Playing With / Mistaken for Gay

Basic Trope: People think this/these character(s) is/are homosexual... They're wrong.
  • Straight: Bob and Charles are straight, but Alice thinks by mistake that they are gay.
  • Exaggerated: Bob thinks that Alice is asking because he's the one who is gay. Someone else gave Alice the idea, and they think that this other guy is the gay.
  • Downplayed: When Bob talks about his girlfriend Charlie, some people think she is a dude.
  • Justified:
    • The evidence that led Alice to think that Bob and Charles are gay is very specific, such as a "I'm gay" banner, that Alice did not realize that was a prank by someone else.
    • The character in question is In Touch with His Feminine Side, (or might even be Camp Straight) so it's quite easy for the uniformed and prejudiced to jump to conclusions and assume that he is gay.
    • The character is asexual. However, since people around them don't know that fact or just don't buy that explanation, their train of thought goes like this:
    1. "They have never had a girlfriend/boyfriend".
    2. "Therefore, they must have had secret intercourse with members of the same sex".
    3. "After all, there's no such thing as someone that doesn't like sex, right?!"
  • Inverted: Bob is openly gay, but Alice thinks that he's secretly straight.
  • Subverted: Alice goes into the room and finds Bob over Charles. "Oh, my God, I would have never suspected that... (Dramatic Pause) ...Charles needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Is he OK?"
  • Double Subverted: Alice goes into the room and finds Bob over Charles. "Oh, my God, I would have never suspected that... (Dramatic Pause)... Charles needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Is he OK?" "Hey, I was not giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!" "Oh, then that means that you two are gay. Sorry to interrupt, have fun!"
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Alice goes into the room and finds Bob over Charles. "Oh, my God, I would have never suspected that... (Dramatic Pause)... Charles needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Is he OK?" "Hey, I was not giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!" "Oh, then that means that you two are gay. Sorry to interrupt, have fun!" Charles leaves, and Alice chuckles to herself, laughing at her prank.
  • Averted:
    • Alice gets into the room and find Bob over Charles. He simply ignores them, and does not make any comment about their activities.
    • Bob and Charles ARE gay, making asking about it or any other ideas pointless.
  • Enforced: The writers have noticed some Bob/Charles shipping, so add in a little bit just to please the fans.
  • Lampshaded: "Charles, I thought you did that strange thing because you were gay." "Being gay is not a wildcard explanation; I'm straight but that has no relation with what I did."
  • Invoked: Alice pretends to understand that Charles is gay to push his Berserk Button.
  • Exploited: Charles set up clues of him being gay, to avoid people from suspecting his real secret
  • Defied: "Let's better stop doing this. If Alice enters the room now, she'll think that we're gay!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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