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[[folder:Benjamin Barker / Sweeney Todd]]
The [[TragicVillain intentionally sympathetic]] VillainProtagonist. Was born Benjamin Barker and used to be married to Lucy, before Judge Turpin sent him to Australia on a false charge, raped his wife, and adopted his daughter. When he comes back, he has gone completely insane, seeking bloody revenge on Turpin - and later, everyone in London.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the stage musical, he is normally played by a rather homely and overweight fatherly type. In the film, he's Creator/JohnnyDepp.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: He may be an insane SerialKiller who has his victims processed into meat pies, but he's still a saint compared to Judge Turpin, a HangingJudge who had him sent to Australia on a false charge and raped his wife.
* AntiHero: Before ''[[BSODSong Epiphany]]'', where he goes completely mad. After that, he's a VillainProtagonist.
* AntiVillain: He's the [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Woobie]] version of this. He used to be a nice guy with a beautiful wife and daughter until he's sent to Australia under false charges to satisfy Judge Turpin's jealousy, causing Benjamin Barker to be the person he is after his return to London.
* AxCrazy: Sweeney grows increasingly more unstable as the story goes on, until he is so far gone that [[spoiler:he unknowingly kills his wife, whom he believed to be dead, and almost unknowingly kills his own daughter, just because he doesn't want any witnesses]].
* BaldOfEvil: As played by [[http://images2.fanpop.com/images/photos/3700000/Sweeney-Todd-michael-cerveris-3774327-516-420.jpg Michael Cerveris]] in the 2005 Broadway revival.
* BigNo: His reaction to finding out what Turpin did to Lucy during "Poor Thing."
* BSODSong: "Epiphany"
* DevotedToYou: To his wife, Lucy. He never sought out another woman and fueled his revenge against the horrendous actions done to her. [[spoiler:Upon the realization that he accidentally killed her, he's horrified by his actions and turns his rage to Mrs. Lovett who lied about his wife's death.]]
* DrivenToMadness: Having to spend 15 years away from your spouse and child could do that to you.
* DrivenToVillainy: He only begins killing to avenge the many wrongs afflicted to him and his family by Judge Turpin.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The entire quest for revenge and the shitshow that followed wouldn't have happened if he didn't love his wife and daughter so much.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: One of the only people he changes his mind about killing is one who enters his shop with wife and child. Granted, it might be more because he simply doesn't want to get caught, but considering everything that happened to ''his'' wife and child, there's got to be some empathy going on here.
* EvilIsHammy: George Hearn's Sweeney is definitely over the top, though even Creator/JohnnyDepp's Sweeney has his moments.
* EvilMakeover: The film reveals that he looked ''much'' younger and happier when he was still with his wife. After he's imprisoned by Judge Turpin, he becomes a a pale-skinned, [[LooksLikeCesare Cesare-esque]] [[TheStoic stoic]].
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:After accidentally murdering his wife, he just allowed Toby to kill him.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: He puts on a friendly facade towards his unwittingly customers before slicing off their throats. Especially pronounced with both Bamford and Turpin.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: He goes from a mere barber to a ruthless serial killer after his wrongful imprisonment left him hungry for revenge.
* TheHeroDies: Define hero. Taken to mean sympathetic, but ultimately crazy and murderous, then yes.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: In pursuing revenge against Turpin, Sweeney becomes a frightening SerialKiller.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: At the end of the play and the film, [[spoiler:Toby slits Sweeney's throat with his own razor.]]
* IWantSong: "My Friends", about his desire for retribution.
* KillTheOnesYouLove: He unknowingly killed [[spoiler:his wife Lucy and ''almost'' killed his daughter.]]
* KilledMidSentence: Although he wasn't cut off, he just stopped singing and accepted his fate:
--> '''Sweeney''': [[spoiler:And he was...]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Sweeney's a raging SerialKiller, yes. But the audience have no problems with him killing [[spoiler: Pirelli, who abuses Toby. Or Beadle Bamford. And ''especially'' not Judge Turpin.]]
* KnifeNut: Sweeney's WeaponOfChoice is his set of beautiful silver straight razors, which he is ''creepily'' fond of.
* KnightTemplar: Everything he does in the play was out of revenge towards the man who raped his wife and who planned to marry his young daughter.
* LooksLikeCesare: The film version of Sweeney, in keeping with Creator/TimBurton's chosen aesthetic.
* MortonsFork: He uses this to justify killing 'everyone'' in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxoFi5Lie34 "Epiphany"]]. ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld--"the one staying put in his proper place and the one with his foot in the other one's face" AKA either you're powerful, because you're evil, and therefore [[KarmicDeath you deserve to die]], or you're good, so you're oppressed, and therefore "[[MercyKill death will be a relief]]". To his credit, even in his madness he includes himself in his litany of nihilism--his drive to kill Judge Turpin is the only reason he has to live any more.
* TheMourningAfter: Though Mrs. Lovett would dearly love to have him for her own, the only woman Sweeney ever loved was Lucy, and nothing will sway him from avenging her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Upon realising that the beggar he killed was ''his own wife'', Lucy Barker.]]
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Doesn't seem to really notice Mrs. Lovett's obvious flirting.
* PayEvilUntoEvil: [[spoiler:When he kills Judge Turpin, the man who sent him into his downward spiral.]]
* ReassignedToAntarctica: The judge sends Benjamin off to Botany Bay on a false charge so that he could get at his wife Lucy.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He spends the entire play on one against [[spoiler:Judge Turpin]] for [[ReassignedToAntarctica sending him to Botany Bay on a false charge]] and for raping his wife.
* SanitySlippage: After [[spoiler: Judge Turpin]] gets away, he decides that all of humanity either has it coming or would be happier dead anyways.
* SerialKiller: What Sweeney becomes after "Epiphany".
* SkunkStripe: The film's Sweeney has a white one on the front left side of his hair. It's been said that his hair was based off of Dave Vanian from Music/TheDamned.
* SlashedThroat: He kills all of his victims this way, [[spoiler:excluding Judge Turpin, who he repeated ''stabs'' in the throat, and Mrs Lovett, who he pushes into the oven. He eventually falls victim to his himself at the hands of Toby in the film's climax.]]
* StrawNihilist: "We all deserve to die! Even you, Mrs. Lovett, even I! Because the lives of the wicked shall be made brief! For the rest of us, death will be a relief! We all deserve to die!"
* ThatManIsDead: He regards his former identity of Benjamin Barker as such:
-->'''Mrs. Lovett''': I can't say the years have been particularly kind to you, Mr. Barker.\\
'''Sweeney''': No. Not Barker. [[TropeNamer That man is dead]]. It's Todd now. Sweeney Todd. And he will have his revenge.
* TragicVillain: Though a serial killer by the end of the play, he is also a very sympathetic character who was departed on false charges and returns home to find that everyone he ever cared about has been taken from him.
%%* TheUnfettered
* VillainousBreakdown: He has a couple. The first one after he failed to kill the judge the first time [[spoiler:and the second one when he realizes that he unintentionally murdered his supposedly dead wife.]]
* VillainProtagonist: He seeks revenge against the man who raped his wife and had him sent away.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: While he's become a SerialKiller, you can't help but feel sorry for him given what has happened to his family.

