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Unwanted Harem
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"Well, I'm running down the road trying to loosen my load,
I've got seven women on my mind.
Four that wanna own me, two who wanna stone me,
One says she's a friend of mine."
Eagles, "Take It Easy"

Not to be confused with Harem Genre, a genre of Japanese media that sometimes heavily relies on this trope.

This trope involves a common reaction from the man when a Harem plot begins and women start fighting for his attention. He might either think like a Celibate Hero, that the gratuitous quantity of boobs he is forced to see every day are just a bother (Comically Missing the Point that he is in an enviable situation), or see them as an obstacle between him and the girl he truly likes, or he may just find them annoying for one reason or another.

The more likely reason plot-wise is the fact that the male lead cannot reciprocate all the girls' feelings without seeming to the audience to be cruel, manipulative, and misleading to the girls. So the far easier solution is to make him oblivious to their affection or Cursed with Awesome.


Even if he does like one or more of the girls, the man won't or can't admit it. Besides, until the point comes where one of the girls is in danger, the man would rather have his nice quiet life back. The trope may or may not involve Innocent Cohabitation.

While this is, as might be gathered, usually a male trope, gender-reversed versions have recently begun to appear.

As shown by poor Tsukune in the above picture, the most common and immediate consequences of said harem is the ever-hilarious (if incredibly painful to watch) Lover Tug-of-War.

When criticism is raised against a harem show it's usually due to an overdose of this trope; unfortunately, when played straight, this trope is almost always overdosed. While it's often criticized as blatant Wish-Fulfillment, most criticism regards the tendency to portray the female cast very negatively, often giving them little personality, or having their characters largely defined by their dependency on the male protagonist and/or irrational tendencies towards violence.


Contrast Harem Seeker, where the "unwanted" part is left out. Also compare Sexy Man, Instant Harem, which may or may not be wanted, but which usually involves more superficial characters.

Resolutions to such a situation are varied.

  1. Someone wins.
  2. Everyone wins.
  3. The Harem loses.
  4. No one wins.


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  • ½ Prince: Both male and female for Prince.
  • In 1 Love 9, protagonist Takuma moves to Tokyo to attend high school, only to find himself being courted by his female classmates due to there being one male student to every nine females in his school.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Kamijou Touma, through a combination of Rescue Romance and Chick Magnetism, has gathered a harem with a number of powerful mages and espers consisting of Index, Misaka Mikoto, Aisa Himegami, Kanzaki Kaori, Misaka's "Sisters" (read: her 9986 clones), and Itsuwa. Of course his admitted type isn't very well-represented in it; the closest he gets is Mikoto, despite her being new to the big sister circuit with everything she does for the Sisters... and for that matter, trying to take on that role with Touma was well in order to help him out. Considering the hyperdense period the story's actually taken place over (as of the beginning of the Genesis Testament novels, the earliest presented event in the story was six months ago), maybe there is something to the theory that Imagine Breaker may mess with the Red String of Fate...
    • Later in the series, Accelerator and Shiage Hamazura gain their own unwanted harems.
    • Volume 14 of New Testament introduces a character with many similarities to Touma, Kamisato Kakeru. It turns out that he had built up a harem for himself amongst a group of women that he saved using his World Rejecter power. However, in a strange twist to the harem genre, Kamisato doesn't enjoy the fact that a harem had been forced upon him since the girls wouldn't be connected to his life had it not been for the World Rejecter that was suddenly given to him.
  • Abnormal Kei Joshi features an unwanted harem in which the word "unwanted" is strongly emphasized.
  • Very much unwanted in the Not Safe for Work manga Adamasu no Majotachi - the hero has a condition known as Adamas Syndrome, which allows him to ejaculate rose diamonds worth 5 million yen, but he loses a year of his life every time he ejaculates, and the women just want his semen in order to get rich.
  • Ah! My Goddess is arguably the Trope Maker, since it predates all other examples by many years (1988). Keiichi Morisato somewhat, since not all of the seven Goddesses that have been shown are in love with Keiichi; it does fill the unwanted part with all of them except Belldandy. It's rather poignant, since basically anyone can barge into the temple at any point in time and abuse their welcome.
  • In Ai Yori Aoshi, Kaoru has Aoi, Tina, Taeko, Mayu and Chika in love with him. Out of all of them, the only one he wants is Aoi, but circumstances prevent him from letting anyone else know that he and Aoi are the Official Couple.
  • In Akarui Kazoku Keikaku, Honoka naturally draws an assortment of guys who instinctively want to protect her and maybe become her boyfriend, including the guys she has to live with (a pair of twins in kindergarten, a junior high student, a high school student, a college student) and the guys she meets in school.
  • In Ane Kurabe, Shun finds himself being pursued by his four childhood friends - Rio the athlete, Miku the cook, Nana the nerd, and Yuri the student president.
  • In Asa kara Pika Pika, Itou Maasa finds herself gaining the attention of three brothers, all named Hiroshi.
  • Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi - Yoichi doesn't even realise he even has a harem.
  • Kiss of the Rose Princess - Anis has the Rose Knights Kaede, Mitsuru, Seiran and Mutsuki.
  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts - Yoshii has 6 people in love with him: Hazuki, Akira, Toshimitsu, Minami, Mizuki, and as of the recent Light Novel, Hideyoshi. Out of all of these, ironically the only one he truly doesn't want to be in a relationship with is not the male-if-feminine Hideyoshi, but his hot-as-fuck sister, Akira. At least he has morals.
  • Not quite deconstructed, but certainly not done straight in Bakemonogatari. The male protagonist (who is not quite an Unlucky Everydude) gets various sorts of attention from the six girls, at least some of which he would rather do without. What is unusual is that he is paired off before any rivals appear, the focus on one girl at a time makes it play out more like a succession of love triangles, and by some analyses the lead is a commentary on the typical audience of a harem series. None of this stops the series from being watchable as a straight entry, since the audience sees all the girls' flirting from his point of view.
  • Black Cat: Train has three women pining after him. And one man.
  • In Black Clover, Asta gains the interest of his teammate Noelle, her cousin Mimosa, and the girl he met on a group date Rebecca. And possibly foreign assassin Mariella and ancient wizard Secre, previously known as Nero. There's also Sally, a Mad Scientist of the villainous Eye of the Midnight Sun organization who's shown to have great interest in Asta wanting to perform "experiments" on his peculiar body. Overall, Asta is blissfully unaware of this and is devoted to winning the heart of Sister Lily, the nun who works at the orphanage where he was raised — who isn't interested in him.
  • An unusual case is Leicester Maycraft of Blessing of the Campanella, who doesn't seem to be too bothered by the attention from the main girls around him, including his mom Shelly. He seems to just laugh it off even when it happens in public.
  • In Brave10, Saizo starts building one up with Clingy Jealous Girl Isanami and Crazy Jealous Guy Kamanosuke fighting over him. Throw in a way hands-y former arch-enemy and a few other unwelcome propositions, and he gets seriously unwanted yandere harem.
  • In Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie, protagonist Haruno transfers into a cake-making academy, and becomes the target of affection of the four most handsome boys in the school.
  • In Butsuri-san de Musou shitetara Motemote ni Narimashita, the hero is forced to learn magic, and discovers that he can make any girl fall in love with him, gaining a harem of Cute Monster Girls.
  • Horribly subverted in the second season of Case Closed. A Rich Bitch named Reika Yotsui seems to have four young men (Nikaido, Mifune, Ichieda and Gojou) and an older man as her all-male harem... but one of them, Ichieda, actually liked the granddaughter of the family's Old Retainer, Yaeko. Whom Reika and Nikaido killed years ago. And so, Ichieda poses as a member of the "harem"... and then he kills Reika and Nikaido.
  • Cheeky Angel has another female main character with a male harem although there are some gender issues.
  • One City Hunter story arc has a female-central version. Kimiko, the seventeen-year-old Girl of the Week in said story arc, finds herself surrounded by many men who wish to marry her despite her clear lack of interest in marriage at this point in her life (that, and the fact that all of the pursuing men are strangers). Her grandfather hires Ryo to help her keep the pursuers off her back, while Ryo considers finding out the reason behind such a sudden surge of pursuers imperative to fulfilling his job.
  • Semi-parodied in one episode of CLANNAD: Kyou 'n Ryou, Kotomi, and Tomoyo, all of whom are hoping to capture Tomoya, independently make gigantic boxed lunches for him on the same day. They each attempt to guilt-trip him into choosing theirs, and then Fuko appears to "solve" the dilemma by adding yet another giant lunchbox to the mix. To keep them all from being offended, he ends up eating all of the food. Naturally, the only heroine who wasn't involved in this fiasco (Nagisa) is the one he ends up with.
  • Played for laughs in D-Frag!. Kenji Kazama is a self-appointed delinquent who would prefer to hang out with his (three-person) gang, but he is continually being forced into uncomfortable and often painful situations by the both of the school's otherwise all-girl Game Development Clubs, both the original and one that split off, which he is a part of (minus Yamada and Sakuragaoka in the original club, but the latter severely suffers from Dude Looks Like a Lady syndrome). This normally results in large amounts of pain or embarrassment towards him.
  • In Da Capo, almost every main girl is somewhat romantically related to Junichi.
  • Initially present in Date A Live. Shido is forced into dating the Spirits lest his embarrassing past be made public. This is similar to The World God Only Knows in that there's an ulterior motive - the Spirits are incredibly powerful and cause destruction even without intending it, and Shido is inexplicably able to seal their powers by making them fall in love with him. He becomes more willing after learning about this.
  • Mamoru Onodera from Deadline Summoner presumably did not get much say in whether or not his summons joined the party. Particularly poignant in that summons are not supposed to act independently of their masters.

