Not Good with Rejection

"I'm not going to be ignored, Dan!"
Alexandra "Alex" Forrest, Fatal Attraction

Kisshu's response to Ichigo refusing him

This is when a character who has a crush on another character or is already with another character does not take rejection or being dumped well. It is their Berserk Button. Turns out Love Makes You Crazy and Love Makes You Evil especially if that love goes unrequited. May or may not be because of a character being arrogant and considering it a blow to their Pride to be turned down.

May or may not result in Attempted Rape, Self-Harm, or even worse. May occur in a Villainous Crush scenario. Mild cases of this are often a prerequisite to Ladykiller in Love scenario, when The Casanova falls in love because the woman rejected all his advances, leaving him baffled and disoriented by the new experience.

Stalkers are usually unsympathetic whereas this can be sympathetic; the one who cannot handle rejection may just commit Seppuku or join the Legion of Lost Souls whereas a Stalker with a Crush will continue pursuing in ways harmful to the supposed beloved. Sometimes the person who doesn't like rejection will not take cheating well either.

Sometimes the rejected character will try to make the object of their affection take back the rejection or love them, by force. Sometimes the character may be so delusional that they misconstrue their loved ones actions as being rejection.

A character could have an attachment to the person who rejected them that is platonic, familial, sexual, or romantic in nature.

See also Crazy Jealous Guy, Clingy Jealous Girl, Spurned Into Suicide, Please Don't Leave Me, Desperately Craves Affection, If I Can't Have You, and Murder the Hypotenuse. The rejected person may or may not get better and get over the rejection though. Compare Woman Scorned, Psycho Ex-Girlfriend. Compare/Contrast Mad Love where the rejected person doesn't always mind being rejected and continues to pursue the object of their affection anyway.

A subversion of this can be when the subject doesn't take well to being turned down initially, but later eases up and becomes a Dogged Nice Girl.

Sometimes if the rejected character has their limits they'll eventually give up on their love for the person who rejected them.

If the rejected character is sympathetic this could result in Love Hurts.

Could be Played for Laughs with the rejected character sitting in a Corner of Woe or Giving Up the Ghost.

There's a fundamental difference in character & story, depending on whether the rejected party:

Examples:

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  • Rune from Karakuridouji Ultimo falls into this in regards to his current unrequited love for Yamato. He's willing to rape and kill Yamato and then kill himself because he doesn't love him back.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia
    • Belarus has an unreturned Yandere crush on brother Russia. She doesn't react very well when Russia tries to get her to leave him alone. Meaning she tears out his doorknob and stands in the doorway with an insane look on her face telling him that they need to get "married"...
    • England tries to kill America when he tries to leave him, and is hinted to still hold feelings of resentment about it after he decides to let America go.
    • Russia was bullied and rejected by potential friends when he was younger. This sends him into a shock and makes him very depressed.
  • One Piece:
    • Vander Drecken responds very badly to Princess Shirahoshi rejecting his marriage proposals, leading to a very bad case of If I Can't Have You. Subverted when it's revealed he only wanted her for her ability to control Sea Kings.
    • Arlong's possessiveness towards Nami goes far past his stated desire of keeping her because she's a good surveyor, and his emotional abuse, manipulations, and threats to kill her friends and family if she ever leaves him make him out to be a crazy abusive boyfriend. Hell, he even calls her adorable in the dub.
    • Blackbeard did a I Have You Now, My Pretty ploy to Jewelry Bonney. He said that she was too weak to join his crew, but she could stay if she became his woman. Her response was a kick to Blackbeard's face. He responded by getting pissed off, screaming at her that she doesn't act like a woman should, and says they should just stick with his original plan of turning her over to be arrested so they can get a ship in return.
    • Absalom spied on Nami and accosted her while she was in the bath. She hit him with a Groin Attack. He later kidnaps her and tries to force to make her his bride. He's even stated to like weak woman that don't fight back.
  • Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun: Inner Reika (who's Yandere for Shungo) tries to rape Shungo to help get her feelings across, is willing to pull a Murder the Hypotenuse on Mayu her rival for Shungo's love, and completely loses it in the last episode upon seeing him try to kiss Mayu, screaming at her subordinate Hosaka to kill Shungo. She gets over it though.
  • In the SHUFFLE! anime Kaede goes Yandere when Rin rejects her in favor of Asa. She gets better.
  • In Princess Princess when Tooru tells Sayaka that he only sees her as a sister she has a Freak Out moment and tries to kill herself by jumping off of a cliff. She gets better.
  • Sailor Moon has a few characters that fall under this, namely the first anime's Ali and En (for Usagi and Mamoru respectively), Prince Diamond (for Usagi), and Emerald (for Prince Diamond). And the R movie's Fiore for Mamoru. And Queen Beryl's unrequited love for Endymion/Mamoru. Most of them get over the rejections though, more or less.
    • Usagi in the first anime falls into a depression after Mamoru breaks up with her and tries to tearfully eat her troubles away
  • Tokyo Mew Mew features Quiche who attempts to murder Ichigo's boyfriend Masaya or Ichigo herself when she rejects him. It certainly doesn't help that he's a Stalker with a Crush and Ichigo's primary foe throughout the series, which only adds more fuel to the fire.
  • In Outlaw Star Harry beats up Melfina and tries to kidnap her when she refuses him. He also tries to kill Gene the guy he thinks she's interested in and tries to Mind Rape her twice. He gets over the rejection though eventually.
  • Sakura Gari: Katsuragi towards Souma. Also, Sakurako towards Souma. Generally, a lot of people towards Souma. Also Souma towards Masataka.
  • In Ranma One Half Ranma's suitors do not take rejection well. This example is mostly Played for Laughs.
    • Also, when female Ranma discovers that Ryoga (that had accidentally hit Ranma with a love rod) doesn't love him back, he transforms himself into a guy and starts to beat the crap out of Ryoga. Normally Ryoga is as equally skilled in Martial Arts as Ranma, but this time Ranma was in such a rage that Ryoga was forced to surrender...
  • A few people in Ai no Kusabi didn't take rejection by Riki well but Iason and Guy really took it to extremes since they are both Yandere for Riki.
  • Yuno from Future Diary towards Yukiteru. Yuki has to resort to claiming to be in love with Yuno to prevent her from murdering his friend out of jealousy.
  • In Black Cat the protagonist's enemy, Creed Diskenth has an obsessive fixation on him, and when Train leaves the Chronos Numbers, he kills his closest friend and doesn't hesitate later on to kidnap his friends and hold them hostage.
  • In Elfen Lied, when Lucy learns Kouta lied to her about the gender of the cousin he was taking to the festival, she murders his father and sister in a fit of jealousy and tries to murder his cousin.
  • In Monster Eva Heinemann tries to win over Tenma several times after they break up, each time becoming angrier and angrier until she threatens to turn in his tie and use it against him.
  • Perfect Blue: Me-Mania (real name Uchida) has a thing for Mima that she doesn't even notice. When she publicly announces that she's quitting her singing job and moving to something else, Me-Mania takes this as rejection. Being the crazed fan that he is, he sends her a fax message simply saying "TRAITOR" over and over again. Then he stalks her, murders people connected to her, and attempts to rape and kill her.
  • Okane Ga Nai has Kanou towards Ayase. There's also Ayase's Stalker with a Crush who pulls a knife on him in a scene similar to Attempted Rape scene.
  • In a Death Note flashback, when Misa tries to ignore a Stalker with a Crush who surprises her at night, he pulls a knife, saying, "Then I'll kill you and myself!"
  • Mirage of Blaze: Naoe towards Kagetora. When Kagetora repeatedly tries to refuse Naoe in the OVA Naoe gets fed up and attempts to rape him.
  • Both of the main female characters on School Days fit this trope to a T. In various versions of the story, they turn to murdering not only their rival but Matoko himself when he pays more attention to one girl over another and suicide as a result of the rejection.
  • Mizore from Rosario To Vampire towards Tsukune though she does get better about this and becomes nicer after being added to Tsukune's harem.
    • Akuha of the second manga season is an even worse offender towards Moka. She freaks out and goes even more Yandere when she sees Moka choose Tsukune over her.
  • Nodame Cantabile: In the Paris Chapter, when Chiaki wanted to break up with Nodame, she beat the crap out of him (on a bridge overlooking the Seine) until he changed his mind.
  • Chiri in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei towards Nozomu. One such case is when Nozomu (and guest commentators) immediately and bluntly rejected her suggestion that they could be a successful match (proper love) in the "Maybe Maybe" episode, despite considering and conceding the possibility of success of romantic relationships with Abiru (puppy love), Nami (normal love), Manami (unfaithful love), Kaere (violent love), Chie (adult relationship), Maria (acquaintanceship) and even Ikkyu (Ho Yay), upon their suggestions. Chiri's reaction to the rejection is frighteningly hilarious.
  • Naruse in Kawaii Akuma. He confesses to Akiyoshi another man and when Akiyoshi rejects him he undergoes a complete change of attitude and rapes him.
  • Griffith of Berserk was implied to have feelings for Guts. He didn't respond very well when Guts left him. At all.
    • He also started harboring Yandere tendencies toward Casca as well, and the discovery that Guts and Casca were in a relationship would cause him to snap, leading to everything going to hell. Literally.
    • Rosine also had an obsession with her friend Jill. So, when Jill definitely refuses her We Can Rule Together offer, Rosine captures her and tries to turn her into one of her pseudo-Elves by force.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
    • Saionji is this in regards to Anthy. Whenever she attempts to resist him he slaps her and slut shames her.
    • Also Akio in regards to Anthy. When she resists his seduction attempt one night its implied he rapes her.
    • Kozue holding a razor to Miki's throat while they're both in the bathtub together and calling him a traitor when he refuses to divulge details of his personal affairs to her.
  • In Wolfs Rain during a confrontation between the two, Jagara stabs Darcia with a poisoned dagger when he refuses her.
  • In Fruits Basket Kagura Sohma is usually a cute, sweet girl with a cheerful disposition, but she actually shows her love for Kyo by beating him to a pulp on sight, especially if he refuses her advances. This frequently leads to Shigure's house being broken. When they were both little kids, apparently she got Kyo to propose to her by threatening him with a knife (or a big rock in the anime). Subverted at the end when she grows to accept his affection for Tohru.
  • The grotesque huge Captain Continental lusts after Jonathan in Legend of the Blue Wolves. However, Jonathan rejects his amorous advances. Captain Continental ultimately responds by beating him up and raping him.
  • Durarara!!:
    • Haruna Niekawa. Professor Nasujima at Mikado's school clearly has a thing for Anri, which naturally Squicks the hell out of her. The same guy is also dating Haruna Niekawa (one of his former students). Or was. Haruna doesn't like that he's changed his preferences, so she gave Anri a visit and tried to kill her...
    • There's also Namie Yagiri and Mika Harima towards Seiji. They're so yandere that they're willing to get rid of Celty's head (which Seiji is yandere for) if it means they can have Seiji for themselves.
      • Though Mika actually out-yanderes Namie, as when Seiji smashes her face when she takes a glimpse of Celty's head, Mika gets plastic surgery to fix her grievous injuries... and also makes herself look exactly like Celty with her head on. Can we say, yikes?
  • Tabool in Now and Then, Here and There is unhealthily obsessed with garnering any attention whatsoever from his best-friend-turned-rival, Nabuca, to the point that he gets jealous of a freaking six-year-old. Long story short: Nabuca continues to reject Tabool and it does not end well.
  • Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo: After being dumped by her boyfriend Fumio Kirisaki declares "Alright, I'll kill him...Then I'll die."
  • In the anime Speed Grapher Ginza has a one-sided, desperate love for Saiga and ultimately rapes him.
  • In Devil May Cry: The Animated Series the Prison Warden. After Dante rejects his advances he freaks out and orders Dante to be thrown in the special cell.
  • Sae in Peach Girl nearly pushes her love rival in front of a bus. And Momo beats up Kiley when he reveals he has a first love. In regards to Toji when he breaks up with her due to Sae's manipulations she sits outside his house in the snow stubbornly to the point of catching a cold and gets pissed him at him, throwing an apple at him, and yells "Don't fuck with me!" Kairi also sits in a Corner of Woe when Momo rejects him. All of them eventually get over the rejections.
  • When Tamaki of Ouran High School Host Club gets rebuffed by Haruhi he also sits in a Corner of Woe.
  • Ryoki of Hot Gimmick in regards to Hatsumi his girlfriend. At one point in the manga Hatsumi tells Ryoki that she can't be with him anymore when he orders her to make the impossible decision of choosing between him or her family. When she leaves him he's shown thinking to himself "That stupid woman...If she can't be mine she should just die."
  • Aoshima of Ah! My Goddess is a playboy that can have any woman he wants except for Belldandy and Skuld. When they reject him he doesn't take it well and attempts to rape them. Thankfully, they both escape him before he can.
  • Togainu no Chi: Keisuke becomes Yandere as a result of not having his feelings toward Akira being acknowledged and being rejected as well as the effects of Line making him insane. Whether he snaps out of it or not depends on the route (in the game). In the anime though, he snaps out of it and reverts back to his normal self.
  • Mai Hime: Shizuru out of her love for Natsuki, goes insane when she believes Natsuki has rejected her (Natsuki, however, also considers Shizuru her most important person) and kills those she sees as Natsuki's enemies. And even better, her CHILD is named Kiyohime, see the Myth and Legend section of this page for more.
  • A possible interpretation of Kyouko from Skip Beat!.
  • In Full Metal Panic! we have Leonard Testarossa. He has a crush on Kaname, once forced a kiss on her, and kidnapped her after besting Sousuke (in a gentlemen's duel), and personally assured him that despite his attraction to her, he wouldn't force anything, and will see to that nothing untoward should happen. Later on, however, he becomes so enraged with Kaname not giving in to him, and sort of "betraying" him by finally declaring to Sousuke that she loves him, that he slaps her hard enough to make her fall to the ground, speaks to her very rudely, and generally tortures her (more mentally than physically) in order to weaken her mind so that she won't be able to resist his plans of world-domination.
  • In Lovely Complex Mimi briefly acts this way but Koizumi punches her and tells her to deal with it. She gets better.
  • The subtext of Yurimaru's death via Zakuro's Action Bomb trap in Ninja Scroll is blatant. Yurimaru is an an electrokinetic Bishōnen who uses Razor Floss—Zakuro is a viciously inventive explosives expert with at the least a prominent facial scar and at most is so covered in scars she looks like Frankenstein's Monster. Zakuro has a major crush on Yurimaru, but Yurimaru is a Depraved Homosexual in love with (and sleeping with) their leader, Himuro Gemma, and so he rejects her advances rather bluntly. Yurimaru promptly stumbles into an explosives-rigged shed near the climax of the movie, and is blatantly blown to pieces when a detonating rat triggers the whole place going up in flames.
  • Ryuuko in 'Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest'' in regards to Inugami. It also is not pretty.
  • Happens at least twice in Detective Conan. The first time, the guy not only killed himself... but he made it look as if the Idol Singer who rejected him actually murdered him.
    • Inverted in another case. Miyuki Hyuga wanted to marry Hideomi Nagato, but he was still feeling the guilt over the incident in which he caused the house fire that killed her parents, and as a result Hideomi crossed the Despair Event Horizon and later killed himself.
  • Gunslinger Girl: First, we have Elsa, who shot her handler Lauro and then put a bullet through her eye because Lauro did not return her feelings. Many chapters later, Henrietta, who as of late had been ignored by Jose, frags him during a rampage against Dante's men brought about by Ski Mask Guy. Jose has her finish the job. As Henrietta puts one more through Jose, Jose shoots her through the eye, killing her instantly.
  • Everyone in Black★Rock Shooter.
  • In Koharu No Hibi Koharu is so obsessed with Akira that its implied she's Not Good with Rejection in regards to him.
  • Akari of Girl Got Game is a type 2 Yandere for Kyo. Attempts to drive her away are met with suicide threats and Wolverine Claws.
  • Nozomu of Stepping on Roses. To insane proportions. He even goes so far as to go around with an ax "Here's Johnny" style trying to catch Sumi "cheating on him".
  • Genkaku of Deadman Wonderland is in love with Nagi/his carnage. He definitely didn't respond well to Nagi rejecting him.
    • Masaru "Chaplin" Sukegawa was imprisoned after murdering a woman his lover was caught with.
  • One of the creepiest examples comes from Minoru Murao's Knights manga. Of all people, Nina, the cute little girl of the cast goes nuts when she assumes that the object of her affection Mist is physically involved with his Ms. Fanservice companion Euphemia. Her response is to lead a supernatural agent of the Corrupt Church (the same Church that nearly burned her at the stake after accusing her of being a witch) to kill him. She even shoots him in the leg with a crossbow. Her motivation? To send his soul to Hell, where it will be "purified", then join him in death so they can be together for all eternity. Keep in mind that this guy saved her life in the first few chapters, which is why she's so hung up on him in the first place. This is borderline Love Makes You Evil. To her credit, she does eventually realize just how utterly screwed up she was, and works to undo her actions.
  • Bakemonogatari:
    • Hitagi Senjougahara makes it clear that she won't tolerate her boyfriend Koyomi Araragi showing interest in any other woman. At one point, she nearly stabs him in the eye with a mechanical pencil after he so much as talks about another female using her first name without an honorific. And only stops once he screams, "Stop it! There's nothing guilty about it! I didn't mean it like I knew her well! I'm only devoted to you, Senjougahara!"
    • Nadeko is this as well. At the temple near the end of Nadeko Medusa she decides that since Koyomi will probably keep getting girlfriends, she might as well stab him to death now rather than experience the grief of having him taken away from her over and over.
  • Faina Shinozaki from Infinite Ryvius. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, she tries to kill him. When her previous boyfriend broke up with her, she did kill him. She also killed an old friend just for mentioning his name.
  • Manami Anzai from Life, who first appears as a cute and childish clique leader who snaps utterly when she suspects Ayumu is trying to steal away her boyfriend. She goes so insane that she then dates a gang leader on the side to use him to get back at both Ayumu and her boyfriend, and then promptly screws her boyfriend and the gang leader both over. Not to mention her vow to kill Ayumu with her bare hands. Then she crosses into Cute and Psycho territory.
  • Chloe of Noir She turns psycho after Kirika rejects (or more accurately, fails to even notice) her advances, and then acts to protect Mireille from her, causing her to snap.
  • Reimi from Bamboo Blade has stalked Miyako from the shadows ever since the latter had brutally rebuffed the advances of the former's crush in middle school (though the two attend different high schools).
  • Mao for C.C. and Rolo for Lelouch in Code Geass.
  • Mawaru-Penguindrum
    • Ringo for Tabuki. She drugs and attempts to rape him when she learns he doesn't love her back. Tabuki also falls into this in episode 11 for Ringo after she gives him a Love Potion.
    • Tsubasa Yuuki also had something with Yuri and when Yuri broke it off Tsubasa appeared to stab Tabuki out of jealousy.
  • Dai of Let Dai for Jaehee. He ties Jaehee down to train tracks when he considers him to have spurned his love.
  • Karl Fei-Ong of Blood+. The fact that Diva didn't love him is what drove him insane.
  • Ritsu in Loveless sexually abuses a young Soubi and generally acts like a Jerk Ass because Soubi's mother married another man over him.
  • Threads Of Time: Sali Tayi. He explicitly tells Atan Hadas that if she runs away with Moon-Bin and doesn't marry him, he'll kill them both.
  • Haru To Natsu has protagonist Makoto caught between twin sisters who both want him,. He prefers Haruna, the stable and sweet model student, while also being chased by Natsuki, who wants him because Haruna wants him. Oh, and did I mention Haruna's quite Yandere for Makoto? To the point that their first kiss is while she's holding a very large butcher knife, and later promises (while wielding that same knife) that if he ever cheats, he wouldn't like what happens.
  • Shuichi Shindou from Gravitation qualifies for this when the stress of Yuki being outed puts him into the hospital, and Shuichi talks at length about how he would rather Yuki die than leave him.
    • Yuki and his sister/Tohma's wife Mika acknowledge that Yuki's break-up with Shuichi was for Shuichi's own protection; had Yuki not ended it, it's heavily implied that Tohma, whom is a Yandere for Yuki, would have killed Shuichi. And this may not be the first incident of this happening.
  • Sengoku Otome has Akechi Mitsuhide, who is so yandere for her master, Oda Nobunaga, that after catching her "kissing" supposed-rival Hideyoshi (but she was just giving her medicine), she torches the temple that Nobunaga's passed out drunk in, then goes in after her "so they can always be together." Fortunately, the plan is thwarted, everyone survives, and although Mitsuhide passed out from smoke inhalation, she wakes up in the middle of getting mouth-to-mouth from Nobunaga.
  • What specifically pushes Claudine into shooting himself dead is how Sirene, his third and last love, leaves him for his older brother Andre.
    • Similarly, what pushes Louis Lacques into killing Claudine's dad and his own sister Cecilia is finding out that they were involved... since Louis himself was Monsieur de Montesse's former lover..
  • Girls Bravo: Lisa Fukuyama is an insane user of black magic who develops an intense infatuation for Yukinari after his appearance matches a description in her horoscope for her soul mate and often employs her magic to get closer to him-which often fails spectacularly. She often has her attendant Kosame stand nearby with her loaded gun trained on Yukinari, making a not so subtle threat to shoot Yukinari if he refuses her.
  • Kara no Kyoukai:
  • Warau Hyouteki: When Azusia and Yuzura were mere children, they were betrothed to each other by their parents. Many years later, after Azusia's mother mysteriously dies, Azusia returns to Yuzura with the intent of marrying him. Of course, Yuzura has a girlfriend, Satomi, and this doesn't sit to well with Azusia. Add to the fact that Azusia is anything but "normal", and she has no problem eliminating the competition by any means possible.
  • Maki in Darker Than Black, (despite being a cute little kid), right down to trying to murder the guy his crush is in love with.
  • Haou Airen: Reilan didn't exactly kill herself with her own hands, but set a Thanatos Gambit specifically to have revenge against the Bastard Boyfriend that left her for Kurumi.
  • In Minamoto Kun Monogatari Rokujou's sanity is way gone when Kaoruko tells her that Terumi does not love her and doesn't need her like she would like to believe. One panel is so dedicated to her thinking thoughts like "Lies, No way, You're wrong", etc. that the words are overlapping with each other.
  • Angela in the Black Butler anime starts torturing and trying to kill Sebastian when he rejects her advances and We Can Rule Together offer. Also, Alois is hinted to love Claude and is extremely jealous of Ciel for having Claude's love and angry at Claude rejecting him to the point of acting cruelly towards Ciel, beating up Hannah, and wondering if he should tear Claude's wings off so he can't leave when comparing him to a butterfly.
  • In Oreimo when Kyousuke rejects Ayase's love in episode 12 of season 2, she claims while teary-eyed she'll kill him if he doesn't go with her.
  • Adekan
    • There are several villains that are like this but in particular there is Kusuko's father who is a powder box merchant who enslaves low-born young women and sells them to men to be abused, after murdering his low-born wife for unverified suspicions that she was cheating on him, he then turns around and imprisons his daughter in a Gilded Cage while telling her terrifying tales of the outside world...and having sex with a girl who looks like a carbon copy of her on the side. Not horrifying enough for you? To keep his daughter in line, he tells her scary stories about a monstrous yuurei, Nainai-sama, who haunts their box-maze mansion. Except Nainai-sama is real...
    • There's also Anri. When a panda that he likes rebuffs him and has to be transferred to be with his panda wife and child Anri calls Shiro and complains about it to him while crying. Shiro complains that its annoying because Anri cries and calls to complain every time he's dumped. It's also implied that Anri resents when Shiro rejects his displays of affection.
  • Tokyo Ghoul:
    • Kanae's despair and anger at Tsukiyama's paying attention to others namely Sasaki/Kaneki, over him leads him to consider killing Sasaki to get him out of the way. It also makes him vulnerable to Eto's torture and mind games when she states that she knows Kanae wants to make Sasaki suffer because he has Tsukiyama's attention. He ends up cutting off Sasaki's hand and trying to drop him off a roof to his death out of jealousy and due to Eto's influence on his sanity but Sasaki decapitates him. Also, the cover of Chapter 45 shows Kanae vomiting and choking on rose petals. This is called "Hanahaki Byou", a sort of fictional disease/artistic symbolism where a person vomits flower petals as a result of Unrequited Love.
    • Eto reveals to Kanae as she's manipulating her that they should both destroy the ones they love for not returning their feelings.
    • Tsukiyama is implied to have feelings for Kaneki to a Yandere degree and it's implied Kaneki's repeated refusal to allow Tsukiyama to eat him is infuriating to him. He tries to persuade Kaneki to stay with him and the group and prevent him from basically going on a suicide mission. When Kaneki coldly rejects him Tsukiyama freaks out and tries to kill Kaneki telling him "I'm not going to let anyone get in the way of me eating you! Not even you!"
  • In The Last Naruto goes right into Heroic BSOD after getting rejected by Hinata, as bad as calling for her name for three days in a delirious state. Later when he comes around Sai & Shikamaru point out this flaw to him. It's not shocking considering his history with Sasuke too...
  • Cross Ange: When Ange herself refuses his advances, Embryo tortures her by forcing her mind to undergo overwhelming pain and then physical need. When Ange tries to escape, Embryo shows his true colors by taking over the mind of her faithful maid Momoka and even tries to fatally shoot Momoka when she resists. Upon the final battle, Embryo simply decides to obliterate all of humanity again, coldly rebuking one of his subordinates for caring about others, and tries to sacrifice his loyal followers to buy himself time. When he is through trying to seduce Ange, Embryo tries to beat and rape her before trying to kill her for not "accepting his love".
  • Yuri Kuma Arashi: While Yurika certainly loved Reia, the latter did not feel the same. This led to Yurika eating Reia out of jealousy and possessiveness and later trying to do the same along with what looked like Attempted Rape to her daughter Kureha due to the Strong Family Resemblance.
  • Phi Brain: Puzzle of God gives us Rook and Kaito. The two were childhood friends. Unfortunately, Rook was taken away as a child and eventually became a Tyke Bomb who determined that Kaito was the perfect candidate for Phi Brain, a program filled with Death Trap puzzles, the ultimate goal of which is to create the perfect puzzle solver. It Makes Sense in Context. As Kaito solves puzzles, Rook gushes over how beautiful he is when doing so. He even concocts a plan to convince Kaito that the best thing to do is to leave his True Companions behind and join him. It doesn't work. He gets very angry when Kaito's Love Interest, Nonoha, displays how close she and Kaito are. When Kaito finally makes it clear that he will never join POG, the conglomerate Rook works for, Rook goes into a mad rage, screaming that Kaito is his and that he has to join him. Rook's personal Dragon needs to hold him back from making a grab at Kaito himself.
  • K's Fushimi Saruhiko has an Unrequited Love for Yata Misaki that is apparently so strong that it drove him insane. Because Misaki had found new friends and a new family with HOMRA and started to drift away from him he lost himself in jealousy and heartbreak, believing that making Misaki hate him was the only way to get his attention. The Manga Days of Blue shows very clearly that he still suffers badly over being away.
  • Oniisama e...: Mariko Shinobu threatens to kill Nanako and herself when the latter tries to decline staying overnight, then holds the door closed so she can't get out. Luckily Mariko's mother Hisako provides enough distraction for Nanako to escape, but Mariko still protests.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Alternate Character Interpretation of Shinji puts him in this category. In End Of Evangelion when Asuka rejects Shinji when he's close to crossing the Despair Event Horizon he snaps and strangles her in a Neck Lift.
    • Asuka gets quite upset when Kaji rejects her and when Shinji acts cold towards her as shown in a Director's cut.
  • Psyren: Eiji captures Marie, wanting to turn her into a statue. She refuses to be with him, so he decides to kill her.
  • Ichitaka Seto of Is is a normal Japanese high school student. His one hang-up is that due to a particularly nasty rejection by a girl when he was younger, he can't properly show his affection to anyone he's interested in.
  • Girls Saurus: Haruka attacked Shingo for rejecting her sending him to the hospital, but spends almost the entire manga honestly believing that Shingo's rejection made her the victim. Subverted in the final chapters when she learns the truth.
  • The Wallflower is about Sunako Nakahara, whose first love, in response to her confession told her "I don't like ugly girls". In response, she took to shunning light forever, hiding her face behind long black hair and devoting her life to horror, gore and darkness.
  • Nanako Saeki of Aku no Hana snaps when Kasuga breaks up with her for Nakamura. To the point that she rapes Kasuga in the hopes of winning him back.
  • Garcia of Black Lagoon listens in on Roberta (who he has a big crush on) getting frisky with a guy in El Baile de la Muerte and cries while biting his finger to the point of bleeding.
  • Kare Kano: Arima's dark side. Any time that he comes onto the screen, you just know Arima is seconds away from shattering. This is made worse because to the outside world, he appears to be a put together, genius with his only match being Yukino, his girlfriend. It's scary to slowly see his thoughts morph from wanting to be with Yukino, to wanting to isolate her from everyone and keep her just for himself. His fighting with these thoughts proves that Arima is a good guy, but him imagining tying Yukino in chains does not bode well for their relationship. This is a rare case of Stalker with a Crush in which not only is the stalker in a committed relationship with his crush, but he is also portrayed as so sympathetic that you just want to save him from himself.
    • The worst has to be the end of Chapter 42 right after Yukino decides that she wants her world to be bigger than just her and Arima. The realization that he cannot bind her to him makes the dark side that Arima was always trying to hide come out. And it is frightening.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: Nova wants Hikaru all to herself and won't hesitate to kill her friends in order to eliminate competition.
  • In Haiyore! Nyarko-san Mahiro's mother Yoriko says that Mahiro and Nyarko should start their relationship slow and be friends first; Nyarko, mistakenly thinking she's been friend zoned, has the Giving Up the Ghost reaction.
  • Dio of Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure is so arrogant that he considers it a blow to his pride if anyone should reject him, even if he doesn't have feelings for them. It makes him act quite violent. In his opinion, he should be the one dishing out the rejection, not the other way around. On one occasion he gave Erina a Forceful Kiss to further break Jonathan. She reacted by washing her mouth out with muddy water. Dio responded with a blow to her face.

