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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • Although fans were cheering when the tram crashed down on Molly Dobbs, the scenes afterwards with her and Baby Jack in the rubble were very sad. The baby survived anyway.
    • Non-fatal examples. Teresa and Natasha weren't well-liked but their exits were well received. Teresa realised that Lloyd was growing closer to Cheryl and opted to leave herself, realising their relationship would come to nothing. Her final scene has her waiting for Lloyd to leave before tearfully calling her son Daryl - implying she's going to patch things up with her family. Natasha meanwhile decided to walk around giving numerous people a "Reason You Suck" Speech - saving Gail Platt for last. She busts Gail for hacking into her medical records, getting her fired from her job. Her line "Back of the net!" was a couple years too early for Memetic Mutation status though.
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    • Although Sinead was never the most popular character (though she was far more palatable than her aunt Beth), it is impossible not to feel sorry for her when during her second pregnancy, she finds she has cancer, and for her to survive, she needs to both terminate her pregnancy, and her hysterectomy would cause her to never be able to have a baby again. While Sinead was able to safely deliver a healthy baby boy, her cancer rapidly worsens and becomes terminal. More fans than ever warmed to her seflessness and sweet nature despite what she was going through.
    • Robert had received a fairly large Hatedom due to being both dull, and pretty sleazy with his treatment of Michelle and Vicky (not that they were angels themselves, but his death scene, especially after he and Michelle had reached an understanding, was nonetheless sad.
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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite its popularity in Canada (see below), the show is fairly obscure in America as aside from viewers in northern states who could receive a nearby CBC station, no American channel ever really aired the show for any length of time. It aired briefly on PBS in the early 70s, the USA Network aired it for a short time in the early 80s (when they were desperate for programming), and the part-CBC owned cable net Trio aired it at some point before the CBC sold it to- ironically- USA Networks. It's only really been exposed around here via Hulu.
  • Angst? What Angst?: You can't help but notice how eerily well Peter Barlow took to two wives suffering two miscarriages between them. While each woman dealt with the devastation in their own way, he, on the other hand, took it all in stride and sadly cemented his Jerkass persona.
  • Arc Fatigue:
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    • The domestic abuse storyline. A full year after it started, it appeared to have reached its conclusion - only for Kirsty to find out Tyrone was planning to leave her immediately after they got married so he could get parental rights to his daughter. Kirsty then fell down the stairs after Tyrone moved out of the way of her attempted strike and accused him of abusing her.
    • Tracy Barlow's obsession with Steve McDonald. Even Kate Ford, who plays Tracy, is sick of it at this point.
    • The whole Pat Phelan Saga: No matter how many times he seems to come near being exposed for his many crimes and deceptions, he just happens to get away with it at the last moment so the story can drag out further. See creators pet below for more details on the character and how tedious the plot has become.
    • Yazmeen Nazir and Geoff Metcalfe's abuse story has been going on for long and has continuously been growing in vulgarity and cruelty. A lot of viewers have felt that the storyline has been dragged out for too long and the show has just been increasing Geoff's abuse for the sake of publicity.
  • Ascended Meme: You know a storyline's successful when the Prime Minister of the time comments about it in Parliament.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Frankie and Jamie's brief affair was unpopular with viewers, so Frankie called it off.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Sinead. She's either liked (or at the very least sympathized with) by fans due to being a confused young woman torn between two men and having to contend with having cancer and being pregnant or hated for being a manipulative slut who had two decent guys fighting over her in an unpopular storyline that hogged too much airtime and her reluctance to reveal her cancer diagnosis to Daniel, even after marrying him, and unwillingness to do anything about it coming off as incredibly selfish.
    • Gemma is either viewed as a funny, quirky who has been given a lot more depth from her first appearance or as an annoying and useless character who's the direct cause of Kylie's death and is now a Replacement Scrappy of her.
  • Broken Base: The focus on darker storylines has been divisive on the fanbase; half would call the show brave for tackling the darker subjects and for trying to raise awareness. Whereas, the other half believes the darker themes are unfitting for the series and borderline unrealistic due to the number of tragedies or types of tragedies that befall some of the characters.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Sean Tully was known for dominating storylines, despite his lack of popularity. What's more is that he would frequently become a Karma Houdini for his worse deeds - posing as Liz online to talk to Violet, who would normally have nothing to do with him; he's Easily Forgiven because he claims he just wanted to get to know his son (even though he got exposed when he used the account to shill himself against Violet).
    • There are suspicions of Tracy Barlow being one. Looking back over the years of all the horrid things she's done and the little to nothing she had to answer for it in the end, you have to wonder if she's just plain invincible.
    • Terry Duckworth who in spite of being an unlikable and irredeemable person, the writers have confirmed that they would never kill his character off.
