"When I grew up, being gay, being a sissy or anything like that was verboten. I disliked myself intensely and feared this part of myself intensely and had to hide it and became "Perfect Richard, All-American Boy" as a place to hide."
He's the strongest, toughest, manliest man in the sports team. He might hate gays and be vocal, or even violent about it. He will remind everybody that he is completely, 100% straight
. That is, during the daytime. When night falls, you can find him Where Everybody Knows Your Flame
with the Club Kids
and Gym Bunnies
. He's the self-loathing gay guy who hides behind a macho façade.
Subtrope of Psychological Projection
, and perhaps the most common variant of You Are What You Hate
. See also Gayngst
if the character is particularly self-tormented about it. Not to be confused with Straight Gay
, who is out of the closet but just non-flamboyant, or Gym Bunny
or Manly Gay
, also out of the closet and macho all the same.
Polar opposite of Gay Bravado
- acting gay to affirm your heterosexuality - unless it's a double bluff
, of course. Sometimes overlaps with Gayngster
and with Transparent Closet
—just because the armour's there doesn't mean that people can't see through it. May result in Irrational Hatred
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Anime and Manga
- Played for Drama in Welcome To Room 305. Yoona has heavy baggage about being lesbian, no thanks to her twin brothers homophohic backlash when he learned her secret. She begins pretending to be straight and Yoon Sung, realizing the emotional damage he's causing, tries to stop her. She resists and their relationship continues to sour. Yoon Sung pretends to be gay in order to get her to stop but she in turn becomes overprotective and highly homophohic towards him
- In Preacher... a police-detective, real Cowboy Cop, Dirty Harry-type. Outspoken bigot, who hated blacks, Asians, Muslims, and - more than anything - gays. He is only tangentially involved with the plot, but a short while later, the main character stumbles on him in a bondage-club, getting it on with a couple black guys.
- Frank Miller has said that he writes Batman as gay—albeit sublimating his sexuality into crime-fighting.
- In The Twelve, the Phantom Reporter notes that Dynamic Man's extremely outspoken prejudice towards gays has gotten the other heroes talking. It turns out he feels no sexual attraction to anyone or anything, as he's a robot with no genitalia. His creator was bigoted and wanted Dynamic Man to be above and opposed to the ills of society, which in his mind included homosexuality; this is also why Dynamic Man is virulently racist.
- Col. Fitts from American Beauty, especially the homophobic part, and violent.
- Ray from Scary Movie is gay, but he hides it, rather poorly though.
- Bo the wrestler in Cursed. He only comes out of the closet to Jimmy because he has a crush on him due to his "unnatural sexual allure".
- Champ Kind, from Anchorman. He hits on women more aggressively than any of the other newsmen, but then basically professes his love for Ron when he gets drunk, and at the end of the movie, the narrator tells us that he later got fired from a job as an NFL commentator for sexually harassing Terry Bradshaw.
- The spiritual sequel to the film, "Wake Up Ron Burgundy", invokes this trope far less subtly.
Champ: "You fellas remember that limp-wristed fairy that was supposed to do the financial reports?"
Brian: "Oh, yeah. We were 51% sure he was gay."
Champ: "No, he was gay alright; I made out with him at the Christmas party."
- In the sequel, when he meets up with Ron again, he constantly keeps on hugging him, to the point Ron gets a little weirded out.
- Neil McCormick in Mysterious Skin is picked up by an exceedingly dangerous man: possessed of strong homosexuality and physically violent hatred of gays, both sides of his character manifest simultaneously in bed.
- Invoked in Heathers — the football players' fake suicide note makes them out to be lovers.
"I love my dead gay son!"
- Annette's friend Greg in Cruel Intentions plays on the football team and makes himself out to be a heterosexual jock type. He isn't, which is taken advantage of by Sebastian.
- The former lead singer of fictional band Steel Dragon in the movie Rockstar, and as he is based on of Judas Priest singer Rob Halford he may also count, but he is probably more truthfully Manly Gay.
- From a British movie, Victor/Victoria. One of the guys (though not self-loathing) revealed that he was gay. The main character was shocked, pointing out that he always worked out, and was the captain of the football team. The gay man replied that the best way to hide that you're gay is to always work out, and be the captain of the football team.