     Comic Books  

  • Iron Man:
  • The Venom Symbiote is this to Spider-Man. Venom believes in the concept of having a permanent bond with its host so Peter's rejection was especially painful to the symbiote. Its thought process can best be summed up as "That bastard! How dare he kick me out! Didn't he realize how awesome I was?! Well screw him! I hate him, I hate him, I want him to die! He deserves to suffer for hurting me! But then... I won't have him! I know, I'll kill off everything he loves and then force him to take me back! Then it will just be us together forever..."
  • Superman once had Maxima, Queen of the planet Almerac after him. Maxima learned about Superman after viewing a transmission of outer-space gladiator games that Superman was forced to take part in, and set out to make the Man of Steel her mate. Since Superman rejected her advances, Max periodically attempted to wreak revenge, including an alliance with his nemesis Brainiac.
    • The second was an Earth woman named Dana Dearden. She always fascinated by the legends of ancient gods. Since the Man of Steel is more-or-less a modern-day god, she transferred her interest to him, filling her room with various news clippings and other memorabilia of him. After stealing some ancient coins at the local museum, she gained superpowers and donned a hero costume of her own, insisting that she was Kal-El's Super-Woman. But not only did Superman deny her the love she sought, she was quickly given the somewhat irritating name "Obsession". In her fury, she destroyed an oil tanker, and disappeared for awhile. And when Obsession resurfaced during Superman's split into Red and Blue versions, she ran up against Maxima, who wasn't interested in Dana's suggestion that there was now one Supes for each of them. In the end, though, Obsession's love for Superman proved 100% true, when she sacrificed herself to save him from a magical attack.

     Fan Works 
  • Death Note:
    Light: I know I can win him back if he'll just visit me in person once.
  • A Crown Of Stars: When Jinnai found out that Asuka and Shinji were together he did not take it quite well. In fact he called her a slut -among other "nice" epithets-, threatened with telling Shinji secrets she would not want him knowing and declared he would sell her into sex slavery after she outlived her usefulness. His tantrum was even more out of place when you consider she had been nothing but his "voluntary" plaything and she had been very clear about never liking him and servicing him only because the alternative was a bullet in her head.
  • Evangelion 303: Saburo broke up with Kaworu when he latter started paying more attention to Rei Ayanami. Later he regretted it, but for then Kaworu had moved on. Feeling unable to get over his feelings Saburo started increasingly dumber and crazier schemes to win Kaworu back, and lashing out against his perceived rival, Rei.
  • Grand Tour Series: Kendra Zendor does not take rejection well.
  • HERZ: Kurumi was rejected by Shinji, but she was unable to accept it and get over it. When she met him again, seven years later, he was married and had a daughter and she kept trying to seduce him with absolutely zero success.
  • Sasuke in Slash Fic "Purple" by kodak-85 to Naruto. Naruto tells Sasuke he's not gay and doesn't even like him. Sasuke's response is to punch him, tell him "You led me on", rape him and then carve his trademark whiskers on his face with a knife. As well as telling him he belongs to him.
  • Admiral Xen of the Mass Effect fic Project Gethinator, who is Yandere in a big way for Commander Shepard, utterly loses it in the final chapter when he decisively turns her down and calls her on her mad scheme to control geth with the brains of kidnapped and murdered humans, going as far as to make the star of Eta Carinae go hyper-nova in a mad bid to destroy him, Tali and the crew of the Normandy.
  • Lampshaded in the Maleficent fanfic Your Servant Mistress. Diaval encounters a man who had approached him some time ago, and whom he had rejected. When the guy says some nasty things to Maleficent, Diaval comments that he's just angry because Diaval rejected him.
  • The Labyrinth fanfic "The Goblin Market" takes the original story where Jareth commands Sarah to love him in return and she refuses and has a continuation where Jareth, bitter by her rejection seeks to make her his queen by force and resorts to outright seduction and rituals made to connect them.

