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"I'm crazy?! What's crazy is this world that refuses to let me be with you!"
Yuno Gasai, from Mirai Nikki.

Yandere is a term used for a person who is initially loving and caring to someone they have a strong affection for until their romantic love, admiration, and devotion becomes feisty and mentally destructive in nature through either over protectiveness, violence, brutality or all three combined.

Yandere characters are mentally unstable, incredibly deranged and use extreme violence or brutality as an outlet for their emotions.

Personality

Yandere characters are the term for crazy girls/boys. Not dorky or stunt-loving people, but rather the psychotic and jealous person that will murder their love interest's entire family with the intent to stay with them alone.

Yandere is someone who is overly lovesick; someone who has been driven to insanity by extreme obsession or love, thus resulting in abnormal behavior if not violence, for those around them and even themselves. The tropes "Love Makes You Crazy," "Love Makes You Evil," "Love Hungry," and "Stalker with a Crush," are all amplifed and combined, molding into a singular personified character archetype.

yandere sees everyone surrounding their love interest as an enemy, regardless of gender. Yanderes will attack people to get what they want, in some cases gorily so, in other cases just name-calling or stealing and hiding their possessions somewhere with the intention of them not being found.

Many yandere are introduced as looking normal and cute, lovable and extremely sympathetic. However that's often because they've only been shown interacting with their love interest. Once a third character gets into the equation, they will start to show their true colors. That is, a yandere character starts crazy, they don't go crazy, they were usually crazy from the beginning but were able to keep it concealed.

Note that the above is not always true. Some yanderes are undeniably insane from the start. Why a yandere has become insane can vary; they might be a broken victim of some horrible event, or they might simply have a natural inclination to become a serial killer. Regardless, as long as they have a mentally sick kind of love they're a yandere.

The word "yandere", a term that blossomed in moe fandom, refers to a character who is crazy about someone else, often literally and violently. Despite the anime-inspired name, this type of character itself is much older than that. One of the earliest examples is the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar/Inanna (technically an Uruk Example, as that was her cult city that neighbored Ur in Sumer).

Yanderes are usually identifiable by their blank eyes when they go crazy, blood being soaked on them for the majority of their screen time, carrying at least one signature weapon that they use to kill and/or attack others for the majority of their screen time, a mostly moe appearance or at least an appearance that will deceive others, psychotic behavior, and a tendency to attack and/or kill people who would get in the way of their love. Many of them utilize axes as a wepon of choice. "Benign" cases don't even need to bring weapons or violence into the mix: just a well-established aura of menace and the feeling of dread is enough. When on the protagonists' or hero team, they are often the anti-hero.

The character almost always appears cute and harmless on the surface, but underneath they may be obsessive, controlling, and insane. For anyone unfortunate enough to be the object of a Yandere's obsession, nothing will dissuade the yandere from the notion that they are theirs and theirs alone. But more pity should be reserved for anyone who gets in the way, as this psycho-obsessive is unwilling to put up with any rivals to their often genuine affection. Most yanderes have a history of mental instability, but some have always been just a little bit "off". If a yandere ever goes off the deep end, they are likely to go Ax-Crazy, taking up the psycho weapon of their choice and slaughtering people as if straight out of a horror movie. Usually their target is whoever they perceive to be in the way, but if the person they love rejects them or leaves them, they may decide that they would rather see the person dead than with another or themselves because they're nothing without them, which can lead to tragedy.

Interestingly, while yanderes are usually villains by dint of their psycho and murderous nature, they can still be perceived as moe if they manage to gain enough tragic audience sympathy. A sympathetic yandere often has the person they love as a "Living Emotional Crutch", and goes completely crazy and murderous at the thought of losing them, either romantically or otherwise. Worst case scenario, they'll go into a "never my fault" fueled villainous breakdown, at which point they lose the sympathy points.

Part of the dere family along with Tsundere (cranky outside, sweet inside), or sub-groups; Kuudere (cold outside, sweet inside), and Dandere (asocial outside, sweet inside). However, those are all sweet inside, while the yandere is the reverse, appearing sweet outside while crazy inside. While a sweet tsundere may have some similarities with a yandere (especially if jealousy is one of their vices), the yandere will often patiently endure things that will send any tsundere utterly bonkers, but the yandere's jealous, possessive and obsessive nature won't let them accept the possibility that the person they love can be happy without them. Unlike most tsunderes, including sweet tsunderes, a female yandere is usually a girly girl with a tomboy streak since she is girly and lovey-dovey outside, but violent inside.

