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->''"Ever get blamed for your classmates getting murdered? Now you know how Ganta feels."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/{{Toonami}} TOM 3.5]]'''

A survivor of the devastating magnitude 11.4 earthquake that sunk 75% of UsefulNotes/{{Tokyo}} (which he has no memories of), middle school student Ganta Igarashi lives an ordinary and peaceful life -- until the day a mysterious man in blood-soaked crimson armor comes into Ganta's school, slaughters his entire class, and implants a strange red crystal on his chest. Ganta becomes the only suspect in the slayings; even though he proclaims his innocence, the court convicts Ganta and sentences him to life imprisonment at Deadman Wonderland, a privately-owned penal facility (the only one in Japan) disguised as a theme park to attract tourists.

While serving his sentence, Ganta befriends Shiro, a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} strange]] albino girl who knew Ganta as a child, and discovers the truth about Deadman Wonderland: the facility houses "Deadmen" -- people endowed with an ability to turn their own blood into a weapon (the "Branches of Sin") -- and the sadistic proprietors of the prison force the Deadmen to [[BloodSport fight each other]] to keep them occupied…and to entertain the tourists willing to pay large sums of money to watch them fight.

As the days drag on, Ganta -- the OnlySaneMan in the facility -- finds himself forced to make a choice: he can either [[SanitySlippage lose whatever remains of his sanity]] or [[{{Determinator}} learn to stand up for himself]].

Thus goes the tale of ''Deadman Wonderland'', a monthly {{Shonen}} manga written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou (who both worked on the ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' manga). The manga received an anime adaptation from Creator/{{Manglobe}} in the [[Spring2011Anime Spring 2011]] season, and Crunchyroll simulcast the series (with English subtitles) an hour after broadcast in Japan. Creator/{{FUNimation}} licensed the anime in the US and Canada, and its dubbed version premiered on Creator/{{Toonami}} as part of its revival on 26 May 2012. Now available on DVD, [[http://www.hulu.com/deadman-wonderland Hulu]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=ELRmw-824_GMc YouTube]] (Rated TV-MA though there is a unique censorship difference between the sources. On DVD/Blu-Ray, the series is uncensored; on Website/YouTube, the violence is censored as much as on Toonami; and on Creator/{{Hulu}}, the censorship is somewhere in between with less blurring and blackening of the screen than on [=YouTube=] or Toonami.) The series is aired on Creator/{{Netflix}}, and is completely uncensored.

Tokyopop had the rights to the manga and published the English translation of the first five volumes before going under in 2011. However, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff thanks to its high ratings on]] Toonami, Creator/VizMedia [[NetworkToTheRescue has picked up the manga.]] [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-07-07/viz-media-adds-deadman-wonderland-gangsta-manga They began republishing the manga from the first volume on February 11, 2014.]]

After 58 chapters, the manga series and storyline ended in July of 2013. The last anime episode (#12) is about at chapter 21 of the manga, making for ''over 30 chapters'' that are unadapted. The OVA deals with Senji (aka [[CodeName Crow]]) and is set two years after the Red Hole event (8 years before the main story).
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!! ''Deadman Wonderland'' contains examples of the following tropes:

* AbsurdlySharpBlade: Haiji cuts through a tank at one point.
* ActionGirl: Most girls in the series, but Kanako sticks out.
** Also, a lot could count as [[DarkActionGirl Dark Action Girls]] such as [[CombatSadomasochist Minatsuki]] and [[CreepyChild Hibana]].
* AdaptationDistillation: The Anime is this for the Manga (with the one exception being the court scene, which was actually [[AdaptationExpansion expanded on a bit]]).
** The English dub considerably changes the interactions between Hummingbird and Ganta. In the manga she is more cunning attempting to injure Ganta before the fight, while making it look like an accident, for the purpose of weakening his stamina. Furthermore, while still sexually explicit, it seems to be more of a tactic to weaken Ganta's morale. In the English dub she's just crazy: triggering an accident for shits and giggles, manipulating him purely for fun, genuinely being turned on by Ganta's pain and suffering, and has an actual brother complex (or is just turned on by any suffering period). Additionally, in the manga she has a breakdown, because her brother knowing her crimes loves her anyway[[EvilCannotComprehendGood]]. In the dub she just decides to kill Yoh because the opportunity presented itself, also because his suffering doesn't "excite" her anymore. This is one of the few cases where a dub rather than censoring actually increased graphic content.
* AllOfThem: [[spoiler:"Toto, just how many branches of sin did you copy?"]]
* AllThereInTheManual: Chapter 0 has joke schematics for Necro Macro robots, where they're shown to be powered by three hamsters and are the offspring of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' parents.
* AmbiguousGender: Toto, deliberately, although s/he tends to slip up and use gendered "I"s. [[spoiler: May have to do with all those body parts s/he has to keep replacing... and the fact that s/he's actually the elderly Chairman.]]
* AmnesiacDissonance: [[spoiler: Shiro. Also, Nagi and his unlocked memories.]]
* AmusementParkOfDoom: Deadman Wonderland itself, though the doom applies more specifically to the employees and prisoners than park-goers.
* AnimalMotif: Arguably all the various species of birds Deadmen are named after, but woodpeckers in particular.
* AntiMagic: The Worm Eater in the Undertakers' weapons are this to Branch of Sin, the magic in question. It has a scientific explanation in that it instantly rusts the blood before it can reach them.
* AnyoneCanDie: Don't grow too attached. [[ContractualImmortality Ganta]] may be the only permanent character.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The "Blood Diamond" that gave Ganta his powers, which seems to be a larger version of whatever infected the rest of the Deadmen.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Makina slices Yoh in the chest in the first chapter with her sword for "compensation" for stealing.
* AxCrazy: Genkaku, Hibana, [[spoiler: Minatsuki]], [[spoiler: Nagi]], [[spoiler: Shiro]], and definitely in the latter chapters, [[spoiler: Hagire as Mockingbird]]. Most characters are, actually.
** The only character so far that hasn't been AxCrazy at some point is Tamaki, and he's just psychotic.
* BadassNormal[=/=]MageKiller: The Undertakers are unmutated AxCrazy humans. It's their "Axes" that the Deadmen have to watch out for since it disables their powers.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: Anyone who appears pleasant and friendly. One of the Group A Counterfeits is a polite lady whose Branch of Sin has a ''butterfly'' theme.]]
* BerserkButton: The Deadmen each receive a mask that [[spoiler: makes fun of them by poking at the horrible things that caused them to end up there]]. They don't take it well.
-->'''Minatsuki''': I'll slice bits off them until they're just a piece of meat!
* BifurcatedWeapon: Genkaku's guitar splits into two guns.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Yoh is in Deadman Wonderland in order to [[spoiler:earn the freedom of his sister Minatsuki, who killed their father]].
