Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.
This week’s topic: -Dere Character Types
Deredere is roughly translated as “lovey dovey.” It’s quite boring to be a one-dimensional personality just being all deredere. That is why authors utilize the other expression to bring depth to the character. These combos usually bring about really nice results in main characters (MC) and side characters. The following are the most popular and most used personality variants. They are not limited to just these.
The ultimate classic. The best way to drag out romance in a story is to make it hard for the love interest to accept that they have feelings for the MC. Tsuntsun translates to the expression of turning away in disgust. Most often, love interests will think the MC to be naive, perverted, or useless, therefore acting cold or bitter. But the more time spent with the MC, seeing his/her kindness, usually makes them fall in love. Example characters: Narusegawa Naru (Love Hina), Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
Kuu is the expression of being calm, cool (lol kuu), and collected. Often cynical and straightforward, Kuu-deres will rarely show their caring side. Given the right circumstances, they’d pour their heart out to their love interest. Example Characters: C.C. (Code Geass), Akemi Homura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
Insert -Crazy- here. Yanderu, means “to be sick.” Yandere, most often female, characters are so heavily invested in their love towards the MC that they would go through such lengths as to kill the competition by any means necessary. Normally very sweet and loving, events involving the MC can easily act as a switch for their desires. Example Characters: Fuyou Kaede (Shuffle!), Kotonoha Katsura (School Days)
Dan refers to Danmari, which means taciturn and silent. Dan-dere are usually quiet and shy, maybe even seemingly emotionless in expression. Example Characters: Ayanami Rei (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Nagato Yuki (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)