Characters: Touhou PC 98

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Between 1996 and 1998, the first five games in the Touhou series were made for the NEC PC-98 computer by a doujin circle known as Amusement Makers, of which ZUN was a part. However, the games and most of the characters from the PC-98 era either have been ignored by the series' continuity or have been retconned outright. So far Reimu, Marisa, Alice and Yuuka are the only characters to have appeared in the Windows series, albeit with significant changes from their original incarnations.

This page is for Touhou characters who debuted in Highly Responsive to Prayers, Story of Eastern Wonderland, Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream, Lotus Land Story and Mystic Square.
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Debuted in Highly Responsive to Prayers

    Reimu Hakurei 

    Shingyoku 

Gatekeeper
Shingyokunote 

The gatekeeper to Hakurei Shrine, and the first boss in the entire series. Very little is known about Shingyoku, as it has neither dialogue nor an official profile.

Tropes associated with Shingyoku:

  • Death from Above: When in ball form, Shingyoku tries to squash Reimu.
  • Degraded Boss: Sort of. Story of Eastern Wonderland, Subterranean Animism, and Undefined Fantastic Object have enemies that appear to be based on Shingyoku's main form.
  • Gender Bender: One form appears female, another looks male. The concept of yin and yang represents duality, after all.
  • Horned Humanoid: The female form has four horns.
  • Leitmotif: "The Positive and Negative"
  • Meaningful Name: Shingyoku can be written in kanji as 神玉, which translates to "divine orb".
  • Onmyodo: Its main form is a yin-yang orb.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Not exactly, but the Female's red hakama and the Male's blue one stand out.

    YuugenMagan 
(fanart)

Evil Eyes
YuugenMagannote 

A generic boss Reimu encounters in the Makai, YuugenMagan is a set of five independently moving eyes that are connected by electricity.

Tropes associated with YuugenMagan:

    Elis 
Elis
(fanart)

Innocent Devil
Elisnote 

Elis is the second boss Reimu faces in the Makai. She is a blonde girl that has devil wings, can turn into a bat, and carries a wand. Little else is known about her.

Tropes associated with Elis:

    Sariel 
First form (fanart)

Angel of Death
Sarielnote 

Sariel is an angel of death and the final boss of the Makai route.

Tropes associated with Sariel:

    Mima 
Story of Eastern Wonderland, second form (fanart)

Vengeful Ghost
Mimanote 

"You will die".

A vengeful spirit whom Reimu originally ran into during her trip into Jigoku. She later reappeared in Gensoukyou, trying to get revenge on not just Reimu, but all people. After being shot down a second time, she gives up being evil and spends her time hanging around the Hakurei Shrine and making fun of Reimu. Highly popular despite her long absence, speculation abounds as to her reappearance.

Tropes associated with Mima:

  • A God Am I: Contemplates about becoming a Shinto god in her Mystic Square good ending, but decides to take it easy and goes to bother Reimu instead.
  • Badass Cape
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being present in four out of the five PC-98 games, a fan favorite, and having a significant connection to one of the characters who did make the transition to the Windows series, she has yet to even be mentioned in the the Windows series. She's received a Shout-Out in the form of Soga no Tojiko, however.
    • In Curiousities of Lotus Asia, Reimu makes an offhand comment that her shrine was once taken over by an evil spirit, which is what Mima (an evil spirit) once did.
    • Before Ten Desires, one of the PC-98 music re-release CDs has her on cover.
    • In Urban Legend in Limbo, one of Reimu's alternate colors appears to be a Mima palette.
  • Colliding Criminal Conspiracies: Her excuse for going to Makai in Mystic Square is that tourist devils are "trespassing on her turf".
  • Consummate Liar: Subversion. While she is quite capable of sticking to the trope, she more often than not just tells flat out lies for fun.
  • Cute Ghost Girl
  • Cute Witch
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The original one in Touhou.
    • Though your mileage may vary on how "friendly" she and Reimu become. They're not trying to kill each other on sight anymore, at least.
  • Final Boss: Of "Story of Eastern Wonderland".
  • Fog Feet
    • Except in Mystic Square, possibly due to her wish in her Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream ending.
  • Ghost Amnesia: She doesn't even remember how she became... whatever she is.
  • Ghost Lights: As options!
  • A Glass of Chianti: In Mystic Square Extra ending served by Meido Alice.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Marisa called her "Mima-sama". This has spawned many a fan theory, from mentor to mother, as it's the most respectful Marisa has been to anyone.
  • Kamehame Hadoken / Wave Motion Gun: Since the release of Touhou Soccer 2, in the eyes of the fandom, Mima has her own version of Master Spark, The Twilight Spark.
  • Leitmotif: She's racked up a few of them:
    • Her first theme was "Angel's Legend," which she shared with YuugenMagan in the first game.
    • "Complete Darkness," which played during the final showdown of Story of Eastern Wonderland.
    • "Reincarnation," her theme from Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream, which is arguably one of the fandom's favorite songs.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: Almost literally.
  • Lunacy: In her Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream ending, she wished that the Full Moon will always be in the sky so that she will be at full power at all times. Yumemi grants it a little too literally, by placing a moon in geosynchronous orbit.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: She denies being "dead", and refers to herself as simply being a soul.
  • Perfect Run Final Boss: Her final phase in Story of Eastern Wonderland.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Grows four additional wings in her final attack phase in Story of Eastern Wonderland.
  • Razor Wind: One of her attacks in Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream.
  • Recurring Boss: Originally a lower level boss in Highly Responsive to Prayers, she returned as the final boss of Story of Eastern Wonderland.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Explicitly stated to be her ultimate goal in Story of Eastern Wonderland.
  • Say It with Hearts: A good deal of her dialogue in Mystic Square.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Was this very, very briefly in the Story of Eastern Wonderland ending.
    • Played more straight in her backstory, where she is described to be sealed in the Hakurei Shrine's hokora. Though she breaks out pretty easily and very often.
  • Star Power
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: She decides to dress like one for fun in her good ending in Mystic Square.
  • Sword Beam: In Highly Responsive to Prayers, she used a knife to shoot lasers.
  • Winged Humanoid

    Kikuri 
(fanart)

Hellish Moon
Kikurinote 

The second boss Reimu meets in Jigoku, Kikuri is a bronze disk. Okay, there's an image of a girl on the disk, but it's still pretty strange.

Tropes associated with Kikuri:

    Konngara 
(fanart)

Astral Knight
Konngaranote 

Konngara is the final boss of the Jigoku route.

Tropes associated with Konngara:

  • Cute Ghost Girl: Sometimes depicted as this as a result of her formless lower body, a part of standard Japanese ghost depiction. The fact that her horn might also be a spike driven through her forehead also helps...
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: Carries a sake plate while she fights Reimu, from which she fires more bullets.
  • Final Boss
  • Fog Feet
  • Horned Humanoid: Due to her horn, in fan depictions where she's not a ghost, she's usually depicted instead as an Oni. The above-mentioned sake plate probably contributes to this idea as well, given that Oni (especially the Gensokyo variety) are notorious drinkers, and one of the two confirmed Oni characters also carries a sake plate in battle.
  • Leitmotif: "Swordsman of a Distant Star"
  • Physical God: She may be a yaksha, which would make her a physical near-god.
  • The Southpaw: Wields her sword with her left hand in HRtP, and what little fanart of her there is (like the one to the right) tends to stick with this when her sword is drawn.
  • Sword Beam: With bullets and lasers.
  • Sword Lines

Debuted in Story of Eastern Wonderland

    Genjii 
(fanart)

Turtle
Genjii

"M'lady, please don't speak in that odd tone again".

An old turtle who serves as Reimu's transportation (since she hadn't yet learned how to fly under her own power), and on occasion attempts (unsuccessfully) to be her mentor, or at least give her advice. Disappeared without a trace after Mystic Square, though Word of God has stated that he's "probably living in the lake at the back of the shrine".

Tropes associated with Genjii:

    Rika 
(fanart)

Engineer
Rika

"Just die. And if you won't die, just go away!!"

