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"To join a gym you have to go a lot to get it to work, you gotta keep goin' and goin'. I don't know how these gay guys can do it. Every gay guy is built like a body-builder: when did that start to happen?"

A rather common gay stereotype. A man who is constantly concerned with working out at the gym, not to stay healthy, but as a rather vain attempt to hold onto his youthful looks for as long as possible. It's not unusual for him to be Hollywood Pudgy, thinking his body is never quite good enough as he dives headfirst into anorexia. He also uses the Gym as a possible meeting place for potential mates. In many cases, he shows an interest in sports and athletics as well, especially when younger. In this instance, he is generally just portrayed as the gay version of a Jock or a Straight Gay. In many cases, however, he doesn't know the first thing about sports and is only exercising for the superficial benefits.


See Manly Gay and Macho Camp. Compare/contrast with Lesbian Jock, who tends to have a more genuine interest in athletics but might also use it to pick up women. Compare also the Lipstick Lesbian; both the Gym Bunny and Lipstick Lesbian are used as opposite sex fanservice in very similar ways (a gay character that an opposite-sex viewer is likely to find attractive).


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    Live Action TV 
  • Jack of Will & Grace often displayed aspects of this trope.
  • Jack from Dawson's Creek in the latter seasons.
  • Gilmore Girls had Michel Gerard, a character who constantly watched his calorie intake and apparently spent a lot of time working out to keep what he considered a proper male figure. However, Gerard was specifically shown to not be gay, but rather, a depiction of a modern dandy.
  • The Todd is portrayed as a bisexual version of this in Scrubs, occasionally.
  • Riley in Degrassi: The Next Generation could be seen as this, except that the reason he works out so strenuously is to convince himself that he's not gay.
  • Mac on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has shades of this. His love of sports stems partly from his obsession with the male physique, and he only ever goes to the gym to ogle beefcakes and work on his glamour muscles (as a result, he's pretty weak physically despite appearing fit).
  • On Los Espookys, Andrés's boyfriend Juan Carlos is a fitness fanatic who hosts a channel dedicated to workout videos.
  • The whole cast of Queer as Folk. Taken to an extreme with Ben during the steroid arc.
  • Kevin from Dante's Cove. Several other characters from the show also have elements of this.
  • One of Mad TV's skits with Lida and Molina (a pair of ditzy Latinas) has them hanging out with a group of buff men at a park working out...only to later realize that they're all gay.
  • Discussed on Sex and the City. When asked why gay guys spend so much time at the gym, one of the women says it's because of the possibility of having sex, and points out that if straight guys had the opportunity to have sex at the gym, they'd go more often.

  • Possibly the subtext of "Macho Man" by Village People.
  • The video for "Physical" by Olivia Newton-John.
    • Parodied in comedy sketch show Not the Nine O'Clock News with an ON-J impersonator singing Typical! Bloody typical! as she is ignored by men who are only there to work out. Or get with each other.

    Video Games 
  • Grand Theft Auto IV:
    • The vain, unstable, misogynistic, but ridiculously loveable Ensemble Dark Horse Brucie Kibbutz. A caricature of a testosterone-poisoned Brooklyn hypebeast who uses performance-enhancing drugs and surrounds himself with gaudy luxury, it is strongly implied that he is bisexual, even if he's only ever seen around attractive women and is quick to clarify that he's just joking about being attracted to Roman. He's extremely insecure, being Formerly Fat and gripped with jealousy of his brother Mori, a former IDF soldier who is presented as both the man Brucie wishes he was and also a way bigger douchebag.
    • A more open example would be Bernie Crane, born Florian Cravic. After he moved from the former Yugoslavia to Liberty City, he declared his old self dead and became much more flamboyant while still as physically fit as he was when he fought in the war.
    • The gay nightclub Hercules, featured in more detail in the expansion The Ballad of Gay Tony, is also built around this aesthetic.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy VI, Terra implies this about Sabin, who takes it in good stride and asks her if she thinks a 'bear' like him could help.
    • Just about the entire gym in Final Fantasy VII crossdresses. The spot is notorious in the area for this, and is presided over by an apparent local transvestite Aeris has heard of by reputation. Cloud can win a long wig from there by demonstrating his superiority in a squatting contest.

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    Western Animation 
  • Stewie leaned in this direction in the Family Guy episode in which he was taking steroids.