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"Crazy fangirl" doesn't even begin to describe Annie Wilkes.

"And don't you think I understand what you're doing? You're trying to move him into the country... and you're keeping him away from me. And you're playing happy family. Aren't you? [begins to slice her own leg with a butcher knife] You wouldn't understand that because you're so... so selfish. He told me about you. He told me about you. He was very honest. If you weren't so stupid, you'd know that. But you're so stupid. You're so stupid... you're a stupid, selfish bitch!"
Alex Forrest, Fatal Attraction, to Beth Gallagher.

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  • In 68 Kill, the Cute and Psycho Liza will go to any length to keep hold of her boyfriend Chip; including murder. She and her brother Dwayne massacre the gang of redneck crooks holding Chip hostage, and she seems to regards Chip's attempts to kill her in order to be free of her as nothing more than foreplay.
  • Clinch of A Million Ways to Die in the West is shown to be perfectly willing to murder people when he learns his wife Anna kissed another man (Albert) as well as attempting to murder her in a case of If I Can't Have You... after she rejects and humiliates him. He also makes an effort to kill Albert but Albert defeats him.
  • Played straight by Freddy himself in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) towards Nancy. While he intends to kill all the children for telling their parents he molested them, he saves Nancy for something worse because — as Nancy's mother admitted — she's his favorite one of all. While he abused the children sexually at school, he menaces Nancy nonstop with a perverted Yandere attitude that makes his antics in life seem tame. And when Quentin and Nancy develop feelings for each other, Freddy gets pretty jealous.
  • Debbie Jellinsky from Addams Family Values, who earned the nickname "Black Widow" for murdering husbands who were too busy to give her the love she needed (it doesn't help that she, being a materialistic woman, likes to marry men who have a lot of money, who usually have to work around the clock).
    Debbie : Sorry, Debbie, no Mercedes this year. We have to set an example. Oh yeah? Set this!
    • She also murdered her family via burning her house down for getting her the wrong Barbie doll. Being The Addams Family, the whole thing is played for laughs.
    • Wednesday is possibly one for Joel. They establish a romantic connection at the camp and give each other nicknames ("cara mia" for Wednesday and "mon cher" for Joel). And her way of killing her husband? Scaring him to death, which she does to Joel in the end.
    • Gomez for Morticia. He mentions that he would die for her...and that her would kill for her. Either way would be "bliss".
  • Eve Harrington from All About Eve pretends to be like this. She's the sweetest, humblest, most helpful young woman you'll ever meet, and above all else, wants to work entirely for and with Margo and model her life on Margo's, as closely as she can manage. Heaven help anyone who stands in the way of these things.
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  • In Audition, the male lead holds an audition for a girlfriend/wife under the guise of an audition for a movie, only to have the girl he picks be Asami... a very, very creepy yandere. One scene involves the girl putting needles in the victim's eyes, all the while making an almost cutesy sound while gently (agonizingly) taping them in. In short, she tortures him for misleading her into believing he would love only her, not for the fake movie audition. Very, very creepy.
    Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri...'
  • Edward Nygma (a.k.a. the Riddler) of Batman Forever seems an awful lot like one of the male persuasion. This Loony Fan keeps pictures of Bruce Wayne on his desk (glamour shots from a ladies' magazine, yet), gets nervous and giggly when meeting Wayne for the first time as well as spouting unnerving phrases of devotion and insisting that Wayne accept his opus... and tipping completely off the deep end immediately after having his plan nixed by Bruce because it would raise too many questions.
    Nygma: You were supposed to understand...I'll make you understand...
  • Luv from Blade Runner 2049 while it’s hard to discern whether her obsession with protagonist K comes from the Wallace Corporation orders or her own malfunctioning programming it becomes pretty apparent as movie goes on. Like when Luv speaks of her attraction to K to his boss, destroying K’s Hologram girlfriend in front of him and giving K a Forceful Kiss in the Final Battle... after stabbing him with a knife.
  • Blue Steel: Wall Street stock brocker 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 committed.
  • In The Crush, Adrian loves Nick so much she's willing to kill his girlfriend and her own friend to get him. What makes things even worse is that she is fourteen years old, and Nick is much older. Fortunately, she doesn't succeed.
  • Angelique in Dark Shadows. Dear God, Angelique. It's not enough to simply kill the parents of the man who spurned you, to really get his heart you apparently have to kill his girlfriend, turn him into a vampire so he can never die, then lock him in an iron box so that he's left to suffer for eternity, as well as curse his descendants.
  • Glenn Close as Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction. The main character's fling with her was supposed to be a one-night stand, but Alex simply would not let go, and the further he tried to distance himself from her, the crazier she got until she eventually went off the deep end. Her most infamous act gave rise to the slang term "bunny-boiler" to refer to yandere-types in the West. Glenn Close as the Yandere was one of the reasons that Fatal Attraction was popular in Japan. Not for nothing is Alex Forrest ranked #7 on AFI' s "Villains" List.
