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Ranging from physical violence to political hate-mongering in their war against sexual minorities, characters cast in the role of Heteronormative Crusader are a diverse lot. They can be anything from specialized MoralGuardians or {{Principles Zealot}}s, to any bloodthirsty mob equipped with {{torches and pitchforks}}. Sometimes it is ideologues from one of the first two groups who use hate-mongering to bring decent people under their influence by turning them into the third group. Might use [[CondescendingCompassion a bad kind of pity]] as one of their primary weapons, trying to impose [[InternalizedCategorism a negative self-image]] on the non-normative characters.

In fiction, the wars on homosexuality and sadomasochism is more and more often played for laughs or as a way of highlighting [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain how unsympathetic the antagonist is]]. Such an antagonist is likely to either be a StrawHypocrite, who uses a rival's sexuality as an excuse to attack him, or a hypocrite of the SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny kind.

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Creator/GrantMorrison run of ''Comicbook/DoomPatrol'', an entire secret branch of the Pentagon existed as Heteronormative Crusaders wielding bizarre and Dadaesque technology. This naturally made them StrawHypocrite villains as well.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'', one side character starts out as a ArmoredClosetGay nazi who beat an Indian man almost to death for flirting with him. [[spoiler:The man gets disabled for life, but they end up as lovers anyway - once the first guy realized that ThoseWackyNazis wasn't such a good crowd to hang out with after all.]]
* Discussed in ''{{Preacher}}'', with the main characters taking a very negative stand on this kind of behavior and certain villains implying that they do some normative crusading along with their racist ditto.
** As for the attitudes of our hero: At one point, Jesse Custer visits a party hosted by a guy specializing in [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny decadence]]. This host gets to be surprised twice. First when the preacher approves of the kinky stuff between consenting adults, then when the same preacher beats the crap out of him for molesting children.
* PlayedForLaughs and for FetishFuel in ''SmallFavors'': Only naughty people are into BDSM, and they deserve to be [[KinkySpanking severely punished]] for it!
* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'': Several tracts are about homosexuals being possessed by demons or generically evil. Sometimes fetish clothes and BDSM tools are used to show just how "evil" the gays are. Heterosexual BDSM doesn't seem to exist in the world of Chick.
** He really went overboard with this trope in the [[AuthorTract tract]] called [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1070/1070_01.asp Uninvited]]: The tract features a nurse who harasses dying AIDS-patients for their "crime" of being gay. Of course, [[SoulsavingCrusader her actions are fully justified within the verse of the tract]], since this is an {{anvilicious}}ly bigoted AuthorTract. The real kick? It turns out that all the homosexuals became homosexual because they were sexually molested as children. More to the point, when a child gets sexually molested, she automatically becomes unclean, possessed by a demon of defilement. The trope DefiledForever is played straight for everyone who isn't both TheFundamentalist ''and'' a Christian. Averted for all characters who are (or become) HolierThanThou: [[http://www.cafepress.co.uk/thegamer.17703956 Jesus Saves, everybody else takes 5d6 points of damage]].
* ''MaryWorth'' is rather infamous for this - anyone young who isn't married to someone of the opposite gender is quickly paired up by Mary.
* ''ComicBook/BitchyBitch'': One of the coworkers is a evangelical homophobe -- whose prejudice only serves to infuriate Midge further.
* ''ComicBook/BitchyButch'': They are ''everywhere'' (but only some of them are real -- others are {{Windmill}}s in Butchy's own mind).
* ''ComicBook/CityOfDreams'': The white prince, trying a little bit too hard at the KnightInShiningArmor routine and coming up as nothing more than a selfish, conceited, jealous, self-righteous, patriarchal... well, you get the idea.
* DCComics have been dropping clues about this over the last five years or so, with the accompanying crusaders. Brad Meltzer has hinted more than once that there's a homosexual underground within the DCU villain community, and that being outed would result in being killed by some of the more dangerous racist villains. [[JokerImmunity Unless you're so incredibly scary that even manly macho men are terrified of you, that is.]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''ShowMeLove'': Viktoria chose to assume this role, harassing her former friend Agnes for being homosexual. It's all an openly calculated plot designed to use homophobia as a means to gain popularity... [[spoiler:And it backfires completely.]]
