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->''You see one guy, you think it's cute.''\\
''But if you see two guys, all over each other,''\\
''with wind blowing through their hair,''\\
''now '''that's''' sexy.''
-->-- '''Risenbool Rangers''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgaAzSFOvGE in response to their unnaturally high fangirl base]]

In the West, gay men rarely appear outside of works aimed at... well, gay men. One of the cultural quirks of Japan (though it is slowly bleeding over to the rest of the world) is the use of young, homosexual male relationships as {{Fanservice}} for the girls. Works that focus on these relationships form a genre currently known by the [[GratuitousEnglish English term]] [[BoysLoveGenre Boys' Love]], also called Yaoi.

But even outside of actual BL series, hints of male-male romance are often thrown in to help the series [[MultipleDemographicAppeal appeal to other demographic groups]]. Depending on the series in question, this can be limited to HomoeroticSubtext... [[QueerRomance or not]].

A Yaoi guy doesn't need to be a {{Bishonen}}, but there is a certain degree of overlap between the two character types. If there is a YaoiFangirl among the cast, she ''will'' try and [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope.

See also {{Uke}} and {{Seme}}. For works where the male-male romance is the main dish rather than the garnish, see BoysLoveGenre.

SpearCounterpart to TokenYuriGirls.

'''Note: couples from acknowledged BL series go on the BoysLoveGenre page, please.'''

Has nothing at all to do with [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Yao]] [[BearsAreBadNews Guai]], thank goodness.

