mizɯhaɕi paɽɯ̥si (♫)
Parsee Mizuhashi in Subterranean Animism
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Manipulation of jealousy
Parsee harbors intense feelings of jealousy due to being despised. No matter what situation the other person may be in, she'll always be jealous of it. Even if the other person is actually less fortunate, she will be jealous of the fact that they're not jealous. In this way, her jealousy is quite irrational. This isn't to say Parsee is actually unfortunate. If you were to talk to her directly, she would come off as completely normal – even a bit cheerful – but this masks the jealousy that she's actually feeling, and afterwards she will end up despising you and talking behind your back.
- Manipulation of Jealousy
It is an ability from the legend of Hashihime. As a youkai who can be called the very embodiment of jealousy, she is able to manipulate those feelings in others. In relation to humans, it is a dreadful ability that can easily destroy them. She lives off of seeing the lives of those she introduces jealousy into being destroyed by it. This may be the reason she was sealed underground. She herself is deep in her own jealousy.
Parsee used to be a guardian, someone who would watch over those crossing her bridge to make sure they passed between the underground and the surface world safely. However, her own jealousy at those travelers eventually caused her to be able to control feelings of jealousy in others.
The Hashihime (橋姫) is a mythical youkai that appears in various Japanese texts (Most notably the The Tale of Heike). After her husband left her and married another woman, the jealous and enraged Hashihime prays to the gods for revenge. A priest tells her a way: She has to dress herself in red and paint her face with the same color, her hair arranged with seven loops and crowned with a burning brazier, then spend 21 days under the Uji bridge while holding a metal rod. So deep was her rage and jealousy, that she actually did the entire process, becoming a vengeful youkai driven by jealousy that only appears in the vicinity of bridges that cross over water. She appears to loving couples, threatening to kill them both unless they break up right there and then. There is also a famous Noh Play about this mythological creature. 
According to ZUN in an interview in Chara☆Mel released with Cage in Lunatic Runagate Chapter 7, the term hashihito (波斯人) refers to Persians, and he thought it would be interesting to try to make a more foreign-looking character, a Persian hashihime in old-style clothes, even if she doesn't really look like a hashihime.
The name of Parsee's boss theme "Green-eyed Jealousy", as well as her midboss spell card and Double Spoiler title "The Green-Eyed Monster", are both terms used in Shakespeare's works to poetically describe jealousy.
Parsee Mizuhashi (水橋 パルスィ) is her full name. Her family name Mizuhashi (水橋) means "Water" (水)) and "Bridge" (橋). Parsee is an alternative spelling of "Parsi", who are the members of the Indian Zoroastrian community. They descend from Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated to South Asia in the 8th century AD. There's another possible connexion with "Parsee" and jealousy, although this could be a coincidence; "jealousy" in Italian is "gelosia", which can also relate to "Venetian blinds". These blinds can also be called "persiana" in Italian, where that word can also mean "Persian" if in its feminine form (NB: "persiano" is the masculine form).
Some Japanese people tend to pronounce her personal name "Parsee" [paɽɯ̥si] as if it were "Parseeh" [paɽɯ̥siː] or "Parshee" [paɽɯ̥ɕiː], maybe because there's a customary rule of Japanese engineer's terms that they ought to omit the long vowel mark at the end of a word, unless it isn't a short word; for example, "アッセンブラ" (assembler) although it's normally spelled as "アッセンブラー". Therefore, the correct spelling for "パルスィ" is "パールスィー".
Parsee has wavy blond hair and green eyes, and her skin appears to have pale chartreuse tint to it. She wears a dress which resembles the traditional dresses of Iran's nomadic people, as well as Tocharians depicted in a 6th-century AD fresco from the Kizil Caves; the top is brown with purple borders, with a white criss-cross pattern and a pink sash. The bottom is blue and purple with again the white criss-cross pattern and black with criss-crossed red strings hanging on the bottom edge. She has a pink scarf tied around her neck and pink puffy arm socks. Her SA appearance and other official artworks depict her with pointed ears.
- Subterranean Animism
In Reimu Hakurei's story arcs, Parsee wonders if Reimu is there for the "cursed powers" or, alternately, if she is there because of the earthquakes. With Marisa Kirisame, Parsee warns the heroine against proceeding farther underground. In all cases, whether due to jealousy/anger with Reimu or Marisa's refusal to turn back, Parsee attacks and is defeated by the heroine.