Some sort of scientific genius. Before Story of Eastern Wonderland she creates a bunch of monsters and ghosts and decides to hang out at the Hakurei Shrine while Reimu was gone. Naturally, she gets her ass kicked. She later challanges Reimu on more even grounds riding Evil Eye Sigma. First boss in a Touhou shooting game, and first extra stage boss.

Tropes associated with Rika:

  • Bonus Boss: Manages to be both the first boss and the Bonus Boss by fighting in a new tank in the extra stage.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Does this big time in the extra stage, with her and Reimu discussing this is what would have happened if Reimu has chased Rika instead of continuing to stage 2, and that this fight will be harder than anything else since it's the Extra stage...
  • Cry Cute: What she does whenever she's beaten.
  • Sentry Gun: These signify her presence in a stage.
  • Leitmotif: "She's in a Temper!"
  • Magic from Technology: In her stage 1 dialogue, she claims to have created evil spirits and monsters somehow.
  • Meaningful Name: "Rika" means "science", with different kanji.
  • Mundane Utility: Inverted. Despite possessing the knowledge of the combustion engine, she uses it to build tanks as opposed to say, a car.
  • Million Mook March: She has an army of monsters and tanks at her disposal. Or rather, had one before Reimu trashed everything.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Ranked along with Yukari as one of the hardest extra stage bosses.
  • Recurring Boss: She's first seen as the stage 1 boss, then comes back for the extra stage with a new tank.
  • The Rival: Set up to be this to Reimu during the second game, but nothing much really came out of it.
  • Schizo Tech: She drives tanks around in notably science-free Gensoukyou.
  • Tank Goodness: Despite both of them being destroyed by Reimu in short order, you have to give her credit given that she built them both by herself.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Despite being a relatively obscure character, Rika is noted both in the game she appears in and in fan works for having several different outfits, most of them containing a bowtie somewhere.

    Meira 
(fanart)

Samurai
Meira

"I'm a woman, damn it!! What is wrong with you?!"

Attacks Reimu in an attempt to get the Hakurei powers for herself. Fails, and is never heard from again.

Tropes associated with Meira:

    Evil Eye Sigma 
(fanart)

Evil Eye Sigma

A flying tank built by Rika. Noted for being the first Extra-Stage Boss and being rather difficult to destroy.

Tropes associated with Evil Eye Sigma:

    Marisa Kirisame 

Debuted in Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream

    Ellen 
(fanart)

Hardworking witch who dreams of love
Ellen

"You reek of magic~. You're using famous spells too."

A witch that's eternally young in both body and mind.

Tropes associated with Ellen:

    Kotohime 
(fanart)

A princess dreaming of beauty in danmaku
Kotohime

"Ah, your danmaku is beautiful. Simply amazing."

A princess, who is also a cop. Yeah, she weirds out pretty much everyone she meets, and not just because of her occupational choices.

Tropes associated with Kotohime:

  • Badass Princess
  • Cloudcuckoolander: She's a princess who thinks she's a cop and likes to randomly collect things that only seem to interest her. The title of her theme suggests that she's insane.
  • Cowboy Cop: Loose cannon princess cop who blows things up and doesn't play by the rules.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Fair Cop: Claims to be a policewoman who is "undercover" as an ordinary person. Given that her idea of an "ordinary person" is a princess...
    • She visits Reimu in her police uniform in the epilogue if she wins.
  • Genius Ditz: Despite telling Yumemi to her face that science is heresy, Kotohime recognizes the electrical equipment in the ship, and her victory quote to Chiyuri is to start reciting the Periodic Table.
  • It Amused Me: Suggested as her most likely motivation for exploring the "ruins" with all the other player characters. This is supported when she defeats Yumemi and can't think of anything to wish for.
  • Leitmotif: "Maniacal Princess"
  • Mad Bomber: Not Ax-Crazy, but she is both mad and a bomber.
  • Say It with Hearts: Shows up in the late-game encounters with Chiyuri and Yumemi.
    Chiyuri: ... You'd better do what I say if you know what's good for you!
    Kotohime: Okay, I will. ♥
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: According to her profile, she isn't allowed to leave home very often because of her strange personality. In addition, the characters who do recognize her tell her she should go home, suggesting that she doesn't have permission to be out this time, either.
  • The Collector of the Strange
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Most of her attacks are explosives.

