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  • Anvilicious: Gripes with how the weight is dealt with in-series aside, the show is often criticized for its social commentary being extremely ham-fisted at best and downright tone-deaf at worst.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The show gets really weird overall in the later episodes, but the strangest part by far is when Patty, having been spiked with drugs, hallucinates that a talking donut encourages her to give into her selfish desires, and proceeds to do a complete 180 in her character arc and coldy dump Brick as a result.
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  • Bile Fascination: A lot of people hate watched the series after seeing the raving reviews on it. A few reviews say that the amount of sheer hate-watching was sufficient to increase views and warrant a second season for the show.
  • Cliché Storm: A lot of reviews pointed out that this is a problem of the show, saying that it relies on doing the predictable and what already has been done before.
  • Critical Dissonance: Most professional critics gave the show low scores, but home audiences' response was mostly positive. As of mid-August 2018, its scores by critics and audiences on Rotten Tomatoes are respectively 11% and 84%. However a closer look at these positive accounts by Into finds these reviews might not be legitimate.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: A major point of criticism is that not only are the characters unpleasant and the overall tone rather mean-spirited, but that all conflict in the series happens for its own sake. As a result, any and all attempts at Character Development fall apart right away because if the characters actually did grow, they'd stop making themselves miserable.
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  • Designated Hero: Patty is a jerkass who never seems to learn from her mistakes and actively does evil things to people around her, even those she says to care for.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In one episode of The Suite Life On Deck, Debby Ryan’s character Bailey argues in defense of beauty pageants.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The series had been branded as "fat-shaming" ever since its announcement, prompting several activist groups to create petitions for its cancellation even before it premiered.
  • What an Idiot!: Patty gets kidnapped in the final episodes by Roxy and Stella Rose, as they want to sabotage her attempt at competing at the Miss American Lady contest. Patty managed to escape from them and make it back to contest in time. Over there, she gets a weird text message from Magnolia that she can help her win the contest and that they should meet.
    You'd Expect: As Patty was just kidnapped by a rival, she would have an healthy amount of suspicion of anyone who tries to 'help' her with . Especially when it comes from someone who has proven to be a person who only cares about winning and sabotaged Patty earlier.
    Or at least: If Patty still wants to follow through, that she at least takes Brick and Nonny with her, since again: she just escaped from an kidnapping.
    Instead: Even though she thinks its weird Patty just speeds of, by herself. She runs into Christian all by herself, which eventually results in Patty killing Christian.
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