->''"To join a gym you have to go a lot to get it to work, you gotta keep goin' and goin'. I don't know how these gay guys can do it. Every gay guy is built like a body-builder: when did that start to happen?"''
-->-- '''Creator/GregGiraldo'''

A rather common gay stereotype. A man who is constantly concerned with working out at the gym, not to stay healthy, but as a rather vain attempt to hold onto his youthful looks for as long as possible. It's not unusual for him to be HollywoodPudgy, thinking his body is ''never'' quite good enough as he dives headfirst into anorexia. He also uses the Gym as a possible meeting place for potential mates. In many cases, he shows an interest in sports and athletics as well, especially when younger. In this instance, he is generally just portrayed as the gay version of a Jock or a StraightGay. In many cases, however, he doesn't know the first thing about sports and is only exercising for the superficial benefits.

See ManlyGay and MachoCamp. Compare/contrast with LesbianJock, who tends to have a more genuine interest in athletics but might also use it to pick up women. Compare also the LipstickLesbian; both the Gym Bunny and Lipstick Lesbian are used as opposite sex {{fanservice}} in very similar ways (a gay character that an opposite-sex viewer is likely to find attractive).



* ''Film/ScaryMovie'': Brenda's jock boyfriend. He doesn't explicitly come out of the closet until the end of the movie (and claims [[spoiler:SituationalSexuality due to forced abstinence]]), but many unsubtle hints were dropped as a running joke.
* [[AmbiguouslyGay Chad]] from ''Film/BurnAfterReading''.
* Benji's new boyfriend, "Idaho Guy," from ''Film/TheBrokenHeartsClubARomanticComedy''. Eventually turns Benji into a ClubKid with a drug habit.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Jack of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' often displayed aspects of this trope.
* Jack from ''Series/DawsonsCreek'' in the latter seasons.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' had Michel Gerard a character who constantly watched his calorie intake and apparently spent a lot of time working out to keep what he considered a proper male figure. However Gerard was specifically shown to not be gay, he was more of a depiction of a modern dandy.
* The Todd is portrayed as a bisexual version of this in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', occasionally.
* Riley in ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' could be seen as this, except that the reason he works out so strenuously is to convince himself that he's ''not'' gay.
* Mac on ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has shades of this: his love of sports stems partly from his obsession with the male physique, and he only ever goes to the gym to ogle beefcakes and work on his glamour muscles (as a result, he's pretty weak physically despite appearing fit).
* The whole cast of ''Series/QueerAsFolk''.
** Taken to an extreme with Ben during the steroid arc
* Kevin from ''Series/DantesCove''. Several other characters from the show also have elements of this.
* One of ''Series/MadTV's'' skits with Lida and Molina (a pair of ditzy Latinas) has them hanging out with a group of buff men at a park working out...only to later realize that they're all gay.
* Discussed on ''Series/SexAndTheCity.'' When asked why gay guys spend so much time at the gym, one of the women says it's because of the possibility of having sex, and points out that if straight guys had the opportunity to have sex at the gym, they'd go more often.

* Possibly the subtext of ''Macho Man'' by Music/VillagePeople.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWz9VN40nCA The video]] for "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Vain, unstable, misogynistic but ridiculously loveable EnsembleDarkHorse Brucie in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''.
** A better example would be Bernie Crane/[[spoiler:Florian Cravic]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Terra implies this about Sabin, who takes it in good stride and asks her if she thinks a 'bear' like him could help.
** Just about the entire gym in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' crossdresses. The spot is notorious in the area for this, and is presided over by an apparent local transvestite Aeris has heard of by reputation. Cloud can win a long wig from there by demonstrating his superiority in a squatting contest.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Lampshaded in {{Website/CollegeHumor}}'s "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-YCdcnf_P8 Gay Men Will Marry Your Girlfriends]]" video:
-->'''Guy in Kitchen''':"All of us are ripped. It doesn't seem statistically possible, and yet it's true."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Stewie leaned in this direction in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode in which he was taking steroids.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Well, not as TV wants you to believe, but is considered a sub-set of gay culture, much like Bears. There are also many gay men of this type who such have a complex about their bodies to the point that it's disordered.
* There are plenty of straight guys who act like this as well, working out purely for aesthetic reasons so they can get with the ladies. A distressing number of them [[OpinionMyopia can't seem to understand]] why anyone would work out for anything ''but'' purely aesthetic reasons, or not work out at all.