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Typical chest sizes of the Tsundere and the Shrinking Violet.

"This is Max. She's got brown hair and she's got big boobs. And this is Caroline. She's got blonde hair and she's got small boobs. Even though they have their differences and they've got different sized boobs and different colored hair, they manage to work out their differences and become best friends or something. It's a comedic premise that you've seen before. And it's funny. It works."

An Always Female trope. Between two close female characters, one tends to be borderline-violent, and, while not necessarily flat, anxious about that aspect of her figure. The other, meanwhile, tends to be nicer, gentler, and more wholesome, while at the same time being far more... filled out and confident.

This often occurs in Japanese Media (anime and manga, video games and light/visual novels) where the size of the chest influenced their personalities. Here, there's a Tiny Tyrannical Tsundere (Shana Clone in Japanese Media) at play; when the more slender/petite girl acts abrasivenote , there's usually a more indulgent, and more 'feminine', character there to provide the beleaguered protagonist breathing room... though often at the expense of his ability to breathe. They usually have an image of either "caring big sister" or "doting young mother". The latter tends to fall victim to Hopeless Suitor, Cannot Spit It Out, or some variety of Like Brother and Sister, from the male's perspective.


Of course, there're exceptions where the busty girl not necessarily has a good attitude, like having a Big Breast Pride (making her arrogant) and dressing in Stripperiffic way to get more attention, as well the slender girl could be more gentle, probably being a defrosted Ice Queen or a Rei Ayanami Expy. But anyway, the contrast between the two girls and the obvious bust comparison is still there.

Related to Red Oni, Blue Oni (but with boobs), Betty and Veronica (when they have a common Love Interest), and Yuri Genre (where the main girls and Official Couple have this trope applied.) See also Light Feminine and Dark Feminine, where the contrast is in the general outfit instead the cup; both A-Cup Angst and Buxom Is Better, the main reason why these girls contrast; Bust Chart, where clear comparisons between cups are made; Boobs of Steel, if the busty girl is much more tomboyish and physical than the daintier petite girl; and Hair-Contrast Duo, where the contrast depends of the hair color, sometimes overlapping this trope (where usually the slender girl has a light hair color and the busty one has a darker color). Contrast Only One Female Mold.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You does this with quite a few of the girlfriends when enough of them appear to get paired off.
    • The first two girlfriends, Karane Inda and Hakari Hanazono, are the most prominent coupling and fit naturally into this trope. Karane is of of the smaller size and has a more aggressive and emotionally dishonest personality, while Hakari is more sexually and romantically open and proud of her busty figure.
    • Shizuka and Nano, the third and fourth girlfriends, also display this trope. Shizuka is all-around small and a timid person, while Nano is one of the taller and bustier girlfriends but is a coolheaded and logical beauty.
  • Beelzebub from As Miss Beelzebub Likes is rather buxom as well as being fluffy, spacey, and a borderline ditz, in sharp contrast with Sargatanas who is cold, sadistic, blunt, and flat as a board.
  • The main two characters of Ayakashi Triangle are Matsuri, a boy turned into a well-endowed girl, and Suzu, whose chest is far more modest. Inverting the usual personalities, Suzu is gentle and motherly, while Matsuri is antisocial and over-serious.
  • B Gata H Kei is another instance of a busty Unlucky Childhood Friend / Girl Next Door, who cooks for and otherwise takes care of the male lead. The protagonist Yamada is light-haired, and, as the title states, B-Cupped and sex-minded, but her embarrassment and inexperience lead to her acting in stereotypically Tsundere fashion.
  • Minami Shimada and Mizuki Himeji from Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts, as the tsundere and nice girl respectively. Minami is often the butt of jokes about her chest size, to the point where Yoshii apparently thinks she's a guy at one point. As a result, she frequently beats the crap out of him. Mizuki, on the other hand is very kind and gentle (well, usually) and has huge cleavage.
  • The leading ladies in Bakemonogatari are the slender, willowy and borderline-homicidal Senjougahara Hitagi, and Hanekawa Tsubasa, whom the protagonist notes as having the largest breasts in his class, and with whom he's on more generally friendly terms.
  • Bakugan: Initially rivals for Dan's feelings and later best friends, Runo is a small-chested, spunky Type A Tsundere and Julie is a more developed (especially for her age) girl who is cheerful, optimistic, and genuinely nice.

