Noahs Arc is a LGBT comedy/drama that ran on Logo from 2005 to 2006 for two seasons. The series centered around a group of Black gay male friends' lives and romances around Los Angeles. While the series bore some similarities to Queer as Folk, it managed to carve its own niche, plus received credit for its portayals of LGBT people of color.
Tropes associated with Noah's Arc include:
Aborted Declaration of Love: In the movie, Brandon challenges Ricky to confess his love for Noah. Ricky goes up to him, but can't get out the words.
Absent-Minded Professor: Deconstructed with Chance. When he has moments of forgetfulness (which are more frequent than the rest of the cast, it initially is played for laughs. Later on though, the behavior is gradually linked to his stresses at home (especially regarding his husband and stepdaughter).
Age-Appropriate Angst: Brandon's reaction towards Ricky's lack of any meaningful interest in him beyond sex, though its fairly subdued compared to most examples of this trope.
Allergic to Love: Played with. At the start of one episode Ricky looks unusually pale, and Noah askes if hes sick. Ricky says he thinks hes "falling in love", implied to be thinking about Junito, and then passes out. He wakes up later in a hospital (come to find out, it was a Staph infection).
Attention Whore: Ricky, whose promiscuity is at least in part due to this. In fact, when his employee doesn't actively pursue him he relentlessly tries to understand why, actually confronting the employee about it.
Badass Gay: Wade, specifically after Noah is gay bashed. Wade goes out and gets revenge.
Bait and Switch: A notable one at the start of the second season.. Noah is talking about this guy who he may be in love with, and based on the first season its implied to be Wade (the One True Pairing). When we actually see the guy its Malik, who Noah cheated on Wade with earlier as part of a random hookup.
The Beard: Guy's fiancee is apparently unwittingly this.
Beach Episode: The last episode of the second season, during the Pride beach party. Though the first half of the episode plays the trope straight (purely fanservice and relatively relaxed), the last half cranks the drama Up to Eleven.
Berserk Button: Ricky is typically as carefree as they come, but if he feels for a second that Noah is threatened he WILL let you know how he feels.
Beta Couple: Alex+Trey and Chance+Eddie typically play this role to Noah+his boyfriend at the time.
Better as Friends: Ricky and Noah, despite Ricky admitting he is deeply in love with Noah.
Book Ends: The TV series opens and ends on the beach (with the beach not being seen all too frequently in between).
Boomerang Bigot: Wade is this early on, with a very vocal aversion to gays despite being gay himself.
Brain Bleach: Some of Ricky's descriptions of his sexual escapades illicit this reaction from his friends.
Broken Aesop: In the movie, when Noah finds out Alex is addicted to caffeine pills he takes it very seriously, and thats where the Drugs Are Bad aesop is played out. But throughout the movie we've seen Brandy enjoy a variety of drugs quite a bit harsher than caffeine, and its all Played for Laughs with no real consequences.
Buddy Cop Show: The movie Wade had written appears to be one of these (based on the lines we overhear and what Wade and Noah discuss).
The Cameo: Raz B from B 2 K as a patient in one episode.
Camp Gay: Alex, and to a lesser extent, Noah (Both are feminine, but Alex is more outspoken and flamboyant).
Catchphrase: Alex: Whats the T! (Often followed by "gurl")
Character Development: Though all the characters go through some, Ricky gets a special mention to gradually growing from a stock All Gays Are Promiscuous stereotype to a much more multifaceted character as the series (and movie) progress.
Noah: "Wow Wade, thats one big truck. Hope you're not compensating for anything."
Wade: "Nah playa, it's all good in my hood."
Corrupt the Cutie: Ricky actively tries to corrupt his boyfriend Junito by setting him up on sex dates. While Junito is monogamous and believes in love and affection before all else, Ricky sets him up on sex dates in order to turn him into a promiscuous sex maniac just like himself (mainly so he can feel they're on equal footing).
Costume Porn: The fashion show, which has some wildly elaborate outfits even by fashion show standards.
Crossdresser: Romeo borders between this and a VERY effeminate man.
Dating Do-Si-Do: This is mostly avertedin the series, but played very straight in the movie with lot of sexual crossovers between Noah, Wade, Baby Gat, Chance, Ricky, Brandon, and Eddie (basically all the main characters except Alex).
