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Coming Out On Top
A visual novel game by
. The protagonist is
, an undergraduate student in Orlin, who is about to come out to his roommates and best friends. He pays his first visit to a gay bar, where he is approached by a handsome stranger named
. And that's where the complications begin...
It contains examples of:
Above the Influence: Alex distinctively less and less while falling for Mark. All Gays Are Promiscuous: Penny either thinks that, or projects her own way of thinking on Mark, trying to get him into various perversions. Anguished Declaration of Love: Alex lets it slip out when he is upset, and dumps all his feelings on Mark in the park. And if not only words matter, there is the locker scene... As You Know: Mark before his coming out, describing the close friendship between Ian, Penny and himself. Badass Teacher: A faint flash of it in Alex, when standing up to Graham. Batman Gambit: Penny suggests catching Edwina by going to the gym and letting her stalk Mark again. Big Bad: Graham. Birds of a Feather: Most of Alex's Relationship Values are about this. Bow Chicka Wow Wow: moves Penny's fantasy. Teacher/Student Romance Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mark in the demo, whenever you are about to abort the story with a quick death bad ending. The about part having Mark, Penny and Ian talk to the player and each other about the game. Break the Cutie: Alex by the hearing and the danger of not being allowed to teach anymore. Broken Pedestal: Edwina for Graham. But I Would Really Enjoy It: Both Mark and Alex. Casanova Wannabe: Ian. Catch Phrase: Zoologists don't only clean cages!
Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Alex after saying ''more than I care to admit''. The Charmer: Alex is always charming and witty. Clear Their Name Cloudcuckoolander: Penny's cousins. Penny and Ian also have their fair share of quirks. Coming-Out Story: Mark's. Condescending Compassion: Averted. The friends immediately act naturally around Mark. They start coddling him only when they think he is unhealthily obsessed with his professor. Cool Teacher: Alex. A Date with Rosie Palms: Oh, yeah. Deadpan Snarker: although he is given the option, this trope is averted with the Player Character; trying to be funny ruins your relationship meters with your friends. Devoted to You: Mark may say there are other boys to date, but he always returns to pining for Alex. And it's not like Alex couldn't find another mature, kind and cute boy. Digging Yourself Deeper: Ian explaining how he means he didn't expect Mark being asked out so soon. Distracted by the Sexy: Poor Mark, on his anatomy lessons. Dramatic Irony: Alex strugglingly resists Mark for the sake of his career. Guess what will be about to ruin his career. Double twist: the charges aren't far from his feelings and desires. Double Entendre: The title. "You can't imagine how hard it is to have you as my professor..." Penny is good at these, when kidding with Mark. Driven by Envy: Graham towards Alex. Dug In Deeper: The head injury, thanks to Alex's scientific enthusiasm. Earn Your Happy Ending Eek, a Mouse!!: Penny. Embarrassing First Name / Embarrassing Middle Name: If you introduce yourself as Philbert. Erotic Dream Establishing Character Moment: Graham's when he steps onto Mark's foot and berates him for standing in his way. Not to mention his raging in the phone, probably to Edwina. Evil Gloating: Graham about the harassment meeting. Extreme Doormat: Edwina to Graham. Fag Hag: Penny is very enthusiastic at helping Mark get a man. Though she always liked matchmaking for him. Failed a Spot Check: Careful as Alex was, he didn't think of the possibility that anyone might get suspicious about him asking Mark for some private talk after almost every lesson. Fanservice: There are plenty of pics about hot shirtless guys here... The Fettered: Alex, mostly Mark. Alex is also an authority figure. Forbidden Fruit: The romance. Fragile Flower: Mark has quite sensitive nerves. Frameup Freudian Trio: Can be with the conscientious Alex, the down-to-earth Ian, the dirty-minded Penny, and Mark struggling between them. Gayngst: Subverted. Homosexuality is not part of the drama at all. Though Mark is hinted to have had plenty of it in the past, making the in-game acceptance even more hearthwarming. Geeky Turn-On: Can you code in assembly language? Have a seat, mister. The Generic Guy: The brown-haired, Straight Gay, average-named, Boy Next Door personality Mark, with typical problems given his situation, also the Only Sane Man in his crazy environment. Giftedly Bad: Penny is very enthusiastic at programming, but most of her experiments fail hilariously. Group Hug: Mark, Ian and Penny when celebrating their graduation. Gym Bunny: Working out is important to earn the crucial moments. Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Alex. Hello, Sailor!: Philbert. Hidden Depths: Ian and Penny act crazy and flippant, but they prove to be deeply trustworthy and caring friends for Mark, even acting as his therapists when necessary. Honor Before Reason: Alex doesn't only refuse dating in secret, he doesn't want to act on the clearly mutual attraction even when he is already accused. Horrible Judge of Character: Edwina. Hot Teacher: Alex. I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: Alex showing his bruise shirtless in the locker room. Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Alex is a gentleman through thick and thin. Intimate Healing: Watch how fast Alex recovers from his crippling bruise after being touched by Mark. It Doesn't Mean Anything: Alex declares that on the day after their strange moment in the locker room. Jail Bait: The daughter of Ian's boss. Jerkass: Graham. Kick the Dog: At the first time we see Graham, he steps onto Mark's foot and scolds him for standing in his way. Literal-Minded:
How can I be on two places at one time? How do you mean I should research cloning techniques? How do you mean calm down, it's only a joke?!
