Characters: Touhou PC 98
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
See our Touhou Main Characters page.
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.
- Evil Eyes
Tropes associated with YuugenMagan:
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Fanart (like the one here and this one) will occasionally display this boss as a girl. This is because of the Intangible Woman below.
- Combination Attack: All five eyes join their beams to produce a star shape.
- Dual Boss: More quintuple boss, really.
- Extra Eyes
- Eye Beams
- Faceless Eye
- Instant Runes: Not as ornate as usual, but for one attack all five eyes fire beams that combine into a five-tipped star (pentagram).
- Intangible Woman: The connecting point of electricity vaguely looks like a person. Cannot be hit by the Orb.
- Leitmotif: "Angel's Legend", a theme she also shares with Mima in the first game.
- Obviously Evil: Although there's no real information about the bosses in this game, we are talking about a cluster of disembodied eyes with the title "Evil Eyes" and the kanji for "evil" is displayed in the background during the battle...
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Innocent Devil
Tropes associated with Elis:
- Angel of Death
Tropes associated with Sariel:
- Ambiguous Gender: All other versions of Sariel are male, and the sprite could be intended to be of either gender. The only reason to assume that this Sariel is female is that the Touhou games quickly turned into an Improbably Female Cast.
- Clipped Wing Angel: Her second phase, which has much less health than her first phase.
- Eyes Always Shut: Sometimes depicted this way in fanart, though it's difficult to tell as Sariel only has one static sprite.
- Fallen Angel: Because she resides in a world of demons, and because the Sariel she is based on is recorded in some writings as a fallen angel, she is widely regarded as being one herself.
- Final Boss: Of the Makai route in ''Highly Responsive to Prayers".
- The Grim Reaper: Of the Azrael variety.
- Instant Runes: Has a circle of magic around her.
- Leitmotif: "Now die, for the debt you have accumulated" / "Now, Until the Moment You Die" and "Let's Die All Together", later renamed Civilization of Magic.
- Magic Wand: Has a weird looking one.
- Our Angels Are Different: Her first form is a seraph-like due of her six wings and has a weird shard on her chest which is her weakspot. Her second form is a silhouette of her first form with six more wings extending from the figure.
- Sequential Boss: She has two forms you have to take on.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Her second form, similar to the cover art of the Windows games.
- Taking You with Me: The original title of her second leitmotif, Death Will Take You With Me, indicates that this is what she was trying to do when Reimu defeated her.
- Winged Humanoid: Six angel wings.
- Vengeful Ghost
"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:
- 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
- Hellish Moon
Tropes associated with Kikuri:
- Astral Knight
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"M'lady, please don't speak in that odd tone again".
Tropes associated with Genjii:
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Genjii was one of the characters that didn't make it when the series was brought to Windows.
- Flight: Of the "without any explanation" variety. His main purpose.
- Older and Wiser: Reimu rarely ever heeds his advice.
- Older Sidekick
- Sapient Steed
- The One Guy: More so than even Rinnosuke, as he's actually been featured in the games.
- Turtle Power
- Rika"Just die. And if you won't die, just go away!!"
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"I'm a woman, damn it!! What is wrong with you?!"
Tropes associated with Meira:
- Bifauxnen: Has to declare herself as a woman to Reimu, who either isn't listening or doesn't care.
- Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: Her last attack is to sheath her sword and release several spheres that bounce around the screen. Hmmm, so that's why she wants the power of Hakurei...
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Leitmotif: "Power of Darkness"
- Mistaken for Gay: Reimu thinks she's flirting with her when she expresses her desire to take Hakurei's powers. Reimu either thought she was a man or was fine with it.
- Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Says this after Reimu's romantic daydreaming.
- Sword Beam: With spread shot bullets.
- Sword Lines: She can carve a diamond shape in the air with these, which then starts shooting bullets.
Evil Eye Sigma
- Evil Eye Sigma
Tropes associated with Evil Eye Sigma:
- Alliterative Name: Its name definitely seems to be a play on this with "Sigma" looking a lot like an "E".
- Faceless Eye
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Has two bat wings.
- Holy Halo
- Made of Iron: Literally.
