I can't believe I'm the only straight person I know! Ethan:
I wish you'd stop shoving your lifestyle in our faces.
The overwhelming majority of fictional works center around heterosexual characters, with anyone else being a Token Minority or nonexistent. Some gay-themed media, however, does the exact opposite by making most (if not all) of the characters gay or otherwise non-heterosexual. As such, it will generally have a wider variety of Queer as Tropes
instead of pigeonholing the characters into one particular stereotype, sometimes making the characters into sort of a gay Six Student Clique
or Five-Token Band
. The few token straight characters that appear will usually be fag hags
, dyke tykes, token homophobes, or family members of the main characters. Predictably the mortality rate of gay characters
tends to drop significantly in cases where most of the cast is gay, while the chance of a Happy Ending increases.
This is a common result of the writers being gay or bisexual themselves
, but writing in the Yaoi Genre
and Yuri Genre
, or the author (and the audience) being a Yaoi Fan
or a Yuri Fan
, straight writers can create works that fulfill this trope as well.
Not to be confused with Everyone Is Gay
, which is about fanfics
where the entire cast is suddenly gay
. While some examples center more around bisexual characters, this is distinct from Everyone Is Bi
, in which gender and sexual orientation are simply treated as a non-issue.
Despite what you might expect from the oft-referenced 10% statistic, this is reasonably common in Real Life
, since people typically build social circles around shared perspectives and experiences, meaning that a gay character with mostly queer supporting cast is as much to be expected as a soldier character with a mostly military supporting cast. And if the work is set in a Gayborhood
it's even more likely.
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Anime & Manga
- Sons of Eve, a manga by From Eroica with Love creator Aoike Yasuko. There is only 1 heterosexual, and maybe 2 bisexual characters in the entire series, and this includes one-shot characters.
- Justified in the sci-fi novel/OVA Ai no Kusabi which is set on a planet where there are so few females that all the men have to find some other ways to *ahem* relieve the stress.
- Creo the Crimson Crises has enough of its cast lesbian to make an all girl Love Dodecahedron.
- Gakuen Heaven, justified in that the series takes place at an all-boys school. Which is named BL Academy - just in case you didn't get the memo that this is a yaoi series.
- ICE; when there are no men anymore, what are the remaining women to do?
- Iono the Fanatics and The Miko's Words and the Witch's Incantations, both by Miyabi Fujieda. The former has the eponymous queen's lesbian harem number somewhere in the thousands.
- Kurogane Pukapuka Tai, an Improbably Female Cast in which only one female character has been shown to have interest in men.
- Shojo Sect is set at an All Girl School and consists of a series of short stories about different pairings at the school. The protagonist, Momoko, even briefly has an affair with her homeroom teacher, Ms. Hayato. Though the crux of the series centers on Shinobu as she pines after Momoko and her attempts to get Momoko to realize her feelings for her.
- Otome Kikan Gretel outdoes even Strawberry Panic! as every character shown has to be a girl interested in other girls.
- The anime Saki has a huge mostly female cast. Within the cast, the girls show a fair bit of romantic interest in each other and absolutely no interest in any guy. (Yuuki forms an exception as she seems to be the token heterosexual girl).
- Sasameki Koto centres on a group of highschool lesbians who form a clique together.
- Strawberry Panic! has no men in sight anywhere, and almost every character is either in or pursuing a romantic relationship with another girl.
- Strawberry Shake Sweet, about an idol at a talent agency. She's gay, her junior's gay by the end of the manga, her hair dresser's gay, her hair dresser's Stalker with a Crush is gay, the person two levels below her manager is gay, and the random photographer who takes Ran's picture is gay, and the random model is gay, and the only band in the entire world is composed of four lesbians. In fact, the only recurring character who isn't gay is her aforementioned manager—and that's Played for Laughs.
- Strike Witches has almost all of its Improbably Female Cast members showing attraction towards females ranging from subtle to overt.
- Sukisho is notable for having no women depicted at all within the anime. All relationships, pornography, and everything is male-oriented homosexual in nature. Raising the question, how were they all born if there are no girls? And why does Sora seem to be so weirded out by homosexuality in the early episodes, given that it seems to be the norm?
- Vandread. Justified in that the main cast comes from planets that are all female and all male.
- Yuru-Yuri has a main cast of eight girls, all but one of whom have romantic connections to at least one of the others.
- Chintsubu has a cast of four boys, all of whom are either gay or bi.
