* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is House a soulless {{Jerkass}} misanthrope, or a doctor profoundly committed to medical ethics beyond all reason?
** "Committed to medical ethics beyond all reason" must mean "committed to saving patients' lives, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight regardless of medical or other conventional forms of ethics]]." The latter is very possible, but House violates medical ethics whenever he wants to. The positive spin on it is that he cares [[UsefulNotes/EthicalHedonism about good results rather than how they are achieved.]] One can view his ethics as better than conventional medical ethics, but he definitely doesn't care about what are viewed as "medical ethics."
*** If medical ethics aren't about preserving human life, then they aren't very ethical.
*** Then conventional medical ethics aren't very ethical. Things like breaking into patients' homes to find causes for their illnesses, making patients crash because you believe they eventually will and you want to get to the next treatment, etc., are against conventional medical ethics. [[UsefulNotes/EthicalHedonism There are good ways]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight to justify House's actions towards patients]], but they aren't in line with what are viewed as medical ethics. That's why Cuddy has said she gets the world's best doctor cheaply, in that House would have a hard time being employed in most hospitals.
* ArcFatigue: Appears whenever House questions his ability to be an exceptional diagnostician without being a drug-addicted misanthrope. If he hasn't found the answer in seven seasons, it certainly feels like he never will.
** A more specific example is the Tritter arc in season three. Seven episodes of a grumpy cop harassing and arresting House and his interns, [[DisproportionateRetribution only because Tritter didn't like how the good doctor treated him during his visit]]. For most fans, these episodes were insufferable, made even worse when [[StatusQuoIsGod there was no permanent consequences that resulted from making House and his co-workers unhinged during that time]].
** The Volger arc in season one was disliked for similar reasons. Having a megalomaniacal hospital administrator harass House did not exactly endear fans. In later interviews, [[WordOfGod David Shore]] admitted that [[ExecutiveMeddling he was forced to write the plotline to appease Fox executives]], mainly because House struggled in the ratings during season one. Fortunately, by the time that sideplot ended, ratings were healthy enough for renewal, so Shore was able to get rid of the character.
* AwardSnub: Hugh Laurie won just about every award EXCEPT an Emmy for his work as Dr. House, despite boasting a total of 6 nominations over the show's 8 years.
* AwesomeEgo: House.
* BaseBreakingCharacter:
** Thirteen. She's either loved or hated, with a very vocal portion of the fanbase thinking she gets way too much focus despite being boring, and another portion thinking she deserves the CharacterFocus that she gets.
** Park, to a lesser extent; while quite a few fans consider her to be absolutely hilarious and easily the best thing about Season 8, others resent her for swallowing up all the character development episodes in the season, meaning that Adams ends up falling into the background once Park joins the cast.
* BrokenBase:
** Reactions are pretty much split down the middle for a lot of fans when it comes to [[spoiler:Kutner killing himself]]. It was either a [[WhamEpisode great episode]] or a terrible episode.
** The House/Cuddy relationship in Seasons 6 and 7 is another one.
** Also the Season 6 premiere. It's either one of the best episodes ever, or the absolute worst.
** The Series Finale, which seems to have entered LoveItOrHateIt territory.
* CreatorsPet:
** Foreman is on the fast track to this. Nobody hates him yet, but fans seem to be losing their patience over the whole [[NotSoDifferent "Foreman is House"]] B story.
** Cameron in the earlier seasons, for being preachy and obnoxious.
** Thirteen, for having the worst characteristics of Cameron, and being used as a MsFanservice with little personality. Getting extra screentime because [[spoiler:she has Huntington's]] didn't exactly endear her to fans either.
** Masters was a huge SpotlightStealingSquad during her Season 7 appearances.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: Using Music/MassiveAttack's "Teardrop" as the theme song was, to say the least, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4h-zAV0yP8 a good choice]].
