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Mr. Garrison: Stanley, gay people... well, gay people are evil. Evil right down to their cold black hearts, which pump not blood like yours and mine, but rather a thick vomitous oil that oozes through their rotten veins and clots in their pea-sized brains, which becomes the cause of their Naziesque patterns of violent behaviour. Do you understand?
Stan: ...I guess.
Garrison: Good. I'm glad we could have this little talk, Stanley. Now you go outside and practice football like a good little heterosexual.

This is a character who believes that actively non-heteronormative individuals are bad or 'unnatural' and thus must be unsatisfied, incomplete, or immoral, perhaps even a danger to society. This can certainly be Truth in Television, as homophobia and queerphobia are still apparent in the world, and institutionally and even legally supported in some places. Obviously, queer people themselves can be as morally and satisfactorily ranging as heteronormative people.

The depiction of the character can go from being misunderstanding and delivering unwelcome advice all the way up to the extremes of bigotry or even physical violence in their efforts to 'help' or convert people who engage in homosexual activities. They can be diverse: anything from specialized Moral Guardians or Principles Zealots to a bloodthirsty mob equipped with torches and pitchforks. Sometimes it involves characters making efforts to recruit others to their cause. While not all examples are religiously motivated, or Christian if they are, in Western contexts at least they are more likely than not to be Holier Than Thou.


A common tool they might use for their cause is a kind of pity, ostensible or even sincere, trying to impose a negative self-image on the non-normative characters or trying to explain it as caused by a meaningless childhood 'sin' like being given the 'wrong' toys. Alternatively, the argued (or even actual, as given by the story) cause of a character's queerness may be explained as a dramatic sexual experience such as rape, often in conjunction with the idea of them therefore being broken and needing to be 'fixed', possibly in the same manner. Thus, a non-violent or even non-hostile Crusader might still be a source of Gayngst for the sexual minority person.

When the gay character responds to insults or other criticism against his sexuality by talking about his or her love for a partner, it usually is part of An Aesop where the Heteronormative Crusader is portrayed as the Noble Bigot who then learns to be more tolerant and gains an understanding of the homosexual character (the same can also happen for bisexual or celibate characters, for example the priest talking about the role of faith in his life). After a person responds to criticism by talking about their love of their significant other it can also become a Kick the Dog situation if the Heteronormative Crusader continues with insults. Alternatively, he might respond with personal sympathy while nevertheless upholding his own ideals; this would be the preferred option for an example who is also some sort of Principles Zealot or Knight Templar.


The trope can be Played With, for example in situations when a gay character is created only to be a one-dimensional walking Aesop about the importance of tolerance and diversity. It can be subverted when the character thought to be a Heteronormative Crusader's actions are Bait-and-Switch, for example the parent who disapproves strongly of their child's gay relationship but instead because they're concerned about the partner's criminal record, not gender.

Heroic examples are common in older works, going all the way back to The Bible and beyond, but less so more recently, at least in the Western world, due to changing societal perceptions of sexual diversity and religious tolerance in many cultures. In mainstream modern Western fiction, these characters are nowadays more often being played for laughs, or else as a way of highlighting how unsympathetic the antagonist is, and such sympathetic examples as occur will most likely be a source of Values Dissonance to many audiences. Still, there may be a story where the Heteronormative Crusader might be the hero, especially if the gays are the villains. Again, such scenarios would stray into Unfortunate Implications territory, and likely deliberately.

While people who campaign against homosexuality (or on a lower level, are simply personally opposed to it) are certainly Truth in Television, this trope is concerned with the fictional use of such characters, usually as a stereotype or plot device, and frequently with traits of a Strawman Political. As with other politically charged topics, classing real people as such would inevitably invite controversy and hostility. Therefore, No Real Life Examples, Please!


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Early on in Bokura no Hentai, Ryousuke is grossed out by Marika (a transgender girl) and Osamu (a gay boy) dressing up in female clothing. He dresses as a girl too, but only does so to please his mother. He threatens to beat up Marika at one point and actually does hit Osamu. Eventually, Ryousuke learns to be more tolerant of the two.
  • After learning that Sawaki was kissed by his trans woman friend Kei, Oikawa from Moyashimon has a fit. She berates Sawaki and tells him that it's unclean for men to kiss. Haruka's reaction is to shut her up with a kiss.
  • The Gag Dub of Ghost Stories turns Momoko into an Evangelical Born-Again Christian who makes a lot of homophobic comments throughout the series and mentions volunteering at a gay conversion therapy camp.

