A whole new dere seems to be taking over in the recent years. Tsunderes may have dominated the world of anime dere characters, but the dere character taking the anime world by storm is the yandere! Oh yes, yandere characters are really sweeping the anime community. If you don’t know what a yandere is, it is a character who exhibits a violent nature to show how much they love someone.
We lost you, didn’t we? We understand. Who wants to be loved by someone who shows their feelings by being violent? Well, let us tell you, it can be pretty endearing. Think of it this way, they are willing to do something extreme to tell you they love you. Sweet, isn’t it?
Yet, when anyone talks about yanderes, they only talk about the female characters like Yuno from Mirai Nikki or Sekai and Kotonoha from School Days. Well, we’ll have you know that male yandere characters exist, too! The male yanderes just aren’t getting enough recognition for their bloody love. No worries; we plan to share their love with our list of the top 10 male yandere characters! Just beware of spoilers ahead!
10. Sakamaki Ayato (Diabolik Lovers)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: September 2013 – December 2013
Komori Yui has always been able to see the supernatural, but she didn’t know what repercussions her ability would result in. Yui has been transferred to a new school and is in the hands of a new family. Unfortunately, this family consists of 6 attractive vampires who want all of her blood. Now, Yui must face the most draining trial of her life as the object of these bishounen’s blood lust.
It’s not fair to say that Ayato is the only male yandere in Diabolik Lovers. Clearly the entire anime appeals to yandere fans, but Ayato is a definite fan favorite. Ayato has shown a strong possessiveness over Yui and he shows his feelings for Yui by violently sucking her blood and treating her like fodder. Of course, his overwhelmingly possessiveness nature is due to his desperate need for affection, which was denied of him as a child. He just wants to be loved and although Ayato has a funny way of showing it, we just have to love him for it.
9. Balder Hringhomi (Kamigami no Asobi)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2014 – June 2014
Kusanagi Yui is just a normal high school girl until she wakes up in a school for gods. Yui has been summoned by Zeus to teach the young gods what it means to be human. The humans and the gods have become out of touch, however Zeus wants to bring both worlds closer together. Yui must find a way to get these young gods to come to class or else they’ll never graduate!
For our next male yandere we have the Norse god of light, Balder. Balder is one of the sweetest characters in Kamigami no Asobi and yet, when he falls in love with Yui, his switch flips. Unable to fathom that Yui does not love him in the same way, Balder has gone as far as attacking her. When he believes that Yui may have feelings for someone else, he’d rather no one have her. If that’s not yandere love, we don’t know what is. Balder is just a normal guy until he falls in love. Then you better hope you love him back or you’ll soon find out what yanderes do when they’re in love.
8. Toma (Amnesia)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2013 – March 2013
A young lady awakens one day with all of her memories lost. She no longer knows of her past relationships, her life, or even her name. All she has is a cell phone with the information of people she doesn’t know and an odd boy, Orion, who she is only able to see. In an attempt to gain her memories, she attempts to live her life as normally as possible without raising any suspicions, but is it really that easy?
Based on one of the best selling otome games, Amnesia brings us an array of dere characters including Toma, Amnesia’ resident male yandere character! Toma just cares too much for the main character. He does everything in his power to protect her—even if it’s from herself! Toma decides that she’s a danger to herself because she doesn’t listen to him so he locks our main character up in an oversized dog cage. Of course, he gives her meals through a slot and talks to her through the bars. Isn’t Toma endearing? Toma only does it because he loves her. You have to love Toma because he shows us that not all yanderes have to slaughter people to show off their affection.
7. Hyakuya Mikaela (Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2015 – December 2015
Yuuichirou and Mikaela have been reunited at the Shinjuku Battle, but Mikaela is now a vampire. To save his family, Yuuichirou pours all of himself into finding out how to turn a vampire back into a human while working on the Cursed Gear. However, there is a darker truth behind everything that they do not know. Guren has been ordered to go to Nagoya and thus, the noble extermination mission shall commence!
Our next male yandere is of course, Mikaela! There’s no denying how much Yuuichirou and Mikaela love each other. They have that sort of special relationship, but just how far will they go for each other? Not only is Mikaela willing to work on the side of creatures he hates to find Yuuichirou, Mikaela is willing to kill off other humans who may harm Yuuichirou. If Mikaela is willing to slaughter the rest of the surviving humans for Yuuichirou, how can you deny that it’s yandere love?
6. Suboshi (Fushigi Yuug)
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: April 1995 – March 1996
Yuuki Miaka and Hongo Yui are normal junior high students just visiting the National Library when they are transported into a book called “The Universe of the Four Gods”. They find themselves in ancient China and Miaki discovers she is the priestess of Suzaku who must gather the celestial warriors to summon Suzaku. However, the nation of the god, Seiryuu, has decided to use Yui as the priestess of Seiryuu to thwart Miaka’s plans. Now it’s a race against time and a test of friendship to see who can summon her god first to make her wish.
Suboshi may not be the warmest character in Fushigi Yuugi, but when it comes to Yui, his yandere love burns with real fire. Suboshi worships Yui as the priestess of Seiryuu to the point that he hates anyone that Yui hates, punishes anyone for hurting Yui, and will stretch himself thin to get Yui anything she wants when she wants it. As a celestial warrior of Seiryuu, he’ll abuse his own power to deliver a swift punishment for those who defy Yui. Suboshi is quite the dedicated celestial warrior. Although Suboshi may seem crazy most of the time, you can truly feel that underneath it all, he cares. Suboshi just doesn’t know how to properly show that he does.
