Ein Mädchen das so lächeln kann, hab ich nie geseh'n.
Translation: A girl who can smile like that, I have never seen.
The assistant of Professor Abronsius, Alfred is a young, shy student from Königsberg. He reluctantly goes along with the Professor's plans, mostly out of respect. He becomes instantly infatuated with Sarah upon meeting her, and determines to rescue her from Von Krolock's clutches.
Draußen ist Freiheit. Dort, wo der Horizont beginnt, gibt es ein Land in dem alle Wunder möglich sind.
Translation: Outside is freedom. There, where the horizon begins, is a land in which all miracles are possible.
The daughter of Transylvanian innkeeper Yoine Chagal, Sarah is a restless young deconstruction
of The Ingenue
who longs for nothing more than freedom. Seeing the local vampiric count as her opportunity, she runs off to the castle just in time for the vampires' Midnight Ball.
Logik! Logik! Wer fragt, dem sagt die logik: Wie und was und wer und wo und wann?
Translation: Logic! Logic! Who asks gets told by logic how and what and who and where and when?
Hailing from Königsberg, the professor ventures into Transylvania with his assistant Alfred to gather information on the bloodsucking fiends of the night. Mostly a Plucky Comic Relief
character, he manages to exasperate almost everyone he meets, including Alfred.
Eine schöne Tochter ist ein Segen, doch ein Segen, der meschugge macht...
Translation: A beautiful daughter is a blessing, but a blessing that drives me crazy...
The owner of the inn where Alfred and the Professor stay, Chagal is Sarah's father. He has grown tired of his wife, and busies himself chasing after inn maid Magda. He is also very protective of his daughter
- Abhorrent Admirer: To Magda.
- Dirty Old Man
- Expy: He's supposed to be played as, essentially, Tevye, but with concern for his daughter hiked up to ludicrous and hypocritical extremes and all the gentle charm taken out.
- Fantastic Religious Weirdness: The cross that Magda tries to protect herself with has no effect on Mr.I'm A Jewish Vampire.
- Fat Bastard: Sometimes played as having at least a hanging beer belly, though this isn't a de facto part of the character.
- Hypocritical Humor: After singing an entire song about how men are perverted scum who will defile his daughter the first chance they get, he leaves his wife to go relentlessly hit on Magda.
- Overprotective Dad: Going so far as to nail his daughter's door shut.
- Vegetarian Vampire: What he promises to be to stop Alfred and the Professor from staking him.
Statt dem üblichen Gemecker, sagen alle "Es schmeckt lecker!"
Translation: Instead of the usual whining, everyone says "It [garlic] tastes delicious!"
The long-suffering wife of Chagal, Rebecca has to deal constantly with her husband's antics. Her refusal to stake her husband after the Professor warns her he'll turn into a vampire results in Magda's death.
- Abhorrent Admirer: She's become one of sorts to her own husband, with the young, busty Magda in the inn.
- Demoted to Extra:
- She's never seen or heard from again once the first act ends.
- This trope becomes pretty literal in productions where her actress spends all of Act II doubling as a chorus vampire.
Tot zu sein ist komisch...
Translation: To be dead is strange...
The maid in the Chagal's inn, Magda is very bitter and cynical. She is turned into a vampire by Chagal and enters into a sexual relationship with him. Even then, she seems to be more fond of the sex than him, and by the end of the show she's implied to have fully come into her vampiric power on her own.
Her, er, most noticeable assets have elevated her to the status of handmaiden to Kara Zor-El
, Goddess of Improbable Figures in the TV Tropes Pantheon
- Big Bra to Fill: Petite, flat-chested actresses who play her are usually padded up and have their cleavage shaded with makeup to create the effect of extreme voluptuousness.
- Cute Monster Girl: Usually, in the second act.
- Death Is Such an Odd Thing: Well, duh!
- Fanservice: Her costume in the second act is even more revealing than that in the first.
- Fiery Redhead: In pretty much every production except the Polish, Hungarian and Ronacher, which inexplicably turn her into a whimsy white-haired girl.
- French Maid: Her outfit in the first act appears to be the ancient-Transylvanian equivalent of this outfit.
- Gag Boobs
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: No wonder Alfred can't help but be distracted.
- Letting Her Hair Down: Her braid is gone by the second act, and her hair's gathered into a messy half-updo instead.
- Meaningful Name: "Mägd" is the German word for "maidservant". (Her full name might be Magdalein, but it's uncertain- "lein" is a common German diminutive on its own, so Chagal may just be appending it onto "Magda."
- Ms. Fanservice: Let is reiterate: How many boob tropes does Magda cover?
- Shiksa Goddess
Translation: (None needed)
Count Von Krolock's faithful servant, Kuokol is the first sign that Professor Abronsius is right about the vampires - he arrives to buy some candles, trying to communicate something to Sarah all the while.
Graf Von Krolock
Gott ist tot. Nach ihm wird nicht mehr gesucht.
Translation: God is dead. He is sought after no more.
The dark, seductive vampire lord with a (possible
) crush on Sarah, Von Krolock lives his life in an old castle in the wilderness. He welcomes Sarah to his home, and later Alfred and the Professor, knowing at least one of them will become vampire chow at his Midnight Ball.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Badass Bookworm: He owns an impressively vast private library, of which he is rather proud.
