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 it 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, 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.
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 ∀ 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.
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.
Obsidian, the son of the Golden AgeGreen Lantern. He did once help solve a crime using nothing but his vast knowledge of show tunes, however.
Post-Flashpoint, the Earth 2 version of Obsidian's father Alan Scott has also been revealed as one, with Obsidian currently written out of continuity.
Apollo and Midnighter from The Authority are a married gay superhero couple with very few stereotypical gay characteristics. Oh, and don't call them "poofs", because they will rip out your spine and make you eat your face if you're lucky.
In Scott Pilgrim, there's the titular character's gay roommate Wallace, Joseph, and Stephen Stills.
DC's Pied Piper was this way when he first came out, completely shocking The Flash with the revelation of his sexuality. Later writers have mostly stayed true to this portrayal, and for a prominent gay character he shows few to no stereotypical gay traits depending on who is writing him.
Mildly subverted in that he's a grown man whose original costume consisted of a poofy, polka-dotted, belted tunic, often open to the waist, with tights, a floppy cap, cape, and boots (often Peter Pan-style). Plus, long hair and a proficiency with the flute. Stand him next to butcher villains like Mirror Master and Heatwave, and he might set off one's gaydar.
Kevin Keller from Archie Comics, despite being explicitly created to be a gay teen in the Archie universe, is pretty mundane. His first storyline had to deal with him turning down Veronica, who had a crush on him. A later mini-series went over the rest of his life, and showed him as an army brat with a goal of joining the armed forces himself. Partially because of the fact that he's basically a typical Archie character (but gay) has gotten him popular enough to score his own series.
Mikaal Tomas from the '90s run of Starman was pretty Straight Gay. He was, of course, bisexual according to what we're told and was, originally, Starman in the 70s (oh, the bling) but if anything, he was more standard-heroic than Jack. He and his boyfriend, however, were an interestingly steady contrast to Jack's romantic issues.
Shortly before Wiccan and Hulking outed themselves, he was still calling himself Asgardian. The potential for jokes stemming from this name compelled him to change it. Even the stoic Patriot got a chuckle out of that.
Duncan: Hey Bri, there's a club up the beach that might be- Brian: Playing Cher or some other crap I don't want to listen to.
Although originally believed to be Bi the Way, Word of God says that Rictor found his relationships with Tabitha and Rahne ultimately unsatisfying and that he was simply deep in the closet.
Diabolik's recurring character Saverio Hardy is gay, but the only hint before he came out was that he did not court a gorgeous female friend of his. Diabolik himself admitted he had not seen that coming, in spite of his usual ability to notice anything about someone's personality and having spent a long time with him.
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.
Some fanfic elaborates on the character of Miss Alice Band, who appears in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series as a teacher of female pupils at the Assassins' Guild School. Alice is an incidental player in the canon, but a 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)
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.
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."
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'tseen the trailer). When Doug reappears, however, his anger that Peter never returned his calls leads to increasing Camp Gay.
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.
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. Bernard and Donald could also be seen as Straight Gays, and you might think Larry was straight if you didn't know he was a fashion photographer. The main character, Michael, says that in college he used to be 'straight-acting'. Now he's not.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Mortal Instruments series. Doesn't have any stereotypical gay traits, although several people manage to figure it out anyway.
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.
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 husband?" "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.
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.
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.
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.
Game of Thrones: Lord Renly Baratheon has a more masculine appearance and demeanour than his lover, Ser Loras Tyrell; the latter is somewhere in between Straight Gay and Camp Gay. Subverted somewhat because the more generally masculine "otter" Renly is a politician, not a warrior; the more androgynous Loras, in contrast, is an Agent Peacock, flamboyant, but widely acknowledged as one of the best swordsmen in Westeros. Loras in particular is in a Transparent Closet, yet is greatly adored by many naïve and hopeful women who consider him to be the hottest bachelor in the kingdom.
A sketch on MADtv was about two guys watching a football game, rooting for their team, and making out when they score a touchdown. While they might be bisexual (or just very closeted), they still aren't very campy... except for their dancing.
Riley and Zane from Degrassi The Next Generation are pictured above. Riley's Coming-Out Story has been his major arc since his introduction, because he struggles with being both gay and the school's star athlete. His boyfriend Zane often gets painted in fanfiction as much campier than he is in-universe because Riley is so much more masculine by comparison. Get Zane alone and he's as butch as the next guy...except for the hair.
Will of the popular SitcomWill and Grace is a gay lead who lacks most of the obvious Stereotype Gay elements, being only mildly gay by the standard of 1998 TV. Compared to Pet Homosexual Jack, however, he was the Straight Gay. This was explained in one interview by the creators as a necessary part of getting the series to air. They knew that with the delicate balancing act going on between people who had no knowledge whatsoever of gay people other than what TV had told them, and actual gay people, they had to make things even. So they had Will, the "normal" gay guy, and Jack the "stereotypical" gay guy, with needing both to make the series work. The producers later brought in Vince, who worked with the NYPD and was rather butch, as Will's boyfriend, to have an even more straight example.
