* ArcFatigue:
** The DomesticAbuse storyline. A full year after it started, it appeared to have reached it's conclusion - only for the Kirsty to find out Tyrone was planning to leave her immediately after they got married so he could get parental rights to his daughter. Kirsty then fell down the stairs after Tyrone moved out of the way of her attempted strike and accused ''him'' of abusing ''her''.
** Tracy Barlow's obsession with Steve Macdonald. Even Kate Ford, who plays Tracy, is sick of it at this point.
* CelebrityParadox: Nobody ever watches TV; Nobody in the street seems to have noticed a sudden infestation of meerkats, a species native to South Africa, and are asking whether this merits intervention by the zoo, the RSPCA, or Rentokil (An insurance company [[Advertising/CompareTheMeerkat using anthropomorphic meerkats as mascots]] is "sponsoring" the show, with commercials at the start and finish of each segment.These feature the lovable animals drinking in the Rovers, dining in Roy's café, and doing other cute meerkat things.
* CreatorsPet: Sean Tully. ''Especially'' if you happen to be gay ...
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Richard Hillman is still fondly remembered as one of the greatest TV villains of all time, and it's more than a decade since he died trying to drown his family.
** During the 90s, Raquel Wolstenholme-Watts was considered this, from [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold her beauty]] to her [[TwoDecadesBehind 80s outfits]] and her well-known [[EverythingsSexierInFrench French lessons]] with Ken.
** If including couples in this resepct, then Jack and Vera Duckworth would also get the vote due to being [[HappilyMarried happily married]] ([[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple well, most of the time]]) and despite both dying off the show, ended up being [[DiedHappilyEverAfter together in the end]].
* {{HSQ}}:
** Many climaxes of big storylines.
** Most notably The Joinery explosion/Tram crash in December 2010.
* JerkSue:
** Janice Battersby.
** Sean Tully.
** Kevin Webster (during the ''War of the Websters'' storyline). His wife Sally was a borderline example too, though she at least got several TakeThatScrappy moments.
** Tracy Barlow.
** Nick Tilsey. Although he has always been seen as Gail's [[MartyStu "perfect"]] child, he has ''horrendously'' backslid into this since being portrayed by Ben Price.
* MemeticMutation: Granted, it was before the internet became as prominent, but the "Free The Weatherfield One" campaigns that sprung up across the UK after Deirdre Rachid (presently Barlow) was falsely imprisoned.
** AscendedMeme: You know a storylines successful, when the ''Prime Minister of the time comments about it in Parliament''.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Inverted. Michelle Connor was actually quite popular when introduced. However as she dominated more and more storylines (and they got ''really'' weird), fans grew sick of her and despised her.
* TheScrappy: Janice Battersby. There have been many more over the years, but most are either RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap or written out, whereas Janice has remained for years despite the fan's dislike.
** Kevin got very unlikeable too in recent storylines.
*** Recent storylines? Kevin was arguably worse back in 1997 and 1998 with his affair with Natalie Horrocks and Sally's affair with Greg Kelly.
* SympatheticSue: Michelle Connor:
** Dead husband. Later revealed that he died in an accident where her ''brother'' was drunk driving and they moved her husband's body into the driver's seat - making it look as if he was the drunk driver.
** Oldest brother dies. Happens not too long after Michelle finds out about the above. Of course Michelle arrives too late at the hospital to see him.
** Second brother gets murdered.
** Fell in love with a wonderful rich man. Turns out he's bisexual and cheats on her with Sean.
** Turns out her son isn't her son after all but was accidentally swapped with another baby at the hospital. Unless [[BrotherChuck we're not supposed to remember him]].
*** Any of these incidents alone would guarantee a normal person a total nervous breakdown and require therapy. Nope, Michelle's not affected at all.
* TearJerker: Vera Duckworth's death.
** The death of her husband Jack some time later.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fdMXp940Fg This]]. Just the whole damn thing.
** This is of course a regular trope, but a particularly memorable occasion was a 80s scene of fan favourite Hilda Ogden opening a parcel containing her recently deceased husband (and fellow fan favourite) Stan's glasses, and her subsequent breakdown into tears.
** The Fiftieth Anniversary. Explosion, train crash, deaths, war flashbacks, fires, injuries.
** John Stape's death.
** Hayley Cropper's death. Oh dear GOD.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Played with in an episode. Toyah Battersby, an art student, tries to pass off her slovenly step-father Les' chair, covered in debris such as empty beer cans and old cigarette stubs, as her art project to her tutor. He tells her about an occasion where he had a student who tried to pass off a pile of bricks as his art project, which the tutor didn't buy, and he failed him. He then asks Toyah to explain how her "project" is anything other than a ratty chair covered in rubbish. She improvises a pretentious explanation about how it represents the British working class, which the tutor doesn't buy, until he sees Les for himself, and agrees it ''is'' an accurate representation of him, which causes him to not only give her a high grade, but also recommend her project for an exhibit. Its particularly funny because Toyah ''literally'' threw the whole thing together at the last minute using the first things that came to hand, because she had neglected her project until only moments before the tutor turned up at her house.
* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: Nick Tilsley, especially during the whole "Who's the Daddy?" storyline and its aftermath. As unfortunate as it is to have lasting brain damage, it was still his own fault ''for sleeping with his brother's wife on Christmas.'' He should have known by now who his brother was, what, if pushed far enough, he was capable of and should have just manned up and confess to David and Leanne in the first place. Plus, in addition to being an unsympathetic character already, it may come off as a form of LaserGuidedKarma for sleeping with his then-best friend's wife in a year earlier while said ex-best friend was [[{{Irony}} recovering from serious injuries he had sustained.]]
* TheWoobie: Chesney Brown.
** Tyrone Dobbs. Full stop.
* {{WTH Casting Agency}}: Joshua and Freddie Peacock were played by [[RealLifeRelative actual brothers]]... Except the characters ''aren't'' related - Joshua's mother Maxine got pregnant after an affair and DNA tests proved he wasn't Ashley's son, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming but Ashley raised him as if he was anyway]]; whilst Freddie was Ashley's son with second wife Claire.