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''Toriko'' is a {{Shonen}} manga series by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, serialized in ''Weekly ShonenJump'' since May 2008. The story revolves around the eponymous character's adventures as a Gourmet Hunter, a hunter of rare food ingredients, scouring the world for more delicious things to eat. Joining his adventures is Komatsu, a chef working at the Gourmet Hotel, and a gallery of other characters with varying personalities that make the world of Toriko a lively and colorful place.

The series is noticeably {{Retraux}}, [[RatedMForManly pulsing with testosterone]] and being filled with incredibly buff men reminiscent of older manga such as ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' or the early parts of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. Modern-day {{Shonen}} tropes like MusclesAreMeaningless, IdiotHero, KidHero and BishonenJumpSyndrome are avoided. This series also contains gratuitous amounts of FoodPorn, and thus, readers are ''not'' advised to read this manga on an empty stomach. [[http://www.shonenjump.com/e/animetour/ There is also an OVA]], a crossover with ''Manga/OnePiece'' has aired, and [[Spring2011Anime an anime adaptation debuted in April 2011]] ([[http://www.funimation.com/toriko simulcast and licensed by]] {{Funimation}}). Along with fellow shonen anime ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''Manga/FairyTail'', the anime for ''Toriko'' is currently one of the most requested shows for {{Toonami}} on AdultSwim.

Compare with ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'', another ShonenJump manga about FoodPorn.

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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbsurdlyBrightLight: Jewel Meat and anyone who eats it.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: All Melk Knives; [[spoiler: especially Komatsu's, which split the side of the mountain Melk the Second was facing when she swung it ''lightly'']].
** Don't forget about Toriko's Knife technique. He could chop and cut off limbs, with JUST HIS HAND.
** Also Match's [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]].
** Zebra can do this with his ''voice''!
** It seems like Old Lady Chiyo is able to do this, essentially boning Wagon in what seems to be the span of one panel.
** Starjun's blade-insanely sharp...and he combines it with [[IncendiaryExponent fire]] to make it even deadlier. To give you a thought...he makes [[{{Manga/Bleach}} Yamamoto]]'s flames and blade look ''WEAK'' in comparison.
* AccidentalMisnaming:
** Everyone refers to Zongeh as "Zombie"... even the introductory text.
** Everyone gets subjected to this at the hands of Chin Chinchin, Turtler.
* TheAce: Teppei.
* AchillesHeel: [[spoiler: Toriko is not merely a glutton, he literally ''needs'' to eat huge amounts of food in order to prevent his body from eating his own cells.]] In one chapter, this actually gave him extra energy, but this is only temporary. If his opponent managed to outlast him, he would be vulnerable.
** Since Toriko has learned Food's End, this isn't a problem anymore.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Coco. His body can also secrete poison for attacks, [[spoiler: and he can create new immunities on the fly]].
** Gourmet Hunters in general normally acquire immunities for different kinds of poison (see below), but Coco is the most extreme example.
** Grinpatch's immunity may trump even Coco's. He sucked up tons of Coco's deadliest poisons and said he wanted more.
* ActionSurvivor: Komatsu.
* AdaptationExpansion: The OVA is based on the Gararagator arc. They made the fight sequence between the croc and Toriko a bit longer -- Awesomeness ensues.
* AdaptiveAbility: Gourmet Hunters have this due to being infused with Gourmet Cells as well as their personal abilities. Most of them have AcquiredPoisonImmunity due to this.
** Toriko demonstrates this trope the most, e.g. adapting to the cold of Ice Hell by shivering so much, steam comes off of him.
** Zebra likes to claim that [[InvertedTrope it's not whether or not he can adapt to his environment]], [[BadassBoast but whether or not his environment can adapt to him]].
* AfterTheEnd: [[spoiler: The whole world recovered by way of a food ingredient. It was the ingredient called "GOD".]]
* AgentPeacock: Sunny is this {{up to eleven}}.
* TheAlcatraz: Three of them, the only one visited so far is the [[SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom Honey Prison.]]
* AlienGeometries: Many areas of the Gourmet World. [[spoiler:Coco hypothesizes that the Gourmet World is literally alien.]]
* AllJustADream: [[spoiler: Teppei's death is revealed to be this in the following chapter.]]
* AlreadyDoneForYou: Toriko and Komatsu go to the Gourmet Research Facility to capture the Regal Mammoth, but [[spoiler: after the GT Robot attack distracts them, it's revealed that Sunny already captured it]].
** And then subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler: Sunny only captured a Regal Mammoth child]].
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Unsurprisingly, considering the nature of this manga.
** Although it may be tough for any new creatures to trump the adult Regal Mammoth's size.
*** The Giga Horses certainly give them a run for their money, though we don't have a measurement for them.
*** And those are the creatures living in the Human World, who knows what lurks in the Gourmet World.
** The Dharma Horse trumps everything so far. Assuming it to be the same height as the Gourmet Towers, it's around 1.3km tall!
** The Four Beasts. The Mounturtle is slightly ''bigger'' than the Dharma Horse. The "Beast King" Gaoh killed a Regal Mammoth with ''one blow''. And all four completely curbstomp the armies sent against them. An army fielding 100 meter long tanks capable of bringing down Regal Mammoths, swarms of fighter jets, and ''[[KillSat kill sats]]''.
** Chapter 263 takes this to ridiculous extremes; [[spoiler: first we get to see the Breath Dragon from Toriko's first Gourmet World foray, capture level 219. Toriko attacks it with a Flying Fork, which it dodges - and the fork just keeps flying, passing a Wingrizzly, capture level 536, before bouncing off the shell of a Stronghold Rhino, capture level 972, and being caught by a Thunderous Devil, capture level 1160, standing over a field of volcanoes the size of its ''feet''. Said Thunderous Devil is then nearly ''stepped on'' by a Ficasdaltonphant, capture level 2650, which then spots an Ashurasaurus, capture level 4220, flying overhead. The camera then pans out to reveal one of the Eight Kings, the Battle Wolf, capture level '''6090'''. To put this in perspective, the world collectively crapped itself at the Four Beast, which maxed out its capture level at around 450. That thing stood a decent chance of eradicating the Human World if left unchecked, and now we get ''these monsters''.]]
* AnimalBattleAura: Intimidations often manifest this way, e.g. Toriko's intimidation is a projected image of a Hanya demon.
** Toriko's intimidation has turned into a full on GuardianEntity that impaled Starjun through the chest.
* AmbiguouslyGay: '''SUNNY'''
* AndYourRewardIsEdible
* {{Anticlimax}}: [[spoiler: Apparently Midora just left Komatsu to be picked up by Toriko without a fight; as the latter two are already reunited after the timeskip.]]
** [[spoiler: In Episode 142, Joa's appearance throws off Starjun and Toriko off balance and the fight doesn't conclude as it did in the manga.]]
* AntiHero: Believe it or not, Toriko, whose actions are usually motivated by his craving for food. It just so happens that he is a nice person and that he usually end up helping the other good guys.
