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A Subtrope of the HaremGenre, a RomanticComedy with one male protagonist, one female LoveInterest, and a bunch of female side characters who also happen to be in love with the protagonist (or at least like him very much).

In these stories, the bigger emphasis is usually on the "romantic" part of RomanticComedy, with the relationship building between the main OfficialCouple, and the side characters are only there for the ''viewer'' to like them, and maybe as a RomanticFalseLead, to keep some drama between the main characters.

Certain character types like the HotTeacher or the {{Ojou}} are likely to be members of this, as a straight romantic story with them at the center often wouldn't work at all, or at least it would invite too many unusual plot points for a ''standart'' series. Not that it hasn't been done.

A romantic story with {{Tsundere}} is usually very likely to get into this trope, as the authors like to use some of the support girls for RomanticRunnerUp in the love story between the protagonist and the extremely jealous PatientChildhoodLoveInterest or LittleSisterHeroine.

One of the causes for this set-up might be if it is the adaptation of a RomanceGame, where every girl got the focus of attention in her own route, but only one route got an adaptation.

Contrast with BalancedHarem, where several girls have equal prominence during the story. See also TopWife, a further evolution of this trope, where there's clearly one girl at the top but the protagonist still gets to MarryThemAll.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Haruyuki from ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is very clearly in love with Kuroyukihime. Not only does she reciprocate his feelings, but she was the one to confess her love to ''him'' right from the start. The only reason they are not an OfficialCouple yet is because Haruyuki has too [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe many self-esteem issues to believe any girl could ever love him]]. While Haruyuki is often put into various... "situations" with many other girls, the series never acts like anything will come of them.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', there's never any question that Keiichi and Belldandy are the only canon OTP, but that doesn't stop Skuld, Urd, Peorth, and Mara from being PrettyFreeloaders.
* ''Manga/AiKora'' is this, as it seems clear that Sakurako is in the lead, with Yukari trying to make this a LoveTriangle but not quite. Tsubame, Kirino and everyone else is just there to have one of Hachibei's beloved [[FetishFuel parts]].
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' is clearly this, as the lead girl Aoi has already won within the first few episodes. It's just that she and the male lead Kaoru feel the need to [[SecretRelationship keep their relationship a secret]] for various and pretty complicated reasons, so the rest of the harem doesn't know this.
* Subverted by ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'', of all things. The entire series makes [[{{Tsundere}} Yuuhi]] the main haremette and it's clear she'll win... But at the end, the main choses [[NotBloodSiblings his sister Minato]] instead. There were ''some'' hints of this, but it mostly [[ShockingSwerve came out of nowhere]].
* ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'' may qualify as a gender-swapped version of this, though its status as a reverse harem is arguable. Yona has Hak, Kija, Jae-ha, Tae-jun, and even possibly the series' antagonist, Su-won, all in love with her. Despite this, [[ChildhoodFriend Hak]] is pretty clearly pegged as the main love-interest from the very start. Ironically though, he actually spends a sizable chunk of the story as a HopelessSuitor.
* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': From early on, Ayato chooses Julis as the girl he loves and wants protect the most. He may have several other girls vying for his attention, but it's obvious none of them have a chance.
* In ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness'', there's no doubt Kuroha is the only girl Ryouta truly loves. It doesn't stop the other girls from trying, but it's clear they can't win against Kuroha.
* ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'' has Ikki and Stella [[FirstKiss getting together]] by the end of the first volume of the light novel / first arc of the anime adaptation. The other girls still develop romantic feelings for the protagonist, but, while he cares about them, the romance is one-sided.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' made it very obvious in the first scenes who was the main love interest, and the harem concept was entirely dropped during the first season anyways. In the original visual novel, the alternate routes can still be pursued, but only one of them gets a substantial follow-up in ''After Story''.
* ''Manga/DearS'', especially in the anime, is primarily focused on Takeya and Ren's budding relationship, though he also has Miu and Neneko chasing his affections. The manga, however, is somewhat more [[BalancedHarem balanced]]. [[spoiler: Takeya eventually gets to [[MarryThemAll "make babies" with the entire DearS race]].]]
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', in both OVA and anime continuities, gives Makoto a main LoveInterest, but the details differ.
** In the OVA continuity, Makoto chooses Ifurita, but Shayla Shayla and Nanami both make plays for his affection, and [[spoiler:Ifurita is PutOnABus after the first OVA, though we see that Makoto will be reunited with her later]]. In the third OVA, ''The Alternative World'', Makoto attracts [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest a fourth love interest]], Qawool, and the harem antics are played up significantly; while Shayla Shayla, Nanami and Qawool have yet to have a love confession from Makoto (at least he hasn't outright rejected or discouraged them), that doesn't stop them from trying to Tenchi things up (and it is even ShipTease in the special episode-end credits for both Nanami and Shayla-Shayla in the 4th season that Makoto eventually gives in).
** In the TV series, Makoto's LoveInterest is Princess Rune Venus (who isn't in his harem in the OVA), and while Shayla Shayla and Nanami are both hot for him, he's not interested. Ifurita is a much different character in this adaptation (an IneffectualSympatheticVillain instead of a deadly serious PersonOfMassDestruction), and is not a LoveInterest at all.
* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', "Louise The Zero" is not just the title character, but also connected to the protagonist [[MadeASlave with a magical contract]] [[AMagicContractComesWithAKiss sealed by a kiss]]. He confessed his love to her on the second season, [[spoiler: and they even got married at the end of ''F'']]. It doesn't stop more girls joining in with each succeeding season, for a grand total of four extra girls all in all.
* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' has a GenderFlipped version, with Tamahome as the lead, and the other Seishi as supporting members. [[spoiler: Tamahome actually marries Miaka later, as a [[ReincarnationRomance reincarnation]] by the name of Taka.]]
* With ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', you know that Nyarko's the one who's going to win in the end -- she's the title character, after all. Unfortunately for [[OnlySaneMan Mahiro]] that doesn't spare him the affections of [[CuteShotaroBoy Hasuta]] and later [[DefrostingIceQueen Cuuko]]. The "budding romance" part is also given a twist in that Nyarko tends to do things "three steps forward, two steps back", annoying Mahiro by being too goofy and clingy, but pulling him back from the brink at the last moment with honestly heartfelt expressions of love.
** Arguably [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one episode where Nyarko and Cuuko [[ShoutOut paraphrase]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy and Zechs Merquise]] while brawling:
-->'''Nyarko:''' "Cthuko! Except for me, no one is a leading role! All evil gods are supporting roles! You and Hasta are both supporting roles!"\\
