Camp Straight

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He can't help it. He's a girl's toy.

"Look at how sensitive and vulnerable he is — he must be gay. That means women feel safe around me, and trust me... then BANG! Pregnant! BANG! Pregnant! BANG! Pregnant."

A Camp Straight is a man who exhibits some or all of the common characteristics of a Camp Gay but is clearly heterosexual, and either has a girlfriend or only shows sexual attraction towards women despite his flamboyance.

This is an old character type: until the 1970s or so (this is when people began to get more comfortable with openly gay characters as a result of social change), in many segments of society and media, men were assumed to be straight unless outed, no matter how flamboyant they acted. Thus, many films from the era of The Hays Code contain Camp Straight characters (who are sometimes proven straight by a Last Minute Hookup).

Some shows purposely do this to insert a gay character (or increasingly to insert a ''stereotypical'' gay character) without annoying the Moral Guardians. Today such a person is considered a Metrosexual, a straight person who acts gay. This kind of character also has some Values Dissonance involved. In the past, this kind of behavior was associated with people like The Dandy, and it was a symptom of them being ladykillers. In newer works, this character is more often used for An Aesop about judging people by appearance.

The Distaff Counterpart is very rare: there are few female characters in fiction (although rather more women in real life) who look and act butch while actually being heterosexual. Possibly The Lad-ette or Brawn Hilda may be related.

Compare Ambiguously Gay, Mistaken for Gay, Faux Yay, Gay Bravado, Real Men Wear Pink. For many of these fellows an argument can be made for Camp Bi. If a character isn't quite 'camp' but still undeniably girly, he may be In Touch with His Feminine Side.

Compare The Whitest Black Guy. Contrast Straight Gay. Not to be confused with Straight Camp.


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • In an Irish ad for McDonalds a group of teenage boys mock one of their friends for admitting that he shaves his chest hair. They all wax theirs instead.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Amaterasu dis Grand Grees Eydas IV of The Five Star Stories — you know you're fabulous when a female Fatima becomes your body double and nobody notices anything different.
  • Ouran High School Host Club
    • Tamaki Suoh. But then again, he's the self-proclaimed "Dad" to the group, while Kyouya's the "Mom". Make of that what you will.
    • The entire Host Club qualifies in some regard, with the exception of Haruhi Fujioka and Takashi Morinozuka.
  • Takuto from Star Driver. He's officially the Galactic Pretty Boy, for crying out loud!
  • The Familiar of Zero
    • Guiche.
    • Also the bar owner and Siesta's Uncle. He is every stereotype to the Camp Gay from dressing up in women's outfits and having his staff refer to him as mademoiselle. So it always comes to a complete shock to every character when they find out one of the staff members is his daughter.
  • Kuranosuke from Princess Jellyfish qualifies for this... hard. He's a flamboyant crossdresser who has had many girlfriends in the past.
  • Pegasus from Yu-Gi-Oh! In fact, his being straight is part of his whole motivation - he's trying to revive his dead lover, Cyndia/Cecellia. Yet he still manages to be the most fabulous character on the show.
  • Marquis Andrea Cavalcanti/Benedetto of Gankutsuou.
  • James of Pokémon. He's flamboyant, crossdresses, and campy but has shown interest in the opposite gender several times. Compare his taste in Paper-Thin Disguise to that of his female partner in crime as shown here. Okay, there were those "Flaming Moltres" jokes...
  • Pokémon Special
    • Ruby. His Catch Phrase is "Beautiful~" accompanied by Bishie Sparkle, but he admits his attraction to Sapphire.
    • Wallace too. He's practically an older version of Ruby, and is shown to be in love with Winona.
  • Tsubasa Kurenai of Ranma ˝ habitually dresses like a girl, looks rather girly even when not wearing a dress, and acts kinda flamboyantly. But he's definitely heterosexual, what with his blatant crush on Ukyō. In the official English sub of the anime, he actually gets asked outright if he's gay and replies he's straight, but likes to dress up.
  • Sensual Phrase: Kazuto a.k.a. Towa, who in the manga is dating his stylist and Victorious Childhood Friend Miya.
  • Yuda/Juda from Fist of the North Star, who wears makeup and frequently parades around in his underpants and talks about how beautiful he is. He's straight, though, and has a harem full of women, even if he does make some questionable comments about how beautiful Rei is.
  • You can't possibly take one look at Parco Folgore from Zatch Bell! and honestly believe that not only is he completely straight, but the biggest womanizer in the series. He even sings about breasts. Well, in the original version...
  • Zarbon in Dragon Ball Z is a narcissistic pretty-boy, but never gets anywhere beyond Ambiguously Gay.
  • Ukiyo from Samurai 7.
  • Narumi from Alice Academy ends almost all his sentences with hearts in the manga, and seems to enjoy teasing males.
  • Kazuma a.k.a. Sheila from Ai Shite Night. He's very feminine-looking and crossdresses when on stage... and he's also Happily Married to his manager Marimo and has a daughter with her.
  • Due to the frequent amount of Ho Yay found in the series, several characters from Code Geass could easily be mistaken for gay due to their... theatrical... mannerisms. Especially Lelouch, who is ~FABULOUS~. That being said, most of the characters in the show are paired off, or implied to be, in heterosexual relationships (except for a single character who has nothing to do with this trope). The Camp Straight is largely caused by several factors. One being that Japan likes its characters to be Bishōnen with lots of introspection and inner turmoil. Another is that the main character, most of his family, and several of the supporting cast are very good at being dramatic. As well, the Britannian characters are basically pulled directly from stereotypes concerning royalty and the nobility from the height of the age of absolutism, as a result, a number of characters are The Dandy. This is of course ignoring the fact that Lelouch is a chick magnet (in and out of the series), his father has 108 wives, and Clovis was apparently a womanizing Chivalrous Pervert. Well, the fans do love referring to this show as "Code Gayass".
  • In Axis Powers Hetalia, pretty much Everyone Is Bi or, has a very vague sexuality. However, how manly or effeminate a character is clearly has no influence on what their preference is. If not for his first love being a boy, Italy would fit this trope to a T. He's super affectionate with other men (especially Germany), weak, cowardly, emotional, has a high girly voice...yet he loves pretty women, flirts with them constantly, and one of the reasons he's so useless is that "there are no pretty girls watching."
    • But then, everybody except Hungary thought he was a girl until his voice broke.
  • Bleach
    • Yumichika's a tad fruity, to be sure, but there aren't any hints of him being attracted to any men (not even Ikkaku, although the anime will sometimes create Ship Tease) and the only person he ever calls beautiful is Orihime.
    • Luppi's flamoyant and effeminate but he spends his fight flirting with Rangiku.
    • Szayel Aporro was horrified when he thought Renji was flirting with him. Depending on the source, his dialog either has him deny being gay or tell Renji "You're Not My Type".
  • Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion has a subverted version of this as he displayed a lot of campy and sensitive behavior. He likes to cook and clean, is fond of other feminine activities, and sometimes Screams Like a Little Girl but he has shown attraction to multiple female members of NERV such as Misato, Rei, and Asuka. The reason why his case is subverted is because of Kaworu who hit on Shinji and Shinji admitted that he felt some attraction to Kaworu even though he was initially embarrassed by Kaworu's flirting. Even after Kaworu was revealed to be an angel and killed, Shinji still showed feelings towards Asuka
  • Talking Bird Dera from Tamako Market is a complete dandy but loves the women.
  • Pretty much everyone from Dragon Knights dress in elaborate outfits and heels, but Rune can (and has) been mistaken for a woman. He's also one of the few characters in an established relationship with his wife Tintlet.
  • Nanatarou V. Yamada of Boku Girl is highly flamboyant and rather obsessed with women's underwear to the point of wearing it regularly due being heir to a lingerie company. He is also attracted to Mizuki, who he knows is physically female (but not that "she" wasn't born that way).
  • Hato from Genshiken is a Wholesome Crossdresser yaoi fanboy who is straight.
  • Gundam Wing has a cast of pretty boys with plenty of Ho Yay between some of them, but most of them have female love interest when the series has concluded. This hasn't stopped hundreds of fangirls from pairing the male cast together in fanworks, especially Heero and Duo whom both have well established female love interests.

