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* ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', the original 1960 RogerCorman film, and remember the 'The' for distinction

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* Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors, the original 1960 RogerCorman film, and remember the 'The' for distinction

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* Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors, ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', the original 1960 RogerCorman film, and remember the 'The' for distinction



* WesternAnimation/LittleShop, the short-lived 1991 animated spinoff

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* WesternAnimation/LittleShop, ''WesternAnimation/LittleShop'', the short-lived 1991 animated spinoff
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[[redirect:Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors]]''Little Shop of Horrors'' can refer to:
* Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors, the original 1960 RogerCorman film, and remember the 'The' for distinction
* [[Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors The theatrical adaptation of the above]]
* [[Film/LittleShopOfHorrors The 1986 film based on the musical]]
* WesternAnimation/LittleShop, the short-lived 1991 animated spinoff
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[[caption-width-right:193:[[ToServeMan It's Suppertime]].]]
->''"Feed me! Feed me!... [[ChewingTheScenery Feed me]], Seymour!"''

A musical reimagining of the 1960 RogerCorman film ''TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', made by Howard Ashman and AlanMenken, which debuted in 1982, loosely adapted from Corman's film. The musical was subsequently turned into a [[TheMovie film]] in 1986 starring Rick Moranis in his [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative last singing role]], which [[LongRunner in turn]] inspired a [[RecursiveAdaptation revival of the musical]]. It is Frank Oz's first movie he directed without JimHenson and his first outside of the Muppet label, and would start his line of subsequent comedy films.

The story revolves around Mushnik's Skid Row Florists and the three people who work there: Mr Mushnik, the proprietor, and his two assistants, Seymour and Audrey. Seymour loves Audrey, but hasn't told her because he's a poor orphan with no future to offer her. Audrey is dating a rich but thoroughly unpleasant guy and dreams of meeting a nice man who'll love her for herself, but believes it will never happen. The shop is on its last legs: there's nothing in the till but cobwebs and dust.

And then Seymour finds a [[PhraseCatcher strange and interesting plant]], which he dubs the Audrey II, and pursuades Mr Mushnik to display it in the shop window. Audrey II proves to be a customer magnet: people come to look at it, and always buy something before they leave. As its fame spreads, the shop receives larger and larger commissions, and Seymour starts receiving offers for national magazine interviews, lecture tours, even his own TV show.

But there's a catch: The plant thrives on [[BloodLust human blood]], and will [[HorrorHunger die without it]]. At first, Seymour can keep it satisfied with his own blood, but as it grows larger it demands more than a person can give and live. But, you know, there's that repulsive boyfriend of Audrey's -- surely nobody would miss him if he were to... disappear...

The film version follows the stage version fairly closely except for a FocusGroupEnding in which the Audrey II is defeated and Seymour and Audrey survive to live [[StepfordSuburbia happily ever after]].

