Hollyoaks is a British soap that began in 1995, centered on the residents of Hollyoaks, a fictional area in Chester. The show is primarily aimed at young people, the cast being on average teenaged to mid-20s.Hollyoaks has always been something of a joke amongst critics and viewers; it was mocked for the practice of casting attractive yet unconvincing actors, as well as some of its more outlandish storylines, or feeble dialogue. However, recently Hollyoaks has shown a notable rise in quality, producing several satisfying story arcs and interesting characters. It has even garnered critical attention in papers such as The Guardian, and at several award shows, and was praised for its portrayal of the gay relationship between John Paul and Craig.It's also notable for having the greatest dissonance between the happiness of the theme song and the utter misery that ensues after it finishes.Many viewers love Hollyoaks not despite its faults, but because of them. See So Bad, It's Good.Another amusing thing is that Channel 4 go down the "if you've been affected by the issues in the program call our hot-line" route. Given the plots of the series manning that hot-line must be the easiest job in the world. After all how many teenage-schoolgirls-being-blackmailed-by-their-birth-mother-into-stealing-their-own-baby-that-is-being-passed-off-as-your-sister's-child-over-the-fact-that-you-shot-the-baby's-father,-also-your-sister's-husband-at-their-wedding are there out there just waiting to phone in. They have been working against this though, attempting to tastefully deal with more serious matters and direct people to the appropriate charities for the equivalent problems that do exist in real life, such as the male rape storyline being created with advice from Survivors and Maxine and Patrick's domestic abuse storyline being added to with a series of awareness ads with the Home Office.It has tried to launch several spinoffs but the only one which still continues, with a short series every year, is Hollyoaks Later.Tropes in this series include:
Special mention goes to all of the adults involved in Esther's bullying storyline. You have her grandparents, who aren't suspicious in the slightest that their once well behaved grandchild has been acting out lately, and who choose to believe a girl who is a known liar over her. You have the headteacher who suggests Esther bought the bullying on herself, and refuses to take her side. You have Diane, a woman who is supposed to be telling the students how to spot bullying. She instead spends the entire class picking on Esther, who hasn't done anything to warrant it. And then you have Jen, who spots a clearly drunk and upset underage Esther out in the middle of the night, and then does nothing in favour of hooking up with her similarly underage girlfriend.
Special mention has to go to Frankie, who's long history of complete and utter obliviousness makes someone like Carmel look like Sherlock Holmes in comparison.
Really, you'd think Mercedes nearly being killed or ending up in prison several times due to her own selfish, petty actions and screwing people over, would make her think that maybe she needs to change her ways? But then a few months later...
Affably Evil: Despite killing his wife and three young women, and tying to kill two more young women, Silas repeatedly comes across as a very sweet, kindly old man.
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Warren Fox's relationships tended to follow a pattern of a woman being attracted to him because he was the village gangster, their friends warning her about him only for her to respond along the lines of "I can change him" and by the end turning against him after realising just how much of a nasty piece of work he is.
Armoured Closet Gay: It was a major Berserk Button for Brendan Brady if anyone alluded to his homosexuality, even after everyone knew that he'd been in a relationship with Ste! He later seems to have come to terms with the fact.
Berserk Button: Being called "pathetic" was Dr. Browning's Berserk Button. Brendan meanwhile had at least three; being called gay, even though he is (though he eventually came to terms with this one, it still took him a while), being compared to his father, and if someone ever threatened Ste in front of him.
Big Eater: Brendan Brady is seen eating in so many of his appearances, it's reaching Running Gag status.
The Ashworths could also qualify. Suzanne ended up having twins with Darren, Hannah suffered from Anorexia, Rhys fell in love with his half sister and framed his little brother for drink driving, and Josh ended up with a ruined life because of what Rhys did to him.
The Costellos also apply. Carl has cheated on his wife twice, once with his son's girlfriend Mercedes. Riley, also a famous footballer, almost got married to said girlfriend, who is possibly carrying his father's child. He then falls in love with his cousin Mitzeee, who is then framed for stabbing Mercedes. Riley finally finds out the truth and goes back to Mitzee, only to be accidentally shot by Walker. Seth was tricked into believing he murdered a prostitute and almost killed himself over it, and his twin Jason is a Transsexual who was once his sister Jasmine. On top of that, the Costellos grandfather Silas is a serial killer who accidentally killed his daughter Heidi on Halloween in a case of mistaken identity.
Black Comedy: The Jasmine storyline is what has caused opinion to turn this way. But soap sites are showing that public opinion has turned this way...
British Accents: Hilariously, Hollyoaks tends to feature families who have different accents from one another.
Jasmine/Jason Costello has a Cockney accent, but his twin brother Seth has a strong Yorkshire accent.
Possibly justified because until recently, Jason was at a posh all girls school, away from the family. He could have picked the accent up there.
Cheryl and Brendan both have Irish accents, but Brendan is from ROI, and Cheryl is from Northern Ireland.
