The stereotypical epitome of a gay man. He's flamboyantly effeminate in his dress, speech, mannerisms, and interests. He wears tight (often leather
) pants and a loose, blousy shirt that appears to be made for a much larger man, often with a bandana, scarf, or kerchief tied around his neck. These will all be in bright or pastel colors. Sometimes he will wear extremely noticeable jewelry. He will often speak with a lisp and is given to flouncing, prancing, and standing with one hand on his hip as the other is flapped around or held out in a limp-wristed gesture. There is nothing
ambiguous about this gay.
Extreme cases will include a near-opaque slang, referring to himself and his gay friends with female pronouns, and minor to complete transvestism. Insofar as he has a personality, it will often be vain and catty, or even cowardly. Even though (compared to heterosexual men) he will rarely be shown having sex
, he talks about it every second of the day, and if he isn't, he will be talking about clothes, the latest celebrity breakdown, or (celebrities') puppies.
The stereotype still survives because for some fraction of the gay male population, this is in fact Truth in Television
. As such, this fact is greatly exaggerated by media, and this trope is made out to be more prevalent than it actually is. This can result in Unfortunate Implications
, as it can lead one to believe that all gay men are (uber-)effeminate and, say, like flowers.
Unlike Straight Gay
characters, Camp Gays
usually show up on television as caricatures or one-off jokes (see Monty Python's Flying Circus
for a few good examples) because they're still seen as Acceptable Targets
, even among other gays.
Some professions are Always Camp
, but not necessarily gay. Someone who's like this but nonetheless insists that he's not actually gay may be occupying a Transparent Closet
, or he may actually be a Camp Straight
It has been suggested that the ultimate ancestor
of the modern Camp Gay was Oscar Wilde
, whose mannerisms combined with his very public visibility defined the "obvious" homosexual for the English-speaking world at the end of the 19th century. (One wonders what would have happened if the other prominent homosexual literary figure of the period — burly backwoodsman-styled Walt Whitman
— had instead become the model for the stereotype.) However, the Camp Gay stereotype seems to have existed at least as far back as classical Roman times, when comic authors like Petronius and Martial satirized lisping, effeminate homosexual men.
The Camp Gay can be seen as the Spear Counterpart
to the Butch Lesbian
stereotype (in embracing the conventional characteristics of the opposite sex). Contrast with Straight Gay
. Compare to Macho Camp
. Often overlaps with Queer People Are Funny
. Can be seen as male-specific inversion of Trans Equals Gay
(that is, being a gay man means you "must" want to really be a woman).
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- Bleach: Charlotte Cuuhlhourne. He's an overly stereotypical drag queen with long midnight hair and shimmering eyes. Extremely vain and obsessed with beauty, becoming even more flamboyant in his alternate powered-up form by adding a white silk mantle to both his shoulders AND his waist to represent a Flower Motif. Engages in combat with Yumichika Ayasegawa attacking him with ludicrously named moves such as the "Beautiful Charlotte Cuuhlhourne's Miracle Sweet Ultra Funky Fantastic Dramatic Romantic Sadistic Erotic Exotic Athletic Guillotine Attack". Bonus points for him being rose-themed, which acts as a Shout-Out to the Barazoku (Rose-clan) magazine that pioneered publications aimed at a homosexual market, resulting in the rose being used as a symbol for homosexuality ever since.
- Moto-chan from Itazura Na Kiss. He wears makeup, speaks in feminine Japanese, and constantly lusts after Dr. Irie◊.
- Garfiel, the automail mechanic who apprentices Winry in Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Hanagata from Saber Marionette J. He is filthy rich, pretty delicate-looking, and always fantasizes about having a relationship with the poor, dark-skinned, hard-working Otaru. In the Latin American dub, he even speaks with a grossly effeminate voice.
- Ginka from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. Oh so very much so. However, the silly campiness has been subtly implied as a coping mechanism for something on latest episodes (the gayness seems to be here to stay, though). And if someone threatens his family, he gets sufficiently badass. Chika prefers the badass side.
