History Characters / TopGear

22nd Apr '16 1:45:47 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** "Some say his favourite ever song is 'Forever Autumn' by Justin Hayward, and that he has the world's largest collection of pornographical material. All we know is, he's not The Stig, but he is The Stig's lorry-driving cousin!" [[note]]"Rig Stig", who has somehow managed to get most of his right jumpsuit sleeve ''[[BeyondTheImpossible sunburned]]'' (or perhaps the fabric got sun bleached) by hanging it out of the lorry windows he drives too often.[[/note]]

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** "Some say his favourite ever song is 'Forever Autumn' by Justin Hayward, and that he has the world's largest collection of pornographical material. All we know is, he's not The Stig, but he is The Stig's lorry-driving cousin!" [[note]]"Rig Stig", who has somehow managed to get most of his right jumpsuit sleeve ''[[BeyondTheImpossible sunburned]]'' ''sunburned'' (or perhaps the fabric got sun bleached) by hanging it out of the lorry windows he drives too often.[[/note]]
20th Apr '16 11:23:57 PM Doryna
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* AnimalsHateHim: Jokes that his cat (a gift from Hammond) and Top Gear Dog both hate him. Also the Doves who escaped from his magic kit and proceeded to leave their droppings all over the backseats. He let one Dove out of the window to freedom... only for it to get hit seconds later [[NiceJobBreakingItHero by a passing lorry]].

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* AnimalsHateHim: Jokes that his late cat Fusker (a gift from Hammond) and Top Gear Dog both hate him. Also the Doves doves who escaped from his magic kit and proceeded to leave their droppings all over the backseats. He let one Dove dove out of the window to freedom... only for it to get hit seconds later [[NiceJobBreakingItHero by a passing lorry]].
24th Mar '16 4:19:19 PM nombretomado
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* ImAHumanitarian: During the 2008 National Television Awards, The Stig is the only one available to collect the award -- along with a note advising to keep him away from the cast of CoronationStreet, as "he's decided that all Northerners are edible".

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* ImAHumanitarian: During the 2008 National Television Awards, The Stig is the only one available to collect the award -- along with a note advising to keep him away from the cast of CoronationStreet, ''Series/CoronationStreet'', as "he's decided that all Northerners are edible".
12th Mar '16 10:43:33 PM Doryna
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* SkunkStripe: He's got two prominent white streaks starting at his temples.

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* SkunkStripe: He's got He started with two prominent white streaks starting at his temples.temples, but as the series went on, he went almost completely gray.
12th Mar '16 10:41:45 PM Doryna
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* InSeriesNickname: "Captain Slow" [[note]]Translated as "Der Langsamer" (The Slow One) in German and "Mr. Slowly" in Italian[[/note]], "[[IronicNickname Captain Sense-of-direction]]"
** Uh, no, as an Italian I can confirm his nickname is "Capitan Lento", straight translation of "Captain Slow"

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* InSeriesNickname: "Captain Slow" [[note]]Translated as "Der Langsamer" (The Slow One) in German and "Mr. Slowly" or "Captain Lento" in Italian[[/note]], "[[IronicNickname Captain Sense-of-direction]]"
** Uh, no, as an Italian I can confirm his nickname is "Capitan Lento", straight translation of "Captain Slow"
Sense-of-direction]]"
21st Feb '16 2:10:03 AM Trope-smith_Noob
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**Uh, no, as an Italian I can confirm his nickname is "Capitan Lento", straight translation of "Captain Slow"
11th Feb '16 6:57:22 AM Angus_Old
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* TheBigGuy: His height, an impressive 196cm (6'5" if you're American) is the frequent butt of jokes, and he often winds up getting stuck with the small cars for comedic purposes.

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* TheBigGuy: His height, an impressive 196cm (6'5" (6'6" if you're American) is the frequent butt of jokes, and he often winds up getting stuck with the small cars for comedic purposes.
6th Feb '16 9:24:32 PM Meneth
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----> '''James''': I've got the name for it: the ''Bloody Awful.''
** There was also the time he tried to see if an engine could cook a dish, and presented it to Gordon Ramsey

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----> ---> '''James''': I've got the name for it: the ''Bloody Awful.''
** There was also the time he tried to see if an engine could cook a dish, and presented it to Gordon RamseyRamsey.
** s20e3, in Spain, he's cooking dinner while they talk about their cars.
--->'''Hammond''': Would it interfere with this debate if I were suddenly and violently sick?
23rd Jan '16 8:39:48 PM Doryna
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* TrueCompanions: Clarkson was fired for punching a producer. The other two promptly ''quit'' rather than do the show without him. And they're looking to do another show together through another venue. Perhaps May said it the best:

