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Camp Gay
aka: Flamboyant Gay

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“I'm a combination, of Lucy and Ricky.”
"Dude. You're gay. And not like Rock Hudson gay. I mean really gay. You sing like Diana Ross and you dress like you own a magical chocolate factory."
Burt from Glee, giving son Kurt a pep talk

He's flamboyant in his dress, speech, mannerisms, and interests. He wears tight (often leather) pants and a blousy shirt or a crop top that was clearly meant for a woman, often with a bandana, scarf, or kerchief tied around his neck. These will all be in bright or pastel colors. He will often speak with a lisp and is given to flouncing, prancing, and standing with one hand on his hip as the other is flapped around or held out in a limp-wristed gesture. Sorry girls, but even though he's got this much in common with you, he doesn't want you.

Extreme cases will include near-opaque slang and drag. Older English examples will have characters speaking in the 20th century "gay language", Polari - some words of which have made it into the larger lexicon (e.g. "drag"). Not all characters speaking this way are necessarily camp - Captain Peacock on Are You Being Served? once used the phrase "strides for the omi with the naff riah" when trying to be "hip" in one episode. Insofar as he has a personality, it will often be vain and catty, or even cowardly. Even though (compared to heterosexual men) he will rarely be shown having sex, he talks about it every second of the day, and if he isn't, he will be talking about clothes, or complaining about his terrible friends.

The stereotype, like many, still survives because for some fraction of the population, this is in fact Truth in Television, if still greatly exaggerated by media. This can result in Unfortunate Implications, as it can imply that gay men are a monolith.

Unlike Straight Gay characters, Camp Gays usually show in media as caricatures or one-off jokes (see Monty Python's Flying Circus for a few examples) because they're still often seen as Acceptable Targets. Even media produced by gay creators will sometimes take potshots at these characters, for the crime of "making the rest of us look bad."

More positive portrayals of this character type will sometimes be portrayed as the Only Sane Man among a group of dysfunctional (and usually straight) characters—expect this variant to have flamboyancy as his only quirk and often sass or snark his less well-adjusted peers when they get crazy. His sex/love life will also typically be portrayed as being much healthier in these cases. It will never be threatening in any way or make any other character uncomfortable, as the essence of camp is a nonthreatening, charismatic affectation.

Some professions are Always Camp, but not necessarily gay. A character who acts like this but nonetheless insists that he's not actually gay may be occupying a Transparent Closet, or he may actually be Camp Straight.

It has been suggested that the ultimate ancestor of the modern Camp Gay was Oscar Wilde, whose mannerisms combined with his very public visibility defined the "obvious" homosexual for the English-speaking world at the end of the 19th century. (One wonders what would have happened if the other prominent homosexual literary figure of the period — burly backwoodsman-styled Walt Whitman — had instead become the model for the stereotype.) However, the Camp Gay stereotype seems to have existed at least as far back as classical Roman times, when comic authors like Petronius and Martial satirized lisping, effeminate homosexual men.

The Camp Gay can be seen as the Spear Counterpart to the Butch Lesbian stereotype. Contrast with Manly Gay. Compare to Macho Camp. Often overlaps, unfortunately, with Queer People Are Funny. Can be seen as male-specific inversion of Trans Equals Gay (that is, being a gay man means you "must" want to really be a woman). Related to Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple, as camp men are usually paired with more masculine men. If he's also a demon then he's a Flaming Devil.

In Japanese media, Camp Gay characters often use pronouns and speech patterns traditionally associated with women. Japanese speakers often call these characters onee (or okama, an older, less politically correct term).

Note: Do NOT list a character as an example just for being effeminate and artsy. In order to count as Camp Gay, the character must explicitly be homosexual. If he exhibits feminine traits but isn't gay, then have a look at Camp Straight, or Ambiguously Gay if his sexual orientation isn't established.


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  • A commercial for Dutch insurance company Achmea (better known as "Even Apeldoorn bellen") uses this trope. Eve walks through the Garden of Eden, and eventually runs into Adam... who turns out to be this, seen here.
  • Uber Eats has a couple of spots with gymnast Simone Biles and amateur gymnast Jonathan Van Ness, the latter of which is not only flaming as all get out but is wearing one of Biles' leotards.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Creed from Black Cat. He's got leopard print, high-heeled boots, a laced corset, feathers, takes a bath filled with rose petals (in the anime), and there's that business with Train....
  • Grell Sutcliffe, the spazzy chainsaw-wielding Shinigami from Black Butler. Not in the direction you might think, though—she's a bisexual trans woman with feelings for both Sebastian and Madame Red.
  • Bleach: Charlotte Cuuhlhourne. He's an overly stereotypical drag queen with long midnight hair and shimmering eyes. Extremely vain and obsessed with beauty, becoming even more flamboyant in his alternate powered-up form by adding a white silk mantle to both his shoulders AND his waist to represent a Flower Motif. Engages in combat with Yumichika Ayasegawa attacking him with ludicrously named moves such as the "Beautiful Charlotte Cuuhlhourne's Miracle Sweet Ultra Funky Fantastic Dramatic Romantic Sadistic Erotic Exotic Athletic Guillotine Attack". Bonus points for him being rose-themed, which acts as a Shout-Out to the Barazoku (Rose-clan) magazine that pioneered publications aimed at a homosexual market, resulting in the rose being used as a symbol for homosexuality ever since.
  • In the anime series Blood+, Nathan Mahler is flamboyant, but don't mistake him for harmless. If you anger him, he'll start talking in a deep, creepy voice, then transform into a Chiropteran and tear you to shreds.
  • Daley Wong from Bubblegum Crisis, Leon's levelheaded partner. Re-written as Straight Gay in 2040.
  • Jeryy from D.Gray-Man. The cafeteria manager in the Black Order, he likes wearing the frilly aprons (which he forces on the male workers there), loves making dainty hand gestures, generally acts very feminine, and calls Allen "cute" (though there may have been a perfectly normal explanation for that... ). It's shown in an omake that Jeryy reacted pretty badly to Krory asking him if he was gay though, since Krory is shown having a bunch of bruises and bumps and being forced to work washing dishes.
  • Otokosuki from the end of Dragon Ball Z, who talks in an overly feminine manner, dresses like a member of the Village People, and has absolutely no problem flirting with his opponent Trunks. His name even means "Likes Men".
  • Sanzo of Eyeshield 21 dresses in drag, wears make-up and is referred to as the "Queen" of his all-boys school. At the same time, however, he's also the running back on the American football team and has a huge crush on the monk-like quarterback/team captain and the dorky wide receiver.
  • Hunter × Hunter:
  • Nene, the openly bisexual (although more lesbian overall) Class Representative from Hyakko, may be a rare female example. She dresses very much like a stereotypical male homosexual with all those frilly garments—and also has the mannerisms down pat.
  • Inuyasha:
    • The Quirky Mini Boss Squad Filler Villain Suzaku was quite effeminate and flamboyant and he openly flirted with Miroku and Hojo's ancestor; both were disgusted.
    • Jakotsu, canon character, not only wears actual lipstick along with the Facial Markings his companions have, but wears feminine-looking kimonos, talks girly and is even dubbed by women in all the dubs.
  • Practically everyone in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is extremely campy, and a lot of characters, including Caesar Zeppeli, Robert Speedwagon, Sorbet, and Gelato, have been implied to have feelings for a person of the same gender.
  • Ginka from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki. However, the silly campiness has been subtly implied as a coping mechanism for something on latest episodes (the gayness seems to be here to stay, though). And if someone threatens his family, he gets sufficiently badass. Chika prefers the badass side.
  • The Lupin III series has several of them, who usually double as sissy villains, most notably:
    • The Secret of Twilight Gemini has Sadachiyo "the Scorpion". If his long black hair, nail polish, and make-up don't make it obvious enough, all the "honeys", "darlings", and "big boys" that permeate his speech pattern will. All spoken in effeminate tone and matching mannerisms.
    Goemon: "Lupin, what're you doing here, in Morocco?"
    Lupin: [perking up] "I was just about to ask you the same thing."
    Goemon: [points sword at Sadachiyo] "I'm here because of him."
    Sadachiyo: [haughtily with hand on his hip] "Oh hush up, big boy. What do I have to do with YOU?"
    • The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure: Similar to Sadachiyo, Hermann von Diett puts on makeup, nail polish, crossdresses, has flamboyant mannerisms, and even goes as far as to wear a voice module to modify his voice to sound like a woman's. And he hates females to the extent that after Fujiko Mine kisses him, he runs off as if he got dirtied.
    • The Woman Called Fujiko Mine: Like Sadachiyo, Oscar also wears make-up and nail polish and is just as effeminate, except he's one of the good guys... sorta. For all his feminine ways, he has a mean streak a mile wide and gets extremely jealous of anyone who diverts Inspector Zenigata's attention away from him. Which is why he especially hates Fujiko for screwing Zenigata, while he was listening right outside their hotel room. Made worse since Zenigata said she was a good lay, even though he knew she had faked having an orgasm.
  • Helmsman Bobby Margot in Macross Frontier is flamboyantly gay, goes shoe shopping with the Bridge Bunnies, and dispenses wise and warm-hearted relationship advice. On the other hand, when he pilots Macross Quarter into battle, he's an unstoppable storm of awesome fury.
  • Okuyama from Nodame Cantabile is so flaming it's a miracle his timpani mallets don't catch fire when he grabs them.
  • One Piece:
    • Mr. 2 Bon Clay. This guy wears excessive makeup, dresses in a ballet tutu with a pair of fake swans jutting from the back, and his battle cry is "OKAMA WAY!" ("okama" being a Japanese homophobic and transphobic slur for "crossdresser," among other definitions) There's a certain amount of humor derived from how him and Luffy add the suffix 'chan' to each other's name, the latter apparently oblivious to the implications the uninitiated would pick up from a teenager and a flamboyant older man referring to each other this way. Later subverted when it turns out that despite his over-the-top ways, he's actually an incredibly tough fighter and capable of astonishing acts of heroic manliness...which just makes his appearance and mannerisms even funnier.
    • Not only that, but later on in the series we get Emporio Ivankov, who somehow manages to outcamp even Mr. 2, but is also insanely powerful and is a major player in the Revolutionary Army, whose goal is to overthrow the world.
    • Both can switch gender at will, including that of others in Ivankov's case, and that he rules a Disney-eque country wherein everyone, even the animals, is a male crossdresser. There's also another country which is only populated by butch warrior amazons (including Boa Hancock). One Piece, wonderfully irreverently anarchistic.
  • Fred Luo from Outlaw Star. He's a Bishōnen who wears pink, acts rather flamboyant, enjoys teasing Jim, and has a blatant attraction towards Gene. Jim hates him, of course; Gene tolerates him and carefully plays Ho Yay because Fred is the only person with both the money and the desire to back his outings.
  • Suzu falls into this trope in the Peacemaker Kurogane manga. (He's also a Sissy Villain). After being raped he becomes crazy and gay, starts wearing makeup, wears revealing clothes, has flamboyant mannerisms and prissiness, has a fondness for cats, and becomes extremely obsessed with Tetsunosuke.
  • Yata in Project K once came across an effeminately-dressed crossdresser who tried to persuade him to help him.
  • Hanagata from Saber Marionette J. He is filthy rich, pretty delicate-looking, and always fantasizes about having a relationship with the poor, dark-skinned, hard-working Otaru. In the Latin American dub, he even speaks with a grossly effeminate voice.
  • Bob from Speed Grapher and Bob's male, cross-dressing "sister" who runs a night club or the other male "sisters" who work for him.
  • Tamagotchi: Dream School's dance instructor Mr. Micchi is shown to have crushes on fellow males Mr. Comb-bowie and Wagassiertchi, has long hair, can get quite emotional, and crossdresses as a meido in the Halloween Episode of GO-GO Tamagotchi!.
  • Leeron Littner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. He's particularly notable because his outright campiness has become Memetic Mutation. He's easily the smartest person on the show and a highly skilled mechanic and since this is Gurren Lagann "cowardly", as per above trope description, is not part of his make-up (even if eye-shadow is). He's living proof that being a flaming queen stereotype will NOT do anything to stop you from being awesome, especially considering he's a firm follower of the show philosophy of doing the impossible. In fact, he's one of the earliest characters after Kamina to adopt this mindset. This is made even more hilarious by the fact that he is flamboyantly played by Steve Blum in the English dub, a VA often typecast for portrayals of growly macho badasses and he seemed to enjoy the role so much, the Gurren Lagann dub blooper reel should've been called "Steve Blum Somehow Manages to Make Leeron Even More Gay and Creepy Than He Already Was".