    Films — Animated 
  • Hal/Titan in Megamind. He goes absolutely bonkers when Roxanne turns him down. He even decides to destroy Metro City just because one girl didn't return his feelings.
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    • Gaston increasingly goes from being a Jerkass Stalker with a Crush into a murderous Yandere through the course of the movie. It's especially evident after Belle keeps refusing him.
    Gaston: I'll have Belle for my wife! Make no mistake about that!
    • When Belle leaves the Beast to save her father the Beast falls into despair and loses the will to live.
    • The Bimbette twins, Claudette (with the red dress), Laurette (with the amber dress) and Paulette (with the green dress) comically break down into tears when Gaston announces he's going to propose to Belle.
  • Claude Frollo from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame does not take rejection well. Confirmed when he sings "She (Esmeralda) will be mine or she will burn!" and offers her a Sadistic Choice of such a nature.
  • In The Incredibles, Buddy Pine makes this absolutely clear to Mr. Incredible after being refused by him as his sidekick, Incrediboy, and changed into Syndrome.
  • In The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina the Mole King goes Ax-Crazy when Thumbelina rejects him and chooses Tom instead.
  • A deleted scene from the first The Lion King film that is mostly restored in the play as "The Madness of King Scar" is downright creepy. Scar starts hitting on Nala, wanting her to be his queen. She refuses. In front of the pride, he banishes her.
  • Wenlock of Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus turns any girl to stone that refuses his affections.
  • The Jack In The Box from "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" sequence of Fantasia tries to force kisses on the ballerina and keeps her captive when she refuses him. He even tries to murder the tin soldier.
  • Lola the Gold Digger lionfish from Shark Tale, to the point where she mercilessly slams Oscar against the glass windows when he dumps her for Angie.
    • Lola then proves to be even more of a psychopath by being perfectly willing to arrange Don Lino & his Mob-sharks to kidnap Angie in demand of Oscar's obedience, even gleefully threatening Angie's life in order to do so.
    Lola: You know, Sharkslayer. There's only one thing I like better than money: Revenge!
  • Emily of Corpse Bride admits her heart broke after Barkis Bittern rejected her and left her for dead. She also has deep sadness inside her after Victor tells her he would never marry her and initially acts possessive towards Victor when his arranged fiance Victoria is around. She gets better and eventually decides to let Victoria and Victor be together. Her making peace with the rejection and her past is what allows her spirit to pass on.
  • Shrek: In the first movie Shrek hears Fiona (whom was in her ogre form due to a curse) tell Donkey that how could someone love anybody who's so ugly (she was talking about herself in her ogre form) and says that's why she can't be with Shrek. Shrek believes she was talking about him and acts very coldly towards Fiona, rebuffing her attempts to talk to him and screaming at Donkey to leave him alone. He also is shown weeping at home while sitting down to eat which mirrors Fiona crying at the castle due to her sadness at having to marry Farquaad when she loves Shrek and at Shrek's rejection of her.
  • In both the book and the movie Coraline repeatedly rejects the Other Mother's attempts to make her into her perfect little daughter and tells her she isn't her mother. In both versions this results in the Other Mother having a Villainous Breakdown and in the movie when Coraline escapes she screams "DON'T LEAVE ME! DON'T LEAVE ME! I'LL DIE WITHOUT YOU!"

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring:
    • Van Reuiven lusts after Griet to the point of trying to rape her when drunk once when she continues to act indifferent towards him and tries to fight him off.
    • When Johannes decides to paint Griet the family maid whom he has Unresolved Sexual Tension with over Catherina she looks at it as Johannes preferring Griet over her, and tries to stab the painting. When Johannes stops her she screams at Griet to get out of her house.
  • Devil In The Flesh:
    • Rose McGowan's character Debbie in the movie goes Yandere for her teacher when it becomes obvious that he already has a wife and doesn't love her back.
    • The guy from Debbie's school who lusted after her tries to rape her after she turns down his sexual advances and later attacks her. She kills him before he can attack/rape her.
  • In Just Friends when Chris tries to turn down Samantha she tazers him in the groin. Also, Samantha shows up at Jamie's house to start trouble after learning that Chris is kind of dating Jamie. There's also a Running Gag of guys being upset when girls put them in the friend zone. At the beginning when Chris gets rejected by Jamie and mocked by the students at a party he flees the house on his bike.
  • Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction towards Dan. For example, she threatens suicide when he tries to separate himself from her after their fling.
  • Mark Wahlberg's character David McCall in the 1996 movie Fear. Nicole and David end up together and within a couple of weeks, Nicole realizes that David is becoming possessive of her and ultimately breaks up with him. David tries everything to get Nicole back, but when that doesn't work, he and his group of friends break into Nicole's home by holding her and her family hostage, which leads to some nasty consequences.
  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend: On one side there is Matt, a normal guy. On the other side there is Jenny Johnson AKA G-Girl, a Supergirl Expy. They were an item at first, but then Jenny became more neurotic, aggressive and controlling. So Matt breaks off the relationship and...she does not take the rejection well. She terrorizes his life, sends his car into orbit, and throws a shark at him.
  • Adrian in The Crush: Adrian maniacally dices lemons with a knife after seeing Nick and Amy in bed together, and in the film's climax, attacks Nick and her father with a crowbar due to Nick's repeated rejections of her. She also loves Nick so much she's willing to kill his girlfriend and her own friend to get him. Luckily, she doesn't succeed. At the end when she's in a psychiatric hospital she gives up on her crush on Nick and falls for her doctor, giving a picture of him and his wife an evil glare.
  • In Titanic (1997), Cal (Rose's fiance) shoots at Jack and Rose after he sees them reuniting. He later tries to keep Rose from going to Jack after she rejects him with "I'd rather be his (Jack's) whore than your (Cal's) wife!" but Rose spits at him.
  • Rat Race: Tracy goes into psycho mode when she finds her boyfriend cheating on her with his ex. Upon seeing him and his ex in a steamy pool in the backyard, she attempts to nose dive at them in her helicopter and in their haste to avoid it they break the pool and the water sends them crashing into the side of his house. After that, she proceeds to drop things, including a can of pink paint, onto his truck, and chase him down in the chopper, while using the landing skids to destroy his truck. After running him off the road, she steals the truck upon finding her helicopter's engine is shot. She then yells and punches him in the face after he breaks up with her, almost strangles him with the truck window, puts a bra in his mouth and throws him out of the already running truck.
  • In Swimfan Madison initially doesn't seem all that upset that her one time lover Ben has a girlfriend Amy already but then she becomes more unhinged and tries to murder Amy...
  • The Duke in Moulin Rouge! tries to rape Satine and threatens to murder her lover unless she comes to him.
  • In Akunin, when the Villain Protagonist Shimizu's girlfriend stands him up to go off with another guy, Shimizu follows them and kills her.
  • Most of Life Time's movies feature some form of this. Whenever a character has their feelings rejected, they will either try to ruin their loved one's lives, use threats against them, attempt or successfully kill someone close to them, or all three.
  • In Back to the Future, Biff frequently makes unwanted advances on Lorraine and becomes very angry when she rejects him, tries to rape her in 1955, and wants to marry her (he eventually succeeds in marrying her and treats her horribly).
  • Bad Education: Father Berenguer tries to blackmail Juan when he refuses to see him.
  • Bruce Almighty: Bruce and Grace, in a sympathetic Tearjerker example. When Grace catches Bruce getting kissed by Susan she refuses to listen to his explanations and leaves him. She asks God (Bruce has God's powers) to take away her feelings for Bruce because she doesn't want to get hurt anymore. Bruce tries to win Grace back after she dumps him, up to including trying to use his powers to force Grace to love him again despite knowing he can't affect free will. Eventually, they get back together.
  • Horrible Bosses: The Maneater boss regularly sexually harasses Dale. When he rejects her advances, she drugs him and takes sexually explicit photos of him to blackmail him with.
  • Play Misty for Me: Dave (Eastwood) is a womanizing DJ who constantly gets calls from a woman asking him to play the song "Misty". He eventually meets the woman, named Evelyn, and has a one-night-stand with her. Evelyn insists on making herself part of Dave's life and, at first, Dave likes the attention. However, his ex-girlfriend, Tobie, moves back to town and Dave decides to patch things up. After he attempts to tell Evelyn that he's not interested, she responds by attempting suicide. Dave and Tobie get closer, but Evelyn isn't going to take it and tries any way she can to keep Dave to herself, even if it means getting rid of Tobie for good...
  • Spider-Man Trilogy: Occurs in the third film when Mary Jane breaks up with Peter. Also, in the first film Green Goblin has much Foe Yay towards Spider-Man and doesn't react well when he rejects his offer to join him. "NO ONE SAYS NO TO ME!"
  • Sandy Burrow (Joely Fisher) from Seduction in a Small Town is a great example of a Lifetime-like Yandere: when she throws herself at local dad Paul Jenks (Dennis Weaver) and is rebuffed because he's Happily Married to Sarah (Melissa Gilbert), among other things, she gets so pissed that she falsely accuses them both of being horrible abusive parents to their two kids and gets them thrown in jail. Twice.
  • Dark Shadows: After Barnabas rejects her love, Angelique goes on to Murder the Hypotenuse, curse Barnabas to be a vampire, lock him in a coffin for almost 200 years, and spend those consequent 200 years sabotaging his family for revenge.
  • Fredrick Zoller in Inglorious Basterds. In one scene Zoller slips away to the projection room to see Shosanna, who rejects him. As a result he gets angry and slams the door open, and she shoots him, but he fatally shoots her as well before dying.
  • In Scream 4, Trevor told Jill he loved her, they had sex and then he "just goes out with someone else". Jill absolutely refuses to forgive him, no matter how much he tries to apologize. She later shoots Trevor in the groin and then kills him, planning to frame him for her murders and says "I am not the kind of girl you cheat on".
  • In P2, Thomas is of the Stalker with a Crush variety, veering into Ax-Crazy. He chooses to kidnap the heroine when she refuses to stay after work and have dinner with him on Christmas Eve.
  • Batman & Robin: Dr. Jason Woodrue tries to kill Pamela Isley after she rejects him. He even admits that he doesn't take rejection well.
  • Kill Bill: Bill doesn't take being rejected by The Bride well.
  • In Hot Tub Time Machine, in the original timeline, Jenny stabs Adam in the eye with a fork after he breaks up with her.
  • Simone in The Perfect Girlfriend is this. Anytime a guy she dates breaks up with her, she proceeds to ruin his life by destroying his career. She has a huge Villainous Breakdown when Brandon, her current "boyfriend", breaks up with her and goes back to is girlfriend. In addition to her huge breakdown, she also charges a purchase of wine to his company card, which almost got him fired.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West
    • Albert is initally too depressed to leave the house after Louise rejects him and tries to win her back before giving up on her and choosing Anna.
    • Clinch is much worse as he's shown to be willing to murder people when he learns his wife Anna kissed another man (Albert) as well as attempt to murder her in a case of If I Can't Have You after she rejects and humiliates him.
  • Implied in Misery when Annie tries to keep Paul from leaving her but knows he'll want to leave her when his legs get better and then says that she has a gun and she might put bullets in it. She also breaks his legs to keep him from leaving and tells him "God I love you."
  • In Legally Blonde Elle and her boyfriend Warner are eating dinner and Elle is expecting Warner to propose. However, he breaks up with her for not being serious enough and in response she has a breakdown in the middle of the restaurant and angrily walks home in the rain but stops and gets in the car when Warner tells her she'll ruin her shoes that way. She also holes herself up in her room eating chocolates. She gets over him though.
  • Michael in Click freeze frames his ex-wife Donna and her new husband after she yells at him "I hate you!" and he discovers they're married. He then gives the guy a Groin Attack. He later flips him off and generally hates him but eventually lets him know that he has no hard feelings towards him anymore as he lay dying.
  • Blue Steel: Wall Street stock broker Eugene Hunt becomes psychotically obsessed with rookie cop Megan Turner after he witnesses her gunning down an armed robber, and thinks they are soulmates. When she rejects him upon finding out that he's a murderer, he proceeds to kill her friends and anyone else close to her, and eventually rapes her.
  • Lucille Sharpe from Crimson Peak is very possessive of her lover and brother Thomas. When she finds out that he has fallen for someone else, she flips out and kills him in a fit of rage, then immediately starts sobbing over the deed she did.
  • All of Esther's actions in Orphan have in mind the ultimate death of his family Kate, Danny AND Max so that she can have John all to herself.
  • The Perfect Assistant features an assistant becoming obsessed with her boss, David. After his wife is sent to the hospital and it's believed that she may die, the assistant happily rejoices at the prospect of him being available. However, the boss reveals that his wife will survive, but the assistant proceeds to Murder the Hypotenuse. She tries to come on to her boss, which leads to him firing her. Her delusional mind makes her believe that he fired her because it was because he didn't want their work relationship to collide with their real "relationship" and he formally denies anything there for them. She responds by grabbing a gun and threatening to shoot him at a business dinner. Even when she's sent to jail for all of her crimes, she writes letters to him, still believing that there is a relationship.
  • In The Perfect Teacher, Devon falls hard for her new teacher, Jim. She befriends his young daughter, has fantasies about them having sex (nothing explicit is shown), and breaks into his house using a copy set of his keys. When she hears that Jim is going to move to San Diego because of his ex-wife, Devon kills the ex-wife and tries to confess to him. However, for obvious reasons, Jim rejects her and tries telling her that she just has a crush on him. In response to his rejection, she tells her father that Jim raped her, which nearly costs him his job.
  • In Queen of the Damned Akasha develops an attraction to Lestat after being taken with him when he plays the violin for her and allows him to drink her blood. After she wakes up centuries later she murders anyone who might prove a threat to Lestat and kidnaps him at his concert to have him for herself. She also killed her previous husband by ripping out his throat to make herself available, orders Lestat to murder Jesse to prove his love for her and tries to kill him without a second thought when he refuses.
  • Ever After:
    • Danielle is revealed to Henry by Rodmilla in front of the entire court to have pretended to be a countess and is actually a servant in her household. When Henry finds out he rebuffs her, humiliating Danielle and she responds by running out in the rain to cry, ruining her ball gown. The next day when she's working on her chores she attacks the ground in fury.
    • Rodmilla screams Please Don't Leave Me to Auguste as he lies dying of a heart attack, but it's more out of selfishness than love, since she's wailing that he "cannot leave [her] here" and basically ignoring his heartbroken young daughter kneeling beside him, and proceeds to be horrible to her for the next ten years. It's implied she's also jealous of the fact that Auguste said his "I love you" to Danielle instead of her.
  • The Watcher: David Allen Griffin kills every girl Joel likes. He first murders Joel's ex-lover because Joel was going to retire to be with her. Then, he tries to kill Joel's female psychologist, because she's coming between them. In fact, in the movie, he even comes out and says that he did it because they got in the way of their relationship.

