* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Tons, the biggest example being Bay. She's either a selfish bitch or a poor, neglected [[TheWoobie [=Woobie=]]]. Either way, she undergoes much CharacterDevelopment.
** Daphne: Poor girl with daddy issues and a hard childhood in the slums, or a self-absorbed, manipulative, boy-crazed girl who only cares about herself and what she wants, while struggling to focus on anyone's problems but her own?
** Regina: a well-intentioned and caring mother, or someone who [[spoiler:selfishly held on to a child that she knew wasn't hers?]]
** Emmett: a misunderstood troubled teen with his heart in the right place, or an irrationally jealous person who borders on emotionally abusive.
** Angelo: an estranged father hoping for a second chance or a slimy criminal looking for a cut of the lawsuit.
* BizarroEpisode: The sign language episode.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Every dance sequence in ''Dance Me to the End of Love''.
* BrokenBase: Daphne or Bay?
* CriticalResearchFailure: This goes here, because more and more of the show's ''many'' Deaf fans are complaining that the actors are getting lazy and sloppy with their signing.
** To top this, according to several of the "extras" who saw behind the stage, there ''is an ASL specialist'', and yet some of the main actors refuse to listen to the specialist and continue to sign in their increasingly grammatically-incorrect way.
** On an unrelated note, Daphne is a pescatarian, not a vegetarian, as she eats shrimp. A full vegetarian would not eat seafood.
* DieForOurShip: Some of the ShipToShipCombat between the Daphne/Emmett and Bay/Emmett shippers mentioned below got up to these levels. The more vocal D/E shippers would often take Bay's intial [[ItsAllAboutMe selfishness]] and BrattyTeenageDaughter tendencies from earlier in the series and turn her into a domineering vixen that has a {{wimpifi|cation}}fied Emmett under her thumb while completely ignoring her CharacterDevelopment over the course of the season. On the flipside, the more rabid B/E shippers will twist Daphne up into a possessive and psychotic {{Yandere}} that wouldn't think twice to MurderTheHypotenuse, conveniently forgetting the fact that the worst things Daphne ever did were mostly a bunch of failed and largely half-assed attempts at RelationshipSabotage. Thankfully, it's died down with the passage of time, and from Daphne ultimately pulling a genuine IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy in regards to Emmett and did give him and Bay her blessing.
** Ty also received some, despite Bay and Emmett hooking up after they broke up, though that's thankfully died down as well. It was reignited when he returned during Season 2.
** Part of the fandom went berserk when [[spoiler:Simone (of all people) [[SexForSolace slept with Emmett]]]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Emmett, the Deaf motorcycling drummer. Also Tank.
* HilariousInHindsight: A show where a guy torments a male classmate [[spoiler: he's secretly in love with]] where MaxAdler has a recurring role? [[Series/{{Glee}} Where have I seen this before?]]
* HoYay: After only a couple scenes together, Toby/Emmett has gained an impressive amount of shippers.
** Female version:
*** Between Regina and Melody. Particularly underlined in several instances, such as Regina asking Melody to be her plus-one for the Kennishes' party or to her art opening.
*** Some Internet commenters have noticed that Bay seemed to have a crush on her tagging buddy Zarra. Toby later lampshades this at Bay's "un-Valentine" party.
*** Bay and Natalie have some excellent BelligerentSexualTension, and now it's canon that Natalie likes the ladies...
*** Invoked InUniverse when Kathryn and Regina pretend to be a couple at a book release party, in order to get one of Kathryn's exes to leave them alone. They keep going with it (and even kiss each other on the mouth) when they find that it also stirs up buzz for Kathryn's new book.
* JerkassWoobie: The new deaf kid, Travis. He's abrasive, rude, and gets on Daphne alot for no apparent reason. It turns out his parents, who are hearing, made no effort to understand him or communicate with him and Daphne is basically his only friend.
* {{Narm}}: ''TheSoup'' had fun with a scene from the pilot, where John is thinking about Daphne's disability, and hears an ice cream truck driving by while playing a tune. ''At night.''
* ShipToShipCombat: Bay/Emmett vs. Daphne/Emmett.
** Now there's something brewing between the [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Wilke/Daphne]] shippers and the [[BirdsOfAFeather Travis/Daphne]] fans. After Wilke got [[spoiler: PutOnABus to boarding school]], thing only started heating up for the worst.
** [[DoggedNiceGuy Travis]]/Daphne versus [[TheCasanova Jeff]]/Daphne. The episode "The Declaration of Independence" didn't help things any.
** And now that [[TheBusCameBack Ty's back]], it's Bay/Ty versus Bay/Emmett. In season 3, it's Bay/Emmett versus Bay/Tank versus Bay/Ty.
* {{Squick}}[=/=]NoYay: Chef Jeff and Daphne's relationship. She was his underage employee and he knew it, meaning he knowingly committed statutory rape whenever they had sex.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Bay seems to believe this--she is something of a secret Creator/{{Banksy}} and puts modern artwork all over town.
* WhamEpisode: ''Memory is Your Image of Perfection'', in which [[spoiler: Sharee's mother stabs Dr. Jackson, Bay loses all movement in her right hand, and Kathryn tells John that she's unhappy and the life they had created together isn't the life she wants anymore.]]
* TheWoobie: Take your pick. Bay, Daphne and Emmett all have their moments. Bay feels she doesn't fit with the parents that raised her and think they like Daphne more, and she feels her birth mother chose Daphne over her. Daphne feels angry with Regina for not telling her about the switch and keeping her from the Kennishes, then has Emmett choose Bay over her. Emmett watched Daphne date other guys for eight years, before having her express her feelings after he started dating Bay. Not to mention the LonelyPianoPiece that plays when he can't understand what someone's saying.
** Travis. His family doesn't bother learning how to sign or communicate with him, and Daphne connects with him. Later on, when it's obvious that he's got a crush on Daphne, [[OperationJealousy she flirts with him and makes plans with him in order to attract Jeff]], then ditches him to go after Jeff.
** ''[[CrapsackWorld Everyone.]]'' The sheer amount of DysfunctionJunction for the sake of drama makes everyone have their moments of sympathy.
* YokoOhNo: InUniverse - Simone tries to change Guitar Face's sound as soon as she starts dating Toby. However, she specifically denies being this, with varied evidence.
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