Series: The Bold and the Beautiful

The Bold and the Beautiful is a half-hour long American Soap Opera that airs on CBS. The show premiered on March 23, 1987, making it the youngest American soap opera on television. Set in Los Angeles, California, The Bold and the Beautiful centers around the fashion industry, the struggles of surviving in such a competitive environment. At the center of the show are two families; the influential and elitist Forrester family headed by Eric and Stephanie Forrester, founders of the fashion company Forrester Creations, and the once upper-middle class Logan family primarily headed by oldest daughter Brooke Logan. Both families become integrated together through marriage, affairs, and bitter feuds. Adding to the conflict includes the Marone family, headed by Jackie, and the Spectra family, headed by Sally.


Provides examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: First Macy, then Taylor, now Brooke as well. Taylor's alcoholism tends to resurface when she's under deep stress. Unfortunately, her relapse caused her to temporarily lose custody of her son, Jack.
  • Arch-Enemy: Without a doubt, Stephanie and Brooke, although they sometimes got along. In fact, Brooke was the last person Stephanie saw when she died of cancer in 2012, with the two finally putting their adversarial relationship beside them.
  • At Least I Admit It: Steffy Forrester has recently meddled in on relationships and is unabashed about it. When the Logans particularly Brooke confront her about her misdeeds, she throws all of their previous crimes in their faces.
  • Ax-Crazy: Morgan fits into this, as does Pam (though she got better), and later Quinn (who could easily called Machete Crazy, if such a trope existed) and Aly.
  • The Baby Trap: Stephanie used this against Eric to get her to marry him over Beth Logan. It's quite despicable in the first place, even more so when a retcon reveals that Massimo Marone is Ridge's father and that Stephanie had to have known there was a possibility of this. Eric often throws this in Stephanie's face whenever he's caught in an affair. Doesn't quite explain though why Eric goes crawling back to Stephanie after all his affairs end.
    • Also, when Sly poked a hole in the condom he planned to use while having sex with Jessica, hoping to get her pregnant so that he could "do the right thing" and marry her and get his hands on the Forrester millions. It backfired, as he was too drunk to... complete the deed.
  • Back from the Dead: Being a Soap Opera this happens frequently. Most prominently with Taylor (twice!) and Macy.
  • Betty and Veronica: Taylor and Brooke for Ridge, respectivly. In recent years, the focus was on Hope and Steffy for Liam. However a larger focus had been placed on Wyatt and Liam for Hope since Wyatt's introduction, with Caroline and Maya for Rick getting some steady increase in screen time and plot relevance as well. Liam's tendency to waffle on his feelings for women would later result in a Betty-Betty situation with Hope and Ivy, which Quinn put a stop to by pushing Ivy off a bridge into the River Seine to keep Liam from taking Hope away from Wyatt (Quinn's son). Ivy then became the Betty to Steffy's Veronica after Liam, Steffy and Ridge's takeover of Forrester Creations, and the end of Liam and Ivy's very short-lived marriage due to a misunderstanding regarding Ivy (who's Australian, but a dual U.S.-Australian citizen)'s citizenship status.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Seriously. The Forresters and Logan are tied forever because of the numerous affairs Brooke has had with all the men in the Forrester family, not to mention the children produced from said affairs.
  • Break the Cutie/Break the Haughty: Steffy Forrester has experienced these two tropes a few times.
    • After Steffy finds out she is pregnant with Liam's child in 2013, leading to them getting married, Steffy miscarries her baby, after crashing her motorbike. Upon discovering that the accident has left her infertile, she decides to divorce Liam and move to Paris.
