Kuudere's Top 25 Anime Characters - FandomSpot (2023)

They say there is a direct correlation between the amount of -you guys you know and your intelligence, that's right, don't look it up.

So in hopes of spreading this blessing with our community, we want to talk about a type of dere that is quite often overlooked: kuudere.

A kuudere is a character who appears cold and indifferent on the outside, but actually cares for their loved ones inside. Specific, yes, but it applies to many anime characters. So let's talk about some of our favorites, shall we?


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Kuudere actually comes from the English word "cool", so I don't think I need to explain why we started with Yuno.

He is such a brooding bad boy that even in the most emotional situations, he usually only shows half a smile. This is probably because he gives a lot of power, but he is also discriminated against for being "underworld".

So she always keeps her cool and acts like she's better than everyone else, even though we all know her heart is far from stone.

24Shouto Todoroki

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Cool person basically comes with ice powers so early in the series that Todoroki got the best of it.

The only time we've ever seen him show an outburst of emotion was pure anger. Which goes really well with his flaming side.

Having said that, one would think that he uses both sides equally and therefore is an unrevealed dere type.

But no, her icy nature definitely rules.

23Jotaro Kuujou

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There is a good quote at the end ofJotarou's fight with Dioit really sums up what this man is all about:

"There's only one reason you lost, you made me very angry."

And that's really the crux of it.

Not because he wants to strike out from a distance, he is a kuudere after all. But because if you hurt his loved ones, he will be so determined to win that he will go beyond anyone's expectations.

So considering what Dio did right before they started fighting, it all adds up.

22Juan Liebert

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This is a little more out there in terms of what is considered a kuudere.

Johan is (and has always been) calm and collected. We've seen him change his facial expression maybe once or twice throughout the show.

He is also a cold blooded killer and doesn't seem to care.

But after watching the show a few times, you start to see that it's not exactly true. He still cares deeply for his sister in his own dark and nihilistic way.


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As far as Mikasa is concerned, Eren is the only living being on this planet. I guess you can also include Armin if you're generous.

Nada gets a reaction from Mikasa. Not a horde of titans, not the death of hundreds of people, nothing.

but if youdarejust swipe at Eren with your hand, believe me, she'll come running at full speed and quickly break every bone in your arm. In a way, he is the calmest and most passionate character at the same time.

20Kurisu Makise

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You can certainly defend Kurisu.be a tsundere too. But for the purposes of this list, I'm going to ignore that fact and continue.

As a scientist, Kurisu always tries to remain logical and calm, as we all know that lab coats and mood swings don't mix. Except with Okabe.

But no matter how cold she acts, it's clear that she's one of the most loving characters on the show.

From her serious issues with her father to her kind of romance with Okabe, Kurisu islongof a person without feelings.


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Ray is quite a bit of an actor, trying to fool first the mother and then Norman as to his motives.

In both cases, he keeps trying to pretend that he's an extremely selfish person who doesn't care about anyone and will do anything to ensure his own safety.

Fortunately, Norman saw through their facade when he saw how much prep work Ray had put in just to make sure the three could escape one day.


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With Gowther, it wasn't like he acted like he didn't care about anyone. But more so you forgot you were doing it.

For much of his screen time, he seems genuinely cold, oblivious to what is considered right or wrong. He just did whatever.

But once we see his origin story, we see that he isfar from numb.

In fact, the condition he was in was a result of his caring for sacrifice.

17Sasuke Uchiha

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As much as I hate to put Boruto on "best of" lists, it's objectively the only time Sasuke has really cared for anyone.

We all know that throughout the original and Shippuden, Sasuke was a little ball of rage who only wanted to murder the people he blamed for his past.

Now as an adult, we see that he cares about his daughter and his wife. Although he's obviously trying very hard not to show it.

The best example of his change is the episode where he tries to learn to have fun with Sarada, only to almost stab her.


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When it comes to hiding your true feelings, Yato is definitely the worst of the bunch. You can't help it: it's onevery softwhen he is not slaughtering entire armies.

But this doesn't stop him from trying to at least present a facade to this powerful god who only sees his Shinki as tools and his followers as lesser beings.

The little shrine scene was probably my favorite when it comes to his craft falling apart.

15.giyu tomioka

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Just by introducing this guy, we learn a lot about him. Being a demon hunter, he had to be desensitized to both killing and watching people die.

When we first meet him, he has no problem killing.Nezuko, no matter how human it may appear.

But in a few minutes we also see that it is not so simple.

No matter how tough he acts, he truly cares for his fellow man (or in this case woman) when he decides to trust Tanjirou and let Nezuko live, even supporting them later.

14Agüero Agnes Khun

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As a general rule, signwith white hairthey really tend to be kuuderes.

There's probably some science behind this, but we're talking about anime.

Khun generally fits the role of tactician. So things like emotions and subjectivity are quite harmful to him.

So for much of the series he just dances around making fun of everyone and never showing his true intentions.

But once we learn a little about his past, we see that he is anything but ruthless. In fact, your heart is your main driving force in overcoming the tower itself.

13Killua Zoldick

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As I said, it's all in the white hair.

Since Killua comes from a family of professional assassins, it's no wonder that at first Killua doesn't care about anyone.

