What is Super Seme-sama?
Have you ever wondered if there is a simpler way to refer to seme characters who are extremely rich, powerful, smart, and egotistical, but most of the time very cold and tend to treat others callously? Suupaa Seme-sama (Super Seme-sama) is a term that exists for your convenience. If a seme character is seemingly almost absurdly perfect except for how he treats his uke or other people, then this is the term you’d want to use. Don’t confuse it with the term supadari (スパダリ), which is used for characters who are perfect in every way possible.
“Suupaa Seme-sama” is written as スーパー攻め様. The Japanese word derives from the English word “super” written in katakana characters as スーパー (“suupaa,” literally means “super”), the word 攻め (“seme,” translates to “attack,” “offense”), and 様 (“sama,” an honorific implying that the person is an honored person of important standing). As you can see, the meaning is fairly straightforward: a seme character who is “super” in every possible way, but with enough implication of selfishness and callous attitude towards others.
Most seme characters referred to as Super Seme-sama have certain things in common: rich, powerful, and smart, considered to have extremely “high specs” as a person and lover, except they tend to also be selfish and cold, even to those they deeply love. This distinction and how they express love to their partners sets them apart from other seme character types, namely the Supadari type.
An easy example of a Super Seme-sama type is Asami Ryuuichi from the classic Viewfinder Series by Ayano Yamane and Aoe Reiji of the Love Mode series by Yuki Shimizu. Many Super Seme-sama characters were very popular during the 1990s to early 2000s—a large number of titles that enjoyed high popularity featured a Super Seme-sama character. Sex Pistols, Gravitation, and Junjou Romantica all have well-known Super Seme-sama characters.
Super Seme-sama: Modern Usage
Along with the growing popularity of the BL genre, many more character tropes have been written. Even the Super Seme-sama trope is becoming more varied. There are discussions among BL fans on what constitutes a Super Seme-sama and the existence of any Super Uke-sama tropes. What is certain is that this character trope continues to be popular even now. After all, doesn’t everyone have a soft spot for a seemingly perfect, unruffled person who succumbs to love?
Titles with Super Seme-sama in the futekiya Library
Marriage to the Wolf: The Tale of an Inter-species Union by Hana Inui
With a bad harvest and more mouths to feed, the Hare village struggles to come up with ways to get through the year. One night, the answer to their prayers comes from… the WOLF Tribe? Monthly food rations for two years, enough for their whole village, in exchange for one of their own to betroth the Kuroe Family’s son. After a long journey to the Wolf Tribe, Kaede, who has sworn to find happiness in his new life, is immediately thrown into a pre-marriage ceremony with his new fiancé, Ren. What will Kaede do after meeting the completely insufferable and mean Ren, who he has to marry?!
The Incubus’ Pet Slave by Tohko Senjyo and nira
Reiki is your run-of-the-mill company employee. Little does he know, his high-quality body fluids are exactly what incubi want. Incubus King Klesis, considered the strongest among his kind, takes a liking to Reiki and kidnaps him. Even with his body restrained, his freedom snatched away, and his heart violently fighting against his captor, Reiki’s body gradually begins to accept the pleasure in his pain… A messy inhuman fantasy between a beautiful, narcissistic, sadistic incubus and a strong-willed tsundere human with the worst luck.
The Beast and I by Hana
On a particular continent of half-beasts, all are born as males, and half of the population become female once they mate. Ouga, the future king of the beasts, selects Nico as his mate. But, Nico has not experienced his change yet. Is there something troubling their relationship?
Elevator Strategy by Haruyuki
Despite working at an elite I.T. company, Wataru’s life is less than ideal. Bogged down with overtime and sacrificing weekends, Wataru rolls in and out of work half dead. But, when his sleep time is down…his horny levels are up. When one errant sleepy boner catches the attention of his coworker Jin, Wataru finds himself riding more than just the elevator at work.
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