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.
YMMV: Gossip Girl
Abandon Shipping: Chuck/Blair (aka "Chair") steadily lost fans from the start of season 3. Chuck whoring Blair out to his uncle Jack in "Inglourious Bassterds" really put a vast number of people off the once golden couple of the show. Chuck taking Jenny's virginity, hiding it from Blair and then trying to propose to Blair on the same night was another not so glorious moment for the pairing. It was definitely a Broken Base though, as there were still hordes of die hard shippers of the pairing.
Many people stopped shipping Derena after it was revealed they shared a sibling, despite the two of them not actually being related.
Also doesn't hurt that Meester is infamous for ad-libbing lines in their scenes together. Including "If I were you, I would have rode me harder."
And Westwick's comment in an interview: he hopes Chuck and Blair will get back together because "I like kissing Leighton".
On the flip side, actual couple Penn Badgely and Blake Lively get practically none of this.
Adaptation Displacement: If you hear somebody talking about Gossip Girl, there's a pretty good chance they're talking about the show, not the books.
Alternate Character Interpretation: Blair and Serena whenever they are in an argument. Half of the fans will consider Blair an immature, self-absorbed bitch and Serena wronged and misunderstood, while the other half feel Serena is the bitch and Blair is misunderstood.
Some fans look on it as Blair at least being honest about what she is - she doesn't pretend to be a great friend. When she's on Serena's side she'll do whatever she has to to help her, and when they're fighting she'll do whatever she has to to crush her. Whereas Serena has no problem pretending to be Blair's friend and stabbing her in the back, as the end episodes of Season 4 shows.
Chuck. Heroic great guy who's just been acting out to get attention from his not-too-loving father, or villainous sociopathic pseudo-rapist, depending on who you ask.
Louis talking to Blair during their wedding dance. Showing his true colours? Or has he been broken by the Upper East Side and has become like them? Or someone who still loves Blair enough to say the only thing he could think of to make her run away to cancel the wedding?
Since he forced her to remain married to him by threatening to bankrupt her family, we can in fact conclude that he is simply a Jerkass of epic proportions.
Rufus, nice liberal dad or weakling that allowed the situation with Jenny in the second season to balloon out of control because he never did anything about it and enabled her under the guise of letting go of his overbearing need to protect her and keep her young.
As Gossip Girl says herself, "The more things change the more they stay the same." The characters aren't going to develop. They aren't going to change. Chuck is always going to be a troubled character with a dark side. Blair will always want to be a 'powerful woman' but she will never stop scheming instead of just doing an honest days work. Serena is always going to sabotage herself and her relationships but get life handed to her on a platter by her upbringing, money and looks. Dan will always be the outsider. And Nate will always have pointless storylines.
Well that was terrifyingly prescient.
In "Hi, Society" (1.10) does Cece really try to break up Dan and Serena? Or does she use Reverse Psychology to bring about the opposite result? I favor the latter.
Anvilicious: Chuck and Blair belong together. Anyone foolish enough to doubt this will be hit over the head with it on a regular basis.
Ass Pull: Nate's reappearing love for Serena in season three and, a few episodes later, Serena's very sudden love for Nate.
The reactivation of feelings between Serena and Dan in the last episodes of season 3.
The reveal of Gossip Girl's identity is seen by some fans to be this, considering some of the events of the early seasons such as Blair continually humiliating Jenny, and some timing discrepancies.
Some feel this way about Lily and William back together in the finale.
Creator's Pet: Vanessa, according to some. The vast majority of the fans loathe her and any episode she doesn't appear in is immediately hailed as being so much better for her not being in it. Yet she keeps getting storylines, is the only girl who has been romantically linked to all male leads and is constantly talked about as being a great person with high morals even though she behaves just as badly as Blair, Jenny and Serena. On the other hand, she is the only main character who is missing from several episodes each season and while she gets storylines most of them directly involve one or more other main characters rather than Vanessa and guest stars.
Dan is a self admitted example. According to the showrunner Josh Safran, he saw a lot of himself in Dan and wanted him to be popular because of it. He even admitted to breaking up Chuck and Blair just so Blair could be with Dan instead.
The Kills' "URA Fever" playing as Serena infamously declares, "I killed someone." Too bad it ended up being the lamest 'death' possible by accidental overdose
Bloc Party's "Signs" at the end of "Oh Brother Where Bart Thou"
Turin Break's "Dark on Fire" at the end of "Pret-A-Poor-J"
The Virgins' "One Week of Danger" playing the morning after the limo scene
Death Cab for Cutie's "The Ice Is Getting Thinner" in the season one finale
Given that it's a Josh Schwartz show, DCFC is pretty standard fare.
