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Kurt: Dad... I have something I want to say. I'm glad that you are proud of me... but I don't want to lie any more. Being part of the Glee club and football has really shown me that I can be anything. And...what I am... is...I'm gay.
Burt: [flatly] I know.
Kurt: Really?!
Burt: I've known since you were three. All you wanted for your birthday was a pair of sensible heels.
Glee

Everyone knows these characters are gay except the characters themselves. Any suggestion to the characters that they are gay is met with a too-emphatic statement of their heterosexuality, or even resort to feigned homophobia. If they finally come out of the closet, no one will even pretend to be surprised. Often played for laughs, sometimes not.

Sometimes also falls under the Open Secret category, with somebody who's basically open about their sexuality, but for whatever reason (often fear of some form of legal or employment discrimination) can't afford to confirm it directly.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga  
  • Shibuya Yuuri of Kyo Kara Maoh is raising a daughter with his beautiful male fiance whom he shares a bed with every night in a world where same-sex marriage is taken for granted. He still considers himself straight and conveniently "forgets" that he's engaged on several occasions. A stunning young guy in season three basically plays the Damsel in Distress card hard in order to gull Yuuri into being used in war. Works really well, if not exactly sexually, playing on Yuuri liking to be the hero, and if Wolfram were willing to do this he might actually get somewhere. But he won't, because he's proud and lacks the subtlety to be devious.
    • If you're not into Yuuri with Wolfram, there are still multiple other bishies with whom he has abundant sexual tension. Including his bodyguard knight, Conrad, where Yuuri doesn't even try to deny that he enjoys touching him, and who he calls to rescue him when he's being hounded by attractive women. Or the goofy lovestruck Gunter, who is constantly hugging Yuuri. Essentially, Kyo Kara Maoh is a Shounen Ai harem series with Yuuri at the center, and yet he keeps insisting he's completely heterosexual while being awe-struck by his handsome demon handlers. Or showing no reaction to situations that make the straighter guys' (like Ken Murata's) eyes pop, like when they're at the beach and surrounded by girls in bikinis.
  • Setsuna of Mahou Sensei Negima! is so obviously gay for Konoka that practically everyone knows it despite her frequent denials. Asuna knows it. Evangeline knows it. Friggin' Negi knows it. Naturally in Chapter 256, when Jack Rakan revealed to everyone present how Setsuna had finally shared her First Kiss with Konoka (by naming a high-level Sword Beam technique, no less), no one reacted besides Setsuna herself.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, it's dead obvious that Kaorin has the hots for Sakaki, although she tries to play it off. It gets a massive Lampshade Hanging from Osaka in the 10th anniversary comics (see the page pic).
  • The whole premise of Miyuki-chan in Wonderland by CLAMP.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Rainbows are straighter than Subaru, who has a long-standing friendship with the Tsundere Teana, serving together in the Bureau for four years before opportunities for their dream positions presented themselves, and with Subaru almost constantly e-mailing Teana afterward. Subaru also enjoys fondling Teana's breasts while she's asleep, and glomps Teana when seeing her for the first time in a year and a half.
  • Ryo MacLean in FAKE. From the get-go, everyone assumes he has a thing for his new partner Dee Laytner except for him.
  • Akina Shinozaki, the protaganist of Shinozakisan Ki Wo Ota Shika Ni, lives inside two closets, one to try and hide her growing lesbian infatuation with her new friend Kaede and the other, even more transparent closet, is to hide her growing love of geek activities, like watching anime and playing video games.

     Comic Books 
  • When Wiccan of the Young Avengers came out to his parents, their response was to say that they always knew and welcome his boyfriend to the family. The problem is he was trying to reveal that he and his boyfriend were superheroes.
  • When Anole was outed by his teammate Rockslide in New X-Men, Loa stated that they "already knew."
