YMMV / Emmerdale

  • Critical Research Failure: British road signs are not in Helvetica font!
    • Since when did North Yorkshire have Philips Residiums on 6m posts (this actually was seen briefly in a shot from an outdoor scene in 2011). The lamp-posts went, needless to say.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Aaron's coming-out storyline in 2010 (which included a suicide attempt as he struggled to deal with it) was harsh at the time, but seemed like standard soapland Gayngst. In 2016, it's revealed that Aaron was abused by his father as a child, and that the trauma of this was a major reason why he had so much trouble accepting his sexuality, recasting an already dark storyline in an even darker light.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Robert Sugden is a terrible human being, but knowing his family history helps understand where he comes from and why he grew to become a terrible human being. He does have a nicer, kinder side, which he shows to very few people. At this point, this circle has expanded to include his sister Victoria and his ex-lover Aaron Livesy.
  • Mary Sue: Cain Dingle instantly falls into bed with any woman he meets, acts violent towards men and is involved in almost every aspect of crime. He has yet to receive any comeuppance.
    • Definityly YMMV as of 2012 he has been put in hospital and has to go into physiotherapy to recover and his dad has finally kicked out of the house after numerous threats, most of his family are sick of him and he is very unpopular in the village for precisely the above reasons.
    • However, by the end of the year he's fully recovered, more or less forgiven and accepted by everyone and even back sleeping with the woman whose affair with him prompted the above.
    • Because of this, he could be considered as a Karma Houdini, at least to some extent.
  • The Other Darrin: Frequently used with the child characters; less frequently used with the adults (though Robert Sugden is one adult example)
  • Playing Against Type: Pauline Quirke, best-known as a comedic actress from Birds of a Feather, playing an extremely dramatic part as Jackson's mother during his exit storyline (which included him becoming quadraplegic following a car crash and eventually committing suicide)
  • The Unintelligible: Moira Barton's accent.