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->''Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd''\\
''His face was pale and his eye was odd''\\
''He shaved the faces of gentlemen''\\
''Who never thereafter were heard from again''\\
''He trod a path that few had trod''\\
''Did Sweeney Todd''\\
''The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.''
-->-- '''the opening number, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd"'''

''Sweeney Todd'' (subtitled "The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"), is a highly-regarded musical with music and lyrics by StephenSondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler. It is based on the Christopher Bond version of the legendary story of an English barber who murdered his customers and, with the help of his neighbor Mrs. Lovett, [[ImAHumanitarian made them into pies]]. In this version of the story, Todd is out to get revenge on a corrupt Judge who sent him to prison on false charges, raped his wife, and [[WifeHusbandry "adopted"]] his daughter fifteen years ago. Mrs. Lovett smoothly tries to dissuade him from this goal so that he can settle down with her.

The original Broadway production went up in 1979 at the Uris Theatre. It was directed by Harold Prince and starred Len Cariou as Sweeney Todd and Creator/AngelaLansbury as Mrs. Lovett. It has since been the subject of many revivals and concerts, and is widely considered Sondheim's masterpiece, and since the latest revival and release of [[Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet the Tim Burton film version]], it has become even more popular than ''IntoTheWoods''.

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!!The musical provides examples of:

* AccidentalPun: Sondheim had Mrs. Lovett sing "bring along your chopper"--referring to Sweeney's beloved razors--in 'By the Sea' having no idea that 'chopper' is slang for 'penis' in Britain.
* AdaptationDistillation / AdaptationExpansion: (a little of both) The characters of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett come from a Victorian "shilling shocker" titled ''The String of Pearls''. It is only in Christopher Bond's modern version, which Sondheim's musical adapts, that Sweeney has a revenge motivation, and Mrs. Lovett has a crush on him.
** Also in the original story, Tobias is employed from the beginning by Sweeney Todd, and he had only very passing interaction with Mrs. Lovett (specifically, stopping by to buy a pie). Instead of Anthony, we had Mark Ingestrie, and he and Johanna have a more unambiguously happy ending. Most of the characters from the play and movie appear, but many have had their roles, relationships, and so on shuffled around, essentially being recast (or using a very, very AlternativeCharacterInterpretation).
** Sondheim also fixes one or two weak moments in Bond's version. Now we actually ''see'' the lovers meeting for the first time instead of just hearing about it. Likewise, instead of simply developing a taste for blood, Todd sings "Epiphany" in which his mind snaps after the Judge escapes his clutches and he decides that "we all deserve to die".
* AnAesop: If you seek vengeance, you will only end up becoming as bad as (if not worse than) the one who wronged you.
* AlliterativeName: Benjamin Barker, Beadle Bamford.
* AltoVillainess: Mrs. Lovett
* AntiHero: Sweeney Todd starts out as this status, before "Epiphany" where his mind cracks completely.
* AntiVillain: Again, Sweeney Todd himself.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Pirelli,]] Judge Turpin, and Beadle Bamford. [[spoiler: And by the end of the show Mrs. Lovett and Sweeney himself fit the bill pretty well.]]
* TheBarber: Sweeney's stock in trade, both as Benjamin Barker and as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
* BedlamHouse:
** Fogg's Asylum, into which Johanna is imprisoned, is a perfect example of this.
** There's also [[spoiler:Lucy Barker]], who was sent to the ''actual'' BedlamHouse.
* BigNo:
** Issued by Sweeney when Mrs. Lovett informs him of his wife's rape at the end of "Poor Thing."
** And again at the end, when he realizes that [[spoiler:the Beggar Woman whose throat he just slit ''was'' his wife.]]
* BlackComedy: Despite its dark subject matter, the show is surprisingly funny, especially 'A Little Priest'.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweeney_Todd:_The_Demon_Barber_of_Fleet_Street#School_Edition The Other Wiki]] has details on the high school-appropriate version of this show.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler: For Anthony and Johanna.]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** The section in "Epiphany" where Todd turns on (and in some performances, ''leaps into'' and menaces) the audience.
** "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is addressed directly to the audience and contains the following lines:
---> ''What happened then?''
---> ''Well, that's the play,''
---> ''And he wouldn't want us to give it away...''
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Toby]], Johanna, Lucy, as well as Todd himself when his name was still Benjamin Barker.
* BSODSong: "Epiphany".
* CassandraTruth: The Beggar Woman tells these all the time.
* TheCastShowoff: Beadle Bamford is usually expected to actually play the harmonium. Not to mention the entire cast of the 2005 Broadway revival - they all played various instruments.
* ChekhovsGun: Signor Pirelli's coin purse. [[spoiler:After Mrs. Lovett pilfers it off his body she pulls it out several more times. When Toby finally sees it and recognizes it, it starts unraveling everything for her and Sweeney.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: Sweeney can be played this way- George Hearn being a good example.
* CompanionCube: Sweeney's razors.
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: While searching for Toby in the sewers [[spoiler:when he's figured out what's REALLY in the pies]]. ''"Tooooby...Where aaaare you..."''
