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Behold Vegeta: Prince of the Saiyans and… Tsundere?

Apparently, according to one Thai gaming magazine, Vegeta is indeed a tsundere. The publication, which published a short informational section on the Tsundere archetype, plastered the Saiyan prince’s grinning mug amid images of Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Magical Index), Aisaka Taiga (Toradora!), and Maki Nishikino (Love Live!).

He's only saving the world because he wants to... baka.
He’s only saving the world because he wants to… baka.

For those who don’t see the humor, tsundere is a term commonly given to a female archetype, in which a character starts off cold or hostile toward another person (usually the main character), only to grow warmer as the series progresses. It’s a portmanteau of two terms: “tsun tsun” which means “to turn away in disgust”, and “dere dere”, or “lovey dovey.” The word achieved popularity in visual novels, before seeping out into the common fan vernacular.

It may technically be right. I mean, Vegeta does start off as a pretty big hard-ass. And he does end up fusing with Goku on a few occasions near the end of the series.

But, really, it’s kind of hard to see the prince of the Saiyans helping Goku and company out just because he was already doing it… baka.

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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