YMMV / Touhou

Examples that pertain to the story, Fanon, fandom, or other non-gameplay elements:

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Since 80-90% of material related to the series is fan-created, this happens quite a bit. We have a forum thread dedicated to collecting them. There are so many, it's become commonplace to consider each artist's interpretation as its own self-contained fan canon, not affecting the others, so that fans get to enjoy each interpretation for its own merits.
  • Americans Hate Tingle: In Japan, Reimu is consistently the most popular character in the series by titanic margins, but in the West, her Good Is Not Nice tendencies render her a Base-Breaking Character (where she is "merely" top 10).
  • Angst Dissonance: Parsee's entire existence revolves around her being miserable. This is played for laughs, especially by the fandom.
  • Angst? What Angst?: There are a fair number of characters with grim or even tragic histories, and hints that a few others have their troubled sides, but very little angst occurs onscreen (with a few exceptions, mostly involving Mokou), and the tone of the series tends towards carefree.
  • Awesome Ego: A number of characters are beloved not just in spite of their arrogance, but because of it. Cirno probably tops the list, but honorable mentions include Remilia and Miko.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Cirno. She became overwhelming popular, which eventually led to a large backlash of people who got sick of seeing her absolutely everywhere. Nowadays half of the fandom still loves her, while the other half wishes this overrated character would just go die in a hole somewhere.
    • Sanae. Some like that she is a potential Foil for Reimu, a recent Gensokyo newcomer with connections with the outside world, and her increasingly eccentric behavior throughout the games. While detractors dislike that she is very similar to Reimu in appearance and job, her constant appearances during the Windows Two era, especially since many believe she replaced fan favorite Sakuya (despite the latter actually having more appearances and having been retired as a playable character for a while before Sanae took the third heroine position), and her focus in fan-art and works as well. This is a bit alleviated by not appearing in games between Ten Desires and Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, with mostly positive response about her reappearance in the latter (it helps that she appeared alongside Youmu and Reisen as playables respectively).
    • Reimu herself. Some believe her blunt, slothful, apathetic personality makes her a more interesting a hero. Others believe she takes things too far. This seems to be primarily a Western thing, as in Japan she's one of the most popular characters in the series.
  • Broken Base: The fandom will never stop arguing as to what's canon, whether Touhou is canonically grimdark or not, or over popular interpretations, especially in regards to new changes to Nitori and others in Hopeless Masquerade.
    • There's also been some backdraft over the character designs in Hopeless Masquerade, since some people believe they're badly proportioned and they make the characters look too young.
    • Not to say anything about Ten Desires. The fact that the game is considered easier than the rest of the lot makes part of the fandom simply hate it. The other part can find the bullet patterns nice, even if easy, and appreciate its soundtrack.
    • Some of ZUN's changes in characterization are causing this, particularly the massive level in jerkass Nitori took between Subterranean Animism and Hopeless Masquerade
    • The Phantasmagoria games probably can cause an even bigger rift in the fandom than Ten Desires. Some say it's the best thing ever happening in the series and want more versus shooters in the series, others shudder at the possibility every time a new game is announced.
    • Urban Legend in Limbo once it was revealed to be a fighting game based on the gameplay of Hopeless Masquerade. Some people are excited for potential changes and fixes to the HM formula, some are absolutely pissed, feeling betrayed that they got a sequel to a "crappy fighting game" rather than a danmaku game about catching urban legends.
      • The decision to include Reisen Udongein Inaba as a playable character in the PS4 version of Urban Legend in Limbo rubbed a portion of the random the wrong way - either because she is already playable in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and Hisoutensoku and people would prefer someone who wasn't in a fighting game before to take that slot or because of the high propability that she might become a PS4-exclusive character to bait people into buying the game on PS4.
    • Yukkuris. Some people love them and consider them to be just as much a part of Gensokyo as the girls themselves, while others despise them and think that they're the worst thing that the fanbase has ever produced.
    • The games themselves are either seen as genuinely fun and a potential Gateway Series to other Bullet Hell titles, or unfun, excessively difficult exercises in masochism.
    • The question of whether one should one have to play the games in order to be considered a proper Touhou fan.note 
    • People who get frustrated, disgusted, or scared away by militant portions of the fandom.
    • Whether the memes help shape the series and its doujin culture, or are a major source of irritation and a mark of immaturity and lack of originality.note 
  • Contested Sequel: Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom. Some fans appreciate the addition of Pointdevice Mode, but others point out that ZUN seems to have used this as an excuse to create over-the-top enemy attacks.
  • Continuity Lockout: This wasn't much of a problem during the PC-98 era and the first few games of the Windows era, since the plots of those games were largely self-contained. However, after Mountain of Faith the Continuity Creep starts to take place, and now it's much more difficult for newcomers to understand what's going on since from that point on each game builds upon the previous one. Comments by ZUN suggest that he feels a certain level of inaccessibility is core to the Touhou experience. The various manga and Universe Compendiums don't really help either, since all the manga series assume that one is already familiar with the games and their lore and the Universe Compendiums have some Unreliable Narration at work.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • Shou with Ran. Ever since she appeared and was revealed to be Nazrin's master (though not originally), everybody started looking at them as the new Chen and Ran. Both Shou and Ran serve "Old Maids", Byakuren being the latest addition to said group, both are animal youkai and both are masters of a type of youkai you wouldn't exactly expect at first. 
      • Though this can't be applied to Chen and Nazrin as Chen's a youthful troublemaker while Nazrin's more mature and generally a very competent assistant
    • Nue with Flandre. Despite their only similarities being the fact that they're both extra stage bosses with bizarre wings and vaguely similar themes, Nue is compared to Flandre, some fans even going as far to call her a rip-off.
    • Flandre/Koishi is somewhat popular due to the fact they're both odd, hated younger sisters of feared women (Remilia and Satori, respectively) who own mansions, occasionally depicted as Ax-Crazy and both of them are way stronger than their sisters due to being Ex Bosses. As you can expect, the Shipping is just as strong here as they are themselves.
