- Draco in Leather Pants: Amazingly, there are people who hope that the King will survive his stab wound and live a normal life!
- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The series tries so hard to be dark that it can cause this.
- Paranoia Fuel: The series in general plays on this.
- Tear Jerker: Yeah, they act nasty to varying degrees, but the backgrounds of the King's pawns are very sad. Especially Mariko, whose Friendless Background is easy to relate to.
- Uncanny Valley: Kudo's Cheshire Cat Grin.
- What an Idiot: The police arrest Midori... and they don't think in frisking or handcuffing him. He ends stabbing Arisa and running away.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It's a shoujo manga, but is very dark.