WARNING: This page is dedicated to the incomplete movie of Diamond In The Rough, so spoilers ahoy! Visit the regular Dit R page here.For your safety, the worst spoilers are kept in a folder below.Note: To eliminate confusion, the character will be referred to as Brolli, and the author of the character will be referred to as ColonelDiamondback.
This fan movie provides examples of:
The Ace: Miko is a subversion: she tries just as hard as everyone else.
An Aesop: You are not your weapons, your powers, or your accomplishments. You are only what's beneath all of them.
Anti-Villain: Everyone who claims Brolli is too dangerous for Gensokyo and must be stopped. Above all of these is Tenshi, who only agrees to partake in the incident because she realizes that everyone Brolli loves is out to kill him, and it's better he die fighting someone he hates than be stabbed in the back by someone he loves.
Break Them by Talking: The whole film is an attempt at doing this to ColonelDiamondback. The production alone has already caused him to rethink his writing habits.
Broken Pedestal: Inverted with Marisa. At first, Brolli likes Marisa because she is essentially everything Brolli wants to be: limitlessly powerful, able to get away with everything, and she's outlandishly cool. However, Marisa eventually reveals that while she does all of this, she will never upset the balance of Gensokyo and will fight and die to preserve it, even if it means killing and overpowered Gappy like Brolli.
Call Back: Early on, Marisa mentions that Reimu would be willing to kill an outsider if it meant resolving an incident. Later, it turns out killing Brolli would stop Tenshi's rampage, and virtually everyone agrees, even his love interest Reisen (begrudgingly). Reimu tells everyone to stop and she defends Brolli for at least trying to grow up, which ends up shocking Marisa.
Clothing Damage: Tenshi ends up shooting/slashing off Brolli's sleeves during their fight.
Death World: Gensokyo. Marisa mentions that humans are at the bottom of the food chain early on.
Deconstruction Fic: Of ColonelDiamondback's entire canon and his original characters, as well as the "kid gets gapped in from the outside world and ends up becoming the most powerful being in Gensokyo" stories. Brolli goes to Gensokyo because he's absolutely driven to gain more power, no matter how many people he hurts along the way, no matter what he has to do to become stronger, just so he can be universally liked by everyone. It turns out everyone fears him, and a war erupts to stop him before he ends up becoming too powerful. All of the people who legitimately like him become the target for a dozen double-crosses and face the worst endings imaginable, all because the Marty Stu wanted Wish Fulfillment.
Despair Event Horizon: Brolli gets sent way, way, waaaay over this in the Epilogue after realizing he was responsible for the deaths of thousands, the total breakdown of Gensokyo's alliances, ruining the lives of virtually all of his friends, finding out pretty much every he loved hates him, and then being threatened with Hell. Other characters to cross it are Reimu, the unnamed Kappa, Tewi, Eirin, Reisen, Aya, Momiji, all of Brolli's forms, and Sanae in the Epilogue, along with some viewers.
Gut Punch: The incident. After starting out as a darkly humorous poke at the Gappy Stu archetype, Gensokyo becomes a full-blown warzone, all of the previously-funny gags cease to be funny, and everything goes From Bad to Worse at a horrifying pace, ending in the complete breakdown of several alliances, the destruction of several villages, a slew of ruined lives, and the death of an innocent boy.
Had To Be Sharp: Brolli learns firsthand just how utterly dangerous Gensokyo really is. When he gets the hang of it, he's on-par with the rest of the youkai hunters.
Headbutting Heroes: Aya and Momiji, following closely to how Momiji treats Aya in canon. Momiji flat-out tells Aya to her face the crow tengu are only good for recon and the wolf tengu do the brunt of the work, but Aya tries to defend herself by saying she keeps incidents off of Youkai Mountain with her newspaper...
The Hero Dies: We know from the opening Brolli will die, and the rest of the movie goes into great detail of whether or not he deserved it.
Justified Title: A diamond in the rough is either an uncut diamond or something good with bad surface traits. It can refer to the original Marty Stu who evolved into a Tragic Hero, the character himself who was an ordinary kid recruited by Yukari to be Gensokyo's powerful new incident resolvers, and it's about a guy with the name Diamondback going through a lot of rough stuff.
Kick the Dog: Brolli will have a LOT of these, with a memorable moment in the opening where he kicks his cat off the couch.
invokedMarty Stu: A Deconstruction. First, we find out just how desperate and shallow somebody would have be to take up Yukari's offer to go to Gensokyo. With his powers, he is manipulative, showy, and desperate for attention. Then, without his powers, Brolli is a vain, horrible, selfish person. It later turns out everyone is just downright terrified of him. Those who aren't terrified of him are in for a very bad day.
