YMMV / Skins

The film:

  • Fridge Horror: Two drive-thru windows for a liquor store. The current laws have established that drinking and driving is illegal. That said it is still not uncommon for people to get pulled over for drinking and driving. How the company that insures the liquor store did not see the huge liability of having TWO drive-thru windows is beyond comprehension.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Herbie is played by Noah Watts, better known by some many years later as Ratohnhaké:ton, a.k.a. Connor.

The series:

  • Actor Shipping:
    • Lily Loveless and Kathryn Prescott Will. Not. Stop. with the Ship Tease.
    • Also, Jack O'Connell and Kaya Scodelario, who were actually together for quite a while. The shipping started up again after Kaya's boyfriend Elliot Tittensor (dubbed "Etit" by the fandom) was accused of attempted murder.
    • There have also been reports that James Newman and Sofia Black D'elia, who play Tony and Tea in the US remake, are dating.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: While never universally despised, Freddie did have a large and vocal Hatedom (mostly because of Die for Our Ship, though there were also some who just found him boring). Yet the fandom was outraged by his death.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: It's easier to list the characters who aren't subjected to this.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Emily's night out in Paris - you know the bit I mean in the novel.
    • Also, Naomi and Emily's random Mexican pregaming scene in season four, episode two.
      • Well, a good chunk of the episode was spent talking about their plans to spend their gap year travelling in Mexico, so at least it was reasonably foreshadowed. The subsequent party they went to, though... I got nothing.
    • At the end of season one, Sid (and others) singing Wild World.
    • And where did the random carnival come from in Freddie's S4 ep?
      • Well, that Carnival of Fools was to show how bad Effy's psychotic depression had gotten—she had just finished telling Freddie how much she loved him but "the demons" were "hungry" and coming for her because she's let her own guard down and finally let herself fall in love. Then she began to hallucinate that demons were actually coming for her and told Freddie to take her home but Freddie wanted to prove to himself that he could and would do anything to keep her alive, something he believed his father never tried for his mother who was in a similar if not worse state as Effy. As he tries to take her elsewhere, they run into the carnival of fools parade and Effy's mental health had deteriorated to the point where drunken humans in foolish masks began to look like the demons and monsters that were coming after her.
    • Pandora's song to Effy in the S4 finale - although it seems somewhat in-character, the accompanying techno-ish beat along with all three of them (Pandora, Kate and Effy) producing instruments from nowhere to play along with the song makes the scene look jarringly weird (as well as having Mood Whiplash from the rest of the episode, although that seems to be the scene's point).
      • Actually, they don't produce instruments from nowhere. Pandora hands them out right at the beginning when she sets up the synthesizer thing. It takes a bit for Katie and Effy to join in, but they have them the whole time.
  • Bizarro Episode: Season 2, episode 6 is a very strange episode - it's not certain if everything or possibly even anything that is going on is real, and it incorporates elements of Jungian psychology. An unusual example in that it is in fact a very important part of the show's continuity, finally bringing Tony back to his pre-accident state.
  • Broken Base:
    • The biggest base break came with the introduction of the whole new cast in Series 3, and then yet another one in Series 5. The "best generation" debate (or even the "is it worth watching past X" one) will likely never be resolved.
      • The announcement of a U.S. remake also caused a bit of this: whether it had any chance of being good, whether "true Skins fans" should bother tuning in or not.
    • The Tea/Tony ship in the US version. A lot of lesbian fans were enraged and saw it as an insulting cliche of lesbian characters. A lot of straight fans are convinced that Tea and Tony actually do belong together and that Tea is really straight, or will become straight. Cue flamewar.
    • There have been some pretty intense debates about whether Tony (Stonem) is truly bisexual or was just messing with Maxxie. Cassie, however, doesn't get this so much; it seems to be fan consensus that her period of promiscuity with both boys and girls in S2 was just a ploy to make Sid jealous. There were also some debates as to whether Naomi was bisexual or gay, but the S4 finale put this to rest when her Anguished Declaration of Love made it clear that she was really just Emilysexual.
  • Character Rerailment:
    • Effy received a lot of criticism initially for the random shifts in her personality with every new series. It's finally explained in Series 4: she was a Stepford Smiler all along and the various shifts were all different masks for her truly disturbed mental state, which finally sees the light of day (although there were Beneath the Mask moments before) in her final series.
