The Touhou Doujin series has quite a few original characters, not to mention some canon characters have very... specific depictions, and thus, there's a page to cover that.
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Characters original to the series:
An egocentric, eccentric, geeky, yet lovable youkai from the outside world who lives in a floating mansion known as The Dawitsu Mansion. His signature ability is his ability to mimic others' abilities, and he thus can form all kinds of combination spell-cards (not to mention cram in as many Shout Outs as possible).
Adorkable: Dawitsu is the typical lovable geek; obsessed with collecting things, awkward about the issue of love, selfish at times and somewhat intelligent, yet when it comes to being a good friend or being altruistic, he'll never let you down.
All Love Is Unrequited: Dawitsu is hopelessly in love with Yutaka, a fact obvious from at least Grimoire of Dawitsu onwards.
Ambiguously Tengu: He's repeatedly mistaken for one due to wearing a tokin and having the same lack of defining features (such as wings and the likes) and being a youkai. He also loves gossip, and there are hints throughout the series that Aya has a slight crush on him. Despite this, Dawitsu himself claims he isn't.
Amicable Exes: Is still very good friends with Sakuya, even post-breakup.
Attention Whore: Boy, is he. He starts a fight with Jean because he's the reincarnation of Myouren Hijiri, posing threat to his 'rightful spot' as main character (even though the name of the current book is Jean's Magical Education... he isn't the main character there).
Author Avatar: Subverted. He's more like a flanderized version of the author, in some sense, and he certainly doesn't voice the author's opinions, yet his looks and nationality are based on the author's own.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Dawitsu shows signs of intelligence at times, likes to play Chess, and is qualified as a veterinary surgeon in the outside world, using such skills to save Sakuya's life. However, he is often outsmarted by many other characters, and often acts far more immature than his supposed intelligence would imply.
Camp Straight: Certainly camp (he loves to dance to J-pop in choreographed routines, gets on with women well, not exactly manly, cross-dresses with little protest, drives a Pink Cadillac in Holiday Edition...), yet definitely straight (Sakuya and him become Friends with Benefits, he's constantly crushing over Yutaka, he acknowledges several of the Touhou girls as attractive, has a thing for Zettai Ryouiki...)
The Chew Toy: Out of all the characters, Dawitsu is the most likely to get beaten senselessly. And usually he deserves it...
Chivalrous Pervert: Dawitsu's value system seems to be this; it's fine to comment on a woman's good looks, but emotionally hurting her is off the plate. In fact, he's generally more concerned about the object of his affection than he is about himself.
Clone Degeneration: Dawitsu can clone himself, forming Chibi versions of himself, but their life span is extremely short and they are not always the sharpest tools in the shed.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dawitsu is a wacky, often dense kind of guy, but if you genuinely anger him or upset him, he becomes a force of nature. Or at the very least, has an overly-planned revenge scheme at hand, as Hatate's case proved.
Friend to All Children: Dawitsu shows his soft spot for the immature all the way back in Dawitsu's Follyby reading to his new shikigami's shikigami, Chen, a bedtime story. He also takes to teaching Flandre well, and works hard to make her grow up and develop as a person in Recompense. Also, all the way in Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding, he and Medicine 'Merriment' hit it off instantly, and Dawitsu throws the doll-sized girl up repeatedly, making her laugh her head off and in general making the reader think he'd be a great father. He also expresses a desire to have children, but seems to have accepted he'll never find someone to have children with. However, this trope is Zig Zagged, as he's awful at teaching groups of children at the human village, and is hated by the children despite his best efforts to be down with the kids.
Gary Stu: Subverted. Dawitsu is a Self Insert, yet is very subject to the flaws of most people. He's not treated well by people he's a jerk to, and he's treated well by people he's friends with. Any action that he does which is selfish, he'll almost instantly feel bad about, but sometimes, he cannot instantly reconcile with the person he's wronged. Overall, he's closer to a real person than a Gary Stu, yet still has some lingering traits of one.
Genre Savvy: Boy, is he... he repeatedly paints the medium, acknowledges if things went smoothly, there'd be no story, and sometimes flat-out says he's an original character of a fanfiction.
Heroic Self-Deprecation: There are many hints throughout the series that show that Dawitsu doesn't have the highest of self-esteems. For one, he never considers himself to be a good boyfriend, and many of his attempts to joke revolve around calling himself a 'loser', which suggests he genuinely feels that way about himself. He also repeatedly talks about how selfish he is, ad nauseum to some readers.
Hidden Depths: On the surface, Dawitsu's a loud, proud geek who's quite sociable, and is somewhat arrogant and self-assured. However, in private, Dawitsu can range from a warm, caring person who's perfectly prepared to put himself on the line for his friends to an emotional wreck who cannot get over his love for Yutaka and fears Dying Alone.
Insecure Love Interest: He really can't give himself a break on this; firstly in Holiday Edition, Sakuya wants to be with him, but he's afraid he'd let her down due to the fact he's a Youkai and she's a human, meaning he'd stay young while she'd age in a committed relationship. He finally settles for Friends with Benefits until Sakuya finds herself a good human man. Secondly, it's revealed in Jean's Magical Education that Ran is desperately in love with Dawitsu, but he isn't sure (after his trainwreck of a relationship with Sakuya, as well as having a one-sided crush on Yutaka) if he can be a good boyfriend to her.
Julius Beethoven Da Vinci: Dawitsu (and his family) existed in the outside world without raising suspicion by being relocated and renamed throughout history.
Last Name Basis: Apparently invoked by the author, as apparently Dawitsu's first name is an Old Shame for him, thus most people refer to him as 'you' or 'Dawitsu'. Yutaka and Ran call him 'Boss' and 'Master' respectively, though.
Lolicon: Subverted.Dawitsu loves Yutaka both for her personality and her looks, and she looks like a young teenager. However, he doesn't have any sort of attraction to emotionally immature people, and doesn't take advantage of say, Flandre when she declares that she wants to marry him. In the Epilogue, he tells Patricia that he'd never try anything with her despite her adoptive parent, Reimu's suspicions about him.
