"He's not a nancy or anything. He's a proper man, Mr. Alice. He's just a proper man who likes to fuck other men, that's all.
Originally treated as a subversion of the standard gay stereotypes
, the Straight Gay is a homosexual character who has no camp mannerisms
or obviously 'gay' affectations.
In the earliest cases, Straight Gays were mostly there for farcical reasons: perhaps as a misunderstanding in which a straight character ends up unwittingly inviting himself out on a 'date'
with a gay man, or in which a homophobic character espouses his views to a stranger only to find out that the person he's talking to is gay.
Currently, the Straight Gay is Truth in Television
showing the producers understand that not all gay men are screaming 'queens' or muscleheads
, or to provide a more mainstream-friendly gay character
. Alternatively, the plot may hinge on characters not suspecting that a character is gay (ie. they're in the closet), or it may be so incidental to the plot that it's never actually mentioned on-screen
. It's still used for cheap jokes, though
In some cases — especially Soap Operas
— this may be because of a Suddenly Sexuality
switch for a previously heterosexual character.
In real life, the "straight-acting" behavior is sometimes criticized by members of the gay community, with some members accusing straight gays of being insecure and trying too hard to fit in with straights due to not fully accepting their homosexuality. Some people just object to the term itself, feeling that it improperly conflates masculinity with heterosexuality, implying that homosexuality is by default anti-masculine. The other side of this argument is that camp gays are putting on a false over-the-top persona (or turning existing campness Up to Eleven
) either to 'fit in' with other gays, or as an insecure reaction to a mostly straight world.
As a counterpoint to the above, the reason why some heterosexual people reportedly find this trope more appealing than the more Camp ones
is not necessarily because of revulsion
towards homosexual acts themselves.
Straight gay are instead consider preferable, because the queens/flaming types are viewed as attention seekers, or predatory/megalomaniacal.
Often involves a situation where, if the character didn't mention he was gay, the audience would never know it
. Can become anvilicious
depending on how long he goes on about how being gay doesn't define him, though this could also show the character's inner insecurities.
Arguably a Spear Counterpart
to Lipstick Lesbian
. Also compare Bi the Way
, Armored Closet Gay
, The Whitest Black Guy
, and Real Men Wear Pink
. The Gayngster
is a subset of Straight Gays who are also gangsters or criminals. Manly Gay
can overlap with Straight Gay depending on the context.
Polar opposite is Mistaken for Gay
, which is often Camp Straight
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- Kajiwara in Chiho Saito's Kanon is a textbook case. Everybody, even the readers, is taken by surprise when they find out.
- Shinobu Sensui from YuYu Hakusho, by Word of Gay.
- Kudo from Doki Doki School Hours, contrasted with his totally straight cross-dressing classmate Seki.
- Kurokawa from Challengers, contrasted with flamboyantly gay American Rick. There's also Morinaga, who is in silent, unrequited love with clueless rabid homophobe Souichi for four years until he finally spills the beans.
- Gwen Lineford from Turn A Gundam, the first (and so far, only) character in the entire Gundam franchise with an openly stated same-sex attraction. He might be bisexual, but The Reveal of his unrequited love for the main character is not revealed until the last few episodes, so there's not much time to investigate the possibility.
- Lu Sheng from Zegapain, who completely caught both the main character and most of the audience off guard when he openly declared his affection for the main character, Kyo, complete with a hug and a kiss on the cheek.
- Many Seme characters from Boys Love or Yaoi series fit this trope. Stereotypical CLAMP semes in particular.
- Seishirou from Tokyo Babylon and X1999.
- Subverted in their series Legal Drug when Kazahaya comments on Rikuo's "girly" taste for chocolate. Also, "He wears his Sunglasses at Night" Saiga is the one doing the feminine chores around the shop, not fey, willowy Kakei as Kazahaya first suspected.
- The character Isaac in Samurai Champloo is a brawny guy (albeit a Gentle Giant) with a heavy Dutch accent. The characters think he's about to have an Unsettling Gender-Reveal when he starts flirting with a male actor who played a female role in a kabuki play. Isaac then reveals that yes, he knew that was a man. (Or rather, he doesn't mind the reveal as he likes men more anyway).
- Naoe from Mirage of Blaze.
- Kubo from Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu.
- Jun Koshinae from I"s.
- Umisho: In the manga, Okiura ends up attracting one.
- A few characters in Sukisho, namely Sora and Minato.
- Jaehee and Dai in Let Dai. Basically, their love for each other is the only thing that makes them gay.
- Arakawa Under the Bridge: Underneath that manly suit, Takai's actually very crazy for Ko.
- Rin from Togainu no Chi. He's very into fighting and very into flirting with Akira.
- Sweden from Axis Powers Hetalia.
- Most of the characters of Love My Life. For example, the main character didn't even realize her parents' were gay until her father told her after she came out of the closet to him.
- Iwahata of Ga-Rei -Zero-.
- Kakei from Kinou Nani Tabeta?. He's a Supreme Chef but other than that he doesn't show any stereotypically gay mannerisms.
- Aeon of Air Gear.
- Ai no Kusabi: Pretty much everyone in the main cast.
