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Princeton

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What do ya do with a B.A. in English?
  • A Degree in Useless: What he thinks of his B.A. in English.
    Princeton: Four years of college and plenty of knowledge have earned me this useless degree.
  • Adorkable: He is a nice, often awkward, and apparently very handsome young man.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Hence, the aptly titled number 'Purpose.' In fact, he's so desperate to find a purpose in life that he botches up his relationship with Kate midway through the show when she brings up the idea of marriage.
  • The Hero: The protagonist of the play.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Why would you trust someone called the "Bad News Bears"
  • Informed Attractiveness: According to Lucy, he's "well hung" and "baby-faced". Because he's a puppet, although he looks somewhat cute, it's harder for the audience to see this.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He doesn't know it's rude to ask whether monsters are related to each other.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Kate Monster.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: During the song 'Mixtape' where Kate cannot figure out if he likes her or not.note 
  • Naïve Newcomer: Gary tends to treat him as this for thinking life would be easy.
  • Nice Guy: He is generally friendly and helpful.
  • Punny Name: A recent college graduate, and named for one of the most prestigious universities ever.

Kate Monster

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There's a fine, fine line between love... and a waste of time.
  • Adorkable: Probably moreso than Princeton!
  • Betty and Veronica: The sweet, wholesome Betty to Lucy's seductive, lewd Veronica. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's nice and sweet but don't make her angry
  • The Chick: The most prominent female character in the play.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Downplayed but still there. She's visibly angry when she sees Princeton with Lucy, gets into a argument with Lucy when they meet in Princeton's apartment and is mostly unrepentant that she nearly killed Lucy - albeit by accident and Lucy did recover
  • Cute Monster Girl: Her species is literally "monster". She looks like a cute human girl covered in tan-colored fuzz.
  • Cool Teacher: Really wants to be this.
  • Deuteragonist: She's Princeton's Love Interest, and the play eventually culminates in her monsters' school opening.
  • Girl Next Door: She is a nice girl who is the neighbor and Love Interest of Princeton.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Princeton.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: Gets a few good zingers against Princeton whenever they meet after their breakup since she's upset with him
  • Politically Motivated Teacher: Played positively, and seen entirely outside of the classroom, too. Kate fiercely opposes racism against Monsters, and her biggest dream is to someday open up a Monsters-only school.
  • Species Surname: Her last name is Monster, just like Trekkie's, but she is offended by the question whether the two of them are related.

Nicky

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If you were gay, that'd be okay.

Rod

Trekkie Monster

Lucy the Slut

  • Aggressive Categorism: Hates monsters
  • Back from the Dead: With her virginity intact, too.
  • Betty and Veronica: The seductive, lewd Veronica to Kate's sweet, wholesome Betty. The two of them are usually performed by the same puppeteer.
  • Buxom Is Better: Her large breasts match her seductive personality.
  • Family-Friendly Stripper: She dances and sings in a very suggestive manner, but she doesn't actually strip down.
  • For the Evulz: Throwing away Kate's note was an entirely spiteful and petty act especially considering the fact that she didn't want a relationship with Princeton after their one night stand and there was no need to get between them
  • Gold Digger: Wants to marry a rich husband
  • God Is Good: Apparently, He revived her as a chaste woman. It's all Played for Laughs.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: After being the Spanner in the Works (see below) she ends up being hit by the penny Kate drops off the Empire State Building and put in the hospital, eventually dying (temporarily). Lampshaded by Kate, who first feels horrible for having dropped the penny, then once she realizes Lucy's spanner role: "I feel better now."
  • Meaningful Name: She is just as much of a slut as her name implies.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Designed to look as sexy as a muppet can be, up to having visible nipples under her dress.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: It's right in her name.
  • Really Gets Around: She is stated to be very promiscuous.
  • Spanner in the Works: For Princeton and Kate's relationship since she throws away the latter's note about meeting at the Empire State Building.
  • Turn to Religion: She experiences a penny to the head thrown from the top of the Empire State Building. Result: she turns into a goody-goody, religious girl. Her puppet's previously sultry, lowered eyelids are removed off-stage to make her eyes look brighter.
  • The Vamp: She flirts with Princeton, and after he breaks up with Kate Monster she tries to ensure they don't get together again.

Mrs. Thistletwat

  • Ambiguously Gay: A cut line in the official book has her state "I have never laid with a man", and one of the personal ads in the same book is a W4W (woman for woman) ad with teaching puns implied to be from her.
  • Card Carrying Bitch: She seems rather proud of being a "crabby old bitch".
    "Crabby Old Bitches are the bedrock of this nation!"
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Well, she was willing to let Kate teach her own session...
  • Mean Boss: She's very unfriendly with her employee Kate.
  • Meaningful Name: Thistletwat. She's a rather unlikeable person.

The Bad Idea Bears

  • Bears Are Bad News: They are not large and threatening as most examples of this trope, but don't let their cute appearance fool you: they are very malicious.
  • Evil Mentors: They suggest that Princeton gets drunk and then commit suicide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
  • For the Evulz: Their motivation for ruining Princeton's life is never explained. It's just what they do.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Subverted. They do find religion in the end (specifically the Church of Happyology) but there's no indication that they're actually going to make a legitimate Heel–Face Turn.
  • Genki Girl: The yellow bear energetically and enthusiastically tries to enforce whatever bad idea the blue bear comes up with.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Don't believe a word of it. They're both the closest thing the show has to Chaotic Evil characters, so they are practically two Bad Angels.
  • Jerks With Hearts Of Jerk
  • Manipulative Bastards: They manipulate Princeton into spending all his money on alcohol, getting Kate drunk so he can bed her, and almost hanging himself.
  • Poisonous Friends: They act as if they wanted the best for Princeton, but their suggestions always make Princeton's life worse.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In this partnership, the blue bear tends to come up with the suggestions while the yellow one tries to enforce them more enthusiastically.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The guy is blue with a bowtie, the girl is yellow with a ribbon.

    People 

Brian

  • Henpecked Husband: He is constantly abused by Christmas Eve. Doesn't seem to be too bothered by it, though.
  • The Lancer: He becomes Princeton's closest friend.

Christmas Eve

  • Catchphrase: "What!? Brian!"
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Averted. Being Japanese is why she can't get a job in a Korean deli (Chinese restaurant in the UK West End version).
  • Innocently Insensitive: When Rod talks to her about his friend who's gay, she says there's nothing wrong with it until Rod says the friend is also a conservative at which point she says they should just stay in the closet.
  • Japanese Ranguage: Not extremely, but it's always there. Don't worry, though; Everyone's A Rittle Bit Lacist.
  • Odd Friendship: In Act 2, she develops a rather sweet one with Rod.
  • Official Couple: She and Brian get married over the course of the play.
  • Tsundere: She can switch quickly from being nice and sweet to yelling and abusive. She believes that "the more you love someone, the more you want to kill 'em".

Gary Coleman

  • Butt-Monkey: Very much. The song "It Sucks to be Me," the characters sing about how their lives are so much worse than everyone else's . . . until Gary pops in. Then everyone cheerfully agrees that he wins the Misery Poker.
    It sucks to be you!
    You win!
    It sucks to be you!
  • Catchphrase: Deconstructed, as he's more or less grown resentful of it due to people always saying it to him.
  • Crosscast Role: It is a tradition to have Gary be played by a woman. Subverted in the UK version, where he's more often than not played by a man.
  • Mr Fix It: He works as the superintendant, and part of his job it to fix things.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted - he is a caricature of the real Gary Coleman. Foreign adaptations sometimes replace him with a different - but always real - celebrity.

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