- Ass Pull: Thor's chameleon ability is introduced late in the series, and it only activates after it is brought to his attention by the plot. It makes more sense in the manga, but it's still more symbolic than anything.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Zagi. Quite literally after the Time Skip in the anime.
- Fanon: Any non-AU fanfic that takes place after the events of the manga is likely to feature at least one dead character surviving the finale. Usually Third or Zagi, for shipping reasons. Considering that Zagi's fate is ambiguous in-story (death confirmed by Word of God), it's not difficult to tweak the details.
- Foe Yay: Thor/Zagi is shameless, and there's some Thor/Third as well.
- Ho Yay: Mostly between Thor and Third, and Thor and Zagi. Several scenes are just dripping with subtext.
- Idiot Ball: Yes, Odin, this child (Zagi) whom you imprisoned for slaughtering a gang of people much older than he is has found out your secret. No, don't execute him! Send him to Chimaera, where he totally won't survive and plot to destroy you!
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Extremely subjective, as his Jerkass tendencies are severe, but Zagi's past is fucked up even by the standards of this series. His actions cannot be excused, but some people feel pretty bad for him. Especially after Thor attacks him for something he didn't do, causing a horrible wound that eventually kills him.
- Third is a slightly less ambiguous example.
- Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Thor. Third and Zagi are the most popular, but they're far from the only examples. Tiz, Chen, Karim, Heiser (if you count him as separate from Third)... nearly every pairing involving a character with whom he regularly interacts has shippers.
- Magnificent Bastard:
- Third. He's so blatant about it that Thor calls him out on it at one point, but mostly he goes relatively undetected.
- Zagi. He's a lot more subtle than Third, but he's playing half the planet. It's especially evident in Death Game with his coup de'etat of the Blanc Ring.
- Narm: Thor flipping out about his adaptable nature changing his skin tone is a little ridiculous. Especially since the change is barely noticeable; it's less obvious than most summer tans, which he should have experienced during Chimaera's days by now.
- Starboarding: Tiz loves Thor who loves Karim who loves Zagi who is obsessed with Thor.
- Tear Jerker: "It was me who killed Karim. ... So if you want to hate someone, hate me. Keep on hating me... so you won't ever forget me."
- Too Cool to Live: Considering Thor and Chen are the only major characters who aren't dead by the end, this was inevitable. Zagi and Third in particular.
- Toy Ship: Thanks to the shortened lifespan of humans (50 years even in the most medically advanced colonies), people tend to start relationships early. Just before Thor and Rai were sent to Chimera, the average age for marriage was about 14.
- The Woobie:
- Rai is an 11-year-old child who is sent to Chimaera with absolutely no survival skills. He's terrified, gets beaten up by the wildlings when he spills water, and his brother almost kills him out of frustration when he reasonably complains about being exhausted and dehydrated. By the end of the first episode, he's dead. And with The Reveal that he and Thor weren't actually related, it becomes very clear that Rai had no chance and was never expected to survive.
- Karim. She was raised in a wildling nest by other feral children, and left them to follow Zagi when he passed through. He proceeded to do what he does, using her and everyone else around him for his own ends, which she welcomed because it meant she was protecting him. And he casts her aside for daring to warn him that Thor might be dangerous, and later flat out admits that he was just doing that to set up a situation where Thor would get attached to her and he could use that connection. Oh yeah, and then Third murders her to manipulate Thor into attacking Zagi. Zagi does claim to love her, but not until after she dies, and he's really bad at expressing that if it's true.
YMMV / Jyu-Oh-Sei