* BigDamnHeroes
** [[spoiler: Senji in chapter 17.]]
** [[spoiler: And Toto in 25.]]
** [[spoiler: ''EVERYBODY'' in 32.]]
** [[spoiler: Senji again in chapter 47. What makes it so awesome that he [[CurbStompBattle completely got his ass handed to him by the Mockingbird]] in chapter 44, only saved by Ganta who willingly traded himself for Senji's safety. HesBack, and uttering these lines, while it's clear that [[TookALevelInBadass he learned from his mistakes.]]]]
---> [[spoiler:"Just for once, let me have a chance to look cool, alright?"]]
---> [[spoiler:"[[ApologeticAttacker My apologies]], [[YouShallNotPass but this passage is]] ''[[YouShallNotPass closed]]''."]]
*** [[spoiler:Guess what Ganta just did to return the favor at the end of 48?]]
* {{BFS}}[=/=]WhipSword: Hibana. It is not explained how a little girl in 2nd grade can easily wield a sword her size, when a much older male seems to have difficult dragging it around.
** And now we have [[spoiler: Senji]] with his {{BFS}} [[spoiler: blood sword]] as well.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Whether you're in the 'black' or the 'grey' bit is basically determined by whether you torture anyone.
* BlackComedy: Most humour in the series tends to be this.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Senji has a variation of type 1; it comes from his lower arms, and it's removable, yes, but that's only because it's made from his own blood. [[spoiler:This still includes his {{BFS}} version as well.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: One example out of many, this one from the manga:
-->'''Ganta''': Is there only bad stuff in reality? (Are there only bad things in the world?)
** Tokyopop managed to use both "Skull Chain" and "Scar Chain" within ''the same volume''.
* BloodKnight: Senji.
* BloodLust: [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-24-page-4.html Mockingbird, apparently.]] [[spoiler:It's because drinking other Deadmen's blood allows him to gain their powers.]]
* BloodSport: The Carnival Corpse--in more ways than one.
* BloodyMurder: Bloody murderers, bloody murder weapons.
** They use blood as murder. Let's face it, if you can combine the words 'blood' and 'murder' in a sentence this manga's probably got a visual description in it somewhere.
* BodySurf: [[spoiler: Toto is really the original chairman, who downloaded his brain into Toto's body, and he's now attempting to do the same thing to Ganta. His ultimate goal is Shiro ("Could this be 'love'? I want to ''become'' her!"), seeing as he's the original scientist who experimented on her to create her powers.]]
* BookEnds: In the anime, the first and last episode has a character sing [[IronicNurseryTune the Woodpecker Song]].[[spoiler:Shiro sings it in the last episode and the Red Man sings it in the first episode. Guess who Shiro's SplitPersonality is?]]
** Brought UpToEleven in Chapter 56-b. In chapter one, Ganta said he wanted to die, and Shiro convinced him otherwise after pressing her hand to his heart. [[spoiler:It happens again in Chapter 56-b, with the roles completely reversed.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: The Counterfeit Deadmen. Unfortunately, that includes Azami.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Happens to Nagi after [[spoiler: Genkaku reminds him that he has no hope of seeing his child by escaping out of Deadman Wonderland]]. And then there's Genkaku himself, who was shown in the past to [[spoiler: have been a timid, cute monk that got repeatedly beaten and raped by bullies, with the elder monk in charge being unsympathetic and uncaring, and seeing the [[MoralityChain little wounded kitten he was taking care of]] die - all of this causing him to go insane]].
** Considering what happened to Genkaku, it's understandable how he became the AxCrazy psychopath. A serious example of what happens when [[BreakTheCutie the cutie snaps.]]
** Ganta's been repeatedly broken as the manga progresses.
** Madoka gets his whole "pain-sponge" ideology from his FreudianExcuse below.
** ''Shiro'' [[spoiler: grows violent and bloodthirsty -- becoming the infamous Wretched Egg/Red Man in the process-- as a direct result of the pain of the experiments she was subjected to. As if that wasn't enough, the experiments were so dehumanizing and the realization of her being a replacement for Ganta was so devastating, [[DeathSeeker she grows to wish that Ganta will return and eventually put her out of her misery]]]].
** '''''Azami'''''. Neglected by her parents, she becomes part of a delinquent girl gang who then leave her to take a murder rap, leading her being consigned to Deadman Wonderland which in turn results in her becoming [[spoiler: a Forgery and being killed by Hagire]]. Jesus.
** ''Senji'', of all people. Turns out that trying to enforce order and justice amidst anarchy in a pseudo-post-apocalyptic society can get you [[spoiler: and all your cop buddies]] killed.
* CallBack: The random English letters on Senji's face are actually [[spoiler: a memorial to his four friends who got killed by criminals]].
* CallingYourAttacks: Played straight when the Deadmen call out their Branch Of Sin's names before using them. But spoofed in an Omake by [[ShowWithinAShow Aceman]].
-->'''Aceman:''' Time to finish you off..! ''Super Ultra Delicious Dynamite Kraken Gaki Special Atomic Bomber Spiral Core Poisoned Drill Gravity Air Spin Fire Flare Vibrating Spectacular Final [[OverlyLongGag Yogurt Electronic Synchro Drive Jumping Beam Happy Zero Heat Ice Crusher Terry Itou Stone Mountain Surging Dark Candle Freeze Buster Light Sun Ocean Remarkable Clear Clip Cutter Jab Gazelle Monkey Boar Coelacanth Stardust Poison Papiko Sunder Storm]] [[LampshadeHanging Enlightened Over-Named But Really Nothing But An Extremely Normal]] '''PUUUUNCH'''!!!''
** Ganta does an Aceman-style parody at least once:
--->'''Ganta:''' ''Fire Blast Limit End [[BorrowedCatchphrase Zuppashi]] Future Ganta Gun!''
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: And will apparently slaughter all your classmates to throw you into the story (traumatic flashbacks included).
* CanNotSpitItOut: Yoh just can't tell Ganta about [[spoiler:Shiro decimating the guards]].
* CassandraTruth: Shiro, [[spoiler:after destroying a crucial data chip because she'd been told it was rigged with a bomb by TheMole, gets punched out for it and told to never show herself again.]]
* CatchPhrase
** "Don't you think X is a bit risque?"
** "My daughter says so."
** "I see."
** "Dead center!"
*** In the anime (Japanese version only), "Ssssslice!"
* CensorShadow: A common complaint about the episodes posted on YouTube, even though it was used in the Japanese broadcast.
** LensFlareCensor: In episode 2 during the dog race.
* ChainedByFashion: Minatsuki goes around with her wrists loosely chained together for seemingly no apparent reason. Evidence seems to suggest it's because she 'likes' it.
* CharacterDevelopment: Very evident in the ending, which incorporates and concludes the central lessons each of the main ensemble learned over the course of the series through a series of short scenes focusing on each character. They typically involve the concept of determination.
** [[spoiler: Idaki is no longer apathetic, and emphasizes the concept of the will to survive when lecturing his class on existentialism, which came to him after coming to terms with his daughter's death.]]
