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[[caption-width-right:346:[[LightNovel/SwordArtOnline Man, it must be so hard for you chick magnets]].]]

->''"Well, I'm running down the road trying to loosen my load,''\\
''I've got seven women on my mind.''\\
''Four that wanna own me, two who wanna stone me,''\\
''One says she's a friend of mine."''
-->-- '''Music/{{Eagles}}''', "Take It Easy"

'''Not to be confused with HaremGenre''', a genre of Japanese media that sometimes heavily relies on this trope.

This trope involves a common reaction from the man when a Harem plot begins and women start fighting for his attention. He might either think like a CelibateHero, that the gratuitous quantity of boobs he is forced to see every day are just a bother (ComicallyMissingThePoint that he is in an enviable situation), [[OfficialCouple or see them as an obstacle between him and the girl he truly likes]], or he may just find them annoying for [[SorryImGay one reason]] or [[PrettyFreeloaders another]].

The more likely reason plot-wise is the fact that the male lead cannot reciprocate all the girls' feelings without seeming to the audience to be cruel, manipulative, and misleading to the girls. So the far easier solution is to make him oblivious to their affection or CursedWithAwesome.

Even if he does like one or more of the girls, the man won't or can't admit it. Besides, until the point comes where one of the girls is in danger, the man would [[IJustWantToBeNormal rather have his nice quiet life back]]. The trope may or may not involve InnocentCohabitation.

While this is, as might be gathered, usually a male trope, gender-reversed versions have recently begun to appear.

As shown by poor [[Manga/RosarioToVampire Tsukune]] in the above picture, the most common and immediate consequences of said harem is the ever-hilarious (if incredibly painful to watch) LoverTugOfWar.

When criticism is raised against a harem show it's usually due to an overdose of this trope; unfortunately, when played straight, this trope is almost always overdosed. While it's often criticized as blatant WishFulfillment, most criticism regards the tendency to portray the female cast very negatively, often giving them little personality, or having their characters largely defined by [[ClingyJealousGirl their dependency on the male protagonist]] and/or [[HystericalWoman irrational tendencies towards violence]].

Contrast HaremSeeker, where the "unwanted" part is left out.

Resolutions to such a situation are varied.

# Someone wins.
** FirstGirlWins
** LastGirlWins
** LastConfessionWins
*** etc
# Everyone wins.
** MarryThemAll
** LetsJustBeFriends (if the harem decides to settle for befriending the person in question)
# The Harem loses.
** DumpThemAll
** ThirdOptionLoveInterest
** CelibateHero
** ChasteHero
# No one wins.
** NoRomanticResolution
** MaybeEverAfter
** TheHeroDies[=/=]AnyoneCanDie[=/=]KillEmAll (it did say till '''[[KilledOffForReal death]]''' do us part)