  • Isana, Merry and Yui for Yumeji in Dream Eater Merry.
  • Durarara!!:
    • Anri Sonohara has a reverse harem with three guys: Kida, Mikado, and Nasujima-sensei. However, due to her terrible past, the poor girl is very uncomfortable with the deal. Although one of these men is in a rather Official Couple thus far... and yet he still gets some bits of Ship Tease with her. Huh.
    • Shizuo, of all people, is at the center of what looks like one, but is actually a subversion. Varona, Akane, and the Orihara twins all spend a lot of effort to get close to Shizuo, to the point that random onlookers think that Varona is his girlfriend and Akane her daughter. The truth is that Varona wants to kill him to test the limits of human strength, Akane wants to kill him because someone told her he was a threat to her family, and the Orihara twins are just hanging out in an effort to get close to his famous brother. When Varona and Akane first meet, they have a Green-Eyed Monster argument about who gets to murder him first, which even Shizuo's best friend Tom mistakes for two love rivals squaring off. And then there's Saika and her children, a Hive Mind that loves humanity and is obsessed with Shizuo for being the strongest human. Saika's current host, Anri Sonohara, gets very weird feelings whenever she sees Shizuo because of this.
  • In El-Hazard: The Magnificent World, Makoto collects the interest of nearly every girl in the series.
  • In Final Approach Loosely, Emiho, Miki, Shizuka and Akane are romantically involved with Ryo in varying degrees.
  • In Fractale, Phryne, Nessa, and Enri all seem to have some sort of feeling for Clain, but he only has feelings for Phryne.
  • In Fruits Basket, the entire fan club of Yuki, especially the main four, could be considered this for Yuki.
  • Fujimura-kun from Fujimura-kun Mates, consisting of a Cloudcuckoolander, a School Idol, and the Student Council President. Three adorable girls who are all deeply in love with him. And they are willing to share, too! It is a merciless parody however, as Fujimura is in no way happy with the attention he gets at all, and all of the girls are more or less complete morons with Fujimura being the Only Sane Man.
  • Utsumi in GE - Good Ending develops one at one point.
  • Gintama eventually turns into this. Some fans speculate that Gintoki's lack of interest in anyone could mean he's asexual, especially after recanting his crush on the weather girl & claiming he was just a fan. This is Played for Laughs in one storyline where the female characters (including old lady Otose) and... MADAO convince Gin that he had a one-night stand with them (on the same night) and now has to take responsibility. It's a ploy to get him to stop drinking so much.
  • Girls Bravo: Four girls have feelings for Yukinari, one is a bully who has beaten him up almost every day for years, another is an insane Yandere Dark Magical Girl who tries to abduct and rape him, the third one is a kind and sweet girl who does not set off his woman allergy, the fourth one is the Big Bad another Yandere Dark Magical Girl.
  • Girls Saurus thoroughly establishes the "unwanted" part, as the male protagonist Shingo suffers from extreme gynophobia after being violated and brutalised by a gonkish admirer. This does nothing to deter a very determined main cast of girls (including his own sister!) as well as several minor hopefuls. At one point he states how their shriveled hag of a teacher is his "ideal woman" (no threatening sex appeal) which causes her to have a womanly awakening overnight, become hot and young-looking, and try to woo him very directly. He does not approve.
  • Gokujou Drops uses a Girls' Love version of this trope with a Seme harem and an Uke harem lead.
  • Guardian Hearts - a harem of Magical Girls. Specifically: a "guardian heart", the protector of the peace and well-being of Earth (basically a Magical Girl Warrior); a princess from a Magic World; a runaway ninja; a Human Alien Cosplay Otaku Girl; a Human Alien Miko; and a Shapeshifting bird with a human form.
  • In Hachi Ichi, Shinichirou's grandfather deems his current life-style unfit for a heir, so he throws him into a house with eight young and beautiful girls and tells him that within one year he'll have to choose one of them as his bride.
  • Hajimete no Aku:
  • Subverted in Hana no Ko Lunlun's Netherlands arc. Lunlun befriends three handsome brothers... but the three fall for her after a "pep talk" from Togenishia and propose to her at the same time. Lunlun runs away as soon as she can to continue her mission, much to the three's dismay, and An Aesop about shallowness is delivered by Serge.
    • Also alluded to and tweaked in a story that's mentioned in said episode. A princess had three suitors, each one giving her a precious gift: a crown, a sword, and a jewel. She doesn't like any of them so she takes a third option via using magic to transform herself into the first tulip flower: the three petals symbolize the crown, the sharp leaves take after the sword, and the bulb looks like the jewel.
  • Hanaukyō Maid Team. Hanaukyo Taro inherited his grandfather's fortune and, with that, hundreds of maids willing to serve him. In each season he has three personal maids who constantly try to seduce him. The problem: he's only a child.
  • Kurumi Akino from Haou Airen has a reverse harem with Hakuron, Huo Long, Di Long, Yishan Yang and Kaafai after her, each in their own ways. (And in a roundabout way, Fuuron may count too.) Considering how melodramatic this manga is as well as Hakuron's Bastard Boyfriend nature, the trope is very much not Played for Laughs.
  • Happy Lesson has a school full of Hot Teachers who all decide to play mom for the socially-withdrawn Chitose, who doesn't really grow to appreciate this suddenly forced invasion of personal space until well into the series, and even then he still blows his top when he thinks they go too far.
  • Haruka Nogizaka's Secret - Yuuto has a small one forming around him. Haruka is already a given (and is probably the only one whose affections he will ever reciprocate); Shiina is attracted to him, but can't decide between him and Haruka; Yukari is hitting on him (to no avail); matchmakers Hazuki and Nanami are developing crushes on him; Alice treats him as her "onii-chan"; Mika apparently has the hots for him; and then there's Touka.
  • Subverted and most likely Played for Laughs in the last Hetalia: Axis Powers manga volume. When he gets to meet the Gender Flip versions of the Allies (plus female!Japan and female!North Italy), all of them fitting at least the basics traits of a prospect harem... Estonia pretty much has a meltdown.
  • Both main characters in His Favorite experience this. Yoshida, while being the unattractive Beady-Eyed Loser he is in-universe, has three people with unrequited crushes on him (Chronic Hero Syndrome Nishida, Narcissistic Wholesome Crossdresser Murakami and Dominatrix Tsuyako). Saito tops him with nearly the entire female student population in his school and girls from many other nearby schools due to his irresistible looks. The "unwanted" part comes into play when the two are already in a relationship with each other since the beginning and both their respective admirers won't back down when they found out, especially since Saito is only interested in Yoshida and no one else.
  • Yura of Honey Hunt has three guys after her.
  • In How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, the girls who are part of Tomoya's group to create a visual novel are this towards him, who is Oblivious to Love.
  • Hozuki-san Chi no Aneki There's one developing around Gorou with Misaki, Mizuno, and Kyou - it's unwanted because he's too smitten with his stepsister Haru to consider any of them as a love interest.
  • Happens to Muneakira in Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls. He gradually acquires more women as the series goes on, whether he wants to or not.
  • Taken Up to Eleven in a Jump Square oneshot where the girls fall for a guy that isn't even attracted to girls. Heck, the title - "I'm the Main Character of a Harem Manga, but I'm Gay so Every Day is Hell for Me" - gives it away.
  • Infinite Stratos may seem like a Powered Armor Fighting Series at a first glance, but the reason for most of the fighting is this very trope. The protagonist somehow ends up being the only male compatible with the titular battlesuit, which means he has to attend an academy full of jealous female pilots. He's not exactly The Ace either, so they often resort to trying to date him at gunpoint.
    • In the anime version, this is technically subverted, as Ichika is totally oblivious to the romantic desires/intentions of his friends. Even when they confront him directly about dating him, it goes right over his head.
    • In the manga version, Ichiko is aware of his harem, and utterly terrified to act on that, fearing that if he were to pick one, the others would kill them in a fit of jealous rage. Hence, he acts like an oblivious idiot around them.
  • In INVADERS of the ROKUJYOUMA!?, after moving into his new apartment, Satomi gets one composed of a Cute Ghost Girl, a Magical Girl Warrior, a Miko from an underground race and a Human Alien princess and her servant, with another Alien Princess and a Dark Magical Girl joining much later. At first it's just his room that they're interested in, but as time goes by, they genuinely fall in love with him. In addition, the head of the school knitting club has a crush on him.
  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor. AVERTED and wrapped up in a single episode where Tylor manages to blow off confessions of his harem. Whether this was on purpose or just bad timing is up to interpretations, like everything about Tylor.
  • Kagerou Daze: Hiyori Asahina, who has her own Fan Club in school, and is a borderline-meme in her home town ("Boys become men when they fall for Asahina!") despite only being 12. She personally finds it rather annoying.
  • Parodied in the Kaguya-sama: Love is War bonus chapter "Kagukoku: Miyuki and His Girls" where Shirogane awakens to find himself in a Heisei-era harem series with the girls he knows (only one of whom is actually in love with him in canon) turned into a stereotypical harem. Kei is the brocon step-sister who lives alone with him while their parents are overseas, Fujiwara is the clingy childhood friend who made him promise to marry her when they were kids, Kaguya is the haughty Ice Queen who falls for him the moment he makes a comment about her behavior, Hayasaka is the perverted maid, and Iino is the kohai who has a crush on him for no reason whatsoever. The whole thing turns out to have been a dream that Ishigami was having.
  • Kämpfer: Everybody seems to be interested in Natsuru. At the last count, Akane, Kaede (the only "wanted" part), Mikoto and maybe Shizuku (if she's not just messing with Natsuru's brain).
  • In Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, EVERYONE - regardless of gender, species, or relation - wants Hazumu.
  • In Kemeko Deluxe!, Sanpeita ends up with MM, Izumi, Vanilla, Miura and a Miko after him.
  • La Corda d'Oro has a reverse harem surrounding Hino.
  • In KonoSuba, a jealous adventurer, Dust, complains about how unfair it is for Kazuma to have a party full of high-tier job class girls even though he has a low-tier class. Kazuma flips out not because of being called weak but because he had to personally experience how dysfunctional his team actually is in terms of personality and actual combat performance. The two then switch parties, resulting in an unusually successful day for Kazuma and a near Total Party Kill for Dust, causing the latter to beg for his old team back.
  • Kurogane Pukapuka Tai is a Girls' Love version of this, in which Oblivious To Lesbianism Commander Kuki is the center of a harem of women after her: violently protective but shy XO Mamiya, (mostly) Chivalrous Pervert U-Boat captain Nina, and aggressively womanizing Royal Navy Captain Ann. Much violence (but little blood) ensues, naturally.
  • Since there are only two people in it I am not sure Kanokon counts as a harem but considering that both of them are centuries old demons that constantly attempt to rape the protagonist it is definitely unwanted for him. At the end he gets the Tenchi Solution and he doesn't have any say in the matter.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh! straddles the line between this and Cast Full of Pretty Boys - only two of Yuuri's royal retainers actually demonstrate clear romantic interest in him (Wolfram, his accidental fiance - long story - and Gunter, whose over-the-top fawning is played for laughs), but he gets Ship Tease with nearly every male character the show encounters...despite his own protestations that he's totally straight, hence the 'unwanted'. The castle maids have a betting pool as to who'll win in the end.
  • Next to Tenchi Muyo!, Love Hina is one of the most well known examples. By a third of the way through the series, Keitaro literally has beautiful girls throwing themselves at him (Shinobu, Mutsumi, and Motoko). Problem is he's already made up his mind, Naru.
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis: The male protagonist, Tigrevurmud Vorn, builds up quite a harem for himself as the novel volumes go by; gaining the attention of each of the Zchted Kingdom's seven legendary Vanadis - all of which are women. And even outside the seven Vanadis, his personal maid from his home village, a general of one of the Vanadis, and even the eventual queen of the Brune Kingdom, have all shown interest in him.
  • Magikano - Haruo has Aymumi, Yuri, his sister Maika and Marin (although in her case, it's unclear if she DOES have deeper feelings for him).
  • In Majikoi! Love Me Seriously!, Yamato confesses his feelings to Momoyo, but she rejects him, wanting to remain friends. The other four girls then decide they want a shot at taking him.
  • Martian Successor Nadesico could be described as the wacky, bipolar love child of Tenchi Muyo! and Mobile Suit Gundam. There's a lot of women on that ship, and much to the chagrin of the male crew, almost all of them (or at least the one's with screen time and names) insist on fighting over the Unlucky Everydude who has enough problems of his own. Lampshaded in one scene where one of them points out it's a popular anime trope.
  • Mahoromatic: Suguru has Mahoro Rin, Miyuki, Chizuko and Ms. Shikijo.
  • Mayo Chiki!. Pretty much all the main girls to Jiro. Kanade in particular likes to tease him a lot. Although she claims to be doing it under the pretext of curing him of his gynophobia, she seems to like watching him suffer when other girls are around him as well, especially with Subaru.
  • Takumi gains one in Mayoi Neko Overrun!.
  • MM!: Taro has Mio, Arashiko, Noa, Tomoko and Shizuka after him. It's a little Squicky considering the last 2 are related to him.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny introduces one for Athrun Zala, as Lunamaria "Luna" Hawke, her younger sister Meyrin, and his ex girlfriend Lacus's Body Double Meer all compete for his attention. Athrun, for his part, is still in love with Cagalli, and even ignoring that, is too focused on the war effort and on his deep issues to pay much attention to romance, so he generally just ignores it all (with the exception of Meer, who is the most outspoken one since she's been led to think he's still engaged to Lacus, and while Athrun cares for her as a person and shows worry for her actually quite difficult life, he'd rather not have her chasing him). The series ends on an inconclusive note: Athrun and Cagalli still care for each other greatly but their romantic relationship is in tatters, and may be irrecoverable, and not to mention Cagalli herself has finally become an Politically Active Princess so she priorises her political work. Luna has hooked up with her best friend and teammate Shinn instead, while Meer pulled an Heroic Sacrifice for Lacus in front of a shocked and tearful Athrun. Meyrin is shown accompanying him at the end, but the nature of their relationship could go in either the romantic or Just Friends way.
  • Yuuki Momozono, the protagonist from Momogumi Plus Senki started to gain this position as soon as he come into the story. To specify: Yukishiro, Sawa and Masahiko, the three devoted followers, each have their own moments that is much more than that master-follower relationship, Koh is rather too friendly around him, Uraha is Tsundere around him, Saolan expresses interest in him, Kikyo clearly likes him as his "Rurika", Cinderella (clearly an expy of Belarus from Hetalia: Axis Powers) also wanted him to be her prince before settling on being friends with him and finally Tokiha was his previous incarnation's love interest, and spent all her lives to find the Momotaro that is his reincarnation who knew of her "True Name" (Which Yuuki happened to be).
  • Monster Musume has the main character suffering through this with different monster girls. So far, there's a Lamia, Centaur, Harpy, a Slime girl, a Mermaid, an Arachne and a Dullahan. Somewhat unusually for the genre, the main character is well aware of their affections for him and actually returns some of their feelings, he just doesn't want to choose any one of them because it'll mean breaking the hearts of the rest. Plus, he actually has the Japanese government pressuring him to marry one of them.
  • My Balls has a bunch of Cute Monster Girls after the MC, because they're trying to make him ejaculate and free a demon from his right testicle.
  • In a technical sense, My Bride is a Mermaid would count, as San, Lunar, the Class Representative, Mawari, and possibly Akeno all have feelings for Nagasumi. Of course, it goes nowhere, as it's clear from the outset that Nagasumi is dedicated to San.
  • Catarina, from My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! doesn't seek a harem, but gets one comprised of both guys and girls, by being a kind and caring, if not stupid friend to them. Furthermore, she is so dense she doesn't notice that one is growing around her, of both genders, thinking herself still the villainess.
  • Nagasarete Airantou. Not only is it an Unwanted Harem, it's also on a deserted island filled with women and talking animals. The women are determined to have the Ikuto, the only male, to themselves, to an often violent degree.
  • Sasuke from Naruto. Just about every girl back at the Ninja Academy, Ino and Sakura included, practically drooled all over him whenever he was around. Tenten and Temari also comment on him being cute at some point. Later and judging by Karin's and Mei's reactions to him, this trend has continued.
  • Nectar of Dharani: Kai gets a princess of a fallen kingdom, a pureblood werecat, an army captain, an alchemist, and a princess of a prospering kingdom all lusting after him. Kai is well aware that the situation makes his life much more complicated... but can't help but privately admit that it has its perks.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi plays it straight... for about 2 volumes, then Subverts it, Averts it, Lampshades it, and turns it upside down before playing it straight AGAIN. Maybe. Would you like a side of trope with that? It's unusual mainly because the male lead is 10 years old, and all the girls (who are also his students) are well above his age (although still too young), so the romance is mostly played for laughs. The ones who do have serious romantic moments are Nodoka, Yue, Ako (in love with his aged-up alter-ego), Makie, Chachamaru (a robot), Ku Fei, Ayaka, Akira, Chisame, and Asuna (maybe). Later he also has to deal with Anya, Shiori, and Fate. And these are just the ones who can be described as having a serious crush. For the non-serious: Konoka mentioned that Negi would be attractive when he got older in an early volume, Setsuna had a pretty shipteasy moment that Chamo noted sounded 'like a love confession' during the Tournament Arc (though it turned into a KonoSetsu moment pretty quickly), and Misa proposed the Reverse Hikaru Genji plan, noting that if they waited five years it would be much more normal for the girls to go out with him and later also got a crush on his older counterpart. Overall, that's 11 or 12 that have a definite interest in him, and 3 more that have expressed at least a small attraction.
  • Ninja Nonsense parodies this in episode 11 when Sasuke takes over the show. He promptly makes all the female cast members (including Kaede's mom) fall in love with him.
  • Nisekoi - Raku has Chitoge, Kosaki, Seishirou, and Marika. The problem is, he made a Childhood Marriage Promise to Chitoge, Marika and Kosaki, and to make matters more complicated, he must at least pretend to be dating Chitoge or his yakuza and her gangster family will start a war, Seishirou is an assassin sent to kill him if he ever stops going out with Chitoge, and he can't dump Marika because her family controls the police and his family is a yakuza one. And that's just the first season. Chapter 58 introduces Seishirou's rival, Paula McCoy, and who knows what that one is thinking. When she was first introduced, she tried to challenge Seishirou to a duel, and when she proceeded to ignore her, challenged her to a contest to see which of them could kiss Raku first- by force if need be, and gunfire is allowed to be used to prevent the other from winning. The next time we see her, she's sitting in class next to Kosaki's sister Haru, and she brought her hand grenades with her. And then, Haru and Yui Kanakura (Raku's childhood friend and the main cast's new homeroom teacher) also end up included in the harem.
  • Nyan Koi! is all about Junpei Kosaka doing favors for cats. That doesn't mean his harem is non existent. Kaede Mizuno, Kanako Sumiyoshi, Nagi Ichinose (probably), Akari Kirishima, Kotone Kirishima, and if you want to add her Chizuru Mochizuki all love cats, and putting two and two together, you get one harem based on cats. Of course, the cats take more of a priority over his harem.
  • Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!: Mahiro has the affections of Nyarko, Hasta, Tamao, and later Cuuko. Nyarko is the obvious winner, but even she's unwanted to an extent thanks to her Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Lovable Sex Maniac ways clashing with Mahiro's shy and introverted personality. Tamao took herself out of the equation by stepping aside and helping Nyarko try to win, while Hasta is a Cute Shotaro Boy and Mahiro is decidedly heterosexual. Cuuko starts off with a Psycho Lesbian crush on Nyarko, but starts advocating the threesome solution when she develops feelings for Mahiro; they both reject the idea, Nyarko because their races are mortal enemies (and she doesn't like Cuuko to begin with) and Mahiro because it involves him playing Mister Seahorse. The cherry on top of it all is that Nyarko, Cuuko, and Hasta are actually Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos, Cthuguha the Living Flame and Hastur the Unspeakable One in human form — and Mahiro knows his Lovecraft.
  • In Omamori Himari, Amakawa Yuuto has an Unwanted Harem comprising two Unlucky Childhood Friends and at least twice that number of Cute Monster Girls. Yuuto cares about Himari the most. Not that it stops the others, especially Rinko and Kuesu, from trying to hook up with him. At the end, while no one officially got married, Yuuto is now living with a dozen girls, half of whom had sex with him, and he seems to be going along with this.
  • One Piece:
    • Exaggerated after Luffy does the gorgon sisters one of the biggest favours they could ever ask for, he ends up with an entire ISLAND of Amazons immediately taking a liking to him, though Luffy himself treats the inhabitants of Amazon Lily (including their queen, the World's Most Beautiful Woman) as friends at most.
    • The Reverie arc makes it quite clear that Luffy unknowingly created a royalty harem for himself that consists of Princess Vivi of Alabasda, Princess Shirahoshi of Fishman Island, and Princess Rebecca of Dressrosa. All three of which met each other during this arc, and were able to easily get along due to having one notable thing in common; being saved by Luffy and his Straw Hat crew. Add in the Snake Princess, Boa Hancock, having fallen madly in love with him, and that's a total of four girls of royalty showing interest towards Luffy.
    • This trope is played straight with Sanji, who really does have the inhabitants of an entire island wanting to get in his pants. The problem is said inhabitants are all okamas, so he spent the entire time on that island literally running away from his admirers.
