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Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt

  • Deadpan Snarker: Mae is frequently on the receiving end of Maggie's sharp wit and snide jabs.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: An interesting variation. She's charming, for an Ice Queen, but certainly as poised, aloof, and guarded as one: privately, she's desperate for Brick's affections.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Specifically, Brick's. He knows it, and uses it to punish her.
  • Fake Pregnancy: "I've got life in me!"
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  • Foil: With Big Daddy. Both of them are charming, manipulative, self-made people who grew up poor and work hard to get what they want. It's why they earn each other's respect.
  • Gold Digger: Subverted, because Maggie is actually in love with Brick. But money is also important to her because she grew up poor and really doesn't want to be poor again.
  • Like Parent, Like Spouse: A tragic example. Maggie's father was an alcoholic who took advantage of his wife's hard work and generosity. The situation reflects Maggie's own.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She's a sexy, curvaceous seductress who's been played by such famed beauties as Elizabeth Taylor and Scarlett Johansson.
    • In the very first scene of the play, she strips down to a slip. She doesn't redress until halfway through Act One.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Maggie must marry into wealth, rather than making her own like her Foil Big Daddy. Granted, this is the 1950s.


Brick Pollitt

"Big Daddy" Pollitt

Ida "Big Mama" Pollitt

  • Butt-Monkey: Her maladroit antics are entertaining, but rather painfully, as Big Daddy highlights them to verbally abuse her.
  • Extreme Doormat
  • Fat Girl
  • Love Martyr: For Big Daddy.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Twice. First, when bumbling, friendly, maternal Big Mama bursts into tears after the latest in decades of rejection by her husband, and second, when she finally Grew a Spine to tell off the meddling Gooper-Mae duo.
  • Selective Obliviousness: She pretends Brick is still is former youthful golden boy self, acts like her relationship with Big Daddy is healthy, and refuses to acknowledge the idea that he's fatally ill. She's not just an idiot, though; she picks up on the cracks in Brick and Maggie's marriage and shuts down Mae and Gooper's plot to take over the family empire. Heartbreakingly, she even shows a comprehension that Big Daddy doesn't really love her at one point.
  • Took a Level in Badass
    Big Mama: I'm talking in Big Daddy's language now. I'm his wife, not his widow. I'm still his wife!
    Gooper: What we've got here...
    Mae: What Gooper's saying is just a plan, a basis.
    Big Mama: I'll tell you what your plan is. Margaret, what is it Big Daddy always says when he's disgusted?
    Maggie: He says bull when he's disgusted.
    Big Mama: Yes, that's right. I say bull too, like Big Daddy.
    Mae: Well, coarse language don't seem called for to me.
    Big Mama: Bull!



  • Baby Factory: With five kids and one on the way, there's a reason Big Daddy dubs her a "good breeder."
  • Impoverished Patrician: We find out through Maggie that though Mae comes from Blue Blood, her family had lost all of their money before she married into the Pollitts.
  • Lady Macbeth: Gooper and Mae serve as the villains of the play, and Mae is certainly the driving force of ambition for her mild-mannered husband, who mostly just wants to impress his father.
  • Rich Bitch

Dr. Baugh

Reverend Tooker

  • Corrupt Hick: He knows that Big Daddy is Secretly Dying and hopes to take advantage of that by unsubtly trying to wheedle more funds using his powerful religious influence.
  • No Social Skills: Can't take the hint and leave even as the atmosphere become more and more tense. Even when he does exit, he's awkward.
  • Preacher Man


  • Gayngst-Induced Suicide: Skipper commits suicide after a disastrous, aborted attempt to come out to Brick.
  • The Ghost: He's dead before the play begins, but his presence haunts everyone, especially Brick.
  • Manly Gay

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