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Steve: But how? You're the biggest fratboy dudebro I've ever met. You say things like "broseph" and "chillax", you're crude, you're FAT! How can you be gay?
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Originally treated as a subversion of the standard gay stereotypes, the Straight Gay is a homosexual male or female character who has no camp mannerisms, Butch Lesbian tendencies, or obviously "gay" affectations.

In the earliest cases, Straight Gays were mostly there for farcical reasons: perhaps as a misunderstanding in which a straight character ends up unwittingly inviting himself out on a "date" with a 'stealthy' gay man, or in which a homophobic character espouses his views to a stranger, only to find out that the person he's talking to is gay. Currently, the Straight Gay is Truth in Television, less of a narrative device than a character type. When still used as a plot point, it may allow other characters to realistically miss that a character is gay, or it may be so incidental to the plot (or controversial as a topic) that it's never actually mentioned on-screen. It's still used for cheap jokes, though.

In some cases — especially Soap Operas — this may be because of the writers changing their minds about an originally heterosexual character.

A lot of gay people object to the term itself (especially with the term Straight-Acting), arguing that gender presentation and sexual orientation are unrelated, and that the term is unnecessarily divisive. Gay men exhibiting masculine tendencies or preferring masculine hobbies isn't necessarily a problem; it's when it is used to vocally differentiate the individual from "those gays" that it becomes an issue. The trope itself isn't necessarily harmful, but applying it to real people can be.

May be associated with Have I Mentioned I Am Gay? in cases where the writing isn't nuanced enough to support a gay character sans constant explanations. Arguably a Spear Counterpart to Lipstick Lesbian, though the "Chapstick" type (not particularly butch or femme) mentioned in its description fits more under this trope. Also compare Armored Closet Gay and The Whitest Black Guy. Manly Gay can overlap with Straight Gay depending on the context, but Manly Gay is more entangled with old stereotypes about gay men. Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple occurs when his lover is more feminine than him.

See also Mistaken for Gay and Camp Straight.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Blue Flag, it's an early spoiler, but Touma Mita is this. So much to the point that the plot starts out with the main character and Mita's childhood friend Taichi Ichinose trying to help a girl he has a crush on get with Mita. Neither of them realize that Mita really likes Ichinose.
  • Osamu Tamura from Bokura no Hentai is this even despite crossdressing. He looks quite feminine when trying to pass as a girl but his original reason for crossdressing has to do with him falling for a straight boy. Normally Osamu isn't particularly effeminate.
  • Kurokawa from Challengers, contrasted with flamboyantly gay American Rick. There's also Morinaga, who is in silent, unrequited love with clueless rabid homophobe Souichi for four years until he finally spills the beans.
  • The main couple of Classmates don't have any real campy attributes and neither do the two Beta Couples apart from Sorano and Hibiki being a fashion model and a confectioner respectively but that has nothing to do with their orientation.
  • Jun Fujiwara and possibly Shin Tachibana of Negative-kun to Positive-kun. The two of them are acknowledged to be an item from the get-go, and yet both of them are as normal as normal can be. That said, one chapter reveals that Shin has an...interest in female breasts, making it possible that he's bisexual, but even then he assures Jun that he's his one and only.
  • Kado: The Right Answer features Hanamori, Shindo's coworker and roommate. His clingy behaviour towards Shindo could be mistaken as him simply being friendly, except for a conversation he has with Tsukai where he asks her if she's in love with Shindo, revealing he also harbours feelings for him. However, he seems to realize he has next to no chance with Shindo, encouraging Tsukai to make a move.
  • Kajiwara in Kanon (Chiho Saito) is a textbook case. Everybody, even the readers, is taken by surprise when they find out.
  • Jaehee and Dai in Let Dai. Basically, their love for each other is the only thing that makes them gay.
  • Zelda's teacher in Lotte no Omocha retired because of a scandal he was in involving a young male student.
  • Most of the characters of Love My Life. For example, the main character didn't even realize her parents were gay until her father told her after she came out of the closet to him.
  • Nearly all of the characters from Mekko Rarekko count. Even though the characters usually have sex at least once in a volume which may include rape as well, they never view their sexuality as anything. They just have sex with other people. In the case of Buchi and Taishou, the two main characters from Mekko Rarekko, when they have sex they usually just see it as a way to pass time and nothing else with no one suspecting a thing.
  • Yamagi Gilmerton from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. He's an unassuming, technically-inclined teenager who happens to be gay. He has a crush on his crewmate Norba Shino but is too shy to confess this.
  • The character Isaac in Samurai Champloo is a brawny guy (albeit a Gentle Giant) with a heavy Dutch accent. The characters think he's about to have an Unsettling Gender-Reveal when he starts flirting with a male actor who played a female role in a kabuki play. Isaac then reveals that yes, he knew that was a man (or rather, he doesn't mind the reveal as he likes men more anyway).
  • Rin from Togainu no Chi. He's very into fighting and very into flirting with Akira.
  • Seishirou from Tokyo Babylon and X/1999, falling in love with the protagonist and being masculine and stylish.
  • Guin Sard Lineford from ∀ Gundam, the first character in the entire Gundam franchise with an openly stated same-sex attraction. He might be bisexual, but The Reveal of his unrequited love for the main character is not revealed until the last few episodes, so there's not much time to investigate the possibility.
  • Kakei from What Did You Eat Yesterday? is one of these, in a manga that centers around Food Porn.'' He's a Supreme Chef but other than that he doesn't show any stereotypically gay mannerisms.
  • Witch Hat Atelier: Garuga is the largest and manliest-looking member of the Safety Council. The Silver Night Festival Arc reveals he has a male lover named Atuarto.
  • Lu Sheng from Zegapain, who completely caught both the main character and most of the audience off guard when he openly declared his affection for the main character, Kyo, complete with a hug and a kiss on the cheek.

    Comic Books 
  • Kevin Keller from Archie Comics, despite being explicitly created to be a gay teen in the Archie universe, is pretty mundane. His first storyline had to deal with him turning down Veronica, who had a crush on him. A later mini-series went over the rest of his life, and showed him as an army brat with a goal of joining the armed forces himself. Partially because of the fact that he's basically a typical Archie character (but gay) has gotten him popular enough to score his own series.
  • Apollo and Midnighter from The Authority are a married gay superhero couple with very few stereotypical gay characteristics. Oh, and don't call them "poofs", because they will rip out your spine and make you eat your face if you're lucky.
  • Chew: John Colby, who acts like your standard macho Cowboy Cop and calls those he doesn't like "fags". He's revealed to be into men when he sleeps with his Mean Boss in order to get him to stop treating his partner Chu like dirt. Though he seems to only be gay, having at a Terminator in front of the gay pride flag as his online profile picture, he ends up sleeping with his new female (and very old) boss for similar reasons as before.
  • In Circles, several characters fall into this simply by not addressing any particularly "gay" stereotype.
  • Neither Cole Turner, nor his husband in The Department of Truth have any of the campier stereotypes of their sexuality on display.
  • Diabolik's recurring character Saverio Hardy is gay, but the only hint before he came out was that he did not court a gorgeous female friend of his. Diabolik himself admitted he had not seen that coming, in spite of his usual ability to notice anything about someone's personality and having spent a long time with him.
  • Walden Woods from Dork Tower, whose most notable mannerism is his constant more-Goth-than-thou demeanor, while his sexual orientation was mentioned only as a passing gag.
  • DC's Pied Piper was this way when he first came out, completely shocking The Flash with the revelation of his sexuality. Later writers have mostly stayed true to this portrayal, and for a prominent gay character he shows few to no stereotypical gay traits depending on who is writing him. Mildly subverted in that he's a grown man whose original costume consisted of a poofy, polka-dotted, belted tunic, often open to the waist, with tights, a floppy cap, cape, and boots (often Peter Pan-style). Plus, long hair and proficiency with the flute. Stand him next to butcher villains like Mirror Master and Heatwave, and he might set off one's gaydar.
    • David Singh, Barry Allen's boss at the Central City crime lab (and Pied Piper's boyfriend).
  • Pretty much any gay character written by Gail Simone, including Achiles and Creote.
  • Green Lantern:
    • Obsidian, the son of the Golden Age Green Lantern. He did once help solve a crime using nothing but his vast knowledge of show tunes, however.
    • Post-Flashpoint, the Earth 2 version of Obsidian's father Alan Scott has also been revealed as one, with Obsidian currently written out of continuity.
  • Duncan and Brian from Locke & Key. Especially Brian.
    Duncan: Hey Bri, there's a club up the beach that might be-
    Brian: Playing Cher or some other crap I don't want to listen to.
  • Bryan Hand from Ms. Tree. A former SAS trooper and mercenary turned tutor and bodyguard. So straight that his longtime charge Mike Jr. has no idea Hand is gay until he outs himself.
  • Raymond from Seconds, who shows no stereotypical gay characteristics; he's only known to be gay by mention of a boyfriend.
  • In Scott Pilgrim, there's the titular character's gay roommate Wallace, Joseph, and Stephen Stills.
  • Mikaal Tomas from the '90s run of Starman (DC Comics) was pretty Straight Gay. He was, of course, bisexual according to what we're told and was, originally, Starman in the 70s (oh, the bling) but if anything, he was more standard-heroic than Jack. He and his boyfriend, however, were an interestingly steady contrast to Jack's romantic issues.
  • Top 10: Steve "Jetman" Trainor misses out on this title in that his only negative quality seems to be that he's closeted.
  • Piotr "Colossus" Rasputin from Ultimate X-Men, and his boyfriend Northstar, again, but this one is from an alternate dimension than the one mentioned above.
  • Wonder Woman (2006): You wouldn't know it from the way he looks or acts, but Achilles is gay. His marriage to Alkyone was merely a political one and he later hooks up with his realtor, Patrick Cleese, who turns out to be the reincarnation of Patroclus.
  • X-Factor: Although originally believed to be bisexual, Word of God says that Rictor found his relationships with Tabitha and Rahne ultimately unsatisfying and that he was simply deep in the closet.
  • Hulkling and Wiccan from Young Avengers. Shortly before Wiccan and Hulking outed themselves, he was still calling himself Asgardian. The potential for jokes stemming from this name compelled him to change it. Even the stoic Patriot got a chuckle out of that. Slightly Zig-Zagged with Wiccan as he displays some feminine interests later on but even then they're not campy.