  • In Bleach:
    • The flat-chested Rukia Kuchiki (who, while generally nice, can be very strict and harsh sometimes) and the much more well-endowed Orihime Inoue, who's one of the nicest characters In-Universe.
    • Another known example is given by Sui Feng (flat and mean) and Yoruichi Shihouin (has a bigger chest and is considerably nicer).
    • Among the Soul Reaper lieutenants: Rangiku Matsumoto has an hourglass figure and an extroverted personality despite having a rough childhood, while Momo Hinamori is petite and timid despite coming from a more privileged background(namely, being born in one of the safer areas of the Rukon districts).
    • There's also the Kotetsu sisters, with tomboyish Kiyone having smallish breasts while her Shrinking Violet big sister Isane has huge breasts, though ironically it's Isane who seems to have a complex about her boobs and her height, while Kiyone tries to encourage her to be more confident.
    • For the Arrancar, Loly has noticeable cleavage and a nasty disposition, while her partner Menoly has a boyish build and is generally more submissive.
    • The Vandenreich has a bust-contrast quintet. The bustier they are, the more reliant they are on raw power, with Meninas McAllon's signature ability being super-strength, while prepubescent Liltotto Lamperd and possibly transgender Giselle Gewelle relying on Body Horror and necromancy.
  • A Certain Magical Index has the rivalry of Mikoto Misaka and Misaki Shokuhou, two Level 5 espers who go to the same middle school. Mikoto is an action Tomboy with a Girly Streak with electrical powers who laments about her lack of figure, while the buxom unatheltic Misaki outwardly acts girly but has a calculating mind to go with her telepathy. Towards Touma, the protagonist of Index, Mikoto was a huge Tsundere towards him before recognizing her own feelings for him, while Misaki rarely interacts with Touma (mostly due to the fact Touma is unable to retain memories of her due to brain damage), but when they do come across each other Misaki won't hesitate to tease him.
  • A very weird example in Durarara!!. The Orihara twins, Mairu and Kururi, intentionally created contrasting personalities after Izaya told them one should just die if they were going to be exactly alike. Thus, in grade school they decided on their personalities- Mairu would be the outgoing one while Kururi would be the silent one. As they grew up, Mairu ended up flat-chested and Kururi became far more endowed.
  • The Familiar of Zero:
    • Lady Louise Francoise le Blanc de la Valliere is the Tiny Tyrannical Tsundere and the abusive of the pair while her maid, Siesta, is the nicer and empathetic girl with more to show off.
    • Lovable Alpha Bitch Kirche Augusta Frederica von Anhalt Zerbst, who has a big bust, and her best friend, the Rei Ayanami Expy Badass Bookworm Tabitha aka Charlotte Helene Orleans de Gallia, who's as flat as Louise.
    • Later events introduce the cute (and bustier) half-elf Tiffania Westwood Tudor de Albion that even makes Siesta seems slender as Louise, as well becoming the Third-Option Love Interest for Saito Hiraga.
  • Good Luck Girl!: Ichiko has one of the biggest busts out of any girl in the series and her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Momiji's chest is as flat as a washboard. Ichiko's huge rack is the main reason why Momiji hates Ichiko from the get-go, and they take potshots at each other over their busts during the whole series.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler has this vibe between female leads Nagi Sanzenin (a Tsundere with A-Cup Angst) and Maria (Brainy Brunette, Cool Big Sis and Ms. Fanservice).
  • Kaguya from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is on the petite side and is a hybrid of a Defrosting Ice Queen and a Tsundere. Meanwhile, her "best friend" Fujiwara has Gag Boobs and is a bubbly Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Love Hina's Mutsumi Otohime shows up halfway through the series as an alternative love interest, a ditzy, Watermelon-themed, constantly-on-the-verge-of-death, all-around nice girl to contrast Naru Narusegawa, the violent, tsundere, female lead. Although Naru's chest is prominent, Mutsumi's boob size is considerably bigger, having the most prominent bust of all the females of the series.
  • Played for Laughs in Lucky Star: Huge Schoolgirl Minami is flat as a frying pan and has a bad case of A-Cup Angst. Her best friend Yutaka is tiny and also flat-chested. However, Yutaka still has good chances of filling out a bit, which causes Minami no end of (well-hidden) pain. Yutaka, in turn, admires tall girls like Minami, hitting her pet peeve for all it's worth.
  • My Senpai Is Annoying: Futaba still looks very childlike, not helped by her small stature, lack of a bust, and the fact that the other girls around her have visibly larger breasts. One shot unsubtly highlights the difference by showing a computer background between Futaba and her Office Lady coworker representing the Earth and the Sun.
  • In My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU can be see twice between Yukino Yukinoshita, the Ice Queen of the series (later defrosted) who has A-Cup Angst, and these two girls who has a bigger bust than her:
    • First with her bullying big sister Haruno Yukinoshita, probably the main reason why Yukino has the A-Cup Angst in first place, implied that she had being bothered with that issue for years.
    • Later (and first seen in the series) with Yui Yuigahama who, apart of the chest size, also contrasts with Yukino in her nicer attitude, being a Genki Girl and The Heart of the Service Club. They became close friends during the series but with the time they became love rivals in secret for the affections of Hachiman Hikigaya.
  • Naruto: Multiple:
  • Overlord (2012): Albedo the succubus and Shalltear the vampire were each designed by people with very different fetishes in mind (Horny Devils for one, a lolicon necrophiliac for the other) both of them competing over Ainz' affections (nevermind that he's an animated skeleton). Their rivalry even extends to an omake where they're playing D&D: Shalltear (playing a Magic Knight) complains that Albedo (Magically Inept Fighter) only depends on her big... stats, while Albedo snarks at Shalltear having to make up for her lack of stats with tricks.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt:
    • First seen with the titular protagonists, the Anarchy sisters. Panty has an All Women Are Lustful attitude and is very extroverted but has a perky chest. Her sister Stocking instead is more reserved and usually Does Not Like Men, but has a bigger chest than her sister.
    • Later seen with their Psycho Rangers, Scanty and Kneesocks, having the same personalities between rivals but with inverted bodies: Scanty has a sexy attitude with a Hair-Trigger Temper and has a big bust, Kneesocks being more reserved than her sister but more slender than her (and even more flat-chested than Panty).
  • The first two love interests (of many) in Rosario + Vampire are Moka Akashiya and Kurumu Kurono. Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Moka is, for the most part, sweet and wholesome, but has a Split Personality that borders on Superpowered Evil Side and is painfully Tsundere; the endlessly-lovestruck-succubus Kurumu is the trope-image for Buxom Is Better. Again, Moka has a good pair of boobs, but Kurumu's are certainly superior in size.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin we have Kaoru Kamiya, flat and bad tempered, and Megumi Takani, who doesn't really have huge knockers, though looks older and more feminine but at the same time is sweeter towards Kenshin Himura.
  • Saki:
    • The eponymous character is flat-chested, while her best friend Nodoka has fairly large breasts.
    • On the Eisui team, Hatsumi, who looks like a child despite being a third-year in high school, is flat-chested, while Kasumi, her long-time friend and yearmate, has breasts that are even larger than Nodoka's.
    • In Himematsu, there's the Atago sisters- the flat-chested Hiroe and the well-endowed Kinue.
  • Slayers:
    • The series beginning presents us with hot-headed female lead Lina Inverse and supporting female character, the dark-haired Sylphiel Nels Ladha, vis-a-vis the affections of male lead Gourry Gabriev. Again, the chest issue comes up in regards to the Fiery Redhead, but most consider it an Informed Attribute.
    • Later in the prequel series before Lina meets Gourry, her companion was Naga the Serpent, an arrogant and Stripperiffic sorcerer with a chest even bigger than Sylphiel (and she doesn't doubt to show it to Lina) that usually antagonizes her, seeing Lina as The Rival, despite the fact both travel and work together.
  • So, I Can't Play H!: Lisara Restall, who we are told is flat, a scythe-wielding, redheaded, but relatively even-tempered tsundere, vs. Mina Okura, the protagonist's far-more-indulgent, raven-hired, F-Cupped Unlucky Childhood Friend/Girl Next Door.
  • Sword Art Online: The first series gives us the low-grade tsundere primary love interest Asuna, who has a normal bust in general. Later in the series appears Sinon, a famous sniper who has no chest compared with Asuna, and has tsundere tendencies. And between the two's introductions, there's Leafa, a Master Swordswoman Little Sister Heroine whose breasts can eat Asuna's and Sinon's for breakfast.
  • Toradora! has most part of the conflict between the petite abrasive flat-chested Taiga Aisaka and the nice busty high-school model Ami Kawashima, not just focused on Ryuuji Takasu, but they got a grudge between them most part of the series.
  • In YuruYuri the Belligerent Sexual Tension Student Council Duo Sakurako and Himawari are always together and while Tsundere toward each other and Sakurako is prone to fights they are actually more than great friends. (which is not lost on the rest of the cast)

