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Himiko Agari, from Komi-san wa, Komyushou desu.

"Wandere" (JP) is a term for a character who acts like a dog around their love interest. They will be very affectionate and playful and may do things like wagging a part of their body to get the attention of their love interest. They are also very loyal to their love interest, like a dog is to its master.

Meaning of the Name

Wandere

Wandere! by Ai Fujio

Wandere (ワンデレ) is a compound of "wan wan" (ワンワン), which is a Japanese onomatopoeia for a dog sound, and "deredere" (デレデレ), which means "to be lovestruck". In other words, "wan" in Japanese means "woof", the sound a dog makes.[1]

Origin

The term comes from the 2007 manga series Wandere! (JP) by Ai Fujio.[2][3]

Alternate Name

This is also sometimes unofficially known as "inudere" on Japanese social media. Inudere (犬デレ) comes from the words "inu" (犬), meaning "dog," and "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "lovey-dovey."

Characteristics

Wandere characters in official media are always actual dogs. Characters who aren't part dog but simply act like a dog may count too but this has never been shown in official media.

Personality

Wandere are characters that act like dogs. Many are actual dogs, while others are an inumimi (part human and part dog).

When attempting to express their love, they may try to "wag" a part of their body, such as their hair if they don't have a tail. They will also tend to add "wan" in their sentences.

Wandere characters are usually energetic, or at least generally happy. They may also be depicted as being somewhat dense or single-minded. Those traits may be their default personality, or they may only act excited or airheaded when they are showing their dere side.

Wandere characters are commonly depicted as having a bit appetite. They can eat a lot of food in one sitting and are almost always hungry. They are usually loyal to their love interest, like a dog with their master.

Wandere who are an actual dog or inumimi who is dere for their master tend to be very protective of their master.

Similar Japanese Archetypes

  • Juujin: A term for a hybrid humanoid animal character.
  • Kemono: A term for an animal character that has human traits.
  • Kemonomimi: A term for a human character with animal ears.
  • M Dere: A term for a character who likes being humiliated and teased by their love interest. They will often pretend to be a dog as part of this.
  • Nyandere: A term for a character who expresses their affection for their love interest by acting like a cat towards them.

Characters with this Personality

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

Gallery

References

  1. What Is Wandere?. Nico Nico Pedia (09/10/26).
  2. Ai Fujio. Nautiljon (2008).
  3. Hana to Yume 2008 #2. Hakusensha (2007/12/19).
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)

Other

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