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Yui Hirasawa, from K-ON!

"Bakadere" (JP), also known as "Ahodere" (JP), is a term for a character who lacks common sense and is generally unaware of their surroundings, but sometimes acts deredere to their love interest. They have a child-like sense of wonder and often do things that most people consider weird or silly. They are very kind and innocent at heart and will often do these weird things to try to win the affection of their love interest.[1]

Meaning of the Name

Bakadere (バカデレ) is a combination of "baka" (バカ), meaning "foolish (having a lack of good sense, judgment, or discretion)", and "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "to be lovestruck".

Origin

The term was created on the Japanese internet to describe the character Fuko Ibuki from the 2009 anime series Clannad ~After Story~.[2] Fuko was a character who was in a coma for seven years following an accident at the age of fifteen. After a miraculous recovery, she finally awoke at the age of 22 but with the same personality as when she was fifteen years old. This leads to her being far more childish than a normal person her age.

Fuko was a very hyperactive and childish girl who was obsessed with starfish. She would spend all day making small wooden carvings of starfish with a carving knife to give to her friends as presents and would even daydream about starfish all the time. This hobby completely drains her concentration and awareness of the people around her leading to her acting very silly all the time. She also referred to herself exclusively in the third person when talking to other people. She was a kind and nice girl, but because of her unusual behavior she was often referred to by her friend Ushio as "the weird girl".

Alternate Name

Bakadere is also widely known on Japanese social media as ahodere (アホデレ). This uses the word "aho" (アホ) in place of "baka". Both of these words have the same meaning and are considered as synonyms by most Japanese dictionaries, however, use of the word "baka" is more widespread in standard Japanese while use of the word "aho" is more common in the Kansai dialect of Japanese.[3]

History

Although the term was created on the internet, it was eventually used in an official media when it was a featured topic in the 90th episode of the Maji Pon! (JP) radio show in 2013.[4]

Personality

Baka Side

Bakadere are characters who are very innocent and sweet, but their cluelessness outshines their other attributes. They are basically a ditzy girl or boy in love. They also act like children who must be looked after and taught about life by their love interest.

Most tend to be overly carefree and optimistic due to their lack of awareness. Bakadere also act childish and air-headed, usually rushing into things without logically thinking them through first which often results in embarrassing situations. They tend to bring a smile to their love interest, though sometimes unintentionally.

Deredere Side

Although they usually act in a more silly manner, they are sometimes deredere. They will behave in a more serious and affectionate way towards their love interest.

Differences From Other Archetypes

Bakadere are usually described as moe due to their cute and child-like innocence.

It is also similar to dojikko—characters who are very clumsy—since lack of awareness can sometimes cause a person to be clumsy, though many dojikko are highly intelligent and don't necessarily behave in a silly way outside of their clumsy moments. Bakadere are also not inherently clumsy, though some characters may be both types.

Similar Japanese Archetypes

  • Dojikko: A term for characters who are cute and clumsy.
  • Moe: A term for a character who is the embodiment of being "cute" and innocent.
  • Tsun-Aho: A term for tsundere characters who try so hard to look uninterested in their love interest that they just end up making themselves look like a fool.

Characters with this Personality

See Bakadere/Japanese Characters to see characters from Japanese media.
See Bakadere/Non-Japanese Characters to see characters from non-Japanese media.

Gallery

References

  1. What is Bakadere. Nico Nico Pedia (2009/03/27).
  2. What does "Bakadere" mean?. Yahoo Answers (2009/10/21).
  3. Ahodere Slime Girl. March Eel (2009-03-08).
  4. Maji Pon! Public Radio Report. Gintamakaman (2013/21/12).
veDere Types
Japanese Standard

Bakadere Biridere Bokodere Butsudere Darudere Deredere Dorodere Erodere Gandere Goudere Gundere Himedere Hinedere Kamidere Kichidere Kiridere Kuudere M Dere Nyandere Onidere Rindere Roshidere S Dere Shindere Teredere Tsundere Undere Usodere Utsudere Uzadere Wandere Yandere Yoidere Zondere

Variations

Deretsun Tsun-Aho Tsundora Tsun-Pure Tsunshun Tsuntere

Western Standard

Bocchandere Byoukidere Dandere Kanedere Kekkondere Nemuidere Oujidere Smugdere Teasedere Thugdere

Variations

Kamidere (Western) Kidere Mayadere (Western) Megadere (Western) Oujodere (Western)

Other

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