Define: Tsundere and Yandere

If you’re a good observant, I’m sure you would notice the word Tsundere (ツンデレ) has been floating in our fellow otaku’s world for quite some time now. So what exactly is tsundere? Let’s start our lesson to find out~ I’m glad Izumi Konata is willing to lend a hand.

Tsundere consist of 2 words – tsuntsun (ツンツン) and deredere (デレデレ). Tsuntsun simply means “aloof, morose, pointed” while deredere is defined as “exhausted, lovestruck”. Thus, a person with tsundere would have features for both tsuntsun and deredere.

…a conceited, spikey, combative personality that later on turns to being modest and loving. It can also describe a personality that is good-willed, but its attitude and actions often contradict its nature.” – Wikipedia

Some examples of tsundere:

  1. Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière – Zero no Tsukaima
  2. Meia Gisborn – Vandread
  3. Tohsaka Rin – Fate/Stay Night
  4. Suigintou – Rozen Maiden
  5. Shana / Enpatsu Shakugan no Uchite – Shakugan no Shana

Antonym of tsundere – Yandere (ヤンデレ) is still a new term in anime and manga. It is used to describe personality that is initially kind and gentle but changes to brutal or psychotic.

Yandere is made out of the two words – yanderu (病んでる) defined as ‘to be sick’ and deredere (デレデレ).

Yandere characters are often portrait as normal girls but with a darker side of the personality. They can turn into a colder and more violent person to the extend of murdering or committing suicide. For example: Sonozaku Shion from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

Another term, Yangire (ヤンギレ) is used to differentiate girls who exhibit yandere traits but do not fit the true definition of yandere. An example: Saionji Sekai from School Days.

Yangire is a combination of yanderu (病んでる?), and gire (切れ?), which means ‘to cut, slice’.

This behavior is different from that of a yandere character in regard to the motivation that sparked the change in the character. The yanderekko is motivated through her love for the male protagonist, while a yangire character is motivated through other characters and will not be connected with emotions of love or attraction.” – Wikipedia

(Source: Wikipedia)

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5 responses

  1. For Rozen Maiden, you mean Suiseiseki. Suiguintou is yandere without the -dere. xD

  2. I prefer Yandere without the ‘dere’, aka Yangire. XD They seem more like true psychopaths who are selfish and manipulative when they put up a front that is kind and generous.

  3. In general, many if not most or even all women are tsundere in some ways.

    So it’s not like there’s much choice here.

    Tsundere is antonym toward yandere in term of status, the former is mixed, the later is pure.

    Real tsundere is not from conflict to loving (at least not by today’s definition), it’s a flip-flop of both or even both at the same time.

    From conflict to loving, is a tsuntsun turned into a deredere. But it’s not tsundere.

    Tsundere seems to be like by S&M people (this include some male and female feminists), especially IF they like the tsuntsun part.

    If I have to choose tsundere, I would choose tsuntsun on the talk and deredere on the action, then use earplugs. But even then, my past experience prove it’s hard for me to be close with even a moderate tsundere like that, even if we like each other (Jennifer Aniston is her role model, so you know how it end up).

    I prefer yandere, as in real yandere (love sick), not ‘I’m going to do mayhem’ yandere.

    ‘I’m going to do mayhem’ yandere seems to be overplay like tsundere are, they’re even closer to real tsundere than real yandere are.

    Yandere is true love material, there’re yandere that have a relatively calm attitude:

    Card Captor Sakura’s Tomoyo.
    Little Mermaid (there’s the knife, but not due the love).
    Sonic the Hedgehog’s Amy (the extreme attitude in X is for comedy, more resemble tsundere. she usually gentler in the games).
    Ruroni Kenshin’s Shioshio’s girl (forgot her name).
    Romeo and Juliet (though yes, it involve murders).

  4. I love tsundere. XD

  5. I like to be a tsundure…….I never want people to take advantage in me!!!!

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