This is something relates to ヘタレ I have already explained here. ヘタレ is such a hopless guy (mostly) who is reluctant to do something. But in this genre, there is another classification as a matter of fact…that is ダメエリート[dame elite]. ダメ[dame] means no good. In general, such suckers are called ダメ男[dameo]. エリート[erito] means elite. So literally this is a mixture of ダメ男 and エリート. Wait, I need to learn about elite more…I shall find it out in my dictionary. orz Elite means a small group who are powerful or important because they have money, knowledge, special skills etc…Yes, this is it.
To get to the point, ダメエリート means a clumsy and hopeless guy even though he is a well-born, or a guy who doesn’t do good in the great company. You can simply picture a hetare guy in the elite group. Just hetare guys are everywhere, but how did this ダメエリート start? How come such a hopless could become one of the elite group in the first place? At any rate, this type of guys are awkwardly pathetic so that there’s almost no salvation. But even that, he tries to make it better…and goof up again. Although any other characters in the story are all smart, he is the only one hopeless. Comparing to just a hetare, dame elite is more awkward. But that’s why this could turn girls who want to help him on somehow…I assume.
Besides, ダメエリート doesn’t even necessarily mean a hopless worker in the great company, but a sucker in the great family. Even though he was born in the great family, he is a hopeless…Yes, this is ダメエリート, too. I think this could be easily found in anime or manga. Two major ones are Himura Kenshin in Rurou ni Kenshin and Tenka in Houshin Engi. But I can definitely think of Zetsubou-sensei! Though he comes from the great Itoshiki Family, he is in despair. His brother is a doctor, and sister is a master of flower arrangement…but zetsubou-sensei actually goofs around when he stays at his hometown, and plays with some girls…Anyone else? I am so sorry to say like this, but come to think of it, what about Lelouch in Code Geass? He is actually the son of Britannia Emperor, isn’t he? But he abandoned Britannia and started a new life as an ordibary student. Well, I know he is not a hopeless, though. Oh Arima’s father in His and Her Circumstance could be. He is a delinquent guy though he is well-born…Yes in this way, there is a deep story beside a ダメエリート.
In BL circles, this ダメエリート is quite popular as well, especially when the story takes place between two salarymen(リーマンもの). Mostly a 鬼畜眼鏡 is to be a seme and a ダメエリート is to be a uke, or a ダメエリート後輩[kouhai] is to be a seme and his 先輩[sempai] is to be a uke.