Explained in show by the fact they had different mothers.
Played straight everywhere else. For instance, the Savage family - father Dirk and eldest brother Dodger have very strong cockney accents, younger brother Will is well-spoken, and sister Liberty is clearly Northern.
Cain and Abel: Will and Dodger seem to be going in this direction, due to Will's resentment of Dodger's status as The Ace.
Captain Ersatz / Expy: Unbelievably, this trope applies to places. Hollyoaks is a supposed expy of Widnes, Warrington or Runcorn.
This is despite the fact the show is portrayed as being in Chester, when realistically, it looks nothing like it.
Cassandra Truth: Rule of thumb seems to be, if you have a Hollyoaks character who is hysterical, crying and loudly proclaiming something ridiculous in the streets, they will always be telling the truth. So far we have;
No-one believing Lindsay about Silas being a murderer.
No-one believeing Mitzee that she's being stalked by someone.
No-one believing Texas that someone is a copycat-killer and continuing Silas' murder-spree.
No-one believing Nancy that Sienna is attempting to cuckold Darren, to the point where her own family actually have her sectioned.
Character Blog: Josh, Sasha and Dave were given Bebo accounts to coincide with online spinoff "Hollyoaks: The Morning After The Night Before", and Lee, Texas, Charlotte and Jamil were given Face Book accounts to coincide with "Hollyoaks: Freshers" (another online only series)
Dylan's website "DocYou" could fall into "Character Vlog" territory.
Chekhov's Gun: During a conversation with Silas, Theresa innocently mentions that she read that for someone to be classed as a Serial Killer, they need to have killed at least three people. Silas later kills again, bringing his total of murders in Hollyoaks to three. Silas has killed more than three people elsewhere, but the residents of Hollyoaks only know of two at that point.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Jasmine/Jason disappeared from the storyline (which was ongoing) without explanation fairly recently.
This is actually fairly common for Hollyoaks. A character will receive a lot of focus for a week or so, then suddenly disappear while other storylines take over, with little to no explanation.
Played straight with Spencer, Warren's brother. He moved away from the village, and it's unknown whether he even knows that his brother is actually still alive.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Surprisingly, Ruby Button has had shades of this towards Sinead O'Connor. She gets spiteful when Sinead and Esther are having fun together, and gets the latter into trouble over something that Ruby herself made her do.
Leanne takes this to the extreme.
Sinead herself is becoming this towards Bart and his friendship with Jason.
Lee is perhaps a male version of this towards Amy.
Sienna is this towards Darren. She's successfully gotten his former wife sectioned through her lies, and is now currently trying to turn him against his own family just so she can have him all to herself. She's a more unstable example of the trope, as she clearly has something wrong with her.
Crapsack World: Not as bad as othersoaps. But still fairly nasty. The death rate in Hollyoaks village alone would put people off moving there, especially since it seems to be young adults most of the time.
Cruel and Unusual Death: Poor Sarah Barnes dies after her parachute failed to open. She's screaming as she plummets to the ground, and the camera only pulls away at the last minute. Makes matters worse by the fact it was her ex-girlfriend Lydia who tampered with it, even if it wasn't intended for Sarah. The circle of blood on the cornfield at the end just says it all.
Andy Holt ran into a sharpened pole after running away from Mel, who was getting her own back for all the rapes he had committed by giving him the same drug he'd given his victims.
Alistair Longford, India and Texas' elderly grandfather, dies after falling off a mountain. Though given he was on holiday with his young wife Cindy at the time, it's unsure of whether he just 'fell'..
Tina McQueen dies in an explosion set off by her psychotic half brother Niall. Not only is she the lone member of the family to die, she was one of the two Myra reluctantly asked to be spared (Niall demanded she could only save two).
Heidi Costello ends up strangled to death by her own father, Silas, in a case of mistaken identity.
In the confusion of the bus-crash, Neil is assumed to have died but is later revealed to have been merely knocked unconscious. He wakes up as the bus has caught fire, begging Maddie to help him free himself, only for her to callously leave him... and then the bus explodes.
Leading to some Laser-Guided Karma when the explosion causes one of the doors to come crashing down on Maddie's head, killing her instantly.
Curse: Rae believes that her family is 'cursed' because her two older sisters both died before they were eighteen.
Appears to be tragically true as Rae is murdered by Silas not long after her nineteenth birthday.
Tom Cunningham seems to be suffering one, as the resident Doom Magnet.
Death by Looking Up: Maddie is killed by a door that flew off a nearby mini-bus when it exploded. Her friends shout a warning, and she looks up just in time to be crushed by it.
Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit: Both Mercedes and Paul Browning are acquitted after they claim that it was Riley who attempted to murder Mercedes and killed Lynsey. Apparently last minute allegations and a complete lack of evidence are more than enough to convince the jury!
