YMMV / Home and Away

  • Arc Fatigue: The 2005 storyline "Paternitygate", as dubbed on the Backtothebay messageboard, a love triangle between Hayley Lawson, Scott Hunter and Kim Hyde, fueled by a faked paternity test result which several people found out about but were prevented from revealing it for one reason or another, thus dragging the drama out for over nine months.
  • Award Category Fraud: in 2010, Kate Bell was shortlisted and nominated for the TV Week Logie Awards for Best New Female Talent, despite having previously appeared in two full seasons of Blue Water High, starting in 2005.
  • Break the Cutie April Scott starts off as a likeable snarky environmentalist who, is order, is forcibly taken away by her mother, nearly gasses herself and her boyfriend trying to impress her father, is then disowned by her father, is bullied and treated like a freak, breaks up with her boyfriend as a form of self-punishment, her sister forgets her birthday, she suffers a horrific panic attack...and then her OCD storyline starts.
    • Then, days after having moved in to a new house with her (new) boyfriend, he is involved in a car accident that leaves him comatose. Although given that she cheated on her old boyfriend with him, and had then returned the favour by trying to lose her virginity to said old boyfriend before settling on the town bad boy for her first time after rejecting her old-new-future boyfriend, that particular cutie had been well and truly corrupted by that point.
  • Die for Our Ship: Sam Holden by Jack/Martha shippers, though mostly a result of Derailing Love Interests, as she was sympathetic and well-liked during her first stint in 2006.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The 2016 storyline in which Alf Stewart collapsed from a heart attack, soon followed by a stroke which put him into a coma, happened to air the same week as the death of ALF-star Michu Meszaros, also from a stroke.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Geoff Campbell and Aden Jeffries. One episode was basically nothing but them sarcastically flirting with each other, and now they argue like an old married couple..
    • Also, Xavier Austin and Romeo Smith. In one episode Romeo is helping Xavier practise breaking up with his girlfriend, only for John Palmer, Xavier's mother's boyfriend, to walk in on them and seemingly mistake it for a genuine lover's tiff. In another, Xavier asks Miles and Alf for romantic advice - specifically, starting a relationship with your best friend. Miles asks if it's Romeo.
  • Irish People Love Home And Away
  • HSQ: The show's season-ending cliffhangers regularly qualify (such as Sally's stabbing in 2006 or the explosion at the hospital in 2013), as do the show's Olympic cliffhangers (when the show is taken off for two weeks so that Seven can broadcast the Olympic Games) - standouts inclue Sarah holding ten characters hostage at Leah's house in 2004, Elliot kidnapping Geoff and Nicole in 2008.
  • Memetic Mutation: Alf Stewart's Rape Dungeon.
  • Wangst (Martha Mackenzie)
  • The Woobie: Pretty much everyone at one point or another. Standouts from recent years include Spencer Harrington (after being targeted by an online predator posing as a teenage girl), Denny Miller (after losing her boyfriend Casey to a vengeful drug dealer right when he was about to propose), Jett James (raised by an addict mother who couldn't even keep track of how old he was, then loses his foster mother Gina to a sudden aneurysm right when she and John were about to adopt him), Skye Peters (loses her sister in a car crash after switching seats with her, leading her mother to blame her and grow distant from her, later turning physically abusive after Skye speaks out about their situation) and Evelyn Maguire (loses her mother to cancer, brought into a cult by her father, who is later killed in an explosion after kidnapping her and her brother Oscar, dates the controlling and abusive Tank, who ends up assaulting and blinding her ex Josh after she leaves him, finds out that her older sister Denny has been murdered by Charlotte King, and then, after reconciling with and getting engaged to Josh, she loses her brother and her aunt to a gas explosion, and now Josh is on the verge of being arrested for killing Charlotte).
    • Jerkass Woobie: Evie crossed into this after she found out about Josh and Charlotte and chose to blackmail Kat into keeping quiet about it.

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