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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Does Yamamoto secretly know the mafia's real? Some have theorized this based on him taking the "mafia game" as seriously as he does baseball, and his future self certainly knows it's real (although that future ends up being erased).
  • Americans Hate Tingle: Longchamp Naito is near-universally despised by a large percentage of overseas fans, due largely to his goofy appearance and rambunctious personality. He doesn't get nearly as much hate by the Japanese fandom, and even has a small following who lament the fact that he was removed from the anime due to his unpopularity.
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  • Angst? What Angst?: Lampshaded and subverted; in the Future Arc Dino notes that Yamamoto seems awfully chipper for having just suffered a great defeat (alongside being stuck in a future where his father's been murdered). It's partly a facade and Yamamoto later admits to Squalo in private that it's been eating at him.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Byakuran, despite all the build-up, especially being a Multiversal Conqueror of almost every universe in existence except the one Tsuna lives in and having all the knowledge and strength of those worlds, gets defeated swiftly in six chapters that reeks heavily of Deus ex Machina.
    • The Real Six Funeral Wreaths don't fare any better, considering they were either disposed of unceremoniously or had a Deus ex Machina defeat them.
    • Nearly all fights from the Curse of the Rainbow feel anti-climatic. Whenever somebody is taking the upper hand, the fight is briefly stopped or simply cancelled.
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    • Bermuda, despite being a Cursed Arcobaleno and one of the strongest villains in the entire series, goes down by Tsuna's new Super Mode in one chapter. Immediately after this, Checker Face reveals himself to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist and gives in to Tsuna's peace negotiations.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • Most people watching or reading the series for the first time get tired of the Daily Life arc very quickly, since its mostly wacky, repetitive hijinks meant to introduce the main cast. This can be chalked up to Early Installment Weirdness; the series started out as a gag manga and didn't become action-oriented until later. The Anime at least tries to avert this by having the 20th episode be the start of the Kokuyo arc followed by a few more adaptations of the Daily life arc before the Varia arc starts to serve as a breather from the serious plot.
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    • The Future arc which, at the time of its completion, made up over half of the manga. It was even longer in the anime due to two additional filler arcs in the middle.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: So a baby with a shape-shifting chameleon shoots Magic Bullets to an ordinary teenage kid, causing the kid to die and be reborn to do what he regrets the most in a Berserker Rage while in his underpants? Oh the kid is also a part of the mafia? There is a reason why the newcomers are recommended to skip the Daily Life Arc by the fans of the show as the Cringe Comedy and nonsensical plots will mostly scare new viewers away. The Anime averts this slightly.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Slightly, but the Anime does this in terms of their pacing. The Kokuyo arc starts at the 20th episode after 19 episode adaptations of the Daily Life Arc, before it returns to a few more adaptations of the Daily Life Arc before the Varia arc starts. After the Varia arc, is another adaptation of the Daily Life Arc before the Future arc starts. This makes the Daily Life Arc felt more like a Breather Episode arc to the serious plots preceding it as a result and is generally a more accepted and used timeline frame that most viewers follow with addition of the manga exclusive arcs after the Future arc.
  • Awesome Music: Toshihiko Sahashi may not be a known music composer, but he has made a lot of memorable music for the series:
    • Tsuna Awakens is one of the most memorable OST in the anime, where it hypes up Tsuna whenever he uses his Hyper Dying Will mode.
    • The Guardians, Ten Years Later, used whenever a TYL!Guardian appears or fights and is mostly associated with Future!Hibari.
    • Standing Friends, a uplifting piece that is played after a brutal fight and when Tsuna and his guardians are having a friendship moment.
    • Holy War. Used in the 20YL!Lambo's fight and Tsuna's Zero Point Breakhthrough.
    • Hibari's theme is an awesome piano piece that turns orchestral the moment Hibari decides to bring out his tonfas.
    • Ryohei's theme wouldn't be out of place in a Film/Rocky movie and has motifs of Tsuna Awakens playing on the chorus.
  • Badass Decay:
    • The only way to explain what happened to Adelheid Suzuki: she went from fighting evenly with Hibari to not being able to land a single blow on him within slightly more than a week. This is especially egregious when you consider that not only did she get a massive power boost from the "Vongola Sin", it was expressly stated that this power would continue to grow over the course of the next seven days.
    • Tsuna goes through this in every single arc. He manages to defeat the Big Bad from each arc, but in the next one is curbstomped by the first enemy he faces and ends up feeling completely insecure about it. Even worse, the final chapter blatantly says that Tsuna hasn't changed since the beginning of the series and that he's still a loser without Reborn.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Hibari: Half of the fandom loves him because of his Memetic Badass anti-hero status; the other half hates him, seeing him as a Creator's Pet Jerk Sue. It doesn't help that we see the other characters have to endure Training from Hell multiple times, something that Hibari himself never has to do, and every fight he participates in is anticlimactic.
    • Tsuna: Many see his reluctance to fight as a nice change from the cliche action hero. However, many other fans are annoyed that he's still a whiny idiot who keeps losing at the beginning of each arc.
    • Iemitsu, Tsuna's father, often comes under criticism for his negligence towards Tsuna and Nana (especially so in the final arc, where he nearly kills Tsuna during a poorly-communicated Stealth Mentor moment). Others feel that the fact he's often protecting his family while working for CEDEF justifies the neglect. That said, many fans see him as The Scrappy.
    • Chrome, by the fans she's either considered to be a likable character due to her Undying Loyalty with Mukuro and tragic backstory that makes fans feel sorry for her, or she's considered to be a useless stereotype that serves no purpose in the series and constantly needs Mukuro to fight her battles for her.
    • Levi trying to kill Lambo was pretty baffling and significant part of the fandom deems it as the major reason why they dislike the character. However, those, who are more chill with him, consider that he was just doing his job and his actions in Ring Battle Arc were on par with the rest of Varia, who were all basically lashing out on kids, and fandom just won't cut Levi some slack because he lacks some pretty face.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The "Choice" battle during the Future arc. It doesn't amount to anything other then some of the Funeral Wraiths being defeated. But in the context of the story it just happens and that's it. Byakuren just ends up abandoning it for a straight-forward approach against the heroes.
  • Cargo Ship:
    • YamamotoxWall was a common joke during the early days of the fandom, and is still remembered rather fondly. explanation 
    • HibarixNamimori. That is, shipping Hibari with the actual school building.
  • Complete Monster: The future version of Byakuran from this Shonen Jump series is the Boss of the Gesso Famiglia and the Big Bad of the Future Arc. Using his ability to to communicate with and gain knowledge from every other Byakuran in a different parallel universe, he conquered each and every one of them until the only one left was the main universe. He planned to cement his grip on all reality by obtaining the Tri-ni-set; first ordering the slaughter of the Vongola family itself and their friends and families, then releasing Non Tri-ni-set radiation into the atmosphere in order to kill all Arcobaleno members. While he displays a cheerful disposition around his subordinates, it's only if they hold his interest. In reality, he's ruthlessness and cruel. Once he "gets bored" of someone, he won't hesitate to have them killed. He will do anything to achieve his goal, not caring if it would mean sacrificing innocent people (who he refers to as his toys) or destroying the world.
  • Die for Our Ship: Surprisingly averted when the series is prime to create this kind of reaction, as both Kyoko and Haru are ignored by the Yaoi Fangirls instead of being killed off. But there are some Vocal Minority fans that will invoke this trope to the two girls. Meanwhile, Chrome is pretty popular as she can be shipped with any guardians without any problems, and it helps that she's shipped with Mukuro most of the time.
    • M.M meanwhile is hit by this with fans of Mukuro/Chrome, opting to make her the resident bitch that will try to steal Mukuro from Chrome.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Almost every single villain in the series has received this treatment; they can do anything from murdering children to enacting mass genocide by conquering the multiverse, and yet still be beloved by fans due to being attractive and/or charismatic.
