Czech-English playwright, most famous for ''{{Theatre/Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead}}''.

Other plays include ''[[{{Theatre/Arcadia}} Arcadia]]'', ''Theatre/TheRealInspectorHound'', ''After Magritte'', ''The Real Thing'', ''The Invention of Love'', ''Rock 'n Roll'', ''Travesties'', ''Jumpers'', and ''Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth''.

Also co-wrote ''{{Shakespeare in Love}}'', ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' and ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Ultimatum]]'', and is reported to have done uncredited dialogue rewrites on ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' and ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.

Is often associated with the [[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd]] partially due to the general tone of his work and partially because ''Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'' is essentially one big ShoutOut to the [[TropeCodifier genre's codifier]], ''{{Theatre/Waiting for Godot}}''.
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!!Works by Tom Stoppard with their own trope pages include:

* ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''
* ''[[{{Theatre/Arcadia}} Arcadia]]''
* ''Theatre/TheRealInspectorHound''

!!Other works by Tom Stoppard provide examples of:

* AuthorAppeal: Stoppard likes translation scenes like Creator/QuentinTarantino likes feet.
* BilingualBonus: The opening lines of ''Travesties'' may seem like nonsense words, but when you sound them out it becomes a limerick in French introducing the speaker, [[{{Dada}} Tristan Tzara]], who actually [[GeniusBonus used this technique of playing with sound and meaning in his own writing/performance]].
* {{Fictionary}}: ''Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth''
* FunWithForeignLanguages: ''Professional Foul'', ''Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth''
* {{Gayngst}}: Housman and [[spoiler: Chamberlain]] in ''The Invention of Love''.
* GenerationalSaga: ''Rock 'n' Roll''
* GotMeDoingIt: In ''Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth'', the protagonist spends the first act surrounded by {{Strange Syntax Speaker}}s, and by the end of the act, they've got him doing it too. In the second act, he starts passing it on to other people.
* ImagineSpotting
* IncompatibleOrientation: [[StraightGay Housman]] and Jackson in ''The Invention of Love''.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: The play 'After Magritte' starts with a surreal Magritte-like tableau. The rest of the play is the perfectly rational explanation for the tableau occuring.
* MindScrew
* ProsceniumReveal: The prologue of ''The Real Thing'' is revealed to be a play written by one of the characters (and a foreshadowing of later events).
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized
* SceneryPorn
* SecretKeeper: Housman and Chamberlain for each other, in ''The Invention of Love''.
* SpySpeak
* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: Most of the cast in ''Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth''
* StylisticSuck
* {{Tableau}}
** ''After Magritte'' opens with a surreal tableau, the meaning of which is explained in the opening dialogue, and ends on another.
** Taken to a logical extreme in ''The Coast of Utopia'', where the characters are arranged like ''Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe'' for no real reason other than "looks cool".
* TearJerker: The scene where Jackson comes to know Housman loves him. He could have reacted worse, but poor Housman is heartbroken nonetheless.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: By a dramaturg/English major for dramaturgs/English majors. ''Arcadia'' is written for math majors.
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