- Miyuki-chan in Wonderland. All the characters are women...and all want to jump Miyuki's bones.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica is the closest you can get without frequent on-screen makeouts. Between The Original Series, the manga, the spin-offs, the games (especially The Battle Pentagram, also known as The Pandering Pentagram), the movies, and an endless array of shippy official art, all of the girls show lots of attraction towards and interest in other girls, and the staff themselves ship Homura/Madoka and Kyoko/Sayaka. Even Hitomi, originally the token straight girl, is shown in the PSP game to be attracted to Homura.
- Sakura Trick has an all-female cast, and, well, Haruka and Yuu are a couple, as are Shizuku and Kotone. Yuzu and Kaede aren't, but they are a pair of close friends with no noticeable interest in guys that willingly hang out with a group of lesbians, so make of that what you will. The only other major character, Mitsuki, has a crush on Haruka.
- In One Piece Amazon Lily has only female citizens, and the only way of reproduction is leaving the island with the pirate crew and coming back with newborn daughters. Thanks to Empress Boa Hancock being the World's Most Beautiful Woman, everybody on Amazon Lily is lesbian for her.
- Ano Ko ni Kisu to Shirayuri wo tells the budding or already formed love stories of several couple of girls in an Elaborate University High. It starts with the brilliant Tsundere student Shiramine Ayaka and her even more brilliant but lazy rival Kurosawa Yurine, who falls in Love at First Sight for her. There are exactly zero male characters.
- All of the main characters from Dragon Ranger are gay. Not surprising, considering its genre
- Almost all the major male characters in Yuureitou have some level of male attraction. Marube is a Depraved Bisexual, Tetsuo says he's straight but sleeps with Marube and falls for Amano, Yamashina is attracted to men (and boys), and Amano originally likes Tetsuo as a woman but accepts him as a man but still likes him.
- But I'm A Cheerleader, which is set in an ex-gay camp. It also has one of the most straightforward examples of Six Homosexual Clique.
- Velvet Goldmine.
- The short film Love Is All You Need is set in an Alternate Universe were homosexuality is the predominant societal norm and heterosexuals are the frowned upon, ostracized minority.
- The Boys in the Band is the earliest film example of this trope, right down to the diverse set of characters with little in common besides their homosexuality.
- Better Than Chocolate, which is set in Vancouver, B.C.'s lesbian community. The cast also includes bisexual and transsexual characters.
- The Broken Hearts Club is set in West Hollywood and revolves around the lives of gay friends.
- The 2004 Slasher Movie HellBent, although the mortality drop rule is averted for obvious reasons.
- There is also its Distaff Counterpart, Make a Wish, and The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Straight cast (most are icons of machismo, actually), gayest characters possible.
- Another Gay Movie, apparently set in a world where straight people don't exist.
- The Troublemakers, The Yo-Yo Gang, and The Lollipop Generation - three queercore films by G.B. Jones that are as gay as they come (but she prefers the word "queer").
- Flaming Creatures by Jack Smith
- Scorpio Rising by Kenneth Anger
- The heroine, her boyfriend, and an anonymous minor ballet dancer are the only straight characters in the 1948 movie The Red Shoes. Given the time period, this trope is played more subtextually than is typically the case for works of this nature.
- High Art
- Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom and The Skinny, the former being the movie continuation of the Noah's Arc series and the latter by the same creator with different characters in a different locale.
- The German film Romeos has an interesting relationship with this trope: Not only does it have a Cast Full of Gay (its main character is about the coming-of-age of a gay transgender man, whose best friend is a lesbian), this trope was cited as the reason by the German film committee FSK to rate the movie 16+, calling it "disorienting for youth". After massive backlash - from "the man in the street", LBGT societies and the ex-minister of Bavaria (which you can see as "the Texas of Germany"), the FSK at first tried to just reword their written reasoning, which lead to the Streisand Effect. In the end, they were forced to revise their rating, giving it a 12+ pass. According to their own site, the FSK is composed mostly of members aged 50+. To put that in perspective: Both Hangover movies have gotten 12+ ratings without a hitch in Germany.
- In Kill Your Darlings, the main characters are all gay or bisexual (but probably gay).
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show only has 8 characters, and nearly all of them are bisexual. Special mention, however, must go to Frank. This trope is also in effect with many shadow casts for the movie.
- Twist, which reimagines Fagin's gang of pickpockets in Oliver Twist as a stable of Church Street rentboys. Insert "attack the rear" joke here.
