YMMV / D.Gray-Man

  • Arc Fatigue: The development of Allen and the 14th Noah is suffering this as a result from the multiple breaks Hoshino is taking and because of the writers real-life issues that have caused the manga to be on hiatus since December 2012. As a result Allen has been suffering for the last four years.
    • In an extension of the above fatigue, some often cite that the Arc Fatigue started from the moment of the weekly-to-monthly switch for the manga; having the story arcs going for much longer periods of real-time then previously before. The fans often debate if this is because Hoshino doesn't release enough content for a monthly release, and is stuck on a weekly release mind-set, or if it's because the fans themselves can't adjust to the new schedule and can't handle the, now slow, plot advancement then when the manga was on a weekly release.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Allen isn't anywhere near as traumatized by his sucky life as one might expect.
      • Subverted in Marian's sidestory. There we learn that Allen spent a lot of time without wanting anything to the point Maria forced him to eat and change his clothes. Allen managed to recover but he was not himself but acting like Mana. Across the story Allen becomes aware of this when Lenalee points that he is starting to be casual rather than formal.
    • Subverted by Lenalee; she has a horrible past and generally acts upbeat and cheerful, but it's mostly an act; she's been harboring a deep hatred of the Order for years and is terrified of the Inspectors from Rome.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Lenalee, mostly for Shipping reasons.
    • Kanda's sort of a lesser example. He's a gigantic, unrepentant a-hole, with no heart of gold underneath, which turns plenty of people off of him. However, he still ranks very high in character popularity polls, even ranking higher than the main character at least once, and has a strong female fanbase. All Girls Want Bad Boys in action?
      • Probably the fact that his heart grew when Allen and saved him and Alma helped to improve his popularity.
  • Cartright Curse: General Cross could be a victim of this. We meet Anita, who was stated to be his lover. She ends up getting killed by an Akuma on the ship to find Cross in Edo. Earlier the night of her death, she shares with lenalee that her mother was in love with Cross, and supported the Order for him. She was also killed by an Akuma before Anita turned 18. Finally, Grave of Maria is questionable. If she was a lover of Cross, then that makes three women who were in relationships with Cross shortly before they were killed.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • All Noah are this by default, but the Millennium Earl is particularly Badass even by their standards.
    • Tyki Mikk. He's a sexy badass, yes, but he's a Noah, which means Nightmare Fuel is just part of the package.
  • Critical Research Failure: A priest marrying a nun. The anime fixed this, thankfully.
  • Die for Our Ship: Lenalee gets this for getting in the way of Allen/Yu. And Eliade tends to get this a lot from Krory/Miranda fans, which is ridiculous, since she dies in Krory's introductory arc.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: In one character popularity poll, Kanda managed to steal the #1 position away from Allen despite having been absent for nearly three entire story arcs.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Noah. And how.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The Noah underwent some strange costume changes after the Japan arc, quite a few of the male characters going from rocking some awesome suits to wearing some kind of bizarre belly shirts.
  • Foe Yay: Road kissed Allen and claims to love him. Though this could be more to do with the 14th than Allen. It's never explained why she was the only one he didn't kill. Though, it's probably was simply because he couldn't. We still don't even know how she can be killed after all.
  • Growing the Beard: The manga starts off as a Monster of the Week story, introducing new Exorcists, it did not develop completely until the Ark story arc. Then the series went monthly, the story became more complex and the atmosphere greatly changed (for better or for worse, depending on who you ask), to the point it would be hard to imagine the series running in the Shonen Jump now.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Why the Fangirls most likely don't really like Han. Could be an Informed Attribute, were he not living in the Land of the Bishonen.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Allen Walker. Why yes, that wide-eyed smiling boy was abandoned by his parents, raised in an abusive circus, watched his foster father die, was cursed by said father after some asshole in a top hat tricked him into bringing him back and then was forced to kill him personally, was then taken in by Cross, who stuck him with all his debts, is constantly stuck with the missions that carry heavy emotional baggage, was betrayed by the organization he works for, and then found out his foster father was crazy and may have never actually loved him, but the soul of the evil 14th Noah that was sealed inside him. And it's been revealed as of late that Mana -Allen's foster father, is actually the Millennium Earl, whom Allen hates and wants revenge against, not coming to find yet that he and his foster father are the same person. Allen may not be happy when he finally does find this out. Then his mentor was attacked, and supposedly killed, and Allen gets the pleasure of being led to the room by Tim, and seeing his Master's blood everywhere, along with his mask. Then later coming face to face with the one responsible for his Master's attack, and getting to see what happened in the room that night. So now he's lost the second adult figure in his life, far as he knows. Isn't it obvious?
