Not to be confused with shundere.
An utsudere refers to a character who is often sad and depressed. They are not as sad as the shundere, but are still very similar. Utsuderes have a good reason to be sad and depressed, while shunderes are depressed from the start.
Utsudere characters have a reason for the character’s despair, such as being bullied at school, a loved one dying, insecurity, etc. Usually some sort of traumatizing event in their past or present that impact their lives and/or personality.
However, almost always, they’ll gradually begin to trust others and build relationships after meeting said kind people.
Meaning of the Name Edit
This word is a compound of "utsu" (鬱), which means depression, and "deredere" (デレデレ), which means "lovey dovey".
Utsu 鬱 happens to be one of the hardest kanji to write and has one of the highest stroke orders. It is joked that instead of depicting the meaning "depression", it causes the meaning.