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All The "Dere" Character Types You'll Find in Anime

Updated July 12, 2019 36.8k votes 5.3k voters 206.5k views22 items

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Dere character types are so common in anime that if you've watched even a handful of shows, you've probably seen at least one. "Dere" means "lovey dovey" and each "dere" type shows love and interacts with the world in a different way.

You may be familiar with the tsundere and the yandere, two of the most popular dere types. What you might not know is that there is a whole world of anime dere types out there, including the shy and demure dandere, the marriage-obsessed kekkondere, and the alcohol-loving yottadere. These character archetypes appear in every anime, though the more complex characters will often fit into more than one category.

Let's learn about all the different varieties of dere anime characters.

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    Dandere

    Danderes have trouble talking to other people because of shyness or anxiety. They may be completely isolated, or they may just get nervous from time to time. Often, a new relationship will help bring them out of their shells.

    Examples: Hinata Hyuuga - Naruto, Nana Ebina - Himouto! Umaru-chan

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    Mayadere

    Mayadere
    Photo: White Fox

    A typical mayadere begins as a dangerous and unpredictable antagonist who may come across as completely evil. However, falling in love may cause her behavior to soften somewhat, or even change her behavior completely.

    Examples: Esdeath - Akame ga Kill, Illya - Fate/Stay Night

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    Utsudere

    Utsudere
    Photo: Wit Studio

    Utsuderes are melancholy characters who are depressed or upset because of a specific life event. They may have been bullied or abused, or they may have endured a major loss. Often, an utsudere's story involves gradually beginning to trust other people and build new relationships.

    Examples: Chise Hatori - The Ancient Magus' Bride, Rei Kiriyama March Comes In Like A Lion

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    Deredere

    Deredere
    Photo: Madhouse

    The deredere is perhaps the most uncomplicated dere type. Rather than have their expressions of love be inhibited by some conflicting personality trait, they're just genuinely happy, loving people who are here to have a good time.

    Examples: Rinko Yamato - My Love Story!, Chiyo Sakura - Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun

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