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"Megadere (Western)" is a term for a deredere character who has a strong adoration for their love interest and will not be afraid to give them large displays of affection and tell them how much they love them. They see their love interest as absolute perfection and will spend their time admiring them. They act very cute and loving towards their love interest and will become noticeably happy whenever they are around them to the point they may even start blushing uncontrollably from how much they love them.

In Japan, this dere type is known with a completely different meaning.

Meaning of the Name

Megadere (Western) is a combination of the English word "mega", meaning "very large", and "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "to be lovestruck". It is used to refer to someone who has a very large deredere side, or in other word someone who is 'very' lovestruck, which is often shown in the form of strong adoration and large displays of affection.[1]

Origin

It is not quite clear where the definition for this variation originates from, but it is a misunderstanding of the Japanese megadere. The Japanese megadere originates from the 2003 light novel series Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku o! (JP) to describe the character Ayako Takasu. Ayako was known as the "Goddess (Megami) of Death" and was feared by her other classmates. She was said to never smile and was very harsh towards other students until one day she fell in love with a new transfer named Mamoru Yoshimura. Whenever Ayako was around Mamoru she became very timid and loving, but when she was around anyone else she acted extremely harsh towards them. This Japanese version acts almost as an inverted tsundere, someone who is extremely "tsun" to everyone else but is "deredere" to their love interest.

This Western version of "megadere" likely originated from the false perception that the Japanese version of megadere was a combination of the word English word "mega", meaning "very large", as opposed to the correct etymology of "Megami", meaning "goddess". This likely led people to start using it for characters that had "very large" displays of love towards their love interest, completely leaving out the harsher aspects of the Japanese megadere.

Personality

Western megadere are characters who have a strong adoration for their love interest and will not be afraid to give them large displays of affection and tell them how much they love them. They act very cute and loving towards their love interest and will become noticeably happy whenever they are around them to the point they may even start blushing uncontrollably from how much they love them.

They will not be able to hide their affection for their love interest because just by seeing or thinking about them they will start to show their lovey-dovey side in an exaggerated way. In some cases during these moments, they may be visually depicted as having heart eyes or being surrounded by dreamy pink backgrounds to get the idea across.

They put their love interest on a pedestal and see them as absolute perfection. They will devote themselves to getting closer to their love interest and think that being in a relationship with them would be a dream come true. Because of this, their crush on someone will be extremely obvious to anyone who sees them.

They will do their best to get the attention of their love interest and get them to love them back. They will do all kinds of different things to show their affection towards their love interest, such as giving them extravagant presents, screaming they love them, dancing uncontrollably when they get complimented by them, telling everybody they meet how amazing their love interest is, and so on.

They may even sometimes just stop and stare at their love interest and admire them from afar, often followed by drooling or uncontrollably heavy breathing. It's like as if every time they see their love interest they are in complete awe that they're still as beautiful as the first time they saw them.

Similar Japanese Archetypes

  • Deredere: A term for a character who is lovestruck and does not hide their romantic feelings towards their love interest. Megadere is a variation of deredere that has larger and more exaggerated displays of affection.
  • Kekkondere: A term for a character who is so in love with their love interest that they want to get married to them right away. Many megadere also fall under this type, due to being so lovestruck that they want to immediately get married to their love interest.

Characters with this Personality

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

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References

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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