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Japanese word for "idiot", "imbecile", "fool", "dummy" or any other similar term; also frequently translated as "jerk." In real life it's a childish term similar to "Dummy head". This is an all-purpose insult applied to persons who have done anything stupid, insensitive or thoughtless. Usually seen in the idiomatic phrase "no baka!", which is a favorite of Tsunderes across Japan.

Occasionally used as an insulting honorific: Kono-baka. Translation 

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Also employed as an endearment between couples, but the delivery differs — when used affectionately, the word is drawn out instead of spat sharply. Being called "baka" by a new boyfriend/girlfriend while receiving a playful smack on the top of the head is considered a comforting sign of how well things are going.

Written with kanji characters, it reads as "horse-deer", which puzzles everybody, Japanese or not. note  (Folk etymologies trace this to someone who can't tell the two apart, or possibly to a test to find yes-men.) The Chinese have the legend of an Emperor's advisor testing his power by 'showing a horse and calling it a deer'. Though it's not a loanword, you'll often see it written in katakana for emphasis.

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The word, amusingly, also happens to sound identical to ''vaca'', the Spanish word for "cow". This faux ami between the two languages often leads to a lot of bilingual jokes among Japanese and Spanish speakers alike.

"Baka" is a staple of Fangirl Japanese. More and more, along with various honorifics, it appears untranslated in English language manga. "Baka" had previously made its way into English in the 1940s as the US Army's codename for Imperial Japan's Yokosuka MXY-7 Oka, the legendary kamikaze flying bomb.

This word can sometimes take various forms:

  • baka "Baka"
  • baka yarou "Stupid Asshole"
  • oo-baka "Great Baka"
  • origami-tsuki no baka "Acknowledged (ie Got A Degree In) Baka"
  • shoushin shoumei no baka "Down-right baka"
  • sokonuke no baka "Bottomless (ie Down And Out) Baka"
  • akireta baka "Hopeless Baka"
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  • kamaboko-baka "Fish Cake Baka"
  • tanjun-baka "Simple Baka"
  • usura-baka "Dumb Baka"

Ocassionally the word Aho ("Foolish") is used instead, especially by Kansai Regional Accent speakers.

Not to be confused with Dakka.note  See also Idiot Crows. Pretty much a given when the series involves an Idiot Hero or two.

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