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Tsundere (ツンデレ) is a Japanese term for a character archetype that started out as internet slang from Ayashii World on August 29, 2002 to describe Ayu Daikuuji from Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, then the definition of “tsundere” became less clear with the mid-2000s Tsundere Boom.

Common definitions

The term “tsundere” is composed of two parts: “tsuntsun” (ツンツン) which means aloof or standoffish, and “deredere” (デレデレ) which means flirty or lovestruck. However, the definition of “tsundere” has become flexible since nobody has the same definitions, especially after the Tsundere Boom, so it all depends on how the two parts are used. The most common definitions of “tsundere” are:

  1. A person who is aloof in public, but gets all flirty in private. The original definition.
  2. A person who acts dignified and stuck-up in public, but gets flirty and vulnerable in private.
  3. A person who is distant or pushy at first, but warms up and falls in love over time.
  4. A person who normally uses rude language, but occasionally show glimpses of affection.

Some people might get the idea that “tsundere” can only be applied to female characters, which technically was true back then, but the term's newfound flexibility makes it possible for male and elderly characters to become classified as a “tsundere” as well. Some popular examples are Yūzan Kaibara from Oishinbo and Vegeta from the Dragon Ball franchise.

Tsundere (AA)

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Tsundere (ツンデレ), also known as Tsun (ツン) or ξ゚⊿゚)ξ, is an AA character who debut in /news4vip/ on October 12, 2005,1) just before the Tsundere Boom. She either has drill-like twintails, curly hair, or ringlets, depending on interpretation, and wears a schoolgirl outfit. In the Boon Novels, she is either depicted as Naito Horizon's girlfriend or the heroine. ξ゚⊿゚)ξ should not be confused with ξ・∀・), ζ*'ヮ')ζ, or (゚⊿゚).

Tsundere Boom

The “Tsundere Boom” (ツンデレブーム, Tsundere Būmu) was a period of time from 2005 to 2007 where it was actually possible to see “tsundere” used in real-life publications, such as:

  • Imidas 2006” (イミダス2006). November 2005, Shueisha.
  • Gendaiyōgo no Kisochishiki 2007” (現代用語の基礎知識). November 2006, Jiyu Kokuminsha.
  • Chiezou 2007” (知恵蔵2007). November 2006, Asahi Shimbun.
  • Da Vinci” (ダ・ヴィンチ). January 2007 (February 2007 issue), Media Factory.


  • I just wanted to write about the AA character, but ended up being forced to write about the term.
  • As a side note, the 10th episode of the Lucky Star anime, where the definition of “tsundere” is brought up in the Lucky Channel segment, originally aired on June 10, 2007.
  • The oldest “tsundere” in anime and manga is rumored to be Hecate from Princess Knight.

See also

Tsundere (term)

Tsundere (AA)

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"やったー!ツンデレのAAできたよー!!" (October 12, 2005). 2channel /news4vip/.
tsundere.txt · Last modified: 2024-04-12 15:30:18 by namelessrumia