Remilia Scarlet in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
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|Species||Vampire (not native to Gensokyo)|
|Abilities||Manipulation of fate|
|Age||Approximately 500 years old|
|Occupation||Mistress of the Scarlet Devil Mansion|
|Location||Scarlet Devil Mansion, was originally from the Outside World|
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Remilia Scarlet (レミリア・スカーレット Remiria sukāretto) is a vampire and the owner and head of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, the mistress of Sakuya Izayoi, Hong Meiling and the fairy maids. She's also the older sister (and guardian) of Flandre Scarlet.
Though her appearance (and often speech and behavior) is childlike and seems nonthreatening, she has fearsome magical powers and a reputation to match. Like all vampires, she evaporates when exposed to sunlight (although Hieda no Akyuu mentioned that she can reabsorb the lost residue and thus become immortal), so she typically remains inside her mansion (which has few windows to prevent light getting in) during the day and emerges during the night. While she is naturally known to drink human blood, and especially favors B-type blood, her light appetite means her victims almost never die from their wounds. However, from this portion, since she stains her clothing with a great amount of blood, making them deep scarlet, she is called the Scarlet Devil (紅い悪魔 Akai akuma).
While she tries to cultivate the image of a mysterious and frightening vampire aristocrat, Remilia is as childish as her appearance suggests. Her long lifetime has only served to make her grow bored more quickly, and she prizes anything she finds novel. In Silent Sinner in Blue she allows herself to be manipulated by Yukari Yakumo, simply because the alternative would be boring. The other residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion spend much of their time catering to Remilia's odd whims (including numerous parties), but she appreciates their efforts and treats them with respect.
- Manipulation of Fate
There isn't detailed information concerning this ability nor info about Remilia using it. There're speculation whether she truly can use it conciously or not. The best representation of this ability would be in several of her Spell Cards where she uses red chains (the destiny is always associated with chains) that chase the enemy.
- Superhuman Attributes
Remilia can turn into bats or even mist to escape, fast-move or dodge an attack. As a vampire, Remilia has tremendous physical abilities (superhuman strength and speed) and magical power. According to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, related to vampires, they are able to run through the Human Village within the blink of an eye, and to summon many devils with a single word.
Remilia's past prior to her arrival at Gensokyo is unclear, but her name, appearance, house, and clothing imply she is European in origin, and she has been stated to have come from "the west". She has been the mistress of the Scarlet Devil Mansion for about 500 years. She claims to be a descendant of the world's most notorious vampire, Count Vlad Ţepeş Dracul, but unknown to the people of Gensokyo, this is a complete lie.
Remilia and "The Vampire Incident"
- Note: The following assumes Remilia was "the vampire" in "The Vampire Incident".
It is not known how Remilia came to Gensokyo in the first place, but the Scarlet Devil Mansion (and thus presumably Remilia herself) were in Gensokyo at least as early as 1998. It is also known that when she came to Gensokyo, the Hakurei Border (erected in 1885) had been in place for a while, as at this point in Gensokyo's history, the youkai had lost much of their power from being unable to attack humans. Upon arriving in Gensokyo, Remilia gathered many subordinates rather quickly, and proceeded to go on a rampage. Eventually, however, she was finally defeated by powerful youkai. They settled on a devil's contract where the youkai would give her humans for food, and in exchange she would not attack the humans of Gensokyo. Such prohibition proved distasteful to many youkai, which led to talks with Reimu Hakurei to establish a set of ground rules for battle (It is unclear if Remilia was involved in these discussions). This culminated in the creation of the Spell Card rules. In 2003, another plot of Remilia's would lead to the first incident that used the system.
- Note: The following is regarding whether or not Remilia was involved in "The Vampire Incident".
In Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, Remilia is never directly stated to be the vampire behind "the Vampire Incident" (where a vampire first arrived and went on a rampage), so it is technically unconfirmed that it is Remilia. In Remilia's section, Hieda no Akyuu states that any reference to the vampires in Gensokyo must be referencing the Scarlet family, which could mean the reader is supposed to assume the vampire in question is Remilia. Akyuu possibly speaks of the vampire in the Vampire Incident and the Scarlet Mist incident as one and the same in Reimu Hakurei's section due to the use of the word "that". The lack of a name may be a stylistic choice on Akyuu's part, as Remilia is simply referred to as "the vampire" in Sakuya Izayoi's article and "mistress" in Hong Meiling's footnotes. Other articles on species avoided stating any names as well.