    Comic Books 
  • Astonishing X-Men: Kitty Pryde has a flat chest while Emma Frost outright admits to having had her breasts augmented. The two butt heads throughout the comic due to Kitty being more compassionate and ethical compared to the borderline sociopathic Emma.
  • Empowered (a strongly manga-influenced US comic) has the friendship between Emp, who is very voluptuous in all parts and an All-Loving Hero, and Ninjette, who is skinny and a Deadpan Snarker, alcoholic, near-villain.
  • Supergirl is (usually) drawn with a rather modest chest and is often depicted as shy and sweet. Her Alternate Self Power Girl is (in)famous for her large bust and is confident to and extroverted to the point of arrogance.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey has General Halftrack's office staffed by Miss Blips and Miss Buxley. Blips came first, and is a Deadpan Snarker and almost Hypercompetent Sidekick to the aged general. Blips has the body shape of a file cabinet with a head, and is often treated as such. Miss Buxley appeared later on, as a civilian liaison, being a Ms. Fanservice with Dude Magnet properties. Buxley has an Impossible Hourglass Figure that used to rev the general's engine until his battleax wife shut him down. When paired with Blips, these two women are envious of one another: Blips envies Buxley's "boy magnets," while Buxley longs to be unencumbered by drooling wolves the way Blips is.

