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Characters: Diamond In The Rough
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The Gappies and Other Kids

Gappies, or Gappy Stus, are children Yukari gaps into Gensokyo, often because they have a power to unlock, because they have a terrible life in the outside world, or because they're The Chosen One to resolve an incident. However, we learn that nearly every single Gappy has gone corrupt and are then killed by the residents. It is unknown why Yukari gaps these children in or if there's a pattern in the kids she picks... There is an obvious pattern for Wish Fulfillment regarding why she picks the kids she picks. She has three primary reasons for gapping in children: to restore the peaceful ecology of Gensokyo by contrasting it with the heinous acts of the outsiders, to remove troublemakers from the outside world, and... well... since Yukari is a youkai...

Tropes associated with Gappies:

"Colonel" Brolli Diamondback

"He can't take my stuff from me! A man *is* his stuff! He's taking part of my manliness!"

Warning: This bio contains dozens of spoilers for both the story and Brolli's character arc.

The Doomed Protagonist of Diamond In The Rough, who will die in three months of entering Gensokyo by Tenshi's hand. Before this, he was an Ordinary High-School Student who dreamed of an easy, carefree life. His dreams get answered when he is invited to Gensokyo by Yukari Yakumo, but it does not solve his laziness and self-centeredness. After growing tired of Reimu's Jerkass behavior towards Gappies, he learns stealing and destructive firepower from Marisa while allying himself with the Moriya Shrine. He also starts a heavy sexual relationship with Reisen, originally to get free medicine. As Gensokyo begins to fall apart, he begins questioning whether or not he's truly a good person or if he's just using others as a means to an end.

In the end, nearly all of the factions in Gensokyo systematically betray Brolli when Tenshi causes an incident to make people realize just how much they really hate him. Naturally, Tenshi ends up killing him.

Tropes associated with Brolli Diamondback:

  • A Lighter Shade of Grey: He tries to be this, but actually becomes more corrupt than the people he despises. By the end, he does come close to becoming a hero.
  • Anti-Hero: Begins the story as an obvious Nominal Hero. As it goes on, he slides down to Pragmatic Hero, then eventually Classical Anti-Hero.
  • The Atoner: After Reimu's "The Reason You Suck" Speech, Brolli tries his best to make up to everyone he's done wrong. Unfortunately, the only thing that can make up for what he's done is ultimately dying.
  • Author Avatar: For ColonelDiamondback, for whom this movie was original made. However, they're a bit different from one another: see Mean Character, Nice Actor.
  • Awesome McCoolname
  • Badass Normal: During the incident, he briefly becomes this when he helps liberate the Kappa Valley from the fairies and holds off Tenshi for as long as he does.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Brolli eventually reveals he came to Gensokyo because he thought it'd be easier than living in the real world: in Gensokyo, he can gain infinite power and have his fears hypnotized away. However, by the time he's worn out his welcome, he realizes that even though he has everything, there's nothing much underneath all of his weapons and wealth. Then he wishes he could just go back home and live the life he took for granted, but by then it's far too late.
    • He also wishes to be the center of attention. Then, an incident happens where he is marked for death, and his allies will go as far as gunning down civilians to save him.
  • Believing Their Own Lies: Brolli is not a Colonel. He was gapped in by Yukari. Yet, he still insists everyone call him Colonel (except Tenshi, who wants to learn that "Colonel Guy's" weaknesses). Made even worse when he starts a relationship with Reisen, who really is ex-military. In the incident, after nearly dying, Brolli finally admits he's not a Colonel.
  • invokedBlack Hole Stu: Invoked and Deconstructed. Brolli treats things as if he is the main character on his journey to become the most powerful being in Gensokyo, but Reimu eventually slaps sense into him and tells him the world doesn't revolve around him. By the time the incident peaks, Brolli becomes the center of attention, and his allies are willing to go as far as gunning down civilians to save him, and he is horrified by this.
  • Break the Haughty: The entire second half does this in a rather nasty example: in a Deconstruction of Rooting for the Empire, the worst begins after he's already started reforming.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Brolli manages to beat Tenshi and save Gensokyo, but he dies in the process, his friends and allies are all punished, and it's all exactly as Tenshi planned.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Tenshi's mist ultimately destroys his ability to transform, leaving him unable to use his powers in the climax. He dies before he can get his powers back, leaving his beasts trapped in his body for eternity.
  • Butt Monkey: After arriving in Gensokyo, he is bitten, shocked, made sick, beaten, and more. At first, it's pretty funny, but once the incident starts, it becomes pretty horrible.
  • Came Back Strong: This is between the seventh to ninth reincarnation of Brolli's soul, and the first to not kill itself.
  • Catch Phrase: "I will be different."
  • Celibate Hero: Brolli isn't phased by the fact he's surrounded by mostly girls, and he avoids any advances by Marisa. He's also rather freaked out about landing on a Reimu love pillow. Subverted when he meets Reisen.
  • Character Development: If the massive spoiler-heavy trope page for Brolli isn't enough, let's break it down.
    • Opening: Brolli is a selfish greedy Jerkass who doesn't care much for others.
    • Act 1note : His trip around Gensokyo jades him until he goes Drunk with Power. When he sees what happened with Arturo, he vows to be different from every other Gappy.
    • Act 2note : Although he has good intentions, he eventually starts losing integrity when he decides to gain more power by manipulating everyone he knows into getting him what he wants. His expectations are also becoming much more realistic than he was at the beginning.
    • Act 3note : By this point, he is actually less of an intentional Jerkass and more of one by accident: he genuinely cares about the people of Gensokyo, and especially the ones who treat him kindly since he is now beginning to regret his decision of leaving his old life behind. Whenever something bad happens, he now takes responsibility for it. He is also less sure of himself and worried about who/what he can trust. When it becomes too much for him, he decides the best action is to run out on his friends and loved ones to save himself.
    • Act 4note : Brolli demands that he will do whatever it takes to save Gensokyo, only to find the task is far too large, far too dangerous, and he is far under-equipped. When he realizes this, he steps up and becomes a Badass Normal, fighting alongside the Touhou cast. However, he is still not quite ready to die.
    • Act 5note : In the grand finale, Brolli refuses to hurt Gensokyo any more than everyone else is and stands to fight to stop the incident. However, as the ensuing battle results in the utter breakdown of alliances, the pain of everyone he loves, and everyone betraying him, his will to survive ceases, and all that's left is to save the world he helped destroy. He sacrifices himself fighting Tenshi without relying on any powers or weapons. When Komachi gives Brolli his beret, he willingly tosses it into the Sanzu river and denounces the title "Colonel" Diamondback.
    • Ending: Brolli is now The Atoner, now selfless, humble, and sympathetic to others.
  • Death by Materialism
  • Despair Event Horizon: The story opens just as he's crossed it, assumingly because he lost to Tenshi. We later find out it's much, much, much, much worse: his cruel and selfish actions to gain more power led to a nightmarish incident that destroys most of Gensokyo and kills thousands, he can't even use the powers he fought for because Tenshi spread a mist that disabled them, virtually everyone has systematically betrayed him in order to save Gensokyo, and even if he survives, the rest of Gensokyo will be waiting to kill him. His only remaining options are to defeat Tenshi and then destroy and enslave Gensokyo, or sacrifice himself and burn in Hell like the rest of the Gappies. Then, the rest of the ending just drives him further and further until there's nothing left of him.
  • Destructive Saviour: In that preparing to save people by looting Gensokyo for its resources has destroyed it.
  • Dirty Coward
  • Doomed Protagonist: In the first half, you're aware he's going to die in the end. In the second half, so is he.
  • Earn Your Bittersweet Ending: In the end, Brolli's incident leaves Gensokyo in ruins, ruins several alliances, and (of course) gets him killed. However, his willing sacrifice to let himself die to save Gensokyo keeps it from getting any worse, Gensokyo has a chance to recover, and it's now willing to stand up to outsiders to prevent more tragedies like this. Plus, he gets to be reincarnated since, unlike the other Gappies, he finally learned. Granted, it's still very, very, very dark, but at least it's not as depressing at the rest of the series.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero
  • Flat Character: In-Universe. When Reisen asks him what he's like without his powers, Brolli cannot come up with an answer. Later, Aya tells him he mistakes his weapons and powers for personality, and if he were to ask himself, "Who am I?," he'd find nothing underneath.
  • Glory Seeker
  • Go and Sin No More: Shiki's command to Brolli after Brolli takes responsibility for his actions.
  • Go Into the Light
  • Greed: Brolli's motto is that a man is his possessions.
    • He finally abandons his needs for power and things at the very ending after not only losing everything, but being forced to save Gensokyo with nothing.
  • invokedGod Mode Stu: Averted in-story, but Brolli's main goal is to become invincible and unstoppable. Brolli's quest to become invincible sparks the incident, he loses his powers, and ultimately dies.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Brolli tends to sleep whenever he gets the chance. The only time he can't sleep is his first night in Gensokyo, and with good reason.
  • Heel Realization: Has one upon picking up a drop of the unnamed Kappa's blood. Originally, Brolli says out that loud he's a nuisance, but it has been since replace with a loud, audible scream. He even attempts to defy Karma Houdini.
  • Heel Face Door Slam
  • The Hero Dies: The opening states Brolli will die in three months from the moment he enters Gensokyo.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Brolli's backup weapons of choice are swords, because heroes in fantasy tales always use swords, right?