** Zebra has been revealed to be one of these, albeit one that really pushes the "hero" side. It turns out that the [[spoiler: 26 species he made extinct were damaging the ecosystem. A desert town sees him as their messiah for saving them]].
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Gourmet Cells. They mutate the host's body, giving them special abilities and traits and can "[[NextTierPowerUp evolve]]" by consuming specific foods.
* ApocalypseHow: The aftermath of Midora's Meteor Spice seems to have been a Continental Societal Disruption, as evident by the fact that food is suddenly extremely hard to come by outside of the Gourmet World, and in the latest chapter it appears that people in the Human World now mostly subsist off (possibly synthetic) food pills of some description.
* ArtMajorBiology: Pretty much any living thing in the series is subject to this.
** Special mention goes to the water/wine storage camels who have ''faucets'' growing out of them!
*** In the manga at least, its alluded to those faucets are installed by the natives.
** The anime is far worse in this than the manga due to most of the animals and plants featured in the beginning of each episode are created by fans, who are children.
* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: Inflation is practically a way of life in ''Toriko'', especially when the main character eats and charges everything to his gold card (which has no limit).
* ArtMajorPhysics: Going closer to the planet's core ''lessens'' gravity's hold, not increases it in real life.
** This may actually be physically plausible, as there is no gravity at the center of a planet; it diminishes until it cancels itself from all sides. Though, it can increase over certain distances, assuming the core is small and much denser than the crust. The dimensions of this world aren't exactly normal...
** Ichiryu takes this trope to extremes with his "Minority World" ability. Putting the atoms that disobey the norm (the "minority") in charge of what the rest of the body of atoms does. In other words, he can ''reverse'' the laws of physics.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Ichiryu's Full Course Menu. According to him, it's full of ingredients that no chef can prepare, so it's essentially worthless. [[spoiler:The Billion Bird that is hatched with the Full Course is also this. It's extremely nutritious and it can produce a near infinite number of offspring that are just as filling... but it tastes so bad that no one would eat it if they had any other options. The bird nearly went extinct because its reproductive cycle actually relies on predators trying to eat it.]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: The Four Beast learns of the Heavenly Kings' powers after re-absorbing its "limbs" which the Heavenly Kings curbstomped using their advanced techniques. It later uses that knowledge to counter their attacks and curbstomp them in return.
* [[AttackItsWeakPoint Attack Its Weak Point:]] The GT Robot's core antenna.
* BadAss: Oh, [[WorldOfBadass where to start...]]
* BadBoss: Colonel Mokkoi, who abandons the Gourmet Hunters he hired in the frozen wasteland the minute he thinks they can't fulfill his request.
** Also Tommyrod, who immediately tried to kill Barry and Bogey after seeing them incapacitated by their opponents.
* BadassGrandpa: Basically, if you see anybody over sixty, assume that they can kick your ass at least ten times over before needing a hip replacement.
* BalloonBelly: Happens after Toriko and Komatsu eat the entire Gararagator [[spoiler: except for one of the leeches]].
* BareFistedMonk: Toriko.
* BatmanGambit: Coco managed to win against a Gourmet Corp. member due to this and a little help from chemistry. He had to pull off a [[XanatosSpeedChess DAMN]] good one to defeat Livebearer.
* BeastWithAHumanFace: The Hanya Panda, a giant panda monster with a markings on its chest and belly that resembles an angry human face. There is also the Tounyuudou, monsters based on the wanyuudou {{youkai}} of Japanese mythology that resemble gigantic disembodied human heads situated on top of flaming cart wheels.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Toriko, Komatsu, and Coco must obtain an ingredient this way. The game is like a match card game, where you must also eat the ingredient shown on the cards. The problem is that some ingredients are not healthy...
* BerserkButton: God help you if you kill something you don't intend to eat while in Toriko's presence.
** For the love of God don't let Zebra hear you being cocky... or rather don't be cocky at ''all''. He can hear you from [[ParanoiaFuel tens of kilometres away]].
*** And for the love of whatever you call holy, don't lie to his face.
**** For the love of all things sacred, don't hurt Komatsu. If you think it's bad that Toriko will be mad at you, remember that Coco, Sunny, AND ZEBRA will be gunning for you as well. And Zebra can use his anger as fuel for his attacks, so if you're even within a 100 kilometer area of them, not only did you hurt Komatsu, you're probably cocky you got away, so Zebra will find you ''and murder the hell out of you''....if the others don't follow and hold him back so they can get a few shots in.
* {{BFS}}: Though more like [=BFKs=], the knives in the Heavy Hole qualify.
** The knife Melk made for Ichiryu to [[spoiler: prepare Acacia's salad dish AIR]] takes the cake.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Melk the Second and [[spoiler:Chiru]].
** [[spoiler:Although Chiru is debatable, as it's more that she's covered up rather than than her looking ambiguous, as it's obvious she's female once her mask comes off. It's very obvious even beforehand in the anime due to her voice.]]
* BigEater: Every. Single. Character. Who is an active combatant.
** Zebra, who [[spoiler: ate ''twenty-six'' species to extinction]] definitely takes the cake. On second thought, make that ''several'' cakes.
** The energy for the crazy, ultra-destructive techniques used require an insane amount of calories. Toriko's 3-Fold Spiked Punch alone cost 90,000,000 calories, which would be 10 kg of fat or 22.5 kg of carbohydrate.
*** The anime has corrected this, and Zebra (who has the highest calorie capacity out of the Four Kings) can store 4,500,000 calories instead of billions.
** Chin Chin-Chin [[spoiler: and possibly Toriko, even moreso after the Food's End training thanks to being able to store enormous amounts of food inside of their various organs]].
** Midora might be most extreme example in the series (and that's saying something). In his own words, his hunger cannot be satisfied no matter how much he eats, and he eats a lot. The mere leftovers from his meals are enough to feed a population of vicious wild beasts.
* BioAugmentation: People infused with Gourmet Cells. See AppliedPhlebotinum.
* BishieSparkle: If you eat Jewel Meat, you will spontaneously sparkle. [[spoiler: Even your poop will sparkle!]]
** Toriko after returning from his Bubble Fruit Buffet.
* {{Bishounen}}: Sunny, whose Full Course Menu is composed of food to make whoever eats it ''more and more'' {{bishounen}}.
** Several others may also count, such as Coco. And then there's [[spoiler: Starjun... When his face was revealed, the fandom went WILD]].
* BloodlessCarnage: The anime. Although recent episodes seem to be including more blood.
* BodyHorror: Tommy and Bogey live on this trope. Also, there is [[spoiler: Toriko's arm regrowth]].
* BornLucky: Apparently there is something called "Food Luck", and Komatsu and Toriko have it.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: In some regions of the Gourmet World, it may rain gummy candies, chocolates, marshmallows... and mountains.
* BreakTheBadass: [[spoiler:The Four Beast's master]] does this to Teppei, filling him with dread with a mere look, right before apparently [[spoiler:killing him and leaving his severed head and hand in a bowl of food.]]
* [[BreatherEpisode Breather Chapter(s)]]: After a very intense arc involving [[NoodleIncident a surgery for a large mammoth]], the next chapter is about the protagonists eating, then the next is about Toriko getting pet food. [[ManEatingPlant Things got worse from there]].