** [[spoiler: Karako still shows the philosophy of SweetAndSourGrapes that she learned through dealing with the loss of her friends.]]
** [[spoiler: Makina regains the use of her legs and when instructing the army, she seems to have softened some and emphasizes the importance of personal strength over weaponry, a stark contrast to her formerly militant reliance on firepower and violence.]]
** [[spoiler: Sukegawa is a playwright and director, and seems to embrace her femininity in a healthier manner, no longer playing to the aggressive transsexual stereotype to deal with trauma. She's come to terms with her status as a (reluctant) murderer and a Deadman as being a result of her love of life and her will to survive.]]
** [[spoiler: Yoh can finally catch his sister's lies and is no longer fooled by her attitude, and is otherwise more laid back.]]
** [[spoiler: Minatsuki is going to veterinary school, a profession involving empathy and care, and desires to continue her education even though she finds it difficult rather than avoiding her troubles.]]
** [[spoiler: Senji no longer relies on his violent Branch of Sin, embracing what strengths he has and overcoming his amputee status, drawing on Ganta's example of stubbornness and drive. He also refuses to run away from his past like he did when he previously embraced being a Deadman.]]
** [[spoiler: Ganta persists in living his life happily while caring for a comatose Shiro, in contrast to when he first escaped Deadman Wonderland facing depression and PTSD. Notably, he states that the song of the Woodpecker isn't finished yet and that he'll continue it past all the destruction and despair that previously defined the song.]]
** [[spoiler: Shiro finally gets to live a life outside of her prison and the last images of the series are of her genuinely smiling for what is probably the first time, alongside a falling feather finally coming to rest on the ground.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Ganta's symbol that he draws on his most prized possessions. [[spoiler: He draws one on Shiro in Chapter 56-b, after refusing to finish her off in the FinalBattle.]]
* TheChessMaster: [[spoiler: The Chairman, who was using/toying with Tamaki the whole time.]]
* CleanCut
* CloudCuckooLander: Shiro and Toto.
* ClusterFBomb: The English dub. It was obviously censored when shown on Toonami, turning it into a [[ClusterBleepBomb Cluster Beep Bomb]].
** In the second half of the series, the more obscene lines for the Toonami broadcast were rewritten.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Genkaku to Nagi, via drugs. The nasty aftereffects are illustrated quite clearly.
** And that creepy sadistic doctor with a fetish for making people scream.
* CombatCommentator
* ConspiracyRedemption: Ganta, Ganta, Ganta.
* CooldownHug: [[spoiler:Karako to Nagi after his berserker moment.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Hitara.
* CrapsackWorld: Ganta watches his entire class get slaughtered, is found guilty, and sentenced to captial punishment. [[FromBadToWorse And that's just the start]]. [[spoiler: He learns he was framed so he could be forced to fight in death matches.]]
** [[spoiler:WorldHalfFull: Ganta ultimately survives and while Shiro is in a coma in a prison hospital, she does eventually wake up. The surviving members of LaResistance move on to fulfilling lives with no apparent ill effects.]]
* CrashIntoHello: Yoh Takami and Ganta, although [[spoiler:Yoh is just trying to steal from Ganta; later he's ordered to keep an eye on Ganta as his "friend".]]
* CreepyChild: Daida "Punishment" Hibana.
* CreepyTwins: Ichi and Hajime, [[spoiler:who at first seemed to be a single, creepy Forgery kid with a lollipop.]]
** Chan and En, the two guardians of DW's upper management. [[spoiler: Their Branch of Sin involves manipulating connections, so they can use their blood to mind-meld to one another or "download" the chairman into other people's bodies.]]
* CriticalExistenceFailure: The poison injected into the death row inmates causes no physical ill effects until enough has been injected to kill them, at which point the result is sudden death.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Shiro.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Madoka.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Chapter 17.
-->'''Senji:''' ([[spoiler:after slicing two Undertakers into little pieces]]) Where are the strong ones?
-->'''Random Scar Chain member:''' (pointing at the dead [[spoiler:Underakers]]) Probably... down there.
* CuteAndPsycho: Minatsuki is arguably more this than {{Yandere}} as what she does isn't a result of a love interest or any love-motivated ideas. She can act happy and cute (at times)... but beware the AxCrazy PsychoForHire (although lately she's leaning closely to SociopathicHero).
* CutenessProximity: Minatsuki to an armadillo, which she [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-24-page-9.html actively tries to fight]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Most of the Deadmen, and a few others as well.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Minatsuki, subverted due to [[spoiler:the fact that she ''caused'' her ParentalAbandonment]]), and possibly [[spoiler:Shiro]].
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Karako.
* DeadlyUpgrade: Branch of Sin is blood-based. Ganta doesn't have a lot of blood, although [[spoiler:whether the blood diamond caused or merely unlocked his Branch of Sin powers is unknown. Additionally, the Counterfeit Deadmen: normal people who were given a virus plus a mind-control chip.]]
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The Director is killed by Shiro, whom he's been perfecting as a weapon. He doesn't stay dead, though.]]
* DeathCourse: The Dog Race--winners get 100,000 cast points; participants get sweet, delicious bread...if they're still alive to eat it!
* DeathSeeker: Yosuga, before becoming [[spoiler:Toto Sakigami's]] MoralityPet. To the point where she actually questioned if her Branch of Sin was keeping her alive against her will.
** Chapter 55 reveals [[spoiler:that this was Wretched Egg's entire motivation for empowering Ganta and dogging him since the very beginning of the series. Ganta's Branch of Sin is the only one that could possibly kill her; she can't even kill herself, and yes, she's tried.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Ganta manages to do this with Senji and, in a way, [[spoiler: Minatsuki]].
* DefrostingIceQueen: Minatsuki has become much less of a BloodKnight and has even become a bit more optimistic, compared to her original personality.
* {{Delinquents}}: Anyone in Deadman Wonderland who isn't an adult; Azami was an actual girl gang leader [[spoiler: she took a murder rap for one of her members]].
* DepravedHomosexual: Genkaku towards Nagi.
* DetachedSleeves: Hibana's dress.
* DirtyCop: [[spoiler: Not Senji, but the other cops in his precinct.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: Shiro destroying Genkaku's electric guitar is apparently a worthy enough offense in his eyes to [[spoiler: order his men to rape and cut her up]]. Some of it was due to him [[StalkerWithACrush feeling angry and jealous that she was Nagi's friend]], but most of it was because of the guitar.
* DissonantSerenity: [[spoiler: Shiro]] is shown smiling ''very'' happily after ripping up a bunch of guards.
** [[spoiler: Toto is also way too calm about killing, being injured, and consuming specimens of other Deadmen.]]
* TheDitz: Shiro.
** [[spoiler:ObfuscatingStupidity: One of the big reveals in [[WhamEpisode Chapter 55.]]]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Ganta is getting his "entrance examination", the table he's strapped to is almost the same as the ones used for executions by lethal injection.
* DownerBeginning: Read the page description's opening paragraph. Jesus Christ.
* DramaticIrony: Ganta promising himself to trust and believe in Shiro from now on, not knowing that [[spoiler: Shiro is actually the Red Man]].
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Hitara's disfigured daughter Yuki, after she interprets her dad's stoicism for uncaring. Tamaki shot himself in the head after discovering that he'd been played the whole time by the Chairman, although that may have had something to do with avoiding whatever the Chairman had planned for him next.]]
* TheDulcineaEffect: Ganta experiences this very quickly with Minatsuki. However, [[spoiler:Minatsuki is AxCrazy and actually manipulated and ''planned'' for TheDulcineaEffect to kick in so she could kill him easier]].
* DysfunctionJunction: Almost everyone in Deadman Wonderland.
* [[spoiler:EarnYourHappyEnding]]: And holy friggin' crap, did they ever.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: Seriously averted. [[spoiler: A [=JGSDF=] commando unit was massacred by Toto when they were securing DW Wonderland after the premises were abandoned.]]
* EngagingConversation: See TheDulcineaEffect, as their first conversation basically amounted to, "Let's bust out of here and get married."
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/deadman_wonderland/v08/c038/9.html Subverted]]. He ''might'' have been in shock and she ''might'' not have been a nice person, [[spoiler: but no one likes being second fiddle to the internet after being crushed by a pillar.]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler:Minatsuki]], who is a little less antagonistic after [[spoiler: her Carnival Corpse punishment was manipulated at Ganta's behest so she only lost her hair rather than a body part that wouldn't grow back.]]
* {{Expy}}: Anyone else think that Genkaku looks like a cross between Mello and fanon design Matt from Manga/DeathNote?
** Similarities exist between [[spoiler: post-punishment [[EyepatchOfPower Senji]]]] and [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi Zaraki]].
*** And M. from ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''. [[http://cgv.blicky.net/shs/0027.jpg Hell, look at this.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: Masu.
* EyepatchOfPower: [[spoiler:Senji loses an eye--part of the randomized punishment for losing a Carnival Corpse match but not dying.]]
* EyeScream:
** Hitara, via [[spoiler:a fork held by his enraged daughter Yuki.]]
** In the anime, Tamaki shows Ganta the ropes of Carnival Corpse by strapping him down to a chair, holding his eyes open ''Film/AClockworkOrange'' style and making him watch footage of previous battles.
** Even earlier than Hitara's backstory in the manga, we see [[spoiler:Senji's]] right eye being removed by the doctor as part of the Punishment Game.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Shiro is the Red Man. Apparently, Shiro's CharacterDevelopment somehow made it easier for her SuperpoweredEvilSide to surface.]]
** Happened again with [[spoiler:Yosuga]]. Though that's less of her turning evil than it is [[spoiler:her [[ThickerThanWater wanting to protect]] Toto, who was probably her only real friend, from the protagonists.]]
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler:Turns out that child Nagi was fighting to see was never really outside; his wife was still pregnant when she was killed, and the baby was placed in a test-tube for laboratory purposes.]]
* FakeOutOpening: Episode 1 begins with Ganta planning to go to Deadman Wonderland with his classmates in a manner similar to an average, run-of-the-mill SliceOfLife. That is, until the Wretched Egg arrives and proceeds to [[spoiler:brutally slaughter all of his classmates onscreen.]]
* {{Fan of Underdog}}: Senji to Ganta, after the former shows up at the latter's match with Minatsuki.
* {{Fanservice}}: Despite the rather dark lyrics and design of the opening, we get to see a lot of [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] characters, and Minatsuki has some minor {{Gainaxing}} to make up her somewhat censored fanservice-scene in the opening.
** Makina suiting up for the prison inspection in "Scar Chain", combined with MaleGaze.
** An example of FanDisservice, however, is found all throughout the Return to DW arc, particularly in Chapter 42; [[spoiler:Wretched Egg]] was depicted completely nude, with almost everything exposed... while [[spoiler:Hagire Rinichiro touched her bare flesh. She barely made any kind of reaction to this, and almost seemed ''okay'' with it, while continuing to talk about her recent fight with Ganta.]]
* FerrisWheelDateMoment: Ganta promised to take Shiro on one. [[spoiler:He keeps it, [[http://www.mangareader.net/deadman-wonderland/54/34 in a manner of speaking]].]]
* FinishHim: Carnival Corpse is often treated like a fight to the death, but there's no real requirement for the winner to kill the loser, although the audience prefers it over merely beating them into submission, and a lot of the contestants are happy to oblige.
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend: Shiro was Ganta's best friend when they were very young, but after being reunited ten years later, it takes a while for him to start remembering that he knew her. Toward the end of the manga, it's revealed that Ganta forgot about Shiro [[spoiler: ''ten years ago'', repressing all memories of her due to mental trauma from watching her SuperpoweredEvilSide slaughter a bunch of researchers.]]
* FourEyesZeroSoul: The Promoter.
** [[spoiler:[[BigBad Hagire Rinichiro]] definitely counts, too. His original body wore glasses.]]
* FourIsDeath: The earthquake happened on 4/4/2014, measured 11.4 on the Richter scale, and 148,000 people died/went missing.
* FrankensteinsMonster: [[spoiler: Shiro and Toto are both stitched together from spare body parts after experimentation led their original bodies to start falling apart.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Minatsuki loves to make these up as justification for slaughtering people, but what she doesn't tell anybody is that, during the earthquake, she was shaken off and abandoned by her mother as their home collapsed around them, only to find her dead later.
** Not to mention Genkaku. See BreakTheCutie above for details.
** Madoka as well. When he was a kid, bullies used his back to play Othello with ''thumbtacks'' and had a blast of it, giving him the deranged "pain-sponge" ideology he has today.
* FriendshipMoment: Ganta will stand up to a lot of abuse to protect Shiro.
* GagBoobs: Makina, who is completely up front about her ''G-cup'' breasts when asked.
* GenkiGirl: Shiro.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Happens to Nagi. It also happens to Chaplin in the form of a GroinAttack.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Genkaku and Nagi. The former is slightly disturbing, while the latter plays more traditionally to the trope.]]
* {{Gorn}}: '''''Oh, YES!'''''
* GrandTheftMe: [[spoiler:Hagire Rinichirou to Toto... and it's not the first time he's done it.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: "What's up, fucking guys?"
* GunsAkimbo: [[spoiler:Genkaku and his double Gatling-gun guitar.]]
** One of Makina's crew actually triple-wields, apparently by keeping a WaveMotionGun somehow attached to his left leg.
* HadToComeToPrisonToBeACrook: [[spoiler:Senji]]. Inside prison: A BloodKnight and a SociopathicHero. Before prison: [[spoiler:[[TheLastDJ The last honest cop on the force.]]]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins[=/=]SingleMindedTwins: Tamaki's guards.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:Ikazuchi, after Senji's DiagonalCut.]]
* HeadsOrTails: How Senji settles a few questions near the end of the manga.
* HeelFaceTurn: Yoh.
* [[spoiler:HeelRealization: It takes Ganta's birth for his mother to realize that maybe experimenting on live babies and children is bad.]]
** [[spoiler:DeliverUsFromEvil]]
* HeroicAlbino: Shiro.
* HeroicBSOD: Ganta, following [[spoiler: Nagi's death]] and a week in solitary confinement. He can no longer taste things and has ceased to see the point of going on. He gets better when he realizes how hard Shiro is trying to cheer him up.
** Much later, Ganta completely switches off after [[spoiler: he finally learns Shiro is the Red Man, moments after blasting her out of the sky]].
* HeroicResolve: Ganta in the Carnival Corpse matches.
* HostageSituation: [[spoiler:The Undertakers threaten to kill the remaining members of the Scar Chain if their leader, Nagi, doesn't turn over to the Undertakers' side.]]
* HumanShield: Shiro is willingly Ganta's and [[spoiler:Yoh is unwillingly Minatsuki's. He forgives her, though. Later, Ganta also returns the favor to Shiro]].
* HumongousMecha: The dangerous robot sentinel let loose after the Wretched Egg escapes.
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: [[spoiler:Genkaku seems to be [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-18-page-29.html quite turned on]] just by watching Nagi crush someone's skull.]]
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Genkaku makes it quite clear what he intends to do to [[spoiler:Karako and Shiro unless the Scar Chain want to risk coming in to rescue them.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Ganta.
** [[spoiler:Shiro finally admits this is also the case for her in Chapter 56-b, but believes it's not only impossible for her, but that she's too dangerous to even be given the chance to try.]]
* IJustWantToBeYou (non-IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery version): [[spoiler: Hagire Rinchinchou to Shiro. Shiro is like 10 at the time and Hagire is the head scientist experimenting on her.]]
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Genkaku to Nagi.]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The chapters sometimes rhyme ("Kill My Will") or have AddedAlliterativeAppeal ("Faced With Fate", "Past The Passion").
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: One of the creators stated [[http://kazuma14.jugem.jp/?eid=94#comments in his blog]] that even he's not sure if Genkaku's double-gun-guitar would be technically possible.
** It gets taken even further when it gets "repaired" into a compressed-air cannon capable of removing most of a target's torso.
* ImprobableHairstyle: Hibana's ridiculously long ponytail somehow stays standing almost straight up.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: Genkaku gets really turned on when he sees Nagi kill, and is willing to kill anyone to make Nagi revert to being berserk.
** [[spoiler: Why Rinchinchou fell in love with Shiro.]]
* InsistentTerminology: Genkaku is not just a monk, he's a ''super''-monk.
* InstrumentOfMurder: Genkaku's guitar can turn into a pair of machines guns, or a single gun capable of punching significantly-sized holes through people.
* IronicEchoCut: In episode 7.
-->'''Makina''': I'm going weasel hunting (cut to Tamaki, playing with blocks)
-->'''Tamaki''': Feels like something bad's about to happen.
* IronicNurseryTune: [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-1-page-6.html "The Woodpecker Song"]]
* IWasJustPassingThrough: [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-31-page-20.html Several]] [[http://manga.animea.net/deadman-wonderland-chapter-31-page-21.html magnificent variations]] culminating in a BigDamnHeroes moment that will make your heart throb.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Senji.
* {{UsefulNotes/Kaiju Defense Force}}: Some of the characters in the show/manga used to be with the [=JSDF=]. Makina used to be a commando with the [=JGSDF=].
** Corrupt [=JSDF=] officers take advantage of the experiments [[spoiler: in order to create supersoldiers that would be under [=JSDF=] control.]]
* KangarooCourt: Ganta's trial is ridiculously one-sided. He was the sole survivor of a mass murder, gets charged immediately without any chance to defend himself, and is sentenced to death even though he's only 14. All within the first 10 minutes of this show. [[spoiler:This was done with false evidence used by Tamaki to make sure the judges would find him guilty of murder. Near the end of the manga, this is averted with him and most of the DM Wonderland prisoners.]] Ganta is not the only one to be placed in this kind of court...
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini: Wretched Egg... Kind of.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: The TortureTechnician doctor.]]
* KidsAreCruel: ''Normal kids'' can be ''fantastically'' cruel, and in at least one case this was ''before'' the chaos of the mega-quake. [[spoiler: Genkaku's tormentors beat/raped him, and Madoka's ''played Othello on his back with thumbtacks''.]]
* KillEmAll: First, Ganta's classmates, then [[spoiler:most of the Scar Chain]].
* LaResistance: The Scar Chain.
** [[spoiler: And now the Captain and her men.]]
* LawOfDisproportionateResponse: Genkaku not batting an eye when a bunch of people (including his own soldiers) die, yet breaking down crying when Shiro destroys his electric guitar. He even goes as far as to say he'll have to hold a memorial service for it.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Ganta and Shiro bear close resemblances to EurekaSeven's Renton and Anemone. Although considering it's drawn by the same artist, it could be an accident.
* LecherousLicking: In one scene, Genkaku licks the blood from Nagi's severed arm. In a later scene, Mockingbird licks the blood from Senji's arm [[spoiler: which turns out to be how [[MegaManning Mockingbird copies powers]]]].
* LethalChef: Shiro doesn't have much experience with regular food. She eventually improves to the point that her food is edible, although most people find it too sweet.
* LittleMissBadass: Hibana is the quintessential Badass Lolita.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: The Deadman have the power to animate their own blood and use it to kill people. Even more so for the Counterfeits, whose blood is also poisoned and does stuff like melt people's flesh.
* LoveHurts: Nagi, [[spoiler:who tried to save his wife from the Carnival Corpse by losing to her on purpose, got his vocal chord chopped out in the penalty -- and she was killed anyway.]]
* LoveMartyr:
-->'''Chen & An (the creepy twin guards)''': We love you.\\
[[spoiler:'''Toto/Chairman Hagire''']]: I don't love you.\\
'''C&A''': We know.
* [[spoiler:LoveRedeems: Shiro/the Wretched Egg.]]
* LyricalDissonance: That cheerful lullaby with very disturbing lyrics that Shiro sings.
* MadEye: Practically a visual motif. ''Everyone'' gets this at some point.
* MadScientist: The lady doctor who supervises the Deadmen is a complete sadist.
* MadeOfIron: Shiro.
* MadeOfPlasticine: Any normal human who happens to be in the path of a Deadman.
* MadnessMantra[=/=]SurvivalMantra: Of a sort: Azami's "I'm alright. I'm alright. I'm alright." was just something to get her through her crapsack life, now it's what gets her through [[spoiler: being a brainwashed Counterfeit.]]
