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In anime, many, many archetypes have become very widely known throughout the community with each one receiving their own set of terminology. One such type that seems to be present in most anime nowadays is the dere types.
The common thing in some of the dere types is that their personality is directly proportional to their love interest. No Sh*t, Sherlock the literal meaning of their terminology contains their personality and the word “-dere” (Dere means lovey-dovey) as a suffix.
In this article, we’ll see all the popular dere types and character examples. So you can identify them when watching an Anime or reading a Manga.
List of Popular Dere Types:
Tsundere is a type of character who is initially cold and even hateful towards another person. But over time they start to show their warmer side as they develop their feelings towards another person. They usually remain in “tsun” mode in public but show their lovey-dovey side when the character is in private with their love interest. The word Tsundere is derived from the terms tsuntsun meaning “to be hateful to certain someone,” with the suffix “dere.”
Examples: Aisaka Taiga (Toradora) and Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
Deredere is a type of character who is always joyful and full of energy. They are always kind towards the other people around them. Deredere characters are never afraid of showing their love towards their partner. DereDere is like another word for an extrovert.
Examples: Kouko Kaga (Golden Time) and Rinko Yamato (Ore Monogatari)
Yandere is a type of character who starts out nice and sweet but eventually becomes dark and obsessive over their love interest. They become stalkers and use violence or perhaps murder any person who gets close to their love interest. Yandere types are also sometimes shy when it comes to interacting with their love interest. The terminology is an abbreviation of the word Yanderu which means to be mentally or emotionally ill.
Examples: Gasai Yuno (Mirai Nikki) and Kotonoha Katsura (School Days)
Himedere is a type of character who wants to get treated like a princess. They like to command and rule over others. Quite often Himedere is same as Tsundere but more like princess-tsundere into this category. Himedere is mostly daughters of the rich. The terminology is made up from the word “Hime” which means princess with a -dere suffix.
Examples: Erina Nakiri (Shokugeki No Soma) and Sena Kashiwazaki (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai)
Examples: Mari Kurihara (Prison School) and Satsuki Kiryuuin (Kill la Kill)
Mayadere is a type of a character who is often a dangerous antagonist at the beginning of the series but switches sides after falling in love with someone from the other side. But they can remain hazardous and unpredictable for the protagonist or other main characters in the series.
Examples: Golden Darkness (To Love-Ru) and Ryugu Rena (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni series)
Undere is a type of a character who usually agrees with whatever their love interest says. They might even say yes to kill a person to get close as much as they could towards their love interest.
Examples: Miss Amane (Death Note) and Hikari Hinomoto (Toki Meki Memorial 2)
Kuudere is a type of a character who has a distinctive personality. At the beginning of the story, they appear to be cold, cynical and unapproachable. They may seem very emotionless on the outside, but on the inside, they’re very caring at least when it comes to their love interest.
Examples: Mei Misaki (Another) and Mashiro Shiina (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo)
Dandere is a type of a character who is retaining a distinctive personality. They remain calm and quiet and avoid contact with others because of shyness. They seem to be cut off from society but are charming in a way. However, when they are alone with the person they are attracted to, they usually come out of their shell and show their active side.
Examples: Mio Akiyama (K-on!) and Nagisa Furukawa (Clannad)
Oujidere is a type of a character who is very flirty. They love to be treated like a prince by the person they love and the other people around them. They are Himedere type for males.
Examples: Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion) and Tamaki Suou (Ouran High School Host Club)
Kanadere is a type of a character who cares more about your money, power, and possessions. This type of characters cares less about your personality and behavior towards them. They are generally ambivalent and don’t care about a person unless they have money. They have mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about someone they love.
Examples: Ami Kawashima (Toradora!) and Mogana Kikaijima (Medaka Box)
Hajidere is a type of character whose face gets red easily in front of someone they love. The blushing usually causes difficulty for them while confessing their feelings to their love interest. They are generally involuntary and triggered by emotional stress, such as associated with embarrassment or romantic stimulation.
Examples: Kosaki Onodera (Nisekoi) and Miyuki Takara (Lucky☆Star)
Byoukidere is a type of character who is usually very sweet and kind but suffers from some sickness or disease (usually a fatal one.) They are often frail and weak physically.
Examples: Kaori Miyazono (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) and Neko Fujinomiya (Masamune-kun no Revenge)
Dorodere is a type of character who’s messed up or psycho for whatever reason on the inside but appears sweet and lovable on the outside.
Examples: Mikado Ryuugamine (Durarara!!) and Nagito Komaeda (Super Dangan Ronpa)
What do you think of our list? We know there will be a disagreement here when it comes to fandoms. For a fact, we’re hoping for it, and we’d love to know what your favorite dere types are? Also lets us know if we miss any dere types.