Created By: QiChinMay 10, 2011 Last Edited By: MarqFJAApril 5, 2012

Harem of Sisters

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A sort-of sub-genre of hentai and ecchi harem stories, in which the main characteristic is that the girls in the Love Dodecahedron (or a Love Dodecaehdron-sized subset of the main Love Dodecahedron) are all sisters, most typically of the blood-related variety and sharing at least one parent between them all. The protagonist himself, however, is rarely related to the sisters. This can also often lead to situations where several of the sisters get it on with the guy at the same time.

This trope is the result of taking the premise of Sibling Triangle up to eleven and blowing it to Love Dodecahedron proportions. Do also note that while it's usually "several sisters, one guy", cases of "several brothers, one guy" do exist, but are rarer than former variant due to Double Standard.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • To Love Ru has Lala Satalin Deviluke, who is later joined by her sisters Nana Asta Deviluke and Momo Velia Deviluke.

Literature
  • Genderflipped example: In Flora Segunda the mother of one of the main characters is married to three men who are brothers.

Religion
  • Biblical example: Jacob and his wives. Leah and Rachel were definitely sisters, and some historians/biblical scholars think his other two wives, Bilhah and Zilpah, were full sisters to each other and half-sisters to Leah and Rachel as well.

Video Games
Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • May 10, 2011
    TheChainMan
    Kiss X Sis is about two twin sisters who both fall in love with their stepbrother. Two of the Supporting Harem members are also sisters.
  • May 10, 2011
    ladygem
    biblical example: Jacob and his wives. Leah and Rachel were defiantly sisters, and some historians/biblical scholars think his other two wives were as well.

    edit: Jacob, not Abraham, and Rachel, not Rebecca. 'Tis early in the morning,and I can't seem to keep my patriarchs and matriarchs straight, forgive me.
  • May 10, 2011
    SirPsychoSexy
    Asu No Yoichi! is a good example.
  • May 10, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Er, the wording Harem Of Sisters makes it sound like it is a harem of his OWN sisters. Perhaps it might be an idea to avoid that.

    Granted, not sure what exact title would be BETTER...
  • May 10, 2011
    bluepenguin
    In Flora Segunda the mother of one of the main characters is married to three men who are brothers (if you're counting gender-inverted examples).
  • May 10, 2011
    QiChin
    Thanks for the examples, they have been added. I think I might leave this up here until Friday, and then launch it. As for the title, it does sound like it could mean the main character's sisters, but I also don't know what would be succinct enough for a good title.
  • May 11, 2011
    Arivne
    A type of Themed Harem.

    Anime and Manga
    • Sister Princess is a variant in which the sisters are related to the protagonist but the romance aspect is subtext.

    Film
    • Belle Epoque. A man is in love with four sisters, and must choose which one to marry.
  • May 11, 2011
    QiChin
    ^ I found the Themed Harem trope, is this one significant enough to be its own trope?
  • May 11, 2011
    Koveras
    Don't we already have it as Sibling Triangle?
  • May 11, 2011
    ElaineRose
    Western Animation
    • Avatar The Last Airbender: It's never shown on screen, but apparently Ty Lee ran away from home because she had six identical sisters.

