YMMV: Sandra and Woo

  • Arc Fatigue: The Butterfly arc suffered from this, going on for four months. While it wasn't boring, it was fairly long and an interview with a fan even stated that it suffered from this.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Did Zoey deserve all of the things done to her by Larisa, or is Larisa just being an outright bully to her and she's just a Jerkass Woobie?
    • When Michelle rejected Zoey's affections after her sudden kiss, was her reaction just trying to remain calm and in control of the situation, or was she just painfully Oblivious to Love?
      • Her reaction that night lends itself more to the former idea.
    • Michelle's huge Oh, Crap face at the end of Zoey's arc, has spawned quite a few theories from Zoey being a Closet Key, to Michelle becoming a Heteronormative Crusader. But judging by the later strips (using the homophobia of Landon's mom to get her to allow Landon dating Larisa), she was most likely shocked of how she hurt her friend's feelings. It is also a educated guess, that she apologized to her.
  • Broken Base: The political references and humor of certain strips (which date back to 2009), as well as the more controversial story arcs (such as the Dorothy Cambridge arc in mid-2014) and the gradual decrease of focus in the title characters (who seldomly appear together in the same strip nowadays), have caused a Vocal Minority of readers to stop following the comic, but is still popular among many other readers who don't take offense at the aforementioned things.
  • Canon Sue: Ye Thuza is starting to become this, as she is beginning to do some morally and legally questionable things in the comic, and not getting in any trouble for it. She also threatened to cut off Cloud's head if he got Sandra pregnant before she has finished high school, although she may not have been serious. While she has always been a rebellious character, fans wonder whether she is taking things too far recently.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The 2012 Halloween arc.
  • Designated Hero: Ye Thuza is starting to become this. While her actions of dismantling a safety harness already caused a bit of a Broken Base, it's what she does after that plants her here.
  • Designated Villain: Zoey is spoken of as a popular jerk, but the most we've seen of her so far is being a victim to Larisa. Apparently, her meanness takes place off-screen.
  • Dude, Not Funny!/Values Dissonance:
    • Because of differing viewpoints on the nudity taboo, this strip passed in Germany without much issue, but in English-speaking countries, got Knörzer and Powree briefly accused of playing an 11-year-old up for fanservice.
    • Larisa accusing a teacher of having an affair with her in order to get out of homework strays into this territory. Such accusations can cause a lot of trouble for a teacher, even if they're blatantly untrue.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • According to this, fan interest in Zoey went up a lot when she was confirmed to be a lesbian, with an unrequited crush, to boot.
    • Michelle as well has garnered a fanbase, most likely helped by her pulling a Crowning Moment of Awesome to help along Larisa and Landon's relationship.
    • Joe Miller only appeared in two strips, but because of the funny (and heartwarming) twist at the end of his arc, quite a few want to see him return. See the strip and the comments here.
  • Foe Yay: It didn't take long for people to start shipping Richard and Melody, despite the fact that every single interaction between them has been hostile.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: This strip which isn't as funny when you realize that Woo hasn't appeared as much since Sandra and Cloud became a couple. However, Sandra still likes being with Woo and spends time with him, so it isn't as terrible.
  • Genius Bonus: This strip, which actually rewarded readers for figuring it out.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Hazel's cute little fall when a branch broke.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Zoey, after she gets rejected.
  • Les Yay:
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • A man named Armin Fish demands Sandra as payment of her father's Internet service. Why? To eat her!. Thanks to Woo's surprisingly strong bite that actually rips off Fish's forearm and only leaves part of his upper arm's bone visible, the situation is avoided, but it was still very inhumane.
    • Although with what she has seen of Larisa, Landon's religious mother has at least some justification for disliking Larisa and not wanting her son to see her...but then she sees her son with a painting given to him by Larisa for his birthday that she does not like, and proceeds to deliberately destroy the painting and threaten to beat her son if he ever sees Larisa again. She apparently backs down on this after Michelle tells her that Landon was actually gay until he began dating Larisa.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Landon's mom, Harriet, for being the embodiment of everything people hate about Fundamentalist Christians.
    • Dorothy Cambridge, the biology teacher that appeared for an eight-strip-long story arc in 2014 did not win anybody over either, especially with her poor treatment of Cloud. She is probably the most-hated character on the comic's history. You can see the strip (and the comments below) here..
  • Remind you of Anything?: The dialog between Cloud and Sandra, which precedes their First Kiss, sounds eerily similar to Cloud's dialog with Tifa just before the now infamous "Night Beneath the Highwind".
    Cloud: I love you.
    Sandra: I know.
    Cloud: (bashful) I... I'm speechless.
    Sandra: Cloud... words aren't the only thing that that tell people what you're thinking.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Although the city council were portrayed as villain in Roundabout story arc, they do have a point since Ye Thuza could have hurt her daughter. Not to mention her questionable methods.
  • Tear Jerker:
  • Toy Ship:
    • Despite the characters' ages, there was a Love Triangle among Sandra, Cloud and Larisa early in the comic, until Cloud chose Sandra and Larisa started a relationship with Landon.
    • They are careful to depict the relationships of the main human cast (and their peers) in an age-appropriate fashion. Relationships are strongly suggested never to go beyond french-kissing, and even Larisa, who is depicted as being rather... er, precocious, is probably not going to do anything beyond that, since keeping her virginity is her mother's only concern. By this strip, however, is apparent that Larisa wouldn't mind actually taking the "next step" with Landon, but he is clearly not ready.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Would you have guessed from this strip that Justin was a boy?
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: As time passes, more details of this world become clear. While they are rather tame, if you don't think too much about it, the world is fairly realistic when not using Rule of Funny, with all the things that entails. Half the stuff Larisa does is Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour and she's an avid pyromaniac. You tend to love her for the last part.
  • What an Idiot:
    • The principal for taking away Larisa's insulin shots. This is hammered home when she explains that she needs them to live, and the principal interprets this as dependency. Lampshaded when Larisa proceeds to repeatedly hit her head against the desk.
    • Dominic in "The T Word". What do you say when your dad is caught by airport security carrying a squirrel in his luggage (albeit by accident?) Why, claim that it's a TERROR squirrel trained to attack, of course! *facepalm*
    • Dorothy practising sexism towards the male students in the school is this. Potential for lawsuits and losing her job aside (which adds to the principal's own score for hiring her and allowing her shenanigans to take effect despite this to begin with,) consider one of the students she had purposely screwed over. As many of the comments pointed out here, consider who his mother is. Sure enough....
  • Write What You Know: The writer of Sandra and Woo is very interested in raccoons and wrote several Wikipedia articles about the species. He was also the creator of the Wikipedia article about the comic.
  • The Woobie: Luna. Her introductory arc shows that Zoey's comments, insensitive as they already are, get a whole lot worse when you take into account her financial situation. That, combined with her shyness and the fact her mother was murdered, makes you want to give the poor girl a hug and assure her that everything's going to be okay.
  • Woolseyism: After comparing the German and English text, it is safe to assume, that most, if not all of the text is written initially in English and then translated into German (sometimes the cultural references, slang and word plays can be translated, sometimes not (both the ones in the text or sometimes even those drawn ones).