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"Although she seems to lack emotion, this is largely a pretense."

— The Talosians, Star Trek: The Original Series

Kuudere: A stock love interest who is calm and collected on the outside, and never panics. They show little emotion, and in extreme cases are completely emotionless, but may be hiding their true emotions. They tend to be leaders who are always in charge of a situation.

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

Kuudere クーデレ Edit

The last well-known one, the kuudere girls, are those girls that look expressionless, won't react to whatever the guy says, doesn't get jokes, is usually of white or blue hair and most likely regarded as some sort of genius of high IQ or whatever.

The point of kuudere is that, though they're introduced as something like moving ice statues, as they develop their relationship for the guy they start opening up and even actually showing expressions like smiling lightly and stuff.

In some cases, a kuudere will completely melt or break their ice armor, start crying or screaming "I love you," etc. 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 mask that protects tender, delicate feelings deep underneath the facade, waiting for someone to melt the snow and allow them to blossom.

Kuuderes often speak in a calm monotone and seem unaffected by the world around them. They never seem to be overly happy, excited, or surprised - just as they never appear sad, annoyed, or angry. Extreme examples may even seem to be completely emotionless. 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 humour. They tend to have deep love for someone (they have a good personality when you know them) but are afraid to show it too often because they view it as a weakness, 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.

Sometimes, kuuderes are 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 kuuderes remains strict and business-like, they are emotional underneath their self-control. However, they tend to fear showing any weakness such as admitting liking someone or coming to rely on someone emotionally as well as professionally. Some, are unclear as to how to even express said emotions—and in extreme cases, are unsure what feelings actually mean.

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

There is another dere that is very similar to the kuudere, the coodere.

Meaning of the Word Edit

Kuudere Word Meaning Edit

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 means 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 kuuderes, the kuuru would be the the composed, calm type. The type that doesn't show emotions and stays cool no matter what.

If you want to see kuuru クール used in other ways, go watch Sakamoto Desu Ga? 坂本ですが?Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto), an anime about the cool, cooler, coolest character of them all. Which is not a kuudere by any means.

Different Romaji Edit

Sometimes you may see kūdere instead of kuudere. This is just the same word written with different romaji, Neither are wrong.

Variations Edit

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".

Type 2 — Once You Get To Know Them: They will show the 'dere' side, but strangers and the untrusted will see the 'kuu' side. Friends all consider them to be caring and 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 Edit

Kuugire Edit

A kuugire is a subtype of the kuudere. They are characters which, under further development, reveal a more brutal and violent side instead of the typical loving and caring side. However, such characters in some cases may show a dere-side, but it is not the leading one in their case.

Personality Edit

Kuugires may have sadistic personality traits and a passion for destruction, or treat people with contempt and without any sympathy, but they act aloof, cold, calculating, not showing their emotions and their attitude to what is happening around them. From yandere as such, kuugire differ in the absence of mental disorders and sudden mood swings (which is a sign of "bipolar disorder"). Kuugire are almost always antagonists and/or negative characters.

Please note: Characters who kill against their will and feel compassion for their victims are not kuugires.

Meaning of the word Edit

The “kuu” in kuudere comes from the Japanese pronunciation of the English word “cool” (クール), and thus, is used for a person who is calm and composed on the outside, and "gire" (ギレ) that means "to be mad (at someone)".

What is Gire ギレ? Edit

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's "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 be full of it. To lose your patience. To be done with. To have had the last drop. To burst with anger. To get the last string holding your anger down cut. 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 Edit

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Characters from Anime, Manga, & Light NovelsEdit

