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* [[spoiler:Queen Dido]] in ''Literature/TheAeneid'', making this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
* In Creator/AgathaChristie's novel ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'', Vera Elizabeth Claythorne looks like [[ProperLady a sweet and pretty governess and teacher]]. In reality, [[spoiler: she killed her pupil Cyril by letting him drown in the sea, so his uncle Hugo who also was ''her'' lover could inherit the kid's estate. As the plot advances and all the people around her [[KillEmAll fall like flies, dying in ways similar to those depicted by the "Ten Little Indians" nursery rhyme]],Vera becomes more and more psychotic and crazy]].
** Averted in the play. [[spoiler:The ''uncle'' killed Cyril instead. As she isn't a murderess, Vera is allowed to live.]]
** In three of the English-speaking movie adaptations: [[spoiler:she is accused of murdering her sister's finacee, but reveals towards the end that it was her sister who killed him. And in one adaptation,all that happened was a child dying in her care and there is no reference to her lover at all.]] Only the Russian version faithfully keeps her original crime and character.
** Agatha Christie seemed to be pretty fond of this trope for many of her female characters, mostly under the "deconstructing the ProperLady and examining it more or less realistically" category, which was ''especially'' appropriate for the time period she wrote her novels in, when women were expected to be devoted to ''only'' their loved ones and have no other life of their own. This is [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] ''so'' very much. Vera would have to be her most prominent example because she not only deconstructs it; she ''stomps all over it and rips it completely to shreds.''
* Elena from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'' takes this trope to the next level by having a disturbing romantic obsession over her ''biological father''. Thanks to her, you will never look at the word 'beloved' the same way again.
* The Other Mother in NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' is a maternal (not romantic) example.
* In Greg Keyes' ''Franchise/ElderScrolls'' novel, ''The Infernal City,'' [[spoiler: Slyr is so in love with Toel she attempts to MurderTheHypotenuse, who happens to be the protagonist.]] Naturally, things don't go according to plan, but she fits the trope to a T.
* Hester Shaw from Phillip Reeve's ''Literature/MortalEngines'' quartet. After she sees her boyfriend, Tom [[spoiler: kissing Freya Rasmussen]] she [[spoiler: betrays the city of Anchorage to Arkangel, just to get him back]]. She'd also do anything or kill anyone for him. Or to get him back.
* The Lover in ''Porphyria's Lover'' by Robert Browning...the poem can be interpreted in a number of different ways, but the main gist of it is that he kills her so that he can make the moment last forever, and the poem closes with him clutching her corpse. Eep.
* ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles'':
** The vampiress Claudia shows signs of being both this ''and'' a {{tsundere}} for Louis. Besides her own anger, she's even willing to [[spoiler:'kill' Lestat]] so that they can be together. For [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld certain reasons]], she prefers to experience the physical side of the relationship vicariously.
** Akasha, the [[VampireMonarch Queen of the Damned]], for [[spoiler: Lestat]]. She sleeps for thousands of years until he (unintentionally) wakes her and the first thing she does is kill her husband and go on a killing spree, wiping out anyone who could mean [[spoiler: Lestat]] harm. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
* [[PsychoExGirlfriend Selene]] of the ''Literature/WheelOfTime''. Also known as [[spoiler:Lanfear, Mierin Eronaile, Cyndane, or the Daughter of the Night.]] She wants [[spoiler: Rand al'Thor]] ''very'' badly, has [[ClingyJealousGirl no tolerance for any woman who so much as touches him]], and gets very put out [[IfICantHaveYou if he refuses her]]. It doesn't help that she is an extraordinarily powerful [[WitchSpecies channeler]] and quite often [[ShootTheMessenger kills underlings]] [[BadBoss in the midst of]] [[UnstoppableRage her murderous rages]].
* [[spoiler:Ktarka Zamlon Torin]], in S.L. Viehl's ''[[{{Stardoc}} Beyond Varallan]]'', goes to ''incredible'' lengths to revenge herself upon [[spoiler:[[LoveMakesYouEvil the family of the guy]] who [[IfICantHaveYou turned her down]], ''despite'' the fact that [[LoveAtFirstSight they'd only just met]] and he was [[ObliviousToLove unaware of her feelings for him]]]]. And in the meanwhile, [[spoiler:[[PsychoLesbian she hits on the heroine a few times]]]]. [[UnfortunateImplications Hoo boy]]. (Although, to be absolutely fair, [[FreudianExcuse her culture]] didn't help matters: The moment she proposed to the guy, she was bound to him for life; and the fact that he was ''marrying someone else'' didn't change that.)