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* TrueCompanions: Clarkson was fired for did not get his contract renewed after punching a producer. The other two promptly ''quit'' rather than do were offered huge salaries by the show BBC to continue without him. And they're looking to do him, but quit instead. The three, along with producer Andy Wilman, have now got another show together through another venue.in the works with Amazon. Perhaps May said it the best:
12th Jan '16 6:19:54 PM jboone93
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!!The Presenters Collectively
[[quoteright:288:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/TopGear-FerrariCalifornia11x04_4479.jpg]]
* BigGuyLittleGuy: Clarkson and Hammond
* FanNickname: the "Top Gear Three" or "[=TG3=]" for short.
* FireForgedFriends: Occasionally, in more than one road trip special.
* {{Flanderization}}: Early on around season 4 all three of them noticeably started exaggerating and playing up aspects of their personalities, pretending to be stupider than they really were (along with some amazing deadpan delivery of ridiculous hyperbole and allegories). This increased as time went on and they added new quirks and idiosyncrasies to their personnae. More than a decade after the show started, their in-character personalities are similar but decidedly more outrageous when compared to the RealLife ones they are based on e.g. Jeremy Clarkson is ''not'' actually as arrogant and insufferable as he seems on [=TV=] but he is still highly opinionated and sharply cynical.
* FreudianTrio:
** Clarkson: Id
** Hammond: Ego
** May: Superego
* HeterosexualLifePartners
** With a good dash of HoYay that they frequently spoof, such as this gem from their caravan holiday;
--> '''May''': I like it, it's romantic.
--> '''Hammond''': ''Don't say things like that!'' I'm in the same bed as you!
* JerkassFacade: All three of them play up the JerkAss angle. In RealLife behind the scenes, however, they're a bit different.
* OddCouple: Clarkson (brash and out-going) and May (quiet and sensible).
* OneHeadTaller: Clarkson (6'5") and Hammond (5'7").
* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* TrueCompanions: Clarkson was fired for punching a producer. The other two promptly ''quit'' rather than do the show without him. And they're looking to do another show together through another venue. Perhaps May said it the best:
--> '''May''': "Much as I think he's a knob, I quite like working with Jeremy."
* VitriolicBestBuds: They will happily pull nasty pranks and laugh uproariously when terrible things happen to their co-presenters... although this tends to stop abruptly if one of them gets genuinely hurt [=and/or=] when RealLife problems crop up and they drop the fooling around. However, expect them to tease the person injured after the fact when he is fully recovered (with the exception of Hammond's accident, which was too serious for anything more than a few jokes by Jeremy about brakes to lighten the mood and became off-limits after Hammond made it clear that that's what he wanted).
* UniversalDriversLicense: Although occasionally subverted when the challenge is purposefully something they'll have trouble with, such as Jeremy's dislike of motorcycles/scooters in the ''Vietnam Special''.
** Can also crop up accidentally such as during the Plane vs Bugatti challenge, when much to Hammond's annoyance, James is forced to land the plane at dusk because he'd not (at the time) completed the test to allow him to fly ''at night''.



!!The Presenters Collectively
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* BigGuyLittleGuy: Clarkson and Hammond
* FanNickname: the "Top Gear Three" or "[=TG3=]" for short.
* FireForgedFriends: Occasionally, in more than one road trip special.
* {{Flanderization}}: Early on around season 4 all three of them noticeably started exaggerating and playing up aspects of their personalities, pretending to be stupider than they really were (along with some amazing deadpan delivery of ridiculous hyperbole and allegories). This increased as time went on and they added new quirks and idiosyncrasies to their personnae. More than a decade after the show started, their in-character personalities are similar but decidedly more outrageous when compared to the RealLife ones they are based on e.g. Jeremy Clarkson is ''not'' actually as arrogant and insufferable as he seems on [=TV=] but he is still highly opinionated and sharply cynical.
* FreudianTrio:
** Clarkson: Id
** Hammond: Ego
** May: Superego
* HeterosexualLifePartners
** With a good dash of HoYay that they frequently spoof, such as this gem from their caravan holiday;
--> '''May''': I like it, it's romantic.
--> '''Hammond''': ''Don't say things like that!'' I'm in the same bed as you!
* JerkassFacade: All three of them play up the JerkAss angle. In RealLife behind the scenes, however, they're a bit different.
* OddCouple: Clarkson (brash and out-going) and May (quiet and sensible).
* OneHeadTaller: Clarkson (6'5") and Hammond (5'7").
* TeethClenchedTeamwork
* TrueCompanions: Clarkson was fired for punching a producer. The other two promptly ''quit'' rather than do the show without him. And they're looking to do another show together through another venue. Perhaps May said it the best:
--> '''May''': "Much as I think he's a knob, I quite like working with Jeremy."
* VitriolicBestBuds: They will happily pull nasty pranks and laugh uproariously when terrible things happen to their co-presenters... although this tends to stop abruptly if one of them gets genuinely hurt [=and/or=] when RealLife problems crop up and they drop the fooling around. However, expect them to tease the person injured after the fact when he is fully recovered (with the exception of Hammond's accident, which was too serious for anything more than a few jokes by Jeremy about brakes to lighten the mood and became off-limits after Hammond made it clear that that's what he wanted).
* UniversalDriversLicense: Although occasionally subverted when the challenge is purposefully something they'll have trouble with, such as Jeremy's dislike of motorcycles/scooters in the ''Vietnam Special''.
** Can also crop up accidentally such as during the Plane vs Bugatti challenge, when much to Hammond's annoyance, James is forced to land the plane at dusk because he'd not (at the time) completed the test to allow him to fly ''at night''.



!!!All three Stigs

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!!!All !!All three Stigs
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