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Originally treated as a subversion of the [[StereotypeGay standard gay stereotypes]], the Straight Gay is a homosexual character who has no [[CampGay 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 [[NotADate "date"]] with a 'stealthy' 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 TruthInTelevision, less of a narrative device than a character type. When still used as a plot point, it may allow other characters to realistically miss that a character is gay, or it may be so incidental to the plot (or controversial as a topic) that it's [[WordOfGay never actually mentioned on-screen]]. [[QueerPeopleAreFunny It's still used for cheap jokes, though]].

In some cases--especially {{Soap Opera}}s--this may be because of a SuddenlySexuality switch for a previously heterosexual character.

A lot of gay people object to the term itself (especially with the term Straight-Acting), arguing that gender presentation and sexual orientation are unrelated, and that the term is unnecessarily divisive. The trope itself isn't necessarily harmful, but applying it to real people can be.

May be associated with HaveIMentionedIAmGay in cases where the writing isn't nuanced enough to support a gay character sans constant explanations. Arguably a SpearCounterpart to LipstickLesbian. Also compare BiTheWay, ArmoredClosetGay, and TheWhitestBlackGuy. ManlyGay can overlap with Straight Gay depending on the context, but ManlyGay is more entangled with old stereotypes about gay men. MasculineFeminineGayCouple occurs when his lover is more feminine than him.

See also MistakenForGay and CampStraight.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kajiwara in ''[[Manga/KanonByChihoSaito Chiho Saito's Kanon]]'' is a textbook case. Everybody, even the readers, is taken by surprise when they find out.
%%* Shinobu Sensui from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', by WordOfGay.
%%* Kudo from ''Manga/DokiDokiSchoolHours'', contrasted with his totally straight [[CrossDresser cross-dressing]] classmate Seki.
* Kurokawa from ''Manga/{{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.
* [[spoiler:Guin Sard Lineford]] from ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', the first character in the entire Gundam franchise with an openly stated same-sex attraction. He might be [[NoBisexuals bisexual]], but TheReveal 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.
* Yamagi Gilmerton from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. He's an unassuming, technically-inclined teenager who happens to be gay.
* [[spoiler:Lu Sheng]] from ''Anime/{{Zegapain}}'', who completely caught both the main character and most of the audience off guard when he [[spoiler:openly declared his affection for the main character, Kyo, complete with a hug and a kiss on the cheek.]]
* Many {{Seme}} characters from BoysLove or {{Yaoi}} series fit this trope. Stereotypical Creator/{{CLAMP}} semes in particular.
** [[MagnificentBastard Seishirou]] from ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' and ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', falling in love with the protagonist and being masculine and stylish.
** Subverted in their series ''Manga/DrugAndDrop'', when Kazahaya comments on Rikuo's "girly" taste for chocolate. Also, "He wears his SunglassesAtNight" Saiga is the one doing the feminine chores around the shop, not fey, willowy Kakei as Kazahaya first suspected.
* The character Isaac in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' is a brawny guy (albeit a GentleGiant) with a heavy Dutch accent. The characters think he's about to have an UnsettlingGenderReveal 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. ([[BiTheWay Or rather, he doesn't mind the reveal as he likes men more anyway]]).
%%* Naoe from ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze''.
%%* Toshimitsu Kubo from ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. For mistaking a cross-dressing Akihisa for an attractive girl, he might be of SingleTargetSexuality.
%%* Jun Koshinae from ''I"s''.
%%* ''Manga/KenkoZenrakeiSuieibuUmisho'': In the manga, Okiura ends up attracting one.
%%* A few characters in ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'', namely Sora and Minato.
* Jaehee and Dai in ''Manhwa/LetDai''. Basically, their love for each other is the only thing that makes them gay.
%%* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'': Underneath that manly suit, Takai's actually very [[HoYay crazy]] for Ko.
* Rin from ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi''. He's very into fighting and very into flirting with Akira.
* Sweden from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. Confirmed to be gay ([[SingleTargetSexuality and only have eyes for Finland]]) by the author and without a single effeminate bone in his body.
* Most of the characters of ''Manga/LoveMyLife''. 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 ''Anime/GaReiZero''.
* Kakei from ''Manga/KinouNaniTabeta'' He's a SupremeChef but other than that he doesn't show any stereotypically gay mannerisms.
%%* Aeon of ''Manga/AirGear''.
%%* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'': Pretty much everyone in the main cast.
%%* ''Anime/LegendOfTheBlueWolves'': Leonard and Jonathan.
* Zelda's teacher in ''Lotte no Omocha'' [[spoiler:retired because of a scandal he was in involving a young male student.]]
* At one point in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', 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, [[AmbiguouslyBi he does show quite a bit of interest in Krista]], but [[spoiler: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 Tamura from ''Manga/BokuraNoHentai'' 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.
* Nearly all of the characters from ''Manga/MekkoRarekko'' count. Even though the characters usually have sex at least once in a volume [[spoiler: which may include rape as well,]] they never view their sexuality as anything. They just have sex with other people. In the case of Buchi and Taishou, the two main characters from Mekko Rarekko, when they have sex they usually just see it as a way to pass time and nothing else with no one suspecting a thing.
* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': You'd never know it, since Clara [[AllWomenArePrudes doesn't show any inclination towards either sex]] for much of the series. But she gradually develops a crush on her best friend [[spoiler: Mei]] and secretly has the hots for [[spoiler: [[ParentalIncest her own mom]]]]!
* [[TheEeyore Jun Fujiwara]] and ''possibly'' [[ThePollyanna Shin Tachibana]] of ''Manga/NegativeKunToPositiveKun''. The two of them are acknowledged to be [[OfficialCouple an item]] from the get go, and yet both of them are as normal as normal can be. That said, one chapter reveals that Shin has an...''interest'' in female breasts, making it possible that he [[BiTheWay goes both ways]], but even then he assures Jun that he's his one and only.
* ''Anime/KadoTheRightAnswer'' features Hanamori, Shindo's coworker and roommate. His clingy behaviour towards Shindo could be mistaken as him simply being friendly, except for a conversation he has with Tsukai where he asks her if she's in love with Shindo, revealing he also harbours feelings for him. However, he seems to realize he has next to no chance with Shindo, encouraging Tsukai to make a move.
* In ''Manga/AoNoFlag'', it's an early spoiler, but [[spoiler:Touma Mita]] is this. So much to the point that the plot starts out with [[spoiler:the main character and Mita's childhood friend Taichi Ichinose trying to help a girl he has a crush on get with Mita. Neither of them realize that Mita really likes Ichinose.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Probably the most well-known gay comic book character, Northstar.
* Titus Bird from ''ComicBook/{{Enigma}}''.
* ''Franchise/GreenLantern'':
** Obsidian, the son of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Green Lantern. He did once help solve a crime using nothing but his vast knowledge of show tunes, however.
** Post-Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}, the ''ComicBook/Earth2'' version of Obsidian's father Alan Scott has also been revealed as one, with Obsidian currently written out of continuity.
* Apollo and Midnighter from ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' 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 ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', there's the titular character's gay roommate Wallace, Joseph, and [[spoiler:Stephen Stills.]]
