* AbandonShipping: Chuck/Blair (aka "Chair") steadily lost fans from the start of season 3. Chuck whoring Blair out to his uncle Jack in "Inglourious Bassterds" really put a vast number of people off the once golden couple of the show. Chuck taking Jenny's virginity, hiding it from Blair and then trying to propose to Blair on the same night was another not so glorious moment for the pairing. It was definitely a BrokenBase though, as there were still hordes of die hard shippers of the pairing.
** Many people stopped shipping Derena after it was revealed they shared a sibling, despite the two of them not actually being related.
* ActorShipping: Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester have quite the following of little shippers, most of them on LiveJournal. Jessica Szohr gets the DieForOurShip treatment. Of course, it doesn't help matters that there is a video up on [=YouTube=] where [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PHo-yBBB70 Westwick curses like a sailor]] over Meester leaving a party with her boyfriend.
** Also doesn't hurt that Meester is infamous for ad-libbing lines in their scenes together. Including "If I were you, I would have rode me harder."
** And Westwick's comment in an interview: he hopes Chuck and Blair will get back together because "I like kissing Leighton".
** On the flip side, actual couple Penn Badgely and Blake Lively get practically none of this.
* AdaptationDisplacement: If you hear somebody talking about ''Gossip Girl'', there's a pretty good chance they're talking about the show, not the books.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Blair and Serena whenever they are in an argument. Half of the fans will consider Blair an immature, self-absorbed bitch and Serena wronged and misunderstood, while the other half feel Serena is the bitch and Blair is misunderstood.
** Some fans look on it as Blair at least being honest about what she is - she doesn't pretend to be a great friend. When she's on Serena's side she'll do whatever she has to to help her, and when they're fighting she'll do whatever she has to to crush her. Whereas Serena has no problem pretending to be Blair's friend and stabbing her in the back, as the end episodes of Season 4 shows.
** Chuck. Heroic great guy who's just been acting out to get attention from his not-too-loving father, or villainous sociopathic pseudo-rapist, depending on who you ask.
** Louis talking to Blair during [[spoiler:their wedding dance. Showing his true colours? Or has he been broken by the Upper East Side and has become like them? Or someone who still loves Blair enough to say the only thing he could think of to make her run away to cancel the wedding?]]
*** Since he [[spoiler: forced her to remain married to him by threatening to bankrupt her family]], we can in fact conclude that he is simply a {{Jerkass}} of epic proportions.
** Rufus, nice liberal dad or weakling that allowed the situation with Jenny in the second season to balloon out of control because he never did anything about it and enabled her under the guise of letting go of his overbearing need to protect her and keep her young.
** As Gossip Girl says herself, "The more things change the more they stay the same." The characters aren't going to develop. They aren't going to change. Chuck is always going to be a misogynist Jerkass who will degrade, abuse and use Blair for his own purposes while at the same time dropping her like a hot coal when she is even the slightest inconvenience to his 'empire building'. Blair will always want to be a 'powerful woman' but she will never stop scheming instead of just doing an honest days work, and will keep throwing herself at Chuck until the day he dies. Serena is always going to sabotage herself and her relationships but get life handed to her on a platter by her upbringing, money and looks. Dan will always be the outsider. And Nate will always have pointless storylines.
*** Well that was terrifyingly prescient.
** In "Hi, Society" (1.10) does Cece really try to break up Dan and Serena? Or does she use ReversePsychology to bring about the opposite result? I favor the latter.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Chuck and Blair belong together. Anyone foolish enough to doubt this will be hit over the head with it on a regular basis.
* AssPull: Nate's reappearing love for Serena in season three and, a few episodes later, Serena's very sudden love for Nate.
** The reactivation of feelings between Serena and Dan in the last episodes of season 3.
** The reveal of Gossip Girl's identity is seen by some fans to be this, considering some of the events of the early seasons [[spoiler: such as Blair continually humiliating Jenny, and some timing discrepancies]].
* BadassDecay: Blair, in season 5
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Arguably Chuck's attempted rape of Serena in the pilot. By episode two, both seem to have forgotten all about it.
* BrokenBase: About half of the audience now wants Blair to end up with Chuck, half with Dan. (This was stated by executive producer Josh Safran [[http://www.eonline.com/news/watch_with_kristin/whenmdashand_howmdashwill_gossip_girl/288542 here]].)
* BrotherSisterIncest: How a lot of fans see Derena past season 2.
* CargoShip: Chuck and his scarf.
* CrackShip: Dan and Nelly Yuki.
** Rufus and [[AsHerself Lisa Loeb.]], Worst of all, [[spoiler: it's Canon!]]
** Some feel this way about Lily and [[spoiler: William]] back together in the finale.
* CreatorsPet: Vanessa, according to some. The vast majority of the fans loathe her and any episode she doesn't appear in is immediately hailed as being so much better for her not being in it. Yet she keeps getting storylines, is the only girl who has been romantically linked to all male leads and is constantly talked about as being a great person with high morals even though she behaves just as badly as Blair, Jenny and Serena. On the other hand, she is the only main character who is missing from several episodes each season and while she gets storylines most of them directly involve one or more other main characters rather than Vanessa and guest stars.
** Dan is a self admitted example. According to the showrunner Josh Safran, he saw a lot of himself in Dan and wanted him to be popular because of it. He even admitted to breaking up Chuck and Blair just so Blair could be with Dan instead.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: See the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Awesome/GossipGirl separate page]].
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: See the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Funny/GossipGirl separate page]].
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Loads. See the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Heartwarming/GossipGirl separate page]].
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Sum 41's "''With Me''" in the infamous limo scene.
** The Kills' "URA Fever" playing as Serena infamously declares, "I killed someone." Too bad [[spoiler:it ended up being the lamest 'death' possible by accidental overdose]]
** Bloc Party's "Signs" at the end of "Oh Brother Where Bart Thou"
** Turin Break's "Dark on Fire" at the end of "Pret-A-Poor-J"
** The Virgins' "One Week of Danger" playing the morning after the limo scene
** Death Cab for Cutie's "The Ice Is Getting Thinner" in the season one finale
*** Given that it's a Josh Schwartz show, DCFC is pretty standard fare.
** "Shove it" by Santigold during the climax of 'The Ex Files'
* DieForOurShip: A rare instance of the show itself playing into this trope - Bart Bass seemed to be killed off at least in part to allow Lily and Rufus to become an OfficialCouple, given how quickly the latter happened after the former.
** Elle, Chuck's two-episode season two crush, earns this treatment from the Chair fans. Those who even [[FanonDisContinuity admit to her existence]] in the first place, that is.
** [[spoiler:Eva...]] Hooo boy...
** [[spoiler:Dan and Blair... ehem]] Though not even official, the [[strike: minions]] established shippers are already on the attack.
** Jenny gets this from both Serenate fans and Chair fans.
** Vanessa from...pretty much everyone.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Chuck
* EsotericHappyEnding: Despite the ridiculous flashforward it's hard to see the end of the show as anything but this.
** [[spoiler: Dan is revealed as Gossip Girl, and his reasons being he wanted to "write himself into Serena's life". Thus making him a sociopath stalker who jeopardised the main characters lives on multiple occasions and repeatedly ruined their lives.]]
** Serena is somehow happy with this. He did it [[StockholmSyndrome out of love after all]].
** Chuck [[spoiler: allows his father Bart to die by letting him fall off a roof]].
** Blair is on the roof [[spoiler: when Bart died]]. She does achieve her goal of becoming the 'powerful woman' she wanted to become after finally finding a way to be successful in her mother's business. But she never gives up on scheming even after realizing she needs to grow up. Her romantic life is being a pawn and plaything for Chuck to toss away whenever he has something more important to do.
** Nate has started down the path of fraud just like his father, and is only rescued when Bart dies. His possible bid for mayor is also pretty random.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Dorota, Eric, Georgina and Carter all qualify, as all of them are extremely popular among the fans (even ''more'' popular than some main characters), despite being only recurring or guest starts.
** To the extent that all have come to play a bigger role as the show has progressed.
** Let's not forget Chuck Bass, who was originally supposed to be a guest character and who assaulted two of the female characters in the pilot. Now he and Blair are king and queen of the show.
** Cyrus Rose, full stop.
* EstrogenBrigade: Tons of girls come to {{Squee}} over the hot male actors. 'Nuff said.
* FandomNod: Both Blair and Michael Bloomberg thought Gossip Girl was Dorota, much like many of the fans.
