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A list of the characters appearing in the musical Jekyll and Hyde.

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    Dr. Henry Jekyll 
"In each of us there are two natures. If this primitive duality of man - good and evil - can be housed in separate identities, life will be relieved of all that is unbearable..."

An ambitious chemistry scientist who has become obsessed with finding a way to eliminate all evil desires and thoughts from the world, using specific chemical formulae. When he tests the finished formulae on himself, he transforms into the wicked Edward Hyde.

  • Adorkable: He has shades of this.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: His method of defeating Hyde is to analyze the chemical formula that created Hyde, and then create the antithesis to that formula so that Hyde can finally die. It works - at first. Then Hyde shows up for the finale, which finally makes Jekyll decide to kill himself in desperation. On his wedding day.
  • Badass Bookworm
    • Heartbroken Badass: He is saddened and shocked by his father's insanity. His heartbreak increases when Hyde kills Lucy.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Act One's climatic moment involves Jekyll trying the formula on himself. Look at how well that goes.
    • He did want to separate good from evil, and boy did he manage to do so, in a case of split personality disorder.
  • Berserk Button: Dr. Jekyll has a few - these include proclaiming him as mad, and insulting his father is a bad move.
  • Betty and Veronica: A strange case. Emma is wealthy and engaged to Henry, Lucy is penniless and Henry's rather oblivious to how much she loves him.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Emma.
  • BSoD Song: Depending on the production, he can get "The World Has Gone Insane," "No One Must Ever Know," and a reprise of "Once Upon a Dream."
  • Byronic Hero: Hard-working, proficient, austere, sophisticated, thoughtful, dark, quiet yet surprisingly passionate about his beliefs, and single-minded; he is a great example of this trope. His life story and situation only intensify it.
  • Counterpoint Duet: One of the most awesome examples in Confrontation, in which Jekyll and Hyde trade lines and melodies. One actor plays both parts.
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • The Dandy: Love him or hate him, in every rendition of this play, Dr. Jekyll always looks dapper.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Sensible fellow..."
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies in Emma's.
  • Doom Magnet: Poor bastard.
  • Driving Question: His motives are essentially to find an answer to a persistent question of his - "What is it makes Him be less than He should?" Him/he = all of Man.
    Jekyll: I need to find a way to get inside the tortured mind of man. I need to try to separate the good and evil... if I can!
  • Driven to Suicide:
    • Utterson was originally supposed to shoot Jekyll which would have made this I Cannot Self-Terminate, but in the final version Utterson balks, forcing Jekyll to run himself onto Utterson's drawn swordstick. Some versions keep Utterson shooting him in.
    • Some variations have Jekyll attempt to kill himself during "Confrontation", however, Hyde doesn't take this well and they fight for control.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side: "Reflections," which paraphrases directly from the book, has Jekyll coming to terms with being Hyde even after he's killed people, as he won't kill himself and revels in Hyde's love for life.
  • Establishing Character Moment: "I Need To Know" defines his character, motives, and ideals in about four minutes.
    • A shorter, more subtle moment is "Lost in the Darkness", where we learn about why Jekyll is trying to destroy the darker side of human nature, less about how.
  • Fatal Flaw: His inability to accept the answer 'no'. He's very ambitious and can't see that his method of removing evil from the mind of man has problems abound. Another flaw is how he secretly enjoys being Hyde... at first. This gets him killed.
  • Fighting from the Inside
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic - somewhat introverted, high standards, and very organized; on the other hand, is also very polite, stylish, virtuous, and passionate about his ideals.
  • Grief Song: Opening song "Lost in the Darkness", piano ballad "Streak of Madness", and "No One Must Ever Know".
  • Heroic Willpower: Jekyll frequently states Hyde is eating away at his sanity every moment and the transformations bring on wracking pain. Even so, he tenaciously tries to find a cure.
  • "I Am" Song: "I Need To Know".
  • "I Want" Song: Again, "I Need To Know". There's also his showstopper "This is the Moment."
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Obviously the Trope Codifier.
  • Lost in Imitation: Jekyll's romantic travails come from movie adaptations, not the book.
  • Mad Scientist: He's directly called this by some characters.
  • Mr. Fanservice: In some versions, during "Confrontation," they have Dr. Jekyll ripping off his shirt... which in turn will likely reveal nicely toned abs.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He usually regrets creating the serum as soon as the murders are committed. He even becomes a Death Seeker, hoping and succeeding in stopping Hyde.
  • Painful Transformation: The transformation really, really hurts. Jekyll compares it to death.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Hyde's red.
  • The Song Before the Storm: "This is the Moment" is set right before Jekyll's first transformation into Hyde. "Confrontation" also counts, because following directly after it is the wedding massacre, in which Hyde possesses Jekyll to start a huge killing spree at his own wedding.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The only reason Hyde does not murder everybody he comes across is because Jekyll keeps him in check by threatening suicide, which would in turn kill both of them. To threaten killing yourself for the safety of your own city takes serious balls.

