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Love Makes You Crazy is a bit of an... understatement when it comes to these two...

"Let me tell you a little something about love, Dennis. It has voracious appetite. It eats everything: friendship, family, it kills me how much it eats. But I'll tell you something else, you feed it right and it can be a beautiful thing, and that's what we have. Y'know, when someone believes in you man, really believes in you, you can anything, any fucking thing in the entire universe and when you believe right back in that someone, then watch out world! ' Cause nobody can stop you then! Nobody! Ever!"
Arnie, Christine
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Generally speaking, when a yandere falls in love with someone, they tend to play for keeps. No matter how much blood has to be shed, no matter how much suffering they inflict, your common-or-garden yandere will do anything for and to be with the one they love.

So what would happen if two yanderes got together?

In theory, this would seem like an ideal set-up. With two individuals sharing such an unquestionably insane devotion to one another, you immediately bypass the typical shenanigans that accompany the archetype. Right?

Uhhhh, that's where things get interesting...

When left on their own, these couples will at worst be Sickening Sweethearts. But try to get between them however... watch out because come hell or high water they do whatever to takes to remain together and chances are things will not end well for you and whoever gets it their way.

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And if this pair comes with a side of Outlaw Couple, Serial Killer, Ax-Crazy, or anything else less-than-legal, expect that little Berserk Button to become several magnitudes more difficult to avoid. If such an unholy couple is also married, this can also overlap with Unholy Matrimony (or god forbid, The Family That Slays Together should they end up mating and producing offspring).

And that's all just assuming the relationship is a healthy one...

See also Psychotic Love Triangle, if another Yandere is butting-in with the couple.


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Examples

Anime & Manga

  • This is the premise of Love Death. Shouko and Akkii are two high schoolers whose love for each other drives them to try and kill each other Once per Episode.

Comic Strips

  • Zits: A downplayed and Played for Laughs example. While Rich and Amy don't demonstrate the psychosis traditionally associated with yanderes, the other characters find themselves alternatively bemused or disturbed the obsessive level of devotion they show one another.

Film

Live-Action Television

  • You (2018): Season 2 is one long deconstruction. The climax reveals that behind Love's "perfect girl" exterior, she is a cunning, remorseless murderer who killed Forty's au pair for molesting him, and she murdered Delilah and Candace for threatening to expose Joe when Joe himself couldn't. However, when she does this - and reveals she knew all along that Joe killed Beck, and planted herself to find him - Joe is repulsed by her, and only doesn't kill her because she's pregnant with their baby. They stay together, but Joe is miserable and loathes her.
  • Friends: Ross and Rachel serve as this, though it is much less violent. Both Ross and Rachel get jealous when they see each other with other people, even when they are not together and jump to conclusion that even when they are not together, they should not see other people.

Music

  • Vocaloid: Nem's Märchen Boyfriend and Märchen Girlfriend featuring Kagamine Rin and Len is about a mutually abusive relationship, in which both partners are constantly at each other's throats and keeping extreme tabs on the other. For example, Rin makes Len delete his female contacts and eavesdrops on his incoming calls, whereas Len makes Rin reply to his texts within 10 seconds and goes through her belongings to find a purikura of Rin with another boy. They acknowledge the relationship is destructive and borderline physically violent, but they're so attached at the hip that they can't muster the courage to split from each other.

Visual Novels

  • Umineko: When They Cry: Bernkastel and Lambdadelta are a Psycho Lesbian variant, as the entire plot, with all the gore and death, is basically one big game between them, and they frequently express their love for each other by threatening to horribly mutilate each other, like Lambdadelta threatening to gouge Bernkastel's eyes so they'll only see her.

Webcomics

  • Head Over Heels is a messy, but realistic deconstruction of this trope, as both of the main characters seem to be in love with each other to the point it drives them to do horrific acts. However a lot of their delusions about love comes from psychological projection from their pasts, which shows that the ideals of a yandere won't stand in the real world. It's even the page image.
  • Stalker x Stalker by Merryweathery features the main yanderes Junko and Yukio madly in love with each other. While fairly harmless when nobody gets between them, when somebody does get between them... well, it ends the way you expect.

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