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  • Adorkable: In HSL: Armin the videogame nerd, and Nathaniel and Kentin for both being easily flustered and studious. In UL: Hyun for being enthusiastic and sometimes silly.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Since the game's start, many fans requested other skin color options. Beemoov was mostly silent on the issue, usually opting to let the fans argue among themselves. Come the fourth anniversary, twelve different skin tones were introduced. And in both University Life and Love Life, five skin tones are automatically available and whichever one you chose would appear in the illustrations (something that was never implemented in High School Life).
    • Many of the changes introduced in UL rankled the fanbase, leading to a lot of criticisms against both UL and Beemoov. In an attempt to address these criticisms, the team released a Q&A on the forums. It kinda worked, but many others were still dissatisfied. It wasn't until certain actions were taken that the rage really died down, including a regular schedule for episode releases, the addition of spin off episodes for the removed love interests, and the removal of the AP cap (a HUGE one).
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Nathaniel is arguably the most complex character in the game. Is he really a nice, responsible lad who loves school? Or is he simply putting on a show for his really strict parents? When he was a child he used to be a horrible little menace but has he really matured past all of his negative traits from back then? There are very strong hints that point to "no".
    • Is Amber just an Alpha Bitch who picks on Candy out of shallow jealousy (Candy comes to school and immediately has a lot of friends and can catch the attention of her crush AND brother)? Or is it possible that Nathaniel isn't the only one being abused and her worst traits stem from some outside force that destroys her self-esteem (and she has a really poor way of handling it)?
    • Dakota/Dake. Is he really a Chivalrous Pervert Surfer Dude who is so arrogant that he can't even comprehend a girl NOT falling in love with him? Or is he like Kentin, a decent guy who genuinely cares for your Candy, and is just putting on a masculine front to hide his insecurities? His nicer actions combined with his general behavior make it hard for many fans to really come up with a common conclusion.
    • Candy herself. In earlier episodes, it seemed easy to dismiss her doormat-like behavior (her tolerance of people constantly asking her to do things, the way that all her classmates were so Easily Forgiven after Castiel's arc, etc.) as simply an attempt to avoid drama and make her bland enough that she could function as blank slate for the player to project themselves onto. However, later episodes have begun to establish her as a bit of a people pleaser and imply that she has low self-esteem (Patrick, the art teacher, even mentions to Philip that she could use more confidence after knowing her for only two days). This could be why she seems so unwilling to stand up for herself.
    • In UL, Priya is a dating option. With that in mind, if you go back and look at Candy's thoughts about her female classmates (especially Rosalya, both in general and definitely in Episode 32), it's possible to interpret Candy as being bisexual all along.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: In a bizarre subversion, Amber after episode 23. First she learns that her father was an abusive jerk and her mother stood by and let it happen, and then she's separated from Nathaniel because he moves out for good. Your candy is at first sympathetic, but then Amber basically reverts back to being an Alpha Bitch losing a good chunk of sympathy from not only Candy, but the fandom as well. But then the last 10 episodes give Amber more depth to her personality and hint at how she may have been negatively affected by her home life as well increasing the sympathy again.
    • In episode 10 of UL, Rosalya has a miscarriage which is a devastating event. Made even worse by the fact that she was clearly overjoyed with the pregnancy and had already decorated the room. A great majority of players are quite understanding of the fact that she is grieving even if it lead to her to say some nasty things about adoption...
    • Alexy is also a case in the same episode. Rosalya makes a comment about how she could never love an adopted child as much as she would've loved her biological one which is a VERY cold and harsh blow to anyone whose been adopted.
  • Broken Base: Oh, where to even begin?:
    • As with any Choose-Your-Own-Adventure game, the player does not have 100% control over Candy's story, the script does. As a result, there are decisions that Candy makes on her own that players either disagree with on principle, or feel that it doesn't match their Candy's personality and story.For example  Compounding matters is the fact that, after the first major arc, the story becomes more and more linear. After a certain point, the main difference between one player's experience to another's is which love interest's route their on.
