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Tsundere vs Yandere vs Kuudere vs Dandere

Tsundere vs Yandere vs Kuudere vs Dandere

There are many character archetypes in anime and Japanese games that you will often see over and over again. There are four archetypes that are more common than the “deres,” which are tsundere, kuudere, dandere, and yandere.

The main differences between these character archetypes can be tied down to their personality and how they act around someone they’re attracted to. Tsunderes act rude and high and mighty to cover up their feelings of affection. Yanderes are seemingly normal but are actually a bit psychotic. Kuuderes are calm, cool, and responsible. They also tend to be a bit emotionless despite feeling a great deal of emotions. Lastly, Danderes are antisocial and quiet, but can be more social once they open up.

The Japanese term “dere” is derived from “deredere”, which is an onomatopoeia that means “lovestruck”. Combining this word with other words creates new terms that describe the love interests of anime and video games. These terms are often used to describe female characters but can also be used to describe male characters.

Keep going to know more.

What’s a Tsundere?

A female anime character
Aisaka Taiga from Toradora

The tsundere is the most popular of all the deres. The Japanese word “tsuntsun”, which means “aloof” or “high and mighty,” is what gives tsundere its name. Tsunderes can be a bit rigid on the outside, but they are loving inside.

Tsunderes often feel embarrassed or unsure about their romantic feelings. They become more belligerent and egotistical when they are near the people who have their affections. These characters are characterized by their constant struggle between pride and love.

As tsundere characters grow and accept their feelings they will frequently remain in “tsun mode” in public, but become more “dere” in private.

A character who says “It’s not that I like you or anything” is almost certain to be a tsundere.

Examples of Tsundere characters:

  • Asuka Langley Soryu (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Naru Narusegawa (Love Hina)
  • Yukari Takeba (Persona 3)
  • Lulu ( Final Fantasy X).

Tsundere, a slang that was born online, is used to describe the character nature of anime and video game characters. Tsundere is the combination of two words “Tsun Tsun” and “Dere Dere”. Both terms refer to the person’s attitude. “Tsun Tsun”, which refers to a cold/blunt/curt mentality, and “Dere Dere,” when someone becomes spoony in front their/her lover.

What does a Yandere mean?

A female anime character
Gasai Yuno from Future Diary

Yandere is another character archetype. “Yan” is derived from “yanderu”, which means “to be sick” and in this instance, it refers to being mentally sick or “crazy”. The “crazy” is usually an inner struggle for the character.

A yandere may appear normal on the outside. She is happy, social and well-liked. Love drives her insane, often violently. A yandere is driven by fear. She fears that another person (usually another girl), will take her lover. She is prepared to kill and kidnap anyone she can to stop this.

There are two types of yanderes: possessive and obsessive. Obsessives will kill everyone and everything that stands in their way of having their true loves. Possessives will even kill those they love to ensure they never have another.

Example of Yandere characters:

  • Yuno Gasai ( Mirai Nikki – The Future Diary).
  • Kotonoha Katsura and Sekai Saionji (School Days)
  • Catherine (Catherine).
  • Hitagi Senjogahara (Nisemonogatari)
  • Kimmy Howell ( No More Heroes2).

It is not the same as tsundere. Instead, it refers to an anime character who is either violently or psychotic and is affectionate to the main character. Probably one of the most popular examples of a Yandere is Yuno Gasai from Future Diary. She starts out as a seemingly normal girl, but things escalate when she begins to take an obsession to the main character Yuuki. She eventually ends up causing a lot of deaths.

What makes a Kuudere?

A female anime character
Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats!

Kuudere’s “kuu” is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of “cool” (kuru). It is used to describe someone who is composed and calm on the outside. They are responsible and take control of situations. They are the ones everyone turns to when they need help.

Kuuderes speak in a calm monotone voice and are seemingly unaffected by the environment around them. They don’t seem overly excited or happy. In extreme cases, they may seem completely emotionless.

Kuuderes can be the school presidents who keep their schools running. Sometimes they are professional assistants to their superiors, who they love and respect.

Kuuderes are business-like and strict, but they can be emotional under their self-control. They are afraid of showing weakness, such as confessing to liking someone or being able to rely on them emotionally and professionally. Others are not sure how to express their emotions, and in extreme cases aren’t even certain what they mean.

Examples of Kuudere characters:

  • Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Riza Hawkeye ( Full Metal Alchemist).
  • Presea Combatir ( Tales of Symphonia).
  • Naoto Shirogane (Persona 4)

A slang term used in anime/manga for a character who is cold, blunt, cynical and doesn’t care about the death of her beloved. She may appear cold and cynical on the outside, but inside she is caring and kind. This is different from tsundere, which means that the character’s temperature fluctuates between dere and tsun. Kuudere refers to when the character shows her caring side only occasionally.

What do you mean by a Dandere?

A male anime character
Murasakibara Atsushi from Kuroko’s Basketball

The Japanese word “dan” for dandere is derived from “danmari” (Mo Ri) which means silence. A dandere is an antisocial, quiet character.

Danderes are often shy or embarrassed to speak up, but they want to be social. They fear saying the wrong thing could get them in trouble or make them feel awkward socially so they avoid speaking up.

Once danderes become friends, they can lose all social inhibitions and be very cute and happy, especially with those they love.

Examples of Dandere characters:

  • Yuki Nagato ( Haruhi Suzumiya).
  • Hyuuga Hinata (Naruto)
  • Fuuka Yamagishi (Persona 3)
  • Elize Lutus ( Tales of Xillia).

A dandere character archetype is one that is quiet and often associated with shyness. Dan comes from the word “danmari”, which means quiet and taciturn. “Dere” is an abbreviation for “lovey-dovey”. Not to be confused by Kuudere, which refers to a cool person who becomes lovey-dovey. Although they may appear similar in appearance and behavior, their core character reasoning is quite different. It is better to be cool than to be silent just for the sake.

Are yandere and yangire related?

In a way, Yanderes and Yangires are related, but that does not mean they’re the same. A Yandere will act crazy in the name of “love” whereas Yangires are typically psychotic with or without “love”.

Take the anime Mirai Nikki or Future Dairy. One of the main protagonists, Yuno, is actually the poster girl for Yanderes. She’s seemingly normal but is often crazy when it comes to her love interes Yuki. That makes her a Yandere.

But another character in the show, Ninth or Uryuu Minene, is also psychotic. She goes around with bombs and causes a lot of death and destruction. However, her insanity, unlike Yuno’s, is not driven by love.

She’s “crazy” simply because she is, not because she’s in love with someone. That’s what makes here a Yangire. (There’s more to her character but to talk about it further would be a spoiler).

Are “dere” types exclusive only to the romance genre of anime?

Contrary to popular belief, “dere” types can actually be found in all genres of anime.

Because “deredere” means “love struck”, people have this assumption that it is exclusive only to the romantic side of anime, but it can actually be applied in all genres of animes.

For example, in the shonen anime Attack on Titan, one could make the argument that Mikasa is a low-key Yandere (in which she can get violent when it comes to the person she loves). This can be seen in scenes where she gets jealous whenever Eren will show even the slightest bit of affection towards another girl in the show.

However, because the show’s main focus isn’t on the romance between Eren and Mikasa, her Yandere side is never truly explored. In addition to that, unlike a typical Yandere, Mikasa isn’t so insane as to murder her friends for the sake of Eren. This is why some would call her a “low-key” Yandere.

Conclusion

Anime has a lot of character archetypes that if we were to talk about each and every one of them, we will be here forever. However, these are the most popular ones: Tsundere, Yandere, Kuudere, and Dandere

Check out this table for a summary of their differences:.

TSUNDEREYANDEREKUUDEREDANDERE
Acts can be rude and mean on the outside, but they are sweet inside.Although they may appear sweet and charming from the outside, once they love someone deeply, they will willingly kill other people to protect them.Acts cool, but is not emotionally charged. Later on, however, they shows sweetness.Acts antisocial, and won’t speak to anyone until the right one comes along.
Difference between tsundere, yandere, kuudere, and dandere

These character archetypes are used almost often exclusively in anime, but they can be applied to other forms of entertainment as well like gaming.

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