A Go To Guide On ‘Dere’ Girl Types Tsundere, Yandere, Kuudere & Dandere
Which One Are You?
Having watched Japanese anime for a little over a decade now, I have notice certain popular character types that almost every anime has. There are tons of sub categories and minor types, but I want to create a sort of go to guide for those who don’t know the ‘dere’ character traits, or which shows/movies have examples of each of the four main ‘dere’ character types which are: Tsundere, Kuudere, Dandere, and Yandere.
Tsundere is the first one I will be talking about. In Japanese anime this is one of the most popular types of all of the dere characters. The ‘Tsun’ in Tsundere comes from the word tsuntsun meaning high and mighty. Tsundere is known to be cold on the outside, but sweet on the inside. She is the type of girl you have to get to know, then she starts to soften up. If you’re watching an anime with a Tsundere girl, she’s most likely got a crush whom she’s initially cruel to. As time goes on she will eventually open herself up, they will fall in love and live happily ever after. But before that happens some people will probably have hell to pay. Why you ask? Well, Tsundere are known to be violent.
I mean that they will drop kick, punch, and slap the focus of their affection. An example is Minami Shimada from Baka and Test. The story centers around a boy named Akihisa Yoshii. He attends Fumizuki Academy in Japan, a school where the staff rigidly divides the students based on the results of their academic scores. At the start of the school, students are academically sorted by entrance exam test grades. The higher the grades, the higher the class, and the better the benefit. There is almost no episode where she doesn’t cause physical harm to the main character. To me this is a very abusive relationship that many people actually like. I know several girls who act Tsundere in hopes to get a guy to like them. In real life, a Tsundere would probably go to jail for assault and never see their crush again.
Kuudere. The origin of the ‘kuu’ in kuudere comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the english word cool, but not in a “oh hey I met her and she’ssuper cool.” This a character who is almost always cold, seems uncaring, blunt, and really doesn’t care who gets hurt.
To those who are close to the character, they can tell she may be caring and nice, but to others they don’t know, they get the cold shoulder. This type of character is known to only speak in a monotone voice, possibly low self confidence and has poor people skills. This character can unintentionally drive others away from knowing your true self. An example of the perfect Kuudere is Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats. Angel Beats takes place at a high school acting as a limbo for those who have died, where students learn to give up any lingering attachments they still have from their life on Earth. At first Kanade doesn’t talk to any of the students and is quickly seen as an enemy. The main character befriends her and finds out how caring and helpful Kanade really is. In reality, I think the Kuudere is seen as the loner. The cute girl with the cold personality that people can’t quite figure out.
Next, we have a the one that I would say represents me the most in real life a Dandere. The ‘dan’ in Dandere comes from the Japanese word danmari meaning silent.
A dandere is a character is the shy, quiet, even anti-social type. However, with this character you discover they probably have social anxiety and are usually afraid of speaking to strangers due to insecurities and/or awkwardness. However, when you really get to know a dandere they become more expressive. An example being Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. The story takes place in the fictional city of Mitakihara, Japan, a middle school student named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki encounter a small, cat-like creature named Kyubey. It offers a contract in which a girl may have any wish granted in exchange for obtaining magical powers and being tasked with fighting against witches. She is a real quiet character who only really shows her true self to the main character who she opens smiles and talks to more often. In our everyday lives you’ll meet people who just aren’t comfortable speaking around people they don’t know.
Lastly, we have the most problematic character type of the ‘dere’ crew: Yandere. The ‘yan’ in yandere comes from the Japanese word yanderu which means sick, referring to being mentally ill. A yandere unlike the others are really nice, well liked, and social girl to the outside world. When a yandere falls in love is when they truly begin their descent into insanity over their crush. A yandere will do anything to stop others from getting with their love, even kill. They will even kill their love if it means that they can’t be with anyone else. This character type is popular in moe fandom. There is even a game called yandere simulator, where the goal is to kill your rival. The most popular yandere is Yuno Gasai from Future Diary (Actually, a better example is the entire female cast of SCHOOL DAYS, but I don’t want to open that can of worms.)
Future Diary takes place in a world where individuals have a diary that tells the future, and enters a battle royal. Last one standing becomes the god of time. Yuno isn’t afraid to lie, manipulate, and kill anyone who gets in her way. She has absolutely no remorse for her actions. Truth be told, a yandere is a class-5 clinger, i.e. batshit crazy! I have seen many fans worship Yuno and support her actions. Some yandere characters can be fun, but some shows take the character type off the deep end (again, SCHOOL DAYS). In real life a yandere would be in a mental institution or in need of serious help. I luckily haven’t found a person who wants to be a yandere, but I have experience those who find a yandere disariable.
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