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->My Sweet Embraceable Uke (June 2001)
->Suddenly the ukulele is hot again. But please don't play "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."
-->-- '''[[http://boingboing.net/markf.html Mark Frauenfelder]]'''

A character associated with the BoysLoveGenre, the Uke makes up the receptive half of a relationship. Typically the [[OppositesAttract polar opposite]] of the {{Seme}}, the Uke will almost invariably be [[InTouchWithHisFeminineSide more feminine]] than his counterpart; just how much "more feminine" this can be varies, from simply looking more childish or "[[{{Bishonen}} beautiful]]", or being more emotional and/or [[LuminescentBlush blushy]] or just less overtly macho than his partner, to, on the other end of the spectrum, having outright [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing habits]]. Almost always, the Seme is OneHeadTaller than the Uke (or at least a few inches). So prevalent is this custom that a well-known (and oft derided) process in SlashFic is {{Wimpification}}, or feminizing one half of a slash pairing to fit this character type regardless of canon characterization. A major draw of the BoysLove is that you get two hot guys for the price of one, so in the more explicit titles expect to see lots of his [[{{Fanservice}} cute little bod]].

His personality can vary from:
* [[{{Keet}} cheerful and hyper]]
* [[TheIngenue sweet and innocent]]
* [[{{Tsundere}} feisty and temperamental]]
* [[TroubledButCute angsty and brooding]]
* [[{{Ojou}} Akin to princess/prince/royalty]] and [[DramaQueen (often overly) dramatic diva]]

And in {{Bara}}:
* [[OneHeadTaller tall]]
* [[BiTheWay bisexual]]

See BoysLoveTypes for a list of standard seme and uke types.

There is a trend of making the Uke more outwardly emotional than the Seme; even an angsty Uke will be more vocal in his {{Wangst}} than an angsty Seme who will just hide it all behind a stoic mask, and emotionless Ukes are relatively uncommon. This is due in large part to the fact that Seme/Uke relationships customarily exhibit a frequently flustered Uke - something much more difficult to pull off if the Uke is the stoic type.

Additionally, the Uke is almost always the more inexperienced one of the pair, if not an outright [[NatureAdoresAVirgin virgin]], to fit with his traditional role as the "receiver" and is often ObliviousToLove, requiring the more experienced Seme to make the first move.

{{Shonen}} fandom has popularized another type where the AllLovingHero functions as the uke, at least physically, where his sheer niceness and adorableness wins over other characters.

Another take on the character, often more common in BaraGenre or fusions between yaoi and bara, is the {{Ojou}} uke - a princess-styled male/prince/royalty/other character of wealth and power outside of the bedroom that is the sexually submissive partner in it and who is often known for the "topping from the bottom" and [[DramaQueen diva]] approach.

Any main character in any anime, movie, TV series, book, or the like can easily be transformed into a helplessly depressed uke by [[DeusAngstMachina killing off everyone they know and love]] or [[GrowingUpSucks putting them through puberty.]]

Also see {{Keet}} and InTouchWithHisFeminineSide. Western equivalent is TheTwink. For all you [[GameOfNerds baseball fans]] out there: he's the [[UnusualEuphemism catcher]].

Has [[IThoughtItMeant nothing to do]] with a slang term for the ukulele (a Hawaiian guitar-like string instrument) or with a slang term for [[{{UsefulNotes/Ukraine}} people of Ukrainian descent]].

