At first glance, tsundere characters in anime appear cold and distant, yet they reveal a more friendly side. How do we feel about our favorite tsundere?
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These conventions and tropes, which are well-known in the anime world for their prevalence, often serve as the basis of characters’ actions. Male leads in harem programs, the loudmouth, and a bright youngster are all examples of this trope. It’s not just about the tsundere characters.
Someone who appears distant, standoffish or harsh at first but gradually softens their demeanor is described by this Japanese phrase. It’s difficult to pick a favorite because everyone has their own personal favorites, which are hidden beneath a hard outer shell. In terms of tsundere characters, many anime fans may agree on this list: Let’s get to know each other!
Louis Kemner’s July 9th, 2020 update: In the last year or two, a slew of excellent anime shows have aired, and fans have been introduced to a wide variety of people from all walks of life. Tsundere characters, those people who appear distant at first but subsequently open up when the situation calls for it, are definitely included in this category. In fact, they’re a lot like the zodiac sign Cancer. Here are five more tsundere personalities you’ll want as a buddy one day, just in case.
1. Misaki Ayuzawa (Maid-Sama)
In a school where the majority of pupils are male, one girl goes to great lengths to maintain a strong demeanor and keep her distance from her peers. Misaki, on the other hand, has a hidden talent: she works as a maid in a cafe.
Despite her best efforts, Takumi Usui, a fellow student, accidentally discovers Misaki’s secret identity as a maid, setting off a chain reaction of events. Even while Misaki can be a hard-hitting fighter, she also has a soft side.
2. Kagura (Gintama)
Kagura, for the most part, maintains a distance from her companions and is reluctant to display her warm and kind side. After all, this is a comedy show, not a romance. There’s just too much wackiness for a love story, unfortunately.
Kagura, on the other hand, isn’t composed entirely of stone. So isn’t every day that she reveals her more friendly side, but she does it occasionally. There isn’t anyone to blame but herself; there isn’t much time to open up with all the craziness going on around her.
3. Asuka Langley (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
An anime classic, 14-year-old Asuka Langley can control a huge EVA mecha. She is a German girl with partly Japanese ancestry, and Shinji and Rei find her to be a raucous partner.
For the most part, Asuka is aloof and self-absorbed, although she does occasionally reveal a more vulnerable or friendly side when the situation calls for it (though not for long). There was a moment when she even tried kissing Shinji, but she was disappointed by the outcome. That’s too bad.
4. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
One of the Fairy Tail guild’s most formidable wizards, Erza goes by the moniker Titania (queen of the fairies). In addition to being a fierce warrior, Erza serves as a mentor and role model for her fellow guild members, especially Natsu and Gray.
Aside than her liking for cake, there wasn’t much to go on about Erza in the beginning of the series. It wasn’t long before she began to open up, and it turned out that she was in love with her childhood buddy Jellal Fernandez. Erza’s true self began to emerge as Lucy, Natsu, and Gray’s best friend soon after the incident..
5. Jotaro Kujo (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Jotaro Kujo is primarily tsun, with a small amount of dere, yet he is nonetheless counted as a character in the manga. Despite his youth (17 years), he is a harsh and austere man who lacks the charm of Kakyoin, Polnareff, and Joseph. Instead, he’s more likely to say, “Oh my God!”
Regardless, he has a strong attachment to his family, even if he won’t confess it to anybody else. In order to kill DIO and save his dying mother Holly, Jotaro risked his life by traveling the world. Although he wouldn’t acknowledge it, he is also very protective of his grandfather Joseph.
6. InuYasha (InuYasha)
Hmmmm. The question is, is he Kagome’s main character, or is she his? It’s hard to say, but this half-dog, half-demon boy isn’t your average pal. In the beginning, after losing Kikyo, he is a lonely soul, but gradually he reaches out his hand to Kagome, the girl beyond the well.
They work together to find the pieces of the Shikon Jewel and make new friends in the process. Although he has a short temper, InuYasha will battle to the death to protect those he cares about. To find Kagome, he even goes down the well himself! When she’s gone for an extended period of time, he starts to miss her like a real dog. Such a treasure!
7. Hirotaka Nifuji (Wotakoi)
Now it’s time for someone a little more grounded. Because being an anime/game geek at work is frowned upon, four secret nerds get together to form Wotakoi, a romantic comedy series based on their experiences.
Mr. Hirotaka Nifuji, an introvert with exceptional gaming abilities, is one of them. It’s surprising that he didn’t just stay in his own little cocoon, but embraced Narumi Momose as his best friend and boyfriend and fell in love with their shared passion for geek culture. Although Hirotaka can be a little distant from his pals at times, he is also devoted and patient.
