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The only thing manlier than a Manly Man is a manly man who loves other manly men!

This is Young Guns gay. This is Top Gun gay. This is "buying the soundtrack to Top Gun just to blast 'Playing With The Boys' on repeat while you play half-naked volleyball with your buddies" gay. This is "buying the cow to tan the leather yourself" gay. This is a grunting, frowning mobius strip of "dudes pegging each other while revving impact wrenches and chainsaws all while a single woman in a cat sweater is forced to sit in the middle and cries" gay. Okay?! Do you get it?! This isn't ♫ gaaaay ♫! This is GAY.
Bennett the Sage on the Ho Yay of Virus Buster Serge

Sitting on the opposite end of the spectrum from Camp Gay, Manly Gay is when a homosexual man is shown not only in lacking Camp or feminine traits, but kept going in the opposite direction and into the realm of pure, unbridled masculinity.

A character who is Manly Gay is the complete opposite of the Camp stereotype. Typically such characters are large and strong and shown doing masculine things like sports. He may have a Carpet of Virility, he may be a badass, or he may have Stout Strength... but regardless of how he got here, the result is the same: He's manlier than your average man, straight or otherwise.

This is an archetype associated with modern gay porn, but it's also a distilled ideal of gay male culture having roots in Greek philosophy about male sexuality, one that often appeals to other gay men — one of the reasons it has become so associated with gay porn. Such characters also appear in other works as a means of telling a Gay Aesop about how not all gay people are "like that." Manly Gay characters are often seen as a form of Straight Gay by straight (especially Western) audiences, while it's seen as its own gay stereotype to others (especially Eastern audiences and gay folks themselves).

Compare and contrast with Straight Gay. The Distaff Counterpart is a Lipstick Lesbian. If the character is stereotypically Camp, then he's actually Macho Camp, a trope many Played for Laughs examples also fall into. May be The Bear, a Big Beautiful Man, a Leather Man or a Gay Cowboy. Many a Gayngster qualifies. May also be an Armored Closet Gay. See also Bara Genre, the genre where Manly Gay men have... fun with one another.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Bulat from Akame ga Kill! is a formidable assassin and very much a Manly Man, serving as The Big Guy of Night Raid and a Big Brother Mentor to Tatsumi.
  • Gateau Mocha from Sorcerer Hunters.
  • The whole point of Bara Genre is to show very manly guys having sex, to contrast with the effeminate characters of Yaoi.
  • In the one-shot In The Pool, OLs Around Thirty one of the women mentions she fell for a man who was a burly bearded fellow. Her friend states it was blatant that he was gay.
  • Mike Flanagan in My Brother's Husband is a big hairy gay guy who lifts weights and acts very masculine.


  • Greg Giraldo once talked about this, saying that someday gay guys would be the basis for physical comparison for men:
    Look at this kid, he's so fuckin' ripped, he's built like a gay guy!
  • Australian stand-up comedian Steve Hughes talks about homosexuals during a particular skit (strong language inbound):
    What do you mean, they're not "tough"? They fuck men! That's hardly "gay"! What do straight men want? "Ooh I want a woman... soft... feminine... what do you want, Dave?" "I wanna fuck a bloke. I want a big strong bloke to fuck me in the arse. Is that too rough for your pussy lovin' mates? We want cock, sir, cock! You go play with yer girly tits, ya fuckin' fag."