In a more disturbing example of this trope, Ash dies in Will's arms shortly after she discovers that he's a dangerous murderer who has been lying about being unable to walk. He also attempted to strangle her shortly before the explosion takes her life.
Disabled Love Interest: Hayley Ramsey and Pete Hamill are both in wheelchairs, and no less stunning than the rest of the cast.
Especially in universe; Josh and Rhys Ashworth are both attracted to Hayley, and Ruby has a crush on her Headmaster Pete.
Disposable Vagrant: Dale, a homeless traumatised ex-soldier who rescued Warren from a burning building. Warren repaid this by stabbing Dale and throwing him back into the burning building while he was still alive and conscious so that Warren would be able to fake his own death. That was evil even by Warren's standards, but as nobody else knew who Dale was it was barely mentioned again. Well, that and the whole storyline was an Ass Pull to explain why Warren was Back from the Dead in the first place.
Disproportionate Retribution: After a short lived relationship that she wasn't really into, Ruby Button decides to punish Ricky for dumping her by text by planting cannabis in his school bag. She goes one step further by getting Sinead to tell the Headmaster she had seen a knife at school, thus making sure everyone's bags were searched.
Ruby strikes again when Nancy interrupts her study session with Pete; the headmaster she has an obvious crush on. Nancy was relying on a good reference from Pete to obtain her dream job, so Ruby steals his phone, and when the call comes, gives her a bad reference instead.
Domestic Abuse: A past storyline focused on Ste abusing his girlfriend Amy. He beat her, cut off her long hair, and lied about their daughter having cancer to get money from people.
The tables are now turned with Ste being beaten by Brendan, though Amy is quite sympathetic towards him, and tries to help.
Maxine and Patrick's domestic abuse storyline is now being used in a government campaign with the actors filming special PSAs as well as tie-in material with the show.
Drugs Are Bad: Fletch & Sasha's slow descent into heroin addiction, complete with sleeping with creepy dealer Nige in exchange for smack.
Dude, Not Funny!: Invoked by Esther in regards to a cruel Halloween prank, where she was conned into meeting a made-up girl, who claimed she was being followed, before suddenly screaming and the phone cutting off. Given that several high-profile murders of young women have occurred in Hollyoaks in just the last 2 years, is it any wonder that Esther literally pissed herself in utter terror?
Dull Surprise: Possibly due to Tony Hutchinson being one of the most boring men on the planet.
Dumb Blonde: Carmel McQueen. Her cousin Theresa can also count at times.
Early-Installment Weirdness: The 90s episodes mostly focused on the same gang of characters, while occasionally doing storylines about their families or outsider characters. In other words, it was far less the traditional kind of soap opera it is now. Furthermore, it was very tame until its first death scene in 96, and from then on it started to take itself more seriously.
Enfante Terrible: Holly Cunningham has shades of this, it isn't surprising given who her mother is.
Persephone Hart is a more straightforward example, she lies and bullies, and accuses Sarah Barnes of hitting her when she was just kindly telling her off.
Estranged Soap Family: Plenty of examples through the years. John-Paul didn't return to attend his sister's wedding, and Jem Costello hasn't been sighted despite the fact her step mother was murdered.
Mr. Fanservice: Most of the male characters in the early days. In particular, Kurt Benson, Jambo Bolton, Lewis Richardson and Rob Hawthorn.
Ash Roy spent a considerable amount of time shirtless for no apparent reason while Dodger Savage takes this Up to Eleven
Even Evil Has Standards: Warren Fox, surprisingly. When he got drunk with Justin Burton, and they began comparing their past crimes, Justin bragged about how he lied to the police about Becca Dean sleeping with him when he was 15. Warren immediately expressed disgust, which immediately escalated to outright anger when Justin feebly tried to defend his actions as just because Becca had dumped him.
Silas shows shades of this when he's about to strangle Theresa. It's revealed that her baby daughter Kathleen-Angel is there, and Silas backs off, despite being able to easily overpower the child.
Everyone Loves Blondes: At one point, most of the female cast is blonde. When Toby started killing attractive blondes, one character lampshaded the show's casting of blondes.
Evil Is Hammy: Silas, so very much. Then there's Brendan Brady and Clare Devine. The actors playing them, Jeff Rawle, Emmett J. Scanlan and Gemma Bissix respectively, all looked like they were having a lot of fun.
Extreme Doormat: Oh, Esther, will you ever stand up for yourself against your "friends?"
Unlikely, even if three of them are now dead...
Face-Heel Turn: Over the course of a year, Sam Owen went from a withdrawn law student previously falsely imprisoned on charges of arson, to a serial date rapist, before coming full circle & setting The Dog In The Pond on fire; killing himself & four others in the process.
Will Savage went from a kind, socially awkward geek into a murderous psychopath with a severe older brother complex. He faked a fall down a set of stairs, after having been lightly pushed by Texas in a fit of anger, and has pretended to rely on a wheelchair ever since. He then went on to kill his fiancée, his own mother, and attempted to kill his second fiancée before he was interrupted.
