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Youkai of Darkness

"Is that so~?"

A darkness youkai and stage 1 boss. She wears a ribbon that's actually a magic amulet that she can't touch, leading to many fan theories as to what it does. Rumia has the distinction of being the first boss in the series to fight using the modern Spell Card rules.

  • Biblical Motifs: To appear more menacing and badass, she has her arms fully extended to her sides at all times, imitating a "the saint was crucified" pose when attacking someone. However, it ends up looking more like a childish Bird Run instead.
  • Bird Run: She always has her arms fully extended to make her look more menacing, but instead it looks more like this trope. Marisa herself states it looks more "like someone discovering the decimal system."
  • Catchphrase: Rumia says "Is that so~" exactly once during Reimu's scenario. Fan works repeat this, sometimes reducing this to her only line of dialogue. Ascended in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, where she uses the phrase once again.
  • Casting a Shadow: As implied by her title. ZUN has gone on record saying he deliberately chose a power that sounds more like it belongs to a Final Boss and gave it to a complete idiot.
  • Cheerful Child: She is sometimes shown this way if the artist decides to ignore her creepy tendencies.
  • Creepy Child: She’s especially cheerful when talking about eating people or crucifixionnote , and would be a horrible man-eater if she wasn't so incompetent at hunting.
  • Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: Rumia complains in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red that light hurts her eyes. Whether this is simply because her eyes are adjusted to the dark or because light is an innate weakness of hers is unknown, but she's apparently fine with moonlight.
  • The Ditz: Likely the stupidest character in canon — she can't eat anyone because she blinds herself instead of the target every single time. Fanon manages to make it even worse.
  • Dumb Blonde: She's blonde and one of the least intelligent youkai in the series.
  • Innate Night Vision: She is stated to be able to see well enough in the darkness to be able to read Aya's newspaper while Aya herself is unable to see pretty much anything at all. However, it is unknown if this is an actual power of hers or if her eyes are merely completely adapted to the dark due to her spending the majority of her time in her bubble of darkness.
  • Leitmotif: Officially, it's "Apparitions Stalk the Night" but she is also heavily associated with Embodiment of Scarlet Devil's stage 1 theme, "A Soul as Red as a Ground Cherry".
  • Mundane Utility: Her personal bubble of darkness occasionally gets used by other youkai and fairies that hate direct sunlight and/or the heat it brings as a shelter on hot days.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Or just lie down next to a tree and wait for the 'thunk' indicating that she has knocked herself out for you.
  • Required Secondary Powers: She usually surrounds herself in a bubble of darkness that even she cannot see through, causing her to spend most of her time crashing into trees. That said, her night vision seems to be better than most people's, as she is able to read a newspaper in total darkness while Aya can't see a thing.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: A widely accepted Epileptic Tree states that the amulet tied in her hair (which she cannot touch) is a magical Restraining Bolt holding back the ultra-powerful "EX-Rumia". This started a minor trend, with EX versions of nearly every low-level boss being created.
  • To Serve Man: At least in theory. There is no actual evidence for this, and could easily be simply bluster. The expanded universe states she's too moronic to be able to catch any human.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is often spelled starting with an L: Lumia.


Daiyousei/Greater Fairy

A fairy who lives at the same lake as Cirno and is the midboss of her stage. She doesn't have an official name, so fans call her Daiyousei, or "Greater Fairy", even though that's also a generic term for any of the game's stronger fairies. She was probably intended to just be a nameless Elite Mook, but in Fanon, she's generally considered to be Cirno's close friend.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Occasionally depicted as the older sister/friend to Cirno. Her personality can range from being very protective to obsessively in love with Cirno, even up to (Played for Laughs) Yandere levels. This also derives the inversion of this trope with "Cirno-nee", in which Cirno is taller, bustier, and older than Daiyousei.
  • Blue Oni: To Cirno's Red Oni. She is depicted as the most observant and level-headed member of Team 9 (not that this means much).
  • D-Cup Distress: As an extension of her name and possibly to emphasise her relative maturity, many fanworks depict Dai as the most "developed" of the fairy characters (how much so varies), often getting self-conscious about it if it's brought up. This depiction is often called DAIyousei by fans.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: Sometimes depicted as such (relative to the other fairies at least), based on being a "Big Fairy".
  • Leitmotif: Not officially, but she is often pictured with "Lunate Elf", the stage 2 theme.
  • King Incognito: Is sometimes depicted in fanon as the secret true leader of all the fairies in Gensokyo (or at least the ones inhabiting the area in and around the Misty Lake) due to her possession of actual common sense and/or being the oldest fairy there, or at least the closest thing they have to one.
  • Nature Spirit: Since she's a fairy, but there's no canon on what aspect of nature she represents.
  • No Name Given: For note, "Daiyousei" is the name fans give her, sometimes shortened to just "Dai" or "Dai-chan". She is not given any names in canon.
  • Only Sane Man: Fanon portrays her as having more common sense than most fairies. Some even portray her as being smarter than some humans.
  • Recurring Extra: What her role is in canon. In the manga, she's sometimes seen in the background as one of Cirno's fairy friends, but never with any kind of importance.
  • Resurrective Immortality: As with all fairies, she quickly revives if killed.
  • Shrinking Violet: Her depiction in Strange and Bright Nature Deity has her act like this, especially around Reimu.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Cirno's tomboy.
  • Winged Humanoid: Has golden wings on her back.


Ice Fairy of the Lake

"When it comes to me, I am the strongest!"

An ice fairy who lives at the lake surrounding the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Her favorite hobby is freezing frogs and watching them thaw. Surprisingly, Cirno is one of the few characters that realizes what's going on during Phantasmagoria of Flower View, even though she mistakes it for a festival. Is best known for both an infamous Memetic Mutation detailed below and Icicle Fall -Easy-, a Spell Card that can be completely dodged by placing yourself directly in front of Cirno.

