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  • Abandon Shipping: A large amount of Mike and Lucy shippers did this with Mike's revelation of his hatred of Lucy in "December."
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Did Mike simply outgrow the crush and isn't interested? Or is it embarrassment after all he said leading to him trying even harder to forget it?
  • Angst? What Angst?: Stunningly for a series otherwise chock full of drama: Lucy seems not to suffer from any long term effects after almost being raped. No nightmares, no PTSD, no flashbacks. She just carries on as if nothing had happened. One might argue that she's just such a badass that she didn't need any counseling, but Daisy also does not seem to suffer from any psychological trauma even though she basically stood and watched helplessly, utterly incapable of helping as her friend was pinned to the ground and groped, about to get raped.
    • Word of God has stated that, were she to redo the series, she would have never included the Confrontation chapter.
  • Anvilicious: BEING GAY IS A-OKAY!
  • Archive Binge: Not the hugest, but growing. The entire archive is current working on 800 pages. If you want to comment, reading it all probably wouldn't hurt as a start. And this archive is hardly all there is to see. Booru, DA, voting in TWC, and a chatroom.
  • This is part of the reason Taeshi recommends new readers start at "Part 2" of the story.
  • Asspull: Lucy's suicide attempt, or whatever happened to her comes off as this, considering that the last time we saw her before this, she and Mike were starting to reconcile.
    • Then again, a typical thing that suicidal people can do is to have a single day of unnatural jubilation, doing unexpected things (perhaps in a bucket-list) sort of way, before fully committing suicide. Complimenting Sue for her play, making out with Paulo, and assuring Mike that they could start over as friends were perhaps Lucy's bucket list before she 'went on the bus'. Out of nowhere, yes, but this would be a justifiable reason.
  • Base Breaker: Whoo boy. It seems that every one of the main characters have both fans who love them and fans who hate them. Most of it comes from shipping, though many of the criticisms also come from that they all seemed to have Took a Level in Jerkass somewhere throughout the series. Not even Daisy is safe from this, with some fans thinking she is extremely hypocritical and many of her actions being different from the personality she tries to present.
  • Broken Base: Abbey being coerced by Paulo in getting back with Daisy. While some are happy that Abbey and Daisy are getting back together again a lot of readers are openly disgusted with the treatment of Abbey receives from Paulo who constantly insults him and takes a stab at his dead mother in front of everyone in class and receives no repercussion whatsoever afterwards. Readers are also disappointed in Daisy for not lifting a finger to stop the abuse and basically using Paulo to make Abbey date her again, even though Abbey makes it clear that it's over between them. And finally Abbey himself is guilt tripped into getting back with Daisy by Paulo, making the turn of events veer closely into Unfortunate Implications territory.
  • Crack Pairing: And it's awesome.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The complete 180 from the play arc's heartwarming recovery to the "Break Up" arc's soulcrushing, bleak tragedy has instilled this in some readers.
  • Die for Our Ship: An alarmingly high portion of fans have unreasonably hostile opinions of those making up the ship not their own. Such as blaming Sandy for everything, in spite of her having absolutely nothing to do with Paulo's problems, little to do with Lucy's, and nothing to do with Michael's recent behavior with Lucy, other than being his justification for it. Sandy shippers do similar with Lucy as the one to blame. It can be... disconcerting.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: There's a portion of the fandom who says Augustus has done absolutely nothing wrong. There is also the portion of the fans who ignore Mike's harshness toward Lucy, in spite of her facade having mostly faded already. To be fair, Lucy is no innocent on acting harsh herself.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Amaya (has no speaking lines), McCain (has few speaking lines), and Liam (hasn't even appeared in the comic proper) are more popular on the forums than one would think.
    • Another example might be Larken.
    • Liam shows up as background filler at times. The second link also has Amaya and Larken.
    • Augustus is much more popular than one would expect, to the point that a number of fans act like he's done absolutely nothing or planned to. And the fans that hate him go nuts when he shows up, fearing he'll do more stuff he has never done in the first place.
    • The recurring turtle character who appears at random to trip the cast begining in "Field Day" (although canonically he was around since the first chapter, which was published later on as a replacement for the original first chapter) seems to have grown slightly more popular. Especially on the Ask BCB Tumblr page.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Mike's status as a complete Butt Monkey becomes this as the consequences play out.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Mike and Paulo, especially in the summer vacation arc.
    • David towards Mike here. And towards Abbey at times. Maybe.* Impromptu Makeover: Lucy got one. She was unhappy with the result.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Augustus losing the girl he likes permanently was a bit sadder than expected.
    • Also Lucy in recent chapters.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Mike and Paulo could easily end up with any of the girl classmates, and some people have even paired Mike and Paulo together!
  • Memetic Badass: Within the fandom, Alec "Badass" McCain.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Certain sections of the fandom seem to be completely missing the point of all the deconstruction, taking sides and defending their chosen character's actions regardless of how nasty it gets.
  • Moe: Molly
    • Pretty much all of the girls at some point.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • There's probably at least a few people who thought that the incentive chapter "Disaster Dominoes" was a little creepy...
    • The mild violence in "Confrontation" can bring up some nightmare fuel about being beaten up and nearly raped by a gangster.
    • The easter egg on the figurine promo page.
    It's not like she wants to kill you or anything.
  • Ron the Death Eater: There is a portion of the fandom that says Lucy is a complete and unrepentant Jerk Ass. Mike gets the exact same treatment from his detractors. There are also those who say Tess is evil, in spite of her constant efforts to avert her past status as a jerk. This has also occurred with Sandy in at least one fanfic where she is shown to be vengeful, jealous and murderous, due to the author disliking her.
  • Toy Ship: "Adventure Shipping" with Molly and Justin
    • Mike and Sandy in 3rd grade before Sandy moved.
    • Paulo and Lucy in 5th grade.
  • True Art Is Angsty
  • Uncanny Valley: If Carter actually is a cat, his family provokes it.
  • Values Dissonance: Much of the strip's fandom wishes the same things on certain characters that they'd be unhappy to see happen to others. Quite common in Die for Our Ship situations.
  • The Woobie: Pretty much everyone but David has gotten woobie time in the main cast. But Wynn from Out Of The Frame deserves special mention.

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