The Shikigami and best friend of Mateyuu Dawitsu, and a youkai magician. Unlike her hammy Boss, she is the stoic, intelligent, yet secretly devious emotional support who is capable of manipulating matter into other forms of matter. Also, unlike her boss, she is a pacifist, and is not that good at Danmaku.
Covert Pervert: Yutaka is the most likely candidate to deliver Fridge Logic-level subtlety innuendos, not to mention she seems to understand totally how a straight girl's mind works in relation to men despite being a lesbian herself.
Cute Bookworm: She's a magician, and thus she's quite bookish. She is also cute. However, she is socially capable, more so than the likes of her boss, so she's actually a subversion despite hitting the trope name to a tee.
Perpetual Smiler: Yutaka constantly smiles, but it doesn't appear to be hiding anything, and the narration often lets us know whether her current smile is genuine or not.
Power Of The Storm: Using her matter-altering abilities, she's able to create artificial environments, and even makes a rainstorm in Jean's Magical Education.
Rags to Riches: Yutaka left her country of Origin, Japan, to get out of what she considered to be an unstable country in regards to weather, but couldn't find a job or home in England, and thus she was homeless. Dawitsu found her, gave her a home, first as a paid servant, then head servant (to the point where his other servants quit because of obvious favoritism), and finally, Shikigami, and in theory, she's also the beneficiary of the Dawitsu Mansion in the event of Dawitsu's death.
The Tease: Yutaka openly admits she likes flirting with Dawitsu even though she knows it's wrong.
Undying Loyalty: To Dawitsu. She pines over him under Yukari's command, saves his life in Recompense, and unlike Dawitsu, believes if they were to have got married, they still have remained friends in the process. Her loyalty stems from the fact she was once homeless before she learnt magic, and Dawitsu took her in.
Jean Franc is a perfectly normal twenty-three year old human who gets dragged in Gensokyo when Reimu, following Yutaka's advice, decides to visit the outside world to look for a boyfriend and ends up in Paris. Initially, Reimu puts him up at the shrine, but by the end of Dawitsu's Recompense he has become Marisa's apprentice and lives at her house in the forest. He is a level-headed and kind-hearted man, and, despite his slightly unkempt nature, he is quite popular with the ladies, but he isn't really interested in romance, as he's still trying to get over the grief due to the loss of his beloved wife. And he also is the reincarnation of Hijiri Myouren, Byakuren's younger brother.
Accidental Misnaming: Jean is always referred to as 'Michel' by Tokage until chapter 14 of Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding, despite his many attempts to tell her otherwise.
Children Raise You: He, along with Reimu and Marisa, all work together to raise Patricia Hakurei, the adoptive child of Reimu's given by Yukari at some point between Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding and the Epilogue.
Conflicting Loyalty: Towards the end of the series, it's fairly apparent that Jean prefers the company of Marisa over Reimu (for legitimate reasons, like Marisa not trying it on with him all the time), yet he feels that because Reimu has saved his life multiple times and brought him into Gensokyo in the first place, he has to spend time with her and remain her friend. In the end, his loyalty to both shows through greatly, and he even assists Reimu in raising Patricia Hakurei.
Cool Teacher: Has one in the form of Marisa, and presumably becomes one to Patricia, and according to Reimu, is 'too nice' to her.
Crazy Jealous Guy: While not crazy, he could be considered a downplayed example given that his wife's death left him with virtually nothing to live for, causing him to alienate himself from his friends and abandon his hometown without so much of an afterthought, meaning he certainly had a greater-than-usual attachment to his wife. He's such a good person that it's hard to see, but he certainly does have a clingy side towards his dead wife.
Crusading Widower: His wife died of Motoneurone syndrome, and it's implied that he wanted to Mercy Kill her due to seeing the suffering in her eyes. This left him with nothing in the outside world, and his odd way of coping with his grief led to the alienation of his friends. However, he's a subversion, as despite having nothing to live for, he soon gains something to live for, and is shown to be one of the kindest, if not the kindest people in the series, and his actions are far from motivated by revenge.
Friendless Background: Subverted. He did have friends, and even offers to set Reimu up with one of his friends, but it's implied that he drove most, if not all of them away with his excessive grieving of his dead wife, Patricia.
Gratuitous French: Zig-zagged. While he is French, he generally speaks English (because for some reason, people in Gensokyo speak English. It's even lampshaded by the author). Sometimes, though, he speaks French, either to get a snide remark past the radar, or when he gets emotionally worked up. Unluckily, the author doesn't know French, so Jean's French too is a little... broken.
The Lost Lenore: His wife, Patricia Levoisier. She died of motoneurone syndrome, and it's implied that Jean drove away his friends with his excessive grieving, even though from his perspective they abandoned him. In the end, he names Reimu's adoptive daughter and eventual successor after her, christening her 'Patricia Hakurei'. It also takes at least twenty years for Jean to even consider romance.
Oblivious to Love: Zig-Zagged. Jean is well aware of Reimu's crush on him, and he is not happy about it. Same with Tokage's, to an even greater extent. However, he's surprised to find Marisa has a superficial crush on him, even though she had subtly been giving away signs of it. In the epilogue, Jean seems to have warmed to Marisa.
Unkempt Beauty: Jean is certainly this if his luck with the ladies is anything to go by.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Despite Reimu is pretty damn selfish regarding him, he refrains. Reimu says this is too chivalrous of him... and considering the kinds of people that live in Gensokyo, she's probably right.
Fridge Horror: Most of her fic could be interpreted as looking Through the Eyes of Madness... and this is a world where beautiful, kind people get inexplicably attacked and almost raped on a regular basis. The way Tokage sees the world is truly horrifying, in one way.
Insane Troll Logic: Her reasoning on why her book is popular (because people love it, not because people are buying it out of Bile Fascination) and her reaction to Dawitsu throwing up at her book, to her, means he was so moved that he felt nauseous.
Meganekko: If her character artwork is to be believed.
My God, What Have I Done?: In this fan-made Midquel between her in-universe book's publication and Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding, Tokage comes to the realization that her work is not all she thinks it is.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Hebiko is stated to be a loner a few times, and the fact that she tolerated Tokage as a friend suggests she's pretty desperate for company. Even after she stops being friends with Tokage, her Tanabata Tanzaku is for her and Tokage to be friends again. Fortunately, her situation changes as the books progress.