* In Kier Neustaedter's short story "And [[PunctuationShaker Sáavüld]] Danced..." the [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent title character]], put in a situation much like the previous example, goes to similar lengths (albeit by [[DealWithTheDevil making a deal]] with an EldritchAbomination rather than by way of technology) to get revenge. However, she's treated far more sympathetically—a sort of [[TragicHero tragic]] [[AntiVillain Anti]]-VillainProtagonist, as it were.
* [[Literature/DeltoraQuest Kirsten]] seems like a sweet, meek girl bound in servitude to Bede, the Guardian of the Sister of the North, with love and a dark spell. Her sister, who also loves him, is mysteriously missing - it must all be Bede's fault, right? [[spoiler:''Wrong''. Kirsten is the ''true'' Guardian, a ClingyJealousGirl to the extreme who with dark magic enslaved Bede to be her cover. She also threatens him into following her orders by holding the fate of her trapped-in-a-locket-by-magic sister Mariette (who he truly loves) over his head]]. Aww, isn't that sad?
* Her name's Literature/{{Christine}}, shitters.
** Language...
* ''JinYong'': Ah Zi towards Xiao Feng fits this trope to a "T". She has the cute, innocent, Genki Girl looks... and the incredibly horrifying, sadistic personality. Guo Fu was also one towards Yang Guo. And then there's Zhou Zhiruo towards Zhang Wuji, among others.
* Ryu Murakami's ''{{Audition}}''. You know that movie by Takashi Miike? This is the book the movie is based on. And you better believe Asami Yamasaki is just as fucked up in the book as in the movie.
* Tinkerbell. Yes, ''[[PeterPan that]]'' [[PeterPan Tinkerbell.]] She did ''not'' by any means like Wendy, she even tried to ''kill her''. All because Peter paid more attention to her than Tink. Most adaptations keep the general clinginess but tone it down from "homicidal fury."
** Not necessarily, as the WorldMasterpieceTheater and the Disney version ''do'' keep the scene where she arranged for Wendy to be shot by the Lost Boys, as well as how she [[spoiler: betrays the kids to Hook]] in exchange for him taking Wendy away.
* Annie Wilkes in ''{{Misery}}''
* In William Faulkner's short story ''A Rose for Emily'', the eponymous Emily Grier fell in love with a man named Homer Barron. One day, he went in Emily's house and was never seen leaving. When Emily eventually passes away, her house is searched and it turns out she killed Homer with arsenic, dressed him in a suit, and kept the corpse on her bed.
* More than one culprit that [[SherlockHolmes Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson]] deal with turns out to be a yandere, and they're almost AlwaysMale. [[spoiler: Rodger Baskerville Jr. aka Jack Stapleton]] from ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' is a good example: [[spoiler: he abuses his wife and forced accomplice Beryl like you wouldn't believe, but when he forces her to pose as his sister and become a HoneyTrap to attract Sir Henry, he goes CrazyJealousGuy when Henry courts Beryl directly.]]
** Also, [[spoiler: Abe Slaney]] from ''The Adventure of the Dancing Men''. He will do ''anything'' to force his ex-girlfriend Elsie Cubbitt (née Patrick) to return to the USA with him, going from harassment and threats written in a secret code that only he and his victim can decipher at first (the mentioned "dancing men"), to [[spoiler: shooting her NiceGuy husband Hilton dead when he confronts him. He is nevertheless [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone in despair]] when he realises this act led her to attempt suicide, and confesses to avoid getting her falsely charged for murder.]]
** [[spoiler: Jefferson Hope]] from ''A Study in Scarlet'' manages not only to be an AntiVillain version of the trope [[spoiler: (Enoch Drebber forces Hope's girlfriend Lucy to marry him and drove her to a DeathByDespair, and Joseph Stangerson was a JerkAss who aided him by killing Lucy's dad)]], but also a MagnificentBastard since he [[spoiler: dies peacefully right after being caught, not even being tried.]].