The film version subsequently resulted in an animated series called ''Little Shop'', created by Frank Oz, which aired in 1991. It was set in a [[HighSchoolAU High School]], with school-aged Seymour and Audrey dealing with the usual sort of high school comedy plots, with the dubious assistance of a toned-down plant which was merely carnivorous rather than a "[[ImAHumanitarian humanitarian]]."
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!!The musical provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: The musical jettisons several incidental characters, tightens the plot and gives Seymour's struggle with the carnivorous Audrey II a proper narrative arc.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Audrey is traditionally platinum blonde (the acting script refers to her as such). In the original film, she was brunette.
* {{Adorkable}}: Seymour and Audrey.
* AlterKocker: Mr. Mushnik
* AmbiguousGender: Audrey II--a plant who acts and sounds male, but has a female name and gets referred to by feminine pronouns. (Admittedly, when Seymour states that "the Audrey II is not a healthy girl", the Audrey II hasn't revealed itself as sentient yet, so he's speaking pretty loosely.)
* AndYouWereThere: After Audrey II starts growing, Seymour is approached by a series of people offering him fame and fortune (three in the musical number "The Meek Shall Inherit", and one more in the final scene); all four are played by a single actor. The same actor also plays the plant's first victim. [-(As well as various one-off characters with less metaphorical resonance.)-]
* AssholeVictim: Orin
** [[spoiler:Seymour]] also counts, it being his KarmicDeath.
*** Possibly also [[spoiler: Mr. Mushnik]], depending on how the actor and director play it.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Dentist!" ends by becoming this. "Say ''ahhhhh!" "Ahhhhh!"''
* BadassBiker: "What kind of 'professional' rides a motorcycle and [[HellBentForLeather wears a black leather jacket]]?" (Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., that's what kind.)
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: All over the place.
* TheBerserker: Seymour in the final scene. ''"Now!"''
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Seymour.
* BloodLust: ''"Don't need no twist of lime..."''
* [[BMovie B-Movie]]: A parody thereof.
* BoredomMontage
* BreakTheCutie: Seymour. Audrey was broken long before the musical started.
* CatchPhrase: "Feed me!" and variants thereof.
** A more subtle one is Audrey's "Sure!", which even gets referenced in "Suddenly Seymour" ("I'd meet a man and I'd follow him blindly/He'd snap his fingers/Me, I'd say 'sure'!") In the film of the musical, she even says "Sure!" through a film of happy tears when [[spoiler:Seymour proposes]].
** "Say ahhhh! ''Say ahhhh!"''
* {{Cephalothorax}}: Audrey II. When it swallows you, Where do you go?
** The carnivorous pitcher-plant dissolves its prey in its juices. Audrey II must work on this principle, and its teeth just make the process a little more, ah, ''digestible.''
* CanonForeigner: Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon.
* CreepyPhysical
* CrapsackWorld: Skid Row. More like a beer-bottle in a paper bag world.
* CrosscastRole: Mrs. Luce, usually, since the tradition is for all the characters who offer Seymour fame and fortune to be played by a single (male) actor.
* CrowdSong: "Skid Row", "Don't Feed The Plants".
* CutAndPasteSuburb: Audrey reveals her greatest dream is a simple life in a tract house in "Somewhere That's Green".
-->'''Audrey:''' I'll cook like / Betty Crocker... and I'll look like / Donna Reed!
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors original film]], to a degree. While the original was loaded with BlackComedy, the musical manages to throw in plenty of extra angst:
** In the film, Seymour is a bumbling innocent who's so clumsy that he [[AccidentalMurder kills his victims by mistake]], while in the musical he's [[spoiler:seduced into deliberate murder by being promised fame, fortune and the girl he loves, Audrey]]. Additionally, while the film Seymour lived with his mother, the musical Seymour was abandoned at the Skid Row Home For Boys and taken in by Mushnik, who never liked him and treated him horribly.
** Skid Row is now a [[CrapsackWorld terrible place]] that everyone desperately wishes they could leave.
** Audrey, a happy-go-lucky [[TheDitz ditz]] in the film, becomes the product of a broken home who's been in one bad relationship after another, suffers from low self-esteem, and is regularly abused by her sadistic boyfriend. [[spoiler:She also dies in the end]].
** The plant goes from being a somewhat sarcastic, [[HorrorHunger ever-hungry]] presence to a MagnificentBastard plotting [[spoiler:world domination]].
** The dentist goes from merely being crazy to being a sadistic monster who proudly boasts about the childhood he spent murdering animals in horrific ways.
* DarkReprise: Of "Somewhere That's Green"
** Not just that. See the trope page.
* DealWithTheDevil: Even referred to as such in the acting script. (The precise wording is "pact with the devil".) The introduction references the {{Faust}} legend as well.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Mushnik]] and [[spoiler:Audrey]] don't die in the original movie.
* DeathByCameo: In the original workprint ending, director Frank Oz is seen [[spoiler: being eaten by the Audrey [=IIs=] invading New York]]
* DeathSong: "Now (It's Just The Gas)" for Orin and [[spoiler:"Somewhere That's Green Reprise"]] for [[spoiler:Audrey]].
* DepravedBisexual: No matter what its gender, Audrey II acts rather seductively toward both Seymour and Audrey.
* DepravedDentist
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Audrey's death]].
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife:
--> ''I keep asking God what I'm for,''
--> ''And he tells me, "Gee, I'm not sure,''
--> ''Sweep that floor, kid!"''
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Seymour's relationship with the plant, especially in "Feed Me (Git It)".
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: "Is that new eye makeup?"
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Audrey, in Seymour's arms]].
* DieLaughing: "Now (It's Just The Gas)".
--> '''Orin:''' Are you ''satisfied?'' I--laughed--my--self--to... ''(dies)''
--> '''Seymour:''' ''...death?''
* DirtyCommunists: The original premise of the film the play was based on, is obviously a commentary on appeasing Nazis and Communists (and other dictator types). It's even lampshaded in one of the songs.
--> ''"I've given you sunlight, I've given you rain, looks like you're not happy 'less I open a vein! I'll give you a few drops... if that'll appease..."''
* DomesticAbuser: Audrey's boyfriend Orin Scrivello is a "semi-" sadist.
* DumbBlonde: Audrey.
* DramaQueen: Audrey is meant to be played this way, though admittedly she's sincere about what she feels and goes through a lot more than most examples of the trope.
* DramaticIrony: Seymour complains about how he has to keep feeding Audrey II, and Audrey (number I) wonders why he's so upset about the cost of plant food.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler:Musnik]] and [[spoiler:Seymour]].
* EconomyCast: If the roles are divided as they were in the original run, only eight cast members are required--four guys and four girls, with Orin's actor playing several minor roles.
* ElevenOClockNumber: "The Meek Shall Inherit".
* EmpathicEnvironment: "Shang-a-lang, feel the sturm und drang in the air..." Besides that, the script calls for a "Wagnerian" sunset to heighten the over-the-top drama when [[spoiler:Seymour feeds Audrey to the plant]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Orin.
* EvilLaugh: Audrey II. Orin on Nitrous oxide.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Audrey II.
* ExtremeDoormat: Seymour, and to a lesser extent Audrey.
* FedToTheBeast
* FinalLoveDuet
* FauxAffablyEvil: Orin and Audrey II. (Orin doesn't even pretend to be nice to Audrey, but he acts friendly toward Seymour.)
* FluffyTheTerrible
* FurAndLoathing: Stage directions indicate that the [[CrosscastRole rather]] [[TermsOfEndangerment creepy]] Mrs. Luce wears a fox fur coat.
* GenderBlenderName: Audrey II has a feminine name but is traditionally played by a male actor and has a masculine personality. (Being a plant, and probably an alien, it's anybody's guess what gender Audrey II really is - if any.)
* TheGhost: Mrs. Shiva, who was an onscreen character in the original film.
* GhostSong: "Don't Feed The Plants".
* GoneHorriblyRight
* GoneHorriblyWrong
* GrassIsGreener
* GRatedDrug: PG Rated, Not very.
--> '''Ronette:''' Here he is folks, the leader of the [[AWorldwidePunomenon plaque]]!
--> '''Chiffon:''' Watch him suck up that gas, Oh- my- God...!
* GreedyJew: Mushnik--though, to be fair, a ''lot'' of characters want to make money off that plant.
* GreekChorus: The three Sassy Black Women (see below) Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon.
* GriefSong: In the German version, Seymour responds to [[spoiler:Audrey's death]] with a DarkReprise of "Suddenly Seymour".
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Seymour's reason for killing Mushnik.
* HeelRealization: [[NotSoDifferent "You're a monster, and so am I!"]]
* HellBentForLeather: Orin wears a black leather jacket. The acting script calls for an insignia of a bleeding tooth across the back.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood:
--> "He took me out of the Skid Row Home for Boys when I was just a little tyke. Gave me a warm place to sleep, under the counter. Nice things to eat like meatloaf and water. Floors to sweep and toilets to clean and every other Sunday off!"
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Mrs. Luce (in real life, Clare Booth Luce) really ''was'' the wife of the editor of Life Magazine. She was also a playwright, journalist, socialite, ambassador and congresswoman.
* HopeSpot: There are quite a few moments when it looks as if Seymour's going to kill the plant, but [[spoiler:he never does]].
* HorrorHunger
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Seymour, eaten by his own giant plant]], and Orin, who asphyxiates when the laughing gas mask gets stuck. In the stage show, Mushnik plays with this- he worries about money to the point of adopting Seymour just to keep the plant, and Seymour tells him he put the day's earnings in the plant during Suppertime, but considering A) how the shop had been doing before Audrey II, and B) the fact that it's apparently over a thousand dollars, his concern is more or less justified. [[spoiler:Audrey]] is the only victim who doesn't really have a KarmicDeath.
** [[spoiler:Audrey's]] death was karmic - [[spoiler:for Seymour instead of for her.]]
** Mushnik has an oddly meta example of this. In the [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors original b-movie]], he tricked a would-be robber into getting eaten by the plant by telling him the shop's money was inside it. The musical lifted the situation with practically the same dialogue, but used it to kill off Mushnik.
* HumansAreBastards: After we're treated to a seemingly nice and lovable guy getting seduced into repeat murder, the ending song tells us that the plants are doing the same thing all across America, offering "unsuspecting jerks" their wildest dreams in exchange for blood. The message of "Don't Feed The Plants" is obvious--with the right motivation, ''anyone'' could kill people to feed a plant. Including ''[[YouBastard you]]''.
* IAmSong: "I am your dentist!"
* IdiotBall: After killing Orin, Seymour indulges in what has to rank among the worst murder coverups in the history of fiction. He leaves his baseball cap and his bag at the scene of the crime (the bag, by the way, has the ''name of the shop'' on it), stuffs Orin's uniform in the trash can outside the shop, and ''doesn't even bother to clean up the blood he spilled on the shop floor.'' When questioned about it, he says, "I spilled some Hawaiian Punch and it stained."
* IfWeGetThroughThis: Used, and the focus of a CutSong.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Audrey II's behavior toward Audrey in "Suppertime II".
* ILied: ''No shit, Sherlock!''
* IllGirl: Audrey doesn't have the usual SoapOperaDisease, but she is not a healthy girl.
* InsecureLoveInterest: This is why Audrey doesn't consider leaving the abusive "semi-sadist" Orin for her {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy coworker Seymour; she likes Seymour, but she considers herself too dirty and worthless to be with him.
** For his part, Seymour is convinced that he's not good enough for Audrey. When he finally realizes that she loves him back, he assumes that it's because he now has money and believes that he'll lose her if he loses his income from the plant. Tragedy ensues.
* IronicEcho:
--> '''Seymour:''' You're a monster, and so am I!
--> '''Audrey II:''' ''Feed me!''
* TheIngenue: Audrey (the human)
* IWantSong: "Somewhere That's Green"
** As well as its DarkReprise and the villainous version in "Feed Me".
** "Skid Row", "Grow For Me", and "Mushnik and Son" also qualify--and, to a lesser degree, "Now (It's Just The Gas)" and "The Meek Shall Inherit".
* IWishedYouWereDead: Audrey secretly wished Orin would disappear, and when he actually ''does'', she blames herself, worrying that it's her fault if he "met with foul play". ([[spoiler:Although she doesn't know it, she ''is'' the reason Seymour killed him]].)
* KilledMidSentence: Orin.
* LargeHam: [[WorldOfHam Almost everyone]].
* LaughablyEvil: Orin, Audrey II, and (depending on how he's played) Mushnik.
* LaughingMad: ''Dr.'' Orin Scrivello during Seymour's dental exam. [[spoiler:Admittedly, it was due to a fatal overdose of laughing gas.]]
* LeitMotif: Quite a few. Just to name one example, the tune to Mushnik And Son appears three times, not counting in the song itself.
* LonelyAtTheTop
* LoveMakesYouEvil: All of Seymour's evil deeds are done for Audrey's sake.
* LoveRedeems: "Suddenly Seymour" is about Audrey being redeemed by Seymour, which is ironic when you consider that she's TheIngenue and he's [[spoiler:a murderer]].
* LyricalDissonance: Quite a lot: cheerful, rousing rock/motown numbers spliced with references to horror and bloodshed are the order of the day here.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Mushinik, who cares somewhat for Seymour (though more for money) and for Audrey, who he constantly advises to drop her abusive boyfriend.
* JewishComplaining
* JewsLoveToArgue
* TheKlutz: Seymour's signature trait before the Audrey II plot takes off, at which point it disappears. (Unlike his counterpart in the original film, he's not a LethalKlutz.)
* ManEatingPlant
* ManipulativeBastard: Audrey II.
* MeaningfulName: The dentist: Orin ("oral") Scrivello (a type of elephant tusk).
* {{Miracle-Gro Monster}}: Audrey II gradually gets bigger as it gets more blood.
* MoneySong: Since money is a huge part of the plot, it's inevitable that some songs would revolve, at least partially, around it. Probably the best example is Mushnik's intro to "Ya Never Know".
* MoodWhiplash
* MurderTheHypotenuse
* TheMusical
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: [[strike:Manhattan in the 60s]] [[strike:Downtown south of 14th]] Skid Row.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Lampshaded in the opening monologue. The narrator talks about how threats to Earth often happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.
* ObliviousToLove: For a good part of the show, Seymour and Audrey are oblivious to each other's love. Each [[InsecureLoveInterest admires the other excessively and has about zero self-esteem]].
* OurFounder: A picture of Mr. Mushnik with the caption "Our Founder" appears in the shop in the scene following "The Meek Shall Inherit".
* {{Paparazzi}}: Mrs. Luce wants a photo of Seymour with the plant for the cover of Life Magazine.
* PetTheDog: Mushnik would come off as a complete JerkAss if he didn't show concern for Audrey and urge her to break up with Orin.
* PhraseCatcher: The fact that Audrey II is a "strange and interesting plant" is repeated by no fewer than five characters in the scene where Seymour puts it in Mushnik's display window. Strange and interesting indeed.
* PlantAliens
* PoweredByAForsakenChild
* PragmaticAdaptation
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:For Seymour, who doesn't actually end up killing Audrey II. At least he tries]].
* ReleasedToElsewhere: After Mushnik is killed, Seymour claims he is visiting his sister in Czechoslovakia.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Seymour attempts one of these on Audrey II, but [[spoiler:ends up getting eaten]].
* SassyBlackWoman: Three of them, in the form of Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon, who also function as the show's GreekChorus (see above).
* ScaryBlackMan: Audrey II is often voiced by an African - American actor.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Audrey counts as a subversion. She ''thinks'' she's one, but she's really TheIngenue.
* ShipperOnDeck: Crystal, Ronette, Chiffon and Audrey II for Seymour/Audrey.
* ShoutOut: The cut song "Bad" (rewritten for the film as "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space") had Audrey II boasting about how much badder he is than {{Godzilla}}, KingKong and the BrideOfFrankenstein.
** The three urchins are named for three different girl groups of the sixties (The Crystals, The Ronettes and The Chiffons). The songs reference and parody the sixties music scene, both lyrically and stylistically. [[http://mondomusicals.blogspot.com/2010/08/little-shop-of-horrors-cross.html This blog has a pretty comprehensive overview]].
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Comedy-dominant, though the line definitely gets blurred.
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[spoiler:Audrey II's plan all along]].
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: The cut song "We'll Have Tomorrow" would have taken place in the shop shortly before "Sominex/Suppertime II".
* TwiceShy: Seymour and Audrey.
* SomewhereSong
* TermsOfEndangerment: Several examples:
** Orin calls Seymour "stud".
** In "The Meek Shall Inherit", Bernstein, Mrs. Luce and Skip Snip address Seymour with increasingly uncomfortable pet names ("dollface", "my sweet, sweet thing", and "pussycat", to name a few).
** Audrey II [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty flirts with the human Audrey]] [[spoiler:moments before attempting to eat her]].
* TemptingFate: Several cases, as in the cut song "We'll Have Tomorrow". The best example has to be when Seymour first agrees to feed blood to the tiny plant: "Well, okay...as long as you don't make a ''habit'' of it or anything!"
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins]]
* ThemeNaming: Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon take their names from the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Chiffons; all 1960s New York African-American girl groups.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Justified when Seymour tries it, because [[spoiler:all his weapons can't kill the plant anyway]].
--> '''Audrey:''' A ''gun?''
--> '''Seymour:''' And bullets! And rat poison! And a machete!
* TheyCallMeMrTibbs: Orin insists that Audrey call him "Doctor" and use the term "D.D.S." when referring to him. It's implied that he's beaten her for neglecting to do so ("You gotta train 'em, eh, stud?").
* ThisIsADrill: Orin's drill isn't rusty, it's an antique.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Audrey]].
* ToServeMan
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: [[ManEatingPlant Audrey II]] appears at a plant store in a solar eclipse.
* {{Tragedy}}: The musical is ''literally'' a Greek tragedy, complete with a trio of singers who represent the Greek Chorus, and Seymour first sacrifices his enemy, then his father figure, then his love, then himself.
* TrialBalloonQuestion
* UnluckyEverydude: Seymour could be seen as a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]. He fits the description perfectly until [[spoiler:Audrey dies]].
* VillainSong: "Dentist", "Feed Me", and "Suppertime".
** Depending on how it's played, "Mushnik and Son".
* VillainLoveSong: "Feed Me (Git It)" and "Suppertime II".
* VillainRecruitmentSong: "Mushnik and Son", which is followed immediately by "Feed Me (Git It)".
* WanderlustSong
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre:
--> Better ourselves? You hear what he said, girls? ''Bet-ter'' ourselves? Mister, when you're from [[CrapsackWorld Skid]] [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Row]], ain't no such thing.
* WifeBasherBasher: Seymour. He plans to ignore the plant and not feed it anything--until Orin abuses Audrey right in front of him. Audrey II is, of course, [[MagnificentBastard fully aware]] that this is Seymour's BerserkButton.
--> '''Seymour:''' ''He's so nasty, treatin' her rough!''
--> '''Audrey II:''' ''Smackin' her 'round, always talkin' so tough!''
--> '''Seymour:''' ''You need blood, and he's got more than enough!''
* WorldOfHam
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Skid Row.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage
* YouAreTooLate
* YouBastard
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
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!!The film of the musical additionally provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation through PragmaticAdaptation: The subplot about Mr. Mushnik adopting Seymour is dropped, along with a few incidental songs, to make a tight 90-minute narrative. Also worth noting, the scene with BillMurray as a masochistic dental patient did not appear in the stage version. It derives from a [[OneSceneWonder famous scene]] in [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors the 1960 movie]] which originally featured JackNicholson in this role.
* ApocalypseHow: The Audrey [=II=] invasion as depicted in the original ending could potentially range anywhere from Class 0 to Class 5.
* AxCrazy: Orin Scrivello.
* AwardBaitSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" is not present in the stage version, although it has been added in some revivals. It was added to the screenplay so the film could receive an Oscar nomination for "Best Original Song." It lost, sadly. (It should be noted that "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" is definitely not your typical Award Bait Song.)
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: Audrey II uses this method to convince Seymour to feed it Orin and Mesnick by bringing up the fact that it could make Seymour rich. It eventually works once Seymour realizes what he could buy with the insane amount of money Audrey II is capable of bringing in.
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: [[spoiler: You can tell when the FocusGroupEnding kicks in when the dress becomes a lot less blood stained.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Audrey II steals Seymour's tiny pistol during "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" and proceeds to fire about twelve shots at him.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill
* CampGay: Bill Murray as the masochistic patient shows some inclinations.
* CowTools: Orin's medieval-looking dental appliances.
---> '''Seymour:''' It's rusty!
---> '''Orin:''' It's an antique.
* CurseCutShort: "[[OhCrap OH SHI]]--" It should be noted, though, that elsewhere Audrey II is allowed to curse quite freely.
* CutAndPasteSuburb: "Somewhere That's Green"
* CutSong: Most of "The Meek Shall Inherit", the "Somewhere That's Green" reprise, the end of "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space", and "Don't Feed The Plants".
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Audrey II]] in the FocusGroupEnding.
* DiabolusExMachina: Completely inverted with the FocusGroupEnding.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The FocusGroupEnding closes "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" (wherein Audrey II reveals himself in all his unstoppable glory) with Seymour [[spoiler:electrocuting him]].
* DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce: In the "Somewhere That's Green" ImagineSpot.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: A variation: the gleefully sadistic, completely heartless Orin Scrivello is so disgusted by his encounter with the masochist that he ends up kicking him out of doors.
--> '''Orin:''' Get out of here! Go on, get out of here!...''Goddamn sicko!''
* {{Expy}}: SteveMartin's role in this film has been compared to his feature film debut as Dr Maxwell Edison in 1978's ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''. BillMurray's role as Arthur Denton is an Expy of Wilbur Force, the JackNicholson character from [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors the 1960 movie]].
* FocusGroupEnding: The stage adaptation's DownerEnding [[spoiler: with our heroes being eaten and multiple Audrey [=IIs=] taking over the world]] was shot, but focus groups decided to change this in favor of the less confronting TheEndOrIsIt ending.
* GenderEqualsBreed: In the "Somewhere That's Green" dream sequence, which was one of the inspirations for the trope, Seymour and Audrey's kids are identical to their mother and father.
* GroinAttack
-->I got killer buds, a power stem, nasty pods, and I'm using them!
-->So better move 'em out, Nature calls! You got the point?
-->I'm gonna ''bust your balls!''
* {{Kaiju}}: In the original, unreleased ending, swarms of 50-foot plant-monsters rampage throughout New York in what may have been a ShoutOut to ''{{Godzilla}}''. (And ''KingKong''.)
* HeyItsThatGuy: Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, John Candy, and Jim Belushi, who replaced Paul Dooley when the film was recut.
* HilariousOuttakes: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXKORraalH8 Oh yeah]]. So many gems in these. Especially SteveMartin at about 1:17.
-->'''Vincent Gardenia:''' So work, Seymour! Nurse this plant back to death! To death...
-->'''Ellen Greene:''' Oh, Seymour, we gotta geI forgot my line!
-->'''Rick Moranis:''' ''({{Beat}})'' MY LEGS!!
-->'''Ellen Greene:''' The vine is coming *into* my dress?
-->'''Rick Moranis:''' THE SEQUEL! WHAT ABOUT THE SEQUEL?!
* IAmSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space".
* ImagineSpot: "Somewhere That's Green".
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Audrey II]].
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Audrey II]].
* LighterAndSofter: See DarkerAndEdgier and DarkReprise in the play version. It manages to contain ''all these aspects'' in its songs, but somehow makes it lighthearted simply by changing the ending and some of the songs.
* MeaningfulName: Arthur ''Denton'' loves getting painful dental work done...
* MouthCam: During "Dentist".
* MovieBonusSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space", and arguably "Some Fun Now" (which is a rewrite of the musical's "Ya Never Know").
* MusicalisInterruptus
* NightmareSequence: "The Meek Shall Inherit" was going to be this, but the scene was cut down. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen You can still hear the rest of it on the soundtrack]].
* OhCrap: All of the main characters get this one at some point.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The ending shows [[spoiler: a little Audrey II outside Seymour and Audrey's garden, with the unstated implication being that someone else passing by is bound to notice it (since it's "strange and interesting"), take it with them, and then here we go again....]]
* TooKinkyToTorture: Arthur Denton.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Lots of these show up at the shop shortly after [[spoiler:the plant eats Mushnik]]. Seymour doesn't handle them very well.
* PublicMediumIgnorance: Thanks to this movie, people have mistakenly rented or downloaded [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors Corman's 1960 movie]], thinking it was this version.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The film of the stage musical of the film.
* ScaryBlackMan: Audrey II (he's voiced by Levi Stubbs).
* ShrineToTheFallen: Played for laughs--Orin has a closet shrine [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas to his dearly departed mom]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the FocusGroupEnding, [[spoiler:Audrey and Seymour]]. Note that [[spoiler:Audrey]] has a recursive case of this, as [[spoiler:she [[DeathByAdaptation didn't die in the original film that the musical itself was based on]]]].
* StepfordSuburbia: In the film, [[spoiler:they escape]] Skid Row. But [[spoiler: one of the mini-Audrey [=IIs=] ]] [[TheEndOrIsIt comes with them!]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: "Wait for me, Audrey--this is between me and the vegetable!"
* UnlimitedWardrobe: The GreekChorus have a better dresser than Michelle Obama.
* VillainSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"

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!!The animated series provides examples of:
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his manipulative, mind-controlling, people-eating, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking rap-singing]] pet plant.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In a recursive example, Audrey gets to be brunette again.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* BigEater: Audrey Jr.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* HighSchool
* HighSchoolAU
* InformedAttribute: Audrey Jr. claims that he likes to [[ImAHumanitarian eat people]], as in the previous incarnations, but is generally shown eating regular food, such as pizza and sandwiches. (He ''does'' [[TheyKilledKenny eat the piano teacher]] almost OncePerEpisode, but that obviously [[{{Snapback}} doesn't last long]].)
* InNameOnly: Seymour Krelborn is a kid. Audrey has brown hair and she is Mr. Mushnik's daughter. The chorus girls are replaced by singing flowers. Audrey II has eyes, has traded in blood lust for love of rap music, and above all, is ''friendly''. In Name Only? Very much so.
* MeaningfulName: Paine Driller.
* MythologyGag: Burson Fouch, the flower-eating guy from the [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors original film]], makes at least one cameo.
* {{Nerd}}: Seymour. Or he ''tries'' to be one, anyway.
* ObliviousToLove: Audrey has no idea that Seymour likes her.
* ProudToBeAGeek: Played with in the opening of the first episode. Seymour has "spent thirteen years trying to be a nerd". Only problem? "I'm not smart."
* RecursiveAdaptation
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Nope, no death in this one (unless you're counting the [[TheyKilledKenny situation with the piano teacher]]).
* SpinoffBabies
* ThemeTuneRap: "Word, Li'l Shop!"
* TheyKilledKenny: The piano teacher.
* WonderfulLife
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[[caption-width-right:193:[[ToServeMan It's Suppertime]].]]
->''"Feed me! Feed me!... [[ChewingTheScenery Feed me]], Seymour!"''

A musical reimagining of the 1960 RogerCorman film ''TheLittleShopOfHorrors'', made by Howard Ashman and AlanMenken, which debuted in 1982, loosely adapted from Corman's film. The musical was subsequently turned into a [[TheMovie film]] in 1986 starring Rick Moranis in his [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative last singing role]], which [[LongRunner in turn]] inspired a [[RecursiveAdaptation revival of the musical]]. It is Frank Oz's first movie he directed without JimHenson and his first outside of the Muppet label, and would start his line of subsequent comedy films.

The story revolves around Mushnik's Skid Row Florists and the three people who work there: Mr Mushnik, the proprietor, and his two assistants, Seymour and Audrey. Seymour loves Audrey, but hasn't told her because he's a poor orphan with no future to offer her. Audrey is dating a rich but thoroughly unpleasant guy and dreams of meeting a nice man who'll love her for herself, but believes it will never happen. The shop is on its last legs: there's nothing in the till but cobwebs and dust.

And then Seymour finds a [[PhraseCatcher strange and interesting plant]], which he dubs the Audrey II, and pursuades Mr Mushnik to display it in the shop window. Audrey II proves to be a customer magnet: people come to look at it, and always buy something before they leave. As its fame spreads, the shop receives larger and larger commissions, and Seymour starts receiving offers for national magazine interviews, lecture tours, even his own TV show.

But there's a catch: The plant thrives on [[BloodLust human blood]], and will [[HorrorHunger die without it]]. At first, Seymour can keep it satisfied with his own blood, but as it grows larger it demands more than a person can give and live. But, you know, there's that repulsive boyfriend of Audrey's -- surely nobody would miss him if he were to... disappear...

The film version follows the stage version fairly closely except for a FocusGroupEnding in which the Audrey II is defeated and Seymour and Audrey survive to live [[StepfordSuburbia happily ever after]].

The film version subsequently resulted in an animated series called ''Little Shop'', created by Frank Oz, which aired in 1991. It was set in a [[HighSchoolAU High School]], with school-aged Seymour and Audrey dealing with the usual sort of high school comedy plots, with the dubious assistance of a toned-down plant which was merely carnivorous rather than a "[[ImAHumanitarian humanitarian]]."
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!!The musical provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation: The musical jettisons several incidental characters, tightens the plot and gives Seymour's struggle with the carnivorous Audrey II a proper narrative arc.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Audrey is traditionally platinum blonde (the acting script refers to her as such). In the original film, she was brunette.
* {{Adorkable}}: Seymour and Audrey.
* AlterKocker: Mr. Mushnik
* AmbiguousGender: Audrey II--a plant who acts and sounds male, but has a female name and gets referred to by feminine pronouns. (Admittedly, when Seymour states that "the Audrey II is not a healthy girl", the Audrey II hasn't revealed itself as sentient yet, so he's speaking pretty loosely.)
* AndYouWereThere: After Audrey II starts growing, Seymour is approached by a series of people offering him fame and fortune (three in the musical number "The Meek Shall Inherit", and one more in the final scene); all four are played by a single actor. The same actor also plays the plant's first victim. [-(As well as various one-off characters with less metaphorical resonance.)-]
* AssholeVictim: Orin
** [[spoiler:Seymour]] also counts, it being his KarmicDeath.
*** Possibly also [[spoiler: Mr. Mushnik]], depending on how the actor and director play it.
* AudienceParticipationSong: "Dentist!" ends by becoming this. "Say ''ahhhhh!" "Ahhhhh!"''
* BadassBiker: "What kind of 'professional' rides a motorcycle and [[HellBentForLeather wears a black leather jacket]]?" (Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., that's what kind.)
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: All over the place.
* TheBerserker: Seymour in the final scene. ''"Now!"''
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Seymour.
* BloodLust: ''"Don't need no twist of lime..."''
* [[BMovie B-Movie]]: A parody thereof.
* BoredomMontage
* BreakTheCutie: Seymour. Audrey was broken long before the musical started.
* CatchPhrase: "Feed me!" and variants thereof.
** A more subtle one is Audrey's "Sure!", which even gets referenced in "Suddenly Seymour" ("I'd meet a man and I'd follow him blindly/He'd snap his fingers/Me, I'd say 'sure'!") In the film of the musical, she even says "Sure!" through a film of happy tears when [[spoiler:Seymour proposes]].
** "Say ahhhh! ''Say ahhhh!"''
* {{Cephalothorax}}: Audrey II. When it swallows you, Where do you go?
** The carnivorous pitcher-plant dissolves its prey in its juices. Audrey II must work on this principle, and its teeth just make the process a little more, ah, ''digestible.''
* CanonForeigner: Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon.
* CreepyPhysical
* CrapsackWorld: Skid Row. More like a beer-bottle in a paper bag world.
* CrosscastRole: Mrs. Luce, usually, since the tradition is for all the characters who offer Seymour fame and fortune to be played by a single (male) actor.
* CrowdSong: "Skid Row", "Don't Feed The Plants".
* CutAndPasteSuburb: Audrey reveals her greatest dream is a simple life in a tract house in "Somewhere That's Green".
-->'''Audrey:''' I'll cook like / Betty Crocker... and I'll look like / Donna Reed!
* DarkerAndEdgier: Than the [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors original film]], to a degree. While the original was loaded with BlackComedy, the musical manages to throw in plenty of extra angst:
** In the film, Seymour is a bumbling innocent who's so clumsy that he [[AccidentalMurder kills his victims by mistake]], while in the musical he's [[spoiler:seduced into deliberate murder by being promised fame, fortune and the girl he loves, Audrey]]. Additionally, while the film Seymour lived with his mother, the musical Seymour was abandoned at the Skid Row Home For Boys and taken in by Mushnik, who never liked him and treated him horribly.
** Skid Row is now a [[CrapsackWorld terrible place]] that everyone desperately wishes they could leave.
** Audrey, a happy-go-lucky [[TheDitz ditz]] in the film, becomes the product of a broken home who's been in one bad relationship after another, suffers from low self-esteem, and is regularly abused by her sadistic boyfriend. [[spoiler:She also dies in the end]].
** The plant goes from being a somewhat sarcastic, [[HorrorHunger ever-hungry]] presence to a MagnificentBastard plotting [[spoiler:world domination]].
** The dentist goes from merely being crazy to being a sadistic monster who proudly boasts about the childhood he spent murdering animals in horrific ways.
* DarkReprise: Of "Somewhere That's Green"
** Not just that. See the trope page.
* DealWithTheDevil: Even referred to as such in the acting script. (The precise wording is "pact with the devil".) The introduction references the {{Faust}} legend as well.
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Mushnik]] and [[spoiler:Audrey]] don't die in the original movie.
* DeathByCameo: In the original workprint ending, director Frank Oz is seen [[spoiler: being eaten by the Audrey [=IIs=] invading New York]]
* DeathSong: "Now (It's Just The Gas)" for Orin and [[spoiler:"Somewhere That's Green Reprise"]] for [[spoiler:Audrey]].
* DepravedBisexual: No matter what its gender, Audrey II acts rather seductively toward both Seymour and Audrey.
* DepravedDentist
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:Audrey's death]].
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife:
--> ''I keep asking God what I'm for,''
--> ''And he tells me, "Gee, I'm not sure,''
--> ''Sweep that floor, kid!"''
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Seymour's relationship with the plant, especially in "Feed Me (Git It)".
* DidYouGetANewHaircut: "Is that new eye makeup?"
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Audrey, in Seymour's arms]].
* DieLaughing: "Now (It's Just The Gas)".
--> '''Orin:''' Are you ''satisfied?'' I--laughed--my--self--to... ''(dies)''
--> '''Seymour:''' ''...death?''
* DirtyCommunists: The original premise of the film the play was based on, is obviously a commentary on appeasing Nazis and Communists (and other dictator types). It's even lampshaded in one of the songs.
--> ''"I've given you sunlight, I've given you rain, looks like you're not happy 'less I open a vein! I'll give you a few drops... if that'll appease..."''
* DomesticAbuser: Audrey's boyfriend Orin Scrivello is a "semi-" sadist.
* DumbBlonde: Audrey.
* DramaQueen: Audrey is meant to be played this way, though admittedly she's sincere about what she feels and goes through a lot more than most examples of the trope.
* DramaticIrony: Seymour complains about how he has to keep feeding Audrey II, and Audrey (number I) wonders why he's so upset about the cost of plant food.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler:Musnik]] and [[spoiler:Seymour]].
* EconomyCast: If the roles are divided as they were in the original run, only eight cast members are required--four guys and four girls, with Orin's actor playing several minor roles.
* ElevenOClockNumber: "The Meek Shall Inherit".
* EmpathicEnvironment: "Shang-a-lang, feel the sturm und drang in the air..." Besides that, the script calls for a "Wagnerian" sunset to heighten the over-the-top drama when [[spoiler:Seymour feeds Audrey to the plant]].
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Orin.
* EvilLaugh: Audrey II. Orin on Nitrous oxide.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Audrey II.
* ExtremeDoormat: Seymour, and to a lesser extent Audrey.
* FedToTheBeast
* FinalLoveDuet
* FauxAffablyEvil: Orin and Audrey II. (Orin doesn't even pretend to be nice to Audrey, but he acts friendly toward Seymour.)
* FluffyTheTerrible
* FurAndLoathing: Stage directions indicate that the [[CrosscastRole rather]] [[TermsOfEndangerment creepy]] Mrs. Luce wears a fox fur coat.
* GenderBlenderName: Audrey II has a feminine name but is traditionally played by a male actor and has a masculine personality. (Being a plant, and probably an alien, it's anybody's guess what gender Audrey II really is - if any.)
* TheGhost: Mrs. Shiva, who was an onscreen character in the original film.
* GhostSong: "Don't Feed The Plants".
* GoneHorriblyRight
* GoneHorriblyWrong
* GrassIsGreener
* GRatedDrug: PG Rated, Not very.
--> '''Ronette:''' Here he is folks, the leader of the [[AWorldwidePunomenon plaque]]!
--> '''Chiffon:''' Watch him suck up that gas, Oh- my- God...!
* GreedyJew: Mushnik--though, to be fair, a ''lot'' of characters want to make money off that plant.
* GreekChorus: The three Sassy Black Women (see below) Crystal, Ronnette, and Chiffon.
* GriefSong: In the German version, Seymour responds to [[spoiler:Audrey's death]] with a DarkReprise of "Suddenly Seymour".
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Seymour's reason for killing Mushnik.
* HeelRealization: [[NotSoDifferent "You're a monster, and so am I!"]]
* HellBentForLeather: Orin wears a black leather jacket. The acting script calls for an insignia of a bleeding tooth across the back.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood:
--> "He took me out of the Skid Row Home for Boys when I was just a little tyke. Gave me a warm place to sleep, under the counter. Nice things to eat like meatloaf and water. Floors to sweep and toilets to clean and every other Sunday off!"
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Mrs. Luce (in real life, Clare Booth Luce) really ''was'' the wife of the editor of Life Magazine. She was also a playwright, journalist, socialite, ambassador and congresswoman.
* HopeSpot: There are quite a few moments when it looks as if Seymour's going to kill the plant, but [[spoiler:he never does]].
* HorrorHunger
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Seymour, eaten by his own giant plant]], and Orin, who asphyxiates when the laughing gas mask gets stuck. In the stage show, Mushnik plays with this- he worries about money to the point of adopting Seymour just to keep the plant, and Seymour tells him he put the day's earnings in the plant during Suppertime, but considering A) how the shop had been doing before Audrey II, and B) the fact that it's apparently over a thousand dollars, his concern is more or less justified. [[spoiler:Audrey]] is the only victim who doesn't really have a KarmicDeath.
** [[spoiler:Audrey's]] death was karmic - [[spoiler:for Seymour instead of for her.]]
** Mushnik has an oddly meta example of this. In the [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors original b-movie]], he tricked a would-be robber into getting eaten by the plant by telling him the shop's money was inside it. The musical lifted the situation with practically the same dialogue, but used it to kill off Mushnik.
* HumansAreBastards: After we're treated to a seemingly nice and lovable guy getting seduced into repeat murder, the ending song tells us that the plants are doing the same thing all across America, offering "unsuspecting jerks" their wildest dreams in exchange for blood. The message of "Don't Feed The Plants" is obvious--with the right motivation, ''anyone'' could kill people to feed a plant. Including ''[[YouBastard you]]''.
* IAmSong: "I am your dentist!"
* IdiotBall: After killing Orin, Seymour indulges in what has to rank among the worst murder coverups in the history of fiction. He leaves his baseball cap and his bag at the scene of the crime (the bag, by the way, has the ''name of the shop'' on it), stuffs Orin's uniform in the trash can outside the shop, and ''doesn't even bother to clean up the blood he spilled on the shop floor.'' When questioned about it, he says, "I spilled some Hawaiian Punch and it stained."
* IfWeGetThroughThis: Used, and the focus of a CutSong.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Audrey II's behavior toward Audrey in "Suppertime II".
* ILied: ''No shit, Sherlock!''
* IllGirl: Audrey doesn't have the usual SoapOperaDisease, but she is not a healthy girl.
* InsecureLoveInterest: This is why Audrey doesn't consider leaving the abusive "semi-sadist" Orin for her {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy coworker Seymour; she likes Seymour, but she considers herself too dirty and worthless to be with him.
** For his part, Seymour is convinced that he's not good enough for Audrey. When he finally realizes that she loves him back, he assumes that it's because he now has money and believes that he'll lose her if he loses his income from the plant. Tragedy ensues.
* IronicEcho:
--> '''Seymour:''' You're a monster, and so am I!
--> '''Audrey II:''' ''Feed me!''
* TheIngenue: Audrey (the human)
* IWantSong: "Somewhere That's Green"
** As well as its DarkReprise and the villainous version in "Feed Me".
** "Skid Row", "Grow For Me", and "Mushnik and Son" also qualify--and, to a lesser degree, "Now (It's Just The Gas)" and "The Meek Shall Inherit".
* IWishedYouWereDead: Audrey secretly wished Orin would disappear, and when he actually ''does'', she blames herself, worrying that it's her fault if he "met with foul play". ([[spoiler:Although she doesn't know it, she ''is'' the reason Seymour killed him]].)
* KilledMidSentence: Orin.
* LargeHam: [[WorldOfHam Almost everyone]].
* LaughablyEvil: Orin, Audrey II, and (depending on how he's played) Mushnik.
* LaughingMad: ''Dr.'' Orin Scrivello during Seymour's dental exam. [[spoiler:Admittedly, it was due to a fatal overdose of laughing gas.]]
* LeitMotif: Quite a few. Just to name one example, the tune to Mushnik And Son appears three times, not counting in the song itself.
* LonelyAtTheTop
* LoveMakesYouEvil: All of Seymour's evil deeds are done for Audrey's sake.
* LoveRedeems: "Suddenly Seymour" is about Audrey being redeemed by Seymour, which is ironic when you consider that she's TheIngenue and he's [[spoiler:a murderer]].
* LyricalDissonance: Quite a lot: cheerful, rousing rock/motown numbers spliced with references to horror and bloodshed are the order of the day here.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Mr. Mushinik, who cares somewhat for Seymour (though more for money) and for Audrey, who he constantly advises to drop her abusive boyfriend.
* JewishComplaining
* JewsLoveToArgue
* TheKlutz: Seymour's signature trait before the Audrey II plot takes off, at which point it disappears. (Unlike his counterpart in the original film, he's not a LethalKlutz.)
* ManEatingPlant
* ManipulativeBastard: Audrey II.
* MeaningfulName: The dentist: Orin ("oral") Scrivello (a type of elephant tusk).
* {{Miracle-Gro Monster}}: Audrey II gradually gets bigger as it gets more blood.
* MoneySong: Since money is a huge part of the plot, it's inevitable that some songs would revolve, at least partially, around it. Probably the best example is Mushnik's intro to "Ya Never Know".
* MoodWhiplash
* MurderTheHypotenuse
* TheMusical
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: [[strike:Manhattan in the 60s]] [[strike:Downtown south of 14th]] Skid Row.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Lampshaded in the opening monologue. The narrator talks about how threats to Earth often happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.
* ObliviousToLove: For a good part of the show, Seymour and Audrey are oblivious to each other's love. Each [[InsecureLoveInterest admires the other excessively and has about zero self-esteem]].
* OurFounder: A picture of Mr. Mushnik with the caption "Our Founder" appears in the shop in the scene following "The Meek Shall Inherit".
* {{Paparazzi}}: Mrs. Luce wants a photo of Seymour with the plant for the cover of Life Magazine.
* PetTheDog: Mushnik would come off as a complete JerkAss if he didn't show concern for Audrey and urge her to break up with Orin.
* PhraseCatcher: The fact that Audrey II is a "strange and interesting plant" is repeated by no fewer than five characters in the scene where Seymour puts it in Mushnik's display window. Strange and interesting indeed.
* PlantAliens
* PoweredByAForsakenChild
* PragmaticAdaptation
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:For Seymour, who doesn't actually end up killing Audrey II. At least he tries]].
* ReleasedToElsewhere: After Mushnik is killed, Seymour claims he is visiting his sister in Czechoslovakia.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Seymour attempts one of these on Audrey II, but [[spoiler:ends up getting eaten]].
* SassyBlackWoman: Three of them, in the form of Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon, who also function as the show's GreekChorus (see above).
* ScaryBlackMan: Audrey II is often voiced by an African - American actor.
* ScreenToStageAdaptation
* SeeminglyWholesomeFiftiesGirl: Audrey counts as a subversion. She ''thinks'' she's one, but she's really TheIngenue.
* ShipperOnDeck: Crystal, Ronette, Chiffon and Audrey II for Seymour/Audrey.
* ShoutOut: The cut song "Bad" (rewritten for the film as "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space") had Audrey II boasting about how much badder he is than {{Godzilla}}, KingKong and the BrideOfFrankenstein.
** The three urchins are named for three different girl groups of the sixties (The Crystals, The Ronettes and The Chiffons). The songs reference and parody the sixties music scene, both lyrically and stylistically. [[http://mondomusicals.blogspot.com/2010/08/little-shop-of-horrors-cross.html This blog has a pretty comprehensive overview]].
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Comedy-dominant, though the line definitely gets blurred.
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[spoiler:Audrey II's plan all along]].
* TheSongBeforeTheStorm: The cut song "We'll Have Tomorrow" would have taken place in the shop shortly before "Sominex/Suppertime II".
* TwiceShy: Seymour and Audrey.
* SomewhereSong
* TermsOfEndangerment: Several examples:
** Orin calls Seymour "stud".
** In "The Meek Shall Inherit", Bernstein, Mrs. Luce and Skip Snip address Seymour with increasingly uncomfortable pet names ("dollface", "my sweet, sweet thing", and "pussycat", to name a few).
** Audrey II [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty flirts with the human Audrey]] [[spoiler:moments before attempting to eat her]].
* TemptingFate: Several cases, as in the cut song "We'll Have Tomorrow". The best example has to be when Seymour first agrees to feed blood to the tiny plant: "Well, okay...as long as you don't make a ''habit'' of it or anything!"
* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins]]
* ThemeNaming: Crystal, Ronette and Chiffon take their names from the Crystals, the Ronettes and the Chiffons; all 1960s New York African-American girl groups.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Justified when Seymour tries it, because [[spoiler:all his weapons can't kill the plant anyway]].
--> '''Audrey:''' A ''gun?''
--> '''Seymour:''' And bullets! And rat poison! And a machete!
* TheyCallMeMrTibbs: Orin insists that Audrey call him "Doctor" and use the term "D.D.S." when referring to him. It's implied that he's beaten her for neglecting to do so ("You gotta train 'em, eh, stud?").
* ThisIsADrill: Orin's drill isn't rusty, it's an antique.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Audrey]].
* ToServeMan
* TotalEclipseOfThePlot: [[ManEatingPlant Audrey II]] appears at a plant store in a solar eclipse.
* {{Tragedy}}: The musical is ''literally'' a Greek tragedy, complete with a trio of singers who represent the Greek Chorus, and Seymour first sacrifices his enemy, then his father figure, then his love, then himself.
* TrialBalloonQuestion
* UnluckyEverydude: Seymour could be seen as a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]. He fits the description perfectly until [[spoiler:Audrey dies]].
* VillainSong: "Dentist", "Feed Me", and "Suppertime".
** Depending on how it's played, "Mushnik and Son".
* VillainLoveSong: "Feed Me (Git It)" and "Suppertime II".
* VillainRecruitmentSong: "Mushnik and Son", which is followed immediately by "Feed Me (Git It)".
* WanderlustSong
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre:
--> Better ourselves? You hear what he said, girls? ''Bet-ter'' ourselves? Mister, when you're from [[CrapsackWorld Skid]] [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Row]], ain't no such thing.
* WifeBasherBasher: Seymour. He plans to ignore the plant and not feed it anything--until Orin abuses Audrey right in front of him. Audrey II is, of course, [[MagnificentBastard fully aware]] that this is Seymour's BerserkButton.
--> '''Seymour:''' ''He's so nasty, treatin' her rough!''
--> '''Audrey II:''' ''Smackin' her 'round, always talkin' so tough!''
--> '''Seymour:''' ''You need blood, and he's got more than enough!''
* WorldOfHam
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Skid Row.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage
* YouAreTooLate
* YouBastard
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness
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!!The film of the musical additionally provides examples of:
* AdaptationDistillation through PragmaticAdaptation: The subplot about Mr. Mushnik adopting Seymour is dropped, along with a few incidental songs, to make a tight 90-minute narrative. Also worth noting, the scene with BillMurray as a masochistic dental patient did not appear in the stage version. It derives from a [[OneSceneWonder famous scene]] in [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors the 1960 movie]] which originally featured JackNicholson in this role.
* ApocalypseHow: The Audrey [=II=] invasion as depicted in the original ending could potentially range anywhere from Class 0 to Class 5.
* AxCrazy: Orin Scrivello.
* AwardBaitSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" is not present in the stage version, although it has been added in some revivals. It was added to the screenplay so the film could receive an Oscar nomination for "Best Original Song." It lost, sadly. (It should be noted that "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" is definitely not your typical Award Bait Song.)
* BetterLivingThroughEvil: Audrey II uses this method to convince Seymour to feed it Orin and Mesnick by bringing up the fact that it could make Seymour rich. It eventually works once Seymour realizes what he could buy with the insane amount of money Audrey II is capable of bringing in.
* BloodSplatteredWeddingDress: [[spoiler: You can tell when the FocusGroupEnding kicks in when the dress becomes a lot less blood stained.]]
* BottomlessMagazines: Audrey II steals Seymour's tiny pistol during "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" and proceeds to fire about twelve shots at him.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill
* CampGay: Bill Murray as the masochistic patient shows some inclinations.
* CowTools: Orin's medieval-looking dental appliances.
---> '''Seymour:''' It's rusty!
---> '''Orin:''' It's an antique.
* CurseCutShort: "[[OhCrap OH SHI]]--" It should be noted, though, that elsewhere Audrey II is allowed to curse quite freely.
* CutAndPasteSuburb: "Somewhere That's Green"
* CutSong: Most of "The Meek Shall Inherit", the "Somewhere That's Green" reprise, the end of "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space", and "Don't Feed The Plants".
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Audrey II]] in the FocusGroupEnding.
* DiabolusExMachina: Completely inverted with the FocusGroupEnding.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The FocusGroupEnding closes "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" (wherein Audrey II reveals himself in all his unstoppable glory) with Seymour [[spoiler:electrocuting him]].
* DisneyCreaturesOfTheFarce: In the "Somewhere That's Green" ImagineSpot.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: A variation: the gleefully sadistic, completely heartless Orin Scrivello is so disgusted by his encounter with the masochist that he ends up kicking him out of doors.
--> '''Orin:''' Get out of here! Go on, get out of here!...''Goddamn sicko!''
* {{Expy}}: SteveMartin's role in this film has been compared to his feature film debut as Dr Maxwell Edison in 1978's ''Film/SgtPeppersLonelyHeartsClubBand''. BillMurray's role as Arthur Denton is an Expy of Wilbur Force, the JackNicholson character from [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors the 1960 movie]].
* FocusGroupEnding: The stage adaptation's DownerEnding [[spoiler: with our heroes being eaten and multiple Audrey [=IIs=] taking over the world]] was shot, but focus groups decided to change this in favor of the less confronting TheEndOrIsIt ending.
* GenderEqualsBreed: In the "Somewhere That's Green" dream sequence, which was one of the inspirations for the trope, Seymour and Audrey's kids are identical to their mother and father.
* GroinAttack
-->I got killer buds, a power stem, nasty pods, and I'm using them!
-->So better move 'em out, Nature calls! You got the point?
-->I'm gonna ''bust your balls!''
* {{Kaiju}}: In the original, unreleased ending, swarms of 50-foot plant-monsters rampage throughout New York in what may have been a ShoutOut to ''{{Godzilla}}''. (And ''KingKong''.)
* HeyItsThatGuy: Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, John Candy, and Jim Belushi, who replaced Paul Dooley when the film was recut.
* HilariousOuttakes: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXKORraalH8 Oh yeah]]. So many gems in these. Especially SteveMartin at about 1:17.
-->'''Vincent Gardenia:''' So work, Seymour! Nurse this plant back to death! To death...
-->'''Ellen Greene:''' Oh, Seymour, we gotta geI forgot my line!
-->'''Rick Moranis:''' ''({{Beat}})'' MY LEGS!!
-->'''Ellen Greene:''' The vine is coming *into* my dress?
-->'''Rick Moranis:''' THE SEQUEL! WHAT ABOUT THE SEQUEL?!
* IAmSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space".
* ImagineSpot: "Somewhere That's Green".
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Audrey II]].
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Audrey II]].
* LighterAndSofter: See DarkerAndEdgier and DarkReprise in the play version. It manages to contain ''all these aspects'' in its songs, but somehow makes it lighthearted simply by changing the ending and some of the songs.
* MeaningfulName: Arthur ''Denton'' loves getting painful dental work done...
* MouthCam: During "Dentist".
* MovieBonusSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space", and arguably "Some Fun Now" (which is a rewrite of the musical's "Ya Never Know").
* MusicalisInterruptus
* NightmareSequence: "The Meek Shall Inherit" was going to be this, but the scene was cut down. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen You can still hear the rest of it on the soundtrack]].
* OhCrap: All of the main characters get this one at some point.
* TheEndOrIsIt: The ending shows [[spoiler: a little Audrey II outside Seymour and Audrey's garden, with the unstated implication being that someone else passing by is bound to notice it (since it's "strange and interesting"), take it with them, and then here we go again....]]
* TooKinkyToTorture: Arthur Denton.
* {{Paparazzi}}: Lots of these show up at the shop shortly after [[spoiler:the plant eats Mushnik]]. Seymour doesn't handle them very well.
* PublicMediumIgnorance: Thanks to this movie, people have mistakenly rented or downloaded [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors Corman's 1960 movie]], thinking it was this version.
* RecursiveAdaptation: The film of the stage musical of the film.
* ScaryBlackMan: Audrey II (he's voiced by Levi Stubbs).
* ShrineToTheFallen: Played for laughs--Orin has a closet shrine [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas to his dearly departed mom]].
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In the FocusGroupEnding, [[spoiler:Audrey and Seymour]]. Note that [[spoiler:Audrey]] has a recursive case of this, as [[spoiler:she [[DeathByAdaptation didn't die in the original film that the musical itself was based on]]]].
* StepfordSuburbia: In the film, [[spoiler:they escape]] Skid Row. But [[spoiler: one of the mini-Audrey [=IIs=] ]] [[TheEndOrIsIt comes with them!]]
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: "Wait for me, Audrey--this is between me and the vegetable!"
* UnlimitedWardrobe: The GreekChorus have a better dresser than Michelle Obama.
* VillainSong: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space"

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!!The animated series provides examples of:
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his manipulative, mind-controlling, people-eating, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking rap-singing]] pet plant.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In a recursive example, Audrey gets to be brunette again.
* AnimatedAdaptation
* BigEater: Audrey Jr.
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife
* HighSchool
* HighSchoolAU
* InformedAttribute: Audrey Jr. claims that he likes to [[ImAHumanitarian eat people]], as in the previous incarnations, but is generally shown eating regular food, such as pizza and sandwiches. (He ''does'' [[TheyKilledKenny eat the piano teacher]] almost OncePerEpisode, but that obviously [[{{Snapback}} doesn't last long]].)
* InNameOnly: Seymour Krelborn is a kid. Audrey has brown hair and she is Mr. Mushnik's daughter. The chorus girls are replaced by singing flowers. Audrey II has eyes, has traded in blood lust for love of rap music, and above all, is ''friendly''. In Name Only? Very much so.
* MeaningfulName: Paine Driller.
* MythologyGag: Burson Fouch, the flower-eating guy from the [[TheLittleShopOfHorrors original film]], makes at least one cameo.
* {{Nerd}}: Seymour. Or he ''tries'' to be one, anyway.
* ObliviousToLove: Audrey has no idea that Seymour likes her.
* ProudToBeAGeek: Played with in the opening of the first episode. Seymour has "spent thirteen years trying to be a nerd". Only problem? "I'm not smart."
* RecursiveAdaptation
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Nope, no death in this one (unless you're counting the [[TheyKilledKenny situation with the piano teacher]]).
* SpinoffBabies
* ThemeTuneRap: "Word, Li'l Shop!"
* TheyKilledKenny: The piano teacher.
* WonderfulLife
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* Miracle-GroMonster: Audrey II gradually gets bigger as it gets more blood.