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Literature/HalfPrince'': Both [[EvenTheGuysWantHim male]] and female for Prince.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Kamijo Touma, through a combination of RescueRomance and {{Chick Magnet}}ism, has gathered a harem with a number of [[ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl powerful mages and espers]] consisting of [[TokenMiniMoe Index]], [[ShockAndAwe Misaka Mikoto]], [[BlessedWithSuck Aisa Himegami]], [[ActionGirl Kanzaki]] [[CoolBigSis Kaori]] , [[CloningBlues Misaka Imouto]](That's 9986 clones making his Harem but they have the same personality, look and memories so they can only be considered as one individual), and from the later novels [[BodyguardCrush Itsuwa]]. Of course his [[CoolBigSis admitted type]] isn't very well represented in it. An early-series assassination attempt - before a large part of the harem even ''meets'' Touma - makes this a Canon plot point.
** Later, Accelerator and Shiage Hamazura gain their own unwanted harems. Many of the girls in their harems overlap with Touma's and each other's.
** Volume 14 of New Testament introduces a character with many similarities to Touma, Kamisato Kakeru. It turns out that he had built up a harem for himself amongst a group of women that he saved using his World Rejecter power. However, in a strange twist to the harem genre, Kamisato doesn't enjoy the fact that a harem had been forced upon him since the girls wouldn't be connected to his life had it not been for the World Rejecter that was suddenly given to him.
* ''Manga/AbnormalKeiJoshi'' features an unwanted harem in which the word "unwanted" is ''strongly emphasized''.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' is arguably the TropeMaker, since it predates all other examples by many years (1988). Keiichi Morisato somewhat, since not all of the seven Goddesses that have been shown are in love with Keiichi; it does fill the unwanted part with all of them except Belldandy. It's rather poignant, since basically anyone can barge into the temple at any point in time and abuse their welcome.
* ''Manga/SamuraiHaremAsuNoYoichi'' - Yoichi doesn't even realise he even ''has'' a harem.
* Subverted and most likely PlayedForLaughs in the last Manga/{{Axis Powers Hetalia}} manga volume. When he gets to meet the {{Gender Flip}} versions of the Allies (plus female!Japan and female!North Italy), all of them fitting at least the basics traits of a prospect harem... [[http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k561/pipipiyo/VOLUME%204/nyoo.png Estonia pretty much]] [[http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k561/pipipiyo/VOLUME%204/nyooo2.png has a]] [[http://i1116.photobucket.com/albums/k561/pipipiyo/VOLUME%204/nyoo3.png meltdown.]]
* ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' - Yoshii has 6 people in love with him: Hazuki, Akira, Toshimitsu, Minami, Mizuki, and as of the recent LightNovel, Hideyoshi. Out of all of these, ironically the only one he truly doesn't want to be in a relationship with is not the [[DudeLooksLikeALady male-if-femimine]] Hideyoshi, but his hot-as-fuck [[BrotherSisterIncest sister]], Akira. At least he has morals.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Not quite deconstructed, but certainly not done straight]] in ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''. The male protagonist (who is [[OurVampiresAreDifferent not quite]] an UnluckyEverydude) gets [[TheTease various]] [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn sorts of]] [[UnrequitedLove attention]] from the six girls, at least some of which he would rather do without. What is unusual is that he is [[FirstGirlWins paired off]] before any rivals appear, the [[DebutQueue focus on one girl at a time]] makes it play out more like a succession of love triangles, and [[http://ghostlightning.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/bakemonogatari-11-you-are-not-a-man/ by some analyses]] the lead is a commentary on the typical audience of a harem series. None of this stops the series from being watchable as a straight entry, since [[MaleGaze the audience sees all the girls' flirting from his point of view]].
* ''Manga/BlackCat'': Train has three women pining after him. [[EvenTheGuysWantHim And]] [[HoYay one]] [[StalkerWithACrush man.]]
* In ''Manga/BlackClover'', Asta gains the interest of his teammate Noelle, her cousin Mimosa, and the girl he met on a group date Rebecca. Asta is blissfully unaware of this and is devoted to winning the heart of the sister who works at the orphanage where he was raised -- who isn't interested in him.
* ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' has another female main character with a male harem although there are some [[GenderBender gender issues]].
* Semi-parodied in one episode of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Kyou 'n Ryou]], [[TeenGenius Kotomi]], and [[StudentCouncilPresident Tomoyo]], all of whom are hoping to capture Tomoya, [[ContrivedCoincidence independently make gigantic boxed lunches for him on the same day]]. They each attempt to guilt-trip him into choosing theirs, and then [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Fuko appears]] to "solve" the dilemma by [[UpToEleven adding yet another giant lunchbox to the mix]]. To keep them all from being offended, he ends up [[MarryThemAll eating all of the food]]. Naturally, the only heroine who ''wasn't'' involved in this fiasco ([[YamatoNadeshiko Nagisa]]) [[TakeAThirdOption is the one he ends up with.]]
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/DFrag''. Kenji Kazama is a self-appointed delinquent who would prefer to hang out with his (three-person) gang, but he is continually being forced into uncomfortable and often painful situations by the ''both'' of the school's otherwise all-girl Game Development Clubs, both the original and one that split off, which he is a part of (minus Yamada and Sakuragaoka in the original club, but the latter ''severely'' suffers from DudeLooksLikeALady syndrome). This normally results in large amounts of pain or embarrassment towards him.
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' has the main character suffering through this with different [[CuteMonsterGirl monster girls.]] So far, there's a [[SnakePeople Lamia,]] [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Centaur,]] [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpy,]] [[BlobMonster a Slime girl,]] [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent a Mermaid,]] [[SpiderPeople an Arachne]] and the latest addition so far, [[HeadlessHorseman a Dullahan.]] It's showing no signs of slowing down ''yet.''
* Mamoru Onodera from ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' presumably did not get much say in whether or not his summons joined the party. Particularly poignant in that summons are not supposed to act independently of their masters.
* ''Horribly'' subverted in the second season of ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. A RichBitch named Reika Yotsui ''seems'' to have four young men ([[InsufferableGenius Nikaido]], [[AmbiguouslyBrown Mifune]], [[{{Megane}} Ichieda]] and [[NiceGuy Gojou]]) and an older man as her all-male harem... but [[spoiler: one of them, Ichieda, actually liked the granddaughter of the family's OldRetainer, Yaeko. Whom Reika and Nikaido ''killed'' years ago. And so, Ichieda poses as a member of the "harem"... and then he kills Reika and Nikaido.]]
* [[ShrinkingViolet Anri Sonohara]] from ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' has a reverse harem with three guys: [[BromanticFoil Kida]], [[AdorKable Mikado]], and [[HotForStudent Nasujima-sensei.]] However, due to her [[BreakThecutie terrible past]], [[BrokenBird the poor girl]] is very uncomfortable with the deal. Although one of these men is in an rather OfficialCouple thus far... and yet he still gets some bits of ShipTease with her. Huh.
* In ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', Makoto collects the interest of nearly every girl in the series.
* In ''VisualNovel/FinalApproach'' Loosely, Emiho, Miki, Shizuka and Akane are romantically involved with Ryo in varying degrees.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', the entire fan club of Yuki, especially the main four, could be considered this for Yuki.
* Fujimura-kun from ''Manga/FujimuraKunMates'', consisting of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, a SchoolIdol, and the StudentCouncilPresident. Three adorable girls who are all deeply in love with him. And they are willing to [[MarryThemAll share]], too! It is a merciless parody however, as Fujimura is in no way happy with the attention he gets '''at all''', and all of the girls are more or less complete morons with Fujimura being the OnlySaneMan.
* Utsumi in ''Manga/GEGoodEnding'' develops one at one point.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' eventually turns into this. Some fans speculate that Gintoki's lack of interest in anyone could mean he's {{asexual}}, especially after recanting his crush on the weather girl & claiming he was just a fan. This is PlayedForLaughs in one storyline where the female characters (including old lady Otose) and... MADAO convince Gin that he had a one-night stand with them (on the same night) and now has to take responsibility. It's a ploy to get him to stop drinking so much.
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo'': Four girls have feelings for Yukinari, one is a bully who has beaten him up almost every day for years, another is an insane {{Yandere}} DarkMagicalGirl who tries to abduct and rape him, the third one is a kind and sweet girl who does not set off his woman allergy, the fourth one is the BigBad another {{Yandere}} DarkMagicalGirl.
* ''Manga/GirlsSaurus'' thoroughly establishes the "unwanted" part, as the male protagonist Shingo suffers from extreme gynophobia after being violated and brutalised by a [[{{Gonk}} gonkish]] admirer. This does nothing deter a very determined main cast of girls (including his own sister!) as well as several minor hopefuls. At one point he states how their shriveled hag of a teacher is his "ideal woman" (no threatening sex appeal) which causes her to have a womanly awakening overnight, become hot and young-looking, and try to woo him very directly. He does not approve.
* ''Manga/GokujouDrops'' uses a GirlsLove version of this trope with a {{Seme}} harem and an {{Uke}} harem lead.
* ''Guardian Hearts'' - a harem of {{Magical Girl}}s. Specifically: a "guardian heart", the protector of the peace and well-being of Earth (basically a MagicalGirlWarrior); a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] from a MagicWorld; a [[TheRunaway runaway]] [[GratuitousNinja ninja]]; a HumanAlien CosplayOtakuGirl; a HumanAlien {{Miko}}; and a ShapeShifting bird with a [[HumanityEnsues human form]].
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': Mahiro has the affections of Nyarko, Hasta, Tamao, and later Cuuko. Nyarko is the obvious winner, but even ''she's'' unwanted to an extent thanks to her ManicPixieDreamGirl and LovableSexManiac ways clashing with Mahiro's shy and introverted personality. Tamao took herself out of the equation by [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy stepping aside]] and [[ShipperOnDeck helping Nyarko try to win]], while Hasta is a CuteShotaroBoy and Mahiro [[IncompatibleOrientation is decidedly heterosexual]]. Cuuko starts off with a PsychoLesbian crush on Nyarko, but starts advocating the threesome solution when she develops feelings for Mahiro; they both reject the idea, Nyarko because their races are mortal enemies (and she doesn't like Cuuko to begin with) and Mahiro because it involves him playing MisterSeahorse. The cherry on top of it all is that Nyarko, Cuuko, and Hasta are actually [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos, Cthuguha the Living Flame and Hastur the Unspeakable One]] in [[MoeAnthropomorphism human form]] -- and Mahiro knows his [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]].
* ''Manga/HajimeteNoAku'':
** Jiro has [[{{Tsundere}} Kyoko]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Makurazaki Luna]], [[RobotGirl 2.0]], and [[DatingCatwoman Shizuka Kusakabe]] all vying for his affections. [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove He does not understand nor notice]].
** Kyoko has her fanclub, Jiro, and Kujou Sukenoshin.
* Subverted in ''Anime/HanaNoKoLunlun'''s Netherlands arc. Lunlun befriends three handsome brothers... but the three fall for her [[spoiler: after a "pep talk" from Togenishia]] and propose to her at the same time. [[spoiler: Lunlun [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere runs away as soon as she can]] to continue her mission, much to the three's dismay, and An Aesop about shallowness is delivered by Serge.]]
** Also alluded to and tweaked in a story that's mentioned in said episode. [[spoiler: A princess had three suitors, each one giving her a precious gift: a crown, a sword, and a jewel. She doesn't like either of them so she takes a third option via using magic to transform herself into the first tulip flower: the three petals symbolize the crown, the sharp leaves take after the sword, and the bulb looks like the jewel.]]
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Hanaukyo Taro inherited his grandfather's fortune and, with that, hundreds of maids willing to serve him. In each season he has three personal maids who constantly try to seduce him. The problem: he's only a child.
* [[TheIngenue Kurumi Akino]] from ''Manga/HaouAiren'' has a reverse harem with [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Hakuron]], [[BreakTheCutie Huo Long]], [[BloodKnight Di Long]], [[SmugSnake Yishan Yang]] and [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Kaafai]] after her, each in their own ways. (And in a roundabout way, [[BadassInANiceSuit Fuuron]] ''may'' count too.) Considering how {{melodrama}}tic this manga is as well as Hakuron's BastardBoyfriend nature, the trope is very much ''not'' PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Manga/HappyLesson'' has a school full of [[HotForStudent hot teachers]] who all decide to play mom for the [[HikikoMori socially withdrawn]] Chitose, who doesn't really grow to appreciate this sudden forced invasion of personal space until well into the series, and even then he still blows his top when he thinks they go too far.
* Yura of ''Manga/HoneyHunt'' has three guys after her.
* In ''LightNovel/HowToRaiseABoringGirlfriend'', the girls who are part of Tomoya's group to create a visual novel are this towards him, who is ObliviousToLove.
* ''Manga/HozukiSanChiNoAneki'' There's one developing around Gorou with Misaki, Mizuno, and Kyou - it's unwanted because he's too smitten with his stepsister Haru to consider any of them as a love interest.
* Happens to Muneakira in ''LightNovel/HyakkaRyouranSamuraiGirls''. He gradually acquires more women as the series goes on, whether he wants to or not.
* Taken UpToEleven in a Jump Square oneshot where the girls fall for a guy that [[IncompatibleOrientation isn't even straight]]. Heck, the ''title'' - "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I'm the Main Character of a Harem Manga, but I'm Gay so Every Day is Hell for Me]]" - gives it away.
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' may seem like a PoweredArmor FightingSeries at a first glance, but the reason for most of the fighting is this very trope. The protagonist somehow ends up being the only male compatible with the titular battlesuit, which means he has to attend an academy full of jealous female pilots. He's not exactly TheAce either, so they often resort to [[DefeatMeansFriendship trying to date him at gunpoint]].
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. [[spoiler:AVERTED and wrapped up in a single episode where Tylor manages to blow off confessions of his harem. Whether this was on purpose or just bad timing is up to interpretations, like everything about [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Tylor]].]]
* ''LightNovel/KagerouDaze'': [[{{Tsundere}} Hiyori Asahina]], who has her own Fan Club in school, and is a borderline-meme in her home town ("Boys become men when they fall for Asahina!") despite only being 12. She personally finds it rather annoying.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'': [[AttractiveBentGender Everybody seems to be interested in]] Natsuru. At the last count, Akane, Kaede (the only "wanted" part), Mikoto and maybe Shizuku (if she's not just messing with Natsuru's brain).
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', way back in the beginning of the series, remember all the fangirls in the school dying to give Gokudera and Yamamoto chocolates? Gokudera, of course, considered it an example of this, and told them to "Stop following [him] around!" The series itself has been often interpreted as "The Adventures of a {{Badass}} {{Uke}} mafia-boss-in-training and his UnwantedHarem of {{Bishonen}}!"
* In ''Manga/KemekoDeluxe'', Sanpeita ends up with MM, Izumi, Vanilla, Miura and a {{Miko}} after him.
* ''VideoGame/KiniroNoCorda'' has a reverse harem surrounding Hino.
* In ''LightNovel/KonoSubarashiiSekaiNiShukufukuO'', a jealous adventurer, Dust, complains about how unfair it is for Kazuma to have a [[BattleHarem party]] full of high-tier job class girls even though he has a low-tier class. Kazuma flips out not because of being called weak but because he had to personally experience how dysfunctional his team actually is in terms of personality and actual combat performance. The two then switch parties, resulting in an unusually successful day for Kazuma and a near TotalPartyKill for Dust, causing the latter to beg for his old team back.
* ''Manga/KuroganePukapukaTai'' is a GirlsLove version of this, in which [[ObliviousToLove Oblivious To Lesbianism]] Commander Kuki is the center of a harem of women after her: violently protective but shy XO Mamiya, (mostly) ChivalrousPervert U-Boat captain Nina, and aggressively womanizing Royal Navy Captain Ann. Much violence (but little blood) ensues, naturally.
* Since there are only two people in it I am not sure ''LightNovel/{{Kanokon}}'' counts as a harem but considering that both of them are centuries old demons that constantly attempt to rape the protagonist it is definitely unwanted for him. At the end he [[spoiler:gets the [[MarryThemAll Tenchi Solution]] and he doesn't have any say in the matter]].
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' straddles the line between this and CastFullOfPrettyBoys - only two of Yuuri's royal retainers actually demonstrate clear romantic interest in him (Wolfram, his accidental fiance - long story - and Gunter, whose over-the-top fawning is played for laughs), but he gets ShipTease with nearly every male character the show encounters...despite his own protestations that he's totally straight, hence the 'unwanted'. The castle maids have a betting pool as to who'll win in the end.
* Next to ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', ''Manga/LoveHina'' is one of the most well known examples. By a third of the way through the series, Keitaro literally has beautiful girls throwing themselves at him (Shinobu, Mutsumi, and Motoko). Problem is he's already made up his mind, Naru.
* ''LightNovel/MadanNoOuToVanadis'': The male protagonist, Tigrevurmud Vorn, builds up quite a harem for himself as the novel volumes go by; gaining the attention of each of the Zchted Kingdom's seven legendary Vanadis - all of which are women. And even outside the seven Vanadis, his personal maid from his home village, a general of one of the Vanadis, and even [[spoiler: the eventual queen of the Brune Kingdom]], have all shown interest in him.
%%* ''{{Magikano}}''
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' plays it straight... [[GenreShift for about 2 volumes]], then [[SubvertedTrope subverts it]], [[AvertedTrope averts it]], [[LampshadeHanging lampshades it]], and [[ZigZaggingTrope turns it upside down before playing it straight AGAIN. Maybe]]. [[TropeOverdosed Would you like a side of trope with that?]] It's unusual mainly because the male lead is ''[[AdorablyPrecociousChild 10 years old]]'', and all the girls (who are also his students) are well above his age (although still too young), so the romance is mostly played for laughs. The ones who ''do'' have serious romantic moments are Nodoka, Yue, Ako ([[LovesMyAlterEgo in love with his aged-up alter-ego]]), Makie, Chachamaru (a ''[[RobotGirl robot]]''), Ku Fei, [[{{Shotacon}} Ayaka]], Akira, Chisame, and Asuna ([[ShipTease maybe]]). Later he also has to deal with Anya, Shiori, and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Fate]]. And these are just the ones who can be described as having a ''serious'' crush. For the non-serious: Konoka mentioned that Negi would be attractive when he got older in an early volume, Setsuna had a pretty [[ShipTease shipteasy]] moment that Chamo noted sounded 'like a love confession' during the TournamentArc (though it turned into a [[SchoolgirlLesbians KonoSetsu]] moment pretty quickly), and Misa proposed the [[WifeHusbandry Reverse Hikaru Genji plan]], noting that if they waited five years it would be much more normal for the girls to go out with him and later also got a crush on his older counterpart. Overall, that's ''11 or 12'' that have a definite interest in him, and 3 more that have expressed at least a small attraction.
* In ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', Yamato confesses his feelings to Momoyo, but she rejects him, wanting to remain friends. The other four girls then decide they want a shot at taking him.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' could be described as the wacky, bipolar love child of ''TenchiMuyo'' and ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. There's a lot of women on that ship, and much to the chagrin of the male crew, almost all of them (or at least the one's with screen time and names) insist on fighting over the UnluckyEverydude who has enough problems of his own. Lampshaded in one scene where one of them points out it's a popular anime trope.
* ''LightNovel/MayoChiki''. Pretty much all the main girls to Jiro. Kanade in particular likes to tease him a lot. Although she claims to be doing it under the pretext of curing him of his gynophobia, she seems to like watching him suffer when other girls are around him as well, especially with Subaru.
* Takumi gains one in ''LightNovel/MayoiNekoOverrun''.
* ''LightNovel/{{MM}}'': Taro has Mio, Arashiko, Noa, Tomoko and Shizuka after him. It's a little {{Squick}}y considering the last 2 are [[IncestSubtext related]] to him.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny'' introduces one for Athrun Zala, as Lunamaria "Luna" Hawke, her younger sister Meyrin, and his ex girlfriend Lacus's BodyDouble Meer all compete for his attention. Athrun, for his part, is still in love with Cagalli, and even ignoring that, is too focused on the war effort ''and'' [[BrokenAce on his deep issues]] to pay much attention to romance, so he generally just ignores it all (with the exception of Meer, who is the most outspoken one since she's been led to think he's still engaged to Lacus, and [[JustFriends while Athrun cares for her as a person]] and shows worry for her actually quite difficult life, [[NoGuyWantstoBeChased he'd rather not have her chasing him]]). [[spoiler:The series ends on an inconclusive note: Athrun and Cagalli still care for each other greatly but their romantic relationship is in tatters, and may be irrecoverable, and not to mention Cagalli herself has finally become an PoliticallyActivePrincess so she [[CareerVersusMan priorises her political work]]. Luna has hooked up with her best friend and teammate Shinn instead, while Meer pulled an HeroicSacrifice for Lacus in front of a shocked and tearful Athrun. Meyrin is shown accompanying him at the end, but the nature of their relationship could go in either the romantic or JustFriends way.]]
* Yuuki Momozono, the protagonist from ''Manga/MomogumiPlusSenki'' started to gain this position as soon as he come into the story. To specify: Yukishiro, Sawa and Masahiko, the three devoted followers, each have their own moments that is ''much'' more than that master-follower relationship, Koh is rather too friendly around him, Uraha is {{Tsundere}} around him, [[{{Kuudere}} Saolan]] expresses interest in him, [[{{Otaku}} Kikyo]] clearly likes him as his "[[WholesomeCrossdresser Rurika]]", Cinderella (clearly an expy of Belarus from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'') also wanted him to be her prince before settling on being friends with him and finally [[ShrinkingViolet Tokiha]] was his previous incarnation's love interest, and spent all her lives to find the Momotaro that is his reincarnation who knew of her "True Name" (Which Yuuki happened to be).
* ''Manga/MyBalls'' has a bunch of [[CuteMonsterGirl Cute Monster Girls]] after the MC, because they're trying to make him ejaculate and [[ItMakesSenseInContext free a demon from his right testicle]].
* In a technical sense, ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' would count, as San, Lunar, the ClassRepresentative, Mawari, and possibly Akeno all have feelings for Nagasumi. Of course, it goes nowhere, as [[FirstGirlWins it's clear from the outset that Nagasumi is dedicated to San]].
* ''Manga/NagasareteAirantou''. Not only is it an Unwanted Harem, it's also on a deserted island filled with women and talking animals. The women are determined to have the Ikuto, the only male, to themselves, to an often violent degree.
* [[DracoInLeatherPants Sasuke]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Just about every girl back at the Ninja Academy, Ino and Sakura included, practically drooled all over him whenever he was around. Tenten and Temari also comment on him being cute at some point. Later and judging by Karin's and Mei's reactions to him, this trend has continued.
* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' parodies this in episode 11 when Sasuke [[HostileShowTakeover takes over the show]]. He promptly makes all the female cast members (including Kaede's mom) fall in love with him.
* ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'' - Raku has Chitoge, Kosaki, Seishirou, and Marika. The problem is, he made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to Chitoge, Marika and Kosaki, and to make matters more complicated, he must at least [[TheBeard pretend to be dating Chitoge]] or his yakuza and her gangster family will start a war, Seishirou is an assassin sent to kill him if he ever stops going out with Chitoge, and he can't dump Marika because her family controls the police and his family is a yakuza one. And that's just the first season. Chapter 58 introduces Seishirou's rival, Paula [=McCoy=], and who knows what that one is thinking. When she was first introduced, she tried to challenge Seishirou to a duel, and when she proceeded to ignore her, challenged her to a contest to see which of them could kiss Raku first- by force if need be, and gunfire is allowed to be used to prevent the other from winning. The next time we see her, she's sitting in class next to Kosaki's sister Haru, and she brought her hand grenades with her. And then, Haru and Yui Kanakura (Raku's childhood friend and the main cast's new homeroom teacher) also end up included in the harem.
* ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu'' - Yuuto has a small one forming around him. Haruka is already a given (and is probably [[FirstGirlWins the only one whose affections he will ever reciprocate]]); Shiina is attracted to him, but [[LoveTriangle can't decide]] between him [[LesYay and Haruka]]; Yukari is [[HotForStudent hitting on him (to no avail)]]; matchmakers Hazuki and Nanami are [[MatchmakerCrush developing crushes on him]]; Alice [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe treats him as her "onii-chan"]]; Mika apparently has the hots for him; and then there's [[{{Tsundere}} Touka]].
* ''Manga/NyanKoi'' is all about Junpei Kosaka doing favors for cats. That doesn't mean his harem is non existent. Kaede Mizuno, Kanako Sumiyoshi, Nagi Ichinose (probably), Akari Kirishima, Kotone Kirishima, and if you want to add her Chizuru Mochizuki all love cats, and putting two and two together, you get one harem based on cats. Of course, the cats take more of a priority over his harem.
* In ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'', Amakawa Yuuto has an Unwanted Harem comprising two {{Unlucky Childhood Friend}}s and at least twice that number of {{Cute Monster Girl}}s. Yuuto cares about Himari the most. Not that it stops the others, especially Rinko and Kuesu, from trying to hook up with him. [[spoiler: At the end, while no one officially got married, Yuuto is now living with a dozen girls, half of whom had sex with him, and he seems to be going along with this.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Exaggerated after Luffy does the gorgon sisters one of the biggest favours they could ever ask for, he ends up with an entire ISLAND of Amazons immediately taking a liking to him, though Luffy himself treats the inhabitants of Amazon Lily (including their queen, the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman) as friends at most.
** This trope is played straight with Sanji, who really does have the inhabitants of an entire island wanting to get in his pants. The problem is the said inhabitants are all okamas, so he spent the entire time on that island literally running away from his admirers.
* Tomoya in ''Manga/OneechanGaKita'' has at least two girls interested in him. His NotBloodSiblings step-sister Ichika, and his classmate Fujisaki. A couple of the other female characters, while not actively chasing after him, have also expressed some interest in him as well. And while he likes Fujisaki, his sister is a ClingyJealousGirl who won't let the former have her way with him.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'', the male lead Kyousuke found himself with one, which include his blood related little sister [[BrotherSisterIncest Kirino]], her friend [[ElegantGothicLolita Kuroneko]], the {{Yandere}} Ayase and Kanako. His [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend childhood friend Manami]] couldn't even manage to enter this list since he never sees her more than a friend. In the end [[spoiler: Kirino [[FirstGirlWins win]], as she is the first one appeared in the series, the one who spent the most time with him (they are siblings, after all) and the first one to love him (a childish crush that she didn't have a chance to solve)]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}'', Eita suffers from this when the most popular girl at their school suddenly proclaims him to be [[BoyfriendBluff her boyfriend]], largely to stop so many boys from asking her out. This doesn't sit too well with his ChildhoodFriend Chiwa, and she keeps close tabs on him. Then another girl, Himeka, shows up, writes him several [[LoveLetterLunacy love letters]], and gives him [[TheGlomp a big hug]] against his will, which the other two girls see, and [[ClingyJealousGirl aren't too happy about.]] A bit later, the obligatory {{tsundere}} makes her appearance, and [[HilarityEnsues all hope of romantic stability is lost]].
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' plays this both plays this straight and inverts it. The harem involving Haruhi and the other hosts is played completely straight, and the individual harems of all the boys are inverted. It's what keeps them in business.
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'': ''MagicalGirlWarrior'' Himeno has an unwanted harem of {{Bishonen}}. [[spoiler: She chooses the TallDarkAndSnarky Hayate.]]
%%** ''PrincessLucia''..
* ''Manga/PuriPuri''. It's unwanted because protagonist Masato wants to enter the priesthood, and priests are supposed to be chaste - if only he wasn't in a [[OneGenderSchool all-female divinity school]]...
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** The TropeNamer, both played straight and {{Deconstructed|Trope}}; Ranma's status as a ChickMagnet gives the JerkWithAHeartOfGold a fairly debilitating guilt trip. But though he's not enough of a cad to abuse the situation, it also soothes his [[TestosteronePoisoning manly]] {{Pride}} -- badly battered by his AttractiveBentGender curse. And though all the girls involved adore him, they're also rather exasperated by his [[CanNotSpitItOut wishy-washy]] attitude. It should be no surprise that the end-of-series [[spoiler:attempted marriage]] ended in a [[spoiler:BlastOut]].
*** Somewhat subverted during the Reversal Jewel arc when Shampoo, under the jewel's effect, attempts to leave the harem, Ranma rather insistently runs after her to get it back, at first because of her abrupt change of temperament and due to his ego rather than true feelings. Lampshaded by Cologne when she notes that he got so used to Shampoo chasing him, he ''had'' to find out why she stopped.
** Akane also has an unwanted harem: Ranma, Ryoga, Kuno, Shinnosuke. Especially at the beginning of the series where every morning before school she has to fight her way past a bunch of guys who think that if they beat her then she has to go out with them.
* ''Manga/RappiRangai''. Raizou. No matter how many times he leaves the smitten princesses in the dust.
* Ray of ''Anime/RayTheAnimation'' has one.
* In ''LightNovel/RokujyoumaNoShinryakusha'', after moving into his new apartment, Satomi gets one composed of a CuteGhostGirl, a MagicalGirlWarrior, a {{Miko}} from an underground race and a HumanAlien princess. At first it's just his room that they're interested in, but as time goes by, they genuinely fall in love with him. In addition, the head of the school knitting club has a crush on him.
* Tsukune of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' (pictured) accidentally enrolls in a monster school and acquires -- mostly through [[DefeatMeansFriendship conquest]] -- a vampire, a succubus, two witches, and a snow woman. A [[MarryThemAll Tenchi Solution]] is ruled right out, due to the harem's tendency to spontaneously break out into superpowered free-for-alls both over and ''against'' him during bouts of jealousy, though the loli witch ''does'' repeatedly ask for a threesome [[LesYay with the vampire]]. Even harem aside, their unique... quirks... would make a relationship with any rather hazardous (though Ruby is a pretty safe option, if you WhipItGood like Tsukune). Don't forget when a guy comes in to recruit Tsukune for the monster mafia. He suggests he can just bring all the girls with him, [[MarryThemAll using polygamy to solve the problem]]. The OfficialCouple disagrees...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny but everyone else thinks its a great idea]]. Then the vampire half of the OfficialCouple [[TalkToTheFist disagrees again, by knocking everyone else unconcious]]. Notable in that Tsukune's already [[OfficialCouple clearly picked his favorite]], which the others notice.
** Some later issues deconstruct the trope by showing emotional effects on the girls who know they have [[FirstGirlWins already lost out to Moka]] but are still hopelessly in love with Tsukune, in more realistic, non-comedic, non-IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy ways rather than a typical use of the trope. Kurumu in particular has had a few heartbreaking scenes of unrequited love [[spoiler: and it's been all but stated that, [[HornyDevils being a succubus]], not being loved back can potentially have ''[[DeathByDespair fatal]]'' [[DeathByDespair consequences for her]].]] To make things more complicated, initially Tsukune is in love with ''one'' of the heroine's [[SplitPersonality split personalities]] -- the other one just kind of scares him. Even worse, the girl he loves [[spoiler:isn't even real, but an artificial persona based on the heroine's ''mother'' created by her rosary to protect the "real" girl]]. Tsukune later confesses to loving '''both''' Mokas, each in their own way, possibly due to the prolonged amount of time he spent with the "Inner" Moka in the second season. And "Outer" Moka approves of this (reluctantly in the anime), encouraging "Inner" Moka to accept her feelings for Tsukune. [[spoiler:In the end, the "Outer" Moka seemingly dies, but the epilogue reveals that she was actually [[SplitPersonalityMerge absorbed into "Inner" Moka]] who gradually started to show some of "Outer's" traits...which is less obvious than might be expected since it overlapped with "Inner's" own [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]].]]
* Otaru of ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' has three marionettes and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim one guy]] after him.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has this with how the girls randomly fall in love with the teacher Itoshiki, when he promises to "take them with him" when he commits suicide. Unfortunately for Sensei, most of the characters fall square in the {{Yandere}} type...
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': It seems like the average unwanted HaremSeries at first, where the main character has an {{Ojou}} (Kotonoha), a {{Shorttank}} (Sekai), a TokenMiniMoe (Setsuna - [[OlderThanTheyLook in looks]], anyway), an AlphaBitch who doubles as the UnluckyChildhoodFriend (Otome), a GirlNextDoor with AnimeHair (Hikari), and the AlphaBitch[='=]s GirlPosse (Natsumi, Kumi and Minami) after him. Makoto, however, has become known as one of the biggest jerks of any male lead in the history of Unwanted Harem stories, starting off more or less okay but soon beginning to screw any girl he can get and, unlike most of the above anime and mangas, the audience witnesses [[FromBadToWorse several and VERY serious consequences that take place]]. [[SerialEscalation And then go beyond it.]]
** It can be played straighter in the original VisualNovel, however the player must "play" his/her cards VERY well for that to happen.
* ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo'' - Takatoshi is just attending the only-just-recently co-ed school because it's closest to his home, yet the girls are convinced he's there to get a harem. And he does: It's confirmed that [[TheIngenue Mitsuba]], [[StudentCouncilPresident Shino]], and [[TeenGenius Suzu]] have crushes on him; [[{{Ephebophile}} Yokoshima-sensei]] wants to ''rape'' him; [[DoesNotLikeMen Kaede]] ''may'' have developed a crush on him; and [[TheOjou Aria]] and [[BigBrotherAttraction Kotomi]] sometimes act like TheTease around him. Later on [[{{Meganekko}} Todoroki]] is added into the mix and [[DropInCharacter Uomi]] becomes his in-law and uses it as an excuse to get closer to him.
* Sahashi Minato of ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'' unknowingly/unwillingly becomes an Ashikabi and starts what can only be described as a BattleHarem after one act of kindness, and proceedes to add two more girls to his harem, largely unwillingly (they surprised him with a kiss). Then it is subverted, as he actively pursues his next member, at his Sekirei's encouragement, directly asks if the next one wants to join (she does) [[spoiler: and then finally chases down another.]]
* [[NobleDemon The main character]] of ''Manga/ShinaDark'', aka. Satan Exoda, has a thousand females sent as a sacrifice [[note]] The term "women" isn't used because there are even some pre-pubescent girls amidst the lot[[/note]], to discourage him from destroying the world. They were sent because of [[MaliciousSlander a newly-added clause in the book of legends, which described his supposed pervertedness]], and all he wants is to be left alone. [[PlayedForDrama Seeing as none of them can return home after being sent to the island of Satan]] (because others think that they now carry his children), they have no way but to live on his island, and [[PlayedForLaughs weird things happen]].
* In ''Shojokyuu Kurige no Shiofuki Shoujotachi'', Akiho, Chinatsu, and Yuki all harbor feelings for Haruna.
* ''Manga/ShugoChara'', wherein the main character, Hinamori Amu, has her choice of Hotori Tadase, Tsukiyomi Ikuto, Soma Kuukai, Sanjo Kairi, or Fujisaki Nagihiko. The manga and anime both had pretty open endings, so there's not much evidence to say this is who she chose.
* An unusual case is Leicester Maycraft of ''VisualNovel/ShukufukuNoCampanella'', who doesn't seem to be too bothered by the attention from the main girls around him, including his mom Shelly. He seems to just laugh it off even when it happens in public.
* Nagisa from ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' has her share of unwanted admirers. Since she lives at the dorms of an all-girl high school, [[SchoolgirlLesbians you know what that means]]. Hikari also boasts her fair share of unwanted admirers, making ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'' a series that has two sets of unwanted harems.
* The best known example of the Unwanted Harem and the OG is seen in the various versions of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' (Especially the one where the girls use AppliedPhlebotinum to turn his bathroom into a literal harem.) Some consider it the TropeCodifier. ''Anime/TenchiInTokyo'' is probably the best example of this involving the ''Tenchi'' franchise.
* The three main heroines in ''LightNovel/TheTestamentOfSisterNewDevil'' seem to have some interest in Basara, the protagonist.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', sort of (and gender-reversed). Ichigo, whose official love interest is the NonActionGuy (who has ''his own'' harem of fangirls), has to deal with a bunch of other guys having feelings for her -- Ryou Shirogane (MissionControl), Quiche (VillainousCrush) and the Blue Knight (MysteriousProtector). [[spoiler:It doesn't help that the latter turned out to be said NonActionGuy.]]
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' is '''THE''' shining example of this trope. Well for starters, Rito didn't ''ASK'' for a hot naked alien princess to teleport into of all places ''his bathtub while he was using it!'' (along with the subsequent AccidentalMarriage!) All he wanted to do was keep trying to confess to the girl of his dreams! Nor did the poor sap ask for ''at least'' three to four different cock teases who have all but flat out asked/begged Rito to bang them, a {{Tsundere}} who secretly likes him and ''also'' wants the D (supposedly at least), despite acting like Rito is a sick pervert (though its not always ''his'' fault perverted shit keeps happening to him), two different assassins; one who ''will'' murder him if he so much as looks at her funny; and one who's intent on making Rito her ''servant'' (read SexSlave), and that is probably only scratching the surface!
** As of ''Darkness'' roughly 7-8 women all having varying interests in him and there's even a few women who could potentially become part of the harem should circumstances permit.
* Kaneki is so {{Badass}}, good looking, and a NiceGuy that he attracts several admirers both [[EvenTheGuysWantHim male and female]] in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. Roma is a LoonyFan towards him, [[DepravedHomosexual Nico]] hits on him and finds him attractive, Eto has a VillainousCrush on him, Rize was attracted to him [[LoveAtFirstSight as soon as she laid eyes on him]], and Tsukiyama is [[HoYay fascinated with him]]. The only one Kaneki seems to reciprocate would be [[{{Tsundere}} Touka]].
* Mostly subverted in ''Manga/TonaGura''. Only three main characters (Kazuki, Chihaya and Nina) have even directly stated an interest in Yuuji. One is resistant to openly stating it, one is mainly teasing her best friend, and one is underaged to the point Yuuji does not consider her even a remote possibility. Marie may have an arguable brother complex. Hatsune seems to think of him more as a brother, and possible future brother-in-law. A new character in the manga is [[spoiler: Haya, a bespectacled photography assistant to the Kagura siblings' absent father. She is a bag of nerves and backhanded comments that usually deflate Yuuji to the point even Kazuki defends him. At work, she is a ridiculously stern taskmaster.]] She is, despite being hard on him, deeply grateful to Yuuji for his assistance.
* In ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'', Baam has the TomboyPrincess Yuri Zahard, the EmpathicWeapon Black March, and the cynical princess Androssi Zahard in his harem. He doesn't care about that, though, since he is focused on finding Rachel.
** In the second volume, the Guide Hwa Ryun might count, and the down-on-her-luck noblewoman Yeon definitely does. She offers him her body in exchange for helping her out of a bind (he ended up helping her mostly by accident), and is quite flustered about it until she realizes he's a girl. [[DudeLooksLikeALady Except he's not]], as she finds out later.
* ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' has a gender-flipped and G-rated version -- each of the boys has a crush on Minerva. Minerva herself just seems to think they're being childish.
%%* ''TubameSyndrome''.
* ''Manga/UFOPrincessValkyrie'' is this, in the classic line of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' Alien princess crash-lands into a bath house, severely injuring the (young {{bishounen}}) owner in the process. Princess ends up indebted to him and stays on earth, several of her alien sisters (and her head maid) follow. HilarityEnsues.
* Hibiki ends up with one in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}''. Naturally, since he's a member of a OneGenderRace, he has absolutely [[ObliviousToLove no knowledge of love whatsoever]].
* [[TransSexual Nitori]] from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' has a harem of sorts, both with girls and boys, though it comes off as a {{Deconstruction}} of a harem. So far Chiba has liked her, she's had a ''very'' close friendship with Takatsuki (who Nitori says she had a onesided crush on at one time), Doi is unusually into her, Seya fell for her, her friend Mako has a crush on her, and she has an (ex?) girlfriend called Anna who still likes her from the looks of it. She doesn't seem to really like the attention.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' is a rare example of the lead character ''working'' for his harem. It's still unwanted though: he's only doing it because he has an ExplosiveLeash forcing him to. Also, said harem technically ''does not exist'' due to a LaserGuidedAmnesia effect. Although they still remember him subconsciously, they do not actively pursue him and may be followed up with someone else. In any case the male lead is pretty much free to do as he pleases... unless his childhood friend approaches.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** In the first arc of the final season, normal Yugi has this. His attention is sought after by Vivian Wong, Rebecca Hawkins, and Anzu Mazaki. He seems to be aware of this, but just acts embarrassed whenever it comes up. Tristan and Joey seem perplexed and jealous.
** Yugi had it easy compared to Bakura in the [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] and the [[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Toei anime]]. When he first came to Domino High, ''every girl in the classroom'' (except for Anzu of course) surrounded him. It's implied that this happened to Bakura before, because he seems to dislike all of the attention he gets. And Jonouchi sure is jealous as always.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', Jack Atlas has a small case of this; there are three girls competing for his attention by the second season, Mikage, Carly, and Stephanie. [[spoiler:Eventually, he takes the LetsJustBeFriends option - or as close to it as someone like him can get - as he was never really interested, letting them down gently.]]
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Yuma seems to have this problem with Kotori (PatientChildhoodLoveInterest), Cathy (ShrinkingViolet CatGirl), ''and'' Anna ({{Tsundere}} OreOnna with a {{BFG}}), but while he doesn't mind their attention, he seems ''completely'' oblivious to their true feelings towards him. [[spoiler:In the final episode, Kotori finally confesses her feelings, and he returns them.]]
* Isana, Merry and Yui for Yumeji in ''Manga/YumekuiMerry''.

