Dandere

Dandere describes a character that is quiet and antisocial. Danderes often want to be heard but they are too scared / embarrassed to talk. They choose to not say much / anything at all around others as they do not want to say the wrong thing that might cause any trouble.

However, with time, the character gradually opens up to the people around them by talking more and expressing themselves better. In some cases, Danderes will open up only to their love interest when the two are alone together.
Dandere is derived from the term ‘danmari’ (silence) and ‘dere dere’ (affectionate/lovey dovey).

Example

An example of this type of character is Nagato Yuki from the series “Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu” (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya). She is a student at North High high-school who quietly reads books in her spare time. That is until she is recruited by Haruhi Suzumiya (female main character), to join the SOS Brigade, a club that investigates mysterious events and supernatural phenomena’s.

Nagato Yuki

Nagato Yuki

Nagato speaks in a monotone voice and rarely interacts with other club members. She would mostly nod, point or give short responses when she is asked a question and show no facial expressions when a joke or insult is made against her.

However, later on in the series, she starts to open up to club members by becoming more involved with them.

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