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Basic Trope: The passive partner in a Yaoi Guys couple.

  • Straight: Andy is shorter than and more outwardly emotional than his partner Bill, and is usually the "bottom" during sex.
  • Exaggerated: Andy is ridiculously pretty and prone to bursting into tears, and doesn't ever take a dominant , active, or "top" role in bed.
  • Downplayed: Andy is as masculine as his partner Bill and would take either position. He just prefers to be on the bottom most of the time.
  • Justified:
    • Andy is naturally a sensitive person and happened to wind up in bed with a more traditionally masculine guy. Also they just happen to like their sex that way even after trying.
    • Andy is a BDSM sub.
  • Inverted: Seme
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • If it weren't for the sex scenes, you couldn't tell Andy from a screaming female stereotype.
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    • Bob mind screwed his He-Man Woman Hater peers into believing that his girlfriend, Alice, is a boy; rationalizing her girliness as just being 'his' Uke tendencies.
    • Having sex automatically brainwashes the top to follow seme personality stereotypes and the bottom uke stereotypes... the effect last until the next time there is sex.
    • Some way, somehow, Andy becomes pregnant.
  • Zig Zagged: Andy is a blatantly stereotypical uke who plays catcher to Bill... but only the first time they have sex. The next time, he tops. After that, he's on the bottom again.
  • Averted: You can't tell who's the Uke and who's the Seme if you skip the sex scenes.
    • Alternatively, Andy and Bob do "things" that don't require a seme or an uke. (Mutual masturbation, for example.)
  • Enforced: "Women are going to be reading Boys' Love 99 percent of the time. We need an Audience Surrogate for the female reader. Or maybe somebody they would like to top."
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  • Lampshaded: "So just because I'm less manly than you, I have to be the "wife"?"
  • Invoked: Andy knows Bill is attracted to Ukes, so he purposely acts more like one.
  • Exploited: To permit girly girl Alice into a He-Man Woman Hater Club, Bob convinces the guys that Alice is a boy, and her girliness is 'him' being the Uke. It works!
  • Defied: Both Andy and Bill are developed believably as round male characters, and their sex scenes aren't shown in the work at all. Alternatively, their sex life is varied and does not concentrate on "topping" and "bottoming".
  • Discussed: "Hey, Carol, do you think Andy is Bill's uke?"
  • Conversed: "I'm not sure if the author intended the protagonist so, but I can't help but associate him with that Yaoi stereotype for how the short cute guys are always submissive."
  • Deconstructed: Andy doesn't necessarily want to be on the bottom all the time, but Bill won't do anything but top. Bill also seems to keep his emotions from Andy while Andy regularly shares them. This drives a rift into their relationship and they break up.
  • Reconstructed: Andy realizes that he is attracted only to more masculine men and gets back together with Bill.

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