Tsundere no Koto

Neon Genesis Evangelion - Asuka Langley Soryu

Back when I first started watching anime, my favorite character type was the shy quiet girl {like Hyuuga Hinata – Naruto} because I liked watching them break out of that character and be more open. Even now, I like seeing them come out of their shell and talk more often {Hoshino Yuumi~♥}, but not as much as back then. As I watched more and more anime and got introduced to a huge variety of character types, one of those types has been quietly and slowly making a home in my heart. It’s quite obvious which is it…just look at the title of this post! ^_^

For those who don’t know:

From Wikipedia.com:

Tsundere (ツンデレ, Tsundere?) is a Japanese character archetype that describes a conceited, spikey, combative personality that later on turns to being modest and loving. It can also describe a personality that is good-willed, but its attitude and actions often contradict its nature. Originally found in Japanese bishōjo games, the word is now part of the otaku moe phenomenon, reaching into other media such as anime, manga, novels, and even mass media.

Tsundere is an Internet slang word that has a remarkable subdivision structure; usage rules vary accordingly. Therefore, the term is not elaborately defined as to what character types can be described as tsundere; the term transcends gender and species. The definition is often subjected to the creator’s point of view.

I think the reason I like the tsundere more than any character type, other than the twin-tail fetish and the sharp cat-like eyes, is because they are the ones who show the most emotions. They’re typically shown as if they’re always angry or pissed off, but we all know that behind that devious smile or angry face, there lies a caring girl who just wants to be loved.

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Awwww~♥! ^_^

And no matter how strong they may act by beating some poor useless comic relief character senseless, they become the normal flustered school girl who blushes at the mention of her love interest. And what makes them cute is that they deny that fact by making some lie and turning their head somewhere so no one can see them blush! Moe~! ^_^

Fate/Stay Night - Tohsaka Rin

But of course, that moe quality is also what I dislike about the tsundere. How can I dislike a moe quality!? O_o Well, it’s because the tsundere character hides her feelings from their love interest and isn’t completely honest, causing misunderstandings and giving off the wrong impression. And seriously, which male character will ever pay enough attention to realize her feelings? NONE!! That’s why I have seen many tsundere characters with broken hearts…which breaks MY heart. So to mend it back, here’s a tsundere image spam!! ^_^

[TSUNDERE IMAGE SPAM]

Zero No Tsukaima - Zero (Louise)

Shakugan no Shana - Shana

Hayate no Gotoku! - Sanzenin Nagi

Lucky Star - Hiiragi Kagami

Goshuushou-ama Ninomiya-kun - Hojo Reika

Full Metal Panic! - Kaname Chidori

Prism Ark - Priecia

CLANNAD - Fujibayashi Kyou

Mahou Sensei Negima - Hasegawa Chisame
Favorite loli turning, nekomimi wearing, tsukkomi throwing, cosplay maniac tsundere! ^_^

[/TSUNDERE IMAGE SPAM]

Like I’ve said before, tsundere characters are typically {physically} strong, but no matter how strong they are, they are the ones most emotionally vulnerable. We all remember CLANNAD and Kyou’s emotional breakdown right?

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She was one of the strongest characters in CLANNAD and she tried to get her sister Ryou with Tomoya even though she herself had feelings for him. But when it was made clear who Tomoya is actually interested in, it was Kyou who took the hardest blow…emotionally.

It’s the fact that they act strong but are emotionally weak what makes me like tsundere characters. It’s that contradicting nature that I find so appealing.

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18 thoughts on “Tsundere no Koto

  1. Indeed tsundere characters are by far my most favorite type, rosette of chrno crusade(manga version) being a strong example. She takes no shit, but when it gets right down to business she has many layers to herself.

  2. Tsundere FTW! I agree with your post. Out of all the characters in a series, tsunderes are the ones who gets my attentions. They are the most interesting ones and as you say, they show more emotions. Aside from that, there a lot more reason to like them. And who hates tsunderes anyway…*kills tsundere haters*

  3. I consider Kagami and Kyou to be of the same person in different timelines, which is why I love both equally as much. Also, of all the Rie Kugiyama characters featured here, I like Louise best, simply because of her sadistic tendencies. I’m hard just from thinking of the pain she’d inflict on me.

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  5. Kyou was really underrepresented in Clannad the Game though. Plus, maybe I just pick the wrong girls, but the endigs I’ve seen have had a long period of painful dragging-on… Though Tomoyo’s arc made me cry. Anyway. What was my point?

    Oh yeah. Too many characters nowadays are like tsunTSUNtsunTSUNdereTSUNtsunTSUNtsun. Who will bring balance to the Force? Seriously, I want a character who’ll spend more than 5 seconds in deredere mode.

    As an aside, deredere is really fun to try to type fast with one finger only.

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  7. Kyou is awesome.

    But I’m suprised you put up a picture of Chidori as Tessa is the superior character in that series.

    On that topic, why is Kyou so awesome and Chidori such a fail? Their personalities are presented roughly in the same manner. And they’re both KyoAni works.

  8. Tsunderes love that you have put on this page are very interesting.

    But please put down the tsundere the name of the series, some do not know.

  9. i love tsunderes because of their contrasting nature. i would like to ask all of a you question: Do you guys like meganekko and if so who?

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