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* DesignatedHero: Jack, as cited in the "Alternate" post. In RealLife and even on the show itself, his treatment of Julia could be considered emotional and even physical abuse, yet he's lauded as one of the show's good guys.


** Special mention goes to [[CreatorsPet Janet]] for getting [[SpotlightStealingSquad loads of screentime]] for CharacterShilling. Also the writers deciding to keep introducing more members of her annoying/uninteresting family and [[SympatheticSue trying very hard]] to make the audience feel sorry for her, even when she was being a complete {{jerkass}} and selfish. [[DieForOurShip CarJack shippers]] hated her the most. Her daughter Liberty too, for similar reasons, and because she was a huge {{jerkass}} to Parker.

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** Special mention goes to [[CreatorsPet Janet]] for getting [[SpotlightStealingSquad loads of screentime]] for CharacterShilling. Also the writers deciding to keep introducing more members of her annoying/uninteresting family and [[SympatheticSue trying very hard]] hard to make the audience feel sorry for her, even when she was being a complete {{jerkass}} and selfish. [[DieForOurShip CarJack shippers]] hated her the most. Her daughter Liberty too, for similar reasons, and because she was a huge {{jerkass}} to Parker.


** Special mention goes to [[CreatorsPet Janet]] for getting [[SpotlightStealingSquad loads of screentime]] for CharacterShilling. Also the writers deciding to keep introducing more members of her annoying/uninteresting family and [[SympathySue trying very hard]] to make the audience feel sorry for her, even when she was being a complete {{jerkass}} and selfish. [[DieForOurShip CarJack shippers]] hated her the most. Her daughter Liberty too, for similar reasons, and because she was a huge {{jerkass}} to Parker.

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** Special mention goes to [[CreatorsPet Janet]] for getting [[SpotlightStealingSquad loads of screentime]] for CharacterShilling. Also the writers deciding to keep introducing more members of her annoying/uninteresting family and [[SympathySue [[SympatheticSue trying very hard]] to make the audience feel sorry for her, even when she was being a complete {{jerkass}} and selfish. [[DieForOurShip CarJack shippers]] hated her the most. Her daughter Liberty too, for similar reasons, and because she was a huge {{jerkass}} to Parker.


* CreatorsPet: Gwen Norbeck. She was only meant to be a temporary character, but the writers took a real shine to Jennifer Landon, the actress who played, and decided to keep her on the show and integrate her into the major storylines. This included making her the little sister to Carly and Rosanna--both of whom are at least ''twenty years older than her''; transformed her into a giant woobie when her baby died and Casey and Will fought over her; made her frequent targets of stalkers, which included turning Adam Munson, who'd served as TheConscience to many other characters, into a sociopath and rapist against her; and her singing and songwriting capabilities were lauded and praised by everyone and hailed as genius. Anyone who didn't think of Gwen as anything but a perfect angel was instantly vilified.

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* CreatorsPet: Gwen Norbeck. She was only meant to be a temporary character, but the writers took a real shine to Jennifer Landon, the actress who played, played her, and decided to keep her on the show and integrate her into the major storylines. This included making her the little sister to Carly and Rosanna--both of whom are at least ''twenty years older than her''; transformed her into a giant woobie when her baby died and Casey and Will fought over her; made her a frequent targets target of stalkers, which included turning Adam Munson, who'd served as TheConscience to many other characters, into a sociopath and rapist against her; and her singing and songwriting capabilities were lauded and praised by everyone and hailed as genius. Anyone who didn't think of Gwen as anything but a perfect angel was instantly vilified.


* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: ATWT's lead actors, Michael Park and Maura West, in their last year at the daytime Emmy's.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: The episode dedicated to Nancy's actress Helen Wagner after her death.
** Dusty finally getting a child of his own.
** Katie names her child Jacob Bradley Snyder, after Jack and [[DeadGuyJunior Brad.]]



* SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments: The episode dedicated to Nancy's actress Helen Wagner after her death.
** Dusty finally getting a child of his own.
** Katie names her child Jacob Bradley Snyder, after Jack and [[DeadGuyJunior Brad.]]



-->'''Reid:''' Wow, Doogie. That's an invitation I never expected from you.

-->'''Reid to Chris:''' Alright, I'm not coming onto you, but drop your pants.

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-->'''Reid:''' Wow, Doogie. That's an invitation I never expected from you.

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* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: ATWT's lead actors, Michael Park and Maura West, in their last year at the daytime Emmy's.


* MagnificentBastard: Lucinda. James. Craig.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Are Jack and Carly really one of the show's [[SuperCouple super couples]] or is Jack a jerk who emotionally abused and [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslighted]] poor Julia to the point of madness--constantly telling her there was nothing going on between him and Carly when it was plain as day that there was, then blaming Julia for their failed marriage that he was never invested in--and therefore deserved every terrible thing Julia did to them? The fact that the writers needed to go so far as to have Julia kidnap and ''rape'' Jack before viewers stopped feeling sorry for her tells you that a huge chunk of the audience sympathized with ''her''.

