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    Seymour Krelborn 

Played By: Jonathan Haze / Rick Moranis

  • Accidental Murder: Audrey Jr.'s first couple victims in the original movie are people Seymour killed by accident.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: In the original he accidentally creates a sentient Man-Eating Plant by crossbreeding a Venus flytrap with a butterwort.
  • Adaptational Heroism: While Seymour is mostly the same character he was in the stage version, he is given a much more sympathetic light in the film version by having most of his Moral Event Horizon moments cut down or downplayed.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the film, he has the sense not to blab about his plans to leave Audrey II to starve in the shop in front of the plant. Likewise, he doesn't want to wait until after the photoshoot. Instead, he asks Audrey if she wants to elope with him that night, outside of the shop, and they agree to quickly pack and leave. What's more, he brings out all the big guns to deal with the plant when it tries to eat her.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His last name is Krelboyne in the original film.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The film version is much more passive than the in play version. Instead of deliberately tricking Mushnik into the Audrey II's mouth like in the play, film's Seymour somewhat backs Mushnik next Audrey II and it is Mushnik's own fault for looking directly into the plant's open maw. This passiveness is likely what caused the original ending to gain negative reception from test audiences, as it showcases Audrey II humiliating a cowardly Seymour before eating him rather than Seymour growing a spine and voluntarily jumping into the plant's maw with a machete in his hand to atone for his sins.
  • Age Lift: Is 13 years old in the Little Shop cartoon.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Especially in the 1960 film, where everyone bordered on All Jews Are Ashkenazi.
  • And I Must Scream: In all versions save the 1986 film, he becomes one of the plant's buds.
  • The Atoner: It could be viewed that Seymour deciding to fight Audrey II to stop its plan in both versions of the film could be seen as this.
  • Banana Peel: A prostitute makes him slip on one in the original movie.
  • Bullet Dancing: Audrey II forces Seymour to do this during the climax.
  • Basement-Dweller: Lives at home with his mother in the first movie and in the basement under Mushnik's store in the remake.
  • Berserk Button: Don't abuse Audrey or you will get it. Also counts as opposing what he suffers in the 1986 film, where Seymour is an Extreme Doormat.
    Seymour: (enraged singing) You need blood, he's got more than enough!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Just ask Orin. Or, in the revised happy ending, Audrey II himself.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Seymour has one in the extended "Meek Shall Inherit" sequence, where he sees Mushnik's painting drip with blood and himself turned into a plant monster.
  • Catchphrase: "I didn’t mean it " whenever he makes a mistake in the original movie.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: He agrees to feed people to Audrey II to keep it alive and win Audrey's affections. However, after he feeds Audrey and realizes what Audrey II is planning, he decides to try destroying it. He fails in the play but succeeds in the theatrical cut of the movie.
  • Defeat by Modesty: In both versions of the film, Audrey II thwarts Seymour's attempt to axe it by pantsing him, prompting Seymour to drop the ax and duck behind a counter.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The Focus Group Ending closes "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space".
  • Disappeared Dad: In the original movie, his father left because of his mother’s terrible cooking.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the original film, after feeding Audrey to the plant, Seymour goes up to the roof to shoot himself in the head. Then Paul Dooley shows up and Seymour learns what Audrey II has planned.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In the original movie, he tells Audrey not to pity him because he's not worth it.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Seymour is a nervous, clumsy slob who thinks the only way the beautiful Audrey would love him is if he were wealthy. However, Audrey loves Seymour early in the show, mostly because he's one of the few men who treats her with any sort of kindness; she just doesn't believe she deserves that kindness.
  • Expy: Is very similar to Walter Paisley, the protagonist of A Bucket of Blood which Roger Corman and Charles B. Griffith made the previous year. Paisley is a meek waiter who accidentally kills people and covers them in clay to make successful sculptures. Paisley's actor, Dick Miller was even asked to play Seymour.
  • Fatal Flaw: Oblivious to Love. Audrey II, of course, plays Seymour's torch for Audrey like a harp.
  • Humiliation Conga: The uncut version of "Mean Green Mother" has the plant gloating about how he has destroyed Seymour's life and will soon do the same to people all over the world, easily thwarting his attempts to kill him, robbing him of his last dignity by stealing his pants, destroying his home by pulling it down over him, and eventually eating him up.
  • Karma Houdini: Seymour killed two people (he let Orin die despite making it clear that he could have helped him and he backed Mushnik into the plant) and considered going even further (he signed the contracts in "The Meek Shall Inherit", implicitly agreeing to kill others in the future. This is made clearer in the play where the song is extended, but the actions remain the same in the film.) but in the theatrical cut, he gets away with absolutely no punishment whatsoever-Audrey likely never even learns that he is a murderer.
    • It can be argued that Seymour finally standing up to and destroying the plant thus preventing the destruction of the human race pretty much makes up for the world being less one sadistic dentist (which WASN'T his fault, despite intentions to the contrary) and one greedy, albeit somewhat kind, shopkeep (which may not have been entirely on purpose whatever the plant said). Both deaths are made a lot more ambiguous in the film than the play, and can be interpreted as due to Seymour's actions or not.
      • The Director's Cut makes it pretty clear that he didn't get away with anything, even if you don't count his death. Orin and Mushnik died only because Seymour doesn't prevent their deaths, and they both would have harmed him (Orin with dental sadism, Mushnik through blackmail) even if he had saved them. Audrey, on the other hand, he consciously fed to the plant, even if it was at her own selfless request. If he hadn't done it, Audrey II might not have been strong enough to tear down the building and eat Seymour whole.
    • In a deleted scene, Seymour during the "The Meek Shall Inherit" scene does grab an axe to destroy Audrey II, but the thought of losing Audrey stays his hand.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In the original 1960 film, Seymour is one of the buds when Audrey Jr. blooms, along with the other people he fed to the plant.
  • My Beloved Smother: In the original movie, he’s stuck looking after a bedridden, hypochondriac mother who doesn’t want him to marry Audrey.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The film gradually leads Seymour to this. He's horrified that he chopped up Scrivello and he led his boss into Audrey II's jaws. Eventually, he realizes that he's gone too far and doesn't want to continue with what he's been doing.
  • Nice Guy: Once you get past the "grows a giant man-eating plant that needs blood to stay alive" thing.
  • Nightmare Sequence: "The Meek Shall Inherit" was going to be this, but the scene was cut down. You can still hear the rest of it on the soundtrack.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Seymour gets a lot of these moments, but the one that takes the cake is when Seymour willingly feeds Audrey to the Audrey II. In the scene just before, the plant had to brace itself (and expend a great deal of effort) just to move its pot a few feet to reach the pay phone. After eating Audrey, it becomes fully mobile and gains enough strength to destroy the shop and devour Seymour.
    • Audrey II also rubs it in Seymour's face that he helped bring his plan to fruition.
      Seymour: We're not talking about one hungry plant here, we talking about world conquest!
      Audrey II: (practically giggling) And I wanna thank YOU!
  • Senseless Sacrifice: In all versions save the 1986 film, Seymour tries to kill the plant by letting himself get eaten (or charging into the plants maw) with an axe to hack from the inside. It doesn't work.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Audrey II doesn't eat him in the Focus Group Ending.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: His mother says something along these lines about him at the end of the first movie, prompting his face in one of Audrey Jr's buds to say his Catchphrase.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Seymour's hat in the 1960 film. Only hinted at in the 1986 film.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: His killing of Orin. Need we say more?