    • After returning to L.A. to take over Forrester Creations with Liam and Ridge in 2015, Steffy is repeatedly Slut Shamed by cousin Aly Forresternote  for "flaunting" her body and attempting to snare Liam from their shared cousin (and Aly's best friend) Ivy. Extremely mentally unstable, Aly attempts to "re-enact" Darla's deathnote  by trying to run Steffy over on the same stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway where Darla died as her cousin tries to repair the tires on her car (which Aly punched) when it breaks down. Steffy unsuccessful in trying to talk her cousin down is nearly killed by Aly with a tire iron, which Steffy kills Aly with in self-defense when she tries to bludgeon Steffy with a rock. Adding to the trauma, a resentful Ivy (a witness to Aly's death, who ends up making veiled accusations that Steffy murdered Alynote , not knowing the real story) decides to use a cell phone video she taped of Aly's killing (which makes Steffy appear as the aggressor) to blackmail Thomas into making her a lead model of the "California Freedom" fashion line (under the guise of trying to honor Aly's legacy by trying to keep the line from becoming "overt" sexualized than if Steffy was in it), in exchange for her silence. Insisting that Steffy lied about the self-defense claim, Ivy even chastises Wyatt (whom she catches trying to delete the video upon Steffy's urging) for "siding" with Steffy's account, forcing him to back down when she expresses her own loneliness. The fact Ivy even used blackmail to keep the tape under wraps from the police was even Lampshaded by Ivy as being out-of-character for her, given her previous Neutral Good status.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: The show entered squicky territory when it decided to pair Ridge and Bridget up together, shortly after it was discovered that they weren't half-brother and-sister, never mind that for years they had believed themselves to be, and that before that he had thought he was her father. Thankfully the storyline fizzled out before they went too far.
    • Similar reactions came from trying to pair half-siblings (kinda) Hope and Thomas up. Though Hope isn't related to Ridge by ancestry, she still calls him father and the whole thing raised the eye-brows of fans.
    • Also, the brief attempt to pair CJ, Macy's brother (they shared a mother), with Kimberley, Macy's sister (they shared a father). Even CJ had to keep reminding Kimberley that despite sharing a sister, they were not related.
  • Butt Monkey: Thorne. Not only has Ridge overshadowed him for most of his life, but he's had to deal with Stephanie's obvious favoritism towards Ridge. The fact that he exposed Eric's plot to elope with Brooke wasn't enough to turn Stephanie away. He's also repeatedly accused (primarily by Ridge) of being an idiot and a loser with no original ideas. He's often had to gain strength from the women in his lives Macy, Darla, and Taylor in order to stand up to Ridge or fight for his place at Forrester Creations. He even initiates a physical fight with Ridge one time Ridge unnecessarily insults Darla.
  • Cain and Abel: Ridge and Rick, just who is the Cain and who is Abel varies depending on the applicable storyline. There are moments of civility between the two, but Rick's feelings of being The Unfavorite in Eric's eyes when compared to Ridge contributed to their rivalry.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: At one point Brooke was pregnant by Eric (she was having Rick), and Eric wanted to get a speedy divorce from Stephanie without the latter finding out so he could marry Brooke. Ridge decided to go along with the plan to protect Brooke and her baby, but Thorne found the whole thing disgusting and ratted them out to Stephanie. Eric treated Thorne like he'd committed treason, and it was then that Thorne really let Eric have it about what he was doing. Not that it made any difference, because Eric followed through with his plan regardless.
    • In recent years, this has pretty much qualified for all of Eric's children with Stephanie when he's caught in an affair with another woman.
  • Celeb Crush: Brooke fell in love with Ridge when she saw him in a magazine, and she helped her mother cater a high-end LA party because she knew Ridge would be there and she wanted to meet him.
  • Character Outlives Actor: The late Darlene Conley's Sally Spectra.
    • Played straight when Michael Fox, who played Sally's friend and employee Saul Feinberg, died in 1996.
  • Cross Over: Most prominently with The Young and the Restless. Characters from Genoa City like Sheila and Ashley Abbott show up in LA to be new love interests.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Several babies on this shown have been named after deceased relatives and/or friends (and even more have been named after living ones). Mary Warwick was named after her dead grandmother, the new Caroline Spencer was named after her aunt who died of leukemia, and Alexandria Forrester, who was conceived in an adulterous affair between her father and his then wife's best friend, was named after the betrayed wife...
