* DracoInLeatherPants: Amazingly, there are people who hope that the King will [[spoiler: survive his stab wound and]] live a normal life!
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The series tries so hard to be dark that it can cause this.
* ParanoiaFuel: The series in general plays on this.
* TearJerker: Yeah, they act nasty to varying degrees, but the backgrounds of the King's pawns are very sad. Especially Mariko, whose FriendlessBackground is easy to relate to.
* UncannyValley: Kudo's CheshireCatGrin.
* WhatAnIdiot: The police arrest [[spoiler: Midori]]... and they don't think in frisking or handcuffing him. He ends [[spoiler: stabbing Arisa and running away.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: It's a shoujo manga, but is ''very'' dark.