Faking the Dead: Jack, aided by Darren, as a desperate last measure to get out of the debt he was in.
Joe went through a similar storyline, and even pretended to be a coarpse in one episode. Ironically, this was one of his last major storylines before his actual death in a fire.
Final Girl: Lynsey in the Silas storyline. She was the only character intelligent enough to figure out Silas was behind the murders, though nobody believed her, and Silas had a special obsession with her, considering her the "queen" in his chess game. She eventually defeated Silas in his initial reign of terror and even came close to killing him once after she hit him with a rock. Sadly, like some Final Girls, Lynsey was killed off at the beginning of the 'sequel' where the serial killer returns.
Forgotten Fallen Friend: While this is common in most soaps, Hollyoaks takes this into overdrive as even if they were a very close friend/partner/lover and died tragically, nobody often seems to actually remember them at all!
Averted with Nancy who often mentions her sister Becca, while Chez took the death of Lyns very hard.
Averted with Jono and Maddie, who are frequently referred to by Ruby and Sinead during their bullying of Esther.
Played straight in that they seem to forget Neil, who arguably had the worst death of the lot!
Mercedes is terrible for this. Two of her past husbands have died, one of her past lovers has also died, and she never seems to care one bit about them. It's surprisingly anyone is willing to hook up with her, given her track record.
Hollywood Geek: Will is gorgeous despite the nerdy glasses and clothes.
Hollywood Healing: Darren not only came home from hospital the very next day after being shot in the stomach, but there was no mention of bedrest or even any form of pain relief.
Amy Barnes also recovered overnight after being in a car accident that left her unconscious. She was also pregnant at the time.
Nicely averted with Hannah's friend Melissa, who was a long suffering anorexia sufferer. She didn't get better.
The Costello family are massive culprits of this. To date Jason was hit by a car, Seth overdosed on steroids, and Heidi burned herself with scalding hot water, and they were all home within a couple of days.
Brendan is severely injured - almost to the brink of death - after being caught in an explosion at the end of the fifth series of Hollyoaks Later. Within two weeks time, he goes from completely bedridden, to resting at home in a wheelchair, to crutches (only for one episode), to a walking cane, and then finally walking just fine on his own.
Hospital Hottie: Lynsey Nolan. Lampshaded when she was asked to appear on a student radio show as an agony aunt, and later on a live webcast in a 'hot' nurse outfit.
Hot for Student: Schoolteacher Becca and the then 16-year-old Justin's relationship.
Intercontinuity Crossover: The character of Matt Musgrove, played by Kristian Ealey, immediately transferred to Hollyoaks after leaving Brookside (which ended shortly afterwards.)
Ill Girl: Steph Cunningham practically lives and breathes this trope after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.. Despite initially having some pretty convincing fainting spells, Steph looks far too healthy to be dying of cancer, with a full head of very thick hair and glowing skin. She's also promoted to martyr status, despite using her illness to get her own way.
Steph: "But I'm dying of CANCER."
Myra also acts this way when she's diagnosed with terminal cancer, although since Paul Browning faked the results, she's completely fine. Although in Myra's case, it was clearly Played for Laughs.
Mercedes McQueen in spades. Because we are supposed to feel sorry for her, despite the fact she learnt her lesson on how her actions affect others, when despite being unfaithful to him and treating him badly, Malachy still willingly sacrificed himself to save her from an explosion. Mercedes then promptly seemed to forget him, got engaged a month later and then cheated on her fiancee, Riley with his dad. This is never indicated either to be a result of losing Malachy either, she seemingly just forgets him. When she has the baby and the truth of her infidelity to Riley comes out, she promptly complains that Riley is later wrong to show attraction to other women, despite the fact that she cheated on him and it was clearly her fault.
Jacqui McQueen. Do we even need to explain how much of a self-centred, arrogant, hypocritical, bitch she frequently shows herself to be?
Jacqui McQueen comes across as a total bitch most of the time, but she does have her moments of kindness. She's the only one to take in Lindsay when the rest of the village had turned against her, she also took in a stray dog, and she attempted to help the homeless Phoebe despite the girl stealing off her. Jacqui also stands up for her family and friends if they need it.
Phoebe acts like a brat for the greater part of the time, and definitely has her bitchy moments, but she's also the only one to stand up for Esther when she's being bullied. She also played a huge part in trying to keep Jacqui and Rhys together, who are almost like parents to her.
Karmic Death: Maddie leaves Neil to die in the burning mini-bus, only to be killed herself when the resulting explosion launches the car-door into the air... and come down straight on top of her.
One could invoke this about how Rhys meets his demise. He avoided going to prison for continuing an incestous relationship because his half-sister died in a car-accident. He was never punished for spiking Josh's drink, getting him into a car-accident, harrassed by everyone and sent down for six months. It seems that the much-needed Laser-Guided Karma was saving it to hit him with a mini-bus and get crushed by a falling beam.
