* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Keima gets a lot of this, specifically just how much he cares for other people.
* AntiClimaxBoss: TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness that is Satyr was portrayed as an AncientConspiracy responsible for significant amounts of evil. Vintage served as nothing but their UnwittingPawn and Dokuro described them as being nothing short of unstoppable without the aid of a mysterious extremely powerful devil. In the end, [[spoiler:they serve only to harass the goddesses. When the heroes turn around to actually fight, they get defeated in all of a couple pages]].
* ArcFatigue:
** [[ShrinkingViolet Shiori's]] Conquest Arc in the Anime, which lasted for three episodes, still had rather stretched out scenes, all of them from Shiori's perspective. The whole thing could've been reduced to two episodes.
** The awakening of the final Goddess, Mercury, drags on throughout the entire second half of the Goddess Arc due to the LoveTriangle mess between Keima, Ayumi, and Chihiro. By the time Keima was on the final route after realizing [[spoiler:Mercury was in Ayumi]], people just wanted the arc over and done with.
** A similar case occurs with the "Third Memory Fragment" Arc, as most of the interesting stuff involved Keima and Kaori's clashes on world view, helped along with her extreme {{Freak Out}}s. After that though was the string of events that repetitively broke most readers' {{Holy Shit Quotient}} meters like they were glass figurines.
* AssPull: [[WhamEpisode FLAG 266]]'s [[TheReveal revelation]] that [[spoiler:'''''ELSIE''''' is actually the reincarnated soul of a WeaponOfMassDestruction-slash-EldritchAbomination, and also Satyr's ultimate weapon]], is either this, or the most brilliant thing to ever come out of Wakaki's mind. Especially because it's implied [[spoiler:she had at least some involvement in dismantling Satyr, at the very least being powerful enough and friendly enough to Keima and friends to stop time and explain things to him; it's a very short jump to assume she may very well have prevented the whole disaster by merely being the weapon to cause the disaster in the first place, leaving the goddesses' power unneeded.]]
* BaseBreaker: Chihiro, especially after the events of [=FLAGs=] [[BittersweetEnding 189]], [[WhamEpisode 267]], and [[MaybeEverAfter 268]]. Some fans argue that, being TheGenericGirl, she is just too bland to be even involved in any way to Keima's story. Others would retort that such character of hers served as a proper contrast to Keima's DatingSim-oriented idealism, being the character that rarely pops out in games, and the one person who, in Keima's own words, "can knock me down that far". (Just refer to the trope entries in this page where her name pops out.)
* BrokenBase:
** The contents of [[spoiler:Keima's last letter to Tenri. While FLAG 263 has a major part of the letter revealed to the readers, the last bit was apparently left out, causing a lot of fans to speculate that the said portion of the letter would resolve the ShipToShipCombat of the story by revealing who Keima actually likes.]] Comparisons to [[MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Laplace's Box]] and other similar items are abound. The final [=FLAG=] reveals what was not disclosed to the audience: [[spoiler:a statement written by Keima addressed to Tenri where he reaffirms that he and Tenri will not end up together, thus leaving Tenri saddled with the knowledge that her love will be forever unrequited.]]
** Then there's [[spoiler:Keima's LoveConfession to Chihiro]] in [[http://manga.redhawkscans.com/reader/read/the_world_god_only_knows/en/0/267/page/19 FLAG 267]]. Just hours after its release, it has caused massive fragments among the fan base, particularly between those who were in favor of it, those who [[FanPreferredCouple wanted him to end with another girl]], those who were expecting a [[MarryThemAll Harem End]], and those who [[NoRomanticResolution do not want him to end up with anyone at all]]. The [[MaybeEverAfter final FLAG]] apparently did little to rectify this, and the worst part of it is that it made [[spoiler:most KeimaŚ[[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Tenri]] fans]] even more cross.
