Series / Coronation Street

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Coronation Street (or Corrie) is a British Prime Time Soap on ITV, which follows the ups and downs in the lives of the residents of a typical working-class street in a Salford, Manchester neighbourhood.

It has been running for a very, very, VERY long time, first airing on 9 December 1960, and will probably keep going until the heat death of the universe. It has been running long enough that a character in her fifties may originally have been introduced as a sexy young twentysomething. Many assume (although, ITV is to blame) that it is the longest-running soap in the world, but The Archers (which began on BBC radio in 1952) and Guiding Light (which predates both of them) would likely say otherwise.

What Coronation Street can claim (since the cancellation of Guiding Light in 2009) is that it is the longest-running soap opera currently on television.note  Also viewable in Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Curious Americans can watch it on Hulu (or the CBC, if they can receive it).

The show is often on about five times a week (as do most British soap operas) and has an omnibus at the end of the week. The series began showing at least two a week, and has gradually increased throughout its run-time. In the summer of 2016, it was announced that their schedule would be increased to six episodes a week in the autumn of 2017, and the television set was going to be extended.

Classic user of the Soap Wheel.

Please Note: As an ongoing soap with no reruns outside of the weekly omnibus, spoilers will not be tagged unless they refer to events that have yet to happen on-screen.


Coronation Street provides examples of:

Um, well, most of the tropes in The Catalogue by now, given the longevity of the series. More than once, in many cases.
  • The Alcoholic:
    • Peter Barlow, although he has mostly gotten over it except when he needs to drown his sorrows. Usually over his cheating.
    • Carla Connor, during her and Peter Barlow's marriage (briefly).
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys:
    • Charlie Stubbs, who, if not quite as sociopathic, was nonetheless a thoroughly obvious nasty piece of work whom women seemed to find irresistible. Unluckily for him, he ended up with Tracy Barlow, who was a full-blown sociopath.
    • Katy Armstrong, Sarah Platt and Sarah's daughter Bethany all had a fling with Callum Logan even though everyone warned them that he was a dangerous thug who was probably just using them. It was of course, true.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Maya, among others.
  • Amoral Attorney: Adam Barlow and Maya Sharma.
  • Anyone Can Die: Due to this, it's quite common for the producers to film a number of alternate endings/outcomes when a major character is going to die or be murdered in order to keep the show spoiler-free. They also do this quite often in on-screen court cases, filming both 'Guilty' and 'Not Guilty' outcomes and deciding later which one to use.
  • Astral Projection: Played for laughs — whilst working at the butcher's, Graeme Proctor started wearing Fred Elliott's trademark straw hat and speaking with Fred's Verbal Tic and some of his signature mannerisms. As Fred had died several years before Graeme arrived on the street, his son Ashley began wondering if he really was being possessed. Turns out it was just a joke Graeme was playing on Ashley, after Ashley's wife told him about Fred.
  • Attention Whore:
    • David Platt's usual motivation for all his dirty deeds (the other reason being that he's usually just bored. He has changed considerably, though, since he married Kylie.
    • His sister Sarah revelled in attention.
    • Rosie and Sophie Webster too — in Sophie's case, it was more to do with her parents spending so much time fussing over Rosie or their own squabbling to pay as much attention to her.
  • Back from the Dead: Averted — unlike other soaps, when someone dies in Corrie, they usually stay dead.
    • Teased, in the case of Richard Hillman, when his widow Gail started to receive cards from her deceased serial killer husband. Turns out it was her son David, playing a sick joke.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Dog and Gun.
  • Better Manhandle the Murder Weapon: Subverted. When Hayley commited suicide via lethal cocktail she told Roy not to touch the glass so he wouldn't be suspected of killing her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Molly Dobbs.
    • Sean Tully.
    • Rosie Webster, although most people called her out on it.
  • Birth/Death Juxtaposition: Maria finding out that she was pregnant on the same day that husband Liam was killed off.
    • Fiz going into premature labour and giving birth to baby Hope. This was on the same night as the explosion in the joinery and tram crash which killed Ashley Peacock, Molly Dobbs and Charlotte Hoyle — who died of injuries suffered at the hands of John Stape.
  • Bland-Name Product: Freshco. It's like Tesco but fresh.
  • Brainless Beauty:
    • Jason Grimshaw. In a subversion, Jason is a skilled construction worker; he's just not particularly bright.
    • Rosie Webster. Arguably her finest moment was when she went to see a 3-D film and complained afterwards that the picture had been too dark and the effects literally flat. It turned out she had been wearing an ordinary pair of sun specs rather than the special polarised glasses. Like Jason, she does have some smarts — as in she went to a school for the gifted in her teens.
  • Brick Joke: Jason Grimshaw being voted 'Mr Gay Weatherfield' in 2009 is already pretty funny since Jason is straight. When Rosie Webster enlisted him to help bring sister Sophie and her partner Sian back to Weatherfield as they struggle with coming out and Sophie questions why Rosie brought Jason since he won't understand what they're going through, he replies with "Excuse me, I'm Mr Gay Weatherfield."
  • British Brevity: Averted. Celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2010 and is aired five times a week.
  • Brought Home the Wrong Kid: Rosie Webster took her baby brother Jack to be in a photo shoot and ended up bringing home a baby girl instead.