  • Heroic Wannabe
  • Heroic Suicide: To save Gensokyo, he didn't just need to take down Tenshi, but himself, so he orchestrates a Double Knockout.
  • Hurting Hero: Especially during the second half.
  • I Don't Want to Die: During the incident, when Brolli's death could easily save Gensokyo, but he instead decides to fight on.
  • Immortality Seeker: What Brolli sets out to do, and ultimately fails.
  • Invisible Parents
  • It's All About Me: Eventually subverted, as Brolli's unique ability is self-awareness.
  • Jerkass: Occasionally slips into this, especially as the story goes on.
  • Karma Houdini: Up until the incident, though Brolli still believes himself to be one as he reincarnates.
  • Kick the Dog: To the point where it's part of his character...
    • The first thing he does when he gets home is literally kick his cat off the couch.
    • Upon gaining his powers, he simply runs off with his beasts to go party.
    • He attacks Reimu when all she does is act like a Jerkass, moments before she was going to invite him in.
    • He actively ignores Reimu's advice towards how to survive in Gensokyo.
    • Despite having the ability to resolve an incident instantly with his beasts, he instead decides to sit out the incident to break into the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
    • He manipulates Reisen into liking him so he can get free medicine.
    • He openly states outright to Marisa, that he hates Reimu. And later, tells her right in her face that he's changing faiths because he dislikes her.
    • He takes all of Nitori's spare scrap metal until she ends up scrapping the Kappa Valley's last tank, resulting in its destruction during the incident.
    • He stabs Kaguya in the neck with an empty syringe, causing an air embolism. Brolli shrugs it off since Kaguya is immortal.
    • He kills Ferin (by accident, but still...).
    • He destroys the Scarlet Devil Mansion while pilfering it for more books.
    • During the final incident, he ends up taking one of the swords of a dead tengu, remarking, "You won't be needing this anymore!
    • In the Kappa Valley, he uses a dead kappa as a meat shield.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Played with. Brolli has a cat, but ultimately neglects it. We later find out he really was a Kindhearted Cat Lover, and he is torn apart upon realizing his cat has died in his absence.
  • Lack of Empathy: Brolli tends to ignore how other people feel in many situations. He eventually develops more empathy as it goes on.
  • Loss of Identity: After Brolli loses everything in the ending, he is finally forced to ask, "Who am I?" By then, he's second from being reincarnated, and the movie ends.
  • Manipulative Bastard
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Both Spaztique and the real ColonelDiamondback make note that Brolli is just a fictional character. Unlike the selfish, lazy, existentially-troubled character, the real ColonelDiamondback is a nice guy with a great sense of humor, a hard worker, and a gamer (the term Diamondback itself comes from Team Fortress 2).
  • Messianic Archetype: Tenshi's plan is to turn Brolli into this to end the blind trust of gappies in Gensokyo. Shinki reveals that he will have to become this if the Gappy Era is to end in Gensokyo. In the end, Tenshi's plan succeeds: Brolli dies to save Gensokyo, and his death destroys all of those who blindly aided Brolli while rewarding those who recognized he was detrimental to Gensokyo, leaving Gensokyo to force gappies to help themselves.
  • Miles Gloriosus
  • Never Gets Drunk: When channeling Hydrus, he can outdrink the oni. Without Hydrus's aid, he absolutely cannot drink for taste reasons.
  • Nice Hat: Brolli's beret. He finally throws it into the Sanzu river after his Despair Event Horizon. In the end credits, the hat rests at the bottom of the Sanzu river with others trapped at the bottom.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Ends up being responsible for the disastrous climax, made even worse by the fact he makes several other character responsible for it as well.
  • Nominal Hero: Not even really a hero: he just wants to live a carefree life in Gensokyo... at first...
  • Not So Different: It's fairly obvious Brolli will just end up like the rest of the Gappy Stus before him...
  • Parental Abandonment: When his parents learn he essentially ran away to Japan.
  • Parody Stu: The first half plays this for dark comedy: Brolli acts the part of a typical Touhou Self-Insert Fic Stu, only to get slapped with a dose of reality. In the second half, it's played for stark drama.
  • Pinball Protagonist: For the most part. He often gets other people to do things for him. When the incident starts, he is mostly helpless, unable to do anything but watch the world around him crumble.
  • Race Lift: If you'll notice the art of Brolli above, Brolli is actually supposed to be black, but due to the limitations of create.swf, he is the same color as everyone else.
  • Redemption Earns Life (in another timeline)
  • Redemption Equals Death
  • Reformed, but Rejected
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage: Inverted, since it's one of the things that kick off his fall from grace.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Brolli upon entering Gensokyo, and then Rumia happened.
  • The Slacker: His key motivation for going to Gensokyo.
  • Survivor Guilt: In the end as he gets to be reincarnated, but he thinks he's going unpunished for his crimes against Gensokyo.
  • This Loser Is You: Specifically writers of Gappy Stu fics.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the ending, when he manages to fight alongside the characters, culminating in his grand finale battle with Tenshi.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When he begins to realize coming to Gensokyo was a bad idea, he begins becoming more thankful to the people who help him out.
    • During the incident, after seeing the destruction he is responsible for, he does everything he can to save everyone else, even if it means putting himself in harm's way.
  • Tragic Hero: In the latter half of the story, Brolli wants to save Gensokyo, but he refuses to leave or give up on saving his friends. By not leaving when he had the chance, he is stuck in the middle of an apocalyptic battle he cannot win, and he still cannot save everyone. It is only after he knows everyone betrayed him that he willingly sacrifices himself to save the rest of Gensokyo, but by then, the damage to his close friends is done.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The entire incident: the entirety of Gensokyo is under attack, Brolli loses his powers and become virtually defenseless until having to throw his beloved swords, half of Gensokyo is out to kill him while the other half are gunning down otherwise-innocent people to save him, he gets caught in an unwinnable battle with one of his best friends, and finally he has to witness everyone in Gensokyo go through their own Trauma Conga Line or get thrown into the Sanzu River, and his only reward for watching is that he'll go to Hell. At first, he decides to man up and become the hero he wanted to be, but when the trauma simply doesn't end, he eventually crosses the Despair Event Horizon. And this is before he is forced to watch everyone else face their own Downer Ending.
  • Unfazed Everyman: A blink-and-you'll-miss-it Deconstruction. Most normal Self-Insert Fic OCs tend to look at everything they encounter with awe and wonder, yet they seem to automatically understand everything they encounter. Brolli, after having seen Yukari and read about Gensokyo's creatures in a mythology class, thinks he automatically knows everything to survive in a fantasy world, and ends up getting owned by the residents multiple times.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Implied.
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Brolli's goal: become the most powerful hero in Gensokyo and live an easy life. Brolli's plan: loot, plunder, and manipulate enough people until he has everything.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Brolli thinks he's in a standard fantasy adventure story, or that he's following traditional Marty Stu rules.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: A Foregone Conclusion since he ends up dying in Gensokyo. Brolli wants to stay in Gensokyo, hoping he can make things work out, but by the time he wants to leave, he's been gone for so long that he's been kicked out of school, his parents have disowned him for running away, and his cat has died. He decides to stay in Gensokyo, right about the time Gensokyo is ready to make him leave by force...
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gets this from Yukari when it's clear he's about to die.

