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#Most of these writers are gay and this trope could be construed as a form of WishFulfillment: The shy, awkward boy landing a popular handsome athlete is a pretty common fantasy amongst gay men, so it stands that this convention would be pretty prominent.

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#Most of these writers and creators are gay themselves and this trope could be construed as a form of WishFulfillment: The shy, awkward boy landing a popular handsome athlete is a pretty common fantasy amongst gay men, so it stands that this convention would be pretty prominent.


* ''Manga/AoNoFlag'': [[spoiler:Completely inverted. The LovableJock BigManOnCampus Touma Mita is in love with his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ChildhoodFriend Ichinose. The finale, however plays it straight, as Ichinose was revealed to have feelings for Touma that end in their marriage.]]

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* ''Manga/AoNoFlag'': ''Manga/BlueFlag'': [[spoiler:Completely inverted. The LovableJock BigManOnCampus Touma Mita is in love with his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ChildhoodFriend Ichinose. The finale, however plays it straight, as Ichinose was revealed to have feelings for Touma that end in their marriage.]]


LGBT media and LGBT characters featured in media have grown in prominence the past few decades. As the visibility grew, a common romance trope was employed over and over again enough that it became cliché: A gay teenager (who is the AudienceSurrogate) ranging from CampGay to {{Adorkable}} to ShrinkingViolet falls in love with/actively pursues/crushes on/is paired up with a popular, muscular and (usually) closeted jock.

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LGBT media and LGBT characters featured in media have grown in prominence the past few decades. As the visibility grew, a common romance trope was employed over and over again enough that it became cliché: A gay teenager (who is the AudienceSurrogate) ranging from CampGay to {{Adorkable}} to ShrinkingViolet falls in love with/actively pursues/crushes on/is paired up with a popular, muscular and (usually) closeted jock.

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* This is the entire premise of ‘The Football Song’ by Matt Fishel.
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* Inverted by ''Series/LoveVictor''; Victor is the popular (but closeted) jock who's interested in Benji, the sensitive, openly gay artist.


* ''Literature/GeographyClub'' used this trope in ''1998''[[note]]Written in 1998 but not published until 2003 after many revisions[[/note]] with the geeky Rusty falling in love with Kevin, a closeted baseball player. GenderFlipped with his best friend, the [[BiTheWay bisexual]] AsianAndNerdy Min secretly dating soccer player Terese, and in a later book in the series, falling in love with a cheerleader.

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* ''Literature/GeographyClub'' used this trope in ''1998''[[note]]Written in 1998 but not published until 2003 after many revisions[[/note]] with the geeky Rusty falling in love with Kevin, a closeted baseball player. GenderFlipped with his best friend, the [[BiTheWay bisexual]] bisexual AsianAndNerdy Min secretly dating soccer player Terese, and in a later book in the series, falling in love with a cheerleader.


* In ''ComicBook/GothamAcademy'' [[spoiler:Colton Rivera]] starts out crushing on school tennis star Kyle Mizoguchi and his attraction to him only becomes more pronounced over the series though he never outright admits it to Kyle and while Kyle almost puts it together during the second semester he gets distracted and is still in love with Olive anyway.

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* In ''ComicBook/GothamAcademy'' [[spoiler:Colton Rivera]] starts out crushing on school tennis star Kyle Mizoguchi and his attraction to him only becomes more pronounced over the series though he never outright admits it to Kyle and while Kyle. While Kyle almost puts it together during the second semester he gets distracted and is still in love with Olive anyway.

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* ''Film/TheHalfOfIt'' Has a female version of this: Ellie is a nerdy lesbian seeking Aster, the popular girl. In an interesting twist, Paul - the male jock - befriends Ellie after [[PlayingCyrano hiring her to secretly write love letters]] because he ''also'' seeks Aster.


* ''Manga/AoNoFlag'': [[spoiler:Completely inverted. The LovableJock BigManOnCampus Touma Mita is in love with his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ChildhoodFriend Ichinose.]]

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* ''Manga/AoNoFlag'': [[spoiler:Completely inverted. The LovableJock BigManOnCampus Touma Mita is in love with his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent ChildhoodFriend Ichinose. The finale, however plays it straight, as Ichinose was revealed to have feelings for Touma that end in their marriage.]]

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* ''Literature/TheBestAtIt'': 12-year-old Rahul is unconsciously enamored with Justin, a football jock on the middle school team.


#RuleOfDrama: The geeky gay and jock not only come from different "classes" (so to speak) but also face different hurdles in a ComingOutStory: The geeky gay always is less conventionally masculine, so he doesn't have much to lose by being honest and open. The jock character, by contrast is a StraightGay, and by coming out may lose a lot more, especially dropping down the social ladder which can lead to tons of conflict and obstacles for the pair getting together.

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#RuleOfDrama: The geeky gay and jock not only come from different "classes" "[[PopularityFoodChain classes]]" (so to speak) but also face different hurdles in a ComingOutStory: The geeky gay always is less conventionally masculine, so he doesn't have much to lose by being honest and open. The jock character, by contrast is a StraightGay, and by coming out may lose a lot more, especially dropping down the social ladder which can lead to tons of conflict and obstacles for the pair getting together.