- Leitmotif: "The Tank Girl's Dream"
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: The last moment in extra stage.
- Tank Goodness: It's a big flying tank.
See our Touhou Main Characters page.
Debuted in Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream
- Hardworking witch who dreams of love
- Ellen"You reek of magic~. You're using famous spells too."
Tropes associated with Ellen:
- Blessed with Suck: She does not grow old, but forgets things constantly. This memory loss causes her to remain somewhat childish.
- Cheerful Child/Genki Girl
- Cross Over: Ellen is the main character of Hatarakimono, a manga by one of ZUN's favorite artists.
- Leitmotif: "Tabula Rasa ~ The Empty Girl"
- Really 700 Years Old: She states that she is unable to grow old.
- Witch Species
- A princess dreaming of beauty in danmaku
- Kotohime"Ah, your danmaku is beautiful. Simply amazing."
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.
- Maiden poltergeist who's lost her dreams
- Kana Anaberal"Looks like there's nothing but weird people around here."
Tropes associated with Kana:
- Animal Motifs: "Soul Bird" just about sums it up. Kotohime's victory quote asks if she's a birdkeeper.
- Cute Ghost Girl
- Just Ignore It: The owner of the mansion she was haunting stopped paying attention to her, so she plans to search for a new home.
- Leitmotif: "Vanishing Dream ~ Lost Dream"
- Meido: She wears a maid's uniform.
- Opera Gloves: Wears white gloves that go up past the elbow.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: She's a poltergeist who was created by the mind of a mentally unstable girl.
- Scientist that looks for dreams
- Rikako Asakura"Why do you hold such an interest in magic when you already possess such a magnificent power?"
Tropes associated with Rikako:
- For Science!: Her main reason for getting involved.
- The Heretic: Reimu slaps this label on her because she's one of the few people in Gensoukyou who values science over magic.
- Jet Pack
- Leitmotif: "Visionary Game ~ Dream War." It's (supposedly) the longest theme in Touhou history.
- Magic from Technology
- Meaningful Name: "Rika" means "science", by changing the second kanji.
- Schizo Tech
- Willfully Weak: She's quite strong magically, but she dislikes magic too much to use it often.
- Resident of fantasy that runs through time
- Chiyuri Kitashirakawa"No way out of this, huh...Let's fight!!"
Tropes associated with Chiyuri:
- Alternate Self: She has a Gensoukyou counterpart who can use magic.
- Bare Your Midriff: The only character to canonically show her waist.
- Battle Butler
- Card-Carrying Villain: She tries to hold the winning character hostage because she thought it would be dramatic.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Hard Head: Yumemi hits her on the head a lot. She returns the favor to stop her from nuking everyone. With a chair.
- Improbable Age: To us, anyway. Chiyuri is a 15-year-old who graduated from college at 11 and graduate school at 13; however, this is the norm for her dimension.
- Leitmotif: "Sailor of Time"
- Magic from Technology
- Mirror Match: She fights herself in a comedic sequence.
- Number Two
- Teen Genius: As noted, this is normal in her dimension.
- Time Master: ...Maybe. She's got a definite time theme going on with her theme, attack names, and bomb, but none of this manifests during gameplay and it's never mentioned in the story.
- Verbal Tic: Ends most of her sentences with "ze." Apparently a Shout-Out and another thing Marisa stole.
- 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!!"
Tropes associated with Yumemi:
- Badass Normal: The only human final boss in the series without any powers whatsoever.
- Big Bad
- The Captain: Of a probability space hypervessel.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: She fights with cross-shaped explosions. Ellen asks if she's a Christian.
- Difficulty Spike/SNK Boss: Getting to her isn't terribly difficult if you know what you're doing. Getting past her will probably take a continue or two to drive the Dynamic Difficulty down enough to make her reasonably beatable. Good thing you still get the good ending after continuing.
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Threatens to blow up the Earth with a "four-dimensional positron bomb" after her defeat. She's only kidding, but that doesn't stop Chiyuri from whacking her over the head with a folding chair.
- Final Boss
- Improbable Age: Is a college professor despite being only 18. See Chiyuri above.
