This is generally an upbeat series, but there are a few moments that'll make you feel you're watching a horror film.
- Issei's Death by Origin Story in the novel was bad enough, but in the anime, viewers get to see him desperately turn to run from Dohnaseek, get stabbed from behind, and fall to the ground and slowly bleed to death before Rias and her allies rescue him. Someone's having a bad day.
- Those with gynophobia (fear of women) will be caught off-guard by the many times any female villain hunts down Issei.
- During a job in Episode 3, Issei comes across the client's room, before stepping in something wet, thick, and red - then the camera pans to show the trail of blood, before Issei completely and utterly freaks out. We don't see the entire body, but it's so bad that Issei is visibly struggling not to puke... and then as if to make the introduction worse, Freed shows us how happy he is to have done this.
- What's worse is that when Asia stumbles on the scene, is horrified and wonders how a self-proclaimed servant of God could be that needlessly cruel, he makes clear his intent to kill her, except that would offend his boss, so he settles for threatening her with Attempted Rape, if she doesn't shut up instead.
- While Freed was doing all that, Rias saw something that made her order a tactical retreat, forcing a grievously wounded Issei to leave Asia. We are never shown what it was that had Rias turn tail, but we can be sure it wasn't Raynare and her bunch because she easily vaporizes them later.
- Riser's beating up of Issei in volume 2 to twist Rias into ending their Rating Game can catch people off-guard. By the end of volume 2, Issei leaves serious burn marks on his face in their Final Battle.
- One of the worst was Juggernaut Drive. Issei goes into an insane berserker state, during which he chews off Shalba's arms!!!. He also grows a multitude of limbs from all over his body. And the real kicker? Ddraig has to warn Rias and the others to run away, because Issei would have killed them as well if they hadn't. The only reason this isn't High Octane is the way he was brought out of it. And this was only from Kiba and the rest's point of view. From Issei's point of view himself? It's a lot worse. Even though he is defeated, Shalba's look of utter terror as Issei attacks him is suitably unsettling.
I, who shall awaken; I am the Heavenly Dragon who stole the principle of domination from God; I mock the infinite, and fret over the dream; I shall become the Red Dragon of Domination; I shall drown you in the depths of crimson purgatory. Juggernaut Drive!
- The second time he almost pulled off Juggernaut Drive was when he got himself knocked unconscious by Sairaorg in their match. He then wakes up to a white world with the past Boosted Gear users, surrounded by dark aura. One by one, they tell him to pull off Juggernaut Drive to the point he joins with them.
- The anime's version? Even more terrifying than the original light novel version, and isn't toned down at all.note Issei's body grows draconic, slowly and painfully, while the form speaks in a voice somewhere between human and dragon, voices of past users whispering creepily all throughout - the resulting rampage is punctured by repeated cries of pain, mainly draconic but sometimes with Issei's screams overlaying it. Plus, Issei's Juggernaut Drive has the powers of Vali's Divine Dividing (stolen in their previous fight), along with Gasper's Forbidden Balor View. Yikes.
- Diodora apparently made a habit of finding devout nuns and getting them branded as heretics, thereby exiling them from the church. At which point he would rape and enslave them, as no one else would have anything to do with them. This is what would have happened to Asia if Issei hadn't saved her first. And all the more satisfying with the resulting Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Gasper's face when he snapped when told that Issei's dead.
- Kiba's past. All of his friends dying by being subjected to harsh experiments just so they can hold a holy sword while praying to God not knowing that God Is Dead in this series.
- Evil dragons in general. Considered by everyone as the most troublesome existences ever because they just love to destroy For the Evulz. Guess they got some lessons from Acnologia and Nefarian.
- Gasper does it again in Volume 16 when he calmly destroys Marius Tepes.
- Another heroic example would be what Fafnir does to Rizevim. Not the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, as epic as it was. No, it turns out that following that, Fafnir haunts his dreams for weeks aftewords, killing him thousands of times over and over until the Smug Snake is completely mentally exhausted. Then, after Issei in DxD mode finally beats down Rizevim physically, Fafnir materializes and eats him.
- As of the end of Volume 20, Trihexa is awake.
- Everything about Trihexa can catch people off-guard. Even without Apophis and Azakha boosting their forces with mass-produced evil dragon clones through their stolen Holy Grail, this creature could curb-stomp gods and even its exposed cores have a healing factor so strong, just one of them could take Issei's Diabolous Dragon and Sirzechs's full power head-on, and heal right up again, like nothing happened.