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Tropes which appear in Dawitsu's Recompense, the fourth story in the Touhou Doujin: Dawitsu's Folly fanfic series.

Note that YMMV tropes should go on the YMMV page for the series.


  • Accidental Nightmare Fuel: invoked It's one of Dawitsu's Subconscious' sections — the "Accidental Nightmare Fuel that you strangely find entertaining and addictive" section.
  • Alliterative Title: Many of the chapter's names.
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  • All Love Is Unrequited: Dawitsu in his more wangsty moments begins to believe this.
  • And Call Him "George"!: Flandre treats Dawitsu like a pet and/or playmate at first, and promises not to accidentally "break" him (while constrictively hugging him).
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: A rare non-villainous example. Flandre quite blatantly and forcefully asks many people to marry her. Naturally, they all gently let her down to avoid getting hurt.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: And then Flandre was a human. The End?
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Marisa and Jean's flying brooms. Lampshaded by the narration.
  • Annoying Laugh: Jean's laugh is described as "caustic" at one point.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Played Straight with Yutaka to Dawitsu, giving him a peck on the cheek, although she fails (due to her height) to kiss him on the lips in one of the most Ship Tease-filled parts of the book, also Dawitsu to Yutaka when he realises she's saved his life — he kisses her on the forehead. Averted with Alice to Dawitsu and Yutaka to Patchouli.
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  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Dawitsu doesn't believe in Rangoli patterns giving good luck, yet he clearly practices various forms of magic.
  • Arson Murder And Jay Walking: Reimu describes Marisa as a 'thief, liar, braggart, and magician.'.
  • The Atoner: Dawitsu, of course. It's the whole theme of the book, after all...
  • Attention Whore: Hatate doesn't care who reads her newspaper — she'll deliver to anyone (and given Alice's deal with her, that means potentially attracting dangerous people to date the puppeteer) as long as someone's reading it. Even Medicine Melancholy.
  • Awkward Silence: Used a few times, notably whenever Dawitsu is eating at the Scarlet Devil Mansion's table.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: While it's hardly secret that Flandre loves Remilia, Remilia acts somewhat cold towards Flandre... but after a little defrosting, she decides to read Of Mice and Men for her little sis.
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  • Bad Liar: Dawitsu. Just check below. He's very Trope Overdosed in this book...
  • Batman Gambit: A brief one from Yutaka and Ran. Yutaka gets Alice to admit to knocking Dawitsu out by saying that Dawitsu could easily best any resident of the Forest of Magic in battle. Naturally, pride gets the better of Alice, and she blurts out that she didn't even need to fire a bullet to knock him out.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Sex Drive quotes Lord Nelson's "last words" by declaring "Kiss me, Hardy!" before Dawitsu lampshades the fact that those weren't actually his last words.
  • Bear Hug: Suika, according to the narration, hugs Reimu the same way a vice does... Flandre hugs the same way.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: In a subversion, the reader sees Dawitsu's dreams, and as the narrative switches to Dawitsu waking up, he's found out Flandre has been watching him sleep, making it the same trope, but from the other perspective.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: According to Yukari, the Jianwen Emperor of China and Michael Jackson were both Youkai who were well integrated into human society the same way Dawitsu was.
  • Belated Backstory: We finally get a little backstory about Dawitsu and Yutaka's history when Dawitsu's life flashes before his eyes.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Do not insult the entire Youkai kingdom and destroy Aya's press. She will destroy you.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Nitori's house is filled with CCTV.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Dawitsu and Alice, of all people.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Anything Jean says in French.
  • Bishounen: Rinnosuke
  • Blatant Lies: Dawitsu has a fair few, some of which are only believed because the target is too naive to put two and two together. Also, anything said by Ninja!Reimu...
  • Blood from the Mouth: Dawitsu gets seriously injured, and even in his subconscious he has blood coming from the mouth.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Jean, not surprising considering English isn't his first language.
  • British English: Dawitsu using 'Rubbish' instead of 'Garbage' of all things almost stops him from successfully re-entering the Scarlet Devil Mansion (which he should have been in anyway) under the guise of a fairy.
  • Canon Sue: In-universe. Dawitsu out-and-out names Reimu as one, after Yutaka mistakes the Plot Armor-clad Protagonist (from that description alone) for Dawitsu, not Reimu.
  • Can't Live Without You: Once again, Dawitsu to Yutaka.
  • Captain Oblivious: Suika. She doesn't notice Jean is in her futon even after she instinctively throws herself on it, remarking that the futon's "lumpy". Also, when Jean tries to confront her about the restaurant she blew up, she doesn't understand what he's talking about.
  • Captain Obvious: Dawitsu thinks Rationality is rational. Rationality lampshades this, saying, "Thanks for the spoiler, Captain Obvious."
  • Casual Kink
    • Taken to the point of Flanderization with Dawitsu. His Sex Drive's embodiment is Nue Houjuu, notably because of her thigh-high socks...
    • Also, when Hatate sets up a dating service for Alice, Tenshi asks Alice, "You like hurting me, right? You'll be perfect..."
  • Catapult Nightmare: Dawitsu wakes up screaming "It's not right!" after one of his dreams...
  • Celibate Hero: Dawitsu believes being this would be the better option for life, but Love and Sex Drive somewhat change his mind.
  • Change the Uncomfortable Subject: Dawitsu does this a couple of times to try and shift attention away from his more embarrassing secrets. Unfortunately for him (and to the amusement of everyone else) he isn't very good at it.
