YMMV / Degrassi

  • Abandon Shipping:
    • After "Rock This Town" and "The Bitterest Pill", it's pretty rare to find anybody who ships JT with anybody other than Liberty.
    • Once Eli hit the scene, most of the KC/Clare fans and Clare/Declan fans jumped ship.
    • Most Declan/Fiona shippers gave up after Adam, Holly J, and Charlie were presented as romantic possibilities for Fiona.
    • Declan/Holly J was mostly abandoned after Love Lockdown, as most fans were uncomfortable with Declan pressuring Holly J into having sex.
    • After the Bite Your Tongue promo was released, most Zig/Maya fans jumped ship to Campbell/Maya.
    • Most people dropped the Zoe/Miles and Zoe/Zig ships when she firmly came out as gay in #OMFG.
      • Speaking of Zoe, Zoe/Grace was abandoned by most fans once Rasha showed up.
  • Acceptable Targets: As far as The Shep is concerned, anyone not a (male) jock or a cheerleader.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In addition to the many slash-themed ones out there, it's common to have the Emma/Sean relationship be interpreted as Emma abusing Sean. Emma also abuses Manny, for the anti-Emma crowd. Rick is seen as having a mental illness, usually bipolar disorder. Alex is seen as a case of Rape and Switch because her mom was abused by her dad so she Does Not Like Men and is therefore a lesbian. When Manny was going back and forth between shipping Semma and Pemma, was it all just an Evil Plan to get revenge on Peter?
    • Jenna is actually a lesbian, but she's deluded herself into thinking she's straight. Or she's aware of it, but in denial about her sexuality, and so she steals other girls' boyfriends in order to convince herself that she likes guys.
    • Zoe dating Zig and Miles is brought into question after she comes out as a lesbian, especially as both had been paired with Maya. Did Zoe have a crush on Maya and was deliberately going after boys that Maya liked?
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Despite having every reason to be angsty, Toby is still optimistic and a good friend. However, this might be due to being Out of Focus.
    • Similar to the above, Liberty was remarkably well-adjusted considering what she went through in Seasons 5 and 6... then again, this could be due to lack of screentime.
    • Zane, when anyone other than Riley is dishing out the insults.
    • During season 6, Ashley, Spinner, and Jimmy are all held back and have to repeat their senior year all over again. This fact is only barely referenced, and none of them seem to suffer any form of embarrassment or frustration about this (although in Ashley's case, she chose to go to England instead of graduating with her friends).
  • Anvilicious: Just about everything on the show.
    • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Even so, some of the lessons (such as the senselessness of teen violence, rape, abuse, and sex) need to be delivered. It's much more educationally-oriented than most Teen Dramas, if not as painfully obviously so as the old Degrassi; Linda Schuyler, after all, started as a classroom teacher who wasn't satisfied with the filmstrips then available and decided to make her own. This has positive effects (boys are considered part of the audience they're trying to reach, not a Periphery Demographic, so guy stuff is taken seriously) and negative ones (sometimes it feels like every episode is a Very Special Episode).
    • The school shooting in general. The messages are clear: 1) The senseless of violence, especially amongst young people 2) NO ONE deserves to be bullied and two wrongs don't make a right, and 3) Never underestimate the power of an apology. It saved Paige's life.
    • LBGT teens and their relationships are treated with the same depth as their straight counterparts, and each character usually goes through a Coming-Out Story which highlights their struggles for acceptance and love. The message that LBGT teens are human and have feelings (not to mention can also be young) is a message that is not usually seen in children's/teen's programming, but a good message nonetheless.
    • Degrassi: Next Class continues the tradition. Despite being buzzwords and rallying points for the "un-PC" movement, the show makes sure to educate that safe spaces and triggers are valid and real. Maya's depression is exacerbated by tragic, violent news stories that she eventually has to avoid in order to get better.
    • Also it makes the point about the rigidity of gender roles and how damaging it can be those those who don't conform; see Lipstick Lesbian Zoe, the genderfluid Yael and even Straight Gay Riley back in season 8.
  • Archive Panic: Even when there was only three seasons it would usually take a whole weekend for The-N to air all the episodes during their annual "every Degrassi ever" marathon. By the original series's close, there were hundreds of episodes to go through (due in large part to Seasons 10-13 doubling the length of earlier seasons by having 40-45 episodes per season), and the reboot pushes the series to well over 400 episodes, meaning you'd likely need an entire summer vacation or more of nothing but Degrassi nonstop to even attempt such a marathon again. And then there are the old series that Viacom doesn't have the rights to...
  • Ass Pull: Most fans' reactions to Grace pretending to be gay for Zoe, considering that for most of their time before that they were very close to each other and seemed to be essentially an official couple.
    • Spinner and Emma getting married without proper buildup, prior chemistry, or even any previous interactions to justify the pairing getting together is considered one of the most hated decisions in the show's history. The couple turning up later still married is also seen as the writers covering their asses to justify the unpopular turn rather than just having them get a divorce or annulment.
    • Though Jay had a couple of Pet the Dog moments, he was an overall toxic friend and bully who drove good characters into doing terrible things, up to and including bullying Rick to the breaking point before manipulating him into taking it out against Jimmy; thus many found his Heel–Face Turn with Manny lazy, undercooked, or just coming from out of nowhere; the fact that he still suffered few consequences for a lot of shit that happened also made his happy ending with Manny even more hard to swallow. The fact that Peter enjoyed a successful Heel–Face Turn that was foreshadowed better and was much better-received by the fanbase made the sudden, abrupt change even more glaring.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Spinner. You love him or hate him.
