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  • Made of Iron: Oga and Tojo in particular, but the amount of damage some characters can take is ridiculous.
  • Magical Girl: The main point of Episode 27. With the Demon Sparkling Transformation Wand anyone (that's 18 or under) can become one!
  • Magic Skirt: Hilda, Aoi, and Lamia are all affected by this, even when performing mid-air acrobatics or in extremely windy conditions.
  • Make a Wish: Koma offers to grant Izo any one wish...along the lines of 'capturing the heart of a girl you like and making her yours'.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Put a diaper on Baby Beel for crying out loud. Hilda, of all people, lampshades this when she sees him for the first time after losing her memories.
    Hilda: Now then... why isn't this child wearing any clothes?
  • Mama Bear: Hilda. God help you if you threaten her little master.
  • Mandatory Unretirement: Despite Aoi giving up her title as leader of the Red Tails, everyone still sees her as such and even the new assigned leader, her former Number Two, wants her to take it back. She finally does so in Chapter 200.
  • Manly Tears: Happens to all the Himekawa clones in Chapter 219, due to being moved by Oga and Takamiya's final facedown.
  • Mark of the Beast/Power Tattoo: The Zebub Spell on Oga's arm is a symbol of the contract between Baby Beel and his parent. Appears subject to Marked Change in major battles when it spreads over his whole body. Saotome also has one, which Tojo copied later on.
    • The King's Crest, which only appears on people who have sworn a lifetime allegiance to a demon contractor, and gives them a major power boost as well as a Healing Factor. Nearly all of the Upstarts' crews have them, and out of the main cast Kanzaki, Aoi and Tojo have received them after choosing to follow Oga. At first, Himekawa seems to have gotten one from one of the other Upstarts, but he later reveals that he had Oga's all long and was just faking it.
  • Meaningful Echo: During the online video game arc, after securing the delinquents' victory over En by buying out the entire game server, Himekawa brushes off their shocked exclamations by offhandedly stating that he had to 'blow a bit of pocket money'. Some 100 chapters later, during the Return to Ishiyama arc, he brushes off the disbelief over his gambit to assure Oga's victory against Takamiya by claiming that the millions he spent purchasing the machine that played a pivotal part in said gambit was simply 'pocket change' to him.
  • Meaningful Name: Takamiya's gang are called the Fallen Angels. Turns out Takamiya has a contract with Lucifer, traditionally the name of the original fallen angel.
  • Measuring Day: Episode 28. Complete with a whole lot of shirtless scenes from the guys as well as Oga and Furuichi being the (unintentional) peeping toms.
  • Meganekko: Kunieda/Kunie Aoi when in "disguise". Also Isabella, though she's of the stoic kind rather than the moe kind.
    • Agiel is probably meant to look cute as well... it just doesn't help that she's a sadistic, scantily-clad psychopath.
  • Megaton Punch: Oga has a habit of launching delinquents through the local masonry. Tojo can pull this off to an absurd degree, made more impressive by the fact that he's a "normal" human being.
  • Meido/Ninja Maid: The demon wetnurses.
  • Mental World/Eldritch Location: Oga goes to his to re-establish the connection between him and Beel. Turns out he has no idea what goes on in his mind at all.
    • A similar sort of situation occurs in his courtroom nightmares.
      Oga: Dammit... even though this is my dream, I have no idea what's going on!
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: The Great Demon King. Tries to fit destroying the human world into his calendar, between games of mahjong and poker and attending demon golf tournaments. We know what happens next.
  • Miko: Aoi, whose family own the local shrine, dresses like one for training.
    • Isafuyu from the shrine in the mountains is a more traditional version.
    • Suiten appears to be a delinquent version.
  • Mind-Control Device: Salamander's flames.
  • Mission Control: Furuichi, Lamia and Himekawa are this for Oga when he storms Akuma Academy to rescue Hilda.
  • Mistaken for Badass: A lot of characters seem to be under the impression that Furuichi is some strong, gritty, hardcore delinquent type due to him always hanging around with Oga. How wrong they are...
    • And this reputation of his backfires on him when he is expelled along with fighters.
      Furuichi: I haven't done anything, so I don't understand why I was called...
