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"Teasedere" is a term for a character who flirts with their love interest in a non-serious way to playfully tease them and get a flustered reaction out of them. They will make suggestive remarks to mess with their love interest and playfully laugh at their reaction, which they often find to be cute.

They are not characters who try to directly seduce their love interest, but rather do it with the sole intent to provoke a flustered reaction out of them because they find their reactions cute and funny.

Meaning of the Name

Teasedere was created by combining the English word "tease", meaning "to attempt to provoke in a playful way", and "deredere" (デレデレ), meaning "to be lovestruck".

Origin

Teasedere was created on the internet in the Western anime community to describe the character Holo from Spice and Wolf. Use of this term can be traced as far back as 2009.[1][2]

Alternate Name

Although teasedere is the correct name, the term "hiyakasudere" has also gained popularity online in recent years as an attempt to "Japanese-ify" the name.[3] However, this name gives a different connotation than the original that significantly alters its intended meaning. Hiyakasudere comes from the word "hiyakasu" (ひやかす), meaning "to make fun of, ridicule, or make rude and mocking remarks". This is in contrast to the English "tease", which means "to playfully provoke someone", and in the case of this dere type, to "playfully provoke someone in a flirtatious manner". The term "hiyakasudere" would perhaps better describe S dere; a character who enjoys playing with the feelings of their love interest by teasing them.

A more accurate translation of the word "tease" in this context would be the Japanese word "chouhatsu-suru" (挑発する), which means "to provoke in a flirtatious manner or cause arousal".

History

The archetype has also gained more popularity in recent years, with series like Teasing Master Takagi-san becoming quite popular.

Characteristics

Teasedere are almost exclusively female characters. This is because when it comes to flirting, male characters tend to fall under either the more pervy sukebe type or the more direct charao type instead. It is typically female characters that act like a tease and walk away after making a flirtatious comment or find it cute and funny when their love interest gets flustered by their comments. Male characters also tend to get more easily flustered around someone they find attractive than female characters do, making them a prime target to tease.

However, some male characters do still fall under this type.

Personality

Tease Period

Teasedere characters are playful at heart and enjoy teasing their love interest by flirting with them in an attempt to get a flustered reaction out of them. They will act very provocatively towards them or make suggestive remarks for the sake of teasing them that typically result in their love interest suddenly becoming flustered or embarrassed. They enjoy seeing their love interest get flustered by their actions and often find their reaction to be "cute" or "charming" and may playfully laugh at it, which is further motivation for them to continue teasing them.

Some teasedere may even do this as a way to subtly hide their true feelings when flirting with their love interest by playing it off as just having fun teasing them. This can be a way to judge their love interest's feelings and see if they like them back without opening themselves up to potentially getting hurt.

It is very common for their love interest to not realize that the teasedere is 'actually' in love with them. They will usually think they're just messing with them and don't have any real feelings or intent behind their flirting when this is not actually the case. This will often cause problems for them down the line when they decide to confess their feelings to their love interest in a serious manner.

Deredere Period

Eventually the teasedere will start to realize that they won't get anywhere in their relationship if they're only teasing their love interest. They may start noticing that their love interest isn't taking their romantic advances seriously, even when they are no longer teasing them, and realize it's because they weren't taking it seriously at the start either.

After they come to realize they're in love with their love interest and don't want to hide their true feelings any longer, they will want to become more serious about telling them how they feel. They will slow down on their teasing and be more open and honest with their feelings. If their love interest still thinks they are just teasing them after all of this, they may even state in a saddened and serious voice "I'm not teasing you" to make it clear they are serious with their romantic confession.

If a teasedere is in a relationship, they may still tease their love interest from time to time to make them excited about being with them. This could include doing suggestive actions that make their love interest want to be more physical towards them or whispering something romantic in their ear out in public to see their flustered reaction.

Differences From Other Archetypes

A more extreme version of this type is erodere. While teasedere characters will only try to playfully flirt with their love interest, erodere will be much more direct and suggest far more intimate acts and situations. Erodere characters will be more dirty when talking, while teasedere characters will be more charming and playful instead, usually just trying to be suggestive enough to get a cute reaction out of their love interest.

Teasedere is also very similar to S dere, which is sometimes referred to as a "mean teasedere". S dere enjoy teasing their love interest like a teasedere does, however, the difference is an S Dere enjoys having control over their love interest and the feeling of toying with them. An S dere will humiliate or talk down to their love interest in a playful manner, while a teasedere just likes to get a flustered reaction out of their love interest and does not want to make them feel bad.

Similar Japanese Archetypes

  • Charao: A term for a flirtatious male character. Unlike with teasedere, they do not tease or playfully make fun of their love interest and are instead directly trying to attract and enter a relationship with them, rather than trying to get a reaction out of them.
  • Erodere: A term for a character who will act erotic at first, often in the form of teasing, but will become extremely embarrassed after experiencing true affection.
  • Koakuma: A term for a young female character who is a seductress and tries to seduce anyone they are interested in. Similarly to charao, there is no teasing involved in the flirting and it is more directly trying to enter a relationship.
  • S Dere: A term for a character who enjoys playing with the feelings of their love interest, which is sometimes referred to as a "mean tease".

Characters with this Personality

See Teasedere/Japanese Characters to see characters from Japanese media.
See Teasedere/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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