    • Fans either really LOVE Fitz or really HATE him...
    • The fandom is split in whether they love Eli or hate him.
    • Clare and Eli's relationship is probably the most divisive in the show's history. Some see it as deeply romantic, whereas some see it as abusive and unrealistic.
    • Imogen. Even before she even appeared on the show. Although she became popular once she mellowed.
    • Esme. Some fans find her a sympathetic character dealing with untreated mental illness while others think her mental illness doesn't excuse her behaviour.
    • Mr. Yates/Tristan. Fans think it's either a squicky portrayal of a predator preying on his underage student or a cute ship that's a victim of double standards since opposite-sex student/teacher relationships have happened in the past.
    • Tristan/Miles. Their kiss split the fandom in two, between people who saw it coming and love it versus people who hate the idea.
    • Baringsworth (Yael/Hunter). Either it will be used as a device for Hunter's development or be a complete mess due to Hunter having hit her twice. Although, he was sort of redeemed when he went into a mental hospital and figured out he had issues such as Depression.
  • Broken Base: Various arguments over which characters should get more screen time, or less screen time. Usually these arguments involve characters already getting more A plots than most of the cast needing more plots or arguing character should just leave as they are a waste of space. And that's without bringing shipping into the equation.
    • It's also not uncommon to see arguments crop up about where the show faced Seasonal Rot, if any. Some think the quality declined after season four, others think after season six (another Love It or Hate It season), while others believe it didn't until well after the original cast graduated, and with that there comes plenty of discussion over when the show improved again — if you believe it did; there are also those who believe the show was only good when the original cast was still in school.
  • Cargo Ship: Zig and his corndog, known as Zorndog.
  • Characterization Marches On: In Next Class, some of the character's personalities differ from TNG.
    • It's a bit jarring that Shay sent nudes for money, bullied Arlene for being geeky, and made a move on a taken man compared to her characterization in Next Class, where she is the nerdiest girl aside from Yael, and very shy about boys and sex.
    • Tiny is much more of a Nice Guy compared to his characterization in TNG.
    • Grace looses her savvy Trickster Mentor persona in Next Class, appearing much more withdrawn and passive.
  • Character Shilling: This happens quite a bit with Mia during Season 8, much to Holly J's (and many fans') annoyance. The character was seen by many as being unrealistic, but the showrunners kept trying to portray her as amazing.
  • Crack Is Cheaper: Due to the large number of episodes and seasons, the first ten seasons usually cost over a hundred dollars to purchase, whether separately or in a box set — and that's not even counting the seasons after, which were split up into two DVDs due to their doubled episode count. Fortunately the rise of streaming made this issue moot... Until those episodes were pulled too.
  • Crack Pairing: Paige showed some interest in Sean in season 1. All the Sean/Paige fanfics out there would make you believe They Do.
    • Believe it or not, Spinner and Emma did have some fanfics written about them long before Degrassi Takes Manhattan based purely on the possibility of them having chemistry even though they had barely interacted and the admittance that the ship would never be canon. Who could have thought that, years later, they'd end up getting (and staying) married instead of hooking up with any partner they'd had a history with?
  • Creator's Pet: Mia and Emma are two of the more commonly cited examples, due to their amount of screentime and constant shilling; also Craig ended up receiving a lot of backlash in response to all the attention he was given.
  • Critical Research Failure: An in-story example of this in a season six episode, combined with Writers Can't Do Math. During an argument with Sean, one point Emma raises is that "in three months, I'll be legally old enough to vote", meaning she'll be turning eighteen in three months. Now, this wouldn't be so bad if the episode took place in spring, and it wouldn't be noticeable to anyone who only saw the new series...but is outright painful for anyone who saw the original series Emma was born in. At the end of the second season on Degrassi Junior High, Emma's mother, Spike, went into labour at the last dance post-exams, which would place Emma's birthday in June. The problem? Season six only covers the first half of the semester and the episode in question takes place around September.
    • Connor's Asperger's.
  • Die for Our Ship: Just about any character that gets in the way of their preferred couple.
    • Emma is often portrayed as abusive by Ellie/Sean shippers, while Ellie is often portrayed as an annoying goth by Emma/Sean shippers. Additionally, though Peter was no saint before his Heel–Face Turn, some Emma/Sean shippers treated Peter like an irredeemable sociopath, while Emma/Peter shippers attacked the other pairing's dynamic for being boring and overdone.
    • Manny is often portrayed as a slut by Craig/Ash shippers, while Ashley is often portrayed as frigid by Craig/Manny shippers, many of whom make it clear that it's unique to Craig/Ash, not Jim/Ash or Sean/Ash.
    • And Craig/Ellie shippers have issues with both Manny and Ash.
    • Jenna was one of the most hated characters in Degrassi history, largely because she broke up KC/Clare... until the introduction of Eli instantly patched over any hard feelings from the breakup as Eli/Clare became more popular than the first ship could ever hope to be (Speaking against EClare in ANY way became blasphemy in the world of fandom LONG before Eli was ever featured in an episode) Afterwards, Jenna was treated better by the fandom when her pregnancy and KC's treatment of her put her in a more sympathetic light. Until she got in the way of KC/Bianca shippers, but some of that might just be Bianca's allure talking.
    • Declan/Holly J fans also hate Fiona sometimes blaming her for Riley being gay and for Bobby being abusive. Even after she made amends with everyone she hurt in DTM.
    • Writers inserted Sav in the aftermath of the split between power couple Holly J/Declan. His fanbase wasn't great to begin with, but Sav haters increased significantly after this. People who didn't care about him before suddenly had lists of reasons why he was a horrible character.