"Shove it" by Santigold during the climax of 'The Ex Files'
Die for Our Ship: A rare instance of the show itself playing into this trope - Bart Bass seemed to be killed off at least in part to allow Lily and Rufus to become an Official Couple, given how quickly the latter happened after the former.
Elle, Chuck's two-episode season two crush, earns this treatment from the Chair fans. Those who even admit to her existence in the first place, that is.
Eva... Hooo boy...
Dan and Blair... ehem Though not even official, the minions established shippers are already on the attack.
Jenny gets this from both Serenate fans and Chair fans.
Esoteric Happy Ending: Despite the ridiculous flashforward it's hard to see the end of the show as anything but this.
Dan is revealed as Gossip Girl, and his reasons being he wanted to "write himself into Serena's life". Thus making him a sociopath stalker who jeopardised the main characters lives on multiple occasions and repeatedly ruined their lives.
Chuck allows his father Bart to die by letting him fall off a roof.
Blair is on the roof when Bart died. She does achieve her goal of becoming the 'powerful woman' she wanted to become after finally finding a way to be successful in her mother's business. But she never gives up on scheming even after realizing she needs to grow up.
Nate has started down the path of fraud just like his father, and is only rescued when Bart dies. His possible bid for mayor is also pretty random.
Ensemble Darkhorse: Dorota, Eric, Georgina and Carter all qualify, as all of them are extremely popular among the fans (even more popular than some main characters), despite being only recurring or guest starts.
To the extent that all have come to play a bigger role as the show has progressed.
Let's not forget Chuck Bass, who was originally supposed to be a guest character and who assaulted two of the female characters in the pilot. Now he and Blair are king and queen of the show.
Justified, especially with Blair/Chuck, as Nate is generally considered to be Too Dumb to Live and didn't treat Blair very well, whereas in contrast Blair and Chuck had some pretty intense Belligerent Sexual Tension.
Although at present (late season three) most people seem to be preferring Vanessa with Rufus.
Dan/Blair has gotten a following which almost rivals the Chuck/Blair ship.
Foe Yay: Some fans speculate that Chuck's previous experiments with other guys included Carter Baizen. It's neither been directly denied or implied on the show, but it certainly is plausible.
There is also quite a bit of implied sexual tension between Georgina and Serena in season 1. Georgie even drugs her, and who knows what happened in that hotel room...
Hilarious in Hindsight: Not exactly hindsight but in season four Blair dates a prince and the designated roadblock between them is that she's a commoner and he is heir to the throne. It's pretty much taken for granted that a royal prince could never marry a commoner. Probably was a safe bet when the episodes were written. But the episode in which it is brought up aired mere days before heir to the British throne Prince William married commoner Kate Middleton amidst a media frenzy spectacle and the union was celebrated by pretty much everyone everywhere, including William's family members.
Blair's nickname Queen B after she becomes a princess
Also Nate's relationship with Catherine after Chace Crawford began dating Erin Andrews who is 8 years his senior
The second season focuses on Blair's feelings of jealousy towards Serena and the way she kind of coasts through life getting handed the things she wants. In real life Blake Lively and Leighton Meester don't get along, apparently not interacting unless they have to. The reason? It's said that Leighton dislikes how Blake has managed to become a sensation despite her character not being as popular (some would also say well rounded) as Leighton's because of her beauty and A-list boyfriends.
The name of the site (and the show) after Gossip Girl is revealed to be Dan Humphrey.
The scene from the finale where Rachel Bilson is auditioning for Blair in the adaptation of Dan's book becomes funny when Leighton Meester started dating (and eventually married) Adam Brody.
In the pilot, Serena suggests that Jenny would look better in a black, which eventually became Jenny's favorite color
Ho Yay: In the first season, Nate sleeps at Chuck's an awful lot. Blair and Serena have their moments, too.
Chuck and Nate live together as of 3.09, so those sleepovers live on!
That's hinted at during the early episodes - Blair doesn't want to know what Chuck did to get a replacement suit after being stripped naked and locked on a roof.
And in a later episode, where Blair tricks Chuck into kissing a guy as part of their "game." His response: "You think that's the first time?"
Chuck to Dan in "The Serena Also Rises" - "Are you gay?" A lot of fans wish the answer could be yes, for both of them.