- When the Tales of the City series first came on the scene, it was serialized in the San Francisco Chronicle. Maupin's editor told him that under no circumstances could more than half the cast be gay. Maupin responded by writing a bestiality scene between a socialite and her dog, saying that the dog should be counted as straight. The scene never saw print and Maupin was given leeway to have as many gay characters as served the story.
- Les Amitiés Particulières by Roger Peyreffite is one of the earliest examples of this. It can basically be summarized as Dangerous Liaisons with young Catholic boys. The story takes place is an extremely religious boarding school for boys... Except Peyreffite shows how such an environment actually augments the chances of one embracing homosexuality. Most characters are gay or bi.
- The Counterfeiters by André Gide is an even earlier example of this. Most of the male characters seem to be either gay or bi and (sometimes unacknowledged) homoerotic feelings for each other abound. There is also an inversion of Bury Your Gays, as the only character that dies (by accidental suicide) is absolutely straight but simply too good for this earth.
- The Sarah Waters novel (and later BBC series) Tipping the Velvet. Almost all of the major characters are lesbians, and at one point the Bifauxnen heroine works as a male prostitute... for male clients.
- The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan. Two of the three main characters are canonically gay, plus numerous side-characters, several who act as love interests for the main characters.
- The Warchild Series. 95% are either confirmed gay or bi.
- The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, a classic pulp series that explores the intertwining lives of several lesbians (and their Gay Best Friend) in 1950's Greenwich Village.
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. The only straight characters with more than half a line are the main character's best female friend and her ex-boyfriend. All the others are gay, lesbian, or transgender.
- Daughters of a Coral Dawn and its sequels are set mostly among female-only settlements, both on Earth and the distant planet Maternas. This is justified: Men are now über-arseholes and the women are super-intelligent Half-Human Hybrid lesbians (with a dash of Kissing Cousins) who can reproduce by using an illegal fertility drug called Estrova. This gets taken to One-Gender Race in the third book.
- Laurie J. Marks' Elemental Logic fantasy series.
- The main characters in Charles Stross' Rule 34 are a lesbian cop, her bisexual old flame, a married man who cheats on his wife with other men and a bisexual sociopath.
- Most major characters in Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves.
- Nearly every major character from Glory in the Thunder is either gay or bi, including the Physical Gods and Artificial Humans. Even the elderly Mad Oracle guy.
- Three of the four major characters in The Dogs are Straight Gay with the other being Chaotic Stupid with a dash of Bi the Way.
- The latter half of The Well Of Loneliness, which follows the Coming of Age of lesbian Stephen Gordon, is largely set in the gay subculture of early 20th-century Paris, and naturally most of the named and background characters are gay or bi.
Live Action TV
- Most stuff Russell T Davies has done since 1998:
- Queer as Folk was about the gay scene in Manchester. All three main cast members are gay.
- Bob And Rose is about a gay man falling in love with a woman and being ostracized by the gay community.
- Torchwood, had, according to Word of God, five bisexuals (well, four bisexuals and an omnisexual) in series 1 and 2, one of whom happens to be in a stable straight relationship. All of the main characters are shown with both men and women, although with varying levels of bisexuality. (In order of queerness: Gwen is seen kissing a girl when she's under mind-control; Owen is seen hooking up with a man once; Ianto claims he's only attracted to Jack, not to all men, but dates him romantically; Tosh dates one woman and and man and doesn't elaborate on her overall sexuality; Jack is properly omnisexual.)
- Cucumber Banana Tofu is once again about gay men living in Manchester.
- In the US version of Queer as Folk, half of the actors in the cast are openly gay. They ended up (either by design or by coincidence) pairing one gay actor (those playing Justin, Ben and Emmett) with one straight actor (those playing Brian, Michael and Ted).
- The L Word, which is Queer as Folk with lesbians
- Also, though it's far less well known, there's Noah's Arc . In fact, pretty much any scripted Logo show will likely feature this trope.
- Played for laughs in Little Britain, in which it seems that pretty much everyone in Daffyd Thomas' village is either gay or bisexual. Considering that Daffyd is a stereotypical Camp Gay who bases his entire identity on smugly asserting that he's "the only gay in the village" (despite the fact that he may not actually be gay at all), this is a source of considerable horror and frustration for him. Also played for laughs in the Prime Minister sketches starring Anthony Head in which the Prime Minister is blithely unaware of his entire staff being composed of flamboyantly gay men who do everything short of making out on his desk.
