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See also Romantic Comedy Anime & Manga, which often overlaps with this.

  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It also deconstructs and parodies a lot of the usual tropes of the genre, however.
  • Ah! My Goddess can be considered a precursor to the harem genre, even predating Tenchi Muyo!. 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.
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  • Ai Kora (from the creator of Midori Days) 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 Harem Nanny, 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 Little Miss Snarker, 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. And a bisexual, no less.
  • Ai Yori Aoshi. In a surprising twist, the first girl has already won, long before anyone else gets a shot thanks to a Childhood Marriage Promise which she and Kaoru have kept for nearly two decades. The other haremettes are kept from becoming Pretty Freeloaders with help from Harem Nanny Miyabi, as they're called on to do housework whenever Aoi is unable to perform. Miyabi-san takes her job very seriously.
  • Angel Tales features a harem of Magical Girlfriends that are reincarnated animals that the protagonist used to own.
  • Nadja Applefield (or better said, Nadja Preminger), from Ashita no Nadja 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.
  • The Asterisk War involves Ayato Amagiri earning the attention of several girls across the series, with the twist that Ayato already chosen Julis as the girl he loves and becomes devoted to. While he cares about the girls, he only sees them as friends, not love interests.
  • Brynhildr in the Darkness is the Spiritual Successor to Elfen Lied and plays it more straight. 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 Childhood Friend Kuroneko, who was believed to be dead, is the one he truly loves, but several incidents force them to be Star-Crossed Lovers. The only girls who aren't in love with him are Kana and Kotori. Meta-wise, Die for Our Ship is avoided by the fans, since death is very possible in this series, as Kotori dies in the climax of the first part of the series, and Nanami died before even joining the main cast.
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  • Cat Planet Cuties features a Battle Harem, with the protagonist of Kio Kakazu, being oblivious to the affections of Aoi and Manami, two government agents, and tall, sexy, alien Genki Cat Girl Eris who proves herself to be a competent combatant as well.
  • A Certain Magical Index rapidly turns into this, courtesy of its Clueless Chick Magnet Nice Guy hero, Kamijou Touma. It also attempts an explanation for why this trope occurs. Thanks to Touma's Imagine Breaker negating all supernatural effects which contact him, it's hypothesised that he is immune to the Red String of Fate, meaning no one woman can be his soulmate. The series can be said to have the largest harem of any work, primarily due to the inclusion of the Misaka Network, who are 9969 clones of Mikoto Mikasa. Even without them, it arguably still holds the record.A not exhaustive list of harem members 
  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight: 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 leads Ikki Kurogane and Stella Vermillion become an Official Couple. The series also subverts many common tropes from harem series, where the leads solve their differences rather quickly without padding the drama, instead focusing on progressing the romantic relationship.
  • Classi9 is a reverse harem manga starring a glamourized version of teenage classical European musicians as the harem and the female version of the Japanese composer Taki Rentarou having to crossdress to stay in their elite One-Gender School as the lead.
  • Da Capo and its sequel.
  • Date A Live: Shido Itsuka must become a Chick Magnet by necessity to save the world. The series involves him dating Spirits, getting them to fall in love with him and sealing their powers with a kiss so they can live normal lives.
  • In Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, Kazuki Yotsuga accumulates a harem made up of the Alpha Bitch, an alien Robot Girl, a sleepwalking ditz with a split personality who is also the daughter of the enemy leader (and the analogue of the Libby from a parallel universe), and an ex-Ace robot pilot who is also his homeroom teacher. In a clever subversion, the girls compete by cooking for him, rather than by blowing up things.
  • Elfen Lied uses the window dressing of the genre, with several strange girls inviting themselves to live at an Ordinary University Student's house and Hilarity Ensuing, but this is essentially a side story. The real story is high drama about the Dark Magical Girl Of Mass Destruction female lead, not a Romantic Comedy about her Unlucky Everydude love interest. Also unlike other harem series, Kohta has only two actual love interests (female lead Lucy/Nyu and his cousin Yuka). The other girls living with him aren't really that into him; Mayu Does Not Like Men (except Bando), Nana has an Electra Complex, and Nozomi developing feelings for Kohta is only mentioned once, but this is never picked up.
  • 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.
  • The genre is taken to it's logical conclusion in Fukumaden by Cool-Kyou Shinsha. A bunch of girls wait around for their turn to have sex with the hero (who is such a non entity that he never appears on screen) and make small talk. Bonus points for taking place in a literal harem.