* {{Fanon}}: It's almost universally agreed by fans that Blair slept with Jack Bass at New Years so that he would agree to go and find Chuck. There is nothing in the show that hints to this being true.
** In the finale, [[spoiler: Dan]] is revealed to be Gossip Girl and [[spoiler: Jenny]] knew the secret, but in fanfiction it's starting to become agreed on that they worked together
** Nate and Jenny will pretty much always get together in any story pertaining to the 5 year timeskip
* FanonDiscontinuity: The "''Eyes Wide Shut''" storyline in season two, which most fans ignore completely.
** Everything that points to Elizabeth Fisher [[spoiler:being Chuck's biological mother.]]
* FanNickname:
** Carmen Sandiego - Serena and Eric's father.
*** Now that he's no longer missing he's been re-nicknamed Dr. Veedubs.
** Pilot Inspektor - Scott.
** Granderbilt - William Vanderbilt, Nate's grandfather.
** Manbangs - Nate.
** The van der Basses - The van der Woodsens and Basses after Lily and Bart got married.
*** Now referred to by some as the Bass der Humphreys.
** Evil Uncle Jack - Jack Bass.
** E. Fish - Elisabeth.
** The Awesome Foursome - the NJBC.
** Docteur House - Chuck Bass in season 3.
** Waffle Central - Rufus' domain.
** Archibot - Nate's mother.
* FanPreferredCouple: As of the season 3 premiere, ''a lot'' of people prefer Carter/Serena over any other Serena pairings, ''including'' the original alpha couple.
** In the early episodes of the first season many fans preferred the combo [[BirdsOfAFeather Chuck/Blair]]-[[YourCheatingHeart Nate/Serena]]-[[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Dan/Vanessa]] to the then [[OfficialCouple Official Couples]] [[StrangledByTheRedString Nate/Blair-Dan/Serena]], but never thought the writers would abandon Nair or Darena. Fast forward to season 3, and Chair-Serenate-Danessa are the current pairings.
*** Justified, especially with Blair/Chuck, as Nate is generally considered to be TooDumbToLive and didn't treat Blair very well, whereas in contrast Blair and Chuck had some pretty intense BelligerentSexualTension.
*** Although at present (late season three) most people seem to be preferring Vanessa with Rufus.
** Dan/Blair has gotten a following which almost rivals the Chuck/Blair ship.
* FetishFuel: Blair dressing up for an ''AnnaKarenina'' sex roleplay with Chuck.
* FoeYay: Some fans speculate that Chuck's previous experiments with other guys included Carter Baizen. It's neither been directly denied or implied on the show, but it certainly is plausible.
** There is also quite a bit of implied sexual tension between Georgina and Serena in season 1. Georgie even drugs her, and who knows what happened in that hotel room...
* HilariousInHindsight: Not exactly hindsight but in season four Blair dates a prince and the designated roadblock between them is that she's a commoner and he is heir to the throne. It's pretty much taken for granted that a royal prince could never marry a commoner. Probably was a safe bet when the episodes were written. But the episode in which it is brought up aired mere days before heir to the British throne Prince William married commoner Kate Middleton amidst a media frenzy spectacle and the union was celebrated by pretty much everyone everywhere, including William's family members.
** Blair's nickname Queen B after [[spoiler: she becomes a princess]]
** Also Nate's relationship with Catherine after Chace Crawford began dating Erin Andrews who is 8 years his senior
** The second season focuses on Blair's feelings of jealousy towards Serena and the way she kind of coasts through life getting handed the things she wants. In real life Blake Lively and Leighton Meester don't get along, apparently not interacting unless they have to. The reason? It's said that Leighton dislikes how Blake has managed to become a sensation despite her character not being as popular (some would also say well rounded) as Leighton's because of her beauty and A-list boyfriends.
** The name of the site (and the show) after Gossip [[{{GIRL}} Girl]] is revealed to be [[spoiler: [[{{GIRL}} Dan Humphrey]]]].
** The scene from the finale where Rachel Bilson is auditioning for Blair in the adaptation of Dan's book becomes funny when Leighton Meester started dating (and eventually married) Adam Brody.
** In the pilot, Serena suggests that Jenny would look better in a black, which eventually became Jenny's [[PerkyGoth favorite color]]
* HoYay: In the first season, Nate sleeps at Chuck's an awful lot. Blair and Serena have their moments, too.
** Chuck and Nate live together as of 3.09, so those sleepovers live on!
*** Apparently their actors are a real life example.
** It doesn't help Nate's case that, [[NoBisexuals in the novels, Chuck was bi]].
*** That's hinted at during the early episodes - Blair doesn't want to know what Chuck did to get a replacement suit after being stripped naked and locked on a roof.
**** And in a later episode, where Blair tricks Chuck into kissing a guy as part of their "game." His response: "You think that's the first time?"
** Chuck to Dan in "The Serena Also Rises" - "Are you gay?" A lot of fans wish the answer could be yes, for both of them.
** It's also heavily implied in the novels (with several scenes that sort of just 'fade to black'--[[spoiler: i.e. Blair inviting Serena slyly to join her in the tub when she was living with Vanessa]]) that Serena and Blair have a [[LesYay physical]] relationship on top of their friendship. Oh, it's also implied that [[spoiler: they're both Gossip Girl]].
** A lot of fans interpret Jenny and Blair this way as well. Her desperate attempts to be Blair's friend in S1 can look a lot like love, and she reveals later that she wanted to be Blair's friend much more than she wanted to be Serena's. There's also Blair's statement at the end of S2: "You're my queen. I choose you..."
* IdiotPlot: The books. There are so many [[IdiotBall idiot balls,]] [[ConflictBall conflict balls,]] and general ForgotAboutHisPowers that it's hard to suspend one's disbelief. It's as if the Gossipverse is plotting against Blair by doing everything in its power to piss her off by giving everything she's ever wanted to Serena.
** Half the plot of Season 3 relies on the fact that Lily will lie to everyone, [[strike:including]] especially her husband, about anything and everything which might even remotely inconvenience her, or embarrass her in the slightest, even when those lies cause a hundred times the trouble that whatever she's lying about possibly could.
*** Though that is pretty much in character for her.
* JerkSue: As from mid Season 3, Chuck can definitely be described as such. Despite doing unspeakably awful things such as emotionally abusing Blair, selling her out for a hotel to his Uncle, and physically assaulting her in Season 4, all the characters on the show continue to ignore his mistakes and forgive and support him. Not to mention Jenny Humphrey losing her virginity to him in the Season 3 finale even though he had tried to rape her in the Pilot. Blair also seems to be unable to get over him and continues to forgive him for everything, in a way mirroring the way all his fangirls act towards him. The show has also become taken over completely by Chuck's angst, Chuck's business storylines, Chuck's daddy issues... it goes on and on, basically.
** Arguably, Blair qualifies as well, if to a lesser extent. She still has AlphaBitch tendencies, but they're typically handwaved as part of her quest to become Queen Bee.
*** As of Season Five Blair has deliberately manipulated Dan,Chuck and Louis, entering into relationships with people she didn't love and then destroying said relationships [[spoiler: In Dan's case she doesn't even think to say goodbye]] She uses Dan for an entire year and then completely disrespects him, throws out Serena and somehow gets away with all this while somehow taking over her mother's company because she's supposedly powerful.
* JerkassWoobie: Chuck is definitely the most depraved, cruel, and morally ambiguous character of the bunch. At the same time, if something gut-wrenchingly horrible is happening on Gossip Girl, it's a safe bet that it's happening to Chuck.
** Same goes for Blair. She's snobby, manipulative, cruel, petty, and treats everyone around her like dirt. But those big eyes let us know the girl does not have an easy life.
* JumpTheShark: in mid-season 4, when scheming and plotting stopped driving the plot and we got a lameass excuse for a plot with Blair's wedding.
** The end of the 22th episode of season 5 led to this reaction on a lot of forums: [[spoiler:Bart Bass, still alive? ''Really?'' Wha-Why-Who-Wher-I don't even--- '''WHAT?!''']]
** A BaseBreaker: But a couple of episodes later with the Season 5 finale having [[spoiler: the entire Dan/Blair relationship in the space of 20 minutes turn into a prop to setup Chuck/Blair yet again. This includes half a dozen examples of Blair showing exactly why she doesn't love Chuck, or why they shouldn't be together.]]
*** To be fair, there were also half a dozen or more examples in previous episodes of Blair showing [[spoiler: exactly why she DID love Chuck and how she was wrong about why they shouldn't be together]]
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Serena, in-universe. Blair in fandom
* MagnificentBastard: [[TwoWordsObviousTrope Two Words]]: Chuck Bass.
** And Diana, from Season 5, has everyone wrapped around her little finger, playing with nearly every protagonist with amazing ease, and she doesn't seem to stop anytime soon, especially [[spoiler:when you realize that she's in fact Nate's Grandfather's, William, [[TheDragon Dragon]]. What he is up to is yet to be revealed.]]
** Georgina Sparks tends to have half the cast wrapped around her little finger at any given point in time, and no matter how many times they get rid of her, one way or another she always comes back. Like any good MB, she plays the game well, she is her own best piece, and you just can't keep her down.
** As it turns out, Doctor Van Der Woodsen, the {{Big Bad}} of Season 3. Just about ''everything'' that happened over the course of the season, from Lily's fake cancer diagnosis to Rufus' supposed infidelity, turned out to be part of his convoluted scheme to drive Lily back into his arms. He even gets away in the end.
** Juliet, who started out as {{The Dragon}} of Season 4, but wound up usurping her brother Ben as the {{Big Bad}} (before being revealed mid-season as more of an {{Anti Villain}}). Her ability to be a [[{{Manipulative Bastard}} set the regular cast at each others throats]], [[{{Xanatos Speed Chess}} turn defeat into victory]], and stay one step ahead of everyone else would impress Machiavelli.
** Bart Bass becomes the King of the trope in New York. Until he succumbed to the VillainBall. He destroyed every scheme, every person who came against him, not even the combined power of "Blair's Bitches" stopped him. Until he lost to Chuck because well, the writers like Chuck and didn't want to follow the inevitable conclusion that Bart could have Chuck quickly and easily killed without much of a problem.
** As of the finale, [[spoiler:Dan Humphrey has obliterated them all and is revealed as a bastard on par with [[{{Smallville}} Lionel Luthor]] and [[{{Lost}} Ben Linus]]. It's revealed that he has been running the site "Gossip Girl" all along, playing people against each other, effortlessly maintaining his secret and turning the snobby world that looked down upon him into his own personal social experiment.]]
* MarySue: In the books, Serena was inhumanly gorgeous and had everything handed to her on a silver platter. She became a supermodel overnight, a muse to several designers, starred in a major motion picture despite having no acting experience, got into every college she applied to despite her mediocre grades and lack of extracurriculars, and practically all male characters who ever appeared were in love with her. She did have some particularly nasty gossip surrounding her, but that was HandWaved with everyone [[YoureJustJealous just being jealous]] of her beauty, awesomeness, and success.
** This is toned down in the TV series, but she still has a wide enough MarySue streak to her for Blair to comment on it.
*** The show also has an interesting take on it. Serena does indeed get into colleges and become a publicist but she's very much aware that she got these things because of her "inhuman beauty" and it eats at her and her relationship.
* MemeticMutation: [[CatchPhrase I'm Chuck Bass]]
** XOXO
** [[spoiler: Dan Humphrey]] did everything ever. Won [[Series/{{Glee}} Nationals]]. Killed Disney/{{Bambi}}'s mother. [[Series/PrettyLittleLiars Is A]]. Is Series/VeronicaMars. [[Franchise/StarWars Luke's Father.]] [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Ted's Wife]].
* MemeticSexGod: Everyone wants [[SexyManInstantHarem Chuck.]]
* MindGameShip: Chuck and Blair spend a better part of the second season competing over who could invoke this trope the most.
** This trope is also the reason for Chuck and Blair's season 3 break up.
* MomentOfAwesome: When Nate punches out Dan "TookALevelInJerkass" Humphrey in "It's Really Complicated" and says "That was from all of us," he's referring to Serena, Blair, Chuck et al but he could have extended it to cover a lot of the viewers as well.
* MoralEventHorizon: Many viewers feel that "Inglourious Bassterds" is the moment when Chuck Bass crossed the line from.
** if he hadn't already crossed it Chuck's behaviour in "The Princesses and the Frog" caused him to cross it big time and caused massive AbandonShipping
** And in "Touch of Eva," Blair finally sunk to his level.
** Georgina crossed the line when she deceived Dan Humphrey into thinking she was pregnant with his son. He was there when Milo was born. He spent the summer supporting Georgina and helping her take care of the baby. Then as soon as she didn't need him anymore, she ditched Dan and took Milo out of his life forever. Unlike all of Georgina's previous antics, which revolved around inflicting (albeit [[{{Disproportionate Retribution}} excessive]]) comeuppance for past indiscretions, this was a clear-cut case of exploiting and hurting an innocent person. Specifically, the one person who had always been the first to trust her and give her a second chance.
