Pichu-kun on Jan 11th 2019 at 8:53:24 AM
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Pichu-kun on Feb 3rd 2019 at 4:43:30 PM
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In real life, there's no scientific way to tell someone's sexuality. It's something someone must figure out themselves. In fiction? Not so much.
Be it a machine, physical test, or psychological test, this work has a way of telling someone's sexual orientation. Maybe there actually is a "gay gene", maybe it's something in the blood, but people can tell if someone is gay, straight, bisexual, etc with just a simple test. It's often Played for Laughs, with question-based tests being laughably stereotypical.
This often leads to characters being Forced Out of the Closet.
Compare to Gaydar, which refers to a character's "ability" to tell people's sexualities thanks to hunches.
- In the Jem fic Farewell to Life the Way We Knew It, there's a blood test that can tell if someone is straight or not. There are false negatives but false positives are unheard of. The American Morality Office, and a few other similar organizations in other countries, jail those who fail the test.
Film — Live Action
- Legally Blonde: When Elle suspects the witness, Nikos, on trial to be a gay man (which would prove his alleged affair with the suspect Brooke false), she and the other lawyers have to try and prove this true— especially when it's pointed out he may simply be a flamboyant European instead. Interestingly, her own "test" of bending down in front of him didn't help, and he only came out after Emmett made him slip and tell everyone his boyfriend's name...followed by his boyfriend rising from the jury and outing him.
- On The Office, Jim "helps" Dwight order a literal gaydar online so he can help Michael avoid embarrassing gay employees in the future. At the end of the episode, the fake gaydar (actually a metal detector) arrives and of course, identifies Dwight as gay (and his belt buckle as metal).
- A The Daily Show segment had Ed Helms invent one, detecting background levels of gayness via increasingly campy phrases. He said that since it worked as a radar for gayness, he'd call it a "Homometer." By the way, it's pronounced 'Hoe-MAW-me-ter'.
- Parodied in Little Britain: When Daffyd, the self-proclaimed "only gay in the village", is introduced to another gay man, Daffyd immediately starts "testing" him with laughably easy queer trivia questions.
- In A Very Potter Sequel, the Scarf of Sexual Preference is a magical Animate Inanimate Object that "sorts" students into sexual orientations such as "bi-curious", "metrosexual", "gay as the Fourth of July", etc. It's a bit unclear if the Scarf assigns people to orientation or merely announces their innate orientation.
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has the page picture for gaydar showing how it can be used for actual emergency navigation. Under comments in news section: "This is the navy we're talking about here, there'd be too much interference from the crew."
- There's a literal gaydar in I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!! It's how the eponymous Space Pirates first detect the protagonist, when she's attracted to a female co-worker.
- Prequel has Quill-Weave, who has a rather literal version of the gaydar she uses in one side-comic.
- Goblins: Big-Ears The Paladin gets Forced Out of the Closet by a pillar that's enchanted to display whatever the nearest person finds attractive — in his case, a buff male goblin.
- Dr. Insano has one, as shown in Spoony's review of Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time. An effeminate French stereotype causes it to self-destruct. When Spoony asks why Insano would ever need a gaydar, Insano evades the question. In the commentary for that review, Spoony reveals that this caused fans to suspect that Insano was gay himself.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series changes Bakura's Millennium Item detection ability into a Gaydar.
- A common Memetic Mutation during the Turn of the Millennium is the "Demotivational Gay Test", which is about demotivational images with a beautiful (and well endowed) girl and other stuff, in which "If you see the stuff first, then I've bad news for you..." Some examples of this meme are images like this one◊ and this one.
- Bender from Futurama has an actual gaydar. Whether it works or not is questionable.
- Stan from American Dad! also has one, but it didn't seem to work since it kept pointing at [straight] even when he was talking to a gay guy.
- In the Drawn Together episode "Gay Bash", everyone accuses the self-proclaimed hetero-adventurer Xandir as being very obviously gay. While at first in-denial of this, the housemates decide to put him through a test that is supposedly foolproof; he sticks his hand in a log that houses the dreaded wood-beast. It biting off his hand is confirmation that he is most definitely gay.
Princess Clara: Deep inside this stump of tree lives the all-knowing woodbeast. Choose a hole and stick your hand in. Should the beast bite you, then it is true. You are indeed homosexual. [Xandir, at first apprehensive, stick his hand in. He calms down, only to pull his hand out and reveal that his hand is missing.]Xandir: Aah! My arm! Aah! I'm gay!
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