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List of -Dere Types in Anime and Manga


Bakadere (ばかデレ) characters are for the most part very innocent and sweet, but their stupidity outshines their other attributes. They are basically a dim bulb or klutzy girl or boy in love. In other words, this type is quite a ditz or a klutz, and they're like a 10 year old when it comes to love, in the way they swoon over people so easily, and handle it so amateur-ly. Bakadere characters also act childish and air-headed. Some Bakadere characters can also be a tsundere, deredere, or nemuidere. The word is a compound of “baka” (バカ), which means stupid or moron, or fool.


Bodere (ボデレ) don’t know how to handle their embarrassment and use their fists instead of their words. They are similar to tsunderes. The main difference is the lack of dialogue with a bodere. They are like a combination of tsundere and dandere. The term derives from “bo”, possibly derived from “bо̄gen wo haku” (暴言ぼうげんを吐はく, meaning “to rant continuously”).


Byoukidere (病気デレ) refers to a character who is very sweet and kind, but suffers from a physical disease, usually a fatal one. They usually have two fates: one is that they die, and the other is they get some miraculous cure (usually at the hands of the hero). In the case of the latter, they usually end up being the one chosen by the hero. Many byoukideres are confined to wheelchairs or need assistance in getting around. They are often frail and weak physically. The disease causes the byoukidere to become feeble. They are very kind, helpful, and sweet in nature. Usually they are not aggressive when it comes to love, and tend to be shy and reserved in front of others. However, there has been at least one with a tsundere personality. The term derives from the Japanese word “byouki” (病気びょうき), meaning “illness”.


Coodere (コーデレ) may not seem like they care about anything, but they actually do. They start cold, distant, uninterested, and don't pay any attention to potential love interests, but eventually turn lovestruck. Unlike a kuudere, cooderes don't get hostile with other characters, and instead, they ignore them. Cooderes develop feelings, while kuuderes have them all along but keeps them hidden. The “coo” in coodere comes from a more English like version the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “cool” (kuuru, クール), but has a different meaning to kuu.


Dandere (だんデレ) want to be sociable but are either too embarrassed or scared of getting hurt. They tend to fear that saying the wrong thing might get them into trouble, or some other socially awkward situation, so they say nothing to be on the safe side. In nearly all cases, however, they overcome this when befriended and tend to reveal their true selves - sweet, gentle and very friendly people - especially with the ones they love. The “dan” in dandere comes from the Japanese word “danmari” (黙だんまり) meaning “silence”.


Darudere (ダルデレ) characters would rather sit around and show no emotion towards anyone, including their love interest. They are nonchalant to those who they love, but they do express emotions, just usually show no interest in those who like them. This word is a compound of “darui” (ダルい), which means sluggish.


Deredere (デレデレ) characters are very sweet and energetic, whose entire character archetype centres on their love for a single character. They are usually cheerful and happy and they tend to spread happiness to the ones around them. No matter what may happen, they quickly revert to their cheerful self.

Derederes differ from the other types, like tsundere or yandere, as while they are indeed in love with someone, they are still able to develop their characters separate from them along a different path.

The biggest difference between other deres and derederes is that derederes aren't even be fazed by another girl getting along with the person they love, as long as they’re not doing anything harmful to them. They're even completely fine if their love starts to couple with another girl, because that’s just how nice they are. In the end, as long as he is happy, the deredere won’t kick up a huge fuss with whatever happens in the end. They’ll even be nice to all their rivals and have fun in the process.

Derederes are not afraid to show their feelings to the hero, and try to encourage him to be in love with him. For the most part, they will eagerly cuddle up with the hero and hit on him.


Dorodere (ドロデレ) Dorodere characters have Yangire or Yandere thoughts, but usually don't act on them. They appear sweet and lovable on the outside, but are twisted or disturbed on the inside for whatever reason. Doroderes could also have mental problems , illnesses and disorders. Dorodere characters will slowly or unexpectedly show their violent side to their loved ones and people. Doroderes are very unpredictable and can strike at any moment. The word is derived from the terms “dorodoro” (ドロドロ), meaning muddled or confused.


Hajidere (はじデレ) characters are basically a dandere set to extreme. They will constantly blush near their love interest, and might even faint from being so bashful. They have a ton of trouble confessing, so the love interest should make the first move. Although if the love interest does, the hajidere might faint before they answer. This word is a compound of “haji” (恥はじ), which means embarrassment.


Himedere (ひめデレ) demand to be treated like royalty by his or her loved ones, even if they are not royalty. Himedere characters are very similar to tsundere characters, but too “princess-like” to be one.

They usually get any kind of work to be done by other people, giving orders to everyone around them. They put themselves first in any situation, not caring about others, except the one they love. They always want perfection and success everywhere, from everyone and themselves.

Himederes may have a history that shows the root of their insecurities. Specific moments of abandonment, neglect, and betrayal have commonly been the cause for the himederes' behavior. The purpose of a himedere's backstory is to explain what triggered their attention-seeking behavior, and who in their life is sympathetic to their past.

A himedere can be truly befriended by the few who can see past their ego. Sometimes the himedere takes their companions for granted and choose to treat them unfairly. Those who tolerate her either let the himedere walk all over them or retaliate eventually, but there is usually a sense of loyalty or strong bond that is difficult to break.

This type of character is one who has traits of a stereotypical, snooty princess, and come off at first as arrogant, self-centered, and vain. Still, they have the capacity for love and friendship, and often will soften over time, learning a valuable lesson in the process. The male version of this is Oujidere.

Himedere characters behaviour is like a spoiled brat but with a princess complex. This word is an abbreviation of “hime” (姫ひめ), which means “princess” or “royal”.


Hinedere (ひねデレ) characters have a soft side deep down that may reveal itself after their love interest breaks through. This word is a compound of “hineru” (ひねる), which means “to twist”, “to turn”, “to puzzle over”, and “to defeat easily”. Charactes who have cynical world views, are cold-hearted, and highly arrogant are considered Hinedere. They are a new archetype and may see more popularity if the cynical anime continues.


Kamidere (かみデレ) characters believe they are a god, they are also highly arrogant and proud, and aren’t afraid to speak their minds and show everyone how right they are. They believe that they are the most perfect and infallible beings, and think they should get special attention and priority.

Kamidere characters think they are better than everyone and thinks that they are always right. Their pride makes them highly arrogant , overconfident and stubborn. Other type of Kamidere is the person acting lordly, prideful, selfish, arrogant, overconfident, and oftentimes narcissistic like the regular kamidere but the difference is that this type of Kamidere does not think that they are a god.

Sometimes this is just an act; whereas this character is afraid to show their true personality. The Kamidere will eventually show their more honorable side when their “kami” exterior is broken. This word is a compound of “kami” (神かみ), which means “God”.


Kanedere (かねデレ) characters are attracted to others with money or status. They’re the anime and manga equivalent of a gold digger. This word is a compound of “kane” (かね / 金) which means money.


Korodere (ころしデレ) characters suffer more than one or two personalities. They are far more chaotic than other deres. A yandere commits atrocities to people who are close to someone they love, making the world of yandere rotate between that person. A korodere is violent and kills for any non-love related reason. They do not just kill for jealousy by the person that they love but also kill for fun. This word is an abbreviation of “Koroshi” (ころし) which means to murder or kill.


Kuudere (クーデレ) often speak in a calm monotone and seem unaffected by the world around them. They never seem to be overly happy, excited, or surprised - just as they never appear sad, annoyed, or angry. Extreme examples may even seem to be completely emotionless. It is used to describe characters who always remain calm and composed. Though they act serious on the outside, they often have a very good, sarcastic sense of humour. They tend to have deep love for someone (they have a good personality when you know them ) but are afraid to show it too often because they view it as a weakness, either because of who they are or because of the situation they are in. More often than not, they come off as emotionless, acting very cold, blunt and cynical.

Sometimes, kuuderes are the class presidents that keep their schools running. Other times they take the form of stoic, professional assistants to superiors that they love and respect.

While kuuderes remains strict and business-like, they are emotional underneath their self-control. However, they tend to fear showing any weakness such as admitting liking someone or coming to rely on someone emotionally as well as professionally. Some, are unclear as to how to even express said emotions—and in extreme cases, are unsure what feelings actually mean. Due to the way a kuudere acts, a yangire can easily pretend to be a kuudere when not acting insane. The “kuu” in kuudere comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “cool” (クール), and thus, is used for a person who is calm and composed on the outside.


Lolidere (ロリーデレ) characters are usually very sweet, but being sweet doesn't mean that they're lolitas. They can be tsunderes or himederes too and other. Lolita characters look young, usually without even noticing it, but they don't always act or feel young. Loli characters can also be childish or even act like regular child. Some of them use their cuteness to earn what they want.