Warren Fox, who's gleefully murdered several characters and gotten away with it, been involved in blackmail, supplying drugs, still somehow manages to woo half the women in the Village despite being an obvious sociopath, and even being tied up in a burning building that supposedly kills, merely slowed him down.
He goes one step further by making Seth think that he had murdered a prostitute, which made him try to commit suicide. All to get a single piece of information out of him.
Rhys Ashworth definitely qualifies. He and his younger brother are Josh are competing for the affections of a girl, so Rhys spikes Josh's drink, who is later arrested for getting involved in a collision with another car and injuring the people in it. Even his brother getting beaten up by various people and becoming a pariah, going to trial and getting nearly sent down, doesn't let Rhys admit the truth. It takes 6 months later when Josh has finished probation and has returned and their parents nearly splitting up from the pressure, before he finally fesses up... and is immediately forgiven for everything.
Ste. For some reason, his later storyline where Brendan seduces him, then beats him regularly, is supposed to make us feel sorry for him. Even though he himself was frequently domestically abusive to Amy, lied that her daughter had cancer to get money from everyone and has been known to be a drug dealer.
Theresa McQueen. After the truth comes out that not only did she sleep with Calvin, got pregnant, then shot him on his wedding day to Carmel, she is forgiven. Instead Carmel blames her sister Jacqui and throws her out of the house for covering it up and gladly lets Theresa stay under the same roof, helping look after the baby.
Gaz. He bullied Anita because of the colour of her skin and threw paint over her and filmed it on his mobile to send around the school. He and Lauren drove her to the point of bleaching her skin so she could look like everyone else. He then continued to threaten her, along with chasing her into the woods to potentially hurt her more seriously. And now he's back and apparently forgiven since Anita has left.
Of the very worst (and arguably tasteless kind) it has emerged that Silas won't be tried let alone imprisoned for the murders he committed, merely institutionalised after being deemed clinically insane by the authorities.
Because locking people into an asylum is a new concept for how to deal with insane people?
Hollyoaks has a very nasty habit of letting people get away with their 'crimes' for far too long, and then when they are exposed, their punishment really isn't ever enough. Josh is treated like crap due to Rhys for absolute ages, yet he's forgiven in the course of a single episode and it's forgotten.
Mercedes practically defines this trope.
Ruby Button tormented Esther for ages, to the point of Esther attempting to commit suicide. She even turned Esther's family against her, and she was forgiven completely because she suddenly 'felt bad about it' and her only punishment was to be suspended from school, and even then she was treated like a martyr about it.
Kill Me Now or Forever Stay Your Hand: After Warren finds out that his fiancee Louise is planning to kill him, he hands her the intended murder weapon and tells her to go ahead if she really wants to. Louise actually does pull the trigger...only to find that Warren took the bullets out first. Naturally, he responds by killing her.
Kill the Cutie: Jono was perhaps one of the sweetest people in all of Hollyoaks and yet died from an undetected blood clot after being in the infamous 'Enjoy the Ride' crash.
Last Het Romance: John-Paul's failed romance with Hannah leads him to realise that he is actually gay and in love with his friend Craig. This was also used to kick off Hannah's controversial eating disorder storyline as she refused to accept his sexuality and believed it to be a nice way of telling her she was ugly.
Laxative Prank: India eats a pizza that Hayley has spiked with laxatives. She wins a contest for a car after an accident.
Also Lydia Hart, who ended up killing Sarah Barnes. Lydia's obsession with her spiralled out of control when she realised she and Zoe had a spark between them still, even if the latter didn't want to follow it through, and an attempt to kill Zoe by tampering with her parachute, led to her actually killing Sarah when their parachutes were mixed up.
Mercedes stalks Mitzeee and stabs herself so she can frame Mitzeee for attempted murder, all because she wants to get back together with Riley. In fairness in this case it was implied that it was her not dealing with long running problems after a series of traumatic events that caused Mercedes to lose her grip and her wanting to get back with Riley was just the last straw, but still.
Sienna is so desperate to be with Darren that she fakes a friendship with his wife, Nancy, and then proceeds to lie her way to getting Nancy sectioned for being 'crazy'. She then went on to fake a pregnancy to keep Darren with her, and is going about cutting his family out of his life so that she can have him all to herself. Amongst other things, she attempted to breast feed Oscar, who is Nancy's son.
Maddie seems to think that this is the case when it comes to Jono dating Ruby. They're only a year apart in age, Ruby just happens to be in school still, and Jono is in the first year of Sixth Form.
Rhys Ashworth felt the same way after realising that Sarah Barnes wasn't as old he thought, and was actually two years younger than him. The situation was compounded by Sarah being iof the few people Rhys's younger sister Hannah had met & befriended after moving the local school.
Moral Guardians: Complaining about sexy appearances of the cast in the media.
