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The main duo of the story, the Gourmet Hunter Toriko, and the five-star chef Komatsu, the series follows their gourmet adventures and are the center of the group. However, they're joined by others, depending on the arc.

Toriko

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"10 Fold, Spiked Punch!"
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu (Japanese, TV), Takashi Kondo (Japanese, OVA), Ian Sinclair (English), Dafnis Fernández (Latin American Spanish)
Our hero- a blue haired, muscle bound Gourmet Hunter who travels all over the world to capture exotic ingredients for the ever-hungry people of the Gourmet Age. He, along with the other Four Kings, were adopted by Ichiryu and trained into becoming incredibly strong Gourmet Hunters. While he's a bit rough on the outside, Toriko is a kindhearted and righteous individual.His main ability is manipulating the shape of his hands into different shapes to strike in different ways. His Signature Move is the Knife and Fork blows, where Toriko slices and stabs with his hands respectively. His Intimidation takes the form of a massive red Oni.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade/Razor-Sharp Hand: His Fork and Knife techniques, where he uses his hands as a fork (for stabbing) and a knife (for cutting). This later extends to his legs, which are even sharper due to the legs being three or four times stronger than the arms.
  • Adaptive Ability: Due to his Gourmet Cells, he can adapt to the harshest environment, whether it be in a sub-zero ice cavern, low-oxygen environments or even places with high gravity. He can also gain Acquired Poison Immunity.
  • All-Loving Hero: Very merciful and kind...as long you're not two things: food or people who disrespect food.
  • Anti-Hero: While he's definitely not bad, Toriko only fights for his own goals. That said, he does have a heart of gold.
    • Through Character Development, he becomes a genuine hero. For example, while in the Gourmet World after rescuing Komatsu he spent the entire time hunting for numerous and rare ingredients to help the people of the Human World. When he comes back he shares all that food without a second of hesitation, single-handedly stopping Midora's famine.
  • Armed Legs: His Leg Knife and Leg Fork, which are more powerful than his hands due to the legs being 3-4 times stronger than the arms. He has Flying variants of them as well.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He only ever uses his bare fists (later on, his legs) and fighting techniques in combat.
  • Barrier Warrior: His Fork Shield, which he can use to protect himself from attacks or enhance the power of his Nail Punch.
    • Instant Armor: His Fork Armor, which is a suit of armor made of many many forks.
  • Battle Couple: With Rin.
  • Berserk Button: Hurting Komatsu and disrespecting life (ex. killing an animal without eating it).
  • Big Eater: Even more so than Goku and Luffy, which is saying a lot.
  • Came Back Strong: Implied after his second, brutal fight with Starjun. The Eight Kings, aka the rulers of the Gourmet World, immediately realize they are in danger when he wakes up.
    • The first time when he fights Starjun, he is overwhelmed by the latter until he takes the Jewel Meat and proceeds to defeat him easily, becoming much stronger than before.
  • Character Title: His name gives the manga and anime its title.
  • Converging-Stream Weapon: His Cannon Fork, where he sends a barrage of Flying Forks that all combine into one really big Flying Fork.
  • Ethical Hedonist: His stated life's goal is to eat lots of good food and compile his own personal ultimate full-course menu, but he also respects food and refuses to kill any creature he doesn't plan on eating.
  • Expy: He looks and dresses similarly to Kenshiro.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Toriko's Fork techniques. He literally uses his fingers to stab his prey with his finger like a fork. Later on, he develops Flying Fork, a ranged variation that allows him to impale things from a distance.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: He loses an arm fighting Tommyrod, but thanks to a process fueled by Body Horror, he's able to get it back.
  • Game Face: When he's really psyched, his face contracts into a devilish grin, and a Hannya-like intimidation starts.
  • Healing Factor: After mastering Food Honor and Immersion, Toriko gains a high degree of regeneration. To the point where he can regenerate his arm and leg that were cut off by Starjun and repair his broken leg in minutes.
  • The Hero: One of Shonen Jump's smarter and older protagonists.
  • Heroes Fight Barehanded: Toriko fights with his bare hands, although he can also manifest a knife and fork to attack stronger enemies with.
  • Heroic BSoD: When Komatsu is kidnapped by Starjun, he becomes sullen and loses the will to eat.
  • Hunk: As a throwback to older Shonen heroes.
  • Idiot Hero: Averted. He's rather intelligent, using cunning and trickery in battle as well as being Mr. Exposition
  • Image Song: "Fight And Eat!!"
  • Large Ham: Well, he eats everything else, why not the terrain as well?
  • Man Bites Man: Toriko bites and eats a chunk of flesh from Acacia. Not only does he states that NEO tastes delicious, he even goes as far to say that he will make it his meat course.
  • Meaningful Name: "Toriko" is Japanese slang for "tri-color". This likely refers to the three demons inside him.
