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."
    • Some of the the Paulo X Rachel shippers did this too with after an update from the Unspoken Rule Chapter. Even Taeshi herself acknowledges this.
      Taeshi: two ships sunk in the span of a couple of pages, Iím on a roll!
  • 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, the BC International comics, the ask blog, 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.
  • Catharsis Factor: Some fans felt quite surprised and happy that Lucy flipped off Mike and told him that she's pretty much "fucking" done with him to his face.
  • 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 to 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.
      • She actually made one, and the fans are indeed still going.
  • 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.
  • 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 the later chapters, when she attempts to atone for what she's done and is met with scorn and hatred from Mike. Not so much after she comes back, where she's more well adjusted, but still has some of her tsundere traits left for people she cares about.
    • Abbey, to some fans. It's hard not to feel sorry for the poor guy after everything he's been through, but he's still rather aggressively and somewhat violently protective of his loved ones and the weak, to the point where he comes off as more harsh than good.
  • 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.
  • Never My Fault: sort of Subverted here. Many fans see Mike's actions as this, as Mike has not VERBALLY apologized and taken responsibility for his "December" "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Lucy, even though he very much feels internal guilt for what he did and knows he took the situation way too far. Also, he did apologize to Lucy in Chapter 15 for unintentionally abandoning her in the 3rd grade for Sandy.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Occurs very often for several different characters depending on whose side a fan takes in any of the conflicts in the comic. Put in brief, Lucy, Mike, Tess, Sandy, and Abbey are some of the more frequently on the receiving end of this, being portrayed as unrepentant Jerkasses and even murderous in some cases. Particularly egregious for Sandy as she's hardly in the comic at all, and (used to be, anyway) nothing but a sweetheart whenever she showed up.
  • 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 is this to some readers after her (second) breakup with Abbey. There was fault to go around, to be sure (she was angry at Abbey for physically assaulting Paulo), but considering her history of downplaying and ignoring Paulo's teasing and emotional abuse of Abbey (up to and including Paulo bringing up his dead mother in front of the whole class), several fans were upset when her later attempt to mend bridges with Paulo seemed to put all the blame on Abbey for how things ended and none on either of them. It doesn't help that even other characters describe the relationship as her "stringing him along" due to her still having feelings for Mike.
    • While Paulo's jerkish behavior isn't typically meant to be seen in a sympathetic light, several fans felt this way about him being physically threatened by Abbey (related to the above entry) due to his hand in essentially guilting Abbey back into dating Daisy after they broke up the first time and his constant teasing and bullying (especially knowing the problems Abbey is dealing with at home). The fact that he doesn't acknowledge his hand in pushing him over the edge, even after the breakup, doesn't help.
  • 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.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/YMMV/BittersweetCandyBowl