  • Badass Armfold: Her default pose in Hisoutensoku.
  • Badass Boast:
    • Even back then in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she tried to do this with "I'll cryo-freeze you together with some English beef!".
    • "I'm the strongest!" in Phantasmagoria of Flower View, adopted by fans as her Catchphrase.
    • She also gets about one for each of the six paths in Fairy Wars, each one quite silly:
      • "I'm Cirno! The freezer of crybabies!"
      • "I'm not scared of youkai or gods! I'll show you what "Recklessness is courage" is all about!"
      • "I'm Cirno! The eternal omiwatari!"
      • "I'm an ice fairy who can pound a nail in with a banana! And this unstoppable fairy's gonna win fair and square!"
      • "Nah, I'm fine going solo. I'm strong enough on my ownsome! Breaking three arrows at once should be faster than breaking them one by one!"
      • "I've been going easy on you 'til now, but now I'm gonna get serious! On a night of spring when the cold returns, it's time for you to run out of sake and freeze to death!"
  • Berserk Button: “The one who says "idiot" is the idiot!”
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: When drawn by Makoto Hirasaka, she has very noticeable eyebrows.
  • Blood Knight: Cirno's dialogue in Great Fairy Wars seems to imply so. It’s taken further in Hidden Star in Four Seasons, where she’s so hopped up on seasonal energy that she decides to try to conquer Gensokyo and pummel anyone who stands in her way.
  • BFS:
    • In Hisoutensoku, she pulls out a large sword made of ice for some of her attacks. Her strongest attack in said game, Ice Clump "Great Crusher", has her strike her opponent with an enormous (and deceptively fast) ice hammer. Deconstructed, as Cirno can't actually wield these weapons and needs gravity do most of the swinging.
    • Fan Works often depict her as wielding a giant suika bar, in reference to the fan comic Advent Cirno (a parody of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children with Cirno in the role of Cloud).
  • Boisterous Weakling: Declares herself to be the strongest fairy. While definitely not far from the truth (Eiki even notes that a fairy with her level of power is dangerous), she is still severely outmatched by any of the main characters, and confrontations rarely end well for her. And as of Legacy or Lunatic Kingdom, her title as “strongest fairy” is seriously challenged by the existence of Clownpiece, though thankfully, Cirno is unaware of this (as of this writing) and Clownpiece is either just as oblivious or simply doesn’t care.
  • Breakout Character: The main character of Fairy Wars and is on the cover for a second time — a first for anyone who is not Reimu.
  • Brick Joke: One of Cirno's first attempts at operating a stall failed when she tried to sell shaved ice that had no flavors in them. By the time Chapter 10 of Visionary Fairies in Shrine rolls around, she again starts a shaved ice stand, this time having learned to add flavoring.
  • Butt-Monkey: Cirno's cocky attitude combined with her relatively weak powers and childish incompetence means she often ends up in humiliating situations. Even ZUN himself is not immune, as a page in the manual for Phantasmagoria of Flower View has a screenshot from the game with the different user interface elements labeled with a number, with Cirno, shown as the rival player, labeled ⑨. In the legend below the image, it said:
    1. Player
    2. Score
    3. Health
  • Close-Range Combatant: In Hisoutensoku, Cirno's melee attacks are very fast and have good Combo potential, while most of her projectiles are either weak or short-ranged. Subverted in that her most effective strategies rely on her keeping momentum to prevent the target from retaliating, as Cirno loses health fast if her opposition can actually hit her at this range.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: She's picked up a tan come Hidden Star in Four Seasons as a result of the seasonal energy powering her up.
  • David vs. Goliath:
    • Pretty much any time she's playable and fighting something that isn't another fairy.
    • Reaches the logical extreme when she takes on Marisa again in Fairy Wars and wins. Granted, Marisa was going easy on Cirno, but scoring a victory against the one who prides herself as "the second strongest in Gensokyo" is a Moment of Awesome by itself. invoked
    • In Hidden Star In Four Seasons, she challenges the powerful goddess Okina Matara using the worst possible moment for a fairy, which prevents Okina from taking her power and booting her out of her realm. She proceeds to defeat the secret deity, one of the Great Sages of Gensokyo (a rank she shares with the likes of Yukari Yakumo), while being powered down. BY COMPLETE ACCIDENT.
  • Day in the Limelight: Main character and only playable character of Fairy Wars, much to the fandom's surprise. She becomes playable again in Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Although she does have a few moves that would qualify as single-hit nukes, Cirno's (possibly) greatest strength in the fighting games is being able to dish out tiny bits of damage really fast, since her moveset is full of techniques that hit lots of times.
  • De-Power: In Chapter 8 of Visionary Fairies in Shrine (shortly after Hidden Star in Four Seasons), she wanders off during the night. A while later, the Three Fairies find her in a snow bank, having returned to her original form and lost her resistance to heat.
  • The Ditz: Very immature and childish in mentality, though Flanderization turns her into a complete idiot. Said Flanderization is based on a spell card having an obvious blind spot on Easy, but on harder difficulties, you find that the spell card in question is Not So Harmless, usually when trying to exploit that blind spot only to get a bunch of bullets in your face.
    • Downplayed and sometimes partially averted in the series proper. She is much smarter than any other fairy, and was able to explain to Reimu and Marisa during 'Phantasmagoria of Flower View' that flowers of all seasons had bloomed before, but no-one felt it significant. It was.
  • Dumb Muscle: The Three Fairies of Light seem to have this view of Cirno by the time of Visionary Fairies in Shrine, seeing her as a "useful idiot" who can be tricked into helping them out by appealing to her ego.
  • Elemental Powers: Aside from the ice powers, there are fan-made palette swapped versions of Cirno for almost every element, with Achi Cirno (fire) being the first and most popular counterpart.
  • Epic Fail: On Easy, her Icicle Fall spellcard has a blind spot, and it's in front of her at point blank. Even preceding bosses Rumia and Daiyousei don't bear this same degree of stupidity. And while safe spots in spellcards are hardly unheard of (it happens even with high-level bosses, including the very much not weak Flandre Scarlet), Cirno's is by far the most obvious and glaring one.
  • Failed a Spot Check:
    • In Strange and Bright Nature Deity, when playing hide and seek with Daiyousei, she fails to notice the Three Fairies behind her, even though they weren't trying to hide themselves. Made worse when it takes Cirno several seconds to realize that someone is talking to her.
    • In Hidden Star in Four Seasons, she repeatedly fails to notice the seasons changing until the stage boss points it out.
  • The Fog of Ages: Like all fairies, she has difficulty remembering what happened a day earlier, let alone years; her From a Single Cell Resurrective Immortality makes it hard to form coherent memories (her literacy is another thing making her an extreme rarity among her race). She can barely remember the events of Phantasmagoria Of Flower View, and can't recall the specifics even when reminded multiple times. Which is fine by her, as long as she gets to do what she does every single day — play, fly, and challenge others to see if she'll win.
  • The Fool: Whenever she is a main character. In Hidden Star In Four Seasons, she sets off with the goal of conquering Gensokyo, and, while she doesn't accomplish that, she manages — by complete accident — to set up the perfect circumstances for her to challenge and defeat secret goddess Okina Matara. Okina muses that Cirno must be brilliant and that her ditziness must be an act, only to be rather stunned when she realizes that she is exactly as dumb as she appears.
  • Fragile Speedster: As a fairy, she's naturally physically much weaker than even humans from the Outside World, but if she keeps her momentum going, she's capable of taking out the likes of Utsuho.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Is basically friends with the Three Fairies of Light, even if they do come to blows from time to time.
  • Harmless Freezing: Averted. About 1/3rd of the frogs she freezes winds up shattering. Interestingly, some frogs can survive being frozen and thawed with no ill effects. It's implied that the ones that shatter are unfortunate victims of Cirno being a klutz with the ice.
  • Heroic RRoD: Okina informs Cirno in her scenario of Hidden Star in Four Seasons that her tan is a physical manifestation of her seasonal energy going out of control, and if it isn't removed, she'll end up being torn apart by it.
