Here are some of the characters who have appeared in the Toriko anime and manga. Under ConstructionWarning! Spoilers ahead!
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The main duo of the story, the Gourmet Hunter Toriko and the five-star chef Komatsu, the series follows their gourmet adventures and are the center of the group. However, they're joined by others, depending on the arc.
Absurdly Sharp Blade/Razor Sharp Hand: His Fork and Knife techniques, where he uses his hands as a fork (for stabbing) and a knife (for cutting). This later extends to his legs, which are even sharper due to the legs being three or four times stronger than the arms.
Adaptive Ability: Due to his Gourmet Cells, he can adapt to the harshest environment, whether it be in a sub-zero ice cavern, low-oxygen environments or even places with high gravity. He can also gain Acquired Poison Immunity.
All-Loving Hero: Very merciful and kind...as long you're not two things: food or people who disrespect food,
Anti-Hero: While he's definitely not bad, Toriko only fights for his own goals. That said, he does have a heart of gold.
Through Character Development, he becomes a genuine hero. For example, while in the Gourmet World after rescuing Komatsu he spent the entire time hunting for numerous and rare ingredients to help the people of the Human World. When he comes back he shares all that food without a second of hesitation, single handedly stopping Midora's famine.
Converging Stream Weapon: His Cannon Fork, where he sends a barrage of Flying Forks that all combine into one really big Flying Fork.
Ethical Hedonist: His stated life's goal is to eat lots of good food and compile his own personal ultimate full-course menu, but he also respects food and refuses to kill any creature he doesn't plan on eating.
Healing Factor: After mastering Food Honor and Immersion, Toriko gains a high degree of regeneration. To the point where he can regenerate his arm and leg that were cut off by Starjun and repair his broken leg in minutes.
Also his Nail Gun, which is just the former trope, being a punch with the combined force of multiple consecutive punches.
Mr. Exposition: A rare main lead in Shōnen example. He often relates how the biology of animals work and the economy of the Gourmet World in general.
Mugging the Monster: When he came to Jidar some gangsters with guns tried to mug him. That is they tried to use handguns to threaten a guy who can curbstomp monsters you can't scratch with a tank. Justifiable, Jidar was not part of IGO meaning they didn't know that he was a world famous Gourmet Hunter.
Nice Guy: Despite his profession and his gluttony, he is a kind man.
The Nose Knows: In fact it can gauge power levels and the ingredients used in recipes through the oils of the skin.
Power Makes Your Hair Grow: During the Bubble Fruit Arc when Toriko finally masters Honoring the Food, he eats an incredible amount of Bubble Fruits to give him a power boost. In the process the nutrients from the fruit make his hair grow really long.
This is implied in the Gourmet World; Toriko has slightly longer hair and some stubble and mentions that it tends to grow much quicker than normal when he's there.
Sword Beam: Kinda, he learns how to use techniques similar to this trope, although they're more like "Flying" forks and knives. He can also use "rapid-fire types" as well. He speculates that they may be composed of "Appetite Energy".
Thou Shall Not Kill: While he will kill, Toriko believes in only killing when he wants to eat. This separates him from some other Gourmet Hunters. Though he did try to kill Tommyrod, though no one can blame him, considering what a monster Tommyrod is.
Took a Level in Badass: To give a quick example, Toriko could only do a 5 Fold Spiked Punch a couple of times before getting exhausted. In current chapters, he can do a 50 Fold with ease.
Also, the Breath Dragon that gave him trouble when he first entered the Gourmet World, he dispatched with a single Flying Fork the second time they met.
Even more badass after Timeskip. He's not intimidated at all by beasts with capture levels of 770, is the only Heavenly King who could find Ichiryuu's Main Course by just smelling the trail Ichiryuu made long ago. Even Coco exclaims that he can't see that far into the past with his electromagnetic waves.
Unstoppable Rage: During one of the earliest arcs, after the mother Battle Wolf is shot, Toriko loses it.
Action Survivor: He survived having his eardrums being burst, and it gets crazier from there.
Ascended Fanboy: Spends a lot of time fanboying over the more well-known chefs in the story that he idolizes, and it hasn't quite sunk in to him yet that he himself is now a famous chef with plenty of his own fanboys. This is especially true after the Four Beasts arc, when he becomes one of the Top 100 chefs in the world. During the Cooking Festival he spends quite a bit of time trying to get autographs from other competing chefs.
Butt Monkey: Early on, he was often at the receiving end of many darkly humorous punishments, including dying from a heart attack thanks to Toriko Crackers.
The Chick: Easily the most emotional and The Heart of the group, despite being a male example of this trope.
Cowardly Lion: He is a very meek man, but he begins to overcome his fear through his adventures with Toriko.
Gonk: Initially had an exaggerated flat nose but he has gotten cuter Particularly since the Meteor Spice incident and the timeskip of years in the Gourmet World; he now has more defined boyish features and looks EXTREMELY handsome.
Game Face: Komatsu himself doesn't have one until the Gourmet World arc, but his Derous Knife does. When he draws the knife to defend himself, the beast attacking him perceives the Derous Dragon's presence and flees.
Said "real" game face is a near exact replica of how Froese looks when invoking God Cooking.
Image Song: "Let's Cooking!", also used as a leitmotif for the "Gourmet Fortune" segment.
After eating the billions birds egg takes this to the extreme, as he looks like pre timeskip rin.
Ship Tease: With Melk II not to mention the abundant Ho Yay between him and Toriko.
Supreme Chef: He's able to cook extravagant foods, than he learns Food Honor and becomes able to cook difficult foods more easily, enough to compete with top ranking chefs.
