YMMV: All My Children

  • Award Snub: Susan Lucci finally won a Daytime Emmy on her nineteenth nomination. One of the most famous Award Snubs ever.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Erica tells off a bear.
    Erica: I AM ERICA KANE, and YOU are a FILTHY BEAST!
  • Complete Monster: Michael Cambias is a cut above the typical Soap Opera villain. Coming to Pine Valley with a goal of taking over all the major corporations based there, he used spies and a seduction of Kendall (using an alias), exploiting her hatred of Erica Kane, with a goal of stealing top-secret formulas and documents. One of his spies, Lena, is also his lover, with orders to seduce Erica's daughter, Bianca; Lena winds up falling for her, but is forced to continue working for Michael due to threats against her mother. Kendall, meanwhile, finds out about the affair between him and Lena, deciding to become a double agent; when Michael catches her in his office, he attempts to rape her, but Erica stops him. After double-crossing him by pretending to leave her company, Michael tries to rape Erica, but Kendall returns the favor in stopping him. When he's thwarted from that, he goes and rapes Bianca—getting back at all three women in one fell swoop, as Bianca is simultaneously Kendall's sister, Erica's daughter, and Lena's girlfriend.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: There are several over the years, but surely the food fight between Adam and Erica counts. More recently, when Dixie proposed to Tad and Tad accidently turned on his cell phone. Opal's phone number was the one that accidently hit and Opal answered the phone. The clan of Tad's, Dixie's family and friends were at the house with Opal who promptly put it one speaker. When the conversation between Tad and Dixie was finished, everyone who heard it began to cheer. Tad and Dixie heard the cheers and the look on Tad's face was priceless.
  • Designated Hero: Pretty much all the "good" guys has been this at some point (except for maybe Bianca), it just seems like the writers can't portray a "good" action without it looking, or being, off. One example being where Edmund (who has been called the nicest man in the world so many times before and after) tries to drug Maria into remembering him without her knowing it.
  • Designated Villain: JR Chandler during his first custody battle with Babe. Even though Babe knowingly lied about their baby (first passing off Bianca's daughter as their own and then lied about their son being alive), committed adultery and ruined the relationships JR had built with other characters, he was portrayed as an evil miser for daring to fight for his son. Even the majority of Pine Valley turned on him and sided with Babe—including Bianca!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Eden Riegel, who took over the role of Bianca in 2000, and remained until 2005 (plus two short stints afterwards), winning an Emmy in the process. To this day, she remains one of the most respected actresses in daytime.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: A very close subversion. In 1997, Maria Santos was "killed" in a plane crash, devastating her husband Edmund. 4 years later, on September 11, 2001, Maria's portrayer, Eva LaRue] was scheduled to be a passenger on one of the planes that would later hit the World Trade Center. She postponed to a later flight because she wanted to sleep in, thus saving not only her life and that of her unborn child (she was six months pregnant at the time), but avoiding a chillingly accurate RealLife version of her character's fate--at the time, [=LaRue was married to Edmund's portrayer, John Callahan, making the similarities even more eerie.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2009, Brot and Natalia won a dance marathon. In 2011, Brot's portrayer, J.R. Martinez, won the Dancing with the Stars mirrorball trophy.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dr. Greg Madden, starting when we learn that a "miscarriage" was really Greenlee's child given to someone else. As the show progresses, it is revealed that Erika's child in the past was also faked as a miscarriage, but was in fact implanted into Madden's wife. Dixie's baby, Kate, was also taken away from her by this asshole at one time. Worse yet, he convinces Erika's daughter Kendall to give her baby up for adoption, and it takes a while for Erika and Ryan to get her back to her senses. Sending her off on a yacht full of other women whom he tried to brainwash, and then telling Erika then that he doesn't know of her whereabouts? Hoo, boy! I think we know who we're rooting for here, and it ain't the doc!
    • Arguably Babe Carey after finding out her daughter was actually Bianca Montgomery's thought-to-be-dead daughter. She decided to keep the baby and not tell anyone the truth. She kept this lie going for an entire year until she found out her own thought-to-be-dead son was still alive. Only then did she finally tell the truth to Bianca. Her response? A well deserved titanium right hand (one of the best slaps in the business).
  • Moment Of Awesome: Bianca killing Michael after he raped her. She shows up at his hideout, blows his brains out. Simple. Mo A within a Mo A? He was so hated before and after raping her (especially since he was acquitted due to lack of evidence as Bianca showered and burned her clothes), that when she turned herself in (after repressing the memory of the murder), the judge all but gave her a pat on the back.
    • Josh Duhamel's final appearance featured his character Leo tackling his crazed mother (who kidnapped his wife Greenlee) on the bridge of a waterfall. Yes it gave way, but for defending his wife at the cost of his own life? Leo died like a boss.
  • Never Live It Down: Bobby Martin disappearing after going up to the attic to get his skis, possibly the most infamous case of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome ever.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Bianca's rape. Arguably the single most horrific moment in the entire run of AMC.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Kinks, Zendall, Rylee, "Barf", BAM, Breese, Minx.
  • Shipto Ship Combat: Mostly revolving around Bianca and her lovers, Frankie/Maggienote , Lena, Reese, and Marissa.
  • The Woobie: Bianca.