Achilles' Heel: Toriko is not merely a glutton, he literally needs to eat huge amounts of food in order to prevent his body from eating his own cells. In one chapter, this actually gave him extra energy, but this is only temporary. If his opponent managed to outlast him, he would be vulnerable.
Since Toriko has learned Food's End, this isn't a problem anymore.
Acquired Poison Immunity: Coco. His body can also secrete poison for attacks, and he can create new immunities on the fly.
Gourmet Hunters in general normally acquire immunities for different kinds of poison (see below), but Coco is the most extreme example.
Grinpatch's immunity may trump even Coco's. He sucked up tons of Coco's deadliest poisons and said he wanted more.
Although it may be tough for any new creatures to trump the adult Regal Mammoth's size.
The Giga Horses certainly give them a run for their money, though we don't have a measurement for them.
And those are the creatures living in the Human World, who knows what lurks in the Gourmet World.
The Dharma Horse trumps everything so far. Assuming it to be the same height as the Gourmet Towers, it's around 1.3km tall!
The Four Beasts. The Mounturtle is slightly bigger than the Dharma Horse. The "Beast King" Gaoh killed a Regal Mammoth with one blow. And all four completely curbstomp the armies sent against them. An army fielding 100 meter long tanks capable of bringing down Regal Mammoths, swarms of fighter jets, and kill sats.
Animal Battle Aura: Intimidations often manifest this way, e.g. Toriko's intimidation is a projected image of a Hanya demon.
Recently Toriko's intimidation has turned into a full on Guardian Entity that impaled Starjun through the chest.
Anti-Hero: Believe it or not, Toriko, whose actions are usually motivated by his craving for food. It just so happens that he is a nice person and that he usually end up helping the other good guys.
Zebra has been revealed to be one of these, albeit one that really pushes the "hero" side. It turns out that the 26 species he made extinct were damaging the ecosystem. A desert town sees him as their messiah for saving them.
Applied Phlebotinum: Gourmet Cells. They mutate the host's body, giving them special abilities and traits and can "evolve" by consuming specific foods.
Special mention goes to the water/wine storage camels who have faucets growing out of them!
In the manga at least, its alluded to those faucets are installed by the natives.
The anime is far worse in this than the manga due to most of the animals and plants featured in the beginning of each episode are created by fans, who are children.
Artistic License - Economics: Inflation is practically a way of life in Toriko, especially when the main character eats and charges everything to his gold card (which has no limit).
Art Major Physics: Going closer to the planet's core lessens gravity's hold, not increases it in real life.
This may actually be physically plausible, as there is no gravity at the center of a planet; it diminishes until it cancels itself from all sides. Though, it can increase over certain distances, assuming the core is small and much denser than the crust. The dimensions of this world aren't exactly normal...
Ichiryuu takes this trope to extremes with his "Minority World" ability. Putting the atoms that disobey the norm (the "minority") in charge of what the rest of the body of atoms does. In other words, he can reverse the laws of physics.
Awesome but Impractical: Ichiryu's Full Course Menu. According to him, it's full of ingredients that no chef can prepare, so it's essentially worthless.
Awesomeness by Analysis: The Four Beast learns of the Heavenly Kings' powers after re-absorbing its "limbs" which the Heavenly Kings curbstomped using their advanced techniques. It later uses that knowledge to counter their attacks and curbstomp them in return.
Batman Gambit: Coco managed to win against a Gourmet Corp. member due to this and a little help from chemistry.
He had to pull off a DAMN good one to defeat Livebearer.
Beat Them at Their Own Game: Toriko, Komatsu, and Coco must obtain an ingredient this way. The game is like a match card game, where you must also eat the ingredient shown on the cards. The problem is that some ingredients are not healthy...
Berserk Button: God help you if you kill something you don't intend to eat while in Toriko's presence.
For the love of God don't let Zebra hear you being cocky... or rather don't be cocky at all. He can hear you from tens of kilometres away.
And for the love of whatever you call holy, don't lie to his face.
For the love of all things sacred don't hurt Komatsu. If you think it's bad that Toriko will be mad at you, remember that Coco, Sunny, AND ZEBRA will be gunning for you as well. And Zebra can use his anger as fuel for his attacks, so if you're even within a 100 kilometer area of them, not only did you hurt Komatsu, you're probably cocky you got away, so Zebra will find you and murder the hell out of you. If the others don't follow and hold him back so they can get a few shots in.
BFS: Though more like BFKs, the knives in the Heavy Hole qualify.
