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Goudere (JP) is a term for a character who has an idealized notion of their love interest, believing that they are a magnificent and powerful being who is more important than others and deserves to rule the world. They will stop at nothing to obtain whatever they want their love interest to have, even if the love interest explains to the goudere that this is not necessary at all. They are unstoppable forces that do whatever they please for their love interest, purely out of their love for them. Due to their insane devotion to them, they will go to unimaginable lengths to give to their love interest what they believe is the best for them creating uncomfortable and comical situations that can even put the love interest in trouble.

Meaning of the Name

Goudere (豪デレ) is a combination of "gou" (豪), meaning "magnificent (having more importance than others)" or "powerful (having great influence)", and "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "to be lovestruck".

This refers to the fact that they see their love interest as a perfect magnificent powerful being.

Origin

The type originates in the 2008 ecchi romance comedy manga series Goudere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora (JP) to describe the titular character Sora Nagihara.[1][2][3]

The story is about a student named Shota Yamakawa who manages to bring his fictional crush Sora Nagihara into the real world. She immediately sees Shota as a god because of this and as someone who must rule the world. She refers to him as "Lord Shota", showing that she places him over her own importance. When Shota mentions how bad he is with women, Sora automatically decides to create a harem just for him despite his protests. Due to Sora's questionable and extreme methods, Shota, who is not okay with what Sora is trying to do, always gets into trouble and is comically blamed for everything Sora does, despite not being the one who really starts any of these uncomfortable and even illegal situations.[4]

Personality

Goudere characters are excitable overachievers that will try to get all they think their love interest wants or deserves; even forcing everyone who crosses their path to give or contribute to what the goudere believes is the perfection and happiness for their master.

Without the other saying anything or misinterpreting an innocent comment, they will decide on their own what their crush would appreciate to have in their lives. Normally, they will go to extreme cases and transform something simple into a monumentous goal. For example, their love interest wanting some candy drives them to buy or steal the entire candy shop, or even stealing all the candy they find in their path, regardless of whether the love interest really wants that—which they usually don't.

The goudere does not necessarily take the wishes of their special someone into account, rather, they decides for the love interest what they want. This makes for sometimes awkward and uncomfortable situations. Even if their master tries to convince the goudere not to do it, they will probably do it anyway.

They are usually portrayed as characters with a strong and tough personality. They have great confidence in their beliefs and in their own advantage in power and strength, which can be supernatural. They will use said abilities to please and help their master. They can also be overprotective towards their love interest, taking control of the situation most of the time.

Differences From Other Archetypes

Due to their loyalty to their love interest to the point that they may view them as worthy of being treated like gods, goudere can be seen as the counterpart and compatibility of kamidere.

They are somewhat similar to a yandere since they both have abnormally large amounts of love for their love interest and will try to achieve the best for them regardless of the consequences that happen to the love interest from their actions. They are similar to a mix of worship, wrong idea, and delusional yandere types. The main difference between these types is mostly the reason and motivation for them to do this. Goudere characters don't usually let their romantic emotions cloud their objective judgement, although their obsession with their master certainly will, while yandere are dictated by their unstable mental state caused by their too strong love. Goudere genuinely appreciate their notion of their love interest and will try to achieve all this for them. They typically don't even want the same in return and don't do this for their own gain.

Characters with this Personality

See Goudere/Japanese Characters to see characters from anime media
See Goudere/Non-Japanese Characters to see characters from western media

Gallery

References

  1. Goudere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora. Hakusensha (2011/01/28).
  2. Goudere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora. Cmoa (2013/10/04).
  3. Goudere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora. Amazon (2011/01/28).
  4. Goudere Bishoujo Nagihara Sora. Wikipedia JP (2010/03/02).
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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