** Played straight with both the Ozone Herb arc and the Melk Stardust arc. After the dramatic, long, gore fest that was Ice Hell, and the savage beatdown that was Gourmet World, the two aforementioned arcs were much more sedated.
* BringMyBrownPants: When Komatsu first sees Toriko enter 'battle-mode' before fighting the giant Gararagator, the manga gives us a panel showing Komatsu's crotch staining.
* BulletCatch: Toriko does this with his Fork technique when confronted by goons in [[WretchedHive Jidar]], the goon shot at him because he was [[{{Squee}} squeeing]] over getting into a fight with normal people.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The Warden of Honey Prison, a hell on earth, is...[[spoiler: A short woman dressed in an adorable bee costume.]]
** A lot of characters are this. Director Mansam of Biotope 1 is constantly drinking and assuming people called him "Handsome" (They aren't), Knocking Master Jiro is constantly plastered, Sunny of the Four Kings is obsessed with beauty. When you can kick ass like they can, you can afford to be silly.
* CallBack: In Chapter 196, locations that the heroes have visited in the past (Ice Hell, Baron Archipelago, etc.) are shown to have been absolutely destroyed by the Four Beasts.
* CanineCompanion: Terry.
* CanonForeigner: Tina, the TV news reporter.
* CantHoldHisLiquor: Zebra apparently gets drunk very quickly, in stark contrast to virtually everyone else.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] with various Gourmet Hunters. While people infused with Gourmet Cells become superhuman, their specific abilities (Sunny's PrehensileHair, Zebra's [[MakeMeWannaShout vocal powers]], etc.) are impied to be the result of training.
* ChefOfIron: Virtually any of the chefs can count, but special mention goes to Setsuno.
* ChekhovsGun: That sad bug in Tommy's mouth.
** While shopping in Gourmet Town, Komatsu spots Melk carving knives. About a year later and we have a trip to visit Melk himself.
** The fact that Acacia's Full Course only has seven slots as opposed to eight.
* ChekhovsGunman: Remember that [[spoiler: silly old man that Toriko gives some booze to]]? Well, turns out he is a [[spoiler:legendary Gourmet Hunter who ends up bringing Komatsu BackFromTheDead]].
** Or that baby penguin that followed Komatsu around during the Ice Hell arc? [[spoiler: Its saliva is the final ingredient needed to finish Komatsu's version of the Century Soup.]]
** [[spoiler:Much later on, the silly old man also saves Toriko as well.]]
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Gourmet prison "Honey Prison" serves its prisoners a literal "full course" of food-related torment. Considering the nature of the series, and the kind of crimes the prisoners have committed, it's far worse than you would think.
* CoolOldGuy: Ichiryu and Knocking Master Jiro would definitely qualify.
* CoolPet: Animal Partners are basically this.
* CowardlyLion: Komatsu will go into the worlds most dangerous known climates, a lot of the time he will be terrified and complain, however he still goes and his complaints are really minor to a normal person. He constantly goes into places and faces beasts that most would dare not tread.
* CrazyPrepared: Both during and after Meteor Spice, we learn that Ichiryu had all sorts of preperations in place for just such a catastrophe. Besides just making sure people were in place to limit the damage from the initial attack, he had an entire mountain of frozen food ready to stall food shortages, and his own Full Course was designed to create a food that could be eaten indefinitely.
* CrossOver: With ''Manga/OnePiece''. Heck the anime ''premiered'' with a crossover between the two. Likely due to the real life friendship between Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (the mangaka) and Creator/EiichiroOda. So much so they've had three, one in the manga and two in the anime (pre and post time skip with the One Piece cast).
** ''Anime/Dream9SuperCollaborationSpecial'': A special aired in April 2013 which is a three way crossover between this series, ''One Piece'' and ''DragonBall''
* CurbStompBattle: The battle between the Battle Wolf and the Devil Serpent, stated multiple times to be rumoured enemies from ancient times, is over in all of 3 pages [[spoiler:and to top it off the wolf was exhausted from giving birth]].
** Toriko vs. [[DeathWorld Gourmet World]]. Even water droplets from trees are out to kill him.
** Once the heroes had defeated Livebearer at his game, his attack on them with all his men was so one sided, his beatdown at their hands wasn't even shown on screen.
** The Human Military versus the Four Beasts. [[GunsAreWorthless So much for 'we humans will defend the human world']].
** Followed up by the Four Kings curbstomping the Four Beasts with their new Honoring the Food powered moves. The fight against the true Four Beast is a more proper fight.
** Teppei vs. [[spoiler:the Four Beast's Master]]. The match-up so one-sided that it can't even be called a fight. Teppei is overwhelmed with dread with a mere ''look'' from his opponent. [[spoiler:He's put into a ''coma'' that lasts for several days just from the fear.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: "Dark" Cooking techniques which heal their targets. These were prohibited by IGO because they can upset the circulation of food.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Acacia]] apparently struck a bargain with [[spoiler:the Blue Nitro after Frohze's death. The terms are currently unknown, but it has something to do with Joa and NEO.]]
* DeathWorld: The Gourmet World. Two seconds after entering Toriko is [[spoiler:mercilessly attacked, knocked out, chased from one deadly trap into another, each one worse than the last, and survives only because [[OldMaster Knocking Master Jiro]] got there just in time]]. That was through the ''safest'' entrance.
** Even in the "human" world, there are plenty of monsters that are carnivorous and ridiculously hard to kill. Any monster ranked level 5 or higher can't be hurt with conventional weaponry, and there are "low-level" monsters that can easily take on TANKS. It's a miracle humanity was able to last long enough to build a civilization on this world.
* DegradedBoss: In the readers' perspective, this is what happened to the [[spoiler:Gararagator]] and [[spoiler:Silverback Troll Kong]]. In the protagonists' perspective, they were more or less mooks in the first place.
** A better example would be the Sea Devil Serpent, in its first appearance it takes two of the Heavenly Kings to put it down and is regarded as the rival of the legendary Battle Wolf. However, it's revealed that Coco didn't use his more deadly poisons due to Toriko wanting to eat it later, and [[spoiler: the Battle Wolf takes it out easily after giving birth]]. Not to mention that later on Toriko takes on animals with much higher capture levels (Though capture levels aren't everything; it just lacks the punch it once had).
*** An offhand comment in a much later chapter explains this--the Devil Serpents they fought weren't fully grown.
* DisproportionateRetribution: The first thing Zebra does after being discharged is to murder ''every single other prisoner'' in Honey Prison, just because they insulted him.
* DissonantSerenity: Match's Exhaustion technique requires him to stay calm to prepare, no matter how angry he is.
* DistractedByTheSexy: [[spoiler:Warden Love]] can, with her pheromones, cause this to pretty much everyone, including beasts. [[spoiler: Except for [[NotDistractedByTheSexy Zebra]], that is.]]
* DotingParent: [[spoiler: First generation Melk.]]
* DrunkenMaster: Chief Mansam. Even his Full Course Menu is composed of only foods that have alcohol in them.
