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Violet Sabrewing, from Ducktales (2017)

Not to be confused with "Dandere", "Darudere", "Utsudere", "Hinedere" or "Tsundere".

"Kuudere" (クーデレ), sometimes written as "Kūdere" or just "Kudere", is a character who is calm and collected on the outside and never panics. They show little emotion, and in extreme cases, are completely emotionless, but they may be hiding their true feelings deep down.

Meaning of the Name

Kuudere Word Meaning

The "kuu" in "kuudere" (クー) comes from the word "kuuru" (クール), which is the katakanization of the English word "cool".

In Japanese, kuuru can mean a lot of things. It can mean that someone looks chill, calm or even cold, or exterminator-like badass whenever something happens, or even impressive, like it does in English.

In the case of kuudere, the kuuru would be the the composed, calm type. The type that doesn't show emotions and stays calm and collected (cool) no matter what.

Different Romaji

Sometimes it can be seen as kūdere instead of kuudere. This is just the same word written with different romaji. Neither are wrong.

Personality

A kuudere refers to a character who is often cold, blunt, and cynical. They may seem very emotionless and stoic on the outside, but on the inside, they’re very caring, at least when it comes to the ones they love.

Kuudere are those characters that look expressionless, won't react to whatever the love interest says, doesn't get jokes, and are most likely regarded as some sort of genius of high IQ. These characters are usually designed with hair colors of white, blue, or other cold colors.

The point of kuudere is that though they're introduced as something like moving ice statues. As they develop their relationship for the other person, they start opening up and even showing expressions like smiling slightly over time.

In some cases, a kuudere will completely melt or break their ice armor, start crying or screaming "I love you". This is when a kuudere goes from "kuu" mode to "dere" mode. It's one of the possible developments when you have a kuudere archetype.

Allegorically speaking, a kuudere is like snow: it may be cold and harsh at first glance, but it is also what keeps autumn's seeds warm and safe until spring. Similarly, while perhaps appearing apathetic and awfully pragmatic, it is but a frosty exterior that protects their tender, delicate feelings deep underneath, waiting for someone to melt the snow and allow them to blossom.

Kuudere characters often speak in a calm monotone and seem unaffected by the world around them. They never seem to be very happy, excited, or surprised, just as they never appear sad, annoyed, or angry as well. Extreme examples may even seem to be completely emotionless like robots. It is used to describe characters who always remain calm and composed. Though they act serious on the outside, they often have a very good, sarcastic sense of humor.

They tend to deeply care and love someone and they have a good personality when you know them, but are afraid to show it too often, because they view it as a weakness. It is either because of who they are, or because of the situation they are in. More often than not, they come off as emotionless, acting very cold, blunt and cynical.

Despite disliking to be in charge of a group, they also tend to be leaders who are always in charge of a situation due to their calm, clear-headed and respectable attitude, even in tricky situations. Kuudere characters can be the class presidents that keep their schools running. Other times they take the form of stoic, professional assistants to superiors that they love and respect.

While a kuudere remains uninterested and unsympathetic, they are emotional or empathetic underneath their self-control. However, they tend to fear showing any weakness, such as admitting to liking someone or coming to rely on someone emotionally as well as professionally. Some are unclear as to how to even express their emotions, and, in extreme cases, are unsure what feelings actually mean.

The difference between a kuudere and a dandere is that dandere characters don't talk with people due to their shyness, while kuudere characters chose willingly to not talk, only doing so when necessary and even then they will speak with perfect tranquillity. The dandere archetype is nervous and embarrassed with others, contrary to kuudere, who doesn't show emotions and can control their feelings. Furthermore, both of these dere types distance themselves from others for different reasons, making them mostly lack true friendships with others as a hermit or a hikikomori in society. A dandere character feels very sensitive to criticism from others and they feel inferior, even if they desire true friendships or romance with others. A kuudere character thinks that there is nothing wrong with not having any relationships with others and they rather be completely alone.

Alternatively, some kuudere characters have some form of neurological disability that affects their ability to communicate, which makes them respond in a robotic-like voice to others, makes them unable to pick up social cues, and makes them only interested in their restricted hobbies, preventing themselves from maintaining true friendships.

The darudere type might share the majority of similarities with a kuudere, due to both being distant and uncaring to what others have to say to them. However, a darudere will be more in the sluggish side than the uncaring side, as they will help out others when really necessary.

The utsudere type is often compared similarly to kuudere, due to them being calm and cool to others. On the contrary, utsudere characters show more emotions of being miserable and hurt. A kuudere will just want to be left alone, as a lone wolf, in peace without any drama occurring in their lives.

The difference between a kuudere and a hinedere is that kuudere characters don't care about some things, making them look expressionless in a lot of situations, while hinedere characters show a similar expression due to annoyance, being hateful or feeling cocky. Hinedere characters will snap easily at people if they begin to irritate them, while a kuudere will remain calm and will not care at all.

Due to the way a kuudere acts, a yandere or yangire can easily pretend to be a kuudere when not acting insane.

They can also be mistaken with tsundere, due to how a kuudere can sometimes reply to others without thinking about how the other person would feel, mainly tsundra characters. The difference is how a kuudere will respond to everything unemotionally and may insult nonchalantly without realizing how this can hurt other people, while a tsundere will be more aggressive and start insulting because they feel embarrassed, sometimes knowing very well that this can hurt others.