* Doctor Allison Mann from ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan''.
* DC's Pied Piper was this way when he first came out, completely shocking ComicBook/TheFlash 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.
* [[JerkWithaHeartofGold David Singh]], Barry Allen's boss at the Central City crime lab (and Pied Piper's boyfriend).
* Kevin Keller from ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'', 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 ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' was pretty Straight Gay. He was, of course, [[NoBisexuals 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.
* Hulkling and Wiccan from ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers''. 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.
* Bryan Hand from ''ComicBook/MsTree''.
* ''ComicBook/TopTen'': Steve "Jetman" Trainor misses out on this title in that his only negative quality seems to be that he's closeted.
* ''ComicBook/NewXMenAcademyX'''s Anole, [[AllGaysLoveTheater his love of theater]] notwithstanding.
* Walden Woods from ''ComicBook/DorkTower'', whose most notable mannerism is his constant more-{{Goth}}-than-thou demeanor, while his sexual orientation was mentioned only as a passing gag.
* Pretty much any gay character written by Creator/GailSimone, including [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Achiles]] and [[ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey Creote]].
* Poitr "Colossus" Rasputin from ComicBook/UltimateXMen, and his boyfriend Northstar, again, but this one is from an alternate dimension than the one mentioned above.
* Duncan and Brian from ''ComicBook/LockeAndKey''. Especially Brian.
-->'''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.
* ''Comicbook/XFactor'': Although originally believed to be BiTheWay, WordOfGod says that Rictor found his relationships with Tabitha and Rahne ultimately unsatisfying and that he was simply deep in the closet.
* ''ComicBook/{{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.
* Raymond from ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', who shows no stereotypical gay characteristics; he's only known to be gay by mention of a boyfriend.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'', several characters fall into this simply by not addressing any particularly "gay" stereotype.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* After the Indian Supreme Court upheld a ruling that being gay was punishable by death, Scott Adams mocked them by announcing that Asok, the Indian intern from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' is gay. After two lines of HaveIMentionedIAmGay, it was never referenced again and he demonstrated no change in personality or [[NerdsAreVirgins relationship status]].
* In an early (1977) story arc of ''Lupo Alberto'' Enrico la Talpa came out as gay, surprising literally ''everyone'', including the title character, his ''best friend'', as not only he never hinted at it before starting to walk around with a sign declaring it but was ''married''... [[SubvertedTrope Then the end of the story arc reveals he was trolling everyone]] and [[PetTheDog trying to give visibility to the fight for gay rights]], and after [[ItMakesSenseInContext his latest stunt got him mistaken for a terrorist and fired upon by the police]] he decided to just go home.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Generally very common in SlashFic: as the characters are often intended as straight in canon or [[NoHuggingNoKissing it's just not given much thought]], SlashFic 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 Gay}}s and {{Butch Lesbian}}s are not terribly prevalent in RealLife, many, if not most, queer people are not altogether StraightGay (queer women often note that even {{Lipstick Lesbian}}s often [[ImportantHaircut cut their hair very short]] when they [[ComingOutStory 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 SlashFic.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Germany sure seems straight. He has no [[CampGay stereotypical characteristics]]. However, he isn't straight; he is [[BiTheWay bisexual]].
* 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 AmbiguouslyGay Noah. Or, just as often, paired [[CrackPairing with each other]].
* A non-slash example could be found in ''[[TroperWorks/UltimateSpiderWoman 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 ParentalSubstitute to Mary Jane. She fills in for Mary Jane's mother, a BrokenBird 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.
* Another non-slash example is prince Ferdinand in ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen''. The story steers clear of shipping and we only discover that he's gay when Anna asks him during a casual talk whether he has a girlfriend somewhere. His surprise to Anna's casual reaction to the fact suggests that in-universe, that's the safer behavior. As a bonus, he's also BadassGay.
* Fanfic author A.A. Pessimal, a fan of Creator/TerryPratchett works, does this extensively in his ''Literature/{{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: ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5007887/1/The-Lancre-Caper-or-The-Perils-of-OverConfidence 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 ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' as a straight-acting gay, in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5423509/1/Moving-Pictures-Part-Two-The-Sequel Son of Moving Pictures II]]'' and ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5010302/1/Amateur-Night Amateur Night]]''. This was mainly to introduce and expand on the [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame Blue Cat Club]] as a location, and based on the observed wisdom that André is [[AllGaysLoveTheater 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 ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'' ''Fanfic/BringingMeToLife'' 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.
* Fan works for the game ''Videogame/{{Outlast}}'' often play Miles Upshur as gay, though no reference to his sexuality or love life was made in the actual game. Miles is often presented as masculine and somewhat rugged in fanfiction and fanart, to the point where one might not be aware he was gay unless told so. See ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1724468/chapters/3675512 Alone Aboard the Ark]]'' for a specific example.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** Done with Yami early on, but [[CharacterizationMarchesOn that gag isn't used much anymore]]. Pegasus's servant Croquet is another example, in contrast to his boss's CampStraight persona.
** [[FanNickname Florence]], a.k.a. [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Yami Bakura]]. Mostly in contrast to the TransparentCloset Marik and the CampStraight normal Bakura.
--->'''"Florence":''' I'm not British, I'm just gay.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[spoiler:Mitch Downe]] in ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman''. A rare children's movie example of the trope revealed as a last-line, sub-plot wrap-up stinger.
* [[spoiler:Gobber]] as revealed in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'': 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 filmmakers and his voice actor have confirmed that it meant he is gay.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* "Elio" and "Oliver" in ''Film/CallMeByYourName'' is one of the greatest coming-of-age movie you will ever see.
* Creator/ValKilmer's detective, "Gay Perry" in ''Film/KissKissBangBang''.
* The stars of ''Film/BrokebackMountain''.
* Ultimately averted by Willem Dafoe's character, FBI Agent Paul Smecker, in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints''. 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 StraightGay, 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 ''Film/LayerCake'' 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 Creator/RobertDeNiro[=/=]Creator/EdwardNorton movie ''Film/TheScore'', Creator/MarlonBrando's character shows absolutely no sign of his sexual orientation. It's never brought up, it's not important.
* ''Film/ILoveYouMan'':
** 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, [[CaptainObvious personality is not determined by orientation!]]
** Doug, played by Thomas Lennon, who thinks he's on a date with, and kisses, Creator/PaulRudd's main character, Peter. The effectiveness of the gag depends on both Peter, and the audience, having had no idea Doug was gay ([[TrailersAlwaysSpoil presuming they hadn't]] [[TrailerJokeDecay seen the trailer]]). When Doug reappears, however, his anger that Peter never returned his calls leads to increasing CampGay.
* [[spoiler:Alpa Chino]] in ''Film/TropicThunder'', though he [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday 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 ''Film/VictorVictoria''.
* Bobby Ray in ''Film/SweetHomeAlabama''.
* Tom Selleck as news reporter Peter Malloy in ''Film/InAndOut''.
* [[spoiler:Eric Dane's character]] in ''Film/ValentinesDay''. The best part? [[spoiler:He's partnered with Creator/BradleyCooper's character.]]
