Breaking Stereotypes: The Masculine Uke In Yaoi Manga

Whether you’ve been reading lots of yaoi manga or you have a sharp eye, you’ll find it that it’s really easy to identify who’s the man on top when it comes to getting down and dirty. But sometimes, authors like to surprise us, and they give us stories where the tall and muscular partner is actually the one being pinned down. So, how strict are the uke rules in yaoi?

Looks Can Be Deceiving

It’s not uncommon for the bottom to be fragile and feminine in yaoi manga. We got so used to this trope that the moment we lay eyes on a sparkly-eyed, soft-spoken character, we assume he’s the uke. As yaoi readers, there’s nothing more interesting than the moment we’re reading a story and we get to the sexy part: and there they are, both naked, kissing and panting... but suddenly, the one we thought was the uke starts penetrating the one who looks like the seme.

Do we really know everything there is to know when it comes to a genre that we like and enjoy? We could get very proud of ourselves every time we identify the top and the bottom right away, feeling like our radar is flawless. But sometimes, there’s a twist, and you end up staring at the main couple going all out, the manly seme turning out to be the uke. Never judge a book by its cover, they say!

Ore to Aitsu no Jikangai xx

  • Authors: Waco Wacoco
  • Genres: Yaoi
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2015 - 2016

Kaname is a serious and dependable programmer who puts work before anything else in his life. This has caused him to break up with numerous girlfriends, ending in Kaname being sexually frustrated. Lately, he’s been jerking off at the office together with his co-worker Yuki, and the second Yuki starts escalating things, Kaname finds that he doesn’t mind this innocent-looking prince charming playing with his ass. What started as a way to relieve stress, ended up in a full-blown sexual relationship between co-workers. At first sight, it’s easy to think that Kaname will end up being the one on top, but Yuki surprises him—and us—by taking the initiative and getting Kaname’s ass ready to be penetrated.

There’s also another couple in this manga, the one that takes us by surprise. Yosuke and Naoya work for the same company as our main couple and are also in a relationship. The problem is they still haven’t had sex, so they’re trying to figure out who should be the seme and who should be the uke. After losing a bet, it’s decided that a tall and masculine Yosuke will be the one being pinned down by Naoya, and it’s extremely funny to see how Naoya, being the smallest, climbs on top of Yosuke. Lucky for them, and for us, not everything is about the size: this cute seme knows how to make his partner beg for more!


There’s Nothing Wrong With a Bulky Uke

When it comes to identifying who’s the one on top, we tend to take some things into consideration. Generally speaking, the seme has a ripped body and a strong personality, while the uke looks like a fragile princess with big, round eyes. That being said, we know it’s not always like that; it turns out there are some bulky, well-built men out there who also love to ride dick like there’s no tomorrow.

There’s nothing wrong with a bulky uke. Much to the contrary, it makes the story even more appealing. When the characters don’t follow the stereotype, it’s easier to make us readers want to know more about them, or how does sex work between a huge uke and a petite seme. Does it look weird? Will we like it, or will we find it strange? Of course, mangas that depict this type of couples answer every single one of these questions.

Sokuochi Yarichin Yankee

  • Authors: Namako
  • Genres: Yaoi
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2018 - 2019

Tatsuo is a tough guy who enjoys having sex and is not afraid to say it out loud. Upon meeting Satoshi, a popular and gentle salaryman, Tatsuo becomes instantly infatuated with him and asks for Satoshi’s contact information. After meeting a couple of times for some drinks, Tatsuo finally makes a move and Satoshi finds out that A) Tatsuo can be very spoiled and B) that he doesn’t mind being the one spoiling him.

The uke in this manga is used to having sex and is very open about the things that he likes and enjoys. At first, Satoshi has a hard time dealing with Tatsuo’s personality, but he soon realizes that he can’t be with anyone else but him. The sex between these two is more than raunchy, and trust us, having a bulky man being the uke makes the difference. Of course, Tatsuo and Satoshi look really cute together even outside the bedroom. This uke has a ripped body, and we’re very grateful for that, so we’re sure Satoshi agrees.


When He’s Used to Being the Top…

What happens when two men who are “seme only” wanna have sex with each other? Sometimes, in order to get some fun, a man needs to make some sacrifices, even though that means having your ass penetrated. Of course, there are a lot of men that struggle to come to terms with this, but it doesn’t take long for them to realize that it’s actually not that bad once you get used to it.

How can a man stubbornly cling to his ass’ virginity when there’s a hottie ready to defile him? Exactly! Lucky for us, these men quickly come to their senses and, soon enough, they’re rocking their hips, begging to be fucked even harder.

Meguro to Akino wa Kizukanai

  • Authors: Moegi Yukue
  • Genres: Yaoi
  • Volumes: 1
  • Published: 2016 - 2019

Meguro is having a hard time because of his straight friend, Akino. Every time he breaks up with one of his girlfriends, Akino runs to Meguro’s house because according to him, touching Meguro’s body makes it all feel better. Weird... but we’ll take it. After so many break ups, Akino discovers that he can’t stop thinking about Meguro and how it would feel to stick his dick up his friend’s ass.

Akino knows that Meguro is gay, but he doesn’t take a moment to think about how his friend feels whenever he touches him. These two idiots take a long time to realize how they really feel about each other, but the good thing is we get to see a lot of very interesting encounters between them. Meguro has always been a top, so he’s more than shocked when Akino suggests having sex with him, but he’s even more surprised when he discovers he’s going to be the one being penetrated. At first, he isn’t really on board with the idea of being the uke, but then he just goes with the flow.


Final Thoughts

It’s very important for us, the readers, to have an open mind when reading yaoi manga, not assign roles to the characters just based on their appearance. Again, looks can be deceiving, and maybe a slutty uke is hiding behind a macho image!

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Author: Yaz L.

Hey, there! I'm a soon-to-be marine biologist who just happens to love video games, dream pop music, and BL/yaoi stuff. When I was a kid, I lived in Colombia for 3 years and now I'm a sucker for hot chocolate with cheese. My favorite treat while watching anime!

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