Yandere’s, unlike Tsundere’s, have a higher chance of being in a relationship with the person they’re into. And staying in a relationship compared to Tsundere’s.
Maybe it’s their aggressive attitude and forceful behaviour. Or the simple fact they won’t take no sh*t from anyone.
Whatever the case – Yandere characters and their cliches are popular for a reason.
This list of Yandere anime characters will give you more than you need.
1. Esdeath (Akame Ga Kill)
Esdeath is a stunning blue haired character, and better yet – an adult unlike the common anime school girl character you tend to see.
She’s raised to believe the weak die, and the strong survive. This harsh lesson is forced against her will and it becomes her motto in the main story of Akame Ga Kill.
Esdeath’s the type of Yandere who’s unusually powerful and smart. Strong enough to overwhelm most Men she falls for.
And her twisted bloodlust only makes her more dangerous, especially when she’s able to use beauty as a weapon.
2. Senjougahara Hitagi (Monogatari)
Senjougahara is a complex Yandere compared to your average, run of the mill Yandere cliché.
She’s not overpowered because she has no super strength.
She’s not in control of a powerful army compared to a character like Esdeath. But Senjougahara does have the attitude, the cold demeanour, and the cold sarcasm to make her stand out from most Yanderes.
Ignoring a character like Senjougahara when it comes to Yandere’s is like ignoring Goku when it comes to Shounen.
She’s relevant and has her own flavor.
3. Yuu Ibara (Ryuugajou Nanana)
Yuu Ibara is a savage, especially when she first shows up in Ryuugajou Nanana.
The first thing we see is Ibara kicking the living daylights out of Juugo, the main character.
Unlike Esdeath or Senjougahara, Yuu Ibara isn’t in a relationship and never insinuates or forces her way into one. She’s protective of the man she’s fallen for, and will kill for him if the situation calls for it.
Ibara’s a lot more sensitive and goes out of her way to cry for attention more than some Yandere characters.
4. Yuno Gasai (Future Diary)
Yuno Gasai is the queen when it comes to Yandere characters. Especially if we’re talking about female anime characters in particular.
Without Yuno – there wouldn’t be so many memes about Yandere’s in the anime community.
Yuno, just like Esdeath has been though a f*ck load of pain, agony, hardships and emotional damage in her childhood.
None of Yuno’s parents gave a F about Yuno’s happiness.
This is the reason Yuno Gasai is so messed up psychologically, and is the motivation for her Yandere, possessive tendencies. And violent, jealous behavior.
Even for the most petty reasons.
She’s one of the most famous Yanderes to keep the trend going.
5. Rem (Re:Zero)
Rem is a low-key Yandere.
She’s not as obvious, blatant or “text book cliché” as other Yandere characters. Probably because of Re:Zero’s plot and how it moves forward. As well as Rem’s involvement and how it plays out.
But if you’re a fan of Re:Zero and you pay attention to what’s happening in the story, there are subtle hints, sometimes more obvious hints of Rem’s Yandere behavior.
We see a little more of this in the 2nd half of Re:Zero.
The fact that Subaru’s in love with Emilia is what degrades Rem’s role as a Yandere to begin with.
6. Toga Himiko (My Hero Academia)
Toga’s one of the newest Yandere’s on the anime block. And she’s made it clear from the moment she’s shown up in My Hero Academia.
One of the times Toga’s “Yandere” comes out the closet is when she’s disguised as Camie (a little spoiler).
This is during the little tournament when she finds Deku alone.
Toga’s got the Yandere smile down to a T as well. It’s blatant from the moment she shows her face in My Hero Academia.
7. Lucy (Elfen Lied)
Lucy from Elfen Lied is a Yandere from the horror genre. And another powerful Yandere who can overwhelm most of anyone who tries to resist or challenge her.
Lucy is a Diclonius, a creature with vectors that vibrate at high speeds (similar to Accelerator from Railgun or Index).