* ContrivedProximity: We're sure that old beggar woman has no importance to the story whatsoever. [[spoiler:She was hanging around her own old house and where her daughter lived. Still had ''some'' memories.]]
* CookingDuel: "The Contest"; shaving and tooth-pulling.
* CrapsackWorld: With one or two possible exceptions, every character is either a complete sociopath or an ExtremeDoormat.
-->'''Todd:''' In all of the whole human race, Mrs. Lovett, there are two kinds of men and only two/ There's the one staying put in his proper place / And the one with his foot in the other one's face!/ Look at me, Mrs. Lovett -- look at you!
* CrosscastRole: In the 2005 revival, Pirelli is played by a woman, but as a man.
** Toby is also occasionally played by a woman.
* CrowdSong: "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir". It slowly morphs into an AngryMobSong.
* CrusadingWidower: Sweeney's motivation to kill comes from his dead wife and his daughter who, while not dead, is taken away from him.
* CutSong: The Judge's 'Johanna' was cut from the original production because it held up the plot (and is incredibly creepy) but appears on the original cast album and was eventually reinstated. The tooth pulling part of the Contest is also often cut.
* CycleOfRevenge: Turpin and Bamford were responsible for the imprisonment of Sweeney, so he went on a quest to hunt them down. Then immediately after [[spoiler: he finally achieved his vengeance, Sweeney finds out about Lovett's lies of his wife, whom he killed earlier, so he throws her in the oven, and then he himself was killed by Toby in the end]].
* DamselInDistress: Subverted -- although her character mostly fits the trope, in a memorable scene, Anthony rescues Johanna from a madhouse where she is being imprisoned, pointing a gun at the asylum keeper. After Anthony admits he can't shoot, Johanna picks up the gun and kills the asylum keeper.
* DangerouslyCloseShave: 'Nuff said.
* DeadMansChest: Signore Pirelli's final fate.
* DeathBySex: Played straight, subverted, and double subverted. Lucy swallows poison after being raped, and Sweeney wants to kill Turpin for raping her. However [[spoiler:neither of them dies immediately]]. And when all's said and done and [[KillEmAll Everyone Has Died]], it would seem that only the assumed virgins are left alive. Double points for Mrs. Lovett, easy to interpret as a lusty widow, for getting the most gruesome death in the play.
* DeathSong: [[spoiler: "Pirelli's Death" for, naturally, Pirelli]], [[spoiler:"The Judge's Return" for Judge Turpin]], [[spoiler:"Final Scene" for Mrs Lovett]], and the reprise of [[spoiler:"A Barber and His Wife" for Sweeney]].
* DespairEventHorizon: Sweeney definitely crosses it when he kills [[spoiler:his wife Lucy]] and later finds out what he's done and [[spoiler: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone feels heavy regret]] about it]]. This implies that he's shown heavy regret for his actions and the end [[spoiler: reveals [[MindRape how much suffering he has felt]] throughout the musical]].
* DirtyOldMan: Judge Turpin is an extremely evil example.
* DissonantSerenity: Sweeney's part in the Johanna Quartet is this. He murders people in an eerily detached manner, singing a gorgeous song.
* DistantDuet: "Johanna (Quartet)".
* TheDogBitesBack:
** [[spoiler: Pirelli]] tries this. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]]
** [[spoiler: Toby]] is a lot more successful at this than [[spoiler:Pirelli]].
* DontExplainTheJoke: "And I'm telling you them pussycats is quick!"
* DoorClosesEnding: Ends with Sweeney slamming a door after he has walked through it.
* DoubleEntendre:
** "You will be guaranteed, without a penny's charge...''the closest shave you will ever know''."
** "We'll serve anyone...meaning ''anyone''...and ''to'' anyone..."
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:By the end, the only cast members alive are Toby, Johanna and Anthony. Johanna and Anthony still have nowhere to go and the guards are likely to take them in for questioning. Toby is completely mad and just committed murder so he's probably heading to the prison or the madhouse.]]
* TheDragon: The Beadle fills this role for Judge Turpin.
* DrivenToSuicide: Lucy poisoned herself, according to Mrs. Lovett. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Except she never said that she died...]]]] Some productions may have Sweeney fill this trope after [[spoiler: he realizes he killed his wife]]. Though arguably it'd be assisted suicide. Take the concert production, Sweeney unbuttons his collar so [[spoiler: Toby can slit his throat easier]].
* DrumrollPlease: Toby does this himself while presenting "Pirelli's Miracle Elixir".
* DueToTheDead: Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett engage in the evil version of this.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Anthony to Johanna.
* EatTheEvidence: Does this really require explanation?
* EatTheRich: During "A Little Priest," Sweeney briefly considers exclusively serving the upper classes in Mrs. Lovett's pie shop before discarding the idea as "discriminating."
* EpicRocking: The eponymous Ballad that opens and closes the show fits.