  • Hot-Blooded: Ironic given she's an ice fairy, but she is well known for her almost shonen-hero like passion and the ease with which she gets fired up (or iced up, as Clownpiece put it). Unfortunately for her, this also means she is extremely impulsive and rarely thinks through any of her actions.
  • An Ice Person: An Ice Fairy.
  • Immortality: The resurrective kind, a stated property of all fairies — they tend to be fragile and short-lived, but respawn immediately on death. Not used much with the other fairy characters, but for fans it goes very nicely with Cirno's tendency to recklessly get in over her head.
  • Implacable Man: Cirno appears to die every time she gets hit in Fairy Wars, only to return to life unfazed (though the extra stage ultimately reveals that they were playing by spellcard rules the whole time). You only get a Game Over when her motivation to continue bottoms out.
  • Large Ham: Cirno in general, but most noticeable in Fairy Wars.
    Cirno: This atmosphere... it smells of WAR!
  • Leitmotif: "Beloved Tomboyish Girl"
  • More Dakka: For some reason, her perspective ends up creating more bullets than there are normally because that's how she sees them. Presumably this is to emulate Cirno's weakness by making enemies who would normally be absolutely nonthreatening (like the Fairies) into a legitimate threat. Compare Fairy Wars to the other games and you'll realize that Fairy Wars is possibly the hardest game in the entire franchise. And when you decide to get the gold medal for Spell Cards (which involves you not freezing any bullets whatsoever), that may be ZUN's idea of a joke.
  • Nature Spirit: She's an ice fairy.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Her name is officially pronounced as "Chi-ru-no" despite the romanization, but many western fans have a habit of constantly pronouncing her name as "Sir-no" because of the way it is spelled in English.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain:
    • While the Bonus Boss tried to shrug off her defeat at the end of Fairy Wars, pointing out that she was holding back a bit, even she has to admit that Cirno is quite a bit more powerful than she expected.
    (Regardless, even fairies aren't to be trifled with...)
    (Even if I had pulled out my most powerful lasers, she could've been trouble...)
    • As a playable character in Phantasmagoria of Flower View and Hisoutensoku, technically she can defeat anyone, including but not limited to Reimu, Utsuho, Suwako, and Yukarinote . She is still considered weak in canon.
    • However, her apparent weakness ties into a popular fan theory: Cirno supposedly controls cold, but the region where is usually encountered (the Misty Lake) is usually very cold, and she is rather weak there. In winter she is even weaker; conversely, in warmer areas, she is stronger, so she is more likely to gain power from the difference of her own cold compared to the environment — Cirno is the one that creates cold where there is none, such as an unexpected cold snap in summertimenote . This would explain her (canonical!) victory in TH 12.3 over Utsuho, who controls nuclear fusion and is considered one of the most badass bosses in all of Touhou, since the two fight in the deepest levels of a nuclear fusion power plant. It also suits her personality, seemingly as if her role is to barge in on the heat and teach it a lesson, because that heat should have known better than to underestimate her!
    • Marisa in The Grimoire of Marisa is impressed with Cirno's Perfect Freeze card and how truly unpredictable it is.
    • Even as a boss in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she is normally not as simple to beat as many people assume from her fan depictions. A big deal is made by the fandom of the Easy version of her Icicle Fall spellcard, which has a glaring safe spot, but the Normal version has no such weakness, and on higher difficulties, the card turns into the devastating and stressful Ice Sign [Hailstorm].
  • Odd Name Out: All other (named) fairies have names consisting of two English words. Even Clownpiece, despite the fact that her name is treated as one word. That being said, her name is properly pronounced as "Chiruno", in which the "chiru" presumably stands for "chill".
  • Overly Narrow Superlative: She claims to be the strongest of all fairies. While she's certainly strong for her race, normal fairies are low-level cannon fodder mooks, so that doesn't mean much. Then the debut of Clownpiece (a powerful fairy from Hell) further restricted Cirno to being the strongest fairy in Gensokyo.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: Somewhere between Embodiment of Scarlet Devil and Fairy Wars, Cirno realized that she could freeze not just her own bullets, but her opponent's as well, literally stopping them cold. This is especially notable because this lets her stop bullets without needing Bombs, an invaluable skill that very few characters in the series boast.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Cirno is one of the strongest known fairies, and it's made clear in Hisoutensoku that she's also one of the shortest characters in the series, being smaller than both Remilia, who is about a head shorter than pretty much everyone else, and Suika by a few pixels. In Fairy Wars, her sprite is absolutely minuscule, especially when put up in comparison to the other characters. Whether or not her small stature contributes to her Small Name, Big Ego attitude is unknown.
  • Power Incontinence: She constantly cools the air around her, and anyone touching her could get frostbite. Naturally, it is common for fans to depict other characters using her to invent air conditioning.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: She's way more Hot-Blooded than her ice powers would lead you to believe.
  • Recurring Boss: Originally the stage 2 Boss of The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Cirno reappears as the stage 1 mid-boss of Perfect Cherry Blossom, and again as the stage 1 mid-boss of Double Dealing Character.
  • Red Oni: Ironically enough, to Daiyousei. Cirno is arguably the most annoying fairy you will ever hear, while her friend is the quiet, reserved person.
  • Resurrective Immortality: As a fairy, she's an embodiment of nature and won't stay dead. Manifests in her game, Fairy Wars, as having a "Motivation Meter" instead of lives. She keeps dying until she becomes demotivated and gives up.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Aside from constantly boasting about her strength, in many fanworks, she's a self-professed genius as well. Again, this has some basis in fact, as she is one of the few fairies that can read, but Cirno's self-assessments are still woefully inaccurate.
  • Spin Attack: The descriptions of her attacks in Hisoutensoku.
    Ice Kick: Goes in for a flying spin kick while generating ice all around. There's actually no need for the spinkick, but she thinks it's cool.
    Cold Body "Super Ice Kick": A spinning kick from the heavens. The longer this attack hits, the more powerful it is, but Cirno gets dizzy after a while. There's really just no reason for her to be spinning...
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Some of Cirno's attacks in Hisoutensoku have her generate short-lived melee weapons out of ice, though it's noted that she has no idea how to use them.
  • Tomboy: She contrasts Daiyousei's shy girly-girl personality by being an outgoing Boisterous Weakling.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Had a pretty big helping of it in Fairy Wars, where she can 1) freeze the enemy's bullets, 2) use the now-harmless bullets as shields, and 3) abuse her Resurrective Immortality to keep on fighting; many beings in Gensokyo have showcased similar abilities, but never all three at once like Cirno can. She's also been warned by the Yama that she's already pushing the power limits meant for fairies.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Often depicted with various frozen foods in fanart. Most commonly suika barsnote , but popsicles and ice cream have also been seen. There's a reason why "Advent Cirno" wields a suika bar, anyway.
    • She also tries to sell various forms of shaved ice whenever a festival pops by. Sometimes she's reasonable, selling sweet bean shaved ice (a popular dessert in Korea), but at least once (Oriental Sacred Place, Chapter 12) she dipped in What an Idiot! territory by attempting to sell water-flavored shaved ice. Understandably, nobody wanted to buy any. invoked
  • Villain Protagonist: In Hidden Star in Four Seasons, she's turned berserk like all the other fairies, and decides she wants to try taking over Gensokyo with her newfound power following Stage 1.
  • Weak, but Skilled: As has already been addressed in previous entries, Cirno can come up with very clever uses for her powers in combat.
  • Winged Humanoid: Ice crystal wings. In fact, seraph-style ice crystal wings. Popular fanon states that if Cirno were to increase in power, her wings would get bigger. Visionary Faeries In Shrine shows that the opposite is true, since Cirno's wings are visibly melting due to the extremely hot weather Gensokyo is experiencing.
  • With Catlike Tread: When she is playing hide and seek, she spends most of it loudly yelling about how sneaky she is. It even takes her a few seconds to realize that the Three Fairies are talking to her.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has light blue fair.

