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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Yuno really love Yuki, or is he just a Living Emotional Crutch to her? Does Yuki really love Yuno, for that matter, or does he just have Stockholm Syndrome?
  • Angst? What Angst?: In her introduction, Hinata is manipulated by her father, who uses her desire for his love to do so, into becoming a serial killer, betraying her new friends, having her closest friend almost die, and then having herself almost die, only for her father to then reveal he was lying to her the whole time, after which he is promptly shot dead. None of this is ever referenced again, and Hinata carries on as a normal girl who shows no sign of stress or trauma from that experience.
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  • Base-Breaking Character: You may think Yuno is a delightful Yandere as well as the main highlight of the series, or just an unlikable lunatic who hardly deserves the praise she gets. Some fans acknowledge that as a person, Yuno is terrible, but as a Yandere and Villain Protagonist, she's delightful and exciting to watch.
  • Bizarro Episode: Tsubaki's arc is... out of place in the series, between the zombies, the Gratuitous Rape, and the simple existence of Twelfth, and is never mentioned again beyond a brief Call-Back at the end of the series. Some overlap with Angst? What Angst?, given that Yuno should probably be a little more broken up about being almost gang-raped.
  • Broken Base: The English dub voices of Yukiteru and Yuno. Some fans think their English voices are terrible and don't fit their characters, other fans think that not only does the English voices perfectly fit their characters but also makes it a refreshing change of pace from the high-pitched girly voice and shy, insecure, young boy voice that have been overused a lot in anime.
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  • Complete Monster: Funatsu, though a minor villain, caused one of the most horrific events of the series. Once a member of a peaceful cult based around a young girl, Tsubaki Kasugano, who allegedly had prophetic powers. Funatsu killed her parents when they planned to disband the cult, fearing losing his power. Becoming the de facto head of his reformed cult, Funatsu allowed the members to rape Tsubaki regularly, possibly taking part himself, and drugged her to keep her defenseless against their constant assault. So intense was Funatsu's cruelty to Tsubaki that she went insane and began plotting to destroy the world.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Takao Hiyama appears in a flashback in the middle of one chapter... only to take a spear in the back, courtesy of Yuno. Him being an Asshole Victim is probably what makes it so funny in the first place.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: In a similar vein to Elfen Lied, the series has drawn a lot of criticism for its constant barrage of dark backstories for Villain of the Week characters that get killed off at the end of their arcs anyway and the grimdark storytelling exhausting itself after awhile to the point where it's just shock value.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The more avid fans of Yuno tend to tone down her more negative and violent qualities in favor of her devotion to Yuki.
    • Similarly, Minene Uryu has some fans who see her as a hero, selectively ignoring the fact that she's a violent terrorist who will kill anyone, even children, with little remorse.
  • Die for Our Ship: Both Yuno and Akise are victims of this, though the latter has it more prominently within the fandom. Notably, it actually is in-character for Yunonote  to kill people that come between her and Yukiteru, though it's more often this trope than Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Ear Worm: The first opening song, "Kuusou Mesorogi", is insane, frantic, and very catchy.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Minene (Ninth), Marco and Ai (Seventh), and Yomotsu (Twelfth).
  • Evil Is Sexy: Yuno and Minene.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain:
    • The only defining feature on Twelfth's costume is a giant one-eyed bag with an out-of-place Code Lyoko-esque design on it.
    • Similarly, it's fairly difficult for some viewers to take Marco seriously with his needlessly eccentric pompadour.
  • Growing the Beard: Many think that the anime becomes more interesting after Fourth's death, with Yuno taking on a more antagonistic role.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • HSQ: The second episode of the anime has an extremely high one, given that the subject matter is a terrorist bomber holding a school hostage.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some people watch the series for the resident Yandere.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Mur-Mur is the humorous minion of Deus Ex Machina, but schemes behind her master's back to continue the survival games for eternity to amuse herself. Convincing Yuno Gasai to travel to the 2nd World and take that Yuno's place so she can still be with Yukiteru Amano, Mur-Mur would also take her own 2nd world counterpart's place so she can manipulate the people in that world; She tells Keigo Kurusu that he can cure his son's illness if he wins causing him to turn against Yuki, and lies to Yuki that he can resurrect his dead parents if he becomes god. Mur-Mur also takes direct manners to those that interfere with her plans such as erasing all of Akise's actions in Paradox, abandoning Yuki in the 2nd world before traveling to the 3rd world with Yuno, and brutalizing Minene Uryu when she fights her; she would have won if Yuno had not killed herself out love for Yuki, leading Mur-Mur to unite Yuno's 3rd world counterpart with Yuki.