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    Fan Works 
  • Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Germany sure seems straight. He has no stereotypical characteristics. However, he isn't straight; he is bisexual.
  • On a few occasions, some definitely straight characters from Total Drama Island, such as Duncan and Trent go through this in order to get slashed, usually with the Ambiguously Gay Noah. Or, just as often, paired with each other.
  • A non-slash example could be found in Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light, where Anna Watson's lesbianism is briefly mentioned by Mary Jane when she's explaining to Liz Allan why her cousin Kristy's father is not Mary Jane's uncle. When she appears in the story, Anna Watson is typically serving as a Parental Substitute to Mary Jane. She fills in for Mary Jane's mother, a Broken Bird who's in no shape to do the job herself because of everything she's been through at the hands of Phillip Watson, Mary Jane's father and Anna's brother.
  • Another non-slash example is prince Ferdinand in What About Witch Queen?. The story steers clear of shipping and we only discover that he's gay when Anna asks him during a casual talk whether he has a girlfriend somewhere. His surprise to Anna's casual reaction to the fact suggests that in-universe, that's the safer behavior.
  • Fanfic author A.A. Pessimal, a fan of Terry Pratchett works, does this extensively in his Discworld fan-literature, with two minor characters as the focus:
    • On the lesbian side, there is Miss Alice Band, a never-appeared-on-pages incidentally mentioned teacher of female pupils at the Assassins' Guild School. The author's sizeable body of inter-related fanfic builds her character as a straight-acting lesbian who plays her sexuality very, very carefully and discreetly. The author A.A. Pessimal treats this as only a small part of what makes her the person she is and avoids writing her as an exercise in two-dimensional slash fiction. Well, he tried writing a slash-fic about her once, but abandoned it as he felt he couldn't write convincing sex. A typical Alice Band story, in which her sexuality is a small but important detail, is here: The Lancre Caper (The Perils of Over-confidence).
    • One the male side, the same author has also expanded on the character of André the detective from Maskerade as a straight-acting gay, in Son of Moving Pictures II and Amateur Night. This was mainly to introduce and expand on the Blue Cat Club as a location, and based on the observed wisdom that André is ecstatically keen on the drama of musical theatre, sees past the superficial beauty and allure of Christine, and is prepared to treat Agnes Nitt sympathetically and as a person intrinsically worth knowing. It also explores how gay men fit into the Discworld.
  • In The Matrix Reloaded Bringing Me To Life if Neo/Smith wasn't part of the main storyline you'd never figure out they were gay, unless you were in the know. From the later chapters there's also Max Jameson.
  • Fan works for the game Outlast often play Miles Upshur as gay, though no reference to his sexuality or love life was made in the actual game. Miles is often presented as masculine and somewhat rugged in fanfiction and fanart, to the point where one might not be aware he was gay unless told so. See Alone Aboard the Ark for a specific example.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged has Burter, whose only "gay" qualities are speaking with a lisp and giving Jeice genuine compliments. While his sexuality is only revealed four episodes after his death, HFIL takes the opportunity to contrast him with the Camp Straight Zarbon.
    Burter: For me, [Vegeta] just slammed me deep in the throat! ...what? I'm doing these on purpose! I'm gay as sunshine.
    Jeice: Suave! (the two share a high five)
  • RWBY: Scars: Sun and Neptune don't display any feminine attributes. They are a duo of Pretty Boys who call each other "dude" and "bro". They're also a Beta Couple and are one of the most stable couples in the story.
  • The Pokémon Squad: Rudy and Snap are a gay couple (commonly called "cousins" in early seasons as a joke), but aren't overly flamboyant, simply having rather nerdy and memey interests. Their main trait is playing Straight Man to Barney.
  • A Moon and World Apart: Onyx Plate, who is quite happily married to another stallion, but shows no gay stereotypes in his behavior, to the point where Rarity thinks he is straight until Twilight corrects her.
  • Infinity Train: Seeker of Crocus reveals that Specter is this. He doesn't show any signs of attributes of this since the object of his affection (Ryoken) either doesn't know nor care about Specter's inner thoughts. Amusingly, the person he calls his first friend on the Infinity Train is Paul London (close to 40) to the point people assume that he and London are in a relationship with the way they apologize for how they mistreated one another (London confirms that this is fault).
  • The School for Good and Evil (2022) fanfic Not a prince: Dovey only shows interest in a female, Lesso, yet is also quite feminine and otherwise nothing about her screams gay.
  • Growing Pains (Danny Phantom): The jocks didn't even suspect Steve is gay until he told what he thinks of Danny's adult self.

    Films — Animation 
  • Gobber as revealed in How to Train Your Dragon 2. After Stoick goes to confront his long-lost wife after upsetting her, he tells Hiccup "You see this is why I never got married, that and another reason", the filmmakers and his voice actor have confirmed that it meant he is gay.
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Katie is queer but the only indications are her showering Jade with Hearts when they are face timing, her wearing a Pride-Badge on her hoodie throughout the movie, her Flashback to when she was a teenager where she "spent some time figuring herself out", and in the end when Linda asks if Katie and Jade are official when she's coming back for Thanksgiving break.
  • Mitch Downe in ParaNorman. A rare children's movie example of the trope revealed as a last-line, sub-plot wrap-up stinger.
  • Ethan in Strange World is openly gay but doesn't exhibit any overt gay stereotypes.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Airplane II: The Sequel: In a brief gag, two middle-aged businessmen who were talking about their company part by kissing each other, with one telling his partner to make sure he feeds the cats. Both are utterly ordinary, which is part of the joke.
  • Bedazzled (2000): This is how The Devil screws up Elliot's wish to be a smart, suave, famous author with a decent-sized "winkie". As the author, Elliot charms the crowd and woos his Love Interest Allison. Then they get to his bedroom and find out that his Camp Gay boyfriend is waiting for him. The boyfriend asks him a question about musicals, and Elliot passes with flying colors, suddenly realizing that he is gay. His last-ditch attempt, to passionately kiss Allison, proves to both that he's gay. He shakes her hand, and they part.
  • Graham in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, much to Jean's chagrin when he finally straight-out tells her so.
  • Johnny and Omar from My Beautiful Laundrette don't have explicitly flamboyant looks or manners.
  • Armand Goldman from The Birdcage, mostly. While he does have some flamboyant traits such as his choice of clothes and wearing foundation, he can tone things down enough to pass as straight to his son's hyper conservative in-laws. In comparison, his partner Albert is so Camp Gay he's more convincing in drag as a housewife than he is when trying to fake straightness.
  • Subject of a brief gag in Blazing Saddles, when one of these pairs up with a Camp Gay right in the middle of an enormous fist-fight. Jim may also qualify as he propositions Bart when they first meet. Then again he might have just been screwing with him.
    Bart: Well seeing as how you are my guest and I am your host, what's your pleasure? What would you like to do?
    Jim: Oh I dunno... play chess... screw...
    Bart: Well let's play chess!
  • Ultimately averted by FBI Agent Paul Smecker, in The Boondock Saints. He seems like a tough, straight detective, until he's seen in bed with another man. When the man wants to cuddle, he sneers, "Cuddle, what a fag", making it seem like he's a Straight Gay, but throughout the film he makes a number of campy flourishes. He occasionally lisps and minces for humor's sake, and at one point sits on a pink divan while petting a pink feather boa. In the end, he seems rather comfortable dressing in drag as a disguise. "Schmecker" or "Smecker" are American Yiddish euphemisms for "schmuck", which means "penis", and is often used as an insult.
  • The Boys in the Band features an example of pretty much every common gay stereotype. Sports-playing high school math teacher Hank, who's been married and has a young son and daughter, is the Straight Gay, though strictly speaking "Hank swings both ways, but with a definite preference" — preference for his own sex, that is. Arguably, Alan, the ostensibly straight guy who turns up, is in fact a closeted gay or bisexual and hence a Straight Gay. The main character, Michael, says that in college he used to be 'straight-acting'. Now he's not.
  • The two henchman from Diamonds Are Forever; while Mr. Wint could be said to be vaguely swishy(though not really for the time), Mr. Kidd is so un-flamboyant, you'd never guess he's gay if not for the "For a lady" scene.
  • The bears (big, hairy men who happen to be gay) in John Waters' A Dirty Shame.
  • In The Dry, farmer Jamie Sullivan and the local doctor appear to be a typical pair of ocker blokes, but are actually in a secret relationship. Jamie's desire to keep the relationship secret causes him to lie about his whereabouts on the day of the murder, sending Aaron's investigation down a blind alley.
  • John Caleo from Holding the Man doesn't really show much typical gay mannerism or characteristics, being the captain for his high school football team and was regarded as the best among his peers all across Victoria.
  • I Love You, Man:
    • Probably to play off the main character's metrosexuality, gives him a gay brother who is far more able to act masculine/ relate to most masculine straight men than the protagonist himself. Turns out, personality is not determined by orientation!
    • Doug, played by Thomas Lennon, who thinks he's on a date with, and kisses, Paul Rudd's main character, Peter. The effectiveness of the gag depends on both Peter, and the audience, having had no idea Doug was gay (presuming they hadn't seen the trailer). When Doug reappears, however, his anger that Peter never returned his calls leads to increasing Camp Gay.
  • Fred (played by Ving Rhames) in I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is the New Meat in Chuck and Larry's fire station. He, at first, appears to be a Scary Black Man with a fondness for axes, so the others start making up stories about him chopping people up. Later, after Chuck and Larry announce that they're (fake) married, Fred reveals himself to Chuck and later acts more Camp Gay. Da Chief explains near the end that this likely saved the whole fire station from being brutally murdered by Fred when his repressed emotions would boil over. At the end of the film, Fred marries Alex's brother at the same chapel as Chuck and Larry.
  • Richie Tozier in It: Chapter Two does not have any stereotypically gay traits.
  • Kaboom!: Smith and other gay or bisexual guys in the film don't show gay stereotypes at all.
  • In The Last Portrait James Lord is gay as in real life but it's never addressed since it's not plot important. When talking to his partner on the phone, it's never shown that he's talking to a man. Even Giacometti, when "assessing" his facial features calls him a brute - maybe played for laughs if the viewer knows Lord was gay.
  • Both the book and film versions of Layer Cake refer to a violent gangster in the 1970s, "Crazy Larry", who was gay. In the latter, he expresses a paradoxical slogan which sums up his character: "Fucking females is for poofs."
  • Big John Harrigan (played by Brian Cox) in LIE is a former Marine and spy who likes muscle cars. He also prefers the sexual company of teenage boys and young men.
  • Magnolia: Donnie shows no signs of being gay until it's revealed that he has a crush on a bartender named Brad, and is trying to get oral surgery in a desperate attempt to win him over.
  • Pride (2014): Of the LSGM, Gethin, the partner of Always Camp Jonathan is the most understated of the group, and even suggests trying to be less flamboyant when going to Wales. At the village, Cliff, the lifelong bachelor poet and brother-in-law of Heteronormative Crusader Maureen, has a Late Coming Out moment towards the end of the film, though it's revealed many in the village already knew.
  • Princess Cyd: A male friend of Miranda is an example. He looks and acts no different from most straight men.
  • The Retreat (2021): Scotty and Connor, a gay couple, show no stereotypical traits, aside from very mild vocal fry on Scotty's part.
  • In the Robert De Niro/Edward Norton movie The Score, Marlon Brando's character shows absolutely no sign of his sexual orientation. It's never brought up, it's not important.
  • Wallace in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has no real stereotypical gay affectations. At one point he even remarks that Scott is acting more gay than he is.
  • The Shape of Water: Giles is no different from any other middle-aged man in early 1960's America, except that he just happens to be gay. Justified as in any way showing his sexual orientation would have some very serious consequences then. As it is, he gets into trouble by hitting on a man.
  • It was revealed that Sulu is married to a man in Star Trek Beyond though there was no indication of the character's sexual orientation in the previous two films.
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday: Daniel is a very average, normal middle-aged man who just happens to be gay.
  • In the extended cut of That Thing You Do!, the band's manager, Mr. White, has a boyfriend named Lloyd. Although the way they interact in the added scene is very obviously that of a romantic couple, there is otherwise no indication of White's sexuality. This is likely also another Beatles' reference, as their manager Brian Epstein was known by them to be gay.
  • Tromeo and Juliet: Murray turns out to want a kiss from Tromeo before dying, with Benny saying he was gay as a result. He had the same style as them, his straight buddies.
  • Alpa Chino in Tropic Thunder, though he tries to hide it. His co-stars don't get what he's so hung up on. "Everybody's gay once in a while! This is Hollywood!"
  • Walk on Water: Axel Himmelman is portrayed as neither Camp Gay nor with Manly Gay stereotypes. Due to this, Eyal doesn't realize at first that he's gay at all (though Pia says he once identified himself as such to everyone who he'd meet).
  • Weekend (2011) is about two straight gays, one who is more comfortable with his sexuality than the other.
  • Zac Beaulieu from C.R.A.Z.Y.. But that might have to do with being an Armored Closet Gay who grows up in the 1960's to 1980's.
  • Bellson and Doyle, the two police detectives who were following after Nikki Finn in Who's That Girl, who end up kissing each other at the end of the film.
  • The Woman in Red: Buddy (Charles Grodin), who is gay but basically acts not very differently from Joey or Mikey.