Devoted to You: Noah seems to have continuous access to deeply dedicated boyfriends, with little real effort on his part. At one point even a millionaire rapper pursues him.
Dogged Nice Guy: Interestingly enough, Ricky is this to Noah. Ricky shows increasing emotional investment and protectiveness of Noah, particularly after the gay bashing, but it's revealed in the movie that Ricky has actually been in love with him for some time.
Double Date: Happens with Dre (who is with Noah's ex Wade) inviting Noah over for dinner. Unbeknownst to Noah, this is to set him up with Dre's friend Quincy. Though theres clear Unresolved Sexual Tension between Wade and Noah, in later episodes Noah actually does start to fall for Quincy.
Downer Ending: Subverted at the end of the Noahs Arc first season. Wade just broke up with Noah, Chance's new husband is unconscious, Trey separated from Alex for a 6 month relief mission, and Ricky broke up with his love Junito. Though it seems objectively depressing, Noah, Chance, Alex and Ricky find comfort in each other and all just laugh about it. The trope is played much more straight at the end of season 2 however.....
Drag Queen: Alex, with Noah, Ricky and Chance as drag backup singers in one episode.
Establishing Character Moment: In the very first episode, Ricky has two. The opening scene has him flirting up and getting a number from a guy on the beach. The thid or so scene that we see him in next hes in his store having sex with his employee.
Fat Best Friend: Alex is a definite Type A, being the loud, fun, outspoken and confrontational one of the group.
Finish Dialogue in Unison: Happens numerous times to the point of being a Running Gag, three times in the first episode alone. Typically one of the four main cast starts the sentence and the other three finish it together.
Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Subverted in the movie where Noah and Wade seem to start to give the same answers to relationship questions, but end with completely different ones. This is the first major sign they're have deeper relationship issues.
The Hero: Noah fits in that he has virtually all the non-combat qualities listed for the trope. He's the protagonist, is morally superior (frequently choosing Honor Before Reason), and compared to the rest of the group has a more balanced personality. He's the one who holds the group together, frequently reminding everyone how much they care about each other, and is almost always right in situations where he provides guidance/leadership. Even the wearing red/blue somewhat fits, as there are several scenes where he wears red specifically to make him stand out from the rest of the cast. He's also invariably front and center in any promotional photos and more often than not in scenes where the whole main cast is together.
The Lancer: Ricky, as a very clear foil to Noah. While Noah is very moral, relationship-oriented, romantic, and holds the group together, Ricky is much more pragmatic, highly promiscuous, sexually detached, and more than willing to abandon the group over a one-night stand. The stark contrast between them is lampshaded by both of them at different points in the series. Also, Ricky, Noah and Wade are involved in a love triangle highlighted in the movie.
The Smart Guy: Chance, being a college professor continually in pursuit of his academics. He also is a bit more withdrawn compared with the rest of the cast, and often will explain more complex matters to the rest of the group (often doubling as Mr. Exposition in the process). Though he doesn't wear them often, hes also the only one of the main cast who wears glasses, and is fairly thin compared to the more muscular (and in Alex's case, thicker) cast members.
The Big Guy: Alex is a class 4, being outspoken, boisterous and dramatic. Though kind, he is the most aggressive and confrontational of the group when threatened. He is also an Emotional Bruiser.
The One Guy: Wade; though the cast is made up of guys, Wade is by far the most masculine and lacks the "girlfriends" dynamic that the rest of the group share. He's also used for fanservice VERY frequently, as opposed to the main four cast members. And he's in a relationship with Noah.
Foreshadowing: At the start of an episode, Chance is giving Noah advice that there's always a time when a man has to choose between his principles and his paycheck. During the next episode, Chance has to choose between helping a lesbian couple and allowing Eddie to keep his career (one of the lesbians is Eddie's boss's wife).
Fourth Date Marriage: Fourth date is an exaggeration, but its revealed early on that Chance and Eddie have only known each other for six months at the start of the series, considering marriage (and get married very soon into the series) and are moving in together. This is also notable for being portayed as a Fourth Date Marriage in-universe.
Flying Under the Gaydar: In an episode where Noah wants to go to a bar to meet Wade's friends, Wade gets Noah to tone down his look for this purpose.