[[folder:Mrs. Nellie Lovett]]
Mrs. Nellie Lovett was Benjamin's neighbor a long time ago. She's the owner of a meat pie shop that has fallen on hard times due to the meat shortage in London, and has always had a fondness for Benjamin. She's the one who hits upon the ghoulish idea of disposing of the people that Sweeney murders by [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies baking them into pies]] in order to drum up some much-needed business for her shop.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Is played by Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter in the movie, when onstage she tends to be an aging, matronly type -- often overweight, too, which Helena most certainly is not.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Although she wasn't exactly hiding it previously, she does this during the final sequence of the film]]:
--> '''Mrs Lovett''': [[spoiler:Yes, I lied, 'cause ''I love you''! I'd be twice the wife she was! ''I love you!'']]
* BitchInSheepsClothing: She's kind and supportive on the outside, but very insane and cannibalistic inside.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She wants Sweeney all to herself, going as far as to [[spoiler:lie to him about his wife's "death" and hide her existence away from him]].
* CuteAndPsycho: Well, how cute she is depends on the actress, but as played by Helena Bonham Carter, she's ''stunning''. And murderously insane.
* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler: Sweeney throws her into her own oven.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Especially in the movie.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: More-or-less adopts Toby [[spoiler:after Pirelli's death]] and genuinely grows to care about him. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope But she doesn't think twice about killing him when it becomes necessary, even if she's not overly thrilled about it.]]]]
* EvilRedhead: She's typically portrayed as a redhead, but her hair color can vary depending on the production.
* ExactWords: She didn't exactly ''lie'' to Sweeney about [[spoiler:Lucy's "death"]], as she is quick to point out in the final number:
--> '''Mrs. Lovett''': [[spoiler:No, no, not lied at all! No, I never lied! Said she took the poison - she did! - Never said that she died!]]
* FauxAffablyEvil: Quite charming and friendly with her customers, but any one of them could end up in a pie and she wouldn't care.
* HopelessSuitor: No matter what she does, Sweeney won't reciprocate her affections and his late wife Lucy will be the only woman for him, to Mrs. Lovett's dismay.
* HornedHairdo: Some productions give her one of these.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: To Sweeney.
* IWantSong: "By The Sea" and her part of "My Friends".
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: Her final fate at the hands of Sweeney.]]
* LadyMacbeth: When Todd returned to London, he had no hope of seeing his family again and merely wanted to start over. But it was her that encouraged him into chasing after the Judge and turning to murder and cannibalism.
* LiterallyLovingThyNeighbor: She has been attracted to Benjamin/Sweeney ever since she was just his neighbor.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Everything she did, namely [[spoiler:lying to Sweeney about the supposed death of his beloved wife and indirectly causing him to ''kill her himself'']], she did for love.
--> '''Mrs Lovett''': [[spoiler:I was only thinking of you! [...] Better you should think she was dead! Yes, I lied, 'cause ''I love you''!]]
* MadLove: She enables Sweeney's serial murders and disposes of his victims by baking them into pies. She continues to make romantic overtures to him despite his obvious disinterest, going so far as to [[spoiler:trick him into thinking his wife is dead. He throws her into her own oven to burn to death when he discovers her deception.]]
* ManipulativeBitch: Depending on how you look at it, she is at heart the cause of Sweeney's madness. [[spoiler:Made more explicit by the end of the film, where it is revealed that she lied to Sweeney about his wife's "death".]]
* OfCorsetsSexy: In the movie. Understandable, due to some sever AdaptationalAttractiveness.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: In the stage musical. She is much more obviously batshit in the movie.
* PsychoSupporter: Mrs. Lovett is just as nuts as Sweeney is.
* SupremeChef: Once she gets her hands on some decent meat, that is.
* {{Yandere}}: She loves Sweeney dearly. She keeps [[spoiler:his wife's existence]] a secret in order to have him for herself. [[spoiler:It doesn't work. It especially doesn't help that she tries justifying herself by saying that she did it because she loved him and that she can be twice the wife Lucy was.]]

