend.
-->It's 2011. I might as well [[ModernMinstrelsy put on blackface and do a tapdance]].
-->"Ooh, I've seen that look before, sweetheart. You want to... do something with his penis. I don't know. God, I'm ''tired''."

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series has to include at least one PetHomosexual who provides useful services per game. Wanderer Meiyuan from the original was only mildly flamboyant at most and rather predatory, but the travelling shopkeepers in ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'' were incredibly over-the-top {{Flamboyant Gay}}s bordering dangerously on {{Camp Gay}}s. This is balanced by having a heroic gay superhero vampire wrestler (yes, all of those) party member. He's only camp in the superhero sense, his gayness isn't really played up that much except in the Great Gama sidequest, where you [[spoiler:[[UnusualEuphemism wrestle]] with him at the end, while Anastasia acts like a typical YaoiFangirl, and Yuri is nauseous (forgetting he can turn into a demon and fly away).]]
* Carla's neighbor in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' is openly gay and his role in the plot (aside from assisting her investigation a little) is to provide eerily accurate prophetic foreshadowing, bringing him into MagicalQueer zone, as well.
* Trevor in [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment PHANTASMAGORIA!!!!!]] A Puzzle of Flesh starts out as this, but as his character develops it starts to be subverted, as he turns into more of a StraightGay [[TheBarnum Humphrey]]] deliberately playing up the CampGay. It's further subverted when main character Curtis confesses his attraction [[BiTheWay for Trevor]]. At one point in [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] LetsPlay he calls Trevor the one interesting character he liked [[spoiler: and didn't want to see brutally murdered.]] The same thing applied in the Website/SomethingAwful LP of the game, with the Goons managing to track down and get an interview with Trevor's actor.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Bang from ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}''. Though his relationship with K is a bit more [[WithFriendsLikeThese vitriolic]] than usual.
* Fitz from ''The Webcomic/CodeCrimson'', though subverted in that he's a main character, hardly camp, and we meet [[http://www.comics.thecodecrimson.com/?webcomic_post=issue-1-page-11/ Fitz's ex boyfriend]] early on. It's Serena who gives him [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/24996196275/issue-1-page-6-oh-fitz-we-missed-you-so-much/ romantic advice]], not the other way around. She's the one who [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/18787733979/issue0-page2-3/ never seems to date]]. The comic is basically a girl and her GayBestFriend traveling through time and space, although the girl happens to be SharingABody with a violent cyborg assassin from the future.
* Szark from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' became one of these over his run. He still gets to handle important plot points regardless. ("Battle For Barthis", for one - where he was vital to the plan - took place well after his transformation started.)
* In ''Webcomic/ItSucksToBeWeegie'', Link is this for Luigi, frequently drinking and discussing their personal problems at the local bar.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' had a minor version of this at times between Zii and CampGay Dillon, although he didn't give her much advice (and he's fairly sexually active in the comic), and later a more significant friendship between Amber and Dillon, which became central to spin-off comic ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' -- see the note on that below.
* Tai from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', in her earlier appearances.
* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}} Shortpacked!]]'':
** When she learns that Ethan is gay, Robin pretends to be a lesbian in order to make him jealous, and thus produces a 'partner' whom she proudly refers to as "My lesbian!" to the point of not even learning her real name. While the woman is not an exaggerated stereotype used for comic effect but a perfectly ordinary, rather quiet and shy person, her entire purpose in the comic is based around her sexuality - and, it [[strike: is hinted]] has now been outright stated, has a crush on Robin, partially explaining why she puts up with Robin's insensitivity. Robin later apologises, explaining that she's merely insecure and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and the two become friends, and later lovers[[note]]though they later split up [[/note]]. (Just for completeness, the lesbian's name is eventually revealed to be [[PunnyName Leslie Bean]].)
** Also hilariously discussed in an earlier joke: the recently un-closeted Ethan gets dragged into shoe-shopping with Robin and Amber. He's not very good at giving advice, leading Amber to call him "the worst gay friend ever". (Just for RuleOfFunny, he was also wearing a purple shirt with "Gay Friend" on it)
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' has the CampGay Dillon happy to be besties with any woman who comes within reach. He's quite sexually active, but otherwise he seems downright GenreSavvy about the trope:
** His friendship with Amber is played, ahem, fairly straight. He doesn't seem to give her much advice, but she'd doubtless listen if he did.
** Things get slightly more subversive with his relationship with Amber's uptight sister Ruby. He's determined to break through her shell, and gives her some good advice when they first start talking, especially with regard to dressing for her attempts to get a serious job. She acknowledges his help, and [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/rock_these_designer_jeans sounds as grateful as she ever manages for it.]] However, [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/a_man_will_not_pay_my_bills the next day,]] he decides to give her a [[TheMakeover makeover]] to help her find a boyfriend, despite her attempts to tell him that she doesn't want one, and [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/best_ease_back_there throws]] a [[DramaQueen blubbering tantrum]] at the idea that they aren't going to work through every component of the trope.
* In ''Webcomic/WelcomeToRoom305'' the only reason Kyung Ah shows an interest in Yoon Sung and Jung Hyun is because of the rumours that they're a gay couple (which isn't true and Jung Hyun is MistakenForGay anyway), of course neither of the two know that she's like that. Rose points out that this is an extremely narrow viewpoint.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* "Meet [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]][=/=][[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet]][=/=][[Theatre/{{Othello}} Desdemona]][=/=] [[Literature/TheBible Eve]][=/=]Literature/TheGivingTree[=/=][[Literature/GreatExpectations Ms Havisham]][=/=][[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]][=/=][[Film/BlackSwan Nina]][=/=][[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]][=/=][[Theatre/HenryVIII King Henry VIII]], from (insert book/movie/place in history), he or she is about do or has done something stupid. This fate [[http://www.youtube.com/show?p=kOyajvATiyE&tracker=show_av&s=1 could have been avoided if]] they had a SassyGayFriend."
* The entire point of [[http://vimeo.com/user6312928/videos/ Disappointing Gay Best Friend]] is to parody this trope.
* Parodied/homaged by [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/supportive-gay-friend-to-counsel-american-people-o,443/ this article]] of Website/TheOnion.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Xandir from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' (although he and his sexuality were the focus of at least one story, so he's not quite always a supporting character).
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Sparky, Stan's homosexual pet. But played straight with Mr Slave, a walking parody of virtually all the QueerAsTropes.
* Clarence, [=GameaVision=]'s audio designer, from ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys''. He always wears a sparkling jumpsuits, sings in place of speaking, and makes many and blatant references to homosexual sex. Also, has "gay magic" such as the ability to fly.
* Michael Collins from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''. This being Disney, [[AmbiguouslyGay he is not explicitly stated]] as being homosexual but it's hard to view him as anything else.
* Played literally in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road to the Multiverse", where Chris wins a "genuine living homosexual" at a carnival.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Julio carries business cards that say "Sassy Gay Friend". With the opposite side reading "Scheming Gay Enemy".