    Comic Books 
  • Peregrine in Top 10 is a rare example of the "Butch Straight" Distaff Counterpart. She has a muscular physique and close-cropped grey hair, her costume is quite androgynous, and she has a tough, unemotional personality. But she's also married to a guy.
  • In Green Lantern, Kyle Rayner once worked with a man who acted textbook gay, but later was indignant when Kyle asked him about coming out, asking "Why does everyone think I'm gay just because I'm thin and dress well?". This was probably a retcon on the part of the writer, as in his first appearance, during Kyle's job interview, he mentioned Kyle having a "nice butt" when he came into the bosses' office.
  • Klementina "Klem" Ristovych in The Fuse is a distaff counterpart, a tough female Cowboy Cop with a Tomboyish Name, masculine dress sense, and macho personality, who is so far depicted as straight.

    Comic Strips 
  • Binkley in Bloom County, whose goal in life is, depending on the comic, either to become a hairdresser or to dance the lead in Swan Lake. One of his recurrent hangups is worrying that girls find him to be a poor kisser (or would, if he ever had the courage to kiss one).
  • Satchel Pooch from Get Fuzzy. He dresses up as Little Bo Peep for Halloween, likes hair gel and shiny clothes, refers to his new Barbra Streisand album as "faaabulous", and wears a pink workout headband. However, he has been shown to have crushes on various female characters and celebrities

    Eastern Animation 
  • Torpedo, one of the main characters in the Kapitan Bomba series, may fill the stereotype by wearing a pink combat armour, speaking in high-pitched voice, and generally appearing to be effeminate and naive, but there is no evidence in the series that he is indeed a homosexual. Which doesn't stop Captain Bomb from mockingly calling him Torpedo-fag.

    Fan Works 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged. Zarbon is so flamboyant that Frieza abandons important issues like capturing the Dragon Balls and wishing for immortality upon the revelation that he wants to call his girlfriend. (And even then he's not convinced.)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series
    • Pegasus is, believe it or not, even more flamboyant than in the source material. He actually tries to kil - uh, send Yugi's friends to the Shadow Realm when they discover he's straight lest his secret get out (which makes him a closet heterosexual). In contrast, his servant Croquet is a Straight Gay (hence why Bakura's "Gaydar" points towards Pegasus' castle).
      Pegasus: I'm afraid you've all seen too much! I can't have people thinking I'm straight.
    • Also Bakura, in contrast to Straight Gay Florence.
      Bakura: I'm not gay, I'm just British!
      Florence: I'm not British, I'm just gay.
  • Hoity Toity moves from "camp" to "camp straight" in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Dance 'Til We're High. Twilight's first thought after Rarity admits that's who she's dating is "Hoity Toity likes mares?!"
  • Century, being Vanity's "mirror twin" brother, is this in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf.

    Films — Animation 
  • Ken in Toy Story 3. There are so many jokes made regarding his sexuality, including having girly handwriting and Always Camp tastes. Yet he falls in love with Barbie at first sight.
    Ken: I'm not a girl's toy! I'm not!
  • Pleakley of Lilo & Stitch fits in this trope as he is a frequent Cross Dresser, a Neat Freak, loves fashion, and has a very silly friendship with Jumba because they pretend to be husband and wife, yet Pleakley's brother claimed that Pleakley was a "babe magnet" on his home planet. His place in this trope is more solidified if the anime is considered canon as he also develops a crush on Tigerlilly
  • Yao of Mulan, who sings about the kind of girl he'd like in A Girl Worth Fighting For. Amusingly he's voiced by Harvey Fierstein, who is gay. Keep in mind that this is also a movie whose male cast includes B.D. Wong and George Takei.
  • Prince Charming of Shrek. Even though he displayed a lot of campy behavior, he showed a decent amount of attraction towards Princess Fiona.
  • Jack Skellington of The Nightmare Before Christmas, who is stylish and thespian, but falls for Sally in the end.
  • Megamind. That guy has Ho Yay, Foe Yay or both with pretty much every guy in the movie, and yet he never gets explicit about any of them in that way (Dreamworks kids' movie, remember?) and actually ends up with Roxanne by the end of the movie following a naturally progressing relationship (so no Last Minute Hook Up there).
  • Shakey from Alpha and Omega, a runty Omega wolf who wears flowers around his neck and cries at weddings. He loves hanging out with a couple of wolven Granola Girls.
  • Kuzco from The Emperor's New Groove and The Emperor's New School is very flamboyant but has feelings for a girl in the spinoff.
  • Fix-It Felix, Jr. from Wreck-It Ralph may have just a smidgen of this. The way he approaches his relationship with Calhoun is extremely effeminate.
  • Thistle from The Elm-Chanted Forest. He lisps, he's effeminate, he's especially devoted to Emperor Spine — he still falls in love with a fairy princess in the sequel The Magic Hat.
  • Flower from Bambi is so feminine that he's often mistaken by viewers for the opposite gender. However, he does end up with a female skunk by the end of the film.
  • Genie from Aladdin is very flamboyant, loves to plan weddings, and cross dresses frequently, yet in the series, he falls in love with a female genie.
  • Pumbaa from The Lion King shows off a lot of blatant Ho Yay with Timon in the films an TV series. In their own series, Pumbaa sometimes cooks, has no problems with cross dressing unlike Timon and does this in multiple episodes, and in one episodes, loves it when he is accidentally crowned as winner of a beauty pageant, yet he has fallen in love with several girls and is revealed in one episode to have dated a female warthog
  • Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast is shown to be a flamboyant man who likes cooking, speaks in a heavy French accent and displays Ho Yay between himself and his Ambiguously Gay friend, Cogsworth, yet Lumiere is shown to be a womanizer who eventually hooks up with Fifi.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Fifth Element: Ruby Rhod is flamboyantly camp but also a voracious sex machine to the ladies. To a large extent, an Affectionate Parody of Prince, below in Music.
  • Hedley Lamarr from Blazing Saddles. A buffoonish Dragon with Ambiguously Gay characteristics, likes women. He's at least bi. Don't forget how he molests the statue of Justice.
  • Played straight in Snakes on a Plane. The sole male steward is highly effeminate, and all his co-workers roll their eyes when he talks about his 'girlfriend'. When they finally land, the first thing his does is make out with his incredibly hot girlfriend... who is just as Camp as he is.
  • All of the male villains in The Apple. No, really, all of them. Mr. Boogalow, Dandi, and especially Shake, here with Boogalow.
  • Gender Flipped in But I'm a Cheerleader, when the most overtly butch girl there was the only one that was actually straight, but Mistaken for Gay.
  • In Beauty Shop, all the stylists besides Lynn assume that James, their only male hairstylist, is gay, until he asks Lynn to dance. Well, it's more like until he and Lynn kiss.
  • Ryan Evans of High School Musical. He's a dancer who frequently wears pink and often partakes in various drama queen antics with his incredibly girly sister, Sharpay. He also gets paired up with the drama club's pianist, Kelsi Nielsen, in the third movie.
  • The eponymous villain in The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T.
  • In the movie Designing Woman, one of Marilla's friends (played by real-life choreographer Jack Cole) is a flamboyant choreographer who, after some thinly veiled remarks about his sexuality, produces photos of his wife and sons from his wallet.
  • In the short film Un beau jour un coiffeur (One Fine Day a Hairdresser) the main character falls in love with a rather camp male hairdresser only to have his hopes dashed when the hairdresser asks him for help talking to a girl he likes.
  • Not likely intentional, but Duckie from Pretty in Pink.
  • The Lindsay Lohan version of The Parent Trap: Martin gives fashion advice, dons an all-leather biker ensemble, wears a Speedo to the pool, and gets together with Chessie mid-film. Go figure (the Speedo, at least, may be passed off as a European eccentricity).
  • Rodney in Cecil B. Demented, a stereotype-defying heterosexual hairdresser. There's still room for (kind of) Gayngst, though — his male co-worker Petie is in love with him and even though he loves Petie as a friend, he's frustrated that he can't return his affection.
  • M. Gustave H., the main character in The Grand Budapest Hotel is exceedingly camp, calls everyone (including men) 'darling' and covers himself with an extremely potent perfume. He is also a shameless womaniser with a taste for (much) older women.
  • In The Three Musketeers (2011), King Louis XIII is extremely flamboyant and obsessed with topics like gossip and fashion, yet he deeply loves his wife and wants to satisfy her.
  • Thranduil the Elvenking from The Hobbit movies. He's almost excessively beautiful, has an Unlimited Wardrobe of flowing gold and silver robes, wears crowns made out of leaves and flowers, and sports several large, jeweled rings. He is the king of the Fair Folk, but even the other elves in the movies look rather modest and subdued next to him. And one of the biggest things that informs his personality in the movies is the violent death of his wife, implied to be the reason he's such a cold, nigh-reclusive Jerk Ass.
  • The Designer from Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival is a walking gay stereotype, but comes off as not only heterosexual, but uncomfortably forward with his female employees. Most of the miscellaneous male angels have very camp mannerisms, as well, despite the film suggesting that homosexuality is illegal.
  • Titus Abrasax of Jupiter Ascending is quite a dandy, and his entire space aristocrat family is fabulous, but his Establishing Character Moment features an antigravity orgy with a bunch of women. His older brother Balem is even more camp (to the point of glorious Narm Charm) but less enthusiastic about the ladies.
  • In Labyrinth, Jareth the Goblin King — played by David Bowie in all his fabulousness — relentlessly pursues Sarah throughout the movie. Of course, he could always be bisexual, like Bowie himself may have beennote , but Jareth never shows interest in any men — probably because the only other male characters in the movie are a baby boy and several Ugly Cute Muppets.
  • Casa Nova of Kayfabe: A Fake Real Movie About A Fake Real Sport is frequently naked in the locker room, is obsessed with his physique, and maintains certain holds for a little too long on the wrestlers in the ring. At the end of the film, we meet his beautiful fiancé, Tatiana.