    Audrey Fulquard 

Played By: Jackie Joseph / Ellen Greene

    Mr. Gravis Mushnik 

Played By: Mel Welles / Vincent Gardenia

  • Adaptational Villainy: Gets this twice. In the original movie, he's a Bad Boss, but in fairness Seymour was a pretty bad employee. In the play he becomes an abusive Parental Substitute, but he seems to believe Seymour when he says he didn't kill Scrivello and just wants him to come to the police station to make a statement. In the '86 movie, he blackmails Seymour at gunpoint so he can have the plant and the profits to himself.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Well, in the 1960 film, unambiguously.
  • Asshole Victim: In the musical and its film adaptation, he's eaten by Audrey II, but it's hard to feel too bad when he's been verbally abusive to Seymour for the entire story and was completely willing to sweep (what he thought was) a murder under the rug so long as it benefits him.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Death by Adaptation: Didn’t die in the original movie but dies in both the musical and its film adaptation.
  • Dramatic Irony: After the flower shop's first successful day of business, Mushnik tells the leaving customers to come again to see the Audrey II as it was going to get bigger and more amazing. He didn't know how right he was.
  • Funny Foreigner: In the play. He's implied to be Czechoslovakian, Seymour says he's visiting his sister there to cover up his death.
  • Greedy Jew: His main concern is making money out of the plant.
  • He Knows Too Much: He saw Seymour chopping up Scrivello's body and was about to learn what Audrey II eats when he was Killed Off for Real.
    Mushnik: Little red spots all over the linoleum! Little red spots all over the floor!
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: In the original after witnessing Seymour feeding a human foot to the plant, he goes back to the restaurant and orders every alcoholic drink he can think of.
  • Ironic Name: Applicable to the actor, Vincent Gardenia in the 1986 film, who plays flower shop owner Mr. Mushnik, and a flower shop is a good place to find gardenias...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his gruff attitude, he still cares for Audrey.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He still treats Seymour like crap and admits he never liked him to begin with in the play-only "Mushnik and Son," even after Seymour is solely responsible for saving the flower shop, and tries to get rid of Seymour so he can feed Audrey II himself. He does, but not in the way he thought. At least in the movie — in the play, Mushnik has good reason to believe Seymour killed Orin and is simply doing his duty as a citizen by telling the police what he knows after they question him, and he gives Seymour the opportunity to come with him and defend himself, in case it really isn't what it looks like. Seymour tricks him into getting too close to the plant, purely to save his own ass.
  • Parental Substitute: For Seymour. He even asks to adopt him in the musical.
    • Declares himself this on and off in the first film depending on whether or not Seymour is making him money.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Is Audrey's father in the cartoon series.
  • Too Dumb to Live: In the musical he somehow believes it when Seymour tells him he hid the receipts in Audrey II and goes to get them.

