YMMV / Demonbane

  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": The series features one of the most ludicrously, infinitely powerful Mecha ever conceived in fiction, practically Common Knowledge among fans of the genre. Try to find someone who knows anything else about Demonbane besides this fact.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Three guesses as to who Metatron is, and the first two don't count.
  • Common Knowledge
    • Ask most Mecha fans about "God Mode Demonbane" and they will say it grows so gigantic it pops universes by brushing against them and can summon infinite copies of itself. This is actually inaccurate: those are two different versions of Demonbane that often get blended together by people who have only heard of the series. "War God Demonbane" from the prequel novels does out-grow the universe it starts out in and moves through multiple universes as it battles the similarly-sized "War God Liber Legis", accidentally destroying universes by brushing against them; however, it cannot summon copies of itself. Meanwhile, "Elder God Demonbane" from the sequel game does summon infinite copies of itself, but remains the same size as the regular Demonbane (though it's heavily implied it could alter its size if it really wanted to).
    • Some people will claim that Demonbane kills Cthulhu or some of the Outer Gods throughout the series, but Cthulhu is never defeated by Demonbane in the story (Cthulhu dies due to being an Unwitting Pawn in the games of other, greater powers), nor do the Outer Gods make any appearance at all. The only one Demonbane directly battles is Nyarlathotep and it's implied the latter cannot be destroyed permanently.
  • Complete Monster
    • Tiberius is a sickening Serial Killer and necromancer that even many of his comrades loathe. Tiberius is introduced as an undead Monster Clown who wants "alone time" with the young heiress of the heroic Hadou family Ruri. Once he catches her, Tiberius wastes no time molesting and trying to rape her. When his organization Anticross makes its move, the people of Arkham City are placed in refugee shelters. Tiberius attacks one shelter and takes his time slaughtering or violating every living thing, regardless of age, before he moves onto another shelter to attempt the same. When he catches Ruri, he uses her as a Human Shield in his fight with Kuro Daijuji and wastes no time in trying to rape her and other youthful females he finds during the fighting.
    • Vespasianus is the Mad Scientist of Anticross who masterminded the "C Project", where orphans were taken and raised for his experiments, so he could transform them into superpowered servants for the Black Lodge. One of them tried to escape, which resulted in Vespasianus subduing him and turning him forcibly into the "Black Angel" Sandalphon. In the present, Vespasianus presides over experiments with the Deep Ones where he has them "breed" with human women and later sacrifices the lot of them before achieving the summoning of Dagon, which he knows will wreak havoc. Vespasianius later helps fellow Anticross member Augustus participate in the overthrow of Master Therion with the other four members so he and Augustus can bind Cthulhu itself to their will. He even has Cthulhu violate their captive Nero and later tries to usurp Augustus as well, driven by nothing but a desire to satisfy his intellectual curiosity.
    • Nya, who is really Nyarlathotep is the true Big Bad of the whole series, having set up all the events, allowing Anticross to cause so much pain and suffering, as well as their experiments and the bloodshed that resulted. This character's cruelty began by creating an Eldritch Location where The Hero who stood opposed to the villain is forced to relive his life in Eternal Recurrence, coming close to seeing his One True Love again, only to have everything reset before he could get to her. In the sequel, furious by defeat, The Big Bad pulls out all stops at making Kurou and Al Azif suffer, manipulating their future children and using Another Blood's grudge against her mother to convince her to try and kill Al, all the while having full intention of abandoning the children to oblivion as soon as Nyaralathotep got what it wants. The character's ultimate goal is to release Azathoth and the other Outer Gods to consume all existence, relishing in nothing more than humanity's suffering.
  • Crazy Awesome: Doctor West, in spades.
  • Creepy Cute: Dunsany the Shoggoth: Blob Monster? Check; Tentacles? Check; Summoned from beyond human knowledge? Check; Adorable regardless? Check.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
    "Man, I can't even begin to imagine what expression I'd have had if I'd heard about this when I was a kid."
    • The fact that it takes place primarily in a city called "Arkham City".
  • Magnificent Bastard: Nya, with a healthy dose of Evil Is Sexy, or, more properly, Eldritch Abomination Is Sexy. True, its appearance is a facade, but Nyaralathotep taking on a woman's form, even if it's the one who manipulated the whole damned plot, is HOT as hell.
  • Memetic Badass: Demonbane, specifically Elder God Demonbane, is the end-all argument when it comes to Power Level discussions - The Flash? There's a universe where Demonbane's faster; Accelerator? There's a universe where Demonbane reflects the reflections of vectors; Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann or the continuously expanding Getter Emperor? Demonbane can grow bigger than either of them. There's also a Demonbane who knows how the King Crimson works and one who can defeat the Grimace. Just about the only acceptable entities in fiction who can stand against the Elder God Demonbane are The One Above All, The Presence and Azathoth (both the Demonbane and Cthulhu Mythos versions).
  • Moe: In and around the series, just look at Al whenever Kurou transforms into a Magius. Even Dunsany the Shoggoth is adorable.
  • Woolseyism: When Kurou brings Al to Leica's church, Leica "interrogates" him about where did this scantily clad little girl come from and offers him a bowl of katsudon. Why a sister of the cloth in a Western-styled church knows about a Japanese crime drama clichenote  God only knows, thus this is changed to a cigarette in the English translation.