  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Jon "Griff" Connington is a hardened mercenary leader with a Sergeant Rock personality who mourns his friend Rhaegar Targaryean, for whom he had more than platonic feelings.
    • Loras Tyrell, dubbed "the Knight of Flowers," is renowned across the realm for his skill in arms (specifically jousting/lances). His nickname may seem obvious to many, but a rose is the sigil of House Tyrell. Many readers of the book series didn't even pick up on the fact that he was in a romantic relationship with Renly Baratheon until GRRM confirmed it.
    • Renly Baratheon; tall and strong, he reminds people of his brother Robert when he was younger. He also marries a woman to solidify a political alliance. His formation of the "Rainbow Guard" may be an in-joke to clue in modern readers; however, rainbows are a common religious symbol in-universe.
  • In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, most people are unaware that handsome film actor Tracy Bacon is gay. Clay is also a closeted gay man himself.
  • Boyfriend Material: Discussed, one of the major conflicts of the story, donors for Luc's charity pulling out after a Malicious Slander tabloid about him after a party, is connected to this trope. Luc's donors lean conservative in such a way that they are ok with Luc being gay, but as long as he fits into a certain description of an "acceptable, non-threatening homosexual". One of the major reasons why Oliver is the one he choses is because he fits perfectly within that description, which he and his friends describe as being very "heteronormative".
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses: The only confirmed LGBT High Lord, Thesan's orientation is only mentioned when talking about his lover, the captain of his armies.
  • Albus Dumbledore from the Harry Potter series, whom a sizable part of the fanbase didn't realize was gay until J. K. Rowling said so. Though this is probably more because he's older and pretty eccentric, and the fact that it wasn't implied until the last book. Even the forty-something version of the character from the Fantastic Beasts series acts this way, despite suffering from a lot of Gayngst.
  • Possibly the earliest example of this trope comes from E. M. Forster's Maurice, written in 1914. The eponymous Maurice is written to be the most average young Englishman who ever averaged, who also happens to be gay. The resulting cognitive dissonance forms most of the novel's plot. Forster himself was a Straight Gay.
  • Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware mystery series features detective Milo Sturgis who is one of these. He's not particular fashionable and is constantly eating food that's not good for him, much to the exasperation of his boyfriend. Said boyfriend, Dr. Rick Silverman, is an example in his own right. While a lot tidier and fussier than Milo, it's in keeping with his being a surgeon rather than camp.
  • The canonical example for any Brazilian would be Riobaldo, from the 1956 classic The Devil to Pay in the Backlands. Although this is subject to never-ending discussion due to the way the plot resolves.
  • The hero in The Door Into Fire (et seq.) fits this trope nicely; it is worth so noting because at least one British paperback edition of the book portrays this cultured prince as Conan-like, complete with an half-naked woman twined about one of his legs ('Pull the other one!') Technically the series is Everyone Is Bi, rather than gay as such.
  • Joseph Hansen's Dave Brandstetter, first introduced in Fadeout (1967), is a gay detective in the hard-boiled tradition, with no stereotypical mannerisms at all. His two long-term boyfriends and one short-term boyfriend, though, are more obviously camp.
  • In Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe novels, everyone is so distracted by DS Edgar Wield's unbelievably ugly face that they fail to notice that he's gay.
  • Lark and Rosethorn have in some of the more recent books been confirmed to be lovers. They slept in separate rooms and Lark sometimes called Rosethorn by pet names, including "love."
  • The Laundry Files by Charles Stross has the recurring characters called "Pinky and Brains", the protagonist's co-workers at the occult spy agency called "The Laundry", and, early in the series, his roommates. Their characterization comes more from the fact that they're both sometimes-destructive occult tinkerers than that they're gay. Pinky does have a tendency to go clubbing, but Brains is described as a "borderline autist" and has to be dragged to Gay Pride every year to keep his security clearance.note 
  • Alec Lightwood from the The Mortal Instruments, doesn't have any stereotypical gay traits, although several people manage to figure it out anyway. Generally the only way gays could be without being expelled from the Clave. Interestingly, homosexuality is not in fact prohibited by the Law. Shadowhunters just tend to look down on it, possibly as a reflection of their slightly archaic culture.
  • Many characters fit this trope in The Steel Remains. The most obvious would be Ringil. He's a hero from the war against the Scaled Folk, famous for making a last stand against insurmountable odds. Despite the fame, what do most people in the empire remember him as? Gay. There's also Grace-of-Heaven and at least one of the dwenda. No mannerisms whatsoever, and they're all Badass Normal (which is good, since being homosexual in this setting is grounds for a very messy execution)
  • Havemercy:
    • Most of the main characters fit this trope. You'd never think that foul-mouthed, dragon-riding, whore-mongering Rook was even slightly bi-curious until he starts acting funny around Thom.
    • Royston is a more accurate example, since he's gay in canon. If not for his famous tryst with the prince of Arlemagne, or his "child-bride farm-boy" Hal, most people would probably assume him straight. He is, however, very open about his preferences, to the point that he is the one character that most fans cannot see with a female, ever. Still, his mannerisms are classy and cultured and high-society and quite manly, and though he has an eye for fashion he doesn't flaunt it.
    • Though considering the original, non-edited text (or at least what has been said about it), Rook IS an accurate example.
  • Both Benjamin Justice and one of his landlords, Fred, in John Morgan Wilson's Benjamin Justice series.
  • Norman Large from the CHERUB Series. If it wasn't for references to his partner Gareth and their adopted daughter, it'd be impossible to tell he was gay.
  • The Demon's Lexicon:
    • Apart from being a bit more shy and overtly affectionate than the other males of the series, Jamie has no stereotypical traits.
    • From the same series, Seb is not suspected to be gay. He even dates Mae and is found out only when she finds his sketchbook, which is filled with many, many sketches of Jamie. Obviously, they break up.
  • Jeremiah Dako, Susan van Bleeck's butler from Otherland. He's not obviously gay except for being fussy about maintaining her household, and during his POV segments complains about not having any time to engage in romantic pursuits. This doesn't stop him from being picked on by Renie's father, Long Joseph, who's insecure in his own masculinity for completely unrelated reasons.
  • Set in the world's first gay state, the majority of the city's residents in Proud Pink Sky fall under this trope.
  • Bengo Macarona, distinguished academic and star striker of the Unseen Academicals has been cited in two hundred and thirty-six papers...and one divorce petition.
    "Angry husband?"
    "Angry wife, as I heard it."
    "Oh, he was married, was he?"
    "Not to my knowledge, Archchancellor."
  • Captain John Granby from the Temeraire series is revealed to be this in book 7. Prior to this, there was no real indication as to his preferences.
  • Rafael and Skylar in Gives Light have none of the stereotypical "gay" characteristics, but are in love with each other.
  • Practically everyone in Tales of the Branion Realm; plenty of knights, lords and soldiers of both genders have same-sex relationships, and when not having sex are busily engaged in killing things.
  • Reverend Asher Rook and Chess Pargeter from Gemma Files' The Hexslinger Series; while Chess is openly gay (he gets away with it by virtue of being a very quick, ruthless, and accurate shot), he has very few of the stereotypical campisms other than a preference for purple clothing and a tendency to snark, and Rook has none of them at all — both are violent, callous criminals with little interest in any kind of elegance or society.
  • New Orleans chefs John Rickey and Gary "G-Man" Stubbs in Poppy Z. Brite's Liquor novels. They're sports fans, hard drinkers, brawlers — and they've been lovers from age sixteen on.
  • Richard St. Vier in Swordspoint. He's the greatest swordsman in the city, and deeply in love with the disgraced noble Alec Campion.
  • Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves has several, including the two main characters Rasmus and Benjamin.
  • In the RCN series, Dasi and Barnes may not be attracted to one another, and their amatory interests don't really come up as minor supporting characters for the main heroes, but in When the Tide Rises it's hinted at that they're not straight, after another character uses "pansies" to disparage a just-deposed dictator's mooks as being unable to fight armed opponents. The two are among those that Leary looks to when gathering brawlers from the crew for beating some sense into others.
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, several characters believe that Nico di Angelo has a crush on Annabeth. In The House of Hades, it is revealed that he is (or was, at least) instead in love with Percy, and he later comes out as gay.
  • Damien from The House of Night. Unfortunately, he mostly comes across as Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?.
  • Ben Colm in the Daring Finds mystery series by Elise Hyatt. The narrator and his best friend Dyce would disagree but since she's a Clouscuckoolander Unreliable Narrator and her only evidence for him being camp is his obsession with proper attire and grooming her opinion should be taken with a grain or two of salt.
  • In Stranger And Stranger, Derek is openly gay and crushing hard on Peter, but there's nothing particularly flamboyant about him. He comes off as slightly obsessed with his car and there are many scenes where he seems to view himself as the Only Sane Man.
  • The Stranger Times: Ox is gay, but most people don't catch on unless he tells them. In contrast with his Camp Straight roommate Reggie, Ox is more laconic, has a scruffy appearance, and enjoys grabbing a pint at the pub.
  • Schooled in Magic: Rudolf, in Work Experience. It turns out to be why runes intended for compelling him into marriage didn't work, since he lacked any desire toward women this could exploit. Before, he just acts like any straight male character.
  • In The Southern Reach Trilogy, Saul, the lighthouse keeper, and his boyfriend Charlie, a fisherman, show no steretypically gay behaviour at all. If they weren't sleeping together, they'd look just like close friends who like to share a beer at the bar.
  • The Sparrow: New Orleans Provincial D.W. Yarbrough. Ex-fighter pilot, ugly as sin, and from Texas to boot. He came to believe in God as a "cosmic comedian" for a reason.
  • In These Words Are True and Faithful, a secondary character accuses Sam and Ernie of being "not really gay." Sam responds by sarcastically apologizing for "not following the one true way."
  • The Teresa Knight Trilogy: No one realizes that Carl was gay (or at least bi) until it came out after his death, given his style was just like his straight counterparts.
  • Star Wars: Aftermath: There was only one slight hint Sinjir was gay (calling the male officer he beat badly as punishment for stealing a Moff's ring "beautiful") before he has to explain to Jas that the reason he was turning down her proposition for sex was not because she was an alien, but because she was a woman.
  • Just Juliet: Scott and Lakyn are both gay, but don't have any real stereotypes. In fact, Scott's a football player. Lakyn's slightly effeminate, though more emo than camp.
  • White Trash Warlock: Adam, the titular warlock, is gay. He isn't camp in the slightest and a childhood growing up in a rural redneck community has led him to keeping his sexuality to himself.
  • The Zodiac Series: Guardian Brynda Wazel is a lesbian, which isn't particularly obvious until she hits on Rho.
    • Similarly, while Ophiuchus is gay, the character displays no stereotypical traits and could easily be mistaken for straight or asexual before The Reveal.

    Live-Action TV 


  • Graham Chapman hated the Camp Gay stereotype and made a point of exhibiting the clean-cut, pipe-smoking British image of masculinity (both on- and off-screen).