Arturo Majcher

The Gappy before Brolli, who went to Gensokyo solely to lose his virginity at any price. Ends up in a relationship with Yuuka, which later turns out to be rather forced on his end after accepting her bluff to kill the nearby human children. When the youkai hunters prove ineffective in killing him, Victor Chaos lulls him into a false sense of security and murders him. His soul is then sent to burn in hell.

Tropes associated with Arturo Majcher:

Jack Diehard

"I should be over there. I'm clearly the much better person."

One of Brolli's classmate's and Yukari's second choice for her apprentice. He is more typical of most Gappies: well dressed, craves adventure, and thinks the world revolves around him. However, he is refused by Yukari since Brolli is lasting longer than she expected, angering him greatly. Later conversations with Yukari reveal he wants to go to Gensokyo because he can't get what he wants in the real world.

In the end, he replaces Brolli, obviously doomed to the fate of the Gappies before him, only now it won't be at the expense of Gensokyo.

Tropes associated with Jack Diehard:

Victor "Vic" Chaos

"You do *NOT* want to know where that noise is coming from, and I hope you never find out! But the fact you've been hearing it means you're just as screwed as I am...

One of Brolli's classmates who apparently knows about Yukari. He was invited to Gensokyo to kill Arturo after he had gone rogue. After killing him, getting revenge on an innocent Yuuka, and accidently burning the remainder of the human village's children with Mokou and getting away with it, he asks to escape Gensokyo, but Yukari tells him that he'll never recover. Ever since, he has been on a long mental downward spiral.