    • Michelle Connor's son Ryan, who was the subject of a baby swap storyline. Was not brought up again after the storyline's conclusion.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Roy who's odd and eccentric but runs his cafe business well and seems to be a good cook. And often knows what to say when someone's going through tough times.
  • Bus Crash:
    • Actress Maggie Jones passed away while there was still footage of Blanche Hunt. After the footage ran out, Blanche was said to be on holiday in Portugal. Once they had gotten major storylines out of the way, they killed Blanche off officially.
    • Deidre was written off as dead on the day she was due to return home because her actress had died during her absence.
  • Call-Back: Corries loves this trope and characters (particularly the older ones like Rita, Norris, Emily etc who remember them) will frequently talk about their friends and things that happened in the street, sometimes very very far back in time!
    • A notable example was Rita's line "What is it with me and trams?" after being rescued from the rubble of the tram crash in 2010. She was referring to the time Alan Bradley died after being hit by a tram after chasing her in Blackpool in 1989.
    • A second call back came in 2016 when Alan's daughter Jenny visited Blackpool to face her family's demons and saved young Jack Webster (who she had kidnapped a few years earlier) from a similar fate.
  • Carrying a Cake: Played with, where a family were carrying a homemade wedding cake to the reception, while a scooter wove its way around them. The cake actually did make it to its intended destination, only to then be destroyed by the drugs squad in search of evidence.
  • Cat Fight: Several times between female characters. While often they start with a heated argument and sometimes a slap, the actual fighting generally doesn't progress beyond hair-pulling until two usually male characters drag the two off each other, usually to the dismay of amused onlookers.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Nobody ever watches TV, certainly not at 19:30 every weekday evening.
    • For the same reason, a lot of the magazines in the background (specifically, those that would feature soap stars on the cover) are bland name replacements for the actual publications, even after Product Placement was allowed under UK law; largely because they would either have the characters of Coronation Street on the cover and thus fully invoke this trope, or those of competing soaps which the producers would obviously not want to advertise however subtly on their show.
    • In a 2001 episode, Candice mentions "Kym from Popstars". She's referring to Kym Marsh, who would later go on to play Michelle Connor.
  • Character Outlives Actor: Several characters live on off-screen following their actors' deaths. Others live on until the scriptwriters are able to work the characters' deaths in.
  • Characterisation Marches On:
    • As a teenager, David Platt was a Deadpan Snarker Sociopath. By 2012, David's become a more likeable and stable (albeit still snarky) young man with a wife and stepson. However, there are several moments of "relapse", such as trying to kill his brother in a car crash over the paternity of his wife's child.
    • When she was younger, Rosie Webster was reasonably intelligent. However, before she left the show, she had repeatedly Taken A Level In Dumbass and became increasingly vapid and self-absorbed.
  • The Chew Toy:
    • Tyrone Dobbs. One girlfriend cheated on him with a footballer; his first wife had an affair (And child) with his best friend/business partner, before leaving him and telling him the child wasn't his, and eventually dying that same night after the tram crash; then his first girlfriend after Molly's death (And second wife) tried to drive him away from his friends, regularly abused him, briefly walked out on him with their unborn child, before framing him for abusing her.
    • Curly Watts, another unfavored bad-luck magnet.
  • Citizenship Marriage: There was one involving Tina's friend Xin and her then boyfriend Graeme. There have been others before though.
    • Maria Connor's marriage to Pablo (which ended in her being jailed briefly for fraud).
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Sophie Webster tended to get extremely jealous and hurt whenever Sian had a laugh with anyone but her. Ironically on the receiving end when Kate's girlfriend Caz thought they were cheating.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Charlie Stubbs, when he thought Tracy was cheating on him.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
    • Graeme Proctor
    • Raquel Watts
    • Roy Cropper, to a certain extent
    • Julie Carp — she even gets told this in those exact words by her sister, Eileen.
    • Kirk Sutherland
  • Continuity Nod: One of the highlights of the show is that it still features regular references and callbacks to older characters and storylines, often from decades ago. Hardly an episode goes by without a nod, whether it be to something two months old or twenty years old.
  • Crapsack World:
    • Blanche Hunt's view of the world.
    • Frankly, Weatherfield itself, considering the amount of deaths/accidents/general misery present over the years. It's a wonder people still move to the street, considering pretty much every house/building has had multiple deaths in them (including a number of murders). Taken Up to Eleven with the Fiftieth Anniversary special, with a freak tram accident demolishing one end of the street and killing/seriously wounding a number of residents.
      • Saying that, compared to Walford, Weatherfield is the happiest place on Earth. Also of note is that a study showed that living on Coronation Street is actually safer than living in real-life Salford.
  • Crossover: Happened with rival soap EastEnders in 2010 as a special episode for Children in Need.
  • Dead Guy Junior:
    • Maria's son Liam.
    • Ashley and Claire Peacock renamed their son Freddie, to honour Ashley's recently deceased father Fred.
    • Tyrone and Molly named their son Jack in honour of Jack Duckworth, Tyrone's father figure. Shame Tyrone wasn't the father.