  • Lt. Cecil "Doubtful" Milk in Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, who takes the Ambiguous out of Ambiguously Gay. He can't seem to keep a girlfriend, is hip to the latest fashions, and despite being the sole survivor of several hot engagements the sternest word he's ever used is "ghastly". He repeatedly fakes fatal wounds, using his "last request" to goad Captain Darcy into performing romantic gestures towards him; everyone, him included, sees these as hilarious pranks and nothing more. Near the end of the first miniseries he confesses that he wants to be Darcy's bride, with the both of them later agreeing that he had gone temporarily insane from stress. When his uncle tries to specifically broach the subject, Doubtful doesn't seem to be aware that there's such a thing as being gay.
    • Also, his last name was Milk. Like... Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.
  • Played straight in Ultra: Seven Days; Cowgirl's friends often tease her about her boyfriend's obvious (and strongly denied) homosexuality, and the fact that he is clearly engaging in a homosexual affair with his sidekick. It's subverted, however, in that the fact that Cowgirl herself also turns out to be gay and in the closet completely floors them... despite the fact that Cowgirl herself is in many ways rather butch.

     Fan Works 
  • Light in A Cure for Love:
    Light: I'm not gay.
    L: Oh, my apologies, I forgot that you're the sexual scourge of womankind. You obviously only have sex with me because you roll over in your sleep and misjudge the distance. Maybe you're sleepwalking... or maybe the term, 'sleepfucking', would be more appropriate. Maybe you're completely unaware of what you're doing.
    Light: It happens.
  • Light again in My Stupid Reality: "The day a man like that retires is the day I come out of the closet... Wait, it's not that I'm in the closet, I just meant... it's impossible ok! Never gonna happen."
  • In Fever Dreams Light doesn't like to think of himself as gay even though he's only ever enjoyed having sex with men. He is forced to come out in order to convince Rem that a relationship with Misa would never work.
  • Marik in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, as lampshaded to hell and back in the third Evil Council video.
    Marik: I'm not gay! [Bakura laughs] What? What's so funny?
    Bakura: Come on, Marik, we all know!
    Marik: Know what?
    Rex: Uh, heheh, yeah, we know.
    Weevil: Heheh, yeah, we know.
    Pegasus: I definitely know!
    Marik: Know what? What the hell does everybody know?
    Bakura: Marik, I believe it's time you came out of the closet.
    Marik: Oh, what, just because a guy likes to dress effeminately and hang around with another extremely attractive man and read yaoi and flaunt his gorgeous abs and stroke a phallic symbol suggestively in every other scene, that automatically makes him gay?!
    Bakura: ...Kinda.
  • A Running Gag in Death Note The Abridged Series Kpts4tv:
    Light: Raye Penber, I couldn't help but notice.... * sniff* your hair smells like strawberries.
    Light: *looking at porn* Oh, that girl's got a pretty ... face ... OH, check out that hot guy in the backgroun-uh, I mean, check out those classifed files in the background ...
    Ryuk: Gay.
    • As L comments, "It's very creative how you dot your 'i's with hearts."
    • Lampshaded again when Near and Rester are trying to get Light to come to Near's "party":
    Near: But if you wanted to get [Light/Kira's] attention than why did you mention girls? Even I think they're yucky.
  • In Heir Draco is the trio's resident expert on clothes. Also Harry and Draco share an awkward bro-hug.
  • In Thinking In Little Green Boxes Draco ogles Asgardian!Neville.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic The Model Caretaker, Rarity becomes rather convinced that Fluttershy's closet is very translucent if not outright transparent after an openly bisexual Fleur de Lis comments on her flanks when she thinks she's out of earshot and she shows all the signs of arousal you can expect from a Pegasus (while internally screaming at her body for betraying her). In the next chapter, when Rarity suggests that she go on a date with Fleur, she yells that she's not a fillyfooler. While Fleur doesn't say as much, it is implied that she also thinks Fluttershy is gay (she eventually comes out as bi).
  • The aptly titled An Apple Comes Out Of The Closet is Exactly What It Says on the Tin and the only reason her family is upset is because she used a derogatory term for herself. Granny Smith tells Applejack that she knew ever since she came home and declared she was in love with her classmate Rarity.
  • Hitomi, of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is often played as this. Since Everyone Is Gay, but Hitomi had a straight relationship in the series (and made rather memetic remarks when she thought her friends were dating,) many suggest that she's actually very repressed about her sexuality and trying to find a beard. One fanfic went so far as to have a coming-out party where she claims to be straight.