    • Nathaniel's abusive backstory and how Candy handled the situation when she found out. Some praised it as Reality Ensues for its more realistic portrayal of handling a child abuse case and for how Candy did her best to get Nathaniel out of a dangerous situation. Others thought that she shouldn't have interfered and way overstepped her boundaries. This half believes that after Nathaniel told her to stay out of it, she should've listened.
    • If you're on Nathaniel's route in HSL Episode 29, Peggy will take photos of Melody without her permission. Some were appalled that Candy didn't really doing anything to dissuade Peggy from potentially hurting Melody like that. Even if they were annoyed by Melody's flirtations with Nathaniel, they still found this to be a Kick the Dog moment. They add that Melody was feeling what Candy felt towards Priya when she was first introduced, and that Candy should have know better and empathized. Others were already very uncaring towards Melody for her petty behavior to Candy, and felt that even after the heart-to-heart talk they both had, she still tried to rush after Nathaniel and seems to forget all about the friendship. They find her desperation rather appalling because it seems that her friendship with Candy comes second to her feelings for Nathaniel. Especially since she doesn't seem to take Nathaniel's feelings into account, and with Candy and Priya, they at least came to a complete understanding, with Priya even deciding to help Candy.
    • In Episode 39 of HSL, if you aren't on Armin's route, he will make out with Amber at the school dance. This led to a huge outcry from people who were outraged/disgusted by Armin showing interest in the Alpha Bitch and those who stated that the fact that Candy choosing a certain boy means the rest of the bachelors are free to pursue other relationships with other people, including Amber. Interestingly enough, your Candy is also distraught when she catches them and it's unclear why. Additionally, your Candy decides to take things a step further with her boyfriend and goes so far as to take his shirt off. Some of the fandom are really excited about the maturity, others were upset that the scene wasn't made optional.
    • University Life was met with many criticisms, many of which persist to the present day. These include but aren't limited to:
      • The change to the AP system. The system was already contentious (see Scrappy Mechanic for details), but after the change, it became even more so: episodes that previously took 400 to 800AP to complete now take anywhere between 1800 to 2500. Lots of fans considered this a money grubbing move while others like the ability to explore the environment without worrying about wasted AP.
      • The removal of Kentin, Lysander, and Armin as love interests. Players who were on one or more of their routes were distraught to see their fave(s) being replaced. Other fans pointed out that this allowed space for other potentially interesting dates, including a Gay Option.
      • How Candy ended her relationship with whomever she dated in high school. To many, it was a poorly done, cheap excuse to end a perfectly good relationship. Those who disagree say that doing it this way avoids the drama of having Candy actually break up with her boyfriend in-game if the player decides to pursue one of the new romantic options.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Rosalya and Violette.
    • There are many people who wish Mr. Faraize was a pursuable character. Along the same line of thinking, the doctor in Episode 31, who had fans swooning ever since ChiNoMiko released a sneak-peek of his design on her Tumblr.
    • In University Life, Priya is just as cool and helpful as she was in high school and shows her good heart since the moment she's introduced. It helps that she's now a dateable option.
    • Nathaniel's return surprised the fandom in the same way Lysander's original introduction did. Despite or maybe because of the personality change, he's been pretty well received.
    • Chani for being a loveable Deadpan Snarker and (to those who resent being forced to be best friends with Rosalya) providing some variety.
  • Foe Yay: For two people who want nothing to do with each other, Castiel and Nathaniel sure are willing to take every opportunity to talk to/insult one another. Castiel teasing Nathaniel about his "measurements", when compared to his own, doesn't help at all.
    • In Episode 18, Nathaniel, in a shocking moment of worry, lets Candy know that Castiel is at risk for being expelled if he doesn't go back to school. He gets close to encouraging Candy to try and bring him back (he certainly wasn't telling her otherwise). You'd think he'd be happy if Castiel left the school for good.
    • In University Life, Nathaniel and Castiel just keep on giving each other THE time and attention. Castiel in particular can't help but rile Nathaniel up and talk about him when he's not around.
  • Ho Yay: Alexy's constant teasing towards Kentin can come across as flirtatious to some people.