     Light novel 
  • In The Rising Of The Shield Hero Motoyasu's death resulted due to him not wanting to chose one of his two female friends over the other. Both girls responded by stabbing him to death while arguing over who would go to heaven with him.

    Literature  
  • Dragon Bones Bastilla really doesn't react well to Ward rejecting her. She tries to kill him - and that even though he's really nice and respectful about it.
  • Nish from The Three Worlds Cycle books by Ian Irvine is eventually this for Tiaan after she rejects him numerous times.
  • In Death 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.
  • In the Warrior Cats series, Ashfur. He reacts to rejection by deciding that Squirrelflight needs to feel as much pain as he had. He tries to set up her father's death, framing her current mate as a murderer in the process. When that fails, he decides to try killing her kits in front of her.
    • Raggedstar wasn't good with this either. When Yellowfang (the she-cat he loved) decides to be a medicine cat, he gets angry and refuses to talk with her...and it causes him to demean and insult her a lot.
  • The Princess Bride: When Buttercup gives Prince Humperdink "The Reason You Suck" Speech, he throws her into her room. Then he races down to where her true love Wesley is being tortured, and sets the torture device on maximum, killing him. Clearly, the Prince did not take to being rejected by Buttercup well.
  • Lydia in Peter Moore's Caught In The Act towards Ethan.
  • Sybill Vane in The Picture of Dorian Gray, who takes a fatal does of poison right after Dorian cruelly dumps her.
  • Harold in The Stand once Frannie picks Stu.
  • The Wheel of Time has Rahvin, who uses mind control to force women into having sex with him, since he can't handle rejection.
  • Yet another source of angst in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, to list a few:
  • The Odyssey 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 Ithica. She eventually lets him leave because Hermes told Calypso that Zeus said she had to let Odysseus go back to Ithica.
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles Tess, beginning when Angel initially rejects her and she offers to kill herself, among other things, if it restores his good name.
  • Erik in The Phantom of the Opera. He eventually takes the I Want My Beloved to Be Happy route.
  • The Sorrows of Young Werther is about an emotional young man named Werther who falls madly in love with an young woman named Lotte, who is engaged to someone else. Werther gradually becomes more emotional and less mentally stable as a result of the rejection and ultimately kills himself.
  • Lord Arlington in the Louisa May Alcott book The Inheritance tries to seduce Edith many times but each time she rejects him. The final time she rejects him he reacts very angrily and it's implied that he means to rape her but Lord Percy shows up and Arlington departs.
  • In Ellen Hopkins book "Crank" Kristina hooks up with Brendan who drives them both out into the woods, where they get high together, and he starts to take off her clothes. When she says no, he becomes violent, claiming that he has “waited weeks,” so she should “put up and shut up”. He then starts ripping her clothes off and rapes her.
  • In Twilight, werewolves' pack leader Sam snaps, when his imprintee Emily keeps rejecting his advances. She makes it clear that she isn’t interested and sends him back to his old fiancée, Leah (her cousin). However, because San imprinted on her and is thus forced to love her even against his will, he keeps pushing her. Finally Emily calls him out on being just like his father (who left his family), unknowingly pressing Sam’s Berserk Button. Thanks to a mix of frustration over her rejection and his daddy issues he attacks her in his wolf form, scarring her for life. And then they lived happily ever after!]] (...No, seriously—she just found out he was imprinted on her and decided she would just go along with it.
    • It's also hinted that Edward, due to how controlling he is over Bella, would not take it well if she ever rejected him or left him.
    • Bella herself effectively went catatonic when Edward broke up with her. The infamous blank pages showed that well enough. She proceeded to spend most of the book finding various self-destructive ways to hallucinate Edwards voice.
  • Both Christian Grey and Ana Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey. Grey breaks into her duplex and rapes her into submission when he receives a rejection email; when Grey refuses to kiss Ana, this is her response:
    Once underneath the dark, cold concrete of the garage with its bleak fluorescent light, I lean against the wall and put my head in my hands. What was I thinking? Unbidden and unwelcome tears pool in my eyes. Why am I crying? I sink to the ground, angry at myself for this senseless reaction. Drawing up my knees, I fold in on myself. I want to make myself as small as possible. Perhaps this nonsensical pain will be smaller the smaller I am.
  • The Mortal Instruments: Really, it gets to the point where should-be True Companions are abandoning each other to vampires and demons for slights like "I can't believe you like her/him more than me!" and "It wasn't my fault!" Kind of sends the underlying message that this is all teens are capable of.
  • In Best Served Cold, Caul Shivers risks his life to save Monzcarro's many times, even being permanently disfigured on her behalf. After the last such attempt, she has a tryst with the Grand Duke Rogont...and Shivers decides that he's now ready to kill the woman he's saved half a dozen times.
  • In Lisa Scottoline's book Every Fifteen Minutes Kristine makes flirtatious advances towards Eric who rejects her. In response she files a sexual harassment claim against him. Subverted in that she later makes peace with him.
    • Laurie however is revealed to be a sociopath who manipulates people in a grand scheme that results in people dying because she's angry that Eric chose Caitlin over her.
  • In Evan Roskos book "Dr Birds Advice For Sad Poets" after Derek breaks off his fling with Sally she throws a tantrum, vandalizes his front lawn, throws homophobic slurs at James, and threatens to get her fiancé involved.
  • Amy in Gone Girl wants to get her revenge on husband Nick for cheating and not paying enough attention to her by framing him. When she comes back after Nick promises to be a better husband she threatens to do terrible things to him again if he tries to leave her.
    • Desi was rejected by Amy back in college and has since stalked her and tried to keep her isolated in his cabin to keep her safe against her wishes.