  • Tomoya in Onee-chan ga Kita has at least two girls interested in him. His Not Blood Siblings step-sister Ichika, and his classmate Fujisaki. A couple of the other female characters, while not actively chasing after him, have also expressed some interest in him as well. And while he likes Fujisaki, his sister is a Clingy Jealous Girl who won't let the former have her way with him.
  • In Oreimo, the male lead Kyousuke found himself with one, which include his blood related little sister Kirino, her friend Kuroneko, the Yandere Ayase and Kanako. His childhood friend Manami couldn't even manage to enter this list since he never sees her more than a friend. In the end Kirino win, as she is the first one appeared in the series, the one who spent the most time with him (they are siblings, after all) and the first one to love him (a childish crush that she didn't have a chance to solve)
  • In Oreshura, Eita suffers from this when the most popular girl at their school suddenly proclaims him to be her boyfriend, largely to stop so many boys from asking her out. This doesn't sit too well with his Childhood Friend Chiwa, and she keeps close tabs on him. Then another girl, Himeka, shows up, writes him several love letters, and gives him a big hug against his will, which the other two girls see, and aren't too happy about. A bit later, the obligatory tsundere makes her appearance, and all hope of romantic stability is lost.
  • Ouran High School Host Club plays this both plays this straight and inverts it. The harem involving Haruhi and the other hosts is played completely straight, and the individual harems of all the boys are inverted. It's what keeps them in business.
  • Overlord (2012): Ainz is a particularly impressive case, as he not only doesn't want a harem (he sees Nazarick NPCs created by his guildmates as their children and thus responsible for their safety and well-being), he wouldn't know what to do with them if he did, what with being a lich who lacks the necessary glands and organs. Each of his conquests was entirely accidental:
    • Albedo's (a succubus) settings were overwritten from "slut" to "madly in love with me" as a joke (even after Ainz explains this, she considers it an honor to be thusly elevated). She herself gets an unwanted admirer later on, so full of himself he actually believes he can seduce her into marrying him and inheriting the Sorcerous Kingdom.
    • Shalltear (a vampire) was programmed as a necrophile who happens to think Power Is Sexy in the worst way.
    • When negotiating for the return of the Lizardmen killed as part of his demonstration of power, Crusch Lulu asks if Ainz wants her body. Ainz quickly clarifies he wants her to act a as Mole in Charge, oblivious to the sudden teeth-grinding and furious auras erupting from Albedo and Shalltear.
    • Evileye was rescued by Ainz' warrior disguise Momon. Thankfully, neither Albedo nor Shalltear know about it, because while they're in agreement that Ainz is indeed everything a young maiden's dreams are made of, none will relinquish the proud title of Top Wife, especially to an outsider.
    • Outside observers help to muddle the situation even further by thinking Ainz and Nabe (one of Nazarick's battle maids) are a couple, or identifying Albedo as Nazarick's queen, or Shalltear as the concubine who keeps Nazarick running in Ainz' absence.
    • Neuronist Painkiller, the monstrous Torture Technician of Nazarick, turns out to have the hots for Ainz as well, though fortunately he's unaware of this.
    • Even Solution gets in on the act by getting jealous of the slime Ainz uses to degrime his skeleton and asking to be used instead.
    • Neia and Renner seem exempt from this: once Ainz resurrects her, Neia gets a bad case of Hero Worship that leads to her spreading a cult that takes Ainz's accidental "strength above morality" speech to heart, while Renner is a Yandere whose only love is Climb (one of the funniest moments in the Light Novel is Renner and Albedo talking about their respective crushes like teenaged girls).
  • Gilbert Nightray from PandoraHearts has one of these. He hates how noblewomen are always fawning over him. He's too busy fawning over his master Oz to deal with that!
  • Place to Place: Io has one, although, being Oblivious to Love, he doesn't notice that he has one.
  • Prétear: Magical Girl Warrior Himeno has an unwanted harem of Bishōnen. She chooses the Tall, Dark, and Snarky Hayate.
  • Puri Puri. It's unwanted because protagonist Masato wants to enter the priesthood, and priests are supposed to be chaste - if only he wasn't in a all-female divinity school...
  • Rumiko Takahashi has such harems in many of her works:
    • Ranma ½:
      • It's the Trope Namer, but it's an Unbuilt Trope due to predating modern harem anime and more fitting a Love Dodecahedron; Ranma's status as a Chick Magnet is generally not much more than an annoyance to him. Though he's not enough of a cad to abuse the situation, it soothes his manly Pride — badly battered by his Attractive Bent-Gender curse. And though all the girls involved adore him, they're also rather exasperated by his wishy-washy attitude. It should be no surprise that the end-of-series attempted marriage ended in a Blast Out.
      • Subverted during the Reversal Jewel arc when Shampoo, under the jewel's effect, attempts to leave the harem, Ranma rather insistently runs after her to get it back, at first because of her abrupt change of temperament than due to his ego rather than true feelings. Lampshaded by Cologne when she notes that he got so used to Shampoo chasing him, he had to find out why she stopped.
      • Taken Up to Eleven in Episode 4 of Season 2 where it's indicated (by way of Flash Back) there are at least two girls whose fathers Genma promised Ranma to long before he is even introduced to the rest of the cast. Ranma Lampshades this by asking 'How many more fiances do I have, anyway?' at the end of the episode.
      • Akane. Especially at the beginning of the series where every morning before school she has to fight her way past a bunch of guys who think that if they beat her then she has to go out with them.
    • Maison Ikkoku: Has one centered around Godai. Kozue and Ibuki definitely want to jump his bones and even Akemi has hinted at an interest (although with her it can be hard to tell if she is serious). The only one he actually wants is Kyoko.
  • Rappi Rangai. Raizou. No matter how many times he leaves the smitten princesses in the dust.
  • Ray of Ray the Animation has one.
  • In Reborn! (2004), way back in the beginning of the series, remember all the fangirls in the school dying to give Gokudera and Yamamoto chocolates? Gokudera, of course, considered it an example of this, and told them to "Stop following [him] around!" The series itself has been often interpreted as "The Adventures of a badass Uke mafia-boss-in-training and his Unwanted Harem of Bishōnen!"
  • Tsukune of Rosario + Vampire (pictured) accidentally enrolls in a monster school and acquires — mostly through conquest — a vampire, a succubus, two witches, and a snow woman. A Tenchi Solution is ruled right out, due to the harem's tendency to spontaneously break out into superpowered free-for-alls both over and against him during bouts of jealousy, though the loli witch does repeatedly ask for a threesome with the vampire. Even harem aside, their unique... quirks... would make a relationship with any rather hazardous (though Ruby is a pretty safe option, if you Whip It Good like Tsukune). Don't forget when a guy comes in to recruit Tsukune for the monster mafia. He suggests he can just bring all the girls with him, using polygamy to solve the problem. The Official Couple disagrees...but everyone else thinks its a great idea. Then the vampire half of the Official Couple disagrees again, by knocking everyone else unconcious. Notable in that Tsukune's already clearly picked his favorite, which the others notice.
    • Some later issues deconstruct the trope by showing emotional effects on the girls who know they have already lost out to Moka but are still hopelessly in love with Tsukune, in more realistic, non-comedic, non-I Want My Beloved to Be Happy ways rather than a typical use of the trope. Kurumu in particular has had a few heartbreaking scenes of unrequited love and it's been all but stated that, being a succubus, not being loved back can potentially have fatal consequences for her. To make things more complicated, initially Tsukune is in love with one of the heroine's split personalities — the other one just kind of scares him. Even worse, the girl he loves isn't even real, but an artificial persona based on the heroine's mother created by her rosary to protect the "real" girl. Tsukune later confesses to loving both Mokas, each in their own way, possibly due to the prolonged amount of time he spent with the "Inner" Moka in the second season. And "Outer" Moka approves of this (reluctantly in the anime), encouraging "Inner" Moka to accept her feelings for Tsukune. In the end, the "Outer" Moka seemingly dies, but the epilogue reveals that she was actually absorbed into "Inner" Moka who gradually started to show some of "Outer's" traits...which is less obvious than might be expected since it overlapped with "Inner's" own defrosting.
  • Otaru of Saber Marionette J has three marionettes and one guy after him.
  • In Sayonara Football, all of Nozomi's childhood friends have a crush on her, although she is unaware of this.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei has this with how the girls randomly fall in love with the teacher Itoshiki, when he promises to "take them with him" when he commits suicide. Unfortunately for Sensei, most of the characters fall square in the Yandere type...
  • School Days: It seems like the average unwanted Harem Series at first, where the main character has an Ojou (Kotonoha), a Shorttank (Sekai), a Token Mini-Moe (Setsuna - in looks, anyway), an Alpha Bitch who doubles as the Unlucky Childhood Friend (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 Unwanted 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, the audience witnesses several and VERY serious consequences that take place. And then go beyond it.
    • It can be played straighter in the original Visual Novel, however the player must "play" his/her cards VERY well for that to happen.
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo - Takatoshi is just attending the only-just-recently co-ed school because it's closest to his home, yet the girls are convinced he's there to get a harem. And he does: It's confirmed that Mitsuba, Shino, and Suzu have crushes on him; Yokoshima-sensei wants to rape him; Kaede may have developed a crush on him; and Aria and Kotomi sometimes act like The Tease around him. Later on Todoroki is added into the mix and Uomi becomes his in-law and uses it as an excuse to get closer to him.
  • Sahashi Minato of Sekirei unknowingly/unwillingly becomes an Ashikabi and starts what can only be described as a Battle Harem after one act of kindness, and proceedes to add two more girls to his harem, largely unwillingly (they surprised him with a kiss). Then it is subverted, as he actively pursues his next member, at his Sekirei's encouragement, directly asks if the next one wants to join (she does) and then finally chases down another.
  • Sgt. Frog: To date, Fuyuki has drawn the attention and affection of Momoka, Chiruyo, Alisa Southerncross, and the unnamed mermaid of the undersea Nontolma civilisation.
    • Don't forget Keroro's which includes Tamama, Mois, Pururu and in one episode Karara (in that episode they're all seen together, it doesn't go very well). It's also possibly included a girl who likes gunpla and Sumomo (only in the manga)
    • In the manga, there's also a female manga club member (who, although seemingly unnamed, was a minor recurring character) and Haruyo, a girl who befriended Sumomo.
  • The main character of Shina Dark, aka. Satan Exoda, has a thousand females sent as a sacrifice note , to discourage him from destroying the world. They were sent because of a newly-added clause in the book of legends, which described his supposed pervertedness, and all he wants is to be left alone. Seeing as none of them can return home after being sent to the island of Satan (because others think that they now carry his children), they have no way but to live on his island, and weird things happen.
  • In Shojokyuu Kurige no Shiofuki Shoujotachi, Akiho, Chinatsu, and Yuki all harbor feelings for Haruna.
  • Shugo Chara!, wherein the main character, Hinamori Amu, has her choice of Hotori Tadase, Tsukiyomi Ikuto, Soma Kuukai, Sanjo Kairi, or Fujisaki Nagihiko. The manga and anime both had pretty open endings, so there's not much evidence to say this is who she chose.
  • In Steel Angel Kurumi, Nakahito becomes the target of Kurumi, Karinka and Koganei's affections.
    • Nako, the heroine of the sequel Steel Angel Kurumi 2, has an entirely female harem composed of Uruka, Kurumi and Karinka.
  • Nagisa from Strawberry Panic! has her share of unwanted admirers. Since she lives at the dorms of an all-girl high school, you know what that means. Hikari also boasts her fair share of unwanted admirers, making Strawberry Panic! a series that has two sets of unwanted harems.
  • Strike the Blood: Protagonist Kojou Akatsuki has amassed a harem that includes two Action Girls who were sent to hunt him down but fell in love with him, a princess, an angel, and two Childhood Friends who want want more. As a vampire, Kojou’s powers work when he drinks other people’s blood, something he is unwilling to do until the girls convice him to drink theirs. And since vampire bites are used as as a sex metaphor, they tend to be romantic scenes.
  • Sword Art Online has Kirito, who, even though he is happily dating Asuna, has a number of female admirers. This is played up in the video game spinoffs Infinity Moment and Hollow Fragment, in which his affections are doggedly pursued by every woman he meets, including Lisbeth, Silica, Leafa, Strea, and Sinon.
  • The best known example of the Unwanted Harem and the OG is seen in the various versions of Tenchi Muyo! (Especially the one where the girls use Applied Phlebotinum to turn his bathroom into a literal harem.) Some consider it the Trope Codifier. Tenchi in Tokyo is probably the best example of this involving the Tenchi franchise as everyone's affections for him is turned Up to Eleven.
  • The three main heroines in The Testament of Sister New Devil seem to have some interest in Basara, the protagonist.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew, sort of (and gender-reversed). Ichigo, whose official love interest is the Non-Action Guy (who has his own harem of fangirls), has to deal with a bunch of other guys having feelings for her — Ryou Shirogane (Mission Control), Quiche (Villainous Crush) and the Blue Knight (Mysterious Protector). It doesn't help that the latter turned out to be said Non-Action Guy.
  • To Love Ru is THE shining example of this trope. Well for starters, Rito didn't ASK for a hot naked alien princess to teleport into of all places his bathtub while he was using it! (along with the subsequent Accidental Marriage!) All he wanted to do was keep trying to confess to the girl of his dreams! Nor did the poor sap ask for at least three to four different cock teases who have all but flat out asked/begged Rito to bang them, a Tsundere who secretly likes him and also wants the D (supposedly at least), despite acting like Rito is a sick pervert (though its not always his fault perverted shit keeps happening to him), two different assassins; one who will murder him if he so much as looks at her funny; and one who's intent on making Rito her servant (read Sex Slave), and that is probably only scratching the surface!
    • As of Darkness, roughly 10 girls all have varying degrees of interest in him and there are even a few who could potentially become part of the harem. In the end of the series, the unwanted part is played straight; Rito claims that Haruna is his number 1 and he rejects the idea of an harem (so does Haruna). However, because the finale is ambiguous, the girls are still vying for his affection and it is unknown if he will change his mind.
  • Kaneki/Sasaki is so badass, good looking, and a Nice Guy that he attracts several admirers both male and female in Tokyo Ghoul. Roma is a Loony Fan with an implied Villainous Crush towards him, Nico hits on him and finds him attractive, Eto has a Villainous Crush on him, Rize was attracted to him as soon as she laid eyes on him, and Tsukiyama is fascinated with him. There's also Touka's implied tsundere feelings and Mutsuki's romantic obsession towards him being revealed in chapter 114. The only one Kaneki seems to reciprocate would be Touka.
  • Mostly subverted in Tona-Gura!. Only three main characters (Kazuki, Chihaya and Nina) have even directly stated an interest in Yuuji. One is resistant to openly stating it, one is mainly teasing her best friend, and one is underaged to the point Yuuji does not consider her even a remote possibility. Marie may have an arguable brother complex. Hatsune seems to think of him more as a brother, and possible future brother-in-law. A new character in the manga is Haya, a bespectacled photography assistant to the Kagura siblings' absent father. She is a bag of nerves and backhanded comments that usually deflate Yuuji to the point even Kazuki defends him. At work, she is a ridiculously stern taskmaster. She is, despite being hard on him, deeply grateful to Yuuji for his assistance.
  • In Tower of God, Bam has the Tomboy Princess Yuri Jahad, the Empathic Weapon Black March, and the cynical princess Endorsi Jahad in his harem. He doesn't care about that, though, since he is focused on finding Rachel.
    • In the second volume, the Guide Hwaryun might count, and the down-on-her-luck noblewoman Yeon definitely does. She offers him her body in exchange for helping her out of a bind (he ended up helping her mostly by accident), and is quite flustered about it until she realizes he's a girl. Except he's not, as she finds out later.
  • Transformers: Super-God Masterforce has a gender-flipped and G-rated version — each of the boys has a crush on Minerva. Minerva herself just seems to think they're being childish.
  • UFO Princess Valkyrie is this, in the classic line of Tenchi Muyo! Alien princess crash-lands into a bath house, severely injuring the (young bishounen) owner in the process. Princess ends up indebted to him and stays on earth, several of her alien sisters (and her head maid) follow. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle: Lux Arcadia earns the affections of five different girls; all of them Action Girls equipped with Powered Armor and hailing from noble families. While Lux is not entirely opposed to the idea of romance, he feels he should focus on providing for his little sister, who is implied to see Lux as more than just a brother. Not helping matters is that the teacher’s headmistress and Lux’s fellow students enjoy playing matchmaker between him and the girls.
  • In UQ Holder!, Touta has gained the affection of Kirie, Shinobu and Mizore, as well as dubious feelings from Yukihime, Kuromaru and Karin.
  • Val X Love: Justified; Takuma's biggest fear is basically (any) human contact, but the Allfather, Odin, basically dropped his nine Valkyries off for him specifically to be the harem lead. Interestingly, not all of the Valkyries are even interested initially - Brynhildr in particular hates his guts for it.
  • Hibiki ends up with one in Vandread. Naturally, since he's a member of a One-Gender Race, he has absolutely no knowledge of love whatsoever.
  • Nitori from Wandering Son has a harem of sorts, both with girls and boys, though it comes off as a Deconstruction of a harem. So far Chiba has liked her, she's had a very close friendship with Takatsuki (who Nitori says she had a onesided crush on at one time), Doi is unusually into her, Seya fell for her, her friend Mako has a crush on her, and she has an (ex?) girlfriend called Anna who still likes her from the looks of it. She doesn't seem to really like the attention.
  • The World God Only Knows is a rare example of the lead character working for his harem. It's still unwanted though: he's only doing it because he has an Explosive Leash forcing him to. Also, said harem technically does not exist due to a Laser-Guided Amnesia effect. Although they still remember him subconsciously, they do not actively pursue him and may be followed up with someone else. In any case the male lead is pretty much free to do as he pleases... unless his childhood friend approaches.
    • Later it turns out some of them do remember him, and not only are they still interested, they actively need his affection to help save the world. And he is still as uninterested.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • In the first arc of the final season of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Yugi has this. His attention is sought after by Vivian Wong, Rebecca Hawkins, and Anzu Mazaki. He seems to be aware of this, but just acts embarrassed whenever it comes up. Tristan and Joey seem perplexed and jealous.
      • Yugi had it easy compared to Bakura in the manga and the Toei anime. When he first came to Domino High, every girl in the classroom (except for Anzu of course) surrounded him. It's implied that this happened to Bakura before, because he seems to dislike all of the attention he gets. And Jonouchi sure is jealous as always.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Jack Atlas has a small case of this; there are three girls competing for his attention by the second season: Mikage, Carly, and Stephanie. Eventually, he takes the Let's Just Be Friends option—or as close to it as someone like him can get—as he was never really interested, letting them down gently.
    • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, Yuma seems to have this problem with Kotori, Cathy, and Anna (Ore Onna with a BFG), but while he doesn't mind their attention, he seems completely oblivious to their true feelings towards him. In the final episode, Kotori finally confesses her feelings, but his reaction is ambiguous and his attention is mainly on Astral.
    • While Yuya in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V is largely Oblivious to Love despite having Yuzu, Mieru and Grace after him, he's forced to take notice of Mieru's feelings solely because she's the most overt about them, calling him her 'darling' and wanting to bear his children (bear in mind that he's fourteen and she seems even younger). As if her unwanted affection wasn't enough, Yuzu also slaps him each time it happens in front of her despite him not initiating it or even being aware of Yuzu's feelings for him, let alone returning them or being in a relationship with her.
  • Subverted in Yuusha Gojo Kumiai Kouryuugata Keijiban: when the hero in distress first reveals their situation (in a party consisting of four beautiful women), the rest of the forum drowns them in contemptuous sarcasm. Then the hero explains that the pairs of girls mutually hate each other for political-religious reasons, and the only thing they agree on is to hate the hero for being a commoner. The forumites apologize for their earlier behavior... then the hero reveals she's a straight girl, and the forum immediately help her evacuate.
  • In Zombie Loan, Michiru has Shito, Chika, Zen, Yomi and a bit of Ship Tease with Shiba. It's not so much "unwanted" as "unnoticed", however.
  • In Gundam Build Fighters Try, Sekai has to deal with the affections of his teammate Fumina and Gunpla Battle rivals Gyanko and Shia. A lot of this bit is due to being Oblivious to Love and the latter two enjoying teasing the hell out of Fumina
  • My Cheat Skill Resurrection Revived Me has the main character Licht, on the run from the kingdom where he was unjustly marked for execution, head into a vacant dungeon, desperate for allies, he uses his [Resurrection] skill and finds himself The One Guy in the retinue of Demon Lord Aria. He soon after gets tasked with resurrecting the necromancer Dorothy, who was apparently executed under similar circumstances, ie having a "dangerous" skill, or so taunts Allen, Licht's former party member, and said necromancer also turns out to be an attractive woman. As of the most current chapter, there isn't any romance ... Yet, although all of the women are genuinely grateful he brought them back to life, and he treats them with respect.

