YMMV / The Fosters

  • Base-Breaking Character: Callie, Robert, Jude and Brandon fall in this.
  • Designated Hero: Callie, Brandon, Jude, Stef and Lena fall into this frequently.
  • Iron Woobie: Stef is remarkably strong. She's had a lot of hardship since the show began (getting shot, thinking Lena was going to break up with her, a double mastectomy when she finds out she has genes for breast cancer), but she never stays down for long.
  • Jerk Ass Woobie:
    • Becka, one of the other girls at Girls United, is the most consistently antagonistic, particularly towards Cole, who she feels is just begging for attention (rather than being trans). However, she like all the other girls has a tragic backstory, and one of the webisodes reveals she's been cutting herself. After getting herself together with her mom getting rid of a crappy boyfriend, Becka finds out her mother has another new man. The look of fear on Becka's face says it all. She nearly burns the house down with everyone in it.
    • Gabby, another of the Girls United girls, is also abrasive and liable to make cruel remarks (although she's less transphobic than Becka). She also has an abusive father, a bad past involving being in a gang, and as the webisodes reveal she's HIV positive.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Liam already started as an unpleasant person to begin with, but finally went to irredeemable when he raped Callie.
    • An unintentional one, but to a fair amount of viewers Stef and Lena. Their treatment of Jesus angered alot viewers, between unfairly punishing him while Brandon and Callie never face consequences for far worse things, treating him like a burden when he had a head injury, this put alot of people off.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Although it's natural for the viewer to root for Callie's adoption in Season Three, it would be hard to argue that the obstructing social worker's concerns are entirely without merit. Callie and Brandon have had a very unhealthy sibling/romantic dynamic for most of the show, which has negatively affected both of them and the entire family, and they (especially Callie) seem to have almost a compulsion to periodically pursue it even when it is completely against their own best interests. The fact that success relied on multiple people having to lie for them should probably have been a clue to them that all wasn't well, even though the protagonists never seem to consider that the problems pointed out by the social worker might be at all legitimate.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: A lot of the main characters can veer into this territory, but the worst offenders are most likely Brandon and Callie
  • What An Idiot: Pretty much everyone in the third episode of the second season, Brandon decides to invite a few people over to hear their band. Mariana decides to invite her dance friends, who she knows will invite other people, but that's not her fault. Brandon instead of realizing this could get out of hand, decides "Sure, why not". Even after all the disastrous parties from the last season, nobody sees a problem with this party except Callie. Predictably, things go bad, people are trashing the house and they break the big living room window. Brilliant.
  • The Woobie: Callie and Jude, especially as we learn more about their backstory. Jesus and Mariana to an extent, though they've mostly grown past the stage in their life where they're as vulnerable.