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"This game is Curtain Fire Shooting Game.
Girls do their best now and are preparing. Please watch warmly until it is ready.
The border land was wrapped in Scarlet Magic. Girls believe that you solve this mystery."

Touhou Koumakyou ~ The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil loading screen
Touhou is usually seen in character optimization threads because the majority of the Touhou fanbase are min-maxers.

The Touhou Project is a series of Japanese "danmaku" ("bullet hell") vertical shooter games made by a skinny Japanese man known as ZUN. Only four things are known about ZUN: He is married, his favorite character (Aya), what he looks like, and that he loves beer. The series is known for its almost entirely female cast of characters, and the plethora of fanart they have inspired. In fact, there is so much Touhou fanart that it is commonly held that no matter what the situation, there is at least one Touhou picture that is appropriate. This has also resulted in the creation of the Touhou Power Cards for 4e Dungeons & Dragons.

A fellow referred to as Touhoufag used to be seen in D&D threads, particularly ones involving character optimization. Fa/tg/uys generally didn't mind Touhou, as long as it was kept from taking over the discussion, but instead used to further it or spice it up, or just as eye candy while the discussion continued. Sadly, he got on the janitor's bad side and was permabanned for trumped-up charges of spamming and ban evasion.

For Touhou-centric posts not related to traditional games, we recommend visiting /jp/, considering the now-infamous Touhou Hijack was used as an out to create the board in the first place.

If you want a quick introduction to Touhou, this video is here for you.

Now with WH40k Touhou Crossover. Because Internet. [1]


Touhou characters are often referred to as Touhoes, Toehoes (a pun on how the Japanese word is properly pronounced), 2hous or 2hus. There are a lot of characters - according to the Touhou wiki, over a hundred of them. A quick rundown of a few of the more prominent Touhoes follows (feel free to add your favourite 2hu for extralulz, we know you want it):

