Playing With / All Gays Are Promiscuous

Basic Trope: All gay men have an exorbitant number of sex partners.
  • Straight: Bob is gay and Really Gets Around.
  • Exaggerated: The first thing Bob does every morning is drive home.
  • Downplayed: Bob sometimes two-times his current boyfriend.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is a gay Casanova Wannabe; he can't get laid to save his life.
    • Or: The heterosexuals change partners so often you can't keep track without a list. The homosexuals just wonder what the hell is wrong with these straight people.
  • Gender Flipped: Gay men are relatively chaste. The lesbians in the series, on the other hand, all seem to think the whole world is their band camp.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob was the campus bike in his college years, but he later settles into a stable, long-term relationship with Alan.
    • Bob seems gay at first, but it turns out he is actually bisexual which may or may not lead to a different set of stereotypes.
  • Double Subverted: Bob's relationship with Alan is an open relationship.
  • Parodied: In the background to a No-Tell Motel scene, Bob bounces from one room to the next in varying styles of dress, faster than someone could even change clothes.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is a slut, but falling in love with Alan (who expects monogamy) causes him to reexamine his values. But old habits die hard...
  • Averted: Bob is gay but actually keeps his pants zipped. Either he's completely celibate, saving sex for marriage, or simply prefers to get to know someone before jumping in bed.
  • Enforced: "We're Showtime and we need to be edgy dammit!"
  • Lampshaded: "I have a date tonight!" "You mean, you're going someplace other than his bedroom?"
  • Invoked: "Thanks for buying me that drink...wanna go see if the handicapped stall is empty?"
  • Defied: "Um no, how about I give you my number and you text me tomorrow?"
  • Exploited: Jason is straight and becomes a male prostitute.
  • Discussed: Bob and Alan discuss the high promiscuity within the gay community, coming at it from two different points of view.
  • Conversed: Does every gay guy on this show wake up in a different bed every morning?
  • Implied: A brief glance at Bob's cell phone shows that he has every gay male hookup app known to man.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob is So Beautiful, It's a Curse; men only want him for his body. When he was younger, he loved the attention and the sex, but as he matures, he becomes increasingly isolated and lonely as he desires a more meaningful relationship in hookup-oriented gay culture.
    • Bob has deep-seated issues from a traumatic past, such as Abusive Parents and/or cruel classmates. He grows into a handsome adult and sees others' physical attraction to him as the acceptance he's been longing for, even if it's shallow and fleeting.
    • It's revealed that Bob doesn't know how to maintain a relationship or attract a man with his personality, because he's so used to banking on his looks for hook-ups.
    • The reason he's so promiscuous is that he has some deep-seated internalized homophobia and figures that he'd be better of dead from AIDS than gay.
    • He was deeply closeted for much of his life. When he comes out, he's finally free to enjoy the sex life he denied himself all these years and...well...he feels he has some "catching up" to do.
  • Reconstructed: Regardless of his personal reasons, Bob enjoys casual sex and does so in a safe and responsible manner. If he does pursue a relationship, he makes it clear that he requires a degree of openness.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is the Resident Slut in a gay male version of the Four-Girl Ensemble.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob finds out he's HIV-positive as a result of his promiscuity.
    • Or, his sleeping around spells doom for his relationship with Alan (STDs optional)


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