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  • Alas, Poor Villain - Sakurako, and how.
  • Complete Monster - Dr. Katsuragi, the Saiki clan's doctor and one of Souma's lovers.
    • Interestingly, Souma is a brutally subverted and deconstructed form of this trope. He initially seems like a Complete Monster, at least to Masataka (who calls him out on it with a What the Hell, Hero?), when he tells him that he's responsible for all the deaths surrounding him, saying he effectively drove all his former lovers to suicide, shows no remorse for it, and says that he seduces and sleeps with anyone because he wants it. The truth is a lot dirtier and uglier. And that's before we get to the torture.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming - "Thank you for having been born."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Souma and Sakurako. So much.
  • Magnificent Bastard - Souma has traces of this, specially when he brilliantly and spectacularly punishes Katsuragi.
  • Nightmare Fuel - Terashima's death was very, very ugly.
    • Oh God, Masataka's torture and rape, and let's not go into Souma's childhood.
    • Let's not forget the numerous times Masataka and Souma attempt suicide and how Sakurako successfully manages to commit suicide in chapter 9, slitting her wrists open (apparently with the family's katana) and then drowning herself in a nearby pond.
    • That scene where Souma, after a heartbreaking fight with Masataka, had just tried to commit suicide and is kneeling in front of Masataka, showing him his slashed wrists. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.

 Souma: "...Masataka look....Is this enough...?"

  • Tear Jerker: The whole story is a Tear Jerker, but what takes the cake is Sakurako's Villainous Breakdown, in which among other things, she lashes out at her father while crying and screaming "Answer me father! Why was I born?", as well as her suicide.
    • Asayo Katsuragi appears in only three scenes, but she's a walking Tear Jerker. In the third one, though, she's become a Yandere... and earns a CMOA by setting Katsuragi on fire as punishment for his acuse.
  • The Woobie - Poor Masataka. And Asayo, Katsuragi's wife. And the young maid that was Souma's mistress and got pregnant with his baby, then was tortured by Sakurako, lost her baby and ended up horribly broken.
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