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Touhou Soujinengitranslation ~The Genius of Sappheiros is a Touhou fangame created by Strawberry Bose released at Comiket 78. It is a traditional turned-based Role-Playing Game influenced by Console RPGs, particularly the SaGa series. It follows the Touhou stage based format with each stage being its own dungeon.

One hot day in Gensokyo, a strange mist begins to roll in and cover the entirety of Gensokyo much like Scarlet Mist Incident. However, unlike that mist, this one was a different and didn't block out the sun. Instead this mist appeared to weaken youkai and was killing the weaker youkai. At the request of Yukari, Reimu begins to investigate the fog's appearance and resolve this incident joined by Marisa, Sanae, and Aya.


An expansion of the game was released in Comiket 79 called The Genius of Sappheiros: Lingering Summer Heat, featuring new playable characters, items, skills, and game play balances.

An Updated Re-release called The Genius of Sappheiros: Weekend was released in Reitaisai 9. The game rebalances many things and adds more features in it.

Now has a character page.

Spoilers regarding Original Characters and plot will be hidden.


Examples of tropes used in The Genius of Sappheiros:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade : Kurenai´s claws can cut rocks.
  • A-Cup Angst : It does not involve Sakuya! Rather, Satori and Tenshi call each other flat-chested.
  • Background Music Override: The theme of Stage 21 continues to play even when battling and winning a battle.
  • Badass Crew: The team as a whole, which at the end they're capable of beating foreign western gods as well as the hate incarnate.
  • Behind the Black: Many treasure chests are hidden on-screen, which are usually behind a wall.
  • Bonus Boss: Has many in the expansion as part of sidequests required for crafting equipments.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing: The final dungeon of both the original and the expansion have several enemies that are much harder than the regular mobs. Aside from being very hard, they're also more uncommon. They usually drop awesome equipment or have higher chance to drop rare material.
    • Several places also have tougher enemies than the regular mob, but not as many as the final dungeon.
  • Character Select Forcing: Part of the Trial-and-Error Gameplay and the difficulty of the game. Bosses sometimes require specific characters to even have a chance of winning.
    • The party split is also this too since the teams need to be either physical or magic oriented to be able to breeze through the dungeon.
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  • Demonic Possession : During the expansion, the playable characters and Hina become possessed by the resentment.
  • Disc-One Final Dungeon: Eientei and later Bhava-Agra.
  • Dual Boss : Some of the earliest examples include Patchouli and Sakuya, Remilia and Nitori, Rin and Utsuho.
  • Duel Boss: Several character-specific material sidequests in the expansion are this. Nothing's stopping you from bringing a full team, but you won't get the quest reward.
  • Eldritch Abomination : Played straight and then subverted in the expansion. The bosses take the form of a dragon, then a demon, Hina's aura, a being called Existence Hater, but the final boss takes the form of a fish, and then a ball.
  • Equippable Ally/Fastball Special : In a way. Yuugi's weapon named "Suika" involves throwing Suika (Ibuki) holding a watermelon ([1])
  • Expy: Kurenai Matsuba is a comedic copy of Meiling. A red-headed, chinese crab youkai that works as a gatekeeper, is treated as a Butt-Monkey, and her name is a play on Meiling's Alternate Character Reading name, Kurenai Misuzu.
  • Field Power Effect: Aside from the land meter, characters and enemies can set up a field effect that affects everyone, but sometimes it only affects one side. Only one field effect may be active at a time. If someone else use another field effect, it would overwrite the existing field effect.
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: The final phase of the final boss is on some sort of space void.
  • Final Boss Preview: In the expansion, the previous Big Bad faces off with the instigator of the expansion's incident.
  • Flunky Boss : Alice can use her dolls. The final boss can bring their maids (fought earlier) to battle. The expansion final boss can bring various monsters in one of its phases.
  • Fusion Dance: The Gorgon sisters do this during their final battle.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The expansion's Big Bad is only interested in complete destruction of Gensokyo.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: All of the high-leveled sidequests. Also some of the expansion's bosses.
  • Glass Cannon: Remilia, fast and extremely powerful, drops like a rock when sneezed at.
  • Guide Dang It!: Obtaining all the formations. The game doesn't hint you at all about how to get them.
  • Hate Plague: The main plot in the expansion.
  • Health/Damage Asymmetry: The bosses later have over ten thousand HP while your party only have around 400. The expansion have bosses in over hundred thousand while your party members are capped at 999.
  • 100% Completion : There are ~560 enemies to scan (includes bosses, which are scanned automatically upon defeat), ~800 items (includes weapons, shields, armor, accessories, crafting materials), and 552 chests. The game keeps track of the percentage completed, but there's no reward.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: The first half of the expansion is entirely this as you beat up your former party members to free them from their Demonic Possession.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: Every single character have their ultimate weapon and armor. They can only be crafted using an ultimate character material which have very little chance to drop. All of them can be upgraded in the expansion.
    • The Kusanagi is also this that can be equipped by several characters.
  • Konami Code : The player can obtain Mokou early by talking to Akyuu, going to the Bamboo Forest, and traveling in accordance with the code.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Some dungeons require you to split your party in 2 or 3.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Mokou and Youmu are fast, powerful, and capable of taking a few hits before they drop.
