* AwesomeMusic: The opening [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNg-lgwRnhU Raison d'Ítre]]. Bonus points for being sung by the same band that brought you [[Manga/DeathNote "The World"]].
** The ending theme, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=me16K0_OOXQ "Danzai no Hana ~Guilty Sky~"]] is just all kinds of awesome. The singer has such a powerful voice and the music mixes classical and rock seamlessly.
* CompleteMonster: [[DarkActionGirl Roxanne of Love and Hate]], a former "Number One" of the Organization, differs from the majority of other villains in the series by being an outright cruel and violent {{sadist}}. Initially a low ranking warrior, Roxanne rose up the ranks by [[ManipulativeBastard seducing/befriending]] and eventually murdering stronger warriors after stealing their techniques. Eventually, she set her sights on the existing Number One Cassandra, but when she saw Cassandra's technique, she decided it was unsightly and gave Cassandra the hated moniker "Dust-Eater." She later set up Cassandra's only friend to die a torturous death at the hands of a Awakened Being and mocked Cassandra by saying that her friend had looked as if she had "enjoyed" being played with by the monster, so interfering wouldn't have been right. Cassandra snapped and attacked her. Roxanne used the other 45 warriors as [[HumanShield shields]], relishing in their fear of Cassandra and cackling at how hideous Cassandra's abilities were. When Cassandra finally reached Roxanne, Roxanne gleefully impaled her head with the pommel of her sword, a technique stolen from her first victim.
* CrackPairing: For some reason, Shippers have taken a sudden liking to pairing Galatea and Miria. Even though they've [[{{ShipsThatPassInTheNight}} barely spoken to each other in the manga and never in the anime.]]
* EndingFatigue: People are getting rather tired of the final fight with Priscilla, given how it amounts to countless resurrections and defeats taking turns with each other.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Teresa only had a few scenes, but quickly became very beloved by the fans.
** Isley's a bit more of a [[CoolHorse literal]] [[JustForPun example,]] but his cool looks (both Awakened and human forms), awesome fighting style, and overall good treatment of Raki won him quite a lot of fans, especially after his sympathetic death and backstory.
** [[AffablyEvil Riful]] and [[DumbMuscle Dauf's]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther interesting]] [[UnholyMatrimony relationship]] and strength made them a LoveToHate due to fans.
* FoeYay: EPIC amounts of it between Cassandra and Roxanne. Also, Clare and Ophelia, though mostly from Ophelia's side.
* FreudWasRight:
** Dauf stabs ladies in the stomach with giant poles he makes out of his body. [[{{Squick}} Classy.]]
** In Luciela's Awakened form, her whole body is covered in [[VaginaDentata mouths.]]
*** Luciela is downright ''SUBTLE'' compared to '''''[[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/claymore/v23/c134/9.html THIS.]]'''''
* {{Glurge}}: Through all of the hardships that Clare went through upon becoming a claymore, considered to be a failure and ridiculed because of so, she was able to press on because [[YouAreNotAlone she always had Teresa with her]]... Very literally so since Clare was able to become a claymore by having the flesh from Teresa's decapitated head implanted in her.
* GodModeSue: Priscilla. [[spoiler: She's so incredibly powerful that no one can beat her, that even a piece of her arm is enough to possess Abyssal level Awakened Beings, and she hasn't lost a. Single. Battle.]] Gets quite annoying how the goal Clare had set for herself is unattainable with these odds.
** Lets make it clear: she's making ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Madara fucking Uchiha]]'' have a harder time against opponents than Priscilla does. Priscilla even survives ''being cut up into tiny chunks''! To clarify: [[spoiler:while pretty much all of the characters have been sliced and diced in some way at one point or another, Priscilla's ''head'' is also sliced into tiny chunks. And somehow she manages to get to Cassandra's corpse, at least a good hundred feet or more away, and start chowing down. Despite having been in bite-sized pieces.]] [[FlatWhat What]].
*** [[spoiler:And she has NOTHING on Teresa, who is taking easy defeating her and gives Priscilla plenty of room for more power ups instead of killing her on the spot, because no matter what Priscilla does, Teresa is shown to be superior to her.]]
* JumpingTheShark: A lot of fans have put their hands up and walked away from the series at some point during the final battle against Priscilla. She kills interesting and likeable characters ([[WeHardlyKnewYe often soon after they're introduced and before they have the chance to be fleshed out]]), and she's so damn unkillable that it'll take an AssPull to finish her off.
** Perhaps an AssPull won't be needed after all, [[spoiler:as Teresa coming back was hinted at earlier in the story -- her presence inside of Clare was implied even as far back as Clare's first meeting with Miria, when Miria told Clare that Clare's rank bothered her because it had felt as if "the strongest was standing before [her]". Turns out that in a sense, it was true.]]
* LesYay: [[HoYay/{{Claymore}} So much that it gets its own page]].
** Loads and loads between Deneve and Helen.
* LoveToHate: Roxanne provoked more discussion than the vast majority of the post-TimeSkip cast and rapidly endeared herself to the Claymore fandom, if only by being utterly loathsome.
* MemeticMutation: ''* Ahem* '', [[foldercontrol]]

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** SUPERB!
** Chronos has reached fandom familiarity as being referred to as "[[http://fuckyeahclaymore.tumblr.com/post/35491216875/made-rebloggable-by-request Jesus.]]"