Trauma Conga Line: Her past sucked (Her romantic life in tatters, a normal friend (Ichirin) who abandoned her, her house burning down, being diagnosed with infertility and chronic depression, and finally, when it seems the universe is finally throwing her a bone, the egg she finds hatches into Bertrand, her former pet lizard, who dies as a hatchling).
A set of half-ghosts living in the Netherworld who are good friends and band-mates of Youmu Konpaku. Hemi is lead guitarist, Demi is the bassist, Semi is the Keyboard player, and Point-five is the drummer, with Youmu as the singer. Tropes relating to Youmu as part of their band will also be here.
Amicable Exes: Demi and Semi are implied to be this multiple times.
Nobody Loves the Bassist: Subverted with Demi. He's the only male of the group, and thus, when male vocals are required, he sings with Youmu, as well as being the founder of the band (as said in the now-removed 'Question Time' fanfic). He's also responsible for writing a lot of their songs, if the epilogue's anything to go by.
Mateyuu Dawitsu's younger brother, only seen in person in Holiday Edition, although he appears in flashbacks and via phone-call in Dawitsu's Recompense. He has the ability to control marine life, similar to a certain superhero, a point he instantly lampshades. Prefers to be called 'Tom', as his Engrish name was chosen by Mateyuu himself during his last relocation.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Tomasu does really love his brother, and it's revealed that in his otaku brother's absence, he went to comicon because he missed him. He also hugs his older brother in the first scene he's in.
Big Brother Bully: Inverted. Tomasu, the younger brother, bullies Mateyuu relentlessly, mocking him for being a 'Weeaboo' and genuinely resenting him for keeping Shikigami.
Good Is Not Nice: Tomasu's moral standards don't allow for 'slavery', and so he disapproves of Mateyuu's keeping of Shikigami. Which makes him slightly hypocritical as he presumably Mind Rapes the fish he controls, although he does go out of his way to make his fish live in an environment as close to nature as possible.
Hidden Depths: Tomasu comes off as a callous jerkass, but in fact, he's simply a caring, hard-working man who has a genuine appreciation for all life, even the likes of Jellyfish.
Insistent Terminology: While not insistent, Tomasu prefers not to call Youkai 'Youkai', but instead 'supernatural types'.
Jerkass: Has a slightly jerkish sense of humor, and is more than a little mean to his older brother, and at times for good reason.
Jerkass Has a Point: Tomasu is quite caustic towards his brother, and this seems to be rooted in his brother's employment of servants and lack of hard work, which most likely stems from his being a Self-Made Man.
Julius Beethoven Da Vinci: Just like Mateyuu, he has been 'relocated' several times by the government, and it's revealed that his name was chosen by Mateyuu, and resents the fact it's Engrish.
Mind Rape: Presumably how he catches his various specimens- by forcing them against their will to be caught by him.
Not So Different: Tomasu hates Mateyuu for keeping Shikigami, who he refers to as 'slaves'. Tomasu Mind Rapes and keeps countless fish. Mateyuu treats his Shikigami with kindness, making him less morally ambiguous. Tomasu similarly goes out of his way to make sure that the aquariums he keeps his fish in are as close to nature as possible, negating his cruelty also.
Odd Friendship: Seems to have this with Yutaka, and has more openly shown respect for her than he does his own brother. He even says that Yutaka is smarter than his brother.
Punch Clock Villain: Implied. Tomasu claims to be selling fish to a shifty-looking man with a large mustache reminiscent of a Bond Villain. His older brother assumes this client is buying carnivorous sharks.
Refusal of the Call: While Mateyuu seems to find learning combat techniques and spell-cards fun, Tomasu does not care for such things, and instead uses his powers to make a business.
Self-Made Man: While Mateyuu got the Dawitsu Mansion, Tomasu inherited a large fortune, and used this to buy an aquarium and establish a small, but elite, high-paying business for himself, making him a far greater success than Mateyuu, who was merely a veterinarian (not that that's anything to be sniffed at).
Shark Tunnel: Tomasu's aquarium, given that it has the rarest specimens on earth, also has a 'chondricthyes section', which in plain English means a Shark, Skate, Ray, and Chimaera section.
Sibling Rivalry: It's closer to animosity- both he and Mateyuu act like they are being polite to each other, but constantly throw Stealth Insults at each other.
The adoptive daughter of Reimu Hakurei, only seen in the Epilogue, as she was not born pre-Time Skip, and by the time of the Epilogue, she's thirteen years of age. She was raised by Reimu, Jean, and Marisa, and has a good amount of each in her personality. She is set to be Reimu's successor, but is notably inexperienced.
Genre Savvy: Patricia doesn't want to be a 'side character'. This wish gets granted in 'Reimu's Successor'. Her Genre-Savviness then extends to knowing she's a Boring Invincible Hero and therefore never really sees her adventures as a threat. This doesn't end well for her.
Scars Are Forever: As a result of her fight with 'the creature' in Reimu's Successor, she now has second-degree burns on her lower legs.
Smug Shrine Maiden In-training: She certainly thinks she's talented, but Reimu's fortunately mature enough to bring her down to earth. Her smugness only increases over Reimu's Successor, although a loss to Marisa and Dawitsu helps curb it.
Sketchy Successor: Her training is incomplete, and she's three years younger than when Reimu did the bulk of her incident solving, and so she is not quite as skilled as Reimu yet. That said, she kicks the asses of both Patchouli and Yutaka... at the same time. Goes on to kick even more ass as Reimu's Successor progresses.
Tsundere: Reimu's attitude seems to have rubbed off on her.
Walking Spoiler: It's hard to talk about Reimu's adopted child without finding out that every Hakurei Shrine Maiden has been adopted by their predecessor as an orphan.
Wise Beyond Their Years: She's certainly more calm and intelligent than the average thirteen year-old, but has hints of immaturity every now and then.
'The creature'/The Gizoid/Okuu Junior
The mysterious antagonist of Reimu's Successor. Doesn't seem to have any particular aims except mindless destruction, and remains invisible most of the time. At first. Once under the control of Utsuho Reiuji, it becomes her dragon and is revealed to be the Gizoid, a robot evocative of the robot of the same name from Sonic Battle, and is a creation of Dawitsu's.
