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[[LongRunners Long-running]] [[SoapOpera soap opera]] airing on ABC since April 1963.

The action, ostensibly, centers on the staff and patients at General Hospital in Port Charles, New York. Early characters of importance were Dr. Steve Hardy, his nurse wife, Audrey, nurse Jessie Brewer, Dr. Lesley Webber, and attorney Lee Baldwin. Many current characters are children and grandchildren of these veteran characters.

''GeneralHospital'''s ratings slouched in the mid-1970s and the show faced cancellation. It was invigorated by the beloved (but controversial) pairing of Laura Webber Baldwin and Luke Spencer, a romance infamously spawned after Luke raped Laura at the Campus Disco in 1979. The rape was [[RetCon retconned]] as a "seduction" and the pair became the original soap opera SuperCouple.

The early 1980s were a heyday for GH. Storylines delved into international intrigue, involving Soviet spies, Aztec treasure, and megalomaniac Mikkos Cassadine (played by John Colicos,) who attempted to freeze Port Charles and take over the world. Luke and Laura's wedding in November 1981 drew over 30 million viewers, and featured ElizabethTaylor as Mikkos's widow. The mid 80s brought super couple number 2 in Frisco Jones (Jack Wagner) and Felicia Cummings (Kristina Crump, who would later marry Jack Wagner in real life).

By the early 90's, the focus shifted to more family-based drama. The show got high marks for tearjerker stories such as Stone's death from AIDS, and young Maxie Jones receiving her cousin BJ's heart in a transplant.

The past decade has been dominated by mobsters Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan. Most of the show's long-term fans have been alienated by increasingly dark stories and a growing trend of killing off veteran characters, supposedly to attract a younger audience.

The series has spawned two spinoffs: SupernaturalSoapOpera ''PortCharles'' and ''Series/NightShift'', a weekly primetime summer series on SoapNet.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AboveTheInfluence - When Lulu is drugged at a photoshoot, Dante finds her and takes her back to his place to make sure nothing happens to her. She tries to initiate intimacy but Dante nobly declines.
* ActorAllusion - In a dream episode during Thanksgiving 2008, Maxie meets Matt and asks him if she's sure they hadn't met before, even asking, "did we go to high school together?" Their portrayors Kirsten Storms and Jason Cook had previously played {{High School Sweet Hearts}}, Shawn and Belle, on ''DaysofOurLives''. Additionally, Matt and Maxie met by bumping into each other which is how Shawn and Belle first met.
** Similarly when Sam McCall and John McBain meet. Both actors played vampire lovers on the short-lived supernatural spin-off of General Hospital, PortCharles.
* AffablyEvil: Jerry Jacks.
** Anthony Zacchara
* AlliterativeName - Jasper Jacks, his parents John and Jane Jacks, his brother Jerry Jacks, and his daughter Josslyn Jacks. His wife was also 'Carly Corinthos' before they got married.
* TheAlcoholic: Noah Drake, and most notoriously Luke Spencer and former nephew-in-law, A.J. Quartermaine.
* ArtifactTitle - For a show called General Hospital, very few of the storylines are focused on Port Charles General Hospital. The first 15 or so years of the show were set almost exclusively in the hospital; however, much of the show's focus post Luke & Laura was on action/adventure and mafia storylines. As {{The Other Wiki}} points out, the spin-off {{Port Charles}} initially focused on the hospital and medical-related storylines more heavily when compared to the mothership.
* BackupTwin - Kevin Collins; Bernie Abrahms; Rebecca Shaw
** And Sam's never-spoken-of-again doppelganger from the Island of Ballroom Dancing.
* BaldOfAwesome: [[LastNameBasis Taggert]]
* BaldOfEvil: Theo Hoffman AKA "The Balkan".
* BestWoman: Brenda serves as both the best "person" and maid of honor at Ned and Lois' wedding, being the best friend to both of them.
* BigEater - Carly. She even goes into labor during a clandestine trip to score forbidden french fries.
* BlackComedyRape
* BloodstainedGlassWindows
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress Kate, when shot while getting married to Sonny.
* BreakTheCutie: Michael's entire life has pretty much been this, and shows no signs of stopping. He was raped in prison and his girlfriend died recently. Before that he shot his father's fiancee and got shot himself shortly after. He also (supposedly) watched his biological dad die.
* BuildingOfAdventure: Earlier in the series the show was set entirely in the hospital.
* ButICantBePregnant
* ButWeUsedACondom - Lulu and Dillon as well as Jason and Liz; the condoms turned out to be defective.
* CanonImmigrant - Several ''Night Shift'' characters made the jump to the mothership.
** After ''OneLifeToLive'' was cancelled, ''GH'' moved a few of the characters from Llanview to Port Charles, notably Todd and Starr Manning and Skye Chandler (who was previously connected as the adopted daughter of Alan Quartermaine.)
* CelebrityStar - Most famously ElizabethTaylor; most recently James Franco.
* CharacterBlog - [=@DrMattHunter=] on Twitter.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim - Dr. Steve Hardy, when actor John Beradino passed away from pancreatic cancer in 1996, was written out as having suffered a fatal heart attack. Hardy, whom Beradino had portrayed since the show's beginning in 1963, remained in the opening montage as late as 2004.
** Anna Lee's Lila Quartermaine and John Ingle's Edward Quartermaine
* {{Claustrophobia}} - Sonny
* ComingOutStory - Lucas.
* CowboyCop: Dante
* CrossOver - Mostly with ''PortCharles'', but with other soaps as well
** The late Gerald Anthony's many appearances as Marco Dane from ''One Life to Live'' cemented the fact that the two soap operas occurred in the same overall [[TheVerse Verse]].
** And now due to OLTL's cancellation, Todd Manning, oldest child Starr, and John [=McBain=] headed to Port Chuck, with occasional appearances by Todd ex-wives Blair & Tea.
* DeadpanSnarker: ''Many'' characters, but mostly Johnny Zacchara as of late.
* DeadStarWalking
* DistaffCounterpart - Of all people, ''Spinelli'' got one in Winifred. [[TheScrappy Went over about as well as you'd expect.]]
** He's got a new one in his new girlfriend, Ellie (Ellie Spinelli, get it?), but she seems to be far better liked.
* DistressedDude - Spinelli's usually the guy getting into trouble, and Jason is usually the one getting him out of it.
* DomesticAbuser: Kristina's boyfriend Kiefer & depending on what stance you take, Sonny when he was married to Claudia.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale:
** The Jasper Jacks and Irina incident
** Also, when Brook Lynn drugged Dante because he wouldn't sleep with her otherwise. Almost worked- If not for Lulu walking in and tossing her out.
* DrJerk
* [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Dropped a Crane On Her]]: [[spoiler: Abby]]
* ElevatorGoingDown: Both GH's and the Metro Court's elevator have been used for this purpose more than once.
* FakeIrish - Oregonian Erin Chambers plays Siobhan with an ''extremely'' thick accent that sounds as fake as it is.
* FanNickname - "Scrubs" for Patrick and Robin, the last couple where both actually worked at the hospital.
** Most GH couples have a nickname of this sort. It's usually some form of [[PortmanteauCoupleName smushing the character's names together]] or else calling the couple by their initials. Examples include "Liason," and "Spixie."
* FiveManBand - Sonny & Co. provide a classic example:
** TheHero: Sonny
** TheLancer: Jason
** TheBigGuy: Max and Milo
** TheSmartGuy: Spinelli
** TheChick: Carly (and, at times, Sam)
* {{Flanderization}} - Luke Spencer, Sonny Corinthos, Jason Morgan (see below), A.J Quartermaine, Alexis Davis, Spinelli amongst others.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: During the years of the "Fab Four."
** Carly is [[color:red:Sanguine]].
** Sonny is [[color:orange:Choleric]].
** Jason is Melancholic
** Leaving Courtney as [[color:green:Phlegmatic]].
* HitmanWithAHeart - Jason, referred to sarcastically on TelevisionWithoutPity as "the holy hitman".
* HollywoodHacking: Spinelli used to do this.
* HollywoodHomely: Sabrina Santiago is described as frumpy and undesirable by giving her huge red glasses and frizzy hair.
* HospitalHottie
* ImprobableAge: Several. Robin came back as an surgical attending at 27 years old and Patrick was introduced as a well known neurological surgeon despite being in his late 20s/early 30s at the most.
* InLoveWithTheMark - Sonny Corinthos got ''two'' FBI agents to fall for him, and Spinelli got a third smitten.
* InsultFriendlyFire - The current masters are Diane, Tracy, Edward, and Maxie.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: This was Jason's reason for leaving Sam. Many Jason/Sam shippers are still rather pissed. Jason also broke up with Elizabeth due to this same excuse.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Most episodes of ''General Hospital'' from 1963-1978 are extreamly rare (especially the early color episodes from 1967-1975 which some are extinct) and exist only in B&W Kinescopes.
* LampshadeHanging - Spinelli in his detective alter ego once said, "Have you ever noticed that there are no doorbells in this town? Everybody knocks!"
* LetThemDieHappy - [[TearJerker Tearjerkingly]] averted when Robin told her boyfriend Stone (who was dying from AIDS) that she contracted HIV from him. Sonny and Luke discuss whether it would have been better for Robin to lie to Stone for however long Stone had left or if it would have torn her apart to be dishonest with Stone during his last days. No one knew that Stone only had a couple days left.
* LimitedWardrobe: Jason Morgan, much?
* LockedInAFreezer - Maxie and 3 (Cooper) bonded while locked in the vault.
* LongBusTrip: Keesha Ward.
** In fact, pretty much anyone who falls out of the writers' favor. Laura's been overseas for awhile, and Brenda was on said trip until her recent return.
* MagicPlasticSurgery - Jerry Jacks; turned him from Julian Stone to Sebastian Roche...which was good enough for him to sneak back into town under an alias.
* MagicalComputer - Any Spinelli scene.
* MamaBear - Alexis, Carly.
* MandatoryMotherhood
* MoralityPet: Michael to Jason.
* NaiveEverygirl - Laura Spencer, Georgie Jones.
* NeverFoundTheBody - Jason Morgan, Jerry Jacks.
* NeverSayDie
* TheNicknamer - Spinelli, obsessively.
* ObfuscatingDisability - Anthony Zacchara.
* OneSteveLimit - Ways to get around similarly named characters? Give the namesake son a nickname (as Luke did with his son Lucky, and as Mike did with his son Sonny), use a more formal name (Mike Corbin vs. his grandson Michael Corinthos III; Luke Spencer vs. Lucas Jones), or use your last name (Spinelli's first name is Damian, which is also the name of a notorious '90s villain.)
** John Zacchara and John [=McBain=]. The former typically goes by "Johnny" and the latter is usually on a LastNameBasis with other characters.
* TheOtherDarrin - Lucky Spencer has had three different actors, and Carly has had four, with Carly #1 coming back as a different character with Carly #4 still around...
** Michael's getting there: He's already had three actors play him, and he's not out of his teens yet.
** Lucas Jones had 10 actors play him in total.
** With the casting of Jen Lilley to temporarily replace an ailing Kirsten Storms, Maxie is now up to 4 (not counting her pre-{{SORAS}}ed baby actors, which would put her on par with her cousin Lucas).
* ThePlace
* PlayfulHacker - Spinelli, half the time.
* PlayingGertrude- Genie Francis (Laura) is only 10 years older than Tyler Christopher (Nikolas).
** Lisa [=LoCicero=](Olivia Falconeri) is only '''nine''' years older than Dominic Zamprogna(Dante Falconeri).
** Sarah Brown (Claudia Zacchara) is only '''four''' years older then Brandon Barash (Johnny Zacchara).
* PregnantHostage - Claudia, when confronted by Sonny at her birthday party, takes a very pregnant Carly hostage to escape.
* PrisonRape
* TheRainman - at least, that's what we ''think'' Spinelli is...
* RapeAsDrama: A lot of examples over the years.
* RapePortrayedAsRedemption
* [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned To Alaska]] - Hannah Scott, because the actress got married to Jonathan Jackson. (Lucky Spencer #1/#4)
* RichBitch: Tracy Quartermaine. She's also a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness - Spinelli
* ShipperOnDeck: Olivia is ''very'' invested in son Dante's relationship/marriage with Lulu.
* ShiptoShipCombat - Jason/Sam (JaSam) vs. Jason/Liz (Liason) is probably the most heated example. M&M, JoMax, and Spixie is another.
** Legendary past battles include Brenda/Sonny vs. Brenda/Jax and Sonny/Carly vs. Sonny/Alexis.
* ShowerOfAngst
* SmugSnake: Lisa Niles, bonus points for being a total psycho.
* SnowMeansCold - Mikkos Cassadine instantly created a blizzard in Port Charles during the middle of a hot summer.
* {{Spinoff}} - ''Port Charles'' and ''Night Shift''.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent - [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAJWN74c2YM A February 2003]] episode that served as GH's take on It'sAWonderfulLife.
* StarfishCharacter
* StylisticSuck
* SuicideByCop
* SupernaturalSoapOpera - particularly with the "Casey the alien" story in 1990.
** Port Charles in it's last two years.
* TheirFirstTime
* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Mobsters Who Don't Do Anything]] - Do we ever find out what Sonny smuggles into Port Charles?
** Do we ever find out what '''any''' Mobster on this show smuggles into Port Charles?
*** Lorenzo Alcazar was briefly an arms dealer.
** Johnny recently tried the organ trade but Sonny shut him down.
* TheCharacterDiedwithHim: Edward Quartermaine
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Sonny lays an epic one out to Claudia at her birthday party after he finds out she was involved in Micheal's shooting.
* StalkerWithACrush: Franco in regards to Jason. [[spoiler: It turns out to be because their fraternal twins.]]
* TheStoic - Jason.
* TooSoon - Luis Alcazar fell out of the window at least 10 stories high and the fall was shown from the outside. This scene took place a year after the 9/11 attacks.
* {{Transplant}}: Several ''OneLifeToLive'' characters came to Port Charles after that show was canceled: John [=McBain=], Todd Manning and Starr Manning among them (Blair Cramer & Tea Delgado had brief guest spots).
* UnwantedHarem: Lulu Spencer. She even had three boyfriends. At once.
** Caused by there being only one or two other girls in her age range at the time (the others being Maxie and Georgie).
* LovingForce: Luke and Laura
* VillainousCrossdresser
* WardrobeMalfunction - During the years of the annual Port Charles Nurses' Ball (1994-2001), a running gag was that Lucy Coe would somehow always wind up onstage in her underwear at the end of the show ... often because of a rival's plotting.
** It's not a coincidence that Lucy Coe is coming back just as the hospital is ready to reboot the Nurses' Ball.
* WeatherControlMachine
* WellDoneSonGuy: Michael has this with Sonny SO much. Basically everything the poor kid does is a misguided attempt to prove he's "tough" enough to earn his mobster father's respect.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Too bad Taggert and Gia being Sonny's siblings was only for Fan February.
** Winnifred's similarity to Spinelli was originally supposed to be a full-on act. That got derailed when the producers ''liked'' her similarity to Spinelli.
* WomanScorned: Lisa Niles.
* {{Yandere}}: Lisa Niles, again. She first tries to [[spoiler: [[MurderTheHypotenuse Kill Robin]] ]] then she tries to kill [[spoiler: [[IfIcantHaveYou Patrick]] ]]
* YouFailGeographyForever: Lorenzo Alcazar had a yacht on the Coast of Bolivia, a country that has been landlocked since 1883!
** The show mentions the I-55 running in their location, upstate New York, that goes to Canada. I-55 runs from Illinois to Louisiana.
* YouLookFamiliar: Sarah Brown, Carly #1, came back as Claudia Zacchara, while Carly #4 was around.
** And, of course, any use of the BackupTwin above.
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* NeverFoundTheBody - [[spoiler:Jason...so far.]]

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* NeverFoundTheBody - [[spoiler:Jason...so far.]]Jason Morgan, Jerry Jacks.
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* HollywoodNerd - Spinelli is made to be a Type 1, though those who've seen [[HollywoodHomely Bradford Anderson outside the show]] would probably put him in Type 2.
** Winifred is Type 1 also; similarly, anyone who's seen Senta Moses outside of GH would say Type 2 as well.
15th Jan '13 8:50:44 AM coppertop1
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* AboveTheInfluence - When Lulu is drugged at a photoshoot, Dante finds her and takes her back to his place to make sure nothing happens to her. She tries to initiate intimacy but Dante nobly declines.



* AbovetheInfluence - When Lulu is drugged at a photoshoot, Dante finds her and takes her back to his place to make sure nothing happens to her. She tries to initiate intimacy but Dante nobly declines.
15th Jan '13 8:48:00 AM coppertop1
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* AlliterativeName - Jasper Jacks, his parents John and Jane Jacks, his brother Jerry Jacks,

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* AlliterativeName - Jasper Jacks, his parents John and Jane Jacks, his brother Jerry Jacks, and his daughter Josslyn Jacks. His wife was also 'Carly Corinthos' before they got married.
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* AlliterativeName - Jasper Jacks, his parents John and Jane Jacks, his brother Jerry Jacks, and his daughter Josslyn Jacks. His wife was also 'Carly Corinthos' before they got married.
* AssholeVictim: There have been a few. Joe Scully Jr, a mobster, a murder and a rapist who was [[spoiler: shot by Ceasar Faison (disguised as Duke Lavery)]]. Lisa Niles was [[spoiler: murdered by Matt Hunter]]. Anthony Zacchara was murdered by his grandson, Johnny Zacchara. Claudia Zacchara is killed by Michael Corinthos II who she [[LaserGuidedKarma was responsible for putting in a coma when ordering a hit meant for Sonny]]

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* AlliterativeName - Jasper Jacks, his parents John and Jane Jacks, his brother Jerry Jacks, and his daughter Josslyn Jacks. His wife was also 'Carly Corinthos' before they got married.
* AssholeVictim: There have been a few. Joe Scully Jr, a mobster, a murder and a rapist who was [[spoiler: shot by Ceasar Faison (disguised as Duke Lavery)]]. Lisa Niles was [[spoiler: murdered by Matt Hunter]]. Anthony Zacchara was murdered by his grandson, Johnny Zacchara. Claudia Zacchara is killed by Michael Corinthos II who she [[LaserGuidedKarma was responsible for putting in a coma when ordering a hit meant for Sonny]]
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* {{Yandere}}: Lisa Niles, again. She first tries to [[spoiler: [[MurderTheHypoteneuse Kill Robin]] ]] then she tries to kill [[spoiler: [[IfIcantHaveYou Patrick]] ]]

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* {{Yandere}}: Lisa Niles, again. She first tries to [[spoiler: [[MurderTheHypoteneuse [[MurderTheHypotenuse Kill Robin]] ]] then she tries to kill [[spoiler: [[IfIcantHaveYou Patrick]] ]]
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