    • Koishi/Kokoro are also popular due to them being foils of each other. With Kokoro appearing as an Emotionless Girl but actually has powers based on emotions and is very frequently changes her masks which represent her emotions. While Koishi, at appearance looks like a perpetual Cheerful Child, is actually an Empty Shell who can only express her emotions subconsciously. It helps that these two have interactions in Hopeless Masquerade that plays with this concept. It's frequent that when one is shown in a fan work, the other is as well.
    • Komachi and Meiling, both girls known for being pretty strong, nicely endowed and lazy (Komachi far more so than Meiling)
  • Covered Up: While Ran's theme, Necro-Fantasy, came first and Yukari's theme, Necrofantasia, was meant as a re-arrange, the latter is vastly the more popular, and Ran's become more associated with Charming Domination (her stage theme) instead. To a certain degree, some fan remixes and covers of the themes and leitmotifs are so memetically popular they overshadow their origins.
  • Deconstruction Fic: The fandom contains plenty of this; the piles of Fridge Horror regarding the nature of many youkai and their relationship with humans, as well as most characters being selfish, belligerent, and very much insane, provide a lot of material. A Bad End is a Black Comedy take on this.
  • Designated Hero: Canonically, Reimu tends to be more... cavalier than one might hope from the hero.
    • Marisa is not really any better either, though she has the benefit of not being as rude as Reimu and not being expected to be heroic unlike her Shrine maiden friend.
    • And depending on who you ask, Sanae was falling into this since Undefined Fantastic Object due to Flanderization of her interest in "Youkai Extermination" and other ditzy tendencies.
  • Discredited Meme:
    • Any meme having to do with Sakuya and pads is heading this way.
    • Calling Aya and the main game playable characters other than Reimu and Marisa "ZUN's girlfriends" or outright sluts because ZUN gave them their share of spotlight got really old after said characters built up substantial fanbases on their own and the games' rosters became more varied over time. It's also considered to be rather disrespectful towards ZUN himself, since he's now married with a child. Nowadays, as it's mostly used out of spite towards the characters, it's considered unfunny and frowned upon. note 
    • McRolled was responsible for boosting the popularity of Flandre Scarlet, her theme, and the series in general, but now it's barely relevant to the Touhou fan community. The irritation caused by the popularity of McRolled seeping into that of "U.N. Owen Was Her?" didn't help its case.
  • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: Many fans don't consider the shooting games bad, but they are designed by a man who thinks if you beat his games after only 20 hours of trying, it's too easy, so the difficulty can turn them off. To them, it's more fun to indulge in the characters, the lore, the connections to various East Asian mythologies, and the massive universe of fanworks surrounding those elements. Additionally, some fans who do play the games prefer the fighting game spinoffs. This is a major reason why Touhou is generally not a Gateway Series to other scrolling shooter series, and why the general shoot-em-up community, which believes in the opposite, tends to have beefs with the Touhou community.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: At least one per game.
    • Mima of the PC-98 games has become the embodiment of this. Fans wanted her to return to the windows games after so many years.
    • Shinki is probably the second most popular PC-98 only character, mostly due to Epileptic Trees about her relationship with Alice. (Being a goddess of demons and having a Sakuya Expy as a maid doesn't hurt either)
    • Alice herself as she's one of the few to return in Windows games, and between her dolls, her rather normal looks (which stand out), and Ship Tease with Marisa.
    • Flandre, despite only appearing in a few games, is far more well known than her more prominent sister Remilia, who is pretty popular in her own right.
    • Hong Meiling, Cirno, and Sanae all got primary roles in Hisoutensoku because of their popularity with the fans.
    • Merlin's Game-Breaking Bug has led to her becoming the most popular of the sisters, exemplified by being the only one of the three to make the character filter in Fanfiction.net's Touhou section.
    • Lunasa's gloomy manner and responsible mindset has caused her to be popular among fanartists, even more so than Merlin in spite of that bug and her status as "the stacked sister".
    • Yamame, despite not being outright popular herself, does have a fair number of fans and appearances in fan works because she belongs to a group of very popular characters note . It helps that she is a good-natured person.
    • Chen has become a beloved character on certain websites, mainly thanks to bkub's offbeat comics.
    • Since the full release of Ten Desires, Futo has been gaining quite a bit of popularity too, due to her fish out of water tendencies, and being smugly cute.
    • Hata no Kokoro from Hopeless Masquerade seems to be popular around some circles, considering she is one of the most developed characters in the series (although that's not saying much), her kickass theme, and the fact that the game's story is about her development as a Youkai. She's also the closest the series has to the ever-popular "Emotionless Girl" archetype, though the trope is Played With in various ways.
    • Double Dealing Character has the Stage 5 boss, Seija Kijin, who has proven to be one of the more dangerous antagonists of the series by being a Manipulative Bastard (by instigating the events of the game and manipulating the Final Boss). Unlike other bosses in the series, she has a Boring but Practical gimmick that involves Interface Screw. So in a land where "common sense is a weakness" and your power level is decided by how flashy your spell cards can be, she manages to subvert this rule by having one of the lowest bullet counts and still being dangerous.note 
      • She appears to have gotten a game due to this, Impossible Spell Card. Then that game got its own Spin-Off, titled "Gold Rush". Since Gold Rush only appeared as an arcade cabinet, a Chinese programmer almost perfectly recreated it only based on video evidence and hear-say.
    • With the full release of Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, a few of the characters introduced have quickly become likable. Most notably Clownpiece, due to her iconic American-flag-inspired clothing, and being a fairy that's actually very powerful, both in-story and in game.
    • If the 2015 Popularity Polls are any indication, Koishi Komeiji seems to have become one, ranking #1 in the poll, above even the main characters. This could be due to her sympathetic backstory, and the fact that she has appeared in two fighting games as of late, having an amusing role in both.
    • Similarly judging from the 2016 popularity poll, it seems safe to assume that the fortune teller has gained a following. Despite being a One-Shot Character character that got Killed Off for Real, he ended up 77th place, putting him above both the Aki sisters, Yamame and Ichirin.
  • Epileptic Trees: A lot of them.
    • The lightning connecting the five eyes of YuugenMagan forms the vague shape of a woman. Who is this woman? The real "brain" of YuugenMagan? Someone else, controlling it? Maybe the eyes themselves are generating it, as a humanoid avatar of their collective consciousness? Or is it just a coincidence?