    • Mia, just... Mia... besides being a Creator's Pet, she got in the way of JT/Liberty and Peter/Darcy. It's almost like the writers were asking for it.
    • At a recent cast party (the one in Montclair), the entire room booed every time Jake was mentioned— except for when Clare told him she wasn't ready for sex, setting up for their eventual breakup. It got to the point where Munro Chambers, the actor who played Eli, basically yelled at the fans to shut up (mostly because the actor who plays Jake is his real life best friend.
    • Katie got this as well, when the show was setting up Drew/Bianca.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Due to the actor's charisma and the writers' clear affinity for him, Jay enjoyed a pretty big fanbase even before he developed a likable personality, and this was after he'd done some pretty awful things, including bullying Rick to the breaking point and then leading him to believe that the innocent Jimmy was the cause of it, leading to Jimmy's paralysis.
    • Though Peter wasn't looked upon fondly by all, he still had a lot of fans even before his Heel–Face Turn while dating Darcy.
    • Craig was probably the first big example of this, based on his tragic backstory and good looks. During the Love Triangle arc with Ashley and Manny in season 3, the fans were split. You either believed Ashley was an uptight, over-dramatic bitch and Craig belonged with Manny, or Manny was a insecure, devious slut and Craig belonged with Ashley. And then when Ellie was added to the mix, haters came out of the woodwork saying how terrible and dreary she was all the time. Craig mainly went through unscathed as the fans fought over which girl belonged with him.
    • Back in the day, fans either did this to Manny or portrayed her as a slut.
    • Fitz. Seriously!
    • Drew is this, considering his Jerk Ass personality and some fans willingness to overlook it.
    • Hunter plots to shoot up the school, physically abuses his crush, and engages in a sexist harassment campaign. Doesn't dissuade the fans.
  • Ear Worm: The theme song: Whatever it takes. I know I can make it through. Doesn't that make you wanna sing along?
  • Easily Forgiven: Peter is probably the worst case; Emma wanted to date him despite him committing a sex crime her BEST FRIEND was the victim of, Darcy dated him after he set her up with an online predator.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Relationship-wise, Sean/Ash is amazingly popular, despite the fact that they were together for two episodes.
    • Given his growing fanbase, Fitz might be next in line.
    • Morty, the hearse. Big time.
    • Hazel has a huge fanbase.
    • Toby had a surprising number of fans for his day that started off as a joke but later became unironic. So much so that on the now defunct The N website there was a quiz challenging the user to "take [it] to find out if you even DESERVE the Tobester."
    • Terri. The first time TNG was ruined was her leaving.
    • Chantay, after she gets Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in season 9.
    • Wesley is developing a surprisingly large fanbase.
    • KC's mother.
    • Zane has a large fan following.
    • Liam has developed a large legion of fans, despite being a minor character.
    • Charlie's cat, Mr. Tuxedopants.
    • Grace started off as a minor background character, but her sarcastic nature, unclear sexual orientation, and punk look quickly made her extremely popular. Now she's a main character.
    • As of Next Class, Lola has been getting a lot of love from the fanbase for being consistently supportive of her friends, adorable, and funny.
    • Also from Next Class Saad gained a lot fans after his season 4 storyline.
  • Epileptic Trees: When TeenNick's promotional machine cranks for new seasons and spills just enough information to get fans riled up and leading to this trope. The carnival promo for season 10 is just made of this.
    • It's canon that Craig's mom died of cancer. Doesn't stop fans from fingering Craig's dad.
    • There are even bizarre theories for creators' motivation! Take Jimmy. He wears a lot of Triple Five Soul clothes, right? The acronym is T 5 S, which is l33t for TSS, which is an acronym for "Time Stands Still", the episode where Jimmy gets shot. Toby likes anime? Well, that only means that in a couple years, he'll meet the only boy who understands him and that boy is, of course, doomed. Both, of course, only came out after the shooting.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Spinner and Emma's Accidental Marriage (and deciding to STAY MARRIED). Fans were especially dismayed, because the two characters hardly even interacted before that.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Spinner's season 4/season 5 storyline is this, especially when they introduce Darcy, Friendship Club, and the Christian motifs.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: In the episode "Eye of the Tiger", Spinner comes clean and finally confesses that he was responsible for driving Rick over the edge and shooting Jimmy. Jimmy then calls him cowardly and only saying this to make himself feel better, and never should have told anyone about it. Then he loses all his friends. Then he gets expelled. Moral of the story? Telling the truth will ruin your life, and it's much better for everyone to just let your dark secrets haunt you forever.
    • The point is driven further when we see Alex, who was also heavily involved in the paint and feather incident but never came clean, spending time happily around Jimmy who was left unaware.
    • To be honest, it was pretty unrealistic to assume that Spinner would receive no consequences for his confession. Jimmy's accusations of Spinner only telling the truth to benefit himself may have been untrue and harsh, but considering that he ended up paralyzed and depressed over his inability to play basketball thanks to Spinner, it was understandable. The moral can be chalked up to the home truth that confessing to something awful will cause you to face the harsh, but well-earned consequences of your actions.
  • Fanon: Much, usually related to sex.
  • Fan Nickname: The Candy Bandits came from Boycott the Caf; The Breaking Point stuck despite Stephen Stohn's repeated tweets that the second half of season 10 isn't officially called that.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Quite a few examples.
    • Due to the large number of students Put on a Bus each semester, many fics ignore the numerous plot holes created by their absence.
      • Kendra, who has not appeared since season three, is often depicted living in Spinner's house and commenting on aspects of his life.
