Tanaka Manabu is a regular honors student. On the way to school, he meets a girl carrying a bloody bat. That girl is Ryuuzaki Reina, leader of the school's female delinquents. It's love at first sight. Yandere Kanojo is a gag manga (with a combination of yonkoma and normal page) about having a yankee dere-dere girlfriend.A drama CD came out in Japan in 2010.NOTE: In the title of this series, "yandere" refers not to this term, but to the "yankee"+ "dere-dere" combination. In this sense, 'yankee' means troublemaker, not an American.Not to be confused with Onidere, which has a strikingly similar concept, but is only similar to this series in that regard.
Sumika and Nanami in their flashback chapters, and Shiratori solo in chapter 34. A-ko in chapter 37 and Hiromichi (the cafe manager) in chapter 39. Manabu's parents in chapters 61-63.
Even Nanami's minions get one in 40.1.
Absurdly Youthful Mother: There are at least two in this story: Ran, Reina's mother, and Azami, Manabu's mother.Justified for Azami, she had her child when she was still in highschool.
The Ace: Shiratori would be this if anybody treated him with any respect - he is good at sports and academics, good looking, and popular with the ladies...except the girls like his adorkability and Manabu and Reina treat him as an Unknown Rival and Butt Monkey.
Azuma is a straighter version of this trope. He's actually so cool, both his grandchildren are acting out of character when he's present.
Achilles in His Tent: Subverted. Azuma notes that as the head of the Tanaka family he could easily solve Manabu's dilemma, but chooses not to because he doesn't want to undermine Aoi's authority. He didn't however, have any objections with letting Reina hold him hostage.
Adorkable: Shiratori thinks he's popular with girls because he's so cool. In reality, he's popular with the girls because they find how easily-flustered he gets when they flirt with him adorable.
Amazon Chaser: Manabu met Reina when she was carrying a bloody bat.
An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: Misaki/Kuroko. In a subversion to the way this normally gets used, however, when she finally gets her memories back, she dies shortly afterwards, her astral projection fading.
Bears Are Bad News: Subverted in one chapter. Manabu is worried about encountering bears when he and Reina are in the mountains looking for a Sakura tree. Reina reassures him and says she'd gladly kill and eat any bears threatening them. A bear overhears them and is absolutely terrified.
Except when the bears are Grizzlies (chapter 28.1), then this trope is played straight... until Reina sacks it in the knee, then the bear relents and shows her some respect.
Berserk Button: If Reina considers you to be a friend, consider it to be a nice privilege. If she feels that you've betrayed that feeling, however, Godhelp you.
Beta Couple: Manabu and Reina are essentially this to Hijiri and Shiratori, even though they're the main characters while Hijiri and Shiratori are secondary characters. This can be tricky (in that the Hijiri/Shiratori story has been one story arc in one of the two published titles), and Manabu and Reina may swap back into the alpha couple once the story arc concludes.
Bifauxnen: Akira's a variant on this, being a 'sporty' Bifauxnen rather than an 'elegant' one. She's also quite happy to wear female school uniform.
Bittersweet Ending: Nanami and Sumika's flashback. Sweet, in the fact that Sumika becomes friends for real with Nanami and Nanami's dad returns and reconciles with his family, bitter in the fact that his new job means that Nanami has to move far away from Sumika.
Blah Blah Blah: How Reina summarizes the need for Manabu's grandfather to help them teach Akira to feel more girly.
Shiratori was based off of the rival character in Tokimeki Memorial 3, because the author hated him and wanted to see him get beaten up. That said, the author does like Shiratori (though he's not feeling the love).
Cat Smile: Reina occasionally pulls this off, and it's adorable.
Cerebus Syndrome: What started out as a goofy gag yonkoma has been getting steadily more serious since the introduction of Manabu's family situation.
Character Development: Reina gradually becomes more honest about her feelings and less violent towards Manabu as the series goes on.
Shiratori makes less of an effort to be obnoxious around the gang, though he still wants to be recognized by Manabu as a rival and as a friend. He's unwilling to admit the latter, however (at least until chapter 35).