  • Reimu Hakurei is an undead zombie a red-white miko a wonderful shrine maiden of paradise. She is one of the two main characters of the series. Her good points are her armpits. Her abilities include flight, utter invincibility invoked when she feels like it (Fantasy Heaven), killing everyone with her balls, and overpoweredness, that's because she can fly away from reality, hence making her utterly invulnerable, even against concept manipulators such as Yukari, in other words, if she decided to fight seriously, Reimu could go hand to hand with the C'tan, the Emperor and the Chaos Gods all together and win by default (Well, what did you expect? Japs consider a point of national pride making characters as OP as possible), exemplifying the concept of CoDzilla in D&D 3.5. or a 1++ Invulnerable Save/Eternal Warrior/It Will Not Die/Feels No Pain/Reanimation Protocols, all rolled in one, this video shows her in a totally canonical way, we wish we were making this up. She is a favored soul.
  • Mima is a sadly forgotten resident Lich when the series move to Windows from a long-dead Japanese computer line, and the one who taught Marisa nearly everything she knows. Gives no fucks and with even bigger ego than her student, she is basically Naga to Marisa's Lina. Also one of the very few who is genuinely friends with Yuuka Kazami.
  • Chiyuri Kitashirakawa is a sailor uniform (a real one, not school one) wearing time traveler from the future who assists Yumemi in studying magic. Goes behind her boss's back by orchestrating a ploy for the inhabitants of Gensokyo to fight each, with the plan to kidnap the the last one standing and experiment on her. Also likes to smack people with steel chairs.
  • Yumemi Okazaki is a time traveling professor from the future where the Grand Unified Theory was proven to be true, and now with her assistant Chiyuri tries to prove the existence of magic to the scientific community (for which she gets laughed at). May or may not be from the same future that Renko and Maribel live in, and might be their teacher as well.
  • Yuuka Kazami the flower Youkai is one of the oldest and most powerful beings in Gensokyo. Also known as an Ultimate Sadistic Being. She is an original user of the Master Spark spell, the fuck huge kamehameha-like laser beam that annihilates everything in its path. Obviously, Marisa stole that too.
  • Alice Margatroid, when not hopelessly lusting over Marisa, spends all her time stuck in her house crafting and playing with dolls, much like certain fa/tg/uys.
  • Shinki is the Power who rules over her own hand-made plane of Makai (Demon Realm, not to be confused with the myriad of Japanese Hells) as its Mother-Goddess. She is also the closest being to the Capital-G God the setting has, and during the fight with the "heroes" got so worked up that she accidenly set the whole of Makai on fire. And last, but not least, she is Alice's doting stepmom.
  • Cirno is an intellectually-challenged fairy with an ego problem the STRONGEST and SMARTEST of all the Touhoes, and can control ice. Commoner level weak a commoner can't launch a machine-gun's worth of icicles at your position and fly! Nobody knows how to pronounce her name. It's pronounced "Cheer-no". Powerful enough to be a playable character in Hidden Star in Four Seasons, and all she had to do was get a tan.
  • Patchouli Knowledge is a pajama-wearing, century-old, Vancian wizzart who spends all her time in a library reading books. Constitution was her dump stat, and hence she is asthmatic, anemic, and generally sickly like Raistlin Majere. Changes her prepared spells list depending on the day of the week.
  • Sakuya Izayoi is a maid with a known fondness of Time Stop, Haste spells, and just around five billion knives, or possibly just 40 really well reoriented ones. Her race, origin, or how she got that many 9th level slots are all unknown. May or may not be a female Dio Brando in an alternate universe. Sakuya gains Time Stop as an At-Will ability in 4.0. Honorary member of the Ordo Chronos, or what is left of it.
  • Remilia Scarlet vampire loli (loli compared to other 2hus, and that's saying something) who may or may not have the power to manipulate fate. Lives in a giant mansion and is the final boss of the first post-PC-98 Touhou game. Incredibly childish despite being ~500 years old and has another less-relevant loli vampire sister. Would be a von Carstein if she lived in the Warhammer universe.
  • Flandre Scarlet Remilia's younger sister who was locked in a basement for 495 years due to temper issues. Has the power to destroy anything she chooses. Has multicolored crystal wings.
  • Chen is Ran's catgirl familiar. Sometimes Ran touches her in bad places, but Chen is cute, so it's okay.
  • Youmu Konpaku is too soft, but the things that her masterwork bastard sword cannot cut are next to none. Also happens to be half-ghost. No, we have no idea how that happens, but her ghost side is also very soft, so basically how a Damned Legionnaire would have looked in a moe anime universe. Is canonically afraid of ghost stories despite serving one and living in the afterlife.
  • Yuyuko Saigyouji is the princess of the underworld, and is able to kill anybody, save literal immortals, by thinking at them. Always hungry.
  • Suika Ibuki is an oni (a demon-ogre, for those who don't know). Her hobbies involve drinking and fighing, usually both at once. Super flat chested. Touhou has more than 1 guy character and Suika is still regarded as the flatest character [2]. Usually hangs around the Hakurei Shrine, but is said to own a chunk of Heaven she won from fucking up Tenshi Hinanawi's shit. Hasn't been sober in over 300 years. No, seriously, that's actual canon. Surprisingly has enough intuition see through Yukari's plans even while drunk.
  • Tewi Inaba is an extremely old earth rabbit of good luck who has achieved quantum immortality through being obscenely lucky. Her alignment is Chaotic Shenanigans, of which Reisen is the most frequent victim.
  • Reisen Udongein Inaba is a moon rabbit who deserted her frontline military position and went AWOL as Primarch Neil Armstrong and his SPEHSS MAHREENS were purging xenos filth in the Lunar Capital in the name of the God-President of America. If you look into her red eyes and fail your Will save, you will go batshit insane. May or may not be completely useless except for her sex appeal. Gun-porn of her can be found all over the /a/ parts of /k/, and none of the /k/omrades know who she is or why. According to Antinomy of Common Flowers, she can actually kick major (and even immortal) ass when unhinged.
  • Kaguya Houraisan is a former Princess of the Moon who got bored of the so-called perfect life on the Lunar Capital and drank a Hourai Exilir which made her immortal via locking her age for eternity, which is several magnitudes of impure to the Lunarian Society. With Eirin's help escaped to Earth, where she messed with and drove to suicide several hopeful suitors that tried to get into her pants, including Mokou's father. Gensokyo's resident neckbeard.
  • Fujiwara no Mokou A human-turned-immortal with a long grudge against the moon princess Kaguya. Can control fire.
