Everyone loves a tsundere. They are the type of girl that is prickly like a cactus on the outside, but as sweet as sugar deep inside. Originally coined by dating sim fans, players (and soon anime viewers) were decidedly fond of the “tsun tsun,” or harsh, exterior, and working towards spotting the “dere dere,” or soft, interior. And so the official term for girls like Asuka Langley and Taiga Aisaka were born.
It wasn’t long before it spread through the 2D fandom. Finally, fans who found the work they had to put in with a women in order to get to the sweet, nougat center rewarding had something to call their type of anime women.
20 – Yui Kotegawa from To Love-Ru
Yui Kotegawa is on the harsher side of tsundere, leaning dangerously close to being a kudere. She has a disciplined, cool personality alongside a strict set of rules, something that makes her perfect for the high school disciplinary committee. Although she is intolerant of any funny, pervy business, there is a small center of softness in there. Unfortunately, you only get to see a lot of hard shell in To Love-Ru
19 – Sena Kashiwazaki from Haganai
Busty and blonde when spotted from afar, Sena Kashiwazaki may look like a sweet girl all around, but she has a few fatal flaws. While fabulously rich, she is clueless about most things. In order to hide her own incompetence, she compensates with harsh behavior.
18 – Nagi Sanzenin from Hayate The Combat Butler
Like Sena, Nagi is another blonde rich girl, although she is without a good deal of Sena’s curves. Nagi not only has problems confessing her true feelings, but she also hates to lose or admit any fault. This gives her the perfect excuse for that trademark tsundere behavior – violence.
17 – Kagura from Gintama
Of course, who can forget one of the staple characters on the long-running and beloved Gintama? Kagura is often described as an “over-the-top” example of being tsundere, but that is actually not true. She has her moments of tsun, but they are relatively short. A real tsundere would be majorly tsun and minorly dere.
16 – Louise de la Valliere from The Familiar of Zero
With pink hair and pink eyes, you might expect Louise to have a sweet, bubbly personality to match her bubblegum appearance. Unfortunately, you would be wrong. After accidentally summoning Saito as her familiar, she treats him as a dog, often violently punishing him for his impure thoughts. However, when Saito begins to notice other girls, well, the beatings continue, but a soft side also begins to show.
15 – Eri Sawachika from School Rumble
Yet another rich blonde that hides her feelings behind a mask of meanness. As a half-British, half-Japanese girl, alongside being stereotypically rich and snobby, she also struggles with kanji, but still remains best friends with the main character of School Rumble.
14 – Maki Nishikino from Love Live!
With some pretty good piano skills, Maki is the composer of the Love Live group. However, she also enjoys photography. As for her personality, she is a pretty standard tsundere who struggles to share her feelings with her peers. However, sometimes you don’t need to break the harsh shell to see that soft side. With a few childish quirks like believing in Santa, we get frequent glances at the dere inside.
13 – Naru Narusegawa from Love Hina
While outwardly focused on her studies with no interest besides the man at the end of her academic goal, Naru is actually a caring friend and surprisingly sensitive about most things. Unfortunately, she compensates for that sensitivity with a knock-you-out-of-this-world right hook that she frequently shows to Keitaro and occasionally Kentaro. Yet, if Keitaro does manage to catch her when she is not naked in the bath or taking off her top, she can be surprisingly pleasant.
12 – Tohsaka Rin from Fate / Stay Night
When she first let her tsundere flag fly, Rin became the tsundere face of modern anime in the most adorable way. Utilizing the art of the destructive put down in conversation, Rin makes it apparent that she isn’t interested. However, while she is haughty and arrogant, when faced when even the faintest bit of friendliness, she bursts into vermillion blushes.
11 – Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Because who wouldn’t want an all powerful, but unaware of her power God to be a tsundere? I mean, what could possibly happen? The Endless Eight, for one thing.
