!!The novel

* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Basil's assumptions about Dorian he told Harry in the beginning of a novel, and his behavior RetConned by Dorian - treating him with the jealousy [[SelfProclaimedLoveInterest only a lover would have the privilege for]]; accusing him of cruelly and intentionally [[YouKnowWhatYouDid playing with the feelings]] '''he can't even know about'''; even complimenting him all the time which could easily make Dorian uncomfortable, weren't he blissfully ignorant; the MadonnaWhoreComplex nature of his desire - though doesn't nullify his good intention, but his love doesn't come across as an idealizable one either.
* AngstWhatAngst: Dorian after Sybil's death. Then again, this is entirely the point.
* CreepyAwesome: Dorian Gray.
* FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon: Dorian gradually becomes.
* {{Glurge}}: the forceful, carried-away idealizing of gay love in Dorian's thoughts after Basil's confession.
* HoYay: Basil is clearly pining for Dorian.
** The warm gestures of friendship between the men.
** The Ho Yay in this book is so thick that it was actually used as evidence in a court case involving Wilde's sexuality.
* MindGameShip: Harry/Dorian.
** Basil/Dorian, too.
* {{Moe}}: Dorian, before going crazy. He starts out having a naive, [[ManChild childish]] personality that everyone around him becomes enamored with.
* MoralEventHorizon: Pick from Dorian either [[spoiler: driving his sort-of girlfriend Sybil Vane to suicide with a cruel BreakingSpeech, and only feeling bad due to his own {{pride}}]] or [[spoiler: stabbing Basil Hallward to death and then blackmailing his ''other'' former lover Alan into disposing of the corpse, which later drives Alan to kill himself too.]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: If we take Dorian as Adam and Eve being tempted out of the Edenic innocence. And maybe Basil as Christ.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** Uniquely, occurring within the author's own writings -- a lot of the famous quotes from Wilde's comedies come from the novel, and one of the major characters in ''Theatre/LadyWindermeresFan'' is an AscendedExtra mentioned in passing in the novel.
** Also, Wilde's great uncle, Charles Maturin, wrote the novel "Literature/MelmothTheWanderer" with the title character as a FlyingDutchman type who similarly keeps a portrait well-hidden, although not for Dorian's reason, only because it is dressed in antiquated clothing.
** A meta-example is that the novel is somewhat inspired by the French book ''A Rebours'', which is the "Yellow Book" Dorian is always reading.
** The Penguin Classics edition's annotations note that the basis of the story, magical pictures that capture the soul or life essence of its subject's, are very old indeed. ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' was a grim twist and deconstruction of the magical portrait trope, which would have been well known to Wilde's audience at the time of its writing.
* ValuesDissonance: Homosexuality.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic: Besides the eponymous painting that Hallward made of Dorian, he also painted several others of the lad in classical attitude -- such as Narcissus, the Grecian who was heartrendingly beautiful, and cursed to fall in love with his own reflection and starve to death, while nymphs died for his love out of his sight.
* TheWoobie: Basil, who has to watch Dorian Gray, the love of his life and his greatest inspiration, descend deeper and deeper into corruption against his wishes and ultimately [[spoiler:gets murdered by him]]. Even TheSoulless Dorian felt sorry for him.

!!Adaptations

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Rugged, gawky young man Basil played by pretty men around 40 in most of the movies, like [[https://www.google.es/search?q=ben+chaplin&source=lnms&tbm=isch Ben Chaplin]] and [[https://www.google.es/search?q=lowell+gilmore&source=lnms&tbm=isch Lowell Gilmore]].
** And Creator/JeremyBrett.
* HoYay: The 1976 adaptation really plays up the homoerotic subtext between the male characters, especially the scene between Dorian and Alan Campbell, where Dorian is basically trying to seduce Alan into destroying the corpse.
* InformedAttractiveness: Inevitably Dorian.
* UncannyValley: In the beginning of the 2009 film Dorian looked like he was animated.
* WTHCostumingDepartment: The 1970 film (fittingly enough). [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l7ffqintRB1qcufrzo1_500.jpg Just look at that coat.]] Even blaxploitation movie pimps would find that tacky and offensive.