Note that this usage of the word originated in the BoysLoveGenre fandom; among "regular" Japanese people it just means "defend". It is also a term used in the Japanese martial arts (especially those based on holds and throws such as judo and aikido) to indicate the person doing ''ukemi'' -- allowing themselves to be thrown/held by the ''tori'' or ''nage'' (the partner doing the throwing) and doing so safely. 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, unless they do judo. English-speaking gay men occasionally find the use of the term as a blanket replacement for the more general "bottom" 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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* Miharu from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' is a good example, being a short, rail thin, {{stoic}} young boy surrounded by a bunch of tall slender {{Bishonen}}. It's not a Boy's Love series, but it comes [[HoYay pretty damn]] [[SerialEscalation close]].
** Gau is also a good example, being feisty, temperamental, and sometimes angsty.
** ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' is an interesting example in that Miharu and his not-quite-love-interest Yoite [[BoysLoveNotes both have a lot of common uke traits]]. Miharu has the aforementioned physical qualities plus being withdrawn with a lot of angst; Yoite is similarly delicate, withdrawn, and troubled. Yoite generally gets labelled as the {{seme}} because he's older than Miharu, a bit taller, and more violent, but on his own he's a textbook uke (and if their relationship were ever to move into sexual territory, Miharu would almost certainly be the initiator).
* Ryo in ''{{Manga/FAKE}}'' is a borderline case; he's considerably less experienced and more sensitive than his boisterous partner (and {{Seme}}) Dee, but he's also much more reserved and prone to keeping his feelings bottled up, and he's not appreciably smaller, prettier, or more feminine than the rest of the main cast.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/uke.jpg Shuichi Shindou]] of ''{{Gravitation}}'' is often presented as the de facto example of an uke. Since his love interest Yuki is a cold fish, he does diverge from the trope a bit in having to be the more aggressive and persistent partner, though Yuki still makes the first sexual moves.
* Lampshaded in ''Anime/LuckyStar'' during a dodgeball game where [[YuriFan Hiy]][[YaoiFangirl ori]] said that she is the "uke", Japanese term for a defender when practicing martial arts, in an unintentional DoubleEntendre and FreudianSlip. She ''should'' have said ''mamori'', the correct term in context.
* 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. He also mentions he got....a man reaction...]]
* In ''{{The Tyrant Falls In Love}}'', the uke [[{{Tsundere}} Souichi]] is a walking bucket of homophobic rage who doesn't hesitate to [[ArmorPiercingSlap punch]] Morinaga at the slightest provocation.
* [[Manga/TokyoBabylon Subaru Sumeragi]]. Just...[[{{X1999}} Subaru Sumeragi]].
** Not forgetting his "sisterly-brother" [[{{X1999}} Kamui]] (come on, even CLAMP refers to the boys as "sisters")
* Lampshaded in ''{{Ichigo Mashimaro}}'', where Ana and Miu are yelling childish insults at each other and Miu yells "UKE!" The rest of the episode has the characters (sans Miu) asking Nobue what the word means, with obviously little success.
* A GirlsLove example can be found in ''GokujouDrops'' with Komari.
** And another with Hikari and Nagisa in ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic''.
* An example of a [[strike: almost]] perfect uke is Sawada Tsunayoshi from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. C'mon, you know he's a bigtime uke when he's paired with 1-year-old ''Reborn'' and ''still'' bottoms. It doesn't help matters that [[SatelliteLoveInterest the girl he has a crush on]], who is supposed to be super-effeminate and "beautiful," looks like his identical twin...
* The definition of "angsty uke" above nicely fits Takaya/Kagetora from ''LightNovel/{{Mirage of Blaze}}''. Particularly in the the first OVA.
* [[TheWoobie Ayase]] from ''Manga/OkaneGaNai'' to a massive extent. He's practically the embodiment of the uke stereotype.
* Just plain ignored in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', as the main character is [[EveryoneIsBi still literally the only heterosexual in the world]], and no relationship has even gotten to the 'holding hands' stage. Though what passes for an OfficialCouple has lost support from a surprising number of fans because "they're both uke". It really doesn't help that the main character is a catcher on a sandlot baseball team.
