There are many interesting Yandere characters in anime, including Yuno Gasai, Shion Sonozaki, and Misa Amane; who is your favorite?
Anime featuring yandere characters presents a unique archetype. Even if there isn’t a precise definition, a Yandere character is known for their intense love that borders on obsession and violence, much like the stereotype of a crazed ex-lover.
The term “Yandere” is derived from two Japanese words: “yanderu,” meaning “mentally ill,” and “deredere,” which translates to “lovestruck.”
Anime Yandere Characters
Yandere characters, despite their unhinged actions, often come across as romantic or sympathetic in stories. Many times, these characters are depicted as having experienced childhood trauma, particularly related to the loss or rejection by someone close to them, like a family member.
Who are the best yandere characters?
41Yuno Gasai From Future Diary
Anime: Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)
Creator: Sakae Esuno
Yuno Gasai, the protagonist of the manga and anime series “Future Diary,” embodies the archetype of yandere girl anime characters. Dangerously unbalanced, Yuno develops an intense obsession with Yukiteru Amano during their teenage years.
Determined to become his “queen” in their lethal imaginary game, she doesn’t hesitate to eliminate anyone who stands in her path, including friends and loved ones.
40Shion Sonozaki: Deconstructing the Yandere Trope
Nickname: Shii-chan: by Rena
Shii: by Rika
Nee-nee: by Satoko
Despite her girly and refined appearance, largely due to her education at St. Lucia, she possesses great intelligence, manipulative skills, and delinquent tendencies that reveal her characteristics. Her various misdemeanors frequently land her in hot water with the administration.
As she plots her escape, she meticulously researches the school’s security systems, learns the guard schedules, and observes the administration staff’s behavior.
She then manipulates them into believing she’s involved in a romantic liaison with a male teacher. Her obsessive and cunning tactics underscore her pronounced yandere traits.
Anime: Happy Sugar Life
With thigh-length bubblegum pink hair, Satou is a beautiful fair-skinned girl exhibiting a yandere character. Her head is adorned with two tiny buns, the left with lace around it and the right with a red plaid pattern ribbon. Dark crimson eyes dominate her face.
In addition to her friendly nature and ability to handle any situation effectively, Satou seems somewhat of an idol to her coworkers while masking her underlying yandere tendencies.
Satou has been stalked several times before, Shouko reveals. In addition to her popularity at school, she is well-educated and practical, and she always lifts her coworkers when they do not look like her.
Her complex persona combines both her outward charm and concealed yandere character, creating an intriguing and multifaceted individual.
38Misa Amane From Death Note
Anime: Death Note
Notable aliases: Amane Misa, Kira II, Misa, Misa Misa, Second Kira
She is a short, slender, attractive young woman with long, straight, golden-blonde hair. Her hair is usually styled with pigtails tied with red ribbons, but sometimes she wears it loose.
She appears to have been a brunette in the anime. Due to her tendency to speak in the third person, she is hyperactive, impulsive, and childlike.
However, a more complex yandere nature is hidden beneath her bubbly and charismatic persona. Her intense emotions and seemingly unpredictable behavior reveal a different aspect of her character that contrasts sharply with her public image.
37Lucy From Elfen Lied
Anime: Elfen Lied
Type of Villain: Dissociative Misanthrope
Powers / Skills: Ability to project telekinesis-generated invisible arms, which she can use to manipulate objects
A protagonist and anti-hero of Elfen Lied, Kaede, also known as Lucy in her mad form or Nyu in her amnesiac form, is the evolutionary offshoot of the human race known as Diclonius. She’s the Queen of the Race of Diclonius and embodies certain yandere tendencies. As well as being the love interest of Kouta, she also plays the role of the deuteragonist.
These yandere tendencies manifest in the complex psychological profile of Kaede, which include a split personality that she has called alters due to Dissociative Identity Disorder.
36Griffith: Berserk – Yandere Character
With his well-mannered, exemplary mannerisms and keen intellect, Griffith was often astounded at his humble origins given his mannerisms and intellect.
- Ends the Hundred-Year War by recapturing Doldrey.
- He defeats Emperor Ganishka and triggers the Great Roar of the Astral World by stopping the Kushan invasion of Midland.
- The Band of the Falcon is sacrificed for kinship with the God Hand.
Anime TV: Deadman Wonderland
A shy and gentle girl, she appears at odds with her situation when Ganta meets her for the first time. She also seemed to love flowers, confirming her affection for them.
Overall, she displayed a very caring and kind personality, making her quite an intriguing being. This reserved and quiet personality is not just a facade; she uses it to hide her true nature from those around her and to deceive them into believing she is secure.
As the series progresses, it is uncovered that some of these personality traits are not all farces, further cementing her status as quite an intriguing being.
