* BaseBreaker: Martina Navratilova's GirlinessUpgrade. Many people's reactions were [[BeautifulAllAlong that she looks beautiful]], others especially lesbian fans of a certain age rather [[UnnecessaryMakeover disliked the look]] and demanded why she wasn't allowed into a tux.
* CreatorsPet: While there's no denying he's a talented dancer and choreographer, the constant shilling of Derek Hough (to the point where the judges declared that he and his ''professional dancer partner'' deserve to win ''before the other finalists got their last dance'') turned off many fans.
** The shilling, plus that he has, thus far, been given reasonable contenders while even the other "wonder triplets", Julianne Hough (his sister) and Mark Ballas (Mark's parents raised Derek and Julianne), have been handed less-than-stellar (or popular) partners.
** Zigzagged, Len (the head judge) is not the biggest fan of Derek, sometimes Len's criticism has nothing to do with Derek's partner at all.
* EliminationHoudini: Marie Osmond, MasterP, Michael Irvin, Cloris Leachman, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bristol Palin, Kendra Wilkinson, Hope Solo, Melissa Gilbert, Bill Engvall, Candace Cameron Bure, etc.
* HoYay: ''Ubiquitous.'' Lest we not forget Mark Ballas and Valentin Chmerkovskiy going head to head.
** The recent {{Madonna}} dance by Carson Kressley with the Chmerkovskiy brothers is ''dripping'' with this. There's no doubt it was intentional.
** What likely started it was the season with Steve Guttenberg. One week, his partner, Anna Trebunskaya, had to take a day off. To avoid having him fall behind, her husband, Jonathan Roberts, filled in to help Steve. This led to them performing their all-male Tango (which Tom dubbed "The Man-go,") On the results show that week.
** Then there was the (in)famous kiss between Bruno and Donny Osmond.
* JustHereForGodzilla: Every season will have someone notable enough to be cast that will encourage viewers to tune in. The reveal that BillNye himself will be on Season 17 made a lot of people want to tune in to watch.
* NightmareFuel: Marie Osmond's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U6uOGT3GOE freestyle dance]] a.k.a. the [[FanNickname Dreaded Doll Dance]]. Makes a grown man cry indeed...
* PluckyComicRelief: What Andy Dick, D.L. Hughley, Bill Engvall and Drew Carey seems to be on the show.
* TearJerker:
** Chris Irvine's Rumba dedicated to his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U3O5YMMlg0 late mother]].
** Katherine Jenkins' waltz dedicated to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBui4OZNgHE her late father]].
** The reaction of Hines Ward after he and Kym Johnson completed their Argentine Tango three days after Kym nearly broke her neck.
** JR Martinez's rumba to "If You're Reading This." The dance was dedicated to his fellow soldiers who didn't come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. There wasn't a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSdHRF25VPs dry eye in the house]] when the dance was done.
* TheScrappy: Every season seems to have at least one contestant who serves as the lightning rod for audience hate.
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