->''I'm trying to be a gentleman. Don't make my job any harder than it needs to be, okay?''

Ryan Randa, middle-class citizen of Tucson, Arizona, is minding his own business when one day he gets an [[CallToAdventure unusual message on his phone.]] [[RefusalOfTheCall Thinking it a prank, he ignores it.]] This trend goes on for about a week. [[YouCantFightFate He then gets pulled through a gap.]]

Average Joe In Bullet Hell is a VideoGame/{{Touhou}} [[InsistentTerminology semi-]][[SelfInsert self insert]] fanfic written by Magnificent Sasquatch. Can be found [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6599809/1/Average_Joe_in_Bullet_Hell here]]

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AccidentalMisnaming: Suika calls Ryan everything ''except'' his name. Also, Alice Margatroid is understandably annoyed when Ryan calls her "VideoGame/{{Metroid}}" the first time they meet.
* AssKickingPose: Reimu and Marisa actually strike one of these in a recent chapter... only to find out that the person they thought they were rescuing wasn't impressed.
* BattleCouple: Ryan and Utsuho, Aka Solar Team, are well on their way to becoming one.
* BerserkButton: If anyone other than the SDM staff calls her China, Meiling becomes absolutely furious.
** One of ''Utsuho's'' friends exhibits one of these, as well. You think you can screw with a friend of [[spoiler: Yuugi Hoshiyama]] and get off scott-free? Oh-ho-ho, ''think twice''.
** Do not damage Marisa's hat.
* BrainBleach: Apparently, it tastes like copper.
* ButtMonkey: Being Chino is suffering.
* CombinationAttack: And it is ''awesome.''
* CoolSword: The sword that Yukari gives to Ryan.
** In Chapter 26, it is revealed to have [[spoiler: originally been Ran's.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Tata.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Flandre.
* EnergyAbsorption: Ryan's power. It allows him to absorb pretty much anything energy-based. Also counts as...
** ElementalAbsorption: Since he is capable of absorbing things like fire, lightning and danmaku bullets.
*** Actually, lightning is the number-one thing Ryan wants to ''avoid''. [[spoiler: As a Mega Man expy of sorts, he is weak to electricity like the classic Mega Man himself--specifically, his muscles seize up, inducing paralysis.]] Subverted in the case of danmaku bullets, as they still cause pain regardless of absorption.
* EnergyBall: Ryan calls his "Sparky".
** [[spoiler: Sparky is a good boy come the struggle against Flandre in the SDM's basement.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: During Marisa's battle against Cirno, she begins shooting off repeated Master Sparks. She stops firing after a while to take a breather, but finds out that the one tree that ''wasn't'' blown up was where Cirno was hiding.
* FeatherFlechettes: Commander Iza's Spell Cards involve a lot of this.
* FakeUltimateHero: After his quote-unquote "defeat" of [[CuteandPsycho Flandre]] [[AxCrazy Scarlet]], Ryan's rocking quite the ego high for a while into the second story arc. The apparent safeguarding of Utsuho he recieves, combined with being sent to settle an incident just gives him an even bigger head. [[spoiler: Then [[SlasherSmile Iz]][[TheStarscream a]] shows up, and Utsuho delivers the mortal blow that brings this self-image he has crashing down: Yukari didn't send him to protect Utsuho. She sent Utsuho to protect ''him''. In fact, Utsuho has won virtually every fight for them until that point, with little in the means of effectual help from the supposed "leader". [[HeroicBSOD He does not take it well.]] ]]
* GoLookAtTheDistraction: In which Ryan's the distraction!
* HeadDesk: Ryan does this, a lot. Alice has also given in to this when dealing with Marisa.
* HearingVoices: Ryan calls it his Common Sense. Utsuho has one as well.
** [[spoiler:Chapter 16 and later in 22 reveal that the voice in Utsuho's head is that of the lingering Yatagarasu, who has -for whatever reason- decided to stay inside of Utsuho and act as her instructor.]]
** [[spoiler:Ryan's voice inside his head is actually, as it turns out, not -entirely- an insanity. See WhichMe below.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Marisa has a temporary one in response to her [[FailedASpotCheck failed spot check]] mentioned above.
** [[spoiler: When Utsuho breaks it to Ryan that he was never meant to protect her, that she was basically a youkai bodyguard for a weak human ''even though she was the enemy's prior target'', he gets a ''serious'' moment of this--complete with regret, self-loathing and questioning of purpose.]]
* HongKongDub: In-universe, due to messing around by Yukari so the English-speaking Ryan and Japanese-speaking Gensokyo residents can understand each other.
* IdiotSavant: Utsuho/Okuu.
* ImAHumanitarian: In this canon, Yuyuko ate Mystia.
* ImColdSoCold: Although [[spoiler:he]] doesn't actually say anything, [[spoiler:Ryan]] gets this in Chapter 26. [[spoiler:He]] manages to recover in time to make an awesome comeback.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: Of course, this is VideoGame/{{Touhou}}, but it still deserves mention for lampshading it.
