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Marisa Stole The Precious Thing.Explanation IOSYS's remix of Alice's leitmotif, and possibly the best-known Touhou meme. "Precious things" has since been adopted as the official euphemism for anything that Marisa steals, from books to Special Moves to virginity. The phrase first appeared in a doujinshi, where it caused a Poor Communication Kills moment between Patchouli and Alice.
It should be noted that calling Flandre's theme the McRoll generally aggravates any nearby fans.
"Death Waltz" by John StumpExplanation Actually a remix by COOL&CREATE, but it's MIDI somehow made it across the seas, into the hands of a Westerner, and then decided to call it "the impossible song". Synthesia, the virtual piano program that relies on MIDI to play songs and what is shown here, was just starting to become famous when the song was posted, but random videos of impossible piano pieces (affectionally called "tutorials") were populating all across Youtube even a year or two before this. John Stump is an equally (in)famous person known to create impossible songs similar in style to the one show here, some even called "sheet music art", but this song was incorrectly labeled by fans of his works as one of his compositions. Note that John Stump has absolutely no connection to Touhou at all.
"Yukkuri shiteitte ne!"Explanation "Take it easy!" (literally "do it slowly"), this is the Catch Phrase of the Yukkuris, disembodied heads in the likeness of Touhou characters, the original image pictured above (though some types of Yukkuri get different catch phrases, such as Chen's "I get it!" and Remilia's "Uu! Uu!). Probably the largest Touhou meme of all, with gargantuan amounts of fanon even by the impressive standards of Touhou.
A word to the wise: yukkuri "fandom" often has very nasty things in it. The aforementioned hatred of yukkuris turns into entire manga series dedicated to making the poor things' lives as miserable as possible, often to the point of humans torturing them for giggles. SeriousBile Fascination or a tolerance for Gorn is highly recommended, even necessary, before looking too closely into yukkuri.
There's the fact that Yukkuris recieved some rather unpleasant traits from fans, though there are some renditions that are cute and likable.
"Yukkuris are now canon!" Explanation After Sekibanki, who can detach her head, got introduced, people immediately declared yukkuris an Ascended Meme.
It should be noted that there were jokes about Yukari hiding her true age before this, but the above meme standardized them.
"BBA" Explanation Short for "Babaa", which is "Grandma", this is Yukari's Fan Nickname. It seems Kanako has inherited the nickname from her and tends to be used against any older-looking touhou character.
Old Maids Alliance Warning, NSFW. Explanation A fanmade Cast Herd of Yukari, Yuyuko, Eirin, Kanako, and Byakuren, as the oldest-looking of all Touhou characters.
This is preposterous, of course. Yukari's age is actually <gap>Explanation Another attempt by Yukari to obfuscate her age, hiding it in one of her gaps.
Cirno is known as ⑨ (pronounced Nineball) after this◊ image in the manual for Phantasmagoria of Flower View, indicating Cirno as ⑨: Baka.
The infamous Icicle Fall -Easy-. Explanation One of Cirno's spellcards in The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, possessing a big honking blind spot directly in front of her.
What many fans overlook is this though: On normal or higher, Icicle Fall doesn't have that blind spot (trying to abuse it in this case results in getting point-blanked by the bullets that she fires straight ahead).
There are a few videos demonstrating similar (if less reliable or blaringly obvious) blindspots in other spellcards. No matter who is being mocked, these videos are always titled "Ice Sign: "Icicle Fall" -Easy-" and use Cirno's theme. Some targets include Kaguya, Mokou, and Mystia.
Ne youkaiyskiy, I ne lunariskiy, A ya rossiyskiy novyy pirat. I ne fairy'skiy, I ne oniskiy, A ya rossiyskiy novyy pirat.Explanation Someone posted a video of a Russian porn star and minor internet celebrity filking a techno version of the Pirates of the Caribbean theme while (NSFW) swinging his penis to the music, claiming it was Cirno's Perfect Math Class. It gained enough views and enough confused and/or disgusted Touhou fans to become a minor joke for a while.