34Mika Harima From Durarara
Mika is very possessive of the person she loves and will go to great lengths to gain their affection, even invading their privacy.
This yandere nature is characterized by her willingness to change the truth to whatever suits her, and she was even willing to abandon school her family and friends, and her identity for Seiji’s sake. While most would quickly write Mika off as a stalker, Mikado states that it is inaccurate.
While Mika does exhibit typical stalker tendencies, all of her actions have been taken out of genuine love for Seiji, distinguishing her from most stalkers, who only act out of selfish desires.
Ryoko Asakura is a major antagonist in the light novel and anime series Haruhi Suzumiya, and she stands among the intriguing yandere anime characters.
She is a humanoid interface who the Data Overmind sent to watch over Haruhi Suzumiya, much like Yuki Nagato. Unlike Yuki, however, Ryoko is cold and callous beneath her cheerful exterior, aligning with traits common to yandere anime characters.
Her dark side even leads her to attempt to kill Kyon with the hopes of triggering Haruhi, a stark contrast to her outward appearance and a testament to her complexity as one of the yandere anime characters in the series.
32Haruna Niekawa – Anime: Durarara!!
Age: 16 (at start) 17 (Dragon Zombie Arc)
Haruna is half-mad by Saika’s influence and deludes into believing she controls the demon blade when it is the other way around. She fell in love with her teacher, Nasujima, when a daughter blade of Saika influenced her.
In order to avoid being caught, she was forced to transfer to another high school in West Ikebukuro after trying to injure Nasujima with Saika’s daughter. Despite her obsession with Nasujima, her mental state appears more stable now than when she was introduced in volume 8.
31Elena Aoki – (Gleipnir)
In the anime world featuring Yandere characters, Elena stands out due to her emotionally volatile nature and deep fascination with Shuichi Kagaya. This fixation results in her displaying timidness around him and a possessive, even lethal, attachment.
She transforms Shuichi into a monstrous attire, intending to ” become one” with him, mirroring Clair’s method of entering inside him.
Elena’s deranged and psychotic nature is evident as she can switch her emotions on a dime, showing deadly intent toward anyone threatening her.
TV show: Re:Creators
Played by: Aki Toyosaki
Unlike other Created, Altair is aware that he lives in a fictional world and knows nothing about his Creators, unlike the other Created.
Altair was deeply in love with her creator, Setsuna Shimazaki, who was completely au fait with her own existence, the real world, and her creator. Upon discovering Setsuna’s suicide, Altair shows a great hatred for the real world, wishing to destroy it.
29Hisoka Morow – (Hunter X Hunter)
Notable alias: Hisoka Morow
Creator: Yoshihiro Togashi
Also known as – The Magician / Grim Reaper
The appearance of Hisoka is similar to that of a magician or jester. With light skin and a very muscular body, he is tall and has a light complexion. Each story arc requires him to wear a different outfit, which is usually adorned with various suit symbols.
As with his attire, his face paint in the 2011 anime occasionally changes colors with a star on his right cheek and a teardrop on his left cheek. On Hisoka’s left middle finger, he wears the Greed Island Ring during the Greed Island arc.
28Shuu Tsukiyama – (Tokyo Ghoul)
The first few episodes of Tokyo Ghoul introduced Tsukiyama as a confident, friendly, and intelligent ghoul. Nevertheless, these actions were merely meant to lure his “prey” into the Ghoul Restaurant and hide his cruel, selfish, and eccentric behavior.
It was not uncommon for him to resort to any ruthless tactics in order to achieve his goal of devouring the most refined meals he made of his “prey”. Consequently, most ghouls in the 20th ward disliked him.
27Mikasa- (Attack on Titan)
Notable aliases: Mikasa Ackerman, Mikasa Ackermann
Creator: Hajime Isayama
A cheerful, outgoing, and gentle child, Mikasa appeared to be before living with the Yeager family.
Because of her innocence, she could push anxious thoughts to the back of her mind and continue to live happy life with her parents and loved ones. As Mikasa grew up, she became more emotionally withdrawn and dangerous, sometimes intimidating her enemies or even her comrades.
26Boa Hancock – (One Piece)
There is no doubt that Hancock is one of the most beautiful women in the world. Even though her sisters are abnormal and immense, she has a well-proportioned figure. She is very tall and slender, with long black hair that extends past her waist.
25Lindo – (Dance With Devils)
As a determined individual, Lindo cares about the people he loves, making her a priority in protecting Ritsuka Tachibana. Despite suffering hits for her, he remained stoic.
Ritsuka will never stop being protected by Lindo, who never gives up. In addition to being intelligent, resourceful, and determined, he is also resourceful and resourceful. A loyal friend of Azuna Kuzuha, he was saddened by her death at the hands of Jek.
