There are many types of characters in anime. Some we fall in obsessive love with, and some we hate. There are many beautiful girl anime characters. Similarly, there are equally cute anime male characters. This post will look into the best Yandere anime characters.
We will be looking at some popular Yandere girls, boys and demon Yandere anime characters.
What are Yandere anime characters?
The word “Yandere” is made up of two separate words – “yandere” which translates into “to be sick”, and “deredere” which translates into “lovestruck”.
A Yandere anime character is someone who seems normal at first glance. But he/she might get super possessive, and violent towards their lovers.
At one corner of the spectrum, we have Yandere anime characters who exhibit extreme levels of jealousy. On the other hand, other Yandere anime characters could be as extreme as murdering other girls out of jealousy.
Yandere characters have been depicted in Japanese anime and manga for decades. The first-ever Yandere character was depicted in popular anime back in 1980.
But it was the 2000s when Yandere characters started being considered as a separate genre on their own.
Yandere and Tsundere anime characters are the complete opposite of each other. A Tsundere anime character is a laid-back character, who seldom shows any human emotions.
But when they fall into romantic love, they slowly start to show the softer side of their personality.
So how do we distinguish between a normal, and a Yandere anime character? Well simple. We simply observe the way of their love.
Let’s get started with today’s article where we look at the Best Yandere anime Characters.
Yandere Anime Girls
1. Mizuki Himeji From Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
The first Yandere female character on this list is Mizuki Himeji. She is from Baka and is a cute anime character. She was the first love of Akihisa Yoshii’s. They first fell in love when they were in elementary school together.
Akihisa was fully aware of the feelings he felt towards Mizuki. But it was Mizuki who was confused about how she felt about Akishia. But right when her exams were about to start, she realized that she had feelings for him.
She unleashes her jealousy, or should we say Yandere-side-of-her, when she is drunk.
2. Konishi From Charlotte
Konishi from Charlotte is another Yandere anime character who is adored by many.
She is the object of their obsessive affection. When she is still a kid, she falls in love with Oikawa, and starts sending him love letters. He goes to the same school as Konishi.
In the series, we see that Oikawa slowly starts developing a love interest in Otosaka’s little sister. When Konishi realizes this, she starts to think about taking revenge and getting rid of her from the picture.
3. Kurenai Rin From Big Order
Kurenai Rin is a popular Yandere anime character. She might be considered as the most violent, and extreme Yandere character out there.
It is not the loss of a lover or any military experiments that turns her into a Yandere, but it is the loss of her parents. She holds Hoshimiya Eiji responsible for the loss of her parents.
She is determined to go to any extreme lengths to kill the person who killed her parents. She even attacks others. In one episode of this series, we even see her stab Eiji with her sword.
3. Belarus From Hetalia Axis Powers
Belarus is a petite anime character with blonde hair. Ever since she was a little kid, she had a huge crush on Russia.
When they both grew up, Belarus always wanted to get married to Russia. She would try to persuade him into marrying her. She is a perfect example of a singular personified character archetype.
In one episode of this anime series, we see her shoving Russia up against a wall. She wanted to kiss him, but it didn’t go as she planned it would. Out of fear of getting caught, Russia screams at her and tells her to go away.
4. Kurumi Tokisaki From Date a Live
Unlike other Yandere anime characters, Kurumi Tokisaki has a poker face. It is very difficult to make sense of what is going through her mind at any given moment.
She has serious trust issues. She can act as an innocent, and shy girl whenever she needs to fool someone.
In the beginning, when she first joined the Raizen High School, we see her put up her shy and innocent face. But in the later parts of the series, we see her reveal her true personality.
5. Mikasa Ackerman From Attack on Titan
Mikasa Ackerman was not a dull, and gloomy character from her childhood. Her childhood friends and family remember her as a cheerful, and upbeat character.
She has a strong will. This is why she somehow manages to push aside all the dark thoughts, and keep a positive outlook. However, as she starts to grow up, she starts to feel emotionally drained.
When she is having a bad day, we see her intimidating her enemies.
6. Nadeko Sengoku from Bakemonogatari
Nadeko Sengoku from Bakemonogatari is a shy character by nature. She is very proud of how her hair looks and has an obsessive nature towards her looks. She doesn’t like anyone messing with her hair.
Her hair is more important to her than any other part of her body, even her panties.
Later in the series, we see Nadeko develop feelings for a beautiful boy named Koyomi.
Dark Yandere Anime Characters
Now let us look at a list of some of the best Yandere Anime Characters with a dark side.
7. Rolo Lamperogue – Code Geass: Lelouch of The Rebellion
So far, we have seen Yandere anime characters who are mainly driven by a strong emotion towards their loved interest. But Rolo Lamperogue is different in this regard.
In a modern context, Rolo Lamperogue from Code Geass is not driven by strong emotions towards his girlfriend, but his brothers. He is driven by a strong sense of brotherhood.
We see Rolo has a kind heart and is pretty innocent from a distance. But when we got closer, we realize that he is a cold, and heartless killer.
8. Shuu Tsukiyama – Tokyo Ghoul
Next on our list, we have Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul. He seems like an intelligent, and polite gentleman. He is a soul eater. He uses sex as a weapon.
Throughout the series we see him trying to lure Kaneki.
After he is successful in impressing someone with his charms, he invites them back to the Ghoul Restaurant.
At one point, we see him grow obsessed with Kaneki’s smell. When all his efforts to kidnap Kaneki go into vain, he devises a plan to kidnap one of Kaneki’s close friends.
9. Kaede Fuyou – Shuffle
Kaede Fuyou is one of the main characters from the popular anime series Shuffle. She is a female lead of Shuffle. When she was just a kid, she had to suffer the trauma, and mental instability caused by her mother’s death.
She had to face this hard time alone. Kaede’s mother died when she was young.
From her childhood, Kaede Fuyou had only one good friend Rin Tsuchimi. But she feels neglected by Rin Tsuchimi after Asa Shigure befriends Rin. In the world of anime, she is considered a god.
When Rin goes out on a date with Asa, Kaede slams Asa against the wall. This causes Asa to have a heart attack.
10. Shion Sonozaki – Higurashi: When They Cry
Shion Sonozaki has a twin brother – Mion. They look identical. Due to this reason, they find it amusing to swap places in family gatherings.
Shion has a love interest for Satoshi. Shion thinks Satoshi is always stressed because of his sister Satoko.
All hell breaks loose when Shion realizes that Satoshi has gone missing. She starts to interrogate everyone who she thinks might be involved with the disappearance of Shion.
Yandere Anime Boys
Now we will be taking a look at some of the Best male Yandere anime characters.
11. Tyki Mikk – D. Gray-man
Tyki Mikk is one of the main characters from the popular anime series D. Gray-man. He belongs to the Noah family. He has a family name – Joyd. He is the perfect male example of the best Yandere anime characters.
He has dark hair. There is a mole under his chin. When Tyki takes up his Noah form, he is seen wearing armor, and a helmet. He does not have any mental illness.
His normal side is a fun-loving personality. But his dark side is pretty evil. He often gets overwhelmed with psychotic kill instincts and a catatonic state which are triggered by her traumatic past experiences.
12. Rolo Lamperouge – Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
If you have seen only the first season of the popular anime series Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch, then you might not be familiar with the name Rolo Lamperouge.
This is because Rolo was introduced in the second season of this anime series. He wears a school uniform and has black hair and brown eyes.
He has a kind heart. He grows fallings for Lelouch. But we only find out later in the series that he wanted to befriend Lelouch so that he could carry out his latest assassination mission. His main purpose is to serve his masters.
13. Sakamaki Ayato – Diabolik Lovers
There are many yandere characters in the anime series Diabolik Lovers. But Sakamaki Ayato easily stands out from all of them.
He belongs to a vampire family. He loves his brothers and parents.
At one point in the series, we see a little girl Yui come and start living with Sakamaki’s family. All of Sakamaki’s brothers started craving her blood. But Sakamaki started caring for her.
Demon Yandere Anime Characters
14. Mikasa Ackerman – Attack on Titan
Mikasa Ackerman is one of the main characters in the series Attack on Titans. She is close to her siblings. She would go any length to protect her loved ones. Despite having a true nature, she has unparalleled fighting and social skills.
15. Anna Nishikinomiya – Shimoneta
Anna Nishikinomiya belongs to an influential family. She is also the class president. From a young age, Anna dreamt of making her family proud.
This is why in highs school, she stands the election for Student Council President and wins by a large margin. After she becomes the president of the Student Council, she becomes the subject of envy by other young girls.
16. Katsura Kotonoha – School Days
Among all the female Yandere anime characters we have seen so far, Katsura Kotonoha might be the calmest and composed one. As she is prettier than most of her friends, she has always struggled to make good friends. She has a true yandere face.
