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Tiny, but tyrannical. Clockwise from top left: 

"Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!!!"
Shana, Shakugan no Shana

The Shana Clone is a character archetype originating in Japanese Light Novels, Manga and their Anime adaptations, begun by the popularity of the character Shana from the Light Novel series Shakugan no Shana.

The Shana Character archetype includes the following:

Though perhaps not the actual Trope Maker, Shana certainly popularized this specific combination of characteristics and they are becoming an extremely common archetype, especially in Light Novels. This series of characters even had direct shout outs to the original, effectively identifying them as Expies of Shana, but then came some other, indirectly related characters following the formula, resulting in the formation of a whole new archetype rather than a collection of Expies, in much the same way as the Rei Ayanami Expy came to be.


Adding to the archetype are a number of more 'optional' traits which have come to be associated with these characters, some of which did not originate with Shana herself:

  • The character is voiced by Rie Kugimiya, who after voicing Shana in the anime adaptation of Shakugan no Shana went on to voice a series of similar characters, further emphasizing the similarities (five of the seven characters in the page image are voiced by her). Ayana Taketatsu and Yukari Tamura are also popular choices, though.
  • The character addresses the Love Interest in some extremely demeaning manner, such as treating him as her property, as being lower than human, or lower in status, even using belittling names like "dog", "slave", or "toy" instead. Shana used to refer Yuuji as a Torch and tell him he was almost nothing, both Louise and Taiga call Saito and Ryuuji respectively a dog, and Aria calls Kinji a slave, among other examples.
  • Along with the previous, the character often addresses him in an insistent First-Name Basis without any Japanese Honorifics, which can be played as a sign of closeness, imperiousness or both.
  • The character may be a Big Eater, especially of a certain kind of food, often sweet breads (Shana's is melon bread, while Aria's is peach bread).
  • The character comes from a noble and/or wealthy family, justifying her high-and-mighty attitude towards the Love Interest, who is often a "commoner". This probably started with Louise.
  • If the character employs a weapon, it will be some kind of sword, commonly a katana (or two, as in Aria's case), more rarely a whip. She will often use that or other objects to beat the male Love Interest when she feels he defies her (like Louise with her riding crop).
  • If she gets an Animal Motif, her animal will probably be the cat, while her Flower Motif will likely be the red rose (beautiful, but has thorns).
  • The quote provided on the top of the page ("Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!"/"Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!") will often be uttered by these characters.
  • The character is inhuman or has some sort of supernatural ability, either open or hidden. Shana is a Flame Haze, Louise is a mage, and Lotte is a succubus, for example.
  • The character wears childish and/or Goofy Print Underwear, matching her body type and personality.

This trope is a subtrope of both Tiny Tyrannical Girl and Tsundere. Compare Rei Ayanami Expy and Char Clone for a similar phenomenon. The Stock Light-Novel Calamity Princess can be considered a successor of sorts.


