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[[caption-width-right:228:[[TallDarkAndHandsome Tall, dark, handsome]] and filthy rich. Oh, and he wants your ass. [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre Literally.]]]]

->''"Do you remember those old electric train sets that used to be popular forever ago? The ones that went through the town, the forest, and then finally into the tunnel in the mountain? Yeah, the seme is the train."''
-->-- '''[[Website/DesuDesBrigade Vixen]]'''

A character associated with the [[BoysLoveGenre Yaoi genre]], the Seme makes up the "giving" half of the relationship and is conventionally more masculine than the {{Uke}}, almost always signified by him being OneHeadTaller and more "handsome" than "cute" in looks. If he wears glasses, they'll probably be thin-rimmed so it will make him look [[StoicSpectacles sophisticated, intelligent]] and/or [[ScaryShinyGlasses sinister]] (not to mention a lot more [[BespectacledBastardBoyfriend brutal]]). The Seme is often the aggressive pursuer in a relationship, and in the rare cases where the {{Uke}} takes up that role, the Seme will still [[IncrediblyLamePun come out on top]] when it comes to the lovemaking. Sometimes violently. Can be a BastardBoyfriend.

The Seme is typically designed to embody what the female audience is thought to desire in a boyfriend, from the [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys hot bad boy]] with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] to the [[TheStoic ice king]] whose heart can only be [[DefrostingIceQueen tha]][[{{Kuudere}} wed]] by ThePowerOfLove to the KnightInShiningArmor who's always there to [[RescueRomance rescue]] or protect his beloved. See BoysLoveNotes for a list of standard seme and uke types. One of the attractions of Boys Love works, however, is that since the uke is male, and thus a legitimate object of desire, it's easier for the female reader to place herself in the dominant role than it is in a heterosexual romance.

The basic Seme personality types also crop up in more mainstream romance mangas, usually paired off with an innocent female in the {{Uke}} role. The more aggressive type of Seme is similar to the heroes of bodice-ripper style romances in the West, and probably found around the world.

In yuri, or GirlsLove, an OneeSama or ButchLesbian who is openly attracted to someone can also take this role. Ironically, a female character who acts or looks openly masculine is actually ''less'' likely to be the seme, since this is usually equated with tomboys and immaturity. The OneeSama is likely to be more aggressive and mature, leaning towards TheVamp or FemmeFatale in appearance.

Interestingly, "[[PhenotypeStereotype foreign characters]]" tend to be seme. This might be the literal use of the OneHeadTaller rule, [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench sheer exoticism for fanservice]], or the common {{shoujo}}/{{josei}} stereotype that Western men are more aggressive and masculine (and thus seme-like) whereas Japanese men are more beautiful and refined (and thus uke-like).

By the way; there is no "N" in Seme. That is [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent something completely different]].

And for all you [[GameOfNerds Baseball fans]] keeping score: he's the [[UnusualEuphemism pitcher]].

Note that this usage of the word originated in the BoysLoveGenre fandom; among "regular" Japanese people "seme" just means "attack". It is used commonly in some martial arts like kendo when referring to the attitude of an attacker. Even Japanese gay men won't necessarily know the BL meaning of the term. Non-{{otaku}} English speakers won't know what it means at all. English-speaking gay men occasionally find the use of the term as a blanket replacement for the more general "top" out of the context of the BL genre obnoxious, feeling that [[GratuitousJapanese their native language has got that concept covered already, thank you]].
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!!Examples:

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* Iason of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi''.
* ''Boku no Sexual Harassment'': Honma and most of the clients Mochizuki is serviced to.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s [[BastardBoyfriend Seishirou Sakurazuka]] is ''very much'' the classic seme to long-suffering [[{{Uke}} Subaru Sumeragi]] with no exceptions. Seishirou is nine years older, he's TallDarkAndHandsome; he is the one who begins a MindGameShip with Subaru starting when [[{{Shotacon}} Subaru's ''a little nine year old boy'']]. Subaru remains utterly unaware that his very life is being bet upon until Seishirou finally and brutally reveals his true nature at the end of ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' - albeit in a rather touchy-feely way. Not to mention as further shown in the follow-up, ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', that Seishirou is extremely possessive, still extremely powerful, still touchy-feely and sadistic. His sophisticated, sensual and AffablyEvil nature is a great counterpart to the gentle, beautiful and broken [[{{Uke}} Subaru]] in every way.
* Both Asami and Feilong in the ''Manga/FinderSeries'' (Page picture). Feilong is somewhat feminine-looking (being a LongHairedPrettyBoy), but he's 100% seme to Akihito. There's hints he'd like to be uke to Asami, though.
* [[BigBad Gauron]] from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. No, seriously, Shoji Gatoh himself mercilessly teases at the idea of him and [[{{Uke}} Sousuke]]. Funnily {{lampshaded}} in an episode of ''LuckyStar'' (which he had a hand in), where a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/OhLord.jpg hardcore yaoi doujinshi]] of Gauron with a [[FetishFuel bound Sousuke]] is shown. Kagami is shown to [[LuminescentBlush turn bright red]] while reading it, even yelling out, "Whoah, Gauron is really giving it to Sousuke!" And in the novels themselves, Gauron makes it very clear that he wanted to fuck Sousuke up the ass. He is also [[OneHeadTaller noticeably taller]] than Sousuke, is a ''lot'' more aggressive, and has a much lower voice. Oh, and Sousuke's status as {{uke}} is mentioned by Kaname in one of the novel's side stories, where she giggles and says that he would be the "receiver". Not to mention how he would even top and ''completely'' dominate ''[[TheBigGuy Dunnigan]]'' for Christ's sake. Seriously, for him to be able to make a tough, macho man like that [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gauron_RapeFace.jpg whimper]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gauron_Raep2.jpg and]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gauron_Raep.jpg submit]] to him, there really should be no doubt that he would always be the one raping people and never the other way around.
* In ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', Ogiue writes and draws [[BoysLove yaoi]] {{doujinshi}} about her fellow club members, casting Madarame as the passive {{uke}} and Sasahara as the aggressive seme. [[spoiler:Though she is mortified when Sasahara finds out, he accepts it as a work of art, not a projection on him.]]
-->[[spoiler:"But let me take this opportunity to show you just how aggressive I can be."]]
* Ban when paired with Ginji on ''Manga/GetBackers''.
* On the topic of GirlsLove, an example in the {{Hentai}} ''Gintai Saimin'' is Natsuko being a ''literal'' example of the Seme in a lesbian relationship, to Hitomi's {{Uke}}.
* Eiri Yuki from ''Manga/{{Gravitation}}''.
* Komari's entire [[HaremGenre Harem]] in the GirlsLove {{Manga}} ''Manga/GokujouDrops''.
* Usami Akihiko from ''Manga/JunjouRomantica''.
* The yuri classic ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' has Chikane, a mysterious dark-haired beauty who pursues the other protagonist. Attention is often drawn to the contrast between Chikane's hidden desires and Himeko's virginal innocence.
* Played with to an extent in ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' because Soubi is both taller and older than Ritsuka, but Ritsuka is the more serious of the two, requiring Soubi to "open his heart to love" despite most people identifying him as the uke.
* Konoka from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is this when paired with Setsuna. Konoka seems an {{Uke}} at first glance: she is a bubbly and naive {{Ojou}} and the resident WhiteMagicianGirl, while the more serious and reserved Setsuna is her personal bodyguard and one of the most prominent {{Action Girl}}s in the series. When it comes to their romantic interactions, however, Konoka is the extroverted and aggressive romantic partner and it's heavily implied she just likes to play innocent to deliberately provoke flustered reactions from Setsuna.
* [[TheAce Usui]] from ''Manga/MaidSama'' is a classic het {{shoujo}} example, paired with {{tomboy}}ish {{tsundere}} Misaki. Demonstrated traits include [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]], [[ButNotTooForeign just a dash]] of [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench foreign blood]] ([[PhenotypeStereotype complete with blond hair]]) and ability to play his {{uke}} of choice like a violin ([[MartyStu which he's also talented at, incidentally]]). Not to mention general {{bishounen}} looks, of course.
* Though their relationship is [[HideYourLesbians very reserved]], Sachiko from ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' plays this to Yumi (and might be a TropeMaker in the YuriGenre). She's TheOjou, is tall, and is stoic but affectionate while Yumi is the more emotional, younger looking and awkward girl who wears GirlishPigtails.
* The first story in ''Nise x Koi Boyfriend'' has a {{crossdresser}} seme. Usually WholesomeCrossdresser characters are instantly considered {{uke}}s. Satoi is OneHeadTaller than his boyfriend and more masculine than him (even in a skirt). Soutarou is in comparison more boyish looking, prone to TenderTears, and is sensitive. Unsurprisingly, he [[AttractiveBentGender also looks good in drag]].
* Nezumi when paired with Sion on ''LightNovel/{{No6}}''.
* Kanou from ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''.
* Obviously, ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' could not go without referencing this - in the episode where Renge first appears and messes with the hosts' roles, the twins briefly debate her "casting". In the manga, Haruhi reads from Renge's script that although Hikaru seems to be in charge, Kaoru is more mature, and thus is the real seme. She doesn't get it, of course, but Honey seems to find it entertaining. Although the twins obviously can't fulfill the usual {{One Head Taller}} requirement.