    Mr. Edward Hyde 

"There is no battle I couldn't survive, feeling like this... feeling ALIVE!"

Dr. Henry Jekyll's split personality - Hyde is born from a chemical experiment Jekyll tried on himself. Whereas Jekyll is compassionate, idealistic, and a decent-hearted man, Hyde is impulsive, ruthless, and ultimately opportunistic. He nearly succeeds in taking over Dr. Jekyll's body permanently - until Jekyll kills himself.

  • Arch-Enemy: Obviously, to Jekyll.
  • Ax-Crazy: More and more as the play progresses.
  • Badass Boast: A fair deal of Hyde's lines are these.
    • His infamous solo "Alive!" qualifies as this, in both its Concept Album and Broadway iterations.
    • His bit in "Confrontation".
    Hyde: For I'll live inside you forever with Satan himself by my side! And I know that now and forever, they'll never be able to separate Jekyll from Hyde!
  • Big Bad
  • Blood Knight
  • Evil Counterpart
  • Evil Is Petty: The 2011 UK Tour had Hyde popping a child's balloons and throwing another kid into a dustbin during "Alive".
  • Faux Affably Evil: Hyde has a few nice lines.
    • This is especially present in the bar scene, "Lucy Meets Hyde".
    Hyde: Here's to the night!
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. More animated and lively than Dr. Jekyll, but is extremely aggressive.
  • Gallows Humor: He's great at this.
    • "Bad news from God, Teddy!"
  • The Hedonist: Hyde loves to get into huge brawls, is presumably a fan of alcohol, and is attracted to a prostitute.
  • Jekyll & Hyde
  • Jerkass
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: He had never felt any compunctions about killing people, but he takes a cannonball off the slippery slope in the Final Act, wherein he tries to systematically murder guests at his alter ego's wedding, a massacre stopped only by Jekyll's suicide.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: So very close, it's like they're of the same stripe.
  • Large Ham: Dr. Jekyll is very subtle and quiet, so it's no surprise that his alter ego is an enormously hammy person. "Alive" is living proof.
    Hyde: There's no feeling like being Edward Hyyyyyyyyyyyyyde!
  • Knight of Cerebus: After his appearance, it's all downhill from here - the play only gets darker.
  • Laughably Evil: Although he is cruel, bloodthirsty, and scary, he's honestly not that much different from a generic, over-the-top, textbook villain.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Hyde vs the Bishop of Basingstoke.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: He doesn't waste time with gloating - he up and kills people.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Jekyll's blue.
  • Sanity Slippage: Never was mentally healthy to begin with, but, damn, he gets a lot worse after he beats the Bishop of Bakingstoke to death.
  • Slasher Smile: In most productions, if not every one.
  • Villain Song: "Alive" and its reprise.
    • His part in "Confrontation" counts.
    • "Lucy Meets Hyde" assuredly counts, though it is a duet, as does when he reprises "Sympathy, Tenderness" as he is killing Lucy.
  • Unstoppable Rage
  • Villainous Breakdown: Although he was never sane to begin with, Hyde goes nuts at Jekyll's wedding, threatening and genuinely trying to kill everyone.
  • Wham Line: "Alive" completely changes the tone of Jekyll and Hyde - after "Alive", the story only gets darker and tenfold more violent.
    • His reprise of "Sympathy, Tenderness" as he painfully murders Lucy.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: To Jekyll. In actuality...

    Lisa/Emma Carew 
"Henry... I adore you. Always have done, always will do. But I, too, have dreams."

Dr. Jekyll's fiancee, known as Lisa Carew on the concept albums before later productions changed her name to Emma. She is the daughter of Sir Danvers and the object of Simon Stride's affections, though she does not share Stride's feelings.

  • Adaptation Name Change: Lisa in the concept albums, Emma in later productions.
  • Betty and Veronica: A strange case. Emma is wealthy and engaged to Henry, Lucy is penniless and Henry's rather oblivious to how much she loves him.
  • Counterpoint Duet: Her and Lucy with "In His Eyes".
  • The Chick: She has a very supportive personality, despite Henry Jekyll's oddities.
  • The Cutie
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Leukine. Ambiverted, more balanced than the other characters, supportive.
  • Grief Song: "Once Upon A Dream".
  • "I Am" Song: "Emma's Reasons" and "Take Me As I Am".
  • Locked Out of the Loop: She is the only major character to not know about Hyde at all until the final scene.
  • Proper Lady: She can put up with a lot of crap, including Jekyll's total devotion to his science, Stride's assholish tone towards her and Jekyll, and, in a way, her father.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Emma doesn't have much to her character beyond "Jekyll's Fiancée". She admits as much in the concept albums, saying that while she does have her own dreams, her world revolves around Henry and his dreams.

