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* LovePotion: Discussed, but eventually never consumed. It’s a powder that Gryaznoi plans to slip into Marfa’s drink, but as Lyubasha puts the poison in its place, we never learn whether it would have worked and how.

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* LovePotion: Discussed, but eventually never consumed. It’s a powder that Gryaznoi plans to slip into Marfa’s drink, but as Lyubasha puts the poison in its place, we never learn whether it would have worked and how.how.
* LyricalDissonance: The mad scene. Marfa happily sings of her love for Lykov and their upcoming wedding, Gryaznoi sings heart-wrenchingly of his remorse for what he has done to her, and everyone else is lamenting Marfa’s fate.
* KarmaHoudini: Bomelius has mixed both of the potions and forced Lyubasha to sleep with him in exchange for making the poisonous one; he gets no comeuppance in the end. Gryaznoi nearly kills him when he sees Marfa dying and believes the physician has given him the wrong potion, but as Lyubasha steps in to explain, the attention gets focused on her and Bomelius is forgotten.
** Some productions avert this: for example, in the 1965 opera film, he is shown led away for trial too, in the 2015 Belarus Opera production, Skuratov kills him, and in the 2018 Astrakhan Opera production, he commits suicide.
* MistakenForRomance: Tsar Ivan is very interested in Dunyasha and talks to her for a long while. Everyone thinks he shall marry her and is completely dumbstruck when the Tsar announces Marfa as his choice. RealLife showed he picked Dunyasha as a bride for his son (the opera doesn’t mention it).
* MurderTheHypotenuse:
** Gryaznoi frames and stabs Lykov. At that moment, he still believes that he gave Marfa a love potion and she won’t care about Lykov anyway.
** Lyubasha poisons Marfa, even though she realizes it will hardly bring Gryaznoi back to her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Marfa is dying and has lost her grip on reality, it dawns on Gryaznoi that it’s primarily him who has destroyed her life.
* NothingPersonal: Lyubasha’s musings when she is thinking of buying the poison for Marfa basically amount to that. She’s doing it not because she hates Marfa personally, but to get her revenge on Gryaznoi.
* OneSteveLimit: Downplayed; there are two Ivans and two Grigorys, but as Tsar Ivan barely appears and Grigory #2 is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known as Malyuta Skuratov]], it’s hard to get confused.
* PetTheDog: Ivan the Terrible (a complex TragicVillain in Mey’s plays) is very kind and friendly towards Dunyasha when he sees how frightened she is at the bride-choosing ceremony.
* ShesAllGrownUp: Lykov and Marfa realized the romantic nature of their feelings when they met after several years of separation.
* ShipperOnDeck: Marfa has many troubles but having LoveObstructingParents isn’t one of them: Sobakin and his wife have shipped her with Lykov since she was a little girl.
* SuicideByCop: Lyubasha tells Gryaznoi how she engineered Marfa’s death to provoke him into killing her. Gryaznoi gives himself up to the oprichniks and cries he’ll beg for the worst tortures imagined.
* TenorBoy: The good-hearted and naive Lykov is a typical one.
* VillainOfAnotherStory: Malyuta Skuratov openly boasts about his killings and doesn't even pretend to be in any way moral. However, in this particular story, he is, if anything, one of the more ''sympathetic'' characters (it helps that he does nothing villainous onscreen, holds no grudge against Lykov or the Sobakin family and, in most productions, is quite nice towards his MoralityPet Lyubasha).
* WomanScorned: Lyubasha doesn’t care that she causes two deaths and then gets killed herself. Since Gryaznoi has rejected her, there’s not much of a life for her anyway.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Lyubasha was abducted from her hometown by the oprichniks who slaughtered her kin. She found love with Gryaznoi, but he never truly loved her. Then he decided to marry Marfa and cast off Lyubasha who has no family to protect her and, as an ex-mistress, can’t hope for respect. On top of it all, midway through the libretto she is coerced into sleeping with Bomelius, and that breaks what’s left of her dignity. No wonder the poor woman goes AxCrazy.
* {{Yandere}}: Gryaznoi for Marfa and Lyubasha for Gryaznoi. Both are absolutely devoted to their love interest but driven to murder out of jealousy.


