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YMMV: Teen Wolf

For the 2011 TV series:

  • Abandon Shipping: A fair portion of the fandom is completely okay with the Allison/Isaac and Scott/Kira pairings that started happening in Season 3. The same goes for Stiles/Malia and Derek/Braeden in Season 4.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Stiles. He suggests murdering Jackson in cold blood once it's found out that he's the Kanima even though Jackson had risked his life to help save Stiles and his friends before. While this could potentially save many lives, the way this high school student doesn't even flinch at saying such a thing is chilling. Neither Scott nor Stiles are overly fond of Derek in the first season, but Stiles literally calling for his death as the first resort is a little more than horrifying. Derek was, at the time, convinced that Lydia was the kanima and intent on killing her but this is still worrying behavior. (It could be argued that he was joking in that instance though.) Throughout the entire series, he pretty much treats everyone he's not friends with like they barely exist and clearly doesn't value their lives highly. While he has a good goals in mind, he is shown to be Machiavellian in his means to get there. For instance, when he gets Derek to strip without his permission in order to get Danny to trace a text. And this is passed off as a joke! He also acts as though he knows better than the people he cares for and will often act to "protect" them in ways that have fairly disturbing connotations. For example, he (and the other characters, for that matter) doesn't tell Lydia about the supernatural, even though she's clearly been affected by it to the point where she's having a mental breakdown! Yet, for some reason, a good portion of the fanbase considers Stiles to be a flawless guy.
    • Scott. Even putting aside the numerous and repulsively ignorant 'Scott is a moron' narratives that have thankfully been overturned by Season 3, there exist fans who interpret his Thou Shalt Not Kill Black and White Morality attitude (which the narrative never fails to reward) as na´ve, pointing to all the people who died because Scott didn't advocate murdering Jackson in ostensibly cold blood after the Kanima reveal and the very real fact that it's all well and good to refuse to kill Peter when Derek's there to do it for him and not make him have to deal with the consequences of leaving the serial killer werewolf alive. In the second season, Scott does not have to deal with Matt, since Gerard kills him. Likewise, Lydia and Stiles stop the Kanima/Jackson. Scott also manages to dodge having to kill Jennifer, when Deucalion steps in to do it for him. Rather than do anything about proven murderer Deucalion, Scott also just lets him go with a warning trusting that he will not go back to killing people. As a rule, Scott never has to truly make life-or-death choices because the plot always conspires to give him an out or pass the responsibility onto another character. It would be very interesting to see how differently things would have played out if Scott did not have Derek and others to bear the weight of sin for him.
      • Made even more interesting during Season 4, during a harebrained plan to draw out The Benefactor, he gets a strange dream — no biggie, right, it's happened before — but this time, he wakes up the hospital, nobody's around, and he discovers he's becoming more "of a werewolf / more evolved", depending on which voice he listens to. These voices being a Dream Liam and a Dream Mute, and he eventually murders Dream Liam with The Mute assisting him...and it appears Scott had quite the time of it. What this means for his character is up for debate — could he be looking to lose his innocent, good-boy nature? Is he not going to hesitate in killing quite so much and become a bit more stained in sin, so to speak? Or does this foreshadow something far, far darker?
    • Isaac is an extremely well-liked character by the fandom, but that doesn't stop arguments from breaking out over whether he's violent and coldblooded or a sweet, innocent puppy. It's all complicated by his being an abuse victim (which not only Woobifies him to the audience but, as some observant fans have noted, makes him change his outward personality based on who he perceives as being in charge of a given situation, making it all the more difficult to figure out his real personality and motivations) and repeatedly passing through the Face Heel Revolving Door — within the same season, he tries to kill Lydia, beats the crap out of a teammate for a pair of rave tickets, relieves the suffering of a dog with cancer in a quite literal Pet the Dog moment which marks the start of his Heel-Face Turn, and stays in Beacon Hills to help Scott despite knowing that he could potentially be killed.
  • Angst? What Angst?:
    • Narrowly defied by Holland Roden, who brought up to Jeff Davis that maybe Peter gas-lighting Lydia and using her as his marionette might influence Lydia's comfort levels when in the same room with him.