*** Georgina made Serena's life hell in late Season 1 without any provocation that I can see. In fairness, though, she tried to make amends for that in late Season 2.
* {{Narm}}: "The Revengers," specifically the rooftop climax. Even ''more'' specifically the hilariously awful scoring from Transcenders as [[spoiler: Chuck faces off against Bart with Blair in attendance, and their fight ends with Bart having a DisneyVillainDeath]]. DannyElfman it isn't. It's not even [[{{Series/Arrow}} Blake]] [[NoOrdinaryFamily Lively... er, Neely]].
* NarmCharm: The dream sequences. The actors are often free to ham it up and chew as much scenery as they want.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: Played straight and subverted.
** Played straight when Chuck has the cops raid his own pub opening. Also in the next episode, with this comment:
-->'''Chuck''': Do you think people go to the Mercer for the maid service? They go to see Russel Crowe throw a hissy.
** Subverted later in season three when Chuck is accused of sexual harassment and ends up having to sign over his hotel to save it from the bad PR.
** Played straight by the show itself. When a reviewer called the show: "A parent's worst nightmare" the publicity department put that quote up on huge posters and used it for advertisement.
* OneTruePairing: Still Chuck and Blair for some fans.
** As per BaseBreaker, some have jumped to Dan/Blair, as it's free from the whole step-siblings issues that the Dan/Serena ship has, and well, Dan hasn't whored out Blair yet.
*** The fandom seems pretty evenly split between Dan/Blair and Chuck/Blair.
* OneTrueThreesome: The show tried to market the Dan/Vanessa/Olivia threesome as such. The fans still didn't like it.
** Some fans ship Chairenate. That's Chuck, Blair, Serena and Nate together.
* PortmanteauCoupleName: Most common is Chair (Chuck and Blair).
** Gossip Girl [[spoiler: him]]self likes to call them Waldass. Never caught on with the fans.
** Other examples include Darena (Dan/Serena) and Nair or Blate (Nate/Blair).
** Serenate (Serena/Nate).
** The Dan/Blair pairing is a rather fun example. Those who ship them tend to call them Dair (as in "we dare to dream") while those who dislike them together tend to call then Blan (as in "they're bland together") or Ban (as in we should Ban them)
** Not a romantic portmanteau, but the extended Van der Woodsen/Bass/Humphrey family, with Lily's marriages to first Bart and then Rufus, has become the Van der Bassphrey family.
** Chair has been used as both a positive name or a negative one with gifs of broken chairs or people throwing them.
** Daircut. Shipping Dan and him getting a haircut.
** Cheath. Shipping Chuck and Chuck being killed. Which apparently some of the actors support.
* PossessionSue: Happens with Chuck ''a lot'' in fanfiction.
* RelationshipWritingFumble: Nate is often referred to as an older brother figure for Jenny... Until he ends up making out with her. Fast-forward to season 3, and he's back to acting as if he only ever saw her as a little girl. Then why in God's name did you stick your tongue down her throat, dude?
* ReplacementScrappy: Anyone who likes Jenny, will likely despise Ivy because she seemed to be a lame attempt to hide the fact that Taylor Momsen didn't want to be on the show anymore. Ivy tends to be ignored or outright erased in fanfiction.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Happened to Nate in season 3. Fans grew tired of his constant bed-hopping and sheer aimlessness in season 2, so the writers gave him an abundance of family-oriented stories and returned him to his roots by having him be desperately in love with Serena and suddenly interested in his best friend's welfare.
* TheScrappy: Vanessa Abrams, especially true among fans of the books [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks when they watch the series]]. She got better (a little) in season 2, only to get a lot worse in season 3. In fact, [[http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20423146,00.html the very same author of the books talks about it]]. [[CreatorsPet But the producers insist on giving her more stories, in spite of general dissaproval]]. Just visit any GossipGirl webforums and you'll see rabid comments about Vanessa.