- Legend of the Blue Wolves: Leonard and Jonathan.
- Zelda's teacher in Lotte no Omocha retired because of a scandal he was in involving a young male student.
- At one point in Attack on Titan, Ymir and Reiner are briefly trapped in a small room together, and she wonders if it's going to lead anywhere sexual. He scoffs at the idea, noting that she has no interest in men and he no interest in women. Though, oddly, he does show quite a bit of interest in Krista, but his personality has fractured due to the stress of infiltrating the Survey Corps, so it might be that his "soldier" persona thinks he's straight, while his "warrior" (real) persona is gay.
- Osamu from Bokura no Hentai is this even despite crossdressing. He looks quite feminine when trying to pass as a girl but his original reason for crossdressing has to do with him falling for a straight boy. Normally Osamu isn't particularly effeminate.
- Generally very common in Slash Fic: as the characters are often intended as straight in canon or it's just not given much thought, Slash Fic characters tend not to have the stereotypical gay traits most gay characters in media tend to have, if they're kept in character. That's a very big if, of course, see Wimpification for details. Moreover, while Camp Gays and Butch Lesbians are not terribly prevalent in Real Life, many, if not most, queer people are not altogether Straight Gay (queer women often note that even Lipstick Lesbians often cut their hair very short when they come out of the closet), but if a fictional character is written as straight, they will, naturally, tend to act straight. Thus, this trope is incredibly common in Slash Fic.
- On a few occasions, some definitely straight characters from Total Drama Island, such as Duncan and Trent go through this in order to get slashed, usually with the Ambiguously Gay Noah.
- A non-slash example could be found in Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light, where Anna Watson's lesbianism is briefly mentioned by Mary Jane when she's explaining to Liz Allan why her cousin Kristy's father is not Mary Jane's uncle. When she appears in the story, Anna Watson is typically serving as a Parental Substitute to Mary Jane. She fills in for Mary Jane's mother, a Broken Bird who's in no shape to do the job herself because of everything she's been through at the hands of Phillip Watson, Mary Jane's father and Anna's brother.
- Fanfic author A.A. Pessimal, a fan of Terry Pratchett works, does this extensively in his Discworld fan-literature, with two minor characters as the focus:
- On the lesbian side, there is Miss Alice Band, a never-appeared-on-pages incidentally mentioned teacher of female pupils at the Assassins' Guild School. The author's sizeable body of inter-related fanfic builds her character as a straight-acting lesbian who plays her sexuality very, very carefully and discreetly. The author A.A. Pessimal treats this as only a small part of what makes her the person she is and avoids writing her as an exercise in two-dimensional slash fiction. Well, he tried writing a slash-fic about her once, but abandoned it as he felt he couldn't write convincing sex. A typical Alice Band story, in which her sexuality is a small but important detail, is here: The Lancre Caper (The Perils of Over-confidence).
- One the male side, the same author has also expanded on the character of André the detective from Maskerade as a straight-acting gay, in Son of Moving Pictures II and Amateur Night. This was mainly to introduce and expand on the Blue Cat Club as a location, and based on the observed wisdom that André is ecstatically keen on the drama of musical theatre, sees past the superficial beauty and allure of Christine, and is prepared to treat Agnes Nitt sympathetically and as a person intrinsically worth knowing. it also explores how gay men fit into the Discworld.
- In The Matrix Reloaded Bringing Me To Life if Neo/Smith wasn't part of the main storyline you'd never figure out they were gay, unless you were in the know.
- From the later chapters there's also Max Jameson.
- Val Kilmer's detective, "Gay Perry" in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
- The stars of Brokeback Mountain.
- Ultimately averted by Willem Dafoe's character, FBI Agent Paul Smecker, in The Boondock Saints. He seems like a tough, straight detective, until he's seen in bed with another man. When the man wants to cuddle, he sneers, "Cuddle, what a fag", making it seem like he's a Straight Gay, but throughout the film he makes a number of campy flourishes. He occasionally lisps and minces for humor's sake, and at one point sits on pink divan while petting a pink feather boa. In the end, he seems rather comfortable dressing in drag for a disguise. "Schmecker" or "Smecker" are American Yiddish euphemisms for "schmuck", which means "penis", and is often used as an insult.
- Both the book and film versions of Layer Cake refer to a violent gangster in the 1970s, "Crazy Larry", who was gay. In the latter, he expresses a paradoxical slogan which sums up his character: "Fucking females is for poofs."
- In the Robert De Niro/Edward Norton movie The Score, Marlon Brando's character shows absolutely no sign of his sexual orientation. It's never brought up, it's not important.
- The film I Love You Man, probably to play off the main character's metrosexuality, gives him a gay brother who is far more able to act masculine/ relate to most masculine straight men than the protagonist himself. Turns out, personality is not determined by orientation!
- Doug, played by Thomas Lennon, who thinks he's on a date with, and kisses, Paul Rudd's main character, Peter. The effectiveness of the gag depends on both Peter, and the audience, having had no idea Doug was gay (presuming they hadn't seen the trailer). When Doug reappears, however, his anger that Peter never returned his calls leads to increasing Camp Gay.
- Alpa Chino in Tropic Thunder, though he tries to hide it.