** Knocking Master Jiro as well, he seems to have considerable fondness for alcohol, since the first time we see him, he's trying to get a drink, and the second time we see him, he's just finished catching rare creatures to make whale fin sake. Even he won't drink during visits to the [[DeathWorld Gourmet World]].
* DumbMuscle: Subverted by Toriko. Though he seems to fit the type, he will actually use skill, deception or [[AttackItsWeakpoint attacking weakpoints]] if he knows he can't use brute force alone against the opponent.
* EldritchAbomination. [[spoiler: The original Four Beast, and he is quite NightmareFuel inducing at that.]]
* EndOfAnAge: [[spoiler: The title of Chapter 257, and an apt one at that, as Midora's Meteor Spice cause so much devastation that ''100 nations'' were left incapable of functioning.]]
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Everything's]] [[InvertedTrope Worse]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins With Penguins]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[JapaneseMafia Match]] outright states that even the Yakuza doesn't kill without intending to eat the kill. [[spoiler:Tommyrod]] is baffled by the idea.
** When Match accuses Livebearer of cheating at his game, Livebearer acts insulted that such a thing would be suggested. [[spoiler: And it's just that -- an act. Not only is Livebearer cheating, but the game is stacked in his favor. [[YouCanAlwaysTellALiar Coco wasn't fooled, however.]]]]
** [[spoiler: Midora spares Ichiryu after defeating him since he can't bring himself to kill family.]]
** Finally, the main difference between the heroes and villains is that the heroes (mostly) only kill what they eat, while the villains have absolutely zero respect for the sanctity of life. [[spoiler: Neo takes this a step further by not respecting ''the sanctity of death.'']]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Many of the foods and ingredients. For example, the Surprise Apple is an apple that gets tastier the more you surprise it.
** It's ''other'' name is the "Human-Face Apple", which is also ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: 'Tengu' Buranchi's reaction to meeting Komatsu.
* {{Expy}}: Toriko often draws inspiration from Buddhist cosmology and philosophy - the main characters even get a MeditationPowerup at a Zen monastery.
** The Four Heavenly Kings are lifted straight from the mythology - each is dedicated to fighting evil and a protector of a different direction. Even some of their abilities come from the legends - two of the mythical Kings' names literally translate to "he who hears everything" and "he who sees everything." [[spoiler: This is best seen when Toriko, Coco, Sunny, and Zebra assemble to protect the Human World from the "Shijuu."]]
** Ichiryu corresponds nicely with Sakra, Lord of the Devas, whom the Four Kings serve. The myths also goes out of their way to explain that Sakra, although long-lived, is mortal. When a Sakra dies, a new diety becomes the new Sakra and chief protector of humanity/Buddhism. Does that sound like a job for a certain main character?
** Acacia, [[RuleofSymbolism the man who discovered GOD in the distant past, ended wars, and is now worshiped in temples]], represents the Buddha. While GOD itself might be a metaphor for enlightenment or Brahma - the supreme diety/concept of Buddhism.
*** Also, the series is heavily influenced by the shonen classics Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar and Manga/DragonBall.
* ExtremeOmnivore: GRINPATCH. He's probably got a few screws loose, and according to Coco his immune system is insanely good. But he seemed overjoyed that he might meet Toriko and Terry again because he wanted to EAT THEM. He even willingly digests Coco's poison because he thought it tasted "interesting". He eats everything because it can't hurt him (in theory).
* FailOSuckyName: Toriko gets a wolf as a pet, a beast so legendary and strong that its ancestors singlehandedly saved an entire continent from extinction, and what does he name it? Terry. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] as the name probably sounds more exotic to Japanese ears.
** And then right back when you realize that he named it Terry because the young wolf's fur felt like terrycloth when he petted it. Also overlaps with FluffyTheTerrible.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The poor sap who falls into the insect pit during the Puffer Whale arc.
* FoodPills: [[spoiler:In a last ditch effort to prevent starvation after Midora ruined the Human World with his Meteor Spice]], IGO converted most of Human World's food into capsules. The capsules retain the nutritional value of the original ingredients but lack their taste. People still have to eat large servings of capsules to get the full nutritional value.
* '''FoodPorn''': The manga goes to great lengths to depict the tastiness of the food being enjoyed, often causing the ones eating to drool uncontrollably or cry tears of joy. At least one whole chapter is dedicated to the protagonists eating.
* FootnoteFever: There's a lot of information (in real-world units) about the beasts and people in Toriko and how strong they are.
* ForeShadowing: After running into [[ArchEnemy Starjun]], who was [[VillainsOutShopping eating in the same resteraunt]] as them, Starjun told Toriko that they could have a rematch at the 'Festival', at some unspecefied point in the future. Several story arcs later we find out he was referring to the '[[CookingDuel Cooking Festival]]' that kicked off the [[CerberusSyndrome second stage of the plot]].
** Both [[OldMaster Zaus]] and [[TheAce Teppei]] were remarked to have acquired scars that they didn't have previously, that both of them couldn't explain acquiring. We later learn that this is a sign that they were "[[BrainwashedAndCrazy Cooked]]" by Joie.
* FourIsDeath: Toriko, Coco, Sunny, and Zebra are collectively known as the Four Heavenly Kings, even though they are the good guys. In terms of destruction...
** Now there's the Four Beasts from the Gourmet World, who enter the Human World to feed on people. Capture Level: 100. Not coincidentally, the Four Kings have been tasked with stopping these monsters.
* GameFace: All powerful fighters show a characteristic demonic aura when using "intimidation" or being BadAss. Toriko's appears as a terrifying ogre.
* GeckoEnding: The anime ended with one after 147 episodes.
* GenderBlenderName: Toriko, since '-ko' is usually suffixed on girls' names. This might be justified if the name is actually written with masculine Kanji, but Toriko's name is all written in Katakana, so we have no idea what the author was thinking.
* GentleGiant: Melk the First, particularly [[spoiler: with his daughter, Melk the Second]].
* GiantFood: With all the giant monsters, giant food goes with it.
* GingerbreadHouse: Toriko's home, which he does eat. Him eating the entire thing is actually a reoccurring problem, much to the architect's dismay.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Toriko has the good kind, as seen in the picture above. Though he is not the only one.
** Zebra has evil scars, he's covered in them and has half of his lips missing.
* GunsAreWorthless: It's mentioned in the first chapter that firearms are completely useless against any creature with a capture level 5 or higher (the only exceptions being those that are difficult for reasons other than fighting ability). Taken UpToEleven when the Four Beasts invade the Human World. The most advanced weaponry the armies of humanity wield against them -- 100 meter tanks, fighter jets, kill sats -- ''don't even scratch the Four''.
* HammerSpace: Thinking about how Tommyrod is able to hold that many bugs inside his body is not a pleasant thought...
** It's stated during one issue that the insects that are secured in his body are in egg form until he releases them, at which point they hatch and mature to full size (not as enormous an exaggeration as it would be with other animals, as insects in general do mature quicker than most other species, due to their shorter lifespans), but even considering that 90% of the bugs inside are not much bigger than say, a tarantula, the ones that are giant sized would have gigantic eggs, and the biggest one would be unimaginably huge.