    Comic Books 
  • The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars reveals that Fire Lord Sozin outlawed same-sex relations and the Earth Kingdom is not tolerant of this kind of lifestyle either — which is all the more tragic because Avatar Kyoshi, who is revealed to have been bisexual, struggled all of her life to try to change this... and even though she is one of the most powerful and influential prior Avatars that have appeared on-screen, she couldn't do jack about it.
  • In the Grant Morrison run of Doom Patrol, an entire secret branch of the Pentagon existed as Heteronormative Crusaders wielding bizarre and Dadaesque technology, known as The Men From N.O.W.H.E.R.E. This naturally made them Straw Hypocrite villains as well. Mind you, they prefer to stay in the shadows until a deranged associate creates his own much more agressive offshoot, on his quest to destroy Danny The Street.
  • In Lucifer, one side character starts out as a Armored Closet Gay Nazi who beat an Indian man almost to death for flirting with him. The man gets disabled for life, but they end up as lovers anyway — once the first guy realized that Those Wacky Nazis wasn't such a good crowd to hang out with after all.
  • Discussed in Preacher, with the main characters taking a very negative stand on this kind of behavior and certain villains implying that they do some normative crusading along with their racist ditto. As for the attitudes of our hero: at one point, Jesse Custer visits a party hosted by a guy specializing in decadence. This host gets to be surprised twice. First when the preacher approves of the kinky stuff between consenting adults, then when the same preacher beats the crap out of him for molesting children.
  • Played for Laughs in Small Favors: Only naughty people are into BDSM, and they deserve to be severely punished for it!
  • Chick Tracts:
    • Several tracts are about homosexuals being possessed by demons or generically evil. Sometimes fetish clothes and BDSM tools are used to show just how "evil" the gays are. Heterosexual BDSM doesn't seem to exist in the world of Chick.
    • He really went overboard with this trope in the tract called Uninvited: the tract features a nurse who harasses dying AIDS-patients for their "crime" of being gay. Of course, her actions are fully justified within the verse of the tract, since this is an anviliciously bigoted Author Tract. The real kick? It turns out that all the homosexuals became homosexual because they were sexually molested as children. More to the point, when a child gets sexually molested, she automatically becomes unclean, possessed by a demon of defilement. The trope Defiled Forever is played straight for everyone who isn't both The Fundamentalist and a Christian. Averted for all characters who are (or become) Holier Than Thou.
    • Another tract attempts to play it as having the crusaders as persecuted. When a Christian activist protests a gay pride event, he's quickly beaten up, and then charged with a hate crime (the last being impossible in the US, and if it happened, many would hold him up as a martyr-his attackers no doubt would be swiftly prosecuted).
  • Bitchy Bitch: One of the coworkers is a evangelical homophobe — whose prejudice only serves to infuriate Midge further. They are everywhere (but only some of them are real — others are Windmills in Butchy's own mind).
  • City of Dreams: The white prince, trying a little bit too hard at the Knight in Shining Armor routine and coming up as nothing more than a selfish, conceited, jealous, self-righteous, patriarchal... well, you get the idea.
  • DC Comics have been dropping clues about this over the last five years or so, with the accompanying crusaders. Brad Meltzer has hinted more than once that there's a homosexual underground within the DCU villain community, and that being outed would result in being killed by some of the more dangerous racist villains. Unless you're so incredibly scary that even manly macho men are terrified of you, that is.
  • Life with Archie: The Married Life: Wendell, the Mysterious Stranger taken in as a busboy for the Chocklit Shoppe by Jughead, is later revealed in Issue #36 to be a homophobic gunman who shot Kevin Keller's husband Clay Walker during one of his robberies in Issue #22 and went on a rampage by shooting down gay employees in the Southport Mall in Issue #30, and now seeks to end Kevin's life when his attempt to stop Kevin from becoming a senator on gun control failed. When Wendell discovers that his cover is being blown, he hides behind the crowd and pulls out a gun to shoot Kevin. However, Archie jumps into the fray to stop Wendell and ends up Taking the Bullet for Kevin, leading to Wendell's arrest.
  • The Pride, being a comic book series about a team where every member is gay, naturally has a bunch of these as its villains, with the Big Bad basically being an even-more villainous version of Fred Phelps.
  • Dick Hafer immortalized himself as even loonier than Jack Chick with his homophobic propaganda comic Homosexuality: Legitimate, Alternate Deathstyle! As one might gather from the title, this character archetype is portrayed as unambiguously heroic. Unlike Chick and others, Hafer did not even claim to "hate the sin but love the sinner", as it's pretty clear he would have hated LGBT people regardless of what his religion said about it.
  • In Rainbow Rowell's Runaways, Gert Yorkes is a subtle example. She avoids saying anything openly homophobic, as one of her teammates is gay, but when Julie Power comes to visit, she makes sure that Julie feels unwelcome, ostensibly because Julie is bossing everyone around, which contributes to Julie dumping Karolina, and when the team goes to retrieve Klara, Gert demands that Klara leave her foster dads for the team, ostensibly because parents can't be trusted; Klara chooses not to return.
  • In Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, Snagglepuss is re-imagined as a gay playwright during the Red Scare. Naturally, he has to deal with the HUAC, which, having failed to prove that he's a communist, decides to bring him down because of his personal life.note 

