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アリス・マーガトロイド
Alice Margatroid
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Alice Margatroid
Alice Margatroid dans Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Marionnettiste aux sept couleurs
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Espèce

Magicienne, connue en tant qu'humain[1]

Capacités

Magie, Manipuler les poupées

Localisation
Thèmes musicaux
Apparitions
Jeux officiels
Travaux papier

Alice Margatroid (アリス・マーガトロイド Arisu Māgatoroido) est une magicienne contrôlant les poupées, vivant dans sa main dans la Forêt de la magie près de la maison de Marisa Kirisame. Selon les commentaires de ZUN dans la music room de Perfect Cherry Blossom est un personnage sortant du lot et spéciale par rapport aux autres personnages de Touhou Project.

Informations générales[modifier]

Alice a fait sa première apparition dans Mystic Square, le 5ème et dernier jeu de la série PC_98 de Touhou Project comme boss de stage 3 ainsi que boss de stage extra. Plus tard, avec son canon complètement remodelé, elle est réapparue en tant que boss et mid-boss de stage 3 dans Perfect Cherry Blossom ainsi qu'en tant que personnage jouable dans Imperishable Night, en tant que partenaire de Marisa Kirisame dans Subterranean Animism. Elle est un personnage jouable dans Immaterial and Missing Power, Scarlet Weather Rhapsody et en tant que boss final dans le scénario de Cirno dans Hisoutensoku. Elle est également apparue en tant qu'ennemie dans Shoot the Bullet et a fait une apparition en tant que personnage de fond dans Hopeless Masquerade.

Elle est une magicienne youkai de toute spécialité vivant dans une maison de style western dans la Forêt de la magie sans vraiment de faiblesses ni de forces dans ses attributs. Mais elle se bat presque uniquement avec ses poupées faites main. Avec une personnalité indifférente envers les autres personne, elle est attachée à la magie et très confidente, mais assez timide dans certains aspects.[2]

Dans les jeux PC_98, elle vivait à Makai, auto-proclamée "La magicienne de Makai" avec un livre noir connu sous le nom de "Grimoire of Alice". Makai a été créé par Shinki, ainsi que ses résidents. Alice a également créé son propre "Wonderland" dans Makai. Dans les jeux Windows, le Grimoire d'Alice dans son portrait dans Imperishable Night révèle que l'écriture précise peut-être "Grimoire". C'est probablement le même livre qu'elle avait utilisé dans l'Extra Stage.

Espèce[modifier]

Dans son profil dans Imperishable Night, il est dit qu'elle est une magicienne de race, en contraste de Marisa Kirisame qui est un humain pratiquant la magie. Dans Perfect Momento in Strict Sense, elle est décrite comme une youkai magienne qui était avant une humaine et est devenue une magicienne en utilisant la magie "abandon food".[1] ; Sans cette magie, elle posséderais le besoin de continuer à manger. Il est également dit qu'elle n'est devenue magicienne que récemment et qu'à cause de cela, elle continue de faire les choses comme les humains tel manger, dormir, ect... Alors que ce n'est pas nécessaire pour elle.

Dans Mystic Square, Alice apparaît comme une résidente de Makai et appelle Reimu "humaine", impliquant qu'elle n'en est probablement pas une dans le canon de PC_98.

Personnalité[modifier]

Selon Perfect Momento in Strict Sense, il est possible qu'elle soit à la base humaine, même en tant que youkai, elle les comprend beaucoup et a beaucoup d'amis d'humains pour elle, sans danger, si quelqu'un se perd dans la Forêt de la magie, elle va se faire un plaisir d'inviter cette personne chez elle et de l'aider à retrouver son chemin. Cependant, la maison d'Alice est remplie de poupées et elle n'est pas à l'aise avec la conversation, ce qui fait peur aux visiteurs et fuient immédiatement en voyant cela.[1][2]. Elle a montré de l'hospitalité dans Immaterial and Missing Power, quand elle a montré le chemin à Sakuya Izayoi vers l'extérieur de la forêt quand elle fut perdue. [3]

Dans le chapitre 5-6 de Strange and Bright Nature Deity, les Trois fées de la lumière sont accidentellement arrivées vers sa maison, alors Alice les a invitées chez elle pour prendre le thé et des gâteaux. Cependant, Sunny Milk a tenté de mentir à Alice, mais lui a accidentellement dit la vérité à la place. Elle disait chercher un "Grimoire qui brille de toutes les 7 couleurs de la lumière". Alice n'a pas nier le fait mais s'est vite énervée. C'est une possible explication de son titre : "Magicienne aux sept-couleurs".

Alice est attachée à la magie, mais elle est indifférente envers les gens. Elle ne prend la peine d'attaquer les humains, mais elle aime tout particulièrement les combats et les challenges qui lui sont lancés, elle accepte avec joie. Comme elle manipule un très grand nombre de poupées, ses combats sont très spéciaux et assez durs. Mais comme elle a les mains occupées à manipuler ses poupées, elle a une faiblesse très marquante sur ses mains.[1]

Elle est une personne très seule et presque toujours chez elle,[4] mais dans Perfect Momento in Strict Sense, ses endroits d'activité sont "n'importe quelle sorte d'endroit" dans Gensokyo, elle apparaît quelques fois dans des festivals pour exhiber ses talents de marionnettiste. Dans les endings de Imperishable Night et Immaterial and Missing Power, elle participe à des banquets au Temple Hakurei. En addition à des choses telles ses poupées soient populaire, il y est dit que ses poupées sont très appréciées au village. Elle a également mentionner le fait qu'elle visite occasionnellement le Scarlet Devil Mansion.[5]

Exactement comme Marisa Kirisame, Alice a une obsession à collecter des objets, plus précisément des objets magiques. Il pourrait être pensé que cette obsession pourrait les rapprocher, mais il n'y pas une seule description d'objets possédés par Alice qui auraient pu lui être donnés et volé avant par Marisa.

Capacités & Force[modifier]

Alice Margatroid, tel que vue dans The Grimoire of Marisa.

Alice ne trouve pas qu'il est enrichissant de gagner des combats avec une puissance exagérée et elle est plus dans la stratégie, elle se bat généralement avec une puissance à peine plus élevée que son adversaire et se retient toujours même quand elle est en train de perdre. C'est à cause du fait que si ont la battait alors qu'elle utilisait sa pleine puissance, il ne resterait plus rien. Ce qui ressemble à la façon de penser de Reimu Hakurei.[6] Il n'est pas connu si ce comportement fait parti de sa personnalité ou juste que ne pas montrer ses capacités secrètes fait parti de sa stratégie.

Sur ce sujet, dans Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, parmi les 15 personnages, elle est la seule à ne pas avoir de spell card de coût 5, qui pourrait être un exemple du fait qu'elle ne montre pas sa vraie puissance. Cependant, dans Touhou Hisoutensoku, un carte de coût 5 a été ajouté. En premier lieu, dans Imperishable Night, elle a une Last Word, comme tous les autres personnages, qui est supposé amplifier la puissance de chaque personnage, ça ne veux pas dire qu'elles montrent leur pleine puissance. Dans l'autre cas, sa Last Word spell card, The Phantom of the Grand Guignol était très facile par rapport à ce qu'elle peut produire comme magie.

In Immaterial and Missing Power, she kept avoiding the really strong characters[7], not fighting those like Remilia Scarlet and Yuyuko Saigyouji, spending her efforts to get to Suika Ibuki. It is unclear what state of mind she had at that time to do such a thing. Incidentally, it was the same in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody. Concerning this, she succeeded in her goal when she met Sakuya Izayoi, Patchouli Knowledge, and Youmu Konpaku, as she judged that it would a waste of effort to meet Remilia and Yuyuko, but she did engage in a battle with the powerful Yukari Yakumo. Additionally, she felt comfortable testing her Goliath Doll on Cirno in Touhou Hisoutensoku.

Dans Immaterial and Missing Power, elle évite les personnages vraiment puissants[8],

During the PC-98, she obtained the "Grimoire of Alice", a book that produced "the ultimate magic", and it seems like it would contain amazing magic that couldn't be used without reading it.

Handling dolls
Alice with her dolls, as illustrated in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red.
Alice's dolls shovelling snow in Strange and Bright Nature Deity.
Alice's dolls repairing a window in Strange and Bright Nature Deity.