  • Gender-inverted with Fushigi Yuugi and its protagonist Miaka, with the added bonus of some minor overlap with a traditional Royal Harem.
  • Girls Bravo 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… except not really.
  • Gou-dere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora: An Affectionate Parody of the genre where a manga character comes to the real world and declares that the protagonist should Take Over the World. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team revolves around a guy who inherits an estate where the staff consists entirely of attractive maids.
  • Harem Royale - When the Game Ends - is a much darker take on the trope, in which the members of the harem are being coerced into it by a literal demon.
  • The Haruhi Suzumiya anime/novels. An alien, an ESPer, a time traveller, and an unknowing goddess. Remember, this is a show that sinks its meathooks into any trope it can find and folds and spindles it to shreds…
  • Hayate the Combat Butler, a strange combination of the guy being 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 Heaven's Lost Property 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.
  • High School D×D is this coupled with fanservice, comedy and All Myths Are True action, with the added twist that every girl in the harem is willing to share, but they're competing to see who's first place. Open pervert Issei is a major fan of this genre in-universe and elated to be in the position of the genre's protagonist.
  • According to a non-canon pre-anime Drama CD, this happens in Higurashi: When They Cry. After Keiichi goes even more Bishōnen 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.
  • Holy Corpse Rising: To win a desperate war against evil witches, Nikola Eskalibur manages to bring members of the "First Witches", who are not aligned with the evil witches, back to life and convince them to help him seek out and destroy the evil witches. What he didn't count on is by the ancient laws, bringing back a First Witch counts as marrying her. Soon he has several incredibly powerful girls fighting over who gets to be top wife.
  • Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia: Kizuna Hida is forced to become The Captain of a group of girls equipped with Heart Hybrid Gears in order to defend the Ataraxia fleet from invaders from Another Dimension. To do that, Kizuna must do perverted stuff to the girls, as doing so will power up their Heart Hybrid Gears and unlock new weapons and upgrades.
  • In Another World I Am Called The Black Healer is a reverse harem, where the main character quickly builds up a group of male admirers. However, few are explicitly in love with her. Most of them seem to like her and have a crush on her.
  • Infinite Stratos somewhat induces this by necessity: There's the eponymous Powered Armor 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.
  • Iono the Fanatics, a Girls' Love harem series featuring a horny queen on a quest to make her thousand-strong harem even larger.
  • Isuca: Shinchirou Asano winds up in an Innocent Cohabitation with four girls that he literally owns thanks to I Know Your True Name. Unfortunately for him, one of those four girls is a Shana Clone. Hi-jinks ensue.
  • Kämpfer: 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 and the Big Bad of the series.
  • Deconstructed in the ecchi series Kanojo de Ippai, where having seven different girls coming into his appartment at various times nearly gets Akira evicted on suspicion of running a prostitution ring.
  • Can't forget the lesbian Love Triangle in Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl 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.
  • Kiss Him, Not Me has a male harem with the added twist that the focus of it (Kae) is a Yaoi Fangirl and would rather have her harem start dating each other, but continue being friends with her.
  • Koi ka Mahou ka Wakaranai!: Kaito gains the ability to make anyone who meet his eyes fall in love with him, but is unsure if they really love him, or they're only interested in him because of the charm.
  • Komorichan Wa Yaruki O Dase is a Yonkoma about a teen boy living in an apartment with a little girl who sometimes won't even eat by herself, a neighbor girl, and a land lady with a "Mystery career"
  • La Corda D'Oro which has five boys interested in one girl.
  • The main character of Love Hina, Keitaro, is living in an all-girls inn and by the end of the series he had attracted a Tsundere, a Shrinking Violet, a Genki Girl/Wrench Wench/Princess, a Hard-Drinking Party Girl, a Kid Samurai, a Cloud Cuckoo Lander/Unlucky Childhood Friend, his adopted sister, and a Bratty Half-Pint… maybe. In an unusual twist, they suggest he Marry Them All but he refuses and marries his Victorious Childhood Friend, Naru.
  • Maburaho is the granddaddy of all Harem works that take place in a magical school of some sort. Basically every trope you see in those modern works originate from Maburaho in some fort or another; from the idea of the setting itself making its magic known to the public, to the protagonist being a self insert loser who secretly holds grand power, to several of the female leads being tried and true archetypes vying for the protagonist, it all began here.
  • 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 Ms. Shikijo.
  • The anime of Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! is a typical example, but the original Visual Novel isn't, as no more than two of them are really interested in Yamato at almost any given time, with one them always being Miyako.
  • Maken-ki!: Takeru enrolls at Tenbi Academy, a former All Girl School that's recently turned co-ed. On his first day there, he reunites with his childhood friend, Haruko, and meets a strange girl named Inaho, who 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. You get the idea.
  • Maou no Hajimekata offers a somewhat dark take on the genre, since it centers on a Villain Protagonist, Aur, who is fond of recruiting many women to his crusade against humanity. Some come willingly, as they also don’t like humans, 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.
  • In Maze Megaburst Space, female Maze has a bisexual reverse harem of both males and females interested in her. As she swaps genders at sundown and sunrise, its notable that Princess Mill doesn't care which gender Maze is at the moment.
  • The manga Me & My Brothers, a non-romantic one.
  • Midori Days also has harem elements. Seiji has horrible luck with girls until Midori shows up, at which point everyone seems to be after him (in the manga, this includes a guy).
  • Monster Musume adds a twist to this genre by making all the females some variation of a monster girl. So far there's a Lamia, Centaur, Harpy, a Slime Girl, a Mermaid, an Arachne, and a Dullahan.
  • My Girlfriend is Shobitch: Features Haruka, a shy and gentle boy who is a second-year in high school. He is quite popular with the girls in his neighborhood, but remains unaware of, or is simply not interested in, their romantic inclinations towards him.
  • My Monster Secret: Starts off looking like this, but is ultimately subverted. While Asahi does have multiple girls interested in him, from the very beginning he's only got eyes for Youko. The girls are all friends and they all gladly support the couple while trying to get over their own feelings for Asahi, which tend to fail for the sake of comedy (which is just as much a part of the story as the romance). In fact, the series doesn't just avoid Fanservice, it takes great delight in mocking the concept repeatedly; for example, despite being quite attractive Youko couldn't seduce her way out of a paper bag, and her idea of "sexy poses" makes her look like a reject from a Super Sentai team.
  • Nectar of Dharani: While trying to fulfill a promise in a magical world that is slowly industrializing, Kai gains the attentions of a princess who grants superpowers (by saving her life), a pureblooded werecat (by rescuing her from slavery), an army captain (by leading her suicide mission to victory), an alchemist (by teaching her how to make dynamite), and another princess (by saving her entire kingdom). The manga mostly focuses on Kai's adventures and the technology he brings with him, but the harem gets lampshaded a few times.
    Corporal: I'm just glad we have a mission that isn't about getting the major another pair of tits.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi, being created by the author of Love Hina, started with this genre at first, involving a 10-year-old Child Prodigy and his all-female class of 31 girls. Then it took a massive Genre Shift midway into the second major arc, but reverted back (sort of) to this genre in the closing chapters.
  • Most of the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga out there are high school romantic comedies with Asuka, Rei, and Kaworu lusting after Shinji.
  • Omujo! Omutsu Joshi would be just another ecchi harem manga with plenty of panty shots and occasional suggestive situations were it not for one additional quirk: The three girls of the harem, be it for personal need, personal pleasure, or the personal belief it's what the male lead is into, all wear diapers.
  • Oreimo: For most of its run, only one girl (Kuroneko) is openly in love with the protagonist, while Kirino (his sister) has tons of Unresolved Sexual Tension with him. His childhood friend Manami seems to hold a flame, and another (Ayase) feels something towards him, but it might not be best called "love". Then in the ending OVA, the subtext becomes text as nearly every girl in the cast openly declares their love for him for no apparent reason.
  • 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.
  • Ouran High School Host Club is a Reverse Harem, with Haruhi as the female protagonist with numerous male love interests. The series is also an Affectionate Parody of reverse harems, as the members of the Host Club all intentionally play different "types" of love interests common in such series as part of their duties to entertain the school's female population (and Haruhi herself joins in, though due to her Bifauxnen looks the girls all believe she's male).
  • Photon, another Tenchi Spiritual Successor
  • Prétear is a reverse-harem Magical Girl show where bishounen knights are the Transformation Trinkets.
  • Puri Puri (not to be confused with Princess Princess)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets, in which every member of the harem is one of the titular quintuplets.
  • Ranma ½: Akane is an inverted example while Ranma has two — one as a male and one as a female.
