The last shrine Maiden of Gensokyo. Currently, she is age-regressed into a child.Tropes pertaining to Reimu:
Ambiguous Disorder / Mood-Swinger: As per Ren's narration of chapter 64 during Gensokyo 20XXIV, she seems to be suffering from a budding mental illness, which involves alternating between crying, screaming (in anger, that is) and laughing or experiencing a bizarre combination of all three at any given interval. Apparently, she does get better, eventually, though with some of it remaining.
In Gensokyo 20XXV, chapter 54, it is revealed she suffers from catatonia and staring into nothing, muttering nonsensical or in what she used to communicate in. It was also noted that she seems to be afflicted with some kind of psychosis.
Break the Cutie: In Gensokyo 20XX: Rise of Earth, towards the end and, after she escaped to the Outside World, while she waiting for her maternal figure, Yukari Yakumo, Reimu's health started to decline and she was soon hospitalized, caused by the stress, misery, and grief of all that is and has happened to her. To further drive the point home, she was starting to lose hope of ever seeing her maternal figure again and her declining health may not have permitted her to live.
Conditioned to Accept Horror: A downplayed and played with example, in that, while she is mentally conditioned, she's conditioned herself to accept something a child wouldn't otherwise be able to as something may no be changed, i.e, mental illness, declining health, and the death from the result thereof Note Reimu is known for her psychological problems, the which of she could die from either killing herself or her self-inflicted wounds getting infected, thus dying of infection her body may not be able to withstand, or she could die from an illness, the which of may or may not be terminal if it wasn't brought on by the aforementioned self-inflicted wounds being infected.
Going by some of her other behavior and willingness to accept cruelty, it would be a safe assumption that cruelty is half of what she knows.
Dye or Die: In Gensokyo 20XX, she dyed her hair white to escape to Tokyo
Eyes Always Shut: In Gensokyo 20XXV, aside from sleeping (which she does constantly), she usually has eyes shut, being near blind, and it is noted they cannot remember the last time she's had them open.
Extreme Omnivore: Type 1, according to Amoridere, Reimu, in her age-regressed state, tends to eat anything she thinks is edible but, on the flipside, she also likes to put things in her mouth to see what it is, which would normally involve trying to eat it. She is still like this, however, and it almost kills her Gensokyo 20XXV
Feel No Pain: Subverted in that she can but she doesn't seem give much any reaction to pain, so it is almost as if she doesn't notices it. Justified, as she was conditioned that way, so she wouldn't really know to respond to pain and tends to ignore it, as the instinct in response to pain stimuli have been removed from her and the only exception would be when she seemed to notice she had a diaper rash in Gensokyo 20XXII and that was while Yuuka was giving her bath, so, unless someone called it to her attention somehow, she wouldn't respond to it. Actually, on the note of diaper rash, she might not respond to discomfort, as well as pain.
This was later shown in Gensokyo 20XXIV, chapter 39, when she gets a sewing pin stuck in her hand and she seemed to be oblivious to it being there and was there for awhile. When Ran pulled the pin out, her hand jerked away, so naturally her brain naturally responds to it, as explained by her hand jerking away and that fact that her hand was balled up into a fist, so she lacks the instinct to respond to pain or injuries, whereas her brain doesn't.
Fearless Infant: Apparently, she was conditioned that way. Yuyuko speculates it is because of this is why she is so sweet.
Confirmed that she was conditioned not to have a sense of danger, thus removing her ability to fear.
Fountain of Youth: She was age-regressed to a toddler during the events of Gensokyo 20XXI
Friend to All Living Things: In her age-regressed and fearless state, she seems to befriend anything she sees and has succeeded at doing so, made clear in chapter 22 of Gensokyo 20XXIV, where she befriends at a fat kitsune, who in turn gives her mushrooms. Actually, she seems to want to make friends with anything she comes across.
Then again, this could be said for her Canon counterpart.
Happily Adopted: To some extent with Yukari, viewing the latter as her mother.
Ill Girl: Reimu was this during the final events of the first one and throughout the ending events, she has been plagued with colds, depression, and various other ailments, even lack of sleep and appetite, requiring her to take so many medications to no avail. Ultimately, she was hospitalized and the doctors did all they really could.
Also, in Reimu's Illness, she is a very critically ill one at that.
She becomes this once again in Gensokyo 20XXV, after living in The Forbiddens for some time, and it was noted that she has been sick off and on.
Innocent Swearing: Being age-regressed and not knowing what they mean. The words she's learned are "nuts cut", "shit", "fuck", "shitfucker", "smoo", " asshole", "fat ass" and more recently, "bitches"
Apparently, not so much as in chapter 25 of 20XXIV, Yuyuko makes note of the fact that Reimu says, "Bullshit!" when she was upset and figured this was what adults say when they were angry but apparently doesn't seem to know what it means.
Averted by Gensokyo 20XXV in her narrations.
I Will Wait for You: A non-romantic and non-animal variant. Reimu in Gensokyo 20XX, while waiting for her maternal figure Yukari to be reunited with her in the Outside World. Like most examples, she nearly dies, as the stress of doing so and the hell of their situation ultimately took a wrong toll on her health. She does it again in 20XXII and, again, nearly dies, only of starvation. Fortunately, Ran placed her under a hibernation spell until Yukari returns.
Missing Mom: Her mother left her when she was old enough to be shrine maiden
Mistaken Age: A meta example in that readers would have mistaken her for a baby or, at least, a toddler if not some other small child in that she sleeps a crib and, most of the time, behaves akin to one but, it can be asserted she isn't baby and that, age-regression wise, she is eight-years old.
Mode Lock: Somewhat, being she is currently in her age regressed state and cannot otherwise go back into her chronological age through any other means besides growing up again and aging back into it. Given her current age-regression age is 5-7 or 8, it will be about twelve or so years until she finally reaches her chronological age.
In Gensokyo 20XXV, she consumes something trying to see what it is and it turns is physically regressed to a toddler. According to Amoridere, that isn't permanent either and it can be reversed through via antidote (which will re-age her back to her age-regression age of at least 7 if not 8) or she'll have to grow up again. When she gets the antidote, she is reaged back her to initial age-regression age.
Mystical Waif: Subtly implied but it could serve as a reason as to why a group of kitsunes want be rid of her and see her as some sort of threat and it was speculated upon.
Rapunzel Hair: In Gensokyo 20XXV, her white hair grows longer than she is tall and, apparently, she doesn't want anyone to cut it.
Repressed Memories: In Gensokyo 20XXV, chapter 46, it was noted she actually did remember what had happened in Gensokyo 20XXIV with Ran and Chen's suicide attempts and it wasn't made all that clear up until then, then again, her age regression age was three, if not four, an age in which permanent memories can be formed.
Self Harm: Due to being so mentally detached from pain stimuli, she is prone to injuring herself, thus she tends to have her arms bandaged. Later on, she does so again when she isn't given an answer as to what 'hurt' was.
Slept Through the Apocalypse: When the nukes are dropped during the events of 20XXIII, somehow an age-regressed Reimu sleeps through it and turns up unharmed.
Stepford Smiler: In chapter 54, Gensokyo 20XXV, it seems to be that not all of Reimu's smiles are genuine
Ren: [...]If anything her smile is her way of comforting others and herself mostly, diverting attention away from her sorrow and pain, much like how Chen purred to herself.
Straying Baby: What kicks of Chapters 9 and some chapters onward in Gensokyo 20XXIV IS this and it had disastrous consequences.
Temporary Blindness: In Gensokyo 20XXV. Kind of in that she can see but she is rendered pretty close to blind as a result of the rat poison incident. Amoridere states that Reimu will recover from it eventually.
Too Dumb to Live: Played with to a degree from Gensokyo 20XXIV onwards. On the account that she cannot sense danger and seems to have an inability to fear, the other characters tend to see her as this, as she is known to place herself right into danger and engage in something reckless.
The Four Loves: Type 4: Agape. She seems to show love towards anyone and anything, regardless of circumstance. Of course, this also translates to her forgiving anything.
The Heart: She is this to some extent, as the others are quite devoted to take taking care of her and she is in turn
Troubled Child: Given some of her mental problems and underneath her cheerful exterior, she is either is or starting to become this, as we can see, in Gensokyo 20XXIV and, later on, it continues 20XXV. Amoridere did state that anyone growing up in her circumstances before and between Life in Gensokyo Village and Gensokyo 20XXV would not come out of that right.
