Kuudere is a popular anime/manga character archetype that derives from the Japanese pronunciation of the English word 'cool'. Like its sister term Tsundere, it became popular during the release of Neon Genesis Evangelion, with the debut of Rei Ayanami, who to this day remains one of the best and most well-known examples. It is used to describe characters who always remain calm and composed. Though they act serious on the outside, they often have a very dry, sarcastic sense of humour. They tend to have deep love for someone (whether romantic or otherwise) but are afraid to show it too often because they view it as a weakness, either because of who they are or because of the situation they are in. More often than not, they come off as emotionless, acting very cold, blunt and cynical.

Like all the -dere terms (Tsundere, Kuudere, Dandere and Yandere) Kuudere is usually used to describe female characters, but can be used to describe male characters as well. For example, Kiritsugu Emiya from Fate/Zero can be considered a Kuudere because of his tendency to hide his feelings for his wife, as he believes he has to act cold and professional to win the Fourth Holy Grail War.

The main difference between Tsundere and Kuudere is that tsunderes constantly switch between 'tsun' and 'dere', while kuuderes only occasionally show their 'dere' side. Because of this, they are perhaps the most 'evil' of the four terms (the obvious exception being Yandere) with all but a few being anti-heroes.

Other Examples

  • Kylie Morgan from Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2
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