[[folder: The Beggar Woman]]
The Beggar Woman is a mysterious figure that wanders London asking for alms. She is quite mad, and can be quite lewd at times. She seems to know Sweeney quite well, but Sweeney doesn't want anything to do with her.

* BeneathNotice: [[spoiler:Not that it was her fault and Sweeney was told Lucy was [[InsistentTerminology gone]] after all, but if he had taken longer than a minute to look her in the eye, she could have been saved]].
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler:Poor Lucy has just gotten raped and nearly poisoned herself, merely driving her insane.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: As it turns out, Sweeney ''does'' know her. [[spoiler:''She's his long lost wife.'']]
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Nobody but her notices the ominous burning smell and smoke from outside the basement bakehouse.
* FamousLastWords: [[spoiler:"Don't I know you, Mister?"]]
* HaveWeMet: "Don't I know you, Mister?" [[spoiler:Doubles as her FamousLastWords.]]
* MurderByMistake: Sweeney murdering her wasn't an accident. He just sure as hell didn't mean to murder ''her''.
* TheOphelia: [[spoiler:Thanks to Turpin and the poisoning suicide attempt that followed, she's been reduced to a homeless insane woman who begs for a living.]]
* PreInsanityReveal: The homeless madwoman that hangs around the barber shop is revealed to be [[spoiler: Sweeney's long-lost wife, Lucy.]] Unfortunately, this isn't revealed--either to Sweeney or the audience--until [[spoiler: ''after he murders her''.]]
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler: By Sweeney, in the play's finalé.]]
* TraumaCongaLine: [[spoiler: Before the events of the film, she's separated from her husband, raped, and sent to a Bedlam House. During the film she's treated poorly by everybody except [[NiceGuy Antony]] and is killed by her husband just as she recognizes him.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:The reveal that she's Sweeney's supposedly dead wife at the end of the play]] makes her this.