* ComicBook/JeanGrey was the only girl in the ComicBook/XMen for years. She's also been the target of villain's affections, as well. Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) wasn't above committing Mind Rape to get her to fall in love with him.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LegionRomanceSplash.jpg This]] ''Comicbook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' comic panel. Though it's a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], as the girls actually trying to make [[{{Superman}} Jimmy Olsen's]] girlfriend jealous.
* Subverted in ''[[YTheLastMan Y: The Last Man]]'' where just about every woman Yorick comes across is either trying to kill him or capture him as a bargaining chip.
** Unless you count Beth, [[NamesTheSame Other Beth]], [[PirateGirl Captain Kilina]], [[WrenchWench PJ]] and [[spoiler: 355, for all of five minutes]].
* In Comicbook/MarvelStarWars Luke Skywalker is considered immensely attractive to [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Zeltrons]] male and female; between their [[EthicalSlut frank sexual curiosity]] about [[BoldlyComing anything new]], his [[FamedInStory fame]], and the way his [[TheHero general goodness]] and incredible Force-Sensitivity feel to their [[TheEmpath empathic sixth sense]], they tend to chase him. Initially he fears this greatly, but with time and CharacterDevelopment he mellows and is able to hang around them and tolerate their desire to touch him, but gently rejects their propositions and is able to excuse himself and get time alone when he wants it.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'', Bette Noir [[spoiler: fails to kill the Plutonian and escapes to live a life of decadence surrounded by a boy harem; that is, until the Plutonian catches up to her and kills the poor man-toys]].
* ''Angel's Proper Charlies'', a strip in the long-running UK comic ''ComicBook/{{Jackpot}}'', revolved around a girl named Angel who was pursued by three rather dimwitted boys who were all madly in love with her. Unlike most {{Harem Hero}}es, Angel was a JerkAss who routinely toyed with the boys' love for her for her own ends.
* Smurfette in ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' has a harem of male Smurf suitors all wanting to be her one true love, but though she is flattered by their affections, she turns them down because (1) she's too young to think about marriage, and (2) she loves all her fellow Smurfs equally.
* ComicStrip/{{Nero}}: In "De Ring van de Moefti" Nero is given a ring by a rich sheik for saving his life. As long as Nero carries the ring the sheik's harem will follow and protect him. Throughout the story Nero tries to get rid of his harem, but to no avail. Finally he [[spoiler:manages to take the ring off and give to Meneer Pheip. Then Pheip asks the women to take off their veils. It turns out they are all men!]]
* T'Challa the Comicbook/BlackPanther has a harem of bodyguards/wives-in-training as per tribal tradition. Though he values their services as bodyguards, he does not see them as his harem and has never slept with any of them. One member of his RoguesGallery is Malice, a member of his bodyguards who actually ''wanted'' to be his wife and [[{{Yandere}} didn't want to take "no" for an answer.]]

* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Kensuke spent several weeks complaining about being single and envying his two best friends -Shinji and Touji- because they had hooked up with someone else. Then two girls came along and started to chase after him, and he is completely terrified of them.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji's all female classmates (Chiriko, Megumi...) are chasing after him. However he only wants Asuka. Unfortunately he and Asuka can not tell they are together (since Nerv could try to separate them), so that Shinji resorts to run away from those girls as Asuka and Rei team up to scare his would-be suitors and drive them away.
** Ironically, Rei is the only member of Shinji's unwanted harem that Shinji and Asuka would be willing to accept, but she will not try to seduce him precisely because she loves both and she refused to disrupt their bond.
* ''Fanfic/ANewRoadOfMisfortune'': It is implied by the author that Touma may be hiding his true colors from the people he knows. He gets into trouble several times do to one of the girls interested in him. Maybe the fact that he is a lot more nervous than in canon is due to the unwanted attention he attracts from the opposite sex. So far he seems to be dense, so only time will tell if this part of his personality is true.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Shinji is a chick magnet but he does not really want any woman other than Asuka. In chapter 3 Kurumi tries to get close to him, and when Shinji shies away, she asks:
-->'''Kurumi''':''"Oh, what gives? Don't you like women hurling themselves at you?"''
* {{Deconstructed|Trope}} and then {{Reconstructed|Trope}} with the ''[[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Higurashi]]'' cast backstory in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''. [[spoiler:Also, Kyon's harem has grown by at least three.]]
* Exactly fits with Avarian from 'TheGodOfDeath' (Warhammer-Warcraft crossover), a Space Marine (with a Space Marine character) who picked up a nightelf, a bloodelf, a highelf, two human females and even a forsaken (undead) elf, almost all bearing romantic feelings towards him, without Avarian noticing ANYTHING (being a Space Marine, he just picked them up because he thought they would be useful on his quest, he himself is totally unaware of the emotion called 'love' and, much unlike his companions think, does not bear the 'male weak-minded crave-for-female-flesh'-lust) This is going to be fun.
* Happens to the OC in ''Fanfic/ZuluSquadNoTsukaima'', a ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine''/''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' crossover when he [[spoiler:gets turned into a {{bishonen}} teenager.]] Gets cranked {{up to eleven}} when said harem [[spoiler: drinks the love potion.]] Hilarity ensues.
* InFlight: AND HOW! Lets break it down. In Flight is a crossover between Sekerei and Fate/Stay Night. You see where this is going? Shirou has Rin and Saber who he has been going steady with for 2 years now back in London. Akitsu joins and quickly develops radical levels of devotion to him. Then Musubi, Then Matsu, then Tsukiumi. On top of this if the author continues as he has been there will be Kazehana still to come. On top of THIS it is possible that Yukari is also interested. Added up to the fact that none of them have any idea as to his status as a Mage or the nature of Saber and Rin, regarding them as a old pair of exes that he broke up with. In short Shirou has got himself into an inescapable position. At this point in the fic there is no way out without breaking somebody's heart.
** [[MarryThemAll Not necessarily.]]
** As of the DistantFinale, his harem consists of [[FetishFuel Akitsu]], [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Musubi, Tsuikiumi]], [[FetishFuelStationAttendant Matsu]], [[spoiler: [[AttractiveBentGender Homura]], [[LoveFreak Kazehana]], [[JailBaitWait Kuu]], and [[InLoveWithYourCarnage Karasuba]], also with the implication that [[TeacherStudentRomance Miya]], [[BiTheWay Uzume and Chiyo]], and [[SexWithTheEx Saber and Rin]] are also tentatively involved in some capacity]], bringing his total to thirteen. It's a good thing most of them are willing to double up.
* ''FanFic/TheUnexpectedLoveLifeOfDuskShine'' tries to impart the harem manga genre on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' by retelling the episodes with Dusk Shine (Twilight Sparkle's opposite-gender counterpart as established by fanon) as the main character while leaving the other characters gender-intact and ''mostly'' unchanged. So far Pinkie Pie wants to become OTP to get extra screentime (and suffering a breakdown after being friendzoned by mistake, resulting in Pinkamena taking over), Rarity wants him to be her prince, Applejack is convinced he's flirting with her, Fluttershy is strongly repressing her burning desire for him, and Rainbow Dash doesn't even seem capable of considering that he might not want to be her boytoy. Add to the mixture having Trixie as a live-in student trying to seduce him with a maid outfit and Luna referring to him as "the royal boyfriend", and he has the plate full. (Even Nightmare Moon had romantic designs for him.) Zecora even suggested that he try the [[MarryThemAll Tenchi Solution]], but he realized that would be even worse. And naturally Celestia has no intention of helping him out when making things worse is funnier.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7346139/1/Ignorance-is-Bliss Ignorance is Bliss]], a Manga/BlueExorcist fanfic, focuses on an ''completely unknown'' Unwanted Harem. Unknown because Yukio and the other Exorcists utterly '''refuse''' to let Rin find out. Considering all of the Harem is made up of crazy, ugly demon ''fangirls'', it's probably a good thing.
* Part of the premise of ''FanFic/TheFledglingYear'' is that Archenland’s crown prince must travel the country to find girls suitable as potential brides, eventually bringing them back to Anvard to be reviewed by the royal advisory council. Prince Cor is not exactly thrilled with this prospect, and often it falls to his [[VitriolicBestBuds best friend]]/actual future LoveInterest Aravis to coax him into bringing promising girls they meet along with them. WordOfGod has promised that Cor/Aravis are the eventual OfficialCouple, and only briefly do any of the harem play a role as a RomanticFalseLead, but they do serve an important function of the plot—thus far, one has turned out to be an {{assassin}} that helped reveal TheConspiracy, and another is making the fangirls {{squee}} as she’s formed one half of a BetaCouple.
* The premise of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''WhenYouWishUponASue'' is that Spike the dragon felt unappreciated by his friends, and so he wishes that they will all like him. When he wakes up the next day Spike is transformed into an adult dragon that is adored by everyone who sees him; the magic behind the wish made Spike into such a beautiful dragon that everyone he meets falls hopelessly in love with his beauty and can do nothing but gush over him. His best friends even get into a confrontation at one point over which one of them deserves to be Spike's girlfriend. Naturally you get the impression that while Spike wanted to be appreciated he didn't want women (and even a few men) throwing themselves at him.
* Played straight on one hand yet subverted in the other in ''TheHopeOfTheSenjuClan''. Played straight because as Tsunade's son, Naruto has the misfortune of having a fan club in Konoha who want to continue the Senju clan and other girls who are [[InLoveWithYourCarnage have seen him fight and think he's a badass]] who always have him in a LoverTugOfWar much to his dismay. The subversion comes in the form of Naruto being oblivious to the harem of girls he might actually consider dating those being [[ChildhoodFriend Shion]], [[SpoiledSweet Rurichiyo]], [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] (who he has gone on record to say are his type) the problem being he hasn't seen the former two in years and the latter is too shy to make a move.
* Jaune Arc becomes this in a lot of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fanfics. Prominent ones include ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9721717/1/Massages Massages]]'', where through his skill with massages, he gets the affections of Yang, Blake, Pyrrha, Weiss, Ruby, Velvet, and Glynda. He finds this very uncomfortable, especially since the boys get jealous and try to beat him up. Another is [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10350305/1/Our-Beloved-Musician Our Beloved Musician]], where this time it's music skills. And everyone of Team RWBY, Pyrrha, Velvet and an OC Team all fall for him.
** In ''Fanfic/TheReactsverse'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'' set in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune's harem consists of Pyrrha, [[VideoGame/{{Persona3}} Minako]], Weiss and her sister Winter. He also has ShipTease with Miltiades, Yang, Blake, [[{{OC}} Weiss' other sister Elsa]] and, of all people, ''[[HoYay Ren.]]''

* ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'' subjects the title character to three (four if you count her boyfriend Ted who hires one of her love-/lust-smitten stalkers, and five if you count Brett Favre) [[StalkerWithACrush amorous suitors]].
* Didier, the French exchange student in ''Film/SonOfRambow,'' is ''so'' androgynously beautiful that he has '''two''' harems; one of girls, and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim one of boys]].
* ''Film/WhenInRome'' has the protagonist relentlessly pursued by several men after activating a magic fountain.
* In ''Film/WhiteSunOfTheDesert'', Sukhov gets stuck with an actual harem, formerly belonging to Abdullah, the leader of Basmachi guerrillas. While the women consider him to be their protector, they do not actually try to jump him (this being a Soviet film and all).
* The title character in ''Film/KullTheConqueror'' inherits a literal unwanted harem from the previous king. At the end of the movie, Kull officially disbands the harem, proclaiming that "the king commands no one's affection".
* This trope is the entire plot of the Australian film ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_Purple Alvin Purple]].''
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' features a different kind of Unwanted Harem. Kuzco rejects all the women because he thinks nobody is good enough for him.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', Galahad enters Castle Anthrax, which is full of women. He initially refuses their sexual advances, but by the time Lancelot shows up to rescue him from 'peril', he doesn't want to leave.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry ends up with a large number of admirers in the sixth book in the series. He also suffers from this trope in the fourth book, due to his status as a Tri-Wizard champion. Viktor Krum also, both because he's his school's champion and an internationally famous quidditch seeker.
** Hell, Fleur Delacour ends up with a large number of admirers, legacy of her Veela heritage. Cedric Diggory... not so [[HufflepuffHouse much]].
* Oh, ''Literature/ASongOFIceAndFire'' by George R. R. Martin! Where should one begin? Let's see:
** Princess Daenerys Targaryen has one of these, though it's mostly by the power vested in her by [[spoiler: her dragons]]. Of course, being [[HelloNurse preternaturally gorgeous]] makes for a long conga line of pretenders who are certainly not charmers (she is usually proposed to have sex/marry for ships/slaves/money, though she always declines). It includes Khal Drogo, her brother Viserys[[note]]*as it's a Targ custom to marry within one's immediate family[[/note]], Jorah Mormont, Pyat Pree[[note]]*who is more interested in the dragons[[/note]], Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Daario Naharis, Hizdahr Zo Loraq, [[spoiler:Quentyn Martell, Euron Greyjoy and a recently empowered and ultra-violent Victarion Greyjoy.]] It's worth mentioning that the last two haven't even laid their eyes in Daenerys before, which shows just how delectable she is.
*** Prince Rhaeghar Targaryen, brother to Daenerys, was not short in lady pretenders before his marriage, [[spoiler: but his eloping with the Lady he shouldn't have eloped with led to a huge civil war, the near-destruction of his family and the end of the Targaryen kings.]]
** Also, Sansa Stark has one in the form of Joffrey Baratheon, Sandor Clegane, Tyrion Lannister, Dontos Hollard and Petyr Baelish; the lesser of the evils is Dontos Hollard [[note]][[spoiler:who was actually under the payroll of Lord Baelish to woo Sansa]][[/note]], who is a drunken mess, maybe Clegane, who is a BloodKnight, and Tyrion, who wants the world for her, but cannot possibly amend what his family did to hers. It doesn't help that Sansa is attracted to the people that will simply not give her the time of day or are in a position that prevents them from reciprocating (like [[TransparentCloset Loras Tyrell]], [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday Renly Baratheon]] and [[CelibateHero Waymar Royce]]).
** Robb Stark has one when he is [[ArrangedMarriage betrothed to a possible Frey bride at The Twins]]; a political move, Robb doesn't even get the chance to review his prospective brides as he is intent on giving war to the Lannisters; his mother didn't paint a nice picture of the Frey girls she saw there for him. As it turned out, Walder Frey did have delectable daughters to offer to Robb (such as Roslin Frey, who would later marry his uncle Edmure). [[spoiler:He eventually forsakes this vow by [[MarryForLove marrying Jeyne Westerling]] causing the enmity of the Freys and his, his household and bannermen's deaths when the Freys take vengeance at the Red Wedding.]]
** Jon Snow has one on the form of [[ActionGirl Ygritte]], [[TheTease Val]] and [[AbhorrentAdmirer Melisandre]]. Ygritte causes Jon to forsake some of his vows as a man of the Night's Watch (''wink wink, nudge nudge!''), [[spoiler: though he eventually betrays her in favor of the Crows]]. Val is actually Mance Rayder's companion and is friendly with Jon but as free folk she usually hints at Jon that he could have his way with her; it doesn't help that Val is hot as hell and is basically parading in front of a quasi-monastic order of warriors. Melisandre starts approaching Jon when she begins seeing him in her fire visions, expecting to watch Stannis in those as she did before. Jon does his best to avoid Melisandre as he finds her unnaturally intimidating in her beauty, though he finds himself listening to her counsel eventually as she starts to constantly look out for him; [[http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/263/a/2/melisandre_by_quickreaver-d2z5z4k.jpg not that he could help it]].
** The Greyjoys, Lords of the Iron Islands are mentioned to have numerous salt-wives and bastard Pyke children, considering that the Iron Law decrees that they are to plunder and rape wherever they go. Even Aeron Damphair was mentioned to have drunk and partied to no end before Robert Baratheon and his allies crushed his brother Balon, himself barely surviving the ordeal and giving him a reason to become a priest of the Drowned God. Of course, the Pyke children have very little claim to the Seastone Chair, but it's mentioned that they and the salt-wives sometimes have greater standing; the Greyjoys at the moment [[spoiler:have a bit of a succession crisis as Theon and Asha (Balon's kids) are respectively [[ColdBloodedTorture unable]][[note]]as Theon was purportedly castrated by Ramsay Bolton[[/note]] and [[ActionGirl unwilling]] to have any children while Balon's brothers are disputing the claim between themselves.]]
** King Robert Baratheon had one of these that he himself built, but evaded the responsibility of the numerous resulting bastards he sired whenever he could with the exception of Edric Storm because it was just too obvious to deny. [[spoiler: All this happened while his wife sired his "true born" heirs with her own twin brother.]]
*** His wife, Cersei, has a penchant for sharing her bed herself. Her harem is an unwanted one because she comes to think that her bed-mates are utter buffoons. These include [[spoiler: King Robert, her twin brother Jaime, her cousin Lancel, Osney Kettleblack and Lady Taena]].
*** Jamie himself has a harem trailing after him throughout the years though he always aimed at Cersei. [[spoiler: When he begins realizing that he shouldn't be [[VillainousIncest porking with his own sister]] since she's evil and more so [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on him]], and that Brienne of Tarth's values might be what he should be aiming for as a knight, he turns on Cersei and tries to finally do some good after all.]]
** Subverted by King Aegon IV Targaryen, who just asked that his subjects should wash the wenches before bringing them to romp with him. He began to suspect that his only trueborn son and heir Daeron, being a bookworm and a rather wimpy man might have not been his son and fed the rumor of his suspicions by legitimizing his bastards, specially his favorite Daemon Blackfyre (he is said to have planted the rumor himself); this eventually resulted in his sons and bastards starting a huge civil war after the idiot died.
*** Aegon IV's cousin, Baelor I Targaryen ''The Blessed'' [[note]]*the regent previous to the short-reigning previous King Viserys II[[/note]], had a big relationship with the Faith of Seven. As such, he remained celibate for life by imprisoning his sister-wife Daena and his sisters Rhaena and Elaena to resist temptation. During captivity, Daena had an affair with the aforementioned Aegon, which produced Daemon Blackfyre; this of course, brought trouble for basically everyone in the realm. Thus, Baelor is both fondly remembered and relentlessly mocked for this disastrous bout of celibacy (among other things).
*** Shiera Seastar, bastard daughter of Aegon IV had two of her four half-brothers behind her tail. Most of the reason Bittersteel sided with Daemon Blackfyre is because she preferred her half-brother Bloodraven, who was loyal to their half-brother king which Blackfyre wanted to depose. Granted, these were not the only men she had behind her.
** Tyrion Lannister has one in the form of Tysha, Shae and Sansa; the main subversion is that the "unwanted" part of the trope is tremendously messed up: [[spoiler: he thinks Tysha was after his money, but realizes that it was not the case; he thinks Shae loves him, but she was in it for the money; and thinks that Sansa shouldn't care for him after what his family did to her, but in a way she does care.]]
** Margaery Tyrell has two herself in her multiple husbands and [[spoiler: her supposed "harem" when she is charged with fornication due to Queen Cersei's machinations]]. While it's obvious that she did not actually care about [[spoiler: Renly and Joffrey]], she at least has expressed some sincere interest in [[spoiler: Tommen]]. As she is very determined in having her own way, she has even rejected the likes of one of the Kettleblacks [[spoiler: who was sent by Cersei to lure her into fornication; this backfires on Cersei because Margaery is not nearly as slutty as she assumes her to be, Cersei ending up (correctly) charged with fornication herself. Margaery is not free of charges by the Faith and she is released to her dad pending trial, but her supposed bedmates end up imprisoned by the High Sparrow]].
** Subverted by Prince Oberyn Martell ''The Red Viper'' of Dorne, who is simply the biggest horndog in the story line (excluding the Summer Islanders). Since bastards have a better standing in Dorne, he has been happy to bed just anyone that is willing to share his sheets, including men. He has sired eight bastard daughters from a multitude of women; the girls (the Sand Snakes) are among the feistiest and most infamous people in Westeros. Up until his death, he was still on booty call at King's Landing (though officially, he was filling a seat in the Small Council), [[spoiler: and was aiming for Queen Cersei to share his and his paramour's bed because they wanted to romp with a blonde, with full knowledge that she has always been a huge jerk.]]
*** On the other hand, his niece and Princess of Dorne, Arianne Martell has had a big list of unwanted pretenders piled up by her father, making her doubtful of his intentions. As of her mid-twenties she is still unwed, which is rather late to not have at least a betrothed. [[spoiler: She thinks that by bringing such pretenders, his father is trying to cheat her out of her rightful place as the heir to Dorne in favor of her younger brother Quentyn]]. After an ever escalating series of misfortunes made by her assumptions, her father finally reveals to her that [[spoiler: he arranged her pretenders to be unfit for her to throw off the scent of his plans to marry her to Viserys Targaryen until the latter got himself killed by Khal Drogo]]. The reader at least knows that she is on a good state of mind by recognizing that even though just any woman would melt out of desire in the presence of The Darkstar Gerold Dayne, it would probably be a rather bad idea to even prospect him; this is before [[spoiler: he tried to kill sweet Princess Myrcella]], mind you!
*** Subverted also by Brienne, the Maid of Tarth. Her lord father Selwyn has tried to arrange multiple marriages for her, but she argues with a fist that she won't marry anyone that is not capable of defeating her in melee; it doesn't help that she is manly, exceptionally tall and ugly. She is very suspicious of the numerous men that treat her in a courteous manner because she has been relentlessly mocked in such way; however, she has found sincere respect out of Renly Baratheon and Jamie Lannister (who was at least blatantly rude to her until [[spoiler: they grew fond of each other]]).
** Another subversion would be Amerei "Gatehouse Amy" Frey, the Lady of Darry [[note]]"Gatehouse", as she opens her porticullis to anyone[[/note]]. A remarkably promiscuous woman, she bedded everyone she crossed paths with except maybe her husbands, Pate of the Blue Fork (who was slain by The Mountain) and Lancel Lannister. As per the latter's new-found piety and devotion to the Faith of Seven, Amerei would end up inheriting Lancel's lordship over Darry.
** The worst example of an Unwanted Harem was the Lady of Coldmoat Rohanne Webber, ''The Red Widow''. Young, small and perky, she married five times out of duty and her husbands just kept dying [[spoiler: (but not by her hand)]] She admitted that she had only cared for two men in her life, none of them her husbands or other numerous pretenders: [[spoiler: Addam Osgrey, late son of her eventual fifth husband, and Ser Duncan The Tall, a sworn sword of the same husband]]. It's not revealed whether she did end up loving her fifth husband, though they were left in good terms.
** The worst subversion would be in turn the elderly Lord Walder Frey, who had no less than 30 children from 8 wives (plus at least a bastard), while the 8th is expecting a child by AGOT. Their retinue is at the very least one hundred strong, making Lord Frey a very bitter and unhappy man, as no lord in the kingdom would rid him of his numerous (and power thirsty) inheritors in peacetime.
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'': Dozens of foreign nobles seek Penelope's hand in marriage after her husband is presumed dead. He returns and kills them all. It's fair to say that he not only kills them for being pretenders, but also because, for 20 years they mooched from Ulysses' estate and fortune.
** Ulysses has all the ladies from Ithaca behind him, though they want to hang him by the short hairs for managing to kill basically '''an entire generation''' of able-bodied men on the Trojan War, on his little trip back and on that last number he pulled by killing his wife's pretenders.
* Bella from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' is a female example with a total of five guys in love with her, two of them supernatural. And she didn't have any boyfriends before moving to Forks. [[Creator/StephenieMeyer The author]] insists that this was based on her successful love life in college after she wasn't looked at twice in high school. In one quote, she mentioned that she was dating three guys at the same time (which none of them knew about).
* In the Creator/JaneMoore novel Literature/{{Fourplay}}, main character Jo ends up with four very different men staking their claim on her (one of whom happens to be her ex-husband).
* Literature/AnitaBlake, the eponymous heroine of Laurell K. Hamilton's monster hunting series, although as the harem gets bigger it seems to be less and less unwanted. When it was just a vampire and a werewolf she was stressing over it.
* Sookie in ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' has been romantically/sexually pursued by Bill, Sam, Eric, JB, Alcide, Calvin, and Quinn, at least. She is inexperienced with relationships, both sexually and socially, because her [[BlessedWithSuck telepathy]] means that any human she dates will drive her crazy due to unwanted eavesdropping. Combine this with supernatural politics and the rarity of telepaths, and her love life becomes quite unmanageable. As of ''All Together Dead'' she has dated four of them (one at a time) and her exes are still hovering hoping to kiss and make up. She has fairy blood, which for vampires (and maybe other supernaturals) is like cat nip. [[spoiler:''After Dead'' reveals that she eventually marries Sam the shape-shifter.]]
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'' series, heroine Zoey Redbird has three admirers/boyfriends: Heath, her human ex-boyfriend and quarterback of the football team, Erik Night, the hottest guy in the vampyre high school, and Loren Blake, a teacher and poet. Loren leaves the harem later on when [[spoiler:he's revealed to be evil and then dies]], only to be replaced by Stark.
* In ''Literature/InTheNetOfDreams'' various events result in Riplakish traveling alone with seven beautiful women. To be fair, only five of them are attracted to him at the time.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series, each of the main three male characters (Rand, Mat and Perrin) all end up with multiple women pursuing them, sometimes even teaming up against the man.
** [[spoiler: Rand eventually confesses and ''simultaneously'' marries all three of his fangirls, who are luckily the best of friends/surrogate sisters to each other anyway.]]
** This also happens to a side character, Gaul, who wants one half of [[HeterosexualLifePartners a pair]], but has to marry them both thanks to the rules of his [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy culture]].
* Deconstructing the original ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', Saberhagen's ''Literature/TheDraculaTape'' portrays the Count as being pestered by his trio of vampire brides. Their interminable nagging is implied to be one of the reasons he leaves Transylvania for England.
* Henry James' ''Literature/PortraitOfALady'': The lady in question, Isabel Archer, has quite the unwanted harem.
* In the Literature/NeroWolfe short story "Murder is Corny", Susan [=MacLeod=] is a young, naive, spectacularly beautiful country girl whose recent success as a model has given her an Unwanted Harem, one of whom is a particularly odious StalkerWithACrush. She can't quite figure out why guys keep proposing to her on the first date.
* In Creator/{{Saki}} (H.H Munro)'s play, ''TheWatchedPot'' (written in collaboration with Charles Maude), Trevor Bavvel, the local heir to the manor, is pursued by four different young women. In Saki's "The Elk," Bertie Thropplestance is in much the same position, pursued by every woman whom he rescues from the eponymous dangerous quadruped.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' tend to lampshade the fact that Harry has a ton of attractive (and often supernaturally hot) women angling to get into his pants from time to time. These range from [[MentorShip his apprentice]] to [[DivineDate Faerie]] [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu Queens]] to his [[ShipTease Police]] [[FairCop officer]] best friend and [[HotScoop attractive reporter]] girlfriend. Being a semi-quasi-ChasteHero with abandonment issues who doesn't want to get involved without emotion backing it up, much of this attention (apart from that from said reporter girlfriend) is unwanted. A lot of the rest is unwanted because the lady in question is trying to bed him in order to enslave/devour/corrupt him or those close to him. Yeah... he has a complicated love life.
** Don't forget the demons, the succubi (plural), and his [[spoiler: mind controlled]] boss. And that's the women.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' [[LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels novels]] [[Characters/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl]] gets a whole bunch of girls after him, including [[PromotedToLoveInterest Flonne and Etna]], Gordon and Jennifer’s daughter [[Characters/DisgaeaNovels Jane]] and Flonne’s little sister [[Characters/DisgaeaNovels Ozonne]], and ''more'', to [[AllergicToLove Laharl’s major dismay]].
* Derek of the web-novel ''Literature/{{Domina}}'' has at last count [[TheQuietOne Akane]], [[OccidentalOtaku Ling]], and maybe [[IceQueen Laura]] interested in him--that's three out of the five female characters. Lily claims [[CluelessChickMagnet he never notices]], mostly because [[SingleTargetSexuality he's only interested in Lizzy]]. [[AllLoveIsUnrequited She, in turn, doesn't notice]].
* Suleiman-bin-Daoud of the ''Literature/JustSoStories'' has ''nine hundred and ninety nine'' wives. He's not very happy about it.
* Miriam, the elder sister of Jonathan in ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'', has one.
* Jacky in the ''Literature/BloodyJack'' series has quite the harem of guys. There's [[OfficialCouple her preferred love interest]] [[FirstGuyWins Jaimy]], [[ChivalrousPervert Chivalrous Perverts]] Randall Trevelyne and Richard Lord Allen, shipmate [[HandsomeLech Joseph Jared]], French spy Jean-Paul de Valdon, Spanish pirate [[LatinLover Flaco Jimenez]], New Orleans [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold hooker]] [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Mam'selle Claudelle de Bourbon]], [[PirateGirl Chinese piratess]] [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Cheng Shih]], and a whole boatload of pervs. She tells all her "friends" that [[CatchPhrase she is promised to another]], but they never give up hope.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', a man is expected to marry every sister in a family - and since they themselves are descended from a family of sisters, there are typically a lot of them. One of the viewpoint characters of the novel is Jerin, who is just reaching the age of marriage and is apprehensive; he wants a good family, and not to be wedded to the Brindles. There are ''thirty'' of them. Over the course of the book many more women want him married, and most of this attention is unwelcome. We see from the parts of the book seen through the princess Ren's view, though, that while some of it is due to GenderRarityValue and Jerin's beauty, a lot of this is political, and the backbone of the book is about intrigues.
* The furry sci-fi novel "[[Literature/ChildrenOfSteel Lead, Follow, or Suffer the Consequences]]'' has Koen getting one after liberating a prison camp consisting entirely of females. Granted he wanted it originally but when he realized many of them were going into heat he started making plans to free a predominantly male camp.
* In Creator/WSGilbert's poem "The Bumboat Woman's Story" Lt. Belaye, commander of a British gunship, discovers that his entire, unusually well-behaved crew is made up of young women, who dressed up like sailors to continue being around him.
* Anne Shirley of ''Literature/AnneofGreenGables'' gets this as she grows older, fielding off around 5 marriage proposals by the 3rd book.
* Dorian Ursuul of Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy, at first. [[spoiler: When he first becomes Godking, he only wants one woman, Jenine, but by the middle of the book, he's got a harem of round 80+ women, and he uses it regularly.]]
* Rose Hathaway in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. By ''Last Sacrifice'', she has more guys casually, or not so casually, interested in her than the rest of the characters combined.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" features Xander trying to do a love spell on Cordelia, only for the spell to go wrong and every woman in Sunnydale (including Buffy, Buffy's mother, Drusilla and witch Amy) to fall head over heels for him. The only person who seems unaffected is Cordelia (due to the miscasting of the spell), but it transpires that she was already in love with him, she was just pretending not to be.
** Another Buffy episode, "Him", has Buffy, Willow (who by this time has come out as a lesbian), demon Anya and teenaged Dawn falling for a high school boy, to the point where they are each trying to kill perceived rivals (or in Willow's case, work a spell to turn him into a girl) for his affections. The boys manage to work out that the boy is unwittingly wearing an enchanted letterman jacket which causes women to fall madly in love with the wearer.
* Ned's Unwanted Harem on the live action but {{Animesque}} ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' call themselves "Club Ned" (but are referred to by Ned and his friends as The Huge Crew). They may be a tough, intimidating, leather-and-bandanna-wearing gang, but on the bright side, they don't see any other girls who like Ned as competition, but invite them to join the club!
* Dr Temperance "Series/{{Bones}}" Brennan has often been pursued and flirted with by several guys. There was one early episode when she went to a small town and most of the guys there were all trying to get her attention at a local bar, until [[WillTheyOrWontThey Booth]] stepped in and grabbed her for a dance. However, she's not a ChasteHero, as she does date several men, two at the same time at one point.
* Played straight and parodied on ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Played straight with Will in how everytime you turn around since the new season starts he seems to have gotten a new love interest. (though it might have come to head with Bad Reputation. Parodied in Bad Reputation [[spoiler: as, Rachel attempts to make it look like Finn, Puck and Jessie are her unwanted haram in her music video of Run Joey Run so she'll get a higher ranking on the Glist (a ranking of hotness by member). Of course since this is Rachel, it doesn't go well for her....]]
* Constable Benton Fraser of ''Series/DueSouth'' tends to instantly inspire crushes in every American woman he comes across. It only really sticks with Ray Vecchio's sister, though [[StalkerWithACrush she's definitely enough]].
* The one-season Scott Bakula sitcom ''EisenhowerAndLutz''. Bakula played Bud Lutz, a shady lawyer who was juggling two girlfriends, a waitress played by [=DeLane=] Matthews and a much more successful lawyer played by [[Series/HomeImprovement Patricia Richardson]]. In the final episode, an enemy of Bud's vowed to make his life miserable. He did so by sending both women engagement rings in Bud's name!
* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]], thanks to his penchant for traveling with good-looking young companions. See [[http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/4044/doctorsgirlsbymimina.jpg this picture]].
** Lampshaded in the second "Meanwhile in the Tardis" scene from 2010. After the Doctor rebuffs Amy's attempt at GladToBeAliveSex and assures her he's "a Space Gandalf", she gets curious about the companions before her. He immediately loses the ability to look her in the eye and starts hedging about how many of them were girls / young / "hot" (i.e, nearly all of them). Then she tricks him into calling up visual records. "Oooh, Gandalf!"
* Bertram Wooster (the Wooster bit of ''JeevesAndWooster'') has a gang of girls who all feel that they have an open invitation to attach themselves to him whenever their current relationship has gone south. All of the women in question are attractive but they all have issues with their personalities. There's Madeline Bassett (a LoveFreak prone to [[TastesLikeDiabetes extreme sentimentality]]), [[RichBitch Florence Craye]] (a pretentious [[ICanChangeMyBeloved ball buster]]), and [[BrawnHilda Honoria Glossop]] (who is probably a closet lesbian who [[ICanChangeMyBeloved wants to "mould" him]]). He has also expressed terror at the prospect of marrying Pauline Stocker, [[TheTrickster Bobby Wickham]], and Stiffy Byng, even though none of them really want to. His terror of matrimony also has a lot to do with Bertie's wish to preserve his [[HoYay cosy bachelor establishment]] with Jeeves.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Centauri ambassador Londo Mollari has three wives. Unfortunately for him, they're all from arranged marriages, and he can't stand any of them (he refers to them as "Pestilence, Famine, and Death"). When the Centauri Emperor grants him one favor as a reward for his work, Londo asks for a ''divorce''.