    • Alexy is miiiiighty upset and suspicious when you walk into the gym with Kentin in episode 21. And he gets pretty defensive when Candy points out his weird behavior.
      • In Episode 29 in Kentin's path, he outright admits that he did like him. However, he came to terms that it was hopeless that his feelings would be reciprocated, and wishes both the Candy and Kentin good fortune.
    • In Love Life, Nathaniel and Castiel's mutual hatred is something of the past. Castiel calls Nathaniel by his Affectionate Nickname and Nathaniel willingly and, at a slight risk to himself, decides to do an unofficial investigation on the person harassing Crowstrom with plagiarism accusations. The icing on the cake was in Episode 3 where, if you are dating Nathaniel, Castiel jokingly asks for a hug and Nath teases that Candy might get jealous. Clearly the writers are having fun with how much their relationship has developed since high school.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Capucine is utterly rude to you and everyone else. However, later episodes imply that she has some kind of anxiety disorder and serious issues making friends, which is why she looks up to Amber so much. In Episode 32, Amber, who was mainly Petting the Dog in regards to her, tells the whole class about Capucine's relationship with a nerdy underclassmen and bullies her to the point of tears.
    • Evan. His behavior often crosses the line, and his influence on Kentin is wholly negative, but not only did he lose his parents at 10 years old and got separated from his baby brothers, he also grew up in a toxic military school environment where he was bullied as badly as Kentin (and possibly raped) and developed his jerk behavior as a method of keeping people from picking on him. Not to mention he thinks he's protecting Kentin, and he doesn't seem to realize how badly he's behaving (take his shock at himself and his instant apology after Rosalya yelled at him for pushing himself onto her.)
    • In UL, Nathaniel and Yeleen.
  • Les Yay: Priya's interactions and comments with Candy noticeably take on a far more sincere and serious tone.
    • Your candy has a tendency to talk about how gorgeous she finds Rosalya.
    • Capucine's utterly devoted to Amber (who doesn't seem to care about her at all) and doesn't seem interested in making friends with any of the other girls OR boys. It doesn't help that her original creator (Capucine was one of the winning entries in a character creation contest) planned for her to have a crush on Jade (back when it seemed like he would be a major character) but this detail was completely taken out of the game. Although as of episode 32, she does have a boyfriend.
    • In Episode 33, Priya and Iris actually KISS. It's on a dare, but still.
    • And now that we know Priya is bisexual and has dated girls in the past, her behavior towards Candy very well COULD be beyond friendship (and you can SEEM to return these feelings, though at this point you're already in a relationship.)
    • The player character's protectiveness of Iris, specifically when she is being stalked and harassed, can be read as romantic as easily as strong friendship (at one point, in her internal monologue, she even refers to her as "my sweet Iris"!)
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Kentin wasn't well-liked at first (his 'Ken' profile has a two star rating compared to the others who are at least 4 stars or more). But since he's come back, opinions on him have been much more favorable (his new profile has 4 and a half stars).
    • In University Life, Amber is introduced as one of the more friendly people at the university. She also has a surprisingly mature, heart-to-heart with your candy about how she treated her in high school. Her focus now seems to be to right past wrongs, get Nathaniel on the right track, and do a modeling career without hurting anyone. This change has led to requests that she show up more and to make her one of the love interests.
    • Yeleen after episode 6. She was despised in the beginning for being Amber 2.0. Her pettiness and the fact that nearly everything you say, even if you're trying to be nice, leads to a decrease in friendship points with her leads to a looooot a people either hating her and just flat out not caring that she exists. But episode 6 finally leads to the breakthrough, because you are introduced to her mother, who is extremely critical of Yeleen and her dreams. It's also revealed that the person she was constantly talking to, who was constantly disappointing her by making promises she never kept, was her mother./spoiler. After a meaningful conversation about what's been bothering her this whole time, your relationship with her improves significantly.
    • Surprisingly, Rosalya had to go through this. She was an Ensemble Dark Horse in HSL for being a well-written and extremely supportive best friend for your candy. In UL however, she becomes extremely pushy and judgmental, and her issues with Nathaniel really rubbed a lot of the players the wrong way (especially those on Nathaniel's route). Starting in episode 8 though, her negative traits are lessened significantly and the heartbreaking events of episode 10 garnered her a lot of sympathy.
