Characters: Brave New World
John the Savage
- Affectionate Parody: He is a parody of Huxley's late friend, D.H. Lawrence... but as the novel progresses, said likeness becomes less affectionate.
- A Taste of the Lash: Self-flagellation.
- Black and White Insanity: By the end, he considers happiness to be bad, and asserts his right to be unhappy. To the point where he's harming himself if he shows the slightest inclination of being happy.
- Driven to Suicide
- Freud Was Right: see Oedipus Complex
- Heroic BSOD: following his outburst at the hospital.
- Honor Before Reason
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Noble Savage
- Oedipus Complex: He really likes his mother.
- Power Trio: Superego.
- Self-Harm: Via self-flaggellation and self-induced vomiting.
- Shout-Out to Shakespeare
- The Savage Indian
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: Peppers his conversation liberally with lines from William Shakespeare plays like The Tempest.
- ‹bermensch: In contrast to Bernard's and Mond's Last Men. At first.
- The Ugly Woman's Hot Son
- Title Drop
- Wrong Genre Savvy: Poor guy tries to apply what he's read in Shakespeare to everything.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance / Completely Missing the Point: For all that he's read and can recite, John really doesn't get Shakespeare. His ultra-prudish nature, misquotations, misuse of quotes, and even self-attestation of not completely understanding Hamlet, do not reflect an in-depth comprehension of The Bard's works. Therefore, he's tragically Doubly Wrong Genre Savvy.
- Childhood Brain Damage: It's rumoured that Bernard Marx's eccentricities are caused by an excess of alcohol in his blood-surrogate while he was being grown.
- Decoy Protagonist: Not as much a decoy as the first and least significant of two protagonists.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Bernard ruins the DHC's career because he wanted to transfer him.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Helmholtz.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Though in his case "normal" means "an accepted member of Alpha high society".
- I Just Want to Be Special: his envy of Helmholtz.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Bernard's jerkass behavior is partly motivated by a need to prove that he is an Alpha.
- It's All About Me
- Moral Myopia
- Power Trio: Ego
- Took a Level in Jerkass
- The Ace: As an Alpha, he is smart, athletic and good-looking.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Bernard.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation
- Power Trio: Id.
- Really Gets Around: Well, he used to, until he found a new purpose: looking for something worth writing about.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance
- Meaningful Name
- Ms. Fanservice: There's a lot of attention given to her body.
- Really Gets Around
- Satellite Love Interest: Zig-Zagged. Lenina, to the reader, is definitely a Satellite Love Interest. To everyone else in the story, she's a somewhat abnormal woman. To the man she actually loves, she's not even a love interest to him, and, in fact, considers her odd for a different number of reasons, but still considers her shallow.
- Affably Evil: Mustapha Mond is eloquent and polite as he explains the workings of the World Society to the Savage.
- Anti-Villain: Despite being at the head of the dystopian society of the book, he doesn't come off as a cackling madman, but a person who simply does what he believes needs to be done.
- The Chains of Commanding: Running a dystopia isn't as easy as it looks.
- Dark Messiah: Hmmm, let's see. First of all, "Mond" means moon. His inferiors reference him by the title "fordship." Then, there's his extremist philosophies. But perhaps most significantly, he consciously - throughout the novel, he continuously demonstrates himself as possibly the most anthropologically versed person in the entire world - likens himself to Jesus through his perversion of the biblical quote "Suffer [the] little children."
- It's probable his first name refers to Mustapha Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Turkey who modernized and westernized it, or that it's meant as a bilingual pun: Mustapha Mond — "Must-have" "the World".
- Well-Intentioned Extremist
- Wicked Cultured: He quotes Shakespeare at the Savage, who expresses surprise that someone else knows the author.
Director Thomas "Thomakin"
- I Just Want to Be Normal: he was...until his long lost son came to visit.
- Luke, You Are My Father
- Vague Age: Intentionally.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Too bad she has an offspring; why she didn't return to London.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Just like everyone else, she was beautiful, but the tough life in the reservation ruined her looks.
- Senior Sleep Cycle: Soma-induced.