Amoridere: Actually, no kid goes through that without being traumatized in some way. If you were to analyze her overall life during this point, it would go like this: She has slept through the apocalypse, she's watched a member of her family go insane (Ran), seen another slit their wrist to get attention from said member of family (Chen), has had an attempt on her life, had to deal with her maternal figure occasionally leaving (Yukari only leaves for awhile to gather supplies), is occasionally hunted by those kitsunes who've attempted to do the unthinkable , and seeing things turn to hell off and on, so, no, she won't be able to grow up correctly and, anyone who has ever grew up in that sort of household [chaotic] could clearly attest to this. [....] Basically, you could call their household dysfunctional.
Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Being mentally reconditioned to and being so detached from pain stimuli as a result, she has been noted to be harming herself, something that a normal person wouldn't find from a young child, not one without severe mental or behavioral problems, unless otherwise. To top it off, Reimu has a habit of hitting, scratching, and biting others, apparently, unaware that the others can and do respond to pain and injuries or she is merely trying to relearn how to feel and respond to pain, though the former is likely than the latter.
In 20XXV, it was mentioned that she attempted to stab someone with scissors and, later on, did in response to being kicked in the face.
The Fatalist: She is noted to be one or, at least, has shades of this, especially when it comes to her insanity and health.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Justified, in that she is a child, who can't sense danger but, as we can tell by some of the events in Gensokyo 20XXIV, is because of the fact she cannot sense danger.
You No Take Candle / Hulk Speak: Being age-regressed and having to relearn her language skills, after being imprisoned and virtually denied contact aside from being injected with needles and apparently being brain-washed, she mostly communicates on the level a rehabilitated feral child might,aside from the swear words and the few sentences she can string together. Currently, her vocabulary, along with the sentences she can say, is growing at a slow but steady pace. According to Ran, however, despite either of these tropes she seems to be very talkative and is more than willing to talk to anyone who is nearby and who'll listen.
Reimu's maternal figure and the one to whom she tends to gravitate to. Also, she is the matriarch and the one to hold things togetherTropes pertaining to Yukari:
Adjusting Your Glasses: In Gensokyo 20XXV. She does wear them every once in awhile, more so when working as a landlady (implying she needs them to read or to see what she writes), and when she does wear them, she's adjusting them.
Alcoholic Parent: According to chapter 59, Gensokyo 20XXV, she seems to be drinker, albeit moderately or as close to moderately as it can get, seeing as she takes a few sleeping pills with two shots of liquor. This even earned her a nickname, "Three Shots and Sleeping Pills". Unlike most examples, she seems to be fairly competent and is capable of functioning just fine, be that with or without them.
Ambiguous Disorder: Being mentally unstable, she suffers from some sort of mental illness and is prone to wandering around,which occasionally involves searching for Ran like a lost pet, screaming at random periods (whether or not that is part of it is left up in the air), going ballistic at a moments notice (According to Amoridere), rambling madly, and generally incoherent most of the time, with very few times where she is coherent. Whether or not she is aware she is insane, is hard to say. By the time of Gensokyo 20XXV, she seems to have regained her sanity, aside from the bouts of Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!
Because You Can Cope: Inverted, actually,as this is self imposed in Yukari's case. She opts to go without food as an effort to conserve food rations, stating she is used to it.
Dark Secret: She is implied to have some but what are they is never elaborated on and whether or not we can or will find out is up in the air. Of course, it is implied concealing them clearly does some mental and emotional damage. These are later on more told through her diary.
According to Amoridere, she knows more than what she actually lets on in her diary and narrations, thus having more dark secrets that have yet to and or probably won't be elaborated on. Apparently, those are supposed to be speculated upon.
Enfant Terrible / Child Prodigy: She was this is as child, being able to manipulate other youkai before she was out of babyhood (she was three when she started) and often manipulated them into attacking villages and playing the Wounded Gazelle Gambit and starting bending borders and opening gaps by the time she was four, something that has made her lazy.
Freudian Excuse: A reconstructed variant and rather non-villainous example. It's a fairly safe assumption some of her issues she's had, especially desiring to have a child to such an extent that it tears her up inside and some issues with attachment (either would be described as "something to love, something to hold, occasionally scold, and something that would take away an intense pain"), seem to stem from being abandoned by her parents, to whom she referred to as "two large shitbags", when she was two.
Functional Addict: If you count her cigarettes and three shots of liquor and a few sleeping pills as an addiction.
I'm Not Pretty: A metaphorical variant. Yukari doesn't believe she's is desirable on the grounds of her age (she would be about 1,2003 if the passage of time is to go by), the fact that she is barren, and the fact that she is "soiled".
Informed Deformity / Informed Flaw: According to Chen, in chapter 1, Suika calls Yukari this because, was, at the time, a bit lazy and would eat a bit before hibernation, even though, aside from that, Yukari wasn't fat. Then again, as Chen mentioned, she also calls Yuyuko that and Yuyuko is fat (fat enough to take up five seats at the movie theatre)
I See Dead People: It's unclear as to whether or not she really is seeing the ghosts of those that have passed away, being that she is mentally ill. Oddly, it is mentioned that they do hear their disembodied voices at various intervals throughout the stories, so seeing ghosts shouldn't be out of place but, in Yukari's circumstance, it is unclear as to whether or not she really is seeing ghosts or is otherwise in delirious state.
Landlord: In Gensokyo 20XXV, after she brought the apartment building by trading her amethyst earrings for it. She is more less frustrated with the position, however, she does know that she'll have to make do with that as she did trade her earrings for the place.
Law of Inverse Fertility: She is infertile and, in Life in Gensokyo Village, she asks, "What man is going to want a barren woman like myself?"
Mama Bear: Mentally unstable or otherwise, Yukari will indeed try to kill you if try to use her love for the children she cares about against her and manipulated to get her to off the offspring
Or if something attempts to eat Reimu and harm Ran.
Mayfly-December Romance/ We Are as Mayflies: Yukari states that she cannot remember whether or not she's fallen in love and states that if she had, she may have outlived him or he may have rejected her. Justified, she is a youkai and Youkai tend to live a long time.
Meganekko:In Gensokyo 20XXV, She seems to require glasses from time to time, though this could be justified in that she probably needs them to read and see what it is she is writing.
Morton's Fork: Played with and played straight, though being a bit reconstructed, in Gensokyo 20XXI in one of instances. Yukari had to leave Reimu behind to ensure her safety but, as we could see, leaving her behind ensured she could have and was virtually dying of starvation and freezing. This is summarized in Ran's narration (from Chapter 11) below:
She also explained that Yukari had yet to return and that she had to be left behind as her survival or safety could not be guaranteed. Nevertheless, leaving her here didn't guarantee her survival either, rather, despite the large amount of radishes, Reimu was starving, as well as freezing, which had compelled her to stay wrapped up in those blankets and surviving off of her body fat, thus she was virtually dying.
Amoridere confirmed that Yukari was indeed raped by the warden but couldn't outright describe it nor state it because of site regulations, so she used subtleties to get around talking about it directly and left it implied
Screaming Woman: She is mentioned to be screaming randomly from time to time and usually quieted by someone giving her her knitting supplies. Apparently, if chapter 21 of Gensokyo 20XXIV is to go by, it would be a fairly safe assumption that screaming for her knitting is the only way she thinks will call attention to the matter.
Textile Work Is Feminine: She is mentioned as to be knitting or sewing from time to time. Apparently, she has hobbies, if this is an indication.
Yukari: Listen, in some time, you may not care about this anymore so I'm just going to say what I have to say. Listen to me, I've always wanted to raise a family, to bear children of my own, but I CAN'T bear children and knowing I can't is something that has tortured me inside for a long time and it still does, rubbing salt even further in the wounds that already cannot heal. You bitch, I resent you deeply for reminding me of that and wanting the child you brought into this world back after you chose to give to someone else to play mother to and for squandering a gift that my own body denies me. If Reimu rejected you, then I'm sorry but you had it coming and it isn't like you didn't deserve it for being absent from her life from that period. If it weren't in Reimu's best interests for her to go back with you then I would have kept her and she was so happy with me.
Rape Leads To Insanity: According to Amoridere, her experiences does indeed have an effect on her psyche, as some of her mental illness does points to that.
[...]However, as we can tell by some of the mental illness, it did have some lasting effect on her psyche, On that note, she's had that done to her over and over, so if she was placed in that position she would be numbed to it and it would be catatonic during and after it...
This was later elaborated on, when she placed in an asylum so she could learn how to readjust and get counseling for her trauma or, as she calls it, "mental difficulties".
Reality Warper: Yes, though she doesn't seem to use these abilities often. In Gensokyo 20XXIV, she does eventually put these to use and that was by bringing some of the characters back from the dead, and, again in Gensokyo 20XXV, bringing back Reisin.
