A cool breeze is blowing, but it is not the winds of winter, it is the winds of kuudere. Unlike tsunderes that hide their dere, lovey-dovey side behind cool hostility, kuudere maintain their cold, emotionless façade near exclusively. They may seem apathetic and generally uncaring, but often they actually care a lot. Typically, the realm of emotionally damaged, kuudere girls are often the most caring of all the dere types.
20 – Tomoyo Sakagami from Clannad
Tomoyo is a bit on the warmer side of kuudere. She used to be a violent woman who punished men for the sake of justice, but wanted to change her image. So upon transferring, she stifled her violent tendencies and put on a cool veneer. While she maintains many kuudere traits, she is caring but some are occasionally able to coax out her past violence.
19 – Ai Enma from Hell Girl
Literally sending people to hell can be a bit taxing on the emotions, so it is probably a good thing that Ai doesn’t have many. Cool under even the most extreme circumstances, Ai is pretty exemplary of the kuudere brand and genuinely cares for her assistants.
18 – Yin from Darker Than Black
It makes a lot of sense that Yin doesn’t show many emotions, since she is not technically human. Due to the tendency of her breed, Dolls, she is willing to sacrifice her life for others. That is really the only way she can show she cares.
17 – Kuroyukihime from Accel World
Although passionate about her love for Aruta, when other people are looking at them, she is as cool as they come. No one ever said love as a kuudere was easy, did they?
16 – Ritsu Kawai from The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior
Shy and anti-social, Ritsu spends her time with her nose deep in her books. While oblivious and often seemingly uncaring, her kuudere attitude stems from not quite knowing how to connect or interact with others.
15 – Noriko Sonozaki from Kiznaiver
Acting as the arbitrator of the Kiznaiver Program, it is probably good that Noriko lacks regular human emotions. It would likely make it impossible for her to do the things she does. However, there might just be more to this kuudere than meets the eye…
14 – Chizuru Hishiro from ReLife
Although highly intelligent, Hishiro doesn’t know how to interact with others. Her coldness is often a point of contention with others due to them confusing it with her thinking she is better than them. However, as we discover through ReLife, this socially stunted girl just wants to make friends and cares about those friendships she does make deeply.
13 – Origami Tobiichi from Date a Live
Due to her aptitude at both academics and sports, Origami has risen to fame in her high school. Despite being well respected, she maintains a cool veneer to her peers. However, she has a soft heart and has the very girly dream of one day becoming a bride.
12 – Akame from Akame ga Kill
After hellish assassination training, Akame’s emotions were stifled, if not killed off altogether. Despite being one of the best assassinations in Night Raid and often seeming very uncaring, she cares deeply for the lives of her comrades. Unfortunately, she is only rarely able to show it.
11 – Ruri Gokou from Oreimo
Although displaying a slight tendency towards tsundere-ism for the main character, Ruri often maintains a pretty cool composure. However, as it is later discovered, she is sweet and tender in her feelings of love, but still handles rejection like a real kuudere.
10 – Lelei La Lalena from Gate
Although Lelei is part of Gate’s main harem, it is her kuudere personality that often causes her to be overshadowed by the other girls. While she does focus on building her magical powers by combining magic theory with scientific theory, she is also quite focused on love, using being overshadowed as a kuudere to sneak past the other girls in order to vie for his affections.
9 – Minami Iwasaki from Lucky Star
Minami is the master of the poker face. While always looking cold and emotionless, her friend Yukata claims differently. Like many kuuderes, her cold attitude is only skin deep.
8 – Akemi Homura from Madoka Magica
Ah, those piercing purple eyes feel like they cut right through you. And they might if you happen to be Kyuubey! While Homura has always been shy, she has not always been so cold. It is a consequence of constantly traveling back in time to try and save a dear friend from her fate.
7 – Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats
Seemingly cold and way too literally, Kanade is often at odds with the bigger personalities in Angel Beats. While powerful and cold, she is kind. In fact, she used to be a normal girl until she closed herself off due to all her friends constantly moving on with happy school memories.
6 – Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Yuki is hard to read, but she loves to read! Very studious and never without a good book with her, she seems cold and uncaring to those around her, but there are brief acts of kindness throughout the series that suggest otherwise.
5 – Shizuku Mizutani from My Little Monster
Shizuku is a hard-working student that just wants to study in order to reach her future goals. As such, she doesn’t really connect to people, or even try to, and that makes her come off cold. However, for those that get to know her, they realize that while she is serious, she is also a great caring person.
4 – Shiina Mashiro from The Pet Girl of Sakura Hall
Shiina is a brilliant artist, but unable to really take care of herself. While others try to build her self-sufficiency, they often give up because she just doesn’t seem to care. While she seems cold, when it comes to her friends, she will go to great lengths to help them out in the ways that she can do, often pushing herself to the limit.
3 – Mei Misaki from Another
Mei is a unique kuudere as her coldness is a result of her family situation and a unique numbing to her surroundings. When we first meet her, she had suffered the loss of someone close to her and was ignored by her class, something that she uses her cool attitude to cope with. However, even when things are resolved, she remains quiet and still very kuudere in the way she cares.
2 – Rei Ayanami from Neon Genesis Evangelion
Rei is often cited as the original kuudere. Detached and withdrawn, she still remains a piloting machine, something that is very much tied to her lack of emotions. However, throughout the series, we discover her softer side as it comes out for the emotional hot mess that is Shinji.
1 – Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan
There is only one character that could oust the cool, blue-haired beauty that is Rei, and it is Mikasa. She exemplifies both a Mary Sue and a kuudere. Great at anything she tries, she goes about it not with pride, but a cool composure that earns the great respect of her peers. Her cool attitude was brought about by her childhood, but that dereness in her was brought out by Eren. While she tries to show a sweetness to him, but it often falls flat.
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