* HealingShiv: Revitalizing Kitchen Knives, special knives that stimulate the regenerative process after cutting the flesh odf an ingredient so it heals instantly and can be reused indefinitely.
* HeavyVoice: Tina in Episode 27 after stuffing herself to the brim with tofu.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Livebearer, as seeing Komatsu prepare the Meteor Garlic made him realize how much he once enjoyed real cooking himself.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Komatsu and Toriko... Excuse me: [[InelegantBlubbering TORIGO-ZAAA~N]].
* HollywoodDarkness: Characters can navigate underground caverns without bringing a light, though it's mentioned the darkness impedes Toriko's fighting ability somewhat. The giant mammoth is a subversion; it's mentioned afterwards that the Jewel Meat illuminates the whole body.
* HopeSpot: The fight between Ichiryu and Midora ends [[spoiler:with Midora sparing Ichiryu after defeating him. Right when it seems like Ichiryu will be able to get through to Midora and warn him of their mutual enemy, a Blue Nitro appears out of nowhere to finish him off.]]
* HumanResources: [[spoiler: The Gourmet Wars and the lack of food that resulted from them lead to people feeding newborn babies to livestock. Midora was one such baby.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: In each episode right after the opening, there is a corner where the narrator introduces two or three ingredients. Most of them have very puntastic names.
* HybridMonster: Chain Animals.
* HypocriticalHumour: Always remember kids, talking so much makes you look stupid. Saying all kinds of stuff so very much so very often is something that isn't really advisable at all times, else you will just have the recipient of your speech ignore you. Or just stare at you.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: Gourmet Cells and the Food's End technique can do this with their host.
* IKnowMortalKombat: Zongeh apparently learned his "skills" from playing a lot of old school console [=RPGs=].
* ImpossiblyDeliciousFood: Really the main point of the manga. Starts off here and [[SerialEscalation cranks the delicious up.]] All the badass and fight scenes are just the appetizers to the [[FoodPorn main course.]] (Literally, in most cases.)
* ImprobableWeaponUser: How about using a Bendy Straw of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doom]]?
* IsItSomethingYouEat: Zebra has no clue what Warden Love of Honey Prison means when she complains that her pheromones do not affect him.
* JabbaTableManners: Toriko isn't [[AdiposeRex evil]], but he ''is'' rich (his credit card has [[OrganizationWithUnlimitedFunding NO LIMIT]]) and his table manners leave a ''lot'' to be desired. This becomes a problem at the [[InvisibleToNormals Shokurin Temple]], which is constructed of materials that will outright ''attack'' people who try to enter without the proper etiquette.
* KiAttacks: "Appetite" Energy, the pure cellular energy of the Gourmet Cells, which the Four Heavenly Kings used to launch the [[CombinedEnergyAttack Ou Shoku Bansan]] on the Four Beast.
** Toriko also speculates that his various Fork and Knife techniques (Flying, Shield, Leg, etc.) are composed of Appetite Energy that he is emitting subconciously.
* KickTheDog: Tommy decides to kill the Baby Wall Penguin's parents. Why? He thought they were too noisy.
** Earlier on, Bei kills Terry's mother because she was "disgusting".
*** This is a constant theme for the Gourmet Corp. One member, when stealing Rainbow Fruit, wiped all but a few Troll Kongs guarding it.
* KillerRobot: The GT Robot. Subverted in [[spoiler: that it's actually being controlled by a distant operator, so the robot is only a killer because the operator is AxCrazy as hell]].
* KillSat: The Human World Military has some that fire lasers.
* KnightOfCerebus: The series mostly involved fun (If occasionally gruesome) hunts for food and rare animals. And then the GT Robot arrives at the end of the Puffer Whale Arc. It's this and their subsequent appearances in the Regal Mammoth arc that introduce the reader to the Gourmet Corp. And whenever the Gourmet Corp turns up you can bet that the seriousness will turn up as well, such as the Bubble Fruit Arc.
* LastKiss: Subverted near the end of the Regal Mammoth arc. [[spoiler: Toriko gives Rin a mouthy farewell kiss as she's bleeding out on the ground. Gourmet Cells, which Rin has, can heal almost anything, given the right food. Which, for obsessive-over-Toriko Rin, is Toriko's saliva.]]
* LecherousLicking: When Sunny's introduced, his PrehensileHair's secondary function (as virtually invisible probes that he spreads a fair distance around himself) is shown visually as him doing this to Toriko.
* LevelUpFillUp: When a person's Gourmet Cells evolve after eating a compatible ingredient, they regenerate any injuries that person has, even a hole in the chest. This is how Toriko survived eating a [[EatTheBomb Nitro Cherry]] and a Poison Potato (the latter being an ingredient compatible with his cells).
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Especially in later chapters, more and more characters are introduced without warning, to the point of needing to label characters already introduced whenever they reappear on-page.
* MacroZone: Acacia's temple is roughly the size of '''Hokkaido'''... and that's just one example. Hell, the area estimates given for the places the characters visit are so gargantuan it can be inferred that the very planet the series is set on is one of these.
** The central human world is the entirety of the surface of our Earth, and the Gourmet World was formed by an extraterrestrial parasitic rock crashing into the planet hundreds of millions of years ago, consuming energy from the earth's core in order to grow. Judging from the diagrams given, it can be assumed the planet now has at least twice the diameter of Earth. This rock is also the original source of Gourmet Cells.
* MadeOfIron: Virtually everyone who's had more than a single line of dialogue can withstand truly ''ridiculous'' amounts of damage. It's not always limited to the Gourmet Cell powerhouses, either; for example, one of Match's subordinates has his forearm half-severed and one eye gouged out by Tommyrod's bugs, then is stomped into a crater by Barrygamon, and ''survives''.
* MakeMeWannaShout: Zebra to the nth degree.
-->'''Zebra:''' *screams* Repeat the echo within, amplify it, now fall down... '''thunderbolt of sound!'''
** Apparently the frequency of the screams is even more dangerous than the sound itself.
* [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Manga Artists Have No Sense Of Scale]]: See Macro Zone above. Also, even the creatures get more and more outrageous with time, a prime example being the Mother Snake, described as being long enough to '''circle the planet''' and as [[LightningBruiser fast as a meteor]].
** ZigZagged with Toriko's insane metabolism. On the one hand, burning 100,000 kcal/day should give him heatstroke or else require insane amounts of water in order to regulate his temperature. On the other hand, the Bubble Fruit Arc portrays the realistic consequences of having such a high metabolism while fasting. Whereas a normal human can go two months without food before starving to death, Toriko is at death's door within two days, which is before a normal person would even begin suffering muscle atrophy.
** Played completely straight with Brunch's electrical attacks. 100 kilo-amperes at 100 Mega-Volts is 10,000 Gigawatts, which is 200 times the total electrical power output of the United States, and 100 billion times the typical resting metabolism of a human being. That power output shouldn't even be attainable, and if he were to maintain it for even a microsecond, it should cause him to burst into flames.