While it has been rectified since, The Food Commission complained in 2007 that, on average, 18% of the scenes in Hollyoaks showed a character drinking alcohol. The worry was that it would send the message to the younger viewers that it was normal to drink so much alcohol. In more recent times, it's rare to see someone even finishing a drink.
There was a lot of fuss kicked up over Newt's attempted suicide storyline because the airing of it happened to coincide with the real life story of two teenage girls killing themselves in a very similar manner. Channel 4 defended themselves by stating that they couldn't pluck an episode directly out of a long running series, especially because the events leading up to and surrounding Newt's suicide attempt had been heavily promoted for weeks. They also mentioned that Hollyoaks has dealt with sensitive topics for a long time, and included a number at the end of the program for anyone who had been affected by the storyline.
Loretta was supposed to have a dark secret about her killing a girl when she was younger, along with a friend, who's appearance in the village brings her dark history to light. Despite Lorretta, her friend, and the deceased girl being around twelve at the time, and all the same age, Jamie Bulger's mother kicked up a fuss about it. While it's understandable that she would be upset, Hollyoaks is known for bringing such topics to light, and wouldn't have 'glamourised' what Loretta and her friend had done in the slightest. The storyline was poorly chopped out of the show, and Loretta left soon afterwards.
Ms. Fanservice and Mr. Fanservice: Most of the cast. They do sexy calendars of both genders. Many of the ladies will feature in the lower end lads' mags.
Bronagh Waugh, avoids being in lads mags, perhaps due to lads' magazine editors' opinions on her looks. Same for Victoria Atkin, who plays Jason Costello. You won't see any of the onscreen mothers (With the exception of the likes of Cindy Cunningham and other younger mothers) doing them either.
Ruby Buttons operates on fanservice. It helps that she is played by the curvy Anna Shaffer.
My God, What Have I Done?: Silas (of all people) provides this trope at least twice; the first is when he realizes that India wasn't the kind of girl he would have murdered, and the second is when he kills his own daughter, Heidi while attempting to kill Linsey (it was Halloween, and they were wearing the same costume).
Actually, Mal died during the fire too, though not directly in it like Steph did. The injuries he sustained during the explosion that caused the fire, paired with his already vulnerable HIV-infected body, were what ultimately killed him.
The 2012 Valentines trailer also counts; it implies Darren will have to choose between Nancy and Cindy. This never happens.
The promo for "Enjoy The Ride" made it look like either Ste or Doug (or possibly both) would die in the accident, but neither of them do. Furthermore it wasn't exactly obvious that Jono would die, and Neil was never shown at all. This is the same promo that blatently revealed that Rhys and Maddie would die.
The trailer for the Hollyoaks Blast made it look like at least some of the McQueens would be victims of the explosion (justified, as they were Clear's intended victims), but in the show it was revealed that not only were none of them killed, they weren't even in the right building.
Unfortunately played straight (pun not intended) with Ste Hey & Craig Dean, who had been played as entirely heterosexual until the the point they accepted their feelings for their respective partners, at which point the show and characters began immediately identifying them as gay. Despite having many previously relationships with the opposite gender, at no point was the question of whether they were bisexual or not even addressed.
Doug Carter, who Suddenly Sexuality came as much as a surprise for the various characters as the audience, especially when his deep love for Bex played such a significant part of the character's background, downfall, and subsequent redemption.
Danny is revealed to be bisexual, contrasting with the other instances where men who went from a relationship with a woman to one with a man were retconned into being gay, although he tries to stay with Sam after John Paul rejects him.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Before she joined the show as Mitzeee, Rachel Shenton was noted in various articles for her resemblance to Cheryl Cole. An episode lampshaded this by having Brendan disguising her as Cheryl to make Heat magazine think that Chez Chez was a hot spot for celebrities.
Not Quite Dead: Andy, after falling off a cliff into water. Also Clare, in exactly the same circumstances. And of course, Niall following the church explosion because they Never Found the Body.
It's basically always safe to assume in Hollyoaks that if there's no body, they're not dead.
Subverted with Warren Fox. Ash Roy tricked Warren's mentally handicapped foster brother Spencer into believing that Warren was still alive by texting him from Warren's mobile phone. Ash tried to convince Spencer that 'Warren' wanted him to sell The Loft to him.
Later played straight as Warren actually does return. He manages to survive the fire, and uses a Disposable Vagrant to take the place of his body.
But Not Too Black: Tina McQueen, Ruby Button, Amber Sharpe, and siblings Lauren, Sasha, Sonny, and Danny Valentine.
Oireland: Cheryl. Even though she's blonde, the trope still applies.
Playing Drunk: When Martha Kane weaponises her alcoholism against Ally by pretending to fall off the wagon. In doing so, she lures him into a false sense of security, causes him to reveal several key details about his supposed personal history, as well as his barely contained utter contempt for her.
