YMMV: One Life to Live

  • Author's Saving Throw: The recent reveal that the man who was thought to be Todd Manning for eight years (the recast version, who was introduced with the reveal that Todd had plastic surgery) was the twin brother of the the original (portrayed by the original actor upon his return) is seen as such, given that many fans of the show were pissed off when the recast Todd re-raped Marty in 2008, since this means that it was a fake who did the deed.
    • Speaking of the re-rape, as it was called; the writers ended up resolving the plotline by having Marty team up with the other two men who raped her (who had repented and were pissed off that "Todd" (real name Victor Lord Jr.) had gotten away with raping Marty AGAIN) to basically force Victor to jump to his death in to a nearby river. In the end, Victor agreed with the three that he didn't deserve to live and jumped. Sadly, his other girlfriend Blair saved him from drowning.
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  • Complete Monster: Mitch Laurence is a cult leader who is also a serial rapist and murderer. He first arrives in Llanview in 1985 and sets his sights on ex-girlfriend Tina. Finding out that millionaire Victor Lord's estate will revert to her (if Viki has a relapse, because of her multiple personality disorder), Mitch manipulates her into assisting him with his plan to make Viki suffer a relapse. But when Tina realizes that his true intentions are to kill Clint and frame Viki for it, she tries to stop him. Mitch kills someone else instead, and Tina is arrested. After Tina is later exonerated, and Mitch is imprisoned, he "finds God" and (upon being freed) eventually becoming the leader of a religious cult and preying upon his female disciples. He then orchestrates Jessica's kidnap - before later attempting to rape Cassie. It is later revealed that Mitch raped a drugged Viki, and ended-up fathering Jessica, and sent one of his cult members to switch Clint's daughter (Natalie) for Jessica. When he returns from the dead in 2002, he woos Natalie into marrying him (a union which is soon annulled after his real identity is revealed) - but he eventually marries Dorian, who was in on his plan to take control of Victor's estate. When he promises to find Victor a perfect match for his heart transplant, instead of giving him Jessica's heart (because Jessica has the matching organ), Mitch offers him Natalie's instead. After the operation is stopped by Viki (and Victor dies), Mitch eventually kidnaps Jessica (after she accidentally pushed him into the river). Following his subsequent arrest, he is eventually released from jail by Victor Lord Jr. - who takes him to the docks, so he can escape: Mitch's response is to try and kill him. In 2009, he returns from the dead a second time, he hired two men to make Jessica think that her deceased husband is alive and stalking her. He fatally shoots Jared - and (after being jailed - and then released, due to a mix-up of evidence) makes an appearance at Jared's funeral, where he happily taunts everyone there about Jared's body having gone missing, gloating and laughing about it the entire time. In 2010, Dorian has him released from jail (after he makes threats against her family) - and Mitch soon kidnaps Jessica, as part of his plan to kidnap a soon-to-be-born baby and have Jessica raise it in captivity. When Dorian betrays him (foiling his plans), he vows revenge - and Dorian's sister later turns up dead. In 2012, he escapes from prison and goes to see Jessica again, where he meets Natalie - and happily brags to her about killing Jared: he eventually kidnaps her, and takes her to a church - believing his followers will celebrate his escape. When he says he'll trade Natalie for Jessica, Jessica and John arrive at the church - and find Mitch preparing to rape Natalie. Even when his plans are foiled, and John tells him everything is over, Mitch believes it has only just begun.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Todd Manning. One fan even held up a sign once saying "Rape me Todd".
    • Tess gets this as well. It doesn't matter that she's tried to kill the people that her split personality Jessica is close to, including Jessica's boyfriend and her mother, Vicki, and tries to make Jessica's life miserable. She's the real victim.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse & Misaimed Fandom: Roger Howarth. Originally supposed to play a short term character designed solely for Marty's Gang Rape storyline, his acting skills were quickly praised by fans, to the point that, to the writers and actor's dismay, the character of Todd recieved a lot of popularity from (girl)fans who liked him in spite of (or because of) of his crimes. One fan even held up a sign that said "Rape Me Todd!". The writers gave in and Todd was softened and given a Freudian Excuse.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Bess
  • Moe: Starr Manning, at the very least as a child.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: The Todd/Blair vs Todd/Tea shipping wars were legendary during the late 90s, with Todd/Rebecca fans occasionally checking in.
    • In the mid-2000s, there was the John/Natalie vs John/Evangeline shipping wars.
  • Squick: the "rapemance" of 2008, in which amnesiac Marty fell in love with her rapist, Todd (since revealed to be his twin brother Victor).
    • Incidentally, this storyline was proposed years earlier, and led to Roger Howarth leaving the show, because he had a SERIOUS problem with it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Matthew's paralysis. Even throughout the ever-escalating Ass Pulls that the storyline took starting in the summer of '09, there was the sense that the actors were capable of, and there was support in the writers' room for, telling a sensitive, realistic story of a teen and his family coming to grips with a permanent disability; but that Executive Meddling was forcing it in the direction of wringing out as much Wangst as possible as the storyline shambled towards the inevitable miracle cure.
    • Revisited in the home stretch of the ABC run, in a classic cliffhanger, Matthew flatlined on a Friday, was okay on Monday.
  • Wangst: John McBain.