The knife Melk made for Ichiryu to prepare Acacia's salad dish AIR takes the cake.
No, emphasis on the Badass. The lone Battle Wolf who lived in the Human World was the single most powerful creature there, and it's implied that in the Gourmet World where they still live, they are apex predators. One of the Eight Kings of the Gourmet World is heavily implied to be a Battle Wolf.
Big Eater: Every. Single. Character. Who is an active combatant.
Zebra, who ate twenty-six species to extinction definitely takes the cake. On second thought, make that several cakes.
Justified in that the energy for the crazy, ultra-destructive techniques used require an insane amount of calories. Toriko's 3-Fold Spiked Punch alone cost 90,000,000 calories.
And right back into Artistic License - Physics, since 90,000,000 kcal would be over a ton of solid fat. Now, this could simply be a matter of unit confusion, and the writer meant 90,000 kcal, which would still be nearly 10 kg of fat or 22.5 kg of carbohydrate.
The anime has corrected this, and Zebra (who has the highest calorie capacity out of the Four Kings) can store 4,500,000 calories instead of billions.
Chin Chin-Chin and possibly Toriko, even moreso after the Food's End training thanks to being able to store enormous amounts of food inside of their various organs.
Midora might be most extreme example in the series (and that's saying something). In his own words, his hunger cannot be satisfied no matter how much he eats, and he eats a lot. The mere leftovers from his meals are enough to feed a population of vicious wild beasts.
Played straight with both the Ozone Herb arc and the Melk Stardust arc. After the dramatic, long, gore fest that was Ice Hell, and the savage beatdown that was Gourmet World, the two aforementioned arcs were much more sedated.
Bring My Brown Pants: When Komatsu first sees Toriko enter 'battle-mode' before fighting the giant Gararagator, the manga gives us a panel showing Komatsu's crotch staining.
Bullet Catch: Toriko does this with his Fork technique when confronted by goons in Jidar, the goon shot at him because he was squeeing over getting into a fight with normal people.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The Warden of Honey Prison, a hell on earth, is... A short woman dressed in an adorable bee costume.
A lot of characters are this. Director Mansam of Biotope 1 is constantly drinking and assuming people called him "Handsome" (They aren't), Knocking Master Jiro is constantly plastered, Sunny of the Four Kings is obsessed with beauty. When you can kick ass like they can, you can afford to be silly.
Call Back: In Chapter 196, locations that the heroes have visited in the past (Ice Hell, Baron Archipelago, etc.) are shown to have been absolutely destroyed by the Four Beasts.
While shopping in Gourmet Town, Komatsu spots Melk carving knives. About a year later and we have a trip to visit Melk himself.
The fact that Acacia's Full Course only has seven slots as opposed to eight.
Chekhov's Gunman: Remember that silly old man that Toriko gives some booze to? Well, turns out he is a legendary Gourmet Hunter who ends up bringing Komatsu Back from the Dead.
Or that baby penguin that followed Komatsu around during the Ice Hell arc? Its saliva is the final ingredient needed to finish Komatsu's version of the Century Soup.
Much later on, the silly old man also saves Toriko as well.
Cool and Unusual Punishment: The Gourmet prison "Honey Prison" serves its prisoners a literal "full course" of food-related torment. Considering the nature of the series, and the kind of crimes the prisoners have committed, it's far worse than you would think.
Cool Old Guy: Ichiryu and Knocking Master Jiro would definitely qualify.
Cowardly Lion: Komatsu will go into the worlds most dangerous known climates, a lot of the time he will be terrified and complain, however he still goes and his complaints are really minor to a normal person. He constantly goes into places and faces beasts that most would dare not tread.
Cross Over: With One Piece. Heck the anime premiered with a crossover between the two. Likely due to the real life friendship between Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro (the mangaka) and Eiichiro Oda. So much so they've had three, one in the manga and two in the anime (pre and post time skip with the One Piece cast).
In April 2013, Toriko will be part of a three way one between One Piece and Dragon Ball
Curb-Stomp Battle: The battle between the Battle Wolf and the Devil Serpent, stated multiple times to be rumoured enemies from ancient times, is over in all of 3 pages and to top it off the wolf was exhausted from giving birth.
Toriko vs. Gourmet World. Even water droplets from trees are out to kill him.
Once the heroes had defeated Livebearer at his game, his attack on them with all his men was so one sided, his beatdown at their hands wasn't even shown on screen.
