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This is a list of subjective tropes for the fanfic Candy For Your Thoughts?.

  • Awesome Music: Most of the lyrics are pretty good. Highlights include Owen and Noah's musical duet in Niagara Falls, Izzy's shipping song (which doubles as a Funny Moment), the love song in the finale, and the Triumphant Reprise of "Come Fly with Us" in the epilogue.
  • Better Than Canon: Plenty of fans have declared this fic to have handled the infamous Love Triangle between Courtney, Duncan and Gwen better than World Tour did.
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  • Crack Pairing: Cody/Courtney, and Sierra/Noah.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Alien Cody became a big one.
  • Growing the Beard: The fic starts out solidly for a response fic to the DxG kiss scene, but only after delving further into the emotional complexities of the plot did the story start to really emerge as a product of its own.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Most definitely the finale in Chapter 10, with the romantic lead-up and Ezekiel's victory.
    • Trent and Bridgette's serious talks with Gwen and Duncan respectively, which really shine a light on all four characters.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Duncan and Gwen, thanks to Character Development.
  • Memetic Mutation: "HAND OVER THE BRA OR DIE TEMPTRESS!"
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • Duncan's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Alejandro and his "World of Cardboard" Speech are immensely gratifying as a representation of Duncan's redemption and as Alejandro's "punishment" for everything he has done in World Tour (both canonically and in the fic).
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    • Courtney using a loophole in Chris' rules that allows Ezekiel to become the winner of the season.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Alejandro crosses this in the final chapter when he tries to kill Duncan with his own pocket knife and subverts My God, What Have I Done? when he stabs Duncan only to then reject the feelings of shock and guilt from going too far.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Several characters become much more likeable than in canon:
    • Owen is possibly the biggest example of this trope. How did he go from being a Creator's Pet to almost an Ensemble Dark Horse? By downplaying or downright removing his negative traits (the grossout, being a Dirty Coward, the Character Shilling, and being a spotlight stealer), focusing on his positive ones (his cheerfulness, his friendliness, his optimism, and his sense of fun and enthusiasm), having him mostly as a supporting character and comic relief rather than a main character, and having his humor coming from his goofy childlike naivety and his Odd Friendship with Noah rather than Toilet Humor. In fact, if it wasn't for Alien Cody, he would have been the funniest character of the story.
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    • Duncan is rather well received in this story, even by people who doesn't like him, mostly because he actually gets to face the consequences of his actions (namely cheating on Courtney), and leads to lots of Character Development.

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