- His co-stars don't get what he's so hung up on. "Everybody's gay once in a while! This is Hollywood!"
- Alex Karras as Squash, King's bodyguard in Victor/Victoria.
- Bobby Ray in Sweet Home Alabama.
- Tom Selleck as news reporter Peter Malloy in In & Out.
- And, arguably, Kevin Kline as teacher Howard Brackett in the same movie — although Howard's musical tastes, hobbies, and intellectual refinement supposedly give away his gayness, he's certainly no more "gay acting" than Niles and Frasier Crane.
- Eric Dane's character in Valentine's Day. The best part? He's partnered with Bradley Cooper's character.
- Matthew from Four Weddings and a Funeral. His partner Gareth is more obvious.
- Harry in Mamma Mia!.
- Elliot in Taking Woodstock as well as the construction worker he's interested in.
- Bernie, Mink and the Dane in Millers Crossing, who are all Gayngsters
- William Lee in David Cronenberg's Naked Lunch: "I remembered the simpering female impersonators I'd seen in bars. Could it be that I was one of those sub-human things?"
- Wallace in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has no real stereotypical gay affectations. At one point he even remarks that Scott is acting more gay than he is.
- The bears (big, hairy men who happen to be gay) in John Waters' A Dirty Shame.
- Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey, Jr.'s characters in Wonder Boys.
- Possibly referenced in the spoof trailer for "Satan's Alley" at the beginning of Tropic Thunder
- Eastern Promises: Kirill, a closeted gayngster.
- Bobby Long, Brandon Routh's character from Zack and Miri Make a Porno. There's no indication he's (realized he's) gay until his husky-voiced Camp Gay boyfriend shows up.
- David and George from The War Boys.
- The Boys in the Band features an example of pretty much every common gay stereotype. Sports-playing high school math teacher Hank, who's been married and has a young son and daughter, is the Straight Gay, though strictly speaking "Hank swings both ways, but with a definite preference" — preference for his own sex, that is. Arguably, Alan, the ostensibly straight guy who turns up, is in fact a closeted gay or bisexual and hence a Straight Gay. The main character, Michael, says that in college he used to be 'straight-acting'. Now he's not.
- Friends with Benefits has Tommy, the sports editor at GQ, as played by Woody Harrelson.
- "Weekend" is about two straight gays, one who is more comfortable with his sexuality than the other.
- Zac Beaulieu from C.R.A.Z.Y.. But that might have to do with being an Armored Closet Gay who grows up in the 1960's to 1980's.
- Zach and Shaun from the movie Shelter.
- Guy from Ted.
- Mitch Downe in ParaNorman. A rare children's movie example of the trope revealed as a last-line, sub-plot wrap-up stinger.
- Graham in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, much to Jean's chagrin when he finally straight-out tells her so.
- Subject of a brief gag in Blazing Saddles, when one of these pairs up with a Camp Gay right in the middle of an enormous fist-fight.
- Jim may also qualify as he propositions Bart when they first meet. Then again he might have just been screwing with him.
Bart: Well seeing as how you are my guest and I am your host, what's your pleasure? What would you like to do?
Jim: Oh I dunno... play chess... screw...
Bart: Well let's play chess!
- The gay zombies from Otto; or up with dead people, specially Fritz.
- The two henchman from Diamonds Are Forever; while Mr. Wint could be said to be vaguely swishy(though not really for the time), Mr. Kidd is so un-flamboyant, you'd never guess he's gay if not for the "For a lady" scene.
- Don Lino from Shark Tale serves this to Sykes' Camp Gay.
- Film/Bedazzled2000: This is how The Devil screws up Elliot's wish to be a smart, suave, famous author with a decent-sized "equipment". As the author, Elliot charms the crowd and woos his Love Interest Allison. Then they get to his bedroom and find out that his Camp Gay boyfriend is waiting for him. The boyfriend asks him a question about musicals, and Elliot passes with flying colors, suddenly realizing that he is gay. His last-ditch attempt, to passionately kiss Allison proves to both that he's gay. He shakes her hand, and they part.
- Fred (played by Ving Rhames) in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is the New Meat in Chuck and Larry's fire station. He, at first, appears to be a Scary Black Man with a fondness for axes, so the others start making up stories about him chopping people up. Later, after Chuck and Larry announce that they're (fake) married, Fred reveals himself to Chuck and later acts more Camp Gay. Da Chief explains near the end that this likely saved the whole fire station from being brutally murdered by Fred when his repressed emotions would boil over.
- Gobber as revealed in How to Train Your Dragon 2, after Stoick goes to confront his long lost wife after upsetting her, he tells Hiccup "You see this is why I never got married, that and another reason", the film makers and his voice actor have confirmed that it meant that he was gay.
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- Renly and Loras from are this in-universe, being manly knights and not-so-secret lovers. However, they just so happen to have a lot of character traits that would associate them with modern gay culture. Renly spends more on clothes than most noble ladies, and enjoys romantic chivalry, bright colors, and witty banter. He even creates an order called the Rainbow Guard to act as his bodyguards. Rainbows have religious significance in his culture. Loras is called the Knight of Flowers because his fashion usually incorporates flowers, the ancient symbol of his house. Noblemen of their stature are generally expected to wear expensive costumes that display their wealth and status.