    • Teresa Morton was thought to be one, as her more likeable family members were gradually axed from the show - while she remained. However her exit was well-received.
    • PAT PHELAN. A man who, as of the start of 2018, defrauded half the residents of the street, raped two women, killed four men, set his former rape victim Anna Windass up for attempted murder, committed god only knows how many more petty evils against various other characters, and gotten away with it all whilst easily being one of the DUMBEST villains to ever disgrace the cobbles in 57 years. The worst part? The writers must know just how unbelievably bad a criminal Phelan is, because they had the temerity to make him brag to Michael, a dying man, that “Napoleon would have loved me. He said he preferred his generals to be lucky than good.” There have been at least 5 times that Phelan has put himself in a situation where he can easily be arrested, killed or otherwise destroyed, and each time he’s gotten away with it. Word of Saint Paul is he'll be getting his before too long, likely in 2018. He finally did in June, courtesy of Anna stabbing him in the chest.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Oftentimes, especially within the last two decades. Everyone lives miserable and empty lives and never has any lasting good luck, as rare as it is. Relationships between family, friends and lovers never remain stable for long, due to infidelities, death or betrayal of some other form. Residents, especially returning residents, on the Street out of the blue end up taking several levels in jerkass. Others do horribly selfish things and never receive any punishment for it and yet still think it's their right to call people out on their behavior. Plus, usually there is an occasional true villain in the form of a criminal who really is a bad guy (or girl) instead of just your run-of-the-mill jerk who's more likely to be killed off. From 2017; the show lost a sense of justice as characters are instead killed off instead of being arrested or punished, in other cases, the villain somehow miraculously manages to survive and prolongs everyone else's suffering and evades the consequences of their actions.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Steve McDonald. Although he was much of a bad boy and had a record throughout his youth and he eventually grew up, it hasn't always been for the better. Even if his relationships with his many wives have had their ups and downs, oftentimes his behavior, be it cheating, stealing or just being an overall ass to them (like setting up Vicki to take the fall for his criminal misgivings or getting Max taken away from him and Becky) mostly portrayed in the right. Possibly the worst examples of his supposed heroism include during the minibus crash (which was an accident) and he wasn't hurt, instead of trying to help any of the injured or help extricate some of the passengers, he wanders off and it's excused because we learn he's suffering from depression and the whole fiasco of his cheating and getting Leanne pregnant is forgiven by some because of how much they dislike Michelle.
    • Beth Sutherland, in 2019 and 2020. Mostly, her bitchy and judgemental nature hasn't been portrayed as a good trait, but the writers seem to think her attitude towards her nephew-in-law is ok! This has been heightened, as although initially she did have a point, as he seemed to have moved on while Sinead was still alive, her violent, aggressive attitude towards Daniel and Bethany has become increasingly hateful, to the point she ruined Sarah's hen party at the news that Daniel and Bethany were moving away. The way that particular episode was framed, you'd think she was the good guy!
  • Designated Villain: Twice:
    • Zeedan Nazir in the Rana-Zeedan-Kate love triangle story. Zeedan's actions were portrayed as villainous and homophobic, such as; Accepting the bribe from Rana's father to keep the marriage going, outing Rana for having an affair in front of her parents and trying to sabotage Kate and Rana's relationship. Can you really blame him for this? They had an affair, Rana lied to him by agreeing to start a family with him and he was betrayed by a close friend and co-worker. He was also expected to forgive them by his grandmother Yasmeen. Granted, his actions were disproportionate but they still crossed the line first.
    • Johnny Connor in the factory strike storyline, the factory skived off work by watching a film while he was out. While they did do some work to compensate beforehand, they still skived off on working hours and acted like Johnny was in the wrong for docking their wages as punishment.
  • Dork Age:
    • Michelle discovering that Ryan wasn't biologically hers, swapped with another boy called Alex. Alex disappeared after a few weeks and the storyline was panned by fans and critics. The writers appeared to retcon it from existence until 2018 when Alex returned.
    • Kevin and Molly's affair was universally despised, for it being a Strangled by the Red String Romantic Plot Tumor and the downright uncomfortable love scenes. Karl and Sunita's years later was almost like a Recycled Script of it - and was equally hated.
    • The 'relationship' between Jamie and Frankie. Numerous viewers and critics expressed Squick at it. Even Frankie called it off when it got too icky for her.
    • Ken abruptly leaving Deirdre to go and live with Denise, hoping to rekindle his relationship with his son Daniel. Mostly because viewers found it a waste of time and knew Ken and Deirdre would inevitably reconcile. Fans also felt a similar way towards the affair with Martha - as it seemed like an odd way to shoehorn Stephanie Beacham onto the show.