    Hitomi: But you're both girls! Girls can't love girls! GIRLS CAN'T LOVE GIRLS!
  • In the Discworld continuum, Assassin school teacher Miss Alice Band is very definitely lesbian, but circumstances, such as the fact she teaches at a girls' school, coupled with the moral standards of Ankh-Morpork (it does have some, generally involving muddled thinking and good old double standards) conspire to ensure she cannot come out publicly. This does not stop the Society columnist of the Ankh-Morpork Times and the gossip columninst of the Ankh-Morpork Enquirer from hinting about the existence of a prominent lady Assassin with an Ephebian Island Lifestyle. One of Alice's closet friends, who knows, remarks that
    Ma tres chere amie, you are so far back in the closet that you can see the tail of the Coathanger Elk.

    Film 
  • Pretty much the entire premise of In And Out, to the point that the protagonist's buddies bring Barbra Streisand movies to his bachelor party.
  • Wally Terzinsky in The Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy. Despite his tendencies to masturbate to gay porn, dream about gay sex, and get arrested naked at gay rest stops, it takes wonder-drug Gleamonex to get him to finally realize that he's gay.
  • Lance Delune in The Ladies Man, the leader of "Victims of the Smiling Ass", who likes Greco-Roman wrestling a little too much.
  • Captain Shakespeare, in Stardust, maintains a reputation as a fearsome pirate captain, among his crew as well as the rest of the populace, whilst owning an extensive closet for crossdressing in the privacy of his cabin. When he's found out, the crew admits that they always knew, but do not particularly mind. The crew knows, but outsiders evidently remains in the dark.
  • As Straight Gay as Jack and Ennis of Brokeback Mountain are, they can barely keep their hands off each other when they're together - Ennis' wife Alma finds out about them when she sees them kissing, outside, in broad daylight. Sure, they're in love, but this is 1960s Wyoming.
  • Jay of the View Askewniverse's infamous response to being accused of fantasizing about other men during masturbation: "Dude, not all the time!" Among many other incidents, including Silent Bob breaking his silence in one of the deleted scenes of Clerks II to accuse him of being "a deeply-repressed gay man". Word of God is that the character is actually closet bi.
    • Then there's this bit in the original Clerks:
    Jay: You know, Silent Bob, you're a rude motherfucker, but you're cute as hell. I could go down on you, suck on you, line up a couple other guys and start making like a circus seal. (kneels down and starts pantomiming this) What the hell, fucking faggot? I hate guys. I love women!
  • Megan in But I'm a Cheerleader! fits this trope perfectly. She never suspected she was gay and strenuously argues the point when confronted about it, saying that she has a boyfriend she's been going out with for two years. When asked if they've had sex, she says she's a Christian. Another character responds, "It's really easy to be a prude when you're not attracted to him, isn't it?"
    • Inverted in the very same film by having one of the lesbians (the Butchest one, at that) come out as straight.
  • Ray in the first two Scary Movie films.
  • Sorta paralleling the previous example, the main character of Saved! lives in a heavily conservative Christian town and believes her figure skating boyfriend is straight. Once she suspects he's gay, she tries to cure him with sex and winds up pregnant, triggering the main plot of the movie.
  • "Gay-in-denial Mob tough guy" is pretty much the whole character of Corky's brother Peter in Corky Romano. Even the FBI knows — "latent homosexual" is the core of their profile on him.
  • The officious and cruel prefect Denson in Lindsay Anderson's if..... "All this homosexual flirtatiousness — so adolescent", while he looks longingly at blond junior boy Bobby Philips.
  • Corky St. Clair in Waiting for Guffman.
  • Marc Hall in the Canadian film Prom Queen comes out to his parents when he needs to ask their help to convince the school to let him bring his boyfriend to prom. Their response: yes, I know.
    "Marc, your hair? It's blue. And you have a poster of Celine Dion on your wall."