Death and murder are happening all around him.weekdayso he tries not to mix with anyone. That is, until Gon arrives.

Every time Killua cracks his shell and shows how he really feels, the tension in the scene soars. And the possibility of crying is multiplied by ten.


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Originally being a bad boy in the original series, no one expected Piccolo to develop a soft spot for anyone.

But with the first arc of Dragon Ball Z, we see that change very little.

After becoming Gohan's teacher, Piccolo treats his student horribly from the start.

But as time goes on, they form a father-son relationship, to the point that Piccolo is now prepared to risk his life for his little student.


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Like Kurisu, Senku cannot let his personal life cause him to lose focus on his work. Hehe is a scientist, After all.

So he keeps releasing one invention after another, slowly rebuilding society and just showing pride in what he's doing.

But when a certain message from the past reaches him, we see that he touched him, even if it was only for a second. We can still see that even the king of science has an ugly side.

10The tenth

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Judges are supposed to feel nothing, so as not to affect their judgement.

Decim is different though. He is not like other judges. Because?

He was imbued with human emotions.

This doesn't show up for very long, in fact he seems less emotional than the other judges. But after thatthe last sectionit comes and oh boy.

Having to part with the nameless miss hits him all at once. And for the first time he shows that he really cares for her.

9.Hitagi Senjougahara

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This is another case where it's hard to draw the line between tsundere and kuudere as she tends to lash out but also doesn't have the typical blushing bakka moments.

Senjougahara always seems cunning. He has a sharp tongue and can both insult and praise you, but he rarely changes his voice or actively portrays the emotion he should be feeling.

Even in the case of the angry snake lady, when Senjougahara had so many lives on her shoulders, she didn't even stammer. Although, from the context of what he said, we know he didn't care.

8.karma akabane

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Watch out, we've got another rude one on our hands.

To be the onelovely border sirbeing him, Karma just wreaked havoc for most of his screen time and never really gushed about anything.

But in his fight with Nagisa, we see him take a truly selfless act and quit when he realized how much he meant to him.

And in the final scene, even the cold-blooded Karma broke his composure. What is good. Because anyone who stayed calm during that is a psychopath.

7.Add Glanzudlii

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Another white-haired one, I'm just saying.

Lay seemed like the type who only cared about his sword and having a good fight.

Although he smiled quite often and was genuinely kind to everyone, he always felt a bit empty. Like an empty facade.

But as we learn more about him, we see that this man has many sources (pun intended) of joy and excitement.

From his past life tohis new mother, and an old friend whom he finally found again.

6.shinichi okazaki

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As they say, don't mix your personal life with your business life.

However, it is a bit harmful when you are a prostitute.

Not only that, but he is also quite young. So it's safe to say that Shin had to put up quite a few walls between himself and everyone else.

But as the walls collapse, we see a very confused boy, now unsure if he should feel normal, or if it was all lust and business all along.

He also has the sharpest tongue that ever lived. So be careful here as he is not afraid to hurt your feelings.

5.Akira Hayama

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Mister Spicey is like most of the chefs on this showhighly competitiveand he always acts as if his victory was assured from the start.

And at home, he constantly berates Jun for not doing chores or getting drunk, and acts like they have a strictly professional relationship.

But in the fall election, we see that their bond goes much deeper than that, as he has made it his life's purpose to ensure her success.

We also get to see the cutest and shortest hug ever.

4.kakashi hatake

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Kakashi is truly one of my favorite characters. So it seems right to put it here.

Since we only get to see one of his eyes most of the time, it's not surprising that he doesn't show much about how he's feeling.

Even when he does get angry, it's usually for comic effect.

But boy, does all that perception change the moment we start.get into his backstory.

Let's just say he's up there when it comes to tragedies at a young age. But even then he proudly says that those who leave their friends behind are worse than scum.


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At first, both Rem and Ram seemed like a rather cold duo, trusting that no one would enter the house except Roswaal.

However, Rem softens to the point of being an outright waifu by the end of the first season. While Ram maintains his cool nature.

She verbally withdraws from Subaru's friendship, but is clearly not as cold as she would like us all to believe.

His biggest weaknesses are obviously The Killer Clown andhis sister.

2.Kusuo Saiki

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You really have to dig deep to say that Saiki is a kuudere, and not just a heartless bastard.

He never seems happy to watchanyoneand he's always planning how to get everyone to leave him alone.

I mean, he saves those around him quite often. But he never seems to do it because he cares, but rather to keep things from getting messy.

But if you stick with him throughout the series, you'll see a few glimpses of his more human side. The moments when he really smiles are there.

And for a brief second, he makes you believe that he had never really been cold to those around him.


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I hesitated whether to put Mugen or Jin here, but I went with Mugen because he is so much worse.

Mugen is a lone warrior who travels from place to place beating up people if they look at him funny, without actually committing to a group.

Even after being introduced to Jin and Fuu, he seems unconvinced and even tries to get rid of them several times.

But like a true kuudere, his true colors show when all the chips are on the table andlast episoderaises its sickly head.

Even though they parted after all was said and done, I know Mugen will probably never forget his fellow travelers.

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