     Live Action TV  

  • Star Trek: The Original Series: There was one episode called "Charlie X" where a boy with god-like powers ends up in the hands of Captain Kirk and Spock. The boy takes an interest in one of the crew members, and she is old enough to be his mother. He rejects a female crew member his age rather bluntly and rudely. He slaps the crew member he is interested in in her rear. She is appropriately turned off by his advances. Kirk tries to explain to the boy that what he is doing is inappropriate, but it doesn't work. It culiminates in him making moves, she in turn bluntly rejecting him, and he angrily uses his powers to teleport her somewhere and he refuses to say where he put her. Fortunately, she gets teleported back safely by the end and the boy is taken by entities that will be able to handle him properly!
  • Chris Keller in Oz in regards to Beecher. Also, Ryan in regards to Dr. Nathan.
    • Adebisi goes into a depression after Shirley rejects him.
    • Unit Manager Tim McManus forms a brief liaison with prison guard Claire Howell. When he tries to break off the relationship she assaults him in his office (to the delight of watching inmates), then charges him with sexual harassment when he tries to fire her. Howell's later actions definitely cast her in the role of a villain — she assaults (and in one case murders) inmates, as well as using them for her own sexual gratification whether they want it or not. Also, when Ryan said they should stop their sexual relationship she threatened him telling him "It's not over till I say it's over!" Also, when Chris rejected her sexual advances she beat him up.
    • Beecher got quite pissed off when he learned that Keller, the man he fell in love with, was working for Schillinger his enemy and told him he never loved him to begin with. It got worse for him following that, meaning Schillinger and Keller break his arms and legs.
  • Rose of Two and a Half Men. It's implied that she even kills Charlie when she spotted him cheating on her on her honeymoon.
    Bertha: Never cross a psycho woman.
    • Also Bridget, Walden's ex-wife. She screams at Walden when he rejects her for another woman and drives her car through his wall deliberately with an angry look on her face.
    • When his wife left him, Walden tried to drown himself in the ocean. Apparently he didn't realize that the water would be really cold.
  • In the TV movie No One Would Tell we have Bobby (played by Fred Savage) towards his girlfriend Stacy.
  • Flashpoint: The very first episode had a Croatian man murder his estranged wife, apparently because she rejected him. There are indications that he may have been mentally ill. The 50th episode had this one employee who was carefully fired because he was more interested in his boss than was proper. Unfortunately, he ends up coming back with a gun and shoots at least one person he comes across. He tries to propose marriage to his former boss, ring and all. She ends up rejecting him, which results in him getting violent and Ed having to shoot him dead. The interesting part was that the team had warned her that he is mentally ill and dangerous and yet she went and put herself in danger (at least to save an employee) anyway.
  • Spike of Buffy the Vampire Slayer took his repeated rejections from Buffy quite badly, and it leads to Attempted Rape.
    • Then there's Tucker Wells, who trains hell-beasts to kill everyone at the Senior Prom, because he asked one girl to go with him and she turned him down.
    • Anya was cheated on by her boyfriend (possibly husband) Olaf. So she turned him into a troll and became a vengeance demon, dedicating the next thousand years to punishing men who wrong their female love interests. Eventually she is forcefully turned human again, but three years later she is left at the altar and becomes a demon again for a few months.
  • "Creepy Connie" takes Luke's lack of interest very poorly on Jessie.
  • In an episode of Supernatural, Sam and Dean have to protect a girl from a spirit who kills people who have been involved in other's deaths. The girl's past includes a boyfriend who threatened to commit suicide when she tried to break up with him. When she left anyway, he did go through with it and she's felt guilty ever since.
    • In "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things" Zombie Angela kills Neil via snapping his neck when he tries to leave her.
  • Dollhouse: Sierra's rejection of Nolan causes her to get institutionalized, drugged, and involuntarily conscripted into the Dollhouse. Where she's booked on regular engagements with Nolan.
  • Cheers episode "A Ditch in Time". Sam Malone gets involved with Amanda Boyer (Carol Kane), who becomes obsessed with and possessive of men she goes out with. When he tries to break up with her she implies that she'll commit suicide if he does.
  • Lila from Dexter. She had Dexter ambushed in a parking lot by a man who wanted to kill him because she thought it would bring them closer. When Dexter dumped her, she obsessively tried to win him back with methods including arson and framing one of his friends for sexual assault. She also burned down her ex-boyfriend's house with him still inside. Not to mention that said arson methods weren't just used on Dexter - she put Rita's kids, essentially her competition, in serious danger as well.
  • Rick of Degrassi.
  • Victorious: Trina in an open letter to Kevin Richards. If Trina doesn't get what she wants, hide.
  • In Lost, resident Magnificent Bastard Ben Linus had a crush-turned-obsession on Juliet. She, on the other hand, was with Goodwin. You don't need a degree to figure out what happens to the poor fool.
  • Desperate Housewives: George, a pharmacist, lusted after Bree once she ended their affair together and became jealous of her husband Rex. So he tampered with Rex's prescription drugs by replacing his heart medication with placebos which led to Rex's death. He also beats up and attempts to kill other people who look like they are trying to come in between him and Bree. He also drugged Bree at one point and was seriously considering taking advantage of her. He eventually proposed to Bree and pressured her into marrying him. After the engagement he became increasingly possessive of her, and increasingly violent.
    • Carlos towards Gabrielle in the first season. She was cheating on him, but he ended up physically assaulting the wrong man twice (both of them turning out to be gay) and getting a prison sentence for it.
  • The Nanny: C.C. shows shades of this towards Maxwell (as early as Season One, her therapist has diagnosed C.C. with being clinically obsessed with him). It gets much more severe after Fran and Maxwell announce their engagement. Upon hearing the news, C.C. immediately starts twitching, attacks the messengers who brought her the news (she's holding one of their hats, torn to shreds, in the next scene), and actually ends up spending a few episodes in a mental asylum (in Real Life actress Lauren Lane was taking time off because she was about to give birth). She gets better by the end of the series though.
    • Fran gets her own stalker in the form of Jeffrey Needleman, an old classmate from middle and high school. He threatens to fling himself out a window if Fran doesn't start a relationship with him. At one point before this, he gives her an old makeup kit, explaining that it's the same one their fifth grade teacher confiscated from Fran. Cue Fran's response: "And you saved it...all these years. How sweet...and yet disturbing!"
  • When Blair dumps Chuck on Gossip Girl he puts a dating fatwa on her.
  • Queer as Folk: A mild version in the case of Brian and Brandon. Brian is used to getting whomever he wants, whenever he wants. When Brandon rejects him in the backroom of Babylon, Brian has issues letting it go.
  • Dancing on the Edge: It is implied that Jessie's refusal of Julian's sexual advances is what causes him to attack her.
  • Q from Star Trek: The Next Generation has on occasion not handled Captain Picard's rejection very well. Word Of God has stated that Q's obsession with Picard was intended to be romantic, so when read that way Q's reactions to Picard's rejections come off as that of a scorned lover. However even if not read that way Q is clearly not good with taking no for an answer and is very insistent on getting Picard to be interested in playing his games.
    • In Q Who Q requests that he become part of Picard's crew and serve aboard the Enterprise, to prove to Picard that Q's powers are useful in helping humanity explore the universe, and that he's an indispensable asset to the Captain. When Q is rejected he throws Picard and his crew to the Borg, to show them how truly weak they are without him. As this was their first encounter with the Borg Picard's crew was unable to fight them off, and Picard is forced to ask Q to rescue them, reluctantly admitting to the entity "I need you!", and having gleefully proven his point Q rescues their ship.
    • In Q Pid Q tries to grant any wish that Picard wants as a reward for saving his life when he lost his powers. When Picard rejects Q's offer Q disappears in a huff, "You are simply the most impossible person to buy a gift for!" That same day Picard's old girlfriend Vash shows up who Picard is much more responsive to when it comes to accepting favors, but is blinded by her feminine charms into making a few embarrassing mistakes. Q comes back later to commentate on how Vash made Picard look like a romantic fool, citing that love has made him weak and offers to get rid of her. This leads up to Picard being thrown into a fantasy world by Q where he must rescue Vash in a classic damsel in distress scenario to prove his love is truly genuine.
  • Hannibal
    • It's implied Dr. Bloom's rejection of Will Graham (because she thinks he's unstable) didn't do any favors for his mental health.
    • Hannibal's love for Will only deepens in season 3, which worsens his more spiteful, possessive tendencies. He leaves a "valentine from a broken man" for Will in the form of a corpse wrapped into a heart, takes Will captive in Italy and attempts to cut open his skull to eat his brain, and saves him from Mason's wrath (carrying him in almost the exact way another Hannibal Lecter did his love interest). Hannibal then proceeds to give himself up to the FBI, potentially being put away for life, just so that he can get back at Will for rejecting him. He also attempts having Will's wife and step-son killed by another killer, just to get Will's attention.
  • Rectify: Ted Jr. is a Crazy Jealous Guy over Daniel's obvious interest in his wife Tawney, informs Daniel that Tawney is "off limits", gets very upset and becomes violent. He also threatens to press charges if Daniel comes near Tawney again. One reason being because Tawney, in turn, has feelings for Daniel as well. After Tawney leaves him Ted Jr. is shown stalking her without her knowledge, drinks heavily, and beats up another guy partly out of frustration and anger as a result of the tension between him and his wife.
  • Orange Is the New Black:
    • Suzanne can get pretty nasty in season 1 when she believes Piper spurned her. She gets over it.
    • Alex admits she turned to heroin after Piper left her.
    • Piper doesn't take her lovers rejecting her well but if she cheats then its okay with her.
    • Norma pushed her husband/cult leader off a rock after he berated her one time to many.
    • Chang ordered her gang-mates to cut the gall bladder of the man who rejected her.
  • Gotham
    • Barbara cheats on Jim Gordon with other men and women but flips out if she thinks he's cheating on her. When Barbara calls Gordon's penthouse, Ivy Pepper answers and lies that she is Gordon's friend. Barbara takes this as Ivy being Gordon's new lover and tells her to "Go to Hell." She also attacks Leslie with a knife presumably because she had gotten together with Gordon in her place. She later restrains Leslie and tries to stab her when informing her that she and Jim will get back together as well as making a Harassing Phone Call to both Jim and Leslie. To Jim she tries to accuse Leslie of having attacked her and being insane when its the other way around and to Leslie she calls her a bitch and says she hopes she dies screaming.
    • Edward Nygma (The Riddler) develops Sanity Slippage and a split personality disorder partially because Ms. Kringle initially didn't return his affections and he killed her boyfriend when he found out how he treated her. He ends up accidentally killing her while telling her that he killed her boyfriend "for" her.
    • In regards to the boyfriend (Tom), Ms. Kringle reveals to Edward that Tom threatened to kill her if she ever left him.
  • Seinfeld: Russell became obsessed with Elaine and when she rebuffed him he acted increasingly unhinged and resorted to desperate measures to be with her which resulted in his death.
  • Leonard, Raj, and Amy have this trait to a degree in Big Bang Theory. Leonard gets upset and tries to hide his sadness whenever Penny goes out with another guy, Raj tells a girl "If you say we're not boyfriend and girlfriend I will never be happy again", and Amy gets quite depressed whenever Sheldon pulls away from her or doesn't give her the affection she wants.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?:
    • Marjorie and Joshua were in love and planned to run off and get married. However, Marjorie's parents somehow found out and stopped her from going. Joshua was upset and believed she chose not to come, so he wanted everyone to know how much he loved her. So he climbed up to the ledge they would go to at the top of the cliff. Then he began to draw the symbol of their love for everyone to see. The cliff was too steep and dangerous and before he could finish drawing the symbol, he fell down. He died thinking she chose not to come and rejected him.
    • In "The Tale of the Dream Girl", Johnny is freaked out when Donna keeps approaching him after he finds out she's a ghost and forgets about their history together. (He's a ghost too). When he rejects her in confusion she sounds and acts really upset.
    • In "The Tale Of The Captured Souls" Peter is really a 83 year old man who steals people's souls through his mirrors in order to stay young. To this end, it nearly kills her parents. He also develops something for Danielle (it's not clear whether its romantic or platonic but it's definitely twisted) and when she definitely refuses his We Can Rule Together offer he threatens to take her life source as well.
  • Nashville: Avery is together with Juliette though he repeatedly gets fed up with her antics and behavior that he rejects her a couple times. She resents this and is adamant to win him back, flaunts her pregnancy to get him to pay attention to her, drinks heavily, takes drugs, and when he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her anymore she wanders over to the edge of a building to jump off it. Her manager saves her though and dies in her place by accident.
  • On Soap, Billy Tate is in a relationship with his teacher Leslie Walker. When he ultimately breaks it off, Leslie makes numerous attempts at committing suicide in front of him, which generally fail spectacularly (often due to intentional or incidental interference by other members of the Tate or Campbell families). Billy eventually tries to convince her that it's not worth killing herself over. It works, and she then decides to kill him instead.

     Music  

  • P!nk slowly goes insane when her boyfriend attempts to leave her in the music video "Please Don't Leave Me".
  • Kesha sings to "Stephen" that she "can't take rejection".
  • The Beatles: "Run For Your Life," despite its pleasant jangly sound, is about a man threatening to murder his girlfriend if she gets with another man.
  • The girl from "Baroque" in Sound Horizon is a Psycho Lesbian yandere nun (going by her costume in the live version, anyway) who kills the girl she loves for rejecting her.
    • And in "Stardust", Stella, an actress who's implied to be a White-Dwarf Starlet, shoots her lover after catching him with another girl. "The bouquet in my left hand can't stop the impulse [read: gun] in my right..."
    • There's also the song "Yield", which is more or less about a girl living at a farm who is in love with her father, and when he doesn't return these feelings, she murders both him and her mother.
  • Played for laughs in Napoleon XIV's "They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haa".
  • In The Police's Black Comedy song "Can't Stand Losing You" rejection from a girl is the last straw for a teenage boy before he opts for suicide.
  • Inside Out makes a parody of "Happy Together" and transform it into a song about a guy who was rejected by his girlfriend and stalks her. At one point he takes her cat and threatens to hurt it unless she talks to him. He's arrested at the end of the song.
  • Eminem has a tendency for break up songs or singing about how a guy gets possessive around his girlfriend to murderous degrees.
    • In Eminem and Rhianna's song "Love The Way You Lie" Eminem threatens about how if his girlfriend ever leaves him he'll set fire to their house with her in it after restraining her to the bed.
    • "Kim" by Eminem is what happens to a male Yandere just after he snaps. It is not pleasant to listen to. He ends up shouting at her when he found her with another guy, killing the guy, and locks her in trunk.
    • From the same album (The Marshall Mathers LP), Eminem gives us the song "Stan" about a yandere stalker's descent into madness when he thinks Slim (the star he's yandere for) is rejecting him by not sending him letters. He ends up killing himself and his girlfriend who's pregnant with their child. Turns out he gets them after Stan kills himself.
    • In "Starbound" he snaps his girlfriend's neck and then kills himself.
  • In "Liar" by Emilie Autumn Emilie sings the following:
    I want to mix our blood, and put it in the ground. So you can never leave. I want to earn your trust, your faith, your heart; You'll never be deceived.
    • Becomes interesting when it was revealed that these are not just lyrics, but what Autumn's boyfriend spoke to her at one point. Verbatim.
  • "Closer" by Burn Season contains the following lyrics which imply this:
    Don't say that its over
    I'd kill to be closer
    A moment I'm passing to you
    But to me
    I will wait
    And I'll take
    Anything with your name
    Don't say that its over
    You can't live without me

    You say there's something wrong in my head
    So I like to bleed
    You say I'm scaring you now but I'm tired
    From watching you sleep

    I'd erase what you say
    Scramble words in the way
    But you can't take away
    Turn away
    Run away
    Fuck with me

     Myth and Legend  

     Newspaper Comics  

  • A now infamous series of strips in the Mickey Mouse newspaper comic had Mickey attempting to commit suicide after being rejected by Minnie.

