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Playing With: Bury Your Gays

Basic Trope: Gay characters either die in the course of a story or end up miserable, while straight characters get happy endings.
  • Straight:
    • Ted and George are gay, and Alice and Bob are straight. All four fight the Big Bad, but George dies. Ted is left alone miserable while Alice and Bob live on.
    • Ted and George both die.
    • Stella and Claire are a lesbian couple, and Stella dies.
  • Exaggerated:
    • There are Loads and Loads of Characters, the vast majority of whom are gay or lesbian. Alice and Bob are the only straight characters, and the only characters who stay alive.
    • The Big Bad's plot involves murdering all the gays in Tropeland. It works, as he finishes killing them just before Alice and Bob defeat him.
  • Downplayed: Ted and George's house is destroyed, so the straight lead characters Alice and Bob end up better off, but every character makes it out alive.
  • Justified:
    • The Big Bad is a crazy homophobe who actively focuses his efforts into killing George and Ted while practically ignoring Alice and Bob.
    • Being gay in real life, has been and still is often prone to its downsides due to the prejudice from other social groups. In most countries you can't get married if you're gay or have children in a same sex relationship, and in many places, homosexuality itself is still illegal. Also, you might have trouble being accepted by your peers, your family, or your religious group. The author uses this trope as he/she is gay and is using this trope as a metaphor for how society makes life harder for being due to their orientation and reflects the hardships he/she has been through.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice dies and Bob is miserable, but Ted and George go on with life.
    • Bob dies and Alice is miserable, but Ted and George go on with life.
    • Alice and Bob both die.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...Sadly, George only lives long enough to die from his injuries later in a hospital.
    • As George goes to inform his same-sex love interest he's okay it turns out the love interest died of something totally unrelated to the rest of the story.
  • Parodied: Alice, Bob, Ted, George, and Stella all go fight the big bad. Ted and George die immediately, and Alice, who is pretending to be Stella's girlfriend so she can repel another girlfriend, is killed too. This makes Bob, Alice's real boyfriend, complain. Somehow Alice is magically revived, while Stella remains dead.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: "To show that things are serious, let's kill off a minority."
  • Lampshaded: "Damn it! Damn it to hell! Why does every guy I love end up dead?!"
  • Invoked:
    • George ends up engaged in a hopeless fight, but Ted decides to stay along with him until the end. If he's meant to die, he'll die with him too.
    • Ted's brother, who wants to inherit the family fortune, makes sure the homophobic villain knows about Ted's sexual preferences.
  • Exploited: Stella pretends to be straight (perhaps with a fake boyfriend) in order to cheat death.
  • Defied: Detecting the clear signs of the universe conspiring to kill them, Ted goes to great lengths to ensure his and George's survival.
  • Discussed: "I thought gays didn't get happy endings." "Oh, that's just superstition."
  • Conversed:
    • "Have you ever noticed how gay characters seem to have a higher mortality ratio than any straight co-protagonists?"
    • "Bob's crush on Joe doesn't speak well about his chances."
  • Implied: The gay characters' endings are simply not mentioned, leaving the audience to figure out what happened to them.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: One of the writers is a Heteronormative Crusader.
  • Deconstructed: George considers himself an inferior person as a gay man, due to his conflicted religious views and sexuality. This leads him to care less about his own life and take too much risk in a battle, leading to his death.
  • Reconstructed: This leads Ted, who also considered himself an inferior person, to to come to terms with his sexuality and persevere.
  • Played For Laughs: Ted and George make a Heroic Sacrifice and die to save Alice and Bob, because they believe that if anyone deserves to survive, it's the straight characters.
  • Played For Drama: Ted, George, Alice, and Bob all fight the Big Bad. During the dramatic climax scene, Alice and Bob manage to escape. However, Ted and George are left behind, and die so horribly that no one is gay ever again.

You might as well Bury Your Gays now, because they died on the way back to the main page.