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A Subtrope of the HaremGenre, a RomanticComedy with one male protagonist, one female LoveInterest, and a bunch of female side characters who also happen to be in love with the protagonist.

In these stories, the bigger emphasis is usually on the "romantic" part of RomanticComedy, with the relationship building between the main OfficialCouple, and the side characters are only there for the ''viewer'' to like them, and maybe as a RomanticFalseLead, to keep some drama between the main characters.

Certain character types like the HotTeacher or the {{Ojou}} are likely to be members of this, as a straight romantic story with them at the center probably wouldn't work at all, or at least it would invite too many unusual plot points.

One of the causes for this set-up might be if it is the adaptation of a VisualNovel, where every girl got the focus of attention in her own route, but only one route got an adaptation.

Contrast with BalancedHarem, where several girls have equal prominence during the story.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'':
** "Louise The Zero" is not just the title character, but also connected to the protagonist [[MadeASlave with a magical contract]] [[AMagicContractComesWithAKiss sealed by a kiss]].
** He confessed his love to her on the second season, [[spoiler: and they even got married at the end of ''F'']]. It doesn't stop more girls joining in with each succeeding season, for a grand total of four extra girls all in all.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' made it very obvious in the first scenes who was the main love interest, and the harem concept was entirely dropped during the first season anyways.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' has Moka as the only girl Tsukune clearly loves. The other girls try but there's nothing they can do. [[spoiler:It gets deconstructed. Kurumu and Mizore know they don't have a chance, but they still love him... and it becomes really complicated: Kurumu's nature as a succubus means that unrequited love is literally killing her, while Mizore is a biological ChristmasCake and due to her love for him and no one else, she'll sooner or later end up ''barren''.]] Until someone suggests he MarryThemAll, that is. Other than the OfficialCouple, everyone thinks it's a great idea.
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', there's never any question that Keiichi and Belldandy are the only canon OTP, but that doesn't stop Skuld, Urd, Peorth, and Mara from being PrettyFreeloaders.
* Keitaro and Naru from ''Manga/LoveHina'' are a very good example of this. It was obvious by the end of the first manga volume that Naru was Keitaro's "Promise Girl" and not even the "complications" that came with Mutsumi [[spoiler:(who ''also'' made a promise with Keitaro... and another with Naru...)]] and Kanako could put a dent in it.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' is a very complex case of this since there is only one pairing that is really presented as it might be serious that is Negi and Nodoka early on which slowly became a Triangle with Yue, others are not that serious at all (besides Ako which is a whole other can of worms. [[spoiler: Recently struck down in a good way]]). The early Magical World arc gave a lot more focus to Chisame than to most of the other girls, though not in a romantic way.
** [[spoiler:Ultimately, most of the harem is unresolved at the end of the manga]]
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' became this, although it started out as more balanced between Lum and Shinobu, only later Lum become more popular and Shinobou got an alternative LoveInterest.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' is clearly this, as the lead girl Aoi has already won within the first few episodes. It's just that she and the male lead Kaoru feel the need to keep their relationship a secret for various and pretty complicated reasons, so the rest of the harem doesn't know this.
* ''Manga/AiKora'' is this, as it seems clear that Sakurako is in the lead, with Yukari trying to make this a LoveTriangle but not quite. Tsubame, Kirino and everyone else is just there to have one of Hachibei's beloved [[FetishFuel parts]].
* Subverted by ''VisualNovel/AkaneIroNiSomaruSaka'', of all things. The entire series makes [[{{Tsundere}} Yuuhi]] the main haremette and it's clear she'll win... But at the end, the main choses [[NotBloodSiblings his sister Minato]] instead. There were ''some'' hints of this, but it mostly [[ShockingSwerve came out of nowhere]].
* Similarly subverted in ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent''; while Junpei does initially express feeling in Satsuki, Tsukasa, and Aya, it becomes clear that Aya is his primary love interest. [[spoiler:In the end, he chooses Tsukasa instead]]. Fans weren't happy.
* Gender-inverted in ''Manga/TheWallflower'', where it's blatantly obvious that the only real love interest for Sunako is Kyohei, especially when all the other guys get love interests of their own and begin trying various ways of getting Sunako and Kyohei together.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' started out as this, with Lala and Haruna getting all the screen time, with WordOfGod claiming they were intended to be the main focus of the story. However, as time went on, more girls were introduced and screen time evened out and it became much less clear who Rito would choose (it was a bit Lala-centric at first); in other words, it evolved into a BalancedHarem.
* Another gender-inversion is ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', where from very early it's clear [[FlirtyStepsiblings Yuu]] will win, no matter how much Ginta and the others try. At least [[PairingTheSpares they get their own girlfriends]]. It's also a straight example from Yuu's point of view. It's [[LoveDodecahedron that kind of show]].
* ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'' has Subaru as the clear lead girl. How clear? [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Even the other haremettes love her!]]
* It's pretty clear from the start of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' who is going to be Ranma's love interest. While Shampoo and Ukyo get screen time here and there, Akane is on screen almost as much as Ranma is, and he actually lives in her house. She also gets his attention far more than the other girls. At the end of the series, [[spoiler:Ranma [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove inwardly declares his love]] for Akane and there is a [[MaybeEverAfter Maybe Ever After]] ending.]] Take that as you will, [[{{Shipping}} shippers]].
* ''Manga/DearS'', especially in the anime, is primarily focused on Takeya and Ren's budding relationship, though he also has Miu and Neneko chasing his affections. The manga, however, is somewhat more [[BalancedHarem balanced]]. [[spoiler: Takeya eventually gets to [[MarryThemAll "make babies" with the entire DearS race]].]]
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' in which every boy who knows she's a girl (not quite, but close) falls for Haruhi, but it's obvious she's going to end up with Tamaki, the host club president. It's not over done though, and only one or two actively seek to win her over, and even for them it's more of a journey of character than anything. It's Lampshaded by Tamaki in one episode in which he famously (and unwisely) pegs himself and Haruhi as the romantic leads and the rest as the homosexual supporting cast.
* Kirito's "harem" in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' is unquestionably this. Kirito and Asuna actually get ''married'' before the end of the first book, so there's really none of the normal WillTheyOrWontThey or ShipTease you'd get in a real HaremSeries. Most of the girls who fall for him are presented as quiet tragedies, since they never had a shot with him in the first place. Asuna also has a harem of her own, but most of the named members are her husband's friends, so again, there is no ShipTease.
** It's spiritual successor ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' is quite a bit better about this, mainly because Haruyuki has too many self-esteem issues to believe any girl could ever love him. It also doesn't play it up nearly as much as SAO does, and while Haruyuki is often put into a lot of various... situations with many girls, the series never acts like anything will come of it. It seems to be setting him up with Kuroyukihime for the most part but every now and then Chiyuri seems more likely. So less a balanced harem and more a balanced triangle.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', it is very clear that the male lead Nagasumi only has eyes for his fiancée, Sun, despite some other females also harbor interest in him. Sun has her own admirers as well, but is extremely devoted to Nagasumi.
* ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', in both OVA and anime continuities, gives Makoto a main LoveInterest, but the details differ.
** In the OVA continuity, Makoto chooses Ifurita, but Shayla Shayla and Nanami both make plays for his affection, and [[spoiler:Ifurita is PutOnABus after the first OVA, though we see that Makoto will be reunited with her later]]. In the third OVA, ''The Alternative World'', Makoto attracts [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest a fourth love interest]], Qawool, and the harem antics are played up significantly; while Shayla Shayla, Nanami and Qawool have yet to have a love confession from Makoto (at least he hasn't outright rejected or discouraged them), that doesn't stop them from trying to Tenchi things up (and it is even ShipTease in the special episode-end credits for both Nanami and Shayla-Shayla in the 4th season that Makoto eventually gives in).
** In the TV series, Makoto's LoveInterest is Princess Rune Venus (who isn't in his harem in the OVA), and while Shayla Shayla and Nanami are both hot for him, he's not interested. Ifurita is a much different character in this adaptation (an IneffectualSympatheticVillain instead of a deadly serious PersonOfMassDestruction), and is not a LoveInterest at all.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Both Medaka and Zenkichi get a few admirers of their own; Medaka attracts the attention of Akune, Oudo, Kumagawa, and a few other enemies, as well as Zenkichi himself. Zenkichi gets his own best friend Shiranui as well as Emukae. Despite this, it's fairly clear that the primary relationship is between Medaka and Zenkichi.
* With ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', you know that Nyarko's the one who's going to win in the end -- she's the title character, after all. Unfortunately for [[OnlySaneMan Mahiro]] that doesn't spare him the affections of [[CuteShotaroBoy Hasuta]] and later [[DefrostingIceQueen Cuuko]]. The "budding romance" part is also given a twist in that Nyarko tends to do things "three steps forward, two steps back", annoying Mahiro by being too goofy and clingy, but pulling him back from the brink at the last moment with honestly heartfelt expressions of love.
** Arguably [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in one episode where Nyarko and Cuuko [[ShoutOut paraphrase]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Heero Yuy and Zechs Merquise]] while brawling:
-->'''Nyarko:''' "Cthuko! Except for me, no one is a leading role! All evil gods are supporting roles! You and Hasta are both supporting roles!"\\
'''Cuuko:''' "I still don't acknowledge myself as a supporting role."

* [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn Although there are other romantic possibilities]] open for exploration in ''FanFic/RacerAndTheGeek'', the focus on the relationship between Rainbow Dash and Sunny Breeze puts the alternatives firmly on the back burner. However, given the presence of [[LoveDodecahedron polyamory]] being commonplace and the norm in the story, this appears to be changing [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/81159/1/racer-and-the-geek/predawn in the latest chapters.]]


[[folder: Literature ]]
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella has Eric, Tyler, Mike, and Jacob all in love with her, but her One True Love is Edward. Not even Jacob giving her a ForcefulKiss in a later book could seriously challenge this.
* A GenderFlipped example from the ''{{Mahabharata}}'': Draupadi is married to 5 men at once (the Pandavas brothers), and though she does care for all of them one way or another, Arjuna is her favorite. [[spoiler: This is because Arjuna is the incarnation of the god Indra, and Draupadi is the reincarnation of his wife Indrani.]] This comes back to bite her in the ass later, because she collapses on the mountain climb to {{Heaven}} as a result of "playing favorites."
** In the Javanese version (heavily influenced by the spread of Islam), Draupadi is married only to Yuddhisthra, but collapses on the mountain because she has feelings for Arjuna.


[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Despite "the ability to pursue multiple love interests" being the main drawing point of nearly all {{Dating Sim}}s and romance {{Visual Novel}}s, this trope can still occur in them if the game is [[StoryBranchFavoritism clearly biased in favor of a specific love interest]].
* One example of the above is ''VisualNovel/SweetPool'' in which Tetsuo, Makoto, and Zenya are all interested in Youji and have endings with him, but Tetsuo gets the most development and backstory with Youji, ''four'' endings with him including the game's True End and all his endings manage to have at least a [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet tinge]] to them, whereas Makoto and Zenya each get only one ending with Youji that can't qualify as anything other than a {{Guro}} [[DownerEnding Horrific Ending]] by any reasonable standard.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'', the attractive {{Lancer}} had quite a few admirers - [[DeterminedHomesteader Annie O]], [[BadassPrincess Maya of Tarkon]], crime boss Daisy O'Mega ("Renegade Rangers" all but stated they had a shag), his former friend Darkstar... but the biggest ShipTease was between him and [[ActionGirl Niko]].