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Everyone Is Gay
Scarlet Devil Mansion seems to be Gensoukyou's version of a lesbian bar.

"Everybody gay!"
Peter Griffin, Family Guy

The tendency for Fan Fic and other fan works to include characters that are homosexual/bisexual/pansexual in an improbably high amount, even if the original work contains no indication of such a thing. Works possessing a Cast Full of Pretty Boys or an Improbably Female Cast are especially susceptible to this, as there's virtually no choice for shippers to avoid this route other than applying a Gender Bender or Rule 63, or adding in their own original character. Often considered a form of Canon Defilement and Character Derailment, although obviously those perpetuating it mostly disagree.

Het is Ew can be the culprit, and unfortunately in these cases any remaining heterosexual characters often fare poorly, if not ending up suddenly evil or dead.

Compare and contrast Everyone Is Bi. If this occurs in official works and sanctioned adaptations, then it's a Cast Full of Gay.

Examples

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     Anime & Manga  

     Comics  

  • There are Runaways fans out there who ship Nico with Karolina, Chase with Victor, and Molly with Klara.

     Film  

     Literature  

     Live Action TV  

  • Blake's 7. One of the most-slashed shows ever, mostly because the show deliberately avoids making the characters' motivations 100% clear, so you never know what they're thinking and who they are really attracted to. Blake/Avon is the most charged, but it was an early femmeslash pioneer with Cally and Jenna.
  • The Daily Show. It doesn't hurt that Jon has described it as "the gayest show on television".
  • Heroes' poor track record with canon ships leads to a lot of Het is Ew, and most ensemble fics with any slash at all slashes most if not all the cast. To be fair, though, a lot of it is Crack Fic.
  • The Star Trek: The Original Series fandom are the ones who created slash as a concept in the first place, the ENTIRE main cast has been slashed together, no matter how weird the pairings have to be in order to Tie Up Romantic Loose Ends. The two main female characters, Uhura and Chapel, are shipped together just to even things out.
  • Happens more and more often in the Power Rangers fandom, but Het is Ew only comprises about half the fandom's opinion, so there's still a wide range of fic.
  • Merlin, due to the insane amounts of subtext in the show between almost every character, which also results in this being one of the most peaceful conflicting-ship fandoms out there.
  • iCarly has fics where everyone comes out as either outright gay or bisexual. Apart from the ever-popular Sam and Carly, Spencer often tells the girls that he is bisexual, usually with his best friend Socko, Wendy is often made gay so one of the girls can go out with her as part of the story's drama, Freddie comes out and admits he has a crush on Spencer, as well as admitting his crush on Carly is overcompensating to look normal.
  • Victorious can have this done, so that Jade can be hooked up with either Cat or Tori, whilst Beck and Robbie give in to their obvious UST and Trina just goes both ways because she's crazy like that and it lets Cat hook up with her if Tori ends up with Jade. Weirdly, Andre often gets left as the sole straight character.
  • Very common in Law & Order fanfic, which generally pairs up Olivia/Alex, Abbie/Serena and Tracey/Kelly. Oddly, the men are generally left alone.
    • Depends on the series, SVU has a decent slash fanbase, thanks to Munch and Fin (and Lake where applicable) acting like Heterosexual Life-Partners and Stabler and Huang at each other's throats so much it borders on Foe Yay.
  • Frequently the case in Glee fanfiction. This is helped by the fact that the show has numerous canon gay and bisexual charactersnote , yet in fanfic even the canon straight characters are often shipped in same-sex pairings. For example, one of the most popular couples in the fandom is Rachel/Quinn, both of whom have only shown interest in boys on the show. By contrast, the gay characters are rarely shipped with opposite-sex characters once their sexuality is established on-screen, especially those who've had Anvilicious Coming-Out Storylines like Kurt and Santana.
  • Supernatural. This show, with Shipping Goggles on, is one big gay playground, and every possibly pairing has its following, even if only as a Crack Pairing. And don't even get started on the Actor Shipping; a lot of fans truly believe that Jared, Jensen, and Misha's wives are all beards.
  • Sherlock. Excluding resident Jerkass duo Anderson and Donovan, if you know nothing about the series and look at blog sites like tumblr, you will probably assume the canon pairings for are John and Sherlock, Mycroft and Lestrade, Molly and Irene (both of whom vy for Sherlock's affections, so pair 'em off to get rid of them), and Moriarty and Sebastian Moran. It can be inferred the only reason Anderson and Donovan aren't paired off with people of the same sex within the fanbase is because there is no one left to pair them with AND nobody likes them. The only other heterosexual relationship that is even close to accepted is Molly/Lestrade.
  • Quite frequent in the Highlander fandom, and somewhat with the films too. It's probably kind of expected when most of the characters have lived for hundreds or thousands of years and writers feel they had a lot of time to experiment.

     Professional Wrestling  

  • Ridiculously easy to do, what with all these big oiled-up hard bodies in very few clothes rolling around together in compromising situations, and probably something like a 10:1 ratio of men to women.