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: House is the ''[[UrExample ultimate]]'' example of DrJerk while one of the ongoing arcs of the series is that he is an incredibly toxic influence on anybody who has to deal with him for an extended period of time (which turns ''everybody else in the cast'' into a DrJerk, and a seriously hostile and backstabbing one at that in various examples), and while many people are saved by them there is the InferredHolocaust of how much their lives will be destroyed (in the long or short term) by the secrets that House forces them to disclose... after some time it may be pretty hard to watch.
* DracoInLeatherPants: House.
* EpicRiff: The opening notes to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC31SLCQRwc Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors' "Live Forever"]], used to promote the final episode.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Bobbin Bergstrom, who plays Evil Nurse Brenda and was originally one of the show's on-set medical advisers, has appeared more than any character other than the main six as a nurse. This includes the new team - she's been in 69 episodes to Taub and 13's 39.
** Dr. Darryl Nolan, played by Creator/AndreBraugher in the sixth season premiere. While the episode itself led to a massive BrokenBase, Braugher's performance was uniformly praised.
** Amber "Cutthroat Bitch" Volakis, a delightfully antagonistic doctor who was one of the candidates for House's new diagnostics team. Fans were bummed when she didn't make the final cut, then rejoiced when she returned as Wilson's girlfriend [[spoiler: then cried when she died, then rejoiced once more when she returned as one of House's hallucinations.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The whole show is rife with these.
** Common ones are [[JadeColoredGlasses "Everybody lies,"]] [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids "Nobody ever changes,"]] [[RuleOfThree and]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "You can't always get what you want."]] [[note]][[Music/TheRollingStones But if you try sometimes, you just might find you'll get what you need]][[/note]]".
** A big and often used is if you are a genius who other people have to depend on, you can basically be a dick to everyone without many consequences. Though this is more of a TruthInTelevision variety because often those who don't have to deal with you constantly will let you get away with being an ass if you are good for the bottom line.
*** This particular trope is often subverted too though; House will often intentionally behave like even more of a complete and utter dick than his own natural personality would be, simply because he can. While often it's played for laughs, his cavalier/antisocial/sociopathic tendencies have more than once lead to a patient ending up with lifelong injuries that wouldn't have happened if everyone had just done their job right the first time, at which points he usually feels legitimate remorse and sometimes contemplates (however briefly) if he should really keep doing things that way.
*** Also, a nod to realism early on, when Cuddy mentions that she got him for a steal, salary-wise, because his rampant JerkAss tendencies meant that no one else would even hire him.
** Patient rights are basically hindrances that prevent doctors from doing their jobs correctly. Every time a patient is shown refusing treatment, the team finds some way to either bully, trick, or otherwise manipulate them into conceding. In nearly ''every episode'', the team is shown breaking into the patient's home in order to find out what the patient is hiding from them.
** The entire Martha Masters arc, which was basically a FillerArc for Creator/OliviaWilde to leave and shoot ''Film/TronLegacy'', is rife with the common tropes from the series along with things like [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism "Being idealistic and hopeful is just something for the immature and you have to be forced to grow up."]]
* FanPreferredCouple: House/Cuddy, House/Wilson, Thirteen/Kutner.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** You know all those episodes where House is hypnotized, seriously injured, dreaming or sitting in a sensory deprivation tank and he talks to people he knows who are "manifestations of his subconscious" in stride...
** "Oh no, the death cat is attacking you, you're gonna die," said sarcastically to [[spoiler:Kutner two episodes before his suicide.]]
*** Six episodes before that he described himself as [[spoiler:exactly the sort of person who would not commit suicide.]]
** In a Season 3 episode, Wilson is asked by Cuddy why he's late, and he loudly snaps, "The buses suck!" (He was forced to take the bus to work as Detective Tritter impounded his car). Considering bus-related incidents in the next season, the line isn't quite so funny...
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show was incredibly popular in Spain, thanks in large part to [[SuperlativeDubbing one of the absolute best dubbings for an American TV show ever]], which is saying a lot in that country.
* In Season 4, when a patient is seeing dead people everywhere, Amber makes a comment about seeing ghosts. For the rest of the series [[spoiler: after she dies, she becomes "Gazoo" to House]].