Omar Little is a physically imposing and violent stick-up man who robs drug dealers. He is very openly homosexual, but displays no camp traits at all. His various boyfriends tend to be either twinks or Straight Gay as well.
Although he supposedly has a wife and kids, Commander Rawls is seen briefly in a gay bar in the third season.
Michael Boatman's character on Spin City was gay; aside from being overly fastidious, and his dressing habits, he had no obvious 'gay' mannerisms at all—though occasionally he showed a few signs, such as a deep knowledge of musicals and his treatment of his dog.
The short-lived series Normal, Ohio featured John Goodman as a gay male who, homosexuality aside, would have passed for a standard heterosexual sitcom dad (love of beer, football, etc).
In a fifth season episode, "Abomination", Huang says something about how gay people grow up hearing the same insults and stereotypes about gays "as the rest of us do", suggesting that either he was closeted or it was a Throw It In case inspired by actor BD Wong's real-life sexuality.
A rather strange case is Tom from LOST. In three seasons, the only hint of any kind of sexuality from him was his telling Kate "You're not my type." Then, a season and a half after that (a few episodes after his death), he's confirmed as gay. This was ascended when the writers learned that the fans thought he was gay.
Vito Spatafore in The Sopranos is revealed to be a closeted gayngster who shacks up with a macho fireman boyfriend.
Brian and Steve from The Sarah Silverman Program come off much more as overweight nerds then campy gays. In fact their nerdiness is much more important to their characters then the fact that they're gay.
Bobby O. from the non-celebrity third season of The Mole. In "A Closer Look", he claimed that he was going to use his "gay-dar" to sniff out the titular saboteur.
Brothers and Sisters has Kevin, but he employs a few gay mannerisms. Saul qualifies too, but only because he's spent most of his life in the closet.
Martin Tupper's father in the 1987 HBO comedy, Dream On. His father's boyfriend was also introduced, and the couple would often kiss on screen and even talk about their sex life. The three would get together and watch sports at Martin's apartment.
There's also an episode where Antonio unintentionally dates his favorite actor, the star of a fictional show called Austin Houston, P.I.. He thinks they're just buddies, but the TV star is actually gay and thinks that they're boyfriends. When he kisses Antonio goodbye, Antonio is surprised, but chalks the gesture up to being a Hollywood thing.
Oscar in the American version of The Office, though Michael refuses to believe it.
In Taggart, DC Stuart Fraser was at first presented as a young, naive, slightly geeky junior officer with no overtly gay attributes whatsoever. It was only in his fourth episode, Angel Eyes, that he was revealed to be gay.
Larry from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He turns into something of a badass instead, being shown as one of the White Hats in "The Wish", and dying in battle against the Mayor in the season three finale.
Officer Julien Lowe in The Shield, though his homosexuality is basically written out by successful Christian "conversion" therapy, at least until the series finale, at least, which alludes to his sexuality confusion by having him be distracted in a conversation with fellow officer Tina Hanlon by staring at a gay couple walking down the street.
John Cooper, the streetwise mentor from Southland.
Not to mention all of the main guys except Emmett in the US version.
Prince Jack from Kings, clearly a man's man in far more than his preferences. Likewise his lover Joseph, while not as aggressive or macho as Jack (maybe he's in less denial?) is no more effeminate than the average metrosexual.
In the Comedy Central movie Porn And Chicken the main character (and the audience) didn't know until the middle of the movie that one of his best friends was gay. The friend's reasoning for not telling anyone was that he wanted to be known as the funny friend, not the gay friend.
Max from Happy Endings. He does have a fairly Camp Straight best friend, Brad, and a female friend, Penny, who he claims acts like an offensively stereotypical gay man.
Extras: Andy gets annoyed by a Camp Gay co-worker's behavior and complains to their boss, who reveals himself to be Straight Gay.
Graham Chapman of Monty Python hated the Camp Gay stereotype and made a point of exhibiting the clean-cut, pipe-smoking British image of masculinity (both on- and off-screen).
Gay couple Mitchell and Cameron from Modern Family are a quite interesting case. Mitchell has Straight Gay mannerisms but is heavily into musical theater and was a figure skater in his youth, while Cameron has more "manly" interests like football but is otherwise a clear Camp Gay.
Mag from Dollhouse. She appears in two episodes. In the first episode, the issue of her sexuality never comes up. In the second episode, an offhand comment indicates that she's lesbian, and has been out for some time. Although Zone had to have it spelled out for him.
