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"I've found that there's no greater rush than taking the life of someone you care for. The intimacy that murderer and victim share is unparalleled - witnessing their spirit separate itself from their body."
Karasu, from Yu Yu Hakusho.

Not to be confused with "Yandere", "Dorodere", "Kamidere", "Bocchandere" or "Kitikudere".

A "Sadodere" refers to a character who has a sadistic personality. They enjoy playing with their love interests' feelings, and are commonly referred to as a 'mean tease'.


This word is a compound of "sado" (サド), taken from sadomasochistic (サドマゾヒスト), and "deredere" (デレデレ), which means "lovey dovey".


A sadodere is a troublemaker who enjoys manipulating others feelings, commonly taking pleasure from it. It is common that a sadodere will play with their love interest's emotions and humiliate them as well.

Sadodere characters are typically defined by their sadistic tendencies, and can be violent and cruel to others and even more cruel and violent to loved ones. They always have a severe lack of empathy, however, some characters that are sadodere can redeem themselves. A sadodere is known to hurt others physically and emotionally because they want to and because they feel pleasure from doing it.

Unlike sadodere, a dorodere will not necessarily enjoy hurting their love interest in a slow way, and they will only do it as quickly as they can because they see it as a necessary thing to do. Dorodere characters will see their love interest only as an obstacle or a tool in their mission, and will eventually get crazy obsessed with them.

Although a sadodere enjoys hurting people, they will feel more pleasure when hurting loved ones. That's why this dere type can be confused with yandere. The difference between a yandere and sadodere is that a sadodere character enjoys doing harm, while a yandere character will only harm others to prevent them from taking their crush away from them. Yandere characters can also hurt their love interest, but they do it to get what they perceive to be a positive outcome. Yandere characters don't feel any pleasure in harming their love interest or other people. It's also possible, for a character to be both dere types and feel pleasure like a sadodere while doing these yandere actions.

A more ethical version of this dere would be hiyakasudere characters, who don't like torturing their love interest to death to feel good. They also only want attention from their love interest which they extract in a seductive and teasing manner.

Characters with this Personality

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


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