YMMV / The Idiot

  • Asexuality: Myshkin never experiences sexual desire and keeps it absolutely clean when living with Nastasya, and it's conjectured once that he didn't actually feel romantic love for either Aglaia or Nastasya either, and was just confused by beauty, friendship, other people's assumptions, and compassionate platonic love.
  • Informed Attribute / Character Shilling: Aglaya Ivanovna is supposed to be a treasure to be cherished, with the Prince and a few other characters falling in love with her, and several praising her virtues, even though whenever on stage she does nothing but act like a Spoiled Brat.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Nastasya Filippovna, full stop. To some extent Ippolit as well.
  • Moe: Prince Myshkin has a lot of these traits, being a virginal ill guy who gives off an air of child-like innocence and trust. Needless to say, this being Dostoevsky, things do not go well (see the Purity Sue entry below). Could possibly count as a deconstruction for this reason.
  • Purity Sue: Deconstructed; Prince Myshkin is a model of Christ-like purity, which simply leads the rest of Russian society to take advantage of him.
  • Ray of Hope Ending: It's a bit of a stretch, but in the end, Myshkin's doctor Schneider still "does not say yet positively that recovery is out of the question" so it's just possible he could get better.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Vera Lebedyev is heavily implied to have at least a crush on the prince, blushing when he kisses her hand, once complimenting his pretty eyes, and showing deep sympathy and concern for him when he's sick or unhappy, but he, while very fond of her, it too wrapped up in the rest of the drama to think of her romantically.
  • The Unfair Sex: Oh sure, Aglaia can insult the prince, yell at him, insist he means nothing to her, refuse to commit herself, talk about Ganya to make him jealous, force his anguished proposal only to laugh at him, and deliberately hurt his feelings, and he is only-too-happy to forgive her and is never once angry. When Myshkin finally decides to marry Nastasya instead of her, however, she, the narrator, and most of society find it unforgivable, or possibly proof of insanity.
  • The Woobie: Prince Myshkin.