Archetypes are considered an essential and integral parts of how anime and manga handle character development and are also a source of both fun and conflicts in the plot. They are one of the key ingredients of the essence of the content. And as holding such importance, they also have their own set of terminology called anime dere-types, that describes the characters’ personality with one word.
Each dere types follow a specific mood pattern combined with a well-distinguishable behavior. These dere-types are popular personality types in Japanese media, and the naming works as each expression get combined with the suffix “dere.” There are a whole lot of dere-types that fit this logic, and they are most of the time used to describe female characters. However, there is male-specific and kind of unisex versions of them as well. Also, some dere-types are more popular, while others are less-known.
A couple of the most popular dere-types:
In this article, we have listed all the popular dere types in detail. As a fun exercise, try to identify some of them while watching your upcoming series!
Tsundere is like the two sides of the coin. On the one hand, they are cold and sometimes even hateful towards other characters, but behind the mask of anger and gauntness. However, they have a warmer side that they tend to show when for example when they get complimented (though they express this with a bit of annoyance too). The word derives from the term “tsuntsun” meaning “to be hateful to a certain person,” while “dere” means to become sweet and lovey-dovey. Therefore in public, they usually remain in “tsun-mode,” but when they are alone with their loved ones, they show their romantic and sweet side as well.
Example characters: Aisaka Taiga (Toradora) and Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
You have most probably already met the always-full-of-energy Deredere (or in short dere). These characters are joyful and kind to others around them. Deredere help to solve the problems of others and make them smile, or feel better when they are down, encouraging them to think positive. The term “DereDere” in Japanese means lovey-dovey.
Example characters: Kouko Kaga (Golden Time) and Rinko Yamato (Ore Monogatari)
Yandere characters are kind of like the opposite of tsundere. In the beginning, they act nice and sweet, but their cute side disappears over time, and they show the white of their teeth by becoming possessive and annoying to the person they have fallen for. Yandere characters are typical stalkers, and sometimes they don’t even hesitate to use violence. In extreme cases (and we know that anime is no stranger to extremities) it can even happen that they hurt or murder the person who gets between their relationship. The word “Yandere” is an abbreviation of Yanderu which means to be mentally ill.
Examples characters: Gasai Yuno (Mirai Nikki) and Akane Hiyama (Renai Boukun)