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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Kagetora and Naoe of ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze''.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has Germany proposing to Italy during the Buon San Valentino 2009 strip, red roses and tomato ring included. What comes of it is [[LeftHanging still unclear]], but it's not really subtext at this point.
** While Germany and Italy are "the" example of this trope, just about every male character gets this at some point.
* Mei and Gabu in the ''ArashiNoYoruNi'' anime film, although Mei's gender is ambiguous in the original storybooks and Mei's a girl in the recent CG series.
* Rolo in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has more than a little of this going on towards Lelouch. It may be slightly more than coincidental that the character design was done by...
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}. Pick a Creator/{{CLAMP}} series. Any series. More specifically:
** Touya and Yukito in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' and ''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa]]''. Syaoran, for his part, has a huge crush on Yukito in the first half of the manga.
** Gingetsu and Ran in ''{{Clover}}''.
** Subaru and Seishirou in ''TokyoBabylon'', ''{{X1999}}'', and ''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa]]'', one of CLAMP's most iconic (and tragic) couples.
** Fuuma and Kamui, also in ''X'' and ''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa]]''. (Prone to touching each other suggestively during battle, and confirmed by WordOfGod to have been more than friends, although it should also be remembered that Kamui was initially in love with Fuuma's sister [[TheOphelia Kotori]] [[spoiler: before she was murdered.]])
** Rikuou and Kazahaya, and Kakei and Saiga, in ''[[Manga/DrugAndDrop Legal Drug]]''
** Doumeki and Watanuki in ''XXXHolic'' - heavily implied, with Doumeki in particular exhibiting remarkable devotion.
** Kurogane and Fai in ''[[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Tsubasa]]''.
** Takeshi and Kentarou from ''DuklyonClampSchoolDefenders''. Kentarou often declares that his life's goal is to be a beautiful bride and he insists that he and Takeshi should go out on dates, get married, etc. Takeshi attempts to protest but never succeeds in getting Kentarou to desist.
* In one episode of ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', the messenger sent by the heads of ACROSS is a handsome and somewhat androgynous rock star named Key. Excel becomes infatuated with him, and we are shown a [[IndulgentFantasySegue fantasy sequence]] in which she imagines Key and Il Palazzo as YaoiGuys.
* ''{{Genshiken}}'' has YaoiFangirl Chika Ogiue, who in both manga and anime fantasizes about her love interest as a yaoi guy with another member of the club. In fact, the anime episode [[spoiler:expands this out into a series of fantasies involving all the male members of the Genshiken as very {{bishonen}} yaoi guys, with a tragic romantic plot surrounding Sasahara and Madarame]]. Don't forget the Soba Incident, either.
* Kazuki and Juubei from the ''GetBackers'' anime. (In the manga, any ambiguity in terms of romantic vs. platonic feelings is solely on Juubei's part.)
* [[TheAce Serge]] and [[BrokenBird Gilbert]] from ''KazeToKiNoUta'', the [[OfficialCouple main]] and least squicky couple. RosemarinÚ and Jules also have some implications that they're into each other, or at least were at [[ChildhoodFriendRomance some point]].
* Shibuya Yuuri and Wolfram von Bielfeld from ''KyouKaraMaou'' are engaged, sleep in the same bed, and are raising a daughter together. Second two resulting from Wolfram's fixation on the first. Played up for laughs, but taken very seriously by Wolfram, who has made passionate declarations of love to Yuuri.
* ''TheMadScientistWars'' has it's fair share of pairings, but so far the most involved (read: CannotSpitItOut) relationship is between Andrew Tinker and David Toboz. As of this example, they're official, but Andrew still is GenreSavvy enough to worry about ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies. Interestingly, Andrew's son may be heading towards such a relationship. Commander Xerox and Jess may or may not count. Jess is a shapeshifter who was born female, but when they first met she was shifted as a boy. Xerox, being Bi, donsen't seem to care much either way.
* Though nearly every combination of the main five pilots of the ''MobileSuitGundam'' spin-off ''GundamWing'' has been shipped as standard fan procedure, a case for [[GeniusBruiser Trowa Barton]] and [[ShelteredAristocrat Quatre Raberba Winner]] can actually be argued from ''canon''. Given the director's mentioned that Gundam Wing's "pretty boys" pilots were designed specifically to try to [[MultipleDemographicAppeal tap into the female fan demographic]], this may be less surprising than it seems.
* Kaworu Nagisa and Shinji Ikari's brief but powerful friendship at the end of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is rife with [[HomoeroticSubtext common overtones]] of this sort. While not being specifically elaborated on, it ''has'' been milked in non-canonical (and humorous) material. Kaworu's (failed) attempts to get some attention from Shinji are actually canon in the spin-off series The Shinji Ikari Raising Project.
** Actually, the creators have made it pretty clear that Kaworu was written to be Shinji's main love interest, even if their relationship was not given much screentime: earlier drafts for episode 24 had Shinji -almost- confessing his feelings for Kaworu (while skinny dipping), and a second draft even had a kiss scene between the two of them.
*** And in the Shinji Ikari Raising Project game (which has dating-sim elements), Kaworu's route is the main one, while the girls' routes are actually bonus.
* Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin offer {{twincest}}-y BL {{fanservice}} to the customers of the ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Honey and Mori's more downplayed guardian/master relationship has shades of this too. This is inadvertently pulled when [[spoiler:Kasanoda]] finds out Haruhi's secret and leads the host club customers into believing he's trying to confess his love to the beautiful male Haruhi. After realizing she does not reciprocate he swears to be her friend forever--and suddenly becomes very popular with the ladies, who find his tragic spurned yaoi love to be cute.
* ''PeacemakerKurogane'': After being raped in the manga, Suzu becomes gay, crazy, and obsesses over Tetsunosuke in this manner. And then there's [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/peacemaker-kurogane/3-1.jpg this manga cover]]. Suzu's relationship with Tetsunosuke was always rather HomoeroticSubtext-ridden in the first place, although before it tended to be the more innocent sublimated kind... before it went into full on StalkerWithACrush. Bets are up in the air as to whether if Tetsunosuke had actually slept with Suzu after he was raped they would have been able to save [[FromBadToWorse a lot of pain]].
** Hijikata and Okita too.
* ''PleaseSaveMyEarth'' includes a (heterosexual) couple who were both reincarnated as boys and who have to redefine their relationship once they find each other again.