You Are Worth Hell: In general, this is Yukari's reason for some of her decisions she makes (namely, choosing to be "the warden's lover", though she wasn't really given much of a choice, besides to resist or submit), especially in 20XXII.
Yukari's former shikigami and a very maternal kitsune. Whenever Yukari is otherwise out of commission or absent, she tends to hold things together.Tropes pertaining to Ran:
All Animals Are Dogs: She behaved like rather puppylike as a child, waiting patiently at home. Justified, in that she is a fox, a kitsune to be more precise, and kitsunes are known for their loyalty, much like a dog is, also some foxes have been bred to be domesticated and are known to act like dogs
Ambiguous Disorder: In Gensokyo 20XXIV. To a certain degree, being that she suffered from some kind of mental illness, the symptoms of which are hard to place but it is clear her symptoms aren't like any other depression and is somewhat on par with Post-Rape Syndrome and some sort of delirium disorder.
Affectionate Nickname: Apparently, one for her is "Rannie" and another for her would be "Ran-mommie" or "Mama Ran" from Chen, also "Ducksie" or "Ducks" from Yuuka. According to Yuuka, the reason as to why she calls her that is something she cannot remember but she thinks it is because of the fact that A) Ran was trying to impersonate a baby duck to no success or B) it had something to do the fact that, when she walks, her large hips sway from side to side, almost like a duck's waddle, from time to time.
In Gensokyo 20XXV, she is called "An-Ran" by Renko
Attempted Rape: Happens to her during Gensokyo 20XXIV. She doesn't recover from it well.
She seems to react in fairly the same way or arguably worse when she is actually raped
Babies Ever After: We find out she is pregnant at the end of Gensokyo 20XXII and her babies were born by the time of Gensokyo 20XXIII
Later on, after Gensokyo 20XXIV, she and Ren are married and she becomes pregnant again, giving birth afterwards.
Babies Make Everything Better: Played with. When she is pregnant, she is happy but she tends to be worried as giving birth could lead to a food shortage, on top of the fact that she as other responsibilities along with that, along with the fact that Yume Ni and Anohana are fairly close in age, the latter of which is still a newborn, compacted with having to look after a disabled Chen. When she finds out she's had a hysterical pregnancy, she is understandably relieved to know she isn't pregnant and to know that she didn't miscarry.
Convenient Miscarriage: Played with, in that she gives birth in litters and tends to lose some. Of course, if looked at from a certain perspective, her miscarriages / stillbirths could be caused by outside sources in that their circumstances are not necessarily environmentally/ circumstantially permissive to pregnancy or the fact that she her body might not be made for carrying a large litter, which would possibly make this trope justified. Nevertheless, she gets grief over it.
Later on, it seems, this averted when she has a new litter and it can be assumed they were all born alive and healthy, so it is likely the reason, if not one of the contributing factors, she lost lot of her babies could be based on their circumstances.
Covered In Scars: Basically, she is after being scalded with some kind burning liquid, hit with an electrical whip, and then sustaining burns after the nukes are dropped. They are noted to have faded somewhat.
Death by Childbirth: Almost played straight but narrowly averted. In Gensokyo 20XXIV, chapter 36, after she delivered her third litter, the which that survived was one, she was ill for awhile afterwards, meaning there were some complications involved in that one. She gets better, though
Defiled Forever: A strange and complex variant, in that she is no longer be virgin (her lover knows about her previous sexual encounter), she was looking to get married and has found someone who isn't in the slightest bit put off by her and, as far as she knows, any other kitsune that seeks to have his way with her by force will tarnish her, which in simple terms, almost and just about being forced when she was engaged ruined her. However, according to Amoridere, there is a far deeper reason and that is because, in addition to someone forcibly having their way with, especially when she is engaged, she feels she has been unfaithful, which would be to say, she is blaming herself for something that isn't her fault, as per the quote:
[...]whereas Ran had never been forced before, aside from that one time and this time. Yeah, of course, Ran isn't a virgin, as she's had sex before (read Gensokyo 20XXI), however, her lover doesn't see her as defiled, but the fact that she's been forced when she was engaged, makes her think that not only has she been defiled, she's been unfaithful, basically, blaming herself for what had happened.
Driven to Suicide: In chapter 9, after a near-miss with a rogue male kitsune. According to Mokou, she's attempted suicide more than twice by slitting her wrists. She fails at it nonetheless.
She attempts it again when she think she's killed Reimu.
In Chapter 62, she was apparently contemplating it
Easily Forgiven: Played with, being she had already gone insane at the time she's attempted a murder suicide with Reimu, thus isn't inherently responsible for her own actions and was very far from reality and, again previously, when Reimu's legs were paralyzed from a fall she allowed to happen, on the grounds the others were really no better and have all done things the times have brought them to a level of doing.
Later on averted in that naturally they reconciled with her but it's likely taken a long time.
Every Scar Has A Story: Hers do, as they are the tale of what's she endured, and, while they are not mentioned, the scars she has are a tale of her pain.
Fat Girl: In Gensokyo 20XXIV, she becomes this in the aftermath of her being raped and, in chapter 60, where this was actually apparent, Yuuka makes note of the fact that it was hard to tell she wasn't pregnant but, also in the same vein, noted that maybe she was. Later on, though, she becomes Formerly Fat.
In Gensokyo 20XXV, she is noted to have put on a bit of weight, leading for her to be Mistaken for Pregnant.
Fragile Flower: She is noted to be emotionally fragile and displays behavior as such from time to time.
Furry Reminder: Occasionally it is acknowledged that she would act fox-like, on example of this being that she would consume rodents on occasion, which foxes actually do.
There is also the fact that in one chapter it is noted that she does make sounds that foxes make, like gekkering when she got in a fight.
There is also the fact that she's bore a few litters, something foxes also do, though, in that case it can be hand waved in that Amoridere isn't sure if kitsune bear litters or just one if not two.
Apparently, Ran goes though a molt cycle, again also something foxes tend to do but that is when it's warm (in the spring to be more precise).
Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Played with and implied with subtlety. In Gensokyo 20XXIV, Yuuka is glad that society has collapsed because to think of what sort of advice a person could give to an emotionally fragile Ran would be horrid.
Made a tad more explicit, all the while still being implied, later on, when Sakuya suggests she drink some herbal tea, to which she responds rather horrified, implying she knew what Sakuya could be talking about.
Happily Married: Kind of, in that she isn't married to Ren, yet, but both of them are content with and care for each other, enduring many of their hardships, together.
After Gensokyo 20XXIV, she and Ren do get married and are still Happily Married.
Hard Head: According to Yukari, she had this as a child and presumably still does, though, it is noted to be kind of a deconstruction in that a rock hard skull may protect from brain injuries but not from pain or, for that matter, concussions, seeing as Ran had gotten three of them in her childhood.
Yukari: "She reminds me of Ran, when she was little. Three busted holes in the roof, one large-sized hole in the floor, three concussions, five nights of crying bloody murder, and five more of a groggy and dazed baby. Yeah, a rock hard skull does not protect from pain. Brain damage maybe but not pain."
Prematurely Bald: Somewhat. In chapter 46 of Gensokyo 20XXIV, it is noted that her hair is thinning (to the point where if touched it could fall out) and it is also noted that this could be tied to a nutrition deficiency as, it is noted that she has really been eating nothing but rice cakes, the dry chalky kind, and those are really noted not to be very nutritious. Though, Amoridere stated that if Chen were asked about the matter, she would state that Ran would be going though a molt cycle.
Confirmed later on that her hair loss was tied to nutritional deficiency, as when she starts to eat something besides rice cakes, her hair starts coming back.
Rape Leads To Insanity: Played with. Subverted in that she was almost raped but apparently played straight after she was raped which leave her cataleptic. Later on, played straight, it becomes apparent she is suffering from a form of Rape Trauma Syndrome
Silk Hiding Steel: As demonstrated in Gensokyo 20XXV, Ran is rather ladylike, polite, dutiful, kind and gentle, describing herself as soft as the softest powederpuff and being even more gentle, but, as we can see, she won't hesitate to curbstomp you if you give her a good reason. Bitch Wife learned the hard way.
Scars Are Forever: She is noted to be having scars from burns and open wounds long healed.
The Caretaker: Most of the time and tries her hardest to make sure the ones she looks after are well-taken care of. Since she has to take care of her babies, both very young, the others tend to fill in this role for her, doubly so for her fiance.
The Lost Lenore: Implied that she would have become this to Ren if she died.
True Beauty Is on the Inside: Her lover adores her despite her scars and she does him, despite him being minus three tails and having a messed up foot. He also notes that he loves her regardless if she's put on weight.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: She was this to evade suspicion while living in the outside world after Gensokyo was destroyed but true to most myths, not all of her fox-like features she could hide, so would also be hiding them with hats, scarves, veils, and long dresses. It because someone pulls of her veil is how the plots of Gensokyo 20XXI and 20XXII was kicked off.