  • Mark Wahlberg's character David McCall in the 1996 movie Fear has this for Nicole (Reese Witherspoon). He becomes so obsessed with her that he beats up a male friend at her school for even talking to her, manipulates her to resent her protective father Steven (William Petersen) while sexually abusing her female friend, Margo (Alyssa Milano) behind her back, carves her name into his chest, and near the end of the movie tries to invade her family's home with his friends and starts by cutting off her dog's head.
  • Marina (Ma Rina) from Friend Request seems to be a platonic version. She was a lonely girl who didn't have any Facebook friends until Laura accepted her request. She becomes overly attached to Laura and starts doing weird things like photoshopping them together and messaging her excessively. Then after Laura celebrates her birthday without Marina, she makes a scene in public, demanding an explanation. This leads to her committing suicide and killing Laura's friends. She also publishes certain events, which causes her friend count to plummet. It's implied in the end that Marina possesses Laura, or does something else to her, making them friends forever.
  • In the film Gone Girl, Amy is a psychopathic, murderous Yandere towards her husband; her tirade begins with the fact that her husband is not living up to her expectations for him when she was more than willing to surpass his expectations for her.
  • The French film He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (À la folie... pas du tout) is about a young woman who at first appears to be in a relationship with an emotionally distant doctor, until the second half, when it turns out that he didn't know her at all.
  • In the French film High Tension, this trope is exemplified in the protagonist, Marie, who creates an alternate personality to brutally murder the family of her lesbian crush, Alex... simply so that she could have her all to herself.
  • Liz Dunn from the British movie The Hole, who locks herself, her best friend, the guy she fancies and his best friend in the bunker in order to get the guy to notice her. She won't stop even when the situation deteriorates.
  • Lifetime Movies:
  • Maternal Obsession (formerly titled Her Only Child) which features mother, Inez, having this for her own daughter, Lily. She does everything to sabotage her child's relationship with Larry, the current love interest. Even going as far to cut herself and making the family dog sick. The daughter confronts her mother about her behavior and finds that she sabotaged other relationships by hiring thugs to beat up an ex-boyfriend, Michael. At some point Inez pulls a gun on Larry and then threatens to kill herself.
  • Sandy Burrow (Joely Fisher) from Seduction in a Small Town is a great example of a Lifetime-like Yandere: when she throws herself at 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.
  • You Belong to Me, another Lifetime movie, combines all the classic stalker tropes. Michael McBride is a Stalker with a Crush who tried to Murder the Hypotenuse in order to have Alex, his boss, all to himself. When he confessed his "love" for her though, he was rejected and tried to pull a Murder-Suicide so that they could be together in death. Even beyond the grave, he still tried to kill Alex so that they can be Together in Death.
  • Another western film to combine yandere with incest was the 2002 erotic thriller Killing Me Softly where the twist in the film turns out to be that Adam didn't kill his previous lover, his psychotically possessive sister Deborah did, just as she tries to kill protagonist Alice, and even Adam himself when he saves Alice from her.
  • Mal Cobb in Inception. While both alive and in her husband's subconcious. Although, she's in this state because her husband Mind Raped her into it, leaving us to wonder who the real yandere is here.
    • It's made explicit that the reason she's there is that Cobb can't let her go even though she's crazy, dead, and a serious danger to everyone, so this trope applies to both of them.
  • Dracula is reimagined as this in Francis Ford Coppola Bram Stoker's Dracula towards Mina due to her being a reincarnation of his dead wife Elisabeta. When the count learns that Jonathan is going to marry Mina, Dracula's Living Shadow makes moves to strangle Jonathan. It gets worse later when Dracula fails to court Mina and she marries Jonathan in budapest, Dracula starts crying Tears of Blood, sends a storm after Mina and kills Lucy out of spite.
  • Jareth for Sarah in Labyrinth. He claims that he has done a lot of things to please Sarah, including taking her half-brother away like she wished for, and he calls her out on being "selfish." The truth, though, is that Sarah didn't know he really existed until he revealed himself to her and she doesn't know about the other wishes he's "granted." At one point, he expressed a hint of jealousy towards Hoggle and threatened to banish him to the Bog of Eternal Stench if Sarah kissed him.
  • The Bishop of Aquila in Ladyhawke is a male example of this regarding his unrequited love toward Isabeau d'Anjou and the man SHE loves (and who loves her back), Etienne Navarre. He set a curse that rendered Isabeau a hawk during the day and Etienne a wolf at night, ensuring they could never be together as two humans for as long as they lived.
  • Lost Highway. Mr Eddy: Her name is Alice. I swear I love that girl to death. If I ever found out someone was making out with her, I'd take this - pulls out a pistol - and shove it so far up his ass it would come out his mouth. Then you know what I'd do? I'd blow his fuckin' brains out.
