These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Base Breaker: Episode 142, it completely alters what was the epic conclusion of Toriko and Starjun's fight in favor of a different ending.
Chaotic Good: Toriko isn't really strictly a "good" guy. He, Sunny, and Coco are all Chaotic Good because, while they do whatever they want, they are inclined to do good things/help people, rather than screw others over(Sani pushes this though given his narcissism). However through Character Development, Toriko, Sunny, and Coco become much more altruistic than they were at the start of the series, pushing closer to true Good. Toriko's entire goal now is to find GOD and share it with the World, as well as rescue Komatsu. After the timeskip, Toriko gathers a massive quantity of ingredients and shares it with the entire human world without any hesitation.
Zebra on the other hand is DEFINITELY Chaotic Neutral, if not Chaotic Evil. He will do anything he wants and damn the consequences if it doesn't go against his own (very selective) personal rules (which boil down to 1. don't be cocky, 2. don't EVER lie.) Or the rules of people he like George. Toriko and Komatsu, Toriko BARELY given (he just wants to fight Toriko).
Complete Monster: Tommyrod is one of the Sous-Chefs of the Gourmet Corps' organization. While he puts on a rather Affably Evilfacade with his subordinates he is utterly ruthless and won't hesitate to kill them if failed. His powers use Body Horror insects he keeps inside his body and he doesn't hesitate to sacrifice them, even with high capture levels. He takes sadistic joy in tormenting his opponents, or even bystanders like the unfortunate hunters he encountered in Ice Hell, and his brutal fight with Toriko just shows how much joy he has in inflicting pain on others. Its taken to extremes when he kills Komatsu's baby wall penguin's parents for absolutely no reason, just because he found their calls of affection to be annoying.
Ensemble Darkhorse: The first character poll put Uumen Umeda in 8th place over more prominent characters like Tommyrod, Melk, Rin, Setsuno, Jiro, Mansam, and Zonge. You could count the number of Umeda's appearances on one hand.
And now it looks like Uumen is actually a member of NEO, who seeks to destroy the IGO and Gourmet Corp. - and may be much, MUCH stronger than he initially let on.
Brunchi, when he makes his flashy debut, he easily steals the show with his attitude and unique heart of gold. Enough have a full on fight with the highest ranked fighter below the Sou Chefs.
Fridge Brilliance: The reason why Toriko spent so much time trying out the exhibits at Life, the country of healing seemed to be so much different than his normal curiosity, was because it was different. Toriko is afraid that there won't be a cure to regrow his arm, and he is fooling himself into thinking about other stuff to take his mind off of it as most of us do. The exhibits aren't food, the only thing that actually gets Toriko excited, so it makes sense.
More Fridge Sadness than brilliance but Midora used to have an appetite like Toriko's. It's only after Frohze dies that Midora's appetite becomes unsatiable. He's trying to eat away the pain of losing Frohze, the closest person he had as a mother.
Chapter 259's revelations mix this with a bit of Fridge Horror, explaining why humanity is confined to a small fraction of their own planet. "Human World" is actually the original Earth, the rest of the planet being a gigantic tumor created by a meteorite infused with Gourmet Cells. All of the more fantastic plants and animals in the series are actually invasive species.
After learning about Appetite Energy, the BB Corn arc makes more sense. At the time it seemed a little odd that the corn would enable Toriko to use more advanced techniques, as it wasn't incredibly tasty. But the Flying Forks and Knives are made of Appetite Energy that he releases subconsciously, and the BB Corn is special because it makes you hungrier when you eat it.
Hatedom: You'll be surprised how many people think Toriko doesn't warrant its success.
Ho Yay: Lots of it, to the point of TorikoXKomatsu being practically canon by now. Komatsu's interaction with the Second Melk and Toriko being enganged to Rin does somewhat counteract it, though.
Toriko: Komatsu, how about you and me form a "combo"?
Coco becomes very concerned for Komatsu in episode 4 and 5, after Komatsu becomes friendly with him even though Coco is poisonous.
