Famous [[LongRunner long-running]] SoapOpera on TV which first began airing in 1956 and finally ended in 2010. It takes place in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois. It mainly focuses on the Snyder and the Hughes families. Groundbreaking in that it featured the first American daytime male same-sex kiss and gay {{supercouple}}.
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!!It features example of the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents
* TheAlcoholic: Carly (like her father). This was played surprisingly realistically, being developed over time, with viewers noticing that she started to drink more and more as her life started becoming more stressful and it causing problems for her family. She was PutOnABus to rehab for a while and didn't magically get better.
** Luke Snyder was also an alcoholic, and also never magically got better, although he did stop drinking eventually, his alcoholism continued to be mentioned until the end of the show.
*** In Luke's case, it's debatable. Some believe he fit the markers of a binge drinker but not a full-out alcoholic.
* AmericanAccents: The media often has explicitly Texan characters speak in an accent that an actual Texan is unlikely to have. Reid doesn't have this accent, but it's never been confirmed that Reid was raised in Texas, only that he lived and worked there. [[{{Fanon}} The fandom]] seems to have decided that Reid is from Boston, where his uncle lives. Reid also went to Harvard, which is in Massachusetts; depending on how long he was there, that could have shaped his current accent.
* AndStarring: Eileen Fulton as Lisa.
* ArmouredClosetGay: Noah, initially.
** Brian, who was married to Lucinda but had the hots for Luke.
* YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever:
** Antibiotics are useless against a viral infection.
** Noah's entire surgery and recovery. They didn't even shave his head.
** Dusty had that same problem.
** A gay man donating his heart to Chris.
* AscendedExtra: Katie, Vienna and Henry for starters.
** Jennifer Landon's Gwen was supposed to be a one episode character. She impressed producers so much that she was signed to a long-term contract, and went on to win three consecutive Daytime Emmys.
* BackFromTheDead: James Stenbeck does this '''a lot.''' For the last few years, the actor who played him lived in Argentina and he would come back every so often. He was eventually KilledOffForReal.
** Soaps are notorious for this, if there's no body, the person most likely will be this. During James' funeral, Barbara was happy to be sure his actual body was there.
* BatmanGambit: Often used to explain how somebody came back from the dead.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Luke and Reid. At first they couldn't stand each other, but when they became friendlier to one another, they continually crossed back and forth over the line between bickering and flirting.
* BigEater: Reid
* BigScrewedUpFamily: AllOfThem.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: In his final moments of Brad's life, Katie rushes to get Jacob to Brad so he can meet his son before he dies, but she gets there [[YouAreTooLate too late.]]
* BlackComedyRape[=/=]DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale[=/=]RapeAsDrama: When a crazed Julia kidnapped her ex-husband Jack, held him prisoner, and eventually forced him to have sex with her (she wanted to get pregnant to replace the baby she's miscarried), the scenes were initially played as dark comedy, something that would never have happened had the genders been reversed. However, the scenes took a much uglier tone when she tried to kill him afterwards, and when he later revealed what had happened to his fiancee, she reacted with horror and sympathy and never once blamed him or insinuated that he was a willing participant.
** When Vienna [[TheBabyTrap does this]] to Henry, it's PlayedForLaughs. There was also a storyline where Katie wanted a child (but Brad didn't at the time) so she started poking holes in condoms and lying about wearing a diaphragm.
** Averted with Luke (who is gay) when Zoe tried to rape him to have a child.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Liberty and Faith were this at times.
** Parker was also like this sometimes, especially right before/during Carly's alcoholism storyline. He later matured and focused on helping Carly.
* BrutalHonesty: Reid
* ButNotTooGay: Noah and Luke actually had a fan instituted countdown in between their kisses. They went 211 days in between two kisses and it took them 514 days from their first meeting to get their first love scene (which was ''very'' tame compared to the other couples). This is unusual, particularly in the Soap Opera media where romance and love scenes happen frequently.
** One episode that angered fans in particular was when Luke and Noah finally had some time alone. Instead of having sex like anyone else would have done (and [[TrollingCreator Luke says in a seductive voice that he's been waiting so long for what they're going to do]]), they jump on the bed together. [[http://youtu.be/D4R1Gxn5apA?t=4m15s No, really.]]
** Luke and Reid never even got to have sex. They kept getting conveniently interrupted.
* BuryYourGays: Reid and Reg.
* ButtMonkey: Henry, so much.
* CampStraight: Henry.