    • Played entirely straight after the events of "Motel California". Scott's suicide is heavily implied to be genuine, Isaac was mindfucked to the point of hiding under the bed in a catatonic state, Boyd hallucinated his dead sister and tried to drown himself, Ethan nearly cut himself in half, and Lydia had to hear the final moments of several of the past suicides in the hotel, and it's never brought up again or have any form of aftermath.
    • Also Derek. Yes, he's stoic, but given the sheer amount of mental trauma the guy has gone through, he really should be a wreck by now- even ignoring the fact that he gets ripped to shreds physically every five minutes, his near constant loss of agency would be enough to drive anyone to breaking point.
    • Averted with Liam. After being bitten by Scott in order to save him from a wendigo; he's been kidnapped, poisoned, left in a well to die, nearly immolated, and beaten badly by a berserker. That's just the physical half of it: not being able to tell anyone about his transformation into a werewolf has him feeling isolated, being put on the Deadpool has made him extremely paranoid and the berserker encounter still haunts to nearly PTSD-like levels. Keep in mind that he's still a 15 year old freshman and all of the above-mentioned incidents have occurred in the time-span of less than a month. Arguably, his reaction to everything that has happened makes him the most normal person in the entire setting.
  • Awesome Music: Much like the show that inspired it, this show is packed with lots of alternative and indie pop.
  • Base Breaker:
    • Erica Reyes. She's loved by half of the fandom for many, many reasons and hated by the other half, for other reasons. Ironically, after her death at the hands of the Alpha Pack]] and the addition of so many new characters, a lot of viewers and fans now mourn her departure.
    • Allison. Some think she is absolved of her actions (kidnapping, torture, attempted murder) during her Heel-Face Turn because of Gerard's manipulations and her mother's suicide. Others think she was too Easily Forgiven for her actions. It doesn't help that most of Scott and Allison's talk during the aftermath of the finale was implied to be offscreen.
    • Derek Hale. Over half of fandom seems to think he's a great guy with good intentions and is just misunderstood by Scott, while the rest either just don't like him or outright hate him for all the things he's done. Including breaking the arm of a known abuse survivor to "teach" him.
    • Massively the case for Malia in Season 4. One half of the fans think she's a Bad Ass Action Girl who makes a good partner for Non-Action Guy and resident Deadpan Snarker Stiles, and has an intriguing backstory, that could develop into a great plot, the other half believes her to be a Mary Sue who was shoehorned into the plot, has a poorly developed romance with Stiles no one wants and generally takes screentime away from other characters.
  • Breakout Character: Stiles Stilinski. Started out as the sidekick and comic relief, only to quickly develop into a Fan Favourite, thanks in no small part to Dylan O'Brien's acting talent, and the Stilinskis' touching and adorable father-son dynamic.
  • Broken Base: Started out in Season 3, and is in full effect since Season 4. Fans are divided over perceived Seasonal Rot, Alternate Character Interpretation, They Changed It, Now It Sucks and Ship-to-Ship Combat. Characters are derided as The Scrappy or fingered as Base Breakers, and even innocent bystanders are drawn into the struggle. Supposed to get a reality show on MTV in 2016.
  • Cargo Shipping:
    • In the fandom, a fair amount of fans seem to ship Stiles/his jeep. He is, after all, the Launcher of a Thousand Ships, and he's clearly very attached to it...
    • There is also a section of fans who ship Derek/his Camaro.
  • Die for Our Ship: Pretty much anyone who dates Derek or Stiles, but mainly Braeden and Malia.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Happens frequently to Peter Hale. He is devious, manipulative, often sadistic, violent and generally only looks out for No. 1, even when he seemingly doesn't. And yet, he is so charming, sexy and witty, that it is really tempting to wonder if he's just misunderstood.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Erica. Many fans loved having a female werewolf in the cast and were disappointed when Gage Golightly left, leading to her character's abrupt off-screen demise.
    • Danny is greatly beloved by the fandom despite having relatively little time onscreen. He even got a boyfriend and more impact on the storyline out of it in Season 3.
    • Isaac proved to be so popular, his role got significantly expanded.
    • Sheriff Stilinski and Ms. McCall are also very popular with fans, probably due to them both being Good Parents with very snarky personalities.
    • As of Season 3, Ethan and Kali have gotten a pretty good following as well.
    • Braeden has her detractors, but also a solid group of followers.
