Anthony, in sharp contrast with Sweeney Todd, is an idealistic and naïve young man who wants to see the best of the world and the people in it, who wanders through London singing about how wonderful it is – and then about how madly in love he is with a girl he just saw in the window. He sees her in distress, knows that she is the one who makes his heart sing, and intends to “steal her” one day, without having the faintest idea how to go about doing this. He bursts into Todd’s place desperate to share his new feelings and unconcerned with whether this is a good time or not, only to thwart himself, when he discovers her evil adopted father is getting a shave – the judge then whisks her away to an asylum to protect her against his advances, leaving Anthony without any idea of how to help her. When it comes to practicality, he has no clue – it’s Todd who says he must set himself up as a wigmaker’s apprentice, since they make regular visits to Bedlam to cut off unsuspecting young women’s hair to make wigs. Anthony follows his advice and gets Johanna out, but then naively brings her back to Todd’s place to wait, never suspecting his friend is a murderer or a threat to either of them—despite sailing for months with Todd, and being aware of his dark, tortured thoughts, and even seen bouts of his temper, it doesn’t cross his mind that he is will be anything but helpful to them, showing a severe lack of attachment to reality and a disconnect between his own feelings of love and Todd’s violent nature.

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Anthony is infatuated from the first moment he sees Johanna and immediately sets himself up as her rescuer – fantasizing about taking her away from her dreadful life, and her imprisonment like a bird in a cage, and giving her a wonderful life full of happiness (with him, of course). He sees her as someone he needs to protect and save, setting himself up in a prideful position of being “necessary” to her happiness. Love consumes his every thought, and because he cannot touch her, he lurks about on her street pining for her, watching her in the window, in a sense, stalking her with the best of intentions. He’s kind, but also wants to see justice done; after witnessing how scared all of the girls are in the asylum of their keeper, he shuts him in and lets them tear him to pieces for his perceived mistreatment of them (sexual or otherwise). He’s also preoccupied with the immorality of the judge’s treatment of his ward and desire to right that wrong.