Yandere characters are mostly female, but there are male examples. Compare with the "Violently Protective Girlfriend", who can become Ax-Crazy when the love interest is in danger, but is otherwise much more stable mentally. If the admirer is crazy, but tends to be the one who gets violently abused by their affection, then this is "Mad Love".

Contrast with "wolf in Sheep's Clothing", in which a character is consciously using the illusion of purity and niceness to cover up a sadistic true nature (though a WISC can become a yandere if obsession and mental instability is added). At the extreme, a love to dismember can occur. Due to their often violent nature, they are likely to be the unfettered. The more savage examples also very likely to be faux affably evil.

Meaning of the Name

The "yan" in the word yandere (ヤンデレ) comes from the verb yanderu (病んでる) which means "to be sick mentally." This is slightly different from the verb yamu (病む) which means "to be sick (generally)," despite yanderu (病んでる) being also considered a contraction of the verb yamu in the te-iru form yandeiru (病んでいる).

A somewhat related word is the word koiyamai (恋病), meaning "lovesick" and written with the kanji for love (koi (恋)) and sickness (yamai (病)).

Analysis

Origin of the Yandere trope

Yandere may have emerged as a deconstruction of the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype: an eternally serene woman who always puts the needs of her family and husband before her own. A female yandere is all of this driven to the logical extreme and then examined realistically: a sentient individual put in such a position would invariably experience enormous emotional and mental strain. Sooner or later, she would snap, even at the slightest provocation. Ironically, it is this realistic take that makes a yandere so endearing to the audiences, often even more so than the traditional Yamato Nadeshiko. (Granted, there are realistically a wide range of possible responses to stress other than going Axe-Crazy, but this one is definitely more entertaining to watch.) Compare with the violently protective girlfriend who can become Axe-Crazy when the love interest is in danger but is otherwise much more stable mentally.

Why Yandere can be perceived as attractive

Someone who is crazy for you.

Interestingly, these types of characters can still be perceived as attractive if they can build up enough tragic audience sympathy, despite the argument that many originally become popular by being subversions of wishy-washy female or male characters until the fandom ended up loving them in the typical way. Sometimes this can play out in story, if the love interest ever starts to rethink a relationship with them, the yandere might threaten to harm the love interest or themself if they ever think on leaving the yandere. This threat might be explicit, but often is more subtle.

The Trouble with Yanderes

A main problem with a yandere is that a poorly-written yandere is easy scrappy bait. As outlandish as the trope can be, yanderes can still be likable as long as they have elements of sympathy with them, but alas, there are a few that lack that key redemptive trait. A yandere written to be unlikable is more than likely to be a villain of some caliber, planning to cause harm to a more level-headed character in a fit of blind fury simply because their dream relationship fell apart. Another bad sign for a yandere is if he or she suffers from erotomania, and delusionally believes that the person they love is in love with them when in reality, the person is either indifferent or wants nothing to do with them. Unrequited yandere attraction never ends well, and can be very unfortunate if the yandere goes off the deep end.

(The most common type of yandere is violent and jealous, but there are other types of yandere written further below)

Types of Yandere

In the west, yandere is basically always associated with the jealous, violent type of yandere, which is the most common. However, given that the word just means "mentally sick and in love," there are other types of yandere which would be recognized only in the Japanese speaking community.

Because Japanese nouns followed by the suffix gata (型), meaning "model," as in "[car] model." So where one would say "a XXX(action here)-ing yandere" in English to say what the yandere does, in Japanese there's a noun for that, so it becomes XXX-gata yandere, "yandere of type XXX."

A single yandere can (and normally will) fit in multiple of these types at a time. In particular, Yuno Gasai fits a dozen of them, which is why she's an ideal example of yandere.

All types of yandere can be male or female and also have any kind of romantic attraction or obsession. Below is a list of yandere types sorted by degree of insanity, ascending;

mugai-gata (無害型)

Harmless type.

"As long as he/she is happy, I'm happy."