Took a Level in Badass: He's gone from being scared out of his mind by Level 5 to 9 creatures, to confronting ZEBRA on his actions. And gains his respect.
Not only that, but his cooking's leveled up immensely. In order to make enough antidote cooking to save everyone, he asked for ten minutes to come up with a way to allow regular chefs to make a high-level special preparation dish. With just a few seconds remaining, he succeeds, only for it to be revealed that he found the method in FIVE minutes. The rest of the time he devoted to making it taste even better.
Most recently, he cooked a meal that was so good, Midora said he could leave Bishokukai after promising that for any chef who could make him say their food was delicious. And he did it with the left behind ingredients that weren't stolen by NEO, some of which were probably Gourmet World ingredients he'd never seen before.
Survives 1.5 years in the Gourmet World and thrives in it!
He not only manages to prepare AIR, but manages to make it tastier than using the normal preparation method would have!
Wound That Will Not Heal: Receives one after Teppei rips out and crushes his heart. Somehow Teppei also rendered the wound impossible to heal even with "Dark" techniques. Dark techniques can revive the dead — that's how bad the wound is. Since the "wound" is a gaping hole in his chest and a missing heart, this is a very bad thing. "PAIR" is the only thing that may be able to heal him.
Aura Vision: Due to his eyes being able to see light spectrums that normal people cannot, he can see the electromagnetic field around living beings, allowing him to predict their future going off the field's size, color an movements.
Bad Powers, Good People: Coco is kind, soft-spoken, and polite. He can also generate and release deadly toxins at will.
Locked into Strangeness: The results of the fight with Grinpatch show it ended in a complete draw - Coco's Devil Poison(comparable to say, Sunny's Satan Hair) damn near killed him to use, Grinpatch went a bit crazy after it got in him, and Coco's hair turned white from poison overuse.
Nice Guy: He's called the "Gentleman of the Four Kings". Though, compared to Toriko, Sunny, and Zebra, anyone would seem like a gentleman.
Only Sane Man: Compared to just how quirky or downright crazy his fellow Kings can be, he is the most normal in the group.
Poisonous Person: He's afraid that he can hurt people with his great amount of poisons, so he shuts himself in, only interacting to tell people their fortunes...that is, until the Puffer Whale arc. After mastering Honoring the Food, he can produce more poison at once and newer types of poisons.
Badass: Possibly the biggest badass in the whole series. His first act after getting out of prison? Slaying beasts left-and-right.
That's not even getting into why he got into prison in the first place. He wiped out 26 entire species. Ones that were strong enough to damage the ecosystem. In the Toriko universe.
And most recently, he completely curbstomped a NITRO WHILE FIGHTING THREE OF THEM AT THE SAME TIME. The same Nitro that people are shitting their pants over—it's stated Zebra is one of the few people on the Gourmet Island who can completely destroy it in an instant.
Barrier Warrior: Yes, really. He can use his voice to create armor made of sound that can protect other people. He uses it to protect Komatsu from afar during the Gourmet Pyramid arc. Much later he uses it to protect civilians during the battle with the Four Beasts.
He particularly hates liars, as he feels that lying to someone's face is the most "cocky" thing a person can do. One of the main reasons he likes Komatsu (outside of his cooking) is because he's particularly honest.
Big Eater: To the point where he ate 26 species into extinction.
Blood Knight: Toriko himself says that Zebra loves fighting more than anyone else he's ever known.
Broken Ace: Technically a Type 1, he's the strongest of the four, but lacks the moral restraints of the other three.
Brown Note: He can modulate the frequency of his voice to instantly kill anyone.
Informed Attribute: According to his "Capture Ability Data" Zebra's intelligence is 3/10. While Zebra is obviously the Heavenly King that does the least thinking, he rarely comes off particularly stupid.
Took a Level in Kindness: At the beginning of the series, he was a bloodthirsty sociopath who just ate whatever he wanted; as of recent arcs, he's actively saving people from beasts and villains of his own volition.
Badass Grandpa: Ichiryu is, hands down, one of the strongest men alive. The entirety of the Gourmet Corps' elites, save for Midora, would have no chance against him. The only people who stand on his tier are Midora and their brother disciple Jiro. And very possibly Joie.
Big Good: Shares this role with Jiro. Jiro might well have to shoulder this burden alone now...
Good news, Midora spares him!...but then a Blue Nitro finishes him off.
Cain and Abel: Zigzagged a bit. He and Midora aren't blood brothers, but they're still bitter enemies and refer to one another as brothers, though Ichiryu wishes peaceful reconciliation was possible. Even at the end, Ichiryu seems oddly proud of his brother's power and deeply wishes they could have shared a last meal together.
Cool Old Guy: To Toriko, and is actually much more humble than his initial presentation presents.
Gravity Master: He can create a gravitational pull to draw in creatures much larger than himself, reverse the gravitational polarity to push them away and fly through the air.
In truth, due to his Winds of Destiny, Change ability, he is able to find the minority atoms that keep living things on the group and then alter the probability of him staying on the ground.
His Name Is...: After being defeated by Midora, he is struck down by a Blue Nitro before he can speak the name of the true enemy that must be vanquished.
I Am Not Left-Handed: After basically showing he could kick anyone except the leader's ass easily in the Gourmet Corp., it is revealed that a lot of his Gourmet Cells were sleeping. No telling how strong he will be once he is back to peak condition.
Shaping Your Attacks: He can use Appetite Energy to create a pair of giant chopsticks to pick things up or use as melee weapons or projectiles.
Story-Breaker Power: Ichiryuu's "Minority World" where the minority atoms, which disobey the normal laws of nature and physics, of an object take over effectively making him a Reality Warper.