  • Lola from The Loved Ones kidnaps a boy she has a crush on and tortures him to have her ideal prom night. It appears to be even more twisted though, as she has unresolved sexual feelings for her father while she fiercely hates her catatonic mother.
  • The Flying Brick title character of My Super Ex-Girlfriend (Uma Thurman) vows to destroy the protagonist's life after he breaks up with her. One memorable scene had her throw a shark into the bedroom of his new girlfriend after spending the night with her.
  • The main plot of titled Obsessed is Idris Elba's main character in a Psychotic Love Triangle with the woman he had an affair with and his wife. Now while this may sound hot to some many others would be praying for the sweet release of death from this scenario.
  • 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 during a trip in New York, which leads to him firing her. Her delusional mind makes her believe that he fired her 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 planning to shoot him and herself 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.
  • Before Fatal Attraction stole its iconic status, Clint Eastwood's Play Misty for Me was the reference movie for this trope. Eastwood's first directorial effort has him stalked by an obsessive fan. Who can frighten even Dirty Harry and The Man With No Name? Why, it's Jessica Walter (before she played the rich, alcoholic harpy Lucille on Arrested Development), a veteran TV actress normally so square you would expect her to wear a shoulder strap purse and sensible skirt in the shower or on the moon. The psychotically jealous Evelyn Draper was the performance of a lifetime for her, leading a generation to get creeped out whenever they heard the classic Erroll Garner tune on the radio.
  • In the 2009 indie horror flick Possession, Roman (Lee Pace) starts off as a Troubled, but Cute Stalker with a Crush towards his sister in law and lawyer Jess (Sarah Michelle Gellar) but then he gets into a car crash with his brother which leaves both comatose, but then Roman's body wakes up with his brothers soul in it except its not her hubby, its just Roman pretending to be her hubby and he is not going to let anything, or anyone interfere with his "marriage".
  • 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.
  • Princess Kaede in Ran behaves like a yandere in many ways, but it's all (or at least mostly) an act. That is, the part in which she is madly in love with Jiro. The part in which she orders all competition killed and wants to murder him is real however.
  • In the movie 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, almost strangles him with the truck window, puts a bra in his mouth and throws him out of the already running truck.
"I GOT RID OF EM ALL!!!! For you. . . ."
  • In The Snake Pit, the insane asylum's head nurse is one of these, getting jealous because she believes the main character is competition for Dr. Kik's affections. It should be added that there's absolutely no good reason to believe that Dr. Kik feels anything more than what he ought to for her, especially given that his goal is to get her well enough to leave with her husband.
  • Harriet from So I Married an Axe Murderer, who becomes a bit unhinged after winning over Charlie. Though in a subversion, this is because all of her previous husbands abandoned her and she's developed a complex — or so she thinks. Turns out Harriet's sister was an insane Yandere for Harriet. She murdered Harriet's husbands and faked their 'Dear Jane' notes to keep Harriet to herself and nearly does the same to Charlie near the end.
  • Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker lives this trope. He falls in love with exactly one girl, Padme Amidala, in his whole life, and they go from "old crush" to "man and wife" in the course of Attack of the Clones. Then he thinks she'll die in childbirth during Revenge of the Sith, so he makes his Face–Heel Turn to The Dark Side to prevent it... and then he Force Chokes her to near death because he got it into his head that she betrayed him for Obi-Wan Kenobi, whom he saw as competition even though he really wasn't.
  • Uncle Charlie Stoker in Stoker. In the backstory, he murdered his younger brother because he couldn't stand the fact that he got more attention from their older brother than him. Over the course of the film, it's revealed that he's in love with his niece, India, and killed her father when her father took steps to try and keep Charlie away from her. He also kills India's housekeeper, aunt, and classmate — though the classmate tried to rape her, so both India and the audience are on Charlie's side there. The last straw for India is when he tries to kill her mother, after India already agreed to go to New York with him.
  • In the 2007 film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mrs. Nellie Lovett spends the movie jumping between swooning over her beloved "Mr. T" and gladly butchering his victims to make pie. This is consistent with her behavior in the stage musical. The yandere-ness, on the other hand, comes in with her treatment of Lucy Barker, a.k.a. the Beggar Woman, and the way that she led Sweeney to believe that she was dead so that she could have him for herself.
  • Lily from the "Amateur Night" segment in V/H/S towards Clint. She repeatedly tells him "I like you", reacts violently when the other guys make a move on her, and takes Clint's rather understandable rejection of her advances very badly. She sobs in a Corner of Woe, then pursues Clint in a fit of rage, refusing to take "no" for an answer. She's also a vicious Humanoid Abomination called a "Lilith" who can tear people apart and can sprout wings. And according to the SiREN full length feature film adaptation, Liliths mate for life...

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