* EvilIsPetty: Mrs Lovett. Quite apart from the horrible things she and Sweeney do, which aren't petty at all, she spends a surprisingly large amount of time making spiteful jabs at people. During ''God That's Good!'' she gloats that she's put her rival Mrs Mooney out of business. Earlier she'd scoffed at her over the suspicion that she was using cat meat. Considering what Mrs. Lovett is now including in ''her'' pies...
* EvilSoundsDeep: Sweeney is a bass-baritone and Judge Turpin a bass. On the other hand, the Beadle and Pirelli are both Counter-Tenors. This is countered out with Anthony's high, innocent tones.
* EvilVersusEvil: A StrawNihilist SerialKiller with a [[WeaponOfChoice razor]] who [[ImAHumanitarian has his victims baked into pies]] with the help of a ruthless {{Yandere}} StepfordSmiler, against a HangingJudge [[DirtyOldMan Pervert]] whose backstory includes {{rap|eIsASpecialKindOfEvil}}ing the [[SerialKiller serial killer's]] [[ItsPersonal wife]], and whose introduction is a KickTheDog - he [[KangarooCourt has the title character transported for life]] so that he could have his wife for himself. His [[TheDragon "best friend"]] sees nothing wrong with any of this and is quite content to help him [[{{Squick}} seduce the]] daughter, who the judge [[WifeHusbandry has adopted as his own]].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sweeney slits people's throats with a straight razor and has the bodies baked into pies, but he won't kill men who have families, which is understandable, since the reason for his RoaringRampageOfRevenge is that he was unjustly taken away from his wife and daughter, who were then raped/DrivenToSuicide ([[spoiler:well, not exactly]]) and adopted/implied to be sexually abused by Judge Turpin, respectively. Though it may be more PragmaticVillainy, families mean witnesses and investigations. The latter explains why it's PlayedForLaughs in the stage version.
* ExactWords: Mrs. Lovett, when [[spoiler: Sweeney discovers Lucy was still alive the whole time]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Sweeney:''' You ''lied'' to me!]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Mrs. Lovett:''' No. No, not lied at all- no, I never lied! Said she took the poison- she did- never said that she died-]]
* FalseDichotomy: Todd, when he goes insane in "Epiphany" and figures why "we all deserve to die": any person who is happy is a wicked wrongdoer so killing them is a service to the community; and to any other person "death will be relief".
* {{Fauxreigner}}: Adolfo Pirelli a.k.a. Daniel O'Higgins, and he's Irish.
* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The masked ball in "Poor Thing", which culminates in Judge Turpin raping Sweeney Todd's wife.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: And lots of it.
** [[spoiler:Why doesn't Mrs. Lovett want the Beggar Woman near Sweeney? She's Lucy.]]
** [[spoiler: "Don't I know you, mister?"]]
** The bird seller talking about how they make the birds sing. "We blind 'em. That's what we always does. We blind 'em and, not knowing night from day, they sing and they sing without stopping. Pretty creatures." This was later echoed by Fogg, talking about Johanna. "She needs so much correction! She sings day and night and leaves the other inmates sleepless!"
* FracturedFairyTale: Everything about Johanna's situation seems to be taken from a fairy tale, Rapunzel and Allerleirauh, in particular. Most of the main characters seem to be based on fairy tale archetypes (Mrs. Lovett is the deceitful witch, Anthony is the optimistic commoner, Johanna is the princess in distress, Toby is the orphan, and Turpin is the Devil).
* FramingDevice: In the revival, the events of the play are shown as being the story Toby tells in [[spoiler:the insane asylum]].
* FromACertainPointOfView: The major epiphany of the final scene:
-->[[spoiler:'''Mrs. Lovett''']]: "No, no, not lied at all- No, I never lied, said [[spoiler:she took a poison]]--she did, never said that [[spoiler:she died]]."
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Benjamin Barker to Sweeney Todd.
* FunnyForeigner: Subverted -- Signore Pirelli's exaggerated Italian accent and mannerisms are {{fa|uxreigner}}ked; the character is really an Irishman named Daniel/Davey. This can turn into a DoubleSubversion, depending on how strong the Irish accent and mannerisms are presented (see the 1982 videotaped stage performance for an example).
* GainingTheWillToKill: The eponymous Sweeney Todd was originally a wronged man looking to get his daughter back from an evil judge, who abducted the girl after raping Sweeney's wife and sending Sweeney himself to [[SentencedToDownUnder Australia]] on a trumped-up charge. That all changes when a charlatan named Pirelli recognizes Sweeney as an escaped convict and threatens to turn him in, driving Sweeney to kill him. Sweeney has never killed before, but he shows no remorse for this act, having decided it was necessary to protect his cover. When his friend Mrs. Lovett proposes disposing of the body by baking it into meat pies, Sweeney finds he has no qualms about continuing to kill, and launches himself into a frenzied campaign of revenge against the world that wronged him by becoming a SerialKiller and handing the bodies over to Mrs. Lovett for, er, [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies disposal]].
* GetOut: Sweeney's reaction to Anthony's ''very'' untimely foiling of his first attempt to kill Turpin.
