Baka Japanese word for "idiot", "imbecile", "fool" or any other similar term; also frequently translated as "jerk." This is an all-purpose insult applied to persons who have done anything stupid, insensitive or thoughtless. Usually seen in the idiomatic phrase "<name> no baka!" , which is a favorite of Tsunderes across Japan. Occasionally used as an insulting honorific : Kuno-baka . 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. Not to be confused with Dakka . See also Idiot Crows . Pretty much a given when the series involves an Idiot Hero or two. Written with kanji characters meaning "horse-deer", which puzzles everybody, Japanese or not. (Folk etymologies trace this to someone who can't tell the two apart, or possibly to a test to find
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