Characters: Spring Awakening
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- Played by Jonathan Groff
- All Girls Want Bad Boys
- Big "NO!": On discovering Wendla's freshly-dug grave. Often repeated by the Groff, but other Melchiors just went for one.
- Byronic Hero
- Deadpan Snarker
- Grief Song: Sings "Left Behind" at Moritz's funeral to the father that kicked him out when he most needed it. Melchior is pissed
- Played by John Gallagher Jr.
- Adults Are Useless: Many ways for Moritz. Firstly, he is made to fail by Herr Knochenbruch an Fraulein Knuppeldick, then is kicked out of his home by his own father who beats him AND, if that wasn't enough, is then refused his thousand bucks to escape to America by Melchior's mother whom shrugs off his problems.
- Age-Appropriate Angst
- Anime Hair
- Ate His Gun: The stage directions specifically call for this.note
- Break the Cutie
- Driven to Suicide
- Ghost Song: He and Wendla appear to Melchior as ghosts. They float out of their graves and everything.
- "I Want" Song: "The Bitch of Living"
- Love Triangle: Type 3 with Martha and Ilse. They both have feelings for him; he may or may not be oblivious, but his main struggle is trying and failing to cope with his feelings about anyone.
- Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Played for laughs at first, but it quickly slides into genuine Tear Jerker.
- Sanity Slippage Song / BSOD Song: "Don't Do Sadness." 'Cause you know, I don't do sadness--not even a little bit./ Just don't need it in my life—don't want any part of it./ I don't do sadness--/ Hey, I've done my time, looking back on it all—man, it blows my mind./ I don't do sadness, so been there./ Don't do sadness—just don't care...
- Played by Lea Michele
- Babies Make Everything Better: Averted.
- Break the Cutie
- Dr. Feelgood: "Who lives in this house, Mama?"
- Ghost Song: "Those You've Known", and arguably to some shade "Whispering". The latter seems as if Wendla is predicting the consequences of her actions and eventual death.
- "See the father bent in grief/The mother dressed in mourning/Sister crumbles, and the neighbours grumble/Preacher issues warning." Coupled with Tear Jerker.
- Pajama Clad Heroine: Although, because of her... anemia. It is what she appears in in "Those You've Known" as it is what she probably died in. She changes into her normal clothes for "The Song of Purple Summer."
- Played by Lauren Pritchard
- Abusive Parents: "Ilse! Storytime!"
- Childhood Friend Romance: And how.
- Counterpoint Duet: "Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind"
- Innocence Lost: "Until this morning, when he woke me with a gun, set against my breast. He said: 'One twitch and it's the end.' Really gave me the goose bumps."
- Lonely Together: "The Dark I Know Well" for her and Martha.
- Love Triangle: Type 3 with Martha and Moritz. She and Martha have feelings for Moritz, who can't quite handle his feelings for anyone.
- MacGuffin: The flowers she carries are, you guessed it, purple summer flowers—the name of the song of redemption and new life that Ilse leads the whole cast in at the end of the show. But before this and when Moritz rejects her, she runs back to Priapia. These flowers become the flowers the teenagers place on Moritz's open casket one by one, and the actress playing Ilse must drop them in an exact place as she runs off.
- Mad Artist: The men she models for. One of them isn't that bad (chasing her around and dabbing her with paint), but the other one... see Innocence Lost above.
- Sexy Shirt Switch: For her last scene with Moritz, she wears nothing but a man's white shirt. Less sexy when you consider she's a teenager, and who that shirt belongs to.
- Wild Hair: In her original incarnation.
- Played by Jonathan B. Wright
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Depending on the actor, Hanschen can vary from smug but good-hearted to a sleazy, horny seducer.
- Bury Your Gays: Averted. He and Hanschen survive the play completely intact (if by virtue of disappearing from the action for a bit when Melchior's story comes back into focus) and the original play was strongly censored because it did not show the boys as criminals receiving inevitable punishment. (As well as, y'know, Wendla's rape and... the general plot.)
- A Date with Rosie Palms
- Played by Gideon Glick
- Played by Skylar Astin
- Played by Brian Charles Johnson
- Played by Remy Zaken
- Played by Lilli Cooper
- Abusive Parents: "You say 'Time for bed now, child"/Mom just smiles that smile.../Just like she never saw me/Just like she never saw me..."
- Amped up from the stage play in a very chilling way.
- Innocence Lost
- Lonely Together: She and Ilse are a platonic version; "The Dark I Know Well" ends on the two of them alone on stage, clinging to each other until the lights black out.
- Love Triangle: Type 3 with Moritz and Ilse.
- Minor Character, Major Song: "The Dark I Know Well"
- Played by Phoebe Strole