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Are Jack and Carly really one of the show's [[SuperCouple super couples]] victimized by the evil Julia or is Jack a jerk who emotionally abused and [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslighted]] poor Julia to the point of madness--constantly telling her there was nothing going on between him and Carly when it was plain as day that there was, then blaming Julia for their failed marriage that he was never invested in--and therefore deserved every terrible thing Julia did to them? The fact that the writers needed to go so far as to have Julia kidnap and ''rape'' Jack before viewers stopped feeling sorry for her tells you that a huge chunk of the audience sympathized with ''her''.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Are Jack and Carly really one of the show's [[SuperCouple super couples]] or is Jack a jerk who emotionally abused and [[{{Gaslighting}} gaslighted]] poor Julia to the point of madness--constantly telling her there was nothing going on between him and Carly when it was plain as day that there was, then blaming Julia for their failed marriage that he was never invested in--and therefore deserved every terrible thing Julia did to them? The fact that the writers needed to go so far as to have Julia kidnap and ''rape'' Jack before viewers stopped feeling sorry for her tells you that a huge chunk of the audience sympathized with ''her''.



** Julia kidnapping and raping Jack. Until then, she'd actually been pretty sympathetic, given how Jack jerked her around to the point of insanity.



* UnintentionallySympathetic: Julia Lindsay, the Betty to Jack's Archie and Carly's Veronica. After several months with Jack, she leaves him when she realizes that he's still in love with Carly. After Carly leaves Jack at the altar, he goes running after Julia--who rebuffs him as (a) she's trying to get on with her life, and (b) she (correctly) suspects he isn't over Carly. He spends months courting her and convincing her otherwise. She finally gives in, only to have Carly resurface on ''their'' wedding day, and for Jack to promptly begin mooning over her at every opportunity, ignoring his wife. . .and ignoring the fact that all this is slowly driving her insane. When she miscarries and ''he dumps her right afterwards'', it's the straw that breaks the camel's back. Basically every terrible thing that Julia does afterwards is clearly made to make the viewer feel sorry for Jack and Carly, but given their abhorrent treatment of her, it has [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic the opposite effect]]. Not until Julia kidnaps and rapes Jack (desperate to replace the child she miscarried) did viewers sympathies shift.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Julia Lindsay, initially the Betty to Jack's Archie and Carly's Veronica.Veronica before the roles were [[BettyAndVeronicaSwitch reversed]]. After several months with Jack, she leaves him when she realizes that he's still in love with Carly. After Carly leaves Jack at the altar, he goes running after Julia--who rebuffs him as (a) she's trying to get on with her life, and (b) she (correctly) suspects he isn't over Carly. He spends months courting her and convincing her otherwise. She finally gives in, only to have Carly resurface on ''their'' wedding day, and for Jack to promptly begin mooning over her at every opportunity, ignoring his wife. . .and ignoring the fact that all this is slowly driving her insane. When she miscarries and ''he dumps her right afterwards'', it's the straw that breaks the camel's back. Basically every terrible thing that Julia does afterwards is clearly made to make the viewer feel sorry for Jack and Carly, but given their abhorrent treatment of her, it has [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic the opposite effect]]. Not until Julia kidnaps and rapes Jack (desperate to replace the child she miscarried) did viewers sympathies shift.


* UnintentionallySympathetic: Julia Lindsay, the Betty to Jack's Archie and Carly's Veronica. After several months with Jack, she leaves him when she realizes that he's still in love with Carly. After Carly leaves Jack at the altar, he goes running after Julia--who rebuffs him as (a) she's trying to get on with her life, and (b) she (correctly) suspects he isn't over Carly. He spends months courting her and convincing her otherwise. She finally gives in, only to have Carly resurface on ''their'' wedding day, and for Jack to promptly begin mooning over her at every opportunity, ignoring his wife. . .and ignoring the fact that all this is slowly driving her insane. When she miscarries and ''he dumps her right afterwards'', it's the straw that breaks the camel's back. Basically every terrible thing that Julia does afterwards is clearly made to make the viewer feel sorry for Jack and Carly, but given their abhorrent treatment of her, it has [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic the opposite effect]]. Not until Julia kidnaps and rapes Jack (desperate to replace the child she miscarried did viewers sympathies shift.

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Julia Lindsay, the Betty to Jack's Archie and Carly's Veronica. After several months with Jack, she leaves him when she realizes that he's still in love with Carly. After Carly leaves Jack at the altar, he goes running after Julia--who rebuffs him as (a) she's trying to get on with her life, and (b) she (correctly) suspects he isn't over Carly. He spends months courting her and convincing her otherwise. She finally gives in, only to have Carly resurface on ''their'' wedding day, and for Jack to promptly begin mooning over her at every opportunity, ignoring his wife. . .and ignoring the fact that all this is slowly driving her insane. When she miscarries and ''he dumps her right afterwards'', it's the straw that breaks the camel's back. Basically every terrible thing that Julia does afterwards is clearly made to make the viewer feel sorry for Jack and Carly, but given their abhorrent treatment of her, it has [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic the opposite effect]]. Not until Julia kidnaps and rapes Jack (desperate to replace the child she miscarried miscarried) did viewers sympathies shift.