Combat Masochist: Mayami likes to provoke Reina into hitting her so that she can get off on the pain.
Cool Old Guy: Manabu's grandfather literally puts him to shame - he has such a complex about his granddad being so much cooler than him that it's far and away the leading cause of any Not So Stoic moments he has.
Manabu, and unlike the example above it's not played for laughs. His mother was engaged to another man but had an affair with his father. Then his father abandoned her once the Tanaka family found out. Excluding his grandpa, uncle, Misaki and Mayami, he's treated as an eyesore and a nuisance by everyone in his family. His own mother won't even see him. Worst of all, for the first 15 years of his life nobody even bothered to tell him why.
Dark Is Not Evil: While the principal has a way of turning bad kids into good kids that can only be described as brainwashing and he isn't afraid to beat the crap out of his students (including girls) to enforce rules, he doesn't seem to be all that evil and is genuinely nice to those who follow the rules.
Date Peepers: After telling Mayami she can't come with them when they go to see Avatar, Reina and Manabu end up spending most of their date following Mayami after they see her seeing the same movie with some guy they don't know, to make sure he's not a creep.
Double Standard: Mayami is a masochist who wants to be beaten up by Reina, but thinks that men who beat up women are the lowest form of life.
Will also turn sadist on Shiratori from time to time and bully him for amusement.
Dreadful Musician: Kuroko. She can't move on to the next world till someone recognizes the music she's playing, but she plays so badly it's impossible. She apparently remembers what it was at the end of her introductory story, but sticks around.
Elephant in the Living Room: The dynamics of the Tanaka family. Manabu doesn't live with his parents, and doesn't seem to go to any trouble to contact them. He's told Reina that Mayami and his grandfather don't get along, but that seems to have been a lie. There's some kind of a secret there, that the author only sees fit to reveal in parts and pieces.
On a similar note, Misaki/Kuroko. None of the Tanaka family are able to see her, although everyone else can. Azuma asked Mayami about her condition in an earlier chapter, and Mayami's hair is the same screentone as Misaki's middle-aged husband. Throw in Manabu's feelings of guilt about "not being a good son" and it all leads to one big conclusion and/or one big Epileptic Tree to be shot down in hilarious fashion.
Shot down, but not hilariously: Misaki is Manabu and Mayami's aunt. Their mother is still around, and she does her best to push Manabu away in order to forget about his father.
Mayami's past is something of an issue as well. She herself really doesn't like who she used to be, and Manabu seems to find remembering what she was like painful.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While not exactly evil, there's no doubt that Ugajin is more deliberately malicious in his actions than any other recurring antagonist in the series. However, he does care for his groupies, and his response to Manabu's hypothetical question in Chapter 56 (which the latter used as a way to get advice on how to handle his family's situation) nets him a minor moment of awesome.
Gender-flipped: Shiratori has a hair clip in the front of his hair for no particular reason.
Parodied with the character of Tsukihitsugi, introduced in Chapter 25.1, who looks like she fell into a pile of hair decs.
Face of a Thug: Reina's dad utterly terrifies most people around him because he looks like a gangster, acts gruff and makes sudden, very violent-seeming movements most of the time. The gag is that he's only terrifying because he's actually absolutely terrified of social situations.
The school principal, however, is as terrifying as he looks.
The Generic Guy: Everybody else has some sort of quirky personality traits, but Hijiri doesn't have much going on besides Ship Tease with Shiratori, as well as playing the role of a "normal girl" to contrast Reina with. Lampshaded in her profile: originally, she was intended to be a background character in her initial chapter, then after they got the go-ahead for serialization, she got upgraded to the main cast. Her being the class rep was a complete accident.
Ghost Shipping: Of the unrequited variety, considering that the object of Kuroko's affections can't even see her.
Girlish Pigtails: Mayami and Hijiri both sport these. Tsukihitsugi does too, in 'civvies'; it looks like she also has them in her exorcist outfit, but the hair decs make it hard to tell.
Golden Snitch: Mayami pulls this as hostess of a gameshow. Reina, as one of the contestants, is not happy.
Leads straight to a Crack Defeat when two guys in the background who admit they're so unimportant they don't even have names, and have not answered a single question right, win. The question? What is the name of the author of Yandere Kanojo?
Good Angel, Bad Angel: Reina met them in the chapter where she tried to find out the reason Manabu wears glasses without need.
Green-Eyed Monster: After Shiratori calls Manabu's sister "Mayami-kun," Hijiri goes into a minor Heroic BSOD that's serious enough for her to request that Reina punch her to snap her out of it. Mayami is sharp enough to notice it and assures her that she has no interest in Shiratori while teasing Hijiri about her jealousy.
Hidden Depths: A lot of seemingly Jerkass characters are actually decent people when the situation calls for it.
Beneath all the loud bombast and obnoxiousness Shiratori does when trying to pursue his "rivalry" with Manabu, he's actually a really nice person. Hijiri develops feelings for him after seeing said hidden depths.
Mayami has shown that she can be pretty perceptive when she wants to be, occasionally being nicknamed "Professor Mayami" by the other characters. That's why it's such a shame that she uses it to try and find new ways to provoke Reina into beating the stuffing out of her. Also, as much as she insults her brother, there's no real malice in it and she goes into a stony rage if someone hurts him.
Ho Yay / Homoerotic Subtext: Hijiri, Mayami, and Reina determine that the reason Shiratori doesn't show interest in love and dating girls is because he's preoccupied with something else. That something else being Manabu. Make of that what you will.
It's shown that he's not interested in love because of his upbringing at home (he has dominating sisters). Analyzed by Mayami, no less.invoked
Chapter 32 has the girls try to improve Shiratori and Manabu's friendship using Kimo Dameshi . . . which is usually an anime plot device used for Ship Tease and/or invoked by the Shipper on Deck.
It goes right back to Shiratori's first appearance in chapter 3. Shiratori and Reina make a bet; if Manabu wins, Shiratori has to eat spaghetti through his nose, while if Shiratori wins, Reina owes him a date. When Reina starts freaking out afterwards, Manabu says he'll go on the date instead.
In chapter 35, Reina notes Manabu gets obsessed over whatever he targets (in this case, Shiratori).
In chapter 39.1 Reina outright invokes this when she nonchalantly accuses Shiratori and Manabu of flirting with each other.
Tsukihitsugi develops a crush on the principal in later chapters, and she's less than happy when she finds out about his (supposed) daughter, and much less happy when she finds out that said "daughter" is his wife.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Played for Laughs in chapter 29. Ran (Reina's mother) suspects that her husband Kouichirou's odd behavior means he's having an affair (it turns out he's actually hanging out with Manabu's grandfather). The following exchange occurs:
Reina:What was that? Dad is cheating on you!? Ran: He's not cheating on me!! He fell in love with another woman besides me!! Reina: Uhh, that's what you would call cheating, isn't it? Ran: Kouichirou has the right to love whoever he wants, so I'm not going to call it something as bad as cheating! Manabu:Whoa, that reasoning of yours is oozing with love...
Imagine Spot: Reina likes to imagine herself being girly or cutesy.
Incest Subtext: In an early chapter, Reina mistakes Manabu and Mayami for being Not Blood Siblings, which Mayami lampshades as sounding like something out of an eroge. In later chapters, it's at least strongly implied that this may be the case for Manabu and Kuroko, which turns out to sort of be the case: she's his aunt by marriage.
In a Wham Line at the end of chapter 63, Azami, in the middle of a total breakdown, admits to Reina that part of the reason she's so cold towards Manabu is she's afraid of what would happen if she starts seeing his father in him.
Wakako seems to have the name she does just so the author could pun her name into Bakako in the title of the chapter she features in.
It Amused Me: Hijiri, of all people, at one point goes out of her way to antagonize Shiratori for no reason other than it being hilarious.
It Runs in the Family: Reina gets her tsundere personality from a fusion of her mom's sweetness/violence and her dad's social awkwardness. Also, her mother's violent side is tempered with her father's kindness.
Inverted personality-wise with Manabu. His serious personality comes from growing up as his grandfather's straight man. He's been noted to look quite a bit like him, though.
Japanese Delinquents: Reina before falling for Manabu. Her old friends still. Nanami and her gang. Her mom at Reina's age.
Meganekko: Tsukihitsugi is this in 'civvies' (she normally wears colored contacts, but the school bans them).
Men Are Strong, Women Are Pretty: Reina's a delinquent who gets into fights on a daily basis. Manabu's an honor student with pretty much no athletic tendencies whatsoever. Yet, when they do their "Freaky Friday" Flip, Reina (in Manabu's body) has to hold back when she hits him to avoid seriously injuring Manabu (in Reina's body). Possibly justified or lampshaded in that getting hit by Reina whenever she gets surprised or flustered has gotten Manabu into much better shape.
Manabu is usually calm, collected and answers questions without a second thought. So when he starts dodging Reina's questions about his familynote Going so far as to jump out of the boat that they were in in Chapter 57, you know that the Tanaka family must be seriously screwed up.
Open Secret: By about four chapters in most students realize they're a couple; they're just smart enough not to say anything.
Otaku: The Manager. He does know when to turn his enthusiasm off, if necessary.
Painting the Medium: Mayami uses square speech bubbles to imitate narration bubbles and the others acknowledge that because of this they have to follow what she said.
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Reina's delinquent gang. They're in school every day, don't drink, smoke, or do drugs, and the only gang fight seen in the comics takes place with a felt-tip pen. Naturally enough, this gets lampshaded.
Rule-Abiding Rebel: In chapter 42, Reina reveals that she didn't complain much when asked to clean graffiti that she drew herself (which was a lot in middle school).
Then Reina goes and lays a full-on smackdown in 27.1.
Poke the Poodle: Subverted with Daikichi Ugajin. While his abuse of his Student Council power is just so he can do things, such as flipping up girls' skirts without the fear of retribution and taking all the male students' porn to make a porn room for public access, they're treated as very serious threats by Reina and her friends.
Polyamory: Ugajin's groupies seem to have no problem with sharing him, or the fact that he's pursuing Reina.
The Promise: Nanami and Sumika promised to go to high school together back when the two were in grade school. It's a minor heartwarming moment that they made good on the promise, even though some aspects of it (such as the fact that Nanami was exactly the same height as she was in grade school when they reunited) were played for laughs.
A whole chapter is actually devoted to exploring the mystery of Manabu's glasses. Long story short, they're basically a Memento MacGuffin from his grandfather.
Recursive Canon: The manga and author exist in the manga's universe. None of the main characters know them.
Refuge in Audacity: What does Reina do, when after she demands to talk with Manabu's mom while brandishing a baseball bat, his uncle threatens to call the cops on her? Why, kidnap their father, Azuma, and threaten to bash his head in with a baseball bat if they refuse! The kidnapping itself is most likely staged, considering Azusa and Reina's characters. That doesn't stop her from hitting Grandpa with a bat when Manabu's uncle tries to call her bluff.
Relationship Upgrade: In a roundabout way, chapter 27 has Hijiri and Shiratori acknowledging each other's mutual attraction and going out on a date. Due to their inexperience with such things, though, they don't actually think it was a date or that it makes them a couple.
Chapter 46 sees Hijiri finally confessing her love. On national television, no less. In chapter 48, they finally become an Official Couple.
The Resenter: This was a large part of the motivation for Shiratori's rivalry with Manabu; he resented Manabu for not being the least bit curious about him or the things that concerned him (i.e. test score rank).
Retired Badass: Reina's mom. "Don't worry, if anyone were to badmouth you, I'd show them what it was like when your mom was feared as a human weapon!"
The flashback chapters to how she and Reina's dad fell in love somehow make her out to be even more violent, feared, and hot-tempered than Reina. There's implications she may have even killed people.
Interesting case with Shiratori and Hijiri. The problem is that Shiratori is toosavvyfor hisown good, to the point that Hijiri had to take a more active role in the relationship, despite her Nice Girl status.