     Tabletop Games 

     Theatre  

  • A Streetcar Named Desire
    • Stanley makes it clear to his wife Stella that he absolutely will not tolerate it she ever rejects or leaves him.
    • Blanche, when Mitch rejects her, starts to exhibit even more Sanity Slippage.
    • Blanche confesses to Mitch that once she was married to a young man, Allan Grey, whom she later discovered in a sexual encounter with an older man. Grey later committed suicide when Blanche rejected him by telling him she was disgusted with him.
  • Medea: The original Woman Scorned, she killed her husband Jason's new fiancée after being dumped for her. This wasn't an attempt to win him back, however, but pure and simple revenge, particularly when she also put her children by Jason to the sword just to make him suffer all the more.

     Video Games  
  • Arc Rise Fantasia has Adele, who goes Ax-Crazy Yandere the very instant she finds out she's an Unlucky Childhood Friend. The resulting death toll numbers somewhere in the thousands to hundreds of thousands, and came close to killing everybody on the planet. It seems she felt she had two options: softspoken girlfriend of The Protagonist, or bitchy high priestess of the local Religion of Evil.
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Alma in regards to Becket. She develops romantic feelings for him and frequently does Attempted Rape on him. However he fights her off each time and this angers her. At the end of the game she does eventually manage to rape him and is pregnant with his child.
  • A mild example in inFAMOUS, which has the homicidal character Sasha, leader of the Reapers and briefly the Dragon to the Big Bad prior to the game. Throughout the game, she develops a one-sided crush on Cole. The Player can pursue this by following the Evil Side mission path, or ignore it by playing Good side missions, or ignoring this mission set entirely. Playing Good will see a developing hostility towards Cole as his Karma increases.(Though there are scripted story scenes in which she reveals her true nature, regardless of Karma) While the player must fight her regardless of Karmic path, it has a bigger impact if the love is unrequited. Not Good with Rejection comes into effect once the players learns that Cole is a younger version of Kessler whose timeline is irreparably altered due to Kessler's interference. This means that Sasha is in love with Cole, but is also flirting with him as payback towards Kessler, who tossed her aside.
  • Played with in Chapter 4 of Unchained Blades: Hector works up the courage to declare his love to Mari, but she tells him that she will never love him. He then goes mad (marked with Red Eyes, Take Warning) and schemes to use the wish of the Titan that they are in to force her to love her. However, it turns out that Mari said that she would not ever love him because she CAN'T: she is a doll-turned-girl who did not have emotions, and wants to make the wish to get them. And Hector; he was so overcome with the desire of his wish that he ended up having to be Unchained by Fang, after which he is very apologetic over what he tried to do.
  • The bosses in Gingiva will immediately attempt to kill you when you refuse their marriage proposals.
  • Swan, the Big Bad of Lollipop Chainsaw took Juliet rejecting him so badly that he started a Zombie Apocalypse to get his revenge on her and the rest of humanity. Even worse, she never really rejected him in the first place. Swan was just a creepy stalker who had never even spoken to Juliet once and simply took Juliet dating someone else as a "rejection".
  • Ensemble Stars: What Izumi has for Makoto can only be described as a one-sided heavy crush. He actively seeks to be near him, gets upset when he thinks Makoto is avoiding him, hires people to take pictures of him, and when someone once made a joke about producer confessing to Makoto on the school's roof, he stated that if such thing had happened, he would've pushed both Producer and Makoto off the roof and then jump off himself. One of his cards is even named "If you get too close to Yuu-kun I won't forgive you!".
  • Jin Kisaragi from Blazblue is another male example, and dangerously skirt with Cute and Psycho. Any moment he's mentioned about his brother Ragna the Bloodedge, he drops all his cool exterior and goes Ho Yay to the max 'Oh brother...~' and expresses his 'love' by trying to kill him. Then there's the final boss Nu-13, who is usually robotic with everyone else, but if she meets Ragna, she also becomes a crazed lovestruck and tried to have him and when Ragna refused, she attempts to kill him. Then you realize that Nu is based on Ragna and Jin's sister. God, it sucks to be Ragna!
  • Cia in Hyrule Warriors is so obsessed with Link that she declares war on Hyrule to kill Zelda and take him for herself when jealous of his relationship with Zelda.

    Visual Novels  

  • Lucan from Planets is a Nice Guy, but he has a crippling fear of rejection. If Marin rejects him after he reveals that he unintentionally brainwashed his Unwanted Harem of fangirls into loving him, Lucan responds by intentionally brainwashing Marin into loving him.
  • Tsukihime's Arcueid is a pretty extreme example in the route that leads to Ciel's True Ending.
    • Unfortunately, one of his other love interests ( Akiha) turns out to be even worse; in Kohaku's route, this trait ( with a touch of Demonic Possession) reaches the point where she takes over as the Big Bad.
  • Fate/stay night has Shinji Matou. Despite his extremely off-putting personality, he is (somehow) noted to be rather popular with the girls at his school. Except for Rin Tohsaka, who repeatedly turns him down whenever he flirts with her, eventually giving up all subtlety and saying "I have zero interest in you whatsoever". In "Unlimited Blade Works", when he eventually gets Rin at his mercy, he decides to punish her for rejecting him by raping her. Fortunately, he is stopped before he's able to do much.
  • Backstory of Umineko no Naku Koro ni in a nutshell, at least as Beatrice tells it - man summons witch, man falls in love with witch, witch doesn't love him, man traps witch on island, witch dies-ish, man can no longer see witch, man decides to kill entire family in order to revive witch (this part is not actually true, because he's been dead for almost two years before the series begins) and spends most of his time screaming at the sky.
    • Of course, the reason the "witch" rejected Kinzo in the first place was because she was Kinzo's daughter that he had with his secret mistress, Beatrice Castiglioni, who died in childbirth. She grew to look so much like her mother that Kinzo deluded himself into thinking she was her mother's reincarnation, leading to him raping her and making her pregnant.

    Web Comic  

  • The Swordmaster from Oglaf tries to use this as a means to make his pupil more badass in combat. It doesn't work the way he intended.
  • Diego from Gunnerkrigg Court towards Jeanne. It's heavily implied that he sent Jeanne on a mission he knew would result in her death when he realized that she would never love him like she loved her forest-bound boyfriend.
  • Ping from Megatokyo becomes violent when rejected, because her programmers forgot to test how she handles it in QA.
  • The Word Weary: Grace is visibly angry after Poor Trotmann rejects her offer for a date.
  • Eridan from Homestuck does not take Feferi, with whom he's in love, breaking off their moirallegiance, well at all. To the point that later in the story he actually kills her when she tries to stop him from joining forces with Jack. This is also his Despair Event Horizon as, ironically, he's known as the Prince of Hope.
  • Subverted in Something*Positive. Davan's late friend Scotty committed suicide after Donna broke up with him. But a later flashback reveals that Scotty had been suffering from depression for a while before that, and the breakup, along with Davan not calling him back, was just the last straw.
  • In Orange Marmalade, when a girl named Yoo Chae Rin is dumped by the vampire she considered to be her boyfriend, she declares the wish to see the entire vampire race wiped out. Of course, there is not much chance of a high school girl pulling genocide off, but she is able to reveal the main character's vampire heritage to the entire school during a huge vampire scare, putting her and her families' lives at risk.
  • Menage A 3:
    • When Erik breaks up with Zii after discovering her in a lesbian orgy Zii realizes her mistake and cries while hugging her pillow when she laments over losing him.
    • When Matt's actions result in Kiley breaking up with him, for the first time, Matt is deeply saddened over losing Kiley.
    • Numerous guys that Didi broke up with are shown crying and drowning their sorrows with beer.