The most harmless type of yandere, the one where they have fallen in love in an unhealthy, obsessive way, but they don't do anything insane about it. They will try hard to become your lover, but won't harm anybody in the way. If you get into a relationship with someone, this type of yandere won't attack you two, they'll be happy you found happiness, but perhaps they may still hope that you'll choose them instead one day.

This can be associated with Megadere, Undere or Dorodere. Harmless type of yanderes, who could also be one or three of these three types and would not even come close to being a real yandere.

They can either be viewed as a crazy, obsessive version of a Deredere or a sweet, loyal version of a yandere.

kanchigai-gata (勘違い型)

Wrong idea type.

"They gave me an eraser... this must mean they love me!"

They get the wrong idea when something is done in order to match their expectations. If you say you don't love them, they'll think you're lying because you don't want to hurt them. If you do something out of kindness to them, they'll think it's out of love.

shuuchaku-gata (執着型)

Obsession type.

"I sent you 50 messages, why didn't you answer? Where were you? What were you doing?"

This type will try to learn everything about their love interests, including personal information, hobbies, routine, etc. They will regular messages to check on their love, asks why they haven't answered if they didn't, wants to know what they're doing always. And, if possible, walks around with them all the time as well.

The obsession type doesn't necessarily want to monopolize you. They'll let you hang around with friends, etc. but wants to know everything you do. They probably want to go with you, too. If they can't go somewhere with you, they might stalk you.

If they learn a person is too close to you, they might attack.

sutookaa-gata (ストーカー型)

Stalker type.

"Although you don't know it, I'll always be with you!"

Will follow a love around, often without them knowing. May be in broad daylight or at night, when they're walking alone on the streets, or even online if relevant. A person of this type is also often of the obsessive type.

dokusen-gata (独占型)

Monopoly type. (This is the most common type.)

"Who is that person you were talking to?"

They want to monopolize their love interest. And will ask who they're talking to and hang with, in extreme cases won't let them be with anyone else, regardless if they are well known as a mutual friend.

This type of behavior is unfortunately common in real life. It displays insecurities and lack of trust in the relationship which might develop into much worse yandere behavior.

ison-gata (依存型)

Dependence type. ("Dependence" as in addiction, alcohol dependence, chemical, etc.)

"No, don't leave me! Please! I can't live without you!"

Can't live without their love interest, and will beg them to not leave or throw them away. Claim that they will die or kill themselves if they leave. May lose will to do anything if they aren't watching. If their love interest does, in fact, leave; they might go full crazy and end up doing something crazy like going on a murderous rampage.

touei-gata (投影型)

Projection type.

"You're just like them."

After their former love turned out to be a completely different person than they loved, got a girlfriend/boyfriend, died or something of the sort, and the yandere can no longer stay with them, they will search for someone who was just like what their love was.

This type of yandere is very innocent at first, but if they're given power to dominate their new beloved, they might end up trying to make them more and more like what their old interest was. For example, wearing the same things, doing the same things, etc.

Sometimes, this yandere might project their ideal lover not on someone else but on the same person. That is, they might say "you are not him/her, he/she does this," to them even though they actually are him/her and they do not do "this".

shoushitsu-gata (消失型)

Disappearance type.

"They will never love someone like me... why exist?"

They love their beloved, maybe they know that, maybe they don't, but not knowing this gives them a crushing depression. They think they'll never love them and they have no chance, but they can't stop their unhealthy feelings of love. They think their interest is too good for them, or that they're too worthless for them. This makes them slowly fade away, disappearing from their life. Until they completely disappear forever (probably suicide).

This is an atypical yandere, since it has so little effect on other characters' lives.

shuumatsu-gata (終末型)

Final type. ("final" as in "the end")

"I don't need a world where they don't exist."

After learning a love died, they lose their purpose in life. The world for them was their love, and they're now gone. What this results vary. Most of the time, they become broken emotionally, as expected. They might also commit suicide. Or sometimes, they might become a terrorist and destroy the world that let them die, or just go on revenge serial killing.

DV-gata (DV型)

Domestic Violence type.

"It hurts? That's your fault! Next time learn your lesson and stop looking at other people!"

