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* VanillaProtagonist: Piper for many fans, as her background story is significantly less interesting than those of many of the other inmates. In Season 2, she became more and more OutOfFocus as the season's main ongoing plot arcs shifted to the supporting characters (Red and Vee's rivalry, Daya's pregnancy, Soso's hunger strike and depression, etc). In Season 3 she receives more focus again, but she is noticeably less vanilla at the time.

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* VanillaProtagonist: Piper for many fans, Piper, as her background story is significantly less interesting than those of many of the other inmates. In Season 2, she became more and more OutOfFocus as the season's main ongoing plot arcs shifted to the supporting characters (Red and Vee's rivalry, Daya's pregnancy, Soso's hunger strike and depression, etc). In Season 3 she receives more focus again, but she is noticeably less vanilla at the time.

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** It can be arguable that many of the characters benefit from this in some form. The fan-base can be quick to passionately latch onto and defend their favourite characters for numerous reasons (charisma and charm, representative of particular marginalised groups, the show's focus on the inequities of the prison system, etc.) and so find it easy to overlook or ignore the fact that, regardless of their more sympathetic or charming qualities, most of them genuinely do deserve to be in a prison for valid reasons.

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** In Season 5, the [[spoiler: gun that's stolen from Daya by an unseen figure]] and the fact that [[spoiler: Coates is hiding in the ceiling]] both seemed like intriguing setups that could have led in all kinds of surprising directions, but after only a couple episodes, [[spoiler: Coates and the gun]] are removed from the plot together in a pretty anticlimactic way.


** Some of season 4 ([[spoiler:the race wars]]), most notably the penultimate and final episodes ([[spoiler:the manslaughter of black inmate Poussey by a white 'policeman' prison guard, making a social point of the manslaughters of black individuals by white police officers, which was followed by unified prison riots, the season ending with a character of minority pointing a guard's own gun towards the officers]]), considering what began in the USA before the end of the month ([[spoiler:a greater number of reported white-police-on-african-american-killings, leading to the widespread shootings of white officers by black individuals]]). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all we'll say about that.]]
*** A more minor example, but a cute scene in Season 2 with Taystee pinning Poussey to a bunk and tickling her ends with Poussey crying out "I can't breathe!" [[spoiler: This becomes a cringe-worthy line upon rewatching and knowing that being pinned down and not being able to breathe is how Poussey dies.]]

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** Some of season 4 ([[spoiler:the race wars]]), most notably the penultimate and final episodes ([[spoiler:the manslaughter of black inmate Poussey by a white 'policeman' prison guard, making a social point of the manslaughters of black individuals by white police officers, which was followed by unified prison riots, the season ending with a character of minority pointing a guard's own gun towards the officers]]), considering what began in the USA before the end of the month ([[spoiler:a greater number of reported white-police-on-african-american-killings, leading to the widespread shootings of white officers by black individuals]]). [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment And that's all we'll say about that.]]
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*A more minor example, but a cute scene in Season 2 with Taystee pinning Poussey to a bunk and tickling her ends with Poussey crying out "I can't breathe!" [[spoiler: This becomes a cringe-worthy line upon rewatching and knowing that being pinned down and not being able to breathe is how Poussey dies.]]


*** It gets worse later. Poussey, unlike most of the other girls, lead a decent life, was brought up by loving parents and was generally a happy person. Her reason for being in prison? Possession of less than an ounce of pot (which, [[DirtyCop knowing how cops]] [[FantasticRacism on this show are]], might have been planted on her as a pretext to arrest her) and how do we even come across this information? [[spoiler: Because Poussey was killed in trying to protect her friend.]]

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*** It gets worse later. Poussey, unlike most of the other girls, lead a decent life, was brought up by loving parents and was generally a happy person. Her reason for being in prison? Possession of less than an ounce of pot (which, [[DirtyCop knowing how cops]] [[FantasticRacism [[BadCopIncompetentCop on this show are]], might have been planted on her as a pretext to arrest her) and how do we even come across this information? [[spoiler: Because Poussey was killed in trying to protect her friend.]]

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* SeasonalRot: While there's still some debate about whether Season 5 is outright ''bad'', it has the lowest Metacritic score of any of the show's seasons by quite some distance, is widely considered the show's weakest season by fans (with Season 3 being the only one even coming close in that regard), and even creator Jenji Kohan publicly apologised for the drop in quality.


* FandomBerserkButton: Some fans of the show get upset if you refer to Suzanne by her in-story nickname of "Crazy Eyes" because itís ableist. The creators seem to have taken notice, as even the show's characters almost never call her that in Season 4.

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* FandomBerserkButton: Some fans of the show get upset if you refer to Suzanne by her in-story nickname of "Crazy Eyes" because itís ableist. The creators seem to have taken notice, as even since the show's characters almost never call her that in start of Season 4.4, she has never once been called by that name.


** Early in Season 5 we get DayInTheLimeLight episode for Janae that flashes back to her middle school years when she visited a prestigious, predominantly white academy. The moral of the flashback seems to be Janae's resentment towards white students getting better educational conditions than black or Hispanic students which is a fine point but what really oversells it is the moment when young Janae sees an all white production of Theatre/DreamGirls. Out of everyone in that entire school, did really ''no one'' find it awkward that they were whitewashing a traditionally African American cast and music group? Was Dream Girls the only play the school could think of?

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** Early in Season 5 we get DayInTheLimeLight episode for Janae that flashes back to her middle school years when she visited a prestigious, predominantly white academy. The moral of the flashback seems to be Janae's resentment towards white students getting better educational conditions than black or Hispanic students which is a fine point but what really oversells it is the moment when young Janae sees an all white production of Theatre/DreamGirls. Out of everyone in that entire school, did really ''no one'' find it awkward that they were whitewashing a traditionally African American cast and music group? Was Dream Girls the only play the school could think of?of? It also appears to show that Janae uses it as an excuse to just stop giving a shit, leading to her life of crime.

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*** And then when the prison gets privatised, they ramp up the exact same message just with "privatised for-profit prisons are broken."

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** Bayley's utterly random background appearance during Poussey's flashbacks in the Season 4 finale, in a very clumsy attempt to hint that [[spoiler:they've been fated for their cafeteria encounter for years.]]

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** Everyone seems to have a different mass shooting to use as a metaphor for Humphrey's supposed shooting spree in the Season 5 premiere.


** You wouldn't think a BungledSuicide could be hilarious, but [[spoiler: Gerber's attempt by drinking non-toxic dog hair dye, and his family's utter indifference]] manage to do it.

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** You wouldn't think a BungledSuicide could be hilarious, but [[spoiler: Gerber's Bayley's attempt by drinking non-toxic dog hair dye, and his family's utter indifference]] manage to do it.

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** You wouldn't think a BungledSuicide could be hilarious, but [[spoiler: Gerber's attempt by drinking non-toxic dog hair dye, and his family's utter indifference]] manage to do it.

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** The white supremacist prisoners are heavily disliked by the fandom despite the attempts to make them somewhat less two-dimensional.

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** Just to be clear, Red had ''nothing'' to do with the food.

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