    Comic Strips 
  • Mary Worth is rather infamous for this — anyone young who isn't married to someone of the opposite gender is quickly paired up by Mary.

    Fan Work 
  • This type of character appears a lot in Slash Fic, whenever through an OC or having an existing character suffer a case of Ron the Death Eater, just to have an villain and/or say that homophobia is bad.
  • The Maleficent fanfic ''The M-Word'' subverts this trope: Stefan is a gay hating jerk, but when he says something wrong in front of the press, this threatens his career, and his career is more important to him than anything else... so he arranges for his daughter Aurora to get married to a woman (Maleficent), so that he can turn up at the wedding and smile into the cameras, and be immune against all accusations of homophobia.
  • In the Lucky Star fanfic Lucky Star: After Story, Yutaka and Minami, while on their honeymoon, are attacked by a homophobic man who sees them kissing. Fortunately for them, several bystanders manage to wrestle the attacker off of the thoroughly-scared couple. The attacker gets his comeuppance with a long prison sentence.
  • The Jem fanfics Farewell to Life the Way We Knew It and its sequel Survival of the Misfits takes place in a dystopian 1990s setting where an American Mortality office gets people arrested for anything they deem immoral. They have a blood test that can tell if someone is heterosexual or not. Stormer and later Clash end up getting outed as lesbian and arrested.
  • In the Invader Zim fanfic Gay Pride, Zim turns on the TV and sees a program featuring a fundamentalist Christian preacher who declares that homosexuality will destroy the world. Zim, being an alien invader who wants to destroy the world, immediately decides that he needs to become homosexual. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged has the Crusaders of the Salvation Army, a whole militia of heteronormative crusaders; their leader's opening quote is about their enthusiasm at killing gays (while Maxwell gathered them to kill actual Nazis). They wind up dying to the last, not by the Nazis they were gathered to fight, but by the sexually aberrant Alucard who has unleashed the fullest of his power upon Maxwell's Iscariot defectors and the aforementioned Nazis.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Show Me Love: Viktoria chose to assume this role, harassing her former friend Agnes for being homosexual. It's all an openly calculated plot designed to use homophobia as a means to gain popularity... And it backfires completely.
  • The SM Judge is all about this trope. The main character isn't even a sadomasochist himself, it's his wife who is a masochist. But his political enemies find out, and uses it as a excuse to persecute him — claiming that he has "abused" her.
  • Preaching to the Perverted plays this trope for laughs. The main character is originally working for a bigot, who sends him out to infiltrate a BDSM club. It turns out that the bigot is a sadist himself, and the main reason he hates the club is that they are having all the fun that he has denied himself all his life.
  • The main character in Boys Don't Cry is a young transgender mannote  who hangs out with some redneck homophobes who accept him as one of the guys. He even starts dating the sister of one of these new friends. Of course, when they "discovered" that he was assigned female, they consider this relationship to be lesbian. Homophobic hate crimes ensue, ending in his murder.
  • Played for symbolism in Female Perversions: Eve, a bisexual sadomasochist, get attacked (twice!) by a very judgmental man. However, this man comes out of nowhere — in all likelihood he is not to be taken as a literal person, but rather as a manifestation of her anxiety.
  • The infamous Perversion For Profit from 1965 (see the quotes page) isn't truly about homosexuality or sadomasochism as much as it's a general plea for the virtue of censorship and the evils of free speech. However, they assume that the audience has an unhesitating hatred for homosexuals and sadomasochists, and thus mention these minorities several times in order to make the attack on freedom of speech appear more legitimate. A parody re-edit of the film was later made, called "Come Join the Fun".
  • Mary Brown, the director of the reparative therapy camp "True Directions" in But I'm a Cheerleader.
  • Janet's father in Shock Treatment. He expresses his hatred of Camp Gay and Camp Straight men in a musical number.
  • Anita Bryant plays this role through archival footage in Milk.
  • Inverted in Female Trouble, where a character's aunt tries to coerce him into being gay, and describes heterosexuality as "sick" and "boring".
  • A relatively peaceful example in the film Saved!. When it comes out that Mary's boyfriend is gay, he gets shipped off to a camp to teach him to be straight, and Mary's classmates help by attempting to "pray the gay away." Given that this movie is a parody of hardcore Christian society, their attitudes aren't very surprising.
  • McKenzie of GBF is one. She ditches 'Shley and Topher for "fraternizing with [a] Sodomite" (befriending the openly gay Tanner) and takes extreme measures to enforce Prom Is for Straight Kids.
  • V for Vendetta: Among other things, the Norsefire regime persecutes LGBT people, rounding them up as we see related in a letter by lesbian prisoner Valerie. Her girlfriend had already been arrested prior to this. She was then killed as a result of being made a guinea pig for creating the virus. Gordon is forcibly closeted because of this. It's not said exactly what became of other LGBT prisoners, but they may well all have been murdered.