  • Possibly played with in The Campaign, in which Zack Galifianakis's character, Marty Huggins, is protrayed as speaking and walking effeminately, often accompanied by his two adorable pugs, who he dotes over more than his own children. His relationship with his wife comes off far more as an affectionate friendship than a loving marriage (she, in fact, proposed to him, six times, before he said yes), and he seems to have no difficulty at all ignoring her to focus on his Senate race. In fact, she grows so lonely that it takes little to no persuasion for her to be seduced by his political rival. However, none of the other characters even act as if they suspect that he's closeted, even when it would be politically advantageous to them to call him out on it, and he seems genuinely hurt by what his wife does.
  • In Another Gay Movie, Nico, an extremly Camp Gay, comes out to his mother who just responds: "Duh! What took you so long?"
  • In Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Champ Kind, despite loudly displaying his interests in women, clearly carries a torch for Ron. The "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue even mentions that he was later fired from his NFL commentator position for sexually harrassing Tom Bradshaw.
  • Brent from GBF is so obviously Camp Gay that nobody for a second buys he's straight. Nobody is really surprised when he outs himself. Caprice even describes him as "gayer than a Very Special Episode of Glee." For bonus points, his last name is Van Camp.

    Literature 
  • In Mary Renault's The Charioteer, Andrew Raynes is gay and in love with his male best friend. This is obvious to the friend, who's also gay, and to an older guy, gay as well, who acts as a father figure to Andrew. Andrew, however, has no idea, though sometimes he wonders: "This doesn't seem very — very sensible. Other people aren't like this...It makes me feel, in a way, jealous, without knowing what of...Things happen that one can't completely...the feeling of being different..." He does eventually realise, and writes in a letter, "Often before when I have been fond of people I have got somehow caught up in it all round; but I am such an average person, it must be quite common I thought." Given that Andrew is nineteen, that this is England in 1940, that his rigid religious beliefs declare homosexual sex wrong and that his only previous contact with homosexuality has been seeing a boy at his school who "used to bully the little boys, and terrify them into doing what he wanted" get expelled, it's not so surprising that he hasn't got things figured out.
  • The Mortal Instruments: In City of Glass, everyone seems to know that Alec is gay before he tells them. Except his parents.

     Live Action TV 
  • In the first season of The L Word, Dana and her friends all know that she's gay, but she keeps up a Transparent Closet Masquerade in front of everyone else, dragging a Beard with her to all of her social functions, and so forth.
  • Tobias in Arrested Development, who has a habit of accidentally making every second or third sentence he says a homosexual innuendo. He's also shown attraction to Lindsay on a few occasions, making him Ambiguously Bi. The irony here is that Lindsay's actress is gay, while Tobais's actor is not.
    • There's also Barry Zuckercorn, whose frequent homophobic remarks are contrasted with his penchant for hanging out at rest stops and taste for Transvestite hookers.
      Barry: Last time they were balls. I really wish they were balls.
  • This is the entire premise behind Jonathan in Help Me Help You.
    • ...and Josh in Veronicas Closet. (No pun intended. Honestly.)
    • ... and Gil in Frasier. There was one episode where he was talking about him and his wife wanting to lose weight in the New Year, so he'd baked "motivational" muscular gingerbread men. The problem was he couldn't stop eating them...
      Gil: This is my last little man, I promise. Oh, Gil, who are you kidding?
      Frasier: No-one, Gil.
  • Stephen Colbert's right-wing persona, in a perfect satire, indicates regularly that he's attracted to men while vigorously denying it, and the character's cartoon features a hero modeled after himself who regularly hops into bed with women, all of whom say "You've obviously had hundreds of girlfriends" and just about all of whom turn out to actually be man-eating monsters. In one episode, they show a diagram of his brain; one section is labeled "repressed homosexual urges".
  • Six Feet Under had Father Jack note , who initially was portrayed as a slightly effeminate, fairly liberal, gay-friendly priest. Audience members could be forgiven for expecting him to be outed at some point in the series, but when David suggested Jack might be gay (as he had assumed), he denied it. Still, comments he made in one of his later appearances suggested that perhaps the closet had been transparent all along, and that he had since vacated it. He was caught renting gay porn.