  • Aya Shameimaru Super fast crow tengu. She is so strong she sometimes accidentally beats people up. Aya is one of the most prolific sources of lore however she is not a credible source of information as she is known to lie always tell the complete and unmolested truth.
  • Momiji Inubashiri The most minor character in the entire series, initially literally nothing but a throwaway stage 4 miniboss with just a little bit of in-game lore that said she was a white wolf tengu. However, since Touhou Project at the time lacked a dog girl, the fandom absolutely ate her up, gaining probably the biggest fanon-to-canon ratio of the entire series. ZUN eventually gave her a couple winks by showing her in cameos on the spinoff mangas, commissioning an official art of her for an artbook (which removes her long-established dog ears, but nobody cared) and describing her in a little more detail in official spinoff print works. /pol/ adopted her with a MAGA hat as one of their resident memes.
  • Komachi Onozuka is a local busty Grim Reaper/Charon equivalent. Lazy as fuck. Her official description of being "big, tall and huge" is usually taken as having canonically huge tits and ass.
  • Eiki Shiki Yamaxanadu is the judge of the dead. Short and flat chested. Sees reality in clear, absolute black and white perception (both inside and outside morality), which is why even Yukari doesn't bother going against her (since her hax powers rely on vagueness). Gensokyo's resident rules lawyer.
  • Chiquita Dragonforce Tenshi Hinanawi is a dragon celestial gish with a perpetually rotating rock that floats, peaches on her hat that vaguely resemble butts, powers over the earth overlapping with another character's abilities, and a prismatic Holy Avenger with the ability to shoot multilasers.
  • Parsee Mizuhashi is a grumpy old troll, that lives under a bridge the bridge princess "oni", she jealous at everyone and everything making her the biggest optimist on earth. Jealousy feeds her Choas style and it is said that Parsee-chan doesn't cry. May or may not be Yuugi's waifu(fanon).
  • Yuugi Hoshiguma is Gensokyo's resident Muscle Wizard. She can best be described as Kord/Cayden Cailean reimagined as a female Oni with huge boobs. Some MANLY depictions of her also incorporate big muscles. Total bros with Suika Ibuki.
  • Utsuho "Okuu" Reiuji a crow who used to stoke the fires of hell, before there was an argument and a subsequent change of management. Despite the fact that she holds dominion over both nuclear fusion and nuclear fission, and has a right arm that is made of nukes and lasers, she somehow is on-par with most of the other Touhoes. No critical thinking skills whatsoever, there is a cool video of her fight with Reimu, in 3D!
  • Byakuren Hijiri is the Jesus of Gensokyo. She tried to obtain equal rights for youkai but was crucified sealed away for her transgressions. She has huge boobs. Since later games she has a lightsaber and a motorcycle which she uses to roll over her enemies (read Toyosatomimi no Miko), we wish the sororitas where this cool. Rumored to be acquainted with Shinki. Also an SJW.
  • Mamizou Futatsuiwa a granny-tanuki of the outside world who was invoked into Gensokyo to deal with Miko, likes to play pranks on people and see how they get all confused, she can also invoke daemons and do all kind of crazy stunts, so we are not really sure if she is an acolyte of Cegorach or Tzeentch as of Urban Legend in Limbo she became a Man in Black and has an alien collection, so now we're sure that she's actually an acolyte of Trazyn.
  • Seija Kijin is an amanojaku with the power to flip over stuff, from tables to perception to gravity, and she thinks opposite of what other people think. Basically, she is a contrarian That Guy.
  • Kasen Ibaraki is a mysterious girl who possesses an arm made of shadow. Said arm can completely disintegrate evil spirits, removing them from the cycle of reincarnation. Currently looking for her original arm while disguised as a Hermit. Most likely An Oni and confirmed to be a sage of Gensokyo. Most often seen eating. Oh and she owns a lot of animals.
  • Doremy Sweet a Baku, (self proclaimed) ruler of the dream world. Eats anon's dreams (and savors every bite). Is also a Doom Sheep Mecha Pilot, Pillow Tycoon and a theme park manager.
  • Kishin Sagume is a moon bird, a single winged stork. She can reverse all except established facts with a word, every word. She's (eventually) proven to be the mastermind of Gensokyo's longest incident and almost led the relocation of the Lunar Capital in Gensokyo. May or may not be Tzeentch.
  • Clownpiece 'murican fairy from hell who invaded (Read:Played Around, Lunarians make Eldar look welcoming) the Moon (no oil or WMDs involved). Honouring the American practice of overwhelming firepower and driving people insane, she eats your continues like they were delicious cookies while unleashing dakka equivalent to a sector battlefleet, lately she decided was ordered to move to Gensokyo, discussions between Cirno and Clownpiece fans attempting to define who is the strongest still rage across the web.
  • Hecatia Lapislazuli THE Goddess(es?) of hell, crossroads, dogs, ghosts, planets, sorcery, magic, /x/ and death metal.She's also one of Eiki Shiki's bosses. In addition to her designation as a goddess and rank in hell, she has unfair, extremely vague, redundant, god powers. Most importantly however she's Junko's friend and Clownpiece's mom boss. While usually a good sport, she does not take insulting her clothing lightly.
  • Matara Okina is a hidden god of Gensokyo specializing in minmaxing energy and bards (or the boss of bard gods anyway). She is the "opposite" to the tengu and is a goddess capable of "promoting and demoting" creatures and even objects. Her main power is the Manipulation of back door,and we mean every back door.
  • God Empress of Mudkind Haniyasushin Keiki Clay god born from the decomposing remains of dead gods, summoned to the Beast World by human spirits through ritual mass suicide. Ever since she has waged a war toliberate and unite the lost tribes of the spirit of man through battle with the Lords of the Beast World. To this effort she's been mass producing ceramic idols, and gods to man them. Probably owns an STC. Fist fought a dragon once.
  • Joutouguu Mayumi Marshall of Keiki's armies, a Bandai Marine to the mini idols which make up most of her soldiery. Has a Murder Dick Shooter for a weapon.

ZUN's bizarre fondness for drawing silly hats on his lolis leads to persistent rumours that Touhoes may die if their headwear of choice is removed, though certain bare-headed exceptions such as Kaguya Houraisan, Yuka Kazami, or Byakuren Hijiri cast doubt on this theory. It is also of note that since Zun's official artwork in the games and manuals depicts most of the cast as chubby little girls, doujin artists, some ZUN-approved printed media and the official Tasofro fighting games have generally felt free to decide on their own exactly what physiques the characters have, leading to many conflicting versions of the same character.

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Please, note that if we were to post just the high-end fanart people have made of Touhou we would probably collapse 1d4chan servers: