Senpai Saturday-Because We All Need A Little Kuudere In Our Lives

I mean who didn’t want to be a cool kid in high school? I know I did (even though it never did happen). The so called “cool” kids ended up being all the rich kids that could afford to do cool shit with their friends. But fuck the norm! We weirdos are waaayyy cooler anyways!

Speaking of the word cool, here we are with another senpai Saturday! Ayachan (that’s me) is here to give you a little informational download on the word “kuudere.” Also shout out to Yukinocake for giving my such a kawaii nickname! I wuv it! ❤ Don’t forget to head on over to her site and smash that follow button! You just click here: Go on now! Shoo shoo.

“Kuudere refers to a type of character that is cool, aloof, and introverted but usually very confident-at least on the outside. This contrasts with what is actually a very ‘deredere’ or sweet and loving interior. Kuudere comes from the word “kuuru”, borrowing from the English word “cool”, and “dere” the Japanese term for being sweet. “


I’ve always enjoyed the whole “cold shoulder” concept. I feel like “kuudere” guys/gals give off an extra edge when making their appearance in anime. Sometimes guys/girls that are too sweet piss me off. Not everyone is like that in real life! Maybe that’s why I find “kuudere” characters a bit more relatable.

Kuudere’s sister term in tsundere, but the difference between these two is “tsundere” characters tend to be a bit more cold and hostile upfront (this usually only last for a short amount of time), while “kuudere” characters hold their composer/emotionless facade the whole time. Hence the term “cool.” They maintain that cold stability regardless of the situation they might be thrown into and they may even seem uncaring/apathetic. But once a “kuudere” reveals his/her even just a little bit you soon realize they have a very sweet and loving side underneath all of that ice.

I am back at it again with information at They have some very good information on all the “dere” terms! I see you judge me again. STAHP IT! *Gives dramatic eye roll*

  • 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 humor. 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.

When you look up the term “kuudere” I am sure you will find terms such as “cool,” “cold,” “cynical,” or even “blunt.” But just because a character might be “kuudere” doesn’t mean they are unlovable. Just like any other “dere” character “kuudere’s” have great qualities as well! I often find “kuudere” characters have a lot of dedication and they tend to work harder than others. Once they are committed to something (or someone) they do everything they possibly can to succeed!

Kuudere characters are famous for being ice queens, both aloof and distant. But that is just their outer surface. Their hearts radiate an incredible warmth that fans worldwide can’t help but want to bask in!

We still have to cover the term dandere. That will be next weeks lesson! We are slowly making out way through these character types. I am having a blast doing these little mini-lessons for you all. I hope you guys are too!

Yin artwork

Which character(s) fall under the “kuudere” category that you enjoy watching the most? Do you prefer their sweet or cold/emotionless side more? Let me know down in the comments section! I would love to see which characters you guys like most!

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

3 thoughts on “Senpai Saturday-Because We All Need A Little Kuudere In Our Lives

  1. Thanks for the shout out Ayachan!~ My favorite Kuudere character has to be Karuta from Inu X Boku. I mean she can turn into a freaking huge skeleton. Plus, she’s SUPER DUPER CUTE.

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