      • In many fics containing season ten and eleven characters, Fitz still attends Degrassi. Occasionally, Blue and other vanished students will also reappear as if they never left.
    • Marco/Ellie fics remained popular long after Marco came out of the closet. No mention was ever made of what changed his mind. The same has been true for Jalex fics that take place after Alex came out as a lesbian.
    • According to many fans, Spinner never married Emma. Sean came back from Iraq and proposed to Emma and they lived happily ever after.
    • Fiona/Adam pairing fics are probably the best current example of this trope. In season ten, Adam broke up with Fiona when he realized that she actually wanted a girl and not an FTM. Generally in slash or femslash fics wherein straight characters are made gay or vice versa, the author offers some explanation as to how this happened or why the character had not explored homosexuality/heterosexuality sooner. In most Fadam fics, including ones that take place after their breakup, no explanation is given as to why Fiona is no longer a lesbian and why Adam no longer minds being with someone who might see him as a girl.
      • Similarly, some fans still ship Zoë with Zig and/or Miles, despite Zoë firmly identifying as gay.
    • Some people like to pretend that everything after season 9 never even happened.
      • Screw season 9. There are people that like to forget everything after season 5.
    • There are numerous fics in which JT is still alive and he and Liberty live happily ever after.
    • Many fans ignore Snake ever cheating on Spike, considering it just too out-of-character for him for it to be realistic.
    • Plenty of Grace/Zoë fans pretend that Grace never lied about being gay for Zoë and instead is gay or bisexual.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: (Jimmy/Ellie, so much so that the writers caught on and hooked Jimmy up with Ashley.)
    • Ever since Secret aired back in season 4, Jay/Emma has been a popular couple and is one of the few ships from the TNG years to still have stories written about them.
    • Although Zoe/Rasha has many fans, a big portion of the fandom still prefers Zoe with Grace.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In season 1, Jimmy takes Spinner's Ritalin as a performance-enhancing drug. While on it, he breaks Sean's leg. In season 4, Jimmy is shot by Rick (and loses the use of his legs), who is then shot (fatally) by Sean.
    • Toby and Sean speculate that Ms. Hatzilakos is having an affair with Mr. Armstrong despite the fact he's married. JT quickly shuts this down, saying she's not "like that." Three seasons later, she has an affair with the married Mr. Simpson.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is very popular in the U.S., much more so than in its native Canada. The fact that the American market is so much more populous and lucrative gives the N a great deal of clout in the show's production, leading to frequent complaints by Canadian fans that the show is becoming increasingly Americanized. On the whole, though, Canadians stopped watching for a while; it was the lowest-rated show on CTV, forcing a Channel Hop to cable. Essentially, American viewers kept the show alive until then. invoked
    • Since the channel hop, it's picked up in Canada. It's now MuchMusic's most popular show, and they consider it their flagship dramanote , giving it much more of a publicity push than CTV did.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Asher arc of season 12 (wherein a famous journalist attempts to sexually assault Clare and ends up being reported to police by her and another intern he'd assaulted) has a lot of parallels to the Jian Ghomeshi rape scandal (which took place in 2014, years after the arc ended), in which Toronto-based journalist and media personality Jian Ghomeshi was accused of rape by multiple women and subsequently lost his job and reputation.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In seasons thirteen and fourteen Zoë often assumes that Winston is gay. Much later, in season two of Next Class Zoë starts to realize that she's a lesbian and dated Winston to cover it up and lie to herself.
    • Zig and Tiny tease Maya at the beginning of season 14 about Maya "turning Miles gay". Cut to Next Class and Zig is Zoe's last sexual encounter with a man before coming out as a lesbian.
    • In an early season thirteen episode, Tristan and Zoë argue over whose "team" Miles plays for. In season one Degrassi Next Class, Miles runs for school president with the campaign slogan "I play for all teams!"
    • At one point, Tristan tells Miles that Zoë has never been good with boys- turns out there's a good reason why.
  • Hollywood Homely: Clare, Toby, Liberty, Emma (in the earlier seasons...)
    • You could count the entire cast as this, only Shenae Grimes, Landon Liboiron, and Nina Dobrev have gotten roles outside of Degrassi in the United States due to their mainstream conventional beauty.
    • Inverted with Sean in season 1. Horrible acne. Of course, everyone thought he was hot.
    • Rick
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Played with. Manny and Jenna aren't fat by any stretch of the imagination; however their low self-esteem issues make them believe that they are fat. Manny's feelings worsen after a bad audition in "Venus" where she's told to "dump the lumps" and being comparing to tall, willowy Emma.
    • Terri is a straighter example, especially in the first season. She's not that big, but the rest of the girls in the cast are pretty tiny.
  • I Knew It!: From Next Class season one, fans were guessing that Zoë's Mom would kick her out of the house for being a lesbian, and that Grace would let Zoë live with her and her mom. In season three, both end up happening.
  • It Was His Sled: Almost everyone knows at this point that Jimmy gets shot and JT dies.
  • Jerkass Woobie: After going through anger management after putting Terri in a coma, Rick tries to get a fresh start with the school, but is instantly despised by everyone and bullied mercilessly despite never actually having done anything wrong since his return.
    • Eli is portrayed as this, as he is controlling and uncaring with Clare, and commits multiple felonies against Fitz. The thing is though that the writers don't seem to realize he's a Jerkass.
    • Similarly Drew is this as well. He was pretty unpleasant to begin, but now he's pretty much turned into a raging lunatic.
