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Tropes which appear in Grimoire of Dawitsu, the second story in the Touhou Doujin: Dawitsu's Folly fanfic series.

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


  • All There in the Manual: Wondering why certain character interactions are the way they are in Holiday Edition onward? It's most likely here.
  • All Work vs. All Play: Dawitsu wants Ran to relax a lot more than she currently is, claiming she works too hard (he actually has to command her to relax). In later books, she learns to relax, but overshoots a little...
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  • Ambition Is Evil: Dawitsu is more than condemnatory about Seiga Kaku's abandonment of all of her family just to become a Taoist Hermit, gain eternal life and awesome powers...
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Parodied. Dawitsu began over thinking Nue's shapeshifting ability, and came to the idiotic conclusion that he himself may be Nue.
  • ASCII Art: While not exactly art, Dawitsu has Yutaka have an 'ASCII Diagram' of what a Longitudinal Wave (the same type of wave a sound wave is) using the diagram 'I I I III I I I I I III I I I I'.
  • Backstory: Yutaka's is explained in detail on her article, Dawitsu seemingly having forgotten the purpose of the book was to teach any aspiring mimickers to imitate whoever the article applies to.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Dawitsu mentions in Yutaka's article that on the way back from a Holiday to Ibiza, Yutaka fell asleep on the plane, and he looked over her, most likely in a crush-like manner...
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  • Berserk Button: Dawitsu suggests using the Berserk Buttons of many of the more calm characters to rile them up into showing off some of their attacks as a method of observation for his 'budding mimickers'.
  • Black Comedy: Somewhat subverted. Dawitsu says he would laugh at the fact Mokou's father apparently got pecked to death by swallows while trying to obtain their Cowry Shell, but says because it isn't in a cartoon, and that the person was a father, that it was absolutely not funny.
  • Brutal Honesty: Yutaka doesn't want to pour cold water on Dawitsu's efforts to make tea for her, but she openly states he's terrible at making it.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Dawitsu claims Lyrica is just as talented as her sisters, but puts next to no effort into her performance, and apparently it shows.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday / Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Dawitsu, when confronted by Komachi and discussing his own death with her, simply gets bored and asks why she isn't working. For him, it's Tuesday. Yutaka, on the other hand, is openly frightened of her, mainly because she's far taller than her and is discussing, well, death.
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  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": In-universe. Dawitsu is at a loss for what to call the Hakurei Shrine's Patron God, so he decides to give it his own name — Chomalungma.
  • Call-Back: Considering the short length of the only preceding book to it, quite a lot...
  • Casual Kink: Mild example. Dawitsu repeatedly asks Yutaka to slap him at one point, and Yutaka fears he may be developing Masochism. Also, Dawitsu seems to think Tenshi's a masochist for obvious reasons.
  • Civilized Animal: All of the Animal Youkai, but Yutaka particularly notes Shou Toramaru for this, and reveals some Hidden Depths about her.
  • Clone Degeneration: Dawitsu's Chibi Clones suffer from this.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dawitsu thinks Yuyuko is this. He couldn't be more wrong.
  • Companion Cube: Once again, Aya's press, but also, Yutaka seems to have a Raggedy Andy Doll which she treasures and reassures it that it won't be abandoned. It is never mentioned again in the series.
  • Conflict Ball: Dawitsu considers the reasoning behind the feud between Mokou and Kaguya to have disappeared, and they now only continue it as a tradition, comparing it to the feud of the Montegues and the Capulets.
  • Constructive Criticism: Although the book doesn't show Dawitsu's reaction to Shikieiki's criticism of him, he does say that Shikieiki is the constructive critic, and that if you want self-improvement, she's your woman.
  • Covert Pervert: Subverted. Dawitsu tries to be covert about it, but Yutaka clocks on and exploits the hell out of his slip of the tongue... in which he said he finds the observation sessions of Sakuya's cleaning... "pretty enjoyable".
  • Creepy Awesome: An in-universe example. In one of his tangents, Dawitsu mentions that the Cheshire Cat has a creepy, but "just plain awesome" smile.
