YMMV / Coronation Street

  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • Although fans were cheering when the tram crashed down on Molly Dobbs, the scenes afterwards with her and Baby Jack in the rubble were very sad. The baby survived anyway.
    • Non-fatal examples. Teresa and Natasha weren't well-liked but their exits were well received. Teresa realised that Lloyd was growing closer to Cheryl and opted to leave herself, realising their relationship would come to nothing. Her final scene has her waiting for Lloyd to leave before tearfully calling her son Daryl - implying she's going to patch things up with her family. Natasha meanwhile decided to walk around giving numerous people a "Reason You Suck" Speech - saving Gail Platt for last. She busts Gail for hacking into her medical records, getting her fired from her job. Her line "Back of the net!" was a couple years too early for Memetic Mutation status though.
  • Angst? What Angst?: You can't help but notice how eerily well Peter Barlow took to two wives suffering two miscarriages between them. While each woman dealt with the devastation in their own way, he on the other hand took it all in stride and sadly cemented his Jerk Ass persona.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The Domestic Abuse storyline. A full year after it started, it appeared to have reached it's conclusion - only for the Kirsty to find out Tyrone was planning to leave her immediately after they got married so he could get parental rights to his daughter. Kirsty then fell down the stairs after Tyrone moved out of the way of her attempted strike and accused him of abusing her.
    • Tracy Barlow's obsession with Steve Macdonald. Even Kate Ford, who plays Tracy, is sick of it at this point. Since the return of Robert Preston, Tracy appears to have shifted her aim to him.
  • Ascended Meme: You know a storyline's successful when the Prime Minister of the time comments about it in Parliament.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Sean Tully. Especially if you happen to be gay ...
    • There are suspicions of Tracy Barlow being one. Looking back over the years of all the horrid things she's done and the little to nothing she had to answer for it in the end, you have to wonder if she's just plain invincible.
    • Terry Duckworth who in spite of being an unlikable and irredeemable person, the writers have confirmed that they would never kill his character off.
    • Teresa Morton was thought to be one, as her more likeable family members were gradually axed from the show - while she remained. However her exit was well-received.
    • PAT PHELAN. A man who, as of late 2017, defrauded half the residents of the street, raped two women, killed three men, committed god only knows how many more petty evils against various other characters, and gotten away with it all whilst easily being one of the DUMBEST villains to ever disgrace the cobbles in 57 years. The worst part? The writers must know just how unbelievably bad a criminal Phelan is, because they had the temerity to make him brag to Michael, a dying man, that “Napoleon would have loved me. He said he preferred his generals to be lucky than good.” There have been at least 5 times that Phelan has put himself in a situation where he can easily be arrested, killed or otherwise destroyed, and each time he’s gotten away with it!
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Oftentimes, especially within the last two decades. Everyone lives miserable and empty lives and never has any lasting good luck, as rare as it is. Relationships between family, friends and lovers never remain stable for long, due to infidelities, death or betrayal of some other form. Residents, especially returning residents, on the Street out of the blue end up taking several levels in jerkass. Others do horribly selfish things and never receive any punishment for it and yet still think it's their right to call people out on their behavior. Plus, usually there is an occasional true villain in the form of a criminal who really is a bad guy (or girl) instead of just your run-of-the-mill jerk who's more likely to be killed off.
  • Designated Hero: Steve McDonald. Although he was much of a bad boy and had a record throughout his youth and he eventually grew up, it hasn't always been for the better. Even if his relationships with his many wives have had their ups and downs, oftentimes his behavior, be it cheating, stealing or just being an overall ass to them (like setting up Vicki to take the fall for his criminal misgivings or getting Max taken away from him and Becky) mostly portrayed in the right. Possibly the worst examples of his supposed heroism include during the minibus crash (which was an accident) and he wasn't hurt, instead of trying to help any of the injured or help extricate some of the passengers, he wanders off and it's excused because we learn he's suffering from depression and the whole fiasco of his cheating and getting Leanne pregnant is forgiven by some because of how much they dislike Michelle.
  • Dork Age:
    • Michelle discovering that Ryan wasn't biologically hers, swapped with another boy called Alex. Alex disappeared after a few weeks and the storyline was panned by fans and critics. The writers appear to have retconned it from existence now.
    • Kelly and Molly's affair was universally despised, for it being a Strangled by the Red String Romantic Plot Tumor and the downright uncomfortable love scenes. Karl and Sunita's years later was almost like a Recycled Script of it - and was equally hated.