    Hong Meiling

Colorful Rainbow Gatekeeper
Hong Meiling

"You're not allowed past this point!"

Head gate guard and gardener for the Scarlet Devil Mansion and stage 3 boss, a Chinese master of martial arts and physical combat. Possesses perhaps the most well-known Fan Nickname in the series, "China", which came about because fans weren't sure how to pronounce her name.note  Note that Hong is her family name while Meiling is her given name. Unlike the Japanese names, this usually isn't reversed in translation to English, possibly to preserve an element of foreignness.

  • Accidental Misnaming: In fanworks, people tend to have a hard time remembering her name, or just call her China. Became an Ascended Meme in Immaterial and Missing Power, where one of her victory phrases asks the loser to remember her name.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: She has a fully Chinese name, wears Chinese-influenced clothing, is a capable martial artist, and her first Boss Subtitles were simply "Chinese Girl". Along with the initial confusion over how to read her name, this led to her famous fan nickname "China".
  • Badass Normal: One of the prevailing theories is that she's a strong fighter, but not so good with magic and therefore horribly outclassed in spell card duels.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A very capable martial artist, able to turn away all manner of intruders with her bare hands, at least until Reimu and Marisa came along.
  • Boobs of Steel: Canonically, she has large breasts, and there is evidence to suggest she is among the physically strongest characters in the series despite her sub-par magic. Despite this, she is usually attacked by Sakuya.
  • Butt-Monkey: Often shown in fanon being abused by Sakuya, and less often other members of the Mansion, despite later canon portraying Sakuya being stern with Meiling, but otherwise perfectly reasonable, including very considerate treatment when she thinks Meiling may be hurt. For that matter, Remilia herself apparently lends Meiling manga, although Patchouli's still derisive of her (but given that Patchouli is canonically a Deadpan Snarker who's derisive of Sakuya as well, that probably isn't saying much). It's too little way too late to change the course of fandom, though.
    • Canon also holds that Meiling is actually quite good at keeping the riffraff out of the Scarlet Devil Mansion... except for Marisa, who nobody can keep out.
  • Captain Ethnic: Even her subtitle in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil is simply "Chinese Girl". This added to her initial recognition and popularity, since, for a while, her only claim to fame was that she was Chinese. Hence her memetically famous Fan Nickname, "China".
  • Close-Range Combatant: In the fighting games. While she does have ranged attacks, their power and/or range are terrible compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Cool Big Sis: When she's not portrayed as a Butt-Monkey, she's almost universally this to either Cirno and her friends, Flandre, or even young Sakuya. Sometimes, she's this even while being portrayed as a Butt-Monkey.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: Her main schtick, aside from being Chinese, is her rainbow-colored bullet patterns. Everything she attacks with is full of colors, even in the fighting games.
  • Flash Step: In Hisoutensoku, it takes the form of Brilliance: "Rainbow Brilliance Palm". Given, it's not as fast as many other flash steps out there, since you can still see it. It is, however, fast enough to put her almost instantly behind the opponent after running them through with a heavily-chi-infused palm strike, followed by a Delayed Explosion of rainbow colored lights.
  • Flunky Boss: In Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
  • Gate Guardian: She guards the gate of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Fandom has flanderized her as spectacularly inept at her job, often sleeping all day long and being punished for it by Sakuya, when in canon she's actually quite good at her job; she just can't keep Marisa out, but to be fair, nobody can.
  • Heavy Sleeper: In official works, she only takes a nap in the afternoon, but she's very often portrayed as this in fanon. The fanon perception of Meiling as being incredibly lazy evolved, in a slightly convoluted way, from her Captain Ethnic nature. In Japan, even more so than in America, China has a reputation for producing low-quality merchandise. This led to jokes that Meiling (who at first was largely defined in fandom by being Chinese) was another unreliable Chinese product. This in turn led to the idea that what made Meiling unreliable was that she was always sleeping on the job.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Her profile in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense says that she has well-rounded abilities rather than specializing in one particular aspect like other youkai, making her have no true strengths but no actual weaknesses.
  • Joke Character:
    • Meiling was added into Immaterial and Missing Power in an official patch. She didn't get a Story Mode route, and it is almost certainly agreed that she is the worst character in the game, due to her terrible bullet spread. She was very good at irritating people, though, as her melee was tricky to read sometimes.
    • Not so in Hisoutensoku: Although her bullets are still not particularly good, her melee's damage and combo ability improved, to the point where she is actually very dangerous in the right hands. Still not top tier, but definitely not bottom.
  • Ki Manipulation: Her main ability is the manipulation of qi, which is probably what allows her to fly as well as shoot danmaku projectiles.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: In her case, the "kung fu" part is played up and the "wizard" is played down. Her danmaku is mediocre, as shown by her being only a stage 3 boss in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil and especially her very weak projectiles in the fighting games, but the same games show that she is a monster if she gets up close.
  • Launcher Move: In the fighting games, the Color Sign: Colorful Light Wind Chime spell card is occasionally portrayed as a mild form of the trope, in that Meiling floats upwards to a slight distance while performing it, launching the opponent into the air; when it's not, it's just a ground-level attack that just throws back the opponent. The Ultimate Color: Colorful Light Chaotic Dance spell card, however, is so far always protrayed as a straight, full-fledged example, with Meiling flying at least halfway up the screen and launching the opponent practically all the way to the top.
  • Leitmotif: In Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she has "Shanghai Alice of Meiji 17" as her official boss fight theme, but she's more associated with her stage theme "Shanghai Teahouse ~ Chinese Tea."
  • Magically Inept Fighter: An extremely common Fanon interpretation is that Meiling is stronger than her position would indicate, and her particular brand of Supernatural Martial Arts is just poorly-suited to Bullet Hell style combat. Notably, when she appears in the fighting games, her ranged attacks are terrible.
  • Meaningful Name: Her family name, written with the character 紅, means "crimson/scarlet", which is of course part of the "red" theme of her debut game and features prominently in the Japanese name of the Scarlet Devil Mansion (魔館), which by proxy establishes a firm tie to her mistress and the namesake of said Mansion, Remilia Scarlet. It's also homophonous with the name of a type of Chinese dragon (written with the character 虹) that is associated with rainbows, which is probably where she got her title of "Colorful Rainbow Gatekeeper", the "Rainbow"/"Colorful" Theme Naming of several of her spell cards, and the rainbow-colored bullet patterns and fighting-game attacks.
  • Nice Hat: A green beret adorned with a golden star. The star has the Traditional Chinese character "龍" on it, which is read and pronounced as "lóng" in standard Chinese and means dragon, which some fans speculate is an indication of what kind of youkai she is supposed to be. The star also makes her beret look remarkably a lot like Yoshika Miyako's cap.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: One of the nicest members of the SDM, Meiling acts rather cold towards Sakuya in chapter 2 of Cheating Detective Satori after the maid is revealed as the first murder suspect.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Meiling's species is never stated in canon, only being presented as some vague youkai, but fandom will almost unfailingly make her into a Chinese dragon.
  • Punched Across the Room: In Hisoutensoku, her Red Cannon, Attack Sign: "Roc Fist", and Fiery Attack "Roc Killing Fist". Each is an upward punch that sends the opponent flying at a very sharp upward angle for a good distance. How far they fly depends on the attack. Roc Killing Fist tends to send the opponent completely off-screen for at least three seconds. Fan depictions sometimes give her the "Chuugoku Satsu", a parody of the Shun Goku Satsu (Chuugoku = China).
  • She's Got Legs: Meiling's outfit includes pants. Fan artists frequently leave them out (when they're not outright depicting her in a Qipao).
  • Shout-Out:
    • During her brief time as a playable character in Immaterial And Missing Power, she has variations of Yun's moves.
    • There's a reason why Krizalid is often shipped with Meiling. Why? One of her moves is a rainbow-colored carbon-copy of Krizalid's.
  • Skirt over Slacks: She dresses like this in the games, but her art in Perfect Memento and many fanartists depict her without the slacks.
  • Statuesque Stunner: While her exact height has not been given, she's one of the tallest female characters in the series. Fans frequently depict her as taller than Sakuya, though Word of God says they're around the same height.
  • Tornado Move: Her Color Sign: Colorful Light Wind Chime and Ultimate Color: Colorful Light Chaotic Dance spell cards from the fighting games have her create a whirlpool of ki energy around herself before attacking her opponent.
  • Willfully Weak: There's a trend of fan works that have Meiling being far stronger than she seems, but for whatever reason usually holds back. This version is usually referred to as EX-Meiling and sometimes has some dragon traits.


