YMMV / Faust


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Even in individual versions, there is considerable variation in how characters in the story are treated. Faust — driven to his bargain from love for suffering mankind, or looking for a cheap and easy way to lord it over others? Mephistopheles — Anti-Hero seeking to subvert God's injustice, or diabolical hater wanting to damn others to his own misery? Wagner? Gretchen? The Emperor? God? The variations are endless.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Faust is arguably a pretty nasty fellow towards Gretchen and Mephistopheles is the outright devil - try and find an interpretation that does not make either of them come out much more sympathetic than that would imply.
  • Faux Symbolism: Do you mean that Mephistopheles does not stand for Martin Luther, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, or The Tri-Lateral Commission?
  • First Installment Wins: Ever heard of "Faust II"? If no, you can see why.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The name Faust has also associated with someone else these days. Although some fans have joked (and even done fan fiction!) in regards how she created another big fanbase on the internet.
  • What An Idiot: Sure, I'll give up eternal happiness to be best buds with the Embodiment of Treachery and Pure Evil! Where do I sign?!
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Some authors (including Goethe!) have claimed that they had no basic message to convey in their versions of the story.