    • Naomi's possession of the Conflict Ball in the time between the end of S3 and Emily's S4 episode is explained in the end, in her Anguished Declaration of Love, as being because she was afraid of how fast their relationship was moving and of how strong her feelings for Emily were.
  • Colbert Bump: The soundtrack.
  • Come for the X, Stay for the Y: Skins was initially advertised as just a sex-and-drugs free-for-all, but most fans would say what really made them obsessed with the series was the amazing writing and acting, relatable characters and sophisticated portrayals of teen relationships, much more than the racy subject matter. (And the marketing has caught up as of Generation 3.) The US version is a subversion, though; because it failed in the acting and writing that the original did so well on, even those who just wanted wild party scenes could not stay interested, so it was really more Come For The X Leave For The Y.
  • Complete Monster: Dr. John T. Foster, from season 4's "Effy" and "Everyone," Effy's counselor after she attempts suicide, reveals himself to be a twisted Stalker With a Crush for his teenage patient. Knowing Effy's mental issues, Foster steadily makes them worse while alienating her from her family and friends to break her down to virtually a Blank Slate to rebuild as he likes. When her lover Freddy stumbles upon Foster's secret, Foster ambushes him with a baseball bat and beats him to death before attempting to manipulate Effy further into his clutches. When Freddy's friend, the delinquent boy Cook, discovers the truth of Freddy's death, Foster attempts to murder him as well.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Definitely Tony Snyder in the US remake. Some would also count Matty, for Series 5.
    • Definitely Franky in Series 6. Fans were not happy with the changes to the character, which wouldn't have been so bad if Franky hadn't been the major focus of the series.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Osama! The Musical is not very tasteful, but it's hysterical.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire soundtrack - this is a show that pays very careful attention to its soundtrack.
    • Though not part of the show's actual storylines, it really doesn't get much better than the "Skins Theme" by Fat Segal.
    • "Wild World". That is all.
    • Adele's "Hometown Glory" playing in the scene where an alienated, and now truly alone Cassie, who had ran off to New York after Chris's death takes a bite out of an apple and breaks down in tears is particularly poignant and upsetting considering the character.
    • "True". On. Ukeleles.
      • Followed up with "Gold" at the end of the following scene, which somehow also manages to work with the credits and "Next Time" trailer perfectly.
    • Für Elise over the climax of the Napalm Death concert.
    • Alo's dubstepisode is made of this.
    • For two straight days I have been unable to get With You by Crystal Fighters out of my head.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • The reason a lot of people didn't like Michelle.
    • Freddie also got quite a bit of this when it became clear that he and Effy were the Official Couple.
    • Parodied by the Naomily fandom with their reactions to Mandy/Mandeh; she was an obvious Romantic False Lead from the start, but that didn't mean the fans weren't going to have their fun with unflattering Fan Nicknames and memes while it lasted.
      • More serious with some Naomily shippers' attitudes toward JJ, even though he was an even clearer case (to the point where "Romantic False Lead" would be generous). By the time of the scene that made the fans mad, Emily was already completely out to him and had had sex with Naomi, and she even told JJ that their sex was a "one-time-only charity event".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Nobody predicted Emily as the most popular character in the second generation.
    • Naomily as a couple almost certainly qualify for this. The ship is so popular that there's a whole book being written about it.
    • JJ is also popular to some extent due to his lovable Adorkable nature and kindness.
    • And from the first generation, Cassie and Maxxie, with the latter's absence from the US remake sending raging shockwaves throughout the fandom.
    • After he was Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in S4, Cook became this for a lot of people.
    • Michelle was this in the American version, with many fans preferring her to the original Michelle.
    • Despite not being well liked to start with, Mini has become one of the most popular characters from Gen 3.
    • Josh also gets this in some corners, in spite (or perhaps because) of his dark streak.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: It's a not a good idea to mention Skins Fire to anyone.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Cassie/Sid in the original series, till they eventually ascended to Official Couple status.
      • Anwar/Maxxie definitely seemed to be the prefered Ho Yay pairing, though the near-canon Maxxie/Tony had some fans as well.
