''Carmen'', a classic opera dating back to 1875, tells the tragic story of a LoveTriangle between a corporal, a bull fighter, and the mysterious, exotic, alluring, hedonistic, independent, flirtatious gypsy woman simply known as Carmen.


!!This Work Provides Examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Carmen gets bored with the increasingly supplicating Don José and takes up with the flashy Escamillo instead.
* BadassBaritone: Escamillo, a classic example
** Though not an evil one (he's only as violent as his job requires).
* BeastlyBloodsports
* BettyAndVeronica: Micaela and Carmen for Don José
** Male version: Don José and Escamillo for Carmen
* BootstrappedTheme: The snippet of the "Toreador" song is currently used as the AT&T commercial jingle. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l61LjTwME7w Skip to the last 3 seconds of the commercial.]]
* TheCastShowoff: Whoever plays Carmen must be a great singer ''and'' a good dancer.
** Any guy who plays Escamillo must be a prize show-off: let [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nzsh60MQto Sam Ramey]] show you how it is done.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Don José
* DanceOfRomance: Carmen dances for Don José when they are reunited in act II.
* DestructiveRomance: For both main characters, but especially Don José
** Hard to see how it could have worked out worse for Carmen, mind...
* DownerEnding
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Don José abandons every principle he has to be with Carmen, and then turns into a murderous CrazyJealousGuy when she leaves him. But he still finds time to visit his dying mother one last time.
* GreenEyedMonster
* FemmeFatale: Carmen
* HotGypsyWoman: Carmen
* IAmSong: ''Votre toast'' (Toreador's Song); possibly ''L'amour est un oiseau rebelle'' (Habanera)
* IfICantHaveYou
* IncomingHam: Hoo boy. Escamillo's arrival in Act II starts with a chorus singing his praises off-stage, then he comes in to a chorus singing his praise onstage, and then HE starts singing about how awesome he is.
* LargeHam
* LoveMakesYouEvil
* LoveTriangle: Micaela/José/Carmen and José/Carmen/Escamillo
* TheMaleIngenueMustBeATenor
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Don José tries to kill Escamillo but doesn't succeed.
* OutlawCouple: Carmen and Don José eventually became this, but it doesn't last.
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: ''Carmen'' is one of the most popular and well-known operas.
* RatedMForManly: See BadassBaritone
* StalkerWithACrush: Don José, by the end.
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: Carmen
* ShoutOut: Escamillo might have been named after a famous ''female'' torero Nicolasa Escamilla, nicknamed La Pajuelera (Goya has made a [[http://www.museodelprado.es/goya-en-el-prado/obras/ficha/goya/valor-varonil-de-la-celebre-pajuelera-en-la-de-zaragoza/ famous picture]] of her).
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Escamillo
* TarotTroubles: Carmen, Frasquita and Mercedes read cards in Act III. Frasquita and Mercedes, being secondary characters, get romance and wealth, Carmen gets death.
* TorosYFlamenco
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The original novel by Prosper Mérimée, anyway. The original Carmen may have been a Roma and worked for a while a cigarella... but she was also an influential campaigner for the rights of working women, and ''not'' a known criminal (it was actually her soldier-boyfriend- who may or may not have met her when his detachment were making an attack on a Romany camp- who went to prison, after killing a man in a fight over Carmen). Unfortunately the story of her death (well, her new man was a picador, not a toreador, but apart from that...) was true, and Merimee [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] the rest of the couple's life from that.
* WithCatlikeTread: "Écoute, écoute, compagnon" is a very loud song about how sneaky you have to be to smuggle cigarettes.
* YouCantFightFate: Carmen's reaction to the cards.