I-It's not that I like you or anything...
"Which didn't feel good or anything. No, it didn't. I was just really convincing at pretending it did. Although I didn't exactly dislike it, either (...) this sure as hell wasn't me talking, but still that fucking poisoned omelet France gave to me."
Don't think too badly of Akane. She's really a very sweet girl. She's just a violent maniac.
—Kasumi on Akane, Ranma ½
"If you want a girl who would rather kill you than kiss you, you can have her!"
—Ranma on Akane, Ranma ½
"Leela's not a killer. And she's not SOME chick! She's the chick I LOVE! But just don't tell her I called her a chick or she'll kill me."
—Fry on Leela, Futurama
"Women in the media for so long were always the emotional support, the damsels, the smiling pretty faces, so in the 90's, there was a desperate need to change that. Oh, not by making them unpretty, we wouldn't do that, but we suddenly made them cold, bitter, confrontational, and overly strong, to go out of their way to show that they're not those old emotional stereotypes, and instead make way for new emotional stereotypes. For you see, in every 90's film, the woman behind this strong independent wall that won't let everybody in, [quivering, feminine voice] is a sad little bunny rabbit that will eventually let down her defences and reveal a tragic backstory. [normal voice] So you see, she wasn't a strong, confident worker just because she was a strong, confident worker. [jumps back to the feminine voice] Deep down she just wants to be held like any other fragile woman. Oh, I don't want to think! I just want to be loved!"
Cause she's bittersweet, she knocks me off my feet...
—The Click Five, Just the Girl
Can't you see I want you by the way I push you away?
—Skye Sweetnam, "Tangled Up In Me"
The woman I love burns with jealousy,
leaps to conclusions, cries, and turns to ice.
But when she laughs, the world is mine.
— Yusaku Godai, Maison Ikkoku
"Careful. With Sakura, that can mean a lot of butting horns and locking heads. I mean, she's into violent real life experience. Listen to her and you're liable to...end up back here in the hospital."
—Naruto Uzumaki on Sakura Haruno, Naruto Shippuden anime, episode 64
You are a rose, but set with sharpest spine;
You are a pretty bird that pecks at me;
You are a little squirrel on a tree,
Pelting me with the prickly fruit of the pine;
A diamond, torn from a crystal mine,
Not like that milky treasure of the sea,
A smooth, translucent pearl, but skilfully
Carven to cut, and faceted to shine.
— Elinor Wylie, "Nancy"
You know that I'm a crazy bitch
I do what I want when I feel like it
But you don't really give a shit
Ya go with it, Ya go with it, Ya go with it
Cause you're fuckin' crazy;
— Avril Lavigne, Smile
She's sun and rain.
She's fire and ice.
A little crazy, but it's nice.
And when she gets mad,
you best leave her alone.
She'll rage just like a river,
then she'll beg you to forgive her.
She's every woman that I've ever known.
— Garth Brooks, "She's Every Woman"
You're my flower of the desert, yes you are.
And my diamond in a coal mine, yes you are.
You're my bright leaf on a fall tree,
and a rattler when you don't need me,
you're my flower of the desert, yes you are.
— Havalina Rail Co.., "Flower of the Desert"
... And she'll promise you more than the Garden of Eden
And she'll carelessly cut you, and laugh while you're bleeding
But she'll bring out the best
And the worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself...
... She's frequently kind then she's suddenly cruel
She can do as she pleases, she's nobody's fool
And she can't be convicted, she's earned her degree
And the most she will do
Is throw shadows at you
But she's always a woman to me
— Billy Joel, Always A Woman
Cause you're hot then you're cold
You're yes then you're no
You're in then you're out
You're up then you're down
You're wrong when it's right
It's black and it's white
We fight, we break up
We kiss, we make up
You don't really want to stay, no
But you don't really want to go...
— Katy Perry, Hot n Cold
I'm a bitch, I'm a lover,
I'm a child, I'm a mother,
I'm a sinner, I'm a saint,
I do not feel ashamed;
I'm your hell, I'm your dream,
I'm nothing in between,
You know you wouldn't want it any other way...
— Meredith Brooks, Bitch
Some days I'm a super bitch
Up to my old tricks
But it won't last forever
Next day I'm your super girl
Out to save the world
And it keeps gettin' better
— Christina Aguilera, Keeps Getting Better
The weird thing about it was that she had no build to anger... She had two modes, I love you and HISSS!! ...she would come back later and say "I'm sorry! (deep breath) I have a sugar imbalance." Yeah, diabetes is a sugar imbalance, you are an estrogen Molotov cocktail!