- Jon "Griff" Connington is a hardened mercenary leader with a Sergeant Rock personality who mourns his friend Rhaegar Targaryean, for whom he had more than platonic feelings.
- In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, most people are unaware that handsome film actor Tracy Bacon is gay. Clay is also a closeted gay man himself.
- A sizable section of the Harry Potter fanbase didn't suspect that Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series was gay until J. K. Rowling said so.
- Possibly the earliest example of this trope comes from E. M. Forster's Maurice, written in 1914. The eponymous Maurice is written to be the most average young Englishman who ever averaged, who also happens to be gay. The resulting cognitive dissonance forms most of the novel's plot. Forster himself was a Straight Gay.
- Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware mystery series features detective Milo Sturgis who is one of these. He's not particular fashionable and is constantly eating food that's not good for him, much to the exasperation of his boyfriend.
- Nick Cavuto from Bloodsucking Fiends and You Suck, the Not Exactly Heterosexual Life Partner of detective Rivera.
- The canonical example for any Brazilian would be Riobaldo, from the 1956 classic The Devil to Pay in the Backlands. Although this is subject to never-ending discussion due to the way the plot resolves.
- The hero in The Door Into Fire (et seq.) fits this trope nicely; it is worth so noting because at least one British paperback edition of the book portrays this cultured prince as Conan-like, complete with an half-naked woman twined about one of his legs ('Pull the other one!')
- Joseph Hansen's Dave Brandstetter, first introduced in Fadeout (1967), is a gay detective in the hard-boiled tradition, with no stereotypical mannerisms at all. His two long-term boyfriends and one short-term boyfriend, though, are more obviously camp.
- In Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels, everyone is so distracted by DS Edgar Wield's unbelievably ugly face that they fail to notice that he's gay.
- Lark and Rosethorn have in some of the more recent books been confirmed to be lovers. They slept in separate rooms and Lark sometimes called Rosethorn by pet names, including "love."
- In The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross, the main character's roommates (the aptly named Pinky and Brains) are a couple, and their characterization comes more from the fact that they're both sometimes-destructive occult tinkerers than that they're gay. Pinky does have a tendency to go clubbing, but Brains is described as a "borderline autist" and has to be dragged to Gay Pride every year to keep his security clearance.
- In case anyone's wondering: if Brains isn't public about being gay he may be closeted, and if he's closeted that's something enemy agents could blackmail him with, therefore not attending Pride would make him a security risk.
- Alec Lightwood from the The Mortal Instruments, doesn't have any stereotypical gay traits, although several people manage to figure it out anyway. Generally the only way gays could be without being expelled from the Clave. Interestingly, homosexuality is not in fact prohibited by the Law. Shadowhunters just tend to look down on it, possibly as a reflection of their slightly archaic culture.
- Many characters fit this trope in The Steel Remains. The most obvious would be Ringil. He's a hero from the war against the Scaled Folk, famous for making a last stand against insurmountable odds. Despite the fame, what do most people in the empire remember him as? Gay. There's also Grace-of-Heaven and at least one of the dwenda. No mannerisms whatsoever, and they're all Badass Normal (which is good, since being homosexual in this setting is grounds for a very messy execution)
- Diana Gabaldon's Lord John from both her Outlander series and his own.
- Most of the main characters in Havemercy fit this trope. You'd never think that foul-mouthed, dragon-riding, whore-mongering Rook was even slightly bi-curious until he starts acting funny around Thom.
- Royston is a more accurate example, since he's gay in canon. If not for his famous tryst with the prince of Arlemagne, or his "child-bride farm-boy" Hal, most people would probably assume him straight. He is, however, very open about his preferences, to the point that he is the one character that most fans cannot see with a female, ever. Still, his mannerisms are classy and cultured and high-society and quite manly, and though he has an eye for fashion he doesn't flaunt it.
- Though considering the original, non-edited text (or at least what has been said about it), Rook IS an accurate example.
- Both Benjamin Justice and one of his landlords, Fred, in John Morgan Wilson's Benjamin Justice series.
- Jason Carillo from Rainbow Boys.
- Brad from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
- Norman Large from the CHERUB Series. If it wasn't for references to his partner Gareth and their adopted daughter, it'd be impossible to tell he was gay.
- Jamie from The Demon's Lexicon series. Apart from being a bit more shy and overtly affectionate than the other males of the series, he has no stereotypical traits.
- From the same series, Seb is not suspected to be gay. He even dates Mae and is found out only when she finds his sketchbook, which is filled with many, many sketches of Jamie. Obviously, they break up.
- Jeremiah Dako, Susan van Bleeck's butler from Otherland. He's not obviously gay except for being fussy about maintaining her household, and during his POV segments complains about not having any time to engage in romantic pursuits. This doesn't stop him from being picked on by Renie's father, Long Joseph, who's insecure in his own masculinity for completely unrelated reasons.
- Bengo Macarona, distinguished academic and star striker of the Unseen Academicals has been cited in two hundred and thirty-six papers...and one divorce petition.
"Angry wife, as I heard it."
"Oh, he was married, was he?"
