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The Characters in Touhou Project

The list of the Characters in Touhou Project.

Overview

Beginning with human deriving from myths, Inheritances, ancient texts, etc., there are various species like fairies, phantoms and gods.
They are uniformly drawn as girls (children), and it is officially emphasized that all Touhou characters are children. ( “That’s why it is the Gensokyo(Land of Fantasy)”. See details in the later mentioned)。

List of characters

Characters (After Windows version)

Protagonists 
Reimu Hakurei Marisa Kirisame


the Embodiment of Scarlet Devil 
Rumia Daiyousei Cirno Hong Meiling Koakuma Patchouli Knowledge Sakuya Izayoi Remilia Scarlet Flandre Scarlet

Perfect Cherry Blossom
Letty Whiterock Chen Alice Margatroid Lily White Lunasa Prismriver Merlin Prismriver Lyrica Prismriver Youmu Konpaku Yuyuko Saigyouji Ran Yakumo Yukari Yakumo

Immaterial and Missing Power
Suika Ibuki 

Imperishable Night
Wriggle Nightbug Mystia Lorelei Keine Kamishirasawa Tewi Inaba Reisen Udongein Inaba]] [[Eirin Yagokoro]] [[Kaguya Houraisan]] [[Fujiwara no Mokou]

Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Aya Shameimaru Medicine Melancholy Yuuka Kazami Komachi Onozuka Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu

Mountain of Faith
Shizuha Aki Minoriko Aki Hina Kagiyama Nitori Kawashiro Momiji Inubashiri Sanae Kochiya Kanako Yasaka Suwako Moriya

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Iku Nagae Tenshi Hinanawi 

Subterranean Animism
Kisume Yamame Kurodani Parsee Mizuhashi Yuugi Hoshiguma Satori Komeiji Rin Kaenbyou Utsuho Reiuji Koishi Komeji

Undefined Fantastic Object
Nazrin Kogasa Tatara Ichirin Kumoi Unzan Minamitsu Murasa Shou Toramaru Byakuren Hijiri Nue Houjuu

Touhou Hisoutensoku
Giant Catfish Goliath Doll Hisoutensoku 

Double Spoiler
Hatate Himekaidou

Ten Desires
Kyouko Kasodani Yoshika Miyako Seiga Kaku(Seiga Nyan Nyan) Soga no Tojiko Mononobe no Futo Toyosatomimi no Miko Mamizou Futatsuiwa

Hopeless Masquerade
Hata no Kokoro 

Double Dealing Character
Wakasagihime Sekibanki Kagerou Imaizumi Benben Tsukumo Yatsuhashi Tsukumo Seija Kijin Shinmyoumaru Sukuna Raiko Horikawa

Urban Legend in Limbo
Sumireko Usami 

Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
Seiran Ringo Doremy Sweet Sagume Kishin Clownpiece Junko Hecatia Lapislazuli

Hidden Star in Four Seasons
Eternity Larva Nemuno Sakata Aunn Komano Narumi Yatadera Satono Nishida Mai Teireida Okina Mataraa

Antinomy of Common Flowers
Joon Yorigami Shion Yorigami 

Wily Beast and Weakest Creature
Eika Ebisu Urumi Ushizaki Kutaka Niwatari Yachie Kicchou Mayumi Joutouguu Keiki Haniyasushin Saki Kurokoma 

Books

Curiosities of Lotus Asia
Rinnosuke Morichika Unnamed Book-Reading Youkai(Tokiko) 


Touhou Sangetsusei
Sunny Milk Luna Child Star Sapphire 

Perfect Memento in Strict Se
The Grimoire of Marisa]] Symposium of Post-mysticism
Hieda no Akyuu 

Touhou Bougetsushou
Watatsuki no Toyohime Watatsuki no Yorihime Reisen 

Wild and Horned Hermit
Ibarakasen(Kasen Ibaraki) 

Forbidden Scrollery
Kosuzu Motoori

Music CD

Ghostly Field Club
Renko Usami Maribel Hearn


Others

Characters exist only in settings・Unused Character
Rin Satsuki Leira Prismriver Youki Konpaku Lily Black Myouren Hijiri Kirisame's father Previous Generation Miko Fairies of Rainy Season Chang'e>Chang'e(Touhou Project