    • Subverted with Steffy Forrester, who was named after her grandmother Stephanie, who had just suffered a potentially fatal stroke at the time of Steffy's birth. However, the elder Stephanie miraculously survived.
  • Easily Forgiven: A lot of men and women in the show are forgiven in a short period of time for affairs, most particularly Brooke. Bridget swore she would never forgive Brooke for sleeping with her then-husband Deacon, but they were back on speaking terms within a short period of time. Also, Stephanie is quick to forgive Eric for his affairs when they end and he begs her back.
    • Taylor really nails this trope with Thorne though after she accidentally killed his wife Darla. Thorne forgave her enough to the point that Thorne got into a relationship with her and almost married her, but his daughter Ally's outrage over it stopped him from going through with it.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: When Stephanie was shot, everyone literally was a suspect because they all had reason to be angry at her. Storm did it.
  • Expy: "Dollar" Bill Spencer, Jr. could easily be seen as this of Donald Trump; the two both are extremely wealthy self-made businessmen who have high opinions of themselves (even acknowledging they think they're good-looking with shameless confidence), have little if any filter when it comes to their actions (an example in Bill's case being his decision to out Maya as transgender in his magazine) and can be very obnoxious.
  • Flip Personality: In recent years, The Bold and the Beautiful's writers have had characters change personalities as the storyline dictates. In some cases where a Face-Heel Turn or Heel-Face Revolving Door is used, the character usually reverts back to their old personality later on:
    • Maya Avant came to the canvas out of prison and ready to turn her life around. Then came Caroline Spencer, who conspired to keep them apart and eventually snagged Rick. In addition to becoming a rival to Caroline, she flips between a woman who wants to redeem herself and a Manipulative Bitch. She then is shifted towards more of a heroine role when she is revealed to be transgender.
    • Quinn Fuller's personality change is explainable through a plot point in separate storylines in 2014 and 2015. When her son Wyatt (who is revealed to have tried to deal with his mother's erratic behavior for years) begins dating Hope, whom his half-brother had been in an on-again/off-again relationship with, Quinn tries by any means to keep Liam from interfering, leading her to threaten to murder him and actually try to chop him with a machete! When Quinn returns after allegedly admitting herself in a mental health institution, she threatens Brooke to stay away from Deacon (whom Quinn had started seeing at the time), but doesn't go farther than dreaming of stabbing her in the stomach. After that storyline, Quinn has been depicted as still mischievous but quirky, rather than mentally deranged.
    • When Aly Forrester was SORASed in 2014, she started as The Wallflower type. However, she seemingly had a Split Personality as she went from being a nice girl to mentally troubled and back, twice (the latter was due to her hatred of Taylor for running over Darla when Aly was a kid). Upon her second flip, she grew into The Resenter towards Steffy, channeling her hatred of Taylor towards her daughter, and descended into a violent behavior by attempting to murder Steffy with a tire iron and a rock, the former of which led to her death by Steffy. Again, this is explainable by way of her mental issues serving as a plot point.
    • Ivy Forrester started out as the Neutral Good Nice Girl when introduced in 2014; however, tied into she flipped to a Manipulative Bitch Resenter and persecutorial blackmailer as part of a Break the Cutie incident caused by Steffy "stealing" then-boyfriend Liam from her (although Liam later states that he chose to leave Ivy whom he broke up with at Aly's funeral! for Steffy on his own terms) and then killing their cousin/her best friend Aly in self-defense (though Ivy, who held a cell phone video she took of the killing over Steffy's head and used Aly's death as a means to get ahead in the company, saw it as murder). Ironically, of those who noticed something wrong with her, Quinn's Out-of-Character Alert toward her is the most telling, as she was surprised that Ivy started acting like a jerk (and not in a good way).