* TheCastShowoff: Eileen Fulton sang in a few episodes. As did Martha Byrne.
* ClosetKey: Luke to Noah. Luke's crush on [[IncompatibleOrientation Kevin]] made him realize he was gay.
* ComingOutStory: Luke at 16. His love interest, Noah, as well. [[YouDidntAsk Amusingly]] averted with Reid, who was much older when he was introduced.
** Luke's story involved his biological father trying to send him to a straight camp and his mother reluctantly going along with it. Holden, however, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming was very supportive.]] Noah's story involved loads of denial and his father trying to murder his love interest.
* ContinuityNod: Done often usually involving milestones.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Reid's heart actually being a match for Chris.
* CoolOldGuy: Bob.
* CoolOldLady: Nancy full stop.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Lucinda, Dusty, Craig.
* DeadpanSnarker: Reid. Faith snarked at Lily a lot when she became a teenager.
* DawsonCasting
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: Reid, Luke's boyfriend was killed off in one of the last episodes. Although, Luke didn't get back together with Noah (it was too soon, and Noah planned to move to LA).
* DecemberDecemberRomance: Lucinda is paired with John Dixon at the end.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Luke as one for Reid, for example.
* DirtyOldMan: Brian, who made unwanted advances toward Luke while married to Luke's grandmother.
* DisguisedInDrag: Henry, multiple times.
* DrJerk: Reid does care deeply for his patients, but anyone who watched [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the scene where he was going on about how awesome a woman having a rare something was]] because he got to show his genius by performing a extremely experimental procedure, only blithely acknowledging that his failure would be worse for her (as in, she would either be a vegetable or dead) than it would be for him can be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
** His FanNickname is Dr. Series/{{House}} for a reason, though ironically he's more comparable to ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'''s Dr. Cox.
** He once kept [[ButtMonkey Henry]] under quarantine because he kept annoying him.
* DysfunctionJunction
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Reid when Luke opens his hotel room door with just a towel. Reid continues staring when Luke drops his towel and walks into the bathroom.
* ElevatorFailure: It is a Soap Opera, after all.
* EtTuBrute
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Katie was in on Vienna's plan to trap Henry into marrying her (Vienna). She drew the line at faking a miscarriage. Not really evil though, she really thought she was doing a good thing, at that point it became MyGodWhatHaveIDone.
* FakingTheDead: James Stenbeck is a master at this. Damian did this at least once.
* FanSequel: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/bunchoflemons#grid/user/0598661CE1F4637E The Reid Oliver Cartoon Saga]] The series was cancelled soon after the Cartoon Saga began.
** Which the actor playing Reid is aware of and has said [[ApprovalOfGod he enjoys]].
* GayAesop: Subverted in that the person who learned the aesop was the on who left the show as opposed to the gay person.
* {{Gayngst}}: Luke and Noah got a lot of this.
* GenreSavvy: Occasionally characters do seem to be aware they're in a bizarre, abnormal soap world, but that doesn't seem to stop the plot from getting the better of them.
* HappilyMarried: Tom and Margo. Kim and Bob, too.
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Johnny, who is biologically Craig's son, but was being raised by his mother Jennifer and Dusty. After she died,and Johnny returned from his kidnapping by Lucy, Dusty and Craig fought over custody of Johnny. Craig won, but allowed Dusty visitation rights and Johnny still considered him his father.
* HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster
* HideYourGays
* HospitalHottie: {{Lampshaded}} by Richard when seeing Dr. Oliver:
--> "Dude, You doctor is ''hot''!"
* HotForStudent: Noah's film professor, though Noah is completely oblivious.
* HowUnscientific: Paul has psychic visions sometimes. How or why this happens is never explained.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Jennifer Munson. She is primarily responsible for the death of Bryant Montgomery, by having an affair with his cousin behind his back and Bryant's grief was so profound that he got into a fatal car crash. Not too long later Jennifer had a one-night stand with Bryant's father, Craig, and got pregnant. However, a mix of guilt and Craig's own shady personality meant that Jennifer didn't want Craig around their child. So she ''faked an accident'' so that Craig would be denied full custody of their baby and whenever Craig confronted her about her actions she would ''throw Bryant's death in his face'' and blame HIM for it!! Only a handful of people knew the actual truth about Bryant's death so she was able to get away with it, but it was HER fault Bryant died!! Yet she sat on a sanctimonious high horse and continually blamed Craig for Bryant's death, to the point that then ''everybody'' blamed Craig for his death.
