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Anime waifus have many types of personalities, but often they can be sorted into smaller categories.
Many characters fall into “dere” types, which helps fans to see which type of person they are or explains their actions a bit more.
A waifu is a fan-based term for someone in an anime or manga that is considered to be the “best”.
This usually comes from a variety of criteria, including looks, personality, fighting style, and relativity to the plot.
“Dere” is simply a way to categorize different types of characters.
In particular, it tends to refer to characters as they gain or pursue romantic interests.
Their responses to their surging emotions reflect their type of personality.
Here we will cover the list of existing “dere” tropes out there, as well as a common waifu for each one!
Beware of spoilers!
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This describes a personality that is, well, rather moronic.
While cute or affectionate, the character tends to be an airhead.
They’re also very innocent and clumsy.
Storylines including these characters often feature secondhand embarrassment. One of the famous examples is Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon.
She’s adorable, and a functional magical girl, but when it comes to romance she often makes silly mistakes.
Truly, she just gets flustered!
A Boccandere is a character who is a member of some organization, usually a criminal.
Because of this status, they’re considered powerful and dangerous.
Their reputation alone is often enough to back up this idea, making the love interest understand that they are not someone to be trifled with.
Danganronpa features one such waifu called Natsumi Kuzuryu, as well as a husbando, Fuyuhiko Kuzuryuu.
Both have criminal organization ties, causing a power imbalance almost instantly.
This character is someone so shy that they become aggressive towards their love interest, but usually in short spurts.
This trope leads to a lot of humorous moments since the waifu can be perfectly normal and sweet until she becomes flustered, at which point she lashes out.
This seeming mood switch also can be used as a way to fluster other characters around them, leading to miscommunication or deep confessions.
Hiyori Iki from Noragami is one of the well-known characters who have a few good bodere moments.
She is typically the logical friend in her group, however, when she starts to blush she tends to blurt out whatever is on her mind, or attack her friends.
This type of character is simply sick and typically has a rather sweet, shy personality.
They may have issues with mobility, leading other characters’ savior complexes to act up.
One notable exception to the shy trope would be Yui from Angel Beats!
Though fitting in the category, she’s extremely outspoken and rambunctious once she’s able to be.
These characters are very quiet, typically anxious about their words being misinterpreted.
They’re extremely vulnerable and usually given arcs revolving around their self-esteem.
Once they feel comfortable, they may gush their feelings out all at once, earning various reactions from their love interest.
Typically, these characters have a hard time expressing their feelings and thoughts to anyone around them.
Yuki Nagato in Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu is a notable member.
This character is the epitome of “sloth”.
They are often characterized as being unmotivated to act unless acted upon.
They have no interest in getting involved or in working, much less working hard.
That being said, if someone needs their help, they’re willing to lend a hand.
Typically while complaining the entire time.
This trope more commonly features men, and basically no waifus to note.
Kuro from Servamp is a great example of this trope.
These are simply energetic, cute, adorable characters.
They’re often fun-loving, and simply want their love interest to have a good time with them.
In short, they’re one of the more normal and acceptable tropes that would be found in a real person.
Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon also fits this trope, as she doesn’t mind what happens as far as her relationship.
Obviously, it will affect her emotions, but it doesn’t control her life and she certainly won’t be violent towards her love interest or anyone else.
This character trope is scary.
Within it, the character acts kind, sweet, and adoring.
But in reality, they are a twisted individual with horrible plans for those around them.
They are often unhinged and relatively unpredictable, since their motives remain unknown to the love interest, and often the audience as well.
Their disturbing tendencies are only revealed through unfortunate events or careful planning, and there’s usually a cost.
That being said, unlike yanderes, doroderes tend to have more control.
They’re less willing to hurt members of their love interest’s friend group or family.
To this end, they’re more reserved and kind.
Sato’s Aunt in Happy Sugar Life is revealed to be a dorodere.
The goudere worships their love interest, in short, attempting to garner them unnecessary gifts or treatments.
While the love interest may explain that this is not ideal, the goudere finds it to be acceptable and correct.
Sometimes this gets the love interest into trouble.
They act on their own, not needing to be told what to do or even to be told anything.