  • Megaton Punch/Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: His Nail Punch combines these two. Its power/how many times it hits depends on how much he charges. He can also use both fists at once for double the hits.
    • Also his Nail Gun, which is just the former trope, being a punch with the combined force of multiple consecutive punches.
  • Mr. Exposition: A rare main lead in Shōnen example. He often relates how the biology of animals work and the economy of the Gourmet World in general.
  • Mugging the Monster: When he came to Jidar, some gangsters with guns tried to mug him. That is, they tried to use pistols to threaten a guy who can curbstomp monsters you can't scratch with a tank. Justifiable in that Jidar was not part of IGO, meaning they didn't know that he was a world-famous Gourmet Hunter.
  • Never Gets Fat: Justified; like every important named character, he has Gourmet Cells implanted in him, which grant superhuman abilities at the cost of burning incredible amounts of calories and requiring delicious food to continue functioning. As a result, few Gourmet Cell users are fat and many are brawny due to the Gourmet Cells reactions to food.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his profession and his gluttony, he is a kind man.
  • The Nose Knows: In fact it can gauge power levels and the ingredients used in recipes through the oils of the skin.
  • Official Couple: He eventually gets together with Rin.
  • Only One Name: He is only referred to by his first name, Toriko.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: During the Bubble Fruit Arc when Toriko finally masters Honoring the Food, he eats an incredible amount of Bubble Fruits to give him a power boost. In the process the nutrients from the fruit make his hair grow really long.
    • This is implied in the Gourmet World; Toriko has slightly longer hair and some stubble and mentions that it tends to grow much quicker than normal when he's there.
  • Rated M for Manly: Of course!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Has a blue demon inside of him along with the red demon he usually projects. Inverted in that the blue one is apparently bad enough for even the red demon to be afraid of.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: His inner demon is this.
    • Super Super-Powered Evil Side: Has a second demon inside of him stronger than the first. Wow.
    • Recent events hint at the existence of a third demon
    • This is now confirmed, with Blue stating that Toriko's body couldn't handle the third demon's emergence for even a second.
    • His body has finally gotten to the point where he can let it out. For a few seconds after eating one of his appetite demons.
  • Separated at Birth: Starjun and Toriko are actually TWINS.
  • Sword Beam: Kinda, he learns how to use techniques similar to this trope, although they're more like "Flying" forks and knives. He can also use "rapid-fire types" as well. He speculates that they may be composed of "Appetite Energy". Later on, he can combine them with his sense of smell to turn them into Homing Projectiles that track the targets' scent.
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: While he will kill, Toriko believes in only killing when he wants to eat. This separates him from some other Gourmet Hunters. Though he did try to kill Tommyrod, though no one can blame him, considering what a monster Tommyrod is.
  • Took a Level in Badass: To give a quick example, Toriko could only do a 5 Fold Spiked Punch a couple of times before getting exhausted. Later on, he can do a 50 Fold with ease and surpasses this many times over even later on in the series.
    • Also, the Breath Dragon that gave him trouble when he first entered the Gourmet World, he dispatched with a single Flying Fork the second time they met.
    • Even more badass after Timeskip. He's not intimidated at all by beasts with capture levels of 770, is the only Heavenly King who could find Ichiryuu's Main Course by just smelling the trail Ichiryuu made long ago. Even Coco exclaims that he can't see that far into the past with his electromagnetic waves.
    • After being force-fed GOD and CENTER by the gourmet spirits along with his with appetite demon willingly feed itself to him, Toriko was able to make Acacia take a trip around a planet bigger than Neptune with just a single punch.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • During one of the earliest arcs, after the mother Battle Wolf is shot, Toriko loses it.
    • He finally snaps from his Tranquil Fury when he encounters Teppei, the man that impaled Komatsu and took his heart.
  • Tranquil Fury: Toriko turns into this when he witnesses Komatsu getting impaled and calmly pulverises any NEO members that tries to get in his way, thanks to gaining a power-up from eating AIR. However, he finally loses his cool when he finally meets the culprit.
  • Victory Through Intimidation: When Toriko uses "Conduct of the King: Ultimate Routine" on the Soy Milk Roads, he scares them unconscious due to the illusion of his red oni feasting on the monsters. Toriko even states that creatures below 600 are no longer a threat because of this technique.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It was actually black when he was an infant, but turned blue for some unknown reason. Probably not anything important. His hair turns black again after his Blue Appetite Devil temporarily leaves his body to fight the Horse King.

