Crazy Jealous Guy

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"Well I'd rather see you dead, little girl

Than to be with another man"
The Beatles, "Run For Your Life"

When we say Love Makes You Crazy, we're not kidding. Meet the Spear Counterpart to the Clingy Jealous Girl. Combining the Deadly Sins of Envy and Wrath, nothing pushes his Berserk Button faster than seeing another guy or girl look at his guy or girl (or, worse, his guy or girl look at another guy or girl).

The main differences in gender treatment is that the irrationally jealous female partner is often used as an element of comedy or treated as supposedly "normal" behavior for a woman, whereas the irrationally jealous male partner is more likely to be treated as if he has a serious flaw: it's portrayed less sympathetically, criticized more harshly by fans, less frequently played for comedy, and has a higher tendency to either rape the girl/guy he's in love with or Murder the Hypotenuse, rather than drag the object of their affections away by the ear or pummel them with a Hyperspace Mallet. Interestingly, though, at the far end of jealous insanity, the Yandere is far more often female.

However, a guy obviously acting paranoid in a situation where there's no reason for him to be jealous, especially as a Running Gag, makes for comedic gold. As long as the comedy comes from making the guy look like a fool and not from making his partner suffer, it's okay.

Of course, all bets are off when this trope is mixed with the Boys Love Genre or Ho Yay, which is certainly not all that rare; in fact, the biggest Played for Laughs examples tend to come from this field.

May double as a Stalker with a Crush or Prince Charming Wannabe.

Examples of Crazy Jealous Guy include:

Anime and Manga

  • Shiro no Eden: Shuuto is very protective of Mashiro and constantly butts heads with Ai.
  • Oh God, Yusaku from Kimagure Orange Road. Pretty much 90% of his Butt Monkey episodes come from him trying to forcibly get in Hikaru's good graces, no matter wha she thinks about it. In fact, Hikaru openly tells him she's not interested in him but on Kyousuke, but Yusaku simply refuses to listen to her.
  • Kyo from Black Bird can slip into this towards Misao at times.
  • Ayashi no Ceres: Shiso/The Progenitor to Ceres - stalking her across time, killing one of their own children due to jealousy.
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge: Hoshi over Nino. She barely even notices.
  • Shiva of Saint Beast, to Yandere Murder the Hypotenuse levels.
  • Girls Love manga Shiroi Heya no Futari ends with one of the girls being stabbed by a jealous male suitor.
  • Usami Akihiko of Junjou Romantica. He said himself that if Misaki ever attempts to leave, he will lock him up so no one can take him away. Fortunately Usami hasn't acted on it... yet. Nowaki and Shinobu have their moments as well.
  • Takano Masamune from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi over Onodera, although it tends to be more subtle than the usual examples of this trope.
  • Rolo Lamperouge of Code Geass towards Lelouch, with a bit of Yandere and Tyke Bomb mixed in. The results were not pretty. Poor Shirley.
  • Kunō from Ranma ½, except that he's more low-key than the girls and rarely Glomp the girls he's interested in. (Kunō because, unless he catches them by surprise, Akane and Ranma beat his head in for trying. Mousse, though, is one of these through and through—even the fact his antics usually get him beaten up (by either the girl he chases or by someone he Glomps by mistake) fails to dissuade him. (All Played for Laughs, of course.)
    • Also, whenever Akane seemingly shows interest in anyone other than him, Ranma's jealousy knows no bounds.
  • Wolfram from Kyou Kara Maou, who harbors a borderline obsessive jealousy in regards to his accidental fiance Yuuri.
    • Sara is a borderline possessive Yandere in regards to Yuuri.
  • Ryota Miyagi from Slam Dunk. One of his first appearances has him weeping river tears, screaming and punching the light out of Sakuragi because he mistook him for Ayako's boyfriend.
  • JJ from FAKE, who keeps following his "sempai" Dee Laytner and clinging to him. He gets over it, lets go of Dee willingly... and gets a boyfriend (sorta) in the epilogue.
    • Dee can move completely into this trope at warp-speed if he feels motivated enough. Ryo can also suffer from Green-Eyed Monster syndrome on occasion, and when he does...

Dee: And holy shit, but you can be an awfully catty bitch!