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* Miracle-GroMonster: {{Miracle-Gro Monster}}: Audrey II gradually gets bigger as it gets more blood.
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* DirtyCommunists: The original premise of the film the play was based on, is obviously a commentary on appeasing Nazis and Communists (and other dictator types). It's even lampshaded in one of the songs.
--> ''"I've given you sunlight, I've given you rain, looks like you're not happy 'less I open a vein! I'll give you a few drops... if that'll appease..."''



* DramaticIrony: Seymour complains about how he has to keep feeding Audrey II, and Audrey (number I) wonders why he's so upset about the cost of plant food.



* {{Miracle-Gro Monster}}: Audrey II gradually gets bigger as it gets more blood.

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* {{Miracle-Gro Monster}}: Miracle-GroMonster: Audrey II gradually gets bigger as it gets more blood.
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* NaughtyTentacles: Audrey II to Audrey just before he launches into his reprise of "Suppertime".
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** Also [[LighterAndSofter inverted]] in the more recent film version. It manages to contain ''all these aspects'' in its songs, but somehow makes it lighthearted simply by changing the ending and removing some of the songs.


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* LighterAndSofter: See DarkerAndEdgier and DarkReprise in the play version. It manages to contain ''all these aspects'' in its songs, but somehow makes it lighthearted simply by changing the ending and some of the songs.
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* NaughtyTentacles: Audrey II's stems/branches, especially when meeting the human Audrey.
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