  • Defied in The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the chapter on pirates and wenches. The main text of the chapter takes for granted that Pirates (the chosen people!) are male and heterosexual. However, little footnotes exclaim that women can be pirates too and that same-sex relationships are entirely okay in His eyes.note 
  • Parodied in The Illuminatus! Trilogy: One of the theories on why Atlantis was destroyed is that the Illuminati hated the civilization's Free-Love Future enough to nuke it back to the Stone Age. Turns out that this story was false from start to finish later on in the book, however. Atlantis wasn't a paradise, and the Illuminati at the time wasn't pure evil — in fact it and the Discordianism were essentially the same for a quite long time. There are plenty of conservative religious organizations with amusingly acronymic names in the book, however, mainly playing the role of a Butt-Monkey, or the underlying reason for the protagonists' embrace of the counterculture in their backstories.
  • The Turner Diaries use public acceptance of fetishism, sadomasochism, and homosexuality as an example of why society is decadent and has to be destroyed.
  • ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex: But Were Afraid to Ask.
  • Bob Altemeyer showed that certain personality types tend toward this in his non-fiction study "The Authoritarians", noting that some big characteristics of an authoritarian follower are conventionalism and aggression in the name of and submission to established authorities. They have a need to be seen as normal and want to surround themselves with people who reinforce their beliefs. Hence, they tend to exert a lot of pressure to "normalize" others and punish deviancy.
  • This German book subverts the trope, by introducing a Christian character who rallies against the evils of prostitution, and gets on the nerves of the hooker who is offering her services nearby. When said hooker is attacked by a customer, because she is a pre-operation transwoman, the Christian intervenes and gets himself beaten up in the process. The hooker (lying on the ground at that point) is worried that she'll get the gay panic, too, but no, when he sees that he hooker's skirt is damaged and ... things show, he just covers the hooker with his jacket. Turns out he's not even a "love the sinner, hate the sin" kind of person, but thinks LGBT people are perfectly okay. He just doesn't like prostitution because money already rules the world in too many ways.
  • Victoria has a whole arc dedicated to defeating the homosexual agenda in Maine, which receives government support only because Governor Snidely Hokem (yes, that's his name) is being blackmailed after being taken in by crossdressers and recorded. Protagonist John Rumford claims that nobody minds what people get up to in the privacy of their home, but when people parade their sins in public and demand acceptance, that's too much to bear.
  • Inverted by the Republic of Anglia in Who Needs Men?, which is a Lady Land. Anglian culture has lesbianism as its norm, and considers voluntary relations with men morally depraved, or even a symptom of mental illness. This is taken so seriously that they even attempt to resocialize foreign women who are taken prisoner in their war against another, more patriarchal society into their own accepted models of behavior.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Shameless (US):
    • Terry Milkovich walks in on his son Mickey with Ian, to which he responds by kicking the shit out of both (particularly Mickey) claiming that no son of his would be a fag. Terry forces Mickey to have sex with Svetlana (a Russian prostitute) while he and Ian watch, and a few episodes later, he forces Mickey to marry Svetlana. After Mickey comes out as gay at the Alibi, Terry outright tries to murder his son… he's taken down in time, though, and sent to prison. Again.
    • A later season sees Ian turning into "Gay Jesus" to combat a fundamentalist preacher and the parents of a kid Ian met through an LGBT youth center who were trying to force him into "conversion therapy".
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit often plays with this trope, with detectives reminding themselves and each other that bruises aren't necessarily caused by abuse, they could also be caused by BDSM. Even so, in some episodes, the trope is played completely straight:
    • In one episode, a homosexual suspect gets his career destroyed because he was surrounded by heteronormative people who started crusading against him after Olivia accidentally outed him.
    • In another one, a shoe fetishist kills a woman for her boots. Dr. Huang insists that fetishism is a harmless sexual variation, and a very tragic story is gradually revealed. It turns out that the murderer's mother hated her son for being sexually "abnormal." She tried to "cure" his fetishism by beating him in the head with frying pans and other hard objects, and eventually this abuse caused him permanent brain damage that made him unstable enough to kill the woman by mistake.
