YMMV: Samurai Deeper Kyo

  • Ho Yay: Now has its own page.
  • It Gets Better: The first few volumes are pretty slow and read a bit like a Rurouni Kenshin clone. Still enjoyable, but not extraordinary. Then the real plot with the Mibu hits, and we have a real show on our hands.
  • Jerk Sue: Kyo in spades: He's killed a thousand people just to prove his strength and doesn't show any remorse whatsoever (on the contrary, he's proud of it), he verbally abuses almost every single person that surrounds him on a regular basis, he gropes women at the drop of a hat (specially Yuya) and he shows no respect for almost anybody. And yet, all of his companions treat him as an incredibly admirable and honorable person. Sure, he's supposed to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, but his "heart of gold" moments are arguably pretty weak, few and far in between.
    • Designated Hero: Kyo's jerk tendencies put him in this category for a lot of readers.
  • Magnificent Bastard: The Former Crimson King, certainly. Others may qualify, like Nobunaga and Yukimura.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The Former Crimson King, despite his Magnificent Bastardry, very dissonant in looks and personalty a prime example of Nightmare Fuel and crossing the Moral Event Horizon several times in the story, is still referred to as Aka-chan by most of the fandom.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Former Crimson King has plenty of these moments.
    • Upon Tokito's reunion with her father, Fubuki, she begs the Former Crimson King to save him. The Former Crimson King, instead, attempts to kill her, but Fubuki, already half-dead, takes the fall.
    • He orders Kyoshiro—through Chinmei—to kill Sakuya's brother, and then arranges for Sakuya to watch. Made worse since he's Yuya's step brother
    • His We Have Reserves speech on not curing the false Mibu, is what caused Muramasa to abandon him.
  • Nightmare Fuel: has its own page
  • Too Cool to Live: Muramasa, Taihaku, Fubuki and Hishigi. One can also make an argument for Kyosaburo, who created the Mumyo Jinpu Ryu and passed it on to Muramasa and therefore, indirectly, Kyo.
  • Uncanny Valley: While Kyo's Crimson Eyes do look scary, The Former Crimson King and Kyoshiro's variants look very off.
    • The fully awakened ones are downright scary
  • The Woobie: Tons of characters, like Yukimura.
    • Iron Woobie: Hishigi. Think about Hishigi for a second. He is in constant, excruciating pain from the Devil Eyes and the Death Disease. He has watched countless friends die horribly while he was helpless to save them. But he keeps fighting for Fubuki, because Fubuki is all he has left. Damn.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Kyo, Fubuki, frigging everyone.