It's also heavily implied in the novels (with several scenes that sort of just 'fade to black'— i.e. Blair inviting Serena slyly to join her in the tub when she was living with Vanessa) that Serena and Blair have a physical relationship on top of their friendship. Oh, it's also implied that they're both Gossip Girl.
A lot of fans interpret Jenny and Blair this way as well. Her desperate attempts to be Blair's friend in S1 can look a lot like love, and she reveals later that she wanted to be Blair's friend much more than she wanted to be Serena's. There's also Blair's statement at the end of S2: "You're my queen. I choose you..."
Half the plot of Season 3 relies on the fact that Lily will lie to everyone, including especially her husband, about anything and everything which might even remotely inconvenience her, or embarrass her in the slightest, even when those lies cause a hundred times the trouble that whatever she's lying about possibly could.
Though that is pretty much in character for her.
Jerkass Woobie: Chuck is possibly the most morally ambiguous character of the bunch. At the same time, if something gut-wrenchingly horrible is happening on Gossip Girl, it's a safe bet that it's happening to Chuck.
And Diana, from Season 5, has everyone wrapped around her little finger, playing with nearly every protagonist with amazing ease, and she doesn't seem to stop anytime soon, especially when you realize that she's in fact Nate's Grandfather's, William, Dragon. What he is up to is yet to be revealed.
Georgina Sparks tends to have half the cast wrapped around her little finger at any given point in time, and no matter how many times they get rid of her, one way or another she always comes back. Like any good MB, she plays the game well, she is her own best piece, and you just can't keep her down.
As it turns out, Doctor Van Der Woodsen, the Big Bad of Season 3. Just about everything that happened over the course of the season, from Lily's fake cancer diagnosis to Rufus' supposed infidelity, turned out to be part of his convoluted scheme to drive Lily back into his arms. He even gets away in the end.
Bart Bass becomes the King of the trope in New York. Until he succumbed to the Villain Ball. He destroyed every scheme, every person who came against him, not even the combined power of "Blair's Bitches" stopped him. Until he lost to Chuck because well, the writers like Chuck and didn't want to follow the inevitable conclusion that Bart could have Chuck quickly and easily killed without much of a problem.
As of the finale, Dan Humphrey has obliterated them all and is revealed as a bastard on par with Lionel Luthor and Ben Linus. It's revealed that he has been running the site "Gossip Girl" all along, playing people against each other, effortlessly maintaining his secret and turning the snobby world that looked down upon him into his own personal social experiment.
Mary Sue: In the books, Serena was inhumanly gorgeous and had everything handed to her on a silver platter. She became a supermodel overnight, a muse to several designers, starred in a major motion picture despite having no acting experience, got into every college she applied to despite her mediocre grades and lack of extracurriculars, and practically all male characters who ever appeared were in love with her. She did have some particularly nasty gossip surrounding her, but that was Hand Waved with everyone just being jealous of her beauty, awesomeness, and success.
This is toned down in the TV series, but she still has a wide enough Mary Sue streak to her for Blair to comment on it.
The show also has an interesting take on it. Serena does indeed get into colleges and become a publicist but she's very much aware that she got these things because of her "inhuman beauty" and it eats at her and her relationship.
Mind Game Ship: Chuck and Blair spend a better part of the second season competing over who could invoke this trope the most.
This trope is also the reason for Chuck and Blair's season 3 break up.
Moment Of Awesome: When Nate punches out Dan "Took a Level in Jerkass" Humphrey in "It's Really Complicated" and says "That was from all of us," he's referring to Serena, Blair, Chuck et al but he could have extended it to cover a lot of the viewers as well.
Moral Event Horizon: Many viewers feel that "Inglourious Bassterds" is the moment when Chuck Bass crossed the line from.
For some Chuck's behaviour in "The Princesses and the Frog" caused him to cross it big time.
And in "Touch of Eva," Blair finally sunk to his level.
Georgina crossed the line when she deceived Dan Humphrey into thinking she was pregnant with his son. He was there when Milo was born. He spent the summer supporting Georgina and helping her take care of the baby. Then as soon as she didn't need him anymore, she ditched Dan and took Milo out of his life forever. Unlike all of Georgina's previous antics, which revolved around inflicting (albeit excessive) comeuppance for past indiscretions, this was a clear-cut case of exploiting and hurting an innocent person. Specifically, the one person who had always been the first to trust her and give her a second chance.
Georgina made Serena's life hell in late Season 1 without any provocation that I can see. In fairness, though, she tried to make amends for that in late Season 2.
