* 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 side consider him to be bringing back the energy that the band has once lost (though he's yet to play on a studio album).
* ContestedSequel: ''Burning Bridges'' is either their best album in 10 years or just as bad as ''What About Now.''
* 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.]]
* 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 "Greatest Hits" 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) after the New Jersey tour ended ''in January 1991.''
* ReplacementScrappy: Phil X, as he replaced the band's longtime guitarist.
* 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]]".
* 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.
* 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.