"She's a tech-head, Mag." [Beat]. "She's a GIRL, Mag!"
A brief prequel comic that came with the season 2 boxset makes it more clear when she tries to coyly come out to her straight friends by telling her she's with someone named "Helen". They think it's some European guy.
Cliff St. Paul in Ugly Betty is so straight that he is almost disgusting, although he redeems this by looking all neat and gay in Wilhelmina's wedding
Also of note: Austin, Justin's boyfriend in the show's final five episodes. He's almost built up as the complete opposite of Justin, though most of this is made more apparent in his mannerisms than the actual script.
In the All in the Family episode "Judging Books By Covers", Archie thinks one of Mike's friends is gay because he acts effeminate. He isn't, but it turns out one of Archie's old drinking buddies, an ex-football player is gay. Archie refuses to believe that, even when the guy tells him personally.
Subverted in The War At Home. While Kenny doesn't dress Camp Gay and has interests Star Wars-esque interests, he also secretly has knowledge on musicals and keeps a journal in which he writes poems.
Emmerdale's trainee mechanic and fully qualified juvenile delinquent Aaron is Straight Gay to the point that half the village initially thought he was faking it to avoid a prison sentence for a homophobic assault. His current love interest, a builder named Jackson, also qualifies, something that's discussed within the show, as Jackson mocks Aaron for thinking he's the only gay man in the world with a manly job or personal angst about his straight gayness.
In Two and a Half Men, Chelsea's father, who is initially presented as homophobic, racist and several other things (like Chelsea's mother), but comes out and connects with an old army buddy, with whom he becomes romantically involved.
In the episode "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous", Charlie and Alan both (separately) deal with insecurity about their sexuality after Alan befriends a gambling, cigar smoking, single gay dad.
On NUMB3RS, Amita's parents arrive with a (male) childhood friend of hers, clearly trying to match them up. He appears to be courting Amita throughout the episode. A jealous Charlie finally confronts her, and she tells him that the friend is gay. (Unintentionally?) Lampshaded when an exasperated Charlie asks, "How was I supposed to know that? Do your parents know that?"
Noah of the gay supercouple Luke and Noah, though this makes some sense given his strict military upbringing from his dad. Given his extensive character development, Luke has had enough time to be way more comfortable about his sexuality and his mannerisms.
Still, Luke has his moments especially when it comes to helping and protecting Noah. Lampshaded somewhat when a former executive, turned Squicky step-Grandparental incest there for a moment, of his charity foundation told him to lay low around LGBT issues and projects.
See also Dr. Reid Oliver. Before he starts dating Luke, the protagonist accuses Reid of being homophobic when appearing uncooperative about hastening Noah's surgery. Complete with a soft chortle, The Reveal, and then a jab about not knowing the gay handshake. Henry was originally wary about Reid being roommates with his friend Katie, at first not believing Reid when he tells him he is gay.
Come to think of it, none of the minor gay characters from Luke's college days did anything particularly gay either. Might be because Oakdale's a small town in the Midwest that, despite its latent progressiveness about gay teens, relied primarily on farms, sports, and leisure for hobbies.
Caprica gives us an example in Sam Adama, though; as a Ha'la'thahitman, it kind of comes with the territory. His (non-criminal) husband Larry also appears to be one of these.
Although, both Gaeta and Sam Adama come from a culture where discrimination based sexual orientation had never existed, and there is not even a word for gay. So they're not much when they wouldn't understand Straight or Gay.
Marshall Gregson from United States Of Tara. However, this can't be said for his boyfriend. Bonuses for onscreen debate of the Camp Gay versus Straight Gay behaviors between the characters. His last boyfriend in the series was likewise straight gay, and like Marshall, it would never have come up unless it had been explicitly stated in his introduction.
Season three of Warehouse 13 introduced former ATF agent Steve Jinks to the team. After Claudia misinterpreted his interest in her, he blurts out that he's gay. His ex, met in a later episode, might have been even straighter.
Steven Carrington, from Dynasty, was probably one of the most notable early examples. He was depicted as being every bit as traditionally masculine as any of the other men on the show, up to and including getting into fights with more than a few of them.
Love, Sidney, the first American TV show with a gay man as the lead character, pretty much never mentioned it after the first episode.
The cable sitcom Brothers focused on brothers Lou and Joe Waters trying to alternately come to terms with and "fix" their baby brother, Cliff's, homosexuality after Cliff comes out on his wedding day and leaves his bride at the altar.
Soap has an odd example with Jodie(Billy Crystal). For much of the first season, he's Camp Gay, what with cross-dressing, being a good decorator and tales of putting on makeup as a child. In later seasons, however, he's just Straight Gay. Then there's his closeted on again, off again boyfriend Dennis (a football star), and his lesbian roommate Alice, both Straight Gay.
