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  • In Agatha Christie's novel And Then There Were None, Vera Elizabeth Claythorne looks like a sweet and pretty governess and teacher. In reality, she killed her pupil Cyril by letting him drown in the sea, so his uncle Hugo who also was her lover could inherit the kid's estate. As the plot advances and all the people around her fall like flies, dying in ways similar to those depicted by the "Ten Little Indians" nursery rhyme,Vera becomes more and more psychotic and crazy.
    • Averted in the play. The uncle killed Cyril instead. As she isn't a murderess, Vera is allowed to live.
    • In three of the English-speaking movie adaptations: she is accused of murdering her sister's fiancee, but reveals towards the end that it was her sister who killed him. And in one adaptation, all that happened was a child dying in her care and there is no reference to her lover at all. Only the Russian version faithfully keeps her original crime and character.
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    • Agatha Christie seemed to be pretty fond of this trope for many of her female characters, mostly under the "deconstructing the Proper Lady and examining it more or less realistically" category, which was especially appropriate for the time period she wrote her novels in, when women were expected to be devoted to only their loved ones and have no other life of their own. This is deconstructed so very much. Vera would have to be her most prominent example because she not only deconstructs it; she stomps all over it and rips it completely to shreds.
      • Murder In Mesopotamia is notable for featuring an extreme male yandere who goes to the trouble of swapping identities with a dead man, sending threatening letters to his wife to drive other suitors away so he can re-woo and remarry her, and ultimately killing her rather than lose her to another man.
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  • In Kier Neustaedter's short story "And Sáavüld Danced..." the title character, put in a situation much like the Stardoc example below, goes to similar lengths (albeit by making a deal with an Eldritch Abomination rather than by way of technology) to get revenge. However, she's treated far more sympathetically—a sort of tragic Anti-Villain Protagonist, as it were.
  • Briony Tallis from Atonement. She throws herself into a river to see if her crush will dive in to save her. She even falsely accuses him of raping her cousin after she catches him making love to her sister in the library, thinking he must be a sex maniac. It's strongly hinted that part of her motivation was jealousy that he was in love with her sister. Fortunately she's only thirteen and grows out of it somewhat.
  • Ryu Murakami's Audition. You know that movie by Takashi Miike? This is the book the movie is based on. And you better believe Asami Yamasaki is just as fucked up in the book as in the movie.
  • Ktarka Zamlon Torin, in S.L. Viehl's Beyond Varallan, goes to incredible lengths to revenge herself upon the family of the guy who turned her down, despite the fact that they'd only just met and he was unaware of her feelings for him. And in the meanwhile, she hits on the heroine a few times. (Although, to be absolutely fair, her culture didn't help matters: The moment she proposed to the guy, she was bound to him for life; and the fact that he was marrying someone else didn't change that.)
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  • Potiphar's wife from The Bible takes a liking to Joseph and asks him to have sex with her, but he refuses her on the grounds of not wanting to offend God or his master. Undaunted, she corners him and tries to force him into the act, but when he runs away she frames him for trying to rape her and has him sent to jail.
  • Nately's Whore from Joseph Heller's Catch-22 becomes a yandere after Nately's death. She attempts to murder Yossarian multiple times and will not give up.
  • Lydia towards Ethan in Peter Moore's Caught In The Act.
  • Christine is a 1958 Plymouth Fury with a terrifying mind of its own, and becomes obsessed with its latest owner, Arnie Cunningham, to the point of trying to kill anyone who would come between them.
  • Elena from The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant takes this trope to the next level by having a disturbing romantic obsession over her biological father. Thanks to her, you will never look at the word 'beloved' the same way again.
  • The Other Mother in Neil Gaiman's Coraline is a maternal (not romantic) example.
  • In The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein, Victor is revealed to be this towards Elizabeth. He constantly tells her that she belongs to him, and he began his experiments after she almost died from an illness. Plus, he murders the hypotenuse twice by orchestrating Justine's death and mutilating Henry and leaving him for dead. Obsession is almost an understatement.
  • Deltora Quest: Kirsten seems like a sweet, meek girl bound in servitude to Bede, the Guardian of the Sister of the North, with love and a dark spell. Her sister, who also loves him, is mysteriously missing - it must all be Bede's fault, right? Wrong. Kirsten is the true Guardian, a Clingy Jealous Girl to the extreme who with dark magic enslaved Bede to be her cover. She also threatens him into following her orders by holding the fate of her trapped-in-a-locket-by-magic sister Mariette (who he truly loves) over his head. Aww, isn't that sad?
