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What is Tsundere?
“Tsundere is actually a term derived by fans to classify a type of anime character that is becoming more common, usually a female lead. It is the combination of two words –tsuntsun and deredere.” – Neko Kyou
“Tsundere is a Japanese term referring to a character (mostly female but male examples do exist) who “runs hot and cold”, alternating between two distinct moods: tsuntsun (aloof or irritable) and deredere (lovestruck).” – TVtropes
So let’s talk about what makes up the word first:
TsunTsun is used to describe characters that are hostile, tough, and often egotistical. They are hard, proud, headstrong, very ambitious and very confident. A good example would be Haruhi Suzumiya. :P
“The tsuntsun can range from the “silent treatment” to “lovestruck kindergartener who pushes you into the sandbox.” The reasons behind a Tsundere’s behavior vary widely. Some are reasonable justifications. Others simply flow from the conflict between her feelings about the object of her affections and her reactions to having them, such as embarrassment or frustration at being so attracted to that boy, particularly if he has certain personality quirks or behaviors that infuriate her. She may not even realize that she is attracted to him, and conversely reject his compliments of her.” – TVtropes
“Deredere is the opposite of tsuntsun. A deredere character is often uncertain and needs a push to get going. Nerine from Shuffle! and Mikuru from Suzumiya Haruhi can be considered as deredere characters.” – Neko Kyou
Deredere are the sweet, generous kind that are, yes, sometimes uncertain.
“Now we have tsundere, the combination of both tsuntsun and deredere traits. A tsundere is a person who starts off with a tsuntsun type personality but ends up with a deredere personality.” – Neko Kyou
So basically, Tsundere are the type of people who appear or start off as hard, ambitious and confident, often striking others down. Then they slowly warm up to the rest of the characters and start showing signs of deredere, developing feelings for a character and often blushing and being stubborn. XD
–Type Tsun: These Tsundere have tsuntsun as their default mood, meaning they usually act tough and confident and strong, but it takes something special to trigger their deredere side. Type Tsuns are often heard saying something along the lines of: “D-don’t get me wrong, I-I’m not doing this for you! I-It’s not l-like I like you or a-anything.”, accompanied with some ferocious blushing on the Type Tsun’s part.
While Type Tsuns slowly cut down on the tough acts and insults throughout the series as she (usually a girl) slowly warms up to the other characters, she usually does not fully convert to “dere”, the nice type. She still keeps that toughness with her XD
Here are some examples of Type Tsun:
AYUZAWA MISAKI from Kaichou wa Maid-sama
HOSHINA UTAU from Shugo Chara
SYAORAN from Card Captor Sakura
LOUISE from Zero no Tsukaima
TAIGA AISAKA from Toradora
You get the gist. Type Tsun are all like that.
–Type Dere: These Tsundere have deredere as their default mood, meaning they are usually sweet, kind, generous and caring, with a hidden violent side that is triggered by someone or something, usually the male love interest.
“Either they have Belligerent Sexual Tension, or he is an idiot or an Accidental Pervert, or she just has no idea how to handle feelings of love and attraction and thus is sweet to everyone except the man she’s interested in. Unwanted suitors such as Dogged Nice Guys or Jerkasses might also trigger the tsuntsun.” – TVtropes
“Type B should not be confused with a Yandere. If a Type B Tsundere were really convinced that her Love Interest didn’t want her, she would revert back to her deredere side and probably enter an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy phase. A Yandere would calmly tolerate a lot of the things that a Tsundere goes bonkers over, but if a Yandere were to decide that her Love Interest really didn’t want her, she would likely snap and Murder the Hypotenuse (or the love interest himself).” – TVtropes
Here are some examples of Type Dere:
HIGURASHI KAGOME from Inuyasha
She’s only like this to Inuyasha, though. She’s like an angel to everyone else. I love Kagome.
Tsundere is probably the most common thing in anime and manga, whether it be shoujo, shounen, seinen, etc. You see countless hilarious (and sometimes not) examples of it throughout manganime history.
Everybody knows about it. And for those of you who don’t… well, now you do! ;)
For Arina fans, I guess Meroko would count as Type Dere, right? She is probably the most lovey dovey girl ever, and does have her tsuntsun moments. Ushio is not the perfect example, but she counts as well. Type Tsun, of course. One of the things I like about Arina is that she does put those trademark personalities (bad boy type, tsundere) in her characters, but she doesn’t make it so obvious as to make them just like any other character.