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.
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.
After the Bite Your Tongue promo was released, most Zig/Maya fans jumped ship to Campbell/Maya.
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.
Acceptable Targets: As far as The Shep is concerned, anyone not a (male) jock or a cheerleader.
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 is 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).
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).
Crack Pairing: Paige showed some interest in Sean in season 1. All the Sean/Paige fanfics out there would make you believe They Do.
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. Eli and Clare are becoming this as well. While a large part of the fandom likes them, a big part of the fandom also hates them, and it's obvious the people in control of the show favor them. Interestingly Clare gets hate from Eli fangirls for dumping Eli, while a lot of people that were against the Eli/Clare relationship hate her less for doing the 'sane' thing. Drew has also become an obvious Creator's Pet.
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.
Designated Protagonist Syndrome: Since she was the link between the original Degrassi and the second generation, people often considered Emma to be the "main" character during her years on the show. However, she underwent a huge makeover and personality change in Season 4 and never really recovered from it, so many fans see her character in a prettynegative light.
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.
Ellie is often portrayed as a stereotypical goth by Emma/Sean shippers.
Manny is often portrayed as a slut by Craig/Ash shippers; conversely, Craig might be portrayed as taking Manny for granted. (Not saying the latter's not true, of course.)
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 is one of the most hated characters in Degrassi history, largely because she broke up KC/Clare.
While a lot of Clare fans have shifted over to Eli/Clare, Jenna's still an unloved character getting this from KC/Bianca shippers. 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.
Speaking against EClare in ANY way became blasphemy in the world of fandom LONG before Eli was ever featured in an episode.
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: Mainly Jay and Peter. Craig counts as his misdeeds with Ellie, Ashley, and Manny are often overlooked. Eli is this as well.
Wesley is developing a surprisingly large fanbase.
Zane has a large fan following.
Liam has developed a large legion of fans, despite being a minor character (for now).
Charlie's cat, Mr. Tuxedopants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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 Yeah, partly because it's the only Canadian scripted drama they run, but still., giving it much more of a publicity push than CTV did.
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.
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.
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.
Similarly Drew is this as well. He was pretty unpleasant to begin, but now he's pretty much turned into a raging lunatic.
Jerk Sue: Many fans view Emma as this (starting in Season 4), as she gets away with a lot of Jerkass behavior, rarely gets called out for said Jerkass behavior, is Easily Forgiven, and she is portrayed as somebody who can do no wrong.
Boycott the Caf made Ellie into an ugly creature that people are only friends with when they hit rock bottom, and the moment an opportunity arises they make a break for new friends. Complete with a list of everyone that ever managed to escape her.
"You told me... TO PLAY BASKETBALL!!!"
"YOU RIPPED MY HEART OUT!"
"DID YOU ERASE ME FROM YOUR MEMORY?! DID YOU EVER LOVE ME AT ALL?"
Memetic Sex God: Sean, in-universe, even when he's in grade 7! Out-of-universe, pretty much any male character except the current Those Two Guys, but Spinner, Sean, and Craig take the cake. Both in- and oot-of-universe, we have a Distaff Counterpart with Manny, the Memetic Slut.
Eli. Dear god Eli.
Mis-blamed: Spinner didn't exactly shoot Jimmy. Then again, he did help set up the paint and later pinned it on Jimmy...
The last minute of Jesus, Etc. 2 is all kinds of creepy.
But it's all topped by the end of Dirt Off Your Shoulder. Sweet Jesus. Munro Chambers deserves an award for that.
Emma's real father. He was a sympathetic character, but he was disturbingly realistic. The awful condition of his home was both appalling and heartbreaking.
Eyes. Without. A. Face. All of it.
JANE SAYS. HOLY FUCK, JANE SAYS.
Rick Murray, when he snaps.
Darcy bleeding in the shower, then looking up with that lifeless, Uncanny Valley face and limp neck.
Rick shooting Jimmy.
Paige being raped.
The scene in which coke-addicted Craig's nose starts profusely bleeding as he's on stage. Very unsettling ending.
Peter falls into this category sometimes.
Alex's home life.
Eli going crazy.
What happens to Imogen's dog in season 12's "Never Ever." Didn't know Stephen King was a Degrassi writer...
No Yay: Darcy flirting with Mr. Simpson, Mr. Simpson hooking up with the principal.
Purity Sue: A common criticism against Clare. Clare has slowly but surely developed into this, particularly after her makeover. The girl is a saint (although that hasn't stopped her from getting a few pretty good comebacks against Holly J and Jenna), she's smart, and she's apparently the third prettiest girl in her grade, and she's had a ridiculous number of guys show interest in her. The fact that she's dating the Troubled, but Cute Eli and that the writers are trying to make her into The Woobie with her parent's divorce storyline certainly isn't helping matters. Then there's the fact that a HUGE deal is made out of her eyes, both in universe and out (which is odd, because she's hardly the first or only character on the show with blue eyes).
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.
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.
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. Poor, poor Ashley.
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 E Clare fans, much to Munro Chambers' annoyance as the two actors are close friends.
The Scrappy: While it seems like every character has their own segment of hatedom, Jenna is probably hated more so than any character who has ever appeared on this show, due to her interfering with Clare's relationship with KC and her Tastes Like Diabetes demeanor.
Manny for being a slut, and Emma for being hypocritical. Oddly, Craig/Manny fans tend to like Sean/Emma and vice versa.
Jenna was initially more hated than any other teen character. Mrs. Torres beat her by a long shot; now the most hated teen character seems to be Marisol, for reasons listed below.
Imogen, before even appearing on the show, seems to be running this way simply because the creators plan to pair her with Eli. Hoo boy, here we go again...
Dave, for being a JerkassKarma Houdini, is this within much of the fandom. And the fact that one storyline focuses on a transphobic rant against Adam in Season 11? This hatedom will probably increase a bit.
Marisol, due to having no real personality or screen presence and yet being there for the sheer purpose of messing things up.
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 as of the latest episodes, attempting to break up the very popular Maya/Cam ship so he can have Maya for himself. It doesn't help that he called Cam - who has outright stated that he wanted to "fall asleep and never wake up" - a psycho, in an attempt to break them up.
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 a 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 13 is shapely up to be a disliked season, especially after the well-received season 12. The season started off with 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 headed back to school, but several issues (namely the amount of characters Commuting on a Bus and general cheap feel) keep coming up.
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.
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.
Jenna haters rejoiced when she had bad diarrhea after abusing diet pills.
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.
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?
When Paige got raped she ended up becoming much nicer to the other students. She helped Manny come out of her shell and get a make over. JT fighting Dean when he found out about him caused him to be friends with all of Paige's popular crew. Ashley became popular again, and stopped writing poetry and started becoming a real musician. Getting raped was the best thing that ever happened to Paige, and it seems everyone is all the better for it.
Chantay is a black girl named Black.
Anya falls for Owen after he sexual harasses her then takes advantage of her in a vulnerable moment.
Audra Torres got treated as The Scrappy, both in-universe and by the fandom, by having the gall of being upset that her step-son was hazed.
Adam being killed off in season 13, despite being one of the very few transgender characters on television. You either feel like They Wasted A Perfectly Good Character, or this was a valid way of showing the dangers of texting and driving and how it can happen to anyone.
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, but in the U.S. (where the age of consent is 18 in most states; in Canada consent age was raised to 16 in 2008 from 14) this would've been seen as more problematic.
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.
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.