[[folder: Tropes That Apply To Both Series ]]

* AdaptationDisplacement: Wait, the anime is loosely based off of a lesser-known arcade-style third person shooter?
* BrokenBase: Those who like the games tend to complain the lack of cool actions in the anime, while those who like the anime can hardly get into the games due to the lack of plot and CharacterDevelopment.
** The anime's ending. Is it too depressing or just bittersweet and fitting for the whole plot of the anime?
** Grave's cowboy outfit and most of the character designs. Those who enjoy the anime (or [[AdaptationDisplacement watch the anime first]] before playing the game, and ends up preferring the anime over the game) frequently complain that the design is ridiculous and out of place despite having been simplified in the anime. On the other hand, those who enjoy the game does not like the fact that the character designs for the anime are mostly simplified.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: Bunji is the most popular out of the Big Four.
* HilariousInHindsight: Gungrave is a 2002-2004 series. Harry's title as Millennion's boss is 'Bloody Harry,' and he creates a lot of zombie fighters (Deadmen/Orgmen) to do the work for him. One of the jobs is protecting him from the undead gunslinger Brandon 'Beyond the Grave' Heat, who aims to kill him. Then there's a title of a 2014 flash game titled [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/TargetDetected/bloody-harry 'Bloody Harry,']] which involves killing zombies.
** Episode 3 of the anime. Bringing Franchise/SouthPark into consideration... [[spoiler:A character named Kenny is killed.]]
** In both version, Brandon is dead and wakes up to fight 13 years later as a deadman/necrolyzer. Gungrave OD is the last game of the series before it becomes dead silent, and 13 years later, the series is coming back as a VR game.
* HoYayShipping: Bob Poundmax and Balladbird Lee seem to be "very close friends".
** There's some slashy implications between Brandon and Harry as well. Arguably more than "some."
** Come to think of it Bunji and Brandon as well.
*** Pick any two guys and you can conceivably see this: Harry and Lee, Cannon Vulcan and Blood War, Bear and... [[{{Squick}} Okay, maybe not Bear.]]
*** Bear and Sid.
* MagnificentBastard: Harry is a suave, cunning ManipulativeBastard who is fantastic at business and good with women. He also has a better image than Brandon because Brandon is the one who deals with all the necessary bloodshed.
* MoralEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Harry shooting an unarmed Brandon after Brandon can't bring himself to shoot Harry.]]
** In the anime, Harry claims that Randy betrayed him [[spoiler:and sends Bunji to kill him by setting his car on fire while he's trapped inside]]. Randy is just sending some spies to watch over Harry's money laundering activity...and Randy is also the person who lets Harry and Brandon join the Millennion and recommends them into the Family, which helps them climb the ladder rather quickly.
* StrangledByTheRedString: Maria and [[spoiler:Big Daddy]].
* TheWoobie: Arguably Mika ''and'' Grave.


[[folder: Tropes That Apply To The Video Games ]]

* SugarWiki/CrowningMusicOfAwesome: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwPxxLpS_ss Here Comes The Rain]]
* DisappointingLastLevel: In both games.
* ItsEasySoItSucks / ItsShortSoItSucks: A common complaint of the original game, though it was still praised for its aesthetics.
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: When Brandon gets his revenge, after a long and TEDIOUS fight you're treated with a cutscene, and Harry says that you must finish him off, in a bit of a twist, nothing happens, because it's A GAMEPLAY SITUATION, the camera is put in an angle that looks like a cutscene, so all you have to do is press square, you hear the shot and the screen fades to black]]. [[EarnYourHappyEnding After that, Grave and Mika go out to live in somewhere else.]]
* SoBadItsGood: On one hand, the name Rocketbilly Redcadillac is trying so hard to be awesome that it's just stupid. On the other hand, it's so stupid that it loops back around to awesome again.
* ThatOneBoss: Bunji in the first game, the robotic tanks in the second game.
* [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter They Wasted A Perfectly Good Cast]]: More than a few fans have said that the characters introduced in ''Gungrave: Overdose'' would have been better off in their own series'.


