Definition: What is tsundere?
Posted by Neko Kyou in Defining on August 8th, 2007
You might have caught this word in forums, blogs or even hear people talking about tsundere’s and probably wondered what it actually means. Tsundere is a pretty common term used in the anime community but there are still many who don’t know what is actually means.
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.
Tsuntsun refers to being egoistic, hostile, tough. A tsuntsun would be one who always seems moody or angry and never shows any sign of hesitation or weakness. An example of a tsuntsun character is anime is Suzumiya Haruhi.
It’s debatable whether Suzumiya Haruhi is a tsundere, but from my point of view, she’s more a tsuntsun type character
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.
Come to think of it, Sakura is also a deredere type character…
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. They are the serious, highly ambitious and confident type but slowly develops or shows signs of deredere, usually developing feelings for another character and dropping the tough front.
Tsundere’s are usually female lead characters, but the term itself is not gender specific. Some of the more popular tsundere characters includes –
- Hiiragi Kagami (Lucky Star)
- Narusegawa Naru (Love Hina)
- Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
- Tohsaka Rin (Fate/Stay Night)
- Tendo Akane (Ranma 1/2)
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Woohoo!!! Now I really understand what a Tsundere is thanks to your article!! x3
OMG!! thank you! i never knew wat Tsundere was until now!!! YAY!!!!
… Someone called me a Tsundere… And I had no idea what it meant…
I do not see myself as one at all… >:[
gaah! thanks for teh lovely infos!!!
now, i understand what it means~~
tsundere is quite famous in DeviantArt~~
LOVES TSUNDERE VERY MUCH!!!
Tsundere: Aisaka Taiga
Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière is my favorite 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
i got called a tsundere….
Thanks so much o 3o
Definitely for me
Ahhhhh thanks so much. I’ve seen that word so many times and always think “WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN????”. nd now I know, thanks again.
we just got ourselves a new tsundere: Kyuubi from Naruto
@Mo, that is actually so true… lol!
This is awesome, i always wondered what a tsundere meant. THX SO MUCH!!!!!
My friend called me a Tsundere O^O
now i know what tsundere means, thanks to this article…i understand it now
my friend also called me a tsundere, at first i didn’t know what he was talking about until i actually looked up the word, and now i understand, and maybe even agree
Whoa. My boyfriend classified me as tsundere.
Hi! Your article is pretty good, and who doesn’t like tsunderes n____n I think most people who know about tsundere don’t actually know about the roots of the word, or moe in general though. Also, it’s interesting to note that there are diff types of tsundere (traditional tsundere vs neo-tsunderes). I actually wrote a blog post about that if you’re interested 😛