"I'm a genius!" Explanation In retaliation to those calling Cirno stupid, fans have decided that Cirno is, in fact, a genius. Whether it is used mockingly or genuinely depends on the work, though again, she genuinely is surprisingly intelligent for a fairy.
September the 9th, 2009 (the 9th of the 9th of 2009) was celebrated as Cirno Day by her fans, also known as the strongest day ever.
Atai Cirno. Explanation Cirno's use of "atai", a contracted form of the Japanese Pronoun "atashi". Simply put, "atai" is the childish form of "atashi", which makes Cirno seem more childish than she really is. In English translations, this is occasionally rendered as "eye", as in "Eye'm the strongest!" (as a type of Funetik Aksent to indicate she's a baka), but is well on its way to being a Discredited Meme.
There have been jokes about other characters that use Atai, but Cirno's the most (in)famous.
"I'll cryo-freeze you together with some English beef!" Explanation One of Cirno's many, many failed attempts at a Badass Boast, this one the most popular due to being the first.
Team ⑨ Explanation An entirely fan-made Cast Herd, led by Cirno (hence the name) and consisting of herself, Mystia, Wriggle, and Rumia, with occasionally also Daiyousei and Chen. They are depicted as basically a group of children, impetuous but determined, playing with each other and pranking everyone else.
☢ CAUTION ☢ CAUTION ☢. Explanation Utsuho's warning screen and sirens that accompany each of her spellcards in Subterranean Animism. Included in many drawings depicting Utsuho and musical arranges of her theme.
Undead Zombie Miko Reimu. Explanation Reimu's Mountain of Faith portrait depicts her with incredibly pale skin, leading to the "explanation" that she is actually a zombie.
I am NOT an undead zombie, so SHUT THE HELL UP already!
But Reimu is an undead zombie, so YEAH!
ZUN ARTIS BEST ART. Explanation Even his most die-hard fans admit that ZUN can't really draw, and jokes about it are endless. However, many fans have noticed that his art in the games as of late are gettingreally good (DDC, for example, has very beautiful character art), so this meme may eventually refer to the first few games.
Suck my... duck? Explanation The above used to be the source of the page image for Fan Disservice. It had to be seen to be believed.
ZA WARUDO!Explanation Sakuya has timehax abilities, uses knives, and while she isn't a vampire herself, she is very closely associated with two. The comparisons with Dio Brando were inevitable, and helped along by ZUN's many other Jojo's references.
I GOT CAVED BYEX-KEINE!Explanation "Caved" refers to "horu", which can be interpreted as "violated anally" in Japanese. To say "I GOT CAVED BY EX-KEINE!" is roughly equal to saying "I GOT ASS-RAPED BY EX-KEINE!". (specifically, with her horns.)
Sanae is a good girl◊. Explanation From a Happy Flame Time doujin, Cold Wind but Warm Winter, in which she gets drunk and demands that Kanako call her a good girl and pat her head. Used for basically any situation, genuinely when she's doing something good and ironically when she's doing something bad.
Sanae the sadist.Explanation Due to a few lines from the Undefined Fantastic Object demo after Sanae's defeat of Kogasa, fans came to the conclusion that Sanae is developing a sadistic streak.
At the end of Sanae B's extra, Sanae invites Nue to the Moriya Shrine. This has somehow evolved into this instead...
"You can't let yourself be held back by common sense!"Explanation Sanae has become more belligerent, unstable, unreliable, and generally like a resident of Gensoukyou with each appearance, leading to the conclusion that simply moving to Gensoukyou is breaking her grip on reality, leading to this line, which Sanae says in Subterranean Animism.
Gensoukyou: The land where common sense is a weakness. Explanation Sanae has become stronger as she loses her sanity, going from Stage 5 Boss to Ex-Mid-Boss to playable character, leading to this conclusion.
Sanae is a different kind of "good girl".◊ Explanation Her appearances in numerous games and being playable in TH12, TH12.3 and TH13 have caused fans to draw parallels to how Aya became playable in many of the previous games by doing sexual favors for ZUN (see "Aya is ZUN's girlfriend" below). Futhermore, since she's often portrayed as a ditzy teenage girl who's been exposed to all the ills of the modern-day world, her image amongst Japanese fans has also shifted from a pure, goody-to-shoes girl to that of an indiscriminate nymphomaniac. This has caused many doujin artists to make her the subject of more H-doujins and hentai pictures than most other Touhou characters.
Kanako is a Guncannon. Explanation Due to the resemblance when Kanako uses her onbashira in combat.
Fanart of Nitori drawn as a missile are common, due to her Boss Subtitle being "Super Youkai Warhead". Cemented by Subterranean Animism, her connection to Marisa giving the latter (unguided) missiles, the only weapon in the game that is even vaguely technological.
Kaguya is a NEET. Explanation Kaguya spends almost all her time in Eientei, leading to this. Fanartists often depict her engaging in typical hikikomori activities like wearing a track suit, posting on Image Boards, and playing console games and MMORPGs. Kaguya is therefore the Touhou character most likely to be seen in fanart using a computer, even though canonically Gensoukyou doesn't have mainline electricity or any way to reach the internet. Kaguya canonically shrives to be productive despite her sheltered life, the very opposite of a NEET.
Patchouli is a NEET. Explanation Patchouli is even more of a hikikomori than Kaguya, spending at least a century in her library, though fan portrayals of her this way are less common. Rather famously, the two of them got along really well when they met in Life of Maid.
From the way ZUN talked about the Apollo Project concealing a war between the Humans and the Lunarians, Neil Armstrong has become a totally awesome dude who could take on Yorihime the Moonbitch - and WIN.
Reisen is just a useless little bunny, only good for her sex appeal. Explanation From the doujin "Drunkards in Eientei" by Omchicken, this is used both to mock Reisen and as acknowledgement of the enormous amounts of Perverse Sexual Lust towards her. This may also be a factor in her tendency to end up in H-doujins.
On Nico Nico Douga, she's also known as "newbie bait", i.e. ZUN's clever plan to attract new fans with useless little bunnies. That or doujin artists.
Ichirin KujoExplanation Due to Unzan supporting her like a Stand, Ichirin was dubbed this, to match with Sakuya Brando (see above).
Ichirin is just Unzan's hitbox. Explanation A combination meme that references both Unzan's status as one of the only MANLY characters in Touhou, as well as Ichirin being massively overshadowed in popularity by him. ZUN stating that in retrospect it's actually kind of true only added more fuel.
Ran is the amazing Suppa Tenko!Explanation Depictions of Ran as an exhibitionist are absurdly common.
May be debunked on Hopeless Masquerade's release as shots of its Human Village stage have a sizable male population. It should also be noted that ZUN mentioned in interviews before that Gensoukyou's population is not made up of a One-Gender Race, males just don't have much importance since most youkai are female-looking.
Spot an inconsistency? Need an explanation? Pick one:
Magic.Explanation Gensoukyou is filled with magic, and to some extent literally exists contrary to reason, and is commonly used as a Hand Wave.
Yukari is fooling around again.Explanation Yukari's power is limited only by her sloth, and the potential of the presense of an easily bored, not easily amused quasi-god has not been overlooked by the fans.
It's a Moriya Shrine conspiracy.Explanation The Moriya trio have been more active and ambitious than anyone else, directly and indirectly responsible for the plots of five games, and it is speculated they have many more planned.
"Templates like that are forbidden."◊ Explanation The entire joke was spawned after this doujin panel with Reimu explaining to Marisa the potential culprits, and Marisa replying with this line. Note that since the doujin predates Mountain of Faith, the "Moriya Shrine conspiracy" line was photoshopped in a few years later. This meme is very popular on Danbooru.
Said Shrine conspiracy started due to fan's belief that it was Kanako that wanted to take over the Hakurei Shrine (Not true; just Sanae being overzealous), though two of the shrine's faith gathering plans did go on to result in incidents (SA and 12.3).
Reimu is a bitch. Explanation Reimu's Designated Hero status is often Flanderized to the point of being a psychotic sadist, her dialogue choices in some games not helping one bit (especially in Undefined Fantastic Object).
Part of that being due to Reimu rarely being seen out of incidents in the games, where she's nicer. Same applies to the three fairies manga where she was shown gently telling a fairy to take shelter from a story. Bitchy Reimu would have shot the fairy on sight.
ξ・∀・) Explanation This represents Merupo, a Fan Nickname for Merlin Prismriver and the Game-Breaking Bug she became known for, able to kill the player after being defeated. It originates from "Nurupo", a way of abbreviating "Null Pointer Exception."
It also caused Merlin to be shown as the kooky one of the sisters.
Reimu'sarmpits. Explanation Fandom constantly joke that armpits are their only known form of arousal, inspired by how nearly every fan-depiction of Reimu has her wearing clothes that expose her armpits (her official character portraits could be interpreted either way).
This has extended to Sanae with a helping of Side Boob as she's shown as curvier than Reimu.
Donations please!Explanation Reimu doesn't get many donations, so fandom depicts her as constantly harassing everyone for them.
Aya is ZUN's girlfriend. Explanation Aya has a starring role in multiple games, either as a playable character, a Boss, or a minor character, leading to jokes that Aya is giving ZUN sexual favors as bribes. It probably doesn't help that, when a photo of ZUN and his wife showed up, it was noted that (a) they apparently had met just after Imperishable Night was finished, and (b) outside of her glasses, she looks kind of like Aya...
This mainly applies in the western fandom, where as of late it has been dying down in popularity.
Byakuren died for your sins. Explanation Though technically more resembling the Buddha, Byakuren's habit of saving youkai and advocating peace between them and humans has led to her being closely compared to Jesus Christ, leading to Fan Nicknames such as Youkai Jesus and Youchrist. It also helps that in the pre-final battle dialogue, she comes off more heroic than the heroine!
But stealing is still bad, Byakuren. Explanation Her bullet patterns are clearly inspired by other characters... and outright stealing Shinki's attack.
Suigintouhou. Explanation The strong similarities between the dresses of Byakuren and Rozen Maiden's Suigintou were fairly quickly noted.
CAPTAIN MINAMITSU MOTHERFUCKING MURASA!Explanation The second Ensemble Dark Horse of Undefined Fantastic Object, Minamitsu has been declared as one of the few MANLY characters of Touhou. Even her Leitmotif is named after her! Made popular by a western artist that protrayed her as a confident macho girl. The Giant Anchors are a part of it as well.
SO MOE I'M GONNA DIE!Explanation A stock reaction phrase in response to impossibly cute situations fanworks stick the characters in. Mainly used on Pixiv and by extension Danbooru so far, but doujin works seem to be spreading it around now. Originated from thisTsukihime doujinshi by Hiroyuki (the same author who gave us "A cat is fine too").
Yuuka is youkai moe~Explanation From her bizarre character profile in Kioh Gyoku (it may be a Pun, as Yuuka is a flower youkai and Moe means "to bud"). Yuuka is depicted as Moe, prompting this phrase, about as often as she is depicted as being Ax-Crazy, with further mutation combining the two to create the also popular Cute and Psycho portrayal. Youkai moe can also be applied to any moe picture of the characters.
Kogasa is the new youkai moe~ Explanation The first Ensemble Dark Horse of Undefined Fantastic Object, fans latched onto Kogasa due to extreme cuteness and massive Woobie points. Additionally, Kogasa has an umbrella much like Yuuka, hence the meme.
Surprise~! :P Explanation Kogasa's extremely meta use of her "power to surprise people" ability has resulted in her surprising fans far more than she does other characters, prompting this line and variations (for example "Wild Kogasa used SURPRISE!", or "Well I'm surprised.")
