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The word "yandere", a term that blossomed in {{moe}} fandom, refers to a character who is [[LoveMakesYouCrazy crazy about someone else]]...[[AxCrazy often literally and violently]]. Despite the anime-inspired name, this type of character [[OlderThanDirt is much, much older than that]], as one of the [[UrExample earliest examples]] is the [[MesopotamianMythology Mesopotamian goddess]] Ishtar (Inanna).

Yanderes are usually identifiable by their [[DullEyesofUnhappiness blank eyes]] when they go crazy, [[DevilInPlainSight blood being soaked on them for the majority of their screentime]], carrying at least [[WeaponOfChoice one signature weapon]] that they use to kill and/or attack others for the majority of their screentime, a mostly {{Moe}} appearance or at least an [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon appearance that will deceive others]], psychotic behavior, and [[MurderTheHypotenuse a tendency to attack and/or kill people who would get in the way of his/her love]]. Many of them are AxCrazy. When on the Good Guys' team, they are often the TokenEvilTeammate.

The character almost always appears [[BewareTheNiceOnes perfectly cute and harmless]] on the surface... but underneath they may be [[StalkerWithACrush obsessive, controlling, and sometimes just plain insane]]. Woe to anyone who happens to be the object of their often genuine affection. Even more pity should be saved for anyone who [[GreenEyedMonster gets in the way]] -- the psycho-obsessive is [[MurderTheHypotenuse amazingly unwilling to put up with any rivals]] (but the rivals had it coming). There could be a long mental instability; the boy's/girl's always been [[DevilInPlainSight just a little bit off]]. Could be the [[BewareTheNiceOnes vicious product]] of BreakTheCutie. Often eventually goes off the deep end and becomes an AxCrazy [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon Boy With Psycho Weapon]]/GirlWithPsychoWeapon, and that's just fun. May also be NotGoodWithRejection. As a result, they are potentially [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant scary]].

Such characters are [[AlwaysFemale mostly female]], but male examples exist.

Compare with the ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend, who can become AxCrazy when the love interest is in danger, but is otherwise MUCH more stable mentally. See also LivingEmotionalCrutch for a reason why she goes from affectionate to murderous.

More details are available on the [[Analysis/{{Yandere}} Analysis page]], such as its history and its appeal.

Part of the ''dere'' family along with {{Tsundere}} (unapproachable outside, sweet inside), or sub groups; {{Kuudere}} (cold outside, sweet inside), and {{Dandere}} (asocial outside, sweet inside). However, those are all sweet inside, while the Yandere is sweet outside, crazy inside. Also compare CuteAndPsycho, who is also sweet and crazy, but whose craziness ''isn't'' tied to love.

See also ClingyJealousGirl, her SpearCounterpart CrazyJealousGuy, LoveMakesYouEvil, LoveMakesYouCrazy, StalkerWithACrush, DomesticAbuser, ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend, and IfICantHaveYou. Compare StepfordSmiler and PsychoSupporter. May God have mercy on you if you are caught in a PsychoticLoveTriangle (a love triangle with two members being [=Yanderes=]).Contrast with BitchInSheepsClothing, in which a character is consciously using the illusion of purity and niceness to cover up a sadistic true nature (though a BISC ''can'' become a [=Yandere=] if we add mental instability to the mix). At the extreme, ALoveToDismember can occur. Due to their often violent nature, they are likely to be TheUnfettered. The more savage examples also very likely to be FauxAffablyEvil. Don't confuse with ''Manga/YandereKanojo'', a manga which surprisingly doesn't involve actual yandere (except for one case, in which the victim had it coming. It ends well, though).

One may be compelled to wonder why the object of their affections [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim doesn't just shoot them.]]

It should be noted that while many below listed examples are drama and horror ones, this trope is not exclusively PlayedForDrama. It might just as well be PlayedForLaughs through ComedicSociopathy and[=/=]or BlackComedy as it is for drama or horror.

Almost all the examples listed below are '''spoilers''', so read at your own risk, tee-hee!

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!!Examples

[[index]]
* Yandere/AnimeAndManga
* Yandere/ComicBooks
* Yandere/FanWorks
* Yandere/{{Film}}
* Yandere/{{Literature}}
* Yandere/LiveActionTV
* Yandere/{{Music}}
* Yandere/MythAndLegend
* Yandere/NewMedia
* Yandere/TabletopRPG
* Yandere/{{Theater}}
* Yandere/VideoGames
* Yandere/VisualNovels
* Yandere/{{Webcomics}}
* Yandere/WesternAnimation
* Yandere/{{Other}}
[[/index]]

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