The 15 Best Tsundere Characters In Romance Anime, Ranked

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Vote up your favorite female tsundere characters.

Love them or hate them, tsundere characters are an important part of the anime landscape - especially the tsundere girls from romance anime. These female tsundere characters act rude, haughty, or even violent in order to cover up softer feelings toward the person they love. 

From early examples like Naru Narusegawa from Love Hina to newer entries into the tsundere genre like Chizuru Mizuhara from Rent-A-Girlfriend, it's clear that these ladies have a firm hold in the anime world. Which ones do you like the most?

  • Taiga Aisaka - 'Toradora!'
    Photo: Toradora! / J.C.Staff

    Taiga Aisaka might look adorable, but her personality is the exact opposite. Instead, she's rude, aggressive, and ready to lay the smackdown on anybody who disrespects her. This is a bit of a problem for her, since she has a huge crush on a guy who seems to have a pretty gentle personality. 

    Luckily for her, the guy she ends up with is exceptionally kind and empathetic - so much so that he can see through her angry facade to the person she truly is.

    200 votes
  • 2
    144 VOTES

    Misaki Ayuzawa - 'Maid Sama!'

    Misaki Ayuzawa - 'Maid Sama!'
    Photo: Maid Sama! / J.C.Staff

    Misaki Ayuzawa doesn't like boys and men, and for good reason - her father walked out on her family when she was young, forcing them into poverty. Meanwhile, her male classmates are a bunch of rowdy, inconsiderate, and overly aggressive jerks who are constantly harassing female students and disrupting their education. Misaki isn't afraid to speak up about this, which earns her a reputation for being a bit of a tyrant. 

    Still, she does want to actually let her guard down and be close to someone. It's just not that easy given her experiences. 

    144 votes
  • 3
    153 VOTES

    Kaguya Shinomiya - 'Kaguya-sama: Love Is War'

    Kaguya Shinomiya - 'Kaguya-sama: Love Is War'
    Photo: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War / A-1 Pictures

    The worst thing that could possibly happen to Kaguya Shinomiya is other people finding out that she's in love with her fellow student council member, Miyuki Shirogane. While she's an ice princess with a tendency to verbally eviscerate those who displease her, she's also a big goopy romantic who has no idea how to approach the boy she loves. 

    That's why she's so adamant that he be the one to confess his feelings first, and is willing to concoct all kinds of ridiculous plans to make that happen.

    153 votes
  • 4
    135 VOTES

    Mai Sakurajima - 'Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai'

    Mai Sakurajima - 'Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai'
    Photo: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai / CloverWorks

    Mai Sakurajima starts off the series suffering from a paranormal illness called Adolescent Syndrome. Despite being extremely visible as an actress, she is physically invisible - meaning, no one except for Sakuta can see her. Sakuta, having experience with Adolescent Syndrome himself, takes responsibility for helping her recover. 

    This isn't an easy process - it involves digging deep into Mai's emotions and past. The only way to keep her dignity through it is to spend the whole thing insulting Sakuta as much as possible. But deep down, she's grateful to him - and later on, she learns to express those more positive feelings.

    135 votes
  • 5
    121 VOTES

    Nino Nakano - 'The Quintessential Quintuplets'

    Nino Nakano - 'The Quintessential Quintuplets'
    Photo: The Quintessential Quintuplets / Tezuka Productions

    Getting along with any of the Nakano quintuplets is no easy task for their tutor Futaro Uesugi, but Nino is the toughest of all. At first, she steadfastly refuses to have anything to do with Uesugi, because she sees him as an interloper in her family affairs. She expresses those feelings with barbed insults about his appearance and social skills. 

    She soon realizes that not only does she have a massive crush on him, but so do her sisters. She's afraid that these feelings will tear their family apart, so she reacts by behaving even more rudely toward Uesugi - but she can't help but let him see her vulnerable side, too. 

    121 votes
  • 6
    111 VOTES

    Chitoge Kirisaki - 'Nisekoi: False Love'

    Chitoge Kirisaki - 'Nisekoi: False Love'
    Photo: Nisekoi: False Love / Shaft

    If you imagine an archetypal tsundere, Chitoge Kirisaki might be the image that comes to mind. She's hot-headed and rude toward anybody who annoys her, even people who she's never met before. This makes it pretty hard for Raku to get along with her despite really needing to do so in order to please their mafioso families and make their fake dating seem even remotely plausible. 

    When she realizes that she actually likes Raku, she struggles to admit to her feelings and doesn't really know how to alter her behavior to make a real relationship possible. Hey, nobody said being a tsundere was easy. 

    111 votes