- Otto, Karl's agent in Magicians, who strenuously denies that he has any kind of homosexual love for his client. His denials ring a bit false consider that he once snogged the guy completely out of the blue (and then had the nerve to challenge Karl's own understanding of his sexuality with accusation that "we just kissed..."), and then, whilst trying to pep Karl up before a gig, blurted out "I love you!"
- Tropic Thunder has a less-extreme version of this with Alpa Chino, a famous rapper who's branching into acting. His catchphrase as a rapper seems to be "I love the pussy" and he hawks a soda based on his music called "Booty Sweat." Toward the end of the film, as all the actors talk about their love lives, he's asked if he has anyone special that isn't just a sexual thing, and Chino replies that he's had a crush on someone he was too shy to ask out. When asked the girl's name he wistfully replies "Lance." When they naturally question it, he falls into a long, denial-filled rant about how he isn't gay and how much he "loves da pussy." He's last seen in the movie hugging Lance Bass at the Oscars.
- Brüno decides his homosexuality is preventing him from being famous, he first tries to consult an ex-gay ministry, then attend a swinging party. After running away from the party, he vows to be back, and be straight, and a few months later, he's organizing a cage fight event under the pseudonym Straight Dave, and holds a homophobic speech at the audience, before making out with his male assistant inside the ring.
- Rex from Sex Drive. Loves his car more than anything and is violent (and violently homophobic) towards Ian, who he thinks is gay, but he comes out at the end, and his sexuality is implied to be the motivation for his Jerkass behavior.
- Max in Bent is willing to do unspeakably depraved things to keep the Nazis from thinking he was gay. This is somewhat justified because you really don't want the Nazis to think you're gay.
- In the autobiography film The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp and a group of his friends are at a club, when gang of drunks come in and harass them. Quentin himself is confronted with a huge guy who is leading the pack. Quentin whispers in his ear 'If I were you I’d bugger off back to Hoxton before they work out you’re queer'. The lesson he learned from this experience is 'some roughs are queer'.
- Hooper in Chasing Amy acts as an Angry Black Man but is in real life a nice gay guy. However, he doesn't do this out of self-loathing - being an a angry radical makes him successful.
- Violent Glaswegian Francis Begbie in Trainspotting, according to Robert Carlyle.
- Aiden from The Guard complete with sham marriage.
- Zac Beaulieu from C.R.A.Z.Y., partly because the film is set from the 1960's to 1980's and partly because his parents are a conservative father and a devout Catholic mother who believes he's a miracle child after consulting a Tupperware selling mystic.
- Marianne Bryant from Easy A
- Bobby Kent from Bully is a sexual sadist who can't find anyone who appreciates his homemade gay porn movies. Gay themes constantly follow Bobby's character; his repressed sexuality might be his defining character trait.
- A double case in Camouflage. The protagonist himself, whose bisexual and firmly not liking his homoromantic side, and the main antagonist, whose become a massive prick about it. Ultimately, the latter's monstruous actions serve as a cautionary tale to Danilo, and he accepts himself and goes on to fight for LGBT rights.
- In Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon, Hawkins Fuller is very much in the closet. He even bashes homosexuals at work. The book was set during the McCarthy era when being gay meant being black-listed and possibly never working again. Fuller had no choice but to play the part. To a lesser extent, Timothy Laughlin fits the self-loathing part, and he was also in the closet for a long time because of necessity.
- A strange case, in The Black Magician Trilogy in that there's no macho posturing, and only a little gay bashing. Dannyl, a magician from a country that has very strong prejudices against homosexuality, is so incredibly deep in the closet (due to the aforementioned prejudice and an incident as a teen) that he constantly uses his magic to suppress any and all attraction to men. Utterly subconsciously- he doesn't even know he's doing it till he exhausts himself magically and can't do it anymore.
- In the horror novella The School House by Simon Bestwick, the protagonist's friend committed suicide after being raped by two classmates who had mercilessly tormented him on suspicion of being gay (it's never revealed whether he really was.) Although it's possible this happened because they were in an all-male boarding school where there were no girls around, the protagonist seems to suspect that the bullies put up a front as tough-guy thugs because they were unsure about their own sexuality.
