Pichu-kun on Jan 11th 2019 at 8:53:24 AM
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Pichu-kun on Jan 14th 2019 at 9:17:54 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 scientists can tell if someone is gay, straight, bisexual, etc with just a simple test.
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.
- 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'.
- 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.
- 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.
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