    • Leanne having a baby after a one night stand with Steve, a character she rarely interacted with outside the Rovers.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • Ivy Tilsley (later Brennan) suffered badly from this. In her earliest appearances (when she only made the occasional appearance as one of the factory girls) her surname was Tyldesley and she said she had a husband called Arthur. As time passed Arthur was briefly renamed Wilf, and then renamed again and became Jack, who actually made two appearances on the show with it being stated the pair were childless despite trying. Several years after her introduction, the producers made the decision to move Ivy onto the street and completely rewrote her backstory. Jack was retconned out of existence and replaced with Bert, and Ivy gained a 20-year old son in the form of Brian.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Richard Hillman is still fondly remembered as one of the greatest TV villains of all time, and it's more than a decade since he died trying to drown his family.
    • During the 90s, Raquel Wolstenholme-Watts was considered this, from her beauty to her 80s outfits and her well-known French lessons with Ken.
    • If including couples in this respect, then Jack and Vera Duckworth would also get the vote due to being happily married (well, most of the time) and despite both dying off the show, ended up being together in the end.
    • The original ED married couple, the Ogdens, Stan and Hilda, even 25+ years after his demise and her exit. In spite of the fact that many fans and even Corrie producers wanted her to return, her actress refused every time, right up until her death, due to her disapproval of the quality of the show in its later years.
    • Stacey aka Orchid, the conwoman who pretended to be a Thai mail order bride was a minor one. Her actress Casey Lee Jolleys was surprised that she was so remembered after only a ten-episode arc - and she'd expected to be hated for trying to con Fred, but was surprised at the warm reception. They ended up bringing her back two years later to give Stacey a redemption arc.
    • Sophie Webster was one as a teenager. Fans loved her Deadpan Snarker tendencies as she often played the comic relief to Rosie's drama queen tendencies.
    • Maya Sharma quickly entered Magnificent Bitch status when she managed to get Sunita arrested on her wedding day - by marrying several other men in her name and busting her for bigamy. Let's not get started on her revenge after getting released from prison.
    • Jenny Bradley since her 2015 return for being an interesting character and her generally liked relationship with Johnny.
    • Emma, for her Adorkable nature. Whenever she appears, her innocence and kindness is evident. It says a lot that many Coronation fans prefer her with Chesney to Gemma with Chesney when Emma was introduced as a Romantic False Lead for David, and latterly, that seemed to be her role with Chesney.
  • Fair for Its Day: The gay storyline involving Todd. Yes, it involved a previously established straight character suddenly coming out and carrying on an affair behind his girlfriend's back. However, it still portrayed Todd sympathetically, any hostility towards him was about the fact that it was an affair (rather than it being with another man) and it eventually resulted in the entire pub standing up for Todd against Les Battersby's homophobia. This was in 2003 and was one of the first times a gay storyline had ever been done in British soaps. There was a mountain of controversy over having gay characters at all. Todd remained a series regular for at least a year, during which another gay character was introduced (and they weren't paired together). Todd was most definitely a trailblazer for the very popular Sophie and Sian pairing that followed.
  • Fetish Retardant: This was the reaction to the makeout between Deirdre and Lewis (Nigel Havers).
  • Franchise Original Sin: Although a storyline of there being a Serial Killer who ends up dying instead of being apprehended is nothing new, the creation of the wildly popular Richard Hillman has led the writers to try repeatedly to replicate his popularity/persona. Even well over a decade after his demise, characters such as Tony Gordon, John Stape, Frank Foster, Callum Logan and (most notoriously) Pat Phelan have been created as an attempt to be the criminal mastermind that Hillman was, with far less successful results.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Anne Kirkbride's exit episode depicts Deirdre Barlow throwing a trifle while declaring that 'Jelly shouldn't run, it should wobble!' This has drawn a few laughs and inspired at least one meme, but due to fate getting in the way this was one of the last scenes she filmed before her death. In fact, when Deirdre's onscreen death is announced, it is stated that an aneurysm was the suspected case.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show is very popular in Canada, so much that cast members do regular meet and greets with fans over there and having their various hour-long specials air on CBC. Also, the country's airings of the episodes only trail the UK's by a few weeks versus back in the 2000s, when it was nine months behind.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Back around Christmastime 2004 while speaking with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Karen, Steve McDonald spoke about supercouple Jack and Vera Duckworth and how he would bet money that when one of them passes away, it will be in the other one's arms. A little over three years later, it didn't happen that way; Vera died alone sitting in Jack's favorite armchair. That said, Steve was still in a sense still right when Jack died two-and-a-half years after his beloved wife and her ghost appeared to him (which by the way speaks volumes because this never happens on Corrie), eager to usher him into the afterlife with her and embracing him again before they left. However, the scene may once again be back into the former as both Bill Tarmey and Liz Dawn have since passed away (although he died before she did).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Before getting cast in the soap, Alison King had starred in an ad for Daz detergent - which parodied Coronation Street in a soap called 'Cleaner Close'. One that frequently ran while Coronation Street was airing too.