* Allen from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' is the {{Shonen}} fandom MessianicArchetype. Being the shortest male in the main cast doesn't help his case. He's also ''very'' scrawny, and has a pretty baby face. Funny thing is how, even when paired with the women in fandom, a lot of cases still have ''him'' being the submissive one. Poor Allen doesn't get many chances to wear the pants in relationships.
* When it comes to ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', Sanada Yukimura is pretty much the designated Uke (albeit usually a very HotBlooded one). We can't exactly blame the fangirls though; not only is he [[{{Keigo}} archaically polite]], [[IdiotHero naive]], and [[BattleButler eager-to-please]] (not to mention a total {{Bishounen}}), he's also usually paired up with the pinnacle of [[TestosteronePoisoning GAR]] that is [[{{Seme}} Date Masamune]].
** The manga adaptation, when Keiji tells Yukimura there is more to life than war, most notably love. Yukimura turns into a shaky, blushing mess and insists that he would never be caught in such "lewd" behavior, and has no need for love.
* Both Sunao/Ran and Nanami in ''{{LightNovel/Sukisho}}''. Nanami is a bit of an unusual example, in that he's a WholesomeCrossdresser.
* In ''Manga/VenusVersusVirus'', [[spoiler:though it tends to move [[BreakTheCutie around]]]], Lucia is the seme, and Sumire the uke.
** It may be an inversion. Sumire appears to be an archetypal YuriGenre uke (always blushing, younger, cute, admires her seme, etc) but she actually seems to be closer to being the seme.
* Played for laughs in the comedy BoysLove series ''Neko Samurai'' ("neko", or "cat", is another word for "uke"). Yamato is a wandering samurai and 30-year-old virgin who longs to find a man to be {{Seme}} to him, and constantly offers to pay for things with his body (nobody's interested), or offer himself up to be ravished by whoever can beat him in a swordfight (nobody can, and if he tries to throw the fight, they just get annoyed). The one time he comes close, with a bandit leader who just about matches him in fighting skill, it turns out that the other guy is also an uke...
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' (of course) with the twins. Hikaru even goes so far as to ask why "Kaoru was cast as the 'pitcher'." In the original Japanese, they actually use "seme" and "uke".
* Setsuna in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is one of these, as shown in her scenes with [[{{Ojou}} Konoka]] and [[PsychoLesbian Tsukuyomi]]. Somewhat ironic in that she's also one of the tougher {{Action Girl}}s and [[{{Seme}} Konoka]] is the resident WhiteMagic user.
* ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' provides three different types of ukes. Misaki is type 2, Hiroki is type 3, and Shinobu a mix of both[[labelnote:*]]innocent and temperamental, if you're curious[[/labelnote]].
** It's adaptation, [[http://http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi Sekaiichi Hatsukoi]] also provides three types of ukes. Onodera being type 4, Chiaki being a mix of 1 and 2 and Kisa also being a mix, 2 and 4.
* Yukito of ''Manga/CardCaptorSakura'' and ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fame is the {{Uke}} to Touya Kinomoto in most fanworks.
* Subverted in Fumi Yoshinaga's ''Kinou Nani Tabeta'' (What Did You Eat Yesterday?), where Kakei is more than annoyed that straight people think that being the uke during sex has anything to do with who the "girl" in the relationship is.
* Kuroko from ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'' is this in most fanworks.
* Gilbert Nightray from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' is often treated this way. Sure, he's taller, and significantly older, but he still bottoms.
* Sena of ''{{Manga/Eyeshield 21}}'' is an uke along with being the fandom's {{little black dress}}. Considering he's an {{adorkable}}, cute little boy who quickly impresses every manly football player he encounters, it's no surprise that he's considered the ultimate uke of the series.
** So much, that sometimes he's portrayed as an uke even with his somewhat-canon girlfriend Suzuna, who is much more assertive than he is.
* Doesn't actually happen but [[{{Subtext}} heavily implied]] in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' that if [[TheWoobie Shinji]] would return [[AmbiguouslyGay Kaworu]]'s advances, he would end up as the uke.
* Mochizuki in ''Anime/BokuNoSexualHarassment''.
* Jonathan in ''Anime/LegendOfTheBlueWolves''. Refreshingly, he's as solidly built as his seme and only slightly shorter.
* "Don't Worry Mama" averts this all over the place. Imakura, the uke in the relationship, is not only Yuichi's boss -- he's phimotic and severely overweight. At least at first.