"Not to my knowledge, Archchancellor."
- Drew, hero of The Gumshoe, the Witch and the Virtual Corpse as well as its sequel Gumshoe Gorilla.
- Captain John Granby from the Temeraire series is revealed to be this in book 7. Prior to this, there was no real indication as to his preferences.
- Marunde from Someone Else's War.
- In The Long Earth, Jansson is only mentioned as being a lesbian twice.
- Rafael and Skylar in Gives Light have none of the stereotypical "gay" characteristics, but are in love with each other.
- There's a definite tendency within the Good Omens fandom to interpret Crowley this way. Word of God is silent on the matter, even if he and Aziraphale ended up buying a house together according to Neil Gaiman.
- The fact that angels, fallen or otherwise, have No Biological Sex muddies the issue a bit.
- Cornelius "Corny" Stone from Holly Black's "Modern Tales of Faerie". Also Luis.
- Practically everyone in Tales of the Branion Realm; plenty of knights, lords and soldiers of both genders have same-sex relationships, and when not having sex are busily engaged in killing things.
- Reverend Asher Rook and Chess Pargeter from Gemma Files' The Hexslinger Series; while Chess is openly gay (he gets away with it by virtue of being a very quick, ruthless, and accurate shot), he has very few of the stereotypical campisms other than a preference for purple clothing and a tendency to snark, and Rook has none of them at all — both are violent, callous criminals with little interest in any kind of elegance or society.
- New Orleans chefs John Rickey and Gary "G-Man" Stubbs in Poppy Z. Brite's "Liquor" novels. They're sports fans, hard drinkers, brawlers — and they've been lovers from age sixteen on.
- Richard St. Vier in Swordspoint. He's the greatest swordsman in the city, and deeply in love with the disgraced noble Alec Campion.
- Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves has several, including the two main characters Rasmus and Benjamin.
- Gary Gray of God Says No.
- Rufus Sixsmith form Cloud Atlas.
- In the second book of Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Cycle it is revealed that Ronan Lynch is gay.
- In the RCN series, Dasi and Barnes may not be attracted to one another, and their amatory interests don't really come up as minor supporting characters for the main heroes, but in When the Tide Rises it's hinted at that they're not straight, after another character uses "pansies" to disparage a just-deposed dictator's mooks as being unable to fight armed opponents. The two are among those that Leary looks to when gathering brawlers from the crew for beating some sense into others.
- In The Heroes of Olympus, several characters believe that Nico di Angelo has a crush on Annabeth. In The House of Hades, it is revealed that he is (or was, at least) instead in love with Percy, although it is not made clear whether he is gay or bi.
- Damien from The House of Night. Unfortunately, he mostly comes across as Have I Mentioned I am Gay?.
- Lane in Garry Ryan's Detective Lane Mysteries.
- With two exceptions this is the default for male characters in The Fall of Kings by Delia Sherman. Of the exceptions one is straight and one is Bi the Way.
- Tschick in Why We Took The Car
- Joe Pitt in Angels In America, who tries early on to repress his homosexuality, and in fact doesn't even consciously recognize that he's gay until "Mistaken for Gay" by his future lover.
- Said future lover, Louis, can be played many ways certainly, but it's worth noting that in their first scene together, Prior tells him: "You don't notice anything. If I hadn't spent the last four years fellating you I'd swear you were straight."
- Mind you, just before that, Louis says, "I always get so closety at these family things", and Prior replies, "Butch, you get butch." Also, one of the first things Louis says to Joe is "run in my nylons", and when he gives his name he adds "but my friends call me Louise." So Louis obviously tends to act differently depending on his company. He has issues with drag queens (he claims they're sexist — yet he obviously feminizes himself in a self-deprecating way in the scene where he first meets Joe). Basically, Louis' gender presentation (and attitudes about same) is another way in which Kushner points up his anguish which tends towards hypocrisy.
- Albin's partner Georges in La Cage Aux Folles, who can play straight at least well enough to convince his new in-laws.
- Rod from Avenue Q: "My friend's not like that. He's a Republican."
- Bruce Niles from The Normal Heart. Also an Armoured Closet Gay, at least at work.
- One of the intimidating armoured guards in The Longest Journey mentions that he's gay if you try to get your (female) character past him by flirting. Unless it was just a quick way out.
- Fable and especially its sequel present the player with the option of same-sex dating, but only with NPCs that are themselves gay or bisexual. These NPCs are not obviously gay - this is discovered by flirting with them and getting a positive response. Otherwise, they dress and act the way the straight townspeople do.
- Joachim Valentine from Shadow Hearts. While he is certainly a Large Ham, little he does is overtly homosexual, with the exception of a couple comments he makes throughout the game.
- And of course the end of the Man festival. At least if Anastasia's reaction is any indication.
- Given that he was screaming the entire time, how much he was, uh, into it is open for debate.
- Kevin Smith from killer7 had a romantic relationship with another man according to companion book Hand in killer7, although you wouldn't know this by just playing the game.
- Arguably, Urick in Drakengard 2. It's heavily, heavily implied that he and Yaha were more than just friends, and Urick doesn't display any overly-effeminate traits, unless being the former guardian of what basically amounts to a magical flower garden counts. Yaha, on the other hand...
