- Broken Base: Some readers think Vivian's status as The Woobie helps them sympathise with her better and makes for a deeper plot. Other readers think it just makes her seem helpless.
- Nightmare Fuel: Koops' nightmare at the beginning of chapter 8. Later becomes a plot point.
- Tear Jerker: If it involves Vivian, then nine times out of ten, it will count as this. Prime examples: Bedlam's abuse of her; Waffles' distrust of her; her getting poisoned; her sister Lillian being killed by Bedlam; her being trapped in the desert; Bedlam tricking her into thinking Koops didn't love her; and, the crowner: Koops being forced to kill her to stop Bedlam. Jesus fucking christ.
- Wangst: Some readers find the story chock full of this.
- The Woobie: Vivian.
YMMV / Better Off Alone