Friday, April 29, 2011

Y is for Yandere

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What exactly is a Yandere I hear you ask. A Yandere is a girl who is so desperately in love that she is willing to:
  1. kill herself for the person to protect the one she loves (for the sake of love)
  2. kill the person she loves if she can't be with them (for the sake of love)
  3. kill everyone else who stands against her (for the sake of love)
Okay, why am I talking about a Yandere? Well, I did need a "Y" letter word, but despite it being a Japanese anime word, it is a common character type in stories, especially romances. I have read numerous stories where the girl is willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of the guy (even if she has just met him). There is nothing wrong with this character type, if not over done.

Then there is the other side of the story where a girl has become so obsessed with the guy that she's willing to do anything to take her rival (usually the MC) out of the picture. 

So, for your viewing pleasure. Here is the perfect example of Yandere from the TV show, Buffy (Oh, how I love Spike Buffy).

P.S. The definition of Yandere comes from the Japanese words Yamu meaning sick and Deredere meaning sweet. Essentially it means Sick Sweetie.

So,  have you come across a Yandere in anything you've read? Do you think this character type can be seen as healthy/sympathetic? Do you think it's possible for the relationship where a Yandere is involved to be a healthy one?


Anonymous said...

Ha! This is great!

Elena from Vampire Diaries would certainly die for the people she loves (at least on the TV version). Don't think she'd kill though, LOL!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Would Juliet qualify?

Ellie Garratt said...

I think a Yandere can work as a kind of anti-hero I suppose. Loved this post - it's got me thinking!

Ellie Garratt

Dawn Embers said...

Interesting word. I haven't seen any that I've noticed though a few come close. If the character is still well developed then it wouldn't be bad but if the character is just there without much depth then I would care less.

Denise Covey Writer said...

This is the first time I've come across this word/character type. I recognise the type but can't say I'm comfortable with the concept.


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Shelli said...

Haha! Great flashback!

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