    • Priya was at first disliked for how she charms all the boys with ease. However, the hate for her quickly died down in Episode 28 where, after having a heart-to-heart with her, she reveals she isn't interested in any of the boys. In fact, she seems more interested in going against Amber, which got her into the graces of some fans.
    • Many fans were annoyed at Philip's overprotective behavior (screaming at your love interest and grounding your Candy for a month after she sneaks out) in Episode 28, some going as far as to call him abusive. In Episode 30, though, he seems to regret taking out his anger at your Candy on your boyfriend and even apologizes to him offscreen, and says he won't forbid her from seeing him, which got the hate to mostly die down.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The Action Points system is pretty much universally detested by the fandom, especially because it's very easy to waste action points running around when you don't know where to go (and sometimes even if you go to the right place, the objective won't immediately trigger and you'll be left to waste even more until you happen to check that location again.) Not to mention that you get a total of 10-15 action points a day (without spending real life money), which totals 5-7 movements. It's completely possible to waste several day's worth of action points without progressing the story at all. Unfortunately, Beemoov has said that they won't change this system as it's their main source of profit from the game.
  • Slash Fic: Same sex-couples are pretty popular in this fandom. BL-wise CastielxNathaniel, CastielxLysander, and KentinxAlexy are all pretty big. Pairing the girls up with the candy is popular too, but the most popular femslash pairing seems to be KimxViolette.
    • And now that Priya, who is Ambiguously Bi, is around, pairing her with Candy or Amber is more common than shipping her with any of the boys.
  • Values Dissonance: The reason your Candy had to move away from Sweet Amoris is because her parents moved away after she graduated and they didn't feel that she was ready to live away from them yet. This comes across as an excuse to many American players, as in the USA it's common practice to move into student housing (sometimes hours away from your hometown) as soon as you enter college and few would say a 17- or 18- year old was too young, but in France (and indeed many parts of Europe) it's much more common for college students to attend a school close to home and live with their parents.
    • University Life gives a mild example: since the game is written and takes place in France, where smoking is comparatively more accepted than in North America, the game never portrays Castiel's smoking habit to be a bad thing (the fact that he hangs out in the basement to smoke is just supposed to symbolize his rebellious nature.) Some American players, however, are slightly perturbed by this, and have expressed a desire for him to quit (though many of them actually find it attractive, and most don't care at all.)
    • Episode 33 involves underage drinking. While it's true that many American teens drink even if it's against the law, most American media would involve some kind of alcohol related catastrophe and An Aesop against it, both of which are missing. Furthermore, Melody's discouragement of drinking is treated as uptight and meant to make her less sympathetic, while a lot of American shows would treat her as a concerned friend and voice of reason.
  • The Woobie: A few:
    • Nathaniel is abused by his very strict father (who dotes on Amber by comparison) and while his mother sees it happening, she pretends it doesn't. Amber is completely unaware of it going on but being a Spoiled Brat she WILL give him hell if she thinks he's crossed her. And even at school, implied to be his safe haven, things don't always go so well for him. Even after he moves out, his relationship with his mother is strained as she doesn't believe his emotional trauma from his abuse.
    • Castiel's parents are almost never home and his former flame played his heart.
    • Kentin was apparently bullied mercilessly at his/Candy's old school. Even the teachers forgot about him! The sole reason he moved to Sweet Amoris in the first place is because the ONLY person who was nice to him (your candy) moved there. A bit of Fridge Horror or Fridge Logic takes place if you make your candy mean to him too. At Sweet Amoris he is immediately bullied by Amber and her friends and his dad ships him off to military school for being unable to fight back. And as we later find out, he faced much worse bullying there. Even once he gets back, he has serious self-image issues from his time there.
