YMMV / Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: There exist some theories that Tommy and Hedwig are the same person, at least in the stage show. The theory is a stretch in the movie, though not impossible.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The Origin of Love and Midnight Radio. Also the charity tribute album Wig in a Box.
    • The Broadway production's rock 'n' roll remix of the folksy "Sugar Daddy.", performed at the Tony Awards by Neil Patrick Harris Rarely does anything so simultaneously sexy and catchy happen.
  • Ear Worm: "Six inches forward, five inches back, I've got a, I've got an angry inch."
  • Fetish Retardant: Something about Luther's seduction of Hansel is downright creepy. Maybe it's the way they're chewing the Gummi Bears...or how he lured him away with promises of candy...
  • Genius Bonus:
    • There's a lot going on with Luther and his Gummy Bears.
      • One, it's an allusion to Hansel and Gretel
      • Two, Berlin's city symbol, the bear
      • Three, it's a pun on the German slang word "gummi", which means "condom".
    • Many references to history and philosophy ("You, Kant, Always Get What you Want," and the deleted scene with Yitzhak's drag character, Krystall Nacht, as just two examples), and little German references in the lyrics ("sweet home Uber Alles!").
    • The story depicted in the song "Origin of Love" is from Plato's Symposium, in which Aristophanes gives a speech about love being a product of the need to reunite with one's other half after being split into two, as punishment for conspiring to usurp the gods of Olympus.
  • Manly Gay / Straight Gay / Camp Gay : Hedwig's back story is that she was a gay man who had the sex change operation to escape from Communist East Germany, not really a transwoman, so she tends to have a different interpretation depending on the actor. She is also usually played by men, with the exceptions of Ally Sheedy and Lena Hall.
  • Tear Jerker: Almost every time a song involving Tommy and Hedwig in the same scene is going to be pretty emotional.
    "Love the front of me, honey!"
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: As was the case for his stint on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Darren Criss got this response from a lot of people when he was to take the role of Hedwig. The major complaints seen centered around his lack of a vocal range to suit the stage. And as per Darren's usual, all doubts were put to bed once he opened his mouth.