The last page of Gourmet 34:
Komatsu: Did you do something to me!?
Sunny: I diiidn't. Do you want me to do something?
This after he fawned over Komatsu's cooking skills, saying he's beautiful when he works...
Toriko compares being "tasted" by Sunny's hair sensors as being licked by him. In the show, this is demonstrated by a shot of Sunny licking Toriko's cheek. Sunny's descriptions of people's actions/emotions towards things as "beautiful" doesn't help — Komatsu's cooking, Coco's entrance...
When they are traveling on the Gourmet Carriage, some classical music starts playing and Sunny grabs Komatsu for a dance. Then you see Toriko and Coco waltzing together, looking like they have no idea how they got there.
The fact that Toriko, Sunny and Zebra are all fighting over having Komatsu as their "partner" makes it feel like a really strange harem anime.
The amount of Ho Yay in this manga combined with all the muscular man and manly harem undertones would probably qualify as intended Homoerotic Subtext. In fact, this is likely as close to Bara as it possibly can be for a shonen manga with all due age restrictions.
Gets lampshaded by Sunny who asks Toriko, who after accepting Rin's proposal, if Komatsu really is his partner. Toriko asks 'what does this have to do with it', and Sunny is shocked the relationship isn't romantic between Toriko and Komatsu!
HSQ: The introduction of Head Waiter Alfaro. Two horrific behemoths, the ruler of Ice Hell and a mutated insect, each with capture levels in the high 70's are duking it out in the sky. Alfaro slices them to pieces in a second. With dinner plates.
Promptly one-upped by Setsuno. Alfaro is about to pull out his dinner plates and kill her while her back is turned, but never really gets the chance seeing as Setsuno broke the plates from several yards away using what we can assume to be the aura of 'screw you' she was emitting.
Master Chin takes it up to more ludicrous levels. His secret food technique, "Spoon", can carve out mountains. He did this once before...at "Death Falls", before we even knew it was him.
Toriko vs Starjun, Coco vs Grinpatch, Sunny vs Tommyrod...and...Setsuno vs Chiyo for the latest arc. On top of a mysterious third faction and the Bishokukai actually having captured and weaponized a Nitro which pwns Yuda with ease!
Down in the basement of the stadium where the fighting at the Cooking Fest is taking place, it seems as though Kuriboh, Kousairou and COOKING KING ZAUS HIMSELF are all planning to either capture or kill Setsuno. They're working together with the richest men on the planet, such as the King of Jidar and President Mohs.
Knocking Master Jirou arrives just in time to save Setsuno from Joa's nitro. He then uses knocking on the entire earth and everything on it completely stopping even things like natural disasters for a split second.
Two words: HUNGRY SPACE
Coco makes an amazing discovery, a meteor that absorbs energy and grows, which he hypothesized eventually grew out of the Earth to form the Gourmet World.
All of this PALES in comparison to the reveal of Gourmet World Beasts. Thought the Four Beast and beasts with capture levels at 500 were insane? How about many creatures who's capture level is in the 1000's! And Above them all, one of the eight Gourmet World Kings, a battle wolf with a capture level of 6090!
Nausea Fuel: If this manga in general is full of Food Porn, observed dietary preferences of Gourmet Corp. serve as Fetish Retardant to it. For members of what their Japanese name translates as "Beautiful Food Orginization", they sure are prone to eating disgusting things in disturbing ways.
One such example would be Grinpatch who taunts Toriko by not only stealing and eating all of his BB Corn, but proceeds to vomit it back up and eat it again!
Nightmare Fuel: Tommyrod. Good God, what a monster The man is a walking insect nest, who can do some downright disgusting things with his bugs. And don't get started with his rows of razor sharp fangs
Grinpatch. Insect-emulating mutated abomination, with a taste for others' despair. And he means it literally. Only fails to be the most disgusting and nightmarish character in this manga due to being completely overshadowed by Tommyrod.
Zebra can make it sound like he's standing right behind you even when he's tens of kilometers away.
When the ancient Nitro first appears behind Komatsu. Nitros in general, being the inspiration for the GT Robots.
Losing a bet in the Underground VIP Area of Gourmet Casino means you will forget the taste of every food you have ever eaten.
The huge monster that represents the Four Beasts in the legends describing them is terrifying. The image of countless humans writhing in its jaws...
The ending to Chapter 208. Oh God, the ending. Mood Whiplash at its finest. Anymore would spoil. Turns out to be just a nightmare.
The Pierced Nitro in 222 and 223...
The Giant Parasite in 224. To quote Sunny: "GROOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!"
Toriko's state after his battle with Stayjun. Remember how he looked after battling Tommyrod, minus one arm and generally beat up and covered in his own blood? HE GOT OFF LIGHT THEN IN COMPARISON! After fighting Stayjun and managing to inflict a mortal wound with his Routine Energy, he's collapsed against a cliff...has only one arm left, is covered in burns and the blood is used as a censor for his worst injuries.
Just about everything about Joa. The fact that he can erase and replace a person's personality, that he can turn your best friends into your worst enemies, that he casually rides on a Phantom Beast with a Capture Level of 295, or that he apparently is even STRONGER than characters like Setsuno, who are very much regarded as the strongest fighters of the Human World. Oh, and he also won the Cooking Fest 200 years ago, and still managed to erase his name from history. Not to forget that he is in cahoots with the secret organization NEO, who seem to have their agents planted just about everywhere, implying that Joa may be one of the, if not THE, most knowledgeable characters in the series.
From episode 113, more Accidental Nightmare Fuel than not, the Zemen noodles sound remarkably like a human being when massaged, which is very surprising coming from a non sentient food
In chapter 250, we delve into Midora's past and it's not pretty. People feeding babies to wild pigs to stave off their own hunger...yeesh. No wonder Midora's so screwed up.
Chapter 257 reveals that Blue Nitro open their mouths vertically as opposed to horizontally, giving them an insect-esque appearance.
Needs More Love: While being successful domestically (it's even viewed as Japan's replacement for Bleach), the series hasn't been getting nearly the attention it deserves outside Japan.
The Scrappy: Tina the news reporter seems to be this for fans of the manga, as she is put into a lot of arcs to add as a Ms. Exposition. Fans who were introduced to the anime don't seem to hate her as much.
One of the reasons given is that those fans see Toriko as a male buddy story/more reflective of old school shonen manga. The addition of Tina supposedly removes some of the testosterone fueled awesomeness so that there can be a relatable female character to bring in female fans as it is "considered wrong to have series nowadays solely aimed at males".
Ship Sinking: Toriko/Komatsu, after Toriko accepts Rin's proposal. A few chapters later, Komatsu and Nono have dinner together.
The supposed death of Teppei may be more nightmare fuel than this, but the sudden mood whiplash to this can make it downright devastating. Thank god it was only a nightmare.
While his death may have just been narrowly averted, it IS however heartwrenching to see the once so cheerful Teppei having been turned into an emotionless fighting machine by Joa. Especially since Joa implies that Teppei's old personality may be gone FOREVER.
Midora's past, he was left to be fed to wild pigs when he was born in order for his village to survive, grew up stealing food in order to survive and then he loses Frohze, the one people he considered a mother, his now endless hunger is to eat in order to dull the pain
Zoom to the present when he kills Ichiryu, he unleashes Berserker Tears after killing his adopted brother, showing that even the Big Bad of an organization that disrespects food has a heart.
He spares Ichiryuu thankfully.
Which turns out to be a Hope Spot since a Blue Nitro finishes off Ichiryuu.
The Food Tablet mini arc, the Human World is brought to despair and can't even eat a decent meal. If Toriko hadn't shown up, it would've gotten much worse.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Episode 142. Just when Toriko and Starjun's epic rematch is heading to its conclusion, Joa shows up and the fight ends in a draw.