    • He finally breaks in the manga's latest chapters after leaving the Order and realizing he feels lonely and becoming sensitive. However, this was really short lived.
    • Things did look up for Allen when he meets his master again in chapter 222. He thinks Cross is just an illusion, but says regardless of that he was glad he got to see him again. After talking, Cross disappears again, and Allen starts to think that he may not have been an illusion after all.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Yu.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Allen, Allen, Allen.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The 14th Noah.
  • Moe: Allen Walker. Among fandom, he's commonly described as "cute" and "very huggable." Also, being a wide-eyed Cheerful Child helps.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Second and Third Exorcist projects.
    • Cross allowing Akuma to roam free momentarily just to teach Allen a lesson crossed it, especially given it resulted in the death of both Allen's best friend and his sister. Oddly no one called him out on it.
  • Narm Charm: Jasdevi's Fusion Dance. Relatedly, the Level 4 Akuma would look outright stupid if they weren't so terrifying.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Allen may have these feelings toward Cross, to some extent. He learns he is a vessel for The Fourteenth, and that Cross knew the entire time and said nothing -being tasked with finding and watching over the new vessel. Cross is attacked by Apocryphos and disappears. Allen believed his master to be dead. When Apocryphos attempts to merge with Allen, he says that Cross was only using him as a sacrifice to The Fourteenth. Allen says that he is Cross' apprentice, and the thought of merging with the one who killed his master makes him want to puke.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Quite a few people found Miranda Lotto to be incredibly annoying during the Rewinding Town arc. Fortunately, it doesn't even take until the end of the arc for her to get a lot better.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Chaozii Han to a lot of the fans of the series, probably due to being one of the few non-bishonen male characters. His turning on Allen without question when the Order declares him an enemy didn't help matters, either.
    • Johnny, for his complete irrelevance despite constantly appearing (tough hopefully that may be on its way to change) and for being generally a crybaby.
  • Squick: Cyril is way too touchy-feely with Tyki (who may - pending canon confirmation to take this out of fanon - be his brother) and Road (his adopted daughter). Cyril loves "playing house" so much, it gives him a nosebleed. For their part, Tyki thoroughly dislikes Cyril's attentions while Road is either oblivious or doesn't care Being way older than she looks and possibly being a Shota Con might have something to do with that.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • Daisya Barry.
    • Skinn Bolic gets killed by Kanda.
    • Eshii. He had Frieza as his seiyuu, beats two Badass Exorcists, and forced a third to go all out, has gravity powers, and is a capable fighter. He's also the only Level Three, That doesn't get reduced to a humiliating state or beaten easily.
  • Uncanny Valley:
  • Fiddler. Something is not right about his face.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Jasdevi is very bishounen, and has long hair.
  • What an Idiot: Jasdevi could probably have ended the fight on the Ark instantly if they'd done the right thing.
    • Everybody in the Order. Allen is trying to help the Third Exorcists but he is stopped by Link for no legit reason. Also, he is imprisoned for not killing Alma even though Alma was nearly dead. Nobody from the Order tries rescuing Allen even though he has not been eating anything. It's sad when the antagonists were the ones who ended up helping the hero. Also, after Link is apparently killed, Allen is blamed for killing Link even though he had almost no strength but the fact he escaped proves everything. Lampshaded too. Lenalee has lots of regrets for what happened but she is not helping at all.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: The scars on Miranda's hands resemble stigmata.
  • The Woobie:

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