* Yumi is the uke to Sachiko's (and Sei's) seme in ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'', though the series typically avoids the archetype and it keeps it on a HideYourLesbians case.
* Ivan Karelin had already struck many ''TigerAndBunny'' fans as an uke, being a [[ShrinkingViolet timid]] {{Bishonen}} that is much shorter and slimmer than his more [[HeroicBuild heroically built]] compatriots. Then the fourth drama CD came out (read: the one where Keith cheerfully volunteers Ivan and himself to fill in as ''hosts for a gay club'') and said, "Yep, pretty much."
* Italy is this when paired with pretty much anyone in ''AxisPowersHetalia.'' Japan and Canada are too, as is China.
** This also tends to happen to his brother, Romano, as fanon tends to make him into a raging {{Tsundere}}.
** There's also Finland being the Uke to Sweden's Seme.
* Ginji of ''Manga/GetBackers'' is this when paired with Ban.
* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'': Riki while being a very masculine, feisty, angsty and brooding biker.
* If there were such thing as a ''heterosexual'' uke, Momo from ''KimiWaPetto'' would be a perfect example. A cheerful, kind, innocent professional dancer who agrees to become the literal pet of a driven and successful (but emotionally closeted) journalist? Who happens to be both significantly shorter and younger than his love interest, and who depends on said love interest for his daily needs (such as food and shelter)? The only thing stopping this from being a stereotypical BoysLove romance is that the {{Seme}} figure is a woman.
** You can also make a case for Kouta from ''{{Kanokon}}'' He's an innocent, friendly country-boy who finds himself thrown into enough sexual situations by his girlfriend [[{{Seme}} Chizuru]] to have him labeled as the Great Erotic King. Note that Chizuru is [[MarshmallowHell taller]], [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld older]], and ''far'' more aggressive in her pursuit of Kouta. Most of these pursuits, however, are [[BlackComedyRape played for laughs.]]
* Zoisite in the 90s anime of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is an interesting case in that his actual personality is anything but submissive, but around his older lover Kunzite he becomes totally smitten and demure, even going so far as to call him "-sama" at all times in the Japanese version.
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* In ''Film/BadEducation'', this is the role Juan plays in most of his relationships. He's submissive and compliant to Enrique in a CastingCouch situation where Juan agrees to sleep with Enrique in exchange for a role in Enrique's film. Juan's relationship with Sr Berenguer is similar, since Berenguer is his sugar daddy, but Juan is more of a {{Tsundere}} in this case. [[spoiler:Although subverted when it's revealed that Juan is manipulating both of them to get what he wants.]]
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Reid from ''Series/CriminalMinds''. Slight compared to the others, begins as TheIngenue, is pretty much always the DamselInDistress...
* A rare, male het version: Seth Cohen from ''TheOC'' is the uke, his girlfriend Summer is the {{Seme}}. This quote even lampshades it:
--->'''Summer:''' I wanna be on top this time.
--->'''Seth:''' But you're always on top...
* Another male het example is Niles Crane from ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. He was more of an ExtremeDoormat LoveMartyr towards frigid Maris, but still acts ''incredibly'' submissive (but in a far more romantic way) towards HotBlooded Daphne, and in one episode it's implied that she often roughs him up during sex, and that he enjoys it.
* Ste in Hollyoaks, pretty much. What the pre-watershed show is allowed to show in regards to actual sex usually seems to end up with him being pushed against a wall/onto the nearest available surface. Also doubles as a LoveMartyr, given that his two relationships thus far have been with cheating ClubKid Noah and emotionally closeted BastardBoyfriend Brendan.
* Tobias Beecher of ''Series/{{Oz}}'' when he's with [[{{Seme}} Chris Keller]].
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', it's implied more than once, with more than one girlfriend, that Ted (another rare het example) usually bottoms.
* In a strange turn of events in ''Series/{{Conan}}'', Conan and Andy Richter end up slowdancing (imitating the inauguration dance of the Obamas) while LaBamba sings a song behind them. The lyrics end with ''They'll probably get married and adopt a baby / Andy's the man and Conan's the lady.'' Andy pumps his fists while Conan protests, demanding to know why he's the lady, but eventually just throws his hands and says "Alright, I'm the lady."
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Due to the dynamics between [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lamia]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance Loveless]] finding a CoolBigSis in [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Excellen Browning]], TheTease who just happens to be a MSFanservice, {{fanon}} for ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' runs with the notion that in any Excellen/Lamia pairing, Lamia ends up the {{uke}}, due to the case that Excellen will do AnythingThatMoves, placing her as the {{seme}}.
* [[http://static.stuff.co.nz/1254658692/458/2930458.jpg Raiden-Expy]] Major Raikov in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3 MGS3]]'' can't be anything else than this to [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/metalgear/images/thumb/1/13/Volgin.jpg/200px-Volgin.jpg his lover Volgin]].
** Otacon, Otacon, ''Otacon''...
* Joshua Preston from ''BlissStageFirstAndFinalAct'' is the fiesty kind - Even when he isn't on the gay romantic path, he's the more submissive partner.
* Joshua from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
** Joshua is more of a subversion. He may be effeminate, sure, but he is also [[{{ManipulativeBastard}} manipulative]] and very emotionally closed off.
* ''KingdomHearts'': This is how Sora winds up in fanfic pairing him with Riku.
** Same deal with Roxas when paired with Axel. Ventus usually gets this [[RapeIsLove bad]] with Vanitas.
* [[DudeLooksLikeALady Lucius]] of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' and [[SugarAndIcePersonality Soren]] from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' are both magic users with effeminate appearances (the latter less so) and attachments to big muscly mercenary men.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Dillon from ''Webcomic/MenageA3''. [[CampGay Flamboyant]], [[{{Keet}} enthusiastic]], and known for being a bottom.
* ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}'' has a series of comics making fun of the "rules" of homosexuality, especially ukes, starting with [[http://nielsg.com/niels-bitch the shorter man being the uke]]. The tropes all work out to the irritation and horror of the people involved.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Marik is very much the oblivious {{Uke}} to Bakura's frustrated {{Seme}}. 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.]]
** Another fic that he wrote for charity again shows that [[spoiler:Marik tops - it seems like Bakura is instead an AggressiveSubmissive and actively enjoys being the bottom.]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic eventually became the {{uke}} to every other TGWTG producer (male and female) except the much younger Luke and [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]].
* 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.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Tweek Tweak from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when paired with Craig Tucker in the fanfictions.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' slash fanfictions and fanarts typically have Ben being the Uke while Kevin assume the {{Seme}} role. It sure helps that Kevin is taller than Ben and has a typical bad boy attitude, while Ben have become quite of a {{Bishonen}} after becoming a teenager in ''Alien Force''. Sadly, in canon, the two of them started out as [[ArchEnemy Arch-Enemies]], and while they are now best friends, they both have girlfriends now.
** This was actually parodied in ''Ultimate Alien'' episode "Duped", where Ben use his Echo Echo powers to [[MesACrowd duplicate himself in three]] in an attempt to be in three times at the same place so he can fight the [[{{Mooks}} Forever Knights]] with Kevin, assist to [[LoveInterest Julie]]'s tennis match and watch the Sumo Slammer new movie. He ends up divided in three Ben with different personalities: one with a sweet, sensitive one, one with a bad boy attitude and one who is seemingly normal. The sensitive one ends up going with Kevin, and, while they are waiting for the knights to show up, start delivering a speech about how close they have become, in a typical yaoi way. Kevin is not amused at all:
-->'''Kevin''': BEN! You have always been kind of girly, but now, YOU'RE REALLY CREEPING ME OUT!
* In ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'''s Adult Party Cartoon, Stimpy is explicitly stated by Ren to be this, while Ren states himself to be Seme (Well, he doesn't exactly say that, he says "I'm the pitcher, you're the catcher").
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