    • The whole situation with Deborah made your candy into one as you see her trying so hard to do the right thing only to be hated by almost everybody for it. Later episodes only make this worse, as she is established as having low self confidence to the point she was worried a girl who had been at the school only a few days would steal the affections of boys she had known for ages. Not to mention how often her recurring attempts to help others tend to blow up in her face (for example in episode 23, where attempting to save Nathaniel from his abusive home gets him livid at her, yet she doesn't give up (mainly because they DO usually end up with happy endings.) And in episode 31, she is forgotten by Lysander, even if she's his GIRLFRIEND.
    • In episode 25 Capucine has a panic attack. This lead to an outpouring a sympathy for an otherwise pretty forgettable character.
    • As of episode 31, Lysander, whose father is dying, while he himself is suffering amnesia to the point of forgetting one of his best friends (or girlfriend) and isn't even aware of his father's sickness. This episode also gives us Nina, whose mother is suffering a nervous breakdown over her Disappeared Dad.
    • Violette, who's sweet and adorable but painfully shy and lacking in self-confidence. Doesn't help that her mother is dead.
    • Iris in episodes 34 and 35.
    • In University Life, Candy makes her triumphant return by reminding everyone just how hard she tries to please people and how much she worries about doing the right thing. But when one remembers the hardships she witnessed and/or endured while in high school (including: child abuse, extortion/blackmail, severe bullying, toxic influences on friends, etc.) it's no wonder she needs to give herself several (long) pep talks to get through the day.
    • Lysander! His fate is a little sad even though he's stated to be happy with it. Both of his parents are dead (and if your candy dated him, she only knew about about his father passing, not his mother). And since they are dead, Lysander, who in high school expressed aspirations to become a singer/songwriter and poet, had to give up any ambitions he had to go back home and run his parents' farm (since Leigh obviously wasn't going to do it). Remember that this guy moved so far away in the first place because he didn't want anything to do with the farm. Rosalya says he's happy, but the situation caused a bit of contention especially among Lysander fans.
    • Just barely averted with Kentin. His original fate was to be in the military. The same military where he was bullied so severely, he broke down in tears and relied on the toxic masculine influence of Evan (who was ALSO bullied severely) to get through it all. Also he didn't even want to be in the military in the first place and went SOLELY because his dad forced him too. However that was in the beta. After fandom outcry his fate was changed to him being a dog trainer which, although a little random, is a much happier fate.
    • Leigh. By the first episode, he's lost both of his parents. In the 10th episode, he's lost a child. Emphasis is put on Rosalya's reaction, but you can tell he's pretty cut up about it. Your candy even wants to hug him but doesn't feel close enough to him to do so.
    High School Life 
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Kentin was such an obvious one it's a question as to whether it was on purpose. The fandom was split between those who despised him either for his clingy personality, his geeky looks, or both; those who adored him and saw him instead as a loving boy who stood out amongst the stereotypically-designed Bishōnen Nathaniel and Castiel; and a third party who had no problem with him, but saw him as a friend instead of a love interest. Then he left for military school and came back with a more 'handsome' design and a different personality, which created more debate about how much looks factor into a character's a dating sim.
    • Melody started out well-liked for being sweet and friendly. Then she started to become petty and passive-aggressive towards you out of jealousy (and hypocritically called you out for "not knowing Nathaniel that well" when she didn't know him that well either), which quickly drew the fandom's ire. And for those that pursued Nathaniel, her passive-aggression is not only worse, but she actively gets in the way between Candy and him, which frustrated a number of players.
    • Occasionally, Candy herself can cause a rift thanks to some of her actions being considered idiotic by some and understandable by others. The problem basically boils down to the fact that although your candy is YOUR avatar, she is still following a story and thus the player does not have full, 100% complete control over her actions. This leads to irritation when the story gives incentive to take an action the player normally wouldn't do (such as give into Amber's demands for an illustration) and massive amounts of anger when the story forces the candy to do something the player did not want them to do (see episode 29 where this was done for the sake of drama).
    • Priya when she was first introduced. She was not well-received by most of the fanbase because of the possibility that she might be yet another potential rival. Another side, however, simply didn't care much about her and simply believed that she's a genuine Nice Girl who just happened to befriend some of the dateable guys, and had no romantic interest in any of them.