In addition to this, whenever Remilia is the subject of another character's conversation or inner monologue, she is referred to as "the vampire" the majority of the time (with the exception of Reimu Hakurei, who is officially stated to treat everyone the same and thus wouldn't give Remilia any special denomination, and Rinnosuke Morichika, whom states in Chapter 26 of Curiosities of Lotus Asia that he tends to go on a lot about names, although he sometimes refers to Remilia as "the vampire" like in Chapter 18, as well). This is shown often in Cage in Lunatic Runagate from multiple characters' perspectives (such as Eirin Yagokoro, Yukari Yakumo, Yuyuko Saigyouji, Youmu Konpaku, and Fujiwara no Mokou's points of view. In fact, only Reimu's perspective and what is either neutral narration or Remilia's perspective in the last chapter refers to her as "Remilia" despite "the vampire" coming up many times). The tendency to refer to Remilia as "the vampire" without bothering with her name shows up elsewhere too, such as Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red's article on the Scarlet Devil Mansion. As various characters are able to talk and think of Remilia as "the vampire" without worry of others mistaking them talking about any other vampire, this may also be another implication that she was the vampire in the vampire incident.
Beyond Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, possible evidence of the Vampire Incident being related to Remilia is the possibility of the Scarlet Devil Mansion receiving outside world humans for food from the contract. The Scarlet Devil Mansion certainly does have humans for food since Flandre Scarlet makes it very explicit in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, but this source of human is presumably not from Gensokyo's native population, as Yukari Yakumo specifically says those humans are not for eating under the contract in Cage in Lunatic Runagate (but doesn't tie it to the vampires). However, nothing in particular directly states they get those humans from the contract. Remilia does show an interest in how Yukari brings in humans from the outside world in her Touhou Hisoutensoku victory quote, but again, this is still not directly explicit.
In Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Immaterial and Missing Power and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody's official art, Remilia has red eyes, short light-blue hair and a light-pink mob cap with a red ribbon with white stripes. She wears a light-pink dress with a red on both sleeves (is seen with red trimmings in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil), a large red ribbon behind her waist with white stripes and a necklace featuring something like Caduceus. She also has a pair of large black bat-like wings on back and that she is noticeably short in size. In Imperishable Night, she is seen without the necklace.
Her alternate outfit in a palette in Immaterial and Missing Power and Scarlet Weather Rhapsody has her dress red instead of pink and her hair blond. This color scheme looks similar to her sister's, Flandre Scarlet.
- Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
In Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Remilia decided to release a mist over Gensokyo to block out the sun and let her move freely during the day; after her scheme was discovered and halted, she was forced to use a parasol to shade herself when she wanted to move around during daylight hours (as mentioned in Immaterial and Missing Power). A speculation from Hieda no Akyuu, however, is that Remilia actually staged the entire incident and lost on purpose in order to show Sakuya Izayoi, who was having trouble adapting to Gensokyo's environment (possibly culture, given the context), that humans could be friends. There is nothing to prove this to be true, but nothing to really disprove it, either.
Remilia does take her loss with amazing stride in every single ending, where the only hint of anger she shows about losing was jokingly ribbing Marisa Kirisame that things would have been cooler with the mist, though in the Marisa B ending Sakuya does hide Marisa in the library so Remilia can't find her. In the Reimu A ending, Remilia comes to the shrine with a parasol of her own volition and doesn't seem annoyed at having to use a parasol, causing Reimu to ask why she bothered with the mist in the first place. Unfortunately, Reimu starts playfully(?) grappling Remilia before Remilia can answer.
- Imperishable Night
- Immaterial and Missing Power
During her story mode, Remilia leaves the Scarlet Devil Mansion after convincing Sakuya that she should handle it herself. After running into Marisa Kirisame and beating her up, she claims that she will be the "star" of the upcoming feast. She goes to the Hakurei Shrine afterwards and defeats Reimu, repeating her intentions. She then defeats both Youmu Konpaku and Yuyuko Saigyouji. Finally she meets Yukari Yakumo, and demands to know who is behind the feasts happening every night. In the end Suika Ibuki appears and the vampire defeats her as well. During her ending, she tries to enjoy a full moon with Sakuya and they discuss what it means to have class.
- Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, she settles her "own" investigation by ordering Sakuya Izayoi to drag the suspects to her, in order to find the culprit, figuring later that the culprit is above the mountains, where she is very prone to the light.
In Chapter 6 of Forbidden Scrollery, Remilia tells Reimu that she has found a rare animal from the outside world, a tupai, and is currently raising it. However, it goes missing, and it's assumed that it's behind the sake disappearances in the Human Village.
