* 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'']].
** Actually may not have read like this to the audience of the time- [[spoiler: foetal rights was not really a debate that was going on, in the modern sense. Pregnant suicides were surprisingly common and usually ''were'' sympathetic in fiction (though admittedly Hedda is hardly typical of the case. See AnInspectorCalls for how this was treated at the time]]
* 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.