- The Traitor Game:
- Michael suggests that Shitley, The Bully who likes to target gay or effeminate kids, is a case of this in order to anger him. It's left ambiguous whether he was correct or not.
- Downplayed with Francis. He isn't homophobic (going by fifteen-year-old boy standards) and his Establishing Character Moment has him rescuing a boy who is being bullied and accused of being gay by Shitley, but he's definitely Straight Gay, and it's implied that this is a front when he thinks he is outed by Michael and demands to know how he managed to figure out his secret.
- In The Heroes of Olympus, it's revealed that Nico di Angelo has or had a crush on Percy Jackson. We only find this out because Cupid forcibly draws a confession him in return for a plot-critical MacGuffin. Justified, as Nico grew up in the 1930s and was influenced by the homophobic hysteria of that period, in addition to his feelings of ostracism because of his godly heritage.
Live Action TV
- Spoon's "The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine" seems to deal with this trope, describing a man who tries very hard to be masculine: "in his coat and his boots/and his black-heart machine/no one sees the two sides of Monsieur Valentine." Later, the man "makes love to the duke."
- The music video for Broken Social Scene's "I'm Still Your Fag".
- Musical comedian Roy Zimmerman has a series of songs satirizing anti-gay politicians and activists who turn out to be closeted gays. Here's the latest one.
- In the video game Bully, one of the jocks, Kirby, behaves the same way, until you finally make out with him. All of the cliques have one boy who will kiss Jimmy, if his respect with their gang is high enough. If it's not, even Cornelius, the Urkel-like gay nerd, will try to whup Jimmy's ass with a yardstick.
- The Brute Splicer model in BioShock 2 is a violently homophobic man who is always complaining about "poofs" and prefers boxing to wrestling because the latter involves two men touching each other too much for his liking. However, when under the effects of the Hypnotize plasmid, he can get downright flirtatious with Delta.
- Kanji in Persona 4. When he was a kid, the other kids teased him for liking things like sewing and other "girly" things, so he developed a Badass Biker facade in order to defend himself. These feelings manifest themselves as a half-naked Camp Gay Evil Twin Shadow with shades of He-Man Woman Hater. However, since part of accquiring one's Persona is learning to accept your suppressed feelings, Kanji learns to be more at ease with himself (especially once he learns that there are people who do accept him for who he is). Although he remains a tough guy, he stops worrying about whether or not he's "strange."
- Grand Theft Auto IV presents Bryce Dawkins, the largely unseen Deputy Mayor of Liberty City, notorious for his vitriolic homophobic rants (thus pandering to his right-wing voter base). So it is perhaps no surprise that he turns out to be the lover of Bernie Crane, a very Camp Gay fitness trainer. In fact, most of Niko's missions with Bernie involve fending off members of The Mafiya trying to blackmail Bryce. The secret ends up getting revealed anyway (as a post-game radio news feed reveals), but Bryce still insists he's not gay, will not change his anti-gay stance, and instead "visited a rehab", presumably to "correct personal failures", or at least lie low for a while until the issue dies down in favor of celebrity scandals. Quoth a press statement meant to deflect accusations of homophobia against him...
- The same game also features Brucie, who is somehow both this and in the Transparent Closet.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, James Garret is an... interesting example of this trope. He fits all the criteria, appearing to be disgusted to the point of anger by what he turns out to be himself. But he is not so much an Armored Closet Gay as he is an Armored Closet Robosexual. The similarities to this trope are only further highlighted when the robot in question turns out to have a masculine personality and...implied...parts.
- Tony from El Goonish Shive is acting like a Jerkass to cover his crush on Tedd, according to Grace. It's been well-established that Tedd really is just that girly and, as Justin puts it, doesn't have to worry about gay guys being attracted to him. So really it's the Armoured Closet Gay effect being triggered by a Stupid Sexy Flanders.
- Kagerou here. Quite explicitly, too.
- Possibly Roscoe from A Game of Fools, if his terrified rantings about homosexuals are anything to go by:
Roscoe: The homosexuals be everywhere, behind every bush! Sometimes, I wake up after being real drunk, and there be naked homosexuals next to me! They be bewitching me!
- The Faroe Islands in Scandinavia and the World. Being outed makes him invoke a DESPERATE HOLY SLAM.