Followed up by the Four Kings curbstomping the Four Beasts with their new Honoring the Food powered moves. The fight against the true Four Beast is a more proper fight.
Teppei vs. the Four Beast's Master. The match-up so one-sided that it can't even be called a fight. Teppei is overwhelmed with dread with a mere look from his opponent. He's put into a coma that lasts for several days just from the fear.
Dangerous Forbidden Technique: "Dark" Cooking techniques which heal their targets. These were prohibited by IGO because they can upset the circulation of food.
Deal with the Devil: Acacia apparently struck a bargain with the Blue Nitro after Frohze's death. The terms are currently unknown, but it has something to do with Joa and NEO.
Death World: The Gourmet World. Two seconds after entering Toriko is mercilessly attacked, knocked out, chased from one deadly trap into another, each one worse than the last, and survives only because Knocking Master Jiro got there just in time. That was through the safest entrance.
Actually, the entire world of Toriko qualifies, since even in the "human" world, there are plenty of monsters that are carnivorous and ridiculously hard to kill. Any monster ranked level 5 or higher can't be hurt with conventional weaponry, and there are "low-level" monsters that can easily take on TANKS. It's a miracle humanity was able to last long enough to build a civilization on this world.
This has actually been explained in chapter 259. Coco hypothesizes that, because bedrock with Gourmet Cells in it can be found anywhere in the world except for under the center of Human World, a meteor with Gourmet Cells crashed into our world some hundreds of millions of years before the events of the manga. Over time, it took in energy from the mantle and grew and grew, eventually forming new land and introducing Gourmet Cells to the world. In fact, given some things we've heard before, it would seem that human civilization did suffer quite a bit. And the mere fact that their technology is hardly a century ahead of ours despite it being millions of years in the future implies that we had our hands full for a long time with all the Gourmet Cell monsters taking over our world.
Degraded Boss: In the readers' perspective, this is what happened to the Gararagator and Silverback Troll Kong. In the protagonists' perspective, they were more or less mooks in the first place.
A better example would be the Sea Devil Serpent, in its first appearance it takes two of the Heavenly Kings to put it down and is regarded as the rival of the legendary Battle Wolf. However, it's revealed that Coco didn't use his more deadly poisons due to Toriko wanting to eat it later, and the Battle Wolf takes it out easily after giving birth. Not to mention that later on Toriko takes on animals with much higher capture levels (Though capture levels aren't everything; it just lacks the punch it once had).
An offhand comment in a much later chapter explains this—the Devil Serpents they fought weren't fully grown.
Disproportionate Retribution: The first thing Zebra does after being discharged is to murder every single other prisoner in Honey Prison, just because they insulted him.
Dissonant Serenity: Match's Exhaustion technique requires him to stay calm to prepare, no matter how angry he is.
Distracted by the Sexy: Warden Love can, with her pheromones, cause this to pretty much everyone, including beasts. Except for Zebra, that is.
Drunken Master: Chief Mansam. Even his Full Course Menu is composed of only foods that have alcohol in them.
Knocking Master Jiro as well, he seems to have considerable fondness for alcohol, since the first time we see him, he's trying to get a drink, and the second time we see him, he's just finished catching rare creatures to make whale fin sake. Even he won't drink during visits to the Gourmet World.
Dumb Muscle: Subverted by Toriko. Though he seems to fit the type, he will actually use skill, deception or attacking weakpoints if he knows he can't use brute force alone against the opponent.
Even Evil Has Standards: Match outright states that even the Yakuza doesn't kill without intending to eat the kill. Tommyrod is baffled by the idea.
When Match accuses Livebearer of cheating at his game, Livebearer acts insulted that such a thing would be suggested. And it's just that — an act. Not only is Livebearer cheating, but the game is stacked in his favor. Coco wasn't fooled, however.
Midora spares Ichiryuu after defeating him since he can't bring himself to kill family.
Finally, the main difference between the heroes and villains is that the heroes (mostly) only kill what they eat, while the villains have absolutely zero respect for the sanctity of life. Neo takes this a step further by not respecting the sanctity of death.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Many of the foods and ingredients. For example, the Surprise Apple is an apple that gets tastier the more you surprise it.
Expy: The series borrows heavily from Buddhist cosmology and philosophy - the main characters even get a Meditation Powerup at a Zen monastery.
The Four Heavenly Kings are lifted straight from the mythology - each is dedicated to fighting evil and a protector of a different direction. Even some of their abilities come from the legends - two of the Kings' names literally translate to "he who hears everything" and "he who sees everything." This is best seen when Toriko, Coco, Sunny, and Zebra assemble to protect the Human World from the "Shijuu."
