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[[WMG: Mark Cohen]]
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-->''Originally played by Anthony Rapp''

* {{Adorkable}}
* {{Expy}}: Of Marcello, the painter, from ''LaBoheme.''
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: [[EnsembleCast There really is no central character]], but he gets the most stage/screentime, and the story is told from his viewpoint.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Roger.
* {{Hipster}}
* HowWeGotHere: Inverted by Halloween. "How did we get here, how the hell..."
* IconicItem: His black and white scarf, and red and blue jumper.
* JewishAndNerdy
* LeFilmArtistique: Mark's raison d'être.
* ManHug: With Roger on several occasions, most notably at the end of "What You Own" (only in the movie, they don't actually see each other in the show).
* StepfordSmiler: While he's always attempting to be Roger's happy, supportive best friend, the song "Halloween" marks him (pun intended) as someone contemplative, mournful, and terrified of the reality of his situation. ''And when I capture it on film, will it mean that it's the end and I'm alone?''
* UnreliableNarrator
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[[WMG: Roger Davis]]
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-->''Originally played by Adam Pascal''

* BigNo: In "Finale A".
* CharacterDevelopment: He [[spoiler: eventually defrosts, thanks to his friends and Mimi.]]
* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]
* DontYouDarePityMe
* DyingMomentOfAwesome[=/=]RedemptionEqualsDeath: "One Song Glory" reveals that he's hoping for both.
* {{Expy}}: Of Rodolfo, the poet, from ''LaBoheme.''
* GriefSong[=/=]IWantSong: "One Song Glory" is a combination.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LivingOnBorrowedTime: It affects him more than any other character.
* SignatureSong: "One Song Glory".
* OlderAndWiser: Compared to Mimi.
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[[WMG: Mimi Márquez]]
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-->''Originally played by Daphne Rubin-Vega'' (Rosario Dawson in TheMovie)

* AmbiguouslyBrown: Mimi is said to be Latina, but she's also been played by actresses who are half-black, white, etc - and more than one fully-black (and dark-skinned) actress has played her as well.
* DawsonCasting: "I'm nineteen, but I'm old for my age!" Though, since many of the other characters are only mid-twenties, the potential exists for them as well.
* [[spoiler:DiedInYourArmsTonight]]: [[spoiler:Only in the Dutch production.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: She's saved through ThePowerOfRock... alongside a heavy dose of FridgeLogic/slight MindScrew.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of, well, Mimi, the seamstress, from ''LaBoheme.''
* {{Fanservice}}: The only reason why in the film, "Out Tonight" is performed while Mimi is at work instead of at her apartment like in the play.
* TheHedonist
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: She's an exotic dancer rather than a hooker, but follows this trope all the same.
* LadyInRed: During "Light My Candle", which is about her trying to seduce Roger for the first time.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: To Roger.
* SparedByTheAdaptation
* StalkerWithACrush: She did come into Roger's apartment through his window.
* TooKinkyToTorture: It's a living...
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[[WMG: Tom Collins]]
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-->''Originally played by Jesse L. Martin''

* BadassLongcoat
* BrilliantButLazy: Despite having a teaching job at NYU, he's bored and unsatisfied.
* {{Expy}}: Of Colline, the philosopher, from ''LaBoheme.''
* LargeHam
* LastNameBasis
* OnlySaneMan: After [[spoiler: Angel's death]], he gets very serious very quickly.
* SidekickSong: "Santa Fe".
* TheStoner
* StonersAreFunny
* StraightGay, bordering on ManlyGay
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[[WMG: Angel Dumott-Schunard]]
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-->''Originally played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia''

* AmbiguousGender: Literally speaking, as opposed to "ambiguous sex." Usually referred to with female pronouns, but doesn't seem to mind masculine ones.
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays]]
* CampGay
* {{Expy}}: Of Schaunard, the musician, from ''LaBoheme.''
* DragQueen
* TheHeart
* MagicalQueer: [[spoiler: Literally. Se sends Mimi back from death]]
* [[spoiler: MeaningfulFuneral]]
* RefugeInAudacity: The reason we can forgive Angel for killing Evita.
* SidekickSong: "Today 4 U".
* WholesomeCrossdresser
** {{Transsexual}}: Arguably. At least she's genderqueer.
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[[WMG: Maureen Johnson]]
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-->''Originally played by Creator/IdinaMenzel''

* AnythingThatMoves
* AttentionWhore
* {{Expy}}: Of Musetta, the singer, from ''LaBoheme.''
* ItsAllAboutMe
* LadykillerInLove
* LargeHam
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: To Joanne. Was probably this for Mark, as well.
* TheMasochismTango: The tango...Maureen.
* SidekickSong: "Over the Moon"
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: As she states in "Take Me Or Leave Me" to justify how she acts.
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[[WMG: Joanne Jefferson]]
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-->''Originally played by Fredi Walker'' (Traci Thoms in TheMovie)

* CloserToEarth: Compared to the rest of her circle of friends, she is the only one with a high-paying, steady, professional career, and is basically the only thing keeping Maureen and Mark from imploding.
* {{Expy}}: To a lesser extent than the other characters, but she does vaguely parallel Alcindoro from ''LaBoheme.''
* GreenEyedMonster: Though mostly because being with Maureen ''forces'' her to be extra paranoid whenever it looks like she may be flirting with someone.
* LipstickLesbian
* OutOfFocus: She is the only one of the eight primary characters who doesn't get her own solo in the film, which was rectified by giving her the solo in "Seasons of Love".
* TheMasochismTango
* TwoferTokenMinority: Black and a lesbian.
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[[WMG: Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III]]
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-->''Originally played by Taye Diggs''

* AntiVillain
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: At least, the rest of the gang sees him as this.
* EvilFormerFriend: As above.
* {{Expy}}: Of Benoit, the landlord, from ''LaBoheme.''
* FriendlyEnemy[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: With Collins, at least.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Foots the bill for [[spoiler: Angel's]] funeral.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He sees what he's doing as being in the best long term interests of the neighborhood.
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart: Has an on-again off-again affair with Mimi despite being married.]]
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[[WMG: Mrs Cohen]]
* JewishMother: Oh, boy...
* MyBelovedSmother
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[[WMG: The Man]]
* CreepyMonotone
* MeaningfulName
* NoNameGiven
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