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[[folder: Harsh (Tsun)]]
* Susana Cabeza de Vaca from ''Literature/MountDragon''. Replace ''baka'' with ''pendejo'' and ''hijo de puta'', make her dark-skinned, and you have a Mexican tsundere! Insanely proud of her royal heritage and her genius, she almost immediately shows dislike for the main character, [[BelligerentSexualTension who dislikes her right back]], and most of the sideplot are the two slowly growing closer and closer, grudgingly respecting each other and, of course, slowly growing attracted.
* The rose from ''Literature/TheLittlePrince'' by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The book turns a tsundere flower into a commentary on the pain that love can cause so hauntingly beautiful that it will drive you insane.
* Holly Jones from the Creator/RobertAHeinlein [[ short story]] ''Literature/TheMenaceFromEarth''. Generally bossy demeanor, repressed attraction to love interest which is constantly denied, with her softening at the end.
* Ce'Nedra from David Eddings' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' is apparently generally regarded by Japanese readers as one of the clearest Western examples of the trope.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime:
** Aviendha is extremely rude to Rand [[spoiler:before they have sex in book 5, but she slowly softens towards the end.]]
** Nynaeve starts out Harsh but marriage softens her to Sweet.
** Elayne isn't, although Rand probably thinks she is due to mixed signals in a [[NeverLiveItDown couple of letters]].
** Egwene is usually a PluckyGirl but turns into a raging Harsh type in the second half of volume 12, especially when confronted with her LoveInterest.
** Siuane is Harsh, but that's to be expected from a [[SpicyLatina Spanish]] IronLady.
* Aravis Tharkeena from Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy''. Her Tsundere-ness is lampshaded at the end of the book, when it's mentioned that she and Shasta/[[spoiler:Prince Cor]] got married because they were so used to their SlapSlapKiss that they wanted to be comfier while fighting and then making out.
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/DarkHeresy Scourge the Heretic]]'', Keira's normally not personable manner is considerably worse toward Mordecai Horst, being [[ObliviousToLove blind to it herself]]. It doesn't help that she was raised in a SexIsEvil cult. But when she accuses Danuld of wanting to sin with her, and he says it's obvious that he has no chance because of Mordecai, she reacts badly but later returns to question him about what he meant, and then, with obvious difficulty, attempts to temper her behavior toward Horst. (And she resolves to consult another woman in the Inquisitor's retinue about whether sex really is so evil.)
* Adora Belle Dearheart from Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', though she's more ''dere-dere'' towards the golems with which she works at the golem trust.
* Pregnant o'rants in the ''Literature/DragonKeeperChronicles'' are like this.
* Annabeth from ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' is a typical tsundere character.
** ''The Demigod Files'' basically make it canon. Annabeth's questions include, ''What is Percy Jackson's most annoying quality?'' Her response could have been taken right out of any Japanese anime, including the hilarious-to-a-troper line…
---> '''Annabeth:''' He doesn't see really obvious stuff, like the way people feel, even when you're giving him hints and being totally blatant. What? [[BlatantLies No I'm not talking about anyone or anything in particular.]]
** In ''The Demigod Files'', when Beckendorf tells Percy that Annabeth likes him, his response is: "Yeah, she likes me… for target practice." Beckendorf retorts that at Camp Halfblood if a girl keeps trying to kill you it means she's into you.
** She acts mostly ''tsun'' in the first book (The Lightning Thief) and has clear traits of both sides in ''The Battle of the Labyrinth'' (book four).
** Clarrise takes the "fight through life" portion of this to heart, (since she's the daughter of Ares) and we only see her kind side after she [[spoiler:saves Chris Rodriguez from the Labyrinth and attempts to nurse him back to sanity.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars'''s Mara Jade. She's a Harsh MamaBear; [[AchillesHeel baiting]] her is hideously risky at best, and suicidal at worst.
* Heleth, from the ''Literature/ColSecTrilogy'', is a [[TheNapoleon compact, quick-tempered]] EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette who's always bickering with or getting needled by the resident {{Keet}} (when she's not bickering with someone ''else''). Every so often, you get the impression that she ''doesn't'' outright ''hate'' him.
* In ''Literature/TwilightDragon'', Keaira Aleshire fits this trope to a T, and she doesn't just act this way towards her crush.
* Karrin Murphy in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' keeps calling Harry names, even beats him to a pulp on a few occasions, but mellows at the moment's notice whenever he hurts himself badly or saves her life (again). Pointing that out to her, however, is likely to earn you another beating. This only holds true for the first two books or so. Afterwards, they still bicker, but they're a lot sweeter to each other.
* Diana from the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, whenever she's around Caine.
