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A subtrope of the Harem Anime genre, where the male lead has a harem of potential love interests, all of whom are some sort of Action Girl. Sometimes the harem may appear in a form of Hero Secret Service or as an Amazon Brigade. They might also be Bodyguard Babes.

Because this is a more action-oriented subgenre, Battle Harems are less likely to be focused on romance, but still provide plenty of fanservice. Often this appears in the form of a Supporting Harem, though a Balanced Harem form is possible.

Often a Themed Harem, with all the girls having a shared origin and/or character tic/type, but not always. See also Battle Couple and Amazon Chaser. If the hero gets power from his harem, see Harem-Powered. If the story is more about the girls than him, he may just be either The One Guy or an Escort Mission.



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  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Among the girls interested in Touma are a human repository of thousands upon thousands of spellbooks, the third most powerful Esper in Academy City and her 10,000 'Sisters' who have Level 2 powers and military expertise, a sword-wielding priestess note , one of her spear wielding subordinates, a magical spy/courier who wants to seduce him into working for her country, and the pre-teen leader of a magical cabal. It's even lampshaded; some people are starting to wonder if, with all the powerful women he's recruited to his side, he's setting up some kind of resistance force.
    • Then we get introduced to his Shadow Archetype, Kamisato Kakeru who essentially has the fully realized version of Touma's Battle Harem in the sense that they all work together (though not always in...friendly terms) for the sake of their shared Love Interest. While their power level may be somewhat lower than what would be the Touma Harem's overall strength, their sheer coordination, determination and excess numbers (like Touma's) prove how absolutely FRIGHTENING this sort of thing is. Especially when a Mad Scientist backdoors her way into leading them, long story.
  • AIKI features only Action Girls that Joukyuu is training.
  • The Asterisk War: Over time, Ayato gathers a harem of seriously competent fighters to win the fighting tournaments in the Asterisk city.
  • Invoked in Being Able to Edit Skills in Another World, I Gained OP Waifus: Nagi's unique "restructuring" skill can only work on himself and his female slaves, all of whom he makes seriously overpowered in battle.
  • Black Lagoon: Rock's got an Dark Action Girl Harem started, though Revy's the main contender. Eda's made her admiration plain, hitting on him several times. Not to mention Rock's open defiance of Balalaika somehow scoring him points with her and creating some UST there. Let's add Feng Yifei, a Chinese hacker with decently good skills (not on Benny's level, though). She's no Action Girl like the rest of Rock's harem, but there's no doubt that her brains are useful. Oh, and she's the first person to actually kiss Rock. RIGHT. IN. FRONT. OF. REVY.
  • Cat Planet Cuties: The girls in Kio's harem consists of 2 government agents and an alien girl with powered armor. All of whom are competent combatants.
  • Date A Live: The premise of the story is that Shido has to romance Spirits in order to decrease their powers and not be a threat to mankind. Even when de-powered, Spirits can use small bits of their power every now and then; this is usually to combat future harem members.
  • The main point of Deadline Summonner is the protagonist trying to get by with his summons, in the least violent, and safest way possible. Unfortunately, there aren't many boring, safe jobs in a fantasy universe for a person of his skills. Fortunately, the girls are VERY capable fighters.
    • And unfortunately, the girls are just as likely to be fighting amongst themselves and destroying the main character in the crossfire.
  • In Delicious in Dungeon Shuro's new party consists of female warriors from his home country. They're not quite a "harem", given that he's in love with Falin, but they're quite loyal to him.