Sakuya serves Remilia Scarlet as the Head Maid without question, a servitude with which no one knows why either trusts each other so much (Perfect Memento in Strict Sense gives the most popular theory). She follows Remilia's requests even when she knows it won't work, such as catching Lily White to catch Spring in Strange and Bright Nature Deity, because that's what her mistress wants. When Remilia playfully criticizes Sakuya for her failure to catch spring, she takes it in good stride and doesn't disagree. She will also do things for Remilia if Remilia doesn't even ask, like accompanying her, or trying to in the latter case in Imperishable Night and Immaterial and Missing Power, or even putting on a sleight-of-hand magic show for Remilia without warning in Curiosities of Lotus Asia. As stated in her profile, occasionally she's more a babysitter than a maid. She chastises Remilia in her Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and Immaterial and Missing Power victory quotes for sneaking out food or playing around too much.
Patchouli Knowledge is Remilia's friend. In Perfect Cherry Blossom ending, Patchouli called her レミィ (Remi) and Remilia called Patchouli パチェ (Pache). The two have been depicted having tea and casual conversation together in Silent Sinner in Blue and Oriental Sacred Place, where Patchouli offhandedly commented that they're both creatures of the night. As stated in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, Patchouli's role at the mansion is to solve problems (and to cause them), although it is uncertain if that means she's officially an employee or not. Regardless, Patchouli will often volunteer her services when she sees Remilia in need of them (such as causing a rainstorm to keep Flandre Scarlet confined to the Scarlet Devil Mansion when Flandre was trying to get out in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil). It is unknown how Patchouli came to live at the Scarlet Devil Mansion, but she has been there for about one hundred years.
Hong Meiling is the gateguard to the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and thus an employee of Remilia's. Meiling serves her mistress faithfully and loyally (but not necessarily competently all the time), apologizing to her not-present mistress when she fails to defeat Reimu Hakurei or Marisa Kirisame in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. The only known depiction of an actual interaction between Hong Meiling and Remilia in an official work is their win quotes to each other in Immaterial and Missing Power as well as Touhou Hisoutensoku, which depicts their interactions as a generally friendly one. Other interactions are stated in other works, however. Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red shows that Remilia likes to play pranks on Hong Meiling quite often (the latest in the article being an order for Hong Meiling to restore the garden to normal despite how Remilia knew it was beyond Meiling's ability to do so). Perfect Memento in Strict Sense also mentions that Remilia enjoys watching Hong Meiling's duels with challengers at the gate. It is unknown how Hong Meiling came to be under Remilia's employ or who hired her (an advertisement in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red shows that Sakuya Izayoi is the one currently in charge of hiring at the Scarlet Devil Mansion, but that doesn't mean she was the one that hired Hong Meiling).
Flandre is Remilia's younger sister. Flandre is stated to respect her sister, and Remilia cares for Flandre as shown where she is considering getting her a good tutor in Imperishable Night, but it is unknown how often the two interact. Perfect Memento in Strict Sense states that it's rare (but not nonexistent) to see Flandre and Remilia together. The only time in an official work that they are depicted together is in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, which also shows that Remilia will at least allow Aya to interview Flandre in the first place. The interview shows that although Flandre might respect her older sister, it's to the extent you'd expect a snarky child to. She is willing to outright state when she thinks Remilia is just spouting nonsense, at which point Remilia comes in with a comment that she shouldn't be talking about her older sister like that.
Similar to Hong Meiling, the fairy maids must put up with Remilia's outrageous requests from time to time, as stated in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, and Remilia gets frustrated with her fairies in Silent Sinner in Blue when they turn out to be quite useless during their battle against Watatsuki no Yorihime and her rabbits. Punishments, however, are never mentioned or depicted, with Remilia only going so far as to make an angry comment on the subject. Presumably, Remilia knows how to manage her employees' needs well, as in Strange and Bright Nature Deity Chapter 1, Remilia tells Sakuya Izayoi to let the maids relax, because if they get worked too hard, they'll get mental health issues. This chapter shows the maids conversing in an official work, where they're worried about an upcoming soy bean festival because those tend to put the mistress in a bad mood (and are difficult to clean up). Perfect Memento in Strict Sense states that employees of the Scarlet Devil Mansion are allowed to leave their jobs at any time, yet most end up staying. This also could imply that the employees of the Scarlet Devil Mansion are not bound by a devil's contract (not including Sakuya).