  • Character Development: Dawitsu, Alice, Yutaka, Sakuya, Flandre, Ran... they all seem to emotionally grow in this book. Even the now Out of Focus Reimu gets some...
  • Characterization Tags: May as well be present while Yutaka has her flashbacks, with the Narration referring to the various incarnations of Yutaka as "The Overseeing Yutaka", "The Younger Yutaka", and the "Gothic Yutaka".
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Who else but Fantasy to have one, what, with his/her true form being a Cheshire Cat lookalike.
  • The Chessmaster: Yutaka again, this time a literal example, and is stated to be good at both Shogi and Chess.
  • Child Prodigy: Bizarre subversion. Flandre is actually older than Dawitsu by about a hundred and fifty years, but is most certainly considered a child by him due to her naivete. And when he begins to teach her, she picks up on lessons incredibly quickly, causing Dawitsu to label her as a Prodigy (although not a child prodigy)
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Apparently how you get a broom to fly, if Marisa's to be believed.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: While mostly averted, it's played straight for laughs when Hatate's dating service goes horribly right and many people overwhelm Alice with dating requests, causing her to faint. Eirin, one of the many clients, offers to give her mouth-to-mouth (with the excuse that she's a doctor), however, it's lampshaded that this is not Alice's idea of romantic.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Surprisingly, right before a scene where Dawitsu almost dies. His heart has been impaled, but he still feels fine for a while, totally oblivious to the fact even though Alice is staring at the blood seeping into his shirt in horror. He manages to reference the Sonic OVA, say he's had worse injuries, ask about the wet feeling on his chest, accept Rinnosuke's thanks for taking the hit, and remark that Alice is acting like he's dying before finally noticing he's bleeding profusely from his chest.
  • Continuity Porn: The Grimoire of Dawitsu is brought up a couple of times, but notably Jean Franc mentions reading in a newspaper that a waiter from a restaurant in Bayeux got sent to a mental institution for blaming the destruction of the restaurant he worked at on 'a girl with horns'. Yes, it is the random restaurant that Suika blew up in Holiday Edition. This is what causes Jean to have a distaste for Suika and her drinking habits. Also, remember the office that Dawitsu has that was never mentioned again since Dawitsu's Folly? It's mentioned here.
  • Crack Pairing: In-universe. Yutaka mentions to Dawitsu that Flandre is "more his style" than herself due to her being a youkai and seeming to like boys, even if only in an innocent way.
  • Cross Dresser: Both Dawitsu and Sakuya are implied to have been a cross dresser at some point in their lives.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Rationality's purpose. Also, Dawitsu has a moment in which he actually punishes Ran for overplaying video games in order to stop her becoming a hopeless addict. However, the punishment is quite tame, only being "don't go on the Nintendo 64 for bit and take up other hobbies", so it's possibly a subversion. Also, Dawitsu tells Flandre about death and its consequences.
  • Crusading Widower: A Downplayed example. Jean Franc Levoisier lost his wife to (as revealed in the next book) Motoneurone Disease, and, according to himself, his friends abandoned him during his grieving, although it could be said his insistent hanging around at the coffee shop would suggest he unwittingly drove them away. Regardless, he considers himself with very little to live for, and hence goes to Gensokyo with Reimu with little care for what he leaves behind.
  • Cuddle Bug: Inverted. Everyone seems to view Dawitsu as a hugging object, Dawitsu mentally lampshading that, in his opinion, he's the guy girls love to hug, but never kiss.
  • The Cynic: Dawitsu's embodiment of Rationality may as well be called 'Cynicism'.
  • Delivery Stork: Flandre, being innocent as all hell, asks where human babies come from. Sakuya's answer?
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Notably part of Flandre's Stylistic Suck-filled story.
  • Dirty Coward: Reimu, surprisingly. She attempts to abandon Jean and run for it when Sakuya sees her talking with Rinnosuke (an event that understandably gets her riled up, what, with Reimu attempting to break her and Rinnosuke up but a day ago), not at all considering the fact she'd be dumping him in the middle of a death trap with no means of defense.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Overlapping with Erotic Dream during Dawitsu's mental reaction to seeing Yutaka in a Gothic Lolita outfit. It's based off of the Mushroom Samba of Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Played With to death with Flandre. Dawitsu helps her overcome this and become a better person during the book...
  • Does This Make Me Look Fat?: Yutaka trying on her EGL outfit from eight years ago. She finds it tighter around the torso than she used to, apparently.
  • Doomy Dooms of Doom: One of Dawitsu's attacks is Bonechill's minty fresh breath... OF DOOM!
  • Dope Slap: Reimu gives one to Dawitsu for his continued mockery of her Tsundere characteristics.
  • Double Standard: Invoked by Sakuya to stave off Flandre's decision to ask Dawitsu to marry her, saying that only men can propose marriage... Also invoked by Yutaka, saying that she's exempt from her and Dawitsu's deal not to talk about Dawitsu's crush on her on the grounds that she's a Lady.
  • Dragged into Drag: Dawitsu gets dragged into a maid outfit when making brownies for Yutaka.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Jean Franc seems to be trying to do this with coffee in his first appearence.
