History Series / AllMyChildren

18th Mar '18 11:26:30 AM DrOO7
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* CultureClash: Any minority families or characters were often subjected to this--the Chinese An-Li rebels against her mother's plans to shove her into an ArrangedMarriage with a man she doesn't even know, while her mother finds the idea of dating, etc., utterly abhorrent.
** The Mexican-American Santos family came to town in the mid-90's and the parents often found their conservative beliefs clashing with the more liberal attitudes of their children, openly disapproving of:
*** Oldest daughter Maria: Premarital sex, marrying a non-Catholic man, using fertility treatments to get pregnant.
*** Second-oldest daughter Julia: Promiscuity (highly implied to be rebellion against her parents strict upbringing), dating black men, including living with one without being married, and having an abortion (their views soften slightly upon learning that the pregnancy was the result of rape).
*** Middle son Mateo: The father is downright shocked at the idea of "GIRLS calling BOYS?!" when Mateo's co-worker expresses interest in him, and later is incredibly rude to his girlfriend Hayley upon learning that she's a recovering alcoholic who's been married twice, outright telling her to her face that it's "disrespectful" for her to be in their home.
*** Fourth child Anita: Goes ballistic upon learning that her history teacher is gay to the point of literally yanking her out of his class. Later, he literally drags her to the doctor for an exam to determine if she's still a virgin, not believing her when she (truthfully) claims that she isn't sleeping with her boyfriend.
17th Mar '18 4:58:34 PM DrOO7
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* AbusiveParents: Hector Santos is so rigid and overprotective that he becomes this--he drags his daughter Anita off to the doctor for an exam to determine if she's still a virgin. When her older sister Julia hears about this, she's devastated and reveals that he did to this ''her'' when she was Anita's age.



* AllGaysArePedophiles: When Michael Delaney comes out of the closet, this is the main stereotype he has to battle--brother-in-law Trevor is suddenly very reluctant to let him spend time with his son, and parents seem to want him fired from his teaching job for this particular reason. Palmer irritatedly states if he were a practicing HETEROSEXUAL, no one would be afraid of having him around their daughters, and Michael himself angrily tells Trevor that by his reasoning, he should be leery about Trevor spending time with his niece.

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* AllGaysArePedophiles: When Michael Delaney comes out of the closet, this is the main stereotype he has to battle--brother-in-law Trevor is suddenly very reluctant to let him spend time with his son, and parents seem to want him fired from his teaching job for this particular reason. Palmer irritatedly states if he were a practicing HETEROSEXUAL, no one would be afraid of having him around their daughters, and Michael himself angrily tells Trevor that by his reasoning, he should be leery about Trevor spending time with his niece.



** Hector drags Anita to the doctor to have an exam to determine if she's still a virgin. No one can be forced to submit to a physical exam that they don't want and no doctor would perform it on a patient so unwilling that she's practically hysterical.



* BigBad: Hard to point out just one, Evil Pimp Billy Clyde Tuggle, Brutal Rapist Michael Cambias, Devious Businessmen Adam Chandler and Palmer Cortland, David Hayward, Janet Dylan, Vanessa Cortland, hell even Erica has frequented lists of the greatest TV villains.

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* BigBad: Hard to point out just one, Evil Pimp Billy Clyde Tuggle, Brutal Rapist Michael Cambias, Devious Businessmen Adam Chandler and Palmer Cortland, Cortlandt, David Hayward, Janet Dylan, Vanessa Cortland, hell even Erica has frequented lists of the greatest TV villains.
17th Mar '18 4:49:02 PM DrOO7
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* DerailingLoveInterests: Alec goes from a loving, adoring boyfriend/fiance to Hayley to an uber-sleazy bastard almost literally overnight, embezzling from her company and sleeping with her ''mother''. Even worse, when Hayley discovers this--walking in on him trying to ''kill'' her mother to ensure her silence--he becomes downright cruel and verbally abusive to her, declaring that this is somehow Hayley's fault.
7th Mar '18 10:25:13 PM DrOO7
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* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Laurel Dillon is shot and killed the same day that Kelsey Martin gives birth to the baby she's giving to Edmund and Maria Grey for adoption.


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* CureYourGays: Kevin Sheffield's parents send him to a shrink after he comes out of the closet. It leaves him even more confused and upset. Erica did the same thing when Bianca admitted she was a lesbian.
31st Jan '18 4:37:34 PM XFllo
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* MayDecemberRomance:
** Most of Adam's and Palmer's marriages fall into this category.
** Phoebe and Wade Matthews.
** Erica and Ryan.
15th Nov '17 10:28:45 PM DrOO7
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* DeathOfAChild: Palmer John Cortlandt, Leora Hayward, Anna Clair Chandler, and Madison's daughter.



* FalseRapeAccusation: Liza accuses Jesse of rape after he confronts her over her cruelty to his best friend Jenny. Him fleeing to New York City to avoid arrest is what kicks off his and Jenny's summer on the run. [[note]] Aside from being ranked second only to [[Series/GeneralHospital Luke and Laura's]], it's considered one of the show's greatest storylines [[/note]] In a cruel irony, Liza was raped for real several years later, and thanks to her previous actions, everyone felt her claims were another example of this trope.



* InfantImmortality: Massively averted by Palmer John Cortlandt, Leora Hayward, Anna Clair Chandler, and Madison's daughter.


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* ReplacementGoldfish: Brooke's foster daughter Laura accuses her of taking her in so that she can serve as this regarding her late daughter, who was also named Laura. It didn't help that the second Laura was roughly the age that the first would have been had she lived. Adam also accuses Brooke of this when she staunchly defends her against Adam's accusations of theft, telling her she's confusing the two girls.
12th Nov '17 8:51:18 PM DrOO7
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** Terrence was this to Brian, Hayley, and An Li, with the four of them being a group of good friends.
12th Nov '17 8:47:19 PM DrOO7
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* BlackBestFriend: SuperCouple Jesse and Angie to SuperCouple Greg and Jenny, respectively. Jesse was this to Tad too.

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* BlackBestFriend: SuperCouple Jesse and Angie to SuperCouple Greg and Jenny, respectively. Jesse was this to Jenny and Tad too.
8th Nov '17 3:55:12 PM DrOO7
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* TheBabyTrap: An Li tries to pull this on Brian as she knows that their CitizenshipMarriage is ending now that she has her green card. While it works temporarily, friend Terrence browbeats her into admitting that she's lying, telling her that she is not the kind of cruel, deceitful person to pull a stunt like this.
** Allie tries to pull this on Jake by not wearing her diaphragm. It backfired in two ways — when he found it after they had sex and dumped her, angry at her attempt at pulling this trope, and when she failed to conceive.
** Kendall tries to pull this with Anton... and, of course, it doesn't work. He doesn't believe her for a second, given how diligent she was about taking the pill. She caves in pretty quickly and tells the truth once he drags her to the doctor, who needs to give her a full set of tests and a needle, but Kendall is AfraidOfNeedles and freaks out, admitting she's lying.


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* CitizenshipMarriage: Brian marries An Li so that she won't be sent back to China. The fact that she was a student who could have gotten a visa, as well as employed by people who could have sponsored her somehow escaped both of their notice. But possible not An Li's, as she was of course, madly in love with Brian (who was equally madly in love with Hayley) and hoping that he would reciprocate, even trying to pull TheBabyTrap in order to hang onto him.
8th Nov '17 3:41:53 PM DrOO7
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* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: Tom and Livia dealt with this. While most of their problems were typical soap problems, they seemed to be exacerbated by the racial difference—when her son's father resurfaced, Tom feared she would end their relationship, not just to rekindle an old romance, but because she might prefer to be with a black man.



** Julia became pregnant following her rape, but had an abortion.



* CrossOver: with sister soaps ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', ''Series/{{Loving}}'', and ''Series/GeneralHospital.''

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* CrossOver: with sister soaps ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', ''Series/{{Loving}}'', ''Series/{{Loving}}'' (most frequently), and ''Series/GeneralHospital.''
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