24Haru – (My Little Monsters)
Despite his good intentions, Haru appears to be violent and intimidating. His aggressiveness is a facade; his innocence, naivety, and cluelessness are revealed as the plot unfolds.
As a result of a traumatic incident in middle school, Haru also has awkward social skills. It is only when he is with Shizuku Mizutani that he can communicate appropriately with people.
23Rena- (Higurashi: When They Cry)
In the beginning, Rena appears sweet and friendly, but when threatened or angry, she becomes quite frightening.
Though part of her extreme reaction may be imagined by Keiichi, who suffers from the Hinamizawa Syndrome in this arc, Rena’s reaction strongly suggests that she indeed hates lies, especially from friends.
Whenever Rena is determined, she can become viciously cruel and cunning.
22Shouko Kirishima- Baka To Test – Summoning The Beasts
Shouko shows deep affection for Yuuji throughout the series, poking him with scissors or shocking him if he gets close to her. Jealousy is also a problem for her. Akihisa Yoshii attacked Yuuji for being unfaithful after sending her a slightly profane message.
21Medusa – (Soul Eater)
Played by: Houko Kuwashima
Creator: Atsushi Ōkubo
TV show: Soul Eater
In her role as DWMA’s nurse, Medusa portrays herself as a caring and supportive employee, even caring for Maka Albarn when she displayed her insecurities as a meister and showed “concern” for other students.
The academy knew her for being a kind and caring faculty member who treated students and counseled them.
20Ayase Aragaki – (Oreimo)
Her best friend and classmate Kirino Kousaka, whom she adores most, are also lovely to Ayase.
In addition to being soft-spoken and refined, she can display a more aggressive side, primarily when people lie to her.
Many of her peers called her a ‘yandere’ because of her reserved, aggressive side. Although refined, she still maintains a kind and sweet personality toward those she cares for.
19Seijuurou – (Kuroko No Basuke)
It is shown that Akashi has an extraordinarily intimidating and condescending personality when he first appears in the series.
As their leader can control the Generation of Miracles, as they all follow his instructions. Despite his lack of confidence in his teammates’ abilities, Akashi respects and admires them.
Akashi developed a winners mentality during childhood because he grew up, believing that winners get everything in life while losers get nothing. As someone who has never been defeated before, victory itself comes naturally to him.
Taiga Kagami disobeyed Akashi’s commands and he attempted to stab her with scissors borrowed from Shintarō Midorima when Kagami disobeyed him.
18Nadeko Sengoku – (Bakemonogatari)
Fictional universe: Monogatari Universe
Despite being shy, Nadeko has a good sense of humor. As for her pants, she tends to guard them more than her hair (especially her forelocks).
Whenever she speaks to anyone, she looks down at the ground.
Her tendency to refer to herself in the first person is often considered childlike in Japanese culture. Her childish manner of speech is further emphasized by using a lowercase “i” as her first-person pronoun in the English translation.
When Nadeko comes into direct contact with another person, she hates the feeling of transmitting heat, even from her parents.
17Belarus – (Hetalia: Axis Powers)
Her older brother Russia is her deep love, and she has a deep infatuation for him to the point that she wants to marry him. Despite this, he feels disturbed by her very presence and does not feel the same way.
She is shown carrying a knife at points, most notably in “Meeting Of The World,” where her brother scares Latvia with it.
Additionally, she is not afraid to use violence and can be quite the sadist, as shown when Lithuania asks her out for a date, and she breaks all of his fingers.
16Alois – (Black Butler)
Despite hardships and misgivings, Alois appears cheerful and effervescent.
However, he often loses interest in things fairly quickly since his emotions are unpredictable, fluctuating from enthusiasm and hyperactivity to anger and cantankerous the next.
Alois often uses harsh and impolite language, such as “bloody” or other swear words, regardless of whom he is speaking to. He frequently tries to attract the attention of his butler, Claude, one of his few consistent traits.
15Konishi – (Charlotte)
Ayumi Otosaka’s classmate Oikawa is in love with Konishi. Due to the boy’s attraction to her rival’s sister, Konishi wants to get rid of him. A yandere, Konishi appears to be polite, shy and kind at first, but later turns violent, aggressive, and sadistic.
14Akane Hiyama – (Renai Boukun)
In love with Seiji Aino, the sweet Akane can transform into a psychopathic monster, as she is madly in love with him.
Because she is the only person who can harm him, she is willing to attack and eliminate anyone who tries to date Seiji. She does not hesitate to stab Seiji if she feels betrayed. She shows a bit of Mayadere too. After Seiji died in episode five, it was proven that she would kill herself for him.