Walk on Water: More like he hops across it like a stone skipping on water.
Winds of Destiny, Change: His signature ability seems to manipulate quantum mechanics. He can switch the probability of events, making miracles happen on a whim (like standing in midair and turning solid ground into quagmire) and reversing the functions of his opponent's own organ systems.
Did Someone Call Me Handsome?; (cue cast going "I did not say that")
Running Gag: People call him by name, only for him to mishear "Handsome". To the point that he mishears a panicking baby Regal Mammoth's shouts for "Handsome", at which point everyone and everything—including the panicking baby Regal Mammoth—stops to correct him.
Super Mode: He also can use Knocking, this time to boost his stats up as well as his size. Or so we thought; the Knocking LIMITS his power, and he releases it to fight at full power.
Throw the Dog a Bone: His immediate concern for the wellbeing of the devastated Human World, despite being heavily injured himself, causes Defense Director Rei to humor Mansam's Running Gag and falsely admit to calling him "Handsome".
Voiced by: Asami Tano (Japanese), Leah Clark (English)
Took a Level in Badass: The next time we see her in action against the Gourmet Corp. army, she's putting tons of beasts to sleep at once and takes on Bei, Doshan, and Zaiper with her Fragrance Swords And she wins.
She's now a Research Chief at IGO.
Tsundere: Seen to be very rude at Mansam, she also blushes whenever Toriko looks at her.
Tropes Associated With Gourmet Corp.
Actually A Doom Bot: When not able to fight in dangerous terrain, they send powerful robots called "GT Robots" to get foods for them.
Always Chaotic Evil: The majority of the Gourmet Corp members we've seen so far are all very violent and malign people.
The Bad Guy Wins: The three Sous Chefs—Tommyrod, Starjun and possibly Grinpatch—have won against their opponents.
Midora manages to defeat Ichiryu, but a Blue Nitro kills him off.
Gluttony: All of them have this, but Grinpatch and Midora embody it.
Humanoid Abomination: Most of the Gourmet Corp have mutated to animalistic, sometimes outright demonic beings.
Jabba Table Manners: Compared to more mindful Gourmet Hunters, Gourmet Corp tend to be very repulsive when scarfing down food. They also throw away any foods that they don't need, leaving it for scavengers to eat.
Blow You Away/Power of the Void: The power of "Hunger Space, it consumes not only simple matter such as objects, but every atoms that revolves around the "space" that it touches, consuming even air itself, rendering any ability to manipulate atoms around it useless. And since it's invisible and its effects can only be seen by the tracks of its aftereffects...
Body Horror: He produces several tongues out of his mouth to attack and defend himself.
Cain and Abel: The Cain to Ichiryu's Abel, albeit by adoption rather than blood.
Combat Tentacles: Can do this with his tongue, by multiplying it into several thorny tendrils.
Cursed with Awesome: Undying hunger sucks, but Midora has managed to put it to good use in battle. His entire battle strategy is to basically eat everything around him.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Midora's response to Ichiryu's "Minority World"? He stops his own heart, making his survival the least probable possibility, and therefore reality.
Gluttony: The embodiment of this, eating several mountains of food at a time, and he even weaponizes it with his tongue.
Even Evil Has Standards: Midora may be a Villainous Glutton with an unceasing appetite who wants to deprive other humans of food, but even he thinks the Blue Nitro are crude gluttonous beasts that embody the worst parts of the Gourmet Age.
Evil Counterpart/Shadow Archetype: To Toriko. Further details on his past show that he's what Toriko would be, had the latter not learned kindness and restraint.
He's also this to Zebra, as the latter was very close to being like Midora had Komatsu not influenced him for the better.
Freudian Excuse: Born to a village that would attempt to feed their infants to wild pigs, he had no one and stole food till he met Froese.
Her death in trying to save his life. The kicker, he risked his life in order to find the Cure Water needed to make her feel better. From that point on, he became a Villainous Glutton incarnate.
Generation Xerox: Is very similar to Toriko in his youth, in not only Big Eater tendencies but had an uncanny resemblance to the latter, especially as a young man.
Not to mention how he can tear the landscape in half with just a tongue.
Instant Death Radius: His "Hungry Space" in which an invisible "Dinner of Kings" (yes, like the one the Four Heavenly Kings used) fills the vacuums created by his tongue and thus consumes everything within its radius.
Misanthrope Supreme: Despises humanity in general, believing that they do not deserve the bounty of the Gourmet Age. So he single-handedly ended it, bring about a worldwide famine.
Morality Chain: Froese's kindness turned him from a feral predator to a human being, and after inadvertently becoming the final factor that caused her death he not only plunges right back into total selfishness, but also blames the rest of humanity for what happened, shirking his own guilt.
Unwitting Pawn: He was Acacia's. Acacia manipulated him into gathering Cure Water for some reason. Midora was also unaware that several of his higher ranked subordinates, including his tech expert and his head chef, were actually members of NEO.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Played with. While he started off as being extremely hostile, having to fend for himself in order to get food, he becomes a very lively child with Froese and Acacia's influence.
But then Froese dies trying to save him, the kicker being that Midora only got that way in order to cure her. From then on, he was evil.
Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Very much so, the one person that showed him kindness died protecting him, right after he risked his life to save hers. This pushed him into the final step towards evil.
World's Strongest Man: When Toriko met him face to face, he was convinced that Midora is the strongest being on the planet and could easily destroy it. Even Jirou a fellow disciple of Acacia believes that he is now no match for Midora.
Younger Than They Look: Even if he was a student of Acacia 400 years ago, he looks far younger than he should be (40s at least) when his fellow disciples Ichiryu and especially Jirou are much older-looking in appearance.
Almighty Janitor: Despite being the second-strongest Gourmet Corp member, there are more than just a few people who rank above him. But, thanks to him still being a high-ranking member, the below also applies.
Arch-Enemy: Is this to Toriko especially after making great impacts on each, Starjun finally finding a possible Worthy Opponent and Toriko suffering his second loss to a Sous Chef and Komatsu being taken away as a result.
Dragon with an Agenda: He seems to be looking for a mysterious ingredient, and has partnered with Ootake for his Food Luck.
The Dreaded: Even his own comrades shit their pants just by being in his presence.
Evil Counterpart: Interestingly, he seems to be this to Ichiryu - absurdly strong, holding back in almost every appearance, and it was recently revealed that his Gourmet Cells were sleeping for much of the series. And since Ichiryu defeated Midora in their first match while Midora triumphed in the rematch, the next Starjun/Toriko fight should be very interesting.
Flaming Sword: His Burner Knife, which "cuts and grills" at the same time.
Generation Xerox: In the current arc, he looks a lot like a younger version of Midora.
Giant Flyer: The first time he appears he's standing on a colossal, serpent-like dragon. During the assault on the Chowlin Temple he rides the even more colossal Big Bang Shark.
But for real, he is the first major antagonist to make an appearance (by proxy) and marks the introduction of the Big Bad group in the series (by extension). Even though he's in a robo, he takes one look at Toriko and Coco and immediately puts them both on high alert. He then walks right past them. And slaughters everything in his path on his way out of the cave.
I Let You Win: His "fight" as a G.T Robot counts as this, since his full power wasn't displayed inside the machine
Noble Demon: So far, he seems to be the least murderous of the Gourmet Corp, only killing when presented with an obstacle, compared to his colleagues who'd soon as kill anything that moves for no reason and then not even eat it.
No Sell: So far he's used his flames to negate Coco, Sunny and Zebra's attacks, and later do the same with his sword.
Playing with Fire: Seems to have some mastery over heat—the first time he appears, he roasts a Butt Bug alive by touching it, and later it makes a candle's fire grow just by moving his hand over it.
He later does to this to No Sell Coco, Zebra and Sunny's attempts to protect Komatsu.
His sword does this to No Sell Toriko's barrage of knifes and forks.
He makes a flame tornado at one point.
Rapunzel Hair: Has already long hair in his debut, but it's taken Up to Eleven to the point he resembles a younger version of Midora without his outfit.
The Rival: More and more of their interactions set up him being this to Toriko.
Stealth Hi/Bye: In chapter 217, he appears inside the completely enclosed tent where Komatsu and Zaus were supposed to cook. Komatsu notices him only after being grabbed by the arm.
The Stoic: Starjun reacts to most things with abject boredom, only getting excited when Toriko manages to hurt him.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He doesn't seem to understand why people why people would be angry at his actions, often responding to their outrage with a blank stare.
Evil Counterpart: At first Tommyrod is this to Toriko, being pink-haired to his blue, uncaring to others while the latter is kind to others. Represents repulsive bugs that devour everything while Toriko represents the forest that protects all in its presence. Has a strength normally in long range, but has skill in close range, while the latter has the skill set in reverse. Finally, Tommyrod loses his cool as the fight goes on while Toriko remains calm.
Faux Affably Evil: Unlike Starjun and Grinpatch, his politeness (barely) covers up the fact that he is a disgusting sadist who would soon kill his own allies and intimidate them with death rather than care for them.
Graceful Loser: His last thoughts before being eaten alive by Sunny's hair are that he had fun fighting Sunny.
Humanoid Abomination: The most obvious of the whole Gourmet Corp so far, as he is a multi-fanged humanoid with functional wings, containing thousands of insects within his body, as well as being the largest of the three main attackers of the Corp.
Jerk Ass: Unlike Grinpatch and Starjun, he is unpleasant and uncaring, spending an entire arc showing how much of a jerk he is to everyone he knows.
Kick the Dog: His role in the Century Soup arc is this, killing a penguin's parents and not eating them while calling them trash (he did it because he thought they were annoying), tries to kill his own allies once they lose, kicks his own bugs because he considers the failures to be trash...
Eaten Alive: He's finally put down by Sunny's Satan Hair's Appetite Energy, which devours him completely.
Knight of Cerebus: While Starjun was the first serious threat, the Darker and Edgier as well as Bloodier and Gorier elements truly appeared once Tommyrod unleashed his monstrous nature into what was a tame series for the most part. As well as the fact that he brings Toriko to the brink of death for the first time.
Lack of Empathy: He doesn't even seem to care about his subordinates, and Toriko notes this about his personality in their battle, comparing him to a bug.
Large And In Charge: While not obvious at first, one can even say he's normal-sized compared to his imposing fellow chefs. That's until he removes the bands that restrain his full power, and he bulks up—and by bulking up, we mean being twice the size of Toriko, who had dwarfed him before this.
Acquired Poison Immunity: See Extreme Omnivore. His body acts as a filtration system for any and all toxic agents, even Coco's Poison Virus (which adapts to get around the victims' immune system) was useless.
Small Name, Big Ego: Believes himself to be very powerful. As Joejoe noted, he took the equivalent of 16 lethal attacks from both Toriko and Mansam.
Sore Loser: His rant after he loses to Toriko is really something to behold...
Stupid Evil: Immediately kills Terry's mom for no reason, while gloating, which provokes Toriko enough to kill him. In addition, he is unable to control the robot to its full extent and uses the slicer attack attack constantly which Toriko easily counterattacks, leading to his defeat.
