Here be the main characters from A Streetcar Named Desire
and the tropes they embody.
- Break the Haughty/Break the Cutie: Oh so much.
- Christmas Cake: And she's not at all happy about this...
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Blanche prefers the world of her own creation, where she still is a chaste lady of refinement and she still can win the favors of men like Shep Huntleigh (whom we never meet and might not exist). This is highlighted when Stanley is revealing her falsehoods to Stella and Blanche is singing in the bath: "Say, its only a paper moon/Sailing over a cardboard sea/But it wouldn't be make-believe/If you believed in me." Unfortunately, by the end of the play this make-believe world is the only world she can stand to live in.
- Desperately Craves Affection: Blance desperately desires to be touched and fears it as well.
- Ephebophile: This was why she was fired.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Though the play and movie subvert it by having Blanche compare her time as a hooker to being a tarantula, preying on the flesh of men.
- She was being sarcastic, because she was angry at Mitch.
- Hot for Student
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Blanche isn't calling Stanley a 'Polack', or deriding Stella for marrying him, Blanche can potentially be a genuinely nice person. For example, she's quick to help Stella after Stanley attacks her, and is greatly fearful for her welfare when she chooses to return to him.
- Meaningful Name: As Blanche herself tells to Mitch, her name means "white woods" in French.
- Rape Leads To Insanity
- Really Gets Around
- Southern Belle: Blanche is a Southern Belle in the 20th century, a fading relic of a bygone age.
- Stepford Smiler: A mixture of Type A and Type C.
Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell