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YMMV: Titus Andronicus

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: It's possible partially to exonerate Tamora, on the grounds that her child (Alarbus) has been brutally killed and her pleas for mercy have been ignored. Her having Bassianus killed is tit for tat (see Not So Different, below), and most of the other atrocities are committed by Aaron.
  • Awesome Music: From the movie we have Victorius Titus and Finale.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The movie is brimming with them. Some prime examples are the gypsy dance, Lavinia's rape flashback (which involved heavy metal music and gratuitous tigers), most of the orgy scenes, and the bit where Chiron dances on a pool table wearing enough leather to start his own BDSM colony.
  • Complete Monster: It could be said that Demetrius and Chiron become this when they rape and mutilate Lavinia; especially given the horrifyingly callous and remorseless way in which they taunt her afterwards.
    • On facing execution Aaron boasts of all the evil deeds he's done in his life. It's quite a list.
    Even now I curse the day—and yet, I think,
    Few come within the compass of my curse,—
    Wherein I did not some notorious ill,
    As kill a man, or else devise his death,
    Ravish a maid, or plot the way to do it,
    Accuse some innocent and forswear myself,
    Set deadly enmity between two friends,
    Make poor men's cattle break their necks;
    Set fire on barns and hay-stacks in the night,
    And bid the owners quench them with their tears.
    Oft have I digg'd up dead men from their graves,
    And set them upright at their dear friends' doors,
    Even when their sorrows almost were forgot;
    And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,
    Have with my knife carved in Roman letters,
    'Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.'
    Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things
    As willingly as one would kill a fly,
    And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
    But that I cannot do ten thousand more.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome Dialogue: After finding out about the abovementioned Chocolate Baby, the following bit of dialogue takes place:
    Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
    Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Harry Lennix is one of the lesser known actors in the 1999 film but as Aaron he manages to steal every scene he's in.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Aaron, though he does tend to get overlooked amongst Shakespeare's other Magnificent Bastards such as Iago and Richard III.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Demetrius, Chiron, Tamora and Aaron all cross with Lavinia's rape and mutilation. The latter two didn't actively participate, but Aaron was the mastermind behind it, and Tamora fully encouraged it, perhaps at this point perversely relinquishing her womanhood in condoning such horrific and misogynistic abuse of another woman.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Can't sleep. Titus won't eat me. He'll make someone else eat me.
    • Mitigated by the fact that Titus only did this to violent rapists and murderers who had it coming, in an extreme of vengeful rage. His victims, Demetrius and Chiron, are probably even more nightmarish, with the unspeakable things they do to the innocent Lavinia, without an iota of empathy or remorse. Don't go walking in the woods.
  • Squick: If a production doesn't squick someone out, something is very, very, wrong.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The movie is best described as the original on LSD and abusing a time machine.
  • Values Dissonance: This was one of Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and right afterward but has had the exact opposite reputation since then.
  • What an Idiot: Really, Saturninus? You think it's a good idea to marry a defeated enemy who has sworn revenge right in front of you and elevate her to empress? And then convict the two sons of the man responsible for her son's death based on one piece of evidence that this revenge-sworn Queen of the Goths gave you?
    • This is justified since Saturninus is portrayed thoughout the play as an arrogant dumbass.
    • Speaking of, why did it take everybody so long to give Lavinia a stick so she could scratch the names of her rapists out in the sand?