- Cyrano de Bergerac: Cyrano plays it chillingly fair at Act II Scene IV when he is writing a love letter to Roxane while the poets talk about his battle of one men against one hundred at the Porte de Nesle:
First poet: We were stayed by the mob; they are crowded all round the Porte de Nesle!...
Second poet: Eight bleeding brigand carcasses strew the pavements there—all slit open
Cyrano (raising his head a minute): Eight?...hold, methought seven.
(He goes on writing.)
- Schmucks: Lenny Bruce eventually figures out that he slept with waitress Mary Lenahan and assumes she's been cold-shouldering him for that reason. Turns out that she was a prostitute and didn't even remember the incident.
- Judge Turpin, who had Sweeney Todd convicted on false charges and then raped his wife and became his infant daughter's guardian, doesn't recognize him for most of the musical, until Todd comments "But then, perhaps the face of a barber - the face of a prisoner in the dock - is not particularly memorable."