* ''PrincessPrincess'' is a series set in an all boys school where the most feminine boys are forced to dress up as girls and accept the adoration of the rest of the school. Some don't mind, [[HomoeroticSubtext most adjust]]. Shihoudani's mother, at one point, ''assumes'' that Shihoudani and Tohru are an item.
* Akio Ohtori and Touga Kiryuu from ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' represent this aspect in their series, especially in certain questionable situations. Interestingly, Touga himself seems to view it largely as a power game, while Saionji's role as his PatientChildhoodLoveInterest is less clear.
* ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' makes a running gag of the attraction the [[CampGay flamingly gay]] rich boy Hanigata has for the poor, industrious (and fundamentally straight) Otaru. Then again, they are on a planet whose human inhabitants are all men, clones in fact, while the women are, well, marionettes.
* The uncensored first season of TheNineties ''Anime/SailorMoon'' shows a romantic relationship between two members of the Dark Kingdom, Kunzite and Zoisite. This is largely [[{{Bowdlerise}} censored]] in Creator/DiC North American release, mainly by [[ShesAManInJapan turning Zoisite into a woman]]. In the Cloverway-dubbed fourth season Fisheye is also turned into a woman, despite having "her" take "her" shirt off in one scene. It doesn't help that in the original Fisheye's voice sounds like a girl's. There are a lot of other [[HomoeroticSubtext slashy subtexts]] in the later volumes of the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga as well (although considering this is a well-rounded Shoujo manga, they're probably just covering their bases).
* In ''SenseiNoOjikan'', High School junior Kudou Yuuichi has had a crush on classmate Suetake Kenta since at least elementary school. He's an interesting example inasmuch as being a completely standard looking male student, unlike the show's (straight) part-time WholesomeCrossdresser.
* ''{{Simoun}}'' even manages a pair of them, who were originally SchoolgirlLesbians.
** To elaborate, in the world of Simoun, everyone is born female. The people of Simoun choose their gender when they reach adulthood. The men above were orginally together when they were female and remained together after they both decided to become male.
* ''{{Vassalord}}'': Charley and Rayflo. Barry is a Yaoi Guy, and he [[RapeIsLove probably thinks he's this with Rayflo]], although [[StalkerWithACrush it's not reciprocated]].
* [[StalkerWithACrush Karasu]] and [[PsychoSupporter Itsuki]] in ''YuYuHakusho''. (Not dating; if they were it'd be a massive Trainwreck.) Sensui is a StraightGay with feelings for Itsuki by ''WordOfGod''.
* Shirogane and Akira in the ''MonochromeFactor'' anime.
* ''OutlawStar'' has Fred Luo and his crush on Gene.
* ''VampireDoll'': Dante and Hugo. Also, Aihara and Matsuzawa, two side characters who attend Tonae's high school.
* Sion and Nezumi of ''{{No6}}''. They've kissed on the lips (twice), they love to protect each other, they've held hands and intertwined fingers, they've cuddled, they've shared meaningful conversations, they've danced together, and they've slept together (not in the physical sense though). Also, Sion is quite willing to go into {{Yandere}} mode whenever Nezumi gets threatened or mocked and Nezumi has essentially claimed ownership of Sion in that one scene with the prostitute.
* Raphael and Mikael from ''TenshiNiNarumon''. They're an OfficialCouple and sleep together naked in the same bed while holding hands.
* Cain and Shido of ''{{Nightwalker}}''.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': In the novels Yu Fan and Yu Lan, twins who take very intimate showers together and kiss each other on the lips are actually ''[[YaoiGuys male]]'' instead of female.
* Luka and Yuki and the Zweilt guardians and their partners in ''UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru''.
* Ritsuka and Soubi of ''{{Loveless}}''.
* Mikogami Hayato and his [[TheDragon Dragon]], Mutsu in {{Sekirei}}. Also, [[spoiler: Homura after being winged by Minato, with a side of {{Tsundere}} and GenderBender confusion]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** Raven and Lucius from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7]]'', with Heath and Legault as the second-most popular pairing. And it's not too much of a stretch to assume Matthew's got ''something'' for Guy.
** It's more famous for the implied twincest between Ephraim and Eirika, but Innes and Ephraim could practically ''define'' [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] with their constant bickering in VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones. Forde and Kyle are a toned-down version. Gerik and Saleh have a surprising amount of evidence in their favor: [[MyGreatestFailure Shared history that they haven't really gotten over]], the SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan dynamic, and Gerik even ''takes Saleh out'' despite having two attractive women vying for his attention. In fact, pick any male character from ''Franchise/FireEmblem''--odds are that they've got another guy they can support with for extremely subtext-heavy support conversations.
** Soren and Ike from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]''. Soren is a [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]] who only shows his true feelings to Ike, pledges his UndyingLoyalty to him, and is one of Ike's [[RelationshipValues paired endings]]. Probably the most (in)famous moment for the pair is a conversation that's [[GuideDangIt very difficult to unlock]] where [[spoiler: right before the final battle, Ike has been cured of his LaserGuidedAmnesia and can recall their ForgottenFirstMeeting. It ends with Soren [[CryCute crying]] in Ike's arms and inspiring loads of HurtComfortFic.]]
* Yoshiya "Joshua" Kiryu from the DS game ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''-he plays the yaoi guy for laughs in the Another Day bonus level.
* Ildon and Rastaban in SagaFrontier.

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[[folder:Western Media]]
* Not as much fan service as AdaptationExpansion, but ''Series/GameOfThrones'' had Renly and Loras, [[spoiler:then Loras and whatever one-night stand he gets after Renly's death]].
* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' world, quite a few groups and cultures are quite open about homosexuality. Two of Vanyel's lovers (the first and the last) are widely remembered along with him and ''[[Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy The Last Herald-Mage]]'' has him as its main character. The series main time frame also has Firesong, who seems unable to stay celibate very long.
* The ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' webseries and comic treat the viewer/reader to what goes though [[YaoiFangirl Gaea's]] mind when she goes into ShippingGoggles mode about Fant÷m and Omega Zell. Her imaginary versions of the two fit perfectly.
* Dillon and Jerzy end up playing the role in ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', if only for latent-YaoiFangirl-in-denial Ruby.
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