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"This fight is unbearably campy!"
Stan (on fighting Greg and Terry), American Dad!

Camp characters — gay, macho, or straight — are flamboyant in appearance or demeanor. This doesn't necessarily mean that they can't hold themselves in a fight. Often times they'll fight in a way that suits their campiness. They may incorporate ballet in their moves, fight with beautiful clothing, unleash rainbow beams, use roses, etc., all in a flashy way that somehow works. May or may not end up conjuring Bishie Sparkles.

Often overlaps with Agent Peacock, Combat Aestheticist, Dance Battler, The Fighting Narcissist, Heart Is an Awesome Power, Personality Powers, and She-Fu. Note that while the Agent Peacock is an effeminate badass, Campy Combat is specifically about effeminate men fighting in a campy, over-the-top way. Compare Fighting Clown, where a character's fighting style is meant to be amusing, and Super-Cute Superpowers, where superpowers are girly and cute. Doesn't necessarily mean that the fight is "campy" in the other sense of being So Bad, It's Good; for that, see Wimp Fight or Fight-Scene Failure.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kirsch Vermillion from Black Clover is a vain royal obsessed with beauty, detesting things he finds ugly like muscles and peasants. He's dressed in his squad's pink robes and uses Cherry Blossom Magic, forming enough pink petals to cover a battlefield and describing his magic as "beautiful".
  • Charlotte Chuhlhourne in Bleach is a drag queen with long purple hair and shimmering eyes. He's obsessed with beauty and very vain, with his Resurreccion giving him a crop top and pink cape, and letting him form heart-shaped beams and a white rose bush that cuts himself and his enemy off from the rest of the world.
  • The Cute High Earth Defense Club series (Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! and Cute High Earth Defense Club Happy Kiss!) has all the campy action of a typical Magical Girl Warrior show, but with the genders flipped and played for comedy. Puffy pants and glittery wands are the name of the game, and they fight the Monster of the Week using The Power of Love and rainbow beams. It's played just straight enough to allow them to be competent at their jobs but otherwise has them lampshading the absurdity.
  • Hisoka Morow from Hunter Hunter has jester-like hair, clothing, and makeup and uses an alluring, feminine style of speech. Notably, he gets sexually aroused from fighting strong foes, regardless of their gender. His Nen ability "Bungee Gum" forms a pink aura with the properties of rubber and gum that's much more deadly than it sounds.
  • Dio from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. He has the over-the-top demeanor like many of the series' characters, wears green lipstick and heart knee pads, and his Stand, The World, is a muscled gold man. According to the author, he's bisexual and doesn't care about someone's gender so long as they interest him.
  • Yuga Aoyama from My Hero Academia is a vain Attention Whore who likes sprinkling French and English words in his dialogue, and his Quirk "Navel Laser" shoots a sparkling beam out of his belly button.
  • One Piece:
    • There is a fighting style known as Okama Kenpo used by okamanote  which uses kicks and ballet-like movements. Bentham a.k.a. Bon Clay, a flamboyant okama in pink, is a master of the martial art.
    • Emporio Ivankov is the greatest okama of them all and he uses his Devil Fruit, the Horm-Horm Fruit, to change himself into a woman to fight. His move "DEATH WINK" also has him wink his mascaraed eye with long eyelashes to send a powerful blast of air pressure.
  • Puri-Puri Prisoner from One-Punch Man wears a sweater with a heart on it and loves good-looking guys, stating that they're his reason for being a superhero. His Angel Style has him flex his muscles to the point his clothes rip off, leaving him naked, and unleash flamboyant yet powerful special moves that give him illusory angel wings.
  • In Sailor Moon, Zoisite is a long-haired, girly-looking man romantically involved with his male comrade Kunzite, and he has the power to form flower petals that he can transform into needles.
  • Adam from Sk8 the Infinity. Oh, and how. First, he always makes over-the-top entrances to S (like showing up in a helicopter) and has a very flamboyant demeanor when skating. Second, his skateboard, costume, and mask all have hearts somewhere on them, and even his moves' names are all associated with the word love, such as his infamous "Love Hug" move.
  • Reiji Miyabi from Star Driver is a bisexual man with purple hair and a strong libido. He pilots the Cybody Reshbal, which takes the likelihood of a Renaissance gentleman complete with a pink plume.
  • Nathan Seymour from Tiger & Bunny has electric pink hair, effeminate mannerisms, and likes to hit on male heroes. Despite this, Nathan is a superhero known as Fire Emblem who can unleash fire in flashy, flamboyant poses. Nathan was assigned male at birth but uses feminine speech and the author suggests they consider themself "gender-free".
  • Tokyo Ghoul has Shuu Tsukiyama, a foppish young man dressed in designer suits with a tendency to make dramatic displays and an obsession for Kaneki that blurs the line between hunger and sexual desire. He wraps his bright purple kagune around his arm as a spiraling ribbon to fight, using it as a blade in a manner similar to fencing.