    Literature 
  • One of Us: A blackmail victim in this thriller novel has built his entire acting career out of the fact that he's one of these, combined with the constant arguments over whether he should have to come out of the closet or whether he's free to "pretend" he's straight. The main character observes that he's being blackmailed for his "lack of a secret."
  • One of Kim Newman's Diogenes Club stories, "The Serial Murders", has Richard Jeperson investigating behind the scenes of a soap opera; the show has a stereotypically Camp Gay PR representative who eventually admits that he's not actually gay, but just plays it up because that's what's expected in that environment. He does defensively point out that his stereotypically "feminine" and "gay" manner of speaking and acting is just how he is, however, and it's not his fault it's been co-opted as representing homosexuality.
  • Prince Roger is an athletic Long-Haired Pretty Boy with an obsessive interest in fashion, and who also appears totally uninterested in women. His manservant Kostas has been asked questions about the prince's sexuality so many times he just laughs at it.
  • Hilariously played with in The Dresden Files: Thomas, a White Court vampire who feeds off intimacy acts like this (and takes on a French accent) in his job as a hairdresser, feeding a little off the women whose hair he does, because women believe that the only good male hairdressers are gay and/or European. There's even Ho Yay between Thomas and Harry, with Thomas calling Harry "dear" in front of others and Harry pretending to be Thomas' flamboyant boyfriend when he's caught breaking into Thomas' apartment. However, they are half-brothers.
  • A variant in Good Omens — Aziraphale comes off "gayer than a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide," but as an angel he's actually closer to being a literal asexual unless he wants to be something else.
  • One of the many characters in the Deathstalker series is an incredibly foppish aristocrat. Kind of a subversion in that that's just his public persona, he's also the incredibly deadly masked champion of the galactic arena. Once things go to heck, he stops with the fop.
  • In the Peach Keepers, Sebastian is assumed to be gay by everyone because of his flamboyancy in high school, despite his abstinence from relationships at all in the present day. This causes some angst for Paxton, who finds herself madly in love with him.
  • Dandelion the Bard from The Witcher novels and games is a prissy fop who dresses colourfully and has a personality very close to Camp Gay — but he's a veritable Casanova who can't keep his pants on in the presence of pretty ladies, and often finds himself in trouble with angry husbands and suitors.
  • Rogue Trader Tobias Maxilla from Eisenhorn. Always ridiculously overdressed, prissy speech patterns, flappy gestures...and flirts with every woman he meets. This is arguably a disguise...for an exclusive machine fetishism. His entire crew are servitors and Cyborgs, a large number of them crafted to resemble metal statues of female nudes...
  • In Wild Cards, Dr.Tachyon as an alien aristocrat dresses very flamboyantly and behaves similarly. Fortunato considers and calls him "alien faggot".
  • In The Catcher in the Rye, Carl Luce lost his virginity at the age of fourteen and was seen dating a thirty-year old asian woman while in his early twenties or so. However, Holden says that he "always thought Carl Luce was kind of flitty" based on the way he always acted around them.
  • Jonah, Frederica's best friend in MaryJanice Davidson's Fred the Mermaid trilogy is obsessed with hair care (justified as he's a chemist who works for a hair products company), interior decoration, has the typical over the top speech patterns and hyper mannerisms of a Camp Gay and plans his own wedding, which is to a woman.
  • In dating book 'The Game by Neil Strauss, the author (a pick-up artist) suggests "Peacocking" which is wearing ridiculously flamboyant clothes to attract women's attention by appearing different from the usual. Also, one of his best pickup lines is "if I wasn't gay, you would so be mine" and then walk away.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: Lancel Lannister's appearance and demeanour are noticeably more effeminate than the actual gays at court, but he's heterosexual.
  • Modern Family: Manny, if he weren't such a Kid-anova one would wonder considering his love of nice clothes and cooking and fondness for French.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
    • In the sketch "Biggles Dictates a Letter", Biggles (Graham Chapman) asks Algy (who is sort of a Sergeant Rock) and Ginger ("camp flying gear, sequins, eye make-up, silver stars on his cheeks") if either is gay. Algy is the Straight Gay, while Ginger is the Camp Straight. The latter is lampshaded by Biggles.
      Biggles: Oh thank god for that. Good lad, stout fellow, backbone of England. (Ginger leaves) Funny... He looks like a pouf. note 
    • Eric Idle played Camp Gay or Ambiguously Gay roles (or at least slightly effeminate ones), but is in fact straight.
      • In contrast to Graham Chapman who played characters who were unnerved by camp, but in real life was enthusiastically bisexual.
  • According to the NNDB, Christopher Lowell is straight, but acts flaming because he knows no-one would believe an interior designer isn't gay, and wanted to preempt the Saturday Night Live jokes.
  • Similarly, on Get Smart, a flamboyant interior decorator (played by Jack Cassidy) turned out to actually have a gruff voice (and flattened Smart in a fight) but used the standard mannerisms so he'd be taken seriously in his job.
  • Frasier
    • Frasier and Niles Crane. Artsy, flamboyant, and completely hetero. Actor David Hyde Pierce, who played Niles, actually is gay in Real Life. Lampshaded a few times, especially the ski lodge episode. Niles usually gets this a bit more than Frasier; the episode where Frasier is accidentally set up with his Straight Gay new boss ends with the boss genially and easily accepting that Frasier isn't actually gay, but incredulous when he learns that Niles is also not gay.
    • Gil Chesterton, who is very flamboyant, but states in one episode that he's married to a butch biker chick. Of course, this is Ret-Conned at the end of a later episode, in which he enters a gay club. (The simplest explanation is that he's in a Transparent Closet and his wife is The Beard.)
  • On a Sex and the City episode, Charlotte becomes best buds with a pastry chef — she thinks she's his new Fag Hag till he kisses her.
  • M*A*S*H: Maxwell Klinger tries to get a section 8 discharge through rather flamboyant and campy transvestitism — which is an integral part of his personality for the first few seasons. He's not trying to appear gay, he's trying to appear crazy. He eventually falls in love with and marries a Korean woman. He ends up somewhat Becoming the Mask when, giving up his attempt to seem crazy by dressing as a woman, and embracing his role as a soldier in war, he finds he can't stop wearing women's clothes, and ends up wearing ear rings for the rest of show as his own form of "methadone" to deal with his compulsion. And before that, for several seasons, he was married to a woman back in America. And despite wearing drag, his general behavior was pretty masculine as well, unless he was trying to convince a visiting officer of his insanity.
  • Saturday Night Live: Lyle the Effeminate Heterosexual, as well as Mango.
  • Three's Company has Jack Tripper, who is pretending to be gay so The Ropers wouldn't kick him out for living with two women.
  • Brazilian sitcom Toma Lá Dá Cá has Ladir, husband of the condominium's administrator, who dresses and talks as gay as possible (and even used to have a cross-dressing performance as "Dirla"...), but his wife states that he has "too much testosterone".
  • Fez from That '70s Show, though it has been hinted from time to time that he's attracted to/in love with Kelso.
  • Alan from Two and a Half Men.
  • In The Thin Blue Line Constable Kevin Goody exhibits all the mannerisms of a Camp Gay (his actor, James Dreyfuss, fits this trope in Real Life) but is actually a Dogged Nice Guy to WPC Habib, whom he hits on in every episode (and is very surprised that his colleagues might have thought he was gay).
  • The incredibly vain pretty boy James of Big Time Rush whose obsession with girls is second to that with his looks.
  • Schmidt from New Girl fits the trope too well, often bashing other characters for their poor sense of fashion and grooming. He has all the extreme mannerisms of the Camp Gay and yet is an undeniable lady killer, besting lesbian gynecologists at cunnilingus.
