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  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The development of Allen and the 14th Noah suffered this as a result of multiple breaks Hoshino took, and because of the writers real-life issues that have caused the manga to be on hiatus since December 2012. As a result Allen was suffering for years until finally being able to break free in a chapter that was released in 2017.
    • In an extension of the above fatigue, some often cite that the Arc Fatigue started from the moment of the weekly-to-monthly switch for the manga; having the story arcs going for much longer periods of real-time then previously before. The fans often debate if this is because Hoshino doesn't release enough content for a monthly release, and is stuck on a weekly release mind-set, or if it's because the fans themselves can't adjust to the new schedule and can't handle the, now slow, plot advancement then when the manga was on a weekly release.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
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    • The Noah. Either they are a cool group of attractive and creepy badasses that contribute to the series Myth Arc, or a Spotlight-Stealing Squad that moves the series away from its original premise and their immortality causing them to long overstay their welcome. Even Skin, who died, is eventually going to be revived.
    • Johnny Gill. You either hate him for being completely irrelevant and a huge crybaby, or you feel sorry for him with all the traumatic experiences he's going through over the course of the story. Or both.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • All Noah are this by default, but the Millennium Earl is particularly badass even by their standards.
    • Tyki Mikk. He's a sexy badass, yes, but he's a Noah, which means Nightmare Fuel is just part of the package.
  • Critical Research Failure: A priest marrying a nun. The anime fixed this, thankfully.
  • Die for Our Ship:
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    • Lenalee gets this for getting in the way of Allen/Yu.
    • Eliade tends to get this a lot from Krory/Miranda fans, which is ridiculous, since she dies in Krory's introductory arc.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Three words: General Cross Marian. Despite his relatively small participation in the series, he has always managed to rank high in the popularity polls, being almost always in the top 10 (in the 3rd one he ranked the 12th, still close). Reasons for his great acceptance within the fandom include his badassery (during his first fight in the series, he defeated the previously thought invincible Noah Tyki with ease, he later destroyed a bunch of Level 3 Akumas like nothing and was the one who ultimately killed the Level 4 in the next arc, has two Innocences, one a gun that never runs out of ammo and that always follows his target, and another in the form of the corpse of a beautiful woman that he controls with magic and that can use her voice to create ilusions and control the enemy, can use magic, has a cool Eyepatch of Power that apparently allows him to disguise as other people and features both a Badass Beard and an imposing deep voice), the mystery surrounding his figure, his good looks and that, despite his rocky relationship with Allen, he actually cares about him.
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    • Komui is fairly popular for being a genuinely funny comic relief character, while also being a serious and professional leader everytime the Black Order was facing a big crisis. It also helps he's one of the few higher-ups who sees the Exorcists under his care as people and not as tools and that he worries about their well-being and safety, and that his reason for joining the Black Order was to reunite and take care of her traumatized little sister. He has fared well too in the popularity polls despite his role decreasing more and more as the series progresses, ranking in the top 10 in the first poll, and still managing to get into the top 20 in the next ones.
    • Krory and Miranda are loved by the fandom due their incredibly tragic backstories, as well as their progress throught the series, with Miranda becoming more confident and prettier the more the series advances (while still maintaining her charming gloominess from her introductory arc), and Krory turning into one of the most badass exorcists so far. A proof of their popularity is that, despite not having a great role after the Noah's Ark incident, they ranked the 5th (Miranda) and 6th (Krory) positions in the last popularity poll, surpassing other fan favourites who had a more active role in the latest arc, like Tyki and Road.
    • In the Noah's side of things, Devit has shown to have quite the following. He got the 6th spot of the 2nd popularity poll, and ranked the 13th in the 3rd one. His brother Jasdero has his share amount of fans too, managing to get into the top 20 in both polls (ranking 13th in the 2nd poll and 17th in the 3rd one). Even their combined form, Jasdevi, managed to get into the top 20 in the second poll, getting the 16th rank.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: The Noah underwent some strange costume changes after the Japan arc, quite a few of the male characters going from rocking some awesome suits to wearing some kind of bizarre belly shirts.
  • Foe Yay: Road kissed Allen and claims to love him.
  • Growing the Beard: The manga starts off as a Monster of the Week story, regularly introducing new Exorcists, but did not develop completely until the Ark story arc. Then the series went monthly, the story became more complex and the atmosphere greatly changed (for better or for worse, depending on who you ask), to the point it would be hard to imagine the series running in the Shonen Jump now.
  • Iron Woobie: Allen Walker. Why yes, that wide-eyed smiling boy was abandoned by his parents, raised in an abusive circus, watched his foster father die, was cursed by said father after some asshole in a top hat tricked him into bringing him back and then was forced to kill him personally, was then taken in by Cross, who stuck him with all his debts, is constantly stuck with missions that carry heavy emotional baggage, was betrayed by the organization he works for, and then found out his foster father was crazy and may have never actually loved him, but the soul of the evil 14th Noah that was sealed inside him. And then it's revealed as of late that Allen's foster father, is actually the Millennium Earl, whom Allen hates and wants revenge against, not coming to find yet that he and his foster father are the same person. Then his mentor was attacked, and supposedly killed, and Allen gets the pleasure of being led to the room by Tim, and seeing his Master's blood everywhere, along with his mask. Then later coming face to face with the one responsible for his Master's attack, and getting to see what happened in the room that night. So now he's lost the second adult figure in his life, far as he knows. He finally breaks after leaving the Order and realizing he feels lonely and becoming sensitive.
