The Japanese word Tsundere is not just a term. It is a character under a name. In the cosmos of anime, the number of anime has the framework of their behavior and moods. But tsundere are different. But what does tsundere means? I’ll take you on the ultimate journey of tsundere meaning and what anime has to do with it.
What is Tsundere?
Tsundere or ツンデレ is a Japanese word with describes a character’s personality. It is used as an adjective that describes the personality of a character who has emotional instability. A character whose moods shift drastically from the cold icy talk to warm caring gestures.
This behavioral change happens mostly because of triggered situations. Especially in matters of love or a pivotal matter. These situations can leave them fluttered and especially to the person involved in them.
Here are my favorite and carefully handpicked characters who fulfilled the exact tsundere meaning in their behaviors and mood swings. Let’s have a look at them.
10. Kagura – Gintama
This comedy anime has our beloved cute little Kagura. She belongs to one of the bloodthirsty and strongest breeds, the Yato Clan. You will definitely fall for her innocent and cute face. She has a distant relationship with her fellows. And seldom shows her warm caring side. As there was no time to show her feelings with the chaos around here. Well, Shinpachi is the lucky one to see it closely.
9. Alto Saotome – Macross F (Macross Frontier)
Alto has long beautiful hair. This fooled many around thinking of him as female and was sometimes called Hime( meaning Princess). He is a great pilot but has a cold personality throughout the series. But he ends up developing emotional bonds with other characters. And finally falls in a love triangle.
8. Louise Valliere – The Familiar of Zero
This tsundere character Louise has impatience and short temper behavior which often ruin her plans. She always in a need to prove herself to others so she can seek love and care from them. Which, in the end, turned out her way to let people accept her the way she is. And build a caring and selflessness towards them.
7. Chitoge Kirisaki – Nisekoi (Nisekoi: False Love)
Being a part of a gangster family, Chitoge always had a tough time making friends. She tried hard enough to note down tiny details of people she wants to be friends with. She is exceptionally smart and can speak both English and Japanese. But she has a short-tempered mind if someone tries to get to her nerves. She shows her open talkative side to people around her as the series goes on.
6. Vegeta – Dragonball Z
Vegeta is one of the best Tsundere characters in the Dragonball Z world. Being the prince of Saiyans, he is arrogant, rude, proud, and merciless. He has no mercy and thinks of himself as superior to others. But as the show progress, he builds affection and compassion for the fellows around him.
5. Uryu Ishida – Bleach
Uryu Ishida or Quincy is the true rival of the Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki. But both of them puts arms to make successful rescue missions for Rukia and Orihime. His personality is quite reserved and is always bossy as he wants things to be his way. But he has a soft corner for Orihime(who might be his crush) as he protects her. And also had a cold and hot bond with Ichigo as his true rival and his friend in need when Ulquiorra attacks him.
4. Saitama – One-Punch Man
This bald character is on my list as he fits the Tsundere meaning truly in his character. He is harsh with words and always after his rivals to insult them in an ironic way. But he is a hero for action with his signature one-punch move (one slap). He always encourages his fellows and friends with courageous words. And sometimes with a cool heroic smile.
3. Asuka Langley – Neon Genesis Evangelion
Touching two backgrounds – Japanese from her name and German from he looks. She is a genius as she has a university degree at the age of 14. Lives like a native German as she was trained strongly to be a pilot at Evangelion. This build-up arrogance made her proud. She considers asking for help as an insult. But deep down she is insecure and sensitive.
2. Tohsaka Rin – Fate / Stay Night
From the school of Shirou. Rin is an outcast. And never build links with other students. Trying to cope with her own issues. She ends up being friends with a summoned Archer who softens her outer hard shell. And ends to be a friendlier and warm person forward in the comic.
1. Inuyasha – Inuyasha
This half-human and a yokai is the topper of my list. He was sealed to a tree and ends up asking for help from a young lady, Kagome Higurashi, who is been chased by a yokai. At the very first, he distrusts her. But then join her on the mission to collect the shards of Shikon Jewel.
At first, he intended to use the Shikon Jewel to strengthen himself into a strong demon. But later as he feels soft feelings for Kagome, he dropped his evil intention. And begin to care for her and her loved ones. He is the perfect example of Tsundere meaning a character who turns from a real demon to a caring friend.
This list of Tsundere meaning characters ends here. If I missed any character, let me know in the comments. And also check the latest fanart masterpieces from the Fanart section of Retrology.