* Matthew from ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral''. His partner Gareth is more obvious.
%%* Harry in ''Film/MammaMia''.
* Elliot in ''Film/TakingWoodstock'' as well as the construction worker he's interested in.
* Bernie, Mink and the Dane in ''Film/MillersCrossing'', who are all {{Gayngster}}s
* [[AuthorAvatar William Lee]] in David Cronenberg's ''Film/NakedLunch'': "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 ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' 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 Creator/JohnWaters' ''A Dirty Shame''.
* Creator/TobeyMaguire and Creator/RobertDowneyJr.'s characters in ''Film/WonderBoys''.
* ''Film/EasternPromises'': Kirill, a closeted {{gayngster}}.
* [[spoiler:Bobby Long, Creator/BrandonRouth]]'s character from ''Film/ZackAndMiriMakeAPorno''. There's no indication he's (realized he's) gay until his husky-voiced CampGay boyfriend shows up.
* [[spoiler:David and George]] from ''The War Boys''.
* ''Film/TheBoysInTheBand'' 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.
* ''Film/FriendsWithBenefits'' has Tommy, the sports editor at GQ, as played by Creator/WoodyHarrelson.
* "Weekend" is about two straight gays, one who is more comfortable with his sexuality than the other.
* Zac Beaulieu from ''Film/{{CRAZY}}''. But that might have to do with being an ArmoredClosetGay who grows up in the 1960's to 1980's.
* Zach and Shaun from the movie ''Film/{{Shelter}}''.
* Guy from ''Film/{{Ted}}''.
* [[spoiler:Graham]] in ''Film/TheBestExoticMarigoldHotel'', much to Jean's chagrin when he finally straight-out tells her so.
* Subject of a brief gag in ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', when one of these pairs up with a CampGay 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 ''Film/OttoOrUpWithDeadPeople'', specially Fritz.
* The two henchman from ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''; 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/{{Bedazzled 2000}}'': This is how TheDevil screws up Elliot's wish to be a smart, suave, famous author with a decent-sized "[[BiggusDickus equipment]]". As the author, Elliot charms the crowd and woos his LoveInterest Allison. Then they get to his bedroom and find out that his CampGay 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 Creator/VingRhames) in ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry'' is the NewMeat in Chuck and Larry's fire station. He, at first, appears to be a ScaryBlackMan 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 CampGay. DaChief 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. At the end of the film, Fred marries Alex's brother at the same chapel as Chuck and Larry.
* It was revealed that [[spoiler:Sulu]] is gay in ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' [[spoiler:though there was no indication in the [[Film/StarTrek previous]] [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness two]] films that he was gay]].
* Bellson and Doyle, the two police detectives who were following after Nikki Finn in ''Film/WhosThatGirl'', who end up kissing each other at the end of the film.
* John Caleo from ''Film/HoldingTheMan'' doesn't really show much typical gay mannerism or characteristics, being the captain for his high school football team and was regarded as the best among his peers all across Victoria.

* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', all lesbians are this. They are ''not'' LipstickLesbian, because in this setting, women don't wear lipstick, unless they're prostitutes, who [[MakesSenseInContext pretend to be male.]] Cira mentions a female ex-lover, and she doesn't look or behave any different from the heterosexual female characters. (Of course, the setting doesn't seem to know the concept of "homosexuality" in the first place, so that is to be expected - there is no subculture.) Judging by her behavior toward Jerin, though, she's arguably most likely bisexual.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Jon "Griff" Connington is a hardened mercenary leader with a SergeantRock personality who mourns his friend [[PrettyBoy Rhaegar Targaryean]], for whom he had more than platonic feelings.
** Loras Tyrell, dubbed "''the Knight of Flowers''," is renowned across the realm for his skill in arms (specifically jousting/lances). His nickname may seem obvious to many, but a rose is the sigil of House Tyrell. Many readers of the book series didn't even pick up on the fact that he was in a romantic relationship with Renly Baratheon until [[WordofGay GRRM]] confirmed it.
* In ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'', 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 ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fanbase didn't suspect that Dumbledore from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series was gay until Creator/JKRowling [[WordOfGay said so]]. Though this is probably more because he's old as he is pretty eccentric.
* Possibly the earliest example of this trope comes from Creator/EMForster's ''Literature/{{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 StraightGay.
* 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 ''Literature/BloodsuckingFiends'' and ''You Suck'', the [[HeterosexualLifePartners Not Exactly Heterosexual Life Partner]] of detective Rivera.
* The canonical example for any Brazilian would be Riobaldo, from the 1956 classic ''Literature/TheDevilToPayInTheBacklands''. 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!') Technically the series is EveryoneIsBi, rather than gay as such.
* 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.
* [[Literature/CircleOfMagic 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."
* ''Literature/TheLaundryFiles'' by Creator/CharlesStross has the recurring characters called "Pinky and Brains", the protagonist's co-workers at the [[TheMenInBlack occult spy agency]] called "The Laundry", and, early in the series, his roommates. 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.[[note]]The bureaucratic "logic": 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.[[/note]]
* [[spoiler:Alec Lightwood]] from the ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', 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 ''[[Literature/ALandFitForHeroes 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 BadassNormal (which is good, since being homosexual in this setting is grounds for a very messy execution)
* Diana Gabaldon's Lord John from both her ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series and his own.
* ''Literature/{{Havemercy}}'':
** Most of the main characters 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 ''Literature/ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower''.
* Norman Large from the ''Literature/CHERUBSeries''. 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 ''Literature/TheDemonsLexicon'' 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, [[spoiler:Seb]] is not suspected to be gay. He even dates [[spoiler:Mae]] and is found out only when [[spoiler: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 ''Literature/{{Otherland}}''. He's not obviously gay except for being fussy about maintaining her household, and during his POV segments complains about [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay 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 ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' 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''.
* [[spoiler:Captain John Granby]] from the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series is revealed to be this in book 7. Prior to this, there was no real indication as to his preferences.
* Marunde from ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''.
* In ''Literature/TheLongEarth'', Jansson is only mentioned as being a lesbian twice.
* Rafael and Skylar in ''Literature/GivesLight'' have none of the stereotypical "gay" characteristics, but are in love with each other.
* There's a definite tendency within the ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fandom to interpret Crowley this way. WordOfGod is silent on the matter, even if he and Aziraphale ended up buying a house together according to Creator/NeilGaiman. The fact that angels, fallen or otherwise, have NoBiologicalSex muddies the issue a bit.
* Cornelius "Corny" Stone from Holly Black's "Literature/ModernFaerieTales". Also [[spoiler:Luis]].
* Practically everyone in ''Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm''; 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' ''Literature/TheHexslingerSeries''; while Chess is openly gay (he gets away with it by virtue of being [[TheGunslinger 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.
* UsefulNotes/NewOrleans 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 ''Literature/{{Swordspoint}}''. He's the greatest swordsman in the city, and deeply in love with the disgraced noble Alec Campion.
* ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' has several, including the two main characters Rasmus and Benjamin.
* Gary Gray of ''God Says No''.
* Rufus Sixsmith form ''Literature/CloudAtlas''.