  • Idiot Plot: Seriously, what did you think would happen if you dragged Pat Phelan back to Weatherfield and try to keep him captive, Gary? The entire debacle could have been avoided if Gary had called the police, especially since Phelan is currently wanted by the police for four murders.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Leanne Tilsley. Despite being a manipulative opportunist, a cheat, a homewrecker and usually a total bitch, things have really stunk for her in her life. Her mother abandoned her at birth, she's forced to abort the child she created with the husband she loves, she gets addicted to drugs and works as a prostitute to pay for said addiction, she suffers a miscarriage with her second husband, who then cheats on her and eventually marries the other woman, her next husband (who was also her first husband) cheats and slept with his sister-in-law on Christmas day, possibly impregnating her, watches her one-time fiancé die in an explosion and her stepson, who used to love her like his own mother, verbally and physically abuses her. Unfortunately for her fans, it becomes less woobie and more Jerkass with her getting pregnant with Steve's child and it causing problems between her and Nick while she disapproves and even temporarily disowns Toyah for getting involved with Peter.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Come on, you didn't really believe that Nick was going to drown in that quicksand, did you?
  • Memetic Mutation: Granted, it was before the internet became as prominent, but the "Free The Weatherfield One" campaigns that sprung up across the UK after Deirdre Rachid (presently Barlow) was falsely imprisoned.
    • Gail Platt loves olives. Explanation 
  • Moe: Emma. Aww. Even her reaction to Chesney and Gemma was adorable. And she is always bubbly and friendly.
  • Narm:
    • When Izzy took a strong form of cannabis in 2016 and was freaking out and having hallucinations because of it was obviously meant to be serious and scary but came across as hilarious and badly-acted instead.
    • Fiz's reaction to her baby being born with a hole in her heart - "her heart's not big enough to have a hole in it" - was met with universal laughter rather than sadness. Also, her over the top Freak Out reaction to the tram crash and bellowing out "JOHN! JOHN!!" fearing he was a victim and her Screaming Birth sounded more like she was (badly) singing opera and a nurse displayed right after the delivery that she gave birth to a picture of Hope.
    • The butcher ghost in December 2018. The effects made it look like a live-action Scooby Doo episode, especially when Kirk and Dev run out the door and encounter a bewildered Peter Barlow. With Dev responding to his concerns by blowing a raspberry.
    • Lewis' death. It was meant to be tragic, but some people found it ridiculous that we were expected to grieve for a Manipulative Bastard.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Sylvia Goodwin and Gloria Price were two lackluster replacements for the popular Blanche Hunt. Fan reception to both women was lukewarm at best and both characters were gone within less than two years of their respective introductions. The latter may be more hated due to being overall unlikable with no Pet the Dog moments like the former had and for stealing Dennis away from Rita.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Inverted. Michelle Connor was actually quite popular when introduced. However as she dominated more and more storylines (and they got really weird), fans grew sick of her and despised her.
    • Around 2003 Peter Barlow was 'the most hated man in Britain' but one recovery from alcoholism and amazingly cute child later, his injury was a central part of the 50th Anniversary special.
    • Abi Franklin was a genuine scrappy in her early, arrogant days; however a few heaping doses of Character Development (such as admitting that she’s a terrible mother, getting and trying to maintain a steady job, and her friendship with Sally after protecting her during her stint in prison) have made her a much more tolerable character. It helps that she’s hasn’t lost much of her snark despite becoming much nicer.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Davy Jones of The Monkees guest starred in a 1960 episode as Ena Sharples' grandson.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Yasmeen and Geoff of the Destructive Romance variety. Fans were so desperate for their extremely prolonged Domestic Abuse story to end to free up Yasmeen for happier stories that the showrunner resorted to promising fans that it would end towards the end of 2020.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Tina. She gradually became this in the eyes of the fans of the show, after her cheating with Peter after knowing full well how horrible it is — see above— and her Jerkass behaviour (threatening to report Rob and Tracy's illegal merchandise simply out of spite) before she died. Another cause was her being featured too often in every scene leading up to her death.
    • Janice Battersby. There have been many more over the years, but most are either Rescued from the Scrappy Heap or written out, whereas Janice remained for years despite the fan's dislike.
    • Kevin got very unlikeable too in post-2010 storylines, although some think Kevin was worse back in 1997 and 1998 with his affair with Natalie Horrocks and Sally's affair with Greg Kelly. Even throughout the 2000s prior to his affair with Molly, he was only the lesser of the two evils regarding him and Sally.