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Brooke tends to justify her flings as being part of her 'destiny', though Ridge seems to be the one she considers her soulmate. Also, all of the women Eric has affairs with (and end up leaving Stephanie for) throw this excuse in Stephanie's face, citing her neurotic control smothers Eric and that she needs to let him go. Yet, once these relationships end, Eric will go crawling back to Stephanie and beg her forgiveness. Lather, rise, repeat.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Aly Forrester grew into this, the result of her inability to cope with losing her mother Darla in a drunk driving accident when she was a little girl and her being mentally unhinged as a result (she actually sees and hears a floating image of her mother's head, for crying out loud!). It results in some serious Slut-Shaming against Steffy (Aly's grudge is really against Steffy's mother Taylor) and some not-as-overt judgemental behavior towards Maya, whom like Rick treated her more like a servant after Rick took over at Forrester (though the fact that Maya's transgender also has something to do with it).
  • History Repeats: The Brooke, Ridge and Taylor Love Triangle has pretty much been transposed to Hope, Liam and Steffy, with Brooke being the best analog for Stephanie. Irony!
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: This relates to Stephanie's plan with Andy Johnson. At the time, Ridge was engaged to Ashley Abbott, but Brooke was trying to win him back. Stephanie liked Ashley and wanted Brooke to back off, so she hired Andy to seduce Brooke and show Ridge once again what a slut she was. Well, the plan completely backfired on Stephanie. Andy raped Brooke when seducing her didn't work, and Ridge was there to pick up the pieces and help her through it. Tending to her and helping her deal with her rape reawakened Ridge's feelings for Brooke and he dumped Ashley to be with her. Most of all, everyone turned on Stephanie when it was made known she had hired Andy.
  • Hot Scientist: Brooke is actually an incredibly skilled chemist, and one thing that makes her an asset to Forrester Creations is that she created a formula which permanently removes wrinkles from clothing.
  • Hypocrite: When Katie had an affair with Nick, her niece Bridget's husband, Brooke went into full Mama Bear mode and completely railroaded Katie for hurting Bridget. However, Brooke had also betrayed Bridget this same way. Twice. One of these times with Nick!
    • Taylor is a pro at this as well. She constantly bashes Brooke for her many romantic entanglements, especially for dating more than one man from the same family and for getting romantically involved with her daughter's love interests. Taylor herself has been engaged to Storm Logan, had a relationship with Stephen Logan and been romantically involved with Eric Forrester, Ridge Forrester, Thorne Forrester and Rick Forrester (the last of whom was her daughter Phoebe's great love and Phoebe's distress over this led to the car accident which Phoebe died).
  • Large Ham: Sally Spectra. Big, bold and larger than life, Sally was never afraid to chew some scenery.
  • Last of Its Kind: The Bold and the Beautiful became the last remaining half-hour daytime soap on American television in 2003, when ABC cancelled the General Hospital spin-off Port Charles.
  • Last Words: Caroline's final words to Ridge have been a driving force of the relationships on the show. Initially, she told him to marry Brooke because that was who she felt he belonged with, but her words keep getting retconned for storyline convenience. They can be either the former, or that she tells him to be with the woman who will make him happy.
  • Los Angeles: The show's main setting, and the only current daytime soap not set in a fictional town named after a real-life city or a city with no ties to any Real Life burg at all. Reflected in the spectacular helicopter shots of the city seen at the beginning of each episode and at the start of each act following a commercial break.
  • Malaproper: In reflection of their rivalry, Caroline Spencer intentionally mispronounced Maya's name on various occasions.
  • The Masochism Tango: Stephanie and Eric, in spades. Stephanie does something to make Eric angry or otherwise make his life hell. He leaves her, finding comfort in the arms of a pretty young woman. Age difference aside, he seems genuinely happy with said woman as opposed to the constant bickering with Stephanie. Despite this, sooner or later, he is inevitably drawn back to Stephanie and they eventually reconcile, only for the whole thing to start all over again in just a matter of time.