* In the second book of Maggie Stiefvater's ''Literature/TheRavenCycle'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Ronan Lynch is gay.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{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 {{mook}}s as being unable to fight armed opponents. The two are among those that [[TheCaptain Leary]] looks to when gathering brawlers from the crew for beating some sense into others.
* In ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', several characters believe that [[spoiler:Nico di Angelo]] has a crush on [[spoiler:Annabeth]]. In ''The House of Hades'', it is revealed that he is (or was, at least) instead [[spoiler: in love with Percy]], although it is not made clear whether he is gay or bi.
* Damien from ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight''. Unfortunately, he mostly comes across as HaveIMentionedIAmGay.
* Lane in Garry Ryan's DetectiveLaneMysteries.
* 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 BiTheWay.
* [[spoiler: Tschick]] in ''Literature/WhyWeTookTheCar''
* Ben Colm in the ''Daring Finds'' mystery series by Elise Hyatt. The narrator and his best friend Dyce would disagree but since she's a Clouscuckoolander UnreliableNarrator and her only evidence for him being camp is [[SharpDressedMan his obsession with proper attire and grooming]] her opinion should be taken with a grain or two of salt.
* In ''Literature/StrangerAndStranger'', Derek is openly gay and crushing hard on Peter, but there's nothing particularly flamboyant about him. He comes off as slightly obsessed with his car and there are many scenes where he seems to view himself as the OnlySaneMan.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Rudolf, in ''Work Experience''. It turns out to be why runes intended for compelling him into marriage didn't work, since he lacked any desire toward women this could exploit.
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', Saul, the lighthouse keeper, and his boyfriend Charlie, a fisherman, show no steretypically gay behaviour at all. If they weren't sleeping together, they'd look just like close friends who like to share a beer at the bar.
* In ''Literature/TheseWordsAreTrueAndFaithful,'' a secondary character accuses Sam and Ernie of being "not really gay."

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' season 3 introduces the first openly gay character in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, the Inhuman Joey Gutierrez, who just wants to have a beer and go back to his normal life after his powers manifest. Given his superhuman abilities, he has potential to evolve into BadassGay as well.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lord Renly Baratheon has a more masculine appearance and demeanour than his lover, Ser Loras Tyrell; the latter is somewhere in between StraightGay and CampGay. Subverted somewhat because the more generally masculine [[TheBear "otter"]] Renly is a politician, not a warrior; the more [[TheTwink androgynous]] Loras, in contrast, is an AgentPeacock, flamboyant, but widely acknowledged as one of the best swordsmen in Westeros. Loras in particular is in a TransparentCloset, yet is greatly adored by many naïve and hopeful women who consider him to be the hottest bachelor in the kingdom.
* [[Series/BeingHumanUK Russel Tovey's]] character Ben from ''Series/AnnuallyRetentive''.
* [[spoiler:James and Cal]], two of the main characters on ''Series/{{Glue}}'' who were in a SecretRelationship with each other.
* A sketch on ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration''
** [[ArmoredClosetGay Riley]] and [[ClosetKey Zane]] are pictured above. Riley's ComingOutStory 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 {{camp| gay}}ier 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...[[AnimeHair except for the hair]].
** Dylan, Paige's brother who is also a gifted hockey player. [[ReallyGetsAround Bit of a player though]].
* In ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'', Snake's basketball-star older brother Glen came out [[LongLostUncleAesop on a visit home from from medical school]]. Their parents disowned him and [[PoisonOakEpilepticTrees he hasn't been seen or mentioned since]].
* Bill Forbes of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''
* Will of the popular SitCom ''Series/WillAndGrace'' is a gay lead who lacks most of the obvious StereotypeGay elements, being only ''mildly'' gay by the standard of 1998 TV. Compared to PetHomosexual Jack, however, he was the StraightGay. 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.
* JP in the British SitCom ''Series/{{Teachers}}''.
* David and Keith in ''Series/SixFeetUnder''.
* ''Series/TheWire''
** 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 [[TheTwink twinks]] or StraightGay as well.
** Although he supposedly has a wife and kids, Commander Rawls is seen briefly in a gay bar in the third season, and Rawls being gay is basically one of the Baltimore Police Department's favorite in-jokes. Given Rawls' age (mid-to-late 50s at the youngest) and background (working-class Irish-American cop in Baltimore), him being closeted is completely unsurprising.
* Michael Boatman's character on ''Series/SpinCity'' 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 ''Series/NormalOhio'' featured John Goodman as a gay male who, homosexuality aside, would have passed for a standard heterosexual sitcom dad (love of beer, football, etc).
* George Huang from ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is so very StraightGay that his sexuality was debated for ''nine years'' until the episode "Hardwired" made specific reference to it. 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 ThrowItIn case inspired by actor BD Wong's real-life sexuality.
* A rather strange case is Tom from ''Series/{{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|Fanon}} when the writers learned that the fans thought he was gay.
* Wade and Trey of ''Series/NoahsArc''.
* Vito Spatafore in ''Series/TheSopranos'' is revealed to be a closeted {{gayngster}} who shacks up with a macho fireman boyfriend.
* Brian and Steve from ''Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram'' 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 ''Series/TheMole''. In "A Closer Look", he claimed that he was going to use his "gay-dar" to sniff out the titular saboteur.
* ''Series/BrothersAndSisters'' 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, ''Series/DreamOn''. 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.
** This was lampshaded in the episode where his father was dumped. In the episode, he meets another manly gay man, only for the two of them to realize it wasn't working out. The senior Tupper tells his son that he'll never be happy: "There are only three gay guys in the world who like watching football and bass fishing. And two of them dumped me."
* Calvin from ''Series/{{Greek}}''.
** Heath and Grant, and even [[LipstickLesbian Robyn]]. Michael is the only gay character so far to display any particularly stereotypical characteristics.
* Roy Jr. from ''Series/{{Wings}}''.
** 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 ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', though Michael refuses to believe it.
* In ''{{Series/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 ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. He turns into something of a badass instead, being shown as one of the White Hats in "[[WonderfulLife The Wish]]", and dying in battle against the Mayor in the season three finale.
* Officer Julien Lowe in ''Series/TheShield'', 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 ''Series/{{Southland}}''.
* Vince from ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' (UK).
* ''Series/QueerAsFolkUS'': all of the main guys except Emmett.
* Prince Jack from ''Series/{{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 Creator/ComedyCentral 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 ''Series/HappyEndings'', to the point he's (ironically) the StraightMan of the group; the closest the main group has to gay stereotypes can be found in CampStraight Brad and FagHag Penny instead. In fact, the second episode not only [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this through Penny complaining Max is just a straight guy who likes guys, but ends with the revelation that Penny doesn't need a [[PetHomosexual gay husband]] because ''[[InvertedTrope she]]'' is the sassy gay stereotype in her friendship with Max.
* [[spoiler:Archie]] from ''Series/MyMadFatDiary''.
* ''Series/{{Extras}}'': Andy gets annoyed by a CampGay co-worker's behavior and complains to their boss, who reveals himself to be Straight Gay.
* Graham Chapman of Creator/MontyPython hated the CampGay stereotype and made a point of exhibiting the clean-cut, pipe-smoking British image of masculinity (both on- and off-screen).
* ''Series/ModernFamily'':
** Gay couple Mitchell and Cameron 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 CampGay.
** Also played with when Phil invites a Straight Gay over for dinner without realizing he's gay - and Phil's dinner companion doesn't realize that Phil is straight. [[HilarityEnsues It gets interesting, especially when beer is spilled on both of their shirts and they're both half-naked...]]
* Mag from ''{{Series/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!"
* Cliff St. Paul in ''Series/UglyBetty'' 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 ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' 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 ''Series/TheWarAtHome.'' While Kenny doesn't dress CampGay and has interests ''Franchise/StarWars''-esque interests, he also secretly has knowledge on musicals and keeps a journal in which he writes poems.
* ''Series/{{Emmerdale}}'''s trainee mechanic and fully qualified juvenile delinquent Aaron is StraightGay to the point that half the village initially thought he was faking it to avoid a prison sentence for a homophobic assault. His first love interest, a builder named Jackson, also qualified, something that's [[LampshadeHanging 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 ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'':
** Chelsea's father, who is initially presented as [[ArmouredClosetGay 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 ''Series/{{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?"
* ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'': The gays of Oakdale.
** Noah of the gay supercouple Luke and Noah. Given his extensive character development, Luke has had enough time to be more comfortable about his sexuality and his, compared to Noah, more feminine mannerisms. Still, Luke has had his moments especially when it comes to helping and protecting Noah. Lampshaded somewhat when a former executive, turned {{Squick}}y step-Grand{{parental incest}} there for a moment, of his charity foundation told him to lay low around LGBT issues and projects.
** 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, TheReveal, and then a jab about not knowing the gay handshake. [[CampStraight Henry]] was originally [[RomancingTheWidow wary about Reid being roommates with his friend Katie]], at first not believing Reid when he tells him he is gay.
** None of the minor gay characters from Luke's college days did anything stereotypically gay.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'''s [[spoiler:Gaeta]] is bisexual and in a relationship with Hoshi.
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'' gives us an example in [[{{Gayngster}} Sam Adama]], though; as a [[GenericEthnicCrimeGang Ha'la'tha]] [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]], it kind of comes with the territory. His (non-criminal) husband Larry also appears to be one of these.
* Marshall Gregson from ''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara''. However, this can't be said for his [[CampGay boyfriend]]. Bonuses for onscreen debate of the CampGay versus StraightGay 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.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NCL_diZRVI&feature=player_embedded These audience members]] on ''Series/TheGrahamNortonShow''. Which makes it all the more [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funny]] / [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming heartwarming]] when we see how [[SickeninglySweethearts cutsey]] their messages to each other really are!
-->'''Graham''': The love of Pickle and Honeypuff.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon": [[spoiler:Canton]] almost lost his job because he wanted to [[spoiler:marry a black man... in 1969]].
** Jack Harkness, especially in Who proper, less so in Torchwood.
* [[spoiler:Dave Karofsky]] on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', who doubles as ArmoredClosetGay. Also, Spencer in season 6, who talks about how his team mates are only comfortable with him being gay as long as he doesn't act ''too'' gay.
* Season three of ''Series/{{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 more masculine.
* Steven Carrington, from ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/LoveSidney'', the first American TV show with a gay man as the lead character, pretty much never mentioned it [[ExecutiveMeddling after the first episode]].
* The cable sitcom ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/{{Soap}}'' has an odd example with Jodie (Billy Crystal). For much of the first season, he's CampGay, what with cross-dressing, being a good decorator and tales of putting on makeup as a child. In later seasons, however, he's just StraightGay. Then there's his [[ArmoredClosetGay closeted]] on again, off again boyfriend Dennis (a football star), and his lesbian roommate Alice, both StraightGay. 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 ''{{Series/Number 96}}''. Notably, Don was the first ever openly gay main character in a television show.
* Teddy from ''Series/BeverlyHills90210''.
* In the 1970s, ''Series/BarneyMiller'' had Zatelli, an unassuming uniform cop who mostly caused anxiety for Levitt, who was convinced he was bucking for his job.
* [[JerkAss Thomas Barrow]] from ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'' has Danny, lacrosse goalie and best friend of the school's leading straight jock Jackson. It is later revealed that Jackson himself is bisexual rather than straight when he is shown to be in a relationship with another Straight Gay, Ethan (who is Danny's ex no less).
* ''Series/{{Spartacus Blood And Sand}}'' has [[BadassGay Agron and Nasir.]]
* Barney's half-brother James in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. He's initially presented as a gay version of Barney, but is later revealed to have found a steady partner to settle down with.
* Matt Fielding on ''Series/MelrosePlace''.
* ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' has several, including the two main characters Rasmus and Benjamin.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Short-term station manager Tom Duran, leading to a classic [[MistakenForGay misunderstanding]] when Frasier invites him over to meet Daphne.
* ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' sketch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA_CQPU5qbo "Gay Football"]] -- the promos play it up as over-the-top CampGay, but the press conference and locker room cam play it completely as this trope.
* PlayedWith in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' with Captain Ray Holt. At first glance, he takes this trope to the extreme, being as he is TheStoic 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). However, Holt does have several features of stereotypical camp gay characters, they're just harder to notice because he is so reserved. He is fussy, neat, and cultured, for example, and is an amazing ballroom dancer. Not to mention the pride flag on his desk. He is, in fact, the head of a gay police officer's advocacy group, and has been out since the 1970s. When his sexuality was revealed in the first episode, the joke was not, as with many of these characters, simply that the character was unexpectedly gay, but that all the professional detectives that work under him didn't notice the really obvious signs. Like the framed newspaper article about how he was the first openly gay captain in the NYPD.
* Although Lito Rodriguez from ''Series/{{Sense8}}'' is more befitting of the ManlyGay trope (he's a {{Telenovela}} actor for God's sake) his boyfriend Hernando is more befitting of this trope.
* Geoffrey, the rugby-loving (occasional) boyfriend of ''Series/PleaseLikeMe'' 's protagonist.
* On ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'', Barry's son Sammy appears to be gay, but has none of the stereotypical mannerisms.
* Main characters Kieren and Simon from ''Series/InTheFles''. Another character, Rick, is a ManlyGay.
* Central City Police Captain David Singh in ''Series/TheFlash2014''. He's openly gay, but you wouldn't be able to tell it just by his appearance or behavior.
* Robert and Sol on ''Series/GraceAndFrankie'' have been having an affair for twenty years and nobody knew.
* In ''Series/MrRobot'' Gideon tells Elliot in the first episode that he is gay because his partner feels like he hides it to much
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has Curtis Holt, the universe's version of Michael Holt/Mr Terrific. This version of the character takes an AdaptationalSexuality and is a gay man with a husband, who's the more overly camp one despite Curtis being quite BlackAndNerdy.
* ''Series/TheFamily'': FBI Agent Gabe Clements, who is not obviously homosexual at all before he mentions his husband.
* Ted Case from ''Series/NewTricks'' seems like a typical ex-copper, who defining character is how superstitious he is . His teammates don't even realise he is gay until he brings his partner along to a function and it is another man. In particular, he is the scruffiest of the team, leading Steve to comment on how he thought gays were supposed to snappy dressers.
* The ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' commercial parody [[http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/schmitts-gay/n10163?snl=1 Schmitts Gay beer]] utilizes this trope with Adam Sandler and Chris Farley in a GenderFlip of traditional beer commercials.
* ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'' has Titus' boyfriend Mikey, a construction worker with no noticeable gay tendencies except for an airbrushed portrait of Tilda Swinton on the back of his truck.
* ''Series/DearWhitePeople'': Lionel, though another gay guy notices even so.
* In ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'', Piscatella, the new burly guard, tells Piper that he'll never find her adorable because he's gay.
* Quantico: Season 2 introduces Harry Doyle and Sebastian Chen as two of recruits at The Farm. Harry is openly gay while Sebastian is a closeted priest for part of the season.
* ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder'': Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton are an item. While neither have stereotypically gay mannerisms, Oliver is shown to enjoy "gay" music.
* ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'''s Victor Strand is a BadassGay who does not have any stereotypical gay mannerisms other than very refined tastes.
* ''{{Series/Outlander}}'': Lord John Grey, who lost his lover in the Rising. He's attracted to Jamie, though the latter doesn't take kindly to him making a pass, given his past trauma from having been raped by another man (plus of course [[IncompatibleOrientation Jamie's completely straight]]). They later become friends however.
* ''Series/HemlockGrove'': Dr. Johann Pryce. He's not just completely unremarkable, one might even get the impression that he's actually asexual before he displays an interest in men in later seasons.
* ''Series/{{Ozark}}'': None of the gay men in the series display any stereotypical gay mannerisms.
* This could apply to every gay character on ''Series/{{ER}}''. For example, we don't get any indication that Maggie Doyle is gay until she hides to avoid being seen by a jealous ex-''girlfriend''.
* White Josh in ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' hangs out exclusively with straight bros and has stereotypically straight interests. The show doesn't hint that he's gay until he reveals it to a surprised Darryl.
* Ian from ''Series/{{Shameless}}'' is a gay casanova, even as a teenager, and seems to be as testosterone driven as the other men in his family. His boyfriend for much of the series, Mickey, is ''even more'' driven by testosterone, at times being a HeManWomanHater.

* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'':
** Joe Pitt tries early on to repress his homosexuality, and in fact doesn't even consciously recognize that he's gay until "MistakenForGay" by his future lover.
** Prior tells Louis, "You don't notice anything. If I hadn't spent the last four years fellating you I'd swear you were straight." However, Louis implies through dialogue that he changes his behavior based on his company and may only be playing straight around certain people.
* [[CampGay 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 ''Theatre/AvenueQ'': "[[IHaveThisFriend My friend's not like that]]. [[GayConservative He's a Republican]]."
* Bruce Niles from ''The Normal Heart.'' Also an ArmouredClosetGay, at least at work.
* ''Theatre/{{RENT}}'' has Collins, generally played as a Foil to [[CampGay Angel]] (most notably during their duet and respectivr solos).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the intimidating armoured guards in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' mentions that he's gay if you try to get your (female) character past him by flirting. Unless it was just a [[SorryImGay quick way out]].
* Kian Alvane and Likho from ''VideoGame/DreamfallChapters''. If the player makes the right choices Kian outs himself to Likho, and the two have a conversation on how the Azadi treat gay and lesbian people. Should the scene play out with Enu instead of Likho, Kian simply states he's not interested in women, and the conversation ends shortly after. At a later point in the game, also depending on player choices, Likho confesses that he, too, is gay, but has kept this part of himself hidden because the Dolmari aren't quite as accepting of it as the Azadi are. Kian was present in the game's predecessor, ''Videogame/DreamfallTheLongestJourney'', but his sexuality was never mentioned.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}},'' and especially [[VideoGame/FableII 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 ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts''. While he is certainly a LargeHam, little he does is overtly homosexual, with the exception of a couple comments he makes throughout the game.
* Kevin Smith from ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'' had a romantic relationship with another man according to [[AllThereInTheManual companion book]] ''Hand in [=killer7=]'', although you wouldn't know this by just playing the game.
* Arguably, Urick in ''VideoGame/{{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. [[CampGay Yaha, on the other hand...]]
* Brad Evans from ''VideoGame/WildArms2'' 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.
* Creator/BioWare started this one with Juhani in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', part because Creator/LucasArts pitched a fit, forcing them to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar 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 Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''
*** A female [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] romancing Liara [[DiscountLesbians 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 ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'''s Gavorn is this.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
*** Male [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] can have a romantic relationship with Steve Cortez, who both fit this trope. Similarly, female Shepard can start a romance with Samantha Traynor.
*** Nyreen Kandros, the series' first female turian, who was previously in a relationship with asari gangster Aria T'Loak.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'': 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, [[spoiler:even self-sacrificing.]]
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'''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.
* ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' has Conrad Marburg as one of the most dangerous nemeses in the game. A life-long black ops PsychoForHire who's gotten ''very'' good at [[BadassGrandpa killing people over his long career, whether by guns or bare fists]]. [[MadeOfIron Tough as nails]] and a ConsummateProfessional. 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. 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 ([[FemaleGaze or watch her eyes around the female strippers in the Gomorrah casino and brothel]]), and otherwise acts like any ordinary post-apocalyptic PowerFist[[BareFistedMonk ed Monk]]... [[LipstickLesbian but she will confess her secret desire to own a fancy pre-war dress.]]
* Arie van Bruggen in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''. 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 PlayfulHacker, or a smartass. More specifically, he's BiTheWay - 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."
* Jim Miller in ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' has an ex-husband, information which is buried away in his (hackable) emails. Otherwise, you would never have known. Also doubles as BadassGay, since he's [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous ex-Australian SAS]] and the current leader of [[MultinationalTeam Task Force 29]] in Central Europe.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim 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 CampGay in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', 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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ''VideoGame/{{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 ManlyGay by the by).
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'':
** 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.
* Niko, the magic shop owner's apprentice in ''VideoGame/DungeonMakerIITheHiddenWar''. 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.
* Kanji Tatsumi from ''VideoGame/Persona4''. 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 [[CampGay shadow]]...
* ''VideoGame/Persona2'''s first protagonist, aloof bad boy Tatsuya Suou, can be played as this in ''Innocent Sin'' if the player chooses to select [[GayOption Jun Kurosu]] as his LoveInterest. Hell, if you take [[WordOfGod the writer's word for it]], the two were even supposed to be the game's canonical pairing.
* In ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'', Kung Jin doesn't seem gay, and the only thing in-game that alludes to his sexuality is an ambiguous conversation between himself and Raiden where the Thunder God suggests Jin go seek training at the Wu Shi Academy. WordOfGod [[WordOfGay later confirmed the subtext]] of that conversation.
-->'''Kung Jin''': "I can't...they won't accept..."\\
'''Raiden''': "They care only of what is in your heart, not whom your heart desires."