  • Redo of Healer, though in a Darker and Edgier sense. The protagonist, Keyaru, is hellbent on revenge after being subjected to all kinds of abuse because of his status as a healer, so he woos several girls to his cause by either brainwashing them into submission or relating to their own desire for vengeance.
  • Rokudou no Onna-tachi: Rokudou ends up gaining the attention of a bunch of "bad girls" that suddenly want to get to know him. However, Rokudou is smart enough to know that it's not true love, given that the only reason bad girls are interested in him is due to his grandfather's scroll spell. It eventually starts to develop into a true harem due to Rokudou helping out some of said bad girls with whatever their current issues are, which leads some of them to genuinely fall for him.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Tsukune falls in love with Moka, who has also a superpowered true neutral side. Other girls fall eventually in love with him, with Yukari routing for a One True Threesome, 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 Gay Option, who just wants to Tsukune to join his mafia family rather than because of romantical reasons, but Fang-Fang offers him the Marry Them All 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, 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.
  • Rune Soldier Louie is mostly an aversion/parody of the harem genre. While Louie does join a travelling party of beautiful women, 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, Louie fails to notice it.
  • Saber Marionette J, in which the entire harem is made up of Robot Girls and one guy (on an all-male world, where this would be expected). In its various sequels, the one real girl in the entire world also apparently wants in on the harem.
  • School Days is known for being one of the most brutal deconstructions 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 Alpha Bitch who doubles as the Patient Childhood Love Interest (Otome), a Girl Next Door with Anime Hair (Hikari), and the Alpha Bitch's Girl Posse (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 the realistic consequences of this situation happening. And then go beyond it.
  • 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.
  • Shitsurakuen gives us an example. Unusual in that the harem and the one seeking it are both female.
  • SHUFFLE! sets up a contest of sorts for the lead's heart. There's remarkably little hostility between the competitors.
  • Sister Princess: An interesting (and unusually non-romantic) variation on this trope can be found in the anime. 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 "big brother" somewhat overwhelming, but grows to love and treasure them all.
  • So, I Can't Play H! begins with Ryosuke's neighbor, Mina, already nursing an unrequited crush on him since childhood. But the first episode's opening scene introduces his soon-to-be love interest: a stunning redhead named, Lisara, who is not only a shinigami, but high-ranking nobility. Then the other two shinigami show up (Quele and Ilia) and Mina's chances effectively go down the drain.
  • Strawberry 100%: Manaka has a rather large group of different girls after him in Aya, Satsuki, Tsukasa, Kozue, and Yui.
  • Student Council's Discretion. 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, it pays off by the end.
  • Tenchi Muyo!, something of a Trope Codifier and Ur-Example for what modern audiences would recognize as a modern harem.
  • The World God Only Knows is a rare example of the lead character working for his harem, but he's only doing it because he has an Explosive Leash forcing him to. And technically the harem doesn't really exist since the girls are given Laser-Guided Amnesia after the conquest is over. It gets played more straight later on when 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 To Love-Ru sequel, To Love Ru Darkness has the rare Harem Seeker… 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.
  • Toradora! settles into this genre in its second half.
  • Shin'ichiro of True Tears has three girls pining for him, though unlike most works of this genre, it's never Played for Laughs.
  • UFO Princess Valkyrie features a harem of magical alien princesses.
  • Umi no Misaki.
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle has Lux accumulating a harem made of the princess he works for, his bureacratically arranged fiance, his childhood friend, the school's top fighter, his servant, and a distant and ancient cousin from another family branch.
  • Urusei Yatsura 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.
  • Uwakoi is a dark deconstruction of the genre. The male lead only has a harem because his Extreme Libido makes him unable to limit himself to one girl. All of his sexual relationships are emotionally empty, and he ends up in a tug-of-war between a Bastard Girlfriend and a Yandere.
  • Val X Love. What's interesting about this series is that the genre is pretty much invoked In-Universe. As an Einherjar it's Takuma's mission to love and be loved by the nine Saotome sisters, as they grow stronger that way. It's repeatedly mentioned that Takuma was not given the choice of refusing this mission and the girls can't look for another Einherjar anymore.
  • World's End Harem: 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.
  • Vandread.
  • Yumeria has one of superheroines who have to touch the hero in order to power up.
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: More or less the premise. Kogarashi is the only male occupant in the Yuragi Inn. A lot of the female occupants have some interest in him.


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