Futo after her introduction in TD has been getting called "Hermit Moe" due to her Fish out of Water tendencies and how good spirited she is about many things, even being beaten in the game.
Suwako's Nice Hat is often associated with the Hypnotoad meme, depicted as an independant entity using Suwako as her puppet. Though lesser examples have the hat responding differently (seeing what Suwako can't) or mirroring Suwako's feelings.
"Girls do their best now and are preparing. Please wait warmly until it is ready." Explanation The standard loading message on Touhou games, it has become a meme frequently quoted by doujinshi and fanfic authors.
Which ends up with its highly quotable snowclone "Girls are [x]...", such as "Girls are preparing...", "Girls are explaining...", etc.
Wriggle Kick!Explanation In Imperishable Night the player often moves to the top of the screen to automatically collect all point items currently on-screen, and because Wriggle introduces herself by flying down from the top unsuspecting players get a kick in the face by her, leading to this meme. Further mutation associates her with Kamen Rider on occasion, due to Wriggle being an insect and the insect-themed armor of nearly all Riders up to Kamen Rider Den-O.
Seme Wriggle. Explanation Wriggle has not infrequently been depicted as a Memetic Sex God/Memetic Molester surpassing even Marisa. This was originally done to spite her original punching bag status.
The most exciting time of day has come! Explanation Reimu checks her donations for the day.
Further evolved into this video, which is itself a parody of a Touhou 4-koma. 4chan's /jp/ has made it tradition to observe this at 2AM.
Shut up Ran! - Sorry. - SHUT UP!
DEATH BY YUYUKO! Explanation Yuyuko is used as an execution method for prisoners.
Have no fear Nitori is here!
Oh, that Chen. Explanation As opposed to the "o_o"-eyed cat, which got mistaken for Chen early on and has stuck around ever since.
K OExplanation An addition to to the walfas creator, a Boxing Chen Cat was added (it's a o_o" cat with Chen's hat, boxing gloves, and a boxer's shorts). Putting her on top of another character results in KO, with the cat knocking the character out.
Remilia Scarlet swells with charisma. Explanation Fan-portrayals of Remilia as an Elegant Gothic Lolita, emphasis on the elegant, are highly common, not helped by the fact she can act as such before devolving into a spoiled, petulant brat in canon. Certain lines involving "miserable piles of secrets" are usually not far behind.
CHARISMA BREAK!!Explanation Inevitably, subversions of the above were created, with Remilia acting composed and aloof only to collapse into tears (or a variant) soon after. Sometimes also involves her ducking pose in the fighting games.
This has in turn resulted in "chrisma recoveries", where Remilia regains her composure after such an event, sometimes to the point of coming off MORE Charismatic than she was in the first place. An example.
Foul! She kicked the ball! Explanation The omnipresent use of superpowered magical attacks on the poor ball leads to the joke that in Gensokyan soccer, kicking the ball is against the rules. A few characters do it anyways, though they all kick the ball in a superpowered way (Mokou, Aya, Wriggle, Ran, MANnosuke...)
Twilight SparkExplanation Mima's massively destructive attack in Touhou Soccer 2.
Even in the Touhou fandom F.O.E.! Explanation Refers to the Mooks known as kedama (fuzzball). Often drawn with an odd expression on their faces, their resemblance to the F.O.E. orbs in Etrian Odyssey (fueled by an IOSYS video depicting them) have been picked up on by parts of the fanbase. This has resulted in occasional appearances of badass Kedama men in touhou fan materials.
Bad Apple!!Explanation A shadow art video, using a song based on Elly's theme from Lotus Land Story, reached viral status and spread to an unbelievable scale, even by Touhou standards.
Good evening, and you are watching the CIRNO NEWSNETWORK. Explanation CNN got their source wrong when they discussed the Bad Apple!! shadow art video, believing another version of the video (made to look like a slideshow animation) to be a "making of" video, prompting jokes about their competency such as this (another, less popular one being that they hired Aya for the segment). Segment can be found here.