Komatsu

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Voiced by: Romi Park (Japanese, TV), Daisuke Kishio (Japanese, OVA), Josh Grelle (English), Ricardo Bautista (Latin American Spanish)
Toriko's travelling companion and an accomplished Five-Star Chef. In Toriko's world, that's not as high as it goes (with the max being Ten-Star chefs) but his cooking skills are nothing to sneeze at. Skittish and nowhere near as strong as Toriko or the Four Kings, Komatsu nontheless proves vital to Toriko's adventure- after all, what's the use of getting good ingredients if there's no-one around to cook them?
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Derous Knife he gets from Melk II. It's sharp enough to make a giant gash in a mountain from simply swinging it.
  • Action Survivor: He survived having his eardrums being burst, and it gets crazier from there.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Spends a lot of time fanboying over the more well-known chefs in the story that he idolizes, and it hasn't quite sunk in to him yet that he himself is now a famous chef with plenty of his own fanboys. This is especially true after the Four Beasts arc, when he becomes one of the Top 100 chefs in the world. During the Cooking Festival he spends quite a bit of time trying to get autographs from other competing chefs.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Komatsu and Toriko, though this dynamic also extends to anyone on Toriko's party, since Komatsu is a pretty tiny guy in general.
  • Butt-Monkey: Early on, he was often at the receiving end of many darkly humorous punishments, including dying from a heart attack thanks to Toriko Crackers.
  • The Chick: Easily the most emotional and The Heart of the group, despite being a male example of this trope.
  • Cowardly Lion: He is a very meek man, but he begins to overcome his fear through his adventures with Toriko.
  • Gonk: Initially had an exaggerated flat nose but he has gotten cuter Particularly since the Meteor Spice incident and the timeskip of years in the Gourmet World; he now has more defined boyish features and looks EXTREMELY handsome.
  • Game Face: Komatsu himself doesn't have one until the Gourmet World arc, but his Derous Knife does. When he draws the knife to defend himself, the beast attacking him perceives the Derous Dragon's presence and flees.
    • Said "real" game face is a near exact replica of how Froese looks when invoking God Cooking.
  • Healing Shiv: His Derous knife turns out to have the properties of a Revival Knife, due to Derous' having extraordinary regenerative powers. This basically makes him The Medic.
  • Hidden Depths: Komatsu is a lot braver than he looks or sounds, even early on in the series. In the Regal Mammoth arc, he takes Starjun's Intimidation at point-blank range and doesn't even flinch, which impresses Starjun enough for him to hesitate taking Komatsu out.
  • Image Song: "Let's Cooking!", also used as a leitmotif for the "Gourmet Fortune" segment.
  • Knife Nut: Well, he is a chef.
  • Morality Pet/Chain: To Zebra.
  • Nice Guy: He bears no ill will to anyone without reason and his kind heart is what attracts food to him.
  • The Not-Love Interest: He's effectively Toriko's most important person and support throughout the whole series, and his Chef-Hunter partnership with him is framed similarly to a marriage, especially with how Toriko prepares to ask him. But their relationship is nothing more than a pair of incredibly close and devoted friends.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has often this reaction to many scary/powerful beasts or fighters. One of the best examples could be chapter 217, after realizing that he's alone in a very dark tent with Starjun.
  • Odd Friendship: With both Zebra and Brunch.
  • Older Than They Look: The guy is 25. Really. Lampshaded in the chapter where he and Toriko go to Drunken Frenzy Island where Toriko asks him whether he was old enough to drink alcohol much to Komatsu's chagrin.
  • Progressively Prettier: He has noticeably become less Gonky as of recent chapters. In fact, the last time his face reverts back to its old state, he's crying over all of the memories that he's made while adventuring with Toriko.
    • After eating the Billion Bird's egg, he takes this to the extreme, as he looks like pre-timeskip Rin.
  • Ship Tease: With Melk II.
  • Supreme Chef: He's able to cook extravagant foods than he learns Food Honor and becomes able to cook difficult foods more easily, enough to compete with top-ranking chefs.
  • Tender Tears: He is prone to shedding tears, especially when reuniting with Toriko after separation.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's gone from being scared out of his mind by Level 5 to 9 creatures to confronting ZEBRA on his actions. And gains his respect.
    • Not only that, but his cooking's leveled up immensely. In order to make enough antidote cooking to save everyone, he asked for ten minutes to come up with a way to allow regular chefs to make a high-level special preparation dish. With just a few seconds remaining, he succeeds, only for it to be revealed that he found the method in FIVE minutes. The rest of the time he devoted to making it taste even better.
    • Most recently, he cooked a meal that was so good, Midora said he could leave Bishokukai after promising that for any chef who could make him say their food was delicious. And he did it with the left behind ingredients that weren't stolen by NEO, some of which were probably Gourmet World ingredients he'd never seen before.
    • Survives 1.5 years in the Gourmet World and thrives in it!
    • He not only manages to prepare AIR but manages to make it tastier than using the normal preparation method would have!
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Receives one after Teppei rips out and crushes his heart. Somehow Teppei also rendered the wound impossible to heal even with "Dark" techniques. Dark techniques can revive the dead — that's how bad the wound is. Since the "wound" is a gaping hole in his chest and a missing heart, this is a very bad thing. "PAIR" is the only thing that may be able to heal him.

