These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Derby Harrington and Bif Taylor are regularly considered to be a homosexual couple. While it's easy to see why Derby/Bif is a popular slash pairing (Bodyguard Crush), it doesn't explain why this caught on with the Bully fanbase at large.
This was born from a random line that Dan Wilson, one of the Jocks, says. "Word is Bif and Derby are made for each other." or something very similar to that.
Jerk Ass interpretation - Just a smug narcissistic jackass who isn't as smart as he thinks he is, who's primary motivation is that he loves manipulating people.
Jerkass Woobie interpretation - He hints that he has a horrible homelife, a host of medical problems for which he has to take pills that make him feel horrible, a personality and attitude that prevents him from having friends.
Pete Kowalski: Nervous Sideline Woobie, or a superior, more patient manipulator?
Woobie: It's how he's propped up to be seen throughout the whole game. Gary humiliates and beats him regularly, in Halloween, he's dressed up as a giant bunny, and is seen to be incredibly nervous at even the slightest rule-breaking.
Manipulator: That being said, though, he seems to guide Jimmy through the perfect path to topple leader after leader. He got close to Gary, so that Gary would rule him out as a threat-free woobie. And, eventually, Jimmy would do the same. It seems Petey's waiting for the perfect moment to seize control, himself, which Jimmy may have absolutely aided by making him head boy out of feeling sorry for him.
What happens when you find all the transistors for The Hobo. He gets sucked into the sky by a tractor beam while a maniacal laugh echoes.
Walking into the Freak Show and seeing a real live mermaid.
Also destroying all the gnomes for Brandi in the Scholarship Edition.
Breather Boss: The final boss fight against Gary on the school roof. Despite truly epicfinal battle music, he's no tougher than the standard enemy Mooks you've been beating up throughout the game, and may even be weaker, considering he spends most of the fight blocking your punches with his face.
The Greasers (excluding Lola) in general get this. It probably has something to do with the Greasers being the only clique that isn't inherently unsympathetic and the aforementioned All Girls Want Bad Boys.
Parker Ogilvie also gets it, mainly because he's basically a repressed nice guy by nature. Fanfic, however, forgets about the "repressed" part a lot, as well as the not understanding why he can't buy friends and love thing.
Fanon: With only slight amounts of time for characters to develop, a number of characterizations in fanfic have stuck and been repeated in other stories. A couple popular ones...
Trent Northwick is a serial molester of new girls, and he has horrible tobacco mouth from smoking
Derby Harrington is a foppish ponce who can easily be taken out with a right hook by any Author AvatarMary Sue, and needs Bif to do everything for him.
Especially ironic considering that during Complete Mayhem, he's probably the toughest of the four faction leaders to take down.
The Greasers, and especially Johnny Vincent, are essentially nice guys.
Kirby Olsen is obsessed with shoes.
Guide Dang It: What constitutes a "good" snapshot in the photography missions isn't always obvious, which leads to some "WTF?!" moments as you take the same picture over and over from slightly different angles and distances until you finally find one the game will accept.
Not to mention, in a Chapter 4 level, you have to take pictures of a cheerleader in a risque pose. Later on, when they're plastered around town, you have to spray them with paint. Apparently; Jimmy didn't think of just tearing them down, which wouldn't have gotten the police and adults coming after him.
To be fair, Jimmy mentions he planned to tear them down when talking to the cheerleader, and only would've covered them up if he couldn't. Since these posters were being plastered by the Nerds, they could've potentially gotten the posters to stick with some Applied Phlebotinium superglue that would've made tearing them down impossible.
Magnificent Bastard: This is clearly what the game designers were gunning for with Gary. Fans of the character see him as this, and most fanfiction portrays him as one of these.
Marty Stu: Arguably, Jimmy himself, since he can take down legions of people twice his weight and size, without so much as missing a beat, single-handedly (besides some basic advisory) becoming the king of the school and making everyone submit to him. Furthermore, he aces every class with very little effort.
Well, that last one qualifies more as pragmatism. The faster you ace the classes, the sooner you don't have to get nailed with truancy everytime you try to do a mission during school hours.
Misaimed Fandom: No, you are not supposed to sympathize with or root for Mr. Hattrick during the Hattrick vs Galloway mission series - the game carefully makes Hattrick the single most despicable character in the game. But then, see Strawman Has a Point below.
Polished Port: The Wii version is a pretty straightforward example of this — and probably the best version of the game — including extra content, having somewhat improved graphics, and making solid use of the Wii's motion controls. The 360 and PC versions are theoretically this, as they also have the extra content along with much-improved graphics compared to the PS2 and Wii versions, but...
Porting Disaster: In the 360 version, the music minigame becomes a Luck-Based Mission because of a bug in registering both bumpers at the same time. Moreover, the release version of the game suffered some pretty nasty glitches and performance problems, which weren't fixed for some time afterwards. Most noticeably there is one errand (find Algie's jacket) which will NEVER appear no matter what you do.
The music minigame isn't perfect in the PC version either. Music class REQUIRES you to use left alt and right alt, sometimes at the same time, inability of some (most?) keyboards to register that input be damned.
A Christmas mission, exclusive to Scholarship Edition is a nightmare on the PC. The idea is to have Jimmy snipe a few people in order to complete the mission. However, the game has an odd tendency to simply not spawn the very last target at all.
Ron the Death Eater: Gary fangirls semi-frequently demonize Jimmy, either to make Gary the good guy or just to get him out of the way of the Gary/Petey slash. And Lola's pretty nasty and immoral, but she's not the force of pure evil that Johnny fangirls turn her into to justify Johnny/Peanut and Johnny/Mary Sue fanfics.
Squick: Everything involving Edna the cafeteria lady. If she's not trying to date rape old men, she's intentionally hacking phlegm into the food.
And Mr. Burton asking Jimmy to fetch used panties from the girls' dorm.
Plus there is the mission where Burton gets tumbled around in a portable toilet and is smothered in feces.
You can also make out with one of the old women in town.
Strawman Has a Point: There are a series of missions where you defend an alcoholic teacher (Mr. Galloway) from getting fired by another teacher (Mr. Hattrick). Granted, Galloway is pretty much the most popular and well liked teacher in the school and Hattrick is a RichBastard. But when Hattrick calls Galloway out on drinking in front of students, he's... kinda right about that actually. Of course, it's stated that years of bullying from Hattrick drove Galloway to the liquor in the first place.
Of course, the game is from Jimmy's perspective, and Hattrick is just another bully - if you're getting savaged by teachers, then of course the drunk is preferable to the vicious jerk.