Teruhasi Kokomi often acts this way towards Saiki in Saiki Kusuo No Sai Nan.
This is a rather simple trope for a waifu.
She may act perfectly normal around her friends and family.
But once she’s around her love interest, and only then, does she become embarrassed or flustered.
So the love interest tends to only see them as being shy.
Chiyo Sakura from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun is said to fit this trope.
Himederes live to be worshipped.
They want to be treated like royalty, regardless of their actual status as such.
They are often demanding, bossy, and exceedingly rude.
Sometimes they go through a redemption arc where their behavior is changed.
Oftentimes, they simply tone down their demands ever so slightly for the love interest, and not for anyone else.
This version is specifically feminine, meaning that the characters involved have a princess complex.
Erina Nakiri from Food Wars! is a good example, literally seeing herself on a thone within the show.
These characters are arrogant and extremely distrustful to their fellow cast members.
They may have a soft side deep down, but rather than the tsundere, they’re more harsh and cold.
This trope is mostly seen in men as well.
This character likes to tease those around them, making fun of them while also remaining lighthearted and fun to be around.
Holo from Spice and Wolf is one of the most well-known examples out there.
She likes to rile up her love interest, making them flustered.
But at the end of the day, she’s still kind and caring.
This character has a god complex.
The definition of a god complex is that someone believes they are equal to a god, meaning deserving of worship, attention, money, and services.
Kamideres believe themselves to be perfect, so they’re often arrogant characters.
Their pride is often their downfall within the plot.
The kamideres that are perhaps more appreciated do have a lot of pride but retain respect for their fellows.
Mio Isurugi from MM! is said to be a kamidere.
This character is, in short, a gold digger.
They’re attracted to those around them who have money or a high status.
They typically ignore or brush off other potential love interests.
Sometimes these characters change once they truly fall in love with someone.
Ami Kawashima from Toradora! Is a well-known kanedere.
These characters are a bit extreme in the expectations of their relationships.
They want to get married soon after meeting someone else!
This is not a terribly popular trope, likely due to its stunning nature.
These characters are too direct for a miscommunication plot and too outspoken to be deferred by other love interests.
They tend to be obsessed with marriage.
Yuno Gasai from Mirai Nikki is technically a yandere, but a kekkondere as well.
These characters are specifically violent towards their love interest.
While viewers adore them, the character will run across the screen, punching their love interest in the face.
This is literally how they show their affection.
That being said, they tend to be trusty and dependable, even putting themselves in danger when necessary.
This is especially true if their love interest is involved.
Revy from “Black Lagoon” is a great example of this.
While she literally fights her love interest numerous times, she also saves their life.
She simply has a brash, angry personality, and doesn’t bother hiding it from the other party.
Kuuderes are often treated by other characters as if they have no emotions.
Their faces tend not to betray their feelings, nor their voice, nor their actions.
They seem to have a moral code entirely to themselves, acting on it without asking permission to do so.
Some characters resent this, believing them to be robotic or cruel.
In reality, they’re simply hiding their true emotions about a scenario.
These characters have many variations.
One of the best known is Angel from Angel Beats!
A mayadere may begin the series as a dangerous antagonist.
Over time, however, they switch sides, becoming a sort of hero.
This tends to occur after they’ve met their love interest or a key character, who helps them change their ways.
They are often replaced by another villain who may have worse morals or greater power.
Juvia Lockser from Fairy Tail is a mayadere, who switches over eventually.
These characters are personal fans of whoever is the object of their obsession.
They don’t want to be far from their ‘love’ and worship them in the sense of how one worships celebrities.
They are loyal, but they’re also a bit unhinged.
Their life revolves around getting the attention of the one they like.
Juvia also fits this trope!
This is a napping character, as in, she sleeps.
Most of her energy is dedicated to her favorite past-time, which is catching snoozes.
Some are lazy, some get bored easily, and others are simply shown when they can doze.
Shiki Maboro from Nanana’s Buried Treasure fits this trope.
These characters are cats or have a cat-like feature to them.
This may include cat ears, sounds that are similar to felines, or habits like a cat.
Blair from Soul Eater and Ichigo Momomiya from Tokyo Mew Mew are both variations of this trope.