    • Deputy Parrish is rather well-liked.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Kate, despite being borderline sociopathic, is quite attractive. Actually a plot point, given that she sexually manipulated Derek as a stepping stone to her Moral Event Horizon of burning almost all of his family alive.
    • Peter Hale. Scott's mom certainly agreed on the sexy front, mostly due to being out of the loop on the 'evil'.
    • The entire Alpha Pack, with Ennis arguably being the only one falling short of looking like a model (he is also the first to die).
    • Jennifer the Darach. Subverted in that she is using Glamour to conceal her disfiguring injuries and be super-seductive.
  • Fanon Discontinuity:
    • Some fans like to forget that Season 3 and everything after it ever happened, since that means that Jackson, Erica, and Boyd, all of whom were an Ensemble Darkhorse to some degree, are either dead or forever in London. Add that to the general Base Breaker that is Season 3 and some of its characters (the twins Aiden and Ethan, Deucalion, Jennifer, Malia) or some plot conclusions about Cora in general, Derek (and Cora) leaving, Allissac, among other minor ones, and you get a popular point of Fanon Discontinuity. The death of Allison and departure of Isaac at the end of Season 3, and then the total exclusion of Danny from Season 4 certainly hasn't helped matters, either.
    • Also, like many other shows, Teen Wolf wasn't very well known during its first season and mostly gained its popular fanbase during the second, so most of the popular fanfiction pieces were written in the ten month hiatus between Season 2 and 3 and therefore accidentally or on purpose ignore Season 3.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Sterek. As in Stiles/Derek. So prominent in the fandom that of all fics online, a solid 90% or more ship the pairing. It also earned the award of being the 6th most reblogged pairing. On Tumblr.
    • Scott/Kira are very popular among the fandom.
    • A lot of people - including the majority of the fandom, the actors, and apparently even the wardrobe crew - would like to see Sheriff Stilinski and Melissa McCall end up together.
  • Genius Bonus, also Stealth Pun: Stiles's line "Be a Man. Be a Werewolf. Not a Teen Wolf, but a Werewolf." In Old English, from whence the word Werewolf derives, 'wer' means man.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 1 was mostly the typical "normal teen is now a werewolf" story, but Season 2 slowly moved away from that. By the time Season 3 started, the show had developed a complex plot with a lot of interesting mythology and was trying to become truly compelling television.
  • Hate Sink: Kate certainly wasn't created with the purpose to gain lots of fans. She initially seems like a Cool Aunt, but her violence and cruelty against werewolves in general, and her later revealed sexually exploitative relationship with teenaged Derek soon turned people against her. According to Kate's actress Jill Wagner it got so bad, that even the crew started throwing things at her when she filmed scenes in Season 1.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The episode in which Scott battles Lizard Jackson in the library came out less than a week after The Amazing Spider-Man, which featured a similar scene. Hell, Lizard Jackson himself is an expy of sorts to The Lizard.
    • Given his ego, Jackson would probably be gratified to know that it took two guys to replace him. His girlfriend and best friend respectively split a pair of identical twins between them after Jackson left Beacon Hills.
    • Back in Season 1, Derek was furious about Scott howling through the school PA system, late at night, in an effort to attract the Alpha, because he was worried it would "attract the entire state to the school?!". Since then, werewolves and Kanima have fought inside the building (often during the school day!), teachers have disappeared, murders have been attempted, and the locker room has been trashed multiple times. It almost never provokes a prompt response from anybody, even during the daytime when the building is filled with students and faculty!
  • Hollywood Homely: Gage Golightly is a very pretty girl, but Erica is initially portrayed as unpopular weird girl with Messy Hair.
  • Ho Yay: Got its own page.
  • Iron Woobie: Derek.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Both Isaac and Erica post-transformation thanks to the fact that both are Drunk with Power. Both come from heartbreaking pasts, both decide to lash out the most cruel of ways. This stopped as the series progressed until Isaac completely lost the Jerkass portion and Erica became much more relatable and likable as a character.
  • Jumping the Shark: Seasons 3 and 4 have proved to be devisive among fans, but moments like twins Ethan and Aiden merging into one super-strong Alpha may actually be the show taking the jump giggling and open-eyed.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Stiles. He gets shipped with anyone who's ever appeared on the show. And sometimes those who haven't, too. Whether or not he's even interacted with some of these people on screen doesn't seem to matter, either.