    • Both played straight and inverted in an episode where Kathy Griffin plays a militant lesbian activist. She's placed under police protection when she seems to be the next target in a string of crimes targeting lesbians. Played straight because the criminal turns out to be a guy who just really hates lesbians and inverted because the first man the police catch trying to sneak into her home turns out to be her male lover — and she's afraid to exonerate him because of how her lesbian supporters might react if they think she's heterosexual (for the record, she comes out as bisexual at the end of the episode, to their anger).
    • Probably one of the better examples of playing with this trope was the episode "Doubt", where a woman accuses a former lover (also her college professor) of raping her, while he alleges it was consensual and she simply likes it rough (thus explaining the bruises). Cue numerous instances of "He said, she said" leads, and the episode ends with the credits rolling before the verdict given, asking instead for the audience to decide which was the case. For the record — they decided not to convict the man.
  • Subverted in the Law & Order episode Panic: a man claims he shot his wife’s lesbian lover because he was this; however, it turns out their teenage daughter was actually the murderer and did not like the fact another person was sleeping with her mommy. Once this revelation was made, the man chose to plead guilty rather than let his daughter go to prison, much to McCoy's chagrin.
  • Bachmann family Expies Marsha and Marshall Langman in Parks and Recreation.
  • The L Word: Several, naturally, including a prospective roommate who tries to "help" Jenny and Shane, a major antagonist in season one who believes God caused Tina to miscarry because the child would be born to a lesbian couple, and a man who admitted he wouldn't want a sissy gay for a son under the guise of being honest.
    Bette: How nice. An honest homophobe.
  • Parodied in True Blood: the intro features the infamous Westboro Baptist Church slogan "God hates fags," modified to "God hates fangs" and vampires serve as a stand-in for the LGBT. However, this also leads to something of a Broken Aesop, as many vampires really are dangerous in a way very similar to what militant homophobes claim about actual LGBT people (screenwriter Alan Ball, who's gay, protested this on precisely that basis, but to no avail).
  • Worf of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine can occasionally stumble into this, but generally only in out of character episodes such as "The Outcast" and "Let He Who Is Without Sin...", wherein he is used as the resident conservative strawman. Consider that normal Klingon sex is pretty kinky and violent by human standards. Or from Worf's perspective, human sex is pretty tame and overly gentle.
  • Parodied Up to Eleven in one of the most popular episodes of the Swedish comedy show Grotesco, which has a Protestant preacher blaming "bögarnas fel" note  for everything bad, including earthquakes, going beyond Westboro Baptist Church style by even blaming the war in Afghanistan and the dictatorship in Iran on the gay men. He is quickly joined by a Muslim, a Jew, and a Catholic nun, who all agree that "crazy fundamentalism" and all conflicts throughout history (including all religious wars — especially all religious wars) are indeed the gay men's fault.
  • A Very Special Episode of Designing Women features a customer and Sugarbaker family frenemy declaring that the one good thing about AIDS is that it's "killing all the right people". This leads to one of Julia's epic takedowns:
    Julia Sugarbaker: "Imogene, get serious! Who do you think you're talking to?! I've known you for 27 years, and all I can say is, if God was giving out sexually transmitted diseases to people as a punishment for sinning, then you would be at the free clinic all the time! And so would the rest of us!"
  • While the Inside Scoop episode Ban Left Marriage in itself is pure Windmill Crusader, it's also a parody of Heteronormative Crusader.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • In the episode "In Heat", the UnSub was a gay man motivated by the abuse his homophobic father subjected him to. He became convinced that he was "dirty", and began killing men and stealing their identities to escape his own.
    • In another episode the UnSub is a gay man who underwent "conversion therapy" as a teenager and he feels so guilty about having sex that he murders his partners. He eventually decides to rape and murder his own father but is stopped. The BAU then raids the conversion camp to find scores of teenagers being tortured.
  • The character Stephen Colbert strays into this not infrequently.
    "I love gay people as much as the next guy, unless the next guy is gay, in which case I back away slowly..."