  • Deadpan Snarker: David Platt
  • Dead Person Conversation: As he dies, Jack Duckworth sees and hears his wife, Vera (who had died two years before) urging him to come with her. They share one last dance together. When the rest of the family comes home, they find Jack having died in his sleep.
  • Domestic Abuse:
    • Tyrone Dobbs and Kirsty Soames.
    • Charlie Stubbs and Shelley Unwin.
    • Faked by Tracy Barlow as part of a plot to kill Charlie Stubbs
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Very strongly averted with Kirsty Soames's treatment of Tyrone Dobbs. She violently attacked and scarred him — hitting him, forcing him against walls, slamming his fingers in doors; cut him off from friends, destroyed his sentimental possessions such as photographs, and he stayed with her mostly because he was afraid she would take their daughter Ruby away if he reported her. None of this was played for laughs and Kirsty was portrayed as being a very dangerously violent and unhinged person to the viewer because of it, though most of the other characters had no idea.
    • It managed to subvert this as uber-bitch Tracy was constantly manipulating Steve to get money out of him for their daughter and sometimes just for the hell of it. One episode saw Steve get his own back where he insulted Tracy in the pub and compared her to his ex-wife. This pissed Tracy off and she punched him in the face. Steve immediately phoned the police and Tracy ended up spending the night in jail for assault.
    • Played with when it came to Dev and Tara. Tara found out Dev had cheated on her when they had broken up briefly and plotted to get revenge. She ended up plastering a nude photo of Dev on a billboard in the street with "Liar" written in an obvious place (in addition to rejecting his proposal in public). While Tara wasn't portrayed as being in the right (Dev's daughter Amber chewed her out for it), the whole thing had a slight comedic tone to it which wouldn't have been the case if Dev had put up a picture of Tara.
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Memorably Katie Harris, after her mother was falsely convicted of murdering her father. Katie left a note confessing to the murder and committed suicide by eating lots of sugary foods (she was diabetic).
    • Hayley Cropper too, when she found out she had months to live.
    • Natasha attempted this after Gail busted her for lying to Nick about her pregnancy.note  Thankfully Natasha was saved.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Many families appear to get along with each other, even if they've tried to kill each other over pettiness in the past.
    • Averted with Kevin Webster, and his affair with Molly Dobbs. It was several months before his wife Sally forgave him, and even then they didn't get back together. It took over a year for Molly's husband and Kevin's best friend Tyrone to even start rebuilding their friendship.
  • Enormous Engagement Ring: The hyper-jealous Eileen has seen her fireman boyfriend Paul out with an attractive firewoman from his station. Suspecting he is cheating, Eileen and her dozy friend Julie embarrass themselves — and him — by breaking into the station. Angry and disgruntled, Paul produces a large ornate engagement ring and says this is the reason he was out with his colleague. Her family own a jewellers' store and she was helping him choose a ring. She's the right person to find the best and most beautiful ring, and she also gets a discount on it for him, so it is larger and better than what he might have been able to afford in normal circumstances. Eileen is sick twice over on seeing the ring. One, because it is big and ornate, and visibly so; two, because her insane and irrational jealousy has made him contemplate breaking the whole thing off and taking it back to the shop for a refund.
  • Estranged Soap Family: Seems to change by the week.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • David Platt. He may be a Deadpan Snarker Smug Snake Sociopath, but he once opposed to abortion.
    • Tracy and Peter. For all the things that they've done to make people's lives miserable, they would kill anyone who tried to murder their parents (as step-brother Daniel discovered. Luckily, they threatened him out of their house.)
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo:
    • Betty Williams with her son Gordon Clegg, who was initially raised as her nephew
    • Danny Baldwin, who grew up believing Mike was his uncle but then learned he was his father.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Most on-screen deaths tend to be non-gory ends such as heart attacks, while more gruesome deaths usually receive Gory Discretion Shots.
    • However, some deaths unexpectedly avert this, such as Charlie Stubbs, who was quite explicitly smashed over the head with a statue by Tracy Barlow and fatally wounded.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Plenty.
    • Though probably the best example was Adam Rickitt, the second actor to play Nick Tilsley. Perhaps a touch of Viewers Are Morons as well, since Nick's original actor, Warren Jackson was sacked and replaced by Rickitt simply for not being sexy enough, despite the widespread opinion that Jackson was a much better actor than Rickitt.
  • Fille Fatale:
    • Rosie Webster. Ironically by the time she turned eighteen, she had grown out of this somewhat.
    • Nathan Curtis is trying to turn Bethany Platt into this as part of a child grooming storyline.
  • Flanderization: Sally Webster/Metcalfe. She went from being a somewhat pushy wife to an extremely pushy parent to an obsessive snob who looks down her nose on all her neighbours and colleagues.
    • Gail Platt. She's never been too bright but was always a strong-willed matriarchal mother who took charge when her kids were trouble-making teens. In recent years though, she has turned into a spineless buffoon used almost solely for comic relief. There are, however, some moments when the old Gail shines through.
  • Freudian Excuse: David Platt has a whole pile of them.
  • Funny Background Event: As Stella is yelling at Carl for cheating on her with Sunita and throwing his personal items out of the window, a taxi pulls up behind Carl (who is standing in the middle of the street) and begins to honk. Stella continues to throw stuff out of the window, Carl doesn't move, and the taxi continues to honk. After a couple of seconds, the taxi simply reverses and goes down another street.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Rosie Webster, through her simplemindedness.