Rule of thumb seems to be that the only time they show competency in finding evidence is when it's against the wrong person.
Or in the case of Zoe Carpenter's arrest for murdering Sarah Barnes, not even dusting said evidence for prints, which would've saved roughly 3 months of story by letting them arrest the real murderer.
Best shown when Will is charged with Lyndsey's murder, since Silas claims to have no idea about Will's alibi, that he was merely writing a book on him to save his family from debt. Because God-forbid that information provided by a known Serial Killer who likes to screw with people, could potentially be a lie.
Wouldn't even a simple medical examination prove that Mercedes' knife-wound was clearly self-inflicted?
Courtroom Antic: Mercedes is completely acquitted for perjury and for trying to get Mitzeee imprisoned for attempted murder after claiming that it was Riley who stabbed her, (and since he's dead, he can't defend himself) and testimony to prove this is given by Paul Browning, who was acquitted for murder charges himself by claiming the exact same thing! At no point is this "evidence" questioned, examined or confirmed in any way, nor any retrial called when it was revealed that Paul Browning was a Serial Killer, which should have thrown his earlier testimony into doubt.
Jack is another repeat offender. After faking his own death due to massive debts and burying another man's corpse in "his" grave, even if he did serve his time for the crime, he really shouldn't be allowed to lecture people on morality anymore!
Rape as Drama: Whether it actually happened or not (since the show never explicitly makes it clear), Jacqui getting raped by Gilly (or accusing him of such) is played for every tiny little bit of drama the show could get, to the point of causing Arc Fatigue to some viewers.
The fact that she kept on and on accusing him, even after he'd been found Not Guilty by a court of law, makes rather more sense now it's been revealed that he did rape her after all.
Although by retconning the flashbacks, some viewers felt it was a clear Ass Pull to milk it for more drama.
Rape as Backstory: Revealed in the latest Hollyoaks Later miniseries that Brendan's dad molested him (which is used to explain his internalized homophobia, anger issues and therefore ultimatley his rather dysfunctional relationship with Ste).
Real Life Writes the Plot: Surprisingly averted the majority of the time, most actors leave to try and go onto something better.
Reason You Suck Speech: Myra gives one to practically the entire main cast when she finds out hardly anyone bothered to donate to her, while she was dying. To make matters worse, she mostly did so because she felt she had nothing to lose, and then got the all-clear (in actual fact, she was never ill, but she didn't know).
Recurring Riff: Hollyoaks has a short guitar riff at the start and the end of an episode.
Recycled Plot: The Loft has been set on fire so many times, it's approaching Running Gag status; The Dog In The Pond, Il Gnosh and Hollyoaks Community College have all been set on fire aswell. At some point, insurance companies are just going to stop providing the residents of Hollyoaks with insurance in the event of fire.
Redemption Equals Death: Niall, realizing all he's done to hurt Steph, the woman he supposedly loves, steps off a cliff. (Unlike previous cliff drops on Hollyoaks, this did actually kill him)
Revenge by Proxy: To get back at Myra for abandoning him as a child, Niall takes his rage out on various members of the McQueen family; including injecting Michaela with heroin, pushing a pregnant Tina down the stairs, attacking Nana, trying to break Carmel and Calvin up, and attempting to drug and kill John Paul. Eventually, he kidnaps the entire McQueen family and forces Myra to choose which two of her six children will be allowed to live.
Rule of Three: Most Hollyoaks episodes start with three short scenarios, set to music, of three characters following a similar scenario. For example it might show three of them waking up in different ways.
Rummage Sale Reject: After moving into the Costello's nice, modern looking flat, Nancy and Darren decided to redecorate it more in line to their tastes. Namely, as though a wallpaper shop threw up in it.
Sadist Show: In more recent times, going this way. Particularly over the controversial Jasmine/Jason storyline (which in itself, has been accused of being out of sync with real life, especially by fans.
Self-Serving Memory: Gilly tries to prove that he didn't rape Jacqui by saying she's allowed her own emotions to change her memory... and then realizes that this is actually what he has done, and did rape her after all.
Silas Blissett. He has five known victims to date, and it's hinted that he's killed others before coming to the Hollyoaks village. He targets young women he sees as being sexually promiscuous, and his favoured method of doing this is by befriending them online, and asking to meet up. Which is when he lures them away and strangles them. Silas was arrested and put into a mental institute following the accidental murder of his own daughter, but managed to escape when he faked a heart attack. He was last seen boarding a bus full of young women on their way to a hen party. Silas' known victims were;
His wife. Silas caught her cheating on him, and after pushing her down the stairs in anger, ends up choking her to death.
India Longford. Silas befriended her older sister Texas online, but India ended up being the one to go and meet him.
Rebecca 'Jenny' Massey. Silas also befriended her online, and she agreed to meet him. However Jenny had her own agenda; she was planning to drug Silas and steal his money. Unfortunately for her Silas managed to strike first.
