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->''"…serials about awkward young men very pointedly NOT having sex with a selection of eager women."''
-->-- ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''

Harem is a genre/plot frame that is mostly present in the Japanese media of {{anime}}, {{manga}}, LightNovels, {{Visual Novel}}s, and VideoGames.

It normally takes place in a HighSchool setting, with one male lead and at least three (often a lot more) girls who are romantically interested in him, or at the very least are bound by circumstances to live with him. [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender Inverted Examples]] also exist, as do age-adjusted renditions for younger audiences. Usually, each harem member personifies a single classic characterization archetype.

The protagonist either takes it as an UnwantedHarem, reacts as a HaremSeeker, or is ObliviousToLove.

Works where a Harem Genre set-up is put in front of other relationship dynamics, and the plot is written with the intention to keep the "race" for the male protagonist's heart as tied as possible, are known as the BalancedHarem subgenre.

In recent shows, the Harem genre has become somewhat divided into two "routes". The first, the legitimate "Harem Route", has the girls choose to share the lead character, equally or otherwise, rather than risk losing him and their friends completely. The other, more realistic route is called "Shuraba", sometimes translated as "Bloodbath"; here, ThereCanBeOnlyOne, and all contenders are willing to destroy their enemy to achieve their own happiness.

In other cases, when a work uses this genre together with a more traditional RomanticComedy OfficialCouple relationship, that is called the SupportingHarem subgenre.

Many of these works are also shared with the {{Ecchi}} genre, as it is harder to find a {{Harem}} story that isn't filled with gratuitous {{Fanservice}} than one that is.

Contrast RoyalHarem, which is about the literal, traditional sort of harem as found in a royal palace.

! {{Harem}} genre tropes:
* AccidentalPervert
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove
* ArrangedMarriage
* BalancedHarem
* BattleHarem
* BeachEpisode
* BelligerentSexualTension
* BromanticFoil
* CannotSpitItOut
* TheCasanova
* ChickMagnet
* ChildhoodFriendRomance
* CluelessChickMagnet
* CrashIntoHello
* CrashingThroughTheHarem
* FirstGirlWins
* FirstKiss
** AlmostKiss
* HaremNanny
* HaremSeeker
* HopelessSuitor
* HotspringsEpisode
* InnocentCohabitation
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* LastGirlWins
* LoserProtagonist
* LoveDodecahedron
* LoverTugOfWar
* MagneticGirlfriend
* MarryThemAll
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage
* MomentKiller
* NoRomanticResolution
* NotBloodSiblings
* NotWhatItLooksLike
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent
* PervertRevengeMode
* PrettyFreeloaders
* SuggestiveCollision
* SupportingHarem
* ThanksForTheMammary
* ThemedHarem
* ThoseTwoGuys
* UnluckyEverydude
* UnwantedHarem
* WillTheyOrWontThey

!Common character types for the {{Harem}} members:

* ACupAngst - usually applies to [[{{tsundere}} the tsundere]]
* AloofDarkHairedGirl
* {{Bokukko}}
* BrokenBird
* ButtMonkey -- almost always applies to the protagonist.
* CatGirl
* ChildhoodFriend -- the female lead usually fills this spot
* ClingyJealousGirl -- in order to perpetuate [[LoveTriangle the triangle]] and [[WillTheyOrWontThey romantic tension.]]
* CuteClumsyGirl
* CuteGhostGirl
* DefrostingIceQueen -- often, an EmotionlessGirl or {{Tsundere}} will be this.
* TheDitherer -- The lead is very often one of these.
* EmotionlessGirl
* ExtremeDoormat -- usually applies to the male lead
* GenkiGirl
* GirlNextDoor -- usually the protagonist's childhood friend
* IllGirl
* {{Kawaiiko}}
* MagicalGirlfriend
* ManicPixieDreamGirl
* {{Meganekko}}
* {{Meido}}
* {{Moe}}
* NiceGuy -- which is usually why they're all drawn to him
* {{Ojou}}
* PatientChildhoodLoveInterest
* PetitePride
* PsychoLesbian -- As a {{foil}} and rival to the guy with the Harem over one of the Haremettes.
* ShrinkingViolet -- no harem is complete without one.
* SugarAndIcePersonality
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl -- usually the main two competing haremettes.
* {{Tsundere}} -- A girl who switches between affection and aloofness/hostility.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend
* YamatoNadeshiko -- The traditional Japanese ideal of femininity. It has appeals to different kinds of fans and can provide a contrast to a {{Tsundere}}.
* {{Yandere}} -- The inversion of the {{Tsundere}}, [[IfICantHaveYou just keep a close eye]] [[MurderTheHypotenuse on her tendencies]].


