"To join a gym you have to go a lot to get it to work, you gotta keep goin' and goin'. I don't know how these gay guys can do it. Every gay guy is built like a body-builder: when did that start to happen?"
"...And they basically just work out the chest, arms, and abs. Fuck the legs."
— Bruce Daniels
A rather common gay stereotype. A man who is constantly concerned with working out at the gym, not to stay healthy, but as a rather vain attempt to hold onto his youthful looks for as long as possible. It's not unusual for him to be Hollywood Pudgy
, thinking his body is never
quite good enough as he dives headfirst into the Spear Counterpart
for anorexia. He also uses the Gym as a possible meeting place for potential mates. In many cases, he shows an interest in sports and athletics as well, especially when younger. In this instance, he is generally just portrayed as the gay version of a Jock or a Straight Gay
. In many cases, however, he doesn't know the first thing about sports and is only exercising for the superficial benefits.
See Manly Gay
and Macho Camp
. Compare/contrast with Lesbian Jock
, who tends to have a more genuine interest in athletics but might also use it to pick up women. Compare also the Lipstick Lesbian
; both the Gym Bunny and Lipstick Lesbian are used as opposite sex fanservice
in very similar ways (a gay character that an opposite-sex viewer is likely to find attractive).
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Live Action TV
- Jack of Will and Grace often displayed aspects of this trope.
- Jack from Dawson's Creek in the latter seasons.
- Gilmore Girls had Michel Gerard a character who constantly watched his calorie intake and apparently spent a lot of time working out to keep what he considered a proper male figure. However Gerard was specifically shown to not be gay, he was more of a depiction of a modern dandy.
- The Todd is portrayed as a bisexual version of this in Scrubs, occasionally.
- Riley in Degrassi The Next Generation could be seen as this, except that the reason he works out so strenuously is to convince himself that he's not gay.
- The whole cast of Queer as Folk.
- Taken to an extreme with Ben during the steroid arc
- Kevin from Dante's Cove. Several other characters from the show also have elements of this.
- One of Mad TV's skits with Lida and Molina (a pair of ditzy Latinas) has them hanging out with a group of buff men at a park working out...only to later realize that they're all gay.
- Discussed on Sex and the City. When asked why gay guys spend so much time at the gym, one of the women says it's because of the possibility of having sex, and points out that if straight guys had the opportunity to have sex at the gym, they'd go more often.
- Stewie leaned in this direction in the Family Guy episode in which he was taking steroids.
- Well, not as TV wants you to believe, but is considered a sub-set of gay culture, much like Bears. There are also many gay men of this type who such have a complex about their bodies to the point that it's disordered.
- There are plenty of straight guys who act like this as well, working out purely for aesthetic reasons so they can get with the ladies. A distressing number of them can't seem to understand why anyone would work out for anything but purely aesthetic reasons, or not work out at all.