A tsundere is a stereotypical anime girl (or boy, sometimes) who is initially extremely cold and hostile towards anyone who tries to approach her. But with time, she becomes a warmer, friendlier person who can easily make your heart melt. The word tsundere has been derived from “tsun tsun” which means “turn away in anger” and “dere dere” which translates to “lovey dovey”. For me personally, Tsundere characters can be downright annoying in the beginning as they seem extremely violent and shallow. But that’s probably the whole point of introducing these passive-aggressive queens to the world of anime.
Once you start getting irritated by their explosively cute tempers, only then you’re able to appreciate their softer side which changes the entire direction of the anime. Over the years, anime shows, especially from the shoujo genre, have introduced a multitude of these characters and though they are pretty much the same when it comes to acting in a certain way, they have their own unique styles of punishing those who try to mess with them. With all that said, here’s the list of top Tsundere anime characters of all time:
10. Haruhi Suzumiya – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
“Feeling of love are just a temporary lapse in judgment. Like a mental illness.” – Haruhi Suzumiya
‘The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya‘ is about a girl who is in search of time travelers, espers and aliens. She then forms a school club that is solely meant for fulfilling her mission and without even knowing it, she enlists an alien, and esper and a time traveler to the group. As simple as its plot may seem, it’s full of unexpected twists and turns that will keep you confused but engaged throughout the anime.
What makes Haruhi Suzumiya a Tsundere is how abrasively she treats Kyon, who is the only normal human in their club. While Kyon makes it pretty obvious that he has a thing for her, she never really shows any kind of feelings for him. Her true “dere dere” side comes out when she starts taking care of him while he is in a coma at one point of the story. Kyon himself acts more like Tsundere with other characters of the show but with Haruhi, he just seems to be involuntarily drawn towards her.
9. Maki Nishikino – Love Live!
“Nobody thinks they’re cuter than others unless they are conceited.” – Maki Nishikino