The girl changed emotions as fast as his car changed gears on the highway!
I wish I could snap when I was a baby... >.> *jealous* Haha.
Just 'cause I can't go on / Just 'cause I die when you're gone / Just 'cause I think of you in bed / Don't let it go to your head
—Fefe Dobson, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head,"
Fire and Ice
You come on like a flame, then you turn the cold shoulder.
— Pat Benatar, "Fire and Ice"
My love she throws me like a rubber ball,
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing.
She won't catch me or break my fall,
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing.
Baby's got blue skies up ahead,
But in this I'm a rain cloud[...]
[...]Ours is a stormy kind of love.
— U2, "The Sweetest Thing"
Harumi: You know, when a girl behaves all cold towards the guy she likes. It was popular a while back... Tsun... Tsun... Tsundara? No... Tsunjire?
You think that you know me (tangled up in...)
You think that I'm only (tangled up in me)
When everything I do is only to get tangled up in you
You wanna know more, more, more about me
I'm the girl that's sweeping you off your feet
Hey! Hey! Hey!
Can't you see I want you by the way I push you away? Yeah!
Don't judge me tomorrow by the way I'm acting today
Mix the words up with the actions do it all for your reaction. Yeah!
Get tangled up in me
— Skye Sweetnam, "Tangled Up in Me"
Zettaiteki na shinrai to taishouteki na koudou
Zetsubouteki na unmei ga aru nichi koi ni kawa ru
Ippouteki na hyougen no tsundereshon kimi ga
Suki wakari ni kuine Puppy Love
Absolute trust with a contrasting action
A hopeless fate will turn into love one day
A one way expression of "tsunderation"
"I love you," it's hard to understand, isn't it?
— Perfume, Puppy Love
Agent 99: Should have hit you harder.
Maxwell Smart: Is that your default setting? Do you just punch people in the face, willy-nilly? Its Tuesday, I'll punch Max in the face. Ooh, a box of kittens, time to punch Max in the face. Oh, I'm having some bread. Time to punch Max in the face.
— Get Smart (2008)
She likes you Wednesday, but now it's Friday, and she has to wash her hair.
And it just figures that we'll never figure them out, first she's Jekyll, then she's Hyde...
At least she makes a lovely pair.
— Relient K, Mood Rings
Reasoning... is love.
If we don't love each other, ...the reasoning won't start.
In that case, how can we say that we love each other?
'If you think you can solve it, just you try.' 'You're incompetent, like hell you can solve it.'
...Yeah, according to George-aniki, you call that sort of thing 'tsundora'.
Heheh, that brutal witch is finally starting to look a bit cute.
...If I meet her again, I wanna try saying 'You're such a tsundora.'
— Battler Ushiromiya, Umineko No Naku Koro Ni (game) Episode 5
If I'm told it's white
I'd say it's black
I can't be honest
I say one thing but do another
If I'm told, "I love you"
I'd say, "I hate you"
I'm happy, but what am I saying?
Like putting salt
Into sweet vanilla...
—Vanilla Salt, first ED of Toradora
No chance, no way,
I won't say it, no no
(You swoon, you sigh,
Why deny it, uh-oh)
It's too cliche
I won't say I'm in love!
"I Won't Say (I'm In Love)," Hercules
I'm like a hedgehog—if you give me time to uncurl, I'll eventually relax and not be so prickly.
Faye, Questionable Content
Iím gonna let you down, gonna toss you around
Gonna make you want everything you haven't found
I'm gonna hold your hand, then ask you to stand
Ten feet away
— Katie Herzig, "Hologram"
In vain to us you plead Ė
Your prayers we do not heed Ė
Itís true we sigh,
But donít suppose
A tearful eye
Weíre very cross indeed Ė
Yes, very cross,
—Gilbert and Sullivan, Iolanthe.