    Four Heavenly Kings 

Tropes Associated With the Four Heavenly Kings

Toriko's adopted siblings, and three of the most legendary Gourmet Hunters in the world.
  • Badass Crew: Ooooh yeah...
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: They all learn Food Honor, except Zebra.
    • They also learn Enbu.
  • Combined Energy Attack: The "Dinner of Kings", a giant ball of "Appetite Energy" that "eats" the target completely before releasing its "pre-chewed" meat.
  • Happily Adopted: They're all orphans from poor countries adopted by Ichiryuu, who they see as a father figure.
  • I See Dead People: They gain the ability to see Food Spirits after eating "PAIR".
  • Out of Focus: The other three, aside from Toriko, had it far worse than the 8 kings during the final ark. Even their adventures of obtaining NEWS, ATOM and Earth were skipped
  • Overly Long Tongue: They get these after eating "ANOTHER". Except Sunny, who gets a mouth full of hair.
  • Power Fist: After eating "AIR", they become able to turn their left arms into the arms of their Appetite Demons. PAIR does the same for their right arm.
  • Super Speed: The Enbu dance requires them to do 10 individual positions per 0.1 second. Which means they have to do a total of 1000 moves in 10 seconds.
  • Took a Level in Badass: They all take several levels in order to enter the Gourmet World.
  • Upbringing Makes the Hero/Tyke Bomb: They were all raised by Ichiryuu to be not only the Human World's best Gourmet Hunters but also its defenders.

Coco

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Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Jarrod Greene (English), Eduardo Ramírez (Latin American Spanish)
As a Gourmet Hunter who specializes in poison, Coco has taken Acquired Poison Immunity to the next level. His body is host to all sorts of dangerous toxins, and Coco can combine these on a molecular level to create even more dangerous substances and fire them out at high speed. Personality wise, he's calm and collected, and loves to dabble in things like fortune telling.His Intimidation takes the form of a long-haired, thin wraith.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: To the point where he can make new antidotes and poisons in only a few minutes.
  • Aura Vision: Due to his eyes being able to see light spectra that normal people cannot, he can see the electromagnetic field around living beings, allowing him to predict their future going off the field's size, color, and movements.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Coco is kind, soft-spoken, and polite. He can also generate and release deadly toxins at will.
  • Big Damn Heroes: During the Regal Mammoth Arc.
  • The Chessmaster: Coco is a brilliant strategist, as shown in the Regal Mammoth Arc and even more so in the Livebearer Arc. Hell, his actions against Livebearer put him very near Magnificent Bastard territory.
  • Fantastic Drug: His Devil Poison is essentially this. It's a highly addictive narcotic that causes those infected to become dependent on it to the point of him being able to command them into doing his bidding and will have withdrawal symptoms like an addict if they don't get any. Even Grinpatch essentially joined his side momentarily just because he wanted to drink the poison.
  • Fortune Teller: His "day job".
  • Game Face: Coco's "intimidation" resembles a Japanese-style ghost (long black hair and a Scream-like expression.
  • Image Song: "Poison Teller".
  • Locked into Strangeness: The results of the fight with Grinpatch show it ended in a complete draw - Coco's Devil Poison (comparable to, say, Sunny's Satan Hair) damn near killed him to use, Grinpatch went a bit crazy after it got in him, and Coco's hair turned white from poison overuse.
  • Master Poisoner: Coco is not only able to create and secrete various poisons in his own body - he also expert in all kinds of poisons, which suitable, since his enemies often have immunity, and he has to get crafty to kill them. Not only can he create poisons with various effects, from ones that paralyze targets to ones that make their flesh melt away, he also developed adaptive poison, which can adapt to victims' immune systems and strike down foes, who normally would be immune to it. He's so skilled, that he can poison even robots - by using gases, which turns into highly-corrosive acid on certain metals. Surprisingly, he is the nicest person out of the Four Kings.
  • Nice Guy: He's called the "Gentleman of the Four Kings". Though, compared to Toriko, Sunny, and Zebra, anyone would seem like a gentleman.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to just how quirky or downright crazy his fellow Kings can be, he is the most normal in the group.
  • Poisonous Person: He's afraid that he can hurt people with his great amount of poisons, so he shuts himself in, only interacting to tell people their fortunes...that is, until the Puffer Whale arc. After mastering Honoring the Food, he can produce more poisons at once and newer types of poisons.
  • Prophecy Twist: The two times he saw a Death Omen on somebody, they took fatal wounds, but they recovered from them.
    • More specifically, they were physically dead, as in their hearts stopped. It's just that they were revived moments later.
  • The Smart Guy: While all the Four Kings are smart, Coco is easily the one with the most use of it. The databook notably gives him a 10/10 in intelligence.
  • Spontaneous Weapon Creation: He can create weapons out of poison by combining it with the clotting agents from his blood. To date he has made a katana, a bow and arrow, a spear, and even a suit of armor.
    • Me's a Crowd: He can make clones of himself out of poison. After the time-skip, he can bring them to life.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome
  • Technicolor Toxin: In the manga, his skin turns red and supposedly his poison is also red. In the anime, it's purple. It seems that the stronger his poison gets, the darker its color.
  • Tonight, Someone Dies: He gets "Death Omens" when somebody is close to getting killed. However, see Prophecy Twist.
  • Universal Poison: The only way to describe his Poison Virus, a virus that adapts into a poison to counteract the target's immune system.