    Comic Books 
  • Northstar, the Canadian superhero and twin of Aurora (both were in Alpha Flight) is a brash, intelligent, and confident/arrogant Jerk with a Heart of Gold with Flying Firepower abilities (flight, potentially up to light-speed, and Light 'em Up powers) and veteran of both Alpha Flight and the X-Men, came out while appearing in his then team's (Alpha Flight) 106th issue in the 1992 comic book. It was a groundbreaking event in comic history, as he became the first superhero to say, "I'm Gay", and made international news. In 2013, Astonishing X-Men #51, Northstar marries his partner on the cover, and the issue was widely heralded as another groundbreaking moment in comics. Northstar is arguably the most well-known gay superhero of all-time. The character, created by John Byrne, was designed to come out a decade prior in Alpha Flight, but the editor of Marvel Comics at the time was against it, so Byrne and his successors just wrote lots of subtext in.
  • Colossus, in Ultimate X-Men (set in the Ultimate Marvel universe) is gay, and that doesn't reduce his manliness one single iota. He's in a relation with Northstar.
  • Apollo and the Midnighter (Apollo is slightly less exaggeratedly tough and may be more of a Straight Gay) from The Authority.
  • By implication, Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis from Watchmen.
  • Bloke from X-Force, an avid bodybuilder and especially brutal vigilante. He also has Macho Camp elements (pink skin, said to have great taste in home decoration, very romantic with his boyfriend), but he was primarily a big strong man who happened to be gay.
  • Many characters from Patrick Fillion's gay porn superhero comics (practically nothing you will find by web-searching will be safe for work).
  • Give Me Liberty has the Aryan Thrust, a group of Manly Gay White Supremacists.
  • Alan Scott (from the Justice Society of America) is depicted as this in the reimagined New 52.
  • X-Treme X-Men Volume 2, an Exiles-esque book starring X-Men from alternate realities, gives us Governor-General Howlett and his boyfriend... who happens to be a certain estranged son of Zeus.
  • Another example from X-Men and related comics: Shatterstar, who was unambiguously outed in X-Factor after much innuendo.
  • Steve Trainor's long-term partner Wulf in Top 10 is a big, husky, tough-talking former air ace.
  • Duncan and Raven of Clean Room are bearded, masculine men; Duncan specifically is a veteran of multiple special forces groups.
  • In Knight and Squire by Paul Cornell, when Harmless Villain Dennis Ennis first visits the Truce Zone pub Time in a Bottle, he sees two very camp heroes and comments "How gay are they?" A large Punisher-alike snarls "They're not. I am."

    Fan Works 
  • Superhero Slash Fics are absolute havens of this trope, usually featuring pairings of two characters reinterpreted as Manly Gay, such as Batman / Nightwing or Captain America / Iron Man.
  • Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Germany is tall, muscular, intimidating, and overall manly. He also happens to be bisexual.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Uhtred, who flirts with boys and girls alike, is an all-action axe-wielding young warrior and protégé of Sif, who ends up dating Jean-Paul Beaubier (who's plenty badass, but more classically pretty and apparently camp). He's also from a family who are the Asgardian answer to Mountain Men or Marcher Lords, is fancast as Sean Bean and said to be, when temporarily an adult and a fully fledged Viking God, about two metres tall, with Manly Facial Hair and built like a literal bear. That's about as goddamn manly as you're going to get.
    • Hercules, also bisexual, also badass, also built like a tank.
  • The artwork of David Kawena from DeviantArt, famous for his "Disney Princes" series.
  • Most parodic interpretations suggest that He-Man is this.
  • Between 2007 and 2010, numerous fan works starring the characters Thrall and Rehgar from Warcraft were written, as a result of the probably unintentional Ho Yay in their dialogue from World of Warcraftas well as some of the supporting novels. As an axe-wielding orc warrior and Warchief, Thrall would definitely qualify for this trope were he canonically homosexual. Rehgar with his more camp mannerisms and healing abilities would be more of an Agent Peacock, making this a classic fanfiction gay pairing. Many fans maintain that these characters are bisexual and did have a relationship, although Thrall's marriage to Aggralan in the Cataclysm expansion has largely sunk the ship.
  • In the Punch-Out!! fanfic Ma Fille, Von Kaiser are buff boxers in committed relationships with other men (both of whom are notably less manly).

  • A Wedding (1978): Reedley is an athletic and serious Military School instructor and is gay.
  • Big Stan: The burly biker who Stan pays to give him tips for prison talks about committing Prison Rape and Stan expresses shock at the idea of people "turning gay" in prison. The biker reveals that he's always been gay, he just only rapes people in prison. He then tells Stan that they're in a gay bar, and Stan notices all of the other burly, leather-clad male customers being affectionate with each other.
  • In ParaNorman, Mitch is the typical teenaged Dumb Jock, causing Norman's sister, Courtney, to be Distracted by the Sexy throughout the movie. He replies to her asking him out to see a movie that "You're gonna love my boyfriend. He's a chick-flick nut."
  • The whole plot of God's Own Country is about two of this trope falling for each other. Gheorghe is a Romanian migrant farm worker hired on to work lambing season with Johnny, an emotionally shut off, alcoholic sheep farmer, after Johnny's father suffers a stroke.
  • In MacGruber, two of the men MacGruber and his sidekick consider for their team entirely of muscular go-to go-getter men are rejected without words when they start kissing each other. This is the extent of the joke. So much the better for them; the car blows up.
  • Guy in Ted as well as his boyfriend Rick in the sequel Ted 2.
  • In the film Saint Laurent, Yves takes up with the younger Jacques de Bascher, who manages to be both The Dandy and an aggressively masculine gay man.
  • Legend (2015): Ronnie is a tall, burly, very masculine gayngster who's explicit that he always "tops" with his lovers. He's a terrifying man known for killing his enemies with his bare hands, but is shown as quite skilled using blunt objects and guns too.
  • They/Them (2022): Stu is a handsome, muscular gay jock.
  • The Three Musketeers (2023): The film's version of Porthos is bisexual. He's also a Boisterous Bruiser, he's quite muscled and he's got Manly Facial Hair.