    Comic Books 
  • Jean Grey was the only girl in the X-Men for years. She's also been the target of villains' affections, as well. Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) wasn't above committing Mind Rape to get her to fall in love with him.
  • This Legion of Super-Heroes comic panel. Though it's a subversion, as the girls actually trying to make Jimmy Olsen's girlfriend jealous.
  • Subverted in Y: The Last Man where just about every woman Yorick comes across is either trying to kill him or capture him as a bargaining chip.
  • In Star Wars (Marvel 1977), Luke Skywalker is considered immensely attractive to Zeltrons male and female; between their frank sexual curiosity about anything new, his fame, and the way his general goodness and incredible Force-Sensitivity feel to their empathic sixth sense, they tend to chase him. Initially he fears this greatly, but with time and Character Development he mellows and is able to hang around them and tolerate their desire to touch him, but gently rejects their propositions and is able to excuse himself and get time alone when he wants it.
  • In Irredeemable, Bette Noir fails to kill the Plutonian and escapes to live a life of decadence surrounded by a boy harem; that is, until the Plutonian catches up to her and kills the poor man-toys.
  • Angel's Proper Charlies, a strip in the long-running UK comic Jackpot, revolved around a girl named Angel who was pursued by three rather dimwitted boys who were all madly in love with her. Unlike most harem heroes, Angel was a Jerkass who routinely toyed with the boys' love for her for her own ends.
  • Smurfette in The Smurfs has a harem of male Smurf suitors all wanting to be her one true love, but though she is flattered by their affections, she turns them down because (1) she's too young to think about marriage, and (2) she loves all her fellow Smurfs equally.
  • T'Challa the Black Panther has a harem of bodyguards/wives-in-training as per tribal tradition. Though he values their services as bodyguards, he does not see them as his harem and has never slept with any of them. One member of his Rogues Gallery is Malice, a member of his bodyguards who actually wanted to be his wife and didn't want to take "no" for an answer.
  • Peter Parker alias Spider-Man during Brand New Day where every writer (until Slott took over the book) has a favorite girl. Throwing a lot of girls around Peter — Carlie, Lilly, Norah, Michele, Black Cat, Mary Jane, Betty Brant — resulted in this, which led to people complaining that Spider-Man turned into a bad Harem Anime.
  • Ultimate FF: Sue already has a problem with his former boyfriend, Reed Richards, turning into the Big Bad of the Ultimate Marvel universe. And then Namor shows up.
    Sue: Why. Does. Everybody. Think. He's (Namor). My. $%&/()!. Boyfriend.
    Nest Time: Battle for New Atlantis. Also more people who think they are Sue's boyfriend.

    Comic Strips 
  • In one Dream of the Rarebit Fiend strip, an old woman becomes magnetically attractive after applying makeup. Her dream ends as she's trying to flee the multitude of men who are attempting to court her.
  • Nero: In "De Ring van de Moefti" Nero is given a ring by a rich sheik for saving his life. As long as Nero carries the ring the sheik's harem will follow and protect him. Throughout the story Nero tries to get rid of his harem, but to no avail. Finally he manages to take the ring off and give to Meneer Pheip. Then Pheip asks the women to take off their veils. It turns out they are all men!

    Fan Works 
  • Archetypal: Lincoln makes it clear that the last thing he wants right now is a harem, no matter what his Archetype (which is literally called "Harem King") says otherwise. Unfortunately, the universe seems to have a different idea...
  • A Crown of Stars: Kensuke spent several weeks complaining about being single and envying his two best friends -Shinji and Touji- because they had hooked up with someone else. Then two girls came along and started to chase after him, and he is completely terrified of them.
  • Advice and Trust: Shinji's all female classmates (Chiriko, Megumi...) are chasing after him. However he only wants Asuka. Unfortunately he and Asuka can not tell they are together (since Nerv could try to separate them), so that Shinji resorts to run away from those girls as Asuka and Rei team up to scare his would-be suitors and drive them away.
    • Ironically, Rei is the only member of Shinji's unwanted harem that Shinji and Asuka would be willing to accept, but she will not try to seduce him precisely because she loves both and she refused to disrupt their bond.
  • A New ROAD of Misfortune: It is implied by the author that Touma may be hiding his true colors from the people he knows. He gets into trouble several times do to one of the girls interested in him. Maybe the fact that he is a lot more nervous than in canon is due to the unwanted attention he attracts from the opposite sex. So far he seems to be dense, so only time will tell if this part of his personality is true.
  • John, protagonist of the Russian Worm fanfic Be a hero, due to the fact that his abilities are focused on the almost zombie-like subordination of women with superpower. This also turns them into yanderes who want to protect the protagonist from the world at almost any cost, and they are fighting hard for a place in his harem. The situation is aggravated by the fact that submission cannot be removed, because of this the hero suffers from his harem in moral terms.
  • Bequeathed from Pale Estates: Once he's of age and starts taking on more responsibilities, every single marriageable woman in the North starts throwing themselves at poor Robb Stark. Robb hates it because A) he can only marry one of them, B) many of them don't care about him so much as being the next Lady of Winterfell, and C) many are so aggressive in their pursuit of him that they're willing to violate his privacy and/or borderline terrorize him. Understandably, Robb quickly falls for Aislinn Forrester because, despite liking him, she actively chose not to pursue him.
  • In The Changeling of the Guard, rogue changeling Idol Hooves manages to attract the romantic attentions of his landlady Topaz, the thestral Mothchaser, and even Maud Pie (although she claims that she's only interested in him as a pen pal).
  • Part of the premise of The Fledgling Year is that Archenland’s crown prince must travel the country to find girls suitable as potential brides, eventually bringing them back to Anvard to be reviewed by the royal advisory council. Prince Cor is not exactly thrilled with this prospect, and often it falls to his best friend/actual future Love Interest Aravis to coax him into bringing promising girls they meet along with them. Word of God has promised that Cor/Aravis are the eventual Official Couple, and only briefly do any of the harem play a role as a Romantic False Lead, but they do serve an important function of the plot—thus far, one has turned out to be an assassin that helped reveal The Conspiracy, and another is making the fangirls Squee! as she’s formed one half of a Beta Couple.
  • Exactly fits with Avarian from God of Death (Warhammer-Warcraft crossover), a Space Marine (with a Space Marine character) who picked up a nightelf, a bloodelf, a highelf, two human females and even a forsaken (undead) elf, almost all bearing romantic feelings towards him, without Avarian noticing ANYTHING (being a Space Marine, he just picked them up because he thought they would be useful on his quest, he himself is totally unaware of the emotion called 'love' and, much unlike his companions think, does not bear the 'male weak-minded crave-for-female-flesh'-lust) This is going to be fun.
  • Parodied in Harry Potter and the Something Something. Due to Harry having four different marriage contractsnote , he ends up with four wives; Alicia Spinnett of Gryffindor, Marietta Edgecomb of Ravenclaw, Su Li of Hufflepuff, and Blaise Zabini of Slytherin, who Dumbledore keeps insisting is a girl despite his protests and all evidence to the contrary. About the only one who isn't completely against it is Alicia, who's on the fence due to Harry being hot. And maybe Su Li. They all completely object to it when they find out Dumbledore had tampered with the butterbeers they'd been drinking to make them pregnant with Harry's children. Including Zabini, who drank three and gets to have triplets.
  • HERZ: Shinji is a chick magnet but he does not really want any woman other than Asuka. In chapter 3 Kurumi tries to get close to him, and when Shinji shies away, she asks:
    Kurumi:"Oh, what gives? Don't you like women hurling themselves at you?"
  • The Hope Of The Senju Clan. Tsunade's son, Naruto has the misfortune of having a fan club in Konoha who want to continue the Senju clan and other girls who are have seen him fight and think he's a badass who always have him in a Lover Tug-of-War much to his dismay. Naruto is oblivious to the harem of girls he might actually consider dating (Shion, Rurichiyo, Hinata).
  • Ignorance is Bliss, a Blue Exorcist fanfic, focuses on an completely unknown Unwanted Harem. Unknown because Yukio and the other Exorcists utterly refuse to let Rin find out. Considering all of the Harem is made up of crazy, ugly demon fangirls, it's probably a good thing.
  • In Flight: AND HOW! Lets break it down. In Flight is a crossover between Sekerei and Fate/Stay Night. You see where this is going? Shirou has Rin and Saber who he has been going steady with for 2 years now back in London. Akitsu joins and quickly develops radical levels of devotion to him. Then Musubi, Then Matsu, then Tsukiumi. On top of this if the author continues as he has been there will be Kazehana still to come. On top of THIS it is possible that Yukari is also interested. Added up to the fact that none of them have any idea as to his status as a Mage or the nature of Saber and Rin, regarding them as a old pair of exes that he broke up with. In short Shirou has got himself into an inescapable position. At this point in the fic there is no way out without breaking somebody's heart.
  • John temporarily acquires one of these (and the harem includes men) in The Keys Stand Alone: The Soft World, when he takes his cloak off at the Border Crossroads Inn. Once upon a time he would have wanted them (well, the women), but not after his transformation, since he is now no longer attracted to human women.
  • Deconstructed in The Lost King. King Garon is surrounded by many, many women who lust over him and desire to be with the extent they have begun blackmailing, sabotaging, bullying and outright murdering each other to remove the competition. He is understandably horrified by and tired of this, but no matter what he does can't get rid of them for political reasons. Gradually the infighting extends to start claiming people he genuinely loves, such as his wife and children, and he's helpless to do anything but watch.
  • Jaune Arc becomes this in a lot of RWBY fanfics. Prominent ones include Massages, where through his skill with massages, he gets the affections of Yang, Blake, Pyrrha, Weiss, Ruby, Velvet, and Glynda. He finds this very uncomfortable, especially since the boys get jealous and try to beat him up. Another is Our Beloved Musician, where this time it's music skills. And everyone of Team RWBY, Pyrrha, Velvet and an OC Team all fall for him.
    • In The Reactsverse fanfic Weiss Reacts set in RWBY, Jaune's harem consists of Pyrrha, Minako, Weiss and her sister Winter. He also has Ship Tease with Miltiades, Yang, Blake, Weiss' other sister, Original Character Elsa, and, Ren.
    • White Sheep (RWBY):
      • Jaune is the object of affection for Ruby, Pyrrha, Yang, and Velvet. He doesn't even notice. Cinder is a Tsundere Clingy Jealous Girl but it's probably platonic. Blake has some attraction to his Grimm form (or more specifically, the tentacles), but it doesn't go anywhere. Emerald also briefly claims to be in his "harem" when she realizes it's the only thing keeping his sister Sapphire from killing her. Weiss is one of the only girls who doesn't have any romantic interest in him at all, so of course she's the one he ends up in a Fake Relationship with.
      • Ren as well. Nora of course constantly tries to get him to notice her feelings, but there's also Jaune's sister Lavender, some repeated Not What It Looks Like moments with Blake, and even the High Leader of the White Fang Sienna Khan. Like Jaune, he never notices.
      • Blake ends up with Sun and Ilia following her around for the latter half of the story. She does notice, but puts up with it because they're helpful.
  • Towards the "unfortunate" end of the original story of The Night Unfurls, Kyril has at least 4 women of high status who either has a crush on him, or is actively seeking for his affections. Soren has joked that, had Kyril knew that he would "end up with a string of women in front of his door", he would definitely get an aneurysm. Justified, as he is a brutal hunter from Yharnam, as well as a great one.
  • Subverted in the Transformers fanfic The Ultimate Mate Hunt. While Starscream is initially unhappy at being the target of affection from Megatron, Optimus, Soundwave and Skyfire, his mindset changes to Marry Them All when he realizes that the CNA of the four of them and himself would create an extremely powerful sparkling.
  • The Unexpected Love Life of Dusk Shine tries to impart the harem manga genre on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic by retelling the episodes with Dusk Shine (Twilight Sparkle's opposite-gender counterpart as established by fanon) as the main character while leaving the other characters gender-intact and mostly unchanged. So far Pinkie Pie wants to become OTP to get extra screentime (and suffering a breakdown after being friendzoned by mistake, resulting in Pinkamena taking over), Rarity wants him to be her prince, Applejack is convinced he's flirting with her, Fluttershy is strongly repressing her burning desire for him, and Rainbow Dash doesn't even seem capable of considering that he might not want to be her boytoy. Add to the mixture having Trixie as a live-in student trying to seduce him with a maid outfit and Luna referring to him as "the royal boyfriend", and he has the plate full. (Even Nightmare Moon had romantic designs for him.) Zecora even suggested that he try the Tenchi Solution, but he realized that would be even worse. And naturally Celestia has no intention of helping him out when making things worse is funnier.
  • The protagonist obtaining an extremely over the top one of these is the entire premise behind the Yo-Kai Watch fanfic: The Unwanted Harem Of Nathan Adams, Hilarity Ensues.
  • The premise of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic When You Wish Upon A Sue is that Spike the dragon felt unappreciated by his friends, and so he wishes that they will all like him. When he wakes up the next day Spike is transformed into an adult dragon that is adored by everyone who sees him; the magic behind the wish made Spike into such a beautiful dragon that everyone he meets falls hopelessly in love with his beauty and can do nothing but gush over him. His best friends even get into a confrontation at one point over which one of them deserves to be Spike's girlfriend. Naturally you get the impression that while Spike wanted to be appreciated he didn't want women (and even a few men) throwing themselves at him.
  • Happens to the OC in Zulu Squad no Tsukaima, a Spec Ops: The Line/The Familiar of Zero crossover when he gets turned into a Bishōnen teenager. Gets cranked Up to Eleven when said harem drinks the love potion. Hilarity ensues.

    Film — Animated 
  • The Emperor's New Groove features a different kind of Unwanted Harem. Kuzco rejects all the women because he thinks nobody is good enough for him.
  • Disney's version of Hercules develops one after he becomes a celebrity. Inverted with Phil who loves to chase scores of nymphs. In his case it's the harem that doesn't want him. Though one nymph really does like him (the problem is that her family doesn't).

    Film — Live-Action 
  • There's Something About Mary subjects the title character to three (four if you count her boyfriend Ted who hires one of her love-/lust-smitten stalkers, and five if you count Brett Favre) amorous suitors.
  • When in Rome has the protagonist relentlessly pursued by several men after activating a magic fountain.
  • In White Sun of the Desert, Sukhov gets stuck with an actual harem, formerly belonging to Abdullah, the leader of Basmachi guerrillas. While the women consider him to be their protector, they do not actually try to jump him (this being a Soviet film and all).
  • The title character in Kull the Conqueror inherits a literal unwanted harem from the previous king. At the end of the movie, Kull officially disbands the harem, proclaiming that "the king commands no one's affection".
  • In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Galahad gets sidetracked to Castle Anthrax, full of women bent on seducing him. He initially refuses their sexual advances, but by the time Lancelot shows up to rescue him from "peril," he doesn't want to leave.
  • In Beauty and the Beast (2017), the Bimbettes serve as this to Gaston - unlike the animated original, where he liked having them buff his ego, he is openly disdainful of them because there's no challenge in courting them.
  • The Cheyenne Social Club: John O'Hanlon inherits the Cheyenne Social Club business from his brother DJ. He is horrified when he shows up in Cheyenne and discovers that the Club is a whorehouse. He's further horrified when the girls of the Club, who were obviously DJ's harem, make it pretty clear without explicitly saying so that they'll be happy to service him when they aren't servicing customers. He gives in at least once with Pauline, though.

  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry ends up with a large number of admirers in the sixth book in the series. He also suffers from this trope in the fourth book, due to his status as a Tri-Wizard champion.
    • Viktor Krum also has quite a few admirers — both because he is his school's champion in the Tri-Wizard tournament and an internationally famous quidditch seeker.
    • Hell, Fleur Delacour ends up with a large number of admirers, legacy of her Veela heritage. Cedric Diggory is stated to get about as much attention as Krum during book four.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Princess Daenerys Targaryen has one of these, though it's mostly by the power vested in her by her dragons. Of course, being preternaturally gorgeous makes for a long conga line of pretenders who are certainly not charmers (she is usually proposed for sex, marriage, for ships/slaves/money, though she always declines). It includes Khal Drogo, her brother Viserysnote , Jorah Mormont, Pyat Preenote , Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Daario Naharis, Hizdahr Zo Loraq, Quentyn Martell, Euron Greyjoy and a recently empowered and ultra-violent Victarion Greyjoy. It's worth mentioning that the last two haven't even laid their eyes in Daenerys before, which shows just how delectable she is.
    • Prince Rhaeghar Targaryen, brother to Daenerys, was not short in lady pretenders before his marriage, but his eloping with the Lady he shouldn't have eloped with led to a huge civil war, the near-destruction of his family and the end of the Targaryen kings.
    • Sansa Stark has one in the form of Joffrey Baratheon, Sandor Clegane, Tyrion Lannister, Dontos Hollard and Petyr Baelish; the lesser of the evils is Dontos Hollard note , who is a drunken mess, maybe Clegane, who is a Blood Knight, and Tyrion, who wants the world for her, but cannot possibly amend what his family has done to her father, mother, and oldest brother. It doesn't help that Sansa is attracted to the people that will simply not give her the time of day or are in a position that prevents them from reciprocating (like Loras Tyrell, Renly Baratheon and Waymar Royce).
    • Baelor I Targaryen "The Blessed," had a big relationship with the Faith of Seven. As such, he remained celibate for life by imprisoning his sister-wife Daena and his sisters Rhaena and Elaena to resist temptation. This caused so many problems that his refusal to touch his wife left him without heirs, bringing the worse people into the line of succession, and eventually causing a huge civil war in the long run that saw hostilities that lasted for more than half a century (the Blackfyre Rebellions).
  • The Odyssey: Dozens of foreign nobles seek Penelope's hand in marriage after her husband is presumed dead. Penelope still holds out hope that her husband is alive, but she cannot outright refuse them, so she stalls for 20 years while they take up residence in her estate and mooch off of her. Odysseus famously returns and kills them all for their transgressions.
  • Bella from Twilight is a female example with a total of five guys in love with her, two of them supernatural. And she didn't have any boyfriends before moving to Forks. The author insists that this was based on her successful love life in college after she wasn't looked at twice in high school. In one quote, she mentioned that she was dating three guys at the same time (which none of them knew about).
  • In the Jane Moore novel Fourplay, main character Jo ends up with four very different men staking their claim on her (one of whom happens to be her ex-husband).
  • Anita Blake, the eponymous heroine of Laurell K. Hamilton's monster hunting series, although as the harem gets bigger it seems to be less and less unwanted. When it was just a vampire and a werewolf she was stressing over it.
  • Sookie in The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries has been romantically/sexually pursued by Bill, Sam, Eric, JB, Alcide, Calvin, and Quinn, at least. She is inexperienced with relationships, both sexually and socially, because her telepathy means that any human she dates will drive her crazy due to unwanted eavesdropping. Combine this with supernatural politics and the rarity of telepaths, and her love life becomes quite unmanageable. As of All Together Dead she has dated four of them (one at a time) and her exes are still hovering hoping to kiss and make up. She has fairy blood, which for vampires (and maybe other supernaturals) is like cat nip. After Dead reveals that she eventually marries Sam the shape-shifter.
  • In The House of Night series, heroine Zoey Redbird has three admirers/boyfriends: Heath, her human ex-boyfriend and quarterback of the football team, Erik Night, the hottest guy in the vampyre high school, and Loren Blake, a teacher and poet. Loren leaves the harem later on when he's revealed to be evil and then dies, only to be replaced by Stark.
  • In In The Net Of Dreams various events result in Riplakish traveling alone with seven beautiful women. To be fair, only five of them are attracted to him at the time.
  • In The Wheel of Time series, each of the main three male characters (Rand, Mat and Perrin) all end up with multiple women pursuing them, sometimes even teaming up against the man.
    • Rand eventually confesses and simultaneously marries all three of his fangirls, who are luckily the best of friends/surrogate sisters to each other anyway.
    • This also happens to a side character, Gaul, who wants one half of a pair, but has to marry them both thanks to the rules of his culture.
  • Deconstructing the original Dracula, Saberhagen's The Dracula Tape portrays the Count as being pestered by his trio of vampire brides. Their interminable nagging is implied to be one of the reasons he leaves Transylvania for England.
  • Henry James' Portrait Of A Lady: The lady in question, Isabel Archer, has quite the unwanted harem.
  • In the Nero Wolfe short story "Murder is Corny", Susan MacLeod is a young, naive, spectacularly beautiful country girl whose recent success as a model has given her an Unwanted Harem, one of whom is a particularly odious Stalker with a Crush. She can't quite figure out why guys keep proposing to her on the first date.
  • In Saki (H.H Munro)'s play, The Watched Pot (written in collaboration with Charles Maude), Trevor Bavvel, the local heir to the manor, is pursued by four different young women. In Saki's "The Elk," Bertie Thropplestance is in much the same position, pursued by every woman whom he rescues from the eponymous dangerous quadruped.
  • The Dresden Files tend to lampshade the fact that Harry has a ton of attractive (and often supernaturally hot) women angling to get into his pants from time to time. These range from his apprentice to Faerie Queens to his Police officer best friend and attractive reporter girlfriend. Being a semi-quasi-Chaste Hero with abandonment issues who doesn't want to get involved without emotion backing it up, much of this attention (apart from that from said reporter girlfriend) is unwanted. A lot of the rest is unwanted because the lady in question is trying to bed him in order to enslave/devour/corrupt him or those close to him. Then there's the demons, the succubi (plural), and his mind controlled boss. And that's the women. Yeah... he has a complicated love life. The reporter girlfriend gets turned into a vampire in book three, and Harry eventually is forced to kill her as a Human Sacrifice to turn a blood curse against her Court of vampires and destroy it in Changes. He and the cop, Karin Murphy, have a Relationship Upgrade two books later.
  • In the Disgaea novels Laharl gets a whole bunch of girls after him, including Flonne and Etna, Gordon and Jennifer’s daughter Jane and Flonne’s little sister Ozonne, and more, to Laharl’s major dismay.
  • Derek of the web-novel Domina has at last count Akane, Ling, and maybe Laura interested in him—that's three out of the five female characters. Lily claims he never notices, mostly because he's only interested in Lizzy. She, in turn, doesn't notice.
  • Suleiman-bin-Daoud of the Just So Stories has nine hundred and ninety nine wives. He's not very happy about it.
  • Miriam, the elder sister of Jonathan in The Roman Mysteries, has one.
  • Jacky in the Bloody Jack series has quite the harem of guys. There's her preferred love interest Jaimy, Chivalrous Perverts Randall Trevelyne and Richard Lord Allen, shipmate Joseph Jared, French spy Jean-Paul de Valdon, Spanish pirate Flaco Jimenez, New Orleans hooker Mam'selle Claudelle de Bourbon, Chinese piratess Cheng Shih, and a whole boatload of pervs. She tells all her "friends" that she is promised to another, but they never give up hope.
  • In A Brother's Price, a man is expected to marry every sister in a family - and since they themselves are descended from a family of sisters, there are typically a lot of them. One of the viewpoint characters of the novel is Jerin, who is just reaching the age of marriage and is apprehensive; he wants a good family, and not to be wedded to the Brindles. There are thirty of them. Over the course of the book many more women want him married, and most of this attention is unwelcome. We see from the parts of the book seen through the princess Ren's view, though, that while some of it is due to Gender Rarity Value and Jerin's beauty, a lot of this is political, and the backbone of the book is about intrigues.
  • The furry sci-fi novel "Lead, Follow, or Suffer the Consequences'' has Koen getting one after liberating a prison camp consisting entirely of females. Granted he wanted it originally but when he realized many of them were going into heat he started making plans to free a predominantly male camp.
  • In W. S. Gilbert's poem "The Bumboat Woman's Story" Lt. Belaye, commander of a British gunship, discovers that his entire, unusually well-behaved crew is made up of young women, who dressed up like sailors to continue being around him.
  • Anne Shirley of Anne of Green Gables gets this as she grows older, fielding off around 5 marriage proposals by the 3rd book.
  • Dorian Ursuul of The Night Angel Trilogy, at first. When he first becomes Godking, he only wants one woman, Jenine, but by the middle of the book, he's got a harem of round 80+ women, and he uses it regularly.
  • Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy. By Last Sacrifice, she has more guys casually, or not so casually, interested in her than the rest of the characters combined.
  • In Eight Cousins, Rose gains one consisting of her male cousins.
  • In Desirable by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, self-confessed social reject George is given a bottle of aftershave called 'Desirable', and soon all the girls at school want to be with him. He likes it at first, but quickly gets sick of it.
  • Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse: Kind of expected for Muv-Luv (which started as a Harem Genre Visual Novel), but not for the relatively serious Military Science Fiction that is this entry. Towards the latter half of the series especially main protagonist Yuuya Bridges becomes a bit of a Chick Magnet. Yui Takamura has Belligerent Sexual Tension with him from day one, which segues into Defrosting Ice Queen on both sides. Inia Sestina likes him but is A) way too young, B) seems to think of him as more of a big brother, and C) is a Soviet.note  Inia's older partner partner Cryska Barchenowa develops a crush on Yuuya later. They're all topped by the Chinese TSF pilot Cui Yifei, though, who cops a Best Her to Bed Her attitude after Yuuya beats her in single combat during a wargame and starts claiming he's her husband. Yuuya isn't attracted to any of them except Yui, and struggles to get rid of Cui in particular.
  • In Demon Sword Maiden, Kagami Lily winds up with the Even the Girls Want Her variation. Several attractive women wind up following her around due to reasons beyond her control, one of them even repeatedly gives her a Forceful Kiss and refuses to take "no" for an answer, even literally sweeping her off her feet, helpless as a small child, and Lily is no pushover, thank you very much.
  • Cradle Series: Downplayed. Lindon's harem is subtle enough that nearly everyone is completely unaware of it for most of the series, but the fact remains that he gets a shocking number of girls interested in him considering how quiet and non-confrontational he is. Not counting the random unnamed girls who sometimes blush when he saves them, there's Yerin (the first girl he met outside his clan and his closest ally), Jai Chen (who he is implied to have married in the original timeline, but now has very little connection to), Akura Mercy (a Nice Girl who loves everyone, but is still mistaken for his girlfriend by her own family), and Akura Grace (Mercy's cousin, who is so impressed by him that she tries to set up an Arranged Marriage with him). It soon becomes clear to absolutely everyone that Yerin is going to win; even Grace's marriage proposal was more of a last-ditch Hail Mary than anything.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Babylon 5, Centauri ambassador Londo Mollari has three wives. Unfortunately for him, they're all from arranged marriages, and he can't stand any of them (he refers to them as "Pestilence, Famine, and Death"). When the Centauri Emperor grants him one favor as a reward for his work, Londo asks for a divorce.
  • Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan has often been pursued and flirted with by several guys. There was one early episode when she went to a small town and most of the guys there were all trying to get her attention at a local bar, until Booth stepped in and grabbed her for a dance. However, she's not a Chaste Hero, as she does date several men, two at the same time at one point.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" features Xander trying to do a love spell on Cordelia, only for the spell to go wrong and every woman in Sunnydale (including Buffy, Buffy's mother, Drusilla and witch Amy) to fall head over heels for him. The only person who seems unaffected is Cordelia (due to the miscasting of the spell), but it transpires that she was already in love with him, she was just pretending not to be.
    • Another Buffy episode, "Him", has Buffy, Willow (who by this time has come out as a lesbian), demon Anya and teenaged Dawn falling for a high school boy, to the point where they are each trying to kill perceived rivals (or in Willow's case, work a spell to turn him into a girl) for his affections. The boys manage to work out that the boy is unwittingly wearing an enchanted letterman jacket which causes women to fall madly in love with the wearer.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor has picked up this reputation, thanks to their penchant for traveling with good-looking young companions. See this picture.
    • Lampshaded in the second "Meanwhile in the TARDIS" scene from 2010. After the Eleventh Doctor rebuffs Amy's attempt at Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex and assures her he's "a Space Gandalf", she gets curious about the companions before her. He immediately loses the ability to look her in the eye and starts hedging about how many of them were girls / young / "hot" (i.e., nearly all of them). Then she tricks him into calling up visual records. "Oooh, Gandalf!"
  • Constable Benton Fraser of Due South tends to instantly inspire crushes in every American woman he comes across. It only really sticks with Ray Vecchio's sister, though she's definitely enough.
  • The one-season Scott Bakula sitcom Eisenhower And Lutz. Bakula played Bud Lutz, a shady lawyer who was juggling two girlfriends, a waitress played by DeLane Matthews and a much more successful lawyer played by Patricia Richardson. In the final episode, an enemy of Bud's vowed to make his life miserable. He did so by sending both women engagement rings in Bud's name!
  • Played straight and parodied on Glee. Played straight with Will in how every time you turn around since the new season starts he seems to have gotten a new love interest. (though it might have come to head with "Bad Reputation". Parodied in "Bad Reputation" as, Rachel attempts to make it look like Finn, Puck and Jessie are her unwanted harem in her music video of 'Run Joey Run' so she'll get a higher ranking on the Glist (a ranking of hotness by member). Of course since this is Rachel, it doesn't go well for her...
  • Bertram Wooster (the Wooster bit of Jeeves and Wooster) has a gang of girls who all feel that they have an open invitation to attach themselves to him whenever their current relationship has gone south. All of the women in question are attractive but they all have issues with their personalities. There's Madeline Bassett (a Love Freak prone to extreme sentimentality), Florence Craye (a pretentious ball buster), and Honoria Glossop (who is probably a closet lesbian who wants to "mould" him). He has also expressed terror at the prospect of marrying Pauline Stocker, Bobby Wickham, and Stiffy Byng, even though none of them really want to. His terror of matrimony also has a lot to do with Bertie's wish to preserve his cosy bachelor establishment with Jeeves.
  • In The Last Man on Earth, Todd gets a bad case of this when Gail falls for him in the wake of her grief over Gordon, Melissa can't let go after he turns down her marriage proposal, and Erica shares a kiss with him when she asks him to serve as the father of her baby.
  • Maria attracts just about every eligible bachelor in María la del barrio, as does Luis Fernando with most of the women.
  • Ned's Unwanted Harem on the live-action but Animesque Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide call themselves "Club Ned" (but are referred to by Ned and his friends as The Huge Crew). They may be a tough, intimidating, leather-and-bandanna-wearing gang, but on the bright side, they don't see any other girls who like Ned as competition, but invite them to join the club!

  • Jimmy Reed had a song about it. "But I Ain't Got You".
  • The Duane Elms song "Who Do You Love?", where the protagonist feels he must choose just one of them.
    You think it's easy, maybe you would,
    to have more choices than one man should.
    There is such a thing as too much good.
  • The Warren Zevon song "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" is a masterpiece mixture of this and complete obliviousness.
  • The Carl Perkins song "Everybody's Trying to be my Baby"
  • The Eagles song "Take It Easy," as seen in the page quote.
  • The World War I-era popular song "Oh Johnny" tells of a young man who suffers from this plight.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The anime-inspired RPG Big Eyes, Small Mouth has a Defect titled Chick/Dude Magnet (shortened to just "Magnet" in 4th Edition) that makes the character the center of one of these. The game specifically notes that having a bunch of love interests is not a Defect in and of itself; the guys/girls have to actively inconveniece the character with their antics, and the character cannot have the willpower to simply resolve the situation via "extreme measures".

  • Gilbert and Sullivan seem to be fond of this trope: nine of their 14 operas have some version of it.
    • In Iolanthe, the Lord Chancellor, the Earls of Mountararat and Tololler, and the entire Chorus of Peers are all in love with Phyllis, who wants none of them.
    • At the start of Ruddigore, there have been no weddings in the village of Rederring for six months, because practically every bachelor is in love with Rose Maybud, but none of them can pass her standards of ettiquette (except Robin, who is too shy to declare himself).
    • In The Gondoliers, the entire female chorus is in love with the same two brothers, who feel it "indelicate" to show a bias towards any particular girl.
    • In The Grand Duke, Ludwig is all set to marry Lisa, but through various plot contrivances, finds himself forced to marry Julia Jellicoe, the Baroness von Krakenfeldt, and the Princess of Monte Carlo.
    • Played straight and subverted in Patience: At the start of the opera, the whole chorus of Rapturous Maidens are in love with the poet Bunthorne; when a handsomer poet, Grosvenor, appears on the scene, all the women transfer their affection to him. But while Grosvenor genuinely ignores the Maidens as much as he can, Bunthorne only pretends to — he only dons Aesthetic clothing and writes poetry so he can be followed around by an adoring harem.
    • Played with in in H.M.S. Pinafore: Sir Joseph enters "accompanied by the admiring crowd of female relatives who follow him wherever he goes" ("relative" is a euphemism here). Sir Joseph obviously enjoys the attention, but doesn't actually want to marry any of them. On the other hand, Hebe is the only "relative" actively pursuing him.
    • Played with again in Trial by Jury: As soon as the Plaintiff enters the courtroom, the entire jury falls in love with her. She does not want them, but manipulates them as much as she can to win her case.
    • Subverted in a different way in The Pirates of Penzance: Frederic proposes to the entire female chorus, who unanimously turn him down. Averted completely a moment later, when Mabel enters.
    • Similarly Subverted in The Sorcerer: Dr. Daly, under the influence of the love potion, proposes to every maiden he meets, but each one refuses. (This happens offstage, but he sings a song about it.)
  • Lampshaded in Hamilton:
    Angelica: I'm just saying if you really loved me you would share him.

    Video Games 
  • .hack//G.U.'s Haseo manages to round up a rather large group of potential love interests, including four males, although three of them are essentially zombies. This gives him a grand total of twelve possible characters you can marry in the end of the third game (although the aforementioned zombie characters glomp him instead of marrying him). And that's just characters that you can canonically marry.
  • In Lucid9, Yama's harem consists of Rui (childhood friend who he's insure of whether he has feelings for), Misaki (other childhood friend he's just happy to have around again), Elizabeth (snarky classmate he barely tries to be civil towards for most of the game, and only ends up in his harem because he once blackmailed her to help him), Akira (quirky friend of Rui, who Yama is friendly with, but shows little beyond that - in fact, it is hinted that she had feelings for Yama but did not tell anyone ), and Airi (strange girl who rarely speaks and is shockingly good at a number of things, and seems to be tied to the events of the game in some unseen way). It can be assumed that this harem is very unwanted, especially since Yama would rather keep the status quo for just about everything.
  • Baldur's Gate only has three options, although due to class and/or alignment you're pretty unlikely to keep them all in the same party...
  • The way the dialogue in Neverwinter Nights 2 is written, a male player expressing interest in Elanee is reacting to Neeshka as if this trope is in play.
    • The dialogue in question is probably an artifact from when Neeshka was going to be a possible love interest for the male PC.
  • In A Dance with Rogues, every male character who joins your party (and one female character) have at least some interest in the Princess.
  • Persona 3 plays this trope straight with Akihiko: he has a harem, but he doesn't pay attention to it. He doesn't even know the names of the girls involved.
  • In Yggdra Union, there's the lovely Roswell. Mistel, Eudy, Pamela, Ortega, Rosary, Yggdra, and Nessiah all seem to want to get into his pants, but the poor guy isn't interested in any of them. ...except maybe Yggdra. Maybe.
  • You'd think Galaxy Angel is like this. Nope, the game enforces a strict Road Cone early on in the game. The sequel even makes the fact about which girl Tact married very obscure until the last minute to keep it in line with your own choice in the previous games.
  • From Mass Effect 2, Mordin of all people claims to have had one of these, or at the very least many come-ons from different species, and he is able to rationalize why each species would find him attractive.
    • And the reason he even tells you all this is because he thinks you're making a pass at him.
      Mordin: Different species react differently to stress. Aware you have come by a great deal. Have had other species become attracted to me before. Awkward. Not interested.
      Shepard: You've had members of other species make a pass at you?
      Mordin: Constantly. Very awkward. Skin tone apparently attractive by turian standards. Subset of krogan deviants enjoys salarian flexibility. More cartilage than skeletal structure. Asari offers...intriguing, actually. Wonder why. Trans-species pheromones unlikely to work. [inhales] Must be neurochemical.
      Shepard: [tongue-in-cheek] I appreciate you letting me down easy.
      Mordin: No offense intended. Salarian reproduction different. Very little sex drive. If intended to try human, would try you.
    • Shepard also gets this. No matter what species you are, chances are you will want to bang Shepard.
    • Best shown in Grunt's loyalty mission, where after defeating a Tresher Maw, on-foot, the first to do so since Wrex over a thousand years previously, also no matter what Shepard's gender, EDI calls and informs you;
    EDI: There are also several breeding requests for Grunt. And one for Shepard.
    • In the Citadel DLC for Mass Effect 3, if the genophage is cured and Wrex is alive, he will complain that ever since his people became fertile again, every female krogan has lined-up to have their firstborn from him. He even had to sneak out his own bathroom window, and still got cornered by interested females.
      Wrex: And Bakara's no help at all. She encourages it!
  • Garlot of Blaze Union. He has childhood friends Siskier and Jenon, along with friends and allies Medoute, Luciana and Aegina, Iita, Sleip, Eudy, Leon, and Nessiah following him around. All of them have at least a little subtext towards him. As Garlot has other things on his mind—like winning the revolution—he views his party rather innocently for the most part. Three years later, in Yggdra Union, he will still have the same harem (with a few members missing), and will still have more important things on his mind than romance. Though Nessiah and the twins appear to be ahead of the rest by then.
    • In the non-canonical endings to this game, the harem is also pared down thus: Nessiah, Aegina, and Siskier in the good B ending, Aegina winning in the bad B ending, and Aegina, Luciana, and Siskier in the C ending.
  • Yuri from Infinite Space. Let's see, there's his unrelated sister Kira, The Lancer Nia, Katida, Franny, Glorinda, Cico, and Dietrich. On the minor characters' side, there's Melania, and possibly Soneto and Mariana have a crush on him as well.
  • Fable has this if you get attractive enough. It will result in you being blocked into your house/shops. It is a Scrappy Mechanic.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has one of these, though most of the girls are never shown.
  • Occurs in the H-Game Artificial Girl 3, where you can have up to five girls in a single savefile.
  • In Come See Me Tonight, the main character's parents mysteriously disappear one day, so an old friend of the family offers to let him stay with her. When he arrives, he discovers her 3 beautiful daughters and a Cute Clumsy Girl act as hostesses in the restaurant she owns. He slowly but surely becomes the target of their affections as he helps out in the restaurant.
    • The sequel involves the son of a family that runs a shrine famous for its annual harvest festival and accompanying "Dance of the Shrine Maidens" taking over his grandfather's duties as chief priest - which involves helping 3 beautiful maidens-in-training learn the dance, as well as learning his own part, and picking which of the maidens will become his wife.
  • Link is a victim of this in just about every The Legend of Zelda game. There are multiple stories, videos and pieces of fan art with Link and the most well-known female characters.
  • Mario is also quite a ladies' man. This is more prominent in the Paper Mario series, especially with Flurrie, Ms. Mowz, and Vivian.
  • Ogami of Sakura Wars gains one, and is one of the earliest originators of the "Harem Hero" archetype.
  • The Spectacles of Eros is a running gag in the BlazBlue series. Whosoever wears them (like Ragna) pretty much attracts every member of the opposite gender to them, and even some characters of their own gender, even if said characters would normally hate them. Shenanigans will ensue between the infatuated, ranging from Litchi shattering Kokonoe's drugged candy (potent enough to "knock the Black Beast out") to a stripping contest between Makoto and Bullet that Noel interrupts before it goes too far to a cooking contest where Noel and Izanami's cooking wipes out some of the other contestants.
  • In Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, Ren Hojo has several women interested in him romantically, including his assistant. What doesn't help is that he's terrified of women, and two of his admirers are ghosts that have mistaken him for his ancestor. The ghostly Matchmaker repeatedly summons him to the mountain in an effort to marry him to a Virgin Sacrifice, making them both sacrifices to appease the Night Spring. Which "bride" he ultimately chooses determines his ending in the game.
  • In When Yanderes Cry, Nishiki has to deal with a Yandere variety of this. It goes about as well as you think it would.
  • Gal*Gun is built around this trope not just narratively but mechanically. The main character accidentally gets hit with cupid-style magic that makes any girl who sees him instantly fall in love with him, and has to fend off the hordes of lovestruck schoolgirls (and a few female teachers) with a gun that briefly knocks them out (by making them experience "ecstasy"). The drama comes in when it's revealed that if any of the girls do manage to confess to him and become his girlfriend, he might get stuck with that girl forever, magically enforced through "destiny", even if the two of them don't actually love each other, which would not lead to a happy life down the line. The player character's goal, therefore, is to find a girl he actually does like and get into a relationship with her before the day is over.
  • Tomohiro of Magical Dears gets one, due to being the only boy in his Wizarding School.
  • In Otometeki Koi Kakumei Love Revo, Kennosuke, Ren and Souta each have one.
  • In the "anti-dating sim" I Just Want To Be Single!, the protagonist Aya is a socially awkward aromantic who has no interest in dating, but ends up attracting the attention of a small horde of Schoolgirl Lesbians on her first day at her new school. Her objective is to let all of them down easily and convince them they're Better as Friends.

