: There are no women in Yu-Gi-Oh!
There are only extremely girly men! And I
am the girliest of them all! Pegasus
: Keep telling yourself that.
An array of pretty people as eye candy isn't just for the guys. Girls get their Cast Full of Pretty Boys
to ogle too in the name of fanservice
. This tends to be less noticeable than its female counterpart
because exclusively (or near-exclusively
) male casts are already common and expected (thought not always with the intentional appeal to females) and the fanservice tends to be along the lines of "he cooks" or "naked chest" and usually isn't as sexual or objectifying as fanservice in male-oriented shows, unless there are Yaoi Guys
involved. The writers sometimes leave it to their audience to retrofit the standard group of friends
into the Unwanted Harem
if they wish.
Some series of this flavor go the reverse harem
route and have an ordinary female lead among the Pretty Boys
as an audience surrogate, although the girly keet
type can be used this way too.
Sometimes these stories have their own version of Those Two Guys
. One will be a 'normal' audience surrogate and thus a young (but non-threatening
) girl. Another will be a more 'ideal' woman, often a clever, sexy, and mature lady
who barely fits into her dress.
Compare and contrast Improbably Female Cast
, Otokonoko Genre
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- Kyoto Animation's anime Free has a cast that, by far, only consists of five attractive and well built male swimmers.
- And season 2 introduces a new set of pretty boys in addition to the old cast.
- It should be noted that this is a common trope for many sports related anime. Haikyuu and Kuroko no Basuke are also good examples of this trope.
- Most of the guys in Durarara!! could qualify. There are exceptions, but most of the male cast is rather pretty.
- Black Butler takes this to Up to Eleven levels. Nearly every damn single male character is an outright bishounen, with few exceptions. There are a few female characters, but most of them are either one arc wonders, dead, or only recurring. Or they're there to fangirl over the hotness of our protagonist, Sebastian.
- Jump ahead to the school arc of the manga. Ciel enrolls into an all boy's school & nary a woman is to be seen. What few women do show up are unimportant background characters with little to say & zero fanservice to provide any male readers who didn't abandon the series after season 2 of the anime. We do however get a large new cast of attractive teen boys.
- Several CLAMP series, especially Clamp School Detectives, X1999 and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle.
- Amatsuki: Plenty of good-looking male characters for the fans to enjoy, both human and non-human. The artist lampshaded this by doing a Gender Flip chapter special without changing the guys' faces.
- In the 2013 The Anime of the Game Amnesia, the entire plot revolves around a group of simply gorgeous young men, all of whom are interested in the heroine.
- Axis Powers Hetalia. All of the main characters, the Axis 3 and the 5 Allies, are young men. The main reason for this? The author has trouble drawing women. Ironically, many of the main characters were initially meant to be middle-aged. The first and most prominent female character is Hungary, who appears in the center of the volume 5 cover. It's probably not a coincidence that's she's a fujoshi. She is not the female audience surrogate, however; Seychelles was made for that purpose.
- Beyblade and its Spin-Off Metal Fight Beyblade has a rather disproportionate amount of pretty underage boys for a show about spinning tops, most likely to attract girls who otherwise wouldn't have given the show's premise a second thought.
- Black Blood Brothers proves that being hot and being a vampire are not exclusive.
- When the werewolf big guy is a Bishonen, you are definitely here.
- Black Cat: Filled to the brim with good lookin' guys. You can count the non-pretty characters on one hand, and none of them are prominent.
- Although Chrono Crusade has quite a bit of fanservice based around its mostly female True Companions, it's not hard to notice that every single important male character is very good looking, and these characters probably have as many Shirtless Scenes as the girls have Clothing Damage scenes, if not more. Obviously, the manga-ka knew how to widen his demographic.
- Fruits Basket, while having several plot-worthy female characters other than the lead in the manga, spends a disproportionate amount of its time on Yuki and Kyo. The rest of the cast is also heavily bishonen. Also see Harem Genre.
- Fushigi Yuugi has them littered everywhere. Miaka, the main character, has a personal harem of them. Yui gets Nakago, and Nakago gets... everybody else, at some point or another in the story.
