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Basic Trope: People think this/these character(s) is/are homosexual... They're wrong.

  • Straight: Bob and Charles are straight, but Alice thinks by mistake that they are gay.
  • Exaggerated: Bob thinks that Alice is asking because he's the one who is gay. Someone else gave Alice the idea, and they think that this other guy is the gay.
  • Downplayed:
    • When Bob talks about his girlfriend Charlie, some people think she is a dude.
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    • Alice is talking about trying to find a date for a friend and says that he probably wouldn't be interested in Carol after his break up with Charles. Bob replies that he is bisexual, not gay and would be interested in meeting her.
  • Justified:
    • The evidence that led Alice to think that Bob and Charles are gay is very specific, such as a "I'm gay" banner, that Alice did not realize that was a prank by someone else.
    • The character in question is In Touch with His Feminine Side, (or might even be Camp Straight) so it's quite easy for the uniformed and prejudiced to jump to conclusions and assume that he is gay.
    • The character is asexual. However, since people around them don't know that fact or just don't buy that explanation, their train of thought goes like this:
      1. "They have never had a girlfriend/boyfriend".
      2. "Therefore, they must have had secret intercourse with members of the same sex".
      3. "After all, there's no such thing as someone that doesn't like sex, right?!"
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    • The character is shy around girls. Since A Man Is Always Eager, everyone assumes he's gay.
    • Bob and Charles are such close Heterosexual Life-Partners that it's easy for Alice to make the jump from that to "gay".
  • Inverted: Bob is openly gay, but Alice thinks that he's secretly straight.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice goes into the room and finds Bob over Charles. "Oh, my God, I would have never suspected that...
(Dramatic Pause) ...Charles needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Is he OK?"
  • Bob and Charles are actually gay, and Alice somehow picked up on it before anyone else. They just felt like staying in the closet for a while.
  • Double Subverted: Alice goes into the room and finds Bob over Charles. "Oh, my God, I would have never suspected that... (Dramatic Pause)... Charles needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Is he OK?" "Hey, I was not giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!" "Oh, then that means that you two are gay. Sorry to interrupt, have fun!"
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  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Alice goes into the room and finds Bob over Charles. "Oh, my God, I would have never suspected that... (Dramatic Pause)... Charles needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Is he OK?" "Hey, I was not giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation!" "Oh, then that means that you two are gay. Sorry to interrupt, have fun!" Charles leaves, and Alice chuckles to herself, laughing at her prank.
  • Averted:
    • Alice gets into the room and find Bob over Charles. He simply ignores them, and does not make any comment about their activities.
    • Bob and Charles ARE gay, making asking about it or any other ideas pointless.
  • Enforced: The writers have noticed some Bob/Charles shipping, so add in a little bit just to please the fans.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: Charles, I thought you did that strange thing because you were gay.
    Charles: Being gay is not a wildcard explanation; I'm straight but that has no relation with what I did.
  • Invoked: Alice pretends to understand that Charles is gay to push his Berserk Button.
  • Exploited: Charles set up clues of him being gay, to avoid people from suspecting his real secret
  • Defied:
    • "Let's better stop doing this. If Alice enters the room now, she'll think that we're gay!"
    • "I'd better not jump to conclusions about Bob and Charles. Even if my assumptions on their sexuality are true, it's not very nice to bring up such things in public."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Hey, that Alice character is so prejudiced! Just because Bob wears pink doesn't mean he's gay!"
  • Played for Laughs: The episode has a wacky plot of Bob and Charles trying to prove they're straight to Alice but one wacky thing after another makes them seem more gay. It has a Happy Ending to avoid getting too dark.
  • Played for Drama: Bob and Charles start to question their sexuality after Alice mistakes them for gay.
  • Deconstructed: In a conservative community, Bob and Charles face harassment and possibly violence for supposedly being gay.
  • Reconstructed: They use this position to help educate their community and shame them for their extreme homophobia. The community realizes that judging people must be wrong if misjudging them is so easy, and they become much more tolerant of gay people.
  • Implied: Alice always says Bob and Charles are gay. When she does this in front of them, both look a little confused.

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