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  • The Trope Maker and Trope Namer Shana is the Fiery Redhead Action Girl who created this archetype and made it famous in Shakugan no Shana. The rousing success of her character has since inspired many writers to imitate or outright copy her personality, as seen in the following examples. Kugimiya Point: 1. Interestingly, Shana, whose Tsundere nature is justified, softens over time through Character Development, to the point that she is no longer a Tsundere by the end of the series. She is quite open about her feelings towards her Love Interest Yuji, and not all abrasive or disrespectful to him. Even from the start, she rapidly shed many of the attributes enumerated above, some of which were not very strong in the first place. By the end of the first story arc she no longer views or treats Yuji demeaningly (abrasively is a different matter, but even that subsides), and she was very rarely physically abusive, only once striking him in the first season of the anime (outside of her rigorous combat training). he does inflict physical injury in Season 3, because Yuji spends the bulk of the season as Shana's Well-Intentioned Extremist enemy who is not hesitant to strike back. They both still love each other, and both are convinced that they are doing the right thing for the other.
  • A Certain Magical Index has two:
    • Index Librarium Prohibitum is mildly Tsundere for Touma, has a huge appetite, has long sky-blue hair, is pretty petite, and has a habit of biting his head whenever she gets angry. As far as examples of this trope go, Index is pretty tame.
    • More as an allynote  than a potential love interest for Touma (which makes her part of a very small minority in the series), is Agnese Sanctis, a petite Battle Nun who has some Tsundere interactions with Touma. Kugimiya Point: 3
  • Aria H. Kanzaki of Aria the Scarlet Ammo is essentially Shana with a pair of katanas as well as a pair of guns, coupled with some of Louise' personality traits. She is also sometimes called the "Fifth Tsundere Wonder", after Shana, Louise, Nagi and Taiga. Kugimiya Point: 7
  • Claire of Bladedance of Elementalers is a tiny, flat-chested, long-haired Tsundere who has fire as her element. She also carries around a magical, fiery whip, which she uses as a weapon and to "punish" Kamitou (who also has to deal with an Unwanted Harem. Poor dude...) with. Oh, and her Animal Motif is a cat.
  • Felli Loss from Chrome Shelled Regios is a rare mix of this with Rei Ayanami Expy. While her powers make her The Stoic, she's a harsh Type A Tsundere with a petite body and Rapunzel Hair who calls the main character names and kicks him every time she gets angry.
  • Fear Kubrick of Cube×Cursed×Curious: Tsundere? Check. Has a Nice Guy Love Interest? Check. Has Rapunzel Hair? Check. Zettai Ryouiki? Check. Inhuman? Check. Suffers from A-Cup Angst? She attacks a more well-endowed girl and proclaims her an "enemy of the flat-chested". She is a pretty unique SC example, however, because she achieves the oddity of mixing this archetype with the Rei Ayanami Expy: along with the mentioned traits, she is also an Artificial Human with blue hair and red eyes who learns about humanity and the world through the story.
  • Kotori Itsuka of Date A Live, the foster younger sister of the main character Shido. She fits the archetype quite well, with her sadistic tendencies, Chupa Chups lollipops, Rapunzel Hair, grade S Zettai Ryouiki, and being a literal Fiery Redhead. Shido however doesn't see her as more than a younger sister.
  • Louise de la Valliere of The Familiar of Zero is a short girl with long pink hair as well as a noblewoman and a mage, whose Love Interest, Saito, was summoned from Earth to serve as her familiar. She brutally beats him with a riding crop or a whip and refers to him as "slave" and "commoner", wears Grade A Zettai Ryouiki, and is in competition with several other girls for Saito's heart though she ultimately wins. This is leveled out by showing occasional moments of kindness. Kugimiya Point: 8
  • Mao Amatsuka from GJ-bu combines this archetype with a Genki Girl personality. She is a girl from a rich family much like Nagi, has long orange hair and Grade-A Zettai Ryouiki (Grade-S as Maa-chan) and regularly bites Kyouya when she's angry at him alongside the usual Tsundere behavior, but she's also the president of the titular GJ-Club and rules over it in an energetic way reminiscent of Haruhi, declaring the most random activities as "Club Events" and giving them a healthy dose of Mundane Made Awesome.
  • Victorique de Blois of Gosick has the long blond hair, tights, body-type and is partial to sweets. She's a more reserved Tsundere and is not violent in general, but is nevertheless incredibly bossy and has been known to kick her Love Interest or smack him if he defies her. She's more directly based off Shinku from Rozen Maiden, though.
  • Touka Tennouji of Haruka Nogizaka's Secret sports a small, flat-chested body, wears Grade-S Zettai Ryouiki, ties her white hair onto Girlish Pigtails, and is such a Bad Boss most butlers leave her less than a day into her service alone. Like Shana, however, she also deconstructs the trope: as Yuuto, the only one who actually survived in her servicenote , discovered, her tough personality is but a result of having to live with a family wracked with infighting over inheritances from her late grandfather. And to drive the point home: Kugimiya Point: 9
  • In If Her Flag Breaks, Nanami fulfills this role. Short, young-looking with a complex about her size? Check. Long, blonde hair? Check. Dress/skirt in Joshi Kousei style with Grade-A Zettai Ryouiki? Check. Tsundere? Not as constantly violent as some, but still qualifies. Female lead? Check. Also born into royalty.
  • Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos is another example of this combined with Rei Ayanami Expy. She's a short-statured girl with long grey hair, wears Grade A Zettai Ryouiki whenever she wears a skirt, is pretty short-tempered, bossy, and even violent, particularly towards her love interest, and is in competition with several other girls for Ichika's heart.
  • INVADERS of the ROKUJYOUMA!?: Princess Theiamillis "Theia" Gre Forthorthe is a petite Human Alien girl with waist-length blonde hair, who spends most of her time in long dresses, and is skilled with a sword (though she prefers heavy firepower). She's introduced as a bossy hothead who refers to the protagonist as "neanderthal", though most of this is attributed to her sheltered upbringing and she grows out of it quickly (enough to poke fun at herself for how immature she used to be). Unusually, while she remains very physical and headstrong as the story progresses, it gets played more as her being a Tomboy Princess, and her relationship with Koutarou ultimately progresses to one of Vitriolic Best Buds, where they cheerfully insult and brawl with each other as a way of showing their affection.
  • Mio Isurugi, from the late, lamented MM!, who is only different from most other examples in that she is tied in a Balanced Harem with her main rival, token Nice Girl Yuno (herself a minor Type-B Tsundere), not a clear lead character.
  • Dalian of The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, although she's probably heavily based off Gosick's Victorique instead of Shana, considering the heavy similarities in the series. She's reserved yet bossy towards Huey, occasionally kicking him, or having him wait on her as if she were the Lady and not he the Lord. She has an outfit almost identical to Victorique's, dark unkempt Rapunzel Hair in her human form and light haired Girlish Pigtails in her Archive form (which unfortunately doesn't seem to have a tsun side). She is also very short, flat-chested and wears tights, though her dress is too long to tell the grade. She also loves sweet breads, which is a major plot point in some episodes.
  • Taiga Aisaka of Toradora! is a deconstruction of the archetype: part of the roots of her short temper, besides issues with her small body, flat chest and childlike appearance, stems from lack of social skills and having to deal with a broken family. Also, her body issues due to her looks are portrayed in a more realistic way (i.e. she uses her temper as a cover for deep-seated insecurities over her lack of height and curves), and she must learn to tone down her aggression to win over her Love Interest, Ryuuji, as well as dealing with her psychological problems, which includes making up with her mother's new family before continuing their relationship. Kugimiya Point: 10

