YMMV: Coming Out On Top

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Penny and Ian may be worried for Mark's feelings, but forcefully convincing him that Alex is too good for him, right after they become aware of some sign that Mark's crush isn't so unrequited after all, makes their intentions questionable.
    • Alex's private talks with Mark may serve as a mere hypocrisy to preserve Alex's self-image as an impeccable gentleman rather than solve the problem with honest repentance.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Ian.
  • Fetish Fuel: the teacher-student relation for Penny.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: At first, Ian just seems annoying by showing disapproval in EVERY other guy Mark pursues, but it's not until playing Ian's route that you realize it's because Ian is in love with Mark and is too afraid to lose their friendship to tell him.
  • Ho Yay: Mark and Ian.
    • The guy in the gym dressing room joking about his friend's penis size.
  • Informed Attractiveness: Everyone admits Alex's looks is swoonsome.
  • Marty Stu: Being too perfect gets Alex into trouble. He is so good at his job he drives Graham into machinations; so hot it's easy to believe he is not that smart; never fails to charm anyone who is not Driven by Envy; his morality is unwavering, even against logic (until the irresistible Mark enters his life, at least), so much that Graham simply can't harm his reputation.
  • Mood Whiplash: The game overall is pretty light-hearted and comical, even in the worst of times, and then your goldfish commands you to kill your roommates.
  • The Spock: Alex is proud of his conscience and composure.
  • Squick: Ian's reaction to Mark telling him what he dreamed about.
  • What an Idiot: Ian, flirting with a Jail Bait, because she had a belly tattoo, and "you have to be in your twenties to know that band". To quote a fan criticism: since nobody ever listens to any music outside of the years they were born, right? Right.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Teaching anatomy. And Alex does review his anatomy lessons on Mark as his boyfriend.
  • The Woobie: Alex because of Graham.
    • Edwina, also because of Graham.
    • Ian in any other route other than his own. If you know that he is in love with Mark.