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  • Animation Age Ghetto: Unsurprising, knowing most video stores.
    • The 1972 anime was aimed to kids, having lots of changes in comparison with the original manga. See Lighter and Softer for more detail.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Jinmen, the depraved turtle-like demon eats humans alive to devour their souls, leaving an imprint of them on his shell while they are trapped in agony. Jinmen targets vulnerable humans on purpose, with children being a favorite meal, including a 10 year old named Sachiko who had befriended Akira. Those he devours are left alive and conscious, but trapped until Akira kills him.
    • Amon was a demon that was taken inside of Akira Fudo but was eventually trapped inside him, existing as Akira's Superpowered Evil Side. When Akira crosses the Despair Event Horizon, Amon finally emerges in the OVA Amon: The Dark Side Of Devilman. Amon murders humans and demons for his own twisted amusement and takes delight in mentally torturing Akira with images of him as Devilman devouring his beloved Miki and in one of the most memorably horrifying scenes, when Amon discovers a little girl in rubble, he lifts her up before eating her alive, horrifying even other demons.
    • Candy from the AMON side story was a Serial Killer before achieving great power. In the post apocalyptic world, Candy ekes out a power base by convincing humans there is no such thing as Devilmen, resulting in purges of countless peaceful humans believed to be demons. Candy takes delight in the deaths of the innocent and simply enjoys wielding power over others.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: the uses of Anthem's "Show Must Go On" and "Light It Up" in the Devilman: The Birth and Demon Bird OV As.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jinmen. For crying out loud, out of all the Characters in this series....He even has a M.U.G.E.N character.
  • Fan Nickname: Ultimate Devilman for Devilman Grimoire.
    • Due to a notoriously mistranslated subtitled version of the 1972 anime, DEBIRU-Man has become a popular nickname for the title character.
  • Fridge Horror: In Devilman Grimoire, actually. Remember how, in the original Devilman, Miki and Tare were horribly murdered by a psychotic lynch mob consisting of their own neighbors, because they thought she was a witch? When one considers that the cast is pretty much the same in Grimoire (with a few additions), it stands to reason that the Makimuras' neighbors most likely are also the same people. Which then leads to the realization that the whole neighborhood is a ticking time bomb, ready to go off under the right conditions. It doesn't help that Miki goes around announcing to anyone who's willing to listen that she is a witch.
    • Then again, as of the latest chapters in Grimoire, Miki herself is now a Devilman, so killing her just became that much more difficult.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Ryo/Satan
  • Magnum Opus: Go Nagai considers the franchise to be his best work.
  • Memetic Mutation: MY FATHER DIED!
  • Narm: Satan's immortal line: "For, you see, I am a hermaphrodite!"
    • The Live Action Movie is filled with this.
    • Ryo's plan for turning Akira into Devilman involves gathering a bunch of hippies together in his basement. It Makes Sense in Context, yes, but it's hard to take the line "These people here are rouge hippies I've gathered together" seriously.
  • Snark Bait: The Live Action movie, which was the winner of the first Bunshun Kiichigo Awards (The Japanese answer of the Golden Raspberry Award)
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The story is genuinely a criticism of militarism and how fear and hatred bring only tragedy.
  • Special Effects Failure: The movie version suffers from this.

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