  • 1st Lt. Youji Itami of GATE in the course of the story of being thrust into a magical parallel world, managed to collect a semi-Unwanted Harem consisting of a 961-years-oldnote  Demi-Goddess and Apostle of the God of Death, a 169-years-old elven archer (who considers him a replacement of her deceased father)note , a 300-something years old Dark Elf warrior who is technically now his slave for the favor he did to her tribe, a-a-and a 15-years-old human magician, who, on the other hand, is arguably the most dangerous on the bunch due to being smartest of them by far. And that's not mentioning his 28-years old former wife back in Japan who's still pretty much into him. And approves of all aforementioned with gusto. As of volume 8, the crown princess of The Empire has thrown her hat into the ring, in front of all the others.
  • You wouldn't expect this to crop up in a Gundam show but the full crew of Naze's vessel in Iron-Blooded Orphans is made up of his harem. Though, to clarify, only three members thereof - Amida, Lafter, and Azee - are the only combat-capable ones, being able to pilot mobile suits.
  • Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia: Kizuna has several women vying for his affections, all of them equipped with Hybrid Gears, which can only be activated and recharged whenever he does lewd things to them, much to his chagrin when he finds out..
  • High School Dx D: The more girls who join in the Occult Research Club, the more girls Issei gets. Said girls include Rias, Akeno, Xenovia, Asia, and Koneko. Later with the addition of Rossweisse, Ravel Phenex, Irina Shidou and Ophis. Take note, these are just the girls. This isn't even including Kiba and Gasper.
  • Infinite Stratos: The result of having an Unwanted Harem equipped with Powered Armor. As Ichika's co-homeroom teacher Maya once stated, with his force of six representative pilots (Let us count them all, shall we? We have representatives from Japan, England, China, France, Germany, Russia, and possibly America), he has more than enough to "start a war."
  • Is This a Zombie?: The harem consists of a Necromancer, a Magical Girl, and three Vampire Ninja.
  • Soujirou, a supporting character in Log Horizon, has one in the form of his guild the West Wind Brigade which is mainly composed of female players. Since it is considered to be one of the top combat guilds in Akihabara despite its relatively small size (around 60 members), its members can be assumed to be all very strong. And they are all head over heels in love with Soujirou. Somehow.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has over 20 women, most of whom are Action Girls in some form or the other, some of them ludicrously powerful, and most of the rest being at least Plucky Girls or otherwise quite useful in some way.+
  • Also invoked in Slave Harem in the Labyrinth of the Other World. There are two main differences to the "Cheat Wife" entry above. One, the protagonist actively seeks out each and every girl who he adds to his slave harem. Two, he has the X-rated kind of sex, with consent.
  • Sword Art Online: (Pictured above) Has quite a large ensemble of girls interested in Kirito, and are all Action Girls capable of fighting for themselves in whatever virtual reality they reside in. When needing to take on bosses, Kirito gathers them up and they all go to kick ass together. Though the Harem aspect is downplayed considering Kirito only has eyes for Asuna.
  • Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!: More true for the anime with Miyako, Wanko, Yukie & Chris already in Yamato's harem from the start, and the Momoyo (and others) in play. In the game, each girl has her own route, though in the Ryuuzetseran route, you get Momo, Miyako, Tasuko & Angel.
  • Maken-ki!: Takeru has Haruko, Inaho, and Celia vying for his affections, though Haruko adamantly denies having any feelings for him. All three also happen to be high-level ability users, two of whom, each wields one of the original 8 Maken. And, from chapter 65 onwards, Love Espada joins his harem and, in chapter 90, says she's more than willing to "share" because she's openly bisexual.
  • Maou no Hajimekata: Villain Protagonist Aur is a human turned Demon Lord on a crusade against humanity. He wants to add capable individuals to his ranks, mainly those who will aid him on his misanthropic quest. While he adds some men here and there, women are his favorite and he adds them by the dozens, as the girls will be valuable assets to him both in battle and in bed; Aur uses them for the latter purpose a lot.
  • In the harem of Omamori Himari, only one of them is a normal human who isn't capable of defeating just about anyone else.
  • Ranma ½: Ranma Saotome's Unwanted Harem is full of Action Girls. Not surprising, since he lives in a world where everybody gets their own style of martial arts.
  • Rosario + Vampire: All the harem members are capable of holding their own in battle (at the very least) and spend much of the first season defending Tsukune. Justified in that while Tsukune is human, the girls are all Cute Monster Girls - the possible exception is Moka, who needs Tsukune to take off her rosario in order to fight at full strength but even without that she is pretty strong. The show, while very fanservice-y, does also have a strong focus on romance, especially in later arcs.
    • The girls all get noticeably much stronger and more skilled over the course of the series as well, except for Moka who doesn't have much room to improve since she's top-tier from day one.
  • Sekirei is built around this trope, with the titular aliens being Action Girlfriends to their Puny Earthling lovers. The protagonist, as well as most of the other prominent Ashikabi, each have their own harem of Sekirei and are competing in a battle royale where There Can Be Only One. It veers between comical harem antics and serious action, borrowing heavily from shounen fighting series with many girls being either a Spirited Competitor or a Blood Knight.
  • Tenchi Muyo! OVA - is a series about one guy living with five girls, who're all in love with him consisting of: Ryoko, Washuu, Ayeka and Sasami, and Mihoshi. Everyone except Sasami is skilled fighter (and clearly she will be too once she grows up)note , and all of them are very much superhuman. Washu is a literal goddess, her daughter Ryoko is something more than a demigoddess given her lack of a mortal parent, and Sasami is in the process of merging with Washu's younger sister Tsunami. And as of the end of OVA 3, Washu and Tsunami's other sister Tokimi looks to be joining the harem.
    • The current Emperor of Jurai, Ayeka and Sasami's father, has his own (albeit smaller) Battle Harem: his two wives Funaho and Misaki are each powerful warriors.
    • Along with the other Tenchi stuff, there's Tenchi Muyo! GXP. By the end, it's the captain, eight girls and an overpowered starship fighting pirates.
    • Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar has this with almost every girl that is in love with Kenshi also being a highly trained and skilled combat mecha pilot.
    • By the end of the third OVA Tenchi acquires another suitor in the name of Noike Kamiki Jurai, a Mihoshi's former partner and adopted daughter of the infamous Demon Princess Seto Kamiki Jurai, who's widely acknowledged to be the driving force behing her son-in-law Azusa. Well, and Noike's a female part of Kagato, the major antagonist of the first OVA, who started as a clone of Washu's former best friend Naja Akara.note 
    • If the beginning of the fourth OVA series is any indication, then Tenchi's just acquired an another powerful woman who has an eye on him — Minaho Masaki Jurai, the head of the Juraian Secret Police, — who is technically his aunt.
  • The universe should consider itself lucky that To Love-Ru is a romantic comedy. To wit, as of the most recent issue of Darkness, Rito has gained the unwavering allegiance of three shape-shifting living weapons, all of whom are experts in infiltration and assassination, especially Nemesis who can hide in other people's bodies, the three Deviluke sisters, each of whom has unique ability (Lala has super-strength and is a Teen Genius, Momo can control the plants and Nana the animals), Rin, who is a Master Swordsman, and Kyoko that has fire-power. The other girls are normal humans, except Run, with no particular ability, although if push comes to shove, Haruna can use him as a weapon, quite effectively and many of the others have excellent non-combat skills that are very useful in prolonged campaigns.
  • In Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle, everyone in Lux's harem except Airi is an elite Drag-Knight. It's mentioned several times that they make up a significant fraction of the military power of the New Kingdom.