** Not even counting the ShipToShipCombat, the events of FLAG 268 itself caused a massive split in the fandom. People are either satisfied with how it ended, or are disappointed that it felt like a rushed conclusion, and left many plot-points unanswered. Some have even begun to develop their own FanFic that either explains the canon ending in greater detail, or changes it up entirely to end in a different way (including [[FanPreferredCouple Keima's choice regarding his harem]]).
** The anime adaptation of the ''Goddesses Arc''. The other capture target arcs between it and the second season that had no relevance to it were completely ignored, while the ones that were[[note]]Tsukiyo's, Yui's and Akari's[[/note]] got brief flashbacks in the first episode instead.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome:
** The anime's first opening theme song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvE74C-paxw God only knows]]'' by ELISA and even better, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3vblmtccL0 full, 8-minute version!]]
** The second opening, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6neqR0HvHpA A Whole New World God Only Knows]]'' is done in the same style and, despite the studio version being considerably shorter than the first, is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KFtgUdk11k quite epic]] too.
** The third opening, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7kwNKfAyAU God only knows -Secrets of the Goddess-]]'', not only keeps up the tradition of awesome openings. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNC-i5-Z6LU full version]] itself is nearly a whopping ''13 minutes''.
** So far, as background music tracks for the anime goes, none is more awesome (and more heartwarming) than ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGp9Agp96bg Love~Distance to Kiss (Main Theme)]]'', the one that plays every time Keima caps off a conquest.
** And from the manga:
-->The Dream Traveler of the Integrated Circuit [集積回路の夢旅人]\\
Composer: Katsuragi Keima\\
Singer: Katsuragi Keima with 2D Galz\\
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9saxcHj6im8 And now it's a real song!]]
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3alvOcc4LKw&feature=g-hist The Memory of My First Love]].'' Sounds great, but is it [[Heartwarming/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows just as Heartwarming]]? Or as [[TearJerker/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows Tear-jerking as the scene where it was played]]? [=YMMV=] on that one...
* DieForOurShip: [[spoiler:Chihiro]], particularly to the eyes of fans who would like Keima to be paired with at least any of the Goddess Hosts (Check the rest of this page for details, or [[http://cdn.awwni.me/o96m.jpg this pic of comments from /a/]][[labelnote:WARNING]]Pic in said link contains ''very'' strong language. Open at your own risk...[[/labelnote]])
* EndingFatigue: Happens twice in the manga. Doubles with the ArcFatigue examples mentioned above.
** The first time was part-way through the ''Goddesses'' saga where people were sick, and tired, of dealing with the Keima/Ayumi/Chihiro LoveTriangle, and just wanted to see the final Goddess actually get awakened so that the reader can finally witness the ending of the Goddess saga.
** The second time was the ''Heart of Jupiter'' saga in its entirety with people wondering why the manga even needed to be continued after what looked to be a good cut-off point at FLAG 189. People ended up less invested reading arcs from this saga that just didn't seem that particularly interesting; going away from the "capture targets" method that people read the previous sagas for.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Shiori is apparently very popular among the Japanese. In fact, [[WordofGod her first capture arc really pushed this series' popularity to be on the map]]. Considering her [[PutOnABus long absence]], she ranked number 3 in the most recent official poll. She was just right behind the neck to neck contenders for number one spot Tenri and Haqua, both appear in many more [=FLAG=]s compared to Shiori (at least until it became rigged by 2channers after the first few days).
** Despite having a short early arc and rarely having any further appearances, Kanon was the most popular character by [=FLAG=] 156. Elsie, by contrast, only manged sixth place.
** Chihiro became one during the latter events of the ''Goddesses Arc'', due to having been [[spoiler:confirmed to have liked Keima before her original conquest had even occurred]]. As [[WhamEpisode FLAG 267]] came rolling, some fans immediately shafted her into [[spoiler:BaseBreaker[=/=]DieForOurShip]] status. (Check the rest of the page for details)
** Lune, the New Devil antagonist of the ''Goddesses Arc'', is this for many for being one of the few relatively evil characters seen so far in the manga, and having a refreshing personality to go with it. [[spoiler:The anime producers caught on and changed it around to having Lune stabbing Kanon instead of Fiore to enhance her role in the arc.]]
** Despite a rough introduction, Urara quickly became one due to her...''naughtiness'' as a minor. [[spoiler:Then later on, a Weiss enters her and she suddenly ages into a ''fine'' looking woman.]]
** Nikaido was always an incredibly popular character as Keima's HotTeacher with people wishing for the day that she becomes one of Keima's capture targets. However, once the revelation came about that [[spoiler: she was Dokuro from the ''Heart of Jupiter'' saga, a character that Keima has ''kissed'' on more than one occasion]], her fanbase skyrocketed.
* HarsherInHindsight: [[spoiler:During Chihiro's capture arc, Keima said that there is a weird factor about her-- "there is a boy she likes"--Elsie also speculated that "crevice in her heart got bigger because of her love".]] Everyone forgot about it after the capture, and then [[spoiler:in [=FLAG=] 166 we got to know that the boy she liked is Keima, and it was her inability to cope with this (with the fact that she likes probably the least popular boy in the whole school) that made it possible for a Weiss to possess her]].
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Keima's line in FLAG 28: "That real girl.. There's absolutely no way I would even be concerned about her!" [[spoiler:Guess who he ends up with ''239 [=FLAGs=] later...'']]
** Remember the plan he devised [[http://manga.redhawkscans.com/reader/read/the_world_god_only_knows/en/0/172/page/5 in order to reconquer Ayumi]]? Try checking his actions in the final two [=FLAGs=]; it is the same plan he thought up!
** Keima's ''highly'' in-depth gal game site, "Capturing God": "[...] [[TropesAreTools It has a very unique way of thinking]], and once you've taken a look at it... [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife it'll change your life forever]]."
** In FLAG.183, Keima proclaimed that the Marriage Ending ("an ending among endings" [[RunningGag ...in games]]) must be at the very least destined since childhood. [[spoiler:It's later revealed that thanks to Mental Time Travel shenanigans around ten years prior to that point, Keima in his younger self body had to make sure that all the goddesses hosts would become capture targets, hence "destining them since childhood" to meet and be saved by him.]]
--->'''[[spoiler:Ayumi]]''': Destined from childhood?! What I'm supposed to do about that, you idiot!\\
'''Keima:''' [[{{Foreshadowing}} The ideal is a dual fate of past and future]].\\
'''[[spoiler:Ayumi]]''': That's impossible.
** Urara's introduction has her trying to act like an adult. A few [=FLAG=]s later, [[spoiler:she turns into an adult.]]
** Remember the early [=FLAG=]s where Nikaido kept on taking Keima's [=PFPs=] and beating him for playing dating sims in class? Yup, it's all because [[spoiler:she was jealous that her "onii-chan" was paying attention to the girls, in games and later out of games too, and not to her.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v3xk2dJ1Ak This video]], which puts Homura of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' in Keima's place during the the series first OP, becomes amusing given the nature of the final arc's [[spoiler:MentalTimeTravel]]. For those unfamiliar with ''Madoka'', [[spoiler:Homura's whole plotline focuses on her trying to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong via time travel]].
* HoYay: Sort of, in [=FLAG=] 124. [[spoiler:Yui, in her masculine clothing]] apparently trying to seduce Keima. Made worse by Keima's rather feminine response [[spoiler:probably due to spending time in Yui's body]].
* HolyShitQuotient: Started stacking up after the "Third Memory Fragment" arc.
* IronWoobie: Keima. Though he says he doesn't like real "girls", it becomes apparent that what he hates is in fact everything real--he finds himself at such odds with the real world that he actively rejects it and takes refuge in games. What he's doing is going outside an incredibly small and restrictive comfort zone in order to do something he would run away to avoid if he had the choice, but he's shouldering the burden and putting his everything into this thing he hates doing. And, though he might moan, he never runs away, never breaks down - he always keeps his cool and goes through with it.