  • Jim Willard in The City And The Pillar by Gore Vidal. In fact, Vidal has been credited with introducing this trope to modern gay literature. If you want to know whom to blame for what is now a done-to-death cliché and its backlash, you've found him.
  • Forever and a Death: Luther is gay, and is a fit, brawny guy who isn't the least bit effeminate and has an Action Hero moment of sorts in the climax.
  • Fun Jungle: The seventh book reveals that Pete Thwacker is married to a man named Ray who works as a carpenter, loves the outdoors, and has gone running with the bulls in Spain.
  • Spike in Robert B. Parker's Sunny Randall books.
  • Nearly all the wolfcarls in Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear's A Companion To Wolves and its sequel The Tempering Of Men. Those who aren't are bisexual.
  • Clawmaster Emero in John Ringo and Jody Lyn Nye's novella "Cata".
  • Burt Shaw in Mr Blank is an old-school spy.
  • Ringil Eskiath from A Land Fit for Heroes As he says: "You don't go queer baiting when your victim has a reputation of chopping trained swordsmen into dogmeat at the drop of a hat."
  • William Manchester's darkly brilliant memoir of the USMC during the Pacific War, "Goodbye, Darkness" contains such a character in a minor role
  • The Moon Base Alpha trilogy by Stuart Gibbs has this. Viktor Balnikov and Chang Hi-Tech are the brawniest of the scientists on the moon base (with Chang specifically being noted as working out four hours a day, and having a mohawk and tattoos) and half way through the third book its casually mentioned that they're both gay and seeing each other (with some of Chang's suspicious behavior in snooping around the greenhouse having been because he was getting flowers to give Viktor).
  • Most of the protagonists in the later novels of William S. Burroughs qualify as this trope. His lead characters are tough or dangerous young men: private investigators, Old West gunslingers, highwaymen, pirates, etc. who are also very randy homosexuals. Their brand of masculinity overlaps with He-Man Woman Hater, as they believe that the very presence of the opposite sex (or of effeminate homosexuals) threatens to contaminate their masculinity.
  • Lucrio in the novella A Taste of Honey. He serves as a tricenturion in the Daluçan army and is chiefly included in the embassy so he can train Olorumi soldiers, meaning he spends much of his non-sexy time slathered in sweat and grime from the training fields. He's also a Hunk with a Carpet of Virility and the buff, muscular physique of a professional soldier. He has no problem walking around naked and showing off his assets. He's also gay.
  • In A World Less Visible, Lykos is capable of punching through steel and smashing boulders with his bare hands, and initially rejects his male lover for being too 'soft'. Matthias is also characterized as a rugged specimen of virile manliness, but subverts it a little because he does have a soft side, he just prefers not to show it often.
  • Dev from Out of Position is a large, tough anthropomorphic tiger who also happens to be a talented football player. He lived his life as a straight man until he found himself falling for a male fox named Lee.
  • These Words Are True and Faithful: Ernie and the other gay police officers. Also, in the gay newspaper The Georgeport Gayzette, being a manly gay is treated as something "self-evidently bad."
  • We don't know the sexuality for most characters in The Iliad for obvious reasons, but homosexuality being manly was the general attitude at the time (as long as you top). Many point to Achilles's, the most badass of all heroes, suspiciously bromantic relationship with Patroclus.
    Red: What's manlier than two men?