Narm: "The Revengers," specifically the rooftop climax. Even more specifically the hilariously awful scoring from Transcenders as Chuck faces off against Bart with Blair in attendance, and their fight ends with Bart having a Disney Villain Death. Danny Elfman it isn't. It's not even BlakeLively... er, Neely.
Narm Charm: The dream sequences. The actors are often free to ham it up and chew as much scenery as they want.
Gossip Girl himself likes to call them Waldass. Never caught on with the fans.
Other examples include Darena (Dan/Serena) and Nair or Blate (Nate/Blair).
The Dan/Blair pairing is a rather fun example. Those who ship them tend to call them Dair (as in "we dare to dream") while those who dislike them together tend to call then Blan (as in "they're bland together") or Ban (as in we should Ban them)
Not a romantic portmanteau, but the extended Van der Woodsen/Bass/Humphrey family, with Lily's marriages to first Bart and then Rufus, has become the Van der Bassphrey family.
Chair has been used as both a positive name or a negative one with gifs of broken chairs or people throwing them.
Daircut. Shipping Dan and him getting a haircut.
Cheath. Shipping Chuck and Chuck being killed. Which apparently some of the actors support.
Relationship Writing Fumble: Nate is often referred to as an older brother figure for Jenny... Until he ends up making out with her. Fast-forward to season 3, and he's back to acting as if he only ever saw her as a little girl. Then why in God's name did you stick your tongue down her throat, dude?
Replacement Scrappy: Anyone who likes Jenny, will likely despise Ivy because she seemed to be a lame attempt to hide the fact that Taylor Momsen didn't want to be on the show anymore. Ivy tends to be ignored or outright erased in fanfiction.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Happened to Nate in season 3. Fans grew tired of his constant bed-hopping and sheer aimlessness in season 2, so the writers gave him an abundance of family-oriented stories and returned him to his roots by having him be desperately in love with Serena and suddenly interested in his best friend's welfare.
For some this happened with Vanessa in season four.
And they got their wish in Season 5. (Although she came Back for the Finale, it was a very brief cameo.)
Vanessa still has some fans; everybody hates Sage.
Ship Mates: People who ship Chair (Chuck and Blair) tend to be positive of a Serenate (Serena and Nate) pairing since it for one keeps Nate away from Blair and for another means the NJBC is nicely paired off. Dan/Blair fans seem to convenience ship Serena/Nate as well.
People going with the canon finale seem to ship Chuck and Blair, Dan and Serena, Nate and Jenny (who are believed to have Hooked Up Afterwards).
Ship Tease: Blair and Dan. The writers have long said they would like to try a romance between the two because they like their possible "Slap-Slap-Kiss" vibe. They never did though because of possible backlash from Chair fans. Lately, though, they seem to have said screw it and are teasing them anyway.
Nate and Jenny throughout the first season: starting when Nate kisses Jenny at the masquerade (thinking she's Serena due to their similar appearances) and into Season 2 when finally get together.
Ship-to-Ship Combat: Fans of the book tend to think Blair belongs with Nate. Fans of the show tend to passionately believe Blair belongs with Chuck. Cue endless arguments.
There also seems to be a great deal of warring between fans who believe Nate belongs with Serena and those who believe he belongs with Jenny, even though there hasn't been much on the show itself to support the latter pairing.
Chuck/Blair fans vs the emergent Dan/Blair ship in Season 4. Blair+Dan is either a chance for both characters to be truly happy with someone they understand, or a narrowly-dodged bullet that would have killed it.
Sister Ship: Chuck/Blair and Nate/Serena are this to each other.
So Bad, It's Good: The poetry Dan writes in the books is just so incredibly awful that it's unbelievably awesome.
Chuck and Blair are Birds of a Feather, two dark, ruthless people who scheme and manipulate their way to the top but who deeply care for the people close to them.
Serena and Nate. A carefree, Brainless Beauty duo, both fickle and free-spirited and neither with any real ability to come up with a cunning plan or with any real drive in their lives. Often compared to a pair of golden retrievers (with Chuck and Blair being their masters).
What an Idiot: Serena spends months doing everything she can to get her father's attention. Most of it consists of getting paparazzi to take pictures of her partying like crazy, appearing topless and sleeping around. Then when her father does appear she doesn't want him to know about her wild past, and pretends like the craziest thing she's ever done is take part in a coco drinking contest. Only to Serena (and possibly Nate) could that make any logical sense.
In the last season, Rufus dating a con artist and Serena keeping on her cellphone a sextape of her and Dan, and handing said telephone indirecly to Georgina Devilspawn Sparks without a second thought. Really, don't they ever learn anything ?