  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 introduces the first openly gay character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Inhuman Joey Gutierrez, who just wants to have a beer and go back to his normal life after his powers manifest.
  • The Aliens: Dominic. At first he shows pretty undisguised attraction toward Lewis, who is not interested. A drug dealer he follows also turns out to be gay and an example as well though, inviting him off for sex. He accepts. Neither ever show any stereotypical traits of gay men.
  • In the All in the Family episode "Judging Books By Covers", Archie thinks one of Mike's friends is gay because he acts effeminate. He isn't, but it turns out one of Archie's old drinking buddies, an ex-football player is gay. Archie refuses to believe that, even when the guy tells him personally.
  • Disney Channel's Andi Mack has Cyrus, who is mostly this with the occasional Camp Gay mannerism from time to time. His love interest, TJ, possesses no such mannerisms at all, the only indication of his sexuality being his attraction to Cyrus.
  • Arrow has Curtis Holt, the universe's version of Michael Holt/Mr Terrific. This version of the character takes an Adaptational Sexuality and is a gay man with a husband, who's the more overly camp one despite Curtis being quite Black and Nerdy.
  • An early example occurs in a 1980 episode of the short-lived series The Associates: One of the lawyers, his television producer client, and a network censor meet with a gay activist to discuss whether the phrase "queer as a three dollar bill" should be cut from a sitcom script. When the activist enters the meeting, he is a walking stereotype. He advises that, in the context it's being used, the phrase itself is not offensive. Then, dropping the over-the-top mannerisms, he goes on to say what is offensive is that no one was at all surprised that he came prancing in and lisping like Sylvester the Cat, and challenges the producer to create non-stereotypical gay characters.
  • As the World Turns: The gays of Oakdale.
    • Noah of the gay supercouple Luke and Noah. Given his extensive character development, Luke has had enough time to be more comfortable about his sexuality and his, compared to Noah, more feminine mannerisms. Still, Luke has had his moments especially when it comes to helping and protecting Noah. Lampshaded somewhat when a former executive, turned Squicky step-Grandparental incest there for a moment, of his charity foundation told him to lay low around LGBT issues and projects.
    • Dr. Reid Oliver. Before he starts dating Luke, the protagonist accuses Reid of being homophobic when appearing uncooperative about hastening Noah's surgery. Complete with a soft chortle, The Reveal, and then a jab about not knowing the gay handshake. Henry was originally wary about Reid being roommates with his friend Katie, at first not believing Reid when he tells him he is gay.
    • None of the minor gay characters from Luke's college days did anything stereotypically gay.
  • In the 1970s, Barney Miller had Zatelli, an unassuming uniform cop who mostly caused anxiety for Levitt, who was convinced he was bucking for his job.
  • The Brittas Empire: Although not outright stated, it is made very clear that Tim and Gavin are in a relationship. Most of the humour from their relationship however instead comes from Gordon Brittas' obliviousness to it (well, that and their occasional arguments), and they lack the traits associated with Camp Gay.
  • Played With in Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Captain Ray Holt. At first glance, he takes this trope to the extreme, being as he is The Stoic to such a degree that his coworkers consider his face to be completely unreadable (his husband Kevin is only slightly softer by virtue of using a variety of expressions and vocal inflections on a regular basis). However, Holt does have several features of stereotypical camp gay characters, they're just harder to notice because he is so reserved. He is fussy, neat, and cultured, for example, and an amazing ballroom dancer. When his sexuality was revealed in the first episode, the joke was not, as with many of these characters, simply that the character was unexpectedly gay, but that all the professional detectives that work under him didn't notice the really obvious signs. Like the pride flag on his desk and the framed newspaper article about how he was the first openly gay captain in the NYPD.
  • The cable sitcom Brothers focused on brothers Lou and Joe Waters trying to alternately come to terms with and "fix" their baby brother, Cliff's, homosexuality after Cliff comes out on his wedding day and leaves his bride at the altar.
  • Larry from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He turns into something of a badass instead, being shown as one of the White Hats in "The Wish", and dying in battle against the Mayor in the season three finale.
  • Caprica gives us an example in Sam Adama; as a Ha'la'tha hitman, it kind of comes with the territory. His (non-criminal) husband Larry also appears to be one of these.
  • White Josh in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hangs out exclusively with straight bros and has stereotypically straight interests. The show doesn't hint that he's gay until he reveals it to a surprised Darryl.
  • Netflix's Daybreak gives us Wesley Fists and his boyfriend, Turbo Pokaski, from the football team, particularly pre-apocalypse.
  • In Degrassi Junior High, Snake's basketball-star older brother Glen came out on a visit home from medical school. Their parents disowned him and he hasn't been seen or mentioned since.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation
    • Riley and Zane are pictured above. Riley's Coming-Out Story has been his major arc since his introduction, because he struggles with being both gay and the school's star athlete. His boyfriend Zane often gets painted in fanfiction as much campier than he is in-universe because Riley is so much more masculine by comparison. Get Zane alone and he's as butch as the next guy...except for the hair.
    • Dylan, Paige's brother who is also a gifted hockey player. Bit of a player though.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Extreme Omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness tends to wear WWII military uniforms and generally only comes off as such thanks to his tendency to flirt with any individual who catches his fancy. He doesn't fit the trope as much on his spinoff Torchwood.
    • "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon": FBI agent Canton almost lost his job because he wanted to marry a black man... in 1969.
    • "Praxeus": The exact nature of the relationship between hotheaded ex-Cowboy Cop Jake Willis and imperiled astronaut Adam Lang is not immediately clear primarily because both of them qualify for this trope (they're married).
  • Mag from Dollhouse. She appears in two episodes. In the first episode, the issue of her sexuality never comes up. In the second episode, an offhand comment indicates that she's lesbian, and has been out for some time. Although Zone had to have it spelled out for him.
    "She's a tech-head, Mag." [Beat] "She's a GIRL, Mag!"
  • Martin Tupper's father in the 1987 HBO comedy, Dream On. His father's boyfriend was also introduced, and the couple would often kiss on screen and even talk about their sex life. The three would get together and watch sports at Martin's apartment.
    • This was lampshaded in the episode where his father was dumped. In the episode, he meets another manly gay man, a writer of a slam-bang action hero novel series. When the author decides he's going to publically come out, and have his lead character do so as well, Martin is incredulous because the series has established repeatedly how much of a ladies' man the lead character is. The author realizes that his lead character as he already exists is important to a lot of people, and so is his own image. "He can't come out...and neither can I." So he breaks off the relationship. The senior Tupper tells his son that he'll never be happy: "There are only three gay guys in the world who like watching football and bass fishing. And two of them dumped me."
  • Steven Carrington, from Dynasty (1981), was probably one of the most notable early examples. He was depicted as being every bit as traditionally masculine as any of the other men on the show, up to and including getting into fights with more than a few of them.
  • Emmerdale's trainee mechanic and fully qualified juvenile delinquent Aaron is Straight Gay to the point that half the village initially thought he was faking it to avoid a prison sentence for a homophobic assault. His first love interest, a builder named Jackson, also qualified, something that's discussed within the show, as Jackson mocks Aaron for thinking he's the only gay man in the world with a manly job or personal angst about his straight gayness.
  • Equal: Many of the gay men who are shown in the series had the same conventional looks as the straight guys from the 50's and 60's (at least publicly for cover).
  • This could apply to every gay character on ER. For example, we don't get any indication that Maggie Doyle is gay until she hides to avoid being seen by a jealous ex-girlfriend.
  • Extras: Andy gets annoyed by a Camp Gay co-worker's behavior and complains to their boss, who reveals himself to be Straight Gay.
  • The Family: FBI Agent Gabe Clements, who is not obviously homosexual at all before he mentions his husband.
  • Fear the Walking Dead's Victor Strand is a gay man who does not have any stereotypical gay mannerisms other than very refined tastes.
  • Feel Good: David mentions once that he's partners with a man. This is a surprise, given he showed no sign of being gay before.
  • Fellow Travelers: In the 1950s, the gays are mostly indistinguishable from straight men in how they act. It would be foolish to do anything else, given being outed could result in being fired at best. Some of them, however, will act more camp or are even drag queens in private.
  • First Kill: Ben and Noah, his lover, both lack any stereotypical traits of gay men.
  • Central City Police Captain David Singh in The Flash (2014). He's openly gay, but you wouldn't be able to tell it just by his appearance or behavior.
  • For Life: A couple of prisoners are revealed to be lovers, though they keep it secret. Jamal, Aaron's friend, also turns out to be gay. None display any gay stereotypes. Even if they'd been so inclined, it would have dire results in prison if most people knew (i.e. likely rape or murder, thus the secret affair mentioned).
  • Frasier: Short-term station manager Tom Duran, leading to a classic misunderstanding when Frasier invites him over to meet Daphne.
  • A French Village: Louis and Jérôme, who turn out to be a couple. Neither acts or looks differently from the straight men.
  • Game of Thrones: Lord Renly Baratheon has a more masculine appearance and demeanour than his lover, Ser Loras Tyrell; the latter is somewhere in between Straight Gay and Camp Gay. Subverted somewhat because the more generally masculine "otter" Renly is a politician, not a warrior; the more androgynous Loras, in contrast, is an Agent Peacock, flamboyant, but widely acknowledged as one of the best swordsmen in Westeros. Loras in particular is in a Transparent Closet, yet is greatly adored by many naïve and hopeful women who consider him to be the hottest bachelor in the kingdom.
  • Gen V: Dr. Edison Cardosa is married to another man and is raising a daughter with him. Neither fall into gay stereotypes.
  • Get Shorty: The movie star Tyler Mathis has no gay mannerisms. It's treated as a twist that Nathan is his prostitute rather than his drug dealer.
  • Ginny and Georgia: Nick turns out to be gay, and does not have stereotypical traits.
  • Dave Karofsky on Glee, who doubles as Armored Closet Gay. Also, Spencer in season 6, who talks about how his team mates are only comfortable with him being gay as long as he doesn't act too gay.
  • James and Cal, two of the main characters on Glue who were in a Secret Relationship with each other.
  • Robert and Sol on Grace and Frankie have been having an affair for twenty years and nobody knew.
  • These audience members on The Graham Norton Show. We then see how cutesy their messages to each other really are!
    Graham: The love of Pickle and Honeypuff.
  • Max from Happy Endings, to the point he's (ironically) the Straight Man of the group; the closest the main group has to gay stereotypes can be found in Camp Straight Brad and Fag Hag Penny instead. In fact, the second episode not only lampshades this through Penny complaining Max is just a straight guy who likes guys, but ends with the revelation that Penny doesn't need a gay husband because she is the sassy gay stereotype in her friendship with Max.
  • Hemlock Grove: Dr. Johann Pryce. He's not just completely unremarkable, one might even get the impression that he's actually asexual before he displays an interest in men in later seasons.
  • Barney's half-brother James in How I Met Your Mother. He's initially presented as a gay version of Barney, but is later revealed to have found a steady partner to settle down with.
  • How to Get Away with Murder: Connor Walsh and Oliver Hampton are an item. While neither have stereotypically gay mannerisms, Oliver is shown to enjoy "gay" music.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): Louis de Pointe du Lac shows no stereotypical sign of the fact he's gay before it's revealed, nor afterward.
  • Intimate: Leo is this to a fault. He has no stereotypical mannerisms at all but it’s also suggested he isn’t all that comfortable with his sexuality. He’s emotionally closed off, insists on always topping during sex and has a very heteronormative view of his relationship with his boyfriend Florian, outright calling him the "woman" in their relationship. When asked if presenting himself like this is the only way he can feel comfortable with being gay, Leo doesn’t answer, but the implication is clearly that it’s true.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Mac has a cousin who's gay but straight gay in "Mac Day" Mac himself becomes something of an example of this later in the series, as a buff guy who tries to perform masculinity even though he's in a Transparent Closet for most of the show.
  • Prince Jack from Kings, clearly a man's man in far more than his preferences. Likewise his lover Joseph, while not as aggressive or macho as Jack (maybe he's in less denial?) is no more effeminate than the average metrosexual.
  • Kung Fu (2021): Ryan has no stereotypical traits of gay men.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit:
    • Dr. George Huang is so very Straight Gay that his sexuality was debated for nine years until the episode "Hardwired" made specific reference to it. In a fifth season episode, "Abomination", Huang says something about how gay people grow up hearing the same insults and stereotypes about gays "as the rest of us do", suggesting that either he was closeted or it was a Throw It In case inspired by actor BD Wong's real-life sexuality.
    • In "Lowdown" all of the gay characters act the same as straight guys. This is not surprising, since they're all really deep in the closet.
  • Liar (2017): Oliver and the gay men he preyed upon all come off no different than average straight guys.
  • A rather strange case is Tom from Lost. In three seasons, the only hint of any kind of sexuality from him was his telling Kate "You're not my type." Then, a season and a half after that (a few episodes after his death), he's confirmed as gay. This was ascended when the writers learned that the fans thought he was gay.
  • Lovecraft Country: Montrose turns out to be a closeted gay man, with a boyfriend who's also a drag queen. At no time does he appear any different from the straight men in the show, even privately (well, aside from the act of having sex with a man).
  • Love Sidney, the first American TV show with a gay man as the lead character, pretty much never mentioned it after the first episode.
