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Playing With: Straight Gay
Basic Trope: A character is gay but shows no obvious gay traits.
  • Straight: Bob is gay but doesn't fit into any gay stereotypes.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is gay but takes all of the heterosexual male stereotypes to an extreme, being more stereotypically male than even his straight friends.
    • Bob even enganges in flirting (if not making out) with women, but is always claiming that he is gay.
    • Bob is a rather chauvinist pig who is also gay with no camps mannerism, he even claims that women and camp gays are inferior.
    • Manly Gay
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob acts in both feminine and masculine ways (For example, he likes playing football, yet enjoys watching soap operas). He prefers to date men, yet states that he's bi.
    • Bob isn't exactly Camp Gay, but he likes musicals and manicures.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob is gay and seems to show no obvious gay mannerisms, but when he is around more intimate friends or by himself, he becomes a Camp Gay.
    • Bob is really straight after all.
  • Doubly Subverted: Bob is gay and seems to show no obvious gay mannerisms, but when he is around more intimate friends, he becomes a Camp Gay... but it turns out he does that just so he can fit in with them, and isn't Camp Gay naturally.
  • Parodied: Bob has no gay mannerisms and never acts gay, to the point where no one has any reason to believe that he is gay other than the fact that he says he is, leading to Have I Mentioned I am Gay?, as well as hilarious misunderstanding.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Bob doesn't show any gay mannerisms because the producers of the show are afraid of angering gay rights activists or turning off their viewers by showing a Camp Gay man.
  • Lampshaded: "You know, not all of us gays are flaming; some of us act just like you."
  • Invoked: Bob uses the fact that he has no gay mannerisms to pretend to be straight and reap some sort of benefit from doing so.
  • Exploited: Bob poses as straight to fly under the gaydar.
  • Defied: Bob tries to show gay mannerisms, even though they don't come naturally to him, to avoid being a Straight Gay.
  • Discussed: "I know Bob isn't flaming, but that doesn't mean he isn't gay."
  • Conversed: "Just because Bob is Alice's gay best friend on this show doesn't mean he needs to act like a poof; not all gays are flaming, you know."
  • Deconstructed: Bob's insecurities about being gay cause him to play up his "manliness" and actively avoid gay-themed places and events even if he would enjoy himself, whether anyone is actually questioning his masculinity or not. Furthermore, he will only date men as "straight-acting" as he is.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob is able to use his lack of gay mannerisms to avoid other peoples' gaydar, helping his career or allowing him to go unnoticed in a homophobic area. More generally, Bob's lack of gay mannerisms allows the audience to see him as a well-rounded character, rather than a token gay.
    • Bob flat-out rejects what society keeps telling him. He can be gay and still be a normal guy if he damn well pleases.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob's lack of gay mannerisms is used as the butt of a joke.
  • Played For Drama: Bob doesn't show any gay mannerisms because he is afraid of people finding out his sexuality, for fear of homophobia.

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