Rae Wilson. Silas' original target was Theresa McQueen, but Rae had the unfortunate timing of ranting to Silas about how all men were scum, and how she was just going to sleep around.
Heidi Costello. Silas accidentally killed his own daughter as she was wearing the same Halloween costume as Lynsey Nolan; Silas' rival who was the only one who knew he was a murderer. Silas is devastated, and allows himself to be arrested at long last.
Newt is schizophrenic, and Eli is the result of that.
Newt also had a third 'personality' in the form of Rae. After not taking his medication and running away from home, Newt mugged an old lady, and saw a picture of her granddaughter in her handbag, who was Rae. Newt then 'saw' her as a goth, like him, and spent a couple of days with her. It ended up with Newt attempting suicide with her, only to be saved at the last minute. After being told Rae was a figment of his imagination, it was a shock for poor Newt when he met the real Rae, who was very different from how he had imagined.
Spoiled Sweet: Mitzeee is actually a really sweet and kind person behind the shallow and ditzy front she puts up. She's among the first people to accept Jasmine becoming Jason, and comforts the Costellos when Heidi is killed.
Mitzeee is also something of a Mean Character, Nice Actor. 'Mitzeee' is a stage name she uses for her career as a glamour model and her goal to become a celebrity, and she takes it Up to Eleven by presenting herself as a ruthlessly ambitious fame seeker to the world. However, as she and close friends and family have said, underneath it all she's Anne, a nice girl who is very compassionate for other people.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The McQueen family. One of their members is usually mixed up in one of the main storylines, and that tends to drag in the entire family.
The current (2011/2012) sixth formers have a tendency of taking the spotlight away from emotional scenes - the memorial for Silas's victims playing second fiddle to the Bart/Sinead relationship; and Darren & Nancy 's wedding getting upstaged by the Johno/Ruby relationship are the two biggest offenders.
Standardized Sitcom Housing: While most characters' homes/accomodation appears appropriately-sized, the McQueens' house presumably has a variable number of bedrooms/sleeping areas, apparently dependent upon which family members are forced to return to the nest.
Stealth Pun: Doubled with Fandom Nod - After Craig Dean left the show shortly after his Coming-Out Story with John Paul McQueen, John Paul/Craig shippers were upset that they didn't get their sunset ending. When Craig briefly returned the following year as part of the storyline writting John Paul out, the shippers finally got their wish as the two of them left together... One of their final shots being of the two of them standing infront of a sunset on an advertisment behind them.
Very narrowly averted between Ste and his own long-lost father.
Surprise Pregnancy: Tegan Lomax is introduced going into labour with no idea that she was pregnant. She describes it as "waking up with a baby"
Suspiciously Specific Denial: Freddie makes one to Lindsey when she suspects that there's more to Joe's disappearance than him just walking out on her.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Invoked for Lindsey, who is very similar in appearance and name to Linsey. This was soon revealed to be storyline related, as it lead to Dr Browning's Sanity Slippage as he became convincved that the real Linsey (who he had murdered) was haunting him.
Taking You with Me: Silas is dying, which is a huge factor in him trying to add more murders to his list.
There Are No Therapists: But when they do show up, they are awful. Despite her coming across as more pissedoff than psychotic, Sienna somehow managed to convince a psychiatrist that Nancy is not only mentally unstable, but has repeatedly attempted suicide and with zero proof to back it up.
Transsexual: Jasmine Costello has a male alter ego in the form of Jason.
Tilly ends up trapped inside a cupboard while the college is on fire. She calls Maddie for help on her phone, but she's not picking up. So instead of calling the emergency services when smoke starts to come in under the door, Tilly instead decides to try and climb out of the very high window, and ends up knocking herself out. Take note that Tilly's supposed to be pretty intelligent.
Repeatedly failing to realise that Warren Fox is clearly a psychopath? There's something very wrong with these people!
Watching the Reflection Undress: After Newt accidentally soaks Theresa with a bucket of water, he offers her his jumper to wear. As she removes her wet top, she tells him to turn around, which he does, however watches her in a reflection on a TV.
We Used to Be Friends: Gilly & Rhys, best friends since their first day at school, up until the whole Jacqui/rape drama.
Your Cheating Heart: Ethan began seeing Theresa behind his fiancée Liberty's back. They were found out, and Theresa and Liberty vowed to never let a man come between them again. Then Ethan starts seeing them both at the same time, and has to make up elaborate excuses to stop them from knowing about one another. Then he starts going out with Rae as well, which is when they finally figure out what's going on. All three then get their revenge.
Mercedes could be the queen of this trope. While going out with Malachy, she slept with his brother Kris, and she also slept with a random stranger before deciding to marry Malachy. While married to him, Mercedes then sleeps with Calvin, who is engaged to her own sister Carmel. After Malachy dies, Mercedes swiftly moves on to Riley, and then sleeps with both him and his father. She also kisses yet another ex while pregnant and on her honeymoon.