* {{Manchild}}: Would-be director Tamaki looks a lot like Willy Wonka, plays with dangerously modified toys, and has a dancing flower in his office.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: [[spoiler: Shiro is a {{deconstruction}} of this.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: When word of the Deadmen and the Carnival Corpse tournaments gets out, Tamaki takes a gamble by releasing the Deadmen into the general population while saying that they all need to be sealed away. He then creates "counterfeit" Deadmen using [=GenPop=] prisoners ''and makes the Carnival Corpse tournaments open to the internet.'' Because death matches aren't wrong if everyone thinks the fighters should be dead anyway, right?]]
** And [[spoiler: Toto/Chairman Hagire]] is manipulating ''everyone''.
* MarshmallowHell: Unintentionally done to Makina's sidekick during a sneaking romp.
* MarkedChange: [[spoiler: Ganta's about to blow shit up.]]
* MeaningfulName: Mockingbird can mimic the powers of other Deadmen the same way the bird mimics sounds.
** The Undertakers: Any Deadman that gets out of line is buried by them.
** The Kanji for Ganta can also be pronounced as "maruta", which meanings "barkless wood". [[spoiler: Because Ganta was planned to be the subject to all the experiments, until Ganta's mom switched him with Shiro.]]
* MementoMacGuffin: Nagi has two of these - one being the locket that has a photo of his baby in it, the other being his late wife's scarf which he ties around his waist. [[spoiler:The locket is actually empty; Nagi's simply insane]].
* MindRape: Genkaku does this to Nagi while interrogating him.
** Also, Tamaki to all of the Deadmen, via the masks.
* [[SirSwearsALot Miss Swears-a-Lot]]: Minatsuki Takami, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT-f0lGk-JM&feature=relmfu if the English dub is to be believed.]]
* MistakenForMurderer: Ganta.
* TheMole: Yoh, and to a slight extent Tamaki, as [[spoiler:he was posing as Ganta's lawyer to get him into Deadman Wonderland in the first place]], as well as [[spoiler:Rokuro, who is a Mole in the Scar Chain leaking information to the Undertakers]].
** [[spoiler:Makina intended to make Azami into one, too, though we can see how well that's turned out now.]]
* MoralityChain: Apparently, the only thing really holding Genkaku (while he was a child) back from going completely AxCrazy was his [[PetTheDog little kitty]]. So much for that.
** It's only implied, but [[spoiler: there's the general vibe that if Ganta died, very bad things would start happening in Shiro's vicinity.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: What Genkaku does to Nagi (with the help of some drugs).
** The Counterfeits say their mind control is "better than drugs or women".
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: Hibana appears to have taken orders from [[spoiler:her own dead mother]].
* MurderTheHypotenuse: What Genkaku keeps trying to do with every woman that comes into Nagi's life.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Nagi, for a moment, before Karako hugs him out of it]].
** [[spoiler: When Ganta unleashes a megaton version of his "bullet" and just about kills ''everyone'']]
** Completely averted with [[spoiler: Minatsuki]]. After she [[spoiler: reconciles with her brother]] and realises that she might have been a little wrong about humanity being completely shit, she is still absolutely fine with all her life decisions, including the murders of a puppy who pissed her off, her school counselor, her father, her manipulation of her brother so he could beat up their father because she liked to watch.
** ''Inverted'' with Shiro who [[spoiler: still doesn't realise she's killed her grandfather or even that he is dead even after she walks past his decapitated head.]]
** Played straight whenever Ganta realises the full impact of his actions [[spoiler: these include: what happened to Crow after he beat him (the punishment gig), what happened after he tried to defend Azami (nearly destroying everyone), after the Scar Chain escaped (where he went into a HeroicBSOD for a while)...just a lot.]]. He doesn't seem to think ahead.
** In Ganta's backstory, [[spoiler: when his mother realized what she was originally going subject Ganta to and switched him with Shiro for experimentation, [[TearsOfRemorse crying the entire time]] out of knowledge about what is about to happen to [[TheWoobie poor little Shiro.]]]]
* {{Nanomachines}}: The Nameless Worm femtomachines.
* NietzscheWannabe: Genkaku, who believes that "saving" people is killing them. In bloody ways.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Happens to Ganta a ''lot''.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Tamaki to Ganta.
* NoPaperFuture: All of Yoh's Cast Points -- [[spoiler:over ''90 million'']] -- are on one card.
* NotBrainwashed: [[spoiler:Nagi emphasizes to Karako that he is ''quite sane'' right before he mauls her, then goes on to rampage against a few other members of the Scar Chain.]])
* NotSoStoic: Inverted. Hitara can't not be stoic to save his daughter's life. [[spoiler:over ''literally'']]
* ObiWanMoment: Despite everything that happened, [[spoiler:Nagi]] at least gets a peaceful, dignified death.
* ObliviousYoungerSibling: Inverted and subverted, as [[spoiler:Yoh is an oblivious ''older'' sibling who really only ''appears'' oblivious.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: Toto is actually the Chairman, who's the same age as Ganta's mom but looks older due to all the surgery he's done on himself, [[BodySnatcher in a new body]].]]
* OracularUrchin: Shiro.
* {{Otaku}}: [[spoiler:Tamaki is a gaming Otaku, and he wants to destroy the Wretched Egg because he sees it as a FinalBoss to defeat.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Ganta, the Takami siblings, and Shiro are orphans, and Azami's parents were neglectful.
** Minatsuki was literally abandoned by her mother when the earthquake started and Minatsuki latched on to her, only for her mother to push her off and run to save herself.
* PetTheDog: Namely, pet the cat. Genkaku was shown in his childhood to not have always been a complete bastard (compared to a ''lot'' of children over in DW) because of his sweet care for the kitty. At least, [[MoralityChain until it dies]].
* PilotMovie: The anime's OVA takes place before the series starts.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation: A certain family photo in the prison director's room shows [[spoiler:a young Ganta and Shiro with Ganta's mother]].
* PlayingWithFire: Hitara's power seems to involve igniting his blood.
* PowerCopying: Toto, AKA [[MeaningfulName Mockingbird]], can copy the powers of other Deadmen.
* PowerDyesYourHair[=/=]PowerMakesYourHairGrow: Played with in the Anime, part of Minatsuki's "Whip Wing" makes it look like her hair has got longer and turned red at the ends at the back.
* PrehensileHair: Minatsuki's hair -- she uses blood to manipulate it.
* ProperLady: Karako likes to claim she is one -- most people beg to differ.
** Don't even get us started on [[AxCrazy Daida]] [[EnfantTerrible Hibana]], who insists she is this. [[BerserkButton Woe to anyone who disagrees.]]
* PsychoSerum: [[spoiler:All of Genkaku's injections help reawaken Nagi's suppressed memories and tip him into an insane berserker rage.]]
* PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery: Genkaku qualifies: [[spoiler: he seems to believe that killing people is the best way of saving them. Being raped and beaten by a group of bullies who hung around the temple did not help his sanity and when the Great Tokyo Earthquake hit and they were trapped under the rubble he saw fit to butcher them all. Strangely it was not out of revenge but because he wanted to grant them salvation, being free of pain in death being better than living in pain. He apparently came to this conclusion because of warped Buddhist ideas and having seen how peaceful a dead kitten was as opposed to when said kitty was wounded yet alive.]]
* RapeAsBackstory: Minatsuki, by her [[ParentalIncest father]]. [[spoiler:Subverted, as it's heavily implied to be a lie as part of her ploy to make Ganta feel sorry for her before their fight]].
** [[spoiler:Genkaku, of all people. However, it seems that the rape was only the buildup to what turned him into a death-loving killer. The death of a kitten was the final nail in the coffin.]]
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: [[spoiler: Makina]] is the closest you get in a series like this. [[spoiler:Of course, in her first appearance, she sliced Yoh open with her sword, seemingly without provocation. Later it was because Yoh was stealing Ganta's candy, which everyone needs to live.]]
* RealSongThemeTune: "Shiny Shiny" by Nirgilis
** The opening is a variation of Fade's "Black Hearts and Dollar Signs" called "One Reason".
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Ganta's mother felt horrible about her involvement in Shiro's experiments culminating the Great Tokyo Earthquake and [[ShootTheDog sealed Shiro as a result of it.]] When Hagire tries to get her to reverse the process, [[BoomHeadshot she shoots herself in the head]].]]
* RefugeInAudacity: The ever-deadly Dog Race is played out in front of cheering crowds who have no idea that the competitors really are dying. They're convinced it's all special effects, because there's no way that a prison would get away with wantonly killing the inmates like this, right?
** During the Dog Race, Ganta imagines what would have happened if his class hadn't been massacred. He pictures himself in the audience, sitting next to Mimi, with both of them enjoying the show utterly clueless that it's all real. He's disgusted that anybody thought this was a good idea for a field trip.
* RockMeAsmodeus: Genkaku the supermonk seems rather fond of heavy-metal rock.
* SadBattleMusic: The DarkReprise of the 'Woodpecker Song' in Chapter 56, during [[spoiler:the FinalBattle between Ganta and Shiro]].
* SceneryGorn: The smears, and splatters of blood on the walls are done ''very'' well in the anime, to the point where they almost look realistic.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Deadmen in Sector G.
** [[spoiler: The Red Man, no wait, ''Shiro's'' power can be re-sealed and Ganta's blood is the key.]]
* SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan: [[spoiler:The Red Man inside Shiro. This later gets reversed, with Shiro's personality getting repressed.]]
** [[spoiler:Subverted, as it turns out the Red Man and Shiro as we saw her in the beginning never existed in the first place. So there was no sealing, just an angry little girl.]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: [[spoiler:The Woodpecker song.]]
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Minatsuki.]]
* SatelliteLoveInterest: Inverted: [[spoiler:Minatsuki passes herself as this to trick Ganta into hurting himself for her so that she'd have an advantage during their fight.]]
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Ganta gets asked if Shiro and Azami are both his girlfriends. Both of them. Azami and Ganta blushingly deny it, and Shiro is too innocent to realize what they were talking about.
* ShirtlessScene: Senji, often.
* ShooTheDog: Ganta to Shiro.
* ShoutOut: Rokuro is almost a parody of Manga/DeathNote characters, constantly referring to 'plans' and 'percentage chances', striking Light-style extravagant poses when angry, and having a face similar to L's (esp the eyes).
** One scene in an early episode looks like something out of ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
** The terms "Deadman" (spelled exactly this way) and "Undertaker" being prominent in this series? [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker Surely that's unheard of.]]
* ShrinkingViolet: Minatsuki. [[spoiler:[[AxCrazy Very subverted.]]]]
* SingleTargetSexuality: [[spoiler:Arguably, Genkaku towards Nagi.]]
* SlippedTheRopes: Ganta does this using his own blood.
* SociopathicHero: Several of the Deadmen, but Senji and Minatsuki deserve special mention.
* SpoilerOpening: The anime opening hints at later plot twists by showing [[spoiler:Senji with his eyepatch and Minatsuki sporting a SlasherSmile]].
** May give way to EvolvingCredits, if you've read the Manga and look closely at the words that appear beside the silhouettes near the end of the credits they appear to match other deadmen.
** The ending theme is also a spoiler ending, as the last image showin in it is [[spoiler:Ganta and Shiro together with Ganta's Mom when they were younger.]]
* StageMoney: Just because DW's "cast points" sound suspiciously like "Disney Dollars".
* StalkerWithACrush: Genkaku.
* StandardBleedingSpots
* StealthHiBye: Shiro in her first appearance in the manga.
* StepfordSmiler: Yoh and Shiro.
* TheStoic: Hitara, even before entering DW, even when [[spoiler: ''his own daughter stabs him in the eye with a fork.'' He just wipes it off and returns it to her, which she unfortunately takes as a sign that he doesn't care about her.]]
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:How Rokuro, TheMole, managed to fit a bomb into a USB-drive sized data chip is an unsolved mystery -- especially since it explodes with enough forced to blow out a pair of metal doors.]]
** [[spoiler: Ganta, once he figures out how to use his power.]]
* [[spoiler:SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum: The [[TokyoFireball Great Tokyo Earthquake]] wasn't an accident. It was Wretched Egg trying to destroy her own body faster than it could regenerate, which would have required every ounce of power she had (which is a whole-freaking-lot). It didn't work.]]
* SuicidePact: [[spoiler: Yosuga forms this with Toto.]] Though it's less of a suicide pact, and more of a 'mutual homicide pact,' meaning they [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou they agreed to be killed only by each other,]] and therefore have a mandate to survive anything and everything they face until then.
* SuperEmpowering: The Red Man does this to Ganta.
** Actually, the Red Man empowered '''all''' of the Deadmen in the series, though Ganta is the only one we know of who was ''intentionally'' empowered.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler: Shiro is also the Red Man, AKA the Wretched Egg]].
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: The opening of the Anime is a metal song done by the band Fade entirely in English, and quite well to boot. Justified since the singer is an American Ex-pat.
* SweetTooth: It's implied that Shiro eats nothing ''but'' sweets. On the other hand, [[spoiler:the Wretched Egg hates sweets]].
* SympathyForTheDevil: In the end, [[spoiler:Ganta refuses to kill Shiro (despite her [[DeathSeeker demands that he do so]]), knowing full well she's the Red Man. He claims that she can't really want to die, and that even if he won't forgive her for killing his friends and adoptive family, he loves her too much to want to kill her. He then [[IfWeGetThroughThis promises to take her away so that they can both live a normal life]].]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Nagi]] does this to [[spoiler: Genkaku]], holding him down so that Ganta can kill him. [[spoiler: Genkaku]] doesn't seem to mind, and appears quite happy.