Sunny

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Voiced by: Mitsuo Iwata (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English), José Gilberto Vilchis (Latin American Spanish)
Toriko's third brother, and one hell of a flamboyant guy. Sunny is obsessed with beauty and grace, and will refuse to associate with anything ugly. Despite that, his standards of beauty are quite lax, as he can find anything from a well-prepared meal to a person's passion to their work "beautiful". In addition, while he is vain, Sunny has a strong heart and will always do the right thing.Sunny's hair isn't just for show- he's trained his locks to be an incredibly sensitive organ that can do anything from helping him lift huge weights to allowing him to sense multiple things about the locations he's in. His Intimidation is even made out of his hair!
  • Agent Peacock: Flamboyant and powerful.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He's flamboyant, but nothing has suggested that he likes other men.
  • Anime Hair
  • Attack Reflector: His Spatula technique in which his hairs take force and reflect it back.
    • His Super Spatula uses multiple hairs for a single force and multiply it by varying degrees (depending on how many hairs he uses).
  • Bishie Sparkle: Particularly in the anime.
  • Don't Think, Feel: This is what Yosaku tells him to do to increase his power, and it works.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: A rare non-evil version.
  • Hammerspace Hair: Weaponized. To the extent that he can absorb energy attacks and spit them right back at his attacker with his Satan Vomit.
  • Image Song: "Arienhodo Beauty".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's vain, superficial and narcissistic, but he cares for his friends and brothers and always does what's right.
  • Hidden Depths: During the Cooking Festival arc, he admits in an inner monologue that he doesn't care about his body (or looks) being wounded, because he believes - as Ichiryuu teached him - true beauty lies in the heart.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: OH YEAH.
  • Megaton Punch: By gathering a lot of hair together, he can create what looks like a devilish ghost to deliver great punches. He doesn't like to use it, though, because it's "not beautiful".
  • Multicolored Hair: Justified in that his hairs are a touch sensory organ and each color detects different stimuli.
  • Not Quite Flight: Because of how thin his hairs are when he uses them to stand on it looks like he's floating in the air.
  • People Puppets: He can use his hairs to tie up enemies and control them like a puppeteer.
    • It's not just 'tying them up'—that would be his "Hair Lock". Hair Marionette inserts his micron-width hairs into the opponent's body and controls their NERVES.
  • Power Dyes Your Hair: His Satan Hair, which is his hair imbued with "Appetite Energy", making it an extremely shiny gold color and eat anything it touches.
  • Power Makes Your Hair Grow: After mastering Honoring the Food, his hair count went from 300,000 to 1,000,000 and his range increased from 50 meters to 300 meters.
  • Prehensile Hair: Up to Eleven.
    • To drive the point home, he can even control his hair after it's been cut off.
  • Razor Floss: He can use his extremely thin hairs to cut through or impale things.
  • Running Gag: He always ends up having to fight the ugliest, most disgusting opponents around. Considering that he's a Long-Haired Pretty Boy obsessed with "beauty", this does not make him happy.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: He's flamboyant and obsessed with beauty, while his sister, Rin, is quite a tomboy.
  • Tranquil Fury: Seeing the rotting corpses left behind by the Gourmet Corp. during the Regal Mammoth arc sends him into a stone-faced rage.
  • Walk on Water: Only using his hair like the legs of a water spider.

