- Ass Pull / Deus ex Machina: How some of the characters won their matches, such as Sanae finding the right opening or Mokou and Kaguya suddenly getting stronger in the middle of their match with Komachi and Shikieiki. Though Sanae has gotten better in this regard, winning through more skill/determination than writer's saving grace.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Tenshi and Okuu with support from the underground youkai. With the efforts made by Parsee, Yuugi, Orin, and Yamame leading into the duo becoming an effective yet fun to watch team in dealing with tough foes (unlike Red 75%) in clean ways, english fans are rallying behind them. Their off ring interactions reveal traces of Fun Personified, moments of heartwarming, and Tenshi's intent to oppose the sneakier elements of the tournament, such as how the Immortals and Organizers do things.
- Growing the Beard: The 4koma was never exactly bad, but it started out as a silly, light-hearted parody of Kinnikuman. Somewhere around the first few fights, it lost the parody part and became just a straight homage... and then during Hourai vs Pyramid Volcano it bid farewell to the light-hearted part.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Kaguya (and later Mokou) doing flashy shows and bribery to build up good publicity enabling them to use Heel tactics and still come off as Faces to the fans. (the in-story fans, that is; among the readers, Kaguya tends to gather X-Pac Heat.)
- Kanako and Yuyuko showed signs of this when they more or less get away with their attempt to silence Yamame and Parsee for merely trying to persuade them to let Okuu into the tournament (She was basically banned for doing something Yukari, another organizer put her up to doing). The worse that happened to Kanako was Yuugi gave her a parting punch to the face. However unlike Yukari, Kanako hasn't done anything shady at all since then.
- Yukari herself for different reasons: Intentionally snubbing Tenshi and the underground dwellers, prodding Okuu to attack the assembled normal contestants, which wound up failing (only Koakuma and the Akis were affected). She then punished Okuu for it. And there are signs that she's favoring Reimu (most obvious of which was adding a cash prize just to get her alone to enter).
- This means that Heaven Sky (Okuu and Tenshi) are her unfavorites and so far they have overcome Sakuya/Suika (with Sakuya getting some special training from Yukari just to deal with Yuugi, which improved her 'time barrier' to damage reflecting levels).