  • Drunk on Milk: Yutaka, although not actually drunk off lemonade, is said to be 'drinking from a can of lemonade as if it were beer'. Also, when Jean Franc is first seen, he seems to be trying to drown his sorrows with coffee.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Flandre mentions to Remilia that she's kissed Dawitsu while he's been asleep, presumably deep enough that he hasn't noticed.
  • Dump Them All: An odd Subversion, as Dawitsu has the hots for Alice, Sakuya and Yutaka, not vice versa, and briefly considers 'erasing the Eros file' for all of them.
  • Egopolis: Pride attempts to build one in one of Dawitsu's dreams, but fails miserably.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Yutaka has an outfit of this sort (presumably bought by Dawitsu). She uses it in an attempt to make Dawitsu feel better, but instead it sends him into a lust-fueled Disney Acid Sequence.
  • Empathic Environment: Played straight this time around... the snow is rather heavy when Dawitsu goes out only to get dumped by Sakuya.
  • Erotic Dream: Subverted. Yutaka asks Dawitsu how his dreams are going after she finds out he's been taking pills to allow Lucid Dreams to take place, and the moment he begins being secretive she assumes he's had one of Nue Houjuu (the image for his Embodiment of Sex Drive). In actuality he was having a more innocuous, yet still romantic dream of Yutaka herself. That's the actual reason he was secretive, but Dawitsu lets Yutaka assume the former. It's later played straight during the above Disney Acid Sequence.
  • Eureka Moment: Yutaka is wondering what in particular is off about Dawitsu's heartbeat, and it is by remembering one of his overly self-glorifying speeches that she remembers that AV Node co-ordinates the delay between Atrial Systole and Ventricular Systole.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Sex Drive — kinky to the point of fetishizing anything and everything, always acting as slutty as a mental embodiment possibly can... but much prefers sexual desire stemmed from Love rather than raw Lust alone due to dissatisfaction...
  • Even The Guys Want Her: Named as such because Yutaka's a Lesbian, but, according to herself, she's had many a guy come after her.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Sakuya assumes this is the reason Dawitsu asks Sakuya how Rinnosuke is in bed. Dawitsu denies his man-crush on Rinnosuke, claiming that spot has already been taken by Itsuki Koizumi.
  • Everyone Hates Mimes: Averted with Jean's attitude to mimes. In fact, he claims he wouldn't mind becoming a magical one once he learns magic.
  • Face Palm: Done by a few people, not all of them Deadpan Snarkers either.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Dawitsu's opinion on starting a battle with Reimu due to her Canon Sue nature.
  • Famous Last Words: Yukari attempts to invoke this by telling Dawitsu (while threatening to kill him) that if he has anything poetic to say, he should just say it so she could emblazon it on his television. Later, Dawitsu averts this by his words before going under when having his heart operated on being "Chloroform, please."
  • Fan Disservice: Dawitsu cross-dressing as a maid.
  • Fanservice: This image associated with Chapter 18 is an example of the author's definition of Fanservice...
  • Fantastic Racism: Reimu is slightly intolerant of Dawitsu being on her property, although that might be to keep up her harsh exterior. However, she's even more intolerant when she's dealing with Aya, blanketing all Youkai as man-eating.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: A federal agent who's job it is to relocate Dawitsu and family in one of his Flashbacks refers to Gensokyo as 'a place where all the weird types went to live' and that Youkai are an endangered species in the Outside World.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Aya's press breaking is a serious incident... BECAUSE HATATE COULD BE MAKING MORE SALES THAN HER! Naturally, Reimu doesn't care.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: Averted. Camp Straight Dawitsu is forced to cross-dress as a maid by Yutaka, and make brownies. The brownies taste terrible, but Yutaka appreciates the thought.
  • Finger Gun: Dawitsu holds one up to Ninja!Reimu's head when assisting Yutaka's 'peacemaking' between the Shrine Maiden and Sakuya. It's actually functional, however, as he's mimicking Reisen Udongein Inaba.
  • First Girl Wins: Dawitsu, under self-examination, realizes he still very much has a crush on Yutaka. In the end, he decides he's probably going to have a hard time falling in love with anyone else.
  • First Kiss: Alice forces her first kiss upon Dawitsu, who is initially shocked before kissing back.
  • First Love: Yutaka is implied to be this to Dawitsu.
  • Fix Fic: In-universe allusion to it in the third chapter's name. Some might say that seen as Dawitsu is addressing all the formerly unaddressed wrongs he's done, that this doubles as a Meta example also.
  • Flashback: Naturally Dawitsu's embodiment of Memory allows this to happen. Yutaka's embodiment of Memory doesn't have this power, instead gives access to Yutaka's 'memory lane', which has fruit trees that, when Yutaka takes a bite of its fruit, induces a flashback.
  • Forgiveness: A major theme, at one point, Dawitsu unleashes a quiet, sincere, 'I'm so sorry' to Sakuya, and... surprisingly, she accepts the apology, and even says she enjoyed being his friend with benefits. Dawitsu doesn't fully accept that, and claims that he still did wrong by Sakuya, and that it wasn't fair that he messed her around like that. Later, Dawitsu forgives Alice for almost killing him, giving her a hug similar to the trope image.
  • For Science!: This trope appears as the name of Chapter 11, but isn't actually featured, and is more a reference to the Trope Namer.
  • Freudian Slip: Dawitsu calls Yutaka "my Love" during his BSOD. He doesn't even try to cover it up, he merely tells her that he doesn't tell her he loves her enough...