--> If the ghost of a many you killed doesn't screw with your head, there's something wrong with your head.
* GottaShipEmAll: The only character who weren't shipped with every other character by at least a handful of fans were Foreman, who was really only shipped with Thirteen, and Taub, who wasn't shipped with anyone. One of the more common non-canon pairings was [[LesYay Cameron and Thirteen]], two characters whose time on the show barely overlapped and who [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight never spoke directly to each other]].
* HarsherInHindsight:
** "Alvie was grateful I had gotten him out of trouble. It enabled him to go stay in Phoenix without worrying about immigration looking for him there." Poor Alvie [[note]] this episode aired in 2010; about 2 weeks prior to the airdate, Arizona passed an extremely strict anti-illegal immigration law[[/note]].
** In "Mirror Mirror", Kutner and Amber are debating which of the two the patient is mimicking. Suddenly a new symptom sets in, and Kutner says "it looks like he's mimicking whichever one of us is [[spoiler:dying". Both doctors end up dying within the next year or so]].
** When he's trying to figure out why Wilson is dating [[spoiler:Amber]], House asks [[spoiler:"she's not dying, is she?"]] Then came the season 4 finale.
** "Emancipation" gives us this gem from House to Wilson: [[spoiler: "Holding things in can give you cancer"]] Dear effing God, Greg.
** House learns in Season 5 that Wilson sent a password-protected file to Gonzalez at New York-Mercy, leading House to infer that Wilson was sending his medical records. Gonzalez' specialty is [[spoiler:oncology]], with a recent article on [[spoiler:managing suicidal thoughts in terminal cancer patients]]. 3 seasons later, [[spoiler:Wilson gives up on chemo for his terminal cancer]].
** Season eight episode "Parents" has a virginal 16 year old male get symptoms of partial paralysis that wound up being caused by syphilis. Since the disease wasn't given by his mother through child birth, House realized that the patient got it from his estranged father, the one he idolized to the point of wanting to be a clown (his dad's profession) to make kids happy. Pretty unsettling to begin with, but given the Penn State sex scandal still fresh on everyone's minds (the episode first aired on November 14th, 2011), even more so.
** During the Volger arc, House makes a speech about Volger's business practices, and how the repeatedly uses underhanded tactics to avoid dropping prices on his medications, making sure they remain as high-priced as possible. While this has always been a commonplace occurrence in pharmaceuticals, arbitrary price-hiking of vital medication became an especially hot-button issue in 2015, when a company increased the cost of an HIV-treating medicine from $13 a pill to $750 a pill. With the national scandal that arose from the action and Martin Shkreli (the man responsible) being called "The Most Hated Man In America" for the action, it's rather hard to see House in the wrong for refusing to go along with Vogler's speech.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In "Hunting", an episode early in the show's run, Wilson jokes that House could hit another patient to see his ex-wife (after he already hit one earlier in the episode). House jokes that he'd just keep doing the same thing, becoming formulaic, which, as of now, remains the primary complaint about the show.
** In "Role Model", House tells Joe Morton's character (a Senator) that he's not going to be president because "they don't call it the White House because of the paint job". Um, [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama yeah.]]
** In "Informed Consent" and "Lines in the sand" a girl played by Leighton Meester develops an infatuation with House. Both Hugh Laurie and Leighton Meester were in 'The Oranges' in which their characters engaged in affair.
** The very idea of Creator/HughLaurie playing a modern-day Literature/SherlockHolmes, for some, considering his old comedic partner Creator/StephenFry would eventually be cast as Mycroft Holmes in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows''.
* HollywoodHomely: Masters and Park.
* HollywoodPudgy: House is constantly referring to how "huge" or "rotund" [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4018649856/nm0249046?ref_=nmmd_md_pv Cuddy's ass]] is.
* HoYay:
** House and Wilson, who [[HoYay/{{House}} comprise a large portion of the House HoYay page]].
*** In "Wilson", they ''move in together''. And an episode later ([[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "The Down Low"]]), they're being MistakenForGay and Wilson [[spoiler:actually proposes to House in a restaurant. Of course, he's only doing it to get back at House.]]