Koakuma/Little Devil

One of the many lesser youkai found in the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Like Daiyousei, she had no name, dialogue, or profile included with the game, and was instead given her descriptive name by fans. The appellation seems to have been adopted by ZUN himself, but it may just be referring to her species. Fanon usually portrays Koakuma as an assistant (or possibly familiar) to Patchouli, since she's the library midboss.

    Patchouli Knowledge

The Unmoving Great Library
Patchouli Knowledge

"You, clothed in red and white! Don't cause problems in my study."

Librarian and tutor for the Scarlet Devil Mansion household, and stage 4 boss. Patchouli is known as the "One-Week Wizard" due to her mastery of the seven elements of the Japanese calendar week. She is indeed a powerful elementalist, but suffers from poor health, which limits her battle prowess.

  • All Your Powers Combined: She regularly combines elements to create new/unique attacks and spells. Philosopher's Stone attacks with five elements at the same time. The remaining two, Sun and Moon, have their own spell cards and are later combined into a different one as well.
  • Badass Bookworm: Very intelligent and a master of elemental magic.
  • Black Mage: Fits the bill with her Elemental Powers, and wouldn't be out of place in Final Fantasy.
  • The Cameo: Has shown up in more games than any character other than regular Player Characters, but most of her appearances are very brief or occur only in endings or the manual. Part of this is due to her being a convenient Mr. Exposition for both Marisa and the other members of the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
  • Catchphrase: "Mukyuu," a nonsense sound, is generally attributed to her after she uttered it exactly twice: once after being defeated in Marisa's story route in Immaterial and Missing Power, and again after being defeated in Tenshi's route in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. In Fanon, she says this whenever she's defeated, doesn't know what is going on, or is hit by an object.
  • Costume Evolution: As confirmed by ZUN, Patchouli's dress initially had no dark purple stripes like in the fighting games; What was seen as stripes on her pajamas in her Embodiment of Scarlet Devil portrait were actually meant to be rumples in her clothes. When Tasofro were designing her sprites in Immaterial and Missing Power, they simply rolled with the idea that her dress had stripes, leading to most, if not all fanwork portraying her dress as having stripes on it.
  • Cute Witch
  • Deadpan Snarker: Canon has this as her default personality. Silent Sinner in Blue has this line when confronting Marisa on not-in-stealing-mode terms.
  • Depending on the Artist: Her figure is ambiguous under those robes, so fan depictions vary from childlike to busty. Her clothes are also subject to this, as explained in Costume Evolution.
  • Elemental Powers: Invoked. She likes to convert her spells to fit into one of seven different elements, associated with the days of the Japanese week, earning her the title "The One-Week Wizard."
  • Everyone Knows Morse: In her leitmotif, when the melody is turned into a morse code it turns into "・-・・ --- ・・・- ・" which means "Love".
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: She has the permanent version in Oriental Sacred Place.
  • Hikikomori: Patchouli rarely ever leaves the library in the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Before the events of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she apparently never left the library for more than a century.
  • Ill Girl: She suffers from anemia, asthma, and a vitamin A deficiency, leaving her unable to recite some of the spells she learns. Even walking is a chore, much preferring to levitate herself. This leads to some major fluctuations in her power. In Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she appears as the boss of stage 4, but also appears as the midboss of the extra stage and is much more powerful there, explaining that she got better. In Wild and Horned Hermit, Marisa explains that magicians are often less strong physically due to their Eye of Newt tending to be things like arsenic and mercury; exposure to this weakens even youkai eventually.
  • In-Series Nickname: Remilia is known to call her "Pache" (usually translated as "Patchy").
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: For some reason, in her appearance as an Extra Stage midboss in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, her sprite is modified to have indigo hair rather than purple.
  • Lady of Black Magic: A dark, inquisitive, and intelligent youkai magician as well as a powerful elementalist.
  • Leitmotif: "Locked Girl ~ The Girl's Secret Room"
  • Long-Range Fighter: In the fighting games she's one of the most proficient projectile slingers.
  • Magic Librarian: She's a witch who's spent about a hundred years in a library.
  • More Dakka: Try playing against her in the fighting games on Lunatic.
  • Motor Mouth: This is noted as one of her characteristics in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. While there's no explicit example of it, presumably she chants quickly for many of her spells, and according to Marisa Patchouli has to be capable of chanting two spells at once for a few of her spellcards.
  • Nice Hat: A mob cap with a golden crescent moon on it. It emphasizes the pajamas-look she's got going.
  • Odd Friendship: While it's hard to see how she has anything in common with Remilia, they do seem to complement each other and have one of the few canonically defined friendships in the series (as opposed to master-servant, sisters, or some other kind of specific relationship).
    (rating the cast of Immaterial and Missing Power) "Danmaku would be Remi. Well, I suppose it was less 'danmaku' and more 'body slam', so it feels a little like cheating, but that's part of what makes her interesting."
  • Philosopher's Stone: Apparently has successfully created it, as she uses a spellcard invoking its power in the Extra Stage.
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Fanon often portrays her wearing them.
  • Shout-Out: One of her alternate skillcards in SWR and Hisoutensoku is called Emerald City.
  • The Snark Knight:
    • Patchouli is at least a little sarcastic and cynical, especially in her lines regarding Sakuya in Subterranean Animism or Immaterial and Missing Power, but she's nevertheless a good and caring friend of Remilia.
    • She also has a hard time taking Alice's doll magic seriously, calling it "playing house".
  • Spectacular Spinning: Non-Directional Laser, though Marisa significantly upped the rotations after she copied it from Patchouli.
  • The Spock: Sometimes blends with Little Miss Snarker.
  • Squishy Wizard: Genius spellcaster, but she's still an Ill Girl.
  • Supernatural Is Purple
  • Throw the Book at Them: Even her melee attacks are usually just spells thrown at close range, but when she does actually hit enemies, she uses her book. This is surprisingly powerful, considering how physically weak she is.
  • Vague Age: Patchouli has some of the greatest fan disagreement over how old, exactly, she is supposed to look. Her actual age on the other hand is stated to be in the neighbourhood of a century, which is more specific than most characters get.
  • What, Exactly, Is Her Job?: Her job in the Scarlet Devil Mansion is "to solve and create problems". What exactly this entails is a bit sketchy. It appears that she lives at the mansion mostly because she's Remilia's friend. She's also capable of curbing Flandre's rampages by summoning rainstorms that keep her from leaving the mansion.
  • Witch Species: She was born a youkai magician.

    Sakuya Izayoi

The Perfect and Elegant Maid
Sakuya Izayoi(?)

"Your time is mine."

Chief Maid of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Despite being the leader of the maids at the Scarlet Devil Mansion, Sakuya usually has to do all of the work herself because the fairy maids are completely useless. Uses knives and time manipulation to fight and do maid tasks. Much of Sakuya's origin is left to speculation, although it is implied that she may not be human and "Sakuya" may not be her real name.