These characters want to be treated like royalty as well, however, this is the male variant of a himedere.
An oujodere is a proper character.
They tend to be mature, and sweet.
They’re definitely one of the more realistic types.
Some are picky or a bit stuck-up, but overall they’re kind.
Nadeshiko Fujisaki from Shugo Chara is a oujodere.
A sadodere enjoys playing their love interest, meaning they are extremely manipulative.
They tend to enjoy getting their love interest flustered, or even other characters.
These characters don’t tend to have a lot of empathy, but they are extremely protective when pushed to it.
Kurumi Tokisaki from Date A Live is one of the best known.
She manipulates the protagonist and appears to flirt with him, but then switches up her actions towards him time and time again.
These characters are depressed.
They begin the series as depressed characters.
They can eventually feel accepted, but typically won’t be smiley or outgoing.
They’re hidden and unmotivated to really involve themselves, so they need to be looked after and brought out of their shells.
The most famous might be Tomoko Kuroki from Watashi.
Tsunderes are one of the most popular personality types out there, spanning many genders and genres.
They tend to be cold at first and reserved.
But as the person slowly falls in love, they can reveal their soft side.
This appeals to people who appreciate someone who doesn’t like anyone else except them.
A famous tsundere is Taiga Aisaka in Toradora!
She takes the trope to its extreme, becoming violent towards her love interest for no reason other than the inability to handle her own emotions.
She’s extremely hot-headed and outspoken.
An undere prefers to serve their love interest’s wants.
They like to show their affection through an extreme version of ‘acts of service’.
This often means carrying out their love interest’s whims, to do their housework.
Misa Amane in Death Note is an undere who’s manipulated, which is common for these characters unfortunately.
They’re meant to show the danger in not setting boundaries, as a sort of ‘cautionary tale’.
These characters tend to go through an arc that causes them to become depressed.
This may be shown in the series, to explain their personality change.
Eventually, they may be able to move on from the incidents that occurred, usually through the support of other characters.
Sayori from Doki Doki Literature Club is an example of an utsudere.
Yanderes were made popular by Yuno Gasai herself, from Future Diary.
Within the show, she develops an obsession with Yukiteru Amano.
At first, she appears to be sweet and charming.
Over time, her attraction to him develops into violence towards anyone she believes might be into him.
This is a staple behavior of yanderes.
While unacceptable in real life, within the realm of anime stories they fit into a trope wherein the protagonist is subjected to her whims.
She gains complete control over the other party and eliminates anyone else who may become a problem.
Yanderes are actually one of the more popular types out there, spanning from anime over to games.
A good example is found in Doki Doki Literature Club, but that includes some heavy spoilers so check out the game!
These characters are, in short, alcoholics.
They tend to be seen with a drink in hand, they know a lot about alcohol, and they’re usually uninhibited.
Yasuko Takasu from Toradora is an obvious choice, as drinking is literally part of her job.
Cana Alberona from Fairy Tail is known for being able to outdrink others.
This is up for debate, however, the two most preferred types of “dere” personality traits found in waifus include derederes and tsunderes.
Derederes tend to be outgoing, which makes them lovable.
They’re willing to bring shy love interests out of their shell.
They have soft hearts, leading them to want to help those around them to see the joys of life.
Tsunderes, on the other hand, are aggressive with their love.
They are affectionate and want the other party to understand this affection without a doubt, making them attractive for those who need reassurance.
These are two of the most popular versions out there.
There is a range of “dere” types out there.
Some are calm, some are outgoing, others are terrifying!
Waifus tend to have some sort of “dere” simply to describe their personality when they become flustered.
These characters are perfect for manipulating a plot.
Their exaggerated responses allow the viewers to understand the extremes of their behavior.
Yanderes are especially popular for this reason, and for their cataclysmic effect in ruining characters’ lives.
Their outgoing personalities and abnormal tendencies are entertaining to witness.
This list helps us sort some of the common personality traits and explains how these characters tend to act.
Sophia Connelly is a columnist for Dubsnatch. She studies Psychology and is an avid gamer in her free time. Diablo III and Horizon Dawn are her favorite getaways.
by Sophia Connelly May 19, 2021 9 min read
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