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Tropes Associated With Gourmet Corp.
- Actually A Doom Bot: When not able to fight in dangerous terrain, they send powerful robots called "GT Robots" to get foods for them.
- Always Chaotic Evil: The majority of the Gourmet Corp members we've seen so far are all very violent and malign people.
- The Bad Guy Wins: The three Sous Chefs—Tommyrod, Starjun and possibly Grinpatch—have won against their opponents.
- Midora manages to defeat Ichiryu, but a Blue Nitro kills him off.
- Big Bad: They are this to the series as a whole.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: However, with the appearance of NEO, they aren't the only antagonistic group anymore.
- Bishōnen Line: The weaker ones on the food chain are outright monstrous in appearance, while the higher-ups are far more human in looks.
- Body Horror: A lot of the Gourmet Corp do nasty things with their bodies.
- Dark Is Evil: Gourmet Corp is associated with hellish and often hideous things when compared to the IGO, which is far more noble and elegant in appearance.
- Evil Counterpart: To the IGO.
- Evil Evolves: As the IGO continue to get stronger by eating unusual foods, the Gourmet Corp do this as well, but they become more terrifying as they grow stronger.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: Compared to the Bishōnen heroes, most of the Gourmet Corp are monstrous, truly beings of Humanoid Abomination levels.
- Evil Makes You Ugly: As they continue to eat certain foods, they become more and more repulsive in appearance.
- Evil Plan: To control GOD and all of the world's foods and capture chefs to prepare meals out of them; so that they can Take Over the World.
- Evil Poacher: The most badass (and Jerkass) group of these you'd find in anime.
- Exotic Entree: Bugs and rare ingredients are their usual meals.
- Gluttony: All of them have this, but Grinpatch and Midora embody it.
- Humanoid Abomination: Most of the Gourmet Corp have mutated to animalistic, sometimes outright demonic beings.
- Jabba Table Manners: Compared to more mindful Gourmet Hunters, Gourmet Corp tend to be very repulsive when scarfing down food. They also throw away any foods that they don't need, leaving it for scavengers to eat.
- Kick the Dog: Compared to IGO (who will often Pet the Dog), they kill animals For the Evulz and don't even bother eating their kills—which is viewed as a heinous act in the series—and scorn their enemies and their own comrades for weakness.
- Knight of Cerebus: The situation always gets much darker when they show up, especially the Ice Hell and Gourmet Temple Arcs.
- Power-Upgrading Deformation: Compared to the IGO, who become more badass with each consumption, the Gourmet Corp members noticeably become uglier when they get stronger.
- Smurfette Principle: The only female members of the group are Lemon, the Sommelier, and Chiyo.
- Unwitting Pawn: On the whole, they were this to NEO in hindsight.
- Villainous Glutton: All of them, Midora and Grinpatch especially.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Yu and Lemon are implied to have survived the Cooking Festival along with Starjun and Grinpatch.
Voiced by: Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Patrick Seitz (English), Bardo Miranda (Latin American Spanish)
- Animal Motifs: Tiger, namewise. His Battle Aura beast, however, is a turtle man beast.
- Anime Hair: A huge mass of whip-like Rapunzel Hair.
- Anti-Villain: Type 2
- Antagonist in Mourning: After finally landing the final blow on Ichiryu.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: To Gourmet Corp.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: To Acacia.
- Attack Reflector: He can use the opposite effects of Minority World to redirect attacks backto Acacia.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Has managed to defeat Ichiryuu as of Chapter 254.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the series the series prior to NEO's debut, being forced to share the spotlight with them.
- Big Bad Friend: To Ichiryu.
- Tri-Beard Of Evil
- Berserk Button: It is not a good idea to insult the woman he thinks of as his mother.
- Berserker Tears: After nearly killing Ichiryu.
- Body Horror: He produces several tongues out of his mouth to attack and defend himself.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Ichiryu's Abel, albeit by adoption rather than blood.
- Combat Tentacles: Can do this with his tongue, by multiplying it into several thorny tendrils.
- Cursed with Awesome: Undying hunger sucks, but Midora has managed to put it to good use in battle. His entire battle strategy is to basically eat everything around him.
- Gluttony: The embodiment of this, eating several mountains of food at a time, and he even weaponizes it with his tongue.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Midora may be a Villainous Glutton with an unceasing appetite who wants to deprive other humans of food, but even he thinks the Blue Nitro are crude gluttonous beasts that embody the worst parts of the Gourmet Age.
- Evil Counterpart/Shadow Archetype: To Toriko. Further details on his past show that he's what Toriko would be, had the latter not learned kindness and restraint.
- He's also this to Zebra, as the latter was very close to being like Midora had Komatsu not influenced him for the better.
- Extreme Omnivore: Quite possibly the single biggest example of this in Toriko. Hell his entire fighting style essentially involves eating everything around him. How does he attack? Eat his opponents. How does he defend himself? Eat his opponent's attacks. Hungry Space takes this up to eleven allowing him to devour the very atoms around him.
- Freudian Excuse: Born to a village that would attempt to feed their infants to wild pigs, he had no one and stole food till he met Froese.
- Her death in trying to save his life. The kicker, he risked his life in order to find the Cure Water needed to make her feel better. From that point on, he became a Villainous Glutton incarnate.
- Generation Xerox: Is very similar to Toriko in his youth, in not only Big Eater tendencies but had an uncanny resemblance to the latter, especially as a young man.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has scars running over his eyes.
- Improbable Weapon User: Uses the Overly Long Tongue to digest high level beasts in seconds and produce a myriad of thorny tongues as well.
- Not to mention how he can tear the landscape in half with just a tongue.
- "Instant Death" Radius: His "Hungry Space" in which an invisible "Dinner of Kings" (yes, like the one the Four Heavenly Kings used) fills the vacuums created by his tongue and thus consumes everything within its radius.
- Misanthrope Supreme: Despises humanity in general, believing that they do not deserve the bounty of the Gourmet Age. So he single-handedly ended it, bring about a worldwide famine.