Face-Heel Turn: She used to be a nice old lady who cooked at Disappearance Cuisine and was versed in Honoring the Food at a Master's level. When she comes back, she's riding a gigantic zombie condor with a lyebeast and a new member of Gourmet Corp., and her first act is to show how delicate her 100 Million Yen Slice is... by removing all but the bones of an Apprentice Master's midsection... some fifty feet away... without visibly moving.
Heel-Face Turn: It appears she's turning out this way after being nursed back to health by Chin, Setsuno and Nono in chapter 257.
Freudian Excuse: The death of her son drove her to become a Gourmet Corp member.
Hero Killer: Slaughters most of the Gourmet monks before Toriko arrives.
Knife Nut: It's not really the knife that's dangerous, it's the fact that she can fillet you from a great distance, making you bones in an instant.
Madness Mantra: "Gratitude, gratitude...can you appreciate this? Gratitude, gratitude..."
Mama Bear: The death of her and Chinchin's son was her breaking point. She couldn't "appreciate" that tragic event the way Honoring the Food demanded of her, and she joined Gourmet Corp. because one of the ingredients they are seeking is the rumored hors d'oeuvre of Acacia's Full Course, which can raise the dead. She wants to use it to bring her son back.
Never Mess with Granny: Lady Chiyo might not be one of the Gourmet National Treasures, but a single swipe of her knife was valued at 100 MILLION yen. She also completely removes the flesh, muscle, and organs of Apprentice Master Wagon from his underarms to his hips... without him feeling a THING. Only Coppwo was able to tell Wagon to watch out as she was attacking him, but to everyone else, Chiyo moved so fast no one saw a thing.
Nightmare Face: Seriously, her facial expressions can be even scarier than those of Tommyrod.
Weak, but Skilled: She has precision in executing filleting and barrier techniques, but has notably less stamina than most of the members due to her age.
When Elders Attack: Lady Chiyo arrives at Chowlin Temple in order to kill one of the Gourmet National Treasures and all of the Apprentice Masters, as doing so will render the ultimate technique of Honoring the Food, "Food's End", no more threat to Gourmet Corp.
Took a Level in Badass: When we first see him, he's a normal human. When he reappears, he has Gourmet Cells implanted in him.
Freudian Excuse: Was raised in an orphanage; however he considered his past shameful and ignored them after he graduated. Even so the kids there were extremely proud of him...until an incident where they all accidentally ingested poison and died. After this he came to realize just how much they admired him and felt incredibly guilty about the fact that he'd ignored them, as well as his lack of fame at the time they died. Now he's obsessed with doing everything in his power to raise his reputation, so at least they'll have something to be proud of in heaven.
From a Certain Point of View: When Starjun calls out his claim of being Midora's partner, Otake simply retorts that Midora said he considered all chefs in the Gourmet Corp. his partner.
Meaningful Name: Komatsu means "Small Pine", while Otake means "Great Bamboo". And there's a popular story about a bamboo stalk and a pine tree... and like the bamboo, he "bent" to evil.
Rival Turned Evil: He came to Chowlin Temple to show Komatsu his new skill and proclaim his intention of making GOD as the partner to the Gourmet Corp's leader Midora, with his words before leaving that Komatsu and Toriko should polish their skills to see who the stronger combo is when they next meet.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Apparently, he was much kinder and less arrogant in his youth, just wanting to be a good chef...
Brainwashed: Going by Teppei's example, at this point it's impossible to tell who was a NEO spy all along and who was brainwashed into switching allegiance. According to Alfaro, all of the Gourmet Corps' chefs were brainwashed into joining NEO. To make matters worse the only way currently known to undo it it to beat it out of them, the problem being they most likely will not survive the levl of beating you need to deal.
The Mole: Almost all of the elites in the IGO and Gourmet Corp are actually spies for NEO.
Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Before its appearance, it was a classic battle of good and evil with IGO and the Gourmet Corp. Following NEO's debut, the struggle has now become a three way battle, with former two being severely crippled in staff and resources.
Tomato in the Mirror: Most of the members are actually characters that we'd come to associate with other groups, making the surprise more legitimate.
Walking Spoiler: Once they appear, the entire conflict undergoes a major game changer.
Not So Harmless: Would you have expected that a guy who looks like Prince Valiant crossed with Leisure Suit Larry would even be dangerous, let alone evil?
On top of that, despite Mansam never having released his knocking after Ichiryu taught him a lesson and he joined the IGO... he was completely aware of just how strong Mansam is. Makes one wonder just what kind of power he's hiding away.
The Heavy: Strongly implied to be this to NEO as a whole. Given he put a scar on Zaus...
Justified—Joie's been confirmed to be THE God of Chefs, Froese, making her one of the most powerful if not the single most powerful character in the entire series, predating even Midora. Though Jiro and Setsuno have doubts this is truly Froese, as Joie's monstrous inner beast is nothing like Froese's...
Face-Heel Turn or Face Monster Turn: He can change a person's "flavor", and in turn alter their morality, basically brainwashing them into joining his cause.
Face-Heel Turn: The Foreshadowing here is so thick you could cut it with a plastic knife—Froese is heavily implied to be the Dark Chef Joie, as Joie calmly retorts to Setsuno's exclamation that Cinderella (the best, highest-quality, legendary Great Knife) belongs to Froese: "Yes... that is why it is mine... Do you understand what I'm saying?"
Chapter 243 pretty much confirms it...though it raises questions if this is truly Froese.
