Characters / Little Shop of Horrors

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Seymour Krelborn

Played By: Jonathan Haze / Rick Moranis

  • Adorkable: As one would expect from a character played by Rick Moranis.
  • And I Must Scream: In all versions save the 1986 film, he becomes one of the plant's buds.
  • Berserk Button: Don't abuse Audrey or you will get it.
    Seymour: (enraged singing) You need blood, he's got more than enough!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Just ask Orin. Or, in the revised happy ending, Audrey II himself.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: He agrees to feed people to Audrey II to keep it alive and win Audrey's affections. However, after he feeds Audrey and realizes what Audrey II is planning, he decides to try destroying it. He fails in the plays, but succeeds in the theatrical cut of the movie.
  • Defeat by Modesty: In both versions of the film, Audrey II thwarts Seymour's attempt to ax it by pantsing him, prompting Seymour to drop the ax and duck behind a counter.
  • Fatal Flaw: Oblivious to Love. Audrey II, of course, plays Seymour's torch for Audrey like a harp.
  • Karma Houdini: Seymour killed two people (he let Orin die despite making it clear that he could have helped him and he backed Mushnik into the plant) and considered going even further (he signed the contracts in "The Meek Shall Inherit", implicitly agreeing to kill others in the future. This is made clearer in the play where the song is extended, but the actions remain the same in the film.) but in the theatrical cut, he gets away with absolutely no punishment whatsoever-Audrey likely never even learns that he is a murderer.
    • It can be argued that Seymour finally standing up to and destroying the plant thus preventing the destruction of the human race pretty much makes up for the world being less one sadistic dentist (which WASN'T his fault, despite intentions to the contrary) and one greedy, albeit somewhat kind, shopkeep (which may not have been entirely on purpose whatever the plant said). Both deaths are made a lot more ambiguous in the film than the play, and can be interpreted as due to Seymour's actions or not.
      • The Director's Cut makes it pretty clear that he didn't get away with anything, even if you don't count his death. Orin and Mushnik died only because Seymour doesn't prevent their deaths, and they both would have harmed him (Orin with dental sadism, Mushnik through blackmail) even if he had saved them. Audrey, on the other hand, he consciously fed to the plant, even if it was at her own selfless request. If he hadn't done it, Audrey II might not have been strong enough to tear down the building and eat Seymour whole.
    • In a deleted scene, Seymour during the "The Meek Shall Inherit" scene does grab an axe to destroy Audrey II, but the thought of losing Audrey stays his hand.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the original 1960 film, Seymour is one of the buds when Audrey Jr. blooms, along with the other people he fed to the plant.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The film gradually leads Seymour to this. He's horrified that he chopped up Scrivello and he led his boss into Audrey II's jaws. Eventually, he realizes that he's gone too far and doesn't want to continue with what he's been doing.
  • Nice Guy: Once you get past the "grows a giant man-eating plant that needs blood to stay alive" thing.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In all versions save the 1986 film, Seymour tries to kill the plant by letting himself get eaten (or charging into the plants maw) with an axe to hack from the inside. It doesn't work.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Audrey II doesn't eat him in the Focus Group Ending.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Seymour's hat in the 1960 film. Only hinted at in the 1986 film.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: His killing of Orin. Need we say more?

Audrey Fulquard

Played By: Jackie Joseph / Ellen Greene

Mr. Gravis Mushnik

Played By: Mel Welles / Vincent Gardenia

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Well, in the 1960 film, unamibiguously.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his gruff attiude, he still cares for Audrey.
    • Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: He still treats Seymour like crap and admits he never liked him to begin with in the play-only "Mushnik and Son," even after Seymour is solely responsible for saving the flower shop, and tries to get rid of Seymour so he can feed Audrey II himself. He does, but not in the way he thought. At least in the movie — in the play, Mushnik has good reason to believe Seymour killed Orin and is simply doing his duty as a citizen by telling the police what he knows, and he gives Seymour the opportunity to come with him and defend himself, in case it really isn't what it looks like. Seymour tricks him into getting too close to the plant, purely to save his own ass.
  • Parental Substitute: For Seymour.
  • You Know Too Much: He saw Seymour chopping up Scrivello's body and was about to learn what Audrey II eats when he was Killed Off for Real.