  • Devon Banks, Jack's corporate rival on 30 Rock, claims to have been "cured" of his homosexuality, but still seems aroused by pretty much anything with a penis. His closet involves getting engaged to the CEO's daughter, by all appearances mentally retarded.
    • Played with, in that he is not closeted because of any of the usual reasons, but rather, is faking his heterosexuality in order to inherit the company through said engagement. He has also admitted that he is gay to Jack, because he knows well enough that Jack can't do anything about it.
  • Done for a dramatic reveal in the pilot of Kings. Crown Prince Jack Benjamin tries to hide behind the facade of a party-hard, womanizing career officer, but when he confronts his father about not being appreciated for his military efforts, Silas rips into Jack about his secret, revealing that he's known for a long time. Jack's reaction makes it clear that he's been terrified of the king finding out for a long while.
    Jack: Is it my reputation, the 'party prince,' is that it? None of that matters - dad, it's not who I am—
    Silas: Oh, if only it was. What would I give for a playboy who couldn't keep it in his pants, who runs through women? But what I have is a son who shows no interest in them. Oh, you thought I didn't know? I've been keeping pictures of our family out of the free press for years. What you do at night with your boys, after your show of skirt-chasing, is a disgrace.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Andrew Wells. Never actually confirmed, however heavily, heavily implied that not only is Andrew gay, he's in love with Warren. Issue 3 of Season 8 has him saying he's bored since all the Slayers (all female, all very fit) want to do is play strip poker. Combine that with some of his actions in his appearances in Season 5 of Angel and a flashback of him and Jonathan sharing a bed in Mexico in Season 7 and it's safe to say he's gay.
    • At first Willow and Tara are this to the viewers, as tons of implications are dished out long before they outright say anything. The rest of the cast who don't interact with the two of them together much are far more surprised to find out. Lampshaded when Faith in Buffy's body figures it out within minutes of meeting them together.
  • Jen has a date like this in The IT Crowd episode "Work Outing".
  • Also in Black Books where Fran has a date with a man who was in the navy before he became an antiques dealer, phones his mother five times a day, enjoys Shirley Bassey and thinks the linking factor between Elton John, Ian McKellen and Jean-Paul Gautier is that 'they're all fabulous!'. Oh, and he stares at his male waiter's arse during the date. Writer Graham Linehan seems to enjoy this trope.
  • Salvatore Romano on Mad Men is an interesting case. The character throws out just about every 'gay' marker imaginable, and is easily recognized as such by the audience, but because the show is set in the early 1960s, almost none of his straight colleagues recognize this. His facade is so effective that he's been married for at least two years and his wife barely noticed anything; the only one of his colleagues who is aware of Sal's sexuality is Don Draper, who only knows because he saw Sal half-naked with a bellhop while escaping a fire at a Baltimore hotel. Don keeps the secret; he's not the judging type, and has a secret of his own anyway.
  • Tom and Crow on MST3K. Debatable though. In ten years, Crow is the one who tends to act rather camp, particularly in the Comedy Central era, and is the Bot on record as having had an erotic dream about Tom and the one who went all giggly at the thought of touching Robert Redford. In contrast, Tom... is curvy and has a good singing voice. As with everything in MST3K continuity, though, Rule of Funny in in full effect.
    • Played with in one of the Joel-era episodes. Tom and Crow are discussing how various celebrities "were one", and Joel wondered what they were talking about. Crow tried to work up the courage to tell Joel, but fainted. Tom finally came out and admitted it:
    Tom: Joel, Crow and I ... are robots. There, I said it.
    Joel: Oh. Well, I knew that.
    Tom: What? How?!
    Joel: [smirking to the camera] It's more than a little obvious.
  • Glee provides the page quote. Kurt didn't come out officially until a few episodes into season one.
    • His best friend wanted to date him in the beginning, not knowing he was gay.
    • To an extent, Santana was as well, though mainly just to her friends, what with her habit of very quickly dismissing or explaining away or outright ignoring her relationship with Brittany despite the two of them practicly being glued to each other.
  • Robin in The Smoking Room, to a tragic (well, tragicomic) extent: by the time everyone finally tells him that they already know and they don't care, the object of his obsessive crush, Ben-from-the-mailroom, has already come out, dumped his fiancee, and started dating another guy.