- Also in the "shounen manga for girls" category, Get Backers dishes up plenty of Fanservice in the form of scantily clad women with impossibly huge boobs, the series still appeals to some girls who are attracted by the predominantly bishounen cast.
- Gravitation, Gakuen Heaven, and any other Boys Love series.
- Taken to a ridiculous extreme in Sukisho. There are no female characters in the entire show, and all characters are either bishonen, handsome men in their 30s, or young boys, and one crossdresser housewife. There is one single woman in the background who is visible for about half a second, and one character mentions his mother in one scene.
- Similarly occurs in the Saint Beast prequel series. There are no women in heaven apparently—those pretty youths with female names? Male. Rei too.
- Togainu no Chi: All Igura participants are male; all of them. In fact, the city of Toshima seems to have no female inhabitants.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is considered a Cast Full of Pretty Boys among its female audience, despite the fact that it is not only a shounen series, but has a deliberate 1:1 ratio of male to female main characters and more or less assigns one female to each male.
- Hana-Kimi is about a girl disguising herself as a man so she can get into an all-boys school. Obviously, most of the cast are bishounen.
- Hunter × Hunter. There's so few women per story arc that you can count them on one hand.
- Except for a few deliberately ugly characters, Parts 4, 5, and 7 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are full of very feminine/androgynous male characters. (Part 6 takes place in a women's prison). Part 2 is more like a Cast Full of Shirtless Hunks.
- Karneval: Most of the male cast could qualify.
- Shonen Jump title Katekyo Hitman Reborn! has Tsuna and his guardians. Plus the side characters. Plus 99% of the villains. In fact, the number of times there is fanservice for guys can be counted on one hand.
- Kimi to Boku centers on a group of bishounen childhood friends, especially the twins Yuki and Yuta.
- Kyo Kara Maoh, complete with Those Two Girls: the flirty curvy ex-Maou Cheri and the younger inventor Anasina, sometimes joined by a trio of servants who are essentially fangirls themselves. (They write yaoi fanfic about their employers!)
- Yuuri even has an Unwanted Harem, and he's actually engaged to one of them! He pretty steadfastly ignores it, though he also gets visible man-crushes on at least one, possibly two pretty guys.
- 95% of La Corda d'Oro's main characters are male and pretty.
- Love Mode: Nothing but good-looking guys.
- Junjou Romantica. Understandable, since it's a BL series.
- Nabari No Ou: Every major and minor male character under 30 is Bishōnen. No exceptions.
- Ouran High School Host Club plays with this, along with Haruhi's crossdressing letting girls gush over her too.
- Pandora Hearts is a textbook example of this.
- Papuwa has only one human female character, and she's... Let's just say she is six feet tall, over muscled, and has a beard. The rest of the cast are animals and attractive men.
- Peacemaker Kurogane: Most of the cast is male and Bishōnen and Ho Yay is rampant. The only identifiable females are Saya and Susumu's sister.
- Prétear, created entirely on the premise of combining a Magical Girl anime with a male Unwanted Harem. Even if a few of them are far too young to be bishonen yet, they are clearly meant to be bishonen in training and before the series started, they * were* bishonen until they were killed by the villain.
- It's very easy to confuse The Prince of Tennis for a Boys Love series due to its largely male cast and mostly Yaoi Fangirl following. Actually it's a shonen manga and anime, however, it's a very fine example of the increasingly prevalent Bishonen Jump Syndrome (and what a surprise, Prince of Tennis happens to be serialized in Shounen Jump).
- Ronin Warriors, wherein maybe two of the main characters are women, and every male is prettier than you or your girlfriend.
- Arguably, Masami Kurumada as the author of Saint Seiya popularized this. After all, who else would have the guts to name a man Aphrodite?
- His next big work, Bt X is even more into this trope. Because as vaguely homoerotic as it was when Shun revived Hyoga by cuddling up to him, nothing surpasses the bishieness of Demon Knight Sapphire. Because really, he himself says he's really into "what's hot and what's not" and goes so far as to kiss Teppei.
- Fou and Quattro— born in Sodom, died in Sodom!