    • Cheryl the lap-dancer.
    • Joanne Jackson
  • The Ghost: "Fat" Brenda, who works for Street Cars, is often mentioned but never seen. An online spin-off based on the Street Cars employees featured Brenda's daughter; Brenda herself finally appears at the end, but only her feet can be seen.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Tracy Barlow is the biggest example. Since her 2002 return she has made herself known for her constant bitchiness and gets away with just about everything, including murder. Often, whenever anything criminal occurs on the street, everyone points the finger at her.
    • Charlie Stubbs.
    • Callum Logan.
    • The 2016 minor character Lauren who made her presence known as the school bully targeting specifically Bethany Platt. Even though many of her actions were worthy of at least a criminal record, she seemed to get away with it until a threat from David and a school expulsion seemed to chase her off for good.
    • Nathan Curtis.
  • Henpecked Husband:
    • Nearly every male character that's married. It's obvious it's the women who really rule the roost in Weatherfield. Aversions have a tendency to end up six feet under.
    • Steve McDonald wins this hands down, having dated and gotten married over six times to an increasingly long line of dominating women.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ashley Peacock, during the aftermath of the Joinery explosion. He held up part of the ceiling to stop it collapsing on Peter Barlow and Nick Tilsley, knowing full well he wouldn't be able to get out when it came down.
  • Holiday Volunteering: Sophie drags Sally to a shelter on Christmas 2013. Only for Sophie get into a fight with one homeless girl who shoved one of their faces into a dessert. Her purse gets stolen soon after and of course she blames it on the girl.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Sally Webster, because of her insistence that Fiz was involved with John Stape's crimes. Her justification was that Fiz must have known what her husband was doing, because the idea of her not realising was preposterous. Cue practically every other character responding with "You didn't realise what Kevin was doing."
      • When the affair is exposed, she's furious at Kevin ... despite having an affair years ago with Ian Davenport that she never got caught for.
    • After Peter Barlow publicly humiliated Leanne at their wedding for her affair with Nick Tilsley and Carla Connor for her attraction to the engaged Peter, who would he soon cheat on Leanne with and marry after their divorce?
    • Brian Packham, giving David and Kylie Platt stick over what they give Max for his school dinners, whilst stuffing down a bag of chips and being in no physical shape to criticise anyone's eating habits. He even goes so far as to say that all teachers at the school are going to be checking what students bring to eat from home. Lampshaded by David and Kylie.
    • David, who falls in love with the mother of the thug that killed his wife, snaps that "the apple doesn't rot far from the tree". The woman immediately points out the hypocrisy by listing all his crimes that she's heard about.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain:
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • Chesney and Kirk.
    • Becky and the Croppers.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Tina's McIntyre's murder and the person who committed it (Rob Donovan) are shown to the viewers without any attempt to conceal it. However, apart from the two of them involved, no one else knows/knew and Peter Barlow is wrongly imprisoned and tried for the crime.
    • This was subverted though in the case of Frank Foster's murder. The murder itself and who was responsible weren't shown and remained a mystery until Anne Foster (Frank's mother) confessed to it months later.
  • Intimate Open Shirt: The soap loves this one.
    • While Mike is over at Penny's, he starts off fully suited up. Next time we see him, the jacket is gone and the tie loosened. The third time, his tie is gone and shirt opened by a couple of buttons - as a clear indicator they've done the deed.
    • Ashley while staying with Claire for a romantic weekend away. He begins with his shirt buttoned up, but more buttons come undone as he gets drunker. Too bad Claire passes out before they can do anything.
    • Gail barges in on Nick and Natasha, clearly about to do the deed - if Nick's shirt is anything to go by.
    • Sexual tension between Dev and Sunita (while he's still engaged to Maya) is illustrated by Dev's shirt being like this when she walks in on him drunk.
  • Jerkass: Everybody falls into this at least once.
  • Jerkass Façade: Graham Proctor let people think that he two timed Tina for Xin, so they think that she's a victim and he's a jerk who cheated on her. It was really Tina's plan to get Xin a Citizenship Marriage.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Leanne Battersby, who has dodged prison at least twice.
    • Owen Armstrong is quickly becoming one.
    • David Platt was becoming this, before he had a Heel Realization and deliberately went on a rampage through the street, attacking several residents for the sole purpose of getting himself arrested because his mother refused to report him the police for pushing her down the stairs after he found she had his girlfriend abort the child he wasn't aware of. To hammer the point home, after he was charged he apologised to the people he attacked.
    • Tracy Barlow, she was found guilty of murder and is still out on the streets due to mistake by the forensic investigator who's work convicted her making a mistake on another case. That being said, it made Becky's dose of Laser-Guided Karma all the sweeter.
    • Grace Piper, Faye's one-time friend. Despite her young age, she was very manipulative and loved causing trouble just to see how people would react with some of her nastiest behavior including driving brain-damaged Nick into having a public breakdown, throwing rocks at Mary's mobile home and holding down Simon (with Faye's help) and recording him as she forcefully put makeup on him and then put the video online. The latter offense was illegal and although she eventually received an Offscreen Karma for her actions, it still feels like this trope since her behavior was never directly called out by anyone.