17. Yuno Gasai – Future Diary
Yuno Gasai has long pink hair and pink eyes. She often forms pigtails. She has all the feminine qualities in her.
Despite having a polite appearance, she is lethal. She would use and manipulate anyone to achieve her goals. In a worst-case scenario, she can kill people in cold blood.
18. Alois – Black Butler
Earl Alois Tracy is the head of his family, and prefers being referred to as “Your Highness”. Due to his young age, people think of him as a weak, and fragile individual. He is the best friend of Kirino.
Red Hair Yandere Anime Characters
19. Akane Hiyama From Renai Boukun
Akane Hiyama has a voluptuous body that often makes her the center of attention. Although she has a calm, and composed character, she can lose her temper when Seiji Aino, the boy she is in love with, ignores her.
She thinks that she is the only one who can hurt Seiji Aino. She would go out of her way to kill people who even thought of dating Seiji Aino. She would lose it completely if she saw someone trying to date Seiji Aino.
Konishi might be the youngest of all Yandere characters on this list. She is only twelve years old when she attacks one of her friends using a box cutter.
Konishi has waist-long hair. She ties a white headband over her forehead. We see her in the regular student uniform of Hoshinoumi Academy’s Middle School.
21. Senjogahara Hitagi From Bakemonogatari
At a young age, doctors diagnose Senjogahara Hitagi with an incurable disease. By the time she starts highs school, she struggles to make friends. She has a frail body, which makes her less attractive.
What is Senjogahara’s biggest weapon? She has a venomous mouth. She would not hold back on anything. The most frightening part of it is, she can keep a cold poker face while saying mean things to others. This makes her one of the most formidable Yandere anime characters.
But she is not always like this. She is normally a nice kid who likes the company of her friends.
One day, Koyomi accidentally discovers Senjoghara’s darkest secret. This triggers her into changing her whole life. As mentioned earlier, she can speak mean things while keeping a poker face.
22. Hisoka Morow from Hunter x Hunter
Hisoka is a hunter and a former member of the Phantom troupe. He is very strong. There is hardly anyone in his group who can challenge Hisoka for a battle. Some think he is a crazy person.
At the beginning of the series, we see him as the main protagonist of the series Hunter x Hunter. But in the later parts, we see him become a supporting character for the main protagonist.
Hisoka has an appearance of a joker, a comedy anime character, or a magician. He has a muscular physique and a tall build. We can see a combination of suit symbols on his dress, even on his face.
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Yandere Romance Anime
Now that we know about the Best Yandere Anime Characters, let us look at some Yandere Romance Anime series out there.
In the series, we see a world where gods, demons, and humans start to live together. Who would have thought that they could co-exist?
Shuffle is an anime adaptation of the visual light novel by the same name. It was first broadcasted back in the year 2005.
Durarara is another anime series with many Yandere characters in it. The anime series was adapted from a light novel with the same name. the series was also broadcasted in Europe after being dubbed in French.
Future Diary is a popular anime series that was inspired by an equally popular manga series with the same name. In this series, we see 12 individuals with 12 different diaries.
These diaries can predict the future. The individuals participate in a deadly game of Battle Royal. The earliest examples of their violent behavior towards each other begin as soon as this game starts.
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School Days is an anime visual novel. It was first released to the audience back in 2005. School days was first launched as an adult video game available on PlayStation, and other gaming consoles.
It was considered a Yandere simulator game.
School Days was adapted into an anime television series back in 2007.
RWBY is an anime we-series. It has many elements of American Pop-Culture. It revolves around the people living in the fictional land of Remnant. Everyone living here trains to become a warrior from a young age.
The first episode of this anime series was first aired back in 2013.
Conclusion on Yandere Anime Characters
So, there you go. Now you know about the best Yandere Anime characters out there. This article included characters from all the popular anime series including Death Note, Future Diary, Black Lagoon.
Some of the best Yandere characters that were not included in this list are – Misa Amane, Megumi Shimizu, Mika Harima, Deadman Wonderland, Nina Einstein, Mirai Nikki, Ayase Aragaki, Satou Matsuzaka, Rena Ryuuguu, Sekai Saionji, Gasai Yuno, Ringo Oginome, Ryoko Asakura, Makoto Itou, Kotonoha Katsura, Amane Misa, Tanukichi Okuma, Otaku Fandom, Seiji Yagiri.
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