Battle Butler: To Utsuho. Dawitsu may have intended this for it too.
Become a Real Boy: Seems to want genuine friendship outside of a Master Registry, and gets one in Utsuho, and this trope was stated ad verbatim by Dawitsu in order to erase the Master Registry.
Becoming the Mask: It only entertains Utsuho as a friend initially due to her being officially registered as 'Master', making him act that way due to programming. It gradually becomes a genuine friend to Utsuho, choosing her over its creator.
Everyone's favorite shrine maiden. At first she doesn't deviate too much from canon, but soon gets a few OOC traits, but generally speaking is more or less the human protagonist we all know and love, and a little more. Most noteably, she is a massive Tsundere.
The Genre Savvy petty thief of canon, minus the wise-cracking nature and replaced with pure wisdom. She is depicted as an extremely smart, albeit selfish, yet fun-loving girl in this fanfic series.
Badass Bookworm: Her bookworm aspect is somewhat pointed out, something which is less apparent in her canon appearance due to her physical fitness.
Badass Normal: Makes it a point to say about how hard she has to work to be as awesome as she is, compared to Reimu, who innately is skillful. This is ultimately what makes her better at training the normal Jean.
Children Raise You: Averted in the epilogue. Marisa didn't have a hands-on raising experience with Patricia compared to Reimu, and is thus the same person twenty years later as she is in the earlier book.
It's All About Me: Marisa does absolutely everything to further her own magical pursuits, and has placed Jean in danger several times because of it. She gets better over time at not leaving Jean to die...
Loveable Rogue: Oh so very much. Marisa points out that she's only stealing knowledge, not treasure or anything of monetary value.
Lover and Beloved: To some extent, except it's Age Inverted, and Marisa, the younger one, takes Jean under her wing.
Not Me This Time: In the first book, Marisa is accused of stealing Laevateinn, because she would normally be the one to steal from the Scarlet Devil Mansion. This costs her her house. It wasn't her this time.
Depraved Bisexual: Perhaps. She apparently has a 'swimsuit edition' in her newspaper, and mentions how human models are useless because they age too quickly, yet has an implied crush on Dawitsu, perhaps due to his similarities to the Tengu.
G-Rated Drug: Aya loves to sniff ink for an undiscernable reason, and her house stinks of the stuff.
Hidden Depths: Aya seems like she's just a silly newshound, but she is actually acutely aware of how important Reimu is to Gensokyo, and is also noticeably kind to Dawitsu, even when he doesn't deserve it. It's implied that she has a crush on him in the books, and out and out confirmed in this video.
Willfully Weak: Shows she is this when she kicks Reimu's ass with ease after the latter breaks her press.
The more inept, useless reporter of the Youkai Mountain, Hatate Himekaidou is Aya's self-declared rival and later colleague of hers. While her reporting skills are pretty terrible, she manages to get Alice Margatroid and Byakuren to act as moles for Aya and her's composite newspaper, so she isn't totally useless.
Shipper on Deck: Even moreso than Aya. In fact, the only reason Alice ends up working with her is because she sets up a Dating Service (which soon becomes a Dating Service Disaster) for her.
Unknown Rival: Subverted. Aya actually knows about Hatate, and most of the time is very confident that she's better than her, but when her press is destroyed, she becomes genuinely concerned that Hatate could steal her readership in her newspaper's absence.
What an Idiot: She expects her newspaper to sell when they cover stories that have already been covered, and can only be bought dirrectly from her home.
The Magician Youkai Marionette Master of the forest has a great many fanon traits applied to her, and is a highly insecure loner with a heart of gold. She is largely the driving force for Dawitsu's Character Development, and undergoes plenty of her own, and eventually becomes a little more confident.
Ambiguously Bi: Dawitsu develops a thing for her in Recompense, and although she's certainly a Lesbian, she seems to flirt back with Dawitsu. Hell, she even kisses him.
Batman Gambit: She has one in Dawitsu's Recompense- knocks him out, gives him a pill that makes him have excessively introspective lucid dreams, making him feel guilty enough about his actions (which indirectly caused Alice's house to be destroyed) to atone for his sins and help fix her house.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Both to Marisa in the early books and Byakuren in the later ones, although the latter is downplayed.
Creepy Doll: Has many dolls made in the likenesses of people. She is known to at least have a Marisa Doll, a Byakuren Doll, a Dawitsu Doll, and a Yutaka Doll. Most people are frightened by them, but Aya has fun with her replicas. Alice herself dotes on them as if they were children.
Demoted to Extra: She was a crucial part of the plot in Recompense, and then was barely seen outside of a fluffy beta plot in Jean's Magical Education, and is barely seen at all in Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding.
Internalized Categorism: In the first book, she knows she's gay, and hates herself for it, but by Recompense, Yutaka convinces her to just be confident about the whole issue.
Loners Are Freaks: Played with. Dawitsu views her as a freak in The Grimoire of Dawitsu, but when he gets to know her, it's revealed that actually, she's a wonderful person. Well, apart from one majorYandere moment on her part...
Love Hurts: Poor Alice... Marisa is about as straight as an arrow and a bit of a homophobe too...
The Mole: Acts as this for Aya and Hatate, who get gossip from her as well as themselves later on in the series.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Attempts to kill Rinnosuke because Marisa may have a thing for him. This goes awry when Dawitsu takes the attack intended for Rinnosuke and almost dies.
My God, What Have I Done?: When she attempts to Murder the Hypotenuse (Rinnosuke) because Marisa may have a thing for him, Dawitsu leaps in the way of her attack and almost dies. This causes Alice to seriously regret her actions almost immediately.
Odd Couple: With Byakuren, of all people. However, they're Not So Different- both were once human and attained youkaihood through magic.
Sexy Mentor: Is largely responsible for Dawitsu manning up and taking responsibility for his actions, and contemplating several things about his life, and this in turn makes Dawitsu a little bit grateful to her in more ways than one...
Shrinking Violet: Is largely afraid of socializing, something especially apparent when she's in her house alone.