Mayadere (まやデレ) characters are against another character, and may even want to kill them, but then ends up falling for them instead. They may, however, remain deadly and unpredictable for the protagonist or other main character in the anime or manga. A mayadere is usually very similar to a tsundere. Maya comes from “mayakasu” (まやかす) to cheat, swindle, or deceive.


Nyandere (ニャンデレ) characters have many cat like attributes. Often times they add “nyan” in their sentences. They might even be part cat and part human. The word is a compound of Nyan (ニャン) which is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound a cat makes.


Oujidere (おうじデレ) characters wish to be treated like a prince by the person he loves, even if they aren’t actual royalty. It is the male equivalent of himedere. This word is a compound of “ouji” (王子おうじ), which means “prince”.


Sadodere (さどデレ) characters love to toy with their love interest’s emotions. They take pleasure in manipulating people’s feelings. This word is a compound of “sado” (さど), taken from sadomasochistic.


Shundere (しゅんデレ) shundere refers to a character who is sad and very depressed. Shunderes often are sad from the start and don't have much of a reason, unlike utsuderes. While a full smile on shundere character's face might be out of the question, their love interest can help them open up and feel accepted. They have a tendency to ignore and avoid others. They are sad all the time. Second type of Shundere is that they don’t show their sadness to people and hide it all the time but they are actually really sad all the time. The word is a compound of “shun…” (しゅん。。。), a Japanese onomatopoeia representing melancholy, down, sad, depressed.


Tsundere (ツンデレ) are embarrassed by or don't know what to do with their romantic feelings and become even more belligerent and egotistical than normal. Their constant inner struggle between their pride and love is the key to how these characters act. As tsundere characters develop and accept their feelings, they will often remain in “tsun” mode in public but become more and more “dere” when in private. If a character ever utters the phrase “It's not that I like you or anything,” he or she is pretty much guaranteed to be a tsundere. Tsundere characters hide their feelings and tries to be rude to their love interest.

There are two main types of tsunderes, depending on their default mood:

Harsh (or Tsun): These Tsundere have “tsun tsun” as their default mood. It takes someone special to trigger their deredere side. The intensity of the tsuntsun can range from “I must glare and fight my way through life” to grumpy pessimism. It's about which part of the tsundere personality is the public face and which the hidden. If the Tsundere is The Rival, she is more likely to be Harsh. Helping a rival out is usually accompanied by a line like “Don't get me wrong, I'm not doing this for you.”

Sweet (or Dere): These Tsundere have “dere dere” as their default mood. They are sweet, kind and generous, but just happen to have a hidden violent side as well. In this case, temper is almost triggered by someone or something else, usually a love interest. Either they have belligerent sexual tension or just have no idea how to handle feelings of love and attraction.

The word is derived from the terms “tsun tsun” (ツンツン), meaning to turn away in disgust.


Tsuntsundere (ツンツンデレ) characters are deliberately mean because they don't want people to be close to them. These characters are depressed and most the time come off as a jerk. What causes tsunshun characters to act like a jerk is due to past trauma and sad events in their life or other reasons. They often get depressed or feel bad after insulting someone, unlike a tsundere. The word “tsun” (ツン) is derived from “tsun tsun” (ツンツン), meaning to turn away in disgust.


Undere (ウンデレ) characters agree as much as possible to become as close as they can to their love interest. They do pretty much whatever their love wants. This word is a compound of “un” (ウン), which is a short way Japanese people say “yes”.


Utsudere (うつデレ) characters are often sad and depressed. They are not as sad as the shundere, but are still very similar. Utsuderes have a reason to be depressed, while shunderes are depressed from the start. Utsudere characters have a reason for the character’s despair, such as being bullied at school. Even if their life improves, they are often wary of other characters’ motives. This word is a compound of “utsu” (鬱うつ), which means depression.


Yandere (ヤンデレ) is often a normal person: happy, social, and usually well liked. But love makes them crazy - often violently so. Fear is at the core of a yandere: the fear that someone will take the one they love. To prevent this, they are willing to do anything - including kidnapping and murder. Some yanderes have tragic backstories or illness that cause them to act this way. Other yandere characters can hurt people mentally and physically without killing. There are generally two types of yanderes, obsessive and possessive. Obsessives will kill anyone and everyone who stands in the way of them having their “true loves.” Possessives will go one step further and even kill the ones they love so that they won't end up with anyone else. This word is an abbreviation of “yanderu” (やんでる) which means to be mentally or emotionally ill.

worldbuilding/lists/dere.txt · Last modified: 2019/10/14 02:57 by soaringmoon