8. Chitoge Kirisaki (Nisekoi)
Chitoge Kirisaki, for example, is a popular tsundere character because she is a stunning young woman. In addition to being the daughter of a famed crime family, she is half-Japanese. Raku Ichijo, the son of a yakuza boss, gets partnered up with Chitoge right away.
A harem is formed when the two of them go head-to-head, and more women are added to the mix. Despite this, Chitoge finds herself falling in love with her fictitious boyfriend on a deeper level as the story progresses. However, even if she doesn’t openly confess!
9. Uryu Ishida (Bleach)
Early on, we encounter Uryu Ishida, a Quincy (spirit archer) who is a rival and nemesis of Ichigo Kurosaki, the substitute Soul Reaper. These boys, on the other hand, make peace and work well together to save Rukia and then Orihime.
Uryu is a respectable man who finds the antics of the others amusing. Like a big brother, he regularly tells them off. Even so, he remains devoted to Orihime and is willing to risk his life to keep her safe (he seems to have a crush on her). Ulquiorra’s attack on Ichigo prompted Uryu to take action immediately, considering he is Ichigo’s friendly rival.
10. Saitama (One-Punch Man)
At first glance, a tsundere character might seem out of place in the One-Punch Man spoof action series because this isn’t a rom-com at all. However, in the end, the balding cape-wearing samurai truly does meet the criteria to be considered a tsundere.
He’s lonely and a little resentful, having grown tired of his own power. He’s also hesitant to take on Genos as an apprentice, which makes him unpopular among the other professional heroes. Even yet, Saitama remains a hero who battles valiantly to save the day (usually, one punch or slap seals the deal). Even with his heroic smile, he has given his friends and allies some deep words of encouragement before.
11. Taiga Aisaka (Toradora!)
The “palm-top tiger” has arrived! Taiga may be small, but she packs a punch, and no one dares cross her. She meets Ryuji Takasu, a boy who appears threatening but is actually kind and caring. When it comes to the best friends of each other, Taiga and Ryuji are the go-to matchmakers.
In the end, though, these two oddballs become something of a thing, even if it takes a while. Self-absorbed and irritable, Taiga avoids letting Ryuji see how filthy her home really is. In the end, they agree to go away together!
12. Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)
With Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura, Fruits Basket is one of the most popular Shojo series. Tohru Honda, an orphan with a golden heart, is introduced in this tale. On her journey, she encounters the fabled Sohma clan, which is cursed with the Chinese Zodiac animal spirits of 12 prominent members.
Unofficially, there is a 13th: the cat spirit, which is personified by Kyo Sohma. For most of his life, Kyo has harbored feelings of jealousy and resentment toward both Yuki and the rest of the world. It’s only until Tohru enters the picture that his protective instincts take over. To protect Tohru, he’ll even go toe-to-toe with the cruel family leader, Akito. Impressive!
13. Levi Ackerman (Attack On Titan)
Isn’t he the only one of his kind? Levi is a tough, no-nonsense Scout officer who is always focused on the objective at hand. He’s an incredibly talented warrior who also happens to be a bit of a tidy freak.
He soon accepts Eren Jeager, a Titan soldier, into the Scouts, despite his gruff attitude. However, he still places a high value on Eren’s safety and will go to considerable lengths to ensure his well-being. Levi is similarly devoted to Erwin Smith, but in the end, he permitted Armin’s life to be saved at the cost of Erwin’s.
14. Isla (Plastic Memories)
Giftia (android) Isla, a truly harrowing character, follows. Giftias are incredibly lifelike companion robots in the Plastic Memories universe who serve as computers and friends to anyone who needs them, but they only last a certain amount of time before they have to be replaced. They must be rounded up and removed as soon as possible in order to prevent any further damage to their software.
Isla’s job is to assist with the retirement of other Giftias, but her time is running out. During this period, Tsukasa, a new coworker, grows fond of her and is determined to keep her alive and productive.. Although it’s an impractical endeavor, it’s heartwarming to witness Tsukasa show Isla a genuine relationship right up until the end of her life. On a Ferris wheel, she “dies” in his arms. She had no desire for friendship at first… but later on, it was all that mattered to her.
15. Erina Nakiri (Food Wars!)
In more than one manner, this tsundere shows tremendous personal development. Totsuki Academy dean’s granddaughter Erina Nakiri is one of the world’s best chefs, and her cuisine and sense of taste are unparalleled. Her repressive father’s treatment of her contributed to her coldness.
Erina’s ice-cold façade begins to thaw when she meets the upbeat and enthusiastic Soma Yukihira. At first, Erina has her doubts about Soma, but as he faces off against some of Japan’s most accomplished chefs, she always has her back. Soma’s teammate near the end of the series, she even serves her food with the same funny visuals that Soma uses when she serves hers! We’ve finally rediscovered the bubbly girl from her past!