Ichiryu corresponds nicely with Sakra, Lord of the Devas, whom the Four Kings serve. The cosmology also goes out of its way to explain that Sakra, although long-lived, is mortal. When a Sakra dies, a new diety becomes the new Sakra and chief protector of humanity/Buddhism. Does that sound like a job for a certain main character?
Fail O Sucky Name: Toriko gets a Big, Badass Wolf as a pet, a beast so legendary and strong that its ancestors singlehandedly saved an entire continent from extinction, and what does he name it? Terry. Justified as the name probably sounds more exotic to Japanese ears.
And then right back when you realize that he named it Terry because the young wolf's fur felt like terrycloth when he petted it. Also overlaps with Fluffy the Terrible.
Food Porn: The manga goes to great lengths to depict the tastiness of the food being enjoyed, often causing the ones eating to drool uncontrollably or cry tears of joy. At least one whole chapter is dedicated to the protagonists eating.
Footnote Fever: There's a lot of information (in real-world units) about the beasts and people in Toriko and how strong they are.
Four Is Death: Toriko, Coco, Sunny, and Zebra are collectively known as the Four Heavenly Kings, even though they are the good guys. In terms of destruction...
Now there's the Four Beasts from the Gourmet World, who enter the Human World to feed on people. Capture Level: 100. Not coincidentally, the Four Kings have been tasked with stopping these monsters.
Game Face: All powerful fighters show a characteristic demonic aura when using "intimidation" or being Bad Ass. Toriko's appears as a terrifying ogre.
Gender-Blender Name: Toriko, since '-ko' is usually suffixed on girls' names. This might be justified if the name is actually written with masculine Kanji, but Toriko's name is all written in Katakana, so we have no idea what the author was thinking.
Gentle Giant: Melk the First, particularly with his daughter, Melk the Second.
Giant Food: With all the giant monsters, giant food goes with it.
Gingerbread House: Toriko's home, which he does eat. Him eating the entire thing is actually a reoccurring problem, much to the architect's dismay.
Good Scars, Evil Scars: Toriko has the good kind, as seen in the picture above. Though he is not the only one.
Zebra has evil scars, he's covered in them and has half of his lips missing.
Guns Are Worthless: It's mentioned in the first chapter that firearms are completely useless against any creature with a capture level 5 or higher (the only exceptions being those that are difficult for reasons other than fighting ability). Taken Up to Eleven when the Four Beasts invade the Human World. The most advanced weaponry the armies of humanity wield against them — 100 meter tanks, fighter jets, kill sats — don't even scratch the Four.
Hammer Space: Thinking about how Tommyrod is able to hold that many bugs inside his body is not a pleasant thought...
It's stated during one issue that the insects that are secured in his body are in egg form until he releases them, at which point they hatch and mature to full size (not as enormous an exaggeration as it would be with other animals, as insects in general do mature quicker than most other species, due to their shorter lifespans), but even considering that 90% of the bugs inside are not much bigger than say, a tarantula, the ones that are giant sized would have gigantic eggs, and the biggest one would be unimaginably huge.
Healing Shiv: Revitalizing Kitchen Knives, special knives that stimulate the regenerative process after cutting the flesh odf an ingredient so it heals instantly and can be reused indefinitely.
Heavy Voice: Tina in Episode 27 after stuffing herself to the brim with tofu.
Heel-Face Turn: Livebearer, as seeing Komatsu prepare the Meteor Garlic made him realize how much he once enjoyed real cooking himself.
Hollywood Darkness: Characters can navigate underground caverns without bringing a light, though it's mentioned the darkness impedes Toriko's fighting ability somewhat. The giant mammoth is a subversion; it's mentioned afterwards that the Jewel Meat illuminates the whole body.
Hope Spot: The fight between Ichiryu and Midora ends with Midora sparing Ichiryu after defeating him. Right when it seems like Ichiryu will be able to get through to Midora and warn him of their mutual enemy, a Blue Nitro appears out of nowhere to finish him off.
Human Resources: The Gourmet Wars and the lack of food that resulted from them lead to people feeding newborn babies to livestock. Midora was one such baby.
Hurricane of Puns: In each episode right after the opening, there is a corner where the narrator introduces two or three ingredients. Most of them have very puntastic names.