      Teacher: Don't play dumb! You've been going around gathering information, you're basically the ring-leader here!
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Aoi gets pissed off when she thinks that Oga has been cheating on Hilda with her, though he wasn't interested in either of them to begin with.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Happens to Furuichi, mostly thanks to Alaindelon's actions. The anime takes it Up to Eleven, with nearly everyone new they meet thinking that they are an item.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile: Furuichi is mistaken for one after getting into certain.... positions and situations with Lamia.
  • Mooks: Loads and loads of them.
  • Morality Pet: Arguably, Furuichi is one for Oga. While Oga was never actually evil to begin with, before he met Furuichi he was dangerously obsessed with fighting and distrustful of anyone who tried to approach him, something that Furuichi was quick to notice, stating that he didn't like the way Oga used fights to escape his emotions. Years later after befriending Furuichi, Oga dropped his habit of picking fights (though he never turned down challenges), and started letting people get closer to him, like Miki. Had he never met Furuichi, it's likely Oga would've ended up as a misanthrope and a violent beast.
  • Moses in the Bulrushes: Subverted heavily by Baby Beel and the fact that he was drawn to Oga because he was ideal demon parent material: strong, arrogant, and downright bloodthirsty.
  • Mr. Exposition: Furuichi, constantly, since Oga doesn't know anything. Even his buff counterpart in Oga's mind acts as this.
    • Himekawa does some of this later on, especially during the online video game chapters. Though it's justified due to the fact that he has lots of prior experience with those types of games.
    • Natsume as well. He's the one who tells Oga all about the Tōhōshinki after the defeat of Kanzaki. Also does some exposition about online gaming in the video game chapters.
    • Odonel takes it upon himself to tell us all about the workings of Behemoth's Pillar Squad. Unfortunately Takahashi-sensei just doesn't get it.
    • Parodied in the anime when Kanzaki and Himekawa give En a crash course in online gaming. Cue Imagine Spot with them explaining various terms, which quickly degenerates into gibberish, that leaves them breathless afterwards.
    • Hilda is the girl to go to for anything related to the King's Crest.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Not much cast out there since the series is Rated M for Manly, but Oga, Natsume, and Himekawa (with hair down) are the designated eye candy.
  • Mugging the Monster: People tend to mistake Hilda as "Oga's Bride" and try to get to him by attacking her. This is a mistake. Though this can also be considered Too Dumb to Live as you would think that part of the requirement of being the "bride" of the most violent high schooler would to be just as capable as he is.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The Ishiyama students playing a Call of Duty Expy, and using a gay demon as a weapon.
  • Mundane Utility: Oga using the Zebub Blast to get rid of the competition during a three legged race.
  • My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Awesomely subverted in Chapter 138 in a wonderfully non-typical shounen trope fashion against Jabberwock when Oga reveals he will defeat Jabberwock not by "awakening" his powers but by simply "trying harder".
    Oga: Awaken? Like there's such a convenient power-up, dumbass!
    Jabberwock: Here I was thinking you were going to pull out some amazing move, but you're only trying harder?
    Oga: Who the hell said that trying harder makes you weaker than being awakened?
  • My Little Panzer: Every single one of the demonic medical toys from the anime sixth episode. Oga frequently calls attention to the highly destructive unnecessary extra features, which are only mentioned by the talking manual after something has gone wrong.

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    N 

    O 
  • Oblivious to Love: Oga to Kunieda, and Kunieda to herself (though she eventually comes to term with her feelings... sort of).
    • Seems like Aoi has finally realized the problem with Oga.
      Aoi: Dammit, this stupid guy...time after time. Does he enjoy watching me mistake his obliviousness as affection?
  • Oh, Crap!: Jabberwock. Big time.
  • One-Gender School: Subverted. As no girls were ever shown attending, readers were originally led to believe that Ishiyama was an all-boys school; however they were eventually proved wrong when the Red Tails arrived.
    • Specifically, the Red Tails are an all-girls gang that contains all the girls in the school. So, naturally, when the gang goes somewhere else, it's functionally an all-boys school.