- Action turns into this by the end. Stuart, exec Bobby G, and action star Cole are all gay. Wendy and Janice turn out to be bisexual. Peter, the main character, is straight ... but that doesn't stop him from enjoying a blow job from Cole.
- Dante's Cove. Almost every character on the show is either gay or bisexual. Except for the one Token Straight Woman, who is, of course, a villain.
- As noted on the Mistaken for Gay page, a literal Cast Full of Gay appears in Frasier—much of the (male) cast is gay IRL, which resulted in their characters being Mistaken for Gay at least once.
- Lip Service, which appears to be a British version of The L Word.
- Plan V, an Argentine production full of lesbians.
- Most of the main male characters on Smash are gay or implied to be gay.
- Most female characters on Orange Is The New Black are lesbian or bisexual, including the protagonist, Piper Chapman. It could also be a case of Situational Sexuality, since the series takes place in a women's prison.
- Don't Ever Wipe Tears Without Gloves, which is about gay men in the eighties when AIDS began to spread.
- The queercore genre generally involves bands with homosexual members who discuss LGBT themes. An example would be Shitting Glitter who are currently composed of five lesbians, but had a camp gay as keyboardist and his boyfriend as dancer, and the keyboardist's straight brother as guitarist early on. As would be expected they have N-Word Privileges and often use words like such as 'dyke', 'tranny', 'fag'.
- Three of the four B-52's are gay, as was their deceased guitarist Ricky. The exception is Cindy Wilson who has been married since the Seventies. In recent years Fred Schneider has really amped up his camp nature, with his band the Superions...whose other two members are gay. Judging from their mailing list, it would also appear that The B's gay fanbase easily outnumbers their straight one as well.
- RENT features seven main characters, including a gay black philosophy professor, his transgender (or possibly just a Drag Queen) street-drumming girlfriend Angel (designated male at birth), a bisexual who can't seem to stay faithful, an uptight, straight-laced African American lesbian... and the three straight ones. Of course, Angel is the only character who actually dies during the show, though Mimi (straight) won't last long after the show's over.
- Of the eight main characters in Angels In America, all five men "have sex with other men" (only three identify as gay), and there's something to be said about the apparently female Angel and her orgasmic kiss with Hannah.
- The Boys in the Band, as noted in the film section.
- The Normal Heart, by Larry Kramer. Also literally (somewhat) true for the 2011 revival cast (Joe Mantello, John Benjamin Hickey and Luke Macfarlane are all out, at least).
- Artificial Academy by Illusion. It is the players choice of who and what they want in their game and play as anyone in the class they have created themselves. You can have a class full of girls only or boys only falling in love with each other, as long as you set the 'homo' option for the character in the maker.
- The Sims games allow you to create a situation like this, either in a single house/family or in a entire neighboorhood, but all sims have flexible sexualities.
- Embric of Wulfhammer's Castle . Good luck finding ANY female character that isn't into women.
- Minecraft, as Notch pointed out, only has one gender for all mobs, which means that any creature in Minecraft is homosexual, because there is only one gender to choose from.
- My Life In Blue, which centers around a bunch of young Performance Artists. Marius is transgender, Alex is gay, and the most of the supporting characters are gay or bisexual to at least some degree. Unsurprisingly, one of the few straight characters, Alison, is a Fag Hag.
- Khaos Komix. The only apparent heterosexual of the main eight is Jamie: Nay and Charlie are clearly bi, Murfs is label-averse but seeing Tom, Tom is gay, as Mark and Amber appear to be, as does Steve, although he considers he might be bi.
- In Ménage à 3, for a while, it seemed like every major character who wasn't explicitly gay or bisexual was at least very deeply uncertain. This was scaled back somewhat shortly before the one-month Time Skip, when Didi stopped identifying as bisexual, Sandra and Gary stopped questioning, and Kiley and Erik became more important as characters. This still, however, leaves eight of the eighteen cast page entries (four more of whom - three possible Asexuals and a cat - are listed as variants on "unknown"), plus Jordan and probably Jake (who calls out Matt's name during sex).
- The main cast of Boy Meets Boy consists of a gay couple, a bisexual guy, a heterosexual guy secretly in love with the bisexual guy, and the couple's landlady.
- YU+ME: dream . This gets toned down and deconstructed when it is revealed that it is all a dream, of a homosexual teenage girl who as a outcast, wanted friends and ones who could help her come to terms with her sexuality. Final count is two lesbians and two bisexuals.
- All the trolls in Homestuck are bi, except Kanaya who is gay by Word of God. Of the human characters, Dirk is gay, Rose is either gay or bi, and Jake is probably bi.
