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Camp Straight
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 BAM! Pregnant! BAM! Pregnant! BAM! Pregnant."

A Camp Straight is a man who exhibits 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 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. 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. 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.

Contrast Straight Gay. Not to be confused with Straight Camp.


Examples

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    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.
  • 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.
  • Ayame Sohma from Fruits Basket may be Camp Bi. He dresses fabulously at all times, flirts outrageously with his old (male) friend and cousin, Shigure, runs a dressmaker's/cosplay shop and sees no problem with testing out his wares on himself — but is sweet on his Moe assistant, and when his curse breaks, he tells her that he was born solely to love her. He kind of has motivation to be as gay as he can manage — after all, gays with the Sohma curse can have perfectly normal romantic lives, (or could if Akito weren't around being psycho), since the transformation thing is linked to gender, not turn-ons.
  • Kuranosuke from Kuragehime 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 wife, 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, since he's shown to be in love with Winona.
  • Tsubasa Kurenai of Ranma ½ 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 possiblity 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 Gakuen Alice 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."
  • Bleach
    • Luppi. Despite his flamboyance, he flirts with Rangiku at one point.
    • Szayel Aporro. He 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".
    • Yumichika Ayasegawa
  • Talking Bird Dera from Tamako Market is a complete dandy but loves the women.

    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

    Fan Works 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged. Zarbon is so flamboyant that even Frieza abandons important issues like capturing the Dragon Balls and wishing for immortality upon the revelation that he wants to call his girlfriend.
  • 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 

    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 Real Life.
  • Hedley Lamarr from Blazing Saddles. A buffoonish Dragon with Ambiguously 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.
  • 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, though he's canonically gay in the stage version.
  • The eponymous villain in The 5,000 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.

    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 obssessed with haircare (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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Game of Thrones: Lancel Lannister's appearance and demeanour are noticeably more effeminate than Ser Loras Tyrell's (who is somewhere in between Camp Gay and Straight Gay), but Lancel is heterosexual.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 some time during the development of the show.
  • 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.
    • Maybe more like Camp Asexual, but Sheldon certainly qualifies.
  • J.D., the protagonist on Scrubs acts like this often, especially in the middle seasons.
  • 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.
  • 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. Humprhies 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.

    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: Tree of Tranquility
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 from the series.
  • 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.
    • 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 Brutal 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.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney: Max 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.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Ceviche and his instructor Paté in Chowder.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 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.)
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Johnny Test
    • Dukey has some effeminate mannerisms, worn biker leather yet he's attracted to Missy. One episode where he almost started humping Johnny's leg (Johnny Irresistable) may indicate Dukey as bisexual. And people rag on Gil for being gay...
  • Cupid from The Fairly OddParents.
  • 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.
  • SpongeBob and Squidward (not together) from SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • Vernon Fenwick from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He fits nearly every 80's gay sterotype to a tee but is implied to be attracted to Irma.
  • 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.