    Live-Action TV 
  • Bones: One episode has a murder victim who was part of an all-gay football team, with that same episode having the victim's ex-husband (who isn't a member of said league) being a bow hunter.
  • Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood, though he's omnisexual rather than homosexual.
  • All in the Family: On the program that broke all previous barriers and taboos, one of the earliest came in the Season 1 episode "Judging Books by Covers". Archie is annoyed by one of Mike's outlandish friends (Anthony Geary, long before he played Luke on General Hospital), who acts and dresses effeminately but was otherwise heterosexual; in fact, Archie is so irritated he goes off to Kelsey's Bar – its first appearance in the series – to vent to his friends about gay people. One of the people involved in the conversation is a middle-aged man, a one-time football player who has traditionally "male" interests ... and is a homosexual. No male-on-male affection is shown in the episode, but Archie does learn that outward appearances do not necessarily mean someone is gay or straight.
  • Captain Holt, the Comically Serious police chief from Brooklyn Nine-Nine doesn't display any feminine features (except maybe his weakness for cute dogs). He also seemed to exclusively date men with a similar personality; and while his rather intellectual husband may not qualify as Manly Gay, his ex-boyfriend who is played by Nick Offerman certainly does.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand:
    • Barca is a solid example, being a badass gladiator with a male lover. Also his boyfriend, Auctus, from the prequel, who's a fellow gladiator.
    • Agron, a fierce German warrior who gets involved with another male freed slave.
  • Omar from The Wire, a smooth talking, shotgun toting bandit with an incorruptible code of honor, complete lack of fear, who makes a living by robbing Baltimore's drug dealers, who are completely out of their depth and scared shitless of his very presence. He is also openly gay and regularly brings his boyfriends along in his heists.
  • Vito from The Sopranos is a tragically-closeted example.
  • Six Feet Under has David Fisher's long-term partner Keith, who is a tough, macho cop (later private security worker after leaving the force). At one point, David and Keith have a threesome with someone called "Sarge", who is a big muscular guy obsessed with paintballing.
  • Glee:
    • Dave Karofsky; the guys at the gay bar even call him a "bear cub." Before coming out, he was more of an Armoured Closet Gay.
    • Season 6 introduces "post-gay" Spencer, an athletic, masculine student who refuses to be defined by his sexual orientation.
  • Sam Adama from Caprica. An interesting case in that he is considerably more stereotypically masculine than his straight brother, and most of the other men on the show. Homosexuality is also openly accepted in the Colonial culture in the show.
  • Bob Hunter from Desperate Housewives. He is taller and a tad more muscular than his husband, Lee Mc Dermott. Both can be considered as Straight Gay though. In 2013 the actor Tuc Watkins came out as gay so he fits the trope in real life as well.
  • Wade and Trey from Noah's Arc, especially Wade who definitely plays up his masculinity (at least early on).
  • Riley from Degrassi, also overlapping with Straight Gay. Sam also most certainly counts, though he only showed up for one episode and Dylan, Marco's boyfriend.
  • In the third season of The Joe Schmo Show, The Full Bounty, Lavernius is this and is also the stereotype of the token muscular black guy on reality shows. When he revealed it to the season's schmo, Chase, he barely batted an eye and even agreed to join an alliance with him.
  • Timebomb from No Heroics, in his inimitably sleazy fashion.
  • Discussed in Metrosexuality. Everyone comments just how masculine Jonno is and Jonno himself, a former serviceman, addresses the issue of manliness among Gays, saying that his tough upbringing and extended army experience didn't make him "funky" and in touch with his feminine side, thus not at all in tune with the usual campiness of the London LGBT scene.
  • Duke in Faking It is an MMA fighter who hooks up with Shane.
  • Aaron Livesy on Emmerdale. He's a mechanic, watches football, and drinks a lot of beer.
  • CO Piscatella from Orange Is the New Black is a big, tall, burly man with a thick beard and a harsh, no-nonsense attitude. The first mention of his sexuality is him casually mentioning that he took a guy to prom in a conversation with the main character. However, Piscatella has photos showing a more camp side while off work (e.g. he's won contests for table decorating) which he's entirely unashamed of.
  • Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is the self-appointed bodyguard of the bar he co-owns with his friends. He is all about being "badass" and hyper-masculine which he used as an excuse for staying in the closet as long as he did.
  • The Orville: Moclan society in general, to the point of being a One-Gender Race with an intolerance towards heterosexuality. They're (nearly) all large, muscular, gruff and serious males with the vast majority desiring the same sex. Bortus explains in "Deflectors" that Moclus is an inhospitable world and his people had to fight hard just to survive on it.
  • Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire: Arcadius, the Resistance General who's nothing if not masculine, turns out to be involved with his Camp Gay cellmate Bruce.
  • The Librarians 2014: In "And a Town Called Feud", two of the Good Ol' Boy War Reenactors (including the food truck guy) mention feuding over the affections of other boys in high school.
  • Tiger King has the titular "Tiger King" himself, Joe Exotic, a distillation of every larger-than-life Deep South redneck stereotype one can think of... and also a gay polygamist. His flamboyant fashion sense manages to fulfill both stereotypes simultaneously, that of the flashily-dressed gay man and that of the Good Ol' Boy who got rich and decided to live out his Elvis fantasies.
  • The Mentalist: One of the DEA agents in the final season episode "Green Light" is a burly, somewhat gruff man with a notable presence during raids, and while being questioned near the end of the episode casually mentions having a husband (although said husband might be Camp Gay, as he works as a hair stylist).
  • Shadowhunters: Alec is as manly a Shadowhunter as Jace, so the reveal that he's gay can be quite surprising for non-book fans.
  • Troy: Fall of a City: Or rather, Manly Bisexual. Achilles and to a lesser extent Patrocles are fearsome warriors, along with being lovers. The two also have a threesome with Briseis on the beach.
  • Ghosts (UK): The Captain is a strong, experienced army soldier who is definitely the most physically strong of the ghosts... and has also had numerous crushes on men.
  • On Yellowjackets, Coach Scott is conventionally attractive, well-built and into hunting and other sports. He is also Closet Gay due to it being 1996 at the time. As such, young Misty Quigley of the Yellowjackets soccer team crushes on him. She does not take it well when he hits his Rage Breaking Point after she tries to press him into reciprocating her feelings for him and he reveals the truth.
  • The Mick: Doug in “The Night Off”, a large tough guy who helps out Jimmy in a fight, is revealed to have a boyfriend later. Jimmy is quite dismayed and surprised by this at first.
  • Ginny and Georgia: Gruff, muscular, tattooed Gabriel Cordova, the private detective after Georgia, starts a relationship with Straight Gay man Nick.
  • The Saturday Night Live commercial "Schmitt's Gay" perfectly parodies the typical "scantily clad women partying with/fawning over guys" scenario of most beer commercials by having scantily clad men partying with/fawning over guys. All of the men in question are muscular and handsome, and/or act in stereotypical "bro" ways, and aside from being attracted to men, none of them display a single stereotype.
  • One of Us is Lying: Cooper is a muscular baseball star who's secretly gay (at first).

