Yandere – Yandere is a type of character trope in anime. These girls start out as cute, but go totally psychotic when they fall in love. Valentine’s Day seemed like the perfect time to shine the spotlight on these violent vixens.
Note: These are not ranked in any particular order, and there are plenty of spoilers.
1. Yuno Gasai – Mirai Nikki/Future Diary
Abusive parents, traveling between parallel universes, and competing in a survival game are definitely contributing factors, but what really brings out the homicidal in Yuno, is Yukiteru Amano. The premise of Future Diary is that 12 contestants must kill each other in order to become the god of time and space. They are given a diary that gives them information about the future. Each person’s diary is tailored to their own personality and style. Yuno’s diary keeps track of Yuki and all of his actions. Yuno is prepared to kill anyone, to protect Yuki and their love. Fortunately for Yuno, Yuki warms up to her terrifying methods of expressing her devotion.
Most Yandere Moment: When she force feeds Yuki in her underwear, in a dark room next to her dead parents.
2. Lucy – Elfen Lied
Lucy is a Diclonius, meaning that she is part of a new powerful species, that poses a massive threat to humans. She has seen very little kindness in her life, so when she made friends with young Kouta, she resorted to violence of Carrie level proportions in order to keep him.
Most Yandere Moment: When she decapitates Kouta’s father and tears his sister in half.
3. Toko Fukawa- Danganronpa
Toko seems like a shy, reserved girl. She is a young romance novelist with a large amount of success, but underneath it all she is a deadly serial killer known as Genocide Jack. Genocide Jack only comes out when Toko becomes obsessed with a boy. In the anime, Toko lapses into her Genocide Jack personality when she sneezes or faints. Keep a tissue and a straight jacket handy!
Most Yandere Moment: Genocide Jack is known to crucify her victims with her Genoscissors.
4. Kaede Fuyou- Shuffle
Shuffle is a pretty standard harem anime, but it’s one of the first harems to include a yandere. Kaede Fuyou is pretty, talented, and athletic. Unfortunately she’s also insecure, self loathing, and suffering from a bad case of unrequited love. When her crush/roommate Rin gets a girlfriend, she snaps. She goes as far as to try and murder Asa, Rin’s girlfriend in order to eliminate the competition.
Most Yandere Moment: Kaede does pretty much all the household cooking. That’s fine except for that time she was intensely stirring an empty pot with an expression of pure madness on her face.
5. Misa Amane- Death Note
Crazy attracts crazy in Death Note. Misa and her love, Light prove that. Misa is a popular young model/actress, who’s not afraid to go after what she wants. She has a cute gothic style and a bubbly personality, but many consider her to be annoying. Misa devotes herself to Light, after he kills the man who murdered her family. Both Light and Misa are able to hold the lives of others in their hands. This makes them a deadly combination. Although Misa is willing to do anything for Light, but Light feels nothing for her. I’d compare their relationship to the one between Harley Quinn and the Joker.
Most Yandere Moment: Misa tells Light that she’ll kill any other girl he shows an interest in. Little does she know, Light was planning to kill her after she ceases to be useful.
6. Kotonoha Katsura – School Days
Kotonoha, seems like she has it all. She’s beautiful, rich, and charming. However, she’s hiding a seriously sinister side. At the beginning of the series, she is quiet and polite, and always seems to be alone. Then she starts dating Makoto and it’s all downhill from there. When their relationship begins falling apart, Kotonoha becomes desperate. She started out as a prude, but in order to keep Makoto she transforms into a straight up nymphomaniac. She even encourages Makoto’s other yandere love, Sekai, to get an abortion. She also does crazy shit like pretending to talk to Makoto on the phone, when no one is on the other end.
Most Yandere Moment- In order to prove Sekai was lying about her pregnancy, Kotonoha stabs her in the stomach then goes digging for a baby. Then she sails into the sunset with Makoto’s severed head.
7. Sekai Saionji – School Days
Sekai may act like a sweet tomboy, who only wants her best friend Makoto to be happy. Go beneath the surface, and she’s a manipulative bitch, pulling strings to get Makoto and Kotonoha to do as she wants. Sekai is the one who initially sets them up, she gives them relationship advice, then she steals him from her. When Makoto wants to got back to Kotonoha, she pretends she’s pregnant to force him into staying with her.
Most Yandere Moment: Sekai texts Makoto “goodbye” before stabbing the hell out of him.
8. Yuka Minase- 11 Eyes
Yuka and Kakeru met as children, they grew up together at an orphanage. Like many other yanderes, Yuka is kind and reserved but has a jealous side that is powerful when unleashed. Yuka is so powerful that she creates a whole world just for her and Kakeru. Unfortunately, this new world is populated by pretty girls that love Kakeru.
Most Yandere Moment: When Yuka decides, Kakeru is getting a little too close to Misuzu, she hides a razorblade in her tea.
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