    Audrey Jr. / Audrey II

Played By: Charles B. Griffith / Levi Stubbs

  • Adaptational Badass: Mostly played straight with a slight zigzag. In the 1960 movie it can't move at all and needs food to be placed directly into its mouth, it can't reproduce, and after a few days it reaches the natural end of its lifespan and dies. If it wasn't for its ability to hypnotize Seymour, it would have been a completely Harmless Villain. In the 1986 movie it has prehensile vines, limited (and eventually unlimited) range of motion, and no apparent limitations on its growth or reproduction; it still has mind control powers, however, of the enchantment kind.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Is mostly benevolent in the cartoon aside from eating Seymour's piano teacher.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Still pretty intelligent in the musical but also observant. Audrey II finds out Seymour wants to leave it in the musical after Seymour blabs in front of it and Audrey. In the movie, it cottons on rather quickly to Seymour's plan to pack, take the money and run, leaving it to starve despite Seymour having the sense to tell Audrey well outside the plant's earshot. Audrey II pretends to agree to Seymour's offer of rare meat from the butcher, and uses the distraction to "borrow" change from the cash register. Then Audrey II calls Audrey, so she'll be lured to the shop to view the spectacle. Not bad for a vegetable!
  • Adaptation Name Change: Called Audrey Jr. in the original movie and Audrey II in the musical.
    • Back to Audrey Jr in the cartoon.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Is always a Man-Eating Plant but in the original, it’s a hybrid plant created by Seymour, in this movie an alien and a prehistoric Earth plant in the cartoon series.
    • Goes along with Adaptational Villainy / Adaptational Heroism. As a hybrid the plant eats people but has no larger agenda, as an alien it plans to take over the world, and as a prehistoric plant it isn't evil at all.
  • Alien Kudzu: Rare talking version. The original ending and Word of God say he came to Earth to multiply and wipe out humanity.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Audrey II is named after a woman and calls itself a "mean green mother" in the film. Yet in most productions Audrey II is played by a man. Some versions have a woman playing the plant, which further muddy the issue.
  • Asexuality: Well, it is a plant. However, (s)he gets awfully... close to Audrey. Naughty Tentacles, anyone? There's also a scene where it tries biting a woman's butt.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the original ending, Audrey II and one of his clones are huge and rampage throughout the city.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" is not present in the stage version, although it has been added in some revivals. It was added to the screenplay so the film could receive an Oscar nomination for "Best Original Song." It lost, sadly. (It should be noted that "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" is definitely not your typical Award Bait Song. It was based on a song for the original stage version, "Bad", that got dropped.)
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the play and original ending for the 1986 film, Audrey II succeeds in spreading plants all over the globe and taking over the world. Averted in the theatrical cut of the film, where Seymour kills the plant, though the surviving bulb implies that things aren't over yet.
  • Big Bad Friend: Obviously to Seymour.
  • Botanical Abomination: Audrey II can only be called a plant in the loosest sense of the word. It consumes nutrients from the soil with its roots and can photosynthesize, but it also requires fresh meat for sustenance, displays humanlike cunning and intelligence, and is able to talk. It also appears to possess more far-reaching abilities that allow it to influence people into doing what it wants, but what the nature of those abilities are or if it even has them in the first place are left ambiguous.
  • The Bully: He takes great pleasure in deriding and mocking Seymour for turning his life into a living hell. He also laughs cruelly at Audrey for gullibly believing his pleas for water thus allowing him to capture her as prey.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: It's right there in his Villain Song.
    "I'm just a mean green mother from outer space and I'm bad! (Mean, green, bad!)"
  • Charm Person: Can hypnotise people into coming to the shop and making Seymour successful.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: From the moment Audrey II drops the benevolent act, he's this.
    Audrey II: Tough titty.
  • Curse Cut Short: "OH SHI—" It should be noted, though, that elsewhere Audrey II is allowed to curse quite freely.
  • Death by Adaptation: Seymour blows him up in the Focus Group Ending.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The one character who isn't made of actual meat is the hammiest character in the film/musical.