[[folder: Anthony Hope]]
An idealistic young sailor who saved Sweeney's life on board the good ship ''Bountiful'' and brought him to London, Anthony is the other protagonist of the story in general. He meets and falls in love with Johanna, Sweeney's daughter, and seeks to free her from her tyrannical guardian, Judge Turpin.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the movie he is in his twenties, [[PrettyBoy handsome in a more delicate fashion]], and a tenor.
* {{Determinator}}: A less cynical reading of Anthony makes him out to be this, especially in the movie adaptation. Yes, he's enamored with Johanna, but when describing her the first words out of his mouth are "There's a girl who needs my help!" And he takes that duty ''very'' seriously throughout the story, refusing to be deterred by beatings, threats or having her shipped off to an insane asylum once she makes it clear that she ''wants him'' to help her.
** The [[StalkerWithACrush otherwise kind of creepy]] lyrics of 'Johanna' are rendered decidedly sweeter and more genuine with context and this interpretation. Yes, under normal circumstances it would not be particularly romantic to swear you're going to track a young girl down and kidnap her away, and that in the meantime you'll imagine what it would be like to be holding her. When the girl in question is currently huddled in a filthy corner, terrified and alone, however... it can be read less as an unhealthy obsession and more as [[YouAreNotAlone an oath to a frightened young woman]] that he's not going to give up on [[RescueRomance saving her]] just because their path to freedom has gotten harder.
* DoWithHimAsYouWill: In the movie, after freeing Johanna from Fogg's Asylum, Anthony leaves Fogg at the mercy of his "children."
* FishOutOfWater: A lot of portrayals of Anthony make him out to be this, particularly the movie version.
* MeaningfulName: The most optimistic character in the entire work.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: See SpannerInTheWorks.
* ObsessionSong: A good number of people cite "Johanna," particularly the second half, as this.
* OfficialCouple: While Benjamin/Lucy and Sweeney/Mrs. Lovett fans are fiercely divided over who is the first OfficialCouple, Anthony/Johanna is very much the second.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Sweeney would have killed Judge Turpin and ended the play right there and then in the middle had Anthony, who had recently talked to Sweeney about his plan to elope with Johanna in order to get her away from Turpin, not busted into his shop -- ''with the judge right there in the room'' -- in order to inform Sweeney that he has found Johanna and that she has agreed to the plan. Needless to say, this ends up blowing both the aforementioned plan and Sweeney's attempt to kill Turpin straight to hell.
* StalkerWithACrush: The more cynical readings of Anthony's character make him out to be this for Johanna. The lyrics of the second half of "Johanna" definitely don't help things, nor his rather creepy bloody face as he sings it in the movie. Judge Turpin, on the other hand, is ten times worse.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: His busting into Sweeney's shop just as he's about to kill Turpin and revealing that Johanna has agreed to his plan ends up leading not only to Turpin sending Johanna to [[BedlamHouse Fogg's Asylum]], but Sweeney's SanitySlippage and becoming a SerialKiller.
* WideEyedIdealist: As Sweeney tells him near the beginning, "You are young. Life has been kind to you. You will learn." Johanna says a variant of the same thing to him near the end.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Fancies himself the hero of a RescueRomance, saving the DamselInDistress Johanna from the clutches of her evil guardian, and expects a HappilyEverAfter.

[[folder:Lucy Barker]]
Sweeney's lost wife. After her rape at the hands of Judge Turpin at the masked ball he threw, she committed suicide by poisoning herself.

