"Every man ought to be a macho macho manIn most Western media, a man who is Camp Gay is usually of thin or average build. Not so here. Macho Camp is what you get when a campish character looks large and muscular, most often to bodybuilder level builds. Some are in the Transparent Closet, and vehemently deny their gayness, while others are quite open about it, and sometimes it's just never addressed, but one thing's for sure: it's really not something you want to tease them about. They do have muscles on muscles, after all. Though the trope usually involves campy behavior, such characters are also often portrayed as being so overly manly that it becomes impossible to take seriously. These types tend to be prone to flexing and talking about how macho they are, all the while being a rather obvious gay stereotype. This stereotype is somewhat more common in East Asian cultures (where it has become the default gay stereotype, as fashion-conscious pretty boys are more associated with heterosexuals there) than in the US, but is still seen in Western media (Ric Flair being a well-know example). Almost always Played for Laughs, such characters are often introduced to be Plucky Comic Relief, or to hit on the straight guy who can do little to stop it. In Japan, the stereotype has been named "Hard Gay". While it's possible to be camp but not gay, combining this trope with Camp Straight is difficult to do in a way that doesn't just look like a straightforward case of Testosterone Poisoning or perhaps Real Men Wear Pink. And while there's nothing really stopping writers from creating bisexual or asexual Macho Camp characters, it's rather uncommon. See also Camp Gay. Contrast with Straight Gay. If a muscular-looking character is gay, but not a stereotype, then he's Manly Gay. If you're looking for works that are both campy and macho, see Testosterone Poisoning. May overlap with the Bara Genre in Japanese media.
Have the kinda body always in demand"
Have the kinda body always in demand"
— The Village People, "Macho Man"
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- Scarron from The Familiar of Zero.
- Muscle Okama from Zettai Karen Children. Besides the leather getup, his psychic ability is crotch beams. As if calling a Macho Camp character "okama" weren't enough...
- Despite the large number of cute Petting Zoo People girls in the show and Keita's clear interest in them, Inukami! has plenty of manservice in the form of Macho Campers; disturbingly so. Keita is on the receiving end of most of it, and is respected among the fetish and Macho Camp communities. The show has plenty of Censor Steam in the form of elephants on top of all this. It even goes so far as to give these men their own version of the ending once.
- Parodied in the Fanservice showdown in Aoi House In Love!
- Borderline case: Gateau Mocha from Sorcerer Hunters. More exactly, a Macho Bisexual who loves to flirt with not only girls but with his friend Marron, a very girly-looking bishonen. Even more in the dubs.
- In Bleach, one of Barragan's fraccion is the very flamboyant, yet very muscular Charlotte Cuuhlhorne. Though there is a small chance he may just be a crossdresser...
- Fullmetal Alchemist's Garfiel. Though he might be more of a Camp Gay character depending on how you interpret him (he even cross-dresses from time to time and has an over-the-top feminine walk).
- It's somewhat doubtful that Geki Hyuuma, the comm-crushing, tanktop-spacesuit-wearing, ever-flexing (even in space) Lancer of GaoGaiGar's Gutsy Galaxy Guard is actually gay. But it is certain that he takes this trope as far as his Hot Bloodedness, which is to say that eleven is a good start.
- Hapshiel the Angel from Macademi Wasshoi. Finea, Eneus' little sister, is repeatedly sent to him by Eitarou in episode nine and, despite the scarring she most likely got from seeing a muscular man in very little kiss her multiple times over, keeps going back.
- In the Distant Finale of Dragon Ball Z, Trunks is horrified to discover that his opponent (named Otokosuki, or "man-love") looks Manly Gay but acts Camp Gay and is positively thrilled that Trunks is such a pretty young man.
- General Blue of the Red Ribbon Army from Dragon Ball also comes across as both Camp and Macho Camp (but calling him gay is his Berserk Button). General Blue, the humorously homosexual, yet frighteningly powerful villain who gives Goku a run for his money until he is killed by billion-zeni mercenary Tao Pai Pai.
- Lussuria from Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. See also Depraved Homosexual and Camp Gay.
- Mokoyama from Yakitate!! Japan is a big muscle-man who's into crochet and baking pastries, and likes to refer to his rival Ken Matsuhiro as "Ken-chan".
- Alain Delon in Beelzebub is turning (maybe flanderization?) into such a Camp Gay, with touches of Gayngster, working for Hell and all. There may still be Obfuscating Stupidity at work, but nothing's sure.
- France from Axis Powers Hetalia falls under this - he's got that Perma-Stubble paired with that long, luscious and high-maintenance hair, for starters. Most art makes him rather muscular, some doesn't. But he's pansexual rather than gay.
- Sugarboy from Fairy Tail.
- One-Punch Man: Pri-Pri-Prisoner. Muscled enough to rip all his clothes when he flexes, and gay enough that his superheroing uniform's a cute little sweater with a big red heart in it. And also has... self-restraint problems when it comes to handsome men, which are why he's a prisoner to start with (he put himself there so as to not use his spare time just chasing them).
