A Brief Guide to Deres
Dere (from dere dere, meaning love dovey) is an archetype by which an anime character may express his or her love or affection for another character in another anime. Dere comes from “deredere” (デレデレ), an onomatopoeia that means “lovestruck” or “lovey dovey” Some of the famous archetypes include Tsundere, Kuudere, Yandere and Bakadere. A very brief overview of these examples will be presented below because there will be a longer series that will dive.
Tsundere is a combinatation of tsun (blunt) and deredere (lovey dovey). This archetype typically calls their love interest baka and acts cold and angry towards them. But they can also be embarrassed and easily flustered. An example of a Tsundere is Mio from Umibe no Etranger. Do you know of other characters in the BL worlds who are Tsundere? Feel free to share in the comments section below.
From the word Kuu (cool) and deredere (lovey dovey). This character acts cool and reserved, aloof and often silent. But beyond their cold exterior lies a gentle demeanor that will melt your heart. A popular and iconic example of a Kuudere is Sasuke from Naruto. Do you know of other Kuudere character that is a Kuudere? Share in the comment section below.
From yandeiru (病んでいる hiragana やんでいる), the progressive tense of yamu (病む hiragana やむ “to be sick”) and deredere (lovey dovey). They are known for being very nice, loving kind and caring, showering the object of their affection with their time and affection. But they can suddenly being aggressive or even twisted and deranged. In the non BL world, a very popular example of this is Gasai Yuno from Future Diary. Creed Diskenth from Black cat can also be considered Yandere especially with how he showers Train with love but will quickly harm or kill those who hit his beloved cat.
From “baka” (バカ), or stupid fool or moron and “deredere” (デレデレ), which means “lovey dovey”. They are often clumsy, a klutz or innocent. They are bubbly and easy to love. Naruto and Boruto, the popular father and son from both their respective series can be categorized as Bakadere.
The Dere archetype runs deep and there are many dere archetypes out there. If you are well versed in this world and know them already, do you have a particular favorite? Feek free to share in the comments below.