YMMV / Faking It

TV Series

  • Actor Shipping: Yes, Volkevens is a thing. Even though both Rita Volk and Katie Stevens seem to be straight in real life.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Two straight girls pretending to be gay for popularity? Never mind that the pilot was written by a gay guy, one of the leads is gay, and one of the guest stars was a major player in one of the seminal coming-out stories in television history...that fact alone has brought heavy criticism from some parts of the LBGT community (though it has garnered support from GLAAD and the Trevor Project).
  • Base Breaker:
    • The Premise, as stated above
    • They divided fans more during the series finale, when Liam and Amy have sex, which many thought drudged back up a terrible lesbian cliche.
      • Given Amy has not, as of the season 1 finale, identified herself as a lesbian, so the argument can still be made she's figuring things out or that it was simply an act of revenge against Karma. In season 2 she does experience some desitre for a guy from Brazil but seems to prefer women overall.
    • Liam, both for shipping reasons and for those who are divided as interpreting him as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold or simply a Satellite Character who brings up some sexist cliches about women always scheming to get The Guy Everybody Wants.
    • Shane gets this too, for those who think he crossed a Moral Event Horizon when he "outed" Karma and Amy as lesbians in front of their classmates without their consent.
    • Reagan got a lot of hate after breaking up with Amy because she wouldn't commit to being a lesbian rather than maybe still have feelings for guys...but there's sitll a small chunk of the fandom that prefers Reamy over Karmy. A few of these are the fans that were firmly on the side of wanting Amy to be fully lesbian, making Reagan a bit of an Audience Surrogate for them.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: A show whose entire plot literally revolves around lesbian makeouts. Go figure.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Karma (played by American Idol alum Katie Stevens) picks up a guitar and sings in the third episode.
    • Bailey Buntain shows off her dancing skills (as previously seen in Bunheads) with Michael Willett in "Three to Tango".
    • A Season 2 episode has all three of them singing, plus Lauren and Shane dancing.
  • Die for Our Ship: Liam gets in the way of Karmy, so he gets most of the hate.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Amy is obviously not the bad guy of the show, but plenty of fans praise her while in the meantime criticizing Karma despite the fact the two of them are equally not perfect.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Of the main five, Lauren is the one most people will want to protect at all costs. Of the recurring cast, Principal Penelope is quite beloved, mostly due to the fact that she's definitely a Karmy shipper (despite apparently not liking Karma all that much since she revealed she's not a lesbian).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: The show seems to be trying to sell Karma/Liam as much as Karma/Amy. Pretty much no one is rooting for the first ship. So far every single fanfic is Karmy and Katie Stevens and Rita Volk seem to ship it themselves. Those that do sometimes pair Liam with Shane.
  • Flame War: Debate over Amy's sexual identity have, to a certain extent, magnified some of the divisions and negative sterotypes within the LGBT community.
  • Foe Yay: Shane and Lauren, to a certain extent
  • Fridge Brilliance: Bruce seems much more accepting of Amy being gay than Farrah. It makes sense in Season 2 when it's revealed that Lauren is intersexed
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Meanwhile, Lauren's secret (that she's intersexed) makes the tampon up her boyfriend Tommy's nose to stop the bleeding from a fight in "Three to Tango" a bit more complicated...For starters, did he get it from Lauren?
  • Ho Yay: Liam and Shane experience a few instances of it, such as Shane leaning his head on Liam's shoulder.
  • Hollywood Homely: Dialogue suggests that Amy is supposed to be plain and unconcerned with her appearance; everyone (including Amy herself) automatically peg her as "the butch one" in her relationship with Karma.
    • Unconcerned with her appearance, yes. Plain, no. When she goes to the lesbian bar, all the girls she flirts seem very receptive to her advances - until she screws it up by being obnoxious or running away.
    • May we add that Amy's actress, Rita Volk, played a parody Expy of Jennifer Lawrence's character from The Hunger Games in a previous movie? And she did so convincingly?