Guy on Guy Is Hot: Brandy definitely believes this, though overall it goes without saying for the genre.
Henpecked Husband: Trey increasing becomes this as Alex's demanding nature is highlighted as the first season progresses. Interestingly, rather than being Played for Laughs its taken as a serious relationship issue (for which they even go to counseling).
Honor Before Reason: This is one of Noah's more frequently seen characteristics, such as in one episode where he turns down a $4000 check from Wade because he feels he should get himself out of his financial mess (despite having to sell his beloved car to do so).
Hopeless Suitor: Baby Gat from Noahs Arc relentlessly pursues Noah, particularly in the movie (to no avail).
Hospital Hottie: Junito, the attractive young physician (and Ricky's major love interest).
Hot Teacher: Chance, having a student and teachers aide pursue him as well as being fanservice in his own right the few times we see him shirtless. Note that though he is the oldest of the main four cast, hes still quite young for a college professor in his position.
Hypocrite: A notable example is when Noah enters a sex party to try and find Ricky, and a guy tries to aggressively flirt with him. Malik immediately steps in and tell him to back off, and that no means no. He then immediately proceeeds to flirt with Noah even more aggressively, as Noah says no.
Imaginary Love Triangle: Interesting subversion between Alex, Trey and Guy. Alex suspects Trey may be cheating on him with Guy. Turns out Trey is completely innocent, though we find later that Guy has been secretly pursing Trey (Trey being oblivious to this).
It's All About Me: Noah seems to fall into this regarding his relationships, and occassionally catches himself not really giving the same focus to his friends' relationship issues as they give him. Its highlighted at the end of one episode where Ricky just went through a breakup and is clearly depressed, and Noah calls him to complain about the "emergency" of Wade wanting to go house hunting with him.
Jerk Ass: Ricky can come off as this at times, particularly when putting his consorts before his friends, although....
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: After the gay bashing he fits this role much more regarding Noah, which makes sense given that he's secretly in love with him.
Jizzed in My Pants: This is what happens to Noah during his and Ricky's sexual experience in a flashback.
Karma Houdini: To an extent, Noah. For how relationship-focused he seems to be, he cheated on his first love, lead on two other boyfriends and broke up with them because he essentially got disinterested, and relentlessly pursued and had sex with Wade knowing he was in a happy relationship. If it were any other character doing these things to Noah, they would be dismissed as a jerk, but Noah is never once called out on this.
Lady Drunk: Brandy is a bit younger than the typical Lady Drunk, but still fits the trope otherwise (her position of power somewhat puts her in an "older" role). Her jaded and sarcastic personality also fits the trope.
Hard-Drinking Party Girl: As seen in the movie, where Brandy takes on an unusually fun, playful demeanor with Alex and the rest of the group.
Ladykiller in Love: Ricky with Junito (though he never breaks his promiscuous ways for long).
Macho Camp: A variant in Alex; while he may not be super-muscular, he is larger than most of the cast and physicially doesn't fit the stereotypical slim and toned physique that the rest of the cast does. He's also the most campy one of the 4 main characters.
Madonna-Whore Complex: Initially it appears that Ricky doesn't want to have sex with Junito because Junito is HIV positive. Ricky later confesses that it's because Ricky's falling in love with him, despite having had random sex partners in the quadruple digits.
Manipulative Bastard: Guy, who bit by bit manipulate both Alex and Trey in an attempt to get Alex out of the picture and be with Trey. His plan is effective enough that at one point even Noah, Ricky and Chance are questioning Alex's credibility.
The Plan: Guy basically wants to make Alex appear to be vindictive and manipulative while making himself seem kind and heroic through a series of planned yet seemingly coincidental acts. In the end though, he is....
Out-Gambitted: For someone with such a subtle and elaborate plan, he's tricked rather easily by a simple fake note.
Masculine Boy Feminine Boy: Noah's feminine to Wade's masculine, Alex's feminine to Trey's masculine. To a lesser extent, Chance's feminine to Eddie's masculine.
Men Prefer Strong Men: When Wade and noah briefly live together for the first time, Noah sees all the beauty products Wade uses. Noah later comments with his friends about how the whole "metrosexuality" thing is a bit of turn off and prefers a strong, rugged man.