* BedlamHouse: [[spoiler:Ended up there instead of a hospital after poisoning herself.]]
* BungledSuicide: [[spoiler:Her attempt to poison herself led only to the deterioration of her mental state.]]
* DeathFakedForYou: [[spoiler:Unlike what Mrs. Lovett would have Sweeney believe, Lucy survived her suicide attempt. They should have taken her to a hospital, but instead, she wound up in Bedlam, and her fifteen years in [[GoAmongMadPeople Going Among Mad People]] drove her quite insane.]]
* DefiledForever: After her horrific rape and humiliation, she poisoned herself.
* DrivenToSuicide: By the arrest and deportation of her husband, followed by her rape at the hands of Judge Turpin. [[spoiler:Except she really survived.]]
* GoAmongMadPeople: [[spoiler:After she was raped by Judge Turpin and drank the arsenic to try to kill herself, Lucy was sent to BedlamHouse (the actual one) instead of the hospital, which, along with the effects of the arsenic, drove the woman quite insane, leaving her as the crazed Beggar Woman. And Mrs. Lovett knew about this all along, and didn't tell Sweeney about it until after he had killed her and recognized her just now. Needless to say, Sweeney does not take it well.]]
* TheLostLenore: To Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd.
* PosthumousCharacter: She's long dead by the time Sweeney returns to London. [[spoiler:Or not.]]
* RapeAsDrama: As we learn early on.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Her beauty is what drew Turpin to her in the first place. If she wasn't ''so'' insanely gorgeous, the entire plot never would've happened.
* TraumaCongaLine: Her husband is arrested and sent to Australia on a false charge, she's brutally raped at a ball by the man who sent her husband away, her daughter is taken away from her by her rapist and she finally poisoned herself. [[spoiler:Except that wasn't the end of it as she survived. Instead of sending her to a hospital, Lucy was sent to BedlamHouse, which, along with the effects of the arsenic, drove the woman quite insane, leaving her as the crazed Beggar Woman.]]

[[folder: Johanna Barker]]
Sweeney's sixteen-year-old daughter. When she was just one year old, her father was transported for life, and her mother was soon invited to Judge Turpin's mansion. The horrible events of that night would drive her mother to poison herself. She was then taken in by Judge Turpin, who raised her as his own and gave her a sheltered upbringing. But now that Johanna is growing up, she finds her guardian's mansion to be a prison, a cage like the birds whose songs she likes to hear, and she wants more than anything to be free of it. Worse, the Judge, who she has seen all her life as a father, is starting to look upon her with the same hungry eyes that he once looked upon her mother with. When Anthony Hope, a young sailor just arrived in London, catches her eye, the two of them fall in love, and Johanna sees her chance to finally escape.

* AloneWithThePsycho: Anthony leaves her in Sweeney Todd's parlor, and she sees and hears two people get murdered.
* BreakTheCutie: Johanna is one of the most innocent of the main cast. The events of the play do ''not'' treat her well.
* DemotedToExtra: In the 2007 film, she goes from the second female lead to an almost silent LivingMacGuffin
* GoAmongMadPeople: Johanna is thrown into a madhouse by Judge Turpin after he finds out about her plan to elope with Anthony. She's just lucky she doesn't have to spend too much time there [[spoiler: unlike her mother]].
* HatesBeingAlone: After Anthony rescues her he leaves her in Sweeney's parlor to hire a chaise, but only after she begs him not to go without her and he comforts her, saying he'll be back soon.
* TheIngenue: Subverted - [[spoiler:in the play, when Anthony comes to rescue her from Fogg's Asylum and can't bring himself to shoot the asylum keeper, she's the one who ultimately pulls the trigger]].
* IWantSong: "Green Finch and Linnet Bird". It's very much the bittersweet "crushed by life" variant of this kind of song -- having spent fifteen years as the ward and essential prisoner of Judge Turpin, all that Johanna dares hope for is the ability to adjust to captivity ("If I cannot fly/Let me sing!").
* LoveInterest: For Anthony.
%%* MsFanservice: In the movie.
* TheOphelia: [[spoiler:Many performances have Johanna as this by the time Anthony rescues her.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Her father was sent away on a trumped-up charge and her mother poisoned herself soon after what happened to her at the Judge's hands [[spoiler:though unknown to her, still alive]] when Johanna was just a year old.