    Web Original  

     Western Animation  

  • Family Guy:
    • Meg goes Yandere sometimes when she gets rejected by a guy, namely Brian. Also, Stewie acts like this sometimes as well, most notably in regards to his babysitter Liddane and to Olivia when he was married to her. When he found her with another guy he burned down the house when she and the other guy were still inside.
    • She's arrested for sexual assault when the burglars who have broken into the Griffin house refuse to rape her.
    • In episode "Barely Legal", Meg threatens to kill herself after her date for the dance rejects her and also threatens to kill herself if Brian refuses to go to the dance with her.
    • Also, there's Joan the maid in the episode "I Take Thee Quagmire" who marries Quagmire. When Quagmire tries to bring up divorce following becoming aroused by seeing Lois's breasts Joan goes into Yandere mode and threatens to cut both herself and him with a kitchen knife, right before saying "I love you Glen." When Quagmire says "I love you too insane woman I'm having second thoughts about" Joan goes into Freak Out mode again and screams "WHAT?!"
    • And when Stewie falls in love with the babysitter, he breaks her boyfriends legs, ties him up and locks him in his trunk leading to his death.
    • James Woods is shown to have a obsession with Peter and its implied he developed feelings for him to the point of acting jealous of Brian. When Peter forgets about a dinner with James that he planned for them he comes home to find James pissed and acting like a stood up date.
    • There's a scene spoofing Mario where after Mario saves Princess Peach from Bowser she asks her for a kiss. She refuses despite him saving her life and this pisses him off. He then tells Bowser he can have Peach who proceeds to bite off Peach's head.
  • This is part of Mad Hatter's origin in Batman: The Animated Series. He had a crush on his secretary, who actually was named Alice, but she didn't reciprocate. Also, Harleen is in such Mad Love with the Joker that she goes nuts when Batman even suggests that the Joker is just using her and doesn't love her.
  • Katella says as much to Robotnik in Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  • Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb was this in an episode. The outcome of his Evil Plan depended on whether or not his date went well, because (as he admitted) he can't handle rejection well.
  • Avery Bullock of American Dad!! has moments of this, both to Hayley in a brief fling, and later to his cat.
    Bullock: [threatening his cat] You think you're better than me? You're not better than me! You're going to learn a hard lesson!
    • When Hayley Smith gets dumped, things get ugly. Really ugly.
    Hayley: I think I'd go maximum crazy! I'd murder Bill... burn down the neighborhood... rape Roger!
  • The Simpsons:
    • One-shot character Julia was a Yandere towards Homer in the episode "Homer Of Seville". She tries to seduce Homer, but he refuses. Not accepting refusal, she tries to kill Homer.
    • When a guy kisses Homer to show he has feelings for him Homer jumps out a window to escape and the guy looks down with a sad look on his face.
  • Little Acorn in "Puppet Bride" of My Life as a Teenage Robot tries to force Jenny into marrying him even though she refuses him.
  • Totally Spies!: On three separate occassions there's guys who had Clover in a I Have You Now, My Pretty situations who were like this, kidnapping her when she refused to be their "queen/wife".
    • In "Matchmaker" the villain Eugene is bitter for being rejected by a girl on Valentine's day so he hatches a plan where he uses a device to disguise himself as the ideal boyfriend for the female's at Beverly High School. He plans to make them fall in love with him and then dump them at the Valentine's day dance in order to get revenge on all women. However, Clover stops him before he can dump the girls and reveals his ruse.
  • The Fairly Oddparents
    "Nobody leaves me at the altar! NOBODY!"
    • Trixie attempts to kill Timmy when he breaks up with her in "Just the Two of Us".
    • Super Bike, an animated bike, towards Timmy. When Timmy refuses to make Super Bike his permanent bike Super Bike attempts to kill him. "If I can't be your bike...nobody can!"
  • Teen Titans gives us Kitten. "Nobody dumps Kitten! You're going to pay for this Robbie-poo! YOU'RE GOING TO PAY!!!!!"
  • Lizzie on Codename: Kids Next Door in regards to Numbuh One and King Sandy in regards to Numbuh 3. When Numbuh One repeatedly shows more interest in hanging out with his friends over her she gets him to put on the Boyfriend Helmet that enables her to brainwash him into staying with her. When Numbuh 3 rejects King Sandy he varies between tying her up and threatening to burn her favorite Rainbow Monkey toys in hot nacho cheese to force her to marry him.
  • In the Pepe Le Pew short "Really Scent" Pepé removes his odor by locking himself in a deodorant plant so Penelope (Or known as "Fabrette", in this instance a black cat with an unfortunate birthmark and thus an arguably different character) would no longer be afraid of him. However, Penelope had decided to make her odor match her appearance and had locked herself in a Limburger cheese factory. Now more forceful and demanding, Penelope quickly corners the terrified Pepé, who, after smelling her new stench, wants nothing more than to escape the amorous female cat. Unfortunately, she will not take "no" for an answer, gets an angry look on her face when Pepe repulses her advances and proceeds to chase Pepé off into the distance, with no intention of letting him escape.
  • Flame Princess on Adventure Time goes on a rampage when Jake disguised as Finn tells her he doesn't like her after Jake found out she was evil.
  • An episode of Regular Show has Starla, Muscle Man's old girlfriend. She falls in love with Mordecai, and he starts dating her just so he can get her and Muscle Man back together. But when Mordecai can't take it anymore and breaks up with her... well...
  • In the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Blue Cat Blues", Tom is sitting on a railroad track, waiting to be run over, after his girlfriend leaves him for another. At the end, Jerry joins him after his own girlfriend does the same.
  • The Planet Express Ship from Futurama. She tries to kill herself and the rest of the crew after Bender breaks up with her.
  • Mai from Avatar The Last Airbender is not happy when Zuko, not wanting to drag her into a life of treason, breaks up with her to go join the Avatar. She does end up saving his life and getting thrown in prison for betraying Azula, and they're later reunited in one of the series' greatest Crowning Moments of Heartwarming. Mai later warns Zuko to never break up with her again.
    • In The Legend of Korra, several offhand remarks reveal that this trope once applied to Chief Lin Beifong, of all people. When Tenzin left her for Pema, she not only attempted to have Pema arrested, but also caused considerable - though unspecified - damage on Air Temple Island.
    • Eska for Bolin in season 2. When he leaves during their wedding she chases after him sporting an insane Nightmare Face.
  • The Martian Queen in the Duck Dodgers episode "The Queen Is Wild", who seeks revenge on Dodgers for rejecting her in "To Love A Duck". Dodgers, being Dodgers, has completely forgotten the entire incident.
  • Berry from the Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends totally fits this trope, acting sweet and kind, but being homicidally jealous of anyone who she perceives as a threat to her relationship with Bloo, which is even more imaginary than she is. She didn't react well when Bloo rejected her and went into a rage.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Fluttershy loses her mind after getting rejected by the animals in "Best Night Ever". The normally timid pony bellowing at the top of her lungs: "You're... going... to LOVE ME!!!!!"
    • Pinkie Pie also has a mental breakdown when she thinks her friends don't like her parties and don't want to be her friends anymore in "Party of One", complete with her temporarily talking to inanimate objects and sporting a Slasher Smile.
    • Rainbow Dash doesn't cope with losing very well, at least at first.
    • Princess Luna gets so upset when the residents of Ponyville keep fleeing from her in "Nightmare Night" that she proceeds to cancel the entire holiday in a fit of anger and hurt. And in the backstory, she became an evil Mad God that tried to initiate The Night That Never Ends (and Word Of God confirms this would have killed everything on the planet) because she thought the ponies didn't appreciate her bringing the night.
    • Twilight Sparkle has a freak out in "Feeling Pinkie Keen" when her normal approach of methodical research doesn't yield an answer to how Pinkie Pie can apparently predict the future with "Pinkie Sense". Essentially, it's the universe rejecting her entire life's philosophy that nothing is unexplainable by giving her something that is that drives her batty.
  • In "Plane Crazy" Mickey Mouse gets angry when Minnie rejects him when they're in a plane together and deliberately flies so that she falls out of the plane. When he again tries to kiss her she refuses him again and he angrily forces kisses on her.
  • Lola Bunny on The Looney Tunes Show. Bugs meets her on a blind date, decides that she's not right for him afterwards at least partially due to her being a Stalker with a Crush on him, and Lola goes from being distraught about it to believing that she's still involved with Bugs to the point where she has Bugs (unwillingly) at the altar with her. Bugs is thankfully saved from the And Now You Must Marry Me situation she has put him in by her invocation of Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace on the grounds that she has decided that she loves Pepe le Pew.
    • Both of them fall under this category. They somehow get back together, and a few seasons later, they mistakenly believe that the other broke up with them. Lola becomes a monk and takes a year-long vow of silence, while Bugs leaves everything behind and becomes a fisherman. They work things out, though.
  • Sadira in Disney's Aladdin: The Series is a "street rat" like Aladdin was, and falls for Aladdin the way he did for Jasmine, but, since he's in love with Jasmine he refuses her. Then she stumbles onto an ancient library of forgotten magic, and the end result is increasingly dangerous plots to get rid of Jasmine and take Aladdin for herself, including rewriting reality at one point and altering his mind. Eventually she gets over her crush and befriends the gang, but almost has a brief relapse when she believes they don't trust her.
  • Cookie BaBoom, Mayor Tilton's ex-girlfriend on The Mask episode "Flight as a Feather." Uses a variant of the Stock Phrase, "If I can't have you, then no one can" (on the episode, it was, "If I can't have Mortimer, then no one can!" Standard. Is still bitter over being dumped by Mayor Tilton? Okay. Uses two strategically placed explosive belts strapped around her body to kill herself, the mayor, and everyone else around her because of the deep-seated resentment she has over being dumped.
  • The Problem Solverz: Katrina Rad is obsessed with Roba and stalks him in "Magic Clock". She then steals a time-freezing clock so the two of them can be together for eternity and tries to marry him against his will. When Roba refuses to kiss her at their wedding, she threatens to rip a hole in the fabric of the space-time continuum.
  • Amora the Enchantress in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! is this to Thor. She takes out her anger from being rejected by him in battle with Thor and his allies frequently. This follows along with her comic book character.
  • In DuckTales, Gyro invents a robotic maid to help take the strain off Scrooge's housekeepers. His first attempt is so emotionless, it creeps everyone else out. So he dials up the emotions, creating a robo-Yandere who instantly falls in love with Gizmoduck, who unbeknownst to her is just a normal duck in Powered Armor. When he tries to let her down gently by explaining, she interprets it as him having another lover, and literally explodes in a rage.
  • Vlad Masters of Danny Phantom doesn't take rejection, whether in a romantic sense or platonic sense well. With Maddie he wants to kill her husband Jack and take his place. With Danny, when he repeatedly rejects his numerous We Can Rule Together offers and wishes to take Jack's place as his father he decides to create a clone of Danny and attempts to murder him.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Nergal Jr desperately wants friends but if someone refuses to be his friend, he freezes them and takes their form.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Elmyra has a cute crush on Max and one short called "Can't Buy Me Love" has Elmyra meet an evil little girl called Rhoda. Elmyra sees hearts and positively MELTS when Rhoda says she'll let her be her best friend, and spends the rest of the picture bending over backwards to make Rhoda like her. It plays VERY much like any episode where Elmyra chases Max, only way more seriously, and heck, Elmyra even lets Rhoda HAVE Max (who doesn't want him after mere moments). And after she learns her lesson about not needing to give someone something so they'll like you, Rhoda comes by her window and says she'll be her friend again if Elmyra steals her mom's car keys and drives her to Utah. Instantly Elmyra says "okay" and rushes off eagerly to Rhoda's side. So not only is Elmyra completely infatuated with Rhoda, but apparently Rhoda can't leave Elmyra alone for five minutes, even after Elmyra dumped her. Elmyra also had a thing for chasing Fifi around, a voluptuous female skunk which persisted even after Fifi skunked her and had Elmyra go as far as to pose as Fifi's crush Pepe le Pew. Its notable that during all these times she shows affection towards the above respective characters and they rebuff her she falls to pieces and cries.
    • When Max tries to get with Mitzi she rejects him in much the same manner that he did to Elmyra and chooses Dizzy instead. Max shows a rare moment of regret and sadness.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • Depending on the Writer, for all his Jerkassness Ren gets quite depressed to a pathological degree whenever Stimpy shows signs of wanting to leave him, pushes him away, or shows interest in someone or something (in this case a chicken) that's not him.
    • "Double Header" had a particularly heartbreaking scene that is very reminiscent of a couple breaking up. Ren is trying to send Stimpy away, but when Stimpy realizes this, he pleads him not to. Ren is sick of his antics and tells him to get lost, while Stimpy continues begging Ren to take him back.
    Ren: Well, I just don't like you.
    Stimpy: BUT I LOVE YOU! Please, please take me back! Please...
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • There are two separate occasions of Patrick acting like a Yandere to Spongebob. When Spongebob's gift is late getting to Patrick he assumes this means that Spongebob didn't get him anything and eventually goes on a mad rampage. Another time when Spongebob gives up his old life and friends to live a life among the jellyfish Patrick chases him with a jellyfish net telling him "If I can't have you as a friend I'm gonna make you a trophy!"
    • Another time when Gary chooses to be Spongebob's pet again after getting a cookie Patrick had in his pocket Patrick is upset and screams at Gary "Gary, I thought what we had was SPECIAL!!!!!!"
  • Heloise on Jimmy Two-Shoes. Among the things she's done when Jimmy hasn't noticed her is doing a "Freaky Friday" Flip on Beezy and Cerbee and fusing Jimmy and Beezy together. There's also "Best Bud Battle", where Heloise chains Jimmy up to keep him from leaving her and locks him in a tiny cage. She also goes into a homicidal rage sometimes when Jimmy shows more attention to his Heterosexual Life-Partner Beezy over her.
  • Gerald in Perfect Hair Forever. He starts as a relatively "normal" character, but come the April Fool's final episode, he's revealed to have a crush on Brenda (despite her cutting off his ear at the beginning of the series — it's that kind of show) and starts going crazy over the fact that Young Man is going to marry her. He attempts to use some hamburger necklace thing to mind-control Brenda to love him, and when that fails, he tries sniping Young Man at the altar outright. The show cuts to black before the results are shown, it's not completely revealed if he killed him or not.