Reverse Harem

Reverse Harem is a anime/manga concept
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If a "harem" anime features one man surrounded by female love interests, a "reverse harem" features one woman surrounded by male love interests. Prototypical reverse harems: Ouran High School Host Club, La Corda d'Oro, Fushigi Yugi.


The Harem theme in manga and anime has classically involved a single male protagonist that is surrounded by a number of female characters that was buying for his affections. A Reverse Harem is just as the name implies. All the roles are reversed. These stories involve a female protagonist surrounded by a number of males. It's a popular theme in Shoujo and romance novels targeting a female audience.

Notable Anime and Manga Examples

Reverse Harem Archetypes

Bad Boy

The main female lead might find guys who do bad things for attention, attractive. They often think that they can tame the beast.

Examples: Blood Dupre,

Bishie/ Pretty Boy

Hot guys or popular guys who are too good for the main female lead.

Examples: Tamaki Suou,

Childhood Friend

He can be a close friend, a butler, a slave, or a care taker of the female lead during her childhood.

Examples: Luca,

Female Interests (Yuri)

In rare occasions, the main female lead will develop a romantic relationship with another woman.

Example: Queen Vivaldi,

Flirtatious Guys

These guys are bold and assertive and can serve as unwanted attention.

Examples: Peter White,

Lone Wolf

He does not want company or does not know how to interact with other people. Sometimes, they're outcasts shunned by society.

Examples: Nova, Julius Monrey,


People who wear glasses.

Examples: Julius Monrey, Pace,

Older Men

The female lead might prefer an older and mature gentlemen.

Examples: Dante, Jolly, and Mary Gowland,


Sometimes, two is better than one.

Examples: Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Kaoru Hitachiin & Hikaru Hitachiin

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