  • Mad Men: An interesting case with Sal Romano. While modern day viewers spotted his homosexuality from the pilot onwards, for the time period (starting in 1960) nothing he did would be considered gay at the time. Yes, he dressed well, was very knowledgable about the finer things in life, had a keen eye for decorations and loved to cook. But at the time he would be considered an exceptionally refined gentleman, and his Italian heritage would explain his cooking.
  • A sketch on MADtv was about two guys watching a football game, rooting for their team, and making out when they score a touchdown. While they might be bisexual (or just very closeted), they still aren't very campy... except for their dancing.
  • Manhattan Love Story: Tucker is a very proper Englishman, always using the RP accent, wears tweed jackets usually (or suits as formal wear), and is also gay. He soon turns into the Gay Best Friend to Dana. She's unsure if he's gay at first, with the episode introducing the two's friendship even titled "Gay or British?"
  • Matt Fielding on Melrose Place is one of the first examples in prime-time. Unfortunately, seeing how gay acceptance was still in its infancy stages in the 90s, execs and sponsors were very much on his character and as such, very little could be done in his case aside from various storylines and partners that he shared almost no public displays of affection with (ironic considering the show was infamous for the copious amount of sex and other intimacy).
  • Midnight Sun (2016): Anders and Thor turn out to be a couple, acting like average men no different from the rest we see. They may be bisexuals though, since Anders has a daughter from his past marriage, and Thor willingly has impulsive sex with Kahina (though she initiates it). He later propositions her to have sex again though, but she declines.
  • Modern Family:
  • Bobby O. from the non-celebrity third season of The Mole. In "A Closer Look", he claimed that he was going to use his "gay-dar" to sniff out the titular saboteur.
    • The Dutch Mole series (Wie is de Mol?) has at least one gay contestant in almost every season and their sexuality usually isn't immediately obvious or made a big deal of. Examples are Frits from season 12, Rik and Viktor from season 15, and Thomas and Jeroen from season 17.
  • The Nevers: He turns out to be gay, and is no different from your average working-class Victorian Englishman.
  • Ted Case from New Tricks seems like a typical ex-copper, who defining character is how superstitious he is. His teammates don't even realise he is gay until he brings his partner along to a function and it is another man. In particular, he is the scruffiest of the team, leading Steve to comment on how he thought gays were supposed to snappy dressers.
  • The Night Shift: Drew, an army doctor and a ranger-in-training, is completely indistinguishable from an average masculine straight man. Until his boyfriend's (who is a soldier on active duty) injury and his friend's insistent push forced him out of the closet, one of his reasons for staying there was that he hated the idea of being seen as "the gay doctor" because it's "not who [he is]".
  • The short-lived series Normal Ohio featured John Goodman as a gay male who, homosexuality aside, would have passed for a standard heterosexual sitcom dad (love of beer, football, etc.).
  • On NUMB3RS, Amita's parents arrive with a (male) childhood friend of hers, clearly trying to match them up. He appears to be courting Amita throughout the episode. A jealous Charlie finally confronts her, and she tells him that the friend is gay. (Unintentionally?) Lampshaded when an exasperated Charlie asks, "How was I supposed to know that? Do your parents know that?"
  • Don Finlayson from the Australian 1970s soap opera Number 96. Notably, Don was the first ever openly gay main character in a television show.
  • In Orange Is the New Black, Piscatella, the new burly guard, tells Piper that he'll never find her adorable because he's gay.
  • The Pact: Ryan turns out to be gay, which isn't obvious as he seems no different from the straight men in the series.
  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: Townsend and Kurt are both gay, with no stereotypical traits (even in private).
  • Quantico: Season 2 introduces Harry Doyle and Sebastian Chen as two of recruits at The Farm. Harry is openly gay while Sebastian is a closeted priest for part of the season.
  • The Rising: Nicky, Joe's buddy. Joe says he's aware that Nicky wants him due to the looks he's given him. Nicky is a masculine athletic guy just like Joe.
  • Romper Stomper: Jago is a right-wing TV host with no signs that he's gay before being identified as such.
  • The Rookie (2018): Jackson's revealed to be this in "Heartbreak", showing attraction for a male orderly, whom he later dates. In his appearance and manner he's no different than the straight guys.
  • Leon Carp from Roseanne normally comes off as this, and initially plays down his sexuality even after his first relationship is casually alluded to. If anything his partners tend to be more flamboyant than himself, and he otherwise is arguably the most no-nonsense character of the bunch, often butting heads with Roseanne's shenanigans and rough exterior.
  • Roswell, New Mexico: Alex is gay and acts the same as the straight guys.
  • Rubicon: Kale turns out to have a boyfriend, Walter, who he lives with. Walter is the first person he shows emotion and affection toward, though it's mild. It's also implied that Bloom was once involved with him. They're all very average, completely lacking stereotypical traits of gay men.
  • Brian and Steve from The Sarah Silverman Program come off much more as overweight nerds then campy gays. In fact their nerdiness is much more important to their characters then the fact that they're gay.
  • The Saturday Night Live commercial parody Schmitts Gay beer utilizes this trope with Adam Sandler and Chris Farley in a Gender Flip of traditional beer commercials.
  • Schitt's Creek introduces Patrick in Season 3 as a potential love interest for David, who dismisses Alexis' suggestion that Patrick might be gay. Only gentle cajoling by Stevie, including pointing out to David that he is on a date with Patrick, allows David to accept that Patrick is attracted to him. Ironically, it is the more straight-acting Patrick who comes to terms with being gay while prissy David is portrayed as pansexual.
    David: He's a business major who wears straight-legged, mid-range denim. He's not into me.
  • Although Lito Rodriguez from Sense8 is more befitting of the Manly Gay trope (he's a Telenovela actor for God's sake) his boyfriend Hernando is more befitting of this trope.
  • Sex/Life: Cooper's brother is gay, it turns out. They act and look much alike, with him only being shown as gay when he kisses his boyfriend.
  • Shadow and Bone:
    • Jesper is a dapper, skilled gunslinger whose sexual orientation is not showcased before it's shown he had sex with a man.
    • Wylan begins a romantic relationship with Jesper and lacks any traditionally campy mannerisms.
  • Ian from Shameless (US) is a gay Casanova, even as a teenager, and seems to be as testosterone driven as the other men in his family, even briefly joining the military for a time. His boyfriend for much of the series, Mickey, is even more driven by testosterone, although he's also Armored Closet Gay for a while thanks to a deeply homophobic father.
  • Officer Julien Lowe in The Shield, though his homosexuality is basically written out by successful Christian "conversion" therapy, at least until the series finale, at least, which alludes to his sexuality confusion by having him be distracted in a conversation with fellow officer Tina Hanlon by staring at a gay couple walking down the street.
  • Soap has an odd example with Jodie (Billy Crystal). For much of the first season, he's Camp Gay, what with cross-dressing, being a good decorator and tales of putting on makeup as a child. In later seasons, however, he's just Straight Gay. Then there's his closeted on again, off again boyfriend Dennis (a football star), and his lesbian roommate Alice, both Straight Gay. Years later on the David Letterman show Billy Crystal told how he was alarmed when he went to Japan and saw the show dubbed in Japanese and his character done in a much more stereotypically flaming way!
  • The Society:
    • Sam's an openly gay boy, displaying no stereotypical traits.
    • Grizz. Gwen is surprised to find out he's gay and when Grizz admits he didn't approach Sam in high school because he was pretending to be straight, Sam tells him he was very convincing.
  • Vito Spatafore in The Sopranos is revealed to be a closeted gayngster who shacks up with a macho fireman boyfriend.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand: All of the gay characters are very or at least fairly masculine, even Petrios (who's the gentlest seen) and don't stand out from the straight men aside from their attraction otherwise.
  • The Spencer Sisters: Zane and his husband Antonio. Both don't show any stereotypical traits of gay men, having looks and mannerisms indistinguishable from average straight men.
  • Michael Boatman's character on Spin City was gay; aside from being overly fastidious, and his dressing habits, he had no obvious 'gay' mannerisms at all—though occasionally he showed a few signs, such as a deep knowledge of musicals and his treatment of his dog.
  • Supernatural, "The Sacrifice": When Dean and Castiel are looking for a cherub, they stake out a rugged, bearded bartender who's slated to be struck by Cupid's Arrow. To Dean's surprise, the delivery woman who arrives turns out to be the cherub, and the bartender's fate-ordained One True Love is a man at the bar who shares his interest in sport hunting.
  • In Taggart, DC Stuart Fraser was at first presented as a young, naïve, slightly geeky junior officer with no overtly gay attributes whatsoever. It was only in his fourth episode, "Angel Eyes", that he was revealed to be gay.
  • Teen Wolf has Danny, lacrosse goalie and best friend of the school's leading straight jock Jackson. It is later revealed that Jackson himself is bisexual rather than straight when he is shown to be in a relationship with another Straight Gay, Ethan (who is Danny's ex no less).
  • Ted Lasso: Colin Hughes is gay and a professional soccer player who fits right in with his heterosexual teammates.
  • Tidelands (Netflix): Lamar and Paul Murdoch secretly have a thing together while both display no stereotypical traits of queer men.
  • In Two and a Half Men:
    • Chelsea's father, who is initially presented as homophobic, racist and several other things (like Chelsea's mother), but comes out and connects with an old army buddy, with whom he becomes romantically involved.
    • In the episode "Tucked, Taped and Gorgeous", Charlie and Alan both (separately) deal with insecurity about their sexuality after Alan befriends a gambling, cigar smoking, single gay dad.
  • Cliff St. Paul in Ugly Betty is so straight that he is almost disgusting, although he redeems this by looking all neat and gay in Wilhelmina's wedding
    • Also of note: Austin, Justin's boyfriend in the show's final five episodes. He's almost built up as the complete opposite of Justin, though most of this is made more apparent in his mannerisms than the actual script.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has Titus' boyfriend Mikey, a construction worker with no noticeable gay tendencies except for an airbrushed portrait of Tilda Swinton on the back of his truck.
  • Marshall Gregson from United States of Tara. However, this can't be said for his boyfriend. Bonuses for onscreen debate of the Camp Gay versus Straight Gay behaviors between the characters. His last boyfriend in the series was likewise straight gay, and like Marshall, it would never have come up unless it had been explicitly stated in his introduction.
  • Caroline's father, Bill Forbes of The Vampire Diaries. His sexuality is barely referenced in any of the episodes he appears in, and if you missed any of the few mentions you would never know.
  • Subverted in The War at Home. While Kenny doesn't dress Camp Gay and has interests Star Wars-esque interests, he also secretly has knowledge on musicals and keeps a journal in which he writes poems.
  • Season three of Warehouse 13 introduced former ATF agent Steve Jinks to the team. After Claudia misinterpreted his interest in her, he blurts out that he's gay. His ex, met in a later episode, might have been even more masculine. "Savge Seduction" has an artifact split Steve into two beings, one a cliche Camp Gay with Steve annoyed at how Claudia seems to enjoy his "campier" version more.
  • The Whitest Kids U' Know sketch "Gay Football" — the promos play it up as over-the-top Camp Gay, but the press conference and locker room cam play it completely as this trope.
  • Why Women Kill: Karl is a stereotypical cultured, upper class Englishman who it turns out is a closeted gay man.
  • Will of the popular Sitcom Will & Grace is a gay lead who lacks most of the obvious Stereotype Gay elements, being only mildly gay by the standard of 1998 TV. Compared to Pet Homosexual Jack, however, he was the Straight Gay. This was explained in one interview by the creators as a necessary part of getting the series to air. They knew that with the delicate balancing act going on between people who had no knowledge whatsoever of gay people other than what TV had told them, and actual gay people, they had to make things even. So they had Will, the "normal" gay guy, and Jack the "stereotypical" gay guy, with needing both to make the series work. The producers later brought in Vince, who worked with the NYPD and was rather butch, as Will's boyfriend, to have an even more straight example.
  • Wings: There's an episode where Antonio unintentionally dates his favorite actor, the star of a fictional show called Austin Houston, P.I.. He thinks they're just buddies, but the TV star is actually gay and thinks that they're boyfriends. When he kisses Antonio goodbye, Antonio is surprised, but chalks the gesture up to being a Hollywood thing.
  • The Wire
    • Omar Little is a physically imposing and violent stick-up man who robs drug dealers. He is very openly homosexual, but displays no camp traits at all. His various boyfriends tend to be either twinks or Straight Gay as well.
    • Although he supposedly has a wife and kids, Commander Rawls is seen briefly in a gay bar in the third season, and Rawls being gay is basically one of the Baltimore Police Department's favorite in-jokes. Given Rawls' age (mid-to-late 50s at the youngest) and background (working-class Irish-American cop in Baltimore), him being closeted is completely unsurprising.
  • Several times in Without a Trace:
    • In the pilot, two agents interview the Victim of the Week's boss, who is so much this that one of the agents assumes he's in love with or sleeping with her, given the way he keeps gushing about her. The other agent laughs in his face and informs him "he was checking you out".
    • "Coming Home". It's discovered that the missing person was cheating on his wife when they find suspicious activity on his credit card bill, but they don't realize that it was with another man until they trace the transactions to a gay bar. Neither he, his boyfriend, or an ex ever display a single stereotype.
    • "Maple Street". It's only revealed that two suspects are gay when they finally admit that their alibi for the time the victim was abducted was that they were in a motel room together.
  • World on Fire: Webster and Albert, who are both indistinguishable from most straight men in how they act. Of course, given the homophobic period, they would be stupid not to act this way (at least publicly).
  • Years and Years: Daniel, Ralph, and Viktor qualify as this. All of them act and dress indistinguishably from the straight guys overall.
  • You Me Her: Gay couple Marty and Will don't have any stereotypical traits.