[[folder: Judge Turpin]]
The main antagonist of the play. Judge Turpin is a corrupt judge of London, a man of power with serious problems with controlling his libido around beautiful women. He sent Benjamin Barker off to Botany Bay on a false charge so that he could get at his wife Lucy, whom he ultimately raped at a masked ball he threw. He then adopted Lucy's then one-year-old daughter Johanna as his own, most likely out of remorse for his crime. Unfortunately, the Judge has come to desire Johanna as more than just a daughter with her coming of age. And little does he know that Benjamin has returned, intent upon revenge for Lucy.

* BigBad: Turpin is technically the villain of the play, and he puts the plot in motion.
* DepravedBisexual: Has shades of this in the film. While going through his erotica collection with Anthony, he casually mentions the 'catamites of Greece'. A catamite is a young male prostitute.
* DirtyOldMan: An extremely evil example, being a rapist with an intention to marry his victim's daughter.
* EvilSoundsDeep: When played by Alan Rickman.
** Actually, most of the time. The part is just written low.
* HangingJudge: Turpin's stock in trade. He is decidedly uninterested in whether or not the people called before the stand are guilty or not, as in his view, virtually everyone has done ''something'' to warrant a hanging. And that's before you factor in what he does to those he perceives to be in the way of something or someone he wants.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: The climax of the "Poor Thing" scene. Poor Lucy...
* KangarooCourt: All of Turpin's trials are this way. Particularly Benjamin's.
* KickTheDog: Judge Turpin is a dog-kicking machine. Having an innocent barber transported for life so you can get at his wife? Check. Tricking said wife into coming to your mansion (where you have a wild party in progress) so you can rape her? Check. Sentencing an eight-year-old boy to death and not giving a damn whether he was innocent or guilty? Check. Keeping your adoptive daughter (the daughter of the woman you raped) locked in your mansion because you want her for yourself? Check. Throwing the poor girl into a madhouse after she's made it abundantly clear she wants nothing to do with you and wants to marry a sailor boy? CHECK.
%%* KnightTemplar
* LoveFatherLoveSon: He lusts after Johanna just as he did with her mother.
* {{Lust}}: The Judge's principle sin, which sets the entire plot into motion.
* ObsessionSong: "Johanna (Mea Culpa)," which is often cut from productions due to length and possible {{Squick}}.
* OhCrap: The Judge's reaction on [[spoiler:learning just who Sweeney is -- just before Sweeney finally kills him]].
* PetTheDog: A bit straight then subverted. Lovett states he might had a least a conscience, thus why he raised Johanna as his own. Only he didn't count on falling in lust with her when Johanna grew up, and rationalizes that [[{{Squick}} marriage with her is the best way to protect her]].
* RasputinianDeath: In the film, [[spoiler: he's stabbed in the throat multiple times, eventually has his throat slit and is sent falling down a presumably long shaft. Even after that, he manages to survive long enough to grab for Mrs. Lovett's dress before he finally dies.]]
* SexIsEvil: According to Judge Turpin.
* SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny: Various theater versions of this musical have various takes on this. Some make him a more clear-cut example by highlighting his self-loathing, while others make him more one-dimensional.
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:He is the last to die this way by Sweeney's hand, and in the film, Sweeney is ''far'' more savage and vicious when he finally kills him than with any of the others.]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: While not exactly a "small" role, Turpin actually doesn't have as much stage time as you'd think, considering he's the Big Bad. He pops in and out of several scenes in act one, and is absent for nearly all of act two with the exception of [[spoiler:his death scene.]] He even has less stage time than Beadle Bamford, his henchman! This is even more pronounced when some productions choose to cut his solo "Johanna (Mea Culpa)". However, his impact on the show is obviously immense, and his lack of stage time does not diminish his overall presence in the piece.
* TheStoic: The Judge is the very picture of composure in both the play and the film. He only loses it on two occasions; the first being when he learns of Johanna's plan to elope with Anthony -- [[NiceJobBreakingItHero from Anthony's own mouth no less!]] -- and when [[spoiler:he finally learns exactly who Sweeney is just before Sweeney finally kills him]].
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Sweeney merely [[spoiler:slits his throat in the musical]], but in the film, [[spoiler:he stabs his throat multiple times before ending him with one big slash. It's the bloodiest death in the the entire movie]].
* VillainousCrush: On both Lucy and Johanna.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: [[spoiler:The white cloth that covers his body gets splattered with blood when Sweeney stabs him to death.]]
* WifeHusbandry: His plans for Johanna.