    Comic Books 
  • Mortadelo y Filemón: All homosexual men are always depicted as very, very effeminate. They all look like this: flowered hawaiian shirt, semi-long hair, long curled eyelashes, and cheesy talking about flowers. There is a member of the FEA - a rival organization of the TIA - who looks like that and is called Agent Pitiminí (from the common name given to a variety of rose). He opens a box, despite having been warned not to open it no matter what, because he can't stand not knowing if there is a rose or a carnation inside.

    Fan Works 

  • Pre-Stonewall gay characters tended to be swishy to telegraph their orientation without offending the Hays Code. Peter Lorre often played such characters, such as Joel Cairo in The Maltese Falcon.
  • Adam from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a bitchy, flamboyant, overdressed young drag queen. Tick downplays this, but also has his moments.
  • Johnny from Airplane!, who dresses in a shirt and tie like the other air traffic control personnel, but otherwise is camp incarnate. And nobody notices, which is part of the joke.
  • All About E: Matt, E's best friend. He's gay, makes dresses, has notably effeminate mannerisms and is a gentle Non-Action Guy.
  • In Are You Being Served?, while Mr. Humphries is his usual self, the film also introduces us to Mr. Henry, a hairdresser with more than enough flamboyance to rival him.
  • The main character's friend in Bad Education (2004), who is very flamboyant despite not being the drag queen of the pair.
  • The Birdcage:
    • Albert and Armand Goldman, a flamboyantly gay couple central to the story. Armand has a more subtle flamboyancy to him, which is why he was the only one picked to play "a guy" at the dinner (in which they had to pose as a heterosexual household), while Albert didn't make it past the tux fitting stage.
    Albert: One does want a hint of color.
    • Armand and Albert's "maid", Agador (Hank Azaria) is the page image for a reason. Very flamboyant, very effeminate.
  • Blazing Saddles. The dancers in "The French Mistake" rehearsal, as well as Buddy, the flamboyant director who displays a lot of Boomerang Bigotry in his abuse of his cast.
    "It's so simple, you sissy Marys. Give me the playback, and Watch! Me! Faggots!"
  • Blood Bag: The guy who provides drugs for Omega Pi is this in personality. At one party, he dresses up as an honorqary pledge.
  • Most of the characters in The Boys in the Band to some degree, but especially Emory, who is described at one point as being like a "butterfly in heat."
  • The Broadway Melody (1929) offers an excellent example of a "swishy" character telegraphing his orientation. In this case, it's Hatrick, the costume designer for the stage show. He is very, very swishy.
    Hatrick: Well big woman, I design the costumes for the show, not the doors for the theater.
    Big Woman: I know that. If you had they would have been done in lavender.
  • Cassandro: The gay Saúl has an interest in fashion and makeup and wrestles in drag.
  • The Celluloid Closet: The film shows many gay characters of the type, along with his less explicit brother, The Sissy. It's discussed in-depth, with several talking heads having different opinions of the worth of such characters. (Harvey Fierstein likes them: "Visibility at all costs!" and admits he can't hate expressions of "sissies" on the screen since he himself is a "sissy".)
  • Pete in Dear Santa is so camp that he wears a pink chef's outfit in the kitchen.
  • There's one character in Dickie Roberts Child Star whose sole purpose is to be a one-off joke character, even appearing randomly towards the end of the film to kiss the titular character, then disrobe seductively.
  • Doctor in Trouble has Roddy (the sassy photographer working with Ophelia and the other models) who flirts with Dr. Burke and Maurice, a camply-dressed man who asks for Basil's autograph and blows him a kiss.
  • Michael Jeter's unnamed homeless cabaret singer in The Fisher King. Have a gander.
  • Happiest Season: John, who's gay, has effeminate mannerisms and speaks with noticeable vocal fry.
  • Independence Day: Marty (Harvey Fierstein), Jeff Goldblum's boss at the satellite TV company. His first reaction on hearing of the planet-threatening danger? He calls his mother, and his therapist.
  • In Island of Death, one of Christopher and Celia's victims is a flamboyant, middle-aged gay man about to be married to his Greek partner, who invites the two to attend his wedding.
  • Practically everyone in the film Jeffrey is a gay stereotype, but Patrick Stewart's character, Sterling, fits the camp stereotype: An interior decorator dating a much younger Chorus Boi (who's an extra in Cats) named Darius with every part of camp gay turned up to 11, while wearing a pink feather boa in every scene. Sterling is in counterpoint to the main character, who is terrified of AIDS and dour about it.
  • Juan of the Dead: La China's nickname is the feminine form of "The Chinese one". He has stereotypical mannerisms, wears heavy liner, and somewhat girly clothes. He also flirts with the soldiers that detain him and his friends.
  • Knights of Badassdom: The guy playing an elf displays stereotypical effeminate mannerisms and rejects the succubus's seduction attempt by saying she's "marching down the wrong battlefield, honey".
  • The judgemental poolboy and his sassy boyfriend in Legally Blonde.
  • The "Girls" in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard. A group of wildly effeminate male convicts who modified their prison clothes into skirts and halter tops and later participate in the climactic football the team's cheerleaders. Then again, it's also possible they might be transgender.
  • Mastizaade has an offensive example with Das, a caricaturish over-the-top gay man who acts and dresses flamboyantly and mostly exists as a Depraved Homosexual who preys on the straight male characters as an Abhorrent Admirer.
  • Mean Girls character Damien is "almost too gay to function", though to be fair he is only mildly flamboyant.
  • No. 4 (aka Johnny Dazzles) from Meet Dave. Lampshaded when Gina mentioned "I should have guessed you were an alien because no straight guy is that good at dancing" upon learning the Captain's secret.
  • Quentin Crisp in the film adaptation of The Naked Civil Servant. He's the protagonist, and not played for comedy. But this is Truth in Television and actually what Crisp was famous for: being very very out in the 1930s and 1940s in London.
  • Nina's Heavenly Delights: Bobbi is a quite effeminate gay man, who's flamboyant in his mannerisms, wears feminine clothing, has makeup and a hairband.
  • Once Bitten: The Countess' manservant, Sebastian, who is slightly swishy, into fashion (he makes sure she looks beautiful) and openly gay (an ironic Running Gag has him wait in her closet).
  • Roger de Bris and Carmen Ghia in both versions of The Producers. Whether it is being played straight, or is being exaggerated to the point of parody (as Mel Brooks often does with prejudices and stereotypes) is debatable.
  • Sam: Blondell (albeit a more subdued version). He's a gay man who's very sophisticated, with vast knowledge of stereotypical feminine behavior (he trains women how to act that way).
  • Robert De Niro's character in Stardust, though only in the privacy of his cabin. After being "outed" he seems to embrace his nature, but keeps from being "flaming" in public.
  • The 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives, has Roger, who is very out and flamboyant in comparison to his Straight Gay husband. It's indicated that while he loves Roger, the husband thinks he's just too over the top and puts him in the "program" to "tone him down" in public. Roger is not happy when he reverts to normal at the end.
  • They/Them (2022): Toby comes to camp in quite flamboyant, stylish clothing, with vocal fry and a love of musical theatre.
  • Robin Hood and his Merry Men in Up the Chastity Belt. Will Scarlet qualifies as Macho Camp. Also a Stealth Pun as they live in a 'camp' in Sherwood Forest.
  • Werewolves Within: Joaquim has the personality down, and even speaks with a kind of high-sounding voice.
  • Richard Griffiths as Uncle Monty in Withnail and I is so camp that, in one scene, he's wearing makeup whilst attempting a seduction.
    Monty: Tell him if you must, I no longer care. I mean to have you even if it must be burglary!
  • Zorro's limp-wristed twin brother Bunny Wigglesworth, in Zorro, the Gay Blade. He wears exceedingly frilly, pastel clothes, a male but foppish wig and mounds of makeup. During his tenure as Zorro, Bunny uses a whip instead of a sword, wears a different-colored costume every night and dresses in drag to infiltrate the Big Bad's costume party.