Lover and Beloved: Maybe a little too patronizing on Alex's part. Lampshaded by Penny: the One who wants the same as you but a little more experienced. Moreover, he is Mark's professor. Lust Object: Alex for Mark, and if you play your cards well, mutually. Magical Queer: Can be with Alex's perfection and unfair persecution. The Man Behind the Man: Graham behind Edwina. Manly Gay: Alex, especially at sports. And he doesn't like camp cocktails. The Matchmaker: Penny loves forcing her cousins (or online dating sites) onto Mark. Meaningful Name: Alex Davies (' beloved') Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Edwina to Graham. Multiple Endings: There are three main endings. My God, What Have I Done?: Edwina when Mark confronts her. Alex has a my god, what am I doing moment. Necktie Leash: Mark feels an urge to do this to Alex. New Game+: after completing the main endings, you get an indicator of Alex relationship points. No Fair Cheating: at least the game makes it complicated to derail the standard flow of the story. Non-Action Guy: Alex doesn't even think of fighting back, he'd rather flee from the job of his dreams. Not so Above It All: Mark is not a piece of meat. Until hearing about Philbert's body tempts him as much as his personality can't.
Edwina: What have I become? Spying and taking picture of shirtless guys...
You shot a glance at Penny. Not What It Looks Like: The photo, as a proof of student molestation. Though Graham's former attempt to accuse Alex was called off for insufficient evidence, this time a mere suggestion of the picture is treated as a proof. Official Kiss: In the park between Mark and Alex in the best ending ( the first of many, many more to come), though if you were playing well enough, he has already kissed you in the locker room, and you could have kissed him in his office while comforting him. Old Maid: Subverted. Alex is mentioned to be older than Mark several times, but it doesn't make him less attractive. You can turn him down saying he is too old for you, though. Only Sane Man: Mark with his crazy roommates and enlightening Alex that teacher-student relation doesn't last forever. : Graham uses this against Alex. Alex also tells Mark that Mark is safe even from a scandal, only he will be executed. Pedo Hunt Peerless Love Interest: Ian and Penny deem Alex to be this for Mark. Refusal of the Call: you HAVE to go to the bar. At least if you don't want to disappoint Penny. Relationship Values: displaying maturity, kindness, confidence, keeping fit, keeping up with him at raquetball, even ordering the right kind of drink at the bar visibly raises Alex' sympathy and interest in you. He doesn't like if you order a . girly cocktail, he seems to be seeking a boyfriend as tough as himself Rescue Romance: Save his career to have him. Second-Person Narration Secret Test of Character: You can do this to Alex by tempting him to a secret affair. If you want Alex to fall in love with you, don't try to seduce him throughout the semester. Molest him after the first lesson, and you will lose all his interest. Shirtless Scene: Alex's injury must be examined carefully. Shrinking Violet: Edwina. Single-Target Sexuality: Mark towards Alex after the locker scene. Sliding Scale of Beauty: Alex is on the world class level ( looks like an underwear model). Smells Sexy: Alex's cologne gives Mark less than pure thoughts. Smug Snake: Graham. He can't even comprehend that Mark is able to ruin his career. So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Alex has a hard time getting the deserved credit for his brains. Spirited Competitor: Alex loves challenging Mark at raquetball, and likes him more for returning the cockiness and being a worthy opponent. Stalker with a Crush: this troper was a little uncomfortable making Mark push Alex' boundaries, ignore his repeated, clearer than clear no, never, ever and still ask for some more closure, and sometimes being intrusively helpful to get a happy ending. Not to mention his pathetic obsession throughout the semester. Though Alex sneaking up behind Mark at the bar, while Mark was visibly avoiding eye contact with anyone, didn't come out well either. Stalker Without A Crush: Edwina. Ian and Penny have a hobby stalking device. The Stinger: Alex texting to Mark. Stock Kisses: The third is frequent: their hands often slip onto the waist under the shirt while kissing. Teacher/Student Romance Too Much Information: Mark's dream for Ian. True Companions: Penny and Ian, for Mark. The Twink: Mark. Unequal Pairing: would be, if they weren't gentlemen. Unresolved Sexual Tension Unusual Euphemism: Self-love. Unwitting Pawn: Edwina. Vitriolic Best Buds: Penny, Ian and Mark, mutually. Wide-Eyed Idealist: Alex admits he is naive and unfit for political stratagems. Wine Is Classy: You get a few extra Alex relationship points for ordering wine in the bar. And Alex likes maturity. Though he approves of whiskey more. Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Averted. Would Hurt a Child: Graham isn't above beating Mark and enslaving Edwina. Though twentysomething, they are just naive students. Your Mom: Mark's riposte to Ian's prying, corrected to "your dad".