* GildedCage: Well, technically it's damask and dark
* GirlInTheTower: Johanna, despite her walking outside. It's implied that Turpin not only forbids her from leaving the house, but also from leaving her room (because the rest of the house must have windows, too). Not to mention other allusions to Rapunzel.
* GoAmongMadPeople: Happens to Johanna.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:Tobias, after he discovers what's in the pies.]]
* GottaKillEmAll: Sweeney's plan to kill the Beadle and the Judge, which eventually morphs into everyone.
* GriefSong: Many. Most notably is the reprise of 'A Barber And His Wife'.
* HangingJudge: Judge Turpin.
* HatedHometown: When Sweeney agrees that "there's no place like London," it's not praise.
* TheHecateSisters: Johanna as the maiden, Mrs. Lovett as the mother and the Beggar Woman as the crone.
* HeroAntagonist: Tobias Ragg.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Picture Anthony as the protagonist and Todd as the PoisonousFriend, keeping Judge Turpin and the Beadle as BigBad and TheDragon respectively.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Sweeney becomes worse than the monsters after "Epiphany".
* HighPressureBlood: Depending on the production. Can also be done on-stage, but it's very tricky.
* HumanResources: The two main characters use human flesh in decidedly resourceful ways.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The wickedly funny string of allusions to personalities and flavors in the number [[http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/sweeneytodd/alittlepriest.htm "A Little Priest"]], where the two figure out how they'll dispose of the body upstairs (and make a tidy profit out of future customers, at the expense of the rival pie shop across the way).
--> (after tasting a pie made of a priest) '''''HEAVENLY!'''''
* HypocriticalHumor: "Wouldn't do in my shop/why the thought's enough to make you sick/and I'm telling you them pussy cats is quick!"
* IAmBecomingSong: "Epiphany", "Johanna Quartet".
* IgnoranceIsBliss: Toby has this at first toward the meat pies he and his new family are selling.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Judge Turpin has a serious problem with lust when it comes to pretty women, and ends up doing this to Lucy Barker in the "Poor Thing" scene.
* ImAHumanitarian: You are if you eat at Mrs. Lovett's pie shop.
* InformedAttractiveness: Lucy and Johanna.
* TheIngenue: Johanna, at least until some time in the asylum.
* IronicNurseryTune: [[NightmareFuel Pat-a-cake pat-a-cake baker's man ...]]
* {{Irony}}:
** Johanna is the only member of her family who goes to an [[BedlamHouse insane asylum]], but she's also the only member of her family who hasn't gone insane. This really depends on how she's played--sometimes she's already insane, and sometimes she only goes insane after she's put in the insane asylum. The lyrics in "Kiss Me" imply that she is at least very unstable. "It was a gate, it's the gate... - We don't have a gate!"
** In pursuit of vengeance for his wife, and wanting his daughter back, [[spoiler:Sweeney winds up murdering his wife and almost kills his daughter, who's in disguise.]]
** [[spoiler:Lucy wound up in Bedlam instead of a hospital, so technically Johanna isn't the only one of the family to end up in a nut-house.]]
** All three of the Barkers end up in their old room together and none of them are aware that the others are there.
** Anthony is a sailor who is both young and claims to have "[Sailed] the wold and seen its wonders" yet he's a romantic idealist. He doesn't even quite grasp the magnitude of Johanna's home life situation. Johanna, on the other hand, is a beautiful sixteen-year-old girl raised in wealth and she's extremely nervous and a bit cynical, admitting that she was afraid that Anthony wouldn't come back for her.
* IWantSong: Mrs Lovett's "By The Sea" song, all about the future she's hoping for.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Lucy Barker. Benjamin Barker, too.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Sweeney himself.
* KangarooCourt: Judge Turpin's trial of Benjamin Barker is anything but fair.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Sweeney Todd delivers one to Judge Turpin out of vengeance and later suffers another himself by irony.]] Likewise, [[spoiler:Mrs Lovett is baked to death inside her own oven.]]
* KickTheDog: Judge Turpin and the Beadle are dog kicking machines. Senseless acts of evil include:
** The imprisonment of Benjamin Barker on a false charge, sending him to a prison colony for many years (Judge Turpin)
** Raping Lucy Barker and thus driving her mad (Judge Turpin)
** Snapping the neck of the bird that Anthony had bought for Johanna (the Beadle)
** Throwing Johanna into [[BedlamHouse Fogg's Asylum]] for defying Turpin (Judge Turpin)
** Pirelli's brutal treatment of poor Toby also qualifies as a KickTheDog moment.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Sweeney begins his transition into a SerialKiller by killing [[spoiler: Pirelli, a con artist who attempts to {{blackmail}} him]].