* ''TheSMJudge'' is all about this trope. The main character isn't even a sadomasochist himself, it's his wife who is a masochist. But his political enemies finds out, and uses it as a excuse to persecute him - claiming that he has "abused" her.
* ''PreachingToThePerverted'' plays this trope [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]]. The main character is originally working for a bigot, who sends him out to infiltrate a BDSM club. It turns out that the bigot is a sadist himself, and [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny the main reason he hates the club]] is that they are having all the fun that he has denied himself all his life.
* The main character in ''BoysDontCry'' is a young {{transgender}} man[[note]]There's some debate as to whether Brandon Teena suffered from Gender Identity Disorder, which can only be positively diagnosed by extensive psychiatric evaluation, or was a lesbian who chose to pass for a young man.[[/note]] who hangs out with some redneck homophobes who accept him as one of the guys. He even starts dating the sister of one of these new friends. Of course, when they discover that he is biologically female, they consider this relationship to be lesbian. Homophobic hate crimes ensue, [[spoiler: ending in his murder.]]
* Played for symbolism in ''FemalePerversions'': Eve, a bisexual sadomasochist, get attacked (twice!) by a very judgmental man. However, this man comes out of nowhere - in all likelihood he is not to be taken as a literal person, but rather as a manifestation of her anxiety.
* The infamous ''Perversion For Profit'' from 1965 (see [[Quotes/HeteronormativeCrusader the quotes page]]) isn't truly about homosexuality or sadomasochism as much as it's a general plea for the virtue of censorship and the evils of free speech. However, they [[ValuesDissonance assume that the audience has a unhesitating hatred for homosexuals and sadomasochists]], and thus [[AcceptableTargets mention these minorities several times in order to make the attack on freedom of speech appear more legitimate]].
** The film is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgxEh-F_Cf8 available on Youtube]].
** [[TakeThat A parody re-edit of the film]] was later made, called, "[[http://www.archive.org/details/come_join_the_fun2004 Come Join the Fun]]".
* Mary Brown, the director of the reparative therapy camp "True Directions" in ''ButImACheerleader''.
* Janet's father in ''ShockTreatment''. He expresses his hatred of CampGay and CampStraight men [[{{Irony}} in a musical number]].
* Anita Bryant plays this role through archival footage in ''Film/{{Milk}}''.
* Inverted in ''Female Trouble'', where a character's aunt tries to coerce him into being gay, and describes heterosexuality as "sick" and "boring".
* A relatively peaceful example in the film ''{{Saved}}''. When it comes out that Mary's boyfriend is gay, he gets shipped off to a camp to teach him to be straight, and Mary's classmates help by attempting to "pray the gay away." Given that this movie is a parody of hardcore Christian society, their attitudes aren't very surprising.
* [=McKenzie=] of ''Film/{{GBF}}'' is one. She ditches 'Shley and Topher for "fraternizing with [a] Sodomite" (befriending the openly gay Tanner) and takes extreme measures to enforce PromIsForStraightKids.

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[[folder:Literature]]
* Very self-consciously averted in ''Literature/TheGospelOfTheFlyingSpaghettiMonster'', the chapter on pirates and wenches. This main text of chapter takes for granted that Pirates (the chosen people!) are male and heterosexual. However, little footnotes exclaim that women can be pirates too and that same-sex relationships are entirely okay in His eyes.
* Parodied in ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'': One of the [[EpilepticTrees theories]] on why Atlantis was destroyed is that [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness the Illuminati]] hated the civilization's FreeLoveFuture enough to nuke it back to the Stone Age.
** Turns out that this story was false from start to finish later on in the book, however. Atlantis wasn't a paradise, and the Illuminati at the time wasn't pure evil - [[spoiler:in fact it and the Discordianism were essentially the same for a quite long time.]] There are plenty of conservative religious organizations with amusingly acronymic names in the book however, mainly playing the role of a ButtMonkey, or underlying reason for the protagonists' embrace of the counterculture in their backstories.
* ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries'' use public acceptance of fetishism, sadomasochism and homosexuality as a example of why society is decadent and has to be destroyed.