    • Sean Tully. Very hated by fans, some suggesting he is still there because he is friends with the producer.
    • Kirsty Soames. In addition to her long, long storyline, she was just unpleasant and manipulative and made you feel really bad for Tyrone to go from one horrid excuse of a lover to another in such a short time.
    • Beth, for her unspeakable selfishness in general, and for describing Aidan's suicide as selfish. She further pushed herself this way by getting aggressive towards the Platts, and then having the nerve to refer to Aidan as a "top bloke" to Maria, after the nasty aforementioned comment.
    • Abi Franklin. She's a known drug addict, she neglects her own children and forces her son Seb to sacrifice his personal life by looking after the twins. She allowed her then boyfriend to beat Seb and never bothered telling Seb that he was HIV positive. When she got out of rehab she broke into Eileen's house and proceeded to live there without her knowledge, when Eileen found out She threatened to sue her for assault and Seb discovered that Abi stole his money as well. While Eileen eventually moved out, Abi immediately moved in without paying or permission. After everything that's happened, she still has the audacity to see herself as a great mother and happily verbally abuse others. These days, however, see Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
    • Ryan was widely disliked when he was portrayed by Sol Heras. Whereas Ben Thompson's portrayal of him showed that, whilst he was still a troublemaker, still loved his mother and even had a Hope Spot of him going off the university, the recasting had him as lazy, disrespectful drug addict/dealer who pushed drugs onto Sophie and broke up Chesney and Katy. Heras' acting also didn't help matters.
    • Hannah, Jim McDonald's 2018 girlfriend. A master manipulator, she conspired with Jim to impersonate his and Liz's supposed long-dead daughter Katie, claiming she'd been mistaken for another dead baby in the hospital. She wasn't, she was just scamming Liz for money, and Katie was indeed dead all along.
    • Tyler, Simon's ex-friend who was a Toxic Friend Influence, and his equally obnoxious mother Vicky, who creates trouble with everyone at the factory just to get a reaction out of them, especially Sinead.
    • Gary is definitely becoming a scrappy now, with his selfish and cruel behaviour that led to Rana being killed, letting Carla think she is to blame and eventually taking his frustrations out on Sarah of all people.
    • Bernie Winter hasn't exactly been a likeable character, she barges back into Gemma's life to steal money that was intended for their babies, tried to seduce Chesney, used her daughter's urine to sell fake pregnancy tests, shoplifts, fakes a charity, lacks sympathy for Sinead then ungratefully slanders Chesney for profit.
  • Serial Escalation: One of the biggest moments in the first decade of the series was when a train derailed from the viaduct. In the 1980s, it was the Rovers catching fire. Since then, the Rovers has caught fire another time, the Corner Shop has been set fire with its owners in it, a fire and propane tank explosion struck the luxury flats, the bistro exploded and caused a tram to crash into the Corner Shop and the Kabin, and the factory has burned down twice. The street has seen no fewer than three serial killers, part of a run of about two dozen murders on the street since the 1970s. Of those murders, only four had been committed before the 1980s.
  • Shocking Moments:
    • The Joinery explosion/Tram crash in December 2010.
    • Pat Phelan forcing Andy Carver to kill Vinny Ashford in exchange for his freedom, and then Phelan kills Andy because he couldn't risk freeing him or letting him report his crimes to the police.
    • Geoff Metcalfe killing Yasmeen Nazir's chicken, Charlotte, and then tricking Yasmeen into eating her pet after cooking it.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The series made darker storylines to raise awareness of controversial issues.
  • Song Association: The Wannadies' "You & Me" will always be associated with Richard Hillman trying to kill his family via Murder-Suicide.
  • Special Effect Failure: During the infamous scene of David pushing Gail down the stairs, not only was her dramatic fall illogical (down the second flight of stairs; given her body weight, she should have just landed at the bottom of the first landing), but over the obviously-a-stunt-double's head-first landing in the living room. Here's the scene in all its glory.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • After surviving a minor car crash, Janice Battersby acts like even more of a Spoiled Brat than ever, and goes about ruining Sally Webster's work. Sally finally snaps and punches her in the nose. Not only that but it went further by Danny Baldwin firing Janice (again), and not one person sprang to her defense.
    • Alya being blasted by Carla for her pretentious behavior.
    • Tracy being irritated by Liam. As she is such a Karma Houdini, it is always a pleasure to see her attacked or annoyed. Another example is when Becky and Gail blasted her in 2010, or when David, Gail, Becky and others made it clear to Deirdre they were sorry Claire hadn't successfully killed her in 2011. Her being rejected and attacked by both Seb and Abi also counts. After what she did to Abi, it's impossible to have any sympathy for her.
    • Audrey telling Nick he's fake and phoney.
