Apparently, some people actually think that Stiles and Derek had no development.
I thought they were just joking, but some of the ones I’ve encountered honestly believe that.
not talking about in terms of romance, because not everyone ships
Sterek, so that can slide. These people who’ve said it think that they
had no development whatsoever, no development into friends or even
allies, as in they remained the same since season 1.
Now, people say a lot of things about Sterek, but that has got to be the funniest one yet.
I’d just like to explain why those people are wrong.
Stiles and Derek hated each other in the beginning, obviously, right from the get go. Stiles even suggested letting Derek die in the beginning, and Derek threatened his life twice in one episode, a couple more times throughout the season and slammed his head into a steering wheel (or was that season 2?)
Most of the times they were brought together was because of Scott. For example, 1x04.
In this episode, Stiles and Derek were forced to spend an entire day together while Scott went about in search of a wolfsbane bullet to save Derek.
In this episode Derek said he rip Stiles’ throat out with his teeth, yanked Stiles forward, there was also a lot of bickering, especially on Stiles’ part.
And even after all of that, Stiles still made an effort to wake Derek up when he suspected that Derek was dead.
I do suspect that this did have a lot to do with a person dying in Stiles’ presence, the guilt or the memory of it that would follow that worried him, but at the same time, Stiles probably was worried about Derek somewhere deep down inside.
We all know this episode as well.
In this scene, Stiles was shoved up against a wall by Derek who proceeded to try and demand things of him until eventually Stiles reminded him of who’s home they were in.
And for all the people who said that
Stiles has never done anything wrong to Derek, well, in this episode he
used Derek’s body to get Danny to do what he needed him to do. It wasn’t
physical, so people saw it as harmless, but it could be seen by many as
objectification. Obviously, very problematic.
And let’s completely dismiss the fact that by this time Derek trusted Stiles enough (and knew Stiles was smart enough) for him to come to Stiles for help. Moving on now.
Obviously season one wasn’t their best season,
but we do see clear signs that they didn’t hate each other as much as
they had claimed like when Derek protected Stiles from Peter in the
hospital and when Stiles got in Argent’s face about what Kate did to
Derek and his family. No development yet, but there was something.
This, for me, is the season where things really started to change between the two. They paired up a lot that season, such as in 2x02.
The car scene was incredibly enjoyable, but the most notable part of this episode was when Derek roared Isaac into submission when he tried to hurt Stiles and became Derek “I’m the Alpha now” Hale.
It’s really in 2x04, Abomination, where Derek’s whole view on Stiles changed.
There was yet again, a lot of bickering in that episode, no surprise. But the fact is that Stiles held Derek’s paralyzed body in the water for hours and refused to let him drown.
Guys, this is the same Stiles that was pleading with his best friend to just let Derek die in season 1.
But that was not even the best part of that, it is viewed as the best part by many, but in terms of their development, the most important part of 2x04 was…
without context, this gif displays just how real that scene was. The
intense yet soft eye contact they made was enough, especially coming
Before this scene, Derek’s never broadcasted that much appreciation and affection towards anyone whilst on the show.
It was hard to understand at first, but there was a post I read about a year ago that explained this scene perfectly.
When Stiles finished off Derek’s sentence, labeling the kanima as an abomination, it registered to Derek that Stiles didn’t view him as an abomination. An abomination, something he’s been viewed as for years, something that got his entire family killed because that’s what werewolves were seen as by hunters. It meant more to Derek than maybe even Stiles understood, hearing that and it shows on his face.
And we all know this episode due to a specific “title” and quote given by a specific someone.
Yes, 2x10, Fury.
Another one of those episodes where Stiles and Derek were thrown together, quite literally this time too since Stiles was literally thrown on top of Derek.
Later on in this episode, when Scott came to the rescue, Derek had urged him to just take Stiles, think of Stiles’ to safety first as he did on the same night of the pool scene where he told Stiles to leave before things got dangerous.
