YMMV / The Master and Margarita

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Early on in the novel a minor character is described as a former buccaneer from the Caribbean during a lapse of sanity from the narrator, who then refutes his last paragraph claiming that pirates and the Caribbean are just pieces of fantasy. The story goes crazy for about a paragraph as the narrator mentions random details until finally the narrator yells "Oh gods—poison, I need poison", just like Pilate did during the Master's novel. Most of the novel is written in the third-person omniscient style, the narrator rarely appearing, and never so rambunctiously. Also the pirate detail has exactly nothing to do with anything, but the story keeps on calling him "the pirate" for the rest of the novel.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: In the TV series.
  • Creator's Oddball: While The Master And Margarita is a largery lighthearted and satiric novel with religious overtones, majority of Bulgakov's works are dark and realistic stories on par with works of Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Bukowski in terms of cynicism and desperation.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Behemoth, to the point that depictions of him appear on the cover of most editions of the book.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Lots and lots; way too much for it to not be at least partly intentional. There is a large Russian-language site dedicated entirely to tracking down all possible allusions and metaphors in this and other works by Bulgakov. It is huge.
  • Evil Is Cool
  • Evil is Sexy: Margarita especially, after her transformation.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Satan will make your dreams come true!
  • Jerkass Woobie: Centurion Marcus, "Ratkiller".
  • Magnificent Bastard: Woland.
  • Narm: It's actually deliberate.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?