    Kana Anaberal 
(fanart)

Maiden poltergeist who's lost her dreams
Kana Anaberal

"Looks like there's nothing but weird people around here."

A poltergeist produced by an unstable girl. She normally haunts a western mansion, but the owner has gotten used to her, so she's bored.

Tropes associated with Kana:

    Rikako Asakura 
(fanart)

Scientist that looks for dreams
Rikako Asakura

"Why do you hold such an interest in magic when you already possess such a magnificent power?"

A rare inhabitant of Gensokyo that values science above magic. Despite this, she's actually a very powerful magician.

Tropes associated with Rikako:

    Chiyuri Kitashirakawa 
(fanart)

Resident of fantasy that runs through time
Chiyuri Kitashirakawa

"No way out of this, huh...Let's fight!!"

Chiyuri is Yumemi's assistant and mostly spends time collating her research data. She also put out the fliers advertising the contest to reach the center of the "ruins" that recently appeared in Gensoukyou. She doesn't always have a clear idea of what her boss intends, which results in her getting whacked over the head when she treats the contest winner rudely (read: threatens them with a gun). Yumemi then orders her to fight the heroines in order to collect more data. Oh, and her major is in "comparative physics". Whatever that means.

Tropes associated with Chiyuri:

    Yumemi Okazaki 
(fanart)

Fantasy legend
Yumemi Okazaki

"I want to take you home and make you my guinea pig, and learn all the secrets of your power and make it mine!!"

Yumemi is a professor of "comparative physics" at a university in another dimension where all natural forces have been explained by a Grand Unified Theory. When she dares to suggest that the theory doesn't explain magic, she is laughed out of the university and sets off on a journey to prove that it exists. Her ship lands in Gensoukyou to capture someone to use in her experiments. Asskicking ensues and she leaves empty-handed. In spite of her disappointing failure, she still rewards the heroines generously.

Tropes associated with Yumemi:

    Ruukoto 
Ruukoto with Mimi-chan (fanart)

Ruukoto

When (and if) Reimu beat Yumemi, she asked for an assistant who could handle all of the day-to-day chores around the shrine. What she got was a nuclear-powered robot maid who isn't necessarily good at her job. After this, Ruukoto was never seen again.

Tropes associated with Ruukoto:

Debuted in Lotus Land Story

    Orange 
(fanart)

Supernatural Creature
Orange

"I'll bang, shoot, and pop your head off!"

A mountain youkai that gets attacked by the player character for no particularly good reason.

Tropes associated with Orange:

    Kurumi 
(fanart)

Vampire Girl
Kurumi

"Anyway, I'll show no mercy to anyone who tries to pass through, whether they're a shrine maiden or not!!"

A vampire that attempts to stop the player from reaching the island in the lake filled with blood.

Tropes associated with Kurumi:

    Elly 
(fanart)

The Porter of a Mansion
Elly

"I'm the guardian here, Elly".

The gatekeeper to Yuuka's mansion. She's completely useless at her job, letting both Reimu and Marisa by. Not that Yuuka even needs a gatekeeper, considering her own power and how isolated her mansion is...

Tropes associated with Elly:

    Yuuka 
Phantasmagoria of Flower View (fanart)
Lotus Land Story, first form (fanart)
[PC-98]
Oriental Demon
Yuuka

[Windows]
Flower Master Of The Four Seasons
Yuuka Kazami

"It doesn't matter if you're a god, power is everything!"

An old and extremely powerful flower youkai first found living in the dream world, Mugenkan. She is sleeping at the time and only defends herself because Reimu and Marisa broke in and woke her up. Naturally, she loves her flowers and is actually more like a force of nature than a typical youkai.

Tropes associated with Yuuka:

    Mugetsu 
(fanart)

Maid
Mugetsu

"I'm Mugetsu. And this is my world."

The god of the dream world the player character stumbles into during the Extra stage, apparently.

