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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Avril is a vampire. Specifically, the stranger from "I'm With You" turned her and "Under My Skin" was inspired by someone that she accidentally killed. "Here's To Never Growing Up" is her vampire anthem.
    • In "Sk8er Boi", Avril's just telling one side of the story. Her boyfriend is the one who got rejected and he may have been very bitter. Maybe the ballerina had a good reason for rejecting him.
  • Awesome Ego: In "The Best Damn Thing", "I Don't Have To Try", and even "Girlfriend", she's so cute when she braggs.
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  • Awesome Music: "Keep Holding On", "Contagious", "Fall To Pieces", "When You're Gone", "Hot", "Complicated". Arguably "Alice" as well. "Rock N Roll" is also pretty epic.
  • Contested Sequel:
    • Under My Skin for its dark tone and sad lyrics. It's seen as wangsty to many, yet as many others consider it her best album.
    • The Best Damn Thing. Fans are split on the massive change in tone.
  • Crack Pairing: Anyone ever believe Avril/Winnie Cooper happening? Well, it did in her "Rock and Roll" video
  • Designated Hero: In her music video "Girlfriend," the Alpha Bitch character is this.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Girlfriend".
    • "Minna saiko arigato, k-k-k-kawaii!"
    • "Sk8er Boi". There is a reason why, years after it came, it is still one of, if not the most recognizable song she has done.
    • "Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?"
    • And from her Self-Titled Album, there's "Rock 'n Roll".
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Songs from her debut tend to be this, such as "Losing Grip", "Mobile", and "Anything but Ordinary".
  • First Installment Wins: Most people think she reached her peak with Let Go, all while Under My Skin was criticized for Wangst, The Best Damn Thing was when she abandoned her famous punk image for a pink-princess no nonsense attitude and even further with her later albums.
  • Fridge Horror: In the "Girlfriend" music video, the nerdy girl gets hit in the head with a golf ball and falls in a decorative river. Those things are notorious for being bacteria-riddled, so one hopes she didn't get any in her mouth. And, later, she's still stumbling around, which means she probably has a concussion.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: She has a massive fandom in Japan and is still popular there even though Americans largely see her as a fad long passed by. This was reportedly her motive for making "Hello Kitty".
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  • Hollywood Homely: Look at the nerdy girl in the "Girlfriend" video. Word of God says it's satirical with Misaimed Fandom. Reinforcing the satirical interpretation is the fact that the nerdy girl and the bitchy girl are both played by Avril.
  • Hype Backlash: "Girlfriend" was the first music video to reach 1 million hits on Youtube. The song was already controversial for being poppy and for its message, but that didn't help its reputation.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • Many debates raged over her "authenticity" as a punk icon in her heyday.
    • "Hello Kitty" has incited several flame wars, from its usage of dubstep to whether it was offensive to the Japanese.
    • Her divorce with Deryck Whibley was this for some fans, due to the fact that after their divorce, Deryck slowly endured a Sanity Slippage that resulted in him suffering from liver failure and nearly dying. While Deryck made a full recovery later one and even got married again, many former fans feel they cannot forgive Avril for leaving him in the first place, especially when she got engaged to Chad Kroeger, and even then they divorced years later.
  • Iron Woobie: "Get Over It".
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Hey, hey, you, you, I don't like your girlfriend."
    • The "Avril is dead' theory, where a Twitter user discussed an old blog that states that Avril died in 2002/2003 and was replaced with a lookalike she became friends with. Fans poke fun at this with people usually complaining about missing the "old Avril" and calling Avril "Melissa" (the name of the 'lookalike').
  • Memetic Outfit: Tank top, necktie, and cargo pants.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Despite accusations of being racist and stereotypical in the US, Japanese fans liked "Hello Kitty" (though the song didn't chart too well over there).
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Word of God says "Girlfriend" was supposed to be satirical. However, people took it at face value. Considering the song is about an Alpha Bitch trying to steal another girl's man, acting haughty, and mocking the girlfriend, it received a considerable amount of backlash. On the opposite side, Fan Vid makers in particular love it for Die for Our Ship videos.
    • "Hello Kitty" has nothing to do with actual cats or Hello Kitty but a lot of the hate comes from it being perceived as a random song about cute cats.
  • She Really Can Act: She's a good singer in general, but while mostly known for her pop-punk songs, one can argue that Avril did really well with some of her more dramatic songs, "When You're Gone", "Slipped Away" and her 2018 comeback single "Head Above Water" being good examples.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: She managed to keep her relationship with Chad Kroeger a secret until they were engaged.
  • Signature Song: It's either "Complicated" or "Sk8er Boi" from the Let Go era, or "Girlfriend" from The Best Damn Thing era.
  • Song Association: "Girlfriend" with Burnout, especially Burnout Paradise. When Burnout Paradise Remastered was released in 2018, ten years after the original's release, a good number of video game critics explicitly pointed out "Girlfriend" being part the game's now incredibly dated soundtrack.
  • Spiritual Antithesis: She was branded the "Anti-Britney Spears" due to her rejection of the heavy sexualization and "manufactured" pop Britney was known for.
  • So Bad, It's Good: "Girlfriend" is now this as of the late 2010s; just read some of the critic reviews for Burnout Paradise Remastered and you'll see why.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • "When You're Gone", "Slipped Away".
    • "Nobody's Home" as well.
    • Her live performance of her song "Tomorrow". The fact that she sang it in dedication to her grandfather who had passed away that same night it really sets the bar.
    • "My Happy Ending" also is this.
    • Her 2018 comeback single "Head Above Water" — which Avril started writing while bedridden with Lyme Disease and thought she was going to die. The lyric "I'm too young to fall asleep" hits especially hard.
    • Being the song is about loneliness and alludes to depression, "I'm with You" certainly counts.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Her old goth/punk fanbase left by the boatloads the moment "Girlfriend" came out. The backlash came from the fact that her fans considered her to be One of Us, a singer who "got" them and their lives and experiences and felt she spoke both to them and for them. The apparent message of "Girlfriend" (that it was okay for a popular preppy girl to bully, harass and steal the boyfriend of a less popular and attractive girl) pushed the Berserk Button for many of these fans who'd been all too often on the receiving end of this kind of behavior and having their idol seemingly trivialize and endorse it did not go down well. Word of God is that the song was supposed to be satirical, but many fans felt that this failed to come across in the song and video at all.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Subverted. Under My Skin is disliked due to the amount of Breakup Songs and Darker and Edgier tone. Avril herself isn't too fond of it either, claiming that the Lighter and Softer tone of The Best Damn Thing came from her wanting to just have fun in music again.
  • Wangst: Under My Skin could be accused of this at times with the Lyrical Dissonance and the many Breakup Songs it contains.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The use of Dubstep of "Hello Kitty" really badly reeked of this. Making it worse was that it came out in 2013, right when the genre's popularity was beginning to wane in favor of other electronic genres.

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