  • 11eyes -
    • Yukiko Hirohara
    • Shiori Momono
  • Absolute Duo - Julie Sigtuna
  • Acchi Kocchi - Tsumiki Miniwa
  • Aggretsuko - Fenneko
  • Aharen-san wa Hakarenai - Aharen Reina
  • Aizawa-San Zoushoku - Aizawa
  • Akame Ga Kill - Akame
  • Amagi Brilliant Park (Amaburi) - Isuzu Sento
  • Angel Beats! -
    • Tachibana Kanade
    • Yusa
  • Another - Mei Misaki
  • An Uncomfortable Truth - Lee Taeoh
  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo - Reki
  • Black Butler - 
    • Ciel Phantomhive
    • Ran-Mao
  • Black Cat - Eve
  • Black Rock Shooter - Black★Rock Shooter
  • Bleach - Nemu Kurotsuchi
  • Boku no Hero Academia -
    • Shoto Todoroki
    • Katsuki Bakugo
  • Brave Beats - Maito Kamiya
  • Bungou Stray Dogs -
    • Kyouka Izumi
    • Ryuunosuke Akutagawa
  • Cardcaptor Sakura - Yue
  • Nichijou (My Ordinary Life)- Mai Minakami
  • Citrus - Mei Aihara
  • Clannad - Tomoyo Sakagami
  • Code Geass -
    • Anya Alstreim
    • C.C
  • Darker than Black - 
    • Tanya Akulova
    • Yin
  • Date A Live -
    • Origami Tobiichi
    • Yuzuru Yamai
  • Domestic Girlfriend - Rui Tachibana
  • Elegant Princess Precure! - Tsugi Michiyuru
  • Eureka Seven - Eureka
  • Fairy Tail - Laxus Dreyar
  • Fate - Maiya Hisau
  • Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya - Miyu Edelfelt
  • FLCL - Naota Nandaba
  • FLCL Progressive - Hidomi Hibajiri
  • Free! Iwatobi Swim Club - Haruka Nanase
  • Freezing! - Satellizer L. Bridget
  • Fresh PreCure - Setsuna Higashi
  • Full Metal Alchemist - Riza Hawkeye
  • Full Metal Panic - Lee Fowler
  • Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun - Kiriko Hattori
  • Gangsta - Nicolas Brown
  • Grisaia no Kajitsu - Yumiko Sakaki
  • Gunslinger Girl - Beatrice
  • Gun Sword - Ray Lundgren
  • Haikyuu!! -
    • Kageyama Tobio
    • Ushijima Wakatoshi
  • Hataraku Saibou - Hakkekkyuu
  • Heaven's Lost Property - Ikaros
  • Henjo - Hen na Joshi Kousei Amaguri - Amaguri Senko
  • Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko - Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi
  • Hetalia - Sweden
  • Hibi Chouchou - Suiren Shibazeki
  • High School DxD -
    • Koneko Toujou
    • Tsubaki Shinra
  • Himitsu no Cocotama - Nozomi Sakurai
  • Honkai Impact 3rd - Bronya Zaychik
  • I'm Gonna Be an Angel - Silky
  • Inu x Boku SS - Karuta Roromiya
  • Inuyasha - Kanna
  • Jormungand - Lu
  • Joshikousei no Mudazukai - Robo
  • Jubei-Chan - Toyama Sachi
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War - Ai Hayasaka
  • Kantai Collection - Hibiki / Verniy
  • Kara no Kyoukai - Shiki Ryougi
  • Karin - Anju Maaka
  • Key the Metal Idol - Key
  • Kill la Kill -
    • Satsuki Kiryuin
    • Rei Hoomaru
  • Kimetsu no Yaiba - Giyu Tomioka
  • Koi Koi 7 - Otome
  • Kokoro Connect - Fuusenkazura
  • Konohana Kitan - Sakura
  • Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? - Eucliwood Hellscythe
  • Kyo Kara Maoh - Gwendal von Voltaire
  • Land of the Lustrous - Bort
  • Little Witch Academia -
    • Sucy Manbavaran
    • Diana Cavendish
  • Lucky☆Star - Minami Iwasaki
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha - Fate
  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka ★ Magica - Homura Akemi
  • Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei -
    • Kitayama Shizuku
    • Shiba Tatsuya
  • Majimoji Rurumo - Rurumo
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch - Karen
  • Mitsudomoe! - Hitoha Marui
  • Mob Psycho 100 - Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun - Umetarou Nozaki
  • Monster Musume no Iru Nichijo - Lala
  • Nagi no Asukara - Tsumugu Kihara
  • Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!? - Chizuru Tachibana
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion - Ayanami Rei
  • New Game! - Momiji Mochizuki
  • Noir - Kirika Yuumura
  • Number Girl -Almost all number girls
  • Nurarihyon no Mago -
    • Nurarihyon Nura Past
    • Rihan Nura
    • Rikuo Nura (Yōkai Form)
  • One Outs - Toa Tokuchi
  • Ore no Kanojo ni Nanika Youkai - Shiroishi
  • Overlord - Shizu Delta
  • Rainbow Days - Anna Kobayakawa
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai - Rio Futaba
  • Rosario + Vampire - Inner Moka Akashiya
  • Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend - Megumi Kato
  • Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan - Kusuo Saiki
  • Sailor Moon - Setsuna Meioh/Sailor Pluto
  • Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo - Shiina Mashiro
  • Sankarea - Mero Furuya
  • Shakugan no Shana - Khamsin Nbh'w
  • Shaman King - Anna Asakura
  • Shingeki no Kyojin -
    • Mikasa Ackerman
    • Annie Leonhart
  • Shinometa - Hyouka Fuwa
  • Shoujo Kageki ★ Revue Starlight - Hikari Kagura
  • Shugo Chara - Rima Mashiro
  • Sounan Desu ka - Homare Onishima
  • Space Patrol Luluco - AΩ Nova
  • Splatoon Manga - Half-rim
  • Suisei no Gargantia - Ledo
  • Tanaka-kun is Always Listless -
    • Tanaka
    • Rino
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime - Ciel/Raphiel/Great Sage
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - Yuki Nagato
  • The Seven Deadly Sins - Gowther
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-Kun - Sakura Nanamine
  • Tokyo Mew Mew - Zakuro Fujiwara
  • To LOVE-Ru - Konjiki no Yami
  • Toradora! - Sumire Kano
  • Trinity Seven - Arin Kannazuki
  • Uta no Prince-sama - Ai Mikaze
  • Vampire Knight - Kaname Kuran
  • Violet Evergarden - Violet Evergarden
  • Why the Hell Are You Here Teacher!? - Chizuru Tachibana
  • Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru - Yukino Yukinoshita
  • Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e - Suzune Horikita
  • Zankyou no Terror - Arata Kokonoe
  • Zero no Tsukaima - Charlotte Helene Orléans de Gallia

