It was, perhaps, inevitable.The sheer popularity of Pokémon has led to, among other things, countless Game Mods and Romhacks of varying quality... such as Moemon, whose entire gimmick is replacing every last pokemon with Moeginjinkas of the original Mons.There's also the rules of Nuzlocke, which have become a popular Self-Imposed Challenge. Since Nuzlocke first presented his rules through a Web Comicdetailing the results, many who took on the challenge followed suit, creating their own records of whatever occured in their runs.Touhou, meanwhile, boasts Loads and Loads of Characters — enough, in fact, that fans saw fit to create their own crazy spin on the Mons genre with Touhoumon.Leo Modesto's Touhoumon Nuzlocke Challenge is, therefore, the next logical step — applying the rules of Nuzlocke to a Touhoumon game. Season 1 is based on Touhoumon Aqua+Yui, while Season 2 is based on Touhoumon Emerald 1.8.Amber, our heroine, is an impulsive, stubborn young girl whose 'rival' is... another Amber from an Alternate Dimension. Though this other Amber seems calmer and gentler, Amber is convinced that she simply must be an Evil Twin! Thus, after picking up her first Touhou — a surly, foul-tempered Chibi Reimu whom she immediately dubs "Bitch" — she immediately attacks her alternate, then sets out on her grand journey across Gensokyo—!...Only to swiftly discover that just because Touhous are cute and almost everyone is raising and fighting them, it doesn't mean those battles don't have consequences... As with pretty much every Nuzlocke, Touhoumon Nuzlocke Challenge is filled with Mood Whiplash, swinging between silly, lighthearted humor, intense combat, and tragic loss.Season 2, set in Hoenn as opposed to Kanto, stars Lyla, a science-oriented girl who begins her journey to fill the Touhoudex for research. She initially states a dislike for battling, but takes to it quickly, though she has a mysterious aversion to embracing fighting. An Older and Wiser Amber has reappeared, making her way through Hoenn as well, and acting as a bit of a mentor/Cool Big Sis to Lyla.
Cue the Rain / Weather of War: In Chapter 36, Shingyoku (Male) makes it rain to set the atmosphere for Amber and Other!Amber's battle. That ends up helping Marcia to score a direct hit on Aya with Thunder.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Nyah versus the Vermillion Gym trainers, Nineball versus the Celadon Gym trainers, Marcia versus Blaine.
Amelia and Gregoria versus the SDM Flandres.
Sariel versus lots of Touhous in strip 52.
Sariel: I am shitting myself right now.
Most opposing Touhous tend to be defeated unceremoniously in one or two attacks, and many battles only last a page because there's five of them. Of course the flipside is that losses are usually even more sudden.
Darker and Edgier: The later chapters during the first season reveal that Other!Amber and Daisy's Alternate Dimension was destroyed by Sariel after Team Rocket attempted to capture him. Other!Amber is forced by Shingyoku to eliminate Amber and their battle results in the deaths of Bitch, Babs and Other!Amber's Marisa).
Evil Costume Switch: When her attitude shifts from just trying to avoid her crazy counterpart to actively wanting to fight her, Other!Amber dons a small black mantle.
Evil Twin: Parodied; Amber assumes the other Amber is this, and won't be told differently. Her bullheaded behavior towards her so-called rival leads to that Amber declaring "You're the bad one!"
Zigzagged once again where it is revealed that Other!Amber's Dimension was destroyed by Sariel after she failed to stop Team Rocket. Amber then thinks that she's the bad one. Until Daisy says that Dimensions don't work that way.
Follow in My Footsteps: Norman wants Lyla to become a gym leader just like him, even though she's more interested in becoming a researcher. Derek has a similar problem, as he'd rather become a gym leader than a boring scientist like his dad.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: Ghost types are immune to Fighting type attacks but Jackie takes Agatha's Youmu with his fists. Leo states that Jackie was using Outrage, however.
Hope Spot: During the Championship Fight, Marcia survives two attacks by hiding in her shell, and Amber is just about to heal her when her luck runs out. According with Leo, he predicted ZUN would use a Full Restore on EX Marisa, because her health was in red. He didn't.
Koga: Cirnos really aren't too bright. Did you forget that you're a water type now?
Nineball: Gym Leader's aren't too bright. Did you forget...that I'm the Strongest?
Once more near the end of series.
Amber (in strip 51): I am shitting myself right now.
Sariel (in strip 52): I am shitting myself right now.