    • It is less intense with Scott, but due to constant friendly interaction with nearly everyone he is heading this way.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Yeah, the Derek death fakeouts aren't really effective anymore.
  • Love to Hate: Kate Argent really isn't a nice person, and especially her treatment of Derek regularly pushes her into Jerkass territory, making viewers wish for her imminent demise, but damn, she has a nice swagger.
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Peter Hale is full of bad touch! It'd probably be easier to count the scenes he's in that don't have elements of this. The list includes Scott, Jackson, Stiles, Melissa McCall, Allison, and most importantly, Lydia.
    • Kate's also pretty skeevy, with her comments on Scott's big brown eyes and... everything about the way she acts around Derek, especially considering their mutual backstory. Turned Up to Eleven when her interactions are with the actually teenaged Derek, played by the rather young-looking Ian Nelson.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • To Gerard Argent, this is a daily bridge. See Complete Monster. His definite points of evil are threatening to kill Scott's mother, force his son to kill his wife, turn Allison into a perfect replacement for Kate, and beating Stiles half to death.
    • As tragic as Peter's backstory is and how suave he is, it's hard to get past the fact he killed his niece for her Alpha powers. He may have crossed it when he tried to force Scott to kill his friends in Night School.
  • Narm:
    • "—-> Deucalion:I AM THE DEMON WOLF!!!" It comes out so exaggerated, the production may have added his sunglasses cracking from the scream afterward to at least salvage the moment as darkly funny.
    • The hashtags that MTV puts up in the corner on every important scene in a new episode. They can really kill the mood.
  • Narm Charm: It isn't the best show of the decade by a long shot, but it's fun and somehow still appealing to a fairly large demographic.
  • One True Threesome: Scott/Allison/Isaac has been picking up steam in the fandom, especially as they've moved into more of a love triangle dynamic during Season 3. And then Allison was killed off and Isaac (like Jackson) ran off to France at the end of Season 3. Jeff Davis certainly isn't helping matters by stating that he doesn't like love triangles and making ambiguous comments like "agreed".
  • Overcrank: The show abuses slow motion to an almost criminal degree, not only applying it to scenes where it would normally be necessary, such as super-fast werewolf battles, but to almost every moment with even the slightest dramatic significance that does not use dialogue for emphasis instead.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: While there are definitely people out there who still dislike her, Malia did gain more fans during Season 4.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Malia often gets vilified in fanfic, due to her being perceived as coming between two fan-favourite pairings.
  • Romantic Plot Tumour: Some fans feel that couples Braeden/Derek and Malia/Stiles take up more room than they should and leads to Out of Character behaviour from everyone involved.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • Set in with Season 3. Most of the new characters aren't interesting (in particular, Erica-Expy Cora), the plotting is thinly written and poorly thought out due to simply dropping Scott into a storyline meant for Jackson, a randomly written romance between Derek and a new character (coming from someone who likes the idea of them as a couple!) is suddenly dropped in, and it's missing two major characters from the previous season. And there's even more than that. One of the best parts of Teen Wolf was its fantastic continuity (each episode happens right after the previous one and there was tons of foreshadowing). Season 3 is riddled with plot holes and hasty plotlines (most of the headscratchers are from Season 3). Sadly, the second half of Season 3 didn't solve most of the continuity issues, either. Especially notable in the case of the Alpha Pack, and the way that some fans feel that Deucalion was Easily Forgiven. Other than beating up on Derek (which, to be honest, everyone including Lydia has done) and being vaguely menacing to the protagonists, they actually seemed considerably less threatening than Peter did in Season 1, or the Hunters in either of the first two seasons. Gerard and Victoria were way more scary than Deucalion and Kali.
    • Has now reached a critical point where fans are just fed up with the amount of plot holes, lazy writing, and trolling the writers are releasing. From Stalia to yet another Token Gay to more Derek torture to Malia being the writers' Mary Sue created to destroy Sterek... Let's say that Internet Backdraft is a tame way to describe some fans' reaction to Season 4.