    • Following on from above, while poor Lily didn't deserve to have her birthday ruined and Shona was obviously having a hard time controlling Max at this moment, was anyone actually sympathetic to Nick when Max went for him with the rubber mallet?
    • Tracy's humiliation after her affair with Paula. This results in Amy being disgusted with her, and Paula telling her how malicious and selfish she is, and even gentle Emma being irritated by her rudeness.
    • Nina telling Beth after the latter attempts her usual self-righteous vitriol that the real crime is her throwing nice clothes away. Later, Carla asks her if she's not going to be annoying, and then adding- "Oh wait, that's impossible, isn't it?"
    • Daniel telling Beth Sinead wouldn't have wanted her being involved with Bertie if she had known the way her aunt was going to behave. This is exactly what many viewers have been thinking.
    • Shona spilling a drink on Bernie. Bernie's selfish and arrogant attitude towards her daughter and son-in-law certainly earns her no sympathy in this instance.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Due to the increase in darker storylines, the show attempted to balance out the darker moments with cringe comedy or overly sappy moments.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Poppy was widely liked by fans, awaiting some kind of plot for her. The most she ever did was tell Tara that Dev cheated on her with Lisa. She was abruptly axed when she got into a few arguments with Betty in the pub.
    • Natasha spent ages as a side character, aside from a brief fling with Tony. The first time she got any kind of focus was the start of her exit storyline.
    • Crosses over with They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot. Tracy Barlow actually got some Character Development following Rob's arrest, culminating in risking her own life to save Carla's in the minibus crash. It doesn't stick. Not long after Tracy's back to her old Jerkass self and her Odd Friendship with Carla returns to hatred. Working with Mary appears to have rubbed off a bit, however.
    • Katy Armstrong was a sweet and pretty girl with a loving relationship with Chesney that produced a son. She then turned into a jerk who cheated on him, then dumped him and moved away, only to be unceremoniously killed offscreen in October 2017 as an excuse to bring Chesney's son Joseph back to the street and cause more friction in the already grating Love Triangle of Chesney, Sinead and Daniel.
    • Both Jamie Baldwin and Violet Wilson were among some of the most earnest and likable characters on the street. Instead of making them the more memorable and fleshed out characters they could have been, the former ended up being wasted in an icky storyline involving a relationship with his stepmother while the latter was initially set up to be a loving partner for Jason but was subjected to Sarah coming in between them and acting like a bitch just because she could. When she ended up pregnant with Sean's child he stepped up to help and they moved away together, seemingly to greener pastures, but no. Even away from the street, a later appearance by them still depicted the couple as miserable as ever and sniping away at each other.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • One of the series' most iconic and well-loved characters, Deirdre Barlow, passed away in 2015. Her funeral, which should have been a beautiful send-off to a longtime and important character in universe, was instead somewhat downplayed in favor for Carla Connor's gratuitous gambling problem, to many fans' chagrin.
    • Sinead's death could have been a lot more meaningful and graceful if they had left out the affair storyline between Daniel and Bethany. The affair was unnecessary and needlessly added to the tragedy of Sinead's death.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Played with in an episode. Toyah Battersby, an art student, tries to pass off her slovenly stepfather Les' chair, covered in debris such as empty beer cans and old cigarette stubs, as her art project to her tutor. He tells her about an occasion where he had a student who tried to pass off a pile of bricks as his art project, which the tutor didn't buy, and he failed him. He then asks Toyah to explain how her "project" is anything other than a ratty chair covered in rubbish. She improvises a pretentious explanation about how it represents the British working class, which the tutor doesn't buy, until he sees Les for himself, and agrees it is an accurate representation of him, which causes him to not only give her a high grade, but also recommend her project for an exhibit. It's particularly funny because Toyah literally threw the whole thing together at the last minute using the first things that came to hand, because she had neglected her project until only moments before the tutor turned up at her house.
  • Uncanny Valley: For Tony's stag party, they all wore "Tony" masks - flat unmoving faces with little cutout eyes peering out.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Nick Tilsley, especially during the whole "Who's the Daddy?" storyline and its aftermath. As unfortunate as it is to have lasting brain damage, it was still his own fault for sleeping with his brother's wife on Christmas. He should have known by now who his brother was, what, if pushed far enough, he was capable of and should have just manned up and confess to David and Leanne in the first place. Plus, in addition to being an unsympathetic character already, it may come off as a form of Laser-Guided Karma for sleeping with his then-best friend's wife in a year earlier while said ex-best friend was recovering from serious injuries he had sustained. It's not helped by the fact that after the accident, Nick (falsely) claimed that his brother David had tried to kill him, resulting in David being ostracized from his family, kicked out of his own home, sacked from his job, denied access to his children and treated like a monster on par with Richard Hillman.