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll]]: Were you expecting a revenge tragedy to have a happy ending? [[spoiler:Sweeney Todd, Judge Turpin, Lucy, and Mrs. Lovett are all dead. Only Toby, Johanna, and Anthony are all alive. The police burst into the bakehouse just after Toby has slit Sweeney's throat, and is deliriously repeating Mrs. Lovett's secret of how to make the pies juicy and tender. "Three times, that's the secret.. three times through the grinder." This suggests that Toby is on his way to a BedlamHouse. Anthony and Johanna are also there with the police, Johanna presumably having gone to them about the fact that Todd nearly killed her. Presumably they get a happy ending given that the Judge and Beadle aren't around to have Johanna re-committed, but it's still pretty gruesome...]]
* KillTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler:Sweeney kills the beggar woman, unaware that she is actually his wife Lucy]].
* {{Killed Offs|creen}}tage: [[spoiler:Beadle Bamford]] is unceremoniously murdered out of sight, although the reveal of [[spoiler:his]] body serves a narrative purpose by [[GoMadFromTheRevelation pushing]] [[spoiler:poor Toby]] -- who was already beginning to realize the secret of the meat pies -- over the edge into full-on madness.
* LadyMacbeth: Mrs. Lovett is arguably more evil than Sweeney Todd. Given that while he has the excuse of having endured terrible tragedy and going crazy, she participates in and encourages his mass-murdering for financial motives, and it was her suggestion to cook the corpses of his victims in the first place.\\
Then, there's Mrs. Lovett's ulterior motive in [[spoiler:not telling Sweeney that his wife is alive and is the crazy Beggar Woman; she lets him think his wife is dead because of her crush on Sweeney]].
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre:
** "If you get my drift..."
** "No?" . . . "AH!" "Good, you got it."
* LargeHam:
** In "A Little Priest", the actor always arrives overdone...
** Pirelli.
** George He- excuse me, '''GEORGE HEARN!!!'''
** And when paired with Patti [=LuPone=], it gets taken to new levels, very effectively.
** People who saw Angela Lansbury early in her Broadway run and then later on, around the time of the recorded production, generally say that she was playing a couple jokes much bigger as the show's run went on.
** During ''A Little Priest'', if Sweeney and Lovett aren't completely tearing the house down, they're doing it wrong.
* LastSecondWordSwap: In "The Worst Pies in London":
-->'''Mrs. Lovett:''' Is that just revolting,\\
All greasy and gritty?\\
It looks like it's molting,\\
And tastes like--\\
Well, pity
* LeastRhymableWord: "Locksmith."
* {{Leitmotif}}: In many of her appearances, the Beggar Woman sings a fast-paced, discordant jig: "How'd you like a little muff, dear? A little jig-jig? A little bounce around the bush?" [[spoiler: We hear the same music, played much more slowly and beautifully (to the point of being almost unrecognizable--that's deliberate), at the beginning of the Judge's costume party in flashback, where Lucy ends up raped. The music thus becomes a ChekhovsGun: presumably, this was one of the last things Lucy heard before she went mad, and it now repeatedly runs through her head as she wanders the streets of London.]]
** There is also the underscoring when Todd sings "and my Lucy lies in ashes" is also played when [[spoiler: he kills the Beggar Woman]]. There's also the Beggar Woman's "Alms, Alms!" is a repeated motif- "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" is reprise and entertained within many songs- honestly, it would probably be faster to list what isn't a motif.
* LethalChef: Subverted - Mrs. Lovett is this before she starts making pies of human flesh; she says because she couldn't afford fresh meat. She's not alone; she snaps that her rival, Mrs. Moony, uses the neighbors' cats for filling. Afterward, in the wake of financial success, Mrs. Lovett's meat pies are delicious (if now lethal in a rather ''different'' way), implying that she's actually a good cook, she just needs better ingredients.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Mother, Like Daughter:]] A blink-and-you'll-miss-it example, but at the beginning of "Kiss Me," Johanna's first idea of how to avoid marrying Turpin is to poison herself: "I'll swallow poison on Sunday/That's what I'll do, I'll get some lye..."
* LockedIntoStrangeness: Toby, at the finale.
* LonelyRichKid: Johanna.
* TheLostLenore: Lucy, to Sweeney.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Mrs. Lovett, in spades.
* LovingAShadow: Sweeney has a variation in regards to his fatherly love of Johanna. His version of the Johanna quartet is him wondering what she's like.
* LuredIntoATrap: The "Poor Thing" sequence has Beadle Bamford luring Lucy Barker to a masked ball at Judge Turpin's mansion, telling her that the Judge is remorseful about sending away her husband, Benjamin Barker, for life on a false charge. Turns out he's anything ''but'' remorseful, and has used this as a means to [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty get her alone and defenseless]].
* LyricalDissonance:
** "A Little Priest"
** Also Mrs. Lovett's verse in "Not While I'm Around"; she repeats Toby's protests of love and loyalty, but the creepy, wheedling violin solo underneath makes them sound totally insincere.
** "Johanna (Reprise)".
* MadeFromRealGirlScouts: "Or we have some shepherd's pie, peppered with actual shepherd on top."
* MadLove: Depending on the version, Mrs. Lovett's one-sided obsession with Sweeney can be seen as an example of this trope, particularly considering her attempts to keep him from discovering that [[spoiler:his wife is still alive]].