* Darien from ''Literature/{{Wolfbreed}}.'' First off, he is a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] and when first met, he already has an almost complete lack of morals along with a [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters burning hatred of humanity]]. This partly stems from his DoomedHometown, which he is responsible for by the way, FreudianExcuse. When he meets Maria, the first female werewolf he has seen since his all werewolf hometown bought it, he immediately falls in love with her only to find out she has been raised by humans, doesn't really know she is a werewolf, is a devout Christian as opposed to Darien's FlatEarthAtheist outlook and has already begun falling in love with with a man named [[KnightInShiningArmor Josef]] who is also [[LoveTriangle falling in love with her.]] And to twist the knife a little deeper, Josef is a soldier in the army that wiped out Darien's hometown and killed his his family. Darien doesn't react too well to any of this.
* The Lady of the Green Kirtle from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'', who ''{{brainwashed}}'' [[HenpeckedHusband Rilian]] into loving her. Subverted in that this was all part of a plot to take over Narnia.
** Played straighter with Crown Prince Rabadash from ''The Horse And His Boy'', willing to start a war with Archenland ''and'' Narnia without even the smallest excuse or challenge if it means he'll have [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman Queen Susan the Gentle]] as his puppet-wife. [[spoiler: He '''[[HumiliationConga spectacularly]]''' fails.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Romilda Vane sends Harry Cauldron Cakes tainted with Love Potion, which are then eaten by Ron, turning him into one over her.
** Helena Ravenclaw, the Ghost of Ravenclaw House, reveals she was also the victim of one, as she was killed by her StalkerWithACrush [[spoiler:the Bloody Baron.]]
** [[AxCrazy Bellatrix Lestrange]] toward [[BigBad Voldemort]].
** And then there's [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Merope Gaunt]], who actually succeeded in drugging the man she was {{Yandere}} for and eventually bearing his child - who will later grow up to become Voldemort.
* Caelan, from the ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' series, is shaping up to be quite the StalkerWithACrush, and is starting to show signs of graduating to full blown {{Yandere}}.
** [[spoiler: Oh he went there. [[TakeThat Spectacularly.]] [[KilledOffForReal But not for long.]] ]]
* The StarWarsExpandedUniverse gives us Abeloth. She's [[AssimilationPlot not Luke's ex-girlfriend, but she is]]. This evolves into full ItsAllAboutMe.
* Antoinette de Mauban in ''The Prisoner of Zenda''. She's in love with the King's brother Michael, who wants to usurp the throne. However, if Michael becomes King, he'll have to marry a princess, which Antoinette doesn't want. There's no reason she can't stay as his mistress, she's in that role already, except that she wants to marry Michael, not share him. So, she does what any good Yandere would do: [[spoiler:reveal Michael's plans to the one man who can stop them and tell him exactly how to break into the castle and free King Rudolf, all under the promise that Michael won't be killed. Even though Rassendyll promised this, there's no telling what Rudolf might do to his brother. So in short, she ruins Michael's dream of becoming King, taking the chance that he could be exiled or accidently killed all because she couldn't stand having another woman having him.]]
* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[spoiler: Lysa Arryn. A man named Littlefinger used her affection to convince her to murder her husband Jon and help spark a civil war. And when she believes that her niece Sansa is seducing him away from her, she threatens to throw the girl off a mountain to her death. (And ends thrown off instead.) Said niece was 13 years old and being sexually harrassed by Littlefinger, which would have been pretty clear to Lysa except, [[LoveMakesYouCrazy well...]]]]
** Littlefinger's [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend unrequited, long-running affection]] of Lysa's sister, Catelyn, places him quite firmly in the {{Yandere}} category. In fact he takes [[UpToEleven this trope to it's extreme]], most notably by [[spoiler: starting a devastating, continent-wide civil war just to discredit Catelyn's husband, Ned, and destroy her family, just because he couldn't have her to himself. Catelyn dying doesn't seem to have impacted him too much, as he's happily found a ReplacementGoldfish in Sansa, Cat's daughter (and the aforementioned niece), and is now planning on bringing war to Westeros ''again'' to win the crown for Sansa and hopefully her love as well.]]
* Frollo in ''Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' shows that males aren't immune, either.
* Lydia towards Ethan in Peter Moore's ''Caught In The Act''.
