Your Guide to Dere’s


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Tsundere, yandere, deredere, and more deres… are you confused by all these deres that appears in manga, anime, and light novels? Well here is a guide to the typical dere’s shown in the media to clear your confused minds.

1. Tsundere 


Tsundere is probably one of the most famous type of “dere” It comes from the word “Tsun-Tsun” which means a cold/aloof attitude and “Dere” which means to be lovestruck/lovely. Usually these characters alternate between these two personalities and is basically cold on the outside but warm and sweet on the inside.

Tsunderes generally don’t show their ‘lovey-dovey’ side and are embarrassed/shy by it, which in turn, they appear more flustered and pompous when concealing it. The type of lines they usually say are “It’s not like I like you or anything!” or “It’s not like I did it for you! I just happen to make an extra portion!” 

Example of Tsundere Characters: Aisaka Taiga  (Toradora!) , Kirisaki Chitoge (Nisekoi) , Soryu Asuka Rangure (Neon Genesis Evangelion)


2. Yandere 


Like Tsundere, Yandere is quite well known in the community, but no way is it anything like the former. Yandere comes from the words “Yanderu” which means to to be sick emotionally and “Dere-dere”. It was initially formed and developed from Tsundere but it is wayyyyy more extreme. Yandere characters are initially kind, sweet and gentle but become insane and psychotic when ‘protecting’ their love interest to the point where they will actually kill, kidnap and even torture. They become possessive and want their love interest to only “be theirs” and no one else’s.

Example of Yandere Characters: Gasai Yuno (Mirai Nikki) , Amane Misa (Death Note), Rolo Lamperouge (Code Geass S2)

3. Kuudere


Kuudere is formed from the english words “Cool” and “Dere”. Just like its name, Kuudere refers to a character who is cool, calm and collected on the outside, but is actually sweet on the inside. They are usually not very expressive but they do have a soft spot for the person they love and will only show it to the person. They will sometimes let their guards down but for a short brief of time.

Example of Kuudere Anime Characters: Yoshida Shizuku (Tonari no Kaibustsu-kun), Sailor Pluto (Sailor Moon Series), Ootori Kyoya (Ouran Highschool Host Club). 

4. Coodere


Despite it sounding like Kuudere, Coodere is slightly different. Kuudere has a soft spot for that special person all along, while Coodere will slowly develop feelings for a certain person. Like Kuudere, Coodere is cold and distant on the outside.

Example of Coodere Anime Characters: Ayanami Rei (Evangelion), Kwasumi Mai (Kanon)

5. Dandere


Dandere is formed from “Danmari” which means silent/not talking and “Dere”. Characters with Dandere are usually quiet, shy and may be considered an antisocial person. However, they are able to express themselves in rare occasions under right circumstances.

Example of Dandere Characters: Hyuuga Hinata (Naruto), Akiyama Mio (K-on!), Kuronuma Sawako (Kimi ni Todoke)

6. Deredere


Deredere is from the word “Dere” (obviously) and characters with this personality are usually energetic and sweet. They are deeply in love with this single person and their actions center around that person. That’s about it. Deredere is probably the simplest form of “Dere”.

Example of Deredere Characters: Takanashi Rika (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!), Elizabeth Midford (Kuroshitsuji), Yamato Rink (Ore Monogatari!!)

7. Kamidere


Kamidere forms from the words “Kami” which means God and “dere”. These characters have what you call a “God Complex where they are arrogant and extremely proud, and want to be treated as the almighty. The think they know everything and what they are doing is for the sake of the world. They believe that their actions will create a better place. There is also the comedic version of Kamidere that is used for humour.

Example of Kamidere Characters: Yagami Light (Death Note), Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass), Kayaba Akihiko (Sword Art Online) 

8. Himedere/Oujidere


Hime/Oujidere is from the words “Hime” which means princess, “Ouji” which means prince and “Dere”. They are something like Kamidere but at the same time not. While Kamidere wants to be treated like God, Hime/Oujidere act like they are royalty, basically like a princess/prince. They are snooty, high-flighty characters. They will usually speak in a disrespectful tone, demands things and are likely to be rich.

Example of Himedere/Oujidere Characters: Aoyama Mio (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai), Saibara Takane (Takane to Hana)

9. Mayadere


Mayadere is a trait from Tsundere but more deadly. They usually starts off as an antagonist, trying to kill a person but ends up either falling in love with that person or befriending them, which causes them to switch sides.

Example of Mayadere Characters: Konjiki no Yami (To Love-Ru), Illyyasviel von Einzbern (Fate/Stay Night) , Tsugumo Seishiro (Nisekoi)

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