As her specialty is making dolls, she is also able to manipulate a great amount of dolls at the same time. This skill is among the finest in Gensokyo.[2] She is able to make her dolls move pretty much any way humans can, and other than that she can make multiple dolls perform different actions, sometimes making them cooperate and sometimes making them move completely asynchronously, such that to onlookers around her, it might not seem like she is manipulating them. Due to this, Marisa Kirisame commented that "she said that she controls all the dolls herself, but that sounds like a whopper". The dolls can themselves manipulate and maybe even create other dolls, but it seems that Alice insists on creating new dolls herself.[1] In chapter 5 of Strange and Bright Nature Deity, she gave a command to a doll orally, but at that time she was indoors while at the same time there were at least 12 dolls above the roof removing snow, and there were also some dolls inside the room cooking. At that time, the dolls have been portrayed as having emotion, in a cute way.

Although in common perception, it would seem obvious for the dolls to be able to talk, but there has been no mention of conversational ability. In some official material however, like Imperishable Night's Prologue and Strange and Bright Nature Deity chapter 5, Alice's dolls appear to be able to act and talk independently – someone adds in words in hiragana to Alice's words. In Marisa's B Ending in Subterranean Animism, it has been confirmed that the dolls do talk in katakana. Whether the dolls are talking due to manipulation by Alice or if half-automatic dolls are talking by themselves is a big mystery. However, according to her Perfect Memento in Strict Sense article, she hasn't yet succeeded in creating an independent doll, and a conversation between Marisa Kirisame and Rinnosuke Morichika in Curiosities of Lotus Asia chapter 16 suggests that Alice just controls the dolls and pretends they are alive for her own amusement and for showing off, but these talks were before the latter said game.

According to Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, her objective is to make a completely autonomous doll that have their own thoughts and move by their own volition. Currently, when Alice gives a command to her dolls, they move as if they were autonomous, but she has to periodically give commands to them, and moreover it seems like she has not have had enough training in order to achieve it. In Touhou Hisoutensoku, she unleashes a move called "Semi-automaton". Because of that, it can be seen that the degree to which the ordinary Alice manipulates the dolls is clearly not all by herself. In order to perfect a completely autonomous doll, Alice does experiments, and the link to that with the "soul" is detailed.

However, according to her conversation with Youmu Konpaku, it was said that "the strings that attach the body and soul are the same as the ones that control dolls". If this is originally considered, then it could be asked, "isn't that which was put into the dolls Alice's own spirit?". It is not explained, for the dolls that she is experimenting with, if she needs to periodically give them magic power or if they are just fine without, and if they will move even if she does not give them any commands at all. However, in Touhou Hisoutensoku, Alice did say "it seems that it's more convenient to control the dolls myself than have dolls that think on their own".

Among Alice's famous skills, if the explanations of "Edo High-Explosive Pawn" and "Lemmings' Parade" are looked at, she also prepares her dolls for explosives. In Subterranean Animism, it seems that the dolls that she lent to Marisa Kirisame have been prepared with gunpowder, and due to this she objected to Marisa since they wouldn't survive in the Hell of Blazing Fires. Certainly in the game, the dolls didn't randomly explode. Also, in Magic Sign "Artful Sacrifice" as well as the skills "Volatile Doll", "Doll Cremation" and so on, she is able to put in magic power into the dolls to make them explode. It's unclear what the relation or difference is between the dolls that use gunpowder and the dolls with magic power put into them. One Lemmings' Parade consumes an enormous number of dolls, and since all the dolls are hand-made by Alice, to ordinary people, it would seem that without reason she returns her hard work to waste in an instant. However, it could be questioned as to whether Alice really adopted such a bad technique for such efficiency, and there is also the consideration that the dolls could merely be creating a blast from their explosion without scattering and dispersing, so that they are able to be collected again.

Phantom-seeing power

Other than manipulating dolls, it seems that Alice has high phantom-seeing power, and in Imperishable Night's extra stage, she saw through that Fujiwara no Mokou was not actually living. In Perfect Cherry Blossom's Afterword, it has been written that "something that can't die isn't really alive". In addition to Imperishable Night, she saw through Keine Kamishirasawa's true form and also saw the invisible light from the full moon.

Character Basis[modifier]

Alice, as illustrated in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.

