Hong Meirin (紅 美鈴 Hon Meirin?, alternate spelling Hoan Meiling, Hong Meiling)
Ability: Manipulation of qi
Residence: Scarlet Devil Mansion
Theme Song: Shanghai Alice of Year 17 of Meiji
Title: Chinese Girl
Stage 3 boss. A Chinese girl serving as the door guard of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Canonically, she is known to be a very humanoid yōkai who practices martial arts, but is generally friendly towards humans. However, as Japanese fans find it hard to remember her name, she is often referred to just as "Chūgoku" (meaning China) and became a very popular joke character. In dōjinshi, she is usually portrayed as a rather pitiful character, abused by the other residents of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. In terms of popularity, though, she defeated all characters from TH6-8 to win the second Touhou Saimoe popularity contest, and was added as a playable character in a patch for Immaterial and Missing Power, despite not having a story of her own. Recurring jokes with Hong Meirin in dōjinshi usually involve her being stabbed with Sakuya's knives, usually due to Meirin's clumsiness or inability to keep unwanted visitors, such as Marisa, out of the mansion. However, Sakuya does care for Meirin's well-being, as demonstrated in Eastern and Little Nature Deity / Strange and Bright Nature Deity. In Touhou 12.3, she is reintroduced as a playable character, this time with her own storyline.