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YMMV: Passions
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Ethan Crane got this a lot, as a lot of fans saw him as an asshole who treated both of his women like shit. He refused to cut bait on Gwen for her own mental well-being while refusing to allow Theresa to move on with her life.
    • Theresa and Gwen also qualify: Theresa's a batshit crazy stalker who can't deal with rejection, while Gwen is the poor cheated on woman who at worst, simply can't see that the man she is in love with is an asshole who doesn't love her but keeps leading her on because his reputation can't let him dump his longtime girlfriend for a crazy stalker he's fallen in love with.
  • Arc Fatigue: This show is the epitome of this trope.
  • Ass Pull: The writers pull this in the series finale. It is revealed that Gwen and Rebecca once went to Vegas together to get over Ethan. While there, Gwen got drunk and married a total stranger by an Elvis impersonator, therefore making her marriage to Ethan null and void so that Ethan and Theresa can be free to marry. Oh please!
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: When Theresa is giving birth to her son she, Gwen, and Ethan break character and start singing the theme song.
  • Broken Base : Fancy being introduced as Luis' new love interest. This lead to some pretty nasty internet board wars between Sheridan and Luis fans and Fancy and Luis fans.
    • And let's not talk about the fans who argue about Gwen and Theresa, always fighting over who's the better of the two and why. Despite Theresa having the majority of the fanbase on her side, this still happened nevertheless.
  • Complete Monster: Alistair Crane is the megalomaniacal Big Bad driven by a need for control. His list of crimes seems completely endless. He has forced his grandson to rape his granddaughter, physically and sexually abused his wife, tried to kill everyone in his family, committed several counts of rape (including a 14-year-old girl), faked the deaths of two of his grandchildren, his daughter's lovers, his ex-wife, and her sister, left his daughter to believe that she killed her mother, arranged his daughter to have electric shock therapy, and tricked Whitney into believing she had slept with her brother. He committed most of these crimes for two reasons, to find a suitable heir or simply because doing things For the Evulz amused him.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Tabitha and Timmy. Fancy Crane also counts, given how her pairing with Luis caught on with fans and ultimately replaced Sheridan/Luis as the super-couple default couple. Not to mention Esme, Fancy's perpetually drunk and pill-popping best friend.
    • Also Fox Crane, when played by Justin Hartley. It's almost hard to believe there were a full three years of this show before he slid into town.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Hank/Gwen, Fox/Theresa.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Quite possibly the saddest one yet: Josh Ryan Evans died the same day that Timmy's death aired.
    • David Bailey, the second actor to play Alistair Crane, died after drowning on his pool. His death occurred while the show was airing a story arc about other characters who were trying to kill him.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's Fatuh.
    • "Wait a minute. I know what's going on here!" (Note: He doesn't.)
  • Misaimed Fandom: Gwen; she does some extremely bad things that qualify as Moral Event Horizon crossing, but some fans generally justify it by pointing out that she's driven to these things by Ethan's manipulation of her.
    • Also Theresa pretending to be her friend just to get close to Ethan.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Gwen agreeing to help her mother with the Juanita Vasquez plot, arguably.
    • Theresa's rape of Ethan (disguising herself as Gwen and drugging his drink). Same goes for Sheridan: Fancy tries to prove to Luis that her attacker came back into her room, and to prove it, she says a button got ripped off from his shirt when she fought him off. Sheridan sees it first on the floor. She grabs it and keeps it for herself in order to try and convince Luis that Fancy is crazy and is only trying to get attention.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Cracked Connie, Tabitha's other dummy that was brought on shortly after Timmy/Josh Ryan Evans' death. Fans reviled this new addition and she was thankfully pulled after a very short time.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Gwen, full stop. While she isn't completely normal or innocent, both the fans and eventually the writers looked at her as the devil from almost the beginning, although fridge brilliance shows that Gwen would not have been so Flanderized if Theresa had not butted into the relationship to begin with (plus having someone like Rebecca for a mother as well as an absentee/dead father certainly doesn't help.) Remember that Ethan didn't even like Theresa in the beginning and thought she was a bit crazy.
    • Charity also got this treatment, since even the writers eventually preferred Kay with Miguel.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The whole damn show positively embodies this trope.
  • Special Effects Failure: Magically throwing around a vase through bad compositing.
  • Super Couple: Ethan/Theresa, Sam/Grace, Miguel/Charity, Sheridan/Luis.
  • Tear Jerker: Gwen's utter devastation of her stillborn daughter Sarah in LA and her aborted son Nathan from the "Who's The Mommy?" storyline.
  • They Just Didn't Care: The quality of the writing for the show got less and less realistic and more pathetic as the show went on.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Kay gives into rape and selling her soul into stealing Miguel away from Charity. It completely worked.
    • Similarly, Theresa raped Ethan at least three times. They are happily married in the finale.
    • Also after Theresa was stabbed by Gwen and was rendered temporarily paralyzed (which she thought was permanent), she said that she wouldn't be able to be a good mother because she couldn't run and play with her children.
    • T.C. almost always resorted to violence to solve his arguments and left Eve (and, by extension, his daughters) for her sister.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Oh, god.
  • The Woobie: Theresa, Gwen (she does have moments of this), Charity, Sheridan, Fancy, Timmy.

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