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Yuno Gasai, from Mirai Nikki

Not to be confused with "Megadere", "Dorodere", "Kichidere", "Sadodere" or "Mayadere".

Yandere is a Japanese archetype used to define a character whose love, admiration, and devotion is so strong that it is expressed as an excessive obsession and possessiveness. They are often seen as characters that are crazy in love with someone.

They become so attached to their love interests so that it's impossible to let go. They entrust themselves to their love interest, trusting in their love interest's kindness. They probe the deepest recesses of their love interest's heart so as to more perfectly form their greatest self within their love interest. Some will go so far as to behave in immoral and troubling ways. They will not care about the negative effect that their behaviors can have to others, including their love interest, because they only care about their own feelings.


Meaning of the Name

The "yan" in "yandere" (ヤンデレ) comes from the verb "yanderu" (んでる), which means "to be mentally sick." This is slightly different from the verb "yamu" (病む) which means "to be generally sick".

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)).

"Dere" is an abbreviation of "deredere" (デレデレ), which means "lovey-dovey".


There are two classes of yandere characters, those who are designed as romantic love interests, and those who are designed to shock and awe the audience. Both can, and do, perform the same actions, but with different results due to their very different motivations and applications of said actions.

Love trope

Yandere characters take what one would call love to an extreme in an attempt at building a stronger, closer, and permanent bond with their love interest. The idea may have originated exaggerating the behaviors of the "Yamato Nadeshiko" (personification of an idealized Japanese woman). However, there are also some male yandere characters.

Unlike megadere characters, yandere characters are never satisfied with simply feeling in love, for feelings will change with time. Instead, they intentionally chose to be in love. For love is far stronger and far more durable than any feeling. Utilizing their reasoning skills they boost their bond with their love interest, more often than not, to an almost maniacal degree. Unwilling to let go, they wait as long as it takes for their love interest to fall completely in love with them.

Love trope Yandere characters don't have an on/off switch to their nature, nor are they simply lonely or have too many hormones in their bodies. Rather, they are yandere at all times, but can only express themselves fully some of the time. That is why they appear to be normal until their take on a love interest. Their behavior is more romantic than practical. That is to say, just as a ninja treats their blade as an extension of their body, so to do yandere characters treat their mind and body as an extension of their soul. Thus they are amorous, highly expressive in their features, and driven to care deeply -- for all time.

Fearing not caring enough for their love interest, yandere characters will never entertain cheating, or divorce, and will not take an interest in explicit materials, unlike the pervert-dere types. Their love interest, if not already perfect for them, can be perfected through their complementary love.

A love trope yandere character needs no romantic beach, nor music. Their love interest is romance itself, and the love interest's voice is music to their ears. They need no sports car or large house. Their love interest's smile takes them to the moon, and their love interest's heart is their home.

Like most of the other dere tyes, love trope yandere characteristics are not the product of mental illness(es), although such characters may appear to be a bit crazy.

It pleases yandere characters to chose a variety of methods to cause their relationships' with their love interests to excel. These methods intertwine with, and build off of, each other, ensuring the success of their relationship, and subsequent marriage.

Shock trope

Yandere characters that are the "shock trope" are very similar to their love trope brethren, with the exception that they have a differing motivation, and subsequently, differing results. Most of their behaviors can be attributed to insecurity in their feelings for their love interest or insecurity with their relationship. Other motivations can include, selfishness, loneliness, wanting to feel a certain way, having major mental problems, being insanely jealous, etc.

Some yandere characters are also designed just to make their love interest's life more painful or dramatic to the amusement of the audience.


Yandere characters are typically depicted with a favorite weapon, such as an axe or knife. They are also typically depicted without their pupils drawn, or single color eyes, and possibly swirling lines in them when they are going "crazy" for their love interest. They may also have hearts or stars in their eyes, like megadere characters, when they are focused on their love interest. This is because in some depictions, yandere characters are an even more extreme form of megadere. Yandere characters also tend to quickly chose (kekkondere), or already have, a love interest when they are introduced to the audience. Most yandere characters in anime are female, although there are some males.