-->'''Ryan's thoughts:''' You know, I like this, I really do. These two have been real accommodating, and are very friendly overall. Already, the idea of living in Gensokyo is appealing to me, even Common Sense is giving the thumbs-up! Although I should probably find some bros…waitaminute. Something Reimu mentioned is coming back.
-->'''Ryan:''' Ah... Marisa...?
-->'''Marisa:''' Hm? What's the matter with you?
-->'''Ryan:''' Reimu did say before, after we were working... something about the guy-girl ratio in Gensokyo?
-->'''Marisa:''' Ha! Yeah, you're totally an endangered species, ze. *[[HeadDesk Ryan headdesks]]* Hey, at least you've plenty of options for shacking up with someone. They'll probably be more willing than you are to get together, considering the limited options. *headdesk* Especially if you're gonna be a fighter. No guys in Spell Card battles till now, ze. *headdesk* Real quick! If you're thinking of getting with a youkai chick, my advice: don't get frisky in the Spring, ze. *headdesk*
-->'''Reimu:''' Marisa, I think you've messed with the poor boy enough. *Ryan starts to sit up* Although, that last one? ''Really'' keep it in mind. *headdesk*
-->'''Marisa:''' [[LampshadeHanging ...I think he's already found a special someone in your table, Reimu.]]
* KnightOfCerebus: Commander Iza.
* LeeroyJenkins: Attempted by Ryan. He fails at it:
-->'''Ryan:''' "Let's get down there!" I exclaim, hopping over the railing. "LEE-ROOOOOOOY JENKI-"
--> '''WHUMP.'''
-->'''Ryan:''' "Ow." Again, I fall upon my face. Why must mine poor proboscis be subject to such torture?
* LiteralSplitPersonality: [[spoiler: Ryan's Common Sense, Aka. CS]]
* MamaBear: Satori regarding her 'pets'.
** Also, Ran. Very, very much Ran. [[spoiler: Once upon a time, she was very much loved by the pre-Gensokyo Human Village, and she loved them in kind. Then, Nami and the Sasa Sanctuary forces of that time tried to kill said humans. [[CurbstompBattle The resulting asskicking that Ran delivered]] was so monumental that Yukari Yakumo immediately wanted her as a shikigami.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Yukari for [[spoiler:playing with the border in Ryan's mind between peace and violence.]]
* MegaManning: [[spoiler:Ryan's ability is energy absorption a la Mega Man.]]
* MundaneUtility: What does Yukari do when Ran's cooking doesn't pan out? Use her border manipulation to steal food from an Outback Steakhouse.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Yuyuko, just...Yuyuko. Think she's all whimsy and simplicity? Think twice.
* OhCrap: When Cirno brings up that she beat Marisa.
** And when Ryan realises just who knocked out everyone in SDM. Hint: [[spoiler: Flandre thinks Ryan looks tasty.]]
* PhraseCatcher: "Goddamnit, Yukari!" gets bandied around a bit.
* PlotParallel: [[spoiler:This has an interesting semi-inversion for the two protagonists. True to the "Heaven and Hell" motif, Ryan and Utsuho have personal agendas that work in opposite directions. Ryan is trying to be ''stronger'' so he doesn't weigh Utsuho down, refusing to accept human limits to match his youkai partner. Meanwhile, Utsuho is trying to keep a tight ''lid'' on her destructive nature so she doesn't both jeopardize their goal or frighten Ryan away--she's having a bit more success than him, however.]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I... Am not... A POPSICLE!"
** Ryan's reaction to Satori's mind-reading powers. "GREAT...BARRIER...REEF."
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: [[CaptainObvious Ryan's the savvy guy and Utsuho is the energetic girl.]]
* ScheduleSlip: The six month hiatus was humourously {{Lampshaded}} in the "Intermission" chapter.
* SelfDuplication: Four of a Kind.
* SempaiKohai: Once Flandre and Utsuho meet, it doesn't take long for the former to start referring to the latter as "Okuu-senpai".
* ShoutOut: Ryan's powers make him very comparable to [[VideoGame/MegaManX Ze]][[VideoGame/MegaManZero ro]]. (The gun and sword combo being reminiscent of the [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Mega Man Zero]] titles does NOTHING to help.) This is lampshaded by Yukari, much to Ryan's embarrassment.
--> '''Yukari:''' Dr. Wily does not approve.
* TheChampion: Ryan has shown shades of ''trying'' to be this for Utsuho's sake. Only ''succeeds'' once in a blue moon, however.[[spoiler: Primarily during his first encounter with Chino, in the knowledge that he'd attempted to assault Utsuho for rejecting his offer to join the villains of the second story arc.]]
* ThereWasADoor: When told to assist Patchouli in her first appearance in-story, Sakuya attempts to stop time and exit through a window. Remilia stops her and directs her to the door instead.
* TheRival: Cirno thinks she's this.
* WhichMe: Taboo Incarnate "Mirrored Catastrophe", in which me is a SurferDude. Which Utsuho mistakes for an EvilTwin.
** [[spoiler:And at the end of Chapter 24, is revealed to be the embodiment of Ryan's Common Sense.]]