YMMV: Monster High

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Spectra just a know-it-all gossip with nothing better to do, or is her past so traumatic (and possibly guilt-ridden) that she blocked it out to the point of not actually remembering it and surrounds herself in the lives of others because of this?
    • Gil's Father according to Lagoona's 13 Wishes diary, he comes off as borderline abusive to Gil and his mother who walk on eggshells not to enrage him.
  • Anvilicious:
    • True, a central theme to the show seems to be to not hate people for being different. But it becomes a bit of a grain when it's the only theme.
    • And it's even hard to believe it with people like Jackson Jeckyll, constantly treated as everyone's No Respect Guy.
    • The hybrid monsters being a metaphor for interracial people in Freaky Fusion. It's such an awkward handling of a sensitive topic that it falls straight into Narm territory.
  • Awesome Art: The dolls, which are a Cast of Snowflakes and have very high quality designs.
    • The Japanese shorts do a great job of adapting the character designs to anime despite the Limited Animation.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Draculaura. Even mentioning one's opinion of her can result in a complete Flame War.
      • Not helped by the anime shorts making her the lead instead of Frankie.
    • Venus seems to be becoming this as well, with many loving her doll but disliking her preachy personality.
    • The werecat species. Some think they're the best dolls in the series, others think they're generic and overused.
    • Neighthan. Dear lord, Neighthan. Whether or not he's interesting, if he's a stalker or not, and if he belongs with Frankie. And whether his character concept is creative or stupid.
    • Frankie herself is one, mostly due to many adaptations making her The Generic Guy (some even make her a Flat Character).
  • Contested Sequel: Fan opinions of Frights Camera Action! are very mixed.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Some fans are starting to see Draculaura as this.
    • Melody from the book series, who is such an obvious Self Insert it's not even funny.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Draculaura's voice, to some.
  • Die for Our Ship: Any new male character who gets any sort of Ship Tease with Frankie, or even just has a crush on her, earns the ire of fans who ship her with Jackson/Holt. It doesn't help that the movies introduce these characters while other media like the books and toylines still ship Frankie with him/them.
  • Ear Worm:
    • That Fright Song.
    • The theme song to the TV specials, "We Are Monster High" by Madison Beer. The fact that it's in the same key as "New Myth ~Next Generation~" (no, really) does not help matters.
    • Witching Hour by Casta Fierce and the Spells. Let's cast a spell together, me and you.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Ghoulia has been largely the fan favorite since her first appearance, which still remains. Her original doll easily sold for 4x its retail when released onto ebay. Mattel took notice of this and gave her 6 dolls in total for 2011, including the SDCC exclusive, giving her nearly as different versions as Frankie, Clawdeen & Cleo, two of which are only available in multipacks that fans have no qualms about purchasing (despite that one is a repackage of 4 old dolls included with her) exclusively for her.
    • Clawd and Heath also had quite a following, so much that both moved up to being main characters and getting their own dolls.
    • Abbey followed Ghoulia's path after she too became popular with the Periphery Demographic.
    • Spectra is becoming this as well.
    • Sparky from Freaky Fusion.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Toralei, mainly due to her Biker Babe-esque leather-laden basic outfit. Nefera is also considered to be this by some, as are the Shadow Ghouls from 13 Wishes.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop:
    • In "I Scream, You Scream", Cleo screws off studying for a cooking show, so she has Ascended Extra Scarah Screams use her telepathy to read the recipe. Not once do any of the ghouls even comment on how the act alone is cheating.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • A big part of the Mattel-versus-MGA divide is Monster High versus Bratzillaz.
    • It also happens to a lesser extent between fans of MH versus Novi Stars. Though considering the apparent failure of the latter (and Bratzillaz as well) it seems to have died down.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Stepford Lagoona" for her race-lifted, brainwashed form from 13 Wishes.
    • When Victor "Sparky" Frankenstein was introduced, with his flamboyant hand and facial expressions, white suit, long gloves, square jaw, round glasses, spit curl, quirked eyebrows, and, obviously, his trait of being a Mad Scientist, the part of the fandom that's also into Team Fortress 2 immediately dubbed him "Twinky Young Medic", due to his eerie resemblance to a younger version of the game's healer.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Most fans ignore the first book series, due to being very different from the source material (it's basically a Twilight knock-off) and having a Mary Sue Canon Foreigner as the protagonist and having actual monsters Out of Focus. The book series later heavily implied that Melody was a monster herself and raised without the knowledge so she could pass, but the damage had been done. Not to mention that the book series had a huge Broken Aesop. No wonder it tanked and was cancelled after 4 volumes (heck, the real wonder is it has gone so far!), replaced by the Ghoulfriends series, which is actually canon. Technically Canon Discontinuity as well, as it's a completely separate canon from the rest of the franchise.
    • Then there's the Licensed Game. See The Problem with Licensed Games below.
  • Foe Yay:
    • Clawdeen Wolf talks an awful lot about Cleo de Nile on her profile page.
    • Second season has Toralei and Cleo going at it. For the Season 2 finale, though, things are patched up for at least one scene; Toralei and her catgirls help foil the cheating Nefera de Nile does against Cleo.