  • Baron de Charlus from Marcel Proust's novel A la Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) manages to combine this trope with Armoured Closet Gay, thereby deconstructing it. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Andrei Belyanin's The Auburn Knight has Valera Lyustritsky, who is Ilona's neighbor and Gay Best Friend. He behaves like a typical example of the trope and constantly tries to seduce Sir Ned Hamilton, who, being a Medieval knight, doesn't understand and simply assumes that Valera's affection is of the brotherly kind. Despite this, when push comes to shove, Valera can show himself to be an Agent Peacock, such as when he takes charge of an artillery brigade near Pskov during World War II and drives back German tanks and the black knights. Later, he also defeats a Violent Glaswegian in combat.
  • Rahul, the main character in The Best at It is a downplayed example. He's more of a nerd than anything, but he has enough effeminate traits (unathletic, likes Pop music, female best friend) to be teased by Brent and for everyone close to him to be aware of.
  • Anthony Blanche in Brideshead Revisited flaunts his aesthetic and poetic interests, is outspoken about his sexuality (in 1920s Oxford), and treats Charles to a drink at a gay club. He also mentions having had cross-dressing interests in the past.
  • In Tom Kratman's Caliphate, Lee, Ling's Chinese control officer is, from what little is seen of him, flamboyantly gay.
  • The Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids's Doctor Curious is somewhat campy in his dress sense and manner as well as being officially gay — but far stronger an example still is his former fiancé Flim Flam as seen in Revenge of the Old Queen, who is so literally camp as to sing part of his dialogue (even though he does not otherwise live in a Musical World).
  • Felix Harrowgate from Doctrine of Labyrinths wears outrageous clothes (even for a Restoration-esque society), sleeps with every man he can find, and even lusts after his own half-brother, loves theater, calls both friends and enemies "darling", and is notorious for his catty comments. Of course, since he's also the most powerful wizard in the country, there's not much stopping him.
    • Shannon Teverius is arguably an even more straightforward example, possessing all of Felix's stereotypically camp traits minus the physical bravery and badassery. This trope is averted by other prominent gay characters, however, such as Badass Bookworm Gideon and Manly Gay warriors Kay and Murtagh.
  • The Dresden Files:
    • Played with rather hilariously: Thomas' solution to the fact that he can't hold down a minimum-wage job because women keep molesting him is to pretend to be the absolute gayest French hairdresser in all of history. Not only does it help counter his supernatural sexiness, it also makes him more money, since that's how everyone expects a guy running an upscale hairstyling boutique to act.
    • As Harry cannot explain precisely how he and Thomas know each other, this tends to lead to a lot of assumptions about him as well. Almost always played for laughs at either Harry's uncomfortableness about this or interfering with his ability to flirt with the attractive women who tend to accompany Thomas.
  • Eddie LaCrosse: In The Sword-Edged Blonde, Tanko, the interior decorator who gives Eddie information about the villain's lair, deliberately adopts this image because it's expected of his job (and because his rich male clients wouldn't let their wives near him otherwise). He is genuinely gay, but not inclined to be flamboyant.
  • The Golden Ass has, in an Older Than Feudalism case, the followers of the foreign goddess Syria/Cybele, who combine pretty much all prejudices of ancient Romans on homosexuals, being vain, loud and garish, performing their rites wearing elaborated hairstyles, falded dresses and make up and going as far as refer to each others in feminine terms. They're also very promiscuous.
  • Firesong k'Treva and Silverfox k'Leshya from Heralds of Valdemar both fit this trope, especially the former. Notably, they have other traits and Firesong in particular is a powerful mage who is instrumental to saving the world.
  • In Stephen King's IT, the killing spree in the 80s starts off with a bunch of thugs beating a gay man within an inch of his life and then throwing him into the canal where Pennywise awaits. The thugs all claim that they were provoked into beating the man up because he was such a flamboyant gay person.
  • John Mark in Jesus on Thyface is definitely this, with a lot of humour derived on double entendres (He is the first to volunteer when Jesus asks for someone to fetch a "a young ass" on Palm Sunday). Eventually he becomes a Chatty Hairdresser.
  • Less: The titular character, Arthur Less. He sobs at Broadway plays, paints his toenails as a young man, and builds his career on Gayngsty novels that go mostly unacknowledged in the larger canon of gay literature because he is (as another gay author puts it) too gay.
  • Superspy Jackie Holmes from The Man from C.A.M.P. series answers the age old question "What if James Bond was a flamboyant queen?"
  • In Patricia Briggs's Mercy Thompson series, Kyle, a divorce lawyer, plays this to his advantage; how much exactly he amps it up depends on who he's with and the situation, but mainly to either make homophobic individuals uncomfortable and, with his job, as a way of reassuring his female clients that they're in no danger of him hitting on them.
  • The Mortal Instruments: Slightly subverted with Magnus Bane, due to him officially being bisexual. But his elaborate makeup, rainbow leather pants and sparkly clothing is most definitely camp.
  • The Parasol Protectorate: Lord Akeldama speaks in italics with a great deal of flowery language, dresses in a colourful and unrestrained wardrobe, and hangs out with a horde of similarly-dressed Pretty Boy drones. Even his house is decorated in a camp fashion. It's enough for most people to severely underestimate him on account of his being a centuries-old vampire.
  • These Words Are True and Faithful: When Danny starts acting out his favorite character from the unfunny camp comedy movie Lovely Ladies of Larchmont, Ernie is concerned that Danny will become this.
  • The War Against the Chtorr. Randy Dannenfelser, McCarthy's nemesis in "A Season for Slaughter" who shows every negative gay stereotype ever made. Probably a deliberate subversion as several "good guy" characters (including the protagonist McCarthy) are homosexual or bisexual.
  • Crope and Tibbett of Wicked are two flamboyant gay guys who swoon over men and love the theatre. They're also always together, but it's never directly mentioned that they're lovers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Probably one of the earliest examples: Ernie Kovacs' character Percy Dovetonsils, a bespectacled, martini-swilling poet rarely seen without his tiger-stripe smoking jacket.
  • 2 Broke Girls:
    • The gay couple whose apartment Max and Caroline dog-sit in "And the Spring Break". Deconstructed throughout the episode when Caroline repeatedly tells Max not to view them through stereotype, only to find something new and stereotypical about them.
    • Luis the new day waiter is very Latino and very very gay.
    • One of Max's classmates at pastry school.
  • Platonic Life-Partners Danny and Oswald from seasons 2 and 11 of the American version of The Amazing Race were both this. One time they had an hour to kill in Hong Kong while their travel was being arranged and they went shopping. They bought Frappuccinos from Starbucks and went to various high end menswear stores, even purchasing some fancy cologne. Oswald said after running around the world for a month without getting to groom himself the way he’d like, that hour was like a religious experience.
  • American Idol:
    • Danny Noriega from Season 7. Some people weren't likin' it! Amusingly, he went on to a career post-Idol as drag queen Adore Delano
    • Season 8 competitor Nick Mitchell's on-stage persona Norman Gentle was as camp as could be, from his headband to his sparkly shirt. He tried to make up for his not-so-good singing with rather questionable stage antics, including what was described by Randy Jackson as "attempting to get to 2nd base with the show logo" the first week of the top 36.
  • Albert and Victor from Another Period are flamboyant and obviously in a relationship despite being married to women but no one notices. Or probably, no one cares.
  • Mr. Humphries from Are You Being Served? fits this trope to a tee, though his sexual orientation is never explicitly stated in the show.
    Mr. Humphries: "I had just bent down to tighten my nuts, and there was a double yellow line, see? And next thing I knew, there was policeman behind me. He put a sticker on my helmet and tried to clamp me." (Ahem).
  • An early example occurs in a 1980 episode of the short-lived series The Associates: One of the lawyers, his television producer client, and a network censor meet with a gay activist to discuss a sitcom script. When the activist enters the meeting, he is a walking stereotype. He advises that the script itself is not offensive. He then subverts the trope by dropping the over-the-top mannerisms, and goes on to say what is offensive is that no one was at all surprised that he came prancing in and lisping like Sylvester the Cat. Finally, he challenges the producer to create non-stereotypical gay characters.
  • Avocado Toast: Jordan, Patricia's and then Elle's assistant. He's got vocal fry with effeminate mannerisms and apparently dates many guys he's met on Tinder.
  • Barry:
    • Recurring side character Nick Nicholby is both gay and un-self-consciously flamboyant. Out of the acting class - who are all terrible actors and Large Hams - Nick is the only one to be a massive ham in his ordinary life too.
    • Noho Hank is both gay and is rather effeminate, though much of this stems from his fixation on being polite at all times than out of his sexuality. His later boyfriend, Cristobal, is much more traditionally macho outside of his love for self-help books.
  • Many times on The Benny Hill Show: sometimes they come on to Benny, sometimes it's Benny himself as an actor playing a gruff character but breaks character in Hilarious Outtakes.
  • Discussed in Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2010 when it's pointed out that some of the stereotypical character tics associated with this trope are also symptoms that someone's having a stroke.
    Alan Carr: Imagine me watching that stroke advert, I have all the symptoms! You're limp down one side, slurred speech, and I was like 'ooh, maybe I'm not camp, I'm just having a really long stroke!'
  • The Big Leap has Wayne, Simon, Travell, Ladon - basically every gay man in the cast is effeminate except for Justin, and this causes friction between him and Simon because's he's spent the past seven years dealing with his own internalized homophobia and shame.
  • In the Italian (actually a format born in Canada/France) series Caméra Café, Pippo somewhat fits the bill: openly gay, yet also an example of Camp Straight, given his clothing.
  • Subverted in one episode of Cheers where Norm attempts to make a career of a little-used talent for interior decor — but finds he must act the role of a Camp Gay in order to be taken seriously by potential customers. Since he's a burly, beer-swilling, and gruff straight, this is a tall order, and he eventually breaks character in front of some clients, resulting in his new career going down the tubes.
  • Dean Craig Pelton on Community is Camp Gay in the truest sense, in that his actual sexuality is unclear. When he's approached to represent the faculty as their token gay, he states that 'gay' is only 2/7th of what he is.
  • The Cool Kids: Sid is an effeminate and campy gay man who was closeted until the late 1990s.
  • Dash & Lily:
    • Lily's brother Langston and his boyfriend Benny both have somewhat effeminate mannerisms, with vocal fry.
    • The Christmas mall elf is this too because he's even more strongly camp (and also has a gig playing a drag queen at the doors of parties).
  • Dead of Summer: Blair's openly gay. He's also pretty effeminate, with vocal fry and stereotypical mannerisms, but doesn't care what anyone thinks of this.
  • Tristan in Degrassi: The Next Generation, to the point that his actor felt it necessary to defend him from accusations of being a stereotype.
  • El corazón nunca se equivoca: Diego leans towards camp but it is still downplayed. Ari and Temo, on the other hand, are more on the Straight Gay side.
  • Extras:
    • Kind-of parodied. Andy Millman almost loses his chance to get his sitcom filmed by calling his writing partner "too gay." He subsequently apologises... although another recurring character is the definition of the stereotype, (and who works in theatre, no less) with his flamboyance played for laughs without apparent irony.
    • The character (Bunny)was in a transparent closet in his first appearance and later came out to Andy, which embarrassed him in front of his yobbo schoolmates.
  • Everything Now: Will is a flamboyant and effeminate gay boy who's quite open about this.