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[[folder: Real Life]]

* The FagHag phenomenon -- i.e. straight women who collect gay male friends like accessories and rely on them for fashion and relationship advice, often referring to them as "my gays" in the manner of KathyGriffin. While straight women befriending gay men isn't bad in and of itself, it becomes a bit patronizing when women expect ''all'' gay men they come across to fulfill the Pet Homosexual role.
* Truman Capote was this for a number of socialites before he wrote [[WriteWhoYouKnow ''Answered Prayers'']].

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->'''Vince's father''': Must be a wonderful life, Hazel, all those boys. Never short of a joke, tremendous wit, all of them... always smiling, always laughing...\\
'''Hazel''': Yes, and they make such good pets.
-->--''Series/QueerAsFolk''

The Gay Best Friend exists mostly to add variety, funny mannerisms and cheap laughs to an otherwise all-straight story. He may get some serious friendship plot points due to closeness to the FagHag. It's entirely possible for him to have many of the same issues: a single gay guy with exclusively female friends that he might use as an emotional stand-in for a romantic relationship, either out of isolation (common in high school and older works) or simply being unlucky in love.

The GBF may talk about sex a lot, but is [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay seldom depicted as having any]], because too many viewers would find that [[ValuesDissonance disturbing]]. Either he has no love life to speak of (which never seems to bother him), or it's [[ButNotTooGay forever offscreen]], only discussed with the heroine over brunch at some pretentious cafe.

As modern society grows increasingly comfortable with homosexuality, fiction is slowly seeing more well-rounded gay supporting characters [[note]]Don't hold your breath for gay ''main'' characters in mainstream media; they're still having trouble coming up with main heroes who aren't ''white''[[/note]] with onscreen love lives, whose sexuality is incidental to the character. It would be nice to say this trope has gone into [[DiscreditedTrope Discredited territory]], but we've still got a ways to go.

There are some ''very'' UnfortunateImplications with this trope, [[AllTheGoodMenAreGay such as that women can't have a meaningful friendship with straight men without it inevitably leading to intercourse]], or that gay men are good for [[ButNotTooGay comic relief and supporting roles]], but have no place being TheHero, let alone an ''ActionHero'', unless the show is in the MinorityShowGhetto. And even then, they're only good for slice-of-life or relationships shows, not for any other genre. Plus, exploring their love life would immediately bring about the wrath of fuming MoralGuardians.

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!!Examples:
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Harley from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}: Advanced Generation'' (the May years).
* Bob, Saiga's neighbor and friend (who openly crushes on Saiga) from ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''.
* Lussuria from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', whose flamboyant-ness is played for laughs. Though it starts getting [[SarcasmMode ever so slightly]] disturbing when he's hitting on jail bait, ''and'' is insinuated to have necrophiliac tendencies as well.
* Averted by Seiji Kisaragi, Mikako's ''gay'' friend in ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari''. He's an extremely {{bishonen}} aspiring hairdresser and former fashion student with a rather flamboyant appearance, but he's portrayed as mature, talented and determined and is of great importance as an older brother/mentor figure for Mikako. What's best is [[spoiler:he's not even ''gay'', [[BiTheWay he's bisexual]].]]
* ''Manga/PetshopOfHorrors'' has a literal version of this trope. Wong, a rare mythical Tao Tieh (Tou Tetsu, goat-demon), tries to seduce D in order to make a meal out of him. D immediately sees through Wong's human disguise and decides to make the demon his pet. "Tetsu-chan" spends the rest of the series lounging around the petshop and providing much of the series' comic relief.
* Fire Emblem aka Nathan of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Fortunately, he's also a total badass and TeamMom of the heroes. Also a variation in that he's biologically male and tends to call himself "one of the girls", and WordOfGod states that Nathan considers himself to be "gender-free" and in the 6th drama cd files a request to [[HangingJudge Yuri Petrov]] for a gender-neutral locker room for himself.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ComicBook/ScottPilgrim's gay best friend and roommate, [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Wallace Wells]]. (Also applies to TheFilmOfTheBook.) Subverted in that his (very active) sex life clearly exists, though it doesn't get much attention due to Wallace's fairly small role in the series.
** Ironically, Scott is more like Wallace's pet heterosexual, since Wallace is the only one paying the bills. However, they're best friends, and Wallace occasionally cracks jokes about him being Scott's sugar-daddy.
* Deconstructed in ''ComicBook/KickAss'', as [[AlphaBitch stuck up]] Katie will only associate with Dave because she thinks nerdy, unpopular Dave is gay (a fact that Dave has shamelessly exploited in order to be allowed to hang out with the woman he loves). When she finds out, she has her boyfriend savagely beat him and then sends him sexually explicit photos to torment him with the fact that she'd never be romantically involved with him. The movie removes this aspect of the story and [[PragmaticAdaptation and completely changes the dynamic of this plot point.]] Katie doesn't acknowledge Dave's existence until hearing a rumor that he's gay and befriends him, with Dave very reluctantly going along with the lie. When she finds out the truth and Dave's crush on her, she is mad at him for lying to her about his sexuality but tells him that she likes him too and becomes his girlfriend.
* David in ''StrangersInParadise'' is the heterosexual pet of Katchoo.


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[[folder: Film ]]

* Stephen Stucker as "Johnny" in the ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' movies. Though most of the humor is from his CloudCuckooLander personality.
* Simon from ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this character type: [[spoiler:essentially what happens when the PetHomosexual has a HeroicBSOD and [[TheDogBitesBack starts biting back]]. ]]
* Though Creator/{{Disney}} is [[ExecutiveMeddling still too conservative]] to let him be anything but AmbiguouslyGay, Ryan Evans of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' is still [[FlamboyantGay pretty flaming]], and his spotlight-hogging twin sister's treatment definitely qualifies him for this trope. He even says in the second movie, mid-CharacterDevelopment, "I know everyone thinks of me as Sharpay's poodle."
** Then again, by ''HSM'' standards he's undoubtedly one of the better-developed characters (if not ''the best'').
* The female lead's best friend in the film ''MustLoveDogs''.
* Dan in ''Over Her Dead Body''. [[spoiler:Subversion; he's not actually gay. Ashley assumed he was, and he went with it to stay close to her. She treated him like a PetHomosexual for years, though.]]
* Damien in ''Film/MeanGirls''.
* ''Film/LAStory'' is a rare example of a straight male lead with a ''Lesbian'' Best Friend (technically her orientation is never mentioned but it is clear which way she swings). In an interesting and revealing contrast to the standard PetHomosexual, Ariel's sex life is never discussed on screen but she is shown living with a partner.
* Hollywood Montrose from the ''Film/{{Mannequin}}'' movies is a particularly cartoonish (and yet, somehow sort of awesome) example.
* The Nia Vardalos movie ''I Hate Valentine's Day'' features two gay friends of the main character whose personalities extend solely to the fact that they are gay. And no, they don't get any sex.
* Flame from ''Soul Plane''.
%%* Subverted in a short film in which two women go to a gym and train with two CampGay guys... but it turns out they're both straight and are only acting that way to get close to the women. DoubleSubverted when it turns out ''one'' of the guys actually ''is'' gay and is just trying to get close to the other guy. ''Triple'' subverted when it turns out the two women are lesbians.
* Gabriel from ''The People I've Slept With''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''TheHouseOfNight'': Damien in the early books. After Jack arrives, he shares this role with this boyfriend. Jack is annoyingly stereotyped.
* Lord Akeldama is Alexia's GayBestFriend in the ''Alexia Tarabotti'' series, but while his sex life ''is'' off-screen and implied only, there is far more to his character than the typical GayBestFriend.
* Patrick from ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower''.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Mr Humphries from ''Series/AreYouBeingServed'' However, the show milks all the humor it can from "[[AmbiguouslyGay Is he or isn't he]]" - he definitely ''[[CampGay acts]]'' like it, but mentions dating women more than once. The actor has said that he was a bit of a [[MommasBoy mummy's boy]].
* Gil Chesterton from ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' is a similar character, taken further than Mr. Humphries is. The quirk is later cut entirely at one point when the previously-oblivious Gil finds out about his reputation and angrily declares himself to be a happily married man.
** But on one of the occasions Frasier is MistakenForGay, Gil is there to welcome him out of the closet. His [[TheGhost unseen]] wife is often referred to in a manner that strongly suggests she's a [[TheBeard beard]].
** The plot of that episode was kicked off by Frasier entering a [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay bar]], trying to confront Roz's new boyfriend, who he thought he'd seen walk in. Gil can be seen trying to discreetly enter the same bar during the episode's ending credits.
* Lukewarm from ''Series/{{Porridge}}''.
* Averted in ''Series/AlloAllo''. While Lieutenant Gruber's attraction to men (and specifically Rene) is occasionally played for laughs, he's still a developed and reasonably respected character.
* Jack from ''Series/WillAndGrace'' is treated as Karen's PetHomosexual.
** Arguably inverted with [[NameAndName the two title characters.]] Despite [[LauncherOfAThousandShips driving most of the romantic plot lines]], scatter-brained, HollywoodDateless, ThisLoserIsYou FagHag Grace is frequently Will's Pet Heterosexual.
* Marc St. James from ''UglyBetty'' is Wilhelmina Slater's PetHomosexual - to such an extent that she once turned to him and cried "Fly, my pretty! Fly!"
** But inverted with Hugo Lombardi from the original ''Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea'', whose constant moodiness prompted that few people wanted to deal with him, and in fact he treats his elderly secretary Ines as ''his'' mascot, for better and for worse.
** The second and third seasons [[CharacterDevelopment developed Marc's personal life]] a bit beyond Wilhelmina as well.
* John, the secretary on ''Series/NYPDBlue'' (At least, by the end of the show, Sipowicz started referring to him as "John", instead of "Gay John".)