Name and Origin[modifier]

Her full name is Alice Margatroid (アリス・マーガトロイド), in which she had no surname during the PC-98. ZUN states in Mystic Square that he originally based her off the Alice from Megami Tensei.[9] Also, she was called the "the girl of death". In addition, the Alice from Megami Tensei is, in turn, based off the main protagonist in Lewis Carroll's famous novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, to which the majority of enemies in Mystic Square's extra stage are card soldiers of the same type seen in the Walt Disney animated movie version of the novel. The title of the BGM used in that stage also directly translates to "Alice in Wonderland". When ZUN created the extra stage in Mystic Square, he decided to add a grimoire to her character design as a reference to a fighting game, Asura Blade: Sword of Dynasty, in which a necromancer named Alice carries one.[9] Her name also carries an image of illusion.[10]

Her surname Margatroid is derived from a real surname, Murgatroyd. It was also the name of the character Miss Murgatroyd from Agatha Christie's book A Murder is Announced and "Murgatroyd" was also a nickname for the vampire in Kim Newman's Anno Dracula. On a more interesting note, in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation was first broadcast on 9 August 1999, a girl name Alice Arnold was responsible for Miss Murgatroyd role. The middle dot () in the middle of her name is used in foreign names to show where the next word begins.

Design[modifier]

Alice was first seen in Mystic Square wearing a pink/white dress with a blue apron and a matching headband with a ribbon on the side. Her eyes were gold, her hair is blonde, and she wears white socks. In the Extra stage of the same game, she appears to be carrying a large black book that's called the "Grimoire of Alice".

In Perfect Cherry Blossom, she has blue eyes and short blonde hair with a red band in her hair. She wears a light blue dress with long white sleeves and a long pink ribbon going round her neck and another one round her waist. Also, she appears to be wearing socks and has a black book, possibly the same one from Mystic Square.

In Immaterial and Missing Power, Alice's sprites have blue eyes, but in her portrait she instead has gold eyes. Her book is wrapped up in a red ribbon, and she has strings on her fingers to control her dolls. She is also seen wearing black boots. From Imperishable Night and on, Alice's eyes have continued to remain gold, but her sprites in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody and Touhou Hisoutensoku were unchanged from blue.

Upon first glance she is said to look like a doll (which is unusual among Touhou characters).[1] Her height is stated to be "fairly tall"[11].

Story[modifier]

Games[modifier]

Mystic Square

Alice first appeared in Mystic Square. On stage three as the "Girl of Death", she showed up as a magician who looks quite young, who confronted the heroine invading into a town within Makai with the help of her living dolls (or fairies) while using a barrier. In fact, she was the first boss the heroine met after entering Makai.

On the Extra stage, she appeared as "Alice of the Land of Magic" and fought with five colours: red, blue, purple, yellow, and green, as well as having nine phases in her danmaku, with her sixth and ninth ones being the more notable among them.

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Perfect Cherry Blossom
Alice's sprite in PCB

In Perfect Cherry Blossom, she did not have any special reason to fight the heorine, and it was only because she was there by chance that she became a magic opponent.

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Imperishable Night
Alice's back sprite in IN
Alice's sprite in IN
Subterranean Animism

Spin-offs[modifier]

Immaterial and Missing Power
Shoot the Bullet

In Shoot the Bullet, Aya Shameimaru encountered Alice on stage 2 and took photos of her danmaku.

Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
Touhou Hisoutensoku

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In Touhou Hisoutensoku she creates a giant doll, called the Goliath Doll, and was experimenting it. Marisa Kirisame notices a figure in the Forest of Magic and tells Cirno about it. Alice is then and tests it in battle against Cirno, who thinks the giant doll is Daidarabotchi.

Alice doesn't actually appear here, to which is in fact a pseudo-Alice who was sent by the Giant Catfish to Assassinate Hong Meiling in her dreams, but was defeated.

Hopeless Masquerade
Alice in HM

Alice made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Human Village stage. She is seen at the far right-hand side of the screen standing around.

Relationships[modifier]

Marisa Kirisame[modifier]

Marisa Kirisame is a fellow magician of the Forest of Magic. They were partners in Imperishable Night, and she was supporting Marisa in Subterranean Animism. Within the PC-98 canon, Alice met Marisa and that they fought during the events of Mystic Square, but the dialogues leaves open that they may've known each other earlier than that. They also fought each other in Perfect Cherry Blossom. It isn't official that Marisa has ever stolen anything from Alice.