[[folder: Beadle Bamford]]
The right-hand man of Judge Turpin, Beadle Bamford does the main job of carrying out the Judge's orders. He is quite easily flattered, but can also be quite cruel.

* AlliterativeName: Although "Beadle" is his title and not his first name.
* TheDragon: To Turpin, as he does all of his bidding.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Makes mention of a daughter named Annie in the first act, whom he seems to love, at least.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Strongly averted. In contrast with Judge Turpin's creepy bass, the Beadle is a countertenor, and hits some extremely impressive notes in the "Kiss Me/Ladies in Their Sensitivities Quartet" and "Parlor Songs" (specifically in Tower of Bray). In fact, during the finale reprise of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd", he sings in full falsetto alongside Pirelli's tenor. The result is chilling.
* FatBastard: In the 1981 recorded production, and the movie.
* FauxAffablyEvil: In the film, he calmly gives Anthony directs to Hyde Park as he's beating him to a bloody pulp.
* {{Jerkass}}: Oh yes. ''Very much'' so. He seems to take sadistic pleasure in beating up Anthony after the latter was kicked out of the Judge's house. Not only that, but during the climax of "Poor Thing," he has a big sick grin on his face as he watches Judge Turpin force himself on Lucy.
* KickTheDog: In the movie, he takes sick pleasure in whipping Anthony, and in the play, he snaps the neck of the poor little bird that was Anthony's gift to Johanna before threatening him with the same if he ever sets foot on the street again. He also carries out the Judge's order to throw Johanna into Fogg's Asylum.
%%* KnightTemplar
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:The audience certainly doesn't object to Sweeney killing him, but it's also a major KickTheDog moment in that this is how the secret of the pies is ultimately revealed to Toby, as he falls down the chute and into the evil basement Mrs. Lovett has locked him in.]]
* {{Killed Offs|creen}}tage: Notably, [[spoiler:of all the principle characters who are killed over the course of the play, Beadle Bamford is the only one who is killed offstage. The incredibly dramatic reveal of his body, however, is what really catapults the play into it's climax.]]
* PeekABooCorpse: In the original Broadway production, the original London production, and the filmed version of the first national tour. After "Parlor Songs", Sweeney escorts Beadle Bamford upstairs to his parlor for a shave and "a splash of bay rum". We shift to Toby in the bake house, as he discovers a black human hair and a bit of finger nail in a meat pie he's been eating. He quickly runs to the door of the bake house, finds it locked, and begins pounding on it and yelling for Mrs. Lovett to let him out. Out of nowhere, [[spoiler:the chute door next to him opens up, and the Beadle's body flops out, covered in blood, with a wide eyed look of terror. This is accompanied by a shrill note from the factory whistle as well. Seeing this, Toby shrieks and runs off into the darkness of the cellar.]]
* PepTalkSong: "Ladies in Their Sensitivities" qualifies as one, with the Beadle pointing out the Judge's "less than your best" appearance, and encouraging him to visit Sweeney for a shave and pomade in order to successfully woo Johanna.
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:Sweeney eventually kills him this way.]]

[[folder: Adolfo Pirelli]]
Adolfo Pirelli is a street mountebank who proclaims himself to be the king of the barbers and the barber of kings. With the help of his young assistant Tobias Ragg, he sells a "Miracle Elixir" that is exposed by Sweeney as an arrant fraud, "concocted of piss and ink." He is roundly beaten by Sweeney in a contest for the fastest and smoothest shave.