  • Gokudera from Katekyo Hitman Reborn. He sticks to Tsuna like no one else does and constantly tries to get people who start becoming "overly close" with Tsuna killed (and this is done in a comedic way). He becomes unreasonably jealous of anyone who is close to Tsuna, and is even shown watching Tsuna and getting incredibly pissed at Yamamoto for being so friendly with him. Not to mention his violent reaction when Chrome kisses Tsuna.
  • Gopher of Soul Eater is Noah's borderline personal Fan Boy. He beats Kid to a bloody pulp twice for having Noah's attention and gets extremely pissed off when Maka turns out to have the same uniqueness that made Noah apparently apparently have a fleeting interest in Gopher. This gets VERY bad when Noah decides that he wants to have Maka as well. Mind you that Gopher is featured in all of three chapters.
    • It doesn't get any better. With his chance of killing Maka gone, Gopher beats up Kid some more until realising that while hitting him doesn't achieve anything, showing him something asymmetrical does. He exploits this until Noah turns up and takes Kid away.
  • Sakuya from Sensual Phrase. He even goes so far as nearly raping Aine out of sheer jealousy / possessiveness when he thinks that Aine had sex with another boy.
  • Furuichi from Xam'd: Lost Memories, who held a strong love for Haru and a strong jealousy towards Akiyuki. Things didn't work out well for him.
  • Naoki of Jazz, leading to a particularly horrible Kick the Dog moment with his lover.
  • Atsushi Otani from Lovely Complex is a bit like this towards Risa Koizumi, but subtler than the standard.
  • Just like Yuno is a Clingy Jealous Girl for Yukiteru in Mirai Nikki, Akise is a Crazy Jealous Guy for him too. But while Yuno is more violent, Akise is more manipulative.
  • Prince Diamond and Ali are this for Usagi (Ali is also like this for En) in Sailor Moon.
    • And Fiore for Mamoru in the R movie.
    • Also Umino acts like this in regards to Naru to a mild extent.
    • And Saffir tends to become this towards his brother Demando whenever Demando is obsessing over Sailor Moon, yet never really crosses the line. He does admit in the anime that he's jealous of Moon—and to Demando's Clingy Jealous Girl Esmeraude, even!
  • Haguro Dou from Wolf Guy Wolfen Crest. If you think a logical reaction to someone talking to your special someone (in his case an anti-social werewolf) is to beat that someone within an inch of their life, bite out their tongue, and sodomize them, you probably qualify for the crazy part pretty well.
    • Even more so: his "reaction" to learning that said antisocial werewolf Likes Older Women and has a crush on their Hot Teacher was kidnapping said teacher, having her repeatedly and brutally gangraped and drugged to make her enjoy her own rape, and videotaping it so he'd be able to release this to the internet.
  • Black Cat: Creed for Train.
  • Full Metal Panic!: Gauron for Sousuke. Nothing pisses him off more than seeing Sousuke hanging out with his friends, or just simply having a life besides fighting Gauron. Gauron's reaction normally involves trying to eliminate these people in violent ways.
  • Ryoki from Hot Gimmick for Hatsumi. He's utterly obsessed with Hatsumi and while he at first just wants her to be his "slave" he eventually makes her his girlfriend. She's reluctant about getting involved with him because he always seemed "scary" and she was genuinely terrified of him for a bit, due to an incident when they were younger where she suspected that he pushed her down the stairs. She gradually develops feelings for him, but still has moments where she feels extremely put off and scared of his overly possessive and violent nature. His violent obsession over her develops to the extent where he firmly states that she's not allowed to even think of/love any other guy except him, even if it's her own brother. He also demands that she should keep conversations with all men under one minute, answer the phone on the first ring when he calls, show up at least an hour early to all dates, and often overreacts when a male's name is mentioned in conversation, even if it's just her little brother. If he happens to see her with another guy he tends to go off on a jealous rage and hit her. And, at one point, she tells him she can't be with him anymore when he orders her to make the impossible decision of choosing between him or her family. When she leaves him he states "That stupid woman...If she can't be mine she should just die." She eventually gets back together with him though and even agrees to marry him at the end in the hope that he'll start being nicer to her if she stays with him. However, in the novels it's stated that Hatsumi has left him to be with Shinogu, her Unlucky Childhood Friend.
  • Saito is one for Louise in The Familiar of Zero, though definitely not to the extent that Louise is a Clingy Jealous Girl for him.
  • Maki in Darker than Black, (despite being a cute little kid), right down to trying to murder the guy his crush is in love with.
  • Pandora Hearts: Gilbert for Oz and Vincent for his brother Gilbert.
  • On Ah! My Goddess, Urd's ex boyfriend Troubador was one of these. According to Urd, back when they were dating he would use his powers to make bugs and insects crawl out of the bodies of any man who tried to flirt with her. He tried the same thing on Keiichi when he mistakenly believed Keiichi and Urd were seeing each other.
  • Tokiwa from Ask Dr. Rin spends the first few episodes either trying to win Meirin over or Murder the Hypotenuse, even if said "winning her over" means trapping her in a potential And I Must Scream situation. This is subverted, once the demon who had been posessing him was exorcised. The actual Tokiwa is very sweet, if a little doofy, Chick Magnet who Just Wants His Beloved To Be Happy.
  • In Okane ga Nai, you have Kanou and Ayase. Long story shot: Kanou is ridiculously jealous and possessive, and hates Ayase even having contact with anyone other than him. Considering that Ayase is adorably cute and has Even the Guys Want Him to an extreme that may eventually shift genres into sci-fi territory (no, seriously, he has been nearly been raped so many times that it's just not funny, and there has been Wild Mass Guessing that he will turn out to be some alien creature that secrets pheromones to everyone that crosses his path), and Ayase has the survival instinct of a newborn bunny rabbit in a six-lane interstate highway, you can almost forgive the guy for being so protective. However, Kanou has huge issues telling Ayase that he loves him, and so if anyone even hints that they show an interest in him, he shows his affection in ... er...other more painful ways.
  • In Corsair, after discovering that Sesaam is alive and thinking Canale is going back to him Ayace goes into crazy jealous mode and rapes Canale.
    • Of course, Canale had just half-an-hour before rejected Sesaam because he realised he was in love with Ayace. Ouch. Wrong choice, Canale.