    • Cook/Effy has a huge following, and in some corners of the fandom, like the LiveJournal Skins community, it is more popular than Freddie/Effy. And then there's Cook/Freddie...
    • For Gen 3, Franky/Mini, or Minky if you like, is probably the most popular ship except maybe Rich/Grace. It's infinitely more popular than Mini/Nick considering it's effectively been sunk and ahead of Alo/Mini, which is a popular pairing following Alo's season 5 episode. (And it's obviously way more popular than Franky/Matty, one of the least popular canon couples in the history of Skins.)
  • First Installment Wins: The UK version remains widely adored as a ground-breaking teenage drama and always keeps adding to it's massive cult following while the US remake is now largely forgotten, the latter of which struggled with an already vocal Hatedom from fans of the original show to major Moral Guardian controversy over it's racier scenes and subject matter, plus generally unenthused stateside reviews and lukewarm fan support.
    • For some of the fandom who thinks the First Generation was always the "true Skins generation" and found the second/third group of characters to be somewhat inferior.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • This one:
    Chris: " Yeah, you'll move in with him and I could be, like, dying, yeah, and you wouldn't even know about it."
    • The next episode... (sob)
    • In Freddie's episode in Series 3, Naomi answers a question in English class about Hamlet, comparing Hamlet to a teenage boy and very obviously drawing parallels between him and Freddie. She finishes by saying (paraphrasing here) "... he ends up so boring somebody has to kill him." Until Effy's episode in Series 4, that was a harmless joke.
      • It's interesting because the few fans who defend the decision to kill Freddie off say exactly that - that he had become too boring and there was nothing left for the show to do with him.
    • In Katie's episode in Series 4, Katie initially refuses a cigarette from Effy, and when the latter asks her what's she's so afraid of, Katie answers "Uh, cancer?" to which Effy just raises her eyebrows looking unimpressed and shrugs. Comes Skins: Fire, and Naomi admits that she has cancer by shouting "CANCER, okay!? I've got fucking cancer! You win!", leaving Effy completely horrified.
  • Gateway Series: Many fans of the series (particularly international ones) were subsequently introduced to other British teen shows such as Misfits and The Inbetweeners.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • YMMV, but Jal's S1 episode seems to be a lot more enjoyable for classical music fans and/or former band geeks than for those who aren't into music. Classical fans will also recognize the two pieces she performs in the episode - the opening solo from Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto - as two staples of the clarinet repertoire. In fact, they're popular requirements as an orchestral excerpt and a concerto (respectively) for university auditions, which Jal will be up for in a year. Shown Their Work, indeed.
    • In generation 2, there's also the use of various Debussy works throughout JJ's S3 episode.
    • The various books Tony and Cassie read as members of the Genius Book Club are often related to the events of the episodes in which they are seen. For example, Tony reading Thus Spake Zarathustra in Sid's S1 episode which features Tony at his most Übermenschian, or Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (about a young girl coming to terms with her homosexuality) in the episode where he has sex with Maxxie. Cassie's choice of Margaret Atwood's The Edible Woman to read to Chris in her S2 episode functions more as a nod back to her struggle with anorexia in S1, but could also be seen as foreshadowing: A major theme of the book is alienation, something Cassie would experience as a result of Chris's death.
  • He Really Can Act: Chris Addison in Rich's series 6 episode.
  • Hollywood Homely:
    • While, indeed, most human beings would look like a Plain-Jane sidekick standing next to Effy, it becomes more than a bit extreme to see men's dismissive-to-nearly-disgusted reaction to Pandora, despite being played by the quite attractive Lisa Blackwell- she largely seems to be given funny haircuts, less makeup and little-girl clothes that are supposed to indicate an unattractive Hollywood Nerd type.
    • Sketch of the first generation may have had a different body type than most of the other girls (though actually a quite similar one to Katie and Emily of the next generation — and Katie managed to be an Alpha Bitch), worn boyish clothes and had perpetually creepy expressions. But she still looked good enough that a Jerk Ass teacher calling her ugly, or even Maxxie and Anwar considering her 'a five' to Anwar's 'seven' weren't really justified.
  • Incest Subtext: A TON between Tony and Effy (who seem like genderbent Expys of each other), even Lampshaded during Tony's episode in season two when discussing why he may screw up so many of his relationships in life is because he just always wanted to have sex with his sister.
  • Internet Backdraft: Effy's S4 episode caused a bit of a ruckus.
    • Things only got worse with the S4 finale, due to it being so open-ended.
    • Previous Internet Backdrafts included Tony getting hit by a bus at the end of S1 (and people didn't find out what happened to him after that until the S2 premiere) and Chris's death in the penultimate episode of S2. And some of the Naomily fans probably weren't too happy about Emily sleeping with JJ, considering what a lesbian cliche that plot point was.
    • The third generation had two with the beginning of series 6: first, the announcement before the series started that Mini was officially straight and Mini/Franky wasn't happening and then after the second episode, Grace's death. The changes to Franky's character in S6, particularly her Girliness Upgrade and her sudden promiscuity also caused a lot of this over the course of the series.
    • The US version is its own Internet Backdraft, though within that version's fandom, Tea/Tony is a big one, for the same reasons as Emily/JJ but even more so since the ship is actually one of the more popular ones among the U.S. cast and because her relationship with Tony was Tea's main storyline. At least with Emily/JJ it was clearly a pity-screw from the outset.
    • "Skins Fire," to the extent of inspiring Fanon Discontinuity.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • In S2, Tony after the accident, and definitely Cassie.
    • Arguably some people's view of Cook, especially in S4.
    • In S4, Naomi Took a Level in Jerkass by cheating on Emily with Sophia - and the show promptly started woobifying her for it.
    • Katie in her S4 storyline, though she managed to be quite tough about it.
    • From Generation 3, Mini and sometimes Liv.
    • David Blood after His daughter Grace's death. Even Rich feels sorry for him.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Got a lot of this with the Naomi/Emily coupling in the third and fourth series, elevating them to Super Couple status and earning the series much of its overseas fanbase. The American version aimed for this with lesbian character Tea, but lost it when they decided to pair her with a male character.
  • Memetic Molester: From Gen 3, Matty has become one of these on account of his creepy stares and a certain trailer.
  • Narm: Freddie's line to Effy in 3x05 is definitely this: "Now I've told you. Now you know."
    • Also, Matty to Franky:
    "Then why do I see a fucking beautiful headfuck thing?"
    • Effy's breakdown in 4x07: "No that never happened! It happened but it never happened! It happened but it never happened! It happened but it never happened!"
  • Nightmare Fuel: Chris's death by hemorrhage is both terrifying and also very realistically portrayed, between the blood from his mouth and nose, the memory loss, the vomiting, convulsions, and, most scarily, the speed in which it happens.
    • Freddie's death. A grown man, jealous of his teenage patient's relationship with her boyfriend, brutally beats said boyfriend, also a teenager, to death with a bat.
  • Moral Event Horizon: John Foster, of the second generation, crosses this with the brutal murder of Freddie.
    • Josh Stock polevaults over the line when he tries to force Tony to have sex with his sister. Although given how he's satisfied just by Tony's begging in crying, he might have been shooting only at this from the beginning.
    • Tony himself, taking Josh sister's Abigail pornographic photos and sending it to all on Josh's contact list from his phone. Somehow it doesn't seem to have any legal repercussions after.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Subverted with the US version. It lost eight advertisers due to the Parents Television Council's trumped-up charges of it being "child porn." It was eventually canceled at the end of the season, though it's hard to say if its low ratings were solely due to the controversy, because of MTV not promoting it well enough, because of low fan and critical reception, or a combination of the three.
  • No Yay:
    • When Maxxie and Sketch kiss in Osama! The Musical, especially when Maxxie, as a good actor, puts his all into it. We're quickly relieved when we hear him whispering to Sketch that he felt nothing and hated kissing her.
    • The Franky, Matty and Liv threesome is considered No Yay in universe and by many Fans, starting with Matty's reaction to the implication of Three-Way Sex with the two girls, and later Franky's Freak-Out when Matty is on top of her.
    • Certain fans' reactions to Tea/Tony in the US remake, because of Tea's sexual orientation. Also Tea's in-universe reaction to all of their sexual encounters.
      • Also how a lot of people reacted to when Emily had sex with JJ in the original, for the same reasons.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Naomily", universally accepted by the fanbase within about half a second. There's also "Freffy".
    • There are also the much less well-known Sassie(Sid/Cassie), Chral(Chris/Jal), Ceffy(Cook/Effy), Jatie(JJ/Katie), Keffy(Katie/Effy) and Taxxie(Tony/Maxxie).
    • There's also Effily (Effy/Emily), Pantho (Panda/Thomas), Nookie (Cook/Naomi), Frook (Freddie/Cook), and Catie (Cook/Katie).
      • From the third generation, Minky (Mini/Franky) and possilbly Malo(Mini/Alo).
      • Also from gen three we have the unfortunate Fatty/Fratty/Manky (Franky/Matty, which is essentially universally disliked) and Nilo (Nick/Alo).
  • Relationship Writing Fumble:
    • Effy's first major piece of dialogue was a short on the Season 1 DVD; arguably, an elaborate metaphor detailing her desire to leave everyone and everything else behind just to be with Tony. (''And they went and found a nice little house to live in together. Her and her brother.'') Katie's attachment to Emily in their Series 3 episode also seems a bit strong to be sisterly (getting jealous of Naomi, Emily's love interest). Overall, one gets the impression that the Skins writers have a bit of trouble writing sibling relationships that don't include Incest Subtext, and it's not like the fans haven't picked up on it (Stonemcest is surprisingly popular in the fanbase for what it is).
    • Tea and Tony in the US remake. Bryan Elsley and Sofia Black D'elia have indicated in interviews (see below under "Ship Sinking") that Tea is supposed to be clearly uncomfortable whenever she's with Tony, that there's no sexual/romantic attraction and she's mistaking a friendship-type chemistry for that. However, many fans see Tea as having more chemistry with Tony than with Betty or any other girl on the show, and it continues to be one of the most popular ships among Skins US fans (it's currently second in the MTV poll after Michelle/Stanley). The reaction is unsurprising when you realize how much time the show has developed the Tony/Tea relationship compared to others, including Tea/Betty. Even with the series finale, where Tea apologies for leading Tony on and chooses Betty as a way of finally sinking the Tony/Tea ship, we still see Tony write Tea a love letter, and the two characters holding hands after they find Eura. With even Michelle interpreting the latter as a sign that the two are still together, how can you expect the viewers to react differently?
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Romantic Plot Tumor / Malignant Plot Tumor: How many people saw the Freddie/Effy storyline in S4.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Certain fans' reaction to Emily in S4. As a result of Naomi's cheating, Emily tried to find love elsewhere, hooking up with a total of two other girls during the season (only one of those "hook-ups" being sexual). And yet, the way you hear the Fan Dumb going on about Emily "turning slutty," you'd think she'd shagged every lesbian in Bristol.
    • Also some fans' reactions to Michelle in S2 for getting in between One True Pairing Sid and Cassie - despite the fact that they had already broken up due to Sid misinterpreting Cassie's video. Similar to Emily above, many called her a "slut" or "whore" for getting with Sid, even in comparison to Cassie, who actually went through a period of extreme promiscuity in S2.
    • There's a small, but Vocal Minority of the lesbian fans in the series who hate JJ because of that one scene at the end of his S3 episode where he gets a pity shag from Emily.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Some people just can not stand Michelle.
    • Cook and Katie initially, before being Rescued from the Scrappy Heap in S4.
    • Matty in Gen 3.
    • Tony and Abbud in the US remake.
    • In terms of minor characters, Jenna Fitch for her over-the-top homophobia (although she became more sympathetic in Katie's S4 episode), and Andrea for being a one-person Conflict Ball in the S4 premiere.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Series 3 initially (and for a number, still has) divided fans very sharply, for those who were upset at the complete re-casting of the show's cast to the show's more frequent use of broad, at times sophomoric Cringe Comedy and rather silly over-the-top sublots (the one with gangsters immediately comes to mind) that felt like a rather extreme Mood Whiplash to it's more grounded moments, plus some were put off by Cook boorishly grabbing most of the attention even in episodes that were supposed to focus on other characters. And some just thought the much more gussied-up, conventionally beautiful cast and prominent focus of the nice-guy/bad-boy/mysterious-beauty love triangle (Freddie/Effy/Cook) was making it too akin to an American style high school soap.