The Shrink: She is the Awesome Type. She gives both Dawitsu and Yutaka pills that make their dreams excessively vivid and prone to helping the conscious self address whatever psychological issues they currently have. She gets her pills from Eirin, and uses them herself, so technically, Eirin is also one.
Draco in Leather Pants: Ever so slightly. She's far nicer than her canon incarnation, and seems to genuinely care for Flandre.
Elemental Powers: Teaches these to Yutaka while Yutaka teaches her scenery manipulation.
Hidden Depths: She seems like a shy bookworm who barely speaks, but when she meets up with Yutaka, someone of her intellectua caliber, she is an extremely enthusiastic teller of knowledge. She also apparently likes Al Fresco Sex with Yutaka too.
Hot Librarian: If her usual nature isn't enough, she officially tries to dress as one in her and Yutaka's Hen Party.
Insufferable Genius: To some, chiefly Marisa, but Yutaka understands her well enough, probably due to being one herself.
Sakuya is a bizarrely altered character in this fanfic series, but has popular Fanon characteristics applied to her instead. She, however, is still the maid of the Scarlet Devil Mansion and is still more or less loyal to Remilia, if a little rebellious every now and then.
Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding, she gets utterly smashed, and this results in her mistaking Jean for Dawitsu, Reimu for Sanae, and Rinnosuke for Jean. As well as generally being stupid.
Amicable Exes: With Dawitsu. She is still very good friends with him, even when she's with Rinnosuke, and even flaunt her former relationship with him every now and then.
Knife Nut: Underplayed, but it's still there from time to time- like when she sent Aya away from the Scarlet Devil Mansion with several silver knives sticking out of her. Throwing Knives are her preferred weapon in Call of Duty.
Punch Clock Villain: In the deleted 'Question Time' interactive fic, it's revealed that she was once a free-lancing mercenary who was involved in the Vampire-Werewolf conflicts, working for the highest bidder at any one time, and merely got stuck on the vampire's side once the conflict was over.
Rapid Aging: Apparently, she ages according to whatever she perceives, and given that she perceives a lot of time in an instant to everyone else whenever she stops time, she potentially is subject to this, being human.
Took a Level in Badass: Or a level in Confidence. From the point where she forsakes her pads onwards, she gets less and less subservient to Remilia and more snarky under her command.
The vampire girl who rules over the Scarlet Devil Mansion, who is in complete keeping with her canon personality. Psych. She's noticeably more Jerkassy and more immature than her canon appearance, and that's saying something. She is also noticeably controlling and condescending to Flandre, but is actually a truly loving sister acting in what she considers the best way to let a person like Flandre be without killing too many people.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Flandre- even though she seems mean at times, she truly does love her sister. Also to Patchouli- after she leaves her at the end of Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding to live with Yutaka, she takes up reading in memory of her.
Bad Boss: To Sakuya. Not that it doesn't come back to bite her in the ass.
Big Sister Instinct: This is what causes her to destroy Marisa's house in response to Flandre's sword being stolen.
Brainwashing For The Greater Good: Sort of. Closer to... restricting experience for the greater good. Remilia keeps Flandre locked away so that she doesn't get hurt, retaliate destructively, and potentially destroy all of Gensokyo. She also fears that if she begins to trust people from the outside, they could just end up hurting her more.
The Chessmaster: It's revealed in The Misadventures of Yukari Yakumo that she had manipulated fate so that Marisa would give Flandre her sword back. Seeing as Marisa didn't steal Flandre's sword, this is ultimately what made Marisa team up with Reimu to thwart Dawitsu and get Laevateinn back, meaning that she ultimately was the driving force of the first half of Dawitsu's folly. She also does a similar task in the Epilogue, being a driving force from behind the scenes.
Cute Bookworm: In the Epilogue, it's revealed that Remilia took up reading books a la Patchouli to make up for the fact that Patchouli lives with Yutaka now.
Does Not Like Men: She is noticeably Misandric, both against Dawitsu and Rinnosuke, and seems to view them as defilers of innocence.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She noticeably becomes more softly-spoken around Flandre, and expresses genuine care for her, and is the first to stick up for Yutaka when Yukari starts to ruin her wedding party.
Mood-Swinger: Very much so. You can barely tell when she's going to explode.
My Girl Is Not a Slut: Has this attitude, first to Sakuya getting with Rinnosuke and having an active sex life, and secondly to Flandre, who she fears may be losing her innocence.
My Sister Is Off Limits: Views Flandre this way, and begins to fear that Dawitsu is seducing her when she forcibly kidnaps him and makes him become a teacher to Flandre. However, when she finds out it's entirely one-sided, and only Flandre's interested, she begins to think differently.
All Love Is Unrequited: Maybe. Depends on how she sees marriage, as she may well see it as platonic, but she seems... overly close to Dawitsu in Recompense, and asks him to marry her several times. However, she also does the same for Sakuya, Patchouli, and Remilia, so perhaps this isn't the case.
Ambiguously Gay: Remilia at one points attempts to discourage her from wanting to get with a boy. Her response? No, girls are far prettier anyway.
Ambiguously Bi: Yet she clearly wants Dawitsu to marry her, yet perhaps she sees marriage as platonic, as she also wants to marry Sakuya and Patchouli.
Blue and Orange Morality: Her attitudes to marriage (the boundaries of which extend to her own sister), play (destruction, play, same difference), and everything inbetween ('why is she eating her face' is her response to seeing Yutaka and Patchy make out). An odd case, as she seems to develop more Black and White Morality later on, if only the aspect of being horrified by murder.
Obliviously Evil: She is implied to have 'broken' several people in the past while 'playing' with them, but wasn't bothered, as she though that they could be 'fixed'. This may be due to the fact that in Canon, both her and Remilia can regenerate From a Single Cell.
Our Vampires Are Different: In keeping with Remilia, she seems to not go out much, and at night, her abilities are exceptional, capable of easily destroying a house without her Laevateinn, however, in her weakened state at day, she's still capable of smashing Medicine Melancholy's larger body to smithereens and destroying a house with the help of her Laevateinn (as well as generally leaving a trail of destruction in her wake).