Zebra

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Voiced by: Kenji Matsuda (Japanese)
Easily the meanest of the Four Kings, Zebra is a prisoner from Honey Prison, the deadliest prison on the planet. He was put in there for eating 26 entire species into extinction, and has awful table manners and an even worse attitude. Yet, underneath it all, Zebra is a guy who isn't all that bad, and can be quite kindhearted to those around him. He has a strange hatred for "cocky" people, but like how Sunny can see different kinds of beauty as being valid, Zebra can see many different things as being cocky. This includes nature itself.Zebra's strength is his incredible voice and hearing, as Zebra is able to project his voice out like a physical force and use it as a weapon. This has a ton of uses, from acting as a shield to being able to scan the area around him. His Intimidation takes the form of a humanoid creature with large, bat-like ears.
  • Accidental Hero: The news of Zebra's release from prison causes multiple countries to cease wartime activities and start forming pacts to enact countermeasures against him. Upon visiting a war-torn village in the Sand Desert, he's hailed as a savior god by the downtrodden residents, much to his utter confusion.
  • Anti-Hero: For one thing, he doesn't "give humble thanks" before eating something.
  • Ax-Crazy: Holy shit, is he ever.
  • Barrier Warrior: Yes, really. He can use his voice to create armor made of sound that can protect other people. He uses it to protect Komatsu from afar during the Gourmet Pyramid arc. Much later he uses it to protect civilians during the battle with the Four Beasts.
  • Berserk Button: "Cocky" people. Also, creatures that annoy him.
    • He particularly hates liars, as he feels that lying to someone's face is the most "cocky" thing a person can do. One of the main reasons he likes Komatsu (outside of his cooking) is because he's particularly honest.
  • Big Eater: To the point where he ate 26 species into extinction.
  • Blood Knight: Toriko himself says that Zebra loves fighting more than anyone else he's ever known.
  • Broken Ace: Technically a Type 1, he's the strongest of the four, but lacks the moral restraints of the other three.
  • Brown Note: He can emulate the frequency of his voice to instantly kill anyone.
  • Catchphrase: "Don't get cocky!"
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: He's insanely badass, but staying sober is one of the few things he can't do.
  • Deal with the Devil: Komatsu has to offer his services to Zebra to encourage him to take part in the Gourmet Pyramid.
  • Death from Above: His Thunder Noise and Meteor Noise, the former looking like lightning bolts.
  • The Dreaded: The very news of him getting release is enough to cause a global, social, and economic crisis. Entire developing countries disappear because of it.
  • Elemental Punch: His Sound Knuckle, which puts a bubble of sound around his fist to make his punches more powerful.
  • Flash Step: His Onsoku Idou, allowing him to move at the speed of sound.
  • Game Face: Zebra's "Intimidation" resembles a massive, scarred, bat-like creature.
  • I Gave My Word: He might be an Ax-Crazy Sociopathic Hero with highly questionable ethics, but he considers lying beneath him. If he says he'll do something, he'll do it.
  • Image Song: "Zebra!!"
  • Informed Attribute: According to his "Capture Ability Data" Zebra's intelligence is 3/10. While Zebra is obviously the Heavenly King that does the least thinking, he rarely comes off particularly stupid.
  • Jerkass/Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tends to swerve in between.
  • Large and in Charge: Bigger than Toriko as well as the strongest of the Four Heavenly Kings.
  • Living Lie Detector: Courtesy of his "Hell Ears" and the reason he hates liars so much.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: To the extreme.
    • The frequency of the sound vibrations does more damage than the sound itself.
  • Megaton Punch: His Beat Punch, where he channels sound vibrations through his punch to do even more damage.
  • Nightmare Face: The left side of his cheek has been torn off, showing all of his jagged teeth
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: Warden Love's pheromones have absolutely no effect on him.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Which is why IGO put him in jail in the first place.
  • Rated M for Manly: Even more so than Toriko.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Zebra can use his destructive voice in ways you never thought were possible. This includes cutting, electrocution, making explosions or barriers, and even laser beams.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Emphasis on "sociopath".
  • Smug Super: His overall attitude, he's confident because frankly, he has a lot of badassery to back it up.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He shows absolutely no remorse for his actions. None.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the beginning of the series, he was a bloodthirsty sociopath who just ate whatever he wanted; as of recent arcs, he's actively saving people from beasts and villains of his own volition.
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Ichiryuu