  • One-Hit Kill: For about 50 chapters, this was Oga's MO; later it still happens, but less often. Two of his most memorable examples are the time when he defeats one of the famed Six Knights with a single Megaton Punch, and in Chapter 162 when he takes out the resident fight club champion in one hit after nearly half a chapter of hype.
  • One-Man Army: Oga is the best example, though most characters are inhumanly strong anyway.
    • Played oh so straight by Oga in Chapters 130-132, where it becomes a Mook Horror Show.
  • One Steve Limit: There are two characters with the first name 'Kaoru' - one is Kaoru Jinno, Tojo's underling; and the other Kaoru Umemiya, a Red Tails member. The fact that they are of opposing genders makes it even weirder.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Himekawa misses the point after Pillar Agiel blasts several Ishiyama students into an Akuma Academy wall.
    Yuka: Shouldn't we help the people who were drilled into the wall?
    Himekawa: Leave 'em be. It's not like they'll die from being drilled like that.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname:
    • Beelzebub is only called by his nickname Baby Beel or "Master" by Hilda.
    • Hildegarde, otherwise known as Hilda, or "Oga's Bride" by the populace of Oga's school.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Agiel claims this over Aoi. It eventually leads her to defect to the human side so they can fight fairly.
  • Only Sane Man: Furuichi, the only non-delinquent human main character introduced so far, and the only one who seems to acknowledge just how weird the situation is.
    "Takayuki Furuichi, struggling along the rugged road of a true general..."
    • Somewhat subverted as he has his share of insanity too. Case in point? The pool incident.
    • In the courtroom dream sequences, the roles are reversed, and it's Oga who becomes the Only Sane Man.
    • Recently Natsume seems to have taken over as the serious one of the Ishiyama group. Furuichi is not happy about it.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Sort of. Oga may be a delinquent, but then everyone is a delinquent, so he's nothing out of the ordinary. Furuichi may actually play it straight.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Demons simply look more "Human" than anything else.

    P 
  • Pair the Spares: Non-romantic example. Aoi teams up with Izuma in the Christmas couple contest in order to compete against their crushes (Oga and Shizuka) and their partners (Hilda and Tojo). Also in the contest, Nene and Furuichi.
  • Panty Fighter: Pillar Agiel. FULL STOP.
  • Panty Shot:
    • An Ishiyama student pretends to fall over so he can get a look up Chiaki's skirt... only to find out she's got a pistol strapped to her thigh.
    • Hilda inadvertantly gives one of these to Saotome during their encounter on the roof of the St. Ishiyama gym.
      Saotome: Hmm... white, huh? I expected black.
  • Papa Wolf: Oga is getting there.
    • In Chapter 138, Oga even has a power-up from his desire to get Beel what he wants, apparently something all proud parents can do no matter how tough the situation. Known as the "Father Switch" or sometimes the "Miracle Switch".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Himekawa uses a peel off tattoo to pass off Oga's King's Crest as one he received from Takamiya.
  • Parental Abandonment: Aoi, sort of. Her parents are both away at the moment: her dad vanished after going out training and her mom went to search for him.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Oga's parents seem unconcerned by their son getting frequently beaten to a bloody pulp or going off to train in the mountains, and accept Hilda and Baby Beel into their house without question.
    • Also when Alaindelon kidnaps Furuichi from a holiday abroad, his family just assumes he went home by himself.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Hilda, of the sultry type. Also Athrun to some extent.
  • The Peeping Tom:
    • Aoi's tengu, Koma.
      Koma: I swear I won't peep on you while you're in the bath!
    • Also Teimo's Mikagami in the same situation.
  • Pendulum War: Oga vs Takamiya; although Takamiya seemed to have the upper hand for most of the fight, after glimpsing Takamiya's history Oga flipped his "Daddy Switch" and dominated him... then Himekawa showed up...
  • Perpetual Smiler: Natsume. Does this even when announcing the gang's impending war with the demons.
    • Also, Natsume's Demon World doppelganger, Pillar Head Salamander. And Pillar Head Quetzalcoatl.
    • The Solomon Company's main agent probably takes the cake. That smile doesn't falter even when he's attempting to murder a highschool student in cold blood.

    Vabam: You'll die a dog's death...