10 – Makise Kurisu from Steins;Gate
High intelligence with a tsundere personality is a popular combination, but a dangerous one. Such is the case with Makise Kurisu. However, even though she skipped grades and publishes research to CERN, this cool beauty still blushes when a few playful teases are sent her way. Unfortunately, because she was teased in America, she does not like to show weakness. This has led to her peers calling her a tsundere, something which she continuously refutes.
9 – Shana from Shakugan no Shana
As a Flame Haze, Shana is typically pretty indifferent, even cold, to human life. At first she didn’t even give herself a name as she did not see the point. Even the main character Yuuji is nothing more than mildly interesting to her. However, as she spends more time with him, she begins to open up, but some human traits continue to baffle her.
8 – Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari
Hitagi is one of the more unique tsunderes on this list. It is best to think of her as a tsundere with many layers. While in class she rarely speaks, when Hitagi does speak it is in a highly abusive manner. As a self-proclaimed tsundere, she uses her tsundere-ness to protect a secret. However, she is also highly sexualized and uses her appearance to a distinct advantage.
7 – Kirino Kousaka from Oreimo
She may not look like it to the untrained eye, but Kirino is actually a tsundere evolution. Her character combines tsundere with the “imouto,” or cute little sister archetype, creating an interesting new formula that had audiences thrilled until things got a bit uncomfortable towards the end there. Regardless, Kirino is the ultimate hot and cold woman with an attitude that switches so fast it can give you whiplash.
6 – Chitoge Kirisaki from Nisekoi
As we saw with Love Hina, any proper harem and/or love triangle needs a tsundere in it. In Nisekoi, that tsundere is Chitoge. However, unlike the other girls in Nisekoi, Chitoge actually comes with a relatively intriguing personality. Due to her own tsundere-ness, Chitoge and her feelings are essentially trapped in her own head, which is really responsible for Nisekoi never getting anywhere quickly. Since she can’t quite grasp her own feelings, most of what Chitoge does is the result of confusion. It is a cute trait for a tsundere to have, but a frustrating one.
5 – Chidori Kaname from Full Metal Panic
Chidori is one of the older tsunderes on our list. In fact, it was because of her that many anime fans thought whacking your crush with a paper fan was kind of the norm in anime relationships with a tsundere. However, like the fandom for Full Metal Panic, the love for this blue-haired beauty has died down a fair bit.
4 – Asuka Langley from Neon Genesis Evangelion
Like Chidori from Full Metal Panic, Asuka is likely the first tsundere girl that older anime fans fell for. Some argue that she became the template for later tsunderes, but let’s face it, a lot of the early tsunderes were essentially the same. However, there is just something about a fiery red-head in twintails verbally and physically abusing a wimpy kid that brings back so many fond memories.
3 – Kagami Hiiragi from Lucky Star
As the older of the Hiiragi twins, Kagami is smart, studies hard, and often gets good grades. Unfortunately, even after transferring to humanities to be put in class with her friends, she still winds up in a different class. She is protective of her cuter, more innocent twin Tsukasa, but is constantly teased by Konata for always seeming angry. While less violent than other tsunderes, she is still a tough nut to crack.
2 – Mikoto Misaka from A Certain Magical Index
As a tsundere, Mikoto is pretty …Shocking. If only because her psychic ability is to generate electricity. Bad pun aside, to those that don’t know her, Mikoto seems like a proper lady. However, in reality she is a tomboy with a short-temper and many insecurities. It is like the perfect storm of tsundere-ness and is pulled off in such a way that it rarely becomes annoying. In fact, her tsun may just be cuter than her dere. Due to her combat prowess and ability to handle herself well, this is one tsundere that you can root for.
1 – Taiga Aisaka from Toradora
For many tsundere fans, Taiga ranks among their favorites. She is short, she is pretty, she is cute, and she is childish. However, all of that is buried under a violent and easily embarrassed layer of tsun. Of course, she comes from a wealthy family, but one of her better qualities is that when she is beating the crap out of someone, she is brutally honest.
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