  • Ear Worm: A good number of the anime's openings and endings, as well as some of the character songs can be guilty of becoming this.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Base Breaking status aside, Kyoya Hibari has been voted numerous times as the number one popular character in the series. Not to mention being voted and ranked the third most popular anime character in '08 from Animedia and even been named the number one anime character that people would like to marry for two consecutive years. He's one of Tsuna's guardians that initially had a very small role, only appearing once in a blue moon. However, it appears the mangaka has decided to give him a larger role in recent chapters to please the fans.
    • Nietzsche Wannabe Rokudo Mukuro had become very popular and had been voted many times as the most popular villain (and in a recent poll, the third favorite character in the series). The author seemed pretty surprised how popular he had become, and it's very likely that due to this, she decided to give him more screentime by making him Tsuna's very unlikely guardian.
    • Squalo, the Varia's swordsman. Fans love his extremely hammy bloodthirst (being a Long-Haired Pretty Boy while doing it helps too), and in the popularity polls he's reached as high as 4th place.
    • Fran. His unique, snarky, personality is loved by practically everyone.
    • Enma. There's a reason he was the only member of the Simon Family that actually got a relevant role during the Curse of the Rainbow arc.
    • Daniela, the 8th Boss of the Vongola Family. She only shows up in one chapter alongside the nine other bosses and doesn't say a word, yet ranked 6th and 10th in later popularity polls.
    • The Acrobaleno Fon's adult form which has only ever appeared on a poster in the manga and the two Filler Arc of the anime but still managed to rank in the top 20 in the latest poll. Looking identical to a fellow Ensemble Dark Horse probably helps. It's probably why he has got lots of screen time in the Curse of the Arcobaleno Arc.
    • Hell, the entire Varia remained surprisingly popular after their stint as the bad guys in the Ring Battles Arc.
  • Estrogen Brigade: It's safe to say that 80-90% of its fans are actually Yaoi Fangirls. Surprisingly there is actually a lot less headbutting, since any male fans tend to avoid most of the online forums or have their voices drowned out among the Squee!. However, it has quite a lot of male fans too if you know where to look (hint: NOT livejournal and fanfiction.net).
  • Evil Is Sexy: Boy is it ever in this series. As one fan made note, to be a villain in this series you must be fab.
  • Expectation Lowerer: First shown as being slightly weaker then Squalo, Basil is this for Tsuna, Yamamoto, and basically everyone else as the series progresses.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The fandom is known for the impressive lack of Ship-to-Ship Combat, with so many pairings, this is due to the fact that many shippers actually ship a lot of couples. Arguably, the most popular couples in the fandom are Dino/Hibari, Hibari/Tsuna, Gokudera/Yamamoto, Gokudera/Tsuna and Mukuro/Tsuna.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Oddly enough, with elDLIVE which is also Amano Akira's work. Fans of elDLIVE wishes that fans of Reborn would move on from the series and give eLDLIVE a chance since the other series already has enough exposure to be popular in Shonen Jump. Many Reborn fans wanted to see the Inheritance Ceremony arc and Curse of the Rainbow arc animated and hopefully continue the story, and Reborn still has a large fanbase even after the manga (which overtook the anime) ended.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot:
    • Twin fics are VERY common in the fanfiction community. With the younger twin usually being a bully to Tsuna for no reason other than the fact that he's Book Dumb. In fact, twin fics where the younger twin truly cared about Tsuna regardless of that are so scarce.
    • Fem!Tsuna fics. No, really.
    • Like Naruto, there are nail fics where Tsuna got help from a random crossover character of choice/an OC. Making him a bit more better than canon by the time the story starts.
    • Fics where Tsuna kills for the first time as a mafia boss and becomes a Broken Pedestal to his guardians because of it, causing the guardians to think that the Tsuna they know is long gone, eventually abandoning Tsuna in the process isn't as common as twin fics, but there. Though this contradicts canon because Tsuna's first technical kill was Byakuran during the future arc and in the underground world like the Mafia, killing is inevitable in one way or another.
    • Kid!Fics are very popular stories in the fandom, usually caused by the Ten year bazooka or AU fics about the Vongola family. Fics where the First Gen families are the fathers of the Tenth generation are popular as well.
    • Hacker!Tsuna fics. Tsuna is an extremely skilled hacker who finds out about his father's true job long before the start of the series. He usually ends up making a name for himself and having to hide it from Reborn once he arrives.
    • On the same vein, Tsuna is very talented in some extracurricular activity, like dancing, drawing, music etc. Usually he builds a circle of friends (which Reborn will definitely think of as his guardians) long before the series' start. Reborn will invariably think how utterly useless Iemitsu and his informants are for giving him so inaccurate intel.
  • Fanfic Fuel:
    • There are MANY fics in regards to what happened to Tsuna and his guardians after chapter 409. Most have it involve the fact that he had accepted the role of the Decimo or the troubles he had to face as the official Decimo.
    • There are many class reunion fics with their old classmates finding the truth about Tsuna's heritage.
    • Mukuro/Tsuna shippers take Mukuro's will to "Take Tsuna's body" in a very different way than the one meant. The same is said to all ships including Hibari, but Hibari/Tsuna in particular, towards his catchphrase "I will bite you to death".
    • NextGenFics of the Eleventh generation and beyond are many among the fandom, and the fuel is lit brighter by an official artwork of Vongola XV by Amano herself.
  • Fanon:
    • A generally accepted headcanon amongst the fandom is that Yamamoto's mother is deceased (given that she's never seen or mentioned despite Yamamoto's close relationship with his father). Likewise, it's often inferred that Hibari's parents are absent, or simply negligent.
    • Kaoru is the only member of the Simon family not to have revealed his Earth Flame. People have thus theorized it to be either Ocean or Meadow, given that each Simon member has had the kanji for their Flame name in their actual name.
    • A good number of fans in the fandom believed that Tsuna's hyper intuition and flame being sealed caused an imbalance which was the reason why Tsuna is so clumsy and Book Dumb.
    • The headcanon of Hibari and Fon having familial relations to each other as an uncle or great-granduncle due to their physically similar resemblance.
    • With the implication of the tenth generation being the reincarnation of the first generation of Vongola. A good number of fans believed that Chrome is the reincarnation of Elena as she's the only odd one out among the tenth generation and was slightly supported in canon with her close relationship with Mukuro, who was implied to be Daemon's reincarnation.
    • Characters being influenced by their flames and such are popular headcanons in the fandom as well. In the series, flames are only defined by their properties (Storm's disassembly factor, Sky's harmony, etc.) and everyone uses them for fighting. Meanwhile, read one fanfic and you will see many detailed descriptions as to how a flame will define a certain character's personality and how it influences everything around them. Which does have some precedence in canon but not to the point where it influences their life.
  • Fans Prefer the New Her: Regular Tsuna does have his fans, but more fans prefer to draw him in Hyper Dying Will mode more than they would if he stayed normal.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Daemon Spade. For the most part the Evil Is Sexy trope is in effect... and then he went and possessed Mukuro. Now we have this. Standard fandom response is laughing your ass off.
  • Foe Yay: Now with its very own page!
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With My Hero Academia. Fans of Reborn moved to My Hero Academia thanks to both having a Badass Adorable Launcher of a Thousand Ships main character, surrounded by a group that might as well be a harem for him, similar Gotta Ship 'Em All principles and very little Ship-to-Ship Combat.
    • Also with Harry Potter as there are a lot of crossover fanworks in fanfiction sites if one checks it out.
    • Some Reborn! fans are also Naruto fans as well, thanks to both anime running at the same time and it helps that Reborn! does not try to usurp Naruto in popularity at the time of airing. As with Harry Potter, it has the second highest crossovers with Reborn!
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the series is one of the more popular series to this day in Japan, it has a really MASSIVE fanbase over the Latin America (especially Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina), and the anime is also a big hit in Spain and definitely France. To compare, there are over 3500 and counting fanfics and a good portion of doujins are Spanish. And conventions over there will be filled with Reborn! cosplayers.
  • Gotta Ship 'Em All: Thanks to Tsuna being the cute and innocent looking protagonist and that he seems to attract nearly everyone in the series, shipping is very rampant in the fandom and everybody is able to ship whoever they want.
  • Growing the Beard: By the Varia arc; the Kokuyo arc was the first to be Darker and Edgier, but the Varia arc did wonders in world-building and generally having a more engaging plot.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Reborn's early interactions with Lambo. Sure, we know how annoying Lambo is about the "rivalry" thing and that he's not gonna be killed even by grenades, but once you realize it's an adult hitman beating the living crap out of 5-year old kid...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A decade after Reborn!'s airing, some of the voice actors from Reborn! voices characters from Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Vento Aureo, which is another story about teenage heroes joining the Mafia. Reborn! would later be serialized at Shounen Jump at the same time with Vento Aureo:
    • Kenjiro Tsuda who voices Adult Lambo, Lampo, and Spanner, voices Tiziano. He even gives him the same deep inflections that Adult Lambo have.
    • Called the greatest hitman in-story, Adult!Reborn's voice actor Ken Narita voices Illuso, one of the members of the La Squadra Esecuzioni or the Hitman Team in Italian.
    • Meanwhile KENN, who voices the Cavallone boss Dino, would later voice the psychopath Secco.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: The characters' Goroawase Numbers often get used as ship names, leading to such things as 5927 (Goku/Tsuna). Even if you do know the fandom it's sometimes a bit tricky to work out.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Tsuna. Shipped with his Bishōnen Guardians, almost every girl his age, his allies, his enemies, the list goes on. There's actually a name for shipping Tsuna and basically everybody else in the series: All 27 or All/Tsuna.
    • Chrome, by virtue of being the only female amongst the guardians.
    • Gokudera too, where he has the dubious honor of being shipped with his TYL!self and the TYL!Guardians as well, if not with the present counterparts.
  • Memetic Loser: Tsuna is a loser in-story, and we do follow his character development where he does become more confident with himself and gain massive levels of badassery. In Fanon, he is a loser who can't help himself and needs his guardians and Reborn in order to help him. Or he will be a Shrinking Violet just waiting to be picked up by anyone who they are shipping him with.
  • Memetic Molester: Hoo boy, this series has a decent number of them.
    • Mukuro Rokudo's gonna have some goddamn fun with you. And wants your body.
    • Birds... just Birds. Gotta love the creepy old sadists...
    • Depraved Homosexual Lussuria of the Varia. Who during his fight with Ryohei expresses blatant interest in him while simultaneously reveling himself to be a necrophiliac.
    • Glo Xinia. It is heavily implied during his encounter with Chrome that if Mukuro hadn't stepped in when he did, Glo probably would have tried to rape her.
    • Spanner's wildly regarded as a pedophile due to his interactions with Tsuna, which included stripping him for no real reason and handcuffing him to his bed. His blushing face (in regards to the X-Burner technically) and sudden Heel–Face Turn don't help.
    • Byakuran smiles constantly, loves "symbolic flowers", kills off one of KHR's other memetic rapists, and has signature moves where he 'penetrates you'. Oh and let's not forget his image song where he asks you to 'give him your body'. Then there's his blatant obsession with Yuni once she escapes from his grasp. Although there is a good reason for it, the vibes are still there. Not to mention his grabbing of Tsuna from behind and whispering into his ear...
    • Julie Katou wants you to know that you have "date plans" with him. And he will help you dress for them~ Though it is all due to Daemon Spade possessing him.
