Due to Adaptation Overdose, unless otherwise indicated, all tropes listed refer to characterizations in the original novel by Gaston Leroux.
Erik (a.k.a The Phantom)
A physically-deformed and mentally-disturbed charismatic genius who was one of the architects who took part in the construction of the opera. He has been extorting money from the Opera's management for many years and enters in a conflict with the new managers once they don't listen to his demands. He falls in love with Christine and begins to tutor her, telling her that he is the Angel of Music of whom her father had spoken.
- Above the Influence
- Adaptational Attractiveness/Hollywood Homely
- Affably Evil
- Alas, Poor Villain: Even though Erik doesn't die in the end, it's hard not to feel bad for the poor guy. Towards the end, he even welcomes his fate after Christine says that she'll give up her freedom.
- Anti-Villain: All he really wanted was to be loved and have his work praised as a masterpiece.
- Beast and Beauty: With Christine.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Raoul's Betty for Christine's Archie.
- Black Mask of Doom
- Byronic Hero
- The Chessmaster
- Compelling Voice
- Crazy Jealous Guy
- Cultured Badass
- Dramatic Unmask
- Entitled to Have You: Erik sees Christine's love for Raoul as betrayal.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Christine expects the Phantom to rape her during her abductions, but he actually has the decency not to do so. This after he has murdered a number of innocent people, especially via his penchant for hanging traps; declared that he owns Christine; and other not-so-nice things.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Raoul is just as irresistably enchanted by Erik's voice as Christine is.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Laugh
- Freudian Excuse: When even your own mother can't bear to touch you because of your face and forces you to wear a mask - to say nothing of the rest of an unaccepting, close-minded world - it hardly inspires warm feelings towards your fellow man.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- He Who Must Not Be Named
- He Who Must Not Be Seen
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy
- The Kindnapper
- Love at First Note: Towards Christine. Especially mentioned in the lines "He was bound to love you when he heard you sing."
- Love Makes You Crazy and
- Love Makes You Evil
- Love Redeems
- Mad Artist
- Mad Scientist: Subverted. He built a Robotic Torture Device / Death Trap and a Deceptively Human Robot at the middle of the 19th century, but his tragedy, as the Narrator lampshades in the Epilogue, is that he is so ugly he could never become a scientist, but rather a toyman or Stage Magician.
- Mailer Daemon
- May-December Romance: We never learn Erik's actual age, but at the very least he's old enough to be Christine's father.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: He'll happily kill Raoul if it will make Christine love him.
- Noble Demon
- No Name Given
- Offscreen Teleportation
- Only One Name
- Psychopathic Manchild: The Persian and Erik himself lampshade Erik's attitude as childish despite his multiple talents. He is not interested in sex but to have a beautiful wife and a life like any other guy. It's only when he actually triumphs that he realizes how impractical those dreams are.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over
- Redemption Equals Death: Dies pretty quickly after he lets Christine and Raoul go.
- Scarpia Ultimatum
- Scooby-Doo Hoax
- Single-Target Sexuality: Christine-sexual, oh so much.
- Stalker with a Crush
- Third-Person Person
- Torture Technician
- Tragic Monster
- Villainous Breakdown
- Villain Protagonist
- Wicked Cultured
A young Swedish soprano who becomes torn between her loyalty for her mentor Erik, and her love for her childhood friend Raoul de Chagny.
- Bad Liar
- Beast and Beauty: With Erik.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Raoul.
- The Cutie
- Damsel in Distress
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: With some productions of the musical. Others tend to go with brunettes, though.
- Happily Adopted: By Madame Valerius after her father died.
- The Heart
- The Heroine: Yes, this is the original protagonist.
- Like Parent, Like Spouse: Part of her attraction to The Phantom is that he reminds her of her father.
- Living MacGuffin
- May-December Romance: Erik is old enough to be Christine's father.
- No Matter How Much I Beg: Christine eventually tells Raoul to take her out of the country away from Erik no matter how much she protests later.
- Plucky Girl: Christine is a Swedish peasant girl trying to make her way in the world and a name for herself with her singing, not to mention all the physical, mental, and emotional torture she has to endure, mostly on her own unless she's trying to protect her boyfriend as well.
- Redundant Rescue: Raoul's and the Persian's rescue mission ends with Christine forced to save them from the Phantom's Death Trap.
- She Is All Grown Up: Before their reunion at the Paris Opera, Raoul and Christine were Childhood Friends and last met on the verge of adolescence and strange new feelings that they couldn't understand.
- Stockholm Syndrome: Lampshaded with No Matter How Much I Beg.
- Sympathy for the Devil
- Tender Tears
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Christine never lets Raoul push her around and has no problem telling him to mind his own business.
Viscount Raoul de Chagny
Christine's childhood friend and love interest.
A mysterious man from Erik's past. He is known as a fixture of the Opera, considered an eccentric Persian who was allowed to wander backstage where he pleased.
Richard and Moncharmin
The new managers of the opera house. They believe "The Phantom" it's just a rumour and don't listen to his demands, which causes a great conflict with Erik.
The caretaker for Box Five, which is reserved by Erik. She knows Erik and is in good terms with him. She is fired when she tries to tell Richard and Moncharmin about "The Phantom".
- Cassandra Truth
- Composite Character: In the musical, she is this for herself and the Persian. While both are Erik's Secret Keeper in the novel, in the musical she takes on the Persian's knowledge of Erik's boobytraps and role of aiding Raoul at the climax.
A spoiled prima donna, the lead soprano of the Paris opera house and Christine's rival. She is threatened by Erik that if she performs at the Opera House instead of Christine "a great misfortune will strike". She shrugs the warning off and performs anyway. When she does however croaking noises come out of her mouth and the chandelier comes crashing down. Ashamed, she hides from the public view for a few weeks, before making a return to the opera house.
Count Philippe de Chagny
Raoul's elder brother.
The lead ballerina of the opera.