  • Gym manager and fitness trainer Gérard, in French Dom Com Les Filles d'à côté. He becomes the sixth member of the show's core cast, Gay Best Friend to the girls and accepted by Daniel and Marc.
  • Glee:
    • Kurt, especially in early seasons. It's made fairly explicit that he only expresses any interest in football or cars to try to connect with his mechanic father, and that outside of that he's camp as can be. No one who keeps a hope chest full of tiaras and kicks a football while dancing to "Single Ladies" can be described as a Straight Gay. Later in the series though, Kurt becomes more confident and doesn't have to use his clothes to grab attention, so he dresses more subduedly. He's still fashion forward, but is not very flamboyant. As his father lovingly describes him:
    Burt: You're gay. And you're not like Rock Hudson-gay, you're really gay. You sing like Diana Ross, and you dress like you own a magic chocolate factory
    Kurt: Okay, why are you being so mean to me?
    Burt: —And what is wrong with any of that?
    • Sandy is the one-note, camp-as-punchline version of this trope.
    • Blaine zig-zags this trope. He genuinely loves football, learned to box and can sometimes 'pass' as straight, but he's also read Patti LuPone's new book, knows all the Vogue covers, and loves showtunes. His wardrobe itself is a mix of classic - bowties and gelled hair - with more flamboyant aspects like bright, super-tight skinny jeans and very fitted shirts.
    • The show has also discussed gender roles in Kurt and Blaine's relationship. While Blaine might appear to be more outwardly masculine, he has been said to express emotion in traditionally female ways (like not being afraid of intimacy, being more open about crying), unlike Kurt, who in later seasons, expressed emotion in a more traditionally masculine way. Not helping matters was Kurt's actor Chris Colfer hitting one last growth spurt in the second season and ending up taller than Darren Criss, throwing the visual dynamic out of whack. The show decided to roll with it and made Kurt a year older than Blaine, having him graduate while Blaine was still a junior, further muddying the perception of Blaine being the "man" in the relationship.
  • Happy Endings has Derek, an offensively-over-the-top-Sex-and-the-City gay guy that Max finds for Penny so she can be a Fag Hag.
  • High Fidelity: All three of Simon's roommates are effeminate gay men.
  • Idol x Warrior Miracle Tunes!: Kojiro, the girls' makeup artist and stylist, acts very flamboyant and feminine, and at one point he says he wants to "die in the arms of a handsome man" and tries to kiss his fitness idol, Chris Maeda. The characters explicitly mention he's gay in episode 17 when he says he's fallen in love with Mizoochi, and in episode 21 when he's turned into a Negative Jeweler, he targets good-looking men and puts them under his spell by blowing kisses at them.
  • The critics on the In Living Color! sketch "Men on Film." The stereotypical characters played for laughs might make some PC types wince, but Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier were surprisingly accurate in some areas of portraying gay black men, like referring to women as "fish."
    Critics: Hate-ed it!
  • In The IT Crowd, an Ambiguously Gay guy names Philip takes Jen, Moss and Roy to the theatre to see a play called Gay. The play is obviously extremely gay and borders on being a drag show.
  • On the reality show The Joe Schmo Show, the character of Kip was so gay that he was described as "parade gay." Except that Kip was just that, a character. The actor who played him wasn't gay at all, and everyone on the show except the titular "Schmo" was an actor. He did such a good job selling it that Matt Gould, a.k.a. Joe Schmo, was completely fooled from the very start.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim: Oren Pierre Alfonso. Runs a bakery? Uses random French words (and, in fact, lived in France for a few years and got citizenship)? Admits to falling for Takatora's alter ego of Kamen Rider Zangetsu (although given that Oren is also a very strong fighter it could qualify as In Love with Your Carnage)? Check, check, and check.
  • Buddy Cole, the acid-tongued "alpha fag" from The Kids in the Hall and Scott Thompson's stand-up acts, is rare comedic Camp Gay character who's the one telling the jokes rather than being the butt of them. Thompson has said that part of the character's intent was to acknowledge that the stereotype is based on reality while pointing out that there's nothing wrong with being effeminate, but a lot of people misinterpreted it as just making fun of gay men.
  • Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire: Bruce is a walking stereotype who hits every note, and was criticized by the LGBT community because of it.
  • Parodied by Dafydd, 'The Only Gay In The Village' in Little Britain, who struts around town in an increasing variety of stereotypically 'gay' outfits camping it up as much as possible. Meanwhile, all of the other gay or bi- people in the village (whose existence he strenuously denies) are for the most part about as mixed and varied a bunch as you'd expect in real life.
  • Sal from Mad Men is a dramatic example of this trope. It's the 1960s and that sort of thing should not exist, as far as the values of the society are concerned. So he has to wear an only-slightly-flamboyant suit and tie, marry a woman, and thank his lucky stars he's both Italian and a decent artist and so can pass off his remaining flamboyance as just being a "passionate Latin" and a "creative type."
  • Metrosexuality has quite a few, being a LGBT show but most notably Max, even though he loses all campiness when he starts to speak seriously.
  • Modern Family has two somewhat conflicting examples. Mitchell, who is somewhat effeminate but more take charge and less dramatic than his partner Cameron. On the other hand, Cameron, despite loving showtunes, being flamboyant and generally stereotypical, is also skilled at sports and had a fairly rough, physical upbringing on a farm.
  • Many, many one-shot characters on Monty Python's Flying Circus, often policemen or clergy. Subverted in the "Biggles dictates a letter" sketch, where the admitted homosexual character is Straight Gay; and the over-the-top camp character forcefully asserts his heterosexuality.
    Grp. Capt. Biggles: "Ginger, are you a poof?"
    Ginger: (Very effeminate and bizarrely dressed character flounces in, in a highly campy manner.) "I should say not!" (Flounces off equally campy.)
    Grp. Capt. Biggles: "Thank God for that! Stout Fellow! Salt of the Earth! Backbone of England! Funny... he looks like a poof."
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: Byron's gay, with a pretty effeminate style.
  • The Life Science teacher in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide. Bonus points since the show airs on Nickelodeon.
  • Never Have I Ever: Jonah is not out at first, but he's still highly effeminate, speaks with the classic vocal fry associated with gay men, and is dedicated to "stanning" the likes of Ariana Grande. Nobody's at all surprised when he comes out as gay.
  • In NileCity 105.6, the Fire Brigade Chief. The other firefighters on the show are possibly Straight Gay, however.
  • Noah's Arc: Alex, and to a lesser extent, Noah (Both are feminine, but Alex is more outspoken and flamboyant).
  • Felix in Orphan Black is a camp gay grifter and bon vivant who makes art, goes to hip night clubs, sleeps around and makes catty comments about everything in sight. Due to the plot, however, he's usually forced to deal with a grim web of conspiracy and intrigue, making his camp gay mannerisms more understated.
  • Project Runway: At least three or four designers per season. Although, being a show about fashion design, it's inevitable.
  • Alexander from Queer as Folk (UK). As his actor has gone on to prove in Coronation Street, he really is that camp.
  • Carson Kressley, possibly the most flamboyantly gay of the five makeover artists of Queer Eye. And he'll intentionally play it for laughs. One episode had him jokingly throw a fit and storm out of the room after the episode's straight guy disagreed with him over a jacket.
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • Subverted with Dana Carvey's Lyle the Effeminate Heterosexual, in which Carvey plays a garden variety, married suburban dad everyone that assumes is gay because he behaves in a stereotypical Camp Gay manner. When asked if he's gay, his reply is a heavily-lisping "That's insaaaaaane!"
    • Stefon, Weekend Update's "City Correspondent", played by Bill Hader, who, whenever prompted by Seth Meyers to talk about relatively normal things to do in New York City, inevitably talks about increasingly weird and alarming nightclubs. What's notable about this example is that Stefon being gay isn't the punchline to the joke, like so many camp gay characters on this and other comedy shows. The punchline is that Stefon is so wrapped up in his bizarre New York underground club world (and most likely burned out from excessive drug use and lack of sleep — he does talk about being awake for three days and, in the Bruno Mars episode, his day starts at 7 o'clock at night...right after he wakes up from wherever he crashed and goes home to his trash can next to the Radio Shack on 23rd and 7th) that he has no idea what's considered "normal" or "family-friendly" (as seen with both his recurring appearances as the Weekend Update city correspondent and in his first sketch, where Stefon is the estranged brother of a Disney screenwriter who pitches a family-friendly sports drama).
  • David Rose on Schitt's Creek identifies as pansexual and even sleeps with a woman onscreen before settling down with his boyfriend, but his love of fashion, fussiness, flamboyance, and dislike of sports fits the trope. He is, however, a well-rounded, self-aware character and one of the show's protagonists.
    Roland: You've seen the Devil Wears Prada?
    David: Obviously.
  • The Shadow Line has Ratallack, a lisping, effeminate Gayngster. He's really not the kind of person you can cross though. Not if you want to live.
  • Sebastian from Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators, although so far the evidence for his sexual orientation is only second-hand.
  • Alex Turnbull in New Zealand TV show Short Poppies, played by Karl Urban, is as camp as the proverbial field of tents.
  • On Six Feet Under, David Fisher's friends from choir acted effeminately, particularly Patrick. It's noticeable in their body language and gestures and they way they speak. David's boyfriend's circle of friends were rough Straight Gays in fireman or police uniforms.
  • Switch (2012): Aaron, colleague and gay best bud of Jude. She's the one that Really Gets Around of the Four-Girl Ensemble... obviously. But Aaron is fabulous.
  • Sitcom Terry and Julian subverted wholesome British DomComs by matching innocent straight man (in every sense) Terry with his new housemate, the flamboyant and very, very, gay comedian Julian Clary. Hilarity Ensues as Julian leads Terry into one funny scrape after another.
  • On Top Gear when James May reviewed the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, he said, "You really wouldn't want to be seen in the backseat of this car unless you were the Queen of England, or Elton John...which is the same thing, really."
  • Lafayette from True Blood is as flaming as they come, but rather than being a one-note joke character, he's shown to be very savvy and multifaceted, has minor supernatural powers of his own, and had two significant love interests over the course of the series. After becoming the Ensemble Dark Horse of Season 1, he was Spared by the Adaptation and long outlived his literary counterpart, who was killed off early in the second book.
  • Ugly Betty: Subverted in one episode, where Camp Gay fashion reporter Suzuki St. Pierre is revealed to actually be a macho family man from New Jersey. He took on the Suzuki persona in order to succeed in the fashion industry.
  • In Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Kimmy's roommate Titus Andromedon is an over-the-top flamboyant drama queen who collects campy clothes and constantly sings musical theatre. Gets a Lampshade Hanging, because his natural tendency for this it makes it hard for him to be cast in roles outside of the funny gay friend. He ends up getting coaching so that he can pass off as Straight Gay.
  • Steve Jinks in Warehouse 13 is Straight Gay. His Literal Split Personality in "Savage Seduction", however, is Camp Gay incarnate.
  • Will & Grace:
    • Jack. Will actually said once, "Is there any part of the stereotype you don't fit?"
    • To a lesser degree, Will himself. Will's portrayal was Fair for Its Day, as he wasn't... well, Jack... but certainly camp enough to be noteworthy in Real Life.
    • The British imitator/parody Gimme, Gimme, Gimme has the character of Tom.
  • The X Factor, Diva Fever, whose performances were pure, distilled camp.
  • Steve and Edie in The X-Files episode "X-Cops". They are both very gay, very campy black men in their 40s. Steve is a little toned down while Edie is over-the-top feminine and very excited to see the cameras. (A TV crew is following the police in their neighbourhood.)