    • Nina, the (supposed) love rival for Lysander. She is introduced as an adorable, but obsessive fan/admirer who happened to be in middle school. But the 'obsessive' part rubbed some parts of the fandom the wrong way as Nina would insult your candy and her relationship with Lysander constantly, if she felt Candy was a threat to their 'love'. Then episode 31 came and gave backstory: Apparently, her mother is depressed and recently was in the hospital because her father left the family. This is why she wanders around unattended so much, and why she developed an unhealthy crush on Lysander. Some people find that this, not to mention her young age, makes it harder to resent her for some of her extreme behaviors such as her tricking an amnesiac Lysander into believing she is his girlfriend. Others argue that her situation is tragic but still doesn't justify her actions or behavior. You even have the option ingame of whether you'd like to forgive her or not.
  • Creepy Cute: Black, the talking bat in the 2011 Halloween episode scares Candy, but he is a very kind little being.
  • Epileptic Trees: A relationship chart that came out neglected to show a 'family' arrow between Armin and Alexy. Many theories were abound ranging from a simple printing error to government conspiracy. The fact that a then recent interview also confirmed that the boys are adopted did not help things.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Kentin really, really wants to get at Debrah and Castiel for hurting your candy. Even when your LO'M isn't that high he's still super pissed. Now this could mainly be because he's a nice guy, however you remember how in the early episodes one thing that made him upset was that he could not stand up for you when Amber bullied you. Now that he has gotten stronger both mentally and physically, he possibly saw getting Deborah as a chance to make up for what he couldn't do before; protect your candy from a bully.
    • In episode 6, you find out Violette carries a stuffed animal around with her for comfort. When you meet everyone's parents, you find out her mother died a few months ago. This, coupled with her natural shyness and social anxiety, is probably why she needs something comforting and secure to keep with her all the time, despite being in high school.
    • In episode 2, Nathaniel and Castiel get into a physical fight over something relatively minor. When more major conflicts happen between them later on, it never escalates this far (barring the flashback in the Debrah arc) so one wonders what was different this time. Then you realize Lysander isn't introduced till episode 4. He probably makes an effort to stop Castiel from doing anything too hotheaded or impulsive, but since he wasn't around this time there was no reason for Castiel to calm down.
  • Fridge Horror: Think about Nathaniel's life for a minute. He seems to keep his distance from everyone- basically everyone in the class is friends to some extent (excluding Amber's group and Capucine), but essentially all the kids have a specific best friend... except him. He doesn't seem to be very close to Melody, his sister is a self-absorbed brat, and your candy's relationship depends heavily on your own choices. Considering his dad beats him and his mom doesn't seem to care, that means that the kid basically has **no one**. He's already confirmed as being highly sensitive and hard on himself. Consider what having basically no emotional support could do, psychologically, to anyone, especially a teenager. Fortunately, this seems to be getting better after he moves out as he seems to be growing friendships with some of the others, like Armin.
    • He also spent a LOT of late nights at the school. It's easy to brush this off as him being studious to a fault at first. Then, seeing his home life, it's easy to figure out the real reason why.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Through most of the game, Lysander's poor memory is Played for Laughs. Then comes episode 31, where as a result of his head trauma after being hit by a car, he develops amnesia and forgets, among other things, who YOU are.
  • Growing the Beard: Earlier episodes were pretty silly and run-of-the-mill as expected for a dating sim game. However later episodes have tackled much more mature subjects while also allowing the characters around you to grow and develop. It comes at the cost of more AP, but very few people complained about the direction the story was going.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Ms. Delaney insulting Armin and looking at Nathaniel "like he was the dumbest person in the room" was already treated like Kick the Dog moments in-universe. But they get a LOT more unsettling when you realize (or worse, experience for yourself) that there are real teachers like that.
    • In-universe example. If you tell Kentin that you liked the old him better in episode 13 upon his return, he just looks sad and tells you you were the only he that did. In the context of episode 38, this becomes a lot more upsetting.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ninja Nathanialnote  and his facepalm of doooomnote ! Arsonist Nathaniel would also qualify, particularly on the tumblr. But the reasoning for this one is unclear... Lysandeernote ! And Castiel is on his period. Always.note 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Debrah has been committing before your candy even arrives. But she goes out with a bang that's for sure. When she finds out that your candy's plan for her, her revenge scheme is to beat you up, plant a couple of bruises on herself, and then try a Wounded Gazelle Gambit.
