To each their own. While we may not agree to each other’s likes and dislikes, please behave respectably towards one another. Understand that while other’s like a certain aspect in a game or character that may seem abnormal or obtuse to yourself or others. Realize that it doesn’t mean that the person who happens to like these elements in a GAME, supports these actions in real life scenarios. I already know I’m not a fire breathing leviathan in human skin, but in a game, let me be an evil destructive Goddess is all I’m saying…
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To whoever wrote the message for the picture above, I agree with you, no one in their right mind would love these kinds of people in real life. However, that’s the beauty of the world of fantasy romance in gaming, we can get closer to the darker aspects of our desires in a safe place without putting ourselves in a clearly dangerous situation. Let me explain, there’s a saying for us in the gaming world, ‘to each their own’ and if you like something in a game doesn’t mean you prefer it in the real world.
In a previous post written on Amino, I talked about my otome husbands, and if I would actually have a real relationship with them or not. While I love Yanderes for the horror/suspense vibe, you best believe that if I were caught in an actual situation that involved a Yandere person. I would not stand for it, and that’s where we draw the hard line between fantasy and reality.
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Case Management Meeting: Yandere Types
Gray’s Interpretation: IMO, a yandere is what we people like myself define as someone who is ‘crazy in love’ or “obsessively in love” to the point they allow their desire of love to cloud their judgment and actions.
The world’s definition of a Yandere? A term for a person who is initially loving and caring to someone they like a lot until their romantic love, admiration and devotion becomes feisty and mentally destructive in nature through either over protectiveness, violence, brutality or all three combined. Yandere characters are mentally unstable, incredibly deranged and use extreme violence or brutality as an outlet for their emotions. Yandere are usually, but not always, female characters. (Fandom Wiki)
Yandere personalities can differ depending on game or story, whether they were sweet little cuties, tsundere buttheads, or the quiet kid who kept to themselves in the back of the classroom. The term Yandere is a mixture of Kuudere, Dandere, and Tsundere, so it basically means… If you’ve played DDLC before, you can get a little crazy psycho of love in any character type you’ve met.
Consider the Yandere trait something that can be an added element to add either the horror, suspense, or thrill aspect in a game. Most of the time love between a Yandere and an MC rarely ends well, and if it does end well consider yourself and loved ones safe… until someone dares to harm you again.
You can call these lovers … truly ‘crazy in love’ that they really will do about anything to keep you by them. But… people tend to categorize these yandere types under one word without realizing there are stages or subcategories they fall under. Depending on what situation you find yourself in with a Yandere, it’s good to understand the basics of what KIND you have found yourself with versus thinking that all of them can become love-driven killing machines (albeit most people do think this way).
TYPES OF YANDERES:
“As long as she’s/he’s happy, I’m happy.”
Now, this is a rare one, okay? These are the ones who are obsessed with you but won’t try and kill your love interest or you if they can’t get your affection. They will try very hard to get to be your boyfriend but if they lose, they overall just want you to be happy, and won’t plot something dangerous against you and everyone who happens to be acquainted. (Fandom Wiki)
Now, here’s an interesting but fairly twisted example… When a character has two personalities in one body, and both have a Yandere categorization. I’m certain some people will recognize this character as Ukyo from Amnesia, he is the last route of the game but also the ‘true route.’ If you thought Toma was the scary one, then Ukyo makes Toma look like a wolf that needs more cuddles and treats.
So Ukyo’s is a Dandere character, however, he carries a mixture of Mugai-Gata & Jiko-Gisei-Gata in his ‘normal’:
We already explained the mugai version above, but what is a jiko-gisei-gata?
“If it’s for you I wouldn’t mind dying!”
He doesn’t mind dying for you, he will sacrifice himself dutifully no matter what the cause to keep you alive. He loves you so much he would be willing to sacrifice his own happiness, soul, you name it; he wants you to live. He will do it for you.
[SPOILER ALERT] When you play his route you realize that Ukyo’s ‘normal’ side is obsessed with keeping you safe and out of harm’s way even if it means killing himself to do it. When he lost the heroine the first time, he made a wish to be together with her again, but fate is a very cruel person when you try to mess with her tapestry of life.
Due to Ukyo’s wish to twist the hands of fate, he locked himself into a very horrendous spiderweb of ‘a life for a life’ in his story due to his wish of wanting to be with the heroine again. However, because of the strings of destiny and his constant interference, Ukyo would see the heroine die countless times which is what creates his split personality. (Fandom Wiki)
Meet Ukyo’s ‘dark’ side, who is also a mixture of two Yandere subtypes:
“I don’t need a world where she doesn’t exist.”
His love of the heroine and consistently losing her in every world to either the clutches of fate or his own hands, his mind distorted and cracked into the split personality we see in the game. Which in turn created this personality that you see above, one that sees that either you exist or you don’t, either way, whether you exist or not; he also will disappear but also end people’s lives (mostly yours) to end his world. (Fandom Wiki)
He “uses violence” (bouryoku wo furu 暴力をふる) towards you.
Due to the fact he can’t ever be with you, his dark side makes it his civil duty to harm you and put an end to all his suffering and yours. He takes pleasure in this aspect of being able to kill you since you’re the reason he was created in the first place. (Fandom Wiki)
While I have mentioned these subtypes above I’m going to mention that Ukyo’s ‘dark’ side can also be classified as:
(also referred to “Cute and Psycho”) is a Japanese term used to refer to normal people who suddenly become violent, sometimes due to a past trauma. Yangires are very similar to Yanderes, both are people who suffer from a personality disorder and can easily become violent and extremely dangerous. (Fandom Wiki)
- Phew–! Ukyo was a lot of representations, but he’s a great example of subcategories for the Yandere and helping people understand the types.