    • The 'relationship' between Jamie and Frankie. Numerous viewers and critics expressed Squick at it. Even Frankie called it off when it got too icky for her.
    • Ken abruptly leaving Deirdre to go and live with Denise, hoping to rekindle his relationship with his son Daniel. Mostly because viewers found it a waste of time and knew Ken and Deirdre would inevitably reconcile. Fans also felt a similar way towards the affair with Martha - as it seemed like an odd way to shoehorn Stephanie Beacham onto the show.
    • Leanne having a baby after a one night stand with Steve, a character she rarely interacted with outside the Rovers.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Richard Hillman is still fondly remembered as one of the greatest TV villains of all time, and it's more than a decade since he died trying to drown his family.
    • During the 90s, Raquel Wolstenholme-Watts was considered this, from her beauty to her 80s outfits and her well-known French lessons with Ken.
    • If including couples in this respect, then Jack and Vera Duckworth would also get the vote due to being happily married (well, most of the time) and despite both dying off the show, ended up being together in the end.
    • The original ED married couple, the Ogdens, Stan and Hilda, even 25+ years after his demise and her exit. In spite of the fact that many fans and even Corrie producers wanted her to return, her actress refused every time, right up until her death, due to her disapproval of the quality of the show in its later years.
    • Sophie Webster was one as a teenager. Fans loved her Deadpan Snarker tendencies as she often played the comic relief to Rosie's drama queen tendencies.
    • Maya Sharma quickly entered Magnificent Bitch status when she managed to get Sunita arrested on her wedding day - by marrying several other men in her name and busting her for bigamy. Let's not get started on her revenge after getting released from prison.
    • Jenny Bradley since her brief 2015 return.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Anne Kirkbride's exit episode depicts Deirdre Barlow throwing a trifle while declaring that 'Jelly shouldn't run, it should wobble!' This has drawn a few laughs and inspired at least one meme, but due to fate getting in the way this was one of the last scenes she filmed before her death. In fact, when Deirdre's onscreen death is announced, it is stated that an aneurysm was the suspected case.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is very popular in Canada, so much that cast members do regular meet and greets with fans over there and having their various hour-long specials air on CBC. Also, the country's airings of the episodes only trail the UK's by a few weeks versus back in the 2000s, when it was nine months behind.
    • Americans Hate Tingle: Conversely, the show is fairly obscure in America as aside from viewers in northern states who could receive a nearby CBC station, no American channel ever really aired the show for any length of time. It aired briefly on PBS in the early 70s, the USA Network aired it for a short time in the early 80s (when they were desperate for programming), and the part-CBC owned cable net Trio aired it at some point before the CBC sold it to- ironically- USA Networks. It's only really been exposed around here via Hulu.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Back around Christmastime 2004 while speaking with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Karen, Steve McDonald spoke about supercouple Jack and Vera Duckworth and how he would bet money that when one of them passes away, it will be in the other one's arms. A little over four years later, it didn't happen that way; Vera died alone sitting in Jack's favorite armchair. That said, Steve was still in a sense still right when Jack died two-and-a-half years after his beloved wife and her ghost appeared to him (which by the way speaks volumes because this never happens on Corrie), eager to usher him into the afterlife with her and embracing him again before they left.
  • HSQ: Many climaxes of big storylines, most notably The Joinery explosion/Tram crash in December 2010.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Leanne Tilsley. Despite being a manipulative opportunist, a cheat, a homewrecker and usually a total bitch, things have really stunk for her in her life. Her mother abandoned her at birth, she's forced to abort the child she created with the husband she loves, she gets addicted to drugs and works as a prostitute to pay for said addiction, she suffers a miscarriage with her second husband, who then cheats on her and eventually marries the other woman, her next husband (who was also her first husband) cheats and slept with his sister-in-law on Christmas day, possibly impregnating her, watches her one-time fiancé die in an explosion and her stepson, who used to love her like his own mother, verbally and physically abuses her. Unfortunately for her fans, it becomes less woobie and more Jerkass with her getting pregnant with Steve's child and it causing problems between her and Nick while she disapproves and even temporarily disowns Toyah for getting involved with Peter.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Come on, you didn't really believe that Nick was going to drown in that quicksand, did you?
  • Memetic Mutation: Granted, it was before the internet became as prominent, but the "Free The Weatherfield One" campaigns that sprung up across the UK after Deirdre Rachid (presently Barlow) was falsely imprisoned.