    • Sarah and David Platt when they got away with hiding the body of Callum Logan under their house after David's wife Kylie murdered him (though to be fair, she killed him in self defence). Kylie was also a member of this trope until she herself was murdered less than a year later.
    • Pat Phelan currently. Extortion, fraud, theft, murder. Whether it will come back to bite him remains to be seen.
  • Large Ham:
  • Letterbox Arson: In one episode Loan Shark Rick Neelan shoves a burning newspaper through someone's letterbox: a scene that evoked complaints, claiming that the scene encouraged crime.
  • Live Episode:
    • Between 9 December 1960 and 3 February 1961, all of the Friday episodes were broadcast live.
    • As part of the Fortieth and Fiftieth Anniversary celebrations, the 9 December episodes were also broadcast live.
    • There have been several since the milestones, leading to accusations of Ratings Stunt by audiences and critics.
  • Lysistrata Gambit: Played Straight and inverted as Michelle (firstly) and Steve (secondly) did it to one another. Michelle demanded that Steve get a vasectomy after her pregnancy scare and he refused to get one, leading to this. It didn't last long.
  • Meganekko: Deirdre, back in the day.
  • Mid-Life Crisis Car: Steve McDonald's midlife crisis dune buggy. Wife Michelle is not impressed. Not at all. Also The Alleged Car, as it broke down within a day and needed expensive repairs.
  • Miles Gloriosus: Kevin Webster.
  • Miscarriage of Justice: More frequently than actual justice being played straight, it seems.
    • Subverted with Tracy's murder trial in 2007. While she had intricately planned and set up the murder of Charlie Stubbs — making it seem like he was physically abusive to her and convincing her family and friends of this — and probably fully expected to be found innocent, the jury at her trial were not fooled and found her guilty.
      • She played this straight in 2010, taking full advantage of that the forensic evidence expert that had handled her case falsified his qualifications, which sees her retried and released.
    • Averted with Gail's trial for the murder of her husband, Joe in 2010. She is found not guilty (Joe had drowned to death on his boat in a lake in the Lake District.
    • Tyrone was on trial for physically abusing Kirsty and probably would been found guilty had Kirsty herself not burst into his trial and admitted to everyone there that she was the one abusing him.
    • Most recently for Peter Barlow, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Tina and who only got out once real killer Rob was caught.
  • Mistaken for Racist: Paul Kershaw is mistaken for a racist when he utters the phrase "play the white man" to Steve McDonald during a game of darts; Lloyd Mullaney and daughter Jenna overhear him. Paul is reluctant to apologise to Lloyd since he doesn't believe the phrase is offensive, and him feeling that if he did apologise it would confirm Lloyd's accusation of racism.
  • Monochrome Casting: Despite the show being set in Manchester, a city with substantial minority populations and a growing number of immigrants, Coronation Street resolutely ignored this for the best part of forty years and its inhabitants were 100% Caucasian and usually ethnically English. 100% Christian, too. Whilst there was one token Jewish character for a short while (Manchester has Britain's second-largest Jewish community).
    • Not much was done to remedy this until well into The '90s. When the producers remedied this by having the Desai family take over the corner shop However they mostly failed to click with audiences or the rest of the cast and were soon replaced with their cousin Dev Alahan who has been with the show ever since. Now joined by the Nazirs, who run the local gym and the community centre.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Rosie Webster, who's more of a clueless one. It led to a story arc of being catcalled by builders.
    • Tracy Barlow. Both when Dawn Acton and Kate Ford played her.
    • Tina McIntyre, having been voted Sexiest Female for four years in a row.
    • Although Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) has now pushed them firmly out the spotlight.
  • My Beloved Smother: Gail Platt. It's probably why her children are spoiled brats.
    • She once rang Social Services after Bethany got an electric shock in Sarah and Todd's apartment — and when the social worker decided that the environment was still pretty stable for Bethany, Gail lied to say Sarah and Todd frequently left her alone in the apartment. Around the same time this was happening, a potential employer of Nick's rang the house about a job in Canada — and Gail also lied to say Nick didn't want the job, to stop him from moving.
    • In some instances, the children have gotten away with crimes because Gail couldn't bare to have any of her kids away from her. For example, when David went to confess an attempted murder on his brother, Gail was adamant that the rest of the family tried to stop him.
  • My Local: The Rovers Return.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Deliberately invoked during the promotion of the show's Fiftieth Anniversary week, which was given the tagline "Four Funerals and a Wedding," implying that four major characters would bite the dust. As it turned out, three major characters actually did die, namely Ashley Peacock, Molly Dobbs and Charlotte Hoyle. The fourth casualty was a nameless background extra, who got mentioned in passing by a firefighter during the live episode.
    • It's thought that the producers were also considering offing Rita Fairclough in the live episode, but ultimately decided against it and 'killed off' the extra to make sure the tagline was still accurate.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: After fatally beating Charlotte Hoyle to death shortly before the tram crash, John Stape later decided to place her body near the crash site, hoping to make it look as if she had been struck and killed by debris during the crash. A policewoman found him, and he claimed to have dragged her out of the debris — whereupon the policewoman examined her body and found that she wasn't actually dead. In a subversion of the trope, it turned out she had massive brain damage and would only have lived on in a vegetative state, resulting in her family deciding to pull the plug on her.
  • Nietzsche Wannabe: All very much female examples of the trope.
    • Rosie Webster
    • Sophie Webster
    • Hayley Cropper
  • No Accounting for Taste: Anyone Les Battersby hooked up with, arguably.
  • No Bisexuals:
    • Todd Grimshaw, after a loving relationship with a girl, discovers he is also attracted to males. Apparently this means he will only ever be attracted to males in future. What's more is that after the break-up, Todd admitted that he did still love Sarah.
    • When Marcus Dent decided to enter into a heterosexual relationship with Maria, various characters (and fans, at that) expressed their derision and believed he was lying to himself by pretending he was straight. Apparently, it's impossible to be attracted to both men and women and once you become gay you can never be attracted to women again! The only person to even mention the possibility that he might be bisexual is Gail McIntyre and it is never seriously considered beyond an aside comment she made in the Rovers.
      • This was Doubly Subverted, as he slept with Todd Grimshaw in 2013/2014 and this he can only ever be 'gay' again.
    • The first time a bisexual character appeared (dating Michelle), he was revealed to be a former partner of Sean's - and immediately resumed sleeping with him. When Steve witnessed them kissing, he told Michelle that Sonny was 'gay' instead of bi.
  • Noodle Incident: What Tracy Barlow did behind bars involving chocolate and £50.
  • Not Quite Dead: John Stape. He falls off a hospital rooftop, lands on concrete, and looks pretty dead after he's hit the ground. A few minutes later, the police report that he's disappeared, indicating that he came round and was well enough to get up and run away.
  • Offing the Offspring: Anne Foster, who killed her son Frank by hitting him over the head with a whiskey bottle.
  • Oop North: the Manchester setting and most of the characters, give or take the occasional displaced cockney or Emmerdale / EastEnders refugee.
  • Parental Favoritism: The Webster family.
  • Pet the Dog: Charlie Stubbs sticking up for Roy Cropper in the bullying plotline.
  • Plucky Comic Relief:
    • Les Battersby.
    • Kirk Sutherland.
    • Jack and Vera Duckworth.
    • Cilla Battersby.
    • Norris Cole.
    • Graeme Proctor.
  • Promotion to Parent: Fiz had to act as mother to her younger brother Chesney, after their mum Cilla abandoned them.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Caz Hammond. After her straight love interest turned her down she stole money from her then framed her for murder.
  • Pun-Based Title: In shop names, not in the name of the series itself.
    • 'Underworld', an underwear factory.
    • 'Roy's Rolls', a café which puns on "Rolls Royce"
    • 'Prima Doner', a kebab shop that plays on "prima donna"
  • Put on a Bus:
    • Kevin Webster, whose actor was facing sexual offence charges and a trial in real life, is said to be visiting his father Bill in Germany, who is sick. He was found not guilty and came back in early 2014.
    • Ken Barlow, for similar reasons to Kevin, was out of the show visiting family in Canada while his actor was investigated. He was later found not guilty.
    • Ryan Connor. Notable in that his mother has scarcely mentioned him since his most recent departure in 2013.
    • The Bus Came Back: Occasionally, often for weddings/funerals.
  • Rape as Drama: Toyah Battersby's rape storyline in 2001.
  • Rebuilt Set: Several times over the show's history.
    • Most recently and most notably, in late 2013. The facilities were moved from the long-standing Quay Street site to a new one in Trafford Wharf. Doing this meant that they could make the street life-sized (as opposed to the three quarters size that it had been before). It also meant they could add new interiors to some of the buildings which had been previously been filmed in studio sets, such as Carla's factory and Streetcars. The new set was first seen in the episode airing on 10 March 2014.
  • Regional Speciality: Mary Taylor is well trained in a variety of different cuisines of different cultures (French, Greek, Moroccan, Russian, Spanish etc) and has put on themed nights in Roy's Rolls and The Bistro, before she got fired.
  • Remember the New Guy:
    • Xin Chiang was first introduced in February 2011, for the purpose of a storyline involving Graeme marrying her so that she could stay in the UK. You wouldn't have realised this if you weren't already watching the show, since Tina kept remarking that Xin was her best friend and she already had existing relationships with the likes of Graeme Proctor and David Platt, despite never having been mentioned once in the previous two and a half years Tina had been on the show.
    • Kelly Crabtree —- the first time we ever saw her, she had just left her supposedly long time job at the factory that half the other characters work at.
  • Retcon:
    • Surprisingly rare, but Mike Baldwin's nephew Danny (and his family) being introduced was certainly one, as Mike had previously been stated to be an only child.
    • It was made clear that Susan Barlow had an abortion in 1987 because she wasn't ready to have children. She left the show a few weeks later but in 2001 it was revealed she had never actually aborted and now had a son called Adam. Worth noting that her father visited her numerous times over the years but never seemed to meet or even hear of his grandson.
    • Canon Discontinuity seems to be in effect in regards to the storyline relating to Michelle Connor discovering her son was switched at birth. After the storyline ended in 2008, it has never been mentioned again!