Audrey Jr. / Audrey II

Played By: Charles B. Griffith / Levi Stubbs

Dr. Phoebus Farb / Dr. Orin Scrivello, DDS

Played By: John Shaner / Steve Martin

  • Adaptation Name Change: He has two different names between the 1960 movie and the musical.
  • Ascended Extra: He has many more scenes in the musical, even dating female lead Audrey.
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel sorry for him when Seymour feeds him to the Audrey II.
  • Ax-Crazy: To the point that you wonder if his mama told him to be a dentist as a means of keeping him from becoming a serial killer.
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Die Laughing: Almost played straight, courtesy of the Nitrous Oxide he was inhaling.
  • Domestic Abuser: He has a habit of beating Audrey, making others close to her concerned about her refusal to dump him.
  • Depraved Dentist: He gets an entire musical number spelling it out too.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A variation: the gleefully sadistic, completely heartless Orin Scrivello is so disgusted by his encounter with the masochist that he ends up kicking him out of doors.
    Orin: Get out of here! Go on, get out of here!...Goddamn sicko!
    • It's not so much due to moral outrage as it is frustration that, being a full-blown sadist, he can't get any pleasure from torturing a patient who's actually into that sort of thing.
  • Evil Is Hammy: His nitrous oxide machine actually gives him a pig-like snout too, with the pumps on the sides resembling a pig's ears.
  • Evil Laugh: He has a great one.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Oh, Mama...
  • Enfante Terrible/Creepy Child: "When I was young and just a bad little kid, my Momma noticed funny things I did, like shooting puppies with a BB gun, I'd poison guppies and when I was done, I'd find a pussy cat and bash it's head, that's when my Momma said..."
  • Famous Last Words:
    • From the musical:
      Orin: (singing) Are you dumb or hard of hearing / Or relieved my end is nearing? / Are you satisfied? I laughed myself to... death.
    • From the film of the musical:
      Orin: What'd I ever do to you?
      Seymour: Nothing. It's what you did to her.
      Orin: Her who? (pause) Oh. Her. (dies)
  • Jerkass
  • Laughably Evil: A truly terrible person, but also truly hilarious.
  • Pet the Dog: When he first meets Seymour, he bullies him a bit, however in two instances he was nice to him in his own depraved way. Before knowing who he is, he offers him some Nitrous Oxide, something he doesn't even give his patients. When he does know him he acts starstruck and is genuinely amazed that Seymour was able to have a plant as big as Audrey 2.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Played for laughs—Orin has a closet shrine to his dearly departed mom.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He has this attitude towards Seymour in the musical. Rather than help him get the mask, Seymour decides to let Orin suffocate from the gas. This line of dialogue certainly warrants this trope:
    Orin: Hey, Seymour, give me a hand, will ya?
    Seymour: Well...
    Orin: ...Well? He says, "well"?

Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon

Played By: No one in 1960 / Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks, and Tisha Campbell-Martin

  • The Faceless: In the final scene, the camera moves down to the new Audrey plant before we see Chiffon's face because they had to replace the actress .
  • Greek Chorus: An interesting example, going back and forth between standing outside the action and commenting on it to the audience, and interacting with the other cast members using no special out-of-character knowledge. You can keep track by the costumes; when they're characters the girls wear worn-down clothing appropriate to residents of Skid Row, and when they're a Greek Chorus they've changed into sparkly dresses.
  • Sassy Black Women: Though some productions give them a Race Lift.
  • Shipper on Deck: They encourage Audrey to dump abusive Orin for Seymour.
  • Shout-Out: All three are named after girl groups from the early sixties.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: The Greek Chorus have a better dresser than Michelle Obama.
  • Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: They have been dental nurses and worked for a radio company among other things.

Wilbur Force / Arthur Denton

  • Camp Gay: This character has shades of this.
  • Expy: Of Wilbur Force, a masochistic dental patient Jack Nicholson portrayed in the 1960 movie.
  • Freudian Excuse: His masochism may or may not have been caused by his child dentist's habit of giving him candy bars after painful procedures.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he is a Masochist, he understands not everyone is as enthusiastic to pain as he is. And since he opted for the most painful procedure on himself, he honestly considers the poor kid with the wired jaw to be considered lucky.
  • Meaningful Name: Arthur Denton loves getting painful dental work done...
  • Motor Mouth: When he's not being a Masochist he's actually a motor mouth.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: "CANDY BAAAAAAR. THAAAANK YOUUUUUU..."