* AlasPoorScrappy: Claude's suicide
* BetterOnDVD: Mostly...the continuity becomes clearer, but so does every single RetCon.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Tabi asking Dwayne to dance in the last episode.
* DieForOurShip: The Joey/Caitlin pair was so beloved by many fans that they showed no sympathy to any of the various [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Leads]], even when [[spoiler:one of them kills himself.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: [[spoiler: Episodes dealing with Wheels' drinking problem are much harder to watch nowadays. Neil Hope, the actor who played him, had a drinking problem for years, which may or may not have played a role in his death.]]
* HollywoodHomely: If Alex [[TheGlassesGottaGo got rid of the huge glasses]], shaved the neck beard, and took some acne meds, he would be decent looking.
* JerkassWoobie: Kathleen, Wheels, Dwayne...
* MemeticMutation: From ''School's Out'': [[spoiler:''You were [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] Tessa Campanelli?!"]]
* NeverLiveItDown: Michelle is absolutely infamous for crying - which she does about 3 times in the whole series, once at her parents divorcing, and twice at her boyfriend cheating then dumping her. Apart from those, she was actually one of the more proactive characters in the series.
** Tessa told the other kids the school was burning down. She dated Alex of all people and even Yick. But it always comes back to the fact that Joey Jeremiah [[PrecisionFStrike fucked]] her.
** The Degrassi parents don't like the idea of Christine being in school with their children after she gets pregnant.
** [[spoiler: Wheels killing a child while drunk driving.]]
* NoYay: Michelle's father's actions always came off as a little... unfatherly.
* TheScrappy: Kathleen and Claude, though both are definitely ''meant'' to be unpleasant.
* {{Tearjerker}}: After everyone finds out that school bully Dwayne has HIV he admits "I used to like it when people were afraid of me but this is different."
** When Erica initially tells Heather that she's getting an abortion, she begs Heather to come with her. Heather panics and refuses, running out of the room. Erica is left sobbing because she's terrified of going alone due to the anti-abortion protesters outside the clinic.
* TheUnfairSex: Joey and Caitlin both cheated on each other at different points. While Joey's affair with Tessa was rightfully viewed as him being in the wrong, Joey never discovers that Caitlin went out with Claude and kissed him at least once before their first relationship ended. This occurs in again in The Next Generation where Caitlin drunkenly makes out with Kevin Smith. Both times, Caitlin is portrayed sympathetically.
* ValuesDissonance: Many of the story arcs, especially Michelle's and Dwayne's, only make sense with early 1990s attitudes toward parenting, AIDS, and so on; also, modern audiences will probably not be amused by the scene where Joey and Wheels dance as caricatured Mexicans.
* UnnecessaryMakeover: Stephanie gives one to herself. She was actually pretty without the makeup set to whore.
* {{Wangst}}: Claude is king here, but it's left deliberately unclear whether you're supposed to sympathize with him.
* TheWoobie: Many.