Yandere's are typically depicted as having suffered some form of trauma growing up. Almost always, this is related to loosing someone who is close to the yandere, like a family member. The person, or persons, might not actually have died, they could just have rejected the yandere, and thus they are dead to the yandere, although very much alive in the story line. Or, they may suffer an impending death, or be too ill to interact with anyone. This may partially explain the overzealous love of the yandere.

Types of Yandere

By Obsession

Harmless | Mugaigata | (無害型)

Love trope

Seeking to bring joy and fulfillment to the lives of their love interests', they take care of all of their love interests' needs and see to the perfection of their education, emotions, and soul with the greatest care. They might even give up marrying their love interest, so that their love interest can peruse whomever they wish to.

Often times depicted as having their kindnesses and devotion being taken advantage of, they really just need their love interest to look out for their best interests in order to form a great relationship.

Shock trope

Although they are still very much harmless, they tend to get ignored and rejected. They tend to gain sympathy from the audience by how much they put into the life of their love interest vs. how much they receive in return.

Obsession | Shuuchakugata | (執着型)

Love trope

Unwilling to entertain the possibility that anything else is more worthy of their attention than their love interest, they always want to know what their love interest is doing, how they're doing, what they're thinking, what they need or want, and so on.

If they can't find out these things, they may daydream about their love interest or plan their future together. They will almost always think and talk about their love interest. Everything they do and see will also remind them of their love interest. They will wonder if the love interest has done the same things as they do, if their love interest will agree or disagree with their actions, or if their love interest would like or dislike something.

These are the most common type of yandere characters used in media and they are also the type closest to megadere if seen in isolation of other yandere types.

Although they may seem like they'll never amount to anything because of their level of single minded devotion, once they're happily married, they'll need to assist their love interest with other things and so their horizons will broaden a bit.

Shock trope

They focus on their love interest to the detriment of the rest of their life. They stick out from love trope yandere characters because of their inability to even see in front of their noses the consequences of their obsessive actions.

Some can have an entire room full of things related to their love interest, like photos of them, drawings of them, their favorite things and even some belongings stolen from the love interest. They can even have a doll or some other object that represents their love interest in their possesion.

The obsession type is the most common in yandere characters. In and of themselves, they aren't really all that shocking, it's when you add in the other types on top of their obsessive behavior that a shocking narrative unfolds.

Stalker | Sutookaagata | (すとーかーがた)

Love trope

Wishing to know everything possible about their love interest, they pursue their love interest learning what they like, where they go, what they do, and who they associate with.

Stalking gives them the thrill of being near their love interest all the time and of knowing if their love interest is being honest with them.

In knowing all that their love interest likes, they can better align their likes with that of their love interest. In knowing where their love interest goes, they can surprise their love interest, they can locate destinations for dating and other activities nearby, etc. In knowing what they do, a stalker yandere can chose activities that they and their love interest would like and be able to do together. In knowing who they associate with, a stalker yandere will know who's important to their love interest in their lives and who the stalker yandere's competition is.

Although they are seen by many as creepy, baring that they have other problems, they just want to be in as glorious a relationship as possible. Given the choice between stalking and their love interest sharing more, they'll chose sharing as it's more personal than watching from 10s of meters away.

Shock trope

They follow their love interest around, even if their love interest really doesn't want them to. They tend to be rather creepy and may go to great lengths to ensure that they can continue to stalk their love interest. Their stalking will affect greatly the daily life of the love interest, messing with their head.

Stalking their love interest will be their favorite hobby. They can even take photos of the love interest without them knowing, and even observe them in moments of privacy, like when the love interest sleeps, undress or shower.

Those who want to make their presence known to the love interest will leave clues or little messages so the love interest can know that they are being observed by the stalker yandere non-stop.

Self-Sacrifice | Jiko-giseigata | (自己犠牲型)

Love trope

Desiring to save their love interest from bullets, or even just their children's dirty diapers, these yandere characters will give of their time, their desires, and work for whatever their love interest wants. They are willing to do almost anything for the good of their love interest and the relationship. They see self giving and self sacrifice as essential to a relationship and they, better than any other dere type, push themselves to do it more and better.

Although they are seen by many as being "a doormat" or having their desires and feelings walked on, they really just want to give the ultimate gift to their love interest, that is themselves. For money can always be earned again, and time is impersonal, but there is only one lover and love interest in the couple.

With such devotion, a love interest may start to take advantage of their generosity or became complacent, leaving the yandere to do everything that the love interest finds distasteful. Therefore, a love interest must be careful to ensure that their self-sacrifice yandere doesn't give too much of themselves or devote themselves too heavily.

Shock trope

Sacrificing one's self for love is undoubtedly, the biggest sacrifice someone can make. This type of shock trope yandere character takes it a step further by sacrificing themselves for their love interest even though the love interest doesn't need it at all. This often comes at the expense of the yandere's life. Unlike an actual hero, the shock trope version dies a pointless death.

Dependence | Izongata | (依存型)

Love trope

Wishing for their love interest to be able to know that they make a difference in the lives of their dependence yandere partner/spouse, they seek to be vulnerable around their love interest by depending on them. This can range from stupidly simple things, like constantly dropping or forgetting something, behaving like an idiot -- often times subconsciously so, to claiming that they'd die without their love interest (although that's obviously false).

Choosing to lack the words "self protection" in their vocabulary and their hearts, they fail to have a backup plan if their love interest fails them for whatever reason. They can, and often do, have a traumatic experience if their love interest is harsh or very unfeeling towards them.

Although they are seen by many as being "on the edge of a cliff," they just want to give their love interest opportunities to devote themselves with the expectation of having their hopes and dreams of wedded bliss fulfilled.

Shock trope

These shock trope yandere characters tend to be affiliated more with the "self-harm" type. They depend on their love interest like a fish does water quickly drying up and blowing away without them. The yandere will only be able to function with their love interest around.

Monopoly | Dokusengata | (独占型)

Love trope

Believing that there's nothing their love interest wants in the world more than them, they give their love interest constant and unending attention.

Believing that it's not enough to just have a love interest, they focus on being with them at every possible movement and maximizing the amount of time they can spend together, even reducing the time the love interest has with other people so they can spend that time with them instead.

Although they are seen by many as pests, they are really quite harmless if their love interest is willing to devote themselves.

Shock trope

They get in the way of their love interest to the extent that the love interest can't carry on in their daily life. They don't give their love interest a moments peace.

They will cling to their love interest, trying to be with them every moment of the day. They will try to be with them in everything they do, which can affect the daily life of the love interest and their interactions with other people.

Worship | Suuhaigata | (崇拝型)

Love trope

Having an aggrandized opinion of their love interest, these yandere characters see themselves as insignificant compared to their love interest. They may even compare themselves to inanimate objects, such as tools for their love interests use.

They, along with the "harmless" yandere character type, may allow their love interest to marry someone else, for they are unworthy of their love interest's attentions and affections.

Almost all worship type yandere characters are also like the self-sacrifice type yandere.

They react negatively, perhaps even aggressively so, to those who do not respect their love interests greatness.

Although they are seen by many as slaves to their love interest, they really just feel unworthy of their love interest. They take the natural tendency to think well about one's love interest to an extreme. If their love interest works to lift their face from the ground and wed them, they can grow to believe that they really are good enough for their love interest.

Shock trope

They treat their love interest like a god. They don't care how they are treated. They act like someone who, and may even, owe their love interest their life. They don't care if their love interest loves them in return. They will kill for their love interest and may kill those who don't think well of their love interest.

By Target: The Love Interest

Manipulative | Sousatekigata | (操作的型)

Love trope

Seeking to get their love interest to react positively to their presence and to care about them, they manipulate their love interest's feelings and world perception. Some might see their love interest as incapable, or not fully capable, of caring about them. Others might think that their love interest wants to feel "in love" or "happy" around them so they try to address their emotional state so that they frequently feel "in love" or "happy".

A real difficulty for these yandere characters is combing being suitably overt, to help their love interest to intentionally care more about them, while also being suitably covert to work on their subconscious. They prey on their love interest's weaknesses while simultaneously building (in a non-manipulative way), on their strengths. They also protect their love interest's weaknesses, as their love interest's feelings are their's and their's alone.

