In the 1960’s when anime began, “dere” types were never a thing. Not that I was alive then, but it’s worth pointing out.
Even anime in the 1970’s (Gundam), the 1980’s (Dragon Ball), and anime like Inuyasha in the 90’s never had “dere” types.
It’s really the year 2000 and beyond that brought dere types to the forefront.
The 2000’s introduced a ton of cliches to the anime industry. Cliches that aren’t always bad necessarily, but cliches that make anime shows comical and predictable.
The kind of predictability that doesn’t ruin a show or make it boring unless it’s abused and misused.
Anime dere types that changed the industry
With all of that said, here are some of the most famous dere types that changed the anime industry.
They changed it as far as:
- mainstream appeal
Let’s talk about it.
Tsundere’s mean the opposite of what they say.
Yes means no, and no means yes. They have too much pride to admit when they’re wrong, especially if that “something” is related to THEM.
This “dere” type is so common and famous in the anime industry there are memes based off it.
Memes are an ironic indicator of success.
Tsundere’s have been a thing since the 2000’s.
The first set of characters and anime shows that made Tsundere popular:
- Toradora (Taiga).
- Shakugan No Shana (Shana).
- Hayate The Combat Butler (Nagi).
- The Familiar Of Zero (Louise).
The 4 Tsundere Wonders.
There’s even a name for these first 4 Tsundere’s called the four Tsundere wonders.
Each character is different and yet the same.
Ever since this period between mid 2000’s, Tsundere’s have popped up in all kinds of anime to this day.
In a way – it’s helped anime’s popularity online, and works as a gateway drug to the industry.
Tsundere’s are one of the most comical dere types, and they tend to show up on “waifu” anime lists.
Kanade Tachibana from Angel Beats is a famous example and one of the main Kuudere’s to start the trend.
Kuudere’s are cold and distant. They’re not trusting of other people and that’s the main reason why they keep you at a distance.
Their “cold” nature isn’t malicious, it’s more about their demeanor and how they appear.
One common trait with Kuudere’s is they’re introverts.
It’s almost impossible to get an anime character who’s extroverted and a Kuudere at the same time.
Characters like this have influenced the industry to this day, and changed the way we look at anime characters. Especially when it comes to how we categorize anime characters.
“Dere” labels make it easier to identify a type, and what we can expect before getting invested in an anime or a character.
Erina Nakiri from Food Wars is a good example. And one of the most famous Himedere.
Himedere’s think they’re more special than they actually are. They have enough pride and ego to get stuck in a front door.
Even when a Himedere’s not a princess they expect to be treated as if they are a princess.
Or as if they’re royalty.
This dere type isn’t as influential as others in the industry, but it’s still relevant and known across the community.
And these types of characters are easy to notice.
Yuigahama from Oregairu is a Deredere. That “smile” is a ridiculous giveaway.
Deredere’s are the cliche anime girls who are:
And caring towards the character they like. They’re always bouncing off the walls and making people sick with their positivity (not literally).
Even though they’re not as famous as a Tsundere, everyone knows a Deredere. Even if you think you don’t.
They’ve played a big role in shaping many:
And other types of anime series.
Nozaki Kun is another anime that has a Deredere as an MC (Chiyo Sakura).
Kurumi Tokisaki from Date A Live is a popular Yandere. Even considered a “waifu” by some anime fans.
Yandere’s don’t f*ck around. And aren’t the type of character you can take the piss out of.
They’re ruthless when it comes to setting boundaries and letting you know what line you’re NOT allowed to cross.
They’ll do anything for the person they love, even if it means murder.
But the main highlight of a Yandere is how their psychotic devotion to a character makes them unstable.
Clingy to the point of not letting their partner have their own space for too long.
If a girl talks to a Yandere’s boyfriend or the guy they like, they’re willing to kill them out of jealousy.
And if their boyfriend (or guy they like) talks to other girls, he’s bound to regret it.
There’s a reason why Yandere’s are so famous. They’re the most black and white, savage, and dangerous type of dere.
Some of the most famous anime with Yandere’s:
- School Days
- Akame Ga Kill
- Date A Live
- Deadman Wonderland
- Mirai Nikki
Popular anime shows tend to have a Yandere or two, but not always. Either way – they’re influence on the industry is clear.
They played a role in changing anime in the 21st century.
Homura Akemi from Madoka Magica is a Dandere. She’s a rare character because her personality before the story is a Dandere.
In the main story it evolves with “Kuudere” tendencies.
Dandere’s are quiet and introverted. They spend time alone and are too anti social to be in groups or crowds.
They’re no different to a shy person with social anxiety. Making them relatable.
Similar to Himedere’s, Dandere’s aren’t the most famous type of dere. But they’re known enough and played a role in shaping anime in the 21st century.
Hinata from Naruto is probably the first and most recognized Dandere in the industry.
And there’s also:
- Umi Sonoda (Love Live School Idol Project).
- Mikuru Asahina (The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzuymiya).
- Nagisa Furukawa (Clannad).
- Mio Akiyama (K-On).
And plenty of other anime characters from semi-popular (or unpopular) shows.
There’s more “dere” types than this. But these 6 changed and influenced the anime industry more than any other.
And these 6 dere types are the most known by the average anime fan.