  • Genius Bonus: When Nefera summons a miniature Cthulhu in the season two finale, it's defeated by the catgirls; cats were one of the few things Lovecraft actually liked.
  • Ho Yay:
    • In the film Why Do Ghouls Fall In Love?, some students end up falling for students of the same gender when hit by Cupid's arrows while Toralei was causing trouble with them, including Manny the bull and Moe the zombie. It wears off.
    • From Ghouls Rule. Lilith and Cleo share shades of these when they meet in the catacombs. Some shades of this is going on between Robecca and Venus.
    • In the first book series Lagoona and Clawdeen exchange some rather suggestive lines, and casually mention that if they can't find boyfriends they'll date each other.
    • The upcoming "Freaky Fusion" line which fuses two monsters together into one will probably spawn some of this. Especially since one of the fusions is Toralei and Cleo, who are listed as having Foe Yay.
    • Nefera was obsessed with her Corpse Flower even before it bloomed into a beautiful monster girl. Although she then betrayed Nefera and her family, so this might run into Foe Yay.
  • Idiot Plot: The Film "Haunted" has the Principle of Haunted High kidnaping children to her school.
    • The fact that the students at said school blindly believe anything she says about the solids, despite her being a tyrant to her students.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Mentioning the first book series can cause this.
    • Is Toralei Asian? Probably, but since (unlike Jinafire) she doesn't scream "Not White" in your face with every other action, there was a bit of drama about this.
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Toralei's a pain to the ghouls, but has quite the following with fans.
  • Memetic Mutation: Clawdeen is a sassy, independent werewolf who don't need no man.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Trick-or-Treatment machine and all of the Fridge Horror implications of being a monster in a human community that have frightening parallels to the Salem witch trials.
    • What happens to Lagoona during 13 Wishes.
    • Cleo's backstory as revealed in her Gloom and Bloom diary: her family was betrayed and locked away in a tomb, the only reason they survived is because of magic bandages that turned them into mummies and if they ever took those off they'd die, then they were betrayed again when Amanita Nightshade (who was germinating in Nefera's prize Corpse Flower) escaped and never came back for them, leaving them locked in a dark tomb for centuries...
  • Periphery Demographic:
    • Many adults wish they had something like this out when they were young instead of Barbie or Bratz.
    • It's also popular with male fans of Cute Monster Girls.
    • As well as horror fans.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: While, as mentioned on the main page, there are bits of story not seen elsewhere, the game for Wii and Nintendo DS is seen as too easy, too short, the graphics look no better than a Nintendo 64 game, limited choices to costumize your monster character, and the fact that interaction with certain characters from the toyline can be limited at best. Fans were disappointed as a result of this.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Melody from the book series, who comes across as bland and kind of a Mary Sue.
    • Hoo-Dude is disliked for his annoying personality and voice, as well as the fact that he's a major character in Frights, Camera, Action! (mostly stating the obvious and doing stupid comic relief things) for no real reason other than padding. Some fans have even compared him to Jar-Jar.
    • The "normies" from Ghouls Rule are disliked for being seen as irritating.
    • Holt was disliked early on due to his glaring Vocal Dissonance.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • The first few seasons always seem to have an arc connecting episodes and more character development between the characters. In the newer seasons it is pretty much just one event after another with no connections along with any arc that was going on being completely forgotten. The movies however still seem to hold a strong plot.
    • In the new season it has gotten even worse. With how each new episode is pretty much designed to show off a different student in the school, the series has pretty much just downgraded to 3 minute long commercials showing off the new doll you can buy.
  • Shipping: Fans ship Holt with Frankie, Draculara, Operetta, or Ghoulia. Heath and Abbey too.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The movies are so goofy and fun that it's hard to hate them despite their numerous and noticeable flaws.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Racism and bigotry is bad, and you should accept those who are different from you. Considering MH's main demographic is young girls, that anvil really needs to be dropped.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: While Ghouls Rule isn't considered outright bad (just very flawed), it's generally agreed that 13 Wishes was a vast improvement over it.
    • Freaky Fusion is considered this to Frights Camera Action!.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Spectra's Japanese voice (at least in the anime shorts) has been very well received to the point where many fans favor it over her English one.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: What caused normies and monsters to be scared of each other is never really elaborated on, and with the decreasing role of humans in the franchise, it most likely never will be.
    • None of the animated specials have dived into the characters' diary backstories.
  • Uncanny Valley: The specials are now done in CGI. In other words, the CGI character models look almost exactly like the dolls, only animated. This even leads into some degree of canon discontinuity; for example, Operetta's hair is simplified in the webisodes yet totally on-model to the doll in the specials. The CGI gets a little better as time goes on.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • The design of the Frankie Stein doll.
    • The Broken Aesop comes into play with this. The fact that the show constantly states how one should not hate the other for being different, yet does nothing with Monster and Human cohabitation. So you should accept people of your own group and avoid anyone that isn't in your group.
  • Values Dissonance: The closed captioning on the Ghouls Rule DVD censors all use of the word "spaz". This is presumably because it's an ableist slur in Britain, as well as becoming a slur across the pond.