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Series: As the World Turns
aka: As Theworld Turns
Famous long-running Soap Opera on TV which first began airing in 1956 and finally ended in 2010. It takes place in the fictional town of Oakdale, Illinois. It mainly focuses on the Snyder and the Hughes families. Groundbreaking in that it featured the first American daytime male same-sex kiss and gay supercouple.

It features example of the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents
  • The Alcoholic: Carly (like her father). This was played surprisingly realistically, being developed over time, with viewers noticing that she started to drink more and more as her life started becoming more stressful and it causing problems for her family. She was Put on a Bus to rehab for a while and didn't magically get better.
    • Luke Snyder was also an alcoholic, and also never magically got better, although he did stop drinking eventually, his alcoholism continued to be mentioned until the end of the show.
      • In Luke's case, it's debatable. Some believe he fit the markers of a binge drinker but not a full-out alcoholic.
  • American Accents: The media often has explicitly Texan characters speak in an accent that an actual Texan is unlikely to have. Reid doesn't have this accent, but it's never been confirmed that Reid was raised in Texas, only that he lived and worked there. The fandom seems to have decided that Reid is from Boston, where his uncle lives. Reid also went to Harvard, which is in Massachusetts; depending on how long he was there, that could have shaped his current accent.
  • And Starring: Eileen Fulton as Lisa.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: Noah, initially.
    • Brian, who was married to Lucinda but had the hots for Luke.
  • Artistic License - Medicine:
    • Antibiotics are useless against a viral infection.
    • Noah's entire surgery and recovery. They didn't even shave his head.
    • Dusty had that same problem.
    • A gay man donating his heart to Chris.
  • Ascended Extra: Katie, Vienna and Henry for starters.
    • Jennifer Landon's Gwen was supposed to be a one episode character. She impressed producers so much that she was signed to a long-term contract, and went on to win three consecutive Daytime Emmys.
  • Back from the Dead: James Stenbeck does this a lot. For the last few years, the actor who played him lived in Argentina and he would come back every so often. He was eventually Killed Off for Real.
    • Soaps are notorious for this, if there's no body, the person most likely will be this. During James' funeral, Barbara was happy to be sure his actual body was there.
  • Batman Gambit: Often used to explain how somebody came back from the dead.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Luke and Reid. At first they couldn't stand each other, but when they became friendlier to one another, they continually crossed back and forth over the line between bickering and flirting.
  • Big Eater: Reid
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: All of Them.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: In his final moments of Brad's life, Katie rushes to get Jacob to Brad so he can meet his son before he dies, but she gets there too late.
  • Black Comedy Rape/Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male/Rape as Drama: When a crazed Julia kidnapped her ex-husband Jack, held him prisoner, and eventually forced him to have sex with her (she wanted to get pregnant to replace the baby she's miscarried), the scenes were initially played as dark comedy, something that would never have happened had the genders been reversed. However, the scenes took a much uglier tone when she tried to kill him afterwards, and when he later revealed what had happened to his fiancee, she reacted with horror and sympathy and never once blamed him or insinuated that he was a willing participant.
    • When Vienna does this to Henry, it's Played for Laughs. There was also a storyline where Katie wanted a child (but Brad didn't at the time) so she started poking holes in condoms and lying about wearing a diaphragm.
    • Averted with Luke (who is gay) when Zoe tried to rape him to have a child.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Liberty and Faith were this at times.
    • Parker was also like this sometimes, especially right before/during Carly's alcoholism storyline. He later matured and focused on helping Carly.
  • Brutal Honesty: Reid
  • But Not Too Gay: Noah and Luke actually had a fan instituted countdown in between their kisses. They went 211 days in between two kisses and it took them 514 days from their first meeting to get their first love scene (which was very tame compared to the other couples). This is unusual, particularly in the Soap Opera media where romance and love scenes happen frequently.
  • Bury Your Gays: Reid and Reg.
  • Butt Monkey: Henry, so much.
  • Camp Straight: Henry.