- Morality Chain: Froese's kindness turned him from a feral predator to a human being, and after inadvertently becoming the final factor that caused her death he not only plunges right back into total selfishness, but also blames the rest of humanity for what happened, shirking his own guilt.
- Never Speak Ill of the Dead: Despite him defeating and declaring that his brother was Not Worth Killing, when a Blue Nitro slays Ichiryu and tries to eat him, Midora claims that his brother is far too high a quality meal for scum like it, and he vows to bring Ichiryu's body to a place he cherished in life.
- Not So Different: His backstory of being a poor starving child is rather similar to Toriko's.
- Not So Stoic: Nothing rattles him in the present, but he actually cries when killing Ichiryuu.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Subverted, as chapter 246 is about to get into the details of how Midora beat Ichiryu.
- Overly Long Tongue: Weaponized.
- Picky Eater: Not even Century Soup can satisfy him, claiming only GOD can truly be a dish to be savored.
- Post-Stress Overeating: The reason for Midora for being a massive Villainous Glutton is because he's actually binge eating in order to cope with the loss of Froese.
- Power of the Void: The power of "Hungry Space, it consumes not only simple matter such as objects, but every atoms that revolves around the "space" that it touches, consuming even air itself, rendering any ability to manipulate atoms around it useless. And since it's invisible and its effects can only be seen by the tracks of its aftereffects...
- Pure Is Not Good: Froese notes that he truly respects food, especially since he shed Tender Tears at someone who wasn't grateful for food. Zoom to the present, and his pure obsession for food has turned him into something else.
- Rapunzel Hair: Black one, seems to resemble Sunny's and Starjun's hairstyle.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was apparently a student of Acacia.
- Redemption Equals Death: He sacrifices himself at the very end to atone for everything he did.
- Rule of Three: Has three scars under each eye and his beard is tri-pointed.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: a more literal version of this trope, as he is sealed inside an actual golden can by Joie at the end of Chapter 368.
- The Stoic: Even Century Soup, which can make anyone smile goofily did absolutely nothing for him.
- Together in Death: Reunited with his mother and the rest of his family in the afterlife. Turning back into a young man and going to eat with them at the same table once again.
- Story-Breaker Power: Midora's "Hungry Space" which is essentially an invisible "Dinner of Kings" that fills the vacuums created after his tongue eats the air giving him an "Instant Death" Radius.
- This also includes Midora's "Chameleon Cells" which lets him copy ANY AND ALL signature moves used against him. He's completely copied Ichiryuu's Minority World power, thus making him a Reality Warper; he used this power to revive completely dead soil in an instant for his eldest brother's grave. He later copies Joie's Gourmet Luck.
- The Unseen: Until chapter 171.
- Unwitting Pawn: He was Acacia's. Acacia manipulated him into gathering Cure Water for some reason. Midora was also unaware that several of his higher ranked subordinates, including his tech expert and his head chef, were actually members of NEO.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Played with. While he started off as being extremely hostile, having to fend for himself in order to get food, he becomes a very lively child with Froese and Acacia's influence.
- But then Froese dies trying to save him, the kicker being that Midora only got that way in order to cure her. From then on, he was evil.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: With Ichiryu.
- Villainous Glutton: Like most of the Gourmet Corp, but Up to Eleven as he leaves a large pile of bones after each meal.
- He weaponizes it by making his tongue into an instant digestive, landscape-cutting, tendril-mass-attacking and blocking weapon.
- It's also Played for Drama, as he literally can never fully satisfy himself.
- Villain Teleportation: He seems to be able to do this. It's actually a form of Chameleon Camouflage.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Very much so, the one person that showed him kindness died protecting him, right after he risked his life to save hers. This pushed him into the final step towards evil.
- World's Strongest Man: When Toriko met him face to face, he was convinced that Midora is the strongest being on the planet and could easily destroy it. Even Jirou a fellow disciple of Acacia believes that he is now no match for Midora.
- Younger Than They Look: Even if he was a student of Acacia 400 years ago, he looks far younger than he should be (40s at least) when his fellow disciples Ichiryu and especially Jirou are much older-looking in appearance.
- Battle Butler: As Midora's waiter and personal aide, this trope seems to apply to him.
- The Dragon: To Midora.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses plates to cut down the Hellboros and the Parasite Emperor, beasts that are ranked in the 80s level in power and didn't seem like a big deal to him.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Even though he's completed his goal of getting the Century Soup, he had planned to go after Toriko in his weaken state to eliminate a threat. Only to be confronted by Setsuno who broke all of his plates by pressure alone as a warning if he attempted it. Realizing the task would be more trouble then it worth, he wisely withdrew from Ice Hell.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Eight arms to use his weapons.
- Noble Demon: With Starjun, the least psychotic and vicious of his organization and more than intelligent to know when he's outmatched.
- The Stoic
- Undying Loyalty: Out of all the higher ups of the organization, he's the only one who didn't defect to Neo.
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (Japanese), Scott Freeman (English), Jorge Roldán (Latin American Spanish)
- Almighty Janitor: Despite being the second-strongest Gourmet Corp member, there are more than just a few people who rank above him. But, thanks to him still being a high-ranking member, the below also applies.
- Arch-Enemy: Is this to Toriko especially after making great impacts on each, Starjun finally finding a possible Worthy Opponent and Toriko suffering his second loss to a Sous Chef and Komatsu being taken away as a result.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's implied to be the strongest of the Sous Chefs, thus earning justified fear from the lower ranks.
- Turns out to even more of one with the recent reveal of his true position as the second strongest of the group.
- Badass Cape: Worn over a Badass Longcoat that Toriko proceeds to destroy in a barrage of 50 Nail Punches.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Following Tommyrod's example, he manages to defeat Toriko albeit being beaten badly.
