AlternativeCharacterInterpretation can apply to just about any of these characters and YMMV highly. There's a reason why this play was extremely controversial when it came out. All interpretations are welcome but treat others' interpretations with the respect you'd want them to give yours.

* AlasPoorVillain
* AntiVillain
* ApologeticAttacker
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Depending on how you interpret his character, his being played by a balding middle aged man who hasn't shaved recently in the 2000 version either subverts or plays it straight.
** Tim Minchin in the 2012 tour makes a pretty convincing case for Judas being good.
* BSODSong
* DoomedByCanon
* DrivenToSuicide
* EvilCostumeSwitch: 2000 film. After betraying Jesus to the Pharisees, Judas takes off his jacket to show off his black shirt, and when he commits suicide, he now wears red.
* HoYay: With Jesus, turned UpToEleven in the 2000 the point where the last straw before his betrayal was catching Jesus and Mary Magdalene in a compromising position.
** It's also arguable that the 2012 arena tour does this to a greater extent than the 1973 film... Probably not the 2000 one though. Some of the looks exchanged between Tim Minchin's Judas and Ben Forster's Jesus (or even just glances in the general direction of the other character) could easily be classed as 'longing'. Add to that Minchin's heartbreaking reprise of I Don't Know How To Love Him during Judas' Death, and the fact that during ''The Last Supper'' some of the apostles genuinely look as though they're watching a couple have a screaming row...
* JerkassFacade
* JerkassWoobie
* KnightInSourArmor
* TheLancer
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* NecessarilyEvil
* SourSupporter
* SupportingProtagonist
* TearsOfRemorse
* UnwittingPawn

* {{Bishonen}}: Particularly Glenn Carter's Jesus.
* BornInTheWrongCentury
-->''If you'd come today you would have reached the whole nation / Israel in 4 B.C. had no mass communication''
* BreakTheCutie
* CelibateHero
* DoomedByCanon
* GroupieBrigade
* HeroicSacrifice
* HurtingHero
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* JesusWasCrazy: According to Pilate and Judas.
* JesusWasWayCool: According to Mary Magdalene, Simon and Caiaphas.
* LightIsGood
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth
* UnwittingPawn
* WellIntentionedExtremist: At least from Judas and the Council's point of view

!!Simon Zealotes
* {{Bishonen}}: In the 2000 film.
* LaResistance
* PoisonousFriend
* WellIntentionedExtremist

* AngryBlackMan: Peter gets a bit of this in the 2000 film.
* KarmaHoudini: Judas: Betray Christ once, suicide and eternal damnation. Peter: Deny Christ three times, become the first pope.
** YMMV, as he also was the only of the Apostles to follow after Jesus, even when he told them to make a break for it.

!!Mary Magdalene
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
-->'''Mary:''' "[[LampshadedDoubleEntendre And I've had so many men before, in very many ways]], he's (Jesus) just one more."
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: She's the holiest of ho's, alright.

* BassoProfundo
* TheChessmaster
* EvilSoundsDeep: He's the only bass in the show, and one of the few in all of music theater.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo

* BaldOfEvil: In the 2000 film.
* TheDragon: To Caiaphas.
* SmugSnake

!!Pontius Pilate
* ChewingTheScenery: Fred Johanson takes this to [[ epic proportions]] in the 2000 film.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome
* LargeHam[=/=]PunctuatedForEmphasis: "What? Doooooooo you mean by that? Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat is nooooooooooooot! An aaaaaaaaaaaan! Swer!"
* OutDamnedSpot: ''I wash my hands of your demolition!''
* PuttingOnTheReich: In the 2000 film.
** He ends up looking like a weird {{Expy}} of [[StreetFighter M. Bison]].
*** "For you, the day Bison crucified your Christ was the most important day of your life. ButForMeItWasTuesday.
*** Wasn't it Friday?
* ATasteOfTheLash

* AffablyEvil
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: How his musical number usually comes across.
* CampStraight
* ChewingTheScenery
* LargeHam
* OneSceneWonder: Especially when he's played by ''Rik Mayall''.
* SissyVillain

* TheChessmaster
* ThePlan / GambitRoulette: For the highest of stakes and with his own son's life as the ante.
* TheUnseen