Karma Houdini: Giovanni gets scott free from his attempt at taking over Silph Co. because he knows people in the police.
Killed Off for Real: Final death tally for Amber's Touhous: Birdo, Twinkle, Hatate, Baka, Bucket Girl, Autumn, Spring, Laughter, Nyah, Blue, Mona, Jade, Marisa, Nineball, Ms. Wright, Winter, Bitch, Babs, Marcia, Violet, and Hitomi. That's more than three times the size of your active party. Early on she lost them almost as fast as she gained them.
Also, Other!Amber's Youmu and Marisa.
In season 2, Lyla has lost: Tomas, while Amber has lost Chirp and Anko.
Lack of Empathy: Bitch has a very cold attitude towards everyone. If someone dies, it's their own damn fault, though she's quick to harp on Amber for being upset and point out any and all mistakes she's made.
Leave Her To Me: Despite her type disadvantage, Bitch insists on taking on Other!Amber's starter Marisa every time they cross paths. Amber calls her on this in Magical Metronome, but allows her to fight... until she takes a Master Spark in the gut, causing the demise of Bitch and Other|Amber's Marisa.
Les Yay: It was implied between Other!Amber and Daisy, then pretty much confirmed in the epilogue.
Lyla: Wait, aren't you a beast type user why is it called the ston-
Roxanne: 'Some things man was not meant to know'.
Nosebleed: Jackie gets a bunch of these in the Q&A session.
No Sell: Patchouli does this against Babs in the chapter 37. She received various attacks from her, but she only shrugs Babs's efforts. After a while, Patchouli decided she had enough of her useless attacks, then promptly kills Babs with Flamethrower.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: After being treated as a complete joke for sleeping through their first couple encounters, Other!Amber's Patchouli opens her eyes and one-shots Nyah with Bubblebeam. Another proof? She also kills Babs in Part 37, who defeated her in the chapter when Nyah dies.
Surge's Chibi Shou. It looked really inoffensive, then it takes out Laughter with Rock Slide.
Oh Crap: Jade's death at the hands of Other!Amber's EX-Nitori.
Koga's EX-Hina using Explosion on Babs.
Encountering Flandre in the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
Sariel's reaction to being cornered by Amber's team, Other!Amber's team and Professor Oak's Chibi Sakuya:
The Rival: While the AU Amber would much rather be left alone at first, her Marisa makes a perfect Foil to Bitch; while she appears nicer at first, she has a disturbingly cavalier attitude towards life-and-death combat. The other Amber eventually does decide to seriously oppose her, in no small part since it's clear Amber would just keep attacking her anyway.
The strips are mostly monochrome, but blood and the Rs on the uniforms are always painted red. Certain dramatic moments also get splashes of color, such as Patchouli opening her eyes for the first time.
Whenever one of the girls reaches their final form, she gets a panel where she's fully colored to show off her new look.
In Part 37, the first color seen in that strip is a single red X at the end of a row of Xs, signifying the latest casualty... Bitch.
And in Part 48, she calls out her counterpart again after realizing she and Daisy are going to run away from the impending destruction of this dimension.
Whole Episode Flashback: Ghostly Backstory Club, as it name implies, explains the history of Other!Amber and Daisy and how they ended up in Amber's dimension.
EX 1: Starters◊ looks at the starters' lives shortly before being picked by their trainers.
EX 2: Silph Scope◊ looks at Nineball and Marcia discussing about the Silph Scope. That happened before Nineball's death. She promised that when she finished in playing with it, it would give the scope to Marcia. The last panel shows Marcia with the Silph Scope remembering Nineball's demise, and with a sad expression because Nineball couldn't fulfill her promise to Marcia.
EX 3: Return features Other!Amber returning home after failing to kill Amber and cries in Daisy's arms.
"Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: Jackie takes on a disciple to teach them how to be strong and use their strength for good. Kura becomes a Vigilante that protects people from youkai. WindyThingy publishes the groups adventures. Gregoria became a custom pony maker. Myon and Amelia decide to work on the best garden ever.
Why Don't You Marry It?: Frustrated by Lyla's attempt to make him feel better after Amber curbstomped him, he snaps "If you like her so much, why don't you marry her?"
Yaoi Fangirl: Inverted by Hitomi. Played straight with Amber.
In Season 2, Roxanne.
You Never Asked: Jackie's response when Amber asks why he didn't toss the turtle out of the way in the first place.
Youthful Freckles: To help tell her apart from her rival, the Amber we follow has freckles dusting her nose.