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** Creator/JulianneMoore's first role was as Frannie.


* RetroactiveRecognition: The first actor to play Liberty later had minor roles on ''Series/MenAtWork'' and ''Series/RoyalPains''. Spencer Grammar (who later starred in ''Series/{{Greek}}'') played Lucy at one time.

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The first actor to play Liberty later had minor roles on ''Series/MenAtWork'' and ''Series/RoyalPains''. Spencer Grammar (who later starred in ''Series/{{Greek}}'') played Lucy at one time.time.
** Dr. Hendricks is [[VideoGame/MetalGear Otacon]]


* TheWoobie: Luke. He's also the only character (beside Noah) who ends up alone in the GrandFinale. Despite being a very NiceGuy, he gets into horrible situations that are not his fault and became an alcoholic at 16.
* UnfortunateImplications: In contrast to all the straight characters who got happy endings, two gay characters were left standing. Noah got a relatively happy ending with his film career taking off, getting a top-of-the line video camera, and leaving on good terms with his ex-boyfriend. Legacy character Luke, however, was left mourning the death of his boyfriend and, to pour salt on the wound, his biggest regret was the fact he and said boyfriend never made love. It's not as if past QUILTBAG characters fared any better, either. Most played a villainous role, and at least, two died (Reg and Reid). One, Brian, got a sympathetic send-off and made a minor return showing him to be doing okay, but when one thinks of what the show could have done with him post-coming out and didn't...

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* TheWoobie: Luke. He's also the only character (beside Noah) who ends up alone in the GrandFinale. Despite being a very NiceGuy, he gets into horrible situations that are not his fault and became an alcoholic at 16.
* UnfortunateImplications: In contrast to all the straight characters who got happy endings, two gay characters were left standing. Noah got a relatively happy ending with his film career taking off, getting a top-of-the line video camera, and leaving on good terms with his ex-boyfriend. Legacy character Luke, however, was left mourning the death of his boyfriend and, to pour salt on the wound, his biggest regret was the fact he and said boyfriend never made love. It's not as if past QUILTBAG characters fared any better, either. Most played a villainous role, and at least, two died (Reg and Reid). One, Brian, got a sympathetic send-off and made a minor return showing him to be doing okay, but when one thinks of what the show could have done with him post-coming out and didn't...
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* TheWoobie: Luke. He's also the only character (beside Noah) who ends up alone in the GrandFinale. Despite being a very NiceGuy, he gets into horrible situations that are not his fault and became an alcoholic at 16.

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* TheWoobie: Luke. He's also the only character (beside Noah) who ends up alone in the GrandFinale. Despite being a very NiceGuy, he gets into horrible situations that are not his fault and became an alcoholic at 16.16.
*UnfortunateImplications: In contrast to all the straight characters who got happy endings, two gay characters were left standing. Noah got a relatively happy ending with his film career taking off, getting a top-of-the line video camera, and leaving on good terms with his ex-boyfriend. Legacy character Luke, however, was left mourning the death of his boyfriend and, to pour salt on the wound, his biggest regret was the fact he and said boyfriend never made love. It's not as if past QUILTBAG characters fared any better, either. Most played a villainous role, and at least, two died (Reg and Reid). One, Brian, got a sympathetic send-off and made a minor return showing him to be doing okay, but when one thinks of what the show could have done with him post-coming out and didn't...


** James Stenback, who [[NeverFoundTheBody faked his death]] so many times that when he was actually KilledOffForReal, people came to his funeral [[GenreSavvy just to make sure his body really was there.]]

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** James Stenback, who [[NeverFoundTheBody faked his death]] so many times that when he was actually KilledOffForReal, people came to his funeral [[GenreSavvy just to make sure his body really was there.]]

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* UnintentionallySympathetic: Julia Lindsay, the Betty to Jack's Archie and Carly's Veronica. After several months with Jack, she leaves him when she realizes that he's still in love with Carly. After Carly leaves Jack at the altar, he goes running after Julia--who rebuffs him as (a) she's trying to get on with her life, and (b) she (correctly) suspects he isn't over Carly. He spends months courting her and convincing her otherwise. She finally gives in, only to have Carly resurface on ''their'' wedding day, and for Jack to promptly begin mooning over her at every opportunity, ignoring his wife. . .and ignoring the fact that all this is slowly driving her insane. When she miscarries and ''he dumps her right afterwards'', it's the straw that breaks the camel's back. Basically every terrible thing that Julia does afterwards is clearly made to make the viewer feel sorry for Jack and Carly, but given their abhorrent treatment of her, it has [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic the opposite effect]]. Not until Julia kidnaps and rapes Jack (desperate to replace the child she miscarried did viewers sympathies shift.

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