History Videogame / Touhou

19th Sep '17 4:32:17 AM Oecchi
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** Danmaku Amanojaku Gold Rush is an unreleased game made in two days meant to be played at the Digital Game Expo 2014 where Seija takes the Miracle Mallet and uses it to rob the Hakurei Shrine. When asked how Seija can use said Mallet, ZUN just said that she can't, that since he made the game so quickly he didn't think about the plot at all.

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** Danmaku Amanojaku Gold Rush is an unreleased game made in two days meant to be played at the Digital Game Expo 2014 where Seija takes the Miracle Mallet and uses it to rob the Hakurei Shrine. When asked how Seija can use said Mallet, Mallet (since only inchlings are able to use it), ZUN just said that she can't, that since he made the game so quickly he didn't think about the plot at all.
14th Sep '17 6:24:04 PM Stormtroper
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** Danmaku Amanojaku Gold Rush is an unreleased game made in two days meant to be played at the Digital Game Expo 2014 where Seija takes the Miracle Mallet and uses it to rob the Hakurei Shrine. When asked how Seija can use said Mallet, ZUN just said that she can't, that since he made the game so quickly he didn't think about the plot at all.
11th Sep '17 8:45:48 AM WaterBlap
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** Most of the extra bosses actually have a secret difficulty on their last (or second-to-last, in Yukari's case) spell card, triggered by attempting to go pacifist. Normally, those spell cards start off easy, but get harder as the boss loses HP. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything To prevent cheesing the game]] and trivializing what should be a climactic end by just waiting, the spell card will have an extremely hard pattern, even harder than the normal final pattern, starting at 30 seconds left if the boss has not lost enough HP.

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** Most of the extra bosses actually have a secret difficulty on their last (or second-to-last, in Yukari's case) spell card, triggered by attempting to go pacifist. Normally, those spell cards start off easy, but get harder as the boss loses HP. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[NoFairCheating To prevent cheesing the game]] and trivializing what should be a climactic end by just waiting, the spell card will have an extremely hard pattern, even harder than the normal final pattern, starting at 30 seconds left if the boss has not lost enough HP.
9th Sep '17 4:56:51 PM Lightmaster
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** Cirno received her own game in ''Great Fairy Wars''.

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** Cirno received her own game in ''Great Fairy Wars''.Wars'', then she became a playable character in ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', the 16th numbered game.
30th Aug '17 11:44:01 PM rmctagg09
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30th Aug '17 11:43:52 PM rmctagg09
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** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', the heroines actually fail to defeat the FinalBoss in the good endings, as her final attack is [[spoiler:taking away your options and all your Power, and using it to throw a sadistic multi-stage attack your way,]] which led to them [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere retreating.]] However, [[ItsPersonal they swear to avenge themselves,]] and do so by [[spoiler:rematching Okina in the Extra Stage.]]

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** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', the heroines actually fail to defeat the FinalBoss in the good endings, as her final attack is [[spoiler:taking away your options and all your Power, and using it to throw a sadistic multi-stage attack your way,]] which led to them [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere retreating.]] However, [[ItsPersonal they swear to avenge themselves,]] themselves]], and do so by [[spoiler:rematching Okina in the Extra Stage.]]



** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', [[spoiler:the heroines fail to defeat Okina due to her final attack being too lopsided in her favor (she strips you of your options, release ability and Power, and uses it to create a difficult multi-stage attack) and end up running away. Thus, [[HeroicSecondWind they regroup]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower learn to harness a new power]] before [[ItsPersonal invading Ushirodo-no-Kuni again and challenging Okina to a rematch,]]]] which is the Extra Stage of this game. This makes it a first for the series, where the Extra Stage is actually truly "Stage 7" and a continuation of the story, and the only game where the BonusBoss is also the TrueFinalBoss.[[note]] Yukari in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' does not count because, while she ''is'' the one who actually opened the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead, she only did so at Yuyuko's request, which makes the latter the real FinalBoss of the story.[[/note]]

