- Alternate Character Interpretation: In the lighthearted episode 19, after Hyakkimaru greets a horse with a head rub and tries touching various other people's faces, as well as expresses his lack of knowledge over weddings and metaphors, another part of the Western audience had decided that his mental age could be significantly younger than his physical age.
- Creepy Cute: Hyakkimaru. He has the social and language skills of a toddler so he can be incredibly cute and goofy when caught outside of his areas of expertise. On some occasions, he goes directly from one to the other.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Hyogo and Mutsu, Tahomaru's retainers, have gained popularity for their Undying Loyalty and skill at fighting. Mutsu in particular, probably due to their Bishounen looks.
- Friendly Fandoms: With Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, due to the similarity between the protagonists and settings.
- He's Just Hiding!: With Never Found the Body in effect, the general reactions to the finale is that Jukai, Nui and Tahomaru survived the castle fire and are just laying low somewhere, with Hyakkimaru eventually coming across them while he's away travelling.
- Memetic Mutation: Ever since Hyakkimaru tried to eat a live crab as a kid, the fandom (particularly the Japanese side) has run with the idea that he's mildly obsessed with crabs or associate crabs with him.
- Related, comparing Tahomaru's hair shape to a crab.
- In a Never Live It Down sort of waynote , Hyakkimaru trying to eat things raw (fish, crabs) or things that aren't food (flowers, worms, bugs) has become something of a meme, usually with someone (Dororo, Tahomaru or Jukai) reacting to it in a funny way or trying to stop him.
- "PARTY IS OVER", sometimes mutated into "PARTY IS STARTING" note
- Hyakkimanju note
- "mama"/ mama Jukai note
- Narm: In episode 12, Hyakkimaru recognizes one of the soldiers who killed Mio, whose hand he cut off. Once he realizes this, we get a dramatic camera pan and he looking like he's going to go berserk, but all he does is make a very weird groaning noise. He's used his voice enough that he can properly yell, so it comes off as very goofy and odd.
- Nightmare Fuel:
- At the end of episode 5, Hyakkimaru losing his actual foot. Alongside the gore one can expect from losing a body part, there's the fact that the bone is exposed. This, combined with Hyakkimaru's screaming, is not a pleasant sight at all. OUCH.
- In the next episode, Hyakkimaru's Extreme Mêlée Revenge on the soldiers who killed Mio and the children she was caring for, screaming all the while.
- Dororo's past is full of this. At one point, he and his parents are digging through the corpses of soldiers looking for food. Dororo stumbles upon a still-living soldier who has resorted to cannibalism because his limbs are all gone and he cannot move. And then there's the corpses of the mother and baby he sees in a destroyed village.
- The ash rain caused by the Norosaregumo is actually giant centipede molt.
- Hyakkimaru's spine growing back, forcing out the prosthetic one.
- The second opening has a scene showing Hyakkimaru's partially decayed body eaten by bugs.
- Itachi dug up the grave of Dororo's mother to see the half of a map on her back. He even says that to Dororo's face.
- Ugly Cute: The giant deformed baby Dororo and Hyakkimaru encounter in Episode 14.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Mutsu was first thought to be a woman on account of her being smaller and more slender than her brother Hyogo, and having a softer voice. But considering the time period, a woman wouldn't be allowed to be the personal retainer of a lord's son, yet some viewers were still unsure until "he" was addressed by a pronoun a few episodes later. But then in the last few episodes Hyogo refers to her as his older sister, confirming that she is, indeed, a woman. It seems that due to the story setting and characters actually falling for the disguise, pronouns are at least partially useless when judging crossdressing women.
YMMV / Dororo (2019)