Any games that they play with their love interests head are not to harm them, nor would they ever be. Rather, they are always designed to have both themselves and their love interest come out as wedded winners.

Although they are seen by many as, well, manipulative, they just want to be 100% certain that their love interest is totally devoted to them and only them. They would rather their love interest cut off their right arm than leave them.

If their love interest actually wants to spend more time feeling than thinking in the relationship, then such a yandere could be ideal for the love interest, as they will spur them on to feel more and more.

Shock trope

They don't just stop with preying on their love interest's weaknesses, they pry apart their love interest's psyche from within. They think love is manipulation and so they manipulate more and more.

And if you thought that was dangerous enough, a greater one awaits. For there is a chance that both the yandere and their love interest become manipulative. Then love no longer exists in the hearts of either one.

Training | Choukyougata | (調教型)

Love trope

Wanting their love interest to devote themselves ideally from the beginning, these yandere characters train their love interest to care about them, and how to care about them. They lead them, like a dog, from biscuit to biscuit making even the densest love interest a devoted spouse.

Having had to have come up with a training program, it's quite possible that they know even more about love than many married people in their age group.

Although they are seen by many as power-hungry, they just want their love interest to be totally prepared for marriage and the difficulties that they'll face in marriage; both internal, and external.

Shock trope

Unlike in the above yandere love trope description, these yandere characters treat the love interest as a dog or other animal. They have all the sensitivity of a tsundra towards their love interest's sorry state. Unlike a tsundra, they mercilessly train and treat their love interest like an animal at all times and their love interest is never even human in their mind.

Loneliness Induction | Koritsu yuudougata | (孤立誘導型)

Love trope

Seeking to have their love interest all to themselves, these type of yandere characters work from the opposite end compared to the removal type. They don't target their love interest's friends or other relations but rather their love interest. They sow mistrust and put other blocks in the way between their love interest and the rest of the world. They wait until their love interest is in need of someone and become that someone for their love interest. Overtime, as a result of having no one else to trust or rely on, the love interest devotes themselves more fully to their yandere.

It could be that the yandere really does believe that many, or most, if not all, of society is corrupt and untrustworthy. Or it could just be that they wish to strengthen the bonds between themselves and their love interest to a crazy degree.

A love interest who goes along with this may end up behaving like a yandere because they are very isolated. Although this might appear as a good thing to the yandere character, or an other dere type they're in love with, it's only a temporary change. It doesn't reflect their true love type.

Although they are seen by many as divisive, they really just want their love interest to only trust and be open and vulnerable around them. If those around the love interest support the relationship, they may decide that loneliness isn't really necessary for their blossoming love.

Shock trope

They induce metal trauma into their love interest's head in order to push them away from others. They make themselves out to be their love interest's best option, making the love interest believe that all the others will betray them and that the yandere is the only one to be trusted, but they actually just want to isolate their love interest. They destroy relationships and ruin families to get their love interest as isolated and vulnerable as possible.

They can also provoke the love interest to be the one people don't want to approach, rather than the other way around. They will be the ones responsible of the people around the love interest starting to fear or be disgusted by the love interest, spreading rumors or false evidence that make the love interest look horrible so no one else will want to be with them, not even family and friends, leaving the yandere to be the only person the love interest can rely on and feel minimally accepted and loved. Done this, the people close to the love interest will eventually disappear from their lives by their own volition, and the only one around who will show their "understanding" to the love interest will be the yandere, without anyone else getting in the way.

Normally, the love interest will not know that the yandere is the culprit of their recent misfortune, many can even begin to hate themselves due to all the hate they receive from others, until the yandere comes to their aid to give them the love and support they need. Whether the love interest knows or discovers who their true enemy is, that being the yandere, they will only have the yandere in their life now, and they will have no other choice than to accept their love.

Restraints | Sokubakugata | (束縛型)

Love trope

Desiring their love interest to be with them literally always, these yandere characters lock up or even tie up their love interest to keep them around. Unlike sadodere, restraints type yandere characters don't tie up their love interest for reasons of domination/submission. Rather, they want their love interest to never wander from their side. Many will even tie their love interest to themselves.