* Revolver Ocelot from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' Franchise has been [[WordOfGay confirmed to have been in love]] with Big Boss [[spoiler: and the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder various betrayals]] and [[ManipulativeBastard manipulations]] he preformed over the years were all in an effort to achieve Big Boss' dream]]. While there is a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) HoYay that Ocelot shares with quite a few characters in the series, his sexuality is not really focused on all that much in the main series, making it easy to miss.
* ''{{VideoGame/Undertale}}'' has several characters who are non-heterosexual, none of whom act camp or show any {{Gayngst}}.
** The gender of the playable character is never outright stated, with only gender-neutral pronouns used to refer to them. Throughout the game, they can flirt with males, females, and monsters that are genderless.
** Undyne is a BadassGay leader of the Royal Guard, and recognized as the best fighter in the Underground. You wouldn't know this early on in the game, only being hinted at with Mettaton's quiz show mid-game.
** Alphys is [[BiTheWay bisexual]] (and a bit {{Robosexual}}), and is a complete nerd.
** A mid-game boss fight with an extremely buff pair of guards. In order to [[PacifistRun spare them]], you have to get one of the guards to confess their love for the other one.
* Mislav in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', though it didn't stop him from getting neck deep in some {{Gayngst}} in his backstory.
* All of the LGBT characters in ''VideoGame/Dishonored2'' aren't particularly effeminate or butch, such as Aramis Stilton, Breanna Ashworth and [[spoiler:Billie Lurk]]. Given that the game takes place in a fictional ConstructedWorld, it's possible the cultural influences and pressures associated with being gay are different or non-existent in the game's world.
* Kalden Azrus from ''Masquerada: Songs and Shadows'' was in a relationship and ran an orphanage with a man who was killed shortly before the story began.
* Tracer from ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' subverts quite a few expectations for lesbian characters, the most being her BoyishShortHair. The "Reflections" comic shows her having a girlfriend, and no big deal is made about it in game.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The main cast of ''VisualNovel/ExtracurricularActivities'' are RatedMForManly with huge muscles and hardly show any stereotypical traits.
* Most of the male cast of ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'', and especially the main character and all nine [[DatingSim potential love interests]]. Even the more feminine bachelors in the game, like Shin-kun, aren't really campy in any way.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Almost no-one would've guessed that the o.W.n Fem!Scout in ''Machinima/CultOfPersonality'' 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 ScrewYourself since the Fem!Scout may essentially be the [[PaletteSwap 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.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Vinci from ''Webcomic/VinciAndArty''. Although he isn't specifically gay (WordOfGod 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.
* ''Webcomic/{{Prequel}}'' has Quill-Weave, who, while gay, doesn't act stereotypical at all.
* ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}} feature Bruce and Roosevelt, two kangeroos that watch American football on the telly and complain that it isn't rugged enough for their Rugby hardened tastes.
* ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' plays it straight (ha ha) with [[http://www.angryflower.com/homose.gif Homosexual Robot Cop.]]
* A.E.D of ''Webcomic/HedoneHigh'' has been pretty ambiguous, so most fans asume he's this or [[SingleTargetSexuality Izm-sexual.]]
* Ethan of ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' describes himself as gay, but puts a whole lot more energy into thinking about toys than about sex, sexuality, and fulfilling stereotypes.
* [[TheCape The Utopian]] from ''Webcomic/JohnnySaturn'', as well as his boyfriend Lewis.
* [[TheWoobie Justin]] from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', to the point where the girl who inadvertently outed him [[ClingyJealousGirl still thinks she can win him back]]. Justin's initial appearance (longer hair, earring in his right ear, and a frickin' ''purple'' martial arts uniform) would easily set off gaydars (and indeed this might have been the intention), but he has since lost the earring, and his hair has steadily been getting shorter and thinner. He's also tall (WordOfGod says he's 6 feet), [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-10-08 physically strong, good with martial arts]], and [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-24 occasionally]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-09-27 badass.]] By now, [[HaveIMentionedIAmGay it would be very difficult to tell that he's gay if it weren't for occasional references to this fact.]] [[spoiler:Until he got a date with Luke, that is.]]
* Max Powers from ''{{Webcomic/PVP}}''
* Karl Kroenen from ''Webcomic/AbeAndKroenen''. Abe falls somewhere on the border between StraightGay and CampGay, although it doesn't help that his action figure's hands have a tendency towards "limp wrist" gestures.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'':
** Marten's first boss 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 ''Webcomic/FunnyFarm''. 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 [[AmbiguouslyGay flamboyant but totally straight]] Mike Hopkins.
* Cadugan the surly half-elf ranger from ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic''. Women adore him, and tend to be in denial about their failures to seduce him.
* ''Webcomic/KhaosKomix'': Steve, 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. 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 ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'', and Collin in ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility''.
* Several in ''Webcomic/ClosetCoon''; Colin doesn't even acknowledge he's gay at the start of the story.
* The present and future arc versions of Galehaut in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', playing off the HoYay 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 {{genderflip}}ped).
* Kay Wheeler from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' is [[InformedAbility presented as]] an example of this trope.
* Utahraptor of ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''. 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 ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. 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. Branwen's late father also counts, even though he never appears onscreen. He married Branwen's mother, an asexual, to provide TheBeard for their respective orientations and fulfill their mutual desire for kids. Davan has an awkward meeting with the father's former lover and goes to Mike for explanation to avoid upsetting Branwen:
-->"Hey, did your Uncle Patrick ever strike you as being gay?"\\
"No. I mean, apart from his boyfriend Leland."
* Josh of ''Webcomic/HoneydewSyndrome'' 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 ''Webcomic/GoodbyeChains''. If anything, he might be more manly then the heterosexual Banquo.
* Nestor from ''Webcomic/{{Montgrave}}''.
* Count Tethik of ''Webcomic/TheChallengesOfZona''.
* Most of the men in ''Webcomic/BlurTheLines'', including the two protagonists, Drew and Rick.
** {{Parodied}} when Drew mocks Rick for asking his mother for a flannel shirt for Christmas. [[http://www.blur-the-lines.com/?p=107]]
** {{Discussed}}, then {{deconstruct|ion}}ed when Drew considers whether he should check himself off as "Straight Acting" on a dating site, thinks of [[CampStraight what his heterosexual friends are like]], and decides against it. [[http://www.blur-the-lines.com/?p=147 Turns out that even straight people can be decidedly un-straight acting.]]
-->'''Rick:''' I wonder if on straight dating sites they have a "gay acting" check-box...
* Ples Tibenoch of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' is a somewhat prudish, very respectable gentleman whom you would take for het or even asexual if not for WordOfGay. He is certainly less campy than AmbiguouslyGay Conrad.
* Darius from ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' 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 ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' is a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot poncho-wearing, velocoraptor-morphing Autochthonian]]. Marena tries to seduce him with female pheromones, and he [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0141.html doesn't respond.]]
* Neil Ortiz of ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/RedString''. 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 ''Webcomic/TheLessThanEpicAdventuresOfTJAndAmal''. TJ's case (according to WordOfGod) overlaps with BiTheWay.
* Liam Williamson from Kytri's ''Webcomic/ThisIsTheWorstIdeaYouveEverHad'' 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.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Dirk Strider is upfront about the fact that he's only attracted to men. At the same time, most of his interests -- like rap, robots, and swords -- are stereotypically masculine and he dislikes having his sexuality reduced to a label. Since he's an alternate universe version of Dave's Bro, Bro is probably also gay.