Rule ⑨ of the internet: If it exists, there is a Touhouversion of it. Explanation Touhou fans are notorious of crossing over and/or fusing Touhou with absolutely everything. The list behind that link is nowhere even close to being complete in listing them all.
Kokoro's otherwordly masks. Explanation A relatively new type of crossover depicting Kokoro with masks (based on characters) from other franchises.
Brohou. Explanation Males cosplaying as Touhou characters.
Nazrin can do just about anything... since she's Nazrin.Explanation From one of Ao Usagi's typically impenetrable creations, used jokingly as an explanation for anything Nazrin does. A classic example of a Forced Meme, with even people on the very page that spawned it sick of hearing about it.
Because she's a TINY TINY CLEVER COMMANDER Explanation The name of Nazrin's theme, occasionally used to refer to Nazrin in general.
She can find anything with her power, sometimes resulting in some very odd finds.
Everyone is M for Yuuka. Explanation M = Masochist, S = Sadist. Yuuka's portrayal as a sexual sadist that can nonetheless attract anyone is almost endemic, compatible with both her Moe portrayals and her Ax-Crazy portrayals.
Conversely, everyone is S for Tenshi. Explanation Tenshi's portrayal as a masochist is similarly endemic, not helped at all by the explanation for Scarlet Weather Rhapsody being that she was bored and wanted someone to beat her up.
"Paruparuparuparu..." Explanation Parsee is portrayed as being jealous of everything and compelled to say so, which isn't that far from her actual personality. The meme here is that she does so using a mantra of her own name. A common variation is for other characters to get jealous of something or another, and begin muttering "paru paru" as well.
SPOOOOON!Explanation A joke onomatopoeia for the dying sound effect.
ZUUUU~NExplanation Another joke onomatopoeia used for absolutely anything.
Kyuu~! Explanation The onomatopoeia created for when Flandre makes something or someone explode (as in "She made it go kyuu~!").
Within hours of being announced, Great Fairy Wars was nicknamed Touhou 12.⑨ Freeze The Bullet.
FailyWars. Explanation Typo of the game's final battle music "Fairy Wars" as it appears in the BGM list.
Flashlight spark. Explanation Marisa's variation of her iconic Master Spark in the game, adjusted to fit Cirno's Power Level.
Fat Cirno. Explanation In response to the main menu screenshot. The joke goes she's been hanging out with Letty too long. Started by bloggers, who've never seen her appearance in the Touhou Sangetsusei comics. Speaking of Letty...
Fat Letty. Explanation As a boss character in Perfect Cherry Blossom, her hitbox is larger than that of the other boss characters. She's the Stage 1 boss, so this is logical. This has turned into some fanart depicting Letty as being rather large herself. Naturally, the alternate fan explanation holds that only part of her is large.
Suika's status as the flattest character in the whole cast, only remotely rivaled by Tenshi.
A comic (May not be SFW) with a curvier rendition has caused the paraphrased line "Sorry I can't hear you over my chest" to be used by western fans as a flippant response from curvier characters. Some fans consider a shapely Suika to be disturbing the balance of things.
Hataters gonna Hatate.Explanation A bad pun off of Hatate's nickname, Hata.
Hatate isEMO. Explanation A relatively famous Pixiv artist drew Hatate as a depressed, dressing-in-black yandere who cuts herself. The pictures and fanon personality spread, some even making Hatate as an outright yandere underneath her canon personality.
Sakuya is the new Mima. Explanation Aside from her small story route in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody Sakuya has been completely absent, despite being playable for three consecutive mainline games. Although she still exists, when Youmu, of all people, returned to player character status in Ten Desires, while Sakuya remains in obscurity, the comparisons with Mima were inevitable. The real explanation is that she only acts when the SDM is involved or threatened. This meme might phase out now that Sakuya is confirmed to be playable again in TH14
"Kahen kilon siika!"Explanation "A two kilo whitefish!" A Finnish meme that was assimilated into the Touhou memeplex after a Finnish Touhou fancomic used it. Thus, a common response to images of Chen with a fish is now "Kahen kilon siika!"