She has one of the most tragic backstories and endings of any anime character, not just Yanderes.
8. Anna Nishikinomiya (Shimoneta)
Anna Nishikinomiya is like the Yandere version of Zero Two in some ways.
As a student council president she plays the part, but has sexual tendencies she hides from the public.
She’s insane over Tanukichi Okuma (main character) and acts like a drunk person with no hesitation or boundaries. And will walk through the gates of hell and back for the man she “loves”.
9. Rolo Lamperouge (Code Geass)
Rolo is a surprising Yandere. Not just because he’s a male character, but because of his shocking level of devotion, blind faith and love for Lelouch (the MC).
In Code Geass season 2 Rolo plays the role of little brother. With the exception of his Yandere tendencies and the drama that comes with his actions later on.
Rolo’s actions do make sense just like with Yuno Gasai, because of his past and the way he’s treated.
10. Mikasa Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
Mikasa Ackerman is a soldier (pun intended) when it comes to doing what needs to be done. Even if it’s grim, harsh or uncomfortable.
We see this from Mikasa in the first episode with the “flashback” childhood with Eren.
In the Attack On Titan plot – Mikasa Ackerman will jump through fire for Eren Jaeger. And won’t hesitate to get violent if anyone F’s with Eren.
It’s clear Mikasa’s a little unstable emotionally, especially when dealing with Eren in particular. A bit of an extremist.
11. Mion Sonozaki (Higurashi)
Mion Sonozaki is a girl who’s wise beyond her years, and has the kind of personality I love the most in Higurashi. She knows how to play dumb if needed, and is hiding a lot of secrets.
She’s not the typical Yandere from a romance point of view, but all the traits and extremes are definitely there.
Even more so when her childhood is revealed, and the disturbed lifestyle of the Sonozaki family.
Both Mion and her twin sister Shion are psychologically messed up in some way shape or form.
12. Rena Ryuugu (Higurashi)
Rena Ryuugu is another disturbed character in this horror series. Unlike Mion, Rena is more reserved and innocent on the surface. But she knows how to play dumb no different to Mion.
Her “Yandere” characteristics show up a couple of times in the anime series. But in general she has a taste for violence because of her unstable home life.
Rena turns out to be the more violent character out of all the relevant Higurashi girls.
13. Mikaela Hyakuya (Owari No Seraph)
Mikaela Hyakuya is the best friend of Yuichiro Hyakuya, the main character. But they’re both separated after a tragic event in the first episode.
Just like Yuu, Mikaela starts as a child slave. Captured by vampires. But Mikaela is turned into a vampire and becomes somewhat of a Yandere for Yuu.
It’s so intoxicating it’s almost as if Mikaela see’s Yuu as a boyfriend, even though that’s not the case.
14. Medusa Gorgon (Soul Eater)
Medusa The Witch, or Medusa Gorgon is as savage as she sounds. She’s a literal witch and one of the most original characters with a thirst for power, and a psychotic way of viewing the world.
She goes out her way to create her own child, and then treats that child as if it has no worth and doesn’t deserve her love or affection.
From a romantic stand point – Medusa is crazy for Dr Frankenstein, and has an intoxicating desire for him.
15. Shion (That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime)
Shion is Rimuru Tempest’s right hand woman. When sh*t goes down, she’s one of the first to step in and take care of business.
In the case of this anime – Shion isn’t in a relationship with Rimuru Tempest.
In fact she’s part of the low-key harem in Tensei Slime. But there’s no mistaking her Yandere characteristics.
Shion’s inner-Yandere just isn’t as heavy-handed and extreme compared to other Yandere types.
- Sekai Saionji (School Days).
- Megumi Shimizu (Shiki)
- Katsura Kotonoha (School Days).
- Ayase Aragaki (My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute).
- Alois (Black Butler).
- Takami Minatsuki (Deadman Wonderland).
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