  • Larry, the middle son on The War At Home, alarms his Archie Bunker-like father with his non-macho behavior, such as participating in the school musical and dressing as a woman (although most of his schemes are attempts to get girls), and he suspects that he and his nerdy best friend, Kenny, are more than friends. Turns out Larry's straight... but Kenny ain't.
  • Nevel of iCarly acts pretty camp, but has a Villainous Crush on Carly.
  • A two-part episode of Reno 911! featured Camp Gay Lieutenant Dangle's ex-wife (whose second husband was also gay) introducing her third husband, who was played by Scott Thompson playing an average Scott Thompson character. Later on, Deputy Junior reveals he saw the ex-wife and said husband engaging in heated sexual intercourse before they entered the building.
  • The A-Team: Although perhaps not perceived that way at the time, Face can be seen this way (or at least more like Ambiguously Gay) in retrospect: for instance, he loves designer clothing and can name the labels ("Gucci shoes") and was once show taking over half an hour to get ready in the morning.
  • Subverted in Extras by Bunny the theater choreographer, who appears to be this way for a while, until it's revealed that he's simply closeted.
  • Martin Short's Fat Suit character Jiminy Glick is flamboyantly fey, and married...and prone to give too much information talking of physical relations with his wife.
  • In The Nanny, Fran meets a pretty-boy male nanny, and assumes he must be gay. Her reasoning: "For one, I was instantly attracted to him!" Then, as she's trying on clothes in front of him, he starts kissing her.
    Fran: Oh my God, you're not gay?!
  • Chandler Bing from Friends is consistently Mistaken for Gay (he has a "quality"). As the show progressed, his character became more and more feminine. The show's creators pondered whether to out him, but in the end decided he was just metrosexual before that was cool. These qualities could stem from the fact Chandler was originally written as gay but was changed to heterosexual when Matthew Perry was cast in the role.
    • The show later had Andy, the eponymous male nanny in "The One With the Male Nanny", who is extremely effeminate yet straight. Ross Lampshades this, saying "you've gotta be at least bi."
  • In TV gardening show Ground Force, presenter Alan Titchmarsh is the metrosexual, rather fey, Camp Straight, preferring to sit down with an artist's pad and watercolours and sketch out his design for the new garden... set next to big macho builder and co-presenter Tommy Walsh, the contrast becomes even more marked.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Raj enjoys chick flicks, Twilight, girly music, etc., has several pretty blatant Ho Yay and even a Heterosexual Life-Partner but is shown at various points flirting with attractive women, including Summer Glau, and in one episode he sleeps with Penny. Just sleeps. Would've been sex, but he got so excited, he ejaculated before anything happened.
  • J.D., the protagonist on Scrubs acts like this often, especially in the middle seasons. He likes drinking appletinis (easy on the "tini") and take luxurious baths on his days off.
  • The Wire: The Bunk is undoubtedly straight, having been seen trying to drunkenly pick up women in bars. But he's very comfortable with his heterosexuality — to the point where he's willing to offer backrubs to his male colleagues.
  • This is a running joke on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. The guys in the cast love to flirt outrageously with each other and even kiss on occasion, but most of them are married to women.
  • Gunther on Shake It Up is very flamboyant and loves wearing sparkly tight clothes, but in one episode he has a crush on a girl and asks Ty for help to get her. In fact, Ty basically told Gunther not to be as flamboyant.
  • Bones
    • In an episode, Brennan and Booth are questioning a fashion designer's assistant who at first appears to be of the Camp Gay variety. Later on, he casually mentions his wife, which prompts Brennan to bluntly tell him that she thought he was gay. He's not offended, though, and claims it's common for people to assume that. In fact, this got him laid a lot in high school and college.
    • There was another case with a Camp Straight wedding planner, who admitted to having slept with the victim.
  • Perry Pearl on The Class is an excellent example. As is his father-in-law.
  • Brad from The Middle is involved in classy dancing, knows a lot about interior decorating, and is all-around flamboyant, but all his romantic interests are female.
  • Red Dwarf
    • Kryten in his Series 2 appearance. He's extremely camp but is well meaning and tries to treat his (all-female, and dead) crew right. After his actor changes and he's "reprogrammed" the only hints of his previous manner is his obsession with cleaning. We know he's straight because his fantasy partner is a female version of himself (in Series 4's Camille). Had David Ross returned to play Kryten things would probably have been different.
    • The Cat. Totally fixated on his looks, encyclopedic knowledge of clothing styles, perfect judge of colors and whether they match or clash... and absolutely determined to find himself a girlfriend, even going rollerskating through the empty ship with a bouquet in hopes he'll randomly stumble across a female. Although, unlike Kryten, his ultimate fantasy partner is himself. What do you expect from a character who could serve as a pictorial accompaniment for the definition of "narcissist" in the dictionary?
  • Johnny Keogh in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps can act extremely gay on occasion, yet has a wife and child.
  • In Sherlock, during Moriarty's first appearance he acts overtly gay on purpose; and he doesn't stop, even after revealing that it was a ruse to observe Sherlock while appearing forgettable and non-threatening. However, his true sexuality is never mentioned or indicated in any way; he might be straight, gay, bisexual...or even asexual, for all we know.
  • Chris Mann from The Voice.
  • Brad from Happy Endings with his twirling and love for Romantic Comedies
  • Barry the money launderer on Burn Notice.
  • Tom Kenny (yes, that Tom Kenny) plays one of these in a Mr. Show sketch.
    "Toddy": Oh no! NO! I know what you're thinking! Hey look, I've got a wife and three fucking kids, OK?!
  • In the All in the Family episode "Judging Books By Covers", Archie thinks one of Mike's friends, Roger is gay because he acts effeminate. He isn't, but it turns out one of Archie's old drinking buddies, an ex-football player is gay. Archie refuses to believe that, even when the guy tells him personally.
  • Black Sails has Jack Rackham, who comes across as rather effeminate (especially compared to the other uber-masculine pirates) but is definitely straight, as demonstrated by his relationship with Anne Bonny.
  • Female version with Shannon Beiste on Glee.She is often assumed to be gay, with her typical 'butch' appearance but in fact is only attracted to men.
    • Jesse St. James is a male example who likes theatre and ballet but also loves Rachel. It's worth noting that both he and Bieste are played by gay actors.
  • Mr. Humphries of Are You Being Served? seems to be a typical Camp Gay character... but as the series progresses, it seems that he's attracted to women... predominantly. Word of God from the (Camp Gay in Real Life) actor who played him supports this.
  • Felix Unger from The Odd Couple. He's neat, loves cooking and cleaning, is a stick-ler for manners, wears his heart on his sleeve, loves opera and ballet, cries at weddings, doesn't like sports, and has some Ho Yay moments with Oscar. Yet, he has an ex-wife that he's obsessed with getting back with, is shown dating various woman throughout the series, and could even be quite the ladies man sometimes!
  • Though Tobias from Arrested Development is famous for being in the Transparent Closet, Word of God suggests that it's more likely that he's this. At the very least he isn't aware of his sexuality and/or doesn't realize that he speaks in a misleading way. Season 4 cements as he falls in love with a woman and learns to stop saying things that make him sound gay... only to than say things that make him sound like a pedophile.
  • Olly Murs from The X Factor's 2009 series. He has no qualms about breaking into a dance when he sings and has a slightly flamboyant performing style, but admits to having trouble getting dates because girls think he's gay.