- Bishōnen: Cue fangirl Squee!. He does have apparent burn scarring on the side of his face and neck (although, seeing as Chapter 361 reveals he's had the "scars" since birth, it's hard to tell if they're actually burns), but it doesn't detract much from his bishie splendor.
- Black Knight: His appearance with his helmet and medieval style clothing invokes this.
- Blood Knight: Is elated when Toriko literally "beats" the clothes off of him.
- Cool Mask: His Shiva Helmet. Toriko manages to destroy it in Chapter 218, in his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
- Combat Clairvoyance: An ability he obtained after his Gourmet Cells awoke. Starjun even claims he can follow an ingredient if it goes all the way to space
- Cool Sword: For a while it seemed like an Ornamental Weapon, which is lampshaded by Toriko at one point; then in Chapter 236, he uses it to No-Sell Toriko's barrage of knives and forks by melting them with fire.
- According to him, it's a special preparation knife.
- Cyclops: His Intimidation.
- The Dragon: First appears on a flying dragon? Check. Snags a Knight of Cerebus moment when his power isn't even fully transmitted by a remote control robot? Check. It takes everything The Hero has to beat him in that weakened state? Check. Able to No-Sell an attack from every single Heavenly King in his first real fight? Check. Withstands a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from Toriko just to measure his growth? Check. Shakes it off and defeats protagonist? Check. And for the kicker, Joie then confirms that Star is the second in strength among the Gourmet Corp., as Starjun's Gourmet Cells awaken for the first time as a result of fighting with Toriko!
- Dragon with an Agenda: He seems to be looking for a mysterious ingredient, and has partnered with Ootake for his Food Luck.
- The Dreaded: Even his own comrades shit their pants just by being in his presence.
- Evil Counterpart: Interestingly, he seems to be this to Ichiryu - absurdly strong, holding back in almost every appearance, and it was recently revealed that his Gourmet Cells were sleeping for much of the series. And since Ichiryu defeated Midora in their first match while Midora triumphed in the rematch, the next Starjun/Toriko fight should be very interesting.
- Flaming Sword: His Burner Knife, which "cuts and grills" at the same time.
- Generation Xerox: In the current arc, he looks a lot like a younger version of Midora.
- Giant Flyer: The first time he appears he's standing on a colossal, serpent-like dragon. During the assault on the Chowlin Temple he rides the even more colossal Big Bang Shark.
- Knight of Cerebus: Just look at his helmet!
- But for real, he is the first major antagonist to make an appearance (by proxy) and marks the introduction of the Big Bad group in the series (by extension). Even though he's in a robo, he takes one look at Toriko and Coco and immediately puts them both on high alert. He then walks right past them. And slaughters everything in his path on his way out of the cave.
- Lightning Bruiser: The new G.T. Robots can faithfully reproduce the user's movements with a measurement error of less than a millisecond. For Starjun, that's still too slow.
- Long-Lost Relative: Chapter 361 reveals him to actually be Toriko's brother.
- I Let You Win: His "fight" as a G.T Robot counts as this, since his full power wasn't displayed inside the machine
- Noble Demon: So far, he seems to be the least murderous of the Gourmet Corp, only killing when presented with an obstacle, compared to his colleagues who'd soon as kill anything that moves for no reason and then not even eat it.
- No-Sell: So far he's used his flames to negate Coco, Sunny and Zebra's attacks, and later do the same with his sword.
- Playing with Fire: Seems to have some mastery over heat—the first time he appears, he roasts a Butt Bug alive by touching it, and later it makes a candle's fire grow just by moving his hand over it.
- Rapunzel Hair: Has already long hair in his debut, but it's taken Up to Eleven to the point he resembles a younger version of Midora without his outfit.
- The Rival: More and more of their interactions set up him being this to Toriko.
- Separated at Birth: Upon reviving his 'Food Memory' by eating Fish Dish Another, he remembers as far back as being in the womb... which he shared with his twin brother, TORIKO.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: In chapter 217, he appears inside the completely enclosed tent where Komatsu and Zaus were supposed to cook. Komatsu notices him only after being grabbed by the arm.
- The Stoic: Starjun reacts to most things with abject boredom, only getting excited when Toriko manages to hurt him.
- Technicolor Fire: In the anime at least, his flames are blue.
- Third Eye: Grows one after his fight with Toriko awakens his hidden potential.
- Took a Level in Badass: If it were possible, after having his Gourmet Cells awoken in his fight with Toriko, he's become even stronger than he already was.
- Wreathed in Flames: His Camp Fire technique.
- Worthy Opponent: He sees Toriko as this, especially after becoming elated when his over 100 Nail Punches manage to strip him of his clothes and mask, and leave him very bruised.
- Animal Motif: Parasitic insects in general, though his Intimidation is a weird octopus thing.
- Animalistic Abomination: The only way to describe his Intimidation, really.
- Ax-Crazy: The most blatant one of the Vice Chefs.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Takes down Toriko, though he loses an arm in doing so. He's then defeated by Teppei, while exhausted from his fight with Toriko.
- Blood Knight: Seeks battles in order to compete over food.
- Body Horror: He contains the insect eggs in his stomach and they hatch when he spits them up. Urrrgh...
- The Beastmaster: Of the parasitic variety, and God is it scary.
- Bee Afraid: Not just bees, though. ALL KINDS OF INSECTS.
- Bee Bee Gun: One of his techniques allows him to do things similar to this. With his mouth.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: He can spit these out. The manga implies that after being beaten by Toriko, Tommyrod's Gourmet Cells have evolved to let him keep even worse bugs in his arsenal.
- Combat Tentacles: Cuts Sunny's hair with a huge, pincer-tipped tentacle seemingly composed of different insectile parts merged together, and worse, it comes out of his mouth, complete with Nightmare Face.
- Eaten Alive: He's finally put down by Sunny's Satan Hair's Appetite Energy, which devours him completely.
- Establishing Character Moment: Kills a Wall Penguin's parents and calls them trash, and does so for no reason other than they annoyed him by being "noisy".
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He doesn't seem to understand why people why people would be angry at his actions, often responding to their outrage with a blank stare.
- Evil Counterpart: Once he fights Sunny it's obvious that they're the most emotional of the main trio of fighters in their groups, Sunny being extremely empathetic and passionate while Tommyrod is extremely unstable, though he hides it with a facade of calmness. Both focus on long range moves, which Sunny prefers to be elegant while Tommyrod doesn't mind being hideous.
- Faux Affably Evil: Unlike Starjun and Grinpatch, his politeness (barely) covers up the fact that he is a disgusting sadist who would soon kill his own allies and intimidate them with death rather than care for them.
- Graceful Loser: His last thoughts before being eaten alive by Sunny's hair are that he had fun fighting Sunny.
- Humanoid Abomination: The most obvious of the whole Gourmet Corp so far, as he is a multi-fanged humanoid with functional wings, containing thousands of insects within his body, as well as being the largest of the three main attackers of the Corp.
- Jerkass: Unlike Grinpatch and Starjun, he is unpleasant and uncaring, spending an entire arc showing how much of a jerk he is to everyone he knows.
- Kick the Dog: His role in the Century Soup arc is this, killing a penguin's parents and not eating them while calling them trash (he did it because he thought they were annoying), tries to kill his own allies once they lose, kicks his own bugs because he considers the failures to be trash...
- Killed Off for Real: By Sunny.
- Knight of Cerebus: While Starjun was the first serious threat, the Darker and Edgier as well as Bloodier and Gorier elements truly appeared once Tommyrod unleashed his monstrous nature into what was a tame series for the most part. As well as the fact that he brings Toriko to the brink of death for the first time.
- Lack of Empathy: He doesn't even seem to care about his subordinates, and Toriko notes this about his personality in their battle, comparing him to a bug.
- Large and in Charge: While not obvious at first, one can even say he's normal-sized compared to his imposing fellow chefs. That's until he removes the bands that restrain his full power, and he bulks up—and by bulking up, we mean being twice the size of Toriko, who had dwarfed him before this.
- Lightning Bruiser: Especially after taking off his limiter bands.
- Nested Mouths: He has bugs that burst out of his mouth, but but until he released the Parasite Emperor, a ghoulish face would show up frequently.
- Nightmare Face: When he's ready to kill, though his "standard" look isn't exactly normal or comforting, either.
- Made his ultimate one, complete with extremely wide, red eyes, as he prepared to kill Sunny.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: From keeping hideous bugs within him to having razor-sharp fangs, he can even become bigger and more disgusting.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Twice. The beatdown he gives to Toriko is the first time Toriko has felt so close to death. Then he beats Sunny to a pulp.
- The Noseless: Lacks a visible nose.
- Monster Clown: Looks like one, and is definitely a monster compared to Starjun and Grinpatch.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: And actually uses them to bite chunks out of Toriko.
- My Death Is Only The Beginning: Well, he didn't die, but his release of the Parasite Emperor, when he knew he would be drained by it, counts.
- Power Limiter: The bands around his arms, legs, and abdomen. When he takes them off, he bulks up to ridiculous proportions.
- Doubles as both a One-Winged Angel as well as a crippling weakness, as he is now much easier to strike.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Not him, the sad bug in his mouth— the Parasite Emperor, a Level 81 Mutant Hybrid Insect.
- Winged Humanoid: He has cockroach wings, probably surgically attached.
- Villainous Breakdown: In his fight with Toriko, he went from smug to a snarling monstrosity full of rage.
- Worthy Opponent: Considers Toriko one after fighting him, and Sunny as the latter is killing him.
- You Gotta Have Pink Hair
- You Have Failed Me: He immediately tries to have Bogey and Barrygamon be eaten by bugs in a fit of rage for losing to their enemies. Fortunately, Toriko saves them, even if the gesture is not returned.
Voiced by: Yuji Mitsuya (Japanese), Chris Rager (English), Julio Bernal (Latin American Spanish)
- Affably Evil: Laid-back and playful. The evil part comes from him literally wanting to eat Toriko.
- Ambiguously Gay: A lot of his interaction with Toriko show that Grinpatch might be have more in mind than just eating him.
- The I'm a Humanitarian angle is the only thing keeping it from being completely overt.
- Animal Motifs: The mosquito.
- Acquired Poison Immunity: See Extreme Omnivore. His body acts as a filtration system for any and all toxic agents, even Coco's Poison Virus (which adapts to get around the victims' immune system) was useless.
- Ax-Crazy: Like Tommyrod, but has Dissonant Serenity to back it up.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Implied with Coco's fight, since he emerged from the hole that the latter drove him into, though Coco is later revealed to have survived the conflict.
- Black Eyes of Crazy/Black Eyes of Evil: Black eyes with three white pupils.
- Blow You Away/Super Breath: With a straw.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Chapter 262 reveals that Joie "cooked" him at some point, leaving Grinpatch listless and unresponsive.
- Breath Weapon: What he can do with those straws.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Was able to fight on par with Toriko, but threw it because he was being lazy and thus there is no gauge of his full power as of yet.
- Especially since he got out of his fight with Coco unscathed compared to his colleagues.
- Gluttony: Aside from Midora embodies this the most out of the Gourmet Corp.
- Extreme Omnivore: Swallows tons of blobs of Coco's extremely corrosive poison and claims it's tasty.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He MEANS it when he says he wants to drink up Toriko and Terry.
- Improbable Weapon User: Who says straws can't be badass?
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Has four arms, but the second pair is implied to be grafted on.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever happened in the pit with Coco is a mystery, but from what is seen, Grinpatch seemed to have won.
- However, it is later revealed that Coco survived.
- Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Whatever happened during the fight with Coco is unseen, but from Grinpatch's appearance, it seems the latter won.
- Right-Hand Attack Dog: His giant beetle. Unlike many Gourmet Corp. members, he's pretty nice to it.
- Scary Teeth: Black pointy ones.