- Brad Evans from Wild ARMs 2 is a great example. Fought in his army's rebellion, gigantic, muscular, and able to carry and use a rail gun, his (male) lover is shown to have severe head trauma and confined to a wheelchair. Downplayed more in the English translation, it's more obvious in the original Japanese.
- BioWare started this one with Juhani in Knights of the Old Republic, part because LucasArts pitched a fit, forcing them to fly the whole thing under the radar. In-game, the fact of her being Jedi and a rare species of alien due to Mandalorian genocide are much more salient. However, they still managed to make her the first confirmed-to-be gay character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
- Mass Effect:
- In Mass Effect 1 a female Shepard romancing Liara comes off as this (Liara physically resembles a woman, but because the asari are a monogender species they have no real concept of male/female, though the codex refers to them as an "all-female species," implying that while they may be monogendered, that gender is in fact female).
- Certain data files in Lair of the Shadow Broker heavily imply Mass Effect 2's Gavorn is this.
- In Mass Effect 3, male Shepard can have a romantic relationship with Steve Cortez, who both fit this trope. Similarly, female Shepard can start a romance with Samantha Traynor.
- There's also Nyreen Kandros, the series' first female turian, who was previously in a relationship with asari gangster Aria T'Loak.
- Gay Tony. Yes, seriously. Were it not for his nickname and a couple of odd quirks and rants, you might never know for sure what Tony Prince's orientation is. Some of the game's positive critics mention how Tony doesn't act stereotypically.
- Tony Prince is more of a double subversion than a straight trope, no pun intended. While he isn't interested in fashion or speaking in a perpetual lisp, he is a drama queen who snorts coke and runs nightclubs, and even calls himself an "old queen" at one point. That said, he tends to play this angle up more when in a group of people or at his clubs than when interacting with Luis, to whom he is cynical, rational, mature, and at one point in the game, even self-sacrificing.
- Guilty Gear's Venom is the only canonically gay character from the Guilty Gear series. However, it's fairly common for people to not even know he's homosexual until either playing through to the end of his story or taking a glance at his bio.
- Alpha Protocol has Conrad Marburg as one of the most dangerous nemeses in the game. A life-long black ops Psycho for Hire who's gotten very good at killing people over his long career, whether by guns or bare fists. Tough as nails and a Consummate Professional. The only clues that he has any sexuality are the statues adorning his mansion, and if you have the right handler for that mission, she points out that he doesn't invite female guests.
- In Albion, the way he talks about his late superior implies that the wizard Khunag may be this. True or not, talking to various Kenget Kamulos reveals that they endorse close bonds between their members, and even refer to Achilles and Patrocles as the ur-example.
- Both homosexual followers in Fallout: New Vegas. You can flirt with Arcade Gannon if you share his orientation, otherwise it only comes up in some blink-and-you'll-miss-it lines of dialogue. Likewise, Veronica Santangelo is only revealed as a lesbian if you show interest in her backstory (or watch her eyes around the female strippers in the Gomorrah casino and brothel), and otherwise acts like any ordinary post-apocalyptic Power Fisted Monk... but she will confess her secret desire to own a fancy pre-war dress.
- Most of the male cast of Morenatsu, and especially the main character and all nine potential love interests.
- Arie van Bruggen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Once Jensen finds him, the first thing he says is "Sorry man, you're not my type". If it weren't for that single line, you'd think he was just your average straight Playful Hacker, or a smartass. More specifically, he's Bi the Way - his penthouse has a post it with a girl's phone number and a "Forever Alone" doodle, and Tong mentions that he provides Arie with anything he needs, including "booze, drugs, boys and girls."
- Skyrim's Dragonborn has the option of marrying a person of the same sex, and is perfectly capable of being a very butch man, as are many of the romantic interests available.
- You can go for this or Camp Gay in Dragon Age: Origins, especially noticeable in certain conversations, such as the one with Leliana about shoes (where you can gush about beautiful shoes, be disinterested, or focus on practicality/cost).
- Tommy from Fahrenheit doesn't do anything aside from mention how he's found a possible new boyfriend at a bank. He has a slight lisp, but nothing too overdramatic.
- Hammerlock from Borderlands 2. With his exposition-prone rants, polite manner and British accent you'd never know until a quest where he asks you to find ECHO tapes of a guy and offhandedly says that he is his ex boyfriend (A VERY Manly Gay by the by).
- The Last of Us has the very gruff Bill. It seems to be implied that he might have been in a relationship with another man named Frank, but it's not until a little later that we see one of the things Ellie stole from his place was a gay porn magazine, which sort of takes any ambiguity out of the equation.
- And, as revealed in the DLC The Last of us, Ellie herself, who kisses her best friend Riley on the lips after she has choosen to stay with Ellie rather than follow her dream to join the fireflies. The fact that she follows the kiss with an awkward "sorry" and her visible joy when Riley asks "for what?", proves that it was an love confession.
- Niko, the magic shop owner's apprentice in Dungeon Maker II: The Hidden War. He's a fairly normal little boy, except for the huge crush he has on the Dungeon Maker, who happens to be male as well.