Some might not actually use ropes or chains, they will just incessantly place themselves right next to, on top of, or underneath where their love interest is or will be. Thus their love interest can't see the bonds, but they're still tightly bound to their yandere. Some can also find a way for their love interest to be always bound to them, using unusual methods like magic or a curse to accomplish this.

Although they are seen by many as insanely clingy, they're just never satisfied with the amount of time they spend with their love interest, and/or they want their bond to be more intense opting for a psychical method to achieve it. By broadening their possibilities for bonding, a love interest can enable them to express themselves in a more complete manner.

Shock trope

They tie and/or drug their love interest to restrain them. They are often depicted in fan media as using their love interest as a toy instead of as a love interest. They pull them out when they want something and put them back in when they're done with their love interest.

Extreme cases can even break or amputate their love interest's legs or feet so that they can't go anywhere else for the rest of their life.

Domestic Violence | DVgata | (DV型)

Love trope

Believing that if words don't work, stronger methods must be employed, they don't fear to smack their love interest or even hit or kick them a few times just like a tsundere would. But unlike a tsundere, they don't hit their love interest out of a lack of emotional self-control, or because they don't know what else to do, or to conceal their true feelings. Domestic Violence yandere characters do so, having employed other methods, out of a belief that their relationship can be significantly improved as a result of that smack or a few punches or kicks.

With almost any physical contact being seen in our day as suspicious, if not grounds for social banishment, domestic violence yandere characters are seen as brutes and abusers. Unlike actually abusive spouses, domestic violence (again love type) yandere characters understand that they can't force their love interest to love them or force their love interest to change for the better for them. They chose to be violent to make the severity of the problem more apparent and to boost their love interests motivation in hopes of affecting change in their love interest. Failing this, they no longer have any motivation to be violent towards their love interest -- even if they continue the undesired behavior. There's nothing more that the domestic violence yandere can do. Their love interest either doesn't care about them, or needs help beyond their yandere's current capabilities.

Shock trope

They attempt to control their love interest through violence. They may even kill their love interest if they become upset enough or when they feel betrayed by the love interest. Unlike tsundere characters, they aren't just interested in hitting or kicking out of a lack of emotional self-control, or because they don't know what else to do, or to conceal their true feelings. They want power.

By Target: The Competition

Protective | Hogogata | (保護型)

Love trope

This type of yandere cares deeply for the wellbeing and happiness of their love interest, and they fear what other more cruel people with bad intentions can do to their love interest. They will be on the lookout for anything that can cause any kind of discomfort to the love interest before taking action to get rid of it.

They are willing to push away people who might be a bad influence or cause any kind of harm to the love interest, usually with threats or violence behind the scenes, without the love interest knowing about it, so they don't need to be bothered by it or fear the yandere because of their unorthodox methods.

If someone is harassing the love interest, this person will suddenly stop bothering them the next day. If the love interest is a victim of bullying, the bully will suddenly keep their distance or even disappear the next day without a trace, never to be seen again. If someone has wronged the love interest in the past, the love interest will no longer know anything about that person anymore.

Similar to the loneliness induction or restraints type, they won't let the love interest go near anyone or anywhere after they see that the "danger" is too great or if they need to make sure the love interest is safe of harm ways before leaving them alone to destroy this danger. However, this is usually temporary until the threat is erradicated from their life.

Although they are seen by many as overprotective, they genuinely care about their love interest, and just want the best for them. They just want the love interest to be safe of any harm, physical or psychological.

Shock trope

They see everything and everyone as a threat for the love interest. They will use extreme methods to get rid of other "dangerous" people permanently, and even punish and torture them for the harm they did to the love interest, even if they didn't really do any real harm.

Feeling that the love interest is fragile, pure or vulnerable, and that everyone else can taint or hurt them, they finally decide to take care of it themselves and protect the love interest, getting rid of all "bad people" near them for the sake of their love interest and at any cost.

Removal | Haijogata | (排除型)

Love trope

Believing that they are all their love interest needs, these yandere characters seek to remove other people from their love interest's life. To do this, a removal yandere character will destroy messages, both physical and virtual. They will interrupt conversations and lead their love interest away from the group. they will dissuade friendships and pull their love interest away from having time with their friends. A yandere character will probably not stop with just people though, phones, pets, and any other distractions are fair game for the yandere character to go after. They might do this secretly or allow their love interest to know.

