''Wallenstein'' is a play by [[DichterUndDenker German author Friedrich Schiller]], which he finished in 1799. The play consists of the parts "Wallenstein's Camp", "The Piccolomini" and "Wallenstein's Death". Often, the first two parts are merged.

The play tells the story of the eponymous general Wallenstein who fought for the [[HolyRomanEmpire Holy Roman Emperor]] in the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar. Wallenstein had raised an enormous (for this time) army of mercenaries and became so powerful that the other German princes were afraid of him.

* TheAstrologer: Seni, working for Wallenstein.
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Men from many nations fight for Wallenstein. TruthInTelevision.
* AFatherToHisMen: Wallenstein.
* ForegoneConclusion: The second part of the play is named "Wallenstein's Death".
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Who's really better, Wallenstein and the emperor, or the Swedes, Protestants and Frenchmen?
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Life is earnest, art is gay." from ''Wallenstein's Camp'' (not that {{Camp}}.)
* HazyFeelTurn: [[spoiler:Wallenstein]]
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Most of them, except the bit characters, and Max Piccolomini.
* LoveInterest: Thekla, Wallenstein's daughter, for Max Piccolomini.
* ManipulativeBastard: Terzky and Illo. They make all the officers sign a paper, swearing they'll stay loyal to Wallenstein. [[spoiler:The paper supposedly contains a clause that they'll have to stay loyal to the emperor too, but then the officers are made drunk and get a different paper to sign, which doesn't mention the emperor.]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Piccolomini senior.]]
* MrExposition: Questenberg, servant of the Holy Roman Emperor. Wallenstein lampshades: "Spare us telling us from the newspapers / what we witnessed ourselves in horror!"
* PrivateMilitaryContractors: He leads an army of those.