      • In fact, during the 2012 stoyline when Tracy Barlow dated Ryan Connor, simply to spite Steve McDonald for rekindling his relationship with Michelle, he was explicitly referred to as her only son. Likewise, when Tracy revealed that she was pregnant with his child and that Steve tried to pay her off to have an abortion, she claimed Michelle wouldn't have done it when she was pregnant with Ryan ... with everyone seemingly forgetting that he is not actually her biological son!
    • Apparently, David Platt tried to 'kill' his brother Nick — yes, he did try to grab the wheel off him to stop him going home to reveal eveything to Kylie and Leanne but the accident itself was caused by a truck driver who didn't stop in time and ploughed into the stopped car in the middle of the road. Everyone wass acting as if David purposely caused that truck to appear or something! The fact that David himself is not denying his alleged murder attempt is not doing him any favors either.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: David Platt had one after a massive Trauma Conga Line drove him over the edge, smashing every single thing he could find in the street with a piece of scaffolding pipe. Subverted, in that David didn't do it out of revenge, but because his mother refused to press charges for him pushing her down a flight of stairs.
    • Another followed when he planned to fill a junker car with petrol tanks and drive it into the prison van carrying Clayton, Kylie's murderer, at the courthouse. Instead he swerved out of the way of someone in the street and rolled it, pinning two people underneath and inflicting serious burns on Anna Windass.
    • September 2017 saw Eva Price and Adam Barlow team up on one. After finding out Aidan Connor had been unfaithful with Maria, Eva both pretended to be pregnant and went into bridezilla mode, demanding a lavish wedding (organized by a reluctant Maria) with the intent of squeezing Aidan dry. Adam, ostensibly to support Maria but really as part of a revenge plan for not getting a share of the factory that he believed himself entitled to, arranged for the factory to be emptied of machinery, stock, and furniture while the street was at the wedding - going so far as to take the roof.
  • Running Gag:
    • Fred proposing to just about every woman he fancied.
    • A recent trend the writers have started is a one or two episode long running gag, usually on the nights when there are two episodes. Examples include:
      • In September 2014, the bedroom lamp in the skip, and many of the street's male residents recognising it but unable to say where it came from. It was Tracy Barlow's, and every man who recognised it was someone she had slept with at some stage.
      • From May 2015, the whole story about whether it was brown, blue or black bin day and who was right or wrong.
  • A Simple Plan: Just about anything attempted by Les Battersby.
  • Scarpia Ultimatum: Pat Phelan blackmails Anna Windass into sleeping him in exchange for him giving Owen and Gary their money back and not reporting Gary for trying to kill him.
  • Shout-Out: The story where Craig Tinker's pet rat escaped and ended up several doors down the Street in the Rovers Return — on the very day the public health inspector, who had criticised the pub's standards before, came around to do his annual inspection. Shenanigans and hilarity ensue as the staff desperately try to stop him spotting the said Siberian Bald-Tailed Hamster.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Katy Harris, who killed her father Tommy by hitting him with a wrench over the head.
  • Sitting on the Roof: A recent (2014) storyline strands two characters on the roof for widely different reasons. Sally Webster's current bloke goes up to fix the TV aerial but is left stranded when Andrea's stalker-ex steals his ladders, so as to make a cry-for-help suicide bid from the roof of the Rovers. This lampshades British associations with the concept of roof-sitting: nobody ever goes up there for fun or relaxation. It's either necessary work, a suicide bid, or something criminal.
  • Small Name, Big Ego:
    • The whole Webster family.
    • Norris Cole, who often refuses to hear anyone else's opinion.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Deirdre Barlow. Five packs of Marlboros a day altered her voice from "girly" to "gravelly" forever.
  • Smug Snake: David Platt and Tracy Barlow.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: There have been numerous occasions when actors have looked noticeably older than the characters they portray but like most other British soaps, SORAS only happens rarely and when it does, the character only ages a year or two.
    • Sophie Webster inexplicably started secondary school at the age of ten but has always remained the same age.
    • Twins Peter and Susan Barlow (born 1965) were aged up a year in 1978 to tie in with a storyline where Peter wanted to join the navy. They had returned to their original ages by 1986.
    • Twins Aadi and Asha Alahan, similar to the examples above, were born in 2006 but celebrated their tenth birthday in 2015 and started secondary school in 2016 when they should have been in their final year of primary school.
    • Although the characters were officially the correct age in accordance to their birth date, David Platt, Simon Barlow and a few other boys' voices started breaking at unusually young ages.
    • In one notable case, two kids went upstairs to wash their hands and reappeared about five years older in the next episode.
  • Soap Wheel
  • Spoiled Brat:
    • Most of Gail's children.
    • The Webster kids.
    • Tracy Barlow is often seen as an adult version of this. The other Barlow kids aren't much better.
  • Stage Mom: Sally Webster briefly, when she was convinced that Rosie would be attending stage school. Right before the audition Rosie revealed she didn't want to go through with it and got slapped. Sally then got obsessed with sending Rosie to a posh private school - but Rosie ended up liking it there, so there was no more conflict.
  • Stupid Evil: At least post-prison, Tracy Barlow is almost incapable of carrying on a conversation without insulting the person she is talking to, even if she is hoping to manipulate them.
  • Suddenly Sexuality:
    • Todd's coming out was rather sudden, especially given his long and committed relationship with Sarah Platt.
