* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Are Tommy and Gina from "Livin' on a Prayer" two poor lovers who will hold on no matter what, or are they about to cross the DespairEventHorizon and give up?
** Judging from "It's My Life," which mentions the same lovers, it's the former.
** Although, in the BreakupSong "Novocaine", Jon says that there's "a different kind of meaning now to living on a prayer", which suggests that maybe it didn't work out so well after all.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments: The entirety of the "It's My Life" video, which has Tommy going on a BigHeroicRun from his apartment and all the way through Los Angeles in a furious bid to get to the Bon Jovi concert where Gina is, including a heartstopping moment when he causes a semi to jack-knife and rolls right under it to get to the 2nd Street Tunnel.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic[=/=]EarWorm: "Have A Nice Day", "It's My Life", "Livin' On a Prayer", "Wanted Dead or Alive", "You Give Love a Bad Name", etc. Really, just look at their catalog.
* BrokenBase: Usually caused by [[NewSoundAlbum New Sound Albums.]] This goes as far back, at least, as ''Keep the Faith'', where they started to veer more towards the mainstream and Adult Contemporary, although some argue ''New Jersey'' was already going this direction thanks to the runaway success of ''Slippery When Wet''.
** ''Crush'''s LighterAndSofter tone is often considered to be the line dividing those from the fans who like the heavier sound of their older material and those who like the softer, new phase. Especially that the previous record, ''These Days,'' is generally considered to be their darkest album and also the "last good Bon Jovi record" to those who like their older material.
** ''Lost Highway'' is another dividing line, primarily due to being a country album compared to the rock material of the previous albums.
** And then there's one between supporters of Richie Sambora and Phil X; the latter replacing the former twice in tour. Those on Sambora's side mostly argue that his vocal harmonies and songwriting chemistry with Jon are irreplaceable, while those on Phil's consider him to be bringing back the energy that the band has once lost (we'll see now that [[https://scontent.fmnl4-6.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13266130_10153421491062000_8016997297419278397_n.jpg?oh=fe26ebdf28041d78e20b196d08b7d892&oe=57C22233 Phil X played guitars]] on ''This House is Not For Sale''). As of 2016, it is still guaranteed to see fans trading potshots over the two guitarists on every Facebook post by the band, over three years since Sambora left.
* ContestedSequel: ''Burning Bridges'' is either their best album in 10 years or just as bad as ''What About Now.''
* CriticProof: They're one of the biggest examples out there and are sometimes seen as the {{Music/Nickelback}} of TheEighties.
* DudeNotFunny: Producer John Shanks reposted in his Twitter a [[http://oi68.tinypic.com/30csy2o.jpg photoshopped version]] of the cover art for the single ''This House Is Not For Sale'' with Sambora and his girlfriend Orianthi inserted at the back (the latter pointing at the band), seemingly unaware of the years-long FlameWar between the fans of the band's long-time guitarist and his replacement Phil X. Bonus (negative) points for trying to mentioning ''[[Magazine/RollingStone Rolling Stone]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/AmericanNewspapers The New York Times]]'' on that post. Shanks later took it down but gets promptly [[https://twitter.com/TheMattBongiovi/status/761748228597485568 called out]] by none other than Jon's brother.
* EpilepticTrees: Despite WordOfGod saying that the song is a TakeThat at the music industry, the comments section in the video of "The Devil's In The Temple" has presented a lot of alternate theories on who exactly is being targeted, ranging from Music/TaylorSwift and Music/ArianaGrande to Creator/DonaldTrump. Oh, see that triangle behind the set? Must be Jon selling his soul to TheIlluminati!
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Slippery When Wet'' is their third studio album, their biggest-selling one, and the one that catapulted them into superstardom.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: "Blood on Blood":
--->Through the years and miles between us\\
It's been a long and lonely ride\\
But if I got that call in the dead of the night\\
I'd be right by your side.
