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I Heart Characters // Tsundere Hot & Cold Lover aka Caro learns anime terms


Hello fellow bookworms 💗 I’m back again with the I Heart Characters meme! This week’s topic is Tsundere Hot-n-Cold Lover described by Dani as a “manga/anime term, but can be applied to any character who is strong-willed but melts inside when faced with the ONE”. I had never heard of this trop before, as I don’t know much about anime at all, so I did some further research as I was super intrigued and interested to learn more. According to TV Tropes a Tsundere is an “outwardly violent character who “runs hot and cold”, alternating between two distinct moods: tsuntsun (aloof or irritable) and deredere (lovestruck)”. There are either Harsh (tsuntsun as the default) or Sweet Types (deredere as the default mode) – I choose only Harsh Types!

I Heart Characters! is a weekly meme hosted by Dani @ Perspective of a Writer to showcase our book blogger love for characters! Each week she’ll supply a topic and you’ll supply the character. Post on whatever day suits you, about characters from whatever media you love (books, movies, K-dramas, television, manga, anime, webtoons, whatever!) and link up on Thursday so YOU and others can blog hop and share the character love. 💗

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The Darkling (with Alina)

Source: Melanie Bourgeois

“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, “is that it makes us weak.” 

I couldn’t NOT choose the Darkling, as he mostly fits this prompt perfectly (keep in mind that I have only read Shadow and Bone, so no spoilers please). He was surprisingly gentle at times (usually when he wants to be) and is amused by Alina’s snark rather than be offended and going off at her like she expected. In the beginning you really think he has at least a few decent characteristics, but there is no denying that the Darkling is also very powerful and mostly is in ‘murder mode’. He is the villain after all and a great one in my opinion. Therefore, his default mode is to be in power and control of everyone else, as well as distanced from everyone else. He is not big on showing gentle feelings, but I personally do think that he melts a bit around Alina. The Darkling also has a bit of an obsession with her (see quote above) and she might be the only person that can kick his ass (and become his equal), which makes for an interesting dynamic. He definitely appears to be lovestruck in Alina’s presence at times, as much as he can be, as the question if the Darkling is truly capable of feeling real love remains debatable. I mean he’s a bad guy who does a lot of horrible things, even to Alina, so he usually has no regard  for everyone else. But with her it seems to be this switching between ‘time for murder’ and ‘obsessing over Alina’. So yeah, I’m interested to see how the rest of the Trilogy explores their dynamic!

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Warner (with Juliette)

Source: TheCarmiBug

“His smile is laced with dynamite. “Go to sleep”
“Go to hell.”
He works his jaw. Walks to the door. “I’m working on it.” 

Jackie will be delighted that I mention them (I really need to reread the books soon). I really feel like I don’t talk enough about Warner and Juliette here, when I love them so dearly! Warner is definitely a Tsundere type, as he is generally not warm and fuzzy and remains the villain of the story for a lot of the first three books (I also haven’t read Restore me yet). However, from the beginning he kind of has a thing for Juliette and she wastes no time challenging him, which makes their interactions very interesting. As time goes on Warner shows a bit more of his character and not only the harsh side, which is his default. With Juliette, his ‘love’, he is the softest of all characters and … I mean that boy was pretty lovestruck when it came to her, so it makes him a perfect candidate for the prompt! He truly cares about her and only her. It’s the entire “the whole world could burn, but not you” thing. Warner also believes that Juliette is strong and does not need protecting, which makes me think that he truly is the right one for her. Both don’t want to fix each other, they love each other the way they are.

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Notable Mentions

  • Nova Artino (Renegades) 💗 with Adrian
  • Annabeth Chase (PJO) 💗 with Percy
  • Baz (Carry On) 💗 with Simon
  • Jacin Clay (Winter) 💗 with Winter

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Do you watch animes? What’s your favorite hot/cold lover? Please tell me in the comments! 💗 


11 thoughts on “I Heart Characters // Tsundere Hot & Cold Lover aka Caro learns anime terms

  1. This is a great post Caro, and you picked some perfect characters/pairings for this prompt too. 😀 I loved the Darkling in the Grisha series, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the trilogy too, also Juliette and Warner a OTP worthy in my mind. I haven’t read Restore Me either but I’ve heard good things so I can’t wait to get around to it (hopefully it’ll be one we both love with plenty from Warner too!)
    Even your notable mentions feature some of my favourite characters. Percy and Annabeth are probably my number one OTP, and I love TLC so I’m glad one of the couples from those books made it onto this post. 🙂 ❤️

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    1. Thank you!! I’m glad to hear that you like both of them & I do hope that I will like the Grisha Trilogy overall 💕 I have heard mainly good things about Restore Me as well, but also that it emotionally destroys you with the ending, so I’m a bit nervous too 😅
      Percy & Annabeth are one of my oldest OTP’s and I couldn’t resist including Jacin & Winter! 😀

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  2. Awww Warner is such a great choice Caro!! ❤ I think he is exactly what is meant by Tsundere… and I think his type of man is why many romance lovers like the hate to love trope. And he does melt around Juliette doesn’t he?!

    I LOVE the Darkling as well! I haven’t read any of his books but I read about him often enough to feel like I know him some. Every time I do it makes me want to read those books… there is something about him being a villain that is seductive… its less of a sure thing that he will come around and be happy with Alina so there is more at stake!

    I’m so glad you found to time to participate this week Caro!! 😀

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    1. Warner is definitely the first one that came to my mind when I looked up the prompt! He really melts around Juliette compared to all the other characters he interacts with and I actually love when someone is very soft on only a very specific person! 😍

      Omg yes, before I read Shadow and Bone I was pretty sure that I would love him … and I ended up being right! 😀 I hope you end up reading the books soon! I still have book 2 and 3 to go, so I hope that they are as good as book 1!

      Me too, I already have my next meme post scheduled for tomorrow! ❤


  3. Sorry to say, these are some of my hatest love interests of all time. xD I gave up on both the Grisha books and Shatter Me because of the Darkling and Warner HAHAHA. It’s just… I hate how toxic these guys can be, and I actually get annoyed when they’re suddenly crazy in love with the girl. It bothers me so much. :/

    BUT of course I absolutely love Annabeth–who isn’t a bad person even in the slightest sense; just really hot-and-cold to people. xD I haven’t gotten around to finishing Winter yet, but I did like Jacin a lot in the parts I did read. ♥

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    1. They are both definitely not everyone’s favorites xD I totally get it though, the Darkling and Warner are both really messy! I don’t know where things will go with the Darkling as I have only read book 1, but I have to admit that the way Warner’s redemption arc was handled definitely could have been done better 😅

      OH YES ANNABETH, I love her so much!! 😍 She’s so strong, brave, but also complicated, which I always love to see in characters! Jacin is definitely not warm and fuzzy, but I love that about him xD I hope you enjoy Winter! ♥


  4. My boyfriend called me a Tsundere but not anymore I suppose. Anyways The Darkling is a good choice but you are going to have a fun ride. I think Siege and Storm is my favorite. I hope you love it!

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