Characters from Cartoons and ComicsEdit

  • Angel's Friends -
    • Julia
    • Helen
  • Arthur -
    • Fern Walters
    • George Lundgren
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender - Mai
  • Bionicle - Kopaka
  • Camp Camp - Ered Miller
  • Ever After High - Duchess Swan
  • Family Guy - Brian Griffin
  • Go Jetters - Tala
  • Miniforce - Sammy
  • Miraculous Ladybug - Kagami Tsurugi/Ryuko
  • Mixels - Mesmo
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic - Maud Pie
  • Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty - Athena
  • RWBY -
    • Blake Belladonna
    • Lie Ren
  • Sheriff Callie's Wild West - Farmer Stinky
  • South Park - Craig Tucker
  • Star Darlings -
    • Astra
    • Scarlet
    • Adora
  • Steven Universe -
    • Garnet
    • Sapphire
    • Topaz
  • Teen Titans - Raven
  • The Boondocks -
    • Huey Freeman
    • Ming Long-Dou
    • Jack Flowers
  • The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants - Bo Hweemuth
  • The Fixies - Digit
  • The Legend of Korra -
    • Zhu Li
    • Desna
    • Eska
  • The Loud House - Lisa Loud
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race -
    • Crimson
    • Ennui
  • Trolls - Branch
  • Trollz -
    • Onyx von Trollenberg
    • Flint Trollentino
  • Unikitty! - Richard

