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The {{Yowie|s and Bunyips and Drop Bears Oh My}} is an {{Australian|Wildlife}} cryptid bearing many similarities to the BigfootSasquatchAndYeti.

''Yaoi'', on the other hand, also known as "Homoerotic Boy's Love", (not to be confused with Shounen-ai or Shonen-ai) is a subgenre of pornographic romance [[QueerRomance focusing on male homosexuality]], for a [[YaoiFangirls predominantly female audience]]. In a typical plot, two boys fall in love and the story shows their progress as a couple (among other things).

Sometimes it's just part of the scenery, although most series directly foster what [[{{Fanservice}} the audience expects and likes]], with the plot usually being quite unrealistic in respects to actual LGBTA culture and people.

Yaoi is a genre mostly made [[ShoujoDemographic by women]], [[{{Josei}} for women]], though it's not uncommon for them to draw [[LGBTFanbase a straight and gay male audience]]. Though "some" male yaoi fans exist, they are a minority in respects to the female yaoi audience (which comprises more than 85%-90% of the entire audience/fanbase according to Yaoi-Con's statistics, fluctuating only a few points per year). You may even come across yaoi fangirls {{roleplaying}} as men online, or assuming the identity of a man online (so the male demographic may be even less than that).

Although some gay or bisexual men prefer TheTwink aesthetic and/or PornWithPlot, both of which are in short supply in BaraGenre and in much Western mainstream gay erotica--and one of [[BrokenBase the controversies has been the presence of these writers]]. Because of this, the older and more stereotypical Boys' Love works have idealized male characters who are sensitive and nurturing. They are usually drawn in a romantic style and exist in a world where homosexuality is considered no more unusual or transgressive than heterosexuality. These stories mark the first and more well-known grounding base for what we know today as Yaoi, a direct passing-over from shoujo where the characters were mostly pre-pubescent or barely pubescent teenage boys, "bishounen" (11 to 13 years-old mainly), having tender romantic relationships.

There is, however, the other side of older Yaoi works, which is generally not known to the Western world, having been hand-fed shoujo-style material through the translation market. These are the stories targeted to an older and mature female audience--taking much from Jossei artwork and Seinen atmosphere--where men are sexually, physically, and emotionally dominated, often with soft bondage themes and with incredibly explicit attention to anal penetration, often focusing on rape and communication through sex. These stories helped to lay the groundwork for the darker side of Yaoi, and were often either doujinshi featuring canon characters or had minimal publishing in native Japan with no export to the Western world. These circulated in Japan locally in magazines and through those who were in the know.

With both of these extremes laying the basis for the Yaoi we know today, it is no wonder that the genre grew so fast and so dynamically in Japan, taking from both its light romantic and dark violent sides to sprout into many different kinds of stories and mix-and-match art styles, all revolving around the idea of two (or more) men or boys in a relationship (Western fans were slow on the uptake on this, until scanlation groups started up on the internet and the flood gates opened). With the change in {{Yaoi}} over time, there are now many subgenres with many different art styles, everything from fluffy light shoujo-esque romance, to realistic "Slice Of Life" stories, to high drama, to extreme violence and gore borrowing more from Seinen fare, and even explicit hardcore S&M (where heeding the "Mature" rating is a good idea). The genre includes all ranges of explicitness, one of the reasons stories aimed at a more mature audience don't make it to television often.

It's sometimes conjectured that gay romance appeals to women because non-female characters aren't as "[[DismissedGender threatening]]" to the audience, nor are the social boundaries the same. However, to be utterly blunt, most common theories today are that women like to see men vulnerable (and exploited)--emotionally and sexually--and to see explicit gay sex, mainly penetration, as an observer, allowing them to substitute mentally for both the dominating figure penetrating the submissive, or for the vulnerable submissive being dominated (hence why {{Seme}} and {{Uke}} archetypes are so popular). This is why penetration is such a major theme in Yaoi sex, while in RealLife gay sex it is less an issue (although most gay film sex scenes do feature penetrative sex fairly frequently). However, this theory is then belied by the fact that Shonen-Ai stories without sex and Yaoi stories that aren't explicit are valued just as highly as those which are basically PWP, with the emotional interaction between male characters being focused on and celebrated.

Without having to cater to the social standards of heterosexual courtship, a lot of female authors use the male x male relationship dynamic to ignore the social niceties they are usually constrained to and add in the violence and roughness that gender issues prohibit (remembering the rather stricter and more polite codes of behavior that are inherent in Japanese culture). Of course, it could also simply mean that if one hot guy is good, two or more are even better. It's [[DoubleStandard interesting]] how some viewers, [[SelectiveSquick especially male ones]], don't get that.

The stories are stereotyped and well-known as having a high degree of {{melodrama}} especially within the younger teenager reading audience, although in reality Yaoi tends to sport less melodrama than the equivalent target shoujo storylines (this is a result of nearly all Yaoi[=/=]Shonen-Ai being far more rough, realistic and sexually-determinant, cutting out the expanded courtship and attention to female vulnerability that is maintained in Shoujo status quo). These shoujo-like stories have been exploited by the manga translation market for years, aiming for a similar demographic, and this is how Yaoi came to be known to mainstream manga and anime fans. The rest of the {{Yaoi}} genre, particularly the more mature violent material, was side-lined significantly. However, with the greater expansion of the manga market into the Western world and principally the translation of manga online, Yaoi is now known to its audience as an umbrella term encompassing a mass of sub-genres, covering everything from shoujo-like Shonen-Ai with no sex at all, to violent and heavily explicit Seinen-like stories with a huge variety of art styles, even crossing into borderline Bara territory at times with fans from both sides gaining new reading material, and a large amount of transgender stories being thrown into the mix. With published manga-ka releasing yaoi-based doujinshi as well, Yaoi is an extremely fast-growing super-genre, swinging between the melodrama of high romance to gritty realism, angst-filled dramas, silly fluff stories, and PWP that makes no bones about exhibiting two hot guys screwing.

A common and much played-with staple of Yaoi is the dynamic of an [[{{Seme}} aggressive partner]] and a [[{{Uke}} submissive one]], which are so often used in the genre that they have become well-known archetypes, used, abused, inverted and deconstructed over the decades since the conception of the genre (remember, Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible!). Some younger SlashFic writers who are fans of the shoujo-based Yaoi highlighted by the mainstream market go so far as to [[{{Wimpification}} feminize]] the [[OneHeadTaller shorter guy]] to fit this dynamic, mimicking in Yaoi what heterosexual fanfic writers do with {{Chickification}}. Many series that deal with [[HeterosexualLifePartners close friendship]] usually develop a [[SlashFic non-canonical]] Boys Love fandom. In fact, some series deliberately enhance the homoerotic subtext of these relationships in order to cater to and attract those interested in Shonen-Ai or Yaoi.

With all of its variety, Yaoi is still one of the most misunderstood genres to come out of Japan. It is still thought of as sappy melodrama in a Shoujo-style, just between boys instead of a heterosexual pairing[[note]]of course [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Most people have no idea of the vast majority of Yaoi that features men in their twenties and early thirties!]][[/note]]. Funnily enough, the people who complain the most about it and those who make it into a frequent joke know very little if anything about the genre. Most opinions about Yaoi are based on Western stereotypes.[[labelnote:also note]]Yaoi is also sometimes used as a scapegoat for those who have homophobic leanings but are not allowed to bash gay men or works by gay men in public due to social standards, and so they criticize gay characters and works by straight women, who are a safe target.[[/labelnote]]

See BoysLoveNotes for a list of standard character types and BoysLoveTropes for tropes associated with the genre.

For the corresponding genre aimed specifically at a gay male readership (not female readership), see BaraGenre. For the DistaffCounterpart to this genre, see YuriGenre, or {{Hentai}}.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AcidTown''
* ''Manga/AnimalX''
* ''Manga/AwkwardSilence''
* ''Manga/BananaFish'' is very, very light on the yaoi—the two men hardly ever touch, and romance is only ever implied. But it's there, all right, if you know where to look.
* ''Manga/BlueSheepReverie''
* ''Manga/BreakfastClub''
* ''Manga/{{Calling}}''
* ''Manga/TheCarpOnTheChoppingBlockJumpsTwice''
* ''Manga/{{Challengers}}''
* ''Manga/{{Chintsubu}}'' is a manga about boys with talking penises.
* ''Manga/TheCorneredMouseDreamsOfCheese''
* ''Manga/CrimsonSpell'' is a hybrid of HeroicFantasy and Boys' Love.
* ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns''
* ''Manga/DekichattaDanshi'' features ChildhoodFriends as the main couple and they raise an infant together.
* ''Manga/TheDemianSyndrome''
* ''Manga/EerieQueerie''
* ''Manga/EndlessWorld'' has drugs, sex, and [[spoiler: suicide]].
* ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'' takes the HoYay inherent in the BuddyCopShow dynamic to its inevitable conclusion. It's also one of the first widely popular yaoi to softpedal the seme/uke dynamic - while it still exists with defined seme and uke, they are very close to equals.
* The ''Manga/FinderSeries'': {{Angst}}y, rapey {{melodrama}}, mostly about a photographer who takes some unwelcome candids of a hot {{yakuza}} boss and is punished for it...
* ''Manga/FishInTheTrap''
* [[/index]]FujisakiKou is a BL author with roughly a third of her works occuring in the same {{verse}}. These currently include:
** [[index]]''Manga/HappyYarouWedding'' which follows university student Yuuhi and Professor Todou Akira (the elder son of the Todou boss) and Akira's 5 year old son, Shouta.
** ''Manga/VirginLove'', ''Manga/JunaiNoSeinen'' and ''Manga/MensLove'' follow the smutty romance of Todou Group employee Kirishima Kaoru and Mercury executive Daigo Mikihisa.
* ''Manga/FutureLovers'', a two-volume manga series that's relatively realistic and down-to-earth compared to many other BL manga.
* ''Manga/GorgeousCarat''
* ''{{Manga/Gravitation}}'': Despite its music-themed plot, the main focus is on the relationship between {{Keet}} singer Shuichi Shindou and angsty novelist Eiri Yuki. It (and especially the PornWithoutPlot doujinshi connected to it) also features some of the most strict, stereotypical seme/uke characterization, with the uke Shuichi eventually undergoing {{Wimpification}} to the degree of {{Chickification}} and, in the doujinshi, {{Flanderization}} to the point of appearing childlike.
* ''HanaNoMizoShiru''
* ''Manga/HaruWoDaiteita'' (''Embracing Love'') is a 14-volume manga series (and 2-episode OVA) concerning two "adult video" actors who are trying to break into mainstream acting.
** ''Anime/WinterCicada'', by the same author, is a series of 3 OVA detailing the romance and eventual suicide of two samurai, set in the Edo Period. It originated as a [[ShowWithinAShow film the two main characters of ''Embracing Love'' were appearing in]].
* ''Manga/TheHeartOfThomas'': one of the very first Boys' Love mangas. Written by MotoHagio, a contemporary of Creator/KeikoTakemiya.
* ''Manga/HontoYajuu''
* ''Manga/HybridChild'', a collection of oneshots from JunjouRomantica's creator Nakamura Shungiku revolving around the eponymous "hybrid child", dolls that can gain emotions and grow when given affections from their owners.
* Hyouta Fujiyama has created a number of loosely related stories around the setting of Kinsei High, an all-boys school where "rumor has it" that [[/index]] [[EveryoneIsBi 90% of the student body really is bi]], [[index]]if not gay. Oddly, the main stories always seem to focus on the boys who think they're in the 10%...
** ''Manga/FreefallRomance''
** ''Manga/{{Sunflower}}''
** ''OrdinaryCrush''
* ''Manga/IkokuIrokoiRomantan'' AKA ''A Foreign Love Affair'': a romance between an Italian sailor and a man of the Japanese yakuza.
* ''IShallNeverReturn'': A relatively early example from the mid-90s; it's notable for averting or subverting many of the more common BL tropes, possibly because of the [[/index]][[BoysLoveNotes Uke x Uke relationship type]].[[index]]
* ''Manga/{{Jazz}}''
* ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'': A comedic romance which gives us three couples for the price of one, all three very different but all touching on the theme of SecondLove.
* [[/index]]Creator/KeikoTakemiya[[index]] is the Grand Dame of the genre. Her works include:
** ''In the Sunroom'' (1970), the first known Boys' Love manga story,
** ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' (The Song/Poem of the Wind and Trees) (1976-1984), one of the most influential of the early Boys' Love manga,
** ''The Door into Summer'' (1975), one of the first Boys' Love stories to be made into anime (in 1981).
* ''Manga/KawaiiAkuma'' (and its sequels).
* ''{{Kirepapa}}'' is an {{OVA}} with a romance between a man and his son's high-school aged best friend. The second OVA focuses on his son and an older man.
* ''Manga/{{Kizuna}}'' is widely regarded as the series that popularized the Boys' Love genre.
* ''Koisuru Boukun'', a.k.a. ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove'', a spin-off from ''Manga/{{Challengers}}''.
* ''Manga/{{Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike}}''
* ''Anime/KoutetsuSangokushi''
* ''Manga/KusattaKyoushiNoHouteishiki''
* ''[[Manga/LaEsperanca La Esperança]]'' is an example of religion-induced melodrama, but it's pulled off quite well
* ''Anime/LegendOfTheBlueWolves'' is an example of crossover with BaraGenre, and qualifies as both Yaoi and plot-heavy Bara.
* ''Manga/LibertyLiberty''
* ''Manga/LittleButterfly''
* ''Manga/LoveMode'': a long-running series about the owner of a men-only "dating club" (read: brothel) and his clients, employees and friends.
* ''Manga/LovePistols'' revolves around highschool kid Norio, whose life has been turned upside down ever since he discovers that primates apparently aren't humanity's only origin. About 30% of humanity are actually descended from other animals such as [[AnimalMotifs dogs, cats, snakes, bears and even]] [[DyingRace mermaids]]. Includes [[MisterSeahorse male pregnancy]].
* ''Manga/LoveStage'' is a collaboration between an Eiki Eiki and Zaou Taishi about an {{otaku}} and an idol.
* ''{{Manga/Madness}}''
* ''Manga/MaidenRose'' (aka ''Hyakujitsu no Bara'') has added the appeal of hot military men in spades.
* ''{{Manga/Marginal}}'': Sci-fi and dystopian series by MotoHagio set in a world where there is apparently only one woman and the rest are men.
* ''{{Menkui}}!''
* ''Manga/NekokaDanshiNoShitsukekata'': Ayane Ukyo's first entry into the BL genre, followed by her more explicit {{Spin Off}}s (all of which ran concurrently in a more explicit sister magazine and under the pseudonym [[PornNames Aya Sakyo]]):
** ''Manga/IkezuKareshiNoOtoshikata''
** ''Manga/NekokaKareshiNoAyashikata''
** ''Manga/KuronekoKareshiSeries''
** ''Manga/FukigenKareshiNoNadamekata''
* ''Manga/OffBeat'': One of the few OELManga examples.
* ''Manga/OkaneGaNai'': One of the more explicit and violent ones that includes heavy seme/uke dynamic and repeated use of the RapeAndSexualHarassmentTropes, around the themes IfICantHaveYou and the StockholmSyndrome. Stands out for being one the few BoysLoveGenre manga written by a man.
* ''{{Manga/Oyajina}}'': A GenderBender manga about a bunch of female teens that are suddenly turned into middle age men.
* ''{{Manga/Patalliro}}''! An early and long-running satirical manga (1979 ? ongoing) and a rare example of a shounen-ai series by a male mangaka. Also one of the first BL-flavored anime to be produced for television (in 1983-84).
* ''{{Manga/Prince Charming}}''
* ''[[{{Rules}} Rules Universe]]'': A series of manga and doujinshi focusing on Hikaru, his friends, and their love lives.
* ''Manga/SaezuruToriWaHabatakanai''
* ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'' based off a series of audio dramas (generally considered shounen-ai although the audio dramas are more explicit than the very tame anime series).
* ''Manga/SakendeYaruze''
* ''Manga/SakuraGari'': Creator/YuuWatase's dip into Boys' Love.
* ''Manga/TheSecretAgreement''
* ''Manga/SeikimatsuDarling''
* ''Manga/SeitokaichouNiChuukoku'': Campus Romance
* ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi'': A spin-off of ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'' set in the same universe but with new characters at its core story. It features cameos of characters from the previous series.
* ''Manga/SenobiNoHousoku'': A one volume shounen ai story.
* ''Sensitive Pornograph'':
** Manga: A collection of one-chapter short stories, both [[/index]][[PlotWhatPlot rather plotless porn]] ones as well as more story-driven ones.
** Anime: An oxymoronic title for one of the most explicit one-shots of the genre that focuses mainly on {{Fanservice}} and uncensored sex scenes. [[index]]
* ''Manga/SevenDays''
* ''Manga/ShinkuuYuusetsu''
* ''Manga/SorenariNiShinkenNandesu'': Notable for exploring the theme of a [[HasTwoMommies child raised by two men]].
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* ''Manga/SuperLovers''
* ''Manga/TenCount''
* ''Manga/{{Tsukigasa}}''
* ''Manga/UnderGrandHotel'': an explicit BL manga set in a U.S. prison.
* ''Manga/UsotsukiWaShinshiNoHajimari''
* ''Manga/WalkerUniverse''
* ''Manga/WaruiKotoShitai'' and its related series, ''Kirai ja nai Kedo'' and ''Mujihi na Otoko''
* ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'': A romance between a straight-laced newscaster and eccentric weather "fairy".
* ''Manga/WildAdapter'': a subtext-only Noir action series that walks and talks like {{seinen}} and wasn't marketed as BL in the U.S.
* ''Manga/WildFangs'', ''Manga/WildRose'' and ''Manga/WildWind'', part of a series by Yamagishi Hokuto involving half-human, half-beasts.
* ''Manga/WildRock'' by Takashima Kazusa is set in prehistoric times and is a common Boys' Love GatewaySeries.
* ''{{Manga/Yellow}}''
* ''Manga/{{ZE}}'': About the relationships between the different Kotodama-samas and Kami-samas(dolls)
* ''{{Manga/Zetsuai 1989}}'' and its sequel series ''Bronze: Zetsuai Since 1989'': One of the greatest classics of the genre, by Minami Ozaki. The series began as yaoi doujinshi for ''CaptainTsubasa'', and was spun off into an original tale brimming with melodrama; the word "zetsuai" is a made-up compound meaning something like "desperate love" or (Ozaki's favoured English translation) "everlasting love".

* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi''
* ''Literature/ColdSeries''
* ''{{LightNovel/Corsair}}'' has {{pirate}}s, {{bishonen}} and [[OneOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers dub con]].
* ''Literature/DontWorryMama''
* ''LightNovel/{{Esu}}'', otherwise known as ''S'', is a detective and yakuza light novel series.
* ''LightNovel/ImmoralDarkness''
* ''TheManWhoDoesntTakeOffHisClothes''
* ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze''
* The ''LightNovel/OnlyTheRingFingerKnows'' books are many people's GatewaySeries into this genre, due to their interesting (if generic) plot and light romantic scenes. There is also a manga.
* ''SleepingWithMoney''
* ''LightNovel/{{Sukisho}}'', which started out as a novel, and expanded to an anime and BoysLoveGame.

* ''Manhwa/ImAtEndOfYourSight''
* ''Manhwa/LetDai''

* The song ''Stab Me In The Back'' by Music/XJapan is a fairly graphic description of IntercourseWithYou between two men in its original version (the 1987 and live version, not the ''Jealousy'' version), and qualifies as ''both'' this and BaraGenre due to the appearance of the band when they performed it, though, with some of the band members likely having been/being bisexual, it's probably closer to bara.
* The VisualKei duet Music/{{Adams}} centers around the idea of the duet being male lovers, and they are consciously a mix of {{yaoi}} and {{bara}} aesthetic.
* Some VisualKei PerformanceVideo and promotional video tends in this direction due to fanservice or symbolism - see the Visual Kei entry below.
* There are various song parodies of the "Yaranaika" meme (you may not name or link to the work it originated from, as that work is ''definitely'' a violation of site rules). The most well known are "Yaranaika (Balalaika)," "World Is Abe," "Crash Man," and "GONG." These vary in whether they are classified as bara (as the story the meme originated from was) or yaoi. They also vary in explicitness - the Balalaika remix is usually "safe" if [[BilingualBonus no one around]] [[ForeignCussWord understands Japanese]] (which is how [[RefugeInAudacity someone in one of the more famous videos got away with performing it in a mall in Muslim-majority Indonesia]]), and "GONG" the most visually so and only allowable on Youtube because of its heavy use of parody censor items (roses, lightsabers, [[SerialEscalation golden wings]])

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/AnimamundiDarkAlchemist''
* ''VisualNovel/DRAMAticalMurder''
* ''VisualNovel/DreamSaviorGakuen''
* ''VisualNovel/GakuenHeaven'', which was later adapted into a BleachedUnderpants TV series, and a manga.
* ''VisualNovel/HanaKiSou''
* ''VisualNovel/LamentoBeyondTheVoid''
* ''VisualNovel/LuckyDog1''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Messiah}}''
* ''MiracleNoton''
* ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'' is akemono example
* ''VisualNovel/NoThankYou''
* ''VisualNovel/SilverChaos2ArtificialMermaid''
* ''VisualNovel/SweetPool''
* ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi'': adapted into a manga and anime. Both of which have plenty of HoYay subtext/text, although only the visual novel has any explicit scenes.

* ''Webcomic/{{Artifice}}''
* ''Webcomic/{{Devoto}}''
* ''Webcomic/HoneydewSyndrome''
* ''Webcomic/IncubusTales'' Nsfw at points, but the focus is on story.
* ''Webcomic/{{Paradox}}''
* ''Webcomic/PinkBlack'' has the main characters Sifris and Terence being rather close in promotional and extra art. It's already been [[WordOfGod stated by the creator that it is this]]
* "Webcomic/KhaosKomix"
* ''Webcomic/{{Starfighter}}''
* ''Webcomic/{{Teahouse}}'' features three main male pairings. Be warned, it's NSFW in spots.
* ''Webcomic/TrippingOverYou'' features two boys in love at a British boarding school
* ''Webcomic/YaoiTales'' is essentially Disney fairy tales...[[CaptainObvious but yaoi]].
* "Webcomic/YoungProtectors"
* In ''Webcomic/{{DemonOfTheUnderground}}''Pogo, a big-mouthed young thief who falls through a hole in the ground and finds himself in a brutal underground world where survival is based on strength and intimidation. His only hope for escape is his telekinetic ability - and the help of a stray ferret named Annie.
* ''{{Webcomic/Hotblood}}'', with an extra helping of centaur InterspeciesRomance.
* ''Webcomic/TechnicolorLondon'' features a gay couple among other gay (and a few straight) characters.
* ''Webcomic/FriendsTillDeath'' has WordOfGod stating there will be boy's love content, although the comic hasn't reached that point yet.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* This ficlet: ''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2822811/1/All_I_Ever_Wanted All I Ever Wanted]]''.
* This is pretty much the premise of ''[[http://www.fictionpress.com/s/2718227/1 Fragile]]''.
* This serial fic: ''WebOriginal/{{Rauhattomat}}''.

!!Works commonly mistaken for BL:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'' frequently dances right on the edge of this trope without coming right out and saying it. Teito and Mikage's relationship teases at it, and Kuroyuri and Haruse darn near imply it. Not to mention Hakuren's outright statement that he does "not like women", with a couple of exceptions.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia''. Despite being a major CastFullOfPrettyBoys and having ''two'' not [[WillTheyOrWontThey entirely]] confirmed canon male-on-male pairings ([[OppositesAttract Germany×Italy]] and one-sided Sweden×Finland if you ask, not to mention all the other male-on-male ShipTease), this fanservice is almost entirely PlayedForLaughs, the story doesn't revolve around those relationships, and it's marketed as seinen.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} loves YaoiGuys and HoYay (they have their own [[HoYay.{{CLAMP}} Ho Yay page]]), but so far they have not published any official Boys' Love. CLAMP works that are particularly yaoi-esque include:
** The formerly suspended ''LegalDrug'' series, which has since returned and been renamed "Drug & Drop", is for all intents and purposes a very slow-moving Boys' Love story.
** Subaru and Seishirou of ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' are more or less in a romantic relationship, although it might not be [[MindGameShip the kind]] you imagined at first.
** Unsurprisingly, Creator/{{CLAMP}} has their beginnings in shounen-ai doujinshi, one of the most well-known of which is of Jotaro and Kakyoin from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', of all things.
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' [[ShipTease ship teases]] Satoshi and Daisuke like crazy.
* ''Manga/GameXRush'': At times it seems to run on HoYay, without ever crossing the line to actual Boys' Love.
* ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'': Albert's relationships with the Count and Franz are dripping with subtext, though it's more text on Franz's part.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'': Let’s just say there is a ''reason'' why this series provides the default image on the HoYay page’s Anime section. Not only does it have copious amounts of HoYay between its [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys many beautiful male characters]], but the artist of the manga is also a self-admitted YaoiFanboy, and [[http://www.animepaper.net/art/67772/charaberrys-vol2%E3%80%80atsuko-nakajima the]] [[http://www.animepaper.net/art/19449/get-backers-picture anime]] [[http://www.animepaper.net/art/19451/get-backers-picture contains]] [[http://www.animepaper.net/art/19448/untitled several]] [[http://www.animepaper.net/art/4020/ban-x-ginji suggestive]] [[http://www.animepaper.net/art/4019/gb-and-yua artworks]]. In fact, one of the most commonly asked questions about ''Manga/GetBackers'' is whether or not it’s a Yaoi series. The truth? It’s actually a gritty Shounen manga with [[GagBoobs tons]] [[PantyShot of]] FanService ([[MaleGaze for the guys]]).
* ''Manga/GoldenDays'' has shounen ai elements but it was published in Hana to Yume.
* The lead of ''Manga/HanaKimi'' is only ''[[WholesomeCrossdresser dressed]]'' like a boy, but Boys' Love romances abound among the supporting cast.
* ''Hands Off!'' due to the absurd amounts of subtext between two of the male characters, which gets mentioned a lot - but is completely about [=ESPers=].
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'', while heavily in the {{Shonen}} robot genre, and not to mention being authored by ''the creators of Manga/ShamanKing and SpiderMan'', is becoming more and more known for its Boys' Love subtext. The main character Yamato's best friend Rune becomes evil due to his jealousy of Yamato liking somebody else. This... leads to some [[AttemptedRape surprising and horrifying]] situations. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown; don't think anybody would have the guts to ask Hiroyuki Takei or [[StanLee Stan FREAKING Lee]] about this.
** The subtext becomes so strong that when Part Three comes around, Viz Media pulls Ultimo from Shonen Jump.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' is officially {{Shonen}} despite the rampant ShipTease and DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything and the little fact that both times Sebestian had sex, it was with women...
* ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' is a series about a boy who becomes king of the demon realm; in the process of doing so, he [[AccidentalMarriage accidentally proposes marriage]] to another man. It's officially {{shoujo}}.
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' was originally published in Monthly Comic Zero Sum, a magazine that was looking for crossover shonen/shoujo readership (although it has since turned into a shoujo mag), so it's not officially considered BL. It has the added bonuses of {{Nekomimi}}, {{Shotacon}}, and a pair of SchoolgirlLesbians. Not to mention all the horror and MindScrew.
* ''Manga/MonochromeFactor'' is ridden with pretty boys and HoYay in the anime and is sometimes labelled as a shounen-ai even though it's officially a seinen.
* Manga sites often mistakenly tag ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' as BL. You can't [[http://www.mangareader.net/683-33517-40/nabari-no-ou/chapter-42.html really]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/30_5_2547.jpg blame]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/683-33515-2/nabari-no-ou/chapter-40.html them]] [[http://www.mangareader.net/683-33525-67/nabari-no-ou/chapter-50.html though]]. Not surprisingly, it's serialized in the same magazine as ''Manga/BlackButler''.
* Rare {{shonen}} example of a male-male romance: ''Manga/NoBra'', a {{manga}} where a guy falls in love with a WholesomeCrossdresser.
* ''{{No6}}'' does this with Nezumi and Shion. Things essentially get more HoYay fueled with every episode/chapter, including a "good-night kiss" and a "good-bye kiss". It has fans that always ask whether it's a shounen-ai or not. It's really a shoujo/shounen series. The novel was written by Asano Atsuko, an infamous writer of BL-ish novels she claims are 'children's books'.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has multiple instances with HoYay and the main character's friend having a huge infatuation with him and often fights with the main love interest for his affection as a result. Regardless, you can interpret it as HoYay, overprotectiveness or [[{{Yandere}} something else entirely]].
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'' has an incredible amount of HoYay subtext/text (?), a {{Bishonen}} main cast and the one female love interest is very boring so it's not surprising some would consider it Boys' Love.
* ''Manga/PrincessPrincess'' does this with having the very feminine guys dress up as girls to be adored by the male population of their school. Not to mention all the HoYay between Tooru and Yuujirou. It's officially shoujo even though it's sometimes tagged as shounen-ai.
* ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is a shounen manga about four pretty guys traveling together on an epic journey, spending most of their time in close proximity. There would be too much HoYay to list even if the mangaka wasn't a former yaoi doujinshi artist who deliberately adds to it.
* ''Manga/{{Tactics}}''. The characters are so gay that the authors themselves have made yaoi doujinshi of them. (Specifically, "Lovesick".) Kantarou and Haruka in particular are the most notable example, and its more apparent in the manga than in the anime but still there. It's not shounen-ai though.
* ''Manga/UragiriWaBokuNoNamaeWoShitteiru'' mostly have males in the cast, very occupied in confess their [[HoYay mutual admiration]] for each other and even have a pet dragon called "Sodom". Several sites tag this series as shounen ai but officially is shoujo.
* The four {{Bishonen}} protagonists of ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' and their [[PsychoRangers opposite numbers]] are all canonically heterosexual, but their status as terminal {{Doom Magnet}}s combined with copious amounts of [[HoYay subtext]] has gained it a reputation as a Boys Love series.
* ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' (aka ''Yami no Matsuei'') has a rather complicated LoveDodecahedron involving most (male) main characters, but focuses mainly on the love/hate [[LoveTriangle triangle]] between the psychopath Doctor Muraki, Tsuzuki Asato, and Kurosaki Hisoka. It's officially {{shoujo}}.

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* VisualKei provides a complicated, multilayered case. Early on, the scene ''was'' a safe haven to some degree for ''actual'' bisexuals and gay men, owing to its descent in part from Kabuki and other theatre, its androgynous aesthetic, that (while no one from them actually came out in a traditional manner until ''much'' later) some of the members of the founding bands of the scene were either gay or bisexual or allies of gay or bisexual friends, and that at the beginning displays of man on man sexuality were seen as a way to shock Japanese society at large and flip off the "to grow up you must marry a woman and have kids" and "we will pretend real gay and bisexual people don't exist in Japan" societal standards of TheEighties and [[TheNineties early 1990s]] Japan. As the scene developed in TheNineties and the fujoshi / YaoiFangirl was recognized as a demographic to whom the HoYay and {{fanservice}} appealed, straight artists began to engage in it solely for the sake of making money and attracting fangirls, which led to a backlash of people considering it insulting or denying the presence of the actual gay or bi men in the scene, in a sort of gender inversion of how LesYay is [[SweepsWeekLesbianKiss often considered]]. It's kind of reached an odd equilibrium at this point, with plenty of straight men pretending to be YaoiGuys for the fangirls, but a fair amount of ''actual'' bisexuals and gay men as well (especially with the older bands, which are more likely to have these as opposed to 100 percent straights faking it)

!!Use of BL manga/anime itself as a trope (for uses of BL tropes outside BL, see YaoiGuys):

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* In ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'', Marie Buraidaru admits to writing yaoi {{doujinshi}} about Phantom Ace.
* One of the girls in ''{{Negima}}'' brought some yaoi to class once and shoved it in Nodoka's face, [[DoesNotLikeMen much to her consternation]]. TheAbridgedSeries {{lampshades}} it.
* In ''Manga/NoMatterHowILookAtItItsYouGuysFaultImNotPopular'', the main character buys a BL visual novel.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', Emp tries to freak her male teammates by showing them X-rated yaoi {{doujinshi}} starring themselves. [[InsultBackfire They decide they're flattered]].

* CoolAndUnusualPunishment in [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_471.php this strip]] of ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''.
* In ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', Marigold gets annoyed at Hannelore for mixing her yaoi in with the rest of her manga. Pretty soon they're watching yaoi anime together.
* ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'' isn't full-on yaoi, but could be considered a lightweight western version, with Dillon and Jerzy as the main resident YaoiGuys. The concept is also alluded to within the comic [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/i_do_not_speak_japanese here.]]