  • May-December Romance: Quite a few. Eric and Brooke, Eric and Donna, Eric and any woman who isn't Stephanie or Jackie, Ridge and Bridget, Nick and Bridget, Jackie and Owen, Rick and Taylor, and more recently Ridge and Caroline (Spencer).
  • Meddling Parents: This trope is Stephanie. She frequently butts in on the personal lives of her children, and if Brooke is in a relationship with any of them she'll do everything in her power to convince whichever son it is to give up on her. This has also extended to other Logan women, like Donna.
    • In recent years, both Brook and Ridge have become like this with their own children. And when Taylor thought Thomas and Brooke had slept together she entered Stephanie-territory with her rage at Brooke, screaming at her to stay away from Thomas.
  • Minor Flaw, Major Breakup: In 1994, Taylor had a one-night stand with a man named James both while she was separated from Ridge and while they were trapped together after an earthquake, believing that they would die any moment. This remains a secret until 2006, a year after Taylor comes back from the dead. Brooke finds out about the fling and after repeatedly throwing it in Taylor's face and almost blackmailing her with it, the truth is made known to Ridge. Ridge reacts to a fling Taylor had twelve years prior while they weren't even together and occurring under extreme duress as though she were committing adultery in the present and immediately dumps her with the intention of hooking back up with Brooke. His treatment of her becomes even more despicable when you recall that he cheated on her with Morgan in addition to years of ignoring Taylor's complaints about Brooke's constant interference. Double Standard, much?
  • Monochrome Casting: One of the most shameful examples ever, as the show is set in Los Angeles, yet in 25 years, the amount of minority characters can be counted on one hand. The show got better about this in 2015, with the expansions of existing African-American character Maya Avant's family (with younger sister Nicole as a regular, and parents Julius and Vivienne as recurrings) plus the return of Zende Forrester Dominguez, an orphan adopted from Africa by Kristen Forrester and her husband Tony Dominguez 13 years earlier, all of whom are joined by fellow existing black character Carter Walton.
  • Out of Focus: Given that it's a half-hour soap, and therefore is less able to fit as many storylines in one episode as the hour-longs, this happens from time to time. Particularly notable is the show's two remaining original characters Eric (John McCook) and Brooke (Katherine Kelly Lang), whose appearances began to decline in 2015, in favor of the younger characters.
  • Plot Tumor: The Hope/Liam/Steffy triangle. Liam started out as a minor character, and has grown to the point where his love life has become the sole focus of every other character on the show for an entire year and counting (September 2012).
  • Rape as Backstory: Recent years has revealed this about Stephanie, which serves to more or less explain her neurotic behavior. complete with a very emotional scene where Eric and Stephanie confront her mother about the abuse she suffered.
  • Rape as Drama: Brooke is an unfortunate victim of this trope frequently. In the pilot episode she's assault by a group of men and rushes home with her clothes in tatters. She's raped by Andy Johnson after the latter was hired by Stephanie to seduce her. Ridge also unintentionally raped her when he had sex with her while she was drugged. To his credit he had no idea she was drugged and was horrified when he realized what he did.
    • Whether or not he knew she was drugged, it doesn't change the fact that she made it clear that she wanted him to leave her house and he didn't.
    • There are fans who also believe Nick raped Brooke when he told her Ridge had died while he knew Ridge was still alive and had sex with her while she was in a vulnerable state.
  • Rape Is Love: Inverted. As listed in Rape as Drama, Ridge unintentionally rapes Brooke when she's drugged. Even though they're a supercouple of the show, and Ridge thought it was consensual sex, the act was treated by the show as rape, and Brooke even went through trauma over it.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The 1994 Los Angeles earthquake was written into the show's storyline.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Storm pretty much dug his own grave when he shot Stephanie and didn't show any remorse for it. When he accidentally shot Katie his little sister who had a heart condition he was so overcome with grief that he committed suicide in order to donate his heart to her and save her life. His sacrifice paid off because the heart took in Katie.