* Arguably, Andrew Wells in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* This seems to be the entire cornerstone of ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
** Kurt reads as a possible deconstruction of this trope. He seems like GBFF material because he loves fashion and shopping, but he's a total loner in early seasons and even pushes Mercedes away when she treats him like a boyfriend stand-in. He's not cheerful or particularly supportive half the time, and more time is spent on his relationships, romantic or otherwise, than on most of the other non-Rachel characters put together. He gives really bad advice, often out of spite, and he's not exactly celibate anymore. So if he's supposed to be a gay best friend, he's a really bad one.
* ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' had two. Stanford Blatch was Carrie's from the start and Charlotte later got Anthony, who first appeared as the wedding planner for her ill-fated first marriage but stuck around for the rest of the series. Stanford subverted the trope towards the end of the series by gaining a hot boyfriend, though the boyfriend was nowhere to be seen in the feature film.
** They were shown meeting up at a New Year's Eve party (Anthony appeared to be expecting Stanford) and kissing at midnight. Still, those two characters (who'd hated each other throughout the series) are just slammed together in the feature as the ''only gay men in NYC'' that can be paired together? [[spoiler:And then they're married in the second movie]].
* Gabby in ''Series/BirdsOfPrey''.
* Original Cindy in ''Series/DarkAngel''--talks about sex, never has any. Except in the episode where we meet her first girlfriend.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' - the moment Carla and Elliot assume that the [[AnythingThatMoves Todd]] is gay, they want to make him their [[PetHomosexual 'gay best friend']]... until he starts groping them.
* Ashley's friend Griffin on ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''. [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay He takes great care to mention that he's gay in every single scene he's in]] (often multiple times!), but doesn't really have...well, any other characteristics. We know nothing else about him. And he's only shown with a love interest once in passing - in contrast to the other characters, whose [[LoveDodecahedron tangled]] [[DatingDoSiDo romantic]] [[NoGoingSteady lives]] are the focus of every episode.
* Marco on ''[[Series/{{Degrassi}} Degrassi: TheNextGeneration]]''. To be fair, he has male friends, and is introduced to them, but his male friends always have a certain [[HoYay subtext]] to them, that his female friends don't because he's gay. But in many episodes, he's seen hanging with Paige, Ellie, and Alex. A true DistaffCounterpart is Alex, who is introduced as hanging out in a mostly-male circle.
* ''Series/UnhappilyEverAfter'' had Barry, one of Tiffany's best friends.
* Sasan on Tori Spelling's semi-autobiographical sitcom ''So Notorious''. The real person that the character is based off of is one of her closest friends since childhood and serves as her business and assets manager.
* Maldwyn Novello Pughe in the 1978 BBC Wales comedy "Grand Slam". He's a camp gay among a group of largely salt-of-the earth heterosexual rugby fans who travel to Paris to see Wales play France. Although this is played for laughs to an extent, he's definitely "one of the gang" and accepted for who he is without being patronised. He's subjected to some good-natured teasing but no more than anyone else, proves he can give as good as he gets, and the viewer is left in no doubt that anyone who messed with him would have the rest of the guys to deal with too.
* Rather bitterly deconstructed on ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', with a self-declared FagHag character who appears in a few sketches. She blithely describes her gay friends in this manner, while they - usually played by the openly-gay Creator/MarkGatiss - roll their eyes and try to sneak away while she's not looking.
** The stage show takes this a step further, with a purely dramatic scene of Gatiss's character breaking up with his boyfriend over an infidelity, before the FagHag shows up to talk about how [[AllGaysArePromiscuous gay men can all sleep with each other with no consequences]]. Gatiss snaps, delivering a pretty excellent [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech Reason You Suck Speech]].

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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Patton Oswalt has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvCwY7EwMx4 bit]] on his ''Finest Hour'' CD where he recalls being asked to read for [[ClicheStorm a factory-produced rom com]] that had one of these. He decided to read the part as if he was the dumbest PetHomosexual ever, constantly suggesting the wrong advice for his straight female friend.
-->It's 2011. I might as well [[ModernMinstrelsy put on blackface and do a tapdance]].
-->"Ooh, I've seen that look before, sweetheart. You want to... do something with his penis. I don't know. God, I'm ''tired''."