! Examples of works in the {{Harem}} genre:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' can be considered a precursor to the harem genre, even predating ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. It involves lovable loser Keiichi Morisato dialing a wrong number and accidentally calling a goddess to his apartment. Thinking it's a joke, he wishes for her to stay with him forever (not that he's averse to that). Over time, Belldandy's sisters Urd and Skuld move in, too, with other female characters joining in at various points. That said, while several of the other women tease Keiichi at times, he only has eyes for Belldandy.
* ''Manga/AiKora'' (from the creator of ''Manga/MidoriDays'') plays with this: Hachibe Maeda, a guy with very particular tastes in women definitely wants the harem so long as they have exactly one of the attributes he's looking for in a girl: Tsubame-sensei, the HaremNanny, has long, streamlined legs; Sakurako, the {{Tsundere}}, has big, blue eyes; Yukari, the {{Meganekko}}, has big, perky breasts like a bullet train; and Kirino, the LittleMissSnarker, has a husky voice. Later we meet Ayame, the {{Ojou}}, who has Maeda's ideal waist. This is taken to the extreme with Haiji, who has the ideal ass but is a guy. [[HoYay And a bisexual, no less.]]
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi''. In a surprising twist, the {{first girl|Wins}} has [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend already won]], long before anyone else gets a shot thanks to a ChildhoodMarriagePromise which she and Kaoru have kept for nearly two decades. The other haremettes are kept from becoming PrettyFreeloaders with help from HaremNanny Miyabi, as they're called on to do housework whenever [[YamatoNadeshiko Aoi]] is unable to perform. Miyabi-san takes her job ''very'' seriously.
%%* ''Manga/AhMyBuddha''.
%%* ''Anime/AngelTales'' features a harem of {{Magical Girlfriend}}s.
* Nadja Applefield ([[spoiler:or better said, Nadja Preminger]]), from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'' is another of the female examples, having one of these (with four pre-teen boys and three guys in their mid-to-late teens) when she's just ''thirteen''.
%%* ''Manga/BokuWaKisuDeUsoWoTsuku''.
* SpiritualSuccessor ''Manga/BrynhildrInTheDarkness'' is a better example than ''Manga/ElfenLied''. Like in Kohta's case, a lot more girls are living in Ryouta's club house, since they are all refugees from Vingulf, a laboratory that creates Magicians. At least three of them have fallen in love with him, with Kuroha turning out to be his ChildhoodFriend Kuroneko, who was believed to be dead, is the one he truly loves, but several incidents force them to be StarCrossedLovers. The only girls who aren't in love with him are Kana and Kotori. Meta-wise, DieForOurShip is avoided by the fans, since death is very possible in this series, [[spoiler:as Kotori dies in the climax of the first part of the series, and Nanami died before even joining the main cast]].
%%* ''LightNovel/CatPlanetCuties''.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' rapidly turns into this, courtesy of its ObliviousToLove ChickMagnet NiceGuy hero, Kamijou Touma. It also attempts an explanation for why this trope occurs. Thanks to Touma's [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]] negating all supernatural effects which contact him he is immune to the [[RedStringOfFate red string of fate]], meaning no one woman can be his soulmate.
* ''LightNovel/ChivalryOfAFailedKnight'': Completely averted. At the beginning it seems that this will be your typical harem series, seeing how the Light Novel seems to be playing the tropes straight, but by the end of volume 1 (chapter 10 in the Manga and episode 4 of the Anime) both protagonists Ikki Kurogane and Stella Vermillion become an OfficialCouple. The series also subverts many common tropes from harem series, where the main protagonists solve their differences rather quickly without pading the drama, instead focusing on progressing the romantic relationship.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': It seems like everyone in the series is in love with [[{{Bishonen}} Lelouch]] ([[AgentPeacock who]] [[RavenHairIvorySkin wouldn't]] [[IndifferentBeauty be?]]). In the first season, Lelouch/Zero accumulates a rather large group of both genders who have feelings for him, including [[{{Tsundere}} Kallen]], [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]], [[BrotherSisterIncest Euphemia]], [[GenkiGirl Kaguya]], [[FoeYay Suzaku]], and [[GayOption Rolo]]. He just doesn't do anything about it, since for the most part he's too busy trying to overthrow the government [[CelibateHero to pursue romance]]. The second season seems to poke fun at this; as a result of his NinjaMaid running around in a [[LatexPerfection Lelouch disguise]] and being generally nicer, Lelouch ends up scheduled to go on dates with no less than ''OneHundredAndEight'' girls. And there's Kaguya fantasizing about {{polyamory}}…
