YMMV: Queer as Folk
- Acceptable Professional Targets: Vince's boyfriend Cameron comes in for a lot of stick for being an accountant.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: While nobody would dispute his Jerkass tendencies, it's still sort of surprising how little flack Stuart gets for hooking up with minor half his age and continuing to do so even after discovering Nathan's age. His claims on not being a pervert seem a bit hollow.
- Drugs Are Bad: The worming tablets Stuart is sold that lead him to drawing the Shag Map:
- Jerk Ass Woobie: Stuart, both in-universe and among viewers. In the series people admit that he's a jerk while showing that they care about him, constantly trying to make him accept that he has some serious issues which urgently need addressing.
- Magnificent Bastard: Stuart
- Memetic Sex God: Stuart can land the hottest guy at any given club literally by looking at him... sometimes more than one at a time.
- Alternative Character Interpretation: Is Brian a bad boyfriend to Justin, or is Justin Brian's stalker, not respecting his boundaries and feeling entitled to everything Brian can give?
- Ass Pull: So after chasing after Brian for five years, trying desperately to be acknowledged as his boyfriend, and working very hard at getting Brian to open his heart to him, Justin abruptly breaks up with Brian in the final episode when Brian finally does all the things Justin had been hoping for? Because Brian wasn't "acting like himself"? Just...What.
- Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: When Brian sells his loft and buys a beautiful country manor for Justin during his (second) attempt to propose. After watching Justin chase after Brian for years, if this doesn't melt your heart then nothing will.
- Hollywood Homely: Ted, who has trouble getting laid despite looking like this. Lampshaded in the episode where he goes to Lindsey's sister's wedding and women start eying him. It seems that only he's only unattractive by gay men's standards.
- An interview with the actor actually addressed this and he stated that Ted's problem is that he only pursues the hottest of the hot, which he is not. If he'd have reasonable standards he'd be pretty popular.
- Informed Wrongness: Brian rejects Justin as gently as possible, lets him stay in his flat when he has nowhere to go, which Justin pays back by deliberately crossing his clearly drawn boundaries. In general, Brian politely and patiently puts up with Justin's stalking but he is treated as a Jerkass for daring to point out that they are not a couple. And Justin eventually gets rewarded with Brian's devotion. Not to mention Justin's cruel Breaking Speech to the guy who was in the same situation with him as he was with Brian after their hookup, which makes Brian look like a perfect gentleman in comparison, making it doubtful Justin is an innocent Love Martyr who deserves better than Brian.
- Magnificent Bastard: Brian has his moments, most notably in his manipulation of Stockwell.
- Marty Stu: David is simply perfect.
- Narm: Justin in the first season, at least earlier on. QAF was Randy Harrison's TV Debut, and his overaffected manner of speech would work alright on stage, but on camera it was often difficult to take him seriously.)
- Retroactive Recognition: Madeline Westen as Debbie Novotny.
- Oh, look, it's Donald Davenport!
- Strangled by the Red String: Emmett and Brent.
- Unfortunate Implications: See Monochrome Casting: It's egregious considering that the show was meant to be a groundbreaking portrayal of an often marginalized, underrepresented group of people and preached a strong message of tolerance.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Brian and another man examining the cucumbers in the grocery store, for a long, loong time...
- The Woobie: Ted, especially right after his coma.
- And don't forget poor Justin.