  • Devils & Thieves has Darek, who is obsessed with Jemmie, becoming enraged that she loves Crowe instead of him, and hurting both of them in the process of getting revenge, all while insisting he does, in fact, love Jemmie.
  • In The Dummy by Diane Hoh, Jaye Bishop learns that her supposed friend Caroline has been simultaneously cheating with Jaye's boyfriend Maguire and trying to kill Jaye. This isn't the first time Caroline has gone after someone else's boyfriend. In high school she murdered a classmate to get her boyfriend, then broke up with him because they started dating a month after Caroline committed the murder. Caroline figured he wasn't admirable boyfriend material if he was able to get over his dead ex so quickly.
  • In Greg Keyes' The Elder Scrolls novel, The Infernal City, Slyr is so in love with Toel she attempts to Murder the Hypotenuse, who happens to be the protagonist. Naturally, things don't go according to plan, but she fits the trope to a T.
  • The First Dwarf King: Phryne, full stop. She's an utterly Axe-Crazy elven queen who could easily compete for the title of World's Most Beautiful Woman. And she has the hots for Jani...a dwarf...with whom the elves have a very long and very violent history. Not helping matters is the fact that Jani already has a girlfriend who is perfect for him. Ouch.
  • Phaidor in Gods Of Mars and Warlord Of Mars. Obsessed with John Carter, her attempt to kill Dejah Thoris and Thuvia results in all three of them becoming trapped in a temple for a year.
  • Penny, to Caine, in GONE. even after he breaks both her legs. Now that's dedication.
    • Somewhat a subverted trope as of FEAR...But even post-Yandere had a obsession with Caine. Only now the obsession isn't on loving him so much as torturing him.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Romilda Vane sends Harry Cauldron Cakes tainted with a Love Potion, which are then eaten by Ron, turning him into one over her.
    • Helena Ravenclaw, the Ghost of Ravenclaw House, reveals she was also the victim of one, as she was killed by her Stalker with a Crush the Bloody Baron.
    • Bellatrix Lestrange may qualify as this toward Voldemort, since her fanatical devotion to him motivates her acts of evil. Somewhat of a subversion however, as she never demonstrates jealousy over him and would never hurt or betray him, although he is incapable of love and considers her no more than a useful tool, which makes her a villainous example of a Love Martyr.
    • And then there's Merope Gaunt, who actually succeeded in drugging the man she was Yandere for and eventually bearing his child — who would later grow up to become Voldemort.
  • Heart of Steel offers us an example not in the legitimately insane Mad Scientist Alistair Mechanus, but in Julia's soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend Jim, who we learn set up a drug addict to attack her when he thought she was planning to break up with him. During the course of the novel, being bisected and then turned into a cyborg only end up driving him to try to kill Alistair and Julia both to keep Alistair from having her.
  • Gollum from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings was this towards the One Ring. "My precioussssss..." That the object of his desires is a vaguely-sentient Artifact of Doom that acts like a centuries-long drug addiction makes him pitiable, but no less dangerous. The Lord of the Rings also has Gríma Wormtongue, adviser to King Théoden turned spy for Saruman. It is implied that his reward would be the lady Éowyn.
  • Crown Prince Rabadash from The Horse and His Boy, willing to start a war with Archenland and Narnia without even the smallest excuse or challenge if it means he'll have Queen Susan the Gentle as his puppet-wife. He spectacularly fails.
  • Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame shows that males aren't immune, either. There's not really much else you can call someone who lusts after someone to the point of stabbing her love interest out of jealousy and having her hanged on a false charge of attempted murder because she wouldn't give herself to him. And the Disney adaptation, if anything, makes him even WORSE.
  • 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.
    • Visions In Death has a Twist Ending in which the psychic who had been helping Eve solve the case only did it because she wanted to make her murder of Annalisa Sommers look like John Blue murdered her. She was trying to get her ex-boyfriend back, who had hooked up with Sommers. She claims that she did it for love, but Eve refutes that claim, saying that she did it for power and control, and that love is just an excuse!
