Madness and tragedy have always been a significant part of anime and are represented to us with different character personalities. These characters stand out to be wonderfully scripted and developed, whether they are villains or heroes. Interestingly the idea of a character who often breaks down, turning them insane, is very popular. And most anime accomplish to make a well-written character that the audience can relate to, and one such is the Yandere character archetype.
Yandere is what you’d call sweet on the outside, completely insane on the inside, as Yandere is always dealing with a variety of new emotions. A Yandere is a type of character who, in the beginning, acts cute and sweet but soon becomes addicted to the feelings aroused by their love interest. A Yandere develops an obsession with their love interest to point where they become violently protective. And so, would do anything to keep the love interest for themselves by any means necessary! The word Yandere is a portmanteau of two words; “Yanderu,” which means to be mentally or emotionally ill and “deredere,” which means love-struck.
Being insane and crazy as they may be, Yandere has become the essential factor in the fandom, giving them an unusual amount of likability separating them from other character archetypes. So if you are someone who thinks of Yanderes as charming and wants to go down the path of eternal doom of no return, be warned! With that, here’s the list of 10 best Yandere characters in anime.
Best Yandere Characters
01. Kotonoha Katsura (School Days)
Kotonoha Katsura is the main protagonist and antagonist of School Days, who attends the Harami Junior High. She was always the target of bullies due to her popularity among male classmates. Kotonoha starts dating Makoto Itou from the class next to her and becomes overwhelmingly fixated over him.
02. Anna Nishikinomiya (Shimoneta)
Anna Nishikinomiya is the student council president in the Shimoneta series who is in charge of preserving the school’s morale. She is also the daughter of the very prominent parents. After kissing Tanukichi accidentally, Anna develops feeling for him and becomes highly obsessive about gaining Tanukichi’s affection.
03. Lucy (Elfen Lied)
Kaede, also known as Lucy or Nyu, is the main protagonist and anti-hero of Elfen Lied series. Lucy is the Queen Diclonius, an evolutionary human sub-species of the human race with an ability to kill using invisible arms called “vectors.” She hates humanity and is frustrated by them because of how the people treated her differently as a child.
04. Mikasa Ackerman (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Mikasa Ackerman is the second most important character of the Attack on Titan series. She became the adoptive sister of Eren Yeager when she was saved from human traffickers who murdered her biological parents. After living with Eren and his parents, Mikasa developed feelings for Eren. Due to her special bloodline, Mikasa has incredible strength and agility, which she uses to protect Eren from any harm.
05. Satou Matsuzaka (Happy Sugar Life)
Satou Matsuzaka is a first-year high school student at Makiko High School. She fell in love with Shio Kōbe and secretly lives with her in a shared apartment. She works as a waitress at a cosplay restaurant called Cure á Cute to provide for Shio and herself. Satou is also very overprotective of Shio and is willing to do anything to protect Shio and their lifestyle from any threat.
06. Yuno Gasai (Mirai Nikki)
Yuno Gasai is the main female protagonist/anti-heroine of the Future Diary series. She is also one of the thirteen individuals who possess the future diary, a tool that allows her to predict the future. Yuno has an unhealthy obsession with Yukiteru Amano and would kill anyone to protect him.
07. Mika Harima (Durarara!!)
Mika Harima is a side character in the Durarara series. After meeting Seiji Yagiri, Mika fell in love with him and started stalking him. She even broke into Seiji’s apartment, which led to Seiji nearly killing her due to a misunderstanding. After her face to face encounter with Seiji, Mika disappears. But she returns after changing her face with plastic surgery to match with Seiji’s liking and becomes his girlfriend.
08. Kaede Fuyou (Shuffle!)
Kaede Fuyou is the main protagonist Rin Tsuchimi’s childhood friend, who attended Verbena Academy with him as classmates. They lived under the same roof after Kaede’s mother, and Rin’s parents passed away in the same accident. She always stays by Rin’s side, doing everything she can to get his affection.
09. Megumi Shimizu (Shiki)
Megumi Shimizu is an attractive young girl who has a one-sided crush on the main protagonist. She dreams of having a relationship with him. Megumi hates the village life and wants to live in the city due to her interest in fashion. Unfortuenly she becomes the first victim of the Kirishiki family and turns into a Shiki (vampire). Although she hates the village people, she still cares about her crush and uses her new powers to stalk Natsuno and target people close to him.
10. Amane Misa (Death Note)
Misa Amane is a famous model with a huge crush on Kira and does everything to help him. She eventually becomes the second Death Note user and trades her lifespan for the Shinigami eyes. The new eyes help her learn the true identity of Kira and devotes the rest of her life to helping him from law enforcement.