  • Narm: When Izzy took a strong form of cannabis in 2016 and was freaking out and having hallucinations because of it was obviously meant to be serious and scary but came across as hilarious and badly-acted instead.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Sylvia Goodwin and Gloria Price were two lackluster replacements for the popular and well-loved Blanche Hunt. Fan reception to both women were lukewarm at best and both characters were gone within less than two years of their respective introductions.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Inverted. Michelle Connor was actually quite popular when introduced. However as she dominated more and more storylines (and they got really weird), fans grew sick of her and despised her.
    • Around 2003 Peter Barlow was 'the most hated man in Britain' but one recovery from alcoholism and amazingly cute child later, his injury was a central part of the 50th Anniversary special.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Tina. She gradually became this in the eyes of the fans of the show, after her cheating with Peter after knowing full well how horrible it is — see above— and her Jerk Ass behaviour (threatening to report Rob and Tracy's illegal merchandise simply out of spite) before she died. Another cause was her being featured too often in every scene leading up to her death.
    • Janice Battersby. There have been many more over the years, but most are either Rescued from the Scrappy Heap or written out, whereas Janice has remained for years despite the fan's dislike.
    • Kevin got very unlikeable too in post-2010 storylines, although some think Kevin was worse back in 1997 and 1998 with his affair with Natalie Horrocks and Sally's affair with Greg Kelly. Even throughout the 2000s prior to his affair with Molly, he was only the lesser of the two evils regarding him and Sally.
    • Sean Tully. Very hated by fans, some suggesting he is still there because he is friends with the producer.
    • Peter has been placed back here post-2011. Given his gratuitous affair with Carla, which led to a disaster of a marriage, which was already marred by their respective drinking problems, meddling from his ex-wife and Simon detesting her as a stepmother. Then he had the affair with Tina and things only got worse.
    • Kirsty Soames. In addition to her long, long storyline, she was just unpleasant and manipulative and made you feel really bad for Tyrone to go from one horrid excuse of a lover to another in such a short time.
    • Sinead is pretty unpopular in her own right: after years of having nothing to do other than being a Dumb Blonde who was Beth's niece and Chesney's girlfriend, she ends up being in the center of a Love Triangle between him and Daniel. Instead of displaying her as a confused young girl caught in a difficult situation, she plays off the fragile emotions of both men and openly manipulates them.
  • Serial Escalation: One of the biggest moments in the first decade of the series was when a train derailed from the viaduct. In the 1980s it was the Rovers catching fire. Since then the Rovers has caught fire another time, the Corner Shop has been set fire with its owners in it, a fire and propane tank explosion struck the luxury flats, the bistro exploded and caused a tram to crash into the Corner Shop and the Kabin, and the factory has burned down twice. The street has seen no fewer than three serial killers, part of a run of about two dozen murders on the street since the 1970s. Of those murders, only four had been committed before the 1980s. This has had the habit of making the show rather repetitive in the last twenty years.
  • Stoic Woobie: Eileen Grimshaw refused to cry in public even at her father's funeral. Occasionally slides into Jerkass when she expresses affection through yelling.
  • Special Effect Failure: During the infamous scene of David pushing Gail down the stairs, not only was her dramatic fall illogical (down the second flight of stairs; given her body weight, she should have just landed at the bottom of the first landing), but over the obviously-a-stunt-double's head-first landing in the living room. Here's the scene in all its glory.
  • Strictly Formula: The stories can become a bit repetitive but the only difference being that the problem is held by a different character but there is some noticeable repetitiveness such as the pub being set on fire whenever there is a new owner. A villain that isn't arrested for their crimes and sent to jail then they are killed off by either murder or by accident or by a fortunate chance of leaving the street and never intending to return.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Poppy was widely liked by fans, awaiting some kind of plot for her. The most she ever did was tell Tara that Dev cheated on her with Lisa. She was abruptly axed when she got into a few arguments with Betty in the pub.
    • Natasha spent ages as a side character, aside from a brief fling with Tony. The first time she got any kind of focus was the start of her exit storyline.