- Vacuum Mouth: Another thing he can do with the straws.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In comparison to his two now one colleagues, he wears no clothing other than bandana, pants and shoes.
- Achilles' Heel: His sacrum bone. When Takimaru shoots it out of his body, he becomes paralyzed, though he eventually manages to heal it.
- Animal Motifs: Hermit crabs, both for his masks and his disgusting "Lodge" ability. To drive the point home, his co-worker Cedre calls him "Hermit Crab freak" at one point.
- Body Horror: He can elongate his body because he has a skeleton composed of 4000 bones and 4600 joints.
- Cool Mask: Too bad he ditches it after his initial appearance. He manages to get another one by the next raid on the Gourmet Chefs.
- Eaten Alive: The Hellboros gulps him down after Teppei revives it. He manages to survive, though.
- Epic Flail: He holds a weight and sickle in each hand while using his arms as the chains to emulate a kusarigama.
- Fangs Are Evil: He sports asymmetrical long canines, the upper righ one and the lower left one jut out of his mouth even when closed.
- Grand Theft Me: His flexible body allows him to take control of all sorts of bodies.
- Healing Factor: Even if his sacrum bone is removed, he can still re-arrange his skeleton to compensate.
- Oh, Crap!: Has an epic one when Barry accidentally smashes his extracted sacrum bone with a headbutt, without damaging it. He does an even bigger one when Match cuts it in half.
- Rubber Man: Played with; his bone structure allows him to elongate his body to become very flexible.
- Smug Snake: Despite having an overwhelming advantage over Takimaru, his ego prevented him from finishing him off.
- Suicidal Overconfidence: Takimaru is only able to defeat him because Bogey's arrogance gave him enough time to concentrate enough for the final blow.
Voiced by: Masafumi Kimura (Japanese), Mark Fickert (English), Leonardo García (Latin American Spanish)
- Animal Motifs: Boars: he's a massive, hairy brute with two tusks and direct attacks. Match's men even call him Pig and Boar in their combat.
- Armor Is Useless: Averted—wears a skimpy but extremely durable armor made from the Crush Turtle's shell. Too bad it's no match for Match's katana, made from the fang of the Crush Turtle's only predator.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Prides himself on his brute force.
- The Brute: Relies on brute strength and isn't too bright.
- Fangs Are Evil: More like tusks.
- Healing Factor: The narration states that he has this, and is what allows him to recover from the battle.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's surprisingly quick and agile for such a big guy.
- Slippery Skid: Sort of. He can secrete oil from his skin to deflect gunfire.
- Spikes of Villainy: Sports some on his helmet and armor in chapter 221.
- This Cannot Be!: When he realize that Match's katana can actually carve through his armor.
- Wrestler in All of Us: His attacks are similar to wrestling moves.
Voiced By: Takahashi Hiroki (JP)
- Blood Knight: When he gets going...
- Fate Worse than Death: Brunch charges every one of Elg's bodies with electricity that will shock him as long as he's alive. Since Elg is immortal...
- Turns out it exhausted even the immortal life capacity of the Herac, leading to his death.
- Go Out with a Smile: Dies content when Tengu assures him that his hideous face would have been normal, or even handsome, in Tengu's home village.
- Gonk: His true face is utterly hideous.
- Healing Factor: Up to Eleven, as he regenerates from a lightning attack into an army of clones!
- Immortality: Due to merging with a rare horse beast called "Herac", he achieved regenerative immortality.
- Implacable Man: Takes all of Tengu's attacks without flinching due to his regenerative powers.
- Killed Off for Real: By Brunch the Tengu.
- Me's a Crowd: If he's ripped to pieces, each piece will regenerate into a full copy of himself.
- Not So Stoic: Tengu's defiance brings out his Nightmare Face angrily stomping on him for thinking he stood a chance
- One-Man Army Literally.
- Our Centaurs Are Different: For one thing, it gives him immortality.
- Really 200 Years Old: By his own admission, making him officially the second-oldest member behind Midora.
- Red Baron: "Ageless Elg".
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one over the course of his fight with Brunch the Tengu.
- Was Once a Man: He merged with a baby Herac, with the implication that it was forced.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Initially in the anime, but they fixed his hair color by the next appearance.
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His eyes are black, with lavender irises.
- Curtains Match the Window: Lavender hair and irises.
- Karma Houdini: He beat up Komatsu and got the Century Soup, and so far in the manga has suffered no repercussions for this.
- Kick the Dog: Yuu's taking of Komatsu's rightfully sought out Century Soup, causing trauma for the latter.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses seasoning to fight. Which appears to be corrosive.
- Lightis Not Good: Wears lighter colors than most of the Gourmet Corp, but is just as evil as the rest.
- Only Survivor: Implied to be the sole surviving Base Chief from the Cooking Festival, though he still doesn't appear again.
- You Gotta Have Lavender Hair
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (Japanese), Brad Venable (English), Ferso Velázquez (Latin American Spanish)
- Amazing Technicolor Population: Has light purple skin.
- Evil Genius
- Gadgeteer Genius: In charge of the GT Robots' R&D. Grinpatch also ordered him to make a new straw, which suggests his skills aren't limited to robots.
- Glasgow Grin: His mouth has stitches around it...
- The Mole: Is really a member of NEO.
- Non-Action Guy: He acts more as a scientist and Mission Control guy, but he never fights. Until he gets a chameleon Overly Long Tongue with an Healing Factor after the timeskip.
Voiced by: Tetsuo Kaneo (Japanese), Bill Jenkins (English), Bardo Miranda (Latin American Spanish)
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the head chef of the Gourmet Corp. Subverted, as Starjun and possibly Alfaro are stronger than him.
- Badass Mustache: It's like... bat wings or something.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: "Cooked" by Joie so he would join NEO.
- Black Eyes of Evil/Black Eyes of Crazy: Has black sclera with white pupils.
- Guyliner: Wears black lipstick.