13Revy From Black Lagoon
Revy is one of the more troubled characters in the series, characterized by her loud, rude, sarcastic, deadly, competitive, short-tempered, cynical, confident, and considerably aggressive nihilistic nature.
Unlike typical yandere anime characters, she doesn’t exhibit obsessive love or possessiveness; rather, her wild temperament sets her apart. Unlike Rock, Revy is undiplomatic, believing in using brute force and coercion to get her way. Out of all the characters in the series, Revy uses the foulest language and is also a heavy smoker and drinker.
12Akito Sohma From Fruits Basket
Aside from her occasional bad temper tantrums when she was young, Akito was a gentle, pampered, and sweet little girl. Due to her father spoiling her, Akito grew up believing that she was born to be loved by everyone and that everyone must do as she says.
This complexity in her personality, marked by a desperate need for love and control, places her among the best yandere characters. Her actions and behaviors often blur the line between love and obsession, defining her as one of the best yandere characters showcasing this archetype’s intricate nature.
11Yukako Yamagishi From JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Yukako’s most recognizable and defining character trait is her obsessive, almost scary love for Koichi, placing her among the best yandere characters. Her fascination stems from an appreciation for men with potential rather than perfect people, whom she considers boring, and she admits outright to becoming obsessive about anything she likes.
Her love takes an overtly psychopathic turn when she kidnaps him, attempts to brainwash him into reciprocating her feelings, and forcefully trains him into fitting an idealized picture of himself.
10Shuka Karin – (Darwin’s Game)
Shuka tends to be friendly, but he can become deadly if the situation calls for it. Although she fell in love with Sudou Kaname after he beat her, she initially became interested in him because he was a rookie and defeated Banda-kun.
9Esdeath – (Akame Ga Kill)
Since she lived by her father’s philosophy (“The strong survive and the weak die”), Esdeath was a manipulative and barbarous sadist who lacked empathy for the weak. Both physically and emotionally, she enjoyed inflicting pain on her enemies.
8Touko Fukaw – Danganronpa
Toko is highly suspicious of other people due to the constant bullying she experienced as a child. Although she claims she is just being honest, her free and extreme opinions can be perceived as mean and can irritate people.
7Levi Ackerman – (Attack On Titan)
Played by: Hiroshi Kamiya
Creator: Hajime Isayama
Notable aliases: Captain Levi, Levi, Levi Ackerman
Levi is described by those who know him personally as a “clean freak” because of the environment, and he prefers to be spotless due to his early childhood.
6Kurumi Tokisaki – (Date A Live)
Trying to understand Kurumi’s character is problematic. With most Spirits in her debut, she shares a dislike of humanity that borders on mistrust.
Her skill as an actor lies in her ability to portray an innocent, curious young girl when needed. In registering as a student at Raizen High School and speaking politely, she demonstrated this skill.
5Satou – (Happy Sugar Life)
Aliases: Satou-chan, Matsuzaka-san
Satou seems like a kind, friendly girl who likes spending time with her friend Shōko Hida. As a friendly individual who knows what to do in any situation, Satou is somewhat of an idol for her coworkers and is admired by those close to her.
Played by: Hitomi Harada
TV show: Baka and Test
Since elementary school, Mizuki Himeji has been the first love Akihisa Yoshii. Despite having similar feelings for Aki since elementary school, she did not realize they were loved until she took the summoning exams.
She can, however, act up when she is drunk or when her emotions are stirred.
3Balder Hringhorni – (Kamigami No Asobi)
As a cheerful Light god, Balder attracts a lot of people because he is admired by many. It is common for him to trip over things that aren’t there. As much as he loves meat, he would eat it every meal if he could.
2Haruna Niekawa – (Durarara)
Haruna has been driven half-mad by Saika’s influence and has deluded herself into believing she can control the demon blade when in fact it is the other way around. Haruna’s teacher, Nasujima, fell in love with her under the influence of Saika’s daughter blade.
TV show: Penguindrum
Played by: Marie Miyake
Ringo and Shoma share a tumultuous relationship, and she can be quite abusive. In favor of her own plans, she often neglects his comfort and does not make any attempt to make him feel welcome.
Types of Yandere
Yandere characters come in several distinct types, each with unique traits and tendencies.
The traditional yandere is consumed by an obsession with their love interest, going to great lengths to ensure they remain close.
Next, the possessive yandere views their desired individual not necessarily as a love interest but as a personal possession, willing to go to any extent to maintain control over them.
The manic pixie dream yandere, while seemingly charming and eccentric, hides a volatile and dangerous nature beneath its whimsical exterior.
Regardless of their specific kind, all yandere characters share a singular trait: an overwhelming, often perilous obsession with another person. Be wary of those who seem overly interested; they could be a lurking yandere ready to pounce.