    • Crosses over with They Wasted Aperfectly Good Plot. Tracy Barlow actually got some Character Development following Rob's arrest, culminating in risking her own life to save Carla's in the minibus crash.It doesn't stick. Not long after Tracy's back to her old Jerkass self and her Odd Friendship with Carla returns to hatred.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One of the series' most iconic and well-loved characters, Deirdre Barlow, passed away in 2015. Her funeral, which should have been a beautiful send-off to a longtime and important character in universe, was instead somewhat downplayed in favor for Carla Connor's gratuitous gambling problem, to many fans' chagrin.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Played with in an episode. Toyah Battersby, an art student, tries to pass off her slovenly step-father Les' chair, covered in debris such as empty beer cans and old cigarette stubs, as her art project to her tutor. He tells her about an occasion where he had a student who tried to pass off a pile of bricks as his art project, which the tutor didn't buy, and he failed him. He then asks Toyah to explain how her "project" is anything other than a ratty chair covered in rubbish. She improvises a pretentious explanation about how it represents the British working class, which the tutor doesn't buy, until he sees Les for himself, and agrees it is an accurate representation of him, which causes him to not only give her a high grade, but also recommend her project for an exhibit. Its particularly funny because Toyah literally threw the whole thing together at the last minute using the first things that came to hand, because she had neglected her project until only moments before the tutor turned up at her house.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Nick Tilsley, especially during the whole "Who's the Daddy?" storyline and its aftermath. As unfortunate as it is to have lasting brain damage, it was still his own fault for sleeping with his brother's wife on Christmas. He should have known by now who his brother was, what, if pushed far enough, he was capable of and should have just manned up and confess to David and Leanne in the first place. Plus, in addition to being an unsympathetic character already, it may come off as a form of Laser-Guided Karma for sleeping with his then-best friend's wife in a year earlier while said ex-best friend was recovering from serious injuries he had sustained. It's not helped by the fact that after the accident, Nick (falsely) claimed that his brother David had tried to kill him, resulting in David being ostracized from his family, kicked out of his own home, sacked from his job, denied access to his children and treated like a complete monster on par with Richard Hillman.
  • What an Idiot: Sarah Platt throughout much of 2015. Even as she knew and witnessed firsthand the hell that Callum Logan was putting David, his family and the rest of the family through, she still thought it was a good idea to date him and let her daughter be around him. Then, as she tries to set him up to go to jail by tricking him into confessing to one of his many crimes, her own nervousness/stupidity caused the plan to be discovered by him, he attacks her and things only go downhill from there. The effects of this decision are still being felt years later (and possibly forever, as Kylie's now dead indirectly because of her and she gave birth to Callum's baby after his demise.)
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: The overall fan reaction to Sunita Alahan returning to Dev. Then he took her back a few years later.
  • The Woobie:
    • After their mother died in 2013, Asha and Aadi Alahan.
    • Chesney Brown.
    • Tyrone Dobbs.
    • David Platt. It was hard not to be feel sorry for him when he was kicked out of his own house, denied access to his kids and treated like a complete monster in late 2013. All for 'trying to kill' his brother Nick (which was a genuine accident). Comes up again after Kylie is killed.
    • Obviously, Max and Lily also when they lose their mum. Harry Mc Dermott's acting doesn't hurt either.
    • Todd Grimshaw in 2004. He was not allowed to see his premature baby son Billy when he was alive (as Sarah and Gail wouldn't let him). He only got to speak to him at the baby's funeral.
    • Carla Connor in her final year on the show.
    • Daniel Osbourne. Abandoned by both of his parents by the time he's a teenager, he grows up to be a brilliant student but a very deeply troubled with mental instabilities. He returns years later to visit his father's side of the family, but they are more or less dismissive of him. Then he finds a girlfriend that he loves and gets pregnant, only to learn that his father convinced her to get an abortion and then he tried to kill him for their strained relationship and for possibly destroying his only chance of a family. And after the truth comes out over what he did, he becomes a pariah to his family and said girlfriend leaves him for her ex-boyfriend.
    • Bethany Platt.
    • Craig Tinker. He tried so hard to help Bethany (and Faye), but it took a long time to sort out.
    • Sarah, during Bethany's storyline, as she's rejected by her daughter for a while.
    • Mary, when we hear how her son was born.
    • Anna, at her best.
    • Definitely Seb too.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Joshua and Freddie Peacock were played by actual brothers... Except the characters aren't related - Joshua's mother Maxine got pregnant after an affair and DNA tests proved he wasn't Ashley's son, but Ashley raised him as if he was anyway; whilst Freddie was Ashley's son with second wife Claire.
    • Some people have argued this with Simon Barlow's actor Alex Bain. Although Bain's race has never been publicly disclosed, some viewers believe that Simon has noticeably dark skin for a child born to a Caucasian couple.

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