- Ensemble Darkhorse: The Zebras who perform the cadre (aerial frame) act are associated with this show the way the Red Bird is with Mystère, in part because two of them (a male-female pair) are recurring minor characters.
- Hype Backlash: Huge reputation that goes beyond Las Vegas + extremely expensive tickets ($100+ for the obstructed view seats) = this trope for some viewers.
- Recycled Premise: After director/writer Franco Dragone moved on from Cirque and casino mogul Steve Wynn's stake in the Bellagio was bought out, Wynn hired Dragone to create a show for his new Vegas casino (Wynn Las Vegas). 2005's Le Reve — A Small Collection of Imperfect Dreams turned out to be the saga of an Everyman led through a watery world of dreams, performed in a theater-in-the-round where the stage could switch between a deep pool and a conventional space at a moment's notice. Critics found it an underwhelming, needlessly grim retread of this show; it has since been heavily retooled. In the process critical opinion of the show has improved, but it is still nowhere near as popular as its spiritual predecessor.
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- Draco in Leather Pants/Evil Is Sexy: Iago is frequently subject to this interpretation in modern productions. With Hugo being played by Josh Hartnett, this take is no exception..
- The Woobie: Desi.