    • Series 4. You'd be hard-pressed to find a fan who doesn't consider it the show's low point, the only debate is over how low of a point it is. (Some fans think it's irredeemable, while others think that the top-notch Cook and Katie episodes in the middle make up for the series's messy beginning and messier ending.)
    • Series 6 is now starting to compete with S4 for this title, largely due to how little of a connection it had with the events of S5.
  • Ship Sinking:
    • Generation 1:
      • Sid/Michelle appeared to be in the latter's S1 episode. They actually were in Effy's episode in S2.
      • Tony/Maxxie in Michelle's S1 episode. Tony/Abigail in Sid's S2 episode.
      • Both Chris/Angie and Anwar/Sketch in Chris's S2 episode.
    • Generation 2:
      • Cook to Naomi: "I'm never gonna get to bone you, am I?"
      • Cook and Effy are also effectively laid to rest in the same episode.
      • Effy choosing Freddie over Cook in the S3 finale sank Freddie/Katie.
      • With JJ being an Ensemble Darkhorse and all, fans of his were disappointed that his fling with Emily was just a "pity-shag".
    • Generation 3:
      • Mini and Nick are sunk in the latter's S5 episode,Liv and Nick are sunk in his episode,and Matty and Liv are sunk in the S5 finale. Weirdly, the show hooked up Mini with Alo in S6 without really doing anything to definitively sink Mini/Franky other than just never mentioning it again. S6 also featured the sinking of Rich/Grace (thanks to the latter's death) and the rising and sinking of Liv/Alex (thanks to Incompatible Orientation).
    • U.S. Remake:
      • Though it hasn't been sunk in-story yet, Bryan Elsley effectively made it clear in this interview that Tea is indeed a lesbian and she is not going to end up with Tony. The series finale was supposed to sink it in canon - see Relationship Writing Fumble above.
      • The events of Tina's episode sunk her relationship with Chris.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night:
    • Some view Matty and Franky this way. While there was definite UST beforehand (despite the fact that they've barely interacted) it was possibly jarring to see Matty all but admit his love for Franky in Grace's episode.
    • Some fans of the US remake felt that Stanley/Cadie was just a particularly desperate attempt to follow the original (where Sid/Cassie were easily the first generation's most popular Official Couple), and that Stanley's attraction to Cadie was never really explained.
    • Franky seems to have a knack for attracting this, as Nick's interest in her in S6 also came completely out of nowhere.
    • Mini/Alo arguably had some hints in S5, but they were extremely subtle, especially under the mountain of Mini/Franky subtext in that season. So when the S6 premiere featured Mini jumping at Alo in bed, plenty of fans reacted with accusations of this.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • Averted in UK Gen 1 with Sid/Michelle vs. Sid/Cassie - fans overwhelmingly preferred the latter, even those who weren't big Cassie fans.
    • Freddie/Effy vs. Cook/Effy in Gen 2.
    • From Gen 3 there's Mini/Franky vs. Mini/Alo. Largely averted with Mini/Franky vs. Franky/Matty, due to Matty being The Scrappy.
    • In the U.S. remake, there is Tea/Betty (or Tea/any girl) vs. Tea/Tony, and Michelle/Stanley vs. Cadie/Stanley.
  • Strangled by the Red String:
    • Franky/Matty, for being canon Ships That Pass in the Night.
    • Some would also say Sid/Michelle in S2, although in fairness it was also portrayed as a mistake from both sides in the show.
    • It was among complaints from those who didn't like Freddie/Effy (other that he wasn't Cook). In season 3 they basically a. meet b. continue to stare at each other, and it's treated as a great love.
    • Freddie/Katie's out-of-nowhere relationship in season 3 def reeked of this, as there was no explanation of how they got together or even what they saw in each other as well as the un-explained abscence of her JerkJock boyfriend Danny. While there were indications Freddie was trying to get over Effy's betrayal of the previous episode and it became rather blatant that Katie was a Romantic False Lead, with Katie it wasn't clear if she was simply going after one of the most desirable men in their year or if she was totally aware of his feelings for Effy and was intentionally doing it to rile her and assert her place at the top of their social group.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Sketch's speech to Anwar in the S2 finale. She's wrong to try to alienate him from his friends just to make him be with her, but she's right that years down the road, he and his friends will probably grow apart to at least some degree.
  • Super Couple: People thought Sid/Cassie was popular and universally adored by fans... and then along came Generation 2, and Naomi/Emily not only became perhaps the most beloved couple in the show's history, but the pairing became icons in LGBT media visibility, acclaimed and celebrated well outside the Skins fandom. Granted, this has become common for a lot of LGBT characters, especially on shows aimed at teenagers: but few couples, same-sex or opposite-sex, get a book just on the ship itself, or have phrases coined about them like "the Naomily phenomenon."
    • Chris and Jal were also near-universally adored by the fanbase when they became an Official Couple in S2, though never quite equaled the more vocal response of passionate Sid/Cassie shippers.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Season 3, episode 8 got a major one where Effy and Katie meet alone in the woods and Katie, who was still clearly steaming about the apparent (off-camera) advances made by Effy towards Freddie starts out trying to excarbate Effy's already bad shroom trip by lying about bug's all over her arms, then proceeding to verbally taunt her which leads to some aggressive but hardly overpowering physical slapping... and for defense Effy bashes her head in with a rock... and ends up leaving her in the woods only belatedly trying to call an ambulance with no indication if she's even still alive (which brings up the major in-universe What Happened to the Mouse? as to why the rest of the group was so non-chalant that their friend has all of a sudden gone missing and all end up leaving the campsite anyway). It became rather apparent how low the fandom's opinion was of Katie that many instantly rose to defend Effy over her with some even saying that the near-manslaughter (though Katie survived) was completely justified as self-defense.
  • Tear Jerker: Now has its own page.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • It's generally accepted within the fanbase that S4 spent way too much time on Effy and Freddie, while wasting a lot of storylines with more potential like Thomas and Pandora's relationship issues, or developing Thomas and JJ's friendship (which seemingly came out of nowhere). Effy's S4 episode, in particular, elicited a lot of comments along the lines of "It would have been such a beautiful episode if it weren't for the horrible ending!"
    • S6 got this with every character and plot, but particularly with regard to Franky (whose character seemed to be completely rewritten for S6) as well as Mini's sexual orientation.
    • Skins: Fire, particularly its absolutely abhorred Naomi/Emily subplot, which many thought was tangential to Effy's main storyline and not remotely necessary, considering it just squeezed in the show's most popular couple for a brutal helping of anti-Fanservice.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Some think Sketch as a character was this in season 2, since her story had so little to do with the overall story arc of the season (and was it's own brand of Bizzaro Episode). She mostly disappeared in and out of the season as the Abhorrent Admirer and Stalker With a Crush to the openly gay Maxxie and a sort of Friends with Benefits with his best friend Anwar when she couldn't get her way, but she had so little to do with the character devolopment of either nor did her brief terrorizing of Michelle play much into the rest of the season at all, questioning why this was necessary to get such a prominent place in the S2 cast and her own entire episode (even over other main characters) when her story seem so disjointed from all the other drama that was going on.
    • JJ's romancing of single mom Lara had some accusations of this, mainly again in how little it had to do with the rest of the group's overall arc of the season and the fact that she seemed to disappear completely from the show afterwards, with only JJ breifly babysitting her child in the series finale providing the only indication that she even still existed at all.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • A lot of the statements from the show about Franky's Girliness Upgrade in S6 were that her new, girly style was about her gaining confidence, suggesting that her previous style was because of a lack of confidence. Which would make sense if in S5 she had been covering up with baggy sweatshirts or something, but her outfits were full of tailored suits and otherwise quite well-coordinated and thought-out - or, as Autostraddle put it, she "clearly had a passion for a certain kind of fashion." In that light, it seems as though the show was suggesting that any masculinity in women is due to a lack of confidence.
