Playing With: Gayngst

Basic Trope: A gay character is prompted towards much introspection and angst as a consequence of his/her sexuality and people's reaction to it.
  • Straight: Harry frequently broods about being homosexual and the problems it has caused him in his life.
  • Exaggerated: Harry's homosexuality has caused him nothing but trauma and anguish, and he has attempted suicide on several occasions.
  • Downplayed: Harry's "coming-out story" has some of the traditional bumps along the way—a male friend who freaks out about "you saw me in the locker room!", some sighing from parents who want grandchildren—but it wasn't the end of the world, the stress from that is in the past, and he doesn't worry about it much anymore.
  • Justified:
    • Traditionally, homosexuality has been subjected to widespread societal prejudice, disapproval and disgust, Harry has faced the possibility of having violence and even death inflicted on him due to his sexuality and suffered the need to keep a fundamental part of himself in the closet in order to avoid this. As such, his life has not been easy.
    • One of Harry's loved ones, such as a family member or former significant other of the opposite sex, with whom he is still friends, heartily disapproves.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Harry contemplates brooding about being homosexual, but decides that would be to let the homophobes win, and so continues on regardless.
  • Double Subverted: Further trauma in his life breaks Harry's resolve, and he succumbs to despair.
  • Parodied:
    • Harry has had an easy life and is surrounded by supportive, encouraging people, but nevertheless he complains endlessly about being gay.
    • Harry is not actually gay, but still complains about suffering from this trope.
  • Zig Zagged: Harry's level of Gaynst varies from day to day.
  • Averted:
    • Harry feels and demonstrates no excessive amounts of angst about being homosexual.
    • Harry is not gay.
  • Enforced: The author is himself gay and is drawing upon his own difficult experiences in writing Harry's character.
  • Lampshaded: "How ironic that "gay" used to mean happy, Harry. You've given it a life of its own."
  • Invoked: Harry is bullied because he is gay.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Harry refuses to let those who have attempted to shame and oppress him dictate how he lives his life and builds his character, and remains optimistic.
  • Discussed: "Just because Harry is gay, that doesn't mean his life sucks!" "I think you mean it shouldn't mean his life sucks. And yet here we are."
  • Conversed: "Huh, my favorite show is introducing an LGBT character. Cue his or her life being so horrible that I'll end up needing anti-depressants in three... two... one..."
  • Deconstructed: After coming out to a few people who are close to him, Harry tries to talk about his gayngst with said people. However, they just don't seem to understand, and the people he's out to usually become confused or annoyed when he brings it up. So he decides to keep quiet about it. Forever.
  • Reconstructed: Harry eventually meets some other gay people, with whom he can discuss his gayngst.
  • Played For Drama: Harry's Gayngst is a weak point that Nathan exploits to manipulate him; a few choice lies here or there, a well-placed molotov through his window before offering to help him rebuild, until it boils into full-blown misanthropy that Nathan can direct where he pleases. Harry ends up Nathan's most fanatical and dangerous lackey.

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