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.