    • Daemon Spade's a pedophile that wants your body. Nufufu~ How ironic that one of the Memetic Molesters above is a victim for this guy.
  • Mentor Ship: Tsuna and Reborn are quite the popular pairing in the fandom, despite the huge age difference between the two.
    • Likewise, this is part of the reason why Dino/Hibari is really popular within the fandom.
  • Mind Game Ship: Mukuro/Tsuna is rife with this, with Mukuro able to possess bodies and Tsuna being the trusting naive Vongola boss that Mukuro can easily persuade and possess.
  • Moe: A lot of the girls can qualify, but especially wide-eyed Shrinking Violet Chrome. Tsuna is a male example.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Whenever you hear "Tsuna Awakens", be prepared for some awesome asskicking.
  • Narm:
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Adult Lambo, where he doesn't hesitate to show off his prowess and was almost able to defeat Levi before his time ran out.
  • One True Threesome: Tsuna's Launcher of a Thousand Ships status makes him present in many, amongst Hibari/Tsuna/Mukuro and Gokudera/Tsuna/Yamamoto are the most popular.
  • Periphery Demographic: Did the number of bishies in the story really convince you that this series was just for guys?
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Tsuna's relationship with Kyoko is up in the air as of the final chapter, as the development is almost non-existent and it doesn't help that she still sees him as a friend after all the sacrifices he made for her. Compare that to Haru who has more romantic interactions with him, explicitly telling him that he wants to marry him on his face many times in the series. Couple that with all the Ho Yay happening everywhere, it's one of the reasons why fans prefer to ship him with everybody else.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Iemitsu is given the most common treatment for this due to how neglectful he was to Tsuna and has the gall to act like nothing is wrong between him and Tsuna as he comes back during the Varia arc.
    • While a minor character, Nezu's later revealed hypocrite actions to Tsuna (Because he is hardly any different from Tsuna himself in terms of grades during middle school) does not endear him to fans well so there are fics where he is given an even worse Humiliation Conga than canon.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Naito Longchamp, where his antics and looks are so annoying and unlikable that the anime adaptation removed him from the story.
    • 5-year-old Lambo. Most of the fans find his Bratty Half-Pint tendencies annoying rather than endearing.
    • M.M. isn't very liked at all, due to her bratty personality and the horrible way she acts towards Chrome (though for some reason her treatment of Chrome is given much more hate than Ken's equally bad treatment of her. Though it can be said that compared to M.M., Ken actually cares about Chrome in an extent.).
    • Iemitsu is this and a Base-Breaking Character. He's frequently given Ron the Death Eater treatment due to his raising of Tsuna — to be more specific, the lack of it, which fanon believes had a detrimental effect on Tsuna's emotional growth during childhood (which actually has some Truth in Television). As far as many fans are concerned, Tsuna's father is Reborn, since he did more to support Tsuna than Iemitsu ever did.
  • Shipping Goggles: Prevalent in the series as the intended audience is for women, and that you can see so many bishoujo tropes if you squint really well. There is a reason why it has one of the biggest Yaoi Fandoms to this day.
  • Ship Mates: Thanks to the anime's Gotta Ship 'Em All and Tsuna's Launcher of a Thousand Ships status, its really easy to Pair the Spares:
    • The most popular ships are usually Hibari/Tsuna or Mukuro/Tsuna, and Yamamoto/Gokudera is usually paired with the main pairing. And for the other ship, either Mukuro or Hibari is shipped with Chrome or is either made the rival to the main pairing.
    • Goku/Tsuna shippers usually pair Hibari with either Yamamoto or Mukuro and the one left is shipped with Chrome.
    • The most popular Het pairings are shipmates: Tsuna/Kyoko shippers will usually ship Gokudera/Haru, Ryohei/Kurokawa, and Mukuro/Chrome. Some will even add Lambo/I-pin if it's in the future arcs.
    • Meanwhile Tsuna/Haru fans will usually ship Kyoko with Mocchida.