It honesty says a lot that Stiles, who Derek found highly annoying, was still someone he cared enough about to think of his safety.
That season seemed to secure their friendship.
Yes, there was that one scene where Derek punched Stiles’ hand.
It is quite clear that this scene was there for nothing other than comedic relief. No, I’m not trying to justify the action since it was still harmful, I’m simply stating that it wasn’t meant to be seen as something serious.
And other than that scene, it seems like Derek and Stiles mostly just looked out for each other that season.
The moment after Boyd’s death cannot not be in this.
Let’s remember that the season before that. when Stiles laid a hand on Derek’s shoulder, Derek gave him a look that suggested it would be best for him if he took it off.
Yet, in this scene, 3x07, Derek easily accepted it despite being in a more vulnerable place than he was in 2x02. He allowed Stiles’ comfort without a single word.
Let me also acknowledge the fact that Stiles cared enough to do it, knew Derek needed something, a little support, and he was there for him.
And in 3x10, the fact that it took only one look from Stiles for Derek to believe Stiles over Jennifer.
Also in 3x10, the fact that Stiles reached out for Derek, who was possibly about to do something risky, almost as if it were an instinct by that time after the many times he’s protected Derek.
Surely, this does contrast from season 1 and 2 where touching Derek was never really an option unless it was necessary.
There was also the elevator scene, the scene that paralleled 1x04.
Going back to what I said before about why Stiles acted the way he did the first time, how his fear of someone dying in front of him probably overrode the fact that it was Derek who was that person. In this scene, it was obvious that Derek was his only focus. He was worried about Derek’s state at that moment, which was clear from the look on his face and the panic in his voice.
And let’s also not forget the fact that Derek was questioning whether they should take the Nogitsune, obviously a danger down because it was in Stiles’ body.
Let me rewind back to the beginning of season 1 where Derek wanted just about nothing to do with Stiles, meaning he probably wouldn’t have cared if Stiles were to die. Let’s also remember who we’re talking about, Derek Hale, the man who jumps for the kill at the slightest signs of danger. The Nogitsune, clearly not good news, and he hinted that he would feel remorse putting the fox down, the only reason being that Stiles was still there somewhere.
We also have the fact that Stiles was Derek’s anchor, Stiles who he hated somehow became Derek’s anchor.
This alone is enough to justify just how highly Derek began to think of Stiles, Stiles who, again, he hated.
and let’s also not forget that this was the season Stiles obviously
became completely comfortable with Derek who he said himself he was
scared of in season 1. Yet, in season 3, he was constantly pushing
Derek’s buttons, knowing he was safe and that Derek wouldn’t harm him in
any way. He lost that fear and in came fondness.
Though they barely had scenes in this season, it definitely did show just how close they got.
There was the fact that Stiles worried for Derek’s safety when he went missing.
There was the face Stiles got when Derek’s name came up on that list of people who were being targeted to get killed.
There was the look on Stiles’ face when Derek was dying.
and the fact that Stiles looked back, reluctant to leave Derek even
while leaving meant saving his best friend who was in danger at the
Bringing up again that Stiles wanted Derek dead in the beginning, but in season four, he found himself worrying about Derek’s safety and life in general more than once.
Season 5 (Bonus)
That wonderful moment where Stiles found himself smiling at Derek’s initials, a reminder of Derek.
This can easily be seen as Stiles missing Derek, Derek who he hated and learned to appreciate and care for.
Stiles and Derek’s development process goes far beyond what was in this post. There was so much more that I could’ve added but did not, these were just a few of the more significant events in their growth.
fail to have noticed their development because they’ve still carried a
few factors of how they started with them throughout all the seasons,
such as their constant bickering, and even with that bit, their
development is clear.
Whether you ship Sterek romantically or not, there is no denying how much they’ve grown. Stiles and Derek had that slow build, the slowest build ever on Teen Wolf and one of the greatest, if not the greatest, developments on that show.
It was a long journey for them and they really did come a long way.