    Real Life 
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers. There is even an article on this.
  • Russell Brand, oh so much. Ridiculously flamboyant and camp, but even he probably doesn't know exactly how many women he's slept with. (And he once stated that, at least sexually, he finds men repulsive)
  • 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.
  • Darren Criss wears hot pink sunglasses, sings Disney songs, thinks kissing a guy would "the coolest thing ever!," has tote bags, is pretty up-to-date on fashion, likes theatre, remarked that [co-star] Chris Colfer's kissing abilities "doesn't go by numbers, he gets hieroglyphics!" and "It takes two to tango!" when he did get to kiss a guy, called said co-star "a magical creature", voted for KurtCoBlaine as the official Kurt/Blaine Portmanteau Couple Name, fanboys over and clearly ships Kurt/Blaine... oh, he's straight.
    • His friends and family were surprised, too; in several interviews, Criss has talked about growing up in gay-friendly San Francisco, and coming out as straight to all his musical theater friends.
  • If the Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend on the quotes page were talking about Martin Gore—the likeliest candidate in Depeche Mode—she's right. He has three children from a 12-year marriage.
    • Speaking of Depeche Mode, their first album is this trope in music form. Most of it is your run-of-the-mill flamboyant '80s synth pop, but the songs "Boys Say Go" and "What's Your Name?" really make you wonder. However, all reports indicate that everyone in the group (including then-songwriter Vince Clarke) is quite straight.
      • And of course, Clarke was later in Erasure, who were even more camp-disco than DM. Helped (or not) by the lead singer of the duo, Andy Bell, who is very much Camp Gay on-stage.
  • Eddie Izzard.
    • Lampshaded: he occasionally refers to himself as a "male lesbian."
  • Jonathan Harris. Dr. Smith his own badself. Married 64 years (until his death). One son. Two grandchildren. Go figure.
    • When he died, one gay publication published an obit lauding the "closeted straight" Harris.
  • Baz Luhrmann; director of Moulin Rouge!. Very Camp, married to Costuming and Set Designer Catherine Martin.
  • Prince, who famously swathes himself in purple phallic symbols and yet is 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.
  • Frank Skinner is straight?!? He sounds about as camp as a 60s British comedy star.
  • 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.
  • Nick Swardson. The fact that he played a gay prostitute on TV doesn't help to clear matters.
  • 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, 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.
  • Kenneth Tynan was described, with some affection, by Gore Vidal as a tremendously effeminate man (who held his cigarette between middle and ring fingers) totally obsessed with women, "making him," Vidal continued devilishly, "one of Nature's original and permanent lesbians."
  • International chef, Malaysia's Chef Wan. Due to the very flamboyant way he talks and acts, first timer's might mistake him to be gay but in reality he's actually a Happily Married straight man, who look's like he's in his late 20's and is a father with two adult children!
    • By all accounts. Malaysia is of course a highly conservative country where the Leader of the Opposition has faced repeated accusations of sodomy in order to discredit him. He might be closeted, although given his marriage and children, bi is another possibility.
  • Daniel Tosh, who makes certain to out-camp anyone who comes on his show.
    • In other cases, he's usually just your average overgrown frat boy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • He's gone a step further: he's naming his next album I'm Gay.
  • American Idol alum Sanjaya Malakar has described himself as a "straight Gay Best Friend," since according to him he can play the part of the gay BFF really well while still preferring women in his personal life.
    • Let's not forget Ryan Seacrest.
    • Also Season 10's Paul McDonald. Known for flamboyant suits, dancing with a tambourine and being married to Nikki Reed
  • 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.
    • That's actually the shtick of the whole Visual Kei movement in Japanese rock music. Ever since Yoshiki Hayashi (and X Japan as a whole, that is) took to the scene in flamboyant makeup and floor-length hair, J-Rock never was the same. That said, bisexuality is also fairly common within Visual Kei, which complicates the issue somewhat - some of these guys are straight posing as gay, but others (especially at the beginning of the scene until the mid 90s) were and are actually bisexuals or gay men who pretended straightness because it was demanded in the 1980s and 1990s in Japan (and elsewhere in the world....)
  • 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.
  • Little Jimmy Urine, lead singer of Mindless Self Indulgence, can easily be misconstrued as gay, what with his tendency to wear fairy wings onstage, his spiky pink hair, revealing pink clothing, song titles such as "Dicks are for my Friends," and "Faggot"...the list goes on. He is however, actually married to a woman (Chantal Claret, lead singer of Morning Wood).
  • Aerosmith's lead singer and American Idol judge, Steven Tyler. Oh. My. Lord. The fact that his relationship with Aerosmith's lead guitarist, Joe Perry, is absolutely dripping with Ho Yay does not help.
  • Ed Wood. He was a crossdresser and had very camp mannerisms, but was definitely straight
  • Hugh Jackman. His Tony Award-winning performance as the real-life Camp Gay Peter Allen in the musical The Boy from Oz, complete with tight shimmering pants, led many to speculate that he might be gay (even though he's been Happily Married to Correlli co-star Deborra-Lee Furness since 1996). Then those people went and watched the X-Men movies where he played the ultra-masculine, aggressive and very manly Wolverine, and then they weren't so sure. He's probably one of the very few actors who can convincingly portray either extreme, which makes him all the sexier to his fans.
  • Mick Jagger. On and off stage, though there is some evidence he is bisexual.
  • The Bee Gees. Check out their tight leather pants, those falsetto voices of theirs, and their girlfriends, wives, and children.
  • Some "gay animals" actually belong in this category, as their hormone-and-instinct-driven behavior often drives them to behave sexually toward each other regardless of sex when, for example, asserting social dominance or resolving hostility. When hormones and instincts are not confused and scrambled in these ways, most such animals reproduce heterosexually.
  • Michael McIntyre. Married with two children. Lampshaded in some of his shows.
    • Likewise fellow British comedians Hal Cruttenden (married with two children) and Miles Jupp (married with four children).
    • Also - British comedian Jon Richardson. Has a girlfriend, but his high voice and obsessively-fussy-to-the-point-of-OCD mannerisms could make you think otherwise.
    • Yet another British comedian, Russell Kane. Wears jewellery, has quiffed and dyed hair, physically flamboyant on stage, sometimes even wears makeup. Roaringly hetero.
    • And Jack Whitehall.
      • Clearly a lot of British comedians have this quality...
  • Macklemore: One of his best known songs is the pro-gay "Same Love" and a lot of listeners have assumed he's gay himself (even when they're not mistaking him for Jake Shears).
  • Comedian Jason Cook.
  • Eric Idle of Monty Python is known for playing cheeky, flamboyant, often effeminate roles within and outside the troupe, but is straight in Real Life. Graham Chapman rejected (and often spoofed) gay stereotypes, took on a "man's man" demeanour, though he was openly gay after revealing his sexuality in 1967 on a British talk show.


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