** As of Season 4, Vanessa has no friends left, among the characters or the viewers. Frustrated with how the NJBC seem to [[{{Karma Houdini}} always escape the consequences of their actions]], she gave up the integrity that used to separate her from them in an ill-advised and ill-fated attempt to beat them at their own game. [[{{An Aesop}} Now she's just the dog sitting next to a river, watching her steak float away]], and even her fans want her to Just. Go. Away.
*** And they got their wish in Season 5. [[spoiler: (Although she came BackForTheFinale, it was a very brief cameo.)]]
***** Vanessa still has some fans; everybody hates Sage.
* ShipMates: People who ship Chair (Chuck and Blair) tend to be positive of a Serenate (Serena and Nate) pairing since it for one keeps Nate away from Blair and for another means the NJBC is nicely paired off. Dan/Blair fans seem to convenience ship Serena/Nate as well.
** People going with the canon finale seem to ship Chuck and Blair, Dan and Serena, Nate and Jenny (who are believed to have HookedUpAfterwards).
* ShipTease: Blair and Dan. The writers have long said they would like to try a romance between the two because they like their possible "SlapSlapKiss" vibe. They never did though because of possible backlash from Chair fans. Lately, though, they seem to have said screw it and are teasing them anyway.
** Nate and Jenny throughout the first season: starting when Nate kisses Jenny at the masquerade (thinking she's Serena due to their similar appearances) and into Season 2 when finally get together.
* ShipToShipCombat: Fans of the book tend to think Blair belongs with Nate. Fans of the show tend to ''passionately'' believe Blair belongs with Chuck. Cue endless arguments.
** There also seems to be a great deal of warring between fans who believe Nate belongs with Serena and those who believe he belongs with Jenny, even though there hasn't been much on the show itself to support the latter pairing.
** Chuck/Blair fans vs the emergent Dan/Blair ship in Season 4. Blair+Dan is either a chance for both characters to be truly happy with someone they understand, or a narrowly-dodged bullet that would have killed it.
* SisterShip: Chuck/Blair and Nate/Serena are this to each other.
* SoBadItsGood: The poetry Dan writes in the books is just so incredibly awful that it's unbelievably awesome.
* StoicWoobie: Chuck.
* SuperCouple: Chuck and Blair.
* TakeThatScrappy: Vanessa gets a lot of this, mainly from Blair, who hates her.
** As of season 4, she's been shipped off to Barcelona.
* TestosteroneBrigade: Creator/BlakeLively, Leighton Meester, Taylor Momsen, Michelle Trachtenberg, arguably Kelly Rutherford... we could go on. And that's just the regulars/semi-regulars.
* ThemePairing: Chair and Serenate.
** Chuck and Blair are BirdsOfAFeather, two dark, ruthless people who scheme and manipulate their way to the top but who deeply care for the people close to them.
** Serena and Nate. A carefree, BrainlessBeauty duo, both fickle and free-spirited and neither with any real ability to come up with a cunning plan or with any real drive in their lives. Often compared to a pair of golden retrievers (with Chuck and Blair being their masters).
** Even Dan/Blair who are both [[BrainyBrunette Brainy Brunettes]] who love posh art and cinema.
** Dan and Nelly Yuki, intellectual outsiders. It helps that Nelly has had a crush on Dan for years.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Serena's StartOfDarkness as Gossip Girl last for a single episode before the real Gossip Girl demands her site back.
* UnfortunateImplications: The show tries very hard to downplay Jack Bass attempting to rape Lily in season 2, but the audience never forgets. So when Chuck [[spoiler:sets Blair up to sleep with Jack in exchange for his hotel]], he is not only [[spoiler:allowing her to prostitute herself]], he is also [[spoiler:placing her in danger of getting raped]] according to the majority of viewers.
* WhatAnIdiot: Serena spends months doing everything she can to get her father's attention. Most of it consists of getting paparazzi to take pictures of her partying like crazy, appearing topless and sleeping around. Then when her father does appear she doesn't want him to know about her wild past, and pretends like the craziest thing she's ever done is take part in a coco drinking contest. Only to Serena (and possibly Nate) could that make any logical sense.
** In the last season, Rufus dating a con artist and Serena keeping on her cellphone a sextape of her and Dan, ''and'' handing said telephone indirecly to ''Georgina Devilspawn Sparks'' without a second thought. Really, don't they ever learn anything ?