    • Elis. No one is really certain what she is. Vampire? Magician? Demon? The stages preceding her have "Oriental Magician" as their background music... which is otherwise associated with Marisa.
    • Mima's and Marisa's relationship. There's debate as to whether Mima's her teacher or mother or what. She is generally agreed to have taught Marisa some of her spells, since they have some shared or similar attacks.
    • Konngara is sometimes thought to be an Oni, as she has a horn, and drinks sake while fighting, like Yuugi would do later in the series. At the same time, she lacks feet and there seems to be blood dripping from the base of her horn as though it were a spike through her forehead, so other fans suggest she might be a ghost. But wait! Her boss title is "Astral Knight", so perhaps she is some sort of alien! And yet some other information points to the fact that she may be a yaksha.
    • Fans are divided on whether Rika and Rikako from Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream are the same person or not. Both are more scientifically-minded than most Gensoukyou residents.
    • Kurumi may be related to the Scarlet sisters. Her boss theme is called "Scarlet Symphony ~ Scarlet Phoneme".
    • The nature of danmaku battles in the PC-98 games with some assuming they were lethal battles.
    • The relationship between Alice and Shinki (similar to Marisa and Mima above). For that matter, any attempt to reconcile Windows Alice with her PC-98 appearance.
    • Eirin's character profile says she was surprised to see Sakuya in Imperishable Night, but never explains why. Fanon has explored several possible connections between them, including Sakuya being a Lunarian, Eirin having made her Luna Dial, or the two characters being related in some way. There's also a lot of speculation about how and why Sakuya became Remilia's servant.
    • Reisen's ears have what look like buttons at their base, which led to speculation that she wears fake ears. However, in Silent Sinner in Blue, the other rabbits in the Lunar Defense Corps have the same buttons too, except for Reisen II, their new recruit. Perhaps the buttons are rank insignia of some kind?
    • A popular fan theory has Maribel and Yukari Yakumo being the same person. The basic idea is that when Maribel sleeps, she dreams she is Yukari. And when Yukari sleeps, she dreams she is Maribel. It doesn't help matters that they look very similar. Or that both have boundary-related powers. There may be some evidence suggesting she is Yukari's past time-displaced self. Although Maribel is from the future, Perfect Memento in Strict Sense mentions that a note she wrote was found in Gensokyo several centuries in the past. Another common association is with Marisa, again because they have similar appearances and in this case similar first names as well.
    • Fandom has taken to associating Renko with Reimu the same way they do Maribel with Yukari.
    • Her name, title, and the fact she has a shackle with a broken chain around her left arm, have all fueled speculations that Kasen Ibara is one of the four Devas of the Mountain - specifically Suika's daughter / lover, if you go by the original legend. Japanese mythology, which ZUN takes great liberties with anyway, does include oni hermits. And that's before you get to her mysterious relationship with the Hakurei Shrine or the thing with her right arm.
  • Fandom Berserk Button:
    • "What anime is this?"
    • Playing on Easy mode.
    • A lot of players struggle with the games; do NOT, under ANY circumstances, mention that there are more difficult shoot-em-ups or that there are non-danmaku shooters that are more difficult.
    • "ZUN stole from McRolled!"
      • "What song is this? It's Death Waltz by John Stump."
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Many fans of the shmup genre frown upon Touhou and its fanbase, especially Touhou fans who don't play the games. Although, it's rare to see a Touhou fan be dismissive of fans of the genre.
    • In the Pixiv community, there's a rivalry between Touhou fanartists and KanColle fanartists. If you happen to be a Kan Colle fanartist who once drew Touhou fanart a lot, be prepare to have several zealous Touhou fanartists accusing you for abandoning Touhou fanart and switching side to drawing only Kancolle fanart. Ironically, ZUN has said that he thinks Touhou and Kancolle go well together.
  • Fanon: Touhou basically runs on fanon, with enough sheer fan material in it to make the average fan's head explode. Some of it has even been actually adopted into the canon by the author.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Borderline case for Silent Sinner in Blue. Mainly for introducing two (intentional) God Mode Sues who defeated popular characters in ways that can be best described as either Deus ex Machina or outright cheating.
    • There's also disagreement within the fandom over how much Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth counts. It's the only official Touhou production that wasn't actually written by ZUN himself, and some of the characterization differs from his - especially since it's a gag series that plays fast and loose with such things to begin with.
  • Fan Myopia: Part of this stems from the sheer volume of fan material. Of course, most of the fan material comes from Japan — where Touhou actually is that well-known. This is perhaps why "What anime is this?" is a major Fandom Berserk Button.
  • First Installment Wins: Averted with the whole series, but played straight with Windows era games, where EoSD, PCB and IN and their casts usually have much, much larger fanbases than the later games.
    • Gradually becoming fully averted as time goes on. Characters from later games are shooting up to top spots and intermingling with early-Windows characters, with Koishi taking a surprising #1 in 2015, and multiple characters from Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom landing immediately in the top 25.
  • Freud Was Right: Koishi Komeiji's "Embers of Love" attack, formed of heart-shaped danmaku flying point-first and leaving a trail behind them, looks a little like a different body part. The fandom did not fail to notice, especially since her ability is manipulation of the subconscious.
  • Friendly Fandoms: The Touhou fandom is very friendly with both the Vocaloid and the Team Fortress 2 fandom. There is also a good overlap with the Kantai Collection fandom, due to both series taking elements of Japanese history and making anthromorphic personifications out of them.
  • Game Breaker: The Malice Cannon in Imperishable Night. If you keep tapping the switch button for Art of Forbidden Magic team, both Marisa and Alice's bullets will stay on screen, resulting in a normal attack much more powerful than bombs themselves, hence its fitting namesake, an attack belongs to Marisa and Alice, and a cannon formed with a pure malice.
  • Gateway Series: Generally averted. Most fans who play the games generally don't consider getting into other shoot em ups.
  • Genius Bonus: Many spell cards are named after obscurities related to science, literature, folklore, and the like.
    • Mokou's boss music, "Reach for the Moon, Immortal Smoke", is a reference to "the smoke that rises to the moon even to this day" at the end of The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.
    • Kaguya's third card from Shoot the Bullet references the seamless ceiling of the Kinkaku-ji temple... though whether it's truly seamless or not is disputed, as it has been burned in a fire.