  • Electric Six did a Manly Gay video. With appearances by Abraham Lincoln, who may have been an example of this trope if you combine the "shared a bed with a male BFF" detail with the broadswords in a pit duel detail.
  • "Metal God" Rob Halford of Judas Priest.
  • Black Metal performer Gaahl of Gorgoroth and Gaahlskagg fame.
  • The Village People were this when they were released. Though as their act has aged and become more retroactively Camp, it has become more passably Macho Camp in retrospect. It should be noted that the Village People were not always recognized as Manly Gay early on, because general American culture at the time was relatively more macho than it is now. This misunderstanding was what allowed the U.S. Department of Defense to commission the song "In the Navy", unaware at the time of the Village People's Manly Gay stage persona. This fell notably flat in the UK, where there was a well-known joke about "Join The Navy, and Feel a Man" and public figures from George Melly to Winston Churchill publicly alluded to the Navy's propensity for this sort of extra-curricular amusements. Planned recruitment advertisements built around the song were scrapped at the last minute when the Pentagon finally realized this. By the time the Village People had passed the peak of their popularity, they were better understood as Manly Gay, but their music had already entered pop culture, with most of the backlash against them being part of the greater general backlash against Disco (which as a genre was already partially rooted in gay culture) in the late 1970s and early 1980s. And yet the Village People were still not yet quite Macho Camp — this only came with age as their style became more and more dated in comparison with the contemporary years that passed.
  • Rammstein's steamy and highly controversial video of the song "Mann Gegen Mann" features nothing but a bunch particularly manly men engaging in a kinda... special party. Yes, that one.
  • Queen's Freddie Mercury was a Macho Camp bisexual; even during his more effeminate period in the 70s, he had Perma-Stubble and a Carpet of Virility that would put Sean Connery to shame.
  • The end of the video for Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe."
  • Joe Jackson's "Real Men":
    See the nice boys,
    Dancing in pairs
    Golden earring, golden tan and blow wave in their hair.
    Sure they're all straight
    Straight as a line
    All the gays are macho, can't you see their leather shine?

