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Norm: "I can't go on with this any longer. I wanted to be your decorator, so I pretended to be who I thought you wanted me to be. But it's time I came out of the closet. I'm straight."
: "Ever since I was a little boy I've known that I prefer girls. But the point is I think you should judge people for what they do, not for who they do."
A straight character is believed by everyone within a group to be gay. Eventually, that straight character "comes out", and admits to the group that they are, in fact, straight. Nearly always Played for Laughs
, this is a very common inversion of the typical Coming-Out Story
, where a closeted homosexual or bisexual finally admits to their heterosexual friends and family that they like the same sex.
Where a Coming-Out Story
is frequently a serious event within a character's life, with friends and family sometimes being initially unaccepting of the revelation, a Coming Straight Story
almost always involves the gay friends rapidly coming to accept the fact that their friend is straight. Typically involves a straight male character in a profession in which homosexuality is the stereotypical expectation.
Often also serves the purpose of a Gay Aesop
about being open-minded and accepting of those with a different sexual orientation, although this may be undermined by the trope being Played for Laughs
. Also serves as an Aesop that Honesty Is the Best Policy
Often a result of Mistaken for Gay
remaining uncorrected, or due to a character intentionally being Camp Straight
. Occasionally applied directly upon the character being Mistaken for Gay
, although this is usually less effective. Can only arise in the absence of a character with Gaydar
. Sometimes Invoked
by a character in order to get a laugh from other characters. Contrast with a successful case of Cure Your Gays
, where a character that was gay is turned straight and thus "comes straight" in a different sense.
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- Kick-Ass: In the original comic his would-be girlfriend is not pleased that he had been lying to her. In his defense, he didn't originate the lie; when he was found naked and beaten up it was rumored that he was prostituting himself for rough sex. He just rolled with it because it was a way to hang out with her.
- A girl who has been sent to "True Directions" camp in But I'm A Cheerleader "comes out" as straight after a while, complaining that her parents just assumed she was a lesbian because she's Tomboyish.
- In Three To Tango, Matthew Perry's character is initially Mistaken for Gay, then keeps up the fašade for a number of selfish reasons until the film's climax, where the trope comes into play.
- In the movie Where the Heart Is note , Crispin Glover's character comes out as straight after pretending to be gay because he thought it would be the only way people would take him seriously as a fashion designer.
- Emberverse: Heuradys is the daughter of Delia and her beard Rigobert. At one point in her adolesensce she goes off on an epic rant about how her mother needs to stop finding nice girls to set her up with, because she 'really likes boys better', and how hard is for her to find a good man, since everyone already assumes she's gay because she's a woman and trying to become a knight (a distinctly male profession in the post-Change world). Delia, who is too young to be familiar with pre-Change culture, asks her anxiously if this might be "just a phase". Rigobert and Tiphaine (her mother's lover, who incidentally is a knight and fetchingly butch), who are old enough to remember both the idiom and the sexual mores of the pre-Change world, find the whole situation hilarious.
Live Action TV
- Played for Drama with Yoon Sung from Welcome To Room 305. He has told his sister for the last several years that he's gay. He's actually straight but told her that in order to help her get over her denial of her own sexuality. It backfires and she just becomes bitter and homophobic. He comes out to her after saying he knew she was gay.
- In the Mockumentary Dorm Life, a first-season episode centers on everyone discovering Andy is gay, and showering him with love and acceptance. In the second season, when they all view a screening of the first season, Andy is shocked to discover that's what they thought, and reveals that he really is straight. The rest of the characters revile him for it for the rest of the season.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, Pegasus's entire character seems to revolve around his campness. Everyone is shocked to discover he's straight. In fact, he is Armored Closet Straight, and tries to kill the group of characters who find out so that it stays a secret.
- In one episode of King of the Hill, Bill pretends to be gay so he can work as a hair stylist, but eventually comes out as straight. It is not well received.
- A similar example: Peggy accidentally goes to a store frequented by transsexuals and makes a "girlfriend" who assumes that she's also a man in drag.
- In The Simpsons episode Flaming Moenote , Moe opens a gay bar and eventually runs for political power with support of the gays who think he is gay. When challenged by Smithers, who knows Moe to be straight, to kiss him, Moe decides instead to come straight, to the disappointment of the gathered homosexual support base.
- Darren Criss, the actor who played Harry in A Very Potter Musical and Blaine, Kurt's boyfriend from Glee, had to come out as straight to his friends when he was younger. Many assumed he was gay because of his fairly flamboyant mannerisms and his upbringing in the gay San Francisco theater world.
- Likewise, several of the cast of Queer as Folk came out as straight in real-life while doing the show. Same with the cast of The L Word.
- Jessie J who previously identified herself as bisexual stated in a 2014 interview that she's actually straight and that her dating history with girls was just a phase.