** House and Chase, though it's not [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded as often]].
* InformedWrongness: In the first season's Vogler arc, everybody is pissed off with House because he wouldn't give official praise to a drug produced by Vogler's firm, which is just an "improved" version of an older drug, only much more expensive. First, Vogler was ''forcing a doctor'' into praising his ''commercial'' product. Second, tricking patients into paying more than necessary for a ''medicine'' they ''need'' is still unethical even if the expensive version also works. Third, House initially agreed to do it, but in the end couldn't bring himself to, which was shown to be not out of spite but out of moral obligation. Vogler was not just being bossy or annoying, he was being downright ''immoral''. And had House gone along, this would not have been the last time Vogler would have forced him to lie to further Vogler's professional interests. House was acting according to his professional integrity (for once) by standing up to him, but he got smacked for it. (Compare and contrast season three's Tritter arc, where the antagonist is similarly petty and unfair, but House is actually making it worse by being an actual selfish prick, and actually brought the problems on himself by being a JerkAss in the first place; Tritter was wrong only because he was extracting DisproportionateRetribution.)
* JerkassWoobie: House, occasionally.
** Chase and Foreman also have their moments.
* JumpTheShark: The moment where House crashes his car into Cuddy's living room, was the beginning of the end.
* LauncherOfAThousandShips: House. He's been shipped with ''everyone''.
** Thirteen. The fact that she is bisexual helps too.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt:
** Season 2:
*** [[spoiler:Did you really think they would kill Foreman]] near the end of the season?
*** [[spoiler:Did you really think they would kill House]] ''at'' the end?
** Season 3:
*** [[spoiler:Did you really think they'd fix House's leg for real]] at the beginning of the season?
*** Did you really think they'd ''actually'' get rid of Chase, Cameron, and Foreman when House fired them in the last episode?
*** Though Chase and Cameron did "stay fired" in the sense of being off of House's team for over a season-- they just remained at other jobs in the hospital and were in many episodes at least briefly-- and except for a brief period Cameron was never a member of House's team again. That was probably more of an aversion of StatusQuoIsGod than most fans expected.
** Series finale: [[spoiler:Did you really think House was going to die?]]
* MagnificentBastard: House himself.
** Wilson has his moments.
* MarySue: Thirteen and Masters. Cameron had hints of this, especially in seasons 2 & 3.
* MemeticMutation:
** "It's not lupus" (See OnceAnEpisode). [[spoiler:Ended up {{subverted}} when "It was finally lupus" in Season 4's "You Don't Want To Know." Good night, sweet meme.]] Parodied in its own sponsorship messages, on the channels it broadcasts on in the UK - one sting features a girl playing with two dolls, one in a lab coat, the other a suit jacket. She makes one say to the other "It must be Lupus!"
*** Sarcoidosis is approaching lupus status, too.
*** Don't forget Amyloidosis.
*** And Wilson's disease (although it once WAS Wilson's Disease, but the team couldn't even name it for a minute)
*** Wegener's.
** We're gonna have to intubate!
** In-show example: "Be not afraid. The forest nymphs have taught me how to please a woman." Of course, the fandom has fun with this too.
** House's expression in "Spin" has become the [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/207/484/1322277979335.jpg default image macro]] for saying "DO WANT". Photoshopping it into horrific contortions like [[http://knowyourmeme.com/i/10731/original/1251002877025.jpg?1251003733 this one]] is also popular.
* MisaimedFandom: There are a ''lot'' of people admiring and saying how awesome acting like jackass such as House is, ignoring the fact about 80% of the show's running time is spent explaining on how House's assholeish behavior ''ruined'' his entire life and made him an extremely bitter and miserable broken man with no hopes in life.
* MoralEventHorizon: Many different possibilities, all hotly debated:
** Chase's seems to have been [[spoiler:basically murdering President Dibala because he was a [[AssholeVictim murderous dictator]]]]. This caused Cameron to [[PutOnABus leave him]], anyway; whether or not he actually did the wrong thing is left for the audience to decide, particularly given [[spoiler: Dibala flat-out telling them that the first thing he's going to do when he gets better is go home and ''commit genocide'']].
