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"The real world is scary. It's a pain to deal with other people..."
Shiori Shiomiya, from Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai.

Dandere is a stock love interest who is quiet and asocial. They are afraid to talk, fearing that what they say will get them in trouble.

A dandere character is one who is normally quiet and silent, possibly to the point of coming across as emotionless at times. However, they will suddenly become talkative, sweet, and cute when alone with the right person if said person comfortable enough to pour their heart out, revealing that they're actually just shy.

Personality

A Dandere will more or less act like a normal person, but will not talk unless spoken or required to. They will avoid talking because of their shyness, but if need be, they will speak, sometimes with some difficulty or embarrassment.

A dandere tends to feel more comfortable when surrounded by more people. If another unfamiliar person is introduced when the dandere is with a group that they're comfortable with, then the shyness of the dandere will very likely decrease.

The difference between a Dandere and a Kuudere is that a dandere character may be nervous inside (not calm), but will prefer to stay silent, and a kuudere character can speak while retaining their serenity (are calm). Many danderes will be flustered if prompted to speak, but the kuuderes will have no problem responding if necessary.

The difference between a Dandere and a Hajidere is that danderes are shy (quiet) in front of people they don't know. Hajideres are only shy towards a certain person, who is normally their love interest.

The difference between a Dandere and a Bodere is that danderes can get really nervous and will try to hide from others when embarrassed, while boderes will become more aggressive when someone makes them blush, similar to Tsundere characters.

Meaning of the Name

The “dan” in dandere comes from the Japanese word “danmari” (だんまり) meaning "silence", and the "dere" comes from "deredere" (デレデレ), which means "lovey dovey".

The word danmari comes from the verb damaru 黙る which means "to stay quiet."

The word damaru can be turned into an imperative by adding nasai to it. It is used and heard a lot of times in animes like this:

  • damari nasai! 黙りなさい!
    Silence!
    Stay quiet!
    Shut up!

The word Dandere is exceptionally rare in Japanese despite being extremely common in English. The reason for this uncommon word being used for the dere type is unknown.

In some dictionaries Dandere is also defined as the combination of dandyi ダンヂィ, "dandy," plus dere. However, it's very likely that this doesn't have a relation with the origin of the word, due to it not being the meaning used in the west, and Dandere being rarely used in Japan too.

Characters with this Personality

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

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