mikaela hyakuya is not a yandere, kuudere, or anything other basic characterization trope you can apply to him.
a few weeks ago, a post floated around describing mikaela hyakuya as a yandere. for those unfamiliar with the term, a yandere is:
yandere (plural yandere)
-(chiefly Japanese fiction) A fictional character who fits the archetype of being genuinely romantic, loving, kind, merciful, sparing, sweet and gentle, but is at the same time brutal, psychotic or deranged in behavior. The psychotic tendency can be both sudden and ever-present. Often used for both comedic and dramatic displays of character. (x)
or, in simpler terms:
which isn’t a very friendly term.
the post and idea got shot down very quickly, people went on the defense very quick, claiming how mikaela isn’t a yandere, since his behavorior towards his ‘love interest’ - yuu hyakuya - isn’t ‘psychotic’ or ‘deranged’, which started the idea that mikaela isn’t a yandere, but instead, a kuudere, which is why this post was made.
a kuudere is :
An anime/manga slang term for a character that is cold, blunt, cynical, and pretty much doesn’t care if her beloved dies. That’s what she is on the outside but she is actually caring and nice on the inside. (x)
Allegorically speaking, a kuudere is like snow: it may be cold and harsh at first glance but it is also what keeps autumn’s seeds warm and safe until spring. Similarly, while perhaps appearing apatheticand awfully pragmatic, it is but a frosty mask that protects tender, delicate feelings deep underneath the facade, waiting for someone to melt the snow and allow them to blossom. (x)
the terms, while much nice than calling mikaela a yandere, still holds it’s issues.
it erases the fact that mikaela is an abuse and trauma survivor
mikaela was thrown out of a high-speed vehicle by his mother as a very young child. mikaela then saw the world descend into the apocalypse, him and his family locked into a vampire-feeding farm, only to watch most of his family be murdered brutally by one of the vampire over-seers, then forced to become the very thing his last remaining family member hated with a blood-lust: a vampire.
by calling mikaela a kuudere or yandere it reduces his character down to his love (
obsession) for yuu hyakuya
mikaela hyakuya is a complex character who deals with
- being turned into a vampire, the very thing his family despises
- having to come to terms with the fact that he is a partial vampire
- having to rely on ferid bathory, the very vampire that changed his world for the worse
- loosing his humanity to a growing need for human blood
- the risk of turning into a demon if he doesn’t drink human blood
- the very last of his family being used by the humans
- and an abusive childhood
by reducing him to his obsession/love for yuu, his entire character is reduced to nothing but an over-powered love interest of the main character, ignoring his plot relevance for favor of romance.
tdlr; referring to mikaela as a yandere of kuudere reduces his character to nothing but a cheap hallmark-romance cut-out.