** Foreman's and House's may have been helping Chase [[spoiler:cover up president Dibala's murder]].
** Masters seems to have had hers in her final episode, "The Last Temptation": [[spoiler:A 16-year old girl doesn't want to let them amputate her cancerous arm (yet) so she can beat the youngest person to sail solo around the world record, but Masters wants her to do it immediately, so she drugs her, sending her into cardiac arrest, and then manipulates the parents into signing over their consent, so that the girl WAKES UP WITHOUT AN ARM and is understandably horrified]]. And [[WhatTheHellHero oddly]], this is presented as being more or less the right decision, and House doesn't object, despite the fact that she [[CompletelyMissingThePoint got the idea to do it]] from Wilson's story about Stacy and House and his leg. She realized the crossing herself and couldn't accept it, looking like she wanted to throw up afterwards and decided to give up on the internship because of it.
** Some viewers feel that Cuddy's dumping of House when he was in need and literally begging her not to was her MEH, especially since she was breaking up with him for [[IResembleThatRemark not being there for her when she needed him]].
** Many have called MEH at House [[spoiler:driving his car into Cuddy's dining room]], saying that it makes him go from "eccentric, JerkAss but brilliant diagnostician" to "illogical, psychotic attempted murderer."
*** It's not enough for House to [[spoiler: cure a patient just so the man will give him money to refund his diagnostics department so House could get his offices back]], and to do so, the man had to [[spoiler: move his factories to China, resulting in hundreds of jobs lost]]. No, House also decides to [[spoiler: buy $5000 in stock options from the man's company before the move, resulting in a $200,000 net gain for House, which he simply pockets]]. Yes, we all know House is a selfish ManipulativeBastard, but to [[spoiler: ruin the lives of hundreds just so he could have his offices back ''and'' pocket 200 grand he doesn't even need]] pushes House from mere {{Jerkass}} to full-on DiabolicalMastermind territory.
* OlderThanYouThink: Many fans have accused the extremely similar anime ''Manga/BlackJack'' of ripping off the premise of ''House''. In fact, the original ''Black Jack'' manga predates ''House'' by about thirty years.
** Oddly enough, there's a commercial break of sorts in Japan who is a CrossOver between those two series. And with their respective voice actors reprising their roles.
* ReplacementScrappy: Lucas in early Season 5.
** The replacement ducklings in early Season 4.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap:
** Cameron, although that may just be in comparison to her replacement Thirteen.
** Taub and Kutner quickly overcame their ReplacementScrappy status after the interview/reality show of early Season 4 ended.
** "The Dig" seems to be starting the rally to rescue Thirteen.
** Foreman starting in mid-Season 6, as his resentment of House was downplayed and his usurper tendencies increasingly became PlayedForLaughs.
* RomanticPlotTumor:
** Thirteen and Foreman in Season 5, Chase and Cameron later on in the same season.
** House and Cuddy in Season 7.
* TheScrappy:
** Edward Vogler from Season 1, for quickly descending into being a cartoonishly evil {{Jerkass}} despite a background and motives that could have made him much more interesting. Tellingly, after his introductory scene the only time he behaves like anything other than a CardCarryingVillain is in his final episode, in a bit that turns out to be AllJustADream. The main reason he isn't even more unpopular is because he appeared early enough in the show's run that most fans quickly forgot that he ever existed.
** Tritter in Season 3. For... pretty much the exact same reasons as Vogler. Creating an ArcVillain was seen as pretty much unnecessary, he was a bit cartoonishly evil, and the attempts to play him up as "House, but as a cop" just wound up seeming forced. His arc is pretty much universally disliked.
* SeasonalRot: [[RomanticPlotTumor Season]] [[StrangledByTheRedString 5]] is [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot the]] [[SpotlightStealingSquad most]] [[VerySpecialEpisode notable]] series example, but some fans also had issues with [[DeusAngstMachina Season 3]]. Fortunately, Season 6 has largely been considered a return to form, and while Season 4 broke with the old team, most fans were willing to give Thirteen, Kutner, and Taub the benefit of the doubt, at least temporarily.