    Mythology and Religion 
  • The Aztec god Xochipili is associated both with flowers and with male prostitution and sexual relationships among men, and is also depicted rather flamboyantly to boot.

  • Todd Rundgren's song 1973 "You Don't Have to Camp Around" from A Wizard, a True Star lists and mocks several stereotypical attributes of camp gays.
  • Deconstructed by Canadian nerd-rapper Jesse Dangerously in his song A Single Gay Male on his Thirtieth Birthday.
  • Monty Python's The Final Ripoff comedy CD features "Interview With Carl French," in which the interviewer suddenly veers off topic and accuses French of being a "raving queen," "a real screamer, a real 'Whoops! Get out! Don't mind me dear!' limp-wristed caricature." The interviewer gets increasingly hostile until he reveals that he's only interested in finding out where French picks up his "innocent little boys."
  • There was a whole subgenre of novelty songs that blended this trope with Manly Gay, like Steve Greenberg's "Big Bruce" (a satire of Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John" from 1969) and Ben Gay and the Silly Savages' 1973 song "The Ballad of Ben Gay". Several decades later Weird Al's recorded his own contibution, "Truck Drivin' Song".
  • Bloodhound Gang has a couple of camp gay characters in his "Bad Touch" video, more prominent in the uncensored (original) version of it.
  • Several songs by Mexican group Banda Fresa feature a camp gay character. For example, La Dieta and Ay, Mariposa.
  • The 1976 novelty song "C.B. Savage" by country music artist Rod Hart. Released during an era where songs about the citizens band radio and its tie to truck driving songs were popular, the song sees an effeminate-sounding truck driver begin broadcasting over the C.B. radio, asking for help in locating "smokies." As the conversation continues, he begins using more and more double-entendre, implying he wants to meet with the truckers. The conversation is heard by the song's protagonist, the lead driver in a five-truck convoy protesting the then-55 mph speed limit. In the end, the truck driver — worried that he is being stalked by a creepy gay man — pulls off the road ... and it isn't long before he realizes the whole thing was a setup for his fellow truck drivers to be arrested for speeding. (The "gay truck driver" that was "stalking" the convoy was a corrupt highway patrolman, and had successfully exploited the homophobia of the truck driver.)
  • David Bowie made this trope a major part of the Ziggy Stardust stage persona. Bowie himself came out as gay in the leadup to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (he would later come out as bisexual, a label that his first wife corroborated), and this plus his fascination with integrating theatrics and rock music informed Ziggy's flashy getup, which combined gaudy outfits, glittery makeup, and a bright red mullet to give the appearance of a Humanoid Alien as filtered through the camp of Britain's LGBT+ scene. The character's parent album also features Speculative Fiction LGBT themes and imagery, and Bowie would engage in Faux Yay antics with his bandmates when performing in-character, including miming oral sex with guitarist Mick Ronson.

  • Steveo from San Francisco in The Champion Pub
  • The main character of Jinni Zeala, a male genie who throws parties in a Flying Harem while wearing a rainbow-colored feathered turban.
  • One of the characters of the film-within-a-game of Lights... Camera... Action! is "Queen," a flamboyantly effeminate man with a loose shirt and leather-skinned bandanna draped over his shoulder.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • In Professional Wrestling, the most common source of camp gays is the exotico class. Wrestlers who specialize in emasculating their opponents into submissions. The Christopher Street Connection are likely the most notable among English speaking fans. Of course, some exoticos are openly straight.
  • "Gorgeous" George Wagner could veer into this trope sometimes, well a lot of the times. Wearing a sparkly gown probably qualifies him alone, though George and all wrestlers of his mold would never confirm or deny being gay.
  • "Exotic" Adrian Street "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, Lenny and Lodi and Rico are among those who followed Gorgeous George's example.
  • Orlando Jordan wanted to work his real-life bisexuality into his gimmick at the end of his WWE run, but was let go before it materialized. It materialized wholesale when he went to TNA, fluctuating between Camp Gay and Depraved Bisexual.
  • Dramatic Dream Team: Danshoku Dino
  • Sonny Kiss in AEW.


    Tabletop Games 

  • Mark in Altar Boyz, also fits in Transparent Closet.
  • Belize, and to a lesser extent Prior, from Angels in America.
    • More to the point, Belize and Prior in tandem. They speak fluent camp with each other, and tend to dial it down to a mere accent when talking with other characters, especially (assumed) straight ones.
  • Casey's best guyfriend in First Date, who calls her several times to try to give her a "bailout" on the date.
  • Bob Crewe in Jersey Boys despite not being such in real life
  • Albin in La Cage aux folles, to say nothing of his drag queen alter ego Zaza.
    • Jacob, the cheeky French Maid and personal confidante to Albin, often in drag no less.
  • MID-LIFE! the Crisis Musical: In the "I Quit" song, a man comes out to his wife and children and progressively becomes more stereotypical as his part in the song continues.
    "I'm gay! Hooray! Throw my power tools away / I'm not exactly walking out. It's more of a sashay!"
  • Modern Luv has a camp gay dancer alongside its Chorus Girls, and his Straight Gay partner.
  • Tommy Boatwright from The Normal Heart, to some degree.
    Hiram: The mayor is not gay!
    Tommy: Oh, come on, Blanche!
  • Oh My Godmother, which puts a contemporary gay spin on the classic Cinderella story, is essentially a grandiose celebration of this trope from its characters to the songs and the way it's generally presented.
  • Roger DeBris (debris?) and Carmen Ghia from The Musical of The Producers, no less than in the original film version.
    • Let's not forget Roger's production team and roommates are composed entirely of males with one exception.
  • Angel in RENT, if not outright transgender. The actors who play him often fit this trope as well.
  • The stage adaptation of the So Bad, It's Good film Showgirls combines the characters Marty and Gaye into a flamboyant character simply called 'Gay'.
  • Electra in Starlight Express fits this trope almost perfectly—he's bisexual rather than completely gay, but was played by the famous John Partridge in the rewritten London production. One of his groupies, Purse, is a perfect example of this trope when the actor gives him characterization other than "Electra's money truck."
  • Herbert in Tanz Der Vampire — blond, androgynously pretty and flamboyant, he becomes infatuated with the young vampire-hunter Alfred and tries to bite him.
  • Torch Song Trilogy: Harvey Fierstein's character. "Try as I might, I just can't walk in flats." (he is a professional Drag Queen)
  • Several of the characters in Robert Patrick's Untold Decades, including, perhaps most memorably, the main character in "Pouf Positive," memorably portrayed by Harvey Fierstein.
    "But of course fairies have been disappearing since the 1970s Marlboro Macho Movement. If I live till noon, I will never understand clones trying to act like the very bullies that beat us up! They are living proof, wherever that still applies, that you don't have to learn to act gay, you have to learn to act straight — which may be the origin of the verb 'to ape'."
    "Must one go through all five stages — oh, what are they? Anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Well, back up, because here comes my acceptance speech. I am now, and have always been, a flaming faggot!! Responsible for style in its every manifestation, and I'm making my own five stages: flippancy, sentimentality, sarcasm, camp, and smut!!"

    Video Games 
  • Yellow Monkey from the Ape Escape series of games. First appearing in Ape Escape 2, his effeminate voice and mannerisms are enough to get him on this page, but his sexuality is confirmed in Ape Escape 3, when, if you choose the male protagonist Kei, he will give Kei a choice between fighting him...or going out on a date. This scene was censored in the US version, but remained intact in the Japanese and UK releases.
  • Sendak, an old summoner from Bahamut Lagoon, doesn't hestitate in showing that he has a thing for Byuu, plus acts and thinks like a lovestruck woman.
  • Astarion in Baldur's Gate III is a flamboyant, sassy vampire Lovable Rogue. While he’s bisexual due to Everyone Is Bi, he displays a clear preference for men, with a stereotypically flamboyant voice to boot.
  • Jolly Roger in Banjo-Tooie, who works in Jolly's (which is implied to be a gay bar), talks in a stereotypical camp voice and offers "Seaman's Brew" on the menu. His partner appears to a crossdresser or a Drag Queen. The only labelled barrel in the bar is marked "Ginger Beer" (see this article if you don't get it).
  • General Lionwhyte from Brütal Legend. Also a Sissy Villain. He gets bonus points because he's played by Rob Halford. Interestingly, though he's the leader of a glam metal themed enemy group, he's the only one that can really be considered truly gay. His minions seem to be in it for the "chicks and booze".
  • Cyberpunk 2077: Bisexual Kerry Eurodyne kind of straddles the line between this and Straight Gay. He's a rockstar whose design seems clearly inspired by the likes of Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, who blended a lot of camp and traditionally masculine traits. His "camp" traits would be Guyliner, tight pants, penchant for drama in his personal life and slight lisp in certain dubs (like English and original Polish). Despite being bisexual, he's shown to have a clear preference for men. The ratio of male to female characters he's shown interest in (if we include his potential relationship with V and his unrequited crush on Johnny) is 5 to 1.
  • King Mardan from Dark Chronicle, a large purple fish with huge red lips, an effeminate voice, and a tendency to wink lovingly at you. Monica is shocked to discover he's a guy.
  • Disco Elysium: The character known only as "The Smoker on the Balcony" is a subdued example, being somewhat effeminate, dressing colorfully compared to the drab fashion of most other characters, and not exactly hiding what he does with his "Sunday friend". In an interesting twist, since your character in the game is suffering from drug and alcohol-induced amnesia, the game implies that The Smoker on the Balcony reminds your character what homosexuality even is in the first place, something which amuses the Straight Gay Kim Kitsuragi immensely.
  • Dragon Age:
  • In The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Crassius Curio's dialogue is written this way, with him calling the Player Character things like "dumpling", "pudding", and "sweetie pie" while referring to himself as "Uncle Crassius" to the PC. Further, he wears extravagant clothing, has written several plays, and wants to start a theater troupe. Technically, he is a bisexual, as he shows this interest whether the PC is male or female, and also fits Extreme Omnisexual, being interested whether the PC is human, elf, Khajiit, Argonian, or even an Orc.
  • Makoto from Enchanted Arms has long hair and women's makeup and plays the role of Clingy Jealous Guy to popular student Toya in the game's introductory sequence.
    • And if there's any doubt whether he's camp gay or just camp metrosexual, the epilogue of the game removes all doubt.
  • Mayakov, from Final Fantasy XI Wings of the Goddess, definitely qualify. Dancer outfit, crazy verbal tick, extremely emotionnal, and let's not talk about his body langage... Even a coworker thought he was talking about the bride's dress when he said during a mariage that he can't wait to walk down the aisle, garbed like this (this refering to the tuxedo, contrary to his coworker's belief).
  • The iOS game A Gay Dragon features a pink male dragon named Melwin who roams the countryside in search of "pretty princes" while avoiding female dragons and warrior princesses. It even features an interior design sandbox mode where you build and decorate your personal lair.
  • The very first Wake-Up Call Boss of God Hand. Flamboyantly gay, leather-clad, and Color-Coded for Your Convenience. And capable of royally pounding -your- ass too.
  • Florian "Bernie Crane" Cravic in Grand Theft Auto IV. It's more of an achievement to find non-stereotypical characters in GTA than the other way around. He drops it when he gets angry.
  • Ash Crimson from The King of Fighters is considered one of these due to his love for nail art, flamboyant poses and generally flirtatious nature towards a few of the male characters. Although, there is the Unfortunate Implications coming from the fact that he's from France.
    • Kel'thuzad, an undead lich, is incredibly...prissy and practically shouts his love for Arthas from the roofs in the novel. He is fanatically loyal in the game, as well. Worth noting, his attraction to Arthas increases when Arthas kills him, for some odd reason.
  • Gary the towel attendant and Purser Peter in the Leisure Suit Larry adventure games.
  • Aqua Man in Mega Man 8. His introduction involves him jumping out, spraying water in midair to make a rainbow with his name in it, and saying in a mincing voice, "I'm Aqua Man, but you can call me handsome guy!"
  • In My Time at Portia, Antoine. He dyes his hair bright pink, obsesses over fashion with his two gal pals, and has a very vocal crush on the local (male) doctor. However, because he is one of the dateable characters, he's technically bisexual... but if a female player doesn't romance him, he largely sticks to appreciating men.
  • Kanji's Shadow Archetype in Persona 4 is extremely Camp Gay. This is understandable since it represents Kanji's inner fear of his possible sexuality, and takes on a somewhat tragic bent once you realize that the shadows are partially formed by the perceptions of the 'audience' of the Midnight Channel. Kanji's shadow was formed as an over-the-top stereotype of gay men because that's how Kanji (and the viewers) think gay people are. The webcomic artist Hiimdaisy parodies this in her comic. "I'm Kanji Tatsumi, and I enjoy naked men. Ooooh yaaahhh."
  • Persona 5 has the Shinjuku Creatures, a pair of NPCs found in Shinjuku who dress in brightly colored clothing covered in hearts and exhibit flamboyant mannerisms. They also appear twice during the story in a Running Gag involving them sexually harassing Ryuji and the protagonist, and talking to them during December has them fawning over Akechi.
  • Dapper Bones from the Puyo Puyo series. Obsessed with fashion, and has a strong lisp in English while referring to himself using female pronouns in Japanese. He even gets the limp-wristed gesture as one of his animations in Puyo Puyo Fever.
  • The Magimel brothers from Shadow Hearts: Covenant and From the New World, who always seem to show up whenever you visit a new town. One of them makes outfits for dolls, and the other sells items (and often likes to comment on the [male] main character's appearance), but only if you collect naked men trading cards to get his "creative juices" flowing.
  • Alman from Solatorobo keeps hitting on Red (and Squicking him out), wears dresses, and uses copious amounts of cosmetics. Needless to say, Red becomes rather reluctant to take quests from him very quickly and attempts to avoid social chatting when possible, sticking strictly to business.
  • The local doctor Marian in Story of Seasons (2014) is the first openly gay character in the Story of Seasons series. He's decked in pink, wears make-up, says things are "fabulous", could pass for a woman, and has a boyfriend.
  • Ash, a mini-boss from Streets of Rage 3. He wore a vest, tight pants, and high heeled boots. In the fight, he would rarely attack and if he did land a hit on you, he'd let out a girlish giggle. Ash's stance and running animations were also effeminate. Once you defeated him, he would cry out, using the same death cry sound byte as Blaze, and sit on the ground crying. Because of this, he was scrapped in the U.S. and European versions of the game and replaced with a mook with more health. Ash could be played via cheat device and he was absurdly strong.
    • He is an unlockable character in the Fan Remake and he hasn't changed a bit. Even his super special attack magnifies his...personality by having him slap his ass and hip thrust several times, dealing massive damage to all enemies on screen all while the background is turned pink and with hearts.
  • Katze in Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Eternal Frontier. When he's not beating your head in.
  • Julius from Sword of Mana. His outfit is almost entirely comprised of pink and purple, and he has painted nails (yes, toenails too) along with the pink eyeliner and subtle lipstick he wears. There also happens to be copious Ho Yay between him and fellow antagonist Dark Lord, which is not helped at all by the fact that the only place on their airship for Julius to sleep is in Dark Lord's bed.
  • Tales Series:
    • Dist from Tales of the Abyss. A pink-haired effeminate Mad Scientist that prides himself as "Dist the Rose". No one else calls him that. It really doesn't help matters that he's utterly obsessed with Jade (who, admittedly does look a bit feminine with his long hair but he's still noticeably male) to the point that some fans have begun to question both characters' sexuality, especially after one scene where Jade and Dist are left alone in an inn room followed by Dist screaming. A few minutes later, Jade calmly leaves the room with newfound information. It's almost guaranteed that he was torturing/interrogating Dist but...
    • Captain Cumore in Tales of Vesperia: He's got a heart-shaped codpiece. And a heart-shaped hole in his clothes over his chest.
    • Tales of Xillia 2 has a One-Scene Wonder of a spoiler character who is definitely this. It's a fractured dimension version of the Spirit of Light Aska who only shows up in one of Jude's Character Episodes. Most of his lines are about wanting to "tether" with Jude again with the innuendo in full force. And yes, Aska is in bird form here.
  • Ultima IX featured a character who talked in a very stereotypical voice and tried to imitate you as close as possible, even wearing a copy of your armor. Spoony dubbed this fellow "The G* Rasputin in World Heroes. Besides his voice and mannerisms, his "Secret Garden" super attack involves him stripping to the waist, grabbing the opponent, and sinking into a field of roses, whereupon giant hearts with his face emerge from it.
  • Jann from Valkyria Chronicles. While having to wear a male military uniform prevents him from wearing dresses, he still wears women's make-up. The gameplay mimics this too - his potentials are things like "Fancies Men" and "Pollen Allergy" and he also has a unique potential named "Largo Lover" that activates whenever he is around Largo, which gives the player a short sequence of Jann girlishly squealing with excitement. The English dub even gave him a voice that may as well be Big Gay Al.
  • The Elfeminate appearance of the Blood Elf male Player Characters in World of Warcraft is lampshaded and used for humour by turning them into this through some of their /silly (joke dialogue) emotes. A notable one would be them saying "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me?". The fact they are voiced by Cam Clarke, who is openly gay, only helped.