  • Freudian Trio: Dawitsu is Id, Yutaka is Ego, Ran (when she isn't being a crazed retro gamer) is Superego. Also, in a more classically psychological sense, within Dawitsu's mind Guilt is Superego, Conscience is Ego, and Love/Sex Drive are collectively Id.
  • The Gadfly: Dawitsu briefly teases Reimu by singing a little rhyme about her Tsundere characteristics, which is especially infuriating for Reimu because she doesn't know what a Tsundere is...
  • Gamer Chick: Ran isn't as stereotypical a gamer chick as Sakuya was in Holiday Edition, and prefers classics such as Majora's Mask and MOTHER 3.
  • Gay Paree: Once again, someone finds their way to Paris. This time it's Reimu. Also, Jean Franc comes from here, but it's implied by his "Provincial Accent" that he wasn't raised there.
  • Generic Cuteness: Discussed by Byakuren, who, upon Alice asking why she would have trouble finding love considering she's "Amazingly Beautiful", Byakuren replies 'But so is everyone in Gensokyo... I'm nothing special in terms of looks...'
  • Genius Bruiser: Downplayed. Hong Meiling seems to have a non-combatant method of guarding the Scarlet Devil Mansion- asking potential intruders to wait as she asks Remilia's permission to enter. If they refuse to wait, they're a threat, and she'll beat them up. If they agree to wait, they're most likely civil and not a threat, so Hong Meiling will tell them they've 'passed the test' and let them through.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Dawitsu certainly thinks so. He smirks with no doubt perverse glee as Patchouli and Yutaka kiss, even getting a little Nosebleed in the process. Also, Byakuren breaks the fourth wall and discusses this trope with Alice, saying in response to Alice asking her to kiss her, "No. There's probably several people out there, somehow observing our every action and piece of dialogue, getting cheap thrills off of a bit of girl-on-girl action..."
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Dawitsu and Yukari form a somewhat tenuous truce. During that time, they play Golden-Eye together.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Hatate's dating service for Alice.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While mostly averting this, Dawitsu plays this straight when commanding Yutaka to assist in forming Reimu a new skull fragment, telling her that when there's a life on the line, it doesn't matter whether she can or can't, because she has to, being a grade-A Jerkass in the process.
  • Gossipy Hens: Yutaka is a subversion in that she does not actively spread gossip, but is merely interested in the intimate details of others, sometimes merely so she can offer advice.
  • G-Rated Drug: Once again, Aya and her ink-sniffing...
  • Gratuitous Ninja: Reimu Hakurei. Dressed as a ninja.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: You'll never guess who Dawitsu's jealousy is represented by...
  • Green Thumb: Yutaka reveals her horticultural side in this book when preparing for a surprise for China.
  • Guilty Pleasures: Dawitsu has a chicken suit which he does not want using as matter for rebuilding Alice's house.
  • Hands-On Approach: In Yutaka's Flashback about Dawitsu, his father, and two friends going bowling with her, Jedi!Dawitsu gives EGL!Yutaka help with her bowling technique by supporting her arm and helping her hands-on. Naturally his father and friends lampshade the obvious ship tease.
  • Heart Trauma: Averted with Dawitsu's heart injury. He's the same before as he is after, aside from acting like someone post-operation (tired and in pain).
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Yutaka's best friend and, in her eyes, love interest was a human, and long since dead, but manifests herself in the form of Yutaka's Memory. Also, Jean's wife died, and he clearly still loves his dead wife despite this.
  • Heroic BSoD: Dawitsu has a brief one when he's confronted by his more negative personality traits in his Dreamscape.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The more intelligent of Dawitsu's Chibi Clones blows itself up to assist Marisa in battle.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Jean seems to think this of Marisa, as despite the fact she's keeping him safe, she unleashes her Master Spark on Hong Meiling, and kills a fairy, with Jean not knowing anything about Gensokyo, so assumes Hong Meiling's been killed, along with the fairy. Marisa explains they aren't, but that still doesn't help Jean's view of her.
  • Hidden Depths: Compare Dawitsu's opinion of Alice Margatroid in Grimoire to his opinion of Alice by the end of the book. She's very different to him once he gets to know her.
  • Hikikomori: Everyone seems to view Hatate as this, Yukari even asking her 'Since when did you go outside?' upon seeing her.
  • Hollywood Healing: Once again averted, and the surgery of Reimu is still somewhat realistic in terms of anatomy, however, with a Border Youkai and a matter manipulator in the surgeon's team, it's a lot easier this time compared to Holiday Edition. Also, when Dawitsu gets his heart impaled, the problem with his heart, as well as the initial wound, is erroneous functioning of the Atrioventricular node, a real node in the heart that really does cause that small delay between the top and bottom of the heart's contractions.
  • Honor Before Reason: Dawitsu is in the middle of sawing scaffolds to rebuild Alice's house, and Yutaka suggests she just form the larger scaffold into two smaller ones with her powers. Dawitsu refuses on the grounds that he has to make amends, seen as he was the one to cause the event that destroyed her house.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Flandre declares she's grown up. While throwing a tantrum.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Alice believes this, or at least seems to. Dawitsu tells her she's beautiful, an event that seems to be rare, as she asks him if he would give her her First Kiss. He kindly refuses (at first, at least).
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Dawitsu concerning acting on his feelings with Yutaka. Not that he'd have an opportunity, his love is unrequited.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Downplayed. Dawitsu asks Rinnosuke not to take Sakuya for granted, possibly because, as he mentioned in Holiday Edition, that's what he himself was guilty of.
