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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 [[Myth/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 a Yandere's obsession -- ''nothing'' will sway them from the notion that the person they love is theirs and theirs alone, and they will do anything to make them theirs and ''keep'' them theirs, whether the poor soul involved wishes it or not. Jealous possessiveness is the defining trait of many a Yandere, and bad things tend to happen if the person [[NotGoodWithRejection rejects them]], [[GreenEyedMonster even looks at other people]], or tries to leave. Even ''more'' pity should be saved for anyone who [[GreenEyedMonster gets in the way]], as the Yandere is amazingly unwilling to put up with any rivals, actual or just perceived, to their affection, and will do anything to [[RemovingTheRival remove said rivals]], up to and including [[MurderTheHypotenuse murder]]. As one can gather from the above, Yanderes aren't exactly the sanest lot, but their mental stability tends to worsen the more the person they love tries to distance themselves from them or is kept from them by others until the Yandere ultimately goes off the deep end, going AxCrazy ([[GirlWithPsychoWeapon psycho weapon optional]]). When this happens, '''look out'''. A Yandere off the deep end is capable of any number of violent and horrific acts, and at their worst can be downright murderous, either toward the person they love (since they would [[IfICantHaveYou rather see the person dead than with another]]), or toward anyone they perceive to be in the way.

Yandere love, though it may often be genuine, is not healthy love, nor is it entirely selfless. It often stems from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erotomania erotomania]], a delusion where the person believes that another person, usually someone famous, is in love with them; or may be a sign of a {{narcissist}}ic personality -- not a few of them are AllTakeAndNoGive (on ''either'' side of the spectrum) when it comes to relationships, and usually don't even consider what the other person wants, [[ItsAllAboutMe only what they themselves want]]. In cases where the Yandere is sympathetic, count on them being the product of a DarkAndTroubledPast and to have gone through a good round or more of BreakTheCutie. Such Yanderes cannot handle being in love without being completely obsessive and fearful of losing the person they love, who becomes in essence a LivingEmotionalCrutch for them.

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.

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!


* 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}}

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