These types of yandere characters see the competition as a serious and intentional threat to their relationship. By removing those around their love interest, their love interest bonds with them by relying on them and only them. Without attachment to others, their love interest is free to pursue them, even moving to another country to be with their yandere.

They are differentiated from the protective type because of their motivation. The removal type yandere gets rid of everything that gets in the way of their relationship, caring mostly about their own feeling, while the protective type will only do so to protect the love interest, caring about the feeling and wellbeing of their love interest more genuinely instead.

Although they are seen by many as jerks, they really just want their love interest to be dependent on, and rely more, on them. They want their love interest's full attention similar to how a hermit gives their full attention to God and speaks to no one.

Shock trope

Knowing that some of those around their love interest would separate them, these yandere characters seek to drive them away by either threatening, hurting, or killing them outright. Unsatisfied with the excuses of "whores", and having marked their territory, these yandere characters defeat their competition outright by any means necessary.

They remove everyone, oftentimes with threats or directly through killing them, so that they can have their love interest. They may do this in secret or in the open so that their love interest is persuaded that they must pay attention to, and be with the shock trope yandere character.

They might not limit themselves to other members of the same sex. Bosses, friends, pets, and any other serious distraction must be eliminated from their love interest's life. They don't just remove those who are pursuing their love interest romantically, rather, they go after everyone attached or even remotedly present in the life of the love interest. A total blood bath is the result.

This one is the most used and known yandere type used in media and the one that is sometimes mistaken to be the one a character needs to perform to truly be considered yandere, mostly in the West. However, a character can be considered yandere without ever showing the traits of a removal type yandere.

By Target: The Yandere

Self-harm | Jishougata | (自傷型)

Love trope

With their entire world revolving around their love interest, these yandere characters don't believe they can go on without them. Everything has no value without their love interest as the one with whom they eat, drink, move, work, and live their lives. Without their love interest, they enter a deep depression and then the thoughts of self-harm start to creep into their minds. This can even lead to suicide.

But it is never the intent of self-harm yandere characters to harm themselves. They're interested in love, not harming themselves. It is the lack of devotion, whether circumstantial or intentional, from their love interest, and the subsequent emotional pain, that tempts them to harming themselves.

Although they are seen by many as suicidal and insane, they never really want to commit suicide or hurt themselves, for love can never be equal to death or pointless injury. Rather, they just want to be in a position to care about their love interest and be cared for by their love interest. With some other outlet, and/or a distraction from their troubles, a self-harm yandere can wait out the time before they are together forever. And then, having achieved greater emotional control and their spouse, they can live out their lives without harming themselves ever again.

Shock trope

They will hurt themselves to gain something from the love interest or show their true devotion to them. Their self-inflicted wounds and scars will represent their infinite and loyal love for their love interest, treating their own body like a canvas created just for the admiration of the love interest and a representation of their love towards them.

If they see that they are not enough for their love interest or they see themselves having any physical "defects", they are also willing to modify their own body in order to become the ideal partner for the love interest, even if this heavily damage them forever.

They can also try to get their love interest's attention by harming themselves. They manipulate them by threatening more harm to themselves if their love interest doesn't do what they want their love interest to do.

Their self-harm behavior will be used to prove to their love interest that they would do anything for their love interest. They don't care if they themselves get hurt or end up dead, so they show this in front of the love interest inflicting that damage on themselves directly by their own hands.

Disappearance | Shoushitsugata | (消失型)

Shock trope

Even though some characters of this yandere type never approached their love interest, they think that their love interest will never care for them and that depresses them. They don't think they're enough for their love interest. Often times they will commit suicide or they will just leave to some far off place.

If they decide to commit suicide, they can even request or provoke the love interest to be the one to end their life, as this will bring the most happiness to the disappearance yandere in their final moments. Their last thought will be of their love interest.

Double Suicide | Shinjuugata | (心中型)

Shock trope

They believe that they will be with their love interest after death, or that by killing each other they will not be able to pursue or be pursued by other love interests. They then kill themselves.