Hypocritical Humour: Always remember kids, talking so much makes you look stupid. Saying all kinds of stuff so very much so very often is something that isn't really advisable at all times, else you will just have the recipient of your speech ignore you. Or just stare at you.
Is It Something You Eat?: Zebra has no clue what Warden Love of Honey Prison means when she complains that her pheromones do not affect him.
Jabba Table Manners: Toriko isn't evil, but he is rich (his credit card has NO LIMIT) and his table manners leave a lot to be desired. This becomes a problem at the Shokurin Temple, which is constructed of materials that will outright attack people who try to enter without the proper etiquette.
Ki Attacks: "Appetite" Energy, the pure cellular energy of the Gourmet Cells, which the Four Heavenly Kings used to launch the Ou Shoku Bansan on the Four Beast.
Toriko also speculates that his various Fork and Knife techniques (Flying, Shield, Leg, etc.) are composed of Appetite Energy that he is emitting subconciously.
Kick the Dog: Tommy decides to kill the Baby Wall Penguin's parents. Why? He thought they were too noisy.
Earlier on, Bei kills Terry's mother because she was "disgusting".
This is a constant theme for the Gourmet Corp. One member, when stealing Rainbow Fruit, wiped all but a few Troll Kongs guarding it.
Killer Robot: The GT Robot. Subverted in that it's actually being controlled by a distant operator, so the robot is only a killer because the operator is Ax-Crazy as hell.
Kill Sat: The Human World Military has some that fire lasers.
Knight of Cerebus: The series mostly involved fun (If occasionally gruesome) hunts for food and rare animals. And then the GT Robot arrives at the end of the Puffer Whale Arc. It's this and their subsequent appearances in the Regal Mammoth arc that introduce the reader to the Gourmet Corp. And whenever the Gourmet Corp turns up you can bet that the seriousness will turn up as well, such as the Bubble Fruit Arc.
Last Kiss: Subverted near the end of the Regal Mammoth arc. Toriko gives Rin a mouthy farewell kiss as she's bleeding out on the ground. Gourmet Cells, which Rin has, can heal almost anything, given the right food. Which, for obsessive-over-Toriko Rin, is Toriko's saliva.
Lecherous Licking: When Sunny's introduced, his Prehensile Hair's secondary function (as virtually invisible probes that he spreads a fair distance around himself) is shown visually as him doing this to Toriko.
Level Up Fill Up: When a person's Gourmet Cells evolve after eating a compatible ingredient, they regenerate any injuries that person has, even a hole in the chest. This is how Toriko survived eating a Nitro Cherry and a Poison Potato (the latter being an ingredient compatible with his cells).
Loads and Loads of Characters: Especially in later chapters, more and more characters are introduced without warning, to the point of needing to label characters already introduced whenever they reappear on-page.
Macro Zone: Acacia's temple is roughly the size of Hokkaido....and that's just one example. Hell, the area estimates given for the places the characters visit are so gargantuan it can be inferred that the very planet the series is set on is one of these.
Made of Iron: Virtually everyone who's had more than a single line of dialogue can withstand truly ridiculous amounts of damage. It's not always limited to the Gourmet Cell powerhouses, either; for example, one of Match's subordinates has his forearm half-severed and one eye gouged out by Tommyrod's bugs, then is stomped into a crater by Barrygamon, and survives.
Zig Zagged with Toriko's insane metabolism. On the one hand, burning 100,000 kcal/day should give him heatstroke or else require insane amounts of water in order to regulate his temperature. On the other hand, the Bubble Fruit Arc portrays the realistic consequences of having such a high metabolism while fasting. Whereas a normal human can go two months without food before starving to death, Toriko is at death's door within two days, which is before a normal person would even begin suffering muscle atrophy.
Played completely straight with Brunch's electrical attacks. 100 kilo-amperes at 100 Mega-Volts is 10,000 Gigawatts, which is 200 times the total electrical power output of the United States, and 100 billion times the typical resting metabolism of a human being. That power output shouldn't even be attainable, and if he were to maintain it for even a microsecond, it should cause him to burst into flames.
The news of the Four Beasts' awakening causes a panic that dwarfs the upheaval caused by Zebra's release. The entire population of the Human World retreats to the center of the Human World, leaving the borders completely deserted. Wholly justified, since the Four Beasts are horrifically powerful denizens of the Gourmet World that prey exclusively on humans.
Mix-and-Match Critters: Some ingredients are this. The best example would be the appropriately named "Elephantsaurus", a faceless elephant with a dinosaur head for a trunk.