Physical God: All but a step away from this. Jiro and Setsuno have confirmed that, whether or not Joie is Froese or something else entirely, whatever it is, it utilizes absolutely 100% of its Gourmet Cells at 100% efficiency—a feat only made possible by eating the entirety of Acacia's Full Course.
Beware the Nice Ones: Setsuno is a Technical Pacifist who avoids violence when she can, even against monsters, and overall is a very kind and helpful person. But if you manage to make her truly mad... well, Toriko's world is not a gentle world and she is considered a national resource for a reason.
Healing Factor: Probably thanks to Food Honor, but it's not sure she can receive a diagonal cut so deadly that can be hereditary for dozens of generations and shrug it off without effort in seconds.
Made of Iron: Kousairou's Calorie Gui steals TEN MILLION Kilocalories from her and she doesn't bat an eye—even after she's also squeezed by Kuribo AND hit with Cooking King Zaus's Rinne Oroshi, which is a cut so deep it ingrains itself INTO YOUR GENETIC MAKEUP AND IS PASSED ONTO YOUR DESCENDANTS—she healed the wound in moments without much effort.
Morph Weapon: Her kitchen knife "Takitsuba" can change its blade's shape.
Person of Mass Destruction: There is around half a dozen creatures on the planet that could force her to go all out. Cutting tsunamis the size of mountains and miles wide took her less effort than Komatsu cutting a radish, for example.
Super Reflexes: She managed to nearly stop a storm of sub-atomic blades that wiped out a city, the mountain range and a dozen or so miles of the ocean behind her while protecting the chefs and suffering only superficial wounds.
Walk on Water: By hitting the water so fast and lightly as to defy gravity and create perfect balance. And she can move faster than the speed of sound.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: We first see him as a harmless drunk on a train asking for booze. It turns out he is one of the three mightiest beings in the entire planet.
Finger Poke of Doom: His ability of knocking is so extraordinary that not only he can decapitate a super-powered resuscitated Nitro with a flick, but create an absolute paralysis at the same time for a beast of over 200 capture level, whose biology is made to be near-immune to paralysis.
Older Than They Look: In the Gourmet World, Jiro can make himself look younger. He also used to be a student of Acacia, making him over 500 years old.
The Paralyzer: He's called the Knocking Master for reason, to the point that he doesn't even need to touch you or even get near you to neutralize you.
Person of Mass Destruction: Destroying entire islands would be a mere nuisance for his abilities. It goes to the point that he can create apocalyptic world-wide damage by the SIDE EFFECT of one of his attacks.
Physical God: Just like all of Acacia's disciples, he is THE apex predator even in the Gourmet World. To the point that he managed to stop the rotation of a planet the size of Saturn with a single punch.
Shaping Your Attacks: His "Shourou Guinness Punch" a spiraling beam of "Appetite Energy" in the shape of a wolf's head.
Story-Breaker Power: "Grand Knocking", which lets him paralyze the entire planet and everything on it.
The Worf Effect: To everybody in the gourmet competition. A single offhand attack managed to stop all of the Bishokukai, the strongest chefs, Nitros, and the Heavenly Kings.
Ambiguous Gender: Due to inconsistency, it's still not for certain what Terry's gender is. Similar to Crona in Soul Eater, the dub refers to Terry as a boy by default. If a theory early in the manga is correct and anything resembling real-world biology can be said to apply to this series, then Terry was produced parthenogenetically by the mother wolf, and is therefore also female.
Badass: Even just a day old, Terry is a certified badass who can take on elder beasts with zero difficulty.
Badass Adorable: She's a puppy, a puppy that can kick the ass of full grown beasts. Even near full grown, she's still adorable.
Last of Her Kind: Possibly? Terry's mother was created by the IGO's cloning techniques, so there could be others of the species, but none have been shown or commented on. We've now seen another Battle Wolf, one of the Eight Kings no less, in the Gourmet World.
Joke Character: For one thing, all the ingredients on his Full Course Menu have Capture Levels of 1 or less.
Mugging the Monster: When he first appears, he tries to bully Toriko into giving him some of the drinks the latter bought. After Toriko uses a bit of intimidation on he backs down, but when they meet up at the Gourmet Hunter tavern before the Ice Hell arc, he insists on acting like he and Toriko are equals. The other Gourmet Hunters are stunned by this.
Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to believe the world operates to RPG logic. And that he's the hero. Even parodied in chapted 221 where he claims that he got a lot of experience from playing a lot with the MusouSeries.
Genre Savvy: However, he turned out right in there was a shortcut to the Gourmet Show Window in the Century Soup arc, which saved the lives of everyone.
Green Thumb: He uses plants and trees to aid him in combat.
Plant Person: He can now turn his arm into a mass of hand-shaped vines.
Heroic BSOD: After receiving a huge shock thanks to Joie.
Hypocritical Humor: Leans toward this. Tells other people to be silent only to blab important info recklessly, and when talking about how reckless revivers are bringing back dangerous ingredients, he admits that it's mostly his doing.
Motor Mouth: Despite swearing to secrecy, he has a tendency to blurt out what he's trying to keep quiet.
The Paralyzer: He can use a form of Knocking with his bare hands called "Impact Knocking".
Technical Pacifist: While Teppei's not a killer, he will use Knocking on his enemies until they can't stand. After being "cooked" and recruited into NEO, this no longer applies. Something Komatsu finds out the hard way when Teppei rips out and crushes his heart.
Terrible Artist: If the "Run Run Yun!" segment in episode 114 is anything to go by, his drawings are as awful as his handwriting.
Thou Shall Not Kill: He adopted this belief when he, on a trip with his grandfather Jiro, found a barren wasteland from hunting.