  • On Degrassi, Becky quits the School Play because the director, Eli, turns Romeo and Juliet into Romeo and Jules. When he tells her about the change, she says that she is surprised that the principal endorses "alternate lifestyles". Later on, she meets Dave, who plays Romeo, and offers him religious counseling because he'll have to play a gay character. The hockey team also appears to be homophobic, though they are okay with lesbians. Becky started defying this trope as part of some Character Development in regards to her beliefs. She started dating Adam, a transboy, then helps Imogen, a pansexual, get with lesbian Jack. There was also a brief moment she thought she liked girls. The rest of her family, though, is not so keen on joining her on that journey.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • In "The Bruces" sketch the Australian philosophers have a set of rules, where the most recurring one is always: "No poofters!" note 
    • Biggles shoots a man for being gay. Ironically, he is played by Graham Chapman (perhaps deliberate).
    • Another sketch has an obvious parody of this with a subculture about people who like to dress up as and act like they're mice. It would actually work somewhat now, as this is basically what many furries really do, whom some people also view as perverts and so on.
  • A few of them show up at various points over the course of ''The West Wing". Perhaps most notably is a female radio host whom Bartlet tears apart due to his superior knowledge of the Bible.
  • Orange Is the New Black has two: Pennsatucky and Sam Healy. Pennsatucky is a fundamentalist Christian who hates the gays on religious grounds. Healy has a serious problem with lesbians, though it's unclear why. Piper thinks it's because he's jealous that he could never get a woman. Considering he married a mail order bride, it's a possibility.
  • Mac in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is very outspoken against homosexuality and gay marriage, despite it being increasingly apparent to everyone that he's Armoured Closet Gay.
  • Queer as Folk has Craig Taylor, Justin's dad, whose reaction to his son coming out includes hitting him and trying to run over his boyfriend. He eventually has Justin arrested for protesting his homophobic affiliations.
  • On Slings & Arrows, Anna has trouble finding a minister for Oliver's funeral. She eventually comes up with one at the last minute, but he ends up giving a fire-and-brimstone sermon about how the theater is an abomination because it turns everyone gay. She has to pull the fire alarm to cut him off.
  • On Empire, Lucious falls into this trope regarding his gay son Jamal. Lucious mistreats him from the beginning, even putting him in a trashcan when he acted effeminately as a child. He begins to grudgingly accept Jamal's sexuality in season 2, as long as he's not directly confronted with it. However, when he walks in on Jamal alone with a closeted record producer, Lucious loses his cool and tells Jamal that he is a disappointment and he'll be celebrating when Jamal finally dies of AIDS.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: The regime is run by these, with homosexuality punishable by death and called "gender treachery". Only fertile lesbians are spared, out of necessity, and being caught carrying on a lesbian affair is punished by a clitoridectomy.
  • M*A*S*H: "George" has Hawkeye and Trapper attempting to thwart Frank, who wants a homosexual soldier dishonorably discharged.
  • Lisa Ling did three episodes of her series Our America With Lisa Ling under the umbrella title "Pray the Gay Away?" Each featured several proponents of "conversion therapy".
  • Inverted in The Orville with the Moclans, who are (mostly) an all-male species. If a Moclan has a preference for females, he is considered an aberrant and a criminal. When Klyden learns that Bortus's ex-boyfriend Lokar is a closet heterosexual, he threatens to out him, which would result in Lokar's arrest and shame to his family. Lokar fakes his death at Klyden's hands and plans to flee. When the truth is discovered, he is offered asylum with the Planetary Union, but decides that he'd done enough hiding and returns to Moclus to be tried. The sad irony here is that Klyden was hatched female and was "corrected" to male as an infant, so there's a bit of self-loathing involved there.
  • Years and Years: Ukraine's new government has unleashed them on the LGBT populace. Viktor's own parents had reported him to the police because of their anti-gay Christian views, and he says many police were just waiting for the opportunity. Muriel is disgusted at hearing this, and firmly tells him he shouldn't excuse his parents, as Christ would not have approved. Homosexuality is not actually illegal in the Ukraine yet, but gays are being persecuted illegally nonetheless. There's a push to outlaw same-sex relations or "expressing homosexuality", supported by the Communist Party of Ukraine, to Daniel's outrage (as he's a socialist himself).
  • The Red Line: Jira's birth father turns out to be a born-again Christian who opposes homosexuality and comes off like this, insinuating that her deceased adoptive father Harrison is now in Hell due to being gay. She naturally reacts poorly, and says she no longer wants to have any contact with him.