* MadnessMantra:
** The old woman [[spoiler:Lucy]] spouts these: "Beadle deedle deedle deedle deedle deedle deedle dumpling!" "Mischief! Mischief!"
** Also [[spoiler:Toby]] at the end of the stage show. "Three times, that's the secret, three times through the grinder."
* ManipulativeBastard:
** Mrs. Lovett, you're a bloody wonder.
** Also Todd's scheme in Act II, where he [[spoiler:helps Anthony to rescue Johanna by setting him up as a wigmaker's apprentice ''and'' betrays Anthony to the Judge in order to lure the latter back to his parlour]]. In particular, the song "The Letter" shows Todd agonizing over the exact words that will manipulate the Judge's lust and sense of inadequacy.
* MeaningfulName: "Tod(d)" is German for "death."
** The optimistic young sailor, Anthony Hope.
** [[{{Yandere}} Mrs.]] [[MadLove Lovett.]]
** Perhaps unintentional: the name "Sweeney" is an anglicized version of the name Suibne, a (legendary) mad king of Ireland.
** Tobias Ragg. A 'Ragg' is something used for the basest tasks, which was how Pirelli treated him.
* MidwordRhyme: "Ladies In Their Sensitivities".
-->When a girl's emergent\\
Probably it's urgent\\
You defer to her gent-\\
-tility, my Lord
** And again in the same song!
-->Meaning no offense, it\\
Happens they resents it\\
Ladies in their sensit-\\
-ivities, my Lord
* MomentKiller: Anthony walks into the barbershop for one of his trademark [[WhatAnIdiot interruptions]] right after Mrs. Lovett suggests to Sweeney that they can "have a life together."
* MotiveDecay:
** Sweeney quickly goes from desiring only revenge on the Judge and Beadle responsible for his imprisonment and stealing his wife and daughter to a vendetta against all humanity. However, given that in the original Victorian "shilling shocker", Sweeney had no motivation for his crimes, this is undoubtedly an improvement.
** There's even a song that illustrates it: his part in the Johanna Quartet.
** Todd's MotiveDecay is a [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget fully-fledged part of his character arc]]; come TheReveal at the very end, Todd realizes what a monster he has become in allowing his lust for revenge and violence to consume him.
* MurderByCremation [[spoiler:Mrs. Lovett]].
* MusicalSpoiler: [[spoiler:When Sweeney kills the Beggar Woman, a piece of the instrumental theme from "Epiphany" plays, specifically the part where Sweeney sings, "And my Lucy lies in ashes..."]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After realizing [[spoiler:that the old beggar woman he killed was Lucy]], Sweeney Todd has this reaction, before [[spoiler:turning his anger towards Mrs. Lovett, who told a bit of a JediTruth]].
--> '''Sweeney:''' Oh my god! [[spoiler: Lucy!]] WHAT HAVE I DONE?
* MysteryMeat
* NeverTrustAHairTonic: Pirelli's Miracle Elixir... isn't.
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dgdz-XifyU This commercial]], featuring George Hearn and Angela Lansbury, doesn't seem to showcase any of the dark material of the show (although you might catch a hint at the end). In fact, if you were to watch it without having any knowledge of Sweeney Todd, you might even think that it's a pretty normal, happy story.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90vBH847AD4 THIS commercial]], on the other hand, pretty much sums up the darkness factor in 30 seconds.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job busting into Sweeney's barber shop in the middle of his shaving of Turpin so that your plans to rescue Johanna gets blown to hell, Anthony!
** Not to mention that you ruining Todd's plans for vengeance has caused him to lapse into a downward spiral of mass murder and unwitting (for the customers of the pie shop, anyway) cannibalism! Well done!
* NoDoubtTheYearsHaveChangedMe: Sweeney to Turpin, the {{Trope Namer|s}}. Also [[spoiler:the Beggar Woman]].
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Len Cariou in the original production made no attempt at an English accent. Which actually helped sharpen the character's isolation from the rest of the cast, most of whom either were English or affecting FakeBrit accents.
* ObiWanMoment: [[spoiler:Sweeney's death.]]
* ObsessionSong: The Judge's song "Johanna (Mea Culpa)". Anthony's version of "Johanna" can come across as this as well.
* OhCrap:
** Judge Turpin, upon finally learning just who Sweeney Todd is, just before [[spoiler:Sweeney takes brutal and final vengeance]].
** As well as Sweeney himself after Pirelli reveals that he knows him from the old days, with similar results.
* OpeningChorus
* TheOphelia: Johanna in many productions. She's sometimes wearing FlowersInHerHair when she's in the asylum.
* PenalColony: Botany Bay in Australia, where Benjamin was transported for life.
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Mrs. Lovett. In the musical, she is clearly the comic foil to the brooding and vengeful Todd. Makes her MoralEventHorizon(s) all the more jarring.
* [[PreAsskickingOneLiner Pre-Asskicking]][=/=]PreMortemOneLiner: "BENJAMIN BARKER!!!"