** This was parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYsycP8DecU one of the first season's audio dramas]] where Shirley considers asking him to go to a concert with her and imagines him revealing that he was in love with and getting married to Kallen, Nunnally, Suzaku, Milly, Rivalz, and even ''Arthur the cat'' in that order. At the end they all decide to share him and invite Shirley in on the action. Note that Nina was not in the fantasy and it was set only hours before the [[ADateWithRosiePalms Table-Kun incident]].
%%* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' and [[VisualNovel/DaCapoII its sequel]].
* ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' adds a twist to this genre by making all the females some variation of a [[CuteMonsterGirl monster girl.]] So far there's a [[SnakePeople Lamia,]] [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Centaur,]] [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpy]], a Slime girl, [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent a mermaid]], [[SpiderPeople an Arachne]], [[spoiler: and a Dullahan]].
%%* ''Manga/DearS''.
* In ''Anime/DualParallelTroubleAdventure'', Kazuki Yotsuga accumulates a harem made up of the AlphaBitch, an alien RobotGirl, a sleepwalking [[TheDitz ditz]] with a {{split personality}} who is also the [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter daughter of the enemy leader]] (and the analogue of the Libby from a parallel universe), and an ex-[[TheAce Ace]] robot pilot who is also [[HotForStudent his homeroom teacher]]. In a clever subversion, the girls compete by cooking for him, rather than by blowing up things.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' uses the window dressing of the genre, with several strange girls inviting themselves to live at an [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Ordinary University Student]]'s house and {{Hilarity Ensu|es}}ing, but this is essentially a side story. The real story is high drama about the DarkMagicalGirl [[PersonOfMassDestruction Of Mass Destruction]] female lead, not a RomanticComedy about her UnluckyEverydude love interest. Also unlike other harem series, Kohta has only two actual love interests (female lead Lucy/Nyu and his [[KissingCousins cousin]] Yuka). The other girls living with him aren't really that into him; Mayu DoesNotLikeMen (except Bando), Nana has an ElectraComplex, and Nozomi developing feelings for Kohta is only mentioned once, but this is never picked up.
* ''[[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld El Hazard: The Alternative World]]''. The original ''El-Hazard'' series had a few characters somewhat interested in the male lead, but it was tapped for occasional fanservice and comedy rather than being the focus. However, the third OVA dove straight into this genre by having three girls fight over the (taken) main character in every episode. This is one of the reasons that it's seen as inferior to the first two.
%%* ''VisualNovel/FinalApproach''.
* Gender-inverted with ''Manga/FushigiYugi'' and its protagonist Miaka, with the added bonus of some minor overlap with a traditional RoyalHarem.
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' centers around Yukinari, who suffers from an allergic reaction to girls after being bullied by them for years. Enter Miharu: a strange girl from another planet, who falls in love with him at first sight and is the only one who ''doesn't'' trigger his allergy. There's two other girls for her to compete with… [[ForegoneConclusion except not really.]]
* ''Manga/GouDereBishoujoNagiharaSora'' An AffectionateParody of the genre where a manga character comes to the real world and declares that the protagonist should TakeOverTheWorld. HilarityEnsues.
%%* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''.
* The ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' anime/novels. An alien, [[HoYay an ESPer]], [[TimeTravel a time traveller]], and an unknowing goddess. Remember, this is [[TropeOverdosed a show that sinks its meathooks into any trope it can find and folds and spindles it to shreds…]]
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', a strange combination of the guy being [[ChasteHero even more clueless than usual]] and the girls mostly being knowledgeable about and completely alright with competing for his affection between them. Several of them actually work very hard to get one of the other girls to win!
* Tomoki Sakurai from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty'' has a harem consisting of Ikaros (who still hasn't quite realised it), Nymph, Sohara, Hiyori, and possibly Astraea. However, he's way too busy thinking of perverted schemes and being a pervert to actually notice. Only Hiyori has confessed to him, and he's even stunned upon receiving her confession.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' with the added twist that every girl in the harem is willing to share, but they're competing to see ''who's first place''.