5. Creed Diskenth (Black Cat)
- Episodes: 23
- Aired: October 2005 – May 2006
Train Heartnet is renown as “Black Cat,” an infamous assassin working for the organization Chronos as indicated by the XIII tattooed on his body. Train knows nothing but violence and brutality which has caused him to grow up callous, but one day, a sweeper by the name of Saya enters his life changing all of his beliefs. Train decides to change his ways and becomes a Sweeper with the help of new friends Sven and Eve.
Now at #5, Creed shows us his yandere love for the Black Cat, Train. Creed is willing to sacrifice everyone at his disposal and kill off innocent bystanders to get Train to join his side. Creed’s yandere love really drives a majority of Black Cat which makes it one of the few anime that focuses on a yandere obsession, but who doesn’t love that? In this way, we get to see the insight of what made a yandere. Maybe they’re a bit more complex than we give them credit for. Creed makes it seem that way.
4. Rolo Lamperouge (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2008 – September 2008
The Black Rebellion ended in failure one year ago and now the rebellion’s leader, Zero is missing. Without their brilliant leader, Area 11’s Black Knights do not have the power to fight against the cruelty of Britannia. Lelouch Lamperouge has been brainwashed leading to the loss of his memories. He continues his life as a student at Ashford Academy, but C.C. cannot accept this. She decides to bring back Lelouch’s memories to finish the job.
Although Rolo is fully aware that he and Lelouch are not siblings, Rolo clings to the notion that they are siblings and is willing to do anything for Lelouch. If Lelouch orders it, Rolo will endanger his life by using his geass to end the many lives of anyone opposing him. It gives Rolo that kind of joy that only killing someone in the name of love can bring. Unlike most yandere, Rolo kills in the name of family, but viewers can truly feel what he feels for Lelouch. How many people out there can honestly say they hated him until the end? He’s one of those male yandere characters you can’t help but love!
3. Alois Trancy (Kuroshitsuji II)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2010 – September 2010
Alois Trancy has had many hardships such as being kidnapped and turned into a slave. After losing those precious to him, he becomes the head of his household when he goes back, but he’s become strange. Could this have anything to do with his new company: a butler by the name of Claude Faustus?
Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Alois is one violent as hell male yandere. Alois wants nothing more than to gain Claude’s attention to the point that he’ll go as far as to misbehave by stabbing Hannah in the eye, telling her to strip, and cruelly beating Hannah. Kids can be cruel, can’t they? It’s not Alois’ fault, though. Alois just wants some attention. Can’t you see the headlines now? Alois demonstrates that yanderes come in all shapes and sizes. You should never underestimate a child; they may surprise you.
2. Seijuro Akashi (Kuroko no Basuke)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2012 - September 2012
The Generation of Miracles was the basketball team of Teikou Junior High School who was crowned the champion for 3 years in a row thanks to their incredible skills, leaving many in awe. They have since graduated and moved on to separate high schools. Seirin High School has 2 new recruits for the basketball team: Taiga Kagami, whose build and skills prove to be quite promising, and Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman who lacks presence and seems to have nothing extraordinary about him. Little do they know, Kuroko was the phantom member of the Generation of Miracles. Now at Seirin High School, Kuroko will team up with Kagami to defeat each member of the Generation of Miracles and become the top basketball team in Japan!
Seijuro Akashi just cares about his teammates too much. So much so that he is willing to gouge his teammate’s eyes out to ensure victory. That’s what counts, right? Victory. Akashi’s aspirations for his team drive his desire to make them perfect at all costs. In truth, Akashi really cares about his team, but when he feels like he might be left behind, he becomes a yandere so that he can move forward with them. Akashi has some dedication to his team, don’t you agree?
1. Tsukiyama Shuu (Tokyo Ghoul)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
Kaneki Ken is just your normal boy who has a crush on Kamishiro Rize. He asks her out only to find out that she’s a ghoul, a creature who consumes humans! Before she can eat him, there’s an accident which leaves the both of them terribly injured. When Ken awakens to find that he possesses the organs of Rize turning him into half ghoul/half human. Now, he must find a way to live in both the worlds of humans and ghouls.
There is no denying that Shuu belongs at the top of our list! Shuu is one deranged ghoul driven with an obsession with Ken bordering on insanity as not only does he want Ken’s company, Shuu also wants to devour him! What could be a better way of possessing someone than consuming them? The thought for sure drives Shuu into a lustful fit that can only be subdued by suffocating himself with the smell of Ken’s blood soaked into a handkerchief that Shuu always carries around. Now that’s the good stuff! If Shuu isn’t the king of yanderes, who is?
Don’t let male yandere characters be forgotten! Male yanderes need some love too, quite literally. Even though most people talk about female yandere characters, male yandere characters exist, too. They come in all shapes and sizes. You just have to keep an eye out for them.
After reading through this list, do you have a favorite male yandere character on this list? Or do you have someone you think belongs on this list? Don’t forget to share the male yandere love. We’d love to hear it!