Mob
Shanghai Doll Hourai Doll Kedama Bakebake Zombie Fairy Fairy Maid Sunflower Fairy Moon Rabbit Mob Inaba Mob Kappa

Characters(PC-98 Version)

Protagonists
Reimu Hakurei Marisa Kirisame(Stage 4 boss in the Story of Eastern Wonderland, later to be the protagonist)


Highly Responsive to Prayers
ShinGyoku(ShinGyoku) YuugenMagan(YuugenMagan) Elis(Elis) Sariel(Sariel) Mima(Mima) Kikuri(Kikuri) konngara(konngara)

Story of Eastern Wonderland
Genjii Rika Meira Mima
Stage 2 Midboss Stage 3 Midboss Stage 3 Boss Stage 4 Midboss

Phantasmagoria of Dim.Dream
Ellen Kotohime Kana Anaberal Rikako Asakura Chiyuri Kitashirakawa Yumemi Okazaki
Ru~koto Mimichan Ma○chi

Lotus Land Story
Orange Kurumi Elly Yuuka Mugetsu Gengetsu
Stage 1 Midboss Stage 3 Midboss Stage 4 Midboss

Mystic Square
Sara Louise Alice Yuki Mai Yumeko Shinki
Stage 1 Midboss Stage 2 Midboss Stage 3 Midboss Stage 4 Midboss Stage 5 Midboss Extra Stage Midboss Makai person who appears in Reimu's Ending

Official Information about the Characters in General

>Well, the author has a preferences for girls
(From the Magic of Life’s appendix “zun002.TXT”)

>(※When talking about the topic of Sakuya Izayoi)
>Others “Well, I have a question. What is the size of the breasts?
>ZUN “I don't feel like I saw it. They are all children
>ZUN “She is a character who is in her 10s
(From “the last-minute special of NAE-RADI DNA C72”)

>The reason why people will grow old in Sazae-san dimension is unknown
(From ZUN’s twitter)

>The non-human creatures abandon their growth in exchange for long lives.
>In contrast, they can live forever because they won’t grow up.
(From the “Character’s introduction” of Imperishable Night)

>Q.“Are there significant intentions that only girl Characters have appeared in “Gensokyo”?
>A.Yes, there are.
>  When fighting seriously, it is impossible for girls to fight one-on-one. (especially in series stories)
>  So, it’s a game of the girls. If you look at it as a play, it will be unnatural to…
>  to have characters of all ages and genders evenly. Therefore, it’s hard to have characters other than girls, now and forever.
(From ZUN’s answer in “Gensou Bulletin Board”)

>Q.The most shocking thing is that since the appearance of Genjii in Curiosities of Lotus Asia, men characters started to appear naturally
>A. It’s very unnatural that there are no men and adults, when you want to depict daily lives instead of battles.
(From ZUN’s answer in “Gensou Bulletin Board”)

>ZUN“The characters that appear in Touhou are mostly children.
>In their mind, they have a kind of・・・・・・simple thought. So the place becomes Gensokyo.
(From “the 7th Nikenme Radio”)

The Image of “children"”・ “fairy tales” of Team Shanghai “Alice”

Touhou Project series is produced by Team Shanghai Alice (a circle ran by ZUN individually), and from ZUN’s idea the word “Alice” indicates


According to clinical psychology, the word “Alice” is considered as an “eternal girl”・“the symbol of girls’ ego” . In addition, according to the professor of English literature, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is “originally a fairy tale written for children”.
(From “Alice - a symble of ‘girls’・’chindren’”)

Summaries and Digressions

To sum up, we should remember that ZUN’s words that all Touhou characters are children. At the same time, however, the “children” in Touhou Project” series are in a transformed form.

>Yokai is in a young girl appearance(…omission…) and transforms into a human form, an extermination might be a must.
(From the 37th page of Touhou Gumon Shiki’s “Wriggle Nightbug” in 2006)

>Like many Gods, they usually disguise themselves as humans. However, due to the characteristics of God, their appearances and forms are meaningless.
(From the 22nd Touhou Gumon Kuju’s “Suwako Moriya” in 2012)

It is not certain whether the characters in Touhou Project actually have the substance or age.In recent years, in contrast with their appearances, characters with experiences that don’t seem to belong to children, such as Seiga Kaku and Junko, start to appear in the original work.

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