History THeatre / WestSideStory

3rd Oct '17 7:33:40 PM lucy24
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** Riff laughs at Bernardo's request for Lieutenant Shrank to translate his dressing-down into Spanish.

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** Riff laughs at Bernardo's request for Lieutenant Shrank Schrank to translate his dressing-down into Spanish.



--> ''The adults -- DOC, SHRANK, KRUPKE, and GLAD HAND -- stand alone, useless.''

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--> ''The adults -- DOC, SHRANK, SCHRANK, KRUPKE, and GLAD HAND -- stand alone, useless.''



* BadCopIncompetentCop: Shrank's the bad cop, a racist who wants the Sharks run out of town but isn't exactly crazy about the Jets either, and who cares most of all about getting a promotion. Krupke's the incompetent cop, never once doing anything successfully.

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* BadCopIncompetentCop: Shrank's Schrank's the bad cop, a racist who wants the Sharks run out of town but isn't exactly crazy about the Jets either, and who cares most of all about getting a promotion. Krupke's the incompetent cop, never once doing anything successfully.



* EnemyMine: For all their hatred of each other, the Jets and the Sharks seem pretty unified in their hatred of Shrank and Krupke -- when Bernardo mouths off to Shrank, Riff and the other Jets are visibly amused/impressed by it. Later, Bernardo and Riff pretend to be friendly when they notice Krupke eying them suspiciously, both gangs do this in full force when Shrank interrupts their war council, and when Shrank insults Bernardo, it's Riff who holds Bernardo back from attacking him.

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* EnemyMine: For all their hatred of each other, the Jets and the Sharks seem pretty unified in their hatred of Shrank Schrank and Krupke -- when Bernardo mouths off to Shrank, Schrank, Riff and the other Jets are visibly amused/impressed by it. Later, Bernardo and Riff pretend to be friendly when they notice Krupke eying them suspiciously, both gangs do this in full force when Shrank Schrank interrupts their war council, and when Shrank Schrank insults Bernardo, it's Riff who holds Bernardo back from attacking him.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: All of the Jets appear ready to attack Shrank when he insults their families, referring to them as "tin-horn immigrant scum", and A-Rab and Action in particular need to be held back when he taunts the former about his father's alcoholism and the latter about his mother being a hooker.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: All of the Jets appear ready to attack Shrank Schrank when he insults their families, referring to them as "tin-horn immigrant scum", and A-Rab and Action in particular need to be held back when he taunts the former about his father's alcoholism and the latter about his mother being a hooker.



*** Shrank=Prince Escalus

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*** Shrank=Prince Schrank=Prince Escalus



* {{Hypocrite}}: Shrank referring to the Jets as coming from "tin-horn immigrant scum" when he himself is likely the descendant of immigrants.

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* {{Hypocrite}}: Shrank Schrank referring to the Jets as coming from "tin-horn immigrant scum" when he himself is likely the descendant of immigrants.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank is openly racist against the Puerto Rican Sharks and favours the white Jets - although he doesn't give them much respect either, as they're all either Polish, Italian, or Irish.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank Schrank is openly racist against the Puerto Rican Sharks and favours the white Jets - although he doesn't give them much respect either, as they're all either Polish, Italian, or Irish.



* RabidCop: Shrank can run into this trope at times, especially when he shows himself willing to beat up the kids.

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* RabidCop: Shrank Schrank can run into this trope at times, especially when he shows himself willing to beat up the kids.
7th Sep '17 6:02:45 AM fruitstripegum
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* TenorBoy: Tony. He is, after all, based on Theatre/{{Romeo|AndJuliet}}, who by stereotype is incapable of being anything but a tenor.



* TenorBoy: Tony. He is, after all, based on Theatre/{{Romeo|AndJuliet}}, who by stereotype is incapable of being anything but a tenor.
7th Sep '17 6:01:57 AM fruitstripegum
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* PragmaticAdaptation: TheMovie is a largely intact adaptation of the stage show, but song placement is shuffled around, to excellent effect. "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "I Feel Pretty" were both moved to Act I, which is lighter and more fun in tone. "Cool," an edgy and angry song, was moved into the similarly tense and dark Act II, averting the show's MoodWhiplash.



* RaceLift: The very white (specifically, Russian-American) Natalie Wood playing a Puerto Rican.

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* RaceLift: The very white (specifically, Russian-American) Natalie Wood playing PragmaticAdaptation: TheMovie is a Puerto Rican.largely intact adaptation of the stage show, but song placement is shuffled around, to excellent effect. "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "I Feel Pretty" were both moved to Act I, which is lighter and more fun in tone. "Cool," an edgy and angry song, was moved into the similarly tense and dark Act II, averting the show's MoodWhiplash.


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* RaceLift: The very white (specifically, Russian-American) Natalie Wood playing a Puerto Rican.
7th Sep '17 6:01:00 AM fruitstripegum
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* {{Intermission}}: The play ends Act I after the rumble, while Act I of the movie ends after the war council. However, some prints of the movie (including all of the VHS tapes, laserdiscs, and pre-2003 [=DVDs=]) don't have an intermission at all, since director Robert Wise felt that it broke the tension.



* {{Intermission}}: The play ends Act I after the rumble, while Act I of the movie ends after the war council. However, some prints of the movie (including all of the VHS tapes, laserdiscs, and pre-2003 [=DVDs=]) don't have an intermission at all, since director Robert Wise felt that it broke the tension.
14th Aug '17 5:16:01 PM FordPrefect
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Anybodys. Although some of her lines could imply she is attracted to men she can be played as a tomboyish young woman, a ButchLesbian, or a trans boy depending on the production.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Anybodys. Although some of her lines could imply she is attracted to men men, she can be played as a tomboyish young woman, a ButchLesbian, or a trans boy boy, depending on the production.



** Alternatively in the stage production sometimes Doc arrives too late to stop the Jets, and interrupts them in the act.

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** Alternatively in the stage production production, sometimes Doc arrives too late to stop the Jets, and interrupts them in the act.



** Furthermore, Stephen Sondheim originally wanted to end the song "Gee, Officer Krupke, fuck you!" but it was changed to "Krup you!" (In his book of the lyrics, he comments that he thought the "Krupp" change was [[RuleOfFunny for the better]].)

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** Furthermore, Stephen Sondheim originally wanted to end the song "Gee, Officer Krupke, fuck you!" but it was changed to "Krup you!" (In his book of the lyrics, he comments that he thought the "Krupp" "Krup" change was [[RuleOfFunny for the better]].)



* DreamBallet: "Somewhere"

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* DreamBallet: "Somewhere""Somewhere".



* EnemyMine: For all their hatred of each other, the Jets and the Sharks seem pretty unified in their hatred of Shrank and Krupke -- when Bernardo mouths off to Shrank, Riff and the other Jets are visibly amused/impressed by this. Later, Bernado and Riff pretend to be friendly when they notice Krupke eying them suspiciously, both gangs do this in full force when Shrank interrupts their war council, and when Shrank insults Bernardo, it's Riff who holds Bernardo back from attacking him.

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* EnemyMine: For all their hatred of each other, the Jets and the Sharks seem pretty unified in their hatred of Shrank and Krupke -- when Bernardo mouths off to Shrank, Riff and the other Jets are visibly amused/impressed by this. it. Later, Bernado Bernardo and Riff pretend to be friendly when they notice Krupke eying them suspiciously, both gangs do this in full force when Shrank interrupts their war council, and when Shrank insults Bernardo, it's Riff who holds Bernardo back from attacking him.



*** Friar Lawrence having to be quarantined thus unable to tell Romeo that Juliet's death is faked, leading to Romeo's suicidal response=Anita being assaulted by the Jets and thus lying about Maria's death, leading to Tony begging Chino to kill him.

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*** Friar Lawrence having to be quarantined quarantined, thus unable to tell Romeo that Juliet's death is faked, leading to Romeo's suicidal response=Anita being assaulted by the Jets and thus lying about Maria's death, leading to Tony begging Chino to kill him.



* GreaserDelinquents: Both the Jets and the Sharks are full of this type of character. The Jets portray the stereotypically east coast version, being entirely Polish, Irish and Italian youths, whereas the Sharks are the stereotypically west coast version (despite living on the east coast too), being Puerto Rican and Latino.

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* GreaserDelinquents: Both the Jets and the Sharks are full of this type of character. The Jets portray the stereotypically east coast East Coast version, being entirely Polish, Irish and Italian youths, whereas the Sharks are the stereotypically west coast West Coast version (despite living on the east coast East Coast too), being Puerto Rican and Latino.



* IAmSong: "Jet Song"
* TheIngenue: Maria, initially. When Tony asks her if she's "making a joke" in their LoveAtFirstSight moment, she replies, "I have not yet learned how to joke that way." (i.e. she is too inexperienced to be anything but sincere). Her family is very concerned with protecting her, especially from 'a boy like that' who only 'wants one thing.' Her naive expectation that love-struck Tony can stop the rumble has tragic consequences for everyone.
* InItForLife: "When you're a Jet you're a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette 'til your last dying day."

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* IAmSong: "Jet Song"
Song".
* TheIngenue: Maria, initially. When Tony asks her if she's "making a joke" in their LoveAtFirstSight moment, she replies, "I have not yet learned how to joke that way." way" (i.e. she is too inexperienced to be anything but sincere). Her family is very concerned with protecting her, especially from 'a boy like that' who only 'wants one thing.' Her naive expectation that love-struck Tony can stop the rumble has tragic consequences for everyone.
* InItForLife: "When you're a Jet Jet, you're a Jet all the way, from your first cigarette 'til your last dying day."



* IWantSong: "Something's Coming" and "Somewhere"
* {{Intermission}}: The play ends Act I after the rumble, while Act I of the movie ends after the war council. However, some prints of the movie (including all of the VHS tapes, laserdiscs, and pre-2003 [=DVDs=]), don't have an intermission at all, since director Robert Wise felt that it broke the tension.

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* IWantSong: "Something's Coming" and "Somewhere"
"Somewhere".
* {{Intermission}}: The play ends Act I after the rumble, while Act I of the movie ends after the war council. However, some prints of the movie (including all of the VHS tapes, laserdiscs, and pre-2003 [=DVDs=]), [=DVDs=]) don't have an intermission at all, since director Robert Wise felt that it broke the tension.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tony successfully stops an all-out war with knives and guns, by suggesting that they merely have the strongest of the two sides fistfight. It seems like nothing worse could happen than a broken nose or two. But then ''Maria'' objects even to this, saying that ''any'' fighting is bad, and although Tony can see it leading nowhere nice to stop them, he does it because he loves her. Fast-forward. Rather than a simple fistfight, three people are dead, one is arrested and will most likely be hanged for murder, the two gangs hate each other even more (until they reconcile), and ''Maria'' survives the movie.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tony successfully stops an all-out war with knives and guns, by suggesting that they merely have the strongest of the two sides fistfight. It seems like nothing worse could happen than a broken nose or two. But then ''Maria'' objects even to this, saying that ''any'' fighting is bad, and although Tony can see it leading nowhere nice to stop them, he does it because he loves her. Fast-forward. Rather than a simple fistfight, three people (including Tony) are dead, one is arrested and will most likely be hanged for murder, the two gangs hate each other even more (until they reconcile), and ''Maria'' survives the movie.Maria has to live with her grief.



** The Puerto Ricans litter their English with this. For examples, "por favor?", "una poca", and "si".

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** The Puerto Ricans litter their English with this. For examples, example, "por favor?", favor", "una poca", and "si"."sí".



** Due to the Spanish words not quite fitting the music, the songs were changed back into English in August 2009, but the spoken scenes remain in Spanish. This reaction could possibly have been avoided if they had displayed ''subtitles'' for the audience.
* PragmaticAdaptation: TheMovie is a very intact adaptation of the stage show, but song placement is shuffled around, to excellent effect. "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "I Feel Pretty" were both moved to Act I, which is lighter and more fun in tone. "Cool," an edgy and angry song, was moved into the similarly tense and dark Act II, averting the show's MoodWhiplash.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank is openly racist against the Puerto Rican Sharks and favours the white Jets - although he doesn't even give them much respect, as they're all either Polish, Italian, or Irish.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Boy did it ever here.

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** Due to the Spanish words not quite fitting the music, the songs were changed back into English in August 2009, but the spoken scenes remain in Spanish. This reaction could possibly have been avoided if they had displayed ''subtitles'' subtitles for the audience.
* PragmaticAdaptation: TheMovie is a very largely intact adaptation of the stage show, but song placement is shuffled around, to excellent effect. "Gee, Officer Krupke" and "I Feel Pretty" were both moved to Act I, which is lighter and more fun in tone. "Cool," an edgy and angry song, was moved into the similarly tense and dark Act II, averting the show's MoodWhiplash.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank is openly racist against the Puerto Rican Sharks and favours the white Jets - although he doesn't even give them much respect, respect either, as they're all either Polish, Italian, or Irish.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Boy Boy, did it ever here.
10th Aug '17 8:36:45 AM Josef5678
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* NotHisSled: Instead of killing himself like [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet Romeo]], Tony is killed by Chino, and unlike Juliet, Maria lives.
10th Aug '17 8:22:11 AM Josef5678
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It may seem OlderThanSteam, with more than a [[StarCrossedLovers few elements]] that you may recognize from [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet other works]]. It is also a great example of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, with many modern audiences not understanding why it was such a groundbreaking musical in its time. It is recognized as the leader in using [[NewerThanTheyThink dance to further the plot]], thanks to Jerome Robbins' choreography, and is also recognized for portraying minority characters (relatively) positively, using vulgar language and slang, and [[DarkerAndEdgier not being a particularly feel-good musical]].

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It may seem OlderThanSteam, with more than a [[StarCrossedLovers few elements]] that you may recognize from [[Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet other works]]. It is also a great example of SeinfeldIsUnfunny, with many modern audiences not understanding why it was such a groundbreaking musical in its time. It is recognized as the leader in using [[NewerThanTheyThink dance to further the plot]], thanks to Jerome Robbins' Robbins's choreography, and is also recognized for portraying minority characters (relatively) positively, using vulgar language and slang, and [[DarkerAndEdgier not being a particularly feel-good musical]].



* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Riff laughs at Bernardo's request for Lieutenant Shrank to translate his dressing-down into Spanish.
** Also, when Riff orders Anybodys out of Doc's, she leaves, but not without pushing some of the Sharks around. While some of them look shocked, Chino and a couple of the others laugh.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: ActuallyPrettyFunny:
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Riff laughs at Bernardo's request for Lieutenant Shrank to translate his dressing-down into Spanish.
** Also, when When Riff orders Anybodys out of Doc's, she leaves, but not without pushing some of the Sharks around. While some of them look shocked, Chino and a couple of the others laugh.



* ArtisticTitle: For the film. A set of abstract graphics, created by Saul Bass, eventually fade into a shot of the Lower Manhattan skyline, followed by a series of overhead aerial shots of NYC streets and buildings.

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* ArtisticTitle: ArtisticTitle:
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For the film. A set of abstract graphics, created by Saul Bass, eventually fade into a shot of the Lower Manhattan skyline, followed by a series of overhead aerial shots of NYC streets and buildings.



* AttemptedRape: Anita is attacked and nearly raped by the Jets when she heads to Doc's to tell Tony to wait for Maria. This angers her and drives her to hate them badly enough that when Doc returns and stops it, Anita tells them that Chino shot Maria, which sets up the DownerEnding.

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* AttemptedRape: AttemptedRape:
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Anita is attacked and nearly raped by the Jets when she heads to Doc's to tell Tony to wait for Maria. This angers her and drives her to hate them badly enough that when Doc returns and stops it, Anita tells them that Chino shot Maria, which sets up the DownerEnding.



* ButchLesbian: While some of Anybodys' lines imply she's heterosexual or bi, she fits the look, and acts in a comparatively "masculine" manner for her time and place.

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* ButchLesbian: ButchLesbian:
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While some of Anybodys' lines imply she's heterosexual or bi, she fits the look, and acts in a comparatively "masculine" manner for her time and place.



* {{Camp}}

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* %%* {{Camp}}



* ChekhovsGunman: Chino.

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* %%* ChekhovsGunman: Chino.



* DistantDuet: "Tonight".

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* %%* DistantDuet: "Tonight".



* {{Irony}}: When told that Maria is dead, Tony becomes a DeathSeeker, and screams out for Chino to kill him too. He snaps out of it when he see Maria alive, only for [[spoiler:Chino to oblige his death wish.]]

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* {{Irony}}: When told that Maria is dead, Tony becomes a DeathSeeker, and screams out for Chino to kill him too. He snaps out of it when he see sees Maria alive, only for [[spoiler:Chino to oblige his death wish.]]



* MoodWhiplash: in the original stage play, "I Feel Pretty" takes place ''right'' after the rumble and just before Maria learns Tony killed Bernardo. "Gee, Officer Krupke" also takes place after the rumble. These were moved to before the rumble in the film.
** That being said, the movie still has a little bit of mood whiplash after the rumble. It cuts from Riff and Bernardo lying dead, to Maria dancing wistfully on a rooftop. Since this dance only lasts a minute at most, until Chino appears to deliver some tragic news, the amount of mood whiplash still feels significantly smaller than it did in the play.

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* MoodWhiplash: in MoodWhiplash:
** In
the original stage play, "I Feel Pretty" takes place ''right'' after the rumble and just before Maria learns Tony killed Bernardo. "Gee, Officer Krupke" also takes place after the rumble. These were moved to before the rumble in the film.
** That being said, the The movie still has a little bit of mood whiplash after the rumble. It cuts from Riff and Bernardo lying dead, to Maria dancing wistfully on a rooftop. Since this dance only lasts a minute at most, until Chino appears to deliver some tragic news, the amount of mood whiplash still feels significantly smaller than it did in the play.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tony, after killing Bernardo. Bernardo himself after killing Riff.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
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Tony, after killing Bernardo. Bernardo himself after killing Riff.



* MySisterIsOffLimits

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* MySisterIsOffLimitsMySisterIsOffLimits: Bernardo angrily intrudes on Tony and Maria's first meeting.
-->"Go home, ''American''. Stay away from my sister!"



* PoirotSpeak: The Puerto Ricans litter their English with this. For examples, "por favor?", "una poca", and "si".

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* PoirotSpeak: PoirotSpeak:
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The Puerto Ricans litter their English with this. For examples, "por favor?", "una poca", and "si".



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank is openly racist against the Puerto Rican Sharks and favours the white Jets - although he doesn't even give them much respect, as they're Polish, Italian or Irish.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank is openly racist against the Puerto Rican Sharks and favours the white Jets - although he doesn't even give them much respect, as they're all either Polish, Italian Italian, or Irish.



* ThePowerOfHate: Anita, after her near-gang rape.
-->"Bernardo was right. If one of you was lying in the street bleeding, [[KickTheSonOfABitch I'd walk by and spit on you]]."

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* ThePowerOfHate: ThePowerOfHate:
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Anita, after her near-gang rape.
-->"Bernardo --->"Bernardo was right. If one of you was lying in the street bleeding, [[KickTheSonOfABitch I'd walk by and spit on you]]."



* SparedByTheAdaptation: Juliet and Paris both die in Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet, but their respective counterparts, Maria and Chino, survive here.

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* SparedByTheAdaptation: Juliet and Paris both die in Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet, ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', but their respective counterparts, Maria and Chino, survive here.



* TenorBoy: Tony.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke.
* {{Tomboy}}: Anybodys.

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* TenorBoy: Tony.
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Tony. He is, after all, based on Theatre/{{Romeo|AndJuliet}}, who by stereotype is incapable of being anything but a tenor.
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ThoseTwoGuys: Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke.
* %%* {{Tomboy}}: Anybodys.



* UnusualEuphemism

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* UnusualEuphemismUnusualEuphemism: The "Jet Song" uses "buggin'" and "mother-lovin'", as well as the phrase "when the spit hits the fan." Though the writers also used sanitized street language at the end of "Gee, Officer Krupke" ("Krup you!"), they must have forgotten about "schmuck" earlier in the song, which had to be censored on the original Broadway cast recording, even before it was (differently) censored in the movie - without breaking the rhyme in either case.
1st Aug '17 3:58:19 PM TompaDompa
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* {{Bowdlerize}}: This trope mostly appears in the movie version, as the infamous Hays Code was still in effect, though slightly less so in 1961. Anita's lines in "Tonight" are changed from "He'll walk in hot and tired, so what / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's hot" to "He'll walk in hot and tired, poor dear / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's here."

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* {{Bowdlerize}}: This trope mostly appears in the movie version, as the infamous Hays Code was still in effect, though slightly less so in 1961. 1961.
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Anita's lines in "Tonight" are changed from "He'll walk in hot and tired, so what / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's hot" to "He'll walk in hot and tired, poor dear / No matter if he's tired, as long as he's here."


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** In "I Feel Pretty", the lines "I feel pretty and witty and bright! / And I pity / Any girl who isn't me tonight!" are changed to "I feel pretty and witty and gay! / And I pity / Any girl who isn't me today!", [[HaveAGayOldTime which kind of backfired in the long run]].
25th Jul '17 4:33:43 AM AirofMystery
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* PetTheDog: No character - [[AllLovingHero even Tony]] - gives [[ButtMonkey Anybodys]] the time of day, but once Ice takes over the Jets, he treats her like any other member and calls her "buddy boy", a phrase Riff only ever used with fellow gang members. Anybodys' face lights up.
24th Jul '17 4:37:44 AM AirofMystery
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Lieutenant Shrank.Shrank is openly racist against the Puerto Rican Sharks and favours the white Jets - although he doesn't even give them much respect, as they're Polish, Italian or Irish.
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