  • While Eminem was well known for his homophobia during the height of his career, it is uncertain how much of it was his Slim Shady alter ego. Whatever the case, he makes amends for this in The Marshall Mathers LP 2, wherein he admits he's a hypocrite and a bully, and that he needs to be accountable for the harm he's done.
    Slim {to Marshall}: I'm the bullies you hate
    With every faggot you slaughtered

    Mythology & Religion 
  • In the Books of Kings from The Bible, this was a common practice among the good kings of Judah who followed after God's heart, outlawing homosexual practices used in religious rites to other gods.
  • In the New Testament, Jesus' apostles weren't so much crusaders as they were more discouragers of immoral sexual practices such as homosexuality, with Paul the apostle saying to the effect that if one who calls himself a brother persists in rebellious sin, he should be "handed over to Satan" for "the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord."

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dark Eye: The goddess Travia is, by some, portrayed as this. However, the sources leave enough room to interpret her as just in favour of monogamy. She's the goddess of home, hearth and family, but some tribes just consider her the goddess of family loyalty and hearth, so one can easily interpret her as giving her blessings to a homosexual marriage with adopted children. As long as they're faithful, it's within her ideals. (The setting leaves some room for interpretation, anyway, as some gods accept completely different forms of worship. Boron, god of death, gives his blessing to both the silent, earnest and humble followers in the north, and the drug-addled, decadent folks who sacrifice humans to him in the south.)
  • Blue Rose: Similarly, Leonoth is the god of home, hearth and family and blesses heterosexual unions. The Jarzoni, who worship Leonoth above all other gods, have this trope as one of their more disagreeable habits. However, the Aldins worship Leonoth alongside his brother and sister gods, including one that specifically blesses homosexual unions, and see the two as representing two equally valid lifestyles.
  • Scarred Lands: The Lawful Neutral god Hedrara and Lawful Evil god Chardun are both merciless bastards with harsh and arbitrary laws condemning love, sexuality, and, well positive emotions in general. Hedrara is the one most prone to discriminate against homosexuals and promiscuous people. The laws of Hedrara's holy city Hedrad have the death penalty for homosexual love and heterosexual promiscuity. It even has strict punishments for public hugging. Granted, this city also kills monogamous heterosexuals who enter relationships without getting the blessing of the church first. However, as a monogamous heterosexual, you can get the blessing of the church, while homosexuals and promiscuous people cannot. Storytelling-wise, the blatantly homophobic etc. laws of Hedrad are used to highlight that the god Hedrara is in fact NOT a good god.
  • One Mage: The Awakening plot hook features a mage with old-fashioned ideas of sexual morality casting a spell on a high school so that all the students would redirect their lusts to "more wholesome pursuits" and focus on good old fashioned missionary sex between a married man and woman, as the Lord intended. This has resulted in horrible, horrible side effects.
  • Hunter: The Vigil compact the Long Night are typically cast as this trope. Though some members are liberal, the majority of portrayals in the books are of heavily conservative fundamentalists.


    Video Games 
  • Dorian's estranged father Halward in Dragon Age: Inquisition is an tragic example of this trope; he does not take well his son's sexuality and attempts to use Blood Magic to make him heterosexual, even though he would run the risk of turning Dorian into a drooling vegetable. However, his motivations were not out of genuine disgust since homosexuality is not viewed as immoral in Thedas abroad, but out of an need to secure their family's future and preserve their bloodline. Halward is deeply ashamed of his actions and tries to reconcile with Dorian.
  • Valerie's opening cutscene in Fantasy Strike shows her girlfriend being arrested and executed (offscreen) for the "crime" of not being heterosexual. Valerie then goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge while declaring her wish for a place where she can love whoever she wants to.
  • The Missing: J.J Macfield and the Island of Memories shows J.J.'s mom as being rigorous in heteronormative behavior. With the revelation of J.J. actually being a transgender, her mother's exaggerated, concerned messages about finding a dress in J.J.'s room become a lot more understandable.