- Kill It with Fire: The last time we see him, he's immobilized by Grinpatch's Worm Breath, wrapped up in Tommyrod's silk and cut in half by Starjun's Flaming Sword.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: In his introduction he eats a disgusting-looking caterpillar showing all the grace and preparation usually seen in good guys.
- Nice Hat: A really tall black chef's cap.
- Sinister Scimitar: Wields a kitchen knife in combat that, like many others, looks like a massive Dao.
- Supreme Chef: The Head of the Gourmet Corp chefs. That being said, he's never seen cooking something himself, only giving orders to the Base Chiefs and Sous-Chefs.
Voiced by: Masahito Yabe (Japanese), Chris Cason (English), Gabriel Ortiz (Latin American Spanish)
- Adaptational Modesty: His speedo was lengthened into shorts for the anime.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: He's green-skinned.
- Fan Disservice: Guy hangs around in a tiny black speedo and is as ugly as sin.
- Humanoid Abomination: Resembles a goblin.
- Kick the Dog: He's the one who kills Terry's mother and boasts about it.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realize he's just bumped into Starjun's boots.
- Red Baron: "Bei the Omnivorous".
- Small Name, Big Ego: Believes himself to be very powerful. As Joejoe noted, he took the equivalent of 16 lethal attacks from both Toriko and Mansam.
- Sore Loser: His rant after he loses to Toriko is really something to behold...
- Stupid Evil: Immediately kills Terry's mom for no reason, while gloating, which provokes Toriko enough to kill him. In addition, he is unable to control the robot to its full extent and uses the slicer attack attack constantly which Toriko easily counterattacks, leading to his defeat.
Voiced by: Chika Sakamoto (Japanese)
- Ax-Crazy: Her killer intent is so great, she can force the timid Invisible Forest to show up by intimidation.
- Barrier Warrior: Her Manaita Shield, which is just an over-sized chopping board she uses as a shield. In the anime, it's is composed of Appetite Energy.
- Body Horror: Can fillet you to a skeleton from a distance, leading to certain death.
- Cool Old Lady: Chiru and Gourmet National Treasure Chin miss her greatly and laud her cooking, until her return.
- The Dark Chick: Lacking the stamina of the other members and being Weak, but Skilled, she's still a crazed force to be reckoned with.
- Et Tu, Brute?: Everyone is shaken by her reappearance, coming to slaughter them all.
- Eyes Always Closed: Since it's not a pretty sight when she opens them.
- FaceHeel Turn: She used to be a nice old lady who cooked at Disappearance Cuisine and was versed in Honoring the Food at a Master's level. When she comes back, she's riding a gigantic zombie condor with a lyebeast and a new member of Gourmet Corp., and her first act is to show how delicate her 100 Million Yen Slice is... by removing all but the bones of an Apprentice Master's midsection... some fifty feet away... without visibly moving.
- Fallen Hero: Especially on how Chin laments on how far she fell from the Cool Old Lady she was.
- Freudian Excuse: The death of her son drove her to become a Gourmet Corp member.
- Not just the death of her son. Chin's attitude/mantra towards the incident: "Give thanks to all events in life" right as her son died was the last thing any mother would want to hear.
- HeelFace Turn: It appears she's turning out this way after being nursed back to health by Chin, Setsuno and Nono in chapter 257.
- Hero Killer: Slaughters most of the Gourmet monks before Toriko arrives.
- Knife Nut: It's not really the knife that's dangerous, it's the fact that she can fillet you from a great distance, making you bones in an instant.
- Madness Mantra: "Gratitude, gratitude...can you appreciate this? Gratitude, gratitude..."
- Mama Bear: The death of her and Chinchin's son was her breaking point. She couldn't "appreciate" that tragic event the way Honoring the Food demanded of her, and she joined Gourmet Corp. because one of the ingredients they are seeking is the rumored hors d'oeuvre of Acacia's Full Course, which can raise the dead. She wants to use it to bring her son back.
- After meeting with the spirit of her son in the world of souls, she is now at peace and no longer wishes to try and revive him with CENTER.
- The Noseless: Lacks a visible nose.
- Never Mess with Granny: Lady Chiyo might not be one of the Gourmet National Treasures, but a single swipe of her knife was valued at 100 MILLION yen. She also completely removes the flesh, muscle, and organs of Apprentice Master Wagon from his underarms to his hips... without him feeling a THING. Only Coppwo was able to tell Wagon to watch out as she was attacking him, but to everyone else, Chiyo moved so fast no one saw a thing.
- Nightmare Face: Seriously, her facial expressions can be even scarier than those of Tommyrod.
- The Resenter: To Setsuno.
- Going to Driven by Envy extremes.
- The Smurfette Principle: The first female Gourmet Corp member to be shown.
- Supreme Chef: Master of Honoring the Food and Food's End, capable of cooking and eating all of Disappearance Cuisine's dishes.
- Sword Beam/Razor Wind: Seems to be able to do this, since she can fillet her victims at a distance with her kitchen knives.
- Walking Spoiler: One can't talk about her past identity and FaceHeel Turn without revealing one of the biggest twists of the Bubble Fruit Arc.
- Weak, but Skilled: She has precision in executing filleting and barrier techniques, but has notably less stamina than most of the members due to her age.
- When Elders Attack: Lady Chiyo arrives at Chowlin Temple in order to kill one of the Gourmet National Treasures and all of the Apprentice Masters, as doing so will render the ultimate technique of Honoring the Food, "Food's End", no more threat to Gourmet Corp.
Voiced by: Hiro Yuki (Japanese)
- Ambition Is Evil: Though Starjun likes the ambition he has.
- Took a Level in Badass: When we first see him, he's a normal human. When he reappears, he has Gourmet Cells implanted in him.