* InsufferableGenius: Reid
* ImprobableHairstyle: An InJoke within the fandom is how often Luke changes hairstyles, frequently from one scene to the next, and at least once ''within the same scene'', which shouldn't be possible.
** When Ameera was visited in prison, she was shown was professionally done highlights.
* JerkAss: Paul Ryan. Among his most memorable moments on the show included publicly humiliating his fiancee, Rose D'Angelo, and dumping her ''at the altar''; stealing his half-sister Jennifer's newborn baby and allowing his sister to believe her baby died just because his mortal enemy Craig Montgomery fathered the child; coaxing his comatose ex-wife Rosanna out of her coma for ''no other reason than to hurt his ex-girlfriend Meg''; and hiring an imposter to PRETEND TO BE HIS DEAD SISTER JENNIFER to lure Dusty Donovan away from Meg. Yet despite his deplorable actions, he acted like he somehow had higher ground than anybody else on the show and constantly acted like a MoralityPet against other characters. He even called the cops on Rosanna when he found out she'd falsified Meg's paternity test results--this being after he stole Jennifer's baby!!
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Reid.
* KarmaHoudini: Craig. James Stenbeck. Katie sometimes.
* KissingCousins: Parker/Liberty, though they aren't related by blood (Jack isn't Parker's biological father) and they didn't grow up knowing each other, since Liberty's father Brad didn't know she existed until she was a teenager.
** Faith was also shown to have a crush on Parker.
* KissingDiscretionShot: Mostly done concerning Luke and Noah.
* KissKissSlap: Quite literally with Reid-initiated kisses -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXrKKhI7Tgs see here]].
* KilledOffForReal: Usually only happens when the actor died.
** James Stenbeck.
* LampshadeHanging: Reid did this a lot
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Parker decides to become a police officer like Jack.
* LittlestCancerPatient
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LongRunner: It was on the air for 54 years.
* LoveDodecahedron
* LoveMakesYouCrazy
* LoveMakesYouDumb: In particular, Lily Snyder and her son Luke spring to mind but they aren't the only ones.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Craig and Damian.
* LampshadeHanging: One of Reid's best contributions to the show.
* MamaBear: Lucinda, although she seems to handle things better when her grandchildren are involved rather than her children; many argue that Lily being so screwed up is due to Lucinda herself.
* MarriageBeforeRomance: Simon and Katie.
* MarriedToTheJob
* MayDecemberRomance: Henry ends up with Barbara. Casey and Emily were married at one point.
* MistakenForCheating: Reid, when Luke catches him at The Lakeview by himself. Reid says he's seeing a patient, but Luke doesn't believe him. Because Chris wanted to keep it a secret (and Reid was legally obligated to do so) Reid couldn't explain himself.
* MistakenForGay: Paul and [[CampStraight Henry]]. Made all the more hilarious by the fact that they were in a lingerie store. Reid isn't entirely convinced that Henry is straight either.
* MonochromeCasting: After Bonnie left the cast was all white.
* MoralityPet: Luke is the Morality Pet for Reid in a MAJOR way, mostly trying to get him to be nicer to the hospital staff.
* MrFanservice: Casey got a lot of {{shirtless scene}}s. Luke, Brad, Noah, and Reid also had some.
* MsFanservice: Vienna
* NewOldFlame: John and Lucinda, Emily and Paul.
* NoBisexuals
* NobodyThinksItWillWork
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Vienna Hyatt was originally meant to be an imitation of Creator/ParisHilton. A wealthy heiress whose first name was the name of a European capital with the last name of a chain of expensive hotels.
* NoOneCouldHaveSurvivedThat
* NotSoDifferent: One of the reasons Luke and Reid didn't like each other at first was because they each thought the other was rude and arrogant, but turned out to be nicer than they expected.
* NotQuiteDead
* OffingTheOffspring
* OnlySaneMan: It seems generally agreed upon that Reid is an example of what would happen if a real person were ever to enter a soap opera.
* PairTheSpares: Done when the show ended. With everyone except Luke, [[BuryYourGays whose boyfriend was killed]], Noah, and Vienna. John Dixon, who had been {{Brother Chuck}}ed years ago, was brought back as a LastMinuteHookup with Lucinda.
* PetTheDog
* PlatonicLifePartners: Katie and Henry, though they did have a romantic relationship at one time.
* PlotRelevantAgeUp
* PluckyComicRelief: Henry
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Nancy was supposed to play a much larger role in Chris's transplant storyline but her actress (Helen Wagner) died.