* LovePotion: Discussed, but eventually never consumed.
* LyricalDissonance: The mad scene. Marfa happily sings of her love for Lykov and their upcoming wedding, Gryaznoi sings heart-wrenchingly of his remorse for what he has done to her, and everyone else is lamenting Marfa’s fate.
* KarmaHoudini: Bomelius has mixed both of the potions and forced Lyubasha to sleep with him in exchange for making the poisonous one; he gets no comeuppance in the end. Gryaznoi nearly kills him when he sees Marfa dying and believes the physician has given him the wrong potion, but as Lyubasha steps in to explain, the attention gets focused on her and Bomelius is forgotten.
** Some productions avert this: for example, in the 1965 opera film, he is shown led away for trial too, in the 2015 Belarus Opera production, Skuratov kills him, and in the 2018 Astrakhan Opera production, he commits suicide.
* MistakenForRomance: Tsar Ivan is very interested in Dunyasha and talks to her for a long while. Everyone thinks he shall marry her and is completely dumbstruck when the Tsar announces Marfa as his choice. RealLife showed he picked Dunyasha as a bride for his son (the opera doesn’t mention it).
* MurderTheHypotenuse:
** Gryaznoi frames and stabs Lykov. At that moment, he still believes that he gave Marfa a love potion and she won’t care about Lykov anyway.
** Lyubasha poisons Marfa, even though she realizes it will hardly bring Gryaznoi back to her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Marfa is dying and has lost her grip on reality, it dawns on Gryaznoi that it’s primarily him who has destroyed her life.
* NothingPersonal: Lyubasha’s musings when she is thinking of buying the poison for Marfa basically amount to that. She’s doing it not because she hates Marfa personally, but to get her revenge on Gryaznoi.
* OneSteveLimit: Downplayed; there are two Ivans and two Grigorys, but as Tsar Ivan barely appears and Grigory #2 is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known as Malyuta Skuratov]], it’s hard to get confused.
* PetTheDog: Ivan the Terrible (a complex TragicVillain in Mey’s plays) is very kind and friendly towards Dunyasha when he sees how frightened she is at the bride-choosing ceremony.
* ShesAllGrownUp: Lykov and Marfa realized the romantic nature of their feelings when they met after several years of separation.
* ShipperOnDeck: Marfa has many troubles but having LoveObstructingParents isn’t one of them: Sobakin and his wife have shipped her with Lykov since she was a little girl.
* SuicideByCop: Lyubasha tells Gryaznoi how she engineered Marfa’s death to provoke him into killing her. Gryaznoi gives himself up to the oprichniks and cries he’ll beg for the worst tortures imagined.
* TenorBoy: The good-hearted and naive Lykov is a typical one.
* VillainOfAnotherStory: Malyuta Skuratov openly boasts about his killings and doesn't even pretend to be in any way moral. However, in this particular story, he is, if anything, one of the more ''sympathetic'' characters (it helps that he does nothing villainous onscreen, holds no grudge against Lykov or the Sobakin family and, in most productions, is quite nice towards his MoralityPet Lyubasha).
* WomanScorned: Lyubasha doesn’t care that she causes two deaths and then gets killed herself. Since Gryaznoi has rejected her, there’s not much of a life for her anyway.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Lyubasha was abducted from her hometown by the oprichniks who slaughtered her kin. She found love with Gryaznoi, but he never truly loved her. Then he decided to marry Marfa and cast off Lyubasha who has no family to protect her and, as an ex-mistress, can’t hope for respect. On top of it all, midway through the libretto she is coerced into sleeping with Bomelius, and that breaks what’s left of her dignity. No wonder the poor woman goes AxCrazy.
* {{Yandere}}: Gryaznoi for Marfa and Lyubasha for Gryaznoi. Both are absolutely devoted to their love interest but driven to murder out of jealousy.

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* LovePotion: Discussed, but eventually never consumed.
* LyricalDissonance: The mad scene. Marfa happily sings of her love for Lykov and their upcoming wedding,
consumed. It’s a powder that Gryaznoi sings heart-wrenchingly of his remorse for what he has done plans to her, and everyone else is lamenting slip into Marfa’s fate.
* KarmaHoudini: Bomelius has mixed both of the potions and forced Lyubasha to sleep with him in exchange for making the poisonous one; he gets no comeuppance in the end. Gryaznoi nearly kills him when he sees Marfa dying and believes the physician has given him the wrong potion,
drink, but as Lyubasha steps in to explain, the attention gets focused on her and Bomelius is forgotten.
** Some productions avert this: for example, in the 1965 opera film, he is shown led away for trial too, in the 2015 Belarus Opera production, Skuratov kills him, and in the 2018 Astrakhan Opera production, he commits suicide.
* MistakenForRomance: Tsar Ivan is very interested in Dunyasha and talks to her for a long while. Everyone thinks he shall marry her and is completely dumbstruck when the Tsar announces Marfa as his choice. RealLife showed he picked Dunyasha as a bride for his son (the opera doesn’t mention it).
* MurderTheHypotenuse:
** Gryaznoi frames and stabs Lykov. At that moment, he still believes that he gave Marfa a love potion and she won’t care about Lykov anyway.
** Lyubasha poisons Marfa, even though she realizes it will hardly bring Gryaznoi back to her.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Marfa is dying and has lost her grip on reality, it dawns on Gryaznoi that it’s primarily him who has destroyed her life.
* NothingPersonal: Lyubasha’s musings when she is thinking of buying
puts the poison for Marfa basically amount to that. She’s doing it not because she hates Marfa personally, but to get her revenge on Gryaznoi.
* OneSteveLimit: Downplayed; there are two Ivans and two Grigorys, but as Tsar Ivan barely appears and Grigory #2 is [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname only known as Malyuta Skuratov]], it’s hard to get confused.
* PetTheDog: Ivan the Terrible (a complex TragicVillain
in Mey’s plays) is very kind and friendly towards Dunyasha when he sees how frightened she is at the bride-choosing ceremony.
* ShesAllGrownUp: Lykov and Marfa realized the romantic nature of their feelings when they met after several years of separation.
* ShipperOnDeck: Marfa has many troubles but having LoveObstructingParents isn’t one of them: Sobakin and his wife have shipped her with Lykov since she was a little girl.
* SuicideByCop: Lyubasha tells Gryaznoi how she engineered Marfa’s death to provoke him into killing her. Gryaznoi gives himself up to the oprichniks and cries he’ll beg for the worst tortures imagined.
* TenorBoy: The good-hearted and naive Lykov is a typical one.
* VillainOfAnotherStory: Malyuta Skuratov openly boasts about his killings and doesn't even pretend to be in any way moral. However, in this particular story, he is, if anything, one of the more ''sympathetic'' characters (it helps that he does nothing villainous onscreen, holds no grudge against Lykov or the Sobakin family and, in most productions, is quite nice towards his MoralityPet Lyubasha).
* WomanScorned: Lyubasha doesn’t care that she causes two deaths and then gets killed herself. Since Gryaznoi has rejected her, there’s not much of a life for her anyway.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Lyubasha was abducted from her hometown by the oprichniks who slaughtered her kin. She found love with Gryaznoi, but he
its place, we never truly loved her. Then he decided to marry Marfa learn whether it would have worked and cast off Lyubasha who has no family to protect her and, as an ex-mistress, can’t hope for respect. On top of it all, midway through the libretto she is coerced into sleeping with Bomelius, and that breaks what’s left of her dignity. No wonder the poor woman goes AxCrazy.
* {{Yandere}}: Gryaznoi for Marfa and Lyubasha for Gryaznoi. Both are absolutely devoted to their love interest but driven to murder out of jealousy.
how.

