YMMV: The Yeomen of the Guard

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Fans' and directors' opinions are very much divided as to the niceness and/or nastiness of Point and/or Fairfax (and to some extent Elsie, and Wilfred and Phoebe).
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Sergeant Meryll's cut-song, "A Laughing Boy But Yesterday" (about his son, Leonard) is particularly sweet, especially given that Gilbert tended not to put a huge amount of emphasis on familial relationships.
  • Memetic Badass: In-universe, Leonard seems to be something of one of these. He's a little too good at killing people.
    • We hear a lot about Leonard from his father and the other yeomen, but the man himself has very little stage time. What adventures does he have between going into hiding and returning with the reprieve?
      • Some productions have Leonard’s actor double as First Yeoman, since both are tenors.
      • Other productions have him double as the Headsman. (As another troper mentioned above, Leonard is a little too good at killing people…)
      • And then there’s this production, where Leonard’s “in-hiding” antics include wearing a cloak, carrying lots of weapons, lurking in major chorus numbers, and almost strangling Jack Point at the mention of “a joke that’s too French”.
  • Tear Jerker
  • True Art Is Angsty: This is easily the most serious of all their operas. It also got the most praise for the composer, and documentary evidence suggests that it was both Gilbert's and Sullivan's favourite of their works.
  • The Woobie: Jack Point, again.