From Japanese ヤンデレ, a portmanteau of 病んでる (yanderu, "to be sick") 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 fictional character who fits the archetype of being genuinely romantic, loving, kind, sweet and gentle, but can suddenly switch to being brutal, psychotic or deranged.
2009 4 October, sanjian [username], “Re: Bakemonogatari - comments on the end of the TV broadcast”, rec.arts.anime.misc, Usenet:
- And it finally answered the question as to whether Senjougahara is tsundere or yandere.
- 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.