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series has to include at least one PetHomosexual who provides useful services per game. Wanderer Meiyuan from the original was only mildly flamboyant at most and rather predatory, but the travelling shopkeepers in ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'' were incredibly over-the-top {{Flamboyant Gay}}s bordering dangerously on {{Camp Gay}}s. This is balanced by having a heroic gay superhero vampire wrestler (yes, all of those) party member. He's only camp in the superhero sense, his gayness isn't really played up that much except in the Great Gama sidequest, where you [[spoiler:[[UnusualEuphemism wrestle]] with him at the end, while Anastasia acts like a typical YaoiFangirl, and Yuri is nauseous (forgetting he can turn into a demon and fly away).]]
* Carla's neighbor in ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' is openly gay and his role in the plot (aside from assisting her investigation a little) is to provide eerily accurate prophetic foreshadowing, bringing him into MagicalQueer zone, as well.
* Trevor in [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment PHANTASMAGORIA!!!!!]] A Puzzle of Flesh starts out as this, but as his character develops it starts to be subverted, as he turns into more of a StraightGay [[TheBarnum Humphrey]]] deliberately playing up the CampGay. It's further subverted when main character Curtis confesses his attraction [[BiTheWay for Trevor]]. At one point in [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony's]] LetsPlay he calls Trevor the one interesting character he liked [[spoiler: and didn't want to see brutally murdered.]] The same thing applied in the Website/SomethingAwful LP of the game, with the Goons managing to track down and get an interview with Trevor's actor.

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* Bang from ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}''. Though his relationship with K is a bit more [[WithFriendsLikeThese vitriolic]] than usual.
* Fitz from ''The Webcomic/CodeCrimson'', though subverted in that he's a main character, hardly camp, and we meet [[http://www.comics.thecodecrimson.com/?webcomic_post=issue-1-page-11/ Fitz's ex boyfriend]] early on. It's Serena who gives him [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/24996196275/issue-1-page-6-oh-fitz-we-missed-you-so-much/ romantic advice]], not the other way around. She's the one who [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/18787733979/issue0-page2-3/ never seems to date]]. The comic is basically a girl and her GayBestFriend traveling through time and space, although the girl happens to be SharingABody with a violent cyborg assassin from the future.
* Szark from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' became one of these over his run. He still gets to handle important plot points regardless. ("Battle For Barthis", for one - where he was vital to the plan - took place well after his transformation started.)
* In ''Webcomic/ItSucksToBeWeegie'', Link is this for Luigi, frequently drinking and discussing their personal problems at the local bar.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' had a minor version of this at times between Zii and CampGay Dillon, although he didn't give her much advice (and he's fairly sexually active in the comic), and later a more significant friendship between Amber and Dillon, which became central to spin-off comic ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' -- see the note on that below.
* Tai from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', in her earlier appearances.
* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}} Shortpacked!]]'':
** When she learns that Ethan is gay, Robin pretends to be a lesbian in order to make him jealous, and thus produces a 'partner' whom she proudly refers to as "My lesbian!" to the point of not even learning her real name. While the woman is not an exaggerated stereotype used for comic effect but a perfectly ordinary, rather quiet and shy person, her entire purpose in the comic is based around her sexuality - and, it [[strike: is hinted]] has now been outright stated, has a crush on Robin, partially explaining why she puts up with Robin's insensitivity. Robin later apologises, explaining that she's merely insecure and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and the two become friends, and later lovers[[note]]though they later split up [[/note]]. (Just for completeness, the lesbian's name is eventually revealed to be [[PunnyName Leslie Bean]].)
** Also hilariously discussed in an earlier joke: the recently un-closeted Ethan gets dragged into shoe-shopping with Robin and Amber. He's not very good at giving advice, leading Amber to call him "the worst gay friend ever". (Just for RuleOfFunny, he was also wearing a purple shirt with "Gay Friend" on it)
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' has the CampGay Dillon happy to be besties with any woman who comes within reach. He's quite sexually active, but otherwise he seems downright GenreSavvy about the trope:
** His friendship with Amber is played, ahem, fairly straight. He doesn't seem to give her much advice, but she'd doubtless listen if he did.
** Things get slightly more subversive with his relationship with Amber's uptight sister Ruby. He's determined to break through her shell, and gives her some good advice when they first start talking, especially with regard to dressing for her attempts to get a serious job. She acknowledges his help, and [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/rock_these_designer_jeans sounds as grateful as she ever manages for it.]] However, [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/a_man_will_not_pay_my_bills the next day,]] he decides to give her a [[TheMakeover makeover]] to help her find a boyfriend, despite her attempts to tell him that she doesn't want one, and [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/best_ease_back_there throws]] a [[DramaQueen blubbering tantrum]] at the idea that they aren't going to work through every component of the trope.
* In ''Webcomic/WelcomeToRoom305'' the only reason Kyung Ah shows an interest in Yoon Sung and Jung Hyun is because of the rumours that they're a gay couple (which isn't true and Jung Hyun is MistakenForGay anyway), of course neither of the two know that she's like that. Rose points out that this is an extremely narrow viewpoint.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* "Meet [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]][=/=][[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Juliet]][=/=][[Theatre/{{Othello}} Desdemona]][=/=] [[Literature/TheBible Eve]][=/=]Literature/TheGivingTree[=/=][[Literature/GreatExpectations Ms Havisham]][=/=][[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} Lady Macbeth]][=/=][[Film/BlackSwan Nina]][=/=][[Literature/TheOdyssey Odysseus]][=/=][[Theatre/HenryVIII King Henry VIII]], from (insert book/movie/place in history), he or she is about do or has done something stupid. This fate [[http://www.youtube.com/show?p=kOyajvATiyE&tracker=show_av&s=1 could have been avoided if]] they had a SassyGayFriend."
* The entire point of [[http://vimeo.com/user6312928/videos/ Disappointing Gay Best Friend]] is to parody this trope.
* Parodied/homaged by [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/supportive-gay-friend-to-counsel-american-people-o,443/ this article]] of Website/TheOnion.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Xandir from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' (although he and his sexuality were the focus of at least one story, so he's not quite always a supporting character).
* {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' with Sparky, Stan's homosexual pet. But played straight with Mr Slave, a walking parody of virtually all the QueerAsTropes.
* Clarence, [=GameaVision=]'s audio designer, from ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys''. He always wears a sparkling jumpsuits, sings in place of speaking, and makes many and blatant references to homosexual sex. Also, has "gay magic" such as the ability to fly.
* Michael Collins from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''. This being Disney, [[AmbiguouslyGay he is not explicitly stated]] as being homosexual but it's hard to view him as anything else.
* Played literally in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Road to the Multiverse", where Chris wins a "genuine living homosexual" at a carnival.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Julio carries business cards that say "Sassy Gay Friend". With the opposite side reading "Scheming Gay Enemy".