* {{Retcon}}: Tends to happen when SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome is involved.
* RichBitch
* TheRival: Reid to Chris
* ScreamingBirth
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SeriesContinuityError: The death of Bryant Montogmery. Originally he died in a car accident after receiving the devastating news that not only was his girlfriend, Jennifer Munson, cheating on him with his cousin Billy, but his close friends Adam and Abigail knew about it and kept it a secret from him. A couple years later the cause for his death was changed to ''his father'' Craig being responsible, and other characters continually threw Bryant's death in Craig's face to show what a monster he was. ''Including Jennifer''.
* SlapSlapKiss: Reid and Luke
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Reid, who was a chess champion as a kid.
* SmugSnake: Craig, Lucinda.
* ShipperOnDeck: Some people, especially Luke's mother who seems to hate Reid, ship Luke with Noah. Katie is a notable exception and ships Luke with Reid.
* SoapOpera
* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome
* StraightGay: Most (if not all) of the gay characters introduced are this to some extent.
* StalkerWithACrush: Craig toward Carly.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Reid seems to think the rest of the hospital staff is incompetent, though he has a lot of respect for Bob Hughes.
* TangledFamilyTree: Even by soap opera standards, the Snyder family is something to behold. One example: SuperCouple Holden and Lily also uncle and niece because Lily is the daughter of Holden's adopted sister Iva, who was raped by an adopted Snyder cousin who later married Holden's bio sister Meg. Keep in mind there are six Snyder siblings.
** Results in quite a few instances of IncestIsRelative.
* TheBabyTrap: Vienna does this to [[ButtMonkey Henry]], he gets an annulment ASAP upon finding out. Vienna pretended to be pregnant, wearing a pad on her stomach for months, and planned to fake a miscarriage. Katie goes along with this at first, but when Vienna reveal plans to fake a miscarriage, she says it's gone too far.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: Chris Hughes(Sr.), Nancy Hughes (Helen Wagner died months before the final episodes in 2010), Hal Munson (after Benjamin Hendrickson died from self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head in 2006).
* TheOtherDarrin: Some characters have been played by so many people the mind boggles. Averted by some characters, who have been played by the same character for many years, such as Helen Wagner playing Nancy for over 50 years before dying a few months before the series finale.
** Adam, who was not recognized by his family after coming back as he had MagicPlasticSurgery.
* TVGenius: Reid
* TypeCasting: Averted in a strange way by former co-star Brian Bloom--he does not list the Daytime Emmy he won for this show to avoid being typecast as a soap star.
** Many of the actors previously acted in other soaps and/or went onto others after leaving ATWT.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Henry isn't ugly, but his girlfriend Vienna is noticeably more attractive than he is. Reid lampshades this.
* UndercoverAsLovers: Luke and [[FauxYay Casey]], Ameera and Noah. Ameera had been under the protection of Noah's father in Iraq and needed a green card. [[RealityEnsues It didn't work.]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension
* WeInterruptThisProgram: The live broadcast of ATWT on November 22, 1963 was interrupted by WalterCronkite reporting the first bulletins regarding the shooting of JFK. The actors were not immediately informed, and continued their efforts as CBS cut back to the show between bulletins before abandoning the broadcast entirely in favor of continuous news coverage. Because CBS was routinely videotaping the show for time zone delay and rebroadcast, the entire sequence survives and can be viewed on Website/YouTube.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: John Dixon, who randomly just stopped appearing in episodes with no explanation. When he came back six years later, he revealed he had been working at John Hopkins University's hospital.
* WhatTheHellHero: Everybody has been called out for something at some point. One story line had Carly pretend to be dying of cancer.
* WhosYourDaddy: Luke, who turns out to be Damian's son.
** Janet's son turns out to be [[YourCheatingHeart Dusty's.]]
** Henry is revealed to be James' son.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent
* [[LostHimInACardGame Won it Playing Cards]]: How Henry came into ownership of Al's Diner.
* YouDidntAsk: Reid didn't tell anyone except Katie about his homosexuality because no one bothered to ask. He told Luke when he accused him of being homophobic.
* YourCheatingHeart: Almost everyone.
** Luke once kissed [[DirtyOldMan Brian,]] his grandmother's husband, to get back at Noah for hanging out with Maddie.
** Jealous over Jack spending time with Carly, Janet sleeps with Dusty on Christmas Eve.
** Craig with Rosanna while her sister Carly was in rehab. Carly's family was furious.
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