From Japanese ヤンデレ, a portmanteau of 病んでる (yanderu, "to be sick", contraction of 病んでいる (yandeiru), progressive tense of 病む (yamu)) and デレデレ (deredere, "infatuated, lovestruck"). Developed on the model of tsundere ("being cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing a warm and caring side over time").
yandere (plural yandere)
- (chiefly Japanese fiction) A character who fits the archetype of being genuinely kind, loving, or gentle, but can suddenly switch to being aggressive or deranged.
- 2012, Jazmine Brusola, "Rabble Rousers: A Fate/Zero Anime Review", Flyleaf (Ateneo Literary Association), April 2012 - February 2013, page 14:
- Looking at anime charts, there's always the harem series with the dense hero and a bunch of girls whose personalities are pulled out of a set cast of tropes (the Childhood Friend, Tsundere, Yandere, and Lolita, for instance).
- 2014, Olivia D. Knight, Please, Let Me Be a Seiyuu!, BookRix (2014), ISBN 9783730998380, unnumbered page:
- "Believe it, man. In fact, she's seriously creepy. Like creepier than that pink-haired girl from Future Diary."
- "Wait, what?" Sam got that reference quickly, but was not happy with the comparison. She wasn't a psychopathic, murderous Yandere stalker, from what he could see.
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:yandere.
- ^ Richard W. Kroon, A/V A to Z: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Media, Entertainment and Other Audiovisual Terms, McFarland & Company (2010), ISBN 9780786457403, page 760