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.
  • 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!".
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.