- Stardust has Captain Shakespeare, hiding inside a Transparent Closet. Granted, in private he's very much a Camp Gay, but it's undeniable that he's badass and a very competent pirate.
- The black firefighter in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry became this once he came out.
- Phantom of the Paradise features Beef, a barrel-chested, lisping, makeup-wearing, Meat Loaf-adjacent glam rocker. Beef is the rare blend of this trope and Camp Gay, with an added dash of Bury Your Gays.
- Laharl's uncle Vesuvius from the Disgaea novels is a very feminine macho man. He talks like a woman and literally wears pink, but it's unknown if he is truly gay because he is married to a woman, a really horrible woman at that. Though it just might be because he is such a masochist and she is a Torture Technician.
- Mua, the huge, muscular valet to the Dancers in "Cata", the John Ringo and Jody Lyn Nye story in the Shared Universe book Exile: Clan of the Claw. Interesting twist in that he's a non-human version of this being a feline humanoid. Word to the wise, do not hurt his lover Emero or he will get Bronze Age on your ass.
- Rammstein's videoclip for Mann Gegen Mann is all over this trope. Probably NSFW, by the way.
- More context — Rammstein has a history of having fun with their status as a generally left-wing band with a right-wing fanbase. In "Mann Gegen Mann" (literally: "man against man" — in context, "man rubbing up against man man"), they have a bit of fun at the expense of the homophobes among their fans while playing out the usual straight stereotype of "gay men have an easier time looking for sex." The multi-racial man-orgy in the video is an extra Take That! to any racists in their fanbase.
- "Macho Man" by The Village People.
- Freddie Mercury, Queen's resident Large Ham, enjoyed invoking this trope by mixing homoerotic innuendo and imagery (like cross-dressing in the music video for "I Want to Break Free") with an overload of masculinity (like his Porn Stache, Carpet of Virility, and muscular physique).
- Wrestlers with particularly flamboyant stage personalities get accused of this even if its not part of their angle. One of the earliest was Ric Flair (who would often make his entrance in floor length sequined coats with fur trimming).
- This is partially because the prototypical example Gorgeous George, did have this as part of his angle (he was not the first ambiguously gay professional wrestler, but was the first one to make it really big.)
- In Final Fantasy VII's famous Honeybee Inn sequence, if Cloud chooses the "Group Room", he ends up stuck in a room full of these types, led by a man named Mukki. If he instead picks the "&$#% Room", after having a mild panic attack, Cloud will be woken up rather violently by Mukki... and the preceding text strongly implies that he was masturbated first.
- Breath of Fire often tend to feature battles with muscly, oily men in speedos... often with absolutely no explanation whatsoever.
- An enemy type in Elona. Despite the name, the Macho Camper has the appearance of a punk or gang member (also enemy types), and explodes on contact as their primary and only method of attack, making them almost no different from the Kamikaze Samurai.
- Cho Aniki is largely based on this, especially the later games. (It currently provides the illo for this trope.) Nearly nude muscle men fly around space shooting gooey energy out of their phallic heads to do battle with other naked space monsters that are usually conglomerations of big muscular men with fairy wings or something. Please see here for a comprehensive analysis of this series. It's something that should not be missed. Really.
- Muscle March is about several overly muscular half-naked men running in a row while flexing their muscles in various ways.
- This ad shows what the game is about while in itself being a perfect example of this trope.
- Violent Storm has Julius, who even ATTACKS BY FLEXING. Beauty Is Power indeed.
- Silver and Gold from God Hand. They look Macho Manly Gay, they act Camp Gay. It's funny until they start beating the ever-loving hell out of you.
- Kanji from Persona 4 is afraid of being seen as this, or even stereotypically gay, just because he's, well... confused. Unfortunately for him, his Shadow plays it up for all that its worth, with a boss fight against it in the form of a muscle-bound body, a rose bouquet for a head (which is the 'gay male' flower), and Shadow-Kanji's naked torso hanging out of it, escorted by two Cho Aniki-style minibosses.
- Half of Kessen II's cast is running dangerously close with extravagance piled upon muscles piled upon extravagance. And funny hats.
- Shadow Hearts: Joachim Valentine and The Great Gama carry a noticeable aura that says basically, "Just because I'm gay doesn't mean I can't crush your bones." Also, you unlock another character's special modes by paying a Camp Gay tailor with trading cards of men.
- In Super Gem Fighter, Sakura has a special attack that summons a bunch of Macho Camp men to grab the opponent, run offscreen with him, and... well, whatever it is that they're doing to him, it involves about 20 hits of damage. And then Sakura's opponent is thrown back onto the screen, looking like s/he actually enjoyed it, male or female...
- The third game in the Streets of Rage series had a Macho Camp miniboss named Ash who ran around, bodyslammed you, and then giggled like a little girl. When you beat him, he'd sit on the ground and cry. After beating him, you could use him as a player character. For obvious reasons, he was dummied out of the US version — although it's still possible to play him using Game Genie codes.
