* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Obviously Brutus, but also Caesar. Is he a skeptic who refuses to pay heed to the soothsayer (see ArbitrarySkepticism on the main page) or a highly superstitious figure who refuses to "beware" the Ides of March because it would be challenging fate and willingly goes to his destiny, only showing sadness at discovering Brutus among his killers? Or is he just too arrogant to pay heed to any warning of danger; or, is he worried about the threat but afraid of showing his fear out of concern for looking weak?
** The 2018 National Theater production, which set everything in the modern day, with the various characters being played as [[{{Expy}} expies]] of [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed contemporary politicians]], played Cassius as a woman. Although no words are changed, save for the necessary pronouns, the way certain lines are said and scenes are staged add another potential motive for Cassius turning on Caesar, implying that sexism (which is notoriously rampant in politics) might have had something to do with it. It also adds another layer to Brutus shooting down Cassius's ideas to kill Mark Antony, keep Antony from speaking at Caesar's funeral, and not taking on Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus at Philippi, all of which leads to disaster for the Liberators.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The 2018 National Theater production made great use of "We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The play's 'message' can easily be read as "Democracy is bad because people are sheep," given all the scenes showing how quickly and easily the public's loyalties can change and be manipulated: Act I, Scene I, as well as their rapid switch of loyalties from Caesar to Brutus and back to avenging Caesar following the assassination. Of course, in Shakespeare's day [[ValuesDissonance this wouldn't have been a family-unfriendly aesop]], as democracy didn't catch on for another few centuries.
* HoYay: Tons of it, especially between Brutus and Cassius. During Act 4, Scene 3 they have what literally appears to be a lover's quarrel, while alone in a tent together:
--> '''Cassius:''' I denied you not.
--> '''Brutus:''' You did.
--> '''Cassius:''' I did not. He was but a fool that brought
--> My answer back. Brutus hath rived my heart.
** Just after that:
--> '''Cassius:''' You love me not.
--> '''Brutus:''' I do not like your faults.
** Cassius then desperately laments he is "hated by one he loves," jealously accuses Brutus of loving Caesar more than him, and offers his dagger to Brutus, asking him to stab him in the chest because he cannot bear the misery. Ironically, he later asks the same of a servant after learning erroneously that Brutus is dead; the servant obliges. Brutus returns and kills himself upon Cassius' sword. Sound familiar?
* MemeticMutation: It's Shakespeare. He was influential.
** "Et tu, Brute?" (For anyone who has been or feels betrayed.)
** "The ides of March"
** "Cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!"
** "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!"
** "It was/is all Greek to me." (For when someone can't understand something)
* ProtagonistTitleFallacy: Caesar is assassinated halfway through and is never really the focus; this story is all about Brutus.
* TheWoobie:
** Brutus, bizarrely enough. You wouldn't expect the leader of a coup to be this sympathetic, but that's Shakespeare for you. He's just so sure that he's doing what's right for Rome, and so crushed when he loses everything. It's hard not to feel bad for him. The 2018 production where he was played by Ben Whishaw only added to this. He's just so ''huggable''!
** Regardless of how you feel about Caesar, it's hard not to pity his wife, Calpurnia, a little. She begs her husband not to go to the session at Senate, convinced that he'll be killed if he does. He finally agrees to stay home so she can rest easy... [[ForegoneConclusion and then he changes his mind]].