    Music 
  • Suede's frontman Brett Anderson cultivated an androgynous, Ambiguously Gay image in the 1990s, which went hand-in-hand with the band's Ho Yay-tastic music. Yet all of his relationships have been with women, and he's nowadays a married man and a father of two.
  • Japanese musician Takanori Nishikawa, better known by his stage name; T.M.Revolution is the absolute epitome of this trope, taking a look at him, you could be forgiven for thinking "Dude's gay" but not only is he straight, he was even married at one point (to Yumi Yoshimura) and is very open about his relationships with women, claiming his flamboyant looks are simply part of his stage presence.
  • Memetic rapper Lil B. He's obsessed with swagger, constantly brags about his tight-fitting clothing, calls himself a bitch and a fag and claims to look like Hannah Montana... all the while gratuitously bragging about his ability to exhort other men's "bitches" to have sex with him. An outspoken supporter of LGBT rights, Lil B appropriates the terms "gay" and "lesbian" for himself, describing himself as "gay" because he is happy and a "lesbian" (and hence a "faggot") because he loves pussy, as lesbians do, and has named one of his albums I'm Gay.
  • Kevin Barnes, the singer for the psych-R&B-funk-disco band Of Montreal, is this. He's incredibly effeminate in interviews, but he's married and has a daughter.
  • Prince, who famously swathed himself in purple phallic symbols and yet was an almost memetic Lothario to the ladies.
  • Alejandro Sergi, frontman of the Argentine pop band Miranda!. He has a very girly voice (to the point anyone who listens to Miranda! without watching the videos would think it's a woman the main voice of the band), dislikes playing soccer, and likes to paint himself. However, he gets really mad when people start asking him if he's gay, and his campness is done in homage to Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Prince.
  • Max Bemis, lead singer of Say Anything.... He drops occasional homosexual innuendos in songs, and has even teamed up with Chris Conley from Saves The Day to form Two Tongues, a supergroup in which they play a gay couple. He's married, though, and is quite committed to his wife.
  • The late Tiny Tim, a novelty act and a walking encyclopedia of period songs (especially ones from the early 20th century). Like Liberace, he was a devout Christian and somewhat conservative (at least as far as abortion was concerned), but he was also very eccentric, cheerful, flamboyant, and often behaved rather effeminately.
  • David Walliams, whose public persona ranges from "slightly effeminate" to "ridiculously over-the-top Camp Gay", surprised everyone by getting married to the model Lara Stone.
  • Paddy Boom, drummer for Scissor Sisters for their first two albums, was the only heterosexual male in the band and also the most flamboyant in appearance.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Any straight exotico will still perform all the same masculinity reducing tactics as a gay exotico.
  • There have been various other wrestlers -Ric Flair, AJ Styles, Shawn Michaels, to name a few - who have adopted slightly effeminate costumes and mannerisms over the years just to be "flashy" or "rebellious," but are otherwise perfectly straight. Though Shawn did have periods as a Gorgeous George before WWE admitted what he really wanted was a tender little lady.
  • Magnum TOKYO wore in pink and black furry coats, but he was quite straight.