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* BigBadEnsemble: There are three main villains, each with a different scheme. Gryaznoi wants Marfa for himself with zero consideration for her actual feelings or the feelings of everyone else involved. Lyubasha wants to get her revenge on Gryaznoi by poisoning Marfa (never mind the latter barely knows Gryaznoi exists). Bomelius is ready to mix up any potion, be it a love philter or a poison, as long as he can gain something from it.


** Some productions avert this: for example, in the 1965 opera film, he is shown led away for trial too, in the 2015 Belarus Opera production, Skuratov kills him, and in the 2018 Astrakhan Opera, he commits suicide.

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** Some productions avert this: for example, in the 1965 opera film, he is shown led away for trial too, in the 2015 Belarus Opera production, Skuratov kills him, and in the 2018 Astrakhan Opera, Opera production, he commits suicide.


** Some productions avert this: for example, in the 1965 opera film, he is shown led away for trial too, and in the 2015 Belarus Opera production, Skuratov kills him.

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** Some productions avert this: for example, in the 1965 opera film, he is shown led away for trial too, and in the 2015 Belarus Opera production, Skuratov kills him.him, and in the 2018 Astrakhan Opera, he commits suicide.


* {{Yandere}}: Gryaznoi for Marfa and Lyubasha for Gryaznoi.

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* {{Yandere}}: Gryaznoi for Marfa and Lyubasha for Gryaznoi. Both are absolutely devoted to their love interest but driven to murder out of jealousy.


* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Lyubasha was abducted from her hometown by the oprichniks who slaughtered her kin. She found love with Gryaznoi, but he never truly loved her. The he decided to marry Marfa and cast off Lyubasha who has no family to protect her and, as an ex-mistress, can’t hope for respect. On top of it all, midway through the libretto she is coerced into sleeping with Bomelius, and that breaks what’s left of her dignity. No wonder the poor woman goes AxCrazy.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Lyubasha was abducted from her hometown by the oprichniks who slaughtered her kin. She found love with Gryaznoi, but he never truly loved her. The Then he decided to marry Marfa and cast off Lyubasha who has no family to protect her and, as an ex-mistress, can’t hope for respect. On top of it all, midway through the libretto she is coerced into sleeping with Bomelius, and that breaks what’s left of her dignity. No wonder the poor woman goes AxCrazy.


* VillainOfAnotherStory: Malyuta Skuratov openly boasts about his killings and doesn't even pretend to be in any way moral. However, in this particular story, he is, if anything, one of the more ''sympathetic'' characters (it helps that he does nothing villainous onscreen and, in most productions, is quite nice towards his MoralityPet Lyubasha).

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* VillainOfAnotherStory: Malyuta Skuratov openly boasts about his killings and doesn't even pretend to be in any way moral. However, in this particular story, he is, if anything, one of the more ''sympathetic'' characters (it helps that he does nothing villainous onscreen onscreen, holds no grudge against Lykov or the Sobakin family and, in most productions, is quite nice towards his MoralityPet Lyubasha).

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* DudeMagnet: There are three men crazy about Marfa – her original fiance Lykov, Gryaznoi and Ivan the Terrible.


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* VillainOfAnotherStory: Malyuta Skuratov openly boasts about his killings and doesn't even pretend to be in any way moral. However, in this particular story, he is, if anything, one of the more ''sympathetic'' characters (it helps that he does nothing villainous onscreen and, in most productions, is quite nice towards his MoralityPet Lyubasha).