* [[http://www.neatorama.com/neat/worst-sin.htm This]] [[{{Narm}} highly amusing]] tract on the supposed deadly results of [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbation]].
** These were widespread in the 19th and early 20th century. They were produced by doctors who witnessed deeply disturbed mental patients masturbating chronically, and mistook cause and effect rather thoroughly.
** In this case the doctor appears to have not noticed the individual was suffering from syphilis. Masturbation can't give you syphilis, seeing as it's a sexually ''transmitted'' disease.
* ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Everything-Always-Wanted-Know-About/product-reviews/0312976569/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex: But Were Afraid to Ask]].
* Bob Altemeyer showed that certain personality types tend toward this in his non-fiction study "[[http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~altemey/ The Authoritarians]]", noting that some big characteristics of an authoritarian follower are conventionalism and aggression in the name of and submission to established authorities. They have [[IJustWantToBeNormal a need to be seen as normal]] and want to surround themselves with people who reinforce their beliefs. Hence, they tend to exert a lot of pressure to "normalize" others and punish deviancy.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Terry Milkovich from ''Series/{{Shameless}} (US)'' walks in on his son Mickey with Ian, to which he responds by kicking the shit out of both (particularly Mickey) claiming that no son of his would be a fag. And it doesn't end there, because Terry then brings Svetlana (a russian prostitute) and forces Mickey to have sex with her while he watches. And he forces Ian to watch as well.
** And a few episodes later, he forces Mickey to [[spoiler: marry Svetlana.]]
** And it doesn't even end there. After Mickey [[spoiler: comes out as gay at the Alibi,]] Terry downright tries to ''murder'' his son… he's taken down in time though, and sent to prison. [[RunningGag Again]].
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' often plays with this trope, with detectives reminding themselves and each other that bruises aren't necessarily caused by abuse, they could also be caused by BDSM. In some episodes, the trope is played completely straight.
** In one episode, a homosexual suspect gets his career destroyed because he was surrounded by heteronormative people who started crusading against him after Olivia accidentally outed him.
** In one episode, a shoe fetishist kills a woman for her boots. Dr Huang insists that fetishism is a harmless sexual variation, and a very tragic story is gradually revealed. [[spoiler:It turns out that the murderer's mother hated her son for being sexually "abnormal." She tried to "cure" his fetishism by beating him in the head with frying pans and other hard objects, and eventually this abuse caused him permanent brain damage that made him unstable enough to kill the woman by mistake.]]
** Both played straight and inverted in an episode where Kathy Griffin plays a militant lesbian activist. She's placed under police protection when she seems to be the next target in a string of crimes targeting lesbians. Played straight because [[spoiler:the criminal turns out to be a guy who just really hates lesbians]] and inverted because [[spoiler:the first man the police catch trying to sneak into her home turns out to be her male lover - and she's afraid to exonerate him because of how her lesbian supporters might react if they think she's heterosexual (for the record, she comes out as bisexual at the end of the episode.)]]
** Probably one of the better examples of playing with this trope was the episode "Doubt", where a woman accuses a former lover (also her college professor) of raping her, while he alleges it was consensual and she simply likes it rough (thus explaining the bruises). Cue numerous instances of "He said, she said" leads, and the episode ends [[spoiler: with the credits rolling before the verdict given, asking instead for the audience to decide which was the case. For the record - they decided not to convict the man]].
* Subverted in the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode [[Recap/LawAndOrderS10E13Panic Panic]]: a man claims he shot his wife’s lesbian lover because he was this, however it turns out their teenage daughter was actually the murderer and did not like the fact another person was sleeping with her mommy. Once this revelation was made, the man chose to plead guilty rather than let his daughter go to prison, much to [=McCoy's=] chagrin.
* Bachmann family [[{{Expy}} Expies]] Marsha and Marshall Langman in ''ParksAndRecreation''.
* Parodied in ''TrueBlood'': The intro features the infamous Westboro Baptist Church slogan "God hates fags," modified to "God hates fangs."
* Worf of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' can occasionally stumble into this, but generally only in [[OutOfCharacterMoment out of character]] episodes such as "The Outcast" and "Let He Who Is Without Sin...", wherein he is used as the resident [[StrawmanPolitical conservative strawman]].