It's also possible that after a fit of rage or confusion, they kill their love interest and then regret it. Not having their love interest by their side anymore, they then kill themselves, either to be reunited again with them or as a self-punishment. In this case, this will actually count as a murder-suicide instead of a double suicide.

Neither of the above would be truly a double suicide if only one in the relationship is yandere. One of the "suicides" will be a false suicide if the love interest's death is forced or provoked by the yandere, unless both characters truly agree to do this together. To be a real double suicide, both characters in the relationship must be this type of yandere or the love interest must be first manipulated by the yandere to think the same way as them.

Final | Shuumatsugata | (終末型)

Shock trope

After their love interest dies or disappears, they lose their sense of meaning in the world. Nothing else appeals to them. They might try to destroy the world that took their love interest, or they end up committing suicide. They are emotionally broken for life even if they do either of the above.

They feel that the death of their love interest has been caused by someone or something else. Whether this is true or not, they will try to avenge their death. No matter if this mission ends as a success or a failure, having nothing else to live for, some will then kill themselves. If they don't end their own life, they will live the rest of it in misery.

This type of yandere can also try to find a way to revive or bring their love interest to life again, no matter the consequences.

By State of Mind

Delusion | Mousougata | (妄想型)

Shock trope

Their own mind transforms the cruel reality to what they really want to believe in terms of their real relationship and the feelings and state of their love interest. Unable to accept the rejection, absence or death of a loved one, they will refuse to believe it completely, which leads to the delusion yandere to rebuilding a new perfect reality in their head.

The delusion yandere will create a false happy life with their loved one in their mind despite the real absence of the love interest in it or bad conditions around them. They will imagine and believe that they are in a close relationship with their love interest, sometimes even in their ideal home and a family life of their own. The yandere would be the only character to believe in this fictional reality without knowing the real sad truth.

They can also distort the world and everything around them in their head, which will affect negatively the love interest. If the love interest is still alive, the yandere will act like if they have been in a relationship for a long time and that everything around them is perfectly fine despite this not being true. They can even see things one way when they are not, like mistaking something non-edible as food for the love interest.

If they are in the worst of situations, the delusion yandere will change the imperfect conditions in their head and act like they are both in their most happy and perfect moments of their life. This can even get the love interest and yandere in danger due to the yandere acting like everything is okay when this is not, doing certain actions of a normal routine that in this situation can lead to the death of either of them.

In extreme cases, if the love interest died, they will still talk and live with their "spirit" or even their corpse like if they were still alive. This is a more extreme representation that the delusional yandere will still love and be loyal to the love interest even after their death.

Wrong Idea | Kanchigaigata | (勘違い型)

Love trope

Desiring to believe what is their ideal outcome is what their love interest wants, they will mistake what is wanted or requested, substituting it with their own desires for their love interest.

Unwilling to see their mistake as one, they seek to fulfill their misunderstood love interests' every wish. Even difficult tasks are nothing for them to fulfill for the sake of their love interest.

Although they are seen by many as insane, they just don't know what to do with their love interest. If they're given a way to express themselves by their love interest, they may even stop getting the wrong idea.

Shock trope

They misunderstand, or believe without evidence that their love interest wants something and then they act on that belief. They go to great lengths to obtain or accomplish what they misperceive their love interest desiring.

They may just be played for laughs like goudere characters, or they may become an antagonist to those around them, including their love interest.

Projection | Toueigata | (投影型)

Shock trope

They project their ideal lover onto their love interest and expect their love interest to act just like their ideal lover, even forcing these notions onto them. They become upset if their love interest doesn't act or behave like their ideal love interest.

This can be caused because of the disappearance or death of someone they really loved in the past, which results in them seeking someone who looks or acts similar to them, and will become obsessed with their new love interest for this reason alone. Some can even mistake the love interest with their past love interest and would get angry when someone points out that they are not the same.

Some can even modify the physical appearance of their love interest so that they look exactly like their ideal lover. They can do it simply by changing the love interest's clothes and hairstyles, while others will be more destructive and will try to modify body parts.

Bizarre-Seeking | Kyoukigata | (猟奇型)

Shock trope

They desire very strange things that people wouldn't collect as memento of their love interest. This includes, but isn't limited to, fingernails, blood, teeth, fingers and other body parts that can be taken without really killing the love interest but that the bizarre-seeking yandere will take mercilessly despite the understandable opposition of their love interest.

They can even want their love interest's dead rotting corpse, to turn them into a doll, or even a vital part of their body, like their heart or head, which they will kill them to obtain. Some can even kill the love interest just because they think killing them equals love.

Variations and Similar Japanese Archetypes


A "Yeredere" is a cross between a deredere and yandere.

Meaning of the Name

Yeredere (イェレデレ) takes the "y" (イ) from "yanderu" (病んでる), meaning "to be mentally sick," and the "ere" (ェレ) from "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "lovey dovey," with a dere (デレ) added to the end.


"Yeredere" characters are similar to yandere characters and deredere characters. They are characters obsessed with their love interest. They do not kill, but they do exaggerated things to show their affections, such as praying to them, cooking for them every day, giving lots of gifts and love letters, stalking, stealing their items, between others, similar to megadere.

While a yeredere can have multiple friends, they direct their kindness, affection, and love towards only a single person.

While deredere characters are always cheerful, a yeredere is always concerned about their love interest, whether they are feeling well or not. Yeredere characters are almost always happy, but express it less than a deredere.

They are obsessive, but not the "dark" kind of obsessive like a yandere has. They aren't violent toward people that get close to their love interest, and some yeredere may respect their love interest's freedom to interact with friends and people close to them.


"Yangire" is a term for a character who seems innocent and caring at first, but shows their true violent and loveless nature when they snap.

Meaning of the Name

Yangire (ヤンギレ) comes from the words "yanderu" (んでる), meaning "to be mentally sick", and "gire" (ギレ), meaning "to snap". It can also be written as 病んぎれ, which means "illness".


Yangire is a very similar term to yandere; they both suffer from a mental disorder and can easily become violent and extremely dangerous. However, yangire characters are far more chaotic and cruel than yandere. Unlike a yandere, they are not motivated by their love for another. A yandere acts only with the love of another person in mind, while a yangire is free spirited and commits atrocities at their own will.

Yangire characters have usually gone through some amount of trauma in the past that caused their violent tendencies to surface. Because of their trauma, they have no faith left in the world, so they feel no remorse for killing and don't care about getting killed themselves.

A yangire character doesn't usually have a love interest. A yandere has a love interest and kills in the name of love, but a yangire is a strong, independent character who needs no love interest in order to trigger their dangerous side.

A yangire is often considered a mastermind or evil genius, since they typically manipulate others to get what they want.

Yangire Types

Yangire with One Personality (Y1P)

Yangire characters with only one personality are characters with no signs of mental illness, being fully in control of their mind. They know exactly what they're doing and why it's so wrong, they just don't care. Due to this fact, they have few redemptive qualities, since they already kill and torture people of own will, some of them even putting the pleasure of killing before their own lives.

Yangire with Two or more Personalities (Y2P)

Yangire characters with two or more personalities are characters who clearly show signs of mental illness. These characters can literally have a split personality, but can also feel compelled to do violent things because of other mental problems. Their violent side appears when something or someone makes them angry, afraid, or stressed out, making them feel like they have to do bad things in order to feel better, or making their murderous personality appear to solve their problem for them, whether they want them to or not.

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", also known as "Yandeguire", is a term for a yangire in love.

Meaning of the Name

Yandegire (ヤンデギレ) comes from the words "yanderu" (んでる), meaning "to be mentally sick", "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "lovey dovey", and "gire" (ギレ), meaning "to snap". It can also be written as 病んでぎれ, which means "to get sick".


Yandere characters act violent towards people who are close to their love interest, while yangire acts violent from the start and kills for any non-love related reason. Yandegire characters are characters who suffer from both of these types of "yan". They do not just kill out of jealousy for their love interest, but also out of pleasure, vengence, compulsion, or any other non-love related reason.

Yandegire characters are far more dangerous than yandere characters and yangire characters, since they kill for any reason at all.

Characters with this Personality

See Yandere/Anime Characters to see characters from anime media.
See Yandere/Western Characters to see characters from western media.


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