  • Right-Hand Hottie: Darla to Sally. Darla was fiercely loyal to both Sally and Macy to the extend that though she was generally a quiet woman she would stand up for them no matter what.
  • Series Continuity Error: This frequently happens when characters are SORAS'd, but a glaring example of this is the Logan sisters childhood angst. In recent years they've claimed Parental Abandonment and that oldest brother Storm practically raised them. But earlier episodes clearly show the Logan family to be a happy and stable family unit.
    • This also included Steffy and Phoebe. For many years these two were known as identical twin sisters, and were even played by identical twins during different SORAS periods. When MacKenzie Mauzy was cast as Phoebe though, the show didn't bring Steffy on until much later, with Jacqueline MacInnes Wood playing her. Neither actress looks alike.
  • Soap Opera Disease: Carolina developed leukemia, and in a rare Soap instance her character stays dead. Recently, Stephanie was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, and made a complete recovery.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: All of the children at one point or another. In fact, the show has had very few high school-aged characters over the course of its run (unusual for a modern-day soap), as even many of those that have been aged rapidly have been pushed to at least 18 to advance the Forrester Creations-centered storylines.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Karen Spencer came out as a lesbian in 2012 at the same time as her portrayer, Joanna Johnson.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Stephanie is on the receiving end of this, including: when she sabotaged Donna's debut at Forrester Creations, when she exposed Jackie's prostitute past in front of the media, and most prominently when she inadvertently caused Brooke's rape at Andy's hands.
    • Taylor is also on the receiving end of this. Ridge gave her this treatment over her fling with James, and even Nick treated her this way when she spoke honestly at Brooke's custody trial, after she begged the other woman to not be called as a character witness on her behalf. Then again, anything Taylor remotely does that's similar to what a Logan woman does is treated with long-term contempt, while the Logan women usually get off scot-free.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Rick Forrester during his relatively short tenure as CEO of Forrester Creations. He treated many of his employees particularly Ridge, Ivy and Alynote  like worthless peons; Ridge actually quit briefly, unable to take the mistreatment, and makes a failed attempt to get Eric to oust Rick and appoint him CEO as his stepfather was willing to overlook Rick's jackassery on account of him helping increase Forrester's revenue with his ideas. It leads to a successful takeover by Ridge, Liam and Steffy (the latter of whom originally wouldn't go forth with the plan unless getting back together with Liam, who was dating Ivy at that time and wanted to take over the company to save her from Rick's tyranny, was part of the deal) to get rid of Rick.
  • Transgender: In April 2015, Maya Avant was revealed to have been born a male named Myron. As part of the story, which occurred around the same time Bruce Jenner came out as transgender, the show also cast transgender male actor Scott Turner Schofield as Maya's friend Nick, originally one of the only other people who knew Maya's secret before Bill Spencer chose to reveal it in one of his magazines. Touched upon further when she is reunited with her parents, Julius and Vivienne, the latter of whom was more willing to accept Maya as a woman and even later admitted she failed her daughter by denying Maya's true self.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This is a soap, after all. Multiple characters have been put through this.
  • Who's Your Daddy??: Brooke was so sure that Bridget was Ridge's child that she named the baby Bridget which is a combination of Brooke and Ridge's names. However in actuality she wasn't sure who Bridget's father was but wanted Ridge to be her father. It turned out that Eric, Ridge's father and Brooke's former husband, was Bridget's father.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Marriage infidelity is the center of the drama at times. Eric has cheated on Stephanie numerous times with numerous women, and has produced numerous children with other women. Brooke can also fit into this category because a lot of men she had pursued are already in relationships when she develops feelings for them.

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The Bold And The Beautiful