    Video Games 
  • The King of Fighters. Benimaru Nikaidou. When he was officially said to be straight, the SNK people added a "Not That There's Anything Wrong with That" note to his profile to avoid Unfortunate Implications.
  • Harvest Moon
    • Julius is one of these. He looks like a woman and is extremely camp (his favorite items are perfume and jewelry), but you can marry him. And he's pretty Happily Married to you, too.
    • From the same series, Rock will often mention how much he loves fashion, but he's not nearly as camp as Julius.
    • Add to the list, fey homunculus Howard from The Tale of Two Towns, father of bachelorette Laney, disher of gossip and lover of all things pink.
  • Space Channel 5 Part 2 has Purge, a villain who wears a suit of PURPLE DISCO MIRRORS under his cloak and wears eyeliner. However he hits on Ulala so many times, it becomes clear that he's straight.
    • his article on space channel 5 wiki does have some evidence that he might be bi
  • Alfred Ashford from Resident Evil – Code: Veronica seems to be this. If you really want to think about it.
  • Bridget from Guilty Gear wears female clothing, acts in an effeminate manner and has a shrill voice. However, it's been confirmed he's heterosexual, and in fact he gets Ship Tease with no less than three separate women in the series (Dizzy, May and Jam).
  • Tekken: By all indications, Lee Chaolan is this. In fact, ignoring the unicorn on his jacket and his voice, it's odd that anyone thinks he's gay, what with being knee-deep in bikini-clad chicks all. the. time. His special arena in Tekken 5 is a pool, emptied of the water, with him sitting on the sidelines (unless he's in the fight) while girls in bikinis lounge all over him. Namco appears to be having fun with this; his customization options in 6 include a Leather Man outfit that would make Ash from Streets of Rage protest that it's too obvious, but he still spends most of his time trying to nail his (female) lab assistant.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Charmy Bee has a flamboyant design and mannerisms (and his name's Charmy, for God's sake), but is only interested in girls (if the comics can be trusted).
    • In contrast, Chip from Sonic Unleashed is generally considered to be gay.
  • Katamari Damacy: The King of All Cosmos has a mildly effeminate speech pattern (at least in the original Japanese), wears a different outfit every game (with most of his outfits consisting of tights), and loves fabulous rainbows, but these turn out to have no relevance to his relationship with the Queen.
  • Disgaea has the very camp, very dandy Mid-Boss. Not only was he married (he's a widower), he has a son: Laharl.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
    • Ralph wears purple-trimmed flares, and his character art shows him in a hip-jutting pose only accented by said fabulous clothing and green nail polish (look closely!). But he spends the entire game fretting over his childhood friend Nayru, the titular Oracle, and the manga adaptation makes it clear his interest in her is romantic.
    • Tingle dresses in extremely tight spandex, moves and speaks quite flamboyantly, and believes that he is a fairy. However, the Tingle RPG reveals that he is actually quite obsessed with women.
  • Jewel Man from Mega Man 9 looks almost like a robotic Expy of Leeron. Thing is, in the end credits, he's giving a gemstone to Roll. Even "better", Roll is his sister.
  • From Star Wars: The Old Republic: Consular companion Tharan Cedrax loves luxury items and the finest that Nar Shaddaa had to offer. He's well-groomed and gets indignant about his clothes being dirty if you have to revive him after a fight. But he is also a notorious playboy that flirts and has dalliances with anything female, humanoid, and reasonably attractive. His real emotional attachment, however, is to his sentient holographic assistant, Holiday.
  • General Lionwhyte from Brütal Legend, representing all that is Hair Metal. Despite his flowing hair (which he uses to fly), colorful outfits, and plentiful makeup, his taking women as Sex Slaves for his pleasure palace leaves no question about his sexuality. Ironically, he's also voiced by Rob Halford, his complete opposite.
  • Hans Winkle, from the Old Blood prequel to Wolfenstein: The New Order is pretty girlish-looking, squeamish about blood, vain, and uses suggestive language — and is utterly devoted to his lover, The Baroness Frau Engel. He's also a case of Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon, as he's not only a German bishonen but also a devoted Nazi who works in one of their prison camps, where his lover tortures and murders the prisoners.
  • Vega from Street Fighter is very effeminate and cares about his appearance and beauty. He's also been shown to be attracted to women like Chun Li and Cammy and compliments them quite a bit.
  • The Big Bad, Pagan Min, from Far Cry 4 dresses flamboyant, talks in an effeminate manner, and uses suggestive body language. However, his backstory proves that he is straight. He had a passionate love affair with the wife of his enemy, the ruthless leader of the Golden Path. The union resulted in a daughter between the two. The Golden Path leader finds out and kills both his wife the baby. This sets Pagan Min on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, before Ajay returns to Kyrat.
  • Persona 4:
    • Teddie is a shadow that gains an ego, which allows him to turn human on occasion. He is shown in human form to look like a Bishōnen who wears a white blouse like shirt with a rose on it and has a flamboyant design and he seems to be interested in fashion. He also has no problem cross dressing as he loved dressing up as the character Alice in the cross dressing contest and he has Ho Yay moments with Kanji and the protagonist, Yu Narukami. However, Teddies constantly flirts with all the girls of the Investigation Team and after winning the cross dressing contest, he declared that the girls have their beauty competition be swimsuit themed.
    • Kanji Tatsumi. Although he does not look or act camp as he looks like the typical manly and rebellious teen, he is revealed to like to sew, knit, paint, and crochet and helps his mother run a textile shop. He even has lots of Ho Yay moments with Yu, Yosuke, and Teddie. All this points to him being a possible camp bi but he is shown to have a crush on Naoto. He acts very Tsundere about his hobbies out of fear of being Mistaken for Gay, which lead to that fear being personified through a shadow that acted like a Camp Gay stereotype that really annoyed everyone, including Kanji himself.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney: Maximilian Galactica, a stage magician who wears makeup and a purple uniform with no shirt and several white roses. The fact that he's trying to get Regina to marry him marks him as one of the 100% straight people in the game...which is kind of weird. On the other hand, he does seem to joke-flirt with Phoenix a bit...he could be bi but ultimately monogamous. It also helps that he only acts flamboyant as part of his job. He lapses back into his real identity of Billy Bob Johns several times. Of course, he does seem to prefer being Max Galactica.
  • In Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side, artsy guy Mihara Shiki has a distinctly flamboyant (and often frilly) fashion sense, and thinks nothing of announcing himself a fairy prince or putting on a Pimped-Out Dress during the school's Culture Festival. However, he shows no interest in guys, and is one of the heroine's main love interest options.

