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チルノ (♫)


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Manipulation of cold


Implied to be over 60, though she is a child in youkai terms




Cold areas, Misty Lake near Scarlet Devil Mansion


  • (Touhou 6,7) Aqua-colored eyes, hair and icicle-shaped wings that symbolize ice fairies. Wears blue ribbon, light pink blouse and blue one-piece skirt.
  • (Touhou 9) Same as above, except she wore long sleeved clothing and her ribbon was green instead of blue (However her game sprite still keeps the blue ribbon).
  • (Touhou 9, alternative outfit) Same as above, except her bow was a darker shade of green, her blouse appeared light purple, and her skirt was purple as well.
  • (Touhou 12.3) Same as 9, but without long sleeves.




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Cirno is an ice fairy. While she is described as a weak boss in the Touhou series, if we consider the power of average fairies - who appear often as regular enemies - we can certainly say she is exceptionally strong for her kind. Her personality is childish, as you might expect from her appearance, and she is sometimes considered stupid.

During the events of Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, she attacked the player, who was just passing by, out of instinctive aggression. She was helplessly shot down.

In Perfect Cherry Blossom, she returned to take revenge for her previous fight, but was only a mid-boss and was easily defeated like one...

In Phantasmagoria of Flower View Cirno aimlessly wanders about, apparently unconcerned by the flower incident for any reason other than the flowers being something else for her to freeze and play with. Through her dialog her true childish nature is revealed, leaving no doubt that she really isn't smart at all. She really wasn't meaning to do anything but play games.

Fun Facts

How Cirno Became a ⑨

  • Cirno is known for her childishness (read: stupidity), so the term "Cirno" is often used instead of "baka"(バカ, fool) as a pun in the Japanese Touhou community. Apparently, even ZUN himself wasn't an exception; in the manual for Phantasmagoria of Flower View, she is labeled as "9. Moron" in an explanation of the game screen's layout...
  • Due to the infamous manual screenshot, Cirno has been nicknamed "Nine-ball" or simply "⑨".
  • The date "09-09-09" (Wednesday September 9 2009 09:09:09 more specifically) has been named "Cirno day" for obvious reasons. This day everything (for some reason) could be translated into nine. For example: September 9 is the 252nd day of the year 2 + 5 + 2 = 9, you need 9 letters to type Wednesday and September and Japan's timezone is +9. Other names for this day include "The strongest day" and "⑨ day".
  • However, Cirno can read, unlike some of her peers such as Mystia Lorelei. Perhaps she isn't the top idiot in Gensokyo.
  • Cirno's favorite hobby is freezing a frog instantly, then watching them revive as they thaw in the water. She tends to fail one out of every 3 attempts, however, and the poor amphibian shatters to pieces. Because of this, many fans consider Suwako Moriya to have a rivalry with Cirno since Suwako like/loves frogs.
  • In fan works, she is often seen with other lower level, childish characters such as Daiyousei, Rumia, Mystia, and Wriggle. This group is often known as "Team ⑨" in fandom, and are usually led by Cirno herself. Without Daiyousei, that group is often called as "bakartet", a combination of "baka" and "quartet".
  • Cirno may be over 60 years old, as she was one of the only characters in Phantasmagoria of Flower View to instantly know what was happening, declaring "it's the festival that happens once every sixty years!" Although she was too naive to know it wasn't a festival, she appears to have been the very first character to recognize this as the year of the 60-year cycle. Even the ancient flower youkai Yuka took until stage 6 of her own scenario to realize what year it was, while Cirno knew it from stage 1 of Reisen's scenario.
  • In other fan works, she is shown with Letty Whiterock who is considered as a close friend or mentor, such as in the Advent Cirno series. This is partly due to the fact that she appears as a midboss in Letty Whiterock's stage in Perfect Cherry Blossom, or may be because they share the same ability, the manipulation of cold temperature and ice.
  • Cirno's catchphrase (in doujin works), "I'm the strongest!," comes from her dialogue in PoFV, where she announces this in her scenario, while being everyone else's stage one boss. She also says it when winning with herself in Phantasmagoria of Flower View and in Hisoutensoku.
  • Going from right to left, Cirno is the 9th character on the complete Hisoutensoku roster.
  • Out of all playable characters from Hisoutensoku, Cirno is noticeably the smallest out of all characters, having to fly in order to meet the eye level with the other girls. It should be also noted that because of her height, she's the only who stands while in the crouch position.
  • She's also the only character in the fighting game who hovers down slowly to the ground after jumping.
  • Some fans have made connections between her and Mai due to their similar, fairy-like appearances and their manipulation of ice.
  • Due to becoming a meme, Cirno is now one of the most popular characters of the Touhou Project (though many dislike her for that exact same reason). Many fans now portray her, jokingly or seriously, as a misunderstood child or even as an outright genius in disguise, or as a bumbling idiot who messes up what everyone else is doing.

Official Profiles

Embodiment of Scarlet Devil - おまけ.txt










Ice Fairy of the Lake


Ability: Manipulation of cold

Stage 2 boss. A girl of snow.

Her intellect is not very developed. She's just a child. To Reimu and Marisa, she's nothing more than a plain idiot.

She likes playing tricks and often toys with frogs. She freezes them instantly, then watches them revive as they thaw in the water. She tends to fail one out of every 3 attempts, however, and the poor amphibian shatters to pieces.

Perfect Cherry Blossom - キャラ設定.txt

Cirno PCB









Youkai of the Ice


Stage 1 midboss, a youkai of ice that likes cold places.

Her main ability is the manifestation and manipulation of cold.

She didn't have any specific reason for attacking Reimu and company, so she attacked them just for being there.

Cirno radiates chilling air from herself, so the air around her is always cold. Even in spring. And Autumn as well.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View - Demo Manual


 ○氷の小さな妖精 チルノ






Small Ice Fairy, Cirno

A fairy who likes pranks. She has the ability to manipulate cold. Without thinking of her own strength, she sets up pranks and ends up having a painful experience every time. That can be said of most fairies, but without reflecting on her past painful experiences at all Cirno sets up pranks one after another. The disaster this time has all of the fairies in an uproar, so she'll probably show up too.

Phantasmagoria of Flower View - キャラ設定.txt











Small Ice Fairy, Cirno

Species: Fairy

Ability: Manipulation of Cold

An ice fairy who usually stays at the lake, which is like her headquarters. She's basically just a fairy, so she's an idiot who loves pranks.

Since the flowers are blooming so much, lots of people are coming to the lake; this leads to the fairies being even more troublesome than usual, so she decided to join them and be a bother as well.

Touhou Hisoutensoku


 ○氷の妖精 チルノ

  小さな妖精はいつものように興奮していた。 今日は山よりも大きいアレを見たからである。

勿論、実際には山よりも遥かに小さいのだが、 視覚から感じる印象は大差はない。 すぐに霧に包まれ見えなくなってしまったが、彼女は確信していた。 アレは、大妖怪「だいだらぼっち」に違いない。

普段はどこに住んでいるのか判らないが、 珍しい妖怪を見たと興奮したのもつかの間 妖怪の山から巫女が下りてきた。



小さな妖精は何故か焦燥感に駆られ、 自分が先に見たんだから自分の物だと思う様になった。


そう答え、巫女を牽制した。 彼女はただの好奇心から自分で大妖怪を探そうと思ったのである。

Ice Fairy, Cirno

The small fairy was as agitated as usual. Because today, she had seen something bigger than the mountain.

Of course, in reality, it was much smaller than the mountain, but from her impression, there wasn't that big of a difference. It was soon hidden in mist and disappeared from sight, but she was certain. It was definitely the great youkai "Daidarabocchi".

She didn't know where it normally lived, but a moment after she became excited by seeing a rare youkai, the shrine maiden descended from the Youkai Mountain.

"Have you seen any giant robo... anything big moving around here?"

Asking that, the shrine maiden started searching in the mist.

The small fairy found itself driven on by an odd irritation, thinking that she saw it first, so it was her thing.

"I didn't see any Daidarabocchi."

Saying that, she diverted the shrine maiden. From nothing more than simple curiosity, she decided to search for the great youkai here.

Book Synopsis

Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red

Main article: Article and Interview: Cirno

Cirno's hobby of freezing amphibians goes too far when she encounters a giant toad out for revenge (also see Perfect Memento: Giant Toad's Pond.) She is swallowed whole, but manages to escape when she freezes the giant toad's insides. In a statement to the newspaper, she claims that she doesn't freeze frogs for fun, but for "ice training"; Aya doesn't buy it.

The interview consists mostly of Cirno complaining about the contemptuous tone of the article.

Perfect Memento in Strict Sense

PMiSS cirno.jpg

Main article: Perfect Memento: Cirno
  • It is unknown where Cirno lives, but it is assumed that it is around the Misty Lake, since she is often sighted there.
  • There are several accounts of people finding frozen frogs and fish by the lake.
  • If one is attacked by Cirno, the best defense is to talk calmly to her, and ask her a riddle.
  • No matter how easy the riddle, there will be enough time to flee while she tries to figure out the answer.