Koakuma is a devil seen in the library of the Scarlet Devil Mansion during Embodiment of Scarlet Devil. The relationship between her and Remilia is unknown, her official profile says that she lives in the Scarlet Devil Mansion so it could be said that she is technically under the employment of Remilia indirectly.
It is unknown if Remilia was involved in the discussions with Reimu that led to the creation of the spell card rules. Certainly, Embodiment of Scarlet Devil was where Reimu first met the other residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and also where she discovered that Remilia was the mistress. Reimu's actual dialogue with Remilia herself, however, does not necessarily indicate whether they knew each other prior to that meeting or not. At any rate, after their battle in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Remilia often drops by the Hakurei Shrine to hang out with Reimu. She is one of several youkai depicted when Reimu complains about youkai hanging around her shrine in Wild and Horned Hermit, and Reimu successfully argues in an early chapter of Strange and Bright Nature Deity that she should be allowed into a party at the Scarlet Devil Mansion because Remilia always comes to her shrine. Although Remilia is fond of Reimu, she still has a rivalry of sorts with the Shrine Maiden too and is more than happy to get into a duel with her, as shown in Imperishable Night and Remilia's storyline in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.
Like most characters, Remilia has been interviewed by Aya and is an involuntary source of news for her. Unlike other characters, however, Remilia seems to actually enjoy Aya's visits. Remilia plays along with Aya in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody pretending to be a monster in the Scarlet Devil Mansion, and afterwards requests that Aya tell her if or when it gets in the news. She asks if she could be allowed to write an editorial for Aya's newspaper in her victory quote to Aya. Aya remarks to Hong Meiling in her Touhou Hisoutensoku quote that she has a lot to thank the Scarlet Devil Mansion for due to its mass subscriptions to her news paper and providing lots of scoops. Remilia still gets annoyed when Aya just assumes she can come into the Scarlet Devil Mansion without being invited at the end of Silent Sinner in Blue, but lets her come along anyways.
Yukari uses Remilia as part of her scheme to extract the residence tax and get revenge on the Lunarians in Silent Sinner in Blue. Patchouli reveals Remilia knew she was manipulated but didn't care, because she was bored. Remilia herself has an unexplained rivalry of sorts with Yukari, wanting to get to the Moon in her own way before Yukari could to surprise her. This rivalry might be due to the power struggle mentioned in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense's Vampire article, possibly starting with the Vampire Incident. The rivalry is mostly friendly (and only Remilia seems to care), as Remilia has no objections to Yukari staying for the party at the end of Silent Sinner in Blue or assisting her with investigating in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody.
Dialogue in Immaterial and Missing Power seems to imply they've already known each other before that game. It is possible they met at the Vampire Incident, and that Yukari was the one that signed "the contract" with Remilia.
Remilia's naming sense for her spell cards is famously bizarre. The names of the cards she uses in Embodiment of Scarlet Devil are all quite typical for a vampire, but many of the cards introduced from Immaterial and Missing Power onward had names that would make people go "how did she come up with this?".
- Due to "The Young Descendant of Tepes", the title of the prelude theme to the final boss stage of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she has been sometimes linked to Count Dracula's lineage. This is because Dracula's full name is Vlad Ţepeş Dracul. While Remilia herself asserts that she is a literal descendant of Ţepeş, ZUN claims that she is lying.
- Like most vampires, Remilia has the power of shapeshifting at her disposal and can change into a bat. However, unlike most vampires, her wings remain visible even when she is in human form, making it impossible to pass herself off completely as a human.
- Remilia is not only Sakuya Izayoi's master but the one who gave Sakuya her name, according to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense. Considering Sakuya's murky past and the unlikelihood of a human becoming a vampire's servant, the leading theory is that Sakuya was once a vampire hunter, and Remilia earned Sakuya's servitude by besting her in combat.
- According to Gensokyo's timeline, Remilia was born in the year 1503, making her, as well as Flandre Scarlet, two of very few characters whose birth dates are actually known.
- The name of her spell card "Red Magic" is very likely a reference to a MORI Hiroshi novel Subete ga F ni naru ~The Perfect Insider (すべてがFになる, "All become F"). In the novel, Redmagic is a name of an advanced OS developed by the genius Shiki Magata.
- One of Remilia's spell card is named after Gungnir, the spear of Odin described as having the ability to always hit its mark.
- It is quite coincidental that Remilia's appearance was in the 6th game of the Touhou Project. She is the Stage 6 boss, and the player will fight through 6 spell cards on that stage on any playable difficulty above Easy (Remilia has 5 spell cards total and Sakuya has 1 in her midboss appearance). When these numbers are all put together, it reads "666", best known as the "number of the beast".
