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

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

The character almost always appears [[BewareTheNiceOnes perfectly cute and harmless]] on the surface… but underneath they may be [[StalkerWithACrush obsessive, controlling, and sometimes just plain insane]]. This is bad news for anyone unfortunate enough to be the object of a Yandere's obsession, as nothing will dissuade the Yandere from the notion that they are theirs and theirs alone. But even ''more'' pity should be saved for anyone who [[GreenEyedMonster gets in the way]], as this psycho-obsessive is [[RemovingTheRival amazingly unwilling]] to [[MurderTheHypotenuse put up with any rivals]] to their often genuine affection. Most Yanderes have a history of mental instability, but some have always been [[BitchInSheepsClothing just a little bit "off"]], perhaps the product of a DarkAndTroubledPast and a good round or more of BreakTheCutie. If a Yandere ever goes off the deep end, they are likely to go AxCrazy, taking up the [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon psycho weapon]] of their choice and doing things to people straight out of a horror movie. Usually their target is whoever they perceive to be in the way, but if the person they love [[NotGoodWithRejection rejects them or leaves them]], they may well decide that [[IfICantHaveYou they would rather see the person dead than with another]], which may well lead to tragedy.

Interestingly, while Yanderes are usually villains by dint of their psycho and murderous nature, they can still be perceived as {{Moe}} if they manage to gain enough [[TheWoobie tragic audience sympathy]]. A sympathetic Yandere often has the person they love as a LivingEmotionalCrutch, and goes completely crazy and murderous at the thought of losing them, either romantically or otherwise.

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

Compare with the ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend, who can become AxCrazy when the love interest is in danger, but is otherwise '''''much''''' more stable mentally.

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

Part of the ''dere'' family along with {{Tsundere}} (unapproachable outside, sweet inside), or sub-groups; {{Kuudere}} (cold outside, sweet inside), and {{Dandere}} (asocial outside, sweet inside). However, those are all sweet inside, while the Yandere is sweet outside, crazy inside. While a Sweet Tsundere may have some similarities with a Yandere (especially if jealousy is one of their vices), the Yandere will often patiently endure things that will send any Tsundere utterly bonkers, but the Yandere's jealous, possessive and obsessive nature won't let them accept the possibility that [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy the person they love can be happy without them]]. Unlike most Tsunderes, including sweet Tsunderes, a Yandere is usually a GirlyGirlWithATomboyStreak since she is [[SilkHidingSteel girly and lovey dovey outside, but violent inside]].

Should a yandere get rejected or avoided, they'll most likely to go into a NeverMyFault fueled VillainousBreakdown.

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

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

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

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


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

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