- Possibly Kanji Tatsumi from Persona 4. Despite his secret love of all manner of cute things, fabric, and knitting, he's a muscular powerhouse preoccupied with seeming as masculine as possible, evident in his threatening rage issues and his unusually deep, gruff voice for a 15 year old kid. No one suspected he might be gay until he started awkwardly hanging out with the new, mysterious pretty boy in town. And then we got to meet his shadow...
- Probably averted, as the true ending reveals the Midnight Channel doesn't actually reflect what's hidden in the victim's heart, but rather what the people of Inaba collectively think is there—which makes perfect sense, given that the Midnight Channel only exists as part of an Assimilation Plot.
- Persona 2's Jun Kurosu, while much more feminine than Kanji, does fit the trope rather well, seeing how he never crosses into Camp Gay territory despite his rather soft-spoken personality. Same goes especially for Tatsuya Suou, the protagonist of the same game, if you take the game writer's statement that his romance option with Jun was supposed to be the canonical one to be canon itself.
- Vinci from Vinci and Arty. Although he isn't specifically gay (Word of God says he doesn't pay much attention to physical details), at least in regards to his relationship with Arty he technically qualifies.
- Though his occasionally being mistaken for female somewhat overshadows this.
- Prequel has Quill-Weave, who, while gay, doesn't act stereotypical at all.
- Bob the Angry Flower plays it straight (ha ha) with Homosexual Robot Cop◊.
- A.E.D of Hedone High has been pretty ambiguous, so most fans asume he's this or Izm-sexual.
- Ethan of Shortpacked! describes himself as gay, but puts a whole lot more energy into thinking about toys than about sex, sexuality, and fulfilling stereotypes.
- The Utopian from Johnny Saturn, as well as his boyfriend Lewis.
- Justin from El Goonish Shive, to the point where the girl who inadvertently outed him still thinks she can win him back.
- Max Powers from PvP
- Karl Kroenen from Abe & Kroenen. Abe falls somewhere on the border between Straight Gay and Camp Gay, although it doesn't help that his action figure's hands have a tendency towards "limp wrist" gestures.
- Marten's first boss from Questionable Content acts just like any other straight character, and the only difference is his mention of his boyfriend.
- Same goes for Marten's dad and "Dad 2: Dad Harder", all though they have so little screen time it's hard to tell.
- Senileavich and Ridley of Funny Farm. Ridley's borderline, given his consideration for his appearance, but Senileavich is a stoic grump who couldn't act the stereotype if he were deliberately trying. As opposed to the flamboyant but totally straight Mike Hopkins.
- Cadugan the surly half-elf ranger from Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic. Women adore him, and tend to be in denial about their failures to seduce him.
- Steve from Khaos Komix, though he will cook. And he's claimed to be bi, but "I decided on bi because it sounded less gay" does not smack of being true to oneself.
- It does if you see Steve as a guy who thinks of himself as "a man who loves men" instead of "a gay man." He doesn't see a correlation between who he chooses to love and what he sees the word "gay" to mean.
- In fact, all of the male gay characters are arguably straight-gay, including Alex (though he may be pansexual) and Tom (who is a transman).
- Most of the gay characters in Boy Meets Boy, and Collin in Friendly Hostility.
- Several in Closet Coon; Colin doesn't even acknowledge he's gay at the start of the story.
- The present and future arc versions of Galehaut in Arthur, King of Time and Space, playing off the Ho Yay between him and Lancelot in the original stories.
- And, following a retcon to stop the only male gay character being dead, Kay and Bedivere (originally Space/Contemporary Bedivere was genderflipped).
- Kay Wheeler from Misfile is presented as an example of this trope.
- Utahraptor of Dinosaur Comics. It's only explicitly mentioned during a few strips early in the archives, and has very rarely been referenced in the following years. This is what lead to the quote on the quote page, after a few readers thought Utahraptor dating a man was a typo.
- Jhim from Something Positive. The only trait that stands out as particularly effeminate is his fondness for dance, but even that gets undermined when he complains to the rather dim choreographer that the ballet is too girlie and she says she's sorry, she composed it thinking he was gay. Another character who never actually appeared onscreen was Branwen's father, who married Branwen's mother as a combination of The Beard for him, her disdain for sex, and their mutual desire for kids. Davan has an awkward meeting with the now-deceased father's lover and goes to Mike for explanation as he doesn't want to upset Branwen:
"Hey, did your Uncle Patrick ever strike you as being gay?"
"No. I mean, apart from his boyfriend Leland."
- Josh of Honeydew Syndrome fits this trope (though he's more straight bisexual than straight gay, it seems). There isn't anything about him that could be called stereotypically gay or effeminate.
- Colin from Goodbye Chains. If anything, he might be more manly then the heterosexual Banquo.
- Nestor from Webcomic/Montgrave.
- Count Tethik of The Challenges of Zona.
- Most of the men in Blur the Lines, including the two protagonists, Drew and Rick.
Rick: I wonder if on straight dating sites they have a "gay acting" check-box...
- Ples Tibenoch of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name is a somewhat prudish, very respectable gentleman whom you would take for het or even asexual if not for Word of Gay. He is certainly less campy than Ambiguously Gay Conrad.
