- Jerkass Woobie: Christian. He has a severe mental illness which is misunderstood and not treated properly. Struensee is the only one who truly believes in him and helps him (and even he manipulates him to an extent, though his motives are benevolent). Everyone else writes Christian off and takes advantage of his mental state. Christian finds out his wife is having an affair with his best and only real friend, but actually agrees to keep it secret, forgiving them. When Struensee is arrested, Christian attempts to have him released, not wanting to lose his friend, but the council got ahead with the execution anyway. Christian actually seems a halfway decent guy when he's hanging out with Struensee and it's implied that the way other people have treated him, not addressing his mental illness and indulging him, hasn't helped him in the slightest.
- Tear Jerker:
- The scene following the birth of Caroline's daughter. She and Struensee have an emotional moment, where Caroline tearfully tells him "Now we are a family". It's incredibly bittersweet, because, due to the circumstances, they can never truly be a family.
- Struensee's execution and Caroline's reaction to it.
- The Woobie: Caroline. Absolutely nothing goes right for her, and just when it seems she can finally be happy, it all gets stripped away from her in the cruelest way imaginable. And then, she dies at the age of twenty-three, never even getting to see her children again before she passes away.
YMMV / A Royal Affair