  • I Hate Past Me: Dawitsu seems to think his former self is more inept than his current self.
  • I Let You Win: A far more non-violent version, Yutaka is said to be coming up with a 'suitably strategic, yet highly flawed move' when playing against Chen in Chess so as to give an adequate challenge while still giving her a chance at victory.
  • Improbable Chopsticks Skill: Inverted with Dawitsu. He sucks at using chopsticks, but still insists on using them just to be polite to Alice.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Dawitsu, not only with Yutaka, but with Alice too. Dawitsu even lampshades how he always seems to like girls he can't have (Lesbians and humans) Also, Alice and Marisa, and upon Dawitsu and Alice discussing this with each other, they find something they have in common.
  • Informed Flaw: Jean is supposedly cowardly. However, as one reader of the series noted, he's a normal human in Gensokyo... being overly cautious and mistrusting of anyone and everyone in Gensokyo is smart, not cowardly.
  • The Ingenue: Flandre
  • Insane Troll Logic: This exchange between Dawitsu and Sakuya:
    ''Sakuya folded her arms, "Tell me."
    "Why should I?"
    "Because I'm your ex."
    "That makes no sense..."
    "Just tell me!" Sakuya demanded.
  • Insistent Terminology: Parodied briefly by the narrator, stating a Todd Mcfarlane Halo 3 action figure to be a doll.
  • It's a Long Story: Dawitsu asks Sakuya how she came to be in the service of Remilia, and so she avoids telling him by saying it's a long story, and that they'd be talking all night by the time she was done.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Played With. After finding out Sakuya is now with Rinnosuke, Dawitsu berates himself mentally, thinking that he should be happy for them. However, he has a realistically hard time doing so, but eventually gets over it, preferring to stay a good friend of Sakuya's.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: The whole basis of the book is mental exploration.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Alice accidentally impales Dawitsu when he stops her doing the same to Rinnosuke, causing him to ALMOST DIE.
  • Larynx Dissonance: Dawitsu may be a mimicker and a Man of a Thousand Voices, but Remilia can do a better impression of Curley's Wife than Dawitsu because, well, he's male and she's female.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Invoked. Dawitsu, upon introspection, realizes he's wronged a great many people, and takes it upon himself to right these wrongs.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Dawitsu mentions about knowing that Sakuya has a mole right under her... Sakuya interjects with 'navel'.
  • Lethal Chef: Flandre. Her attempt at making a cake apparently looks closer to 'Five Kilograms of Flour poured into one tiny bowl with a broken egg and it's shell on top' than cake mixture.
  • Literal Change of Heart: Dawitsu gets healed from his heart rupture by the tissue being fixed and an artificial AV Node created by Yutaka being inserted, that is, the node which regulates the delay between Atrial and Ventricular systole (why a heartbeat is DUBDUB, not one big DUB), and so to some extent this has occurred.
  • Logic Bomb: The main method of exiting from anywhere on the 'Portal Floor' of the Dawitsu Mansion is to tell the pre-recorded 'AI' that 'this sentence is false'. Due to this merely being a password that sets up a scripted event (as Dawitsu states that each phrase uttered by the Portal Floor's equivilent of GLaDOS is already recorded) and not the result of an actual AI analyzing the logic of the situation, this is a subversion.
    • Fantasy has an odd example: "Fantasy began to unwind its paw with the same paw that was being unwound." Don't ask how that works.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Violently Deconstructed with Alice; she turns out to be an extremely kind-hearted individual once Dawitsu and co get to know her.
  • Love at First Sight: Dawitsu hates himself for how in the past, he'd simply fall in love with women almost instantaneously.
  • Love Hurts: Played Straight. Once Dawitsu accepts Yutaka as being the only woman for him, he's got to spend his life accepting he'll never be with her.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Dawitsu is this while voicing the characters from Of Mice and Men while Flandre narrates.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Yutaka. Hoo boy, Yutaka. Alice has a moment of this too.
  • Medium Awareness: Dawitsu's Pride considers Dawitsu 'the greatest original character ever made.' Also, Dawitsu mentions that he isn't part of official works at one point. Byakuren also seems to know that people are reading her every action- to quote, 'There's probably several people out there, somehow observing our every action and piece of dialogue, getting cheap thrills off of a bit of girl-on-girl action...'
  • Meido: Not for Fanservice, unless you like that kind of thing. Dawitsu wears one.
  • Men Don't Cry: Dawitsu attempts to play this straight, but subvertes this when trying to cover up the fact he's crying to Yutaka when confessing his love for her, but ultimately crying anyway.
  • Miko: According to Yutaka, the Japanese really like shrine maidens. Also, Marisa mentions the stereotype that Miko are pure upon the discovery of Jean living in Reimu's house.
  • Mirror Self: Pride is this to Dawitsu, even referring to Dawitsu as himself.