  • The Cast Showoff: Eileen Fulton sang in a few episodes. As did Martha Byrne.
  • Closet Key: Luke to Noah. Luke's crush on Kevin made him realize he was gay.
  • Coming-Out Story: Luke at 16. His love interest, Noah, as well. Amusingly averted with Reid, who was much older when he was introduced.
    • Luke's story involved his biological father trying to send him to a straight camp and his mother reluctantly going along with it. Holden, however, was very supportive. Noah's story involved loads of denial and his father trying to murder his love interest.
  • Continuity Nod: Done often usually involving milestones.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Reid's heart actually being a match for Chris.
  • Cool Old Guy: Bob.
  • Cool Old Lady: Nancy full stop.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Lucinda, Dusty, Craig.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Reid. Faith snarked at Lily a lot when she became a teenager.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Reid, Luke's boyfriend was killed off in one of the last episodes. Although, Luke didn't get back together with Noah (it was too soon, and Noah planned to move to LA).
  • December-December Romance: Lucinda is paired with John Dixon at the end.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Luke as one for Reid, for example.
  • Dirty Old Man: Brian, who made unwanted advances toward Luke while married to Luke's grandmother.
  • Disguised in Drag: Henry, multiple times.
  • Dr. Jerk: Reid does care deeply for his patients, but anyone who watched the scene where he was going on about how awesome a woman having a rare something was because he got to show his genius by performing a extremely experimental procedure, only blithely acknowledging that his failure would be worse for her (as in, she would either be a vegetable or dead) than it would be for him can be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
    • His Fan Nickname is Dr. House for a reason, though ironically he's more comparable to Scrubs's Dr. Cox.
    • He once kept Henry under quarantine because he kept annoying him.
  • Dysfunction Junction
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Reid when Luke opens his hotel room door with just a towel. Reid continues staring when Luke drops his towel and walks into the bathroom.
  • Elevator Failure: It is a Soap Opera, after all.
  • Et Tu, Brute?
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Katie was in on Vienna's plan to trap Henry into marrying her (Vienna). She drew the line at faking a miscarriage. Not really evil though, she really thought she was doing a good thing, at that point it became My God, What Have I Done?.
  • Faking the Dead: James Stenbeck is a master at this. Damian did this at least once.
  • Fan Sequel: The Reid Oliver Cartoon Saga The series was cancelled soon after the Cartoon Saga began.
    • Which the actor playing Reid is aware of and has said he enjoys.
  • Gay Aesop: Subverted in that the person who learned the aesop was the on who left the show as opposed to the gay person.
  • Gayngst: Luke and Noah got a lot of this.
  • Genre Savvy: Occasionally characters do seem to be aware they're in a bizarre, abnormal soap world, but that doesn't seem to stop the plot from getting the better of them.
  • Happily Married: Tom and Margo. Kim and Bob, too.
  • Has Two Daddies: Johnny, who is biologically Craig's son, but was being raised by his mother Jennifer and Dusty. After she died,and Johnny returned from his kidnapping by Lucy, Dusty and Craig fought over custody of Johnny. Craig won, but allowed Dusty visitation rights and Johnny still considered him his father.
  • Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?
  • Hide Your Gays
  • Hospital Hottie: Lampshaded by Richard when seeing Dr. Oliver:
    "Dude, You doctor is hot!"
  • Hot for Student: Noah's film professor, though Noah is completely oblivious.
  • How Unscientific!: Paul has psychic visions sometimes. How or why this happens is never explained.
  • Hypocrite: Jennifer Munson. She is primarily responsible for the death of Bryant Montgomery, by having an affair with his cousin behind his back and Bryant's grief was so profound that he got into a fatal car crash. Not too long later Jennifer had a one-night stand with Bryant's father, Craig, and got pregnant. However, a mix of guilt and Craig's own shady personality meant that Jennifer didn't want Craig around their child. So she faked an accident so that Craig would be denied full custody of their baby and whenever Craig confronted her about her actions she would throw Bryant's death in his face and blame HIM for it!! Only a handful of people knew the actual truth about Bryant's death so she was able to get away with it, but it was HER fault Bryant died!! Yet she sat on a sanctimonious high horse and continually blamed Craig for Bryant's death, to the point that then everybody blamed Craig for his death.