    Fan Works 
  • Although Touhou Project canon has no stated breast sizes for any character, fanon has the following general patterns:
    • Sakuya and Meiling. Sakuya is usually portrayed as flat-chested and highly sensitive about it (she's the illustration for A-Cup Angst for a reason), to the point that there's a Running Gag about her allegedly padding her bra. Her coworker Meiling, by contrast, almost always has Boobs of Steel.
    • Komachi and Eiki. Komachi is the one character who is consistently portrayed as having an equal or even larger bust than Meiling. Her boss is typically shown as not only flat-chested, but also very short, which feeds into her general envy towards her subordinate.
    • Parsee and Yuugi. Yuugi is always depicted as very muscular, with boobs that compare to Meiling and Komachi. While Parsee isn't usually as flat as Sakuya and Eiki, since envy and jealousy are her defining traits, being in the presence of Yuugi tends to bring this trope up.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 2 Broke Girls has snarky, busty Max and chipper, slender Caroline. Lampshaded in the spoof ad as seen above.
  • Sweater Girl and Sexy Secretary Joan Holloway (Busty) and the more Hollywood Homely and Plucky Office Girl Peggy Olson (more average in bustline) start off like this in Mad Men with Peggy starting off as very naive and shy while Joan is seductive and the Alpha Bitch looking forward to quitting her job before marriage. They both undergo Character Development where Peggy becomes savvier, more confident, and stronger while Joan really leans into her natural strength and demands to have her intellect and experience be taken seriously.
  • This trope is lampshaded in an episode of Sam & Cat where Cat impersonates Sam and must stuff oranges down her bra to pull off the deception. The show inverts the stereotype, however. While Sam is bustier, she is the more abrasive and rude of the pair, whereas Cat is more sweet and naive. In her original show Cat was shown to have an Odd Friendship with Jade, who had several jokes made about her bust size.
  • The sensible, intelligent, "Miss Priss" but badass, and flat-busted Nancy Wheeler in Stranger Things is clearly contrasted with two other teenage girls in the series like her best friend Barb Holland (while not busty, is larger chested and fuller figured) who is a Shrinking Violet who gets killed off early in the series and the alternative but far more naive in comparison Robin Buckley (who is shapelier in comparison).
    • It carries over to the younger girls with the comparatively curvier Max Mayfield is a brash but normal-powered and savvier tomboy while the more petite Eleven possesses psychic powers but is quiet and naive to the ways of the world.
  • The two female employees at WKRP in Cincinnati are Jennifer Marlow and Bailey Quarters. Jennifer is a Statuesque Stunner that wears form-fitting outfits that accentuate her feminine curves. She's also the highest-paid employee on staff. Then there's Bailey, the mousy intern who can't compete with Jennifer, so she goes along as the Lad-ette and Plucky Office Girl.

