YMMV: Bon Jovi

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Are Tommy and Gina from "Livin' on a Prayer" two poor lovers who will hold on no matter what, or are they about to cross the Despair Event Horizon and give up?
    • Judging from "It's My Life," which mentions the same lovers, it's the former.
    • Although, in the Breakup Song "Novocaine", Jon says that there's "a different kind of meaning now to living on a prayer", which suggests that maybe it didn't work out so well after all.
  • Awesome Moments: The entirety of the "It's My Life" video, which has Tommy going on a Big Heroic Run from his apartment and all the way through Los Angeles in a furious bid to get to the Bon Jovi concert where Gina is, including a heartstopping moment when he causes a semi to jack-knife and rolls right under it to get to the 2nd Street Tunnel.
  • Awesome Music/Ear Worm: "Have A Nice Day", "It's My Life", "Livin' On a Prayer", "Wanted Dead or Alive", "You Give Love a Bad Name", etc. Really, just look at their catalog.
  • Broken Base: Usually caused by New Sound Albums.
    • Crush's Lighter and Softer tone is often considered to be the line dividing those from the fans who like the heavier sound of their older material and those who like the softer, new phase. Especially that the previous record, These Days, is generally considered to be their darkest album and also the "last good Bon Jovi record" to those who like their older material.
    • Lost Highway, primarily due to being a country record.
    • And then there's Richie Sambora and Phil X, who replaced the former twice in tour. Those on Sambora's side mostly argue that he is irreplaceable, considering he's been with the band for 3 decades and has co-written most of their major hits, while those on Phil's side consider him to be bringing back the energy that the band has once lost (though he's yet to play on a Bon Jovi studio album).
  • Contested Sequel: Burning Bridges is either their best album in 10 years or just as bad as What About Now.
  • Even Better Sequel: Slippery When Wet is their third studio album and also their biggest-selling one.
  • Heartwarming Moments: "Blood on Blood":
    Through the years and miles between us
    It's been a long and lonely ride
    But if I got that call in the dead of the night
    I'd be right by your side.
    • The video for "Who Says You Can't Go Home", where the band helps build a house for Habitat For Humanity.
    • "Always":
      Well, there ain't no luck in these loaded dice,
      But baby, if you give me just one more try,
      we could pack up our old dreams and our old lives
      and find a place where the sun still shines
    • One anecdotal story was that P!nk was jealous of Jon's wife Dorothea after she married him, and ripped up all of the Bon Jovi posters on her bedroom wall. Jon, after hearing this on a talk show, sent Pink an autographed pair of his blue jeans, with the note, "Here, now you can get in my pants!".
    • Phil X played the custom-built guitar designed by Kara Shred, a graphic designer and hobby musician who died months before the band performed in Toronto. He found out about the guitar when he read the story on The Guitar World's Facebook page then asked the store's owner that he will play that guitar on stage. It can be seen on 4:40 on this video.
  • Internet Backdraft: Some fans started persuading the band not to perform on Israel, as it was announced that they will perform there. Even when said posts are announcements that they will perform on Malaysia and UAE.
    • The fact that they're going to perform in the midst of a cultural boycott isn't helping matters.
  • Iron Woobie: Tommy and Gina.
  • Memetic Mutation: The smirking smiley face from the "Have A Nice Day" video.
    • Some folks like to Drop "WHAA-OOH! LI-VIN' ON A PRAYER!!!" on random, sometimes in rhyme. And, in general, people tend to give that as a response whenever someone mentions being "halfway there."
      • Adam Hills, in one of his sketches in Live At The Apollo, said that sending Israeli and Palestinian envoys side-by-side singing Livin' On A Prayer can solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
    Adam Hills: Just pull out a microphone. (imitates Richie Sambora's talkbox) And just wait. Honestly I think the Israelis would crack first. "Well not this is ridiculous, how can we-TOMMY USED TO WORK ON THE DOCKS!" The Palestinians would have to join in, "This is outrageous! How can we-GINA WORKS THE DINER ALL DAY!" Give it a minute, they'd all be on their feet, lighters in the air. "WOOOOAAAAHHH LIVIN' ON A PRAYER!" I mean sure, they'd argue about which prayer, but at least they'd be singing together!
  • Misattributed Song: Lots of people tend to misattribute songs from Jon's solo career as songs from his band ("Blaze of Glory" is but one example). Many fans simply put them together with the official Bon Jovi releases.
    • Not helped by the group encouraging this idea - "Blaze of Glory" is on both of the band's "Greatest Hits" albums.
  • Narm: due to their over-the-top anthems, which are soppily sweet with cliches.
  • Old Shame: They consider 7800 Fahrenheit to be this, due to not turning out as they wanted.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Phil X.
  • Signature Song: "Livin' on a Prayer" full stop.
  • Snark Bait: A lot of rock fans like to mock his image. At the same time, this mockery often comes with a grudging admiration for his best work. This conflict is sometimes mentioned in popular culture. Dean Winchester of Supernatural once said "Bon Jovi rocks, on occasion." and a music video segment of Beavis and Butt-Head has the two getting into a (literal) fight over whether Bon Jovi was cool or not.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The choruses to Bonnie Tyler's "If You Were a Woman (and I Was a Man)" and Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" are Suspiciously Similar versions of each other. Probably because they were written by the same guy...note 
    • The chorus of "Saturday Night Gave Me Sunday Morning" sounds a lot like the one on "Gotta Be Somebody."
    • Even more egregious is the chorus of "Take Back The Night" being way too identical to a certain Swedish House Mafia song.
  • Tear Jerker: Many of their power ballads. Which are many.
    • Especially the acoustic versions of them.
    • The video for This Ain't A Love Song, describing the Star-Crossed Lovers affair between a Vietnamese girl and an American Intrepid Reporter during the war, is this in spades. Specially the sequence playing during the guitar riff, in which the girl is apparently gunned down in a crossfire, while her lover can only scream in horror. And then there's the ending, which turns into a Heartwarming Moment when the reporter comes back decades later... and finds out that his old flame actually survived. And also meets their daughter. Earn Your Happy Ending? You bet.
    • "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night". Something about the stories of so many hopeless lives can be distressing.
    • "August 7, 4:15" by Jon Bon Jovi, a tribute to his tour manager whose six-year-old daughter had been kidnapped and murdered. The killer was never found.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: See Broken Base above.
  • Tough Act to Follow : Slippery When Wet is the band's best-selling album, with a phenomenal 28 million copies sold world-wide. While New Jersey sold very well and the band has enjoyed long-lasting popularity, nothing else they've done has come close.
  • Yoko Oh No: Poor Dorothea! As Jon's wife, she was a massive target of fangirl hate in the first years of their marriage.