* In ''The Prime Ministers Secret Diplomacy'' Yoshinaga holds an important position as the Japanese embassador of Thailand and is older and more sophiscated than Shiraishi who is a few ranks lower in the diplomatic service. However, Yoshinaga turns out to be the {{uke}} of the relationship leaving younger and much more sexually inexperienced Shiraishi to take on the seme role.
* In ''Manga/SeikimatsuDarling'' none of the men can decide which one should be the seme. Since their love is too "similar" they resolve to compete to see who gets to be the top. By the end of the {{OVA}}, they are still unsure of how to solve the situation but seem willing to be the {{uke}} as long as [[IfItsYouItsOkay they can be together]].
* The manga ''Manga/SevenDays''. Yuzuru is older, but Seryou is taller and black-haired, and tends to treat Yuzuru a bit like a girl when they're going out. However, Yuzuru is the colder one who demands (not always jokingly) that Seryou not cheat on him, while Seryou is the one who gets easily flustered, especially when it comes to anything sexual. The idea of Seme and Uke never comes up at all - there isn't even a clear 'pursuer' and 'pursued'.
* Shizuma, an OneeSama type character from ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'', is a yuri version of the Seme archetype.
* Morinaga of ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove'' is not only the younger and cuter partner, but a good-natured, long-suffering romantic who's put up with Souichi's temper and homophobia for years in the hope of having his feelings reciprocated someday. In fact, he would probably be the uke if Souichi wasn't so deeply in denial that Morinaga has to make almost all of the emotional and sexual advances.
* Tetsuo from ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' is a [[{{transsexual}} trans man]] but plays this to his friend [[spoiler:and eventual boyfriend]] Taichi. He's handsome, well-dressed, and reserved GuileHero while Taichi is {{adorkable}}, is DisguisedInDrag for a chunk of the series, and is a DistressedDude. Tetsuo also has heavy BrokenAce elements and has a buttload of problems, though Taichi becoming his OnlyFriend helps. Tetsuo being seme material is lampshaded when Taichi imagines them having sex, with Tetsuo on top and Taichi crossdressing and on the bottom.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Germany when paired with Italy, though Germany can sometimes play the {{Uke}}. To clarify: Germany is the taller and stronger one, but he is also younger than Italy and pretty much clueless when it comes to romance. The same also goes for America when paired with England, though England is often portrayed as a Seme as well, especially if he's a Pirate, Knight, Punk, or Police.
** Zoey is always this to Dawn. She has a prince motif while Dawn has a princess one, and Dawn is the more feminine and inexperienced Coordinator.
* Touya Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' and ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fame is the Seme to Yukito in most fanworks.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': ''Harry/Marcone'' fics ([[FanPreferredCouple of which there are many]]) portray Seme!Marcone as the default. [[HurtingHero Harry]] is himself pretty tough, but this aspect of his character is [[SturgeonsLaw often]] sidelined.)
* {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s will often take note that Sasuke has this appearance compared to Manga/{{Naruto}}, although they both are equally strong and tough. This is milked more often in fanfics of the two together. Some subvert this and present him as a uke though (even when paired with ActionGirl Sakura), making him into a secret softy and a {{tsundere}}.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': When it comes to Ash/Gary, Gary is almost always written in-line as a stereotypical seme. He's more cocky and "cool looking" than the cuter, {{keet}} Ash.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fanart often portrays Homura as being a brooding, aggressive seductress who is totally in control of her love life. This is not congruent with [[ShellShockedVeteran her]] [[LoveHurts canon]] [[ShrinkingViolet personality]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Craig Tucker in almost every fanfiction. Especially in ''I came a long way to see you''.
** Stories that pair Stan and Craig when they aren't explicitly rivals (and some where they are) tend to make one of them an {{Uke}} through {{Wimpification}} due to the fandom usually having them both as Seme's. A few good authors occasionally balance the pairing out, but a lot of them don't.
** Stan is often a uke because of his cute looks and emotional nature, except when he's paired with Kyle who is usually given a heavy dose of {{wimpification}} (it could be argued with their canon personalities Kyle is closer to the "seme" stereotype).
* Adamska in ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' is at least ten years younger than his partner (if you're counting physical age and years of life experience [[TimeTravel and not respective dates of birth]]), but makes the initial sexual advances in their relationship due to his relatively more outgoing personality [[spoiler: and RippleEffectProofMemory.]]
* ''FanFic/ThoseLackingSpines'' has the Semes of the Organization members possessing the... you know of the Ukes of them. When a Seme combines with an Uke, the members go back to becoming their own selves. Hunting down the Semes and getting the... you know of them and returning them to the Ukes of Organization XIII makes up most of the plot to the story.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* [[DistaffCounterpart Lesbian version]] in ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColor'', where Emma is the dominant partner in the relationship and is apparent that she owns the house they live in. She is also the top in their sexual encounters.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Catullus 16 starts out with the charming verses "I will sodomize you and face-fuck you,/pussy Aurelius and catamite Furius". The whole poem basically amounts to "I'll prove myself a man by fucking you two in the ass".
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Beyond Birthday boasts that he is "an aggressive top," who has never been submissive to ''anyone'' (or [[DrivesLikeCrazy even to a traffic signal]]).