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** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', [[spoiler:the heroines fail to defeat Okina due to her final attack being too lopsided in her favor (she strips you of your options, release ability and Power, and uses it to create a difficult multi-stage attack) and end up running away. Thus, [[HeroicSecondWind they regroup]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower learn to harness a new power]] before [[ItsPersonal invading Ushirodo-no-Kuni again and challenging Okina to a rematch,]]]] rematch]]]], which is the Extra Stage of this game. This makes it a first for the series, where the Extra Stage is actually truly "Stage 7" and a continuation of the story, and the only game where the BonusBoss is also the TrueFinalBoss.[[note]] Yukari in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' does not count because, while she ''is'' the one who actually opened the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead, she only did so at Yuyuko's request, which makes the latter the real FinalBoss of the story.[[/note]]



** Chan'Ge has wronged Junko so terribly that the latter has become a nihilistic incarnation of hatred, and in the pursuit of her revenge practically ousted the Lunarians from the Moon, uncaring of who or what got in her way. Hecatia Lapizlazuli also has beef with Chan'Ge, so she was more than happy to lend Junko a hand.

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** Chan'Ge Chang'e has wronged Junko so terribly that the latter has become a nihilistic incarnation of hatred, and in the pursuit of her revenge practically ousted the Lunarians from the Moon, uncaring of who or what got in her way. Hecatia Lapizlazuli also has beef with Chan'Ge, Chang'e for shooting down Apollo, so she was more than happy to lend Junko a hand.



* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Almost everyone wears pretty frilly dresses.

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* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: Almost everyone wears pretty frilly dresses.dresses and fights in them as well.



** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', canonically, [[HopelessBossFight the heroines are unable to overcome Okina's final spellcard]] and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere retreat,]] since they were [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempting to defeat Okina with powers]] ''[[SuperEmpowering granted]]'' [[PhysicalGod by Okina]], [[DefiedTrope only to have the tables turned on them.]] It's not until they [[EleventhHourSuperpower harness the "fifth season"]] that they actually are able to defeat Okina, and even then, for Cirno, it's theorized that [[GodWasMyCopilot she received help from another god who is enemies with Okina.]]

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** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', canonically, [[HopelessBossFight the heroines are unable to overcome Okina's final spellcard]] and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere retreat,]] retreat]], since they were [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempting to defeat Okina Okina]] with powers]] powers ''[[SuperEmpowering granted]]'' by [[PhysicalGod by Okina]], [[DefiedTrope only to have the tables turned on them.]] It's not until they [[EleventhHourSuperpower harness the "fifth season"]] that they actually are able to defeat Okina, and even then, for Cirno, it's theorized that [[GodWasMyCopilot she received help from another god who is enemies with Okina.]]
30th Aug '17 9:56:08 PM AKITN
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* InTheBack: ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'' eventually reveals itself to have a fascination with "back doors", which is exemplified when the FinalBoss and her flunkies are fond of shooting you from behind with several of their spellcards. [[UpToEleven Taken to its logical extreme in the Extra Stage,]] where not only are there several waves of enemies shooting you from behind, entire spellcards are made completely around the idea of shooting you from behind or having {{Mook}}s do it. In any other game a stage made wholly around this idea would be [[HarderThanHard nightmarish to deal with, even for Extra Stage standards]], so to balance it out your heroines have a fixed, powerful Extra Stage-exclusive option that shoots directly behind you, and which can be used to form up small, temporary barriers behind you. So yes, prepare to spend at least half your time playing from the ''top'' of the stage and intercepting ''downwards''.