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Many professional wrestlers get accused of being Manly Gay (must have something to do with the oiled-up muscleman physiques and those tight trunks), but the WWE tag team of Billy and Chuck actually had being ambiguously Manly Gay as their gimmick, until they finally came out of the closet... as straight. During a gay wedding ceremony that had been heavily advertised and talked about in the press. Suffice it to say, GLAAD (who actually endorsed the "wedding") was not happy with WWE.

    Their manager at the time, Rico, was very much not manly, and kept his personality. And then he took up a singles career after the team split, dressing in bedazzled spandex and wearing make-up and coming to the ring with his... girlfriend manager. And would proceed to get a psychological edge by kissing his male opponent. The only reason the WWE wasn't burned to the ground over it was that it was Rico apparently taking his own natural tendencies and cranking them up.
  • Orlando Jordan also wanted to work his real-life sexuality into a storyline towards the end of his WWE tenure, in a very plausible way that kept him looking just as masculine but acknowledging that, yes, these alternative lifestyles exist, where he would behave very Manly Gay but also have a girlfriend. Unfortunately, he was fired (for other reasons) before it could be implemented. Seeing the somewhat different way that TNA was portraying him, apparently forgetting the "bi" part of "bisexual".

    Video Games 
  • You might think Animal Crossing might not have any examples given the fact there's No Hugging, No Kissing, but Jock villagers seem to push the envelope enough that it's fair to think they are this trope. The fact they show little (if any) interest in females, often preferring the company of males, complimenting on the physique of male characters such as The Villager or Cyrus, and often being in your corner if you're a guy being your one true rival, yeah. It's blatantly obvious to see what the creators had in mind when designing these guys.
  • Makoa Gibraltar in Apex Legends is a large towering Boisterous Bruiser who had a boyfriend. Hell, they shared a first kiss at the Thunderdome on Kings Canyon.
  • Azrael from BlazBlue is often called gay by some of the Japanese voice actor, especially Yūichi Nakamura. However, given that Yuuchi voices Hazama and Azrael's voice actor Hiroki Yasumoto often (but not always) denies it, this is debatable.
  • Borderlands 2:
    • Everything about Sir Hammerlock screams "scholar", "hunter", "adventurer". He's clearly a gentleman of British design, a mustache that would make Mario & Luigi jealous, speaks like a true scholar and knows his way around a gun and murder like the Vault Hunters. Even his splash card and name are manly. He mentions an ex-boyfriend during a side mission as if it were common knowledge, otherwise it wouldn't be too obvious.
    • Said ex-boyfriend is even more so. While Hammerlock prefers fighting with a sniper rifle from a distance (as befitting the image of a gentleman hunter), Taggart enjoys fighting dangerous wildlife with his bare fists.
    • This goes up to the point that Hammerlock gets married to the heir of the Jakobs corporation. (As the game gleefully points out, yes, that Jakobs.) Wainwright Jakobs is a gravel-voiced, hard-drinking, shotgun-toting, Sophisticated as Hell Southern Gentleman who loves Hammerlock dearly and will go the the ends of the earth (or any planet really) for him if need be.
  • Dead by Daylight has David King, school rugby champion turned bare-knuckle brawler and occasional legbreaker. One Tome reveals that, before entering the Entity's realm, David couldn't find the strength to fully express his feelings for an ex-lover who was leaving town to be with his boyfriend in New York... and it was an illusion of said lover that helped lure him into the Entity's clutches.
  • Bambi "Buck" Hughes from Far Cry 3 is a rare villain version. Former soldier. Australian. Obsessed with knives. Stereotypical deep, manly Aussie voice. Massive stag tattoo on his chest. Swears a ton. Loves his beer. Nice short beard. Strolls around with his shirt unbuttoned. Murderous Depraved Homosexual Serial Rapist who's keeping Jason's friend Keith as a Sex Slave, and offers to show Jason his appreciation for him "proper, like a man should". What a nice guy!
  • Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance has been seen as Ambiguously Gay by many given none of his support routes are straight, and he seemingly grew out of his crush on Elincia by Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, as she does with him. There's a lot of subtext between him, Soren, and Ranulf, that is often considered fanfic fuel by many a Yaoi Fangirl. While some of the creative staff deny it, there's a lot of evidence showing Ike has no interest in women, especially in Radiant Dawn, and is either this or asexual. Given that he's the most muscular Fire Emblem Lord aside from possibly Chrom, he's an easy target for this. And also given Intelligent Systems and Nintendo have yet to actually state if he's asexual, but have plenty of Ship Tease between Ike and Soren, and even Ike and Ranulf.
  • Rudolph Gartheimer from Groove on Fight, a large man who fights with iron balls and is notable for being one the first openly gay fighting game characters along with his lover Damian Shade.
  • League of Legends features a few:
  • Sven in Love & Pies is a hairy, Top-Heavy Guy who partakes in woodwork, a traditionally masculine hobby, and is Happily Married to Angus.
  • Commander Shepard from Mass Effect can potentially fit the trope, if played as gay in Mass Effect 3. Especially if Renegade. Female!Shepard can be played as a lesbian from the first game onwards, but making her a Lipstick Lesbian is much harder than making Male!Shepard a Manly Gay.
  • Jack Morrison aka Soldier:76 from Overwatch was confirmed to be gay. He's a scar-covered, ex-military marksman and vigilante, who has survived shotgun injuries to the back.
  • Rise of the Third Power:
    • Rashim, a hardened Tariqqi commander, once had a relationship with Reyna, but this fell apart because Reyna gave up on romance in favor of focusing on her Resistance duties. In the present, Rashim has a husband, Maliq. Since his romance with Reyna was genuine, he qualifies as either this trope or as a manly bisexual.
    • The pirate captain, Fire Eyes, is as cutthroat as one would expect from an outlaw of the sea. However, he had a secret relationship with a male crew member, but was forced to cancel the relationship because the pirate's code forbids romance of any kind between captains and crew members.
  • The Shadowlands expansion to World of Warcraft introduces a hero from another world Thiernax and his husband Kadarin. Thiernax is a heroic warrior who sacrificed his life to save his world (the Shadowlands are the realms of the dead), and it's heavily implied he was either a famous general or some kind of political leader. Thus, he would probably qualify for this trope. Although Thiernax intended to sacrifice only himself, his goddess Elune had other ideas: and Kadarin ended up dying as well. Thiernax feels very guilty and is thus quite shy. Adorably, Kadarin doesn't seem to blame Thiernax for his death at all and doesn't understand why his husband feels so guilty.
  • Similar hinting goes to Ricardo "Rico" Banderas from Xenogears, who often dotes upon his friend Hammer, particularly after his death.