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* GreenEyedMonster: Jealousy goes hand-in-hand with villainy. Only Lykov and Marfa trust each other absolutely.
** Gryaznoi hates the very thought of Marfa marrying another. Many productions show him stabbing Lykov with malicious pleasure onstage, and he gets physically sick at the thought of Ivan the Terrible choosing to marry Marfa.
** Lyubasha is ready to murder the completely unsuspecting Marfa just because Gryaznoi gets infatuated with the latter.
** In the original play, even Bomelius has his moments. In particular, when Lyubasha asks whether he has a love-philter that would make a man love her back again, Bomelius replies he has one but won't give it to her.


* HesAllGrownUp/ShesAllGrownUp: Lykov and Marfa realized the romantic nature of their feelings when they met after several years of separation.

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* HesAllGrownUp/ShesAllGrownUp: ShesAllGrownUp: Lykov and Marfa realized the romantic nature of their feelings when they met after several years of separation.

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* HesAllGrownUp/ShesAllGrownUp: Lykov and Marfa realized the romantic nature of their feelings when they met after several years of separation.


* AdultFear: Marfa is separated from her childhood sweetheart, has to marry a man she is frightened of, and finally gets poisoned and dies a slow agonizing death for no fault of her own. Her father is pretty much broken by the beginning of the last act already.

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* AdultFear: Marfa is separated from her childhood sweetheart, sweetheart right during their engagement feast, has to marry a man she is frightened of, and finally gets poisoned and dies a slow agonizing death for no fault of her own. Her father is pretty much broken by the beginning of the last act already.own.



* TheGhost: Ivan the Terrible ([[DemotedToExtra after being one of the central figures]] in ''The Maid of Pskov'') appears as a silent role at best.
* HonoraryUncle: Malyuta Skuratov, one of the oprichniks, and Lyubasha refer to each other as “godfather” and “goddaughter”… because, as he puts it, he “baptized her kinfolk in blood” when the oprichniks plundered her town. He seems [[PetTheDog genuinely fond of her]], though.

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* TheGhost: Ivan the Terrible ([[DemotedToExtra after being one of the central figures]] in ''The Maid of Pskov'') appears onstage as a silent role at best.
* HonoraryUncle: Malyuta Skuratov, one of the oprichniks, and Lyubasha refer to each other as “godfather” and “goddaughter”… because, as he puts it, he “baptized her kinfolk in blood” when the oprichniks plundered her town. He seems [[PetTheDog [[MoralityPet genuinely fond of her]], though.



* ShipperOnDeck: Marfa has many troubles but having LoveObstructingParents isn’t one of them: Sobakin and his wife have shipped her with Lykov since she was a little girl.

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* PetTheDog: Ivan the Terrible (a complex TragicVillain in Mey’s plays) is very kind and friendly towards Dunyasha when he sees how frightened she is at the bride-choosing ceremony.
* ShipperOnDeck: Marfa has many troubles but having LoveObstructingParents isn’t one of them: Sobakin and his wife have shipped her with Lykov since she was a little girl.

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* AdultFear: Marfa is separated from her childhood sweetheart, has to marry a man she is frightened of, and finally gets poisoned and dies a slow agonizing death for no fault of her own. Her father is pretty much broken by the beginning of the last act already.


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* ShipperOnDeck: Marfa has many troubles but having LoveObstructingParents isn’t one of them: Sobakin and his wife have shipped her with Lykov since she was a little girl.


* HopeSpot: Lyubasha looks into the window of Marfa’s house and sighs with relief: the girl’s pretty but nothing unique, and Gryaznoi will quickly get over her. Then it’s revealed it was Marfa’s friend Dunyasha she saw.

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* HopeSpot: HopeSpot:
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Lyubasha looks into the window of Marfa’s house and sighs with relief: the girl’s pretty but nothing unique, and Gryaznoi will quickly get over her. Then it’s revealed it was Marfa’s friend Dunyasha she saw.saw.
** From Lykov’s point of view (not for the audience): the moment when he learns Dunyasha will probably marry the Tsar so he and Marfa are free to proceed with their wedding.

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