Created By: CommanderPanda on September 9, 2011 Last Edited By: CommanderPanda on January 27, 2013
Nuked

Reverse Harem

Gender-flipped version of the Harem Genre

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Do We Have This (under a different name), Do We Need This; Early Development Phase, Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples; Seen It a Million Times; Up for Grabs

Old Title: Otome.

Note that: the current working title is currently a redirect for Harem Genre. Otome Genre (possible/likely redirect)

Harem Genre is currently in TRS here.

A Reverse Harem occurs when one of the main goals, besides the plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the female lead and one of several male characters. These works are unsurprisingly geared towards a female market.

In Japan, this occurs often enough to be called a genre known as Otome, or "Maiden." This occurs most often in games, and slightly less often in Anime and Manga.

Reverse Harem generally mirrors the Harem Genre, though typically with the focus on Fanservice shifted to the emotional relationships between the characters. Though that isn't to say that Fanservice doesn't occur, multiple Bishounen and Hunks compete for the female lead's attention, Shirtless Scenes, abound, and there's even a subset of the genre strictly for Boy's love.

This is less likely to occur in western works, but that's not to say it doesn't. Literature aimed at young girls, and Fanfiction are two places this is likely to pop up in the west.

Check The other wiki for anything I may have missed in my haste.

Examples:

Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • September 9, 2011
    smashingmelons
    People don't tend to react favorably to articles with Japanese names. Anyway, Otome just means "maiden," so you should probably at least call it Otome Genre. Or just call it Reverse Harem.
  • September 9, 2011
    shimaspawn
    Reverse Harem would be the best name especially since Otome means far more things than just this one genre. It's not a clear name even to someone who does know Japanese.
  • September 10, 2011
    peccantis
    Support Reverse Harem for name, Otome Genre can be a redirect.
  • September 10, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Changed the title. I'm cautious, likely overly so, of the implications that male-centric Harem Genre is the norm, and female-centric is reverse.
  • September 10, 2011
    Koveras
    ^ Historically, "harem" always referred to the one-guy-many-girls constellation; it's only recently that the gender-flipped variation started proliferating. Calling this setup "reverse harem" is perfectly appropriate.
  • September 10, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Very fair point. I'm embarrassed to have fallen victim to presentism lol.
  • September 10, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Reverse Harem is a redirect for Harem Genre. Has their been a descision to split Harem Genre? Also, Harem Genre is the subject of an open TRS thread. You might want to take that thread into account.
  • September 10, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    ^ Did not notice the TRS at all. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll give that a read in the morning, tis getting late.

    Simplest solution is let everything fall under Harem Genre, but I probably shouldn't say anything that sounds conclusive without first having read the TRS.
  • September 10, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    See this for pages currently tagged with Reverse Harem. You can probably get some examples from there

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/relatedsearch.php?term=Main/ReverseHarem
  • November 1, 2011
    LikaLaruku
    I came here LOOKING for Reverse Harem & was disappointed not to find it. This means going through ALL of the harem categories one at a time.
  • November 1, 2011
    LikaLaruku
    Also, what about gay harem? For series with all boys or all girls?
  • January 27, 2013
    Catbert
    Harem Genre covers this. Discarding.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=ujr86dd8fhaphdzcvlipgp7o&trope=DiscardedYKTTW