* PsychoSupporter: Mrs. Lovett's support of Sweeney's murder sprees and her eagerness to get rid of the corpses in such a disturbed manner make her a prime example of this trope.
* RapeAsDrama: Lucy Barker. Johanna, ''maybe.'' Threat of rape, almost certainly.
* RedHerring: In the song "Kiss Me," Johanna makes a big fuss about her reticule (small purse), saying she cannot possibly leave it behind, it's [[OrphansPlotTrinket the only thing her mother gave her]]... quite a bit of set-up. The reticule is never mentioned again.
* ReducedToRatburgers: In the time that the play is set in, there is a meat shortage in London, such that those without means often have to turn to other avenues to get their meat, such as catching animals off the streets to be made into pies. It is this situation which leads to Mrs. Lovett's idea to serve up Sweeney's victims as meat pies. After all...
-->'''Sweeney:''' These are desperate times, Mrs. Lovett, and desperate measures are called for.
* RepriseMedley: Many reprises are intertwined in the show, but notable examples are:
** City On Fire: The main song is taken from the Beggar Woman's solo in "Johanna (Quartet)", Johanna sings a snatch of "Kiss Me", and Mrs. Lovett sings part of "Not While I'm Around".
** Judge's Return: the music when [[spoiler: Sweeney kills the Beggar Woman]] is taken from "Epiphany", the Judge and Sweeney reprise "Pretty Women", and then Sweeney reprises "My Friends".
** Final Scene: Sweeney sings a line from "No Place Like London" with underscoring again from "Epiphany"while Mrs. Lovett reprises "Poor Thing". They then reprise "A Little Priest" and Mrs. Lovett sings "By The Sea". Finally, Sweeney sings "A Barber and His Wife".
* {{Retirony}}: Arguably, "By the Sea."
* {{Revenge}}: Sweeney Todd is done in the style of a classical revenge tragedy.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The entire show is one for Sweeney.
* RuleOfThrees: There are three songs called "Johanna", one of them sung by Anthony, the second by Judge Turpin, and the last as a quartet led by Sweeney. The second is cut from some productions, despite it being the Judge's big moment.
** Also, Mrs. Lovett's instructions for making the meat pies:
--->''"Three times... that's the secret... three times through the grinder..."''
* SanitySlippageSong: "Epiphany."
* SayMyName: '''''BENJAMIN BARKER!'''''
* ScareChord: SWING YOUR RAZOR WIDE, SWEENEY! HOLD IT TO THE SKY! The first two verses were sung with only the singer illuminated. During the music between the second verse and the above line, the entire stage was dark and the entire cast assembled in ranks. The line starts; cue ''every'' spotlight in the house going on and ScareChord. Truly amazing.
** The shrill factory whistle that accompanies Sweeney's murders.
* SceneryPorn:
** The stage version generally ''has'' to use a double-level set and depending on the available resources it can get more elaborate from there. On the other hand, John Doyle's 2004 staging in London (later transferred to Broadway) was a minimalist version that had only 10 actors who played instruments when they were not singing themselves, and only suggested its settings.
** Also, the concert version performed in New York and San Francisco had no sets whatsoever, the actors performed on platforms surrounded by the orchestra.
* TheSecretOfLongPorkPies
* SentencedToDownUnder: Sweeney being handed this punishment kicks off the plot.
* SettingIntroductionSong: "No Place Like London".
* SerialKiller: Sweeney himself, as well as his "A String of Pearls" incarnation.
* 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: Well, it ''is'' Sweeney Todd.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Todd is contrasted with the young sailor Anthony ''Hope'', who is a romantic idealist. It should be noted that Anthony Hope [[spoiler:is still alive at the end.]] Whether this is good or bad is dependent on where ''you'' fall on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.
* SnakeOilSalesman: Pirelli
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: All of the Barkers. Lucy's beauty is what caused the Judge's attraction to her and kickstarted the plot. The same applies to Johanna once she grows older and the Judge sets his sights on her. Meanwhile, Todd may have been able to reunite with Lucy (or at least [[spoiler: not have killed her]]) if he hadn't attracted Mrs. Lovett.
* SociopathicHero: Given that he was wrongly imprisoned for more than a decade and has lost his wife and daughter, the audience is encouraged to sympathize with Sweeney Todd. At first.
* SoundtrackDissonance: One of the best scores in musical theatre belongs to a play about a guy who slits people's throats and has them baked into pies. A beautifully [[JustForPun executed]] example in the "Johanna" sequence near the beginning of Act II, where Sweeney's steady, gentle, romantic theme is at odds with the atrocities he is simultaneously committing, showing how disassociated he has become.
* SpannerInTheWorks: The story would have been a ''lot'' shorter if Anthony hadn't apparently competed in a [[WhatAnIdiot "say something incriminating as quickly as possible" contest.]]
* StalkerWithACrush:
** Anthony, to Johanna.
** If Mrs Lovett is played as having waited specifically for Todd to return a single man, then this certainly applies.
* StalkingIsLove: Anthony's infatuation with Johanna and Mrs. Lovett's obsession with Sweeney Todd can both come across like this. Judge Turpin appears this way at first, but this is horribly subverted when a few minutes later it's revealed that [[spoiler:he rapes Lucy]] after seemingly attempting to court her.