"Sirkku". Explanation How Cirno is known in Finland, partly because it's a common Finnish name, partly because Finnish people just can't pronounce "Cirno" properly; C is not a common letter in Finnish, leaving the pronounciation unclear to someone unfamiliar with the name. Sirno? Kirno? Tsirno? Chirno?
Yoshika Miyako: Cabbie of the Dead Explanation In her portrait Yoshika's cap looks like a taxi driver's, and her sprite, with her arms jutting out in front of her and moving up and down slightly, makes it appears as if she has an invisible steering wheel, resulting in jokes like this.
Zombie Meiling. Explanation Yoshika's hat has a star on it, like Meiling's, and while she isn't Chinese she is a Chinese Vampire, almost immediately leading to this comparison.
Mamizou Tomoe. Explanation Name's the Same jokes quickly spawned involving Mamizou Futatsuiwa and Mami Tomoe.
Miko SakurabaExplanation More Name's the Same jokes, due to Miko wearing headphones and looking a lot like Neku Sakuraba.
The Touhous Explanation A synonym for Touhou characters amongst fans in general. Prone to spelling variations such as "Touhoues" or "Toe Hoes".
MY TOUHOUS! Explanation Used to mock people who do not like a fanon interpretation and/or those who adhere close to canon - and, conversely, is also used to mock those who do not like ''canon' explanations.
She's generally seen as particularly kooky by the fandom.
She also is shown as a Memetic Molester in some works, with her sister as the target.
Hinaface. Explanation Hina's :D grin in Mountain of Faith is incredibly derpy and goofy looking, even for ZUN's notoriously bad art in that game, and attained some notoriety with fans on both sides of the pond.
Reimu eats grass/leaves. Explanation Some fan depictions exaggerate Reimu's Perpetual Poverty to the point where she has to eat weeds to survive. In one doujin she serves grass with rice to Sanae. When the latter gets angry, thinking she's being mocked, Reimu says that she specifically chose the better grass from the yard for her.
If she does not have a hat, she will die.◊ Explanation Nearly every character wears a hat or hair decorations of some kind. Thus, this line was included in a picture parodying ZUN's design process, and it and variations were subsequently adopted as a joking response for any question involving Nice Hats or similar. It then became Hilarious in Hindsight when Subterranean Animism introduced Satori, who looks almost exactly like the picture.
ZUN and alcohol. Explanation ZUN's love of alcohol is legendary. Pictures of him without some sort of alcohol are almost non-existent, one of which, of him having a great honking beer glass, gained some infamy, and he claimed/admitted to being drunk for some of Imperishable Night's development. Inevitably, Flanderizations asserting that he would accept beer as payment, or drinks enough to challenge Suika, are incredibly widespread.
Failice.Explanation A Fan Nickname for certain depictions of Alice, which depict her as a Butt MonkeyUnlucky Everydude steamrolled by the Reimu/Marisa pairing, an evil bitch, a yandere, or an overly dependent, emo sad sack ignored for Reimu/Marisa or the other pairings. Her canon personality is more a Foil to Marisa than anything else. Also sometimes used to refer to her playable appearance in Imperishable Night, in which she is such a bad shot type that, barring Good Bad Bugs, the player is generally better off using Marisa than using Marisa + Alice...and Marisa isn't even one of the better characters in that game.
Inaba of the Inaba. Explanation One of the official mangas is named "Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth". Snowclone titles put just about anything in place of "the moon" and "the earth" to have the title refer to any other story, with "Inaba" staying in place as an Inherently Funny Word.
Now do it with Marisa. Explanation A common response to Challenge Gamer videos, since Marisa is a lower-tier character in most games. There are many variations depending on the actual video, all sharing the theme of "do it even better".