- In 'Touhou Hisoutensoku, if the player places a custom parasol system card in Remilia's deck, she'll be able to fight in stages that has sunlight, although she isn't shown with a parasol on-screen.
- Remilia's theme starts the same as Beethoven's Piano Sonata no.8 Pathetique, "3rd Movement".
- In Curiosities of Lotus Asia Chapter 4, Reimu Hakurei comments that Remilia should go back to her coffin. Remilia retorts that coffins are for the dead, indicating that she doesn't sleep in a coffin. In Imperishable Night's Scarlet Team Scenario, before battling Reimu, Remilia once again reminds her that she doesn't sleep in a coffin. Finally, in Oriental Sacred Place Chapter 15, released 7 years later, what's apparently the first canonical depiction of Remilia's bedroom is shown, and that she sleeps in a coffin (on a bed).
- Her first 5 alternate pallets in Touhou Hisoutensoku resemble Flandre Scarlet, Patchouli Knowledge, Hong Meiling, Sakuya Izayoi and Koakuma, respectively.
- Despite her childish-girly appearance, she uses both a haughty "mistress"(～かしら？、～だわ) and a strong manly（～か？、～だ） speech patterns in her original Japanese lines. Unfortunately most of these nuances cannot be translated into English.
- The best known meme associated with Remilia is "Charisma Break", or her noble composure breaking revealing her childish side. It's not clear what exactly inspired it but a leading factor is her crouching block pose in the fighting games. Various artists take different routes with this meme, with some having others enjoy seeing it happen while others have it happen at the drop of a hat.
- There are some artists who subvert this by having Remilia's composure remain intact no matter what happens.
- This has some basis in canon as Remilia is fond of acting like a vampire while having some childish tendencies (such as her crouching block).
- She is a popular antagonist in some fanworks due to her fondness of being the big bad vampire and her short temper, often with some exaggeration mixed in.
- She is sometimes shown as a tsundere in some fanart due to her noblewoman tendencies.
- She is commonly paired with Sakuya though pairings with Patchouli (a long time friend) aren't so common, mainly due to the popularity of other options.
- As the older sister, she is commonly called ojou-sama (お嬢様) by fans, and is what is primarily used to refer to her. Whenever Flandre Scarlet refers to her sister, though, she is called onee-sama (お姉様). Another common nickname is Remirya (れみりゃ) though it's mainly used for cutesy renditions of her.
- There is a common joke that Sakuya Izayoi calls her ozeu-sama (おぜうさま) instead, which has made it a very common nickname for her.
- Some fan works have postulated that Remilia uses her power to manipulate fate unconsciously. Otherwise, it would be far too great a power. For instance, if she was able to control a person's fate actively, she could have made it Reimu Hakurei's fate to lose to her. (Although the Spell Card Rules prevent this) However, ZUN has hinted otherwise in Sakuya's Perfect Memento in Strict Sense article, where Hieda no Akyuu has speculated that Remilia may have manipulated Sakuya's fate in such a way that she could have a more friendly relationship with other human beings. Should that prove to be true, it would mean that Remilia can indeed intentionally, or at least consciously, manipulate fate.
- Some fans think her ability enables the desired effect, but not how it happens or how long it takes for it to happen. This would make it an ability poorly suited for fast wins but make it very useful for long term schemes, something Vampires are said to be fond of.
- Some western fans will shorten Remilia's name to "Remi" or "Remmy".
- A common meme regarding Remilia is "Remilia! Uu-☆" (れみりあ！うー☆ Remiria! Ū ☆), which people think is cute.
- Jojo association
As of late Remilia seems to have been given her own associated character from the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, much like a number of others. Frequently being crossed over with Diavolo whose stand, King Crimson, erases time for everyone but himself and allows him to see the future, effectively allowing him to alter his immediate fate to suit himself.
- Symposium of Post-Mysticism: Afterword by Hieda no Akyu. "the vampires that came from the West"
- ZUN's E-mails
- According to ZUN in "game_1522.lzh," in relation to the explanation of the characters, there was "their heights are generally that of girls in their growing range of their early teens [more precisely, the first half of their 10s]" (身長は大体成長期の10代前半の少女達となります). "High" is "of a height of one past their teens" (10代後半以降程度の身長), whereas "low" is "considerably short for a human in their early teens." (10代前半の人間だとしたらかなり低い部類)
- a video of Beethoven's Piano Sonata no.8, Pathetique, 3rd Movement on YouTube
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