Dangerously in love. For those who are wondering what yandere's meaning is, that's the best way to describe it. In its most general sense, the anime term refers to people who appear very docile and gentle at first. Yet, when you find out what's beyond the surface level, yandere characters are freakishly insane. They become violent and abrasive when they get obsessed with infatuation. For many of these anime characters, their obsession is aimed at their love interest. For others, they are crazy in love about an idea or a notion.
Okay, one might say that their actions are driven by their love or passion. Sometimes, they are driven by past memories and experiences. Still, you cannot deny that these anime boys and girls are creepy. Imagine the lengths they go to prove their love. They can go as far as killing their friends, their family, or even worse, the person they are in love with. Well, maybe that what makes any series all the more exciting. After all, they are a complex archetype.
On this page, we listed down the best yandere characters who will love you no matter what it costs. Take a look and feel free to let us know among them is the scariest for you!
The prime example of a female yandere character is Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan. This skilled but silent fighter is so hopelessly in love with Eren, the main protagonist of the story and her childhood best friend. Though unable to convey her feelings, Mikasa does her best to protect Eren from the Titans and from other girls who’s interested in him.
From the extremely gore and violent anime Elfen Lied comes the first yandere character to grace the small screen. Lucy, also known as Kaede, was broken as a person due to the violent tests the government put her through. Later on, she developed a second personality, Nyu, who is very innocent and childlike. The switch between Lucy and Nyu happens quickly, often in front of her beloved Kouta making her a yandere.
He may be cute as a button but this teenage kid from Butler 2 is a yandere to his Butler Claude. A very moody person, Alois Trancy can go from extremely cheerful to overly sadistic. This kid also has a short attention span, quickly losing interest in things. However, his attachment to Claude is very consistent and he’s always seeking his attention and approval. This may be an unusual type of yandere but Alois is still undeniably a yandere.
From a highly disturbing anime School Days comes a highly disturbing yandere, Katsura Kotonoha. On the outside, Katsura seems innocent and shy. She’s also very beautiful and delicate looking, making her female classmates shy away from her. However, don’t be deceived by this beauty, she is a yandere through and through. Once somebody threatens to take away Makoto from her, this sweet girl turns murderous in a snap.
Yuno Gasai is the main female character of Future Diary anime series. She has a complicated personality: sweet and feminine the most of the time, but cold and calculating psychopath due to her obsession with Yukiteru.
This gentle young master from the rich and influential Tsukiyama family is fouler than you think. Shuu Tsukiyama is actually the infamous Gourmet Ghoul in Tokyo Ghoul. At one point, Shuu Tsukiyama was obsessed with Ken Kaneki’s scent and taste but eventually cared for him genuinely. His poor mental health didn’t help as he often had anger management issues making him a yandere.
A perfect embodiment of a male yandere character comes from Code Geass R2, Rolo Lamperouge. When this guy was introduced in the series, he was sweet and docile. However, through time, his real nature started to show and his obsessive tendencies towards Lelouch became overbearing. Cold and heartless, this yandere guy was very proud to have killed Shirley, Lelouch’s love interest.
Hitagi Senjougahara is a female character of Monogatari anime series. She is a third-year student at Naoetsu Private High School. Affected by an incurable disease, she had a close brush with death a few years ago.
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