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* ItsPersonal:
** Mokou holds Kaguya responsible for the humiliation and eventual death of her father, and her grudge hasn't died even after an eternity of mutually despising and killing each other.
** Reimu and Yukari are not amused ''at all'' with the Hakurei Shrine's destruction in ''Scarlet Weather Rhapsody'', and so when they find out that [[ItAmusedMe Tenshi basically did it because she was bored]], well, they get very ''physical'' in expressing their displeasure.
** Chan'Ge has wronged Junko so terribly that the latter has become a nihilistic incarnation of hatred, and in the pursuit of her revenge practically ousted the Lunarians from the Moon, uncaring of who or what got in her way. Hecatia Lapizlazuli also has beef with Chan'Ge, so she was more than happy to lend Junko a hand.
** Even if the heroines don't do anything, the incident in ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'' will eventually resolve itself--but the humiliation the FinalBoss visited on the heroines will not be forgiven, and so the Extra Stage of the game is the second invasion of Ushirodo-no-Kuni, with the intention of challenging Okina to a rematch and ''kicking her ass''. To drive the point further, the Extra Difficulty description [[ThisMeansWar declares this to be the heroines' counterattack]] ([[IdiosyncraticDifficultyLevels instead of the usual warning to not try this thing out]]), and the stage header that traditionally reads "''Extra Stage''" instead says '''[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Revenging Stage]]'''.
30th Aug '17 8:35:00 PM AKITN
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** Mai Teireida and Satono Nishida first appear as the midbosses for Stages 4 and 5, respectively, of ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', before coming together to serve as the Stage 5 bosses. Yes, the gimmick of the Stage 5 boss this time is being a DualBoss. They later reappear as the midbosses of the Extra Stage.



* RecurringBoss: Despite having LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, there have been many instances of characters appearing outside their debut games as bosses, as well as bosses in one game being faced multiple times. Discounting spin-offs like ''Shoot The Bullet'', ''Double Spoiler'' and ''Impossible Spellcard'', which are essentially {{Boss Game}}s dedicated entirely to having previous bosses showing off, as well as the {{Fighting Game}}s, we can mention:
** Cirno has midboss appearances in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' and ''Double Dealing Character'', both in Stage 1. In the earlier case, it's winter, Cirno's home season, while in the latter, the stage is the Misty Lake, the very same stage in which Cirno debuted in ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil''.
** Counting the PC98 era games, ''Imperishable Night'' marks the return of Reimu and Marisa to the boss scene. Marisa latter gets a spotlight opportunity as [[spoiler:the BonusBoss of ''Fairy Wars''.]]
** Daiyousei and Lily White have appeared a few times as well, with both appearing as midbosses in ''Fairy Wars'' and the latter also making a return in ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'' in Stage 3 ([[FridgeBrilliance which is the "spring stage", the very season for which Lily White heralds its arrival]]).
** Sanae returns from ''Mountain of Faith'' as the Extra Stage midboss of ''Subterranean Animism''. Makes sense, since the stage is the Moriya Shrine rather than the underground like the other stages.
** Of all people, Yuyuko, the FinalBoss of ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'', reappears as the '''first boss''' of ''Ten Desires''. In the same game, Kogasa from ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' is the Stage 3 midboss, and Nue, the BonusBoss of ''UFO'', is ''TD'''s Extra Stage midboss.
** While it's normal for a previously defeated boss to reappear later as the midboss of a later stage in the same game, we have to make a special mention to the FinalBoss of ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', because she's pulling double duty as the BonusBoss ([[IAmNotLeftHanded where the Stage 6 confrontation is where she's actually holding back, unlike in the Extra Stage]]). The only boss in the series that does something similar is Yuka, who was the boss for Stages 5 and 6 of her debut game.



* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Player characters beat everyone they fight regardless of whether it makes any sense. Most blatant with Kokoro, who spends nine storylines losing, only to then beat absolutely everyone without resting, finishing with Miko, Byakuren, and Reimu ''at the same time''. [[BoisterousWeakling Cirno]] is also able to beat anyone she's up against whenever she's a playable character, even though it's stated that while she's strong for a fairy, she's still weak compared to most of the other characters.