* Jimmy Reed had a song about it. "But I Ain't Got You".
* The Duane Elms song "Who Do You Love?", where the protagonist feels he must choose just one of them.
-->''You think it's easy, maybe you would,''
-->''to have more choices than one man should.''
-->''There is such a thing as too much good.''
* The Music/WarrenZevon song "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is a masterpiece mixture of this and complete obliviousness.
* The Carl Perkins song "Everybody's Trying to be my Baby"
* The Eagles song "Take It Easy," as seen in the page quote.

* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan seem to be fond of this trope: nine of their 14 operas have some version of it.
** In ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'', the Lord Chancellor, the Earls of Mountararat and Tololler, and the entire Chorus of Peers are all in love with Phyllis, who wants none of them.
** At the start of ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'', there have been no weddings in the village of Rederring for six months, because practically every bachelor is in love with Rose Maybud, but none of them can pass her standards of ettiquette (except Robin, who is too shy to declare himself).
** In ''Theatre/TheGondoliers'', the entire female chorus is in love with the same two brothers, who feel it "indelicate" to show a bias towards any particular girl.
** In ''Theatre/TheGrandDuke'', Ludwig is all set to marry Lisa, but through various plot contrivances, finds himself forced to marry Julia Jellicoe, the Baroness von Krakenfeldt, and the Princess of Monte Carlo.
** Played straight and subverted in ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'': At the start of the opera, the whole chorus of Rapturous Maidens are in love with the poet Bunthorne; when a handsomer poet, Grosvenor, appears on the scene, all the women transfer their affection to him. But while Grosvenor genuinely ignores the Maidens as much as he can, Bunthorne only pretends to — he only dons Aesthetic clothing and writes poetry so he can be followed around by an adoring harem.
** Played with in in ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': Sir Joseph enters "accompanied by the admiring crowd of female relatives who follow him wherever he goes" ("relative" is a euphemism here). Sir Joseph obviously enjoys the attention, but doesn't actually want to marry any of them. On the other hand, Hebe is the only "relative" actively pursuing him.
** Played with again in ''Theatre/TrialByJury'': As soon as the Plaintiff enters the courtroom, the entire jury falls in love with her. She does not want them, but manipulates them as much as she can to win her case.
** Subverted in a different way in ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'': Frederic proposes to the entire female chorus, who unanimously turn him down. Averted completely a moment later, when Mabel enters.
** Similarly Subverted in ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'': Dr. Daly, under the influence of the love potion, proposes to every maiden he meets, but each one refuses. (This happens offstage, but he sings a song about it.)

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/DotHackGUGames .hack//G.U.]]'''s Haseo manages to round up a rather large group of potential love interests, including four [[GayOption males]], although three of them are essentially zombies. This gives him a grand total of twelve possible characters you can marry in the end of the third game (although the aforementioned zombie characters glomp him instead of marrying him). And that's just characters that you can [[FanPreferredCouple canonically marry]].
* ''BaldursGate'' only has three options, although due to class and/or alignment you're pretty unlikely to keep them all in the same party...
* The way the dialogue in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' is written, a male player expressing interest in Elanee is reacting to Neeshka as if this trope is in play.
** The dialogue in question is probably an artifact from when Neeshka was going to be a possible love interest for the male PC.
* In ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'', every male character who joins your party ([[HoYay and one female character]]) have at least some interest in the Princess.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' plays this trope straight with Akihiko: he has a harem, but he [[ObliviousToLove doesn't pay attention to it]]. He doesn't even know the names of the girls involved.
* In ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion'', there's the [[{{Bishonen}} lovely]] [[{{Kuudere}} Roswell]]. [[ChristmasCake Mistel]], [[ChristmasCake Eudy]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pamela]], [[BlackComedyRape Ortega]], [[CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem Ros]][[{{Tsundere}} ary]], [[MeetCute Ygg]][[RescueRomance dra]], and [[LoveRedeems Nessiah]] all seem to want to get into his pants, but the poor guy isn't interested in ''any'' of them. [[ShipTease ...except maybe Yggdra]]. ''Maybe.''
* You'd think ''[[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel]]'' is like this. [[SubvertedTrope Nope]], the game enforces a strict RoadCone early on in the game. The sequel even makes the fact about which girl Tact married very obscure until the last minute to keep it in line with your own choice in the previous games.
* From ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[BadassBookworm Mordin]] [[CoolOldGuy of]] [[CrazyAwesome all]] [[DeadlyDoctor people]] claims to have had one of these, or at the very least many come-ons from different species, and he is able to rationalize why each species would find him attractive.
** And the reason he even ''tells'' you all this is because ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4Fwa-OQ1ao he thinks you're making a pass at him]].''
--->'''Mordin:''' Different species react differently to stress. Aware you have come by a great deal. Have had other species become attracted to me before. Awkward. Not interested.
--->'''Shepard:''' You've had members of other species make a pass at you?
--->'''Mordin:''' ''Constantly.'' Very awkward. Skin tone apparently attractive by turian standards. Subset of krogan deviants enjoys salarian flexibility. More cartilage than skeletal structure. Asari offers...intriguing, actually. Wonder why. Trans-species pheromones unlikely to work. ''(inhales)'' Must be neurochemical.
--->'''Shepard:''' ''(tongue-in-cheek)'' I appreciate you letting me down easy.
--->'''Mordin:''' No offense intended. Salarian reproduction different. [[{{Asexuality}} Very little sex drive. If intended to try human, would try you.]]
** Shepard also gets this. No matter what species you are, chances are you will want to bang Shepard.
** Best shown in Grunt's loyalty mission, where after defeating a Tresher Maw, ''on-foot'', the first to do so since Wrex over a thousand years previously, also no matter what Shepard's gender, EDI calls and informs you;
--> '''EDI''': There are also several breeding requests for Grunt. And one for ''Shepard.''
** In the Citadel DLC for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', if the genophage is cured and Wrex is alive, he will complain that ever since his people became fertile again, every female krogan has lined-up to have their firstborn from him. He even had to sneak out his own bathroom window, and still got cornered by interested females.
* Garlot of ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. He has childhood friends [[GenkiGirl Siskier]] and [[TheSmartGuy Jenon]], along with friends and allies [[CoolBigSis Medoute]], [[TagTeamTwins Luciana and Aegina]], [[FilleFatale Iita]], [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent Sleip]], [[ChristmasCake Eudy]], [[WorthyOpponent Leon]], and [[TricksterMentor Nessiah]] following him around. All of them have at least a little subtext towards him. As Garlot has other things on his mind--like winning the revolution--he views his party [[TrueCompanions rather innocently]] for the most part. [[spoiler:Three years later, in ''YggdraUnion'', he will ''still'' have the same harem (with a few members missing), and will ''still'' have more important things on his mind than romance. Though Nessiah and the twins appear to be ahead of the rest by then.]]
** In the non-canonical endings to this game, the harem is also pared down thus: [[spoiler:Nessiah, Aegina, and Siskier]] in the good B ending, [[spoiler:Aegina winning]] in the bad B ending, and [[spoiler:Aegina, Luciana, and Siskier]] in the C ending.
* Yuri from ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace''. Let's see, there's his [[spoiler:[[NotBloodSiblings unrelated]]]] [[BrotherSisterIncest sister]] [[TheChick Kira]], TheLancer [[MentorShip Nia]], [[DistressedDamsel Kat]][[SpoiledBrat ida]], [[WrenchWench Franny]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess]] [[ActiveRoyalty Glorinda]], [[FoeYay Ci]][[WorthyOpponent co]], and [[HoYay Dietrich]]. On the minor characters' side, there's Melania, and possibly Soneto and Mariana have a crush on him as well.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}'' has this if you get attractive enough. It will result in you being blocked into your house/shops. It is a ScrappyMechanic
* SonicTheHedgehog has one of these, though most of the girls are never shown.
* Occurs in the HGame ''Artificial Girl'' 3, where you can have up to five girls in a single savefile.
* In ''ComeSeeMeTonight'', the main character's parents mysteriously disappear one day, so an old friend of the family offers to let him stay with her. When he arrives, he discovers her 3 beautiful daughters and a {{Dojikko}} act as hostesses in the restaurant she owns. He slowly but surely becomes the target of their affections as he helps out in the restaurant.
** The sequel involves the son of a family that runs a shrine famous for its annual harvest festival and accompanying "Dance of the Shrine Maidens" taking over his grandfather's duties as chief priest - which involves helping 3 beautiful maidens-in-training learn the dance, as well as learning his own part, and picking which of the maidens will become his wife.
* [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] is a victim of this in just about every game. There are multiple stories, videos and pieces of fan art with Link and the most well-known female characters. Too bad they don't stand a chance against the [[OfficialCouple Link/Zelda pairing]].
* [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros Mario]] is also quite a ladies' man. This is more prominent in the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series, especially with [[BuxomIsBetter Flurrie]], [[ClassyCatBurglar Ms. Mowz]], and [[BlackMagicianGirl Vivian]].
* Ogami of ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' gains one, and is one of the earliest originators of the "Harem Hero" archetype.
* ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'' tends to follow a lot more harem tropes than its [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight predecessor]]. Shirou is mostly confused, but when the matter comes up, bad things tend to happen -- such as a jealous [[PersonOfMassDestruction Saber]].
* Similarly, Shiki of ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' ends up clearly with one girl at the end of each route (except one ending, where Arcueid and Ciel are fighting over him). Side materials usually show all five main heroines, the main character of ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'', and occasionally his familiar as well constantly fighting over his affections. However, unwanted part is dubious at best, as he is going out of his way to keep all the girls around him. Or at least those he is aware of being in love with him, so Akira and Satsuki get short end of stick.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', this is the main point of Rachel's Gag Reel. By slipping the Spectacles of Eros onto [[AntiHero Ragna]], pretty much every female character in the game falls madly in love with him. [[AnimeChineseGirl Lit]][[LadyOfWar chi]], [[{{Moe}} Noel]], [[MadScientist Koko]][[JerkAss noe]], and [[CuteMonsterGirl Mak]][[BoisterousBruiser oto]] turn up and HilarityEnsues. Thing take a turn for the weirder when [[CargoShip Nirvava and Lambda]] turn up though. And then, there's [[HoYay Jin]]...
* Franchise/MuvLuv:
** Takeru gains one in ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvExtra''.
** Yuuya as well in ''LightNovel/MuvLuvAlternativeTotalEclipse''.
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFrame[=:Maiden of Black Water=]'', Ren Hojo has several women interested in him romantically, including his assistant. What doesn't help is that he's terrified of women, and two of his admirers are ''ghosts'' that have mistaken him for his [[IdenticalGrandson ancestor]]. The ghostly Matchmaker repeatedly summons him to the mountain in an effort to marry him to a VirginSacrifice, making them both sacrifices to appease the Night Spring. Which "bride" he ultimately chooses determines his ending in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/WhenYanderesCry'', Nishiki has to deal with a {{Yandere}} variety of this. [[spoiler:[[TheHeroDies It goes about as well as you think it would]].]]