  • Kenny in The War At Home. He has a crush on his straight friend Larry, the joke being that everybody recognises his blatantly gay characteristics apart from Larry himself.
  • Helen in Drop the Dead Donkey has a Coming-Out Story where she tells her mother she's a lesbian. Her mother already knew. "Rock Hudson, now, that was a shock."
  • In the Doctor Who episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp" set in 1926 England. Roger, heir to his family's title, is having a romantic relationship with a young footman, Davenport. This is apparently known to both the family and servants, but not commented upon in the British tradition of avoiding scandal other than Roger's father snidely observing that there are not likely to be any children in the family.
  • In Torchwood: Miracle Day, the steward on a flight being taken by the main characters is repeatedly assumed to be gay, despite his protests. Eventually, he is worn down enough to admit "it was only one time."
  • Wyckyd Sceptre, a fictional band in Mr. Show. They completely fail to comprehend the fact that they are gay, despite being confronted with video of themselves having gay sex.
  • Brad Bottig, Sue's off-again, on-again boyfriend on The Middle. Brad and Sue seem to be the only two people unaware that Brad is gay.
  • Beverley Leslie from Will and Grace.
    • Also Jack in the first episode. He's offended that everybody knew he was gay the instant they met him the first time, though he's flamboyantly out for the rest of the series.
  • In a Mad TV sketch, Stevie has a Coming-Out Story with his friends and family, despite the fact that they've already know since he's spent three Halloweens as Wonder Woman and whenever he played Cowboys and Indians with his brother, he was the cop in the George Michael video. The only one who was actually shocked was his lover, Sebastien.
  • Dean Craig Pelton from Community. Also a closeted Furry and very fond of playing dress-up in costumes ranging from Macho Camp to Drag.
  • Thomas from Downton Abbey. It turns out that half the people at the Abbey had some idea, but wanted to avoid any scandal.
  • In Aquí no hay quien viva's first seasons, the people at Apartment 1B are a gay couple that hide their sexual orientation (particularly Fernando, while Mauri is more willing to share the news). A couple of years into the series, Fernando gives a present to Mauri for their anniversary: reuniting all of the neighbors and telling them that they are together. Of course, they all knew already.

    Music 

    Theater 
  • Rod in Avenue Q.
  • Roy Cohn in Angels In America does this right to the face of the doctor who diagnoses him with AIDS.
    Roy: I don't want you to be impressed. I want you to understand. This is not sophistry. And this is not hypocrisy. This is reality. I have sex with men. But unlike nearly every other man of whom this is true, I bring the guy I'm screwing to the White House and President Reagan smiles at us and shakes his hand. Because what I am is defined entirely by who I am. Roy Cohn is not a homosexual. Roy Cohn is a heterosexual man, Henry, who fucks around with guys.
  • The leader of the missionaries in The Book of Mormon is this played for laughs, claiming that he managed to take his gayness and "Turn it Off." He obviously didn't.
    Elder McKinley: My hetero side just won! I'm all better now!
    Elder Price: ...Well, Elder McKinley, I think it's okay that you're having gay thoughts, so long as you don't act on them.
    Elder McKinley: Nooooo~! 'Cause then you're just keeping it down, like a dimmer switch on low, as if nobody needs to know! ...Just realize you've got a curable curse, and turn it off! Now how do you feel?
    Elder Price: The same.
    Elder McKinley: Then you've only got yourself to blame! You didn't pretend hard enough. Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes, then find the box that's gay and CRUSH IT! ...Okaaaay~?
    Elder Price: No, no, I'm not having gay thoughts.
    Elder Cunningham: It works!

     Video Games 
  • Thomas MacLaine of Deadly Premonition is an unsubtly effeminate Shrinking Violet of a man. Of course, that's not so much the surprise as to who he happens to be involved with. That and the fact that he's not only a homosexual, but a transvestite.
  • In don't take it personally babe, it just ain't your story, Akira discovers, much to his embarrasment, that everybody in his class knew about his homosexuality before he even decided to come out of the closet, and they aren't even shocked or interested. Even worse, one of his own mothers' reaction accounts to posting the equivalent of "lol finally" on the Face-, uh, Ami Connect message he used to officially come out.