Characters from Movies, TV Series, & NovelsEdit

  • 2Survive - Mitch Adams
  • 4/20 Massacre - Jess
  • After Dark -
    • Crystal
    • Jake
  • Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong - Joyce
  • Avalanche Sharks - Madison
  • Beware the Lake -
    • Tabitha
    • Mason
  • Beyond the Rave - Jen
  • Big Top Evil - Veronica
  • Black Holler - Marty Farmington
  • Black Water Wilderness - Molly
  • Blood Beach -
    • Harry Caulder
    • Catherine Hutton
  • Blood Frenzy -
    • Rick Carlson
    • Crawford
  • Blood Hook -
    • Peter van Cleese
    • Ann Colbert
  • Blood Lake - Becky
  • Bloody April Fools - Eva
  • Bloody Mallory - Talking Tina
  • Bloody Moon - Angela
  • Broken Saints - Oran Bajir
  • Bunni - Paige
  • Bunny the Killer Thing - Lucas
  • Bus Driver - Joe Smythe
  • Bus Party to Hell - Reese Neptune
  • Camp Daze - Angela
  • Central Park -
    • Harold Smith
    • Leyla
  • Charmed - Prudence "Prue" Halliwell
  • Clown (2019) - Sarah
  • Crowsnest - Danielle
  • Cruel Intentions - Mai-Lee
  • Dark Ride - Jen
  • Dead on Site - Lynne
  • Dead Stop - Beth
  • Detour - Tara
  • Devil's Highway - Michelle
  • Devil's Prey - Susan
  • Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head / Dollface - Debbie
  • Dread - Cheryl Fromm
  • Drive (2011) - The Driver
  • Drive Angry - Piper
  • Drive-Thru - MacKenzie "Mac" Carpenter
  • Dropping Evil - Jackey
  • Dust Devil - Wendy Robinson
  • Eden - Priscilla
  • Evil Has A Grin - Amber
  • Frankenweenie - Nassor
  • Fringe - Olivia Dunham
  • Ghost in the Shell - Motoko Kusanagi
  • Glee - Tina Cohen-Chang
  • Harry Potter - Severus Snape
  • Hell Night - Marti Gaines
  • Hellyfish -Martin
  • High Lane - Chloe Lambert
  • Hitchhiker Massacre - Meg
  • House of Fears - Hailey
  • Ice Spiders - Chad Brown
  • Into the Woods - Kate Kingston
  • Bethrothed - Audra West
  • Jack the Reaper -
    • Jesse
    • Brian
    • Mr. Smith
  • Jessie - Clifford
  • Kids Go to the Woods... Kids Get Dead - Casey
  • Killer Waves - Detective Charlie Holster
  • Killing Eve -
    • Bill Pargrave
    • Amber Peel
  • Lake Fear 2: The Swamp - Toni
  • Lake Nowhere - Bonnie
  • Legend of the Sandsquatch - Sue
  • Lost After Dark -
    • Marilyn
    • Sean
  • Lost Girl - Tamsin
  • Macabre - Ladya
  • Mandy - Red Miller
  • Monsters in the Woods -
    • Ariel
    • Thomas
  • Monster Island -
    • Josh
    • Maddy
  • Moonstalker -
    • Debbie
    • Taylor
  • Murder in the Dark - Jessica
  • My Sister Rosa -
    • Seimone McBrunight
    • Apinya
  • Nightmare Beach - Gail
  • Night Drive -
    • Karen
    • Ian
  • Nightmare Beach - Skip Banachek
  • One Last Look - Yasmin
  • P2 - Angela Bridges
  • Party Night - Olivia
  • Pelt - Jenny
  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles - Neal Page
  • Pool Party Massacre - Nancy
  • Promise - Selene
  • Psycho Killer Attack - Rachael
  • Quadrant 9EV9 - Dr. Gerald Philips
  • Quantico -
    • Natalie Vasquez
    • Eric Packer
  • Race with the Devil - Kelly
  • Room 13 -
    • Josh
    • Natalie
  • Sasquatch Mountain - Erin Price
  • Scalps - D.J.
  • School Spirit - Erica Yang
  • Silo Killer - Liz
  • Star Wars: The Mandalorian - Din Djarin
  • Stranger Things - Jonathan Byers
  • Shameless - Mandy Milkovich
  • Shopping Tour - Son Stas Polansky
  • Slugs - Sue Channing
  • Some Assembly Required - Piper Gray
  • Some Kind of Hate - Lincoln Taggert
  • Sparrow - Dawn
  • Sucker Punch - Sweet Pea
  • Swimming Pool - Kim
  • Talon Falls - Lyndsey
  • Teen Spirit - Lisa Sommers
  • The 7 - Janice Palmdalio
  • The Basement - Suzie
  • The Blackburn Asylum - Jade
  • The Bone Snatcher - Mel
  • The Breadwinner - Razaq Begum
  • The Descent - Sarah Carter
  • The Eves -
    • Nicky
    • Paul
  • The Fanglys - Camille
  • The Final Terror - Margaret
  • The Firefly Trilogy - Denise Willis
  • The Forest - Teddi
  • The Girl in the Cornfield - Tiffany
  • The Hamiltons & The Thompsons / The Thompsons -
    • Francis Thompson
    • Riley Stuart
  • The Hatred - Regan
  • The Magnus Archives - Jonathan "Jon" Sims
  • The Prey -
    • Nancy
    • Joel
  • The Sacred - Miranda
  • The Sopranos - Barbara Soprano-Giglione
  • The Windmill Massacre -
    • Curt
    • Jackson
  • They Feed - Tammy
  • Tiyanaks - Mildred
  • Tormented -
    • Justine Fielding
    • Jason Banks
  • Trailer Park of Terror -
    • Bridget
    • Michael
  • Trance -
    • Jessica
    • Eric
  • Trespassers - Maya
  • Tyrant - Barry Al-Fayeed
  • Unidentified - Nick
  • What the Waters Left Behind - Vicky