The Rainman: Terrible at social interaction (at first), ingenious at Mathematics, to the point that she grasps and teaches herself the differential equation of calculus after being given a basic understanding of Mathematics and algebra by Dawitsu.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: Initially the red to Remilia's blue, but eventually becomes the blue to Remilia's red.
Unstoppable Rage: Remilia fears that Flandre may have this if she gets hurt by something on the outside, and given her childish demeanor initially, those fears may have some ground. Then Character Development kicks in.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Downplayed. She thinks Yutaka has attacked Patchouli after seeing her fainted in front of her, and goes into an Unstoppable Rage to protect her mistress. It's actually due to the fact that Yutaka's just proposed to Patchouli.
What Could Have Been: She was actually somewhat an entertaining character in 'Question Time', and engaged in an offscreen caper involving attempting to steal Rinnosuke from Sakuya.
The Border Youkai, and resident Meta Guy, Physical God, and Jerkass. Yes, Yukari, out of all the canon characters, undergoes some serious demonization courtesy of Duwee Davis, but despite being petty and cruel, she is exceptionally intelligent, and knows it. However, she isn't as smart as Yuyuko, something that hurts her ego.
Always Someone Better: Yuyuko is clearly the better Chessmaster, and figured out the entire events of Dawitsu's Folly as a way of teaching Yukari not to want what she can't have. Also the better Chessmaster to Remilia.
The Chessmaster: She had planned out the stealing of Yutaka from Dawitsu in Dawitsu's Folly perfectly, the only thing she didn't factor in was Flandre acting as a Diabolus ex Machina for her. Other examples are in the series, and she often discusses how to plot gambits with Yuyuko.
Good Is Not Nice: Athough prone to selfish behaviour, she never, ever, ever puts Gensokyo in jeopardy, and is revealed to do a great many things to keep Gensokyo stable.
Hidden Depths: She's actually responsible for supplying the Hakurei Shrine with the next generation of shrine maiden. She goes to the outside world and takes an orphaned baby, and gives it into the care of the current shrine maiden- think about that. She makes sure the Hakurei name never dies out, and gives an orphan a second chance at life. That is beyond caring. She also believes in Thou Shalt Not Kill for a very special reason detailed in that trope's entry.
Hoist by His Own Petard: If she hadn't wanted to replace Ran, then she'd have never lost both Yutaka and Ran to Dawitsu.
Ron the Death Eater: And how! She doesn't appreciate Ran anywhere near as much as she should, even using her as a Human Shield to an attack that involved the crust jutting from the ground. She is repeatedly cruel to various people for next to no reason and is known to have been abusive to Yutaka, although she does apologize for the latter.
Sleepyhead: Any period where she's absent is usually explained as her 'sleeping', however, some have theories that she actually is living in the outside world during her 'sleep'.
Superpower Lottery: She is Yukari, after all. She has never lost a single proper fight she's been in, but willingly surrendered for one.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Has this attitude due to the fact that she knew Yuyuko when she was alive, and was a completely serious woman rather than a Cloudcuckoolander. Yuyuko told her before dying to value and uphold life.
Though it's unclear whether she actually does or she said it just to squick Dawitsu.
The Shikigami of Yukari Yakumo undergoes quite a few changes, and is one of the more noticeable indicators of Dawitsu's ability to change the status quo of Gensokyo. How, you say? Well, Yukari replaces her with Yutaka, and becomes Dawitsu's Shikigami, right before Dawitsu scams Yukari out of Yutaka too, effectively making her Ran Dawitsu.
Beware the Quiet Ones: Marisa learnt the hard way not to steal from the Dawitsu Mansion. Jean was kept as a hostage while Marisa was forced to pick up the shattered pieces of window she had broken to break and enter, without a single attack being made.
Cleavage Window: Becomes fond of outfits like these in her attempts to seduce Dawitsu.
Stoic Woobie: She is beyond stoic most of the time, but goes through a lot, from abuse from Yukari to an unrequited, oblivious love interest. She is also considered a bargaining chip by said love interest at one point.
Not So Stoic: Every now and then breaks down. And when she finally gets with Dawitsu... oh, does she stop being stoic.
Super Senses: Is notably able to smell and hear intruders far better than either Yutaka or Chen.
You Need to Get Laid: She seriously does. She even snaps at Chen for being the Moment Killer when she thought she would be able to have sex with Dawitsu, saying that she hasn't for 'so long' and needs it.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Tells Dawitsu in Recompense that even though she liked that Dawitsu dressed up as Father Christmas for her in Holiday Edition, she figured out there was no way Santa Claus could exist and deliver all the presents to all humans of the world, even at Tengu speeds.
Always Someone Better: Is the 'better' to Yukari and Remilia in terms of gambitry, and all three form a hierarchy in how involved with the events of the first book.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Youmu may see her as a horrible slave driver, but in actuality, Yuyuko just wants Youmu to be as prepared as possible for life, and seems to want her to be successful in romance too.
Batman Gambit: She decided to teach An Aesop to Yukari, and made sure she would mess up... by letting her do things the way she wanted to. Also, when Youmu comes back to help cut her lawn in the Epilogue, Yukari assumes Yuyuko did this. She actually was genuinely surprised.
Big Eater: She is always thinking about her next meal, and even when delivering An Aesop to Yukari, it is through a story about a woman who was obsessed with cake.
Blue and Orange Morality: Not necessarily morality, but her tastes are bizarre, to say the least. She likes her house to be damaged with the signs of battle, saying that the 'destroyed' look is very in.
Brilliant, but Lazy: She even admits at one point that she could quite easily take over Gensokyo with her plotting ability and ghostly army alone, but she sees no reason to do so.
The Chessmaster: Even more so that Yukari. She ultimately engineered the events of Dawitsu's Folly by manipulating (or rather, left her to do what she'd want to) Yukari via Batman Gambit to teach her a lesson about wanting more than what she already has.
Our Ghosts Are Different: She is very different from a phantom- in this series, Phantoms can only be heard by other phantoms and ghosts, and Yuyuko, a ghost, is able to understand both phantoms and ghosts, but is also able to pass through walls like a phantom, eat like a human, and seems to understand both human and phantom culture perfectly. Yuyuko is also subject to Ghost Amnesia.