* [[ActionGirl Zhou Qi]] from Creator/JinYong's ''The Book and The Sword''. While she is somewhat abrasive to anyone, with the possible exception of her father, she reserves most of her wrath for [[TheStrategist Xu Tianhong]]: constantly berating and insulting him in front of others, [[spoiler: only to break down crying when she realizes that [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he's left out of respect for her chastity]]]].
* Dedicate Rosethorn from the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series is this with a hint of SugarAndIcePersonality. A particularly cute example can be found in Sandry's Book when after terrifying the [[TrueCompanions four children]] for the first half of the book, Briar hugs her and she blushes.
** Tris is certainly a fledgling Tsundere as well.
** As is Jory from ''Cold Fire''.
* Sophie from the French novel ''Les Malheurs de Sophie'' seems to fit to this trope. She uses to fight with her cousin Paul, but also really loves him.
* Yvaine from Neil Gaiman's novel, ''Literature/{{Stardust}}''.
* Elinor Wylie's [[ poem]] "Nancy," referenced on the quotes page, seems to be addressed to a Harsh type.
* Tenar in ''Literature/TheTombsOfAtuan''. By the time we see her again two books later, in ''Literature/{{Tehanu}}'', she seems to have grown out of it.
* Bridget Jones from ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones's Diary]]'' is Harsh thanks to the way she expresses herself in her diary (being annoyed.) She, however, is lovestruck with [[RomanticFalseLead Daniel Cleaver]] even though she's being sarcastic to him at times.
* Marcia Overstrand in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap''. While normally being easily irritable and bossy, she can become very caring at times of trouble.
* Cecilia Tallis from ''Literature/{{Atonement}}'' towards Robbie. She isn't quite sure of her feelings towards him and convinces herself that she'll be happy when he leaves for medical school. Robbie himself is actually Sweet towards her, mostly playing the part of the nice guy. But then he writes her a very [[CountryMatters rude letter]] in a fit of passion that she accidentally reads. Ironically that helps them confirm their feelings for each other. Cecilia's younger sister Briony is a {{Yandere}} towards Robbie.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', specifically in Bluestar's Prophecy, Bluestar was seen as Harsh towards her mate Oakheart. She would lose all her patience with him and was quite snappy, especially when she was in denial about her feelings for him since she couldn't be mates with a cat from another Clan. Despite this, Bluestar geniunely loved Oakheart and since their parting, he was the only cat she ever truly loved.
** Sandstorm is also a tsundere. She was distainful and looked down on Firestar due to his kittypet blood, but when he saves her life during a border fight, she realizes that she misunderstood Firestar and develops a strong bond and friendship with him. Sandstorm fell in love with Firestar at one point and they had a long-standing relationship. Though Sandstorm is regarded as a sharp-tonged, short-tempered, and independent she-cat and Firestar is not spared because of her feelings towards him, he still has healthy respect for her.
** Sandstorm's daughter, Squirrelflight, became a second generation tsundere, since her mother passed her personality to her. Squirrelflight is the most fitting to this trope since in some ways, is even worse than Sandstorm. Squirrelflight is a proud, independant, incredibly impulsive, very rude and a spitfire of a warrior, making her Harsh, though she agruably [[CharacterDevelopment had mellowed out with age]]. Squirrelflight's relationship with her mate Brambleclaw was that of any Main Character/Tsundere couple. She was greatly annoyed with his bossy attitude and hated him. Over the course of the The New Prophecy Series, Squirrelflight fell deeply in love with Brambleclaw and they got together.
** Yellowfang, the prickly medicine cat of both ShadowClan and ThunderClan. She is often characterized as grumpy and obstinate, with a tongue described as "sharp as thorns." However, she holds a surprising amount of inner compassion in her heart despite her rough exterior; her softer side was usually brought out through her relationships with Cinderpelt (her apprentice), Raggedstar (former mate), Brokenstar (son) and Firestar (who she claimed was like a son to her while on the verge of death).
** A male example of tsundere is Crowfeather. He is usually constantly angry and foul-mouthed but had a hidden side of friendliness with his first love Feathertail and later Leafpool. Crowfeather also showed this with Tawnypelt, Brambleclaw, Squirrelflight, and Stormfur to a lesser degree, who he grew friendship bonds with eventually. However, seeing Crowfeather's nice side is very rare.
** Fittingly, one of Crowfeather's sons took after his father as a male Tsundere. Jayfeather was very sarcastic, insensitive, and short-tempered, particularly as an apprentice, but mellowed out somewhat when older. He's not the most friendliest cat, but values loyalty and has compassion for others more than even his father. Jayfeather's softer side is more seen with his siblings and Half Moon, the cat he fell in love with.
