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  • Acceptable Political Targets: "It was like a sex scene in an Ayn Rand novel, huh?"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Joe Pitt; part of this is due to the mini-series, which paints him in a much more sympathetic light (complete with giving him an extra scene in the end where he's with his mom, dealing with the loss of his wife and gay lover).
    • Roy Cohn; This troper cannot be the only one who finds Roy the most interesting character in the play, despite having the least amount of interaction with other main characters and a reduced part in Part II.
  • Genius Bonus: A lot of the historical and mythological background is explained, but some is just alluded to. For example, the interaction between Prior and the Angel (minus the sex) is a lot like the meeting of Joseph Smith and the angel Moroni in Mormon lore.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Roy Cohn, of course.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Joe Pitt in the mini-series; Patrick Wilson's portrayal pushes him towards being The Woobie, which is something that angers fans of the play, who consider Joe not to be someone fans are supposed to root for.
    • More generally, quite a few (slightly to extremely homophobic) Amazon reviews are from people expecting to see more traditional, or at least more familiar, angels.
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