* TalkativeLoon: Shiro acts like this quite often.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: [[spoiler:Apparently, Ganta's strategy for dealing with the Wretched Egg, who, without the Mother Goose System, is virtually unstoppable. But now that Ganta knows the truth about Shiro, he might finally feel some sympathy towards her.]]
* ThatManIsDead: [[spoiler: The Red Man says this about Shiro. It's revealed to be a lie]].
** Technically, [[spoiler:it's a HalfTruth, not a lie. Shiro as Ganta knew her up until that point (not counting pre-TraumaInducedAmnesia) was never 'alive' to begin with.]]
* ThemeNaming: All the Carnival Corpse fighters have bird-themed names: [[TheWoobie Ganta]] "Woodpecker", [[KillerRabbit Minatsuki]] "Hummingbird", [[BloodKnight Senji]] "Crow", [[StepfordSmiler Nagi]] "Owl", [[ActionGirl Karako]] "Gamefowl", [[BadassGrandpa Hitara]] "Condor", [[MegaManning Toto]] "Mockingbird"; naturally [[{{Transsexual}} Chaplin's]] is "Peacock".
** MeaningfulName
* ThickerThanWater: Why [[spoiler:Yosuga sides with Hagire, whom she apparently still thinks of as Toto]]. Semi-subverted in the sense that they aren't really related.
* TheTokyoFireball: An 11.[[FourIsDeath 4]] earthquake, after which the "Branch of Sin" powers appeared.
* TorsoWithAView: [[spoiler: Nagi]] dies this way. A little bit of dark humor is had as he passes along some candy, wryly saying he no longer needs it as the camera focuses on the giant hole where his stomach used to be.
* TortureTechnician: The sadist doctor, Rei Takashima. Removing a body part or an organ from a living person (''''without anaesthesia'''') is her ''favourite'' part of the job. She likes it so much she's hugely disappointed when she can only cut Minatsuki's hair as a punishment for losing a match because it's not "exciting".
* TournamentArc: Carnival Corpse matches.
* TragicKeepsake: Nagi, with his dead wife's scarf, which he apparently managed to grab just before [[spoiler:her body was taken to remove his child as experiment fodder.]] For better or for worse, [[spoiler:it's later used to cover his face after he dies.]]
* {{Transsexual}}: Chaplin Sukegawa.
* TraumaticHaircut: Minatsuki's haircut. Subverted somewhat by the fact that it was the best possible outcome of her punishment game.
** Also, [[spoiler:Chaplin's later on, when Deadman Wonderland is closed down and she's sent to a regular prison.]]
* TriggerHappy: Genkaku, with his double machine gun electric guitar.
* {{Tsundere}}: Azami towards Ganta early in the series.
** Minatsuki's "encouragement".
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The story takes place in 2023, excluding flashbacks and the OVA which shows Senji's past.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Daida Hibana, the ''kindergartener killer''.
* UnluckyEverydude: Ganta, [[spoiler:or so he thinks.]]
** [[spoiler:Given the new knowledge regarding the nature of his Branch of Sin... yeah, yeah he is.]]
* UnwittingPawn: Ganta can't seem to go through a single day without becoming someone's pawn, but in actuality the biggest sucker of all turned out to be [[spoiler: Tamaki.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Rinichirou Hagire''':]] Boy, you were a well-made clown.
* TheVirus: The blood of [[spoiler: the "Counterfeit Deadmen"]] causes your flesh to expand until you explode.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Senji.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Madoka, revealed to be one of the Group A Counterfeits, was bullied so severely that he got to thinking that pain "helped" the world in that if one person was in pain, another person wasn't (imagine an "idealistic" JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac). Considering that he put Shiro in an Iron Maiden and ''crucified'' Ganta, he probably prevented the next mega-quake.]]
** [[spoiler:Tamaki, at least to himself; he justifies being a ManipulativeBastard on the grounds that he's looking to defeat the Red Man and avenge the people who died in the earthquake.]]
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 55. Just about every single question you've ever had about Shiro and [[spoiler:Wretched Egg]] is answered, and yes, let's just say it's as bad as you think it is.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A rather jarring example at that. In episode eight Yoh, who had been a main character up until this point, is last seen [[spoiler:unconscious and getting his wounds treated in the Scar Chain hideout. After this he's never seen or mentioned again. He was seen getting carried out of the Scar Chain hideout in the same episode (episode eight) by two other Scar Chain members for about a second or two. After that he was still never seen again and was only mentioned once by his sister in episode eleven.]]. As luck would have it, the manga just happened to have him out of commission for that period; he still plays a part after the point at which the anime ends.
* WhatTheHellHero: Chapter 26 is essentially one extended WhatTheHellHero for [[spoiler:Ganta, who can't even remember what he did. Even nameless {{Muggles}} get in on the action. Ganta should consider himself lucky that the Deadmen just yelled at him/vandalized his room/beat him senseless rather than just kill him]].
* WhipItGood: Minatsuki's "Whip Wing".
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Deadmen are mentally unstable, and the normals who try to handle them aren't much better.
* WolverineClaws: [[spoiler: Madoka, although he doesn't use them the "normal" way.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Now that we know the entire backstory? [[spoiler:Shiro/Wretched Egg. Even Ganta agrees, and by Chapter 54 onward, his feelings towards her lean much more towards 'pity' than 'hatred.']]
* {{Yandere}}: Genkaku, Genkaku, Genkaku.
** [[spoiler: Hagire's]] feelings for [[spoiler: Wretched Egg]] probably qualify, too. ''Especially'' in the more recent chapters of the manga.
** [[spoiler:'''SHIRO.''']] [[Manga/MiraiNikki Yuno]] might have just found her apprentice once [[WhamEpisode Chapter 55]] spilled the beans on [[spoiler:Shiro's]] true personality.
* YouAreWorthHell: [[spoiler: Is this really a spoiler considering all they've done for each other? Shiro and Ganta.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: The Chairman isn't ''that'' old, he's just had a rough life of [[spoiler: getting maimed by Shiro/Red Man's earthquake and later experimenting on himself. He's actually around the same age as Ganta's mom]].
** [[spoiler: It's also revealed that the body we first saw him in wasn't his original. Judging by his appearance, it seems that the young-ish Chairman's previous host (who is known to have been the Carnival Corpse champion before Toto) may have been the Albatross, who was an older man. This may explain his apparently advanced age when the series starts.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Every prisoner on death row has a collar with a timer initially set at exactly three days. When the timer runs out, the prisoner gets immediately killed by this collar. It is possible to gain extra three days added to the remaining time by eating candy, which prisoners receive as a reward for winning in all those hellish tasks and games imposed on them.
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Ganta. His Branch of Sin is so unique that Makina, Karako and company don't know how to save him from it shutting down his involuntary systems, like say, ''his nervous system or'' '''''his circulatory system.''''']]

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->''[[AccidentalInnuendo "So make me your deadman".]]''
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