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In doujins coupling characters from a show off, the characters are usually referred to in the title as "Character A x Character B"

(I feel this snippet from hanagai! explains it better)

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Is there any meaning to the order of the 'multiplying'?

Is the first character mentioned the main character, more dominant, alphabetically first, randomly chosen or something else?

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The first one is the dominant one a.k.a. seme while the second one is the receiver a.k.a. uke. For example in doujinshi Puella Magi Madoka Magica Doujinshi Homura x Madoka (available online in online manga sites), Homura will be the seme, while Madoka is the uke.

  • unless it's Moemura before she had to kill Madoka in one timeline or it's Ultimate Madoka "punishing" Akuma Homura for making her wait even longer to finally be reunited – Memor-X Aug 14 '14 at 22:21

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