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the US ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', Brian Kinney is the complete embodiment of this trope, particularly with regard to his relationship with ({{Uke}}) Justin.
* Summer Roberts from ''Series/TheOC'' is officially the seme to her boyfriend Seth Cohen's {{Uke}}. Yes, you heard me right; a female het example of this trope ''does indeed'' exist.
--->'''Summer:''' I wanna be on top this time.
--->'''Seth:''' But you're always on top...
* Chris Keller of ''Series/{{Oz}}'' when he's with [[{{Uke}} Tobias Beecher]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Bakura is very much the frustrated Seme to Marik's oblivious {{Uke}}. This is especially obvious in the spin-off fanfic ''Marik & Bakura Go to Censored Town'', which deliberately panders to [[{{Yaoi}} yaoi]] fangirls (for charity, of course). [[spoiler:Subverted in the end when Marik seduces Bakura, not the other way around.]]
* This [[http://www.semeuke.com whole site]] exists to classify the reader as one of ten varied {{uke}} or seme types, complete with compatibility guides.
* "[[http://songue.deviantart.com/art/Motivation-Eternal-Struggle-263397514 The Eternal Struggle]]"--an ongoing debate whether [[Manga/DeathNote Light or L]] would be the Seme.
* ''WebVideo/MedukaMeguca'': Kyoko is the seme of all pairings involving her.
--> '''Kyoko:''' Go ahead, put me with a man. I'll whoop his ass.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The most standout examples in ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' to fill this role are Raven of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' and Ike of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''. Both are big muscly PerpetualFrowner mercenaries who are accompanied by devoted effeminate-looking magic users.
* {{Fanon}} for ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' will depict [[MsFanservice Excellen]] [[TheTease Browning]], if placed in a LesYay scenario, as the seme, thanks to her attitude of wanting to do AnythingThatMoves.
* This is how [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Riku]] usually winds up in {{slash|Fic}}ed with Sora.
** Same deal for Axel with Roxas.
** And [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Terra with Ven]].
** [[OverlyLongGag And]] [[FoeYay Vanitas]] [[ScrewYourself with Ven]]. [[spoiler: It depends on how much of a Seme Vanitas actually ''is'', given how he looks just like Sora...]]
* [[PsychoElectro Colonel Volgin]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''.

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* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', the Seme/Uke tropes and the cliche of writing a pairing with the seme first is mentioned briefly by Mio, the game's resident YaoiFangirl, when she sees Riki and Kyousuke acting HoYay-y with one another and murmurs to herself [[ShipperOnDeck 'Natsume-san x Naoe-san']], and then corrects herself with 'Naoe-san x Natsume-san', thinking out loud that it works this way, too.
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