    Comic Books 
  • Subverted with the Dora Milaje in Black Panther, as tradition dictates they serve his personal bodyguards and wives-in-training. Despite their beauty and skill, T'Challa views them as daughter-figures rather than romantic interests.
  • The Darkness has the Angelus female warriors, who in addition of fighting for their mistress, they also doubled as her concubines when outside of fighting.
  • The X-Men once faced an Multiversal Conqueror known as Khan whose harem was composed of warrior women from worlds that he conquered. He decides to make Storm his newest addition and as she soon finds out, these ladies are very vicious and jealous fighters.

    Fan Works 
  • In Archetypal, most of the girls that show interest in Lincoln, being part of the 9% of the population with useful superpowers, are perfectly capable of kicking ass when necessary.
  • Played for Laughs and gender-inverted in the Baldur's Gate fanfic "Romancing the Bhaalspawn". It's a humorous attempt to answer the question, "What would happen if a female PC played this game with a fistful of romance mods?" So Kaela has an entire party full of love interests: Xan (never seriously pursued), Solaufein and Haer'Dalis (who proposition Kaela to have a threesome), Valygar (breaks up with her to be a Celibate Hero), Anomen (friend-zoned), and Sarevok, who Kaela is convinced is The One.
  • Battle Action Harem Highschool Side Character Quest has the players take control as one of the girls in the harem instead of the male protagonist.
  • This is the endgame Consensus is after for Taylor Hebert for the first iteration of Communication, to the point of that it becomes a Running Gag throughout the quest. To her complete dumbfoundment, they actually succeed! By the time of the epilogue, it consists of Deadpan Snarker with Bat Deduction, a Biomanipulator with former Heroic Fatigue, a Benevolent A.I., a former patient of Hospital Paradiso, the resident Action Fashionista, an Archer Archetype, and a Humanoid Abomination from space. The group expands in the sequel.
  • In For Want of a War, only one of Ramza's possible love interests can't fight.
  • In Kyon: Big Damn Hero, we have the Reality Warper, the Human Alien slightly-less-powerful Reality Warper, the tazer-wielding Yakuza Princess, the Time Traveler, the Teleporting Slider... and whoever is trying to take a swing at any of these people. Mundane threats like normal people are severely outclassed, and extraordinary opponents give the group some pause.
  • Ash's female companions in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines will eventually become this, as they not only are (or will be) talented and skilled Pokémon trainers, but they also possess bloodliner powers.
  • As the RWBY fic She's got a halogen heart puts it: "Even with Weiss attempting to direct everyone, it was nearly impossible to keep them on the same topic without the promise of sex or fighting to hold their attention."
  • It's common in Fate/Grand Order fanfic to make the Servants male and female Ritsuka summon into their personal harem.
  • Fate/Harem Antics: The main difference from canon is that Iri is in full control of the Holy Grail, and decides to use the Fifth Holy Grail War as an excuse to get her son Shirou a harem so that she can finally have grandkids. To that end, she makes sure every Master (besides Shirou) and every Servant is female. Of course, she had no way of telling any of them that, meaning everyone just thinks it's a normal Holy Grail War and are continuing to fight each other. At the start, Shirou quickly makes an alliance with Rin and Sakura, meaning that his battle harem consists of five girls (his Servant Saber, Rin and her Servant Archer, and Sakura and her Servant Rider), but by the end he will end up with twenty-three girlfriends.
  • Mutant Deviations: Taylor starts attracting attention when she founds an independent hero team composed entirely of girls, and her frequent recruitment of girls defecting from other factions in the city spurs in-universe jokes and memes about her gathering a lesbian harem. By the end of the fic she is officially dating Lisa, Madison, and Cassie (Rune), with a significant amount of teasing from other members of the team.


  • In Manos: The Hands of Fate, the antagonist has a harem of wives that are ready to fight for him... which apparently includes fighting each other.

  • A Brother's Price has a form of this. Men are rare, so when one is married off it's to an entire family of sisters who themselves are the children of several different sisters and one father. Women rule this world and work fiercely to protect their fragile brothers, sons, and husbands from other women who would literally kidnap them, so this is sort of a default.
  • The Harem Games has this set up, by design, teenage males upon reaching puberty are forced into a battle royal and each granted through Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage a harem of 6 to 15 brides that help him fight the others in a fight to the death, for the amusement of the populace at large.
  • The Wheel of Time has Rand in a relationship with three girls, all of whom agree to share him: Min is a Lad-ette and a Knife Nut, Aviendha is a Proud Warrior Race Girl who used to be a member of an Amazon Brigade and grew from being an Action Girl to a really strong channeler, and finally, Elayne is a royal action girl who is also a strong channeler.
  • In Ann Scarborough's The Harem of Aman Ackbar the titular harem of ill assorted wives must work together to find and rescue their husband (who's been turned into a donkey). By the end of the story the three women have bonded, their husband is grateful and loving and even their mother-in-law approves of them.
  • Before a Chosen One in the world of Tsun-Tsun TzimTzum can go forth and fight the evil goddess Lilith, he or she must assemble a team of five companions. Having sex with your companions is not strictly mandatory but strongly encouraged, since it creates a magical bond that lets the Chosen One share the companion's strengths and provides them with a certain amount of telepathic contact.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dark Sun: The Templars of Sorcerer-King Nibenay are all female and also his wives, chosen for their beauty and talent and said to mate with him. He leaves the running of his city-state of same name to them, and they act not only as military officers and assassins, but also as priests, bureaucrats and administrators, which also doubles as a Matriarchy.