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* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Player characters beat everyone they fight regardless of whether it makes any sense. Most blatant with Kokoro, who spends nine storylines losing, only to then beat absolutely everyone without resting, finishing with Miko, Byakuren, and Reimu ''at the same time''. [[BoisterousWeakling Cirno]] is also able to beat anyone she's up against whenever she's a playable character, even though it's stated that while she's strong for a fairy, she's still weak compared to most of the other characters. Though, this is also played with a few times:
** In ''Fairy Wars'', while the Extra Stage boss is [[spoiler:Marisa]], Cirno doesn't so much "win" as "fight until she's had enough of [[spoiler:Marisa]]'s ridiculous barrages".
** In ''Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom'', the heroines can only actually win against Junko by [[NoDeathRun reaching her without incurring impurity,]] because otherwise for her it's just GoingThroughTheMotions since she can OneHitKill the impure protagonist with her ability if she felt like it.
** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', canonically, [[HopelessBossFight the heroines are unable to overcome Okina's final spellcard]] and [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere retreat,]] since they were [[HoistByHisOwnPetard attempting to defeat Okina with powers]] ''[[SuperEmpowering granted]]'' [[PhysicalGod by Okina]], [[DefiedTrope only to have the tables turned on them.]] It's not until they [[EleventhHourSuperpower harness the "fifth season"]] that they actually are able to defeat Okina, and even then, for Cirno, it's theorized that [[GodWasMyCopilot she received help from another god who is enemies with Okina.]]
30th Aug '17 7:21:12 PM AKITN
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* EleventhHourSuperpower: In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', due to [[spoiler:being guaranteed to lose against Okina if they use the normal sub-seasons]], the heroines instead use a special "Fifth Season" option exclusive to the [[BrutalBonusLevel Extra Stage]], which is tailor-made for the stage structure.



** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', [[spoiler:the heroines fail to defeat Okina due to her final attack being too lopsided in her favor (she strips you of your options, release ability and Power, and uses it to create a difficult multi-stage attack) and end up running away. Thus, [[HeroicSecondWind they regroup and learn to harness a new power]] before [[ItsPersonal invading Ushirodo-no-Kuni again and challenging Okina to a rematch,]]]] which is the Extra Stage of this game. This makes it a first for the series, where the Extra Stage is actually truly "Stage 7" and a continuation of the story, and the only game where the BonusBoss is also the TrueFinalBoss.[[note]] Yukari in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' does not count because, while she ''is'' the one who actually opened the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead, she only did so at Yuyuko's request, which makes the latter the real FinalBoss of the story.[[/note]]

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** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', [[spoiler:the heroines fail to defeat Okina due to her final attack being too lopsided in her favor (she strips you of your options, release ability and Power, and uses it to create a difficult multi-stage attack) and end up running away. Thus, [[HeroicSecondWind they regroup regroup]] and [[EleventhHourSuperpower learn to harness a new power]] before [[ItsPersonal invading Ushirodo-no-Kuni again and challenging Okina to a rematch,]]]] which is the Extra Stage of this game. This makes it a first for the series, where the Extra Stage is actually truly "Stage 7" and a continuation of the story, and the only game where the BonusBoss is also the TrueFinalBoss.[[note]] Yukari in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' does not count because, while she ''is'' the one who actually opened the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead, she only did so at Yuyuko's request, which makes the latter the real FinalBoss of the story.[[/note]]
30th Aug '17 6:59:00 PM AKITN
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** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', the heroines actually fail to defeat the FinalBoss in the good endings, as her final attack is [[spoiler:taking away your options and all your Power, and using it to throw a sadistic multi-stage attack your way,]] which led to them [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere retreating.]] However, [[ItsPersonal they swear to avenge themselves,]] and do so by [[spoiler:rematching Okina in the Extra Stage.]]


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* TrueFinalBoss:
** In ''Imperishable Night'', there are two versions of Stage 6. Though both Eirin and Kaguya are considered {{Final Boss}}es, the actual FinalBoss of the story is Kaguya, but the player must first clear the Eirin version of Stage 6 before being able to choose to fight Kaguya in a new playthrough.
** In ''Hidden Star in Four Seasons'', [[spoiler:the heroines fail to defeat Okina due to her final attack being too lopsided in her favor (she strips you of your options, release ability and Power, and uses it to create a difficult multi-stage attack) and end up running away. Thus, [[HeroicSecondWind they regroup and learn to harness a new power]] before [[ItsPersonal invading Ushirodo-no-Kuni again and challenging Okina to a rematch,]]]] which is the Extra Stage of this game. This makes it a first for the series, where the Extra Stage is actually truly "Stage 7" and a continuation of the story, and the only game where the BonusBoss is also the TrueFinalBoss.[[note]] Yukari in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' does not count because, while she ''is'' the one who actually opened the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead, she only did so at Yuyuko's request, which makes the latter the real FinalBoss of the story.[[/note]]
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