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  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Chas Dingle: Some view this character as a tragic figure, who's doing her best to keep her family together and has suffered through terrible situations whereas others see her as a woman who will put her son's happiness before anyone else, even at the cost at the people around her, takes her frustrations out unjustly on Paddy, complains at situations that are beyond her control, judgemental and hypocritical.
  • Critical Research Failure: British road signs are not in Helvetica font!
    • Since when did North Yorkshire have Philips Residiums on 6m posts (this actually was seen briefly in a shot from an outdoor scene in 2011). The lamp-posts went, needless to say.
  • Memetic Mutation: Paddy Interrupting Lesbian Couples, which has happened at least three times now. It's almost to the point of being a Running Gag.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Aaron's coming-out storyline in 2010 (which included a suicide attempt as he struggled to deal with it) was harsh at the time, but seemed like standard soapland Gayngst. In 2016, it's revealed that Aaron was abused by his father as a child, and that the trauma of this was a major reason why he had so much trouble accepting his sexuality, recasting an already dark storyline in an even darker light.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Robert Sugden is a terrible human being, but knowing his family history helps understand where he comes from and why he grew to become a terrible human being. He does have a nicer, kinder side, which he shows to very few people. At this point, this circle has expanded to include his sister Victoria and his husband Aaron.
      • Many felt sympathetic to him during the 2017 break-up with Aaron where he completely fell apart. The beating he took as a kid for kissing a boy and the subsequent suppression of his bisexuality is another point where many feel sympathetic to him.
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    • Liv Flaherty lies, steals and cheats, and is pretty snarky to everyone around her; on the other hand, her parents split up when she was a child (once her mother realised that her father had been abusing her half-brother), her mother moved her to a new city and changed their name, and she seems for the most part to just want someone to show her some attention and affection.
    • Charity, for all her manipulative behaviour over the years, was raped as a teenager by a police officer.
  • Never Live It Down: The show is often referred to in the media as the soap where everyone gets drunk and kidnaps each other. Not helping that kidnapping is a common choice of revenge/interrogating for Cain, Ross, and Robert, and that — in every episode — there's at least one scene of the locals in the Woolpack either arguing or discussing previous events, or how to get their revenge (usually by kidnapping).
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  • Ron the Death Eater: Some fans see Jacob as this whenever he's hostile towards David and Leyla, forgetting the fact that his behaviour is a consequenece of being groomed and manipulated by Maya.
  • The Scrappy: Jessie Grant. Try to find anyone who likes the character. Just go onto the Emmerdale facebook page and see how dislike she is.
  • Squick: Maya grooming teenager Jacob is enough to disgust many viewers.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Some fans were delighted that Jessie Grant was suspended from her job, after failing to report or even notice any hints of Maya's grooming of Jacob.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: A lot of viewers find it difficult to sympathize with Jacob in the Jacob/Maya abuse storyline. Although he's supposed to be the victim (and is clearly a victim of abuse and manipulation), the fact that he acts like such a smug dick towards his parents for trying to help him has irked a many viewers.

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