Ran's shikigami Tropes pertaining to Chen
Because You Can Cope/ Greater Need Than Mine :In Chapter 14, Satori notes that this sort of thing was happening to her, in light of the Ran's mental illness at the time and the fact that Reimu, Maribel, Yume Ni, and Renko couldn't take care of themselves.
Break the Cutie: Her innocence has basically led her to this and later on it happens again
Cat Communication/ Furry Reminder: Being a nekomata, she is sometimes prone to these. It was noted that, in Gensokyo 20XXV, when she was really upset, she purred to herself, as well as the fact that, in chapter 74, when she is upset about a possible future being minus Reimu, she does what some cats do when someone close to them pass away.
Children Are Innocent: Played with. Naturally, being a the mental-equivalent of a human child, has fluctuating maturity, and knows what some words mean but doesn't know what other words means but is also naive to what infertility is. Also, in 20XXIII, she pretty much knows there is a war going on but doesn't understand why Ran would be against building an inner core or refuge as a part of their preparations.
Heartbreakingly, this is really hammered home during the events of Gensokyo 20XXIV, during Chapter 10, where she is trying to understand why Ran is in an apathetic and depressed state, which cannot be helped as the others won't tell. The only thing about that she seems to understand is that it isn't her that is sick, it is her mind. In trying to snap Ran out of it, she does the very same thing and it doesn't bring Ran out of her apathetic state. Later on, in chapter 60, this drives her to attempt suicide.
Of course, she is mostly innocent aside being aware of what sex is.
Disabled Means Helpless: Played with, in that she cannot change her own diapers or walk, but otherwise seems independent, just like she was when she was blind, in that, she couldn't see but seemed to have a certain understanding of the world and what went on, which made her able to navigate herself easily.
Of course, in Gensokyo 20XXV, when she regains her some of her mobility (as in she can walk but not very well, due to residual paralysis), she is noted to be more independent because she can at least walk some distance, be it if she still needs a wheelchair.
Driven to Suicide: She attempts suicide by attempting to drown herself, in Chapter 60, that of which she gave no motives for and probably can't on the grounds that brain damage from said failed suicide attempt possibly rendered her unable to talk, however, it is known that she wanted her mom back and had given up on life, which would be as far as motives go. Two chapters later, she does seem to have her motives somewhat explained in her suicide note.
Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: According to chapter 6 of 20XXV, Chen talks like this. As said in an author's note, Amoridere states she talks like this because of the brain damage she's sustained during the events of 20XXIV that left her unable to speak for up until a certain point and that the only reason we don't read her speaking like that in the chapter that she narrates, it is because she to her she sounds normal, whereas to us and the others she sounds like that.
Amoridere: In case you are curious as to why Chen sounds like Elmer Fudd it is because she has speech impediment that come from brain damage (which left her unable speak, up until a certain point in time) during the events of Gensokyo 20XXIV and the reason as to why we don't read her speaking like that during the previous chapter in which she narrates, it is because she is talking from her POV, ergo, to her she sounds normal, whereas to us, and the others she sounds like that.
After chapter 62, she seems to have overcome this.
Enfant Terrible: During the events of the Tantrum Phase and its sequel. Amoridere later stated it was a phase
From the Mouths of Babes: Apparently, given some of her innocence, but she otherwise seem to be aware of some things the others may not really expect from her, this is the source of some hilarity of Chapter 44, when she explains where babies come from (to the adults), after telling Maribel, Renko, and Reimu where Anohana (the only living one in Ran's current litter) came from and what she was said was, "Oh that's easy, Ran and Ren had sex."
Of course, this could be seen as Truth in Television as Chen could be based on a more modern child, the ones that are more worldly than those that are much older and the fact that one can learn about sex from a book.
Hidden Depths: According to Ran, in Doting Mommy Ran, Chen is smarter than she lets on, like tricking Marisa, and the fact that can and sometimes tends to be an even bigger smartass that Marisa.
Innocent Swearing: Averted in that she uses swears whenever she seems to think it fit to use them, see below
Speech Impediment: Her Elmuh Fudd Syndwome, though by chapter 62 in Gensokyo 20XXV, she seems to have overcome this, however, Amoridere did state that, while Chen can say "L"s and "R"s correctly, she still has speech impediments in that she has a lisp and that her speech is a tad slurred but neither of which are that noticeable and are likely to remain ignored unless there is a chapter where the plot calls for it or the one narrating hears it that way.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: She laid a one into Miko for the latter attempting to hid her blindness and telling her to keep quiet about it.
Chen: YOU CAN SUCK MY ASS!! You have to tell someone that you are going blind and yet you won't, pretending everything's fine, when it isn't. I can't even use my left arm and leg and I go to the potty in a diaper but you don't see me pretending everything is the same and I know it isn't! Tell someone that you are going blind! You told me but why not them? They care about you, too, and yet you're pretending nothing is wrong, making everyone scared. You tell me to be quiet about it but, you know what? Being quiet won't do any good, this is something you have to tell about and you want to be quiet! Hell no! It won't do any good to be quiet because what is in the dark will come to light! Is that what you want, to be quiet and act like everything is fine,while you stagger around in darkness, living in misery and sadness? If you want to be quiet, fine, suck my ass and live in the misery and darkness that will soon be your life, the life you won't let anyone be the light to.
In 20XXV, chapter 84, she laid a colossal into Yume Ni for waiting for a then ill Reimu to die, which, as evidenced later in the chapter, broke her:
Chen: "You're one to talk about having one foot in the grave and, yet, you bear a grudge to the point of madness! If Reimu died, would you be happy then?! I'll let you know, I won't be. You speak of that as if she is unaware, yet, she is. She is fully aware of that and, yet, she does nothing about it because she can't and, to be honest, try as we might, we can't do a thing about it either besides make her final years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds happy, as that is really what can be done, yet, despite that, she enjoys life anyway and that, it seems, cannot be taken from her. Sure, she stabbed you with a pair of scissors but, to be fair, you kicked her in her face and, be noted, she tried to stab with a pair of scissors that one time, you fucking dumbass! And, to be kinda honest, I wish she had strangled you, just to the point where, if you survived, the scars from which would remain forever, serving as a reminder of your foolishness. You speak of Reimu having one foot in the grave, when you were born not too long before a time of madness, the very which we still bleed and heal from, the very which death would have been mercy and most welcomed. We ALL have had one foot in the grave, so you are in no place to talk. Hell, your own mother has attempted suicide more than once, had gone insane during that time, and went through a self-destructive phase, as well as the fact that she's almost died giving birth, Yukari's mind went to shit and she's spent most of her time insane, even contemplating suicide to appease the ghosts, to put an end to the pain, I attempted suicide, and Reimu couldn't even talk coherently and her innocence betrayed her, leaving her with memories she cannot even cope with. Death for her would be both mercy and tragedy and, yet, should she die, her final memories of you would be how horrible you were to her. As she lays sick in that bed, I'm pretty sure she is thinking about how happy you or everyone will be when she's gone because, as far she knows, all she does is cause trouble and doesn't want to anymore. As a matter of fact, her very existence seem to be loathed by pretty much most of the world and you harbor the same animosity, treating her with the same cruelty. What you deal to someone will come back at you a thousand fold and you dealt Reimu pain, something she lacked the comprehension of, thus she dealt it back, with something that terrified you. If she dies of her illness, I will leave and that will be it but I will 'NEVER' forgive you for how you've treated her. May Inari Ōkami have mercy on your soul for the sins you shall spend the remainder of your existence atoning for and suffering through."
Yukari's fat friend and resident Fat Girl. She is a champion sumo wrestler. Generally, she is good-natured and isn't at all quick to anger Tropes pertaining to Yuyuko
Berserk Button: Apparently, according to Gensokyo 20XXIII, she doesn't like being "fucked over", especially if it is by Seija
Big Eater: Yes, so much so she's a sumo wrestler and mascot to a restaurant
Big Fun: She is very large, eats constantly, and works as sumo wrestler but is also very loving, kind, good-natured and was up for taking care of Rumia and Chen after Aya's death.
Cluster F-Bomb: Apparently, since a lot of her speaking dialogue involves her saying the F-word a lot.
The Ghost: Not literally of course, being that she is actually a different sort of ghost, however, by the time of Gensokyo 20XXV, her role is mostly relegated to this and she is mostly mentioned.