TV Movies:

  • In the Comedy Central movie Porn And Chicken the main character (and the audience) didn't know until the middle of the movie that one of his best friends was gay. The friend's reasoning for not telling anyone was that he wanted to be known as the funny friend, not the gay friend.

  • While Rob Halford's Leatherman persona is towards another end of the gay stereotype spectrum, his coming out did come as a surprise to many.
  • Frank Ocean has talked about his internal conflict with gender presentation in his magazine Boys Don't Cry, and in his song "Chanel" mentions his lover is "straight acting".

  • Cecil and Carlos from Welcome to Night Vale. Cecil has occasional fey touches (like a tendency to get Valley Girl when he goes off-script), but he doesn't sound much different from your standard, NPR-style radio host. The series' creators have specified his sexuality as gay and all of the characters he's shown an interest in have been male—most notably and gushingly Carlos, Night Vale's newest scientist. And in episode 25, Carlos—who doesn't exactly ring any bells himself—reciprocates.
  • Radio host and main character Sammy Stevens and frequent caller Ron Begley from King Falls AM.
  • In Wolf 359 Daniel Jacobi discloses to Lovelace that he does, in fact, like the "menfolk."
  • Harry Clinker and Gary Daley from Pretending to Be People are long-time partners.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Anthony Bowens is openly homosexual, but he doesn't work it into his pro wrestling persona, and in fact doesn't bring it up all that much. He also doesn't have any effeminite or stereotypically gay mannerisms. In All Elite Wrestling his opponents rarely bring it up either - the first time was when Bowens' tag partner Max Caster had a rap battle on the 7/22/22 Rampage against Austin Gunn, and Gunn took a mild swipe at Bowens' sexuality. To add to that, Bowens keeps his relationship with his boyfriend (who isn't part of the wrestling business) out of the public spotlight.

  • Sean O'Cann from Survival of the Fittest, who somehow managed to be more effeminate in the closet than when he came out.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse:
    • Tachyon. The only references to her sexuality are in one of her giant dumps of random bits of info, where she mentions spending weekends "with the wife", and in the Freedom Four #1 comic.
    • Dr. Medico, who only gets an offhand mention of his husband in his text-dump backstory.

  • Angels in America:
    • Joe Pitt tries early on to repress his homosexuality, and in fact doesn't even consciously recognize that he's gay until "Mistaken for Gay" by his future lover.
    • Prior tells Louis, "You don't notice anything. If I hadn't spent the last four years fellating you I'd swear you were straight." However, Louis implies through dialogue that he changes his behavior based on his company and may only be playing straight around certain people.
    • Roy Cohn is so aggressively masculine that apparently no one questions his bachelorhood, his love of musical theatre, or his tendency to sit way too close to other men and demand back rubs from them. Of course, at least a few people knew - he's in tight with Nancy Reagan, who was a notorious Fag Hag.
  • Albin's partner Georges in La Cage aŭ Folles, who can play straight at least well enough to convince his new in-laws.
  • Bruce Niles from The Normal Heart. Also an Armoured Closet Gay, at least at work.
  • RENT has Collins, generally played as a Foil to his partner Angel (most notably during their duet and respective solos, where Angel is more excitable and feminine while Collins is a more slow-paced baritone).

    Video Games 
  • In Albion, the way he talks about his late superior implies that the wizard Khunag may be this. True or not, talking to various Kenget Kamulos reveals that they endorse close bonds between their members, and even refer to Achilles and Patrocles as the ur-example.
  • Alpha Protocol has Conrad Marburg as one of the most dangerous nemeses in the game. A life-long black ops Psycho for Hire who's gotten very good at killing people over his long career, whether by guns or bare fists. Tough as nails and a Consummate Professional. The only clues that he has any sexuality are the statues adorning his mansion, and if you have the right handler for that mission, she points out that he doesn't invite female guests.
  • Hammerlock from Borderlands 2. With his exposition-prone rants, polite manner and British accent you'd never know until a quest where he asks you to find ECHO tapes of a guy and offhandedly says that he is his ex boyfriend (A VERY Manly Gay by the by).
    • In Borderlands 3, we meet his boyfriend and later husband Wainwright - a Southern Gentleman badass with a thick Louisiana accent. Though it's not that hard to notice since he calls Hammerlock the love of his life in the first moments after you meet him in person.
  • All of the LGBT characters in Dishonored 2 aren't particularly effeminate or butch, such as Aramis Stilton, Breanna Ashworth and Billie Lurk. Given that the game takes place in a fictional Constructed World, it's possible the cultural influences and pressures associated with being gay are different or non-existent in the game's world.
  • Arie van Bruggen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Once Jensen finds him, the first thing he says is "Sorry man, you're not my type". If it weren't for that single line, you'd think he was just your average straight Playful Hacker, or a smartass. More specifically, he's bisexual- his penthouse has a post it with a girl's phone number and a "Forever Alone" doodle, and Tong mentions that he provides Arie with anything he needs, including "booze, drugs, boys and girls."
  • Jim Miller in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided has an ex-husband, information which is buried away in his (hackable) emails. Otherwise, you would never have known.
  • Kim Kitsuragi of Disco Elysium fame is far, far too much the Consummate Professional to even consider going hard on any kind of stereotype, outside of his interest in clothes and a few subtle comments. Even his response to Harry asking him outright if he's gay is just a Blunt "Yes" and a suggestion that they should get back to work.
  • You can go for this or Camp Gay in Dragon Age: Origins, especially noticeable in certain conversations, such as the one with Leliana about shoes (where you can gush about beautiful shoes, be disinterested, or focus on practicality/cost).
  • Arguably, Urick in Drakengard 2. It's heavily, heavily implied that he and Yaha were more than just friends, and Urick doesn't display any overly-effeminate traits, unless being the former guardian of what basically amounts to a magical flower garden counts. Yaha, on the other hand...
  • Kian Alvane and Likho from Dreamfall Chapters. If the player makes the right choices, Kian outs himself to Likho, and the two have a conversation on how the Azadi treat gay and lesbian people. Should the scene play out with Enu instead of Likho, Kian simply states he's not interested in women, and the conversation ends shortly after. At a later point in the game, also depending on player choices, Likho confesses that he, too, is gay, but has kept this part of himself hidden because the Dolmari aren't quite as accepting of it as the Azadi are. Kian was present in the game's predecessor, Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, but his sexuality was never mentioned.
  • Niko, the magic shop owner's apprentice in Dungeon Maker II: The Hidden War. He's a fairly normal little boy, except for the huge crush he has on the Dungeon Maker, who happens to be male as well.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim's Dragonborn has the option of marrying a person of the same sex, and is perfectly capable of being a very butch man, as are many of the romantic interests available.
  • Fable, and especially its sequel, present the player with the option of same-sex dating, but only with NPCs that are themselves gay or bisexual. These NPCs are not obviously gay - this is discovered by flirting with them and getting a positive response. Otherwise, they dress and act the way the straight townspeople do.
  • Both homosexual followers in Fallout: New Vegas. You can flirt with Arcade Gannon if you share his orientation, otherwise it only comes up in some blink-and-you'll-miss-it lines of dialogue. Likewise, Veronica Santangelo is only revealed as a lesbian if you show interest in her backstory (or watch her eyes around the female strippers in the Gomorrah casino and brothel), and otherwise acts like any ordinary post-apocalyptic Power Fisted Monk... but she will confess her secret desire to own a fancy pre-war dress.
  • Tommy from Fahrenheit doesn't do anything aside from mention how he's found a possible new boyfriend at a bank. He has a slight lisp, but nothing too overdramatic.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony: Gay Tony. Yes, seriously. Were it not for his nickname and a couple of odd quirks and rants, you might never know for sure what Tony Prince's orientation is. Some of the game's positive critics mention how Tony doesn't act in a stereotypical fashion. Tony Prince is more of a double subversion than a straight trope, no pun intended. While he isn't interested in fashion or speaking in a perpetual lisp, he is a drama queen who snorts coke and runs nightclubs, and even calls himself an "old queen" at one point. That said, he tends to play this angle up more when in a group of people or at his clubs than when interacting with Luis, to whom he is cynical, rational, mature, and at one point in the game, even self-sacrificing.
  • Guilty Gear's Venom is the only canonically gay character from the Guilty Gear series. However, it's fairly common for people to not even know he's homosexual until either playing through to the end of his story or taking a glance at his bio.
  • In Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Kena will learn that Aldira was part of a couple with Hana during a quest to free Aldira's spirit. While Aldira and Hana are lesbians, at no point does the game drum out any LGBT stereotypes nor is their relationship ever seen as a point of objection or controversy within the village.
  • Kevin Smith from killer7 had a romantic relationship with another man according to companion book Hand in killer7, although you wouldn't know this by just playing the game.
  • BioWare started this one with Juhani in Knights of the Old Republic, part because LucasArts pitched a fit, forcing them to get sneaky. In-game, the fact of her being Jedi and a rare species of alien due to Mandalorian genocide are much more salient. However, they still managed to make her the first confirmed-to-be gay character in the Star Wars Expanded Universe.
  • The Last of Us: The very gruff Bill. It seems to be implied that he might have been in a relationship with another man named Frank, but it's not until a little later that we see one of the things Ellie stole from his place was a gay porn magazine, which sort of takes any ambiguity out of the equation.
  • One of the intimidating armoured guards in The Longest Journey mentions that he's gay if you try to get your (female) character past him by flirting. Unless it was just a quick way out.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In Mass Effect
      • A female Shepard romancing Liara comes off as this. Liara physically resembles a woman, but because the Asari are a monogender species they have no real concept of male/female, though the codex refers to them as an "all-female species," implying that while they may be monogendered, that gender is in fact female.
      • Certain data files in Lair of the Shadow Broker heavily imply Mass Effect 2's Gavorn is this.
    • Mass Effect 3:
      • Male Shepard can have a romantic relationship with Steve Cortez, who both fit this trope. Similarly, female Shepard can start a romance with Samantha Traynor.
      • Nyreen Kandros, the series' first female turian, who was previously in a relationship with asari gangster Aria T'Loak.
      • Returning party member Kaidan Alenko reveals that he is a bisexual variant, as a male Shepard can now romance Kaidan just as the female Shepard can. Up until this point Kaidan had shown no signs that he was attracted to other men as he wasn't originally a Gay Option in Mass Effect, with Kaidan himself explaining that Shepard's temporary death in Mass Effect 2 was the impetus for Kaidan realizing he was in love with the male Shepard.
  • Kalden Azrus from Masquerada: Songs and Shadows was in a relationship and ran an orphanage with a man who was killed shortly before the story began.
  • Revolver Ocelot from the Metal Gear Franchise has been confirmed to have been in love with Big Boss, and the various betrayals and manipulations he preformed over the years were all in an effort to achieve Big Boss' dream. While there is a lot of subtle (and not so subtle) Ho Yay that Ocelot shares with quite a few characters in the series, his sexuality is not really focused on all that much in the main series, making it easy to miss.
  • In Mortal Kombat X, Kung Jin doesn't seem gay, and the only thing in-game that alludes to his sexuality is an ambiguous conversation between himself and Raiden where the Thunder God suggests Jin go seek training at the Wu Shi Academy. Word of God later confirmed the subtext of that conversation.
    Kung Jin: "I can't...they won't accept..."
    Raiden: "They care only of what is in your heart, not whom your heart desires."
  • Emil in NieR is gay according to Yoko Taro, and he falls in love with Nier over the course of the game.
  • From the Persona series: Persona 2's first protagonist, aloof bad boy Tatsuya Suou, can be played as this in Innocent Sin if the player chooses to select Jun Kurosu as his Love Interest. Hell, if you take the character designer's word for it, the two even make the best couple.
  • Joachim Valentine from Shadow Hearts: Covenant. While he is certainly a Large Ham, little he does is overtly homosexual, with the exception of a couple comments he makes throughout the game.
  • SLAMMED!: Solitary is gay, but there aren't any hints of it in his behavior, fitting this trope. It's only mentioned briefly during an overview of his career, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it line if you successfully earn a title match with Solitary by grabbing the belt during the Ladders and Scaffolds match, as a blog post will report that Paul Prototype will accuse Solitary and Alex Dobbs (who is a woman) of being in bed with each other "literally, despite Solitary's known orientation".
  • Undertale has several characters who are non-heterosexual, none of whom act camp or show any Gayngst.
    • The gender of the playable character is never outright stated, with only gender-neutral pronouns used to refer to them. Throughout the game, they can flirt with males, females, and monsters that are genderless.
    • Undyne is the lesbian leader of the Royal Guard, and recognized as the best fighter in the Underground. You wouldn't know this early on in the game, only being hinted at with Mettaton's quiz show mid-game.
    • Alphys is bisexual (and a bit of a Robosexual), and is a complete nerd.
    • A mid-game boss fight with an extremely buff pair of guards. In order to spare them, you have to get one of the guards to confess their love for the other one.
  • Pretty much every gay man in The Walking Dead (Telltale):
    • The Walking Dead: Season Two gives us Walter and Matthew, two kind, older gentlemen living in an abandoned skii resort. They refer to eachother as "partners", but this was too vague to many players who thought that the two were just close friends.
    • The Walking Dead: Season Three has Paul "Jesus" Monroe, whose only hint towards his sexuality is that he flirts with Javier briefly in episode five.
    • The Walking Dead: Season Four: The quiet and introverted James' sexuality can be revealed in an optional conversation he has if Clementine has befriended him. He will pull her to the side before the raid on the Delta boat to show her a photo of him and his ex-boyfriend. The exchange can be missed entirely, with nothing else pointing to James being gay.
    • Depending on player choice, Clementine can come across as straight bi. She briefly develops a crush on Gabe in Season Three; and in Season Four she can pursue a relationship with either Louis or Violet.
  • Mislav in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, though it didn't stop him from getting neck deep in some Gayngst in his backstory.
  • World of Warcraft has the no-nonsense, calm and collected SI:7 spymaster Mathias Shaw. Throughout most of the series history he showed no romantic attachment towards any gender (which could possibly be a front to conceal any vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by an enemy) , and displays no stereotypical mannerisms of any kind. However, a conversation with Valeera in Battle for Azeroth reveals an interest in a then-unspecified person, and in the Shadows Rising novel he enters a relationship with the also-male Flynn Fairwind.