- Badass Longcoat: He gets one in the new ending's finale.
- Being Evil Sucks
- Big Bad
- Broken Ace: Elegant, intelligent, seductive lord of the night. Except that he's also harboring loads of guilt and despair, culminating in the Villainous Lament "Die Unstillbare Gier", where he practically melts in his own misery.
- Cape Swish: This is required of every single actor in the role.
- Classical Movie Vampire: Except with long, ragged hair instead of a Bela Lugosi-style sleek coif.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Disney Villain Death: He appears to be crushed in the collapse of the ballroom, but appears again in the finale.
- Dissonant Laughter: Toward the end of Act I.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Die Unstillbare Gier".
- Evil Sorcerer: He appears to be able to teleport short distances, at least, and self-describes himself as a mage toward the end of Act I.
- Fangs Are Evil: Obviously.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's an impeccably polite and talkative host when Alfred and the Professor arrive at the castle, but he pretty much throws Alfred to Herbert as a plaything and viciously mocks the Professor before the ball.
- High Collar of Doom: Not in every performance, but in most of them he has this.
- Interspecies Romance
- Lean and Mean: He's made up to look extraordinarily gaunt regardless of his actor's build.
- Ominous Opera Cape: Usually accompanied by the high collar, he will always have a heavy lined cape, which is of particular use in "Gott ist tot" (a song lit using a spotlight from below) as he can swirl it to block out the light and vanish.
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Pretty Boy: Played with. Between his long hair, slender hands, and costumes intended to make his legs appear to go on forever, it's a fair guess to assume he used to be one of these. However, his face is now heavily lined, said hair is now gray-streaked, ragged and just the slightest bit receded, and his hands are clawlike and arthritic in their thinness.
- Really 700 Years Old: At least 300 or so.
- Romantic Vampire Boy: for a given value of "romantic" and "boy". The heroine falls hard for him, he doesn't use mind control to get her to that point, but he's also far from young, physically speaking (let's not even get into his real age) and is torn between loving her back and seeing her as a Happy Meal.
- Scary Flashlight Face: "Gott ist tot" plays this up using lighting from below. It's the first song he has, and it establishes him as dark and scary.
- Sharp-Dressed Man
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Tragic Monster
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end of the ball. "Nein! Nein!"
- Villainous Lament: The above-mentioned "Die Unstillbare Gier", Von Krolock reminiscing about all the lovers he's killed during his time as one of the undead.
- Villain Love Song: "Totale Finsternis". Actually, it goes for any of his musical parts with Sarah.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Eleven O'Clock Number is essentially Graf saying, "Don't live forever, you'll kill everyone you love." It includes recitations of dates from 300 years back, lamenting how he still can't forgive himself for killing people way back then.
- Wicked Cultured
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
Herbert Von Krolock
Du mußt zu mir nett sein, ich will dich verstehen.
Translation: You must be nice to me — I want to understand you.
Count Von Krolock's son, the Camp Gay
Herbert becomes infatuated with Alfred as quickly as Alfred does with Sarah. Unfortunately, what could have been a beautiful romance
is ruined when the vampire tries to sink his teeth into our hero's neck, and his humorous exterior may be hiding someone even more dangerous than his father.
- Abhorrent Admirer: Of the homosexual male variety, to Alfred.
- Agent Peacock: Word of God says that his flamboyance is at least partially a front, and that he has some ability to control minds. "Carpe Noctem" is his doing.
- Bi the Way: Sometimes, believe it or not. Pay attention to all the flirting he does with some of the prettier female vampires at the ball in some productions (Tim Reichwein can be spotted doing this on the Hamburg proshot and apparently did it at the 10th anniversary concert performances too). In the Japanese finale, he also had a clear sexual fascination with Sarah himself.
- Camp Gay: Newer productions keep making him more and more flamboyant. The Broadway version made him into a borderline Crossdresser. And the fans love him for it.
- Double Entendre: He makes great use of them in the Broadway production, stringing together one after another...and then he doesn't even bother.
You wanna see my balls?
- Mr. Fanservice: You bet.
- Fangs Are Evil
- Fanservice: What his dancing with Alfred easily is, upped drastically from the original film where all they do is sit together. And then there's some of his shining tight leather costumes over gyrating hips in the finale...
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Completely averted. From what we can see, he and his father have a perfectly functional relationship.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Older productions had him with a shoulder-length ponytail, but almost everything after the Hamburg production gives him long, loose, flowing blond hair.
- Pretty Boy: The actor's makeup almost always makes him into this. Of particular note is Tim Reichwein's portrayal.◊ Probably runs in the family, seeing as his father looks like "pretty boy + a lot of aging".
- Villain Love Song: His part in "Wenn Liebe In Dir Ist", though the villain part is really depending on the actor. Sometimes his part of comes off more as a Poorly Socialized Ball of Woob Love Song.
The Vampire Ensemble
Translation: Be prepared!
The ancient fiends of the night who awaken, eager to attend the Midnight Ball and see what's on the menu this year.