- I'm Taking Her Home with Me!... For Science!!
- I Say What I Say
- Leitmotif: "Strawberry Crisis!"
- Magic from Technology
- Make a Wish: As a result of the ad that Chiyuri put up, Yumemi agrees to grant the player character's wish to the best of her abilities if she defeats her. She gets a bit frustrated when Kotohime can't think of one.
- Mirror Match: And they both bonk Chiyuri on the head.
- Nightmare Fetishist: In her player mode, she gushes over everything that just tried to kill her.
- Slipknot Ponytail: Her braid comes loose when you defeat her.
- Teen Genius
- They Called Me Mad!: She became a laughingstock of her world when she presented her theory on magic.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Strawberries in fanon, due to the name of her character song.
- Transformation Sequence: Subverted, she just puts on a cape.
Tropes associated with Ruukoto:
Debuted in Lotus Land Story
- Supernatural Creature
- Orange"I'll bang, shoot, and pop your head off!"
Tropes associated with Orange:
- Battle Aura: Indicates her hitbox.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: She warns you not to expect her to be easy just because she's the stage 1 boss.
- Chinese Girl
- Clipped Wing Angel: Orange turns blue once her health meter depletes far enough... but you probably finished her off before you noticed the change.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Since she carries a baton, fanon tends to portray her as an excellent baton twirler.
- Leitmotif: "Decoration Battle"
- The Nameless: Her name is taken from the game's coding. In the cutscenes, she's just "???" Whether she has no name or is just unnamed in the story is unclear.
- Vampire Girl
- Kurumi"Anyway, I'll show no mercy to anyone who tries to pass through, whether they're a shrine maiden or not!!"
Tropes associated with Kurumi:
- Our Vampires Are Different: The first confirmed vampire in the series, although Elis may be one.
- Leitmotif: "Scarlet Symphony ~ Scarlet Phoneme"
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Her powers are implied to be sound based, due to her theme name (Phoneme), the danmaku reflecting off the borders and her being a vampire, and thus the bat-like analogies with the echolocation.
- Recurring Boss: She's both the mid-boss and end boss of stage 2. Kurumi is the only PC-98 character to do this.
- Theme-and-Variations Soundtrack/Truck Driver's Gear Change: Her Leitmotif is a fourteen-second motif repeated in several keys.
- Winged Humanoid: Large bat wings. They count toward her hitbox.
- The Porter of a Mansion
- Elly"I'm the guardian here, Elly".
Tropes associated with Elly:
- Battle Butler: An unusual instance in which the Battle Butler is not the second-to-last enemy in the game. Elly is only the stage 3 boss.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the demo version, Elly explains to Reimu and Marisa that the game ends here. Both heroines complain about this.
- Butt Monkey: In Western fandom, fans who play Yuuka's sadism and trolling for laughs make her this.
- Combat Pragmatist / Improvised Weapon: She'll hit you with anything she can, including ripping up floor tiles to throw at you.
- Leitmotif: "Bad Apple!" and "Spirit Battle ~ Perdition Crisis". Due to a famous fan vid, the former is much better-known than Elly herself.
- Gate Guardian: She guards the gate to Yuuka's mansion. Unlike Meiling, who is actually good at her job and was flanderized as inept by the fandom, Elly really is that useless in canon.
- The Grim Reaper: Her design is based on the Ankou version of a Grim Reaper.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Before she starts to throw her scythe.
- Sinister Scythe: Worth noting is that it's interpreted in several works to be a reverse-edge scythe, with the sharp part of the blade being on the outside rather than the inside.
- Throwing Your Scythe Always Works
- Oriental Demon
- Flower Master Of The Four Seasons
- Yuuka Kazami"It doesn't matter if you're a god, power is everything!"
Tropes associated with Yuuka:
- Ax-Crazy: In Fanon, due to her motivation in Mystic Square being "I was bored", "I'm going to kill you" dialogue, and her "genocide is a game" joke. In Phantasmagoria of Flower View, she says her previous creepy claims were just teasing. Fanon has her anywhere from a sadistic psychopath to an out-and-out raging Blood Knight.
