The 4 Tsundere Wonders, And How They Influenced The Tsundere Trope We See Today

The 4 Tsundere Wonders And How They Influenced The Tsundere Trope We See Today
Written by Theo J Ellis

The 4 Tsundere Wonders is a term MANY fans today aren’t even aware of.

I was one of them up until a point. It’s just not a thing you hear of unless you’re told about it or you do your own research.

This term was first created in the 2000’s and is associated with a particular female voice actress.

 

What is the 4 Tsundere wonders?

Rie Kugimiya voice actress japan

See this woman? She’s called Rie Kugimiya. A Japanese voice actress and singer.

She’s done voices for Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, and HAPPY from Fairy Tail.

But… What’s more important here is here roles in the 2000’s with:

  • Shana (Shakugan No Shana).
  • Nagi (Hayate The Combat Butler).
  • Louise (The Familiar Of Zero).
  • Taiga Aisaka (Toradora).

rie kugiyama queen of tsundere

Thanks to her FAMOUS role’s with these characters, especially Shana from Shakugan No Shana, Rie Kugiyama gained a lot of attention as a voice actress.

Shana’s debut (and the other 3 characters) changed the Tsundere trope forever.

In fact it’s the reason fans call her “the queen of Tsunderes”. And that’s how the term The 4 Tsundere Wonders came about.

Also, the studio J.C Staff is responsible for influencing the Tsundere tropes. 3/4 of the characters are from anime under J.C Staff.

 

The 4 Tsundere wonders influence on tropes

taiga aisaka tsundere girl

Let’s start with Taiga Aisaka. Or “palm top tiger” as she’s called in Toradora.

She’s small, one of the tiniest anime characters in fact. Especially as far as characters who are older than they look.

Released in 2008 Toradora is one of the most famous romance/comedy series of all time.

On MAL alone it has 1.8 million users. And solid ratings.

toradora ratings mal

Adding to the influence, Rie Kugiyama won Best Actress in the third Seiyu Awards for the roles as Taiga Aisaka.

This was back in 2008, the same year the anime started airing.

Taiga Aisaka is a staple in the anime industry, especially when it comes to Tsunderes.

Very few are unaware of who she is.

 

louise the familiar of zero cute face

Next we have Louise from The Familiar Of Zero. She’s a princess in the anime who basically wishes for a man and he appears in her world.

She’s a classic Tsundere from 2006, even before Toradora.

While not as popular as Toradora, it’s close with a lot of members on MAL.

the familiar of zero mal

Rie Kugiyama did it again as she was nominated for Best Actress in Leading Role in the first Seiyu Awards. This was of course for the role of Louise in The Familiar of Zero.

Rie Kugiyama was killing the Tsundere role’s during the 2000’s which is why the 4 Tsundere wonders had so much influence.

 

shana season 1 fiery eyes

In 2005/2006, much before the others, SHANA stepped on the scene from Shakugan No Shana.

Her early appearance (2005) is the reason why Rie Kugiyama’s fame shot through the roof. And why the Tsundere trope became what it did years later.

Her fiery appearance and unique design only made her stand out as well.

shakugan no shana mal

Even in 2021 the popularity is quite high, with a good range of members and decent ratings.

No particular awards came from this series, but it didn’t matter because it helped Rie’s career spring forward (and the trope).

 

nagi cute hayate the combat butler

And last we have Nagi from Hayate The Combat Butler. Released in 2008, she became a popular Tsundere in Rie’s collection of character roles.

Similar to The Familiar Of Zero, Nagi is also privileged. And is rich beyond belief.

hayate the combat butler mal

The decent popularity and overall feedback didn’t hurt either.

Other Tsundere’s that influenced the trope (voiced by Rie) are:

  • Aria Kanzaki (Aria The Scarlet Ammo).
  • Aguri Madoka (Doki Doki Precure).

 

The Tsundere queen in action

YouTube video

Here you get a list of anime Rie’s performed for, with a “live” example of what she can do for the characters she played for.

Shana being one of them, and an iconic one that set the stage for the Tsundere’s so many years later.

As pointed out by TV tropes:

“Fans started noticing her after she did Alphonse Elric, but her role as Shana is what made her popularity skyrocket.”

 

So when you see Tsundere’s today, now you know the origin

julis alexia tsundere baka 1

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