    Oga: Dog's death? But aren't you the dog here?
  • Pimp Duds: In the anime, Himekawa disguises himself in some after being stuck in his Pretty Boy mode.
  • Playing Pictionary: Beel's attempt to draw a family portrait confuses everyone and is dubbed 'abstract'. To be honest, he's a toddler, were they really expecting a masterpiece?
  • Playing with Fire: En, to contrast Beel's lightning powers.
  • Pose of Supplication: Oga's father. He even has variations.
    • Kanzaki when he loses to Oga at playing watercut, despite his super special ultra move.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Baby Beel's Doppelgänger has them. Later on Oga gets them when he goes into Super Milk Time. The fact that they look so much like fly's wings is probably a Shout-Out to the fact that Beelzebub literally translates into 'Lord of the Flies'.
  • Precision F-Strike: Father Switch W! WOULD YOU FUCKING DIE ALREADY KICK!
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Hilda, though Oga doesn't want his parents to think she's their daughter-in-law.
    • Horribly subverted with Alaindelon. Who uses much of the same language as Hilda while trying to trick his host's parents.
  • Previously On Beelzebub: The embarrassment, the tactical leader Furuichi is doing a review of the last chapter, although this is not the time for it.
  • Professional Gambler: Himekawa and Kugayama used to be this. As a testament to their skill, they made enough winnings from betting on games like End of War 4 to be able to buy the high rise floors and gaming rooms that the gang used during the online video game arc.
  • Promotion to Parent
  • Protectorate: What Furuichi is striving to become, apparently.
    Furuichi: I'm extremely weak! I'm so weak all people want to do is protect me!
  • Psychic Link: Played for laughs when Oga and Furuichi have unexplained telepathic conversations. About a hundred chapters later it crops up again, and Kanzaki, Hilda and Baby Beel join them.
  • Punch a Wall:
    • Oga punches the ground after the Zebub Spell overloads and threatens to destroy his arm. The force of it demolishes the entire school.
    • He punches the ground hard enough to make his hand bleed in Chapter 135 when running out of time to rescue Hilda.
    • When the new Ishiyama students are arguing about who gets to fight him, he destroys a reinforced brick wall with one punch to get their attention.
  • Punch Catch: In Chapter 220, the Solomon Company agent effortlessly pulls one off to disarm one of Oga's punches.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Happens in Oga's first fight against Tojo, and later his first fight with Jabberwock.
  • Punny Name: Tatsumi Oga, commonly known as the "Violent Ogre".
    • Kanzaki's first name means "first son", but he actually turns out to be the second son.
  • Puppy Love: Beel and Chiyo are toddlers. Also Beel and Futaba (who's a little older) if that's what you like.
  • Put on a Bus: Neither Athrun nor Angelica have been mentioned since their first appearance, despite being implied as plot-important. Kazuya and Azusa, now friends of Oga, haven't been seen since the end of their arc either.
    • As of Chapter 140, The Bus Came Back briefly with Kazuya and Azusa.
    • As a rule of thumb, whenever an arc ends, the characters who were introduced during it are usually never seen again. This is especially obvious with the Six Knights, who have only had cameo appearances after their arc concluded, despite the gang attending the same school as them. The only truly justified example is the Chiba High crew, since they live in a completely different part of Japan from the main characters. Notable aversions to this are the TKKH, who have become Oga's True Companions, and the Behemoth Pillar Squad, who have a new role as Furuichi's summon spirits.

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    R 
  • Rags to Riches: In Chapter 162, Furuichi's measly 500 yen bet on Oga's fight club match becomes a very good investment when it nets him nearly 2 million yen in winnings.
    • He goes back to rags a few chapters later, after Kugayama's mooks put a bullet through the check.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The punches fly faster than they would in real life, but recent chapters have seen it reach almost Kenshiro level demonstrations.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After getting Tojo to throw him into the air so he can perform an epic kick in a volleyball match Oga gets a foul called.
      Referee: Foul. Of course it's a foul. Idiots.
    • The reasons that prevent the delinquents from coming on the St. Ishiyama field trip. Putting aside the fact that they aren't even in the same grade, they also aren't official members of the school and have no money to pay their way, since Himekawa can't be bothered to foot the bill.