    • Kasen's default stance in Urban Legend in Limbo is the crane stance following in on her animal themed motif.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • While the whole series is still wildly popular in Japan, it's also popular in (of all places) in China and Taiwan, despite, at least in the Chinese case, the whole franchise is about mostly Japanese creatures, and taking into account the turbulent story between China and Japan...It's also popular in the English-speaking world and also mildly popular in the Spanish-speaking world, mainly Spain and Mexico. Reportedly, ZUN is surprised by the size of its western fanbase. It's large enough to spawn a Touhou-themed Fan Convention in California.
    • Though Marisa is very popular in general, often comfortably in second place in Japanese polls, she is extremely popular in the American fandom, where polling shows she resides year after year in first place, often by as big a margin as Reimu gets in Japan (sometimes more than 2nd and 3rd combined). This is likely because she has a western-seeming name, her outfit is that of a stereotypical western witch, she has a boisterous can-do attitude, she's likable and becomes friends with everyone, she refuses to let the world pass her by, and she has pulled herself up from her own bootstraps to become powerful enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Reimu. She is also willing to "appropriate" ideas from other powerful magicians, similar to how America itself is an amalgamation of multiple races, cultures, and creeds. These are all traits that Americans would call uniquely American.
    • Kaguya is much more popular in Chinese Fandom than in Japan, constantly ranking in top 20 most popular character in there. It helps that the popular joke that Kaguya is a NEET is not as big in China compared to in Japan.
  • God-Mode Sue: Watatsuki no Yorihime and her sister Toyohime to some extent. Feats include besting four of the primary characters in combat, being able to summon the power of gods more properly than Reimu, and blocking a Master Spark with her sword. Lampshaded in Symposium of Post-Mysticism, where ZUN stated in an interview that her overpowered status is the reason why she'll never be in the games.
  • Growing the Beard: In two ways namely the gameplay and the story.
    • The games themselves grew, starting roughly with the fourth game and then again with the sixth, into the game series we know today.
    • The story has evolved a lot from its initial outings with the somewhat Excuse Plot of the earlier games to the somewhat more central but still largely self-contained plots starting with the Windows reboot. Then it grew again starting with Mountain of Faith where it now evolved into whole connected arcs.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Byakuren often got saddled with the nickname "Touhou Jesus" and variants. Come a certain fangame, and we're given the ACTUAL Jesus Christ as a Touhou.
    • The fandom's love of miko armpits is even funnier now that there's a character named Miko who also has exposed armpits.
    • Yuuka Kazami is known for her sunflower motif and her tendency to be a sociopathic and violent entity in fan works. The 2015 game Undertale features a sociopathic talking sunflower entity as a character who encourages the player to Kill 'em All.
  • Hype Backlash:
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: The fact that fan works and characters draw in many fans, who have never played the games themselves, doesn't sit well with a lot of people.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • A number of fans don't really play the games so much as read doujinshi or indulge in character fanart.
    • Some part of the audience is here for its soundtrack.
  • Love to Hate: Seija. What's not to love-to-hate... she is a Commander Contrarian who uses others to achieve her ends while screwing them over, to begin with. Love to Hate is also something implied by her nature: her feeling is always opposed to that of others, so she falls into self-loathing when she makes people happy and actually prefers it when no one likes her.
  • Magnificent Bitch:
    • Yukari is a slight heroic example. She led a youkai invasion to the Moon and let them get routed... just to teach them that greed and expansionism is bad. And then we have Silent Sinner In Blue. Turns out the whole invasion this time was a distraction so that Yuyuko could steal lunar treasures. Yuyuko found the treasures boring and brought back sake instead, but that still pissed off the Lunarians who were supposed to be protecting that stuff.
    • Toyosatomimi no Miko set up Buddhism to cow the population, setting herself as something of a holy saint, while actually on the side of the Buddhists' sworn enemies. Countless people died just to ensure that no one can endanger her prospect of becoming immortal. She can give St. Ajora a run for her money. If not for Buddhists wising up and sealing away her resting place, she would have gotten away with her plan.
  • Love It or Hate It: Some fans either detest the games for being exercises in masochism and being largely inaccessiblenote , but others love the games because of their Nintendo Hard Bullet Hell gameplay.
  • Memetic Badass:
    • Cirno. She's the strongest AND a genius! Some of this seems to be finding its way into canon lately.
    • Minamitsu Murasa. She's either CAPTAIN MINAMITSU MOTHERFUCKING MURASA, or she's Popeye's Daughter.
    • Eiki Shiki, YAMAXANADU, mostly due to bkub's comics. (Such portrayals include a Gundam and Batman.)
    • Yuuka Kazami, known as the "Ultimate Sadistic Creature" on pixiv.
  • Memetic Loser: Kaguya Houraisan. In canon, she's an immortal lunar princess with powerful time-warping abilities, and actually one of the harder bosses in higher difficulties. In fanon, she's a NEET who can't do anything but "HELP ME, EIRIN!!".
    • Alice Margatroid: in canon, a calm, stoic woman who prefers being alone. In fanon, is turned into a creepy loser idiot yandere for the same reasons.
    • Remilia Scarlet: in canon, she's a powerful vampire. In fanon, well, the fact that she has a specific pose for cowering (the Charisma Guard/Charisma Break) should tell you all you need to know. It's her low blocking animation from the fighting games.
    • Oddly enough, Cirno finds herself both in the Memetic Badass (above) and Memetic Loser situation. You have those who portray her as much more powerful and competent than she normally is, those who portray her as a complete idiot and utterly worthless, and then you have those who wish both of those factions would just shut the hell up about her.
  • Memetic Mutation: Many, MANY examples, a few of which have become actual canon.
    • Fountain of Memes: Spawned an absolutely incredible amount of memes and in-jokes for a single series. IOSYS remixes in particular have a tendency to spawn more.
    • Watch It for the Meme: Touhou as a whole can claim any number of new fans drawn in by its loads and loads of memes. In fact, because of all the memes, a great number of fans were drawn to the series because of the all-encompassing fandom itself. This odd cycle of fans being attracted to the ever-growing fandom has been described as a "bizarre ouroboros" or a "positive feedback loop".
  • Memetic Troll:
    • Yukari Yakumo is portrayed in fanworks as an incredible troll, ranging from simple tricks with her gaps to pulling elaborate schemes just to piss someone (usually Reimu) off. In canon, she does do strange things and have an odd nature, but generally has a good reason for what she does.
    • Tewi Inaba probably doesn't count on the basis that this is entirely canon for her.
    • Seija Kijin canonically likes pissing people off and hatches elaborate schemes to overthrow the social order. Fanworks tend to dial down the scale of what she does, resulting in this trope.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Clownpiece is a fairy that wears the American Flag as her clothes, and is a complete Badass that throws moons at her enemies. Naturally, she's beloved by American fans.
  • Moe: Fan depictions of the girls have a natural tendency to play up either the girls' moe-ness or badass-ness. Bonus points if they can pull off both at the same time.
    • Generally, ZUN tries not to give his characters stereotypical moe personalities, but the fandom will do so in the absence of any canon stating otherwise, such as with Koakuma and Momiji shortly after they were introduced. In the guidebooks, ZUN tends to go out of his way to Joss many of the fans' moe portrayals, most notably when Symposium of Post-Mysticism showed Kisume to be a Creepy Child.
    • Sometimes the reverse happen as Yuuka's picture in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and appearance in a stage in Hopeless Masquerade (where she smiles and waves) play up the moe than the vicious.
    • Kogasa is the new youkai moe~, due to the umbrella she carries (like Yuuka - the first youkai moe~), her chew toy/woobie status, and a high level combination of moe factors. This ultimately results in fanart that looks like this.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Because of "I GOT CAVED BY EX-KEINE!", it will be a long time before Keine is taken seriously again. IOSYS effectively turning it into a Forced Meme didn't help.
    • Shou is portrayed by fans as always losing things because she lost her pagoda during the events of UFO. Ironic, considering her ability is to attract treasures...
    • Meiling and her butt monkey rendition, not at all helped by old jokes used and Tasafro's treatment of her in the few fighters she's in.
    • When Seiran was first introduced, the red stains on her mallet were assumed to be blood and the fandom immediately labelled her as Ax-Crazy because of that. Even when her profile stated that she'd been making mochi before she confronted the player characters (so the red stains probably aren't blood, especially since in the game itself the stains are actually purple), and she doesn't come off as particularly Ax-Crazy personality-wise, fans will still interpret the stains on her mallet as blood.
    • The joke that Kaguya is a NEET stems from the implication that she spent hundreds of years in her mansion without leaving, despite the fact that she does so because she is a fugitive who needs to stay hidden from the envoys of the moon. Later appearances shows that Kaguya is actively looking for something new to do, often holding an event and goes outside to kill boredom.
  • Older Than They Think: A few music fan remixes existed at least a year before the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil was announced.
  • Praising Shows You Don't Watch: A lot of fans admit to having played the games either for a brief period of time or not at all, instead focusing on the fan content. This is perhaps part of why the Touhou fanbase has a rivalry with the general shoot-em-up fanbase, especially shooter players who Play the Game, Skip the Story, and also why most Touhou fans don't bother to get into other shooter series.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Sanae's newly discovered interest in youkai exterminationnote  has led to fans taking it a bit far and giving her a sadistic streak and a fanatical zeal for it.
    • Alice gets turned into a creepy loser who murders her lovers or love rivals often, for whatever reason.
    • Koishi is turned into a psychotic murderer by fans who take "subconscious reading" as a very bad thing.
    • Byakuren is often either depicted as a naive loony or a genocidal murderer. Or both. Mostly from suspicion that people who try to be good aren't, and further exacerbated by SoPM and the fact that she sides with youkai against humans and dodged several questions from Miko.
    • Aya being a creepy peeper and possibly molester.
    • Reimu herself has been turned into something much worse in fan works than she was in the main games and print works, usually due to Flanderization.
  • The Scrappy: It's hard to find any due to the wildly varying depictions of the characters, and even then, some examples are hotly debated, but still:
    • The Village Humans, as a whole, are widely disliked for being overly fearful and whiny, never acknowledging any of the good Reimu does, ignoring all the times Reimu has saved them, and always exaggerating the extent of her friendship with Youkai. One might even argue that her shoot-on-sight attitude, on top of many of her other negative traits, are all thanks to their bitching, as she feels pressured to appease them and subvert their expectations. Their fear and Fantastic Racism is expected of them, and even encouraged to maintain Gensokyo's balance, but their insistence that Reimu doesn't do anything and lets Youkai run rampant has visibly left a mark on her spirits.
    • The Aki sisters are very unpopular, so unpopular that everywhere below them on the character polls is officially considered bottom tier, populated by character pets and inanimate objects. Many fans go so far as to say their existence is pointless. Reasons include them being incredibly weak yet still demanding respect, having even less to do with the respective game than other Stage 1 bosses, or a multitude of other things. Minoriko's ZUN illustration being one of the ugliest and most deformed-looking pictures in the whole franchise hasn't helped. However, since they aren't actually bad, just easily ignored and forgotten, some fan artists depict them fighting back against their critics.
    • Sanae and Aya had been going in and out of this for a while, both being panned for appearing in several games that don't have much to do with them, and being generally annoying when they do show up. Some say they were Rescued from the Scrappy Heap or Vindicated by History as time went on, as later games and print works put those appearances in context, giving them solid motives and much funnier interactions.
    • A generally agreed upon pair of Scrappies are the Watatsuki sisters from Silent Sinner in Blue and many of their traits can apply to the Lunarians as a whole. They are extremely xenophobic jerks who observe anything other than them as "impure". They are also ungodly powerful, capable of taking the main characters on at the same time and easily winning and even outsmarting Yukari. ZUN had to concede that he would never put the two in a game because of these. And even though Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom does feature the Lunarians, the two sisters are not even mentioned in the game and the race as a whole are treated as a bit of Butt Monkeys by the real instigators of the plot by being driven off the moon by fairies.
      • This is hilariously played with in-universe, especially by their subordinates, the Moon Rabbits, in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom. Reisen and friends bemoan their jobs as thankless, perfectionist slave labor. Eirin was even afraid to tell Reimu the Lunarians were the ones who needed saving, for fear that she and her friends would refuse. No one likes the Lunarians.