- Leeron Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. He's particularly notable because his outright campiness has become Memetic Mutation. He's easily the smartest person on the show and a highly skilled mechanic and since this is Gurren Lagann "cowardly", as per above trope description, is not part of his make-up (even if eye-shadow is). He's living proof that being a flaming queen stereotype will NOT do anything to stop you from having Crowning Moments Of Awesome, especially considering he's a firm follower of the show philosophy of doing the impossible. In fact, he's one of the earliest characters after Kamina to adopt this mindset. This is made even more hilarious by the fact that he is flamboyantly played by Steve Blum in the English dub, a VA often typecast for portrayals of growly macho badasses and he seemed to enjoy the role so much, the Gurren Lagann dub blooper reel should've been called "Steve Blum Somehow Manages to Make Leeron Even More Gay and Creepy Than He Already Was".
- Maximillion Pegasus' Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series persona wants people to think that he's camp gay, for some reason. In actuality, he's straight (it's proven, since he has a wife), but still very camp.
- Jeryy from D Grayman. The cafeteria manager in the Black Order, he likes wearing the frilly aprons (which he forces on the male workers there), loves making dainty hand gestures, generally acts very feminine, and calls Allen "cute" (though there may have been a perfectly normal explanation for that... ). It's shown in an omake that Jeryy reacted pretty badly to Krory asking him if he was gay though, since Krory is shown having a bunch of bruises and bumps and being forced to work washing dishes.
- The Lupin III series has several of them, who usually double as sissy villains, most notably:
- The Secret of Twilight Gemini has Sadachiyo "the Scorpion". If his long black hair, nail polish, and make-up don't make it obvious enough, all the "honeys", "darlings", and "big boys" that permeate his speech pattern will. All spoken in effeminate tone and matching mannerisms.
Goemon: "Lupin, what're you doing here, in Morocco?"
Lupin: (perking up) "I was just about to ask you the same thing."
Goemon: (points sword at Sadachiyo) "I'm here because of him."
Sadachiyo: (haughtily with hand on his hip) "Oh hush up, big boy. What do I have to do with YOU?"
- The Woman Called Fujiko Mine: Like Sadachiyo, Oscar also wears make-up and nail polish and is just as effeminate, except he's one of the good guys... sorta. For all his feminine ways, he has a mean strealk a mile wide and gets extremely jealous of anyone who diverts Inspector Zenigata's attention away from him. Which is why he especially hates Fujiko for screwing Zenigata, while he was listening right outside their hotel room. Made worse since Zenigata said she was a good lay, even though he knew she had faked having an orgasm.
- In the Full Metal Panic! manga, Sousuke's high school has a substitute teacher for the men's swim team. He's shown to be very Camp Gay: he has the hand gestures, minces around, giggles, and... hides a whip inside his swim briefs. He is also shown drooling over Sousuke's body. Or how about those three Camp Gay bullies in an episode of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu who challenged Sousuke to a bet where, if he couldn't pick up even one girl, he'd have to swim naked in the nearby lake while they watch?
- Scarron, a flamboyant inn manager from Zero no Tsukaima. See also Macho Camp.
- Creed from Black Cat. He's got leopard print, high-heeled boots, a laced corset, feathers, takes a bath filled with rose petals (in the anime), and there's that business with Train....
- In the anime series Blood+, Nathan Mahler is a Flamboyant Gay, but don't mistake him for harmless. If you anger him, he'll start talking in a deep, creepy voice, then transform into a Chiropteran and tear you to shreds.
- Dorian in From Eroica with Love practically defines this trope on the surface, but don't think that he's harmless, it's an mostly affected act to annoy people, particularly the Major.
- Daley Wong from Bubblegum Crisis, Leon's levelheaded partner. Re-written as Straight Gay in 2040.
- Okuyama from Nodame Cantabile is so flaming it's a miracle his timpani mallets don't catch fire when he grabs them.
- Nene, the openly bisexual (although more lesbian overall) Class Representative from Hyakko, may be a rare female example. She dresses very much like a stereotypical male homosexual with all those frilly garments—and also has the mannerisms down pat.
