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Edea about herself, from KALEIDO STELLA

"Kuudere" (JP), also known as "Cool-dere" in Western media, is a term for a character who appears calm and expressionless most of the time, but becomes cute and loving around their love interest. They don't talk much and have a cold uninterested attitude towards people who are not their love interest, often making blunt ice-cold statements. Although it might not appear like it at first, they are hiding a deep inner love inside that will come out after becoming close to their love interest. They will start behaving in cute ways when around their love interest and have a more loving side than most, wanting their love interest to give them lots of affection.

Meaning of the Name

Kuudere (クーデレ) is a combination of "kuuru" (クール), meaning "cool (calm and unemotional, showing great control over your feelings)", and "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "to be lovestruck".[4]

They are characters that have a cool personality (kuu) at first glance but start acting cute and affectionate (deredere) after you get to know them.[3][5]

Romanization

The term is most commonly romanized directly as "kuudere" using the traditional Japanese method of romanized spelling. It can also be written as "kūdere" using the method since the long "u" sound can be romanized as either "uu" or "ū".

It is also sometimes alternatively romanized as "coo-dere", using the English spelling of the word "cool" instead of the Japanese spelling "kuuru".[3][6] In the subtitled version of episode 10 of the 2007 anime series Lucky☆Star (JP) by FUNimation, the term received an official localized English name for the first time as "cool-dere".[2]

It is also sometimes unofficially romanized as "coodere" without a hyphen.[7]

Origin

The concept of kuudere originates as far back as October 10, 2005 from the archetype known as sunao kuuru (素直クール), or honest cool. Sunao kuuru originated on the Japanese forum 2channel as an opposite of tsundere.[8] Rather than someone who let their emotions get the better of them and was dishonest with their feelings, a sunoa kuuru was always cool and always honest with what they are feeling.[9][10]

Over time the concept grew and led to the creation of kuudere, for characters who start out acting sunao kuuru but eventually become deredere for a certain person. The difference between the two archetypes is that a sunao kuuru does not change their attitude for another person and is always cool with no gap in personality, whereas a kuudere loses their cool attitude and becomes cute and loving when around a certain person.[11][12][13]

History

The archetype of kuudere is very popular in manga and anime and has been used in several series.

The first currently known usage in official media comes from episode 10 of the 2007 anime series Lucky☆Star (JP) during the "Lucky Channel" segment at the end of the episode. During the segment, the character Minoru Shiraishi briefly mentions "kuudere" when discussing the concept of tsundere.[14]

A more prominent example is the 2020 romance manga series Yatara to Sasshi no Ii Ore wa, Dokuzetsu Kuudere Bishoujo no Chiisana Dere mo Minogasazu ni Guigui Iku (JP) and the character Shirokane Koyuki. Koyuki was known around the school as the "venomous Snow White" due to her sharp tongue, snow-white hair, and cold demeanor. This was until Naoya Sasahara saved her one day resulting in both of them falling in love with the other at first sight. Naoya soon learns that underneath her cold demeanor, Koyuki is nothing more than a weak girl armed with bravado and lies, and the two begin to communicate little by little to confirm that they like each other.[1]

Other examples include: Tonari no Kuuderella o Amayakashitara, Uchi no Aikagi o Wtasu Koto ni Natta (JP)[15] and Bishoujo to Buraritabi (JP).[16]

Characteristics

Moe Factor

Noel Izumi from Studio Apartment, Good Lighting, Angel Included

A depiction of Noel Izumi showing the difference in her demeanor when talking with random classmates versus her love interest, from Studio Apartment, Good Lighting, Angel Included

The moe appeal of kuudere comes from the large gap between the cool expressionless "kuu" side and the cute loving "dere" side. The idea of a character who appears cold and completely emotionless that is actually cute and loving gives off strong amounts of adoration towards that character. This is especially true for kuudere who simply have a hard time expressing their emotions. The moment when they finally realize their true feelings of affection can bring strong amounts of satisfaction to the audience like they watched them grow as a person and feel happy for them for finally making it to that point.

Design

Kuudere characters are most often depicted as having white or silver hair, possibly as a reference to their "cold as snow" personality. They will typically wear lots of blue or purple since these colors tend to evoke vibes of calmness. Blue is also fairly common as a hair color as well.

Personality

Kuudere are characters who appear calm and expressionless most of the time (kuu), but become cute and loving around their love interest (deredere). The idea of a character that starts off "colder than most" but is actually "more loving and affectionate than most" creates a very intense gap in their personality.[17]

Kuu Period

Fiona Frost from Spy x Family

Fiona Frost's demeanor towards people she doesn't like from SPY×FAMILY

At first a kuudere will always be seen keeping a "cool" attitude, remaining very calm, confident, expressionless, unemotional, and showing great control over their feelings. They always keep their emotions in check and have a rigid stance, appearing stiff and unyielding at all times. They are also typically very mature characters.[11]

They are often characters who are not in the mood to deal with others. They don't talk much and take a cold uninterested attitude towards people who are not their love interest, most often speaking in a calm monotonous voice. They are also not shy about saying what is on their mind and are sometimes even a little 'too' honest, speaking their opinions without much regard for other people's feelings. This comes out in the form of them making brutally blunt ice-cold comments when they don't like someone or something, which is why they are often described as "sharp-tongued".[1]

Generally, this cold demeanor causes most other people to avoid being around them so they will typically be seen by themselves and not have many friends, if any at all. This is a fairly big reason they tend to develop feelings for their love interest: they will be one of the only people trying to spend time with them and talk with them.[11]

Derekake Period

Before they have become entirely lovestruck, they will often be seen blushing at their love interest while trying to keep their cool composure. Even if their mind tells them they want to stay calm, their body tends to react to their feelings on its own and they come to the surface anyway. They may start questioning their feelings and their love interest will be constantly on their mind. They may also do things like smiling at their love interest when no one is looking.