  • The Cynic: Dawitsu believes Lunasa to be one quite close the Trope Namers.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Dawitsu lampshades the fact that Satori Komeiji's given name is her own species. For some reason, he doesn't do the same for Nue Houjuu.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yutaka and Dawitsu both have their moments, Yutaka especially due to being the typist. Many of the girls are also depicted by Dawitsu as such.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Discussed. Dawitsu finds it odd that Suwako Moriya and Kanako Yasaka are on such good terms despite their warring eons ago.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Dawitsu describes Flandre Scarlet as being "cute, the same way a puppy is", but also "like a Staffordshire Bull Terrier — too powerful for her own good."
  • Double Agent: According to Dawitsu, Nue was this during the events of UFO. Somewhat supported by Canon.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe example. Yutaka's reaction to his childish implications that she has a thing for Patchouli Knowledge. Equally so by Dawitsu in the following article when Yutaka gets her sweet revenge.
  • Empathic Environment: Averted. Dawitsu claims he met Yutaka on a rainy day, yet he clearly views her as the one person who changed his life for the better.
  • Epileptic Trees: In-Universe. Dawitsu has quite a few fan theories on some of the more mysterious Touhou Girls...
  • Extreme Omnivore: According to Dawitsu, Yoshika is such a glutton that she won't make the distinction between humans and youkai when eating brains.
  • Finger Gun: Apparently this is the way one imitates Reisen's shots.
  • The Four Loves: Openly mentioned in Yutaka's article. Yutaka considers her relationship with Dawitsu Agape.
  • A God Am I: Downplayed. Dawitsu believes Cirno to have a somewhat justified Invincibility Complex due to her ability to perpetually respawn.
  • Flashback: Yutaka's article may as well be this.
  • Foreshadowing: Mainly to the next book, Holiday Edition. Dawitsu and Yutaka frequently mention the ideas of going to the outside world and visiting Dawitsu's Brother (although Dawitsu seems to be relectant about the latter. Also a little to the other books, but mainly Holiday Edition.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Dawitsu most certainly isn't. He says he believes in Kanako Yasaka because, well, she's right there.
  • Flying Car: Dawitsu claims that the best way to mimic Futo's flying boat is to mimic another source with flying types of vehicles that don't normally fly, like Super Mario Bros. or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
  • Freud Was Right: Discussed. Dawitsu talks about Freudian Psychology in Koishi's article, and claims that a Male's Id is far more sex-drive based than women, hence the patterning of Koishi's Id-based spell-card varies with gender.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Somewhat exaggerated. Dawitsu rants and raves about how he never managed to beat Touhou Ten's extra stage- er... observe Suwako Moriya sufficiently due to how much lasers she uses.
  • Friend to Bugs: Dawitsu claims that he never kills bugs 'unless he has to', and condemns Wriggles usage of them as projectiles, claiming she's just killing off the competition so no others can turn into Insect Youkai.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Dawitsu says he doesn't mind Yuri Doujin, but Yaoi... that's just creepy. He also claims he wouldn't mind a Lesbian Version of Romeo and Juliet, irritating the very much homosexual Yutaka.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Discussed. Yutaka considers teaching Nitori basic quantum physics and low-grade magic to assist her in inventing machines all by herself without mimicking outside-world technology. She quickly abandons the idea after considering that if she became too skilled, she'd probably end up like a lot of gifted mechanics in fiction, and end up creating a robot army...
  • Graceful Loser: Unlike in the first book, Dawitsu seems to have learnt his lesson and accepts he will most likely be beaten by Yukari should he ever try to fight her.
  • Grass Is Greener: Dawitsu mentions that humans always desire long lifespans, but Youkai know they're over-rated, and suggests the reason is due to the fact they themselves only have very short lifespans.