  • In the manga Love Pistols, this is both Played for Laughs and played straight. Norririn acts like this in true Clingy Jealous Girl fashion whenever Kunimasa pays too much attention to anyone else, but he's never really serious about it, and he's in fact so uncertain about Kunimasa's feelings for him that when Kunimasa tries to play off their relationship like it doesn't mean anything to him, Norririn is incredibly hurt and breaks up with him. However, this trope is then played completely straight in Kunimasa who actually can't stand the thought of anyone else touching Norririn, and acts rather more violently if this occurs.
  • Invoked by Kaoru in Virgin Love. The reason he shuns romantic relationships is his fear of becoming like his man-crazy mother. His prediction does come true, but Daigo is willing to accept the madly jealous side of him and convinces him to give their relationship a chance.
  • Harry in Outlaw Star is very much this with additional stalker tendencies whenever he is around Melfina, and becomes irrational to the point of violence when she repeatedly rejects his advances and starts to spend a lot of time with Gene. On that note, Gene also acts like this around Melfina at times, though definitely not to the extent that Harry does.
  • Kisshu from Tokyo Mew Mew towards Ichigo.
  • In Happy Yarou Wedding, Todou has his moments when he thinks Yuuhi's cheating in any way.
  • Rolan of Marchen Awakens Romance shows signs of this during the Ghost Chess arc when Alviss tells him that Phantom likes him better. Cue, the two start fighting.
  • Let Dai: Dai. Ladies, Jaehee is off-limits. Seriously.
  • Swordfish towards Sen in Under Grand Hotel. He threatens anyone who expresses an interest in Sen with death, has sex with Sen to the point where it nearly kills Sen, tries to strangle him, kills the guys who raped Sen saying that he did it for Sen's sake even after Sen told him not to kill them, moves out of Sen's room and lets a rapist move in when angry with Sen, and slices the throat of another one of Sen's rapists right in front of him while saying "I love you, Sen." This being after he tried to get Sen to kill the guy himself but Sen refused. And his unhealthy obsession with Sen only continues and increases throughout the manga.
    • And Norman's in love with Swordfish but pretended to be in love with Sen so he could get closer to Swordfish. He tried to persuade Swordfish to kill Sen but that didn't work. So, on one occasion when there was a scuffle going on he tried to get Sen out of the way by stabbing him with a pencil but accidentally ends up stabbing his inmate Walter instead who was trying to protect Sen in the hope of getting protection from Swordfish. When he finds this out, Norman holds a knife to Walter's neck telling him, "If you don't want to die, don't butt in again Walter!"
    • Also, Lain Brody. In the first few scenes we see him in he gives Sen a blowjob, strips him, drugs him and outright molests him as he's drugged (including telling him "No way in hell am I letting Sword Fish kill you. Because he doesn't love you. I'm the only one that can kill you."), rapes him with a mop handle, ties him up and hides him in a dryer. And when Swordfish finds Sen he gives him CPR. Lain responds to this by stabbing Fish in the arm with a fork and tries to stab him again while screaming at him, "Get off of Sen! He belongs to me!" Immediately after that Lain is shot and killed by security guards.
  • Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru: Luka is a mild version towards Yuki in both his male incarnation and female incarnation. He gets very noticeably pissed off and annoyed whenever he sees anyone touching or acting friendly with Yuki. He's also very protective of him.
  • Q-Ta of Honey Hunt over Yura.
  • Bokura ga Ita: Yano has a hard time trusting Nanami completely, displaying jealousy and possessiveness, even to the point of physically abusing her.
  • Ai no Kusabi has Guy. Riki's Unlucky Childhood Friend. He is so in love with Riki, not only does he give him an unwanted penectomy to remove the pet ring that was on his penis upon being told that as long as Riki wears Iason's pet ring he'll never be free of him, but he also blows up an entire fortress to kill Iason, Riki's lover.
    • Iason Mink himself is one of these, and like Guy, he becomes extremely obsessed with Riki. It's not touched upon in the OVA, but the novel and audio drama have scenes where Riki slept with a female pet and he was subsequently brutally tortured by Iason for "betraying" him.
  • In the manga Desire Climax both Hina and Shoei demonstrate these tendencies towards Mio. Hina even more so, since on many occasions, despite his cute and angelic appearance, he has demonstrated a chilling cruel streak and a manipulative personality; basically he wants Mio and is apparently willing to use tricks, blackmail, lies, and outright attempted rape to separate her from Shoei. He has even gone so far as to trick a half-blind Shoei into thinking he was Mio so he could attempt to seduce him, later telling Mio that he didn't do that because he loves Shoei, rather he did it because he would be "willing to do anything if it means I could separate you from that guy". He himself proudly admits that he's crazy when Mio calls him out on his actions and attempts to seduce her. Thankfully, both he and Shoei mellow out eventually.
  • Naoe from Mirage of Blaze expresses tendencies of this sort towards Kagetora. He was prepared to kill Kagetora and himself so that Kagetora will "never belong to anyone else". He also murders the hypotenuse by raping Kagetora's lover and later on forcing Kagetora to possess her to save his life.
  • Osanai from Paprika tries to outright molest Paprika as he tells her that he loves her and later tries to strangle someone who tried to take Paprika away from him.
  • Souma Saiki from Sakura Gari shows these traits towards Masataka, but later mellows out. However his possessiveness does go to horribly creepy levels before he lets go, involving raping Masataka and then blackmailing him to have sex with him. It's only after his suicide attempt, which was triggered by Masataka actually snapping on him due to his abuse, that he shows Masataka how much he really cares for him and their relationship stabilises.
    • Sakurako Saiki, revealed to be a boy named Youya, is frighteningly possessive of his brother Souma, tortures every single servant boy/girl that Souma takes as a lover, and hates Masataka because he is the object of Souma's affections.
    • Katsuragi is revealed to be really crazy for Souma as well, so much so that he rapes and tortures Masataka, ordering him to stay away from Souma and sticks his hand in boiling hot water. Katsuragi later holds Souma down and tells him "you belong to me" and attempts to strangle him when Souma starts talking about Masataka right before Souma manages to brilliantly fight him back. It's later revealed that he tried to help Souma kill his abusive stepmother (Sakurako's mom) when Souma was angry with her for her abuse. However, when Souma ultimately couldn't go through with it, Katsuragi grabbed Souma's hand (that held a knife) and made him slice his mother's wrists, and raped him that same night.
  • Gilbert from Kaze to Ki no Uta. Make sure to befriend Auguste at your own risk. Auguste himself is an even worse offender towards Gilbert.