  • Evil Laugh: And not a particularly jolly one, too. It's a sarcastic, taunting laugh.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very baritonal voice.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Doesn’t seem to be able to hypnotise Seymour in the musical. Has to offer him success or threaten Audrey in order to get fed.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Audrey Jr./II, named after Seymour's girlfriend and voiced by male actors Charles Griffith (1960 film), and Four tops singer Levi Stubbs (1986 film).
  • Green and Mean: Has a song devoted to calling himself this.
  • Groin Attack
    I got killer buds, a power stem, nasty pods, and I'm using them!
    So better move 'em out, Nature calls! You got the point?
    I'm gonna bust your balls!
  • High-Voltage Death: Audrey II in the Focus Group Ending.
  • "I Am" Song: "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space".
  • The Juggernaut: The Audrey II's are so powerful, not even the military can stop them. Subverted in the Focus Group Ending.
  • Kaiju: In the original, unreleased ending, swarms of 50-foot plant-monsters rampage throughout New York in what may have been a Shout-Out to Godzilla. (And King Kong.)
  • Karma Houdini: He doesn't get punished for the murders in the Director's Cut, but that is treated as a Downer Ending rather than a Happily Ever After, so that would be a case of Intended Audience Reaction.
  • Karmic Death: In the Focus Group Ending.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: In the Focus Group Ending.
    Oh, shit!
  • Kill It Through Its Stomach: Seymour attempts this in the play but just gets eaten.
  • Knight of Cerebus: From the very beginning he's cemented as this by the narrator, who describes him as a "terrifying enemy" who poses a "deadly threat to [mankind's] very existence." He more than lives up to this, as all of the most dead-serious and frightening scenes are directly connected to him.
  • Large Ham: Very large by the end. This is especially evident in the film version. Levi Stubbs sounds like he was having an absolute blast.
  • Laughably Evil: A man-eater with a corrupting influence and plans for global domination, and a wise-cracking over-the top ham to boot.
  • Man-Eating Plant: He devours so many humans, especially in the Director's Cut, that he currently provides the page image.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He plays on Simon's inner desires in order to convince him to obey him. It's very effective actually.
  • More Than Mind Control: Audrey II's ability to attract people hints at this.
  • Multiple Head Case: Has talking faces of the people he eats appear in flowers that advise people not to feed him.
  • Naughty Tentacles: His tentacles get frisky during the "Suppertime" reprise.
  • Near-Villain Victory: The theatrical version turns Audrey II's plan into this.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Plans to bring about The End of the World as We Know It by reproducing and devouring all of mankind with the aid of his offspring.
  • Otherworldly and Sexually Ambiguous: Is an alien plant with a woman’s name and a masculine voice.
  • Pheromones: Sprays them into Seymour's face in the original movie to control him into finding more victims. It implies it's able to control people in the musical, probably by this method.
  • Plant Alien: In the musical and second film.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: In most versions:
  • Scary Black Man: Or rather, scary green plant with a scary black voice.
  • Single Specimen Species: In the original, he is the only one of his kind in existence as he was a crossbreed between a butterwort and a Venus flytrap. In the musical, he’s an alien so there are probably more of them in space but the only other one we see is in Seymour’s flower bed after the original Audrey II is killed.
    • The play and the original ending have them breeding and taking over America.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: When Audrey II drops the act, he enjoys being a potty-mouth.
  • Sissy Villain: While he speaks in a very masculine voice, he's also a shining bright green plant and it appears at some point he wears lipstick.
  • To Serve Man: Its main goal is to eat humans.
  • Villain Song: "Feed Me", "Suppertime" and "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She is adored and glamorized by both the press and public for her unique appearance that they all consider magnificent in addition to her rapid and fast growth within a matter of only a few days.
  • We Named the Monkey "Jack": Seymour names him after Audrey. Luckily she takes this as a compliment.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In the movie to Seymour. In the theatrical ending, he brings down the building and it almost crushes him. In the Director's Cut, he grabs Seymour and devours him as now that he's eaten enough humans to grow big enough to stand on its own and produce offspring.

