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->''"The Great and the Least,''
->''The Rich and the Poor,''
->''The Weak and the Strong,''
->''In Sickness and in Health,''
->''In Joy and Sorrow,''
->''In Tragedy and Triumph,''
->''You are'' [[TitleDrop All My Children.]]"

Long-running SoapOpera on Creator/{{ABC}}, premiering in 1970. Within the framework of a traditional FamilyDrama soap, Agnes Nixon created a show that incorporates young love, relevant social issues and high comedy. Its memorable TitleSequence, at least through 1989, showed a woman's hand opening a family photo album.

The show is set in fictional Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, close enough to New York for day travel. A notable character is much-married Erica Kane (Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Roy Roy Montgomery Montgomery Chandler Marick Marick Montgomery), played since the show's inception by Susan Lucci. Lucci was famously nominated 18 times for a Daytime Emmy for this role without a win, finally winning on #19.

The show was considered groundbreaking on many levels. It was the first daytime drama to feature a larger working class cast of characters, as well as the first major African American and Hispanic families in the cast, and touched upon many topics that were taboo, including the first legal abortion in television, protest of Vietnam, and one of the characters contracting AIDS. As well as social issues, the show broke ground on technical levels and was the first Soap in History to shoot outside the studio and on location, with Erica and Tom Cudahay's honeymoon in St. Croix, which sister series ''Series/GeneralHospital'' would soon follow suit.

On April 14, 2011, it was announced that ''All My Children'' would be canceled. ''All My Children'' aired its last episode on September 23, 2011. Originally, a company named Prospect Park had purchased the rights to both ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' and ''All My Children'' from ABC and was planning to continue the series either on a cable channel or possibly online. Those plans fell through, however, and when the show signed off, it was presumed that it was gone for good. In early 2013, however, Prospect Park announced that they would be bringing both shows back after all, with distribution through Hulu and other online video providers. Many of the major performers agreed to return to the show and shooting began in March 2013, with the premiere on April 29, 2013. Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors, the series was again cancelled, this time for good, on November 10, 2013.

More information is available at [[http://lavender.fortunecity.com/indemnity/439/amc.html David R. Jackson's soap opera site]].

Now has a [[Characters/AllMyChildren character page]].
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!!This show provides examples of:
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: More than one example:
** Michael Cambias earned this when he [[RapeAsDrama raped Bianca]]. At his funeral, literally ''everyone'' in Pine Valley attended said funeral simply to give eulogies on how much they hate him for what he did, with Bianca's then-lover Lena literally ''[[SpitefulSpit spitting]]'' [[SpitefulSpit on his grave]].
** When Will Cortlandt was beaten to death with a crowbar, his approval rating was so abysmal that there were no less than fifteen suspects, including his own ''sister''.
** After David Hayward's apparent death, only Greenlee, daughter Marissa, and Krystal attended his funeral; he had become such a pariah by that time that everyone else in town celebrated his demise at [=ConFusion=].
* ABNegative: Greenlee/Jack, among others.
* AbsenteeActor: Ruth Warrick (Phoebe), Eileen Herlie (Myrtle), and James Mitchell (Palmer) were kept on contract long after their age and ill health made it impossible for them to work.
* AccidentalMurder: Adam accidentally murders Stuart. Stuart was brought back by Project Orpheus in the finale.
* AffectionateParody: Greenlee's ''Series/GilligansIsland'' dream; the Martin family's ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' dream.
* TheAlcoholic: Phoebe and Erica both develop serious drinking problems. Skye, Hayley and JR also became alcoholics.
* 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.
* AntagonistInMourning: Adam's shocked response to Palmer's death. Brooke gets him to concede that Palmer was a WorthyOpponent.
* AntagonisticOffspring: There's a reason why Kendall was once called "the most terrible daughter in daytime" during her early years on the show, though [[LikeMotherLikeDaughter she shared many traits with her mother, Erica.]] [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] because, despite her scheming during this period in the series, Kendall never offed anyone and had no intentions of doing so.
* AntiVillain: David ruined a lot of lives, but he did show occasional moments of kindness.
--> '''David''': I'm a villain?
--> '''Liza''': Well you're certainly not a hero.
* ArchEnemy:
** Adam and Palmer; later, Adam and Tad.
** Liza and Damon.
** Greenlee and Kendall, before becoming best friends.
** And of course the Original, Erica and Tara.
* ArmorPiercingSlap: More or less Erica's SignatureMove. Bianca and Kendall get in on it as well.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Pine Valley, PA somehow manages to be right on the ocean.
* ArtisticLicenseLaw: All trials in Pine Valley ignore every legal form known in the United States, ranging from protocols for questioning witnesses to rules for admitting evidence.
** Then again, given that for a large portion of the show the judges were always ''bribed/blackmailed/involved in the case'', and this was usually explicitly commented on by whatever side lost...
** David and Greenlee's insta-eviction from Wildwind is hilariously out of whack with the relevant laws.
* AscendedFanboy: Five words: [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Carol Burnett]] as Verla Grubbs.
* AssholeVictim: Michael Cambias, hands down. After his rape of Bianca and subsequent murder, literally ''everyone'' in Pine Valley shows up at his funeral just to [[LastDisrespects express how much they hate him and are glad he's dead]], and when Bianca turns out to be the one who killed him, in legitimate self-defense, the judge all but gave her a pat on the back.
* AttemptedRape: Michael Cambias tries to rape both Erica and Kendall, but they each save each other from him. Bianca [[RapeAsDrama isn't so lucky]].
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Averted with Damon.
* AxCrazy: Alexander Cambias, Janet Green. Annie Lavery has shades of this at times.
* 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.
* BackFromTheDead: Greenlee, Dixie (only to be killed off yet again), Maria, Tad, etc. And thanks to the Orpheus Project near then end of the show's tenure, Dixie, Zach, and possibly anybody and everybody else who has died.
* BackForTheDead: Dixie Cooney, Zach Slater, Maria Santos.
* BecomingTheMask: Lenny Wlasik, initially posing as the scholarly Langley Wallingford, actually winds up getting a real doctorate and becoming a serious archeologist. Furthermore, Lena Kundera, meant to be a spy for Michael Cambias, ends up genuinely falling for Bianca.
* BettyAndVeronica: Jack (Veronica) and Caleb (Betty) for Erica, JR (Veronica) and Scott (Betty) for Annie.
* 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.
* BigGood: Had quite a few examples, with Kind Hearted Stuart, Town Matriarch Myrtle and Chief Doctor Joe coming to mind.
* BigFancyHouse: Wildwind, the Chandler Mansion, [[strike:Cortlandt Manor]] not anymore, it burned down. And Tad's house must be awfully big to fit the amazing amount of people living there.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Cambias, Chandler, Cortlandt, and Lavery families all achieve transcendent levels of dysfunction.
* BlackBestFriend: SuperCouple Jesse and Angie to SuperCouple Greg and Jenny, respectively. Jesse was this to Jenny and Tad too.
** Terrence was this to Brian, Hayley, and An Li, with the four of them being a group of good friends.
* 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.
* BolivianArmyCliffhanger: Just who did J.R. shoot? Was it Erica? Marissa? Someone else? Himself? The revival revealed it was Marissa (who died).
* BrotherSisterIncest:
** Narrowly avoided when Erica was engaged to Mark, who turned out to be her half-brother; her mother, Mona, intervened before they could go through with it, and told them the truth.
** History repeats itself twice over with Kendall, Erica's beloved eldest daughter:
*** First, Trey Kenyon comes to town, obsessed with Kendall, going so far as to systematically destroy her relationships and isolate her from everyone until she became dependent on him and his advice, going so far as to burn down her mother, Erica's, house and frame Kendall. They almost kiss multiple times with Trey initiating it, creepy in and of itself but when it comes out that he's her half-brother, and he knew the entire time,[[NightmareFuel it takes on a whole new level of disturbing.]]
*** Later in the series Kendall becomes increasingly close to Josh Madden, the son of Kendall's OB-GYN. Turns out Josh was Kendall's younger half-brother, whom Erica had aborted, (which led to the infamous un-aborted embryo storyline). His dad? The doctor who had told Erica the baby was dead; his wife took the embryo into herself.
* ButICantBePregnant: Opal.
* TheCameo:
** Warren Buffett, of all people, who ''asked'' to appear on his favorite show.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSJGBYvm_Es Elizabeth Taylor]]. [[ActorAllusion As a janitor]]. Surprising ''[[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow Verla Grubbs]]''.
-->'''Myrtle''': Who was that?
-->'''Verla''': I never saw her before in my life. [[Series/TheCarolBurnettShow I think that woman's pilot light is out!]]
** Rosie O'Donnell, who had a hilarious turn not as herself, but as a maid.
* TheCasanova: Tad "The Cad" Martin, especially [[LadyKillerInLove before he met Dixie]].
* CassandraTruth: Annie repeatedly attempts to warn everyone that her brother, Richie, is evil, but everyone dismisses her. It's only after he seals Zach and Greenlee in a bomb shelter and leaves them for dead that everyone realizes Annie was telling the truth.
* CharacterBlog: [[http://blogs.soapnet.com/i-am-erica-kane/ I Am Erica Kane.]]
* ChildByRape:
** Kendall, who was conceived when her mother, Erica, was raped at the age of 14. At first, she would lash out at Erica and act out while longing for Erica's approval, making for an emotionally tumultuous and complex mother-daughter relationship between the two. When the truth about her conception surfaced, Erica and Kendall made amends and became close again for good.
** Emily Ann Sago was conceived when her mother was raped by Billy Clyde Tuggle.
** Bianca, Kendall's sister, became pregnant when Michael Cambias raped her, resulting in her daughter, Miranda. Kendall covered for Bianca in order to hide the truth from their mother, Erica, at the cost of straining their family relationship. Once the truth came out, Erica and her daughters became close again.
** Julia became pregnant following her rape, but had an abortion.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: the infamous Bobby Martin, many others. Taylor, most recently.
* 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.
* ClusterFBomb: The PP version had much more colorful language. When certain fans complained about the language, SoundEffectBleep came into play.
* ComingOutStory: Michael Delaney, Kevin Sheffield, Bianca.
* ContrivedCoincidence: When Kendall's son Spike goes deaf, it's initially assumed that Greenlee was responsible, since she attempted to kidnap Spike and ended up getting in a car accident with him in the process. When Spike gets cochlear implant surgery, it's discovered that Spike's hearing loss was actually caused by a chromosomal abnormality and nothing could have stopped him from going deaf; it was pure coincidence that he lost his hearing after the car accident.
* CoolOldLady: Myrtle.
* CreatorCameo: Agnes Nixon has popped in for anniversary and memorial episodes.
-->'''Opal:''' [[InJoke Oh, please! You'd think she built the town single-handed.]]
* CreepyHousekeeper: Myra, initially a very obvious ShoutOut to [[Literature/{{Rebecca}} Mrs. Danvers]]; eventually subverted.
* CrossOver: with sister soaps ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', ''Series/{{Loving}}'' (most frequently), and ''Series/GeneralHospital.''
* DarkerAndEdgier: Because the revival was an online show, all of the usual FCC restrictions were lifted, allowing for more profanity, and more mature content; while there was no nudity, the cast (specifically the younger cast) showed off a lot more skin.
* DaddysGirl: Nina Cortlandt.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Di Cooney standing in for Dixie.
* DeathOfAChild: Palmer John Cortlandt, Leora Hayward, Anna Clair Chandler, and Madison's daughter.
* DidntThinkThisThrough: When Michael Cambias is found dead after being acquitted for his rape of Bianca, Kendall, having been married to him, subsequently claims that she's pregnant with his child after marrying him (actually marrying Enchantment's chemist, Boyd Larraby, who masqueraded under Michael's identity to help make it seem like Kendall married Michael) before his death, in order to protect Bianca, who really was carrying Michael's ChildByRape. Greenlee, due to being LockedOutOfTheLoop, believes that Kendall is just trying to steal the Cambias fortune and full control over Fusion Cosmetics, and when Kendall is put on trial for Michael's murder, she goes so far as to expose Kendall's FakePregnancy in open court by ripping her dress off in a fit of rage. Soon afterwards, she gets a serious WhatTheHellHero from Ryan and Jack, who inform her that due to her actions, she's ensured that Kendall is the prime suspect in Michael's murder and may very well go to prison or worse for it, something Greenlee never considered would happen and certainly didn't want; she quickly suffers a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
* DrJerk: David Hayward.
* EasilyForgiven: Kendall reconciles with Greenlee once she discovers that she wasn't responsible for Spike's deafness, perfectly willing to overlook the fact that even if Greenlee didn't cause said deafness, she still tried to kidnap Spike and got him in a car accident in the first place; both Erica and Annie even lampshade it.
* EasyAmnesia: Erica, Palmer, Ryan.
* EnemyMine: Everyone who normally is at cross purposes versus whoever is the latest evil figure. This trope's one of the more common ones.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Subverted. David hated his mother, mainly because [[DrivenToSuicide she drove his father to suicide]]. But he did love his brother, daughters, and grandson.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: The murders of Zach Grayson, Will Cortlandt, Michael Cambias, Stuart Chandler, and David Hayward.
* EvilGloating: After he is acquitted of raping Bianca, Michael Cambias proceeds to gloat to everyone in the courtroom that he "[[IOwnThisTown owns Pine Valley and everyone in it]]," which pisses everyone off so badly that Michael's attorney is warned to get him out of the building before the crowd decides to become a lynch mob. This ultimately proves to be the last time anyone in Pine Valley sees Michael alive.
* EvilMatriarch: Vanessa.
* 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.
* FlashbackWithTheOtherDarrin: The "Real Greenlee" fiasco.
* FlashForward: The revival is set five years after the ABC finale.
* GayAesop: All of the [[ComingOutStory Coming Out Stories]], but especially Kevin Sheffield's.
* GeographicFlexibility: Pine Valley. Becomes hilarious when Llanview -- the setting of sister soap ''Series/OneLifeToLive'' -- is established also established as having an airport, University, headquarters of major corporations, etc. -- despite being located across the river from Pine Valley! Made even worse in that both towns are supposed to be located near Philadelphia.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Regardless of being designated heroes and/or villains, very few characters in the series could truly be considered clear-cut good or evil, with most characters having committed their share of crimes, even if they are a hero. Erica and her daughter, Kendall, alone have both committed enough crimes, both individually and equally, to pile-drive them into prison for a long time.
* HappilyMarried: In an amazing achievement for any soap opera couple, Joe and Ruth Martin.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Adam, Palmer, and David.
* HollywoodHealing: Inevitably. Characters who should be sporting large, visible scars don't, even when they've shot themselves in the temple (Palmer, multiple times), had their chests cracked open for surgery (Kendall), or suffered facial injuries (Erica). MagicPlasticSurgery is probably to blame.
** Averted when Brooke's adopted daughter Laura had a heart transplant. She was subsequently very uncomfortable being intimate with her new husband because of the scar that had been left, even though viewers never saw it.
** Also averted (and justified) with Brot. Both he and his actor served in the Iraq War and suffered sever burns that left their faces scarred.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Lily (a bad track record even considering she's autistic).
* {{Hypocrite}}: ''Everyone'' at some point:
** Erica Kane takes the cake--she expects everyone to forgive her despicable actions, but refuses to give them the same courtesy. Case in point, she never forgives Dimitri and Maria for their one night stand, to the point of throwing it in Maria's face nearly a decade later, even though many of her relationships, including that with Dimitri, started out with her either being the other woman and/or cheating on her husband/lover. She also kidnapped Maria's baby, but conveniently forgot this whenever she blasted Babe for stealing Bianca's baby.
** When Janet gets fed up with the way people have been treating her since her release from prison, she blasts them all as "self-righteous, sanctimonious hypocrites" and truthfully points out that everyone of them has done something despicable.
** Dixie blasts Brooke for sleeping with Tad even though she and Tad were separated by at time. Never mind that she slept with Adam when he was married to Brooke.
* IdenticalStranger: In the home stretch of the ABC run, Erica is kidnapped by a woman who was jealous of her, so got MagicPlasticSurgery in order to take over her life. This of course was Susan Lucci in a dual role, allowing her to lampshade all of Erica's idiosyncrasies.
* IdiotBall: Palmer usually wound up carrying one of these when his wives were involved (Cynthia and Vanessa being the most spectacular flame-outs). Not for nothing did ''Soap Opera Digest'' twice name him one of the dumbest characters on any soap. His niece Dixie usually held it too.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Once [[RetCon retconned]], Stuart turned into this: moral paragon, terrific lover, brilliant artist, and so on, and so on, and so on.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Opal calls Warren Buffet "Warren Buf-FAY".
* JerkassHasAPoint: Will Cortlandt turned into an absolute bastard during his last year on the show, but every single suspicion he had about Dixie's husband Craig--that he was an adulterous con artist--was correct.
* KarmicDeath: Bianca confronts Michael after his trial and, legally armed and acting in self-defense, shoots him dead. The karma doesn't stop with his death, either; Tad Martin, along with Boyd Larraby and Aidan Devane, proceed to steal his body from the funeral home and bury it in the garbage dump.
* LargeHam:
** Phoebe, Langley, Billy Clyde, Palmer (in the 1980s) and, of course, Erica.
** Adam Chandler lived this trope.
* LastDisrespects: After Michael Cambias rapes Bianca and is subsequently found dead, literally ''everyone'' in Pine Valley showed up at his funeral just to give eulogies on how much they hate him for what he did to Bianca, with Bianca's then-lover Lena going so far as to spit on his grave. On another note, his coffin was actually empty; before the funeral, Tad Martin, Aidan Devane, and Boyd Larraby broke into the funeral home and stole Michael's body just to they could bury it in the garbage dump.
* LeftHanging: Both versions. In the case of the ABC finale, J.R. shoots into a crowd that celebrates Stuart Chandler [[ItMakesSenseInContext coming back from the dead]]. Then, Jackson breaks up with Erica for good, which leaves Erica swearing that she will win Jackson back. Keep in mind all of this happens just as J.R. fires his pistol. In addition to this, the guest of honor Stuart himself does not show up.
* LethalChef: Opal, initially. Later averted by the Chicken Shack.
* LipstickLesbian: Bianca, Lena, Maggie--''all'' of Bianca's girlfriends, actually.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Has its [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/AllMyChildren own page]]
* LongBusTrip:
** Jackson, who departed to Europe for no apparent reason.
** Palmer, also off to Europe, thanks to RealLifeWritesThePlot.
** Langley, stuck at the world's longest archeological dig (another RealLifeWritesThePlot situation).
* LoveHurts: Let me count the ways. Zach's and Kendall's relationship is the most obvious recent example, but Tad's and Dixie's marriage-go-round also embodied this trope. And in a DownerEnding, the revival revealed that Kendall left Zach again (albeit due to certain enemies of his).
* LukeIAmYourFather: Palmer & Ross, Tad & Damon.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Greenlee & Jackson.
* MagicPlasticSurgery: Janet. Also a woman who was jealous of Erica, and planned on taking over her life.
* MarriageBeforeRomance: Nico and Cecily.
* MayDecemberRomance:
** Most of Adam's and Palmer's marriages fall into this category.
** Phoebe and Wade Matthews.
** Erica and Ryan.
* MeaningfulRename:
** Pete Cooney from Pigeon Hollow, VA turns himself into the upper-crust Palmer Cortlandt.
** Similarly, conman Lenny Wlasik becomes Langley Wallingford.
** Caleb Cooney changed his name to Cortlandt to honor his uncle.
* MeddlingParents: everybody, really, but Adam and Palmer win this category by a landslide.
* MegaCorp: Chandler Corporations, Cortlandt Electronics, Fusion Cosmetics. Then Chandler bought Cortland, making it even more mega. Peter, Opal & Palmer's son, returned to PV after starting his own successful company, and was asked by his mother to revitalize Cortlandt Electronics.
* MistakenForCheating: In a bizarre running theme, Palmer believed that Opal and Vanessa were cheating on him with men who, in both cases, turned out to be their sons.
* MushroomSamba: David Heyward's concoction Libidizone; essentially a cross between Viagra and a high powered mickey.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** After exposing Kendall's FakePregnancy right in the middle of her trial for Michael's murder, Greenlee experiences this when she's informed that Kendall's lies were all meant to protect Bianca, who had been impregnated when Michael raped her. She gets a double dose of this when she finds out that due to her actions, Kendall has become the prime suspect for Michael's murder and may very well be imprisoned or even executed.
** Kendall later enacts a months-long revenge plot against Greenlee after the latter attempts to kidnap Spike and subsequently gets in a car accident that apparently renders him deaf, pretending to befriend her while planting false evidence to make it appear that Greenlee was planning to kidnap Spike again before leaving Spike with her and having her arrested. She gets hit by this when Spike undergoes cochlear implant surgery and discovers from Dr. Joe Martin that Spike ''actually'' lost his hearing due to a spontaneous chromosomal mutation, and nothing could have stopped him from going deaf.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Tad, Maria, Leo and many more. Subverted with Greenlee, as they did find the body, but it was a fake put in place by David.
* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Played straight and averted with David's death. Greenlee, Krystal, and Marissa go to his funeral, while everyone else has a [[strike: party]] wake. Also averted with Michael Cambias' death: just about everyone in Pine Valley goes to his funeral just to give eulogies on how much they hate his guts for [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil what he did to Bianca]], with Bianca's then-lover going so far as to [[SpitefulSpit spit]] on his grave.
* NotHelpingYourCase: Bianca hides her pregnancy with Miranda from Erica because she is terrified of how she will react. When Kendall pretends to be pregnant herself with Michael's child to help her, Erica treats Kendall like scum and acts like being pregnant with the child of a monster like Michael Cambias is the most disgusting and immoral thing that anyone could do, thus perfectly justifying Bianca's decision.
* TheNotLoveInterest: Jesse and Jenny. Despite being the best of friends and going through as much trauma as the typical SuperCouple (One could even call them a platonic version of this), there was never anything romantic between them. No doubt because they were each already part of their own SuperCouple (he with Angie and she with Greg), and also likely because of the racial difference (she was white, he black). A SoapOpera magazine once included them among "The Greatest Romances That Never Were", while a survey from another periodical ranked their famous "Summer On The Run" as second only to [[Series/GeneralHospital Luke and Laura's]] and as one of the show's best storylines.
* OnlySaneMan: Zach and Caleb.
* PitySex: Subverted. This is Krystal's excuse for sleeping with Tad on: emphasis on excuse, since she does have feelings for him.
* ThePlotReaper: Julia dies to make it easier for Tad to get Kathy back.
* PsychicLink:
** Used by Ryan to find Greenlee, who had fallen into an abandoned mineshaft.
** Adam's telepathic link to Stuart cropped up when Stuart "died".
* RapeAsBackstory: The conception of Erica's daughter Kendall is explained by Erica having been raped as a teenager.
* RapeAsDrama: Gloria, Julia, Kit, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mla2KdRz2tY the moment that to this day, still makes AMC fans cringe]].
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Michael Cambias redefines the trope, earning the complete hatred and revulsion of just about everyone in Pine Valley, as well as the majority of the fanbase, after raping Bianca.
* RapePortrayedAsRedemption: Brooke English, Gloria Marsh, Kit Fisher.
* RealSongThemeTune: The Prospect Part version used Imaginary Friends' "We Are The Love We Give".
* RealityEnsues: Upon discovering husband Craig's infidelity, Dixie angrily informs him that she went to her doctor to be tested for HIV and other STD's. Fortunately, she tested negative for everything, but kudos to the show for acknowledging a very real possible consequence of a person's infidelity.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** Vanessa tells off all of Pine Valley while she's holding Greenlee hostage.
** Janet did the same thing in 1995 when she got fed up with the way the townspeople were treating her after her release from prison. Starting by outright calling them a "sanctimonious, self-righteous bunch of HYPOCRITES!", she proceeded to quite truthfully point out that nearly ''everyone'' present had done despicable things, yet they were all piously condemning her for ''her'' crimes and refusing to give her a second chance, despite the fact that ''they'' had all either given or received forgiveness for ''their'' sins and in many cases, were now viewed as pillars of the community.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The judge presiding over Michael Cambias's case believes Bianca's story from the very beginning, but has no choice but to let Michael walk because Bianca burned all the physical evidence. When Bianca remembers that she was the one who killed Michael and confesses, said judge decides to let Bianca go and leans ''very'' hard on the prosecution not to file any charges against her.
* 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.
* SadisticChoice: Subverted. Angela was taking medical drugs to treat her blindness, and they're working. But then she got pregnant and found out the drugs could harm the baby, and she has to choose: her sight or her unborn child. She chose the baby, although as of the revival, her vision has returned.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The entire cast of characters, at one time or another.
* SecretOtherFamily: Seabone Hunkle's two families.
* SmugSnake: J.R, oh so much. Reverend Ricky Torres, too.
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: Too many to list, but J.R. Chandler and Charlie Brent stand out for having grown to adulthood entirely onscreen in a short period of time.
** Almost averted by the 2008 edition of Peter Cortlandt, who is only about two years too old. The 2013 version seems to be on the right timeline.
** Inverted with Kendall Hart, who showed up in Pine Valley approximately seven years ''younger'' than she should be as a 16-year old girl in March 1993. When viewers complained (because this meant they were being asked to believe that her mother, Erica, was only in her early thirties, at least 10 years younger than was possible if she conceived Kendall as a teenager), Kendall was rapidly aged to her early twenties and numerous references were made to her being OlderThanSheLooks. However, this was reverted in 2002 when the character returned and Kendall's birth year was changed back to September 1976, making her a 16-year old girl in spring 1993 again.
* TheyHaveTheScent: Palmer and his Dobermans trap Daisy in the barn.
* ThoseTwoGuys: According to a snarky David, Palmer and Adam.
* {{Transgender}}: Lesbian Bianca falls for "lesbian trapped in man's body" Zarf (hence, [[PortmanteauCoupleName "Barf"]]).
* TheUnreveal: David refuses to reveal the last patient brought back by Project Orpheus. It was implied to be Babe.
* VillainousCheekbones: Adam and Palmer. Lampshaded by James Mitchell, who once described his face exactly this way.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Tad. Dixie. A chicken suit.
* WhereDaWhiteWomenAt: RichBitch Liza Colby [[FalseRapeAccusation falsely accuses]] Jesse of raping her after he confronts her over her cruelty to his best friend Jenny, using this stereotype to garner sympathy.
** Jesse and Jenny actually played out a platonic version of this, even once being ranked as one of "The Greatest Romances That Never Were". It's been speculated that the racial difference and each being part of their own SuperCouple are the only things that kept the writers from making their relationship romantic.
---> '''Jesse''': People see a black guy and a white girl together, they start getting ideas.\\
'''Jenny''': Jesse, I don't care what a bunch of bigots think.
** Jesse and Rebecca, the woman he married while presumed dead and on the run.
** Subverted with Noah and Julia, who was Mexican.
* WhosYourDaddy: roughly every other pregnancy depicted, Krystal Carey's being the most recent.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Liza only wants her daughter Colby to be happy. However, she is completely convinced that Damon is no good for her, so she tries to drive them apart...by trying to seduce Damon and replacing his ADHD medication with placebos.
* WhoMurderedTheAsshole:
** In 1992, Will Cortlandt was bludgeoned to death with a crowbar and had become such a pariah that there were no less than 15 suspects, including his own SISTER.
** Later, in 2004, after Michael Cambias raped Bianca, he earned the hatred of everyone in Pine Valley, especially after he gets OffOnATechnicality because Bianca destroyed the physical evidence. After he shows up dead shortly after, all of Bianca's loved ones and friends attend his funeral just to give eulogies on how much they hate him, with Tad Martin himself stealing his body from the morgue and burying it in the city dump. When it is revealed that Bianca herself confronted Michael and shot him dead in self-defense when he tried to rape her again, the judge, who was sympathetic to Bianca and believed her from the start, leaned hard on the prosecution not to press any charges on Bianca.
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