  • Motivational Kiss: Yutaka offers one to Dawitsu to get him to reveal what he was dreaming about that he considers worthy of hiding, not actually knowing that's only sending Dawitsu further over the edge because it's a romantic dream about Yutaka that Dawitsu is hiding. After he declines, she proceeds to invert the trope by threatening to kiss him if he doesn't reveal his dream.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Reimu downplays this by threatening Sakuya in response to her being with Rinnosuke and acting as competition. Also, when Alice finds out Marisa has a crush, also on Rinnosuke, she plays this trope painfully straight, attempting to kill Rinnosuke before Dawitsu takes the attack for him.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: When Dawitsu says 'Good job, everyone!' after successfully repairing Reimu's skull, Aya, Chen, and Ran feel bad because they know, not being useful, that they don't count as 'everyone'. Also Played for Laughs in the more traditional sense with Patchouli, who acknowledges Yutaka as a visitor while saying, 'Oh, and Dawitsu as well.'. Dawitsu lampshades this and even out-and-out objects to being the 'Zoidberg' of the group.
  • My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: Dawitsu's Memory and Fantasy explain it as a last-resort defense mechanism that attempts to find a way to fix the person who's dying's condition.
  • Namedar: Subverted. Hatate thinks she has Namedar, but fails to deduce Dawitsu's name using her "journalistic skills".
  • Nice Guy: Jean... oh boy, Jean. He helps Reimu through Paris, walks her to his apartment, where (as one reviewer noted) he could have taken advantage of her at any point, and gives her a place to stay overnight, as well as offering to help hook her up with a man from the outside world, all for free!
  • No Fourth Wall: The whole pre-battle exchange between Marisa and Dawitsu.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Remilia thinks she's keeping Dawitsu a prisoner. And what better thing to do with a prisoner than let them eat your food and sit at your dining table?
  • No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus: Averted. After Yutaka imitates Jesus by feeding the residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion Fish and Loaves, Sakuya asks whether Jesus was a Youkai or gifted human. Dawitsu assumes he's the Son of a reality warping God.
  • Nosebleed: When Yutaka decides to wear her EGL costume from years ago, Dawitsu has a large-scale one... if this piece of artwork courtesy of the author is anything to go by...
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Yutaka invokes this and deliberately invades Reimu's personal space so as to make her feel uncomfortable enough to leave the Scarlet Devil Mansion, as she's temporarily on guard duty there.
  • Not a Date: Jean mentions when Reimu makes Miso Soup for two that it's often considered romantic, but Reimu insists it isn't.
  • Not So Different: Hatate copies Aya's delivery techniques so her paper will be more popular. Yukari notices this and says to Dawitsu 'Hey, she's being a copycat so she can be successful... remind you of anyone, Dawitsu?'
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Rumia, although an utter failure at hunting regular Gensokyo-dwelling humans, genuinely puts Jean Franc in danger, almost managing to eat him.
  • Not What It Looks Like: A subversion. In many ways, it's exactly what it looks like, in that Yutaka, in an attempt to give Dawitsu a "friendly kiss", ends up falling on top of him due to being on her tip-toes, and Sakuya walks in on this situation, somewhat confused.
  • Obviously Evil: A client indirectly mentioned by Tomasu over the phone is stated to 'look like a Bond Villain' and wonders if he'll buy some Carnivorous Sharks from his Aquarium, and upon Dawitsu asking how large his moustache is, Tomasu replies 'very large', causing Dawitsu to conclude that he is a Bond Villain
  • One Head Taller: Parodied when Yutaka attempts to give Dawitsu a kiss, but due to how much shorter she is, she falls on top of him when getting on her tip toes...
  • Only Sane Man: Dawitsu's Love seems to be the only personality embodiment not running around in hysterics while Dawitsu seems to be dying.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Reimu attempts this with Rinnosuke, trying to convince him to want her by pretending Jean is her boyfriend. Naturally, Rinnosuke is happy with Sakuya, so the plot fails miserably.
  • Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: Sex Drive out-and-out says the line "Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" in one of her (many) slutty moments.
  • Out-of-Character Moment
    • Yutaka whips Dawitsu as small-scale revenge for being lazy the majority of the time. Dawitsu responds with, "I didn't realise that was your style, but sure, whatever, we can do that stuff, if you want. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. But not now, I'm working."
    • Also, whenever Sakuya references The Room it's somewhat jarring. A particularly funny instance consists of Yukari quoting a certain Chocolate-Crazed fish...
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: One of Dawitsu's old friends in Yutaka's flashback is wearing a Giant Panda outfit.
  • The Paralyzer: Dawitsu can use a "Vulcan Sleeper Hold" thanks to his mimicry.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Averted. Patchouli considers leaving to read in Dawitsu's library while he's recovering from a potentially fatal impaling of the heart, but Yutaka, Ran, and Chen all choose to stay with Dawitsu, and Peer Pressure forces her to stay also.
  • Poirot Speak: Averted with Jean. He only speaks in French when he either wants to blurt something out that no-one wants to hear, or is a particularly difficult English word, but says simple words like "he", "she", "the", "and" and "but" fine.
  • Precocious Crush: Subverted. Flandre's childish attitude, one can also say her insistence of making Dawitsu (who acts like a functioning adult) marry her could count (despite her actually being older than Dawitsu)).
  • Pride: The embodiment of Dawitsu's Pride is a mirror image of himself, which would also make it Vanity as well...
  • The Problem with Pen Island: A deliberately terrible instance of this is used while Dawitsu's playing '"Find a sentence that Sex Drive can't find an innuendo out of", relating to Pen Island...