** Consider that normal Klingon sex is pretty kinky and violent by human standards. Or from Worf's perspective, human sex is pretty gentle.
* Parodied UpToEleven in one of the most popular episodes of the Swedish comedy show ''Series/{{Grotesco}}'' have a protestant preacher blaming "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmlhUn8TvT0&feature=related bögarnas fel]]" ( = "the gay's fault") for everything bad including earthquakes, going beyond Westboro Baptist Church style by even blaming the war in Afghanistan and the dictatorship in Iran on the gay men. He is quickly joined by a Muslim, a Jew and a Catholic nun, who all agree that "crazy fundamentalism" and all conflicts throughout history (including all religious wars - ''especially'' all religious wars) are indeed the gay men's fault.
* While the ''Inside Scoop'' episode [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GEI7HKE_D4 Ban Left Marriage]] in itself is pure WindmillCrusader, it's also a parody of HeteronormativeCrusader.
* In the ''Series/CriminalMinds episode "In Heat", [[spoiler: the [=UnSub=] was a gay man motivated by the abuse his Heteronormative Crusader father subjected him to. [[InternalizedCategorism He became convinced that he was "dirty"]], and began killing men and stealing their identities to escape his own.]]
* The ''character'' Creator/StephenColbert strays into this not infrequently.
-->"I love gay people as much as the next guy, unless the next guy is gay, in which case I back away slowly..."
** Character!Stephen runs into BoomerangBigot with this one on occasion, where he'll [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial imply through denial]] that he has [[GayConservative repressed homosexual urges.]] [[HoYay It slips out on occasion.]]
* On ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'', Becky quits the SchoolPlay because the director, Eli, turns ''RomeoAndJuliet'' into ''[[GayAesop Romeo and Jules]]''. When he tells her about the change, she says that she is surprised that the principal endorses "alternate lifestyles". Later on she meets Dave, who plays Romeo, and offers him religious counseling because he'll have to play a gay character. The hockey team also appears to be homophobic, though they are okay with [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbians.]]
* Biggles in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', who ''shoots a man'' for being gay. Ironically, he is played by [[StraightGay Graham Chapman]].
* A few of them show up at various points over the course of ''Series/TheWestWing".
* ''OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' has two: Pennsatucky and Sam Healy. Pennsatucky is a fundamentalist Christian who hates the gays on religious grounds. Healy has a serious problem with lesbians, though it's unclear why. Piper thinks it's because he's jealous that he could never get a woman. Considering he married a mail-order bride, it's a possibility.
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* {{God}} in some religions is occasionally interpreted as this.
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* ''ScarredLands'': The LawfulNeutral god Hedrara and LawfulEvil god Chardun are both merciless bastards with harsh and arbitrary laws condemning love, sexuality, and, well positive emotions in general. Hedrara is the one most prone to discriminate against homosexuals and promiscuous people. The laws of Hedrara's holy city Hedrad have the death penalty for homosexual love and heterosexual promiscuity. It even has strict punishments for ''public hugging''. Granted, this city also kills monogamous heterosexuals who enter relationships without getting the blessing of the church first. However, as a monogamous heterosexual, you ''can'' get the blessing of the church, while homosexuals and promiscuous people cannot. Storytelling-wise, the blatantly homophobic etc. laws of Hedrad are used to highlight that the god Hedrara is in fact NOT a ''good'' god.
* One ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' plot hook features a mage with old-fashioned ideas of sexual morality casting a spell on a high school so that all the students would redirect their lusts to "more wholesome pursuits" and focus on good old fashioned missionary sex between a married man and woman, as the Lord intended. [[SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny This has resulted in horrible, horrible side effects]].
* HunterTheVigil compact the Long Night are typically cast as this trope. Though some members are liberal, the majority of portrayals in the books are of heavily conservative fundamentalists.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.idrewthis.org/d/20040308.html This]] strip of ''IDrewThis'' features a StrawHypocrite who want gay marriage banned but claim that "I'm not against gay people, I'm just for traditional marriage"... quickly followed by a flashback of historical guys who are against women and black people being allowed to vote but claim to simply be "for traditional gender roles" and "I'm not against black people, I'm just for traditional slavery!"
