rainbowfish on Jun 30th 2011 at 10:27:01 PM
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StrixObscuro on Jul 25th 2018 at 1:17:16 AM
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Alice and Bob have been together for years, Charlie's got a new girl every episode, and even though Diane just broke up with Edward, she and Franz seem to be getting along swimmingly. But poor Gerald, no matter how hard he tries, can't seem to find himself a boyfriend.
This trope is when most of the straight people in the cast are pairing up and dating and having wacky romantic troubles, but the gay characters aren't, even if they're actively looking for a partner. If bisexual characters are present, they may or may not fall into this trope- and if they don't, it's usually because they're only seen having relationships with the opposite gender.
A variant of this is when Gerald does date- but it happens completely offscreen, and the straight characters' relationships don't.
There are many reasons why this might happen. For one thing, gay people in real life have a smaller dating pool and it can be harder to find somebody. More unfortunately, though, many authors want to include gay people in their stories, but don't feel comfortable writing them in actual relationships. Equally unfortunate is when authors assume the only people in their audience who enjoy seeing gay relationships are the Yaoi Fangirl or Yuri Fanboy crowd, and avoid them so not to cater to those demographics. Somewhere in the middle, many authors don't have any experience with same gender relationships and just don't want to get it wrong.
Expect this to be averted to hell in back in a Queer Romance.
Seen It a Million Times, but can't think of any examples right now. Possibly needs a better name.
- In Top 10, Jackie Phantom is the only openly-gay officer in the 10th Precinct when the series begins (Captain Traynor is also gay, but he is in the closet), and despite her best efforts, she remains single for the length of the original series. She finally gets a girlfriend at the end of Beyond the Farthest Precinct, but this is ignored in the subsequent series.
- In Avengers Arena, openly Striker remained single for the length of the series' run, though his pansexual mentor Julie Power eventually got a girlfriend.
- In Runaways, lesbian Karolina has actually had love interests, but the series has a nasty habit of quickly dissolving those relationships. Her betrothal to Xavin lasted less than a year in-universe before Xavin was hauled off to space for their involvement in the destruction of a planet, and her relationship with Julie lasted only a few months in-universe before events caused Julie to dump Karolina.
- In Glee, Kurt Hummel was noticeably lacking in the date department in the first season, but he acquired a boyfriend in season 2.
- On Arrow Curtis constantly laments being single. He was married when he was first introduced, but his husband Paul divorced him when he discovered Curtis was a vigilante. Curtis complains about the state of his love life and his inability to get a date, seeming to equate it with being a loser. In a subversion, however, most of Team Arrow, regardless of orientation, is single through far more tragic circumstances than a mundane divorce over irreconcilable differences. The few who are married had to overcome a great deal to get with their current partner.
- Both subverted and played straight on Pose. On the one hand, Damon acquires a boyfriend in the second episode, Pray has a long-time lover, and Elektra has been a kept woman for years. On the other hand, the series delves into how hard it is for trans women to find love, with Angel spending much of the first season struggling with her suspicions that her boyfriend only sees her as a novelty and Blanca debating whether or not to go out on a date with a man who has a reputation as a chaser simply because he's the first guy in years who has paid her any attention.
- El Goonish Shive. Poor Justin Tolkiberry (the only gay male in the strip) can't find a boyfriend. He has a crush on Elliott, who is unfortunately (for Justin, anyway) straight.
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