- CLAMP started off drawing Saint Seiya doujinshi (there's still some of it online, I think) and the fandom actually consolidated the use of the word 'yaoi' in the 80s. It also has only one instance of female fanservice in the entire thing (although this is not so in Next Dimension)-compared to the amount of times we see Shiryu shirtless and Saga naked...it's certainly one of the best examples of this trope.
- Saiyuki: The basic series premise is not 'A loose retelling of Journey to the West.' It's 'Throw three hot guys and their cute surrogate little brother in a small jeep and watch the fireworks.' The only significant female characters are Lirin and Yaone. Yaone was added in to increase the number of girls and in one volume a note from Minekura at the end states: "There are no women in this volume, I looked back and found a couple of pages with Kannon." As for Kanzeon? Close but no cigar.
- Saiunkoku Monogatari has the heroine making friends with dozens of gorgeous Long Haired Pretty Boys. If there's one thing to be said about the series, it's that it's very, very pretty.
- Since it's by the woman who practically invented Yaoi, Toward the Terra already had a fair share of pretty boys in manga form. Then someone decided to adapt it into an anime and put Nobuteru Y&# 363;ki (aka, the man responsible for the bishonen overload in Vision of Escaflowne) in charge of the character designs. The end result is that there are simply no ugly men in this series. At all.
- Every speaking male in Tokyo Mew Mew is on eye candy. Take your arguably Stripperiffic Teen Genius, your amazing dessert chef with the red sports car, your murderous alien, or your perfect boyfriend. Were we supposed to be watching the show for strong female characters or environmentalism? Hmm...
- Trigun borders on this, as almost all of the major male characters are attractive bishonen, including Vash, Knives, Wolfwood, Legato, etc.
- It also has Those Two Girls, in the form of Meryl and Millie, though neither of them does the curvaceous thing. One-shot characters handle that. Like the Stripperific engineer, Miss Elizabeth, and the undercover sheriff, Miss Aurelie.
- Vampire Doll All of the men are gorgeous flamboyant eyecandy who lay on heavy fanservice. What few girls in the series are adorable too.
- Vampire Knight. While it has its female characters, the cast is predominantly made up of very pretty boys. Even the headmaster could be considered bishonen.
- Not even Vision of Escaflowne escapes this treatment. Though Van isn't super girly, Allen, on the other hand....
- The Wallflower: Each member of the unwanted harem is a liberal user of Bishie Sparkle.
- Arguably the biggest draw for Weiß Kreuz: despite its poor animation quality and plot holes large enough to drive a tank through, its four angsty, sexually ambiguous bishonen have garnered a wide fandom.
- Marvel Comics has made several attempts to court manga readers, both Japanese and Western. Their latest attempt is OEL X-Men Shōjo manga entitled X-Men: Misfits. In this manga, Kitty Pryde, the Audience Surrogate character, is the first female to enroll at Xavier's for a very long time and thus surrounded by an Unwanted Harem composed entirely of bishonen. Poor Kitty. Submitted for your horror and/or squee; the Hellfire Club. Other exhibits include Bishie Iceman, Bishie Nightcrawler and Not-So-Bishie Bishie Wolverine (who looks like Bill Kaulitz!). Also included is Bishie Gambit (at least somewhat justified given Gambit has always been fangirl bait), who apparently is the resident Goth/Industrial fan. Kurt is unusually human-looking in this title.
- Yami No Matsuei: The average female character has the life expectancy of a particularly stupid gnat or falls off the face of the earth after one or two appearances, and only one major character is not bishonen. And we should be glad: apparently Ukyou (Muraki's consensual Love Interest) actually appears in a short the author did at the publisher's request, and turned out to be a mystic trouble magnet with so much trauma she's afraid of all men and some kind of growth deficiency so she looks like a little girl. Not what the references to her led us to expect.
- As the page quote states, almost all the characters on Yu-Gi-Oh! are men, and most are either feminine or American, sometimes both. The best evidence of this is the Marik's Evil Council videos, where all the villains appear in succession, and aside from Zorc and possibly Akun (or Bob), ALL of them are incredibly bishonen. It's even more obvious in the other two. Latter has emphasis on the Ghetto.