- Darius from Slightly Damned is only revealed to be gay through his diary; otherwise he acts like any other person and no one mentions it again.
- The (unnamed?) gunman in Keychain of Creation is a poncho-wearing, velocoraptor-morphing Autochthonian. Marena tries to seduce him with female pheromones, and he doesn't respond.
- Neil Ortiz of Multiplex. See, you can tell he's gay because he brings it up occasionally and he wears a pink shirt. Besides that there's nothing to go on.
- Most of the gay cast in Red String. Fuuko, Hanae and Igarashi are all normal young people who happen to be gay. The author even completely caught the fandom off guard when she introduced Igarashi's boyfriend for the first time.
- Both TJ and Amal of The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal. TJ's case (according to Word of God) overlaps with Bi the Way.
- Liam Williamson from Kytri's This Is the Worst Idea You've Ever Had! and its prequel Sin Parase. The fact that he's been in a relationship with his partner Gabriele De Luca for five years is the only clue you get.
- Dirk Strider of Homestuck is only attracted to men but dislikes having his sexuality reduced to a label. Since he's an alternate universe version of Dave's Bro, Bro is probably also gay. Likewise, Kanaya is only attracted to women but trolls lack a concept of monosexuality. Rose is either lesbian or bisexual, as she and Kanaya later begin a serious relationship.
- Ethan in Dumbing of Age (as he is in the rest of the Walkyverse). Joyce does not seem to understand the concept.
- Lars from Two Guys and Guy. He's out of closet, (formerly) overweight, and the most normal person in the cast. Wayne obviously didn't know that he was gay, or else he wouldn't have played that prank where he sent emails to his friends and family where he pretends to be Lars coming out to everyone. Lars actually ends up thanking Wayne because he didn't have the guts to do it himself, much to his frustration.
- Lexington of Gargoyles, via Word of Gay declaration from Greg Weisman. In volume 2 of the comic continuation he meets a London gargoyle named Staghart who obviously would have been his Love Interest if the comic hadn't been cancelled.
- Gus and Wally from Mission Hill are an elderly gay couple who only display their sexuality when appropriate and are an early example of a gay couple on in a cartoon being portrayed in a wholly positive light - the first to show a guy-on-guy kiss on Prime Time, network television ever, in fact, which got praise from GLAAD and scorn from the Moral Guardians, despite the show being marketed to adults in the United States. Gus is Manly Gay, while Wally is Straight Gay, if a bit wimpy.
- The Alchemist from The Venture Bros.. Almost never shows any stereotypically homosexual tendencies (other than putting on a Camp Gay voice), only putting forth any for the sake of humor.
- And let's not forget to mention Colonel Gentleman, who is every bit the dashing Sean Connery-esque gentleman agent, except that he's also famous for his homosexual conquests and his young male lover Tiki, despite showing no stereotypically gay traits at all and, according to the creators on the Season 2 DVD, transcends sexuality. As Jackson Publick said in his Gentleman voice, "Of course I'm having sex with Tiki. Look at him, he's gorgeous, what the hell else would you do with him?! That doesn't make me gay, it makes me smart!"
- Similar to Lexington, Richie from Static Shock was confirmed to have been gay like his counterpart from the comic.
- Mocked in Futurama when a muscular, dashing, macho man knocks down Fry's sand castle and hits on Leela. She rejects him, but when he tells her it was a business proposition that they didn't understand, she offers to go for a stroll with him, slightly disappointed that he wasn't attracted to her. He then adds insult to injury by telling Leela "No thanks ma'am, I'm actually gay" and walking off.
- Ren and Stimpy, as confirmed by John Kricfalusi in a 1997 magazine. With the release of Adult Party Cartoon, the statement became very, very explicitly canon. (Though Ren became more of a Depraved Bisexual).
- An excellent example in Archer. Basically, Archer's been forced by his mother to sleep with a gay man to later blackmail him. Archer believes that everyone who is gay is automatically Camp Gay. So he first approaches the man in some incredibly small daisy dukes and tank top, making over the top sexual innuendo, and even dyeing his hair blonde. He's rejected by his target and later advised by two other gay men, who are one half this trope, the other half Camp Gay, to just use his typical The Casanova attitude on the man the same as if he were a woman.
- Ray is largely a Straight Gay as well. Other than his somewhat swishy voice, homosexual stereotypes regarding him are avoided.
- Terry and his husband Paul from the The Cleveland Show don't have any stereotypical gay hobbies, jobs or mannerisms. They can't cook, Terry is a cable installer, Paul is a building contractor, Terry was part of the football team in High School, and their home looks like a bachelor pad for a stereotypical straight guy.
- On Family Guy, Meg's new crush, Kent Lastname is on a sports team, goes on a date with Meg, and is gay, but doesn't act camp so Meg doesn't pick it up. Unfortunately this causes Brian to give Meg the advice that maybe he's just confused and Meg (in another desperate attempt to gain ANY kind of love) makes a plan to roofie Kent's current crush (Chris) and have him tell her what it was like having sex with him . . . until her realisation and heel face turn near the end of the episode.
- Anton St. Germain from The Mighty B!.