    Video Games 
  • In the "updates" of Dead or Alive 5, some of the new characters are the duo of Marie Rose and Honoka, both close friends and rivals. Marie Rose is the shortest of the fighters in the game (and maybe the whole franchise) and uses her charms as a petite girl for her own advantage. Honoka instead is an Innocent Fanservice Girl who's very ditzy but with a great fighting potential. Marie Rose possesses the smallest bust out of all the female characters in the series, a direct contrast to Honoka who possesses the largest bust (even rivaling westerner characters such as Helena and Christie), which was even the subject of a pun in their Japanese tag team intro.
  • El Sword: The first two female playable characters are Aisha the petite, abrasive magician and Rena, the motherly busty elf. The former is always jealous of the latter's breasts.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Aerith Gainsborough and Tifa Lockhart are the two main Love Interests of Cloud Strife, who also are kind-hearted and have good chests (with Tifa's being bigger than Aerith). In general the comparision also can be done with any of these two girls compared with Yuffie Kisaragi, who has a flat chest and it fits more in the "playful rogue" type that's common with young-looking characters.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, the older sisters of the two opposing families Nohr and Hoshido are the big-breasted, motherly Camilla and the flat-chested, tomboyish Hinoka.
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves: The only two female fighters are the petite and cute Hotaru Futaba and Ms. Fanservice Bonne Jenet. While Jenet is a more straightforward tease with mature charms, Hotaru is a more reserved Martial Pacifist with small immature streaks (one of her post-match taunt is basically Blowing a Raspberry).
  • The Neptunia series has Vert and Blanc share this dynamic, despite a lack of romantic interests. Vert has the biggest bust in the game.(most of the time) and is extremely proud of that fact. Blanc, on the other hand, is tiny in every respect, and possesses both A-Cup Angst and a Hair-Trigger Temper. Vert is no saint and Blanc has her own redeeming features, but even the other characters know exactly how every discussion about breasts is going to go.
  • Samurai Shodown:
    • There was only two women in the original game's roster: The speedy, small and petite Ainu priestess Nakoruru and the tall, blonde French fencer Charlotte Christine Colde, who was revealed in later materials to be quite busty beneath her Breast Plate. Their personalities was also an unusual reversion of the trope as well, as Nakoruru stands as one of the most virtuous and kind characters in the franchise, and Charlotte is a more proud person (although she never goes overboard).
    • In SS 64 games, the same comparision can be made with Nakoruru and the newcomer Shiki, who has a bigger bust and also contrasts Nakoruru in being an Aloof Dark-Haired Girl.
    • Warriors Rage PSX game have Rinka Yoshino and Saya, both girls part of La Résistance, with Rinka being a A-Cup Angst Tsundere with a BFS and the Stripperiffic Ms. Fanservice Saya who has the biggest buxom of the game that plays as the McNinja of the game.
  • Senran Kagura: The twins Ryoubi and Ryouna has this dynamic. The former is one of the few small-chested girls in the cast (who can nonetheless expand its size for her ninja transformation) and has a complex regarding her figure, as well as being a Sadist. The latter is one of the contenders of the girl with the largest bust among the cast, and is flightier and more cheerful, as well as being Too Kinky to Torture.
  • Street Fighter has Ibuki, who's breast size in her appearances has varied due to who she was associated with. Initially she had the biggest breast of her friends Makoto and Elena, later due to being rivals with Sakura her breast were also rather quite large and shapely but in V due to being associated with R.Mika and Karin Ibuki's breast size is arguably the smallest among the girls.