- Mr. 2 Bon Clay from One Piece. This guy wears excessive makeup, dresses in a ballet tutu with a pair of fake swans jutting from the back, and his battle cry is "OKAMA WAY!" ("Okama" being Japanese slang for homosexual.) There's a certain amount of humor derived from how him and Luffy add the suffix 'chan' to each other's name, the latter apparently oblivious to the implications the uninitiated would pick up from a teenager and a flamboyant older man referring to each other this way.
- Later subverted when it turns out that despite his over-the-top ways, he's actually an incredibly tough fighter and capable of astonishing acts of heroic manliness...which just makes his appearance and mannerisms even funnier.
- He's not just badass. He manages to disfigure Magellan. He disfigured the unstoppable Juggernaut made out of poison that Luffy couldn't even touch without nearly dying.
- Not only that, but later on in the series we get Emporio Ivankov, who somehow manages to outcamp even Mr. 2, but is also insanely powerful and is a major player in the Revolutionary Army, whose goal is to overthrow the world.
- Both can switch gender at will, including that of others in Ivankov's case, and that he rules a Disney-eque country wherein everyone, even the animals, is a male okama/cross-dresser. There's also another country which is only populated by butch warrior amazons (including Boa Hancock). One Piece, wonderfully irreverently anarchistic.
- In the Pokémon fandom, Harley is generally considered camp, with varying degrees of seriousness. Being the type of person he is, Harley seems to become somewhat more masculine when he's plotting and scheming against May.
- Helmsman Bobby Margot in Macross Frontier is flamboyantly gay, goes shoe shopping with the Bridge Bunnies, and dispenses wise and warm hearted relationship advice. On the other hand, when he pilots Macross Quarter into battle, he's an unstoppable storm of awesome fury.
- Grell Sutcliffe, the spazzy chainsaw-wielding Shinigami from Kuroshitsuji. Not in the direction you might think, though - she's a bisexual transwoman with feelings for both Sebastian and Madame Red.
- Bob from Speed Grapher and Bob's male, cross-dressing "sister" who runs a night club or the other male "sisters" who work for him.
- Suzu falls into this trope in the Peacemaker Kurogane manga. (He's also a Sissy Villain). After being raped he becomes crazy and gay, starts wearing makeup, wears revealing clothes, has flamboyant mannerisms and prissyness, has a fondness for cats, and becomes extremely obsessed with Tetsunosuke.
- Fred Luo from Outlaw Star. He's a Bishōnen who wears pink, acts rather flamboyant, enjoys teasing Jim, and has a blatant attraction towards Gene. Jim hates him, of course; Gene tolerates him and carefully plays Ho Yay because Fred is the only person with both the money and the desire to back his outings.
- The "Tour Guide" in episode 10 of Burst Angel.
- In episode 3 of Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun, Shungo encounters groups of Camp Gay guys (with a mixture of Macho Camp thrown in for good measure) who, unfortunately for him, express an attraction towards him on sight.
- InuYasha: The Quirky Mini Boss Squad Filler Villain Suzaku was quite effeminate and flamboyant and he openly flirted with Miroku and Hojo's ancestor; both were disgusted.
- Sanzo of Eyeshield 21 dresses in drag, wears makeup, and is referred to as the "Queen" of his all-boys school. At the same time, however, he's also the running back on the American football team and has a huge crush on the monk-like quarterback/team captain and the adorkable wide receiver.
- The pink-haired guy in Heat Guy J who made Boma's hologram mask
- Otokosuki from the end of Dragon Ball Z, who talks in an overly feminine manner, dresses like a member of the Village People, and has absolutely no problem flirting with his opponent Trunks. His name even means "Likes Men".
- Puri-Puri Prisoner from One Punch Man fights for all the men of the world he finds attractive (though he does have less selfish reasons too), and his powered-up form has him shredding all of his clothing. Despite him being the hammiest superhero in a world full of hammy heroes, he is still an S-Ranked fighter and can fight hand-to-hand evenly with villains capable of destroying cities.