  • Jerkass Woobie: Yes, Lauren isn't the nicest of persons, but she simply hasn't caught many breaks and she's right in that another school, she'd be a queen. She acts out, yes, but people forget that shes been uprooted from her home, she has no real friends, there's no one at her high school that she can connect with (save Shane, and she's pointed out that neither of them are very nice people). Still, she's amazing at helping with Farrah's wedding, she empathizes with Amy after their mutual breakups, she manages to maintain a friendship with Pablo (who she actually attempts to protects from Shane's dating style), and she never told their parents about Amy & Karma's entire scheme. (Yes, she tried to bust them at school, but it wasn't personal.) On top of everything, she was born intersexed. Basically, the only person she consistently has the upper hand on is Principal Penelope.
  • Les Yay: Leads to Karma and Amy being mistaken for lesbians in the first place.
  • LGBT Fanbase: And a hatedom, due to the Audience-Alienating Premise. Of course, this would not be a Periphery Demographic.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Shane. It comes back to bite him in a major way in season 2B.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: The criticism from LGBT websites is one of the main reasons people know about it. Many of the LGB Ts who watched the show to see what the fuss was about ended up falling in love with the show and Amy in particular.
  • Ron the Death Eater: There's a fair portion of the fandom who villainize Karma for practically everything that she does.
  • The Scrappy: People don't like Liam for obvious reasons and for the fact that he's kind of a dick.
    • Karma was moving into this territory for a sizable part of the fanbase in season 2, as possible Flanderization has made her even more self-centered and melodromatic than before, and some think she's intentionally undermining Amy's relationship with Reagan because she's no longer the sole focal point of Amy's world. On the other hand, some would justify Amy's increasing coldness toward Karma after getting together with Reagan and the whole thing with Liam is partial justification for Karma's modest exaggerations in character. Gained more sympathy towards the end of Season 2 after Amy and Liam's secret was revealed.
    • Reagan became a big one after her and Amy's breakup in season 2B, mainly for her reluctance to keep dating Amy for not identifying as a lesbian and a portion of the fanbase's general anger that it was re-inforcing a very ugly stereotype about the LGBTQ community.
  • Sophomore Slump: Definitely arguable, but there has been some vocal dislike about the second season's direction from the fandom, especially the turn from the sharper and more satirical style of the first season to rather over-the-top, melodramatic plotting, the percieved Flanderization (see, Shane) of it's main characters or subjagating them into a Straw Villain (see, Reagan), and the drawn-out baiting of the main Karma/Amy ship. Ratings have also declined rather steeply.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Although dominated by Karmy, there are those that hold out hope for Kiam (and even a few Lamy (Liam and Amy) shippers after the first season finale.)
    • Karmy now has a new enemy in Reamy, due to Amy getting a girlfriend of her own in season 2.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Shane (reluctantly) allows Duke to keep quiet about his relationship with him while he searchs for MMA sponsers. However, when Duke ends up striking a deal with Cluck-n-go (an obvious expy of the religious fast food chain Chick-fil-a), despite their notoriously homophobic leanings, Shane refuses to go along with it and ultimately severs his relationship with Duke.
    • This anvil dropped on Shane's head later when he secretly outed Duke, causing him to lose his Cluck 'n Go sponsorship (though he picked up Sqwerkel) and confess his love for Shane...until Shane carelessly blabbed about it in anger in front of him, at which point he broke up with Shane. Shane's last apology to Duke falls flat.
    Duke: I said I accepted your apology. I didn't say I forgave you.
  • What an Idiot: A case of Truth in Television with Liam hoping to score a threesome with the lesbians- when if they were willing to sleep with them they wouldn't strictly be lesbians.
    • It does seem odd he wouldn't be suspicious of Karma being straight or at the least bisexual when she spends a lot of energy either explicitly flirting or even trying to sleep with him... Liam definitely doesn't seem to be the sharpest tool in the shed.
  • X Meets Y: South of Nowhere meets Awkward.
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