  • Marten from Questionable Content, following a series of events between strips 500 and 700, lives with a woman in whom he was once interested, while dating her boss, the owner of a coffee shop with an all-female staff, and spending most of his free time with the obsessive-compulsive neighbor girl, all while working at the Smith College library. Although this doesn't meet the common definition since only two of these women have ever been more than his friends, he once quipped to his mother (before he started dating his roommate's boss) that he wanted to "build a harem of unattainable women," after which his mother takes to calling his female friends his "harem."
  • Lampshaded in Tsunami Channel here
  • Piro from Megatokyo is a geek and harem anime fan, yet he views his own with an increasing level of bemusement and disbelief, completely unable to communicate his feelings (mostly fear and confusion) to any of them.
    • In all fairness, there was only ever a chance of him dating two of the four: One of the others is a robot that Piro clearly doesn't realize has feelings, and the other is underage. Then of the two he might have had a chance with, one was always more interested in his friend, and saw him as pathetic (and not in the good way) from the start.
  • In Too Much Information (2005), Ace (despite his name, more of an Unlucky Everydude) has as his primary contenders a stripper/nurse and his boss's granddaughter, a local police officer, a ghost haunting the house, and her great-granddaughter, and Ship Tease moments with his Butch Lesbian roommate, and the one ex-girlfriend who isn't bisexual.
  • A rather unusual case in Misfile, boy turned girl Ash has Emily, Missi, Cassiel who is only tempting Ash to get at Rumisiel, Colin the counter guy, Vashiel, James but not Rumisiel, who all but a rare few know as Ash's boyfriend, but who knows that Ash is in reality a straight boy.
  • Cassie in The Wotch ends up accidentally building up one of these in her attempts to get Robin to drink a love potion, instead attracting Robin's younger brother Kirk, Xander, and finally a plant. And now it's starting to look like Robin and Cassie might start going out anyway.
  • Keith from TwoKinds gets one of these in the Basitan Island Arc, between Natani, Laura, Maddie and maybe Alaric. Laura and Alaric die, Maddie is revealed to be a teenager and thus too young for Keith, and Natani becomes Keith's official Love Interest.
  • Mye of Charby the Vampirate appears to have admirers wherever she goes, although she describes herself as not all that pretty. Eventually this is revealed to be, unknown to her, the effect of a spell that draws men to her.
  • David from Ow, my sanity has one made entirely of Eldritch Abominations who can take the form of Cute Monster Girls and find that Humanity Is Infectious.
  • Played with in Dubious Company. Elator is repulsed by most of his harem. Mary has personality issues that he finds grating. Marty is not a Gay Option, so much as he has yet to realize that Elator is a dude that looks like a lady. Tria is a matter of blink and you’ll miss her. Raque'Falicoona is a case of Yandere mixed with his fear of Raccoons.
  • Karate Bears love women, but not one woman inparticular.
  • Electric Wonderland had a Valentine's Day Comic in which a random man walks into the protagonists' workplace, and unwittingly becomes an object of attention for Trawn, Shroomy, and Aerynn.
  • Homestuck: It seems that all of Jake English's friends secretly harbor romantic feelings for him. This includes Dirk Strider. He is of course mostly oblivious to this.
  • In RAIN, it appears that every kid in the school with a compatible sexual orientation gets a crush on the titular character. The attention terrifies her especially since she's transgender.
  • Gary in Ménage à 3 gains one, though as this comic is cheerfully Not Safe for Work, and Gary is desperate and chronically lacking in willpower, he does end up in bed with some of these women, making this something of an aversion of the full trope. (The comic can be seen partly as a good-natured western parody of the Harem Genre.) For those who want details:
    • Early on, after being friend-zoned by Zii and intimidated by DiDi, he seems to want to focus on Yuki, insofar as he has any opinions at all.
    • Yuki returns his interest but has issues.
    • Zii sends Sonya after him.
    • Amber discovers his unique sexual talents, and later decides that he needs rescuing from Yuki (with some reason).
    • Senna wants to Corrupt the Cutie next time she's in town.
    • Kiley deflowers him for stress relief, decides that she likes him, but soon backs off for ethical reasons.
    • Sonya pays him less attention for a while after realizing she loves Zii, but meanwhile DiDi has become interested in him.
    • Amber is induced to back off a bit and then disappears to another title.
    • Yuki hands him off to Sonya while she attempts to address her problems.
    • Sonya drops him due to incompatibility.
    • Zii tries to throw DiDi at him the same night that Sonya tries to do the same with new character Peggy.
    • However, by then, Gary is on another continent. He joins the Mile-High Club with Senna and survives the attempts of deranged dominatrix Tatiana to determine whether he is "the perfect sub".
    • This side-trip continues. Gary spends some teaching Sandra about geek culture, mostly in her own comic; this is mostly platonic, but by the time Gary leaves, Sandra is wondering if he might be interesting.
    • He gets home, goes out to watch a rock gig where he flirts with DiDi and Yuki and admires Zii on stage, and then gets home to find Amber on his doorstep, asking for a bed for the night.His bed.
    • It's complicated. Ye gods, it's complicated.
    • And that's without even mentioning his male admirers.
  • In Girl Genius because Colette is the daughter of the Master of Paris and prime fodder for a marriage for power she has quite an unwanted following.
  • Happens to Song Jae Gu in Girls of the Wild's.
  • Karin-dou 4koma starts with Shizuki already in love with Tamaryu. Ran falls in love with Tamaryu not longer after her introduction and agrees to form a threesome with Shizuki, ignoring Tamaryu's desperate protests. And then Tamaryu accidentally seduces Catherine (dog youkai) into becoming—as Catherine herself puts it—Tamaryu's bitch. No one is happy with that development.
  • In Dangerously Chloe, Teddy accumulates several attractive young women, both nonhuman and human.
  • Cadugan from Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic is a young half-elf who attracts the interest of a slightly deranged dryad, a foxmaiden who shapeshifts into a beautiful elven girl to gain his attention, an Ax-Crazy half-orc girl and an elf bard girl who entices him with a magic song. None of them seem to get that Cadugan is simply not interested in women. Then there was a male barbarian warrior who mistook Cadugan for a pretty girl, but he was an unwanted admirer, too, as at this time Cadugan was in a relationship.
  • In Cupid's Chocolate-ing, Ordinary High-School Student Haoyi Jiang accidentally serves magically enchanted chocolate cake to a club room full of girls, which causes them all to see him as their lover and try to win his heart.

    Web Original 
  • A Hero's War: Morey is assigned an all-female party of skilled and attractive mages, with the intention that if he falls for any (or all) of them, he'll be more closely tied to Inath and thus his loyalty will be better secured. He recognises that that's what's happening and just finds it exasperating, but that doesn't make him immune to a pretty girl, who genuinely admires him, wanting to spend time with him and hear about his problems.
  • Thunderbird of the Whateley Universe has a harem of five girls (at a minimum), and he's been utterly oblivious that four of them have been pursuing him (in their own quirky ways) for almost a year. Since he's a Superman Expy down to the 'boy scout' behavior and astonishing good looks, it's easy to see why girls want him. Things have come to a head now that Chaka has claimed him as her boyfriend.
    • Chaka herself has a lot of people after her. More than a few are female.
  • The Impossible Man subverts this trope. Michael Garcia either hires a woman or his mother hires one and he accepts their application to work for his store.
  • In this Pokémon the Abridged Series, Gary got his harem by giving up his scholarship to Harvard so they could go receive an education, and they wouldn't stop following him.
  • Happens in Sapphire. Admittedly, it's not actually Alec's harem, but he still refuses to fall for their advances.

    Western Animation 
  • A couple of episodes in Adventure Time mention that Finn has one of these.
  • Ben 10: Omniverse attempts one for Ben due to the writers deciding to drop the Ben and Julie relationship which many fans saw as a Romantic Plot Tumor in Ben 10: Alien Force and Ben 10: Ultimate Alien. Her one appearance in Ben 10: Omniverse not only broke the relationship up (though this was mostly Ben's fault ironically), but gave Julie a new boyfriend. To compensate, there's now a Running Gag where female guest stars (particularly, those of other alien races) fall in love with Ben; even winding up in an Accidental Marriage with an alien princess who could kick a Sherman tank into the next county.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Edd has unintentionally gained the affections of pretty much every girl in the series; Stalker with a Crush Marie Kanker, a Precocious Crush from Sarah, Dude Magnet Nazz, and even Marie's sisters from time to time (May specifically in the Valentine's Day Episode special). It helps that he's one of the nicer characters in the series, as well as cute in a dorky way. Despite this, he almost never pursues any of them, being often too shy to talk to girls.
    • Gender-reversed with Nazz in "Boys Will Be Eds". The entire episode has Ed, Edd, Eddy, Kevin, and Jonny fighting over her, who eventually becomes unable to cope with the pressurenote . At the end she runs away screaming.
  • Camp Lazlo: Samson briefly gains one of these from the Squirrel Scouts after they believe he is the hamster heartthrob featured on the cover of a magazine.
  • In the Rick and Morty episode "Rick Potion #9", Morty's attempt to use a Love Potion on Jessica backfires, resulting in everyone on the planet that isn't biologically related to him falling in love with him. It gets worse when mantis DNA is added to the mix - the world's population mutates into monstrous mantis-people who want to kill Morty after they mate with him. They're unable to fix it or reverse any of the damage; only causing the entire population to further mutate into disfigured, humanoid monsters that Rick dubs "Cronenbergs." The duo have to leap into another timeline in which they did fix the problem but got killed immediately afterward, enabling them to replace themselves (they even take the time to bury their deceased counterparts) in this alternate universe. They do revisit the one they came from occasionally, but everything has gone to complete hell in a handbasket by the time they come back.
  • Beast Boy, of all people, gets one in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. At first he's happy about it, but changes his mind when it becomes apparent they're all Clingy Jealous Girls.
  • Adrien Agreste has one in Miraculous Ladybug, by virtue of being a popular teen model. It's not really an exaggeration to say every girl in Paris (and possibly some of the boys) is in love with him, but as for named, recurring characters, we've got: protagonist Marinette (and of course, her alter ego Ladybug), Chloe Bourgeois, Lila Rossi, Kagami, and probably Wayem. When Chloe shows a group of girls an autographed poster claiming Adrien loves her and only her, some of them break down in tears.

Alternative Title(s): The Unwanted Harem, Too Many Love Interests, Accidental Harem


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