  • Jin Yong: Ah Zi towards Xiao Feng fits this trope to a "T". She has the cute, innocent, Genki Girl looks... and the incredibly horrifying, sadistic personality. Guo Fu was also one towards Yang Guo. And then there's Zhou Zhiruo towards Zhang Wuji, among others.
  • The French novel La passe-miroir gives us a rare filial example with the knight, actually a preteen boy able to call extremely powerful illusions and obsessed by the courtesan Berenilde, whom he considers as his mother. He has no problem with giving her an accident to make her miscarry - because God forbid she loves her baby more than the knight - and manages to kill her entire family because they were mean to her.
  • In Les Misérables, Eponine is in love with Marius, but he hardly knows she exists, and he falls in love with Cosette. Unable to cope with this, Eponine leaves threatening messages on Cosette's house, convincing her father to flee, and when Cosette tries to inform Marius of her new address, Eponine steals the letter. Once Marius is convinced that Cosette has abandoned him, Eponine tells him that his friends are waiting for him at the barricade, and he goes there fully believing he will die. Eponine hoped that they would both die at the barricade and would be Together in Death, but she ends up taking a bullet for him, and dying in his arms. She still believes that he will die though, and it's only by some chance luck that Marius survives.
  • In The Lost Stars, Colonel Roh Morgan is a highly loyal subordinate of general Drakon. As it turns out, her loyalty runs a little too deep - she's completely obsessed with him and wants him to father her child, who she believes with conquer all of human space, as well as to be the only voice he'd listen to. She starts off by simply sparking off conflicts to try and distance him from others, then rapes him while he's drunk and eventually attempts to assassinate his lover at their wedding. All while claiming she has his best intrest in mind.
  • Annie Wilkes in Misery, who nurses her favorite author back to health after a nasty car wreck and keeps him a prisoner in her home, getting absolutely frightening when she learns that the main character of her favorite series has been killed off. She takes being a Loony Fan to truly frightening levels.
  • While it's implied that he never realises just how much he means to him, Xue Yang from Mo Dao Zu Shi is very attached to his nemesis Xiao Xingchen. When they reunite after their initial clash, he takes advantage of Xiao Xingchen's newfound blindness to disguise his identity and live with him for some years, all while manipulating Xiao Xingchen into killing innocent people he disguised as fierce corpses just for kicks. When his identity is discovered, Xue Yang continues to torment Xiao Xingchen by revealing the truth of their night hunts, and finally reveals that Xiao Xingchen's last victim was his estranged best friend, driving Xiao Xingchen to suicide. While Xue Yang is initially surprised but unconcerned (since he's essentially a Necromancer), Xiao Xingchen's despair-shattered soul is impossible to revive, causing Xue Yang to have a Villainous Breakdown and spend the rest of his life hanging on to Xiao Xingchen's sword, unable to accept that its master will never return to him. When he is finally brought to justice, his severed hand is revealed to be clutching an old, blackened piece of candy—Xiao Xingchen's last gift to him.
  • Hester Shaw from Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines quartet. After she sees her boyfriend, Tom kissing Freya Rasmussen she betrays the city of Anchorage to Arkangel, just to get him back. She'd also do anything or kill anyone for him. Or to get him back.
  • The 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 Ithaca. She eventually lets him leave because Hermes told Calypso that Zeus said she had to let Odysseus go back to Ithaca.
  • Tinkerbell. Yes, the Peter Pan one. She did not by any means like Wendy; she even tried to kill her. All because Peter paid more attention to her than to Tink.
  • The Phantom of the Opera has Erik, the Phantom himself. It can be interpreted as a subversion though, as he truly loved Christine and in the end, set her free since he would rather see her happy in the end.
  • The Lover in Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning... the poem can be interpreted in a number of different ways, but the main gist of it is that he kills her so that he can make the moment last forever, and the poem closes with him clutching her corpse. Eep.
  • Antoinette de Mauban in The Prisoner of Zenda. She's in love with the King's brother Michael, who wants to usurp the throne. However, if Michael becomes King, he'll have to marry a princess, which Antoinette doesn't want. There's no reason she can't stay as his mistress, she's in that role already, except that she wants to marry Michael, not share him. So, she does what any good Yandere would do: reveal Michael's plans to the one man who can stop them and tell him exactly how to break into the castle and free King Rudolf, all under the promise that Michael won't be killed. Even though Rassendyll promised this, there's no telling what Rudolf might do to his brother. So in short, she ruins Michael's dream of becoming King, taking the chance that he could be exiled or accidently killed all because she couldn't stand having another woman having him.