  • Memetic Mutation: The face that Yuno makes at the end of the first episode has spread to the point that it's already been drawn on several different characters from entirely unrelated series.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Tsubaki crosses this when she orders her followers to strip off Yuno's clothing... and to gang-rape her, all so she could lure Yukki out of his hiding place. This one is a particularly sad example, since given Tsubaki's own Rape as Backstory, it's clear that she has become so desensitized to sexual violence by this point that she would casually threaten it against someone else.
    • Mur Mur crosses this when she undoes the positive future in Paradox by deliberately erasing everyone's memories and goes back in time to make sure that the 2nd is still alive and kills them all. She also uses the wounded Yuki to prevent Akise from stopping her plans.
    • Akise in the manga crossed it when he abandons Yuki's friends to let them die by Yuki's hands, just so he can get the chance to kill Yuno. Even Yuki is disgusted by this. Defied in the anime, where he actually tries to stop Yuki.
  • Narm:
    • The English covers. "Every text could be your last."
    • The soundtrack in the anime often uses stock music stings heard in various others shows (such as Cyberchase) for dramatic scenes, torpedoing any tension to oblivion. One such moment is The Reveal in episode 3.
  • Periphery Demographic: There are a significant number of females who watch the series just for Yuno. Given that Yuno is one of the only women in shonen to be a proactive (Dark) Action Girl rather than a Distressed Damsel or Satellite Love Interest, this probably shouldn't come as a shock to anyone.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While originally hated for being a Dirty Coward who allows Yuno to hang around him, despite all she's done, for his own protection, Yukiteru Amano Took a Level in Badass and started to stand on his own feet later in the game.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Plenty of fans were rooting for some of the other Diary Holders (like Minene or Yuno) to win instead of Yuki, seeing as how they came off as more sympathetic and likable.
  • The Scrappy: Yuki's three "friends", for being irrelevant following the storyline that involves them but still showing up, for being non-Diary holders trying to impact the game, and for generally being Too Dumb to Live. It doesn't help that half the time they claim to be on Yuki's side, they're actively plotting against him. Unlike Akise, their leader, who is later revealed to have a very good reason for finding out about the Diary game, they are never given any such reason. Special mention goes to Ouji Kosaka, who has an unpleasant and unlikable personality in addition to his stupidity.
  • Superlative Dubbing: It has a rough start, but it gets much better; the Woolseyism improves as the series goes on.
  • Too Cool to Live: Marco, he is the strongest physical combatant, and only dies to stay with his lover since he promised he would.
  • Ugly Cute: The Eighth diary holder, Kamado Ueshita.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: There are some fans who just can't quite get on board when Minene Uryu becomes portrayed by the narrative as an Anti-Hero, which expects them to feel sorry for her tragic backstory and root for her and Nishijima. The reasons stem from her introduction having her gleefully bomb a school room full of innocent children and then take the school hostage under the threat of more bombing and not finding the drift away from that characterization convincing, to feeling like a Middle East-bred terrorist who kills out of hate and intolerance for religion is way too close to reality for comfort. Then there's the matter of her acting as if Yuno is eviler than her, since while both her and Yuno are horrible, murderous people, Yuno's the only one between them who would likely get a verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity" in a court of law, whereas Minene accumulated a higher body count in a (generally speaking) right state of mind.
    • Kurou Amano probably is the worst offender of this trope in the series, as after making a deal with Yuki's enemies to destroy his diary, stealing a parachute and leaving his son to die, and stabbing his ex-wife, Yuki's mother, to death in order to stop her from alerting the police, the story suddenly has him break down in remorse over it all, with him being Easily Forgiven by Yuki. The fandom, on the other hand, was not so forgiving.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Orin, the second-in-command of the children in Eighth's orphanage, is confirmed to be a girl in Mosaic.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: The primary reason for Yuki's less than pleasant reception within some parts of the fandom.
  • The Woobie: Second World Yuno. Yes, her stalking Yuki is kind of reprehensible, but it's never taken to the extremes that her First World counterpart goes to. Her Freudian Excuse is explored in detail more than the previous Yuno, and unlike the next Yuno, she doesn't live long enough to see a happy ending, getting killed by her previous incarnation without knowing why.

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