    • Zoë Rivas is a female example, a controlling, vindictive Alpha Bitch who goes out of her way to bully Maya, with a homophobic Stage Mom and severe loneliness. She also deals with being gang raped, victim blamed for said rape (by her own friends, some times), having her heart broken by the girl who made her realize her sexuality, self harming to repress her homosexuality, and her mother kicking her out of the house for being a lesbian. The girl is unpleasant, but she goes through a lot. Downplayed in Next Class, where she is less of a Jerkass, but still very much a Woobie.
    • Esme is incredibly manipulative, calculating, and a bad influence on almost everyone she befriends or dates. However, Season 4 of Next Class makes it very clear that she is dealing with some major mental health problems stemming from her Freudian Excuse.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Eli, Clare.
    • Then there's a character like Miles, who has the benefit of being bisexual and who has dated most of the female cast and part of the gay male cast.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: While Eli isn't mean, compared to his character, Munro Chambers seems like a very laid-back and chill guy and could grow up to be a great comedian. It helps that his uncle is Colin Mochrie and his cousin is on That Guy with the Glasses.
  • Memetic Badass: Sean, both in-universe and out of universe.
  • Memetic Molester: Dylan. Also, a lot of fanfic on the-n.com deals with Jay raping Emma until it's taken down. But especially Peter.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I'm going to be an actress. Academy Award-winning. And you can sell this for a million dollars because I am going to be FAMOUS!!!"
  • Mis-blamed: Spinner didn't exactly shoot Jimmy. Then again, he did help set up the paint and later pinned it on Jimmy...
    • Many Degrassi fans wrongly blamed Zig for Cam's suicide despite the fact he had no way of knowing Cam was depressed and later expressed remorse over what he said in the heat of the moment. Occasionally, Maya and Dallas are also blamed.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Usually subverted. From season 3 on, the Moral Event Horizon has its own leitmotif.
  • Narm:
    • The most prominent example is Rick pushing Terri and she falls and her head hits a rock. This can be as devastating as the show projects, but because Reality Is Unrealistic it falls here and gets more narmtastic. She actually hits cinder blocks; in the middle of the park. It doesn't help that her feet fly all the way up in the air when she does so, sparking some unintentional laughter. To top it all off, before he pushed her, Rick was kicking the ground; it even got a Fan Nickname, "baby-kicks".
    • Ellie throwing a drumstick at Manny's head wouldn't be too overdramatic... if it wasn't treated so seriously to the point of being selected for the list of Go There-ist Moments. That it's on a list populated by much more serious events makes it look narmtastic in hindsight.
    • "Are we gonna party? I think I need another bracelet."
    • "I'm gay. I'm totally, totally gay."
    • "I'm just a big, stupid loser."
    • "You're a robot, Liberty. A walking, talking computer." Judging from that flat, wooden delivery, Mia must be one too.
    • "YOU TOLD ME TO PLAY BASKETBALL!!!!!!"
    • "My dad used to yell at me!"
    • Clare's entire "DID YOU EVER LOVE ME AT ALL!?" speech to Eli in Lovegame, on so many levels...
      • And before that, there was Eli's meltdown in Drop the World: "YOU RIPPED MY HEART OUT!"
    • After Riley consults a man on how to "cure" his homosexuality, he tells Fiona about it at school. Fiona responds negatively, and says something along the lines of "Riley, you can't cure being gay" Riley in turn SHOUTS back with "TOO BAD YOU CAN'T CURE BITCH!".
    • Also, in "Accidents Will Happen", up until the part where she tells her mother about her pregnancy, Manny's reaction to it is seen as this. She's supposed to be upset and on the verge of tears, yet her "upset" face somehow resembles a smile. Even at the part where Ashley vengefully announces her pregnancy to the cafeteria, she displays the same "I think I'm going to laugh" expression. The next scene has her crying in the bathroom where she hears Paige talk about her with Terri, which has its own Narm qualities:
    Look, I like Manny, but this has to be the most loserish thing she's ever done. She's going to be somebody's MOM. She's ruined her life, and quite possibly her figure, but that's a nice lip color you have there. What is that called?
    • And let's not forget Craig and his weird mantras and other behavior. His destroying the hotel room, screaming to clear his head and laughing at his father's funeral best display this:
    I messed up again. And again. And again! AND AGAIN!
    What, so I can go home, and dad can, uh...?
    I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry! How many times do I have to say it?
  • Narm Charm: Some of the minis can fall into this category.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Now has it's own page.
  • No Yay: Darcy flirting with Mr. Simpson, Mr. Simpson hooking up with the principal.
  • One True Pairing: It's a given that there are dozens of these considering the number of hookups on the show, but the most memorable power couples that still top popularity rankings include Sean and Emma (pretending that Spinner never happened), Paige and Alex, Craig and Ellie, and J.T. and Liberty. Clare and Eli were also immediately popular at a time when the writers were still testing the waters of chemistry among the new students, and the couple quickly joined the ranks of the aforementioned power couples.
    • Zig and Maya definitely qualified during their time on the show. Stephen Stohn later confirmed them as endgame.
  • Parody Assistance: Stephen Stohn has retweeted articles about "Wheels Ontario"
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Manny went from being thought of as a slut to Only Sane Man.
    • Peter was widely disliked due to the infamous incident with Manny's topless tape and actively getting in the way of One True Pairing Sean/Emma (including planting drugs in the former's locker). His popularity improved a lot when he started dating Darcy and supported her through her rape.
    • Chantay, who was disliked for being moving scenery and annoying until season 9 when she got a personality transplant.
    • Jenna seems to have become rather popular in season 11, and she's becoming even more well-liked for her relationship with Connor in season 12.
