What most people think of when they think of the "gay lifestyle," including every bad stereotype of homosexual communities in general: people who hang out at disco-esque bars that play constant techno while popping tons of dangerous drugs and having as much promiscuous sex as possible. Club Kids are also known as "scenesters" if they also adopt every tedious, shrieking gay cliché known to man, like worshipping Kylie Minogue and Anne Robinson as gay icons. Lady Gaga has become the new de facto Diva of more recent works.
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- Zach Braff (yes, that one) plays one such character in The Broken Hearts Club, or at least his character is trying to be one to impress his Gym Bunny boyfriend. Eventually OD's on magic nose powder just in time for a cast catharsis. He lives.
"I feel like Demi Moore in St. Elmo's Fire"
- Party Monster was about the Club Kids of the early 90s, and the figures the group grew up around.
- Bent has the protagonist start off as the 1930's equivalent to this trope. Being a drug abusing promiscuous cabaret goer.
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- Maxxie Oliver from Skins. Even ignoring the fact that he has possibly the most "scene" name imaginable, he also wants to be a tap dancer in musicals, does plenty of pills at underground raves, wears a white vest and cargo shorts with his gelled blond hair and happily snogs a guy who just moments ago was yelling homophobic slurs and sent his mates to beat up Maxxie's friend. Who says stereotypes are dead?
- To be fair, the whole cast is doing pills. Plus he doesn't want to be a tap dancer in musicals, just get into show business through dancing. Other than that, he's written as Straight Gay.
- He's also, despite the incident with the closeted bully he makes out with, not particularly promiscuous, especially compared to the rest of the (straight) cast - he tries to reject Tony's advances and quickly rejects him early into their sexual encounter.
- And he's the nicest and most well-adjusted of the group, overall.
- Pretty much the entire cast of Queer as Folk.
- The Party and Play (PNP) character suffering from advanced HIV on the House MD episode "Hunting" relates that his dangerous lifestyle developed as a response to his shortened lifespan rather than a cause of it.
- Dante of The Wire; downplayed for the most part until the end of season three, when he is found Where Everybody Knows Your Flame drowning his sorrows in a Cosmopolitan.
- Subverted on Degrassi The Next Generation. Marco considers a Club Kid look, and Spinner says "Enrique called. Wants his shirt back." Of course, it took a straight guy to point it out.
- David and Keith in Six Feet Under both share elements of this trope. Salsa Guy ( David's one time boyfriend)is a more extreme example, without quite being a scenester.
- During seasons 35 to 39, Saturday Night Live featured the "Weekend Update" "city correspondent" Stefon (played by Bill Hader), who is one of the more benign examples of the trope (and probably one of the more memorable characters of the show's recent era). There are implications that he's on drugs (he rarely sleeps, occasionally seems disoriented, admits to living in a trash can, and has several nervous tics—including Hader's near-constant Corpsing thanks to writer John Mulaney throwing in last-minute jokes), and he's gay (he once dated Zoolander and, after flirting with him for years, actually married Seth Meyers). Although he repeatedly recommends Seth incredibly bizarre clubs when the anchor asks for family friendly spots, you can tell he means well.
- Sahil on Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys aspires to be a Club Kid to an utterly astounding degree, at least as of the pilot episode, to the point where his defining scene was dragging his female best friend out of a club and complaining that he needs to be better looking and more comfortable with [long, detailed, vulgar speech that gets cut off by his friend right before turning pornographic].
- Vince Noir on The Mighty Boosh, though he's bisexual rather than gay. He isn't as bad as some examples, thanks to his best friend Howard's calmer influence. The character of The Crack Fox, a homeless drug addict maniac who spent all his cash on booze and drugs in a gay club, is essentially what Vince would be if Howard wasn't there to reign him in.
- Danny Boy and the Serious Party Gods' "Castro Boy" is a six-minute monologue of this nature set to disco music and robotic backup singers:
So, my friend Bill calls—oh, no, we're not lovers; we're like, y'know, sisters—and anyway, he says, "C'mon, girl, let's go dancin' tonight!"...You got any crystal? So, all he's got is MDA. This stuff makes you horny! Ooh, for days!
- Evan, from LOGO's Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World. He's so loaded on club drugs and diet pills that if he ever slept, he would die from the drugs taking effect and wreaking havoc on his body.