  • G-Rated Drug: Aya apparently has an ink-sniffing habit, which is actually Truth in Television as people actually do snort solvents such as ink to get high.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Played With in Parsee Mizuhashi's article. To quote Dawitsu: 'Parsee Mizuhashi is a Youkai most famous for her ability to manipulate Jealousy. Oh, you may laugh, you may think it's a vague, worthless power, but DAMN, do I want that power! It makes me envious! Argh!'.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Dawitsu is not sure whether Youmu is this or not, and wonders how a ghost and human can get it on. Probably a Shout-Out to Un Lun Dun.
  • He Who Must Not Be Heard: Unzan is speculated to talk to Ichirin in the same way Sooty talks to his puppeteers.
  • Hikikomori: Dawitsu considers this to be the reason Hatate is such a whelp in terms of power compared to Aya.
  • Honor Among Thieves: Yutaka explains that after pulling a particularly nasty Mind Screw on Nazrin, she promised to never attempt to steal from the Dawitsu Mansion again, and apparently, she kept her word.
  • Hypocritical Humor: See Girl On Girl Is Hot above.
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Yutaka speculates the only reason Yoshika doesn't look any more decayed than she is is because she embalms herself to keep up her appearance...
  • I Let You Win: Dawitsu believes that Letty, Alice and Yukari hold back in battle. There's actually evidence for the latter, as well.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Dawitsu considers Remilia, Flandre, and Kaguya to be extremely immature for their age despite their immortality. Averted with his opinion of Eirin and Fujiwara no Mokou.
  • Immortality Seeker: Dawitsu believes Seiga Kaku to be this along with being power-hungry.
  • I Work Alone: Yutaka is glad that Dawitsu is anything but that, and says she likes how he isn't too proud to refuse help.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Dawitsu admittedly gave up on mimicking many different denizens of Gensokyo, such as Alice, Youmu, and Yukari. Also said of Star Sapphire, in that she knows when to run away and let her fellow mischievous fairies take the fall.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Dawitsu believes Shou Toramaru to be the operator of such a laser guide in her work for Bishamonten.
  • Little Bit Beastly: Dawitsu deconstructs this, wondering if he could buy Ran some clothes from the outside world while taking into account her nine fox-tails.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: Dawitsu doesn't seem to understand that Kaguya and Mokou most likely hate being immortal and seems to be jealous of them.
  • Love Confession: Dawitsu attempted this with Yutaka in the past, apparently, but it went wrong, and she assumed he was only confessing that he was a Youkai. He awkwardly went along with that, and settled for her being The Not-Love Interest.
  • MacGuffin: One of the reasons Dawitsu falls short in being to mimic some of the girls is due to their possession of one of these.
  • Magic Versus Science: Of the 'Magic is an Ideology' type. There are many times Dawitsu can't explain away the magic various Touhou girls use with science, but there's an equal amount of times he can. He seems to merely accept that both exist, although he has doubts whether Patchouli Knowledge has an issue with science. She doesn't.
  • Meganekko: Dawitsu draws attention to how Mamizou's glasses make her look intelligent.
  • Messianic Archetype: Dawitsu, being a youkai himself, regards Byakuren as a savior figure, and revers her as the one person who has done more to bridge the rift between humans and youkai than anyone else. Yutaka even calls Byakuren her idol.
  • Mind over Matter: Dawitsu claims that most of the bullets that 'hit' you against Reisen Udongein Inaba are most likely nowhere near you, but the image is so real to you that it hurts like a bullet would.
  • Mind Screw: Yutaka claims to have pulled a mean one off to Nazrin (who was attempting to burgle the Dawitsu Mansion)- using her scenery manipulation to form an endless corridor to disorientate and confuse Nazrin until she called for help, forcing her to see a resident of the mansion face to face. Needless to say she never returned for a second try.
  • My Instincts Are Showing: Dawitsu eats Minoriko Aki (after remarking that Reimu claimed she smells tasty) and in true Youkai fashion, does an "off-screen" eating of her despite being humanoid. He gets his cummupance all the way in Jean's Magical Education.
  • The Napoleon: Yutaka, subverted. She is aware of her short height, isn't that happy with it, but is in no way hot-blooded or aggressive.