    Visual Novels 
  • Isaac from Extracurricular Activities is a costume designer who speaks with mannerisms like "sweetie" and "honey". He flirts with Darius all the time and even hooked up with him once.
  • Leon from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Very flamboyant, dislikes the idea of having girlfriends, was in love with an unnamed dead male soldier, and strongly implied to be in love with Valbar. If Valbar dies, it's said that Leon suffers a Heroic BSoD over him and briefly disappears, returning later to dedicate himself to be a Valentian soldier and instructor. He also mistakenly believes that Kamui is flirting with him, and as their supports develop he keeps bringing it up and describing Valbar as his ideal man.
  • The flamboyant French (except not really) chef and aromatherapist Jean Armstrong in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations wears pink and owns a very frilly pink restaurant and sells his own perfume. A few people even have trouble telling if he's a man or a woman, despite his facial hair and large muscular arms. He pretty blatantly flirts with Phoenix and Godot.
  • Kodama from Shining Song Starnova dresses in flamboyant, tight-fitting clothes, wears Guy Liner, strikes effeminate poses in his sprites, speaks in a falsetto, and makes the occasional pass at Mr. Producer.
  • Luka Urushibara from Steins;Gate dresses in women clothing, wears a cute hairpin, looks and act quite feminine (he is also said to be the personification of feminine grace) and has a crush on Okabe.

    Web Animation 
  • Angel Dust from Hazbin Hotel plays basically all the gay stereotypes dead straight. He wears white and pink, has a heart motif, does drag, and is incredibly promiscuous. One suspect that Charlie and Vaggie were made girlfriends just to reassure audiences that it's not that the creators were homophobic, but that Angel just happens to be a walking stereotype (who's possibly deliberately playing it up as a coping strategy).
  • Stolas from Helluva Boss, a prince of Hell, with taste of gardening and astrology, only loves Blitzo at first sight as a kid. After having sex with him, Stolas becomes lust after him. In episode "The Circus", he is uninterested in his wife Stella at first sight and divorced her at the end.


  • Ambiguous Gender aside, The Bedfellows' Fatigue shows multiple traits of being a camp gay man, such as feminine mannerisms and flamboyant vocal inflections.
  • Very Alternate Bob acts this way at first in Bob and George, but it's just to mess with Bob Prime. He's more of a Straight Gay the rest of the time (though he does have good interior design sense).
    • Also, Top Man.
  • Danny from The Boy in Pink Earmuffs is this. His dad disagrees with his campness, especially the fact he wears pink a lot. JJ is noticeably less camp than Danny but occasionally shows signs.
  • Parodied in Bruno the Bandit, when the title character thinks he has turned gay as a result of spending too much time in the company of real gay characters. He immediately turns into this stereotype (except for the lisp, which he only adopts when he's reminded of it), consulting a book called Being Gay for Morons for further details.
  • Sorane'Saniil Val'lllhar'do from Drowtales.
  • The Evolutions of Homosexuality and Suicide: Discussed, along with Butch Lesbian. The blond scientist wonders why many gay people seem to be gender non-conforming. The bearded scientist supposes that it makes it easier for them to find lovers by signaling their gayness to other gay people (this is assuming it's not cultural etc., which he admits could be the case too).
  • Apollo from The Guide to a Healthy Relationship likes dressing in flashy colors and often quite tight clothes, and he can be a bit theatrical with the way he acts.
  • Mark from Khaos Komix. Surprisingly, his homophobic friend Jamie doesn't really pick on it. Also, Murfs, to some extent.
  • Dillon of Ménage à 3 was eventually given his own comic, Sticky Dilly Buns. Probably because one title couldn't contain his campness. He wears the requisite open-necked shirts when not in drag (which he seems to enjoy), seemingly acts the Drama Queen at every opportunity, is committed to his career as an actor, describes himself at one point as "super ultra mega gay", and is described on the first comic's Cast page as "Gay. So gay." As Ruby, who is somewhat against her will stuck with him as her Gay Best Friend, says, his gayness would be visible to the blind.
  • Lampshaded and averted in MMBN 7 The World Tournament, where Viddy Narcy states that he's secure enough about his sexuality to wear whatever he wants. Sean understandably tells him that that's not something you'd want someone to question.
  • Quite a few characters from My Life In Blue, although some of them are technically Camp Bisexuals. Played more seriously than usual, and occasionally subject to discussion.
  • One-Punch Man: Puri-Puri Prisoner fights for all the men of the world he finds attractive (though he does have less selfish reasons too), and his powered-up form has him shredding all of his clothing. Despite him being the hammiest superhero in a world full of hammy heroes, he is still an S-Ranked fighter and can fight hand-to-hand evenly with villains capable of destroying cities.
  • Rudy Strongwell from Rain (2010) is unabashedly so, though he's actually a somewhat mild example. He seems to fit the stereotype to a T, with his flamboyant personality; love of fashion; crossdresing and ocassionally sassy remarks. But he's much more defined by his impulsive nature and Cannot Keep a Secret tendancies more than any gay stereotypes.
  • Luca from Sfeer Theory is a subdued version of this, stemming from the society he lives in and his personality. Ironically, since he's so quiet, his campier mannerisms are even more noticeable.