  • Ship Sinking: The Scott/Allison and Isaac/Allison ships officially became impossible once Allison died.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The creators of the series noted that they planned to make a werewolf that someone could kiss, or rather make the werewolf sexy. What they have done is made the werewolf look like the one from The Werewolf Of London from the 1930s. Strangely averted with Aiden and Ethan, who are just handsome guys with red eyes and fangs, but none of the facial swelling or excess hair that Scott and Derek habitually exhibit (probably to save on makeup time and money).
    • The CGI deer and mountain lion look pretty cheap, while the Alpha resembles a gorilla with more claws and glowing red eyes. The Alpha also looks quite stop-motion-esque everytime it's chasing someone.
    • At times the CGI can be acceptable, at other times the CGI is painful.
    • Season 3 episode "Fireflies" has werewolves walking in a dark hallway with glowing eyes... and at times you can see their eyes casting lights in the walls.
    • Deucalion's "demon wolf" form.
    • In "Lunar Ellipse", Jennifer uses the shards of glass from the shattered skylight to kill Kali. The skylight was made of an opaque (or at least very dirty) glass. But the shards are all perfectly clear.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Matt was this in Season 2, due to being perceived as a romantic rival to Scott. Ceased when he turned out to be the Kanima's Master and was subsequently killed.
    • Cora picked up the role in Season 3 due to her incredibly ambiguous backstory and the fact that most of her behaviour is identical to Derek when he's in one of his worst moods.
    • Malia became this in Season 3 once she became a love interest for Stiles and turned out to be Peter's biological daughter. After she became more fleshed out in Season 4, many fans considered her Rescued from the Scrappy Heap, while others continued their dislike, turning her into a Base Breaker.
  • Spiritual Licensee: The series is more a Darker and Edgier version of Big Wolf on Campus.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Buffythe Vampire Slayer. Both have a bunch of high school kids living in a town where weird crap happens constantly, who have to solve these supernatural occurrences themselves, start off normal (minus the Chosen One, but end up either Badass Normal or with powers themselves, and engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat throughout. Confirmed by Word of God.
  • Squick:
    • When Jackson goes through his transformation into the kanima in Season 2, he hallucinates eating a snake. A few moments later he sees it slither out of his eye.
    • There are repeated implications that when Kate slept with Derek, he was young enough for it to be statutory rape. In Season 4, she reverts him mentally and physically to a 16-year-old so he will trust her again and continues manipulating him in a sexual manner, while she's roughly twice his age.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
    • Cora seems to be this for Erica, from being the one seen trapped in the vault with Boyd to her relationship with Stiles (similarly part snarky, part flirtatious) and her connection to Derek.
    • And since Adelaide Kane left the show, we have a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for the Suspiciously Similar Substitute with Malia.
    • Season 4 saw the addition of Mason, a gay male high school freshman who's a POC and muggle best friend of cocky jock Liam. It does sound a little like former character Jackson's best friend Danny started out, though given that Liam is a Generation Xerox version of Scott and to some degree of Jackson, this might actually be on purpose.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • When the Alpha was being burned by the self-igniting molotov, DAMN did it look awesome.
    • The smoke effects for the lightning-bug monsters are movie quality, particularly when one is doing some swordplay.
  • What an Idiot: Most of the cast does this multiple times, most notably Allison in Season 2 and Scott and Derek every few episodes. Trusting Peter/Gerard/any of the villains also goes under this.
  • The Woobie:
    • Everyone does the round robin on this one, although the one who's consistently deserving of a hug and a blanket is Isaac. It's to the point where Word of God has essentially made him into a designated Woobie; case in point, when asked if Isaac would be treated not like crap in Season 3, Jeff Davis only response was a snarky, "Where's the fun in that?"
    • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Ms. Blake's gutting backstory doesn't excuse her actions, but she does get more humanized as a result of it.
    • Scott turns out to be a pretty big woobie, after 3A, and particularly "Frayed" and "Motel California", where he nearly dies over the guilt he's been carrying around about everything. Twice.
    • Stiles has taken this up to eleven after being possessed by the Nogitsune. Being stuck in a basement with a steel trap on his leg as a demonic figure tells him riddles, hallucinating constantly and never quite sure when he's awake or not, having panic attacks in the middle of school, forced to kill and torture people including his friends, and being tricked into thinking he has the same illness that killed his mother. Every tear he cries in Season 3B is like a knife in the heart.