YMMV tropes for the books include:
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Scirocco. Does he genuinely believe that banded bats will turn into humans or is he a Well-Intentioned Extremist trying to protect bats shunned because of their bands with soothing lies? Or he is tricking other bats with his sound tricks for his own ends?
- Then there is Cama Zotz. Is he an evil, ambitious god or is he Well-Intentioned Extremist who wants to reunite the living and the dead, and punish those who have wronged his subjects (bats)? Judging by the end of Firewing, it is a combination of both.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Goth sometimes gets this treatment.
- Heartwarming Moment: In Firewing, this conversation between between Shade and his son, Griffin, just before Griffin returns to the World of the Living, making these the (almost) last words they speak to each other. Qualifies as a Tear Jerker and So Proud of You as well.
Griffin: But I wasn't brave! I'm not like you. I'm a coward.Shade: No.Griffin: I was always scared. Always.Shade: That's right. Being scared but doing it anyway. That's brave.
- Magnificent Bastard: Goth is occasionally seen as this, due to his manipulative tendencies and inability to stay dead.
- Cama Zotz as well.
- Tear Jerker: Try reading the end of Firewing without crying. Just try.
Shade: I'm sorry, Marina.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: The book might be marketed to middle schoolers, but the series has scenes of cannibalism, ritual sacrifices, and suicide bombers.
YMMV tropes for the series include:
- Awesome Music: The show's end credit theme.
- Complete Monster: Goth is a giant cannibal bat from South America. Captured by humans, he sent to lab in a North American city for study. After escaping the lab, he begins to kill owls and birds, which General Brutus blames on the Silverwing bats, causing him to persecute them. Goth kills an Owl trying to kill Shade, a Silverwing bat. Goth pretends to be Shade's friend, saying he will protect Shade's colony, but he really plans on eating them all instead. Shade discovers Goth's true nature, when Shade discovers the corpse of a Brightwing bat Goth had eaten. Later Goth and his brother in law Throbb eat a coven of bats and took the metal bands they were wearing as trophies. When Shade and Goth are trapped in a mine, Shade suggests they work together to escape, but makes Goth promise to allow him and his friends to live, a promise Goth instantly reneges on when he is out of danger. Near the end of the series, Goth teams up with the Wolves to take over the forest and goes on a killing spree against the Owls to fulfill his part of this deal.