In the crossover with One Piece, Luffy and Toriko encounter a Pig that lives in the mouth of a Fox that lives in the mouth of a Tiger. Created by EiichiroOda, natch.
The Mole: It turns out that Neo (An organization comprised of wealthy individuals, such as Mokkoi and the king of Jiddal) have spies in both the IGO, Gourmetcorp, and Biotope 0. Who? See Wham Episode below...
Mood Whiplash: Chapter 208, OH SO MUCH. The Four Beast has been defeated, the Heavenly Kings get their antidote, what remains of the Four Beast explodes and frees all the people he ate, and the rest of the world eat the antidote and the meat of the Four Beast. Everything is happy. Suddenly, we see an assorted food dish with Teppei's severed head and hand. Yes, it's that sudden.
Thankfully the next chapter reveals it was All Just a Dream of Teppei's who had fainted from the aura of the person he was chasing. Still yeesh.
Then cruelly subverted in the latest chapter. Teppei was cooked by Joa at that encounter...which means he is now Joa's slave with his mind completely crushed.
Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The species of mysterious bird-men that Acacia named "Nitro" (as in nitro glycerin) because of their Hair-Trigger Temper. Those who know of the Nitros' existence consider them to be one of the most dangerous species in the Human World and the Gourmet World.
Nothing Is Scarier: The final challenge Toriko must face before reaching the Bubble Fruit is a simple path lined with bubbles. Toriko starts trembling when he realizes that there is absolutely nothing else on the path. No dangerous beasts, no deadly traps...and no food or water anywhere.
Only Six Faces: The author does not have a very large pool of faces that he uses for major characters, which is leading to problems as the manga gets longer, where some characters look nearly identical to existing characters. Examples include Acacia, who is a spitting image of Coco, but older, and with longer hair, and young Midora, who is a spitting image of Toriko, without even different hair; the only differentiation comes from the scars. Many more characters have a particular feature (i.e. hair, eyes, or whole face) that's very similar to an existing major character, but with other features different. Examples include Starjyun, who has Coco's face with Zebra's eyebrows and a black version of Sani's hair, Aimaru, who has Coco's face, but has unique markings and different hair, Takimaru, who has an overall appearance very similar to Aimaru's, but looks a little more "boyish," Match, who looks like Zebra, and Nakaume, who looks like Komatsu.
The Paralyzer: Knocking, using a gun which fire needles into nerves that control the animals' movements.
Toriko used his finger on his Fork hand to do Knocking on a puffer whale.
Teppei uses Impact Knocking, which presumably uses Pressure Points to induce Knocking with his bare hands.
The properly named "Knocking Master Jirou" is king of this trope, capable of knocking anything. Even The very PLANET itself.
Party Scattering: Some irate rock monsters split the cast apart by sending them flying in all directions about 1/3 of the way through the Regal Mammoth arc.
Pet the Dog: Zebra, despite being the psycho he is, seems rather taken with Komatsu, using the vestiges of his energy to protect him in the Gourmet Pyramid.
Plucky Comic Relief: Zonge. He still managed to discover the Hell Soup ingredient by himself, which is not far from the Century Soup.
He also managed to surprise a Surprise Apple to the point near its absolute peak. The level that it reached was somewhere between a nuclear explosion and the destruction of the world. Although, it's doubtful anyone would have wanted to eat it afterwards.
Power Levels: An ingredient's Capture Level specifies the difficulty of obtaining said ingredient.
Not always Power Levels more like Difficulty Levels, some ingredients have high capture levels because they live in places that are hard to reach, are surrounded by some very powerful creatures, are hard to get because of some of their traits like becoming toxic if they feel threatened. One ingredient is very hard to get because all the people who can reach it are so badass that the creature dies of shock and becomes inedible.
Ridiculously Cute Critter: Yuu, Komatsu's pet baby Wall Penguin. Tiny, cute, pink, and makes adorable noises and facial expressions constantly. Tends to endear himself to any women, children and animals who cross his path.
Serial Escalation: Just how powerful can the capture beasts get in this series, and in how fast of a time can they get that strong?
To put this in perspective, a Level 5 beast can take on a regular tank by itself. By the current chapters of the series, the entire force of the military of the Human World get completely annihilated in one blast by the Mounturtle of the Four Beasts after taking the equivalent of a barrage that could wipe Freaking Canada off the map! And the other three Beasts that the Turtle is accompanied by are just as strong. And then it's revealed said Four Beasts are just the limbs of a bigger, even more powerful single beast!