Voiced by:Banjō Ginga (Japanese), Bruce Carey (English)
Badass: Handed Sunny his ass in a sparring match (Himself only getting a single wound — which he admits is quite a feat on Sunny's part) and is cited by the IGO as someone capable of entering the Gourmet World.
He also took down Zebra
Blood Is the New Black: Both his outfit and his office are covered in old bloodstains. He claims he leaves them there to remind him of his failures.
He has contact lenses that let him see what each cards ingredient and point value is.
Every ingredient used in the game is something he can kill, cook, and consume.
And if that weren't enough, he can alter his body to neutralize any toxins he might consume.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Coco beats the tar out of him so badly, the battle is not even shown.
Defeat Equals Friendship: After watching Komatsu work so diligently to prepare the Meteor Garlic, and being reminded of his former self, he helps prepare the Meteor Garlic, and hands the Gourmet Casino over to Match, hoping to return to being a respectable cook.
Dual Wielding: Slices and dices the Gourmet Corp. monster mooks with two huge, black sword-sized knives.
Half the Man He Used to Be: Got sliced in half by a Nitro, but thanks to his doping cooking he didn't suffer at all and he was cured almost immediately.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He reveals his golden heart when he sees how happy ingredients are around Komatsu. And what else do you call a guy who comforts a dying enemy who tried to enslave him? Tengu sees Elg's hame over his hideous features and gently consoles him he would have even been handsome in Tengu's home village, let Elg die happy.
Laser Blade: Kinda, he can make a blade out of electricity.
Shock and Awe: He has an electric organ (kinda like an electric eel) so he can generate and control electricity. He uses the aforementioned batteries to increase the voltage.
It's not just electricity - Brunch has revealed that it doesn't matter WHAT kind of energy it is, he can transform it into electrical energy. Fire, Solar, Hydro, it doesn't matter - he uses the kinetic energy of Elg beating the crap out of him to build up a gigantic charge for a Series-Type Electrical Attack.
Super Speed: He was able to catch up with Komatsu in a matter of seconds. To really drive the point home, he can do this while wearing those ludicrously tall Tengu Geta.
Swiss Army Tears: Other than the fact that its tears are the Mellow Cola, said cola gave Toriko and Zebra the extra boost they needed to fight the Nitro.
Awesomeness by Analysis: It copied Toriko's Nail Punch after seeing it once. The one Toriko and Komatsu met in the Sky Garden copied the method of eating the Ozone Herb after seeing them do it just once.
Bad Ass: It could take both Toriko and Zebra at once. And that was a starving Nitro on its death throes, which had just awoken from a god-knows-how-long slumber. The one in Sky Garden had no trouble reaching the place and simply leapt off of it after rejecting the Ozone Herb. The Nitro in Honey Prison was only a child but still terrified the prison's fearsome execution beasts. Certain types seem to be more Badass than others, as Acacia told his students and Froese that the Blue Nitro were unbeatable.
Body Horror: Unlike the Red Nitro who have regular beaked mouths with rows of teeth, the Blue Nitro have their mouths open vertically.
Deep Sleep: Nitro can survive for millennia without food and water through cryptobiosis. The downside to this is that they cannot wake up without outside interference. They also need to replenish themselves immediately after waking up.
The Dreaded: To those who know of their existence which is a closely guarded secret. The higherups of IGO are put on alert when they find signs of increased Nitro activity in the Human World. Chef Yuda's panicwhen he sees the Gourmet Corp unleash several Nitros during their invasion says it all.
Hair-Trigger Temper: They were called "Nitro" because of their hard-to-predict temper, ready to explode at any time. Curiously, the one Toriko encountered in Sky Garden didn't give off any hostility. It may have been a Blue Nitro. Even The Taste Hermit has a temper. Granted, the Four Kings did wreck havoc in his house and inflicted a head injury on him. That would make anyone mad.
Hero Killer: The Blue Nitro attack — possibly kill — at least several members of the 0th Isotope. One also finishes off Ichiryu after Midora spared him.
Humanoid Abomination: An apish creature with a bird like face filled with rows of teeth and empty eyes, an image so unnerving that the Gourmet Corps decided to copy it for their GT Robos. Friendly Nitro like Chichi, Kaka, and the Red Nitro seen in the flashback depicting the lost civilization of Area 7 where they lived in harmony with humans and monkeys have visible pupils in their eyes, making them seem less creepy.
Benevolent Precursors: The Taste Hermits dedicated themselves to leaving behind stone murals depicting recipes to ensure that said knowledge would never be lost.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: There are two subspecies of the Nitro, the Red and Blue. The Red have Hair-Trigger Temper, while the Blue are much calmer, but are arguably more heinous than the former. The Red Nitro were originally the Blue Nitros' slaves. The Blue Nitro even went so far as to crush the Red Nitros' vocal chords so they could never speak.
Slave Race: The Red Nitro were slaves to the Blue Nitro. Their masters even crushed their vocal chords rendering them unable to speak to make them more like animals.
Super Speed: One bit an Ozone Herb twice so fast that the Herb thought it was bitten by two people at once.
Supreme Chef: An entire race of these. Acacia discovered "God" by observing the Nitro from a safe distance.
Though it seems more like Acacia learned of Nitro through the Blue Nitro - who came to see him a month from the Gourmet Eclipse. "Pair" is even presumed to be a Blue Nitro, meaning they're wholly capable of speaking human language.
Beast Of Mass Destruction: Each one is amazingly strong, to show case this, Almost the previous locations that Toriko and Co. have visited are completely wiped out including the Sphinx and Regal Mammoth
The Main Body, is actually even worse
Bigger Bad: The Four-Beasts turned out to be the appendages of an even more massive plant creature beneath the earth.