- Freudian Excuse: Was raised in an orphanage; however he considered his past shameful and ignored them after he graduated. Even so the kids there were extremely proud of him...until an incident where they all accidentally ingested poison and died. After this he came to realize just how much they admired him and felt incredibly guilty about the fact that he'd ignored them, as well as his lack of fame at the time they died. Now he's obsessed with doing everything in his power to raise his reputation, so at least they'll have something to be proud of in heaven.
- From a Certain Point of View: When Starjun calls out his claim of being Midora's partner, Otake simply retorts that Midora said he considered all chefs in the Gourmet Corp. his partner.
- Meaningful Name: Komatsu means "Small Pine", while Otake means "Great Bamboo". And there's a popular story about a bamboo stalk and a pine tree... and like the bamboo, he "bent" to evil.
- Rival Turned Evil: He came to Chowlin Temple to show Komatsu his new skill and proclaim his intention of making GOD as the partner to the Gourmet Corp's leader Midora, with his words before leaving that Komatsu and Toriko should polish their skills to see who the stronger combo is when they next meet.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Now all he cares about is the money and prestige that comes with being a famous chef.
- An even bigger one when he stabs Komatsu and revels in the destruction of the temple.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Apparently, he was much kinder and less arrogant in his youth, just wanting to be a good chef.
- Arm Cannon: The "Armored" model can shoot bullets from his hands and shoulders.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: The Giant model is equipped with a flamethrower.
- Flechette Storm: Its Peeler Shot where it shoots its hairs at its target.
- Frickin' Laser Beam: It can fire one after opening its beak horizontally. This is likely based on the Blue Nitro.
- Giant Mook: The Giant Model.
- Killer Robot
- Mecha-Mook: They serve as this for the Gourmet Corps, as well as mecha-avatars for certain members.
- Elite Mook: The mass-produced ones are this, especially the Giant Model during the Cooking Festival arc.
- Ridiculously Nitro Robot: Based closely on Nitro, safe for their tails.
- Giant Mook: The second variety to the Giant Model.
- Elite Mook: As seen with the first shown one, dominating over everyone.
- Humanoid Abomination/Animalistic Abomination: Varies on the individual. Some lean to troglodyte features while others are simply demonic.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: They're artificial creatures that are composed of various animals.
Tropes Associated with NEO
- Brainwashed: Going by Teppei's example, at this point it's impossible to tell who was a NEO spy all along and who was brainwashed into switching allegiance. According to Alfaro, all of the Gourmet Corps' chefs were brainwashed into joining NEO. To make matters worse the only way currently known to undo it is to beat it out of them, the problem being they most likely will not survive the level of beating you need to deal.
- Evil All Along: Those that belonged to the IGO at first.
- Knight of Cerebus: Even more so than Gourmet Corp. Their arrival on the scene not only marks the beginning of the story getting really serious, coinciding with the heroes beginning their journey into the Gourmet World, but The Reveal of just who is behind NEO turns everything our protagonists have known on its head.
- The Mole: Almost all of the elites in the IGO and Gourmet Corp are actually spies for NEO.
- Nothing Is the Same Anymore: Before its appearance, it was a classic battle of good and evil with IGO and the Gourmet Corp. Following NEO's debut, the struggle has now become a three way battle, with the former two being severely crippled in staff and resources.
- Tomato in the Mirror: Most of the members are actually characters that we'd come to associate with other groups, making the surprise more legitimate.
- Walking Spoiler: Once they appear, the entire conflict undergoes a major game changer.
Voiced by: Kouji Ishii (Japanese), Doug Goodrich (English)
- Authority Equals Asskicking: As the former 2nd in command of IGO.
- Dying as Yourself: The mortal injuries inflicted by Toriko restore his true self right before he is devoured by predators. In his final moments he apologizes to Ichiryuu.
- Growing Muscles Sequence: After opening both eyes and removing the thing on his nose, he becomes much more muscular and wild-looking.
- The Mole: He's actually an agent of NEO.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English), Antonio Merlusa (Latin American Spanish)
- Ambiguously Gay: A lot of lines suggest this.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Revealed to be another victim of Joie's "Taste Change". Once Joie is beaten, he finally snaps out of it.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: As he reveals his evil nature by killing off higher ups of IGO. Subverted, he's actually loyal to IGO but had the misfortune to encounter Joie who changes his alliance.
- The Mole: He's actually an agent of NEO via brainwashing.
- Not So Harmless: Would you have expected that a guy who looks like Prince Valiant crossed with Leisure Suit Larry would even be dangerous, let alone evil?
- On top of that, despite Mansam never having released his knocking after Ichiryu taught him a lesson and he joined the IGO... he was completely aware of just how strong Mansam is. Makes one wonder just what kind of power he's hiding away.
Voiced by: Keiichi Nanba (Japanese)
- Action Girl: When his hood came off, he was shown to look exactly like Froese, which has the fans thinking that Joie was a clone of her and a woman. Eventually revealed to be a male spirit though.
- Battle Couple: With Acacia. If indeed this is Froese... As a human, yes. Now, nooope.
- Born Lucky: Weaponized. Froese's Gourmet Luck is so unbelievably strong that ignoring any actual combat progress she might have had, when Midora attempts to seriously kill Joie NONE OF HIS ATTACKS CAN HIT HIM. This is -solely- from his Gourmet Luck - he doesn't even need to try and dodge. However, Gourmet Luck is finite, which seals Joie's fate when he has a rematch with Midora. Not only did Midora's Mirror Neurons copy Gourmet Luck, Joie's own Gourmet Luck had already been drained fighting Starjun.
- Came Back Wrong: If Joie is truly Froese, who was dead...but there are serious doubts. He's not.
- Chapter 253 shows something happening to Froese's grave as the ground begins to move up. Whether Joie has anything to do with that is currently unknown.
- Chapter 338 reveals that Froese's spirit refused to return. Another Food Spirit was drawn in to her revived body.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Jiro and Setsuno think this is the case, because the monster in front of them isn't Froese. Eventually confirmed. It's indeed not Froese but an evil Food Spirit that took her body.