    • Nathaniel's father beats Nathaniel. And of course, once your candy finds out she calls social services. Near the end of the investigation Nathaniel TRIES to make amends with his dad and help him understand that he went too far in his 'discipline'...only to get a black eye for his efforts.
    • In Episode 35, Charlotte's blackmailing of Iris. This creates the distinction between Charlotte and Amber: while Amber is just dumb, self-centered, and mean, Charlotte downright has a screwed up scale of justice, especially when you consider her motivation: to get back at Iris for supposedly trying to steal her boyfriend- while Iris had no idea the guy was dating anyone and in fact broke it off pretty quickly.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Nathaniel's home life. The guy was so afraid of his parents finding out he learned how to play drums that he actually sends you candy out to make sure they didn't show up. Seeing the things that Amber does and gets away with (and what you see in episode 12) it really makes you wonder what the hell is up with his parents. And now we know that his dad is abusive and expects far too much of Nathaniel and while his mom is aware of the abuse, she ignores it completely.
    • In a sort-of example, if you partner with Nathaniel in episode 11 and then talk to him in episode 12 it makes your skin scrawl when you think about why he got beaten.
    • Episode 35 centers around Iris being blackmailed, by someone who has inappropriate pictures of her, in increasingly bizarre ways: forcing her to purposefully get bad grades, sending her out in the middle of the night, etc., all while she is unable to tell anyone what's going on. To make matters worse, it's one of her own classmates doing it, for rather insignificant reasons. It doesn't help that this is a very real issue many adolescents go through nowadays.
  • The Scrappy: Amber for being an Alpha Bitch. And any rival for the guys won't be very well liked by the guy's fanbase. To be fair, Nina can be scary and Debrah appears to be sociopathic (and is also hated by more than Castiel fangirls due in part to what she does to your candy and Nathaniel).
    • Li and Charlotte. Neither of them get any depth, backstory, or development meaning the story ends with them being just as shallow as they were at the beginning. Charlotte even gets an arc dedicated to showing how horrible she is.
  • What an Idiot!: Your candy can make some...pretty dumb decisions. If anything, several problems wouldn't actually be problems if she just thought a little before she acted.
    • To give an example: dialogue choices. Some answers appear completely innocuous or even right. This means many players are caught off guard when their candy follows up the statement with something so stupid that next thing they know, the boy they like dropped 25 points and Armin thinks they're a homophobe.
    • Deborah has a little moment of this. It's bad enough she cheated on Castiel with someone he knew. But it's hard to fathom why she thought dating both of her bandmates at the same time was a good idea. Like did it really never occur to her that they'd find out? Either way that staggering moment of stupidity ultimately set into motion her visit to Sweet Amoris and thus her downfall.
    • Ms. Delanay. Full Stop. Take note that no reasonable scientist (let alone teacher) would leave a bunch of high schoolers to mess with dangerous chemicals unsupervised. The worst part is her actually telling them to start the experiment instead of telling them to not touch anything until she got back.
  • Woolseyism: Here and there between the French and (mainly) English version. One example is at the beginning of episode 6. While talking to Leigh in the French version, you refer to him as "vous" the formal form of "you", and he tells you you can call him "tu", the informal form, since he's not much older than you. Since the informal "you" (thou) is no longer used in English, this is translated as you simply talking to him very formally and him telling you that you don't have to speak like that.
    • In the French version, Nathaniel is a class representative, but in international versions he is the student council president, which is a different post but has similar connotations. For some reason though, Melody remains a delegate in all versions.
    • The disclaimer at the end of episode 33 about underage drinking was changed from under 18 years old (the French drinking age) to 21 in the American version.
    • The very slangy "si ça te dit" in episode 37 is translated as the equally slangy "if you're down."
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  • Iron Woobie: Candy still faces harsh problems and tough decisions but she gets through them with an element of maturity and strength.

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