A young gay man, usually in his late teens or early twenties, getting his first taste of gay life. He might still be a closet case or he might have been out and proud since he was 12, but he has only recently started prowling the bars as a legal adult, especially if he's in college and away from his parents' watchful eyes for the first time. He starts out naive, and risks being exploited by the [[{{Seme}} older men]] around.

Appearance-wise, he's stereotypically rail-thin with a boyish face and minimal facial and body hair. If white (and he usually is, where fiction is concerned), he'll be bleached-blonde with skin that's either pale or artificially tanned. He tends to buy all his clothing from Hollister, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch, and the like, and will wear flip-flops in the dead of winter. [[note]]It's important to point out that the twink aesthetic and the twink persona are not the same; a person can be one without the other.[[/note]]

As he adapts to the [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay scene]], he will begin to realize the power he holds over other men with his youthful looks and might become full of himself. Or he'll tire of the "Meet cute, fuck fast, bye-bye" routine and slow down before he risks ending up with an STD or drug addiction (or sometime after). If the story covers enough time, he'll hopefully be brought back down to earth sometime in his mid-20's or early 30's, when his maturity kicks in and/or his boyish looks start to fade. At which point, he begins to morph into some other [[QueerAsTropes gay trope]].


The etymology of the word is a little ambiguous, but it's generally agreed to refer to the snack food Twinkies, because they're [[DumbBlonde go]][[ButNotTooWhite ld]], delicious, and full of cream, but have absolutely [[TheDitz no nutritional]] [[TheIngenue value]]. Similar terms include "cub" for young [[TheBear bears]], "baby dyke" for lesbians, and "baby queer" as a more general term. This is essentially the caterpillar to the butterflies of the other gay archetypes. See {{Uke}} for the rough [[{{Yaoi}} Japanese]] equivalent. Arguably the gay SpearCounterpart to TheIngenue.

Not to be confused with "[[{{Munchkin}} Twinking]]", a gaming term referring to either lower level characters using hand-me-downs from their higher level characters that are still enough to make them overpowered, or {{God Mode}}ing.
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* Jetlad in ''TopTen: The Forty-Niners'', though he notably avoids the "full of yourself" phase.

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* {{Fanon}} example: [[Film/InglouriousBasterds Utivich]] is almost ''always'' portrayed this way in FanFic (unless it's a MarySue story) because he is generally accepted as the youngest and certainly most {{Bishonen}} of the Basterds. It sometimes happens to Omar, too.
* [[Film/HighSchoolMusical Ryan Evans.]] Every time. No exceptions.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Jason in ''Film/TheOppositeOfSex''.
* Eric and Neil in ''MysteriousSkin''.
* To some extent, Michael in ''PartingGlances''. This movie also contains a subversion in the form of Peter ("you're into the realm of the Supertwinkie") who is actually "a wolf in Twinkie clothing." Also Nick used to be 'quasi-Twinkie'.
* Eric from ''EdgeOfSeventeen''.
* Benji and Kevin from TheBrokenHeartsClub. Yes, Zach Braff plays a bleach-blond twink.
* Twink (obviously) from Film/FathersDay

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Marco from ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', particularly when paired with older boyfriend Dylan.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ser Loras Tyrell fits the physical description to a tee, but the trope is somewhat subverted with regards to his romance with Lord Renly Baratheon (who is an [[TheBear "otter"]]) because Loras is the emotionally dominant partner in their relationship despite being a few years younger.
** It was unclear in Season 3 what Olyvar's sexual orientation was, but it's confirmed in "Breaker of Chains" that he's gay.
* Kurt Hummel from ''Series/{{Glee}}''.
* Kenny James from ''MyNameIsEarl'', especially [[{{Flanderization}} in later seasons.]]
* Rasmus of ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves''.
* Beecher in his relationship with Keller in ''{{Oz}}''.
** Also, Timothy Kirk, though he's a much more minor character. Pretty well summarized by Reverend Cloutier, after Kirk makes a sexual advance on him: "You've made a lifetime out of being adorable, sexy in a lost-little-boy kind of way, but ... it's time for you to be a man."
* Justin from ''QueerAsFolk''.
** And Nathan, the equivalent character in the original British version.
* Richie in the first season of ''TheSecretLifeOfUs''.
* Maxxie of ''{{Skins}}'' fits the description in appearance, but in personality he seems to be a bit savvier. We think. [[ButNotTooGay He never gets enough screen time for us to really tell.]]
* Justin in ''UglyBetty''.
* Jack from ''WillAndGrace'', in the episodes which flash back to his teens.
* Brandon Wright and Dante from ''TheWire'' are both twinks, but played in slightly different ways; Brandon is more the naive and easily led type, while Dante shows signs of arrogance and a tendency to try to manipulate Omar, with his jealousy being one of the factors to drive a wedge between them.
* Todd Grimshaw in ''Series/CoronationStreet'' is a self-centred twink who has used his attractiveness to break up a heterosexual relationship involving the older Marcus, a bisexual who tried to go straight with a girl, only for Todd to take pleasure in wrecking it. Todd is not a nice boy to know.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* James from ''MyLifeInBlue''.
* Don from ''TryingHuman''.
* Chase in ''Webcomic/{{Multiplex}}'' jumps into this role within a few days of his first homosexual experience. He then piles on the CampGay, much to the annoyance of the series other gay character, [[StraightGay Neil]].

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* Light Yagami in ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (Kpts4tv)]]''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* This term was referenced in a ''FamilyGuy'' {{manatee gag}}, where they're watching a documentary about Twinkie the Kid, which implies him to be gay.

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