  • Moe: Allen Walker. Among fandom, he's commonly described as "cute" and "very huggable." Also, being a wide-eyed Cheerful Child helps.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Black Order upper echelons when they ordered the creation of both The Second and Third Exorcist projects. Or if not that, when they order the execution of Allen.
  • Narm Charm: Jasdevi's Fusion Dance. Relatedly, the Level 4 Akuma would look outright stupid if they weren't so terrifying.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Despite only being in a couple of chapters before being killed, Daisya Barry was well received by the fandom, thanks to his sarcastic personality and unique way of using his Innocence like a soccer player. It is noteworthy to mention that he has always managed to place in the top 20 in the popularity polls (outranking other, way more active characters) despite his brief role in the plot. For that, the anime gave him more scenes, revealed his backstory and expanded the scene where he dies.
    • In spite of only appearing in a single fight, Eshi is remembered fondly by the fans due his spectacular fight with Lenalee, his memorable voice and for introducing the threat of the Level 3 Akuma to the audience.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Quite a few people found Miranda Lotto to be incredibly annoying during the Rewinding Town arc. Fortunately, it doesn't even take until the end of the arc for her to get a lot better.
  • The Scrappy: Chaozii Han to a lot of the fans of the series, probably due to being one of the few non-bishonen male characters. His turning on Allen without question when the Order declares him an enemy didn't help matters, either.
  • Squick: Cyril is way too touchy-feely with Tyki (who may - pending canon confirmation to take this out of fanon - be his brother) and Road (his adopted daughter). Cyril loves "playing house" so much, it gives him a nosebleed. For their part, Tyki thoroughly dislikes Cyril's attentions while Road is either oblivious or doesn't care. Being way older than she looks and possibly being a paedophile might have something to do with that.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The artistic changes done to the character designs in the Hallow anime, as well as some of the changes of seiyu, were met by unfavourable reviews most noticeably Yu Kanda's recast. It was probably inevitable, as most of the viewers had grown accustomed to the previous anime's designs.
  • Too Cool to Live: Eshii. He had Frieza as his seiyuu, beats two badass Exorcists, and forced a third to go all out, has gravity powers, and is a capable fighter. He's also the only Level Three, that doesn't get reduced to a humiliating state or beaten easily.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Level 4 Akuma. They look like mishapen dolls in the vague shape of children, have piercing beady eyes, and are the most dangerous level of Akuma there are.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Jasdero is very bishounen, and has long blonde hair, and without the makeup looks very feminine. His fusion with Devit, Jasdevi, takes this Up to Eleven, having long blond hair with black highlights, and now sporting black lipstick.
  • What an Idiot!: The Upper Members of the Black Order. After Allen helps Alma and Kanda escape, his attempt to help the Third Exorcists is mistaken for an act of betrayal, Link restraining him under the belief Allen was killing his family. The Upper Members however only care that Allen disobeyed a direct order, lost Black Order assets, and seemingly aided the enemy. The idiot part comes in that if Allen truly had done something wrong, his Innocence would have turned him into a Fallen One much like Suman Dark did. The fact he is a Noah wouldn't change anything as Noah's are still human. Despite his Innocence not changing him, meaning he did not betray God, the Upper Members still wanted Allen executed. Made worse by the fact that other members have tried to testify on his behalf, only to be threatened with punishment if they do not fall in line. Later, after Link is apparently killed, Allen is blamed for killing Link even though he had almost no strength but the fact he escaped proves everything.
  • The Woobie: The series is filled with them:

    • Allen himself. Check the entry under Iron Woobie.
    • Lenalee. Her Dark and Troubled Past has left her pretty bitter and broken beneath her smiling facade.
    • Considering his past, Lavi could easily be counted as one.
    • Miranda was already a wreck before her introduction, and the nature of her Innocence doesn't exactly help matters. Perpetually depressed and stuck in a Stable Time Loop for who knows how long, her one reprieve comes upon meeting Allen and Lenalee. She then however has to witness them be brutally tortured by Road, and after awakening the true power of her Innocence, is afraid to deactivate it knowing it would cause her first true friends to regain their wounds. Even after becoming an Exorcist, she still suffers from extremely low self-esteem and the pressure of being the closest thing to The Medic the Exorcists have, only compounded further when Allen is branded a traitor and forced to leave the Black Order.
    • Kanda, falls in the Jerkass Woobie category after his horrible past is revealed. After the Second exorcist arc, he has also softened up to Allen, as he litelly risked his life to let Kanda bid a peaceful farewell to Alma, further garnering a lot of fans' sympathy for him.
    • The Akuma is general could be seen as this, though it would be more precise to put them in the Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds category. At the end of the day, these are really, really tragic beings; not only have they been forced to kill their own loved ones(who were in mourning, no less), but then are made to inhabit that body... and have no option but to keep killing, as they have no control over their actions. All of this, while the soul is completely aware of all the things it's being forced to do. And the only way out of this torment is their destruction. Just thinking about it is horrifying enough. Allen definitely isn't wrong when he says that they are extremely sad beings that shouldn't exist.

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