* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: 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 DespairEventHorizon and give up?
** Judging from "It's My Life," which mentions the same lovers, it's the former.
** Although, in the BreakupSong "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.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments: The entirety of the "It's My Life" video, which has Tommy going on a BigHeroicRun 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.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic[=/=]EarWorm: "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.
* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: "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 Music/{{Pink}} [[YokoOhNo 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, "[[DoubleEntendre Here, now you can get in my pants!]]".
*** [[http://www.jbjsoulkitchen.org/en Jon Bon Jovi's Soul Kitchen]].
* IronWoobie: Tommy and Gina.
* MemeticMutation: 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."
* MisattributedSong: 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 [[AscendedExtra 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, [[TastesLikeDiabetes which are soppily sweet with cliches]].
** NarmCharm
* OldShame: They consider ''7800 Fahrenheit'' to be this, due to not turning out as they wanted.
* SignatureSong: "Livin' on a Prayer" full stop.
* SnarkBait: 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 ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' once said "Bon Jovi rocks, on occasion." and a music video segment of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' has the two getting into a (literal) fight over whether Bon Jovi was cool or not.
* TearJerker: 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 StarCrossedLovers affair between a Vietnamese girl and an American IntrepidReporter during the war, is this '''in spades'''. Specially the sequence playing during the guitar riff, in which [[spoiler: the girl is apparently gunned down in a crossfire, while her lover can only scream in horror]]. And then there's the ending, [[spoiler: which turns into a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} when the reporter comes back decades later... and finds out that his old flame actually ''survived''. And also meets their daughter. EarnYourHappyEnding? You bet.]]
* ToughActToFollow : ''SlipperyWhenWet'' 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.
* YokoOhNo: Poor Dorothea! As Jon's wife, she was a massive target of fangirl hate in the first years of their marriage.