A flower loving and prim and proper youkai. She adores children and is generally polite. Tropes pertaining to Yuuka
Berserk Button: A minor one that Yuuka has is being rude to her (like shouting at her and, if you're a child, calling her a bitch) and, as we recently find out, apparently dealing harm to Ran and Reimu is also this.
British Accents: She is supposed to speak in one but it is rather diluted at the best.
Friend to All Children: In 20XXI, she is, to some extent, trying to provide some sort of nanny figure to Reimu, Chen, and then Rumia. She is indubitably caring towards them, later on, and doesn't take kindly to anyone harming them, as according to Amoridere, she has been known to attack any kitsune that attempts to make a meal of Reimu, saying, "Unhand that child, you brutes."
Noodle Incident: In Gensokyo 20XXI, she notes something happened with her, Eirin, Tewi, a prank and some kind of narcotic. Suffice to say, she got the wrong prescription.
Proper Lady: Even when times are extremely rough and the odds are being stacked against them, she still insisted on being this, even when she is revealed to be captured towards the end of 20XXII. Of course,in 20XXII, she has a reason to be, as she is fearing her life. When she hears about what happened to Reimu and Ran's surviving pup, she decides to drop the act. Later on in the series, she swings in and out of this, depending on what the situation demands.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: In 20XXII, she was, at first, coming up with the theory that its just sociegenic illness and that everyone (but her) has gone insane as the cause of their behavior. Justified as, she was afraid for her life and didn't want to face the truth.
Wide-Eyed Idealist: Played with in 20XXI. Yuuka is fairly optimistic about things turning out for the better, though, she knows things really won't but is determined to put her best face forward for the children's sake. Eventually, she couldn't hold this facade for long.
A rowdy and playful childish one that is persistently drunk and cares deeply about her friendsTropes pertaining to Suika
I'm Not Hungry: In Gensokyo 20XXI, after they've been imprisoned, she refuses to eat and throws it on the floor, apparently satisfied. According to her, it was crap (it is described as being "slop" by Yuuka, meaning it doesn't look at all appealing to eat) and that was why she didn't eat it. However, that seems to imply she didn't eat it because she caught onto something the others didn't.
The only medic they had and an old lunarian. She often doesn't play much of any role besides being the medic and often The Woobie Tropes pertaining to Eirin
Cessation of Existence: Kaguya made note of the fact that Yukari couldn't possibly bring Eirin back without erasing her existence all together, on account of how the Hourai elixir works and how Eirin's willingness to die overrode that.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: This can be hand waved in that she became a ghost after she died, ergo, her spirit may have finally been able to cross over to the other side once she felt her duties were done but Chen did state she hasn't felt her presence since she's taken her to live with Aya before she died and guardianship was transferred over to Yuyuko (who is a ghost that can otherwise masquerade as human)
Driven to Suicide: Yes, most definitely. In Chapter 44 Gensokyo 20XXI, she, surprisingly, succeeds in killing herself (by severing an artery), dying with a smile to know that she could. She is supposed to be immortal but her willingness to die overrode her ability to resurrect upon death, effectively granting her wish, even though her motivation was unclear at the most. It is never exactly stated why she killed herself, besides, "Is it wrong to want to feel death, even though if one cannot experience it?" but it is implied that she killed herself out of the uncertainty of their situation, which caused her a lot of stress (leading to her developing anemia and to suffer from alopecia) and depression and, apparently, she might have done so way of escaping capture.
In 20XXIII, we do eventually find out her reasons for suicide and it was because of all the hell and uncertainty. Besides her note (the one she wrote, thinking she wasn't actually going to die but was wondering how it would be if she committed suicide), the entire diary entry basically stated her reasons for suicide.
Affectionate Nickname: They both call each other Kagu and Huzi and are known near exclusively as their nicknames being
Big Guy, Little Guy / Fat and Skinny: More or less but Huzi is described as tall and Kagu is described as short and, according to Miko, in chapter 27 of Gensokyo 20XXIV, Kagu seems to have gone up about 3-8 dress sizes, whereas, Huzi remains slender as always, which seems to loosely imply that Kaguya put on weight since the last time she's seen her, assuming she wasn't always stout. Both are a tad more prominent here
Are also Little Guy, Big Buddy, in that the two are on friendly terms and behave like sisters and one is shorter than the other and Huzi (the tall/big one) does protect Kagu (the short/little one) somewhat from her naivete, if not outright going along with it it or, rather, going along with it as a way of protecting her. We later on find out, in chapter 33, that reason she went on along with Kagu's assumption was to let her learn from her mistake, which, to a certain degree, would be protecting her from naivete.
Amoridere later stated that the reason she's made her short and stout because children tend to be short and stout, as well as inexperienced, as well as pointing out that Kaguya will have spent most of her time indoors, and she made Mokou tall and slender to illustrate the fact that she is more experienced.
Amoridere: Kaguya, who is a little chubby (Miko mentions that Kaguya seems to have gone up more than few dress sizes since she's last seen her), which would make sense being that she's spent most of her time in doors, living somewhat as a hikikomori, something that would be expected as princesses don't get out much. In this case it would contrast the two, in that Kaguya is quite naive, like a child, and children are short and stout, and Mokou is tall and slender, a tad rough around the edges, having more experience.
Disabled Means Helpless: Averted in that Kagu can do things for herself, even though she has a messed leg, but she is just terribly naive.
Disease Bleach: Kagu's hair grows back an icy white. It was originally black.
Hammerspace: Between Kagu's butt Cheeks is where she tends to hide a number of things
Hidden Depths: Kagu possess a good amount of medical knowledge and it proves to be useful. Justified, as she's studied under Eirin
I'm Cold... So Cold...: Subverted in that they both are not dead but Kagu described the warmth from both of them as to be fading away.
Last Name Basis: Somewhat, in Huzi's part, being that her last name, Fujiwara, is alternatively pronounced and spelled Huziwara, leading for her nickname to be Huzi and she is usually referred to as such. Apparently, an age-regressed Reimu thinks her first name is her last name.
Misplaced Retribution: Unclear, in that we don't know what attacked Chen and it is left in the air, also they will never find out as Chen doesn't remember, but Kagu does launch an attack on a group of malicious kitsune, thinking it was them, and it ends as expected. Of course, it is left vague as to whether or not it was them but we will never find out, as Chen doesn't remember anything.
Noodle Incident: Kagu tends to have a few of these. In Gensokyo 20XXII, Kaguya messing up the plan to bust out the others with Mokou and how it lead to them being captured. We never actually find out what she did to mess it up and how it got them captured.
From chapter 35, we find out that Kaguya hit Mokou with her big shoe, giving her a concussion, and the incident went something on the lines of "it was about the last beer and my hand was forced".
Kaguya: I knocked Mokou out with it once and she got a concussion, let's just say, it was about the last beer and my hand was forced.
Also, we never find out about how she messed up her foot leading for her to wear a big shoe.
From 20XXIV we have several noodle incidents involving Kaguya:
The time with the broom and 7-Eleven
That time she told a lie
That time where she drank something and thought it was apple juice
That time where she swallowed a thumbtack
The time with the bedwetting
The one time she read Garfield: His 9 Lives
That one time at the Sumo arena
That one time with bird, a couple of golf balls, and some tape
That one time with tricycle
That one time Yukari bit her
Assuming this is different from another time, that one time with the beer
The the one time with the gelding knife, some of this stuff called Axe, a toothpaste, some cola, and Mentos
That one time with the romper stompers
That one time when the bottom level of the apartment building almost flooded
A more recent one is something involving a hole in the roof.
Noodle Implements: Kagu and Huzi's plan to bust the others out involved gasoline, a box of cigarettes, a rock, a can of hairspray, bug repellent, a wire, an empty can, some shredded playing cards, a bottle of pee, and some dynamite.
One of the Noodle Incident s above involved Axe, a toothpaste, some cola, and Mentos and another one involved a bird, a couple of golf balls, and some tape.
Not Quite The Right Thing: After Chen is attacked and left incontinent and with her left arm and leg paralyzed, Kagu, with the reluctant help of Huzi, go to take revenge on whom she sees as responsible and it results in their house being burned down, causing everyone to go somewhere else. Of course, her judgement was clouded, as Amoridere explained when asked:
[...]On the note if Kagu and Huzi have a clue, that would really be a "No" as Kagu is mostly going on a hunch and is wanting to get vengeance for happened to Chen, as well as past tension, so those sort of feelings can cloud judgement, like they are doing to Kagu's. However, Huzi has some clue that what they are doing could lead to something disastrous, which is described as something there isn't words for, but goes along with it anyway because they're sisters and Kagu needs someone to look after her (being she is so naive and Huzi is more experienced).