  • This is zig-zagged with Kurokochōhime, one of the protagonists of Rolitania. Not only did she go back in time to save her husband, Samuel, she creates a whole country, lures his family there with money, and actively stalks him using a system that was meant for capturing potential terrorists. However, when another girl claims Samuel as her own, Kuro goes insane and tries to kill herself. Later on however, she does murder some soldiers for threatening his safety.
  • In William Faulkner's short story A Rose for Emily, the eponymous Emily Grier fell in love with a man named Homer Barron. One day, he went in Emily's house and was never seen leaving. When Emily eventually passes away, her house is searched and it turns out she killed Homer with arsenic, dressed him in a suit, and kept the corpse on her bed.
  • The Scarlet Letter has a male example in Roger Chillingworth, who's obsessed with hunting down and punishing the man who impregnated his wife.
  • More than one culprit that Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson deal with turns out to be a yandere, and they're almost Always Male. Rodger Baskerville Jr. aka Jack Stapleton from The Hound of the Baskervilles is a good example: he abuses his wife and forced accomplice Beryl like you wouldn't believe, but when he forces her to pose as his sister and become a Honey Trap to attract Sir Henry, he goes Crazy Jealous Guy when Henry courts Beryl directly.
    • Also, Abe Slaney from The Adventure of the Dancing Men. He will do anything to force his ex-girlfriend Elsie Cubbitt (née Patrick) to return to the USA with him, going from harassment and threats written in a secret code that only he and his victim can decipher at first (the mentioned "dancing men"), to shooting her Nice Guy husband Hilton dead when he confronts him. He is nevertheless in despair when he realises this act led her to attempt suicide, and confesses to avoid getting her falsely charged for murder.
    • Jefferson Hope from A Study in Scarlet manages not only to be an Anti-Villain version of the trope (Enoch Drebber forces Hope's girlfriend Lucy to marry him and drove her to a Death by Despair, and Joseph Stangerson was a Jerkass who aided him by killing Lucy's dad), but also a Magnificent Bastard since he dies peacefully right after being caught, not even being tried.
  • Caelan, from the Skulduggery Pleasant series, is shaping up to be quite the Stalker with a Crush, and is starting to show signs of graduating to full blown Yandere.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Lysa Arryn can only see wonderful things about Petyr Baelish, going back to roughly when he was ten and she only about a year older. Littlefinger uses this long-standing affection to convince her to murder her husband Jon and, incidentally, help spark a civil war that could see him rise further in power (well, in conjunction with playing on her Mama Bear fears of losing her little boy). And, when she strongly believes that her niece Sansa is actively seducing him away from her, she threatens to throw the girl off a mountain to her death — after all, Lysa herself "seduced" (re: raped using false pretences while he was way too drunk and thought she was Catelyn) Petyr herself when she was about fifteen or so. Lysa winds up thrown out the Moon Door instead of poor Sansa. Did we mention that Sansa is 13-years-old and being sexually harrassed by Littlefinger at the time, which should have been pretty clear to Lysa except, well... and...? Yeah. Wall-to-wall Yandere, folks.
    • Littlefinger's unrequited, long-running affection of Lysa's sister, Catelyn, places him quite firmly in the Yandere category. In fact he takes this trope to its extreme, most notably by starting a devastating, continent-wide civil war just to discredit Catelyn's husband, Ned, and destroy her family, just because he couldn't have her to himself. Catelyn dying doesn't seem to have impacted him too much, as he's happily found a Replacement Goldfish in Sansa, Cat's daughter (and the aforementioned niece), and is now planning on bringing war to Westeros again to win the crown for Sansa and hopefully her love as well.
  • Hagar, the second cousin of Milkman Dead from Song of Solomon, were basically Kissing Cousins up until Milkman got tired of her and decided to break up with her. That, and the sight of Milkman actually going out with other women, drove Hagar insane to the point of wanting to kill him, although all her attempts to do so end up failing. In her last attempt to kill Milkman, Hagar was paralyzed and couldn't move until Milkman's friend Guitar Bains brought her home, where she ended up in a depression until she decided to go on a shopping spree from her mother Reba pawning her ring for a few hundred dollars, buying a bunch of new clothes in the hopes that she might impress Milkman and bring him back to her. Unfortunately, the Doomed New Clothes, the Uncanny Valley Makeup, and wet hair ended up with her dying from a fever she never recovered from.
  • In The Spirit Thief, Benehime wants to have Eli for herself, and she'll go to any lengths to make him love her and elliminate anything that might distract him from that fact. While to others, she seems like a benevolent and kind, if a little flippant goddess, she's seriously obsessed, stalks Eli all over the country, always popping up in his darkest moments, and actively tries to have his True Companions killed. It gets to the point where she orchestrates a war with the purpose of showing Eli how much he needs her and should love her.
  • At the beginning of The Stand we have Harold to Frannie.
  • Star Wars Legends gives us Abeloth. She's not Luke's ex-girlfriend, but she is. This evolves into full It's All About Me.
  • Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji introduces Rokujo no Miyasudokoro, one of the titular character's older lovers. Said to be one of the first (and certainly one of the most well-known), Rokujo was extremely possessive towards Genji to the point that her hatred to other of his lovers manifested itself as an evil spirit which killed one or more of them.
  • Orual from C. S. Lewis' Till We Have Faces.
  • Twilight has a few characters with shades of this:
    • Jacob, the one every non-fan wanted to end up with Bella because of their history, isn't fond of Bella spending time with Edward. In Eclipse, he said that it'd better if she were dead than a vampire. If one were to remove the whole vampire and werewolf aspect, this statement might sound like a threat.
  • The White Queen in The Unexplored Summon://Blood-Sign is this to Kyousuke. Literally every story arc revolves around her plotting to make him hers. To that end, she won't hesitate to kill or otherwise ruin the lives of others. Unlike other examples on this page, though, she's fine with him foiling her plans and outright rejecting her to her face. She's confident that she'll succeed in the end, and because she's an invincible Eldritch Abomination, she has all the time in the world to wait. Interestingly, she also doesn't mind other girls hitting on Kyousuke, even if they do so in front of her. This probably stems from her complete indifference to anything and anyone that isn't Kyousuke. On the other hand, if Kyousuke ever shows any signs of interest in another girl (and in her mind, just saying another girl's name qualifies), she immediately starts feeling murderous.
  • The Vampire Chronicles:
    • The vampiress Claudia shows signs of being both this and a tsundere for Louis. Besides her own anger, she's even willing to 'kill' Lestat so that they can be together. For certain reasons, she prefers to experience the physical side of the relationship vicariously.
    • Akasha, the Queen of the Damned, for Lestat. She sleeps for thousands of years until he (unintentionally) wakes her and the first thing she does is kill her husband and go on a killing spree, wiping out anyone who could mean Lestat harm. And that's only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Ashfur from Warrior Cats is a male version. After being rejected, he decided to pick off his former love's family members so that she could feel his pain.
  • Selene of The Wheel of Time. Also known as Lanfear, Mierin Eronaile, Cyndane, or the Daughter of the Night. She wants Rand al'Thor very badly, has no tolerance for any woman who so much as touches him, and gets very put out if he refuses her. It doesn't help that she is an extraordinarily powerful channeler and quite often kills underlings in the midst of her murderous rages.
  • Darien from Wolfbreed. First off, he is a werewolf and when first met, he already has an almost complete lack of morals along with a burning hatred of humanity. This partly stems from his Where I Was Born and Razed Freudian Excuse. When he meets Maria, the first female werewolf he has seen since his all werewolf hometown bought it, he immediately falls in love with her only to find out she has been raised by humans, doesn't really know she is a werewolf, is a devout Christian as opposed to Darien's Flat-Earth Atheist outlook and has already begun falling in love with with a man named Josef who is also falling in love with her. And to twist the knife a little deeper, Josef is a soldier in the army that wiped out Darien's hometown and killed his his family. Darien doesn't react too well to any of this.
  • Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights goes insane after he thinks Catherine doesn't love him, and this insanity pretty much drives his villainy for the remainder of the novel.
  • Caroline Kepnes's novel You2015 involves a male version. Joe Goldberg googles Guinevere Beck, a young aspiring writer in New York, and learns all that he can about her. He goes to a bar, which she "coincidentally" goes to and they start up a relationship. As the story progresses, he controls her life and subtly becomes her boyfriend. What officially seals him as a yandere is the fact that he's willing to do anything to keep her with him, including murder.

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