    • Fiona wasn't too well-liked in season 9, what with her actions in Degrassi Takes Manhattan, but after some fantastic Character Development in season 10, she remains one of the most popular characters.
    • Imogen seems to be much more popular as a character now in season 12, after her development extended beyond being "Eli's crazy stalker".
    • KC seems to have been Rescued since being Put on a Bus.
    • Mrs. Torres is definitely this, as her warming up to Bianca and becoming a surrogate mother to her helps Bianca improve her schoolwork and she eventually goes to college; she also accepts Adam's transition to male and allows him to begin the process of taking testosterone. The fandom even affencionately calls her "Mama Torres". It's also really, really hard not to feel awful for her when Adam dies.
    • Zig has also gotten more liked as he atoned for his actions against Cam.
    • Winston after Zoe came out to him.
  • Retroactive Recognition: You know Aubrey Graham, the kid who plays Jimmy? No? Turn on the radio, and wait for a Drake song to come on. Yep. Jimmy got out of his wheelchair and started rapping. Huh.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The constant drama between Ashley and Craig grew downright intolerable.
    • Season 6 suffered from this in spades, particularly the last half.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Basically any character gets this treatment by the fandom if they get in the way of a popular ship.
    • Ashley gets the worst of it; she's no meaner than Paige was or any more flawed than anyone else in her class, but the fandom tends to over-exaggerate her Drama Queen qualities as well as vilify her actions no matter how benign (wanting Craig to tell her his true feelings for her before having sex and then being angry when he cheated on her). Though most of this came due to Craig being Degrassi's first major Draco in Leather Pants.
    • Clare does the sane thing and breaks up with Eli after he brings a gun to school and crashes his car to get her by his side, but he’s hot and broody so cue fangirls’ cries of “He risked his life for her! Clare’s such a bitch.”
    • Jake, to EClare fans, much to Munro Chambers' annoyance as the two actors are close friends.
  • The Scrappy: Every character on the show has their own segment of hatedom amongst the fanbase for various reasons. A few notable examples:
    • Ashley was this due to her haughty attitude when she was Alpha Bitch, though Ron the Death Eater certainly played a part in it, see above.
    • Jenna was probably hated more so than any character who has ever appeared on this show (at least initially), due to her interfering with Clare's relationship with KC and her Tastes Like Diabetes demeanor.
    • Manny was disliked by Emma and Ashley fans for her "stealing" of Craig and treatment of Emma during season 3.
    • Emma had a small hatedom segment due to her Soapbox Sadie moments. It expanded after her makeover in season 4 where she developed into a completely different character who was wearing more fashionable clothes and makeup, and how horribly she treated her friends.
    • Mrs. Torres, for being a hyper-concerned know-it-all parent. The fandom's reaction softened as her relationship with Adam was explored.
    • Leia, for literally doing nothing, and managing to be both bland and bitchy.
    • Imogen, before even appearing on the show, due to the fandom thinking the writers would pair her with Eli. When she was paired with Fiona and given her own plots, her popularity shot up.
    • Dave, for being a Jerkass Karma Houdini, is this within much of the fandom and it wasn't helped by his transphobic rant against Adam, a fan favorite.
    • Marisol, due to being a backstabbing Alpha Bitch.
    • KC hasn't exactly endeared himself to a lot of the fanbase, particularly leaving Clare for the other scrappy Jenna, abandoning Jenna for awhile while she was pregnant, and then emotionally cheating on her with Marisol.
    • Drew's constant back and forth with Katie and Bianca and cheating nature has not endeared him to the fans.
    • Zig, for taking a level in jerkass, two-timing Tori, and then when his feelings for Maya caused him to try to break her and Cam up. Doesn't help that he was the last person to talk to Cam before he committed suicide, calling him a "psycho" and telling him to stay away from Maya.
    • Clare herself zig-zags between this and being well-liked mainly due to being seen as boring.
    • Maya suffers from the dreaded "boring character" bitching as well, not to mention people really didn't like her back-and-forth with Zig and messing with his feelings and her meddling nature. It's to the point where her actress Olivia Scriven dislikes her.
    • Tristan is hated by many for his superficial attitude and his turning his back on Maya even after it was revealed that Maya was right to meddle with his relationship with a teacher.
    • Winston is now probably the biggest Scrappy out of season 11-13 new characters because of his treatment of female characters, especially Frankie whom he doesn't forgive after she was interested in another guy despite that he kissed another girl. This is not helped by his actor's real life behavior.
    • Next Class has Baaz and Vijay. It doesn't help that both characters feel underdeveloped and despite being main characters for four seasons have never had a storyline.
    • Hunter is shaping up to be this as of Next Class season 4. He already had his detractors due to his behavior the first three seasons, but his refusing to accept Yael's gender identity, his treatment of Saad, continued ignorant behavior and having yet to fully redeem himself for his past actions have caused him to have few fans.
  • Seasonal Rot: Comes and goes.
    • Season 6 is a commonly cited example; this was the first Degrassi season ever to focus on the high school graduates. The split focus, plus the disliked "school war" with Lakehurst with JT dying as a result, and the various Romantic Plot Tumors...and it all up and you get a disliked season. Some say the show didn't get better again until season 10, some say earlier.
    • Season 8 is also disliked by many, as this was mainly a transitional season which pushed out the older cast members for the newer Lakehurst transfers and the "Minor Niners." The issues of the week went back to dealing with basic teenage problems (ala season 1 and 2) as opposed to the more mature problems previous seasons did with the aging cast.
