How many times have you seen a female character take advantage of a male lead character, declaring him her slave against his will?
How many times have you seen a female character walk around with little to no clothing, slugging any male who even glances at her even for one second?
If you’ve answered “Too many times” to both of these question, you’re most likely fed up with Shana Clone-type Tsundere characters as much as I am.
Now you may be asking “What makes a tsundere?” Allow me to explain. *adjusts glasses* Ahem. “Tsundere” refers to a female character (or male on some occasions) that usually gives off the cold shoulder to anyone she meets, but as time passes on she warms up to certain people that knows her better than anybody else. The following definition I just gave applies to Type A Tsunderes. However, inverted cases also exists. Type B Tsunderes is where she’s always has a sweet, kind demeanor until someone pushes the wrong buttons and makes her pissy. Tsundere is one of three factors of an S-Grade Zettai Ryouiki (The other two being twintails and an A-Grade Zettai Ryouiki.)
Now with that aside, what makes a Shana Clone tsundere? These characters, most commonly seen in light novels, are the shortest and sometimes youngest of the main cast. She demands that everyone does what she tells them and if they refuse to comply, violence ensues. They are always Type A by default and will occasionally be voiced by Rie Kugumiya. They’re also very flat in the chest area and will often complain about it, especially around bustier females. These kinds of tsundere were codified by the titular character of Shakugan no Shana, hence the name Shana Clone.
Yeah, I got it from TV Tropes. So what?
Now then onto the rant. Since this year started, I’ve grown a burning hatred for Shana Clones, and for good reason too. How do people think that some girl from shit out of nowhere that gets pissy when she doesn’t have her way is a good character? That’s not a good character, that’s a spoiled brat. In real life, girls like that would get a spanking. And then when they do become a spoiled brat, they pretty much start physically abusing people. I have to wonder how any male lead can put up with the nonsense this kind of character, let alone not call the police on her for trespassing and domestic abuse.
How the heck did Ayumu Aikawa (Is this a Zombie?) allow Haruna to push him around? Yeah, Seraphim gave him some abuse of the verbal kind, but that’s not the point here. I remember one case where she had an erotic dream about him and she beat him up for it. I think it was because he got thrown into an accidental marriage with Maelstrom, who is another tsundere, but pretty tame compared to Haruna. Anyway, it’s not like Ayumu did some Inception-kinda stuff on her or anything. She should’ve gotten professional help for this kinda thing. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one that has some satisfaction when Eucliwood Hellscythe bitchslapped her for pressing her berserk button. Actually I was shocked that she did that; it actually gave off a hint that she wasn’t really emotionless.
Same goes for Aria the Scarlet Ammo. The show was already stupid enough, even moreso with one Aria H. Kanzaki. Would it be somewhat watchable if she focused more on clearing her mother’s name instead of making Kinji Tohyama her partner– No, wait… slave and childishly bickering with other (and better) rival love interests? Of course! And don’t even get me started on the last scene of the anime: Aria walks out of a dressing room, unaware that she is wearing nothing but underwear. Then, Kinji notices her and then she beats him up. First of all, shame on JC Staff for that lame-ass ending, especially if you have no guarantee of a second season. Secondly, Aria failed to notice that she invoked this herself. If anything, she should beat herself up (Or better yet, have Kinji beat her up) for being dumb as a brick. And the less I talk about this dumb waste of time show, the better.
Now then: Haruhi Suzumiya. As much as I enjoyed this series (except for the second season, fuckin’ Endless Eight…) there is one issue: For someone who is considered more or less to be God of the universe (although everyone but her is aware of it), the titular character sure does boss around her fellow SOS Brigade members and making demands without any objections from anyone. One can’t help but feel pity for Kyon for being able to put up with her. But to her defense, she’s pretty chill compared to certain tsunderes.
Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that all tsundere characters are bad. There are tsunderes done right if there is a good and believable excuse for acting such a way. Example: Kurisu Makise (Steins;Gate), acts this way because of her issues with her father. It doesn’t help much that male lead Rintaro Okabe acts like a raving lunatic half the time. And unlike other examples, she doesn’t slug Rintaro when he pisses her off. Except for that one time when she whacks him with a book after Rintaro feels up Ruka Urushibara for thinking she was still a guy after time paradox-ing him into a girl. And that was a good enough reason, he was borderline-molesting her.
There’s also Asuka Langley Sohryu/Shikinami (Evangelion). At first she comes off as an arrogant bitch who degrades on her fellow teammates because she thinks they were chosen out of sheer dumb luck unlike her. She states that the reason for piloting Eva was to prove herself to the world that she’s the best, unlike Shinji Ikari, who pilots to earn the respect of his father. But then we look into her past and learn that her mother abandoned her and promised herself to look out for her own self after her passing. And then in the final stretch of the series, she’s become an emotional wreck to the point where she can’t synch up with her Eva.
There are other tsunderes that are pretty chill that I won’t mention, like Kagome Higurashi (InuYasha), Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist), Izumo Kamiki (Blue Exorcist), and Kallen Kouzuki (Code Geass), mainly because they get better throughout the series.
Now I’m not gonna say an anime sucks mainly because of a violent loli tsundere. That would be wrong. But still, this is a very big issue with anime nowadays. Which is probably why I’m keeping a close eye on C3: Cube X Cursed X Curious, because the female lead is one of these, but from what I heard so far she’s pretty chill compared to other violent loli tsunderes.