When jealous, feeling ignored, etc. uses violence against their beloved. They'll beat them and claim it's their own fault. This can be either discharging pent-up rage through violence and they just happen to be their favorite punching bag, or deliberately punishing them for doing something they didn't like.

Both cases, unfortunately, are also common in real life.

bouryoku-gata (暴力型)

Violence type.

Another name for the "domestic violence" type above.

They "use violence" (bouryoku wo furu (暴力をふる)) towards you.

sokubaku-gata (束縛型)

Restraints type.

"Let's stay together forever! You'll never leave my side, not ever again!"

They want to be with their love always, and always, and always, AND ALWAYSAND FOREVER. That means they'll probably kidnap them and lock them into their house so they're forced to stay with them.

There are variations, some lighter, some worse, but the general idea is that they want themselves and their love to be inseparable.

mousou-gata (妄想型)

Delusion type.

"Why are you running? Darling, you just told me that you loved me, remember!?"

Similar to the "wrong idea" type above, but far worse.

When their insane love is unrequited (for obvious reasons), and they start running away from the crazy person, they'll think it's because they're embarrassed, and not because they don't want them. Their love distorts the reality they perceive. They see a bunch of delusions instead.

The delusion type may also be in denial something unpleasant happened. They'll just forget it happened. Their memories may also be replaced with delusions: they'll remember a love being extremely nice to them when they were actually indifferent, or them saying saying they liked them before they even met.

jishou-gata (自傷型)

Self-harm type.

"Hey... look at me... look at me... look, there's so much blood coming out..."

They harm themselves, cutting wrists, etc. in order to get their interests' attention. This often happens when they're ignored. The "dependence" type might evolve into this if they are abandoned.

There are two sub-types to this;

First, the one where they harm themselves in secret and have a love notice their injuries, then they say "it's nothing to worry about" hoping they worry about it more. This is usually something light like a knee bruise.

Second, the one where they harm themselves in a love's face as a way to say "I'll kill myself if you leave me", forcing them to stay by their side by guilt.

haijo-gata (排除型)

Removal type.

"You don't need other people. You have me."

They will remove everyone they think their love doesn't need, which means everyone else. This can include things like excluding their contacts and messages to even murdering everybody who approaches.

This type of yandere has two sub-types:

First, the one that removes people secretly. They see them hanging with someone, the next day that person has mysteriously disappeared. They, a main character, are probably as clueless as a sheet of sudoku in blank about this incident, and the next several incidents like it.

Second, the one that removes people openly. This also ranges from removing messages to killing people. They might be expecting their love to agree with them, "Yeah, you're right, I don't need other people", or they might just want to show them what they're capable of.

shinjuu-gata (心中型)

Double Suicide type.

"Let's die together! So we can stay together FOREVER in the afterlife!”

Why be always together in life if they can be forever together for all eternity? This type of yandere will propose what no sane person would: let's die!

Sadly, suicide pacts are a thing. Double suicide, lovers' suicide, too, is a thing. One of the most famous pieces ever, Romeo & Juliet, (spoilers) sort of ended up in a double suicide.

One thing different in a yandere double suicide is that, often, their beloved don't really want to suicide. It's more likely this yandere wants them both dead and they'll kill them then themself. Although there are also actual consensual attempted double suicides involving yandere characters.

jiko-gisei-gata (自己犠牲型)

Self-Sacrifice type.

"If it's for you I wouldn't mind dying!"

They'd make any sacrifice for you, as long as it means getting you to love them. They don't even mind dying for you or fighting bloody battles, sustaining multiple injuries, etc. as long as it means staying with you.

Unlike the self-harm type, the self-sacrifice type isn't seeking attention with their suicidal behavior. Instead, they want to make themselves useful and support the one they love.

This is easier to visualize in anime where fighting monsters, etc. is normal. However, this kind of sickness also exists in real life. Some people do sacrifice themselves for a beloved one in an extremely unhealthy and unrewarding way, just because they "love" them.

suuhai-gata (崇拝型)

Worship type.

"I'll do anything for you! I'll even kill for you! Please use me however you want!"

They worships you and will do anything for you. Sometimes even without you asking. And more: They don't even mind if you love them or not, or what will happen to them. Killing, dying, committing crimes, losing respect of others, they'll do anything it means providing support to your infinite greatness.

This is one of the least-harmful type of yandere to one self since they would never do anything to harm you and will never be in your way. Nonetheless, it's also one of the most depressing types; it makes you feel sorry for the yandere, who thinks of themself less like a person and more like a tool who might get thrown away if they're not useful enough.

The difference between the "worship" type and the "self-sacrifice" type is that the "worship" type is also like the "disappearance" type. The "self-sacrifice" type wants to be useful so they can be loved, the "worship" type doesn't mind if they are not loved back, in fact, they probably thinks they are not worth being loved by the delusive greatness they consider you.

They wouldn't, for example, attack your girlfriend/boyfriend or other girls/boys out of jealousy, but they might attack a person approaching you because they thinks this person is stepping out of their boundaries and being presumptuous by daring to talk to your greatness without proper respect.

choukyou-gata (調教型)

Training type.

"Say you love me... come on, say it. Say you love me. SAY YOU LOVE ME! Yay! Good boy/girl! Here's your reward."

(the word choukyou was once only about "training [animals]" or "breaking [animals]". It has nothing to do with training for sports)

They'll break you into loving them. Sometimes using torture, a punishment/reward system, brainwashing, blackmail, etc. This probably involves you getting kidnapped and forced into it, although there might be more subtle ways to accomplish this.

koritsu yuudou-gata (孤立誘導型)

Loneliness Induction type.

"Shhh... it's ok. I'm here. You don't need anyone else. You can just count on me."

They will make, induce, you to feel or be alone. By spreading malicious rumors about you that make others alienate you, by murdering your friends and family, etc. Then they'll jump in and present themselves as the only one you can count on when you're most fragile mentally and in need of company.

Inducing things that don't make you feel lonely but give some sort of mental damage, trauma, also count as this type. Conversely, if your friends and family get killed on their own and you're alone but they have nothing to do with it, it's not the same thing since they didn't induce it, although a yandere might abuse your condition to get closer to you.

This type is similar to the "dependence" type, except it's not what the yandere can do for you, it's what you can do for the yandere.

kyouki-gata (猟奇型)

Bizarre-Seeking type.

"I love you, so... can you give me your fingernails? I want them so I can always have a part of you with me.” “ I would also like your heart, because it shows so much love....”

Undeniably the worst type of yandere, they will murder you, and not by accident, not by jealousy, not by revenge. they will murder you because they love you. And then they'll keep your rotting corpse on bed or preserved inside a glass because there's no way they'd throw you away.

In a sense sane people are better off not even trying to understand, the bizarre-seeking type of yandere is purely insane, mad way beyond explanation.

The word kyouki, used in the type's name, is normally associated with disturbing imagery involving gore, blood and worse stuff. It's also related to "grotesque" art, guro (グロ).

Likewise, nobody in their sane mind can relate to the grotesque love of bizarre-seeking yandere. Ranging from murder, mutilation, and maybe something even worse us mere mortals can't even begin to imagine, their bizarre displays of love can only be summed up by: "What on earth!?"

Diagram

A map to help you figure out what type of yandere you want in your life don't want to mess around with.

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References

The types of yandere above were based on the following articles in Japanese:

Variations

Yangire (ヤンギレ)


Yangire (ヤンギレ) character is a yandere devoid of love and filled with rage, which is some pretty bad combination considering the yan of yandere means "mentally sick." So now you have someone who is mentally sick and that has snapped.

A common type of yangire character is the one that has gone through some sort of trauma and then snaps and goes on a killing spree after getting triggered. Generally speaking, yangire characters have no faith left for the world so they don't care much about killing or getting killed. They just want to watch the world burn.

As one would expect, a yangire character doesn't necessarily have a romantic interest. A yandere would have one, and would go around killing everyone around their lover in a very jelly genocide, but a yangire is a strong independent character who needs no romantic interest in order to start a massacre.

Yangire characters are pretty much crazy and crazy violent. All you need to know is that they are crazier than yandere characters and that ought to say a lot.

A "yangire" is a Japanese term used to refer to normal people who seem innocent at first and suddenly become violent outside.