  • Louni Quickfingers of Embricof Wulfhammers Castle. There is a very humorous optional scene during one side quest to explore a supposedly cursed inn. Should you bring Louni as your bodyguard, there is a brief exchange between her and the Duchess regarding how Louni's lifestyle (as an adventurer *cough*) has made her something of an expert on the innards of closets.
  • Pizza in Illusionary Trauma is gay for Oreo Cheesecake. When Hershey points this out to him, the former blatantly denies this.

     Web Comics 
  • Inverted in Fans!!, where Shanna pretends to be a lesbian from high school until well after college, so badly that when it's over, Will and Jackie haven't even noticed.
  • Nanase in El Goonish Shive, until the Opposite-Sex Clone of her former boyfriend shows up, which forces her to confront her feelings. Justin had already guessed, while Sarah finds out while she and Grace are hiding behind the couch at the birthday party, intending to surprise Susan and Nanase. Grace was unsurprised, saying that she thought it was obvious that Nanase and Ellen had feelings for each other. Also, Susan had started to pick up on these feelings before Nanase had, working it out when Nanase mentions Ellen's V5 pheromones which Ellen didn't have anymore. A flashback reveals that she'd suspected her of being gay since sophomore year.
  • The Spider Cliff Mysteries: Barlow's matrimonial plants in The Third Vault. Or maybe not.
  • Ethan in Shortpacked!! A bit strange, since his personal revelation comes the day after apparently great sex with a hot woman.
    • Ethan's an interesting example, because while Amber kept telling Robin that Ethan was gay, neither of them actually knew that at all. Amber made it up to get Robin to give up on Ethan, and when Robin tells Ethan that he's supposed to be gay, that's when the epiphany hits him. Given that Ethan's a Straight Gay, this is more of an Accidental Truth on Amber's part than a Transparent Closet.
  • Sara from Penny and Aggie does not realize she is gay and aggressively accuses nearly everyone else around her of being a closeted homosexual (despite having fantasies about Lindsay Lohan) until she kisses Marshall and discovers/admits to herself that she is gay.
  • Most of the cast of Misfile believe Emily is living in one of these, partly because Emily makes sure to constantly remind them that she isn't gay.
    • It should be noted that the "girl" she's attracted to is psychologically male, so the situation is... unique.
      • Due to this, debate rages on and off of the Misfile forums on whether Emily qualifies as straight, gay, bi, or just Ash-sexual.
      • Most of the cast is incorrect. The only two who seem to have even considered otherwise are Missi and Emily herself. For people to believe Ash as the lesbian is much more viable, unfortunately, the only person to realize that completely on her own is the niece of the devil.
  • Angela explains in Punch an' Pie how she came out as bi to her friends: "They knew before I did. There's nothing like a loud chorus of 'Christ, FINALLY' to take the wind out of your sails."
  • Keti from Footloose since An was revealed to be female, who still loudly denies having any feelings for her, despite the Luminescent Blush whenever they're in the same room, even as she's dragged her friends into tailing her on a cross-country foot trip into a pirate lair.
  • Matt, from Concession.
    • "You've been in denial. Everyone else has figured this out and grown to accept it. Everybody but you."
  • Marluxia from Ansem Retort. Everyone in the series has figured out that he's gay, and when he finally announces it, the only reaction is being told that this is less interesting than Seinfeld re-runs.
  • Colin of the Friendly Hostility/Other People's Business universe. As Fox points out:
    "Sorry, but it's like that "pope is secretly Catholic" shocker"
  • These exact words are used in reference to Sweden from Scandinavia and the World.
  • This strip of Something Positive: "The nicest closets have glass doors."
    • Inverted early on with Monette, although it didn't last forever.
  • Mecha Maid in Spinnerette's attraction to the title character is incredibly evident to everyone else but Spinnerette herself. When she finally gets the nerve to ask Mecha Maid whether or not she's attracted to her, Mecha Maid chooses to lie and tells her that their relationship is strictly friends.