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[[folder: Real Life]]

* The FagHag phenomenon -- i.e. straight women who collect gay male friends like accessories and rely on them for fashion and relationship advice, often referring to them as "my gays" in the manner of KathyGriffin. While straight women befriending gay men isn't bad in and of itself, it becomes a bit patronizing when women expect ''all'' gay men they come across to fulfill the Pet Homosexual role.
* Truman Capote was this for a number of socialites before he wrote [[WriteWhoYouKnow ''Answered Prayers'']].

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23rd Nov '13 3:54:12 PM FastEddie
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The GayBestFriend exists mostly to add variety, funny mannerisms and cheap laughs to an otherwise all-straight story. He may get some serious friendship plot points due to closeness to the FagHag. It's entirely possible for him to have many of the same issues: a single gay guy with exclusively female friends that he might use as an emotional stand-in for a romantic relationship, either out of isolation (common in high school and older works) or simply being unlucky in love.

The Pet Homosexual may talk about sex a lot, but is [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay seldom depicted as having any]], because too many viewers would find that [[ValuesDissonance disturbing]]. Either he has no love life to speak of (which never seems to bother him), or it's [[ButNotTooGay forever offscreen]], only discussed with the heroine over brunch at some pretentious cafe.

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The GayBestFriend Gay Best Friend exists mostly to add variety, funny mannerisms and cheap laughs to an otherwise all-straight story. He may get some serious friendship plot points due to closeness to the FagHag. It's entirely possible for him to have many of the same issues: a single gay guy with exclusively female friends that he might use as an emotional stand-in for a romantic relationship, either out of isolation (common in high school and older works) or simply being unlucky in love.

The Pet Homosexual GBF may talk about sex a lot, but is [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay seldom depicted as having any]], because too many viewers would find that [[ValuesDissonance disturbing]]. Either he has no love life to speak of (which never seems to bother him), or it's [[ButNotTooGay forever offscreen]], only discussed with the heroine over brunch at some pretentious cafe.
23rd Sep '13 3:33:15 AM Spindriver
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* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}} Shortpacked!]]'', when she learns that Ethan is gay, Robin pretends to be a lesbian in order to make him jealous, and thus produces a 'partner' whom she proudly refers to as "My lesbian!" to the point of not even learning her real name. While the woman is not an exaggerated stereotype used for comic effect but a perfectly ordinary, rather quiet and shy person, her entire purpose in the comic is based around her sexuality - and, it [[strike: is hinted]] has now been outright stated, has a crush on Robin, partially explaining why she puts up with Robin's insensitivity. Robin later apologises, explaining that she's merely insecure and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and the two become friends, and later lovers[[note]]though they later split up [[/note]]. (Just for completeness, the lesbian's name is eventually revealed to be [[PunnyName Leslie Bean]].)
** Also hilariously discussed in an earlier joke: the recently un-closeted Ethan gets dragged into shoe-shopping with Robin and Amber. He's not very good at giving advice, leading Amber to call him "the worst gay friend ever". (Just for RuleOfFunny, he was also wearing a purple shirt with "Gay Friend" on it)
* Tai from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', in her earlier appearances.
* Szark from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' became one of these over his run. He still gets to handle important plot points regardless. ("Battle For Barthis", for one - where he was vital to the plan - took place well after his transformation started.)



* Fitz from ''The Webcomic/CodeCrimson'', though subverted in that he's a main character, hardly camp, and we meet [[http://www.comics.thecodecrimson.com/?webcomic_post=issue-1-page-11/ Fitz's ex boyfriend]] early on. It's Serena who gives him [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/24996196275/issue-1-page-6-oh-fitz-we-missed-you-so-much/ romantic advice]], not the other way around. She's the one who [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/18787733979/issue0-page2-3/ never seems to date]]. The comic is basically a girl and her GayBestFriend traveling through time and space, although the girl happens to be SharingABody with a violent cyborg assassin from the future.
* Szark from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' became one of these over his run. He still gets to handle important plot points regardless. ("Battle For Barthis", for one - where he was vital to the plan - took place well after his transformation started.)



* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' had a minor version of this at times between Zii and CampGay Dillon, although he didn't give her much advice (and he's fairly sexually active in the comic), and later a more significant friendship between Amber and Dillon, which became central to spin-off comic ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' -- see the note on that below.
* Tai from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', in her earlier appearances.
* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}} Shortpacked!]]'':
** When she learns that Ethan is gay, Robin pretends to be a lesbian in order to make him jealous, and thus produces a 'partner' whom she proudly refers to as "My lesbian!" to the point of not even learning her real name. While the woman is not an exaggerated stereotype used for comic effect but a perfectly ordinary, rather quiet and shy person, her entire purpose in the comic is based around her sexuality - and, it [[strike: is hinted]] has now been outright stated, has a crush on Robin, partially explaining why she puts up with Robin's insensitivity. Robin later apologises, explaining that she's merely insecure and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and the two become friends, and later lovers[[note]]though they later split up [[/note]]. (Just for completeness, the lesbian's name is eventually revealed to be [[PunnyName Leslie Bean]].)
** Also hilariously discussed in an earlier joke: the recently un-closeted Ethan gets dragged into shoe-shopping with Robin and Amber. He's not very good at giving advice, leading Amber to call him "the worst gay friend ever". (Just for RuleOfFunny, he was also wearing a purple shirt with "Gay Friend" on it)
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' has the CampGay Dillon happy to be besties with any woman who comes within reach. He's quite sexually active, but otherwise he seems downright GenreSavvy about the trope:
** His friendship with Amber is played, ahem, fairly straight. He doesn't seem to give her much advice, but she'd doubtless listen if he did.
** Things get slightly more subversive with his relationship with Amber's uptight sister Ruby. He's determined to break through her shell, and gives her some good advice when they first start talking, especially with regard to dressing for her attempts to get a serious job. She acknowledges his help, and [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/rock_these_designer_jeans sounds as grateful as she ever manages for it.]] However, [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/a_man_will_not_pay_my_bills the next day,]] he decides to give her a [[TheMakeover makeover]] to help her find a boyfriend, despite her attempts to tell him that she doesn't want one, and [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/best_ease_back_there throws]] a [[DramaQueen blubbering tantrum]] at the idea that they aren't going to work through every component of the trope.



* Fitz from ''The Webcomic/CodeCrimson'', though subverted in that he's a main character, hardly camp, and we meet [[http://www.comics.thecodecrimson.com/?webcomic_post=issue-1-page-11/ Fitz's ex boyfriend]] early on. It's Serena who gives him [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/24996196275/issue-1-page-6-oh-fitz-we-missed-you-so-much/ romantic advice]], not the other way around. She's the one who [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/18787733979/issue0-page2-3/ never seems to date]]. The comic is basically a girl and her GayBestFriend traveling through time and space, although the girl happens to be SharingABody with a violent cyborg assassin from the future.


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* Fitz from ''The Webcomic/CodeCrimson'', though subverted in that he's a main character, hardly camp, and we meet [[http://www.comics.thecodecrimson.com/?webcomic_post=issue-1-page-11/ Fitz's ex boyfriend]] early on. It's Serena who gives him [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/24996196275/issue-1-page-6-oh-fitz-we-missed-you-so-much/ romantic advice]], not the other way around. She's the one who [[http://thecodecrimson.com/post/18787733979/issue0-page2-3/ never seems to date]]. The comic is basically a girl and her GayBestFriend traveling through time and space, although the girl happens to be SharingABody with a violent cyborg assassin from the future.



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19th Sep '13 7:16:40 PM Katsuhagi
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* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series has to include at least one PetHomosexual who provides useful services per game. Wanderer Meiyuan from the original was only mildly flamboyant at most and rather predatory, but the travelling shopkeepers in ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'' were incredibly over-the-top {{Flamboyant Gay}}s bordering dangerously on {{Camp Gay}}s. This is balanced by having a heroic gay superhero vampire wrestler (yes, all of those) party member. He's only camp in the superhero sense, his gayness isn't really played up that much.
*** Well, except in the Great Gama sidequest, where you [[spoiler:[[UnusualEuphemism wrestle]] with him at the end, while Anastasia acts like a typical YaoiFangirl, and Yuri is nauseous (forgetting he can turn into a demon and fly away).]]

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* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series has to include at least one PetHomosexual who provides useful services per game. Wanderer Meiyuan from the original was only mildly flamboyant at most and rather predatory, but the travelling shopkeepers in ''Covenant'' and ''From the New World'' were incredibly over-the-top {{Flamboyant Gay}}s bordering dangerously on {{Camp Gay}}s. This is balanced by having a heroic gay superhero vampire wrestler (yes, all of those) party member. He's only camp in the superhero sense, his gayness isn't really played up that much.
*** Well,
much except in the Great Gama sidequest, where you [[spoiler:[[UnusualEuphemism wrestle]] with him at the end, while Anastasia acts like a typical YaoiFangirl, and Yuri is nauseous (forgetting he can turn into a demon and fly away).]]
19th Sep '13 7:15:36 PM Katsuhagi
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* Fire Emblem aka Nathan of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Fortunately, he's also a total badass and TeamMom of the heroes.
** Actually, he's a subversion. He's biologically male, tends to call himself "one of the girls", but WordOfGod states that Nathan considers himself to be "gender-free". Also, in the 6th drama cd he files a request to [[HangingJudge Yuri Petrov]] for a gender-neutral locker room for himself.

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* Fire Emblem aka Nathan of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Fortunately, he's also a total badass and TeamMom of the heroes.
** Actually,
heroes. Also a variation in that he's a subversion. He's biologically male, male and tends to call himself "one of the girls", but and WordOfGod states that Nathan considers himself to be "gender-free". Also, "gender-free" and in the 6th drama cd he files a request to [[HangingJudge Yuri Petrov]] for a gender-neutral locker room for himself.
19th Sep '13 7:12:18 PM theluckyfrog
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** Not at all, really. Kurt reads as a fairly blatant deconstruction of this trope. He seems like GBFF material because he loves fashion and shopping, but he's a total loner in early seasons and even pushes Mercedes away when she treats him like a boyfriend stand-in. He's not cheerful or particularly supportive half the time, and more time is spent on his relationships, romantic or otherwise, than on most of the other non-Rachel characters put together. He gives really bad advice, often out of spite, and he's not exactly celibate anymore. So if he's supposed to be a gay best friend, he's a really bad one.