    • The U.S. version's big Relationship Writing Fumble got a lot of Internet Backdraft for falling into this: while Word of God said that Tea wasn't really into Tony and was just bored, they didn't communicate this well in the show and there was far more chemistry between Tea and Tony than with her Designated Love Interest Betty. Tea/Tony were a popular Fan-Preferred Couple and the overall impression was that their "confident lesbian" character was anything but. This would be one thing if "lesbians sleeping with men" wasn't unfortunately common in fiction, and something Skins had already done multiple times in the British version — and related to real-life stereotypes about lesbian sexuality being especially malleable or "a phase."
    • The show's portrayal of psychiatrists as being either ineffective (Cassie's being easily fooled by common anorexia tricks, J.J. and Emily getting the same pills for wildly different "issues") or actively dangerous (Effy's shrink in her S4 episode) was apparently an intentional version of this; Jaime Brittain said in interviews that he had a bad history with them. Still, it's troubling that a show that seems specifically aimed at and portraying the lives of troubled teens would discourage them from getting professional help.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Most of the Generation 3 characters started out this way, with the exception of Franky, Grace and Alo. Luckily, Character Development came in to save the day for all of them - except Matty, who remains The Scrappy.
    • The American remake with Tony, and arguably Tea as well.
    • Definitely Cook at first. Even Katie was supposed to be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap by the events of Effy's S3 episode, but it really took until Katie's own episode in S4 for that to happen.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Chris and Angie's relationship, for American viewers. As the relevant trope illustrates, American media tends to take a particularly strong stance against Teacher/Student Romance, even compared to other modern Western nations. It's probably why Chris and Tina's relationship in the U.S. remake ended with Tina being fired and charged as a sex offender, and prohibited from contacting Chris again, instead of the more neutral UK ending, where Angie never gets found out and never loses her job - Chris simply chooses Jal in the end and Angie skips town. This is partly due to a difference in laws regarding Teacher/Student Romance in the two countries: U.K.'s age of consent is solidly and universally 16. In the U.S., however, teacher-student sex at the high-school level on down is always illegal, even when the student could ordinarily consent (the age of which varies by state, but tends to be 18 in media thanks to SoCalization). Therefore, Angie's actions were perhaps unethical but not illegal, whereas Tina was actually committing a serious crime.
    • A decade ago, "lesbian" characters who slept with men were a dime a dozen, often the only way to get homophobic viewers to accept them. However, the US remake of Skins ignited quite a controversy over Tea, a character touted as a "confident lesbian," spending so much time mooning over and sleeping with Tony, with even a lot of straight reviewers attacking it for relying on a tired and offensive cliche. Along with a similar firestorm over The Kids Are All Right, it showed just how much Society Marches On.
  • Wangst: Effy was treated - by the show, other characters and herself - like a tragic heroine for her family situation in season 3 (her mother having an affair and then parents divorcing), which could be completely justified... but maybe not in the show where the majority of characters had it worse and didn't receive nearly as much attention for it.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Common fan reactions to Freddie's and Liv's wardrobes on the show, and occasionally individual items on other characters, like Mini's gold bike shorts.
  • The Woobie:
    • Let's face it, everyone from the first generation took turns at being the Woobie. Cassie and Chris, for many reasons; Michelle, due to Tony's cheating; Sid, due to the twists and turns with his relationship with Cassie as well as his dad's death; Maxxie, first because of Anwar's homophobia and then Sketch's stalking; and in the latter half of Series 2, Jal more than anyone (as Michelle helpfully points out). Even Tony had his turn thanks to his accident. And Anwar finally gets his moment in the generation finale when he flunks ALL his A-levels, thinking he's stuck in Bristol forever with just Sketch.
    • Second Generation had JJ, Emily, Pandora and Freddie. Also Cook and Effy, in S4. Even Katie got some Woobie bits in her S4 episode.
    • Franky, completely, in her episode. Mini became a big Woobie later on, with all the crap she was put through by Nick and Liv. And Alo and Grace each took turns in their episodes.
    • In the US remake, Michelle and Betty.
  • X-Pac Heat:
    • As mentioned above, Merveille Lukeba's big ego made him very unpopular in the fandom - particularly during S4, when Merv ranted and raved on Twitter about how fans were more interested in Naomily than in Thomas and Pandora, even insulting Kathryn Prescott and Lily Loveless's acting skills.
    • James Newman from the US version was absolutely hated as much as Tony for his lack of acting skills
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