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Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi (Japanese), R. Bruce Elliott (English), Andrés García (Latin American Spanish)

  • Big Eater: Notable for the fact that he's not. While he's perfectly capable of eating massive quantities of food (doing so to awaken his Gourmet Cells in preparation to battle Midora), when left to his own devices he prefers to eat tiny (even by the standards of real life) portions of completely plain foods such as a small bowlful of beans. His appetite demon, Don Slime, felt no end of frustration at this and constantly urged Ichiryuu to stuff himself with the most extravagant gourmet foods. It's telling that, in a world where how strong you are depends on how much delicious food you can eat, he's still one of the most powerful beings in all the world despite barely eating anything.
  • Big Good: Shares this role with Jiro. Jiro might well have to shoulder this burden alone now...
    • Good news, Midora spares him!...but then a Blue Nitro finishes him off.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: He's partial to things that most people don't eat, reasoning that these were unknown flavours precisely because nobody eats them normally, and it's implied that some of the things he eats don't even qualify as food! Case in point, one of the first things we see him do is eat the cork that was used to stopper the wine bottle Toriko brought him as a gift.
  • Cain and Abel: Zigzagged a bit. He and Midora may not be blood brothers, but they're still bitter enemies and refer to one another as brothers, though Ichiryu wishes peaceful reconciliation was possible. Even at the end, Ichiryu seems oddly proud of his brother's power and deeply wishes they could have shared a last meal together.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: When he was younger, he'd pass out after drinking a single drop of booze. He's grown out of it with age, drinking wines with alcohol contents as high as 85% (though he still complains about its strength) though Jirou mentions his favourite drink is still Maboro Sake, a extremely low alcohol beverage that can be cheaply bought anywhere.
  • Cool Old Guy: Ichiryuu is, hands down, one of the three strongest men alive. The entirety of the Gourmet Corps' elites, save for Midora, would have no chance against him. The only people who stand on his tier are Midora and their brother disciple Jiro. And very possibly Joie.
  • Crazy-Prepared: His own full course menu is actually a method to create a nigh unlimited food supply should the world ever suffer from massive famine.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He acts very goofy and senile to Toriko when we first see him. And then the sparring match starts...
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Which is odd, considering he used to have dark, brownish hair.
  • Gravity Master: He can create a gravitational pull to draw in creatures much larger than himself, reverse the gravitational polarity to push them away and fly through the air.
    • In truth, due to his Winds of Destiny, Change ability, he is able to find the minority atoms that keep living things on the group and then alter the probability of him staying on the ground.
  • His Name Is...: After being defeated by Midora, he is struck down by a Blue Nitro before he can speak the name of the true enemy that must be vanquished.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: After basically showing he could kick anyone except the leader's ass easily in the Gourmet Corp., it is revealed that a lot of his Gourmet Cells were sleeping. No telling how strong he will be once he is back to peak condition.
  • Killed Off for Real: By a Blue Nitro right after Midora defeated and spared him. Even so, he appears later on in series in the spirit world.
  • Improbable Weapon User: This guy will kick your ass with giant chopsticks!
  • My Greatest Failure: Implied to have been his failure to kill Midora long ago after besting him.
  • Not Worth Killing: Midora claims this is why he spared him.
  • Peaceful in Death: After his death, he is shown smiling.
  • Promotion to Parent: For all of the Four Heavenly Kings. He loves them like his own sons.
  • Old Master: To Toriko, Coco, Sunny and Zebra.
  • Reality Warper: Essentially his ability to alter quantum physics through minority atoms in order to change the laws and nature of an object, making him able to alter the world's laws as he sees fit.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Was the first student of Acacia, a Gourmet Hunter now worshiped as a god.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: He can use Appetite Energy to create a pair of giant chopsticks to pick things up or use as melee weapons or projectiles.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the anime, he lives in his showdown with Midora. The manga almost followed the same path, but he is ultimately killed by the Blue Nitro seconds afterward.
  • Story-Breaker Power: Ichiryuu's "Minority World" where the minority atoms, which disobey the normal laws of nature and physics, of an object take over effectively making him a Reality Warper.
    • It's revealed later on that not only was his gourmet Demon one of the strongest in the Red Universe, Don Slime, but He himself defeated Don Slime single-handedly.
  • Walk on Water: More like he hops across it like a stone skipping on water.
  • Willfully Weak: His appetite demon, Don Slime, has stated that Ichiryuu was still holding back against Midora in their battle and have could actually have been a lot stronger if he had actually been interested in evolving his Gourmet Cells. Keep in mind that Ichiryuu was already one of the most powerful beings on the planet at the time of his death.
  • Winds of Destiny, Change: His signature ability seems to manipulate quantum mechanics. He can switch the probability of events, making miracles happen on a whim (like standing in midair and turning the solid ground into quagmire) and reversing the functions of his opponent's own organ systems.