The Worf Effect: The appendages suffer this at the hands of the Gourmet Heavenly Kings, but not before they literally destroy nearly every natural environment Toriko has visited in his travels in order to show the superiority of the Gourmet World has over the natural world
The Worf Effect/So Last Season: When first introduced, it smashed Toriko against the cliff side and Toriko was unable to reach it with his Flying Fork, the second time Toriko threw a single Flying Fork it barely dodges by falling on its back and kept flying.
Nigh Invulnerable: The Aforementioned flying Fork Toriko threw at the Breath Dragon? The one that it barely dodged and almost killed, as well as with a Winggrizzly with a capture level more then twice that that also barely dodged it. It bounces off the Stronghold Rhino's shell harmlessly without a single scratch.
Gonk: Sunny is reluctant to actually feed the starving populace with the bird since it's so ugly.
Guide Dang It: The method of hatching and raising a Billion Bird. Suffice to say it's a lot more complicated than just warming up its egg.
Irony: The Billion Bird nearly went extinct because predators refused to hunt and eat it because of its foul taste.
Miracle Food: In theory it can produce an unlimited amount of food that is also extremely nutritious. Too bad it tastes awful.
Mother of a Thousand Young: Lays an infinite number of eggs that will immediately hatch if it is scared. It still nearly went extinct because predators avoided it due to its bad taste, meaning it wasn't scared too often if ever.
The Power of Love: Komatsu telling it that it is appreciated and wanted by the world makes the Billion Bird's wings grow. As it takes flight, it lays eggs whose yolk is so delicious that Toriko adds them to his Full Course.
Was Once a Man: Their ancestors were normal humans who were kidnapped by the Blue Nitro and injected with Gourmet Cells, causing them to become hideous mutants. After they escaped with the help of the Eight Kings, they're descendants "evolved" into humanoid creatures akin to Youkai.
Youkai: Many of them are based on (or flat out are) these.
Horse King Heracles
Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: This◊ is its hoof print. To put it in perspective, that comparatively small octopus creature is about the size of the Empire State Building.
Awesomeness Is a Force: Its hoof print gave off an aura so strong that it caused the Four Heavenly Kings considerable stress, and it was made over a thousand years ago.
Cool Horse: The coolest horse in the world. Also it's one of the Eight Kings, just like the Battle Wolf.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Toriko tries to face it shortly after reaching Gourmet World, knowing the fight is hopeless. He doesn't even get to attack; Heracles cuts him in half and creates a town-sized crater by exhaling on him. While Toriko's Blue Devil is able to put up a fight, the Horse King forces it to retreat by inhaling, creating a vacuum with no air to breathe.
Dying Race: Young Herac cannot reach maturity without "Air"—in fact, the Horse King can't give birth without sufficient atmospheric content—and the Nitro have been harvesting it long enough that the Herac species is facing extinction.
But after Komatsu successfully prepares "Air", an immense volume of air is released, and the Horse King takes a good deep breath and is able to give birth.
The Needless: It can survive solely on the air it breathes. In other words, breathing is like eating to it.
Super Breath: It takes only one breath a year, but that single inhalation consumes a volume of air approximately equal to that of the entire Earth. A single snort from its nostrils is equivalent to a WMD.
Hidden in Plain Sight: Like the Octomelon, it can create a 'Rest Room' that allows it to remain hidden from the eyes of others. Due to its higher Capture Level, it's better at doing so than the Octomelon.
Threatening Shark: In contrast with the gentle Octomelon, the Denshark is much more aggressive.
Monkey King Bambina
Asskicking Equals Authority: Comes with being one of the Eight Kings. Bambina also set up a system based on this to control predation on the continent. Unfortunately, Bambina isn't all that interested in managing it. As a result, the four Enbu masters under Bambina have become food hoarding tyrants, leaving the other monkeys to starve.
Badass: Comes with the territory of being one of the Eight Kings. It's even stronger then Heracles, and proves this by slicing 1,500 meter tall 100 g mountains out of the ground, with his tail, and flings them across a 220,000 kilometer sized planet at speeds of Mach 1 for a week like skipping stones, and does so for fun.
Boisterous Bruiser: It's said to have a playful, belligerent personality, unlike the more stoic Heracles. This makes Bambina one of the most dangerous Eight Kings, because it's liable to attack without provocation.
Flash Step: He can go from the top of the 100 G Mountain to the coastline of Area 7 in an instant.
Gender-Blender Name: Kaka says that the name Bambina came from the female courted by the last Monkey King.
Living Macguffin: Food King "PAIR" is part of its body. Specifically, its testicles.
Pint Size Powerhouse: Bambina is barely human-sized, making it one of the smallest creatures encountered thus far and probably the single smallest predator in its super-sized personal ecosystem. It's also strong enough to toss Everest-sized mountains across the entire circumference of the planet for a laugh.
The Dreaded: Could be considered this since they invoke fear in the beasts of the world as the hosts' intimidation. The Taste Hermit Nitro is especially wary of Toriko's Blue Appetite Devil. Even Toriko's Red Devil is afraid of it.
Guardian Entity: They can act as this to their host as shown when Toriko's leaped out of his body and punched Starjun through the chest.
Energy Being: Possibly, they seem to be composed entirely of Appetite Energy.
Partial Transformation: After eating AIR, the Heavenly Kings are able to transform their arms into their Appetite Devils' arms. They suspect that eating the rest of Acacia's Full Course will allow them to gain full mastery over their Devils so they can make complete transformations.