* According to a non-canon pre-anime Drama CD, this happens in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. After Keiichi goes even more {{bishonen}} than he already is, it's shown that Rena, Mion, Rika ''and'' Satoko all like him.
** There is also a ''Kira'' episode that's a better example, with Shion, Rena, and Mion all out for Keiichi.
* ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' somewhat induces this by necessity: There's the eponymous PoweredArmor that only girls can use, but for some reason, one guy is able to use it as well. He gets plunked in to a dedicated all-girls school to learn how to use the same.
* ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics'', a GirlsLove harem series featuring a horny queen on a quest to make her thousand-strong harem even larger.
* ''Manga/{{Isuca}}'': Shinchirou Asano winds up in an InnocentCohabitation with four girls that he literally owns thanks to IKnowYourTrueName. Unfortunately for him, one of those four girls is a ShanaClone. Hijinks ensue.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'': Here the main guy turns into a girl thanks to a magical MacGuffin. Who's probably hotter than the rest of the main girls. Problem is that the girl he loves is 100% lesbian [[spoiler:and the BigBad of the series]].
* Can't forget the lesbian LoveTriangle in ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'' from which Hazumu has to choose either Yasuna or Tomari. In addition to that loads of other characters be they guys, girls, aliens, or ''family members'' all have a thing for Hazumu.
* ''[[VideoGame/KiniroNoCorda La Corda D'Oro]]'' which has five boys interested in one girl.
* ''Manga/KissHimNotMe'' has a male harem with the added twist that the focus of it (Kae) is a YaoiFangirl and would rather have her harem start dating ''each other'', but continue being friends with her.
%%* ''LightNovel/KonoNakaNiHitoriImoutoGaIru''
* The main character of ''Manga/LoveHina'', Keitaro, is living in an all-girls inn and by the end of the series he had attracted a {{Tsundere}}, a ShrinkingViolet, a GenkiGirl[=/=]WrenchWench/[[spoiler:Princess]], a HardDrinkingPartyGirl, a KidSamurai, a CloudCuckooLander/[[spoiler:UnluckyChildhoodFriend]], his [[NotBloodSiblings adopted sister]], and a BrattyHalfPint… maybe. In an unusual twist, they suggest he MarryThemAll but he refuses and [[spoiler:marries his VictoriousChildhoodFriend, Naru]].
%%* ''Anime/{{Maburaho}}''
%%* ''Manga/MagaTsuki''.
* ''LightNovel/MagiciansAcademy'', which features ''both'' the UnwantedHarem and a HaremSeeker.
%%* ''Manga/{{Magikano}}'' has a harem of {{Cute Witch}}es.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoromatic}}'', with Mahoro as the obvious winner and catalyst for the harem situation. Other competitors are the Triomatic (Rin, Miyuki, and Chizuko) and the very disturbing [[HotForStudent Ms. Shikijo]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', being created by the [[Creator/KenAkamatsu author]] of ''Manga/LoveHina'', started with this genre at first, involving a 10-year-old ChildProdigy and his all-female class of 31 girls. Then it took a massive GenreShift midway into the second major arc, but reverted back ([[SubvertedTrope sort of]]) to this genre in the closing chapters.
* The anime of ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' is a typical example, but the original VisualNovel isn't, as no more than two of them are really interested in Yamato at almost any given time, with one them always being [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Miyako]].
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Takeru enrolls at Tenbi Academy, a former AllGirlSchool that's recently turned co-ed. On his first day there, he reunites with his childhood friend, Haruko, and meets [[CloudCuckoolander a strange girl]] named Inaho, who [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise claims she's his fiancee.]] Plus, the school's resident twin-tailed {{tsundere}} seems to have it in for him. And by the end of the day, they've all been assigned to share the same hostel. [[ChickMagnet You get the idea.]]
* ''LightNovel/MaouNoHajimekata'' offers a somewhat dark take on the genre, the resident VillainProtagonist Aur is fond of recruiting many women to his cause, some come willingly as they don’t like humans as well or don’t mind Aur’s misanthropic tirade against them, the good natured women however are met with several doses of brainwashing ''through sexual assault till they start liking'' Aur and become fully supportive of his deeds.
* ''Manga/MidoriDays'' also has harem elements. Seiji has horrible luck with girls [[MoralityPet until Midori shows up]], at which point [[MagneticGirlfriend everyone seems to be after him]] (in the manga, this includes a guy).
* Athrun Zala from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' has this. At its height, there are no less than four lovely young ladies vying for his attention in the series. ''[[InternetBackdraft Much]]'' [[DieForOurShip wank]] [[ShipToShipCombat has followed]].
* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': A {{downplayed}} example. While there are three different girls attracted to Asashi, they remain friendly to each other, and the series is almost devoid of fanservice. Instead, the emphasis is more on comedy.
* Most of the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' manga out there are high school romantic comedies with [[{{Tsundere}} Asuka]], [[SugarAndIcePersonality Rei]], and [[GayOption Kaworu]] lusting after Shinji.
%%* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari''
%%* The manga ''[[Manga/OniiChanToIssho Me And My Brothers]]'', a non-romantic one.
%%* ''{{LightNovel/Oreimo}}''
* Played with in the manga ''Otomari Honey'', where we see the situation from the perspective of one of the haremettes -- she goes to the house of a boy she has a crush on to ask if she can live with him to get away from her own home, only to find that he's already got three other girls with the same story living in his room.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has a male harem for a girl. She was popular with the girls at her own school, but for [[{{Bifauxnen}} other reasons]].
%%* ''Anime/{{Photon}}'', another ''Tenchi'' SpiritualSuccessor
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' is a reverse-harem MagicalGirl show where {{bishounen}} knights are the {{Transformation Trinket}}s.
%%* ''Puri Puri'' (not to be confused with ''Manga/PrincessPrincess'')
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': Akane is an inverted example while Ranma has two -- one as a male and one as a [[GenderBender female]].
%%* ''Manga/RappiRangai''.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''. Tsukune falls in love with Moka, who has also a [[SuperpoweredEvilSide superpowered neutral true side]]. Other girls fall eventually in love with him, with Yukari routing for a OneTrueThreesome, Ruby having a minor crush in comparison to the other girls, and Kurumu and Mizore also having species problems. Kurumu would literally die if Tsukune rejects her, and Mizore's species is endangered, so she needs to mate with him. Fang-Fang is the GayOption, who just wants to Tsukune to join his mafia family rather than because of romantical reasons, but Fang-Fang offers him the MarryThemAll option, which would make every girl but Moka happy. And Kokoa has no interest in Tsukune at all. To make it more complicated, while Tsukune has only eyes for Moka, there is the Outer Moka-Inner Moka problem, since the girl he first fall in love is Outer Moka, but he has also feelings for Inner Moka, so the best option is that they somehow emerge together. Both Mokas are in love with him, but they also help each other. Even more confusing, [[spoiler:it turns out that Outer Moka is a clone of Moka's mother Akasha. However, the personality of the deceased Outer Moka does merge with Inner Moka's]].
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' is mostly [[AvertedTrope an aversion]]/[[{{Parodied}} parody]] of the harem genre. While Louie ''does'' join a travelling party of beautiful women, [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship they think of him as a means to an end, since their group needs a magician.]] But they ''do'' eventually gain a fair amount of respect for him… even though he's inept at magic. And while his friend, Ila, secretly nurses a crush on him, [[ObliviousToHints Louie fails to notice it.]]
* ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'', in which the entire harem is made up of {{Robot Girl}}s and one guy (on an all-male world, where this would be expected). In its various sequels, the [[spoiler:one real girl in the entire world]] also apparently wants in on the harem.
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' is known for being one of the most brutal {{deconstruction}}s this trope has ever known, especially in the anime and several endings of the visual novel. It seems like your average harem series at first, where the main character has an {{Ojou}} (Kotonoha), a {{Shorttank}} (Sekai), an AlphaBitch who doubles as the PatientChildhoodLoveInterest (Otome), a GirlNextDoor with AnimeHair (Hikari), and the {{Alpha Bitch}}'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 {{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, we see [[FromBadToWorse the realistic consequences of this situation happening]]. [[SerialEscalation And then go beyond it.]]
* ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon''. The male lead ''blatantly'' announces he is aiming for one to his female cast ''more than once''. He's generally a nice and dependable guy and, in a way, [[spoiler:it pays off by the end]].
* ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'': The main character gets his harem by "Winging" the girls, meaning as he kisses them, they get wings. He's not the only one, and women are not the only ones who can get winged, but he's the main focus.
* ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'' gives us an example. Unusual in that the harem and the one seeking it are both female.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' sets up a contest of sorts for the lead's heart. There's remarkably little hostility between the competitors.
* A particularly interesting (and unusually non-romantic) variation on this trope can be found in the anime ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'', in which a young man discovers that he has a baker's dozen half-sisters he never knew existed. Having grown up alone except for a few servants, he finds their slavish adoration of their "[[BigBrotherWorship big brother]]" somewhat overwhelming, but grows to love and treasure them all.
* ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent'': Manaka has a rather large group of different girls after him in Aya, Satsuki, Tsukasa, Kozue, and Yui.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', something of a TropeCodifier and UrExample for what modern audiences would recognize as a modern harem.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' is a rare example of the lead character ''working'' for his harem, but he's only doing it because he has an ExplosiveLeash forcing him to. And technically the harem doesn't really exist since the girls are given LaserGuidedAmnesia after the conquest is over. It gets played more straight later on when [[spoiler:some of the girls recover their memories, but it isn't the girls who get to fight over him, it's the goddesses they are hosting]].
* The ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' sequel, ''To Love Ru Darkness'' has the rare HaremSeeker… who ''isn't'' the male lead. Momo, one of the girls in Rito's Harem, wants to create the harem for him, with her in it, and pretty much every other female he has ever met.
%%* After the DramaBomb, ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' settles into this genre.
* Shin'ichiro of ''Anime/TrueTears'' has three girls pining for him, though unlike most works of this genre, it's never {{played for laughs}}.
%%* ''Manga/UFOPrincessValkyrie'' features a harem of magical alien princesses.
%%* ''Manga/UmiNoMisaki''.
* ''LightNovel/UndefeatedBahamutChronicle'' has [[TheHero Lux]] accumulating a harem made of the [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething princess]] [[KnightInShiningArmor he works for]], [[BureaucraticallyArrangedMarriage his bureacratically arranged fiance]], [[ChildhoodFriendRomance his childhood friend]], [[TheAce the school's top fighter]] and [[SubordinateExcuse his servant]].
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' shows how this was already a cliche back in the 1980s -- Ataru Moroboshi, who is actively ''trying'' to assemble a harem, repulses most girls and has to "settle" for the alien princess Lum, who lives in his closet and thinks they're married.
* ''Manga/WorldsEndHarem'': After 4 years in cyostasis to cure him of his terminal disease Reito Mizuhara awakens to see that society as he knew has completely collapsed, during his cold sleep a new virus surfaced and wiped men out of the face of earth, save him and four other males, now the surviving women struggle to maintain what was left of modern society and urges Reito to become their breeding stallion.
%%* ''Anime/{{Vandread}}''.
* ''Anime/{{Yumeria}}'' has one of superheroines who have to [[FetishFuel touch the hero]] in order to power up.
** The same thing with ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi'' except for the spoiler detail.
** And ''Anime/SteelAngelKurumi2'', ups the ante by placing a girl in the center and adding a flesh-and-blood RichBitch to the harem.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/BreakYourHeart'': Unlike most harem works, ''Break Your Heart'' is a {{Yuri}} fic that is PlayedForDrama as a {{Deconstruction}}. Rainbow finds the whole experience difficult and heartbreaking and everyone involved endures a great deal of {{Gayngst}}.
* The adult fic ''Wandering Pilot'' puts [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji Ikari]] into the ''Anime/QueensBlade'' world. He [[AccidentalPervert doesn't mean to act perverted]] and clearly states "IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy". Yet his [[WhiteMagicianGirl new powers]] ([[spoiler:given by a staff as the contained version of Unit-01)]], [[FragileFlower personality]] counter to the majority of the males on the Continent, and [[DysfunctionJunction shared insecurities]] make him an extremely powerful ChickMagnet. Not that it doesn't [[BurnTheWitch cause]] [[HumanResources a significant]] [[{{Yandere}} amount]] [[ClingyJealousGirl of problems.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction "FanFic/TheUnexpectedLoveLifeOfDuskShine".

* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'': While {{downplayed|trope}} due to this being a series about and primarily aimed at tweens, there's no escaping the fact that it's one girl surrounded by boys that she and everyone around her consider to be cool and good-looking, and she even develops some feelings towards some of them. While not as strong as older Reverse Harem series, it still has the same effect.

* ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'' requires you to pick one girl out of three in each generation after you've spent some time with them. The system works similarly to ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'''s system. Rex, the final hero, however, can end up with one of ''any'' girl you've gotten in your party so far of the maximum number of ''nine'' in the GoldenEnding.
* ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'' series is a RPG hybrid with VisualNovel element ib the form of Cosmos Sphere, focusing on romance developments between TheHero and two (later three) heroines. EnsembleDarkhorse Cocona not included.
* Any game created by ''Bioware'' has romance side-plots reguarding the player character. Most of the time it's just a love triangle, but the ammount of people your male/female Shepard can become interested by someone in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' pretty much borderlines a harem.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'', the main character amasses himself a nice harem.
* ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'' pits you with [[FourGirlEnsemble 4 girls,]] each with their own ending, and the game provides another special ending [[GuideDangIt that's really hard to get.]] Since this is a linear RPG, romance paths aren't really obvious.
* ''VideoGame/RPGShooterStarwish'' is a hybrid RPG shooter where the harem consists of [[spoiler:5]] girls [[spoiler:(only [[FourGirlEnsemble 4]] are available at a time)]] and [[HeterosexualLifePartners 2 guys]], with a special ending if you can get all of the individual endings [[spoiler:(and another one -- featuring a fifth girl who was not previously in the story except for a few lines at the beginning, which the protagonist assumed was AllJustADream -- if you don't)]].
* RPG Maker 2000 game ''VideoGame/RomancingWalker'' features a pretty boy hero and his six love interests.
* In ''Scarface: The World is Yours'' Tony Montana can obtain a large collection of trophy girlfriends.
* Hakuoro of ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'' sleeps with six women throughout the game, five of whom love him. Kuuya, empress of the bunnypeople, also seems to love him and offers her best friend as a concubine without knowing quite what that means. Mikoto and possibly Mutsumi in the back story. Yet he's entirely oblivious of how most of them feel until the very end of the game, thinking of them as mostly friends/retainers and of the sex as being rather casual.
** Considering that he's the king, who also comes from modern society, where sex IS casual, and they live in a world which still has EMPERORS… it makes sense.
* In the ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' games, both Ichiro and [[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove Shinjiro]] can end up attracting the affections of all of their female teammates (and even some of the support staff); in fact, your party's combat stats are in large part determined by how well the heroes can build up their relationships with the ladies during the DatingSim sections.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
''Many visual novel plots revolve around this, especially in eroge, but this trope isn't eroge exclusive.''

* The upcoming ''VisualNovel/ButILoveYou'' is an AffectionateParody and DeconstructorFleet for the genre. The main character, who can be either a boy or a girl, finds hirself stranded in a mysterious town when hir car breaks down. The player encounters a number of girls, from the childish, passionate Ryanne to the shy, dumure Alison, who all try to help them in different ways and can be flirted with. Eventually, though, the girls begin to act clingy, giving off signs of being unhinged, and the player must make a choice: either ignore the warning signs to keep courting the girls or try to escape from the town, which is afflicted with an as-yet unknown curse by a mysterious BigBad. Among its MultipleEndings the player may either successfully complete a romance with one or more of the ladies, escape or be killed.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' initially seems as though it'll be one of these, what with the main character, Keiichi, being in a Games Club consisting of only four girls and himself (later adding two more girls, Shion Sonozaki and [[spoiler:Hanyuu]]), and the first parts of each arc focuses on their shenanigans. Soon, though, it's revealed that this series is about [[ReligiousHorror something]] [[PsychologicalHorror else]] [[MindScrew entirely]]. [[spoiler:Not to mention that in the second half of the series the position of main character shifts to Rika instead of Keiichi.]] It's also worth noting that only Mion and possibly Rena are actually hinted to be in love with Keiichi in the series proper, since Shion is in love with someone else, [[TokenMiniMoe Satoko and Rika]] are too young, and [[spoiler:Hanyuu is a PhysicalGod who was married and had a daughter when she was still human]]. In the end, [[spoiler:none of the girls end up with Keiichi, since the series is ultimately not about romance but ThePowerOfFriendship]].
* ''VisualNovel/KamigamiNoAsobi'' features a harem of [[HotGod gods]] - [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Apollon, Hades]], [[Myth/JapaneseMythology Susano'o(a.k.a. Takeru), Tsukuyomi (a.k.a. Tsukito)]], [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki, and Balder]].
* ''Franchise/MuvLuv''.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''. Five girls with their own routes plus one without, having been DemotedToExtra. Most of them are quite violent about it too; Akiha flatly hates Ciel (who hates her back) and Arcueid (who doesn't seem to know what hate is) and ''those'' two have a '[[WordOfGod weird friendship]]' that occasionally includes trying to kill each other. Akira is added in the first fandisc, Kagetsu Tohya seems to add Len considering [[spoiler:she expresses a preference for having sex with him when making a contract]] and implies most of his classmates are attracted. VideoGame/MeltyBlood adds Sion.
** Do note that this only applies to the extended Tsukihime-verse in the Nasuverse, where Shiki is actually saddled with all the girls in an UnwantedHarem. In the actual visual novel there is no harem ending (aside of Ciel's good ending, which teases a ThreesomeSubtext with Arcueid as the third prong).
* Creator/KeyVisualArts' ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'', ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', and ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' feature an ordinary (or not so ordinary) high school student who attracts girls of every {{moe}} and general description type into a long-running harem.
** ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' is interesting in that it's both more and less of a harem than the others -- more because [[spoiler:all of the routes happen canonically as different timelines, meaning that all of the girls fall for him within the same reality, rather than in alternate universes as with most Key games where often only one or two girls ever like the protagonist at the same time]] and because the first ending explicitly [[NoRomanticResolution leaves open the question of who he ends up with]], but also less because the anime removes all Riki/girl romance except implications that Kurugaya and Rin might like him, leaving only non-haremette Suginami explicitly, and unrequitedly, in love with him.
* ''VisualNovel/MyHaremHeavenIsYandereHell'' focuses on Yuuya and his three ChildhoodFriends. At first, he and his friends are trying to help save their club, but once he starts getting close to one of them, everything takes a [[{{Yandere}} dark turn]].
* ''VisualNovel/YandereILoveYouSoIWantToKillYou'' is centered in a high school with Subaru and three attractive choices in women. Although, like the previous entry, the word "{{Yandere}}" should be noted.
* ''VisualNovel/PurinoParty'' gives the player his own personal harem. He arrives at his new private school and gets to stay at a house full of girls with unique quirks.
* DatingSim ''Franchise/TokimekiMemorial'', which actually revolves around building stats and managing dates on multiple girls at times to get one of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters loads and loads of girls]] without angering the rest and ruin your game.
* ''VisualNovel/SevenHottiesAllMyHusbands'' features a strange situation where the protagonist has become part of a polygamy with seven men.
* ''VisualNovel/HaremProtagonist'' is [[AffectionateParody a particularly silly and self-aware take on the genre]]. For starters, the protagonist can hear and interact with the game's narrator, who is disappointed that our hero is not some suave high-school Casanova but an ordinary schlub.
* ''VisualNovel/ExtracurricularActivities'' is a Westernized take where cute schoolgirls are replaced by muscular anthropomorphic men, complete with the ChildhoodFriend, TheQuietOne, and more.

* The HBO show ''Series/BigLove'' (although in this case, the harem is [[JustifiedTrope justified as the characters are fringe Mormons]]).
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/NotQuiteDailyComic'''s [[http://www.truefork.org/Art/comic/cindex.php?170 "Not Quite Harem Anime Arc"]].
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/OwMySanity'' has one made entirely of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent.'' Marten has, over the course of the comic's run, had many female friends who could be potential love interests. [[spoiler:However, only two have actually progressed to that point, and the first relationship ended badly. With the rest, the chances of this happening are slim at best for one reason or another.]]
* The ABC series Series/TheBachelor counts as this. It involves 20 women competing over the course of a few weeks for the affection of one man.
* ''LightNovel/HaremPrince'' deconstructs and parodies a lot of tropes associated in the genre a la Anime/TheWorldOnlyGodKnows and {{LightNovel/Toradora}}.