Characters from GamesEdit

  • Animal Jam - Greely
  • Azur Lane -
    • Sheffield
    • Admiral Graf Spee
    • Cassin
    • Ayanami
    • Shiranui
    • Kawakaze
    • Eldridge
    • Z46
    • Laffey
    • McCall
    • Montpelier
  • Bang Dream! Girls Band Party! -
    • Yukina Minato
    • Sayo Hikawa
  • Catherine - Katherine McBride
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - Kyoko Kirigiri
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - Peko Pekoyama
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony - Maki Harukawa
  • Dangerous Fellows -
    • Sue
    • Ethan
  • Deus Ex - JC Denton
  • Final Fantasy X - Auron
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones - Marisa
  • Hobby Farm -
    • Tatiana
    • Julian
  • Honkai Impact 3rd - Bronya Zaychik
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia - Blanc
  • Love Live! Nijigasaki - Rina Tennoji
  • Mad Father - Dio
  • Mega Man ZX - Pandora
  • Mortal Kombat - Sub Zero
  • Nekopara - Vanilla
  • Nier:Automata - YoRHa 2B
  • OFF - The Batter
  • Persona 3 - Minato Arisato/Makoto Yuki
  • Persona 4 - Naoto Shirogane
  • Pocket Mirror - Lisette (The real one)
  • Satsuriku no Tenshi - Rachel "Ray" Gardner
  • Senren Banka - Yoshino Tomotake
  • Tales of Symphonia - Presea Combatir
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Fi
  • Xenosaga Trilogy - KOS-MOS
  • Yandere Simulator / Kuudere Simulator -
    • Kuu Dere
    • Ayano Aishi / Yandere-chan
    • Geiju Tsuka
    • Homu Kurusu

Characters from Other SourcesEdit

  • My Inner Demons - Pierce
  • Mystery Skulls Animated - Mrs. Pepper
  • Polandball - Estoniaball

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