What is a Waifu ?

What is a waifu ?

It is time for you to learn everything about the magical world of waifus as:

  • What does waifu mean?
  • Where did waifu come from?
  • What are the different types of waifus and which ones are most popular?

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If you have been watching anime (Japanese animation) for a while, you would have most probably come across the slang "Waifu." There has been an eternity of debates on different anime characters being the best waifu. However, it comes down to personal preference. In this article, we will be going deeper into this topic.

Since dakimakuras have become increasingly popular, waifus have become more and more commons among the otaku community. Anime fans can now obtain life-sized body pillows of their waifu and wake up next to them every day.

 Here are some examples of WAIFU body pillows:


Where Did The Word "Waifu" Come From?

The widely accepted root of the word "Waifu" stems from the butchered Japanese pronunciation of the English word "Wife." The origins of this term in Japanese go back at least to the 1980s or 1990s. Since then, it has become a trendy term in otaku culture.

Anime fans started to use waifu to refer to a character they particularly liked, a character they considered unique to them. The first entry in the Urban Dictionary for this use of the word dates back to 2007.

It has also spread outside of anime fandom, so characters in video games or even live television shows can also be called waifu.


Waifu Wars

As mentioned earlier, defining the best waifu can be highly challenging. Some Waifu lovers will run crusades for their waifu and are ready to step on your favorite anime character for the glory of theirs. 

Waifu Battle

Different Type of Waifus

There are many different types of waifu girls that can be found in animes. You can’t imagine how vast the world of waifu is! Before we dive into the different types of waifu, it is important to understand the Japanese term "DERE." “Dere” is often used at the end of words to define a personality. These personality types are often used in manga and video games. 

Let’s begin with one of the most famous waifu types.

What is a Deredere?

The term Deredere (デ レ デ レ) could be roughly translated to lovey-dovey. Deredere Waifu represents an attractive, friendly, and funny person with a kind personality. She is usually filled with smiles, spreading joy and love to people around her but sometimes can have a dark, sad, or hateful side. It's a relatively common type of girl that is usually found in shoujo animes.


Chiyo Sakura from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Rinko Yamato from My Love Story!!

What is a Yandere?

The term yandere (ヤンデレ) is composed of two parts: yanderu (sick) and deredere. Yandere waifu refers to love crazy, obsessive girls who devote everything to her loved one in crazy ways. Their love is so passionate and fanatic that they could kill for the person they love. Yandere Waifu is usually the jealous type. In some cases, they would rather kill the one they love to be with him forever.

At first sight, a Yandere can seem calm and always smiling until something happens, causing them to flip and reveal their true nature. The highlight of a Yandere is how their psychotic devotion to another character makes them crazy and unstable.

Yuno Gasai from Future Diary

What is a Tsundere?

The term tsundere (ツンデレ) is a combination of two words, tsuntsun (to turn away in disgust or anger) and deredere (to become affectionate). The tsundere is another common type of girl as it is presented in many animes. In general, the tsunderes are cold at the beginning or even hostile to the other character. It's sometimes hard to know what they think as yes means no, and no means yes for a Tsundere. They are proud girls and will never admit that they could be wrong.

It takes a lot of work for the protagonist to see her bright side most of the time. Over time, Tsunderes will show their warmer and friendlier side. Tsundere originally came from the Japanese Bishoujo Games. It is also part of the otaku moe phenomenon. It is spreading into maid cafes, manga, novels, anime, and even mass media.

Rinko YamatoMy Love Story waifuTaigo aisaka from toradora

What is a Kuudere?

The term "kuudere" (クーデレ) comes from the word "cold" and the word "derdere." The kuudere waifu is the kind of girl who doesn't show her emotions to others. They are often freezing and severe. They are not trusting people and keep a distance between them and others. However, they open up when they are in a relationship with someone and sometimes let their emotions run free.

This makes waifu characters in mangas exciting because she will reveal her feelings more and more as the story progresses. Metaphorically speaking, we could say that Kuudere waifus are like snow: it may be cold and harsh at first glance, but it keeps autumn's seeds warm and safe until spring.

Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats

What is a Dandere?

The term dandere (だんデレ) comes from the words "danmari" meaning "silence," and "dere," from "deredere" The dandere waifus are really quiet and calm to the point that they could look emotionless. 

The truth is they are just timid! However, if you push the right buttons, you can get them to pour their heart out to you, which is when you start realising that they can be talkative and cute.

Hinata Hyuuga from Naruto


The term "hetare" ( た れ) means "good for nothing." The hetare waifu is the kind of girl that lacks the surviving skills. Besides communicating with others, dressing, and eating alone, she is entirely dependent on the other character.

They are inept and unstable, but that vulnerability itself is the reason why some people like them. Alone, without anyone to guide her, she will die of starvation, get lost on her way to the market, get kidnapped, or could even be eaten by wild animals.

Mashiro Shiina from "Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo."

Mashiro Shiina from Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo


nyandere waifu is a very playful and affectionate girl. They have strange but cute habits of behaving like cats. They will often finish their sentences with a "Nya", which means "meow" in Japanese.

Some of them can even be real cats! Sometimes they could either transform themselves into cats or reveal that they are half-human, half-cat. Other times, they enjoy making people believe that they are one. Honestly, how do our hearts not melt seeing this?

cat-planet-cutiesEris from cat planet Cuties


Himedere waifu usually think very highly of themselves. They believe that they are so unique and special. Furthermore, this type of girl wants to be treated like royalty even if they aren't. It comes as no surprise that they have a very high ego and pride.

They are usually quite bossy and have the habit of bossing people around to do things for her instead of doing things themselves. They will always put themselves first with the one they love. Himedere are driven by success and perfection.

Erina-Nakiri himedere
Erina Nakiri from Shokugeki no Souma


Bifauxnen waifus are girls who dress and act like handsome boys. They can be easily confused for men. In plenty of anime, the bifauxnen are usually very popular with other girls.

kashima yuu from gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun


This time, erona waifus are not "girls" but women between 30 and 40 years old. Contrary to other waifu we've covered so far, they are adults instead of high school girls. They are women with very attractive and developed assets. They are generally secondary characters. They can be nurses, teachers or secretaries. They are very popular with the male population of the anime.


The term "Yuangire" (ヤンギレ) is composed in the same way as "yandere" with "yanderu" (sick) and "kiku" 《効く, which means cut and break. We spoke about yandere waifu who are perfectly capable of killing for love, but Yuangire is not exactly the same thing. Unlike the Yandere, Yangires are not motivated by love at all.

They love to kill and torture people for their pleasure or because they are psychologically ill due to trauma. To top it all off, they very rarely regret their actions. At first glance, they seem calm and harmless but trust me, the last thing you want is to deal with them.

yangire Tsubaki Kasugano
Tsubaki Kasugano from Future Diary 

Which Is The Best Waifu For You?

Many anime fans declare that their waifu is the best. But that doesn't mean you can't find your own, so pick up a sword and enjoy the endless battle of trying to determine who is the best girl. I'm not here to tell you who the best waifu is. Here at Anime Body Pillow, we are brave...but not reckless!

Some Of The Most Popular waifus

Let's go through a list of some of the most popular waifu. Feel free to drop yours in the comment.


Asuna is the waifu of Kirito and the main heroine of Sword Art Online. She has long orange chestnut hair and brown eyes. Asuna is a down-to-earth, kind-hearted, and helpful young woman who can't stand to be a bystander when others are in trouble, a natural-born heroine.

At the same time, she is also quite prideful and will not tolerate others challenging her authority or make fun of her. All in all, she is a powerful character that comes off tough and perhaps a little intimidating but is soft and kind when you get to know her.

Asuna waifu type


The little Rem from Re:ZERO, which turned out to be an extremely popular anime. Rem has short blue hair with large blue eyes. She has a twin sister that she looks almost identical with apart from her hair, eyes, and ribbon clothing. It is hardly noticeable, but her chest is also slightly larger than her sisters.

Rem tends to speak in a superficially polite way, but she can be pretty reckless at times. Rem is the girl's time to do absolutely anything for her loved ones, including sacrificing her own life for their happiness. 


Zero Two

Zero Two is the main heroine of Darling in the Franxx. Her name literally comes from her given code name, 002. She is half-human and half-hurler, who according to the rumor, kills her partners after the 3rd time piloting a Franxx with her because of her "vivacity."

Unlike more traditional female characters in most anime, Zero Two is a very forward and aggressive woman. She's naughty, demanding, and loves challenging the rules. She's the type of waifu that acts like nothing would hurt her. However deep down, she can be quite fragile and is quite careful who she lets into her heart to protect herself from breaking. 



Megumin is archwizard, who is part of the Crimson Demons race and one of the main characters of KonoSuba. She is a young girl with dark brown, shoulder length hair and crimson-colored eyes. As she has a delicate under-developed figure, Kazuma, the main character, describes her figure as a porcelain doll.

Megumin is incredibly straightforward, with almost no filter when she speaks. She is intelligent but has very little self-control, especially when it comes to her explosion magic. Megumin is not the typical girly anime character. She is stubborn, acts a little boyish at times, and gets incredibly shy and flustered when it comes to her feelings.


Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku is not an anime character, but the first Japanese Vocaloid developed and distributed by Crypton Future Media to accompany the eponymous text-to-speech program created by Yamaha.

As Miku has no canon personality to base on, her character relies entirely on the perspective of the song's producer or its listener. One may see her as kind, shy, and reserved. The other may see her as outgoing and playful.


Himiko toga

Himiko Toga is one of the members of the League of Villans in Boku no Hero Academia. She is a classic example of a Yandere waifu as she starts cheerful and friendly but is mentally unstable and has a twisted perception of love.



Bowsette is another waifu who has become quite popular, despite not being an anime character. It is an excellent fusion between two very different characters from the Mario game of the Nintendo universe.

On the one hand, we have Peach, the princess, who spends her time being captured. On the other hand, we have Bowser, the infamous stinging bovine turtle who serves as his eternal captor. Combine the two characters, and you have Bowsette.

Bowsette waifu type

 Now that you know everything, you need to know about the world of waifus. Are you ready to jump in?

Find your perfect waifu from anime-body-pillow.com as we have a vast collection of waifu body pillow covers. As a wise otaku once said, "no waifu no laifu"!

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  • Amanda

    Speedwagon is something else !!! We are reserving a special article about this beautiful Waifu ;)

  • dagreetpapirus

    were is speedwagon body pillow, also there should be a speedwagon type of waifu. IT IS THE GOD OF WAIFUS

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