- Demonic Possession: Sorta, the body was already long dead. But is being inhabited by a food spirit.
- The Dreaded: People are petrified of him. The knowledge he's on his way is treated as seriously bad news.
- The Dragon: To Darnil Kahn.
- More of a Dragon-in-Chief with the recent reveal.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Despite looking exactly like Froese, Joie is actually a male spirit using her body after she refused to be revived. This panel◊ from chapter 338 confirms this, as while the Froese we know has Boobs of Steel, Joie is shown flat-chested and muscular. The fact that he has a male voice actor also helps.
- The Heavy: Strongly implied to be this to NEO as a whole. Given he put a scar on Zaus...
- Justified—Joie's been confirmed to be using the body of THE God of Chefs, Froese, making him one of the most powerful if not the single most powerful character in the entire series, predating even Midora. Though Jiro and Setsuno have doubts this is truly Froese, as Joie's monstrous inner beast is nothing like Froese's...
- Evil Old Folks: He's over 200 years old, and probably far older.
- FaceHeel Turn or FaceMonster Turn: He can change a person's "flavor", and in turn alter their morality, basically brainwashing them into joining his cause.
- FaceHeel Turn: The Foreshadowing here is so thick you could cut it with a plastic knife—Froese is heavily implied to be the Dark Chef Joie, as Joie calmly retorts to Setsuno's exclamation that Cinderella (the best, highest-quality, legendary Great Knife) belongs to Froese: "Yes... that is why it is mine... Do you understand what I'm saying?"
- Chapter 243 pretty much confirms it...though it raises questions if this is truly Froese.
- Subverted, it's not her to begin with. Just a spirit using her body.
- FaceHeel Turn: The Foreshadowing here is so thick you could cut it with a plastic knife—Froese is heavily implied to be the Dark Chef Joie, as Joie calmly retorts to Setsuno's exclamation that Cinderella (the best, highest-quality, legendary Great Knife) belongs to Froese: "Yes... that is why it is mine... Do you understand what I'm saying?"
- Gender Bender: Thanks to Froese having drunk the soup PAIR, which can switch genders, before her death. He revived in a male form, though he can shift back to female form as well.
- Humanoid Abomination: He is just a failed clone of Froese, especially with the cracked skin.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Was seen seeking a book on the preparation of human flesh...coupled with the fact that he broke a certain taboo centuries prior...
- In the Hood: Wears quite the nice cloak to hide his true face.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: 'The Dark Chef.' God Chef.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Physical God: All but a step away from this. Jiro and Setsuno have confirmed that, whether or not Joie is Froese or something else entirely, whatever it is, it utilizes absolutely 100% of its Gourmet Cells at 100% efficiency—a feat only made possible by eating the entirety of Acacia's Full Course.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Froese is drawn in a much more lighter tone than most of the characters.
- Samus Is a Girl: Frequently referred to as male, but is actually the female God Chef and Acacia's Combo Partner. Subverted again, as chapter 338 revealed him to be a guy.
- Smug Snake: For all his cockiness, it's clear from Joie's battles with Midora that he isn't as unbeatable as he thinks he is. Despite all the clever tricks Joie is capable of pulling off, Midora No-Sells just about all of them effortlessly, and even Joie sealing Midora away in a golden can was more of an inconvenience than anything else. In fact, when Joie brags to Toriko (who could sense all the fights going on at the time) about his victory over Midora, Toriko calmly retorts that Joie didn't win at all, leaving Joie at a loss for words.
- Supreme Chef: The real winner of the first cooking competition, but his title was stripped away after he...broke certain rules.
- Underestimating Badassery: He calls out Jiro on his Can't Hold His Liquor attitude. Jiro responds by literally stopping the world's axis by punching it.
- Villainous Breakdown: Has one when Midora confronts him a second time. He throws everything he has at Midora only to realize that his Food Luck is preventing him from being killed. Joie soon finds himself on the opposite end of the power he once so proudly wielded, slowly panicking as nothing affects Midoria. Even trying to summon Acacia and attempting a Shapeshifter Guilt Trip all fail until finally his Food Luck runs out and he begins to disintigrate, begging Acacia to save him.
- Villainous Harlequin: His appearance invokes this.
- Walking Spoiler: It's impossible to talk about Joie without revealing that he's a failed clone of Froese.
Voiced by: Shiro Saito (Japanese), Doug Burks (English), Gonzalo Curiel (Latin American Spanish)
- Foreshadowing: In the Ice Hell arc, he assembled a group of Gourmet Hunters to retrieve the Century Soup. Now we know why.
Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka (Japanese)
- Actually A Doom Bot: When confronted by Toriko after his group beats Livebearer.
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (Japanese)
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The reason he's with NEO is because he's been brainwashed by Joie. Getting hit by Midora's Meteor Spice snaps him out of it.
- The Combat Pragmatist: Skewers Chiyo without looking while explaining his plans to Setsuno.
- Diagonal Cut: His Rinne Oroshi, which cuts down to your genetic makeup so that even your offspring will carry the same scar.
- Evil Old Folks: He's a member of NEO, though not by choice. Not only is he the number one chef in the world, but he's also incredibly skilled with a blade both in battle and in the kitchen.
- Knife Nut: Wields a rather large one.
- Supreme Chef: The NUMBER ONE CHEF IN THE WORLD.
- Voiced By: Mugihito (Japanese)
- Energy Absorption: His "Shokujutsu: Calorie Gui" which absorbs calories from a person.
- Evil All Along: He was an agent of NEO along with Zaus and Kuribo.
- Humanoid Abomination: The contrast between his guise as a serene old man and a multi-tentacled thing with an eyeball where its mouth should be is jarring, to say the least.
- Voiced By: Kōzō Shioya (Japanese)
- Evil All Along: He's really a member of NEO until chapter 324.
- Good All Along: He is actually good, and gave information about NEO in chapter 324. Also see Reverse Mole.
- Reverse Mole: Ordered by Ichiryuu to infiltrate NEO.