You're so stupid and perfect
And stupid and perfect
I hate you I want you
— The Bird and the Bee, "Again and Again"
I used to hate you
But now I love you
So like a rose
So like a rose
But when you kiss me I wanna slap you
But sorry it's lost
The feeling is lost
I chew my nails down
I look at the ground
I am pissed
I am shy
Cause you threw me in a blender
I am hot
I am cold
Do you wanna get to know me
Do you wanna learn to get inside my head
Do you wanna get to touch me
Cause now my ex is officially dead
I don't lalalala like you
I lalalala love you
I used to hahaha hate you
And now I really fucking love you
— The Pretty Reckless, "I Really Fucking Love You"
Natalie: If Jeremy wanted, he could have me anytime, anywhere. I would do things to his mind and body that I think he'd really enjoy. God knows I would.
Jeremy: Natalie —
Natalie: Don't touch me!
— Sports Night, "La Forza del Destino"
When I think of all the times I've tried so hard to leave her
She will turn to me and start to cry
And she promises the earth to me
And I believe her
After all this times I don't know why
She's the kind of girl who puts you down
When friends are there, you feel a fool
When you say she's looking good
She acts as if it's understood
She's cool, cool, cool, cool
—Girl, The Beatles
Goodbye, my only friend,
Oh, did you think I meant you?
That would be funny if it werenít so sad,
Well you have been replaced,
I donít need anyone now,
When I delete you maybe Iíll stop feeling so bad...
—GLaDOS, Want You Gone, Portal 2
sonna yasashiku shinai de
hora mata kizutsukeatte
tsumikasaneta USO de kikoenai yo kimi no kotoba
hontou no koe wo kakushite
kuchizusamu kono MERODI
yukkuri to kawatteku kokoro ni
mi wo makasete
Don't be so nice to me like that.
See! We are hurting each other again.
I can't hear your words buried under the piles of lies.
Masking my real voice,
I hum to myself this melody.
To my gradually changing heart,
I will entrust my body.
— Claris Irony Ore Imo Op
Matsurika: "I wish to inform you, I have no dere."
Sam: I hate you!
Freddie: Then why'd you kiss me?!
Sam: I like you...
Freddie: So, you hate me and you like me...
Sam: Now you see why I need to be in here?
—Preview for iLost My Mind, iCarly
You just know she's covering her lust for me with cruelty and violence.
— Hajime Aoyama, Ghost Stories (dub)
You, I swear... I hate you. No, just joking. You know that, after all! Idiot.
If she says she loves you
You can bet your boots she loves you
If she said she hates you
That can also mean she loves you
— theme song of Gidget
"It's worth noting that not every person who treats you like dirt is trying to hide a deep-rooted romantic attraction that they just can't admit to. Some people just genuinely hate you."
—Johnathan Grey Carter, Science Explains The Tsundere Appeal
Melissa: You wanted a ride to Make-Out Point? You think I want to make out with you?!
Melissa: (blushing) Well, maybe I do, but... wait. I HAVE A BOYFRIEND, FINN! (throws Finn to the ground)
"You get all jealous, you get mad fast, and you're quick to hit! You're plenty womanly."
— Guts to Casca, Berserk
Teana: Since I keep having to listen to you talk about being partners... I'm not going to cut you any slack if you can't keep up with me. Got it, Subaru?
Subaru: (Beat Panel focused on her) Okay...! Tia!
Teana: Wai... what are you doing calling me that?
Subaru: You talked with Gin-nee, right? I should call friends or girls I get along with by a nicname.
Teana: You and I aren't friends or getting along together! I just don't feel like calling you 'Nakajima' after meeting Ginga-san!
Subaru: But right now we are partners. So let me call you that.
Teana: Geez... just do whatever you want! No matter what I say, you'll just keep being selfish, right?
Teana Narrates: At this time, I hadn't realized it, that my partnership with this weird girl was something that was going to continue for a very long time.
"I'm first place? I thought it was some kind of joke, not that there would be any good reason to... It's not like I'm happy or anything... Don't misunderstand me..."
Yamada: I've finally made up my mind, poured my heart out and confessed for the first time in my life! HOW DARE YOU PASS OUT!
odi et amo quare id faciam fortasse requiris
nescio sed fieri sentio et excrucior
I hate, and I love. Perhaps you ask why I do this.
I don't know, but I feel it happening, and I'm in absolute fucking pain.
Catullus, Poem 85
Don't sell yourself short, Severa. I find the ice queen bit quite charming!
The higher the hurdle you have to leap, the more satisfying it feels once you're over it!
—Inigo explaining the appeal of this trope in Fire Emblem: Awakening.
Hmph. Looks like you managed to hold on till the end. Do you hate me now? Go back to Tsundere... if you insist. (But if you think I'm gonna miss you, think again.)