The Anime world is known for its various tropes and conventions, and some of these tropes act as the framework of how someone behaves or thinks. We have self-insert male leads, the genius kid, magical kids, and many more, but what about our Tsundere? It means someone who is standoffish, harsh, or aloof at first and who slowly starts to show their caring, warm, and friendly sides. These are the top 10 most iconic Tsundere characters, according to the fans.
1. Isla (Plastic Memories)
Plastic Memories is a Japanese series directed by Yoshiyuki Fujiwara. Isla, voiced by Sora Amamiya, is a Giftia in the world of Plastic Memories. Her job is to help other Giftias retire, but unfortunately, her time is short. Tsukasa, her new co-workers, start liking her and are desperate to keep her functional and alive. She dies atop a Ferris Wheel in his arms.
2. Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket)
The story is about Tohru Honda, an orphan with a golden heart. She meets the Shoma family, with 12 members all being cursed with the Chinese zodiac animal spirits. However, Kyo is the 13th unofficial member, who is cursed by the cats and is not in the Chinese zodiac. Kyo is a loner who is envious of Yui and other ordinary people. When Tohru enters the picture, he is drawn and protective towards her.
3. Chitoge Kirisaki (Nisekoi)
Chitoge Kirisaki is a young, attractive, and beautiful woman who is half-Japanese and moves to Japan for school. She is hot-headed, forgetful, and sarcastic, but once someone gets to know her, she is pretty lovely. Due to her mafia family background, she has a cold demeanor. Once she is paired up with Raku Ichijo, son of the Yakuza boss, at first they butt heads, but soon their relationship starts to turn genuine.
4. Kagura (Gintama)
Kagura, voiced by Kanna Hashimoto, is a member of the Yato Clan and also the female protagonist, being only 14 years old. Kagura mostly keeps herself aloof from her companions and doesn’t quickly show her friendly and warm side. Sometimes, she shows off her more personal details side, which isn’t quite often. She has a very powerful appetite and can consume large quantities of food within just seconds.
5. Erina Nakiri (Food Wars!)
This character demonstrates one of the most excellent personal growth in multiple ways. Erina is at the top of the culinary world with her fantastic cooking skills, also being the granddaughter of the dean of Totsuki Academy. She is cold, partly because of her father's behavior toward her. When she meets Soma Yukihira, her icy personality starts to melt. She can’t stand him at first, but she has his back all the time.
6. Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
Levi is one of a kind. He is a soldier working for Squad Levi, which is a squad of four elite soldiers who have impressive combat records. He is a no-nonsense person who only focuses on his mission. He is a skilled warrior and a complete neat freak. He soon accepts Eren Jaeger, a Titan Soldier, even when is quite rough about it.
7. Misaki Ayuzawa (Maid-Sama)
Misaki Ayuzawa at her high school is the class president, a class mostly of male students. She works hard to put a tough front and keeps a distance from her peers. She also has a secret that she works at a maid cafe. She tries to keep this side of her life hidden, but Takumi Usui, her classmate, sees her as a maid. She has a complex personality but also has a kind side.
8. Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail)
Erza, also called Titania, the queen of the fairies, is one of the most powerful wizards in the Fairy Tail guild. She is a no-nonsense fighter and is a prominent sister figure to all her guildmates, especially Gray and Natsu. At first, she was pretty scary, and not many people knew about her personal life. She later revealed that she had a love affair with Jellal Fernandez, her childhood friend. She soon starts showing her true self to all her friends.
9. Hirotaka Nifuji (Wotakoi)
Hirotaka specializes in video games, but also likes to read a lot of manga, and watches anime. He is an introvert with extraordinary gaming skills. He could have stayed wrapped up in a comfortable life, but he becomes Narumi Momose’s best friend, and they both find love while bonding in their geek life. He is loyal and patient, even though he is aloof with his friends sometimes.
10. Uryu Ishida (Bleach)
Uryu Ishida is a Quincy, a descendant of a near-extinct, priest-like archer. He holds a grudge against all Soul Reapers, including Ichigo. He is dignified and calm and often gets annoyed by everyone’s antics. He is loyal and will do anything to protect Orihime.