Skilled, but Naive: Kagu, justified, as she was a princess and hardly got out much, also she doesn't have much concept of how the world that isn't Gensokyo works but, otherwise, is fairly intelligent and can do some things that is beyond most comprehension but is just so terribly naive that she tends to screw things up and seems to be rather gullible.
Victoria's Secret Compartment: Subverted in Kaguya's case, in that it wasn't her cleavage she was concealing a knife in, instead, it is between her butt cheeks but played straight in Mokou's case, in that she carries her cigarettes in her bra.
Mokou's surrogate little sister. She passed away before the events of the stories. Often, though, she is referenced. Tropes for Keine
Back from the Dead: Averted, Kaguya actually noted that she's passed away of natural causes, so it can be assumed that even with Yukari's abilities it would be futile to bring her back.
Ill Girl: She died of an unknown and unnamed disease
Soap Opera Disease: In 20XXII, she was mentioned to have died of "pneumonia and lumps in her lungs". We never get a precise cause or source of either of the two but we do know it was terminal.
The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: In 20XXII, apparently hers but, then again, we don't know precisely what it is she was afflicted with besides the symptoms being pneumonia and lumps in her lungs and the fact that it is mentioned as being terminal.
The Reveal: Her diary reveals that Kaguya has to wear a large shoe is because of the tricycle incident mentioned as one of the many Noodle Incidents.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: This is invoked In-Universe. Sattie stops appearing after chapter 14 and it is never stated what happened to her, though, given her narration from that chapter, we could assert the fact that she may have died, though she may have lived. Amoridere stated that whatever happens to her is the reader's discretion. However, Koishi makes an appearance but Satori doesn't.
Amoridere confirms that, now, Satori has been Put on a Bus and will return soon. She's narrating chapter 47.
Ill Girl: Recently, in chapter 42 of Gensokyo 20XXII, Koiko has started to become this, as Satori notes that Koishi will need to see a doctor and get some medicine and, apparently, what is causing to fall ill is the fact that they were denied usage of any restrooms and had to go pretty much wherever, thus Koishi would have indubitably been under constant exposure to and, possibly, will have been eating Note Satori did mention that there are times where Koishi thinks and, more often that not, times where she just goes by impulse her own as well as everyone else's feces
The Empath: Sattie becomes an extreme version when her mind-reading abilities becomes to make it possible for her to suffer the others' pain and binds her physical well-being to them, meaning if they suffer the worse her physical well-being becomes. Case in point would be that when she reads Chen's thoughts, her wrists start to bleed.
In chapter 38, she makes an appearance be peeking out from between Yukari's breasts, so, yes, it would be an assumption that she's spent a lot time there.
Lilliputians: Same as in canon. According to Amoridere, she is small enough to live in a birdhouse and tends to wear doll clothes.
Marshmallow Hell: Averted, actually. According to Amoridere, Shimmy likes to ride in between Yukari's breasts because she finds it to be safe and warm there. Given her overall absence in the story at later points, it would be a fairly safe assumption that she spends a lot of time there, though it doesn't really explains her absence.
Seija Kijin (AKA: Seija the Motherfucker)
An amanojaku that likes to fuck people over Tropes for Seija
Could Have Avoided This Plot: Yuyuko never at all fails to mention that Seija wouldn't have eaten half of the food and used half of their water supply if Yuuka simply allowed her to kill her, eliminating the problem right then and there.
Jerkass Has a Point: Played with. To some extent, she is right, as in a normal circumstance, children would be less likely to survive in the aftermath of a nuclear war and would only suffer, as well as provide a hindrance to those trying to survive Nevertheless, her motives weren't at all noble as she tried to have Yukari kill them because SHE saw them as a hindrance and make note of the fact that she's eaten half of their food and used up half of their water making survival even harder for the rest of them, thus making the children a hindrance when they weren't from the start.
Idiot Ball: Yeah, we see how that ended. Then again, this can be Justified as no one would have really thought that Yukari would turn the tables, being mentally ill.
Karmic Death: It's unlikely she survived on her own after having three of her limbs and a few fingers cut off and then being sent away, then again, she had it coming.
Karma Houdini: In chapter 15, Seija eats half of their food supply and uses half of their water supply to bathe, yet, she receives no punishment for it.
Averted five chapters later after crossing Moral Event Horizon, she is punished in a the harshest way there most possibly can be and that was by having her limbs cut off and having her gapped far enough away
Noodle Incident: Averted. According to Yuyuko, she cut off the electricity to the whole building, kicked a hole in the wall, and threw the television out of the window while they were watching it.
Played straight in Chapter 20, when Yuyuko mentions that Seija did some pretty messed up shit like like causing a car accident, leaving that entire road a blood bath, that one time she caused like over six people to fall off of a bridge, and that one time she blew up some gas stations.
Too Dumb to Live: She decides to try and get an already mentally unstable Yukari to kill the children she loves just because she sees them as a hindrance, not at all thinking that Yukari would turn the tables and nearly kill her by smothering her with a pillow.
Troll: Definitely. Humorously enough, she is like this in canon, just like she is in a fanon. By Amoridere, she is described as someone who likes to fuck people over, which is pretty much what a troll is.
Hata no Kokoro
A sweethearted and quiet menreiki. Tropes for Kokoro
Break the Cutie: She is noted to have become no more than shell ever since the bomb the dropped and the other surviving two of SDM has died (one from health complications and the other from suicide), while she survives.
Children Are Innocent: Since Yukari brought her back as a child, she is more or less this as demonstrated in chapter 53 of Gensokyo 20XXIV when she suggested Ran "drink some herbal tea" and was genuinely remorseful that it seemed to upset her.
Companion Cube: Her diary apparently, being that she addresses it directly almost whenever she writes
Empty Shell: It is noted that she was really no more than shell that has no purpose to live.
Foregone Conclusion: The fact that she's still human and they're in the aftermath of a nuclear war, means she may not live past a certain time.
Ill Girl: Yuuka notes that she hasn't been feeling very well, meaning, she might very well be ill with radiation sickness. It turns out she was.
Prematurely Bald: She starts to lose her hair after the bomb drops. According to Amoridere, it could be either stress or radiation sickness, though in chapter 5, it is made apparent that she was losing her hair to stress more so than radiation sickness
Wide-Eyed Idealist: She is this somewhat due to be broken and searching for new will to live, knowing she doesn't have one, and decides to hold out for the destroyed emergency services, up until she dies. Actually, it seems, she didn't know she was even dying, then again, it is left whether or not she really knew she was dying or was in utter denial about it.
Freudian Excuse: Apparently, she behaved the way she did was because didn't really adjust too well to change which isn't all that farfetched.
The Bully: In Gensokyo 20XXV and, according to Ran, because she thinks she's the oldest and the biggest (Chen is a little smaller than she is), therefore she can do what she wants, though by a certain point, it seems the reason she was acting the way she does because it could be because of the fact that she's had a hard time adjusting to change, which isn't too far-fetched, considering their situation and that some children do respond to change that way.
Reimu's birth mother and previous shrine maiden Tropes for Reiko
No Name Given: Amoridere hasn't given her a name and in-universe she is just called Reimu's mother or, by Yukari, "the slattern", though, apparently, the name "Mikosan" seems to be something she addresses herself with, being her diary entries are signed with it and why she would be called as such here, until further notice. Then again, Amoridere addressed and hand waved this as that they may have not have remembered her name.
Finally, Amoridere has given her a name and her name is Reiko. It seems no one else knows her name besides Yukari
Self-Deprecation: She does this to herself, in terms of being Reimu's mother and for not taking of during her infancy, which could not be helped, as she had duties as a shrine-maiden to perform and there were no other people to really care for her at that point. To be fair, she didn't have to pick an infertile youkai as a wet-nurse but clearly did, so this was expected.
Soap Opera Disease: It's never stated what she has but they don't they really know, as they cannot diagnose it. Actually, we don't find out what illness she has and Amoridere said:
"Given that some time has passed since her radiation sickness dissipated, it could be possible she died of cancer or something else that long term, then again, radiation sickness can be remissive and she probably relapsed."
Theme Naming: Her name is Reiko and her daughter's name is Reimu
The Rival: To Yukari because of the fact she had to return Reimu back to her and Yukari views her the same way
You're Not My Father: During the events of The Woman Whose Hair Smelled of Violets, while rejecting her, Reimu said, "You're not my real mom and you never will be!" to her.
A youkai of darkness that has lost her sight to illness Tropes for Rumia
What Happened to the Mouse?: We haven't heard or seen much of her since Gensokyo 20XXII. It can be assumed she passed away when the nukes were dropped.