- Berserk Button: Those caught disturbing her flowers have a nasty habit of getting vaporized on the spot.
- Boobs of Steel: Typically portrayed as having a large chest, and her claim of being the strongest in Gensoukyou may actually not be far from the truth.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mainly in her bad ending in Mystic Square where she talks to the player, asking them to try again another time in a kind fashion.
- Cute and Psycho: One of her quotes in the PC-98 games says she treats genocide as a game. She's teasing about it, but it's creepy none the less. Not helped by her article in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, containing a drawing of her◊ smiling serenely in a field of flowers while explaining her aforementioned Berserk Button - and it's canon that she scares people. In a lot of fanon, she could be endearing and smiling innocently one second, and snapping your head off in the next.
- Doppelgänger Attack: A few of her attacks as Lotus Land Story's final boss. Fandom remembers the Dual Spark.
- The Dreaded: Far and away one of the most feared youkai in Gensoukyou.
- Final Boss
- Friend to All Children: Recent fanart and stories with her depict her as this in regards to Team 9 with mixed results.
- Canonically, she respects anyone who takes care of flowers, such as those running a flower shop. Do harm to flowers, and you get on her bad side.
- The Gadfly: Loves rubbing people the wrong way. Goes hand in hand with It Amused Me. How much is up to the reader.
- Good Powers, Bad People: Depending on how you interpret her character, she can be anywhere between a socially awkward weirdo, to a jerk, to youkai moe~, to criminally insane.
- Green Thumb: Her power.
- Guest Fighter: Shows up in Kioh Gyoku as a playable character.
- It Amused Me: When she's a protagonist, her main motivations for picking fights were "it amused me".
- Just Here for Godzilla: In-Universe. The other characters assume because she's a flower-manipulating youkai that she's responsible for the events of Phantasmagoria of Flower View. In reality she's just there to enjoy the mass flower blooming before the incident is resolved.
- Lady of War: According to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, she incorporates flower petals in her attacks and her fights are said to be beautiful to watch.
- Leitmotif: Like Mima, she's racked up a few:
- "Sleeping Terror", the theme when you first fight her.
- "Faint Dream ~ Inanimate Dream", her final boss theme in Lotus Land Story.
- "Lovely Mound of Cherry Blossoms ~ Flower of Japan", her theme in her cameo appearance in Kioh Gyoku.
- "Gensokyo Past and Present ~ Flower Land", her theme from Phantasmagoria of Flower View.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Provided the opponent isn't someone who crossed her, Yuuka enjoys a good, fair fight with rules discussed beforehand to prevent unnecessary deaths.
- Mighty Glacier: Relatively speaking, with the slowest move speeds in Phantasmagoria of Flower View but very high charge speeds. Since in most Touhou games the protagonist is a One-Hit-Point Wonder who relies on dodging to survive (and she's never appeared in the fighting games), in her playable appearances she's technically more of a Glass Cannon. Fan works, on the other hand, play this straight.
- Moe: Invoked in her bizarre character profile in Kioh Gyoku, with ZUN repeatedly referring to her as "youkai moe~" and the term became almost endemic. Possibly a pun - moe literally means budding. That and various offical things casting her in a cute light.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Fanon's Nightmare Fuel interpretation have made her own name this, while canon interpretation have made her entire character as one of those you should never interact with under any circumstance.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: She acts like she was just teasing... with jokes about genocide and murder.
- Not Me This Time: She's the prime suspect behind the flowers blooming in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, as she has caused an incident before and is a youkai of flowers, but it turns out to be a (mostly) natural phenomenon.
- Older Than She Looks: Very old, yet looks like she's middle-aged. A Running Gag is that one of her Berserk Buttons is questioning that age, hence why she's a part of the Old Maid's Alliance.
- Parasol of Pain: She always carries a parasol (though it is actually a flower that never withers). She casts Dual Spark with it, and in most fandom, uses all her attacks via it.
- Peek-a-Bangs: During the final battle with her in Lotus Land Story.
- Perfect Run Final Boss: Just like with Kaguya, if you used a continue before the final stage, you never saw it. If you lost all your lives during it, it would end immediately. Unlike Kaguya, it also doubles as Easy-Mode Mockery.