  • Insufferable Genius: Reid
  • Improbable Hairstyle: An In-Joke within the fandom is how often Luke changes hairstyles, frequently from one scene to the next, and at least once within the same scene, which shouldn't be possible.
    • When Ameera was visited in prison, she was shown was professionally done highlights.
  • Jerk Ass: Paul Ryan. Among his most memorable moments on the show included publicly humiliating his fiancee, Rose D'Angelo, and dumping her at the altar; stealing his half-sister Jennifer's newborn baby and allowing his sister to believe her baby died just because his mortal enemy Craig Montgomery fathered the child; coaxing his comatose ex-wife Rosanna out of her coma for no other reason than to hurt his ex-girlfriend Meg; and hiring an imposter to PRETEND TO BE HIS DEAD SISTER JENNIFER to lure Dusty Donovan away from Meg. Yet despite his deplorable actions, he acted like he somehow had higher ground than anybody else on the show and constantly acted like a Morality Pet against other characters. He even called the cops on Rosanna when he found out she'd falsified Meg's paternity test results—this being after he stole Jennifer's baby!!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Reid.
  • Karma Houdini: Craig. James Stenbeck. Katie sometimes.
  • Kissing Cousins: Parker/Liberty, though they aren't related by blood (Jack isn't Parker's biological father) and they didn't grow up knowing each other, since Liberty's father Brad didn't know she existed until she was a teenager.
    • Faith was also shown to have a crush on Parker.
  • Kissing Discretion Shot: Mostly done concerning Luke and Noah.
  • Kiss-Kiss-Slap: Quite literally with Reid-initiated kisses — see here.
  • Killed Off for Real: Usually only happens when the actor died.
    • James Stenbeck.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Reid did this a lot
  • Like Father, Like Son: Parker decides to become a police officer like Jack.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Long Runner: It was on the air for 54 years.
  • Love Dodecahedron
  • Love Makes You Crazy
  • Love Makes You Dumb: In particular, Lily Snyder and her son Luke spring to mind but they aren't the only ones.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Craig and Damian.
  • Lampshade Hanging: One of Reid's best contributions to the show.
  • Mama Bear: Lucinda, although she seems to handle things better when her grandchildren are involved rather than her children; many argue that Lily being so screwed up is due to Lucinda herself.
  • Marriage Before Romance: Simon and Katie.
  • Married to the Job
  • May-December Romance: Henry ends up with Barbara. Casey and Emily were married at one point.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Reid, when Luke catches him at The Lakeview by himself. Reid says he's seeing a patient, but Luke doesn't believe him. Because Chris wanted to keep it a secret (and Reid was legally obligated to do so) Reid couldn't explain himself.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Paul and Henry. Made all the more hilarious by the fact that they were in a lingerie store. Reid isn't entirely convinced that Henry is straight either.
  • Monochrome Casting: After Bonnie left the cast was all white.
  • Morality Pet: Luke is the Morality Pet for Reid in a MAJOR way, mostly trying to get him to be nicer to the hospital staff.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Casey got a lot of shirtless scenes. Luke, Brad, Noah, and Reid also had some.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Vienna
  • New Old Flame: John and Lucinda, Emily and Paul.
  • No Bisexuals
  • Nobody Thinks It Will Work
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Vienna Hyatt was originally meant to be an imitation of Paris Hilton. A wealthy heiress whose first name was the name of a European capital with the last name of a chain of expensive hotels.
  • No-One Could Have Survived That
  • Not So Different: One of the reasons Luke and Reid didn't like each other at first was because they each thought the other was rude and arrogant, but turned out to be nicer than they expected.