Serious Business: Serious Business gourmet. So serious, in fact, that an international organization was formed to control market prices on ingredients, do genetic experiments to revive extinct animals, and many other things. Justified since food ended a whole freakin' 100 year old world war.
Given some mention of what other ingredients (such as the recently mentioned drug snail) can do, very justified.
Several ingredients in Jidar have are highly toxic, some have been known to destroy entire nations.
There's even a jail dedicated to food related crimes, including eating and running at gourmet restaurants (at some of the more impressive ones, this can mean a bill the equivalent of millions, or even BILLIONS, of dollars being ducked out on), murdering people just to get food ingredients, wiping out entire species, or selling "illegal" foods, the same thing as illegal drugs.
In this world, eating rare and delicious foods literally can give people enough superpowers to destroy whole armies single-handedly. Of course it's Serious Business.
The IGO apparently has more influence on world affairs than the United Nations.
There is a giant temple dedicated to food and Acacia's Full Course. It's so big it would take months to walk around.
One's Full Course is Serious Business as well.
Food Etiquette is this.
Acacia's rumored Hor'Douvre can raise the dead.
Shaping Your Attacks: Appetite Energy can take on many physical forms when emitted from the body from forks, knives, spoons or even a giant pac man.
Shown Their Work: The herbivorous Death Gore's teeth. This grotesque animal actually has molars instead of fangs.
Single Specimen Species: Often played straight, sometimes subverted by another specimen of a singularly weird creature appearing. Judging by the characters' reactions the Parasite Emperor seems to be some kind of freak of nature and truly the only one of its kind. The Four Beasts also seem to be unique. Humanity would probably already be extinct otherwise.
Smoking Is Cool: But only if you're smoking a tree branch and you lit it with your bare hands.
Staring Down Cthulhu: The Four Heavenly Kings and Teppei all face the Four Beast without showing a hint of fear, and actually make the monster pause. Which makes it all the more shocking that a look from the Four Beast's master fills Teppei with dread.
Stay in the Kitchen: Averted. Cooking has never looked so manly, and Setsuno is one of the world's badasses.
The Stoic: Melk has a reputation for this. It's subverted when it turns out he is a very talkative and social person, it's just that his voice was too quiet for anyone to hear.
Stripped to the Bone: Want to know how skilled Lady Chiyo is with her knives? She can do this trope to people without them noticing. Just ask Wagon, who loses the flesh of his torso in the blink of an eye.
Jiro used long range variants which can be described as Stun Rifles.
Super Senses: Toriko has a nose that's "better than a bloodhound's", Coco can see different electronic wavelengths even in the dark, Sunny's hairs have different feelers that can be used to tell temperatures, and Zebra has 'Hell ears' capable of hearing a coin drop from over ten kilometers away.
While it's never been specifically states that Komatsu has super taste buds, he can distinguish specific tastes from the Century Soup, a dish with hundreds of unique ingredients, and he's an expert at making food taste as good as possible, thus rounding out the five sense as represented by the main cast.
Super Speed: The Battle Wolf. A newborn wolf can run 100 meters in 1.5 seconds, and they become much faster with age.
"Beast King" Gaoh of the Four Beasts is fast enough to dodge Kill Sat strikes and is able to give a near full-grown Battle Wolf a run for its money.
Setsuno is currently the top dog of the chefs. Of course, Komatsu shows his talents and seems to be getting to the old lady's level, especially now that he's learning to deal with "special preparation ingredients".
The Nitro are an entire species of these. Acacia was deeply impressed by a Nitro when he saw it eat a Poison Boar without letting the meat become poisonous. Observing and learning from the Nitro played a big part in Acacia discovering "GOD". Komatsu is both amazed and horrified when he finds an ancient cookbook left behind by the Nitro. He's amazed by all the knowledge of rare ingredients and preparation methods contained in the book, a testament to the Nitros' cooking prowess. He's horrified because humans are the main ingredients in some of the recipes, a testament to the Nitros' savagery.
Ted Baxter: Zonge, who has far more confidence in his 'skills' than he should.
The Heart: Komatsu. While the Four Heavenly Kings sometimes do not get along (namely Sunny and Zebra), all four have become rather taken with Komatsu. Toriko himself has stated that Komatsu is the key to uniting the Four Heavenly Kings.
