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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 JohnnyDepp.
* ALighterShadeOfBlack: Compared to Judge Turpin, he's a saint.
* AntiHero: Before ''[[BSODSong Epiphany]]'', where he goes completely mad. After that, he's a VillainProtagonist.
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]]
* 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]].
* BerserkButton: When he comes close to killing Judge Turpin and fails, he doesn't take it lightly.
* BSODSong: "Epiphany"
%%* DrivenToMadness
* DrivenToVillainy: He only begins killing to avenge the many wrongs afflicted to him and his family by Judge Turpin.
%%* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: In the film.
* EvilIsHammy: George Hearn's Sweeney is definitely over the top, though even Creator/JohnnyDepp's Sweeney has his moments.
%%* EvilMakeover
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:After accidentally murdering his wife, he just allowed Toby to kill him.]]
%%* FauxAffablyEvil
%%* FromNobodyToNightmare
* 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 the straight razor.
%%* KnightTemplar
* LooksLikeCesare: The film version of Sweeney, in keeping with Creator/TimBurton's chosen aesthetic.
* 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.
* 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!"
* 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

[[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 baking them into pies in order to drum up some much-needed business for her shop.

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Is played by HelenaBonhamCarter in the movie.
* 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!'']]
%%* BitchInSheep'sClothing
* 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
* 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.]]]]
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
%%* VillainProtagonist
* {{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 as better as Lucy.]]

[[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, [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot she could have been saved]].]]
%%* BrokenBird
* 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
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler: By Sweeney, in the play's finalé.]]
* 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, 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.
* 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.

[[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 deteriation 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.
* RapeAsDrama: As we learn early on.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: The climax of the "Poor Thing" scene. Poor Lucy...
* KangarooCourt: All of Turpin's trials are this way. Particularly Benjamin's.
* KickTheDog: It's his lifestyle.
%%* KnightTemplar
* LoveFatherLoveSon: He lusts after Johanna just as he did with her mother.
* {{Lust}}: The Judge's main vice, which sets the entire plot into motion.
* PetTheDog: A bit straight then subverted. Lovett states he might had a least a conscience, thus why he did raise Johanna as her 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]].
* 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]].
* 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 one to fall victim to this, at least the last one done by Sweeney himself.]]
* 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: In the film.
* 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.
* FatBastard: In the 1981 recorded production, and the movie.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
%%* KnightTemplar
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:The audience certainly doesn't object to Sweeney killing him.]]
* 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.
* AffablyEvil: His ridiculous personality contributes to this. [[spoiler:Until he reveals his true identity, and actually becomes a threat to Sweeney.]]
* AssholeVictim: After his abuse of Toby, can anyone deny that Pirelli is one of the more deserving victims?
* {{Blackmail}}: [[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. This proves to be his biggest mistake.]]
* BraggartBoss: Did you know he had the honour of shaving the Pope?
* 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.
* DeadMansChest: [[spoiler:After Sweeney kills him, he stuffs his body into a chest.]]
%%* EvilIsHammy
* {{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.
%%* {{Jerkass}}
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:The first of ''a lot'' of characters that end up this way.]]
* SnakeOilSalesman: Pirelli's stock in trade.
* WouldHurtAChild: See AbusiveDad above.

[[folder: Tobias Ragg]]
Tobias 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, but definitely has a childlike air about him.

* 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 [[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 film's climax has him slit Sweeney's throat.]]