The “Dere” Personalities and how to distinguish them

  • OTAKU
  • CULTURE
  • Have you heard of “tsundere”, “yandere” or similar terms with ‘dere’ in them? Well, those ‘dere’ are terms for the personalities of Japanese games or anime characters, mostly female ones. The term “dere” comes from a Japanese word “dere dere” (デレデレ) meaning lovestruck. Some of these terms are even used to describe real people personalities, both men and women.

    Combining the trait (Japanese word)+”dere”, it makes a whole new term that describes the nature of a character. There are some popular dere typed that you should know about!

    Tsundere (ツンデレ)

    Tsundere is derived from words “tsun tsun” meaning to turn away in disgust and “dere dere”. Tsundere is cold and even hostile outside, but loving on the inside. Usually, tsundere are embarrassed of their romantic feelings and don’t know what to do. It makes their behavior belligerent and more egoistic than normal. The cause for their behaviour is their pride. They struggle inside, between pride and love, and it is a difficult choice.

    The most famous voice actor who plays different tsundere is Rie Kugimiya. The anime characters that use her as the V.A. are:
    Taiga Aisaka (Toradora!)
    Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière (Zero no Tsukaima)
    Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
    Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)

    Yandere (ヤンデレ)

    The word “yan” comes from yanderu (病んでる) which means emotional illness. On the outside, a yandere is a normal girl: cheerful, caring, happy, social and kind. When she is closer to someone and falls in love, she won’t let anyone take the one she loves. She will do anything to prevent it form happening even murder. The famous anime character of this type is Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki.

    Kuudere (クーデレ)

    Word “Ku-ru” (クール) is Japanese pronunciation of English word “cool”. Kuudere can be referred to as flat emotions. They never seem excessively happy, surprised, sad, angry or annoyed.

    Kuudere anime characters:
    Tachibana Kanade (Angel Beats!)
    Shiina Mashiro (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo)

    Dandere (ダンデレ)

    Word “Dan” is taken from Japanese word “danmari” (黙り) that means silence. Most of dandere are antisocial, but actually they want to talk but are too scared or embarrassed. They fear saying a wrong thing, and just keep everything in their mind. Once a dandere is befriended, she can easily talk with her friends.

    Dandere anime characters:
    Ruri Gokou/Kuroneko (Oreimo)
    Yoshino (Date A Live)