Values Dissonance: In-universe. This is the reason that she and Youmu get into a massive argument with each other- Youmu wants to be the lead singer of her rock band and help bring 'World Peace' with her music, but Yuyuko thinks the best use of her talents is being a Yamato Nadeshiko.
The hard-working, honest and straight-forward half-ghost of Canon is further... enhanced by her being mentioned to have a rock band which she plays music with every now and then. Although it's simply an Interesting Background Feature in the first few books, it's actually made into a plot point in Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding.
A Day in the Limelight: Beyond her occasionally being mentioned, Youmu and her band, the half-ghosts, are rarely mentioned. Until Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding, where her ambition causes her to be at odds with Yuyuko.
Ambition Is Evil: Subverted. Youmu's ambition is an understandable goal, and simply one that differs from Yuyuko's ideals for her.
Ascended Extra: In Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding, compared to her in the other books.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: When she and Yuyuko go off their separate ways because of Values Dissonance, she becomes exceptionally bitter about Yuyuko, but when she finds out that she only ever overworked her because she cared for her, she becomes soft again, and forgives and hugs Yuyuko.
Beware the Quiet Ones: Usually follows Yuyuko's orders unquestioningly, then one day just snaps. And then she decides that she's leaving Yuyuko to focus on her music career, thinking Yuyuko will only hold her back.
Values Dissonance: In-universe. Yuyuko wants Youmu to become a Yamato Nadeshiko, but Youmu wants to be a rocker, a memorable musician who will help bring 'Peace and Love' to the world. This difference in values fuels a massive conflict between the two.
The Freudian Trio of Poltergeist Sisters living in the Netherworld. Like Youmu, they're mostly Satellite Characters until the penultimate book, where they get A Day in the Limelight, but even then, they aren't that well-developed, and Merlin receives the most development of the three.
Genki Girl: Merlin is beyond happy and wishes to spread her happiness to others.
Hidden Depths: Lyrica seems snarky and apathetic to most things, yet plays soothing keyboard melodies to calm herself after her shows, and fills the house with a calming aura. Merlin also reveals that she's fully aware that they aren't really related, but prefers the arrangement anyway, because they're practically sisters anyway.
Les Yay: Merlin is... a little overprotective of Youmu.
Mind over Matter: Their signature ability- to play instruments without touching them. They aren't just limited to the roles they're famous for in Canon, either. Merlin reveals she can play a whole host of instruments, and sing.
Technician Versus Performer: Lyrica is certainly a technician, Merlin is a performer, and Lunasa... seems to be a little of both, as she acknowledges the value of an emotional violin line, yet is far more calm and collected than Merlin.
This Ax-Crazy doll has a complex cyclical character development and is generally a recurring threat to many characters in the later books. Her larger body is nothing more than a puppet, and her mind and personality (and thus the actual doll youkai) is kept inside the smaller doll that floats beside her. This means than her larger body becomes the equivalent of an Iron Butt Monkey, and gets destroyed several times throughout the series. Eventually, her smaller body loses its head in the Dawitsu Mansion, and the doll gets given to Alice to repair it. Alice's care and attention ends up killing her, as she was born of abandonment, and later brings her back to life, but as a disgustingly sweet, childish little thing. Slowly, however, she begins to regain her memories...
Death Amnesia: Sort of. She dies due to Alice showing her care and attention, reversing the abandonment that made her a youkai to begin with, and then comes back due to love imbuing life. She remembers nothing of her former life, and is irritatingly kind and friendly, but eventually does regain her memories.
Expecting Someone Taller: See the larger girl? Yeah, she can get blown to smithereens by near enough anything. The one you gotta watch out for is the tiny doll with the high-pitched voice.
Freudian Excuse: She was abandoned as a doll by her former owner and dumped in a poison Suzuran field, causing her sadness at her abandonment mixed with the bitterness of the poison to give her life and make her opposed to all humans in general.
Love Imbues Life: Both Inverted and played straight. When her smaller self is apart, Alice fixes her, and shows her care and attention that she hadn't received for a while, and was treated like what she was meant to treated as- a doll. This causes her current self to die, and stay dead for a while, until finally she comes back from the dead as a Cheerful Childbecause of Alice's love, a la Pinnochio.
Mayfly-December Romance: Exaggerated- her amnesiac personality ends up falling in love with a Dawitsu Chibi Clone with one day to live.
Morality Pet: Even though she intended to, she never killed her former owner, he one who abandoned her in the first place, because she still cared for her.
Sealed Evil in a Can: When she's trapped in Hatate's vacuum cleaner, which gets sold to Eirin. Also, Medicine 'Merriment', the cheerful, happy Amnesiac reincarnation of Medicine... won't stay that way once she regains her memories. Subverted in that in the end, when she regains her memories, she cannot bring herself to become Ax-Crazy again, and instead decides to atone for her actions.
Split Personality: Averted. When Medicine 'Merriment' begins to regain her memories, rather than snap cleanly from 'Melancholy' to 'Merriment', she becomes highly confused, becomes a fusion of the two personalities, and finally decides to become mature and atone for her sins.
Toy Ship: Her innocent amnesiac persona and a chibi clone of Dawitsu. It ends in tragedy, though, because Chibi clones an only live for a day before degenerating.
Unknown Rival: To Jean. She makes several attempts on his life, but he always avoids them by chance, and doesn't know of her existence until later on.
Vocal Dissonance: The 'real' Medicine is a tiny doll with a shrill voice. Doesn't stop her being Ax-Crazy and dangerous.
Head monk of the Myouren Temple and savior to Buddhist Youkai everywhere. Her followers include Nazrin, Ichirin Kumoi, Unzan, Minamitsu Murasa, Shou Toramaru, Alice Margatroid, Dawitsu, Yutaka, and Jean-Franc Levoisier. She has a few... interesting changes made to her from Canon in the course of the fanfics.
Actual Pacifist: She regrets killing a chicken to eat, and thanks it for giving its life for her and her followers' meal.
Broken Ace: She laments the fact that everyone sees her as The Messiah, and no-one seems to want to get with her romantically.