Theme Naming: The word "Gourmet" is used a lot to name things, from Gourmet World to Gourmet Cells and Gourmet Hunter to Gourmet Yakuza.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Basically humanity's defense against the Four Beasts. They unleash enough firepower to destroy all of Japan 27 times over. Turns out to be the Worf Barrage though, since the Four Beasts were completely undamaged.
The state Stayjun leaves Toriko in. Lets see: Toriko's covered in horrific burns and his own blood, his left arm is severed, so are both legs, and he's battered and bruised all over.
The Unfettered: Komatsu's old training buddy Otake is willing to do some...unsavory things to promote his restaurant and rise in the chef ranks. Komatsu is not pleased, and when he objects, Otake challenges him to surpass him if he doesnt like it.
This Is Gonna Suck: Chief Mansam's expression when Toriko flings a freaking Elephantsaurus through the Gourmet Coliseum's protective dome.
As a rule, this will always happen when someone eats an ingredient that reacts to their Gourmet Cells.
Now that Toriko has mastered "Honoring the Food", he's easily dozens of times stronger.
Took a Level in Kindness: Toriko himself actually. At the beginning of the series he let Komatsu come along on his hunts solely because it meant he'd have access to quality food in the wild, and even told Coco that he shouldn't worry too much about Komatsu, because he'd filled out his Last Will and Testament before joining them for their Puffer Whale hunt, thus he was prepared for death. He's come a long way since then, where recent chapters have him stating that protecting Komatsu makes him stronger than fighting alone ever did.
To Serve Man: While most carnivorous beasts won't hesitate to eat humans, the Four Beasts are unique since they like human flesh so much they prey exclusively on humans. Subverted with The Reveal that the Four Beasts are merely the mind-controlled slaves of the true Four Beast, which is also being controlled by someone else.
Toriko told it something to the extent of "You have every right to want to eat humans, but we as humans have every right to fight you to not be eaten." Essentially saying that he didn't think it a monster for choosing to eat just humans, be that since HE was part of it's possible menu, he'd fight back without prejudice, and everything had that same right.
Touched by Vorlons: Or rather Touched By Jellyfish, Gourmet Cells were discovered in jellyfish called "Gourmet Jellyfish". Coco believes they're aliens, making the trope more straight.
Tragic Monster: The Four Beast, amazingly enough, since it's also being controlled by someone else.
Unusual Euphemism: The anime is mildly censored (most blood is removed), but swear words in the english dub are usually substituted for food based words. The most common one is "Fork" in place of fuck,Cheese and Rice for Jesus Christ, Holy Canoli for Holy Shit, and many MANY more.
Vitriolic Best Buds: While Coco is generally bearable, the other three Heavenly Kings tend to disagree when they find themselves working together, due to Toriko's excitability, Sunny's narcissism, and Zebra's general aggression. Fortunately, it is often portrayed comedically.
"Well Done, Son!" Guy ( Actually "Well Done, Daughter" Girl): The second generation Melk idolizes the first generation Melk, but has insecurities over the quality of work because Melk the First never acknowledged Melk the Second's skill. It's later revealed that Melk the First is actually a Doting Parent who thinks the world of her and gushes over how much she deserves to be his successor, but she never realized it because his voice was so quiet.
Wham Episode: Chapter 230. Shigesam betrays IGO and seemingly kills Mansam, and Komatsu's boss had killed a bunch of IGO personnel during his defection.
Chapter 256: Acacia, widely considered the late Big Good of the series...is revealed to be the Big Bad instead, the true enemy of Midora and Ichiryuu.
Chapter 259, the entire Gourmet World is actually '''an invasive alien life form that landed on our Earth and formed over it.
Worf Had The Flu: A villainous example for once. Lady Chiyo reveals after her fight with Toriko that the only reason he did so well against her was because Chinchinchin dealt a near fatal wound to her during their fight.
World of Badass: Even the ingredients get more and more badass as the story goes on.
To give a small example. Early in the story one of the characters is attacked by a killer robot. Said robot puts a hole through the guy's throat, his windpipe and spine are gone. He is thrown into the floor... and gets up, completely unfased by the damage. Regenerates with help of some alcohol and prepares to kick ass.
Sunny has Pink/Green/Blue/White hair, with each color being able to sense something different. (Heat, pressure, cold, and pain, respectively.)
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The Four Kings curb-stomp the Four Beasts, so the day is saved, right? Nope! Turns out the beasts were just tools of the true Four Beast, and he had just entered the very center of the Human World...where all the humans are! Even after the true Four Beast is defeated, they still haven't faced it's master, who is even scarier.