* Marten from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent,'' following [[WhamEpisode a series of events between strips 500 and 700]], [[spoiler:lives with a woman in whom he was once interested, while dating her boss, the owner of a coffee shop with an all-female staff, and spending most of his free time with the obsessive-compulsive neighbor girl, all while working at the Smith College library]]. Although this doesn't meet the common definition since only two of these women have ''ever'' been more than his friends, he once quipped to his mother ([[spoiler:before he started dating his roommate's boss]]) that he wanted to "build a harem of unattainable women," after which his mother takes to calling his female friends his "harem."
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/TsunamiChannel'' [[http://www.tsunamichannel.com/index.php?date=2003-04-24&comic=ExCoKo here]]
* Piro from ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' is a geek and harem anime fan, yet he views his own with an increasing level of bemusement and disbelief, completely unable to communicate his feelings (mostly fear and confusion) to any of them.
** In all fairness, there was only ever a chance of him dating two of the four: One of the others is a robot that [[JustAMachine Piro clearly doesn't realize has feelings]], and the other is underage. Then of the two he ''might'' have had a chance with, one was always more interested in his friend, and saw him as pathetic ([[TheWoobie and not in the good way]]) from the start.
* In ''Webcomic/TooMuchInformation'', Ace (despite [[TheAce his name]], more of an UnluckyEverydude) has as [[BettyAndVeronica his primary contenders]] a [[MsFanservice stripper/nurse]] and his boss's granddaughter, a local police officer, a ghost haunting the house, and her great-granddaughter, and ShipTease moments with his ButchLesbian roommate, and the one ex-girlfriend who ''isn't'' [[EveryoneIsBi bisexual]].
* A rather unusual case in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', [[GenderBender boy turned girl]] Ash has [[{{Tsundere}} Emily]], [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Missi]], [[JerkAss Cassiel]] who is only tempting Ash to get at [[TheBeard Rumisiel]], [[CasanovaWannabe Colin the counter guy]], [[CanNotTellALie Vashiel]], [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend James]] but ''not'' Rumisiel, who all but a rare few know as Ash's boyfriend, but who knows that Ash is in reality a straight boy.
* Cassie in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' ends up accidentally building up one of these in her attempts to get Robin to drink a love potion, instead attracting [[NinjaBrat Robin's younger brother Kirk]], [[ThoseTwoGuys Xander]], and finally [[CargoShip a plant.]] And now it's starting to look like Robin and Cassie might start going out anyway.
* Keith from ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'' has a gender-confused wolf-woman, an ex-fiancee, a (gay) general, and a cute lieutennant gunning for him. This would be a good thing except his people can only get off once a year and mate for life.
* Mye of ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' appears to have admirers wherever she goes, although she describes herself as not all that pretty. Eventually [[spoiler: this is revealed to be, unknown to her, the effect of a spell that draws men to her.]]
* David from ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'' has one made entirely of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s who can take the form of {{Cute Monster Girl}}s and find that HumanityIsInfectious.
* Played with in ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany''. Elator is repulsed by most of his harem. [[ClingyJealousGirl Mary]] has [[ManicPixieDreamGirl personality]] [[WallOfBlather issues]] that he finds grating. [[ChivalrousPervert Marty]] is not a GayOption, so much as he has yet to realize that Elator is a [[UnsettlingGenderReveal dude that looks like a lady]]. [[CreatorCameo Tria]] is a matter of [[StealthHiBye blink]] and you’ll miss her. [[PettingZooPeople Raque'Falicoona]] is a case of {{Yandere}} mixed with [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes why did it have to be raccoons]].
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' love women, [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/01/still-not-happy.html?spref=fb but not one woman inparticular.]]
* ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' had a [[ValentinesDayEpisodes Valentine's Day Comic]] in which a random man walks into the protagonists' workplace, and unwittingly becomes an object of attention for Trawn, Shroomy, and Aerynn.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': It seems that all of Jake English's friends secretly harbor romantic feelings for him. This includes [[HoYay Dirk]] [[StraightGay Strider]]. He is of course mostly oblivious to this.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Rain}}'', it appears that every kid in the school with a compatible sexual orientation gets a crush on the titular character. The attention terrifies her.
* Gary in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' gains one, though as this comic is cheerfully NotSafeForWork, and Gary is desperate and chronically lacking in willpower, he ''does'' end up in bed with some of these women, making this something of an aversion of the full trope. (The comic can be seen partly as a good-natured western parody of the HaremGenre.) For those who want details:
** Early on, after being friend-zoned by Zii and intimidated by [=DiDi=], he seems to want to focus on Yuki, insofar as he has any opinions at all.
** Yuki returns his interest but has ''issues''.
** Zii sends Sonya after him.
** Amber discovers his unique sexual talents, and later decides that he needs rescuing from Yuki (with some reason).
** Senna wants to CorruptTheCutie next time she's in town.
** Kiley [[spoiler:deflowers him for stress relief, decides that she likes him, but soon]] backs off for ethical reasons.
** Sonya pays him less attention for a while after realising she loves Zii, but meanwhile [=DiDi=] has become interested in him.
** Amber is induced to back off a bit and then disappears to [[Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns another title]].
** Yuki hands him off to Sonya while she attempts to address her problems.
** Sonya drops him due to incompatibility.
** Zii tries to throw [=DiDi=] at him the same night that Sonya tries to do the same with new character Peggy.
** However, by then, Gary is [[spoiler:on another continent. He joins the MileHighClub with Senna and survives the attempts of deranged {{dominatrix}} Tatiana to determine whether he is "the perfect sub"]].
** This side-trip continues. [[spoiler:Gary spends some teaching Sandra about geek culture, mostly in [[Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks her own comic]]; this is mostly platonic, but by the time Gary leaves, Sandra is wondering if he might be interesting]].
** He gets home, goes out to watch a rock gig where he flirts with [=DiDi=] and Yuki and admires Zii on stage, and then gets home to find Amber on his doorstep, asking for a bed for the night.[[spoiler: His bed.]]
** [[LoveDodecahedron It's complicated. Ye gods, it's complicated.]]
** And that's without even mentioning his ''male'' admirers.
* Happens to Song Jae Gu in ''Webcomic/GirlsOfTheWild''.
* ''Webcomic/KarinDou4koma'' starts with Shizuki already in love with Tamaryu. Ran falls in love with Tamaryu not longer after her introduction and agrees to form a threesome with Shizuki, ignoring Tamaryu's desperate protests. And then Tamaryu accidentally seduces Catherine (dog youkai) into becoming--as Catherine herself puts it--Tamaryu's bitch. ''No one'' is happy with ''that'' development.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Thunderbird of the WhateleyUniverse has a harem of five girls (at a minimum), and he's been utterly oblivious that four of them have been pursuing him (in their own quirky ways) for almost a year. Since he's a {{Superman}} {{Expy}} down to the 'boy scout' behavior and astonishing good looks, it's easy to see why girls want him. Things have come to a head now that Chaka has claimed him as her boyfriend.
** Chaka herself has a lot of people after her. More than a few are female.
* ''TheImpossibleMan'' subverts this trope. Michael Garcia either hires a woman or his mother hires one and he accepts their application to work for his store.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eq8xbX87UY this]] Pokémon the Abridged Series, Gary got his harem by giving up his scholarship to Harvard so they could go receive an education, and they wouldn't stop following him.
* Happens in ''{{Literature/Sapphire}}''. Admittedly, it's not actually ''Alec's'' harem, but he still refuses to fall for their advances.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A couple of episodes in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' mention that Finn has one of these.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' attempts one for Ben due to the writers deciding to drop the Ben and Julie relationship which many fans saw as a RomanticPlotTumor in ''Ben10AlienForce'' and ''Ben10UltimateAlien''. Her one appearance in ''Ben10Omniverse'' not only broke the relationship up (though this was mostly Ben's fault ironically), but gave Julie a new boyfriend. To compensate, there's now a RunningGag where female guest stars (particularly, [[http://flavorsavior.deviantart.com/art/Ben-10-The-Harem-Anime-365480313 those of other alien races]]) fall in love with Ben; even winding up in an AccidentalMarriage with an alien princess who could kick a Sherman tank into the next county.
* Disney's version of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' develops one after he becomes a celebrity. Inverted with Phil who loves to chase scores of nymphs. In his case it's the harem that doesn't want ''him''. Though one nymph really does like him (the problem is her family doesn't).

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