  • Punch a Wall: Subverted. Upon being dumped by Sakuya, Dawitsu goes on a Wangsty self-blame trip, and punches the trunk of a spruce tree in frustration at himself. The snow-covered tree proceeds to dump a load of snow onto Dawitsu... not Played for Laughs.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Subverted. Yutaka and Dawitsu have a flashback of the same event, and Yutaka's Point-of-view completes the full story rather than contradicts anything that happens in Dawitsu's version of the event.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: According to the Author's Notes, the method in which Dawitsu wakes up the almost comatose Reimu Hakurei (that is, tickling her feet to cause a strong reflexial stimulus) is based off of how his family woke up his Great-Grandfather who was in Intensive Care at the time.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Played rather subtly with Dawitsu. Sometimes he attempts to sound happy-go-lucky when actually rather hurt and fails, other times he succeeds. His flirtation with Yutaka towards the end of the book certainly serves as less subtle playing of the trope, as he certainly knows there's no point trying to be with her.
  • The Reveal: A really early one in Chapter One: Sakuya got tired of being Friends with Benefits with Dawitsu and decided to get with a man who takes her seriously — Rinnosuke. Also, when Chapter 5 ends keeping which 'love file' Dawitsu kept unknown, Chapter 6's ending reveals it's... Yutaka.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Sex Drive gets one when Dawitsu answers the question, 'How would you like it if you could never appreciate the fine, fine looks of these girls?' with 'I'd be a better person because of it!'.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Yutaka and her deceased childhood friend known only as "Kushi-chan" by Yutaka are implied to have been this.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: "Fazed" is often spelled as "phased" throughout the book.
  • Running Gag: Defied as Dawitsu assists Reimu in fortifying her walls to be fully Aya-proof, thus rendering her Running Gag of bursting in through the wall impossible.
  • Sacred Hospitality: Yutaka tells Alice to not refuse Dawitsu's offer for her to stay at his mansion because apparently he considers it an insult whenever someone refuses his generosity.
  • Sand In My Eyes: Reimu tears up while reading the Grimoire of Dawitsu article on Yutaka, and when Jean asks her what's wrong, she claims it's dust in her eyes. Jean knows that it's a Blatant Lie.
  • Santa's Existence Clause: Chen seems to have grown up between Holiday Edition and this, as she managed to come to the logical conclusion that even at the speed of a Tengu, there is no way Father Christmas could deliver all the world's presents.
  • Scrub: In-universe. Both Yukari and Dawitsu can be considered this when playing Golden-eye.
  • Sealed Evil in a Vacuum Cleaner
  • Secret Keeper: Dawitsu has a quite romance-heavy dream about Yutaka, and Yutaka, being the Gossipy Hen she is, knows he's hiding something. Naturally, she probably wouldn't want to know if she knew that it involved her...
  • Security Cling: Dawitsu does this to Yukata during a brief Heroic BSoD moment.
  • Sex Is Evil: Discussed and Deconstructed with Dawitsu and the other Embodiments' reactions to Sex Drive. While Guilt certainly considers Sex Drive to be evil, Love considers her necessary, and Dawitsu believes he would be a better person without Sex Drive, but never goes as far as to think she's evil.
  • Shapeshifting: Hate and Fantasy have this ability in Dawitsu's subconscious.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Justified with Jean and Reimu. Reimu really isn't romantically involved with Jean, she just pretended to be as part of her Operation: Jealousy.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jean is briefly this to Dawitsu and Yutaka before Reimu takes apart his idea that Dawitsu and Yutaka should have got married years ago by informing him of Yutaka's Incompatible Orientation.
  • Ship Tease: Boy, is there a lot of this...
  • Shout-Out: Every dream sequence of Dawitsu's is shouting out to some other series, partially justified in that he's a mimicker... his mind works on referencing things. Yutaka even makes a Lampshaded reference to The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Once again, Dawitsu's at the receiving end of one, this time by Alice.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Yutaka calls out Dawitsu on his various perverted moments in which he'd make Yutaka wear outfits seemingly for his weird kicks, and how he shouldn't lust over her and Patchouli kissing, going as far as to call him 'sick'. She then tells him to close his eyes and attempts to kiss him, but their height difference causes hilarity to ensue.
  • Sleep Cute: Lucky Dawitsu gets two different people to do this trope with. Flandre, many times, in a more innocuous manner than usual, and Yutaka, albeit across the table from one another, but this time in a more Ship Tease-filled context.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Reimu, for Jean. He's one of the few people she's almost always in Dere-dere mode for.
  • Speak of the Devil: Wrongly lampshaded as a Deus ex Machina, Alice asks Dawitsu where his Shikigami is right before Yutaka knocks on her door. Correctly lampshaded later when Sakuya and Dawitsu appear upon being mentioned.
  • Squee!: In-Universe. Dawitsu and Flandre are asleep together (in clothes), with Flandre hugging Dawitsu from behind. Yutaka and Sakuya stumble upon this, and find it impossible not to Squee. Lampshaded by Dawitsu.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Discussed by the narrator. To quote, "Now, normally when one gets attacked, kidnapped, and asked a favour, they adamantly refuse to help and run as far away as possible. But, for reasons other than Stockholm's Syndrome, Dawitsu agreed, and decided to take Alice with him to his house, so they could get some supplies."
  • Stylistic Suck: Flandre's amazing story.
  • Super-Deformed: Dawitsu's Chibi Clones make a reappearence.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Why would Aya sniff ink when she works all the time? This trope is also deconstructed by Yutaka — to quote; "But next time, don't add specificity to the lie, that way I have less to affirm as wrong." Aya has a second lampshaded and subverted instance in which she's denying (truthfully) the validity of Hatate's article that claims Aya has a thing for the Ambiguously Tengu Dawitsu.