  • Not Bad, for a Human: Dawitsu, as a Youkai, is impressed by Reimu and Marisa's skills, saying they're particularly impressive considering that they are humans.
  • Note From Ed: Yutaka, being the typist, pulls this off regularly in the 'Typist's Notes' section.
  • Not So Different: Dawitsu acknowledges Marisa, Satori, and Byakuren as fellow mimickers. He also claims that he and Aya are similar in that they don't try in battle, and puts forward a slight Ship Tease with her before swiftly sinking it.
  • Otaku: Dawitsu considers himself, Merlin, and Sanae. He supposedly gets along with Sanae for this reason, and states that he wouldn't mind dating Merlin if it wasn't for the fact she's... well, a Poltergeist.
  • Piano Drop: Dawitsu wonders if all the misfortune Hina Kagoyama has gathered over the years has made her unfortunate enough to have a piano fall on her head.
  • Pirate: Nazrin is one according to Dawitsu, however, he considers Minamitsu Murasa to be a sailor and Shou to be a disciple of Buddhism, despite their involvement in stealing treasure also.
  • Playboy Bunny: Apparently Dawitsu has a set of bunny-girl outfits, and even made Yutaka wear one on a "Nerdy Night Out". Yikes.
  • Power Copying: Pretty much the whole in-universe point of this book is to document each Touhou Character so that mimickers just like Dawitsu can learn to copy their powers.
  • The Power of Love: Played for Laughs. Dawitsu mention's Koishi's heart-shaped Danmaku, stating that she's got the power of love, before hamming it up and claiming that thus, they are all doomed.
  • Product Placement: A George Foreman Toaster is given to Nitori Kawashiro to examine as a gift.
  • Rags to Riches: Dawitsu speculates that Yukari may have had a humble origin, like being a Fence Youkai (Hey, if Kogasa can come from an umbrella, anything's possible) that came to represent all sorts of boundaries... of course, this could be entirely false. Dawitsu is an Unreliable Narrator, after all.
  • "Rashomon"-Style: Discussed and Lampshaded. Dawitsu mentions certain stage six bosses being thwarted by a human, and then says how it's one out of either Marisa or Reimu, and that he keeps forgetting to ask who really thwarted the applicable boss.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Being the only two characters directly interacting with the reader, Dawitsu and Yutaka are this, Dawitsu being the Red to Yutaka's Blue.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: A few instances of them, noticeable when they do appear.
  • Satellite Character: Dawitsu treats Minoriko Aki like one, referencing the Touhou Fandom's lack of focus on this character. He even ''eats'' her.
  • Satiating Sandwich: In Meiling's Article, Dawitsu orders Ran to make him and Yutaka a sandwich. She ends up creating a sandwich so tasty that he declares 'Ran, you genius!', and even Yutaka turns the Typist's Notes into a culinary review.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Dawitsu considers the Grimoire of Alice to be this.
  • Secret Keeper: Subverted in that it may or may not be true. Yutaka mentions in Suika's article that Dawitsu is scary when drunk, and that he hangs all over you, tells you he loves you, and mentions a lot of deep, dark secrets. One includes he has a set of crossplay outfits in a special wardrobe. However, the reliability of the story goes downhill when he reveals this 'special wardrobe' leads to Narnia.
  • Sesquipedalian Smith: Dawitsu lampshades Keine Kamishirasawa's incredibly long name by saying, 'Boy, that's a mouthful...'. He also has trouble saying Shikieiki Yamaxanadu and Toyosatomimi no Miko's names too.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Both Het and Les Yay versions. See Shipper on Deck and Dude, Not Funny!
  • Shipper on Deck: Dawitsu shipping Yutaka and Patchouli, Yutaka shipping Dawitsu and Sakuya. The Former ends up happening later in the series.
  • Ship Tease: Dawitsu mentions he wouldn't mind going out with several of the touhou girls, but doesn't seem to take any of them seriously. Well, perhaps one...
  • Shout-Out: Too many to list.
  • Sinister Scythe: Dawitsu thinks Komachi's scythe is frickin' sweet.