I’m very certain everyone has heard the title or name Diabolik Lovers, it is an acquired taste for anyone looking into a world where there are vampires and pure sadism and domination. I feel, personally, that the game lacked a few things, one that the heroine shouldn’t be submissive to everything that the vampires do to her. This game is borderline questionable in certain aspects, just like Maggot Baits.
The reason I state this is that all the men in Diabolik Lovers have a Yandere quality that makes the game thrilling to people who prefer to have an obsessively scary ordeal fall upon them. While I’ve read translations of the game and played a bit of it on my own, IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE, and please do not bash others who like the fantasy world of this otome.
There is one particular Yandere I wanted to list from the game just for the sake of this post as this type does appear every now and again in mangas/anime, and now, in otome:
“I love you, so… can you give me your fingernails? I want them so I can always have a part of you with me!”
He is an extremely acquired taste and can be considered one of the more terrifying of the bunch with his personality. Kanato represents a bizarre Yandere who… Well, he can be a mixture of many Yandere types but I’m going to use him as a bizarre version. These are the types who will kill you BECAUSE they love you, and he may or may not… preserve your dead body somewhere and dress it up cutely and act like you’re alive still…
Or take a few locks of your hair, fingers, blood… and make tea with them…
Another type of Yandere that others are more familiar with in Otomelandia is Toma from Amnesia, I will say this now, he was the first route I played and I took my time analyzing him in his route. He’s the classic version of a Yandere, one who is in love with you, but his love and desire to have and protect you cloud his judgments and sense of reasoning. In his thoughts, he felt he was doing his best to protect you until he figured out what was going on and found who the culprits were.
FYI, Toma’s ‘Amnesia After’ Story brings more clarity to his main story in the original game, where he actually encourages the MC to find someone else due to his actions in the previous game. Call it his ‘redemption’ story, but he openly admits and keeps telling the MC that she shouldn’t be with someone who could do the things he’s done to her. He’s an extremely complex character, but he’s another character analysis for another time!
Domestic Violence type.
“It hurts? That’s your fault! Next time learn your lesson and stop looking at other men!”
Now, this is the yandere type we need to be wary of as these are the ones who will result to domestic violence on you and others. Whether it’s out of jealousy, feeling ignored, everything that you do is your fault and you shall be punished…They will beat you and say it is your fault, whether it’s pent up rage or emotions, you will deliberately be punished for something they do not like.
This is by far the most dangerous and UNACCEPTABLE Yandere type, the ones above are scary, don’t get me wrong. However, this is the one I steer clear from in any game if I can, because it takes into account characteristics of reality that I can’t ignore even in the fantasy realm of gaming.
Just a heads up, Natsume from Ephemeral is not a DV-Gata, however the picture I used is a good quote representation of what normal DV’s would say TO YOU and not the other party…
Twisted Love for a Yandere
It’s tough as a gamer to have a place where you draw the line because these situations can trigger us, and this is where fantasy and reality become a gray area. This is where I tend to stand in this aspect of insanity, in the broad reality, this kind of behavior is not something anyone wants or can take pleasure from. What I do feel though, is that people who like Yandere type stories or characters, we ourselves are looking for something to engage our excitement in a way of fear or thrill.
Consider this, some people watch horror movies and others will not. Does watching the Halloween series and slasher type b movies make me a bad person, or assist my thought process in believing killing people is okay? No. I watch suspense/action/horror for the adrenaline rush and seeing if something can scare the living hell outta me. This is why I like reading Yandere stories since I’m a bit of a horror and suspense gamer and reader.
I believe the reason why these types of characters are placed in a game, or characters carry the Yandere trait, is to create the atmosphere for thrill-seekers like myself. I understand not many want this kind of thrill as it this character, just like the Dom Type (i.e. Eisuke Ichinomiya ~Paid Version~, Victor MLQC) can cause others to feel that these characters are crossing the lines of fantasy. This is what I think is a double-edged sword, a lot of us are looking to escape reality or focus our emotions on something other than the places we are currently present in.
However, we aren’t prone to having a moment with a game when we feel it has gone too far with the ‘fantasy’ shield and using certain imagery and concepts as a way to gain attention or notoriety.
When we sometimes wish to leave the world of reality we come into situations in a game that can resemble something that occurred to us in the outside world. This is the tough part, it’s here where we choose to either forfeit the game safely and go a different route or read/play on. It is also here that as gamers, players, friends, and family we have to respect each other’s opinions on game elements.
So if we have friends who like a character that you did not like, it’s okay to disagree, as long as you all already know that they won’t be going to a casino in Las Vegas and try employing themselves as a maid so they can find the black market and be sold to a bidder… It should be dandy.
You should also know I’m not a human, and I’m actually a reincarnated goddess who sacrificed herself in order for the world to be safe (poking fun at Star Crossed Myth), and now I gallivant as a human for the sake of balance. Guys, I’m poking fun here, so humor me, this is where I bring about understanding what is reality and what isn’t, and where the shield of fantasy allows us to safely explore these tastes.
I’m fairly certain I’m walking the shadows of between what is acceptable and what isn’t, as even I have my moments when I disagree with a concept or idea that doesn’t help develop a character or wasn’t necessary to be included in the story. However, I’m going to always state that ‘we can agree to disagree’ even if my own opinion about a type of character or game does not line up with my own ideals. Shadow work, may come into play here, but I’m not going to go into that in this post.
Although my favorite character type is Yanderes, I understand where the lines must be crossed and the walls must be built. Call it my bleeding heart for dark, macabre, and horror-filled stories that make me captivated about this type of character in games. However, even I know where insanity and reality must be stopped.
Here’s a little chart from Fandom Wiki to assist you on understanding the Yandere, and when you should start running.