    Visual Novels 
  • Echo
    • Flynn is a tall, muscular gila monster whose defining characteristics are anger, a constant flow of insults... and promiscuity toward males exclusively. Sydney even goes so far as to refer to him as "the most straight gay guy ever." One of Flynn's first few lines even involves a discussion of how hot he found the female lead in a recent action movie.
    • Leo is a mechanic and former high school football player who demonstrates no stereotypical traits of being gay aside from his obsessive infatuation with childhood sweetheart Chase. In fact, given his opinions on guns, college, and Chase's role in their relationship, Leo even comes across as pretty weirdly conservative at times. In the prequel novel Route 65, even Chase is shocked to find out that Leo is gay, let alone that he has feelings for him.
  • The main cast of Extracurricular Activities are hypermasculine with huge muscles and hardly show any stereotypical traits.
  • Most of the male cast of Morenatsu, and especially the main character and all nine potential love interests. Even the more feminine bachelors in the game, like Shin-kun, aren't really campy in any way.

    Web Animation 
  • Among Us Logic has The Gentleman in a relationship with Mr. Cheese, and neither show any stereotypical traits.
  • Almost no-one would've guessed that the o.W.n Fem!Scout in Cult of Personality was a lesbian until she started checking out and then showing interest in the RED Turbine Fem!Scout upon meeting each other the first time in Chapter 4, though the feeling isn't mutual. Could also be considered Screw Yourself since the Fem!Scout may essentially be the same person. And this is after she openly rejected the oWn Scout and the ambiguously male Pyro's advances, although the latter is probably due to the Pyro trying to give her an arm as a gift. Otherwise, she behaves pretty much the same as any other Scouts.
  • Hazbin Hotel: Bartender Husk is pansexual. He doesn't have gay stereotypes or even pansexual stereotypes (Extreme Omnisexual, Lovable Sex Maniac).
  • Helluva Boss: Moxxie is straight bi, with him not only displaying none of the stereotypes for bisexuality (Depraved Bisexual, Extreme Omnisexual, etc.), but him being bi at all is subtle and often downplayed, most of the time seeming like a total straight guy until he lets loose a random comment that makes it clear he also swings for guys
  • Sims Big Brother:
    • Keegan at least looked like a flaming queen Stereotype. McKenzie meanwhile? You can probably not even guess she was gay until you see her say she is.
    • From the original season seven, there was a guy who was openly gay in the house. However, he said, "I'm not like your average gay guys — I like beer and football."
  • Sherry and Ohio from Red vs. Blue are both lesbians, but it’s revealed rather causally and neither show any stereotypical traits.

  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl:
    • Matt is a cheerful, Gentle Giant who doesn't display any camp mannerisms. It comes as a shock to Paulo when he finds out Matt is gay.
    • James is bubbly, excitable but he's not really camp at all.
  • Vinci from Vinci and Arty. Although he isn't specifically gay (Word of God says he doesn't pay much attention to physical details), at least in regards to his relationship with Arty he technically qualifies. Though his occasionally being mistaken for female somewhat overshadows this.
  • Prequel has Quill-Weave, who, while gay, doesn't act stereotypical at all.
  • Housepets!:
    • Bruce and Roosevelt, two kangaroos that watch American football on the telly and complain that it isn't rugged enough for their Rugby hardened tastes.
    • Keene is eventually revealed to be this, although his boyfriend Breel is a lot more camp.
  • Silver Bullet Nights focuses on Seek, a burly ex-mercenary who, in the words of the creator, was designed as a mixture of "Frank Castle and Dracula on steroids." It also features a less obvious version of Straight Gay in the form of Donovan, an inconspicuous but attractive nerd with a deadpan expressive and no-nonsense approach to life.
  • Ethan of Shortpacked! describes himself as gay, but puts a whole lot more energy into thinking about toys than about sex, sexuality, and fulfilling stereotypes.
  • The Utopian from Johnny Saturn, as well as his boyfriend Lewis.
  • Justin from El Goonish Shive, to the point where the girl who inadvertently outed him still thinks she can win him back. Justin's initial appearance (longer hair, earring in his right ear, and a frickin' purple martial arts uniform) would easily set off gaydars (and indeed this might have been the intention), but he has since lost the earring, and his hair has steadily been getting shorter and thinner. He's also tall (Word of God says he's 6 feet), physically strong, good with martial arts, and occasionally badass. By now, it would be very difficult to tell that he's gay if it weren't for occasional references to this fact. Until he got a date with Luke, that is.
  • Karl Kroenen from Abe & Kroenen. Abe falls somewhere on the border between Straight Gay and Camp Gay, although it doesn't help that his action figure's hands have a tendency towards "limp wrist" gestures.
  • Questionable Content:
    • Marten's first boss acts just like any other straight character, and the only difference is his mention of his boyfriend.
    • Same goes for Marten's dad and "Dad 2: Dad Harder", all though they have so little screen time it's hard to tell.
  • Senileavich and Ridley of Funny Farm. Ridley's borderline, given his consideration for his appearance, but Senileavich is a stoic grump who couldn't act the stereotype if he were deliberately trying. As opposed to the flamboyant but totally straight Mike Hopkins.
  • Cadugan the surly half-elf ranger from Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic. Women adore him, and tend to be in denial about their failures to seduce him.
  • Khaos Komix: Steve, though he will cook. And he's claimed to be bi, but "I decided on bi because it sounded less gay" does not smack of being true to oneself. In fact, all of the male gay characters are arguably straight-gay, including Alex (though he may be pansexual) and Tom (who is a trans man).
  • Most of the gay characters in Boy Meets Boy, and Collin in Friendly Hostility.
  • Several in Closet Coon; Colin doesn't even acknowledge he's gay at the start of the story.
  • The present and future arc versions of Galehaut in Arthur, King of Time and Space, playing off the Ho Yay between him and Lancelot in the original stories. And, following a retcon to stop the only male gay character being dead, Kay and Bedivere (originally Space/Contemporary Bedivere was genderflipped).
  • Utahraptor of Dinosaur Comics. It's only explicitly mentioned during a few strips early in the archives, and has very rarely been referenced in the following years. This is what lead to the quote on the quote page, after a few readers thought Utahraptor dating a man was a typo.
  • Jhim from Something*Positive. The only trait that stands out as particularly effeminate is his fondness for dance, but even that gets undermined when he complains to the rather dim choreographer that the ballet is too girlie and she says she's sorry, she composed it thinking he was gay. Branwen's late father also counts, even though he never appears onscreen. He married Branwen's mother, an asexual, to provide The Beard for their respective orientations and fulfill their mutual desire for kids. Davan has an awkward meeting with the father's former lover and goes to Mike for explanation to avoid upsetting Branwen:
    "Hey, did your Uncle Patrick ever strike you as being gay?"
    "No. I mean, apart from his boyfriend Leland."
  • Josh of Honeydew Syndrome fits this trope (though he's more straight bisexual than straight gay, it seems). There isn't anything about him that could be called stereotypically gay or effeminate.
  • Colin from Goodbye Chains. If anything, he might be more manly then the heterosexual Banquo.
  • Lars from Two Guys and Guy. He's out of closet, (formerly) overweight, and the most normal person in the cast. Wayne obviously didn't know that he was gay, or else he wouldn't have played that prank where he sent emails to his friends and family where he pretends to be Lars coming out to everyone. Lars actually ends up thanking Wayne because he didn't have the guts to do it himself, much to his frustration.
  • In Wuffle episode "Meet the Parents" we find out that Chuck, the mail horse, has a boyfriend named Dr. Greyham, a hamster. Neither one of them show any gay sterotypes whatsoever. Heck, they haven't even been shown kissing yet!
  • Sandra on the Rocks: Lavali's orientation is neither hinted at nor contradicted by her behavior in the comic before the day that her brother Alex comes home to find her in the process of breaking up with another girl named Claire. It turns out that what he's seen of her behavior in the past, though, makes this a Captain Obvious Reveal for him.
  • Sticky Dilly Buns: Secondary character Jerzy is something of a textbook case, certainly by contrast to Camp Gay lead character Dillon. Jerzy is open about his sexuality, but shows few camp mannerisms, as well as working in construction and driving a pickup truck.
  • You wouldn't believe Gordon and Hector from Buster Wilde Weerwolf are gay by their looks but then you see them talk about cute guys and hitting the gay clubs.
  • Keydar in Dark Legacy Comics is gay but except for two strips (out of over 500) where he crushes on another guy, it never comes up.
  • Nikita and Steffano in Sarilho. They fall for each other pretty quickly, but none of them displays any particular gay stereotypes.
  • Mitch from Long Exposure is trailer park trash and an aggressive slob of a bully and yet he's gay as all hell, especially for resident nerd Jonas.
  • Amanda Green, Superhuman Insurance Agent has Jim, a middle-aged family man. It's a workplace comedy so his sexual orientation almost never comes up because it simply isn't relevant. Learning he's gay teaches new employee Carrie she's not as open-minded as she thought she was, specifically her inherent assumption that people are heterosexual if they don't exhibit stereotypical gay behaviors.
  • Nate from The Back o' Beyond has few stereotypical traits except maybe his fondness for knitting, although that's for practical reasons, as well as for a hobby.
  • Mr Spender in Paranatural. While he is a bit overdramatic, his Large Ham tendencies are entirely directed towards trying and failing to come across as a mysterious badass, with no energy left over for being campy.
  • The main couple in Dark Heaven have little to no Camp Gay traits and happen to be quite manly in different ways.
  • In Crimson Knights At the Silea's Eve's celebration Itham nonchalantly tells a palace-maid that she's not his type when she tries to get him to dance at the ball.

