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Basic Trope: Single guy suddenly attracts several extraordinary women, all of whom want him for their own.

  • Straight: Kenta, an Ordinary High-School Student, suddenly finds himself with several suitors: New Transfer Student Princess Velvet, Childhood Friend Yukari, Cosplay Otaku Girl Megumi, Student Council President Makoto, The Alpha Bitch Erika, Shrinking Violet Chihiro, Tomboy Nene, School Librarian Kyoka, Idol Singer Shinobou, Foreign Exchange Student Gabrielle...
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Kenta acquires a large number of female friends, but none are overtly interested in a romantic relationship.
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    • Kenta is being pursued by three or four unusual young women who don't do anything crazy while he's around, even though it's no secret that they're all in love with him.
  • Justified:
    • Kenta is Cursed With Awesome, forced to attract infinitely many women, only to be unable to love them back. He might already have a girlfriend, is gay or asexual, or finds the constant belittling and one-upping of the other girls to be unattractive, explaining his lack of interest.
    • He is overloaded with fear.
      Kenta: "TOO MANY!"
    • Kenta realizes that with these bizzare girls comes equally outlandish trouble. Kenta's house becomes a battlefield on weekly basis, with Loveliel fighting hell spawn, Rumiko stuggling against hunting shinigami, ER-7 driving away the evil organization that wants the hidden data in her memory chip, Lunaru trying to avoid alien hunters, Raymeister battling the Monster of the Week and C'thiala devouring Starfish Aliens send by her Papa Wolf Eldritch Abomination. None of them would bother him if it weren't for his harem.
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  • Inverted: Kenta is a Harem Seeker, but the only attention he gets from girls is getting beaten up by them.
  • Gender Inverted: Kenta is female, and the harem is made of male suitors.
  • Subverted:
    • Several girls appear in Kenta's life, but none of them are interested in him.
    • Kenta acts like he hates the attention, but secretly enjoys it as he's a playboy.
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...At least, they don't appear to be at first... but it soon becomes clear that they are interested in him for one reason or another.
    • Kenta begins to resent the harem because their clinginess hinders his ability to have one-night stands.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Initially, each girl in Kenta's harem has a hidden agenda and will leave him once one fufills her goal. However, spending time with Kenta made them realise he is actually a good guy and they actually fall for him.
  • Averted:
    • Kenta only attracts one girl, and they form the Official Couple.
    • Or, Kenta attracts no girls.
  • Enforced: "We hear that fans really like to ship Kenta, but there are so many different pairings. Let's give him a whole bunch of girls so there's no definite couple."
  • Lampshaded: "See that guy with nine different women fawning over him? Yeah, he doesn't love any of them."
  • Invoked: Kenta is a Casanova, and is wooing all these women intentionally to stroke his ego.
  • Exploited:
    • Kenta is the son of a millionaire and the girls are actually thieves who are using their proximity to Kenta in order to plan a major heist, using their harem antics to distract people from their plans.
    • To plan the heist, the girls fake interest in Kenta, hanging out with him at his vast house as a cover for scoping the joint out.
  • Defied:
    • Kenta rejects the girls and tells them to bugger off.
    • First Girl Wins, and Kenta makes it clear before he even meets a second one, let alone the other nine.
  • Discussed: "Kenta, do you really want to save her from that monster? You know she'll join your fan club then..."
  • Conversed: "This guy has more hot women fawning over him in one week than I'll ever even see in my life, and all he can do is moan about it?"
  • Implied:
    • Kenta always has a few ladies following him around. They never say anything, but they obviously think he's hunky because of how they react to the heroic things he does. He never outright expresses his disdain for their presence either, but he obviously doesn't like having them around.
    • We never see his admirers, but Kenta refuses to go to certain parts of town because they live or hang out there and make his life miserable when they're around. The most he'll say is, "Because I'll run into them," and it takes a moment but his best buddy soon says, "...Oh," as it dawns on him what Kenta might mean.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Eventually, the competition over Kenta gets so fierce that some of the girls decide to try whittling down the field through murder. The deaths cause others to step back, ask what they found so attractive about him anyway, and give up. Kenta is left completely alone... or worse, with one murderous suitor who won't take no for an answer, assuming she wasn't killed or arrested.
    • Or, Kenta himself eventually snaps and starts forcibly ejecting the girls from his life by whatever means necessary.
    • Or, all the girls in the harem automatically lose interest once Kenta does.
    • Or, Kenta is gay and trying to find a boyfriend but can't because there's an infamous group of girls that are in love with him and thus everyone thinks he's straight.
    • Or, Kenta is disowned by his family for leading a "sinful lifestyle", leaving him barely able to support his Pretty Freeloaders.
    • Or, Kenta's ability to attract so many girls is actually a form of unconscious mind control. While he initially enjoyed the attention, he soon realized the implications of this power and refuses to take advantage of anyone. He searches for a way to remove the power while being relentlessly pursued by his brainwashed harem.
    • Kenta examines how he can't possibly be with all of the girls all the time, and the story shows how, above the comedy they cause when they're around and clash with each other, they pine for him when they're each alone and realize that at some point Kenta will have to make a decision. The most likely scenario is he'll give an answer not all of them want to hear, and if he doesn't provide one at all, they'll find themselves strung along for who knows how long waiting for something to give while still competing with each other and wondering if they even measure up to his standards. At some point, some of them may even give up on him and start dating someone else because they find they've wasted enough time trying to win over an unwinnable person while there are still plenty of fish in the sea.
    • Instead of the girls' attempts to win Kenta's affections being seen as endearing, other characters eventually see that it is nothing more than sexual harassment due to how many times Kenta has rejected each girl's attempts to get close to him. It gets to the point where Kenta forces all the girls out of his life with restraining orders and killing anyone who is stubborn enough to ignore the court documents...
  • Reconstructed: Despite any initial tension within Kenta's harem, all of the girls eventually become close friends with each other, respecting each other's feelings towards Kenta even if they sometimes argue about it. Likewise, Kenta becomes close friends with all of the girls, even if he can only pick one to be his girlfriend.
  • Played For Laughs: Kenta comes out of the closet, but the ladies all believe they can turn him straight. Cue the Chase Scene and The Benny Hill Show music.
  • Played For Drama:
    • While the girls scheme and connive to eliminate each other, Kenta goes emo over his inability to love a woman and how they never leave him alone.
    • Kenta can't decide who he loves, and has a place in his heart for all of them... And they 'won't stop fighting over him. He's sick of watching the women he loves make each other (and themselves) miserable competing for him... But he can't just say so, or he'll have even more pressure to pick somebody... and lose everyone else.
    • Fawning over the same person leaves each woman emotionally drained knowing that each one wants him for herself and won't be satisfied if he does pick them all, as well as the fact that if he can only have one, the answer he gives will be one most of them won't want to hear. They're just bracing themselves waiting, and in the meantime, craving him to this extent causes them actual distress because he's tacitly refusing their advances, which makes them question their self worth or how attractive he really finds them. He might even be warming up to them as his friends, a status none of them want to be relegated to and which means even his newfound friendships are being put to the test by the romantic/sexual tension.
    • The situation in Played For Laughs quickly goes south when it turns out the ladies are dead serious. They sexually harass him (or worse) to try to force him to turn straight.

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