* {{Bastard Boyfriend}}: Honestly, this troper--as someone who very rarely reads shojo, specifically because of this trope--was pleasantly surprised when he actually tried this manga. YMMV indeed, but I feel like this manga gets a bad rap due to the BDSM flavor to the art. In reality, the relationship between the leads is mutual, and loving. While Kyo is doubtlessly a bit of a pervert, his temper and teasing always remains well within the bounds of what would be considered acceptable within real-life relationships; to say nothing of where that puts him in relationship to the vast host of genuinely abusive shojou "heroes".
* CompleteMonster: Kuzonoha Shuuhei. While all the male characters in Black Bird are a bunch of misogynist jerks, Shuuhei stands out among the whole bunch as the most cruel and depraved. Following a failed attempt to rape Misao, he severely wounds her to facilitate her abduction from Kyo's dojo. By his own admission, he has no qualms about injuring her as long as she is able to provide him with an heir that will consolidate his position as the head of his clan. Only a total bastard like this can make Kyo seem like a knight in shining armor to Misao by comparison.
* FanPreferredCouple: Kensuke/Misao, anyone?
* LoveItOrHateIt
* {{Narm}}: Kyo's tengu form is rather... odd.
* {{Squick}}:
** The manga's treatment of [[RomanticizedAbuse non-consensual eroticized physical contact]] doesn't go over well with a lot of readers.
*** YMMV here; cheesecake cover-art aside, there's very few instances of anything that could be realistically called "abuse" within the manga, and the instances that do occur are perpetrated by villanous characters and portrayed as wrong. Sexy--BDSM themes are obviously present in the manga, after all--but wrong.
** When a certain JerkAss [[spoiler: Kyo's brother Sojo]] ties our heroine up, encases her behind a magic barrier, and then when Kyo breaks through, starts talking about how great it would be to rape, kill, and eat Misao in front of him (not even necessarily in that order!).
* TheWoobie: Poor Misao....