[[folder: Tropes That Apply To The Anime ]]

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Harry a person who [[DrunkWithPower gets]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget consumed by]] [[AmbitionIsEvil his ambitions]] or someone who loses his cool because Brandon appears to desert him for Big Daddy and Millennion (in other words, losing his HeterosexualLifePartner)?
** Or possibly [[TakeAThirdOption both]], he get's consumed by his ambition and blames Big Daddy for "taking" Brandon from him and ends up going crazy from his guilt from killing [[spoiler:Brandon]]. Both interpretations need not be exclusive.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Many do not like Harry after his actions in [[WhamEpisode episode 14]]. This may overlap with LoveToHate, since Harry is often commended for being a RoundCharacter with substantial amount of CharacterDevelopment.
** To some degree, Brandon. Some fans consider his MartyrWithoutACause nature as idiocy. While other fans point out that the series often raises the question by many characters of Brandon of his MartyrWithoutACause. [[spoiler:not to mention Deconstructs it by leading to him and those around him suffering greatly for it]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The ending theme "Akaneiro ga Moeru Toki".
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EynJGgIRZ4 B.G]].
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Related to BrokenBase. The darkness of the anime is one of the reasons why those who like the game complain about the anime adaptation. The anime puts every single character through a wringer, and YankTheDogsChain is constant. If one doesn't get the show's CentralTheme, the ending will be a not likable DownerEnding instead of a [[TrueArtIsAngsty beautiful]] BittersweetEnding.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** When Maria sees Brandon and his gang are brawling with another gang of thugs, she gets worried. Then Uncle Jester simply tells her that they (the gang) may get killed if they're unlucky, so it's better for the two of them to stay away from the gang. Throughout the anime, the gang members slowly die one by one...[[spoiler:[[KillEmAll until nobody is left]]]].
** Bear doesn't like Sherry's relationship with Harry because Harry is a mafioso. He also warns her that Harry's life is always at risk, so if Sherry is in a relationship with Harry, her life is at risk too. [[spoiler:Much later, Sherry dies in a crossfire between Harry and a rebelling Millennion agent.]]
** In episode 23, Sherry asks why Bear is leaving so soon after having dinner with her and Harry, since opportunities where the family are able to get together for such an event are rare. Bear simply departs and says, "We can see each other anytime." [[spoiler:Not long after that, Bear dies fighting Grave.]]
** In episode 24, Harry isn't looking happy since he's being tracked down by the rebelling Millennion agents. Sherry has a conversation with him as an attempt to comfort him, and leads to Sherry saying, "Please don't die before I do." [[spoiler:Later in the same episode, Sherry is killed in a crossfire. Harry dies later in the anime finale.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: How did Big Daddy, before sending Maria away with their family butler and unborn child, comfort Maria? He convinced her that Brandon was alive [[spoiler:(although he was already dead, or exactly just a reanimated corpse)]] and hiding somewhere. Later in episode 24, although Brandon/Grave [[spoiler:was dying due to his Necrolyze wearing off, Mika insisted that he was alive]]. The Asagis really care for Brandon/Grave.
* LoveToHate: Harry. Having substantial amount of CharacterDevelopment throughout the anime helps.
* MisaimedFandom: Although the show has some actions, StuffBlowingUp and various Demolition Shots aren't the main focus. The major theme is UndyingLoyalty and how it is deconstructed in a mafia-ridden land, or how friendship is torn apart [[spoiler:and then fixed]].
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler: That Necrolyzed dog really looked like something out of a ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' game. Brrr!]]
** Necrolyzation itself is a horrifying process: you die and some mad scientists get their hands on your corpse. You're revived with the power of science...but everything that makes you ''you'' is destroyed - your thoughts, emotions, memories, all gone - and all that remains is the programming to kill.
*** And when the Necrolyze effect is wearing off, the Necrolyzed person will literally decay while conscious.
* TearJerker: From beginning to end.
* TheScrappy: Mika is often considered to be a very weak female character. And her shrieks don't help.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Related to BrokenBase. The anime series is bleak and dark, with TragicHero, CrapsackWorld, BlackAndGreyMorality, AnyoneCanDie, and a lot of BreakTheCutie sequences and YankTheDogsChain. Many fans, mainly those who are exposed to the anime first, appreciate this.
** It also has a BittersweetEnding, in which [[spoiler:the series protagonist [[AmbiguousEnding may just die]] after reconciling with his best friend]]. Many of the show's fans dub the ending as the most ''beautiful'' ending. [[spoiler:And fans who say so prefer assuming that Brandon/Grave does die in the end.]]
** The relationship between Brandon and Harry overall, which is the CentralTheme of the anime. [[spoiler:Brandon and Harry start as TrueCompanions, but their bond is torn apart in the middle. In the finale, they end up as TrueCompanions again, with both of them dead after the reconciliation [[AmbiguousEnding (maybe)]].]]
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: As cool and even likable as many of the bad guys are,(especially the members of Millenion) it's difficult to maintain that feeling when they commit such completely despicable actions. To put it into perspective, the ''bottom'' ranked members Brandon worked with were shown to be perfectly fine with offing a couple petty thieves as part of standard routine. Despite the fact that the thieves were not even aware they stole from Millenion, and that they and said thieves were the ''only'' ones who knew about this. When even the small-timers are committing needless acts of bloodshed without remorse, and the higher-ups are even worse, it gets hard to [[spoiler:shed tears for any of them when they get theirs in the end.]]