  • A-Cup Angst: Some fanart portrays her this way, to go along with the padding jokes. Official art for the fighting games shows that she actually has Boobs of Steel.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Done often in-universe: Akyuu notes there are a godawful lot of theories about her and her background.
  • Ambiguously Human: See Vague Age below. For a variety of reasons, many fans are convinced that Sakuya is really a Lunarian.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Fanon sometimes assumes that the stopwatch she carries is a magical artifact that she uses to stop time, usually called the Luna Dial after her theme music "Luna Clock ~ Luna Dial". It is used in Hisoutenkou as a super move, as a possible nod to this.
  • Animal Motifs:
    • Associated with dogs by fandom, because of her Red Baron title "The Dog of the Devil," which comes from her ferocity and loyalty to Remilia. Fandom even has a version of her called "Inu Sakuya" that has dog ears and a tail.
    • She was playable for the first time in Perfect Cherry Blossom. At least three bosses referred to her as a dog, including Yuyuko's "Dog of the Devil" line.
      Lyrica Prismriver: Dog meat, dog meat~
      Sakuya: Human meat!
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Often sports one in the fighting games.
  • Badass Boast: From Double Dealing Character
    Kagerou: I wonder, can you defeat me?
    Sakuya: Yes, I believe I can.
  • Berserk Button: She didn't take well to Tenshi implying she was stupid. In fanon, padding jokes and Meiling slacking on the job are a good way to get on her bad side.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sakuya is usually polite, elegant, and very calm. However, if you try her patience, she may do terrible things to you with her knives.
  • Blade Spam: While she mostly relies on Flechette Storm, the fighting games give her a melee version with her Soul Sculpture and Inscribe Red Soul spells.
  • Boobs of Steel: Despite the fandom's padding jokes at her expense, Sakuya is canonically well-endowed, and definitely one of the most formidable fighters in Gensokyo.
  • Clock Tower: Her stage in the fighting games. It's the Scarlet Devil Mansion's tower, to be precise.
  • Colour-Coded Timestop: Whenever she freezes time, it's shown as darkened in the shooting games, monochrome in the fighting games, and photo-negative in Silent Sinner in Blue.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Akyuu describes a common rumour that she was a vampire hunter that was defeated and taken in by Remilia.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Loyal beyond question to Remilia Scarlet, to the point she'd stop at nothing to protect her. However, she regains some humanity after seeing Reimu defeat Remilia and, afterward, the two chatter as if nothing ever happened.
  • Depending on the Artist: She's prone to this as some prefer her with curves, while some perfer her with a slim figure.
  • The Ditz: She has her moments (possibly as a result of her improbable fighting skills for her alleged age), such as trying to buy a broken teacup to replace the one Remilia broke, mistaking ordinary crows for crow tengu (or their underlings), and opening a window while in space (the last one may be justifiable, assuming she's been in Gensokyo for long enough to miss the scientific advancements in regards to space). And apparently not understanding the meaning of the word "mastermind".
  • Easy-Mode Mockery: Performs a highly literal form of it if you beat her on easy mode in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. It basically amounts to "Ok, Ok, you beat me. But I'm not letting you go on to Remilia, since you aren't even playing on normal difficulty! Come back when you've practiced some more." Game Over.
  • Expy: The original blade-throwing maid in Touhou is Yumeko, from Mystic Square. And if we branch out into Seihou, there's Muse, who looks like this.
  • Fantastic Racism: Akyuu says she's "cold-hearted" towards humans (besides the main cast), and Eiki even describes it as her greatest character flaw during Phantasmagoria of Flower View. Often taken as a sign she's a Lunarian, who tend to look down on humans.
  • Fantastic Time Management: Often uses her time manipulation power to speed up housework.
  • Fights Like a Normal: The only character in the series who never fights with energy blasts, instead relying exclusively on physical weapons and using her powers only for support purposes.
  • Final Boss: If you're playing on Easy Mode, she's this for Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
  • Flash Step: Can do this in the fighting games.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: She describes herself as an atheist in Wild and Horned Hermit chapter 35, despite the fact that she lives in freaking Gensokyo.
  • Flechette Storm: She even provides the page picture. In extreme cases, her knives can fill the entire screen.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Thinks the Chupacabra in Forbidden Scrollery is cute, and easily handles its speed with her time stop when taking it back to the Scarlet Mansion to be a pet.
  • The Gambler: In the fighting games, her "Vanishing Everything" move is a teleport where "she leaves a card behind, probably to make it look like her own kind of magic". Fanworks often depict Sakuya holding cards or being skilled at poker, and extend her Nay Theism to a belief in "making her own luck". See also Stage Magician below.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Hand Waved by ZUN saying that she regularly stops time and picks up all her knives to throw them again. Doesn't explain how she can have hundreds of knives on the screen at once, though her Required Secondary Powers may answer that.
  • Knife Nut: With hundred and so knives. Especially in Double Dealing Character due of one of her knives being possessed.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: In a lot of fanart. In canon, she can hit an apple balanced on the head of a fairy maid a hundred feet away.
  • Lady of War: She's called "The Perfect and Elegant Maid" for a reason.
  • Leitmotif: Associated equally with both "Lunar Clock ~ Luna Dial" and "Flowering Night".
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Though only sometimes invoking romance, many fans note that as a (relatively) normal human amongst a Cast Herd of youkai she won't be around for much longer compared to them, with Remilia or Meiling in particular depicted as being devastated by the loss. As noted below, officially, she was offered immortality by Remilia but refused it. Fanon runs away with this, either making her a Lunarian or the ever popular tragedy of her dying and being missed by the others in Scarlet Devil Mansion.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: Nothing is known about how she came to work for Remilia, and "Sakuya Izayoi" isn't even her real name. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense offers several in-universe theories about her background (the most popular being "vampire hunter"), with the note that it's likely none of them are actually true. ZUN once said that he would reveal Sakuya's past in a future book, but it's been over a decade since then.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Hey, you'd be a perfect maid too if you could just stop time to do your work instantly. Stopping time supplies another benefit according to Embodiment of Scarlet Devil's afterword — dust won't be raised, thus making cleaning more efficient.
    • She also uses time-acceleration to mature wine quickly, and to acquire out-of-season foodstuffs. (Remilia's favourite cake flavouring is bamboo flowers. Bamboo normally bloom only once every 50 to 100 years!)
  • Mysterious Past: No offcial explaination has ever been given for who or what Sakuya is, how she gained her powers, or why she works as a maid for the Scarlet Mansion. More than that, she even changed her orginal name after Remilia employed her.
  • Mythology Gag: One of her skins in the fighting games is based off Ruukoto from the PC-98 era.
  • Nay-Theist: In Immaterial and Missing Power, Reimu asks her to give a donation to her offertory box, so she may please the gods and have good luck and their blessing, but Sakuya tells Reimu she doesn't believe in the gods (in the sense that she doesn't need their help to make her own way).
  • Ninja Maid: Knife-throwing time-stopping serial killer illusionist ninja maid to be precise.
    • If you take the Lunarian theory into account, along with the gamut of in-universe theories in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, she's a technical-alien vampire-slaying time-stopper maid From Space!
  • Pinball Projectile: In the fighting games many of Sakuya's spellcards behave this way, but her Light Speed "C. Ricochet" is just ridiculous.
  • Power-Up Magnet: Sort of. When playing as Sakuya in the shooting games, Power-Up items fall more slowly, making them easier to collect.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: While in previous games she'd only worn short white socks, she wears black tights in Double Dealing Character, fitting with her "perfect and elegant maid" image.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Had red eyes in her first appearance and generally blue afterwards. Scarlet Weather Rhapsody has her eyes turning red when she uses some of her more powerful moves, making this trope particularly literal.
  • The Renfield: A presumably human servant to a vampire master, and the only human in the Scarlet Devil Mansion, who serves so faithfully she's sometimes derogatorily called Remilia's dog by other characters. Her duties are heavily implied to include unsavory things like bringing Remilia victims to feed on and preparing meals out of human flesh and blood for Remilia and her sister (it is canon that such meals are served at the mansion and Sakuya is the only maid that would be competent enough to prepare them). Unusually for this trope though, she is not portrayed negatively, being refined and elegant in contrast to the usual bug-eating creeps and harboring seemingly no Vampire Vannabe delusions, and being devoted yet not sycophantic, even lightly chiding Remilia on some occasions. Remilia herself seems to treat Sakuya as a trusted right hand rather than a disposable minion.
  • Reverse Shrapnel:
    • Her Killer Doll spell card, when used by the player.
    • Same thing with her Phantasmic Killer spell card, except different - the knives from this spell card completely leave the screen before coming back to skewer your opponent.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Only showed up in Perfect Cherry Blossom. Of course, it was winter for the whole game.
  • Serial Killer: There's a definite serial killer theme with her spell cards, such as Jack the Ripper and Another Murder. Some doujin turn her into one in her backstory, and there's theories that believe her to be THE Jack the Ripper.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Both her time stopping skills and her use of knives are a reference to Dio Brando of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and the fighting games give her similar poses to him as well. In her first appearance she even had a spell card named Illusion World "The World", after Dio's Stand "The World". And while she might not be a vampire like Dio, she certainly is very closely associated with two (one of whom even quotes Dio's "Do you remember how many times you have eaten bread?" line).
    • It's also worth noting that Jack the Ripper (referenced in some of Sakuya's spell cards) appeared in Part 1 of the series as one of Dio's minions, and his fighting style allowed him to throw knives in every direction at once.
  • Silver Has Mystic Powers: Her knives are said to be made of silver, the better to fight Youkai.
  • Spectral Weapon Copy: Due to her Time Master powers, she can use them to fire time-displaced versions of her knives along with the original.
  • Spread Shot: In unfocused mode her attacks usually cover a very wide spread but don't deal a lot of damage.
  • Stage Magician: A number of her spell cards have this theme and her profile says that "Deceitless sleight-of-hand is her pride". Some fanworks speculate that she was a magician or had a family that did stage magic.
  • Supreme Chef: According to the manual for Perfect Cherry Blossom, Sakuya is incredibly good at cooking.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Perfect Memento in Strict Sense directly states that Remilia's hiring policy for the subordinate fairy maids is quantity over quality — and fairies who can accomplish even Cirno's (human eight-year-old level) abilities are incredibly rare. Fans have come to the conclusion that the only reason Remilia hires the fairy maids at all is that a large mansion is supposed to have a lot of maids. As a result, despite the swarms that Reimu and Marisa meet, Sakuya is pretty much a one-woman work force. No wonder she doesn't take breaks...
  • Temporal Duplication: Her "Time Paradox" attack from the fighting games has Sakuya call upon herself from a few seconds into the future to slash at her opponent. If the doppleganger hits, Sakuya does the exact same move as her future self... if the clone misses the attack, however, Sakuya doesn't follow up. According to ZUN's description of the attack, she is able to defy the actions of her future self by creating an all new alternate timeline.
  • Time Master: Sakuya has numerous time related abilities at her disposal. For example, with her "Deflation World" spellcard, Sakuya pulls both the future and past versions of each knife she throws into the present, in effect forming lasers made out of knives.
  • Time Stands Still: Sakuya's most well-known application of her Time Mastery. However, in Wild and Horned Hermit Chapter 35, Sakuya explains that she actually can't stop time for other people; she just moves at extreme speeds (with no mass) so that it seems she's able to stop time... This is arguably a semantic difference however, comparable to saying that while she cannot slow down the universal flow of time until it grinds to a complete stop, she's still able to speed up her own personal flow of time until she moves at infinite speed.
  • To Serve Man: Not that she eats humans herself, but the meals she makes for Flandre are stated to have been from live humans. Necessarily Evil, of sorts, as Flandre herself can't reign in her own power enough to avoid vaporizing them before she can drink from them.
  • Undying Loyalty: Not literally however, as giving up her mortality is apparently the one thing she isn't willing to do for her mistress.
  • Vague Age: Akyuu writes, "She claims to be in her late teens, but this is unlikely judging by her refined manner and the level of her abilities. Rather, she seems to be a human who has been living for hundreds of years."note  Her profile in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil also refers to her as "10-20". Also, in Imperishable Night, Eirin's profile mentions her being surprised to see Sakuya, despite the fact that Eirin shouldn't have met anyone outside of Eientei for the last thousand years or so.
  • Vampire Hunter: There is no true Word of God on the matter of how Sakuya came to be in Remilia's service, but one of the most prevalent fandom theories is that she used to be a vampire hunter who tried to kill Remilia, failed, but was spared by the vampire and made into a servant. This is acknowledged in canon by Hieda no Akyuu. It is notable that Sakuya uses silver knives, silver being a substance vampires are weak to.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Sakuya's fighting style tends to rely on technique, sleight of hand and large numbers of attacks over raw power. In the shooting games she tends to have a weak but very wide Spread Shot while unfocused, respectable damage while focused, and mechanics which help in going for high scores. In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and Soku she has weak normal moves but powerful spell cards, and is good at maintaining pressure on her opponent long enough to use them.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Has explicitly told Remilia that she is loyal to her until the day that she dies a natural death, but that she does not want to be a Hourai immortal or a vampire. That said, if Akyuu is to be believed, her "natural death" will probably not come for a long time yet (being a Time Master does that). Especially if she's old enough for Eirin to have met her over a thousand years ago, yet is still physically equivalent to 20-something years old. Sakuya dying or being prevented from dying is a very common theme in fanworks.

    Remilia Scarlet

The Scarlet Devil
Remilia Scarlet

"The moon tonight is red. You will know death."

Vampire mistress of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and final boss of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. She is the source of the mist that blotted out the sun, because sunlight is harmful to her. (It turns out she can just use a parasol, though.) Feared by many youkai, she is incredibly vain and proud despite her relatively low position in the hierarchy of Gensokyo, (falsely) claiming to be a descendant of Vlad Tepes himself and is very open about her being one of the few youkai that still eat humans, though she rarely takes enough blood to kill them.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her hair is pale blue, verging on white when ZUN draws her. The fighting games give her purple hair. Fanart can be anywhere in between.
  • Badass Boast: "I'm Lady Remilia, the strongest, fastest creature on Earth", from Silent Sinner in Blue. That's quite extreme even for a Touhou character and her travel companions immediately make fun of it. While probably exaggerated, it may not be as far-fetched as it seems, given that vampires are said to be one of the most powerful types of devils, with strength comparable to that of oni, and speed comparable to that of tengu.
  • Battle Aura: The fighting games reveal she is capable of manifesting a blood red aura, which she can use to attack her enemies in different ways. For example, creating infinitely stretching, explosive chains.
  • Bloody Murder: Grimoire of Marisa reveals that she can control and use blood to attack in some of her spell cards. Blood is amazing!
  • Brick Joke: In Curiosities of Lotus Asia and Imperishable Night Remilia denies that she sleeps in a coffin, saying they're for dead people. Seven years later Remilia's bedroom makes its first manga appearance, containing a four-poster bed... with a coffin on it.
  • Bullying a Dragon: As a vampire Remilia has a lot of the weaknesses vampires are known to have, but Akyuu's article for her explicitly warns the reader to not even try to exploit them. Remilia cannot be killed normally, and the only way that would be accomplished is through pissing off a powerful centuries old vampire after somehow managing to get past the likes of Meiling, Patchouli, and Sakuya.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: In Marisa's scenario, as well as a Shout-Out to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    Marisa: So, how many times have you drank blood?
    Remilia: Do you remember how many times you've eaten bread?
    Marisa: Thirteen. I prefer Japanese food.
  • Chuunibyou: Despite being very powerful already, Remilia is also childish and tends to hype up how cool she is to the point where it comes across as silly (see Giver of Lame Names below). In particular, it's suggested that her "power to manipulate fate" is something she made up so that she can avoid admitting when she lost. Fan Fic tends to Flanderize this by having her boast about her vampiric powers even in settings where she's a normal human.
  • Cool Pet: In Forbidden Scrollery she gains a pet chupacabra she calls "Tupai", though initially the other characters believe she's referring to a kind of tree shrew that's also known as a "tupai".
  • Creepy Child: While Touhou artwork is notably vague, Remilia looks and acts like she is in her early teens at most - this does not make her any less dangerous to cross. The "creepy" part is downplayed, though, with her sister generally being the more unsettling of the two.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Has two attacks that involve creating a giant energy cross from her own body. Grimoire of Marisa even says that there is really no deep meaning behind it as the cross is simply formed due of her spreading her arms while doing the spellcard.
  • Deflector Shields: In the fighting games, her Parasol of Prettiness doubles as a temporary shield that can block anything for a few seconds.
  • Detachment Combat: She can dissolve herself into a potentially unlimited swarm of bats.
  • Fake Special Attack: The "ability to manipulate fate" is such a subtle and vaguely-defined power that Flandre apparently thinks it's not even real. According to her, Remilia made it up to make it look like she is always in control. Certainly wouldn't be out of character for her, but it's also possible Flandre just doesn't know any better.
  • Famous Ancestor:
    • She claims that Dracula was her ancestor, but ZUN says she's bluffing.
    • Since Remilia is one of the only Touhou characters whose exact age is known (she was born in 1503), we know that she was born just 27 years after Vlad Tepes' death. If we presume he became the vampire Dracula at the exact time history recorded his death, that would mean she'd have to be very closely related to him indeed if her claim had been true. Thus, if she'd bothered to do the research, Remilia could have made her lie more impressive by claiming to be "Dracula's daughter."
  • Final Boss: Of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
  • Flash Step: Her Demon Lord Walk move lets her disappear for a quick moment and smack the opponent if they're close enough. Her dash mechanics in the fighting games are also different from those of other characters - rather than moving continuously in one direction she makes a quick hop whenever the button is pressed.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Following her rudimentary Heel–Face Turn. She's known for being a "light eater" who doesn't kill people when she feeds.
  • Giver of Lame Names: Most of her spellcards' names try too hard to be dramatic and awe-inspiring with the words "night", "demon", "devil", "blood", "fate" and other such evil buzzwords being used quite liberally. The ones that don't... just plain suck, like Demon [Remilia Stretch] or, we kid you not, Scarlet Devil [Scarlet Devil].
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Her eyes glow brightly when she uses spellcards in the fighting games.
  • Guest Fighter: One of the playable Touhou characters in Nendoroid Generation.
  • Healing Factor: She can regenerate even if most of her body is destroyed, as long as about one of the bats she splits into survives. Considering she can spawn an unlimited number of bats, she might as well be able to regenerate From a Single Cell. When she tried to touch the incomplete Moon rocket in Silent Sinner in Blue, her hand was almost completely charred away, and she healed it back to normal without a second thought.
  • Hellish Pupils: Common in fanart. In canon however, her pupils seem to change depending on her mood as seen in her portraits in the fighting games or in Cheating Detective Satori.
  • I Meant to Do That: According to Flandre, Remilia's "fate manipulation powers" aren't real - she just tries to look cooler by claiming random things to have been part of her plan all along.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Though many Touhou characters exhibit this trope, Remilia exemplifies it, impetuous and selfish and overall acting as the child she appears to be despite her centuries. ZUN notes that "Creatures of her kind forfeit their growth and maturity in exchange for eternal life. In other words, she can live forever because she never grows up."
  • In-Series Nickname
    • She's known as The Scarlet Devil because she's a light but messy eater - she doesn't drain all of a person's blood when she feeds, but her dress is usually stained red afterwards.
    • Patchouli calls her "Remi".
  • Large Ham: Remilia can ham it up with the best of them in fanworks, particularly when she's getting her evil on.
  • Leitmotif: "Septette for the Dead Princess"
  • Life Drain: In the fighting games and some fangames, Remilia has this in the form of "Vampire Kiss", a special attack. Also made into a status effect, of all things. "Vampire Of The Millenium" will grant this power on you for 10 seconds for all your attacks, but will also lower your defense by 10%.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Remilia has boasted that vampires are as powerful as oni and as fast as tengu, a claim which seems entirely accurate. She is less eager to point out that they have lots of easily-exploited weaknesses to compensate.
  • Maid Corps: She has one. Apart from Sakuya, though, it's composed entirely of fairies, meaning they don't get much actual work done.note  Presumably it's just to show off.
  • Master of All: From Perfect Memento in Strict Sense:
    "Vampires have tremendous physical abilities and magical power: they are able to uproot a thousand-year-old tree single-handedly, to run through the human village within the blink of an eye, to summon many devils with a single word, to turn into bats or even mist to intrude anywhere they please, and they can recover within a single night even when their body is blown away, so long as their head is intact. Some youkai have abilities to this level of power, but only vampires are known to possess all of them."
  • Nice Hat: A mob cap tied with a red ribbon. What's more is that Remilia can make mob caps look dignified.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Her theme is called "Septette for the Dead Princess". She's not a princess, nor dead, and the song isn't even a septette.
  • No-Sell: Like most final bosses, her last spell card is immune to bombs. If you do try to bomb her during her final spell, she turns into a swarm of bats and avoids any damage.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: More like Obfuscating Ignorance. In general, she prefers to just have fun or do things she finds interesting even if they're harder or just plain nonsensical:
    • In Silent Sinner In Blue, she figured out on her own that she was being used by Yukari as a decoy, but played along anyway.
    • In both Immaterial and Missing Power and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody she figured out profile information for both the incident culprits fairly quickly. In the former, she noticed Suika's presence and was aware of her involvement all along; in her story, Suika directly calls her out on knowing about her but feigning ignorance in hopes of "a human" (likely Reimu) noticing on their own. note  In the latter, she figured out that Tenshi was in a place where it would be impossible for her to avoid the sun, so in truth her whole scenario is basically her having Sakuya drag various people to the mansion to kill time while Sakuya learns facts of the incident in doing so. Her last opponent is none other than Yukari, who summarizes Remilia's whole MO to her face while said vampire keeps playing dumb right up until they fight, after which Yukari agrees to go handle it on Remilia's behalf. note  This also means she was trolling Reisen, who had gone there earlier to consult with her only to get beat up.
  • Odd Friendship: Good friends with Patchouli, somehow.
  • Ojou: She's a rich girl who lives in a huge mansion with lots of servants.
    • While she does have a mansion and servants, it is unclear exactly how rich the Scarlets are. None of the mansion's inhabitants seem to be getting paid anything, and anyways there are not that many ways for Remilia to flaunt any possible wealth in Gensokyo.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampires in Touhou are classified as a sub-species of devils (悪魔, akuma) and share the same bean weakness as oni.
  • Parasol of Prettiness:
    • She's known to have one to protect herself from sunlight, and it shows up in fanworks and some of the game's endings. Present in the latter fighting games, where it acts as a temporary shield.
    • And in up-to-date Hisoutensoku, having one parasol in your deck allows her to fight outdoors. Without this, her battle fields are restricted.
    • Back to Immaterial and Missing Power, she can only appear in night stages, even if you select a day stage.
  • Pet the Dog: Although she's well known for her arrogance, Akyuu states that she does have a kinder side. During one incident a human from the village was severely injured, but was allowed to stay and recuperate in the Scarlet Devil Mansion until they were well enough to leave.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Has an attack named after Odin's spear Gungnir. Remi's is an energy spear made of danmaku.
  • Punched Across the Room: Archdemon: "Remilia Stretch". Fighting games. 1 second charge up. Get hit by this, and you can say good-bye to about half your life bar.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Remilia was born in 1503, making her 500 years old at the time of the game's release. Her apparent age varies Depending on the Artist (ZUN's official art is too simplified to really say) but she's never drawn looking older than early teens at most.
  • The Reveal: ZUN revealed that the vampire in Reimu's Perfect Memento in Strict Sense profile who caused a major incident before the spell card system was indeed Remilia Scarlet. ZUN also adds that the Scarlet Mist incident was partly a pretext in order for Remilia to use the newly established spell card system as soon as possible.
  • Royal Brat: Pretty classy outwardly, but her attitude can be as childish as her appearance. She even has a baby booster seat complete with a small table for her own personal use in the rocket ride to the moon.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: ZUN notes in Strange Creators of Outer World that making an ancient vampire Big Bad into a childish little girl was weird and quirky back in 2002, but common enough by 2017 that it no longer felt remarkable. invoked
  • Shout-Out:
    • References Dio's talk with Zeppeli in Phantom Blood while talking with Marisa.
    • It's also worth noting that her "fate manipulation" and association with a shade of red brings King Crimson to mind.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compared to Flandre, she's much more calm and collected. Not that that's saying much.
  • Spin Attack: A considerable number of her physical attacks involve spinning. 'Course, those tend to be her heavier hitting ones too.
  • Superpower Lottery: The ability to manipulate fate is... odd, to say the least. This ability could potentially make her easily one of the most powerful beings in Gensokyo, since everything would happen precisely how she wants to. However, it mostly seems like she is limited to only giving destiny subtle nudges, if even that - Flandre seems to think she just made her power up.
  • Sweet Tooth: She adds a lot of sugar to her tea, at least in Strange and Bright Nature Deity.
  • Unwitting Pawn: In Silent Sinner in Blue, when Ran told Remilia that Yukari was planning to invade the Moon, Remilia immediately started looking for a way to get there before Yukari — which was exactly what Yukari expected her to do. Turns out Remilia eventually realised this but didn't care.
  • Use Your Head: Fond of using head-first body tackles on her enemies in the fighting games. Notable because she will move at great speeds when doing this.
  • Vampire Procreation Limit: Downplayed. Her bites may cause light-headedness, but are far from fatal or soul-draining, thanks to her weak appetite.
  • Vampires Are Rich: Debatable. She does own a large mansion in her namesake and tries to project the image of an upper-class lady, but it doesn't seem like she's actually paying any of her fairy maids or even Sakuya.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Apparently Remilia is quite messy when she drinks, spilling much more blood than she needs.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: She is capable of shapeshifting into a bat.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Sunlight, flowing water, including rain, sardine heads, shattered holly branches, and roasted soybeans.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: Her ability to manipulate fate, although there is no explanation whatsoever for how it works, other than some brief speculation by Akyuu that she changed Sakuya's fate by changing her name.
  • Winged Humanoid: Bat wings.
  • Your Vampires Suck: Remilia actually likes cross imagery, and can't fathom why she should be weak to them. Her spell card "Red: The Nightless Castle" appears as a towering crimson cross. She also seems to be perfectly fine with holy water. One of her win quotes in the fighting games is to ask Reisen to make her some holy water dumplings.

    Flandre Scarlet

The Sister of the Devil
Flandre Scarlet

"I've been sleeping in the basement. For about 495 years."