  • Toivo, from Groovy, Kinda is so manly, he's a Neanderthal. Really. That said, he tends to be a gag-a-day character at times, having offered some notable Fan Disservice in a Bo Peep outfit, and played a fairly unwelcome practical joke on Larry and Edison while they were sharing a shower
  • Silver Bullet Nights focuses on Seek, a burly ex-mercenary who in the words of the creator, was designed as a mixture of "the Punisher and Dracula on steroids." He's a play on the hyper-masculine (and inevitably heterosexual) characters found in Noir comics and notably, the later works of Frank Miller.
  • Count Tethik of The Challenges of Zona, capable of outfighting a man half his age and twice his size.
  • Oglaf (NSFW) has the recurring Barbarian Hero character Kronar, Son of Man. It's literal.
  • Jerzy and Julian from Sticky Dilly Buns are two big, hunky Love Interests of the Camp Gay protagonist Dillon.
  • Humon's character Agent 250 is this, being an operative for the militant division of the government agency he works for. He is extremely tough, with most of his work involving getting into firefights, and he has the scars to prove it. He is openly gay and in a steady relationship with his male co-worker, Agent 300.
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: Commander Badass has had at least one confirmed male lover. Most of his equally macho buddies are implied to be at least not opposed to the idea, with the exception of Max... Who might have taken this revelation better if it hadn't come up in conversation by chance in the middle of an all-male camping trip a long way from anywhere. And the irony of "someone who dresses that much like a Rob Halford body-double" being the only totally straight guy in the group does not go unnoticed.
  • Elf & Warrior: Reference is made to Hector's lack of womanising ever despite the fact the other soldiers do, by a friend who later confesses he's been in love with him for years and is done waiting. While that doesn't go as planned, gruff soldier/warrior/bandit/all round badass Hector does return Teucer's feelings but it appears to be too little too late. Teucer also definitely counts even if he's a little less "gravel for breakfast" gruff than Hector he's still pretty macho

