History Series / OneLifeToLive

4th Apr '16 2:56:58 AM goldenroad
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In the early 90s, OLTL returned to more socially-conscious storytelling. One story told of a gay teen who confronted homophobia in Llanview. Another featured Marty's brutal gang rape at a fraternity party. This story introduced OLTL's most controversial character, Todd Manning, who led the gang rape. Much like Luke Spencer on ''Series/GeneralHospital'', the character was kept on the show due to female fans' attraction to him. Todd was discovered to be a long-lost Lord heir, and became a central character, driving away many viewers but like Luke Spencer again became one of the most popular characters.

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In the early 90s, OLTL returned to more socially-conscious storytelling. One story told of a gay teen who confronted homophobia in Llanview. Another featured Marty's party girl Marty Saybrooke's brutal gang rape at a fraternity party. This story introduced OLTL's most controversial character, Todd Manning, who led the gang rape. Much like Luke Spencer on ''Series/GeneralHospital'', the character was kept on the show due to female fans' attraction to him. Todd was discovered to be a long-lost Lord heir, and became a central character, driving away many viewers but like Luke Spencer again became one of the most popular characters.
characters and in turn, one of the most beloved anti-heroes in soap history.



* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Greg has to be at least in his early 40s to have been a practicing neurosurgeon for as long as he's explicitly stated to have been. The actress playing his mother is in her mid/late 40s. And he has a 15 year old sister, [[spoiler: who's actually Greg's daughter.]]

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* AbsurdlyYouthfulMother: Greg has to be at least in his early 40s to have been a practicing neurosurgeon for as long as he's explicitly stated to have been. The actress playing his mother is in her mid/late 40s. And he has a 15 year old sister, [[spoiler: who's actually Greg's daughter.]]



* {{Cliffhanger}}: The final scene of the ABC version revealed that Victor Lord, Jr. was still alive and is somehow being held by Allison Perkins. This also served as an example of LeftHanging; when the final episode was filmed, the show was supposed to continue online, where this plot point would be explained and resolved. And indeed, as of Episode 1 of the revival, Victor has escape Allison.

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* {{Cliffhanger}}: The final scene of the ABC version revealed that Victor Lord, Jr. was still alive and is somehow being held by Allison Perkins. This also served as an example of LeftHanging; when the final episode was filmed, the show was supposed to continue online, where this plot point would be explained and resolved. And resolved; indeed, as of in Episode 1 of the revival, Victor has escape escapes Allison.



* CrossOver: mostly with ''AllMyChildren'', but with other ABC soaps as well

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* CrossOver: mostly with ''AllMyChildren'', but with other ABC soaps as wellwell.



* DownerEnding: Bobby Ford and Cole Thornhart are fighting to get out of Heaven to be with their loved ones, Bobby does the chivalrous thing and lets go moving on to other side. [[spoiler:But as soon as Cole and Starr arrive in [[Series/GeneralHospital Port Charles]], they get in a car accident and Cole and Hope are killed.]]

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* DownerEnding: Bobby Ford and Cole Thornhart are fighting to get out of Heaven to be with their loved ones, Bobby does the chivalrous thing and lets go moving on to other side. [[spoiler:But But as soon as Cole and Starr arrive in [[Series/GeneralHospital Port Charles]], they get in a car accident and Cole and Hope are killed.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: In 2001, Jessica Buchanan's [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir life got flipped turned upside down]]. First [[TalkativeLoon Allison]] claims [[SwitchedAtBirth she returned the wrong baby]] after baby Jessica (Natalie) was kidnapped. Then it's revealed Jessica and Natalie are half twins when it was discovered her father was Mitch Laurence and not Clint Buchanan. Then after developing DID to repress childhood sexual abuse, her alter falls in love with a man and gets pregnant by him, just as she comes around to loving the guy...he dies in a freak accident. That freak accident was caused by her aforementioned twin sister's deception. She lapses into her DID again and imprisons her sister, and she's pregnant again. Unfortunately this baby doesn't survive, so ANOTHER alter steals her teen cousin's baby. Eventually, the ruse is lifted and she loses another child. She gets institutionalized (a recurring theme) and finds love with another crazy. Mitch escapes and fucks that up by erasing her mind to when she was a teenager. Her new beau can't cope and thus sleeps with said twin sister. She comes back though...mid coitus with the town pervert who impregnates her. Despite this she attempts marry him, until the ugly truth comes out. You guessed it, DID time. She hooks up with the town pervert and begins to like him, but Jessica takes over again and it's square 1. Just as Jessica and the town pervert begin to fall in love, Mitch returns and kills ''HIM'', somehow a DNA test is found and it's revealed that [[spoiler: Clint's her biological father all along.]] Did I mention she lost a kid before all this too?

