* AbandonShipping: A large amount of Mike and Lucy shippers did this with [[spoiler: Mike's revelation of his hatred of Lucy in "December."]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Did Mike simply outgrow the crush and [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c51/p13.html isn't interested?]] Or is it embarrassment after [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c45/p5.html all he said]] leading to him trying even harder to forget it?
* AngstWhatAngst: Stunningly for a series otherwise chock full of drama: [[spoiler:Lucy]] seems not to suffer from any long term effects after [[spoiler:almost being raped]]. No nightmares, no PTSD, no flashbacks. [[spoiler:She]] just carries on as if nothing had happened. One might argue that [[spoiler:she's]] just such a badass that [[spoiler:she]] didn't need any counseling, but [[spoiler:Daisy]] also does not seem to suffer from any psychological trauma even though [[spoiler:she basically stood and watched helplessly, utterly incapable of helping as her friend was pinned to the ground and groped, about to get raped]].
** WordOfGod has stated that, were she to redo the series, she would have never included the Confrontation chapter.
* {{Anvilicious}}: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c28.1/p1.html BEING GAY IS A-OKAY!]]
* ArchiveBinge: Not the hugest, but growing. The entire archive is current working on 800 pages. If you want to comment, reading it all probably wouldn't hurt as a start. And this archive is hardly '''all''' there is to see. [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/ Booru]], [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/ DA]], [[http://topwebcomics.com/vote/10137/default.aspx voting in TWC]], and a chatroom.
%% 805 pages, counting intermissions, in the main archive with the conclusion of chapter 64.
** This is part of the reason Taeshi recommends new readers start at "Part 2" of the story.
* {{Asspull}}: [[spoiler:Lucy's suicide attempt, or ''whatever'' happened to her]] comes off as this, considering that [[spoiler:the last time we saw her before this, she and Mike were starting to reconcile]].
* BaseBreaker: Whoo boy. It seems that every one of the main characters have both fans who love them and fans who hate them. Most of it comes from shipping, though many of the criticisms also come from that they all seemed to have TookALevelInJerkass somewhere throughout the series. Not even [[NiceGirl Daisy]] is safe from this, with some fans thinking she is extremely hypocritical and many of her actions being different from the personality she tries to present.
* BrokenBase: Abbey being coerced by Paulo in [[spoiler: getting back with Daisy]]. While some are happy that [[spoiler: Abbey and Daisy are getting back together again]] a lot of readers are openly disgusted with the treatment of Abbey receives from Paulo who constantly insults him and takes a stab at his [[spoiler: dead mother ''in front of everyone in class'']] and receives no repercussion whatsoever afterwards. Readers are also disappointed in [[spoiler: Daisy]] for not lifting a finger to stop the abuse and basically using Paulo to [[spoiler: make Abbey date her again, even though Abbey makes it clear that it's over between them]]. And finally [[spoiler: Abbey himself is guilt tripped into getting back with Daisy by Paulo, making the turn of events veer closely into UnfortunateImplications territory.]]
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: People who clearly haven't read the chapters complaining about Lucy. Chapter 12. That is all.
* CrackPairing: And [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/candybooru/post/view/2434 it's]] awesome.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: The complete 180 from the play arc's heartwarming recovery to the "Break Up" arc's soulcrushing, bleak tragedy has instilled this in some readers.
* DieForOurShip: An alarmingly high portion of fans have unreasonably hostile opinions of those making up the ship not their own. Such as blaming Sandy for everything, in spite of her having '''absolutely''' ''nothing'' to do with Paulo's problems, little to do with Lucy's, and nothing to do with Michael's recent behavior with Lucy, other than being his justification for it. Sandy shippers do similar with Lucy as the one to blame. It can be... disconcerting. Sometimes goes into FanDumb territory. The Mike x Lucy shippers seem to do it more commonly.