- YuYu Hakusho is another great example: while the central True Companions gender ratio is almost 50/50, the focus is overwhelmingly on guys, many of whom are quite Bishounen. The big exception is Kuwabara, but damn if he doesn't make up for that with his great physique! This was not at all the case back when the premise was 'dead delinquent having heart-warming yet hilarious ghostly adventures', when the main characters were Yusuke and Botan, with Keiko and then Kuwabara becoming increasingly important, and also Shota who appeared twice and Sayaka the ghost girl who joined up for a while.
- 07-Ghost main cast has only males, with only a few women on the side. Not only that, but every male character who isn't a geezer is *fabulous* , and good looks are apparently required to be a bishop. Then there's all the rampant Ho Yay...
- The only female characters in any given episode of Miracle Train are Akari and the Passenger of The Week.
- Almost the same applies to Marginal Prince (where the character design comes from the same person as the series above): the only reoccuring female characters are relatives of the main characters (sisters or mothers) and all of them are faceless.
- Corsair's cast, with the exception of Barbossa is very much this, plus Aura and Katarina to fill the beautiful women quota. Seen here. There's a reason for this.
- Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru: Every character is a bishonen.
- InuYasha has this in spades. note If the character is central to the plot and male, he will be Bishonen.
- Boys Love Ai no Kusabi due to there being very few women on the planet it takes place and much of the population being the product of LEGO Genetics.
- Number: It's easier to list the female characters: two look like four-year-olds and one of them is the enemy leader; one's a Ninja Maid Cold Sniper who might be an artificial human (she's certainly treated like one); one's a really well-endowed hermaphrodite who killed herself trying to take down an enemy, and her little gal-pal is actually a boy. There's also the main character's dead mom and sister.
- The only male characters who aren't bishounen are the Number assassins' corrupt targets (we only see two of them before the plot kicks in) and the ninja-maid's master, who's a Frank Booth-level sadist (minus the drugs (probably)). The rest of the handsome/pretty cast love to torment the handsome/pretty teenage main protagonist.
- School Teacher has a small classroom of cute/pretty boys who are actually animals trying to become human (tsundere fox, horny rabbit, hyperactive squirrel twins, and very eager-to-please puppy; the puppy thought the teacher was a parrot due to his red hair and later declares that he "will be sensei's wife!"). The two exceptions to the all-male cast are the sexy oujo-sama cat with full lips, long hair, and female kimono who's actually a neutered male and the woman who had a crush on his master who only appears in flashback.
- Marginal Prince, it's based on a Romance Game after all. In fact, there isn't a single reocurring female character except for Yuuta's faceless older sister (who serves as an Audience Surrogate ).
- The Legend of Sun Knight. So much so that you could say it feels off when they tone down the copious amount of Bishie Sparkle after the first couple chapters.
- K. Large, almost entirely male cast, all of them pretty.
- Undertaker Riddle. The male/female radio is 1 female for 5 males, all of them pretty.
- Di[e]ce. There's only one significant female character. The rest of the cast consists of pretty, pretty Bishōnen.
- In Kamisama Kiss nearly every male in the series is on a sliding scale of attractive that ranges from cute boy lolita to full-on Bishounen. If he isn't attractive, he is not plot important.
- In D.N.Angel, if they're plot relevant and male, they will be Bishōnen. (Bar Daisuke to some people but he could be considered cute in a Dojikko sort of way.)
- tsuritama is an extremely rare slice-of-life example where every male character have their own unique quirkiness.
- Donten ni Warau, wherein even the army mooks are mostly Bishōnen. Basically, if you have as much as two words to contribute to whatever's happening, you will be pretty.
- Velvet Goldmine. Very young Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and still young Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale (clad in glitter, makeup and feathers, of course).
- The 2009 Star Trek movie has its cast invoking youth and sex appeal more than other Star Treks while keeping the cast mostly male.
- Most of the men in the movie franchise Twilight would make a woman/man pant, regardless of whether or not they even like the story.
- Interview with the Vampire had young Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater as the main cast. Oh, and Kirsten Dunst.
- The Lord of the Rings movies have a grand total of three female main characters, and almost all the rest are played by very handsome actors.
- Considering the books gave the females even less of a role...
- Subverted in The Hobbit where the prettiest of the cast is reduced by a half, mostly because nearly the rest are playing older dwarves.
- Gattaca, thanks to Designer Babies.
- It doesn't take much to see that the cast of The Avengers is eye candy and there seem to be only two females in the movie that have any part whatsoever. Even the villain is too hot for words.
- Fight Club seems to do this on purpose. It gives the female audience highly attractive men like Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Jared Leto in varying states of undress, a ton of Ho Yay... and then has them violently beat the shit out of each other. If you're into that kinda thing you'll be in heaven.
- The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has a ludicrously attractive array of males◊ in the cast - the females are pretty too, but there's much fewer of them.
- Les Misérables. Seriously, at least half the movie focuses on a whole band of ridiculously attractive young men in a revolutionary fervor and singing gorgeously.
- And the older guys are played by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Sacha Baron Cohen.
- The perpetually angst-ridden, ridiculously good-looking, fanservicey-as-hell (almost entirely) male cast of Supernatural, especially since the show likes to kill off any supporting female character. Combined with the unavoidable Ho Yay the guys make any fangirl's dream come true.
- Every new Kamen Rider series.
- Not just the new ones. A good chunk of the old ones were considered "Showa Hotties" when their series were on.
- At first, in Flashpoint, the only female character on the team was Action Girl Jules. Before Leah joined the team after Lewis Young's death. Even Lampshaded the episode when Leah joined and the woman's locker room's sign was changed from Jules to Women.
- Heroes has about a dozen main characters, all but two of whom are male. And they're so pretty...
- In Season 4 of Merlin, Prince Arthur assembles his Knights of the Round Table. Recruitment seems to be based on how very, very pretty they are.◊
- The Warblers in Glee are, for the most part, very hot and very good at singing. And it only becomes more so after Kurt transfers to Dalton.
- All the other hot guys on the show - Finn, Sam, Puck and Mike for starters. Also Will, Sebastian and Joe.
- The Vampire Diaries: The Salvatores, Jeremy, Tyler, Alaric, Klaus and Matt - and that's just the main cast!
- Noah's Arc: The only man of even average attractiveness in the main cast might be Alex (even that point is debatable), with all the other guys having absolutely perfect physiques.
- Teen Wolf. Those poor, beautiful, beautiful lacrosse players. They can't even manage to keep their shirts on for more than ten minutes at a time.
- Depending on your type, you could also add in Derek, Boyd, Mr Argent, Peter Hale, random extras on set.
- Friday Night Lights.
- Even the most feminist-leaning seasons of Power Rangers have an almost two-to-one ratio of male to female characters (standard procedure is four male rangers, two female; changes to the formula only lead to fewer females such as the five-to-one Ninja Storm.) This leads to an almost all-male cast of young, good-looking, athletic pretty boys year after year.
- Highlander has this in spades. Duncan, Methos, Richie...many of the baddie immortals aren't exactly ugly either. It's not an *all* male cast, due to Tessa in season 1 and the recurring Amanda and Dr. Lindsay later on, but it fits. The films have it as well, but the series is more noticeable.
- Skins seemingly uses a very simple recipe for casting: "hot" and "in their late teens" which naturally results in this trope on the male side. Especially present in the third generation, when Nick, Matty, Rich, Rider and Alex can all be counted as pretty boys.
- A number of Korean dramas fit this trope, but particularly Coffee Prince, in which a sexy 30-something rake overhauls a coffee shop by hiring only sexy young men. Of course, one of them is someone he only thinks is a young man.
- This trope defines the Japanese talent agency Johnny's and Associates.
- Two words: Boy Bands. It doesn't even matter if they can play instruments or have talent. If all the members are fairly good looking, they fall under this trope.
- All K-pop boy groups. Don't even try to deny it.
- An accusation Delirious threw at Ultimo Dragon's Toryumon promotion while he was working for it, one that many people agree with though most of them don't find it such a bad thing. This is less true of regional variants such as Dragon Gate USA and Toryumon Mexico, but only slightly.