Men Are Uncultured: A variant: Masculine guy Wade invites the artsy, feminine Noah to watch the movie he worked on. Its turns out to be a cheesy, low-brow Buddy Cop Show film, during which Noah quickly falls asleep.
Monochrome Casting: Almost everyone any of the characters interacts with is either black or latino. You can count the number of white people seen throughout the series on one hand.
Moral Myopia: One that stands out is based on Ricky's protectiveness of Noah. Ricky makes it clear that if Wade so much as looks at another guy, he'll have Ricky to answer to. Yet when Noah cheats on Wade, not only does Ricky not call Noah out on it, he actually is upset with Wade over leaving Noah for that.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Its strongly implied Guy is planning to get rid of Alex and make it look like a suicide in order to be with Trey (note that Trey is totally oblivious to any of this.
Nice Guy: Junito is probably the best example, being consistently kind, courteous, patient and understanding with Ricky (who is a promiscuous, emotionally stunted, and often times Jerkass individual).
No Bisexuals: Men in the Noah's Arc universe are apparently only gay, straight, or closeted. Even characters who have at least been implied to have had opposite sex relationships, such as Wade and Guy, are depicted as doing so solely to hide feelings for males or out of a poor understanding of their own sexuality.
Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Frequently occurs, usually with Wade (or Noah's boyfriend at the time) slinging the guilt at Noah (for Noah cheating, wanting to break up, etc).
Oh Crap: Several throughout the series, but Eddie has a particularly epic one when Chance catches him with another guy via Car Meets House.
Teacher/Student Romance: In the movie, Brandon has a crush on his teacher Chance, who consistently ignores his advances....until Chance is having problems in his own relationship. Chance gives in for one night, but things return to the Status Quo afterwards.
Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Noah and Wade. Also, Junito and Ricky (though Ricky's "manly" tends to be sexually aggressive and detached).
Team Dad: Chance, being the typically more rational, level-headed leader. Also is the oldest of the main 4 characters.
Team Mom: Alex generally falls into this role, being more warm and nurturing.
The Heart: This is Noah's role, as hes often the "peacekeeper" of the group and reminds everyone else how much they care about each other.
The Resenter: This is a big part of Guy's motivation. He resents Alex for having a man like Trey and treating him the way that he does, so he goes out to get Trey for himself.
Token Minority: Ricky and later Junito (Latino), who are the only non-African-Americans of the cast.
Traitor Shot: This is one of the clues that Guy's motivations aren't what they appear. Interestingly, he gets far more of these after he's revealed to be the bad guy.
Triang Relations: Three type 4 examples: The first is Trey, Alex and Guy, with Guy pining after Trey who is in a relationship with Alex. The second is Noah, Wade and Ricky (it is revealed in the movie that Ricky has been in love with Noah for some time, while Noah is happily with Wade). Noah, Wade and Baby Gat have a similar dynamic.
True Companions: Noah, Ricky, Alex and Chance, who see themselves as family and explicitly state that nothing they go through can break their bond.
Unable to Cry: Noah immediately post-gay bashing. His breakdown does come soon after though.
Uncle Tomfoolery: Alex, with his over the top mannerisms, falls into this at times.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: This is Noah and Wade's driving dynamic early on before they get together and when they reconnect after their break up and getting other boyfriends.
Vigilante Beatdown: When one of the guys who gay bashes Noah gets off with a minimal sentence, Wade goes to beat them down (and judging by how badly he beats on the guy, he probably did intend to kill him).
Visual Pun: At the start of the second season Noah is trying to figure out if Malik is the one. His friends tell him to kiss him, and if the earth moves he knows its love. Noah kisses him, and an actual earthquake occurs.
Waking Up Elsewhere: Happens with Ricky following passing out due to an infection, waking up in a hospital.
Weddings for Everyone: Subverted. Just before Chance and Eddie's wedding Alex comes across a ring and two plane tickets in Trey's jacket, and thinks Trey is getting ready to propose. When Eddie and Chance sign the commitment papers, Alex jumps up to ask if they can do another wedding, and says he'll marry Trey. Turns out the tickets were for him andGuy to go on a six month relief mission in Africa, and the ring is just to remind Alex that Trey loves him.