    Dr. Phoebus Farb / Dr. Orin Scrivello, DDS 

Played By: John Shaner / Steve Martin

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Hair goes from black to ginger in the Comic-Book Adaptation.
  • Adaptation Name Change: He has two different names between the 1960 movie and the musical.
    • Called Paine Driller in the cartoon.
  • Ascended Extra: He has many more scenes in the musical, even dating female lead Audrey.
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel sorry for him when Seymour feeds him to Audrey II.
  • Ax-Crazy: To the point that you wonder if his mama told him to be a dentist as a means of keeping him from becoming a Serial Killer.
  • Badass Biker: When he first meets Seymour, his bike lands in the alley implying he’s just completed a massive jump.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Doing this as a child caused his mother to think he’d make a perfect dentist.
  • Bondage Is Bad: He handcuffs Audrey as part of his abuse.
  • Card-Carrying Villain
  • Cow Tools: Orin's medieval-looking dental appliances.
    Seymour: It's rusty!
    Orin: It's an antique.
  • Decomposite Character: The cartoon splits him into Depraved Dentist, Dr. Driller and his bully son, Paine.
  • Depraved Dentist: He gets an entire musical number spelling it out too.
  • Die Laughing: Almost played straight, courtesy of the nitrous oxide he was inhaling.
  • Domestic Abuse: He has a habit of beating Audrey, making others close to her concerned about her refusal to dump him.
  • Enfant Terrible: "When I was young and just a bad little kid, my Momma noticed funny things I did, like shooting puppies with a BB gun, I'd poison guppies and when I was done, I'd find a pussy cat and bash its head, that's when my Momma said..."
  • Establishing Character Moment: Orin's song "Dentist!" is all about this.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Orin became a Depraved Dentist on his late mother's advice, and has a shrine dedicated to her in an office cabinet.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: A variation: the gleefully sadistic, completely heartless Orin Scrivello is so disgusted by his encounter with the masochist that he ends up kicking him out of doors. Being a sadist, though, at least half of Orin's disgust comes from frustration, since he can't get off on inflicting pain if the recipient is clearly enjoying it.
    Orin: Get out of here! Go on, get out of here!...Goddamn sicko!
  • Evil Is Hammy: His nitrous oxide machine actually gives him a pig-like snout too, with the pumps on the sides resembling a pig's ears.
  • Evil Laugh: He has a great one.
  • Expy: Steve Martin's role in this film has been compared to his feature film debut as Dr Maxwell Edison in 1978's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • From the musical:
      Orin: (singing) Are you dumb or hard of hearing / Or relieved my end is nearing? / Are you satisfied? I laughed myself to... death.
    • From the film of the musical:
      Orin: What'd I ever do to you?
      Seymour: Nothing. It's what you did to her.
      Orin: Her who? (pause) Oh. Her. (dies)
  • Give Me Back My Wallet: Takes back a dental tool out of Denton's pocket when he's throwing him out of the office.
  • Heel Realization: Orin seems to experience one as he lays dying. When told he's being murdered because of "What you did to her", he first asks, confused, "Her who?" After a moment to dwell, he remarks in a sad voice, "Oh.... Her" before his breathing stops.
  • Jerkass
  • Kick the Dog: It’s implied that he literally did this as a child but he twists the head off a baby doll that a little girl is holding as he walks into his practice.
  • Laughably Evil: A truly terrible person, but also truly hilarious.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Paine Driller.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Orin is basically Elvis Presley as a sadistic dentist.
  • Pet the Dog: When he first meets Seymour, he bullies him a bit, however in two instances he was nice to him in his own depraved way. Before knowing who he is, he offers him some Nitrous Oxide, something he doesn't even give his patients. When he does know him he acts starstruck and is genuinely amazed that Seymour was able to have a plant as big as Audrey 2. He even advises him that he's wasting his potential at Mushnik's and Audrey 2 could be his ticket to great success.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: He and Audrey never even meet in the first movie.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Played for Laughs—Orin has a closet shrine to his dearly departed mom.
  • Villain Song: "Dentist!"
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He has this attitude towards Seymour in the musical. Rather than help him get the mask off, Seymour decides to let Orin suffocate from the gas. This line of dialogue certainly warrants this trope:
    Orin: Hey, Seymour, give me a hand, will ya?
    Seymour: Well...
    Orin: ...Well? He says, "well"?
  • Would Hit a Girl: Aside from beating Audrey, he casually punches a dental nurse on his way into work.

