->'''Estragon:''' Well, shall we go?\\
'''Vladimir:''' Yes, let's go.\\
''(They do not move.)''

A famously surreal "tragicomedy" by Samuel Beckett. Probably the best known example of the [[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd]]. The story concerns [[ThoseTwoGuys these two guys]], Vladimir and Estragon (Didi and Gogo for short), who spend most of their time sitting by a lonely road, waiting for someone named Godot, who never comes. They have several brief but intense encounters with an UpperClassTwit named Pozzo and his servant, Lucky. In the course of the play, they wonder where Godot is, eat carrots, contemplate suicide, wonder where Godot is, discuss the Gospels, share dirty jokes, [[RuleOfThree wonder where Godot is]], exchange hats, and gradually succumb to existential angst and ennui.

It's wildly hilarious.

Inspired, among other things, ''RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'', and (surprisingly) ''{{Bottom}}''.

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!!Contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Estragon and Vladimir (the latter name is a bit exotic but real; the former sounds like high fantasy).
** Estragon is the French name for Tarragon, a spice.
* AllThereInTheManual: "Godot" comes from the Irish "Go Deo" (pronounced relatively similarly to the US and Canadian English pronunciation of "Godot") which means "forever". Samuel Beckett, as is often forgotten, was an Irishman.
** However, "Go Deo" would be more accurately written in phonetic French as something more like Gojot, not Godot.
** Alternatively: the name Godot is derived from a French slang for "shoe", ''godillot''. The play is mainly concerned with duality, you see.
* AllThereInTheScript: Vladimir ("Didi") and Estragon ("Gogo") consistently refer to each other by their nicknames and are only named once each in the dialogue.
* ArcWords: "Let's go." "We can't." "Why not?" "We're waiting for Godot."
* BlackComedy
* BreakingTheFourthWall: At one point, the play calls for Estragon to try and escape from an unseen mob. Vladimir recommends he run in front of them (i.e. into the auditorium). Estragon refuses and Vladimir looks out into the auditorium and says "Well, I can understand that"
* CainAndAbel: Discussed.
* CharacterFilibuster: When Lucky finally begins to speak, the difficulty is getting him to shut up.
* ChromosomeCasting: Vladimir, Estragon, Pozzo, Lucky and the small boy are all male. Even Godot, who never appears onstage, is said to be a man. Some productions avert this, given that "Pozzo" and "Lucky" are decidedly gender-neutral names.
** Beckett was very insistent that none of the characters be [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]], even taking legal action against casts that tried it. This, of course, has not stopped all-female productions from being staged.
** The general rule is that the actors can be female, but they have to play the parts as male.
* CrapsackWorld
* DownerEnding: If you even consider it an ending.
* DrivenToSuicide: Of course, it is only out of boredom that Didi and Gogo decide to try, though lack of rope prevents them.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "How's the carrot?" "It's a carrot."
* TheGayNineties: Briefly alluded to by Vladimir. Becomes a FunnyAneurysmMoment when "a million years ago, in the nineties" takes on a new meaning in the 21st Century.
** Beckett later decided that mentioning any specific time was a mistake. The performing text of the play now reads "a million years ago, when the world was young".
* TheGhost: Godot.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Vladimir and Estragon.
** Pozzo and Lucky too, in kind of a twisted way.
* HomoeroticSubtext: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waiting_for_Godot#Homoerotic Tons of it.]]
* HumanPackMule: Lucky is a canonical example.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Lucky in many interpretations.
* HypocriticalHumour: At one point in the second act, Vladimir tells Estragon that they should stop discussing things and just act. It takes him half a page of dialogue to say this.
* {{Improv}}: Most performances include at least ''some'', even if it's only physical comedy.
** The 2009/2010 Berliner Ensemble performance had Didi and Gogo getting into discussions with the prompt. It was quite subdued and casual, and the actors were so in tune with each other it didn't seem at all disrespectful towards Beckett. Players for this play are most preferably from Indian origin.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: For some reasons, most Americans still have it in their heads after all this time that it's pronounced "Go-DOT" instead of "GO-dot". And most Canadians, thanks to mandatory French lessons, think it's "Go-DOH".
** It ''was'' originally in French.
** Samuel Beckett, however, was Irish, and did a bit of play on words by spelling "Go Deo" ("forever") as it would be in French.
** The correct UK- and Hiberno-English pronunciation of Godot is "GOD-oh". In spite of the fact that it is meant to be a French name, Beckett intended for the stress to be on the first syllable. Also, this makes the absent god allegory that much more explicit (but still unintentional).
* ManChild: Estragon, at times.
* MindScrew: Try to watch it (or reading it) and not come out confused.
* MinimalistCast: There are only four characters (and the messenger boy).
* MoodWhiplash: A guy takes off his belt to hang himself - and his trousers fall down.
* MotorMouth: Lucky...[[TheQuietOne when he bothers to talk]].
* NoEnding
* OldRetainer: Lucky.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The character's full names are (almost) never spoken in the text itself.
* OnlySaneMan: In the second act Vladimir begins to think he is this.
* OntologicalMystery
* OverlyLongGag: Lucky's speech, the hat-swapping scene, and arguably the ''entire play''.
* OverlyPolitePals: The play seems to be an existential version of an Alphonse and Gaston routine.
* PuttingOnMyThinkingCap: Lucky, obviously.
* TheQuietOne: Lucky...until you [[MotorMouth tell him to think]].
* RandomEventsPlot
* RashomonStyle: Vladimir points out that the gospels contain an early example of this.
* RiddleForTheAges: Who or what is Godot? Why are they waiting for him? Will he ever come?
* SecondaryCharacterTitle
* SeinfeldianConversation: Most of what Vladimir and Estragon discuss, as well as Lucky's "think".
* SesameStreetCred: Amazingly, the play was parodied on ''Series/SesameStreet'' in the "Monsterpiece Theatre" sketch ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksL_7WrhWOc Waiting for Elmo]]'', complete with generous satire of TrueArtIsIncomprehensible. That takes both ParentalBonus and ViewersAreGeniuses UpToEleven.
* ShoutOut: To Literature/TheBible, among others.
** Pozzo makes a reference to Vladimir and Estragon being timid and standing in "fear and trembling", the name of a book by philosopher Søren Kierkegaard.
*** The phrase itself comes for The Analects Of {{Confucius}}, meaning the attitude one is to take when summoned before the emperor.
** The bowler hats that Vladimir and Estragon wear are a ShoutOut to Creator/LaurelAndHardy (Beckett loved black and white comedy).
* SpeechCentricWork: Vladimir and Estragon sitting around talking, and sometimes Lucky and Pozzo show up. That's it.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''{{Bottom}}'', amazingly (particularly from their West End production of it.) It features Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson and Christopher Ryan, who played (respectively) Rick, Vyvian and Mike in TheYoungOnes. Go figure!
* SurrealHumour
* TakeThatCritics: During their match of VolleyingInsults, Estragon wins by calling Vladimir "a crrritic!"
** Possibly the entire play. If you criticize it for lacking something (plot, character, meaning), well, it worked!
* ThoseTwoGuys: Occasionally joined by Those Two Other Guys.
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Estragon:''' Let's go.
-->'''Vladimir:''' We can't.
-->'''Estragon:''' Why not?
-->'''Vladimir:''' We're waiting for Godot.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Vladimir and Estragon, at times. Pozzo and Lucky provide a darker take on the trope.
* TheVoiceless: Lucky, most of the time.
* VolleyingInsults: Vladimir and Estragon have a nice shouting match like this.
* UpperClassTwit: Pozzo.
* VagabondBuddies: Didi and Gogo.
* WhatNowEnding: Godot never shows up, but Vladimir and Estragon can't bring themselves to leave.
* WordSaladPhilosophy: Lucky again.
* WorldLimitedToThePlot
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[[TheStinger Godot Was Here.]]
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