- Possibly America, too, though that one isn't as obvious.
- String Theory has Dr. Benjamin Langstrom, who remained in his closet to his death.
- Word of God states that this is due to the society of the time; the only thing worse than being gay in String Theory's world (a Days of Future Past United States, where it's scientifically the 2050s but morally/socially the 1950s) is being a Communist.
Beckey (creator): Langstrom had to remain closeted or else he’d risk his career. Especially risky with a teaching career. His friend Dr. Auditore was outted, unfortunately, and now the only job he can get is as a drug rehabilitation counselor at a prison out in the middle of nowhere (and only because his friend’s sister runs it).
- In Tails Gets Trolled Bugs Bunny joins the Troll Slaiyers due to his ability to screw with trolls by crossdressing and kissing them (he's nicknamed "The Gay"), but he mentions that he hates doing so. Later, Bugs confesses that he actually became gay with Daffy.
- Robot version in The Non-Adventures of Wonderella.
- Olly and Mondo in Roommates. After beating up on Gian and finding out Junior actually is openly gay (and not just Gay Bravado as they had always assumed), they return to their dorm and have a frank heated argument punctuated with spontaneous rough sex. At least twice.
- After a comic in which the token gay character of Sinfest gets propositioned by an alien from Uranus, a number of readers simultaneously commented that the alien is a dead ringer for Seymour, the overenthusiastic bible-thumping Christian. Seymour has also shown up in a comic where Satan tempts Jesus with the promise of hot bitches.
- Li'l E also had distinctively armoured-closet behavior. A notable comic has him nagging Buddha for his feminine traits, only to swoon and gush when Satan walks by. Subverted with the reveal that Li'l E is actually Satan's son.
- If this◊ Exiern strip is saying what it sounds like, Typhan-knee may have been gay all along, and that in part influenced the Gender Bender curse, as well as post-transformation Tiffany's attraction to Denver.
- Parodied by this article from The Onion titled "Why do all these homosexuals keep sucking my cock?"
- Also parodied in this video where "Rick Santorum" reveals why he doesn't like gay marriage is because his boyfriend cheated on him and married some other guy.
- Kagura from Yukari Is Free used to be this, until her friends "dragged her kicking and screaming out of the closet" mid-season 2.
- Rational Wiki refers to this as Haggard's Law, in reference to an infamous Real Life incident where Ted Haggard (known for his staunch, aggressive anti-gay stance) continued to claim that he's not gay or bi despite being caught paying male prostitutes to have sex with him.
- Vanessa on Out With Dad, due to her strict Catholic upbringing. Her homophobia is mostly a reaction to her being terrified that she might be gay.
- Butters's father, Stephen, from South Park.
- Mr. Garrison before the episode "4th Grade" in season 4
- Gangstaliscious from The Boondocks
- On an episode of The Simpsons, Lisa invokes this trope when Nelson is teasing Bart and calls him gay. Lisa points out that homophobic people who accuse others of being gay often have sexuality issues. This shuts up a wide-eyed Nelson, as he runs away.
- In the Family Guy episode where Chris dates Connie DiMico and becomes popular, there's a jock who keeps mentioning how he plans to bully the "gay" nerds (with each mention becoming more and more homoerotic), until he finally says at the end "I'm gay, alright?!"
- Subverted in American Dad!. Terry's father Tank Bates is homophobic and deeply disapproves of his son's homosexuality. Stan accuses him of being a homosexual and outs him in front of a crowded football stadium. It turns out that Tank truly is not homosexual.
- Stan's attempts to reconcile the father and son reveal that Tank actually subverts EVERY other homophobia-explanation trope as well. He doesn't think it's against God, he doesn't think it's a choice, he doesn't think they are all Camp Gay or after his butt, etc. He is unable/unwilling to offer ANY explanation or justification for hating gays in general and his son specifically (his son even produced a grandchild for him already, what is this guy's deal?).
- Parodied in Futurama where Professor Farnsworth is against human-robot marriages because he dated a robot who eventually left him.
- This is a fairly popular Alternative Character Interpretation for Murderface in Metalocalypse fanfiction, expanding on the series's running gag of his insecurity in his sexuality.