* LoveRevelationEpiphany: PlayedForDrama. [[spoiler:While it was never openly shown throughout the story, some readers view Keima's TearsOfRemorse in FLAG 189 over [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim breaking Chihiro's heart]] as evidence of this. Especially given the fact that he directly confessed to her in FLAG 267, after experiencing his biggest CharacterDevelopment to date during his MentalTimeTravel.]]
* MemeticMutation:
** "I can see the ending!" Hear the line anywhere, and the first thing that comes to mind will ''always'' be Keima.
** "Game Over". [[spoiler:The orb breaks, the world becomes blank except for the goddess hosts]]. There have been many other TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt jokes concerning FLAG 260, but this one is agreed to be the best fit for this scenario.
* {{Moe}}: The girls that Keima has to court are plays on {{Moe}} stereotypes in varying degrees. Being a GenreSavvy Otaku, he goes into a rant when he encounters one that ''doesn't'' seem to fit with the archetype.
* {{Narm}}: Some of the lines can be downright cheesy.
** NarmCharm: ...and yet still awesome.
* NightmareFuel: [=FLAG=] 67.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Elsie simply doesn't comprehend why humans might be disturbed by her cooking, or the souvenirs she brings back from hell, or the idea of eating something ''alive'' because it's fresher.
* OneTruePairing:
** KeimaŚ[[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Elsie]], though the popularity of this pairing waned after the first couple arcs. Being PutOnABus during the ''Goddess'' arc didn't help, especially as it allowed Keima to interact with many of the other female characters of the story while she was gone.
** KeimaŚ[[BadassBookworm Haqua]], due to being one of the only girls who knows Keima, rather than a persona he's putting forth for a capture.
** KeimaŚ[[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Tenri]] for similar reasons to Haqua.
** KeimaŚ[[BarrierMaiden Diana]] as a bonus for Tenri fans. Diana openly admits this in [=FLAG=] 167 (appropriately titled [[WhamEpisode WHAM]]), where she realizes that her power has been limited by her own guilt over being attracted to Keima.
** KeimaŚ[[{{Bifauxnen}} Yui]] gained ground fast. Yui is pretty much the only girl that has actually made Keima flustered, and he admitted that even though he was trying to just put on an act, he wound up letting her take the lead a lot and she made him feel "fuzzy headed". Haqua even notices and comments on it, teasing Keima that maybe his "real" girl type is one with a forceful personality. Not to mention the fact that she's the first human girl he's seen naked because [[spoiler:they swapped bodies for a time]]. Actually, the reverse holds true as well.
** There's also a lot of support for a KeimaŚ[[IdolSinger Kanon]] pairing, especially in the Goddess Arc where Kanon is the [[FirstGirlWins first girl]] to confess to him, and was the catalyst for a big chunk of Keima's CharacterDevelopment.
** The KeimaŚ[[TheGenericGirl Chihiro]] pairing got more fans supporting it thanks to the last few events of the ''Goddesses arc'', as fueled by the revelation [[spoiler:that Chihiro had probably genuinely loved Keima before her capture arc, absent any manipulations on his part.]] Add the fact that [[spoiler:[[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Keima was forced to dump her]] (possibly out of confusion as to what to do next)]], and the shippers decided that he must end up with her as a way of redeeming themselves and everyone else from the backlash.
** Surprisingly, KeimaŚ[[PassionateSportsGirl Ayumi]] is gaining ground as well, being Keima's ''very first'' capture target, and the last Goddess host to be revealed, and due to his (much-debated) declaration to her as his "First and Final Heroine". [[spoiler:Also, she appears in the third memory fragment of the ''Heart of Jupiter'' arc, along with Chihiro.]]
** There's also a slow-but-steady rise in support for KeimaŚ[[spoiler:[[HotTeacher Nikaido]]/[[MysteriousWaif Dokurou]]]] as soon as FLAG 250 was released. (For security purposes though, this sub-entry ''will'' be a '''''massive''''' spoiler entry): [[spoiler:She was ''chronologically'' Keima's [[SacredFirstKiss first kiss]]; she was one of those persons who, like Tenri, was all the more supportive of his actions (even calling him ''onii-chan'' while Keima's in his 7-year-old self); and apparently, her identity was one of the biggest surprises of the ''Heart of Jupiter'' Arc, having been conveniently concealed (even from the readers) from the time she was revealed to have an involvement with New Hell.]]
** Then came FLAG 267... See ShipSinking entry below.
* OneTrueThreesome:
** Keima/Tenri/Diana FTW. Quite complicated because Diana is inside Tenri's body, and some of the fans like her via Tenri's body.
** One [=FLAG=] title played with this trope, but it was talking about Keima/Haqua/Tenri or Diana, most likely Tenri.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** In Kanon's first arc, she wasn't well-liked due to her AttentionWhore / {{Yandere}} tendencies, but in her later appearances she's a much more endearing and likeable character, even turning into something of an EnsembleDarkhorse.
*** BreakoutCharacter: The ending result. She now stars her own spinoff, Magical☆Star Kanon 100%.
** Urara was disliked in the first few events of the ''Heart of Jupiter'' Arc for being nothing more then an annoying BrattyHalfPint trying to act older then her age, but eventually, people warmed up to her once she started getting along with Keima, and learning of her back-story as to why she acts the way she does.
* ShipSinking: FLAG 267 apparently sunk all but one of the aforementioned ships like how the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory entire Earth Federation Fleet was sunk with just one nuke.]] Though, it is worth mentioning that even despite that event, by the series' finale, [[spoiler:Yui still hasn't given up on Keima.]]
* ShipToShipCombat: (See the OneTruePairing section above for why this can get kinda ugly amongst the shipping debates)
** Pick the woman among Keima's capture targets (or someone else) that has the best chance to end up with him and let the debating begin. Tenri and [[spoiler:Chihiro]] led the way for majority of the story's run due to being the only girls that actually liked Keima before he got involved in their conquests. Elsie, Haqua, Diana and the other Sister holders are also worthy choices among the fan base.
** Then again, if one doesn't side with any of the ladies mentioned above...[[CargoShip there's always Yokkyun]].
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: This type of reaction was bound to happen for some fans the moment it was announced that the 3rd anime season was going to be adapting the Goddess arc; effectively skipping the remaining conquest arcs that occur after Jun's conquest entirely with the exception of Tenri's arc which was done in prior {{OVAs}} to hype the upcoming anime adaptation of said Goddess arc. The first episode of the season airs, and most fans are, predictably, disappointed that they won't get to see the final conquests animated. However, on a brighter note, the first few minutes recapped the skipped conquests with most of the footage being from Tsukiyo and Yui's arcs due to their importance later on; showing that the skipped material is at least acknowledged to exist and that the anime is staying true to the manga...[[spoiler:with the exception of Fiore being adapted out.]] What also didn't help was that the Goddess Arc and the Mai-High Festival Arc add up to 76 chapters, considered by many to be way too much for a 12 episode season. For comparison, the first 2 seasons covered 43 chapters.
* UglyCute: [[OffModel Yokkyun]], [[CargoShip Keima's digital crush.]]
* ValuesDissonance: While it's PlayedForLaughs, goddesses are apparently cool with [[SupportingHarem polygamy]], [[DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale rape]] and [[{{Lolicon}} pedophila]]. Check it for yourself [[http://mangafox.me/manga/the_world_god_only_knows/v20/c190/5.html here]] and [[http://mangafox.me/manga/the_world_god_only_knows/v20/c190/6.html here]].
* ViewerGenderConfusion: [[DaChief Dokuro Skull]], revealed to be female (like all other New Devils) in [=FLAG=] 151. The anime missed the memo; her Japanese voice actress uses such a gruff voice she ounds male, and her dub VA ''is'' male.
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