The Newbies Guide to Tsundere
aka "You're A Bitch At Times But I Love You"
by Ariolander, Hentai PhD.
The online community of anime fans has its own language of sorts with terms like Moé, GAR, Yandere, Trap, and Fap being thrown around with many not knowing what they are or where they come from. Some are imported from our Japanese counterparts, some are onomatopoeias popularized by webcomics, and in an effort to fight off the ignorance, ???-looks, and misuse of these terms I present to you part two of this series.
And note these terms should not limited to the hardcore and *ack* the weeaboo. Read any halfway credible anime blog IE not that the cooperate spin that is AnimeNewsNetwork and these terms come up... Ignorance should not be encouraged nor knowledge poked fun at. Sometimes the only way to express a Japanese concept is with the Japanese word so off we go! [/rant]
Warning: Wikipedia is wrong! Never Wikipedia this term.
It is horribly inadequate and terribly inaccurate.
The Orgins:Main Entry: tsundere
A character, usually female, who runs 'hot and cold going from aggressive and confrontational to affectionate and sentimental.
"Often people confuse the relationship-type 'tsundere' with the crazy-type 'bi-polar' 0.o;;"
Tsundere is actually a combination of two different 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 Suzumiya Haruhi.
Deredere is the opposite of tsuntsun. The deredere characters that are often uncertain and need a push to get going.
An example of a deredere character is Mikuru from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.
There are actually two different applications the traditional which is a relationship-type and the more modern (and in my view incorrect) which is a character-type.
Traditional Tsundere is actually a term that describes a relationship-type or personality progrssion through the course of a relationship. In a traditional tsundere typically they will start out as a tsuntsun and end up as a deredere.
An example of a traditional tsundere character is Shana from Shakugan no Shana
Modern tsundere describes more of a personality-type where characters run 'both hot and cold' switching to and from tsuntsun and deredere modes. Though not exactly incorrect as it still applies my issues with the modern usage of this term is this is probably the most often misused animu term I know.
Archtypes of Tsundere:
Generally tsunderes manifest themelves on one of three ways, though there are a few whom have been known to go overboard and rotate between all three depending on the occasion.
- The Cold Shoulder: In employing this tactic, the tsundere resolves to not give the man in question the time of day. If she does talk to him, responses will be monosyllabic. Pointedly ignoring him in conversation and disdainful looks round out the total freeze she will lay on the dude.
Example of a tsundere who favors this tactic: Genshiken's Chika Ogiue.
- The Violent Approach: Things get physical, and not in the good way. The tsundere, in a bad mood by this point, will punctuate verbal abuse with plenty of good old fashioned violence. Kicks, punches, and other painful forms of beatdown will follow.
Example of a tsundere who favors this tactic: Ranma 1/2's Akane Tendo.
- The Smirk: Not as common a tactic, but effective in its own right, is for the tsundere to constantly belittle the love interest with sarcasm and putdowns. Tsunderes who know the guy's point of pride will not hesitate to insult him on that account, and when this tactic is employed nothing the guy can do will be good enough to impress her.
Example of a tsundere who favors this tactic: Neon Genesis Evangelion's Asuka Langley Soryuu.
The reasons behind a Tsundere's behavior vary, but typically rise from the conflict between her feelings about the object of her affections, and her reaction to having them. This can be as simple as embarrassment, or frustration at being so attached to that boy, particularly if he has certain personality quirks or behaviors that infuriate her.
As a series progresses the traditional tsundere's changes will be more profound because as the traditional tsundere works through her problems her character becomes more dynamic and her character towards the end of a series will stand in stark contrast to her in the beginning.
The modern tsundere is more cyclical rather that some steady progression modern tsunderes move back and forth and often end much as they began or severly hinder their own relationship-progression and if they go anywhere at all much of the pressure is on the male. The modern tsundere's application is VERY complex so for those who would like to know more I will append another post explaining it using some trigonometry and simple graphs for those of you not into math. [continuation post]
Important Note: Tsunderes may seem endearing when observed in a third-person point of view , or in fictional situations (why we like em), but may be considered as aggressive, unfriendly, or a downright bitch when experienced in person.
Tsundere is an easy enough concept to understand. The girl is initially cold to the protagonist, but gradually warms up to him and if it is a more modern tsundere she will revert back and repeat the process. There are also male tsunderes but they are few and far between. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Li Syaoran.
Some say that every woman in anime is tsundere. I disagree and say that there are the Yandere to consider too!
Rember modern tsundere ≠ bi-polar.
My favorite example of traditional tsundere. (Season2 is blasphemy)
What a Tsundere does:
- Starts off as a cold bitch
- Eventually warms up and becomes sweet
- If modern return to Step 1 and repeat cycle
Because I am such a lazy shit much of this is copy pasta. Plus many of them say it better than I.