    • Season 13 is a largely disliked season, especially after the well-received season 12. The season started off with an 8 episode set in the summer away from the school in Paris, completely with Special Effect Failures with the green screening of the Paris background and California Doubling. Those 8 episodes are really disliked for being slow paced and Adam dying suddenly. It's generally agreed that things got better as the show headed back to the school, but several issues (namely the amount of characters Commuting on a Bus, and the Loads and Loads of Characters fighting for screentime and general cheap feel) kept coming up.
  • Ship Mates: After the season 14 finale movie, many fans got behind the idea of "the Holy Trinity", consisting of Zig/Maya, Grace/Zoe, and Tristan/Miles. Aside from liking those couples, many fans like how 2/3 of the couples are same-sex and also how the three couples being together could end the Love Dodecahedron that had consumed most of season 13 and 14 and focus more on the six characters being friends.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Still very present in the fandom, but nothing can compare to the Great Shipping War that took place during season 3 and didn't end until season 8. Namely, there were five people involved in four parings: Craig/Ashely, Craig/Manny, Sean/Emma, Sean/Ellie, and Craig/Ellie. With the constant back and forth between the characters in question, the Ship Tease, and Romantic Plot Tumors the show put out, the war spanned forums, YouTube, the official TeenNick boards, LiveJournal, and couple specific fansites. Which makes it even more unreal (or pretty damn realistic) that absolutely none of the parings in question made it to Official Couple status.
    • Though not as drama-laden as the above ships, there was a lot of tussling over whether Spinner was better off with Paige (who some preferred with Alex), Darcy (thus butting heads with Darcy/Peter shipper), or Jane (who many want to pretend never cheated on him). Hisactual future wife never interacting with him enough to even be in the equation).
    • Because the Love Dodecahedron of the newer seasons expanded, the fandom can be regularly divided up into Maya/Zig vs Maya/Miles vs Miles/Tristan vs Zoe/Zig vs Zoe/Miles vs Grace/Zoe.
  • Signature Scene: Rick shooting Jimmy. While already a memorable scene, it became iconic with the rise to fame of the latter's actor.
    • JT getting stabbed is the second most iconic scene, being one of the only other plot points that even non-viewers know about and acting as one of the most intense moments of the show besides the shooting.
  • Stoic Woobie
    • Liberty after JT's death.
    • KC.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Spinner and Emma. These characters barely even interacted before they "fell in love." Whether or not this is a good thing, however, is up to personal interpretation.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Done twice in the same episode! Manny, The Scrappy on about half the message boards at the time, asks Emma, The Scrappy on the other half of the message boards at the time, why she's hooking up with Jay, and then Emma asks Manny if she should even be talking about this sort of thing. Then Emma gets gonorrhea.
    "Trading Darcy for Mia? That's like trading a Porsche for a bus pass."
    • Fiona's "I will never understand the power that Clare Edwards has over men" works, for those who dislike Clare.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Jenna is sickeningly sweet.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The new cast for most longtime Degrassi TNG fans, but some of them have come on their own would say that most of them have been Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • They Really Can Act: Annie Clark surprised a lot of viewers with her portrayal of Fiona's abuse, alcoholism, and coming out in season 10.
    • Likewise, Jahmil French's acting when Dave tells Alli about Jacinta being hit by a car in the end of Smash Into You really surprised a lot of people with his ability.
    • Demetrius Joyette gives on one hell of a performance in "Bitter Sweet Symphony, Pt. 2" in trying to cope with Cam's suicide and his feelings of guilt and responsibility regarding it.
    • While he was never a bad actor, Eric Osborne really blew people away in Next Class with how well he portrayed Miles' downward spiral, anxiety, drug abuse, and eventual attempts at recovery. Most people agreed he was the stand out from that season.
    • The same goes for Spencer MacPherson within the same season as well, especially his portrayal of Hunter's anger problems after Goldi and the Feminist Club shut down the school's Gaming Club, triggering a breakdown up to the point where he stopped short of a school shooting, courtesy of Miles talking him down from it, in the mid-season finale #SorryNotSorry.
    • Chelsea Clark's portrayal of Esme's Villainous Breakdown, especially during graduation where she destroys a motorcycle she bought for Zig as a last-ditch effort to keep him was a fantastic and absolutely chilling performance.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Season 6 Sean. He comes back, is completely fine from killing a guy, wants Emma, but Peter's with Emma, so Peter frames Sean for "possession". Sean doesn't go to jail yet. Sean challenges Peter to a race and then goes to jail. This is told from Emma's perspective, even though she's really secondary. Sean gets out, and so now there has to be a conflict with Jay. Over what? The shooting? (Jay framed Jimmy for a paint and feathers incident involving Rick; this prompted Rick to go a little nuts. Sean killed Rick.) Not so fast. It's about Emma having "not real sex" with Jay. To finish it off, we have Snake coming to grips with Emma as a sexual being. Feminist moment? It would be. If she didn't have herself making out with Sean as a PowerPoint in his class. Yeah.
    • Together Forever. This could have been a great Liberty episode (which was badly needed, since prior to this, the entire pregnancy storyline focused on JT and was from his POV). Instead, the birth gets pushed back to possibly the shortest subplot in the show's history. The clincher? Craig got the A-plot.
    • The whole KC/Jenna/baby plot itself. KC and Jenna would've been the first teen parents on TNG (not including Mia because we meet her when her daughter is starting school.) to actually keep their baby. Everyone was hoping we would get to see them raise the baby and all the drama that comes along with it, but instead they decide to throw this away and give the baby up for adoption. What good are KC and Jenna now?