*Scarlet Devil Mansion explodes* This is now a Touhou manga. Explanation A Danbooru meme that stems from this comic by Bomber Grape. Nowadays, any Touhou Doujin that gets uploaded to Danbooru and features the Scarlet Devil Mansion, the Hakurei shrine offertory box, or in some cases, anything at all exploding will have comments with the phrase.
"Oh, shit! I've been surrounded by raging lesbians! The room is ripe with the stench of bitches!"Explanation One of Bomber Grape's comics has caused lines said by Remilia to be very popularly said when anything lesbian comes up on danbooru and spread beyond the site. (Comic may not be SFW) Note that the meme itself is a Woolseyism.
Ichirin's eyelashes in Hopeless Masquerade are slowly becoming a meme due to how ridiculous they look.◊
Remixes of U.N Owen Was Her?, usually involving manipulating phrases and sound effects from various TV shows, games, or themes, as an offshoot of Youtube Poop. The McRoll is perhaps the most infamous of them all.
kefit.wav Explanation A now-retired Touhou player by the name of Kefit's scream upon losing a Lunatic run by the narrowest of margins is legendary, to the point where similar barely-failed runs have edited it into their videos despite being from entirely different people. Here are twoexamples of this. Turn your volume down before viewing these.
Shou's ability to lose her Pagoda has been taken to absurd extents in both frequency and where it ends up. Matches up with Nazrin.
Malice Cannon, Marisa-Borked, Marisa Broken, Bugged Marisa. All fan nicknames to whenever Marisa is broken in a game. The first time it spawned was in Imperishable Night, as Malice Cannon, where consantly firing while giving regular taps to the Focus button resulted in absurd DPS! The term "Marisa Bugged" and "Marisa Broken" come from Mountain of Faith, where the Marisa B shottype had glitched damage output on the unfocused shot at 3.0 power, causing the tiny laser to demolish bosses in seconds.
Attack on MidgetExplanation In Double Dealing Character, Shinmyoumaru Sukuna's second-to-final spellcard on Normal is called "Shingeki no Kobito" (進撃の小人). It literally means "Advancing Midget", but due to it being a Shout-Out to Attack on Titan, it's read as "Attack on Midget".
another Shinmyoumaru one is the the use of her magic mallet for...Breast Enhancement..mostly by Sakuya in relation to Sakuya's Padding meme.
Sakuya is ZUN's girlfriend again.Explanation With Sakuya's return as the sole playable character besides Reimu and Marisa in Double Dealing Character, it's become increasingly common to paint her as another girl that gave ZUN sexual favors to reach playable character status, like people did with Aya and Sanae before.
5th Grade Loli Explanation A joke revolving around the kanji of Satori Komeiji's name, as one of the kanji characters breaks down into radicals that can be read as "5th grade loli". Her clothes resembling a young Japanese schoolgirl's uniform does not help.
HOW 2 DRAW LIEK ZUN Explanation Satori greatly resembles a drawing intended to parody ZUN's art style. Some people depict her as nervous about how ugly people think she is.
Black Tewi. Explanation A doujinshi had an Author Tract basically declaring loose canon and that everyone has a different Gensokyo. This was used by various fan authors to excuse any breaks from canon. The page shown is just an excerpt.
The games' difficulty and Bullet Hell.Explanation They're something of a meme, especially amongst those who are new to the Shoot 'em Up genre, which is to say a large number of fans; many fans struggle to complete the game on Normal or even Easy, even if using all three continues to do so. This is despite the fact that the game has forgiving patterns compared to arcade Bullet Hell games; it doesn't help that arcade games will allow the player to continue as many times as their money allows, and many consumer ports of arcade games, especially more modern ones, offer more continues or an outright unlimited supply of them, giving the impression that these games are easier.
Seija will flip your shitExplanation The stage 5 boss of Double Dealing Character has the power of various kinds of reversal, and she was the real mastermind behind this incident, her goal being basically to cause chaos. The next game escalated this meme even further, as you were controlling her as a Villain Protagonist trying to escape retribution from basically everyone in Gensokyo, all out for your blood.