    Now, if this is specifically for harem situations, the above example is only a harem in some obscure circles of fanon. Also, if it only for harem situations, then I'd have to agree with the above opinion of themed harem. If it just means a big bunch of sisters, then this should fit.
  • May 11, 2011
    QiChin
    The Themed Harem is a bit unclear. It states that something like "They're all soldiers" or "They're all schoolgirls" is too general. Would something like "They're all sisters" also be too general for that, then? What about "They're all maids", which is listed in the examples?
  • May 11, 2011
    bluepenguin
    ^^ My understanding was that Sibling Triangle would be for cases where there is some conflict between the siblings about it, whereas if the siblings don't mind sharing/the guy takes the Tenchi Solution it's this trope. That being said, the description doesn't specify that, so I may be making it up.
  • July 10, 2011
    MarqFJA
    Bump?
  • July 10, 2011
    Xzenu
    The Bible is a book, thus literature. (Yes, it's mythology too, but literature has higher priority since TV Tropes is about media.)
  • July 11, 2011
    MarqFJA
    I thought the Bible and other "non-mythological" religious examples went under "Religion". That's how I saw it on many articles here, anyways.
  • July 12, 2011
    PennyDreadful
    The Spanish film Belle Epoque qualifies, when three sisters fall for a soldier on the run from Spanish fascists.
  • July 12, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    I've also seen Mythology and Religion grouped together as a heading.
  • July 12, 2011
    Aminatep
    Futakoi, what's with six separate sets of twins falling for the protagonist. Futakoi Alternative features that to lesser degree.
  • July 12, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Like Water For Chocolate, maybe. Tita loves Pedro and he loves her, but she's not allowed to get married so he marries her sister Rosura instead, just to be near her.
  • July 12, 2011
    SonofRojBlake
    1980s British Conservative politician Alan Clarke, in amongst many other extra-marital dalliances, famously bedded Valerie Harkess, the wife of a South African judge, and both of her smoking hot daughters. Get in.
  • July 13, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I think wording like "the girls in the harem are all sisters of each other" would better reflect the concept.
  • July 13, 2011
    neobullseye
    In Sigma Star Saga, a set of four sisters all fall in love with you to some extent.
  • July 13, 2011
    MarqFJA
    The original sponsor appears to have either abandoned this YKTTW, or has too much on his plate IRL for now. Given the lack of a No Launching Please notice, we should assume it's Up For Grabs. Who wants to take over the sponsorship for now?
  • July 30, 2011
    MarqFJA
    Taking up sponsorship.
  • August 22, 2011
    quedonX
    I still think this is Sibling Triangle.
  • August 22, 2011
    MarqFJA
    I think the intention is taking Sibling Triangle Up To Eleven and enlarging it to Love Dodecahedron proportions. Take the The Sagara Family for example: Four girls, plus their Hot Mom. Sibling Triangle, on the other hand, is specifically about a particular form of Triang Relations.

    I do agree, however, that Sibling Triangle examples should be excluded from this trope and instead shunted off there.
  • September 6, 2011
    kjnoren
    • Inverted in the Vorkosigan Saga, where Ivan Vorpatril asked three sisters to marry him, on the same day. All of them turned him down.
      "I'm getting as tired of hand-me-down men as I am of hand-me-down clothes." (Martya in Memory)
  • September 6, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    ^^So for clarification, for example, Tenchi Muyo is an example of Unwanted Harem and arguably Sibling Triangle, but not this, because there's only one pair of sisters (Ayeka and Sassami) in Tenchi's harem?

    Wheras if the protagonist dated three sisters and three other girls for example, it would be this?
  • September 6, 2011
    Jordan
    In "Mr. Simoneli and the Fairy Widower" from The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories (in the same 'verse as Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell), Simoneli, a half-fairy clergyman proposes marriage to all of daughters of the family (iirc, seven of them) who are his patrons so that his fully fairy cousin won't kidnap any of them and make them his brides.

    Or so Simoneli claims anyway.
  • April 4, 2012
    QiChin
    Huh, didn't think that this one would actually make it this far, I thought it would drown in references to Themed Harem.

    From what I can see, Sibling Triangle seems to be about three people, no more, no less, where the two that are siblings are trying to get the third, playing out the possible ways a sibling relationship can interfere with that. This one is more of an ecchi/hentai trope, where the siblings (usually 3 or more) don't mind sharing as much.

    I would also think that numbers do matter; something like Kissx Sis would fit under Sibling Triangle, since it's quite clearly two sisters fighting over one guy.

    Given that this is a pretty big premise in ecchi/hentai, that alone could warrant this being its own trope.
  • April 4, 2012
    lebrel
    "cases of "several brothers, one guy"" Uh, do you mean "several brothers, one girl", or are we talking yaoi here?
  • April 4, 2012
    StevenT
    In The Chipmunk Adventure, an Arabian prince made the Chipettes his harem.
  • April 5, 2012
    MarqFJA
    I just want to say that this thing is Up For Grabs for anyone who thinks they could do a better job. God knows that my mind is drawing blanks on how to improve this.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable