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[[WMG:Mark Cohen]]
-->''Originally played by Anthony Rapp''

%%* {{Adorkable}}
* AuthorAvatar: Negative HIV status, watches his friends die in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, writes a screenplay & films a movie about it.
* {{Expy}}: Of Marcello, the painter, from ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
* FirstPersonPeripheralNarrator: [[EnsembleCast There really is no central character]], but he gets the most stage/screentime, and the story is told from his viewpoint.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Roger.
%%* {{Hipster}}
* HowWeGotHere: Inverted by Halloween. "How did we get here, how the hell..."
* IconicItem: His black and white scarf, and red and blue jumper.
%%* JewishAndNerdy
* LeFilmArtistique: Mark's raison d'être.
* ManHug: With Roger on several occasions, most notably at the end of "What You Own" (only in the movie, they don't actually see each other in the show).
* OddFriendship: With Joanne.
* StepfordSmiler: While he's always attempting to be Roger's happy, supportive best friend, the song "Halloween" marks him (pun intended) as someone contemplative, mournful, and terrified of the reality of his situation.
-->'''Mark''': And when I capture it on film, will it mean that it's the end and I'm alone?
%%* UnreliableNarrator

[[WMG:Roger Davis]]
-->''Originally played by Adam Pascal''

* BigNo: In "Finale A".
* CharacterDevelopment: He [[spoiler:eventually [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]], thanks to his friends and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Mimi]]]].
%%* [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]
%%* DontYouDarePityMe
* DyingMomentOfAwesome[=/=]RedemptionEqualsDeath: "One Song Glory" reveals that he's hoping for both.
* {{Expy}}: Of Rodolfo, the poet, from ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
* GriefSong[=/=]IWantSong: "One Song Glory" is a combination.
* IconicItem: In the stageplay/musical, it's his plaid pants and black nail varnish. In the film, it's his leather jacket.
%%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LivingOnBorrowedTime: It affects him more than any other character.
* SignatureSong: "One Song Glory".
* OlderAndWiser: Compared to Mimi.

[[WMG: Mimi Márquez]]
-->''Originally played by Daphne Rubin-Vega'' (Creator/RosarioDawson in TheMovie)

* AmbiguouslyBrown: Mimi is said to be Latina, but she's also been played by actresses who are biracial, white, etc. -- and more than one black actress has played her (which doesn't preclude her being Latina as white and black Latino people exist.)
* BadGirlSong: "Out Tonight" is made of this.
* DawsonCasting: "I'm nineteen, but I'm old for my age!" Though, since many of the other characters are only mid-twenties, the potential exists for them as well.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler:Only in the Dutch production. For others, [[SparedByTheAdaptation well]], see DisneyDeath.]]
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:She's saved through ThePowerOfRock and ThePowerOfLove... alongside a heavy dose of FridgeLogic[=/=]slight MindScrew.]]
* {{Expy}}: Of, well, Mimi, the seamstress, from ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
* {{Fanservice}}: The only reason why in the film, "Out Tonight" [[note]]the first half of it, anyways[[/note]] is performed while Mimi is at work instead of at her apartment like in the play.
%%* TheHedonist
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: She's an exotic dancer rather than a hooker, but follows this trope all the same.
* LadyInRed: During "Light My Candle", which is about her trying to seduce Roger for the first time.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: To Roger.
%%* SparedByTheAdaptation
* StalkerWithACrush: She did come into Roger's apartment through his window.
* TooKinkyToTorture: It's a living...

[[WMG:Tom Collins]]
-->''Originally played by Creator/JesseLMartin''

%%* BadassLongcoat
* BrilliantButLazy: Despite having a teaching job at NYU, he's bored and unsatisfied.
* {{Expy}}: Of Colline, the philosopher, from ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
%%* LargeHam
%%* LastNameBasis
* OnlySaneMan: After [[spoiler:Angel's death]], he gets very serious very quickly.
* SidekickSong: "Santa Fe".
%%* TheStoner
%%* StonersAreFunny
* StraightGay: Bordering on ManlyGay. He's gay, and totally stereotype-free.

[[WMG:Angel Dumott-Schunard]]
-->''Originally played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia''

* AmbiguousGenderIdentity: Usually referred to with female pronouns, but doesn't seem to mind masculine ones. Maybe a DragQueen, maybe CampGay, maybe {{Transgender}}, maybe non-binary, maybe a WholesomeCrossdresser... who knows.
%%* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays]]
* {{Expy}}: Of Schaunard, the musician, from ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
* TheHeart: Of the group of friends. It's at Angel's [[spoiler:funeral]] that they have a huge fight and break up.
* MagicalQueer: [[spoiler:Literally. Se sends Mimi back from death.]]
%%* [[spoiler:MeaningfulFuneral]]
* MeaningfulName: [[spoiler:After death, [[Creator/NathanRabin Angel continues to hover benevolently over the friends like some sort of... what's the word I'm looking for here?]]]]
* RefugeInAudacity: The reason we can forgive Angel for killing Evita.
* SidekickSong: "Today 4 U".

[[WMG:Maureen Johnson]]
-->''Originally played by Creator/IdinaMenzel''

* AnythingThatMoves: She flirts with anyone of any gender, even when she's with her boyfriend/girlfriend.
* AttentionWhore: She ''loves'' being in the limelight and making people fall for her.
* BiTheWay: She was Mark's girlfriend and is dating Joanne at the start of the musical.
* {{Expy}}: Of Musetta, the singer, from ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
* GenkiGirl: "Over the Moon" shows us just how... vivacious she can be.
%%* ItsAllAboutMe
* LadyInRed: In the movie's "Tango: Maureen" sequence, she wears a red dress and a rose in her hair.
%%* LadykillerInLove
* LargeHam: Oh ''God'' yes, "Over the Moon" is all about showing off just how hammy she can be. She even breaks the fourth wall and gets the audience (yes, YOU, the audience members) to moo with her.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: To Joanne. Was probably this for Mark, as well.
* TheMasochismTango: The tango... Maureen.
* PluckyComicRelief: Maureen is easily the least serious character in this musical, and has one of the funniest songs as well.
* SidekickSong: "Over the Moon".
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: As she states in "Take Me Or Leave Me" to justify how she acts.
-->'''Maureen:''' Every single day, I walk down the street.
-->I hear people say, "Baby's so sweet!"
-->Ever since puberty, everybody stares at me!
-->Boys, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer girls,]] I can't help it, baby...

[[WMG:Joanne Jefferson]]
-->''Originally played by Fredi Walker'' (Traci Thoms in TheMovie)

* ButchLesbian: She's not completely masculine, but she wears suits and ties.
* CloserToEarth: 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 ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
* GreenEyedMonster: Though mostly because being with Maureen ''forces'' her to be extra paranoid whenever it looks like she may be flirting with someone.
%%* LipstickLesbian
* OddFriendship: With Mark, due to them both dating Maureen.
* OutOfFocus: 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".
%%* TheMasochismTango
* TwoferTokenMinority: Black and a lesbian.

[[WMG:Benjamin "Benny" Coffin III]]
-->''Originally played by Taye Diggs''

* AntiVillain: He has good intentions to help the neighborhood, but they include displacing an entire tent city of homeless people who have nowhere else to go, and he's basically a jerk to his friends.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: At least, the rest of the gang sees him as this. Going back on your word about not charging your friends rent probably had something to do with that.
* EvilFormerFriend: As above.
* {{Expy}}: Of Benoit, the landlord, from ''Theatre/LaBoheme.''
* FriendlyEnemy[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds: With Collins, at least.
* ILied: 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 confronted about this, he claims he just "let it slide".
* TheIdealist: He used to be this. Roger asks "What happened to Benny? What happened to his heart and the ideals he once pursued?"
* JerkassHasAPoint: More favourable portrayals and interpretations tend to position him here. He's going back on a promise he made to his former friends, screwing them over in the process, and he isn't exactly nice about it. But he also at one point notes that out of all of them he's the only one of them actually trying to improve the neighbourhood (even if his way is basically gentrification) rather than simply living in squalor under the guise of 'rejecting the system' and[=/=]or remaining true to their artistic integrity (or pretensions, if you choose to view them unfavourably). He also argues when his former friends protest his treatment of the homeless that their objections to his actions are more self-serving and self-interested (not losing their apartment and[=/=]or performance space) than they're willing to admit.
* {{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.
* TookALevelInJerkass: InUniverse, upon his marriage to Alison.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: He sees what he's doing as being in the best long-term interests of the neighborhood.
* [[spoiler:YourCheatingHeart: Has an on-again off-again affair with Mimi despite being married.]]

%%[[folder: Secondary]]
%%[[WMG: Mrs Cohen]]
%%* JewishMother: Oh, boy...
%%* MyBelovedSmother
%%[[WMG: The Man]]
%%* CreepyMonotone
%%* MeaningfulName
%%* NoNameGiven