Many times they are not good at expressing their feelings and may become embarrassed by the thought of falling in love with someone, sometimes even directing their sharp tongue toward their love interest to hide it.[18]

Dere Period

Nano Eiai from The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You 4

Eiai Nano thinking about her love interest alone in her room from Kimi no koto ga Daidaidaidaidaisuki na 100-nin no Kanojo

While it might not appear like it, kuudere are characters whose inner affection is hotter than others. They are hiding a deep inner love that will come out after becoming close to their love interest, at which point they will begin to show them their cute side. They will become transcendentally spoiled and want their love interest to give them lots of affection when they are alone together, acting very cute towards them.[17]

They are usually people who don't want others to see them in this state, which may be a form of a defense mechanism. When they are first falling for their love interest they may even be able to keep themselves composed in public, but when they get home they start frantically blushing and going on about how they love them to themself. It's for this reason they will only show this cute side of themselves when they are alone with their love interest. They will start to do things like coming up and silently holding their love interest's hand when they are alone or wanting to receive their affection and become intimate when nobody is looking.[17] They will feel more comfortable just being themselves and relaxing in the presence of their love interest. They will feel happy that they finally have someone they can depend on for emotional and physical support, or even just to talk to. They are usually very thankful to their love interest for showing them that there is more to life and that even someone like them can have fun and become loved.[12]

After enough time passes they will even start to feel comfortable behaving this way out in public and doing things like going on dates or being cute with their love interest even when other people are looking.[19]

Differences From Other Archetypes

The archetype that most closely resembles a kuudere is dandere, due to both types appearing as quiet and unemotional on the surface. The main difference, however, mostly comes down to their 'reason' for acting like way. Kuudere are quiet by choice because they are very calm and confident, whereas a dandere is the complete opposite being quiet because they are shy and unconfident in speaking. Kuudere are also very uninterested and uncaring in others and will choose to be a loner, while dandere typically want to talk with others, they just can't because they are too shy. When spoken to by someone who is not their love interest, a kuudere is likely to make some harsh comment and hurt their feelings, while a dandere would either just not respond at all from embarrassment or stutter when trying to reply.

Utsudere is another type that can appear similar to kuudere on the surface, but the biggest difference is that for utsudere this cold and uncaring demeanor is nothing more than a way to hide their depression and feelings of sadness. While a kuudere keeps their emotions in check, an utsudere can often be found crying and letting their emotions take control of them.

It also quite similar to tsundora, which can be seen as a mix of a kuudere and a tsundere. Similarly to a tsundere, a tsundora is in denial of their own feelings and will act defiant towards their love interest in the same way a tsundere would, but rather than acting flustered and stuck-up they say it a cold bitter way like a kuudere. The biggest difference is that a tsundora only does this to hide their feelings, while kuudere are just brutally honest to a fault.

Similar Japanese Archetypes

  • Megane: A term for a stoic and intelligent male character who wears glasses.
  • Rindere: A term for a female character with a cool reserved exterior who is mature and dignified.
  • Tsundora: A term for a tsundere character who acts so icy cold towards their love interest that they make it seem like they actually hate them.
  • Western:Kidere: A term for a kuudere character who possess ice powers. This is an unofficial Western variation of kuudere.

Characters with this Personality

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

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Lucky☆Star - Episode 10. FUNimation (2007/06/10).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Coo-dere. Japanese Slang Dictionary (2006).
  4. Kuudere. Wikipedia JP (2006/09/27).
  5. What is Dere. Pixiv Encyclopedia (2021/09/29).
  6. Coo-dere. WordPress (2007/10/01).
  7. Trait: Kuudere. Visual Novel Database (2011/03/31).
  8. What is Kuudere. Hatena.
  9. What is Sunao Kuuru. Pixiv Encyclopedia (2011/04/29).
  10. What is Sunao Kuuru. Nico Nico Pedia (2009/01/14).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 What is Kuudere. Pixiv Encyclopedia (2010/07/11).
  12. 12.0 12.1 What is Kuudere. Nico Nico Pedia (2009/01/17).
  13. How did "Kuudere" Stop Being Sunao Kuuru and Become a Normal Dere?. Hatena (2021/12/26).
  14. Lucky Channel Ep 10 - Tsundere. Lucky☆Star (2007/06/10).
  15. Tonari no Kuuderella o Amayakashitara, Uchi no Aikagi o Wtasu Koto ni Natta. Amazon (2020/12/10).
  16. Bishoujo to Buraritabi - Beautiful Kuudere Girl. Amazon (2021/12/18).
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 What is a Girl's "◯◯dere"?. AppBank (2016/07/06).
  18. Yatara to Sasshi no Ii Ore wa, Dokuzetsu Kuudere Bishoujo no Chiisana Dere mo Minogasazu ni Guigui Iku (Volume 2). Amazon (2020/11/11).
  19. Yatara to Sasshi no Ii Ore wa, Dokuzetsu Kuudere Bishoujo no Chiisana Dere mo Minogasazu ni Guigui Iku (Volume 6). Amazon (2022/06/13).
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)

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