    The Urchins (Crystal, Ronette, and Chiffon) 

Played By: Tichina Arnold, Michelle Weeks, and Tisha Campbell (1986 version)

  • As the Good Book Says...: They sing "They say the meek shall inherit, you know the book doesn't lie".
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Ronette is noticeably softer and curvier than the other two.
  • Canon Foreigner: They debut in the Broadway version and 1986 film, while the original 1960 film didn't have them at all.
  • Demoted to Extra: They're nearly absent from the comic as it omits the songs but appear singing an in-universe song for a TV show about Audrey II. A black dental nurse that Orin throws his helmet at might be one of them.
  • The Faceless: In the final scene, the camera moves down to the new Audrey plant before we see Chiffon's face, because they had to replace the actress when she wasn't available for the reshoot.
  • Fake Shemp: One of the Greek Chorus Girls wasn't available to shoot the Focus Group Ending, thus the camera abruptly panning down after the other two come into frame.
  • Greek Chorus: An interesting example, going back and forth between standing outside the action and commenting on it to the audience, and interacting with the other cast members using no special out-of-character knowledge. You can keep track by the costumes; when they're characters the girls wear worn-down clothing appropriate to residents of Skid Row, and when they're a Greek Chorus they've changed into sparkly dresses.
  • Jerks With Hearts of Gold: Their Skid Row selves (ie, when they're not being the Greek chorus) show signs of this. They're sassy, snarky, pushy, and tease Seymour and Audrey a bit... but they also encourage Audrey to get together with Seymour, tell her she needs to work on her self-image problems and chew Orin out for his abuse towards Audrey when he comes by looking for her.
  • Named After Someone Famous: They are named after girl groups from the early sixties. The Crystals, The Chiffons and The Ronettes.
  • New Jobs As The Plot Demands: They have been dental nurses and worked for a radio company among other things.
  • Pass the Popcorn: In the play they stand in the background eating popcorn as Seymour is deciding whether to let Scrivello die or not.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Though some productions give them a Race Lift.
  • School Is for Losers: The urchins' attitude to it, they claim to have left after fifth grade.
  • Shipper on Deck: They encourage Audrey to dump abusive Orin for Seymour.
  • Theme Naming: The Crystals, the Ronettes, and the Chiffons were all Girl Groups from the 1960s.

    Wilbur Force / Arthur Denton 

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has grey hair in the comic book.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Was renamed from Wilbur Force to Arthur Denton.
  • Adapted Out: Both are only in the movies but not the play.
  • Advertised Extra: Some copies of the original movie have Jack Nicholson’s name on the front cover , even though he’s in it for less than five minutes.
  • Annoying Patient: Arthur, in that he likes painful dental treatment which disappoints his sadistic dentist.
  • Camp Gay: Arthur's character has shades of this. Wilbur is just plain goofy.
  • Childish Tooth Gap: Wilbur as several teeth missing in the original movie after being worked on by Seymour pretending to be a dentist.
  • Freudian Excuse: For Arthur, his masochism may or may not have been caused by his child dentist's habit of giving him candy bars after painful procedures. Wilbur, however, has no excuse — he just loves pain.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: When Orin sees Arthur, he asks his nurse "Does, uh, that have an appointment?"
    Nurse: "Ask it. I'm off duty."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Arthur is a masochist, he understands not everyone is as enthusiastic to pain as he is. And since he opted for the most painful procedure on himself, he honestly considers the poor kid with the wired jaw to be considered lucky. Wilbur is just plain strange.
  • Meaningful Name: Arthur Denton loves getting painful dental work done, while Wilbur Force enjoys forceful pain.
  • Motor Mouth: When he's not being a masochist he can talk up a storm.
  • Too Kinky to Torture:
    • From the original:
      (Wilbur screams as Seymour uses a drill. Seymour stops in concern.)
      Wilbur: (annoyed) Don't stop now!
    • From the film musical:

Alternative Title(s): The Little Shop Of Horrors, Little Shop


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