Maribel and Renko
Maribel and Renko
A couple of once human children that Yukari found in a devastated Tokyo. Tropes for Maribel and Renko
Affectionate Nickname: They give these out but Reimu seems to have given them affectionate nicknames in the form of mispronouncing their names with her saying, "Ma'ybel" or "Mariel" for Maribel and, occasionally, "Reenko" for Renko.
Recently, Maribel acquired the nickname "Mullberrybel" from Reimu and Renko acquired the nickname "Wren" from Yuuka. According to Amoridere, Renko got her nickname "Wren" was because of A) "Ren" is Ran's fiance and we might confuse to two and B) her voice is rather chirpy, almost like a wren's, making similar sounds, especially when whistling, and the fact that apparently she eats spiders.
Maribel's got a nickname "Meary" as per Ran's narration and it seems to be an interesting spelling of "Mary" and is pronounced exactly the same.
Cheerful Child: They seem to be rather cheerful, if not just timid or curious.
Children Are Innocent: A variant. They seem to be unaware that the place where they were was once nuked or that their life has changed. If they are aware that their life has changed, then they don't seemed to be fazed by it. Also, they have no clue where babies come from and it prompts them to ask.
Conveniently an Orphan: Apparently, as the fates of both of their parents are unknown but it can be assumed they died and Maribel and Renko don't seem to remember them, then again, Amoridere stated that they are both very young children (in the age range of 2-4 years old) so they may not remember. However, the fact that both were well fed and healthy when Yukari finds them means someone had to have taken care of them and we don't even know what happens to that person or they weren't far from a food source.
Fearless Infant: A variant. Ran makes note of how small children Reimu, Maribel, and Renko would be traumatized by what had happened but ultimately are ultimately unfazed. Of course, they do fear things that are picked up from others.
Infant Immortality: Yukari finds a young Maribel and Renko in a devastated Tokyo and apparently they were the only two survivors there.
Parental Abandonment: Maribel and Renko. As Ran asked in her narration, what the hell happened to their parents?! We never do find out but it is likely they had died some time when the nukes were dropped.
Wild Child: Ran notes that children normally living in Maribel and Renko's situation would become either this or something almost like Reimu, who is more or less this and the level to whom they communicate more or less on (they speak like she would, having no real grammatical sense that a three year old might but, otherwise, they have a more expanded vocabulary than Reimu does)
You No Take Candle / Hulk Speak: Justified in that they are very small children, roughly close to Reimu's age-regressed age,and haven't had much contact with anyone before Yukari comes across them so they would sound more or less like this.
No Infantile Amnesia: This was mentioned in chapter 77, where it was noted that Maribel and Renko do remember bits and pieces from the past surrounding the time a little before and while meeting Yukari. Of course, they can only describe the very little they know.
Noodle Incident: Two that were mentioned in Gensokyo 20XXV involving either of the two was the time that time Renko wanted to know if Ran laid eggs and wanted to see exactly where they came from (according to Amoridere, said incident also involved the fact that Ran wasn't wearing any underwear at the time and that she was going about her bedtime ritual) and the time where Maribel got into Ren's tools and had busted holes in the walls.
Starfish Language: Even though she can use real words, Renko partially communicates in chirps and warbles, like a wren does. It was noted that she lived with Maribel and what she calls "tweety birds".
Another Shrine Maiden of Gensokyo and native to the Outside World. She dies in Gensokyo 20XXI Tropes for Sanae
Abusive Parents: Kanako would beat her to vent frustrations during the events of Gensokyo 20XXI. Tragically, her situation with Kanako isn't too unlike most.
Blood from the Mouth: This preludes her death, as she dies right after it is noticed she had silently coughed up blood.
Hulk Speak: In Gensokyo 20XXV, justified because she is two hasn't learned how speak in first person yet.
Messy Hair: Gensokyo 20XXV. Kind of in that she does have short hair and is about two years old. Can be seen here.
It's All My Fault: In her second diary entry, she think she's misbehaved, ergo, for said misbehavior, she deserves to be slapped. In said diary entry, the implications surrounding maybe that she hasn't done anything. Actually, she seems to think she has done something that would warrant any sort of punishment when it is likely she didn't
That Was the Last Entry: Her last diary entry recorded was before she and Kanako left for a hiding place in the abandoned mansion in the forest, where Ran, Chen, Reimu, Eirin, Yukari, Yuuka, Satori, Koishi, and Nitori were staying.
The former goddess of Moriya Shrine Tropes for Kanako
Abusive Parents: While technically not her mother, in the Gensokyo, due to how hard their lives were, Kanako took to beating Sanae as a way of venting frustrations.
Cessation of Existence: It's mentioned she didn't really die per se, so she more less did this, after Sanae dies.
My God, What Have I Done?: She has this after Sanae slips into a coma and dies when she thinks her beatings of her have caused it.
The initial goddess of Moriya Shrine Tropes for Suwako
Happily Married: Kind of, in that he isn't married to Ran, yet, but both of them are content with and care each each other, enduring many of their hardships together.
After Gensokyo 20XXIV, he and Ran do get married and are still Happily Married.
Men Are Uncultured: Averted, we can read his speaking lines at the end of chapter fifty-six reciting the lines of "Lenore" by Edgar Allen Poe.
Men Can't Keep House: In Gensokyo 20XXV this is averted in that he does, after telling Ran (be noted, who hasn't eaten or slept in about four days) she should eat and go to bed, and, apparently, he did a fairly good job.
Nice Guy: Indubitably and apparently very forgiving, as he seems to have let go of the fact that Kaguya and Mokou got high and shaved off most of his hair or the fact that Mokou punted him across the street in Gensokyo 20XXV
Noodle Incident: Apparently, there was something in childhood that involved a cousin and something to which he couldn't forgive him for.
No Name Given: Originally, He didn't have a name and was called, "Winston" by Yuuka and was known as such but it turns out he does have a name and his name is, Ren, as referred to in the title of and during chapter 17.
Only One Name: According to Gensokyo 20XXIV, he didn't have last name. Now that he married to Ran, his last name may as well be Yakumo.
Papa Wolf: In Gensokyo 20XXV, as evidenced by this quote:
Ren: "If you bully and so much as lay a finger on her or any of the other children, I will smack you both in your heads with this hammer and I will have no regrets because you and your bitch wife will have had it coming."
Hiding The Handicap: Miko does this with her failing eyesight because she fears that telling someone she cannot see would result in her being pushed aside. When Chen picks up on it and is told be quiet, she unleashes a huge tirade on how doing is bullshit and will only lead to misery
Potty Failure: Miko cites this as the reason as to why she wants top bunk, as Tenshi has a habit of peeing in the bed and if she got bottom bunk, she would be urinated on. Amoridere stated that if what Miko says about that is to go by, it would imply that Tenshi does that sort of thing on purpose
Spell My Name with an S: Tenshi's name is occasionally spelled with an "ie" on the end, rather than "i". Justified, as "Tenshie" is an alternate spelling of it.
Hikkikomori: In 20XXV, Miko for a justified reason, as she cannot see very well and hasn't familiarized herself with anything that isn't her apartment. She does state that she doesn't hope to remain like this, though, and seemed to be fairly happy when Chen comes over to invite her for dinner.
Monster Roommates: Kosuzu (a human), who lives with a hermit (Miko), a celestial (Tenshi), and a Tsurube-otoshi (Kisume), making that more or less played straight.
Noodle Incident: First we never find out what Tenshi did that prompted Yukari to beat her up in chapter 45, besides "what happened yesterday", but we later find out she had kicked Reimu across the hallway, though we never find out exactly what she was doing.
One of the characters that Yukari brought from the dead Tropes for Marisa
Interspecies Adoption: When Yukari brought her back as a toddler, after which she's gravitated to Ran, calling her "Mommy". It can be presumed, presently, that she isn't human any longer.
Character Tics: In Gensokyo 20XXV, chapter 34, she is noted to be picking her nose
Noodle Incident: According to Chen, in Gensokyo 20XXV, Marisa stuck something up her nose to see if she could still smell if she did and they had to farm it out to Ran and that had happened more than once and we never find out what it is she stuck up her nose and the events surrounding that.
Too Dumb to Live /Gullible Lemmings: If Doting Mommy Ran and Amoridere is to go by, Ran seems to see Marisa as this but it isn't because of her intelligence, it is because of the fact that she doesn't seem to think, as she let a young nekomata with the intellect of a human child younger than she is trick her. Given how she is in Canon, there is a foreseeable reason as to why she would have give that impression.
Humanity Ensues: A reconstructed variant, in that she had no choice but to turn human because her being a vampire will not have allowed her to live, as she required human blood to survive. In Gensokyo 20XXV, it is mentioned she turned youkai afterwards.