- A very distinct version of this trope, the often crazy Ganbare Goemon game series. The psychics that tell you where to go to advance the story are wearing very little, surrounded by dancing, buff male statues. Similarly, the game "punishes" you for getting a game over by showing the "Continue?" option surrounded scantily-clad oni hula-hooping at you. If you choose to continue, the oni will start hula-hooping towards the camera. Oh, did we mention that the camera is placed at crotch level?
- Gallacher from Absolute Obedience is an example, and the only main character to not actually engage in any of the sex scenes. Which isn't all that surprising, given the target audience.
- Ryan Yamazaki in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle. He's fittingly the owner of a gym and gives Travis Training from Hell while also flirting with him.
- Mount Your Friends: You control a muscular athlete whose goal is to climb a pile of similarly muscular athletes. It's as homoerotic as it sounds.
- In Absolute Despair Girls, Kurokuma sarcastically asks Nagito if he's this in the Japanese version, referencing the chained Slave Collar he wears.
- Jean Armstrong from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials & Tribulations is a beefy fellow obsessed with aromatherapy, the color pink, and other feminine things. He even refers to himself as a woman (occasionally, he obviously does not believe he is a woman), and flirts with both Phoenix and Godot fairly blatantly.
- Chousen, the Genderflipped version of Diao Chan in KoihimeMusou. Enjoy the scary, kids!
- Montrose from The Leet World is this and Camp Gay, with his character model being with bared, muscled arms and a bandana, being called the best shot on the Terrorist team aside from Cortez by Cortez, and having an unforgettable comeback line — but he has said something which really make you say "gay." And was the character most pre-concerned with cleaning up the house.
- In the Alternate History story Malę Rising, Theodore Roosevelt is this as a result of the butterfly effect. One reader noted that it gives a whole new meaning to the term "Bull Moose". Still no less badass, though he becomes a noted pacifist instead of a war hawk, and he directs his energies (not those kinds!) into journalism instead of the military and the Presidency.
- The Adeptus Custodes have become this in If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device. It's presented as a devolution from their previous mannerisms, since the Emperor would rather they be out crusading and protecting mankind rather than sitting in the palace working out their boredom through muscle-oiling contests.
- Vineswole, one of Vinesauce's mascots, seems to embody this trope.
- This suits Gilmore from Critical Role better than Camp Gay. He's flamboyant and fabulous and full of Ho Yay to be sure, but in his first appearance he's described as having "big, meaty hands" and a goatee, and he can lift Vax into the air and over a countertop with relative ease.
- He-Man, the eponymous hero of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), has often been interpreted as such, as his character design seemed based around revealing as much skin as was legal in a G-rated cartoon, and in his civilian garb he wore a pink shirt. Many camera shots also seem intended to have shown his flesh, but his onscreen behavior sometimes did, and sometimes did not, corroborate the fan theory.
- Ironically, the 2000's reboot has Cam Clarke as the voice actor for He-Man/Prince Adam, and he actually is gay.
- Talking about it, Uruguayan Web Original parody maker ElBananero once took this concept about He-Man and just ran away with it. Depending on your views, it may be either offensive or utterly stupid and hilarious.
- The second Johnny Bravo pilot ends with the titular character getting blown off the Island of Beautiful Women and ending up on "the Island of Beautiful Men". Needless to say, after trying to score with an entire tribe of Amazon women, this was most certainly NOT what he was hoping for.
- The Simpsons: "Homer's Phobia"' featured a number of this type at a steel mill. Homer had thought that seeing American Joes hard at work would "cure" Bart of his (believed) homosexuality. It didn't. "We work hard -- we play hard!"
Bart: Dad, why did you bring me to a gay steel mill?
Homer: I... don't know.
- Shore Leave of The Venture Bros., who combines a Camp Gay attitude with the kind of physique appropriate to his job as a special ops agent. His first appearance with a group of other agents even looks like The Village People.
- Mr. Slave from South Park, often seen along with (Camp Gay) Mr. Garrison.
- In the episode "Workin' the Steel" on Sons of Butcher, Ricky tries to get advice on how to score with women from two guys who fit this trope. They're fond of calling anything that doesn't fit within their view of masculinity "queer".
- Philippe, Duke of Orleans (1640-1701), younger brother of King Louis XIV of France. Openly gay and flamboyantly effeminate, he was also a genuine military hero. In his youth he was recognised for his personal courage at the battles of Tournai and Douai, and he also achieved great success as a commander by defeating the Dutch at the Battle of Cassel in 1677.
- John Barrowman loves to invoke this trope. Being a Large Ham doesn't hurt either.
- Charles Nelson Reilly, star of the Match Game who showed signs of campiness, parodied himself by saying "Yo!" in a manly tone, talked about how "butch" he was, and on an Entertainment Tonight interview in 2002, never purposefully hid his gayness from anyone.