  • Slumber Party: Yutaka apparently has a totally platonic one with Patchouli Knowledge.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Surprisingly, Dawitsu doesn't consider Cirno to be this due to her most likely truly being the strongest fairy. However, he does think this of Sunny Milk, claiming the only reason she's the leader of the three mischievous fairies is because the others don't challenge her on that.
  • Split Personality: Dawitsu claims Nazrin acts as both a grandiose leader of mice and a subservient minon to Shou Toramaru, even labelling such as a split personality.
  • Squee!: Surprisingly, despite Dawitsu's Occidental Otaku status, Yutaka delivers a typed equivalent in her notes on Chen's article — "Chen is simply adorable."
  • Stalker with a Crush: Dawitsu considers Alice to be a less severe variant of this.
  • Stock British Phrases: While not as common as some American Works due to the writer being British himself, Dawitsu does spout the occasional Steroetypical British colloquialism, such as 'Blighter', or 'Can't be Arsed'.
  • The Stoic: Many of the characters are mentioned to be so calm, that getting them to attack (and thus give Dawitsu's 'budding mimickers' an opportunity to mimic them) is almost impossible.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Gal: In-universe. After Merlin steals his "games console" and thus his means of playing Ikaruga, insisting that she will complete it, Dawitsu claims she's a "Masochistic Gamer".
  • Straw Hypocrite: Dawitsu considers Miko to be this.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Dawitsu tries his hardest to explain magic in scientific terms, however, he occasionally fails to do so, usually in cases where he can't mimic the character or he requires some kind of MacGuffin to mimic their abilities.
  • Super-Deformed: Dawitsu can form Chibi Clones of himself. D'awwwwwwwww...
  • Tampering with Food and Drink
  • Techno Babble: Both Dawitsu and Yutaka are prone to this.
  • That Came Out Wrong: To quote; 'If you're Seiga, this means you have to move about a lot, and focus on curving your Danmaku, and getting your electric balls to move... uh, that came out wrong...'
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Dawitsu believes Tenshi is this, and is even disparaging of her despite showing shades of masochism himself...
  • Tutorial Level: Dawitsu considers mimicry of first-boss level characters as this for his 'budding mimickers'.
  • Undying Loyalty: Dawitsu considers Captain Murasa's journey to Makai to free Byakuren proof of her loyalty, and respects her for this despite her checkered past.
  • Universe Bible: This book serves an alternate purpose of showing what areas of Fanon the Author has accepted, and which he hasn't, as well as showing whether or not Dawitsu likes the character and whether or not he can mimic them.
  • The Unseen: Tomasu Dawitsu, Mateyuu's brother, is mentioned in Lyrica's article. Although unseen in this book, he does appear in Holiday Edition.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Dawitsu's opinions are not always correct, and are... somewhat biased against rivals.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Dawitsu believes Utsuho Reiuji to be this.
  • Wiki Walk: Dawitsu goes off on some pretty wild tangents at times...
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Downplayed. Yutaka's small-scale vengeance by humiliating Dawitsu by exposing his crush of Sakuya for doing the exact same regarding her and Patchouli.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: While Dawitsu seems to believe Living Forever Is Awesome, Yutaka is the converse, and doesn't want to live forever.
  • Workaholic: Dawitsu considers Hong Meiling to be this, despite her common depiction as a lazy, incompetent guard. Strangely enough, this is closer to her Canon depiction than most depictions of her.
  • Writer on Board: In Sakuya's article, there's Typist's Notes, Dawitsu's Notes, Author's Notes and Chuck Norris' Notes. The Author's Notes are there simply to remark how many more notes can exist in one chapter, before Chuck Norris tells him: ONE.
  • Written Sound Effect: Lampshaded by the Lampshade Hanger himself, Dawitsu asks if Yutaka''s typing Onomatopoeia again...
  • You're Cute When You're Angry: Dawitsu remarks that Yutaka's 'cute when she blushes' after she gets exposed regarding her feelings for Patchouli Knowledge.

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