In Imperishable Night, they've teamed up as a "bad relationship" combination. At that time the reason why Alice called out Marisa with her voice for this reason (incident resolution), is that it's only because they've become used to it. In the bad ending, while Marisa worked over the secret measures of the lunarians, but since Alice, by her side, was tired she chose to sleep first. By the time of the events of Subterranean Animism, Alice sent Marisa to the Underworld saying that it was a "onsen-enjoyment game". Compared to the time of Imperishable Night they've had softer conversations, which can be seen as that their relationship has improved.

She seems to have a love hate relationship of sorts with Marisa, with the two often insulting and fighting each other, yet teaming up on several occasions. For all the bickering the two go through, they seem to be close friends, as Alice once recommended Marisa's shop to the Three Fairies of Light when they needed some youkai extermination, and is comfortable enough with Marisa that in Imperishable Night's bad ending; when tired, she has no qualms with sleeping over at Marisa's house by Marisa's side.

Dolls[modifier]

Shanghai and Hourai are the two most well-known dolls (or types of doll) used by Alice. The Goliath Doll is another doll created by Alice, which appears to still be in the testing stages and is thought to be her strongest doll.

Minor Relationships[modifier]

Mima

At the end of Mystic Square, Mima takes Alice as her maid, releasing her some time later.

Three Fairies of Light

In Strange and Bright Nature Deity, she provided help as inviting the Three Fairies of Light to her home and providing tea and cake. She told them, "if you got lost, then stay here until the snow goes away," brought some hot red tea, inquired if the room was cold, and also said "well, you should have gotten pretty cold walking outside, so you should just relax and warm up." However, afterwards, when Sunny Milk, in some random saying, said something which suggested of stealing the Grimoire, she became very angry.

Eirin Yagokoro

Alice purchases the Butterfly Dream Pill from Eirin.

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Additional Information[modifier]

  • Alice appeared on the cover of Mystic Square with a cat.
  • Alice appeared in the Music Room background of Perfect Cherry Blossom.
  • Being known as the "Seven-Colored Puppeteer" or "Rainbow Puppeteer", Alice apparently believes in a correlation between color and power level. During her dialogue with Reimu Hakurei in Perfect Cherry Blossom, she asserts Reimu's powers are only equal to 28.5714% (or 2/7) of her own powers, due to Reimu's outfit only consisting of two colors. This appears to be a recurring theme in Perfect Cherry Blossom, as Yukari Yakumo, Ran Yakumo and Chen are all named after colors and have relative power levels equivalent to their colors' place on the visual spectrum. This, however, has not been referenced in recent games.
  • Alice's alternate palette from Scarlet Weather Rhapsody resembles Hina-Ichigo, a doll from the manga series Rozen Maiden. In Touhou Hisoutensoku, she has palettes resembling the other Rozen Maiden dolls: Suiseiseki, Souseiseki, Suigintou, Shinku, Kanaria, and Kirakishou. Add the fact that, in Rozen Maiden, the aforementioned dolls are battling for the title of "Alice", the perfect doll.
  • Alice is one of the two in the whole series who appears 3 times in a single stage: Twice as a midboss and the third as the actual boss of stage 3 in Perfect Cherry Blossom. The other is Seiran in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom.
  • Alice is one of the four characters in the whole series who appears as a boss two times in different stages of the same game: As the third and extra boss in Mystic Square. The others are Rika in Story of Eastern Wonderland, Kazami Yuuka in Lotus Land Story and Junko in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom.
  • Alice seems to have connections with Dolls in Pseudo Paradise. One involves how one of the honest men died from being "nailed to a tree" despite being inside, which relates to Alice's article in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red about her nailing straw effigies to trees. Others include how the men stumble upon a "Western-style building deep within the forest" and how the culprit was a "beautiful blonde girl".
  • Alice has been a recurring customer of Eirin's, coming to see her to buy a medicine she developed called the Butterfly Dream Pill.[12] The medicine guarantees its imbiber to have pleasant dreams once they fall asleep, and was even featured in an article in Aya's newspaper. The reason for purchasing this medicine or even what kinds of dreams Alice is trying to have were never revealed, but instead are left purely to speculation. However, this might be a reference to "Alice in Wonderland", from which the concept of her character is derived.
  • Yuki and Mai's second attack in Samidare looks very similar to Alice's second attack in the Extra Stage of Mystic Square.

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