* ''Literature/ShadesOfGrey'': Jane. She is so Tsun, the Dere throws you off rails, but suddenly there it is.
* ''Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight'': Instead of the 'ulra-violent mood swinging' of the modern tsundere, Sabrina is more like the classic tsundere. Her 'civilian mask' is friendly and sweet but she's actually aloof and focused on knight training. When she develops feelings for Danny she stubbornly refuses to acknowledge them yet still shows tantalizing displays of affection.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Oddly enough, Estela is not this to either Arnauld or Dragonetz but to Nici, her pet. She calls him 'useless', the name she gave him means 'big idiot' and yet she is the only one to pet him, and she feeds him under the table. In the end, he's described as 'a dog that thinks he belongs with her'. In other words, Harsh.
* Shakuntala of Literature/BelisariusSeries is a wilful, charismatic princess, that is nice enough, but clearly not one whom you wish to make angry.
* Vin from ''Franchise/{{Mistborn}}''. Being abused by Reen for most of her life [[CruelToBeKind in order to help her survive]] did… not help her emotional stability. [[spoiler:Neither did having a [[SoulJar Hemalurgic spike]] that let Ruin talk to her.]] But she's Harsh around the crew, and especially Elend, once she starts to warm up. Toward the end of the trilogy, she's moving toward Sweet.
* Eugénie Danglars from ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' is a pretty extreme example, being cold, aloof, and unfriendly to her family, her friends, her acquaintances, and her fiancé(s) and even telling her father that she loves no one and nothing except her studies of music and art. Yet the second she's alone with her vocal coach/friend/lover Louise d'Armilly, she's warm, playful, and affectionate, even calling Louise things like "my sweet" and gently teasing her for being unable to close an over-packed suitcase.
* Midori, the teenage main character of Higuchi Ichiyō's ''Takekurabe'', is very much this towards Shinnyo (a timid and taciturn future monk). She calls him names and rants about how she doesn't want to have anything to do with him, but can't quite bring herself to admit that she has feelings for him (and she never does explicitly even at the end). It doesn't help that Shinnyo's attempts to be "nice" to her early in the story all end up being awkward and rather offensive.
* Skeeter Traps from ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagic'' is Harsh and tends to be brash, violent, and rude most of the time; only to show her softer, more compassionate side when everyone least expects it. She also follows the tsundere way of totally denying her feelings for the boy she loves (even to herself), believing him to be an idiot. However, she is a ten year old girl trained by spies and outlaws, so maybe she should be cut some slack.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Tiza has become this by the time of ''Looming Shadow''. While generally a prickly sourpuss she's softer around her love interest, Nolien. She also calls him "Tenderfoot" as an InsultOfEndearment and punches his arm [[AngerBornOfWorry when he makes her worry]].
* Eve Dallas in the ''Literature/InDeath'' series is very much this, due to an ''astoundingly'' DarkAndTroubledPast. However, she gives and gets UndyingLoyalty with her division, and works hard to draw the very best out of relative newbies like Peabody and Trueheart. ''Dere'' moments are often caused by her husband Roarke (who was the only one to unlock an otherwise strongly repressed sexuality), and Dr. Mira's husband Dennis, who simply turns her into a big pile of ''deredere'' mush.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' gives us a rare male version: Sandor [[{{Jerkass}} Clegane]]. He's of the titanically, emotionally screwed-up and repressed variety thanks to his [[AbusiveParents absolutely]] [[BigBrotherBully horrendous]] [[ConditionedToAcceptHorror childhood]]. As a result, he's no stranger to using [[BloodKnight frustration and rage to lash out and kill or maim others]] with under a StrawNihilist, TheStoic exterior. But, that he could still find it in himself to [[MoralityPet care about two specific others]]? [[KnightInSourArmor Knocked him for six]]. Granted, he could [[TheCynic no more express]] ''how'' to care healthily than fly thanks to acute lack of practice [[spoiler: (neither Sansa nor Arya left unscathed by his worry over them--for all they both would have wound up in far worse shape without him)]]. However, it's still both his triumph and tragedy that he ''could'' care: despite his father's best efforts to turn him into a [[TheBrute dehumanised attack dog]] like his brother, the little boy who could care for others is still somewhere in there. [[EvenEvilHasStandards And, had always made his anger and disappointment with world that much hotter, in fact]]. [[TheAlcoholic Sadly, also the anger at himself]] for not living up to [[NobleDemon ideals he always denied he could have]].

[[folder: Sweet (Dere)]]
* Princess Eilonwy from Creator/LloydAlexander's ''[[Literature/PrydainChronicles The Chronicles of Prydain]]'' says "Taran, I'm not speaking to you" about five times a novel, and as the last line of at least the first three.