** In general, numbers in the millions and billions get tossed around pretty freely.
* MassOhCrap: Zebra getting released from jail made... the entire human world crap itself. A fortune teller told his CrystalBall the word 'Zebra' and the ball wisely [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere broke itself]]. [[HollywoodEconomics The global economy nearly crashed]]. [[PersonOfMassDestruction Predicted damages would be in the quadrillions of yen]]. [[ThrowAwayCountry A few small countries disappeared]]. '''This is just from the rumor that he would be released'''.
** The news of the Four Beasts' awakening causes a panic that ''dwarfs'' the upheaval caused by Zebra's release. ''The entire population of the Human World'' retreats to the center of the Human World, leaving the borders completely deserted. Wholly justified, since the Four Beasts are horrifically powerful denizens of the Gourmet World that prey ''exclusively'' on humans.
* MiracleFood: [[spoiler:Ichiryu's Full Course, if properly cooked, can generate enough food to feed any number of people, though it's not very tasty.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: Some ingredients are this. The best example would be the appropriately named "Elephantsaurus", a faceless elephant with a dinosaur head for a trunk.
** In the crossover with ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy and Toriko encounter a Pig that lives in the mouth of a Fox that lives in the mouth of a Tiger. Created by [[CloudCuckoolander Eiichiro]] [[CrazyAwesome Oda]], natch.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: It turns out that Neo (An organization comprised of wealthy individuals, such as Mokkoi and the king of Jiddal) have spies in both the IGO, Gourmetcorp, and Biotope 0. Who? See WhamEpisode below...]]
* MonsterClown: Tommyrod.
* MonsterIsAMommy: [[spoiler: Most notably, the Battle Wolf.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Chapter 208, OH SO MUCH. [[spoiler: The Four Beast has been defeated, the Heavenly Kings get their antidote, what remains of the Four Beast explodes and frees all the people he ate, and the rest of the world eat the antidote and the meat of the Four Beast. Everything is happy. Suddenly, we see an assorted food dish with Teppei's severed head and hand.]] Yes, it's that sudden.
* MoralLuck: Features a lot of this, although characters in the manga seem to have "luck" as an almost quantifiable statistic. Komatsu is valued not only for his tremendous cooking skill, but also because he has good "food luck," where a lot of inexplicable food-related things go his way.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: It's a manga about a gluttonous Kenshiro {{Expy}} and his adventures catching game animals... [[CrazyAwesome Yay.]]
* MundaneLuxury: [[spoiler:After Midora ends the Gourmet Age by ravaging the Human World]], any fresh food is considered a luxury, even an ordinary radish.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The species of mysterious bird-men that Acacia named "Nitro" (as in nitro glycerin) because of their HairTriggerTemper. Those who know of the Nitros' existence consider them to be one of the most dangerous species in the Human World ''and'' the Gourmet World.
* NeverMessWithGranny: Setsuno.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Toriko delivers a ''brutal'' one to Starjun in Chapter 220.
* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: Coco's [[UpToEleven slightly more than humanly possible]] gambling skills are [[BlatantLies not exactly cheating]], but not exactly fair either. But he gets away with it in the Gourmet Tasting because Livebearer has effectively cheated the whole game.
* NothingIsScarier: The final challenge Toriko must face before reaching the Bubble Fruit is a simple path lined with bubbles. Toriko starts trembling when he realizes that there is absolutely nothing else on the path. No dangerous beasts, no deadly traps...and no ''food or water anywhere''.
* NotJustATournament: The Cooking Festival. [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore Nothing is the same afterwards.]]
* NumberOneDime: Komatsu values [[spoiler:his kitchen knives]] more than his own life. Even [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Starjun is impressed]] by his resolve]].
* OhCrap: Both the characters and you will say this.
** The entire world has one when Zebra is released.
** Rin, and presumably, the entire reading audience, when she measures the [[spoiler: original Four Beast as having a capture level of '''[[OverNineThousand 320!]]''']]
** Teppei has one when he realizes [[spoiler:the Four Beast's master]] might be more than he can handle alone.
** Yuda loses his composure when he sees the Gourmet Corp's "trump card": [[spoiler:Nitros.]]
* OldMaster: Knocking Master Jiro, who effortlessly collected a bucketful of depoisoned Puffer Whales while Toriko, Coco and Komatsu only managed to get one.
** And he did it while being completely plastered.
*** He does ''everything'' completely plastered.
**** Except forays to the [[DeathWorld Gourmet World]].
* OnlySixFaces: The author does not have a very large pool of faces that he uses for major characters, which is leading to problems as the manga gets longer, where some characters look nearly identical to existing characters. Examples include Acacia, who is a spitting image of Coco, but older, and with longer hair, and young Midora, who is a spitting image of Toriko, without even different hair; the only differentiation comes from the scars. Many more characters have a particular feature (i.e. hair, eyes, or whole face) that's very similar to an existing major character, but with other features different. Examples include Starjyun, who has Coco's face with Zebra's eyebrows and a black version of Sani's hair, Aimaru, who has Coco's face, but has unique markings and different hair, Takimaru, who has an overall appearance very similar to Aimaru's, but looks a little more "boyish," Match, who looks like Zebra, and Nakaume, who looks like Komatsu.
* OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase: "Jikai mo tanoshisa tenkomori desu!" (loosely: "The next episode will be another huge helping of fun!")
* TheParalyzer: Knocking, using a gun which fire needles into nerves that control the animals' movements.
** Toriko used his finger on his Fork hand to do Knocking on a puffer whale.
** Teppei uses Impact Knocking, which presumably uses {{Pressure Point}}s to induce Knocking with his bare hands.
** The properly named "Knocking Master Jirou" is king of this trope, capable of knocking anything. Even [[spoiler:'''''The very PLANET itself'''''.]]
* PartyScattering: Some irate rock monsters split the cast apart by sending them flying in all directions about 1/3 of the way through the Regal Mammoth arc.
* PetTheDog: Zebra, despite being the psycho he is, seems rather taken with Komatsu, using the vestiges of his energy to protect him in the Gourmet Pyramid.
* PluckyComicRelief: Zongeh. [[spoiler: He still managed to discover the Hell Soup ingredient by himself, which is not far from the Century Soup.]]
** He also managed to surprise a Surprise Apple to the point near its absolute peak. The level that it reached was somewhere between a nuclear explosion and the destruction of the world. Although, it's doubtful anyone would have wanted to eat it afterwards.
* PoisonousPerson: Coco. See above.
* PoliceAreUseless: There's a Gourmet Police...and no, they've yet to make any arrests.
* PowerLevels: An ingredient's Capture Level specifies the difficulty of obtaining said ingredient.
** Not always PowerLevels more like Difficulty Levels, some ingredients have high capture levels because they live in places that are hard to reach, are surrounded by some very powerful creatures, are hard to get because of some of their traits like becoming toxic if they feel threatened. One ingredient is very hard to get because all the people who can reach it are so badass that the creature dies of shock and becomes inedible.
** OverNineThousand: Capture Level ''immeasurable''. Crosses over with ReadingsAreOffTheScale.
* PowerUpFood: If Toriko eats a food that his Gourmet Cells crave, it'll lead to an immense power-up for him.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Seems to be heading this, [[spoiler: especially since the epic conclusion to Toriko and Starjun's fight is outright stalled due to Joa's appearance.]]
