Tsundere (ツンデレ) pronounced tsun (like tsunami) de-re (like meh or feh), is a very cliché anime character archetype, and possible stereotype in Japan since Japan is anime. The archetype generally applies to those who start out as a shy person that is very stuck-up and shrew to those she care about, but as their character develops, they become more considerate and caring. Tsundere is very prominent characteristic in anime, especially for Moe anime character, and as such is only used in reference to girls in anime. Though it has been used for guys in anime as well, though such cases are extremely rare.
The archetype is usually associated with a close childhood female friend (she doesn't always have to be a childhood friend) who bosses around and/or is very rude to the male protagonist. This can range from simple verbal abuse, to actual physical abuse from the tsundere. Another common trait of the tsundere is that the tsundere gets offended whenever the protagonist flirts, whether it be with the tsundere herself, with another girl, or when the protagonist and the tsundere get stuck in a sexual situation (such as the male falling on top of the girl). This is usually because the tsundere is flustered, being a virgin, since she knows nothing about sex and likes the protagonist. The end results almost always ends in physical abuse for the protagonist.
The most common trait, and basically the tsundere's calling card, is that whenever she does something nice for the protagonist, she down plays it as nothing while stuttering. The tsundere then also makes sure that the protagonist knows that she doesn't like him or anything. An example of such is the tsundere buying tickets for the protagonist's favorite band, even though she doesn't like the band, and then stuttering, "Y-yeah I-I was going anyway... a-and they gave me a-another ticket. Don't think I did this b-b-because I-I-I-I- l-l-li-like you or anything!"
The popularity of the tsundere in anime, which has practically became a fetish and staple when attracting perverted otaku, is because why the tsundere is so mean to the protagonist. Simply put, the tsundere is simply rough on the male protagonist because she loves!~ the protagonist and can't effectively express her emotions towards him. The only true varying factor is the tsundere's form of abuse:
- Is she simply bossy because the protagonist is an anti-social shut in only she understands?
- Is she afraid of losing him?
- Does she flick her hair after insulting him
- Is she just more comfortable around the protagonist? Less comfortable because she likes the protagonist?
- Is she scared to show her feeling because of a hurt past? Or does she just want to make sure the protagonist doesn't hurt himself (usually while the protagonist is being heroic)? THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!'
Tsundere is only in usage when referring to the archetype in Japanese media, mainly anime. You will probably never hear it anywhere else, unless you are at an anime convention.
- OMG DID U C NEON GENESIS ASUKA IS SOOO TSUNDERE!!
I was NOT worried about you, ~Desu
Babby's first tsundere