* The title character of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' is an extremely sweet, warm, and expressive girl always searching for kindred spirits, but say something insulting about her red hair and she will reveal a temper to match. This is her BerserkButton. She reveals her tsuntsun side to people other than her love interest GilbertBlythe, but her rage towards him (for making fun of her red hair) is significant, and indicative of BelligerentSexualTension.
* In the ''Literature/NightWorld'' book ''Daughters of Darkness'', Mary-Lynnette is dere dere, but when Ash is around her automatic reaction [[spoiler: at first]] is to kick him in the shins. Doesn't help that he's sexist and [[FantasticRacism speciesist]].
* Hermione Granger from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. She's a good friend who is sensible and restrained a lot of the time, but DO NOT tick her off. She will show no mercy. Just ask Rita Skeeter, Draco Malfoy, Dolores Umbridge, Marietta Edgecombe or Ronald Weasley.
** Teenager Lily Evans seems to be interpreted this way by the fans, especially in [[JerkJock James Potter's]] presence.
* Luke Skywalker becomes a Sweet Tsundere in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels.
* Mel from ''Literature/CrownDuel'' is Sweet to such an extent that [[spoiler: Shevraeth]] has to resort to wooing her through anonymous letters.
* Leafpool from the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series became a Sweet tsundere over time. She was originally, while an apprentice, a very meek and soft-spoken individual with a calm and controlled profile, much different from both her mother Sandstorm and sister Squirrelflight. As she got older, Leafpool became more bossy and ill-tempered, becoming a full-blown Sweet Tsundere in The Power of Three. Leafpool still is usually very gentle and kind despite a slight temper. She is both a romantic and non-romantic example. Leafpool was annoyed by her former mate Crowfeather's prickly attitude, but realized that she actually loved him when he confessed his love after saving her. The non-romantic example of this is her relationship with Jayfeather. Leafpool loves her son dearly and is protective over him, though they often got into arguments since her son had inherited Crowfeather's personality. This was especially seen when Jayfeather was her apprentice, her patience always being a short fuse with him particularly.
** Silverstream is shown to be incredibly kind and affectionate, but she is also rebellious and spunky.
* Aglaya from Dostoyevsky's ''Literature/TheIdiot''. Not only does the girl spend half the novel telling her love interest how stupid he is, the whole thing actually ends with a big girl fight-out over the guy. This is proto-anime writing at its best!
** ''Demons'''s Marya Ignatyevna is also an example of tsundere. She spends most of the chapter ''A Woman Traveller'' verbally abusing Ivan Shatov but by the end becomes extremely clingy.
** Also, in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' Lise acts rather tsundere to Alyosha, teasing him in order to get his attention and then blushing. Father Zosima calls her out on it.
** Many more of Dostoevsky's characters fit the SourOutsideSadInside archetype. [[AuthorAppeal There may be a reason for his frequent use of these tropes]].

* Ogden Nash's ''[[ Always Marry an April Girl]]'' Might as well be called ''Ode to a Tsundere.''
* Averted and Lampshaded in LightNovel/AnotherNote, the prequel novel to Manga/DeathNote, as Naomi Misora warns herself against becoming a tsundere.
* Shira in ''Literature/TheGoldenDreamOfCarloChuchio''. As there is a heroine like this in several of Lloyd Alexander's other novels, one gets the impression that he has something of a [[AuthorAppeal fondness for this trope]].
* {{Xanth}} features a few examples.
** Princess Irene is this to Dor early in the series.
** Dor's mother, Chameleon, actually has this as a plot point; her magic talent is that she slowly switches between a very sweet (but dumb as a brick) beautiful woman, and a very sharp tempered (but brilliant) ugly woman over the course of a month. Her husband, Bink, prefers her somewhere in the middle.
** Tandy is very Sweet, but her magic talent is "throwing tantrums" which have the impact of a grenade going off, so when she gets mad you ''know'' it. But her husband, Smash, is an ogre and finds this adorable.
** Threnody is Harsh to Jordan in Crewel Lye.
* {{Creator/Catullus}}' poem 85 ("Odi et amo") neatly distills the essence of this trope into two lines.
* Shairn in [[Creator/{{LeighBrackett}} Leigh Brackett's]] ''The Starmen of Llyrdis''. At the end, she straight-up tells Trehairne that she hates him for what he's done, but then she tells him that she loves him, and asks whether he'll have on those grounds. He realizes that they will never have a peaceful life together, but he says yes.
* Fand in the ''Literature/TalesOfTheFox'' series.
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