YMMV / Zatch Bell!

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Maruss/Mars, was he really a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing or was he Brainwashed and Crazy like Kolulu/Koruru and Gofure?
  • Base Breaker:
    • Victoreem. For many, he's the Ensemble Darkhorse. For others, he's just utterly random and pointless.
    • Purio is another one; whether his survival to the very end of the competition on nothing more than pure luck is hilarious or annoying varies heavily from fan to fan.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • Zatch/Gash has horns on his head when Kiyomaro is forced to wash him after a battle. Other Mamonos have horns, yet it is never brought up ever again.
    • The demon Momon was known to let out "kikiki" like sounds, akin to a monkey, but suddenly begins talking multiple volumes later. No one questions it.
    • One of the manga chapters is completely dedicated to a weird dream Kiyomaro had. It involved the reappearance of many characters (like Kiddo, D'artagnan and Leila), Sunbeam dressed as a fairy, "Manly Brago" teaching how do do "Silly Juggling" and many characters slapping Kiyo silly with various items. Apparently Kiyo loses his Answer-Talking ability for a while after having it, but the dream itself is never mentioned again.
      • However, Dufort mentions that Kiyo doesn't know how to properly use it, the ability only appearing in times of crisis and leaves him with mental fatigue. It's likely that Kiyo pushed himself too much with the ability and the dream was some sort of stress-induced backlash, hence why Kiyo was unable to use Answer-Talker until he trained with Dufort to wield it properly.
  • Complete Monster: Zofis, the first Big Bad, was easily the most vile of all the evil demon children. A total sadist and an egotist, he horribly Mind Raped both humans and fellow mamodo, both for practical reasons and for fun, and enjoyed nothing more than the suffering of others. He also kept an army of 1000-year-old demons in line by creating the illusion of turning them back into stone tablets, thus being able to control them using their fear. He despised Brago and dreaded his power so much that he attemted to take his life rather than simply burn his spellbook and send him back to the Demon World. Most notably, he warped the heart and mind of Sherry's best friend Koko and made her do anything he wanted her to do, specifically if it hurt Sherry in any way (Koko nearly even jumped to a fiery, burning death because of him). His final threat was to not erase Koko's memory of her time as his partner so that she'd always suffer from the guilt.
  • Crazy Awesome: The entire series and almost every attack in it, particularly Kanchome's. Almost every single minor character has some kind of crazy attack, too.
    • And a good example of this? Sunbeam spent ten months in Africa. Immediately after he comes back...well...rock and roll!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Victoreem, for... well everything. On top of his generally memetic theme, that utterly batshit song, and general ham, he's voiced by none other then Norio Wakamoto. His popularity is lampshaded repeatedly in omakes and the ending of the manga.
    • Seriously, why isn't this guy a meme already? He has the the potential for 5 memes already!
    • On top of that, the manga's fanart corner for fan-created demon children had to announce that they had gotten an absurd amount of Victoreem spinoff entries based on other letters, such as "Extreem".
  • Genius Bonus: In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue in the final chapter, Demolt, perhaps the single most Ax-Crazy demon in the fight, is shown working in a quarry with a pickaxe that appears to be made from his weapons. It would seem that the reign of the fight's ultimate victor entailed the near-literal beating of swords into plowshares.
  • Growing the Beard: In the case of the anime, it takes a long while for the series to really take off and become something epic...until episodes 44 and 45, which features a brutal battle that Kiyo and Zatch flat-out lose. Shortly afterwards we're introduced to the stone tablets of 1000 year old mamodo in episode 48, and it just keeps going from there!
    • The series as a whole had earlier started to hit it's stride with the England arc, which, among other things, gave us our first glimpse of Zeno.
  • HSQ: Once Zatch starts shooting building-sized lightning dragons out of his mouth, all bets are off. Of particular note is the fight against Clear, as he utterly brutalizes the protagonists and is then stabbed ‘’through the chest’’ by Ashuron’s horn.
  • I Knew It!: Zatch and Zeno being twins.
  • Macekre: For the most part avoided except for one infamous element; the radioactive guns. note 
  • Moral Event Horizon: There appear to be several things that are unwritten taboos in the Mamodo Fight, most notably a.) destroying a book that's already burning, and b.) attempting to kill your opponent rather than simply send them back. Each of the three main villains does one or the other at some point.
  • Narm Charm: The amount of crying in this series can be extremely offputting at first, but by the time you finish the series you’ll probably be crying just as hard.
  • Only the Author Can Save Them Now: Against Clear Note. The rules of the tournament established throughout the story had to be completely broken to give the main characters a shot at victory.
  • The Scrappy: Of the four main villains, Clear Note is by far the least liked, owing to his lack of connection to the main characters, his extremely offbeat appearance, and his rather generic Straw Nihilist motives (even likening himself to an atomic bomb at one point). Many fans felt he more or less existed to be the Final Boss because... somebody has to.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Eido and Hyde. They could've undergone a Heel–Face Turn had they received more development. They could've even served a lancer/big guy role in the main cast. Sadly, they were filler, and were never seen again after their second appearance save for a cameo at Megumi's concert in the following episode.
    • Shion Hibiki and Nyarurato. Similar to the above, they had the potential for more exposure and development were they to play any part in stories later on in the series, but since their story arc was filler, neither of them reappeared after the arc was done. While in Nya's case it's justifiable seeing as his book got burned, Shion could have easily remained in Kiyo's class as a recurring supporting character (also giving Kiyo a classmate confidante who's familiar with Mamodo and the battle to become king, something he didn't have before), but the arc's ending has her transferring out of the school and leaving town for reasons that didn't seem entirely convincing. There's a reason there are quite a few Fan Fiction that keeps one or both of them around to be featured throughout the remainder of the story.
    • Kolulu had excellent potential for a character arc about learning to control her Power Incontinence, not to mention the fact that Zatch was pretty plainly sweet on her. Instead she's Mercy Killed by Zatch after two chapters in the manga and one episode in the anime. The same could be said of her partner Lori, who had sisterly relationship with her and seemed to connect well with Kiyo, but she only appeared in a single episode following Kolulu's one.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: There can't be a single person who knew that Zofis was supposed to be male from the beginning. It doesn't help that his dub voice is noticeably similar to that of Wuya.
  • Wangst: Gash/Zatch can go a little overboard with his crying sometimes.
  • The Woobie:
    • Sherry Belmont in her backstory and whenever she's confronted with the possibility of not being able to save her dearest friend.
    • Zatch, especially in his past.
    • The anime had Shion Hibiki in its first filler arc and later a Jerkass Woobie in Maestro in its second filler arc.
  • Woolseyism:
    • Ponygon's nickname was dubbed such because he was a pony and Kiyo wanted him gone.
    • The introduction of Zatch's trademark spell was done pretty well in the English dub. Since "Don't mess with me" (fuzakeru na) doesn't exactly translate well as a pun, the dub instead has Kiyo mishear Zatch/Gash's name as Zack, and he reacts to Zatch's letter by telling him to stop messing around with him and refers to him as "Zack or whatever your name is"— triggering the Zakeru spell.
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