    • Spinnerette doesn't buy it, though, and when she confronts her again, Mecha Maid finally admits it.
    • Spinny herself is an... Odd case. She showed absolutely 0 signs of any sort of attraction to girls, until "Bottom Lefty" (the bottom left of her newly grown hands) started getting grabby with Mecha Maid. Folks who knew her pointed this out, since Bottom Lefty ran almost purely on her subconscious and had to be 'reigned in' sometimes, showing that the attraction was mutual. She wasn't having any of it for a while, until she decided to "give it a shot" under the caveat that if it didn't work, it wouldn't wreck their friendship and superhero partnership. They're now a perfectly happy couple and totally open about their relationship, in-costume at least, though Spinny's still not totally sure if she pulled a Bi the Way on herself, or if it's just that Mecha-Maid's special.
  • Played for Laughs as a bit of a Running Gag with the (clearly bisexual) "I'm not lesbian!" Sonya of Ménage à 3. Then, just as she was maybe getting over her confusion, another character delivered the line to her.

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  • Mr. Garrison, in earlier episodes of South Park. Since then, Garrison's touched every single point of the GLBT spectrum: first being a man in denial, then a Camp Gay, transgender man-to-woman, Camp Lesbian, transgender woman-to-man, and back to Camp Gay (or possibly still attracted to women) again.
    • One of the Counselors is a reformed homosexual at the camp Butters gets sent to - his mannerisms indicate that he's Camp Gay still.
    • Though he's never really been overtly effeminate in mannerisms, by the point of Cartman thinking that measuring HIS ENTIRE CLASS' PENIS SIZES is a necessary thing to do places him pretty squarely here.
  • Xandir from Drawn Together, until he comes out in the third episode.
  • Xander Crews from Frisky Dingo. The huge gay porn collection and the posters of male celebrities all over his house are kind of a give-away, but he still insists that he's 100% straight. He does seem to like women, likely making him a case of Bi the Way, but a repressed attraction to men is pretty obvious, too; among other things, he pretty quickly turned to doing gay porn after losing his fortune.
  • Gus the android in Tripping the Rift is at his most Camp Gay when insisting he's not gay.
  • Waylon Smithers from The Simpsons. Mr. Burns is probably the only one who's actually fooled. Most of the time.
    Mr. Burns: So, Smithers, what are you doing this weekend. Something gay, no doubt?
    Smithers: What?!!
    Mr. Burns: You know, light and fancy free! Mothers, lock up your daughters! Smithers is on the town!
    Smithers: Oh! Of course.
  • Riley Freeman plays with this on The Boondocks. Everyone but Riley knows Gangstalicious is gay. Riley concludes that Gangstalicious can't be gay because he likes Gangstalicious's music and he's not gay. Gangstalicious's new fashion line convinces Granddad that Riley is gay. Huey takes advantage of Granddad's suspicions to get his own room and then, at the end of the episode, Riley, who is EIGHT, tearfully confesses his homosexuality to Granddad, thinking that he must be gay because he was a fan of Gangstalicious. The jury is still out on him.
  • The Larry 3000 on Time Squad, starting in the episode "Blackbeard, Warm Heart," in which Larry announces unashamedly to a pirate crew that people have called him a sissy for his entire life while he reclines in a lacy pink bunk bed, among other things. The closet became more and more transparent until it reached its peak in "Ex Marks the Spot," which centered around Larry trying to "win back" his time cop partner Tuddrussel after he thought Tuddrussel and his ex-wife Sheila were falling in love again. (This episode implied that Larry had had sex with Tuddrussel for the first time, so his anxiety ran especially high.)
  • Shore Leave and Sky Pilot from the O.S.I. were this when they briefly appeared during the season three finale, having apparently transformed into born-again Christians who'd banished their "demons" through prayer and faith. As it turned out they were faking it so the Hunter Gathers could get Brock enlisted in the fight against un-unionized supervillains.
    • After this Shore Leave drops the act and even states "I'm out and I'm proud."
  • Coach Daniel Stopframe from Moral Orel. He doesn't outright state it, but he still makes no attempt to hide his bisexuality.


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