** Season 7 had issues due to the [[RomanticPlotTumor Huddy relationship]] and Thirteen's temporary absence & replacement with Masters.
** Season 3 was this due to DeusAngstMachina and {{Wangst}} during the Tritter arc, the original team's resignations, and the start of the [[NotSoDifferent Foreman is House arc]].
* ShockingSwerve: [[spoiler:Kutner's death.]]
* SoBadItsGood[=/=]NarmCharm: The porno in Season 6's "Private Lives".
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: House chewing out some idiot vegan parents for forcing their baby to live on almond milk, tofu, and raw vegetables [[spoiler: (subverted when it turns out they hired a nutritionist to make sure the diet was appropriate for a baby, cluing House in there was another reason for her illness)]]:
---> '''House:''' Raw food. If only our ancestors had mastered the secret of ''fire''. Babies need fat, proteins, calories. Less important, sprouts and hemp. Starving babies is ''[[{{understatement}} bad]]''. Not to mention ''illegal'' in many cultures. I'm having her admitted.
** The overall theme of the show is that it's better to be completely honest with your doctor, even if it's at severe emotional cost, than it is to die.
* SpecialEffectFailure:
** In "Fall from Grace", House flies toy helicopters around the hospital, they are obviously CG-I'd. But they're not bad CG-I... however when he takes the crew on a monster truck later on, everyone jerks back as the car appears to speed up but the background is moving at ''the exact same speed''.
** In season 2's "Humpty Dumpty", the bandage covering Antonio's hand amputation wound is quite obviously pasted on.
* {{Squick}}:
** The writers seem to have some weird ideas on communicating with children about sex... one episode featured a mother who never lied to her 10 year old-ish daughter. As such, the daughter NATURALLY knew the mother's sexual preferences and how they have changed ("She used to like being on top, but now she likes being face-down") and an older brother PromotedToParent telling Foreman it's fine for him to speak about anallingus... in front of his two underage siblings. Huh.
** Given the regular appearance of things that would gross out a police coroner, they're included for the obvious reason of presenting a gross-out factor to the audience; while the apparent pretense is "realism," this is contradicted by the fact that doctors are ''used'' to it. This is lampshaded in at least once instance, in which House is, as usual, trying to mooch off of Wilson's lunch; Wilson responds "if you're trying to gross me out," and relates what he deals with daily as the head of the Oncology department.
** One episode had House add a sample of ''male'' human breast milk (from a male patient who has started lactating because of a hormone imbalance) to his coffee, while his team look on in horror and disbelief.
** In "Histories", House tastes a patient's vomit for diagnostic purposes.
** The season 2 episode "Autopsy" in which Chase ''[[ItMakesSenseInContext kisses a 9-year-old cancer patient]]''.
*** The same episode also contains a scene where a patient attempted a self-circumcision with a pair of box-cutters. Included a GoryDiscretionShot but the description and the fact that even ''House'' was horrified was enough to invoke this reaction in the audience.
** Season 2's ''oral bowel movement.''
** Season 7: "Jan Martin just won first place in the Chili Cook-off. Congratulations, Jan! That cocoa powder really did it!" Also counts as a MoodWhiplash, because the announcement happens right after an intense emotional scene between House and Thirteen
* StoicWoobie: Foreman
* StrangledByTheRedString: Foreman and Thirteen go from polite but distant colleagues to a committed relationship. Over the space of a couple episodes.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: A rare case where the strawman is the lead character. In Fetal Position, Cuddy takes a risky course of action, motivated by her desire to save a woman's fetus, when House wants to terminate the pregnancy. The show makes it clear that Cuddy is supposed to be considered right but House's course of action was probably much more advisable. As he himself points out at the end of the episode, 9.9 times out of 10, Cuddy's course of action would have killed both mother and child, whereas House's would save the mother 10 out of 10 times.