    • How would Emma have reacted to school uniforms? By boycotting the caf.
  • Unfortunate Implications: It has been a point of contention that Degrassi does not handle race issues very well, exacerbated by the fact that many of the show's black characters don't have much in the way of plot and importance. This was actually addressed by Andrea Lewis (who played Hazel), that she kept asking for more time and storylines on the show but was always shut down. This was finally addressed later when they tackled police brutality against young black men in season 13 and in Next Class where Shay and Tiny were featured front and center and tackled racism again, focusing on white privilege.
  • Values Dissonance: There are a couple of quirks from Canada that don't quite mesh with a U.S. audience:
    • In season 8, Johnny (who was 17, almost 18) dated Alli (who was 14) and had sex with her. This wasn't treated any differently than any other Degrassi relationship since it's perfectly legal in Canada, but this would have been illegal in some U.S. states. (Some states do not have close-in-laws, and so if the age of consent in that state is 16 or 17, sex between a 17 and 14 year old is statutory rape.)
    • Addressed in season 13, where Drew (age 18) has sex with Zoe (age 15). Zoe's mother angrily brings up statutory rape, but Simpson tells her that it actually isn't because of the "close in age" laws. Drew having sex with her was still portrayed as a shady thing to do, but it wasn't rape.
    • For the record, here are Canada's age of consent laws: Canada's age of consent is 16, at which point that person can consent to sex with people of any age as long as they are not in a position of power. The "close in age" laws state that someone who is 12 or 13 can consent to sex with someone up to 2 years older than them, and someone 14 or 15 can consent to sex with someone up to 5 years older than them. The exception to the age of consent is anal sex, which you cannot consent to until you are 18. You also cannot consent to sex of any kind with someone in a position of power over you until you are 18.
    • A lot of US watchers were taken aback on just how easy it was for Lola to get an abortion. In Canada, abortions are paid for by the tax payers for public clinics and teenagers can get them without parental consent, a stark contrast to the continual debate and firestorm over abortion in the states.
  • Wangst: Craig.
    • Jimmy
    • Eli
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Degrassi slides between this, and What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?. At it's core, it an educational show that aims to portray teen issues in a realistic way. So it can be considered a kids show (particularly with the older seasons). However, as time went on and the audience aged with the show, Degrassi started tackling harder issues complete with some eyebrow-raising moments. One episode would be about your basic slice of life high school issues and the other episode would be about a gay character considering having sex with older men for money to deal with his crippling loneliness. It didn't help that the show aired on a Nickelodeon network in the US. Once Degrassi: Next Class started on Netflix, the show is now firmly in the TV-14 realm without a kids network's radar to deal with and celebrated with two implied gay/lesbian sex scenes.note 
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Ashley's dad's wedding is simultaneously pro-gay rights and Canadian nationalism.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: While both running for student body president. Sav and Holly both have posters that resemble real-life political propaganda. So, a vote for Sav is a vote for Barack Obama, and a vote for Holly J. is a vote for Chairman Mao.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Marco really shouldn't have badgered the nurse so much during the blood drive about how sexually active gay men can't donate blood. She didn't make the law, she is only required to follow it.
    • Emma and her "What will people think of me if Chris goes out with Liberty next?" comment. Both Liberty and Manny called her out on this and it was also pretty much the only time that she wasn't forgiven right away after being a Jerk Ass to a friend.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?: Hoo boy.
    • Ashley took back Craig more than enough times after he cheated with Manny (unprotected) and attempted to justify it by pointing to how "prude" Ashley was. Taken to the logical extreme in season 5, when Ashley's best friend Ellie who has been up to this point very anti-Craig starts to fall in love with Craig.
    • In season 7, Mia and Lucas get back together for about an episode. Lucas is the one who impregnated her at thirteen then completely ditched her and did zero to help support his child.
    • When Johnny DiMarco leaves Alli to avoid the humiliation of telling Holly J he's dating a ninth grader, she takes him back and even takes nude photos of herself to get him to stop ignoring her in front of his friends. When he breaks up with her, shows the pictures to all his friends, and admits that he lied about being a virgin she still needs convincing not to go back to him.
    • Alex's mother's bailed her boyfriend Chad out of jail even after he not only beat her, but also falsified credit cards, landing them in severe debt. To make it worse, the money she used was money Alex had earned as a stripper, planning to use it to keep them from being evicted from their house. Alex promptly calls her out on it.
    • Zig. In season 13, Maya seems willing to take him back despite the fact that he cheated on her friend to get with her, bullied her previous boyfriend, and is generally somewhat of a jerk. He also has a very bad entitlement complex with maya and when spurred insults her
    • Miles in general. He spends much of his time on the show going from relationship to relationship with his girlfriends and boyfriend blaming each other instead of him when it all goes wrong. Some of his actions include: nearly cheating on Maya with ex-girlfriend, Zoe, pointing a fake gun at his romantic rival's head knowing full well that his behavior already frightens Maya, attempting to hook up with Maya while seeing Zoe, outing his own relationship with Tristan and making him feel used and that's only the half of it. The fact that he doesn't apologize for these things hasn't exactly endeared him to some fans. Despite his behavior, all three of Miles's exes have been shown to pine for him once their relationships ended as he bounced back by entering a new relationship.
    • Winston. In season 14, he cheated on Frankie with Lola and never came clean about it. He later demanded forgiveness and called her a psycho when she attempted to test his fidelity. Needless to say, most fans jumped ship during this season.
  • The Woobie: Almost everyone has been The Woobie at some point.

Alternative Title(s): Degrassi The Next Generation

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