  • And then there's how annoyed and angry Genkaku from Deadman Wonderland gets whenever he sees the possibility of a girl getting close to Nagi (in regards to Shiro, he is shown being extremely agitated, wondering what relationship she has with Nagi, and saying that Nagi never learns, and that he'll just have to punish him again (which he tries by attempting to have Shiro and Karako raped). In regards to Karako, he stabs her when she hugs Nagi, telling her, "Don't touch my carnage, you shitty girl"). And later, Nagi does a double suicide with Genkaku, holding him down so Ganta can kill him. Genkaku appears extremely happy, and calls Nagi his "savior". It's especially interesting to note that he was also the one that killed Nagi's wife in the beginning.
  • Griffith from Berserk acted a lot like one of these towards Guts in the past. After Guts left the Hawks Griffith's life went to hell and he grew to hate Guts and obsess over Casca instead. The reveal that Guts and Casca were lovers would ultimately cause Griffith to snap.
  • Fushigi Yuugi: Suboshi for Yui.
  • Katou from Haru wo Daiteita can drift into this territory when Iwaki is concerned. And he tends to react badly if anyone hurts him.
  • The yaoi manga Kawaii Akuma (and its sequel) has Naruse towards Akiyoshi.
  • Kizuna: Ranmaru acts like this a bit about Enjouji, but it's nowhere near the serious extent to which Enjouji acts around Ranmaru. Apparently it's In the Blood because his half-brother Kai acts the same way around first Ranmaru, and then Masa.
    • Then of course, there's Jack, who will kill you if you sleep with Roy. No, literally. He will take a sniper gun and put a bullet through your brain if you fuck his boyfriend.
  • Marmalade Boy: Kei is maybe the worst among Miki's suitors in regards to this. In the anime, however, he does get better.
  • Karakuridouji Ultimo: Rune towards Yamato.
  • Haou Airen: Hakuron. And in the end, Kaafai. Very ironically, he kills Hakuron, the one who drove over the edge.
  • Reimei no Arcana: Caesar can get quite clingy and easily jealous when it comes to Nakaba. Also, Chapter 21 seemingly hints that Loki has feelings for Nakaba and is jealous of Caesar's relationship with her.
  • Suzu of Peacemaker Kurogane towards Yoshida and later towards Tetsunosuke.
  • GetBackers: Takuma Fudou over Ban. At one point he says to Ginji Ban's Heterosexual Life Partner "When you're around, Midou doesn't even notice me. Midou's eyes are not on me... because you're in the way!" and attempts to kill Ginji.
  • Kazehaya of Kimi ni Todoke is this to Sawako, although as a minor and played completely sympathetic trait.
  • Alois of Black Butler has tendencies of this sort towards Claude and Sebastian towards Ciel, once stating that "Young master is mine."
  • Gendo towards Yui in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Also, in the Angelic Days manga, Kaworu is Shinji's childhood friend, and is severely possessive of the boy when Asuka or Rei get too close.
  • In episode 17 of D.N.Angel Saehara acts like one of these for Mio Hio. And in episode 23 Kael acts like one for Freedert.
  • In the manga Lilim Kiss, Souma, the one who previously released the titular succubus hated the fact Lilim did not drain him exclusively and went out to other guys during the night despite his attempts to force her to stay with him alone he ended up sealing her in a jealous rage. Upon learning she was released and didn't remember him and stayed with Takaya exclusively even though Takaya never threatened her, he steals the pendent and seals Lilim again so she will be his and his alone.
  • Tamaki of Ouran High School Host Club can sometimes fall into this in regards to Haruhi. He's mostly harmless though and a lovable idiot.
  • Kiniro no Corda: Yunoki shows mild signs of this early on when Hino is first getting close to Hihara; i.e., the minor chord and ominous background that occurs as he watches Hino and Hihara joke around. Fortunately, he shifts gears pretty quickly after he gets to know Hino better and Hihara displays genuine interest in her. He also shows subtle signs of this towards Hino, getting somewhat jealous when he heard she was hanging out with Tsukimori, Tsuchira, and Hihara in one chapter in the manga and later asking her privately if he can't have "fun" with her too. Also, Tsuchira for Hino.
  • Touji of Peach Girl for Momo.
  • Love Hina: Much like Naru's a Clingy Jealous Girl for Keitaro and is not a fan of girls hitting on him. Keitaro's not a fan of guys hitting on Naru either, although he mostly just angsts privately about it.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss. He normally is a regular asshole to the heroine Nanami but should another man even look at her, much less talk to her, watch out.
  • This is hinted at just once in Fullmetal Alchemist (manga only), when the Animated Armor serial killer Barry the Chopper attacks Riza Hawkeye. Because she shoots him instead of freaking out and screaming, he decides that he's in love with her. She puts in a call to her commanding officer, Roy Mustang, who arrives on the scene to witness Barry putting his arms around her waist. It's quite obvious that Riza is not happy with the situation, and Roy reacts by literally growling and putting on his ignition gloves, telling her to move out of the way so he can set Barry on fire for the impertinence. (This is the first hint in the story that the relationship between Roy and Riza isn't exactly platonic.)
  • Saionji towards Anthy in Revolutionary Girl Utena.
  • Nabari no Ou: Raikou looks mildly annoyed whenever Gau interacts with or talks about Yoite. It's almost like he's jealous. Both Raikou and Gau state at some point that they would do anything for each other. Gau is so devoted to Raikou that he's willing to kill himself to make Raikou happier. Raikou, for his part, is protective of Gau to the point that when a mook hurts Gau, Raikou goes completely berserk, kills him, and mutilates his dead body.
  • Stepping on Roses: Nozomu. To insane proportions. He even goes so far as to go around with an ax "Here's Johnny" style trying to catch Sumi "cheating on him" As if he couldn't get any creepier, finding out that Sumi is his sister makes him even MORE obsessed with her.
  • Kyo of Fruits Basket turns into a very mild version of this around every guy who has some sort of relationship with Tohru, whom he eventually marries.
  • Date Masamune from Gate 7 is a Crazy Jealous Guy Played for Laughs. He's a Chaotic Good just because his "kitten" Hana is in the Urashichiken, he get lose in his own Imagine Spot of Hana when he should being kicking ass and since his subordinate's main job is scold him when he gets over the line, Hilarity Ensues. But let's not forget he tries to Murder the Hypotenuse twice.
  • Hana no Mizo Shiru: Kawabata acts very possessively towards Misaki, ostensibly out of jealousy. He apparently interrogates him about any acquaintances he makes at his university - and then he really doesn't like it when Misaki hooks up with Arikawa.
  • Naruto used to be one for Sakura when he considered turning into Sasuke in order to make Sakura hate Sasuke because she had a crush on him.
  • Tsukiyama Shuu of Tokyo Ghoul is one of these for Kaneki. He has an impressive freakout when Touka bites Kaneki, screaming at her "He belongs to me!" He also thinks how he will never let anyone else eat Kaneki but him.


  • Moose of Archie Comics is notorious for beating guys to a pulp, or threatening to do so, for as much as asking his girlfriend Midge for the time. Of these guys, only Reggie has ever actually made a move on her. Always Played for Laughs. One 1970s story exaggerates this by having Moose angrily ask Midge why Big Ethel was talking to her. When Midge points out that Ethel's a girl, Moose says, "Duh, well she don't look like no girl I ever saw."
  • Dirk in Luann (who just so happened to unexpectedly show up recently, ostensibly as their garbageman).
  • Subverted in the Elf Quest story "Moonshade". Moonshade and Strongbow are lifemates, by the fandom sometimes labelled "the only remotely monogamous couple". In this story, Ahnshen falls in love with Moonshade. Strongbow gets pretty ticked off, to the point of tackling Ahnshen and taking him to task—for beating around the bush rather than getting to the point already.

Fan Fiction

Light: I know I can win him back if he'll just visit me in person once.
Rem: You sound like Misa.

Films -- Animation

  • Gaston of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. His Villainous Breakdown begins when he realizes Belle is in love with the Beast, sending him downward into full-on murderous Yandere mode.
  • Hal, Jonah Hill's character in Megamind, who goes crazy after Roxanne rejects him for "intellectual dweeb" Bernard, who is actually Mega Mind in disguise.

Films -- Live Action

  • Jake La Motta in Raging Bull.
  • Paul Snider from Star80. Based on a True Story.
  • Alfred of Unfaithfully Yours, who tries to murder his wife when he believes that she's been cheating on him. Played for Black Comedy, especially when he turns out to be too inept to actually pull off the murder.
  • For some reason, the 2009 Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film portrayed Holmes as this when it comes to Watson's engagement to Mary Morstan.
  • The eponymous character in any film adaptation of Othello.
  • Heathcliff in any film adaptation of Wuthering Heights
  • Don Jose in any film adaptation of Carmen or the updated Carmen Jones. In the Rita Hayworth adaptation The Loves of Carmen the eponymous character seems to have this effect on almost every man she meets.
  • Although not initially seeming to embody this trope Alistair Stewart from The Piano proves to be a crazy jealous guy.
  • Although Reggie Kray from the Based on a True Story film The Krays wasn't depicted as being habitually jealous around his wife he did attack two men he suspected of flirting with her
  • Jeremy Irons in Damage, if you consider traveling from London to Paris to spy on someone crazy. Anna's deceased brother seems to have been an even more extreme example of this trope.
  • Lost Highway. Mr Eddy: Her name is Alice. I swear I love that girl to death. If I ever found out someone was making out with her. I'd take this - pulls out a pistol - and shove it so far up his ass it would come out his mouth. Then you know what I'd do? I'd blow his fuckin' brains out.
    • Also Fred Madison (Bill Pullman).
  • Played for laughs with Otto in A Fish Called Wanda
  • Essex Boys has Jason Lock who gets insanely jealous over suspicions that his wife had been unfaithful while he was in prison despite the fact that he constantly cheated on her.
  • Dr. Frank N Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sure, he flirts with nearly everyone in the film. But, if he sees Rocky with ANYONE else besides him, he goes into a jealous rage. Janet Weiss (SLUT!) had to learn this the hard way.
  • Human Traffic had the obsessively jealous Koop.
  • Ray in Nil By Mouth.
  • David (Mark Wahlberg) in Fear.
  • Bud towards the end of L.A. Confidential.
  • The Timothy Hutton character in The Temp.
  • Tony Montana over his sister in Scarface.
  • The eponymous character Mark Brandon Chopper Read when he suspects his hooker girlfriend Tanya has been sleeping with his enemy Neville Bartos
  • Revenge of the Sith has Anakin Skywalker starting to develop this. The Novelization makes it much, much clearer. In both cases, he strangled his wife believing that she'd turned against him to be with Obi-Wan.
  • In Villain, when the Villain Protagonist Shimizu's girlfriend stands him up to go off with another guy, Shimizu follows them and kills her.
  • Martin (Patrick Bergman) from Sleeping with the Enemy.
  • Charles from The Unfaithful Wife and Edward from the American remake Unfaithful although generally a sane, mild-mannered men murder the men their wives have been cheating on them with
  • Ace Rothstein (Robert de Niro) in Casino fired a young employee of his just for saying his wife was beautiful
  • Hot head Tommy Joe Pesci in Goodfellas is seen telling his girlfriend not to talk to any men while he goes to the other side of the room and she comments that he gets so jealous he would kill her for looking at anyone else
  • John from Boys Don't Cry was motivated by jealousy over Lana as well as homophobia when he rapes and murders Brandon
  • In Bruges: Eirek
  • Theres a scene in Show Me Love were Jessica has to break up a fight between her boyfriend and another boy chatting her up
  • Morrell in A Room For Romeo Brass
  • City of God has Shorty and Lil Ze
  • In Secret Window, The Reveal of who the killer is and what his motive truly is.
  • Toby and Jake in U Turn
  • Duncan and Charlie don't like the amount of attention Jason pays Kelly in Mystery Team.
  • Sidney in Layer Cake.
  • Johnny in Mickey Blue Eyes.
  • Cal in Titanic.
  • The Duke in Moulin Rouge.
  • Bill in Kill Bill.
  • William in The Edge Of Love
  • Bobby (played by Fred Savage) in the TV movie No One Would Tell towards his girlfriend Stacy to the point of physical abuse and even killing her.
  • Cherry Bomb features Luke's major possessiveness over Malachy.
  • Johnny and Ballard in Gilda
  • The Judge in Sweeney Todd
  • The eponymous character witnesses her father acting this way towards her mother in Gia
  • Takeo Saeki from The Grudge series. It was his insane jealousy and how he acted upon it that started the curse in the first place.
  • Harkin in Horrible Bosses
  • Guy in Swimming with Sharks
  • Albert Spica in The Cook, the Thief, his Wife, and her Lover
  • Blue in Sucker Punch: creepy, violent, possessive, moody, delusional, obsessive, creepy, mood swingy, twisted sense of ownership, disrespectful, and insane.
  • Gripper Burke in Carry On Loving
  • William Billy Bedlam Bedford in Con Air. Finds his wife in bed with another man and responds by murdering her entire family


