: A character is said
to be gay, but nothing really shows
that he is.
- Straight: Bob is stated to be gay, yet he never seems to date or have crushes on any men.
- Bob is stated to be gay, yet while he claims to have gone on dates and the like, we never see any actual evidence that he has, nor is the dating ever mentioned in relationship to his homosexuality.
- But Not Too Gay
- Bob is a minor character.
- Bob has taken a vow of chastity.
- Bob is shy with little to no social skills.
- Bob is in high school and doesn't care about sex or dating at the moment. There'll be time for that when he's in college, but right now, he has SATs to worry about.
- Bob lives in a small town and is the only gay boy that lives there that's out of the closet. That's gotta suck around prom.
- Double Subverted: ... But they promptly break up and he hooks up with Clara.
- Parodied: Bob wears a shirt that says "I'm Gay!" on it and introduces himself by saying "Hi, I'm Bob, and I'm gay!". Then he gives a passionate kiss to a girl.
- Zig Zagged: Bob is gay but never shows interest in any men... Except for Danny... But then they break up and Bob's back to having no love interests again... Until Edward shows up, that is...
- Bob has a boyfriend or a crush on another boy.
- Bob isn't gay.
- Enforced: Bob is picked to become the token gay guy.
Alice: Hey, Bob, you're gay, right?
Alice: Well... have you had a boyfriend? Like, EVER?
- Invoked: Bob is in high school, but thinks dating in school is a bad idea.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Claire is constantly setting Bob up on dates with other gay guys she thinks Bob would like.
Claire: That's Bob... He's gay, just so you know.
Alice: Lemme guess... he never dates other guys or flirts with them, he just IS gay?
- Conversed: "Have you ever noticed that a lot of gay guys on TV never actually have boyfriends?"
- Deconstructed: Bob is trying to build himself up to coming to some close relatives who have thus far remained unreadable as to how they might react, so takes every opportunity he can to steel himself for a negative response. He's postponing dating for the time being as he doesn't feel that he can juggle the stress of not being out to his family with a relationship.
- Reconstructed: Bob feels it's important that he makes as many people as possible realise that they know someone who's gay, in the hope that they form more positive opinions on the queer community as a whole. He also wants to change the idea that a gay person has to be dating someone of the same sex in order to validate their orientation, as he knows that they are queer folks who have had a hard time getting people to take them seriously when they came out.
- Played For Laughs: Have I Mentioned I am Gay? is Bob's catchphrase. He says it (while looking at the camera) each time he is proposed by a girl on screen. And they are many.
- Played For Drama: Bob is a fundamentalist self-hating gay that whips himself in punishment for his "urges" and has constant angst because he believes he is going to Hell. He is never with a man (obviously) and is constantly trying to start awkward romantic relationships with women that are doomed to fail.
"Hey, guys, have I mentioned that I'm gay yet?"