These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Totally Spies!
Base Breaker: Mandy. On the one hand, Mandy is pretty much the textbook example of the Alpha Bitch, being a Jerkass and sporting an annoying voice to boot, not to mention having a Karma Houdini moment from time to time. On the other hand, a lot of fans actually like Mandy, and not just in the Draco in Leather Pants kind of way, using the numerous times where she attempted to treat the girls nicely as evidence that she's not a total Jerkass. She's one of the most frequently shipped characters in the fandom (usually with Clover or Sam), and some even find her "annoying" voice sexy in a weird sort of way (it helps that she's voiced by Jennifer Hale).
Britney and Blaine get their fair share of this too, Britney has simultaneously been lambasted for being a Mary Sue and praised for being a likableMary Sue who gets Hidden Depths later on. Blaine gets bashed for his Sickeningly Sweethearts relationship with Clover, though some fans do see him as pretty much the perfect match for Clover, as long as you don't ship her in one of her many Les Yay pairings.
Complete Monster: Helga Von Guggen is a greedy fashion designer who makes "seamless" fur coats by kidnapping innocent people, injecting them with a serum that turns them into Petting Zoo People, then skinning them alive in what appears to be a giant industrial crusher. She brags about one of her coats, claiming that it's "genuine lawyer".
Writers Cannot Do Math: The girls were apparently 10 in the 80's. That would point them in their 30's by the time the show aired.
Alternatively, the show could be set from the mid-to-late 1990s, just equipped with Anachronism Stews.
The Woobie: Alex in "Alex Gets Schooled," where her parents send her to a British boarding school where she is bullied and eventually turned into a dolphin monster. This was all because of her supposed bad grades, only for it to turn out that it was a mix-up the whole time. Also, in "Boy Bands Will Be Boy Bands," where her favorite singer ends up betraying her and forcing her to switch faces with his hag of a manager, as well as the b-plot involving Mandy bullying her.
Clover in "Matchmaker," she actually breaks down crying after Sam and Alex turn on her.