YMMV / Bittersweet Candy Bowl

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, especially with her treatment of Abbey from the Unintentionally Unsympathetic post.
    • Fans are torn on weather or not the sex between Melanie and Augustus was consensual.
  • 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.
    • Now there's a Broken Base as to whether Abbey's response to the above and to Paulo's continued fawning over Daisy ( Throwing him against a bathroom wall and choking him whilst calling Paulo out on his Casanova tendencies and demanding that he stay away from Daisy) was justified.
  • Crack Pairing: Due to the fact that there are so many characters here that there's bound to be someone shipping two or three characters whom have never met or barely interacted with. It got even worse when the Official BCB Art Meme had you forcing two characters; one that you like and the other that you don't like, to make out. Hell some people unintentionally found their new OTP because of this.
    • One of the most well-known ones is DavidxSue, the reason some fans like this ship mostly just stems from the fact that seeing complete opposites get together seems rather cute. It got to the point that Taeshi made a comic with them in it.(Although it's busy rotting in the Graveyard so it's left up in the air what is Taeshi's opinion on the ship.)
    • DavidxRachel, due to being one of the two token dogs, they're not shipped frequently but it's acknowledged. It also helps that in Another Plan they decide to have sex so that Rachel can have her own baby, it's also implied that she found him te be a much better partner than Paulo. And besides she's a dog, dogs like big bones.
    • LucyxSandy, some fans began to get tired about how indesicive Mike was about who he really loved and decided to just have Lucy and Sandy hooking up. After a while different reasons have sprung up. After Mike more or less just chooses Sandy over Lucy fans began to draw fanart of them together just for laughs. But after the events of December, fans began to draw fanart of this ship just to spite him. In fact after Mike reveals his hatred of Lucy the most common theme in Lucy x Sandy fanart is Sandy more or less dumping Mike over Lucy, while Lucy either looks indifferent or outright just taunting him.
    • AbbeyxLucy Mostly because Lucy's dependency and Abbey's white-knighting go together on paper, although realistically most fans agree that the relationship might get insular and toxic, then end with a really explosive fallout.
      • It certainly helps that one time in his early days in the comic, Abbey more or less began to flirt at her and her reaction was to blush. (And punch him in the face)
    • The True Ending to BCB.
  • 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 helping realize how toxic Lucy is for him. 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.
    • Matt or as Fans like to call him "Oreo Cat" or any other variation. Ever since his debut in Chapter 81 fans liked him because he was rather cute and nice, fans began to love him even more when it was revealed that he was gay and had a crush on Jordan. Making him along with Jessica to be one of the only confirmed gay characters.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Augustus x Lucy, it started when Chapter.95 "Love Again" revealed that when Lucy attempted suicide, Augustus was there to help her and call for an ambulance. It got even more popularity after the first thing Lucy did when she first saw him was to run up to him and hug him.
    • It continued to grow even more when Lucy invited him to her house and her parents more or less Adopt him. Even if Taeshi herself made a comment about how the Augustus x Lucy ship "sunk", fans are still going strong with this particular ship.
  • Fanfic Fuel: What was Lucy doing after she moved to a private school. The most common thing that happens in fanart is that she meets up with Sandy and either become friends, best friends, rivals or even lovers.
  • Growing the Beard: Volume one is hit and miss in terms of story, and the art is very amateurish, excluding the occasional arc that has been remastered. It is for this reason that the authors recommend that new readers start at volume two.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Mike's status as a complete Butt Monkey becomes this as the consequences play out.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Daisy, though rounder and pudgier than the other female characters, has quite a typical body shape for a teenage girl in the early stages of puberty. However some of the comments act like she's unhealthily overweight.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Mike and Paulo, especially in the summer vacation arc.
    • David towards Mike here. And towards Abbey at times. Maybe.
  • 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.
    • Abbey also get this treatment from the fanbase lately due to his hatred towards Paulo, culminating in him assaulting Paulo as of recent, causing many to decry him as an irredeemable monster. While Abbey's attack on Paulo isn't fully justified, most tend to forget that Paulo spends the majority of his time with Abbey antagonizing and belittling him purely for his own amusement, and in the most abhorrent way, cruelly guilt tripping Abbey into reconciling his relationship with Daisy by ridiculing him on how anybody besides Daisy can stand to be with him, and then finishes his argument by bringing up Abbey's deceased mother in front of the entire class. While Abbey certainly has anger issues and can be violent at the worst of times, he is shown to try to come to terms with his own problems and trying his best to be a decent individual and friend...just not towards Paulo.
  • Strawman Has a Point: In spite of his issues, Abbey has justified reasons to dislike Paulo...at least most of them.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Daisy receives a brutal breakup from Abbey, causing her to retreat to Paulo to apologize for her past behaviour to him, and declares that she cares for him more than his attempt to bring Daisy and Abbey back together in the end. It is portrayed as a heartwarming scene and a declaration of childhood friendship rising above hard times. However, Daisy was shown to have willingly allowed Paulo to guilt trip her ex-boyfriend Abbey into reconciling their relationship in a nasty manner that is mentioned in Broken Base, and also consistently downplayed or had never called Paulo out on his bullying towards her boyfriend without much concern for his mental well-being (except for the one time when she did, which had caused Paulo to stop being friends with Daisy at first), which leads to Abbey attacking Paulo over his Cassanova tendencies and the bullying once he reaches his limit. Once Daisy finds out and tries to make amends to Paulo, she retracts her initial impression of Paulo having bullied Abbey, and states that the entire scenario is all because of her boyfriend and that Abbey was wrong to not see how she sees Paulo, all while completely glossing over both of their roles in how they took advantage of Abbey and put him back in a toxic relationship with Daisy against his wishes, thus starting the whole mess in the first place, and then pinning all the blame on him for not handling it better than he should, thus causing Abbey to break up with Daisy for being forced into being her token boyfriend again, and for being flippant of Paulo's bullying towards him once too many times for him to tolerate.
    • Paulo can also be perceived as this for those who finds his attitude too overbearing and unlikable at times. Once instance is during the time when Daisy tells him off for bullying Abbey, which prompts Paulo to develop a passive-aggressive stance towards her until he finally yells at her for calling him out on attacking Mike over Lucy having returned to school, but was in no mood to speak to her friends during lunchtime due to Mike's presence. Another instance is his actions listed on Broken Base having also caused controversy due to certain groups either perceiving Paulo's lack of tact in handling the situation as immature yet well intentioned, or it is seen as a downright spiteful and cruel act that had ended up causing unnecessary problems in the future. It does not help that Paulo is rarely punished for his actions towards his friends, and even if called out on his behaviour, Paulo refuses to learn from his behaviour and continues to bully and belittle those around him.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: Lucy got one. She was unhappy with the result.
  • Values Dissonance: Not the comic itself, but the 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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