Characters: RENT

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Mark Cohen
Originally played by Anthony Rapp

Roger Davis
Originally played by Adam Pascal

Mimi Márquez
Originally played by Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rosario Dawson in The Movie)

Tom Collins
Originally played by Jesse L. Martin

Angel Dumott-Schunard
Originally played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Maureen Johnson
Originally played by Idina Menzel

Joanne Jefferson
Originally played by Fredi Walker (Traci Thoms in The Movie)

  • Closer to Earth: Compared to the rest of her circle of friends, she is the only one with a high-paying, steady, professional career, and is basically the only thing keeping Maureen and Mark from imploding.
  • Expy: To a lesser extent than the other characters, but she does vaguely parallel Alcindoro from La Bohème.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Though mostly because being with Maureen forces her to be extra paranoid whenever it looks like she may be flirting with someone.
  • Lipstick Lesbian
  • Out of Focus: She is the only one of the eight primary characters who doesn't get her own solo in the film, which was rectified by giving her the solo in "Seasons of Love".
  • The Masochism Tango
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black and a lesbian.

Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III
Originally played by Taye Diggs

  • Anti-Villain: He has good intentions to help the neighborhood, but they include displacing an entire tent city of homeless people who have no where else to go, and he's basically a jerk to his friends.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: At least, the rest of the gang sees him as this. Going back on your word about not charging your friends rent proably had something to do with that.
  • Evil Former Friend: As above.
  • Expy: Of Benoit, the landlord, from La Bohème.
  • Friendly Enemy/Vitriolic Best Buds: With Collins, at least.
  • I Lied: When he became their landlord he told Mark and Roger that they could stay in the building for free, and then he goes back on his word. When confroted about this he claims he just "let it slide".
  • The Idealist: He used to be this. Roger asks "What happened to Benny? What happened to his heart and the ideals he once pursued?"
  • Landlord: Negative version. He told Roger and Mark that he wouldn't charge them rent and that they could stay in their building for free, then he shows up on Christmas Day to demand the entire year's worth of rent even though he knows full well they don't have it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In-Universe, upon his marriage to Alison.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He sees what he's doing as being in the best long term interests of the neighborhood.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Has an on-again off-again affair with Mimi despite being married.