* TastesLikeDiabetes:
** In-universe; the episode where the team is treating a teenage patient who had a heart attack before his operation to have a deformed part of his skull removed. They're filmed the entire time due to the teenager being part of a documentary, with House constantly angry at the crew for putting his team under pressure and generally mocking the crew. In the very end, the crew sends House and Cuddy an early cut of the program to be aired... which paints House as an extremely caring doctor. House reacts in horror, although it's never revealed if it was genuine or not.
** "Autopsy" skirts being this for much of its running time, and eventually crosses into it outright in the penultimate scene, when Wilson reveals that [[spoiler:House's theory that the LittlestCancerPatient's bravery was a symptom of her medical disorder was incorrect, and that she really is just that brave after all, which inspires House into buying his motorcycle]].
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Kutner]]
* ToyShip: The episode "Two Stories" had House's Career Day antics land him in the principal's office alongside a young couple that was caught going a bit too PDA for elementary school at recess.[[note]] It was eventually established that the kids were in fifth grade, which isn't an unrealistic time to start seeing the opposite sex in a different light.[[/note]]
%%* UnpopularPopularCharacter: Dr. Chase.
* {{Wangst}}: House during the Tritter arc. It gets really hard to stomach towards the end of the arc, when House keeps playing the victim after he's committed multiple felonies in the name of standing on principle, and refused Tritter's entirely reasonable offer for a plea bargain.
** In season 5 House effectively cures his chronic pain with methadone. He voluntarily goes back to using vicodin and his pain because it makes him a better doctor. This makes any subsequent pain or drug-related angst hard to take seriously.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Adams, while an obvious SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Thirteen, toned down the traits that caused Thirteen (and before her, Cameron) to annoy some viewers, making her an overall more likeable character. Unfortunately she spent most of the season shoved into the background in favor of giving Park most of the character development, making it seem like she was just filling the role that Thirteen would have had if not for Olivia Wilde deciding to quit the show.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
** [[spoiler:The identity of House's biological father.]] They could have added a story arc about this at any point post-"Birthmarks" but instead did a single episode in Season 8 which raised more questions than it solved: [[spoiler:the likeliest candidate also wasn't House's father]], and House uncharacteristically finds closure in this.
** [[spoiler:Thirteen's Huntington's]]. The season 4 finale set up a potentially great OneOfOurOwn plot, but [[spoiler:Thirteen]] pulled off the impossible when [[spoiler:her]] illness made [[spoiler:her]] ''less'' likable, as the arc focused on girl-on-girl action rather than characterization or the illness itself. The gravity of the entire situation was undermined by the fact that she appeared healthy; illness as an InformedAttribute doesn't work, especially on a show that prides itself on bizarre or gross-out conditions. Season 7 episode "The Dig" was a genuinely moving plot centered around [[spoiler:her Huntington's]], but was basically a standalone plot.
* WhatAnIdiot: Taub in late season 7, ''twice'': [[spoiler:cheating on his new girlfriend with his ex-wife, who divorced him because of his infidelity]] and [[spoiler:not using condoms with either woman]].
* TheWoobie: Just about everyone has had their turn at some point in the series.
** Most especially House himself (e.g first episode of Season 6).
** Wilson gets a special mention: divorced three times, temporarily homeless, his assets get frozen while attempting to keep House out of jail, he suffers from depression, his [[spoiler:girlfriend, Amber, dies,]] and in Season 5 it's revealed that his long-lost, homeless brother that is mentioned in Season 1 is also [[spoiler:schizophrenic and that he blames himself for him running away]]. Added to that his best friend is a socially inept, merciless asshole. Plus those eyes...
*** Even worse now that [[spoiler: he has cancer.]] They never give him a break.
** Martha Masters whenever House unloads on her.
** Chi Park fills the woobie role in season 8, especially her rambling at her disciplinary committee.
* WTHCastingAgency: Misanthropic American doctor... Creator/HughLaurie? (oh... right, then. Carry on.)
** Though Bryan Singer was genuinely fooled by his accent in the audition.