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** Not at all, really. Kurt reads as a fairly blatant possible deconstruction of this trope. He seems like GBFF material because he loves fashion and shopping, but he's a total loner in early seasons and even pushes Mercedes away when she treats him like a boyfriend stand-in. He's not cheerful or particularly supportive half the time, and more time is spent on his relationships, romantic or otherwise, than on most of the other non-Rachel characters put together. He gives really bad advice, often out of spite, and he's not exactly celibate anymore. So if he's supposed to be a gay best friend, he's a really bad one.
17th Sep '13 9:42:49 PM theluckyfrog
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** Not at all, really. Kurt reads as a fairly blatant deconstruction of this trope. He seems like GBFF material because he loves fashion and shopping, but he's a total loner in early seasons and even pushes Mercedes away when she treats him like a boyfriend stand-in. He's not cheerful or particularly supportive half the time, and more time is spent on his relationships, romantic or otherwise, than on most of the other non-Rachel characters put together. He gives really bad advice, often out of spite, and he's not exactly celibate anymore. So if he's supposed to be a gay best friend, he's a really bad one.
11th Sep '13 2:26:29 PM BibsDibs
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* The FagHag phenomenon -- i.e. straight women who collect gay male friends like accessories and rely on them for fashion and relationship advice, often referring to them as "my gays" in the manner of Kathy Griffin. While straight women befriending gay men isn't bad in and of itself, it becomes a bit patronizing when women expect ''all'' gay men they come across to fulfill the Pet Homosexual role.

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* The FagHag phenomenon -- i.e. straight women who collect gay male friends like accessories and rely on them for fashion and relationship advice, often referring to them as "my gays" in the manner of Kathy Griffin.KathyGriffin. While straight women befriending gay men isn't bad in and of itself, it becomes a bit patronizing when women expect ''all'' gay men they come across to fulfill the Pet Homosexual role.
2nd Sep '13 9:05:24 AM DriftingSkies
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As modern society grows increasingly comfortable with homosexuality, fiction is slowly seeing more well-rounded gay supporting characters [[hottip:*:Don't hold your breath for gay ''main'' characters in mainstream media; they're still having trouble coming up with main heroes who aren't ''white'']] with onscreen love lives, whose sexuality is incidental to the character. It would be nice to say this trope has gone into [[DiscreditedTrope Discredited territory]], but we've still got a ways to go.

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As modern society grows increasingly comfortable with homosexuality, fiction is slowly seeing more well-rounded gay supporting characters [[hottip:*:Don't [[note]]Don't hold your breath for gay ''main'' characters in mainstream media; they're still having trouble coming up with main heroes who aren't ''white'']] ''white''[[/note]] with onscreen love lives, whose sexuality is incidental to the character. It would be nice to say this trope has gone into [[DiscreditedTrope Discredited territory]], but we've still got a ways to go.



* Subverted in a short film [[hottip:*:if anyone can help me out with the title I'd much appreciate it]] in which two women go to a gym and train with two CampGay guys... but it turns out they're both straight and are only acting that way to get close to the women. DoubleSubverted when it turns out ''one'' of the guys actually ''is'' gay and is just trying to get close to the other guy. ''Triple'' subverted when it turns out the two women are lesbians.

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* %%* Subverted in a short film [[hottip:*:if anyone can help me out with the title I'd much appreciate it]] in which two women go to a gym and train with two CampGay guys... but it turns out they're both straight and are only acting that way to get close to the women. DoubleSubverted when it turns out ''one'' of the guys actually ''is'' gay and is just trying to get close to the other guy. ''Triple'' subverted when it turns out the two women are lesbians.



* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}} Shortpacked!]]'', when she learns that Ethan is gay, Robin pretends to be a lesbian in order to make him jealous, and thus produces a 'partner' whom she proudly refers to as "My lesbian!" to the point of not even learning her real name. While the woman is not an exaggerated stereotype used for comic effect but a perfectly ordinary, rather quiet and shy person, her entire purpose in the comic is based around her sexuality - and, it [[strike: is hinted]] has now been outright stated, has a crush on Robin, partially explaining why she puts up with Robin's insensitivity. Robin later apologises, explaining that she's merely insecure and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and the two become friends, and later lovers[[hottip:*:though they later split up through circumstances too complicated to relate in a footnote]]. (Just for completeness, the lesbian's name is eventually revealed to be [[PunnyName Leslie Bean]].)

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* In ''[[Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}} Shortpacked!]]'', when she learns that Ethan is gay, Robin pretends to be a lesbian in order to make him jealous, and thus produces a 'partner' whom she proudly refers to as "My lesbian!" to the point of not even learning her real name. While the woman is not an exaggerated stereotype used for comic effect but a perfectly ordinary, rather quiet and shy person, her entire purpose in the comic is based around her sexuality - and, it [[strike: is hinted]] has now been outright stated, has a crush on Robin, partially explaining why she puts up with Robin's insensitivity. Robin later apologises, explaining that she's merely insecure and something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and the two become friends, and later lovers[[hottip:*:though lovers[[note]]though they later split up through circumstances too complicated to relate in a footnote]].[[/note]]. (Just for completeness, the lesbian's name is eventually revealed to be [[PunnyName Leslie Bean]].)
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