* AbusiveDad: Pirelli's treatment of Toby is utterly deplorable, and according to Toby, he's a "good one with the lashings." In fact, if you look closely when he is sharpening his razor, he appears to be repeatedly cutting Toby's hand with every slice.
* AdaptationalNameChange: His real name in the movie is [[spoiler:Davy Collins]], while in the stage musical, it's [[spoiler:Daniel O'Higgins]].
* AdaptationalNationality: While his true nationality is revealed to be [[spoiler:Irish]] in the musical, the film changes it [[spoiler:British]]. In the 2005 Broadway revival, it's implied that he's [[spoiler:American]].
* AssholeVictim: After his abuse of Toby, can anyone deny that Pirelli is one of the more deserving victims?
* BlackmailBackfire: [[spoiler:When Pirelli recognizes Sweeney from the old days when he was Benjamin Barker, he tries to blackmail him, threatening to tell Beadle Bamford about him if he doesn't hand over half his earnings to him every week. [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade This proves to be his biggest mistake]].]]
* BraggartBoss: Did you know he had the honour of shaving the Pope?
* CampStraight: In the films. Being dressed flamboyantly definitely helps.
* CrossCastRole: It's not unheard of for Pirelli to be portrayed by a woman to help balance the sexes slightly better among the principal cast (and as a somewhat easier approach to those high notes, especially for non-professional productions). Most notably, Donna Lynne Champlin took the role in the 2005 Broadway revival. It'd be quite a change-up for Pirelli to actually be switched to a female character, though.
** Averted in the film, where he is played by Creator/SachaBaronCohen.
* DeadMansChest: [[spoiler:After Sweeney kills him, he stuffs his body into a chest.]]
* EvilIsHammy: Quite up on par with Sweeney, as a matter of fact.
* FauxAffablyEvil: His ridiculous personality contributes to this. His smiles are fake and he WouldHurtAChild.
* {{Fauxreigner}}: [[spoiler:Pirelli is not Italian, but Irish. He was once an Irish boy who Benjamin hired to sweep up hair for a time.]]
* FunnyForeigner: Often with the most absurd of accents and costumes.
* {{Hypocrite}}: He sings about how being flashy is a bad thing for a barber even though he's showing off while he's singing.
* {{Jerkass}}: He abuses his child assistant and attempts to blackmail Sweeney.
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:The first of ''a lot'' of characters that end up this way.]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Out of the nine principle characters, Pirelli has the smallest role by far. He is only in two scenes, and has 'The Contest' and the seconds long 'Pirelli's Death' as his songs (not including the Ballad of Sweeney Todd and it's reprises). However, his foppish personality, ridiculous accent, and outstanding tenor make him extremely memorable. On top of that, [[spoiler:he is the first in an extremely long line of Sweeney's victims. His corpse is also what gives Mrs. Lovett the idea to cook dead bodies into meat pies. His coin purse also ends up becoming a shockingly vital item later in the plot.]]
* SnakeOilSalesman: Pirelli's stock in trade.
* TooDumbToLive: His private meeting with a convict whose profession involves such lethal objects as straight razors, whom he decided to try to blackmail, didn't exactly work out for great for him.
%%* WouldHurtAChild: See AbusiveDad above.

[[folder: Tobias Ragg]]
Tobias "Toby" Ragg is the young assistant of a street mountebank by the name of Adolfo Pirelli. Depending on the production, he is anywhere from childhood (such as was the case in the movie) to teenage, or, in some cases, a mentally handicapped adult, but definitely has a childlike air about him.

* AmbiguousDisorder: In the stagings that portray him as a mentally ill adult.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: His fondness for Mrs Lovett.
* BreakTheCutie: By the end of the film.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Besides drinking ale and being forced into advertising for both Pirelli, and later [[spoiler:Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett]], he is definitely an example of this. [[spoiler: At least, until he finds out the truth about Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney during the film's climax.]]
* CorruptTheCutie: In the film's climax, he [[spoiler:slits Sweeney's throat after he realises what he and Mrs. Lovett had done to him.]]
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:The revelation that Mrs. Lovett's pies are made from human meat drives him to insanity.]]
* IAmAHumanitarian: Accidentally, thanks to eating the pies cooked by Mrs Lovett. [[spoiler:When he realises this, he becomes shocked and distraught, leading to his SanitySlippage and BewareTheNiceOnes moments.]]
* SanitySlippage: Played straight in the play. Heavily implied (to a lesser extent) in the film, seeing as how [[spoiler:he ended up slitting Sweeney's throat.]]
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:The climax has him doing this to Sweeney himself, and in the film, he serves this up with stone cold silence.]]