      • Despite being a Lunarian herself, Sagume Kishin averts this. Due to having a Blessed with Suck power that makes her a Cosmic Plaything if she doesn't stay as The Stoic, and being a Reasonable Authority Figure that didn't go through with purifying Gensokyo, instead getting the help of the protagonists. It's even implied that she also doesn't approve of how the Lunarians run things around her, but she can't intervene because of her power.
  • Scrub: Some players tend to get very irritated and jealous if you don't think the games are absolutely Nintendo Hard, more so if you mention that you can 1CC the games.
    • “Stop Having Fun” Guys: Some players tend to get mad as hell if you mention you've had difficulty with the games in any shape or form.
  • Self-Fanservice: One important reason for Touhou's popularity is how ugly ZUN's original character illustration is, inspiring legions of fan artists to improve it. As alluded to elsewhere, he seems to have trouble drawing a girl who looks postpubescent, leaving fans to come to a consensus on what some characters should "really" look like. In a broader sense, the entire series itself has next to nothing resembling sexual or romantic content, but you would never guess that from the fandom.
  • Shipping: A lot of it in this fandom, despite how canon works strictly adhere to No Hugging, No Kissing. While ZUN has said he doesn't mind all the shipping the fandom does, he isn't interested in participating himself since he sees the characters as his kids. See the Ho Yay page, and the Touhou Wiki for full details and Portmanteau Couple Names. Commonly used Shipping Tropes include:
    • Crack Pairing:
      • Since he's almost the only straight option in Gensokyo, there are a lot of crack pairing pictures with Rinnosuke and one of the girls. Somehow, a few fans even manage to slash him despite the rather limited options. The most common person he is slashed with? ZUN.
      • Wriggle is often paired up with Yuuka, of all people. Fridge Brilliance kicks in once you realize that Yuuka's power is tied to flowers, Wriggle is a firefly, and flowers rely on insects to pollinate.
      • Mokou and Mystia, in spite of (or perhaps because of) Mokou claiming to run a yakitori stand. Though Mystia is a sparrow, not a chicken.
    • Everyone Is Gay/Les Yay Shipping: The inevitable consequence of an Improbably Female Cast. There's even fanart of the girls trying to hit on an obviously uninterested Rinnosuke.
    • Fan-Preferred Couple: Quite a few. See the Video Games subpage for that article.
    • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Marisa gets paired with Reimu, Mima, Alice, Patchouli, Flandre, Nitori, and many, many more.
    • No Yay: Unless you're into giantess and/or vore, it's hard to ship Shinmyoumaru with anyone due to her minimal size. It gets worse due to the implication that she's the Last of Her Kind.
    • Ship Mates: Reimu x Marisa shippers will pair up Alice and Patchouli for this reason (while Marisa/Patchouli fans would pair Reimu/Alice). See the example on the Ship Mates page for how ridiculous this can get.
    • Ships That Pass in the Night: Usually based on game locations (bosses for adjacent stages, a boss and the midboss of their stage) or possible common interests.
    • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Astonishingly averted, for a fandom with Eleventy Zillion True Pairings. Fans of "competing" ships are generally happy to coexist peacefully. (Girl-on-Girl Is Hot may have more than a little to do with this...)
    • Sibling Incest: Any pair of sisters will have fanart showing them in a relationship.
  • Spoil At Your Own Risk: ZUN specifically requested that the endings to the games not be posted on the Internet to avoid spoilers; fan sites have managed to follow this request, but once in a blue moon, the content will pop up somewhere. Generally though, if you're looking for the ending, you'll be able to find it.
  • “Stop Having Fun” Guys:
    • Admitting to playing using a pad tends to elicit harassment from some players who think you should be using a keyboard instead.
    • Mocking those who play "Easy Modo" is incredibly common, including in the games themselves, and stating "it's unforgivable to play Easy Mode unless you're a grade school kid" is one of the fans' many memes. Some take it further and insist that the only difficulty mode is Lunatic. This is a symptom of the already hardcore shmup crowd.
      • How serious this in particular is depends on where you are on the internet. Here, danbooru, or imageboards? Not so much. A shmup site? You better be able to 1cc Lunatic.
      • Ironically Easy mode isn't play tested that well compared to other difficulties resulting in sometimes cards that are harder than other difficulties.
    • ZUN's request to not spoil the endings is taken rather seriously.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: People where skeptical about Urban Legend in Limbo when it was revealed to be based on the same engine as Hopeless Masquerade, however when the game was released, people where pleasantly surprised to see that controls where sharper, mechanics refined, AI improved, bugs ironed out and the story proving to be a Wham Episode.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: While every character can be moe, Chen may just get the most of this treatment from the fandom, despite her actually being rather devious and mischievous. Her mere presence can often drive Ran into massive nose bleeds with sheer cuteness.
    • CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!
  • Tear Jerker: Several characters like Yuyuko, Byakuren, Mokou, and the Prismriver Sisters have had tragic events in their lives, none of which are mentioned in or greatly affect the games proper.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: The Aki sisters are considered to be the least notable of the Windows era characters, below even midbosses like Daiyousei and Koakuma, which leads to a Memetic Mutation where they are called original characters.
    • They've started to gain popularity in response to this, not so much to say Alice's level, but fans have a soft spot for them.
    • The Tsukumo sisters from Double Dealing Character have been met with similar treatment. Being forgettable due to their arguably bland design and concept. It doesn't help that they are overshadowed by their teacher, Raiko Horikawa, who is the Extra Boss in the game.
  • Values Dissonance: Something not readily apparent to western viewers. Byakuren was originally motivated by fear, then love (the two extremes) and used deception to make youkai and humans equal. She's an extremely lapsed Buddhist. The Japanese are also critical of the western take on "equality". If you treat the strong and the weak the same way, the strong will have an advantage. Needless to say, quite a few grimdark doujinshi turn her into some sort of evil mass murderer who genocides "weak" beings.
    • The same goes for Miko, who is similarly lapsed: Taoism is about letting things be, not actively meddling in everything.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Meira, Wriggle and Shou are sometimes mistaken for males by the fandom. Wriggle wearing pants and a tomboyish look could easily be mistaken for a boy at first glance. In Shou's case, her masculine-sounding name and appearance didn't help things either.