'''Cuuko:''' "I still don't acknowledge myself as a supporting role."
* ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'': [[EmotionlessGirl Ikaros]] is in the lead, but Tomoki still has [[TokenMiniMoe Nymph]], [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Sohara]], [[DumbBlonde Astraea]] and [[LoveFreak Chaos]] as candidates.
* In the anime of ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'', Apollon is clearly the lead, though Takeru also has potential with Yui. Tsukito and Hades don't seem to be all that interested in her, and Loki and Balder [[spoiler: have each other]]. It's half way between this and a BalancedHarem.
* ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'' subtly balances on the verge of this and WillTheyOrWontThey, because although Miyuki is the only girl who has a full-fledged ShipTease with Tatsuya and more romantic moments than all the other girls put together, she is his own sister and he sees in her only his little sister, although he is [[spoiler: ready to try [[BrotherSisterIncest love her like a woman]], when the plot [[RoyalInbreeding creates suitable conditions]].]] Moreover, she is literally the only person to whom Tatsuya is able to experience real emotions, which initially almost leaves no chance for other girls.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' is a very good example of this. It was obvious by the end of the first manga volume that Naru was Keitaro's "Promise Girl" and not even the "complications" that came with Mutsumi [[spoiler:(who ''also'' made a promise with Keitaro... and another with Naru...)]] and Kanako could put a dent in it. The author did ''try'' by having Naru be a couple of years younger than Keitaro (while not really a big deal by the time Keitaro moves into the Hinata Inn, it would have been a substantial age difference when they were pre-schoolers) and having her state flat-out that she wasn't the "Promise Girl" (using pretty much exactly that reasoning), but by that point Naru is clearly Keitaro's favorite regardless of whether she's Promise Girl or not. [[spoiler:Turns out she actually is; she just doesn't remember it because she was so young, and Keitaro has retconned Promise Girl's age in his own mind since ''he'' was too young to remember it properly.]]
* Another gender-inversion is ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', where from very early it's clear [[FlirtyStepsiblings Yuu]] will win, no matter how much Ginta and the others try. At least [[PairingTheSpares they get their own girlfriends]]. It's also a straight example from Yuu's point of view. It's [[LoveDodecahedron that kind of show]].
* ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'' has Subaru as the clear lead girl. How clear? [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Even the other haremettes love her!]]
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Both Medaka and Zenkichi get a few admirers of their own; Medaka attracts the attention of Akune, Oudo, Kumagawa, and a few other enemies, as well as Zenkichi himself. Zenkichi gets his own best friend Shiranui as well as Emukae. Despite this, it's fairly clear that the primary relationship is between Medaka and Zenkichi.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', it is very clear that the male lead Nagasumi only has eyes for his fiancée, Sun, despite some other females also harbor interest in him. Sun has her own admirers as well, but is extremely devoted to Nagasumi.
* In ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', it's clear from the start that male lead Asahi only has feelings for female lead Youko, but their female friends still have feelings for him, with one adopting the attitude that she'd be okay being his "rebound girl" if things don't work out. This state of affairs doesn't really change even after Asahi and Youko's RelationshipUpgrade, but none of the girls actively resort to trying to break up the relationship. Things get '''really''' complicated when [[KidFromTheFuture Grandkids from the Future]] start showing up and referring to members of the supporting harem as "Grandma" [[spoiler:or when a mysterious figure appears and claims that Asahi and Youko ''don't'' get married in the end.]]
* ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'': From the start, it's very clear that the primary relationship is between Raku and Chitoge. Raku may have about 5 other girls vying for him, but only [[RomanticFalseLead Onodera]] seems to actually have a chance against Chitoge. Even then, no matter how much he tries to deny it, Raku's preference for the latter becomes painfully obvious even to him.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' in which every boy who knows she's a girl (not quite, but close) falls for Haruhi, but it's obvious she's going to end up with Tamaki, the host club president. It's not over done though, and only one or two actively seek to win her over, and even for them it's more of a journey of character than anything. It's Lampshaded by Tamaki in one episode in which he famously (and unwisely) pegs himself and Haruhi as the romantic leads and the rest as the homosexual supporting cast.
* It's pretty clear from the start of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' who is going to be Ranma's love interest. While Shampoo and Ukyo get screen time here and there, Akane is on screen almost as much as Ranma is, and he actually lives in her house. She also gets his attention far more than the other girls. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:Ranma [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove inwardly declares his love]] for Akane and there is a [[MaybeEverAfter Maybe Ever After]] ending.]] Take that as you will, [[{{Shipping}} shippers]].
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has Moka as the only girl Tsukune clearly loves. The other girls try, but there's nothing they can do. Until someone suggests he MarryThemAll, that is. Other than the OfficialCouple, everyone thinks it's a great idea.
** It gets deconstructed. Kurumu and Mizore know they don't have a chance, but they still love him... and it becomes really complicated: [[spoiler:Kurumu's nature as a succubus means that unrequited love is literally killing her, while Mizore is a biological ChristmasCake and due to her love for him and no one else, she'll sooner or later end up ''barren''.]]
* Also subverted in ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent''; while Junpei does initially express feeling in Satsuki, Tsukasa, and Aya, it becomes clear that Aya is his primary love interest. [[spoiler:In the end, he chooses Tsukasa instead]]. Fans weren't happy.
* Kirito's "harem" in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' is unquestionably this. Kirito and Asuna actually get ''married'' before the end of the first book, so there's really none of the normal WillTheyOrWontThey or ShipTease you'd get in a real HaremSeries. Most of the girls who fall for him are presented as quiet tragedies, since they never had a shot with him in the first place. Asuna also has a harem of her own, but most of the named members are her husband's friends, so again, there is no ShipTease.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' started out as this, with Lala and Haruna getting all the screen time, with WordOfGod claiming they were intended to be the main focus of the story. However, as time went on, more girls were introduced and screen time evened out and it became much less clear who Rito would choose (it was a bit Lala-centric at first); in other words, it evolved into a BalancedHarem. In fact, the sequel ''To Love-Ru Darkness'', is aiming for the MarryThemAll (or at least, one of the harem members is actively trying to make it happen) and Lala and Haruna have been OutOfFocus, aside from ADayInTheLimelight stories.

* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn Although there are other romantic possibilities]] open for exploration in ''FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek'', the focus on the relationship between Rainbow Dash and Sunny Breeze puts the alternatives firmly on the back burner. However, given the presence of [[LoveDodecahedron polyamory]] being commonplace and the norm in the story, this appears to be changing [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn in the latest chapters.]]


[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella has Eric, Tyler, Mike, and Jacob all in love with her, but her One True Love is Edward. Not even Jacob giving her a ForcefulKiss in a later book could seriously challenge this.
* A GenderFlipped example from the ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'': Draupadi is married to 5 men at once (the Pandavas brothers), and though she does care for all of them one way or another, Arjuna is her favorite. [[spoiler: This is because Arjuna is the incarnation of the god Indra, and Draupadi is the reincarnation of his wife Indrani.]] This comes back to bite her in the ass later, because she collapses on the mountain climb to {{Heaven}} as a result of "playing favorites."
** In the Javanese version (heavily influenced by the spread of Islam), Draupadi is married only to Yuddhisthra, but collapses on the mountain because she has feelings for Arjuna.


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Despite "the ability to pursue multiple love interests" being the main drawing point of nearly all {{Dating Sim}}s and romance {{Visual Novel}}s, this trope can still occur in them if the game is [[StoryBranchFavoritism clearly biased in favor of a specific love interest]].
* One example of the above is ''VisualNovel/SweetPool'' in which Tetsuo, Makoto, and Zenya are all interested in Youji and have endings with him, but Tetsuo gets the most development and backstory with Youji, ''four'' endings with him including the game's True End and all his endings manage to have at least a [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet tinge]] to them, whereas Makoto and Zenya each get only one ending with Youji that can't qualify as anything other than a {{Guro}} [[DownerEnding Horrific Ending]] by any reasonable standard.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'', the attractive {{Lancer}} had quite a few admirers - [[DeterminedHomesteader Annie O]], Maya of Tarkon, crime boss Daisy O'Mega ("Renegade Rangers" all but stated they had a shag), his former friend Darkstar... but the biggest ShipTease was between him and [[ActionGirl Niko]].