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Baka (馬鹿) is a pejorative term in Japanese that means "stupid", "fool", "idiot". It's common in anime dialogue and is widely used in the otaku fandom.


"Baka" is the most frequently used pejorative term in Japanese literature and spoken language, so it easily made its way into manga and anime. It's suspected that the word originally came from Chinese or Sanskrit.

Contemporary Usage[]

Anime fans often use "baka" like their favourite characters do, as a joke to call their friend a fool or jokingly in discussions about their favourite series.

Some waifus are loved for their use of "baka", like Asuka is. Usually, they are known to be tsunderes and scold the main character (or other love interest they have) a lot. Fans like to create video compilations featuring those waifus saying "baka".


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