- Most of the WWE roster, to the point that quite a few wrestlers have even made their pretty looks a part of their gimmick, or given themself a nickname to reflect that they're a part of this trope. Examples include "Prince Pretty" Tyler Breeze, "The Shaman of Sexy" John Morrison, and of course "Dashing" Cody Rhodes.
- The entire Angelique series. Ditto La Corda D Oro and Harukanaru Toki No Naka De. This is the point of the NeoRomance series.
- Many characters in Inazuma Eleven are this. Some of them even look prettier than the female cast. Of course this applies to the anime as well.
- Nearly every male character in Dynasty Warriors is, if not a downright Bishōnen, rather good-looking, although all of the bishonen are from one of the Three Kingdoms (when they're not moonlighting due to game circumstances). Before DW 7, Wu had the highest concentration of bishonen; now, Jin takes the crown, seemingly designed to be a Ghetto. Since Samurai Warriors is derived from Dynasty Warriors, it's only natural that the trope applies there as well.
- Sengoku Basara, the Capcom rival to Koei's Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors, is loaded with lots of male characters, who are things for female players to ogle at. Most of its characters satisfy some kind of fetish, but it's usually arguable that guys like Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimura, Mori Motonari and Chosokabe Motochika come out on top of the popularity list.
- The Final Fantasy franchise have always catered to this trope on some level, though only by including one or two "token" bishonen rather than a whole harem. However, Kingdom Hearts relishes coming up with more and more bishonen to throw into the fray, the biggest example being Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts II, in which the villains are a sprawling organization of super-hot men with one token female on the team.
- The all-star fighting game Dissidia: Final Fantasy includes the main hero and villain out of the first ten games in the franchise. This leads to 21 out of 24 male leads. The heroes only have one girl on their side (leaving out Shanttoto, who's a bonus character). By default, the game qualifies for this trope just for including Cecil and Kuja in the same cast. The female headcount goes down by one when you realize that Cloud of Darkness is actually genderless and only takes the form of a beautiful woman.
- Final Fantasy XV takes this trope and runs with it, featuring an all-male party that fans have compared to a boy band.
- While few Harvest Moon games have the option of playing a female and thus providing a list of eligible bachelors, some of the more recent ones have started slipping in greater amounts of this into the bachelor selection. Tree of Tranquility even includes a guy so feminine you can woo him with flowers. Not surprising, as one of the chief complaints of female players was that the roster of wives were significantly better looking and interesting than the grooms. The spinoff Rune Factory and its sequels amps this up: even the main character, who is male, can be considered cuter than one or two of the bachelorettes.
- Rune Factory tends more toward the opposite end of the spectrum, though; more often than not, almost every job in town is done by a cute, single girl (and/or her sadly unmarriable mother). Particularly glaring in Rune Factory Oceans, the first game to feature a female player option at all; Sonia gets four choices for marriage (including Aden), while Aden gets ten. Rune Factory 4, which will be the first to feature a female option from the beginning, looks as though it will end up with a more even pretty boy/pretty girl ratio.
- Meine Liebe follows this trope with unabashed faithfulness, adding plenty of Ho Yay thrown in for good measure.
- The anime was worse, reducing the female character in the games to token appearances.
- Yo-Jin-Bo, being a Romance Game, is all about the bishounen. The only girl who appears onscreen besides yourself is Hatsuhime (who kinda is still you, in a way). A couple of maids may speak during the endings, but they never get to be in the picture.
- Pick an otome game. Any otome game. This trope is the point.
- The four main men of Demo Reel. Donnie flirts with everyone and is played by an actor who self-admittedly lives for a sexual attention, Tacoma is in drag for the latter half of the series and is regularly told he looks hot, Karl's sexy German accent gets him a foursome at the con, and hunky Quinn is dressed in shirts that show off his muscles. The only female character, Rebecca, is also pretty, but very pointedly not sexualized to get across the message that women are treated like shit in Hollywood.
- Judging by the many statements and fanworks of the fangirls, Transformers: Prime follows this trope.
- Possibly unintentional on the part of its creators, Metalocalypse fits this trope. Dethklok and their manager are all attractive (even Murderface has his offbeat charm) males, the only female characters are extras or, in one case, a recurring villain, and the show is liberally peppered with Ho Yay.