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* In ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'', Lefou becomes an IgnoredEnamoredUnderling to the local JerkJock Gaston via AdaptationalSexuality.


* More a case of CampStraight Guy Seeks Popular Jock, but it fits. On ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' in 2003, Wrestling/{{Rico|Constantino}}, a GorgeousGeorge character, was, initially, much more enthusiastic about teaming with [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]] than Haas was.[[note]]RealitySubtext: Rico's valet, [[Characters/WWEDivas Miss Jackie (Gayda)]], was dating Haas in real life and they later married.[[/note]] They actually made a pretty good team and had a brief run with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE ([=SmackDown!=]) Tag Team Titles]].

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* More a case of CampStraight Guy Seeks Popular Jock, but it fits. On ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' in 2003, Wrestling/{{Rico|Constantino}}, a GorgeousGeorge character, was, initially, much more enthusiastic about teaming with [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]] than Haas was.[[note]]RealitySubtext: Rico's valet, [[Characters/WWEDivas [[Wrestling/JackieGayda Miss Jackie (Gayda)]], was dating Haas in real life and they later married.[[/note]] They actually made a pretty good team and had a brief run with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE ([=SmackDown!=]) Tag Team Titles]].


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* ''Caught Running'', a gay romance novel, has this--only this time, it's ten years after high school; the gay guy is a biology teacher, and the popular jock is the baseball coach. Given that it's a romance novel, it ends happily.

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* ''Caught Running'', a gay romance novel, has this--only this -- only this time, it's ten years after high school; the gay guy is a biology teacher, and the popular jock is the baseball coach. Given that it's a romance novel, it ends happily.



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* More a case of CampStraight Guy Seeks Popular Jock, but it fits. On ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' in 2003, Wrestling/{{Rico|Constantino}}, a GorgeousGeorge character, was, initially, much more enthusiastic about teaming with [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]] than Haas was.[[note]]RealitySubtext: Rico's valet, [[Characters/WWEDivas Miss Jackie (Gayda)]], was dating Haas in real life and they later married.[[/note]] They actually made a pretty good team and had a brief run with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE ([=SmackDown!=]) Tag Team Titles]].

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* More a case ''Podcast/TheBrightSessions'': One of CampStraight Guy Seeks Popular Jock, but it fits. On ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' in 2003, Wrestling/{{Rico|Constantino}}, a GorgeousGeorge character, was, initially, much more enthusiastic about teaming with [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]] than Haas was.[[note]]RealitySubtext: Rico's valet, [[Characters/WWEDivas Miss Jackie (Gayda)]], was dating Haas in real life Dr Bright's patients, [[LovableJock Caleb]], [[TheEmpath an empath]], befriends lonely classmate Adam on her recommendation after having difficulty shutting out Adam's [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer powerful negative emotions.]] As they start to genuinely become friends, Caleb begins describing how he feels [[WhatIsThisFeeling butterflies]] from Adam. [[spoiler: Caleb realises the butterflies he's feeling are also coming from his own emotions and they later married.[[/note]] They actually made a pretty good team and had a brief run with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE ([=SmackDown!=]) Tag Team Titles]].get together.]]



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* Appears in ''Theatre/ZannaDont'', though due to the gay AlternateUniverse of the musical, the LovableJock is actually closeted ''straight'', and Chess is cooler than Football in any case.

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* Appears More a case of CampStraight Guy Seeks Popular Jock, but it fits. On ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'' in ''Theatre/ZannaDont'', though due to the gay AlternateUniverse of the musical, the LovableJock is 2003, Wrestling/{{Rico|Constantino}}, a GorgeousGeorge character, was, initially, much more enthusiastic about teaming with [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Charlie Haas]] than Haas was.[[note]]RealitySubtext: Rico's valet, [[Characters/WWEDivas Miss Jackie (Gayda)]], was dating Haas in real life and they later married.[[/note]] They actually closeted ''straight'', made a pretty good team and Chess is cooler than Football in any case.had a brief run with the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-t.html WWE ([=SmackDown!=]) Tag Team Titles]].



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* VisualNovel/ComingOutOnTop: Brad, the star quarterback for his college's top football team, is a romance interest for Mark, if you play your cards right.

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* VisualNovel/ComingOutOnTop: Brad, Appears in ''Theatre/ZannaDont'', though due to the star quarterback for his college's top football team, gay AlternateUniverse of the musical, the LovableJock is a romance interest for Mark, if you play your cards right.actually closeted ''straight'', and Chess is cooler than Football in any case.