    Web Animation 
  • Donut of Red vs. Blue might be this. While he wears pink armor, spouts innuendo nigh-constantly, and likes to talk about fashion and interior decorating, in one of the alternate endings to episode 100, it's revealed he later marries an exotic dancer named Tiffany and they have twelve children together. While those endings aren't even remotely canonical, if they're canonical in spirit, then it would make Donut firmly Camp Straight, as opposed to Camp... We-Don't-Really-Know-and-Everyone's-Afraid-to-Ask.
    Donut: (singing) Let me blow you... away.

    Web Comics 
  • In A-gnosis comics about Greek mythology, Dionysos is this - he loves the colour pink, wears earrings, and is more flamboyantly dressed than any goddess. (He also steals/borrows clothes from Hera at some point, whereupon she wrongly suspects the younger goddesses). He is shown to be attracted to women, though it wouldn't be surprising if he liked men, too.
  • Noah in El Goonish Shive. Elliot has trouble pegging him as a guy at first and is astonished to hear he has a girlfriend.
    Noah: I have been told I could make straight men see rainbows.
  • Wallis in Gloomverse.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • The Gromble from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters wears red high heeled shoes and is overly dramatic, yet one episode is devoted to him trying to win the affection of the school librarian.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Jake has hobbies that include cooking, has admitted that he wears transparent pants made from pixie fairies, and is in love with a rainicorn, which is a unicorn with a long body and rainbow colored fur. However, the rainicorn Jake is in love with is Lady Rainicorn and he has five children with her.
  • Either Ace or Gary from "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" fit into this as both of them displayed tons of Ho Yay behavior but Word of God has stated that one of them is gay and the other is straight but refused to disclose which one is which.
  • Roger the alien from American Dad! is a rare example of a camp bi as he is actually omnisexual. He displays nearly every single gay stereotype that's out there such as being flamboyant, speaking with a lisp, cross dressing, and an obsession with fashion. He's even dated men before in some episodes whenever it causes hilarity to ensue and mostly when Stan is around. However, Roger is primarily interested in women as he had a crush on Hayley, dated a woman named Scarlett, and has also dated a lot of other girls.
  • On Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Music Meister could probably qualify. On the one hand, he falls for Black Canary. On the other...well, his power is musicals. Also, his flamboyant and frequently-changing outfits and openly gay voice actor.
  • Shifty Dingo from Blinky Bill is most definitely a Camp Straight cute young boy. He skips around with flowers, shows an interest in helping his sister Daisy Dingo out at the beauty salon and he cries at the drop of a hat. He also has quite some romantic subtext with Nutsy.
  • Odd Della Robbia from Code Lyoko. Dresses in clashing yellow, pink and purple (including a midriff-revealing shirt, though he wears another shirt under it), dyes and styles his hair, acts very campy, speaks in a high-pitched voice... and has dated about every girl in his class, and a few outside of it.
  • Jimmy from Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy exhibits a lot of stereotypically gay behaviors, the most memorable being in the Christmas special, where he bakes gingerbread sailors on shore leave. The excuse that he's too young to really know what that is only got the writers so far. He also enjoys painting and making other various pieces of art, has a substantial collection of stuffed animals, wears curlers to bed, bakes soufflé, has taught a tai chi class, and chose a day with Sarah and Nazz over go-karting. However, he has a pretty obvious crush on his best friend Sarah and was shown to be jealous of Double Dee when Sarah developed a crush on him. He is implied to have a crush on Kevin. (In his dream sequence, Kevin is shirtless, he tends to be very... impressed whenever Kevin is showing off, "He's so nimble!", etc.)
  • Glenn Quagmire from Family Guy wears a lot of colorful clothing including Hawaiian shirts. His house is very decorative and he seems to care a lot about maintaining the decoration with his bedroom being pink and he likes to cook. However, Quagmire is mostly well known for being a womanizer and a pervert as he has dated, flirted with, peeped on, and had sex with a lot of women and he was even married twice.
  • Futurama.
    • Bender Rodríguez. When he is not committing crimes or smoking or swindling booze or making deliveries, he is seen enjoying cooking, watching soap operas, has cross dressed on occasion, was seen knitting something pink colored, and even went as far as getting a gender change and almost marrying Calculon, a male robot star of a soap opera Bender enjoys. However, Bender has hooked up with a ton of girls, especially Countess De La Roca, Bev, and Amy Wong
    • Doctor John A. Zoidberg also fits this trope as he enjoys knitting, reading tabloid magazines, painting, and owns a make-up kit. He has a sensitive personality, and there was a lot of Ho Yay jokes revolving around him and some of the Planet Express crew, yet he had a crush on Edna, some Ship Tease with a female jellyfish monster, and a Last Minute Hook Up with Marianne before the series ended.
    • Kif Kroker and its because of his shy, soft spoken, and sensitive personality. Plus the way he approaches his relationship with Amy Wong is very effeminate. He also gets Mistaken for Gay by his superior officer, Zapp Brannigan.
    • Zapp Brannigann is more manly than Kif is but Zapp's bedroom on his spaceship is colored pink and he also wears clothing that is somewhat revealing as he is shown to eschew pants and is heavily implied to eschew underwear as well. He even displayed Ho Yay towards Kif and Richard Nixon's head. However, Zapp is also a womanizer as he has flirted and slept with Leela, her mother, and Amy Wong and he even enjoyed getting Snu Snu from Amazonian women.
    • Calculon had a love for acting and theatre but is mainly interested in women. He almost married Coilette, who was actually Bender in the form he took when he underwent a sex change to cheat in the Olympics. However, Calculon never knew about this and he was not interested in Bender's Ho Yay obsession with him.
  • Broadway from Gargoyles is shown to love cooking, reading poetry and literature and Shakespeare plays, is named after a street district that is famous for hosting theatre and musicals, and is the most sensitive member of the Manhattan Clan, yet he falls in love with Angela.
  • Li'l Gideon from Gravity Falls. He has a love of makeovers and "the sparkly things in life", puts great care in his looks and sounds rather effeminate in general when he's happy. He also has a huge Villainous Crush on Mabel Pines.
  • Peanut of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law wears pink sweater vests and acts in an effeminate manner, but is not only straight, but quite the player, frequenting strip clubs and coming on to a member of Shoyu Weenie, Daphne, and Birdgirl.
  • Johnny Test,
    • Dukey has some effeminate mannerisms, worn biker leather, has cross dressed and loves fashion, yet he's attracted to Missy. One episode where he almost started humping Johnny's leg (Johnny Irresistible) may indicate Dukey as bisexual.
    • Hugh Test also fits as he loves cooking and is a Neat Freak but he is married to Lila.
    • Mr. Black and Mr. White have some shades of this too. They both love cooking, were revealed to have worked as perfume salesmen before becoming federal agents, and there was a lot of blatant Ho Yay between them, yet they are sometimes seen flirting with girls, especially some girls in a park when they were testing out a cute dog robot for the government.
  • Señor Senior Junior from Kim Possible is extremely flamboyant and campy, but is actually straight. He declared Kim his soulmate in one episode, developed a crush on Shego in another and finally wound up with Bonnie in the final season.
  • King of the Hill
    • Peggy's hairdresser in a Thanksgiving episode. The way he looks and speaks just screams Camp Gay. Even Peggy thinks so... until she visits his home and meets his beautiful wife and child.
    • Also Bobby Hill. He's constantly showing interest in feminine activities, but he's still completely straight, and has had several girlfriends. Then again, he is just thirteen, so who knows.
    • Bill had to pretend to be gay in order to get a job working at a trendy hair salon that only employed women and gay men, making him this trope for the majority of the episode until he outs himself and is promptly fired.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack has the shows protagonist, Flapjack qualifying as this. He has shown a lot of effeminate behavior such as acting very touchy feely towards other men as well as wearing purple panties in one episode. His voice is also so effeminate that it, combined with his effeminate behavior, causes him to be mistaken for a girl by other people. However, he has an obvious crush on Sally Syrup.