* PrehensileHair: Sunny.
* RatedMForManly: Think ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''{{Chowder}}'' [[XMeetsY with a dash of]] ''OnePiece''.
* RealMenHateSugar: Averted LIKE WHOA by Toriko. He lives in a house made of sweets, and [[BiEater him eating]] it is a recurring problem. Also, more than one of the dishes he prepares in the series are desserts and he treats them with the same respect and loving care as the savory ones.
* RedshirtArmy: In addition to the main characters, more than one hundred regular Gourmet Hunters were on the voyage to Ice Hell. [[spoiler:Eleven]] made it back alive.
** The Human World's military got [[EpicFail absolutely]] [[CurbStompBattle annihilated]] by the Four Beasts. Everybody was using a GT Robot, so nobody actually got killed, but the effect is the same.
* {{Retraux}}: Fans of older shonen, rejoice!
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Yuu, Komatsu's pet baby [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Wall Penguin]]. Tiny, cute, pink, and makes adorable noises and facial expressions constantly. Tends to endear himself to any women, children and animals who cross his path.
* RuleOfCool: The series runs on this, giving rise to powers and animals that get more and more awesome as the series goes on.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:Second generation Melk first appeared as a Bishonen (that was pretty enough to give Sunny a run for his money). A few chapters and a hot spring later...]]
* ScareTheDog: One of the ways Toriko and various other characters deal with the various monstrous beasts is through the sheer force of their intimidation that frightens said beasts into submission.
* SceneryGorn: The Four Beasts devastate the landscape of the Human World when they awaken.
* SchmuckBait: The [[StinkBomb Dodurian Bomb]]. Good Lord....
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Toriko and Komatsu combo.
* SerialEscalation: Just how powerful can the capture beasts get in this series, and in how fast of a time can they get that strong?
** To put this in perspective, a Level 5 beast can take on a regular tank by itself. The entire force of the military of the Human World get completely annihilated in one blast by the Mounturtle of the Four Beasts after taking the equivalent of a barrage that could wipe Freaking '''{{Canada}} off the map'''! And the other three Beasts that the Turtle is accompanied by are just as strong. And then it's revealed said Four Beasts are just the limbs of a bigger, ''even more powerful'' single beast!
** The entire series is pretty much a practice in how utterly ridiculous [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale the scale of...everything]] can get.
* SeriousBusiness: Serious Business gourmet. ''So'' serious, in fact, that an international organization was formed to control market prices on ingredients, do genetic experiments to revive extinct animals, and many other things. Justified since food [[spoiler: ended a whole freakin' 100 year old world war]].
** Given some mention of what other ingredients (such as the recently mentioned drug snail) can do, very justified.
** Several ingredients in Jidar have are highly toxic, some have been known to ''destroy entire nations.''
** There's even a jail dedicated to food related crimes, including eating and running at gourmet restaurants (at some of the more impressive ones, this can mean a bill the equivalent of millions, or even BILLIONS, of dollars being ducked out on), murdering people just to get food ingredients, wiping out entire species, or selling "illegal" foods, the same thing as illegal drugs.
** In this world, eating rare and delicious foods literally can give people enough superpowers to destroy whole armies single-handedly. Of course it's SeriousBusiness.
** The IGO apparently has more influence on world affairs than the United Nations.
** There is a giant temple dedicated to food and Acacia's Full Course. It's so big it would take ''months'' to walk around.
** One's Full Course is Serious Business as well.
** Food Etiquette is this.
** [[spoiler:Acacia's rumored Hor'Douvre]] can ''raise the dead''.
* ShapingYourAttacks: [[spoiler:Appetite Energy can take on many physical forms when emitted from the body from forks, knives, spoons or even a giant pac man.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The herbivorous Death Gore's teeth. This grotesque animal actually has molars instead of fangs.
* SingleSpecimenSpecies: Often played straight, sometimes subverted by another specimen of a singularly weird creature appearing. Judging by the characters' reactions the Parasite Emperor seems to be some kind of freak of nature and truly the only one of its kind. The Four Beasts also seem to be unique. Humanity would probably already be extinct otherwise.
* SleevesAreForWimps: If a shirt isn't sleeveless when Toriko puts it on, it will probably become so shortly.
* SmokingIsCool: But only if you're smoking a tree branch and you lit it with your bare hands.
** We now have Pricom, who smokes an ''insect''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Sani/Sunny, Staajyun/Starjun, Bogeyuz/Bogie Woods.
* StaringDownCthulhu: The Four Heavenly Kings and Teppei all face the Four Beast without showing a hint of fear, and actually make the monster pause. Which makes it all the more shocking that a look from [[spoiler:the Four Beast's master]] fills Teppei with dread.
* StayInTheKitchen: Averted. Cooking has never looked so manly, and Setsuno is one of the world's badasses.
* TheStoic: Melk has a reputation for this. [[spoiler: It's subverted when it turns out he is a very talkative and social person, it's just that his voice was too quiet for anyone to hear.]]
* StrippedToTheBone: Want to know how skilled [[spoiler: Lady Chiyo]] is with her knives? She can do this trope to people ''without them noticing''. [[spoiler: Just ask Wagon, who loses the flesh of his torso in the blink of an eye]].
* StunGun: Knocking guns. See TheParalyzer above.
** Jiro used long range variants which can be described as Stun ''Rifles''.
* SuperSenses: Toriko has a nose that's "better than a bloodhound's", Coco can see different electronic wavelengths even in the dark, Sunny's hairs have different feelers that can be used to tell temperatures, and Zebra has 'Hell ears' capable of hearing a coin drop from over ten kilometers away.
** While it's never been specifically states that Komatsu has super taste buds, he can distinguish specific tastes from the Century Soup, a dish with hundreds of unique ingredients, and he's an expert at making food taste as good as possible, thus rounding out the five sense as represented by the main cast.
* SuperSpeed: The Battle Wolf. A newborn wolf can run 100 meters in 1.5 seconds, and they become much faster with age.
** "Beast King" Gaoh of the Four Beasts is fast enough to dodge KillSat strikes and is able to give a near full-grown Battle Wolf a run for its money.
* SupremeChef: Komatsu.
** Setsuno is currently the top dog of the chefs. Of course, Komatsu shows his talents and seems to be getting to the old lady's level, [[spoiler: especially now that he's learning to deal with "special preparation ingredients"]].
** The Nitro are an ''entire species'' of these. Acacia was deeply impressed by a Nitro when he saw it eat a Poison Boar without letting the meat become poisonous. Observing and learning from the Nitro played a big part in Acacia discovering "GOD". Komatsu is both amazed and horrified when he finds an ancient cookbook left behind by the Nitro. He's amazed by all the knowledge of rare ingredients and preparation methods contained in the book, a testament to the Nitros' cooking prowess. He's horrified because [[spoiler:''humans'' are the main ingredients in some of the recipes]], a testament to the Nitros' savagery.
* TedBaxter: Zongeh, who has far more confidence in his 'skills' than he should.