    • If Mukuro is shipped with someone else, Chrome will usually be shipped with Ken, or Hibari.
    • Squalo/Dino shippers will usually leave Xanxus alone or ship him with Tsuna. Meanwhile Xanxus/Squalo shippers will usually ship Dino with Hibari.
    • In the event that Tsuna is not shipped with his guardians. Ryohei will be the one to fill up the blank spot if he is not shipped with his canonical partner Hana Kurokawa.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Mostly averted, but there seems to be opposition between Gokudera/Tsuna shippers and Yamamoto/Gokudera shippers if they are not shipping the three together.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Hibari/Chrome is a popular pairing for Chrome, despite the fact that the two of them barely interacted with each other, and there's the problem of Chrome being the vessel of Mukuro.
  • Shocking Swerve: The real identity of Checker Face is Kawahira, the Ramen shop owner...who is that again? Not only that, but he and Yuni's ancestor are secretly from an ancient immortal species that have existed on Earth since before humans!
  • Squick:
    • Gamma admits to having an unrequited love towards his boss Aria, and when she passes away he says he feels the same way about her daughter Yuni (which Yuni appears to reciprocate). The problem is that Gamma is in his thirties while Yuni is fourteen or younger.
      • Yuni in the future is older than 14 for sure. They go roughly ten years into the future. She would have to be four years old or younger when they meet her again in the present and she's like, at least ten.
    • Meanwhile Bianchi's love for Reborn is this at first, as he is a baby and she's in her late 20's at least. It becomes reversed when it revealed that Reborn is really older than Bianchi to the point that he can be her grandfather.
    • Everything about the Vindice is this, as they are drawn in a really nightmarish way that will certainly fit a Junji Ito story and artstyle.
  • Starboarding: It's common to make fanfics of all of Tsuna's male guardians falling in love with him. Thanks to Tsuna's canonical love to Kyoko, it's justified by the fans to make every single guardians crushes on him either unrequited or having Tsuna develop a crush on the main guardian. Shippers of Gokudera/Tsuna, in particular, support the idea of Gokudera having an unrequited love for him.
    • Then there are fans of one-sided Yamamoto/Gokudera. Sometimes, this can be used in conjunction with Gokudera/Tsuna, making it a sort of shipped All Love Is Unrequited Love Triangle of: Yamamoto → Gokudera → Tsuna.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • There were many who were Demoted to Extra in the final arc, such as Ryohei, Lambo, and even Yamamoto and Gokudera. Especially jarring since they had just received brand new Cambio Forma weaponry in the previous arc, which Gokudera and Yamamoto had barely shown off.
    • 20YL!Lambo, the mature, handsome, and incredibly badass future version of 5-year-old Lambo, only ever appears in one chapter. It's justified that he can't show up in the Future Arc due to Lambo not being in possession of his 10-Year Bazooka, but even afterwards it's only 10YL!Lambo that makes a reappearance.
    • TYL!Gokudera as well, where he only appeared at the start and end of the future arc just to give exposition to Tsuna (and the audience) before he is switched to his present counterpart. He never even shows off his gear, which TYL!Yamamoto was able to do before getting switched after a couple of chapters.
    • Kyoko and Haru. They were never main protagonists of the series, but they had prominent roles in the Daily Life arc. After the series switches genres, they are given minor supporting roles where they hardly have any effect on the plot. The Future arc gave the girls a lot of backlash from the fandom, where they were now considered "sexist stereotypes" for cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Lambo and I-pin being they only thing they provide in the series.
    • Tsuna, seeing as how every Arc any character progress he made was reset. Any lesson that was learned was either shoved to the side or forgotten, his enemies were all explicitly stronger then him, despite any/all upgrades he'd gotten, and anyone that was weaker then him in previous arcs were now equally strong.