    • Sophie and Sian's was an aversion — as Sacha Parkinson was brought in specifically to lay the groundwork for Sophie's eventual coming out. A lot of the subtext was non verbal by the actresses.
    • Amber suddenly became a lesbian after appearing to be straight for years — including a lengthy relationship with Darryl.
    • Rana suddenly being infatuated with Kate Connor
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The men who own Underworld tend to have dark hair, frequently wear suits, and get romantically involved with Carla, before trying to kill her. This has happened so many times, it's practically become a Running Gag.
  • Switched at Birth: Michelle's son. It's just been forgotten though.
  • Teen Pregnancy:
    • Sarah Louise Platt. Twice (though the second didn't end well).
    • Katie Armstrong.
    • Faye Windass.
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: This has been the case for most newborns since the early 2000s. It is most likely because the casting team insist on always using identical twins to play babies, which makes it difficult to find ones that are small enough to pass as newborns.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Rosie Webster who seemed to shed a dozen IQ points every year. As a teen she was a good student but as she got older she turned vapid and shallow eventually ending up a Brainless Beauty who thought Plato was a woman.
  • Transgender:
    • Hayley Cropper, in one of the better fictional portrayals.
    • While on a vacation in Malta, Steve unknowingly starts flirting with a transgender woman.
  • Twisted Christmas
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Very common around the area. In many instances, an adulterous wife usually cheats on said ugly husband with a younger-looking and much handsomer stranger, but the ones that stay behind claim that it's worth it (such as Kirk's wife, who implied that Kirk is Good in Bed, as well as nice and caring).
  • The Unfavorite:
    • Sophie Webster.
    • David and Sarah Louise Platt, in comparison to Nick, their elder brother adored by Gail. Sarah and David would both argue that they are this to the family in general.
      • The 2013 storyline for David Platt played this horrifyingly straight. Nick slept with David's wife Kylie only for her to discover she was pregnant a short time later. The rest of the family outright plotted to keep this a secret from David and never did anything more than give Nick a cross word. All this, only for the entire family to ostracise David after they learn he found out about the cheating and was behind the recent hate campaign against Nick. Nick's wife Leanne instantly forgave Nick for cheating on her, whilst the entire family treated David as some horrible monster for nearly killing Nick in a traffic accident — conveniently ignoring the fact David was in the van with Nick at the time and it truly was an accident.
    • Peter Barlow frequently claims to be this.
  • The Unfair Sex: The unwritten rule of Weatherfield seems to be that if a women has been unfaithful, the men must forgive and forget! But if it's the man who's been unfaithful, they must never hear the end of it!
    • Molly Dobbs is an aversion, if only because she had a tram dropped on her five minutes later.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: On Christmas Eve 2004, Tracy and Karen got into a knock-down, dragged-out fight after the former falsely accused the latter of killing her daughter, Amy (although the baby was safe with The Croppers, not that Tracy knew or cared). While fighting on the rooftop of Underworld in the rain and knocking down all the elaborate Christmas decorations during it, factory owner Danny Baldwin appeared amidst the fight and his first and only concern was over who would pay for the damages done to the factory (which ended up being Steve) and then leaving as quickly as he came.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Fred Elliott. Fred had a couple, I say, Fred had a couple.
    • Jim MacDonald also had one, so he did.
      • Two, technically: he never referred to characters by abbreviated names. Liz was always Elizabeth, Steve was always Steven, etc.
      • Interestingly, the above is also found in Moira, manager of the medical centre.
  • Wedding Day: At least every year there's a big wedding that either ends good or bad.
  • Weight Woe:
    • Happens to both Sarah Platt and Faye Windass when they are in their early teens. They soon discover that their recent weight gain is because they are pregnant.
    • Sarah's daughter Bethany goes through this after enduring relentless bullying and starts taking illegal diet pills and exercising to the point of exhaustion.
  • Wham Episode: Countless examples over the years, usually as the climax of a major story. However, the Fiftieth Anniversary tram crash may be the best example.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Done rather egregiously with Les Battersby. After his actor was suspended following a scandal, the character was temporarily Put on a Bus, supposedly going on tour as a roadie for a Status Quo tribute band. However, his actor ended up being fired while suspended, so viewers expected a Bus Crash to explain why he wasn't coming back from tour. Instead ... nothing. He was never mentioned again. This meant he vanished from the face of the earth, leaving his wife, adopted son and also an ex-wife (and two daughters who came and went) never speaking of him again or wondering where he went.
    • Finally averted in 2011, five years after he'd vanished, by Les now being mentioned (and things like cards from him or photos of him being around) as normal, when appropriate. Predictably, they are treating it as though they had never stopped mentioning him, and don't explain where he is or why he vanished.
  • Who's Your Daddy?:
    • Molly Dobbs and her son, Jack. It was eventually confirmed that Kevin Webster was the father.
    • Kylie Platt and her daughter, Lily. Nick or David were the possible father. A DNA test confirms she is David's daughter.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Common, amongst other neighbours, colleagues and spouse's family members. The king of this in the recent years would probably go to Peter Barlow, who married about four times (including one instance of bigamy) and cheated on his wife within a few months/weeks/days/hours before or after the wedding. What really annoyed viewers was when friends and Barlow family members defended his behaviour, or when the women that should know better agreed to marry him.
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