** '''''THE QUEEN IS BACK!''''' [[labelnote: Explanation (SPOILERS)]] As of chapter 149, it's revealed that Teresa was lying dormant inside of Clare the entire time, and she seems to be making a comeback through her now...[[/labelnote]]
* {{Moe}}: [[HeartwarmingOrphan Young Clare]], [[spoiler: pre-Awakening]] [[CuteClumsyGirl Priscilla]], and [[TykeBomb the Organization's trainees]]. [[spoiler: Awakened Priscilla]] has some Moe traits in her human form ([[InnocentFanserviceGirl wandering around naked]], randomly glomping Raki), but [[EldritchAbomination don't let them fool you]].
* MoralEventHorizon: One could rationalize the Organization's actions as those of a collective KnightTemplar WellIntentionedExtremist (lost sight of the goals, may need to go down, but at least thinking they serve some use), [[spoiler:then it's revealed they're the ones ''creating'' the Yoma]].
** [[spoiler:Roxanne's habit of MegaManning the signature techniques of more powerful Claymores then killing her teachers was born of a twisted internal logic that makes putting her down pretty much mandatory, but watching an Awakened Being ''rape and torture a far weaker Claymore to death without lifting a finger to help'' moved her from the "Cut her head off now please." category to the "Will someone invent the wood chipper so she can be fed to it feet first?" category in the eyes of many readers.]]
* NauseaFuel:
** A lot of the scenes where awakened beings are [[FreudWasRight suggestively impaling the claymores]] are very {{Squick}}y, especially in the [[BloodierAndGorier anime.]]
** Ophelia's molestation of Clare. EW.
* NightmareRetardant: While most of the Yoma look like [[EldritchAbomination something straight out of Lovecraft's notebook,]] there are a few that are... [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130401085054/claymore/images/0/0c/Europano.1.jpg rather silly looking...]]
* ParanoiaFuel: Are you ''sure'' that your family members are really them and not a yoma in disguise after it ate them?
** [[spoiler: With the revelation that Yoma are actually {{Body Surf}}ing parasites instead of monsters disguising themselves as their victims, yes.]]
* PeripheryDemographic: ''Claymore'' seems to get a dosage of female fan attention for a Shonen series, and it's obviously not because of the cast of {{Bishonen}} characters.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Post-TimeSkip, Raki attracts a lot less hate from fans of the series, because now he's [[TookALevelInBadass capable of actually taking an active role in the plot]].
* TheScrappy: Priscilla. [[spoiler: Her incredible power keeps being wanked and wanked, [[OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow there's no feasible way for her to be defeated]], she keeps [[SpotlightStealingSquad stealing the spotlight]] and finally betrays Raki despite everything, admitting she never cared about him nor Isley, and leaves him to be taken by the Organization. It also doesn't help at all that she killed Teresa.]]
* StoicWoobie: Raftela. Besides being created to kill other Claymores, she's kept away from them altogether, meaning she wasn't even allowed to bond with anyone like [[TrueCompanions the Ghosts or Anastasia and Nike did.]] [[spoiler:And [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she decides to use what's left of her life for their sake anyway.]]]]
* TearJerker: [[{{TearJerker/Claymore}} Has its own page.]]
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter[=/=]TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: [[spoiler: Roxanne]] in a way was Clare's EvilCounterpart, so some people feel this way about them never meeting each other in the story.
* TooCoolToLive: Teresa, Jean, Flora, possibly Ilena. Miria would have counted had she not been spared by the other Claymores. The author admitted that if Teresa had survived or were somehow revived, he would have to rewrite the whole story.
** On the villain side, [[spoiler: the original Abyssal Ones, and Chronos and Octavia, as of chapter 149]]. Yes, they would have had to die eventually [[EvilIsCool but still...]]
* UncannyValley: Rubel. He's human alright, but... well, see TheUnsmile.
** In universe example: The Claymores themselves [[http://img.batoto.net/comics/2011/10/14/c/read4e987a2444e1e/Claymore%20v01%20c01%20p025.png invoke this reaction]] [[http://img.batoto.net/comics/2011/10/14/c/read4e987a2444e1e/Claymore%20v01%20c01%20p026.png in some of the ordinary people.]]
* VillainSue: After many contenders, the true Villain Sue can only be, without a doubt, Priscilla.
* TheWoobie: By this point, it is easier to count the characters who are ''not'' Woobies on hand. The men of the organization, [[RapePillageAndBurn bandits]], Roxanne, and most male Awakened Beings. Everyone else needs a hug, a glass of milk and a plate of cookies.
** Cassandra, a ShrinkingViolet who has, by chance, discovered a technique that she loathed but which propelled her to #1 of her generation. The only person who didn't loathe or fear her, [[spoiler:the nameless #35, was killed in a disgusting, brutal, and completely senseless manner due to a certain ManipulativeBitch's machinations]]. ''Then'', she was bloodily executed by her fellow Claymores. And on top of that, she was resurrected, brainwashed, sicked on her fellow warriors, and [[spoiler:eventually awakened, tricked to fight Priscilla--only to be devoured by her just as the Ghosts seemed to have offed her for good]].
*** [[spoiler:At least she was [[DyingAsYourself satisfied]] when her final time came.]]
** WoobieSpecies: All the Claymores were orphans who were unwillingly put through painful and life threatening surgery so that they could fight man-eating monsters. Even the strongest ones don't get to live very long.
*** We get mention of "failed warriors making it into the ranks", like Clarice. The only shock other Claymores display is that they "let one in," not that a "failed" warrior existed, which raises the question of just how many "failed" warriors never make it past training, and what happens to them...
*** A bonus chapter reveals that a final test for each batch of Claymores involves a life-or-death situation, and only the ones who live pass the test. So at least we know what happens to those who fail the final test, but still no insight to the rest of the TrainingFromHell...
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