    • In her first Best Couple Grand Prix event, Yuka drinks an entire bottle of highly carbonated drink in one go. She's then carted off to the infirmary with stomach pains shortly after.
    • A character example with Furuichi: After being the Butt-Monkey and The Chew Toy with his misfortunes being Played for Laughs, he ends up getting Demonic Tissues, allowing him to temporarily gain the powers of the Pillar Squad. He uses them to fight and ends up facing off against his best friend, the protagonist himself. Not only is it revealed that continued use could kill him, he was fully aware of it from the first time; to him, though, being mocked and ridiculed by his friends was no better than being dead. Fact of the matter is that he was a Stepford Smiler throughout all of this, while struggling with low self-esteem and suppressed anger towards his friends.
  • Really 700 Years Old: It's implied that the demon maids are all at least a few hundred years old, and have retained their youth for a long time, apart from Hilda, who's about Oga's age.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In Chapter 220 the Solomon Company agent starts to give one to Oga and the gang. However, it's quickly interrupted by the remaining Upstarts.
  • Refuge in Audacity: And how.
    • Oga's practically the definition of this trope when it comes to his fighting skills.
    • Furuichi has his moments. The pool incident, for one.
  • The Rest Shall Pass: Tojo has an epic one when he decides to stay behind and keep the Pillar Squad busy so that Oga can focus on rescuing Hilda. Becomes a Funny Moment when Oga calls him out on invoking the Rule of Cool.
  • Retired Badass: Oga's Cool Big Sis Misaki is the founder of the Red Tails. And she sometimes uses that badassery to beat on her brother. During the Upstart arc, Furuichi claims she is the only person who can beat Oga in a fight (though that info is outdated). This causes multiple factions, such as the Solomon Company, to gun for her, as controlling Oga's only main weakness will give them a major advantage in upcoming fights.
  • The Reveal:
    • Chapter 129: Yolda is Hilda's sister. Suddenly the rivalry makes more sense...
    • Chapter 167: Kugayama is actually a girl and moreover she's Himekawa's fiancee!
  • The Rival: Tojo is this to Oga in a way, though Miki took his place for the Ishiyama arc. Hilda and Aoi also have something of a rivalry. Kota is Beel's sworn rival (played for laughs).
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Kanzaki goes on a short-lived one when Shiroyama is beaten into unconciousness with dumbells. Unfortunately Miki takes him out.
  • Rooftop Confrontation: Quite common, probably because Oga tends to frequent the school roof.
    • Takamiya invokes this during his fight with Oga, mainly so Oga can have a front row view of the rest of the delinquents being hopelessly outnumbered by the Himekawa clones. Plus, they're fighting under a full moon, which is just plain cool.
  • The Ruins I Caused: Himekawa's final shot in the End of War 4 arc is him standing in the ruins of his abandoned apartment complex.
  • Rule of Funny:
    • Explicitly invoked by Oga as a justification for dragging Furuichi along to Kanzaki's place.
    • When one of the Red Tails was worried about an injured friend being drilled face-first into a wall, everyone assures her that you can't actually get hurt from that.
  • Running Gag: Beel becoming upset and electrifying everyone at the slightest thing.
    • Furuichi being dragged into Oga's plans against his will.
    • No one recognizing Himekawa when he has his hair down.
    • MK5. SPECIALTY: TO LOSE IN ONE PAGE!!
    • Furuichi getting caught in compromising positions with Lamia.
    • Kanzaki's obsession with yogurt drinks. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime.
    • Tojo's revolving door of part-time jobs.
    • Aoi misinterpreting every innocent quip Oga makes at her for romantic innuendo.
    • Baby Beel and Kota's ongoing rivalry, with the latter always winning despite being human.
    • Looks like the repeated destruction of Ishiyama High, formerly known as Akuma Academy might turn into one.
    • Furuichi (and more characters later on) running like a bitch.
    • Tojo turns up twice, virtually on cue, in Chapter 149 to make the same penis joke.
      Tojo: I got the feeling someone called for me.
    • Oga having packages literally thrown at him by the Demon Express Mail Service.
    • Moved to tears.
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