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* [[http://www.omocat-blog.com/post/67079004346/a-project-i-literally-did-overnight-gonna-make-it This]] adorable webcomic kind of inverts this trope; the ''jock'' starts to fall in love with a [[PrettyBoy pretty]] little gay {{Otaku}} (and YaoiFanboy as one panel reveals). [[spoiler:They eventually get married]].
* {{WebComic/CheckPlease}} seems to avert this, as Bittle, a gay former figure skater and Hockey Player never seems to have interest in anyone through his whole freshman year. [[spoiler: Second year plays straight, as he falls for Jack, the team captain. By the end of Bitty's Sophmore year, they start to date.]]
* Happens with the possibly bisexual Teddy in ''WebComic/BestFriendsForever'', where he has some unspoken feelings for his best friend and star quarterback Vincent. [[spoiler: Interestingly, it's inverted as well, since a lot of the conflict for Vincent in the story is [[{{Gayngst}} dealing with the fact that he's in love with Teddy]] and discovering that he's gay.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Avialae}}'', Gannet is initially very keen on getting a chance to "wrestle" with Luke, the only member of the wrestling club who doesn't act homophobic towards him. He ultimately ends up with bird geek Bailey instead... though it should be noted that Bailey is also a member of the track team and [[HollywoodNerd has the build]] to show it.

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* [[http://www.omocat-blog.com/post/67079004346/a-project-i-literally-did-overnight-gonna-make-it This]] adorable webcomic kind of inverts this trope; ''VisualNovel/ComingOutOnTop'': Brad, the ''jock'' starts to fall in love with a [[PrettyBoy pretty]] little gay {{Otaku}} (and YaoiFanboy as one panel reveals). [[spoiler:They eventually get married]].
* {{WebComic/CheckPlease}} seems to avert this, as Bittle, a gay former figure skater and Hockey Player never seems to have interest in anyone through his whole freshman year. [[spoiler: Second year plays straight, as he falls for Jack, the team captain. By the end of Bitty's Sophmore year, they start to date.]]
* Happens with the possibly bisexual Teddy in ''WebComic/BestFriendsForever'', where he has some unspoken feelings for his best friend and
star quarterback Vincent. [[spoiler: Interestingly, it's inverted as well, since a lot of the conflict for Vincent in the story his college's top football team, is [[{{Gayngst}} dealing with the fact that he's in love with Teddy]] and discovering that he's gay.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Avialae}}'', Gannet is initially very keen on getting
a chance to "wrestle" with Luke, the only member of the wrestling club who doesn't act homophobic towards him. He ultimately ends up with bird geek Bailey instead... though it should be noted that Bailey is also a member of the track team and [[HollywoodNerd has the build]] to show it.romance interest for Mark, if you play your cards right.



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* Podcast/TheBrightSessions: One of Dr Bright's patients, [[LovableJock Caleb]], [[TheEmpath an empath]], befriends lonely classmate Adam on her recommendation after having difficulty shutting out Adam's [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer powerful negative emotions.]] As they start to genuinely become friends, Caleb begins describing how he feels [[WhatIsThisFeeling butterflies]] from Adam. [[spoiler: Caleb realises the butterflies he's feeling are also coming from his own emotions and they get together.]]
* WebAnimation/InAHeartbeat plays with this. Sherwin has a huge crush on the popular boy Jonathan, but he isn't a jock, and Sherwin is afraid of being outed. Plus, they're both in middle school.

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* Podcast/TheBrightSessions: One of Dr Bright's patients, [[LovableJock Caleb]], [[TheEmpath an empath]], befriends lonely classmate Adam on her recommendation after having difficulty shutting out Adam's [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer powerful negative emotions.]] As they start to genuinely become friends, Caleb begins describing how he feels [[WhatIsThisFeeling butterflies]] from Adam. [[spoiler: Caleb realises the butterflies he's feeling are also coming from his own emotions and they get together.]]
* WebAnimation/InAHeartbeat
''WebAnimation/InAHeartbeat'' plays with this. Sherwin has a huge crush on the popular boy Jonathan, but he isn't a jock, and Sherwin is afraid of being outed. Plus, they're both in middle school.


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* [[http://www.omocat-blog.com/post/67079004346/a-project-i-literally-did-overnight-gonna-make-it This]] adorable webcomic kind of inverts this trope; the ''jock'' starts to fall in love with a [[PrettyBoy pretty]] little gay {{Otaku}} (and YaoiFanboy as one panel reveals). [[spoiler:They eventually get married]].
* ''WebComic/CheckPlease'' seems to avert this, as Bittle, a gay former figure skater and Hockey Player never seems to have interest in anyone through his whole freshman year. [[spoiler: Second year plays straight, as he falls for Jack, the team captain. By the end of Bitty's Sophmore year, they start to date.]]
* Happens with the possibly bisexual Teddy in ''Webcomic/BestFriendsForever'', where he has some unspoken feelings for his best friend and star quarterback Vincent. [[spoiler: Interestingly, it's inverted as well, since a lot of the conflict for Vincent in the story is [[{{Gayngst}} dealing with the fact that he's in love with Teddy]] and discovering that he's gay.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Avialae}}'', Gannet is initially very keen on getting a chance to "wrestle" with Luke, the only member of the wrestling club who doesn't act homophobic towards him. He ultimately ends up with bird geek Bailey instead... though it should be noted that Bailey is also a member of the track team and [[HollywoodNerd has the build]] to show it.
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