    Web Original 
  • Practically everything created by CaptainGerBear, especially of The Bear variety.
  • Legatum:
    • Help Not Wanted has Groshlar Grollear, who's the oldest, strongest, and hairiest of the four main goblin characters. He's also very proud of his homosexuality, to the point of being promiscuous.
    • The Road to Hell... has Shurrmvin Colmz, an orc warrior who is the main character's Fat Best Friend. He's not ashamed of his weight or his sexual orientation and is attracted to other masculine characters with a similar body type, like Jervow.
  • The forum literary epic Malê Rising has Theodore Roosevelt, who combined this with Camp Gay. He swims, runs, goes on adventuring trips overseas, and dresses up as Empress Eugenie for parties in the drawing room. Insult him for it though, and he will kick your ass hard.
  • Ron Begley, frequent recurring character in King Falls AM.
    "Was that a gay joke Sammy? I’ll have you know I love fucking and fighting and I know you don’t want either of them."
  • Shadow of the Templar had Simon the protagonist as this — he's an FBI agent, for crying out loud! The antagonist, Jeremy, and later Simon's lover, is... less so, despite also being very bad-ass.
  • Tails Series:
    • Tails of Fame has Seamus Osgranov and Linkard Reid, both of whom are proud homosexuals who are also very burly and chubby. The former is a criminal who thoroughly enjoys cracking crude jokes, toilet humor, and acting like a stereotypical Fat Slob, while the latter is, in fact, an ex-convict who knows how to defend himself.
    • Tails of the Bounty Hunter has several of them, with the main heroic ones being Cale Tomlik and Drake Keevonu, former mercenaries turned bounty hunters who are gay and eventually fell in love with each other. The main villainous ones are Rellis Rottili and Gobor Grizzer, a Fat Bastard of a rat Gayngster and a Mighty Glacier of a pit bull who's also a terrorist and rapist, respectively.
  • Frost from Trinton Chronicles fits this troupe well being a muscled guy with a masculine set of traits and being into other men.
  • you could make a life is chock-full of this, since virtually all of its main characters are hardcore hockey players. Even "pretty boy" characters like Liam and David are more than able to compete with more heavily-built players on the ice.

    Web Videos 
  • There Will Be Brawl does this to Captain Falcon, who is Pit's lover and extremely badass. "Maybe later you could come by and... show me your moves."
  • "End Times" has Harry Fremont, a cranky survivalist who spends a lot of time roaming the apocalypse with a baseball bat and his science nerd boyfriend.

    Western Animation 
  • Jean and Paul from Superjail!, the gay couple, will constantly remind the audience of their gang origins. Remember, they're in prison. They have to be tough. Paul threatened Jean by telling him that he once cut off a guy's dick and stuck it down his throat for disagreeing with him.
  • The Simpsons:
    • How can anyone forget DUFFMAN! Not all of them though, as he's played by multiple actors.
    • In Homer's Phobia, Homer takes Bart to a steel mill because he's worried Bart spending time around a gay man will emasculate him. Much to Homer's consternation, it turns out the steelworkers are all this trope (with some Macho Camp mixed in). Then the five o'clock whistle blows...
  • Twelve Forever has Mack and Beefcake, two ridiculously muscle-bound inhabitants of Endless Island who are also deeply in love with each other. There's a reason Reggie dubs them the strongest couple in the world.
  • Gus of Mission Hill. Large, gruff, a military vet (The Navy, specifically), speaks with a tough Brooklyn accent, and runs the local Greasy Spoon. Also happily together with his boyfriend, Wally, for almost 50 years.
  • Raj from Total Drama is a hockey player who aspires to be a professional, and who falls in love with the very flamboyant Bowie.


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Alternative Title(s): Bara Man, Bara Men, Bara Guy, Bara Guys, Manly Bi


"Schmitt's Gay"

The Saturday Night Live commercial "Schmitt's Gay" perfectly parodies the typical "scantily clad women partying with/fawning over guys" scenario of most beer commercials by having scantily clad men partying with/fawning over guys. All of the men in question are muscular and handsome, and/or act in stereotypical "bro" ways, and aside from being attracted to men, none of them display a single stereotype.

How well does it match the trope?

3.57 (7 votes)

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