  • What an Idiot: On Easy difficulty, Cirno's Icicle Fall spell card has a blatant blind spot right in front of her.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Children as young as 8 years old are fans of the series.
  • The Woobie:
    • Cirno. Though some might argue she has it coming, she is treated rather harshly by other characters, particularly in Hisoutensoku when a purposeful misdirection by Marisa nearly gets her killed. As much as a fairy can be killed, at least.
    • Hong Meiling gets this in fanon a lot, especially by making Sakuya out to be abusive.
    • Flandre. Willingly or not, enduring almost complete solitary confinement for several centuries is not known to have many benefits, while her ability ensures that even at best everyone will always keep her at a metaphorical arm's distance.
    • Yuyuko. Though she is much better now, the circumstances that led to her becoming a ghost, as well as the desire to resurrect the person under the Ayakashi because she could only bring death and never life, fall well into this trope.
    • Reisen. Often played for comedy in fanon. Possibly of the iron variety due to her desire to protect her masters and subordinate despite how they treat her.
    • Kogasa. She's an unwanted umbrella who can't even use her power to surprise people properly. In Double Spoiler her title is "Pitiable Illegally Dumped Object". And for Ten Desires, it's "Greatly Troubled Lost Article". There, she's seen trying to get the help of the protagonists, as she can't deal with that stage's boss. And then the protagonists beat her up anyways. Fanart often takes it to Butt Monkey status, sometimes even going so far as to put her crying on a pile of trash while dressed in tattered clothes.
    • Byakuren, even more so than Flandre, though definitely of the Iron Woobie subtype, remaining dedicated to her self-imposed mission.
    • The Aki sisters, due to their lack of popularity and tendency to end up as Butt Monkeys in what few appearances in the series they get.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Junko. While she is vindictive and uncaring of those who might get harmed in her path of revenge, one can't help from feeling sorry for her as the betrayal of her husband and death of her son has driven her to being a spirit of pure hatred and resentment.

Examples in the games' gameplay:

  • Base Breaker:
  • Breather Level: While the final bosses are devastating, the final stage tends to be mercifully short, often with enemies that drop full powerups. Reisen is infamous for being one of the easier stage five bosses.
    • The final spellcard of Impossible Spell Card, Yukari's Casebook of Luck, Resilience, and Perserverance, while harder than average, is much, much easier than anything else stage 10 throws at you, even when going for a no-item clear.
  • Broken Base: The decision to release Double Dealing Character in the West exclusively on Playism. Some feel that ZUN is holding back by refusing to have it published on Steam, especially since most Americans refuse to buy from Playism and prefer to buy their games on Steam, while others are just glad the game has an official overseas digital release at all.
  • Disappointing Last Level: The general consensus is that Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom would be a much better game if Junko, the final boss, was better designed. All but a few of her attacks are variations on expanding danmaku rings, which, as several big-name Touhou players have pointed out, are the easiest and quickest danmaku patterns to program. Most of them require extremely tight micrododging, which makes playing as anyone but Reimu painfully difficult and leads to a lot of clipping deaths.
  • Game Breaker:
    • Marisa in Mountain of Faith. Her B-type shot has a glitch that makes it insanely powerful under the right circumstances, earning it the Fan Nickname of MarisaBugged or sometimes MarisaBroken.
    • Much less severe, but Marisa's teamup with Alice in Imperishable Night has access to another highly damaging exploit, which fans have dubbed the Malice Cannon
      • Subverted is that without it, they're under damaging compared to other teams for the effort needed.
    • Reimu and Yukari's team in the same game, where they have perks of smaller hit boxes, a larger death bomb window, Reimu's homing shots that pack a stronger than usual punch, and Yukari's shot type (which has Ran locking on to an enemy and locking on, allowing the player to dodge easily while doing pretty nice damage). The only teams that can outdamage them need some skill/effort to pull off the set ups. There's good reasons why most 1cc runs are done with this team.
    • Sakuya's shot types in Perfect Cherry Blossom. First of all, Sakuya gets four bombs per life, instead of Reimu's three. Her A-type shot is a giant spread when she's unfocused, and a single-target homing shot when focused, with bombs that share the same properties. Her B-type shot, once mastered, essentially has the coverage of her A-type shot with the power of ReimuB, as well as lockable options and a bomb with a very long invincibility frame. The only downsides are Sakuya's fast focused movement speed and Merlin's opener.
    • Marisa's B type bomb in Double Dealing Character, Magic Absorber, is this due to allowing a player to farm a ridiculous amount of lives if they get the timing down for it and find the right spot.
    • Sanae in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom. She has a mix of her UFO shot types (Cobalt Spread unfocused, Sky Serpent focused, Wily Toad as bomb). Her unfocused shot has wide spread and her focused shot homes to the first enemy it sees, both which raze stage portions and are good against bosses while focusing more dodging and less on hitting the enemy. Her bomb has good duration and damage, but more importantly, it doesn't do damage right away and it has some set up time in which Sanae is invulnerable and can jump directly into the enemy danmaku, allowing her to easily get more than the 200 graze required to get life pieces.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • MAlice Cannon in Imperishable Night. Lasers in the earlier Touhou games were somewhat laggy in their hit detection. In IN's case, this meant that you could switch between Alice and Marisa rapidly, and Alice's full damage would go through, the lag on the laser covering the time as Marisa. Interestingly, without this, trick the Marisa/Alice team is woefully underpowered.
    • Marisa B(ugged/roken) in Mountain of Faith. Whenever Marisa B has between 3.00 and 3.95 power, the central laser does ten times the appropriate damage value when unfocused.
    • In Subterranean Animism, Reimu C (Reimu and Aya) and Marisa B (Marisa and Patchy) can destroy the 3rd (only in the demo, she can't be destroyed in that way in the full version), 6th, and extra stage midbosses just by bombing them as they appear.
    • A lot of these bugs can be found here.
    • One particular bug in Hisoutensoku involving Sakuya's timehax can cause Utsuho's suns to grow to insane sizes.