Mansam

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Voiced by: Jurota Kosugi (Japanese), Brian Mathis (English), Jorge Ornelas (Latin American Spanish)

  • Ax-Crazy: When he releases his Knocking, he fights like a berserker.
  • The Alcoholic: All his dishes in his Full Course Menu are to do with alcohol, for one!
  • Bald of Awesome: He did have some awesome hair back when he was a bandit before meeting Ichiryu.
    • Loses it post-Timeskip when he becomes President.
  • Blood Knight: When he releases his Knocking, he doesn't know who he's going to attack.
  • Catchphrase: "Did you just call me HANDSOME?!"
    Everyone present: "No."
  • Cool Old Guy: Although not old as Ichiryu especially considering that Ichiryu is over 400 years old, he's pretty much the closest thing to a Team Dad that the main group has.
  • Death Glare: To the Gerold, followed by a "Would you mind getting back inside?" and a Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • The Juggernaut: When he goes all out, as some unfortunate mooks found out.
  • Megaton Punch: "FRYING PAN PUNCH!"
    • When he goes all out, he has "WANTED PUNCH".
  • Oh, Crap!: When Toriko breaks the glass of the arena.
  • Reformed Criminal: Was a bandit in this youth, until he was defeated/recruited by Ichiryu.
    • He's now the president of IGO!
  • Running Gag: People call him by name, only for him to mishear "Handsome". To the point that he mishears a panicking baby Regal Mammoth's shouts for "Handsome", at which point everyone and everything—including the panicking baby Regal Mammoth—stop to correct him.
  • Super Mode: He also can use Knocking, this time to boost his stats up as well as his size. Or so we thought; the Knocking LIMITS his power, and he releases it to fight at full power.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: His immediate concern for the wellbeing of the devastated Human World, despite being heavily injured himself, causes Defense Director Rei to humor Mansam's Running Gag and falsely admit to calling him "Handsome".

Rin

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Voiced by: Asami Tano (Japanese), Leah Clark (English), Karen Vallejo (Latin American Spanish)

  • Action Girl: Tries her best to be one, though she's sadly overshadowed by other characters. Chapter 221 shows that she took an upgrade.
  • Back from the Dead: She is technically "killed" by Starjun, but comes back thanks to her Gourmet Cells and a kiss from Toriko.
  • Battle Couple: With Toriko now they are engaged!
  • The Beast Master: Her job at the first Biotope Colosseum. She uses different scents to either excite or calm down the various monsters before/after they fight.
  • Happily Married: Marries Toriko in the second to last chapter of the series.
  • Image Song: "Ring Ring"
    • Stealth Pun: The kanji that make up her name means "little bell".
  • Improbable Weapon User: Armlets that shoot perfumes and scent clouds. On the other hand, said perfumes includes very useful ones effective against beasts or as a power-up for others.
  • Official Couple: Rin eventually marries Toriko towards the end of the series.
  • Running Gag: Early on, she has a tendency to mix up Battle Fragrance and Relax Perfume.
  • Scars Are Forever: Her scar is a bit unique in that she took a razor to her own face solely so she could have scars like Toriko. It hurt too much after the first one for her to keep going, though.
  • She's Got Legs: Her outfits often show off her long and slender legs.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She's quite a tomboy, as opposed to her incredibly campy brother Sunny.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Toriko. This actually saves her life, believe it or not. And now they are engaged.
  • Sweet Tooth: Eats mostly sweets, much to her brother's dismay.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: In the anime, the tomboy to Tina's girly girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The next time we see her in action against the Gourmet Corp. army, she's putting tons of beasts to sleep at once and takes on Bei, Doshan, and Zaiper with her Fragrance Swords And she wins.
    • She's now a Research Chief at IGO.
  • Tsundere: Seen to be very rude at Mansam, she also blushes whenever Toriko looks at her.
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