  • Othello. The title character ends up becoming one. This being a Shakespearean tragedy, the results are...unfortunate.
  • Enid had a boyfriend like this in Sweet Valley High.
  • Jimi Deed (based on Tommy Lee) from the Pamela Anderson semi-autobiographical Starstruck
  • Erik in The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Both Gilbert Markham and Arthur Huntingdon in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall—the former takes his rage out on his perceived rival, the latter on his wife.
  • Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights (must be a Bronte sisters thing).
  • Dom Casmurro: The main character, a lawyer named Bentinho, seems to be truly crazy and obsessed with the thought of his wife cheating him with his best friend. However, since he's also the narrator, it's not clear if it was true or just pure madness.
  • In The Alien Series, this is Kitty's type, although she's not sure if she's attracted to them or they're attracted to her.
    • Martini gets upset when Kitty spends time alone with other men and even tries to make her change her ringtone, "My Best Friend", for her male best friend.
    • Kitty's ex-boyfriend Brian was so clingy and demanding that she dumped him for it. Ten years later, he's still not over her.
  • "Hollyoaks" has Brendan Brendan for his on again off again boyfriend Ste Hay.
  • There was a Fear Street miniseries based around a girl with an insanely jealous boyfriend who murdered several people for getting too close to her, including guys he spotted on dates with his girlfriend's roommates who had borrowed her clothes. It's eventually revealed that the girl has multiple personalities, and her "boyfriend" as well as her roommates are all her own alter-egos.
  • Shadow of the Templar: Simon, in Chapter 10.5 of Double Down, takes out his jealousy of Jeremy's ex-boyfriend on Jeremy. It's not played for laughs.

Live Action TV

  • On Cafe Americain (short-lived Sitcom from The Nineties starring Valerie Bertenelli), this was Carlo's Catch Phrase, demonstrating his jealousy over anyone making eyes at his girlfriend:

"I kill him! I kill him bad! I kill him two times!"

  • Gavin on Raising the Bar turned this trope Up to Eleven.
  • The eponymous character of House is this towards his best and only friend Dr. Wilson, who in turn is a very friendly, outgoing kind of guy and only came around to being with House once his marriages started failing. As a result, House actively and selfishly works to keep Wilson's relationships with women in pieces so he can have him all to himself. Don't think it can be put any straighter than that.
  • Dean from Gilmore Girls. He loathed Tristan simply for the fact that he had classes with Rory; and after Tristan was Put on a Bus, he starts reacting jealously when Rory and Jess start to become friends and continued to antagonize them even after dumping her and she starts to date Jess. Dean's jealous nature re-appears when Rory and Logan become friendly, even though Dean himself is cheating on his wife with Rory and he still loses Rory to a rival in the end.
  • "Hollyoaks" has Brendan Brady over his on again off again boyfriend Ste Hay.
  • Chuck on Gossip Girl can be this way with regards to Blair sometimes.
  • Jez in Peep Show has sent dog shit in the post, peppersprayed, sabotaged the career of, tried to punch and possibly subconsciously tried to murder the men - and in one case a woman - who he considered rivals for whatever woman - Toni, Nancy, Big Suze, Elena etc - he was currently infatuated with. In one episode he got so clingy he was threatened by his girlfriend showing kindness to a homeless man. Mark although less extreme still has elements of this trope in his jealous stalking of Sophie.
  • Family Affairs villain Pete Callen murdered his wife's lover and framed his wife for the crime
  • Andy in Parks and Recreation. After Ann dumps him and begins dating Mark, he goes to great lengths to try and get her back, including moving into a pit in front of her house.
  • Will in The Secret Life of Us went through a phase of being like this and Jason when his ex started a fling with a musician
  • Six Feet Under. Brenda's brother took this to crazy stalkerish levels over her relationship with Nate. Nate himself had a moment of this while stoned, and Russell's behavior bordered on this at Claires art exhibition at the end of series 4
  • Alison's husband in Jimmy Mc Govern.s Accused.
  • Skins: Cook over Effy and Lara's ex when he threatened JJ.
  • Eastenders has Grant Mitchell who put his brother in a coma after discovering he had sex with his 1st wife Sharon, could get very jealous over his 2nd wife Tiffany despite not being in love with her and went on the run from the law for violently beating the man who was sleeping with his 3rd wife Carla. Also Mark Fowler, who threatened to rape his wife when she cheated on him.
  • John in The Lakes, who was intentionally driven crazy by his wife's affair with Chef and other men it was later revealed and the Chef himself had no moral qualms about getting violent over another man and his wife despite the obvious hypocrisy
  • Mac over his wife Catherine in Clocking Off.
  • Lex in The Wire.
  • Pullo over Eirene and Vorenus over Niobe in Rome.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer the identity of the killer in the episode Beauty and the Beasts is a crazy jealous boyfriend.
  • Sean in The Street.
  • Emmerdale. Chris Tate who upon discovering his wife had been cheating on him with his enemy - and her cousin - Cain Dingle went after Cain with a gun then decided Charity was the one he truly hated so he committed suicide and framed her for murder (having recently discovered he had months to live). Cain Dingle himself definitely fits this trope: after being rejected by Angie he stalked her and frightened off any man she got involved with until she was so desperate that she tried to frame him for a crime. He also attacks and/or threatens any man who shows interest in Charity and when he did finally get together with Charity he destroyed the relationship with his suspicions about her and her boss.
  • Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street, when he thought Tracey was cheating on him.
  • Adam Williams in Cold Feet became paranoid about his wife's fidelity in the final series though he never did anything crazy. Adam came across a man like this who punched him after wrongly thinking he was his exes new boyfriend.
  • Played for comedy in Friends. Ross was this way with Rachel and, to a lesser extent, Emily. Chandler had a bit of this with Kathy as well.
  • The Sopranos had a minor character like this who put a man in a coma for talking to his girlfriend. Christopher also had his moments over Adriana.
  • Heathcliff in any TV adaptation of Wuthering Heights and Sparkhouse, based on Wuthering Heights, had the character Andrew who was so jealous at the idea of his ex having sex with someone else that he banged his head against a wall.
  • Oz has a homosexual version of this with Keller's obsession with Beecher, the equally obsessive Ryan O'Reilly over Gloria Nathan and the character Li Chen was doing time for the attempted murder of his girlfriend and the man he saw her kissing
  • Sean Kerrigan in Cracker.
  • Domestic Abuser Christian in Brookside.
  • Neeley in Falling For A Dancer.
  • Susy's husband in Tutti Frutti
  • Bruno Milligan from Footballers Wives made his wife's life a misery with his paranoid suspicions and despite being a constant philanderer Jason Turner seethed with rage at the idea of his wife so much as flirting with another man
  • Despite usually lamenting the fact that he's married to Peg, Al Bundy from Married... with Children frequently reacts like this when other men make advances on her.
  • An episode of Extras had a minor character with dwarfism who got violent with anyone his girlfriend told him had made advances towards her
  • Although he isn't usually a jealous person Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air did once stalk a girlfriend he suspected of two timing him
  • Michael in Brotherhood to the point where he's blinded to the fact the everything else in his life is falling apart.
  • Soames Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga.
  • Played with comedy with Tony in Men Behaving Badly both when he was obsessively pursuing Debra and once he finally got her. In one episode he gets so paranoid he puts his arms possessively around her when a group of 12 year old boys walk past
  • The Inbetweeners. Donovan over Charlotte. Jay borders on this with his obsessiveness over his girlfriend Chloe's whereabouts in the final episode of series 2 although he is a far more gentle example than most of the Crazy Jealous Guys who fit this trope.
  • Rose's husband Len in The Jury
  • Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. The Turkish pimp in series 1. Ally Fraser showed potential to be this when he warned Wayne off Vicky.