* ''InDeath'' series: ''Indulgence In Death'' has a guy who killed a girl he was interested in a drunken fit of rage because she was not interested in him.
** ''Visions In Death'' has a TwistEnding in which [[spoiler: the psychic who had been helping Eve solve the case only did it because she wanted to make her murder of Annalisa Sommers look like John Blue murdered her. She was trying to get her ex-boyfriend back, who had hooked up with Sommers. She claims that she did it for love, but Eve refutes that claim, saying that she did it for power and control, and that love is just an excuse]]!
* In ''The Dummy'' by Diane Hoh, Jaye Bishop learns that [[spoiler: her supposed friend Caroline has been simultaneously cheating with Jaye's boyfriend Maguire and trying to kill Jaye. This isn't the first time Caroline has gone after someone else's boyfriend. In high school she murdered a classmate to get her boyfriend, then broke up with him because they started dating a month after Caroline committed the murder. Caroline figured he wasn't admirable boyfriend material if he was able to get over his dead ex so quickly.]]
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' has Calypso who, after offering her lover Odysseus a chance to stay with her on her island forever, tries to force him to stay on her island with her after he rejects her and tries to get back to his wife at Ithaca. She eventually lets him leave because Hermes told Calypso that Zeus said she had to let Odysseus go back to Ithaca.
* [[spoiler: Ashfur]] from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is a male version. After being rejected, he decided to pick off his former love's family members so that she could feel his pain.
* Orual from Creator/CSLewis' ''Till We Have Faces''
* At the beginning of ''TheStand'' we have Harold to Frannie.
* Gollum from ''Literature/TheHobbit'' and ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' was this towards [[CargoShip the One Ring]]. ''"My precioussssss..."'' That the object of his desires is a vaguely-sentient ArtifactOfDoom that acts like a centuries-long [[AddictiveMagic drug addiction]] makes him pitiable, but no less dangerous.
** ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' also has Grima Wormtongue, advisor to King Theoden turned spy for Saruman. It is implied that his reward would be the lady Eowyn.
* [[TheStarscream Penny]], to [[BigBad Caine]], in ''Literature/{{GONE}}''. even after he breaks both her legs. Now that's dedication.
** Somewhat a subverted trope as of ''FEAR''...But even post-Yandere had a obsession with Caine. [[spoiler: Only now the obsession isn't on loving him so much as torturing him.]]
* ''TheScarletLetter'' has a male example in [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Roger Chillingworth]], who's obsessed with hunting down and punishing the man who impregnated his wife.
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Eponine is in love with Marius, but he hardly knows she exists, and he falls in love with Cosette. Unable to cope with this, Eponine leaves threatening messages on Cosette's house, convincing her father to flee, and when Cosette tries to inform Marius of her new address, Eponine steals the letter. Once Marius is convinced that Cosette has abandoned him, Eponine tells him that his friends are waiting for him at the barricade, and he goes there fully believing he will die. Eponine hoped that they would both die at the barricade and would be TogetherInDeath, but she ends up taking a bullet for him, and dying in his arms. She still believes that he will die though, and it's only by some chance luck that Marius survives.
* Phaidor in ''GodsOfMars'' and ''WarlordOfMars''. Obsessed with John Carter, her attempt to kill Dejah Thoris and Thuvia results in all three of them becoming trapped in a temple for a year.
* Briony Tallis from ''{{Atonement}}''. She throws herself into a river to see if her crush will dive in to save her. She even falsely accuses him of raping her cousin after she catches him making love to her sister in the library, thinking he must be a sex maniac. It's strongly hinted that part of her motivation was jealousy that he was in love with her sister. Fortunately she's only thirteen and grows out of it somewhat.
** Although not soon enough to retract her accusation of rape and, you know, ''avoid'' [[TraumaCongaLine ruining the poor guy's life.]]
* [[Creator/MurasakiShikibu Murasaki Shikibu's]] ''Literature/TheTaleOfGenji'' introduces Rokujo no Miyasudokoro, one of the titular character's older lovers. Said to be one of the first (and certainly one of the most well-known), Rokujo was extremely possessive towards Genji to the point that her hatred to other of his lovers manifested itself as an evil spirit which killed one or more of them.
* Heathcliff from ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' goes insane after he thinks Catherine doesn't love him, and this insanity pretty much drives his villainy for the remainder of the novel.
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