- The Star-Crossed Lovers trope is Older Than Dirt and used for so many love stories already, so it stands that it can be used for a same-sex tale of romance and woe.
- Rule of Drama: The geeky gay and jock not only come from different "classes" (so to speak) but also face different hurdles in a Coming-Out Story: The geeky gay always is less conventionally masculine, so he doesn't have much to lose by being honest and open. The jock character, by contrast is a Straight Gay, and by coming out may lose a lot more, especially dropping down the social ladder which can lead to tons of conflict and obstacles for the pair getting together.
- Most of these writers are gay and this trope could be construed as a form of Wish Fulfillment: The shy, awkward boy landing a popular handsome athlete is a pretty common fantasy amongst gay men, so it stands that this convention would be pretty prominent.
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- In Gotham Academy Colton Rivera starts out crushing on school tennis star Kyle Mizoguchi and his attraction to him only becomes more pronounced over the series though he never outright admits it to Kyle and while Kyle almost puts it together during the second semester he gets distracted and is still in love with Olive anyway.
- One of the subplots in Another Gay Movie was between the nerdy Griff and the athletic Jarod figuring out their feelings for one another.
- The British film Get Real had the Shrinking Violet Steven discovering jock and School Idol John was gay after he found him cruising in public toilets. They later start a relationship.
- Were the World Mine has Timothy, the only openly gay boy in his class, in love with Lovable Jock Jonathon, the captain of his school's rugby team.
- The film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this plays out just like in the novel (see below).
- Genderflipped in Show Me Love, where the quiet and almost completely isolated Agnes falls in love with Lovable Alpha Bitch Elin. They get together.
- Basketball Jones, a gay African-American romance novel by E. Lynn Harris featured a smart, studious man carrying on a secret affair with a basketball player.
- Geography Club used this trope in 1998note with the geeky Rusty falling in love with Kevin, a closeted baseball player. Gender Flipped with his best friend, the bisexual Asian and Nerdy Min secretly dating soccer player Terese, and in a later book in the series, falling in love with a cheerleader.
- Played with in The Golden Feather. The main character is socially awkward and dorkish, but who also happens to be well-built. The love interest on the other hand is the classic jerkish, popular type but also happens to be short, thin and a closet literature snob.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower has Patrick, falling in love with Brad, the star athlete, as does its movie adaptation (see above).
- "This Year's Prom King" depicts this kind of relationship, with the twist that the jock is the main character doing most of the pursuing as the gay geek is a sarcastic loner who thinks that all jocks are jerks and hates that he's attracted to one.
- Caught Running, a gay romance novel, has this—only this time, it's ten years after high school; the gay guy is a biology teacher, and the popular jock is the baseball coach. Given that it's a romance novel, it ends happily.
- While Simon from Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda isn't specifically seeking a jock, he doesn't mind staring at them. Then in the end it turns out Blue is a jock, as Bram is on the soccer team.
- "Educating Alex" is an early original slash webfiction about openly gay college student Ryan crushing on the athletic Alex who turns out to like him back.
- Inverted in You Know Me Well, where baseball player Mark harbors a crush on his sensitive poet friend Ryan.
- Glee has Camp Gay social outcast Kurt crush on Finn, the quarterback, freaking the latter out. Later, they become friends and stepbrothers after Kurt's dad marries Finn's mom.
- This is later inverted: bullying jock Kurofsky has a crush on Kurt.
- Degrassi first had the Camp Gay Marco and his relationship with star hockey player Dylan, and then later flipped the trope with popular Armored Closet Gay football player Riley and his feelings for the artistic, and very much out of the closet, Zane.
- In an episode, former high school geek is hit on and makes out with the (closeted) former high school jock that tormented him. His Fag Hag teases him about it being the ultimate fantasy of bedding a jock, which he admits.
- Inverted in another episode, where a popular football player, Henry, is more open about being gay than his insecure nerd boyfriend, Brian. Meanwhile, another closeted football player, Nate, is trying to break them up because he wants to be with his teammate. But Henry actually loves the fact that he and Brian are so different and is determined to hold onto him.
- Played with on The King of Queens. When Danny goes to his Class Reunion, he is Mistaken for Gay and manages to accidentally pick up the former football team captain.
- On The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Guillermo was having a secret relationship with Max, who more publicly dated girls like Jenny and Robin.
- This was the initial setup for Billy Crystal's character Jodie in Soap: he was carrying on a secret relationship with a pro football player, and willing to undergo a sex change to maintain it publicly. The jock later dumps him for a woman implied to be The Beard, driving Jodie to a (failed) suicide attempt.
- While not a couple, Moose and Kevin like to hook-up a lot in Riverdale. Moose is a closeted bisexual/gay jock who is on the football team and has a girlfriend, while Kevin is an openly gay boy.
- More a case of Camp Straight Guy Seeks Popular Jock, but it fits. On WWE SmackDown! in 2003, Rico, a Gorgeous George character, was, initially, much more enthusiastic about teaming with Charlie Haas than Haas was.note They actually made a pretty good team and had a brief run with the WWE (SmackDown!) Tag Team Titles.
- Coming Out On Top: Brad, the star quarterback for his college's top football team, is a romance interest for Mark, if you play your cards right.
- This adorable webcomic kind of inverts this trope; the jock starts to fall in love with a pretty little gay Otaku (and Yaoi Fanboy as one panel reveals). They eventually get married.
- CheckPlease seems to avert this, as Bittle, a gay former figure skater and Hockey Player never seems to have interest in anyone through his whole freshman year. Second year plays straight, as he falls for Jack, the team captain. By the end of Bitty's Sophmore year, they start to date.
- Happens with the possibly bisexual Teddy in Best Friends Forever, where he has some unspoken feelings for his best friend and star quarterback Vincent. Interestingly, it's inverted as well, since a lot of the conflict for Vincent in the story is dealing with the fact that he's in love with Teddy and discovering that he's gay.
- The Bright Sessions: One of Dr Bright's patients, Caleb, an empath, befriends lonely classmate Adam on her recommendation after having difficulty shutting out Adam's powerful negative emotions. As they start to genuinely become friends, Caleb begins describing how he feels butterflies from Adam. Caleb realises the butterflies he's feeling are also coming from his own emotions and they get together.
- In a Heartbeat plays with this. Sherwin has a huge crush on the popular boy Jonathan, but he isn't a jock, and Sherwin is afraid of being outed. Plus, they're both in middle school.