    Comic Books 
  • Ian Soo from Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! is a bisexual young man with dyed blue hair and flashy taste in fashion whose latent Inhuman heritage gives him telekinetic powers that manifest as pink energy.

    Films — Animation 
  • Despicable Me 3: Balthazar Bratt fights using '80s dance moves and a weaponized keytar.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Wild Wild West: When the flamboyant US Marshal Artemis Gordon fights Dr. Loveless' Bodyguard Babes at the climax, he uses dance moves to avoid their attacks (and causing one to fall off the Spider Tank).

  • Downplayed with Loras Tyrell from A Song of Ice and Fire. He's a long-haired, effeminate man considered to be more beautiful than most women and in a secret homosexual relationship with Renly Baratheon. Despite being one of the best knights in Westeros, he goes into battle looking very flamboyant, wearing ornate, caped armor adorned with roses, the sigil of his family, and riding on a white horse. According to official illustrations, even the lance he fights with has rose designs.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones is a downplayed example. He's a gay, famed knight who has long hair and is well-dressed and groomed. He wears armor covered in roses, his house's symbol, and jousts against Gregor Clegane while riding a white horse.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Zigzagged with "The Concrete Rose" Sonny Kiss, an extremely effeminate male wrestler. While his moveset contains many campy attacks (including ones involving twerking and splits), he can also be a vicious brawler when he needs to.

    Video Games 
  • Amane Nishiki in BlazBlue is a flamboyant, feminine-looking man in a pink kimono who likes handsome men. His fighting style is dance-like and revolves around Clothing Combat, using his pink shawl and sleeves to strike enemies and form drills.
  • Guilty Gear's Bridget is a textbook example. A young lady with attack animations that are very acrobatic and showy, with even her idle animation having her sway back and forth like she's dancing.
    • There's also Raven, a literal Combat Sadomasochist who strikes flamboyant poses during his attacks.
  • Castle Crashers: The Pink Knight's magic has him hurling rainbows at enemies while posing in a very camp manner.
  • Sylvando from Dragon Quest XI is an Ambiguously Gay circus performer who dresses flamboyantly and whose special attacks involve attacking his foes by blasting them with giant pink hearts. Hes also a formidable swordsman due to having trained under his father, a famous knight.
  • Zhang He from Dynasty Warriors wants to be beautiful in battle and is very flamboyant, having worn a butterfly outfit and high heels. He certainly looks pretty in a fight, wielding claws and moving in an elegant dance resembling ballet.
  • Makoto from Enchanted Arms is a flamboyant, openly gay man who considers himself beautiful. In battle, he strikes flashy poses and fights with blades of bright light.
  • Brother from Final Fantasy X-2 has an over-the-top Dance Battler fighting style when he is used as a party member, constantly moving and fond of Ass Kicks You moves.
  • Yuri in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He's a pretty young man with long light purple hair and can be quite charming and flirty. He's bisexual, being a Gay Option for Byleth, and is the only playable character whose canonical class is the Trickster, more flashy than other classes and incorporating acrobatics in the fight animations.
  • Endrance from .hack is an effeminate long-haired, bisexual man who carries a rose and indulges in prose about beauty. He also happens to be a famed Blade Brandier, wielding a flashy purple blade and fighting with graceful twirls.
  • Ash Crimson from The King of Fighters. He strikes flamboyant poses and his behavior towards other male characters is heavily implied to be flirting. His fighting style is very showy and acrobatic, combining it with his fire powers all in a very graceful fighting style similar to French martial art Savate.
  • Disco Kid's Title Defense rematch in the Wii installment of Punch-Out!! has him taking up a very flamboyant aerobics motif highly reminiscent of Richard Simmons complete with a leotard and afro.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad!: In "Surro-Gate", Stan, outraged that Francine agreed to be the surrogate for Greg and Terry's baby behind his back, threatens to beat them up. Greg and Terry's response is to put on some "rumble" music and engage in a dance-based battle, nimbly avoiding Stan's attacks, and pulling off over-the-top pretend attacks rather than actually attacking him, to his annoyance. Of note, it's a Shout-Out to West Side Story, using the same sort of music and dance-fighting.
  • In "Zen" from Hoops, the members of the Lenwood Colts basketball team go into a fight with a group of bullies called the "Gay Mafia," thinking that it's going to be like this. Instead, the members of the Gay Mafia proceed to deliver them a good, old-fashioned ass-kicking.
  • Usually averted in Q-Force, since most characters are Straight Gay or Butch Lesbian. But Twink is the god emperor of using campy clothes and maneuvers in combat.
  • Beyond unavoidable in Super Drags, in which the main characters turn into drag queens to fight.
  • OSI Agent Shore Leave in The Venture Bros.. An expert marksman and gunslinger, he's a Camp Gay and doesn't even try to distance himself from the trait while on a mission.
    Mook: "Okay, just please, take that gun out of my back."
    Shore Leave: "Nooo, no. That's not my gun. That's an indicator of how excited I am to do this to you. That [holds his gun up] is my gun."


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