Younger sister of Remilia Scarlet and the extra stage boss. She possesses the power to destroy anything at will, but due to her immaturity and mental instability, she's been kept locked up in the mansion basement for around 495 years. Despite this, she doesn't usually try to escape, and is actually quite fond of her older sister. Cheating Detective Satori shows that she isn't as immature or unstable as she looks, allowing herself to be locked up in the basement because she had all her needs and wants taken care of. This revelation surprises even Sakuya, who was under the assumption she was locked up unwillingly.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: It's unclear what exactly's up with Flandre. She's emotionally unstable, though she doesn't often get angry. She can't control herself, so she's generally not allowed out, and doesn't really try going out herself either. In conversation, she'll occasionally go off on a tangent or jump back to a previous subject; she's said to be 'always peculiar', making it difficult for others to understand her.
  • Artificial Limbs: A common interpretation of Flandre's wings, presuming that Flandre either never grew actual wings or lost them... somehow.
  • Ax-Crazy: There's some debate about exactly how nuts she is, though. Flandre is sane enough to realize how dangerous her power of destruction really is; and that she is grateful for being able to safely play with others through the Spell Card system. ZUN hints that if she ever actually went nuts even for just a second then the damage would be unfathomable.
  • BFS: Lævateinn is described as this in The Grimoire of Marisa.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall/Shout-Out: When Marisa faces her in the Extra stage, Flandre offers to play with her for "one coin", because "you can't continue". Continues are indeed disabled on the Extra stage.
  • Bonus Boss: Of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil.
  • The Bus Came Back: After 13 years since her last appearance, Flandre finally shows up as a boss character in Violet Detector, then appears with Remilia in The Grimoire of Usami, then gets a significant role in the first arc of Cheating Detective Satori.
  • Cheerful Child: Despite teasing others to a certain point, she enjoys the company of other mansion residents like her sister Remilia or Sakuya.
  • Creepy Child: Fanon loves jacking this up to insane (pardon the pun) levels.
  • Cute and Psycho: A very common portrayal in fanon, which was later Jossed by Cheating Detective Satori where she is shown to be just as cunning as her sister, fully aware of what's going on around her, and perfectly capable of having reasonable (if slightly off-beat) conversations with others. Though she is then later shown to not even hesitate to strangle the possessed Meiling, thinking that she was finally showing her true colors.
  • Disadvantageous Disintegration: The ability to destroy anything sure as heck doesn't leave any blood for Flandre to drink when she blows someone up.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: While all vampires are extremely strong, fast and tough, fanworks often interpret Flandre as slightly slower or less durable than her sister due to lack of exercise (and less aerodynamic wings). A Glass Cannon depiction tends to be more common in fangames (assuming she's not Awesome, but Impractical or Purposely Overpowered), while fancomics lean more towards Mighty Glacier so that she can be an Implacable Man.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Her ability, along with her immense physical strength, tends to leave all of her playthings destroyed (She considers destroying a meteor hurtling toward the mansion as unimpressive). Whether this also applies to people that she considers "playthings" is unknown, but fanon tends to interpret it that way. Mostly averted in that ZUN revealed that Flandre is very much aware of the damage her ability can cause and consciously holds it in check; Flandre was even excited by the advent of the Spell Card system as it allows her to safely play danmaku with others without fear of obliterating them.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: "Four of a Kind". Likely using the same principle as Remilia's ability to split into an infinite number of bats.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Is a shut-in who had nothing to do with the main plot of her debut game, and her number of actual appearances since then can be counted on two hands (only two of which had any lines). Despite this the fact that she debuted in the first game of the Windows series, combined with her unusual appearance, her status as both a Memetic Badass and a Memetic Psychopath, and the countless remixes of her theme music make her one of the most well-known characters in the franchise. invoked
  • Genki Girl: Always craving a new playmate.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: In fanart.
  • Healing Factor: See Remilia's entry.
  • Hellish Pupils: In many fanarts, especially when she is in her "superinsane" mood again. Also in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, Cheating Detective Satori and the fangame series Koumajou Densetsu.
  • Hikikomori: In Cheating Detective Satori, it actually turns out that she was willingly locked up in the basement after all this time. Flandre reveals she appreciates the fact that no sunlight enters the basement, and that she gets her food delivered to her daily. Then she reveals the most obvious clue - she has the power to destroy absolutely anything up to and including locks. Which she demonstrates by easily destroying the lock to her room, so in reality trying to restrain her is the epitome of futility and she is really just that lazy.
  • Hot Wings: A popular fanon interpretation coined by Touhou Soccer is that when Flandre goes all out in battle, the crystals on her wings produce jets of flame.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Even more so than Remilia. Whereas Remilia can act mature when the situation requires it, Flandre never does. On the other hand, it's actually justified in Flandre's case, as she's been locked away from society for the last five centuries.
  • Invisibility: Secret Barrage "And Then Will There Be None?". Well, the post-battle dialogue says she's invisible, but in-game you'd still be able to hit her if she was actually on screen. Maybe she's actually using the vampire power to turn into mist instead, or combining the two.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: A widely accepted Fanon interpretation. This Superpowered Evil Side was the result of the anger accumulated from staying locked inside the basement, the famous "I will break you!" line being one such example. However, she also has a very kind and childish personality and only wants to play with other people. Notably, most fanon has them as the same personality - she only gets evil when threatened. Though this interpretation would eventually be Jossed by the time the manga Cheating Detective Satori was released, which shows she holds absolutely no anger towards being "Locked Up".
  • Leitmotif: "U.N. Owen Was Her?", probably the most popular leitmotif of the series, since it must hold some kind of record for most remixes of any piece of music anywhere. ZUN himself has remixed it.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: Oft-forgotten by the fandom is that while Flandre can and does go crazy at times, she's rarely destructive on purpose - in a regular scuffle, she uses the Spell Card system just like everyone else in Gensokyo. Flandre is even aware that the Spell Card system is the one thing that allows her to play and interact with others without hurting them.
  • Little Miss Snarker:
    • Of what little we see of Flandre's actual personality she's actually quite snide and clever. She points out that Aya's article about her had an ending that didn't at all involve her or the actual story; and makes fun of her sister's pretentious behavior about manipulating fate and being a know it all.
    • She is shown in Cheating Detective Satori gleefully teasing Sakuya about being the culprit, and also when she revealed she doesn't like truffles.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: She's been shut down in the Scarlet Devil Mansion's basement for 495 years, since her birth. Cheating Detective Satori eventually subverts this, as it's made clear that she actually doesn't mind staying in the basement; she could easily destroy the lock on her door if she wanted to, but she never has because she likes how dark the basement is and she regularly has food delivered to her. She also turns out to be much more sane than years of Fanon have interpreted her as.
  • Master of All: As a vampire; see Remilia's entry above.
  • Memetic Badass: While Flandre is definitely powerful, fan portrayals often depict her as strong enough to wipe the floor with multiple high-end characters at the same time. Her eye-crushing power also tends to be amped up from "cause explosions" to "ranged version of the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception" (which isn't entirely wrong, to be fair, but in canon she doesn't use this power in Spell Card duels). In some cases, her mere presence will be enough to turn her surroundings into an Eldritch Location. invoked
  • Memetic Psychopath: Flandre is a lot crazier in Fanon than she is in Canon. invoked
  • Nice Hat: Just like her sister, she wears a mob cap tied with a red ribbon. However, unlike Remilia, who can pull off the feat of looking refined wearing a mob cap, Flandre's headwear merely tends to emphasize how childish she looks.
  • No-Sell: Like all Extra bosses, she's unaffected by Bombs.
  • No Social Skills: Kinda justified in her case.
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: Her Battle Theme Music, U.N. Own Was Her promonently features this among other child-like instruments, most notably in the pre-chorus/bridge.
  • Playing with Fire: In the series she attacks you with her fire sword Lævateinn.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: In a series that runs on ludicrously powerful girls beating the crap out of each other, Flandre surpasses nearly all of them in sheer damage potential. Even Marisa makes it a point to avoid her whenever she's at the Scarlet Devil Mansion to steal books, which is impressive considering the things she's faced.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Has an attack named after Laevatein, the "Wounding Wand of Loki". This is commonly thought to be the oddly-shaped staff Flandre carries in her portrait, although the Grimoire of Marisa describes the attack as an enormous Flaming Sword. Most fans usually assume that the massive flaming sword is generated from the staff when Flandre wishes so, which makes some sense.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Younger than Remilia by five years.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: She has red eyes and the ability to destroy anything by destroying its "eye".
  • Riddle for the Ages: Why do her wings look like that?note 
  • Self-Duplication: One of the powers she possesses over her sister is making duplicates of herself.
  • Shatterpoint Tap: Her power to destroy anything functions this way. She senses the "core" of a person or thing (she calls it an "eye") and teleports it into her hand, then crushes it, causing its owner to explode into bits on the spot.
  • Shout-Out: Flandre's survival card and the title of her theme both refer to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
  • Slasher Smile: Her silhouette seen in Inaba of the Moon & Inaba of the Earth sports one of these.
  • Smarter Than You Look:
    • In Cheating Detective Satori, she easily deduces the fact that Sakuya couldn't have been the culprit that attacked Patchouli, when she says that Sakuya isn't one to do anything halfways. She knows that Sakuya would have finished off Patchouli just to be safe rather than leave anything to chance, so she busts out of the basement along with Sakuya to find the real culprit.
    • She's also aware that she has a good thing going for her by staying "locked up" in the basement. Instead of having to deal with sunlight constantly and having to feed herself, she's perfectly content to stay in the basement and have all of her needs taken care of.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": While "Flandre" is pretty widely accepted in the Western parts of the fandom, no one else is certain how to spell it. The fact that "furandouru" wouldn't be pronounced much like "Flandre" probably helps. "Frandle", "Frandre" and "Frandoll" are the most often seen alternate spellings.
  • Stronger Sibling: Is much stronger than Remilia, but lacks control over her powers.
  • To Serve Man: Since she has trouble drinking blood by herself, Sakuya makes human-composed dishes to provide her sustenance. Flandre herself is unaware of this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Not so much "favorite", but she's often seen with flan in fanworks.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Like her sister, Flandre can also shapeshift into a bat. Oddly enough, her unique wings don't carry over to bat form.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Same as Remilia's.
  • Winged Humanoid: Best described as Christmas lights wings. Explicitly stated to be useless for flying, but being in a world where even a mild magic proficiency allows for flight, Flandre has no problems staying airborne anyway.
  • Your Vampires Suck: Flandre also seems to like cross imagery - in Shoot The Bullet Aya's notes on her second spell card say that "she just came out and played with it..."

Alternative Title(s): Embodiment Of Scarlet Devil, Touhou Embodiment Of Scarlet Devil


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