** A romantic, maternal fashionista, Kanaya Maryam presents as ultra-high femme by troll standards, but by WordOfGod is exclusively interested in other women. Trolls are pansexual, so gender typically has no baring on their [[BizarreAlienBiology "quadrants"]].
* Ethan in ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' (as he is in the rest of the Webcomic/{{Walkyverse}}). Joyce does not seem to understand the concept.
* Lars from ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy''. He's out of closet, (formerly) overweight, and the [[OnlySaneMan 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.
* In ''Webcomic/{{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!
* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'': Lavali's orientation is neither hinted at nor contradicted by her behavior in the comic before the day that [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/me-hee-hee-heeeeeee her brother Alex comes home to find her in the process of breaking up with another girl named Claire.]] It turns out that what ''he's'' seen of her behavior in the past, though, makes this a CaptainObviousReveal for him.
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'': Secondary character Jerzy is something of a textbook case, certainly by contrast to CampGay lead character Dillon. Jerzy is open about his sexuality, but shows few camp mannerisms, as well as working in construction and driving a pickup truck.
* You wouldn't believe Gordon and Hector from ''Webcomic/BusterWildeWeerwolf'' are gay by their looks but then you see them talk about cute guys and hitting the gay clubs.
* Keydar in ''Webcomic/DarkLegacyComics'' is gay but except for two strips (out of over 500) where he crushes on another guy, it never comes up.
* Mitch from ''Webcomic/{{Long Exposure}}'' is trailer park trash and an aggressive slob of a bully and yet he's gay as all hell, especially for resident nerd [[BandGeek Jonas]].
* ''Webcomic/AmandaGreenSuperhumanInsuranceAgent'' has Jim, a middle-aged family man. It's a workplace comedy so his sexual orientation almost never comes up because it simply isn't relevant. Learning he's gay teaches new employee Carrie she's not as open-minded as she thought she was, specifically her inherent assumption that people are heterosexual if they don't exhibit stereotypical gay behaviors.
* Nate from ''Webcomic/TheBackOBeyond'' has few stereotypical traits except maybe his fondness for knitting, although that's for practical reasons, as well as for a hobby.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Sean O'Cann from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', who somehow managed to be ''more'' effeminate in the closet than when he came out.
* Billy-Jay Clarke from ''Evolution'', a standout football player, although in the closet.
* All of the non-straight characters from ''Fragile'' and its sequel ''Perpetual Change'' are examples of this
* Many of the guys in the video ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsjOlsG9ZG4 Yes, We're Gay But...]]'', though one or two are CampGay.
* O'Connell from ''WebVideo/CoyleCommand''.
* The eponymous Gay Guy in ''WebVideo/RobotNinjaAndGayGuy.''
* [[http://notalwaysright.com/stereo-griping/7735 This]] ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' story.
* ''Sims Big Brother'':
** Keegan at least ''looked'' like a flaming queen Stereotype. [=McKenzie=] meanwhile? You can probably not even ''guess'' she was gay until you see her ''say'' she is.
** From the original season seven, there was a guy who was openly gay in the house. However, he said, "I'm not like your average gay guys -- I like beer and football."
* The protagonist of ''[[http://youtu.be/txg9PBGy7FY The Gay Who Wasn't Gay Enough]]'', a mockumentary created by the Toronto Gay Rugby Team.
* Saladin, of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. He's a virile, muscular superhero at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]]. No one suspects him until he has to out himself because of a blackmailer.
* ''Literature/GirlsOnFilm'' has Anthony, an enforcer working for Kedra who nonchalantly mentions that he was turned into a vampire by his husband Tom.
* ''Literature/TailsOfFame'' has Lamson, who is openly gay but never displays any stereotypical gay traits or mannerisms.
* Derek in ''WebVideo/SexHouse''. He's also the OnlySaneMan [[spoiler:at first.]]
* Legend in ''Literature/{{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 [[spoiler:the fact that Cauldron and his teammates have betrayed and lied to him]].
* Cecil and [[spoiler: Carlos]] from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. Cecil has occasional fey touches (like a tendency to get ValleyGirl when he goes off-script), but he doesn't sound much different from your standard, NPR-style radio host. [[WordOfGay 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. [[spoiler: And in episode 25, Carlos--who doesn't exactly ring any bells himself--reciprocates.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Lexington of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', via WordOfGay declaration from Greg Weisman. In volume 2 of the comic continuation he meets a London gargoyle named Staghart who obviously would have been his LoveInterest if the comic hadn't been cancelled.
* Gus and Wally from ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' 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 UsefulNotes/PrimeTime, network television ''ever'', in fact, which got praise from GLAAD and scorn from the MoralGuardians, despite the show being marketed ''to adults'' in the United States. Gus is ManlyGay, while Wally is StraightGay, if a bit wimpy.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
** The Alchemist almost never shows any stereotypically homosexual tendencies (other than putting on a CampGay voice). Has a pretty physical onscreen relationship with Shore Leave (who is kinda on the fence with this troupe and Camp Gay) which comes up every so often.
** Colonel Gentleman, who is every bit the dashing Creator/SeanConnery-esque gentleman agent, except that he's also famous for his homosexual conquests and his young male lover Kiki, 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 ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' was confirmed to have been gay like his counterpart from the comic.
* Mocked in ''WesternAnimation/{{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.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': Ren and Stimpy as [[WordOfGay confirmed]] by Creator/JohnKricfalusi in a 1997 magazine. With the release of ''Adult Party Cartoon'', the statement became very, very explicitly canon. (Though Ren became more of a DepravedBisexual).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': When Archer tries to play a HoneyTrap on a gay man, 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, one of whom is a straight gay, to just use his typical TheCasanova attitude on the man the same as if he were a woman.
* Terry and his husband Paul from the ''WesternAnimation/TheClevelandShow'' 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.
* Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' are two stupid, incompetent small town cops who also happen to be in love with each other. They are also [=LARP=]ers.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', 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 [[HeelRealization realization]] and [[HeelFaceTurn heel face turn]] near the end of the episode.
* WesternAnimation/SouthPark has Mr. Garrison come out to the school staff after he is fired from teaching the 3rd Grade class, but is eventually subverted as he undergoes a sex change operation, [[ItMakesSenseInContext only to be a transgender lesbian afterwards, and then he goes back to being a straight male after stem cell research helps him grow a new penis.]]
** As of Season 19's "Tweek X Craig", Craig Tucker and Tweek Tweak are now an [[OfficialCouple official gay couple]], which is moreso present in Season 21, where Craig calls Tweek "honey" or "babe" without anyone present to apply peer pressure. This was later confirmed by WordOfGod from the show's creators Creator/MattStone and Creator/TreyParker.
%%* Anton St. Germain from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' gives us the first official gay couple in a Nickelodeon cartoon: Howard and Harold [=McBride=]. Neither however have any CampGay tendencies, at all, and are presented in a realistic manner. Even the few times they do show CampGay tendencies it's mostly PlayedForLaughs.