Notable among the gappies in that he is a rare instance of a "good" gappy, although like every other gappy, his obsession leads to his destruction. His story inspires Tenshi to plan an incident to finally show the residents of Gensokyo what will happen if they continue fueling a Gappy's wishes.

Tropes associated with Victor Chaos:

  • The Atoner: In the end, his goal is to figure out why Yukari is gapping children over to prevent it from happening again.
  • Author Avatar: For LikeThisRLYMatters.
  • Awesome McCoolname
  • Big Bad Friend: He is the one responsible for Arturo's death.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Appears multiple times early in the film, only to later reveal he was the one who inspired Tenshi's incident.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crossed it upon killing the human village's children to get revenge on an innocent Yuuka and getting away with it. This causes Tenshi to plan an incident in revenge against the ones who aid a Gappy into self-destruction.
    • Subverted when Jack's stupidity makes him realize him killing himself is just what Yukari wants, making him no better than the other gappies.
  • Driven to Suicide: Almost...
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: What Yukari advises to Vic, despite already crossing the Despair Event Horizon. In the end, he's one of the few characters to end up with a completely happy ending: despite losing Brolli, Arturo, and his actions in Gensokyo, he leaves the nightmare behind him to recover in the real world.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Seems to have gone crazy after seeing Yukari. Actually, he went mad after killing his friend Arturo, accidentally killing a field full of children, and witnessing everything in Gensokyo.
  • The Insomniac: Cannot sleep, in fear Yukari will come back.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Has this reaction when he sees that he has killed the human village children, when trying to get revenge on an innocent Yuuka. This leads to him having the Despair Event Horizon listed above.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom
  • Walking Spoiler
  • Whole Plot Reference: To Spec Ops: The Line.

Steve and David

Two of Brolli's classmates, looking into the strange humming sounds and disappearances.

Tropes associated with Steve and David:

The Diamondback Beasts

Based on characters by the real ColonelDiamondback, but slightly retooled. They are incarnations of the sins of Brolli's past lives, sealed as far away from Brolli Diamondback as possible. By themselves, they are ridiculously powerful, but as a group, they are infinitely more powerful than any being in Gensokyo.

Tropes associated with The Diamondback Beasts:

Ferin Diamondback

A wolf youkai who acts as the "heart" of the Diamondback beasts, idealistic and quick to protect Brolli at any chance. Ferin is the culmination of all of Brolli's previous incarnations' vanity, protecting Brolli's image.

Tropes associated with Ferin Diamondback:

Lepus Diamondback

"These humans want me to test the integrity of their mattresses."

A moon rabbit will the ability to hypnotize people, burrow underground, and sports two spiffy danmaku revolvers. He also loves women and is a huge flirt. Lepus is the culmination of all of Brolli's previous incarnations' lust, giving Brolli the ability to influence others at command.

Tropes associated with Lepus Diamondback:

Velupe Diamondback

A kitsune with the power to manipulate light. Velupe is the culmination of all of Brolli's previous incarnations' pride, urging Brolli to be smarter and stronger than everyone else.

Tropes associated with Velupe Diamondback:

Hydrus Diamondback

"A key to power is the fear of loss, therefore threats are a legitimate strategy."

A dragon and the strongest of Brolli's beasts. Has the key ability to manipulate pressure, giving him the ability of both wind and fire. He is responsible for destroying one of the human villages since they were too close to one of his diamond mines. Hydrus is the culmination of all of Brolli's previous incarnations' wrath, tapping into Brolli's violence and need for domination.

Tropes associated with Hydrus Diamondback:

The Celestials

Inhabitants of Heaven and friends of Tenshi Hinanawi. They become stage bosses in the climatic incident.

Tropes associated with The Celestials.

Dokeshi and Koshaku

Two celestials who turn out to act as a Dual Boss during the incident. As the names imply, Dokeshi is dressed in an outrageous multi-colored clown-like outfit and has the power to manipulate light, while Koshaku is a Gentleman Snarker with the power to manipulate decorative flowers.

Tropes associated with Dokeshi and Koshaku:

Momoi

A celestial who is friends with Tenshi. Had an unbeatable shogi record until Brolli beat her. Ends up being the Stage 5 boss for the incident, and is shot down by Miko.

Tropes associated with Momoi:

Other Original Characters

Cat Beast

Brolli's cat, who is punted off the couch by Brolli. It later turns out Brolli really did care for his cat, but by then, he's been dead for roughly two months.

Tropes associated with Cat Beast:

Hikaru Okami

A character by MiniWitch3, he's a wolf tengu who works with Momiji, much to her chagrin. He ends up replacing Momiji when she is framed for friendly fire and exiled.



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