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  • Pele - the Hawaiian Goddess of Lava is known for her fiery temper. She fell in love often and most of those young men were not fortunate to escape with their lives. The incredible details of some of the stories is what really makes her special.
    • In one story Pele throws lava at her lover, her own favorite little sister, the sister's house (forest, actually), and sister's best friend for good measure. Because she thought the Lover and Sister may like each other, when in reality they were both loyal to Pele. (They bonded because of this trauma and proved Pele right. Irony Burnnn) The Other Wiki tells the tale.
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    • In some versions of the story, the sisters end up sharing him, but most hold that he went back home and took Pele's little sister with him.
    • Also another unfortunate young man that Pele fell in love with was already in a happy relationship, and had no intention of cheating on his girl, even with a Goddess. Pele was not impressed by his moral fibre. Story of Ohia and Lehua
  • Dido in The Aeneid. When Aeneas leaves Carthage, Dido curses him and all of the surviving Trojans, then commits suicide. It bears mentioning that said curse involves damning their two future nations to constant savage bloodletting.
  • There is a Japanese folktale concerning a woman named Kiyohime who, when rejected by the object of her affections, a monk who took a vow of celibacy, turns into a dragon and incinerates both him and herself when he tried to hide from her underneath a giant bell. More information can be found on The Other Wiki.
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  • The huldra of Scandinavian folklore are a type of fairy who appear as beautiful women with cow or horse tails. Although they are often eager to marry, they are also very strict and demanding, and if you even think of turning one down, she will kill you. This being folklore, this is of course only one version, albeit a common one... though one of the variations is simply to change marriage to being lovers.
  • Ishtar (Inanna) of Mesopotamian Mythology. All of her lovers ended up dead, which is why Gilgamesh turns her down when she asks him to marry her. Cue Ishtar running to her daddy, pitching a fit, and threatening to cause a Zombie Apocalypse if he doesn't give her the Bull of Heaven instead (even though doing so will cause a drought.) She later has her husband Tammuz/Dumuzi Dragged Off to Hell for cheating on her while she was off trying to conquer the underworld.
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  • The story of the 4 winds in Lakota mythology. They were all in love with the goddess Wohpe. She chose the South Wind, because he wasn't so vocal about it. The North Wind tries to steal her away from his younger brother every winter. The North Wind is represented by the color white, and the South Wind is represented by the color red.
  • In Classical Mythology, Persephone turns a nymph into a mint plant, and then stamps on her, for daring to flirt with her husband Hades. The weird thing is that Persephone originally ended up as Hades' wife when Hades captured her and forced her into marriage, so either Persephone experienced some form of Stockholm Syndrome that led her to become jealously protective of him, or, as some interpretations of the story state, Persephone always loved Hades and could not act upon her feelings due Demeter's possessiveness of her. In these interpretations, the kidnapping of Persephone was staged so Hades and Persephone could be together. Notably, besides the initial kidnapping and potential tricking of Persephone (a byproduct of which causes winter to happen), Hades has kept faithful to Persephone and seems to treat his wife well.
  • Suprisingly Artemis, at least according to Homer's Odyssey. When Calypso was complaining about the Double Standard of male gods being allowed to screw willy-nilly while the female goddesses aren't. She mentions how, Artemis shot Orion in jealousy after seeing him being carry off by Eos, goddess of dawn.
  • The most famous example from Classical Mythology would be Hera, wife of Zeus. Half or more of the myths about her and about the only thing she is remembered for is pursuing horrible vengeance on the lovers of Zeus and their offspring. (Zeus being by far the most powerful of the gods, there was nothing she could do to harm him directly.) The worst acts were probable against Lamia and Hercules. Hera either stole or in the worst stories forced Lamia to kill her own children turning her into a monster. The latter she tormented his entire life in one way or another, but the worst would be inflicting madness on him causing him to murder his own family. The 12 Labors that made him famous were ironically for a crime he arguably had no control over. She seemed tolerant of Ganymede, however. She apparently stops trying to torture Heracles after he dies, ascends to full godhood and marries her daughter, or at least there are no myths telling of it. But would having Hera as a mother-in-law really make things better? Probably not.
    • Hera's equivalent in Roman Mythology is Juno, the name and character basis for Yuno. Yes, THAT Yuno.note 
  • Ironically, Hera was also the victim of a Yandere in one story, along with Artemis. The story varies Depending on the Writer (Homer, Virgil, and Ovid have all told versions) but the giant brothers Otus and Ephialtes (collectively called the Aloadae) wanted to storm Mt. Olympus and gain Artemis for Otus and Hera for Ephialtes; strange part is, they seemed capable of doing it. One version claims they built a mountain even bigger than Olympus to lay siege to it, most say Zeus' thunderbolts couldn't hurt them, and most also say they were able to capture Ares and stuff him in a jar for thirteen months. Eventually, Artemis either surrendered to Otus or tried to seduce him in order to free Ares (again, depends on the writer) which made his brother jealous because Hera hadn't even noticed him, and the two fought; Artemis changed herself into a doe and jumped between them (possibly her plan or Apollo's plan the whole time); the Aloadae, not wanting her to get away, threw their spears and simultaneously killed each other, not invulnerable to their own powerful blows.
  • Medea of Greek myth is a scary one: when Jason left her, she burned her rival alive with a fire so intense it set the royal palace on fire, set the city of Corinth on fire for being ruled by the man who got Jason to dump her, and killed her own children to end his line (A Fate Worse Than Death for the ancient Greeks). It was so bad that Hera, who, as Jason's protector, the one who had set him with Medea, and was supposed to be the one to punish Jason for his oathbreaking, couldn't find anything to add onto of what Medea had already done, limiting herself to let him live as he lost all his glory and was reduced to a beggar (basically, letting what Medea had done stand).
    • Though it should be noted that one of Jason's sons, Thassalus, did survive his mother's attempt on his life, and managed to reclaim the throne of Iolcus.note 
  • Gudrun and Brynhild in the Saga of the Volsungs.
  • Some interpretations of Paradise Lost posit that Lucifer is basically the greatest yandere of all times, unable to suffer the knowledge that God would rather be loved by a fallible, mortal, corrupted humanity than by the Morning Star himself.
  • Speaking of Abrahamic religions, Asmodeus is the demon of Lust because he was the Stalker with a Crush on Sarah and killed all of her suitors before being defeated by Tobit.
  • According to Islamic interpretations, Lucifer (known as Iblis or Shaytān) is this as he was evicted for his pride, but also jealousy - he loved God, but refused to accept Adam, believing him to be an inferior creature that is not worthy of God's love, thus swore revenge by tempting humanity away from God.

What do you mean you found out my real age?! I thought you trusted me! I'll kill you! Kill you! Kill you! Kill you! KILL YOU!!... But I still love you~!

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