Different Types of Character Dere’s

As many of you may know, I read a lot of manga. A hell of a lot. In the manga I read, I come across all types of characters, commonly referred to as some form of デレデレ(deredere)

Many of you may have heard of these デレデレ characters before, but can you openly identify the types? I know for a fact that I couldn’t. So I went searching for information about them and came across a blog post that names all the different types. I figured it would be nice to share this with you, for your sake, and my own. So, 始めよ!(hajimeyo)

DereDere (デレデレ): Characters who are overly sweet to everyone. These characters typically do not have a hidden side to their personality. The word デレデレcan mean exhausted or love-struck

Tsundere (ツンデレ): Characters who are usually sarcastic on the surface, but really really mushy on the inside. Derived from the words ツンツン(tsuntsun), which means to be aloof or pointed, and デレデレ.

Yandere (ヤンデレ): Characters who usually have an obsessive romantic obsession with someone. These characters are usually female and are believed to have some sort of mental instability. Derived from the words 病んで(yande), which means to fall ill, and デレデレ.

Kuudere (クウデレ): This character is commonly known as the emotionless type. They have no regard for other people at all. Think of them as the ice-hearted character. This character has a high chance of being either sex. Derived from 空(kuu), which typically means air, but can also mean empty, and デレデレ.

Kamidere (神デレ): This character is typically a devine being, but is also a bit of a tsundere. This character tries hard to be nice, but by nature is naturally destructive, typically leading to embarrassing moments for their beloved. Derived from 神(kami), meaning devine, ツンツン, and デレデレ.

Kuurudere (クールデレ): This character typically seems cold towards a person at first, but can spontaneously be sweet to that person as well. Derived from クール(Cool) and デレデレ.

Himedere (姫デレ): This character usually has the traits of either a yandere or  a kuudere, but due to their social standing, cannot actually be classified as either. Derived from 姫(hime), which means princess, and デレデレ.

Damadere (黙デレ): This character is usually extremely quiet. There aren’t too many opportunities to hear this person speak, unless this person is alone with another special person in their life. Derived from 黙る(damaru), which means to fall silent, and デレデレ.

Undere (ウンデレ): This character usually agrees with everything a person says, usually in an attempt to get more intimacy from her surroundings. Derived from ウン(un), which is the casual way of saying Yes, or yeah in Japanese, and デレデレ.

I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. Being an avid manga reader, and a struggling manga artist myself, I need to know these so that I can create different types of characters and spice up the character interactions with each other. Seriously, how funny would it be to have the main protagonist be a female with all dere style male love interest, or a male protagonist with a female in his harem who clings to him but blatantly denies it, even when it’s happening.


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