* AntiClimaxBoss:
** Even after being turned into a chimera, Kiba one shots [[spoiler:Freed]] like nothing.
** Kokabiel, the BigBad of Volume 3, could be considered this as well due to the sudden [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] he received from Vali as a means to hype up the latter's power.
** Leonardo of the Hero Faction. He is established to have control of one of the most [[SuperPowerLottery overpowered]] Longinus' known to exist...[[spoiler:and yet, he suddenly loses off-screen, and ends up randomly becoming Shalba Beelzebub's [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] henchman.]]
* AssPull: The [[spoiler:''Breast'' God]] appearing to help defeat Loki. To be fair though, [[TropesAreNotBad it's even treated as one in-universe]].
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Fafnir's ''cooking'' show in Volume 17 during what is supposed to be an intense battle between Issei and company against the forces of Qlippoth.
* BrokenBase: If there's one thing fans really can't agree on, it's the Gremory-Sitri [[TournamentArc Rating Game.]] Was it thoroughly justified that the Gremory team had a limiter working against them, thus giving them a real wake up call that just powering through everything isn't really all there is to it, or was it unfair to the Gremory team that they had a limiter on them when they couldn't show off what they could do now after their training? Or you're probably on the third faction and thought that the limiter made the Sitri team look weak, never mind Souna [[TheChessmaster being able to adapt things on the fly]] [[SarcasmMode because only the protagonist has the right to be a]] CombatPragmatist [[SarcasmMode right?]] Part of the problem really is because Issei, the protagonist himself, gets taken out ''halfway through the game because of said limiter imposed'' when most series would have the protagonist be present all the way to the end.
** Who is better? Rias or Akeno? Although almost all fans like both of them at the same time, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement let's just leave it at that.]]
* ComeForTheXStayForTheY: Come for the {{fanservice}}, stay for the compelling storyline, likable characters, and ubiquitous mythology and religion references.
* CrazyAwesome:
** Seriously, if he wasn't the protagonist, Issei would be dead by now with all the crazy stuff he can pull off. To wit, he has: done a rescue mission to Asia by ''punching out a Fallen Angel so hard she bursts through the wall'' (out the window in the anime), barged in an engagement party full of devils to take back Rias, ''invented Dress Break and Bilingual out of pure lust'', defeats Riser, ''an immortal phoenix'', not with the use of his newly-found dragon powers, but by using a holy cross and holy water which he can't even use because he's a devil, but is capable to do so because his arm is a dragon's, powers up with lust and by using Rias' breasts, [[spoiler:accidentally ''summons the Breast God'' (well Breast Fairy but still definitely counts), is capable of ''breathing fire'' to a shadow-using opponent, and was able to make the past users of Boosted Gear come back to the light and make them stop relying on Juggernaut Drive ''with breasts'']]. If there's one thing Rias recruited to her group, it's the fact that she recruited ''the'' craziest character of the series. ''No one'' out-crazies Issei at all in this series. And yet somehow, he's also the OnlySaneMan in the group (when he's not doing his lecherous ways).
** Rias may count to a lesser degree too. Who's crazy enough to be willing to bare her breasts open ''just to let Issei get a power up '''in public viewing'''''!? Also renovate Issei's house from a simple house into a six-story mansion with a three-story basement and an elevator '''overnight!?'''
** Azazel too can count as one. The craziest idea he pulled off is that to capture the Issei clones he accidentally unleashed, he suggests the idea of using ''fishing'' on them. ''With porn as the bait''.
*** Forget Azazel himself, ''the entire Grigori institute counts''.
* DieForOurShip: Despite being a harem and everything, people seem to not like Asia as much as the rest of the characters because according to the fans, she's too clingy to Issei to share with everybody else.
** Koneko isn't safe from this either, possibly due to her much more prudish behavior towards Issei than the rest of the girls.
* EarWorm: The ED from the animes first season. It ''will'' get stuck in your head.
* EnsembleDarkhorse :
** Mil-tan has appeared in only a few scenes, and is one of the most discussed characters in the series. Take note, he's a CreepyCrossdresser.
** Ophis is practically well-loved by the audience too.
** Out of all the girls in Issei's harem, Rias and Akeno are far-and-away the most popular ones. According to a popularity poll in [[TheWikiRule the High School DxD Wiki]], they respectively are in first and second place, with almost 4800 and 3760 votes each. Koneko is at an extremely distant third, with ''barely even 600 votes'', followed by Xenovia (~500 votes) and Asia (~340 votes).
*** Fittingly enough, Rias and Akeno are also the two girls which are most shown in official merchandise.
** Kuroka, despite being just a side character, is shown to enjoy a nice popularity in the fandom.
* FriendlyFandoms: There are rather strong bonds between the ''[=DxD=]'' fandom and the ''LightNovel/DateALive'' fandom. It helps that both series are from the same publisher.
** Also, with ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', due to the overall similarity between the two shows.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment : An in-universe example. One of the short stories of the series was about the Issei clones that Azazel had played a prank on Issei. It was mostly funny until the part where they had to use the memory-erasing machine Azazel had invented (at best, they could only erase the memory of the clones running around but didn't erase the fact that an Issei clone did it, leaving the victims thinking the real Issei had done it to them because it would damage their brain memory). At that point in time, it was hilarious, albeit a bit unfair to Issei who didn't really deserve all that. Fast forward to volume fourteen, and that memory-erasing machine incident suddenly doesn't become funny anymore [[spoiler: thanks to the student council group using it to wipe off the memories of the students were the victim of a rouge wizard terrorist attack at the school, which leaves students traumatized of something but not ''what'']]. This left a bitter taste to the student council and the protagonists.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Vali notes back in the fourth volume that the current red-white dragon rivalry was a bit unfair because Vali's the descendant of the old Lucifer and Issei's the son of a common {{Muggle}}. Vali wishes that Issei's parents were a bit special so they can have a more interesting match. [[spoiler:Now that Great Red and Ophis are both Issei's parents by proxy by creating a body for him from Great Red's flesh and Ophis' powers, let's just say [[TemptingFate Vali's wish came true.]] Though seeing as Vali's a BloodKnight, he's probably pleased with the development.]]
** The volume one afterword has the supposedly final battle will be between a guy who can breath flames and Issei supposedly shooting out a blaster. [[spoiler: Now read how the final clash between Issei and Jabberwocky went in volume 12.]]
** For those who have played ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'', whenever [[Creator/KenjiNojima Kiba calls]] Irina Shidou, [[ActorAllusion you might be reminded of how Rush always calls Irina.]]
* HoYay: [[HoYay/HighSchoolDXD Now has its own page!]]
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Issei, [[HaremSeeker though this isn't really surprising.]]
* MartyStu: Vali is close to being considered one as practically his entire character is centered around seeking out foes stronger than him just because he's bored. To be fair though, the story happens to have A LOT of battle seeking maniacs that it makes having Vali all the more satisfying to have around. [[spoiler:And he ''does'' finally gain a more humane reason to get stronger after his hated grandfather enters the picture in volume 16.]]
* MemeticBadass:
** ''Issei motherfucking Hyodo.'' What did you expect from somebody who has just as many Badass tropes as [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim the freaking Dragonborn]]?
** Also, '''GAR'''sper[[note]]He ''literally annihilates enemies[[/note]], Azazel[[note]]His crazy inventions plus does things with style[[/note]], and Sirzechs[[note]]Scaring the crap out of Hades[[/note]] are very prominent in the {{Imageboards}}.
* MemeticMolester: Riser. Oh God, RISER!!!
* MemeticMutation:
** Somewhat a meta example: if any volume is delayed for its release, expect people to post about Ishibumi and trains. Fandom just went with it.[[note]]It's because Ishibumi keeps himself hitting his shoulder on the train doors.[[/note]]
** Doctor Crimson and Canary Maid which is especially prevalent at {{Imageboards}}.[[note]]Sirzechs is drawn with a fabulous mustache with Grayfia acting as his assistant and is noted to be [[PaperThinDisguise Not-Sirzechs]]. Not exactly farfetched considering Sirzechs is a BunnyEarsLawyer.[[/note]]
** The first ending credits of the anime. [[{{Understatement}} Probably]] has to do with Koneko-chan shaking that.
* MemeticSexGod:
** For the male characters, it's Issei[[note]]Being a ChivalrousPervert, this comes as no surprise.[[/note]], Azazel, and with just one pic from the anime, Sirzechs and Lord Gremory.
** For the ladies, it's ''very'' usually Rias and Akeno.[[note]]"How usually?" you say. [[JustForFun/DrinkingGame Take a shot]] every time you see either {{ecchi}} or {{hentai}} [[Main/{{Rule 34}} fanart]] starring them ('''WARNING: you ''will'' get alcohol poisoning, so don't even bother'''). Take two shots if [[OT3 said fanart includes Issei.]][[/note]] Xenovia, Grayfia and Kuroka get their fair share, too, though not to the inconceivable extent of the former two.
* {{Moe}}: Lots of the girls in the series. Asia and Koneko are perhaps the most obvious cases.
* RewatchBonus: Oh so many. Even the author recommended to re-read the entire series before the fourth arc started.
* OneSceneWonder: The [[spoiler:''Breast'' God]] when she appeared before Issei to help him defeat the evil God, Loki.
* OT3: Issei/Rias/Akeno is probably the most popular out of all of the show's [=OT3s=].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The vampire civil war that takes place in volumes 14 and 16. The only reasons why the vampires got involved in the plot was just so the writer could introduce [[spoiler:Rizevim Lucifer]], and to give a bit of much needed CharacterDevelopment for Gasper. Some fans thought that the vampire civil war needed more time to take in and develop than what was given.
* ToughActToFollow:
** Not the show itself, but the show-stopping pole-dance ending-song sequence ''Study X Study'' from Season 1, with its [[EarWorm energetic and upbeat song]] and astoundingly fluid and well-designed animation (all animated by one man, mind you) set ''such'' a high standard (and became a Cult-Favourite amongst fans) that the second/third ending sequence from Season 2 simply couldnt top it, and hence the crew didn't even try.
** The vampire civil war gets this reaction for taking place just moments after the glorious final battle against the Khaos Brigade's Hero Faction; helped by the immense build-up the Hero Faction had until that point. Not only were the vampires incredibly underdeveloped in comparison to the Heroes (Cao Cao in particular), the vampire war, itself, comes off as an irrelevant side-story just to have a setting to introduce the new leaders of the Khaos Brigade.
%%* UnfortunateImplications:
%%** Issei's motivation is to become a high class devil so that he can gather a harem of female servants that he can have sex with. If one assumes that Issei doesn't care about the consent of those servants then this boils down to him wanting to become a SerialRapist that constantly engages in SexualExtortion of his subordinates. In practice however this doesn't line up with [[ChivalrousPervert Issei's character]]; given his vicious defense of Rias's right to decide who she marries, it's more likely that he's assuming his harem would only contain girls that want to be with him.
%%** No one bats an eyelash over Rias or Sona "spanking" (read: beating up) or slapping their servants. Saji, Issei, and Kiba all get treated that way, and everyone in-universe acts as if it was funny, or they had it coming. Would anyone laugh, readers or in-universe if Issei snapped at that treatment, and punched Rias in the face? Probably not, since [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale he's guy and she's girl]]. Despite the fact that he is her slave. And not just "technically slave", since she can beat up on him, and if he retaliated, at very least her parents and brother would have a fit.
%%** Ddraig and Albion present another example in and after Volume 6. Hyoudou Issei's repeated use of [[PowerPerversionPotential breast-related power-ups]], combined with the fact that [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead Ddraig is privy to all of Issei's private thoughts whether either of them likes it or not]], leads Ddraig to endure great humiliation that he can do nothing to prevent. As Ddraig's equal and eternal rival, Albion also feels that his reputation will suffer because of this, especially after Odin gives him an EmbarrassingNickname to match Ddraig's. This escalates to the point where both dragons' souls develop {{Trigger}} responses of breaking down in tears whenever breasts or butts are mentioned, require specialized psychiatric counseling and antidepressant medication (the latter taken/applied by the Sacred Gear bearers), and (in Albion's case) have formed a support group for Hyoudou Issei's victims. The story makes a point of [[RunningGag including a scene in each volume]] in which either or both dragons are shown to complain or cry when Issei uses his perverted powers, even if [[MoodWhiplash it contrasts with the mood of the rest of the scene]]. In summary, [[BlackComedyRape Ddraig and Albion are victims of repeated sexual harassment and abuse, and their situation and psychological trauma are treated by the story as a joke]].
* WhatAnIdiot: Most people seeing Issei being his usual self. [[spoiler:On another note, the Two Heavenly Dragons (Ddraig and Albion) decided during the great war to fight God, Satan and the leader of the Fallen Angels.... they were quickly dismembered and the Sacred Gears are what's left of them stored.]]

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