YMMV / As You Like It

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment - The famous "all the world's a stage" speech (which actually has little to do with the meaning the quote is given) is a very morose speech delivered by the resident Eeyore and talks about the frailties of life and inevitability of death—very out of place in a sitcom-type comedy like As You Like It.
    • It happens at the end of the scene in which Jaques describes encountering Touchstone, who impresses him with a witty metaphor comparing... well, comparing a "sundial" (it's really his dick) to the way time works on humanity. He managed to make the process of first growing into yourself and then losing all that to the ravages of time hilarious, and thus inspires Jaques to try his hand at being a fool... except Jaques is reminded over the course of the scene of his current misfortunes (Duke Senior describes him as having been a "libertine" and mentions a few features that are consistent with the symptoms of syphilis) and so when he tries to copy Touchstone with a metaphor on the same topic, his observations are intelligent, but completely lacking in the humor that delighted him. So he makes himself sad again talking about how we're all going to die, and pretty much gives up on the idea of being a fool himself after that.
  • Fridge Logic: Rosalind and Celia's purpose in running away is to get to Rosalind's father. Yet, for no good reason, they stay among the shepherds within easy walking distance for a prolonged period with no attempt to contact him. Then she insists on claiming to do magic to produce herself, even though everyone instantly realizes who she is.
  • Ho Yay
    • Orlando courts Rosalind while he thinks she's a man. Even in the productions that don't play this as him falling for "Ganymede,"note  the implications are pretty overt.
    • Also a Les Yay: Rosalind and Celia. Le Beau even says that their love is "closer than the natural bond of sisters".
    • And more Les Yay with Rosalind and Phoebe. Phoebe falls in Love at First Sight with Rosalind dressed as a man when Silvius is trying to get her to marry him.
  • Moe: Rosalind is arguably the most lovable character in all of Shakespeare.
  • Tsundere: Some productions have genderswapped Jaques. The resulting lines come off as intensely Tsundere toward everyone.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It's not altogether clear whether the Forest of Arden is, or rather, whether it's meant to be the one in Warwickshire close to Shakespeare's birthplace, or the Ardennes in France, where the story Rosalynde which inspired the play was set. And neither of them have lions.
    • The line where Oliver describes his brother Orlando as "the stubbornest young fellow of France" would seem to indicate the latter, but considering their French-sounding family name, this could simply be a reference to their own country of origin and the very French Le Beau is treated like a funny foreigner.