    Web Comics 
  • This strip of I Drew This features a Straw Hypocrite who wants gay marriage banned but claim that "I'm not against gay people, I'm just for traditional marriage"... quickly followed by a flashback of historical guys who are against women and black people being allowed to vote but claim to simply be "for traditional gender roles" and "I'm not against black people, I'm just for traditional slavery!"
  • Penny and Aggie's Xena starts a loud rant about "sexual perverts" needing to be "quarantined" at Aggie's mere mention of having gay friends (ironic since Fred had mistaken Xena for closeted).
  • Zigzagged with Larisa from Sandra and Woo; she tells to Zoey that she's completely OK with lesbians (of course, in the pragmatic way of "less competition for hot guys"). Gay guys, on the other hand, are fair game (because it means she can't have them and they add to the competition).
  • Homosexuality is one of many, many things that Seymour from Sinfest (seen in the page picture) considers inexcusable.
  • This may be the character type of Doctor Heteronormative, the "main villain dude" from one of Jimbo's Romance Novels in Questionable Content. Of course, he only just heard the term when naming the character, and thought it sounded like a good name for a steampunk villain.
  • Welcome To Room 305:
    • The Politically Incorrect Hero is a straight guy who thinks being gay is disgusting. Unlucky for him, his roommate Hom is gay. He learns to become more tolerant but is still pretty biased.
    • Yoona is very against being gay and tries to make her gay twin brother straight. As it turns out Yoon Sung is straight but Yoona is the gay one. She has a lost of self-hating gayngst, not helped by Yoon Sung being one of these in high school. He realized his errors later but his sister in turn went deeper in the closet and began retaliating against gay people. Yoon Sung pretends to be gay in order to convince her sister that being gay isn't a bad thing.
  • In El Goonish Shive, Rich constantly throws out homophobic slurs, and even tells Larry (the other half of the Those Two Guys pairing of the comic) that it would matter to him if he was gay.
    Rich: What if you hit on me or something?
    Larry: That's really not something you'd need to worry about.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons:
    • Briefly mentioned in the episode "Flaming Moe". Right after Moe is outed as a heterosexual in his campaign for mayor, his disappointed gay supporters complain that they now have to choose between voting for the phony gay and "a Republican whose record is so anti-gay, he's clearly secretly super gay."
    • In "Homer's Phobia", Homer was worried Bart was becoming gay and spent most of the episode trying to keep him straight by forcibly exposing him to "manly" things like hunting and cigarette ads. (The second attempt backfires spectacularly because the ad portrays two panty-clad, pillow-fighting pinup girls, and Bart decides he wants to smoke their brand.)
    • "There's Something About Marrying" has Reverend Lovejoy give a very passive-aggressive remark about how he "has no opinion for or against your sinful lifestyle" while explaining why he won't perform gay marriages after the city legalizes them. Homer, sensing money to be made, flips on his usual semi-homophobic attitude and has himself ordained as a minister.
  • American Dad!:
    • Stan Smith, though he gets better through Character Development mostly relating to his gay neighbors Greg and Terry. This is notable for being the only lesson that Stan learns which actually sticks, as he's notable for Aesop Amnesia, which he lampshades in one episode by stating he "doesn't learn lessons". And even then, learning to accept gay people and accepting that they have the right to have children and start families was the focus of two separate episodes.
    • In one episode, he puts on a play about Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard, which, due to some unintentional Ho Yay, attracts a largely gay audience and gets him invited to a meeting of the log cabin republicans. Initially horrified, he eventually tries to choose to be gay. When he realizes it's not a choice, he storms the RNC and proclaims that "It turns out being gay is not a choice. But you know what is a choice? Being a Democrat!"
    • And then a third episode where he had to learn to accept that some Heteronormative Crusaders are just intolerant: there's no Freudian Excuse, Armored Closet Gay, or even (as was the case for him) ignorance about homosexuality being contagious or a choice. These folks understand what being gay means and just hate it.
  • Moral Orel: Moralton has a noted amount of Fundamentalists, and Reverend Putty shows disdain towards Coach Stopframe's sexuality. Unlike other members of the town, Putty lets his prejudices go, and is quite accepting when he learns that his daughter is a lesbian. In one of the cut episodes, he was comfortable performing a lesbian wedding, but could not as the marriage license was rejected.

Alternative Title(s): Heteronormative Crusaders


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