Also horribly Deconstructed is the way Brolli's death is treated. Most Sue/Stu fics have the characters die cleanly, then the cast sentimentally weeps and gives them a memorial, but not here: Brolli is stabbed in the neck unceremoniously, and then Yukari takes Brolli's body so she can eat it. Meanwhile, his love interest Reisen is driven into catatonic depression, Reimu has to deal with the fact she spent the entire time she knew him berating him before realizing he was a good person, the immortals like Mokou and Kaguya shrug off his death as no big deal, and all of the villains must live with the fact they killed an innocent boy.
Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Brolli has a sword collection in a world that operates on mostly ranged combat. Averted with Youmu and Reimu, who manage to get in some close attacks thanks to their supporting ranged weapons.
The Reveal: Several, but they won't be listed until the actual release.
invokedRooting for the Empire: Deconstructed. Many viewers want the bad guys to kill Brolli by the time the incident starts, only to forget they also ruin the lives of all of Brolli's friends and acquaintances. Most of the Tearjerker moments in the end don't come from Brolli's death, but from everyone else's fates.
During the incident itself, some viewers change their mind when everyone starts betraying everyone so they can kill Brolli.
Running Gag: "You're not a Colonel. You were gapped here by Yukari."
Shown Their Work: Tenshi uses legitimate fencing tactics in her sword fight with Brolli, exploiting common novice mistakes like defending too much and falling for feints (having an opponent initiate a block, only to attack in another place).
Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Starts off somewhere in the middle, then travels up the Idealistic side with the goofy tales of a wannabe hero getting to live it up in Gensokyo. Then the ball starts rolling down the Cynical side after Brolli's interview with Aya, then it hurls itself off a cliff after the incident begins. Finally, it somehow manages to travel parsecs off the end of the Cynical side during the Epilogue.
Story Breaker Power: Brolli's forms are nigh-unstoppable, winning every battle they take part in.
Tearjerker: The ending. Confirmed when it reduced a test viewer to a sobbing mess.
Trauma Conga Line: Everything that happens to Brolli and anyone who wishes to help him during the final third of the movie. No details will be given until the release.
Troubled Production: The addition of the prologue tripled the production time, and if things couldn't get any worse, storms knocked out his power for a week. When his power came back on, he lost his momentum.
Voluntary Shapeshifting: Brolli goes into great detail about these powers in an interview with Aya. So, Tenshi deliberately makes a mist to disable this power.
War Fic/War Is Hell: Diamond In The Rough uses war-like imagery to convey the idea that incidents are not just fun and games...
Reisen is a medic, seen treating Marisa after the EX-Rumia incident.
The incident is portrayed as a full-blown war, complete with thousands of fairies and Tengu/Kappa/hunters on each side.
There is a DMZ between the Moriya Shrine and the Tengu Village.
The Kappa Valley has tanks.
Reimu sets up a Forward Operation Station/Shrine on Youkai Mountain.
A Man Is Not a Virgin: A subversion, Brolli sleeps with Reisen, but he still comes off as manipulative and cowardly.
Deconstructed with Arturo, whose sole reason for going to Gensokyo is to lose his virginity. He is so desperate to lose his virginity that he willingly massacres the human village's children and infants to do it. When he reaches the afterlife, he whines about how it's not fair that he should die for wanting to have sex, even up to the moment he is dropped into Hell.
Apocalypse How: Class 1. By the end of the movie, the human village has no more children, the Scarlet Devil Mansion's fairies have been wiped out when the building is destroyed, Yuuka's flower garden is destroyed, the Tengu village faces heavy casualties, and the Kappa Valley is utterly destroyed. All of these things were were caused by Brolli in one way or another.
Bittersweet Ending: The ending, as sad as it is, is not a 100% Downer Ending. On the down side, Brolli's allies fail to save him and everyone else gets away with killing him. On the upside, Brolli saves Gensokyo through his actions, Tenshi's plan prevents all future bad gappies from causing such level of destruction ever again, and those in the know about Brolli's true nature are regretful for their actions. Plus, Brolli taking responsibility for the incident leads to his reincarnation.
Blast Out: The climax. In the span of fifteen minutes, about fifteen major characters are temporarily killed off, excluding Brolli, who dies for real. Examples include...
In the Kappa Valley, Alice, Miko, and Reisen gun down the survivors of the Kappa Valley, Marisa shoots down Alice and Miko while trying to kill Brolli, Tenshi shoots down Reisen, Tenshi and Brolli kill eachother, and then Nitori gets Aya and Momiji arrested.
At the Moriya Shrine, Reimu, Sakuya, Youmu, and Suika shoot down Kanako, Sanae shoots down Suika, Sakuya knives Sanae, the Myouren Temple gun down Reimu, Youmu, Sakuya, Kasen, and Keine, and Momiji and her wolves gun down a huge bulk of the Myouren Temple.