- Power Gives You Wings: In her cameo appearance in Kioh Gyoku.
- Recurring Boss: In Lotus Land Story, she first appears as the stage 5 boss, then comes back for the final stage.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Right Man in the Wrong Place: Her route in POFV is only because random people kept running into her and accusing her of starting the whole Incident. Her response is a Sure, Let's Go with That.
- Say It with Hearts: Much of her dialogue in the PC-98 games.Yuuka: In a few hours, you'll become a mist of atoms. ♥
- Stronger with Age: One of the most powerful beings in Gensoukyou, purely as a result of being around for so long.
- Wave Motion Gun: She's the original wielder of the Master Spark, although it didn't have a name at the time. Yuuka's version tops Marisa's - it is an attack that covers almost the entire screen, leaving very little room to dodge it. Oh, and she can clone herself to make a two-way Master Spark.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: In a world where even the weakest powers get some kind of powerful application, Yuuka's ability to manipulate flowers is as simple as making them bloom and turning them to face the sun. Great for gardening, not so much for fighting... not that it matters since...
- World's Strongest Woman: Yuuka is a very long-lived and wisened youkai, and as a result has quite possibly the strongest raw physical and magical power out of everyone in Gensoukyou, to the point that her foes need their spoils from the Superpower Lottery just to match her. Fanon consisting of an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny between her and Yukari are common.
- Mugetsu"I'm Mugetsu. And this is my world."
Tropes associated with Mugetsu:
- Bonus Boss: One of the two extra stage bosses of Lotus Land Story.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Boasts that she thinks nothing of human lives.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Mugetsu is not in any way connected to the main plot. She just attacks for the lulz.
- Leitmotif: "Illusion of a Maid ~ Icemilk Magic"
- Meido: She seems to like wearing the uniform.
- More Dakka: Though not as brutal as her sister's, her timeout danmaku are hard.
- Physical God: It's not really clear whether she actually created it or not, but she claims that the dream world that the Lotus Land Story's bonus stage takes place in is "her world".
- Spell My Name with an "S": K-S Romanization is Mugetu.
- Teleport Spam
- Gengetsu"Don't underestimate me. The two of us put together are actually a full-fledged adult!"
Tropes associated with Gengetsu:
- Bonus Boss: The other extra stage boss of Lotus Land Story.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Gengetsu is not in any way connected to the main plot. She just fights because you're beating up Mugetsu and has no idea why Reimu and Marisa are even there.
- Intangible Girl: While moving around.
- Kamehame Hadoken/Wave Motion Gun: Can also break out a spark, though it's not quite as big as Yuuka's.
- Leitmotif: "Cute Devil ~ Innocence"
- More Dakka: This is what happens if you try to time out Gengetsu's final attack. Fans don't call it "Gengetsu Rape Time" for nothing.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The K-S Romanization is Gengetu.
- Stronger Sibling
- Winged Humanoid: Angel wings to boot, despite being a demon.
Debuted in Mystic Square
- Gate Keeper
- Sara"Well, you'll be my first prey in a while."
Tropes associated with Sara:
- Demon Boundary Person
- Luize"Well, Makai is a nice place, so relax and do some sightseeing while you're here ☆."
Tropes associated with Luize:
- Battle Aura: Has a ghostly one in stage 4.
- Eyes Always Shut: Most of the time anyway.
- Leitmotif: "Spiritual Heaven"
- Recurring Boss: Stage 2 boss and stage 4 mid-boss, although her mid-boss appearance has different coloring.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: They turn red in her second appearance.
- Shout-Out/Theme Naming: As with Sara.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Could well be intended to be Louise.
- Witch of Death
- 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!"
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.
- Her last name is a reference to Miss Murgatroyd in Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced.
- There's also the Alice in Wonderland thing, of course. Her extra stage in Mystic Square even comes with card soldiers and a BGM outright named "Alice in Wonderland".
- She has Rozen Maiden dolls as alternate palettes in Hisoutensoku.
- 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.
- Black Witch
- Yuki"I'll lead you to a place where you can rest forever ♥."
Tropes associated with Yuki:
- Battle Aura: A red aura when Mai is defeated.
- Dual Boss: Alongside Mai. The two are also Bonus Dual Midbosses in Samidare.
- Leitmotif: "Crimson Maiden ~ Crimson Dead!" and "Forbidden Magic," which she shares with Mai.
- Nonindicative Name: Yuki means "snow". She uses fire.
- Playing with Fire: She specializes in fire-based magic.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Mai. Yuki's the Red Oni.
- Turns Red: If Mai is defeated before her.
- Witch Species
- White Witch
- Mai"Now that she's not dragging me down, I can finally get serious."
Tropes associated with Mai:
- An Ice Person: She specializes in ice-based magic.
- Dual Boss: Alongside Yuki. The two are also Bonus Dual Midbosses in Samidare.
- False Friend: She calls Yuki "dead weight" and says Yuki was dragging her down. Ironically, she's considered to be the easier of the two. Her leitmotif is even called Treacherous Maiden ~ Judas Kiss.
- A somewhat Lighter and Softer variant in doujins is her being a jerkass who likes Yuki and acts demure around her, and her badmouthing Yuki for losing is just a front.
- Good Wings, Evil Wings: Angelic wings. And when Yuki is defeated they turn into white demon wings.
- Leitmotif: "Treacherous Maiden ~ Judas Kiss" along with "Forbidden Magic," which she shares with Yuki.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Mima's apparent power prompts Mai to actually speak in Yuki's presense, which surprised the latter.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Yuki. Mai's the Blue Oni.
- Shout-Out: To the Divine Comedy, in which the ninth circle of Hell represents the sin of treason and is frozen over in ice.
- The Quiet One: Unless you beat Yuki first. If you do, she suddenly starts using sentences without ellipses.
- Turns Red: If Yuki is defeated before her.
- Winged Humanoid
- Witch Species
- Yumeko"How can you let such a person just leave like this!"
Tropes associated with Yumeko:
- Curtains Match the Window
- Knife Nut: Technically, they're swords, but she uses them like knives.
- Intangible Woman: Can temporarily phase out while moving.
- Leitmotif: "Doll of Misery"
- Ninja Maid: The original one from the series.
- Space Master: Implied to be this, with her being intangible when moving, the background being distorted during her fight, and her swords having fancier materializing animations compared to other projectiles in the game.
- Storm of Blades
- Goddess of Devil's World
- Shinki"Defeat me? How foolish!! A shrine maiden is nothing more than a dog of the gods."
Tropes associated with Shinki:
- Action Mom: Fanon plays with this due to her saying that everything in Makai is her creation, which would presumably include Alice, as well.
- Affably Evil: The whole reason that Reimu, Marisa, and Mima went to fight her is that she was allowing demons from Makai to cross over to Gensoukyou as tourists. This started causing problems there.
- Creating Life
- Dark Is Not Evil
- Death In All Directions: Literally in the later portions of her winged form attack, including Beam Spam and even More Dakka than usual.
- Doting Parent: Fanon interaction with Windows-era Alice.
- Final Boss
- Frickin' Laser Beams
- God Emperor
- The High Queen
- Idiot Hair: Fanon has taken her ponytail as an ahoge, leading to this and this.
- Leitmotif: "Legendary Illusion ~ Infinite Being". The fangame Magus in Mystic Geometries adds "AN ORDEAL FROM GOD" (composed by ZUN).
- Marked Change/Mark of the Beast: Localised to her wings.
- Person of Mass Destruction: At the end of her final attack phase, in the background you can see a bunch of buildings going up in flames.
- Physical God
- Power Gives You Wings: Grows six white seraphic wings for battle. Which then change color to a more demonic purple.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Satan: For the Touhou universe, as she's the Goddess of Makai, has white seraph wings that may turn a demonic purple, and lives in "Pandaemonium." Of course this being Touhou means:
- Satan Is Good: She is a friendly person, but can get very annoyed if one attacks her. In fanwork, she is openly presented as caring and nice.
- Winged Humanoid: Six purple ones with red markings.