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: In 2001, Jessica Buchanan's [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir life got flipped turned upside down]]. First [[TalkativeLoon Allison]] claims [[SwitchedAtBirth she returned the wrong baby]] after baby Jessica (Natalie) was kidnapped. Then it's revealed Jessica and Natalie are half twins when it was discovered her father was Mitch Laurence and not Clint Buchanan. Then after developing DID to repress childhood sexual abuse, her alter falls in love with a man and gets pregnant by him, just as she comes around to loving the guy...he dies in a freak accident. That freak accident was caused by her aforementioned twin sister's deception. She lapses into her DID again and imprisons her sister, and she's pregnant again. Unfortunately this baby doesn't survive, so ANOTHER alter steals her teen cousin's baby. Eventually, the ruse is lifted and she loses another child. She gets institutionalized (a recurring theme) and finds love with another crazy. Mitch escapes and fucks that up by erasing her mind to when she was a teenager. Her new beau can't cope and thus sleeps with said twin sister. She comes back though...mid coitus with the town pervert who impregnates her. Despite this she attempts marry him, until the ugly truth comes out. You guessed it, DID time. She hooks up with the town pervert and begins to like him, but Jessica takes over again and it's square 1. Just as Jessica and the town pervert begin to fall in love, Mitch returns and kills ''HIM'', somehow a DNA test is found and it's revealed that [[spoiler: Clint's her biological father all along.]] along. Did I mention she lost a kid before all this too?



** [[spoiler: When both Ford and Cole are on death's door, Ford is sent to Hell for having raped Jessica, while Cole is allowed to go to Heaven in spite of the murder. Ford finds his way into Heaven, but dies while Cole lives and is allowed to reunite with his parents.]]
*** [[spoiler: Averted, Cole and his daughter die in a flaming wreck in [[Series/GeneralHospital Port Chuck]].]]

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** [[spoiler: When both Ford and Cole are on death's door, Ford is sent to Hell for having raped Jessica, while Cole is allowed to go to Heaven in spite of the murder. Ford finds his way into Heaven, but dies while Cole lives and is allowed to reunite with his parents.]]
*** [[spoiler: Averted,
Ultimately averted though, Cole and his daughter die in a flaming wreck in [[Series/GeneralHospital Port Chuck]].]]



* MagicPlasticSurgery: Max, Todd [[spoiler:(actually Todd's twin brother, Victor Lord, Jr.)]]

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* MagicPlasticSurgery: Max, Todd [[spoiler:(actually (actually Todd's twin brother, Victor Lord, Jr.)]])



* SociopathicHero: Todd Manning. Rape Marty Saybrooke? Check. Save Marty Saybrooke? Check. Assault a blind Nora? Check. Save two children [[spoiler: (actually his long lost niece and nephew)]] while on the run from the law? Check. Kill a man by exploding his yacht? You betcha. He's made a career on these.

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* SociopathicHero: Todd Manning. Rape Marty Saybrooke? Check. Save Marty Saybrooke? Check. Assault a blind Nora? Check. Save two children [[spoiler: (actually his long lost niece and nephew)]] nephew while on the run from the law? Check. Kill a man by exploding his yacht? You betcha. He's made a career on these.








** Destiny's parents somehow make a bizarre cross between this and the [[spoiler: MoralEventHorizon by indirectly being responsible for Greg's involvement with Elijah Clarke's schemes just because they're way too stubborn to admit that Destiny is not really their daughter.]]

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** Destiny's parents somehow make a bizarre cross between this and the [[spoiler: MoralEventHorizon by indirectly being responsible for Greg's involvement with Elijah Clarke's schemes just because they're way too stubborn to admit that Destiny is not really their daughter.]]



** Not to mention Rex, who's been wondering for a long time. It turns out his father is [[spoiler:Mitch Laurence]].
*** Played with, as it turned out [[spoiler: his father was Mitch, but was then some fictional character, and finally revealed to be Charlie, only because Clint - the real father - faked the DNA test.]]
** Played with during Stacy's pregnancy. [[spoiler: When Stacy miscarried her child with Rex, she lost any sense of obligation he felt towards her, and so she immediately tried to find another man to get her pregnant. After hitting on Kyle, who revealed he was gay, and Schuyler, who didn't sleep with her even after she drugged him, so preyed on cop Oliver, who was drunk and struggling with his own coming out. The next day Stacy was pregnant and Oliver came out of the closet. Flash forward some months and Stacy has both Rex and Schuyler believing they are the father of her child, while assuring Oliver it isn't his baby.]]

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** Not to mention Rex, who's been wondering for a long time. It turns out his father is [[spoiler:Mitch Laurence]].
*** Played with, as it
turned out [[spoiler: his father was Mitch, but was then some fictional character, and finally revealed to be Charlie, only because Clint - the real father - faked the DNA test.]]
test.
** Played with during Stacy's pregnancy. [[spoiler: When Stacy miscarried her child with Rex, she lost any sense of obligation he felt towards her, and so she immediately tried to find another man to get her pregnant. After hitting on Kyle, who revealed he was gay, and Schuyler, who didn't sleep with her even after she drugged him, so preyed on cop Oliver, who was drunk and struggling with his own coming out. The next day Stacy was pregnant and Oliver came out of the closet. Flash forward some months and Stacy has both Rex and Schuyler believing they are the father of her child, while assuring Oliver it isn't his baby.]]
17th Mar '16 7:39:30 PM DrOO7
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17th Mar '16 7:31:55 PM DrOO7
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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Blair refuses to abort Patrick's baby, despite the utterly disastrous circumstances--Patrick is in a relationship with Marty, while Blair is married to Todd, which is itself in an upheaval over Todd's return from the dead and kidnapping of their own child, Starr. (There was the RealitySubtext of Blair's portrayer being pregnant in RealLife and TPTB deciding to write it in). Later on, Marty herself becomes pregnant and insists that she will have the baby despite the risks to her health, even as Patrick begs her to reconsider (ironic, given his staunch Catholicism), not wanting to lose her.
27th Feb '16 12:09:47 PM morenohijazo
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* WhosYourDaddy: many instances, but the volley between Sam and Bo over Matthew's paternity was especially prolonged.

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* UnexpectedPositive: Blair was suffering from dizzy spells, but terrified of going to the doctor and finding out what might be wrong. On-again, off-again paramour Max offered to go with her. Sure enough, Blair only had an allergy, while Max was found to have an aneurysm.
* WhosYourDaddy: many Many instances, but the volley between Sam and Bo over Matthew's paternity was especially prolonged.
23rd Nov '15 10:51:05 PM cdenton
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* Retcon: Since this is a soap opera, waaaaaay too many to list. But it's worth mentioning one of the show's most infamous and most recurring: the cause of Viki's DID. First it was because her wealthy and powerful father had raised her so strictly and placed so many expectations on her she developed a split personality just to have all the fun and lack of responsibility she never could; then it was from a childhood trauma caused by seeing her parents argue and thinking (falsely) her father had deliberately pushed her mother down the stairs, causing her death; then it was because Viki had repressed memories of walking in on her college roommate and best friend Irene having sex with her father (leading to the birth of her sister Tina); next Viki's DID was because she had gotten pregnant while she was a teenager and her father put the child up for adoption and had her brainwashed into forgetting everything; and ''finally'' it was 'revealed' in 1995 that all along (inspired by ''Sybil'' and ''When Rabbit Howls'') that Viki's DID was the result of her father routinely raping her from the age of seven until she was in college. To be fair, the 1995 story did tie most of these explanations together (except, understandably, the ''hyponitized into forgetting an entire pregnancy'' one).

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* Retcon: {{Retcon}}: Since this is a soap opera, waaaaaay too many to list. But it's worth mentioning one of the show's most infamous and most recurring: the cause of Viki's DID. First it was because her wealthy and powerful father had raised her so strictly and placed so many expectations on her she developed a split personality just to have all the fun and lack of responsibility she never could; then it was from a childhood trauma caused by seeing her parents argue and thinking (falsely) her father had deliberately pushed her mother down the stairs, causing her death; then it was because Viki had repressed memories of walking in on her college roommate and best friend Irene having sex with her father (leading to the birth of her sister Tina); next Viki's DID was because she had gotten pregnant while she was a teenager and her father put the child up for adoption and had her brainwashed into forgetting everything; and ''finally'' it was 'revealed' in 1995 that all along (inspired by ''Sybil'' and ''When Rabbit Howls'') that Viki's DID was the result of her father routinely raping her from the age of seven until she was in college. To be fair, the 1995 story did tie most of these explanations together (except, understandably, the ''hyponitized into forgetting an entire pregnancy'' one).
4th Sep '15 12:50:17 AM goldenroad
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* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: From time to time, OLTL would ditch the storylines in favor of more offbeat plots, such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgLe8z3DXdU the cast trading roles]], or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2hTF-z1h4I their take on]] {{Film/Chicago}}.


28th May '15 10:27:48 AM ShinyTsukkomi
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-->'''Matthew''':(disagreeing with [[HumansAreBastards the point]] of LordOfTheFlies). I think ''most'' people are good.

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-->'''Matthew''':(disagreeing with [[HumansAreBastards the point]] of LordOfTheFlies).''Literature/LordOfTheFlies''). I think ''most'' people are good.
17th May '15 1:17:52 AM tenryufan
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* ActorAllusion: "David, isn't there a [[Series/DesperateHousewives housewife that's desperate]] for you somewhere?"



* CastIncest: Inverted. Real-life siblings Kristen and Eddie Alderson play unrelated characters. A few years back, a storyline involved Eddie's Matthew having a crush on Kristen's Starr. The boy had to pretend to have a crush on his sister. Gross.
* {{The Cast Showoff}}: Several actors on One Life to Live. For instance, the original actor who played Jessica, Erin Torpey, has a nice singing voice, so they had Jessica in a band at one point, and also had her sing on a few other occasions. Evangeline Williamson got to sing a lot in the show, because her actress Renee Goldsbury is a real life singer/song writer, and was on a Broadway musical. And Blair Cramer, is also shown singing on a number of occasions, because Kassie DePaiva is a singer and has albums out.



* TheOtherDarrin: Lampshaded hilariously during the ''Vicker Man'' premiere - Blair is asked how she feels about being played by an Asian-American actress in the movie; cue to the cast credits, where the actress credited as Blair is Mia Korf (the Asian-American actress who originated the role of Blair Cramer).
** 2011's Two Todds storyline thrives off of this.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Susan Haskell & Thorsten Kaye, who played Marty Saybrook & Patrick Thornhart, married not long after leaving the series.
28th Apr '15 4:21:54 PM nombretomado
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Unfortunately, the show was cancelled once again, this time for good, in September 2013, as a byproduct of a lawsuit between ABC & PP over characters loaned to GeneralHospital.

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Unfortunately, the show was cancelled once again, this time for good, in September 2013, as a byproduct of a lawsuit between ABC & PP over characters loaned to GeneralHospital.''Series/GeneralHospital''.
13th Apr '15 10:30:48 AM nombretomado
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* ActorAllusion: "David, isn't there a [[DesperateHousewives housewife that's desperate]] for you somewhere?"

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* ActorAllusion: "David, isn't there a [[DesperateHousewives [[Series/DesperateHousewives housewife that's desperate]] for you somewhere?"
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