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"I am sorry if it seemed as if I was taking advantage of your kindness. The love that you, Byakuya-sama, bestowed upon me, I am unable to requite...for that, I am sorry. These past five years that I and you have spent together have truly been a dream for me, Byakuya-sama."
Hisana Kuchiki, from Bleach.

A "Byoukidere" refers to a character who is usually very sweet and kind but suffers from a physical disease, usually a fatal one.

Meaning of the Name

The term derives from the Japanese word "byouki" (病気びょうき), meaning "illness", and "deredere" (デレデレ) which means "lovey dovey".

Personality

Many byoukidere characters are confined to wheelchairs or need assistance getting around. They are often frail and weak physically. The disease causes the byoukidere to become feeble.

Many byoukidere types have a personality akin to Yamato Nadeshiko or "Oujodere". They are very kind, helpful, and sweet in nature. Usually, they are not aggressive when it comes to love, and tend to be shy and reserved in front of others. However, they can have any other personality trait or be any of the other dere types known.

Byoukidere characters also tend to live two different lives and two different moods as a result of their condition. One for when they are feeling better and can act more like a normal person, and a second for when they are feeling more sickly and cannot do much of anything.

They tend to have two fates: One is that they die, this is unfortunately the more common one. The other is that they get some miraculous cure, usually at the hands of the hero. In the case of the latter, they usually end up being the one chosen by the protagonist.

Characters with this Personality

See Byoukidere/Anime Characters to see characters from anime media.
See Byoukidere/Western Characters to see characters from western media.

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