  • Mike, Lu & Og has Lu's father Wendel, the governor of Albonquetine. He has a great fondness for theater and tea cozies, and while he's never seen with a woman (most likely because the only Albonquetine woman around is Alfred's wife Margery), it is heavily suggested that his daughter Lu is biologically related to him, so he must have been married at some point.
  • Rad Cunningham of Moonbeam City has a few Camp Gay mannerisms and early on professes a rejection of doing anything with women ("I do *everything* alone, and *not* with girls."). However, he dates the voluptuous wind dancer Odyssey, gets aroused at the prospect of watching soft-core heterosexual and lesbian pornography in a hotel room, and (while trapped in virtual reality) falls in love with and has sex with a virtual woman.
    • In Episode 10, he reveals to police team partner Chrysalis Tate that he is attracted to her, and suggests that they "make out a little, with tongue" after she offers to help him solve his family predicament. Not surprisingly, she declines. See "Strictly Professional Relationship".
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches: Oggy is a neat freak and is occasionally seen wearing clothing with a feminine design yet falls for Olivia and later marries her.
  • Pinky Dalton, a character from The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound, a made for TV cartoon film, was apparently built on this very trope....in 1988. Just within just the first 30 minutes we find out that not only does he always wear pink, but his favorite drink is a Shirley Temple with two cherries, he often poses femininely, loves ballet, regularly takes bubble baths, and wants to replace the wallpaper at the gang's hideout because it clashes with the drapes. The only thing keeping this example of this trope being used Up to Eleven is that his voice is surprisingly deep.
  • The English version of "Pat & Stan" has Pat the hippo. He is flamboyant and he often speaks with a lisp but he has a crush on Stephanie.
  • The Simpsons
    • Milhouse apparently had "flamboyantly homosexual tendencies" as early as kindergarten, but he's had a girlfriend, has had a long-time crush on Lisa, and thinks that Marge is hot.
    • Sideshow Bob has a definite love of musical theatre and definitely keeps up with his appearance but has a wife and child. Even before he married, Sideshow Bob's use of this trope was almost certainly just a shout out to Frasier/Cheers. In fact, when Homer meets Bob's second wife, he comments that he thought Bob was gay.
  • The Smurfs: Vanity Smurf is flamboyant, looks obsessed, and has a flower on his hat. He's rather like a gay stereotype, but he's in love with Smurfette.
  • South Park
    • In one episode Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is the newest popular thing in South Park, and all the men and boys become Camp Straight as a result, with "straight" replacing "gay" as an insult. It's actually a plot by the Crab People to make all the men in the world too weak to be able to fight them off when they eventually attack.
    • Butters qualifies very well. He is slightly more feminine than the other boys, and this is accentuated by his gentle innocence, but at the same time he has had the most crushes on different girls of any character — not to mention there was the episode where he became a Pimp. Cartman often calls him gay or a fag, but this seems to be a general slur rather than something accurate, used whenever Butters does Cartman doesn't want him to. Indeed, the conversation with his parents in "Raisins" seemed to be Matt and Trey outright stating he liked girls, lest fans just assume he was supposed to be gay.
    • The one off character Mr. Gueermo from "Elementary School Musical" has a wife and child but he is very flamboyant, effeminate, and weak, he has a love of musicals and wants his son to be a singer instead of a basketball player, and is "abusive" to his wife which consists of lightly slapping. Eventually his wife and son stand up to him and punch him, causing him to cry.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Steven, the titular protagonist of the show, is a boy who is constantly in sync with his feminine side. He is the most sensitive of the Crystal Gem group, whose members except Steven himself, are genderless with feminine appearances. He likes cute and huggable things, constantly wears a pink t shirt with a star on it, and has no problems wearing a dress for a concert performance. He also wears his heart on his sleeve and does not like fighting. However he is in love with Connie.
  • Memnock of Super Noobs has some effeminate interests such as cooking, read a fashion magazine, has a sensitive personality, and he made some tiara jokes towards the Noobs yet Memnock along with Zenblock, flirted around with a couple of women in a coffee shop in "How To Use Your Noob", revealing that Memnock and Zenblock are Heterosexual Life-Partners. Memnock also seemed attracted towards one of the female characters, Oakie and Doke from Candy Mama in "Go Noob Outside" but its never made clear which one of those two female characters Memnock is apparently attracted to. What also differentiates Memnock from other Camp Straight characters is that he's not Always Camp and seems to be fascinated with EVERYTHING on Earth culture as he liked basketball, football, fishing, video games, and watching western movies.
  • Vernon Fenwick from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He fits nearly every 80's gay stereotype to a tee but is implied to be attracted to Irma.
  • The Ridonculous Race:
    • Brody, who is Geoff's best friend and racing partner, wears a pink shirt and there were Ho Yay moments between him and Geoff, yet Brody has a huge crush on MacArthur.
    • Valentina "MacArthur" Escobar is a Distaff Counterpart as she is a police officer with a hot temper, acts butch, and can be as crude and obnoxious like some other men are, yet she reciprocates Brody's feelings for her in the finale.
  • Total Drama:
    • Justin fits this trope well as he does the campy hobby of modeling, is obsessed with his looks, speaks in an effeminate voice, and unintentionally causes some guys to be attracted to him, yet he has hit on Courtney and dated an unknown girl in the special episode of "Action".
    • DJ also has some campy and effeminate hobbies such as cooking, baking, and ribbon dancing and he is very sensitive towards people and animals, yet he makes a joke on dating Gwen.
    • Geoff also fits this as he loves cooking, wearing pink, and there was some Ho Yay moments between him and Brody on The Ridonculous Race but he falls in love with Bridgette
    • Josh, a one off character, also displayed some camp in him such as obsessing over celebrity gossip but he is also a huge fan of catfights.
  • The Transformers Animated version of Tracks. He's every bit as flamboyant as his G1 incarnation, but the Allspark Almanac books reveal that he has a crush on Botanica.
  • Tripping the Rift: Governor McJersey, a one off character from the episode "You Wanna Put That Where", who is the ruler of the planet Fabulous Heaven, which is a planet populated mainly by homosexuals, is a man who is very camp and flamboyant and is married to another man named Larry. However, he is revealed to be a closeted heterosexual and even goes as far as having sex with female android Six. His heterosexuality is eventually outed to the entire planet, which unfortunately for him, looks down on heterosexuals.
  • Twayne Boneraper from Ugly Americans is an oddball demon who is shown to wear pink a lot, is a terrible athlete who is bad at sports, watches shows targeted towards women such as Oprah, has cross dressed, was shown wearing a dress when he was a child, and is a member of a women's club with most of his friends being women. However, he is shown to have a crush on Callie, almost married her sister Lillith, and dated a woman who seemed to be a devoted Christian but in reality was a sleazy stripper who stole things from him.
  • The Venture Bros.
    • The Monarch. This is also brought up when he expresses his disbelief at someone from Depeche Mode showing up at a party with a girl.
    • Pete White is often accused of being gay, both by his best friend Billy and by Shore Leave, but he has shown on a few occasions to prefer ladies.
  • Emperor Awesome from Wander over Yonder is a flamboyant Shark Man who is narcissistic, wears lipstick, wears pink pants and a light blue shirt along with a purple cape, and has Foe Yay moments with Lord Hater. However, Emperor Awesome has shown attraction towards Sylvia and is depicted as somewhat of a womanizer due to the fact that he is often seen with a lot of women as company.
  • Adrien Agreste/Chat Noir from Miraculous Ladybug only has eyes for Ladybug, but his career in the fashion industry, his flamboyant personality as Chat Noir and the skin-tight, leather cat-suit leaves little to the imagination.


Alternative Title(s): Fauxmosexual, Flaming Heterosexual, Gay Straight

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