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: Reception for the Nineteen-Ninety-Something reboot has been very mixed, mainly for having a more mature tone than Forever 16 and the characters being turned into ignorant jerks.
  • Continuity Lockout: Thanks to JB changing up a lot of the character backgrounds, as well as attempting to give them more development than before, most of the comic arcs in NNS have some rather strong continuity.
  • Creator's Pet: Some saw Aaron West as one, as he appeared quite a lot throughout the original and was stated to be JB's favorite character. At least until JB himself 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 assholes at best and just straight-up horrible people at worst, and the setting is generally portrayed as a bleak place where nobody wants to spend any time in. Not helping is that a majority of these events are Played for Laughs.
  • 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. This is less true in the original, however, since his sarcastic behavior wasn't as bad.
  • Fanon: A blog entry based on Wreck-It Ralph here.
  • Love It or Hate It: While Forever 16 was good enough to avoid this reception, Nineteen-Ninety-Something got hit with this hard. Is the reboot a good webcomic that properly retells the story of the original characters, or is it just a bleak mess full of unlikable characters and gratuitous pop-culture references?
  • Misaimed Fandom: Not too many people seem to really get 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 in general 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 the original, 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 in the NNS reboot isn't as well-liked as his original F16 counterpart, due to him taking pretty large levels of jerkass. Fortunately, he finally got some proper character development in later story arcs which won back several of his detractors.
  • 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?: In F16, nothing overly sexual happens and the characters look like they would be shoe-ins for cartoons in the '90s but there is a lot of swearing including a fair amount of Cluster F-Bomb. This isn't really the case anymore with NNS, which, as noted above, is more Darker and Edgier than F16.
  • Win Back the Crowd: With the reintroduction of beloved characters such as Michelle, Steve, Jocelyn, and Kendra, as well as JB's attempts to show off a more sympathetic view on his characters like how he originally intended, NNS seems to be heading in this direction.
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