    Lucy Harris 
"Heaven I fancy, has no place for me! And I can find hell on my own! "

A prostitute from The Red Rat, who is in love with Jekyll and is dirt-poor. She is also the object of Hyde's affection - as a result, her life is in constant danger. In some versions she is a singer, though her general role remains the same.

  • Bad Girl Song: "Good n' Evil" and "The Girls of the Night".
  • Bleached Underpants: Lucy's occupation as a prostitute was much more blatant in the 1994 concept recording; in the Broadway version she is obstinately a singer.
  • Cry Cute: She's tough, but she has her moments. "No One Knows Who I Am" is essentially this.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: She winds up being killed by Hyde, who was dangerously attracted to her.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. Independent and sassy but badly treated by people, especially her "pimp", Spider/Simon Stride.
  • Good Bad Girl
  • Grief Song: "No One Knows Who I Am".
  • Hail to the Thief: It sort of counts. Her song "Good n' Evil" is coated in delicious sarcasm.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Lucy has a lot of insecurities and is unhappy with her life. Justified, as she is a poorly paid prostitute / singer and is not only treated poorly but is the object of a bloodthirsty killer's affections.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold
  • "I Am" Song: "Girls of the Night".
  • "I Want" Song: "Someone like You" and "A New Life". The latter is a depressing example, for she dies directly after finishing the song.
  • Loving a Shadow: Lucy knows virtually nothing about Henry at all besides the fact that he is wealthy and doesn't treat her like dirt. Even though he barely remembers her existence, she seems to romanticize him as a way out of her life as a "singer" (or prostitute).
  • Morality Chain: Jekyll winds up being one to her.
  • She's Got Legs: Some productions like to remind us of this. Justified, since she is a prostitute (or singer).
  • The Song Before the Storm: "A New Life" is right before Lucy's murder.
  • Tsundere: She's often times a bit fiery and acerbic, but she acts very gentle and sweet when in Dr. Jekyll's company.
  • Villain Love Song: She and Hyde duet in "A Dangerous Game", raw with sexual energy.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: In some productions, her relationship with her fellow tavern girls/prostitutes is this, as they tease and mock one another quite openly but seem altogether friendly with one another.

    John Utterson 
Jekyll's best friend, lawyer, and confidant, Utterson attempts to support his friend however he can. He often acts as the voice of reason, though when faced with Hyde, even he has his limits...

    Simon Stride 
The secretary to the Board of Governors, Simon Stride despises Henry Jekyll for stealing Emma away from him and vows to ruin his name and life as payback. He had a bigger part in the concept albums; he vowed revenge on Jekyll for stealing Lisa, was revealed as the benefactor of the Dregs, got his own song explaining his philosophy, sabotaged Jekyll's chemicals, and planted Jekyll's letter to Lucy for Lisa to find before being killed at the wedding as Hyde revealed his crimes.

  • The Artifact: While he had a much larger role pre-Broadway, in most versions he shows up in one of the first scenes to imply having feelings for Emma, rejects Jekyll's experiment with the governors, and then vanishes completely until the last scene, where he's killed. Some versions reinstate his larger role.
  • Evil Feels Good: He originally got "Good 'n' Evil" to explain his philosophy, as he felt being evil was more rewarding and fun than trying to be good.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Simon is very jealous of Jekyll winning Lisa/Emma's hand and makes plans to bring him down.
  • Hate Sink: He's meant to be hated by the audience, and none of the other characters can stand him.
  • Shadow Archetype: He is one for Jekyll, as an outwardly respectable gentleman with a seedy double life.

    Sir Danvers Carew 
Emma's father, chairman of the board at St. Jude's hospital, and Hyde's murder victim in the book. He loves Emma dearly but treats her like a child, and is concerned for her well-being and happiness.

    The Board of Governors 
London's pompous, hypocritical elite, including the Bishop of Basingstoke, General Glossop, Sir Archibald Proops, Lady Beaconsfield, and Lord Savage. They reject Dr. Jekyll's experimental proposal, and soon incur the wrath of Hyde.

A fellow worker at the Red Rat, she's Lucy's friend and confidant. She flirts with anyone shamelessly. In earlier concepts she had more negative traits, which were phased out later on or given to Gwenny.

    The Spider 
Lucy's handler and the benefactor of the Red Rat; he mistreats her and the other girls. In earlier concepts his role was merged with Simon Stride's before spitting them into two.

The brothel madam and the Red Rat's stage manager. Along with the Spider, she mistreats Lucy and the other girls. In earlier concepts her role was merged with Nellie's, and in some versions she doesn't exist at all.

Jekyll's butler, Poole is generally in charge of letting people in to see Jekyll. He voices concern about Hyde's activities to Emma and Utterson, though he doesn't know the full story of what's going on.

The apothecary who supplies Jekyll's chemicals. He had a bit of a larger role in the concepts, as well as a son, Fenwick.

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