Secret Relationship: At least initially (see Tsundere further down), but as the series goes on it becomes more of an Open Secret, if even that, especially with Manabu and Reina not bothering to hide it in front of any named characters, who all know about it.
Shiratori always takes everything with such high fervor. Sometimes it's endearing, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it'ssad.
Sexy Santa Dress: Reina's employer outfits his female employees with this at Christmas.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Reina and Manabu have a mutual moment of this when they meet up wearing yukata at the festival. Downplayed as they thought the other was attractive before hand and furthermore, it has been established through the comments of Manabu's grandfather that Reina does not need to "clean up" for the people around her to notice that she is attractive.
Hijiri was shoved into a makeover show in Chapters 45-46.
This culminates in Chapter 46, when she confesses her love on national television, flooring everyone.
Mayami and the Manager; their exact relationship is ambiguous, but it does have romantic overtones sometimes, such as the fact that they establish the cafe together. The most significant Ship Tease of them so far is Chapter 39, a Manager-centric chapter. The title page has the statement "give flowers to your loved one" and features a smiling Mayami getting a bouquet.
In Chapter 45, Mayami kept her hair long for the sake of the Manager. Then in 45.1 she's very much conflicted between keeping her Genki Girl (for the Manager) or Yamato Nadeshiko (for her Grandpa) persona, and the Manager decides to go along with the latter. When the Manager asks if he's the grandad Mayami had a crush on when she was little, Mayami looks away while blushing and says there's someone else she likes.
Shoo Out the Clowns: Kuroko's/Misaki's passing in Chapter 54 serves as the beginning to finding out why the Tanaka family is so screwed up.
Stern Teacher: The Principal. Borderline Sadist Teacher if not for the fact that he treats students who follow rules, including "redeemed" delinquents, with utmost respect.
In chapter 36.1, it is shown that he's quite a Reasonable Authority Figure, forgiving Tsukihitsugi for breaking his vase (which is a present from his students) since she apologizes and the vase is fixed (though he still hits Reina for taking supplies from his desk without permission). And from his story, it seems that he also likes to help students who have constructive hobbies.
The Stoic: Manabu's defining trait is his ability to take Reina's Megaton Punches, amazingly spicy cooking, Shiratori's persistent attempts to conduct some sort of rivalry, and pretty much everything else that happens to him in stride. Reina inwardly complains it makes him hard to read, but then again a less patient guy probably wouldn't put up with the abuse she dished out earlier in the series.
Too Kinky to Torture: Physical retaliation by Reina to any of Mayami's antics doesn't work because it's exactly what she wants.
She even calls Reina "Mistress".
Tough Love: The Principal is a firm believer of this, especially toward delinquents. Not that he's totally unreasonable, mind you.
Tranquil Fury: There's no better way to describe Manabu's reaction to Wakako badmouthing Reina behind her back.
Transsexual: When several of the students find an old yearbook photo of Sally, the school's janitor, they see her as a male-bodied student in a boy's uniform. Sally laughs it off and says that back then she "hadn't blossomed as a woman yet".
Tsundere: Oddly enough, this applies to Reina. She quickly gets shy and tsuntsun with her boyfriend, but wants to hide the whole relationship to preserve her reputation.
Reina's mother as well; that's where she gets it from.
Shiratori seems to be platonically tsundere for Manabu, wanting to be his friend instead of significant other.
Nanami gets a platonically tsundere moment over Reina in 27.1.
Two Lines, No Waiting: Is actually two different titles; a web published one (the 4-koma) and a print one (the conventional one). Since most scanlation sites just put the story up in order, it leads to the two-part stories being cut off in between.
Like many of Reina's traits, it comes from her mother. In one story, Ran crucifies a solicitor for wasting Kouichirou's time while they're on a date, while in another, she threatens his entire class if they cause him trouble.
During the high school days of Reina's parents, Ran (Reina's mom) fainted after Kouichirou (Reina's dad) smiled at her. The effect of the smile was so profound it made her deredere side the dominant one. Note that Ran was one of the most feared delinquents in her neighborhood during her time. "That line short-circuited her" indeed.