Tropes associated with Mugetsu:

    Gengetsu 
(fanart)

Demon
Gengetsu

"Don't underestimate me. The two of us put together are actually a full-fledged adult!"

Mugetsu's older sister. Seriously, that's about all we know about her.

Tropes associated with Gengetsu:

Debuted in Mystic Square

    Sara 
(fanart)

Gate Keeper
Sara

"Well, you'll be my first prey in a while."

Another one of those useless gatekeepers, Sara guards the doorway to Makai. Seems to consider humans food.

Tropes associated with Sara:

    Luize 
First form (fanart)

Demon Boundary Person
Luize

"Well, Makai is a nice place, so relax and do some sightseeing while you're here ☆."

A tourist from Makai. Had the bad luck of running into the heroine before she could make it to Gensoukyou.

Tropes associated with Luize:

    Alice 
Windows era
PC-98 era (fanart)
[PC-98]
Witch of Death
Alice

[Windows]
Seven-Colored Puppeteer
Alice Margatroid

"Silly shrine maiden, your two-colored powers are a mere twenty-eight-point-five-seven-one-four percent as powerful as mine!"

Another magician that lives in the Forest of Magic, and neighbor to Marisa. Her power seems to center around the manipulation of her dolls. She's mostly aloof and self-confident, but is still willing (if reluctant) to work together with Marisa and isn't above showing kindness to others.

Tropes associated with Alice:

  • Action Bomb: She sends dolls stuffed with gunpowder to blow up in people's faces.
  • Alice Allusion: Aside from the obvious references, her name becomes a Stealth Pun when you remember that she now lives in Gensokyo (since "Gensokyo" literally means "fantasy land"...or "Wonderland", if you will).
  • Ascended Extra: Not Alice herself, but one of her spell cards. Curse "Eerily Luminous Shanghai Dolls" was just Alice's final spell card on most difficulties in Perfect Cherry Blossom, but after a solo doll was used in the spell card and artwork in Immaterial and Missing Power, fans latched onto the concept of Shanghai being a unique doll that's always with Alice. How much of a personality Shanghai has varies from work to work, although canonically all the dolls are controlled directly by Alice. The hardest version of the card, Curse "Hanged Hourai Dolls", also tends to get depicted as her own character, but somewhat less frequently.
  • Attack Drones: Her dolls.
  • Attack Reflector: She has this in Mystic Square.
  • Badass Bookworm: Like all Magicians.
  • Beneath the Mask: The official profiles (as well as Suika) call her out on her assuming a cool, confident front to hide her timid and cowardly true persona.
  • Black Magician Girl: Somewhat.
  • Bonus Boss: In Mystic Square. She's also the only Bonus Boss in all of Touhou that gives the player an ending and credit sequence after beating her, although it is actually a list of all the PC-98 characters.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Along with Marisa in Subterranean Animism. This continues into the Extra stage, where after defeating the mid-boss, Alice says to Marisa: "Look, it's the extra dungeon for after you beat the game. Good luck!"
  • Butt Monkey: For some reason, has an extremely sizable hatedom, usually turned into either an Unlucky Everydude who Marisa ditches for Reimu, a yandere loser, or a raging jerkass.
  • Creating Life: Her greatest ambition is to create a doll that can act independently.
  • Creepy Doll: Her dolls are usually depicted as more cute than creepy in fanworks, but some of her spellcards certainly suggest this trope with names like "Eerily Luminous Shanghai Dolls" and "Hanged Hourai Dolls". Not to forget that most of them are armed, shoot, or explode.
  • Cute Witch: What she originally was.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Her dialogue with Marisa in Imperishable Night and to a lesser extent Subterranean Animism consists essentially of the two witches throwing snarky comments at each other and occasionally at their opponent. She's much more polite and subdued when speaking alone to the other characters, so we can just blame the black-white's bad influence.
  • Difficult but Awesome: In the fighting games.
  • Final Boss: She's the last opponent in Cirno's story in Hisoutensoku.
  • Hair Decorations: Her red hairband.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Her dolls.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Seems to have some form of it, although it is inconsistently named.
  • Leitmotif: Where to begin?
  • Lonely Doll Girl: She does have shades of this in canon, since she's something of a loner and she tends to have one-sided conversations with her dolls, but fanon likes to exaggerate it.
  • Make My Doll Grow: The Level Titania & Goliath Doll, her last 2 cards in Cirno's Final Boss fight in Hisoutensoku. The latter is a Survival Card.
  • Marionette Mistress: Her puppets, however, have no degree of automation, so even though she uses them to clean her house, it doesn't really make it much easier since she has to micromanage every single one of them. It makes her habit of holding one-sided conversations with them a little odder, too.
  • Mundane Utility: Alice uses her doll army to do the chores.
  • Recurring Boss: In Mystic Square, she is the stage 3 boss and the Extra stage boss, then in Perfect Cherry Blossom, she appears multiple times in stage 3.
  • Retcon: In Mystic Square, Alice is a resident of Makai, supposedly created by Shinki like everyone else there. However, when she was reintroduced for the Windows series, her background was changed so that she is a human-turned-youkai living in the Forest of Magic. (Though, the only source that supports this background is Akyuu's entry on her. The official profiles never mention her backstory.) She also looks much older, despite there only being one game between appearances and no one else aging as distinctly, and gains a last name. Fans have come up with numerous theories to explain this discrepancy.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Spell Book: Since her appearance as Bonus Boss in Mystic Square, she's always seen carrying a sealed book, but hasn't opened it since then. This is what happened when she did.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Location Theme Naming: Many of Alice's spell cards are named for places. Most famous are her "Eerily Luminous Shanghai Dolls" and "Hanged Hourai Dolls", to the point where fanworks almost universally portray her with individual dolls named Shanghai and Hourai, although in Perfect Cherry Blossom she seems to have quite a large collection from all over the world, such as "Chalk White Russian Dolls" and "Benevolent French Dolls".
    • Colourful Theme Naming: Using a color theme similar to the one used in Ran, Chen, and Yukari's names, Alice's title is the "Seven-Colored Puppeteer". Since Reimu is only a red and white shrine maiden, Alice asserts that Reimu is only 28.5714% (or 2/7ths) as strong as her in the dialogue before her boss fight.note 
  • Tsundere: In canon, she's more a loner engrossed in her studies who doesn't speak much. When she does get away from her books long enough, she's known to be friendly to anyone who isn't Marisa. Fans just liked her better as a tsundere.
  • Witch Species: What Alice eventually became.
  • Unknown Rival: Reimu doesn't recall her name both times they fight after her initial appearance, first in the extra stage of Mystic Square. She fails to recognize her completely in their reunion in Perfect Cherry Blossom. Naturally, Alice was annoyed. She didn't really seem to care much after that, and they're shown to be on at least decent terms later on.
  • Willfully Weak: She never fights at her full strength, because she's afraid of what it might mean if she lost while going all out. This idea is often connected to the fact that she carries a grimoire that she's never been seen opening since her PC-98 appearance.

    Yuki 
(fanart)

Black Witch
Yuki

"I'll lead you to a place where you can rest forever ♥."

Tries to stop the player character once she gets into Makai, alongside Mai. Looks a bit like Windows era Marisa.

Tropes associated with Yuki:

     Mai 
(fanart)

White Witch
Mai

"Now that she's not dragging me down, I can finally get serious."

Fights the heroine alongside Yuki. Quiet. Usually.

Tropes associated with Mai:

    Yumeko 
(fanart)

Maid
Yumeko

"How can you let such a person just leave like this!"

A blade-throwing maid and one of Shinki's strongest servants. Tries to protect Shinki from the heroes. Fails. Basically Sakuya without the time powers.

Tropes associated with Yumeko:

    Shinki 
Final form (fanart)

Goddess of Devil's World
Shinki

"Defeat me? How foolish!! A shrine maiden is nothing more than a dog of the gods."

The creator of Makai. Since she allowed a travel agency in Makai to organize tours into Gensoukyou, the heroines decide to beat her up.

Tropes associated with Shinki:


Alternative Title(s):

PC 98 Era