Take a Third Option: In the deleted fic 'Question Time', a reviewer asked if she knew that her using the black arts to extend her own life would deny her of ever reaching Nirvana. She responded by saying that she defies the reviewer's implication that All Religion Is Christianity, and says that Nirvana is simply the state of a consciousness who has died enlightened as opposed to a Fluffy Cloud Heaven, and that one can attain enlightenment without dying, and simply remains on the earth in enlightenment, instead of ascending to a higher plane of existence.
Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Everyone seems to treat Unzan as Ichirin's imaginary friend, but, as anyone who's played Touhou 12 will tell you (as well as Dawitsu in Grimoire of Dawitsu), he's certainly real.
Love Redeems: Byakuren was the first person to stop and see what caused Minamitsu to attack boats, and gave her a boat of her own in exchange for her stopping her attacks. Ever since that day, she hasn't wanted to attack humans- she has everything she could ever want.
Sanae is not featured much in the books, and is only mentioned once as an Informed Friend of Dawitsu due to their fellow Otaku-hood, until Yutaka's Big Fat Youkai Wedding, where she acts as Yutaka and Patchouli's wedding 'priest'. She does, however, appear in this video engaging in Ship-to-Ship Combat with Dawitsu, out and out stated by the author as an attempt to make their friendship less informed.
Die for Our Ship: In-universe. She goes to such lengths as to kidnap Youkai and force them to watch Haruhi Suzumiya just to get more Mikuru x Kyon shippers than Dawitsu gets Kyon x Yuki shippers in this.
Obliviously Evil: Doesn't seem to understand that when she blows up a restaurant, humans will break like toothpicks in its wake.
Person of Mass Destruction: Destroys a restaurant in the outside world because someone implied that she couldn't handle her drink.
Plucky Comic Relief: The only one who, thus far, has not shown a hidden sensitive side or gone serious at all.
Reality Ensues: Remember the restaurant she destroyed in Holiday Edition? Well, that was on the news, and the waiter Dawitsu and co managed to save wound up in a mental institute because he claimed a girl with horns destroyed the place. And Jean read the news, and is less than happy about this.
The teacher and defender of the Human Village, Keine is more or less absent until Dawitsu's Recompense, where she ends up hiring Dawitsu and Yutaka to be teachers.
Apathetic Teacher: Out of the three in the village, she is most apathetic, despite being the boss.
Bad Boss: Apparently she headbutts Dawitsu if he is incompetant.
Despair Event Horizon: Full-on breaks down when Dawitsu and Yutaka begin to truant from their job due to the kids' hatred of her. She gets better.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: The poor woman doesn't get any respect from either the villagers or her students, despite working as the only (at first) teacher at the village's school and defending the village from aggressive youkai.
Fantastic Racism: Although she's toned down compared to her Canon personality, as she even hires two youkai as fellow teachers, she is adamant that youkai as a whole are dangerous to humans.
Jump Scare: Relies too much on them, according to Dawitsu. He thinks that she's learning how to scare from outdated sources, and needs to become more sophisticated.
Oblivious to Love: She wants to try Alice's dating service, but isn't too sure what a relationship entails. She thinks it entails hanging out with each other and sex, but doesn't seem to understand intimacy.
The Flower Youkai of Gensokyo who lives in the dream world. Only ever present in the books via mention, whether by the Grimoire of Dawitsu or by the reviews of the Forbidden Love/Misadventures of Yukari Yakumo.
Blue and Orange Morality: To her, flowers are the only good thing in the world. At all. Everything else is worth attacking or is even fun to attack. She says (referring to Tokage's book) that she would have had fun torturing people with it, but hates the book with a passion (and thus Tokage) because it abuses flower metaphors horribly. This doesn't actually seem to be a variant on evil- it doesn't even occur to her that what she's doing to Tokage is wrong.
Draco in Leather Pants: Relatively speaking, and in-universe, by Dawitsu. Possibly due to him being a Youkai himself, it seems he hasn't noticed any particularly sadistic streaks in Yuuka, even though she clearly does if her behavior is any indication.
Unsexy Sadist: She actually makes you feel sorry for Tokage with her sadism, and that's entirely off-screen, the only indicator being how 'off' and traumatized Tokage is.
A pathetically weak Goddess of the Harvest who isn't even remembered by Dawitsu in the Grimoire of Dawitsu, and is later eatenby him. Being a God, she comes right back, but only comes back many books later to kick Dawitsu's ass. She fails, but does steal a Chaos Emerald he wields, eating it and gaining time-related abilities. Dawitsu later gets her to cough up the emerald, but out of sympathy, he gives her one for free. By the Epilogue, Aki is not just in control of the Harvest, but of time and seasons.
Anti-Villain: She really is the Butt Monkey of the mountain, as well as, you know, getting freakin' eaten by Dawitsu. It's understandable why when she does have power, she rampages.
Owner of the Palace of the Earth Spirits and mind-reader. Her inclusion in the series is mostly minor, however, she's used in a slightly more influential role in Reimu's Successor, mostly adhering to Canon.
Blackmail: Does this to Mima in order to make her her doorwoman.
Dirty Mind-Reading: She discusses this, and is apparently not too fond of it, while her sister likes it, according to her.
Genre Savvy: Knows she's not an incident solver, and is fine being a side character.
I Am Not Left-Handed: A subversion- she just never tries in battle, and never feels it necessary to reveal she's not left-handed, as it's blatantly obvious anyway.
Trickster Mentor: For the brief time she spends with Patricia, she acts in this manner.
The Brother Chuck of the series, brought to this series potentially as some kind of Fan Wank. She is currently living in the Underground with a few fellow Evil Spirits, and spends most of her time playing poker instead of terrorizing humans. She gladly decides to fight Patricia as Satori's doorwoman.
Unknown Rival: To Patricia, as Reimu didn't even bother telling her who she was.
Villainous Breakdown: Upon seeing Patricia, she mistakes her for Reimu, and stammers about how it's not possible for her to still be that young. She swiftly gets over it, before breaking down again when Patricia doesn't know who she is.
Worthy Opponent: Viewed Reimu as one, and seemingly accepts Patricia as one at the last minute before her tremendous loss.
Would Hurt a Child: Is perfectly comfortable with killingPatricia, if only to get back at Reimu.