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The 20 Greatest Dandere Anime Characters of All Time

List RulesVote up your favorite dandere anime characters.

If you're an anime fan, you've probably heard of the two most commonly discussed archetypes that occur in anime - yanderes and tsunderes. What you might not have known is that there are other, similarly named character types out there - like the dandere. A dandere is a person who is shy, anxious, or reserved on the outside, but can warm up when they get close to people. The suffix -dere means 'lovey dovey' while 'dan' means silent, or doesn't talk. Dandere anime characters may get close to others, but they're too nervous. Think Hinata Hyuuga from Naruto.

The majority of these characters are dandere anime girls, but this particular trope can also include male characters - Ren Mihashi from Big Windup! is a good example of a male dandere.

This list is a roundup of some of the best dandere characters from a variety of anime genres. If you see a favorite on the list, vote them up.

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    Nagisa Furukawa - CLANNAD

    Thanks to an isolating childhood illness, Nagisa Furukawa never had many opportunities to spend time with other people. As a result, she finds social situations difficult and is shy and nervous around new people. However, she can still open up and form deep relationships with people she trusts.

    Are they a great dandere?
  • Though she transforms into a ferocious tiger, Kisa Sohma is an introverted little girl who spends most of her time following Tohru around like a duckling. This is partly due to her naturally dandere personality, and partly due to the abuse she's suffered at the hands of the family head, Akito. 

    Are they a great dandere?
  • 7

    Koji Koda - My Hero Academia

    Koji Koda might not look like a shy and adorable anime girl, but his personality suits the dandere trope perfectly. He has trouble talking to his human classmates, but because he's able to talk to animals, he manages to cultivate a less stressful social life that way.

    Are they a great dandere?
  • Mio Akiyama gets so nervous when it comes to performing as a bassist that she faints just thinking about future performances. Despite her reluctance to get on stage, she's caring and soft-hearted when it comes to helping friends - which is part of what ultimately convinces her to perform. 

    Are they a great dandere?