* IAmNotShazam: The title character is (legally) named "Hedda ''Tesman''", not Hedda Gabler. Gabler was her maiden name, and it serves as a symbol of her pre-marriage identity.
* MagnificentBastard: Hedda, who's incredibly beautiful, and manipulates ''every single person in the play'' without them realising, [[spoiler:except for Brack who understands what Hedda's doing straight away, mostly because they are very similar.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Hedda loses much of the reader's sympathy after she pretends to love Tesman. It's also fairly hard to feel sympathy for her [[spoiler: suicide because she's just ''killed her baby'']].
* WhatAnIdiot: Tesman; At the end of the play, instead of helping his wife who's [[spoiler:just shot herself]] or going to check on her, he simply stands in one spot and wails.