    • In Urban Legend in Limbo, Byakuren can activate her "Brilliance of Mahavairocana" (normally a counter) spellcard by bouncing one of her vajras on her opponent. Twilight Frontier apparently knew of the bug and liked it so much they left it in.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • Lotus Land Story, where most of the standard Touhou gameplay features were introduced.
    • Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, with the introduction of the Spell Card system.
  • It's Hard, so It Sucks:
    • Many fans who got into Touhou through Fanon or Memetic Mutation first find the games to be stupidly hard, if not impossible, whether through watching videos of Lunatic difficulty and Extra Stage runs (which are always the most viewed videos of Touhou gameplay on any sufficiently popular video host) or trying the games themselves, getting overwhelmed by the bullet counts, and burning through all three continues before they even finish Stage 3. On Easy. As a result, the series has a reputation as an exercise in sheer masochism; this is despite Touhou being easier than most arcade shoot-em-ups (including non-danmaku games), but most casual Touhou fans are generally not aware of other shmup series.
    • Even amongst series veterans, Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom is decried for being far too difficult, especially on Legacy Mode when the patterns are balanced for Pointdevice Mode. Perhaps an example of Be Careful What You Wish For, as many fans feel that the previous game, Double Dealing Character, is easier than the games that come before it.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks:
    • A popular opinion of Ten Desires, which ZUN intentionally made easier to attract a wider audience.
    • Mostly averted. Despite each game taking on average no more than 30 minutes to complete, the series has a very big following, especially for a shmup series.
  • Memetic Badass: The series itself is notorious for its high apparent difficulty, particularly amongst Shoot 'em Up newcomers.
  • More Popular Spin-off: While the series is known for its iconic mainline games, as far as playing and enjoying the games go, many fans find the fighting game spinoffs more fun due to generally being more familiar with fighting games than Bullet Hell shoot-em-ups.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The pichun that plays when you die often invokes this for players who aren't very good at the games.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sound that plays when you get an extra life. (the one that plays when the video timer hits the 27 second mark)
  • Older Than They Think: Amaya Yukimura from the Shoot 'em Up game Juuni Jumon already used big moon-shaped bullets before Clownpiece in Legacy on Lunatic Kingdom.
  • Scrappy Mechanic:
    • The tenth game, Mountain of Faith, generated discontent among fans because of the significant gameplay changes, such as linking the bomb system to weapon powerups, not having individualized bombs for each of the shot types, and making the continues send you back to the beginning of the level. Most notable was the removal of the "graze" system, where one is rewarded for getting close to bullets as often as possible without getting hit. This was thankfully put back in for Subterranean Animism, where's it's actually the basis of the scoring system.
    • Undefined Fantastic Object heralds the return of more classic features, such as the separate bomb bar and character-unique spell cards, but the UFO mechanic for this game proves annoying to many players, especially since using said mechanic is one of the few ways to gain more power, bombs, points, and lives. And by "one of the few" we mean "basically the only really effective way."
    • The scoring system in Ten Desires requires that you spend most of the time near the top of the screen, meaning you have to rely on luck and memorization to avoid getting hit, rather than skill. The time for deathbombing also becomes shorter. You basically need to have an instance of Super Reflexes to do it, by predicting your death and bombing just as you're hit. Otherwise, you'll just enter Trance mode (if applicable) and die.
    • The Pointdevice Mode in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom has one glaring flaw: when a player resets to a check point, he or she loses one point of power out of 400 possible (shown ingame as 1.00 to 4.00). Since the reset most likely will be due to getting killed by yet another boss and the power being based on full hundreds of points, getting a reset will cause the 4.00 (max) to drop to 3.99 or less, which in turn means losing one attack orb and thus losing a staggering 25% of damage output, making the next attempt to finish the phase in question just that much harder, especially boss fights, where they are needed by far the most. Mountain of Faith above, ironically, had the answer: power levels go up to 5.00, but level 5 doesn't increase attack power over level 4, making level 5 a buffer.
  • Small Reference Pools: For the Shoot 'em Up genre. Either this is the only shoot-em-up series most people (especially in anime-oriented communities) know, or every shoot-em-up is compared to Touhou.
  • Spiritual Licensee: You could call Double Dealing Character the most popular Shinobu Yagawa game in the West.note 
  • Surprise Difficulty:
    • Players familiar with fanworks come into Cirno's fight expecting it to be a joke. Then they eat icicle shotgun. And, while Icicle Fall ~ Easy deserves its memetic status, the version on normal is actually fairly nasty. It's basically the same thing, except Cirno also fires a spread of larger bullets in front of her, meaning you actually have to navigate the icicles, which is harder than you'd think. Her first nonspell is also pretty brutal and will kill you if you don't know what you're doing. In fact, after the rather pathetic Rumia, Cirno is very much a Wake-Up Call Boss.
    • Kogasa.
  • That One Boss: Enough examples for their own page.
  • Tier-Induced Scrappy:
    • Fans often describe Alice solo as the worst playable character in Imperishable Night because of her narrow range of attack and terrible spell damage. Possible justification of the Malice Cannon, and maybe even the pairing.
    • Similarly, Sakuya solo in Imperishable Night. She has the fastest focused speed, her shot is a widespread similar to her Sakuya A unfocused from PCB, but it has low damage even at full power and to make reliable damage to bosses, the player needs to shotgun her (ie. shooting at the boss right in front of her).
    • Utsuho in Hisoutensoku is a Skill Gate Character with extremely powerful (and surprisingly quick) melee attacks as well as immense and incredibly dense strong bullets. She's also one of the more popular characters, making her the bane of most players just starting out.
  • Underused Game Mechanic:
    • Most early games will show a post-game statistics screen, such as the percentage of the game completed, how many lives you lost, how many bombs you fired, how many spellcards you captured, etc. This was sadly abandoned starting from the 10th main game, Mountain of Faith.
    • Spell Practice was introduced in the 8th main game, Imperishable Night, allowing you to practice individual enemy spellcards that you've reached; to compare, Practice Start only lets you start from the beginning of any stage you've reached. For whatever reason, it was scrapped for the 10th, 11th (Subterranean Animism), and 12th (Undefined Fantastic Object) gamesnote , but was mercifully brought back for the 13th game, Ten Desires and beyond.

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