* ''PennyAndAggie'''s [[ChurchOfHappyology Xena]] starts a loud rant about "sexual perverts" needing to be "quarantined" at Aggie's mere mention of having gay friends (Ironic since Fred had mistaken Xena for closeted) .
* Homosexuality is one of many, many things that [[TheFundamentalist Seymour]] from ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' (seen in the page picture) considers inexcusable.
** For bonus points God in this universe is rather laid back and thinks that Seymour is very FanDumb for him.
* This [[NonindicativeName may be]] the character type of [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Doctor]] Heteronormative, the "[[BigBad main]] [[BuffySpeak villain dude]]" from one of Jimbo's {{Romance Novel}}s in ''QuestionableContent''. Of course, he only just heard the term when naming the character, and thought sounded like [[AGoodNameForARockband a good name for a]] {{steampunk}} villain.
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* Website/NotAlwaysRight:
** Shows a failed attempt, in [[http://notalwaysright.com/fighting-ignorance-with-ignorance/1617 "Fighting ignorance with ignorance"]]. It was done by a customer in a bookstore, and was foiled by the salesperson pretending to be equally ignorant.
** A rather disturbing inversion here [[http://notalwaysright.com/pray-the-gay-to-stay/14285 this woman wants to make her toddler gay...by showing him pornography.]]
* ZinniaJones talks about this in several episodes. For example, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9_xsFId_eI ''coming out'']], which claims that a lot of their antics are designed to ''[[InternalizedHomophobia make]]'' [[InternalizedHomophobia gay people hate themselves]].
* Two straw-like but very entertaining examples on WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** The Makeover Fairy from WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, who proclaims pretty girls shouldn't read and has impossibly high level standards of beauty and masculinity.
** Douchey [=McNitpick=], a personification of FanDumb, who includes WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic wearing eyeliner as a fuck-up that he should be hanged for, calls him a whore at one point and hates on WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick for being a TheLadette.
* Pennsatucky and Healy are both variations on this in the Netflix original series ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Briefly mentioned in the ''Flaming Moe'' episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons.'' Right after Moe is outed as a ''heterosexual'' in his campaign for mayor, his disappointed gay supporters complain that they now have to choose between voting for the phony gay and "[[ArmouredClosetGay a Republican whose record is so anti-gay, he's clearly secretly super gay.]]"
** In another episode, Homer was worried Bart was becoming gay and spent most of the episode trying to keep him straight by forcibly-exposing him to "manly" things like hunting and cigarette ads.
* Stan Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', though he gets better through CharacterDevelopment mostly relating to his gay neighbors Greg and Terry.
** This is notable for being the only lesson that Stan learns which actually sticks, as he's notable for AesopAmnesia, which he lampshades in one episode by stating he "doesn't learn lessons". And even then, learning to accept gay people and accepting that they have the right to have children and start families was the focus of two separate episodes.
** In one episode he puts on a play about Abraham Lincoln's body guard, which due to some unintentional ho-yay attracts a largely gay audience and gets him invited to a meeting of the log cabin republicans. Initially horrified, he eventually tries to choose to be gay. When he realizes its not a choice, he storms the RNC and proclaims that "It turns out being gay is not a choice. But you know what is a choice? [[SpoofAesop Being a Democrat!]]"
*** And then a third episode where he had to learn to accept that some HeteronormativeCrusaders are just intolerant: there's no FreudianExcuse, ArmoredClosetGay, or even (as was the case for him) ignorance about homosexuality being contagious or a choice. These folks understand what being gay means and just ''hate'' it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the other children bully and mock Kyle for not being metrosexual, beating him up, and calling him "straight boy", in a parody/subversion of the usual trope.
* WesternAnimation/MoralOrel: Moralton has a noted amount of [[TheFundamentalist Fundamentalists]], and Reverend Putty shows disdain towards Coach Stopframe's sexuality. Unlike other members of the town, Putty lets his prejudices go, and is quite accepting when he learns that his daughter is a lesbian. In one of the cut episodes he was comfortable performing a lesbian wedding, but could not as the marriage license was rejected.
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