  • Taking the Bullet: Dawitsu does this for Rinnosuke, and almost dies due to his heart being impaled.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: A variation on this trope. Alice is disappointed in Dawitsu's scrawny chest, as she's under the impression all men should be "Tall, Handsome, and Muscular". She claims he fits one of the catagories. When Dawitsu asks which one, she gives the disappointing answer — "tall".
  • Techno Babble: A large amount of Yutaka's dialogue consists partly of this, sometimes acting as a Genius Bonus.
  • Tempting Fate: Yutaka didn't think anyone would try to get to the Scarlet Devil Mansion during her short period on guard duty...
  • The Four Loves: Dawitsu's "Love" section of his subconscious is split into four "server rooms" — Storge, Philia, Eros, and Agape. Reportedly Alice's is the same, except her section of Love is a book with four applicable chapters.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Inverted with Yutaka's Memory's philosophy — she claims the subconscious is capable of noticing things the conscious self is not aware of.
  • The Tease: Yutaka
  • Title Drop: Dawitsu mentions that he's recompensed for his actions. He even "winks" to lampshade the "terrible title drop".
  • Training Montage: Once again, Averted, this time with Dawitsu teaching Flandre how to read.
  • Translation Convention: Once again averted with Jean speaking with a french coffee shop owner, although Jean speaks English for Reimu (and even then considers that somewhat a special skill).
  • Tone Shift: And HOW! From the wacky hijinks of the first and second non-spinoff books to a very introspective, characterization-heavy story with serious examination of the personalities of the two original characters and canon characters. The focus on the mundane and personal in this book is something that neither the preceding nor the succeeding books really pulled off. Hell, the author even lampshades the Tone Shift by asking readers if they are okay with it in the Author's Notes.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Dawitsu's embodiment of Sex Drive gets turned on by everything. Even false accusations. Except being a pushover.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Many characters.
  • Tsundere: Not only Reimu this time, but Remilia has shades of it too...
  • TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: The Author mentions in the Author's Notes of Chapter 9 that he is going to "waste three hours on TV Tropes".
  • Uncanny Valley: In-universe. Alice creates an effigy of Yutaka, which is realistic enough to slightly disturb Yutaka herself — to quote "It had an uncanny, slightly creepy resemblance to one half of Yutaka's face and upper body."
  • Unreliable Narrator: Reimu remarks about the Grimoire of Dawitsu article about her, saying it's untrue and that 'The writer's a moron.'
  • Unstoppable Rage: Aya goes berserk after Reimu destroys her press and insults the Youkai race, and punches her clean out (at the speed of wind, thus almost killing her) before coming to her senses and regretting her actions.
  • Valley Girl: Hatate is depicted as speaking like this, and to an extent, acting like one too.
  • Visual Pun: Or Olfactory Pun, even. Koishi Komeiji's image is Dawitsu's representative for his Conscience... how does she show that he has an Unclean Conscience? Well, by having hair that's a mess, and reportedly stinking.
  • Waxing Lyrical Dawitsu's Pride (unsurprisingly) sings, 'What have you done today, to make you feeeel proud?'. Dawitsu himself also sings "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "The Elements Song".
  • Was It All a Lie?: Yutaka asks this of Dawitsu when he reveals he still has feelings for her, asking if all the times they'd been cosplaying together was just for ogling purposes, and whether his attitude really has been "just friends" this whole time.
  • Weakness Turns Her On: Despite Reimu talking about how Women Prefer Strong Men, Yutaka believes Reimu really thinks like this, after meeting the utterly powerless Jean Franc for the first time.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Both Dawitsu and Reimu get one. Dawitsu gets one from Yutaka, asking him if his 'just friends' attitude was all a lie and whether when they cosplayed together was simply an opportunity to ogle her, and Jean does this to Reimu when he uses him to try and break up Sakuya and Rinnosuke.
  • Witch Hunt: In his Belated Backstory, it's revealed that prior to secret organizations being formed to relocate and rename Youkai, that Dawitsu and his family suffered from one of these.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Upon reading the Grimoire of Dawitsu entry on Yutaka, Reimu remarks that Yutaka would probably never like Dawitsu because women don't like men who are 'all crazy and stuff' over them- in other words, emotional weakness is bad to her.
  • Yandere: Alice has her moments, especially when she tries to murder Rinnosuke due to Marisa having a crush on him.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Sex Drive, despite being an mental embodiment belonging to a straight man, seems to find shipping Lord Nelson and Hardy 'romantic', despite "it being two guys".
  • You Are What You Hate: Alice fears that Yutaka might mock her homosexual desires, causing Yutaka to deconstruct this trope, and tell her there's no way she'd bash a member of her own sexuality.
  • You Can Say That Again / Repeat After Me: In the former's trope article, the "comedic" version of the trope, as Dawitsu says "Things have a funny way of turning out for the best", and after Sakuya says "You can say that again", Dawitsu repeats "Things have a funny way of turning out for the best".
  • You Meddling Kids: Reimu references this trope upon being uncovered as the Ninja that invades the Scarlet Devil Mansion, saying, "I would've gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling Youkai!"
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Dawitsu's embodiment for Sex Drive is Nue Houjuu. Make of that what you will.

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