  • Not Quite Dead
  • Offing the Offspring
  • Only Sane Man: It seems generally agreed upon that Reid is an example of what would happen if a real person were ever to enter a soap opera.
  • Pair the Spares: Done when the show ended. With everyone except Luke, whose boyfriend was killed, Noah, and Vienna. John Dixon, who had been Brother Chucked years ago, was brought back as a Last Minute Hookup with Lucinda.
  • Pet the Dog
  • Platonic Life Partners: Katie and Henry, though they did have a romantic relationship at one time.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Henry
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Nancy was supposed to play a much larger role in Chris's transplant storyline but her actress (Helen Wagner) died.
  • Retcon: Tends to happen when Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome is involved.
  • Rich Bitch
  • The Rival: Reid to Chris
  • Screaming Birth
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!
  • Series Continuity Error: The death of Bryant Montogmery. Originally he died in a car accident after receiving the devastating news that not only was his girlfriend, Jennifer Munson, cheating on him with his cousin Billy, but his close friends Adam and Abigail knew about it and kept it a secret from him. A couple years later the cause for his death was changed to his father Craig being responsible, and other characters continually threw Bryant's death in Craig's face to show what a monster he was. Including Jennifer.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Reid and Luke
  • Smart People Play Chess: Reid, who was a chess champion as a kid.
  • Smug Snake: Craig, Lucinda.
  • Shipper on Deck: Some people, especially Luke's mother who seems to hate Reid, ship Luke with Noah. Katie is a notable exception and ships Luke with Reid.
  • Soap Opera
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome
  • Straight Gay: Most (if not all) of the gay characters introduced are this to some extent.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Craig toward Carly.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Reid seems to think the rest of the hospital staff is incompetent, though he has a lot of respect for Bob Hughes.
  • Tangled Family Tree: Even by soap opera standards, the Snyder family is something to behold. One example: Super Couple Holden and Lily also uncle and niece because Lily is the daughter of Holden's adopted sister Iva, who was raped by an adopted Snyder cousin who later married Holden's bio sister Meg. Keep in mind there are six Snyder siblings.
  • The Baby Trap: Vienna does this to Henry, he gets an annulment ASAP upon finding out. Vienna pretended to be pregnant, wearing a pad on her stomach for months, and planned to fake a miscarriage. Katie goes along with this at first, but when Vienna reveal plans to fake a miscarriage, she says it's gone too far.
  • TV Genius: Reid
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Henry isn't ugly, but his girlfriend Vienna is noticeably more attractive than he is. Reid lampshades this.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Luke and Casey, Ameera and Noah. Ameera had been under the protection of Noah's father in Iraq and needed a green card. It didn't work.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension
  • We Interrupt This Program: The live broadcast of ATWT on November 22, 1963 was interrupted by Walter Cronkite reporting the first bulletins regarding the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. The actors were not immediately informed, and continued their efforts as CBS cut back to the show between bulletins before abandoning the broadcast entirely in favor of continuous news coverage. Because CBS was routinely videotaping the show for time zone delay and rebroadcast, the entire sequence survives and can be viewed online; see here.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: John Dixon, who randomly just stopped appearing in episodes with no explanation. When he came back six years later, he revealed he had been working at John Hopkins University's hospital.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Everybody has been called out for something at some point. One story line had Carly pretend to be dying of cancer.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Luke, who turns out to be Damian's son.
    • Janet's son turns out to be Dusty's.
    • Henry is revealed to be James' son.
  • Why Couldn't You Be Different?
  • Won it Playing Cards: How Henry came into ownership of Al's Diner.
  • You Didn't Ask: Reid didn't tell anyone except Katie about his homosexuality because no one bothered to ask. He told Luke when he accused him of being homophobic.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Almost everyone.
    • Luke once kissed Brian, his grandmother's husband, to get back at Noah for hanging out with Maddie.
    • Jealous over Jack spending time with Carly, Janet sleeps with Dusty on Christmas Eve.
    • Craig with Rosanna while her sister Carly was in rehab. Carly's family was furious.

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