- I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space, for obvious reasons.
- Of the three leads of Shortpacked!, Ethan is gay, Amber is (probably) straight, and Robin (after much confusion) identifies as "generally undefinably queer". Also, Leslie, Mike, Drew, and Conquest are clearly not straight (as well as Drop-In Character Thad and his late boyfriend Evan), and Malaya is Robosexual for Ultra Car, who is homoromantic asexual. Rick and Faz are such Cloudcuckoolanders that it's impossible to tellnote , Galasso can't tell genders apart despite having a daughter, and even Ronnie seems to imply he's had affairs with men in one strip, leaving essentially just Roz, Jacob, Ken and Lucy. This is a phenomenon Amber's commented on several times, providing this trope's page quote.
- Penny and Aggie didn't start out this way, but it became clear early on that Sara of Penny's Girl Posse was gay, and when she came out halfway through, bit characters Fred and Daphne were seen to be gay and began getting a lot more screen time, forming a second Cast Herd with Sara, Aggie, and Aggie's friend Lisa, who shunned labels throughout. The eponymous pair themselves were questioning throughout, especially later on, coming out in the final arc; Stan, one of the most important supporting characters outside the two cliques, seemed to have a crush on a male friend obvious enough for other characters to comment; and Depraved Bisexual Cyndi was the closest thing to a villain for about a third of the strip's run.
- The spinoff, QUILTBAG (look at the title), stars Sara and Lisa, with Stan playing a small role, as well as Sara's mother, who's now sleeping with a woman. Of their floor, Alex, Jade, and Bob appear to be bisexual (albeit at least the former two being Contest Winner Cameos), Jules a lesbian, Temperance clearly interested in girls, and their RA Hank gay. There's also a subplot with an all-lesbian sorority, and Chrissy, a trans woman who partners with women, is a supporting character.
- El Goonish Shive
- Of the eight characters in the main cast, we have a gay male, a lesbian, a girl with bisexual inclinations who identifies as homosexual, a crossdresser (but only while genderbent) who now identifies as genderfluid, a straight girl with gender issues who sometimes wishes she were gay, a shapeshifter whose sexuality is a bit iffy, a seemingly straight girl who is attracted to her boyfriend regardless of his gender, and a totally straight male who happens to be the character who ends up Gender Bending most frequently. Confusing matters more, all of these characters have been genderbent at least once (including once simultaneously for one night) and felt attraction towards what normally would be their own gender. Then there are a couple lesbian supporting characters.
- Played for Laughs in "Identity" with the five guys who saw Eliot and Sarah's breakup on the review show. When they all talk to Sarah afterwards, she suspects that at least some of them are hitting on her. When she actually talks to them about it, it turns out four of them are gay.
- In "Squirrel Prophet Part 2", when Justin tells Grace that 90% of people are heterosexual, she does some mental calculations and concludes "That can't ''possibly'' be right."
- Straight characters are a minority in the cast of Bridges.
- Band Vs Band has a cast mostly made up of lesbian, gay, bisexual or pansexual characters.
- Threading has an all-lesbian cast.
- Epic Loads: a hunky Fantasy comic full of dudes.
- Fur-Piled has, out of ALL the main characters, a single straight character.
- The core cast of Tales Of MU is predominantly gay or bisexual.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series. Played for Laughs.
- AJCO contains the full spectrum - gay, bi, ace, pan and straight, as well as nonbinary, trans and agender characters. No one ever draws attention to it and the sexualities of the characters have little to no impact on the plot - they're simply just aspects of them rather than their main focus.
- The whole point of Poe Cottage at Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe. The school administration has put into one safe zone every student who admitted on the entry form that he/she/it is either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex, because turning into a mutant and starting high school is hard enough. Most of them are closeted to anyone not in Poe, as the "official" cover story is that Poe is for the "emotionally disturbed" mutants, which has all kinds of Unfortunate Implications.
- Aress In Wonderland.
- All but one of the main characters in Ze Zombie are queer in some way.
- In The Sydney Scroungers, there are a fairly small handful of characters who are both straight and cisgender. Given the writers (and the Pacific Rim fandom in general) this isn't terribly surprising.
- The overwhelming majority of characters in Where The Bears Are are gay men.
- In West Hollywood, California, 41% of the residents are gay men, and the city seal is rainbow-colored. Since the female to male ratio as 100 : 129.9 as of the 2010 census 73% of the men are gay.