  • Limit Break : Works similarly to Final Fantasy VIII, in that it may charge up when attacking or getting attacked, with higher possibility on lower health.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: After defeating the expansion's Final Boss, the stage where you're in crumbles. Fortunately there's no escape sequence as Yukari will come and take you out. You can still visit the stage after the ending though.
  • Luck-Based Mission : Satori learning enemies' abilities.
  • Metal Slime : Yukkuris. Varieties include normal, sisters (3-in-1), stray, king and emperor.
  • Mind over Manners : Satori, upon denying the request from the party to join them, decided to reveal Reimu's not-so-polite thoughts to back her up, then start on the other party members' thoughts as well - which are petty and totally unrelated things. She got so much into mind reading that she didn't realize that every single party member (including those who normally object to violent methods) is now surrounding her with a livid expression, hellbent on beating her up.
  • Mysterious Mist: What causes the plot of the game in the first place, harming youkai.
  • News Travels Fast: Seriously, how does Akyuu find out how you've defeated certain bosses so quickly?
  • Original Character: Featured late into the game, they are the instigators of the incident
  • One-Winged Angel : The final boss, it consists of the Gorgon sisters fusing into one
  • Our Angels Are Different: Angels are included in the "Foreign God" category along with demons, each rank becomes more and more heavy-armored and technological, with some resembling battleships, and the strongest one being a loli fused with a dragon.
  • Power Copying : Satori learns enemy abilities by being hit with them, but she isn't guaranteed to learn it.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The first half of the expansion.
  • Puzzle Boss: Almost every bosses in the game can obliterate you immediately if you don't know what the boss can and will do. See Trial-and-Error Gameplay.
  • Rapunzel Hair : Anastasis and Litos sport some of these.
  • Remixed Level: The first half of the expansion dungeons are remixes of earlier dungeons, with the same gimmick but different layout.
  • Rewarding Inactivity/Waiting Puzzle : Byakuren can be obtained early if the player goes to the Myouren Temple and waits for 1 in-game hour.
  • Sequential Boss : The final boss and the expansion's last boss have this. The battle is long, and the player is asked to make multiple parties in case one is defeated.
  • Shown Their Work : Generally, things regarding the gorgon's myth. For example, Litos is a snake goddess, yet she has golden wings.
  • Skill Point Reset
  • Skill Scores and Perks: Every character can have up to 99 points that can put into 14 trees. Six trees have 10 levels and raise stats. Each character has 5 unique trees (one for their exclusive weapon, the others raise various aspects) and 3 weapon trees shared with others, with 25 levels each. Note that it's pointless to put points in more than one weapon tree, as the effects only take place if they have the appropriate weapon equipped.
  • Stone Wall: Alice, best defense in the game, worst offense.
  • Super Move Portrait Attack: All party members have this for their Last Word and some spell cards. Some bosses also have this too when using a powerful spell card.
  • Trailers: Both official and fan-made varieties.
  • Trial-and-Error Gameplay: Few bosses will use their strongest attack on their very first turn or will outright annihilate your party when their HP hits 0 making you guaranteed to lose at least once.
  • True Final Boss: Letting the final boss live for several turns in the second phase will turn them into this.
  • The Very Definitely Final Dungeon: Lakebed Temple.
    • The expansion has Depths of Resentment.
  • Weapon of Choice: Every character gets one personal weapon exclusive to her, plus three out of five other weapons shared with others.
    • Armed Legs: (Greaves). Alice's exclusive weapon. Low power, striking element, high accuracy, and has defensive bonuses.
    • An Axe to Grind/Drop the Hammer: (Called crushers). Used by various, strike element, high power, ignores some PDEF, but low accuracy.
    • BFS: (Called Double handed swords) Sakuya's personal weapon. Higher damage but lower accuracy than regular swords.
    • Blade on a Stick: Used by various. Stabbing element, higher accuracy but lower power than swords.
    • Broom Stick Quarterstaff: Marisa's weapon. A cross of a spear and a staff.
    • Combat Hand Fan: Aya's personal weapon. A more accurate axe that ignores more defense.
    • Cool Guns: Nitori's weapon. Long-range, low-accuracy, high-power stabbing weapon.
    • Cool Sword: Used by various. Slashing element, average power and accuracy.
    • Good Old Fisticuffs[/]Power Fist: Mokou's weapon. A more accurate axe and inflicts some status effects.
    • Improbable Weapon User: Goheis, Snakes, Eyes, and Scrolls. The expansion adds suppositories, ice (in various shapes), and various throwable weapons ("rocks").
    • Javelin Thrower: Remilia's weapon. Similar to a spear, but with lower range.
    • Katanas Are Just Better: Youmu's weapon. A heavier and more powerful sword.
    • Knife Nut: Used by various, lower power but higher accuracy than swords, most carry a status effect.
    • Royal Rapier: Litos' weapon. High-accuracy, low-power stabbing weapon.
    • Simple Staff: Used by various, strike element, good accuracy, have more emphasis on magical power rather than physical power.
    • Throw the Book at Them; Patchouli's exclusive weapon. A cross between crushers and staffs, but very heavy.
    • Whip It Good: (Snakes) Sanae's personal weapon. Slashing element, a cross of a sword and staff, inflicts and protects against poison or paralysis. Some are visually closer to a Epic Flail.
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: Various weapons in the game has slayer effects against the many enemy species in the game.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: The original ending shows every single character fought as bosses, including the Big Bad. Also shows NPC characters like Rinnosuke and Akyu.
  • Wolfpack Boss: Litos´ and Cirno´s personal quests involve in fighting a bunch of furballs and fairies, respectively.

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