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  • Amazon of Azur Lane. She's superficially a young, flat-chested teenager, but she's the second-oldest Royal Navy ship in the game and hates being treated as young. She wears her blonde hair in nearly waist-length Girlish Pigtails, wears an old-timey, musketeer-esque military outfit with a skirt, and always carries either her sword or a finger pointer stick when she shows up in tutorials. She's an extreme Tsundere denying affection for the Commander, even up to her lines for marriage, but she's not particularly violent or demeaning besides calling him a pervert. If she gets defeated in battle, she unleashes a Rapid-Fire "Shut Up!".
  • Airi Ban of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2. A bit less childlike than most, as she's only flat in comparison with the rest of the female cast and is merely mad about still being mistaken for a junior high student when she's only in her first year of high school, but she has the temperament, the Grade A Zettai Ryouiki, and the long red hair to match the original.
  • Oda Nobunaga of Fate/Grand Order, while not a big Tsundere like most clones are, has traits similar to the Trope Namer, including flames, katana, long black hair that turns red, short stature, ability to summon a Pocket Dimension and voice actress. While there are Tsundere elements at times, it's mostly overshadowed with wacky, fourth wall breaking attitude due to the nature of her origin series (Koha-Ace). She doesn't have any particular love interests, but her Heterosexual Life-Partner, Okita Souji, serves as a good enough replacement to channel her wacky minorly Tsundere antics. Kugimiya Point: 11
  • Iori Minase from The iDOLM@STER franchise, except she's an unusual Type A/B hybrid: Type B to total strangers, Type A to fellow idols, staff members and her handler. Kugimiya Point: 12
  • Mirai from the Nintendo 3DS title Senran Kagura. In the original title, she is a Type A Tsundere antagonist/rival towards the Hanzo Academy and during her rant in 3-05 to Yagyu shouts the iconic "Urusai! Urusai! Urusai!!!". She is playable in later titles such as Senran Kagura Burst and PS Vita's Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus.

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Alternative Title(s): Tiny Tyrannical Tsundere


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