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[[caption-width-right:228:[[TallDarkAndHandsome Tall, dark, handsome]] and filthy rich. Oh, and he wants your ass. [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre Literally.]]]]

->''"Do you remember those old electric train sets that used to be popular forever ago? The ones that went through the town, the forest, and then finally into the tunnel in the mountain? Yeah, the seme is the train."''
-->-- '''[[Website/DesuDesBrigade Vixen]]'''

A character role associated with the [[BoysLoveGenre Yaoi genre]], the Seme (or "Tachi" in Yuri works) makes up the "giving half" of the same-sex relationship and is often (though not always) more masculine than the {{Uke}} (whereas in real life, sex roles are generally not as rigid as that portrayed in Yaoi and are also not "assigned" according to perceived masculinity). In extreme cases this is signified by him being OneHeadTaller than the {{Uke}} though in more modern works this has become much rarer with the {{Uke}} and Seme being roughly the same height. If he wears glasses, they'll probably be thin-rimmed so it will make him look [[StoicSpectacles sophisticated, intelligent]] and/or [[ScaryShinyGlasses sinister]] (not to mention a lot more [[BespectacledBastardBoyfriend brutal]]). The Seme is often the aggressive pursuer in a relationship, and in the cases where the {{Uke}} takes up that role, the Seme will still [[IncrediblyLamePun come out on top]] when it comes to the lovemaking. [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence Sometimes violently]]. Can be a BastardBoyfriend.

Since [[BoysLoveGenre Boys Love]] is a sub genre of {{Shoujo}} manga. Expect to see the Seme and {{Uke}} written with tropes common to that genre. Such as [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys hot bad boy]] with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold]] to the [[TheStoic ice king]] whose heart can only be [[DefrostingIceQueen tha]][[{{Kuudere}} wed]] by ThePowerOfLove to the KnightInShiningArmor who's always there to [[RescueRomance rescue]] or protect his beloved. See UsefulNotes/BoysLoveNotes for a list of standard seme and uke types. One of the attractions of Boys Love works, however, is that since the uke is male, and thus a legitimate object of desire, it's easier for the female reader to place herself in the dominant role than it is in a heterosexual romance.

In yuri, or GirlsLove, an OneeSama or ButchLesbian who is openly attracted to someone can also take this role. Ironically, a female character who acts or looks openly masculine is actually ''[[AggressiveSubmissive less]]'' likely to be the seme, since this is usually equated with {{tomboy}}s and immaturity. The OneeSama is likely to be more aggressive and mature, leaning towards TheVamp or FemmeFatale in appearance and/or demeanor.

Interestingly, "[[PhenotypeStereotype foreign characters]]" tend to be seme. This might be the literal use of the OneHeadTaller rule, [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench sheer exoticism for fanservice]], or the common {{shoujo}}/{{josei}} stereotype that Western men are more aggressive and masculine (and thus seme-like) whereas Japanese men are more beautiful and refined (and thus uke-like).

By the way; there is no "N" in Seme. That is [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent something completely different]].

And for all you [[GameOfNerds Baseball fans]] keeping score: he's the [[UnusualEuphemism pitcher]].

Note that this usage of the word originated in the BoysLoveGenre fandom; among "regular" Japanese people "seme" just means "attack". It is used commonly in some martial arts like kendo when referring to the attitude of an attacker. Even Japanese gay men won't necessarily know the BL meaning of the term. Non-{{otaku}} English speakers won't know what it means at all. English-speaking gay men occasionally find the use of the term as a blanket replacement for the more general "top" out of the context of the BL genre obnoxious, feeling that [[GratuitousJapanese their native language has got that concept covered already, thank you]].

Related to MasculineFeminineGayCouple.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Iason of ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi''.
* ''Boku no Sexual Harassment'': Honma and most of the clients Mochizuki is serviced to.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}}'s [[BastardBoyfriend Seishirou Sakurazuka]] is ''very much'' the classic seme to long-suffering [[{{Uke}} Subaru Sumeragi]] with no exceptions. Seishirou is nine years older, he's TallDarkAndHandsome; he is the one who begins a MindGameShip with Subaru starting when ''[[PaedoHunt Subaru's a little nine year old boy'']]''. Subaru remains utterly unaware that his very life is being bet upon until Seishirou finally and brutally reveals his true nature at the end of ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' - albeit in a rather touchy-feely way. Not to mention as further shown in the follow-up, ''Manga/{{X1999}}'', that Seishirou is extremely possessive, still extremely powerful, still touchy-feely and sadistic. His sophisticated, sensual and AffablyEvil nature is a great counterpart to the gentle, beautiful and broken [[{{Uke}} Subaru]] in every way.
* ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'': One night, Hajime and Kaoru are visited by Hajime's little brother, Mayotama, who earns his living writing Yaoi doujinshi. Later, Hajime takes Mayotama aside and warns him that Kaoru isn't an {{otaku}} like them. Mayotama then goes to Kaoru and nervously asks her what the opposite of ''"seme"'' ("attack") is, and when she answers ''"Mamoru"'' ("defense") instead of ''"uke"'', Mayotama begs her to forget everything he was talking about earlier.
* Both Asami and Feilong in the ''Manga/FinderSeries'' (Page picture). Feilong is somewhat feminine-looking (being a LongHairedPrettyBoy), but he's 100% seme to Akihito. There's hints he'd like to be uke to Asami, though.
* [[BigBad Gauron]] from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. No, seriously, Shoji Gatoh himself mercilessly teases at the idea of him and [[{{Uke}} Sousuke]]. Funnily {{lampshaded}} in an episode of ''Anime/LuckyStar'' (which he had a hand in), where a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/OhLord.jpg hardcore yaoi doujinshi]] of Gauron with a bound Sousuke is shown. Kagami is shown to [[LuminescentBlush turn bright red]] while reading it, even yelling out, "Whoah, Gauron is really giving it to Sousuke!" And in the novels themselves, Gauron makes it very clear that he wanted to fuck Sousuke up the ass. He is also [[OneHeadTaller noticeably taller]] than Sousuke, is a ''lot'' more aggressive, and has a much lower voice. Oh, and Sousuke's status as {{uke}} is mentioned by Kaname in one of the novel's side stories, where she giggles and says that he would be the "receiver". Not to mention how he would even top and ''completely'' dominate ''[[TheBigGuy Dunnigan]]'' for Christ's sake. Seriously, for him to be able to make a tough, macho man like that [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gauron_RapeFace.jpg whimper]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gauron_Raep2.jpg and]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Gauron_Raep.jpg submit]] to him, there really should be no doubt that he would always be the one raping people and never the other way around.
* In ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', Ogiue writes and draws [[BoysLove yaoi]] {{doujinshi}} about her fellow club members, casting Madarame as the passive {{uke}} and Sasahara as the aggressive seme. [[spoiler:Though she is mortified when Sasahara finds out, he accepts it as a work of art, not a projection on him.]]
-->[[spoiler:"But let me take this opportunity to show you just how aggressive I can be."]]
* Eiri Yuki from ''Manga/{{Gravitation}}''.
* Komari's entire [[HaremGenre Harem]] in the GirlsLove {{Manga}} ''Manga/GokujouDrops''.
* Usami Akihiko from ''Manga/JunjouRomantica''.
* The yuri classic ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' has Chikane, a mysterious dark-haired beauty who pursues the other protagonist. Attention is often drawn to the contrast between Chikane's hidden desires and Himeko's virginal innocence.
* Played with to an extent in ''{{Manga/Loveless}}'' because Soubi is both taller and older than Ritsuka, but Ritsuka is the more serious of the two, requiring Soubi to "open his heart to love" despite most people identifying him as the uke.
* Konoka from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is this when paired with Setsuna. Konoka seems an {{Uke}} at first glance: she is a bubbly and naive {{Ojou}} and the resident WhiteMagicianGirl, while the more serious and reserved Setsuna is her personal bodyguard and one of the most prominent {{Action Girl}}s in the series. When it comes to their romantic interactions, however, Konoka is the extroverted and aggressive romantic partner and it's heavily implied she just likes to play innocent to deliberately provoke flustered reactions from Setsuna.
* [[TheAce Usui]] from ''Manga/MaidSama'' is a classic het {{shoujo}} example, paired with {{tomboy}}ish {{tsundere}} Misaki. Demonstrated traits include [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]], [[ButNotTooForeign just a dash]] of [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench foreign blood]] ([[PhenotypeStereotype complete with blond hair]]) and ability to play his {{uke}} of choice like a violin ([[MartyStu which he's also talented at, incidentally]]). Not to mention general {{bishounen}} looks, of course.
* Though their relationship is [[HideYourLesbians very reserved]], Sachiko from ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' plays this to Yumi (and might be a TropeCodifier in the YuriGenre). She's TheOjou, is tall, and is stoic but is still affectionate to Yumi. In contrast, Yumi is the more emotional, younger looking and awkward girl who wears GirlishPigtails.
* The first story in ''Nise x Koi Boyfriend'' has a {{crossdresser}} seme. Usually WholesomeCrossdresser characters are instantly considered {{uke}}s. Satoi is OneHeadTaller than his boyfriend and more masculine than him (even in a skirt). Soutarou is in comparison more boyish looking, prone to TenderTears, and is sensitive. Unsurprisingly, he [[AttractiveBentGender also looks good in drag]].
* Nezumi when paired with Sion on ''LightNovel/{{No6}}''.
* Kanou from ''Manga/OkaneGaNai''.
* Obviously, ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' could not go without referencing this - in the episode where Renge first appears and messes with the hosts' roles, the twins briefly debate her "casting". In the manga, Haruhi reads from Renge's script that although Hikaru seems to be in charge, Kaoru is more mature, and thus is the real seme. She doesn't get it, of course, but Honey seems to find it entertaining. Although the twins obviously can't fulfill the usual {{One Head Taller}} requirement.
* In ''The Prime Ministers Secret Diplomacy'' Yoshinaga holds an important position as the Japanese embassador of Thailand and is older and more sophiscated than Shiraishi who is a few ranks lower in the diplomatic service. However, Yoshinaga turns out to be the {{uke}} of the relationship leaving younger and much more sexually inexperienced Shiraishi to take on the seme role.
* In ''Manga/SeikimatsuDarling'' none of the men can decide which one should be the seme. Since their love is too "similar" they resolve to compete to see who gets to be the top. By the end of the {{OVA}}, they are still unsure of how to solve the situation but seem willing to be the {{uke}} as long as [[IfItsYouItsOkay they can be together]].
* The manga ''Manga/SevenDays''. Yuzuru is older, but Seryou is taller and black-haired, and tends to treat Yuzuru a bit like a girl when they're going out. However, Yuzuru is the colder one who demands (not always jokingly) that Seryou not cheat on him, while Seryou is the one who gets easily flustered, especially when it comes to anything sexual. The idea of Seme and Uke never comes up at all - there isn't even a clear 'pursuer' and 'pursued'.
* Shizuma, an OneeSama type character from ''LightNovel/StrawberryPanic'', is a yuri version of the Seme archetype.
* Morinaga of ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove'' is not only the younger and cuter partner, but a good-natured, long-suffering romantic who's put up with Souichi's temper and homophobia for years in the hope of having his feelings reciprocated someday. In fact, he would probably be the uke if Souichi wasn't so deeply in denial that Morinaga has to make almost all of the emotional and sexual advances.
* Tetsuo from ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'' is a [[{{Transgender}} trans man]] but plays this to his friend [[spoiler:and eventual boyfriend]] Taichi. He's a handsome, well-dressed, and reserved GuileHero while Taichi is {{adorkable}}, is DisguisedInDrag for a chunk of the series, and is a DistressedDude. Tetsuo also has heavy BrokenAce elements and has a buttload of problems, though Taichi becoming his OnlyFriend helps. Tetsuo being seme material is lampshaded when Taichi imagines them having sex, with Tetsuo on top and Taichi crossdressing and on the bottom.
* Chikane from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' is a yuri example. She's the cool, taller AloofDarkHairedGirl to the shorter and cuter Himeko.
* The oneshot ''Watashi To Osananajimi No...'' has the impish Mizuki be this to Rina's uke.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Germany when paired with Italy, though Germany can sometimes play the {{Uke}}, especially to characters like Russia. To clarify: Germany is the taller and stronger one, but he is also younger than Italy and pretty much clueless when it comes to romance.
** The same also goes for America when paired with England, though England is often portrayed as a Seme as well, especially if he's a Pirate, Knight, Punk, or Police. America however, is almost always seme with Japan, Lithuania or Canada; likewise, in 99.9% of Prussia/Austria fanfic, Prussia is seme to Austria who gets his {{Uke}} side played up in turn, contrasting even more with Prussia's almost bad-boy, naughty personality.
** In fanfic, Russia tends to be seme almost always (considering his height, build and "hidden darker nature"); especially for instance with America (though they can switch) and always to China.
** France is usually seme, especially when paired with England though they are one of the most "switchable" pairs in the fandom.
* Touya Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' and ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fame is the Seme to Yukito in most fanworks.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': ''Harry/Marcone'' fics ([[FanPreferredCouple of which there are many]]) portray Seme!Marcone as the default. [[HurtingHero Harry]] is himself pretty tough, but this aspect of his character is [[SturgeonsLaw often]] sidelined.)
* {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s will often take note that Sasuke has this appearance compared to Manga/{{Naruto}}, although they both are equally strong and tough. This is milked more often in fanfics of the two together. Some subvert this and present him as a uke though (even when paired with ActionGirl Sakura), making him into a secret softy and a {{tsundere}}.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** When it comes to Ash/Gary, Gary is almost always written in-line as a stereotypical seme. He's more cocky and "cool looking" than the cuter, {{keet}} Ash.
** Zoey is always this to Dawn. She has a prince motif while Dawn has a princess one, and Dawn is the more feminine and inexperienced Coordinator.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** The first protagonist, Red, was usually written as a uke in Red/Blue works due to Blue being the cockier character. However, once ''Sun and Moon'' revealed that Red grew up into a muscular hunk while Blue is shorter and slightly curvy, the tables turned.
** This tends to be inverted in Ethan/Silver works. Silver is aggressive in Lyra/Ethan works, but his effeminate design and brash personality get him turned into Ethan's cutesy tsundere boyfriend. How much Ethan fits the seme stereotypes depends on the artist/writer.
** Expect a high probability that Selene will be this whenever she's paired up with the shy Lillie.
** Blue tends to be more often Seme than Red, but he usually becomes more of a upbeat, arrogant and almost tsundere guy in contrast to quiet, reserved and serious Red. This has been inverted starting with their adult designs in ''Sun and Moon'', where Red is a future {{hunk}} with a fair bi of muscle on him whie Blue is a {{bishonen}}.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' fanart often portrays Homura as being a brooding, aggressive seductress who is totally in control of her love life. This is not congruent with [[ShellShockedVeteran her]] [[LoveHurts canon]] [[ShrinkingViolet personality]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Craig Tucker in almost every fanfiction. Especially in ''I came a long way to see you''.
** Stories that pair Stan and Craig when they aren't explicitly rivals (and some where they are) tend to make one of them an {{Uke}} through {{Wimpification}} due to the fandom usually having them both as Seme's. A few good authors occasionally balance the pairing out, but a lot of them don't.
** Stan is often an uke because of his cute looks and emotional nature, except when he's paired with Kyle who is usually given a heavy dose of {{wimpification}} (it could be argued with their canon personalities Kyle is closer to the "seme" stereotype).
* Adamska in ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' is at least ten years younger than his partner (if you're counting physical age and years of life experience [[TimeTravel and not respective dates of birth]]), but makes the initial sexual advances in their relationship due to his relatively more outgoing personality [[spoiler: and RippleEffectProofMemory.]]
* ''FanFic/ThoseLackingSpines'' has the Semes of the Organization members possessing the... you know of the Ukes of them. When a Seme combines with an Uke, the members go back to becoming their own selves. Hunting down the Semes and getting the... you know of them and returning them to the Ukes of Organization XIII makes up most of the plot to the story.
* Ban when paired with Ginji on ''Manga/GetBackers''.
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** This is how Riku usually winds up in {{slash|Fic}}ed with Sora.
** Same deal for Axel with Roxas.
** And [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Terra with Ven]].
** And [[FoeYay Vanitas]] [[ScrewYourself with Ven]]. [[spoiler: It depends on how much of a Seme Vanitas actually ''is'', given how he looks just like Sora...]]
* ''Manga/KOn'': Ritsu, whenever she's paired up with Mio.
* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'': The older trio of the brothers (Osomatsu, Karamatsu, Choromatsu) is more susceptible to be seme compared to the younger trio of the sextuplets (Ichimatsu, Jyushimatsu, Todomatsu).
* To go with how {{animesque}} the franchise is, it's not uncommon for ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fans to use this:
** Siblings Zuko and Azula from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' are usually seme in whatever ships they're in. The exception seems to be Zuko/Jet, where Jet is usually the seme.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has Asami, who coincidentally is a dead-ringer for a yuri genre seme. Tall, alluring, and with long hair black, Asami is the seme to the shorter and tomboyish Korra.
* Chris Keller of ''Series/{{Oz}}'' when he's with [[{{Uke}} Tobias Beecher]].
* {{Fanon}} for ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' will depict [[MsFanservice Excellen]] [[TheTease Browning]], if placed in a LesYay scenario, as the seme, thanks to her attitude of wanting to do AnythingThatMoves.
* "[[http://songue.deviantart.com/art/Motivation-Eternal-Struggle-263397514 The Eternal Struggle]]"--an ongoing debate whether [[Manga/DeathNote Light or L]] would be the Seme.
* ''Manga/LuckyStar'': Expect a higher chance that Konata will be this if she's paired with Kagami. Part of this reasoning comes from the AnimalMotifs scene in the anime with Konata being a fox, and Kagami being a rabbit, and another part is because Konata is [[TheGadfly tease]] while Kagami is {{tsundere}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Garnet or Mystery Girl will be this to Pearl's {{Uke}}.
** Amethyst will often become this whenever she's paired up with Peridot. She's more of a switch if paired with Pearl, however.
** Jasper will often become this whenever she's paired up with Peridot. She's more of a switch if paired with Lapis, however.
* ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'': Reina or Asuka are this to Kumiko's {{Uke}}.

* [[DistaffCounterpart Lesbian version]] in ''Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColor'', where Emma is the dominant partner in the relationship and is apparent that she owns the house they live in. She is also the top in their sexual encounters.

* Catullus 16 starts out with the charming verses "I will sodomize you and face-fuck you,/pussy Aurelius and catamite Furius". The whole poem basically amounts to "I'll prove myself a man by fucking you two in the ass".
* In ''LightNovel/AnotherNote'', Beyond Birthday boasts that he is "an aggressive top," who has never been submissive to ''anyone'' (or [[DrivesLikeCrazy even to a traffic signal]]).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the US ''Series/QueerAsFolk'', Brian Kinney is the complete embodiment of this trope, particularly with regard to his relationship with ({{Uke}}) Justin.
* Summer Roberts from ''Series/TheOC'' is officially the seme to her boyfriend Seth Cohen's {{Uke}}. Yes, you heard me right; a female het example of this trope ''does indeed'' exist.
--->'''Summer:''' I wanna be on top this time.
--->'''Seth:''' But you're always on top...

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Nagisa is this in ''WebAnimation/FiftyPercentOff''. He even has a tattoo on his chest that says "Swim Seme".
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Bakura is very much the frustrated Seme to Marik's oblivious {{Uke}}. This is especially obvious in the spin-off fanfic ''Marik & Bakura Go to Censored Town'', which deliberately panders to [[{{Yaoi}} yaoi]] fangirls (for charity, of course). [[spoiler:Subverted in the end when Marik seduces Bakura, not the other way around.]]
* This [[http://www.semeuke.com whole site]] exists to classify the reader as one of ten varied {{uke}} or seme types, complete with compatibility guides.
* ''WebVideo/MedukaMeguca'': Kyoko is the seme of all pairings involving her.
--> '''Kyoko:''' Go ahead, put me with a man. I'll whoop his ass.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The most standout examples in ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' to fill this role are Raven of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' and Ike of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius''. Both are big muscly PerpetualFrowner mercenaries who are accompanied by devoted effeminate-looking magic users.
* [[PsychoElectro Colonel Volgin]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', with [[ButtMonkey Raikov]] as the uke.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''A Kiss for the Petals'' series: [[{{Tomboy}} Mai]] [[CovertPervert Sawaguchi]], to [[{{Tsundere}} Reo]] [[ShrinkingViolet Kawamura's]] {{Uke}}.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', the Seme/Uke tropes and the cliche of writing a pairing with the seme first is mentioned briefly by Mio, the game's resident YaoiFangirl, when she sees Riki and Kyousuke acting HoYay-y with one another and murmurs to herself [[ShipperOnDeck 'Natsume-san x Naoe-san']], and then corrects herself with 'Naoe-san x Natsume-san', thinking out loud that it works this way, too.
* ''VisualNovel/NoThankYou'': Haru is this to ''[[UpToEleven all]]'' of his {{Love Interest}}s!
* ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'': If you're playing their respective routes, we have Kouya to Hiroyuki, Hiroyuki to Shin, and Hiroyuki to Shun.