Will Not Tell a Lie: According to Chapter 62 of Gensokyo 20XXIV, she firmly believes in telling the truth no matter the consequences, believing it to be pointless cruelty to withhold it.
Former owner of the Kourindou Tropes for Rinnosuke
The Ghost: He's very seldom in the story and is more of a background character but, if or when he is there, he is usually mentioned. In Gensokyo 20XXV, he was mentioned in a Noodle Incident, involving Alice and a television.
A good natured mischievous ice fairy Tropes for Cirno
All Animals Are Domesticated: According to Gensokyo 20XXV, she thinks of "Mushrooms", a kitsune, as a pet. Exactly what had prompted her think that is unknown.
Big Fun: She's fat but rather gentle, as she is friendly enough to tolerate Reimu pulling on her hair at some point and doesn't seem to mind that Cirno thinks of her as a pet
Extreme Omnivore: According to Cirno, she eats just about anything including and not limited to tacky rugs.
Friend to All Children: She isn't annoyed with Reimu when she pulled at her hair and even gave her mushrooms and, later on, she seems to be on friendly terms with Cirno, as she hasn't expressed any sort of annoyance with her thinking of her as a pet.
No Name Given: She is simply reffered to as "Mushrooms". This is averted by chapter 64, when she reveals her name is Enoki, which is type of mushroom.
Secondary Sexual Characteristics: They only find out she's female when her underside is exposed Note and her teats and the clear absence of testes are visible..
Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted, as her appearance in her fox form is rather gender neutral and her underside is generally hidden. However, later on, this is played straight by second picture of her in which Cirno put a little makeup on her.
Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: According to the description of her picture, she is actually female. Originally, however, she was male but Amoridere changed her to female. This little detail remains unknown until chapter 64 of Gensokyo 20XXV, when she was initially laying on her back, in which case her underside is exposed.
Yuyuko's then gardener turned somewhat adoptive child Tropes for Youmu
Affectionate Nickname: For some reason, Sakuya calls her "Muh". It can be assumed that this comes from the fact that Youmu probably can't say her name very well or makes a sound that sounds like that. It was later on confirmed that "Muh" is all she really ever says.
Messy Hair: Actually, according to this image of her on Amoridere's deviantArt page. This can be justified in that she is supposed to be two.
Pokémon Speak: She is nicknamed after the only thing she says and that is Muh. When she says more words, they mostly consist of saying "Muh" at the beginning of them, i.e, "Muhma", "Muhpa", and "Muhvie." She is nicknamed as such.
Break the Haughty: Yu, after Reimu stabs her with a pair of scissors. She was not happy about that, leading for a grudge, and found herself broken again.
Dead Guy Junior / Replacement Goldfish: Not quite, as, according Amoridere, while it may seem that way, it isn't as, Ran only named her that to honor her deceased older sister's memory and that she is a spitting image of Yume, almost a reincarnation, the one who died during their imprisonment.
Foil: An and Yu seem to be this for the other children, as well as each other. Yu likes to make the other children fear her, as well as the fact that she likes to fight with them, doing so just to bully, at the same time, An isn't afraid of her and mostly pick fights because said fights lead for a bit of excitement.
Interestingly, An and Yu to mostly serve as a foil to Reimu, in that Yume Ni is cruel and rather bratty, whereas Reimu is kind and, aside from some things here and there (like not being cooped up for example), is fairly content, much like how An is energetic but Reimu is observed to lethargic. However, An and Reimu, unlike Yu, are a bit more liked to that degree that if they had to choose they wouldn't choose Yu.
Ill Girl: Yu is noted to become one with a chronic illness towards the end of chapter 84.
Innocent Swearing: Hard to tell in An's case, seeing that that her first word was "Damn!" Later on, it seems to be averted
Kids Are Cruel: Yu and it is to such a degree that the other kids prefer Reimu over her, especially, when she hits them. Apparently, she seems to have a *Lack of Empathy, seeing as she tried to throw Reimu (attached to an IV) over a railing, the which of could have either killed or injured her, along with a nonchalant to eager tone about the other kids being her bitch.
Laser-Guided Karma: Arguable in her case, in that while she did kick Reimu in the face, as well as bullied her and the other children, Yu did have it coming by being stabbed with a pair of scissors and, later on, coming down with a chronic illness.
Little Miss Snarker: In chapter 55, according to Chen, Yume Ni is starting to take her place as the resident smartass.
Meganekko: It is noted that Yume Ni is nearsighted and presently wearing glasses
The Bully: Yume Ni in chapter 59 and the kids were terrified of her. Sakuya also noted that she is comparatively worse than Reimu.
The Unfettered: Yume Ni, for awhile, was known to bully and once tried to throw Reimu over a railing and was mentioned to have tried pushing Chen's wheelchair down the stairs without a second thought and for probably petty reasons, as in the case of the former.
Vague Age: Ren said they are two and three but, according to Amoridere, they don't really know and are prone to guessing. Makes sense, considering it is unknown of exactly how long it has been since the long passed nuclear winter started and Yume Ni was born before and An was born sometime during so it would be a safe assumption that they are older than that.
What Happened to the Mouse?: An. In chapters 77 and 78, it was noted she had disappeared and the clues to said disappearance is never explained, along with it being noted that they could not remember the last time they had seen her. What happened to her is unknown and they never find out, let alone even see her again.
Ren's thought to be dead relatives that come to visit and later on move in Tropes for Ren's Relatives
Henpecked Husband: Baka was this with his Bitch Wife before Suika convinced him to divorce her.
Meaningful / Unfortunate Name: As we learned, one of Ren's brothers is named Baka and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought it was because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according to his father, that was the name only he responded to and the name stuck.
There is Shibo, who is noted to be fat.
No Name Given: Only three of Ren's siblings (Kinko, Shibo, and Baka) were given names, the rest and his father weren't.
Why Couldn't You Be Different?: Apparently, as we've learned in chapter 34, Ren's father has this sort of feeling more or less about Baka, who apparently married if not met a "paintbrush-like ("paintbrush" in that she was really thin aside from her tail), selfish, greedy, foul-tongued, and bitchy kitsune, while Ren married something he considers more favorable, stating that if Baka was going to marry a paintbrush, then he may as well have married a nice one
Yukari's pet dog Tropes for Pug
Ambiguous Gender: At first, Pug wasn't listed as having gender, being refereed to as it. It wasn't until chapter nineteen was when she revealed to be female and that her name was Pug.
Evil-Detecting Dog: Downplayed. According to chapter 62 of Gensokyo 20XXV, it was noted that she had become quiet aside from whimpers when the poltergeists were haunting their floor. She knew something was there and was frightened by it.
Mister Muffykins: To a degree with Yukari and she behaves almost as if a lapdog would, though she is rather friendly, but can be annoying and normally being referred to as to being rather yappy. This is mostly so in chapter 59, where she barks, at intermittent periods.
Post-Apocalyptic Dog: It is unknown where she came from but it is clear that in the aftermath of a nuclear war and winter that she is one of the sort of the dogs that did survive.
Right-Hand Cat: A substitute and non villainous variant. She generally serves this role in chapter 59, often being right there by Yukari's side.
Baka's Bitch Ex-Wife
Baka's Bitch Ex-Wife
Baka's ex-wife, who is noted to be a paintbrush-like ("paintbrush" in that she was really thin aside from her tail), selfish, greedy, foul-tongued, and bitchy kitsune Tropes for Bitch Ex-Wife
Child Hater: It seems she has no fondness of children. According to Amoridere, she is also implied to have allowed the children to get out and go missing for about three chapters. Later on, after getting taking a beating, in the previous chapter, she lets Reimu outside, knowing that would put her in danger.
Disproportionate Retribution: Apparently, in chapter 66, we have it where she lets Reimu outside of the apartment building, knowing that would place her in danger, which it does when she goes into The Forbiddens, all because Yukari curb-stomped her for calling her a whore.
Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: According to Ren in chapter 64, apparently, when they were married she was awful enough to hit Baka and neither is seen as okay or normal. Of course, Ren did note that he didn't intervene because Baka would be quick to tell him keep quiet.
Lean and Mean: For someone with the overall physique comparable to that of paintbrush◊, she really is rather bitchy, thinking to pick a fight with Ran and antagonize the children.
No Name Given: Amoridere simply calls her "Baka's Bitch Wife", "Bitch Wife", or "Paintbrush Bitch" because, according to her, it wouldn't matter if we knew her name, as we wouldn't like her anyway
Amoridere: It wouldn't matter if "Bitch Wife" had a name because you wouldn't like her anyway, even if you knew it
The Rival: She views Ran as this, as her father-in law prefers her more because she's more of a lady, whereas Bitch Wife is, well, unlikable to say the least.