** The video for "Who Says You Can't Go Home", where the band helps build a house for Habitat For Humanity.
** "Always":
--->Well, there ain't no luck in these loaded dice,\\
But baby, if you give me just one more try,\\
we could pack up our old dreams and our old lives\\
and find a place where the sun still shines
** One anecdotal story was that Music/{{Pink}} [[YokoOhNo was jealous of Jon's wife Dorothea]] after she married him, and ripped up all of the Bon Jovi posters on her bedroom wall. Jon, after hearing this on a talk show, sent Pink an autographed pair of his blue jeans, with the note, "[[DoubleEntendre Here, now you can get in my pants!]]".
*** [[http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/en Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen]].
** Phil X [[http://www.thestar.com/life/2013/11/08/bon_jovi_guitarist_phil_x_honours_memory_of_young_mississauga_woman_by_playing_her_guitar_in_concert.html played the custom-built guitar]] designed by Kara Shred, a graphic designer and hobby musician who died months before the band performed in Toronto. He found out about the guitar when he read the story on The Guitar World's Facebook page then asked the store's owner that he will play that guitar on stage. It can be seen on 4:40 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV2M2Sgg7G4 on this video.]]
** [[https://twitter.com/TheRealSambora/status/766294176082251777 Richie and Orianthi congratulating the band]] for ''This House Is Not For Sale.'' Even made better by the fact that Jon and even Phil X responded to it.
* InternetBackdraft: [[https://www.facebook.com/BonJovi/posts/10152770701257000 Some fans]] [[https://www.facebook.com/BonJovi/posts/10152770700087000 started]] [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict persuading the band not to perform on Israel]], as it was announced that they will perform there. Even when said posts are [[AllIssuesArePoliticalIssues announcements]] that they will perform on Malaysia and UAE.
** The fact that they're going to perform in the midst of a [[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/13/cultural-boycott-israel-starts-tomorrow cultural boycott]] isn't helping matters.
* IronWoobie: Tommy and Gina.
* MemeticMutation: The smirking smiley face from the "Have A Nice Day" video.
** Some folks like to Drop "WHAA-OOH! LI-VIN' ON A PRAYER!!!" on random, sometimes in rhyme. And, in general, people tend to give that as a response whenever someone mentions being "halfway there."
*** Adam Hills, in one of his sketches in ''[[Series/LiveAtTheApollo Live At The Apollo]]'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTiNVijYvQk said]] that sending Israeli and Palestinian envoys side-by-side singing Livin' On A Prayer can solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
--> '''Adam Hills:''' ''Just pull out a microphone. (imitates Richie Sambora's talkbox) And just wait. Honestly I think the Israelis would crack first. "Well not this is ridiculous, how can we-TOMMY USED TO WORK ON THE DOCKS!" The Palestinians would have to join in, "This is outrageous! How can we-GINA WORKS THE DINER ALL DAY!" Give it a minute, they'd all be on their feet, lighters in the air. "WOOOOAAAAHHH LIVIN' ON A PRAYER!" I mean sure, they'd argue about which prayer, but at least they'd be singing together!''
* MisattributedSong: Lots of people tend to misattribute songs from Jon's solo career as songs from his band ("Blaze of Glory" is but one example). Many fans simply [[AscendedExtra put them together with the official Bon Jovi releases]].
** Not helped by the group encouraging this idea - "Blaze of Glory" is on both of the band's GreatestHits albums.
* {{Narm}}: due to their over-the-top anthems, [[TastesLikeDiabetes which are soppily sweet with cliches]].
** NarmCharm
* OldShame: Although it is a fan favorite, they consider ''7800° Fahrenheit'' to be this, due to not turning out as they wanted. So much that songs from that album have been played only about 10 times (and 2 songs)[[note]] though by the middle of the ''Slippery When Wet'' tour in 1987, the only songs from the album that were performed were "Tokyo Road" and "Silent Night," though the latter was dropped in favor of "Never Say Goodbye." That sole ballad of ''7800°'' was only performed once ever since, and that was on January 1990. Even "Tokyo Road" became a rarity in itself by the middle of the following tour, and was subsequently performed only in Japan in 1993 and 1995, then once in Hawaii in 2010. "Only Lonely" was performed for only four times (in 2010) since it was last played on November 7, 1986. [[/note]] after the New Jersey tour ended ''in January 1991.''
** Consider yourself extremely lucky if you get to a concert and manage to hear anything off ''Bounce'' past 2003. In fact, it is the only album that went unrepresented in the second GreatestHitsAlbum, even "In And Out Of Love" (from ''7800° Fahrenheit'') managed to sneak in on the international editions of said album.
* ReplacementScrappy: Phil X, as he replaced the band's longtime guitarist.
* TheScrappy: Rhythm guitarist Bobby Bandiera and producer John Shanks tend to be on the receiving end of this. While a decent guitarist in his own right, Bandiera is notorious among fans due to how he plays the solo in "In These Arms." As for Shanks, his "wall of sound" production style and the overproduced atmosphere of every album under his watch (that is, every album since and including ''Have A Nice Day'') generate a fair amount of complaining as well. Interestingly enough, this does not extend to his guitar work on ''Burning Bridges'', but then, it's a post-Sambora album so people will generally whine about the former guitarist's absence rather than comment on Shanks' licks.
* SignatureSong: "Livin' on a Prayer" full stop.
* SnarkBait: A lot of rock fans like to mock his image. At the same time, this mockery often comes with a grudging admiration for his best work. This conflict is sometimes mentioned in popular culture. Dean Winchester of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' once said "Bon Jovi rocks, on occasion." and a music video segment of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' has the two getting into a (literal) fight over whether Bon Jovi was cool or not.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: The choruses to Bonnie Tyler's "If You Were a Woman (and I Was a Man)" and Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" are Suspiciously Similar versions of each other. Probably because they were written by the same guy...[[note]] Desmond Child. The former was released 2 months before the latter. [[/note]]
** The chorus of "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning" sounds a lot like the one on "[[{{Music/Nickelback}} Gotta Be Somebody.]]"
** Even more egregious is the chorus of "Take Back The Night" being way too identical to a certain [[{{Music/SwedishHouseMafia}} Swedish House Mafia]] song.
** Try to listen to the chorus of "Born to Be My Baby" and not hear "[[{{Music/BruceSpringsteen}} The River]]".
** "This House Is Not For Sale" treads the SelfPlagiarism line with its riff apparently ripped off off "Have A Nice Day," down to the Telecaster sound and the chord progression, especially AFTER the solo.
* TearJerker: Many of their power ballads. Which ''are'' many.
** Especially the acoustic versions of them.
** The video for ''This Ain't A Love Song'', describing the StarCrossedLovers affair between a Vietnamese girl and an American IntrepidReporter during the war, is this '''in spades'''. Specially the sequence playing during the guitar riff, in which [[spoiler: the girl is apparently gunned down in a crossfire, while her lover can only scream in horror]]. And then there's the ending, [[spoiler: which turns into a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} when the reporter comes back decades later... and finds out that his old flame actually ''survived''. And also meets their daughter. EarnYourHappyEnding? You bet.]]
** "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night". Something about the stories of so many hopeless lives can be distressing.
** "August 7, 4:15" by Jon Bon Jovi, a tribute to his tour manager whose six-year-old daughter had been kidnapped and murdered. The killer was never found.
** "Living With The Ghost," [[LyricalDissonance despite being your typical upbeat band anthem]], becomes one when you find out the song is about Richie's departure.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: See BrokenBase above.
* ToughActToFollow : ''Slippery When Wet'' is the band's best-selling album, with a phenomenal 28 million copies sold world-wide. While ''New Jersey'' sold very well and the band has enjoyed long-lasting popularity, nothing else they've done has come close.
* YokoOhNo: Poor Dorothea! As Jon's wife, she was a massive target of fangirl hate in the first years of their marriage.