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  • 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.
    • Yes, it's perfectly logical to pursue a ten years younger boy if you seek maturity...
  • Ambiguously Gay: Ian.
  • Breaking Speech: Alex' rejection after the locker scene, however good intentional, makes the player feel like a stalker caught and dishonored, but absolved due to mental retardation.
  • But Thou Must: Get obsessed with Alex, at least lust for him even if he isn't your type.
  • Fetish Fuel: the teacher-student relation for Penny.
  • 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.
  • The Spock: Alex is proud of his conscience and composure.
  • Squick: Ian's reaction to Mark telling him what he dreamed about.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Mark and Alex get lovesick because of a single bar encounter.
  • What an Idiot: Ian, flirting with a Jail Bait, because she wore a tattoo of a band, 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.
  • The Woobie: Alex because of Graham.
    • Edwina, also because of Graham.

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