YMMV / Darker Than Black

Character-related:

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: In retrospect, it probably wasn't the most brilliant idea to make the episode where November 11 lounges around naked be the same one where he dies — otherwise, you end up with fan memorials that get a little mixed up.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Every time Suou summons her sniper rifle, since both the power and the over-the-top Magical Girl summoning sequence are totally at odds with the series as a whole.
  • Crack Pairing: Hei/Hazuki. Hilariously enough, the only shipping pair to actually get any action. That remuneration sure is awkward, huh?
  • Crazy Awesome: Playing chicken with an airplane. Hei. Genma. Episode 9.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Claude (real name Shichi) from the OVA Gaiden is the nastiest Contractor in the anime. While most Contractors are simply amoral, the human-hating Claude is a relentless sadist who enjoys tormenting people by disguising himself as their loved ones to get a rise from them. His ultimate goal is to awaken Izanami to commit genocide on his fellow Contractors, solely for the fun involved. He compounds this by unleashing Izanami's powers to murder a group of Contractors who simply wanted to live in peace.
    • Flower Of Darkness manga: The Contractor antagonist, Harvest, serves as an Evil Counterpart to Hei. While Hei embraces his humanity, Harvest considers humans weak and pathetic and offers humans in mental torment his Black Dandelion, the "Flower of Darkness," which will grant them power at the price of murdering their best friend. The flower strips the victim of morality and restraints, and Harvest he often gives it to the target as well to see who will kill the other first. Harvest's motivation is he was once informed he was inferior to the then fully human Hei. Unable to accept this, Harvest opens the Black Dandelion to infect every human in Tokyo, and from there on the rest of the world, to turn humans into amoral monsters like him so he can judge for himself if morality is necessary and there is "nothing within me." Defined by his selfishness and narcissism, when the Black Dandelion is stopped, Harvest declares "I alone am the future! " before using his enhanced powers to attempt to simply obliterate the remainder of the planet.
    • Also from Flower Of Darkness comes Coach Daisuke Mioka. Daisuke is the handsome young coach of an all girls academy, but is also a serial womanizer and has affairs with his impressionable, starstruck students, making web porn of them. When one of them, Azusa, finds out, Daisuke tries to silence her by convincing her best friend, his cousin, another conquest, to talk to Azusa so he can save the day from a group of his friends who want to rape them. Daisuke mentions to his friends to go ahead, but he'll just be "a little late" so they can have their fun and later drugs a teacher so he can sleep with her. When Hei is talking the newly empowered Azusa from leaving Daisuke alone, he gloats how happy he made her and how it's all the fault of women for what he's done and tries to fry Azusa with a stun gun, which enrages the normally taciturn Hei into trying to kill him in cold blood.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • This seems to be a common view of Suou; some fans even think that her spotlight stealing is entirely responsible for ruining an otherwise decent plot.
    • Of course, Suou also has her fans, who thought that she gave the season a fresh approach which it sorely needed, since season 1 all over again (just substituting Amber with Yin/Izanami would have stagnated the plot).
    • And then you have the people who think that second season did stagnate the plot, and that Suou's spotlight stealing made it even worse.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Hei/Yin. The art for the series makes them look like an Official Couple but the series portrays the exact nature of their relationship as ambiguous. Yin developed feelings for Hei in the first season, the manga provided them with more Ship Tease, and the OVA ramped this Up to Eleven. However, they both have trouble expressing their emotions properly and Hei is a Master of the Mixed Message so his protectiveness towards Yin could be his Big Brother Instinct acting out. The official website states that Hei "feels strongly" about Yin and various staff members for the anime think of it as romance. There has been no official statement made on it though.
  • Foe Yay: Misaki and Hei, ever so much. In the second season, Mina jokes that she's saving her virginity for him.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The North American fanbase loves November 11.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: For Troy Baker, who said in a Funimation commentary that at the time he played November 11, he had recently chose to quit smoking. However he also took it in stride and joked about it.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Shichi enjoys pretending to be a woman who was in love with Hei a little too much.
    • Episodes 11 and 12. Hei and Nick became close very quickly, spent a whole night watching the stars together (and made plans to go watch them again afterward), and Hei looked really sad and heartbroken after Nick "betrayed" him.
  • Iron Woobie: Havoc.
    Havoc: Promise me one thing, though. If... If I revert back to my former self, kill me right away.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Huang was a cop until his best friend was horribly killed... by the woman Huang loved, who he discovered had just been using him to get to said best friend. He was left with no choice but to join the Syndicate or have his memories wiped, which he feels would be like killing his friend all over again. This resulted in Huang being a bigotted jerkass.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Poor Hei gets shipped with everyone.
  • Les Yay: Buckets aimed at Misaki. She doesn't reciprocate much, though. In all fairness, pretty much every character has at least a little attraction for her, not just the women.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Amber. No surprise considering her powers to travel through time gives her the upper hand to manipulate people and events.
  • Memetic Badass: Hei, definitely.
  • Moe:
    • Yin. Seems to come with the territory when you're an Emotionless Girl.
    • Amber, played up deliberately.
    • Meena
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Daisuke posting web porn of his conquests whilst they remain ignorant of it. With badly blocked out faces. Then hiring a gang to rape Azusa AND Kyouko, with Kyouko as an unwitting accomplice, just so he can "rescue Azusa" or so she can't tell on him.
    • The callous and horrible way in which Tanya kills her other best friend/crush Nika.
    • Claude's massacre of a group of Contractors who just wanted to live in peace. Particularly since given his powers, he had no real reason to do it.
    • If you somehow still harbored any sympathy for Genma, the throwaway comment in the last episode that he was the one who killed Youko and the implications of having raped her prior or even worse; after her death pushes him straight into total bastard territory.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Goran was on screen for maybe five minutes.
  • Retroactive Recognition: November 11's dub voice is Troy Baker, better known these days as Joel or Pagan Min.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Compared to the Syndicate and Pandora figures, Amber's far more likable and charismatic.
  • The Scrappy: Norio, for being a whiny, semi-delusional and just generally annoying paedophile stalker Played for Laughs and (attempted) sympathy who hits the wrong side of What Measure Is a Non-Badass? hard. This is even lampshaded by the voice actors in the Darker than Black radio.
  • Stoic Woobie: It sucks to be Yin. Or Hei.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • August 7. Or so we thought.
    • Also November 11 and Huang.
  • Toy Ship: Suou/July, who's somehow fond of her.
  • What an Idiot: Goran, the Contractor so incompetent he was killed by rain drops and his own inability to prepare for any contingency whatsoever.
  • The Woobie:
    • Havoc. Not bad for a reviled mass murderer who literally drank the blood of children.
    • In season 2, Genma invokes the trope in hopes that it can apply to him ("Hey, having an unfortunate past can score me some Moe points!"). note 

Seasons 1 and 2

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