- Alternate Character Interpretation: How sympathetic is Mephistopheles? Is Faustus an Anti-Hero or a Villain Protagonist?
- Ho Yay:
- Mephistopheles attempts to dissuade Faustus from seeking redemption by telling him "[Heaven is] not half as fair as thou".
- A bit of this with Mephistopheles and Lucifer as well, what with Mephistopheles describing the ideal woman as being "as beautiful as was bright Lucifer before his fall".
- Nightmare Fuel: The description of the torments of hell and Faustus' monologue as he waits for the devils to come and take his soul at midnight.I'll burn my books! Ah, Mephistopheles —
- Values Dissonance: Faustus' visit to Vatican City to punch the pope in the face was a farcical jab at the Catholic Church playing to Protestant England (the play comes only a half-century after Henry VIII's formation of the Church of England). To contemporary audiences where the Catholic/Protestant divide has become much, much less important, the scene has lost its sectarian value.
- Considering how melodramatically the pope reacts, today it crosses the line twice.
YMMV / Doctor Faustus