These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Archipelago Exodus
Angst? What Angst?: Thyra has surprised several readers with the fact that she typically doesn't gripe about her past. (Of course, it HAS been at least six years now since the incident.)
Author's Saving Throw: Yoshimitsu was panned for having too many powers in the Popularity Poll. One quick streamlining later, and the character is much more popular.
Badass Decay: Miko (though he seems to be recovering from this).
Base Breaker: One of the more polarizing characters as of the 2010 popularity poll is Mr. Rabbit; he has both enthusiastic supporters who embrace his offbeat composition, and detractors who consider him a Lethal Joke Character but fail to find the joke funny.
Judging from the 2009 Character Popularity Poll results, Helen may easily be the darkhorse of Leeís roster. She was ranked the third most popular of his characters (after Natalie and Zebedee, of course), beating out even the likes of Miko and Thyra, and tied with Ender and Rie for sixth most popular character overall (out of more than sixty). And this in spite of the fact that, at the time the poll began, she hadnít appeared in any RPs since Chords and her fight with Rhys. Not bad for a character who started off as a minor Summoner. Per the 2010 poll results, however, she's slipped a bit, and Nopcsa and Blaise look more like Lee's darkhorses. Even so, Helen still managed a more than respectable score.
As of the 2010 poll, The Curator is Elliot's most popular character by a wide margin after Yoshimitsu, and the most popular walk-on character created for Burgled Boullogne by a respectable margin as well. Overall, he's well at the upper end of the spectrum, and this from two decent-length posts.
Lucas was already Prime's most popular character by a wide margin in the 2009 popularity poll (his score was 23; Prime's second most popular character was Ryuu with 14) and in the top ten most popular characters overall. This was pretty much based entirely on his exchange with Scar in the first part of Because It's Interesting. Now that Biscuit has taken over the character for the rest of Ishkabibble (and possibly beyond)... the fandom has rejoiced.
Foe Yay: Nopcsa with Prime. Basically Nopcsa loves the yay.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In Flynn's first pesterlog with Tweak, he mentions the sunglasses-wearing Kurt Castor (obfuscatedBrilliance), who was at the time slated to appear as a player run by October, but later got replaced due to inactivity. The pesterlog reads quite differently now that the reader has to infer Kurt didn't survive the Reckoning.
FH: Oh please, I wouldnít expect you to go to all the trouble of READING things. You might have to take off the shades for that!
FH: Hey! Have you and Bustin and Kurt ever thought about pooling your sunglasses collections and just rotating them weekly??
FH: Itíd save a lot of money AND you three would get even closer to your dream of all being the exact same person!
Since some of Flynn's speech and all of his sound effects are rendered in IPA, there's a steady undercurrent of this. Some words are practically incomprehensible without knowledge of linguistics, such as the sound effects in the twoversions of Flynn throwing his portable out the window, which respectively come out to "shatter" and "nonshatter".
Other people have Roman alphabet fridge magnets. Flynn's fridge magnets are IPA characters. That would be enough of a Genius Bonus in itself, but the magnet which Flynn's sister uses to obscure her own face is a voiceless glottal plosive, which just happens to resemble a question mark without the dot. Mystery! And later, as Flynn ponders an internal question, what should appear by his head but voiceless glottal plosives instead of question marks.
Good Bad Bugs: In an attempt at an RPG, a misplaced file made Hector lie down to shoot fireballs at the enemy.
Ho Yay: Lee intentionally plays this up in Nopcsa's interactions with Terrian, but it's stated to be just one of Nopcsa's tactics to keep people off balance.
Yoon, although Stepford Woobie would probably be a little more accurate.
Flynn dials the emotional theatrics too far up to be a straightforward Woobie (and, you know, he's definitely a Jerkass), but beneath all the over-the-top raging and sobbing, there's some real underlying anxiety and vulnerability coming to light.
Launcher of a Thousand Ships: So, is Nopcsa paired with Terrian? Or Telrien? Or maybe Garth? How about Rhys? Or maybe Ender? Or Prime? Or maybe even Sikes?
Lawful Evil; George, Massimo, Nico, Vinnie, Phil & Dom, Nachoset, and Bernard.
Lawful Neutral: Blaise, Miko, Tsubota, Bethold, Lacianus, Higgledy-Piggledy, Perry (though he likes to think he's Lawful Good), Denham, Auguste, Julia and Jacob.
Mary Sue: Masumi is a Kevin character, so "unbelievably gorgeous, graceful, deadly warrior with no personal flaws" is par for the course... But we'll see what threatens this status in the future.
Memetic Badass: Inverted. Terrian is treated as being pitifully weak and incapable of anything other than banter and negotiations in the discussion community. This is despite facing some pretty horrifying enemies and fighting Summer while getting whipped with a gigantic thorn covered vine.
The Woobie: Thyra is, as is Royce. Seriously. His father clearly doesn't care for him, the only love he's ever received is the cold touch of a robot who surfs the internet looking at parenting videos, he randomly blacks out, his ONLY FRIEND is a stuffed panda, and even when he talks to people about stuff? Even the most basic of things? He can't even move past his own humility.