Ally: That's mine.
Wayne: Nice car, squire.
Ally: I didn't mean the car.

  • At Home With the Braithwaites had the patriarch David Braithwaite who nearly killed his brother in a fight over his ex Alison and punched another man over her and Mike Hartnoll who threatened his estranged wifes lesbian lover with a gun
  • The Tales from the Crypt episode "Split Second" has Steve Dixon, the head of a logging company who really does not take kindly to his workers cracking jokes about his new wife. He ends up severely beating his newest worker, to the point of blindness, after his unfaithful wife seduces the guy and he catches them in the act.
  • Finn of Glee toward Rachel any time she's dating someone not him: in "Laryngitis" he accompanies Rachel to the doctor's surgery in order to instruct her to break up with Jesse because Jesse doens't 'get her' as well as Finn does, then openly pervs on her as she gets changed behind a screen, and in "Prom Queen" he insults Jesse repeatedly and punches him in the face for slow-dancing with her at the junior prom - while he himself is supposed to be another girl's date.
  • Desperate Housewives: George, a pharmacist, lusted after Bree once she ended their affair together and became jealous of her husband Rex. So he tampered with Rex's prescription drugs by replacing his heart medication with placebos. He also beats up and attempts to kill other people who look like they are trying to come in between him and Bree. He also drugged Bree at one point and was seriously considering taking advantage of her. He eventually proposed to Bree and pressured her into marrying him. After the engagement he became increasingly possessive of her, and increasingly violent.
    • Carlos towards Gabrielle in the first season of Desperate Housewives. She was cheating on him, but he ended up physically assaulting the wrong man twice (both of them turning out to be gay) and getting a prison sentence for it.
  • Gabe of The Office. He's starting to feel real uncomfortable about Erin being around Andy.
  • Arthur from Merlin doesn't appreciate Guinevere having close friendships with any other males (except Merlin) and becomes a Green-Eyed Monster every time she seems particularly fond of any one other than him. When he catches her and Lancelot in an embrace, he attacks Lancelot and would have killed him had Guinevere not thrown herself between them.
  • Jealocit, a Monster of the Week from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger. He had a crush on Insarn since high school, but when she fell in Love At First Sight with former Carranger Kyosuke Jinnai, he developed BURNING JEALOUSY POWER!!! and nearly defeated the Gokaigers. Then Kyosuke (who had no interest in being a vertex of this Love Triangle) mediated the situation...and the Gokaiger kick his butt.
  • Eli from Degrassi. He goes crazy after Clare starts talking to Fitz, and acts this way towards Imogen when they date. He finds out that it isn't related to his mental illness, he's just possessive.
  • Jesse from 1000 Ways to Die's segment "Hydrau-licked" was this towards his girlfriend Pinkie. Considering this is a show about freaky deaths, he becomes the Asshole Victim when he ends up getting his "love rival"'s car dropped on him.
  • Junior from Under the Dome. After Angie breaks up with him, he follows her around, sees her bumming a smoke off another guy, and decides to kidnap her and keep her locked up in his bomb shelter—for her own good, of course, because the dome coming down clearly scrambled her brains and made her stop loving him, so he has to keep her safe until it lifts. He also tries to Murder the Hypotenuse, only Barbie has no idea what he's talking about and easily kicks his ass.
  • In Orange Is The New Black Healy freaks out and puts Piper in isolation when he sees her dancing provocatively with Alex as it is implied that he has a crush on he.


  • Run For Your Life by The Beatles.
  • Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix.
  • Eminem has several songs about this trope. Most infamously his controversial murder ballad "Kim" but also "Crazy In Love", "Love You More" and "Love the Way You Lie"
  • "King Kong" by Ben Weiner. Youtube link.
  • "Next Contestant" by Nickelback.
  • Insane Clown Posse discuss the consequences of this trope in their recent song: "Over A Bitch".
  • The Shania Twain song Don't Be Stupid is about the plight of a woman very much in love with her crazy jealous boyfriend who interrogates her for making phone calls, talking to other men or even painting her nails


  • This turns out to be the Fatal Flaw of Othello, which is used by Manipulative Bastard Iago to ruin him and ends up costing poor innocent Desdemona her life.
  • Leontes in A Winters Tale, played for dark comedy—dark because of the tragic consequences, comedy because everyone lampshades how absurd his accusations are against his wife and best friend.
  • Don Jose in Carmen.

Video Games

  • BlazBlue has Jin Kisaragi, who is a crazy Yandere for his brother Ragna. And Jin's not-quite-girlfriend Tsubaki is a Clingy Jealous Girl for him.
  • If Persona 3 Portable's Female Protagonist forms a romantic relationship with Akihiko Sanada, he shows some shades of this. It's mostly played for laughs and mostly directed at Ken Amada, who is surprisingly capable of holding his own against it.
  • In NieR supplemental material, it turns out that Jakob is actually kind of a possessive jerk about his brother. After their mom left and Gideon still worried about her, he told Gideon robots tore their father to shreds and boarded up the windows so Gideon could only leave one way. Heck, he even thought about breaking his legs to keep him there.

Visual Novels

  • Hisao from Katawa Shoujo isn't normally this, but develop slight tendences if you pursue Emi Ibarazaki's route. He's more passive-aggressive than outwardly aggressive, though, and he snaps fast out of it: he suspects that she's getting close to the track team captain... but it turns out they're sort-of Platonic Life Partners instead, as said captain is gay. Emi has a good laugh at Hisao's expense when she finds out.

Web Comics

  • In Sinfest, Uncle Sam is frequently characterized like this, being paranoid about Lady Liberty cheating on him, and/or sending the FBI to spy on her. Obviously, it's "commentary" for the US terrorist-paranoia that followed 9-11...
  • Diego from Gunnerkrigg Court towards Jeanne. It's heavily implied that he sent Jeanne on a mission he knew would result in her death when he realized that she would never love him like she loved her forest-bound boyfriend.
  • Deimos to Cain, and evidently Cain to Abel in the web comic Starfighter.
  • Sergio from This Is the Worst Idea You've Ever Had is this turned up to 11. While Nicole finds him charming and mysterious, her friends are immediately wary of him due to how rude and dismissive he is of them, and they had a good reason to be worried: it's revealed that he's a vampire who had a habit of becoming obsessed with a girl, turning her into a vampire so they can be "together forever" before eventually losing interest in her and moving on to another victim - and he intends to do this to Nicole, whether she wants it or not.

Web Original

L: Well Light, you're taking this rather well.
Light: I'm gonna kill that son of *bleeeeeeeep*

Western Animation

  • Ulrich of Code Lyoko.
  • Zuko in the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Beach."
  • Wally towards Kuki in Kids Next Door. Also King Sandy, though by his last appearance he hooks up with Kuki's sister.
  • One of Dino Spumoni's songs on Hey Arnold! was called "You Better Not Touch My Gal", which starts with the lyrics "You better not touch my gal, / or I'll pop you in the kisser, pal!" and ends with the line "... you'll never eat solid food again!"
    • And then there's Arnie at the end of Arnold's dream in "Arnold Visits Arnie".
  • Finn in Adventure Time becomes this when Jake makes Tiffany his best friend (by the way, he's a boy).
  • Family Guy: Peter Griffin to Lois, to the point where he beats up a movie screen with Hugh Grant on it, a dolphin and his own reflection in the mirror.
    • Also, Stewie has shown to act in such a way towards whomever is the newest object of his affections, male or female. Like in the episode "Stewie Loves Lois" when Stewie jealousy tells Brian to stop hitting on Lois after he becomes adoring of her.
    • In the episode "Peter's Got Woods" James Woods and Peter become good friends after Brian gets a girlfriend and they start spending a lot of time together. However, this causes James to become very obsessed with Peter to the point of acting jealous of Brian
    • Jeff from "Screams of Silence"
  • Total Drama Island: Trent, Trent, a thousand times Trent.
  • Larry from Time Squad becomes insanely jealous when he starts suspecting that Tuddrussel and Sheila (Tuddrussel's ex-wife) are developing feelings for each other again. That entire episode, "Ex Marks The Spot", is dedicated to Larry desperately trying to sabotage their alleged relationship and is one of the most famous ones, particularly for the enormous amounts of one-sided Ho Yay contained in it.

Real Life

  • Jake La Motta, whose obsessive jealousy of his wife was made into the film Raging Bull.
  • A famous example is Burt Pugagh who upon discovering his ex was engaged to another man paid thugs to throw lye in her face permanently blinding her (amazingly she ended up marrying him).
  • Pamela Anderson has claimed Tommy Lee could sometimes be like this.
  • Jenna Jameson writes in her autobiography of having a boyfriend who got so possessive he insisted she didn't wear tampons because he didn't want anything inside her but him.
  • Despite being constantly unfaithful to her OJ Simpson was very jealous of other men showing interest in his wife Nicole both when they were married and after they divorced.
  • John Sweeney, the boyfriend of actress Dominique Dunne, was very jealous, especially over actors with whom she did love scenes. She ended the relationship due to his abuse and possessiveness and was tragically killed by him. He was jailed for six and a half years for manslaughter in 1983. The case provoked considerable controversy due to the perceived leniency of the sentence.
  • Raoul Moat. After getting out of prison his ex told him that she was in a relationship with a police officer (she was actually lying in an attempt to get him to leave her alone). He responded by posting threats to police and others on his Facebook profile and making further detailed threats in two subsequent letters and several phone calls to police stating he would continue to shoot police officers until he was dead. He then shot his ex and her new boyfriend (killing him and seriously injuring her), killed several other innocent bystanders and blinded a policeman. He later committed suicide after a stand off with police. Another ex has since said he raped her as a punishment because he thought she was flirting with another man.
  • Nikki Sixx wrote in the Motley Crue autobiography The Dirt that he planned to shoot his wifes lover in the testicles but realized he would ruin his own life by doing so and he wrote in his own memoir The Heroin Diaries that he planned on getting some bikers to break the legs of the actor Jack Wagner because he thought he had sex with his girlfriend while Motley Crue were touring.
  • According to the Kate Moss biography Addicted To Love Johnny Depp was very insecure about other men he thought were interested in her and went crazy when he saw a half naked photo shoot she did with a male model
  • Eminem was put on probation for assaulting, some say pistol-whipping, the man he claimed he saw kissing his wife Kim.
  • Richard Pryor admitted being like this when in a state of drug-fuelled paranoia
  • Marilyn Manson wrote in his autobiography of witnessing his father behave like this towards his mother
  • There are many, many murders committed by real life Crazy Jealous Guys. A lot of Domestic Abusers also fit this trope.
  • A possible result of having Separation Anxiety, in some cases.