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: Power Academy
Alternate Character Interpretation: Alistair—a well-intentioned, if very extreme, champion for mutant rights after suffering so much through his life, or a selfish, unstable hypocrite looking for an excuse to get back at humanity?
Considering her very Moe behavior, it can be questioned whether Eve specifically modified Lightning's behavior to replicate her deceased daughter, or if Lightning was just always very cutesy, cheerful and energetic. The latter even has a Heroic BSOD when considering the former possibility.
Angst? What Angst?: Played with. James, a rape victim, is still affected by his traumatic experiences, and he ends up confiding with Lily. He appears to be outwardly stable, but has plenty of issues to work through (including an understandable fear of Jane). Sam is also implied, though not explicitly stated, to have gone through similar experiences.
While Isaac goes off to share some quality time with Wendy, Tala ends up finding comfort by cuddling with Valerie and crying into her shoulder. As her lovers are busy using her room, the two go off to Val's room to change back into their regular clothes (the four were tanning before, with the dorms turned into an indoor beach). Tala ends up borrowing a sexy dress from Val's wardrobe, complete with playful teasing and flirting; the two then take a trip to the bookstore together. To unwind, of course.
Moral Event Horizon: If Nether wasn't already past this in the Zombie Apocalypse thread when he created the zombie horde, he definitely crossed it when he kills Christine (albeit temporarily).
If he hadn't already crossed it before, Jonathan's Moral Event Horizon came when he ordered his guards to..."unwind" with their prisoners (including Sam at the time).
Trigan shot past it upon killing Atiago, Haven, Skill and Ability, if not already having done so for his experiments on a young Aqua.
There are many points where Vladimir may have crossed it...
Trying to repurpose Blaze, Hydro and Lightning as super-soldiers against their will.
Attempting to convert his wife into one of his cyborg lieutenants, ending with her suicide.
Offering to "modify" people who misbehave in his class.
Going on a mass-abduction spree, butchering and experimenting on innocent people to create his cyborg army.
When they were still together, Helena once dared Talan to wear a dress for her in private. She crossed the line when she took pictures and posted them on the Internet for all to see, driving Talan nearly to suicide. Upon learning this, Lightning vowed to make her pay.
For Jane, she drugged and raped James to have his child, only to isolate herself from him and later tell him that Jackson was stillborn. She believes she has long since crossed the horizon, though she is trying to redeem herself through her work.
Various alternate evil versions of characters we see in Visitors from the Future...
The Woobie: Long story short: most characters. For a detailed breakdown (no pun intended)...
Layla, upon her spoileriffic backstory being revealed.
Sam and Drake, especially with the horrors that the former has been through.
Iron Woobie: Valerie, especially during the Zombie Apocalypse thread.
Also Tala and Wendy. In the Global Civil War thread, the former is seen breaking down and crying in Alice's arms, scared at the possibility of having to fight her boyfriend Isaac.
Alice certainly counts; though outwardly tough, she's clearly more vulnerable around her friends. She also mentions having lived in a hellish, irradiated wasteland with her family for most of her life.
Alexei (no pun intended). He has had multiple close brushes with death, and most of his family is dead; the latter is part of what drives him to his Knight Templar tendencies, making him double as a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds.
Surprisingly, Talan qualifies, given the revelation about the incident Helena put him through—to the point of being borderline suicidal. Clearly, he's gotten better, though.
As a Living Emotional Crutch for James, Lily provides a lot of emotional stability for him. She does, however, show signs of vulnerability after she talks about her past. Her mother was horrifically abusive, but it just ended up inspiring Lily to be the nurturing mother figure she never had.
Victoria has had a comically dysfunctional childhood, spending literally all of her life (up until age 23, when she first arrives at the Academy) never knowing anyone else aside from her parents and her magic teacher. No wonder she became so attached to Mikoto so quickly...
Blaze has trouble showing her pain, coming from (and rejected by) the same projectthat created Lightning—hence her (albeit fleeting) resentment of Layla. She also mentions that she nearly drowned in a huge flood during a hurricane when she was 13, and it's only because of Hydro that she's still alive.
Stoic Woobie: James, easily. Power Academy is his life's work, and he fears he will have nowhere to go if it fails—and it's already in danger of failing. It's not until he opens up to Lily that his inner turmoil is made apparent. His unpleasant past with Jane only increases the woobie factor. And now his life is on the line thanks to a Deal with the Devil he made to get the school built on time.