     Theater  

  • Half the cast of Rent is canonically gay anyway... and getting rid of Mimi to pair Roger up with Mark is more common than one might think.

     Video Games  

     Webcomics  

  • Fans of comics in The Walkyverse have a saying: "A character is assumed to be gay unless proven otherwise. And even then, it's suspect". It's mostly a joke... mostly.

     Web Original  

  • For Eternity, a web remake of Rainbow Brite, has all the Color Kids (as well as its versions of Rainbow Brite, Stormy, etc) as male. Considering that the only females in that universe are childlike temple guardians or the four mother Goddesses, this is justified.
  • This page needs the X's World Woke Up Gay Meme.
  • A video on Jandrew Edits takes their TNG video edits directly into this, by bringing LaForge into the existing Triang Relations between Picard and two Rikers.
  • Red vs. Blue slash fic often goes along with this. Partly because there are very few female characters in the series, even if you include the tank, and all of them are either dead or missing.
  • Homestar Runner fandom tends to do this quite a bit, although considering that the only girl doesn't get along with her canon boyfriend very well, this is perhaps understandable.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, proudly presenting Everyone is Gay.com.
  • YouTube Poop uses this a lot.
  • In an article by The Onion, every celebrity came out as gay.
  • Most characters - including the protagonists - in RWBY are female; therefore, anyone who wants to write shipfic will probably make the characters gay, even though no hints as to anyone's sexuality have been given in canon.

     Western Animation  

  • The Penguins of Madagascar uses this in canon and fanfiction. All the penguins have ambiguously gay moments, and we're still not sure if one or more of them is female. Meanwhile King Julien is almost certainly Bi the Way. Short of transferring OC female penguins, or going with Anybody/Marlene, gay is your only choice.
  • Metalocalypse, with its nearly all-male recurring cast, is ripe for this trope. While all of Dethklok does show interest in women (specifically, ladies), and Skwisgaar and Nathan actually shown in bed with a few, all of the notable women they date look like the other band members. Combine that with the mountains and mountains of gay innuendo, the band's canon relationship as True Companions, and the rampant substance abuse in the show, it doesn't even necessarily have to be a matter of Everyone Is Gay as much as No One Is Straight.
    • The creators are fully aware of it, too. An entire episode was devoted to a Dethklok fan-convention that cheerfully featured notable works of homos-erotics fan art actually produced by the slash fandom, and Murderface (the least popular band member and the one most likely to be canonically attracted to dudes) attempts plastic surgery so that fangirls will write more slash about him.
  • South Park, probably because there are so few important girl characters other than Wendy and Bebe. This despite how every one of the boys (including Butters and Cartman) have shown attraction to woman, many (including Butters) have stated that they're straight, and Stan had an off and on relationship with Wendy.
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants. Bikini Bottom is the gay district.
  • Transformers, for all of your CLANG CLANG CLANG action. Granted, giant alien robots are technically sexless, and the few female gendered Transformers are heavily outnumbered by the male gendered ones.
  • When the My Little Pony fandom isn't shipping the ponies with OCs or genderswapping the characters, they ship them with each other, and inevitably this trope is the result. The Improbably Female Cast in all series certainly helps, with G3 lacking any male characters aside from Spike.
    • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom deserve special mention for the sheer size of the fanfiction community and its adherence to this trope. However, while Spike and Big Macintosh are the only male characters who regularly feature in shipping fics, they are paired with a lot of mares (occasionally at the same time).
      • Even with the Improbably Female Cast, there a still a few male/male pairings, such as Braeburn/Soarin' and Big Macintosh/Caramel.
      • There's also the Everypony's Gay for Braeburn meme...
    • It's also just as regularly played with, as it's just as common to see fics where Equestria is a world where Everyone Is Bi.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy, mostly due to shortage of "normal" female characters. Edd/Eddy is one of the most popular ships.
  • Due to the team mostly being very attractive guys, Young Justice fanfics are full of this.
  • Common with the Static Shock fandom. Irony kicks in however because the comic actually dealt with Virgil coming to terms with his homophobia.

     Radio  

  • Cabin Pressure. With a core cast consisting of three men and one older woman (who is moreover the mother of one of the men), what else are frustrated fan fic authors to do?

     Real Life  

  • According to the comments sections of any given celebrity gossip blog, every attractive male celebrity is gay. No exceptions. If he has a girlfriend, she's The Beard. If he's seen in the company of another male more than once, this other man is his secret lover. If he marries a woman and gets her pregnant several times, it's a calculated move to protect his career by appearing heteronormative (which gives us the bonus Unfortunate Implications that all famous closeted homosexual men are perfectly happy to callously use other human beings, even their own children, for material gain). If he has stated on the record that he is actually bisexual, he defaults to gay because male bisexuality doesn't exist. If you point out that there is nothing beyond unfounded gossip to indicate his sexual orientation one way or the other, you are automatically a fat, ugly fangirl who is deluding herself and the sole reason gays are terrified to come out of the closet. Not surprisingly, no one ever questions the sexuality of, say, Steve Buscemi, Ernest Borgnine or any other male performer who is not conventionally attractive.


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