* StrawNihilist: In the songs "Epiphany" and "A Little Priest", Sweeney justifies his actions based upon the utter corruption of the world. He even states that all HumansAreBastards who deserve to die.
-->There's a hole in the world, like a great black pit,\\
And it's filled with people who are filled with shit\\
And the vermin of the world inhabit it...\\
''But not for long!''\\
They all deserve to ''die!''
* StepfordSmiler: Mrs. Lovett is an example of the facade being the true personality with a bit of {{Yandere}} thrown in, always almost always cheerful and kindly, but having no qualms about chopping up and cooking Todd's victims, motivated by [[LoveMakesYouEvil obsessive love for Sweeney Todd]] and a desire to improve her economic standing.
* SweetPollyOliver: Johanna after the escape from Fogg's Asylum.
* SympatheticMurderer: Sweeney.
* ThatManIsDead: "It's Todd now. Sweeney Todd. And he will have his revenge."
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: The Beadle's "Parlour Songs". The fact that he is spending so much time singing is relevant to the plot, but the content of the songs is not.
* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: "There's the one staying put in his proper place and the one with his foot in the other one's face."
* TragicDream: She may be a sociopath, but Lovett's enthusiastic dream of marrying Todd and living a blissful life in a seaside StepfordSuburbia is never going to happen. As everything starts falling apart she seems to grow desperate to cling to this.
* TheUnfettered: Sweeney has no desires besides getting his revenge and lets nothing get in his way.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Anthony, when he (rather unfortunately) stops Todd from killing Judge Turpin mid-story.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Mrs. Lovett [[spoiler:puts Pirelli's purse in hers]].
* VillainProtagonist: Mr. Todd himself.
* VillainSong: "Epiphany", Turpin's "Johanna"
* VillainousBreakdown / [[VillainousBSOD BSOD]]:
** "Epiphany." Dear gods, "Epiphany." Also, Sweeney seems to descend into an even deeper circle of insanity hell after he finds out [[spoiler:he killed his own wife]].
** And a [[TheVillainSucksSong "The Villain Protagonist Sucks" song]] with "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd" itself.
* VillainousCrush:
** Judge Turpin for both Lucy and Johanna.
** Mrs. Lovett for Todd, too.
* VoiceTypes: Every voice type is represented:
** Johanna - soprano
** Beggar Woman - mezzo-soprano
** Mrs. Lovett - mezzo-belter
** Beadle Bamford - tenor/counter-tenor
** Pirelli - tenor/counter-tenor
** Tobias - tenor
** Anthony - lyric baritone or tenor
** Sweeney Todd - bass-baritone
** Judge Turpin - bass
* WeaponOfChoice: Sweeney's razors.
* WideEyedIdealist: Anthony Hope sees evil only when it's being rubbed in his face (example: any interaction he has with the Beadle). Even then, he believes that good will win.
* WifeHusbandry: Judge Turpin attempts this in regards to Johanna. [[spoiler:It fails.]]
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: We are asked to accept that a serial killer can operate so openly for so long before people realize that very few customers of Todd's are ever seen again after their appointments. However, it seems that the plan is only to dispose of visiting foreigners and other people who have no close acquaintances in the city, which makes it slightly more believable.
* WomanInBlack / [[LadyInRed Red]] / [[WomanInWhite White]]: The Beggar-woman, Mrs. Lovett, and Joanna, respectively, in the 2014 Lincoln Center concert. Generally Joanna is in white ("Your white muslin gown"), Mrs. Lovett in black with red accents, and the Beggar-woman in (from what I've seen) either black or dusty gray rags.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Sweeney Todd himself.
* WouldHurtAChild: After Todd kills Pirelli, Mrs. Lovett asks what she should do about Toby. He tells her to "send him up."
* WrongGenreSavvy: Anthony believes himself to be the romantic hero of a love story between him and Johanna and is completely naive to how corrupt and evil the other characters are (including his "friend" Sweeney Todd). Johanna seems much less naive than him as she grew up with the Judge and knows how awful he is. Similarly, in different ways, both Toby and Mrs. Lovett seem to think of themselves as being in a more conventional Victorian rags to riches story, with Lovett planning a better life away from the city, and Toby believing that he can protect and repay her for saving him. Indeed, much of the pathos in the play comes from characters acting as though they are in a rather different kind of story.
* {{Yandere}}: Mrs. Lovett.
* YankTheDogsChain: At the very end, Todd finally tells Mrs. Lovett everything she's been longing for him to tell her throughout the play, while ''dancing'' with her. And then [[spoiler: he throws her in the oven and lets her burn to death.]]
* YouNeverAsked: Mrs. Lovett told Todd that his wife poisoned herself while he was gone, but didn't mention that [[spoiler:Lucy was still alive, but had gone crazy and become a street beggar.]] Lovett keeping this fact from Todd caused him to [[spoiler:kill his wife]].
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