As Reimu descends underground, wondering how deep she has to go, Parsee shows up and asks why a human would need to get to the Former Capital, and asks if she's looking for their "cursed power". While Yukari Yakumo explains to Reimu that the youkai underground are strong, Parsee begins to get jealous of Reimu (without even knowing who she is) and attacks. Upon defeat, Yukari explains to Reimu how Parsee is a youkai driven by jealousy.
As Reimu descends underground, wondering how deep she has to go, Parsee shows up and asks why a human would need to get to the Former Capital, and asks if she's looking for their "cursed power". Suika Ibuki pipes up and says they don't need the cursed power, then immediately asks if she's the "Bridge Princess". Parsee, surprised that they know who she is, starts asking Reimu questions that she has no idea how to answer. Suika explains that she's a youkai driven by jealousy, and Parsee starts to grow tense at thinking that they're looking down on her, and attacks a confused Reimu. Upon defeat, Reimu scolds Suika for holding her own conversation.
As Reimu descends underground, wondering how deep she has to go, Parsee shows up and asks if they are worried about the earthquakes above ground. Aya Shameimaru asks if she will do something interesting, to which Parsee throws the same question at them, asking if they'll do anything interesting. Reimu says no, explaining that they can always go see something interesting. Parsee becomes jealous, and attacks Reimu to relieve her boredom. Upon defeat, Reimu confronts Aya and thinks Aya just sent her to get material for her newspaper.
As Marisa descends underground, she wonders how many "floors are left in the dungeon". Alice Margatroid tries to explain that caves don't have "floors", as Parsee enters and replies that they're on "floor B666", calling the cave an underground skyscraper. Marisa gloats to Alice that she was right about the "floors", while Parsee asks if she's crazy because she's "talking to herself". Marisa asks if she's the "boss of the dungeon", and Parsee replies that she's just wasting time if she thinks going underground is a game, and attacks. Upon defeat, Marisa admits that she's just wasting time and moves on.
As Marisa descends underground, Patchouli Knowledge explains that Yamame Kurodani was an earth spider that inflicts disease, a little late for their previous battle with her. Parsee enters and ask if she's exploring the underground, and Marisa says yes. Parsee replies that she's better off going back, when Marisa realizes she has to get past her and quickly tells Patchouli to look up her weak points. Parsee says that she tried to warn them, and Patchouli tells Marisa to deal with her by herself because she obviously can't look up weaknesses that quickly. Marisa tells Patchouli to look how to beat her while she's beating her, then Parsee attacks. Upon defeat, Patchouli was able to find the information (yet again, too late) that she's a Persian person driven by jealousy. Marisa wonders if Patchouli sent her just to conduct research.
As Marisa descends underground, she wonders how deep the cave goes. Nitori Kawashiro says that it's only a matter of time until they reach the "Ancient City". Parsee shows up an asks why they need to go to the underground city, where Marisa replies that she doesn't think she needs anything. Parsee then asks if they're lost, and says that they should return to where "the light is so dazzling". Nitori explains that Parsee controls jealousy, and that Marisa should just "beat her up" quickly. Marisa asks why she even went to the cave in the first place, and Nitori says it's because of the hot springs. While the two are talking, Parsee wonders why Marisa is talking to herself (because Parsee doesn't understand they're communicating) and wonders if anyone will mind if she just "beats up one person", then she attacks Marisa. Upon defeat, Marisa states that she still doesn't understand why they're underground, but "if hot springs are involved, it doesn't matter" then moves on.
- Double Spoiler
- Hopeless Masquerade
- Suika Ibuki
Parsee's sigil as seen in The Grimoire of Marisa
- While her character portrait in Subterranean Animism shows her as having green eyes, her sprite shows her as having blue eyes.
- Quite a few of her spell cards reference Japanese folklore (namely stories involving jealous individuals) such as "The Tongue-Cut Sparrow."
- "Kanawa (Iron Trivet)". Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "Hashihime 橋姫 [literally "bridge princess"]". Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "能面 橋姫 Noumen Hashi-hime Noh Mask Hashihime". Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "The Yokai Files – Hashi Hime". Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "キャラ☆メル vol.7 東方地霊殿神主インタビュー（前編）". Chara☆Mel.
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