An otaku of controversial think tank “2ch” has released a chart which comprehensively contains every tsundere leading character ever, regardless if male or female – although of course, most are female.
As can be seen below, every significant tsundere character from essentially the beginning of Japanese animation to April 16th 2012 is included on this chart – “significant” meaning any actually having a leading role, and as one will notice when scanning the graph, there’s all sorts of faces familiar, alongside a few who are less prominent or known, at least in respect to this modern era.
While it is both interesting and amusing to be met this grand abundance of scowling tsundere faces, simply glancing through them alone isn’t as entertaining as it would be to attempt to figure which emotionally dishonest character of the bunch is the greatest of them all in their facade of hostility. Who is the tsundere of all tsunderes? That question is highly debatable and quite a heated topic to bring up as the answer is variable depending on various personal preferences unless one is willing to lay out a clear definition for the term “tsundere”.
Such a thing is difficult to do as the meaning of “tsundere” is hotly argued in itself – however there are some tsunderes who any can agree have achieved a sort of “legendary” status in which they’re no longer simply characters of a series, but in fact, have become a staple of the industry. In other words, these few “legendary tsunderes” may not necessarily set the foundation for the archetype, but rather, have powerfully made it their own to the point they represent the standard – a fine example of such being Kousaka Kirino.
She’s a tsundere little sister character with otaku fetishes – when one thinks of an imouto, this adorable blonde haired little sister is the first to come to mind. She exemplifies the imouto – and similarly, she does the same with tsundere. Comparing her to any lowly generic tsundere character, like Astarotte of Astarotte no Omocha! for instance, would be the same as making a comparison of an outspoken elite politician running for president and some guy who is just on the campaign.
In reality, some individuals know how to maximize their limelight, and that’s the case with Kousaka Kirino to give an idea of how certain tsunderes shine over the others. They take advantage of various personality traits they possess to the maximum possible – and more simply stated, it isn’t that they’re successful merely for being tsundere, and that some tsunderes do better than others, it is due to the fact that some tsunderes excel at what they do.
Dance expertly – you could like to dance, however that won’t make you a master choreographer. And likewise, some characters may enjoy going the route of expressing false emotions, only to later turn moe – however not all are as skilled as one another.
All in all, being a tsundere is not easy – and one has to truly respect them all to some extent, however more so the ones who have managed to make a name for themselves as adorable liars.