    Visual Novels 
  • Doki Doki Literature Club!: Flat-chested tsundere Natsuki is contrasted with the shy, thoughtful, and busty Yuri. They are presented as constantly clashing over their writing styles and interests, being the two most dominant and different personalities in the club.
  • Fate/stay night: The two closest girls to Shirou in his school are Rin, the confident and Tsundere small-chested girl and Sakura, his kouhai, who (beyond her meekness and other issues) is a gentle and caring girl who's bustier than Rin. They happen to be sisters.
  • In Go! Go! Nippon!, of the two Love Interests, the younger sister Akira Misaki is flat-chested and Tsundere while the older sister, Makoto Misaki, has a large bust and is much more gentle and motherly.

    Web Comics 
  • Part and parcel of the contrast between the title character of Alfie and her apparently first-step-past "Friends with Benefits" Ozge. The external differences (borderline plump with impressive hips vs near-androgynous beanpole, not quite four foot tall vs pushing eight if not dragging it, would otherwise pass for human aside from the ears vs long-tailed blue goat-person with horns) are if anything exceeded by those between the respective personalities (Ozge is largely solitary & shyly taciturn where Alfie is gregarious & charming, a chaste romantic rather than deeply cynical about love, a bluntly honest sort that owns her outright deviancy as opposed to a longtime Covert Pervert & habitual liar).
  • The two most prominent characters in Girls with Slingshots are Hazel Tellington and Jamie McJack. Hazel is roughly a B-cup, and lives above a yuppie bar being all angsty and kvetchy. Jamie lugs DD-cups around, which means she never pays for drinks. This helps Jamie stay cheery and easy-going. These two young women are close friends, despite their glaring differences.
  • Living with Hipstergirl and Gamergirl has the comparision of any of the two female protagonists (Erika and Sophie), who're extroverted and confident Ms. Fanservice girls with big chests, with the petite and flat-chested Elly, who's shy and introverted as Artur.
  • The two main female characters in Ménage à 3 are Suzi "Zii" Nielsen and Desiree "DiDi" Chastel, who share a midtown apartment. Zii is a Tank-Top Tomboy bordering on The Lad-ette, and has a small bust slightly to her own annoyance (she doesn't like being mistaken for a dude), but is nonetheless headstrong and sexually forward. DiDi (as in D-cups) is a Statuesque Stunner with prominent breasts, an uninhibited Head-Turning Beauty with both naivety and scruples, who doesn’t have to be as forward as Zii because the men come to her.
  • Mieruko-chan: Miko is subdued and constantly stressed out from being a Magnetic Medium, and there are several jokes about her A-Cup Angst compared to her bubbly, extroverted friend Hana.

    Western Animation