    Web Original 
  • Thayne of Analog Control is bisexual and has periodic bursts of camp. His natural speaking voice is pretty flamboyant as well.
  • The narrator of the memetic honey badger don't care Wildlife Commentary Spoof.
  • Killua in HA x HA (an Abridged Series of Hunter × Hunter) has a stereotypical gay lisp, and the Homoerotic Subtext between him and Gon is way more explicit and one-sided than it is in canon.
  • Cheeks from Husbands is this to a T and he knows it, lampshading that he takes the "female" role in his relationship with Straight Gay, Brady. During their Accidental Marriage he was wearing part of a bride's outfit... and hot pants.
  • The Custodes from If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device skirt the edge between this and Macho Camp. They make rather... obvious remarks about their attraction to the Emperor (and each other), criticize the Inquisition's sense of fashion and jump on the scene and pose. Fandom nicknamed them Fabulous Custodes.
    My loincloth is bursting with anticipation!
  • Malê Rising has the clever, effeminate, and kick-ass socialite Theodore Roosevelt. He may dress up as Empress Eugenie, but he will kick your ass hard and give you a lecture on the Great War at the same time if you insult him for it.
  • Minky Steve may be this.
  • Kidnapper-kun from Neko Sugar Girls has a lisp and is quite flamboyant. He has a crush on Hitoshi and, as his nickname implies, tried to kidnap him.
  • Franklin from "Neurotically Yours". "Does this thong come in a men's?"
  • The titular character of the YouTube Sassy Gay Friend videos. He even wears his scarf when otherwise naked in the garden of Eden.
  • Seeing as UNHhhh is hosted by Trixie Mattel and Katya, the entire show is flaming.
  • Many examples in Survival of the Fittest, such as Andi Ayla, Andy Walker, and Peri Barclay, but a notable subversion of this trope would be Remi Pierce. Remi was actually Asexual, but played straight every gay mannerism in the book to play up a facade.
  • Tanner's boyfriend in The Most Popular Girls in School is very campy and effeminate.
  • Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale is a positive example in that he's gay and somewhat "fem", but not in such a way that it dominates his character. It helps that he is created and voiced by queer people.
    • He is much more obvious about it when he gushes about Carlos the Scientist whom the entire city agrees is a very beautiful man. Carlos eventually becomes his boyfriend and later his husband.
  • The YES dance is a parody of this.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: Marik, in the "Leather Pants" video.
    • Subverted with Pegasus. He's actually straight but wants people to think he's gay. According to Word of God, he constantly flirts with Kaiba just for his amusement.
  • In some of Sky Williams' videos, he portrays himself as particularly stereotypically gay. In other videos, he's admitted that he isn't normally so camp.
  • The Adventure Zone: Balance has Taako the high elven wizard, who is a vain, flamboyant and incredibly beautiful gay man. He even spends one arc wearing a skirt.
  • A big part of Randy Rainbow's persona, as he sings show tunes, wears fancy pink glasses, and makes catty remarks at (edited videos of) political leaders. To make things even better, that's in fact his real name.
  • ''Critical Role has fan- and player-beloved NPC Shaun Gilmore, the showy, flirtatious and flamboyant storekeeper and magician with a mile-high crush on the (male) party rogue.

    Western Animation 
  • Greg Corbin and Terry Bates in American Dad!.
  • Archer, when he has to seduce a man in a Honey Trap mission, dresses and acts in a manner that would be an embarrassment at a Gay Pride Parade - and his target, a very Straight Gay, doesn't want anything to do with him. Even other camp gay guys make fun of him.
    Ramon: You are so not my type. (walks away)
    Archer: Hey! I am everybody's type!
    Rudy: Please. You are entirely too gay.
    Archer: No I'm not!
    Charles: Ohmygod, you like, sneeze glitter.
    Rudy: Thank you!
  • Arthur downplays this with Mr. Ratburn, who seems strict and grouchy at first, but upon closer inspection, it's easier to see why his sexuality was the subject of discussion for many years. Before he was revealed to be gay in "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone," his homosexuality had been hinted with his rather flamboyant voice and his attachment to theatrics via puppet shows, of which he owns a lavish collection of marionettes at home.
  • The Boondocks: Gangstaliciois, a celebrity rapper whom main character Riley idolizes, is revealed in his second appearance to be a camp gay as he was revealed to have had an ex boyfriend although the "camp" wasn't as obvious in terms of his appearance as he mostly wore rapper attire. However his attire is mostly colored pink and during a talk show, he introduced a fashion lineup that included pink bulletproof vests, a skirt with the backside of it cut out, and pearl necklaces. He even sent Riley a package of free gear that looked a lot like women's clothing. He even did a song called "homies over hoes", which was filled with so much Homoerotic Subtext that even some of the characters in universe took notice.
  • Clarence from Code Monkeys is practically the epitome of this trope. He flies around instead of walking (leaving a trail of sparkles), wears a flamboyant light blue jumpsuit, and sings everything he says, most of which is a double entendre referring to how gay he is.
    • "Double" entendre, they says. In one scene Clarence sings to himself that alone out of all the guys he has available to him, he wouldn't do Dean, his boss' big, beefy, dumb-as-a-rock son, then corrects himself: "Actually I would, 'cause that's how gay I am."
  • The Crumpets has Grownboy, one of the oldest Crumpet children, who is a bisexual man wearing a chest-exposing leather vest, purple pants and boots, and bracelets, and has shoulder-length hair, a beard and moustache, and chest hair. He has an effeminate voice and mannerisms, flowery language, and a passion for animals (he keeps losing his pets from his care), not to mention he cross-dresses to lure a monstrous pet at one episode. His best friend and romantic partner is Steve. In one episode he develops a relationship with his family's neighbor and almost marries her, before going for Steve in the last minute once Steve shows to spare their relationship.
  • Ever seen the Disney anti-Nazi piece "Der Fuehrer's Face"? Hermann Göring's got just a short appearance as the flute player in the Nazi marching band, but he is as camp as one can be while wearing a Nazi uniform and a helmet.
  • Xandir P. Wiffelbottom from Drawn Together starts out as Ambiguously Gay, but comes out of the closet by the third episode and is shown to be quite ecstatic about his sexuality and attraction to men for the remainder of the series.
  • Various extras in Family Guy:
    • Brian's cousin Jasper from Los Angeles and Stewie's drama teacher.
    • In "Family Gay", Peter's injected with a "gay gene" and turns into one for the remainder of the episode. It wore off a couple minutes before the episode ended.
    • The gag character who goes by the name of Prison Lois in the episode “Shanksgiving”. He was revealed to be in a prison relationship with Peter. He wears a blousey white shirt that he tied around like a woman’s, wears lipstick, has a hairstyle similar to that of Lois and his voice sounds exactly like Lois’ voice.
  • The titular character of Kaeloo is a Hermaphrodite (referred to as "she") in the original French dub, but due to a mistake in the English dubbing for the first ten episodes, she was re-written as male (though this was corrected after the 11th episode. This led to a lot of Ho Yay, and her lisp and feminine behavior certainly didn't help.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Dale's father, the gay rodeo cowboy, and the rest of his set. According to flashbacks, he didn't act like this before he came out, though, so he may have just been doing it to fit in. Dale's father is consciously camp. He lampshades it and refers to his rodeo act as "kitschy fun".
    • Bill intentionally does this in one episode, emulating another Camp Gay character in an effort to better his and Luanne's position at their hair salon workplace.
  • Miguel of The Loud House has an effeminate voice, is interested in fashion, collects plush animals and makes up voices for them, and is definitely attracted to men as of the episode "Food Courting".
  • Bastien "Twink" in Q-Force is a former circus artist who is very effeminate and likes crossdressing and hairdressing along with being attracted to men. He is the only member of the Q-Force to display such stereotypes.
  • The appropriately named "Gay Gary" from The Life & Times of Tim.
  • Queer Duck, though obviously an Affectionate Parody, is an nonstop parade of Retraux 1960s/1970s Camp Gay stereotypes.
  • One episode of Reboot has Bob worrying that he might be a copy and not the original Bob. The most flamboyant waiter in the world rolls up and says "So what if you're a copy? The important thing is to be true to yourself" while resting a hand on his leg. Bob's Aside Glance says it all.
  • Subverted in The Simpsons episode "Homer's Phobia". John who was gay and the campiest person ever (and in fact was played by John Waters), but he was not a Camp Gay. However, it was played straight with the gay steel mill. There is also Julio, who is very flamboyant.
  • An early example: Random unnamed pirate in an Ub Iwerks Sinbad the Sailor cartoon. See here.
  • South Park is very fond of this trope, probably since it's the easiest way to tell that somebody is gay, while also being a huge stereotype, although Tweek and Craig are notable aversions. They like it so much they even use a Transparent Closet.
    • For a while, Trey Parker and Matt Stone seem to have forgotten that the Straight Gay exists altogether. The more camp you behave, the happier you'll be; otherwise you've got problems that are a lot worse than just being in the closet. In "Cartman Sucks", a suppressed boy called Bradley almost throws himself off a bridge, while the Camp Gay/Camp Straight Pastor Phillips is perfectly happy, even if he is in complete denial. Oh, and Mr Garrison, who's always telling people he's gay, but isn't all that camp.
    Chef: Children, there's a big difference between being gay and being Mr Garrison.
    • Big Gay Al is a flamboyant gay stereotype. He has eyelashes, wears a pink shirt, and even has the word "Gay" in his name. Lampshaded in the episode "Cripple Fight".
    Scoutmaster: It's come to our attention that you're... gay.
  • Time Squad:
    • The Larry 3000. At the beginning of the series, he was Ambiguously Gay: he was overly sensitive, enjoyed traditionally feminine tasks such as cooking and sewing, and had a love for women's fashion, but nothing too obvious. But later in season two the ambiguity flies out the window and Larry is crushing hard on his macho time cop partner Tuddrussel.
    • There was also Merriweather Lewis, who was the Sensitive Guy to William Clark's Manly Man.
  • Total Drama has Bowie, who introduces himself as the first openly gay contestant the series has had. This is reflected in his speech pattern, mannerisms and fashion sense. Most notably, Raj realizes that he is gay after he and Bowie develop a mutual attraction towards each other
  • The Venture Bros. has Shore Leave, a flamboyant, lisping, sassy gay member of a GI-Joe Captain Ersatz who gained prominence in the fourth season. He manages to be a great character despite being a ridiculous gay stereotype because 1. his total lack of shame and commitment to his gay shtick Crosses the Line Twice, and 2. he's a competent, badass secret agent anyway. The Alchemist zigzags between Camp Gay and Straight Gay.
  • Zeroman has Ty Cheese, Zeroman's Mission Control. He dresses in earth-tone clothes, but plenty of other stereotypes still apply.

Alternative Title(s): Flamboyant Gay



Being the embodiment of the ideology favouring association of LGBT people and/or their rights with a nationalist ideology, Homonationalist is INCREDIBLY gay.

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