* TemporaryBulkChange: Meteor Garlic has this effect on people.
* TheHeart: Komatsu. While the Four Heavenly Kings sometimes do not get along (namely Sunny and Zebra), all four have become rather taken with Komatsu. Toriko himself has stated that Komatsu is the key to uniting the Four Heavenly Kings.
* ThemeNaming: The word "Gourmet" is used ''a lot'' to name things, from Gourmet World to Gourmet Cells and Gourmet Hunter to Gourmet ''Yakuza''.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler: Basically humanity's defense against the Four Beasts. They unleash enough firepower to destroy all of Japan ''27 times over''. Turns out to be the WorfBarrage though, since the Four Beasts were completely undamaged.]]
** The state Starjun leaves [[spoiler: Toriko in. Lets see: Toriko's covered in horrific burns and his own blood, his left arm is severed, so are both legs, and he's battered and bruised all over.]]
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler: Komatsu's old training buddy Otake is willing to do some...[[BribingYourWaytoVictory unsavory]] things to promote his restaurant and rise in the chef ranks. Komatsu is not pleased, and when he objects, Otake challenges him to [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter surpass]] him if he doesn't like it.]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Chief Mansam's expression when [[spoiler: Toriko flings a freaking Elephantsaurus through the Gourmet Coliseum's protective dome]].
* ThrowTheDogABone: Zongeh outdoes everyone in the Surprise Apple chapter.
* TigerVersusDragon: Ichiryu and Midora
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: [[spoiler: Komatsu and Melk]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Komatsu is now capable of dishing some ''serious'' damage now that he's armed with the knife the second Melk made just for him.
** He could, yes. But he won't. That'd be [[NonActionGuy out of character]].
** As a rule, this will always happen when someone eats an ingredient that reacts to their Gourmet Cells.
** Now that Toriko has mastered "Honoring the Food", he's easily dozens of times stronger.
* TookALevelInKindness: [[AntiHero Toriko]] himself actually. At the beginning of the series he let Komatsu come along on his hunts solely because it meant he'd have access to quality food in the wild, and even told [[PoisonousPerson Coco]] that he shouldn't worry too much about Komatsu, because he'd filled out his Last Will and Testament before joining them for their Puffer Whale hunt, thus he was prepared for death. He's come a long way since then, where later chapters have him stating that protecting Komatsu [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming makes him stronger than fighting alone ever did.]]
* ToServeMan: While most carnivorous beasts won't hesitate to eat humans, the Four Beasts are unique since they like human flesh so much they prey ''exclusively'' on humans. [[spoiler:Subverted with TheReveal that the Four Beasts are merely the mind-controlled slaves of the true Four Beast, which is also being controlled by someone else.]]
** Toriko told it something to the extent of "You have every right to want to eat humans, but we as humans have every right to fight you to not be eaten." Essentially saying that he didn't think it a monster for choosing to eat just humans, be that since HE was part of it's possible menu, he'd fight back without prejudice, and everything had that same right.
* TouchedByVorlons: Or rather Touched By Jellyfish, Gourmet Cells were discovered in jellyfish called "Gourmet Jellyfish". [[spoiler:Coco believes they're aliens, making the trope more straight.]]
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler:The Four Beast, amazingly enough, since it's also being controlled by someone else.]]
* TranquilFury: "Honoring the Food" once it's fully mastered.
* {{Transhuman}}: [[RunningGag Again]], people infused with Gourmet Cells.
* TwistingTheWords: Chief Mansam will always assume someone's calling him 'handsome'. They aren't.
* UnstoppableRage: [[http://www.mangareader.net/349-47283-14/toriko/chapter-82.html This panel]] is one of the best examples, especially after the TranquilFury before it.
** Zebra can power himself up by essentially entering an UnstoppableRage.
* UnusualEuphemism: The anime is mildly censored (most blood is removed), but swear words in the english dub are usually substituted for food based words. The most common one is "Fork" in place of fuck,Cheese and Rice for Jesus Christ, Holy Canoli for Holy Shit, and many MANY more.
* VitriolicBestBuds: While Coco is generally bearable, the other three Heavenly Kings tend to disagree when they find themselves working together, due to Toriko's excitability, Sunny's narcissism, and Zebra's general aggression. Fortunately, it is often portrayed [[PlayedForLaughs comedically]].
* WellDoneSonGuy ([[spoiler: Actually "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]): The second generation Melk idolizes the first generation Melk, but has insecurities over the quality of work because Melk the First never acknowledged Melk the Second's skill. It's later revealed that [[spoiler: Melk the First is actually a DotingParent who thinks the world of her and gushes over how much she deserves to be his successor, but she never realized it because his voice was so quiet]].
* WhamEpisode: Chapter 230. [[spoiler: Shigesam betrays IGO and seemingly kills Mansam, and Komatsu's boss had killed a bunch of IGO personnel during his defection.]]
** [[spoiler: Chapter 259, the entire Gourmet World is actually '''an invasive alien life form that landed on our Earth and formed over it'''.]]
** Chapter 266: [[spoiler: Rin and Toriko are engaged.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: A villainous example for once. [[spoiler: Lady Chiyo reveals after her fight with Toriko that the only reason he did so well against her was because Chinchinchin dealt a near fatal wound to her during their fight.]]
* AWizardDidIt: Anytime someone does something beyond the human norm that can't be attributed to a CharlesAtlasSuperpower, you can bet it's because of Gourmet Cells.
* WorldOfBadass: Even the ''ingredients'' get more and more badass as the story goes on.
** To give a small example. Early in the story one of the characters is attacked by a killer robot. Said robot puts a hole through the guy's throat, his windpipe and spine are gone. He is thrown into the floor... and gets up, completely unfased by the damage. Regenerates with help of some alcohol and prepares to kick ass.
* WorldOfMuscleMen: Nearly every major male character in the series has an extremely muscled body. Except [[NonActionGuy Komatsu]].
* XanatosSpeedChess: Coco is a master-class player, as shown in the Livebearer Arc.
* XMeetsY: ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' meets ''IronChef''.
* {{Yakuza}}: Specifically ''[[SeriousBusiness food]]'' Yakuza.
* {{Yandere}}: Zebra, of all people, shows signs of this.
** He could also be seen as a Tsundere.
* YouAreAlreadyDead: Creatures prepared by masters of Honoring the Food are this. [[spoiler: And so are humans...]]
* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Toriko says these exact same words to Terry when her mother is about to die]].]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Toriko.
** Tommyrod has pink [[spoiler:and Teppei has green]].
** Sunny has Pink/Green/Blue/White hair, with each color being able to sense something different. (Heat, pressure, cold, and pain, respectively.)
* YourMindMakesItReal: Basically the idea behind "Ultimate Routine".
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler: The Four Kings curb-stomp the Four Beasts, so the day is saved, right? Nope! Turns out the beasts were just tools of the true Four Beast, and he had just entered the very center of the Human World...where all the humans are!]] Even after [[spoiler:the true Four Beast is defeated]], they still haven't faced [[spoiler:it's master]], who is ''even scarier''.
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