Personality

Yangires are very similar to yanderes; they both suffer from personality disorder and can easily become violent and extremely dangerous. However, yangires are far, far more chaotic, and they can be 10 times worse than yanderes. A yangire is character whom snaps suddenly out of jealousy, irritation, or something similar. Unlike a yandere, they are not motivated by the love of another. In other words, a yandere acts only with the love of another person in mind, while a yangire is free spirited and commits atrocities, usually at random, by their own will. They are violent sometimes due to a past trauma, or hatred.

A yangire is often considered a Mastermind or Evil Genius. The reason for the question is that a yangire socializes with other people to get what they want. They are always considered serial killers.

Meaning of the Name

This word is an abbreviation of "yanderu" (んでる), which means to be mentally or emotionally ill, and "gire" (ギレ), which means to snap.

Types of Yangires

Yangire with 1 Personality (Y1P)

There are yangires that only have 1 personality, in other words, they are yangires who know very well what they do and have full control of the mind without showing any type of mental illness which affects the exchange of personality. They are yangires which has the full sense of right and wrong and do horrible atrocities by their own will. Due to this fact, they have few redemptive qualities as they already kill and torture people by own will as if it were something more than simple as breathing. Should note that some of them put the pleasure of killing up their own lives.

Yangire with 2 or more Personalities (Y2P)

Not to be confused with Yandegire.

There are yangires who suffer from two or more personalities, these yangires show clearly effects of mental illness. They are often forced and compelled to share their mind with a psychotic personality that shows signs of an assassin mind and often the normal person lives with that another personality that comes to the fore in times of psychological disturbance such as anger, fear or stress and are repeatedly blamed for the crimes caused by another personality. In some cases that person lives with that personality like a normal person and even mark some moments that personality should be changed, however unlike a yandegire, they do not also kill for love.

What is Gire ギレ?

The suffix gire ギレ is sometimes added to these personality words instead of dere (デレ). Its meaning in words such as tsungire and yangire is that of "snapping" or "being mad" instead of dere's "being in love."

The word gire comes from the verb kireru (キレる), which means "to snap" or "to be mad (at someone or something)". Basically to be full of it. To lose your patience. To be done with. To have had the last drop. To burst with anger. To get the last string holding your anger down cut. That's what kireru means.

The gire versions of personalities often have nothing to do with love or romance at all. People often attribute ~gire as more violent versions of ~dere, but these two words aren't actually related. A character deemed ~gire doesn't even need to be in a romance or anything. They just lean towards aggressive, abusive or violent behavior.

The part of the word kireru that becomes the suffix is kire, but it becomes gire instead because of a process called rendaku that changes the pronunciation of suffixes.

Yandegire


Yandegire, also known as Yandeguire or Y2P, is a type of personality not commonly used. They are basically a yangire in love, and are much more dangerous than yanderes AND yangires.

Meaning of the name

The name is the combination of "yandere" and "yangire"; or "yande" ("yandere") and "gire" ("yangire").

yan-gi-rre (ヤンギレ) in Japanese.

Personality

A Yandegire is a character who suffers more than one or two personalities (a.k.a Y2P). They are far more chaotic than other deres.

A yandere commits atrocities to people who are close to someone they love, making the world of yandere rotate between that person. A yangire is violent and kills for any non-love related reason.

A yandegire is a character who suffers from both of these two types of "yan". They do not just kill for jealousy by the person that they love but also kill for any non-love related reason.

Yanderecore


Yanderecore is an Animecore offshoot showing a more obssesive and dark aspect of Lovecore, an aesthetic revolving around the visual definition of love and affection, while Animecore represents the culture of Japanese anime and manga. Despite its darker tone compared to Lovecore, it is also treated as a cute visual form of love but with an insane aspect hidden.

Due to the influence of the term yandere in the media, this archetype has also begun to be used aesthetically in some sources, or as a form of expression using editions of images and art linked or showing yandere elements, quotes and characters.

Common motifs are anime and manga screenshots edits of yandere characters such as Yuno Gasai, pastel text message of lovesick quotes, knives, blood and gore.

This aesthetic is really similar to the japanese fashion style (aka. "J-Fashion") Menhera, which also show dark themes and elements in a lovely and "kawaii" way, but the later is more related to depression instead of insane love. You might be familiar with this if you had heard of an aesthetic named Yamikawaii nor you must got this from Gurokawa.

Characters with this Personality

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