    Web Original 
  • This Not Always Right story, where a newly uncloseted young man is dragged through the shopping mall by his female friend, who has clearly equated "gay" with "fashion-conscious".
  • Gold Tongues has Stix. He comes across as a Large Ham and a crafty thief, but shows no signs of being gay. At least not until chapter 4, where he has sex with another gay man.
  • Saladin, of the Whateley Universe. He's a virile, muscular superhero at Whateley Academy. No one suspects him until he has to out himself because of a blackmailer.
  • The Kindness of Devils has several homosexual characters spread throughout the series.
    • Girls on Film has Anthony, an enforcer working for Kedra who nonchalantly mentions that he was turned into a vampire by his husband Tom.
    • Under The Cold Moon has Grete Ravenhallow who gives no hint of her sexuality in any capacity professionally, but later reveals herself as a proud lesbian.
    • None Too Holy reveals that Father Augustyn was gay and had a crush on Hardestadt.
    • The Dreams of Lonely Stars has Frank Eagles and Albert Harrington, both of whom have been a couple for several years.
  • The Legatum series seems to have at least one openly gay character in each story.
    • Smirvlak's Stone has Gnekvizz Corveel, whose sexuality is revealed nonchalantly by his brother Nick.
    • Help Not Wanted has Groshlar, Grovmar, Krumvell, and Bunng, who all show no stereotypical traits short of having sex with each other.
    • The Road to Hell... has Shurrmvin and Jervow, the former of whom had a boyfriend prior to his death.
    • Scrambled Egg has Synnyk Synncader, who reveals he's dating a male goblin named Gargin.
  • Tails of Fame has Lamson, who is openly gay but never displays any stereotypical gay traits or mannerisms.
  • Legend in Worm, the leader of the most powerful collection of superheroes on the planet, is gay, happily married, and in the process of adopting a child. Nothing in his mannerisms and speeches before the chapter that this is mentioned so much as hinted at the conditions of his personal life or his sexuality, and even then, the chapter is more concerned with dealing with the Slaughterhouse Nine. In Legend's point-of-view chapter, he's more concerned with the fact that Cauldron and his teammates have betrayed and lied to him.

    Web Videos 
  • Orym from Critical Role. He's a stern melee fighter and Only Sane Man of Bells Hells, who eventually confesses that he lost his husband in an attack on the Air Ashari six years prior. Later, when Dusk tries to seduce him, he awkwardly turns her down by telling her he's only into guys.
  • Billy-Jay Clarke from Evolution, a standout football player, although in the closet.
  • All of the non-straight characters from Fragile and its sequel Perpetual Change are examples of this
  • Many of the guys in the video Yes, We're Gay But..., though one or two are Camp Gay.
  • Mikala in Disappointing Gay Best Friend is constantly trying to get her "best gay friend Tyler" to do stereotypically gay things with her, but he's generally more interested in staying in and reading modern literature or other more sedate pursuits.

    Western Animation 
  • Archer: When Archer tries to play a Honey Trap on a gay man, he first approaches the man in some incredibly small daisy dukes and tank top, making over-the-top sexual innuendo, and even dyeing his hair blonde. He's rejected by his target and later advised by two other gay men, one of whom is a straight gay, to just use his typical The Casanova attitude on the man the same as if he were a woman.
  • Terry and his husband Paul from the The Cleveland Show don't have any stereotypical gay hobbies, jobs or mannerisms. They can't cook, Terry is a cable installer, Paul is a building contractor, Terry was part of the football team in High School, and their home looks like a bachelor pad for a stereotypical straight guy.
  • Big City Greens gives us Alexander and Terry, two young adult men living in the same apartment and are rarely ever seen apart. While Terry does not show any signs of stereotypically gay behavior, Alexander has a rather effiminite voice.
  • Olrox and Mizrak from Castlevania: Nocturne. While the former has a slightly flamboyant fashion sense, neither man show any hint of their sexuality. Then, we see them waking up in bed together.
  • On Family Guy, Meg's new crush, Kent Lastname is on a sports team, goes on a date with Meg, and is gay, but doesn't act camp so Meg doesn't pick it up. Unfortunately this causes Brian to give Meg the advice that maybe he's just confused and Meg (in another desperate attempt to gain ANY kind of love) makes a plan to roofie Kent's current crush (Chris) and have him tell her what it was like having sex with him ...until her realization and Heel–Face Turn near the end of the episode.
  • Mocked in Futurama when a muscular, dashing, macho man knocks down Fry's sand castle and hits on Leela. She rejects him, but when he tells her it was a business proposition that they didn't understand, she offers to go for a stroll with him, slightly disappointed that he wasn't attracted to her. He then adds insult to injury by telling Leela "No thanks ma'am, I'm actually gay" and walking off.
  • Lexington of Gargoyles, via Word of Gay declaration from Greg Weisman. In volume 2 of the comic continuation he meets a London gargoyle named Staghart who obviously would have been his Love Interest if the comic hadn't been cancelled.
  • Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland from Gravity Falls are two stupid, incompetent small town cops who are implied to to be in love with each other. Creator Alex Hirsch later confirmed they are a couple through a Word of Gay declaration.
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: While not overly manly, Benson certainly doesn't display any camp stereotypes. He comes out to Kipo during their "date" in Ratland, and during his dream by Tad, he gets a huge amount of male groupies.
  • Wing and Wong from Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny don't display any gay characteristics, and the characters are shocked when they're revealed to be a couple. Granted in their debut episode they strongly implied they had the same mom, meaning they were likely intended to be brothers before being rewritten, so it makes sense they didn't act gay at all before. But even after their coming-out scene they still don't act gay or even display any strong affection for each other, which lead some people to believe they were just putting on an act with their boss, but to be fair Kung Fu Panda is somewhat of a No Hugging, No Kissing series.
  • Gus and Wally from Mission Hill are an elderly gay couple who only display their sexuality when appropriate and are an early example of a gay couple on in a cartoon being portrayed in a wholly positive light - the first to show a guy-on-guy kiss on Prime Time, network television ever, in fact, which got praise from GLAAD and scorn from the Moral Guardians, despite the show being marketed to adults in the United States. Gus is Manly Gay, while Wally is Straight Gay, if a bit wimpy.
  • The Loud House gives us the first official gay couple in a Nickelodeon cartoon: Howard and Harold McBride. Neither however have any Camp Gay tendencies, at all, and are presented in a realistic manner. Even the few times they do show Camp Gay tendencies it's mostly Played for Laughs.
    • Sam Sharp is dating Luna Loud, but she does not show any camp tendencies usually associated with lesbians. The same is true with Luna herself.
  • Q-Force has Steve Maryweather who displays little to no gay stereotypes despite being gay himself. He does go by his nickname “Mary” a lot even though that can be interpreted differently because Mary is part of his last name.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Ren and Stimpy as confirmed by John Kricfalusi in a 1997 magazine. With the release of Adult Party Cartoon, the statement became very, very explicitly canon. (Though Ren became more of a Depraved Bisexual).
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
    • Adora. The only gay marker about her is that she is shown to be exclusively attracted to other women.
    • One of Bow's two dads (the other is a less-stereotypical version of Camp Gay).
  • South Park:
  • Similar to Lexington, Richie from Static Shock was confirmed to have been gay like his counterpart from the comic.
  • Total Drama: The 2023 reboot has Raj realizing that he is gay after developing feelings for Bowie. Unlike Bowie, who is very flamboyant, Raj shows no stereotypically gay quirks, being just as much of a dudebro as his buddy Wayne.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • The Alchemist almost never shows any stereotypically homosexual tendencies (other than putting on a Camp Gay voice). Has a pretty physical onscreen relationship with Shore Leave (who is kinda on the fence with this troupe and Camp Gay) which comes up every so often.
    • Colonel Gentleman, who is every bit the dashing Sean Connery-esque gentleman agent, except that he's also famous for his homosexual conquests and his young male lover Kiki, despite showing no stereotypically gay traits at all and, according to the creators on the Season 2 DVD, transcends sexuality. As Jackson Publick said in his Gentleman voice, "Of course I'm having sex with Tiki. Look at him, he's gorgeous, what the hell else would you do with him?! That doesn't make me gay, it makes me smart!"
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender reveals that Shiro used to have a boyfriend prior to leaving Earth. He's not stereotypical in any way whatsoever, to the point that it was once extremely popular to ship him with his female teammates since nobody suspected otherwise.


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Ethan Clade

Ethan is openly gay but doesn't exhibit any overt gay stereotypes.

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