    • Earlier before Sophie and Sian were open about being together, Claire had walked in on them kissing while they were briefly filling in for her babysitting Dev's children. During this time Simon and Adi had done some rough housing and the latter bumped his head. Sophie and Sian letting Claire take the fall at Roy and Hayley's wedding was meant to be a low moment for the two - showing that they needed to stop lying. Except Sian lied because Claire had chosen to say that she walked in on them kissing - a detail she didn't need to reveal, effectively outing two confused and scared teenage girls - and she had promised to keep it a secret. So Claire being thought of as a child abuser came across as Laser-Guided Karma instead.
    • Beth's attitude towards Daniel. Yes, it's understandable that she was pissed off that he moved on towards Bethany so quickly, but it doesn't excuse her vicious nature and lack of understanding.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The show likes to put "modern" terms in the episode but it doesn't look or sound normal:
    • Carla and Toyah used a hashtag in a conversation. For example, Carla said "Hashtag relationship goals" after walking past a bemused Peter and Toyah.
    • The show uses substitutes when talking about modern subjects. Maria met Michele's ex, Will Chatterton, in a Tinder-esque app. Then, Ryan and Alex were looking for Ryan's cryptocurrency "whipcoin".
    • One of the worst examples was an app developer who briefly appeared in 2019 who, for some bizarre reason, spoke only in internet memes, especially ones that hadn't been popular for a number of years.
    • The comic relief plot with Maria Connor had her use the phrase "Netflix and chill" on a dating app and receiving applicants who were too embarrassing and outright awkward to be funny or realistic. Applicants ranging from a man whose mother crashed the date, a man who kept talking about multiple women who died after dating him, and a man telling her on their first date that he's a furry who enjoys acting like a dog.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Sarah Platt throughout much of 2015. Even as she knew and witnessed firsthand the hell that Callum Logan was putting David, his family and the rest of the family through, she still thought it was a good idea to date him and let her daughter be around him. Then, as she tries to set him up to go to jail by tricking him into confessing to one of his many crimes, her own nervousness/stupidity caused the plan to be discovered by him, he attacks her and things only go downhill from there. The effects of this decision are still being felt years later (and possibly forever, as Kylie's now dead indirectly because of her and she gave birth to Callum's baby after his demise.)
    • When Martin Platt had been trying to start a relationship with a woman called Robin, she found out he'd been suspended from his nursing job for assault. Martin's only explanation was "he had it coming" and "he messed up Sarah's life". He didn't elaborate that the man he assaulted - Karl - seduced Todd while he was with Sarah and encouraged him to have an affair (while she was pregnant). And not to mention the shock of it all caused her to miscarry.
    • Sarah Platt gets this again in 2017 and early 2018. She was obviously disgusted by Bethany's middle-aged boyfriend and didn't say anything to stop it, believing that it would ruin her and Bethany's relationship. If she had said something then Bethany's ordeal could have been resolved earlier. If that wasn't bad enough, when Bethany was fired from being a lapdancer Sarah returned to the club alone and talked to her boss and got Bethany's job back. Sarah knows Bethany is underage and had just gone through a traumatic ordeal, she should have intervened or tried to rebuild their relationship with different methods rather than getting her job back. What ends up happening is that Bethany gets arrested for causing grievous bodily harm to a customer after having a PTSD flashback when his friends tried to force her into giving a lapdance for him.
    • In 2015 David Platt has the idea to plant incriminating evidence in Callum Logan's car. However, Andy Carver is caught by Callum and is taken away to be tortured for answers. David didn't call the police when he saw this. It would have been the perfect opportunity to catch him since the police would have caught him the middle of torturing Andy, and David could have just told them that he was trying to figure out what happened to Kylie and to protect Max from a known criminal. The worst that would happen is that David would be arrested for owning drugs and Andy would be severely injured but not dead. Instead, David decides to save Andy himself without calling anyone beforehand.
    • In 2019, Simon Barlow barely survives a boat fire and the arsonist is unidentified. While reviewing the factory footage, Carla discovers that Roy had accidentally knocked over a lantern while sleepwalking. Rather than, show the footage to Roy and Peter and explain the fire was just an accident. Carla decides to delete the footage and vows to protect Roy from the authorities. Even though, the authorities are likely to deem the fire an accident as well due to the footage. In other cases, they will analyse Roy's sleep pattern and confirm that his actions were a result of sleepwalking, which would acquit him. Peter would also understand that the fire was just an accident and should know that Roy wouldn't put someone's life at risk like this. Instead, Carla needlessly throws herself under the bus and becomes a suspect.
    • Gail Platt and her short-lived relationship with Lewis Archer. Gail frequently tore into Audrey for repeatedly dating him and taking him back. However, Lewis not only manages to convince Gail to date him but, he also convinces her to leave the country with him. Even Lewis points out how stupid this was in a video confession after taking everything in her bank account and telling everyone how Gail didn't think twice about abandoning them.
