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.
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The Alcoholic: First, Macy, then Taylor. 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.
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.
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.
Betty and Veronica: Taylor and Brooke for Ridge, respectivly. Nowadays, the focus is on Hope and Steffy for Liam.
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.
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.
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.
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, Stephanie senior 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Mac Kenzie Mauzy was cast as Phoebe though, the show didn't bring Steffy on until much later, with Jacqueline Mac Innes 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.
Suddenly Sexuality: Karen Spencer came out as a lesbian in 2012 at the same time as her actress.
The Other Darren: Standard Operating Procedure on soaps, the latest being Thorsten Kaye as Ridge, replacing Ronn Moss, who played the role from the show's beginning to 2012.
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.
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.