    Video Games 
  • Every party member in Brave Soul except The Hero and his pet dragon is female, and is a potential love interest. And so is the pet dragon.
  • In Duel Savior Destiny your six love interests are all members of an elite group of trainees who are studying to save the world. Though it turns out that if any of them is the main heroine, it's the one that's least suited to be there.
  • In Eiyuu Senki: The World Conquest, every other character other than the nameable protagonist Harem Hero is female. All of whom eventually fall in love with him.
    • Its sequel, GOLD, introduces even more characters, including a new main heroine. Although, the sequel is a retelling of the original, only with a new prologue.
  • Fate/Grand Order: One of the selling points for this game is that you can build up your own battle harem, of 200+ characters, of both male and female (and occasionally neither). It's possible to bond with all of them, given enough time, and make them stronger that way. The twist is that most of the characters you can collect are Historical Domain Characters (and mythical, too).
  • Galaxy Angel features Mission Control Takuto Myers in command of the Angel Squad.
    • Galaxy Angel II has Kazuya Shiranami, a pilot and leader of the Rune Angel Squad.
  • Riviera: The Promised Land
  • Record of Agarest War has five generations of harem. All of them are Ladies Of War.
  • RPG Maker game Romancing Walker has six love interests, and they're all your permanent allies.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Koihime†Musou, Kazuto's generals do all the fighting.
  • Muv-Luv:
    • The Valkyries of former Training Squadron 207B form Takeru's Battle Harem in Muv-Luv Unlimited and to a lesser extent in Muv-Luv Alternative, where they are still present and in love with him but not romanceable. Instead, he gets paired off with the mysterious Unit 00.
    • Yuuya from Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipsegained one during his time with project prominence.
  • Princess Waltz : The 2nd Act has all the princesses coming together to face the big bad. They are effectively Arata's harem at this point.
  • In Seinarukana, of the 14 Brigade members, 9 are female. Of these, 6 are potential love interests.
  • Fate/stay night's Shirou has attracted a harem consisting of a genderflipped King Arthur, a talented mage, his ex-best friend's abused little sister, a sadistic little girl who is actually his long-lost older sister, ninja Medusa, an Ojou mage, and if you count the What Could Have Been routes, a de-aged older witch also from Greek Mythology. Fate/hollow ataraxia also adds a priest girl (although she's really more attracted to the evil god that's been impersonating him, actually) and a very talented Irish mage (although she's ultimately not attracted to him, but she does join in with the other pretty freeloaders). He's also got a surrogate big sister, but she's definitely not romantically attracted to him.
  • Shiki in Tsukihime, being in the same multiverse as Fate/stay night, has also attracted a harem which includes an ancient vampire who can summon the moon itself, an Executor from the church, a half-demon hybrid, a succubus, an alchemist, and an exceptionally powerful classmate-turned-vampire. Also extends to Melty Blood continuity. And if you count the gag series Carnival Phantasm, you also have his reality-warping teacher...
  • Yuri Genre example: Kei from Akai Ito has four women who are seriously interested in her, ready to fight to death to protect her. It's very noticeable because Kei herself is not an Action Girl.

    Real Life 
  • A male lion will generally have several lionesses in his pride at once. In fact, an adult male lion has literally failed at life if he doesn't have a Battle Harem.
  • Chandragupta Maurya, founder of the Maurya Empire that dominated ancient India between c. 322 and 185 BCE. Badass of the Week put it the best:
    Ben Thompson: What makes Chandragupta totally awesome is that he was totally paranoid out of his mind. He built a huge palace with hundreds of beds and he never slept in the same place twice. He had food testers taste everything he ate and he created the first ever secret police to defend him from assassination. The best part about it though is that he had an entourage of seven hundred female bodyguards that followed him everywhere he went. He said that he trusted females more to defend him and so he compiled his unit from the best Greek and Indian women he could find. That's just freaking awesome. If I was King I would do the same thing.
  • Muammar Gaddafi kept an all-female team of elite bodyguards called essentially "the Revolutionary Nuns" in Arabic or "the Amazonian Guard" by the Western press. When he finally went down during the Arab Spring, it was revealed that he and his staff didn't treat them very well, with five of them accusing Gaddafi and the others of rape and other abuse, and others claiming that they were forced to execute rebels or be killed themselves.


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