* DracoInLeatherPants: There's a portion of the fandom who says Augustus has done absolutely nothing wrong. There is also the portion of the fans who ignore Mike's harshness toward Lucy, in spite of her [[JerkassFacade facade]] having mostly faded already. To be fair, Lucy is no innocent on acting harsh herself.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Amaya (has no speaking lines), [=McCain=] (has few speaking lines), and Liam (hasn't even appeared in the comic proper) are more popular on the forums than one would think.
** Another example might be Larken.
** Liam shows up as [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c62/p2.html background]] filler at times. The second link also has Amaya and Larken.
** Augustus is much more popular than one would expect, to the point that [[{{Fandumb}} a number of fans act like he's done absolutely nothing or planned to]]. And his {{Hate Dumb}} goes nuts when he shows up, fearing he'll do more stuff he has never done in the first place.
** The recurring turtle character who appears at random to trip the cast beggining in "Field Day" (although canonically he was around since the first chapter, which was published later on as a replacement for the original first chapter) seems to have grown slightly more popular. [[http://askbcb.tumblr.com/ Especially on the Ask BCB Tumblr page.]]
* {{Fandumb}}: A lot, actually. The Mike fans who treat Lucy like the Antichrist, the more extreme Lucy fans who consider her completely innocent, the Sandy haters who blame her for damn near everything, the list goes on.
** Actually, Taeshi has used a collection (more of a clusterfuck, really) of anti-Mike comments (e.g. "OMG why don't you kill yourself" and other stuff that should only ever be directed at fictional characters) from the BCB forums in recent ads on other webcomic sites.
* HarsherInHindsight: Mike's status as a complete ButtMonkey becomes this as the consequences play out.
* HoYay:
** Mike and Paulo, especially in the summer vacation arc.
** David towards Mike [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c11/p2.html here]]. And towards Abbey at times. Maybe.* [[UnnecessaryMakeover Impromptu Makeover]]: [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c18/p6.html Lucy]] got one. She was unhappy with the result.
* JerkassWoobie: Augustus [[spoiler:losing the girl he likes permanently]] was a bit sadder than expected.
** Also Lucy in recent chapters.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Mike and Paulo could easily end up with any of the girl classmates, and some people have even paired Mike and Paulo together!
* MemeticBadass: Within the fandom, Alec "Badass" [=McCain=].
* MisaimedFandom: Certain sections of the {{Fandumb}} seem to be completely missing the point of all the deconstruction, taking sides and defending their chosen character's actions regardless of how nasty it gets.
* {{Moe}}: Molly
** Pretty much all of the girls at some point.
* NightmareFuel:
** There's probably at least a few people who thought that the incentive chapter "Disaster Dominoes" was a little creepy...
** The mild violence in "Confrontation" can bring up some nightmare fuel about being [[spoiler: beaten up and nearly raped by a gangster.]]
** The easter egg on [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/store/figurine/ the figurine promo page.]]
-->[[spoiler: ''It's not like she wants to kill you or anything.'']]
* RonTheDeathEater: There is a portion of the fandom that says Lucy is a complete and unrepentant JerkAss. Mike gets the exact same treatment from his detractors. There are also those who say Tess is evil, in spite of her constant efforts to avert her past status as a jerk. This has also occurred with Sandy in at least one fanfic where she is shown to be vengeful, jealous and murderous, due to the author disliking her.
* ToyShip: [[http://taeshilh.deviantart.com/art/Adventure-Shipping-179664316?q=by%3Ataeshilh+adventure&qo=0 "Adventure Shipping"]] with Molly and Justin
** Mike and Sandy in 3rd grade before Sandy moved.
** Paulo and Lucy in 5th grade.
* {{True Art Is Angsty}}
* UncannyValley: If Carter actually ''is'' a cat, [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c33.1/p3.html his family]] provokes it.
* ValuesDissonance: Much of the strip's fandom wishes the same things on certain characters that they'd be unhappy to see happen to others. Quite common in DieForOurShip situations.
* TheWoobie: Pretty much everyone but David has gotten woobie time in the main cast. But [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c37.1/p2.html Wynn]] from Out Of The Frame deserves special mention.