YMMV / Forever 16

  • Acceptable Targets: Just about everything that was popular or common back in the 90s.
  • Awesome Art: JB Warner's portfolio. That is all.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Joel Maxwell, the comic's main character, became one after the comic was rebooted into Nineteen-Ninety-Something. In Forever 16, Joel was your average teenager who, while a bit snarky, was still fairly likable. Nineteen-Ninety-Something, however, flanderized his snarkyness to the point where he comes across as a whiny jerk. Some fans don't particularly mind Joel's attitude and still like him, while others find him incredibly obnoxious and unlikable.
  • Broken Base: Fans are rather split among Nineteen-Ninety-Something. While some continue to read the comic to this day, others criticize it for being more Darker and Edgier than Forever 16 and the characters being turned into ignorant jerks.
  • Creator's Pet: Aaron was this to some. At least until JB became aware of how people felt about him, and attempted to make Aaron into the more dorky moron that he had originally intended.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The main problem people have with Nineteen-Ninety-Something. Most of the characters are tremendously (sometimes violently) unlikable and the setting is generally portrayed as a bleak place where nobody wants to spend any time in.
  • Designated Hero: Joel, for some readers at least. We're supposed to root for him as a rebel who is misunderstood by everybody else, but his so-called "rebel" behavior makes him come across as a jerk most of the time.
  • Fanon: A blog entry based on Wreck-It Ralph here.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Not too many people seem to completely understand the whole rebellious and nostalgic theme of the comic.
  • One of Us: The comic itself could be called "One Of Us: The Comic".
  • Reference Overdosed: The comic (both the original Forever 16 and the Nineteen-Ninety-Something reboot) has been widely criticized for it's reliance on 90s pop-culture references. Seriously, you'd have to have been born or lived in the 90s to get the jokes.
  • Shocking Swerve: In this strip, Joel sucking up to his boss at Mcdonald's grants him a month long work transfer to Moscow (still under USSR control in 1990).
  • The Scrappy: Joel has kinda become this, due to him taking pretty large levels of jerkass in the newer comics.
    • Katy seems to be this to some, due to how self-absorbed she tends to be.
    • Kendra's older brother Vince got a lot of backlash in his first appearance.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: JB wanted to show just how hard Joel's life really is by having almost nobody to understand him, but Joel's method for dealing with his problems involve being a self-centered smartass towards everyone and everything he encounters.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: Justified, given that the comic takes place in the 1990s, but the references are still a little off-putting for some due to how rampant they are (see "Reference Overdose" above).
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Nothing overly sexual happens and the characters look like they would be shoe-ins for cartoons in the '90s but there is alot of swearing including a fair amount of Cluster F-Bomb.
  • Win Back the Crowd: With the reintroduction of beloved characters such as Michelle, Steve, Jocelyn, and Kendra in Nineteen-Ninety-Something, as well as JB's attempts to show off a more sympathetic view on his characters like how he originally intended, the comic seems to be heading in this direction.
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