Early on, the fact Brolli has flimsy motivation over staying in Gensokyo is pretty amusing, but as paranoia and the threat of death looms closer and closer, it becomes apparent that a kid has ruined his life by jumping into a dangerous fantasy world with no clear objective.
Many first-time viewers expected Tenshi to be the Big Bad, and the people hoped at least the other youkai hunters could beat her. Then they realized Tenshi was actually one of Brolli's best friends before the incident, and then things got really awkward.
Remember the cat Brolli kicked off the couch at the beginning? It died after Brolli spent his time in Gensokyo without feeding it.
Jack Diehard seems like a poke at what would happen in a Gappy Stu never got the chance to go to Gensokyo, only to reveal a troubled psychology underneath, and it only gets darker as the story goes.
Rumia's appearances are pretty cool and humorous in a dark way, until you realize Yukari is sending her to hunt Brolli for straying away from her.
Mokou seems pretty friendly at first, aiding Brolli in any way she can, but near the end, and especially during the resolution, it becomes clear she just doesn't care either way: since she's immortal, tiny events like these don't matter.
Tewi constantly pranking and belittling Reisen can be downright hilarious at first, until Brolli dies and Reisen is driven into catatonic depression, and then Eirin forces Tewi to tell Reisen she won't be able to deliver her child with Brolli.
In addition to the previous example with Tewi, there is a gag where Tewi pranks Reisen, it cuts to the outside of the House of Eternity, and we hear Reisen's scream. While that's pretty funny, it happens again in the epilogue, but when Tewi delivers the news that Reisen is going to miscarry Brolli's child.
Momiji's sketch of Brolli is pretty hilarious, and Nitori's refusal to throw it away showcases how helpless she is. Then, Nitori uses it to help the survivors of the Kappa Valley Massacre hunt down Brolli and kill him, fed up with him herself.
Aya reassures Momiji that the truth always comes out in the end. Then Aya's article, which was supposed to expose the truth, causes a giant war based on a lie that Colonel Diamondback is becoming too powerful to stop, and the resulting conspiracy to kill him gets her court-martialed with virtually every villain getting away scot-free.
Throughout the movie, Yukari is constantly stealing food from people, even to the point where Miko points this out. It turns out that's the reason she gaps in children: she's basically stealing more food from the outside world by importing humans, letting them live and die in Gensokyo, and then eating the corpse.
Brolli's beasts make several references that they were sealed for eternity, even though that clearly wasn't the case. In the end, they're sealed in Brolli's dead body for eternity, and it's infinitely more horrible than they could have ever imagined.
Death by Irony: Brolli, a sword collector who thinks that cool swords define who you are, is stabbed through the neck by Tenshi's cool sword.
Reimu, who gets cornered by the Myouren Temple and then yells to Aya that Tenshi is in the Kappa Valley.
Depending on who you're rooting for, Miko, Reisen, and Marisa. Marisa, fulfilling her promise to Reimu to kill Brolli if things get out of hand and her duty to protect the balance of Gensokyo, decides to go down killing Alice and Miko, only to get shot down by Reisen at the last second, who is in turn shot by Tenshi. Meanwhile, Miko blocks Marisa's Master Spark to protect Brolli.
Give My Regards in the Next World: A particularly cruel example: Spaztique originally slated Yukari to tell Brolli, "Say hi to Komachi and the Yama for me." But then, just to twist the knife, he changed it to, "Say hi to your cat for me." The only thing worse than the fact Brolli finds out his cat is his is dead is that it's based on ColonelDiamondback's real cat.
I Wished You Were Dead: Reimu absolutely hates outsiders who are only gapped in to look cool and treat Gensokyo like a vacation spot. When Brolli proves his worth and subsequently dies, Reimu is the only person besides Reisen who mourns his death.
Idealized Sex: Averted in the most awkward (and hilarious) way possible in a subtle Take That of the typical fanfic sex scenes: rather than have a hot and heavy scene, Brolli just awkwardly grinds on top of Reisen, obviously too uncomfortable to really enjoy himself, while Reisen just lies there enjoying herself. Also, Tewi pops in with a camera crew and records it.
Karma Houdini: Out of all of the bad guys, only the Moriya goddesses and Yukari count: virtually everyone else gets away unpunished, but are horribly guilty. Tenshi would have been one if she didn't plan everything to take down everyone else.
Brolli himself, since he caused the events of Diamond In The Rough, but gets to be reincarnated for his guilt.
You Bastard: You wanted Tenshi to strip Brolli of his powers, torture him, and kill him? Fine, but guess what: that was Tenshi's plan all along. She made the incident to show Sanae and all of his enemies just how horrible it would really be to kill an innocent, if young and naive, boy who only wanted Wish Fulfillment, as well as show the repercussions of killing a Marty Stu when it impacts everyone who loved him.