Years later on the David Letterman show Billy Crystal told how he was alarmed when he went to Japan and saw the show dubbed in Japanese and his character done in a much more stereotypically flaming way!
Don Finlayson from the Australian 1970s soap opera Number 96. Notably, Don was the first ever openly gay main character in a television show.
Teddy from 90210.
In the 1970s, Barney Miller had Zatelli, an unassuming uniform cop who mostly caused anxiety for Levitt, who was convinced he was bucking for his job.
Captain Ray Holt of Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes this to extremes, being as he is The Stoic to such a degree that his coworkers consider his face to be completely unreadable. His husband Kevin is only slightly softer by virtue of using a variety of expressions and vocal inflections on a regular basis.
Geoffrey, the rugby-loving (occasional) boyfriend of Please Like Me 's protagonist.
On Tyrant, Barry's son Sammy appears to be gay, but has none of the stereotypical mannerisms.
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.
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 bookHand 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.
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.
Zangief could be considered this depending on which side of the argument you're on. He shows no camp traits but there's been some strong hints towards him being gay in the original Japanese games without being overt.
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.
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.
Arcade Gannon is gay. You can flirt with him if you're of the same orientation; otherwise, he just reveals it in some blink-and-you'll-miss-it lines.
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.
And even then, the line goes by so fast that it could be mistaken for a smart ass comment.
His penthouse has a post it with a girl's phone number and a "Forever Alone" doodle, meaning he could be bisexual.
He is. 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). In Dragon Age II, two of the conversational 'tones' Hawke can use could be considered Camp Gay (humorous/charming) or Straight Gay (aggressive/direct). The diplomatic/considerate tone could count as either, depending on how you look at it.
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 and straight-acting 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...
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Legend in Worm, the leader of the most powerful collection of superheroes on the planet, is gay, happily married, and in the process of adopting a child. Nothing in his mannerisms and speeches before the chapter that this is mentioned so much as hinted at the conditions of his personal life or his sexuality, and even then, the chapter is more concerned with dealing with the Slaughterhouse Nine. In Legend's point-of-view chapter, he's more concerned with the fact that Cauldron and his teammates have betrayed and lied to him.
Cecil and Carlos from Welcome to Night Vale. Cecil has occasional fey touches (like a tendency to get Valley Girl when he goes off-script), but he doesn't sound much different from your standard, NPR-style radio host. The series' creators have specified his sexuality as gay and all of the characters he's shown an interest in have been male—most notably and gushingly Carlos, Night Vale's newest scientist. And in episode 25, Carlos—who doesn't exactly ring any bells himself—reciprocates.
Almost no one would've guessed that the o.W.n Fem!Scout in Cult Of Personality was a lesbian until she started checking out and then showing interest in the RED Turbine Fem!Scout upon meeting each other the first time in Chapter 4, though the feeling isn't mutual. Could also be considered Screw Yourself since the Fem!Scout may essentially be the same person. And this is after she openly rejected the oWn Scout and the ambiguously male Pyro's advances, although the latter is probably due to the Pyro trying to give her an arm as a gift. Otherwise, she behaves pretty much the same as any other Scouts.
In Wuffle episode "Meet the Parents" we find out that Chuck, the mail horse, has a boyfriend named Dr. Greyham, a hamster. Neither one of them show any gay sterotypes whatsoever. Heck, they haven't even been shown kissing yet!
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. Gus is Manly Gay, while Wally is Straight Gay, if a bit wimpy.
They're also the first to show a guy-on-guy kiss on Prime Time, network television ever. Which got praise from GLAAD and scorn from the Moral Guardians, despite the show being marketed to adults in the United States.
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 Genlteman 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.
Waylon Smithers of The Simpsons is one of the most prominent Straight Gay characters in mainstream media. About the only stereotypically "gay" trait he displays is his collecting of Malibu Stacy dolls, which in the Simpsons' universe is an expy for Barbie, and in one comic following up on the detergent debacle, crossdressing... as a Sailor Moon parody. Otherwise, any sexual aspects of his personality could just as easily be displayed by a heterosexual character without anyone noticing the difference, even if Hilarity Ensues when they're revealed to the audience. Even then, his doll collection is interpreted by many audience members as a sign of general wimpiness, not of his sexuality.
One of the comics had an army of Smithers clones performing Hello Dolly on Broadway.
He has a screensaver of Mr. Burns nude, coming on to Smithers in badly-edited vocal recordings. His voice can also be heard from the "In the Closet" float at the gay pride parade.
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 Manly 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 later advised by two other gay men, who are one half this trope, the other half Manly Gay, to just use his typical The Casanova attitude on the man the same as if he were a woman.
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.