    • Varia. Throughout the series, they're constantly described as literal demons in flesh with inhuman levels of assassination skills, and generaly treated as The Dreaded. However, after their respectful arc, they mostly show up for the hype, but never do anything big or important story-wise. In Future Arc, Xanxus killing Belphegor's brother Rasiel, feels less impactful after the reveal that he was fake Funeral Wreath. Then Squalo, the Legendary Sword Master with almost perfect win to lose ratio, gets curbstombed by Zakuro offscreen just to raise the stakes. And during the Final Battle in the Future Arc, the Varia was outmatched by Kikyo, Zakuro and Bluebell, who effortlessly deflected their attacks and managed to almost kill the Varia officers, if they weren't illusion doppelgangers generated by Fran. To add the insult to the injury, during the Rainbow Curse arc, the less popular popular Varia members are reduced to jobbers. Fon effortlessly kicks out of the game Levi, Lussuria (who were already reduced to shallow comic reliefs) and even Bel, who's supposed to be an assassin prodigy. And then Xanxus and Squalo team up with a bunch of other characters, hyped up to be a big team for final Big Bad beatdown...only to get defeated by said Big Bad in a single hit.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • The Arcobaleno Arc could've been great, if it wasn't for its premature ending.
    • Mukuro and Hibari never got their rematch despite the build up. They do get to fight again in one of the anime's filler arcs, but it's cut short by Tsuna's intervention, which only occurs in an anime exclusive filler arc.
    • The Future Arc's plot revolves around Tsuna and his friends getting sent ten years into the future, yet the adult counterparts of the main characters only briefly appear and are replaced by their younger versions, only making a brief cameo at the end of the arc.
  • Uncanny Valley: Bermuda's true form resembles a doll whose proportions are too unbalanced. His eyes are too large for his baby like face, has a nose that is practically nonexistent and has the arms of a bodybuilder attached to an adolescent body.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Mammon's gender is often debated between fans. Due to being a baby wearing an eye-concealing hood their features and voice are both gender-neutral (as are the pronouns used to refer to them). Viz Media refers to them as male in english translations, and they're grouped into the male character category in the third popularity poll.
    • Kangaryu, Ryohei's box weapon, is female. Isn't helped at all by the fact that some people translate her name as Mangaryu.
  • Wangst: A strange example. Tsuna's life is supposed to have gotten better after meeting Reborn, but Byakuran tortures him by saying how much his life sucked during the Future Arc. Ironically, he is kind of right considering how at the beginning Tsuna was exasperated with the idea of not going home while his friends were trying to stay calm about it.
  • The Woobie:
    • Chrome, due to the hell she goes through. Her parents abandoned her to die, half her organs are missing, she's homeless and more often than not starving, she's constantly belittled, and in the Inheritance Ceremony arc she's hypnotized and tortured by D.Spade purely to push Mukuro's Berserk Button.
    • 20YL!Lambo, particularly when you realize, thanks to Byakuran, exactly what kind of future he has to return to.
    • Yuni, and by extension Luche and Aria. Luche was Blessed with Suck, received the less-than-beneficial end of the Cursed with Awesome stick shared by her other partners, and worse yet has to pass that on to all her future descendants. Yuni has to sacrifice herself in the Future Arc to restore the Arcobaleno and in turn defeat Byakuran, but she's terrified of death and can't go through with it until Gamma joins her and they die together. The scene is regarded as one of the most tear-jerking of the manga/anime.
    • Gokudera, especially when you learn about his past.
  • Writer Cop Out: BIG TIME, with the series abrupt and rushed ending. Tsuna never resolves his relationship with Iemitsu, and continues to consider him the Disappeared Dad that he's come to know him as. The Arcobaleno finally get their curse removed, but they are forced to stay babies and now age normally. Tsuna once again fails to confess his love to Kyoko, who continues to consider him nothing more than a good friend. Tsuna refuses to become a mafia boss in the final chapter, and we're given an ending the pretty much says "Tsuna is still a loser, and he still needs to heavily rely on Reborn for everything."

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