    • Tim's mother, Elaine, comes back after abandoning him out of fear of Geoff, Yasmeen tries to talk to her about helping in the trial and talking to Tim. Elaine refuses at first but decides to talk to Tim herself so Yasmeen wouldn't twist her words. Elaine just walks up to him at work, dramatically builds up to the reveal that she's Geoff's first wife, how she changed her identity and how she's Tim's mum... and Tim doesn't believe her and kicks her out because he doesn't remember her and because Geoff told him his mum was dead. Elaine should have just explained everything without the theatrics and, more importantly, provided evidence; like a baby photo or a DNA test, because anyone can walk up to the door and claim to be a parent. Sally and Alya are also of the opinion that Tim should automatically believe her to be his mum, despite the police outright telling them how stupid Tim would have to be to immediately accept a complete stranger to be his long-dead mum. Tim also tells them that they are being inconsiderate of his feelings on the matter, (to him at least) they are trying to drive a wedge between him and his dad for someone who is currently in jail for assaulting him.
  • Why Would Anyone Take Him Back?:
    • The overall fan reaction to Sunita Alahan returning to Dev after he failed to disclose that he had a teenage daughter. Then again when he took her back a few years later during her gratuitous affair with Karl.
    • Anytime a past love returns to either Peter or Nick, particularly with Leanne. They are clearly incapable of being a decent, faithful, partners and the latter couple has reunited at least twice in spite of their disapproving families and them bringing out the worst in each other.
  • The Woobie:
    • Chesney Brown from the time of having to live virtually destitute with his awful mother when he was a child, falling for and fathering a child with his girlfriend, only for her to fall for a complete jerk then eventually move away with the child, develop feelings for another woman who constantly two-timed him and left him for the other man and then had to contend with the mother of his child being killed in a car accident.
    • Daniel Osbourne. Abandoned by both of his parents by the time he's a teenager, he grows up to be a brilliant student but a very deeply troubled with mental instabilities. He returns years later to visit his father's side of the family, but they are more or less dismissive of him. Then he finds a girlfriend that he loves and gets pregnant, only to learn that his father convinced her to get an abortion and then he tried to kill him for their strained relationship and for possibly destroying his only chance of a family. And after the truth comes out over what he did, he becomes a pariah to his family and said girlfriend leaves him for her ex-boyfriend. They do get back together but she's diagnosed with cervical cancer, which was cured for a while until it returned as terminal cancer during their wedding, forcing him to dote on her every need and face the future as a single father. During Sinead's final day, he kisses Bethany Platt in a moment of emotional vulnerability which causes both of them to become pariahs and cause Sinead's cancer to escalate. Sinead then dies, leaving Daniel a single father with no support from Sinead's family and a crushing sense of guilt for escalating his wife's death.
    • Jack Webster. The poor little boy has sepsis, and had to have his foot amputated. This has now got even worse, as while he was starting to get some hope with a one-legged race, he ended up falling and bleeding. However, he managed to have some triumph as he was responsible for Bryan being vindicated for his cruel treatment at the hands of Phil.
    • Where to begin with Bethany Platt, when she was a child she nearly died when she accidentally ate a vast amount of drugs and was hospitalised. When she returned to the street as a teenager, she was then bullied mercilessly by the other teens to a point of developing body confidence issues and she was manipulated by a criminal who was suddenly found dead under her house. Her mum was institutionalised after having a nervous breakdown, her aunt was murdered, her uncle, David, tried to commit murder-suicide to avenge her and was then sent to jail when her second uncle, Nick, framed him for money laundering. After being kissed by an emotionally vulnerable Daniel Osbourne during the death of his wife, she was then blamed for Sinead's death and portrayed as the instigator of the kiss due to her feelings for him. The worst of it all was when she was groomed by ephebophiles and systematically raped by older men, where she then developed severe PTSD from the incident.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Some people have argued this with Simon Barlow's actor Alex Bain. Although Bain's race has never been publicly disclosed, some viewers believe that Simon has noticeably dark skin for a child born to a Caucasian couple. People are generally willing to look past this one though, because Alex has been a great actor even since being introduced as a child.
    • Similarly, Eileen's father was played by Edward De Souza, of partial Indian ancestry. Although he has played characters who are clearly supposed to be white (he was a regular hero in Hammer Horror films), he has often played "exotic" characters, Mrs. Warboys' Portugeuse lover in One Foot in the Grave, Bond's sheik ex-classmate in The Spy Who Loved Me, and is noticeably olive-skinned, compared to blonde Eileen. Ironic considering the fuss about his grandson's father being black.

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