Variations

Common Variations:

Type 1 — Always In Control: Comes off as "kuu-" (cool) because of emotional control, maintaining a calm, collected exterior. Expressions are subtle, with watery eyes being akin to bawling, and a small smile being akin to a giggle fit. Feelings may be filtered through snark or dry wit. The appeal is their bluntness and directness, in contrast to shy reserve or boisterous rowdiness.

If playing a Love Interest, either the other partner will be the source of "Will They or Won't They?", or they'll skip that and the focus will be on the drama that comes after they admit "They Do". Occasionally this is a trait of a more exaggerated character, the "Emotionless Girl/Boy".

Type 2 — Once You Get To Know Them: They will show the 'dere' side, but strangers and those who they don't trust will see the 'kuu' side. Friends all consider them to be caring. In private moments with them, you may just catch them laughing. Although it will still be considered unusual.

It's not that they spare friends any of the "Deadpan Snarker" wit or that they don't act 'kuu' with them sometimes. The friends just understand it better than those that aren't close.

Type 3 — Mood-Swinger: Alternating between 'kuu-' and 'dere' persona depending on mood. What controls the mood? Some may have clearly defined "Berserk Buttons". Companions might learn how to manipulate this to their advantage. Others might switch moods at what seems to be random moments, which can be very unnerving or confusing to those nearby.

Some might contend that this version isn't 'kuu-' (cool) enough to qualify as a kuudere, and might place them in some other category.

Obviously these variations aren't always used pure, and often are mixed together in different characters. Using Raven from Teen Titans as an example, while she fits the first variation best, she certainly has elements of the other two.

Other Variations and Similar Japanese Archetypes

Coodere

"Coodere" is a term for a character who acts kuudere at first, but turns lovestruck.

Meaning of the Name

Coodere (コーデレ) comes from the words “coo”, a more English-like version of the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “cold”, that being "kourudo" (コールド), and "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "lovey dovey".

Personality

Coodere characters are characters who seem like they don't care about anything, but they actually do. They start out as being cold, distant, and uninterested, not paying attention to any potential love interests. However, as the story progresses, they will eventually turn lovestruck for someone.

A coodere develops feelings, while a kuudere has them all along, but keeps them hidden. Unlike a kuudere, a coodere won't get defensive with other characters, choosing to ignore them instead.

Kuutsundere

A "Kuutsundere" is a cross between a kuudere and tsundere.

Meaning of the Name

Kuutsundere (クーツンデレ) takes the "kuu" (クー) from "kuuru" (クール), a katakanization of the English word "cool", a "tsun" (ツン) from "tsuntsun" (ツンツン), a mimetic word for "irritable", and the "dere" (デレ) from "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "lovey dovey".

Personality

Kuutsundere [1] characters, unlike tsundere characters, do not hide their feelings behind a mask of sarcasm, but express their true feelings. They do not have as intense mood swings as a tsundere, being more collected like a kuudere.

There are 2 main types of kuutsundere characters, the "Temperic Type" and the "Apathetic Type".

The "Temperic Type" of kuutsundere is known for their temperic nature. Sometimes they are calm and cool head individuals, but there are times that they can be more hotheaded. It takes them a while to warm up to their love interest.

The "Apathetic Type", like the name suggests, are apathetic, abstracted, and often show little to no emotions. They can be very sarcastic and rude at times, much like a kitikudere.

During the development of the plot, they may not reveal the dere-side at all, since they are often secondary characters.

Kuugire

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"Kuugire" [2] is a term for a character who is cold and unloving.

Meaning of the Name

Kuugire (クーギレ) comes from the words "kuuru" (クール), which is the katakanization of the English word "cool", and "gire" (ギレ), meaning "to snap".

Personality

Kuugire characters are characters who, as the story progresses, reveal a more brutal and violent side of themselves instead of a loving and caring side. Such characters may show a dere side, but it is not the part of them that is mainly expressed in the story.

Kuugire characters have sadistic personality traits and a passion for destruction, treating others with contempt and without any sympathy. However, they will act aloof, cold, and calculating, not showing their emotions and their attitude about what is happening around them.

Unlike a yandere, a kuugire does not have any signs of mental disorders or mood swings. Kuugire characters are almost always antagonists.

Characters who kill against their will and feel compassion for their victims are not a kuugire, since they feel remorse for their actions.

What is Gire ギレ?

The suffix "gire" (ギレ) is sometimes added to these personality words instead of "dere" (デレ). Its meaning in words such as tsungire and yangire is that of "snapping" or "being mad" instead of dere types "being in love."

The word gire comes from the verb "kireru" (キレる), which means "to snap" or "to be mad (at someone or something)." Basically, to lose your patience, to be done with it, to have had the last drop, to burst with anger, to be beyond the end of your rope. That's what kireru means.

The gire versions of personalities often have nothing to do with love or romance at all. People often attribute "~gire" as more violent versions of "~dere", but these two words aren't actually related. A character deemed "~gire" doesn't even need to be in a romance or anything. They just lean towards aggressive, abusive or violent behavior.

The part of the word kireru that becomes the suffix is "kire", but it becomes "gire" instead because of a process called rendaku that changes the pronunciation of suffixes.

Characters with this Personality

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

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